Fri., Mar. 22
9AM Mass, Join Us
2:30PM Stations of the Cross, Join Us
Sat., Mar. 23
Science Olympiad Competition, GVSU, Good Luck!
Tues., March 26
Seasons of Giving, Epilepsy Awareness Day, Wear Purple Tops & Uniform Bottoms
Wed., March 27
Fri., March 29
No Bus Transportation
All Students Need a Ride to and from School
Apr 1-5, Spring Break
May 4, 125 Year Anniversary Celebration
Kjoller, Lamoreaux (M & A)
Lamoreaux (J & M), LaPonsie
No Bus Transportation
There is no bus transportation on Friday, March 29. All students will need a ride to and from school on Fri., March 29.
From Thomas Lawrence, Prolife Ambassador, Grand Rapids Right to Life:
Thank you so much [for St. Patrick School’s participation] in the Coins for Kids drive during Catholic Schools Week. What a couple of weeks we had with all the cancellations. God is good though! Thank you for sticking it out. St. Patrick’s was able to raise $698.55! Your generosity helped get the total amount raised from all the schools to $19,054.52! The money raised will go toward outreach for Grand Rapids Right to Life, as well as help 5 local prolife pregnancy centers! The efforts of all the students and faculty are greatly appreciated!
Seasons of Giving
The Student Leadership group reminds you that this Tues. March 26, is Epilepsy Awareness Day. Please wear a purple shirt with uniform bottoms. It is is observed annually on March 26th. The day has become known as “Purple Day” as people are encouraged to wear the color to increase awareness of Epilepsy. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 50 million people around the world live with epilepsy.
Congratulations, Bishop Walkowiak
We are pleased to announce that Bishop Walkowiak will be honored with the National Catholic Education Association’s (NCEA) Monsignor John F. Meyers Award at this year’s NCEA convention in Chicago. He will receive the award at the President’s Dinner on April 22. According to the NCEA, “The Monsignor John F. Meyers Award is presented to an individual who has provided substantial support for Catholic education through contributions in areas of development, public relations, scholarship programs, financial management, or government relations. This award seeks to recognize a person whose work has national significance.” We are grateful for Bishop Walkowiak’s leadership, and we cannot think of a more deserving person to receive this award. Through his bold leadership, the Bishop’s Catholic Schools Initiative has led to enrollment growth in three of the last four years in our schools, and it facilitated the development of our “ Catholic Schools: Bridging Faith and Future” strategic plan, which guides our work toward our vision of an alliance of Catholic schools expanding outstanding educational ministry. Please join us in congratulating Bishop Walkowiak on this prestigious award!
Families in K-8 have a lunch duty commitment. We need your assistance in order to have safe, organized and fun playground time. Generally your commitment is 1 week every other year. If you are unable to do lunch duty during your assigned week, you can switch with other parents for a schedule that works better for you; you can ask members of your immediate family to do a lunch for you; you can contact lunch subs (see list, $8/day). Our subs have been working double-time for many weeks. We are asking if possible, please work your lunch duty and also please consider making yourself available to sub for others. If we can add your name to the sub list, even if it is just one or two days a week, please let us know. It is a great way to see your kids during the day, bring them a special lunch, meet their friends and get some playtime for yourself. Thank you.
125 Year Celebration
The date for the adult evening celebration of 125 Years is May 4. Please put it on your calendar and plan to attend to mark this historic event! Details soon. If you can help with this event, please see Scott.
Protect Young Eyes
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 athleticdirector@
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Melissa Patyi directly at email@example.com
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
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
Franciscan Life Process Center
Wednesdays during Lent, Lowell Campus
Franciscan Lenten Lunches, flier
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 www.lifeprocesscenter.org 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 bananapeels2019.eventbrite.
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
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
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!
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
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
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 www.benefit-mobile.com/consumers. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org To sign up online, please visit https://www.shopwithscrip.com/Login/Enroll The St. Patrick School enrollment code is D65LF3L2184
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:
Ways to Earn Free Stuff for our School
We collect Box Tops, Tyson proofs of purchase...send them in to the school office!
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.