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September/October News from MCES

ITBS Testing

Each year, during the first 2 weeks of October, all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit take part in the IOWA Assessments and CogAT Test. These standardized tests allow us to see where our students are excelling and where they may need some extra help. The students are tested on a wide range of subject areas. The CogAT, or Cognitive Abilities Test, estimates a student’s reasoning and problem solving skills. Each year the teachers review the data that comes from these assessments and use it to help plan their teaching. The IOWA test is taken in 1st through 8th grade. The CogAT is administered in 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grades.

Tips for IOWA Testing Weeks for Parents:

  • Keep a positive attitude at taking tests.

  • Encourage your children to do well, but don’t pressure them.

  • Help them get plenty of sleep.

  • Eat a healthy breakfast and avoid overly sugary foods and drinks.

Tips for IOWA Testing Weeks for Students:

  • Relax

  • Take your time; Don’t rush!

  • Read questions carefully and look at all the answer choices.

  • Don’t worry if others finish first; it’s not a race.

Tom Thelen coming to MCES

On November 12th, Tom Thelen, a Character Education Guest Speaker will be giving presentations for grades 3-8 ( 9:00 and 11:00 at St. Mary Campus). Parents are welcome, but there will also be a Parents' presentation at 6:30 at St. Mary. More information will be sent at the end of September.

Grandparents Days

​10/15 Grandparents Day at St. Michael Campus sponsored by MCES PTO

  • Young 5s, Kindergarten & 1st Grade Grandparents arrive at 7:45 and attend Mass; then go to the classrooms for activities and refreshments.
  • Preschool Grandparents arrive at 9:30 and spend time with your grandchild in their classrooms.
10/16 Grandparents Day at St. John Campus sponsored by MCES PTO

  • 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade grandparents meet your grandchildren in the Church. Arrive between 7:45-8:00. Join them afterwards for refreshments and activities.
10/17 Grandparents Day at St. Mary Campus sponsored by MCES PTO

  • Meet your grandchildren in the Church at 8:00. Join them for Mass, refreshments and activities.

Please invite your child(ren)'s grandparents. All RSVPs are going home on Wednesday, September 26th. Please respond by October 10th. If you need another form, they can be found on the Calendar Page or by contacting the office.

St. Michael Parish Feast Day

Friday, Sep. 28th, 5pm to Sunday, Sep. 30th, 3pm

510 West Front Street

Monroe, MI

St. John Parish (Root)Beer & Brats

Saturday, Oct. 6th, 5-9pm

521 South Monroe Street

Monroe, MI

Tickets available from the Parish Office; please call (734)241-8910.

Girls on the Run Coordinator Needed

Karin Newsom is stepping down as the MCES Girls on the Run site coordinator, thank you for starting this program at MCES and all your wonderful work! If a new volunteer site director can be found we can have this program again. More information about Girls on the Run can be found here: There is a training from the organization for Site Leaders and Karin Newsom is happy to talk to anyone who is interested in learning more. Please email Mr. Kubik if you are interested in finding out more.

October Calendar as of 9/26

*The calendar is always changing! Click here for the most up to date listing.

October 2018
10/1-10/12 IOWA and CogAT Testing Begins. Remember to make sure your kids get rest, eat breakfast and come to school. Click Here for more tips and information.
​10/4 3rd Grade Field Trip to Monroe Historical Museum for Custer Week, 12:00-2:00
10/4 St. Mary Parish Members grade 4 and older who would like to train for Altar Serving at the Parish need to return this form. Click Here​
10/4 Mackinac Island Trip meeting for the 7th grade at 6pm, St. Mary PLC.
10/5 Preschool Field Trip to Farmer Charlie's, 8:30 am Departure
10/5 St. Michael Parish Healing Mass & Relic of Bl. Solanus Casey, 7:00 pm Click Here
10/09 Washington D.C Parent Information Meeting, 6:30 pm, St. Mary PLC. All parents should attend whether students are already signed up or not.
10/09 PTO's fall fundraising Suzie's Popcorn Orders are due, this is for the PTO budget
10/13 Confirmation Kickoff for St. John, St. Mary and St. Michael Parishes, 10am to noon St. John Cafeteria. Contact the Faith Formation office for details 734-241-6097.
10/16 Kindergarten Field Trip to Trabbic Pumpkin Farm, 8:30 am Departure
10/18 No afternoon MPS buses for students who ride the Monroe Public School buses home. SMCC shuttles will run as normal.
10/20 MCES Craft Show, St. Mary Campus Gym & PLC, 9 am to 3 pm Info

10/22 No Mass at St. John Campus due to a lighting project
10/23 First Communion Parent & Child Meeting OPTION 1, St. Mary PLC, 6:30 pm -(Bilingual option on 10/25, St. Mary PLC, 6:30 pm)
10/25 Bilingual First Communion Parent & Child Meeting OPTION 2, St. Mary PLC, 6:30 pm -(repeat of meeting on 10/23)
10/26 No School MCES PD Day - Childcare and Latchkey Open
10/26 Fall 7th and 8th Grade Vicariate Dance, St. Mary Campus Gym, $6 Entry Fee, School ID Required, 7 pm to 10 pm Info
10/27 Protecting God's Children Workshop, St. Mary Parish, Monroe Click Here for Registration
10/28 MCES PTO Trunk or Treat, Gates Open at 4 pm, Trunk or Treating 5 pm to 6 pm Info
10/31 School Banking Day at St. John Campus
10/31 No afternoon MPS buses for students who ride the Monroe Public School buses home. SMCC shuttles will run as normal.

November 1st is All School Mass

MCES students will not attend weekday Masses on October 29, 30 and 31. We will all gather at St. Mary Church at noon on November 1st for our 1st All School Mass of the Year.

Join MCES Text Messaging Service

We have launched a Text Messaging Service that utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver the messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more.* You can participate in this free service* just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587. *Terms and Conditions – Message frequency varies. Standard message and data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel. Mobile carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages.