Portland St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551 0r (877) 405-0841 

We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve!

Located in Portland, Michigan, St. Patrick Catholic School has been educating the minds and spirits of its students for over 100 years.  Our school mission statement contains just six words, six powerful words that are a guide for life:  We Pray!  We Learn!  We Achieve!

For more information about our top-rated preschool through 12th grade programs, please contact the school office at 517-647-7551 or e-mail Mr. Randy Hodge.

Notes and Reflections from Mr. Hodge

Have a Great Summer!


I hope that all of our school families are finding time to rest, relax, and renew before we begin another school year in the fall.  While the students and staff are away, there are many new and exciting events taking place at the school.
Perhaps, you have driven by seen the changes to the exterior of the buildings.  The parking lots are being refinished and relined, the area around the windows have been repainted, and currently, the outside of the church is getting a fresh coat of paint.   .... >>>>>

Announcements

Morning prayers: 7:25-7:30 am & 8:45-8:50 am.  Please do not phone the office during these times.

(7/21)  Moving Day

Moving day for preschool furnishings and playthings, will be on Monday, July 28, beginning at 9:00 in the morning. If you have a few hours, and some good muscles, please gather at the old preschool site. Pickups or SUVs would be appreciated for transport. We look forward to exciting times ahead.

(7/21) TKIII 2014 Golf Outing Details

The annual TKIII Golf Outing will be taking place Saturday, August 16th at Willow Wood Golf Club. It's a 4-person scramble, shotgun start at 9 AM. The outing includes: 18 holes, hog roast, door prizes, cash prize holes, skins and a 50/50 raffle! The entry fee is $200 per team. Proceeds will benefit the St. Patrick Football Team by upgrading the weight room. Click the first link below for an entry form, and the second link for information on sponsorship.

TKIII 2014 Golf Outing Entry Form
TKIII 2014 Golf Outing Sponsorship Opportunities

(7/18)  Looking Ahead

Mr. Hodge has provided the following list of dates/events for you to put on your calendar already:

August 9/10: PTO Used Uniform Sale
August 20: Back to School Open House (beginning in the church at 6:30 p.m.)
August 26: First day of school for all students
August 28: Tailgate at first home football game sponsored by the PTO (6:00 p.m. at PHS Footbal Field parking lot)
August 29: No School – Labor Day Break begins
September 1: No School – Labor Day
September 2: Bishop Walkowiak will preside at our opening school Mass at 9:30 a.m.
September 2: Dr. Marcia McEvoy will present her anti-bully program to our students during the school day.
September 2: Dr. Marcia McEvoy will present her anti-bully program to our parents in the parish hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.  All parents are encouraged to attend.


(7/8)  From the Web Team
The bulk of the work on the website has been finished.  Expect minor changes to take place over the next couple of weeks, as we continue to "polish" it.  Take a look at it and let us know what you think. Remember that almost all of the old content is still here---but you might have to access it a new way.  For example, the Photo Gallery used to have it's own button---now you can find it under the About Us button at the top of the page.  Thanks for your patience---and your comments!
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(6/26)  End-of-Year Report from the Preschool
 
The 2013-14 preschool year ended on June 9, 10 and 11, with our grand finale activities, including awards, graduation, field trips, and picnic.  All the children were excited and happy.  A big "thank you" to all parents and children for making this a wonderful school year.  This preschool year was a year of firsts and lasts. It was the first year we extended our regular class schedule into June due to the largest number of snow days in history.  It was also the last year for classes to be held in the old brown building, known as "the annex". Next fall will also be a year of firsts, as we will occupy the space in the main school building formerly known as the "multipurpose  room". With the help of art teacher, Mrs. Gorzen, and many volunteers, some from her art classes, as well a school staff, the new room will be transformed into a vibrant preschool space, welcoming new students. This is also the first year we will be offering a five day preschool program for children who are four years old. The concept came from parents who were concerned about their child adjusting to a five day, all day program the next year. A five day program seems like a good transition for children who do not qualify for St. Patrick's half day DK program.  We have an Open House date set for August 10th for everyone to  check out our new space. We still have openings in each of our classes, and parents may register anytime this summer.
In July we will offer a modified summer preschool program from 9:00-10:30 as follows:
                      July 8 - Reptiles
                      July 10 - Looking close up at things around us
                      July 15 - Measuring, lengths, liquids, dry things
                      July 22 - Birds
                      July 24 -Rocks
Until August 15th, call 647-2415 for information, after August 15th, call 647-7551
Email : carolkahn@portlandstpats.com

(6/26)  Daycare Information
 
Just a reminder that St. Patrick Daycare will be closing on Friday, August 15. The Church of the Nazarene Daycare is willing and able to provide transportation to and from St. Patrick School for pre-school and DK students if there are enough people interested.  If you plan on using the Church of the Nazarene daycare next school year or are considering this as an option, please contact director Lisa Hartwick at (517) 526-1524.

(6/26)  Bishop Walkowiak Coming to St. Patrick!

 
Please add to your calendar that Bishop Walkowiak will be presiding at the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, August 24 and at a special school Mass at 9:30 a.m. on September 2.
 
(6/17)  From the PTO
 
We have just about wrapped up the 2013/2014 school year and we are looking forward to 2014/2015.   The PTO website has been updated with all the information for our events to kickoff next year.  Please see the PTO website  for complete details, including important dates to remember.
 
(6/17)  Information for Next Year
 
(6/9)  St. Patrick School Strategic Plan for 2014-2015 
 
(6/6)  Host families needed

 We have two exchange students in serious need of host families.

  • We have Nelson Schmitt from Germany who will be a junior next school year. He likes horseback riding, traveling, cooking, hanging out with friends, acting, and is interested in interior design.
  • We also have Batuhan Derinbay from Turkey. He will be a sophomore next fall. He likes science, math, computer programming, and inventing. He is not Muslim but it is important to note that he does not eat pork. 
We are hoping we will have families come forward to give these exchange students a place to stay next school year.

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