Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 10.12.18




Fri., Oct. 12
2:30PM, Rosary
Pie Sale Orders Begin!

Pizza Lunch Day (preorder only)
Order Form

Sat. Oct. 13
Women's Retreat
Sign Up Form

Mon., October 15
Non-Uniform Day
Subs for Samuel, Orders Due
A Kickoff Fundraiser for All's Well, funding water wells in Africa

Thurs. Oct. 18 & Fri. Oct. 19
No School  - Teacher PD

Looking Ahead
Mon., Oct. 22
Preschool 4 & DK Field Trip

Tues., Oct. 23
Preschool 3 Field Trip

Wed. Oct. 24
Picture Make Up Day
Class Pictures

Mon., October 29
Subs for Samuel Pick Up Subs Ordered

Sun., Nov. 4
1PM, Catholic Central Discovery Days

Fri., Nov. 9
No Lowell Bus in Afternoon, All Students Need a Ride Home

Lunch Duty
Oct. 15-17
Ziolkowski, Zook

Oct. 22 - 26
Zull, Albert (Kristi)

Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Andrews, Subs


Popsicles for the Playground Swing

Popsicles for the Playground Swing was a great success!  A specially designed swing, padding, and cover have been ordered.  Thank you to all who supported our snack sale and/or made donations. We are getting so much more than a swing!  We are getting the chance to see how God blesses the idea of a student who saw a need and wanted to help.   

Last Chance for Subs for Samuel Orders

Last chance for Subs for Samuel orders - due Monday Oct. 15.  Great subs and great cheesecake or get giftcards for the holidays, and make a donation at the same time!  

All's Well October Fundraiser - Subs for Samuel, October 1-15
Order Form
Orders and Pyment Due October 15
Since 2012, the Samuel Omogo Foundation has provided clean drinking water to the people of Nigeria.  Did you know St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Nigeria?  Subs, desserts and gift cards available.  See order form.

Picture Make Up

If you missed pictures, Wed. Oct. 24 is make up day.  It is a dress up day for those getting re-takes or first time pictures.  If you are getting re-takes, you MUST return the old pictures in order to get retakes.  Otherwise you will be charged for both.  Thank you!

Pie Sale Orders Begin!

Order Form

Today marks the beginning of our school's largest fundraiser, Pie Sale!  It runs from October 5 - November 5.     Pie Assembly Saturday is November 17.  If you signed up to work this event, please click here to select your work slot.

Students will bring home large manila envelopes today (one per family).  In it you will find more details about our pie sale and an order form.  Please return order forms and all money collected  in that envelope.  Top Selling Family receives a special gift!

The Pie Sale is a long time tradition at St. Patrick's - 20 years or more, but who is counting??  It is made possible by St. Patrick Parishioner family, Tom & Laura Heffron.  Each year Tom & Laura save the BEST availability day for us (weekend before Thanksgiving!) and donate their time and some of the ingredients to insure we have a very profitable sale.  The ingredients are for the most part local - the fruit is grown and/or processed by Tom & Laura, the flour is from King Milling in Lowell.  It's a special heritage we have at St. Patrick's and these pies are part of it...not to mention they are delicious!  There are parishioners and friends of the school who buy these pies year after year.  Did we mention they make great gifts?

If you need additional order forms, please contact the school office.  If you have any questions about the pie sale, please contact any of the PTO members at

Pie Sale Helpers

Sign Up Form

If one of your volunteer commitments is Pie Sale, please click here to pick your work slot.

Awesome Ladies Group

Breakfast time at McDonald's scheduled for Monday Sept.15  All mom's are welcome.  Questions, Mari Zook,

Season of Service: Overview


Season of Service is a program sponsored by the school student service group, Works, led by middleschoolers.  They are sponsoring opportunities for you to show your support throughout the school year for a number of causes, including many that are close to the hearts of St. Patrick School families and may be encountered everyday in our school.  Thank you for reviewing these opportunities to provide for others' needs.  We hope that you will find something that will inspire you.  As the event dates approach, watch for information in the Shamrock.  And finally we ask for your prayers, knowing that the greatest action of all is to offer our needs to God.  Thank you for your support. 

All's Well Wednesdays Fundraiser -  Wednesday Snacks, October 17- December 19
Order Form
Orders and Payment due no later than Monday of each week - or order and pay all at once.  
This fundraiser also benefits the Samuel Omogo Foundation and clean water for the people of Nigeria.  All treats are $1 each.  See order form.  

During October, there will be drop off boxes for the following collections in the school lobby:

Baby Pantry of Lowell
Jon the parish in collecting baby & toddler items and "fill the bottle" coin collection.  Special needs are new or gently used baby clothing newborn to 5T, diapers size 3-6, baby wash, baby lotion, baby wipes and #2 baby food.

Grand Rapids Lions Club Eyeglass Collection
Bring in old eyeglasses, any condition.  They will be reconditioned and provided free of charge to patients in Latin America.  Dr. Droste, St. Robert's parishioner, travels with this group providing free eye exams for the disadvantaged.

Knights of Columbus Annual Coat Drive
Drop off gently used coats, all sizes.

Degage Ministries Blanket Drive
New or clean gently used blankets of all sizes.

PTO News

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

Alumni News


St. Patrick Alumni Michael Kane and John-Luc Richmond earned 2018 National Merit Scholarships!  Congratulations to you both!

American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls, AHG, is a faith-based character development "scouting-type" program chartered at St. Patrick's school. Our mission is to build women of integrity through service to God, Family, and Country. We have a fun year of activities and outings planned. You are welcome to join us! We meet at the same time as the Cub Scouts on Mondays starting at 6:30. We are accepting new girl members from grades 1st-12th. Come grow with us!  Contact Juliet Hoke 616-648-9185 or search MI1208."

Virtus Training

Thanks to all who attended the Virtus session on Sept. 18.  If you were unable to attend, we'll remind you periodically with emails for trainings at other locations. You can 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.

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.   

Fall Sports Season Schedule


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.

Photos for Yearbook

As you are out and about with St. Patrick school activities, like prayerful occasions, sports events, field trips, class parties, take some pictures and email them to the school office anytime before March 1, for inclusion in the annual yearbook.  Thank you.

Lunch Subs

Lunch Duty Schedule

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.

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.  

Catholic Central Discovery Days

Register for Discovery Days

Franciscan Life Process Center

Creighton Method Introductory Session - October 24 7:00 pm
Franciscan Life Process Center11650 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
Harvest Pie Baking with Sister Darlene Wessling, FSE
Tuesday, November 6,  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join Sister Darlene Wessling, FSE, to celebrate the hard work of spring and summer and the joy of the harvest by making fresh apple pie using apples grown at the Center. Participants were learn how to make delicious pie crusts and leave with a fresh pie to bake at home. Cost:  $25  Please go to to register.
SymptoPro Classes - Nov. 5, 19Dec. 3 Â 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Franciscan Life Process Center - Grand Rapids Campus 
SymptoPro is taught through a series of classes and offers highly personalized support.  It can be used throughout the fertile lifespan to detect the days of fertility and infertility of the couple from postpartum to the premenopausal years. For more information, please contact Laura Chapin at 616-319-3841 or email Cost: $145

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
Vanessa Tessmer 250-1816, M only

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 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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