New Emerson News

New Emerson School • April, 2021 • Issue 9

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New Emerson third, fourth and fifth graders participated in the Eureka Science Museum's city-wide science fair two weeks ago. NE learners placed in every grade level! We also had 10 students qualify for a statewide math league competition last month. Congrats to those learners and their families! (See story below.)

April Greetings from Ms. Terry

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Dear New Emerson families:

First of all, thank you for participating in our school's Read-a-thon last month. Over $4,000 was raised for PTO to use for our campus in the coming year.

This month, our staff will continue to focus on implementing Bridges Math and Units of Phonics in grades kindergarten, first, and second. Along with our continued focus on instruction and learning, our students in third, fourth, and fifth grade will take the state assessment, CMAS, in the subject areas of reading, writing, and math. Fifth grade will take science.

In other news, although this year has had many limitations, Ms. Christina Lee from the Eureka Science Center organized a virtual science fair. Join me in congratulating our New Emerson Science Fair Winners below:

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This semester, our Gifted and Talented Teacher Ms. Sara Hoover sponsored our first-ever Math League. Over 30 students participated and took the required math assessments. Overall, the following mathematicians placed among other third, fourth, and fifth graders throughout the state of Colorado. Congratulations to Maddy, Levi, Bode, Jeremy, Leah, Watson, Perry, Emelia, Lily, and Olivia. They are eligible to compete in the state competition. Thank you to all participants for engaging in this fun and challenging event.

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Let’s not forget to take some time to recognize Ms. Tina on April 21st, Administrative Assistant Day. Ms. Tina is here for all of us. Thank you, Ms. Tina, for all you do for our school.

As I mentioned before, this school year has been very different, but our dedicated staff continues to make school a fun and engaging experience for everyone. Thank you for your continued partnership and support. As difficult as all of this year has been on everyone, we continue to have HUGE gratitude for what each of our learners brings to our school community.

Happy spring.

Ms. Terry Schmalz

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Important Upcoming Dates

April 5, 6, 7-CMAS ELA 3-5 grades

April 8-Twin Day

April 12-PTO Virtual Meeting

April 12, 13, 14-CMAS Math 3-5 grades

April 16-DEAR Day (Drop Everything and Read Day)

April 19 - Incoming Kindergarten Registration Begins.

April 21-Administrative Assistant Day

April 22-Earth Day

April 26-Salute to Staff Celebration TBD

April 29-Panorama Survey for all students opens

From Ms. Tina in the Office


Parents, please do not schedule appointments for your 3rd, 4th or 5th graders during the first three weeks of April. We will be doing testing during that time and it is difficult to schedule make-up times for testing.

Incoming Kindergarten Registration.

Children who will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2021, are invited to register for the Fall of 2021-22 school year through our online registration process. Due to COVID restrictions, online Kindergarten Registration will open on Monday, April 19th, and run through the month of April and May. Incoming New Emerson Kindergarten parents should contact Ms. Tina to find out the process to register their child online. Email her at

March PTO Meeting Online on Monday, April 12 @ 7pm

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Dear Parents,

My March classroom lessons in Kindergarten and first grade were about “Keeping Your Personal Power”, a resiliency strategy that I have been teaching about school-wide this year. The students in these classrooms learned about ways to stand up for themselves if someone is being unkind. They learned and practiced standing up straight, looking at someone in the eyes, using a firm voice, and using I Messages.

My March classroom lessons in second and third grade were about bullying prevention. The students in these classrooms learned about the difference between conflict and bullying, and about how to stand up for themselves and others. They learned that they can be an “Upstander” by being a buddy, speaking out, interrupting (to help someone walk away), and telling an adult.

I am continuing to meet with the fourth-grade learners in small groups about resiliency. These learners were placed in small groups based on choices they made about strategies they want to use to build resilience. We are having good discussions in these small groups about strategies that can help them when they face challenges or when they go through difficult times.

My March classroom lesson in 5th grade was about Diversity. The fifth grade learners participated in a simulation activity related to segregation. During the lesson, we defined the words segregation, prejudice, discrimination, and stereotype, and the learners listened to a story and participated in a discussion about breaking down barriers and accepting and respecting differences.

I am looking forward to the final two months of this school year (hard to believe), and the continued learning and growth that will take place.

Leslie Atchison

New Emerson School Counselor

From Ms. Lora in the Art Room


Check those backpacks! The week after Spring Break I sent home with your student two art opportunities. The first one is The Bank of Colorado 2022 Calendar Contest and the second one is the Original Works Fundraiser. Both of these opportunities have an April 16th deadline.

Due at the bank by April 16th or Due at school by noon on April 15th

In art class, each student created an entry for this contest, now it’s your turn to decide if you would like to enter it in the contest. If you would like to enter your student’s work, fill out an entry form and then you have a choice, either send the form and the work back to school and I will take all of them to the bank or you are welcome to take it directly to the bank yourself. If you choose not to enter the contest feel free to hang your student’s work prominently on the wall or refrigerator for everyone to enjoy their hard work. Good luck to everyone. Their work is amazing!

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In other news, the Original Works Gallery is once again open and ready to take orders. Don’t miss the chance to have your child’s artistic portrait captured on a keepsake. These items make great gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and birthdays and each purchase will help stock supplies in our art room. Please note there have been no changes to the gallery since this fall.

As always and for a variety of reasons some student work may be missing. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at school and we can work together to find a solution.

Thank you for all your support,

Lora Quesenberry

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New Emerson School

We are a K-5 public, magnet school in Grand Junction, CO with an emphasis on teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.