Emerson's Enquirer

October 25th, 2018

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians:


October has been a busy month at Emerson. We’ve continued our implementation of Emerson’s social-emotional learning through our SOARS Days, which focus on different appropriate social skills. On Oct. 3rd and 17th, we followed an adjusted daily class schedule. During the SOARS time, students focused on building positive mindsets and goal setting. Students were able to discuss and identify ways to build respect and show self-regulation and awareness through teacher guidance.


On ​Tues., Oct. 30th, ​we will have the entire Emerson school -- staff and students -- participate in a planned Relocation/Reunification safety drill. The scheduled drill will begin around ​8:25am. Students will wear their coats, and will be organized by homeroom with their teachers, and proceed to Our Lady of Ransom, 8300 N. Greenwood Ave., Niles, IL 60714. We have also contacted the Niles Police Department to request support along the route while crossing Cumberland and Greenwood. At the conclusion of the drill, students will walk back to Emerson for the remainder of the day. Students will be accompanied at all times by Emerson staff during this drill.

Veterans Day Celebration

I would like to remind you that Emerson will be celebrating Veterans Day on Fri., Nov. 9, 2018. We are in the process of creating a video presentation to honor the men and women who have served and are serving our country.

If you haven’t already, we would like to invite you to submit a video, photograph or information regarding a family member currently serving in the armed forces or who has served in the past. We have extended the due date for videos and/or pictures with information to Oct. 31, 2018. You can submit the video and information through this Link.

If you have any questions or are having struggles with attaching your information to the Google Site, you can email them directly to me at jmorrison@d64.org. These videos and photos will only be used for this honorary event. Our plan is to then place this presentation on our website for District 64 and the community to view.

Early Entrance

If your child needs to arrive at school early to get assistance from a teacher, he/she needs to email his/her teacher, print and fill out a morning pass, and arrive at school at 7:35am. Teachers do not arrive at school prior to 7:35am.

Red Ribbon Week

At Emerson and throughout the country, the end of October brings Red Ribbon Week (RRW), which begins Mon., Oct. 29th. The mission of RRW is the creation of a drug-free America. For this to occur, students need to be aware of the dangers of drugs and drug abuse, along with learning how to develop a healthy lifestyle. During this week, the whole school participates in a variety of activities and events such as: dress-up days and fun activities at lunch in support of a drug-free America. You can find more information regarding RRW at: http://redribbon.org/about/.

Bus Safety Rules

For safety purposes, we are asking students not to play music out loud or take photos/videos while they are on the bus. If students would like to listen to music or play video games on the bus, they need to use headphones or earbuds.

Cold Weather

As the cold weather approaches, it is important to ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. The school district’s morning entry procedure has children entering the building early only when the outside temperature goes below 10°F. Students will be expected to remain outside until the regular entry time if the temperature stays above 10°F. Please make sure they are dressed appropriately for the weather.

Report Cards

The end of trimester 1 occurs on Nov. 14th. To ensure students’ report cards are accurate, appropriately organized and mailed home to parents, they will be sent home on Mon., Nov. 30th. We will be shutting down the Parent Portal on Nov. 14th, so teachers can finalize grades and add comments.


Dr. Jim Morrison, Principal

Emerson Middle School

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

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S.O.A.R.S. Update

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

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Notes from the Gym

Read what is happening in the Gym.

Art Department will take your old towels!

Don't throw out those old towels if you get new ones!

We use them to soak/recycle dry clay and to dry tools

when the paper towels do not dry well enough.

Students may bring them in and drop them of in the Art Room, 324.

Thanks in advance for any donations : )


Your Art Teachers

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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


Please click here to view entire flyer.

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School Roster Page

View news about the Emerson School Roster here.

Come to a night of billions of stars!!

(or at least a few dozen, and maybe a planet or two)

The Maine South Astronomy Club will be hosting a community outreach event on the evening of Saturday November 10 starting at 5:30 pm.

In conjunction with Maine South's Schoolwide Fundraiser supporting the Dup15q Alliance, admission will be $3 per individual and $5 for families of 3 or more people. There will be a chance to purchase raffle tickets to win prizes, with proceeds split between the Schoolwide Fundraiser and the Astronomy Club.

The evening will begin with a series of five minute lectures in the school library. After about 30 minutes, we will walk out to the school's north field, and we will help people make observations with the school's telescopes. This is designed for people who are astronomy curious from ages 8 through 80! We plan to end the evening by 7 pm or so.

We are asking that people register by e-mailing Tom Egan at tegan@maine207.org so that we can contact interested persons in the event of inclement weather and cancellation.

Thank you!!

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A note from District 64 School Health Services

To all District 64 Families:

Autumn days predictably bring cooler weather, changing colors and of course, cold and flu season. Since influenza viruses vary from year to year, it may be difficult to predict the flu season's beginning and peak. Flu activity in the U.S. peaks between December and February, but can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.

To prepare your family for the 2018-19 Influenza Season, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for basic flu facts, prevention tips, and treatment information by clicking here.

For Your Good Health,
Margaret Temari, RN, MEd.

Certified School Nurse & Facilitator, School Health Services

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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.