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Family Newsletter – May. 29, 2015

Photo of Lee receiving his shovel signed by Emerson faculty and staff

Lee Horvath is Celebrated On His Last Day at Emerson

15 Years as the Director of Building and Grounds for Emerson School

Faculty and staff signed their names to a commemorative shovel, which Lee received at the end of the day on Friday, May 29. It was his last day at Emerson after 15 years of Building and Grounds leadership at Emerson.


Letter from Jerry

Jerry the SluggerHello Parents,

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.


Jerry Loewen
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 remember to pack a lunch for your child the final week of school.

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 check the lost-and-found in the Fish Bowl by Friday, June 5. Any uncollected items will be donated to a charity.

Please Pick Up Student Medication by June 12

Medication will be available for pick-up in the offices. Any unclaimed medication after June 12 will be discarded. Thank you.

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

Community Events

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