December: Wreath Sale School Fundraiser. Online shopping event for Emerson Families + Friends! Wile Supplies Last. details below.

December 2nd 9am: Cheetah Champion Assembly. Schoolwide virtual assembly. Zoom link to be posted on Clever + Talking Points.

December 4th 8am + 10am: Coffee with the Principal. Look for Zoom link in the school Cheetah Check-In!

December 4th 6-7pm: Ride 4 A Reason Virtual Kick Off Party. R4AR is one of Emerson's biggest donors and they are bringing a fresh new fundraising approach to 2021. Learn how you can participate! details below

December 8th 6pm: Virtual School Tour. Emerson School Tour Info.

December 11th 11am: Virtual School Tour. Emerson School Tour Info.

December 11th 2:30pm: Teacher and Staff Appreciation Parade!! Decorate your car, bike, stroller... and drive by Emerson for a fun Appreciation Parade! details below

December 13th 4-5:30pm: Parent Engagement Meeting. Learn more about distance learning and reopening. Teacher led meeting. details below

December 15th 5:30-6:30pm: School Site Council Meeting (SSC). details below

December 21st - January 1st: No School for Winter Break.

January 4th: Welcome Back! Happy New Year! 
Coffee with the Principal! 
December 4th, 8am and 10am.

Join Principal Palin Friday, Decemeber 4th for one of two online morning meetups at either 8am or 10am. Look for the meeting links in the school Cheetah Check-In. 
Teacher + Staff Appreciation Parade - Emerson drop-off loop
December 11th at 2:30pm. (new date!)

This is a time for students and families to express their appreciation for all the wonderful work that our Emerson staff has being doing to support continuous learning in a very distant world. You are encouraged to deck out your cars with posters and/or decorations of your most creative parade dreams!

For those who choose to bike or walk with strollers, please be mindful that we must still maintain a social distance of 6ft apart.

*Please maintain a safe speed of 5mph while participating in the parade.
Parent Engagement Meeting - Save the Date!
Sunday December 13th 4-5:30 pm

You are invited to an Emerson Teacher led parent engagement meeting about distance learning and reopening.

Ask your sudent's teacher for meeting details.
School Site Council - December 15th 5:30 - 6:30 pm

The School Site Council (SSC) is a group of teachers, staff, parents and our principal. We collectively discuss goals as a community and decide how our school budget is spent. No previous experience or expertise, and no ongoing time commitment, is required to participate. Just drop in and say hi. Get your questions answered. 

  • Wondering how kids' well-being is measured at our school?
  • Want to know more about how public school funding works?
  • Interested in meeting more teachers and parents in our community

Translation available. 

Look for Zoom link and meeting agenda in the school Cheetah Check-In! For questions or comments click to email Courtney, SSC President.

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year Has Begun!

If you are the family of an 8th grader, 5th grader or incoming TK/Kindergartner the enrollment window has opened.

Visit the OUSD Enrollment Page for details and dates.

Wreath Fundraiser - While Supplies Last
Emerson Elementary has partnered with Gift It Forward Wreath Fundraiser for a fun virtual way to earn for Emerson while purchasing your holiday decor! Take a look! Spread the word!

Visit: www.giftitforward.comOur Customer ID/FundraisingCode is: EMERSOCA001

Ordering has started with free shipping in 48 states! If you're looking to send gift wreaths, or shop for your own holiday greens, please consider this option. Not only does our school receive a donation, but a seedling is planted in State & National forests with each purchase!
New Families - Join the PTA today!
Please click HERE to join the Emerson PTA online.

Returning Families - Renew your PTA Membership today!
Please click HERE to renew online.

Membership dues are $5 and must be renewed each school year.

Mrs. Dalloway's Storytime
Fabulous authors on Instagram!  
Saturdays at 11:00am


Videos are posted for 24 hours. Be sure to watch before they disappear.
Click HERE to be directed to Mrs. Dalloway's Instagram Feed

 Beth Eden Baptist Church - 13th Annual Toy Drive
December 19th at 10am, until all toys are gone.

1183 10th St Oakland, CA 94607

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a special appearance! 
This is a socially distant event, please make sure to stand 6ft apart and wear your mask. 

For interested families in a position to give, the Beth Eden Baptist Church will be collecting toys now through December 18th.
All toys can be dropped off at the church.

Click here for full program flyer.

Emerson Virtual School Tours for Prospective Families
Decemeber 8th at 6pm and December 11th at 10 am.
Tell your Friends, Family + Neighbors!

Emerson welcomes children from all over Oakland. Emerson has an amazing staff, an active parent group, on site library, aftercare options, wonderful enrichment, and a beautiful campus. Come take a look!

Emerson will be hosting online Zoom tours in the fall and winter of 2020. For details and Zoom meeting link click HERE.

*Dates are subject to change. Email Ms. Holland or Principal Palin to RSVP.

Spread the word to friends and neighbors navigating school selection this year!

​A special edition of R4R is coming!

While different from years past, 2021 will be bigger and better because that’s what this time demands. We're also doubling down on our commitment -- we are all in when it comes to making sure all kids get what they need when it comes to education.

So, we have decided to forge full speed ahead with a virtual event and will welcome runners and walkers to join our family of cyclists in 2021! That's right -- we are running, walking AND riding for a reason!

We've designed an inclusive virtual event that will engage more participants in raising funds and awareness around the needs of our public schools. Not to mention, we have lined up some pretty fun and quality fundraising incentives!

Please join us--online--to learn about our plans for 2021. We'll open up discounted registration and will have raffle prizes to give away.

Virtual Kick Off Party 
Friday, December 4, 2020, 6PM - 7PM

Come learn about the new virtual event format we have planned.
Raffle prizes, early registration discounts and more!
Emerson Play Yard Construction - Fall 2020

Greetings neighbors and school community of Emerson Elementary, 

I am happy to announce that we are in the last stages of the project.  The construction team will be putting in the finishing touches on the softball field in the next few weeks.  Some of the work that will continue in the last weeks of the project includes the installation of the playmat surface.  The construction team will also start removing some grass and patching asphalt in the areas where existing asphalt was removed during construction, you can anticipate the normal construction noise. Lastly, after the overlay is installed, the team will start stripping the basketball courts and installing the basketball poles/hoops.  

Also, please be mindful that this is still an active construction site and we are still under shelter in place restrictions.  Currently, access to the grass, blacktop, play structures, and the field is restricted at this time.  Thank you for your understanding.  

In partnership, 
Ray Bermudez, Community Engagement Specialist, Facilities Department


Box Tops for Education has gone digital!

The new Box Tops mobile app will scan your store receipts, automatically find participating products and instantly increase our school's earnings online. No clipping required!
If you haven't already, download the Box Tops app and start earning money for the school. The process takes minutes!

Download the app HERE. []
Register your profile.
Connect to EMERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - School ID: 416066.
Scan your receipts after each shopping trip. 
And that's it!

The more of us who participate, the more money we'll earn. Make Box Tops part of your regular shopping routine.

Participating companies include General Mills, Cascadian Farms, Annie's Organic, Lysol, Paper Mate and more... even some office supplies!
From Emerson Librarian Jen Vetter 
Message to Families!
In Class Read Aloud: If you are interested in reading in your child's class, Please reach out to Ms. Vetter. This is a wonderful way to connect with you child's classroom foster a dynamic learning environment!

Return Your Emerson Library books: Please return any Emerson library books you still have. You can drop them off at the school office during school hours. (There are 270 overdue books and 114 lost.) 

Family Reading Night: We are planning Family Reading Events — stay tuned for more details! If you are interested in helping, please reach out to Ms. Vetter 

Any questions? Emerson School Librarian Ms. Vetter is happy to help get you connected, provide book recommendations, and more!

The Oakland Public Library
Support Reading at Home!
Book + DVD Bundle Information  HERE.
A number of OPL locations that offer sidewalk pickup service have bundles of new books and DVDs for check out. No reservations necessary. These bundles offer books and videos selected by library staff for your enjoyment. Ask if your local branch has new bundles available, drop in, and check out at the curb!

Sidewalk Pickup Service Information HERE.
Sidewalk book pickup has been expanded with extended hours and more locations! In addition to Rockridge, the Temescal branch is now open!

Sign Up for a Free Library Card Online HERE.
Any member of your family can have their own library card, no matter how young, and then you can request materials online and pick them up when they're ready at the branch that's most convenient for you.

Oakland Library Reading and Learning Resources for Kids HERE.

If you need help accessing library materials, go to or call 510-238-3134.

Bundles of picture books (at Rockridge Library curbside pickup spot) about firefighters, bears, bicycles... holiday themes, early readers, graphic novels, the first few books in a popular series, new books just published this year...

Emerson Special Ed Families

We are a group of parents and caregivers with kids in Emerson’s special education classes who support each other, share information about child and parent resources, and advocate for our kids. If you have a child in the Verbal Behavior or Inclusion classes, we’d love to connect with you!

Please click to email Darcie or Peggy to find out more.

Supporting Emerson Families in Need

If your family is in a position to support Emerson families in need, please consider making a donation below. Currently we are prioritizing support to families that are homeless, are newcomers (and not eligible for unemployment, or stimulus checks), and/or families that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.  

Click HERE to Make a Donation - To Support Emerson Families in Need.

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