MCES Newsletter

October 25 - 29

Students must have masks for small group instruction!

This is Red Ribbon Week!!

Red Ribbon Week is October 25- 29!

Click on the banner ABOVE for information about Red Ribbon Week.

School Pictures will be available next week!

If you ordered a picture package, it will be shipped to school. We will send out a message once we receive them.

School Picture Retake is Wednesday!

School Picture Make Up day is Wednesday, October 27th!!

MCES Fall Harvest Party- Friday

ALL items sent in MUST be individually wrapped. Click on the banner BELOW for examples of items to send in.

Please check with your student's teacher for items needed.

Visitors will not be permitted to attend parties at this time.

Masks are strongly encouraged for students, but required for small group and individual instruction. Please make sure that your child has a mask.

Report Cards are available in Infinite Campus (IC)

Families may access student report cards in IC. If you need assistance logging into IC, click on the link below and Mrs. Laurie Freeman will assist you.

Family and Teacher Conferences

Masks MUST be worn during Family Conferences. If you are not feeling well, reschedule or opt for a video or phone conference. Please do not attend the conference if you or anyone in your home is sick.


If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please contact your child's teacher or the office.


Conferences are scheduled for FIFTEEN minutes. In order to be respectful of everyone's time, be on time for the conference. If longer than 15 minutes is needed, you may opt to schedule additional time at a later date.

Lost Items

  • We have 3 pair of glasses in the office. If your child has lost his/her glasses, please contact your child's teacher or the office.
  • There are many sweatshirts and jackets in our lost and found. Please let your child's teacher know if your child has lost an item.

PTO Meetings

PTO Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 5:00 in the MCES Library. The next meeting is Tuesday, November 2nd.


We need MORE family participation. If you can not make the meeting, but you are interested in participating in PTO contact Andrea Jones (ajones1112@ucumberlands.edu).

If your child comes in close contact with anyone who tests positive for COVID outside of school, please contact the school. We want to keep everyone safe and ensure that we are following guidelines.

Thank you for helping us in preventing the spread of COVID.

Change of Clothing

***Please continue to put a change of clothing and shoes in your child's backpack each day. As it is getting cooler outside, the change of clothing in your child's backpack may need to be switched out to reflect the change in the weather.

Clothing is available on an emergency basis, but supply is limited. If the FRC does not have your child's size and clothing is not in their backpack; a call home to bring clothing will be necessary. Thank you for your help.

Holiday Assistance- NOVEMBER 1st Deadline

FRC NEWS

Holiday Assistance - ONLY ONE PROGRAM CAN BE USED

***The Harrodsburg Herald Christmas LOVE TREE program is now open to take applications. DEADLINE NOV 1st, Please apply online if possible. The FRC will have paper copies if needed. The link to the online application is: https://form.jotform.com/212156588830157


***The Salvation Army ANGEL TREE program is also available for children in Mercer County for ages birth to 12 years old. This is by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call 859-236-4473 for more information and to make an appointment.

Community Resources

***If your family is in need of additional food or clothing assistance please contact Mrs. Bray for resources lists or to pick up a food bag. Georgiana.bray@mercer.kyschools.us OR 859-733-7046; EMERGENCY Number 859-694-0527

***Food and other assistance as available - Christian Life Center - 859-734-5001

***Utility assistance and many resource programs - Bluegrass Community Action office - 859-734-9549

***If you are raising a grandchild or a child that is not your own. Contact Mrs. Bray for support group information and to sign up for the GAP conference for free legal advice and many helpful resources all in one place on one day.

***KCHIP and MEDICAID open enrollment - FREE HEALTH CARE FOR KIDS

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School Based Decision Making Council (SBDM)

SBDM Meetings are held every THIRD Tuesday @ 4:45 in the Library/Media Center at MCES.


SBDM Members: Kaitlin Main- Parent Rep, Lee Wilson- Parent Rep, Nicky Keller- Teacher Rep, Patrick Webb- Teacher Rep, and April Wilhoite- Teacher Rep.

Title I Family Nights

MCES will hold Title I Family Nights in December. These will be in person. We will send more information later, and preregistration will be required.

Kindergarten- Tuesday, December 7th 5:30-6:30

First Grade- Wednesday, December 8th 5:30-6:30

Second Grade- Thursday, December 9th 5:30-6:30


We will discuss what Title I is, our school curriculum, and what we are doing academically to support students at all levels.


There will be a virtual option for families who would are not able to attend in person.

Celebrating MCES Students

We LOVE celebrating our students. If your child participates in extra curricular activities and wins awards/competitions, please let us know. Click the link below and fill out the form so we can celebrate too!

A Reminder from Nurse Kim

** The 24 hour policy is still a district policy. Regardless if you are in test-to-stay program. If your child has a fever, vomiting or diarrhea - they will need to be free of those for 24 hours without fever reducing medication to return to school. PLEASE do not send your child to school sick.


** We are missing A LOT of required health documents! Even if your child is an online student they are still enrolled in Mercer Co. Schools and the same documents are required. PLEASE get ALL required documents turned in ASAP. If you have an appointment scheduled for a physical, vision or dental exam please call Nurse Kim at 733-7040 or e-mail the date of appointment and your child's name to kim.ellis@mercer.kyschools.us.


** If your phone number or address has changed PLEASE go into Infinite Campus and update those. It is very important that we have all updated information to get a hold of someone in case of emergency or illness.


** Fall break is a great time to wash your child's backpack and lunch box!!

Chromebook Repair Fees

Click the link to view the current repair fees for Chromebooks and chargers.

Birthday Celebrations

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:


  • Birthdays are special and a fun time to celebrate with classmates.
  • Please notify your child's teacher in advance if you wish to send in items for the class to celebrate your child’s birthday at school. Please be aware of any allergies or medical issues before sending in items.



All items sent in MUST be Individually- PRE-PACKAGED!


Students may distribute invitations to private parties at school, IF every student in the class is invited.

School Wide Parties

PARTIES: There will be FOUR class parties during the year (Fall Harvest Party- October 29, Winter Party- December 17, Kindness Party- February 11, and Spring Celebration- March 29).

Excuses

All doctor and parent notes must be sent to mces.attendance@mercer.kyschools.us. Please do not send in a hard copy. You may take a picture of the note and email it to the email address.

Please keep Infinite Campus (IC) Updated

We have had several instances when families members need to pick students up from school, but they are not listed in IC. Anyone who will be picking your child up needs to be listed in Infinite Campus. Families are able to log into IC and update this information.

Also, if you have an address change or a phone number change, please update those in IC as soon as possible.

If you need assistance logging into IC, please contact the office @ 859-733-7040.

TRANSPORTATION/DISMISSAL CHANGES:

We understand changes to dismissal plans sometimes occur. Therefore, to ensure the safety of your child and the protection of instructional time, the following procedures must be followed.

● All transportation or dismissal changes must be made by the parent or legal guardian and sent to mces.attendance@mercer.kyschools.us. Please include student’s first and last name, teacher’s name along with the transportation change. These changes should be sent no later than 2:00 p.m. the day of the change.

Every effort should be made to arrange afternoon transportation before arrival each day. Advance notice ensures accurate information to teachers and students during the busiest time of the school day.

● If an emergency arises and something must be changed, after 2:00 p.m. it must be approved by the principal or assistant principal.

Amazon Smile

MCES PTO has an Amazon Smile Account. If you shop on Amazon, you can earn money for our school at NO extra cost to you!

Box Tops

Hi! Join me in earning money for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. Plus, use my referral code D8NL1BP1 when you sign up and you’ll get 20 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 05/29/2022, while supplies last. Use the link below to download the Box Tops app.

Breakfast and Lunch are FREE

School breakfast and lunch are offered daily. All meals are free for students.

Due to federal meal guidelines, restaurant food/meals are not permitted at school for BREAKFAST or LUNCH.

● Students may bring lunches from home, however glass containers and carbonated beverages are not permitted.

ARRIVAL PROCEDURES FOR CAR RIDERS

● Student drop off begins at 7:25 a.m. Please be aware that traffic begins to back up around 7:35 a.m. Students not in their classrooms by 8:00 a.m. are tardy.

● Students should be ready to exit the vehicle quickly via the passenger side doors near the sidewalk when given the go-ahead by school staff.

● For safety reasons, do not go around other cars to exit the line.

● For safety reasons, drivers should not get out the vehicle.

● Do not use your cell phone while you are in the line. Distractions are a safety issue.

● Please carefully utilize both lanes at the bottom circle to avoid traffic back up on Tapp Road.

● MCES staff will open the car door for those students who need assistance.

DISMISSAL PROCEDURES FOR CAR RIDERS

● The Car Rider Tag System will begin reading tags at 2:30. If you pass through before that time, your tag will not be read and you will need to circle around and get back in line.

● Student car-rider tags MUST be displayed from the rear view mirror prior to entering the circle.

● If you do not have a car rider tag, you will be required to come to the front entrance, present

identification and wait for verification before taking your child.

● ANYONE WITHOUT A CAR RIDER TAG WHO COMES TO PICK UP A CHILD MUST BE LISTED IN INFINITE CAMPUS AND A PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED.

● Parents should remain in their vehicle at all times during afternoon dismissal. If you need to assist your child with buckling up, please move into the parking lot area to do so safely.

● For the safety of all, do not go around other cars or drive around the cone barriers to exit the line.

● Do not use your cell phone while you are in the line. Distractions are a safety issue.

2021-2022 School Calendar

Click on the link to view the updated calendar.