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Monroe Catholic Elementary Schools News - July 22, 2019

Supply Lists for the 2019-2020 School Year

Supply Lists for the 2019-2020 School Year: CLICK HERE

Classroom Placements

Kindergarten through 5th grade classroom placements will be emailed to families in mid-August. Our teachers and staff take the process of placing students very seriously and your child’s best interest is our primary concern. Classroom Placements will NOT be changed. We are fully confident that any teacher your child is placed with has their best interest at heart and will be a strong role model of faith and academics for them.

MCES Uniform Closet at St. John

The MCES Uniform Closet will be open:

Thursday, August 1st from 9:00-11:00

Monday August 5th-Friday August 9th from 9:00-2:00

Wednesday, August 14th-Friday, August 16th from 9:00-2:00

The Uniform Closet is located in a storage room in the St. John Campus Cafeteria. Ring the office doorbell and Mrs. Foshag will buzz you in. Items are free to MCES families; please feel free to drop off gently used items as well. If possible, please fold and place donated items on the correct shelves.

The uniform closet is user-run, meaning those using it need to keep it in good order. Please take care to fold the items you look at and return them to the shelves. Thank you.

Welcome New Faculty & Staff Members!

We have hired several positions for the new school year. Once emails are created for them, we will post them on the website. Please welcome them!

Mrs. McKenzie Cobb - Middle School ELA

Hi! My name is McKenzie Cobb and I am excited to be part of the Monroe Catholic Elementary School team as the 6th and 7th grade English teacher! I recently graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and an endorsement in English language arts. I am so grateful to be in a community where I will be able to share my passion for reading, writing, and the Catholic faith with your children. I am from Livonia, where I attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. However, it was in college that I made the decision to make the Catholic faith my own, which opened up my eyes to how beautiful our faith is. I currently serve on the youth ministry core team at my parish because I believe every person should know how loved they are by the Lord as His son or daughter. As a student and a teacher, English has always been my favorite subject. I love that reading gives us a chance to see into the windows of people's lives who may be different than us. I am passionate about writing because it gives us the opportunity to have a voice, take action, and share what we believe with the world. Again, I am so thankful to be part of this team. I am looking forward to meeting you and your family within the next few months.


McKenzie Cobb

Ms. Amanda Guidos - 4th Grade Teacher

Hi! My name is Amanda Guidos and I will be joining the 4th grade teaching team at St. John’s! I graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in Science and Social Studies. I currently live in Monroe, Michigan and belong to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. I attended catholic schools, K-12, at Christ the King in Toledo, OH, St. Mary’s in Collingwood, ON, Canada, and SMCC in Monroe, MI. I am excited to share my love of the Catholic faith with the MCES community.

While teaching and being a student myself, I have been able to discover the joy in connecting life around us through all subjects and look forward to exploring these relationships with the 4th grade. I have a passion for science, learning new ideas, and striving to be our best selves that fosters the idea to: Make. Care. Embrace. Seek. I am thrilled to be apart of the St. John’s and Monroe Catholic Elementary Schools family and cannot wait to see what the 2019-2020 school year brings!

Mr. James Smiegel - Middle School PE

My name is James Smiegel. I am a native of Wyandotte, Michigan. I am a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, majoring in Physical Education Program with a minor in history. Twenty year ago, I was in a near fatal care accident and had some health issues that made me change my life and become more physically active. This is when I decided to pursue a degree in physical education.

I believe that my age, wisdom and life experiences will help me be an excellent physical educator. I feel that I am fortunate that I had the courage, drive, ambition and commitment to start college later in life. I wanted to find a career that I would be able to excel at, enjoy doing, long with being myself.

In closing, I am an avid runner and have completed three full marathons. I have also be a youth mentor for the Guidance Center and coached middle school co-ed cross country teams. Over the last few years, I have taught at several Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Elementary Schools and am looking forward to this new opportunity at St. Mary Middle School!

Changes in Positions with MCES

Mrs. Karol Applin (currently serving as interventionist) will now be serving as St. John Campus Assistant Principal in addition to Interventionist, supporting Mr. Kubik in day-to-day operations at St. John as needed. She will continue to see her daily caseload of students, supporting them in their learning.

Mrs. Michelle Leicht will, in addition to her role as St. Mary Campus Administrative Assistant, be serving as a Development Specialist, helping plan and implement our fundraising, specifically the fall raffle, the golf outing, the auction, and other fundraising events.

Mr. Craig McMahon will be moving from 4th Grade into Mrs. Margraves' former classroom in 3rd Grade. Mr. McMahon is very excited to work with Mrs. McNamee in planning an exciting, learning-filled year with one of our 3rd grade classes. Both Mr. McMahon & Mrs. McNamee are excited to grow professionally together.

Mrs. Amanda Welton (Director of Early Childhood Education) will now be serving as the St. Michael Campus Assistant Principal, supporting Mr. Kubik in the day-to-day operations of St. Michael. She will continue her responsibilities overseeing the childcare center, preschool, latchkey and summer programs.

Mrs. Julie White will be supporting Mr. Kubik in a more direct way as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Principal. She will still work out of St. Michael Campus and will still be at the St. Michael Campus desk one day each week. To allow for this transition, Mrs. Melissa Maniaci will be working more at the St. Michael Campus School Office as administrative assistant 4 days a week.

Refer a Family & Save on Tuition!

As we move nearer and nearer to the new school year, I wanted to drop you a note reminding you of an opportunity to save $200.00 on your 2019-2020 tuition.

If you recruit a new family for MCES, who has a student that will be in the Young Fives program through 8th grade, for the 2019/20 school year, you get a $200 tuition credit.

  • You get a $50 account credit to your account when they pay their deposit for the 2019/20 school year

  • A $100 credit if the family is in good standing** at the end of the first semester

  • And a $50 credit if the family is in good standing* at the end of the second semester for a total credit of $200

If you recruit a new family for MCES who has a student that will be in Preschool for the 2019/20 school year, you get a $100 tuition credit.

  • You get a $50 account credit to your account when they pay their deposit for the 2019/20

  • A $50 credit if the family is in good standing** at the end of the first semester for a total credit of $100.

*New means they have never attended MCES & they list the current family on their referral form.

**For a family to be in good standing with the school they need to be current with their tuition payment, in good academic standing and have not had significant discipline records.

CLICK HERE for the Refer a Family Form. Thank you for partnering with MCES for your family's Catholic education. We always feel blessed when a current family LOVES their experience at MCES and shares about it with others; this is the best way to welcome new families!

Back to School Picnics

8/12 Childcare & Preschool Back-to-School Picnic, St. Michael Gym, 5:30-7:00 Click here to be a Parent Ambassador
8/13 Young 5s, Kindergarten & 1st Grade Back-to-School Picnic, St. Michael Gym, 5:30-7:00 Click here to be a Parent Ambassador
8/14 2nd-4th Grade Back-to-School Picnic, St. John Gym/Cafeteria, 5:30-7:00 Click here to be a Parent Ambassador
8/15 5th & 6th Grade Back-to-School Picnic, St. Mary Gym, 5:30-6:45 Click here to be a Parent Ambassador
8/15 7th & 8th Grade Back-to-School Picnic, St. Mary Gym, 6:15-7:30 Click here to be a Parent Ambassador

The First Few Weeks of School

8/18 Move in Sunday: St. Mary Campus 10:30-12:30, St. Michael Campus 11:30-1:30, St. John Campus 1:00-3:00
8/19 First Day of School
8/23 No lunch service at St. Mary. Bring a bag lunch/drink and all silverware/napkins
8/24 Mass to celebrate Father David's 25th anniversary of his ordination 5:00 p.m. St. Mary church followed by a reception in the PLC/Gym
8/26 Picture Day at all three campuses. wear your "Sunday best" Remember no sandals should be worn (all shoes must have closed toes and heels).
8/26 First mass of the year at St. Michael 8:15 a.m. Parents welcome
8/26 Curriculum Night at St. John campus 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
8/27 First Mass of the year at St. John 8:15 a.m Parents welcome
8/28 First Mass of the year at St. Mary 8:15 a.m Parents welcome
8/28 Curriculum Night at St. Mary campus 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
8/30 No School-Labor Day

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