Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 06.01.18




Mon. - Fri., 6/4-6/8
All Students Need Transportation to and From School

Tues., 6/5
6PM, 8th Grade Graduation

Fri., 6/8
Preschool through 7th Grades, Last Day of School
9AM All School Mass, 11:30AM Dismissal

Looking Ahead
6/22 -6/24
Parish Festival

Vacation Bible School

Tues., 8/21
8AM, First Day of School, Full Day with Uniforms

Lunch Duty
June 4-7
Schmidt, Schulten

Aug. 21-24
Schut, Scott

Aug. 28-30
Simkins, Smith (Teresa, Jason)

Sept. 4-7
Smith (Brienne), Spanbauer

Happy Summer Break!

Happy Birthday!
6/4, Brady Hurley
6/4, Brody Hurley
6/6, William Goffer



June 1 Transportation and June 4-8 Transportation  

There will be no afternoon buses Fri. June 1.  All students will need transportation.

There will be no morning or afternoon buses Mon. June 4- Fri. June 8.  All students will need transportation.  

Last Day of School

Our last day of school, Friday June 8th, will be Father Mark's last All School Mass with the students. We'd like to make this a special Mass for him and to properly give him a farewell from all of us. 
Eight years ago Father hired me as principal and we had 70 students enrolled in our school and the future was uncertain. Under Father's leadership and support for our school, we have grown and flourished into what the Diocese now considers a model school. We have tripled our student enrollment and have become a financially stable school. We are now considering how to add more space to our school, a "good problem" that would have been hard to imagine in the past. We have been very blessed to have such an invested Pastor for so many years.
It would be a great gesture to simply be present at our last All School Mass if your schedule permits. I'd love to see the pews filled with parents to offer thanks for all the support he has given us.  Please plan to be at All School Mass, June 8, 9am!

Summer Band


Summer Band is for any Grand Rapids area kids entering grades 6-9 this coming fall. It is a great way to keep skills in shape over the summer and fun besides!

Centennial School Quilt

The Festival Quilt Show 2018 will have on display the quilt made by school families in the 1990's.   The Quilt Show is being held on Sunday June 24 beginning about 1PM in the Church.  The quilt was made to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the school, 1893-1993.  Families in the school were given fabric squares to design and volunteers, including the late Irma Malone, member of a longtime parish family, assembled the quilt.  You are invited to stop by the church at Festival to see this piece of commemorative history, as well as other quilts on display.  

New! Service Commitments for 2018-19

Sign Up 

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!  

Vacation Bible School 2018

Buckle up! We’re going on a Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer for Vacation Bible School this year. The flight takes off on Monday, July 9th and runs through Friday, July 13th. VBS will take place from 9am-12pm each day.

Children from preschool to those entering 6th grade are invited aboard as passengers. We also need tweens, teens and adults to serve as the crew – no pilot license required!

New this year: Online registration! Visit for more information and to register online. You can also contact Maryalene LaPonsie with any questions or for further details. You can text or call her at 616-897-5942 or email

2018/19 School Calendar

As always, the calendar is a work in progress and subject to change (!), but these are the important dates so far for next school year, Aug 2018-June 2019.

West Catholic Summer Camp

Athletic Camp

Fine Arts Camp

Virtus Training

If you have not taken this class, please register for a session and complete this parent requirement.  We know  "another thing" can be difficult to do, but we thank you very much for your attention and participation.
The Virtus training class, Protecting God's Children, is for all people, Catholic or not Catholic, who interact with children in schools and parishes.  You may be carpooling friends of your kids, going  a field trip or attending a classroom event or working a school or parish event that involves children- all these activities require Virtus training.  The intent is to provide information that puts us all on the same page with respect to what a safe environment is and our responsibility in helping to provide it.
It is a one-time training - once you have had it, you are good to go!  Register at (set up a user name and pw; select Grand Rapids Diocese, select the session you will attend).  We'll receive notification when you complete the training.  There are many located around the Diocese on different days and different times.  Any session is OK to attend.  

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.

Aquinas Boys Basketball Summer Camps



Once a Month Kitchen - Gluten Free Pizza with Jan Hendrick
June 12 Â 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
Start a new pizza night tradition with this terrific gluten free crust. Join Jan Hendrick for a fun evening of measuring, mixing, and baking to make a great gluten free pizza! Cost: $25 Please go to to register. 
Men's Summer Retreat 
July 18 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
Men from the Diocese of Grand Rapids are invited to the Lowell Campus for a one day retreat.  Msgr. Gus Ancona will offer reflections on Jesus as the greatest of Teachers based on St. Matthew's Gospel.  The day will also include meditation and prayer time, Confession and Mass.  Carpooling from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (IHM) in Grand Rapids has been arranged if needed.  Cost:$60.
Please go to to register.
Unplug at the FLPC Eco Retreat - Wednesday evening, August 1 through Sunday
afternoon, August 5
Franciscan Life Process Center- Lowell Campus
Turn off the noise and reconnect with God and nature at this special retreat for Catholic adults, ages 21 to 35, interested in disconnecting from the consumer culture and reconnecting to more simple living and the Catholic faith. Led by Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, we will work, pray, and eat together, learning how to harvest fruits and vegetables, make homemade pies and bread, and care for livestock. There will be opportunities for spiritual integration along with daily Mass, Adoration, and the Divine Office. Cost: $250 includes food, lodging, and equipment
Please go to to learn more.
The Early American Art Camp with Sister Mary Paul Moller, FSE
August 8, 9, 10  9:00 - 2:30
Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus 
Did you ever wonder what life was like in the "olden days"? What games did children play?  What was their art like? What kinds of food did they make and how did they preserve it without refrigeration? Many colonial and pioneer crafts are simple to make because they were created by the average person using materials readily available during this time period. Join us for three FUN days of hands on games, craft activities, and food preparation and preservation as we recreate early life in America. Cost: $90.00  Please go to to register.

Lunch Duty Schedule

2017-18 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
Jamie Dye 524-6006
Bonnie Kelly-Schwartz, 914-419-6874
Deb Baker 734-7370
Tonya Schmidt 691-8248
Jill Foss 890-8431, Th & F only
Larry Hefferan 706-4783
Vanessa Tessmer 250-1816, M only
Nikki Bernreuter 648-4419, 897-9858


Heartstrings is a volunteer committee that supports our school community during the special times in our lives.  If there is a family dealing with sickness, the loss of a loved one, celebrating a new birth, or another one of life's many blessings, then we put together a meal or as many that are needed, to show our support and caring.  It is a simple dinner consisting of a main dish, side dish and dessert, either brought to school to send home or maybe delivered by you to the family.  This is an everyday way for us serve others and answer our call to be disciples of Christ.  When Heartstrings are needed, Katie Albert, Heartstrings chair,  will send out an email asking for volunteers for those three items (cooks choice) and the date that we need them.  It is not a huge commitment since we are helping when we are able, and you don't have to help every time.  If you would like to add your name to our list of volunteers or if you are already on our list for Heartstrings and wish to be removed, please contact Katie Albert (616)828-3527 or  Katie would be happy to answer any questions about our wonderful group.  

Childcare and Before/After Care    

Childcare Calendar

Child care and before/after care began on the first day of school. Your child must be registered with an established schedule before they can attend. Please send all schedule needs to prior to the first day of school. In addition, please submit a hard copy of the registration form along with the registration fee within the first week of school. For more information regarding these programs please refer to the school website. If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact Kristina Gwisdalla at

2017-18 Childcare Registration Form (for Preschool through DK)

2017-18 Before/After Care Registration Form (for Kindergarten -  8th Grade)

West Catholic Admissions Calendar 2018-2019


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 Penny Spanbauer at 616.635.0385 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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