St. Patrick Catholic School

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

Reflections by Randy Hodge

Mr. Hodge's Reflections also appear in the Portland R & O and the Ionia Sentinel Standard nearly every week.

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Advent is a time to Prepare

Posted on December 9, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

While the secular world has already started celebrating Christmas and counting the days down, decorating their houses, putting up Christmas trees and going to the malls do their Christmas shopping, the Christian World just celebrated its new year with the beginning of Advent.

The word Advent derives from Latin meaning coming or arrival. Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. The Catholic Church's liturgical season of Advent is ...

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Plenty of Reasons to be Thankful

Posted on November 26, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanksgiving break has come and gone offering all of us plenty of time to reflect and count our blessings. As we approach the end of the year, there are plenty of reasons for St. Patrick School to be thankful. Here are a few of the main ones:

• Recently, we found out we were the recipients of a Michigan State Police Safety and Security grant in the amount of $100,000. We appreciate that a parent took the time to apply for this grant which will allow us to provide upgra...

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Teaching our Students about Safety

Posted on November 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Every October, St. Patrick School marks Fire Prevention Month like many other schools in the area. So, over the past few weeks our students have had the opportunity to learn about fire safety as well as what happens in a situation where someone has gone into cardiac arrest. These lessons help prepare the students to do their best to stay safe whether an emergency arises at school or somewhere else.

Many of our teachers discussed fire safety during the first week of October d...

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Spend Time Thanking a Veteran and Listening to their Story

Posted on November 7, 2018 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Each year, on November 11, the citizens of the United States celebrate Veteran’s Day. On this date and at various times throughout the year, I often hear people thank a veteran for serving our country. While this is a nice gesture, I recommend you take time to go even further then just thanking a veteran.

Since my son has joined the military, I have been surprised at how many veterans have opened up to me to tell me about their time in the service. Now, when I know som...

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The Pro-Life Generation

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Throughout our recent history, many of our students have attended The March for Life in Washington D.C. Almost every student who has attended the March over the years has come back inspired by the event.

As our students continue to be inspired by those who have attended the March before them, the number of students wanting to attend this event continues to grow. Last year, 35 of our students and six chaperones attended. The goal now is to send our entire student body to the ...

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Strategies for raising well-behaved and successful children

Posted on October 21, 2018 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I’m not sure if it is because I have been an educator for a long time or if it is because I have raised two children, but I often get asked questions about parenting. We have all heard the old adage that children do not come with instructions of how they should be raised which is definitely true and there are no guaranteed strategies that will work with every child, but there are some strategies however, that will increase the odds of raising successful children.

My wi...

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St. Patrick Staff and Students Busy with Activities

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We are into the fall and the end of the 1st marking period is already in sight. While much has been accomplished thus far in the school year, there is no time to relax or rest on our laurels as there are many activities to look forward to before Thanksgiving break. Here are some of the activities that will take place between now and Thanksgiving break at St. Patrick School to make sure you put them into your calendar.

• October 14: St. Patrick School will host our annu...

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St. Patrick School Celebrates Annual Fall Festival

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The autumnal equinox recently arrived which is a sure sign that St. Pat’s Annual Fall Festival is just around the corner. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 14, once again sponsored by the St. Patrick Athletic Association, and staffed by our Shamrock athletes, their parents and the coaches. The festival is an important fundraiser which generates over 20% of the athletic budget.

The Fall Festival will provide food, fun, and festivities for the entir...

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Homecoming Tradition Continues at St. Patrick School

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Each fall, school spirit comes alive as students prepare to celebrate our annual spirit week and homecoming. This year would again prove to be a great event as we celebrated our 67th annual homecoming.

Spirit week officially kicks off the Friday before homecoming with many activities centered on the chosen theme. This year's theme was holidays and the first activity was the annual hall decorating contest. Each high school class selected a holiday and decorated their section ...

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Keeping Our Students Safe

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

St. Patrick Parish and School has been very forward looking in keeping all our children safe. For almost two decades, our parish has had programs and safeguards in place to ensure the safety of the children in our care. These programs are run by a safe environment coordinator.

Any staff member who is hired at St. Patrick School must do the following:

• They must attend a Protecting God’s Children (Virtus) session. If they are an educator, they a...

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Growing as Witnesses of Jesus

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As a Catholic school, the most important piece of our mission is “We Pray!” It speaks to our Catholic faith and the faith life of our students as well as our entire school community. There are many new courses and initiative in the works here at St. Patrick regarding our theology curriculum and campus ministry programs.

We have hired Mr. Dan Rockey as our high school theology teacher. We will continue to use the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB...

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St. Patrick School Ready to Kick Off the School Year

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A lot of hard work and preparation has been put in this summer by the school administrative, teaching, maintenance and custodial staffs. Now we are on the cusp of the first day of school and it is time to welcome back our school families at our back to school open house.

Our open house is scheduled from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Monday, August 20. We will not have a general gathering this year. Instead, our students along with their family members may stop by any time from 5:30...

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Big Rocks/Little Rocks Program Continues for 2018-19 School Year

Posted on August 9, 2018 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the traditions that students, parents and grandparents all appreciate about St. Patrick School is the Big Rocks/Little Rocks program. The program was established years ago with one focus in mind, Big Rocks, students in grades 6-12, would be partnered with a Little Rock, a student in grades DK-5, as a mentor. This program will continue at St. Patrick School this year.

One of the major components of the Big Rocks/Little Rocks program was that in the past, we had one sch...

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Questions? Ideas? Schedule a Meeting with the Principal

Posted on July 30, 2018 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

As preparations are being made for the 2018-19 school year, I would like to share with the community our administrative structure. I will be serving as the sole school administrator while our new pastor, Fr. Mike Alber will serve as the canonical administrator for our school. We will work in conjunction with our school board chaired by Annalise Laumeyer and Melissa Schrauben serving as the vice chair.

Throughout my past 10 years as school administrator at St. Patrick, I̵...

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What's New for 2018-19?

Posted on July 28, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

As we gear up for another successful school year, many individuals have asked me what’s new for the upcoming school year at St. Patrick School. So, what will be new when we kick off the new school year on August 21?

STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math initiatives continue to grow around the country and the world. We want our students to be ready and prepared to enter the next level after graduation whether it is entering the workforce, attending coll...

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