December 9, 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.
Artwork by Abigail Smith - Young 5s

This Week at
St. Robert Catholic School!
Dear Parents,

Happy Advent! I have had the pleasure of sharing my Jesse Tree and ornaments with the students these past couple of weeks. Years ago, when I was teaching 2nd grade at Corpus Christi Catholic School, a mom made me 25 clay ornaments that went along with a Jesse Tree book. The book contains stories, scripture, and prayers for each ornament. This gift has allowed me to share the stories from when God created the world to the birth of Jesus with students for the past 15 years!

This is one of my favorite things to do with the kids during the Advent season. They love seeing the different ornaments, guessing which Bible story it represents, and then seeing them on the tree in the office. I am always impressed with what they students already know, and what they remember from year to year. The practice of telling the Old Testament stories to the kids really helps them focus on Jesus and the beauty of his miraculous birth! Ask your students to tell you about their favorite ornament and story so far!   

I hope that each and everyone of you has a wonderful Christmas and New Year! We are all in need of this time with family and friends. I will be praying for our school and the blessings of a wonderful and healthful 2022!

Virtue of the Week...Prayerfulness
Being still, listening, and being willing to talk to God as a friend.

Mighty Shepherd

From our Elementary School Christmas Program

Young 5s
1st Grade
2nd & 3rd Grades
Very Important News!

This Monday, December 13 is Pajama Day! All students may wear their pajamas to school in honor of our very successful Pajama Drive!

Parents, please note that pajamas should be "school appropriate" and warm enough for outdoor recess.

Our School Christmas Giving Project
A Pajama Drive
is almost finished!

Last Day to Get Your Donation In... Monday, December 13!

For our Giving Project this year, we are planning a Pajama Drive. Here are the details...

Timing - November 29 - December 13

Goal - Collect and donate at least 50 new pairs of pajamas for ages ranging from 2T - Teens as well as socks and underwear for these same size ranges.

Donations can be brought to the school office.

Donations Will Be Donated to...
United Church Outreach Ministry
Safehaven Ministries

Catholic Central
Sports Camps

Basketball Boys & Girls Youth Camps
Starting December 18th (soon!) 
K-4th grade
Learn more and sign up now

Youth Cheer Camp
Over Christmas Break (soon!) 
K-8th Grade 
Spend time stunting, tumbling, jumping, and cheering. Receive a holiday gift and invitation to attend a competitive cheer invitational after attending cheer camp! 
Learn more and sign up now

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

How to be a Sponsor of this Fundraiser Event...

Saint Robert School is excited to share details of the adults event, the Mighty Shepard Mini-Golf. This event will kick-off Catholic Schools week, and will be held on Saturday, January 29th beginning at 6 PM. We will send additional details and how to purchase your tickets in the coming weeks!
We are seeking business and family sponsors. Proceeds will go to the Father Len Scholarship Fund, supporting catholic education for those otherwise not able to afford it. If you, your business or someone you know may be interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Aly Dondzila (parent of Maddie, 1st grade & Will, young-5’s) through HSA email address.
Sponsorship levels and details:
Event Sponsor - $1,000:
  • Business or family name highlighted on event materials
  • Sponsor “Spotlight” on St. Robert Catholic School social media
  • Event Putt-Putt hole dedicated to your business or family
  • 4-tickets to event
Gratitude Sponsor - $500:
  • Business or family name on event materials
  • Event Putt-Putt hole dedicated to business or family
  • 2-tickets to event
Putt-Putt Hole Sponsor - $250:
  • Business or family name on event materials
  • Event Putt-Putt hole dedicated to business or family
Tickets will be $50 each (includes 1 drink ticket)

Please Consider Making a Donation on
Giving Tuesday
to 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 $17,900, 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.

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'/Mrs. Hiltz Preschool Classroom Wish List

Miss Hall's Kindergarten Classroom Wish List

Mrs. Russell - Gym/Recess Wish List

Mrs. Peters - STEM Wish List
Home and School News
A few notes from the HSA...

THANK YOU! - to all who donated to the coat drive! Coats will be delivered to Jefferson Elementary School in Ionia.

LOOKING FOR SPONSORS FOR THE GOLF FUNDRAISER - see article above for information on how to become an event sponsor.

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 for any questions.

G.L.OW. Together - Sunday, 12/12 after the 6:00 pm Mass. The parish will host this event including glow sticks, sing Christmas carols, cookies and cocoa. Parish event; all are welcome, grandparents, parents, kids!

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MINGLE - Tuesday, 12/14 - Mark your calendars for this coffee mingle in the PLC - Enter Door H by the preschool playground and come enjoy some coffee and community before Christmas Break!

FAMILY SKATE - Saturday, 1/22 - Save the date! Details to follow in December.

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 or Suzanne Fuchs at
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
  • 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.

1st Graders learning about other cultures...

Making mud homes using clay to represent how some countries in Africa would use mud to stay cool in their hot desert heat. 

After reading the book, Balloons Over Broadway, and learning all about how the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started, Miss Hall's Kindergarten students brainstormed, created plans and designed their own balloon for the
Use this link to access the list of Box Tops for Education products...

December Birthdays
Briggs Dakoske - December 7
Lucy Franks - December 15
Max Rathke - December 15
Jack Egan - December 31
Mrs. Russell - December 31

Upcoming Dates

Monday, December 13 - Pajama Drive ends... and ...Pajama Day at School!!!

Monday, December 20 - Sunday, January 2 - Christmas Vacation - No School

January 30 - February 6 - Catholic Schools Week

Sunday, February 6 - "Pack the Pews" and "School Open House" - Timing and details to follows

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