Emerson Newsletter

August 26, 2022

Welcome back Emerson families!

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Finn Wecker ... family member of Jen Wecker!

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Mark your calendar!! Curriculum night is coming NEXT WEEK!

Wednesday, August 31


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New Math curriculum

The new math curriculum that our school is using, Illustrative Mathematics, has math fluency centers. These centers consist of games and puzzles that have pieces that need to be cut and organized. Our math coach, Courtney Farrell, is looking for parent volunteers to help teachers prepare these materials for the upcoming unit. If you are available, please sign up for a date and time to come into the school and help. A suggested "week of" timeframe has been given for each grade level that is about 1-2 weeks out from the next unit. That way we can ensure that all materials are prepared by the time the unit begins. We will continue to send out signup sheets as we progress through the units.

Thanks so much for your consideration! If you have any questions, please reach out to Courtney at Courtney.Farrell@cusd200.org

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Hi Emerson!

If any of you (or your family members) have any collections at home that you would love to get rid of, feel free to bring them into school. Many of our grade levels will be using "counting collections" throughout the school year, so any collections we have would be put to good use! Also feel free to share this in your newsletter in case any of our families have collections they no longer want. Examples include: buttons, coins, bottle tops, shells, rocks, golf ball markers, beads, etc. They can be turned in to me so I can add them to our growing math manipulatives storage area!

Thanks :) Courtney.Farrell@cusd200.org

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Picture Day is coming!

The flyer below went home this past week from Color Portraits for Picture Day. All photo packages are prepay.

Mark your calendars!

Picture Day is September 19th

Retake day is October 26th

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Band and Orchestra registration nights for Emerson 5th graders are:

Tuesday, Sept. 6th from 4-8pm at Monroe

If you are unable to attend one of the registration evenings, please contact Mr. Klos or Ms. Schiele. We look forward to a wonderful year in beginning band and orchestra!

Mr. Klos - michael.klos@cusd200.org

Ms.Schiele - jillian.schiele@cusd200.org

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Running Club

Start your morning with a smile !

Run, jog, or walk a marathon mile by mile!

All Emerson students (K-5) are invited! Come take the challenge!

Beginning on Friday, September 9th students are invited to run, jog, or walk 26.2 miles for good health & fitness. Students can run, jog, or walk the Emerson field on Tuesday & Friday mornings from 8:30am – 9:00am (weather permitting). If it is raining or too muddy the club will be canceled for that day!

If the weather is questionable, please check the Emerson PTA Facebook page or your child's “PE Google Classroom”. I will post at 8am.

The students will have 10 weeks to complete their miles! Running club will end on Friday, November 18th.

Click on the link below to sign up! This link is also located in your child's PE Google Classroom.

2022 Mile-By-Mile Running Club Sign Up

No School - Monday September 5th

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22-23 Breakfast / Lunch Charges AND MILK ONLY information


Breakfast: $1.25 Breakfast

Lunch with milk: $3.15

Milk only $.75

Students who qualify for FREE OR REDUCED BREAKFAST / LUNCH:

District 200 participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) & School

Breakfast Program (SBP), which is administered by the Illinois State Board of

Education and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

IMPORTANT.. Students will be charged for any a la carte items taken, such as extra

milk (not taken with a meal).

In order for a served meal to qualify for reimbursement, all components of the

meal must be served to the eligible student. If your child does not choose to take

the daily meal offered and/or brings a lunch from home, the cost of the carton of

milk only is $.75. This also applies to students who take an extra milk beyond the one that they receive with their meal.

Qualifying students who receive FREE MEALS:

Breakfast and lunch are free

MILK ONLY or EXTRA milk taken in addition to the lunch meal that includes milk: $.75

Qualifying students who receive REDUCED MEALS

Breakfast $.30

Lunch with Milk $.40

Milk only or EXTRA milk taken in addition to the lunch meal that includes milk: $.75

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Emerson 630-682-2055

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LLC information

All District 200 schools have a library learning center (LLC) that contains books that students can check out.

  • Emerson - At our school, students visit the LLC weekly to check out books with the assistance of the LLC Director and/or their classroom teacher.

You can learn more about Emerson’s LLC by visiting https://www.cusd200.org/domain/2686

Destiny is the library management system used by all District 200 schools. This system is online and accessible to all parents and students through each school’s website. Destiny allows all parents and students to have access to the titles of books available in each school’s LLC. You can access it by going directly to destiny.cusd200.org, clicking through the school website, or from a student’s classlink page. You do not need to be logged in to search the catalog, but students will need to log in for some of the more advanced features. I want to highlight a few features of Destiny available to all students and families.

Students can log in to their Destiny accounts from any device with online access. From there, they can see all books that are checked out to them. They can also put holds on titles that are checked out. Each student can create their own Favorites List to keep track of books they would like to check out.

Steps for creating a favorite list:

  1. Log in to your school’s Destiny catalog using your child’s District 200 login information.

  2. Find and open the record for the book you wish to add to your favorites list.

  3. Click on the three dots toward the right of the screen.

  4. Select “Add to Favorites”

  5. A student’s favorites list is accessible by choosing “My Stuff” at the top of the screen.

"If there are particular titles in our school's collection you don't wish your child to read or are not sure they will make the distinction on their own, reach out to your child's teacher and Kristyn Colon, LLC director

You can learn about Destiny and how to create a favorite list by viewing this video.

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From the nurse

Kindness - good for the body, mind and community

Kindness is more than behavior. The art of kindness means harboring a spirit of helpfulness, as well as being generous and considerate, and doing so without expecting anything in return.

Good for the body

Kindness can increase self-esteem, empathy and compassion, and improve mood. It can decrease blood pressure and cortisol, a stress hormone, which directly impacts stress levels. People who are kind tend to be healthier and live longer. Kindness can increase your sense of connectivity with others, which can directly impact loneliness, improve low mood and enhance relationships in general. It also can be contagious.

kindness can positively change your brain. Being kind boosts chemicals in the brain that give you feelings of satisfaction and well-being, and cause the pleasure/reward centers in your brain to light up. Endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain killer, also can be released.

Simply asking "How am I going to practice kindness today?" can be helpful.

Finally, I'd like to leave you with this quote: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." —Dalai Lama

Kathy Dibadj, M.Ed., BSN, PEL-CSN, RN

Emerson School Nurse

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PTA info!

  • Join the PTA! Why? The PTA supports the students of Emerson in their endeavors to be successful. The PTA pays for field trips, author visits, and so much more! As part of joining the PTA, directories will be made available. MemberHub

  • PTA Meetings will be on Tuesdays again this year beginning at 7 pm. Join us on Tuesday, August 30! Zoom Link We hope to see you there!

  • Mums are on sale until 9/2 when order forms are due. Pick up will be Thursday, 9/15 near door 20. If you would like to purchase on-line, please visit MemberHub.

  • Spirit wear is on sale through September 5th! Get your order in early Emerson Elementary Spirit Wear 2022 | Imagination Print and Design | powered by OrderMyGear (itemorder.com)

  • Trivia Night is happening on Saturday, 9/24 with an 80s theme! If you have raffle items to donate, please contact Kim Engel at kimengel704@gmail.com. Registration forms are due September 16th and went home in backpacks already.

  • Thank you to everyone who went out and supported our first Dine out last week at Kimmer’s! Our next dine out will be at The Burger Social on Wednesday, September 14 from 4 - 10 pm.

  • Find all of our meeting, event, and fundraiser information in our 2022- 2023 PTA Calendar

  • Connect with Emerson parents on FACEBOOK.