2016-17 – Another New Year at Emerson School!
Written by Christina Trujillo
The 2016-17 school year has begun with many activities, learning experiences and bonding time! Take a look at just a few of the activities that were going on in September:
1) We started off our year of field trips with a visit to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. We were lucky to get in to see the exhibit, The Emporer’s Treasures, before it left San Francisco in mid-September. Our students are now working with our school art instructor on activities related to this memorable field trip. Having lunch and playing at the Civic Center playground was a great addition to this San Francisco visit!
2) The teachers and staff members from Emerson School know the benefits of working with a really close-knit team of professionals. We joined together with the teachers from HeadsUp! Child Development Center at our annual kick-off dinner, with a fun football theme this year. A special thank you to Farm Hill for catering this event with health conscious meal options and another BIG thank you to Lisa Nahm Neumann at Craft of Heart for supplying the fantastic football themed favor bags, photo props and more!
3) Dinner and Movie Night at Emerson was a big hit for our students and families alike! Students in grades 1-6 enjoyed spending time together for play, dinner and a late night movie. Students in grades 3-6 also were invited to spend the night and they even made breakfast (scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, strawberries) on Saturday morning. It was a great time of bonding and learning about the many wonderful personalities of the children in our school. Parents said that they appreciated having a few hours of free-time on this Friday night, as well, while their children attended this function.
4) The Upper Elementary (grades 4-6) camping trip to Del Valle in Livermore was definitely a highlight of our first month at school. We loved joining students and teachers from Hacienda School, our sister school in Pleasanton for a few days and nights of outdoor fun. Students worked on skills of independence as they setup (and took down) their own tents, prepped and cooked their own meals. Short hikes, stargazing, a talent show and campfire singing were all part of the fun of this trip. We already can’t wait for next year!
We are off to a great start to this new school year! We can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for us!
Christina is a Senior Administrator at Early Learning Institute, a Palo Alto-based organization that operates child care centers and private schools in the Bay Area—including the HeadsUp! Child Development Centers in Palo Alto, North San Jose, and Pleasanton, Emerson School in Palo Alto and Hacienda School in Pleasanton—and offers writing programs for school-age children.