St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve!

Located in Portland, Michigan, St. Patrick Catholic School has been educating the minds, bodies, and spirits of its students for over 110 years.  Our school mission statement contains just six words, six powerful words that are a guide for life:  We Pray!  We Learn!  We Achieve!

St. Patrick School is open to all families who are looking for a faith-based education for their children.  For more information about our top-rated preschool through 12th grade academic, athletic, and extra-curricular programs, please visit the Prospective Families page, contact the school office at 517-647-7551 or e-mail Mr. Randy Hodge.


(11/16) Happy birthday Deacon Don on Saturday, and to Seth Hoppes, Benjamin Smith and Mr. Osbourne on Sunday.

(11/16) Good luck to the 5th and 6th grade boys basketball teams as they host St. Thomas on Saturday.

(11/16) Jostens will be here at 7:00 Monday morning in the Aquinas room for senior orders.

(11/15)  Thanksliving is only a few days away.  
The horses are ready to do a good job for the kids at Bonter Ranch.  The games and fun are prepared in our school gym.

Our student teams are set to make their visits to help the elderly or home-bound in our town, and our roving band of singers will appear in several spots to lift spirits and inspire "happy feet."

Please spread the word to those we can help.  We will add them to the list.  Contact Ralph Willemin at 616 308-3282 or for information or to let us know who we can assist.

(11/14) Happy birthday to Jane Tichvon.

(11/14) Good luck to the varsity QuizBowl team as they compete at CMU and Potterville today, to the 5th grade boys basketball team as they play in Pewamo today, to the junior high boys basketball team as they play in Fowler tomorrow, and to the 6th grade boys basketball team as they play at St. Gerard tomorrow.

(11/13) Happy birthday to Anna Morris, Mr. Aaron and Mr. Skeels.

(11/12)  Minutes from November Athletic Association meeting

(11/12)  Teaching our Students about Safety

(11/12)  Thank you, veterans!

Thanks to everyone who attended our Veterans Day observance. We humbled by the sacrifices our veterans have made to keep our country free. See photos/videos on our Facebook page.

(11/12)  Join PTO for Wine Tasting

Join the PTO at the Wagon Wheel on Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 pm for a Wine Tasting Party. $20 for 21 and over. It's guaranteed to be a lot of fun! Doors open at 6. Bring a friend or two!

(11/12)  Wagonwheel Fundraiser

On 11/26 and 11/27 the Wagon Wheel is partnering with the SPS Athletic Association to help us raise funds supporting SPS Athletics.  On both days if you present a digital or paper copy of the coupon attached to this email to your server, the Wagon Wheel will donate 20% of your bill back to the SPS Athletic Association.  This applies to dine in or carry out orders.  50/50 tickets will also be sold at the Wagon Wheel both evenings.  Please join us on Monday 11/26 and 11/27 to support this great cause. 

Also please pass along this message to others you know who would like to join us.  This would help us market the event.  You can make copies of this coupon if you wish.  Additional hard copies of the coupons are also available at the school office.

Lastly, we need a small group of volunteers to help with the event.  Click here to sign up.

Note:  On 11/27 our boys basketball team has a home game (varsity begins at 7:30).  All are encouraged to attend the game and come join us after the game at the Wheel to support our team and this event.

(11/12) The NHS is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive.

In the spirit of the holidays remember that if you are eligible, saving lives is as easy as pie. Make it a tradition. Help save lives. Donate blood. The blood drive is Tuesday, November 20th from 10:30 am to 4:45. If you want to know if you are eligible, please see an NHS officer to sign up!

(11/9)  School newsletter 

(11/9)  St. Patrick Online Store for Spirit Wear
This online store, sponsored by Johnny Macs, is open now and will remain open thru November 18.  Spirit wear makes great Christmas gifts, so be sure to get yours now!  Please note that some of the jackets and pullovers in the store have been approved to wear during school hours.  They are indicated in the store.  Orders will be delivered to the school in 3-4 weeks.

This online store will be open again in the spring.  Next year, during the 2019-20 school year, it will be open three times, to correspond with the three athletic seasons.

If you don't see what you are looking for, be sure to check our local spirit wear store, Hometown Sports.

(11/8)  Toys for Tots

The St. Patrick Catholic School chapter of the National Honor Society will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the USMC Reserve's Toys for Tots. Collection boxes will be available through December 14th by the school office entrance, parish hall, latchkey room, and Mr. Smith's room. All toys collected go to children in need in Ionia County.

Our NHS chapter will again be participating in a friendly competition (sponsored by WZZM 13) against other west Michigan schools to collect the most toys. You can watch the morning news broadcast on ABC 13 each day through December 14th to see an update on the competition. On the 14th, students and faculty from St. Pat's will be visiting the studio and appear on the broadcast during the 6:30 programming!

(11/6) ATTENTION ALL NHS MEMBERS: Please see the NHS Google Classroom for more information about our upcoming blood drive and to sign up for a work shift using the link to Sign Up Genius.

(11/2)  School Newsletter 

(11/2)  THANKSLIVING is coming soon!

St. Pat's students will participate in Thanksliving again this year, on Tuesday, November 20.  Many events are planned, including these:

(11/2)  Free Day-Before-Thanksgiving Dinner

Please spread the word---The students of St. Patrick High School will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for those in need of good food or good company on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 4:00-7:00pm in the cafeteria at St. Pat’s school.  If you know anyone who is short on funds or short on friends, please let them know that they are welcome! Please help to spread the word to anyone in the area who would like to join us. There is no cost for the meal. No RSVP required either.  Printable flier.

  • Delivery for any homebound within Portland School District will also be provided. They can call 5172271164 on that day to order.
  • The students will provide a take-home meal at 7:00pm that day with any food still remaining so people can bring an extra meal home to have the next day.
  • If you would like to help with this event, food donations are needed.  A list will be coming out closer to the event when they know what they still need.  They will also need help with serving the food, and welcoming the guests.  Or you can simply invite someone in need and offer to give them a ride.

(11/12)  Scholarship information

Families wishing to apply for scholarships for the 2019-20 school year will need to complete the Smart Aid application. Applications and complete instructions are available by following the links below:

Applications and supporting document deadlines:
  Round 1 of Bishop Scholarship: 12/1/18
  Round 2 of Bishop Scholarship: 2/2/19
  Application Fee: $30.00

The Bishop Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible families. The Smart Aid application must also be submitted for parish awards (no deadline).

Family information from 2018-19 school year was rolled over and is available in Smart Aid 2019-20. If you applied last year and use the same email and password, this part of the application does not have to be filled out again.

This information can also be found on the school website under Prospective Families, Tuition/Scholarship Info or For Parents, Tuition/Scholarship Info.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 517-647-7551 or the business office at 517-647-6505.

(10/18)    Annual Report  The Executive Committee of the School Board has released the annual report for St. Patrick Catholic School for last school year, 2017-18. The report highlights some of our achievements over the past year and provides important information on the finances of the school. You can read the report here.