Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 11.14.19



Fri., Nov. 15
9AM, Mass, Join Us!
6:30-8:30PM, Middle School Game Night, St. Patrick's 

Mon., Nov. 18
Non-Uniform Day

Thurs. & Tues., Nov. 21 & 26
Parent Teacher Conferences

Fri., Nov. 22
Color Day-Wear White Shirts for Adoption Awareness
6:30-8PM, Middle School Game Night, St. Mary's

Looking Ahead

Wed. Nov. 27- Fri., Nov. 29
Thanksgiving Break

Sun., Dec. 8
Breakfast with St. Nicholas

Mon., Dec. 9
All School Mass - Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Join Us!

Lunch Duty

Nov. 18-22
Andrews, Anleu, Baker

Nov. 25-26
Bearup, Bennett, Bernreuter

Dec. 2-6
Bosse, Bouwman, Bowman

Dec. 9-13
Brooks, Campbell-Avendt, Carrier


Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Sign-up closes after 9PM, Friday, Nov. 15.  If you need to make any changes after that time, please email the teacher directly.

Preschool & DK Conference Sign Up

K-8 Conference Sign Up, Thurs. Nov. 21, 2019

K-8 Conference Sign Up, Tues., Nov. 26, 2019

2020-2021 Tuition Scholarships

Parish Support Form

Tuition Assistance Application (application process is with Smart Tuition)

Instructions for Tuition Assistance Parent Application

St. Mary's Parish Education Foundation Application Form (St. Mary Parishioners Only)

If you intend to apply for a tuition scholarship for the 20/21 school year, please see the instructions above.  The application process uses Smart Tuition processing.  Please note that all applications must be submitted by December 1st to be considered for the Diocesan "Bishop's Scholarship."  This application must also be filled out if you intend to apply for a scholarship from St. Patrick Parish.

For all current families belonging to a Catholic parish other than St. Patrick's, the parish support form is attached. Remember, this needs to be filled out and returned to us. When this is done, your family will receive the Parishioner tuition rate (a small increase is expected and will be communicated) outlined on our school website.

For all St. Mary families requesting tuition scholarships, there is one more form to fill out, applying for assistance from the St. Mary's.  We will then meet to do the paperwork together and turn them all in.

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions or to meet with me to go over the paperwork together.

Advent Trinitarian Sisters Fundraiser

Treats Order Form and Monetary Donations to Trinitarian Sisters

This Advent Fundraiser is to support the mission of the Trinitarians of Mary.  Each treat is $1.00 and will be served at lunch, during the first week of Advent, December 2-6.
Treat Choices:
Trail Mix:  food for the journey
Ice Cream Sandwich:  the cold season
Doughnut:  ring symbolizing the gift of everlasting life (glazed--G or cake--C)
Please circle your treat choice and/or indicate an optional monetary donation to the Sisters, on the order form.  Charges will be posted to your Smart Tuition account.  All order forms are due in the office by the end of the school day on Tuesday, November 26.  Thank you.

The Gifts of Las Posadas

Sign-up for Item Donations to Trinitarian Sisters 

After Mass on December 20, students will be taking part in a Las Posadas Celebration.  As we experience the 9 stops, we will be gathering gifts for the Trinitarian of Mary Sisters.  If you would like to donate items for these simple gifts, please check the signup genius.  

Childcare Workers

We are always in search of good help and our first preference is to hire people from the community who already have an investment in our school and our children.

Right now we are in search of after care workers on a part time basis (3-6pm). We also may need more workers during the day in the future and want to create a list of those interested, even if it is on a temporary basis.

Working for the school are paid positions, include a tuition incentive and care workers children also attend care for free when the person is working. If interested, please let us know as we need to fill a position as soon as possible.

Middle School Game Nights

Middle School Youth Group at St. Patrick's
Friday, November 15, 6:30-8PM, the Parish Center
A fun night of faith-based trivia! 
Bring snacks to share if you'd like.

Middle School Youth Group at St. Mary's in Lowell
Friday, Nov. 22 6:30-8pm
St. Mary's invites middle school students to come make Advent cards for the homebound.  It is a fun and thoughtful way to remember our homebound parishioners this season.  The group will meet at in the St. Joseph room of St. Mary's in Lowell from 6:30-8pm.  

Author Visit

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

Author Amy Young will be at Saint Patrick in the afternoon! This special visit is open to students in grades DK-4 in the gym.  You can order your own copies of her books that she will also autograph. The order form is available here. Orders are due Nov. 22 with checks made out to The Bookman. We can't wait to host Amy Young, join us for the fun!

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.

Outside Recess & Cold Weather Gear

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.

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.

Protect Young Eyes

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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
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!

West Catholic High School

Admissions Calendar

Honor Roll

The following students from St. Patrick School have achieved 1st Quarter Honor Roll at West Catholic High School:

Joop Schulten (9)
Lydia Gasper (9)
Anna Richmond (10)
Kolbe Mills (11)
Carson Jarecki (11)
Mary Camp (12)

Catholic Central High School

Admissions Calendar

Honor Roll

Listed below are students from St. Patrick School who earned 1st quarter honor roll at Catholic Central High School:

Isabella DeNardo (11)
Henry Marshall (11)

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.

Natural Family Planning
Nov. 25, 6:30PM, Grand Rapids Campus

Interested in learning about natural family planning (NFP)?  A Creighton Method Introductory session will be offered on November 25 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Franciscan Life Process Center, Grand Rapids Campus, 654 Davis Ave. NW Grand Rapids 49504.  This 90-minute session introduces its uses and application.  Please contact Georgia Schmitz, BSN, CFCP, RN at to register.

Caramel Corn 101 with Sister Anna Rose Kalinowski, FSE will be held at the Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell Campus, 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell, MI 49331 on Monday, Dec. 9 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  Participants will make caramel corn and kettle corn as Sister shares her recipes and demonstrates other ways to make your popcorn a stand out gift or a special treat for your family.  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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Classroom Websites

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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