Saint Patrick School

The Shamrock 11.16.18




Fri., Nov. 16
2:35PM Rosary, Church, Join Us!

Sat., Nov. 17
Pie Sale!
Pie Pick-Up, beginning 4PM until 6PM

Sun., Nov. 18
Pie Pick-Up after Masses

Mon., Nov. 19
Non-Uniform Day
Parent Teacher Conferences

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

Looking Ahead
Fri., Nov. 30
No School

Sun., Dec. 2
Breakfast with St. Nicholas, following Masses, Parish Center
Knights of Columbus Breakfast, Parish Center
Book Fair Kickoff, Sales Table Open

Mon., Dec. 3
6:30PM, Christmas Band Program, 5-8th Grades, Gym

Mon., Dec. 17
6:30PM, Preschool-4th Grade Christmas Program, Lowell Performing Arts Center

Lunch Duty
Nov. 19-20
Blattner, Bosse

Nov. 26-29
Bowman, Brooks

Dec. 3-7
Carrier, Chichester


Pie Sale

Thank you to all who have sold pies, turned in your orders and signed up to help this weekend. PTO really appreciates all of your effort. However, we are still in need of help for this weekend. For health and safety reasons we ask that you don't bring your children.

Here are the areas that we need help.

1-Friday night set up (5pm-9pm)
9-Assembly workers (7:45am-5pm)
1-Kitchen helper (9am-7pm)
3-pie runners (2:30-7pm)
6-clean up (2:30-7pm)
2-pie runners for SUNDAY (9:30-12pm)
You can also contact me with any questions that you have. Melissa Patyi (616)550-8264 or email me at

Advent in Practice

Advent Calendar

Hands-on, easy to understand ways for putting Advent into action.

Project Night Lights

Put on your warm winter gear, grab a flashlight, and join the community bringing "light" to the patients at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

The second Wednesday of the month, police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances, family and friends, gather in front of the hospital flashing their lights to lift patients' spirits.  The hospital sign and the children "blink" back.  The event runs from 8:30-9:00 PM.  The best location for gathering is 2635 Michigan--but any spot around the hospital is visible to the children.  The hospital prefers parking in the neighborhoods around the hospital (which is free after 6 PM)--not in the visitor lots. We hope to see you there!  

Season of Service: November 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. 

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

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.   

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.  

Lowell Museum Exhibits

Lowell Area Museum Program for Tots

Lowell Area Museum Michigan in the Civil War

Catholic Central Admissions Info for 2019-2020


Franciscan Life Process Center

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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