Emerson Family Picnic, March 29

Sponsored by your Emerson Student Council
When: Thursday, March 29, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm
Where: Emerson School basketball courts and field

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Superintendent Larry Weeks encourages all members of our district to immediately “SEE SOMETHING. SAY SOMETHING” should they see anything that seems suspicious. His letter sent to parents and staff outlines the measures we take to ensure safety, yet reminds that we must all be vigilant and report anything suspicious immediately to school or department leaders. Those leaders will bring the information immediately to his attention. Thank you for bringing any questions you have to the attention of campus or department leaders in the district or the Superintendent’s office at CommunityRelations@PhxSchools.org or 602.257.2912.

Please remind everyone you know – SEE SOMETHING. SAY SOMETHING.

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AzMERIT Testing Begins in April

Students in grades 3-8 will begin AzMERIT testing in April.
For more details regarding AzMERIT and Move on When Reading, please see:

AzMERIT Letter for Parents of 3rd Graders

AzMERIT Letter for Parents of 4th – 8th Graders

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Bringing Attendance Home: Parent Video

Bringing Attendance Home: Parent Video from Rachel Auerbach on Vimeo.


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August is Attendance Awareness Month

Phoenix #1 proclaimed August “Attendance Awareness” month because we understand the strong relationship between good attendance at school and student achievement.
In fact, studies show that students with poor attendance in the early years tend to struggle with achievement throughout the rest of their school years. And, good attendance leads to high school graduation!

For more information, please read here about the effects of poor attendance.

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Summer Learning Ideas

www.playdoughrecipe.com |


I hope everyone is enjoying the start to their summer. Temperatures are high and so is the tendency to let summer slip away by sleeping in, playing video games, and watching a lot of television. We should all take advantage of the opportunity for a little more sleep and yes there are educational video games and television. Just don’t underestimate the value of active engagement for kids over the next eight weeks.

Have you heard of summer learning loss? Summer learning loss is the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer holidays. “Summer loss was more pronounced for math facts and spelling than for other tested skill areas. Summer loss was more pronounced for math overall than for reading overall.” (Eric Digest, 2003).

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a teacher to keep your kids’ brains growing over the summer months. I’m sure you have lots of family activities planned. If you are looking for some new ideas, there are lots of great resources, some offered through the city Parks and Recreations Departments and your local library.

Here are a couple you might want to try:

• Stop by the Phoenix Public Library or visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org. There are great reading rewards programs, a Kids Coding program (ages 4-7 and 8-17) calendared throughout the months of June and July, and of course books and movies to check out.


• Visit the Phoenix Parks and Recreation site phoenix.gov/parks for a calendar for summer camps, swim lessons, and storytelling & crafts at the Pueblo Grande Museum.

• To break up the monotony of the day, or slow down for a minute, have your child log onto their Imagine Learning or Study Island school account (if you don’t have a computer or internet access, visit your local public library)


• With most ingredients found at home, you can make your very own play-dough. This involves heat on the stove, so make sure an adult is helping. Kids can create for hours. Talk to them about what they are making. Ask them to tell a story about it and then have them write down their story in a journal.

A cool playdough recipe

Source: playdoughrecipe.com

1/2 cup of salt
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 cup of flour
1 tablespoon of oil
Food coloring

• Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a pan.
• Mix the water with the food coloring.
• Add the water/color-mix to the other ingredients, stir well.
• Cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes, while constantly stirring.
• When the mixture becomes “doughy”, remove from heat and start kneading. (the dough will be hot, so mind your hands)
• When desired texture is achieved, the playdough is finished, enjoy!

With all these engaging activities for you and our kids, summer will be over before you know it.
Enjoy and see you all soon! The first day of school is August 2.

Enrollment for students is happening all summer, K-8. Our office hours are 7:45-4:15

Lucia Raz, Principal

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Partnering to Test the Drinking Water on Our Campuses

May 11, 2017

Dear Phoenix #1 Families & Community;

At Phoenix Elementary School District #1, we have been working with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to conduct screening programs to determine if there is a presence of lead in school drinking water. ADEQ is coordinating with multiple state and local agencies, public water systems and public schools to proactively conduct these screening tests.

Emerson School drinking water was tested. There were no samples obtained that indicated a presence of lead in the drinking water above 15 parts of lead per billion parts of water (15 ppb). This is the level that is in compliance with federal drinking water standards.

We are pleased with these results. We will continue to work with ADEQ to insure the drinking water on our campuses is safe for students and staff. The safety and health of our students and staff is our number one priority.

Should you have further questions regarding this topic, there is information available at azdequ.gov/LeadScreeningProg or you can speak to Principal, Ms. Lucia Raz or call my office at 602-257-2912.

Mr. Larry Weeks,
Superintendent, Phoenix Elementary School District #1


Download Letter from Superintendent (English & Spanish)

17 de noviembre de 2017

Estimadas Familias y Comunidad de Phoenix #1;

En el Distrito Escolar Primario #1 de Phoenix, hemos estado trabajando con el Departamento de Calidad Ambiental de Arizona (cuyas siglas en inglés son ADEQ) para llevar a cabo programas de investigación para determinar si hay presencia de plomo en el agua potable de las escuelas. ADEQ está coordinando con varias agencias estatales y locales, sistemas públicos de agua y escuelas públicas para llevar a cabo proactivamente estas pruebas de detección.

Se revisó el agua potable de la Escuela Emerson. Ninguna de las muestras obtenidas indicó la presencia de plomo en el agua potable superior a 15 partes de plomo por mil millones de partes de agua (15 ppb). Este es el nivel que cumple con las normas federales del agua potable.

Estamos satisfechos con estos resultados. Seguiremos trabajando con ADEQ para asegurar que el agua potable en nuestras escuelas es segura para los estudiantes y el personal. La seguridad y la salud de nuestros estudiantes y personal es nuestra prioridad número uno.

Si usted tiene más preguntas sobre este tema, hay información disponible en azdequ.gov/LeadScreeningProg o usted puede hablar con el Director, el Sra. Lucia Raz o llamar a mi oficina al 602-257-2912.

Sr. Larry Weeks,
Superintendente, Distrito Escolar Primario #1 de Phoenix

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Enroll in our Kinder Prep | May 20, 9:00 AM -10:30 AM


Get a jump start on your preschoolers transition to kindergarten.

It is a great opportunity for you and your child to learn what a typical kindergarten day is, meet the teachers and new friends, reduce anxiety and learn how to prep for the first day of school during the summer months. You and your child will both be prepped and ready to go for August 2, 2017 school start date.

We look forward to meeting you!

Don’t miss out!
Call or email us today to RSVP at:
EmersonKinderPrep@PhxSchools.org or 602-523-8883.


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Inscríbase en nuestra Preparatoria para Kinder | May 20, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Adelántese en la transición de sus preescolares al kindergarten.

Es una gran oportunidad para que usted y su niño aprendan lo que es un día típico de kindergarten, conozcan a los maestros y a nuevos amigos, reduzcan
la ansiedad y aprendan cómo prepararse para el primer día escolar durante los meses de verano. Usted y su niño estarán preparados y listos para el 2 de Agosto de 2017, la fecha en que comienza la escuela.

¡Estamos deseando conocerlos!

¡No se lo pierda!
Llámenos o envíenos un correo electrónico hoy para RSVP a:
EmersonKinderPrep@PhxSchools.org o al 602-523-8883.

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2017 Flu Letter

February 21, 2017

The flu is hitting us late this year compared to the rest of the United States.   A combination of the following symptoms could mean you have the flu:

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Headache
  • Feeling very tired
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are more common in children

In our schools we have been seeing a lot of students with fevers, coughing and with vomiting. We need to work together to keep our students healthy. The most important way to prevent the flu is to keep hands clean. We need to wash our hands often and thoroughly with soap and water. If this is not possible, then hand sanitizer can be used. Other measures to keep in mind to stay healthy include:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and discard the tissue, or use the inside of your elbow to block the cough/sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Do not return to school until you are fever free for at least 24 hours and have not used fever-reducing medications during those 24 hours.
  • Since the flu is contagious both before and after symptoms begin and end, it is best to stay at home until you are fully well and not experiencing a fever, vomiting or diarrhea at least 24 hours.

The best protection from the flu is receiving your flu shot. It is not too late to do this. To locate clinic near you visit www.211Arizona.org/flu or call 211 within Arizona or toll free 1-877-211-8661 from anywhere.

Since you are contagious the day before you feel ill until the symptoms stop, it is best to stay home during this time of illness to help control the spread of the flu at school.

Thank you for your efforts in keeping all of our children healthy,

Lynette Wiltgen MSN, RN

Health and Wellness Coordinator


Febrero 21, 2017

La temporada de gripe ha llegado tarde este año en comparación del resto de los Estados Unidos.  Una combinación de los siguientes síntomas podría significar que usted tiene gripe:

  • Fiebre (generalmente alta)
  • Dolor de cabeza
  • Sentirse muy cansado
  • Tos seca
  • Dolor de garganta
  • Flujo nasal o nariz tapada
  • Dolores musculares náuseas, los vómitos y la diarrea son más comunes con los niños

En nuestras escuelas hemos visto que muchos de nuestros alumnos con fiebre, tos y vomito.  Necesitamos trabajar en conjunto para mantener a nuestros estudiantes sanos.  La forma más importante de prevenir la gripe es mantener las manos limpias.  Debemos lavarnos las manos con frecuencia y abundante agua y jabón.   Si esto no es posible necesitamos usar desinfectante de manos.  Otras medidas que pueden hacer para mantenerse saludable incluyen:

  • Cúbrase la nariz y la boca con un pañuelo desechable al toser o estornudar y deseche el pañuelo, también puedes utilizar el interior de su codo para bloquear la tos / estornudo.
  • Evite tocarse los ojos, nariz y boca.
  • No regresar a la escuela hasta que esté libre de fiebre durante al menos 24 horas y no ha utilizado medicamentos contra la fiebre durante esas 24 horas.
  • Dado que la gripe es contagiosa tanto antes como después de que los síntomas empiezan y terminan lo mejor es quedarse en casa hasta que esté completamente saludable y no haya experimentado fiebre, vomito o diarrea por al menos 24 horas.

La mejor protección para la gripe es tomar una inyección contra la gripe.  No es muy tarde para hacer esto.  Para localizar una clínica cerca de usted visitewww.211Arizona.org/flu, también puede comunicarse al 211 dentro del estado de Arizona o al número gratuito 1-877-211-8661 desde cualquier lugar.

Dado a que la gripe es contagiosa es mejor quedarse en casa al momento de sentir los síntomas hasta sentirse bien.  Es mejor quedarse en casa durante la enfermedad para ayudar a controlar la propagación de la gripe en la escuela.

Gracias por ayudarnos a mantener a nuestros niños sanos.

Lynette Wiltgen MSN, RN

Coordinadora de Salud y Bienestar

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Share Your Thoughts in Our Strategic Planning Survey


Phoenix Elementary School District #1 wants your input for the 2025 Strategic Plan being developed.  It will be a plan that will identify our goals and strategies to deliver a 1st Class Education to our students and families. It will carry us through to 2025, but of course it will be edited along the years as things change and require updates and tweaks.

To help in this process, we want to understand your perspective to help us build a better future for the students in this district. Please take a bit of time to help by completing this survey.  If you would like to arrange for an individual discussion or serve in a focus group, please e-mail kay.coleman@phxschools.org

Our survey timeline is between Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 and Thursday, March 2, 2017.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

You can complete the survey at http://phxschools.org/2017survey

El Distrito Escolar Primario #1 de Phoenix desea su opinión para el Plan Estratégico 2025 que está siendo desarrollado. Será un plan que identificará nuestros objetivos y estrategias para ofrecer una Educación de 1aClase a nuestros estudiantes y familias. Nos llevará hasta el año 2025, pero por supuesto será editado a través de los años conforme cambien las cosas y requieran actualizaciones y ajustes.

Para ayudar en este proceso, queremos entender su punto de vista para que  nos ayude a construir un futuro mejor para los estudiantes en este distrito. Por favor saque un poco de tiempo para ayudar a completar esta encuesta.  Si desea organizar una discusión individual o servir en un grupo de enfoque, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a kay.coleman@phxschools.org

Nuestro período de tiempo para la encuesta es entre el martes 21 de febrero de 2017 y el jueves 2 de marzo de 2017.

Gracias por compartir sus ideas.


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