Emerson Middle School Newsletter

December 22nd-January 13th

Emerson Families,

On behalf of the entire Emerson staff, we wish you a wonderful winter break and happy holidays. We will be back again in 2023, and we look forward to the opportunities and promise that the new year provides. Enjoy the time in the company of family and friends. All the best to you and yours.

Be safe and stay healthy.


Dr. Samantha Alaimo

Save the Date: Emerson's Open House

Attention 6th and 7th Grade Families:

You are cordially invited to Emerson's Open House on Wednesday January 18th. This event allows our families to view our elective opportunities before making selections/requests for next year's schedules.

Emerson's Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18th.


6-6:40pm: 5th Grade Orientation in the Multi-Purpose Room

6:50-7:20pm: 6th Grade Parent Elective Class Selection Presentation in the Multi-Purpose Room

6:40-8pm: Exploratory & Elective Class Exploration (throughout the school)

*This event is not geared towards 8th grade students and families since they are graduating in June.

In addition, on Wednesday, January 18th, in advisory, we will complete elective counseling with all 6th and 7th grade students. These forms will be due back by Wednesday, January 25th to homeroom teachers.

4pm Bus: Please Read!

The 4pm bus is available to students who stay at Emerson for after-school activities. Students who leave our property are not allowed to return at 4pm to take this bus. Recently, students have been leaving Emerson and returning to take the bus. This is not allowed. Thank you for understanding.
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SOARS Advisory Update

December was a busy month for Emerson's advisory program. Please click here to read all about our SOARS activities, service learning projects, and Second Step lessons.


Even though it may not feel like it now, Spring will be here before we know it and your student will be leaving Emerson Middle School to begin their high school experience. The promotion ceremony is a great event celebrating the achievement of your student. District 64 provides gowns for all of our promoting 8th graders. We need your help! If you have not already, could you please fill out THIS FORM with the height of your student so that we can order the correct sized gown to be worn during promotion. More details regarding the ceremony itself will be shared at a later date. Thank you for your cooperation.

Early Entry Passes

Early Entry into Emerson begins at 7:35am. ONLY students who have a signed pass from a teacher or parent may enter the building early. Students may enter through the main entrance by the office and will be let in once the door supervisor opens the door to check passes. Entry BEFORE 7:35 will not be allowed unless there is extreme weather or a situation approved by the school. Please use this link to find extra passes for home use.


Young Authors' Contest

The Young Authors Contest is here! This is students' chance to turn their creative ideas into a published piece of writing. Submission guidelines can be viewed electronically (see link below), and students can also find them around school (near water fountains and in LA classes).

Although this is an independent project, we’re always happy to support students in the LRC. For example, do they need:

  • a quiet space to write?

  • a resource for choosing just the right word?

  • examples of story hooks to inspire your introduction?

We can’t wait to read submissions. Best of luck to everyone in writing the winning manuscript!

Young Author Guidelines 2023

Emerson's News Broadcast: WEMS

Each Friday Emerson airs WEMS, our local news broadcast, to all students in homeroom. Check out this week's edition here!

Boy Scout Troop

Scout Me In! Boys aged 11-17 are invited to visit Troop 76 to learn about scouting. You can join Troop 76 even if you have never had any scout experience. Scouts from our Troop go camping (even in the winter!), hiking, skiing, go-karting, climbing, building rockets, and more. They earn volunteer service hours by working on community service projects. They learn leadership skills that last them a lifetime. We are a youth-led troop that means we let the Scouts make as many decisions and lead as many activities as possible. Email contactus.troop76parkridge@troopmaster.email for additional information and to let us know when you’d like to visit. Our Troop meets every Monday night at Roosevelt Elementary. Additional information can also be found on our website.

Winter Illness Update
We’ve seen an uptick in all illnesses these last few months, and an uptick in COVID cases since we returned from Thanksgiving. Although Cook County transmission remains in the medium range, this is something we want to keep an eye on. There are several ways we can mitigate transmission, and this note is a quick reminder of some of those steps.

Please click HERE to read more from the District 64 Nursing Department.

8th Grade High School Registration

District 207 (which includes Maine East, Maine South and Maine West high schools, as well as Frost Academy) is looking forward to the anticipated arrival of the current 8th grade students in the fall of 2023.

Please follow THIS LINK to Pre-Enroll your student in D207 schools. District 207 is asking the parents of incoming 9th grade students (Class of 2027) to enroll your child by January 1, 2023.

District 207 reminds parents that the enrollment process for high school has begun. If your child will be attending Maine East, Maine South, Maine West or Frost Academy in 9th grade, please know that District 207 requires families to complete the initial enrollment process by Jan. 1, 2023. Completion of enrollment is required to access the course selection meeting with your child’s high school counselor.

Parents should have already received an email from District 207 with this information. If you did not receive the email, please contact the school your child will attend for 9th grade:

Maine East - 847-692-8528

Maine South - 847-692-8214

Maine West - 847-803-5768

If your child will not attend District 207 schools, please contact District 207 at info@maine207.org so you can be removed from future communications from the high school district.

Vocal Notes Newsletter

Please see the Vocal Notes Newsletter #13 from Mrs. Broeker.

St. Baldrick's Charity Event

As some of you may remember, 4 years ago Emerson and Lincoln Middle Schools participated in the St. Baldrick's fundraiser to help raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. Between the two schools over $430,000 was raised. It was truly a wonderful and inspiring event.

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding another St. Baldrick's event. There will be a kickoff assembly on January 26th to introduce the students to the charity and the event. This will be the kickoff to 6 week fundraising campaign that will culminate with the head shaving assembly on March 8th.

Thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to hosting this event here at Emerson!

Winter Weather Guidelines

As we turn to December, it’s time to share with everyone what our weather guidelines are for potentially closing schools. These are the guidelines we would follow if we had to close school due to weather conditions.

In the event we need to close due to weather, students and staff will not attend school that day, and should we need to make up days during the school year, we will adjust the calendar accordingly. While it's never ideal to have to interrupt learning, I appreciate your understanding and cooperation when we are concerned about student and staff safety at school.

Opt-In D64 Text Alerts

District 64 continues to utilize many different platforms to ensure you have important information delivered to you in the most convenient way. One of those ways is through our SMS Text Messaging Service.

Getting messages delivered to your mobile device is a helpful tool, and District 64 is reenergizing our efforts to bring this to you.

These alerts will be info about events, school closings, safety, and more. That said, our SMS Text Messaging Service will be used supplementally in our communication efforts and does not replace any school emails or calls you are receiving.

How to receive text messages:

  • You must opt-in to receive text messages. To do so, you will need to text “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.

  • If you’d like to no longer receive District 64 text messages, you have to send “Stop” to 67587.

If you have any questions regarding the use of text messages to communicate District/School messages, please email Christopher Lilly at clilly@d64.org.


This is a friendly reminder that yearbooks for the 22-23 school year are on sale. The cost for a copy is $25. Yearbooks can be purchased with cash or check in the main office. Yearbooks will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Apuli (mapuli@d64.org) or Ms. Dobrydnio (edobrydnio@d64.org).

We are also seeking student photos from any and all school events. If you have any to share, you can send them over through either of the following options:

News from PTO

7th Grade Social

Planning for 7th grade social will begin soon. If you’re interested in helping with planning and/or day off please sign up via our website. https://emersonmspto.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/89981


The Emerson PTO is soooo close to meeting our membership goal. If you have not yet joined, please do today!

PTO membership is the main fundraiser for the Emerson PTO. It helps fund our whole yearly budget for student events, support staff and all the other little things.


**We have had some PayPal issues with folks not being able to use the guest checkout feature. To fix this, we are moving to another payment platform in the coming months. In the meantime, if you don’t want to create a PayPal account, please select “pay by check” and drop off a check in the office.**

Lunch Reminders

The cafeteria will not be accepting cash to purchase lunch items. Students must use their MySchoolBucks account to purchase any food. Please see this flyer for more information from Quest, our food service company. You can also get a food service overview by clicking HERE.

Unlike elementary school, you do not need to pre-order meals or beverages. Students may select from daily offerings in the Emerson cafeteria. More information about our school lunch offerings and payment can be found here on the D64 Middle School Lunch webpage.

Though we have many food choices in our cafeteria, most Emerson students bring their lunch to school. We strongly encourage this during the first weeks of school while we get our cafeteria systems and procedures up and running.

We highly encourage waste-free lunches. To help reduce waste, please consider using reusable containers for your child’s food and drink, rather than disposable bags and bottles. Emerson is committed to green efforts in the lunchroom. The cafeteria also has a lunch waste sort station for students to empty their lunch waste into recycling, compost and trash. We encourage all students to do so every lunch period.


If students forget something at home or are being brought a lunch, items may be dropped off at the Emerson Office. We instruct students to check in with the office during passing periods to pick up these items. We will not interrupt class to notify students of items/lunches delivered to the office. As noted in our district student/parent handbook, parents are discouraged from delivering lunch to the office from local restaurants; lunches brought to the office should be reserved for emergency situations, such as a forgotten lunch.

Activity Bus

There will be three 4:00pm activity buses that will go to the Franklin, Carpenter, and Field areas. The buses will run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. These buses leave the the school around 4:15, giving students time to get from their activity to the bus. Please note: there is no 4pm bus on Wednesday or Fridays before long weekends/holidays.

Attendance Reminders


All students are expected to be seated in homeroom at 8:05 a.m. Students who arrive at school after the homeroom period (8:05 to 8:10 a.m.) must report directly to the office before proceeding to class. A doctor’s appointment or a bus problem are acceptable excused tardies. All other reasons will be considered unexcused. Exceptions must be approved by the principal. To assist students and parents in correcting this problem, a sequence of escalating interventions is followed after three unexcused tardies. These range from calls home, parent letters and conferences at school, detentions, tardy contract, and possible legal action against the parents.

Early Check-Out

If a student needs to leave the school before the end of the day, a parent note giving the reason, date and time of departure, and person picking up the student should be given to the teacher whose class the student is leaving. If you email this message to the teacher, please be sure to include the school secretary (em-office@d64.org) as a recipient. The student should report to the office at the time of departure. The parent or guardian must come into the office to sign out the student for the length of time the student will be away from school. If your child returns to school before the end of the day, please enter the school building and sign your child back in before he/she returns to class. Please note that students must arrive by 9:20 a.m. or be dismissed after 1:45 p.m. for their attendance to be counted as a full day.


For safety reasons and in compliance with state law, a parent is requested to notify the school office in writing or by phone within the first hour of school. If notice is not received, the school secretary will call parents at home or work to confirm the absence. To report an absence, please call the school office anytime, day or night, to access the voice mail system at 847-318-8110. When calling, please provide: student’s name; classroom/ homeroom; date of absence; and reason for absence. For illness, please share symptoms or diagnosis.

• EXCUSED: A valid cause for absence includes illness, observance of a religious holiday or religious instruction, death in the immediate family, family emergency, other situations beyond the control of the student, other circumstances that cause reasonable concern to the parent/guardian for the student’s safety or health, or other reason as approved by the Superintendent or designee. For a student to be released from school as an excused absence to observe a religious holiday or for religious instruction, parents should give written notice to the Building Principal at least five calendar days before the student's anticipated absence.

• UNEXCUSED: Absences due to vacations, travel, attendance at a cultural or sporting event, or participation in a team sport, acting or fine arts performance are considered unexcused. This also includes tiredness (unless your child is ill), oversleeping. If your child is NOT called in by 10am, they will be marked unexcused for the day, and parents will be contacted by the office to verify the absence.


Every school day is important, and the District strongly discourages scheduling family vacations on school days as these are considered unexcused absences. If your child will be absent from school for an extended period of time for a family trip, please inform the school office and your child’s teacher. Work will be given upon return for students leaving the country or immediate District area when your children RETURN to school. It must be completed at home under a parent’s supervision. Teachers are not expected to provide homework or assignments in advance for students who will be absent for an extended period of time for family vacation and other activities.

School and Office Hours

School hours for student classes are from 8:05 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Please note that each Wednesday, students are dismissed at 2:10 p.m. for staff professional development activities.

Doors to the school open for students each morning at 7:58 a.m. Homeroom begins at 8:05 a.m. Students with an early entry pass will be permitted to enter the school between 7:35-7:45, but not before. There will be a teacher opening the door to permit entry at that time. We WILL allow students to enter before this if there is inclimate or cold weather.

School office hours are from 7:20 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Remember that our student absence line (847) 318-8110 is available 24 hours a day. Please let the Emerson Office know as soon as possible if your child will not be in attendance. Please do not rely on e-mail notification for reporting absences as it may not be seen until later in the day.

Portal Access

All Emerson students and parents are provided access to schedules via the PowerSchool parent and student portals. The PowerSchool Parent Portal allows you access to your student’s academic information, including student schedules and grades. If you have any questions on how to login, please contact the Emerson Main Office for assistance at (847) 318-8110.


Emerson Middle School, along with all District 64 schools, operates in accordance with policies and practices that have been reviewed and implemented by the District 64 Board of Education. Please review the D64 Student-Parent Handbook prior to the start of the school year to familiarize yourself with the information contained in it. We want to work in partnership with you to ensure a positive school year, and having an understanding of this information will help to promote a successful school year. This handbook is intended as a convenience for District 64 families and staff by summarizing selected information about procedures, services and programs. It also provides a quick reference for contact information and District timelines.

Emerson Website and Calendar

The Emerson website and Emerson school calendar are valuable resources to keep informed of important updates and events throughout the year. The calendar is kept up to date throughout the school year, and new information is posted regularly. We hope that these tools are helpful resources for keeping you and your student organized and informed as we progress through the year.
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