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Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday March 24, 2017


Fr. John’s Weekly School Chronicle

·         It is hard to believe that we are just one week away from our School Gala. This is the largest fundraiser for our school, and in fact the largest fundraiser in our parish. It is always a great evening and is looking like it will be more fun than ever. Make sure you plan to attend and support our school.

·         Lent is going by quickly. It is a good time to ask ourselves whether or not we are on course to seek some change come to our lives as we transition from Lent to Easter. If not, what do we need to do to make this happen?

·         Finally, thank you to all the families who have returned your registration forms for next year. While we still have a great deal of time left in this school year, it is always exciting to start envisioning for next year.

Readings for next Friday’s school Mass can be found here


Registration Reminder – due March 31

Families if you plan to register your child/ren at Saint Patrick for next year – and we sincerely hope you do! – please do so by Friday March 31 to avoid the $100 registration fee. We will soon be determining teacher needs and extending contracts for next year, and a large part of this is dependent on enrollment.


·         3/24 5th and 6th grade handball tournament, 3:45 – 6pm, sponsored by student council

·         3/26 Band concert, 2:00-3:00pm in the school gym

·         3/29 8th graders to tour Hudson High School, 12:45-2:15pm

·         3/30 LEAD STREAM night, 6-8pm

·         3/31 Mass @ school, 9:00am. End of 3rd quarter; Stations of the Cross @ church 7PM

·         4/1 Gala @ school: 5pm social and silent auction, 6pm dinner, live music begins at 8pm.

·         4/7 Mass @ church 9:15AM, Talent Show, 2pm

·         4/7 Fish Fry @ church, 4:30-7pm; Living Stations of the Cross @ church 7PM

·         4/13 2 hour late start, Before Care available

·         4/13 Holy Thursday Mass, 7pm @ church

·         4/14 Good Friday, No School. Passion of the Lord, 1pm @ church

·         4/17 No School


Fr. John explains the Mass

The sixth installment: Mass explanation #6


Volunteer Spotlight

Follow this link to sign up for our many service opportunities:  


·         KC Fish Fry Dessert Donations – Friday, April 7th.  We are in need of 40 more desserts for the final fish fry.

·         Friday Coffee Social – Friday, April 7th.  Provide treat/snack for social after Mass.

·         Can Crushing 6th/7th Grade for 2016-2017 – Crush cans at church to earn $$ towards ELC.  Openings beginning weeks of April 29th through the remainder of the school year.  Families are encouraged to sign up for 2 weeks/year. 

**LEAD is also looking for parents who are willing to either present at or volunteer at ST(R)EAM night (formerly known as Family Science Night) coming up on Thursday, March 30th.  Please contact Mrs. Bekkum directly if you are able. 



Students of the Month – February

Congratulations to Connor Faust (6th grade), Hunter Sivek (7th), Julia Annen (8th), and James Bauer (5th)!



St. Patrick’s Day Carnival

On Friday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day), Saint Patrick School's eighth graders put on a fabulous carnival for the school. For the entire afternoon, students and families enjoyed the carnival-type games run by the eighth grade.  Prizes were won, food was eaten, and raffle prizes were raffled. Heard from some parents (via their children):  "The 2017 Saint Patrick's Day Carnival was the best ever. The games were fun, and the prizes were good this year!"  


Historically all profits from the Saint Patrick Day Carnival have been donated to a worthy recipient -- as part of Saint Patrick School's commitment to service. 2017 is no exception: the monetary profit and its recipient will be announced as soon as final expenses and on-going donations have been tabulated.


Huge "Thank-you’s" go out to all individuals and families who contributed to such a blessed and successful day!! These contributions include the donation of raffle prizes (by individuals, families, and businesses), prizes for the various games, snacks and food items, trips to get supplies, ordering of supplies/prizes, time taken to work with the eighth graders to prepare for the day (including making posters, transporting and setting up the games), and of course, everyone who bought tickets!


It seems that a great time was had by all!  Because of you, Saint Patrick School will again be able serve its community with a very worthy donation to an equally-deserving party.  

Band Concert!

Mrs. Fairbanks’ band students have been working hard all year! Come see their progress on Sunday, March 26, 2-3pm in the school gym.


Blankets for a Brighter Day

WOW!!! What a successful activity! Immediately following Mass on Friday, students working in Spirit Families immediately set to work. Thanks to the overwhelming response of school and parish families with fleece and monetary donations, our student body was able to make 67 blankets for this organization founded by school alumnae Katelyn and Shannon Baier! Thank you to all who donated and to our students for constructing the blankets.


LEAD – Save the Date

At the end of this month, on Thursday, March 30, Saint Patrick School will be hosting its third Family Science Night newly named to Family STREAM Night.  This month’s Student Challenge is to create your own kite which will be used to help decorate for the science night. 

The kite can be any type and any style.  You get bonus points if it actually flies, but it is not a requirement.  You are required to be creative, clever, neat, and do your very best work.  Your kite can be an individual or family effort.  It can incorporate science, art, Jesus, sports, dinosaurs, butterflies, Minecraft, or…well, you get it…the possibilities are endless!

Use the resources on Sycamore (or attached to an email this week) to help you plan your kite.  Then get to work and have fun!   Turn your kite in on or before March 25

And don’t forget to register for the Family STREAM Night by emailing Mrs. Bekkum with the names and grades of students attending as well as any adult who wants to join us as we Take Flight into Science!  By the way, we are still looking for presenters!

Altar Server Training

Candle Bearers - 4th grade or older: Saturday April 1 – 10:00 AM or Monday April 3 – 6:00 PM

Master Servers - 6th grade or older* Saturday April 1 – 11:00 AM or Monday April 3 – 7:00 PM

*Adults are welcome to be trained as Master Servers

For more info contact: Terry at 381-5120 x-104


Gala Update

April 1, 2017.  "An Evening at the Circus" is this year's theme. There will be live music: Tom Petty (Free Fallin) will open for the Beatles (Rubber Soul). Tickets to this event are limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible!


Raffle tickets must be returned by Thursday March 30 to be entered in the drawings. If your child will not be able to sell the raffle tickets he or she was issued, please return those to your child’s teacher so that other students might sell them. The top student seller will get a free iPad mini; the top family seller will get a free Google Chromebook. For every class that meets its classroom sales’ goal, they will attend the Circus Day party after the gala.


Food Shelf Schedule Recommendations

·         March – Peanut Butter and Jelly

·         April – Baby Diapers, Toilet Paper, Crackers

·         May – Mustard, Ketchup, Mayonnaise


Women of Grace

Follow this link to learn about upcoming dates: Women of Grace


RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Please click on this link for more information: RCIA or contact Deacon Howard Cameron or Katie Waldal. Train children in the way they should go. Even when they are old they will not depart from it. 

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