Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 02.15.19




Mon., Feb. 18
Non-Uniform Day

Tues., Feb. 19
Rescheduled Parent Teacher Conferences

Thurs., Feb. 21
School Day for St. Pat's
No Lowell bus in afternoon, all students need a ride home

Fri., Feb. 22
School Day for St. Pat's
No Lowell bus all day; all students need a ride to and from school
9AM Mass, Join Us!
2:35 Rosary, Church, Join Us!

Mon., Feb. 25
Sports Team Shirt with Jeans or Sweats
K-8, Field Trip 3 Mile Project

Tues., Feb. 26
Donuts & DEAR, Cozy Day Attire
3rd Grade Mass at Cathedral - Uniform (change clothes after returning from Mass)

Wed., Feb. 27
Wacky Wednesday Mismatched Clothes
2PM, ELE Assembly

Thurs., Feb. 28
Neon/80's Day
1:30PM, Minute to Win It

Fri., Mar. 1, VIP Day
St. Patrick Pride Day, wear anything green
9AM, Mass with VIP
Cookies with VIP following Mass in Parish Center
2:35 Rosary, Church, Join Us!

Looking Ahead
March 6, Ash Wednesday
March 15, Bishop Visiting, Join us for Mass!
March 16, St. Patrick Day Parade, Grand Rapids
March 17, 12PM,  Altar Server Pizza and Refresher, please RSVP

Lunch Duty
Feb. 18-22
Gasper, Gast

Feb. 25-Mar 1
George, Goffer

Mar 4-8
Gritter, Gross


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!

Touching Safety

St. Patrick School will present Touching Safety to students during the week of February 25, 2019.  The creators of Protecting God’s ChildrenTM  developed Touching Safety.  It is provided by the Diocese of Grand Rapids  and is part of our ongoing effort to help create and maintain a safe environment for children and to protect all children from sexual abuse. The scheduled lessons are Lesson 1 - Touching Safety Rules and Lesson 2 - Safe Friends, Safe Adults, Safe Touches.   These lessons are being offered to all students, K-8,  at an age-appropriate level.  

As a parent, you may choose whether your child participates.  For more information about Touching Safety, visit If you have questions about the program or lesson, please contact Scott Czarnopys 691-8833.

If you wish to Opt-out, please complete the attached form and return it to your child’s teacher no later than FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22.

Feb. 21 & 22 are School Days

Previously, Feb. 21 & 22 were Midwinter Break...since we have had a mid-winter break (and then some!) with all the snow days, we are scheduling regular school days for Thurs. and Fri. Feb. 21 & 22.  There will be a Lowell bus in the morning on Thurs Feb. 21, but not in the afternoon.  All students will need a ride home that day.  There will be no bus all day on Fri. Feb. 22, all students will need a ride to and from school.  

Parent Night Out

Enjoy a night out while your child enjoys a night in!  Movie, craft, hot dogs, open gym and snacks.  Open to all Saint Patrick Parish and School families: Preschool – 8th grade
Date: March 2nd, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: $10.00 per child
Registration deadline is February 22nd ( Prior registration is a must. )
Location: Parish Center
Contact Kalin Ritzenhein for more information

Florida Strawberries

American Heritage Girls MI1208 3rd Annual Florida Strawberry sale!! The Polar Vortex can't keep spring away forever! Spring will soon be here as you enjoy your delicious, sweet, juicy berries! Shipped immediately to Michigan overnight, the berries arrive within 24 hours of being picked in Florida! Delivery week March 4. $25 for a flat of 8, 1-lb clamshells of berries. You could split with family and friends! We are raising funds to take the girls on an overnight encampment on the USS Silversides submarine! Please call Juliet Hoke 616-648-9185, Troop Coordinator, or contact one of our school member families Bernreuters, Radens, Schuts, or Patyis to purchase. 

Luck of the Irish Carnival Raffle

The 8th grade class would like to thank you for supporting the Luck of the Irish Raffle at the carnival. We appreciate all those who donated the great prizes that everyone enjoyed and we appreciate all those who purchased tickets during the pre-sale and the night of carnival. This fun event helps support our end-of-the-year class trip.  Thank you!!

Altar Server Pizza & Refresher

Attention all altar servers!  Please mark your calendars for Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, March 17, at noon, to meet in the church with Fr. Tom for a training update and refresher for altar server skills.  Following the training, servers are invited to come to the Rectory for pizza!  Please, RSVP ( or 691-8541) so we are prepared with enough pizza.  What a great way to honor our patron saint, in service and fellowship!  Thank you. 

125 Year Celebration

We are planning to celebrate our 125 year school birthday with the kids on March 15. This will also be our patron Saint celebration as well as Bishop Walkowiak's visit.  We were planning to have an "adult" evening celebration on March 16th. However, our lack of being able to meet about this event coupled with the desire to wait until snowbirds return, will cause us to have a later date in the spring that is TBD.  We will be asking for some help to make this evening a success in the near future. 

Catholic Central 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

10th Grade, Isabella DeNardo
l12th Grade, Donny LaPonsie

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

 A link to this week's post.

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

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.  


Franciscan Life Process Center

Celebrate St. Joseph’s Day with Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE
Tuesday, March 19 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Gather around a special St. Joseph’s Day altar and learn how to make two classic St. Joseph’s desserts: ricotta-filled sfingis and cream-filled zeppoles. In the spirit of San Giuseppe, everyone will take home some pastries to share with their families.  Cost: $25 Please go to to register.

Franciscan Life Process Center Presents: Spark a Conversation Speaker Series
Banana Peels and Climate Change:  A Daily Examen

Join the University of Notre Dame’s Dr. Phil Sakimoto and Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D. for a Franciscan discussion about the connection between faith and environment. Dr. Sakimoto is an astrophysicist and the former acting director of NASA's Space Science Education and Public Outreach Program. Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D. is the Dean of Science and Sustainability at Aquinas College.  What about the banana peels? Join us to find out!

Date: March 21, 2019 at 6:30pm
Location: St. Robert of Newminster Parish
Tickets: $50 per person includes: a baked potato or salad bar as well as beer & wine
Please go to to register.

Rejoice and Be Glad: Living a Holy Life: A Silent Retreat for Women led by Sister Colleen Ann Nagle and the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist
Friday, March 15 at 6:00 pm through Saturday, March 16 at 4:00 pm

Lowell Campus

Women of all ages are invited to a silent retreat at the Franciscan Life Process Center. This retreat includes silent reflection, Mass, Liturgy of the Hours and presentations using Pope Francis’ The Call to Holiness in Today’s World, which addresses ways to live a holy life.
Cost: $250 includes presentations, room, snacks Friday evening, and continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

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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