Emerson Cheetah Check-In!

December 3rd - Emerson Parent Newsletter

Hello Emerson Families,

I hope you're well and had a great first week back after break. This week we continued with Pooled Testing on Monday, which we will do weekly going forward. This week the pooled testing caught a positive case. This meant that testers returned on Wednesday and we tested everyone in the group (with consent) to identify the positive person. From there we determined next steps based on the class/s that the positive individual/s were in, and next steps for Modified Quarantine. Thank you everyone for you participation in Pooled Testing - it helps keep our community safe!

Vaccine Appointments: Saturday @ Central Kitchen in Oakland - Here is the link to the County vaccine registration page: https://my.primary.health/l/alcoschools

Here are a few upcoming events:

  • We are hosting an in-person tour of campus on Saturday the 4th at 10am. This is for prospective families - spread the word.
  • We are excited about Picture Day on Tuesday, the 7th!
  • We are hosting a Virtual Tour for Prospective Families on Tuesday, the 7th at 5pm - spread the word!

With appreciation,


Ms. Champion GoFundMe

Ms. Champion has been an integral part of the Emerson Community for many years, supporting students, teachers and families. We share this request for support, so that folks can contribute as they are able. With appreciation as always.

Welcome Erin Rush - Intervention Support Specialist in Ms. Mari's Class

My name is Erin Rush and I am looking forward to joining the community at Emerson! I worked at a preschool for two years during my undergrad and am very excited to find myself back in a classroom. I have spent the last couple summers running the outdoor education program in the garden at a summer camp. I love working with kids and know I have much more growing and learning to do both as an educator and an individual so I am really grateful to have the opportunity to do that here at Emerson.

Lost & Found!

  • Please check for Lost & Found hoodies & jackets next week.
  • On December 10th we will take all unclaimed items to the GoodWill for donation!

Information for families about vaccination policy & exemptions

Elementary Schools: Vaccines for 5-11

In partnership with the City of Oakland, COVID Clinic, ACPHD, CDPH, La Clinica, Kaiser, and Safeway, we are planning to offer 21 elementary schools with on-site vaccination pop-ups during the week of November 15, so that students can have their first shot before Thanksgiving break, which will also allow them to receive their second shot before winter break. Additional pop-ups are also being planned for schools in December and January. The clinics are concentrated at elementary schools in the high-priority zip codes of 94621, 94601, 94603, 94607, 94606, and 94605.

Community Info Session

We'll also be hosting a session on 12/1 from 5-6pm with UCSF, so families can ask questions about the board policy and the vaccine itself of OUSD staff and UCSF pediatricians.

Looking Ahead at Emerson



  • January 3rd-5th: Minimum Days (Teacher Planning)
  • January 7th: Ms. Noble's Last Day as Kinder Long-Term Sub (Ms. Noble will support Emerson w/ Intervention & Prep Class thru the End of May)
  • January 10th: Kinder Class Welcomes Back Ms. Galvin from Maternity Leave
  • January 13th: PTA Association Meeting, 6pm
  • January 14th: No School, Teacher Planning Day
  • January 17th: No School, MLK Day
  • January 18th: School Site Council Meeting, 5:30pm

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Emerson prepares students for lifelong success by embracing and nurturing the whole child. We create learning environments centered around students, facilitated by teachers, and supported by families and our community, so that every child grows and succeeds.


We are a relationship-centered school:

  • students are known, valued and celebrated.

We support all students:

  • academic and social emotional programs meet students where they are and accelerate them forward.

We are committed to equity:

  • we eliminate racial, socioeconomic and gender inequities through culturally relevant learning experiences.

We are a learning community:

  • with a learning stance, we use inquiry and reflection to improve our practice.