January 2021
January 4th: Welcome Back! Happy New Year! Classes resume with normal virtual school schedules.

January 14th 6:00pm: Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Meeting details below, meeting link TBA.

January 18th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Schools Closed.

January 19th 5:30pm: School Site Council (SSC)  Zoom link TBA.

January 30th: Virtual Winter Craft Fair RSVP by Jan. 22nd. details below, meeting link TBA.
PTA Meeting: January 14th 6:00pm

Hello Emerson Families! Please join us for our third Emerson Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting of the year!
  • This meeting will largely be focused on housing and other resources for families in anticipation of significant changes in the new year. 
  • We will also use this time to form our nominating commitee for the 2021-2022 Executive Board.  Elections for new board members will be held in March.
All families are encouraged to join this meeting regardless of PTA membership.

ONLINE MEETING: Meeting Link + Agenda to be sent by PTA Secretary in advance of the meeting. Email Elia Shelton for details. 

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.

Emerson Oakland PTA

Thank you to the 29 people who attended our second PTA Association Meeting of the year on November 12th! It was smaller meeting than our first in both attendance and scope but, as always, a wonderful opportunity to maintain community.

Click the link below to read the meeting highlights.
November 12th Meeting Overview For Families PDF

School Site Council - January 19th 5:30pm

For our January meeting we will continue as a group to think more about how to measure the things we care about--the basic building blocks of math and reading, seeding our kids' lifelong love of learning, multicultural friendships and more. Join us! 

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.

December 2020 SSC Meeting

In our December Summit on Success (which had record turn-out!) we heard from Principal Palin on some of our ongoing challenges and most exciting growth (check out this awesome list below of some of our best successes as a community!), Ms. Dexter broke down standards, objectives, grades, and testing for us, and we had a great discussion--in small groups, and as a big crew--about our collective dreams for our kids (facilitated by Emerson papa Brandon Dawkins).

We were inspired by author Jack Schneider's words: "Our schools would be better off if we measured all of the things we care about and not just the things that are convenient.” 

Emerson Community Successes

Common Core State Standards

Families can access CCSS (Common Core State Standards, i.e. math and science) and ELA (English Language Arts) by grade level.

  • Log in to Clever ( using your child's login.
  • Click on Parent Resources from the left-hand menu.
  • Clicking on your student's grade (K, 1st, 2nd, etc.) will bring up a PDF with the standards. 
  • Please reach out to your student's teacher with any concerns or questions you may have.
Virtual Winter Craft Fair - Saturday,  January 30th

We are excited to host a virtual crafting event for our students! Students will be provided basic art supplies for their project, which will be able via pickup or drop-off depending on need.

Families must RSVP, click to email Amber Brown by Friday, January 22nd. Look for meeting link and final details in the school's weekly Cheetah Check-In.

We are requesting donations on a sliding scale from $0-50 to support future enrichment and technology needs. 
Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year Has Begun!

If you are the family of an 8th grader, 5th grader or incoming TK/Kindergartner, applications for Fall 2021 are now open! 

Apply by February 5, 2021

Visit the OUSD Enrollment Page for details and dates.

Congrats to Our Autumn ST MAth and RAZ Kids Challenge Winners!!

WOW - our kids really crushed it on the ST Math & Raz Kids Challenge! Congrats everyone!!! 

Our ST Math Challenge Winners are:
  • Ms. Walsh's Class (Average 77 puzzles complete)
  • Ms. Turner's Class (Average 50 puzzles complete)
  • Ms. Dexter's Class (Average 46 puzzles complete)

Our Raz Kids Challenge Winners are:

  • Ms. Turner's Class (232 books read by the class)
  • Ms. Nash's Class (190 books read by the class)
  • Ms. Brooks's Class (172 books read by the class)

It is time for the Emerson Elementary PTA to nominate new officers for the next School Year (2021/2022).  

We call on Emerson Families to assist us in our search for new candidates. All are welcome!

If you are interested in joining the Nominating Committee, becoming more involved with the PTA Board, or would like to suggest a member of our community to take on a leadership role, please email

Nominating Committee will be formed during the January PTA meeting.

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.) 
Play Winter Bingo with the Oakland Public Library
Now through January 30th!

Looking for something fun to do during winter? Play Winter Bingo, for babies through 5th grade, complete five activities in a row and win a FREE BOOK. Prize books will be available when Alameda County lifts the most recent stay at home order. 


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.

​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.

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!

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...
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.

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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