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Capping Off Another Successful School Year!

June 4, 2021

It seems like only yesterday, we were creating our back-to-school plan to ensure we could return to in-person instruction for the school year not even knowing if we would be allowed to do so. Now, another successful school year has come and gone! We are proud to have been in-person educating our students throughout the […]

It seems like only yesterday, we were creating our back-to-school plan to ensure we could return to in-person instruction for the school year not even knowing if we would be allowed to do so. Now, another successful school year has come and gone! We are proud to have been in-person educating our students throughout the school year, with as much normalcy as possible, despite the challenges we faced. Our success this school year was made possible because of everyone who lends a hand in making St. Patrick the great place it is; we could not do it without you. We hope you know how grateful all of us at St. Patrick School are for your commitment.

On behalf of our pastor, Reverend Michael Alber, our PS-8 principal, Mrs. Cortney Smith, the St. Patrick School Board and myself, we would like to offer many thank yous for a great 2020-21 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 preschool, 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 your body, mind, and spirit before we begin another school year.

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Class of 1970 Enjoys 50 Year Reunion

May 28, 2021

In a typical year, each September since 2003, the Father Flohe Foundation has hosted a wonderful celebration for the St. Pat’s graduating classes who are celebrating their 50th class reunion. The Class of 1953 was the first class to graduate from St. Patrick High School, and the first to be honored at this party. This […]

In a typical year, each September since 2003, the Father Flohe Foundation has hosted a wonderful celebration for the St. Pat’s graduating classes who are celebrating their 50th class reunion. The Class of 1953 was the first class to graduate from St. Patrick High School, and the first to be honored at this party.

This year however, Covid created a need to change our plans for the Class of 1970 which saw the date for their 50-year reunion change on two occasions. At last, on Saturday, May 15, the third time was the charm. The Class of 1970 was able to gather for their 50-year reunion. On the class composite that sits outside the office, there are pictures showing 48 members of this class when they graduated from high school.

Classmates met at the school at 2:30 where I had the opportunity to show them around the school and talk about what has changed and what has stayed the same since they graduated. These tours are the highlight of these annual reunions for me; I get to hear stories from guests about their school years and they often enlighten me about the history of the school. Many of the grads have not been in the school since they graduated and were surprised by how much things had changed.

Following the tour of the school, the classmates attended the 4:30 Mass together. Following Mass, our alumni trekked out to the Wagon Wheel where they were treated to a delicious prime rib and chicken dinner. The classmates had the opportunity to sit and socialize, and some stayed long afterward to catch up and discuss their favorite memories of the good old days.

I always enjoy this annual event. It is a reminder that each person who enters our school has a story to tell, their own personal history. Hearing these stories and learning about these former students is a great reminder of what makes St. Patrick School such a special place.

Congratulations Class of 1970 on your special night and thank you for an enjoyable evening. We are glad we were able to host your reunion despite the roadblocks that were put in place. May God continue to bless you.

 

 

The Father Flohe Foundation was founded in 1988.  Its primary function is to keep Catholic education available to the people of St. Patrick Parish and surrounding communities by funding some of the school expenses. The organization funds The Shamrock alumni newsletter, awards the annual Education Bell Award, and manages the endowment fund which helps to financially assist the school. 

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Saying Goodbye to the Class of 2021

May 20, 2021

While all graduating classes at St. Patrick School are special to me, this one is a bit more special. When I started my tenure as administrator, this class started as my first kindergarten class. It has been an honor to watch them go through kindergarten all the way to graduation as their principal. Now, it […]

While all graduating classes at St. Patrick School are special to me, this one is a bit more special. When I started my tenure as administrator, this class started as my first kindergarten class. It has been an honor to watch them go through kindergarten all the way to graduation as their principal. Now, it is time to say goodbye as they will continue to build on the rock-solid foundation they have built here as they move on to the next phase of their lives.

As the beginning of the 2020-21 school year approached, it was our goal to have an as normal as possible school year for all our students. We especially wanted a “normal” school year for the Class of 2021. They already had lost the spring of their junior year of high school and we wanted to make sure they had an enjoyable final year of their school careers.

On the first day of school, I challenged them with the goal of helping me lead our school into normalcy. They were specifically asked to brainstorm and come up with as many ideas as possible and to make sure to share them with me; and of course, they delivered. They were strong leaders throughout the school year beginning with our annual spirit week celebration, having 36 girls on our cheerleading squad, coming up with new ideas for our Day of Giving, including Brice Cook having his head shaved, continuing through the planning of their senior trip adventure to Kalahari Resort, Shamrock Shakes on St. Patrick’s Day, hosting our own prom for the first time since 1969, activities planned by our Mind Over Matter committee, adapting our senior banquet, right up to rescheduling their last day of school.

Graduation day began with Mass celebrated by our pastor, the Reverend Michael Alber, who provided inspiring words for the Class of 2021 during his homily. After Mass, the graduates and their families moved to the school gymnasium for commencement. Mr. Hodge opened the ceremony with prayer and shared some inspiring words with the graduates.  He shared the major achievements of the Class of 2021 which include:

  • 16 of the 24 students are members of the National Honor Society.
  • 17 out of 24 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.
  • 20 out of the 24 plan to go on to some form of higher education, with 3 entering the workforce, two of those possibly in a skilled trade, and one looking at the military.
  • 18 of the 24 are graduating with honors (3.79 GPA or higher) with 11 of those having a weighted 4.0 GPA or higher and 20 having a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.
  • They have a combined total of over $222,000 dollars in scholarships committed to those who plan to attend college.

Valedictorian Avery Zimmerman and Salutatorian Colette Pohl addressed their classmates; thanking those who helped them along the way, 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 Fr. Mike. One by one they turned their tassel, and the Class of 2021 joined a group of approximately 2,000 Shamrock alumni around the world.

Fr. Mike closed the ceremony with prayer, and the graduates processed out of the gym and into the future. Following their final class picture together and the traditional tossing of caps, there were hugs, handshakes, and family pictures to take.

As seniors, our class of 2021 succeeded in ensuring all our students had a great year despite the challenges we faced in doing so. They served as role models for our younger students, especially their Little Rocks, and provided many outstanding suggestions for ways to improve our school. We are all extremely proud of all that they accomplished during their time at St. Patrick School.  We thank them for their leadership, work ethic, and how they have represented Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Roman Catholic Church, the Diocese of Grand Rapids, St. Patrick School, their families, and themselves.  We are proud to say that they leave St. Patrick School with a firm foundation to continue living our mission statement. We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve! We look forward to seeing what the future holds for the Class of 2021. May God bless each and every one of them.

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Shamrock Football to Play in a New Conference Starting in the Fall of 2021

May 3, 2021

After four years of playing as an independent in 8-man football, St. Patrick School is excited to announce that we will be playing in a new league beginning with the 2021 season. Fortunately, not having a league has not been a hindrance to our program’s success with four consecutive regional championships and three trips to […]

After four years of playing as an independent in 8-man football, St. Patrick School is excited to announce that we will be playing in a new league beginning with the 2021 season. Fortunately, not having a league has not been a hindrance to our program’s success with four consecutive regional championships and three trips to the state finals in the last four years. It has, however, made scheduling a full schedule a challenge each year, and it has deprived our student athletes of the opportunity to compete for a conference title as well as individual conference honors.

The new conference will consist of St. Patrick, Fulton, Merrill, Webberville, and Vestaburg; Morrice will join the conference for the 2022 campaign. This new conference will be called the Central Michigan 8-Man Football Conference.

While we are appreciative that our varsity athletes will have this new opportunity, we are also very excited for another opportunity this new conference will provide. We have been unable to have a middle school football schedule over the past four years due to the difficulty of finding opponents willing to play at this level. Now, we will be offering a full middle school (grades 6-8) schedule as well. We are looking forward to the return of our middle school football program for the fall of 2021. All schools mentioned above will be participating in the middle school conference.

Our football program will continue with the goal of producing outstanding young Catholic men, who excel in the classroom, in their faith, and on the gridiron with the idea that these skills will go with them for the rest of their lives.

We are thrilled about this new opportunity for both our high school and middle school football programs. We look forward to the return of our middle school football program and eagerly await the opportunity to see our varsity team compete for a conference championship in 2021.

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St. Patrick National Honor Society Committed to Service

April 23, 2021

Every year right before spring break, St. Patrick School celebrates another prestigious event. This event is the St. Patrick School National Honor Society Induction ceremony. At this beautiful ceremony, we not only welcome our new members, but  also celebrate our second- and third-year members.  This year we inducted 14 new members and honored 25 returning […]

Every year right before spring break, St. Patrick School celebrates another prestigious event. This event is the St. Patrick School National Honor Society Induction ceremony. At this beautiful ceremony, we not only welcome our new members, but  also celebrate our second- and third-year members.  This year we inducted 14 new members and honored 25 returning members.

If one were to ask most people what the National Honor Society (NHS) is about, they would probably say NHS members are the students who wear the honor cords or stoles at graduation. They may mention an NHS member tutoring other students, or other service projects.  While it is true that the National Honor Society is an organization that honors the best and brightest high school students, it is actually far more. The National Honor Society is built upon four core values: scholarship, leadership, character, and service.

To become a member of the NHS, students must meet high academic standards. The national minimum grade point average (GPA) is 3.0 and it is up to each chapter to decide whether they would like to require a higher GPA for induction.  Here at St. Patrick High School, the minimum GPA to be considered for membership is 3.700. All students meeting the criteria, starting in the spring of their sophomore year, are invited to apply. Prospective members must pass a review by their teachers who evaluate characteristics such as trustworthiness, responsibility, and leadership by example.  Candidates must also have a clean discipline record.  You may be surprised that despite the rigorous college prep curriculum at our school, approximately 60% of sophomores, juniors and seniors at St. Patrick’s are NHS members.

Once a member of the National Honor Society, students are required to commit themselves to volunteer service and leadership roles. While many NHS chapters at other schools count hours of service, NHS at St. Patrick High School does something a bit different.  Instead, our NHS members are expected to commit to taking on two ongoing service projects or volunteer roles over the course of the year. These projects have to be ongoing in nature, and in two out of three categories: school, church, or community. For instance, a student may be an altar server and a tutor. Or they may be a peer-to-peer mentor and volunteer at a food pantry on a regular basis. This year, we have NHS members serving and leading their school as class, student council, and NHS officers; mind over matter committee members; tutors; library aids; and teacher’s assistants. They also serve the church as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, altar servers, and greeters. In our broader community, for instance, we have had members who volunteered with a local cat sanctuary, Crop Walk, Positive Solutions Informed Choices, and doing lawn maintenance for elderly neighbors.

In addition to individual service, our chapter takes part in several  projects together. Each year we host four blood drives with the American Red Cross. Last year, thanks to community support, we collected over 130 units of blood! Last spring, St. Patrick High School was the only school in mid Michigan that still hosted a blood drive after schools were shut down due to Covid-19.  We also collect toys for Toys for Tots; this past year collecting over 200 toys for children in need in our county.  This tradition continued in November despite all high schools across the state being closed due to the pandemic.

I have been blown away by how the culture of our NHS chapter is viewed by our students, parents, and the community. It is a joy to have the opportunity to see our students learn and grow by being servant leaders in our school, church and community.

This column was written with the assistance of Mr. Jordan Smith, the St. Patrick School advisor for our National Honor Society chapter.

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St. Patrick School Celebrates National Student Leadership Week

April 16, 2021

For the first time, St. Patrick High School will participate in National Student Leadership Week. NSLW is an annual theme-based week dedicated to recognizing and supporting the vital role of student leaders. Since its origin stemming from a U.S. Presidential proclamation in 1972, NSLW has been a national celebration of students sponsored by National Honor […]

For the first time, St. Patrick High School will participate in National Student Leadership Week. NSLW is an annual theme-based week dedicated to recognizing and supporting the vital role of student leaders. Since its origin stemming from a U.S. Presidential proclamation in 1972, NSLW has been a national celebration of students sponsored by National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, and National Student Council.

 

This year, like no other, we have relied on our student leaders. Since August, our staff has committed to having as normal of a school year as possible for the health and well-being of our students. This year, suggestions from our students have made it possible for us to accomplish this.

 

Each day of the week of April 18, St. Patrick School will recognize the contributions our student leaders make in our school community.  Each day this week will feature a different group of student leaders.

 

On Monday, we will recognize our freshman class officers, led by president Izzy Kissane, vice-president Rylee Scheurer, secretary Hannah Weller, and treasurer Tori Sandborn who all do an awesome job leading the class of 2024.

 

On Tuesday, we will recognize our sophomore class officers who are ably led by president Will Chislea, vice-president Samantha Smith, secretary Natalee Teachworth, and treasurer Hayley Fleischer.

 

On Wednesday, we will recognize the class of 2022 who looks to president Carly Scheurer, vice-president Jamelyn Forist, secretary Sarah Davlin, and treasurer Isabella Myers for leadership.  Thank you to the Junior officers for all you do to make the junior class and our school a better place!

 

On Thursday, we recognize our senior class officers who have done an amazing job of coming up with and suggesting many new ideas to make the current school year great! They are president Marlie Bengel, vice-president Aurora Beckhold, secretary Amy Shaw, and treasurer Brice Cook. They have set a really high bar when it comes to demonstrating true student leadership.  The class of 2021 and our school is grateful for their servant leadership!

 

On Friday, we recognize the St. Pat’s chapter of the National Honor Society leadership which is in the capable hands of president Marian Pearson, vice-president Avery Zimmerman, secretary Marlie Bengel, and treasurer Hailee Lay.  Thank you for all you do to lead our NHS chapter as we grow in Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.

 

One of the things that truly makes our school a great place is that we value the input and feedback of all of our students. The leadership of our senior class as well as leaders from other classes are instrumental in helping us ensure that the health and well being of our students is always at the forefront of our decision making. Even though we have faced the challenge of a global  pandemic through this entire school year, student morale has been at an all time high thanks to the great student leaders who help guide our  school.

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St. Patrick School Annual Shamrock Auction Aiming for Online Success

April 10, 2021

The Shamrock Auction started 19 years ago and continues to be one of St. Patrick School’s largest fundraisers. All proceeds are split between the school general fund and the St. Patrick Athletic Association. Since its inception, the auction has raised 1.2 million dollars. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 24. Due to the […]

The Shamrock Auction started 19 years ago and continues to be one of St. Patrick School’s largest fundraisers. All proceeds are split between the school general fund and the St. Patrick Athletic Association. Since its inception, the auction has raised 1.2 million dollars.

This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 24. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions that are in place, we will be unable to host this as an in-person event. We will instead host our annual auction as a virtual online event that will still take place on the scheduled date, April 24, and will run from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

One of the positive items about hosting the event online is that there is no entry fee necessary, and everyone is invited to participate. All one needs to do is go online and register for the event at http://bidpal.net/shamrocksauction2021. All bidding for items will be done through our new software straight from your phone or device. Another huge benefit is there will be no waiting in line to bid on items in the silent auction and there will be no line for checking out.

Although we are disappointed that we won’t be able to gather to celebrate our school, we do believe this is an opportunity to come together online as a faith and school community to make this event a huge success. We do need your support for this event, which is the largest fundraiser and major source of revenue for the school and our athletic programs. We do hope that despite the challenges we are all currently facing, everyone will still donate generously to St. Patrick School. In fact, one of the best ways to help our auction be successful this year is for those attending online to generously purchase the various raffle tickets that are available since we are unable to sell them in-person at the event.

The Shamrock Auction requires a lot of hard work and a huge commitment of time from many people. Its success stems from a great volunteer committee and the dedication of parents, family, friends, alumni, and the support of many local businesses! Please tell your friends, tell your family, and reach out to former classmates and encourage them to log on the night of the auction. Again, the online event is free to participate. One must simply go to http://bidpal.net/shamrocksauction2021 and create your account, purchase your raffle tickets, make a donation, and get ready to bid.

If you have any questions or would like to donate an item to the Shamrock Auction, please contact Mike and Ann Kissane at (517)604-1852 or kissanes@hotmail.com

In the meantime, mark your calendars for April 24 for the big event but also make sure to watch the school website (portlandstpats.com) and Facebook page (St. Patrick School – Portland, Michigan) right after spring break for announcements that will reveal our silent and live auction items. Make sure to plan a great evening of fun with family right from your own home while social distancing. We are excited and looking forward to our virtual Shamrock Auction. We hope to see you “virtually” at the 2022 Shamrock Auction.

 

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Professional Development for Teachers

March 23, 2021

In a typical school year, St. Patrick teachers will participate in five professional development days. These professional development days are crucial to the development of our teaching staff. Catholic education in the 21st century is evolving and becoming even better as it adapts to an ever-changing customer base, while retaining the foundation that was laid […]

In a typical school year, St. Patrick teachers will participate in five professional development days. These professional development days are crucial to the development of our teaching staff. Catholic education in the 21st century is evolving and becoming even better as it adapts to an ever-changing customer base, while retaining the foundation that was laid in place by our predecessors.

On Friday, March 12, St. Patrick teachers participated in their fifth professional development day of the 2020-21 school year. The sessions that were presented are as follows:

  • Rachel Selby, the School Outreach Coordinator for The Right Door For Hope, Recovery, and Wellness spoke to our teachers about mental health in the classroom and self-care. The main focus of this session was to learn how numerous mental health concerns are present in the classroom and tips to help support students with these concerns. Staff also discussed what self-care means and reflected on their own self-care. Rachel provided a self-care assessment, which helped staff reflect on different aspects of their life such as physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, relationship, and workplace. Staff were encouraged to take baby steps in improving their lowest scored area.
  • Our elementary principal, Mrs. Cortney Smith, and elementary teacher, Mrs. Mary Cook, presented information from a conference they attended titled Inclusion In Action Conference, from the FIRE Foundation in Kansas City, MO. This year, the two-day conference took place virtually with experts from across the nation and even the world, coming together to celebrate inclusion in the classroom. Together they focused on a school environment that includes human dignity, gentleness, kindness, and compassion to bring out the best in all of the students and provide opportunities for all. A focus was on all students learning together and from one another. Research has shown the benefits to learning side by side. Socialization, graduation rates, post academic success, and behavior outcomes improve significantly when all are included.
  • All staff watched a virtual presentation from the Sophia Institute, which provides the textbooks for our elementary religion curriculum, titled: “Created in Christ, Combating the Sin of Racism.”

Throughout the professional development day, all participants took part in reflection and discussion of how to apply the development training moving forward.

It is inspiring to see the level of devotion and commitment that exists within our teaching staff. They have been on the front line, providing our students with both in-person and remote learning options throughout the entire 2020-21 school year. Our professional development day provided them an opportunity to continue to develop their skills and abilities with the goal of ensuring that their students are provided with the best education possible.

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St. Patrick Students Participate in Mental Health Awareness Week

February 4, 2021

Recent studies show that rates of mood disorders, especially anxiety, and suicide-related outcomes have increased significantly over the last decade among adolescents and young adults, and this was before the COVID pandemic struck. Being aware of this increase in mood disorders, St. Patrick School dared to be different this past week and participated in our […]

Recent studies show that rates of mood disorders, especially anxiety, and suicide-related outcomes have increased significantly over the last decade among adolescents and young adults, and this was before the COVID pandemic struck. Being aware of this increase in mood disorders, St. Patrick School dared to be different this past week and participated in our second annual Mental Health Awareness Week.

Each day of the week had a mental health concern associated with a specific color. Students dressed in clothes in the designated colors each day. There were activities to go with each day. Here is a breakdown of each day’s color and activities:

On Monday, our students wore green in recognition of those who struggle with depression. During lunch, students filled jars with positive messages, inspirational quotes, and prayers. These will be available for the rest of the school year for anyone to take when they are feeling down.

On Tuesday, students were scheduled to wear blue in recognition of those who struggle with anxiety. Since we had a snow day on Tuesday, students had the opportunity to wear blue on Friday.

Wednesday, students wore purple in recognition of those who struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Students were provided with a poster full of information about OCD and slime was available. Slime is a good tool for anxiety because it allows your mind to focus on something other than your worries. Students also watched a video from Rachel Selby, the School Outreach Coordinator from The Right Door For Hope, Recovery and Wellness.

On Thursday, students wore orange in recognition of those who struggle with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). During lunch, we played a focused music playlist. Music relies on structure and the use of rhythm and timing. Since ADHD often involves difficulty with tracking timing and duration, listening to music might help improve performance in these areas.

Finally, on Friday, students wore red in recognition of those who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). At lunch, students wrote appreciation letters to anyone who has been there for them unconditionally. This could have been to a family member, friend, teacher, or mentor.

This year, we had a contest called “Change for Change.” Middle and high school students competed to see who could bring in the most change to raise money for The Right Door’s “Drab to Fab” event which helps adults in need obtain haircuts and new clothing.  The high school brought in the most money and won the event day this year. They will receive an out of dress code day and ice cream.

A very big thank you to senior Emma Scheurer, the Mind Over Matter Committee, and our school counselor Mrs. Jenny Garcia for planning and leading our Mental Health Awareness Week activities. It was a fun, exciting, and educational week and helped bring awareness to mental health and informed our students of ways to cope and get help when one is struggling, and how to help and support others who are struggling with mental health issues.

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St. Patrick Celebrates Catholic Schools Week 2021

February 1, 2021

This year, there are many reasons to celebrate our own Catholic school here in Portland, as well as Catholic schools around the nation, as we continue to work through the pandemic. Catholic schools offer academic excellence and faith-filled education where God is embraced and not marginalized. While some Catholic schools are challenged by declining enrollments […]

This year, there are many reasons to celebrate our own Catholic school here in Portland, as well as Catholic schools around the nation, as we continue to work through the pandemic. Catholic schools offer academic excellence and faith-filled education where God is embraced and not marginalized. While some Catholic schools are challenged by declining enrollments and school closures, St. Patrick School continues to have a steady enrollment, and Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids also remain steady in their enrollments.

National test scores, high graduation, and college attendance rates and other data show that Catholic school students outperform other students in both the public and private sectors. In addition, research from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) shows that 34% of millennials who attended a Catholic primary school are likely to attend Mass weekly. This number increases to 39% for Millenials if they attended a Catholic secondary school, but the number drops significantly to only 5% if they never attended a Catholic school. Not only are Catholic school students more likely to attend Mass weekly, they are also more likely to contribute generously to charitable organizations and to the communities in which they live.
We are excited to celebrate our Catholic school here in Portland. The success of our school is dependent on the support we receive from the greater Portland community and beyond.

We have a fun and exciting week planned despite the challenges we face at this time to ensure we continue to keep our students safe and learning in-person. Below is a calendar of the daily themes and celebrations that will take place at St. Patrick School throughout Catholic Schools Week (CSW):

Monday, February 1, 2021:
❖ Preschool-12th grade students will be treated to donuts and juice as we kick off CSW.
❖ All students will pray a candlelight rosary for our country.
❖ Student dress-up day: Students can dress in Red, White, and Blue (jeans allowed).

Tuesday, February 2, 2021:
❖ All-school virtual Mass from St. Andrew Cathedral in Grand Rapids at 10:00 a.m.
❖ Elementary students will celebrate the 100th day of school.
❖ Students will not be assigned any homework assignments or review.
❖ Student dress-up day: Comfy Day (no jeans).

Wednesday, February 3, 2021:
❖ All students celebrate the “Souper Bowl” by bringing a donation of canned/boxed food items.
❖ Grades 9-12 will celebrate Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Church.
❖ Students will make blankets to be donated to various organizations.
❖ Student dress-up day: K-8 Jersey Day (students wear their favorite jersey with school uniform bottoms) / high school Sunday Best (school appropriate).

Thursday, February 4, 2021:
❖ Ice cream will be served to all students at lunch.
❖ Grades 5-8 will celebrate Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Church.
❖ Student dress-up day: K-8 Sunday Best (school appropriate) / high school Jersey Day (students wear their favorite jersey with school uniform bottoms).

Friday, February 5, 2021:
❖ Big Rock/Little Rock snowman building (snow and weather permitting).
❖ High school students will celebrate with a pep assembly.
❖ Student dress-up day: Shamrock Spirit Day – this will be a jean/spirit wear day for all students.

We thank all of you for your generous support of St. Patrick School and ask that you keep our school in your thoughts and prayers as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week. We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve!

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