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Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday May 11, 2018


Father John’s Weekly School Chronicle

·         Congratulations to our Second Graders who all celebrated their First Holy Communion this year. The children were well prepared by Ms. Prasnicki, our second grade teacher, and you as parents. As I mentioned at the First Communion Masses, there is nothing more important we can do for our faith than to receive the Eucharist.

·         I was taken back to my youth this week as I watched the sixth graders launch their rockets. I shared in a homily a few weeks ago that growing up, for a few years that was my greatest love – model rockets. I launched many rockets, and there were a few that never got off the launch pad. Some that did make it up would never be found; maybe they are still circling the earth!

·         I enjoy cooking (and eating) pancakes, but since I live by myself it is a lot of work to cook them for one person, so I don’t cook them very often. I enjoyed having two opportunities to cook them in one week: for our fourth graders on lumberjack day and for our eighth graders’ breakfast. Simple pleasures in life are often the very best!

Readings for the next school Mass can be found here – last one for the year:

Readings for May 18, 2018


Important Notice Regarding Background Checks


The Diocese of Superior will stop accepting requests

for background checks and BASE training reports

using the current process effective June 18, 2018.


If anyone has any school or church related activities with youth over the summer, you MUST have your background check and safe environment completed and turned in no later than June 15, 2018.


Upcoming Reminders/Calendar   

·         5/11 Summer Send Off party – sock hop! 6:00 – 8:00 PM, details below

·         5/14 5th grade track & field all city meet @ EP Rock: 5th grade track permission

·         5/15 4th grade track & field all city meet @ EP Rock: 4th grade track permission

·         5/17 & 5/18 7th & 8th grade play at the Phipps, Hillbilly Hayride, 7:00 PM, matinee performance on Friday @ 1:00 PM Participants' permission; Attendees' permission

·         5/18 Out of uniform – Summer Theme, decided by Principal for the Day Lucia Fletch-Berg (gala prize)

·         5/18 6th grade track & field meet @ Hudson Middle School: 6th grade track permission

·         5/21 8th grade graduation rehearsal permission: Rehearsal permission; 8th grade graduation Mass @ church, 7PM; 8th grade group photo @ 6PM

·         5/22 Last Day of School!! Out of uniform; PS – 4th grade will have a picnic and games at Burton Field, 5th – 8th grades will go to the Big Thrill Factory in Oakdale and the Funzone in Woodbury. Link to permission forms: PS - 4th Burton Field; 5th - 8th Big Thrill and Funzone


Yearbooks for Sale

A limited number of yearbooks are still available for sale in the school office. If you would like a yearbook for your child/ren, order forms are in the office or on Sycamore under ‘Documents’. The price is $22.50.


Volunteer Spotlight

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for your commitment to our school community!!  For future signups, follow this SignUp website link for all school events/activities to choose your spots:

·         Passport Club – Wednesday, May 16th.  Be a Passport Club checker by quizzing students during the school day.  Now with shortened shifts to accommodate busy schedules.  We are still in need of several adults for this date.

·         Preschool-4th Grade End of Year Picnic – Tuesday May, 22nd.  Assist our staff with a fun-filled day of games/activities/lunch at Burton Field.   


Also, at the Parish level:

·         It’s time to start planning for summer.  The Vacation Bible School (VBS) team is looking for adult volunteers to serve in a variety of ways: Crafts, Bible, Snack, Games, Saints, and Preschool during their week.  Reserve July 16th-20th from 9am-12noon…And, Please contact Katie Preston at: if you are able to assist. 

·         Attention:  There are 3 SPOTS OPEN for the next I GOT TIME! event on May 12th! May's event is to assist the US Postal Service with unloading and sorting donations from the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Let’s fill those last 3 volunteer spots for the manual labor here at church, then EVERYONE can help by donating food to the USPS on May 12th. Visit the following link to find out more information about all of the I GOT TIME! events...and to sign-up!


7th and 8th Grade Play - Hillbilly Hayride

Get your tickets today for Saint Patrick School's annual 7th and 8th grade Musical. This year's show is Hillbilly Hayride and again will be performed at the Phipps Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale in the School Office for the 7:00 PM shows on Thursday, May 17th and Friday, May 18th.  Ticket prices: $10.00 adults, $5.00 students. There is also a dress rehearsal on Thursday @ 1:30 PM and show on Friday @ 1:30 PM, a free will offering will be accepted for each of these matinees.


Comic Book Club Jedi Academy

Comic Book Club students donned on their Jedi robes and practiced Jedi choreography. After learning some Jedi moves, these students choreographed light-saber duels. Don't worry – these Younglings took Jedi oaths, and used pool noodle light-sabers. Look for a Comic Book Club information meeting in September!


Previously Read Books Requested

Spring cleaning is a great time to go thru bookshelves and pass along books your kids no longer read. Give those books a second chance to be read and enjoyed! We are specifically requesting books for the 5/6 grade classroom libraries (which may be dropped in Ms. Lautenbach’s classroom), but books for any age are always welcomed.


Five Gallon Buckets Needed!

If you have any empty five gallon buckets at home, school is in need of them for the greenhouse. Please bring to the school office – thank you!


PowerUp Challenge Survey

We would love to hear from parents about the program, Click on this link for the survey Each completed survey will award the school S1 up to $100 total.


Sister Kathleen Agnes Brady Trust Scholarship

Applications are still being accepted through for the Sister Kathleen Agnes Brady Trust Scholarship.  The Diocese of Superior shares in this charitable trust which offers partial tuition scholarships to children enrolled in kindergarten through grade eight in the Catholic schools of this diocese.  Families must be active, registered, contributing members of a parish in the Diocese of Superior.  All scholarship grants are awarded based on need as documented in the application process.


Interested families should contact Principal Dan Bell for an application form and complete application instructions.  All applications must be returned to Mr. Bell by June 1, 2018.


It’s that time again…Vacation Bible School!!

VBS is the week of July 16th-20th, 9 AM – Noon. Registration is now open:


We are in need of adult volunteers for: Crafts, Bible, Snack, Games, Saints & Preschool. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about how you can help with this fabulous & fun ministry, please email Katie Preston:

Individuals Giving Of Time and Talent In Missionary Experiences


Here is our May activity:

·         Saturday, May 12:    Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

o   Packing and sorting of food collected in Hudson


Spirit Wear Store

Let's show our school spirit! Each month, we have an out of uniform school spirit wear day. Those days, students are encouraged to wear clothing that shows their Shamrock Pride (with uniform bottoms)! Below is a link to our local spirit wear shop, Imagining World, located in the old Perkins building on Crestview Drive. They offer t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, caps, hats and many more items for spirit wear days as well as our uniform tops with logos for every other day of the school year. We have a few T-shirts and sweatshirts available for sale in the school office.


Food Shelf Recommendations:

May – Mustard, ketchup, pint jar of mayo


Saint Patrick Youth Summer Programs

Are you a little worried about the long summer and having enough activities for your kids to participate in? Looking for some great ways to help your youth grow in their faith? Look no further, we have the solution for you! Click on the web address below and check out all the youth programs at Saint Patrick Church this summer. Find dates, details, fees, and contact information. New this year, ONLINE REGISTRATION: just click on the buttons on our web page to sign your youth up for these great opportunities. There is something for everyone, ages 3 - 18! Adults needed for all activities too, come and join us in the fun.



Opening Your Heart Connect Coffee Talk:  Set the World on Fire

We live in a culture that is obsessed with busyness.  Each of us wants to use our time in the way that God wants us to.  God wants us to see the brokenness of our world and be determined to do something about it. Please join us for a taste of Walking with Purpose and encouragement to choose how we bring about positive change in our world and to see what God can do through us. All women are welcome - no need to be signed up for the weekly Bible Study. Just come as you are for some fellowship (wine will be served!) and a chance to see what Walking with Purpose is all about.


Monday, May 7, 8-9:30 PM, Music Room - St. Patrick Church

“The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

Walking with Purpose is a women’s Catholic Bible study held on Mondays from 8-9:30 PM at St. Patrick Church from October through May.  The program aims to bring women to a closer relationship with Christ.  Personal study and small group discussions at WWP each week link our everyday challenges with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church.  For more information, contact Susan Gotrik at or Jessica Timmerman at


Recycle your aluminum cans at church

Please remember to drop off any aluminum cans you may have at the lower level garage at church. Our students crush them weekly to earn money towards their ELC fees in their 7th and 8th grade years


Links to church sites:

RCIA  or  Women of Grace


Hudson Gymnastics

Many classes and camps available over the summer, go to: or email at:






We welcome families from all religious, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds, who desire an exceptional education. 

“We never want money to stand between a family and giving their child a great education.”


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