Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 10.26.17




Sat. Oct. 28
10-11:30AM, Weekend New Altar Server Training, Session 1, Church

Mon., Oct. 30
2nd Quarter Begins

Tues., Oct. 31
Friday Pizza Orders Due
1:45PM, Halloween Costume Parade followed by Class Parties

Wed., Nov. 1
 9AM All School Mass, All Saints Day, Holy Day of Obligation
7PM Mass

Thurs., Nov. 2
All Souls Day

Fri., Nov. 3
2:25PM, Rosary, Church

Pie Sale Order Form
Winter Coats Collection - Knights of Columbus
Vision Service Project - Donations of any used eye glasses, any condition
Please send in donations soon, the collection period is winding down!  Thank you.

Looking Ahead
Tues., Nov. 7
Pie Orders Due
6PM, PTO Parent Meeting

Sat., Nov. 11
0-11AM, Weekend New Altar Server Training, Session 2, Church

Lunch Duty
Oct. 30 - Nov. 3
Bennett, Bernreuter

Nov. 6-10
Blattner, Brabant

Nov. 13-17
Bredin, Brooks

Nov. 20-21
Carrier, Chichester

Happy Birthday!
Nov. 1, Neil LaPonsie


Engineers in Science

The 7th and 8th graders finished their first units of the year with an engineering design project.  In both grades, the students showed great scientific habits of mind.  They were critical and creative thinkers who were self-directed and adaptable.  There was such great discussion and going on all through these projects.  Mrs. Gasper says: " I LOVE teaching science:)."

See the details and GREAT photos here.

2018-19 Preschool & DK Priority Registration: Attention Parents!

We will soon send registration forms for the 18.19 school year. We have limited enrollment options for DK and KG programs due to building space and our desire to have reasonable classroom sizes.
If you do not plan to continue at St. Pat's, please reply so we can analyze the number of openings we will have next year. 

Before the New Year, we will have an outlined process for DK/KG placement. We want to ensure that all students are given the appropriate development time before entering the 5-day all day KG program. At the same time, we want to continue to monitor classroom sizes to make them conducive for learning.

In our experience, DK has been an invaluable option for kids. Students get extra time to mature socially and to master skills academically before entering the 5-day program. We do offer a 5 day option for DK students with our all day care program at no extra cost then it would be to send a child here full time. If your child is currently in DK, he/she is guaranteed a placement in KG unless there are parent/teacher concerns.

An outline of the process for DK/KG will be communicated when completed and approved by our school board.

2018-19 Priority Registration: Attention Parents

We will soon begin priority enrollment for the 18.19 school year. Priority enrollment is an enrollment period for all families currently enrolled in the school. This enrollment period will end on Tuesday 11/21/2017. After Thanksgiving, enrollment will open to all families not currently enrolled in our school.  This year we have waiting lists for PS-KG and expect the same for PS-1st next school year.  We will do everything possible to enroll siblings while still managing our classroom size policy. Please make sure to let us know of any changes that may occur for your family next school year.  You will receive a message with all updated registration forms soon.

"Leaf It" to Charity

Autumn is here. All of nature is in a state of preparation as colors are changing, leaves are falling and harvesting is happening.  Student Leadership has found some ways to live this season by gathering supplies to make a positive change in people’s lives.  If you would like to join our efforts, you can “Leaf It” to the following charities in the collection area by the main office.  Our collection will go through the month of October.

Baby Pantry of Lowell is in need of the following items: new or gently used clothing newborn to 5T, diapers size 3-6, baby wash, baby lotion, baby wipes, and #2 Baby Food  Sponsored by the American Heritage Girls--St. Patrick Parish

Vision Service Project is seeking donations of eyeglasses in any condition.  Eyeglasses will be reconditioned and provided free of charge to patients in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Dr. Patrick Droste, opthamologist and St. Robert's parishioner, travels with this group providing free dilated eye exams for the disadvantaged. Sponsored by the Grand Rapid’s Lion Club.

Annual Coat Drive accepting coats of all sizes--new or gently used condition Sponsored by the Knight’s of Columbus--St. Patrick Parish

Pie Sale

Order Form

Orders & payment due November 7.  Pie Assembly Saturday is November 18 (more details to follow).  Top Selling Family receives a special Family Movie Night Gift Basket!

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's farm, 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

West Catholic Boys and Girls Youth Camp & Competition

Registration & Information Flier
Kindergarten – 4th Grade, Presented by West Catholic Basketball, Deadline for Early registration December 1st

Yearbook Candids & Action Shots

As you take photos this year of your kids doing St. Patrick School things - sacraments, Mass, service activities, Science Olympiad, sports, field trips, class parties, school assemblies, programs and other, please email some good ones to the school office. We will collect them all year and submit as many as we can for inclusion in the Year Book.  The Year Book is available in May 2018.

Lunch Subs

We are in need of Lunch Subs.  Sub names go on the sub list and are contacted directly by the parent unable to do lunch duty.  Subs are reimbursed directly by that parent at $8 per lunch sub ($40 for all 5 days).  Some subs are 1 or 2 days a week, some are for the whole week.  You can specify what days you are available and you can accept or not accept a sub.  Subs need to 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;  3-5th: 11:50-12:35.  It's a great way to see your child during the day, meet other parents and become involved in the school.  Contact the school office to get your name on the list.  Thank you.

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


The St. Patrick Sports Boosters will be holding Friday Pizza lunches beginning September 15 and ending on December 21 (14 weeks). Proceeds will go to the Sports Boosters to help fund athletics at St. Patrick School. Parents are welcome to complete a form each week, sending in the form and payment which are due 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 two weeks where we don’t have school on Friday. So, we’ll have pizza on Thursdays those two weeks, as noted on the form.

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

Service Commitments for 2017-18

Sign Up - If you have not already done so, please sign up for a service commitment.

Each family, as agreed to when registering for the 2017-18 school year, 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.
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!

Lost and Found

There are many lost sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts, and a few hats, mittens, socks and books in the lost and found on the bench outside the office.   Please check and claim your items; items unclaimed after several days are donated.  Thank you!


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)

Lunch Milk Ordering

Milk orders will be taken in December for 2nd semester.  Please contact us if you have questions.  Thank you.

West Catholic Admissions Calendar 2018-2019



 To register, please go to and click on the “Events” tab.

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 

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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