The Eagle Has Landed

October 7th - October 14th

Good morning Eagles!

It’s probably safe to say that we’re all looking forward to a long weekend! I hope you have some plans - or - no plans - to enjoy the time off! Thanks for all of your hard work this week!

I really appreciated witnessing the “Staff Shower” - how nice! Celebrating and supporting new staff is important when supporting a strong professional learning community. Through our growing interactions while attending a number of meetings, it is clear that staff genuinely cares about the young Eagles!

As always, thanks for picking up those extra classes and other efforts that support the school community!


Upcoming Dates

Emerson at a Glance…

  • M 10/10 Indigenous People's Day/Columbus Day NO SCHOOL
  • T 10/11 Intramural Flag Football
  • T 10/11 Girls Basketball @ Chippewa
  • TH 10/13 6th Grade Boo Bash
  • S 10/15 PTO Green Clean Up Event

On the horizon:

  • M 10/17 Fall Conferences
  • T 10/18 ASSP Math
  • T 10/18 Girls Basketball vs Holmes
  • T 10/18 Cross Country Conference Championship
  • W 10/19 Boys Basketball Tryouts
  • W 10/19 Girls Basketball @ Lincoln
  • W 10/19 PTO Meeting
  • TH 10/20 Boys Basketball Tryouts
  • F 10/21 Cross Country Conference Championship Rain Date

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on October 17th, October 25th and October 27th. We will utilize conference scheduling software this year - PowerPTC. Angel Villarreal sent an email on Tuesday regarding how to set this up and how to schedule breaks. Here is the link. Please make sure you do that!

Staff Shoutouts

We're bringing it back! Want to make someone's day? Thank them for being a rockstar? Brag on someone? Fill out a staff shout out form! Use this link.

  • Angel: Thank you for jumping right in with our Hispanic Heritage Month Announcements this past month! -Lauri

  • Emily B. and Theresa S.: Thanks for all the teamwork with science - the incredible support and problem solving is awesome and we make a great team! -Speilburg

  • Jackie B. and Jess C.: Greatest math team ever! -Speilburg

Hispanic Heritage Month

This month, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Emerson Middle School and across the United States. Kicking off today until October 15, we will recognize the diverse cultures, rich histories, and the significant contributions of Latin-x communities in the United States. Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15 to mark the Independence Day of five Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua). In addition, Mexico celebrates its Independence tomorrow, Chile on September 18, and Belize on September 21. Over the next month, look out for more information spotlighting the culture and achievements of Latin-x Americans!

Year Books

This is a friendly reminder that yearbooks for the 22-23 school year are on sale. The cost for a copy is $25. Yearbooks can be purchased online through My School Bucks, OR with cash or check in the main office. The deadline to secure a copy is Wednesday, December 14. After this date, yearbooks will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Apuli ( or Ms. Dobrydnio (

We are also seeking student photos from any and all school events. If you have any to share, you can send them over through either of the following options:

  • Upload through (code: eagles)

  • Download the Yearbook Snap mobile app from the App Store or Google Play (code: eagles)

  • Email your photos directly to the yearbook sponsors → / This is a friendly reminder that yearbooks for the 22-23 school year are on sale. The cost for a copy is $25. Yearbooks can be purchased online through My School Bucks, OR with cash or check in the main office. The deadline to secure a copy is Wednesday, December 14. After this date, yearbooks will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Apuli ( or Ms. Dobrydnio (

    We are also seeking student photos from any and all school events. If you have any to share, you can send them over through either of the following options:

22-23 Schedule

Please click here to see staff schedules for the 22-23 school year. As always, schedules can be subject to change before the start of the school year. Please reach out with any questions.

If you see any room usage errors, please email admin and the secretaries.

Wednesday Schedules

As noted by Dr. Lopez, the middle schools will continue with an extended homeroom time for this school year. The SOARS/ Second Step Schedule can be found below.

SOARS/ Second Step Schedule

GCN Trainings (From Dr. Martin)

All District 64 staff members are required to complete a number of state mandated trainings this school year. These trainings will be provided through Global Compliance Network (GCN), which can be accessed on-line. The modules have already been preloaded for staff members. Please note that required GCN modules may vary from employee group to group.

The preferred method for completing these requirements is for staff members to log in individually to view the modules. Once completed, each staff member’s name is automatically entered into a database, indicating that the requirement has been met.

The home page of Global Compliance Network (GCN) can be accessed here:

  • If you participated in GCN online training last year, please log in as an “Existing User.”
  • If you are a new user, you will select “Login to View Training” in the green box on the home page. On the next page, select “New User - I do not have a personal ID”. Follow the prompts. You will need to choose a personal password.

Our organization ID is 74439p.

I have included an attachment to this email detailing how to enter the training program to access the tutorials.

Please keep Certificates of Completion for your files only. It is not necessary to send them to me or to any of our nurses. As always, I ask that you prioritize the medical and mandated reporter videos first, but would appreciate it if you would work to have them all completed by November 28, 2022.

District 64 Calendar

Please be reminded to look ahead on the District 64 school calendars for important dates and events. If you notice any information missing, please be sure to bring this to my attention and we will get updates posted.

For your reference, here is the updated D64 monthly calendar for 2022-23

Please Join the Emerson PTO!

The Emerson PTO greatly appreciates and needs Emerson family and teacher support to have a successful year for students! Please join the Emerson PTO today!

PTO Membership at the middle school is our primary fundraiser. It helps support all our great student/teacher events throughout the year.

Join the Emerson PTO - Membership link HERE

TIP: Download the Membership Toolkit App for easy membership payment, directory access, volunteer sign-up. You can also easily switch between Emerson and the elementary schools (Field, Franklin & Carpenter) PTO/A accounts.

A Note About Paypal Payment: PTO recently learned that Paypal has removed their guest checkout feature on the website. The PTO is looking into alternative payment options. The Paypal guest checkout feature may work on the Membership Toolkit App. However, if you do not want to create a Paypal account when paying, select to pay via check when you fill out the membership online. You or your child can drop off a check in the Emerson School office. Checks can be made payable to "Emerson PTO." Please include your name and PTO Membership on the envelope.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our PTO Board Member.

Thank you so much!

Emerson PTO

New Tardy Policy

Our goal is to have every student arrive on time and attend a full day of school

WHY: The purpose of school is to educate students. Regular attendance in all classes is essential to earning good grades and establishing good habits for post high school living. A policy will not get rid of tardiness altogether, but it will set up a strong expectation for punctuality and establish firm guidelines for students.

Tardy #1 - Warning

Tardy #2 - Warning

Tardy #3 - Phone call/email home

Tardy #4 - Detention

Tardy #5 - Detention

Tardy #6 - Detention, contact home, conversation with administration

Tardy #7 - In School Suspension

This policy will begin starting the week of October 3rd.

Greener Lunch

Ms. Corsello, our Broadcasting Elective Teacher along with students created a Green Lunch video. You can access it here.
Greener Middle School Lunches

Maine South English Program Information Night

All 6-8 grade parents and Lincoln ELA teachers are invited to attend the Maine South English Program Night on October 18th from 7:00-8:00 PM. Members of the Maine South English staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about upcoming changes to the English program at Maine South. Please see this flyer for more information.

Yearbook Pictures

Hi all,

If you happen to take pictures this year of the various events that are happening at Emerson, can you please upload them to the yearbook folders or share them with either Claire and/or Evelyn. We want to make sure each group is represented in the yearbook.

Thanks in advance for your help,
Claire & Evelyn

'22-'23 School Year

PTO Messages

We are still about 20% away from our membership goal!!

We need your help to make this year a success. Your annual membership will make a HUGE difference in the events we can support. Your donation goes to support the PTO events throughout the year. These include grade level socials, teacher appreciation, movie night, etc!! Please join the Emerson PTO today! This is the PTO’s primary fundraiser. Once you sign up, you will have access to the PTO directory. Sign up here:

Calling all 6th graders!! In 2 weeks we are having an event just for you. Join us on Thursday, October 13th 3:20-5pm

See flyer for details and scan QR code to volunteer.

PTO Green Clean Up Event

Please consider joining the PTO and The District 64 Green Team members on October 15th. Please see the flyer attached for additional information.

Next PTO Meeting

Wednesday, October 19th @ 6:30p with special guest Dr. Olson via zoom

Meeting ID: 998 9601 0820

Passcode: Eagle

COVID Booster Clinic

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic

District 64 is once again partnering with Jewel-Osco to bring a COVID-19 booster clinic to our students and their families. While I believe the choice to become vaccinated is an individual one, I encourage you and your children to stay up on vaccinations. Besides the health benefits, we have seen the difference when vaccinated students don’t have to miss time due to illness.

From the Cook County Department of Public Health:

“Vaccination continues to be our best weapon against COVID. Getting vaccinated will protect you and others from severe symptoms or complications from COVID that could lead to missed work or school, lost income or benefit time, hospitalization or death. Vaccines and boosters are safe, effective and free to all, regardless of insurance or immigration status. They cannot give you COVID and will not affect or interact with your DNA.”

Vaccination Date, Time, and Location

  • When- Friday, October 21 - The COVID-19 booster clinic will run from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Where- Emerson Middle School’s MPR.