• Thanks to our supporters.

    Lawton & Associates, Project Peace, Faith Network, Experience Corps, Cantare Con Vivo, Riveropolis, Studio One Art Center, Reed Brothers, The Temescal Business District, Bake Sale Bettys and so many more!! We <3 you!

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  • Emerson Enrichment Fund
    This fund provides art, music, poetry, field trips, intervention and more for your child(ren)!! We need everyone to participate to make ALL these programs available to ALL Emerson students! You can make one-time or reaccuring monthly donation, we take paypal, credit and debit cards. Cash or check donations can be made to your student's teacher. We accept donation year round, so if you can't give now, please give when you can. All donations are tax-deductable.
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  • Parent Teacher Organization
    We meet every 2nd Tuesday at 5:30PM (potluck) and 6PM to 7PM (meeting). There's always yummy food for dinner, childcare for the kids, and time to meet other families. We welcome each and every family, even prospective families, to attend.
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  • Don't be late! See what happens in this video when you come to school on time!
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  • Emerson Registration!

    Coming to Emerson this year? Whether you're a returning student or a new student, you must come by to complete all your forms and your child's registration. MANDATORY before school starts. 

    Saturday August 13th 10am-1pm
    Wednesday August 17th 9am-12pm and 4pm-7pm
    Thursday August 18th 9am-12pm and 4pm-7pm

    Sign up for texts from Principal Palin!

    Never miss a thing with important announcements and reminders straight to your cell phone.

     The Emerson Handbook is HERE! 
    Take a look and see what every family should know.

    Sign up for the Emerson Newsletter! 

    A monthly newsletter with calendar events, special announcements, and important information -  straight to your email in-box!

    The Emerson Blog

  • The 4th Annual Emerson Auction

    Posted by Kia Simon at 3/27/2016 9:00:00 AM
    Emerson Elementary Auction, April 16
    Emerson Elementary will host its 4th Annual Auction on April 16th from 6-9pm at the Birdland Jazz Club (4318 Martin Luther King Jr. Way).  Come support our school and enjoy a fun evening - bid, eat, drink, dance! The Oakland Tech Jazz Band will play live.
    Items to bid on include tickets to Disneyland, autographed Warriors gear, A's tickets, restaurant gift certificates, locally made jewelry and goods, wine tasting and baking classes, and so much more!  We are still seeking donations - if you have something (a product or service) that you can donate, please contact Emily George (emilyrgeorge@gmail.com).
    Tickets for the Auction are $20 at the door; $15 presale, available at:
    Emerson would like to extend a huge shout out to our Auction sponsor Ron Kriss at Lawton Associates for his continued support - thanks Ron!  
    4th Annual Emerson Auction
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  • Ride for Emerson Elementary

    Posted by Kia Simon at 1/23/2016 7:00:00 AM


    Haven’t gotten on a bicycle in years?  Want to get in great shape while supporting public education!

    We can train you up for our 45 mile or even 109 mile ride to Sacramento by May 14th!  We have three training options for folks wanting to train for Ride for a Reason.  Now is a great time to start training.

    For people training for the 45 mile ride, join the Easy Riders. These fun rides use the Bay Trail, which is flat and scenic. The rides are very doable even for beginning riders. The next ride is scheduled for January 31st. Rides are scheduled every other week.

    For the second year in a row, Ride for A Reason is offering a structured training plan for Middle of the Road Riders. Despite the name, Middle of the Road Riders are not riders who hog the lane – they do, in fact ride on the side of the road. They are the "inbetweeners" – riders who want to do more than the 45 mile ride, but who may not have a lot of long rides under our belts. Our numbers include both new riders working up to their first century ride and more experienced riders who want the support and camaraderie of a gradual training plan. Sign up for our emails and join our bi-weekly training rides starting on January 30. Even if you haven’t been on your bike since last May, we will get you ready to ride a 109 miles by May 14.

    To receive MOTR emails and training info, please use this link: MOTR Sign up. 

    For cyclists wanting a little more taste of the hills, join the Hill Rides. These rides are a bit more challenging, and go for 30 miles and up. The pace of these rides are also a bit quicker, yet very doable for the experienced rider. 

    Dailey Cycle is open regardless of weather, and the code Ride4AReason at checkout gets you a discount on a New Student package.

    More detailed descriptions of the rides can be found on the calendar.  Riders are welcome even if you have not yet registered!  Join us by signing up here

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  • January News from Principal Palin

    Posted by Kia Simon at 1/6/2016

    This Month at Emerson

    The Emerson Way

    In January, Emerson Cheetah’s will be re-learning our school expectations - The Emerson Way.  

    • Be Safe
    • Be Respectful
    • Be Responsible

    After a long break, it’s important to reteach what we expect from our students, in order to create a safe and productive learning environment.  Over the month of January, all students will learn what it means to Be Safe, Respectful and Responsible in the different areas of the school (cafeteria, yard, classroom, hallway, bathroom and library).   They will practice doing tasks aligned to The Emerson Way, and will be celebrated with Cheetah W.I.N.s from all staff members.  








    Wash your hands.

    Throw away trash.

    Use kind words.

    Eat your own food.

    Talk to the person next to you.

    Clean up.


    Look at wall art with eyes only.

    Use a quiet voice.

    Do your best.

    Follow directions.

    Play Safe.

    Use kind words.

    Take a knee at the first whistle.

    Walk to line.


    Treat books carefully.

    Use kind words.

    Follow directions.

    The theory and practice of PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) is that we must teach, reteach and model what we want our students to do when we are teaching new expectations.  From here we can dive deeper into more complex concepts and ways of being here.  But first we must establish a truly safe learning and school environment.  We are on a strong path!


    Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest - January 22nd

    January marks the kick-off of the district-wide MLK Jr. Oratorical Contest.  Last year Ms. Chandler’s class won 2nd place district wide!  This is a great opportunity for our community to show spirit and self-expression in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  We will have our school-based Oratorical contest on January 22nd at 9:00am.  Individual students, Small Groups, and Whole Classes are invited to participate.  Letters are going home today inviting students to work with Ms. Chandler in preparation for this event, on Wednesday’s.  Get ready for a great community celebration!


    Assessment Corner

    Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment

    In December and January, teachers re-administer the F&P reading assessment.  This assessment gives us important information about children’s reading growth.  Every child at Emerson has a reading level.  Every child should know their reading level.  Each child also has a reading goal.  Students who are reading at grade-level have a reading level of 1.0 years growth.  Students who are reading below reading level, have a reading level of 1.5 years growth (in order to make progress to catch up to grade-level).  All 


    students should be reading at home every night.  This is the single best way to support your child in growing as a reading, and developing a love of reading.  If your child is resistant to reading, reading together can be a great motivator.  


    Resources, Reminders & Celebrations


    Emerson to Participate in Community School Model: Cohort 4

    I am thrilled to announce that Ms. Alex Walton (our Community School Coordinator) has been selected to become Emerson’s Community School Manager.  Last month I announced that Emerson has been selected to participate in Oakland’s community school model.  As part of this cohort will receive resources and support to increase the coordination of services for students, families and their school community to integrate Community School practices to increase academic and social- emotional outcomes for youth and families.  Ms. Alex has been invaluable to our community in beginning this work at Emerson.  In this new role, she and we will have access to additional resources and support to build on the school culture and community work we have begun.  


    I am using remind.com (an app) to send text messages about important Emerson updates.  Sign-up using the attached info flyer. 

    Attendance Awards

    Congratulations to Maimuna Mohamed who had perfect attendance in October and November.  Her family was awarded $500 from the  Oakland Natives Give Back program in December, from a raffle of students at Emerson who had perfect attendance during these months.  Coming to school every day is essential - thank you Maimuna for modelling such excellent habits of learning at Emerson!

    Drop-Off & Pick-Up

    Please remember to follow traffic laws during pickup and drop-off.  If you walk your child into school, please park in a legal place and walk your child in.  Do not leave your car unattended in a drop-off zone.  It’s essential that we model safe behavior for our children, at Emerson.  Let’s make our drop-off and pick-up zones peaceful and safe places for our kids and ourselves.


    Teacher Spotlight

    • Thanks to Peter Limata, Kasondra Walsh, and Mekela Edwards for a great start to the year as first year teachers.  
    • Thanks to Kacie Yarborough for your artistic expertise on designing our Emerson Way posters.  
    • Please welcome Dr. Zain Dossani, our new 5th Grade Teacher.  Dr. Dossani will be holding a Back to School Night for 5th grade families later in January.  Dates are TBD.


    Contact Us

    Principal: Heather Palin heather.palin@ousd.org 510-6

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  • 5th grade Cheetah Scholar Leaders

    Posted by Kia Simon at 12/8/2015 3:00:00 PM

    Dear Emerson Community,

    We are the 5th grade Cheetah Scholar Leaders at Emerson Elementary School in Oakland, California. The Cheetah Scholar Leaders apply for this position by writing application letters, participating in job interviews, and accepting job offer letters. We have three positions: Ambassadors, Calm Coaches, and Care Team Facilitators. Together, we create a healthy, peaceful, and connected school and represent 300 young scholars.

    We are raising money for our Scholar Store so we can succeed in school. The way to use the student store is to earn cheetah win tickets by following school expectations. You can use the cheetah wins to get school supplies.

    When we get the money, we will use it to purchase:

    500 Paw Print Stickers
    288 Paw Print Pencils in school colors
    24 Paw Power Lapel Pins in school colors
    40 Paw Print Pencil Boxes
    24 Animal Print Notebooks
    48 Animal Print Folders
    48 Pencil Sharpeners
    24 Mustache Slap Bracelets

    We need the funds by December 18th, 2015 to place the order in time for winter break. Then, we can start the student store when the supplies arrive in January.

    The Scholar Store is a 5th grade student designed and organized project. Our team worked together to create a list of supplies, research the cost, and create this project proposal. This project is important to us because we want our scholars to succeed and have a positive school year.

    We will be VERY thankful because this idea took a lot of work and we really want the project to work out!

    You can use this link to make a donation: gofund.me/dfdujb6k

    Cheetah Scholar Leaders
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