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Welcome to Emerson Elementary School!

Whether you have been a part of the Emerson Elementary family for many years or are new to us, we look forward to working with you. Emerson Elementary School is a diverse community of students, staff, and families committed to high achievement and a well-rounded education for all in a welcoming environment.

As we enter the 2022-23 school year, the entire Emerson Elementary staff looks forward to establishing a strong educational partnership with you for the benefit of your child. We believe it is vital that the home/school link be strong so that your child will have every opportunity to be a successful learner. Clear communication between home and school is an essential part of that link. 

We anticipate a wonderful year working together, expecting the best, and celebrating our learning. We want this to be a school year where we all continue to “Soar High with Emerson Pride.”



Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who Was Ralph Waldo Emerson and why is this school named after him?

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a poet, an essayist and lecturer who lived from 1803 to 1882. If he were living today he would be over 200 years old.  He lived through the purchase of Louisiana (1804), the civil war (1861-1865) and the purchase of Alaska (1867). (find out more things that happened in the 1800’s here.)

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is a lecturer? Well, a lecturer is a person who talks in front of a large group of people. Your teacher is a lecturer when he or she is presenting a lesson to you.

What is an essayist? Good question! An essayist is a person who writes a short piece on a certain subject. For example here is a really short essay on ants:

“Ants are small insects. They vary in color according to species. They are very active and strong for their size. They have a highly developed social organization. They are very industrious. They work ceaselessly.”

Ceaselessly means not stopping.

Industrious means diligent and hardworking.

So Emerson talked in front of people, wrote poetry and wrote essays, all of which were so interesting and good that we still read his work today! 

Find out more about Ralph Waldo Emerson here.


Students work on a STEM activity with building blocks.


By Ralph Waldo Emerson 

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.