We are incredibly proud to see West Catholic so well represented on MLive's 2019-20 Girls Basketball Dream Team (Grand Rapids)! Congratulations to Abbey Kimball on her first-team selection as well as honorable mentions Crysta Daetwiler, Cadence Dykstra, Maya Mileski and Maddie Smith! Additionally, a huge congratulations goes out to Jill VanderEnde who was named Coach of the Year after leading your Falcons to their first district title in 25 years!
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) issued a memorandum on March 20, 2020, regarding hours and days of instruction for public schools during this closure. Since the 31 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are not public schools or public charter schools (also known as public school academies or PSAs), we follow the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools (MANS) guidelines and diocesan calendar standards rather than MDE requirements.
The instruction which Catholic school students are currently receiving through remote learning will be counted, and Catholic schools in the diocese will continue to deliver instruction. We believe it is in the best interest of our students to continue their Catholic education during this unprecedented time.
We are grateful to the teachers, school leaders, boards, and pastors throughout our alliance of Catholic schools whose tireless efforts enable this instruction and maintain a sense of school community. We are grateful also to families for their commitment to Catholic education.
As people of faith, let us pray for all affected by this virus, especially those who have died and for all health care workers who are working diligently to protect us during this time.
Same great event, new date! Our annual Celebrate West! Auction has been moved to June 10, 2020. We look forward to celebrating with you! Be ready for Billy K's Polish-style dinner, raffles, prizes, a live auction, and our traditional Champagne toast. You won't want to miss this fun event! Visit grssc.ejoinme.org/CelebrateWest2020 to register.
West Catholic is working in collaboration with All Saints Academy, Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity and St. Anthony of Padua to offer free meals to ALL children under the age of 18 during this extended break. We will provide breakfast and lunch to be picked up at the front of the gymnasium entrance at West Catholic High School from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. Vegetarian, gluten-free and peanut-free items are also available. Parents may stop by to pick up meals for their child(ren).
As you are aware, Michigan schools will be closed for the next three weeks in a proactive attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. During this time, we plan to continue to provide all of our students with a dynamic, excellence-driven Catholic education by moving to online learning. Online classes begin Monday, March 16. An updated class schedule can be found at grwestcatholic.org/alerts. Both teachers and students have received training to aid in this transition.
Please note that while our campus will be closed, our entire staff will be working to continue to provide appropriate support to all West Catholic families. Do not hesitate to reach out to teachers, counselors or administrators for assistance. Contact information for West Catholic staff members may be found at grwestcatholic.org/directory/staff. If you need technical support for one of your student’s classes, please email email@example.com. Questions regarding specific class information should be directed to your student’s teachers.
Our main office will remain staffed during this time. If you need to enter the building for any reason, please call 616-233-5900 to schedule an appointment. It is important that we are able to monitor the number of individuals in our building at any given time.
Congratulations to the girls basketball team for winning districts for the first time in 25 years!
Congratulations to senior Jacob Bozek who finished 8th at the state wrestling tournament over the weekend.
Summer programs and camps will be available online for signups starting Monday, March 9 at 12 p.m. at grwestcatholicprograms.org.
Many are asking questions regarding the COVID-19 virus and how it might affect education. Please rest assured we are in communication with local authorities and are watching the situation closely.
In accordance with the Kent County health department and the CDC's guidance for schools regarding illness and in particular the current COVID-19 event, we want to remind you of the following:
- If you are feeling sick or are sick, please stay home
- Wash hands frequently
- Use hand sanitizer as a supplement to hand washing
- Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough. If you use your hand, please wash hands immediately
- This is also a good time to make sure you are current with vaccines
Thank you for taking precautions. If you would like additional information or resources, please feel free to visit accesskent.com.
Get your tickets now for our Annual Cash Raffle and enter for your chance to win $5,000! The drawing will be held prior to our live auction on Wednesday, June 10. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased from any WC family. You need not be present to win. Find out more about the Celebrate West! Auction at grssc.ejoinme.org/CelebrateWest2020.