Emerson's Enquirer

November 21st, 2019

Principal's Corner

Hello Emerson Families,

Well, this school year is truly flying by in front of our eyes! Trimester 1 is over, and Thanksgiving Break is almost upon us. In order to celebrate this milestone, please take time to relax and recharge with your family and friends. Have a wonderful holiday!

Thanksgiving Break
Just a reminder that there is no school during the week of Thanksgiving. We hope that this extended period provides you and your family time to rest, relax, and be thankful. Students return to school on Monday, December 2nd.

Trimester Two After-School Clubs
A new trimester means some new opportunities to get involved! Please see the list of after-school activities available at Emerson by clicking HERE. We hope you speak with your students about these opportunities and encourage them to get involved.

Emerson’s Spring Musical

This year’s Spring musical is Peter Pan! We are extremely excited to offer this show for our students and community. If your child is interested in being part of the fun, please see the dates below!

Audition Workshop:

December 9, 2019 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Auditions in the MPR:

Friday, December 13, 2019 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Monday, December 16, 2019 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Thursday, December 19, 2019 Possible make-up day

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Broeker (tbroeker@d64.org)

Maine East Incoming Freshman Information

Incoming Freshman Registration Night is December 5th 6:30pm-8:00pm

Counselor Registration Meetings are January 8th-February 7th

Information and updates can be found on the Class of 2024 website.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Michael Wartick (mwartick@maine207.org)

Maine South Incoming Freshman Information

Incoming Freshman Registration Night is December 3rd.

Individual Counselor Meetings are January 22nd, 29th, and February 5th.

This information can be found on the Class of 2024 website.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Melissa Pikul (mpikul@maine207.org).

Volleyball Try-Outs

Attention! 7th and 8th grade girls volleyball tryouts are coming up!

Tryout Dates:

7th grade : December 3rd and December 5th from 3-5 PM

8th grade : December 9th and 17th from 3-5 PM

You need to have a current physical and parent permission form on file BEFORE you can come to tryouts. Over the Thanksgiving Break is a great time to get that physical if you don’t have it already! You will be able to sign up for tryouts for either team via the Emerson Athletic website---be sure to click on the Volleyball tab! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dieden or Mrs. Hutchinson.

PTO Membership

Our Emerson PTO is an amazing part of our school culture and community. This year our membership has been significantly lower than last year, which means that we may not be able to complete as many student experiences as possible. Please become a member by clicking here.

Please remember to keep yourself updated of future events by following the link here.

Feed My Starving Children

Emerson will be visiting Feed My Starving Children again this year as a group on Saturday, January 4th. This event was well-attended last year, and it was worthwhile for all. I know my husband, Sal and I had a great time packaging food in a hair net with 50 middle school students, and we will continue the tradition this year! Not only did this event allow our Emerson families to meet and interact with one another, but it also allowed us to make a global impact on those in need. To view more important information about this event and to sign up, please click here.

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.

Also, please make sure to remind your child to bring their coat to the lunchroom in order to be prepared for recess!

End of the Trimester

The parent portal was closed on November 20th at 8am, and it will reopen on December 4th at 8am. Report cards will be mailed home on December 6th.

Queen of Hearts Fundraiser

The current jackpot is over $6,500!! 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 this coming Tuesday, November 26th at 9 PM at Harp and Fiddle. For regular updates and more information, please follow this event on the Queen of Hearts Facebook Page.

As always, please reach out to a member of our office staff with any questions or concerns. Thank you!


Samantha Alaimo



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

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Emerson Behavior Team’s S.O.A.R.S. Update November 2019

Focus: Shows Respect and Self-Awareness

All students met in homeroom on Friday, November 8th to honor veterans by watching a video with photos and descriptions of relatives of Emerson families who bravely served our country. Following the video presentation, students participated in writing letters to be delivered to World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans invited to participate in the Honor Flight Chicago program.

This Friday, students will meet in homeroom for a Second Step lesson on values and friendships.

Click here to view the full SOARS Update.

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Emerson Musical Poinsettia Sale!

The Emerson Musical is currently raising money for equipment and materials for the show. We are selling white and red Poinsettia plants to help with this goal. We will use the plants as decorations at our December 18 Choral concert. Families may take their plant(s) home from the concert or from school the next day. Here is the link to order a plant.

Checks written to Emerson or Cash must be sent to the office by December 2nd. No late orders will be accepted. Thank you for your support!

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Did you hear the buzz??? The (Spelling) Bee is back! District 64 is participating in the 2020

✔ Spelling & Vocabulary rounds will be included at the School Spelling Bees.
✔ Additional Spelling Bee information is available on the school websites and by direct

link https://sites.google.com/d64.org/district64spellingbee/home

✔ Study Guides and Additional Information about School Spelling Bees are available by registering:

Carpenter Registration Form Field Registration Form Lincoln Registration Form Washington Registration Form

Emerson Registration Form Franklin Registration Form Roosevelt Registration Form

✔ All of the top-spelling students who participate will be recognized; the District 64 winner will move on to the regional competition!

✔ Questions? Ask Meghan Keefer, Spelling Bee Coordinator 847-318-8148, mkeefer@d64.org

Maine South -Middle School Trash to Treasure Challenge

Maine South -Middle School

Trash to Treasure Challenge

Avant Garde look!!

  • Who:

    • Middle school students-all grades are welcome

    • Help from Fashion student mentors and Mrs.Inserra (MSHS fashion teacher)

      • A high school student will mentor a group of middle school students to help guide them to make a wearable piece of art.

  • What:

    • Challenge: create a garment without using any fabric.

    • Use supplies provided by Maine South or items you have access to.

    • Have your creation put on display at Maine South High School

  • When:

    • The challenge kick off day will be: Dec. 10 @ 4 pm

    • Students will meet Dec. 17, Jan. 7, and Jan. 14 to work on their design. Time 4PM - 6PM

    • The garments will be on display at the 8th grade activities fair on March 11, 2020 as well as on display at Maine South during the school year.

  • Where:

    • The challenge kick off will take place at Maine South in the fashion lab room V114

To sign up or for further questions, Email Mrs. Inserra: Sinserra@maine207.org

Emerson Spirit Wear!

Emerson Spirit Wear has a bountiful Thanksgiving offer! 20% off orders of $50 or more for a limited time, November 19-30. Items are shipped directly to your home - great holiday gifts! Please visit emersonspiritwear.com and support Emerson Middle School!
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Don't miss the next Parent University!

Learn computer science during District 64's Hour of Code event on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The event, the next in our series of Parent University programs, runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Middle School's Learning Resource Center, 200 S. Lincoln Avenue, Park Ridge. Join us for this evening's family event highlighting the opportunity to empower students to learn how to create technology.
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Tips for cold weather safety

Recent weather trends have brought January-like weather conditions to our area unexpectedly! Hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature) and frostbite are both dangerous conditions that can occur with exposure to very cold temperatures. Stay safe during the cold weather by learning more about hypothermia . For an infographic about avoiding, spotting and treating frostbite and hypothermia, click here .

Defending against influenza and respiratory illness

Fall months also herald the start of cold and flu season. Since influenza viruses vary from year to year, it is difficult to predict the season’s beginning and peak. Flu activity in the U.S. tends to peak between December and February, but can begin as early as October and continue into May. Current recommendations state that everyone 6 months of age and older, especially those considered at high risk, receives influenza vaccination annually. To prepare for the upcoming flu season, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for basic flu facts, prevention tips and treatment information by clicking here .


Review Guidelines to prevent head lice

With the return of colder weather along with hats and scarves, it's a good time to review guidelines for health lice prevention . Although the focus of head lice is usually on treatment, prevention is just as important. Since head lice cannot jump from child to child, preventing head lice may not be as difficult as it sounds. Please take the opportunity to read the following information. Experts recommend:

•Avoiding head to head contact during play and other activities.

•Encouraging your child to avoid sharing items that have been on or near another child’s head, such as hairbrushes, combs, and hair accessories, hats, scarves, towels, pillows, helmets, etc.

•Teaching your child to hang up hats and coats on individual hooks. Avoid piling coats/jackets.

•Reviewing pictures of head lice and nits (eggs) to help you understand what you are looking for when checking your child’s head.

•Checking your child for lice and/or nits on a weekly basis.

•Recognizing symptoms of head lice: itchy scalp and small red bumps on the back of the head and neck.

•Reviewing head lice prevention steps with your child before sleepovers or trips. If your child is found to have head lice, check with your healthcare provider for recommended treatment. Please inform your child’s school health office. Health staff members are available to answer questions about treatment and prevention.

•For more information, please visit these sites:

http://www.d64.org/health-services/health-safety-tips https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/parents.html •Brochure on Head Lice

School Closing Guidelines

As the seasons change... keep school closing guidelines in mind

District 64's guidelines focus on wind chill and use the National Weather Service distinctions between an advisory and a warning (among other factors) when considering whether schools will be closed. As always, our first priority is the safety of students and staff when making decisions on when schools are closed. Make sure you know about our School Closing Guidelines before the bad weather hits! Here's to a safe winter ahead!

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Park Ridge-Niles Community

From the library to the park district, our communities of Park Ridge-Niles have lots to offer. For information on all the latest happenings, be sure to check the Community Info & Events webpage.

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

View news about the Emerson School Roster here.