St. Patrick Catholic School

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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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529 Plans May Now Be Used for Private School Tuition

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Most people are aware that on January 1, 2018, a new federal tax plan went into effect. One of the provisions of this new tax plan is expanding the use of 529 Plans. Originally, a 529 plan was set up as a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future college costs. They are sponsored by states, state agencies, or educational institutions and are authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, hence the name. Under the new tax laws, 529 Plans may now be used as a ...

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St. Patrick Seniors Recognized for Hard Work on and Off the Playing Field

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday, April 22, the Central Michigan Athletic Conference (CMAC) held its annual Scholar Athlete Banquet at the Eagle Eye Country Club. The banquet, which is held each April, honors seniors from the nine CMAC schools who have maintained a grade point average above 3.40 and who have also lettered in two or more varsity sports (at least one in their senior year) in their high school careers.


The Scholar Athlete Banquet is a wonderful celebration, which invites the honored ...

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NCEA Convention Illuminates Catholic Education

Posted on April 20, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Each year during the week following Easter the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) holds its annual convention. The convention and expo is the largest private-education association gathering in the nation. Those participating represent all aspects of Catholic and faith-based education from preschool through the university level. It is attended by principals, pastors, religious sisters and brothers, school board members, and many others involved in Catholic education. The conventi...

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Join Us for Kindergarten Screening

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

It is time to begin preparing for next school year already, and that means it is time for kindergarten screening. For many parents, especially those with a child entering school for the first time, this is a time of great excitement, and potentially great anxiety. We hope you were able to attend our open house that provided a lot of great information; if not, that is okay too. Our experienced staff is prepared to help you through this process. Kindergarten screening for St. Patrick School wil...

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Winter Sports Athletes Honored at Banquet

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On Tuesday, March 20, St. Patrick student athletes, their parents, and the winter sports coaching staff gathered at the Knights Hall for the annual awards banquet. The purpose was to celebrate a successful winter sports season. This event is graciously hosted by our Athletic Association every year.


I personally believe a school’s sports programs and the students involved in those programs should represent the goals and values being taught in the school’s curricu...

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Shamrock Auction Aiming for Success

Posted on March 30, 2018 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The Shamrock Auction started 16 years ago and continues to be one of St. Patrick School's largest fundraisers. All proceeds are split between the Athletic Association and the school general fund. Since its inception, the auction has raised over $900,000!


This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 at the Knights of Columbus Hall and doors open at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Shamrock Olympics.” The entry fee of $20 includes a buffet meal and...

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End of Year Will Be Busy

Posted on March 22, 2018 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It's hard to believe that on Friday, March 23, we have reached the conclusion of the third marking period of the 2017-18 school year. At the end of the school day on Thursday, March 29, our students will begin their week-long Easter break. When we return on Monday, April 9, it will begin a very busy time for St. Patrick School students and their families. There is a plethora of activities scheduled between now and the rest of the school year and we want to take time to share some of them with...

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Lifting our voices in song

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Each March, the Diocese of Grand Rapids hosts an annual event called Songfest. All the fourth-grade students in the diocese are invited to West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids for a fun and exciting day.


This year, more than 300 students from 19 schools across the diocese participated in the 22nd annual Songfest. The day starts with the students gathering at West Catholic for rehearsal. Deacon Dennis Rybicki, director of liturgical music for the diocese, directs the pro...

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Making a difference for children

Posted on February 23, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This column was submitted by Annalise Laumeyer, vice chair of the St. Patrick School Board.

Most of us search for ways to give back to the communities we live, work and play in, those we have a connection to. For the school board members of St. Patrick, our reason isn’t any different from another volunteer activity we could spend our time participating in. Just like those who feed the hungry, sort clothes for the needy, or volunteer at a local organization, we feel a connec...

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St. Patrick Catholic School Prepares for Lent

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Lent, from the Middle English word Lentum, meaning springtime, is a period of 40 days of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving before Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday when the Sacred Triduum begins.

Lent offers us all a special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. It is an opportunity to reflect on our lives, pray more deeply, repent of the wrongs we have committed or in ...

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Join us to explore our early education programs

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The education of a child during their developmental years is crucial to their lifelong success. Therefore, it is never too early to begin thinking about your child’s education. St. Patrick School has programs for students beginning at three years of age.


The focus of preschool education is socialization skills. Students learn how to follow rules, play with and be respectful of others including how to share or take turns, converse, problem solve, explore, experiment, an...

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The Pro-Life Generation

Posted on January 29, 2018 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This week’s column is being submitted by junior Summer Russman who attended the March for life in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 19 with 30 other St. Patrick High School students.


The March for Life has always inspired me. Every year, I have always wanted to be a part of it, but have had other obligations. This year, when I heard that all sports and school activities were cleared, I jumped at the opportunity to go. I expected the March to be a great experien...

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Saying Goodbye to Father Larry

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In 2004, our current pastor, Fr. Larry King was assigned to St. Patrick Parish. Since that time, he has served as the canonical administrator for St. Patrick Catholic School. This essentially means that one of his main roles as pastor is to support and encourage the programs and activities of the school, as an integral piece of the parish’s ministry. On Wednesday, Jan. 31 we say goodbye to our beloved pastor as he enters retirement. But even in retirement he’ll be busy as he fills...

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Celebrating the Successes of 2017

Posted on December 23, 2017 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The end of the year always finds the circulation of many lists counting down the major events that happened. And before we ring in 2018, I would like to create my own list and look back at the top events for St. Patrick School during 2017.


It would be impossible to rank them in order of importance so I have placed them in chronological order instead:


1. In March, we brought back our school play for the first time in recent history. Our students performed &#...

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Students Celebrate Advent

Posted on December 23, 2017 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Advent is a time to prepare for Christmas; which means the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks is always busy and packed with activities. Each year, much preparation and planning takes place to ensure that our students are well prepared for the coming of Christ on Christmas. To prepare our students to be good disciples here are some of the activities that have taken place throughout Advent at the school:


 Each Monday, our high school campus ministry team h...

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