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

Time to be Thankful

   

     Each year around this time, I spend time thinking about what I am thankful for as principal at St. Patrick School. There are many things that come to mind, first and foremost being the opportunity to serve as principal in my home parish and at the school from which I graduated.           But, there are several other things that always stand out as well.

I am so appreciative that our school is built on our Faith in Christ. Having the freedom to put God first in everything we do is a precious gift. We are able to pray each morning as we start the day; we give thanks at lunch time; we gather for Mass each week; and we pray before each large event, including athletic events. What a gift it is that we are able to give thanks for all of our successes and the blessings we receive.

     I also enjoy the family-like atmosphere here at our parish school. I believe we are one big family, and that our school is an extension of the home. All families have issues that they struggle with. Families go through tough times where their love is tested. Fortunately, tough times don’t last but tough people do. Families forgive and forget and move on and grow from the trials and tribulations that test their love and faith. And in the end, it is always a great feeling to come home.     .  >>>>>


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Announcements

Morning prayers: 7:25-7:30 am & 8:45-8:50 am.  Please do not phone the school office during these times.
  • Reminder: Parent - Teacher conferences November 25.  High School Conferences are on a walk-in basis. Elementary and Junior High conferences are by appointment. Schedules 
    have been sent home with your scheduled conference time.  
  • Exam schedule (December 16-19) can be found on page two of newsletter.  Exam schedule can also be found on the calendar at the right.  Go to the date and click on EXAMS to see specific information.
  • Congrats to Annalise Kransz, Class of 2008

(11/21)  From the PTO
  • The Wendy gift certificates that were given out as prizes at Kidsfest will be honored at the Wendy's in Portland regardless of the expiration date.
  • The PTO will be sending home information and order forms for the Christmas DVD's in this week's Friday folder.  

(11/21)  Financial aid deadline is tomorrow
Bishop Walkowiak has more than quadrupled the amount of tuition assistance available for the students in the Diocese of Grand Rapids to $1 million annually for the next three years, and has extended the deadline for applications to November 22, 2014.  See complete information in this letter.  
Complete information is available on the ADMISSIONS page.

(11/21)   Wreath pick-up
Students who sold Christmas Wreaths are to pick their orders between 7 pm and 9 pm on November 24th at the Scheuer Farm located at 3861 East Peck Lake Road, Ionia 48846. If you are unable to pick up your wreaths at the scheduled time, please make arrangements for someone to pick them up for you. If you need more information, please contact Mr. Holman or Mrs. VanHaren at school.

(11/20)  Happy Birthday to Alivia Huhn and Mrs. Cook
 
(11/19)  Happy Birthday, St. Patrick School!
108 years ago today St. Patrick Catholic School opened its doors!  A history of the school can be found on the About Us page.


(11/19)  Blood Drive Results
Despite the frigid weather, our recent NHS blood drive went fairly well.  We collected 38 units of blood, which was quite a bit short of our goal of 45 units.  Thank you to all our NHS members who represented our school with courtesy and professionalism and an especially big thank you to everyone who came out and donated blood.  Our next blood drive at the Parish Hall will be January 27th.    

(11/19)  Happy Birthday to Alex Fedewa 

(11/18)   St. Patrick School Library Christmas Project
As part of the ongoing effort to update and grow the book collection, the St. Patrick School Library Christmas Project is back. During the past two years, over 150 books have been donated. This is a large part of our collection.  In the past, many families donated books in memory of a loved one or to honor someone.  Please consider donating to the St. Patrick School Library as part of your charitable giving.
 
Books will be available to purchase in the St. Patrick School Library beginning December 1 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays through December 17 during library hours which are as follows:
Monday-7:15 until 3:00; Tuesday- 7:15 until 3:00; Wednesday-8:15 until 4:00.  Since classes are scheduled,  it would be best to call ahead.  In addition, you can use this order form.
 
Please contact Kathy Cook if you have questions. 647-7551 ext. 212,  kathycook@portlandstpats.com.

(11/18)  Happy Birthday to Seth Hoppes

(11/10)  Retreat Day Information
St. Patrick High School will hosts its annual Retreat Day on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.  Each student will need to provide $10 to assist with Retreat Day expenses. Please turn this into your child’s Theology teacher.  Permission slips for freshmen and seniors need to be turned in to Theology teachers in by 12/01/14.  For more information, contact school administrator, Mr. Randy Hodge by phone at 647-7551 or by email at randyhodge@portlandstpats.com.

To see the complete list of retreat information, go to the calendar at the right, scroll to December 3 and click on High School Retreat Day.