St. Patrick Catholic School

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

Reflections by Randy Hodge

Students Celebrate Advent

Posted on December 23, 2017 at 5:05 PM

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 hosted an Advent wreath lighting ceremony in the church for our staff and students.

 On December 5, German Club students travelled to Frankenmuth, Michigan to learn about the German culture and some of their Christmas traditions.

 On December 7, Big Rocks assisted their Little Rocks in filling 130 shoeboxes full of items for those in need as we participated in the community-wide Christmas Giving Shoebox Program.

 On December 8, our students attended Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation for Catholics.

 Our annual preschool through 5th grade Christmas music program was held on December 11 in the school gym. Our music teacher, Mr. David Skeels did a masterful job of preparing the students and the students were outstanding in their performances.

 Our school participated in the Portland Community Fund’s annual winter coat, hat, and food drive collecting a plethora of items that will all be donated locally.

 St. Patrick School was a drop-off site for the Toys for Tots program. Members of the National Honor Society collected over 170 toys that were delivered to the Ionia Free Fair grounds for distribution. Unfortunately, due to a snow day, our students were unable to help with the sorting and distribution of the toys which we have done since Toys for Toys was originally started. NHS also had the honor of travelling to WZZM in Grand Rapids where they were able to celebrate the Toys for Tots collection with high schools all over West Michigan.

 High school students took first semester exams throughout the week of December 18. This is our fourth year of holding exams before Christmas break.

 Mrs. Fleischer's second grade students did three brilliant performances of the Nativity play titled “The Christmas Story.”

 All of our elementary classrooms hosted Christmas activities on December 21 before they embarked on Christmas break.

I appreciate the efforts of our students and staff throughout the Advent Season and appreciate all the support of our parents and grandparents. We had a great time with all the special activities before Christmas break and look forward to a very fun, exciting, and successful New Year.


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