Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 04.12.19




Fri., April 12
9AM Mass
2:30PM Stations, Church, Join Us

Sunday, April 13
Palm Sunday

Mon., Apr. 15
Non-Uniform Day
Adopt an Animal (through Apr. 22)
Bottles & Cans (through Apr. 24)

Tues., Apr. 16
School Board Meeting

Thurs., Apr. 18

7PM, Holy Thursday Mass

Fri., Apr. 19
No School, Good Friday
3PM, Good Friday Liturgy

Sat., Apr. 20
9PM, Easter Vigil

Mon., Apr. 22
Earth Day
Rescheduled 3 Mile Project Field Trip, K-8th Grades

Mon. - Wed., Apr 22-24
Spring Volleyball Camp

Looking Ahead
Apr 23
PSAT Testing (8th grade)
Apr 23-May 17

NWEA Testing Window
May 4,  125 Year Anniversary Celebration
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May 10
Dorothy Day
May 16
Spring Concert & Variety Show
May 30, Field Day

Lunch Duty
April 15-19
Lamoreaux (J & M), LaPonsie

April 22-26
Liley, McCauley

April 29- May 3
McDowell, McGee


125 Year Anniversary Celebration

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Not every school reaches its 125th anniversary, but St. Patrick School is not every school. Founded by Fr. James Crumley in 1893, we have grown from humble roots and evolved through the years to meet changing needs of local families. Now, it’s time to reflect on where we’ve been and celebrate where we are going.

Please join us on Saturday, May 4, from 6-10 pm for a special evening.

The school will be open with a variety of displays and memorabilia from various eras, including its 43 years as a high school as well as an elementary school. There will be a strolling meal of heavy appetizers as well as drinks and a cash bar.

Come and remember what St. Patrick School was like when you were a student. Socialize with friends both new and old while gathering at this adult event.  Our roots are deep. Our future is bright. Our faith is timeless.

More Science Olympiad

Photo, Details & Standings

Variety Show

Participation Permission Form

We are looking for students who would like to showcase their talents at our school-wide variety show.  Do you have a special talent? Do you like to perform? Do you take part in after-school activities that you would like to share with your school family? We would love for you to be a part of this year’s variety show. Please review and fill out the participation form and return it to Mrs. Kevic by Tuesday, April 23, 2019.  We appreciate your interest and look forward to a very entertaining afternoon on May 16th.

The Variety Show gives our students a chance to celebrate their gifts and talents with each other.  It is a showcase not a competition. During the hour-long show, we want to see as many kinds of acts as possible.  All talent is welcome. Students with a similar talent/routine may be grouped together as a single act…with everyone on stage while individuals come forward to “do their thing” before rejoining the group.  There is a place for everyone who wants to take part. (A singing act is not lip-synching or singing along with a pre-recorded artist, students must know the words.) All acts will need to try out—a practiced act is needed—not just “making it up as it goes”.  Mrs. Kevic’ will make arrangements to see your child’s act once the participation form is sent in.  (Students will be asked to bring in any costume on the rehearsal day.)

Earth Day, Stewards of God's Creation

April 22 is Earth Day and to honor the day, St. Patrick's School invites you to be involved in these activities.

Adopt an Animal...
...through WWF (World Wildlife Fund). Drop your coins into the envelope of the endangered animal that you would like to adopt April 15--April 22.  Envelopes are by the School Office.

Recycling for Rescues
The Service Learning Leadership Group is raising money for animal rescues by collecting bottles and cans for a local rescue. If you would like to donates bottles and cans for local animal rescues, please leave bottles and cans in the bins provided, or bring to Mrs. Kevic's room Mon. Apr 15-Wed. Apr. 24.

Spring Volleyball Camp at St. Patrick's


Lowell Youth Soccer


Lunch Duty

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.

Artifacts for 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. We are looking for items from St. Patrick School’s history for an exhibition this spring. If you have any of the following that you would be willing to let us borrow, please call, text, or email Brianna Venturo at 616-581-1805 or  Suggested items we are looking for: old uniforms, pictures, yearbooks, school regalia. Deadline:  April 26th.  Thanks! 

Protect Young Eyes

 A link to this week's post.

Catholic Central Summer Sports Camps


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)

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.  

Service Commitments for 2018-19

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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

Summer Camps

New!  529 Tuition Savings Accounts for K-12

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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:




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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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