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Emerson School Student Parent Handbook

Ralph Waldo Emerson promotes life-long learning that empowers our students to be academically successful and contributing members of society. Our instruction is focused on the Common Core State Standards with importance placed on integrating technology to enhance student learning. Our staff is strongly committed to the social, intellectual and emotional growth of students. Our efforts towards our goal of academic excellence continue to be underscored by the principles of honesty, fairness, compassion, and respect of others.


The school opens at 7:50 a.m. for  students eating breakfast.  Students who do not eat breakfast should arrive to school at 8:00 a.m. Please do not drop your child off at school before 8:00 a.m., as there is no one available to supervise them.


First Day of School                                                    August 23, 2018

Labor Day – No School                                             September 3, 2018

Professional Development Day – No School            November 11, 2018

Veteran’s Day – No School                                       November 12, 2018

Thanksgiving Break – No School                              November 19–23, 2018

Parent Conferences                                                  December 7, 2018

Shortened Day                                                          December 21, 2018

Winter Break – No School                                         December 24, 2018–January 4, 2019

School Resumes .                                                     January 7, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School                   January 21, 2019

Professional Development Day – No School            February 4, 2019

Lincoln’s Birthday – No School                                 February 11, 2019

Washington’s Birthday – No School                          February 18, 2019

Parent Conferences                                                   March 15, 2019

Spring Break – No School                                         April 8–12, 2019

Memorial Day – No School                                       May 27, 2019

Last Day of School (Minimum Day)                          June 12, 2019



  • Boys: Navy blue pants/dark blue jeans or walking shorts and a white or light blue shirt
  • Girls: Navy blue pants/dark blue jeans, navy dresses or skirts and a white or light blue top
  • Every Friday is Spirit day. Students may wear a red shirt or an Emerson Bulldog t-shirt
The District dress code policy applies to all students. The policy prohibits overly baggy clothing, clothing with inappropriate graphics or slogans, shorts above fingertip length, spaghetti strapped tops, and sandals.

Students are expected to attend school every day, unless they are ill. When returning to school after an absence, students are to bring a note that includes the following information:

  • Student’s full name
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Reason for absence
  • Parent Signature

A phone call to the office by the parent regarding the absence will be accepted in place of a note. Homework may be requested through the school office.


We expect our students to arrive to school on time. Students who are late miss learning time and disrupt the learning of other students. Students arriving late must report to the office.


Doctor and dental appointments should be scheduled after school. If it is necessary for a student to leave during school hours, parents must go to the school office to sign a release form. Students will not be released from the classroom without a copy of the signed release form. Students will not be released to persons not listed on the emergency card. Students should return to school after the appointment, if possible.


When visiting the school, parents, guardians, and community members must check in at the school office and obtain a visitor’s pass. If you would like a conference, a date and time should be arranged with the classroom teacher.



An emergency plan has been developed which will insure the maximum efficiency and safety for evacuating the building during drills or actual emergencies. Instructions are posted in each classroom to follow during fire, earthquake, and other emergencies. Drills are to be taken seriously. Students are expected to maintain classroom conduct throughout the entire drill and to become informed to the exit routes of the classrooms.



Books are issued to each student. The books are on loan to the student for the year and are to be maintained in a manner that shows respect and good care. Students will be changed for lost or damaged books.



The school does not assume responsibility for personal property brought to school by students. Students are not to bring large sums of money, expensive jewelry, electronic games, skates, skateboards, or toys to school.



Homework is an important resource in helping students to learn and should be included in their educational program. The purpose of homework is to maintain skills learned in the classroom, extend and enrich knowledge, help develop good study habits and responsibility. The suggested average time for homework is:

Grades K-3        10-30 minutes

Grades 4-6         40-60 minutes

These times represent average time. Actual time will depend on the child and the teacher.



The PTA is an organization which seeks ways to strengthen parent/teacher relationship; promote the welfare of our children in the home, school, and community; actively raise funds to benefit our school and children. We encourage all parents to become a member of our PTA and to serve on parent committees in order to be a part of making Emerson successful!



  • Be respectful of others and their property.
  • Be responsible for your own behavior at all times.
  • Be on time for school and classes.
  • Stay and play in designated areas
  • Use equipment properly; do not bring equipment, balls or toys from home.
  • Use restrooms and drinking fountains for their intended purposes.
  • Use good manner at all times.
  • Gum is not permitted at school.
  • Keep the school clean.
  • The parking lot is out of bounds for all students.
  • Leave campus on time.