New Emerson News

New Emerson School • February, 2021 • Issue 7

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Check out our new website. We are still in the process of adding all the pages and functions it will have, but it's got quite a bit of info ready and waiting for you today. Make sure to bookmark it!

February Greetings from Ms. Terry

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Dear New Emerson Families:

We are well into our third quarter of the year. Our learners are in the groove of learning. After middle of year assessments, our students are moving in and out of reading groups, getting more support in reading and math. Congratulations to learners reaching grade level expectations and graduating from their read plans. This is all because of the hard work of both learners and staff.

Pick-up and drop-off are going well. One of the things we can do to improve our time in getting learners into the building and back to you at the end of the day is to drive forward as far as you can to gate 1 (Terry’s gate). Our learners can enter campus from either gate.

The front parking lot (west side of building) is very busy. We are going to block off the parking lot closest to the front office door (southwest) using orange buckets during morning arrival. This will make our parking lot safer for students and parents. Thank you for your cooperation.

I Love to Read Night has been changed to I Love to Read Day on Thursday Feb. 18. Thanks to the generous book purchases from PTO and books left from last year’s event, our students will be able to choose a book of their choice on I Love to Read Day. PTO has donated gift cards and Amazon Echo Dots. These prizes will be drawn at the end of this fun day! All learners will have the opportunity to win these prizes.

Check out our newly created New Emerson website. To access it, click on this link,, and keep up with the latest updates and happenings around our amazing school. Thank you, Ms. Miranda, for designing and building our website.

Thank you for keeping our learning community safe. We appreciate your support in sending your child to school with a mask, water bottle, and emphasizing the importance of washing our hands. We have come this far in the year with in person learning and want to continue the rest of the school year.

And thank you for your continued support. You can email me, catch me in the drop-off and pick-up lane, or call me with any questions or feedback you may have.



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Important Upcoming Dates

February 1-February 5
-Application pickup for lottery and drop off for Lottery

February 8—PTO Virtual Meeting 7pm

February 11—Valentine's Day Parties

February 12—Chinese New Year

February 15—President’s Day Holiday -- NO SCHOOL

February 16—March 2 New Emerson Read-a-thon Sponsored by PTO

February 17—National Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 18—I Love to Read Day

February 22-25—CMAS Dress Rehearsal to be determined sometime this week.

March 1-4—Read Across America/Dr. Seuss Birthday Dress Up Week

From Ms. Tina in the Office

I want to send out a big THANK YOU to all the parents that have been sending emails regarding pick-up/drop-off/early release/late arrivals, etc. It is so helpful and allows me to make sure that everyone is aware of any changes happening with your child. Things are very hectic here in the mornings and during pick up times. Emails regarding absences are very helpful as well as they too are shared with the teachers. Please include the reason they will not be at school. If they are ill please let us know if they are just tired, have a sore throat, or whatever the reason. Due to COVID we must indicate that information. Again, my email address is:

During an emergency near or at a school, information will be sent out to parents via a text, a call, and/or an email. The District website is the best place to find the most up to date information. Notifications will be posted to the homepage during an incident.

To opt in to text alerts, text YES to 67587. (Standard message & data rates may apply.)

Please make sure that you let me know if your emergency contact information has changed. I want to be sure we have the most current, accurate information. You also may update your ParentVUE information at any time.

And please help us celebrate the work anniversaries this month for the following New Emerson employees:


Holly February 12 Three Years

Sarah February 21 Two Years

Angel February 25 Two Years


Math League News from Ms. Sara

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The first couple of Math League practices have been busy and so much fun. The students are engaged and seem to be up for the challenges that they come across. We will complete our first competition beginning on February 16th and working through the competition until we finish all four of the sections.

I want to encourage all students to participate as it will be very low-key, however, they do not have to have their scores counted if they do not wish. If your student is interested in competing in the more formal Math League setting, the next competition will be February 14th via Zoom.

Here is the link to register for the competitions, if you need any materials (calculator, entry fee, more study materials, etc.) please let me know.

The above link will also list the other Colorado competitions that are coming up along with some other information. If you need anything, please reach out to

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Dear Parents,

My January class lesson in Kindergarten was about “Focusing on the Good”. I read a book to the Kindergarten learners about being positive and we had a lot of discussion about what this means. The learners drew pictures and wrote about people, places, and things that they are grateful for, and about what makes them feel happy, and how they could help someone else feel happy.

My January lesson in 1st grade was about “Using Strengths” to build resilience. The first-grade learners participated in a discussion about character traits and they made choices about which ones are their strengths. They also chose one that they would like to become a strength. They talked with a partner about their character trait strengths and about a time when they showed that strength.

I am continuing to meet with learners in grades 2 – 5 in small groups about building resilience. These learners were placed in groups based on strategies they chose to use this year to build resilience. The strategies are Make Positive Connections, Reach out to be Kind, Use My Strengths, Focus on the Good, Be Mindful, Keep My Personal Power and Think Things Through. We have had many good discussions in these small groups about building resilience.

Please let me know if you have questions about my classroom lessons or small groups, or if you have a school-related concern about your child that I might be able to help with.

Thank you,

Leslie Atchison

School Counselor

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Help Us Help the Lions Club This Year!

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Last year, the GJ Lions Club granted us almost $10,000 to finish up the design of our Libratory. Please help us continue to support this very worthy cause by pre-ordering Raffle Tickets for $25 per packet. We will be sending home information this week on how you can get your tickets and enter their Feb. 20th raffle drawing for over $27,000 in prizes. Plus, every packet comes with some amazing coupons to local businesses. We will put more info in your child's homework folder this week with all the details.
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