Lee Horvath is Celebrated On His Last Day at Emerson
15 Years as the Director of Building and Grounds for Emerson School
Letter from Jerry
Lee Horvath is retiring from Emerson School today. If you do not know who Lee is, and what he does around school, that is just one more measure of his success.
For 15 years Lee, our Buildings and Grounds Manager, has selflessly dedicated himself to keeping our buildings and grounds safe and clean. During those 15 years, most of his repairs and improvements have been completed at night, on the weekends, and typically out of sight of students and teachers. Consequently, Lee sacrificed a great deal of personal and family time to tend to all of us. Keeping kids safe was job #1 for Lee.
“It all pays the same wage,” Lee is famous for saying. There is no difference in his mind between repairing complex machinery on campus and cleaning up the many and varied “messes” that occur in the daily life of a school.
Lee’s knowledge and expertise of managing construction projects has also served the school tremendously well. The two major projects he has overseen, including the Arts and Innovation Center, came in under budget, on time, and even better than originally planned due to his care to detail and daily vigilance.
Lee represents so many of the values we wish there was more of these days. He is a man of pure integrity, someone who does not settle for second best, someone who puts his interests and conveniences behind those around him, someone who always goes the extra mile to keep our students, teachers, and parents safe, and someone who needs very few public thank yous.
I hope you will join me in extending a very public and personal thank you to Lee Horvath. We are grateful for all that you have done for us.
Head of School
All School News
$25,000 Annual Fund Challenge: Participate
Participation Is What Matters: 65% of Families Needed
All you need to do is participate. Whether $5 or $500, it all counts towards the anonymous donor’s $25,000 challenge of getting 65% family participation.
Cash, check, or credit made easy
- Online: By credit card
- Curbside drop-off: cash or check accepted from your car
- Offices: Send cash or a check with your child to drop off
- Call: Beth at 734.665.9005, x305
- Mail: Use the invitation reply card you received or print one
Emerson C.A.R.E Drive Starts Monday
Collecting Enough Items to Help 50 Families
In the spirit of giving back to our community, 6th grade advisory students are organizing the first Emerson C.A.R.E. campaign. The goal is to collect enough essential food and toiletries to get 50 families in our community back on their feet, in partnership with The Alpha House.
Students and families are encouraged to ask friends and families to donate the items like soap, canned soup, deodorant, and peanut butter and jelly (full list here). Items will be collected in classrooms Monday, June 1, through Tuesday, June 9.
+ See a list of items and learn more
Pizza Lunch and Main Dish Lunch End June 5
Please Return Library Books By June 1st
Reminders about overdue books will be sent to parents after June 1st, and any books still missing after June 10th will be billed to individual accounts.
Lost and Found Donated After June 5
Please Pick Up Student Medication by June 12
End-Of-Year Survey Closes Sunday
Please share your feedback by midnight on Sunday
Share your thoughts about what is working and what could be better at Emerson by participating in the annual end-of-year survey. It is anonymous, confidential, and helps guide our school.
+ Participate in the seven-question survey
Random Acts of Kindness for Jan
With Jan out for the remainder of the year with a broken knee and foot, many have asked what they can do for her. Her request: perform a random act of kindness. Pick up a notecard in her classroom and write what you did or will do, and we’ll add it to the Random Acts of Kindness wall.
Middle School News
Summer All-School Read
How I Discovered Poetry, by Marilyn Nelson
Middle school students will once again be asked to read a book over the summer. The book we’ve chosen for this summer read is How I Discovered Poetry, by Marilyn Nelson. This powerful story, written as a series of poems, follows the life of an African American girl during the 1950s and 60s. It reminds us all about the similarities we all share and how compassion and perseverance can trump all. We know that students will enjoy this book. Books are available for order through MBS Direct beginning on June 1st (all other books will be available beginning July 1).
+ Order through MBS Direct on June 1
YA’SSOO Greek Festival
June 5 –7 at St. Nicolas Greek Orthodox Church
Everyone is invited to enjoy Greek cuisine, live music, entertainment, marketplace shopping, and other fun activities at the annual YA’SSOO Greek Festival.
+ More info