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Mr. Andy Boyle, Education Technology Consultant
Enabling Parents to Ensure and Enhance
Digital Safety For Their Children
Monday, September 14th
ADMISSION IS FREE. INVITE A FELLOW PARENT TO COME WITH YOU!
One of Inspiratio's first (and most popular) speakers in 2013, Andy Boyle is an educational technology specialist with his thumb on the pulse of that all-too-rapidly-changing tech and social media landscape. In addition to his deep technical and professional knowledge, Mr. Boyle is father to young boys and brings a straight-forward, practical, and conversation style in his overview of the challenges most parents face today and the remedies he proposes. If you have ever felt helpless, uncertain, or uninformed about how to manage your student's ever-increasing web presence, you will want to mark your calendars for Monday, September 14.
Andy Boyle is a principal with MobileMind. From K-12 classrooms, administrative offices and higher education, Andy has, for the last 15 years, taught, modeled, and coached teachers of all levels on methodologies and industry leading best practices while pushing the frontiers of technology integration. Andy earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State University and is certified in all the social sciences (6-12), leadership (K-12), and AP Macro and Micro Economics. Andy built his first classroom website in 2003 with Microsoft Front Page and went paperless in 2007.
Congratulations to our Visual Arts Chair, Ms. Rockie Rombalski!
This past weekend, Ms. Rombalski, once upon a time a professional archer, competed in the Archery Shooters Association Classic Championships, the final shoot in an 8-month pro/am national tour, at Fort Benning. Ms. Rombalski took 2nd place in the individual Women's Open B class, and 3rd place in team competition.
Ms. Rombalski, who maintains a semi-professional status, was invited to compete in an upcoming pan-American event in Costa Rica.
Just a bit of sage advice: stay out of her cross-hairs.
Picture Day is coming to Holy Spirit Prep! Peachtree Portraits will be on each campus on Wednesday, September 16, (and September 17, for some of our Preschool students) to take student and class portraits.
Peachtree Portraits is offering discounts and specials to families who pre-order their student portraits online. You will be asked to enter your email address before ordering.
Can't make an away game? Need to run home at half-time? Never fear! This year, HSP Athletics will live-stream broadcasts from each game, starting with Cougar varsity football. You can pick up the live stream here:
Registration is open for Little Cougar Soccer!
Click here for more information and to register
Registration is open to students in Pre-K3 and Pre-K4. The season begins on Saturday, September 12.
About the league: Emphasis of the league is to introduce the basic rules and skills of soccer as well as good sportsmanship. The league is committed to making sure all players have lots of time with the ball. The one-hour session has teams moving through a series of skill-building activities and playing one mini-game. During the mini-games no scores are kept and coaches stay on the field to provide instruction.
The following after-school activities are open for registration. Please use the links provided to find out more information about each event and to register.
Jemima's Playhouse info packet
Mr. Greg's Musical Madness info packet
Challenge Island info packet
Tony Young All-Star Karate info packet
Playball info packet (monday) info packet (wednesday)
Vance Exley Tennis
Dear Lower School and Preschool Dads!
Our newly formed Lower School/Preschool Dads Club will have its first meeting on Thursday, September 10 at 6:30pm at Nancy G’s Restaurant, in the Kroger shopping plaza across Long Island Drive from the Lower School. All Lower School and Preschool dads are invited!
This is our time to come together, get to know one another, and plan for this school year. We have a lot to do this school year!
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday the 10th!
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday the 10th!
Registration is still open for Lower School soccer, which began this past Monday, August 24. HSP participates in the Catholic Metro Soccer League.
Registration is open to students in grades K-6. Practices began Monday, August 24, and games begin on September 12.
Sign up your students for after-school clubs! Registration is currently open for:
Robotics Club: Minecraft and Programming
Download the K-2nd Tennis Form
Download the 3rd-4th grade Tennis Form
TENNIS WITH COACH PAULA: Paula Umana, Certified Professional Coach, was a world ranked
tennis player and has 20 years of experience as head pro for kids and juniors tennis programs.
CLASSES: Wednesdays* / September 2nd – November 11th(10 week
*No class on September 30th
GROUPS/TIMES: 3:00pm – 4:00pm / 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids will be divided by age and skill level
LOCATION: Lower School Gym / Upper School tennis courts
All mini-tennis equipment is provided
(small nets & low compression balls)
COST: $180 per child for the entire program
Please join us on Wednesday, September 23, for our welcome meeting and ice cream social!
iFaith is a wonderful girls group that promotes faith, service, and fun! Please email Christian Riley at email@example.com for more details.
“It is important to realize that being close to Jesus and knowing him in the Eucharist through your service at the altar, enables you to open yourselves to others, to journey together, to set demanding goals and to find the strength to achieve them.”
-Pope Francis to Altar Servers, August 4, 2015
Those students who are in grades 3-6 are invited to volunteer for the privilege of altar serving at their class Masses throughout the year. It is a great way for them to serve and grow closer to God through their living of the Mass.
The only requirement to be an altar server is to have made your First Communion in the Catholic Church.
If a student has been trained before, or has served at the altar at their own parish, they still need to attend training at the beginning of the year. Serving a class Mass can be a little different than at a parish, so this helps to get them acquainted with the nuances of a Mass at school. The 6th graders who have served previously will be asked to help guide the younger students through their trainings.
Trainings will be held in the Lower School Chapel during tutorials in the afternoon from 3-4 pm, from Tuesday–Thursday, starting on August 18 and running through September 3rd. Tuesday, August 18th, is reserved specifically for 3rd graders who will be receiving initial training. If this date doesn’t work for your 3rd grader, you can sign them up for another date. 5th and 6th graders will also have the chance in school during their cluster periods to have training, but can also sign up for the afternoon tutorial times.
Please email Ms. Eckert, Lower School Campus Minister, at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up your child as an altar server.
From August 25-September 16, Mr. Schultz is hosting 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
Auditions for the Upper School fall play will take place after school on Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9. This year's production will be directed by Mr. Curtin. The name of the show will be announced to students on September 1. HSP Theatre hopes to include all interested students in the production, and the audition process is intended to place students in the roles best suited to their talents. If your son or daughter is interested in the performing arts, please encourage them to consider trying out!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Mr. Curtin at email@example.com.
The updated form for Upper School service hours is now on HolySpiritPrep.org. Click here for the form and more information regarding required number of hours, as well as an ongoing list of service opportunities and apostolates students may particiapte in.
Please note two important points: there is no longer any distinction between "school" service hours and "community" service hours. Also, students are required to keep track of their own service hours and are responsible for turning in their completed, signed form to Ms. Van de Voorde by April 30th. Please see Beth Van de Voorde with questions.
This Wednesday evening, August 26, the Upper School will observe Matriculation from 6:00pm-7:30pm. This annual event, required for 9th-12th graders and open to the whole HSP community, marks the entry of our 9th grade students into high school, and features Mass in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, followed by 9th graders and new HSP high school students signing the Matricula, a book which they will sign again on the day they graduate, marking their admission to and graduation from high school at Holy Spirit Prep. Dress uniform is required.
As with all of our Masses, parents are very welcome to attend. We particularly want to invite parents who are new to HSP to experience this HSP high school tradition.
The Atlanta Private Schools College Fair is this Saturday, August 29th, from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Cobb Galleria, Hall A. Mr. Sale emailed all junior and senior families details of the event:
View the College Fair program
Descriptions of College Fair breakout sessions
A few notes about attending this college fair for your students: please make sure your student dresses respectfully. This means no short shorts, ball caps, torn clothing, or revealing tops. It can be a good idea to create mailing labels with your student's name, address, email address, high school, graduation year, and major interest, for putting on prospective student information cards. Also, remember this is one of your student's first experiences making a major adult decision, so please continue to empower your student throughout this process!
The 2014 cross country team, after taking 2nd place at the GISA state championships.
Registration is still open for a few fall sports:
Cross country has several slots still available for both middle school and varsity athletes. Join the team that's won region championships the last two years in a row, and placed 2nd at state!
The middle school football team also has several slots still open. Practices have already begun, so register now at the registration page.
Join Ms. Rombalski and Mr. Oppermann during spring break in 2016 on a whirlwind tour through Ireland! Students who sign up by September 12 will get $250 off their registration fee.
The tour, sponsored by WorldStrides will take the team through Galway, Limerick, Cork, Dublin, outstanding coastal panoramas and magnificent mountain views, castles and dungeons, amazing shopping centers, monasteries, small towns and villages along the peninsula, art galleries, and sheep. SO. MANY. SHEEP.
For more information and to sign up, interested people should go to www.educationaltravel.com and login (under the Enroll option) with the following login:
If you would like to talk to the trip's organizers, you may contact Ms. Rombalski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HSP will not be printing or providing planners to students this school year. So go out, pick up a fantastic planner, and have fun with it! J
Depending on your budget, a variety of planners are available.
Check out these custom planner sites:
and then there is the old reliable:
Mondays, August 24-December 14
9:30am—11:30am | Malta Hall
Fr. Josh Allen, STL
$150 audit fee
Holy Spirit College’s “Introduction to Catholic Spirituality” will consider the relationship between Christ’s grace, personal spiritual growth, the human person as an image of God, and participation in the Catholic liturgy. Taught by Fr. Josh Allen, this course will also address the following areas: the monastic spirituality of the Greek fathers, virtue spirituality, and the various spiritual traditions of Catholic religious orders (Cistercian, Dominican, Franciscan, Carmelite, and Jesuit). Emphasis will be given to important Catholic spiritual thinkers such as St. Athanasius, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Catherine of Siena, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Ignatius of Loyola. This course provides elective credit toward the Holy Spirit College Master of Theological Studies degree. Please contact Kim Schulman for information regarding graduate tuition pricing.
Contact Kim Schulman at email@example.com or 404.252.4513 to register or for more information. Visit www.holyspiritcollege.org to learn more about Holy Spirit College.
Download the registration form
Have you heard that Pope Francis is coming to our country? In just over a month Pope Francis will join Catholics from all over the country in Philadelphia to conclude the World Meeting of Families. There is still a possibility to join him from Atlanta, with LOVE and SERVE Atlanta's package that will help you and your family live the experience in the spirit of Pope Francis himself, spending the days doing street missions around Philly and attending the main events with the Holy Father. Click here for more information, including itinerary and accommodation plans.
Dates: 7:00am, Thursday, Sept. 24-early morning Monday, Sept. 28.
Cost: including coach bus, room, and board is only $390.
Contact Beth Van de Voorde at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.