THE SHEPHERD'S VOICE
September 23, 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!
Hi Families!

It feels so good to see the students back into the routine of school. It is hard to believe that we have completed 5 weeks of school already.

If you have been able to attend Mass on Wednesdays since school started, you will know that we have changed seats and seating configurations several times over the past few weeks. However, just like in the 3 bears, I believe we have finally landed on the space that is “just right” for our students. We are now sitting right in front, to the left of the altar. This is a great place for the students as they can look directly at the speaker. 

The students are showing very respectful behavior during Mass. They are quietly walking into church and learning to kneel and pray once they get to their seat. We are working on standing straight and tall when it is time to stand and kneeling straight and tall when it is time to kneel. Students are also being encouraged to respond at the appropriate times. Thanks for helping them practice these respectful behaviors at Mass on the weekend!

 I hope everyone had a chance to get outside this past weekend…the weather was beautiful and we are looking forward to another great week!

Peace,
Liz 
Virtue of the Week...Patience
Bearing present difficulties calmly.


Virtue of the Week for Next Week...Respect
Speaking and acting according to one's own and others' rights,
status, and circumstances.





Mighty Shepherd
Moment


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

Learning About Weather Safety
from Chris, the Storm Chaser...





Mrs. Kloet is back!
Reading to our Kindergarteners

Beginning of School Year Reminders!

  • Morning drop off carline begins at 7:45 am. If you arrive before 7:45 am, please have students stay in the car until the staff comes out to begin the carline.

  • All students should wear close-toed shoes. Please avoid sending students in sandals or shoes that are not safe for playing and climbing
as this becomes a safety issue during recess and other activities.

  • Shoes must be worn with socks.

  • Unless you are still waiting for uniform backorders, please be sure all students are in school uniform unless it is a non-uniform day. i.e., Mighty Shephard Mondays, etc...

Vision and Hearing Screenings

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services requires local health departments to conduct hearing and vision screenings for children in Michigan. A hearing & vision technician, will provide an initial screen for your student, in addition to a rescreen that is intended for children who may not have passed or were absent on the initial screening day.

  • Preschool aged children, including Developmental Kindergarten and Young Fives, will be screened for hearing and vision. 
  • Children in Kindergarten, and 2nd grades will have their hearing screened. 
  • Children in 1st and 3rd grades will have their vision screened. 

After screenings are complete you will be receiving your child's screening documentation in their backpack.
 
Initial screening dates:  October 4 & 5, 2021
Rescreen dates:  October 26 & 27, 2021
Have Your Ordered Your
School Pictures Yet?

Now that Picture Day is finished, please remember to order your pictures from
Fine Art School Portraits by Michelle Kristine Photography.

Please check your email from Friday, 9/17 from Liz Peters for the
link to your student's photo gallery for ordering. If you have any additional questions, please contact the school office at ph 616 455-4966 or gdewildt@strobertschoolada.org, or you can contact Michelle at hello@michellekristinephotography.com.
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

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 $14,100, 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.

Please consider dusting off your favorite interest or hobby and design a
short or long term weekly activity for our students to participate in for an enrichment of their minds or to learn a new skill or activity.

We do have classroom space available after school that can be used
for these opportunities. Please feel free to contact Liz Peters to discuss any afterschool activities you might like to offer to our students.

After School Opportunity - Parent Led
Update! Learn to Cheer!
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade







What a great start
to the
After School
Cheer Team Program!
Our little Cheer Team was
invited to cheer with the
Varsity Cheer Leaders at the Catholic Central
Homecoming Game!



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

  • Children's and adult paper masks
  • Boxes of Tissue
  • Clorox Wipes
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

Can you sing?
We are looking for a school parent or parishioner that would be willing and available to volunteer as a cantor for our Wednesday morning 9:00 am Masses.

If you are interested, please contact the school office at gdewildt@strobertschoolada.org or call the office ph 616 455-4966.
All-School Masses

Some things to know...

  • Mass is every Wednesday at 9:00 am
Exception - No mass this coming Wednesday, 9/29
as Fr. Tony and Fr. Danny will be attending a retreat.

  • 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.
Most Important
School Fundraiser of the Year!

...and the MOST fun for parents!

Mark your calendars for the...
HSA Putt Putt Adult "Fun" Raiser
Saturday, 11/13 at 5:30 pm

We are finally able to gather again and that means it's time to
resurrect our biggest fundraiser of the year. The HSA is busy working
on the details of this great Putt Putt "Fun" Raiser event. Doors will
open at 5:30 pm. More details to come for this fun-filled night out.

We Are Tailgating!

St. Robert's HSA will be tailgating at
the Catholic Central Football Game on Friday, October 1.

Bring your family and join us! All are welcome. More details coming soon...

Home and School News
A few notes from the HSA...

Tuesday, 9/28 - 7:00 pm - HSA meeting in the PLC- would love to see everyone there!

Friday, 10/1 - Catholic Central Football Tailgate with the kids! Join us for a Fun Family night out!

Saturday/Sunday, 10/2 - 10/3 - Parish Ministry Fair - We are seeking volunteer families with kids in uniform to represent our school! Check your email for the sign-up genius. 

Tuesday, 10/12 - Morning coffee mingle after drop-off. Join us at the playground area.

Thursday, 10/28 - Bring a carved or decorated pumpkin to school to decorate the walkway! 

Fri 10/29 - Trunk or Treat Event 5:30pm to 7:00 pm 
More info to come!

Sat 11/13 - HSA Adult Putt Putt Golf “Fun”-raiser - 5:30pm

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.

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.
Young 5s Were Challenged to
Build a Bridge That They
Could Stand On...

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


September Birthdays
Mila Boer - September 9
Natalie Rener - September 16
Christopher Rener - September 16
Will Martin - September 21
Ella Devries - September 22
Evelyn Smith - September 23
Will Dondzila - September 28



Upcoming Dates


Monday, October 4 - Tuesday, October 5 - Vision and Hearing Screening

Sunday, October 10 - Pack the Pews - 11:00 am Mass
(more details to come...)

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

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

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

Saturday, November 13 - HSA Event - 5:30 pm to ???
Adult Putt Putt Golf “Fun”-Raiser 
- More details to come soon!
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