Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 08.23.19



Fri., Aug. 23
2:30PM Rosary, Join Us
No Bus - All students need a ride home in the afternoon

Wed., Aug. 28
Pizza Orders Due

Fri., Aug. 30
No School, Labor Day Weekend

Tues., Sept. 3
School Resumes

Lunch Duty

August 26-29
Pullen, Pullen, Raden

Sept. 3-6
Ramasamy, Richmond, Volunteer Needed

Sept. 9-13
Risner, Roe, Ryan


Event (aka Fun!) Planning

Please join us on Tuesday September 3rd for our first PTO meeting of the year,  in the school library at 6:30 pm.  We will be discussing upcoming events for the school year and welcome new ideas and input from all! 

Refreshments and childcare will be provided. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Choose Respect

Choose Respect Flier

Welcome back to a new school year!  A school-wide program being implemented this year is centered on respect.  Our school rules will focus on treating people, places and things with kindness.  One way to do this is to adopt a common language to teach our school-wide expectations for showing respect to self, others, and our surroundings, and so fulfill our Mission Statement - "To Know God, To Love God and to Serve All."  We hope you will find the useful ways to reinforce the concepts at home.  Please read the Choose Respect flier and introduction letter for details.

Sports Booster Pizza Fridays are Back!

Order Form

The St. Patrick Sports Boosters will be holding Friday Pizza lunches beginning September 6 and ending on December 18 (15 weeks). Proceeds will go to the Sports Boosters to help fund athletics at St. Patrick School.  For those who’d like to submit a one time payment for multiple weeks, simply complete the form by Wednesday of the week you’d like to begin.  Parents are welcome to complete a form each week, which are due by Wednesday of that week.

Please note that we are unable to accept cash or checks. We are happy to state we will be using Smart Tuition this year. You will see charges monthly. (More information is included on the form.) If we have a snow day on a pizza day, we will move that pizza day to the following Tuesday or Wednesday. (Notice will be given.)

Bus Resumes 

The regular Lowell bus schedule will resume Mon., Aug. 26.  If your child rides the bus, please check in with the Bus Garage for this new school year.  987-2540.   Thank you. 

School Pictures

Order Form

Please complete the order form ahead of time to order and purchase photos.  

Geskus will be taking school pictures on Monday Sept. 9 for Preschool 4, DK, Kindergarten through 8th grades.  It is a dress up, non-uniform day - no jeans.

Geskus will be taking school pictures on Tuesday Sept. 10 for Preschool 3 and anyone absent on Mon. Sept. 9.

Cub Scouts

Calling all boys in grades 1st through 4th, their parents, and any interested adult volunteers!  Cub Scout Pack 3106 is excited to start its 2019/2020 season and is holding an informational meeting for parents, boys, and volunteers who are interested in learning more about and potentially joining and helping our Pack this year.   We have a variety of activities planned for the year, including fire building, hiking, volunteer/community service activities, Nerf Night, a Grand Rapids Drive night, flag retirement ceremony, a trip to TreeRunner Adventure Park, our signature Pinewood Derby, and more!  Our informational meeting will be held Monday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria - parents, adult volunteers, and scouts welcome!  Please contact Jim George at 204-4932 or or Stacey George at 204-4931 or with any questions.   

American Heritage Girls

Would you like a great character and skill development group for your daughter that provides lots of fun and adventure? American Heritage Girls MI1208 is now accepting new members ages 7-16 and parent volunteers. Come to the parent meeting August 26, 6:30-7:30 in the St. Patrick school library. If you plan to attend, please email or call Juliet Hoke, Troop Coordinator 616-648-9185 or"

2019-20 Sports Sign-Ups

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!

Volunteer Commitment Sign Up

Sign up

Please sign up for your volunteer commitments if you have not already - 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

2019-2020 School Calendar

2019-2020 Calendar

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

Protect Young Eyes

 A link to this week's post.

Virtus Training

Please register using the link above and sign up to take Virtus online!  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.  

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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