Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 05.24.19



Fri., May 24
2:30, Rosary, Join Us!

Mon., May 27
Memorial Day, No School
7-10AM, Grattan Fire Dept. Pancake Breakfast, Grattan Firehouse

Thurs., May 30
Field Day, Please wear 125th Anniversary T-shirt!
6PM, Virtus Class, St. Mary's Lowell, Sign-up

Tues., June 4
8th Grade Graduation
No Bus for PM Dismissal - all students need a ride home in the afternoon

Wed. June 5 - Tues. June 11
No Bus - all students need a ride home in the morning & afternoon

Fri., June 7
Full Day of School
9AM Mass, Join Us
2:30PM Rosary, Join Us
No Bus - all students need a ride home in the morning & afternoon

Mon., June 10
Full Day of School
No Bus - all students need a ride home in the morning & afternoon

Tues., June 11
11:30 Dismissal, Last Day of School, Please wear 125th Anniversary T-shirt

Wed-Fri., June 12-14
Planned Power Outage, Prep for Construction

Mon., June 17
Summer Care Begins

Lunch Duty
May 28-31
Newland, Nowak

June 3-7
O'Neill, Olin

June 10
Volunteers, please, just for Monday


Robots & Legos

Congratulations to the FIRST Lego League 4th graders this year on their rookie season.  Their Atomic Attack entry won the Judges Award and they had a fun time.  This was also the introductory year for Girls Solve IT and 2 teams of middle school ladies took part with a Dash robot.  Great job, ladies!
Mr. Bernreuter is the advisor for both teams, congratulations to him also, and our thanks for his leadership and sharing of his talent in coaching these teams!  If you would like to help Mr. Bernreuter with next year's teams as one of your Volunteer Commitments, please let the school office know or sign up here.

Thank You!

A very big thank you to Mrs. Morano for her donation of time and talent this year with Theater Club.  Their rendition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was presented this week, with not one, but three performances,  complete with sets, make-up, costumes, props and many, many helpers.  It was a great experience for students, many months in the making.  Thumbs up to Mrs. Morano for her big contribution to our school extracurricular activities!  If you would like to help Mrs. Morano as one of your Volunteer Commitments for next year, please let the school office know or sign up here.

Grattan Pancake Breakfast

The annual Grattan Fire Barn Pancake Breakfast is this Mon., May 27, 7-10AM, at the Fire Barn, 12134 Old Belding Rd NE, Belding.  All you can eat, donations accepted.

Volunteer Commitment Sign Up

Sign up

Please sign up for your volunteer commitments - we thank you for your help.

Each family, as agreed when registering for the 2019-20 school year, is required to assist with community service and 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.  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.

Families with children in grades K- 8 are required to sign up for 2 events.
Families with children in Preschool and K-8 are required to sign up for 2 events.
Families with only Preschool and DK children are required to sign up for 1 event.

Please help us by selecting and signing up now for your service commitment in the upcoming school year.  Thank you!

Summer Flowers

The Art and Environment committee is seeking volunteers to arrange and remove flowers for our beautiful church during the summer months.  Training is available. If interested, please contact Jillian Westbrook at 443-1778 or

Child Care Director

Job Posting

Kalin Ritzenhein has been an awesome team member on our staff and has filled multiple positions over the years. She has been working as the assistant care director and has helped to grow the program to where it is today. At the end of the year, Kalin will be moving on from St. Pat's and we wish her the best moving forward. Thankfully she is a member of our parish and we will still get to see her!  

Here is the posting for the position of child care director. If you know of anyone for the position, please make sure to let myself or Mrs. Gwisdalla know. This will be a full time position, year long, to oversee and manage the care program. 

Power Outage, June 12-14

Due to the pending project to add classrooms to the school, the main power transformer to the campus needs to be moved. We are currently scheduled with Consumers Energy to begin moving it on Wednesday June 12. The power to the campus can be out between 2-3 days. Due to the pending power outage, we will have no campus activities from Wednesday June 12 - Friday June 14. This includes meetings, child care and any athletic events. The office (parish and school) will also be closed until power is restored. Summer Care will begin Monday, June 17th.

The transformer will be moved in time to prepare the ground and be ready for festival. After festival, construction of the classrooms will begin. When drawings and more information become available, I will share them out with all of you.  Thank you for your understanding. 

End of Year Medications

We have unused medications to send home now, at the end of the school year.  When you are here in the next few days before school ends for the summer, please stop by the office to pick up your child's medication.  Medicines not picked up will be disposed of.  We start fresh in the fall.  Thank you.


Sign Up

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.

Summer Band

2019-2020 School Calendar

2019-2020 Calendar

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

West Catholic Summer Camps

Art Flier

Sports Flier

K-7th Cheer Leading Camp Flier

STEM Camp, Kent ISD

Flier - entering 5th & 6th grades

This STEM-focused camp is for kids entering grades 5 & 6 this fall.  This camp is VERY inexpensive, and students will have a blast while learning valuable employability and critical thinking skills.  SPACE and TIME ARE limited; room for only 40 students – and it filled up each of the first two years.   PD Hub ( with any questions.

Lowell Museum Summer Camps


Summer Skills Sharpener

Flier and Sign Up Instructions

Lowell Sports

Sideline Cheer Informational Flier

Youth Football League Flier

GR Drive Academy Summer Camps 2019


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.

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

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.orgor call 897-7842 to learn more.

Summer Groovin’ Groups for Children with Special Needs
The Franciscan Life Process Center is offering music therapy groups for children with special needs. Groups will use fun and motivating interventions to work towards therapeutic goals such as social interaction and communication. Parent participation is welcomed. Classes will be held on Thursdays, June 20 - August 15. Please contact April (616) 897-7842 x308 or Grand Rapids Campus.

Introduction to NFP/FABM
June 18 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

Men’s Summer Retreat
July 16 9:00 - 5:00 pm Lowell Campus

All men are welcome to this diocesan-wide retreat led by Msgr. Gaspar (Gus) Ancona. The day will include presentations, quiet reflection time, Confession, Mass, and lunch. Cost: $60 Please go to to register.

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

Transparency Dashboard

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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