New Emerson News

New Emerson School • January, 2021 • Issue 6

Looking Forward to the Future!

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Fifth graders keeping track of their classroom's canned food goals in December.

Janurary Greetings from Ms. Terry

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Happy New Year, New Emerson families!

As we begin 2021 and in person learning, we continue to focus on keeping our learners safe. Our staff along with our students will resume sanitizing, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing. New Emerson staff is committed to doing everything we can to stay in person learning.

Wow! Thank you for donating 234 pairs of socks and 34 pairs of gloves to Catholic Outreach. Because of your generous donation of tuna, canned beans, and other foods, our total participation points were 15, 284 , and we earned $250 from Burton Orthodontics. The Catholic Outreach also received our generous canned food donation. In addition, over $600.00 was raised from the PTO Chipotle fundraiser.

Eureka's after school program is no longer available at New Emerson. Unfortunately, we did not have enough student participation to keep this program on our campus this semester. If you need extended after school care, you will need to contact Extended Hours Program Announcements | mysite or (970) 241-3603.

Please let your classroom teacher and Ms. Tina know if your child will be riding the bus to an Extended Hours Program and the school where they will be attending.

The New Emerson Playground Project is continuing. Last year we did not get the grant to improve our playground. Our goal is to continue to apply for grants and seek donations to replace the swings and bars. In addition, purchasing a playground structure and removing the pea gravel and replacing it with rubber mulch are added improvements. District 51 has committed to building a permanent shade structure to complement learning and eating outside. The New Emerson Playground Project is an expensive one ($234,000), but we will keep plugging away to raise the necessary funds.

Thank you for your continued support.

Ms. Terry

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Important January Dates

January 4 - NO SCHOOL

January 5-NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS -- Teacher Work Day

January 7-Report Cards Sent Home

January 11-PTO Google Meet

January 14-Superhero Day-Sponsored by the office

(Come dressed as your favorite SuperHero or make your own.)

January 18-NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 19-NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Elementary Planning Day-School

January 21-Virtual Conferences 4 to 8pm -- By Invitation

January 22-Virtual Conferences Noon to 4pm -- By Invitation

New Emerson Beginning a Math League for Grades 3-5

New Emerson learners in third through fifth grade have an amazing opportunity to join a Math League beginning in January!

What is a Math League? This is a team of students who will practice once each week beginning in January (tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays from 4:00-4:45). We will compete against other teams across Colorado in different math challenges. Students will work to compete for state and possibly national championships. Prizes will be given to winners and this will all follow COVID-19 regulations.

When with Math League Begin? Miss Sara will begin practicing the first Tuesday back from break (January 12th at 4:00). We will meet in the Libratory for our practices and practice social distancing and sanitizing practices. The first official competition will take place on January 30th (this is a Saturday). The competition is on a Saturday and will take place at home - more details to follow.

Who can join the Math League? Any third, fourth, or fifth grader who is interested in friendly competition and growing their skills as a mathematician is able and encouraged to join.

Any interested families should contact Sara Hoover (the NE Enrichment Teacher) at

From Ms. Lora in the Art Room

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The second semester promises to be filled with new art adventurers and lots of painting. Because of Covid, we are not able to use paint shirts or aprons. But, the paint we will be using is Crayola Washable Tempera paint. It has been my experience with my own clothes that it really does wash out. Some of the more saturated spots on light fabric may need a bit of a soak but should wash clean after that. If you would like to plan for what your artist wears on art days my schedule is as follows; Monday and Wednesdays I see 4th, 2nd, and Kinder; on Tuesday and Thursday, I see 5th, 3rd, and 1st. If you have any questions or special concerns please reach out. I am here to help.

A huge thank you to all the families who participated in the Original Works Art Fundraiser. Your support has helped us raise $455.75 for new art supplies. First on every student's list is new metallic markers, neon paint, and more oil pastel colors.

Thank you for all you do to support the arts.

Lora Quesenberry

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Dear Parents,

My December classroom lesson in Kindergarten was about character traits. The Kindergarten learners participated in whole class and small group discussions about different character traits and made choices about the traits that best describe them. They also talked about situations where they demonstrated the different character traits that describe them.

My December lesson in 1st grade was about the “gift” of kindness. The learners listened to a story about how empathy and kindness work together and about the importance of noticing others and reaching out to be kind. They also made decisions about behaviors that are “kind” and “not kind”, and participated in small group activities related to kindness.

I am continuing to meet with students in grades 2, 3 and 5 in small groups about resiliency. The learners in these classrooms were placed in groups based on strategies they chose to use this year to build their resilience. Those strategies include: Make Positive Connections, Reach out to be Kind, Use Your Strengths, Look for the Good, Be Mindful, Keep your Personal Power, and Think Things Through.

My December lesson in 4th grade was an introduction to resiliency and the strategies mentioned above. The 4th graders made their choices for what they want to use this year to build resilience. I will begin to meet with the 4th graders in the resiliency small groups in January.

I’m looking forward to 2021, and all the learning and growth that will take place with our amazing New Emerson learners!

Leslie Atchison

New Emerson School Counselor

Bite Out of Hunger Food Drive Update

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It is with great excitement that we at Burton Orthodontics report a successful 10th annual Take a Bite out of Hunger food drive. We are so grateful to staff and students alike for looking outside themselves and working together to feed the hungry in our community. The top collecting schools are as follows: Appleton Elementary in the regular food drive and Rim Rock Elementary in the healthy food drive, with runners up going to Mesa View Elementary, New Emerson Elementary, Monument Ridge Elementary, Loma Elementary, and West Middle School. Dr. Burton has mailed checks to these schools and has asked that these funds be used in the classroom to support student learning and to assist fantastic teachers as they “take a bite out of our community’s hunger for knowledge.”

We are impressed by the creativity and learning that accompanies the food drive at many schools. Dress up days, Tuesday Tuna day and a movie night with a can of food as admission are just some of the fun reports we have had. You are doing great things with your students.

Again, thank you! Your efforts are noticed and appreciated. What a blessing it is to be a part of the Grand Valley and associate with generous and hard-working people like you.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Burton Orthodontics!

All our best,

The Burton Orthodontics Team
Dr. Brian J. Burton, D.M.D., M.S., P.C.
2020 New Emerson Holiday Concert
Here is the Youtube Link to the school-wide Holiday Music Concert recording. Check it out!

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