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.


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

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(3/30)  Photos on Facebook
  • Teen Court
  • 3rd grade Way of the Cross

(3/30) All Ionia County Basketball Teams
Congratulations to the following basketball players, who were named to the All-Ionia County Basketball Teams:
  • Joe Mackowiak (Boys 1st Team)
  • Nick Coyne (Boys Honorable Mention)
  • Riley Smith (Girls 2nd Team)
  • Also, congrats to Joe for being selected as a Class D All-State Honorable Mention. Keep up the hard work!

  • Kindergarten Screening is scheduled for April 17
  • Parents, please be sure to go to the Diocesan Survey and answer the questions.  We will not be doing our own spring survey this year.
  • The students and staff will participate in the Rice Bowl Project on April 1.  Please see the newsletter for complete information.
  • Congratulations to Mr. Aaron Thelen, who will be moving to the Preschool Program next year.
  • We're hiring:  An administrative assistant to replace Mr. Thelen in the school office.  A part-time band teacher for middle and high school.  See the newsletter for complete information.

(3/30)  Information from the Athletic Association
  • 5/6 grade girls basketball uniforms should be turned in to Mr. Russman this week.
  • April 12 we will hold a work day at the baseball/softball fields.  Please put the date on your calendar and come and help us get ready for the spring!  St. Pat's is hosting the Baseball Districts this year, so we want our grounds to be spruced up, cleaned up and looking good!

(3/30)  Bishop Walkowiak announces scholarship for new families
Bishop Walkowiak has announced Welcome Scholarships, which are now available to families in the diocese who do not currently have children enrolled in a Catholic school.  These scholarships range from $250 for preschoolers, to $750 for K-8 students, and $1000 for high school students. Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends!

Welcome Scholarships are limited in quantity and will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional scholarships are also available through our school and parish.

(3/27)  Congratulations to Alumnus
Former Fowler head coach Neal Hoffman will be inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in Ann Arbor on Saturday.  Neal is a 1968 graduate of St. Patrick School.

(3/26)  It's a good time to join the Athletic Association!
This is an invitation to all Shamrock parents to seriously consider getting involved with the Athletic Association.  Spring is a good time of year to join, because the pace is a little slower, so it gives you a chance to see what we do before the hustle-bustle of fall.  

All parents are invited to join, but especially parents of middle school students.  6th, 7th, 8th grade parents---please come to the meeting on Sunday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  You'll be glad you did!  (PS  Members who attend 8 meetings per year and help with our activities are given a free family sports pass.)  AGENDA      DETROIT TIGER TRIP

(3/23)  School newsletter is online (sorry for the delay!)
  • SPRING SURVEY  We are looking for your feedback on how this school year has gone so far. A survey has been created by the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Please take the time to complete this survey before Spring Break.  This will be the only survey we will be completing for this school year.
  • SHAMROCK AUCTION  The 2015 Shamrock Auction is fast approaching. We have many fun events planned for the night. Dust off those poodle skirts, shine those saddle shoes, pull out the Varsity jackets with pins, and grease that hair back! Do you need ideas for auction donations? We can do the shopping for you. We have several items that we need help with monetary donations for; should you be willing to donate to these, please contact Victoria Klein at 517-526-2113 or any of the Auction Committee members. 
  • NO SCHOOL HOLY THURSDAY  St. Patrick School will be hosting a staff development day on Thursday, April 2 (Holy Thursday). School will not be in session on this day so, Spring Break will begin at the end of the school day on Wednesday, April 1. 
  • EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES  One of our goals is to provide more non-athletic extracurricular activities for our students. This year for example, Mr.Holman started middle school yearbook and Mrs. Winkler started Science Olympiad. We would like to bring back programs like our Rockbots program, and Chess Club but we need advisors for these activities. We would ask you to prayerfully consider serving as an advisor for these programs or if you have another program you would like to lead, please let Mr. Hodge know as soon as possible.

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