The Blarney Stone

August 3, 2023

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Saint Patrick Catholic School, a ministry of Saint Patrick Parish, guides students in the pursuit of academic growth while inspiring joyful lives filled with love, service, and respect as disciples of Christ.



We will pull weeds, trim hedges, prune plants, and pressure wash the playground. Remember to bring gloves, water bottles, and sunscreen. Gas-powered tools are appreciated too!

August 5 & 6

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saint Patrick Catholic School


Facility Manager Felipe Uc and Saint Patrick Parent Association [SPPA] volunteer Jeff Large will lead the project.



Pastor's Letter

Are you reading our weekly parish newsletter, The Cornerstone? To read Fr. David Mulholland's pastoral letter, view Mass schedules, and learn about faith formation opportunities, sacramental prep, outreach, advocacy programs, news from the Seattle Archdiocese, and more, subscribe to receive The Cornerstone in your inbox when published on Fridays!



Summer Office Hours

Summer office hours are subject to change. You can call 253-272-2297 or email us at [email protected]g to confirm before you visit.

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

August 8, 9, 15, 16

Regular hours resume on August 21

Monday - Friday

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Lunch Orders for September

The lunch program, catered by Love My Lunch, offers three daily choices, including snack and drink add-ons: no canned fruits or vegetables or high fructose products.

Each regular-size meal is $5.75 plus tax and includes fruit, vegetable, and a side item. Larger meals are more. Additional snacks and drinks, priced individually, are also available.

Orders are due two days before lunch service, and Love My Lunch sends weekly email reminders to all families with registered accounts.

For food and menu questions, call 206-354-0980 or email [email protected]


Kindergarten Picnic

Let's kick off the start of the new school year together! Kindergarten students and their families are invited for fun in the park with Kindergarten teachers Mrs. Richards and Mrs. Wheeler.

August 16

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Garfield Park

400 North Borough Road

Tacoma, WA 98403

Bring a blanket to sit on and dinner for your family. Please share your fun family photos with us!

Shammy Diaries

Whether you are staycationing or traveling, please email us a summer photo for the Shamrock Diaries. We would especially love to hear from new families and staff! You can submit more than one entry!

Bonus if you are sporting your Shamrock spirit wear. We'll share Shammy's Diary entries on social. Check out Shammy's summer photo diary.


Safe Environment Training

All adults must complete the Virtus Training to volunteer at Saint Patrick Catholic School.

Adult volunteer requirements include:

  • Background check completed on or before the first day of service and every three years while in active service.
  • Abuse prevention initial training is completed within 30 days of starting service, and refresher training is every three years while in active service.
  • Policies are read and signed on or before the first day of service. 

If you have finished the initial training, please log into your account to ensure you are up to date with the background check and all modules!

You can visit the Seattle Archdiocese Virtus Tool Kit for a step-by-step how-to.


School Hour Changes

School Hours are changing to the following for the 2023-2024 school year:

Monday - Friday

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

  • No Early Dismissal on Wednesdays.
  • The first Friday of the month is a Noon Dismissal for staff meetings (unless otherwise noted).

Summer Climb

We are ready to climb! Teachers at every grade level have prepared Summer Climb assignments for students to complete over the summer.

The 'E' in RISE, our schoolwide learning expectations, stands for Excellent. Please check out Summer Climb and prepare to turn in the assignments on the first day of school! Teachers will use this work in their first lessons of the school year and enter the assignments' completion into the grade book.

Grades 3 and up— pay close attention to your summer reading assignments.


School Uniforms by Tommy Hilfiger

Save the date for back to school shopping promotion! Did you know that shopping at Global Schoolwear for School Uniforms by Tommy Hilfiger earns rewards for Saint Patrick Catholic School?

through August 6

10% off your order

Plus, if you shop with gift cards from RaiseRight, formerly Scrip, you'll earn the school an extra 5%. All by doing what you already would do to prepare for school!

Join the Global Schoolwear email list to ensure you receive email notifications with all the details of exclusive promotions, most importantly, the promotion code. Learn more about how to order.

Click the SHOP button below to browse before the sale and bookmark the site for shopping later.


Uniform Resale

Shop the annual summer Uniform Resale event and save money!

August 27

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saint Patrick Catholic School

Skip Butler Gym


Donations of gently used uniform apparel are welcome! Please drop off donations in the school office or bring them to the Uniform Resale event.

How to Purchase

Purchases can be billed to SchoolAdmin, or paid by cash or check.


The Uniform Resale is a perfect opportunity to volunteer and get a jump start on fulfilling required commitment hours for 2023-2024.


New Family BBQ & Orientation

Join us for an evening to get to know each other. We'll start with a short orientation program and end with a BBQ!

August 29

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saint Patrick Catholic School


All new students are invited to attend with their families. You'll meet other new families, current Shamrock families, the principal, vice principal, teachers, and staff.


RaiseRight scrip

Gear up for another great school year! The Back to School Shopping Guide is a great place to start the adventure. 


Make the most of the guide: 

  • Use the shopping list for a glance at some of our most popular back-to-school brands and their available earnings 
  • Learn about upcoming bonus-earning opportunities 
  • Get tips on how to maximize your earnings with gift cards
  • Read inspirational stories from participants just like you


2023-2024 year-at-a-glance

Subscribe to our Google calendar. To subscribe, click on the + in the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar on our website.


8, 9, 15, 16 | Office Hours | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

5-6 | Hedgefest

16 | Kindergarten Picnic

21 | Regular Office Hours 8:30 am - 4:00 pm resume Monday - Friday

27 | Parish Picnic

27 | Uniform Resale

29 | New Family BBQ

30 | First Day of School Meet & Greet | 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

31 | First Full Day of School


4 | No School — Labor Day

14 | Back to School Night for PreK - Grade 5

19 | Back to School Night for Middle School

Middle School Electives

Preference selections for Middle School electives will be completed via a Google Form in mid-August.

Class Placements

Information about your child's class placement will be made available in mid-August.


These Shamrocks met their great aunt— Sister Beatrice of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood order headquartered in Hong Kong. She was visiting from Taiwan.

Do you have a photo, video, or story to share? Please email it to [email protected].



Family Handbook

Emergency Management Manual




Volunteer Commitment Hours Log

Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form

Capital Campaign


Dress Code

Global Schoolwear


1112 North G Street | Tacoma, WA 98403

[email protected] | 253-272-2297



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