Emerson Enquirer

February 27, 2020

Principal's Corner

Hello Emerson Families,

Please take a moment to read through this week’s newsletter! Have a wonderful weekend!

Second Step Lessons

Our Second Step program supports students with the social-emotional skills that developing adolescents may need as they move through their middle school years. Last month, we learned about self-awareness and regulation. Topics included how to recognize escalation in emotions and how to use self-calming strategies. This month’s lesson, on March 6th, will focus on strategies for stopping harassment. The 7th grade lesson defines gender identities and strategies for stopping gender harassment at school or in the community. The 8th grade lesson defines the effects of sexual harassment in school, and how to deal with sexual harassment when it occurs. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Staff/Student Basketball Game

On Friday, March 6th, Emerson will be hosting its annual Staff/Student Basketball Game at 3:15pm in the Gym. We are combining this event with supporting the Park Ridge Newcomers Labor of Love 2020 Recipients, Olivia and Sara, who are both graduates of Emerson. Olivia and Sara’s father has been absent for most of their lives and their mother, a Polish immigrant, died suddenly in 2016.

Here is how YOU can we can Make Magic Happen to keep the two sisters in our community:

*Students can purchase wristbands during lunch starting on Wednesday 2/26. Wristbands cost $3 each or 2/$5. When students come to the basketball game, they will receive a raffle ticket for each wrist band purchased.

*Parents can attend the Student/Staff basketball game on Friday 3/6—it’s a spirited event! Cash donations for Olivia and Sara will be accepted here.

*Families can also donate online through this link. Any donation amount will help to Make Magic Happen!: https://www.gofundme.com/f/make-magic-happen-for-olivia-and-sara

STEAM Night 2020

Save the date! Our 2nd Annual STEAM Night will take place on Wednesday, March 18th. To sign up, please fill out this form!

If you have any duct (duck) tape you are able to donate to this event, please drop it off in the main office. We are appreciative of any color or pattern. Thank you!

Boys’ Volleyball Try-Outs

Boys’ volleyball tryouts for 7th and 8th graders will be held from 7:00am to 8:00am on the following days: March 2nd, March 3rd, and March 5th.

Sign-ups for tryouts will be in the gym starting February 24th.

Anyone planning on attending need to have an athletic physical form turned in to the health office. You can access this form on the Emerson Athletics Website. This can be found under the student tab on the school website, or click here for direct access. See Mr. Schauer (aschauer@d64.org) if you have any questions.

8th Grade POWER Event

Friday, February 28th, our annual 8th grade event, POWER, will take place from 3-9pm. If any student needs to leave this event early, a parent will need to come to the main office to pick up their child. If any student is leaving early with another family, please send an email or note to Mrs. Alaimo (salaimo@d64.org).

Peter Pan Jr.

Please do not forget about the Spring musical! Peter Pan Jr. is premiering in March!

Show dates and times are as follows: March 6th at 7:00 pm, and March 7th at 3:00pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are now on sale! Click here to purchase yours.

End of the Trimester
The end of the second trimester is March 6, 2020. We ask that you regularly check in on the Parent Portal to keep on on the progress of your student. Please do not hesitate to be in contact with your child’s teachers should you have any questions or concerns heading into this final month. The parent portal will be closed on March 6th at 8 AM, and it will reopen on March 16th 8 AM. Report cards will be mailed home on March 17, 2020.

Records Day - March 9, 2020

Students will not be in attendance on Monday, March 9th. This day has been designated as a staff planning and records day.

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences: March 16th
Parent-Teacher Conferences are set for the afternoon-early evening of Monday, March 16th. These conferences are typically scheduled at the request of the core team. Elective teachers will be available for drop-in conferences during that time.

One Earth Film Festival

Join Go Green Park Ridge, The Park Ridge Youth Commission, and The Park Ridge Health Commission in support of the ninth annual One Earth Film Festival (OEFF), which takes place from March 6–15, 2020. The 2019 festival featured 28 films in 60 screenings throughout the Chicago region covering topics from conservation to food waste. Park Ridge is participating in OEFF for the third year in a row - don’t miss out!

Reservations through eventbrite are strongly recommended for our Park Ridge community film: UseLess. Follow a young single mother as she explores the issues of waste in food consumption and the fashion industry.

Pickwick Theater: 10am on March 7, 2020

Guarantee your seats before March1st! Link to Eventbrite HERE.

We ask that you help us encourage attendance at this film to support education and connect people with action towards climate solutions. Please let us know if you have questions by emailing gogreenparkridge@gmail.com

IAR and ISA Testing

On April 7, 8, and 9, the whole school will take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). This test is comprised of multiple mathematics (3) and English language arts (2) sessions.

During this testing window, we will be running modified schedules on testing days. In the meantime, we ask that you are considerate of these dates in the scheduling of vacations and/or appointments for your children during the school day. Please look for more information in the upcoming weeks.

Attention 8th grade parents: On March 16th and 17th, all 8th grade students will take the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA). This will take place during morning core classes, so please plan any appointments or absences accordingly.

Calling all Career Professionals!

Emerson Middle School, in association with Junior Achievement, is seeking passionate professionals to come out and speak to their 8th grade students. No experience is required! Speak to students about your industry and career journey. This is a great way to connect with the future work force and to really give young people true insight to your industry. Show them what’s possible and give back to your community by becoming a volunteer. We are seeking volunteers from a broad range of industries (information technology, food services, business, health services, etc.) to come speak with our students so they can learn about the vast career possibilities.

When: Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 Time: 8:00 AM - 11:10 AM (multiple presentations about 25 minutes in length each)

Interested?: Contact Daniel White at dwhite@jachicago.org with your name, job title, and industry. Please note that not all volunteers who express interest may be selected based on the number of volunteer slots available.

Queen of Hearts Fundraiser

The current jackpot is over $12,600! The Emerson and Lincoln PTO Queen of Hearts 50/50 raffle will raise money to equally benefit the students and staff at both Emerson and Lincoln Middle Schools. The next drawing is Tuesday, March 3rd at 9pm at Harp & Fiddle.

For regular updates and more information, please follow this event on the Queen of Hearts Facebook Page.


Samantha Alaimo



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

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No School on Records Planning Day and Spring Break

  • Students will have the day off on Monday, March 9, Records Planning Day - Due to the lack of any inclement weather days used in January, District 64 students do not have to attend classes on Monday, March 9.
  • Schools will be closed for Spring Break from March 20-27 - Schools will be closed for six days (10 including weekends). The last day of classes will be Thursday, March 19. Schools will re-open on Monday, March 30.


Read more about Emerson's Behavior Team February Update here.
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Expression Gallery Entry Form

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March Notes from the Gym…

The start of March marks the end of Emerson’s Badminton, Pickleball, Archery, and Bowling units. 7th and 8th grade students worked on concentration, object manipulation, and hand - eye coordination during their rotations through Badminton and Archery. Our 6th graders worked on all the same skills during their Pickleball and Bowling units. In addition, all students were able to enhance muscular and cardiovascular endurance levels while working out on Emerson’s new airbikes in the Fitness Center.

Next up? Dance! Starting March 2nd, students at all grade levels will be choosing work groups and creating Rhythmic Routines while following detailed instructions and scoring rubrics. We can’t wait to see what their creative minds come up with!

No time to rest! Our gyms are still active EVEN AFTER 3:00! The 2020 Emerson Hoops for Heart Tournament has been running for 2 weeks and will be finishing up soon. Over twenty teams participated in this year’s tournament raising over $800.oo to be donated directly to The American Heart Association. Emerson’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grade champions for both girls and guys will be taking on Lincoln Middle School’s champions in the Emerson Gym from 3:00 to 4:00 on Thursday, March 5th.



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PTO News

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Director of Student Services hosts Coffee Chat

Do you have any questions about District 64's student services? Are there any concerns you want to tell us about?

Dr. Lea Anne Frost, District 64’s Director of Student Services, will host a monthly Coffee Chat for parents to express their concerns, ask questions, or discuss any matters related to the Student Services Department. Please feel free to attend all or part of these meetings.

The times and dates for the remaining coffees are:

  • 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 in the Emerson Middle School conference room, 8108 North Cumberland Avenue, Niles

  • 8 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22 in the Carpenter Elementary School conference room, 300 North Hamlin Avenue, Park Ridge

  • 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 in the Washington Elementary School conference room,1500 Stewart Avenue, Park Ridge

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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.


School Roster Page

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