Emerson Newsletter

September 2, 2022

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Spencer... family of Megan Schuurman!


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When should students arrive?


9:00 Students allowed on grounds

9:10 bell rings and students brought in the building

9:15 students in seat ready to learn


Please don't send students early as no one is outside at that time to watch them. And, as a reminder, the playgrounds aren't open before or after school until 6pm.

BASP has use of the playground during the hours.

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Picture Day is coming!

The flyer below went home this past week from Color Portraits for Picture Day. All photo packages are prepay.

Mark your calendars!

Picture Day is September 19th

Retake day is October 26th

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Please LABEL YOUR STUDENT'S WATER BOTTLE! We get lost water bottles every week. They remain in the lost and found and never find their owners!

Also, you wouldn't want your student to claim a water bottle in the lost and found that LOOKS identical but turns out to be someone else's...but the student didn't know because it wasn't labeled!

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New Math curriculum

Thank you to those who have already signed up to help teachers cut, organize & prep math centers for upcoming Illustrative Mathematics units! We are going to continue to have this sign-up available throughout the year as more boxes and materials are arriving with each unit. Instead of signing up by grade level, however, you will notice that the sign-up is now set up by week. This allows us to prepare for whichever grade level has an upcoming unit. If you are willing to give us some of your time to get these centers ready for teachers, it would be greatly appreciated!! Our math coach, Courtney Farrell, will reach out to you with more details after you have signed up. Thanks for considering!


Math Sign up


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Hi Emerson!

If any of you (or your family members) have any collections at home that you would love to get rid of, feel free to bring them into school. Many of our grade levels will be using "counting collections" throughout the school year, so any collections we have would be put to good use! Also feel free to share this in your newsletter in case any of our families have collections they no longer want. Examples include: buttons, coins, bottle tops, shells, rocks, golf ball markers, beads, etc. They can be turned in to me so I can add them to our growing math manipulatives storage area!

Thanks :) Courtney.Farrell@cusd200.org

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Band and Orchestra registration nights for Emerson 5th graders are:

Tuesday, Sept. 6th from 4-8pm at Monroe

If you are unable to attend one of the registration evenings, please contact Mr. Klos or Ms. Schiele. We look forward to a wonderful year in beginning band and orchestra!

Mr. Klos - michael.klos@cusd200.org

Ms.Schiele - jillian.schiele@cusd200.org


Please return any summer library books from Books, Bikes and Bubbles back to school.
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Running Club

Start your morning with a smile !

Run, jog, or walk a marathon mile by mile!

All Emerson students (K-5) are invited! Come take the challenge!

Beginning on Friday, September 9th students are invited to run, jog, or walk 26.2 miles for good health & fitness. Students can run, jog, or walk the Emerson field on Tuesday & Friday mornings from 8:30am – 9:00am (weather permitting). If it is raining or too muddy the club will be canceled for that day!

If the weather is questionable, please check the Emerson PTA Facebook page or your child's “PE Google Classroom”. I will post at 8am.

The students will have 10 weeks to complete their miles! Running club will end on Friday, November 18th.

Click on the link below to sign up! This link is also located in your child's PE Google Classroom.

2022 Mile-By-Mile Running Club Sign Up

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22-23 Breakfast / Lunch Charges AND MILK ONLY information


Breakfast: $1.25 Breakfast

Lunch with milk: $3.15

Milk only $.75

Students who qualify for FREE OR REDUCED BREAKFAST / LUNCH:

District 200 participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) & School

Breakfast Program (SBP), which is administered by the Illinois State Board of

Education and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

IMPORTANT.. Students will be charged for any a la carte items taken, such as extra

milk (not taken with a meal).

In order for a served meal to qualify for reimbursement, all components of the

meal must be served to the eligible student. If your child does not choose to take

the daily meal offered and/or brings a lunch from home, the cost of the carton of

milk only is $.75. This also applies to students who take an extra milk beyond the one that they receive with their meal.

Qualifying students who receive FREE MEALS:

Breakfast and lunch are free

MILK ONLY or EXTRA milk taken in addition to the lunch meal that includes milk: $.75

Qualifying students who receive REDUCED MEALS

Breakfast $.30

Lunch with Milk $.40

Milk only or EXTRA milk taken in addition to the lunch meal that includes milk: $.75

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Emerson 630-682-2055

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LLC information

All District 200 schools have a library learning center (LLC) that contains books that students can check out.

  • Emerson - At our school, students visit the LLC weekly to check out books with the assistance of the LLC Director and/or their classroom teacher.

You can learn more about Emerson’s LLC by visiting https://www.cusd200.org/domain/2686

Destiny is the library management system used by all District 200 schools. This system is online and accessible to all parents and students through each school’s website. Destiny allows all parents and students to have access to the titles of books available in each school’s LLC. You can access it by going directly to destiny.cusd200.org, clicking through the school website, or from a student’s classlink page. You do not need to be logged in to search the catalog, but students will need to log in for some of the more advanced features. I want to highlight a few features of Destiny available to all students and families.

Students can log in to their Destiny accounts from any device with online access. From there, they can see all books that are checked out to them. They can also put holds on titles that are checked out. Each student can create their own Favorites List to keep track of books they would like to check out.

Steps for creating a favorite list:

  1. Log in to your school’s Destiny catalog using your child’s District 200 login information.

  2. Find and open the record for the book you wish to add to your favorites list.

  3. Click on the three dots toward the right of the screen.

  4. Select “Add to Favorites”

  5. A student’s favorites list is accessible by choosing “My Stuff” at the top of the screen.

"If there are particular titles in our school's collection you don't wish your child to read or are not sure they will make the distinction on their own, reach out to your child's teacher and Kristyn Colon, LLC director

You can learn about Destiny and how to create a favorite list by viewing this video.

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  • MUM PICK UP is outside Door 20 on Thursday, 9/15 from 4 to 6:15 pm. We are looking for a few volunteers to help unload the truck at 1pm. Email SaraMAllen80@outlook.com if you can help.

  • Trivia Night is happening on Saturday, 9/24 with an 80s theme! If you have raffle items to donate, please contact Kim Engel at kimengel704@gmail.com. Registration forms are due September 16th. FLYER

  • Chess Club is coming back on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm for 11 weeks! The cost is $100 per student and chess registration forms are due Thursday, September 8. No experience with chess is needed ! We are looking for parent volunteers to be present for Chess Club. If your child is interested, please consider signing up. FLYER

  • The Burger Social is hosting our next dine out on September 14! Visit The Burger Social from 4 - 10 pm that evening and the PTA receives 15% back from every order when Emerson is mentioned. FLYER

  • Join the PTA! The PTA supports the students of Emerson in their endeavors to be successful. The PTA pays for field trips, author visits, and so much more! As part of joining the PTA, directories will be made available. MemberHub

  • Find all of our meeting, event, and fundraiser information in our 2022- 2023 PTA Calendar

  • Connect with Emerson parents on FACEBOOK.

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Wellness Tip from the School Nurse

5 Reasons for Kids to Play Outside

  1. Makes you physically stronger - strengthens your heart and lungs, and all your body’s muscles.

  2. Helps Social-Emotionally - helps you learn to take turns, share and develop other positive friend skills.

  3. Improves Sensory skills - kids who play outdoors regularly have better distance vision . It also helps you exercise your senses of smell and touch, that you do not use when you are on a screen.

  4. Increases attention span - Children that have a hard time paying attention learn to have longer attention spans after playing outdoors regularly.

  5. Happiness and better immunity - The outdoor light stimulates the pineal gland which builds your immune system to fight illness and actually makes you feel happier.

Kathryn Dibadj, M.Ed., BSN, PEL-CSN, RN