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From August 3-11, the Holy Spirit Prep community is praying a novena asking for the intercession of St. Thomas Aquinas upon the upcoming school year. You are invited to pray with us. Each morning at 8am, the novena prayer for the day will be emailed to you. If you aren't receiving the novena email, please let us know!
Here's today's prayer:
St. Thomas, example of humility
"All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted" (Mt 23:12).
St. Thomas, when you were a young student
some of your classmen called you the "dumb ox."
Although you were more intelligent than all of them,
you bore their insults patiently without retaliating.
You were endowed with a keen mind
but recognized that God is the source of all gifts.
You humbly acknowledged your dependence on God,
and begged him to enlighten you
so that you would act only for his glory.
St. Thomas, pray for me
that I too learn to act out of humility
and never from the empty desire
for esteem in the sight of others.
Help me to seek only God's glory
and to act with a right intention.
May I seek to humble myself now,
so that in heaven
I will shine like the stars for all eternity.
St. Thomas Aquinas,
patron of students and Catholic schools,
I thank God for the gifts
of light and knowledge he bestowed on you,
which you used to build up the Church in love.
I thank God, too,
for the wealth and richness of theological teaching
you left in your writings.
Not only were you a great teacher,
you lived a life of virtue
and you made holiness the desire of your heart.
If I cannot imitate you
in the brilliance of your academic pursuits,
I can follow you in the humility and charity which marked your life.
As St. Paul said,
charity is the greatest gift,
and it is open to all.
Pray for me that I might grow in holiness and charity.
Pray also for Holy Spirit Preparatory School,
for its students, families, faculty, staff, administration, board members, and benefactors.
In particular, please obtain the favor I ask during this novena:
That Holy Spirit Preparatory School may fulfill its mission, through the gifts, fruits, and virtues of the Holy Spirit. Let us help our students grow in the image and likeness of our Creator; let us inspire their minds in wisdom and learning; and let us nurture them in heart and soul, body and mind, for Your greater glory.
A huge congratulations to Mr. Matt Reger, Science Chair and Dean of Faculty, for being recognized as a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Mr. Reger was among five teachers recognized in the state of Georgia this year by the PAEMST program, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Mr. Reger will now be advanced for consideration of national recognition in the application process.
Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year.
Awards are given to mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. The jurisdictions are Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense Education Activity schools; and the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Since the program's inception, more than 4,300 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.
Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science (including computer science) education. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
We are incredibly proud of Dr. Archie Deen, of our social sciences faculty, for the publication of his first book. Geographical Knowledge Construction and Production: Teacher and Student Perspectives will be published by Universal Publishers and available for sale through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The 246-page tome "is a readable and illuminating account of three high school classrooms in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. It challenges the narrow focus of the Advanced Placement (AP) program as a tool for admission into colleges and universities in the United States. The research provides insight into the College Board's AP program and argues for teaching and learning that is transformative and geared toward equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary to confront the challenges of the 21st century. In particular, he advocates for geographic education that is anchored in the structure of the subject, teasing wherever possible, the contradictions and tensions embedded in the complexities of facts relating to people and places."
Order a copy of Dr. Deen's book
Dr. Deen took his Ph.D. in Geography Education at University College London, Institute of Education London. He holds a Master of Science in Geography from King's College, University of London, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Sociology from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. Dr. Deen brings over 20 years of teaching and research experience in Geography and Environmental Geography, at both secondary and college level in Britain, the United States, and Sierra Leone. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (FRGS-IBG) and a member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). Dr. Deen has presented at conferences including the Association of American Geographers and the Association of Independent Schools in the United States. Dr. Deen is currently at work on a second book, a study in political ecology, due to be presented at the 2016 Association of American Geographers conference in San Francisco.
The primary way Holy Spirit Prep communicates to its families is through two weekly emails, the Green and Gold, and This Week at HSP. If you don't receive these emails, please contact your campus office manager to be added to the weekly distribution.
The Green and Gold is HSP’s weekly newsletter, an e-mail publication that includes news from all three campuses. The Green and Gold is the primary way we communicate news about upcoming events, announcements about impending deadlines, and stories about our students’ accomplishments. You can always see the latest Green and Gold at www.holyspiritprep.org/newsletter.aspx.
This Week at HSP is a simple email sent every Sunday with a list of the coming week's events, including class Mass schedules and athletics. It will include links to sign-ups, registrations, and order forms.
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Thursday, August 6
All faculty return for pre-planning
Our Welcome Back Day is Wednesday, August 12. This is the day that your child(ren) will meet their teachers and see their classroom. Parents and children drop in anytime between 8:30am and 12:00pm. You will receive an email before this day that identifies your child’s teacher. This day is a wonderful opportunity to meet the teachers and get acclimated to the preschool surroundings.
The First Day of School is Thursday, August 13. While students are learning the ropes of preschool these first two days, school will dismiss at 12pm.
Our Preschool Parent Night will be on Friday, August 14, at the Lower School. This is a great opportunity for you to meet our preschool faculty and staff and meet other preschool parents. Please RSVP to Ms. Nancy O’Gara at email@example.com.
Please complete and submit these forms by Welcome Back Day on Wednesday, August 12:
Student Health Record
Activity and Transportation Waiver
Authorization to Give Medication at School
Early Morning Care Registration (optional)
Thank you for sending your children to HSP! We are grateful to have this opportunity to be with them at the preschool this school year.
Sign-ups for fall after-school activities will begin at Welcome Back Day on Wednesday, August 12!
Friday, August 7: New Parent Orientation
8:30am in the Cafeteria
Parents new to the Lower School are invited for an orientation on the morning of August 7th.
Tuesday, August 11: Welcome Back Day
Parents and students are encouraged to come to school between 8:00am and 11:30am to receive homeroom assignments, sign up for after-school activities, and meet teachers. Students do not wear their uniforms on Welcome Back Day.
Wednesday, August 12: First Day of School
School begins at 8:00am and dismisses at 3:05pm! Kindergarten and pre-1st grade will dismiss at 12:30pm.
Monday, August 17: Parent Night
Begins at 7:00pm.
Please complete and return the following forms by Welcome Back Day on Tuesday, August 11:
Student Health Record
Activity and Transportation Waiver
Tutorial Agreement Form (3rd-6th grade only)
Early Drop-Off Registration (optional)
Extended School Program (ESP) Registration (optional)
The deadline for ordering custom 15-16 school supply kits has passed; EduKit is still offering age-appropriate, standard kits that may not include all of the supplies your child will need. You can still pick up all of your school supplies this week using the lists below:
Kindergarten Supply List
Pre-1st Supply List
1st Grade Supply List
2nd Grade Supply List
3rd Grade Supply List
4th Grade Supply List
5th/6th Grade Supply List
PE uniforms will be available for order imminently on a special new online platform for HSP athletics, PE, and spiritwear.
In the interim, on days that students have PE, they may wear last year's PE uniform or appropriate gym attire. Families can visit the school store at the Lower School to borrow or purchase gently-used PE uniforms.
The following activities will be available after school this year, and sign-ups will begin at Welcome Back Day on Tuesday, August 11!
Boy and Girl Scouts
Musical Theatre/Orff Ensemble
From August 25-September 16, Mr. Schultz will host a series of coffees by grade, and would love for you to join him. These coffees are an opportunity for Mr. Schultz to meet with parents, share updates of the school, and hear parent feedback. If you'd like, you can join Mr. Schultz for Mass at 8:15am with your student's class, then enjoy some coffee and conversation in the media center starting around 9am.
K/Pre-1st August 26
1st grade August 25
2nd Grade September 2
3rd Grade September 1
4th Grade September 9
5th Grade September 8
6th Grade September 16
The school store, selling supplies, gently-used uniforms, and other goods, has moved! This year, it is located on the bottom floor of the Main Building of the Lower School, next to the art rooms. The store will be open on Welcome Back Day, Tuesday, August 11. Please bring cash or checks for any purchases you would like to make!
The first day of school for new students will be Tuesday, August 11th. This day, students are required to wear their dress uniform.
The first day of school for all students is Wednesday, August 12. This is also a dress uniform day. Upon arrival, students will report to the gym, where new students will be sorted into their Houses and receive their House ties.
We begin each school year with grade-level retreats, some on-campus, some off-campus. This year's retreat schedule is as follows:
7th and 8th grades
Friday, August 14th
9th and 10th grades
Thursday, August 13th-Friday, August 14th
Thursday, August 13th-Saturday, August 15th
New Parent Party
Wednesday, August 5
Student Leadership Orientation
Monday, August, 10
Wednesday, August 12
Wednesday, August 19
Friday, August 21
First Football Game
Monday, August 24
Wednesday, August 26
Please complete and return these forms by the first day of school on Wednesday, August 12.
Student Health Record
Activity and Transportation Waiver
Authorization to Give Medicine at School (optional)
Authorization to Carry Certain Medications at School (optional)
Authorization to Self-Administer Medicine (optional)
Parking Permit Application (optional; for 11th-12th grade)
Other US forms and resources
2015-16 Uniform Code
2015-16 Textbook List
Dear Upper School family,
The start of this new school year is just around the bend; we are looking forward to seeing your children return or join our school community this year. Joining the Upper School from the Lower School as Director of Campus Ministry, I am particularly looking forward to our grade level retreats. These are a blessed opportunity to begin the year with an experience of prayer, community, fun, and friendship. See below for details on your son or daughter's retreat, and keep your eyes peeled for another note from Campus Ministry next week.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to fill out the HSP Activity and Transportation Waiver (in addition to any waivers mentioned below) and return it to Karen Browning at the front office.
Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have regarding these retreats and Upper School Campus Ministry this year!
God bless you,
Beth Van de Voorde
Director of Campus Ministry
7th grade retreat
Led by Tommy Curtin and the junior class
Time: Friday, August 14, during ordinary school day; drop off by 8am, pick up at Upper School at 3pm.
Their retreat experience will be led by this year’s junior class, offering an opportunity to build class unity, to connect with upper classmen, learn from them about servant leadership, and introduce them to life on the upper school campus.
Attire: casual (shorts of appropriate length, shoulders covered, and shoes for running around outdoors).
Emergency contacts: Front Office, 678.904.2811 (7:30am-4:30pm)
Registration for fall sports is now open! Registration is open for:
Varsity cross country
Middle school cross country (practices start August 10)
Middle school football (practices start August 10)
Flag football (for boys and girls ages 7-14)
Lower School and Little Cougar soccer registration will be available soon on the Athletics Registration page.
Tryouts for cheering and volleyball have passed. For questions about these sports, please contact Kevin Evans, Director of Athletics, at firstname.lastname@example.org.