Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 01.18.19




Mon., Jan. 21
No School, MLK Day

Wed., Jan. 23
Luck of Irish Pre-Sale Tickets Due  - Order Here

Sat., Jan.26
6PM, Carnival, Parish Center

Jan. 27- Feb. 2
Catholic Schools Week

Sat. Feb. 2
5PM Mass, Catholic Schools Week Weekend Mass Sign Up

Sun. Feb. 3
8AM & 10:30AM Masses, Catholic Schools Week Weekend Mass Sign Up
Knights of Columbus Breakfast, Parish Center

Looking Ahead
Feb. 7 & 12, Winter Conferences
Feb. 21 & 22, Mid-Winter Break, No School
March 6, Ash Wednesday

Lunch Duty
Jan. 21-25
Dzik, Eardley

Jan. 28-Feb. 1
Elliott, Elmhirst

Feb. 4- 8
Fase, Floyd


Cold Weather Gear

Please remember to pack mittens, hats, boots and snowpants.  Students are often missing gear which creates a health and safety situation...please check backpacks and pockets and make sure they are ready for recess in a Michigan winter.  Thank you!

Catholic Schools Week: Weekend Masses

Please sign up!

To celebrate Catholic School Service, the students will be assisting in the various ministries needed for weekend Masses on Feb. 2 & 3, including the roles of greeters, altar servers, offertory procession, lectors, and choir.  Altar servers, lectors and choir members have been assigned.  If your students are not already assigned for altar server, lector or choir member, please sign up for a Mass time to be a Greeter, Usher (shadow) or in the Offertory procession, by entering the student name in the Comments box. 

Please use this Sign Up Genius to sign your children up for Catholic Schools Weekend Masses, Feb. 2 and 3rd.  Sign ups due Wed., Jan. 23.  Thank you!

Carnival  2019: Tropical Getaway

The St. Patrick School Tropical Getaway Carnival 2019 is Sat. Jan. 26, following 5PM Mass, in the Parish Center.  It's an annual event organized with your help by PTO, featuring games, food and prizes for kids of all ages!  

1.  Please sign up for slot to help set up and run the games
2.  Please sign up for food donations, including baked goods for the cake walk.
Add the date to your calendar, invite some friends and come to the Carnival!

Luck of the Irish Carnival Raffle

Order Form

8th Grade is excited about this year’s Luck of the Irish Raffle at the Tropical Getaway Carnival 2019! The 8th grade class has great prizes and we know your children will want in on the action!  

A discounted ticket price of 5/$1 is being offered if you pre-buy your tickets using the order form, attached.  Regular price tickets will be sold 4/$1 during Carnival. The last day for pre-order tickets is Wednesday, January 23.  

Please return the order form and payment to the office. Tickets will be sent home the following day. Please write your child's’ name, first and last, on each ticket before placing them into the buckets for prizes.   

Prizes will be on display during lunch Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25. Your children will be able to place their tickets into the bucket of the prizes on those days, as well as the night of the Carnival.

Thank you for supporting the 8th grade class!

Benefit for Mervau Family


Feb. 2, 5-11PM, FOP97, 1753 Alpine Ave.  Food, 50/50 Raffle, Silent Auction, Music

Lowell Lacrosse Needs Players!


Open Gym - Youth Basketball

Sunday youth basketball open gyms will be held beginning December 2, from 1-3pm each week.  Boys and girls grades 3-8 are welcome to join us to brush up on their basketball skills for the season.  Please contact Athletic Director, Jamie Dye, with any questions by email at or call/text 269-330-6395.

Tuition Assistance

If you intend to apply for a tuition scholarship for the 19/20 school year, please see the instructions attached. Please note that all applications must be submitted as soon as possible to be considered for the Diocesan "Bishop's Scholarship".  This application must also be filled out if you intend to apply for a scholarship from St. Patrick Parish.

Parish Support -  for parishioners of OTHER parishes (not St. Pat parishioners)

Protect Young Eyes

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PTO News

PTO will have an available position on the board in the Spring. Melissa Patyi is currently filling the role of the President. Her three year term is up.
PTO is looking for an individual that is energetic, outgoing and able to work well with others. This position is a three year commitment. Please email questions to or contact Melissa Patyi directly at

MSU: Introduce a Girl to Engineering


Virtus Training

Please register using the link above and check for locations and dates anytime and sign up anytime, by logging into   All parents of St. Patrick School children need to take this class. 
Dave Faber, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Grand Rapids, outlines safe environment policies and practices in the Diocese in this update. We appreciate your commitment to Protecting God's Children.  

Photos for Yearbook

As you are out and about with St. Patrick school activities, like prayerful occasions, sports events, field trips, class parties, take some pictures and email them to the school office anytime before March 1, for inclusion in the annual yearbook.  Thank you.

Service Commitments for 2018-19

Sign Up 

If you have not already signed up for volunteer activities, please click on the sign-up link above and add your help to the list!

Each family, as agreed to when registering, is required to assist with community service/fundraising activities for our school.  This list includes a variety of activities that are needed for our school to continue to support current programs, fulfill its mission, and remain viable.   Families with children in grades K- 8 are required to sign up for 2 events.  Preschool and DK families are required to sign up for 1 event.  

If you have a skill or interest you would like to share instead of something listed, please give the school office a call.  We welcome your ideas and interests.

Events are "works in progress" and any changes to this list will be communicated as quickly as possible.  Activities are available on a first come, first served basis.  More specific information about the events will be provided by the Coordinator as the date approaches.  Thank you!  

2018/19 School Calendar


As always, the calendar is a work in progress and subject to change (!), but these are the important dates so far for next school year, Aug 2018-June 2019.

There has been a change to the calendar - Mid Winter Break has been changed from Feb. 18 & 19 to Feb. 21 and 22.  

Catholic Central Admissions Info for 2019-2020


Franciscan Life Process Center

Women's Support Groups

SymptoPro Classes - Jan. 8, 22, Feb 5,  5:30 - 7:30 pm
Franciscan LIfe Process Center - Grand Rapids Campus 
SymptoPro is taught through a series of classes and offers highly personalized support. It can be used throughout the fertile lifespan to detect the days of fertility and infertility of the couple from postpartum to the premenopausal years.  For more information, please contact Laura Chapin at 616-319-3841 or email  Cost: $145
Creighton Method Introductory Session - January 16  7:00 pm
Franciscan Life Process Center
11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell MI
This 90 minute presentation introduces the use and applications of the Creighton Model FertilityCare system which provides a means through which a couple may either achieve or avoid a pregnancy. FertilityCare System can be used throughout the woman's entire reproductive years. Please contact Georgia Schmitz at or call 616-481-9699 for more information.  Cost: $55
The Franciscan Life Process Center is now offering two professionally facilitated support groups for women.  Healthy Wives, Healthy Marriages, a group for women that focuses on health, fertility, and strong marriages, meets the 1st and 3rdThursday evening each month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.EmbracingMotherhood, a support group for mothers of infants and young children, meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings each month from 9:00 -10:30 am.  Both groups meet at the Grand Rapids Campus 654 DavisAve. NW.  Questions?  Contact Georgia Schmitz, BSN, FCP, RN, at  or Laura Chapin, LMSW,  at

Franciscan Life Process Center Lowell Campus 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell MI 49331
Touched by Mercy, a Day of Reflection for Those Affected by Suicide with Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, M.A.
February 2 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lowell Campus

Join us for a special day of reflection, sharing, and prayer for those who have been affected by the suicide of a loved one. The day includes lunch and Mass. Cost:  $60 includes lunch.

New!  529 Tuition Savings Accounts for K-12

More Info

A tool for saving for college has been expanded to elementary and secondary education.

Through 529 plans, investments grow free of federal taxes, and withdrawals are free of federal taxes when spent on qualified education expenses for elementary, secondary or higher education. Parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles and anyone interested in helping provide for a child’s education may contribute.

Lunch Duty Schedule

Each family assists with lunch supervision during the school year, according to an alphabetical schedule.  The lunch duty schedule is printed each week in the Shamrock, several weeks in advance. Please arrive at 11:15 to sign in at the school office; lunch goes until 12:35.  K-2nd: 11:20-12:05;
6-8th: 11:30-12:00 (Lunch in classrooms);  3-5th: 11:50-12:35.

If you are unable to do lunch duty during your week, you may arrange for a sub.  Subs are contacted and reimbursed directly by you at a rate of $8/day.  If you would like to be a sub, contact the school office - more are always needed!  You may also try switching weeks or days with other families, instead of paying a sub, to make it work for your schedule. 

Questions, contact the school office, 691-8833. Thank you for helping! 

Lunch Subs
Bonnie Kelly-Schwartz  914-419-6874
Katie Heffron 517-392-0337
Nikki Bernreuter 648-4419, 897-9858
Deb Baker 734-7370
Jill Foss 890-8431, Th & F only
Jamie Dye 524-6006, Wed & Fri
Vanessa Tessmer 250-1816, M only

Transparency Dashboard for School Financial Highlights & More

For information on Financials, Student Achievement, Perception Surveys/Goal Setting, see the Transparency Dashboard, posted on the school website, in the Parents & Students menu.

Uniform Provider

Order How To

Saint Patrick School's uniform provider is Flynn O'Hara - PARENT PORTAL .  You are not required to buy from the provider. However, anything listed on the site is part of our dress code in case you need a visual reference. In addition, the company will embroider our school logo for any items purchased.  For future reference, a link to the portal will be on our website.

Friday School Rosary

The school students gather in the church every Friday afternoon that school is in session to pray the Rosary  (except during Lent when we pray the Stations), at 2:35PM.  All are welcome to join us in this devotion to the Blessed Mother.

First Friday Adoration

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament  follows 9AM Mass until 4PM on every First Friday of the month.   Adorers are need for one-hour time slots and each hour requires at least 2 adorers.  To schedule your visitation hour please call Beth Zambon at 874-7572. All are most welcome to participate in the veneration of the Sacrament of Divine Love.  “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me; let him drink who believes in me. Scripture has it ‘From within him rivers of living water shall flow.”’ ~John 7:37 

Tuition Savings

Benefit is a free iPhone and Android app that allows you to shop at places like Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Walmart and many more, while giving up to 20% of every transaction back to your SMART tuition account, other designated tuition account or to general tuition assistance. Just shop as usual and when it comes time to checkout, use the Benefit app to purchase a digital gift card to redeem instantly.  For instance, buy $100 of Gap merchandise, and $8 (8%) goes back to your SMART tuition account, a designated tuition account or general tuition assistance.   It doesn't cost you a dime beyond what you were already going to spend.  It's raising funds without fundraising! 

Download the app and select your school as your chosen beneficiary to start saving or giving today.

For more information go to Feel free to forward this email to family and friends. The more people who participate, the more you earn!

Did you know that with a little planning ahead, SCRIP can lead to big tuition savings?  Last year, participating St. Patrick families saved a combined total of $5000 on their annual tuition costs!  SCRIP is a program where gift cards or gift certificates are purchased and used for the full face value and a percentage of the face value is credited to a specific child’s tuition account. SCRIP can be used at participating grocery stores, gas stations, retail stores, fast food, full service restaurants, etc. Friends and relatives can also purchase SCRIP and apply their proceeds to a specific child’s tuition account. 

Here’s how it works: Sign up for the SCRIP program at St. Patrick School and designate the tuition account for the proceeds to be applied. Place an order by Monday – either online or by dropping the order form and payment off, and orders are sent home on Thursdays.  If SCRIPNow! is used online, SCRIP can be used within minutes. Now you can take your gift cards or certificates and use them as cash wherever you shop.  For more information, or to register an account, please contact Kara Schut at 517-881-4091 or  To sign up online, please visit   The St. Patrick School enrollment code is D65LF3L2184

Stay Connected

Take the extra step and stay connected with all things Saint Patrick School. Our Social Media presence provides the most up to date information on school happenings, pictures of students during the school day and also a look into the thoughts of your principal! Please take the time to follow us at:




Catholic Schools- Diocese of Grand Rapids

Classroom Websites

Mrs. West    Mrs. Kevic    Mrs. Gasper    Mrs. Markules     Mrs. Doyle     Mrs. Leckenby   Miss D'Aurora  Miss Faber  Middle School Home Page   Mrs. Gwisdalla  Mrs. Krebill

Ways to Earn Free Stuff for our School

We collect Box Tops, Tyson proofs of purchase...send them in to the school office!  

The Tyson  Labels can be confusing because they look different on different products.  They are worth .24 cents a label!  Here are some examples:






Visit  My Coke Rewards  register,  follow directions to enter codes, and donate to St. Patrick School.  Points earn a selection of items from which we can choose.  Thank you!

When purchasing from Office Depot, give them our school code, 70048450, and we earn points towards money off office supply purchases.



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