Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 11.02.18




Fri., Nov. 2
2:30PM, Rosary
Pie Sale Order Form 

Pizza Lunch Day (preorder only)
Order Form

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

Mon., Nov. 5
Vocations Week
Pie Sale Orders Due

Tues. Nov. 6
6:30PM, PTO Parent Meeting, School Library

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

Looking Ahead

Wed., Nov. 14
Blue & Grey Shirts Color Day, Season of Service: Diabetes
6th & 7th, West Catholic Annual Visit Day

Thurs., Nov. 15 & Mon. Nov. 19
Kindergarten-8th Parent Teacher Conferences
See Below for Sign Up

Thurs. Nov. 15, Mon., Nov. 19, Fri., Dec. 7
Preschool & Developmental Kindergarten Conferences
See Below for Sign Up

Fri., Nov. 16
White Shirts Color Day, Season of Service: Adoption

Wed., Nov. 21- Fri., Nov. 23
Thanksgiving Break

Lunch Duty
Nov. 5-9
Baker, Bearup

Nov. 12-16
Bennett, Bernreuter

Nov. 19-20
Blattner, Bosse


Vocations Week, Nov. 5-9

1. During Vocations Week, we will kick off our Traveling Crucifix Program.  The purpose of the Traveling Crucifix is to encourage our school families to pray for and promote vocations. Each week five different St. Patrick families will bring home one of our Traveling Crucifixes. The crucifix serves as a visible reminder to pray together as a family for vocations during the week and as a reminder that the Mass does not end with the closing prayer. Please 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.

2. Each student is artistically writing their first name (bubble letters for example), coloring it, and including a God given gift/talent somewhere in their drawing.  The drawings will be hung in the fifth grade hallway.   Check them out!

3. Students are creating giant rosaries to place on Father Tom's office walls.  Each child will decorate a circle to represent a bead of the rosary.

Thank you for sharing in our efforts to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Your prayers are essential for raising up vocations in our Church. Remember the words of our Lord: “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38).

Pie Sale Orders Due Monday!

Order Form

Pie Sale Orders can be placed through November 5.     Pie Assembly Saturday is November 17.  If you signed up to work this event, please click here to select your work slot. 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.

Parent Teacher Conference Sign Ups

Season of Service: 
November Color Days, Prayer, Fundraising & Collections

Season of Service is a program sponsored by the school student service group, Works, led by middleschoolers.  Opportunities are sponsored that St. Patrick School families may encounter everyday in our school.  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. 

November All School Color Days
Color Days are observed in support of November Seasons of Service.  You may wear a non-uniform shirt in the following colors on these days:
Wednesday, November 14-- Gray & Blue for Diabetes
Friday, November 16--White for Adoption

November All School Rosary Intentions
Special prayer is also observed in support of November Seasons of Service.
Friday, November 9--Healing
Friday, November 16--Families

All's Well Wednesdays Fundraiser -  Wednesday Snacks, through 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.  

November Collections
Christmas gifts are needed for babies through age 18.  
Catholic Charities West Michigan Gift Drive

Toys and activity kits and items are needed all year for children in the hospital.
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Wish List

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

These St. Patrick alumni earned a place on the Catholic Central Honor Roll for 1st Quarter.  Great job, students!

Isabella DeNardo, 10th Grade
Henry Marshall, 10th Grade

Catholic Central Discovery Day

Wondering what's NEXT in your child's education? Discover your family's journey and what it means to be a Cougar. Join us for Discovery Day on Sunday, November 4, 2018 @ 1:00 PM where you will take student-guided tours, learn about our STEAM program, and meet our faculty, staff, and students. Pre-register here for a chance to win a prize! #CCNEXT
You may access information on tuition planning here:
Smart Aid Workshop

Virtus Training

Please register using the link above and 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



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.

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

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 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
Gluten Free Breads and Rolls with Jan Hendrick
Tuesday, December 4  10:00 - noon OR 6:30-8:30 pm
The holidays are coming! Jan Hendrick will lead an enjoyable session of working with gluten free flours and techniques to make delicious cinnamon rolls. Cost:  $25  Please go to to register.
Creighton Method Introductory Session - December 5, 7:00 pm
Franciscan Life Process Center - Grand Rapids Campus 
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.Please contact Georgia Schmitz at or call 616-481-9699 for more information. Cost: $55
SymptoPro Classes - Jan. 8, 22, Feb 5,  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
Creighton Method Introductory Session - January 16  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. Please contact Georgia Schmitz at or call 616-481-9699 for more information.  Cost: $55
The Franciscan Life Process Center is now offering two professionally facilitated support groups for women.  Healthy Wives, Healthy Marriages, a group for women that focuses on health, fertility, and strong marriages, meets the 1st and 3rdThursday evening each month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  Embracing Motherhood, a support group for mothers of infants and young children, meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings each month from 9:00 -10:30 am.  Both groups meet at the Grand Rapids Campus 654 Davis Ave. NW.  Questions?  Contact Georgia Schmitz, BSN, FCP, RN, at  or Laura Chapin, LMSW,  at

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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