Fri., Nov. 17
2:25PM, Rosary, Church
Sat., Nov. 18
Mon., Nov. 20
Parent Teacher Conferences
Wed. Nov. 22 - Sun. Nov. 26
Mon. Nov. 27
Fri., Dec. 1
Nov. 27-Dec. 1
Covell, Davis (M & J)
11/29, Gage Snarski
11/29, Maksym Zimmerman
12/01, Colton Pullen
12/02, Gianna Richmond
12/02, Cash Parker
Thanksgiving Meal Prayer
God most provident,
we join all creation
in raising to you a hymn of Thanksgiving
through Jesus Christ, your Son.
For generation upon generation
peoples of this land have sung of your bounty;
we too offer you praise
for the rich harvest we have received at your hands.
Bless us and this food which we share with grateful hearts.
Continue to make our land fruitful
and let our love for you be seen
in our pursuit of peace and justice
and in our generous response to those in need.
Praise and glory to you, Lord God, now and forever. Amen.
-Book of Blessings
Due to Popular Demand: Taking Orders for Spiritwear, Due Dec. 4
Remember: No School on Friday, Dec. 1
We have a day off on Fri., Dec. 1.
If you are considering giving gifts to the School Office or to Mr. Czarnopys this holiday season, we encourage you to make a donation to the school instead of individual gifts. We are collecting funds for future learning displays for the buildings that will tell the story of our faith, parish and school. We appreciate all that St. Patrick School families do for us, your generous gifts of time, talent and treasure, day in and day out! May the Lord bless and keep you all.
Strategic Planning Questionnaire
Using the results from this study, we are beginning the process of creating a new 5 year strategic plan. Please take the time to fill out this four question STRATEGIC PLANNING QUESTIONNAIRE that we would appreciate your feedback on. Your input will give us additional data to consider as we continue through this important process of improving our school. Please complete this form by Friday 11/17. I appreciate all of your continued help and support.
2018-19 Priority Registration: Attention Parents
Priority enrollment for all families currently enrolled in the school will end on Tuesday 11/21/2017. If you are returning next year, please be sure and get your registration in to us in the next few days to assure a spot for next school year. 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.
The hospitality committee is an arm of the PTO that is an important part of making St Patrick’s feel like a family. We recognize that through acts of kindness and gratitude we can serve our school and provide a good example of using our time and talents to our children. Intermittently throughout the year, the hospitality committee provides in several ways:
- Light dinner for the teachers prior to conferences in the fall and spring
- Teacher appreciation week activities
- Serving refreshments following the Christmas programs
- Principal and administrative assistant appreciation days
- Any other special visits: Bishop, superintendent of schools, special donors
It has been my pleasure to serve as chairperson of this committee for the last 6 years, and I am ready to pass the torch on to a willing individual for next year! If you are interested in becoming a member or maybe even heading it up next year, please contact me at email@example.com. The time commitment is small and many hands make light work, so please consider joining us to keep the family in St. Pats!!
- Our doors open at 7:40am. We appreciate you waiting until this time. Students arriving before 7:40 are welcome to schedule before care with our care team
- Please try to pick up before 3:30pm. If you feel you cannot arrive by this time, we are happy to provide after care programming.
- For parents picking up/dropping off to child care, please park in a designated parking spot to keep the drive and trash area clear of traffic.
- Please do not enter off of Parnell for before or after school drop off/pick up. If you have any other family members providing transportation, please communicate that all traffic enters off of Cannonsburg Road.
Thank you for your time and attention to this.
West Catholic Art & Craft Fair
Sat. Dec. 2, 9AM-3PM
1801 Bristol, Grand Rapids
Free Parking, Food, Snacks and Shopping Fun, over 200 booths!
Calling Future Farmers of America (FFA)
Is your child interested in a future career and leadership role in agriculture, food, science, and environment? We are gauging interest in beginning a new FFA club at St. Patrick's, working in partnership with Lowell FFA to provide activities and experiences that explore the field of agriculture. We plan to meet after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the library starting November 14 through February 1. The group will be led by Mr. Schut, Mrs. Schut, Mrs. McCauley and Mr. Nugent. This program will be open to all St. Patrick School 7th & 8th graders, and also open to current St. Patrick Parish and St. Mary Parish 7th & 8th graders who attend REP or have a home school curriculum approved by our Faith Formation Director, Andrew Anderson. Please contact our principal Scott Czarnopys if interested, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
It’s Baaaaaack! Friday (and a few Thursdays) Pizza Lunches Are Here!
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!
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 email@example.com. Katie would be happy to answer any questions about our wonderful group.
Childcare and Before/After Care
West Catholic Admissions Calendar 2018-2019
Saturday, December 2 10:00 am - noon
Join Sister Mary Paul Moller, FSE, to learn to make braided fruit - filled sweet bread shaped into a wreath or a candy cane. Share this Franciscan traditon with your family and friends. Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell Campus 11650 Downes St. NE, 616 - 897 - 7842, Class size is limited.. Register today!! All classes are held at the Lowell Campus. Cost is $25 per class. To register, please go to www.lifeprocesscenter.org
Transparency Dashboard for School Financial Highlights & More
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
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 www.benefit-mobile.com/consumers. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org To sign up online, please visit https://www.shopwithscrip.com/Login/Enroll The St. Patrick School enrollment code is D65LF3L2184
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:
Ways to Earn Free Stuff for our School
We collect Box Tops, Tyson proofs of purchase...send them in to the school office!
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.