Emerson's Enquirer

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome back! We have had a wonderful start to the school year.


First Day of School

There was a lot of excitement as students greeted their friends and teachers on the first day. On that day, Emerson followed a ‘mini’ schedule. The first 120 minutes of the day were spent in homerooms organizing their materials, understanding their team’s expectations and reviewing Emerson’s SOARS behavior matrix. Students were assigned their lockers, organized their assignment notebooks and received their Chromebooks.


Students then attended all their classes, where they listened to their teachers’ expectations, as well as reviewed summer materials. The second day of school, all students followed their full schedules.


I am happy to say that very few students lost their way in the hallway during passing periods and I was happy to welcome the students throughout the day. It is encouraging to see all of the students ready to get started with this new school year.


Then on Friday, the entire school gathered in the gymnasium for our annual Welcome Back Assembly. During this fun event, students were reminded of Emerson’s SOARS behavior expectations via a video. Students participated in various events including: hula-hoops, tug-of-war, and a football toss. Throughout the assembly, students received SOARS t-shirts. Many thanks to our PTO for providing us with these shirts.


New Staff

Mrs. Samantha Alaimo has moved from Emerson’s Channels of Challenge program to Emerson’s new Associate Principal. She will be working closely with teachers on curriculum and instruction, as well as handling student discipline with Mr. Benka.


I am excited to introduce 12 new staff members at Emerson:

· Ms. Nicole Wnek - 6th grade Science and Social Studies teacher.

· Ms. Madalyn Potts - 7th grade Social Worker

· Ms. MinhThu Nguyen - 6th grade Language Arts teacher

· Mrs. Roxanne Kieme - Orchestra teacher

· Mrs. Kia London – 6th, 7th, 8th Spanish teacher

· Mrs. Kelly Hess - 6th, 7th, 8th Art teacher

· Mrs. Anne Fussichen - 6th grade Channels of Challenge Language Arts teacher

· Mrs. Andrea Maggiore – 8th grade Math and Social Studies teacher

· Laura Papageorgiou – TA

· Debbie San Gabino – TA

· Bill Trudell – TA

· Emily Kelly - TA

Finally, Mrs. Danna Karkazis has joined our school office as a secretary. I hope you join me in welcoming all of them to Emerson and District 64.


Visiting Emerson

Just a friendly reminder, all visitors to Emerson must have a valid state ID or driver’s license. These will be swiped and run through the Raptor identification system. This process only takes a short time to complete. Once you have clearance, a visitor pass will be printed and attached to a lanyard that you will be required to wear throughout the building. The office will hold your ID until you return to the office and return the lanyard that was given to you. We request that you please be patient with staff as we proceed with this district-mandated safety procedure.


Procedures for dropping off items for students

If you need to drop off items for your child at school, please bring the item(s) directly to the main office with your child’s name clearly written on the item. Your child will need to check in the office during passing periods to pick up these items. The office secretaries will not be calling into classrooms for students to pick up their items that you have dropped off. The constant interruptions have been taking away from classroom instruction.


Family Movie Night

Save the Date! On September 20th, the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and the Quality Improvement Team (QIT) of Emerson Middle School will be holding a Family Movie Night. We will be showing the movie “Jumanji.”


This outdoor event will begin at 6pm, with the movie starting at 7pm. Families are welcome to bring blankets or chairs for their viewing pleasure.


Concession stands, featuring Spuntino's Pizza, Dairy Queen Blizzards, Doc Popcorn, candy and drinks, will be available for purchase.


All family and friends are welcome to attend this event! We hope to see you there!


Again, welcome to Emerson, I look forward to another great school year.


Sincerely,

Dr. Jim Morrison, Principal

Emerson Middle School

Inspire every child to discover, learn, achieve, and care.

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Family Movie Night

Save the Date! On September 20th, the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and the Quality Improvement Team (QIT) of Emerson Middle School will be holding a Family Movie Night. We will be showing the movie “Jumanji.”

This outdoor event will begin at 6pm, with the movie starting at 7pm. Families are welcome to bring blankets or chairs for their viewing pleasure.

Concession stands, featuring Spuntino's Pizza, Dairy Queen Blizzards, Doc Popcorn, candy and drinks, will be available for purchase.

All family and friends are welcome to attend this event! We hope to see you there!

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Notes from the Gym

Read what is happening in the Gym for August and September.

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Chorus News!

6th Grade Chorus will begin after school on Thursday, September 6 in room 161. The group rehearses on Thursdays and performs at community venues, school events, and evening concerts. All students are welcome to join. Please contact Mr. Kennedy for more information.

mkennedy@d64.org


7th & 8th Singers starts Thursday, September 6th in room 160. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mrs. Broeker.

tbroeker@d64.org

https://sites.google.com/a/d64.org/emerson-general-music-with-mrs-broeker/sixth-grade-glee

Choral Boosters

The District 64 Choral Boosters need your help! We are looking for volunteers for the Choral Boosters board! Choral Boosters raises money to support the Vocal program.

90% of funds go to the specific schools your children attend to purchase music, enrichment materials, and concert decorations; and to pay concert accompanists, instrumentalists, and guest clinicians.
10% of funds support Choral Booster initiatives, including music camp scholarships.

For more information, please contact Christine Mayer, President: csmayer86@yahoo.com

or Terry Broeker, tbroeker@d64.org

School Roster Page

View news about the Emerson School Roster here.

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S.O.A.R.S. Update

Click here to view the full update from Emerson's Behavior Team

Latest PTO NEWS

Please click here to view entire flyer.

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Health Office Update

Download full letter here.

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New District Transportation Email Address

The district has a new transportation email address (transportation@d64.org). This email is to be used for all busing related questions.

The link below will navigate you to the district bus information page.

http://www.d64.org/business/bus-information