Portland St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551 0r (877) 405-0841 

We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve!

Located in Portland, Michigan, St. Patrick Catholic School has been educating the minds and spirits of its students for over 100 years.  Our school mission statement contains just six words, six powerful words that are a guide for life:  We Pray!  We Learn!  We Achieve!

For more information about our top-rated preschool through 12th grade programs, please contact the school office at 517-647-7551 or e-mail Mr. Randy Hodge.

Notes and Reflections from Mr. Hodge

First Marking Period Comes to Successful Conclusion!


On Friday, October 24, the first marking period came to a successful conclusion.  Our agenda during these weeks was vigorous and our accomplishments were many!


• On the evening of the first day of school (August 26), senior Shelby Miller was the opening performer for Chase Rice and Craig Morgan at Fifth-Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.

• Christian musician, Michael James Mette, from St. Louis, MO. visited and performed for our students in grades 3 – 12.

• We were blessed to have Bishop David Walkowiak preside at our first school Mass on September 2.    .  >>>>>


Complete standardized test scores

Announcements

Morning prayers: 7:25-7:30 am & 8:45-8:50 am.  Please do not phone the school office during these times.

(10/29)  Fall Sports Banquet
The Sports Banquet will be held on Tues, November 18, at 6:30pm at the K or C Hall, Maynard Rd, Portland, MI. Athletes are expected bring their favorite dish to pass; Also bring your own place setting.  ​Mark Simon and crew will be cooking the main course.

(10/28) School Board Meeting
The School Board will meet on Tuesday, November 4 in the Parish Hall, following the 6:00 Mass.  AGENDA

(10/27) Quiz Bowl Schedule
10/29  4pm @PW
11/5    4pm @Bath
11/12  4pm @Fulton
11/19  4pm @Potterville
 12/6   9am @Fowler (League Meet/Playoffs)

(10/27)  Football Playoffs
We will be playing on Saturday, November 1 at Lawrence High School at 7:00PM.​

(10/27)  Pay it Foward Day
​On October 31st (weather permitting), students from St. Patrick School will be giving back to our community by raking leaves.  If you, or someone you know needs assistance with leaf raking, and is within walking distance of the school, please call the school office at 517-647-7551 no later than October 29th at 3pm. More information was published in last Friday's school newsletter (see below).

(10/27)  From the Athletic Association
The November meeting will be held this Sunday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Minutes from October meeting.

(10/27)  Give Thanks!  Give Blood!
The St. Patrick School chapter of the National Honor Society is hosting a Red Cross blood drive on November 18th  from 10:00AM to 4:15PM in the St. Patrick Parish Hall.  To schedule an appointment to donate, please see an NHS member or visit www.redcrossblood.org.  Walk-In donors are accepted as time and space allow.

(10/24) School Newsletter is Online

(10/22) Veterans' Day Observation

The students and faculty of St. Patrick Catholic School cordially invite you to join us in honoring our military veterans in a patriotic observance on November 11th.  The ceremony will begin at 10:00AM in the St. Patrick School gymnasium, with a coffee and cookies reception for our honored veterans immediately following in the Parish Hall.


(10/22)  Used Uniform Sale
The PTO is having a used uniform sale this week in room 208.  The sale will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3:30 to 4:30.  There is a large selection of items.  An updated inventory is now available on the PTO's Uniform Sale web page.  Please use the latch key entrance to the school on West St. after 4:00 pm.  

Our next sale will be during Catholic Schools Week in January.

(10/21)  Scrap Metal Drive Thank You!
Thank you for the TREMENDOUS support we had at the Scrap Metal drive Saturday.  The event went very well and we collected quite a bit of metal, a big truck full of electronics, and many, many bags of bottles and cans.  Thanks to all who helped out with or donated to this event. We plan to hold another drive in April---so, keep saving your things for it!

(1021)  Fall Festival Thank You!
The 2014 Fall Fest has come to a close.  We would like to thank all of those who contributed in any way to make this fundraiser a success.  Preliminary numbers indicate over $24,000 raised for Shamrock Athletics!  

Whether you:  worked a shift or two or three; made wonderful desserts and breads; donated or bought cookies from the cookie booth; rented a spot for the craft show; supported our crafters; bought your raffle tickets; ate our delicious dinner or played a little euchre, we THANK YOU!  The 55th Annual Fall Fest will be on October 11, 2015. What a great tradition that was started 54 years ago! 

(10/17)  Financial Aid Information
St. Patrick School, in conjunction with the Diocese of Grand Rapids, will begin a new enrollment process for the 2015-16 school year.  The first important change you need to be aware of is the process for applying for financial aid.  In the past, those applying for financial aid were required to have their Private School Aid Service (PSAS) application turned in by March 1 to qualify for Diocesan Scholarships.  This year, the deadline has been moved to November 15, 2014.

The main reason for this change is that we would like our school families to know how much financial aid they qualify for well before enrollment comes around.  With the fall PSAS application deadline, parents will know how much financial aid they will be receiving by the first part of January.  This will allow our school families more time to budget for next year’s tuition and will allow the school to complete its budget earlier in the school year.  Complete information can be found in the letter explaining the student aid process.

  • Student Aid Online Application  You must DOWNLOAD this PDF and save it to your computer before filling it out. To properly complete the form and ensure the information is recorded correctly, you must open it within Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. (get.adobe.com/reader)  DO NOT “view” the PDF and attempt to complete it in your browser. This will result in an unusable PDF and/or improperly recorded information.
  • Simplified instructions
  • Online info guide
  • Student Aid Application---to print out and fill in by hand

We have updated the website with a lot of upcoming events and happenings.  Here is a preview:
 
  • We have a gently used Uniform Sale next week, Tuesday Oct. 21 through Friday Oct. 24 3:30 pm -4:30 pm in Room 208.  Please stop by and see the vast collection of uniforms we have.   We have amazing prices $1, $2 and $3.  
  • Pay it Forward Day is Friday October 31, we need help with preparing and serving at all lunches.  Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0549a8ae2aa7fd0-payitforward1   
  • Wine Tasting to benefit the PTO, November 20, 2014 at 6:30 Wagon Wheel
  • October Minutes, please read we discussed a lot at the meeting.

(10/5)  Practice Dates for Winter Sports
Winter sports practices will begin on the following dates:
  • 5/6 grade boys basketball--the week of October 27.
  • 7/8 grade boys basketball--the week of October 27.
  • Girls basketball--November 9.
  • Boys basketball--Novemer 16.
  • Bowling (boys and girls)--November 16