Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 10.17.19



Fri. Oct. 18
Holy Hour with Trinitarians (No Mass)
2:30PM, Rosary, Church
6:30 PM, Middle School Game Night, Parish Center

Mon., Oct. 21
Non-Uniform Day

Wed., Oct. 23
8:30-10AM, Picture Retakes

Thurs., Oct. 24
6PM, Trunk or Treat

Fri., Oct. 25
No School, Teacher PD Day

Looking Ahead
Mon., Oct. 28
Prayer And Color Day, ADD/ADHD Awareness, Wear Orange Tops

Thurs., Oct. 31
1:45PM, Classroom Halloween Parties

Fri., Nov. 1
9AM, All Saints Day Mass, Join Us!
10-11:30AM, Living Saints, Parish Center, Please Visit

Lunch Duty
Oct. 21-25
VanSpronsen, VanVlerah, Verburg

Oct. 28- Nov. 1
Westbrook, Whitman, Wirgau

Nov. 4-8
Young, Zimmerman, Ziolkowski

Nov. 11-15
Volunteer Needed, Zull, Albert (K & D)


Drop Off, Pick Up, Absences

If you are dropping off a student late (after our start time of 8AM) or picking them up early (before dismissal time of 3:15), a parent must come in and sign the child in or sign the child out.  Frequently, children come in on their own and may or may not be recorded properly for attendance. 

For safety and security reasons, DK kids coming in at noon, need to be accompanied by a parent, not dropped off at the door. 

Finally, if your child will not be in school, please call or email the school office or the teacher so we can account correctly for the student absence.  Tardy and Absent appear in students' permanent school record.

Thank you for helping us maintain a safe, secure, community-oriented environment.

Picture Retakes

If your child missed picture day or you would like retakes, they will be available on Wed., Oct. 23, 8:30-10AM in the Parish Center.  If you are getting retakes, please return the original photo, otherwise you will need to purchase a new picture.  

Outside Recess

Lunch recess is almost always outside.  Please send your children to school beginning now with appropriate outdoor gear - winter coats, hats, gloves and boots - labeled with their names.  It can be chilly out there, but it is a good educational boost for the kids to get outside in the fresh air.  If they are warm and dry during an active outdoor recess, they are ready for afternoon academics.  Thank you.

Middle School Game Night

When: Friday, Oct. 18. 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Parish Center multi-purpose rooms
What: Bring your own board games and a snack to share if you'd like!
Who: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from our parish/school community

Middle school students are invited to once-monthly game night for some fun with their Catholic peers. October's game night is bring-your-own-board game style, and trivia is in the works for November. Dates on the horizon for the next game nights are November 15 and December 13.

If you'd like to attend, send an email to Lindsey Wilbur:

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Halloween Parties & Costumes

We look forward to having the students enjoy Halloween parties with their classmates each year. Please make sure that your child is coming in an appropriate costume. Items that are not allowed include: weapons,  horror characters, blood/gore, or costumes that are not modest.  If you have any questions about specific costumes, please contact your child's teacher to make sure.  Classroom parties are on Oct. 31, beginning at 1:45PM.

Trunk or Treat


Enjoy a night of spooky family fun and fellowship as children walk from car to car gathering treats.  Decorate your car and dress up, or bring a a lawn chair and relax as you pass out candy.  Please RSVP to if you are planning on passing out candy so we can get an idea of how many people need a parking spot and how much candy to tell people to bring. 

Kids are welcome to play on the playground while parents chat.  Please observe these safety rules:  1) refrain from driving through the west-side playground parking area - children will be playing there and no through traffic will be allowed  2) park your car in the designated Trunk or Treat area if you will be handing out treats, or in the church parking lot and walk to the treat area, if you will not be handing out treats.  Bring candy & your best costume,  Thursday Oct. 24, 6-8PM.

Car Line

Please note that there is NO ENTRANCE on any drives off of Parnell during morning drop off and after school dismissal. These drives only serve as exits for student safety and efficiency.

The only vehicles that can enter off of Parnell are for preschool pickup and DK drop off (late morning).

Please communicate this to any other family members who may pick up/drop off during the school year.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Traveling Crucifix

Traveling crucifixes are again making their way around the families of our school this school year.  Our focus this year will be praying for the needs of our community, including an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life and other prayers that are added to our Book of Intentions.  You can find this book in our lobby.  Please feel free to come in and add your prayers to the book yourself, or send your prayers to Mrs. Gasper ( to be added to the book. 

The purpose of the Traveling Crucifix is to encourage our school families to pray together as a family.  This crucifix is offered to help serve as a visible reminder to pray together as a family for our school community’s intentions along with your own family’s intentions and as a reminder that the Mass does not end with the closing prayer.  Feel free to let your children see and hold the crucifix, even young children if supervised, making sure they treat it respectfully, like all sacred objects. Along with the crucifix, daily vocation prayers will also be included to use with your family if you so choose. 

Even if you do not have the traveling crucifix at your home, we encourage you to add our school community’s prayer of intentions to your own prayers.

Thank you for joining us in praying for the needs of our community. 

Adopting the Trinitarians

This year, St. Patrick School is embarking on a new relationship with the Trinitarians of Mary.  Looking for ways to grow in our mission “to know God, to love God, and to serve all,” we discovered that the charism of their order was a unique fit with the practices of our school. (Each religious order has a unique spiritual gift, or charism, that they use to renew and upbuild the Church.)    

The order was founded in 1992.  In 2004, the Trinitarians of Mary began a monastery in Lowell, Michigan.  Their congregation is called to:   

  • Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration and Marian Devotion
  • Practice a life of prayer and penance:  through prayer for the conversion of sinners (world) and the sanctification of priests
  • Dedication to the spread of the truth through the support of the Catholic priesthood and the Church

Through our participation at Mass, the rosary, and First Friday Adoration, we form a special partnership in prayer.  We will continue to find ways to further embrace and incorporate their charism as we welcome their presence within our school family.  

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.

Money Handling Procedures

Money Handling Instructions

For easy reference, the recently adopted money handling procedures for school and parish events are linked, above.  Please plan ahead, thank you.

Sports Booster Pizza Fridays!

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.  

We will be using Smart Tuition this year. You will see charges monthly.  If we have a snow day on a pizza day, we will move that pizza day to a different  day. (Notice will be given.)

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 each 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
Katie Heffron 517-392-0337
Jennie Clevenger 616-644-3251, T & Th only
Nikki Bernreuter 616-648-4419, 616-897-9858
Bonnie Kelly  914-419-6874
Deb Baker 616-734-7370
Jill Foss 890-8431, Th only
Vanessa Tessmer 250-1816, M only

2019-2020 St. Patrick School Calendar

2019-2020 Calendar

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

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Admissions Calendar

Catholic Central High School

Admissions Calendar

Franciscan Life Process Center

Attention High Schoolers! SOMETHING TO SAY "YES" TO
Nov. 15-16, Jan. 24-25, Feb. 28/29

Theology of the Body (TOB), is an awesome way for all of us to understand God's plan for the living of our Sexuality.  These three sequenced retreats include unique, fun experiences that are grounded in solid Catholic teaching and take place on the Franciscan Sisters’ farm in Lowell.  Students in grades 10 - 12 are invited to join us Nov. 15-16, Jan. 24-25, Feb. 28/29. Cost: $125. Please go to for more information.

Harvest Pies with Sister Darlene Wessling, FSE will be held at the Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St. NE  Lowell, MI 49331 on Tuesday, November 5 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  Join Sister Darlene Wessling, FSE to learn how to make delicious pie crusts. Celebrate the joy of the harvest by making a fresh apple pie using apples grown at the Center to bake at home.  Go to to register.

Virtus Training

Please register using the link above and sign up to take Virtus online!   You no longer need to attend a live session.  Just register on Virtus website, sign up and complete the online class.  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:




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Mrs. West    Mrs. Kevic    Mrs. Gasper    Mrs. Markules Mrs. Remington  Mrs. Leckenby   Miss D'Aurora  Mrs. Ward  Middle School Home Page   Mrs. Gwisdalla  Mrs. Krebill


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