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Monroe Catholic Elementary Schools News - February 2019

Dear MCES Families,

As we head into the 3rd quarter of the school year, we have many things going on! Can you believe we had a full week off due to snow, cold and ice and now have another ice day? It just shows the unpredictability of a Michigan winter that really slows us down; we have to drive more slowly and take more care to ensure our sidewalks are clear, that your kids have warm enough clothes and prepare for all the possibilities as we leave the house.

School schedules also tend to be the same; having missed out on a full week of instruction, the teachers feel a similar unknown- will they get through all the content they want to? What unknown activity will pop up to throw off another daily schedule? In our staff meeting yesterday, we talked about all the upcoming events. Though there are many: Catholic Schools Week, food drives, the Open House, the Auction, Field Trips, etc; these events are what make MCES a special community! They are all part of the experience of Catholic School. I recall many of these traditions from my time as a student at St. Michael and SMCC. In these events, we are learning to grow as a school community; not only are we tasked with academic development, but also social and spiritual development.

Today I challenge everyone to take part in as many of these events as possible. Though we all have busy schedules, in Matthew 18:20, Jesus says that where two are gathered in his name, he is there also. How great is it that Jesus walks this journey with us? I am looking forward to all the fellowship and community that will take place at Open House on February 24 and Auction on March 16. We are 1 Faith, 1 School and 1 Community, and by inviting new families to the Open House and participating in the Auction, we can only become stronger!

Ancora Imparo.

Mr. Kubik

Open House Help Needed!

As we begin planning our MCES Open House, there are several ways you can help us with the 2019 Open House!

First and foremost (and simplest!), invite your friends and family! Personal invitations go a long way and MCES only becomes stronger when we have more people like you! Please encourage people you know- who are curious about Catholic Education- to come to the MCES Open House or to schedule a private tour and shadow day. Just simply direct them to the school offices for any questions they have or if they want more information. The Flyer for Open House can be found here.

Secondly, we are in need of Parent Ambassadors! Would you be willing to come to Open House at St. Michael Campus and show a prospective family around while sharing your personal MCES experiences? As many of you remember, starting at a school can be a daunting and unknown process, and we would like to have those who have experienced childcare, preschool and starting Young 5s/ Kindergarten with us, on hand to share their point of view. If you are willing to serve as a Parent Ambassador at St. Michael Campus on February 24th from 11:30-1:30, please let Mr. Kubik know by responding to this email.

Lastly, would you be willing to write or record a personal testimony about your experiences at MCES? This could be as simple as jotting down a few sentences about you and your child(ren)'s learning, playing and growing at MCES. These anecdotes may be used in marketing materials in the future. If you'd rather be part of a video testimony, that would be great too! We'd love to hear your experiences; please send them to this email!

As a Catholic School Community, we rely greatly on our families to share their experiences and help grow our school. Thank you for your help in marketing MCES!

Auction Class Giving

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? The Auction is quickly approaching! Mark your calendar and get a sitter for March 16 at 5:00 pm at St. Mary Campus! The Auction is our most important fundraiser each year and each grade level, from childcare through 8th grade are asked to help by supporting our Auction Class Giving in one or more of the following ways:

  • Donating items to the Class Auction theme
  • Monetary donations for the chairperson to purchase items Donating new silent and live auction items
  • Purchase a Class Year Ad for the Auction Ad Book

Oh, the places you’ll go! Each class will be collecting for a great theme or trip. Every two weeks we will have rewards for the homeroom/classroom at each campus with the highest percentage of participation in class giving! Parent volunteers have generously offered their time to organize each grade-level’s Class Giving.

Click here for the kickoff letter and giving form! Please do not hesitate to contact your child's grade level coordinator with questions. Let's all work together to make our Auction a huge success!

MCES 2019 Auction!

Saturday, March 16th, 5pm

151 North Monroe Street

Monroe, MI

Get your sitter, save the date, mark your calendars!!! The annual school auction is Saturday, March 16 at 5pm. This is our largest school fundraiser and helps keep tuition lower for everyone through our collective work! Thank you for making plans to attend.

St. Michael & St. John Friday Lunches

Click the link below to help set up, serve and clean up at our Friday Lunches for Service Hours!

The February 1st St. Michael & St. John Hot Lunch will be held on March 1st. If you prepaid, your child will receive lunch that day. If you would like to order, please send money in an envelope clearly marked to the school office.

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook order forms have gone home. They can be ordered online or mailed directly to GPI (Geskus), per the order form instructions. Please do not send order forms to the school. When ordering online or by mail, please fill out a form for each student, orders for multiple children can still be paid for together. Payments are due 3/15/19. Click Here for the form.
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Upcoming Events

2/7 CSW - St. Mary Campus - 5th through 7th grades it is a total BLACKOUT (Please note: do not use any colored hair spray) for the teachers vs. 8th grade Volleyball Game! (8th grade will wear their volleyball team shirt)
2/7 CSW - St. John and St. Michael Campuses - show your love of reading... come to school dressed as your favorite character from your favorite book. Please bring your book with you. Remember please wear closed-toed shoes with socks and please do not use any colored hair spray.
2/7 Messy Assembly Day at each campus. The Campus that brings in the most cans gets to make a mess of a MCES school leader in front of the rest of the school!
2/7 4th Grade Spelling Bee, 12:00 in St. John Campus Gym
2/7 First Communion Parent Only Meeting OPTION 1, St. John Cafeteria, 6:30 pm (bilingual option, 2/12, St. Mary PLC, 6:30 pm)
2/8 CSW - Favorite Sports Team (CYO/High School/College or Pro) show your favorite team off with a jersey, t-shirt, sweatshirt or other team swag/colors with gym uniform pants and tennis shoes! (Please note: do not use any colored hair spray)
2/8 Valentine's dance at Trinity Lutheran. 7:00 p.m. - 10 p.m. Click here for flyer
2/12 First Communion Parent Only Meeting OPTION 2 (bilingual), St. Mary PLC, 6:30 pm (repeat of information from 2/7 meeting)
2/14 Wear red, pink or a Valentines' Day top of your choice with uniform bottoms.
2/15 No School - Winter Break - Childcare and Latchkey Open.
2/18 No School - Winter Break - Childcare and Latchkey Open.
2/22 Rescheduled $2 Auction Jeans Day. Why fit in when you were made to stand out?​
2/24 MCES Open House click here for more information.
2/27 School Banking Day at St. John Campus

March 2019
3/1 No afternoon MPS buses for students who ride the Monroe Public School buses home. SMCC shuttles will run as normal.
3/2 Confirmation candidates for the three Parishes, Candidate retreat 9am to 5:30pm, St. Mary PLC. Contact the Faith Formation office for details 734-241-6097. Your completed workbooks are due to Mrs. Quick at the retreat.

Stay Connected with the Parishes!

Visit the three parish websites for upcoming events for personal and family formation.

St. John the Baptist:

St. Mary:

St. Michael the Archangel: