Programs and Events

Art Appreciation

The goal of Art Discovery is to introduce Emerson school students to some of the world's most noteworthy artists and their works in micro-bursts of art history and art creation.

Our strategy is to ask the children general questions about the art and let them do the discovering given the knowledge they already have. Instead of giving out information, the questions will let the children discover or investigate the art by building on what they know, what they can do, and what they like to do.

This can be a very exciting way to look at art. The children invest themselves into it, they find out their own answers, they learn that not everybody sees things the same way, and they develop opinions of their own. This process helps them to develop both analytical skills and critical thinking.

We hope this program will be enriching for all involved.

Chess Club

Chess Club at Emerson School is a after school program sponsored by the PTA.  Any student in grades 2-5 who has a signed permission slip is welcome to participate. Download the permission slip here.

Last year over 70 Emerson students participated in Chess Club each Friday from January through March. During Chess Club, members challenge each other to matches, learn moves and strategies from parent helpers and grow their minds through play.

PTA Refelctions Art Contest

Reflections - "Look Within"


Deadline:  Projects are due to Ms. Hennessy, Art Teacher by November 8, 2019

The PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program that asks children to get creative!  Students are invited to create works of art in any of six different categories, reflecting upon a different theme each year.  The six arts categories are dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. There is also a Special Artist Division for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504.  See "Rules" below.

The theme for the 2019-2020 school year is "Look Within". 

Students can create as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as the like.  Only original works of art are accepted.  It does not matter whether an entry created for the Reflections Program has been created as a classroom assignment or independently at home.  Once judged at the local level, the winners advance to the council/district level for judging.  Council/district level winners then advance to the regional level.  Regional level winners advance to the state level.  State level winners advance to the National level. 

2019-2020 RULES


Please carefully read the General Rules as well as the rules for the specific arts area of your project.  Failure to submit a proper entry form or follow specific arts category rules could disqualify a project.

Dance Choreography 

Film/Video Production 


Music Composition


Visual Arts 

Special Artist



Each project submission must include an official entry form.

2019-20 Reflections Entry Form - Emerson



November 8 - Projects due to Ms. Hennessy, Art Teacher

Early December - Select entries advance to DuPage East Regional Level

Late January - Select entries advance to State Level.  

March  - D205 projects on display at Judith B Salon

May - State Level "Spotlight" Celebration at Milikin University - plus - DuPage East Regional Celebration



Need more info?  Contact Cindy Choi or Erin Bruno



Can I submit more than one project?

Absolutely!  Students may submit as many projects as they like, in as many categories as they like.

Can I submit a project with a partner or team?

No.  Each entry must be the original work of one student only.  An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student's work.  Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student's individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed except in the Special Artist Division.  Other individuals may appear in or perform a student's work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only.  Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry.  See specific arts category rules and special artist division rules for details.

Can my parents help with my project?

No.  See answer to question above.

Do I have to write an "artist's statement"?

Yes.  This is required for each entry.  Qualifying entries must include a project title and artist statement.  The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work.  The statement must include at least 10 words and not exceed 100 words.

What is the judging criteria for projects advancing to the next level?

  1. Interpretation - How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement.  (The artist statement - which is part of the Entry Form - is very important!).
  2. Creativity - How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.
  3. Technique - The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area.

Science Olympiad

Registration for  the 9th Annual Science Olympiad, being held on Tuesday March 5th, is now open!
Use the online form to register and volunteer to help (you will need to complete one registration form per student). 

What is the Science Olympiad (SO)?
Throughout the evening, teams of 4 to 5 students grouped by grade (K/1, 2/3, 4/5) are guided by parent volunteers through a series of 3 - 30 minute, hands-on experiments that are fun, easy and designed to spark the imagination, promote teamwork and instill an interest in science.  Close to 100 parent volunteers will be needed to lead the teams or to help run the experiments. Please consider volunteering! no specific background is needed - just a desire to have fun. 

This is not a science fair…students do not need to research or present a science experiment.  There is no cost to participate.  View all the experiments here.

Who can Participate?
The SO is open to ALL Emerson students – K through 5th Grade.  Please note…THIS IS A DROP-OFF EVENT…the only parents that should stay are those who have volunteered to run/help with an experiment or lead a team.

When is the SO?

The Science Olympiad will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019. (Wednesday, March 6th is a late arrival day). 

How Do I Register?

  • Online – Complete the online form.
  • Paper – A limited number of copies of the registration form will be available at the Emerson office if you do not have access to the internet or email.

NOTE: You MUST register your child/children in order for them to participate.  This is a drop-off event.  

Can I Volunteer?
Yes – Close to 100 volunteers will be needed to make the evening a success.  No specific science background is needed – only a desire to have fun.  See the registration form to volunteer.  Thank you for your time!

Please contact Matthew Lanoue at with questions.


Yearbook Committee works closely with the Yearbook Club. The club consists of 5th grade students who participate in the design and production of The Emerson School yearbook. To make the experience and the yearbook as successful as possible we need parents to take and upload pictures throughout the year and to assist with yearbook production. A digital camera will be available for check out in the Emerson office for your convenience.

If you are interested in volunteering to take pictures at a particular event, please sign up on the Emerson Yearbook Calendar. Parent volunteers are needed both day and evening to help photograph Emerson events.

The below resources provide instructions and additional information for our parent volunteers.  If you have any questions, please contact Dana Steinecker at

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Emerson's Got Talent

Friday March 15, 2019

Hey Emerson School!  Do you got talent?  Come show us your skills!!!! 

The 3rd Annual Emerson Elementary School Talent Showcase,


will return on Friday, March 15, 2019!!!

Students interested in participating must turn in the completed Entry Form below, no later than Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  

Emerson's Got Talent Entry Form 2019.pdf (PDF)


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Kick-Off Meeting at Emerson School - Required

Students will be required to perform a sample of their act.  A schedule with assigned times for each act will be emailed a week before the meeting.  

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dress Rehearsal - 3:30pm - 5:45pm at Churchville Middle School - Required

ALL participating students are REQUIRED to attend the entire rehearsal.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Talent Showcase - Time TBD at Churchville Middle School

Please refer to the Information Packet for important information regarding Talent entries, Emcees, rules, and more.

Additional questions can be emailed to Marisa Costa at