The Blarney Stone

September 27, 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.


More photos and videos are coming soon on Facebook and Instagram. For now, scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter to view a before and after photo!

Soccer Field of Dreams

Dear Friends,

Today was a big day for sports enthusiasts at Saint Patrick Catholic School, particularly those who love to play soccer. Our soccer field renovation was completed yesterday, and we held a (hastily organized) ribbon cutting this morning to celebrate this long awaited improvement. Father David blessed the field, and we had two honored guests from the Fulcrum Foundation in attendance, along with the intermediate students.

I welcomed and thanked everyone who could come for the 10:00 am ceremony, and reminded the students to enter the field carefully and politely once the ribbon was cut. The Blaesi/West family, who generously donated funds for the new goal areas, graciously cut the ribbon. 

Fast forward about three seconds. Naturally, it was like the running of the bulls in Pamplona once the eager children got their chance at the gate. They danced, chased, and figured out all kinds of ways to sample the new turf.

I wish I had all kinds of ways to express gratitude to the many people who made this exciting endeavor possible— including the Fulcrum Foundation for their grant, those who contributed to the Boosterthon, Felipe Uc for his extra efforts, and Christy Johnson for tenaciously moving forward with the project plans for the past several years.

One look at recess will show you the children’s gratitude for a safer, brighter field in action. This is likely the most meaningful way to express thanks. Their smiles make everything worthwhile.

Thanks for being here,

Barbara Bolaños


Saint Patrick, pray for us!

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Dear Friends,

We are at 23% participation and $63,035 raised to date. Our goal is $250,000 and 100% participation by October 31.

We look forward to seeing some of you at St. Leo Catholic Church this weekend for our witness talk to the parish community.

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

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Storage Area Cleanup

Volunteers are needed to clean the storage area on the East side of the building (near the Connex). The scope of work includes removing construction materials, putting up an awning/tent to protect our chairs, and clearing the recycling area.

October 2 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Click on the link below to sign up. Volunteering counts towards commitment hours for the 2023-2024 school year.


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!


Trunk or Treat

Join us for games, crafts, costume contests, and candy. Bring a non-perishable food donation to the St. Leo Food Connection to enter the costume contest. This month's greatest need is single serve oatmeal packets.

October 28 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saint Patrick Catholic School

Upper Parking Lot

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer to support the event and earn commitment hours. Cake donations are needed, too. Drop off store-bought or home-baked goods by the end of the school day on October 27.


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.


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.


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

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.

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!



Picture Day

September 28 is individual and class picture day. Students must wear full uniforms— it is an all-school Mass Day.

You can order your school pictures using the flyer in the envelope sent home with your student or wait approximately one week after picture day, and you will receive an email from [email protected] with a code and a link to view your student's photo online and order.

Picture retake day is October 26.

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. 

Partners in the Gospel

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

We invite you to join us for one of the remaining input sessions to discern our proposed parish family and discuss and provide feedback.

October 1 | 12:15 pm

Saint Patrick Catholic Church

Church Hall


October 1 | 11:15 am

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Parish Hall


Read Fr. David Mulholland's special edition of The Cornerstone, watch Archbishop Etienne's message about the Partners in the Gospel Input Phase, and go to the Partner in the Gospel page on the Seattle Archdiocese website to learn more.

Tuition Affordability

It's our goal that no child be denied the opportunity to attend Saint Patrick Catholic School because their family can't afford it. We are committed to doing all we can by offering fair and substantial tuition assistance packages.

Fulcrum and Saint Patrick Tuition Assistance Program use a common application called FACTS. Complete the form once to be considered for both the Fulcrum TAP and the SPTAP.

The tuition assistance application for current and prospective families and supporting documents for the 2024-2025 academic year open on October 1 and must be submitted by December 31, 2023

Learn more


St. Leo Food Connection 

In October, we're collecting oatmeal, ideally in single serving sizes to support the St. Leo Food Connection Backpack Program serving over 1,200 students weekly at schools in Tacoma, Lakewood, and Puyallup.

Backpacks contain at least two days of easy-to-access food, such as oatmeal packets, instant soups, fresh fruits, and vegetables, so students can come to school nourished and ready to learn after the weekend.

Looking ahead, the following are needed in single-serving sizes:

  • November | Snack bars like chewy granola Nutri-Grain, Nature Valley
  • December | Crackers like Ritz, Cheez-It, Goldfish
  • January | Fruit cups
  • February | Instant grits
  • March | Fruit leather and dried fruit like raisins, Craisins, apples, mango, pineapple
  • April | Mac and cheese
  • May | Cereal
  • June | Fruit snacks

Drop off donations at Saint Patrick Catholic School during school hours!

Did You Win the Raffle?

Congrats Marci Titus! She claimed an Amazon gift card for one of the winning tickets. Three more to go. Could it be you?

Last week, 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.

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. 

Blessing of the Animals

Deacon Bill Eckert will lead us in prayer as we bless the animals that mean so much to us on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

October 4

Saint Patrick Catholic School

Upper Playground


2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

for Kindergarten - Grade 4

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

for PreK & Grades 5-8

Parishioners and the community are welcome to attend either time. 


Bring your pets. If you cannot bring your pet, bring one of your pet's items, like a collar or a photo. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. Check-in with a greeter at the soccer court when you arrive at the playground. If you have a student in both sessions, please stay for both!


Students will return to their classrooms after the blessings. Students will be dismissed as usual at the end of the school day. Please only take your students home if they are signed out.


Parking is available on the street or just two blocks up the hill in the church parking lot. The playground will be closed for parking.

Support Pack 299

Many Shamrocks are also Cub Scouts! Pack 299, chartered by Saint Patrick Catholic Church & School, hosts a family-friendly Chili Cookoff and Silent Auction to benefit the scholarship fund for scouting families. 

Bid on silent auction packages as you sample over 25 varieties of homemade chili.

October 8

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Saint Patrick Catholic Church

Church Hall

Proceeds support Pack 299 events and scholarships for Scouting families. Suggested donation of $5 - $10; drinks $1; dessert $2.

Silent Auction closes at 4:00 pm, and winners will receive their packages to take home that evening.

Candy Contest

Bring candy to school—yes, we said that! The homeroom classes with the largest candy haul for Trunk or Treat win an ice cream party.

—Candy Collection—

October 10 - 12

—Ice Cream Party—

October 20

—Trunk or Treat—

October 28

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Remember to use RaiseRight gift cards when you shop. Bring your candy to school labeled with the teacher's name.

Welcome to Holland

Are you raising people with diverse learning needs?

Join Rachel Ford, LICSW, parent and parishioner at Saint Patrick Catholic School, for community building, knowledge, and resource sharing!

—starting October 26—

7:30 pm

every last Thursday of the month

except for December

Saint Patrick Catholic School



—save the dates—

October 26, November 30, January 25, February 29, March 28, April 25

Rachel finds great joy in building relationships among people who can support and nurture one another. As a therapist, perinatal mental health expert, and mom of three, she is dedicated to creating a community that can buttress and care for one another by sharing knowledge and resources. Read more to learn how the group got it name.

All-School Mass

Mass is an integral part of faith formation for Kindergarten-Grade 8 students. Students must wear full uniforms, including sweaters, sweatshirts, blazers, or vests. 

Thursdays | 9:00 am

Saint Patrick Catholic Church

—Unless otherwise noted below—

Wednesday, November 1

All Saints Day

Friday, December 8

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

—No All-School Mass—

  • October 26 | Living Rosary
  • November 30 | Reconciliation
  • December 14 | Advent & Christmas Service in the evening

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 | 10:00 am

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.

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 Friday

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

Students can wear Spirit Wear tops with their uniform bottoms or their regular uniform.

Spirit Wear Order Delivery

Spirit wear orders will be delivered to your student around October 10.

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]



Boys Basketball for Grades 6-8

Registration is open for the season, from October 23 - December 22. Games are after school during the week. Practice is in the Saint Patrick Catholic School Skip Butler Gymnasium during the week and some weekends.

Sports Physicals

All athletes must have an updated sports physical on file at Saint Patrick Catholic School to participate in Middle School Athletics. Turn in forms before the first practice. Physicals are good for 24 months and can be submitted by email or dropped off in person at the school office.


Are you interested in coaching, serving as the team photographer, or in another capacity? Volunteering counts toward fulfilling the required commitment hours for the 2023-2024 school year! Email [email protected] to get started.


Thanks to volunteer photographer Shea Cochran, new photos are added after each match to the Middle School Girls Volleyball album on Facebook.


Cheer on the Middle School Girls! Let's fill the stands with Shamrock supporters at our home games!

VARSITY | 4:30 pm


September 29

October 2

October 11

October 17

Saint Patrick Catholic School

Skip Butler Gymnasiumm

View the full schedule, including away games.

Do you have photos from practice or matches? Share them with us and earn volunteer commitment hours!

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, Erin Bakke, and Zach Powers, new photos are added each week to the Cross Country album on Facebook.

Cross Country for PreK-Grade 8

Let's fill the course with Shamrock supporters to cheer on Cross Country athletes in PreK - 8th Grade at upcoming meets.

—PreK-5th Grade—

October 1

October 15

October 22

—Middle School—

Meets in September and October; dates to be announced.

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

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28 | All School Mass

28 | Picture Day

29 | Spirit Wear Friday

29 | Registration for The Choir Closes

29 | Volleyball Match at Home

29 | ASB Donut Friday after school

30 | Glow Dance


1 | Tuition Assistance Application Opens

1 | Partners in the Gpsepl input Session

1, 15, 22 | PreK-5th Grade XC Meets

2, 11, 17 | Volleyball Matches at Home

3 | R.E.A.C.H. Auction Planning Meeting

4 | Blessing of the Animals

5, 12, 19 | All School Mass

5, 17 Safe Environment Training

6 | Noon Dismissal - 1st Friday of the Month

6, 20, 27 | Spirit Wear Friday

8 | Scouts Chili Cook-Off & Silent Auction

10 | SPPA Meeting

10 | School Commission Meeting

10-12 | Candy Collection Contest

11 | 4th grade Field Trip

11-12 | 5th Grade Camp

12 | PreK 4s Field Trip

13 | No School — Faculty Retreat

17 | PreK Open House

20 | Ice Cream Party for Contest Winning Classes

23-24 | No School — Conferences

26 | Living Rosary

26 | Picture Retake Day

26 | Welcome to Holland

28 | Trunk-or-Treat


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

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

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.

Applications for the Class of 2028 are due January 12, 2024; create your admissions account and begin the application process.

Check out their recent admission newsletter for information about the Bellarmine Open House on November 2 and Bellarmine Experience Days.




We are grateful to everyone who supported the effort to raise funds to replace the sports court turf! We couldn't do this without you! With your help, we raised nearly $60,000 for the improvement project!

With the 2022 Boosterthon Glow Run proceeds, the Fulcrum Foundation 2022-23 School Partnership Grant, the Snyder Family Foundation Grant, and the leadership of school families Chris and Sarah Blaesi, who have pursued playground improvements focused on making the Sport Court safe and functional and Alex and Jaime Harman who determine the scope of work, identify a reliable vendor and see the project to completion, the sports court now features new turf— AstroTurf Rootzone 3D3 Blend 52 which improves safety, playability, and durability, reducing torque to lower extremities with less infill spray and more consistent shock attenuation.

We are grateful for the leadership of Principal Barbara Bolaños for Christy Johnson, Development Director, who researched and wrote the grant proposals; for Felipe Uc, Facilities Manager, who oversaw the work; for Fr. David Mulholland, our Pastor, who blessed the sports court; the Blaesi family and especially the boys for cutting the ribbon and for Fulcrum Foundation Advancement Director Amy Hall and Sheila Ryan, Fulcrum Foundation Ambassador for celebrating with us!

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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