Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 05.31.19



Mon., June 3
Rescheduled Field Day
Students need to bring a lunch
Non-Uniform Day
Weather appropriate athletic wear, tie shoes,125 Year T-shirts

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
9AM Mass, Join Us
Full Day of School
No Bus - All students need a ride home in the morning & afternoon

Tues., June 11
9AM Mass, Join Us
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

Fri. Sat., Sun., June 28-30
Parish Festival - Flier

Lunch Duty
June 3-7
O'Neill, Olin

June 10
Volunteers, please, just for Monday

August 23
Paiz, Patyi, Perkins

August 26-29
Pullen, Pullen, Raden 


No Bus

Beginning with dismissal on June 4, there will be no Lowell buses through the end of the school year.  All students will need a ride home on Tues. June 4.  On June 5-7, and June 10-11, all students will need a ride to and from school.  On the 11th, school is dismissed at 11:30.  Thank you. 

Rescheduled Field Day

Field Day is rescheduled for Mon. June 3.  It is a non-uniform day.  Please wear weather appropriate athletic wear, 125 Year T-shirt and tie shoes (no sandals).  The Field Day lunch was served last Thursday, so there is NO provided lunch on Monday - all students will need to bring a lunch as usual.

2019-20 Sports Sign-Ups

As this school year comes to a close, it's time to look forward to next year!  This is the link to the GRACEAC Fall 2019 Sports Signup. If your child(ren) in grades 5 through 8 for the 2019-2020 school year would like to play a sport for St. Patrick School in the Fall, please follow the link and sign them up.  Fall sports include:  Football, Boys Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Sideline Cheer.  This signup is very important, as we use this information to make teams and determine schedules.  Thanks so much for all you do to make St. Patrick Athletics great! GO IRISH!

Lost & Found

Lost: royal blue rain boots, size 10-12, labeled with student name Marcus.

Lost: red rain boots, ladies size 8

If you see them, please get them to the School Office.  Thank you!  If you have lost or found an item at school, please let us know and we'll publish the information in the Shamrock.  Hopefully we can reunite lost and found things with their owners!  Thank you.

Flat River Outreach

Local programs for families in need:

Summer Kids Lunch Buddies

Kid's Backpacks

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

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!

Lunch Duty

2019-2020 Lunch Duty Schedule

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 contact lunch subs (see list, $8/day).   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.
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

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.

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.

Summer Art


Mrs. Olga Conens, an accomplished artist, is offering summer art classes for students ages 5-12.  See flier.

Summer Band

2019-2020 School Calendar

2019-2020 Calendar

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

2019-2020 Lunch Duty Calendar

Lunch Duty Schedule

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


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.

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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