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Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday April 13, 2018


Saint Patrick School Gala "A Magnificent Masquerade”

This Saturday. April 14, 2018

What snow – God is on our side!


Father John’s Weekly School Chronicle

·         Once again we had a great Mass today. The kids really love singing the Easter songs. Last Friday one girl told me she had been waiting all of Lent to sing a particular song.

·         I had the chance to visit with some of our first graders this week. I never know what subject the kids will be working on when I stop by. This particular day it was science. They were talking about movement. They had many great ideas of how to move a ball across the room.

·         It is hard to believe it is Gala Weekend!! I know the weather forecast is for some miserable weather. They say misery loves company. No better thing than to celebrate the bad weather and support our school. I can’t wait to visit with you and celebrate the great things happening at Saint Patrick School tomorrow night, even if I have to get there wearing my snowshoes.

Readings for the next school Mass can be found here:

Readings for Friday April 20, 2018


Upcoming Reminders/Calendar   

·         4/14 School Gala, ‘A Magnificent Masquerade’, 5:00 PM Appetizers, Silent Auction, & Games; 6:30 PM Dinner

·         4/16 Uniform shorts now permitted (Brrr!!)

·         4/18 Out of uniform, character day

·         4/19 Science Fair

·         4/20 Mass @ school, 9:00 AM

·         4/25 Lego Club, 3:30-5:00PM

·         4/26 Passport Club

·         4/27 Mass @ school, 9:00 AM


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:

·         Hospitality Sunday at Church – Sunday, April 22nd after the 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM Masses.  Designated for families with Last Name beginning with N-Z. Prepare and serve coffee/juice/fruit/donuts after Mass with your child(ren).  Donations also sought for food/drinks served during hospitality. 

·         Passport Club – Thursday, April 26th.  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.

·         Friday Coffee Social – Friday, May 11thProvide treat/snack for coffee social after Mass at church.  Better yet, stay to socialize after Mass!

·         Coming Soon – Summer Send Off Party hosted by Parent Group.  Friday, May 11th.   


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. 

·         Although the next I GOT TIME! event on May 12th is full, you can still participate! May's event is to assist the US Postal Service with unloading and sorting donations from the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. We have enough volunteers for the manual labor here at church, but 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!



Saint Patrick Comic Book Club (grades 3-4) experienced their first Comic-Con.  These students researched their favorite comic book or graphic novel character, created a visual board, and presented their character to the entire K-4 studentbody! We met such characters as Lucy, Amelia Bedelia, Magic Pickle, Pusheen,  BB8, Wicket, Patrick, Hobbes, Greg, and Manny Heffley.


A special thanks to Mrs. Kamm and Mrs. Juranek for helping with the set-up. Thanks to all K-4 teachers for supporting our comic book club students.  Pictured below are Amelia Bedelia (3rd grader Marissa Savino) and Pusheen (4th grader Claire Piepel).



Annual Fine Arts Festival 

Come join your student(s) at Saint Patrick School as they share their artistic talents in the Annual Fine Arts Festival on Wednesday, May 2nd. There will be over 500 pieces of artwork selected from every student Kindergarten-Eighth; the Art Gallery is open from 5:30-6:30 PM. Musical performances begin at 6:30 PM with Fifth and Sixth Grade Bells, ShamRocks Swing Choir, the Saint Patrick and Trinity Band, and a preview to the Seventh and Eighth Grade Hillbilly Hairride musical. All students performing in the musical part of the evening are required to be to school at 6:10 PM.  5th - 8th students are to go to their homerooms, ShamRocks should report to the Music Room, and band students to the Art Room with their instruments to get warmed up.  Concert attire or school uniform required-no jeans. 


7th and 8th Grade Play - Hillbilly Hairride

Get your tickets today for Saint Patrick School's annual 7th and 8th grade Musical. This year's show is Hillbilly Hairride and again will be performed at the Phipps Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale Monday, April 16 in the School Office for the 7:00 PM shows on Thursday, May 17th and Friday, May 18th, and a 1:00 PM show on Friday as well.  Ticket prices: $10.00 adults, $5.00 students. 


CAA Swim Meet

Seven student-athletes from Saint Patrick School recently competed at the Catholic Athletic Association (CAA) Finals Swim Meet.  Although Saint Patrick School does not have a pool, these students all have experience swimming on various club teams in the area.  They first swam in a preliminary meet to determine the top 16 swimmers in each event.  Top 16 swimmers then advanced on to the State Meet at the University of Minnesota.  This year's inaugural Saint Pat's Swim Team was made up of Mallory Bezanson (1st Grade), Owen Jacobi (3rd Grade), Kent Zurn (4th Grade), Sherman Holmstadt (5th Grade), Harvey Holmstadt (7th Grade), Ellie Wilson (7th Grade), and Eli Ramthun (7th Grade). Mallory and Owen competed in a meet for the first time ever! Harvey (backstroke), Sherman (breaststroke), Eli (butterfly), and Kent (freestyle) were able to put together a relay team for the 200 Medley Relay and placed 3rd overall in the 7th-8th Grade age group at the State Meet.  Individually, Ellie took home two 4th place finishes in the 50 Free and 100 IM.  Eli placed 1st in the 100 Back and 5th in the 100 Free.  Harvey took home 1st in the 50 Back and 2nd in the 50 Free. Sherman took home two 1st place finishes in the 25 Back and 25 Free. Kent placed 2nd in the 100 IM and 3rd in the 50 Fly.  We are so proud of our swimming Shamrocks!  


Students of the Month – March

Congratulations to our March brainiacs: Kate Landry (5th grade), Graham Sittlow (6th), Ellie Wilson (7th) and Kira Young (8th).

Sister Kathleen Agnes Brady Trust Scholarship

The Diocese of Superior is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Sister Kathleen Agnes Brady Trust Scholarship.  This perpetual trust 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.


Piano lessons at School

Mrs. Lisa Zwiefelhofer has been teaching piano lessons before and after school here at Saint Patrick School for a number of years.  She has decided to retire at the end of this school year – we wish her the best in her retirement.   Mrs. Zwiefelhofer has helped to make a connection with Mr. Bernie Wollenberg who is interested in offering piano lessons here at Saint Patrick School. These lessons are an arrangement between families and the piano teacher, the school just offers a location for convenience but does not facilitate or financially cover the cost of the lessons. Mr. Wollenberg will only be able to offer lessons after school.  


Please contact Mr. Bell by e-mail at to let him know if you are interested in this opportunity because he needs to let Mr. Wollenberg know if there is any or enough interest. Please let him know the name and age of the student and level of piano knowledge (never taken lessons, 2 years of lessons, etc...), and your contact information if you wish to have Mr. Wollenberg contact you about lessons.           


Altar Server Training

Candle Bearers - 4th grade or older: Monday April 16 – 4:00 PM OR Saturday April 21 – 10:00 AM

Master Servers - 6th grade or older*: Monday April 16 – 5:00 PM OR Saturday April 21 – 11:00 AM

Please plan to attend one session.


*Adults are welcome to be trained as Master Servers

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


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. The following is a list of the remaining Spirit Wear Day's for the 2017-2018 school year....Feb 7March 14April 4, and May 2. We also have a few T-shirts and sweatshirts available for sale in the school office.


Food Shelf Recommendations:

April – Toilet paper, paper towels

May – Mustard, ketchup, pint jar of mayo


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






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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