October 28, 2020

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

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

We are already deep into planning for the 2021-22 school year! It always amazes me how quickly the school office must shift from the current school year to the next school year!

Even more exciting...We have also begun the planning for the school years beyond next year and I want to share with you some of what we are planning as we grow our school!

I have been in communication and meetings with our Trustees, School Board members, architects, and vendors to begin working on a master plan for how and where the school will grow. Although nothing is set in stone, here is a timeline for the next few phases of our growing school.

A playground designed for grades 3rd and up will be installed before school starts next fall. Ideally, this will happen in the spring so our students can enjoy the new space before school is out.

For the 2021-22 school year we will move our 2nd and 3rd grade students upstairs to a classroom right above the school office.

In the fall of 2024 we hope to unveil the new middle school wing and full size gym. There is still a lot that needs to be decided and figured out between now and then, but the initial meetings and discussions that need to happen have begun!

I will share more information as it becomes available and of course, there will be opportunities for your ideas and opinions as we go through this process. I just wanted to share with you that the future for our school and its growth are bright!

Virtue of the Week...Responsibility
Fulfilling our just duties; accepting the consequences of one's words and actions, intentional and unintentional.

Mighty Shepherd

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

Almost here!

The Pumpkin Parade!

This Week Thursday, October 29, 2020
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM

Get your pumpkin carved and decorate your car!

The Pumpkin Parade is just a day away!

Here are the details...

  • The parade begins at 6:45pm on Thursday, October 29. 

  • Students/families are invited to carve or decorate a pumpkin and bring it to school on Thursday morning (please write your child’s name on the back of the pumpkin)

  • Wear your Halloween costumes

  • Decorate your car if you’d like! The HSA is providing a $50 Amazon Gift Card to the best decorated car!

  • Pumpkins will be displayed along the parade route for all to see!

  • Prizes will be awarded for the best pumpkin in each class as well as the best decorated car.

  • Our official Pumpkin and Car Judges will be Fr. Len and Fr. Dominic.

  • Teachers and staff will be there with goody bags, photo ops, and fun, all while you stay in your car. 

  • “Riding for Ryan” will also be there to pass out free bike flags to promote safety of young bike riders. 

  • This event is for the the whole family - goody bags and flags for all students and siblings! 

  • Sponsored by the Home and School Association - Many thanks for their hard work in planning this event!
Please plan to line up for the parade behind the
Ada Fire Truck. The parade route is posted below.

Fire Chief Murray will lead the parade once around the building complex and then back in front of the School Entrance to see all of the pumpkins on display, get treats from the teachers, a bike flag and a photo op.

Public Service Announcement
from Mrs. Russell...

Would the "Hockey Stick Fairy" please make yourself known to Mrs. Russell? She is thrilled with this anonymous donation and would truly like to express her appreciation for your generosity!
Special Playground Wish List

As we look for ways to continue social distancing in a healthy way, we are planning to convert a portion of our parking lot to a safe, open play area for recess. As a result, we have asked Beth Russell, our Gym Teacher, to identify some additional play items that would enhance our outdoor play area. Here are a few items that would be very helpful...

  • Jump Ropes (singles and double sizes)

  • Skip Its (plastic)

  • Chinese Jump Ropes

  • Side Walk Chalk
Important Reminder!
Have You Scheduled Your
Parent/Teacher Conference Yet?

If you haven't already scheduled your Parent/Teacher Conference, please use the link below to get more information about scheduling conferences as well as the link to sign up with your student(s) teachers using Sign Up Genius.

Conferences will be held on Thursday, 11/5/2020.

With the Holidays
Nearly Upon Us...

Please consider adding this Amazonsmile
option to your Amazon Prime account.
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.

Learn How to Make Pies with
Sister Darlene Wessling, FSE

The Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell, MI invites you to Once a Month Kitchen: Harvest Pies with Sister Darlene Wessling, FSE on November 10 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Get ready for Thanksgiving dinner! Learn how to make tasty pie crusts and leave with a fresh apple pie to bake at home. Cost: $43. Go to to register.

Interested in learning about the Creighton Method of natural family planning (NFP)? An introductory session will be offered on December 3 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell Campus,11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell, MI 49331. Please go to to register.

Important Safety and Health Reminder!

All student cloth masks must be taken home and washed
every day. We should not see any facemasks hanging on student hooks in the hallway at night as all cloth masks must be
washed every night to insure cleanliness and best /safe
health practices, perthe CDC guidelines
Uniform Policy for
Elementary Students
(Y5s - 2nd Grade)

It's great to be back in school and we are thrilled to be finding some sense of normalcy. However, we are seeing many students arriving at school not dressed in the proper school uniform and/or not following the uniform guidelines. Our school uniform policy is intended to create a school identity and sense of community. Adhering to the school uniform policy teaches our students to respect rules and guidelines

Please note that all Elementary students (Y5s - 2nd Grade) should be wearing actual uniform tops and bottoms purchased from Lands End at

Lands' End has all acceptable uniform pieces on their website. If you purchase from our school section you will have exactly what you need.
Home and School News

Get ready!

...for the 

Good News!
Book Fair 

Nov 2 - Nov 15th. 

This year the book fare will be 100% online and books will be delivered to your home! Watch your email for the flyer from HSA with more details coming soon...

Use this link to access the list of Box Tops for Education products...

Kindergarteners Counting
Building with Shapes
String Art
Learning Shapes,
Lines and Angles
Preschoolers Learning How to Make Slime...

Water Bottles Available for Purchase

$10 each

Available in the
School Office
( cash and checks only please)
More After Care Fun!


Gymnastics Days!

Many thanks to Mrs. Kohn, our new After Care Lead Teacher for enriching our After Care Program!

October and November Birthdays

Eamon Baylog - October 23
Everett Volmer - October 26
Maddie Dondzila - October 27
Abigail Smith - October 31
Luke Hannon - November 3
Jeffrey Martin - November 5
Jack Eilers - November 6
Lucas Argenzio - November 7
Francis Egan - November 12
Patryk Cichno - November 13
Mrs. Peters - November 13
Emma Henderson - November 14
Rocco Addison - November 16
Sadie Schmit - November 19

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, October 29
Pumpkin Parade - 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm - See details above...

Tuesday, November 3
Election Day - No School

Thursday, November 5
Parent /Teacher Conferences - Conference Sign-Up Genius available now - see above for link to conference info and

Friday, November 6
Half Day Dismissal at 11:00 am for All Students - No School in the afternoon and no After School Care
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