Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 04.25.19




Fri., Apr. 26
9AM Mass
2:30PM, Rosary, Church

Sat., May 4
125 Year Anniversary Celebration
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Fri., May 10
Dorothy Day

Now through May 17
NWEA Testing Window

Looking Ahead
Thurs., May 16
Spring Concert & Variety Show

Sun., May 19
The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe
Theater Club Performance

Thurs., May 30
Field Day

Tues., June 4
8th Grade Graduation

Lunch Duty
April 29- May 3
McDowell, McGee

May 6-10
Melnik, Subs

May 13-17
Mills, Mitchell


125 Year Anniversary Celebration

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For planning purposes, please sign up by Sunday, April 28.  Thank you.

Hot Off the Press - 2019-2020 School Calendar

2019-2020 Calendar

Subject to change, this is the calendar for 2019-2020, to date!

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.)

New PTO President

Elaine Buehner has been selected as the new president of PTO.  On behalf of school parents and the school community, we thank her for her generosity in offering her time and talents.  The PTO provides necessary financial support, classroom and teacher assistance and community building activities in our school.  All parents are PTO members and your help when called upon is very much appreciated, and so needed.  Thanks Elaine, all the PTO Board members and all parents for your support of the school.

Summer Skills Sharpener

Flier and Sign Up Instructions

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.

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.  

Franciscan Life Process Center

Summer Camps

Franciscan Life Process Center Grand Rapids Campus  654  Davis Ave. NW 49504
Introduction to NFP/FABM
May 21  6:30 - 8:00 pm  Grand Rapids Campus

Join us at our Grand Rapids Campus for this one-time session perfect for anyone looking for basic information about Natural Family Planning, also known as a Fertility Awareness Based Method (FABM) of family planning. The introduction will cover the basics of how FABMs work, effectiveness, differences between the various methods, and some basic Church teachings. This class may also help fulfill marriage preparation requirements.  Cost: $20 Individuals  $30 Couples Fee waived for clergy To learn more, please contact Laura Chapin, LMSW, at

A Mendicant Cookout with the Dominican priests in Grand Rapids and the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist
Tuesday, May 14  6:30 - 8:30 pm
Enjoy an evening of preparing food and sharing a meal with the Dominican Fathers and the Franciscan Sisters.  Registration is limited to 20 people. Cost: $25 Please go to to register.   Franciscan Life Process Center Lowell Campus 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell MI 49331

Summer Experiences for Children 2019
Led by Sister Mary Paul Moller, FSE, the Franciscan Life Process Center offers day camps for children (ages 6 - 15):  June 26 - 28 Art from Nature; August 7 - 9 Bugs, Bees, and Creepy Crawlies; and August 14 - 16 Where Did this Come From:  From Seed to Table

Please go to or call 897-7842 to learn more

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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