The Blarney Stone

September 20, 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.


Summer Reading Reflection

Dear Families,

I am excited to be a guest writer today while Mrs. Bolaños is on a spiritual retreat with the principals of our Archdiocese of Seattle and the Office for Catholic Schools. Mrs. Bolaños is experiencing the programming for our upcoming faculty and staff retreat in October. A train-the-trainer, or rather, retreat-the-retreat leader, of sorts. I look forward to the spiritual retreat day that she will bring back to our faculty and staff. 

Thinking of retreating and bringing back learning, this summer, our teachers were tasked with reading two books. The first book on discipline was assigned, while the second book selection incorporated a bit of choice, intentionally modeling an element of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The books offered were on UDL practices pertaining to their grade level or special area, such as music, art, PE. Our faculty will continue to learn and explore UDL all this year (and beyond), and we are really excited about what is being implemented in classrooms each day. 

However, I want to concentrate a bit on the first book. Last year was my first year in the role of vice principal at Saint Patrick. And being the vice principal, I had my fair share of handling discipline issues. A frequent thought I had was, ‘Is this office worthy, or could this have been handled within the classroom?’ Of course, there are issues that are office referral-worthy, however, there were definitely some that were not. To begin working towards thoughtfully limiting missed classroom instruction or work time, teachers read the book Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice by Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein. (This book ties in very nicely to the already established methods of Responsive Classroom used at SPCS.) During the August inservice, time was dedicated to individual self-reflection, as well as with a partner and within a small group. Teachers were able to think about how they can grow in incorporating restorative practices in their classrooms - practices that benefit all students in the classroom when conflict or misbehavior arises. The walls of our classrooms house families within. We want all family members to work together through issues just as we do within our own families at home. Each and every member of the family is important, loved, and respected. We give space to seek forgiveness, be forgiven, forgive, and repair and rebuild relationships -  all while becoming the best person they can be. Our faculty, staff, and administration continue to work to do all things in love. 

Thanks for being here,

Kate Chambers

Vice Principal

Saint Patrick, pray for us!

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Dear Friends,

We enjoyed connecting with you at the Back to School Nights and seeing many familiar faces at Mass at Saint Patrick Catholic Church. We look forward to seeing others at St. Leo Catholic Church this next weekend.

Our goal is $250,000 and 100% participation by October 31. We are at 10% participation and $50,322 raised to date

If you would like to learn more, you can watch our Annual Fund 24 appeal video.

With love,

Leigh Ann and Matt Zehnder

Chairs, Annual Fund 2024 



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, including Partners in the Gospel and more, subscribe to receive The Cornerstone in your inbox when published on Fridays!



New Turf Installation

The sports court and covered play area are unavailable through September 22 while Coast to Coast Turf installs new turf on the sports court.

Students are dropped off and picked up as usual. 

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Did you win?

Kindergarten Shamrocks in Mrs. Richard's class helped Wynter Dait, Assistant Development Director, draw the winners from our Back To School Night raffle.

The winning ticket numbers are

🎟️ 253260

🎟️ 253408

🎟️ 253420

🎟️ 253261

Prizes must be claimed by October 1; the winners can choose from Amazon or Starbucks gift cards. View more adorable photos of the drawing.

Hydroseeding Complete

The parking strip on North Yakima Avenue was hydro-seeded. The area will continue to be roped off for a few weeks, so there is no foot traffic to allow the root system to be established.

Light use will need to continue for several months after that so we can enjoy green grass in the spring. Please use the crosswalks to avoid stepping on the green strip.

Thank you for helping keep the school campus looking beautiful.

Volleyball Match

Cheer on the Shamrocks! Middle school girls are excited about their first volleyball match of the season against St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School!

September 21

Varsity at 4:30 pm | JV at 5:30 pm

Saint Patrick Catholic School

Skip Butler Gymnasium

Let's fill the stands and support our athletes. They have been practicing hard since the start of the school year.


Enjoy Recess with Students

Are you looking for a fun way to earn commitment hours? Volunteers are needed to help supervise recess. Surround yourself with happy little people while helping to keep them safe.

Volunteers must have completed Virtus Safe Environment. Go to the EVENTS tab in Track it Forward to sign up.


Back-to-School Glow Dance Party

Shine bright and get your glow on at the SPPA-sponsored all-school, all-family dance party.

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers are needed for the Back-To-School Glow Dance Party! Service counts towards fulfilling the required commitment hours for the 2023-2024 school year. 

September 30 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Saint Patrick Catholic School

Skip Butler Gymnasium



About the Party

Wear your best glowing neon and dance the night away with friends as a professional DJ spins the hits. Glow sticks and accessories are encouraged!

Light refreshments are provided courtesy of

the Baking Committee. An adult must accompany students. This event is FREE!


Track It Forward

Saint Patrick Catholic School has adopted a volunteer hour management program. With Track It Forward, you can log in, sign up to volunteer, select the event you volunteered at, enter your volunteer hours, or view your dashboard and see how many required hours you have volunteered.


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!


To view and register for upcoming classes facilitated by Christy Johnson, Development Director, select Seattle, WA (Archdiocese).

September 27 | 6:00 pm

October 5 | 9:00 am

October 17 | 9:00 am

Saint Patrick Catholic Church

Parish Center

Visit the Seattle Archdiocese Virtus Tool Kit for step-by-step how-to directions.



Partners in the Gospel

As part of Partners in the Gospel, the Archdiocese of Seattle is releasing the proposed list of parish families on September 23.

We invite you to join us for an input session to discern our proposed parish family and discuss and provide feedback.

September 26 | 6:30 pm

October 1 | 12:00 pm

Saint Patrick Catholic Church

Church Hall


September 27 | 6:00 pm

October 1 | 11:00 am

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Parish Hall


Read Fr. David Mulholland's 2nd Pastor Letter in last week's edition of The Cornerstone and watch Archbishop Etienne's message about the Partners in the Gospel Input Phase to learn more.

Parents Night Out

Summer is over; let's say cheers to the start of a new school year, meet new families, and catch up with friends.

October 2 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tacoma Wine Merchants

Old Town location


The casual event for adults includes one complimentary glass of something delicious courtesy of SPPA. Additional drinks and light appetizers are available for purchase.

The Richards—parents of a Saint Patrick Catholic School student and owners of TWM, are graciously opening for this private event. 

All-School Mass

Mass is an integral part of faith formation for Kindergarten-Grade 8 students.

Thursdays | 9:00 am

Saint Patrick Catholic Church

Students must wear full uniforms, including sweaters, sweatshirts, blazers, or vests. 

Mass for Ash Wednesday and other Holy Days will be celebrated on Holy Day.

Women & The Word

Ladies of any age are welcome to meet after Mass and reflect on God's Word. The start time for the popular Women & The Word group has changed to allow you to participate immediately after Mass with students!


Thursdays | 10:15 am

starting this week, September 21, immediately after the 9:00 am Mass

Saint Patrick Catholic Church

Parish Center

All are welcome. Need not be a parishioner or Catholic! Bring your friends.

The Choir for grades 4-8

Sing with us! The 2023-2024 Saint Patrick Catholic School Choir has begun! All interested 4th-8th grade Shamrock students are invited to come and check it out. 

Registration closes on September 29

7:30 am | Tuesday - Friday

Saint Patrick Catholic School

Music Room

No fees, no supplies needed. Just join us and bring a friend!

After registration ends on September 29, the next opportunity to join The Choir will be in January 2024. 

Homework Support Hour for grades 5-8

Need help with homework? Sign up for support. Space is limited to 20 students. Sign-ups are required in advance, one week at a time.


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saint Patrick Catholic School

Mr. Ainslie's Classroom

Students go directly to Mr. Ainslie's room after school. Mrs. Paez will help students and ensure they are on task.

Students can be picked up from the main office at 4:00 pm. Please do not send siblings with your student. Feel free to email Mrs. Paez with questions.


Spirit Wear Flash Sale

Show your Shamrock spirit! Order your spirit wear favorites by September 24 for delivery around October 10. Cross Country and Volleyball athletics spirit wear flash sale has been extended and is available for order.


Spirit Wear Friday

Every Friday is Spirit Wear Friday. We love seeing students wearing their Spirit Wear favorites, from t-shirts to sweatshirts!

No free dress on the bottoms. Students can wear Spirit Wear tops with their uniform bottoms or their uniform.

Lunch Orders

The lunch program, catered by Love My Lunch, offers three daily choices, including snack and drink add-ons.

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





Love My Lunch sends weekly email reminders to all families with registered accounts.

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


Why do Shamrock athletes love Cross Country Running? Watch our Reel to learn, and check out our season in photos.

Thanks to volunteer photographers, Naomi Douglas and Erin Bakke, new photos are added each week to the Cross Country album on Facebook.

Cross Country for PreK-Grade 8

Cross Country running is open to all Saint Patrick Catholic School students in PreK - 8th Grade. September 20 is the last day for late registration!


Practice is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm, at Vassault Park.

Sports Physicals

All middle school athletes must have an updated physical on file at Saint Patrick Catholic School to participate in Cross Country Running.


$30/athlete plus $25 for running singlet for athletes who don't have one.


—PreK-5th Grade—

  • September 24
  • October 1
  • October 15
  • October 22

Middle School

Four weekday meets in September and October; dates will be announced.


Head Coach Ryan Smith is seeking two volunteer coaches! Volunteer opportunities are also available to serve in other capacities.

Please email [email protected] to learn more. Volunteering counts toward fulfilling the required commitment hours for the 2023-2024 school year!


Sports Physicals for Middle Schoolers

All 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade athletes must have an updated physical on file at Saint Patrick Catholic School to participate in Middle School Athletics, including Volleyball and Cross Country.

Forms should be turned in before the first practice. Physicals are good for 24 months, so get yours early.

Completed physical forms can be submitted via email to Marla Petronzio at [email protected] or can be dropped off in person in the School Office. 

If you want to learn more, please email the Athletic Director at [email protected].


RaiseRight scrip

New scrip coordinators Carolyn Weber and Christa Perez have resumed collecting payments and receiving shipments for orders you place through RaiseRight. The option to choose Pay Coordinator Directly or Ship to Coordinator during checkout has been reactivated after a summer hiatus. Wynter Dait will continue to oversee the program and handle special orders.

How it Works

Buy gift cards from your favorite brands to earn on your daily purchases using the mobile app or for year-round shopping and gift-giving needs.

  • Buy gift cards at face value.
  • Earn up to 20% for Saint Patrick Catholic School on every gift card you buy.
  • Use gift cards at their total value for your everyday purchases.

Ship to Home

200+ brands delivered right to your door—Ship to Home. It's convenient to keep earning with reloadable gas or grocery cards, birthday gifts, and more.

Enroll Friends

You can also help grow our RaiseRight fundraising program and boost earnings. We've enabled a new feature allowing you to send enrollment invites directly to friends and family members.

How does it work? To send invites, download the latest version of the RaiseRight mobile app and go to Account > Settings. Tap into "Invite Friends & Family" and share the invite link or send direct invites to your contacts via email or text message.

If you are not a school family but would like to support us, enroll now.



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.


thru 24 | Flash Sale for Spirit Wear

21 | All School Mass

22 | Spirit Wear Friday

24 | PreK-5th Grade Cross Country Meet

27 | Safe Environment Training (registration required)

28 | All School Mass

28 | Picture Day

29 | Spirit Wear Friday

29 | Registration for The Choir Closes

30 | Back-to-School Glow Dance Party


Monday - Friday | 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

The first Friday of the month is a Noon Dismissal for staff meetings (unless otherwise noted).


Saint Patrick Parent Association [SPPA]

2nd Tuesday of the month

5:30 pm - 6:25 pm


The SPPA (pronounced like the word spa) meets from September to May on Zoom.

All registered school families are members of SPPA and are encouraged to participate.

Attending meetings counts toward Commitment Hours.

Zoom Meeting Link



October 10 | November 14 | December 12


January 9 | February 13 | March 12 | April 9 | May 14 | June 11



Olivia Cabrales

3rd board term

6th & 8th grader

Vice President

Kelly Frazier

new board member & family

3rd & 6th grader

Recording Co-Secretaries

Dani Kessler

3rd board term

5th, 6th, & 8th grader

Joann Varnell

new board member

7th grader


Leila Carlson

new board member & family

2nd & 5th grader

Faculty Representatives

Wynter Dait, interim

Amy Sachwitz



Staff Favorites


School Commission

2nd Tuesday of the month

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The School Commission meets from September to May in the Library directly across from the Main Office at Saint Patrick Catholic School.

Attending meetings counts toward Commitment Hours



October 10 | November 14 | December 12


January 9 | February 13 | March 12 | April 9 | May 14 | June 11


May 2023



Jaime Singer

Vice President

John Nelson


Alyssa Dunivan


Fr. David Mulholland


Barbara Bolaños

Vice Principal

Kate Chambers

Faculty Representative

Hanna Graves


Brie Cooper

Allison Drago

Willie London

Bill Malaier

Stu Morgan

Andrew Noonan

Kasa Tupua Pierson



R.E.A.C.H. Auction

1st Tuesday of the month

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


The REACH Auction committee meets from October to April to plan the 49th annual R.E.A.C.H. Auction held on March 16, 2024, chaired by Andrew and Katy Madderson.

Attending meetings counts toward Commitment Hours.

Zoom Meeting Link



October 3 | November 7 | December 5


January 2 | February 6 | March 5 | April 2

If you want to join the R.E.A.C.H. Auction board, lead a committee, become a sponsor, donate an auction package email us at [email protected] to get started.


O'Dea Admissions Information 2023-2024

O'Dea invites all interested young men and their families to attend their upcoming admissions events! As the only all-boys Catholic High School in the Pacific Northwest, they welcome you to check out their campus, meet their students, faculty, and staff, and experience the O'Dea Brotherhood.

Visit their website to learn about upcoming events, including 8th Grade Visit Days, Open Houses, and more! Prospective families are encouraged to create a portal account to join the O'Dea Admissions mailing list to stay up-to-date on admissions-related dates.

Bellarmine Game Night

Join Bellarmine for an exciting night of pre-game performances, snacks, prizes, and information, and then cheer on Bellarmine Lions Football as they take on the Curtis Vikings!

September 29 

Bellarmine Lions Football vs. Curtis Vikings

Bellarmine Preparatory School

6:00 pm | Pre-game Activities in the Quad

7:00 pm | Kickoff at Memorial Field, Kickoff

Admission is free for prospective families; registration is appreciated.


Have you ever explored the wonders like the Ape Caves? Scout Troop 299 Girls did!

Joining Scouts isn't just about the outdoors; it's about building confidence, developing leadership skills, and forming lifelong friendships. Plus, it's a chance to embrace your inner explorer and conquer new challenges!

Embark on unforgettable adventures, gain valuable life skills, and explore awe-inspiring places like Ape Caves; consider joining Girls Troop 299. We can't wait to welcome you to Scouts!

Email Valerie Pettit, Troop Leader, to learn more.

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

Recess Volunteer Sign Up

Dress Code

Global Schoolwear

Homework Support

Spirit Wear Shop


We now know that COVID-19 is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Understanding how to live our lives while keeping ourselves, loved ones, and the community as safe as possible is essential. How can we do that? By using all the tools we've learned so far: getting vaccinated and boosted, getting tested and staying home if sick or exposed, wearing a mask in crowds, and keeping our distance.

Read the latest guidance on COVID-19. Help prevent the spread of the virus to others in your home, our school, and our community by using the calculator to help determine quarantine requirements.

—Faculty & Staff Theme—

Journey of Faith: Embracing Grace, Knowledge, and Community

The theme highlights the core values of Catholic education while also focusing on the idea of a continuous journey of faith. It emphasizes the importance of embracing God's grace, seeking knowledge in both spiritual and academic realms, and fostering a strong sense of community within the school.

—School Theme—

Led by the Spirit of the Lord

"Let us act with the kindness and love towards one another that Christ exemplifies.”

—ASB Vice President—


1112 North G Street | Tacoma, WA 98403

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