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They did it! Congrats, Class of 2015! We're so proud of you.
They did it! Congrats, Class of 2015! We're so proud of you.
Posted by Holy Spirit Preparatory School on Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Congratulation's to Holy Spirit Prep's Class of 2015, the tenth graduating class of HSP! This year's graduates celebrated all of the traditions of graduating from HSP: signing the Matricula, descending the spiral staircase, Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gregory, and Commencement. This year's commencement speakers were valedictorian Meredith Jones, salutatorian Alexis Wilkinson, and guest speaker Deacon Bill Garrett, president of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School.
Deacon Bill Garret invites graduates to follow St. Ignatius and "set the world on fire"
Meredith Jones explains how HSP's formation has made her class a force for good in the world.
Alexis Wilkinson considers the myriad lessons learned from teachers and friends.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta will celebrate its annual Eucharistic Congress on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at the Georgia International Convention Center. Come celebrate with Catholics from around the archdiocese!
Click the photo for more information about the Congress.
Register online for summer camps! This year's camps include sports, arts, crafts, academics, and a ton of fun! A complete list of summer camps for students in preschool-12th grade is available online at www.holyspiritprep.org/summer.
With any questions about summer camps, please contact Robert Villante, Director of Summer Programs at email@example.com. If you know the instructor for the summer camp you're interested in, please feel free to contact them directly as well.
In addition to our incredibly talented faculty, this year's camps are sponsored by the Atlanta Braves, Challenge Island, Vance Exley Tennis, British Soccer, and more!
This summer, the Lower and Upper School offices will be open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, and the Preschool Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm. If you need anything, please be sure to contact us during these hours.
The school will be closed the week after the 4th of July, Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10. Have a great summer!
A reprint of Mr. Pietrantonio's 5/19 email to the school community:
Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
I am excited to announce the appointment of Jocelyn Sotomayor as our new Upper School Principal.
Jocelyn joins us from Pinecrest Academy in Cumming, where she has served for eight years managing the academic progress of a Catholic high school, coordinating assessment, leading curriculum development, and creating and maintaining programs of discipline. In addition to her experience in administration, Jocelyn brings years of experience as both a counselor and dean of students, establishing and shaping Pinecrest's guidance and college counseling programs and working closely with students and their families in their personal formation.
Jocelyn writes, "I truly believe that God has a perfect plan for each of us. In his perfect plan for me and my family, Holy Spirit Prep has opened its doors to welcome us as part of the family. I am honored and feel great excitement to start this new chapter in our lives. I look forward to meeting HSP's faculty and staff, families, and especially my new students. I cannot wait to begin the work of supporting and enhancing the mission of Holy Spirit Prep and its students and faculty."
With 12 years of experience in school administration, particularly in independent Catholic school administration; a devoted Catholic faith; and a single-minded commitment to the mission of forming students into happy, faithful, successful servant leaders, Jocelyn is comprehensively qualified and exceptionally situated to lead our Upper School community.
I want to extend my thanks to Tommy Curtin, who steps into the role of Assistant Head of School this summer, and who has faithfully and devotedly led the Upper School as its principal since 2012. He writes, "It has been a true privilege to serve our students as Upper School principal for the last three years. I am so happy that Jocelyn will be joining the HSP community to continue the tradition of excellence we have established here. I wish Jocelyn the very best success in her new role, and I look forward to assisting in a smooth transition."
We also welcome Jocelyn's family to the school community: she is a mother to two sons who will join our Lower School in the 2015-16 school year.
Jocelyn holds an M.Ed. in Counseling and an M.A. in Administration of Human Services Programs, both from the Universidad del Turabo. Jocelyn will begin her position on July 1, though she hopes to be on campus several times before the end of the school year.
Please join me in welcoming Jocelyn to our school community.
Yours in service,
Kyle M. Pietrantonio
Head of School
Yearbooks will be distributed to students this Friday, May 29! A limited number of yearbooks will be available for $50 at the front office of each campus.
We want to make sure that every student can participate in end-of-the-year yearbook signing. Students that don't have a yearbook for autographs will receive a signing book they can use to collect autographs and messages from their friends and teachers.
If you have any questions regarding an existing yearbook order, please contact Molly Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org. For any other questions, please contact Tim Durski at email@example.com.
HOPE: Help and Offerings for Prisoners Exiting
The Order of Malta is accepting donations of backpacks for use in its Prison Ministry Program. These backpacks will be filled with a Catholic Bible, list of Catholic resources, shirt and toiletry items, and given to men as they are released from prison.
Our Lord Jesus received comfort from Dismas, the Good Thief in His last moments and in Matthew: 25:31-46, Jesus instructs us to remember those in prison.
To participate, Upper School students may drop off old backpacks in bins located in the Liberal Arts rotunda. Lower School students will find bins at Mrs. Jerrum’s desk. Bins will be labeled with House names and the House with the most backpacks collected will receive 1,000 points; 2nd place will receive 500.
Members of the Order of Malta will inspect the backpacks, remove all identifying information, make necessary repairs, then fill the backpacks and deliver them to El Refugio for distribution to inmates on their release date.
This is a beautiful way to live the Gospel and repurpose an old backpack!
Rising K-6th grade summer reading lists are now available! They will posted online now through summer under the Quicklinks menu at the top right corner of the school website:
You can also download them here:
Summer Activities for K and Pre-1st
Kindergarten and Pre-1st Grade
For more information about summer reading, please contact Dana Altone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATTENTION PARENTS: Order your EduKit now! Everything your student needs for the school year comes packaged in one convenient box, customized to your teacher's requests! Go to www.edukitinc.com to order today.
Download the supply list
PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS
Sign up now for summer and fall lessons!
Kimberly Izor regularly offers piano lessons to Lower School students:
"Summer time is a great time to get started. I will travel to your home as well as teaching in my studio in Buckhead."
"I teach after school at the Lower School and am signing up new students now.
Please go to my website: pianolessonsforyou.net"
Contact: Kimberly Izor
A reprint of Mr. Curtin's 5/26 email:
The end of the year is almost upon us! It’s been a wonderful year at the Upper School, and, at this time, we would usually announce a week of festivities to end it in style, beginning with House day tomorrow. Unfortunately, the weather forecast is for thunderstorms all day tomorrow, so we cannot proceed safely with House day as planned. We expect to reschedule House day for a day at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.
If you would like to bring your students to school for the day, there will be a limited variety of activities on site, including games and indoor sports. If it is more convenient for you to keep them home, that is perfectly acceptable; but if the students are on campus, they will be fed and looked after. The day will be a dress-down day for any students on campus; shorts are acceptable. Please do not send students to school in sandals; tennis shoes will be required.
Our schedule for the rest of the week:
Thursday, May 28: Winning House Party
Although the weather for Thursday looks bleak as well, we are not yet cancelling the winning House trip to Six Flags scheduled for that day. A final decision about the trip to Six Flags will be communicated by tomorrow afternoon. With today’s decision to cancel House day, the House of Chalcedon will go to Six Flags this year, as they currently possess an almost insurmountable lead over the other Houses. Students going to Six Flags will need to bring money for lunch at the park and plenty of sunscreen.
Students not in the House of Chalcedon will have to wait until next year for a shot at Six Flags. If you would like to bring them to school for the day, there will be assorted games and activities being offered on site. As with Wednesday, if it would be more convenient to keep your students at home, they are not required to attend on this day. Whether students are going to Six Flags or remaining on campus, the dress code is casual with tennis shoes recommended.
Friday, May 29: Last Day of School (12:30pm dismissal)
Attire for the last day of school is “dress up.” No uniforms are necessary, but boys should be in ties and girls in dresses or skirts. The day will begin with a homeroom party then time for signing yearbooks. Our final Mass of the year will take place at 10:15am. An 11:30am-12:30pm awards ceremony will conclude the day and the year. Parents are welcome to join us for the Mass and Awards Ceremony, however not every student will be recognized by name. Parents of students receiving recognition will receive a separate email letting them know.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to educate your sons and daughters this year. It has been a privilege.
Yours in service,
Rising 7th-12th grade summer reading lists are now available! They will posted online now through summer under the Quicklinks menu at the top right corner of the school website:
You can also download them here:
7th-12th Grade Summer Reading List and Consent Form
Supplement for AP Language Courses
Supplement for 11th Grade Advanced Composition
With any questions about summer reading, please contact Jamie Reger at email@example.com@holyspiritprep.org.
The 2015 Pumpkin Patch Committee is looking for serious, hard working volunteers to help with pumpkin planting the weekend of June 13-14. Work will be performed outside on the Durham Family farm in Thomaston, GA, and will last approximately 6 hours each day including transport time. Transportation to and from the farm will need to be arranged by the students and/or their parents. A limited number of carpools may be available depending on volunteer sign-up. The volunteer caravan will leave from and return to HSP Upper School each day. Volunteers need to provide their own work gloves and sack lunch. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a canteen of water are recommended. You can volunteer for one or both days. As additional details become available, they will be emailed to student volunteers.
Volunteer hours count towards the 2015-16 school year. Hours can be used as 'catch-up' hours for the 2014-15 school year if necessary. Volunteer hours must be recorded on the 'High School Service Hour Form' found at www.holyspiritprep.org: click on 'Quicklinks,' then 'School Forms and Resources'.
This is a great opportunity to earn up to 12 service hours before the school year begins!
Please email Brandi O'Haren at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
USED TEXTBOOK SALE
It’s time to think about getting rid of those textbooks you no longer need. This year, the PVA is only accepting book donations. If you would like to sell your textbooks, we recommend Amazon, Barnes & Noble or MSB Direct.
Please consider donating your textbooks to the PVA and skip the hassle of mailing, posting, and tracking your textbooks for resale. All proceeds from the sales of donated textbooks will go toward PVA programming throughout the school year, including the Father/Daughter Dance, House events, Upper School dances, and teacher birthday gifts.
Last year, several donated textbooks could not be resold (due to poor condition or removal from the list of required books). These textbooks were donated to Books For Africa (www.booksforafrica.com) and we plan to donate all unsold textbooks to them again this year.
PVA volunteers will begin accepting donated textbooks on Friday, May 22, and will continue to accept textbooks through June. You may leave your textbooks in a marked box outside the library. Please note that the maintenance staff will clear out all items from student lockers on the last day of school, Friday, May 29, at 1:00pm. Any textbooks found in lockers at this time will be added to the inventory of donated textbooks for sale.
The used textbook sale will begin for all Upper School students on Thursday, July 16, and will remain open until Friday, July 31, or until the inventory has been depleted.
Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:45am - 12:15pm. Please note that shopping during other time periods is not permitted.
Thank you for your support of the Upper School PVA! Please contact any of us if you have any questions.
Paula Anker, email@example.com
Kristen Gibbs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Mangum, email@example.com
Buckhead School Uniforms is having a special shopping day for Holy Spirit Preparatory School!
Sunday, June 7th, 2015
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This will be a private event for Holy Spirit Prep families only.
Shop early and save during our June Sale!
Save 20% - when you spend $250 & up
Save 15% - when you spend $125 - $249.99
Save 10% - when you spend up to $124.99
Buckhead Uniforms Sandy Springs
6311 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30328