Emerson Cheetah Check-In!

Emerson Parent Newsletter: August 21st, 2020

Tech Check Survey

57% of Emerson Families have completed the Tech Check Survey! Great work. Families MUST complete this survey, to get computers/hotspots from the Oakland Undivided Campaign! Please do now, if you have not. Thanks all!

Tech Tuesday's!

  • Ms. Mikayla will be at Emerson from 9am-3pm every Tuesday!
  • To give out computers to families that need them.
  • To replace broken or damaged chromebooks and chargers.
  • Don't need to call, just come, or email mikayla.logan@ousd.org
Attendance Pledge - Arabic

Please participate in our Attendance Pledge! We will be entered into a city-wide raffle.

Attendance Pledge - Chinese

Please participate in our Attendance Pledge! We will be entered into a city-wide raffle!

Attendance Pledge - English

Please participate in our Attendance Pledge! We will be entered into a city-wide raffle!

Attendance Pledge - Spanish

Please participate in our Attendance Pledge! We will be entered into a city-wide raffle!

Looking Ahead, Students Will:

Week 3: 8/24- 8/28

  • Attend Class Morning Meeting on Zoom every day at 8:30am or 9:00am

  • Students Take Assessments with their Teachers

  • Work on Distance Learning Plans (posted on Clever)

Week 4: 8/31-9/4 (Pending Ratification of Tentative Agreement)

  • Attend Class Morning Meeting on Zoom every day at 8:30am or 9:00am

  • Begin Distance Learning Instructional Schedule (schedules forthcoming)

Happy Friday Emerson Families!

Thank you for a great 2nd week of school Emerson Community!
  • Morning Meetings are in full swing.
  • Students are building community with their classmates and teachers.
  • Students are accessing Clever daily to do reading and math work.
  • We are getting technology to every student and family, to access Distance Learning.

Teachers & Staff:

  • We are preparing for 1:1 and small group assessments next week. All online!
  • We are working together to build coherent school-wide schedules to launch Week 4.
  • We are partnering with families to determine supports both social emotional & instructional.
  • We are preparing online instruction, using Google Classroom, SeeSaw, Learn Zillion, Raz Kids & More.


  • Thank you for attending our first School Site Council! On September 15th, we will nominate and VOTE for 2 new parent members. Please come to this important meeting.
  • Thank you for supporting your child next week, during virtual assessments.
  • Thank you for participating in virtual home visits last week.
  • Thank you for your grace and communication with us, as we work out a few glitches with Talking Points.

Mark your Calendar: Friday September 4th Materials Pick-up @ Emerson!

  • 2 Weeks from today, Friday September 4th.
  • We will be distributing Student Materials (workbooks, notebooks, books, supplies, etc).
  • If you're wondering why not sooner?! Some of our curriculum was delayed, and we will have it all ready for pick-up on September 4th.
  • Thank you for your flexibility.

Library News!

Emerson Librarian Ms. Vetter made surprise visits to Ms. Galvin's class and Mr. Limata's class this week. Look for her to start visiting every class in the next couple of weeks.

Ms. Vetter encourages everyone to use the Oakland Public Library, which offers:

- e-books that you can read on any device at home

- curbside pickup of library materials: books, DVDs, and CDs.

The Oakland Public Library website has updated information about which branches offer curbside pickup service and on what days and times.

If you don't have a library card, no problem! You can apply for library cards online, and get help if you've forgotten your library card number and/or PIN. (The plastic card itself isn't necessary.) Each member of the family can have their own card -- even babies! But there is a maximum of 15 physical items per card, so it makes sense to get cards for every member of the family.


Celia is giving away free books and prizes between 1:00 and 4:00 tomorrow (Saturday) in front of the Temescal Branch Library at 5205 Telegraph Avenue. Wear a mask and point out (from a safe distance) which book you want to take home! Check here before you go to make sure the event hasn't been cancelled due to smoky air.

Celia Jackson, the new Children's Librarian at the Temescal Branch of the Oakland Public Library, is eager to support the Emerson community. She can help you get new library cards, renew old ones, learn how to use library services, and she can even put together a customized book bundle of picture books or early readers for you! You can e-mail her at cjackson@oaklandlibrary.org any time, or you can try calling her at 510-597-5049 when she's at the branch, which is currently 9-2:30 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Enrollment Count!

  • Our enrollment is at 332 students. We dropped a bit this week.
  • We were projected at 340, 8 students short of 340.
  • If you know families in the lower grade (TK, Kinder or 1st Grade) that are looking for options, we have a few spaces available. Thank you everyone.

Attendance/Engagement: Keep it up Emerson!

Staying Engaged with Distance Learning:

  • Remember - students should be at EVERY Morning ZOOM Meeting
  • AND Logging into Clever Everyday to access the Learning Plans.
  • All students will be engaged in assessment next week, with teachers.


Emerson prepares students for lifelong success by embracing and nurturing the whole child. We create learning environments centered around students, facilitated by teachers, and supported by families and our community, so that every child grows and succeeds.


We are a relationship-centered school:

  • students are known, valued and celebrated.

We support all students:

  • academic and social emotional programs meet students where they are and accelerate them forward.

We are committed to equity:

  • we eliminate racial, socioeconomic and gender inequities through culturally relevant learning experiences.

We are a learning community:

  • with a learning stance, we use inquiry and reflection to improve our practice.

Food Distribution Changes!

Now serving only students enrolled in OUSD

  • Bring the letter mailed by Nutrition Services this week, that explains the changes and includes your child’s ID# and a scannable barcode.
  • Bring your child’s student ID card with their Aeries ID# from the previous year (and ideally have a barcode in order to be scanned)
  • Wait in a separate line and have your child’s information looked up in a district database at the food distribution site (this could be a slow process and we highly recommend families bring a copy of their letter).

Families can pick up food at any of the 22 meal service sites. Monday and Thursday 8am-1pm

Back to School Night

We will be hosting Back to School Night the week of September 7th.
  • TK-2nd Grade - September 9th, 5:30-6:30pm
  • 3rd-5th Grade - September 10th, 5:30-6:30pm
Understanding Attendance During Distance Learning

Daily attendance during Distance Learning is required this year, per state law. Teachers will be taking attendance based on engagement in distance learning activities EVERY Day! Please take a minute to review this information.

Cheetah Scholar Challenge!

We invite all Emerson students to our Cheetah Scholar Challenge!

Students can take a picture or a video doing the dance that Ms. Kemp-Sellers is doing!

The challenge will be in effect from August 10th-September 1st!

We are asking that students upload a picture or the dance on Instagram tagging our:

  • Emerson's Cheetah Squad Instagram @emersoncheetahsquad and
  • hashtagging #emersonscholarchallenge

If students can't upload picture or video to Instagram - they should send it to their teachers!

Scholar Challenge!