THE SHEPHERD'S VOICE
October 21, 2021

St. Robert Catholic School students love God, their neighbors, science, technology, engineering, math and learning so they can
be the best they can be.


This Week at
St. Robert Catholic School!
Dear Parents,
 
What a week we have had! I think the above picture shares the overall feeling I've had each evening when I returned home. I pray we have weathered the storm and that we will not see any new cases for many weeks. Although I knew that we would eventually have a case or two in our community, I did not expect they would all happen at once! Thank you all for trusting me, the Health Department, and the Diocese as we reviewed each situation and made decisions about how to proceed in each case.

I also want to thank everyone for their kind words, questions about how we are doing, and for praying for our community. Each and everyone of you is what makes our school so special! I know that God put me in the right place!

We have some great news from this past week…our school is being recommended for accreditation with MNSAA (Minnesota Non-Public Schools Accreditation Association) through MANS (Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools). Our report, evidence, and the findings of the team is sent to MNSAA, and they will review the results and send us our certificate of accreditation! We are very proud of this accomplishment as we begin our 4th year as a school! Usually, this process does not happen until year 5, but I knew we were ready as a school to gain the ability to say we are accredited.

As a staff, we are all reading the Consecration to St. Joseph along with many parishioners, that began in our Parish on September 30. The faculty and I have planned time in our days and weekly meetings to discuss what we are learning about St. Joseph and how these lessons are enriching our lives. Today I read about how St. Joseph is the mirror of patience and how we need to “…imitate the patience of St. Joseph. [and] Ask God for the grace to love your neighbor. Be kind, peaceful, and merciful. “This is certainly true as we learn to navigate life in a pandemic. It was the message I needed today! I will end today, as we start each day at school, asking for St. Joseph to intercede for us…St. Joseph, pray for us!
 
Peace,
Liz 
Virtue of the Week...Self-Control
Joyful mastery over one's passions and desires.





Mighty Shepherd
Moment


A peek at special moments of our school day...

Morning Announcements and
Learning Leadership Skills...

Jack Egan - 3rd Grade


Ava Henderson - 2nd Grade
Kacie Debbaudt - 3rd Grade


When it starts to pour
in the middle of recess!

HSA has moved
the date of this fundraiser to
coincide with
Catholic Schools Week
New Date...
Saturday January 29
Important Note! The HSA is seeking silent auction donations.

If you are interested in donating an item to the silent auction, please contact the HSA via email at hsa@strobertschoolada.org.
Pack the Pews!
October 24 at 11:00 am Mass

To ALL of our Mighty Shepherd families, please plan to attend our
Pack the Pews Mass
on Sunday, October 24 at 11:00 am.

School families will all sit together in the section of the church to to far-left of the the Altar under the stained glass windows.

Don't forget to wear your Mighty Shepherd school
colors or Mighty Shepherd spirit wear.

Important Date Change....

Please note the following change to our school calendar for the Mandatory Reading Development Session which was originally scheduled for September 23... we have cancelled this meeting and added two new meeting options to replace it...

Thursday, October 21 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, October 27, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Halloween Fun!

We are so pleased to announce that the HSA is partnering with the
Parish Faith Formation Team to
combine our Annual Pumpkin Parade with the Annual Parish Trunk or Treat!

Check out the details below and start brainstorming for your pumpkin carving and your costumes!





Coat Drive!
A warm coat!
Home and School Association is holding a Coat Drive
this month.

Please consider donating new or gently used coats to
keep someone warm this winter. Coats can be dropped
off during car line before and after school or you
can bring coats to the school entrance to be dropped
in the large red box at the front school entrance.

HSA will be collecting coats until October 31. Donations
will be brought to Jefferson Elementary School in
Ionia - K- though 5th Grade.

Thank you for helping kids in need as we approach the
cold winter months.

Please Help Us Reach
Our Goal!
Update - Fr. Len Sudlik Scholarship Fund

With the help of the our parish Knights of Columbus chapter and many parish families, we are steadily moving closer to our final goal to reach the threshold to allow for scholarship funds to be awarded.

We are so grateful for all of the generous donations already received.

We have already achieved our initial goal of $5,000 which allows for the fund to be established and we are steadily moving toward the final goal of $25,000 which is the threshold we need to cross to begin awarding scholarship money to our students. We are excited to report that we have already reached $16,600, more than halfway there!

We are asking our school and parish families to prayerfully consider making a donation to help us reach our final goal. Any amount is welcome!

If you are interested in making a donation... Please contact Liz Peters or Gen DeWildt. Donation checks can be made payable to "St. Robert Catholic School" with a notation of "Scholarship Fund" in the memo area.

We are so excited to announce our first parent-led afterschool
program for our students. As mentioned at our Parent Meeting, we would like to begin building a dynamic afterschool activities
program led by our talented school parents.

We have another After School Program
 as follows...

Important Note!
The first session listed on this poster was cancelled. The next session of Bricks for Kidz will begin November 11. Use the link above to get more info and sign up your student(s)...




The school is in need of the following items...

  • Children's and adult paper masks
Classroom Wish Lists!

If you are looking for a way to help our school check out our current Wish Lists to see if there is anything
you might be able to contribute...
Library Wish List
Our new Librarian, Mrs. Wharton is working diligently to create our school library. Feel free to stop in anytime to see the progress! See below for her wish list to help us complete the library space.
Mrs. Sass' Preschool Classroom Wish List
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3A3S54VFADMJ5?leftNavSection=SharedWithYou&ref_=abls_lnv_us

Miss Hall's Kindergarten Classroom Wish List
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2NTQI522R4EF3?ref_=wl_share

Mrs. Russell - Gym/Recess Wish List

Mrs. Peters - STEM Wishlist

Mrs. Carlstrom - Art Teacher
All-School Masses

Some things to know...

  • Mass is every Wednesday at 9:00 am
  • We have a new seating section of the church for our school students and families located in the center front section directly in front of the Ambo. Please note, the students will sit in the front of this section with their teachers and all parents attending Mass will sit behind the school section with their students and other family members. All family members are welcome! Parents, please remember to wear your mask if you are sitting in the student section.

  • Preschool 4 students will attend once a month on the last Wednesday of the month. Mrs. Sass will keep the Preschool parents informed of the dates when her students will attend.
Tailgating Fun
at the C.A.T.!

Come join us at the next Catholic Central
football game at the C.A.T. this Friday, 10/22
for Youth Football Day.

Our Elementary Boys Flag Football players and our
Cheer team have been invited to run out on the field with the Catholic Central Football team before the game.

Come and cheer them on! It is a great opportunity
to meet other school parents and a safe,
family-oriented fun night out.

Report Cards
and the
Infinite Campus
Parent Portal

Report cards will be available for parent access online on Tuesday, November 2. At St. Robert School we have transitioned to online report cards.

To access your student's report card, please log in to your Parent Portal on Infinite Campus.

If you have not yet established your Parent Portal account on Infinite Campus, please use the following link to set up your account...
infinitecampus.com/parents-students

Please answer the first prompt for the "district" with "Diocese of Grand Rapids". If you have any trouble setting up your account, please contact Gen DeWildt
at gdewildt@strobertschoolada.org or at ph 616 455-4966.
Home and School News
A few notes from the HSA...

Thursday, 10/28 - Bring your carved or decorated pumpkin to school at morning drop-off for the pumpkin contest. One prize awarded per class. There will be cider and donuts for the students at 3:00 pm pick up.

Friday, 10/29 - 5:30pm-7:30pm - We are partnering with the Parish for a Trunk or Treat! Signup on the attached link if you want to host a trunk and pass out candy or feel free to just show up and trick or treat. The Parish is hoping to get 75 “trunks” so let’s make this big! Decorate your car and come open that trunkBring a canned food item for the food pantry to donate.


Monday, 11/8 - Coffee Mingle in the PLC. 

NEW DATE! Saturday, 1/29 - The Mighty Shepherd Putt Putt Golf fundraiser originally scheduled for November has been moved to 1/29. Still seeking sponsors and silent auction items. Email hsa@strobertschoolada.org for any questions.


SCRIP - sign up for SCRIP on the RaiseRight app using the school enrollment code B73466F963125 and start using today to save on your student’s tuition! 

HSA is Selling Mask Lanyards for sale $5. If you would like to purchase lanyards for your student(s) please contact Becky Mott at RebeccaMott.RM@gmail.com or Suzanne Fuchs at SuzanneFuchs1@gmail.com.
Have you started your
holiday shopping?

Are you using our AmazonSmile account tag on your Amazon Prime account?

See below for details that could help our school earn free money!


Please consider adding Amazonsmile
to your Amazon Prime Account for your summer purchases...

Every purchase you make on Amazon
using Amazonsmile will give our
school .05% of your purchase as a
donation from Amazon.

See below for instructions on how to add amazonsmile to your account.

Amazon Smile!

To our school families, if you are Amazon shoppers, we have a great opportunity to raise money for our school. If you are planning to make any purchases on Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile when purchasing as our school will receive .05% for each purchase.

Here is how it works...

  • Sign in to your Amazon or Amazon Prime account and then paste the link below for Amazon Smile up in your browser. Link https://smile.amazon.com/
  • Then Click the "Get Started" button near the top of the page
  • Type in the name of the Charity and Location as follows: Greater Grand Rapids Independent Catholic Elementary Schools
  • Begin shopping!

You should only have to do this one time and then each time you sign in to your Amazon account, at the top of the page you will see the option to select this Amazon Smile, but in order for each purchase to be applied to Amazon Smile you must select it at the top of the page.

Field Trips are Back!


Learning About How the Dairy Farm Works...





Feeding the babies...



Apple Stem Challenge

Miss Hall's Kindergarten students
explore apples...



Do they float?


Ask your
Kindergarten student...




Check out their apple boats!
Use this link to access the list of Box Tops for Education products... https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MjvRwNFRnZWz5fameHjXxCzMrc6IQHKW/view?usp=sharing


October Birthdays
Mrs. Hiltz - October 12
Vivian Bowers - October 14
Raegan Mott - October 18
Meg Blum - October 22
Eamon Baylog - October 23
Madeline Dondzila - October 27
Abigail Smith - October 31



Upcoming Dates


Thursday, October 21 - Mandatory Parent Reading Development Session - Option #1 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Location - PLC

Friday, October 22 - Diocesan PD Day - No School

Sunday, October 24 - Pack the Pews - 11:00 am Mass

Tuesday, October 26 - Wednesday, October 27 - Re-Screen Vision and Hearing

Wednesday, October 27 - Mandatory Parent Reading Development Session - Option #2 - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Location - PLC

Friday, October 29 - Pumpkin Parade and Trunk or Treat
  • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 2 - Election Day - No School

Tuesday, November 2 - Report Cards Available on Infinite Campus Parent Portals

Wednesday, November 3 - Parent / Teacher Conferences
  • 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Thursday, November 4 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Friday, November 5 - 1/2 Day of School - 11:00 am Dismissal - No After Care

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