St. Patrick School Celebrates Annual Fall FestivalOctober 1, 2019
The autumnal equinox recently arrived which is a sure sign that St. Pat’s Annual Fall Festival is just around the corner. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 13, once again sponsored by the St. Patrick Athletic Association, and staffed by our Shamrock athletes, their parents and the coaches. The festival is an […]
The autumnal equinox recently arrived which is a sure sign that St. Pat’s Annual Fall Festival is just around the corner. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 13, once again sponsored by the St. Patrick Athletic Association, and staffed by our Shamrock athletes, their parents and the coaches. The festival is an important fundraiser which generates over 20% of the athletic budget.
The Fall Festival will provide food, fun, and festivities for the entire family. The vendors will open at 9:00 a.m. The first-floor hallway and classrooms will be packed with handmade goods. It’s a great time to start some early Christmas shopping. There is always such a variety that it is difficult to choose what to buy.
The annual PTO Kidfest’s activities, games, face painting, and raffles will keep the kids occupied while you shop. They will open at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the school.
Dinner will be served in St. Patrick’s Cafeteria from 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. It will include roast beef, ham, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, hot vegetables, salad, homemade bread, homemade desserts and a beverage of your choice. Take-out meals are also available in the Parish Hall, located on the south end of the school, adjacent to the Grand River Avenue entrance.
To make room for dinner you’ll want to run in the 5K or half-marathon, which will begin at 8 a.m. If you find the thought of running to be bad for your health, there will be a Euchre Tournament in the Parish Hall beginning at 12:30. This is also a good place to sit and wait while your spouse shops!
Please make sure to purchase your Fall Festival raffle tickets from any school family or you can stop in and purchase them at the big event.
The Fall Festival will offer plenty of fun for everyone in the family. Stop in for shopping or fine cuisine. It is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends or sit down to a family meal. You won’t regret stopping in for a great event. We hope to see you there on Sunday, October 13!
For complete information about St. Patrick Fall Festival, visit the festival website: www.freewebs.com/stpatsfallfestival
St. Patrick School to Celebrate HomecomingSeptember 23, 2019
Each fall, school spirit comes alive at St. Patrick School as students prepare to celebrate our annual spirit week and homecoming. This year will again prove to be a great event as we celebrate our 68th annual homecoming. Spirit week officially kicks off the Friday before homecoming with many activities centered on the chosen theme. […]
Each fall, school spirit comes alive at St. Patrick School as students prepare to celebrate our annual spirit week and homecoming. This year will again prove to be a great event as we celebrate our 68th annual homecoming.
Spirit week officially kicks off the Friday before homecoming with many activities centered on the chosen theme. This year’s theme is Childhood Cartoons. The first activity will be the annual hall decorating contest. Each high school class selected a childhood cartoon and will decorate their section of the hall accordingly. The freshmen class selected Phineas and Ferb, the sophomores chose Scooby Doo, the juniors selected Dora the Explorer and the seniors chose Sponge Bob.
Like most schools in the area, each day of spirit week will have a theme and the students will dress accordingly. This year, Monday is “Comfy Day,” Tuesday is “Jersey Day,” Wednesday is “Sunday best,” Thursday is “Cartoon Day” and Friday is always “Spirit Day.”
The Friday of homecoming week is the big day with many activities and much celebration. The day begins with juice and donuts for the middle and high school students. We host a volleyball tournament for the guys. The senior team is looking to make it a four-year sweep of the volleyball tournament. The girls participate in the annual Powder Puff football game which features the freshman and junior girls against the sophomore and senior girls. We also host our annual homecoming pep assembly.
This year, our homecoming game will take place on Saturday, October 5, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Before the game, we will have our annual PTO tailgate which includes hot dogs and a hog roast. During halftime of the big game, student representatives from each class will compete in a competition.
Following this contest, it will be time to introduce our homecoming court and introduce our king and queen. The court consists of seniors Jeff Davlin, Riley Kissane, Bret Weller, Ally Florian, Leah Kissane and Samantha Teachworth. Junior representatives are Tristin Huhn and Avery Zimmerman, sophomores Derec Fedewa and Carly Scheurer and freshmen Payton Russman and Samantha Smith. Our prince and princess from our kindergarten class will assist in the crowning of our king and queen. They are Parker Osborne and Sadie Easlick.
Following the game, it will be time for our final homecoming tradition. One that dates to the 1960’s—our homecoming bonfire. The bonfire is always prepared by the junior class who spend a great deal of time collecting pallets from area businesses. The pallets and other wood are piled high in the middle of Father Flohe Field, and when the game is over, our students and school families gather there to watch the Portland Fire Department ignite the bonfire which burns very fast and extremely hot.
We are very excited and look forward to another fun and successful spirit week and homecoming celebration. We encourage our alumni to return home and cheer our football team on to victory. Our homecoming tradition is a great opportunity for our alumni to connect with old friends and share great memories from the homecomings of yesterday. We look forward to seeing you at the many activities scheduled for Spirit Week!
St. Patrick Welcomes New School CounselorAugust 23, 2019
Hello! My name is Jenny Garcia and I am the full-time school counselor at St. Patrick School. I am thrilled to continue working with my fellow educators, parents, and community members who are passionate about the education we provide to our students. In college, I was unsure of my career path. I knew I wanted […]
Hello! My name is Jenny Garcia and I am the full-time school counselor at St. Patrick School. I am thrilled to continue working with my fellow educators, parents, and community members who are passionate about the education we provide to our students.
In college, I was unsure of my career path. I knew I wanted to do some sort of counseling but was not sure where I belonged. My interest in school counseling began during my assistance in a DK/Kindergarten class where I was assigned to tutor any students falling behind. I found myself working more to help the social/emotional needs of the students and quickly realized how much better students excelled academically when their social/emotional needs were met. This experience sparked my passion for thinking about the many aspects of students and how it can affect their development.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University during this time. After enjoying two years of being at home with my own children, I pursued my master’s to become a school counselor. My program was heavily rooted in ideals from the American School Counselor Association as well as the idea that as school counselors, we are educators with a specialty in school counseling.
My goal is to provide support and services to all students, catering to the individualized needs of each and every student. Certain services like classroom guidance lessons are provided to all students in an effort to prevent concerns or issues from occurring. Some students need more services like intervention, individual counseling, small group counseling, check-ins, mentor programs, referrals to professional counseling services, etc. I strive to reduce any issues or barriers that may prevent students from learning so that students can become their best selves and be successful within the school setting.
More specifically, each school level may receive different types of support. For our elementary students, the focus is primarily on social/emotional needs with beginning stages of learning about academic skills and careers. Middle school students will continue the fundamentals of career exploration and learning essential academic skills to prepare them for high school. They will also receive guidance on mental health, cyber safety, and social/emotional development.
Finally, high school students will receive support with a focus on college/career exploration, college applications, study skills, organization, credit recovery, graduation requirements, mental health, cyber safety, stress management, and much more. I am flexible with my services and am comfortable talking to students about a variety of topics.
It is important to note that my job cannot be done without the collaboration of our teachers, parents and school staff. We are a team and can work together to ensure all of our students’ well-being. My door is always open. Please let me know if you ever have any concerns about a student. I am available through email, phone calls, and in-person meetings. I look forward to this new school year together!
Gearing up for a great school yearAugust 16, 2019
St. Patrick School is gearing up for another exciting and successful school year. The following is a list of what is new when we kick off the school year: Administration: As most people are now aware, Mrs. Cortney Smith has been hired to serve as the Preschool through 8 th grade principal. Cortney officially started […]
St. Patrick School is gearing up for another exciting and successful school year. The following is a list of what is new when we kick off the school year:
Administration: As most people are now aware, Mrs. Cortney Smith has been hired to serve as the Preschool through 8 th grade principal. Cortney officially started on July 1 and has been getting acclimated to her new position. Mr. Randy Hodge will serve as the high school principal for the 2019-20 school year while our pastor, Fr. Mike Alber will oversee the school in his role as Canonical Administrator.
Counselor: Mrs. Jenny Garcia has been hired to serve as our full-time counselor. She has spent the latter part of the school year as part-time counselor so the transition to full-time has also been ongoing throughout the summer.
1:1 Chromebook: We will have completed the process for all students in grades 6-12 to now have their own chromebook.
Virtue in Education: St. Patrick School will be implementing Education in Virtue® which is a Christian curriculum structured on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It aims to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to learn about the virtues so that they can form the habits and dispositions necessary to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.
10 Point Grading Scale: St. Patrick School will be switching to a 10-point grading scale. This means the A range will now be 90-100%, B range 80-89%, C range 70-79%, D range 60-69% and
59% and lower is an F. The following grading scale will be used beginning this school year:
F 59 and below
Construction: The new roof has been installed on the school building over the summer and is ready to go for the new school year. The new gym floor is in the process of being installed and will be completed by the end of September. Work for the security grant will be completed during the school year.
We are excited and ready for an outstanding 2019-20 school year! We are excited about these new programs and are currently enrolling new students. I encourage you to take a look at our prospective families webpage: http://www.portlandstpats.com/prospective-families and schedule a tour. “Try Us. You’ll Like Us” Scholarships are still available for new families.
New principal is excited to beginJuly 6, 2019
Dear Community, It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this letter to you as the incoming pre-school through eighth grade principal at Portland St. Patrick School. My heart overflows with passion for this great school and I am truly honored. As I embark on my fifteenth year in education, I bring […]
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this letter to you as the incoming pre-school through eighth grade principal at Portland St. Patrick School. My heart overflows with passion for this great school and I am truly honored.
As I embark on my fifteenth year in education, I bring a broad range of experiences to my role as elementary principal. My first encounter with education was at a very young age toddling around my father’s classroom. I quickly fell in love with the environment and the art of teaching. As an adult, I have very fond memories of all of my teachers and the dedication they gave to me. I am a mother of three children and can fully relate to the challenges and celebrations we all face every day to provide the best educational experience for our children.
Since graduating from Michigan State University, College of Education, I served the Grand Ledge Community as a teacher and leader in curriculum/instruction, technology, mentoring and research. During this time, I earned my Master of Arts in School Principalship at Central Michigan University. Each year I continue to learn and explore education to further strengthen my knowledge and experiences.
I firmly believe education is a partnership of parents, school faculty and students working together to achieve individual goals. I take great pride in caring for the whole student and their family. St. Patrick School is unique in that Jesus Christ is the foundation of everything we do – and so I am committed to fostering excitement and growth both spiritually and academically. I will guide and encourage students, parents and faculty; celebrating the self-confidence, skills and love of learning which form the foundation for continued success.
I look forward to working with parents as a team, to champion each student to ensure they meet their goals and have a successful school year! All are welcome at St. Patrick School!
My door is always open and I am available to give tours to those interested to see our school and learning environment. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns, as well as compliments you might have throughout the school year.
To our students, I am excited to see you in August! Let’s make 2019-2020 a great year of learning. I wish you the best summer with lots of fun in the sun and reading!
I am looking forward to leading and learning together as a community.
Mrs. Cortney Smith
St. Patrick School
Preschool – 8th Principal
2019 Spring Sports Wrap UpJune 18, 2019
The 2019 St. Patrick School spring sports season has officially come to an end. We would like to congratulate all of our teams for their efforts throughout the season. A lot of time and hard work was put forth on the field, track, course and in the classroom by our student athletes to ensure success. […]
The 2019 St. Patrick School spring sports season has officially come to an end. We would like to congratulate all of our teams for their efforts throughout the season. A lot of time and hard work was put forth on the field, track, course and in the classroom by our student athletes to ensure success. There were many outstanding individual and team performances. We would like to thank and congratulate our spring sport athletes on another outstanding season.
The varsity baseball team had a strong season this year going 27-5, winning the Central Michigan Athletic Conference, being ranked number 1 in the polls all season in Division IV, winning the Kris Popp Invitational and beating Dewitt in the Lansing Area Diamond Classic. Individual honors for our baseball team include:
- Brandon Scheurer: 1st team CMAC, All District, All Region, Academic All State and has signed a letter of intent to play college ball at Saginaw Valley State University
- Nathan Lehnert: 1st team CMAC, All District
- Ryan Lay: 1st team CMAC, All District
- Evan Schrauben: 1st team CMAC
- Sam Mauren: 2nd team CMAC
- Seth Hoppes: 2nd team CMAC
- Devin Fedewa: 2nd team CMAC
- Connor Cross: 2nd team CMAC, All District
- Alex Kissane: Honorable Mention CMAC, Academic All District
- Chase Fitzsimmons: Honorable Mention CMAC
- Bret Weller: Academic All State
- Riley Kissane: Academic All District
- Zach Spitzley: Academic All District
The varsity softball team showed much improvement this season and caught many opponents by surprise. They finished with a record of 22-12, third place in the Central Michigan Athletic Conference, won the Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart Invitational and finished as runner up at the Kris Popp Invitational. Individual awards include:
- Summer Russman: 1st team CMAC, All District, Academic All State and has been invited to play in the Lansing Area All Star game
- Samantha Teachworth: 1st team CMAC, All District
- Lydia Meredith: 2nd team CMAC
- Carly Scheurer: Honorable Mention CMAC, All District
- Ally Florian: Honorable Mention CMAC
- Aurora Beckhold: Honorable Mention CMAC
The boys track team had a successful season with a third place finishes at the Webberville and Portland Invitational, while competing with only seven athletes on the team. Individual honors include:
- Paul Cook: Athlete of the Meet for the Portland Invitational; All-Region 300H (regional champ), 110H, 4×400; All-CMAC 300H (1st team), 110H (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 300H (7th place); State Finalist 300H (12th place); school records in the 300H and 4×400
- John Schneider: All-Region 300H, 110H, 4×400; All-CMAC 300H (honorable mention); school record in the 4×400
- Tyler Coyne: All-Region 4×400; school record in the 4×400
- Ned Smith: All-Region 4×400; school record in the 4×400
The girls track team continues to improve and find success; winning the Webberville Invitational, finishing 4th at the Regional Meet and finishing 11th at State Finals. Individual honors include:
- Annie Gunderman: Athlete of the Meet for the Webberville Invitational and Portland Invitational; All-Region 400 (regional champ), 200, 4×200, 4×400; All-CMAC 400 (2nd team), 4×200 (honorable mention), 4×400 (honorable mention), 4×800 (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 400 (3rd place), 4×400 (6th place); State Finalist 400 (State Champion – All-State), 200 (All-State 6th place), 4×400 (9th place); Academic All-State 200 & 400; Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic; school records in the 800 and 4×800
- Leah Cook: All-Region Long Jump (regional champ), 400 (regional runner-up), 4×200, 4×400; All-CMAC long jump (2nd team), 400 (honorable mention), 4×200 (honorable mention), 4×400 (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 400 (7th place), 4×400 (6th place); State Finalist 400 (All-State 6th place), Long Jump (11th place), 4×400 (9th place); Academic All-State 400, Long Jump, 4×400; Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Jenna Pung: All-Region 300H, 4×200, 4×400; All-CMAC 4×200 (honorable mention), 4×400 (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 4×400 (6th place); State Finalist 4×400 (9th place); Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Marlie Bengel: All-Region 4×400; All-CMAC 4×400 (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 4×400 (6th place); State Finalist 4×400 (9th place); Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Veronica White: All-Region 4×800; All-CMAC 4×800 (honorable mention); school record in the 4×800; Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Leah Kissane: All-Region 4×800; All-CMAC 4×800 (honorable mention); school record in the 4×800; Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Tessa Lawson: All-Region 4×200, 4×800; All-CMAC 4×200 (honorable mention), 4×800 (honorable mention); school record in the 4×800
- Cordelia FoxElster: All-Region 4×800
Together, the girls and boys teams earned 142 medals.
As a Catholic School, we expect our student athletes to represent us in a positive manner, bringing Christ to everything they do, and make us proud with their sportsmanship. Without a doubt, they have done so and represented our school mission statement: We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve! to their fullest, God-given potential.
Capping off another successful yearJune 10, 2019
It’s hard to believe but another school year has come and gone! Each year our success is possible because of everyone who lends a hand in making St. Patrick the place it is; we couldn’t do it without you. I hope you know how grateful all of us at St. Patrick School are of your commitment. […]
It’s hard to believe but another school year has come and gone! Each year our success is possible because of everyone who lends a hand in making St. Patrick the place it is; we couldn’t do it without you. I hope you know how grateful all of us at St. Patrick School are of your commitment.
On behalf of our pastor, Reverend Michael Alber, the St. Patrick School Board and myself, we would like to offer many thank yous for a great 2018-19 school year. We would like to specifically thank the following:
Our school families for making the commitment to send their children to St. Patrick School. We appreciate that you are a part of our school family and that you let us be a part of yours. This thank you extends to all our grandparents as well.
Our top-notch teaching staff, school counselor, coaching staff and parish staff. All of you are an integral part of our family and we couldn’t do anything without you. Thank you for continuously going above and beyond to ensure all of our students are cared for.
The student body for working hard both in their academics and in extracurricular activities and for serving as living examples of the Catholic faith. We can’t wait to see how you grow and what you will achieve next school year.
The entire school support staff. We are blessed to have excellent administrative assistants who work in our school and parish office. Their ability to multitask and accomplish so much each day never ceases to amaze me. In addition, we are blessed to have an excellent maintenance and custodial staff who keep our school and grounds remarkably neat and clean. There are so many others, too many to name, including those who work in latchkey and in the lunchroom. All of you are involved in the important task of running our parish school.
The volunteers who do so many things behind the scenes! We rely on our school board, Father Flohe Foundation members, PTO and Athletic Association members, as well as many other groups and individuals for help throughout the year.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the school or parish this year! Your financial support allows us to offer an education that nourishes the entire mind, body and soul of a child. You are helping us to create the future leaders of our Catholic Church and community. Thank you for your generosity!
We would like to express our gratitude for your trust, support and cooperation during the
school year. We are appreciative and thankful to everyone who makes St. Patrick School a great
place to educate the children of Portland and its surrounding communities. We hope that you will take time this summer to rest and enjoy the wonderful opportunity to renew body, mind and spirit before we begin another school year.
St. Patrick School to Launch an Advancement and Development ProgramMay 29, 2019
St. Patrick School is in the planning stages of beginning an advancement and development program. Essentially, advancement and development are used synonymously. The idea is that we want to look at advancing and developing our school to be the best it possibly can be in all areas. Development is the meaningful involvement of people in […]
St. Patrick School is in the planning stages of beginning an advancement and development program. Essentially, advancement and development are used synonymously. The idea is that we want to look at advancing and developing our school to be the best it possibly can be in all areas. Development is the meaningful involvement of people in our mission and vision for the future.
While most people believe that advancement and development is basically fundraising, that is not the case. The program we are developing would cover the following areas:
- Enrollment Management
- Fund Development
- Constituent Records
- Fundraising Management
The school administrators will oversee the A & D program at St. Patrick School, along with a core team of individuals who will work with and be supported by the administration. We will be following a program developed by Mr. Frank Donaldson, working with the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). This program follows The 7 I’s of the Catholic School Development Process:
- Identify: The people who are key to the A & D success;
- Inform: By reaching out to all publics (parents, alumni, past parents, parishioners, grandparents, businesses, the overall community, etc.);
- Invite: To have all groups mentioned above to take a closer look at you and you at them. This is usually done with face to face meetings but also through planning sessions, questionnaires and listening sessions;
- Involve: One of the goals is to meaningfully involve and engage people in the A & D process; such as through strategic planning, annual fund leadership, marketing, alumni association, parent ambassador team, business community council or through other areas;
- Implement: The plans, strategies and processes that are created will need to be implemented through the involvement of people;
- Invest: People will be invited to invest in the future of St. Patrick School;
- Improve: The development process must be set up so that it will be continuously enhanced through a Total Quality (continuous improvement) approach.
This process is not going to be completed in a short amount of time. The goal is to get our program started over the course of the summer and really begin ramping it up once the 2019-20 school year begins. As you can tell from the last “I”, this is not something that is done overnight. It is a constant cycle of planning, implementing and evaluating.
We are extremely excited about this new, exciting and dynamic process that will focus on engaging people and working together for the advancement and development of our Catholic School. If you are interested in in working with the school administration, along with the support of seasoned Advancement and Development ace Mr. Michael Wolfston, please contact Mr. Randy Hodge (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs. Cortney Smith (email@example.com) by email or by phone by calling the school office at (517)647-7551.
Saying Goodbye to the Class of 2019May 22, 2019
When I began my tenure as administrator of St. Patrick Catholic School, the students from the Class of 2019 were in 2rd grade. After eleven years with them we said goodbye on Sunday, May 19th. On that day, they entered a new phase of their lives. Our goal at St. Patrick is to ensure […]
When I began my tenure as administrator of St. Patrick Catholic School, the students from the Class of 2019 were in 2rd grade. After eleven years with them we said goodbye on Sunday, May 19th. On that day, they entered a new phase of their lives.
Our goal at St. Patrick is to ensure that when our seniors receive their diplomas on graduation day, they have a strong foundation for a successful life–a life that our Lord has prepared for each one of them. We hope that they will continue to serve as living representatives of our school mission statement: We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve!
It is my belief that the Class of 2019 lives and represents our mission statement in a positive way. They were strong leaders throughout the school year beginning with our annual spirit week celebration, continuing through the planning of their senior trip adventure to Boyne and right up to their last day of school. As seniors, they succeeded in serving as role models for our younger students and provided many outstanding suggestions for ways to improve our school. I am proud to say they leave our school with a firm foundation to continue living our mission statement.
Graduation began with Mass celebrated by Bishop David Walkowiak, providing inspiring words for the Class of 2019 during his homily. After Mass, the graduates and their families moved to the school gymnasium for commencement. Fr. Mike opened the ceremony with prayer and shared some inspiring words with the graduates. Mr. Hodge shared the major achievements of the Class of 2019 which included:
• 13 of the 25 students are members of the National Honor Society.
• 14 were recognized as CMAC Scholar Athletes, meaning they had at least a 3.4 GPA and lettered in at least two sports, one of which was in their senior year.
• 24 out of the 25 plan to go on to higher education with one student taking a gap year before going to university.
• Three have signed a National Letter of Intent to participate in college athletics.
• 15 are graduating with honors (3.79 GPA or higher) with six of those having a weighted 4.0 GPA or higher. 24 have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
• They were offered a total of $786,430 in scholarship money. They have accepted approximately $534,295 of that money from the schools they plan on attending in the fall.
Valedictorian Brandon Scheurer and Salutatorian Alexis Hass addressed their classmates; sharing accomplishments, memories, good times together and all the possibilities for a great future. Following the speeches, the graduates were called forward to receive their diploma from Bishop Walkowiak. One by one, they turned their tassel and the Class of 2019 joined a group of approximately 2,000 Shamrock alumni around the world.
Fr. Mike closed the ceremony with prayer, and they processed out of the gym and into the future. There were hugs to give and pictures to take. Finally, caps were tossed as an official ending to a great school career by a great group of students.
The Class of 2019 are leaving us with a rock-solid foundation of values, knowledge, wisdom and faith. I can say with the utmost certainty that they prayed, they learned, and yes, without a doubt, they achieved. May God bless each one of them and their future endeavors as they move to the next phase of their lives.
Great Things are Happening at St. PatrickMay 14, 2019
St. Patrick Parish and School have been very busy with a lot of work being completed around the church and school. Recently the following projects were completed: Wi-Fi access points were added in the school gymnasium and in the lower elementary hall for better reception to multiple classrooms. Generous donors provided the funds for […]
St. Patrick Parish and School have been very busy with a lot of work being completed around the church and school. Recently the following projects were completed:
- Wi-Fi access points were added in the school gymnasium and in the lower elementary hall for better reception to multiple classrooms.
- Generous donors provided the funds for a new sound system, which was installed in the school gymnasium.
- A hot water heater was donated and installed in the school cafeteria.
- The PTO donated a new science lab table that was installed in the high school science classroom with the help of a Father Flohe Foundation grant.
- Work has been completed to refurbish the church sanctuary. The original altar has been restored and the tabernacle has been moved from the chapel to where it belongs in the sanctuary.
- Construction has started on the pole barn at Father Flohe Field that was destroyed by the tornado.
While much work has been completed, there is still much more that must be done. Thanks to funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), released under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Non-profit Security Grant Program and administered through the Michigan State Police, we are planning the following upgrades:
- New doors installed at the main entrance of the school and the gymnasium.
- Bollards placed in strategic locations to secure the building from vehicle traffic.
- The keyless entry system currently in use will be expanded to include all entrances.
- A new video access entry system for visitor entry and latchkey access.
- A security video monitoring system for the exterior and possibly critical interior areas.
Work is anticipated to start later this summer, wrapping up into the fall and is based on finishing up approvals with FEMA and the MSP.
There is also a lot of the other projects that will be coming up. We are looking for generous support to fund these projects. These include:
- Installing a new roof on the school building. We are looking at installing a roof with a 30-year life for an approximate cost of $250,000. To date, with donations from the Shamrock Auction and from other generous donors, we have received approximately $130,000.
- We are looking at remodeling the four restrooms in the original part of the school as well as the restrooms used by those attending games at our school gymnasium. This would also include completely gutting the previously aforementioned restrooms and starting from scratch as well as the addition of two staff restrooms. The estimated cost to complete this project is $500,000. We have been blessed to have donations coming in for this project as well.
- We are also in the early planning stages of remodeling all our school classrooms.
We are very excited with all the great things that are currently happening at St. Patrick Parish and School right now. We are also thankful and appreciative for those who have been generous with their time, talents and financial support. While we are thrilled with all that has been accomplished, we are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work on all that yet needs to be completed. If you would like to join us, please feel free to share your expertise on any of the aforementioned projects with our plants and grounds committee or to be generous with any financial support, which can be earmarked for any projects you feel would be the best investment of your money. Finally, we welcome any prayers for both our parish and school. We must be good stewards of the resources we have to ensure our church and school are not only available for our current generations but be available for many generations yet to come.