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

Students and Parents Focus on Preventing Mean/Aggressive Behavior in Schools


The first two weeks of the school year started off being very busy with events happening at a brisk pace.  There was no rest for the weary or any letup in the third week of the school year.  We had many events take place throughout the week that kept staff and students on their toes, including a visit from the Bishop who presided at our school Mass.


However, the primary focus of the week was a visit from Dr. Marcia McEvoy, who presented her program “The Four Pronged Approach to Violence Prevention in Schools” to students, staff and parents.  >>>>>

Announcements

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


9/10)  Webberville Invitational Rescheduled

The Varsity Volleyball Invitational @ Webberville has been rescheduled for Satturday Oct. 4th 9:00AM start.

(9/10)  From the Marketing Committee

For the past several years, parishioner Jayne Klein has volunteered her time to come to school and take photos of the students/facilities that we use for marketing purposes (website headers, newspapers, postcards, posters, etc.)  Jayne will be at school on Thursday, September 18.  So, once again, we ask that students dress as nicely as possible on that day. We'll send another reminder next week.

(9/10)  Homecoming Information

See a complete list of Spirit Week activities on the Homecoming web page.

(9/10)  Student Council Information

See information about this year's Student Council, including a letter from the president on the Student Council web page.

(9/8)  Congratulations to 2014 Homecoming Court

King and Queen: Joe Mackowiak and Shelby Miller
Senior Representatives: Noah Pung and Bailey Schneider
Junior Representatives: Garrett Pline and Logan Cook
Sophomore Representatives: Jerrid Pline and Abrielle Mason
Freshman Representatives: Colin Pline and Mallory Scheurer

Homecoming is scheduled for Friday, September 26.

(9/5)  Information Regarding Ice Bucket Challenge

The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has become a viral social media trend that helps raise funds for and awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. People are recorded dumping a bucket of ice on themselves, then they post the video online challenging three friends to either do the same or donate money to the ALS Association. 

The effort has raised millions of dollars to help fight this horrible disease, which is a wonderful thing. The question of whether to send monetary contributions can raise an ethical question for Catholics. ALS research can use various means and some of them do not correspond with Catholic beliefs and teaching. For example, the ALS Association funds embryonic stem cell research in its fight against ALS. Catholics believe that human life begins at conception, so destroying human embryos to harvest stem cells runs counter to the Church’s unwavering support and protection for human life at all its stages. 

If your parish or school decides to participate in this effort, I would encourage you to donate funds to a morally acceptable ALS research institute, such as the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City, IA. More information about the Ice Bucket Challenge and the Church can be found in this article. If you have any questions or are contacted by the media about this issue, please feel free to call Carl Apple at the Diocese of Grand Rapids anytime at 616-826-9808.


(9/4) Blood Donors Needed!!!

The St. Patrick Catholic School chapter of the National Honor Society is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on September 23rd from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the St. Patrick Parish Hall.  To schedule an appointment to donate, please see an NHS member or visit www.redcrossblood.org.  Walk-In donors are accepted as time allows.


Please note that we have 3 home dates:
1) 9/13 Green and White Home 9:00AM
2) 9/27 Green Home 10:00AM
3) 10/04 White Home 10:00AM

We have also applied to host a tournament.  That information will follow at a later date.

For complete and current schedule information, please refer to www.lansingcyac.org. This site also includes all the site directions.