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I'm a neighbor of Emerson Elementary in Oakland, and even though my daughter is not yet old enough to attend, I've gotten really involved with the PTO over the past year. It's been an amazing experience. I've been welcomed into this great group of parents and been able to make a difference in the school.
The parent group was founded in 2008, and has really taken off. The fundraising is going great and we're getting to bring amazing enrichment programs to the school:
* Music instruction in every grade with the fantastic program Cantare Con Vivo. Every student learns to read and write music by 2nd grade!
* A new fence gallery project, an artist and science educator will be teaching students about local ecosystems and then working with them to create permanent art for the school.
* Art instruction (including ceramics) with Studio One.
* Coming soon: poetry translation and composition with Poetry Inside Out. Children translate poems from around the world into English or their native languages. So Dante from Italian, Rilke from German, Neruda from Spanish.
* And more, field trips, a new salad bar, a nutrition program.
Plus, we've got a great new principal, Kathy Hatzke, who even lives in the neighborhood!
There are fantastic teachers, a diverse student body, and a beautiful campus. As a prospective parent, the PTO has been receptive and welcoming. Check out the updated website: www.emersonschool.net and I encourage everyone to put Emerson on your tours list! Kia
We recently bought a house in Temescal just down the street from Peralta, but it looks like my 2nd grader might not be accepted. The Admissions office told me to check out 2 other schools that might be interesting, one of them being Emerson. What seems to be posted here is from 2006 and it was an interesting post about getting Temescal parents together to improve their neighborhood school, Emerson. I'd love to hear how things have gone over the last 2 years. Thanks! Diana
It's been a mixed bag. Efforts to restart a PTA faltered. There were some deeply disheartening racial divisions that kept the PTA from flourishing. On the other hand, there are some parents who are trying to revive the efforts. Hopefully Emerson's time will come. Emerson neighbor
My daughter finished kindergarten last year and will be attending first grade there this year.
We have had a few meetings (and a picnic!) of parents and neighbors at the school, some prospective parents of children who will be enrolling this fall, next fall, and the following.
I am trying to get parents of children currently attending together, although with varied work schedules that can be difficult.
Whatever issues occurred with the last attempt at bringing a parent group together have yet to raise their little racially charged heads. I don't expect that we will try to form a PTA- probably more along the lines of a PPTG as at Peralta should we actually create a formal group.
As I say- my goal is just to get people together and talking, and be supportive of anything I can.
Do check out the yahoo group (even though it is mostly me talking) or contact me if you have any further questions or info, or if you are interested in taking a tour of the school or volunteering!
A group of North Oakland/Temsecal parents who did not get their Oakland school lottery choices are attempting to join forces to make Emerson Elementary School (located in the vibrant Temescal neighborhood) a viable option for our prospective kindergarteners. (Emerson is the neighborhood school for most of us; my daugher's local school is Santa Fe). We would love to hear from any other Oakland parents in or out of the neighborhood (the school is currently underenrolled) who would like to help us make Emerson a vital school. You can email me, or better yet, show your interest at EmersonSchoolNeighbors[AT]yahoogroups.com. Thanks
Editor Note: for replies to this posting, see Did not get your public school choice in Oakland?
My husband and I are considering moving with our young son (and soon-to-be newborn) to Temescal. However, the Emerson School gets terrible reviews and does not seem to be an emerging school. I went to parochial school as child and am curious about whether people have good opinions of St. Leo's on Piedmont. I would also like to hear whether there is anything new being said about Emerson. Thanks. Andrea
My son will start kindergarten in Fall 2006 and our neighborhood school is Emerson Elementary in Oakland (Temescal neighborhood). The scores for Emerson are very discouraging and, based on the data reported in the OUSD ''report card'', the student body doesn't seem to reflect the makeup of the surrounding neighborhood. My questions are, why are't the Rockridge(below Clifton)/Temescal families sending their kids to Emerson? Are we all going to be competing with each other for inter-district transfers? should we all ''bite the bullet'' together and consider Emerson? is anyone else thinking along these lines? Christie
Having said that, I have heard that Emerson is a good school with a principal who cares and is trying to improve things. I hope that Emerson's bad reputation is overstated. I would love to see the kids who live nearby feel comfortable attending it and I applaud any parent who works toward that. I think the only way to find out what you want to know is by observing in a classroom for a good amount of time. Good luck.
Few if any of the children in regular classrooms come from families that live outside your neighborhood. Many of these African American and Latino families care about their children's education as much as you do. Why not go to a PTA meeting and see if you can work together with them to save your neighborhood school?
It's in the heart of Temescal -- I'm surprised there aren't parents on this list who've considered this school or who even send their kids there. I'd love to hear any comments about it. Thanks! Anon
Hello: I am looking for parents' reviews/experiences with Emerson School in Oakland (on Lawton St in Temescal). It is the default neighborhood school for my children (who are currently pre- school age). Thanks. anon
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