Emerson Elementary School

Emerson PTA

2017/2018 School Year Welcome

Welcome to what promises to be  another great school year!  I hope you enjoyed your summer break and are excited to be back at Emerson School and for those who are new at our school we are so thrilled to have you!


Whether you are new to our Emerson community or one of our returning families , we encourage you to be a part our your child’s school experience through a variety of programs and events offered by the PTA.  We have something for everyone and need all of our parents to get involved so we can make this another great year at Emerson!  Your contribution, whether it’s your time, knowledge, or other resources makes a difference.  If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities before Opening Day Coffee please visit the committee section free to email me with any questions!  


Opening Day Coffees will be on  the first day of school August 16th (8:15-10:00 a.m. and 12:30-2:00) and will be held in the Library. This will allow you time to mingle with other Emerson parents and give you the opportunity to sign up to help with the many different programs and events Emerson has to offer to all our students!  At this coffee Room Parent sign up sheets will also be available.  You will  have another opportunity to sign up at Curriculum Night if you are unable to attend the Opening Coffee Day.


The Emerson PTA has elected to be a “Fair Share” school- which means we do not require product sales to raise money to support our programs. Instead, we ask each family to pay $25 for their first child, and then $20 for each additional child.  These funds make up a majority of our operating budget and support great programs like Science Olympiad, Chess Club, Assemblies, Running Club, Rec Nights and so many more!  We also encourage parents to become a member of the Emerson PTA.  Dues are $10 per person and can be paid along with Fair Share. Membership to the PTA ensures you have the ability to influence the many ways  which we support our students and school. Our first PTA Meeting will be held on September 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the library.  I hope to see you there!  Fair share can be paid online via our Emerson website or you can pay in person at Opening Coffee Day or Curriculum Night.


To help keep you informed the Emerson PTA website will be updated frequently and a weekly PTA email called Emerson Happenings will come out each Thursday. They both offer important information about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.   


The board and I are looking forward to another amazing year at Emerson and hope to have even more parents get involved in our PTA and all it has to offer.  If you have any questions or would like to share some of your ideas or thoughts please feel free to contact one of our board members or me.


Best wishes for a great school year!

Kristie Szejner



Emerson Happenings


A special thank you to The Vitogiannis Family for providing lunch for our Emerson staff and teachers last week for Teacher Appreciation Week.  Everyone raved about it!  If you’d like to try it for yourself here is their address in the city: Mr. Greek Gryos - 234 S. Halsted.


Thank you to those of you who participated in International Walk/Ride your Bike To School Day Wednesday. At least the rain held off for a pretty morning walk/ride!  And thank you to Lucia Balice and Zahra Swatala for handing out charms to our walkers and riders.


Thank you to Kari Lavine and Jana Krausfeldt for a fun 5th grade farewell party at the Y!  It sounds like our 5th graders had fun celebrating their hard work as they get ready to become middle schoolers!  


There are many dates and celebrations coming up as we close out another great school year.  Please watch our Emerson and PTA websites for these dates!


WOW, WOW, WOW, EMERSON HAS TALENT!  A huge thank you to Marisa Costa and all of her parent, alumni, and student volunteers, as well as the amazing performers for an awesome talent show last Friday.  What a wonderful night of entertainment for us all. Thank you!

Thank you to Cindy Choi, Erin Bruno, Susan Dominguez, Ms. Niggins, Mrs. Garcia, and Mrs. Gregor for organizing Kindergarten & first grade parent orientation Tuesday night.  We had a great turn out.  If anyone missed the presentation Mrs. Gregor will be posting her presentation slides to the Emerson homepage for your information.


Emerson PTA Calendar

Today: 8/23/17


You can now pay PTA Dues and Fair Share online.




Purchase Spirit Wear online.