of St. Patrick
Published for Pelham’s Saint Patrick Community
Dear friends of St. Patrick School,
SPIRIT As our school year continues on the course of success, we
hope that this edition of SPIRIT magazine demonstrates
Winter 2009 both the effort and the fun that our staff invests in the
Volume 2 children of St. Patrick School, providing them with first-rate
Issue 1 learning experiences. Although the recent weather patterns
and the failing economy continue to present us with
on-going challenges, our mission to give our children the
best keeps us steadfast, focused and grounded.
The fall and winter programs that are featured in this edition
have equaled in success to the programs of past years, and
these unique types of meaningful offerings continue to
SPIRIT is published three times a year by the attract new students and families to our school at all grade
Advancement Office and is mailed free of levels. Even in this difficult economic time, St. Patrick
charge to alumni, families, and friends of Saint School remains a magnet to families in the surrounding
Patrick School. towns who value Catholic education, and we, as a
community of faith, remain committed to helping these
We encourage your feedback! Please send families have Catholic education become a reality for their
all correspondences to: children.
Advancement Office Once again, as you review this issue of SPIRIT magazine,
Saint Patrick School please accept our appreciation for your continuing
16 Main Street contributions to our school. Every donation is used to
Pelham, NH 03076 support our tuition structure. Your donations and
sponsorship help to keep the per pupil costs for our families
at an affordable rate.
Continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers
throughout this year, and have a great winter season!
Roger G. Dumont
Roger G. Dumont Principal
School Advisory Board
Ken Eaves, chairman
Laurie Hogan, vice-chairman ON THE COVER
John Berard Chris Gamble, Anthony Bazzinotti,
Pamela McCarthy and Alicia Bilsky work at the new
Robin Letendre computers in the library.
Winifred Annis New computers in the library are
Kevin Kelleher among several recent physical
improvements at Saint Patrick
School. See pages 3 and 4 for the
full story on Saint Patrick School’s
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LEFT: An annual event, Kids Go
Shopping offers students an
opportunity to shop for Christmas
gifts for their parents, siblings,
grandparents, and other loved
ones in the safety of Saint Patrick
School’s library. Students like
Madison and Kayla Laurent enjoy
the independence of shopping
without their parents and the
responsibility that goes along with
ABOVE: Steve Toscano and the
Saint Patrick School’s boys soccer
team qualified for the Tri-County
League Championships after
several exciting upsets. These
included victories against Henry W.
Moore Middle School from
Candia (7-5) and Wilton-
Lyndeborough Cooperative School
in Wilton (5-2). The squad
completed the regular season with
ABOVE: Under the direction a 5-5 record and then fell in the
of music teachers Carol Yetto first round of the playoffs.
and Robin Lamoureaux,
students at Saint Patrick
School presented Magic in
the Toy Shop in December.
RIGHT: Saint Patrick School’s
Winter Enrichment program runs for
five weeks in January and February.
On Mondays, students in grades 3-8
are dismissed early to participate in
special activities that include skiing
and snowboarding, cooking, bowling,
learning to play the recorder, playing
basketball, or reviewing movies in the
library. Shown here are students in
Gael Ouellette’s cooking program.
Winter 2009 SPIRIT 2
A Time For Change
Saint Patrick School has undergone a transformation over the past couple of
years. New windows and casings throughout the school; fresh paint; new
desks, tables, and chairs in many classrooms; brand new computers in the
computer lab, library, and classrooms throughout the building; and a host of
other physical improvements have contributed to Saint Patrick School’s
RIGHT: Saint Patrick School’s grounds also have been improved over the
past few years, as students have been asked to participate in beautifying the
property. A garden near the front entrance of the school is maintained by the
eighth-grade class. Each class is responsible for maintaining an assigned
section of the school’s immense campus.
ABOVE: Dawn Pavlini’s warm and welcoming kindergarten classroom is decorated
with palm trees and beach balls, serving as a nice contrast to the snow and ice outside
her windows, which were installed in 2005 and 2006.
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“It is like an extension of my
home. The yard is welcoming,
with no chain link fences and
lots of trees and green grass.”
-Maria A. Moujaes
Mother of Ilian and Michael
ABOVE: Recently, through
generous gifts by the DeMoulas
Foundation, the Saint Patrick
School PTO, and Lieutenant
Colonel and Mrs. Shawn
Houlihan, the school installed a
new circulation desk. The next
phase of the library improvement
project is to purchase new
bookcases. Shown in the photo
are students Joe St.Cyr, Brian
Razzetti, and a parent volunteer,
LEFT: Over the past few years,
Saint Patrick School’s library
has experienced several
significant changes. First, new
windows and casings were
installed. Then, tables and
chairs were purchased, where
students like Alyssa Eaves and
her classmates are able to study.
Last summer, a new automated
cataloging system and new
computers were added.
Winter 2009 SPIRIT 4
Caitlin Yankowskas (c ’04)
and her skating partner have
qualified for the 2009 U.S.
Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.
In November, she and John
Coughlin won the Midwestern
Sectional Championships. Their
first-place finish in the short program
(54.86) and second-place finish in
the free skate (83.30) gave them
138.16 points and gold medals.
The pair was featured in the
November 3 issue of Sports
Illustrated. The two-page spread
shows Caitlin and her partner
performing a twist during their short
program at the Skate America
competition in October.
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LEFT: Saint Patrick Parish and School raised $10,500
at this year’s auction, thanks to the hard work of
committee members Krista Bassett, Linda Constantin,
Kathy Jean, Christine Raby, Bill Scanzani, and Therese
The parish and school auctioned off 91 items that were
donated by parishioners, school families, local busi-
nesses, and other friends of the parish and school.
The night also featured a bead game, where guests
competed for a 2-night stay at the Rhumb Line Motor
Lodge in Kennebunkport, ME.
This year’s theme, The Triple Crown, A Night at the
Races, also provided lots of opportunities for laughs, as
guests bet on horses ridden by various members of the
Peter Denio and Aaron Dumont were masters of ceremony for the event, which included a roast of Carol Blazon, the
“heart and soul of Saint Patrick School.”
The event was held at Lenzi’s in Dracut and raised $10,500 for the school and the church.
RIGHT: Zachary Bassett, an eighth grader at SPS, recently placed
third in the 14-15 age division at the regional NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass
and Kick competition, which was held at Gillette Stadium during a
New England Patriots game. Zach qualified for the competition by
winning local and sectional competitions.
Winter 2009 SPIRIT 6
Harvest Feast 2008
An annual event at Saint
Patrick School, Harvest Feast gives
second- and third-grade students the
opportunity to particiapte in a
reenactment of the day that we often
refer to as “The First Thanksgiving,”
when the Pilgrims feasted with the
Native Americans after their first
harvest in 1621.
Third-grade students, dressed
in Native American costumes, canoe
down Beaver Brook, where they are
greeted by the second-grade Pilgrims.
After a welcoming ceremony,
everybody shares a traditional
Thanksgiving meal that includes
turkey, corn bread, and cranberry
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LEFT: Principal Roger Dumont is joined
by Peter Denio, Holly Askins, Aaron
Dumont, and Gael Ouellette.
BELOW,LEFT: The third-grade class poses with
their teacher, Gael Ouellette, prior to the event.
BELOW, RIGHT: Third-grade student Matthew
Ferrara enjoys his Thanksgiving feast.
ABOVE, LEFT: Tyler Berard, Kayli Keenan, A.J. Caggianelli, and Cameron Michel feast together.
ABOVE, MIDDLE: Second-grade student Kylee Jedraszek is an adorable Pilgrim!
ABOVE, RIGHT: Jack Frey and Austin Wentzel (background) are preparing for the big day.
Winter 2009 SPIRIT 8
Saint Patrick Spirit Fund
The Saint Patrick Spirit Fund - the annual giving program - is the primary vehicle by which alumni,
families, and friends help to finance the school's operating budget, which far exceeds the revenues generated by
tuition. If we ask students and parents to bear the full weight of these costs in the form of tuition and fees, then
an education from Saint Patrick's will become unaffordable to more and more families. By participating in the
Saint Patrick Spirit Fund, alumni, families, and friends have an opportunity to allow Saint Patrick's to achieve its
mission of providing students an excellent and affordable education in the Catholic tradition. We invite all
members of the Saint Patrick community to invest in our future by making a gift to the Saint Patrick School
In 2008, Saint Patrick School was able to complete several important initiatives while maintaining affordable
tuition costs for its families through the generosity of many alumni, school families, parishioners, members of the
Pelham community, local businesses, and other friends of Saint Patrick School. SPS thanks you for your
support of its annual giving program in 2008. Please consider supporting The Saint Patrick Spirit Fund again in
Thank you to the following individuals for their recent donations:
DeMoulas Foundation - $2,500
Saint Patrick School PTO - $1,500
Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. Shawn Houlihan - $1,000
Steven and Anne Marie Caruso - $250
Please accept my gift and include me in the next issue of Spirit in the following category:
Knight ($500 or more) Visionary ($250 to $499)
Leader ($100 to $249) Benefactor ($26 to $99)
Friend (up to $25)
Name_________________________________________________________ Enclosed is my check for $_________.
Address___________________________________ City_______________________ State_______ Zip _________
Telephone _____________________________________________________ Email__________________________
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Saint Patrick Memorial Fund
Following are memorials that were received between September 15, 2008 and January 15, 2008. Each
donor is listed following the name of the person in whose memory the contribution was made. We try to report
our donations without error. However, if you notice an omission or spelling error, please notify us.
Many donations are received Anita Boule
without prompting; however, Roland and Theresa Soucy
friends often make Memorial Ray Lagasse
gifts when invited to do so. In Dan Coughlin The Deveau Family
the event of death of a relative, Steve and Donna Deveau The Tully Family
please consider that the
following message in the Harry F. Gorman John Mara, Sr.
obituary provides a welcome Saint Patrick School Staff Saint Patrick School Staff
opportunity to make a
meaningful and thoughtful gift: Adam Horan James McDermott
Dumont Family Saint Patrick School Staff
“The family suggests that
memorial donations be made Pat Keegan Tom O’Connor
to the Saint Patrick School Roger and Patricia Dumont Steve and Donna Deveau
Memorial Fund.” Sean and Colleen Tully
The Saint Patrick Memorial Fund was established to offer a way for individuals to honor the memory
of departed friends or loved ones. The memorial serves as a meaningful tribute, while helping the many
students at Saint Patrick School. By participating in the Memorial Fund program, you offer an expression of
care and concern that will benefit you in two ways. First, you will offer a prompt expression of sympathy.
Second, you will support a comprehensive educational program that helps our youth prepare for tomorrow.
If you wish to make a memorial donation then you may use this form. Each gift is acknowledged in several
ways. You will receive a card, while the family of the deceased is sent a card notifying them of your
thoughtfulness (The amount of the gift is never disclosed to the family.). Furthermore, future issues of
Spirit will list memorials from the previous four months. Finally, memorials will be especially remembered
in the daily prayers of the students and teachers of Saint Patrick School and at a special memorial Mass
that is celebrated annually.
Name of Donor Address Zip
I am enclosing a gift of $_________ . This gift is made in the name of _____________________________________________.
Full Name of Person Being Honored or Remembered
Please notify ______________________________________________________________________________.
Name of Family/Friend of Remembered Individual Address Zip
To order additional Memorial Donation Coupons, please check here: _______
(Coupons will be mailed to address of donor above unless otherwise requested.)
Checks should be made payable to Saint Patrick School.
Mail to Saint Patrick School Memorial Fund, 16 Main Street, Pelham, NH, 03076.
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