Fri., Dec. 21
1:15PM, Rosary, Church, Join Us!
1:45PM, Classroom Christmas Parties, Join Us!
Sun., Dec. 23
12-3PM, Church Decorating, Families Welcome
Mon., Dec. 24- Fri., Jan. 4
Mon., Jan. 7
Tues. Jan. 8
6:30PM, Parent PTO Meeting, Library
Mon., Jan. 14
Fri., Jan. 18, Second Qtr Ends
Mon., Jan. 21, No School, MLK Day
Sat., Jan. 26, Carnival
Sun. Jan. 27 Catholic Schools Week
Jan. 7- 11
Jan. 14- 18
Many thanks for all the cards, gifts and Christmas season remembrances to Mr. Czarnopys, Mrs. Wojciakowski and Mrs. Samson and the School Office. We are grateful for all of you and pray always for all in our community, that we grow in our mission to know God, love God, and to serve all. Merry Christmas, peace and joy to you and yours in the New Year.
The Light of the Christmas Star to you,
The warmth of home and hearth to you,
The cheer and goodwill of friends to you,
The love of the Son and God's Peace to you.
Pictures from the Student Choir Concert at the Basilica.
Spelling Bee Winners
Congratulations to all - it was a nail-biter! First place, Meghan Trippany, Second place, Lisa Clevenger. Both will progress to the District competition.
Open Gym - Youth Basketball
Sunday youth basketball open gyms will be held beginning December 2, from 1-3pm each week. Boys and girls grades 3-8 are welcome to join us to brush up on their basketball skills for the season. Please contact Athletic Director, Jamie Dye, with any questions by email at athleticdirector@
If you intend to apply for a tuition scholarship for the 19/20 school year, please see the instructions attached. Please note that all applications must be submitted as soon as possible 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.
Parish Support - for parishioners of OTHER parishes (not St. Pat parishioners)
Protect Young Eyes
"A Kansas City hospital has seen a horrifying increase in peer-on-peer sexual abuse among children and they have a theory on what is causing it. 'Last year, Children's Mercy saw 444 kids who were sexually abused within the last five days (of arriving at the...'
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Melissa Patyi directly at email@example.com
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
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.
Catholic Central Admissions Info for 2019-2020
Franciscan Life Process Center
Women's Support Groups
11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell MI
Franciscan Life Process Center Lowell Campus 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell MI 49331
Touched by Mercy, a Day of Reflection for Those Affected by Suicide with Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, M.A.
February 2 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join us for a special day of reflection, sharing, and prayer for those who have been affected by the suicide of a loved one. The day includes lunch and Mass. Cost: $60 includes lunch.
New! 529 Tuition Savings Accounts for K-12
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!
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
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 Kara Schut at 517-881-4091 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.