October Month of Giving! Without events and fundraisers to support our school, we are launching a month of giving to help support our Enrichment Fund. Starting October 1st and running through Halloween! details below.

October 1st 6-8pm: Committee to Empower Excellence in Black Students' Education (CEEBSE)  Meeting ID: 831 1044 1487. This is an OUSD district level committee.

October 1st 7:30pm: Educational Allyship During Covid: a conversation with parents and teachers. This is a family organized event. details below.

October 12th - Holiday - No School: In Lieu of Lincoln's Birthday

October 14th 4pm: OUSD Board of Education Meeting

October 14th 7:30-9:30pm: Forum of Oakland’s D1 School Board Candidates and Oakland’s D1 City Council Candidates. All D1 families (Emerson is D1) are invited to participate. details below.

October 18th 1:30-3pm Ballot Review House Party! Join the Emerson PTA Events Committee and learn about important ballot initiatives from one another!  details below.

October 20th 5:30 - 6:30pm School Site Council Meeting (SSC) details below.

October 28th 4pm: OUSD Board of Education Meeting
October Month of Giving!!
October 1st- 31st

This year’s October “Month of Giving” Campaign is a direct request to families to help fund key programs not supported by the district. We do not want to lose any programs that enrich the education of all our students at Emerson!
Because we will not be at school in person, many of our annual fundraisers such as the Halloween Carnival, Walkathon, Cheetah Swag Sales, etc, will not happen this year due to Covid 19. The month of October will be the ONLY time the Fundraising Committee asks directly for money.  Making a donation to Emerson is an easy and helpful way to offer support while stuck at home and to uplift our community during these trying times. 
Ways to Give:
  • Via PayPal, with a credit/debit card, or by mailing a check.
  • TK/K - consider one more month of your preschool tuition.
  • Please check with your work and community for donation matches.
  • Share and ask friends, family, and community members!
  • Can't donate now? That's okay! You can donate to the Emerson Enrichment Fund anytime of year.
Any contributions big or small will go far in giving all of our students’ access to these great programs and a nourishing elementary school experience.

Tax Deductible
The Emerson PTA is a non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible. Our tax-ID number is: #90-1248617.

Checks are Appreciated
You can also, always write a check! Checks can be mailed to Emerson Oakland PTA  c/o Emerson Elementary, 4803 Lawton Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609. Please make checks out to:  Emerson Oakland PTA 
Month of Giving - Online Donations!

Educational Allyship During Covid
Thursday, October 1st 7:30 pm

Join the local chapter of Integrated Schools today for a conversation with teachers about how we can be better equity accomplices.

Emerson Elementary parent and writer Courtney Martin will be interviewing two local teachers—Piedmont Avenue Elementary School’s Dexter Coleman and Fruitvale Elementary School’s Bethany Meyer—about what is needed to honor equity during the pandemic.

RSVP link:

Forum of Oakland’s D1 School Board + City Council Candidates.
Wednesday, October 14th 7:30-9:30 

This is an online Chabot Parent event. Emerson is a District 1 school and all D1 Elementary School Families are invited to participate!

Zoom Webinar: 

Submit up to 10 questions that are important to your community, highlighting your school site’s top question or concern. Submit via Google Forms by October 7, 2020.

7:30pm - 8:30pm D1 School Board Candidates:
Austin Dannhaus, Sam Davis, Stacy Thomas
Moderator: Travis Ritchie 

8:30pm-9:30pm D1 City Council Candidates:
Tri Ngo, Dan Kalb, Steph Dominguez Walton
Moderator: Jen Daskal 

Ballot Review "House Party" 
Sunday, October 18th, 1:30 - 3 pm
The Emerson PTA Events Committee is hosting a non-partisan, Sunday afternoon Zoom "house party." Please join us and learn from one another as we review this year's ballot together!

     More information and sign-up available HERE     

"VOTE like you understand that someone died to give you the right to do so."     

Be an Educated Voter! Build Community and Build Power!
School Site Council - October 20th 5:30 - 6:30 pm

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

Emerson Oakland PTA

On September 24th we had a great first PTA meeting of the year with 42 people attending. Thank you to all who joined! Please click the link below to read the highlights for those of you who missed the meeting.

September 24th Meeting Overview For Families PDF

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.

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.
Several major contributions were received by the Emerson PTA at the end of the last school year. We do not want to lose any programs that enrich the education of our students at Emerson - these donations are essential to making this possible!!

It is with deep gratitude that we acknowledge and thank the Stocker Foundation, the Faris Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, and Ellen DeGeneres for their generous donations and support for our students and school. Thank You!!
From Emerson Librarian Jen Vetter 
Message to Families!

Latinx Literature Read-in: We want to do a school-wide Latinx Literature Read-in! So we are looking for volunteers to read a book aloud to their child’s classroom. We will help you find an appropriate book to read. If you are interested, please contact your child’s teacher or Librarian Jen Vetter at

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 a Family Reading Night — stay tuned for more details! 

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!
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.

It's Time to put schools and communities first by voting
YES on PROP 15!!

While the wealthiest corporations avoid paying their fair share, our schools have the most crowded classrooms in the nation and our local communities are struggling to respond to the impact of COVID.

Just 10% of California’s most expensive nonresidential commercial properties account for 92% of Prop 15’s loophole-closing revenues.

Prop 15 will reclaim billions of dollars every year for our schools, community colleges, and essential local services in EVERY county!

This ballot measure is supported by the California PTA and the Oakland Teachers Union. 
OUSD is asking all families to complete the 2020 Census!!

Let the Federal Government know how many people we have in our District, our City and our Region so that we receive the proper amount of resources and representation in Congress!

You will NOT be asked any questions about immigration status.

You can complete the 2020 Census by:
  • Filling out the 2020 Census form you received + mailing it back!
  • Calling in to submit the 2020 Census by phone: (844) 330-2020. 
  • Filing the Census online:
This poster was one of the winners of OUSD's 2020 Census Poster contest, created by Lily A., a 6th grader at Montera. Great work, Lily! 

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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Next PTA Meeting: November 12th. 6-7:30 pm.
Upcoming Meeting Dates: 2nd Thursdays of Jan, March + May.

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