Students, are you interested in becoming a class officer? Nomination sheets are in the main office! Please grab a form, fill it out and return it by Friday, May 20. Elections will be held on Thursday, May 26.
On Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m., West Catholic will host a community listening session for stakeholders to share aspirations regarding the attributes of the school's future president/CEO. This event, moderated by WC Board Chair Emeritus Dave Veneklase, will take place in the West Catholic Cafetorium. We encourage all interested to join us in sharing their valued input. The outcome of this community listening session will be posted on grwestcatholic.org/presidentceo and linked in the Weekly Chatter later this month. These results will be used to help shape the requirements necessary for the president/CEO position and inform the hiring committee.
The countdown to the next World Youth Day celebration has begun. Join the Diocese of Grand Rapids, local young adults, the Church in Portugal and young adults from across the globe on a pilgrimage and celebration of faith. On top of participating in World Youth Day, the Grand Rapids Diocese invites you to expand your faith journey with visits to Porto, Aveiro, Coimbra and Fátima. (Must be 18 years of age to attend.)
- Tour Dates: July 29 - August 7, 2023
- Anticipated Cost: $3,500 - $3,750*
- Tour Includes: Roundtrip economy class air from Grand Rapids; two-day pilgrimage (July 30-31) with hotel accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, sightseeing and entrance fees, motorcoach transportation; World Youth Day Registration with simple accommodations, meal package, Lisbon transportation; hotel accommodations night before departure*
- To Register: Brochure and registration available for fall of 2022
- For Information, Contact: Fr. Eugene Batungbacal, C.Ss.R. at 616-333-1173 or email@example.com
*World Youth Day packages have not been announced and are subject to change based on the 2023 offerings.
Texas Instruments has a point program that schools can use to purchase charging stations, software and other technology. The Math Department is asking that if you purchase TI products (calculators), that you allow us to use your points by returning the reward symbol (example below) to your child's math teacher.
West Catholic's President/CEO Cynthia Kneibel announced today that she plans to retire, effective January 20. In a note to members of the school community, Mrs. Kneibel shared, "For almost 20 years, I have had the privilege of working at West Catholic, first as a teacher, then the principal and now in my current role as president/CEO. It has been an incredible honor to serve this school and community; however, after much thought, consideration and prayer, I have decided that it is time for a new adventure... I will be retiring at the end of January 2023. It is time for me to join my husband in retirement and focus on my family."
West Catholic plans to begin searching for a new president/CEO immediately. More information regarding Mrs. Kneibel's retirement and the selection of her successor can be found at grwestcatholic.org/presidentceo.
This year's Falcon Awards Night will be held on October 19, 2022, at the Kindel Room in the Goei Center. That evening, we will be honoring the following members of our Falcon community:
- St. John Paul II Award - Fr. Dennis Morrow
- Alumni Excellence Award - Rita Totoraitis
- Falcon by Choice Award - Bernard Geerling
- Lifetime Achievement Award - John Thompson
For more information or to register for the event, please visit community.grwestcatholic.org/wcfan2022.
SERVICE HOURS DEADLINE: Service hours for your class grade are due May 25.
STEUBENVILLE YOUTH CONFERENCE: From July 8-10, join thousands of students from across the Midwest at Franciscan University of Steubenville for a powerful couple of days of life-changing experiences while meeting new friends from WC and other schools. If interested, please email Mr. Dolci at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIS WEEK IN ATHLETICS: Good luck to our track & field and girls tennis teams who will be competing in their conference meets/tournaments this Friday. Let's go, West!
ATHLETICS FUNDRAISER AT THE LOCAL: Please join us in supporting West Catholic Athletics by getting a delicious meal at The Local Kitchen + Sports Lounge (4322 Remembrance Rd NW, Walker)! Every Thursday in May, The Local will donate 20% of your food purchases to WC Athletic Boosters. All you have to do is present this certificate when you place your order! We hope to see you there!
GOLF OUTING: Mark your calendars for the annual WC Golf Outing! This year's event will take place on Friday, June 10 at The Mines. Registration and sponsorship information is available at grssc.ejoinme.org/wcgolfouting22. We hope to see you there!
SUMMER CAMPS: Sports camps for grades K-8 are now up on our programming website! Visit https://www.grwestcatholicprograms.org/athletics.cfm for the latest information on all of our summer opportunities.
SPORTS PHYSICALS: West Catholic will be offering sports physicals on June 8 from 5-8 p.m. for students entering grades 9-12 in the fall. If your student plans to participate in any sport during the 2022-2023 school year, they are required by the MHSAA to have a physical on file dated after April 15, 2022, before beginning their sports. The cost for this exam is $20 and will take place in the West Catholic Competition Gym and locker rooms. Simply complete the MHSAA physical form for each student needing an exam and submit them to the athletic office with payment (check may be made payable to West Catholic Athletics) NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1. The physical form can also be found on the WC athletics website.
We are currently accepting new international students for the 2022-23 school year who are excited to learn from some awesome West Catholic host families! Inspired by St. John Paul II, we can “Open wide the doors to Christ" to these international students. If you are interested in becoming a host or know someone who may be interested in hosting a student, please contact International Program Coordinator Leann Garrison at email@example.com or 616-233-5938.
Flynn O'Hara is inviting WC families to join them for a uniform measuring event on Tuesday, May 17, from 4-7 p.m. at West Catholic! Flynn O'Hara staff will be available to measure students, answer questions about uniforms and help you shop for the upcoming school year.
Questions? Contact Tamara Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.