Fri., May 10
Dorothy Day of Service
Thurs., May 16
1PM, Spring Concert & Variety Show
Sun., May 19
1PM, The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe, Theater Club Performance
Now through May 17
NWEA Testing Window
Thurs., May 30
6PM, Virtus Class, St. Mary's Lowell, Sign-up
Tues., June 4
8th Grade Graduation
Fri., June 7
Full Day of School
Mon., June 10
Full Day of School
Tues., June 11
11:30 Dismissal, Last Day of School
Dorothy Day Thank You
Thanks to all who attended Dorothy Day of Service today. It was a joyful day of giving and fellowship. We appreciate all the help in the various and sundry jobs lined up for willing hands. Check out the front entrance gardens, the playground and outdoor stations of the cross mulching and the dust-free pews in church and clean tables and chairs in the Parish Center. The office got help too with a bunch of mailings and lost and found clean up.
The 6th-8th graders bussed over to Marywood and performed a band concert and visited with the sisters for their service day.
The Dorothy Spedoski Family donates a scholarship each year to a student who demonstrates qualities Dorothy had - going above and beyond, overcoming obstacles with a brave face and positive attitude, taking the time to offer kindness with a simple hello or smile. Congratulations to all the Dorothy Day Award nominees: Alex Anleu (DK); Caity Dye (Kindergarten); Brian Thompson (1st), Grady Nowak (2nd); Alana Ryan (3rd); Owen Hurley (4th); Jake VanVlerah, Nikos Zimmerman (5th); Charles Brooks, Caleb Dye (6th); Anna O'Neill (7th); Ian George (8th). The Dorothy Award Winner for 2018-2019 is eighth grader, Ian George. Special congratulations to you, Ian!
Hero Essay Contest
The annual Hero Essay Contest was held recently and the winning essay writers were introduced at morning prayer, along with their personal hero!
Runners up are Sydney Spanbauer and her hero dad, Scott; Gracie Cooper and her hero mom Marci; and first place goes to Andy Dzik and his hero former St. Patrick student, Jared Elliott. Great job students and congratulations to all the heroes, named and un-named!
2019-2020 Service Commitment Sign Up
Each family, as agreed when registering for the 2019-20 school year, 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. Please make your selections and sign up by May 17.
Families with children in grades K- 8 are required to sign up for 2 events.
Preschool and DK only families are required to sign up for 1 event.
Families with Preschool and K-8 children are required to sign up for 2 events.
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. 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. Your commitment will be confirmed in September; more specific information about the events will be provided by the Coordinator as the date approaches. Check with the School Office if you have questions. Thank you.
Lowell First Look
Take a look at this write up and photos of the 125th Birthday Celebration last weekend. Thanks to the many people who made the event so great. It was a great evening.
If you have not yet taken Virtus, here's a chance for a very local option! St. Mary's in Lowell has scheduled at VIRTUS class on Thursday, May 30th from 6-9PM. This is a required class for parents of children at St. Patrick School and/or those volunteering in children's programs in the school or parish (sports, clubs, lunch duty, Science Olympiad, etc. ) It is a one time requirement. To sign up for the class, click the link above. Thank you.
Year End Calendar Extension
From Mr. Czarnopys:
I have received direction from the Superintendent that all of our Catholic schools are to account for all 180 days required by the Diocese of Grand Rapids. St. Pat's will be able to count the initial 9 days of forgiveness allowed by the state. This year we have had 14 Snow Days, which means that we have 5 days to make up. We've added three days to our calendar already which means we have to add 2 days to the end of the school year to remain in compliance with the diocese. Thus, we will have a full week of school June 3 – 7, a full day on Monday, June 10 and our last day of the school year will be a half day on Tuesday, June 11. This will not impact preschool, DK or 8th grade end of year dates. I apologize for any inconvenience that this causes your family. Below I have included excerpts from our superintendent’s email about the additional day requirement to our school year.
“Regardless of any additional days that may be forgiven by the state of Michigan, Catholic schools within the Diocese of Grand Rapids must extend the school year to account for all snow days beyond the first 9 days. Please use this notice as documentation of your superintendent’s approval of the 3 additional days beyond the initial 6. Bishop Walkowiak has made it clear that individual schools must adhere to diocesan calendar standards. He considers compliance with the school calendar standards to be one of the superintendent’s primary responsibilities.”
“For outlying schools – St. Pat's falls into this category
Many of you have been making up days whenever you could - winter break, spring break, Easter Monday, extending into June - trying to sync as well as possible to your local school districts in order to maintain as many services as possible for as many days as you can.
Please extend the year as necessary into June to account for all 180 days minus the 9 allowable snow days.”
“If a parent(s) choose(s) not to take advantage of the opportunity for additional days, they will be considered excused absences, but we should be there for those that would choose this opportunity for their children."
“We are responsible for the full value of a Catholic education. Our parents have invested in their children, and as a result, we owe them the full value."
- Two larger classrooms will be added to the middle school wing, off of where Mrs. Gasper's (8th Grade) current classroom is located
- The two smaller existing classrooms will be combined to one large space that will be used for Band, Music and the Adult Choir
- The current music/choir room will be used for additional child care space
- Our goal is to begin construction after festival with a tentative timeline of 6-7 months for completion
- We will not need to campaign for this project. Donations and parish savings will cover the cost. The festival auction will become a high priority for the school moving forward as the profits will fund tuition scholarships and replenish the funds taken from savings for the building project.
2019-2020 School Calendar
Subject to change, this is the calendar for 2019-2020, to date!
PTO Invites You!
West Catholic Summer Camps
Lowell Museum Summer Camps
Summer Skills Sharpener
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 email@example.com. Suggested items we are looking for: old uniforms, pictures, yearbooks, school regalia. Deadline: April 26th. Thanks!
Protect Young Eyes
Franciscan Life Process Center
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.lifeprocesscenter.org 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 www.lifeprocesscenter.org or call 897-7842 to learn more
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 email@example.com 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.