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

First Marking Period Comes to Successful Conclusion!


On Friday, October 24, the first marking period came to a successful conclusion.  Our agenda during these weeks was vigorous and our accomplishments were many!


• On the evening of the first day of school (August 26), senior Shelby Miller was the opening performer for Chase Rice and Craig Morgan at Fifth-Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.

• Christian musician, Michael James Mette, from St. Louis, MO. visited and performed for our students in grades 3 – 12.

• We were blessed to have Bishop David Walkowiak preside at our first school Mass on September 2.    .  >>>>>


Complete standardized test scores

Announcements

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

(10/31)  Christmas Program
The Christmas programs will have two performances on December 4th. The fist being held at 2pm and the second at 6pm. Both performances will be held in the church.   

(10/31)  Wreath Sale
ALL ORDERS AND MONEY ARE DUE NEXT WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5th. Late orders will not  be accepted, so please make sure the order forms and money are given to Mr. Holman or Mrs. VanHuren by the end of the school day on Wednesday. 
Wine Tasting to benefit the PTO, November 20, 2014 at 6:30 at the Wagon Wheel

(10/31)  From the Athletic Association
The November meeting will be held this Sunday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Minutes from October meeting.


(10/31)  Happy Birthday, Mrs. Townsend!

(10/31)  Birthday Box project exceeds goal
We ended up with a total of 105 birthday boxes this year, exceeding our goal of 100!  Thank you all for your generosity and effort in brightening the lives of the least among us in our community. 

(10/31)  Big Buck Contest
All High School and Jr. High students may enter to win the “BIG BUCK” contest.  Bring in a picture of you with your deer and a story to Mrs. Sandborn.  The size of the deer does not matter.  All sizes will be in the prize drawing.  The deer must be killed between September 20st and November 30th, 2014.
 
(10/30)  Report cards are available on the portal

Report cards are ready. All you need to do is login to the portal, select "reports" and then select "report card" and the appropriate grade level for your children.  If you are a parent or student and have forgotten/lost  your login information, please contact the St. Patrick School.  If you experience any problems please contact the school office.

(10/30)  Pay It Forward Day has been cancelled

  • Grades 6-8: PIFD raking is cancelled for Friday, October 31, due to the weather forecast. The following activities are still on for tomorrow for MS/HS students: *filling cake boxes during 1st hour *movies 2nd/3rd hour * volleyball 4th hour * hot does will still be served at lunch * free jean day all students * grades 9-12 please wear Catholic Order of Forester tshirts. Raking will be rescheduled for Monday afternoon and will be a free jean day for all secondary students. High school students are encouraged to wear their COF tshirts Monday as well as Friday.
  • Grades DK-5: PIFD raking is cancelled for Friday, October 31, due to the weather forecast. Hot dogs will still be served for lunch. It will be a regular jean/spirit wear day. Halloween parties will still take place in the afternoon as scheduled.

(10/29)  Fall Sports Banquet
The Sports Banquet will be held on Tues, November 18, at 6:30pm at the K or C Hall, Maynard Rd, Portland, MI. Athletes are expected bring their favorite dish to pass; Also bring your own place setting.  ​Mark Simon and crew will be cooking the main course.

(10/28) School Board Meeting
The School Board will meet on Tuesday, November 4 in the Parish Hall, following the 6:00 Mass.  AGENDA

(10/27) Quiz Bowl Schedule
10/29  4pm @PW
11/5    4pm @Bath
11/12  4pm @Fulton
11/19  4pm @Potterville
 12/6   9am @Fowler (League Meet/Playoffs)

(10/27)  Football Playoffs
We will be playing on Saturday, November 1 at Lawrence High School at 7:00PM.​

(10/27)  Give Thanks!  Give Blood!
The St. Patrick School chapter of the National Honor Society is hosting a Red Cross blood drive on November 18th  from 10:00AM to 4:15PM 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 and space allow.

(10/27) Veterans' Day Observation

The students and faculty of St. Patrick Catholic School cordially invite you to join us in honoring our military veterans in a patriotic observance on November 11th.  The ceremony will begin at 10:00AM in the St. Patrick School gymnasium, with a coffee and cookies reception for our honored veterans immediately following in the Parish Hall.


(10/27)  Financial Aid Information
St. Patrick School, in conjunction with the Diocese of Grand Rapids, will begin a new enrollment process for the 2015-16 school year.  The first important change you need to be aware of is the process for applying for financial aid.  In the past, those applying for financial aid were required to have their Private School Aid Service (PSAS) application turned in by March 1 to qualify for Diocesan Scholarships.  This year, the deadline has been moved to November 15, 2014.

The main reason for this change is that we would like our school families to know how much financial aid they qualify for well before enrollment comes around.  With the fall PSAS application deadline, parents will know how much financial aid they will be receiving by the first part of January.  This will allow our school families more time to budget for next year’s tuition and will allow the school to complete its budget earlier in the school year.  Complete information can be found in the letter explaining the student aid process.

  • Student Aid Online Application  You must DOWNLOAD this PDF and save it to your computer before filling it out. To properly complete the form and ensure the information is recorded correctly, you must open it within Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. (get.adobe.com/reader)  DO NOT “view” the PDF and attempt to complete it in your browser. This will result in an unusable PDF and/or improperly recorded information.
  • Simplified instructions
  • Online info guide
  • Student Aid Application---to print out and fill in by hand

(10/27)  Practice Dates for Winter Sports
Winter sports practices will begin on the following dates:
  • 5/6 grade boys basketball--the week of October 27.
  • 7/8 grade boys basketball--the week of October 27.
  • Girls basketball--November 9.
  • Boys basketball--Novemer 16.
  • Bowling (boys and girls)--November 16