Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 09.07.18




Mon., Sept. 10, Picture Day
Pre-4's, DK and K-8th Grades
Dress Up Day, Non-Uniform Day
See Below for Ordering Info
NWEA Testing Window through Oct. 5

Tues., Sept. 11
Pre-3's and Make Up/Absences Pictures

Fri., Sept. 14
9AM, All School Mass
2:30PM, Rosary

Looking Ahead
Fri. Sept. 21
Pizza Lunch Days Begin
Order Form

Lunch Duty
Sept. 10-14
Sran, Tessmer

Sept. 17-21
Trippany, Thompson

Sept. 24-28
VanVlerah, VanSpronsen


Picture Orders

Paper order forms for pictures and yearbooks were sent home in kidmail (check backpacks).  The paper order forms may be used to order and pay for pictures or online ordering is also available, using code 656EUTGEQEQCH.  Picture Day is a dress up, non-uniform day.  Picture Day is Mon Sept. 10 for Pre-4, DK, K-8th and Tues. Sept. 11 for Pre-3 and absent.  Make up is Wed. Oct. 24.  

Virtus Training

Coming to St. Patricks, Sept. 18, 5:45PM, Parish Center.  Free childcare and a light snack for participants.  If you have not taken this class, please complete this parent requirement by registering and attending a session.  We know  "another thing" can be difficult to do, but we thank you very much for your attention and participation.  Please let us know if you will be bringing kids for childcare, so we get the number of providers needed.
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.  

It’s Baaaaaack! Friday (and a few other days) Pizza Lunches Are Here!

Order Form

The St. Patrick Sports Boosters will be holding Friday Pizza lunches beginning September 21 and ending on December 21 (14 weeks). Proceeds will go to the Sports Boosters to help fund athletics at St. Patrick School. Parents can complete a form each week, sending in the form and payment  by Wednesday of that week. For those who’d like to submit a one time payment for multiple weeks, simply complete the form and send in your payment by Wednesday of the week you’d like to begin. There are three weeks where we don’t have school on Friday. So, we’ll have pizza on other days those weeks. (Noted on the form.)

If your child orders milk, there will be lemonade, instead of milk, on pizza day.   

Cub Scouts!


Cub Scout Pack 3106 is kicking off another year of fun at St. Patrick's! If your son is in grades 1st through 4th and is interested in learning more about scouts, please join us at our new scout and parent information night in the St. Patrick's Parish Center, Multipurpose Room #1, on Monday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please call Jim George at 204-4932 or Stacey George at 204-4931.

PTO  Parent News

If you have not signed up yet for your service commitments, please do so. There are more than enough spaces for all families to help out. Aunts, uncles, and grandparents are also able to sign up as representative of your family. Please make a comment of that on the sign up. 

PTO will have an available position on the board in the Spring. Melissa Patyi is currently filling the role of the President. Her three year term is up. PTO is looking for an individual that is energetic, outgoing and able to work well with others. This position is a three year commitment. Please email questions to or contact Melissa Patyi directly at

Lunch Subs

We are in need of lunch subs.  Subs are contacted and reimbursed directly by families who need a sub for their lunch duty,  at a rate of $8/day.  If you would like to be a sub, contact the school office.  Thank you.

Awesome Ladies Group

Awesome Ladies Group would like to extend a warm invitation to moms of all ages. If you are interested, please consider joining us at the Lowell McDonald's.  We meet on the 3rd Monday of every month, during the school year,  for a cup of coffee and some adult conversation. It is a great opportunity to meet  ladies of our school/parish or catch up with friends we haven't seen all summer.  Feel free to contact me with any questions:
Mari Zook, 616-634-5937 or

Lowell Soccer Club Mini Camp (LASSO)

For boys and girls, ages 4-10.  Flier

Music Lessons


New! Service Commitments for 2018-19

Sign Up 

If you have not already signed up for volunteer activities, please click on the sign-up link above and add your help to the list!

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!  

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.

There has been a change to the calendar - Mid Winter Break has been changed from Feb. 18 & 19 to Feb. 21 and 22.  

Franciscan Life Process Center

Franciscan Life Process Center - Grand Rapids Campus
Roots Will Rock is a group rock band class for teens ages 13 - 18 who are interested in learning to play music in a rock band format.  Musical experience among the students  typically ranges from beginner to intermediate and beyond. Roots Will Rock is directed by Eric Busch, MT-BC. Fall session runs on Monday nights 5:00 - 7:00 pm Sept. - Dec. and costs $40.  Questions? Please contact Eric
Calling All Runners/Walkers!
Join us for West Michigan's most unique race, the Franciscan Rhythms Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, October 6 for a 5K run or walk, 10K run, and a kid's run. Enjoy the live music throughout the trail, Franciscan stew, freshly baked bread, and a custom t-shirt.  Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell, MI 49331
Registration fees are $10 for kid's run, $35 for 5K run/walk and $40 for th 10K. Register online today at
A Taste of Bavaria - Suppen (soup) and Apfelstrudeld (Strudel) with Sister Mary Paul Moller, FSE
Tuesday, October 9 6:30 - 8:30 pm 
Franciscan Life Process Center 11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell MI
Join us to learn how to make noodles and strudel! Create and enjoy beef noodle soup and apple strudel.  These will be some of the best calories you have ever put in your mouth! Cost:  $25 Please go to to register.
Creighton Method Introductory Session - October 24 7:00 pm
Franciscan Life Process Center 11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell MI
This 90 minute presentation introduces the use and applications of the Creighton Model FertilityCare system which provides a means through which a couple may either achieve or avoid a pregnancy. FertilityCare System can be used throughout the woman’s entire reproductive years.Contact Georgia Schmitz at or call 616-481-9699 for more information.  Cost: $55

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.

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
Lily Carrier 616-216-5386

Vanessa Tessmer 250-1816, M only


Franciscan Life Process Center

Calling All Runners/Walkers!
Join us for West Michigan's most unique race, the Franciscan Rhythms Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, October 6 for a 5K run or walk, 10K run, and a kid's run. Enjoy the live music throughout the trail, Franciscan stew, freshly baked bread, and a custom t-shirt. Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell, MI 49331
Early bird registration is $10 for kid's run, $30 for 5K run/walk and $35 for th 10K. Register online today at

A Taste of Bavaria 
Suppen (soup) and Apfelstrudeld (Strudel) with Sister Mary Paul Moller, FSE

Tuesday, October 9 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Lowell Campus
Join us to learn how to make noodles and strudel! Create and enjoy beef noodle soup and apple strudel. These will be some of the best calories you have ever put in your mouth! Cost: $25
Please go to to register. Franciscan Life Process Center Lowell Campus 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell MI 49331

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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