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You are welcome and encouraged to join us for a special time of prayer for the HSP community as the Blessed Sacrament is exposed at the Lower School and Upper School chapels from approximately 9:00am-3:00pm.
What is Adoration?
Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. Catholics believe that Jesus makes Himself present to His people in the Eucharist, the communion bread and wine consecrated at Mass, and that the bread and wine become Jesus' Body and Blood. In the many faith communities that have Adoration, the Eucharist is displayed in a special holder called a monstrance, and people come to pray and worship Jesus present in the Eucharist continually throughout the day and often the night.
More about Adoration
Varsity Cougar Football | Game #7
vs. Trinity Christian
North Springs High School
7447 Roswell Rd
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Tailgate | 5:30pm (<-pumpkins for sale!)
Kickoff | 7:30pm
Buy Your Fun Run Tickets ->
Adult Race Fees $20
Student Race Fees $15
Lunch Ticket $5
Family Max $75 ($100 with Lunch)
Please register by October 3rd to guarantee a T-shirt! Registration fees increase by $5 each and T-shirts are not guaranteed after the October 3rd deadline.
Become a sponsor of this year's Family Fun Run and Picnic, scheduled for Saturday, October 17! Proceeds from sponsorships and the Fun Run go to the Athletic Booster Club.
Click here to make your sponsorship gift
Sprinter Level $1,500 and above
Recognition on website and Green and Gold newsletter
Recognition on back of t-shirt
Name on banner at the start/finish line
Pacer Level $500 - $1,499
Recognition on website and Green and Gold newsletter
Sign in front of water station or picnic game of your choosing
Runner Level up to $499
Recognition on website and Green and Gold newsletter
Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
Last week, we were able to witness history as our Holy Father, Pope Francis, visited the United States for the first time. Many of our families sat glued to their television sets and computer screens watching His Holiness meet with President Obama, address Congress, and celebrate Mass. Most moving, perhaps, was watching Pope Francis move among his flock in America as a pastor, stopping to embrace, speak with, and commune with people on the way to and from his various stops. It was obvious that he was most energized by these small moments, and it was in these moments that we saw the face of Jesus, desiring to be among and with His people, whom he loved so much he gave up His life for us.
I had the opportunity to make my own pilgrimage to Philadelphia this weekend to be with Pope Francis and attend Mass with him. Providentially, I bumped into several HSP families on the streets! I've included some pictures from bumping into the O'Hares and the Chandlers. Our Upper School campus minister, Beth Van de Voorde, was able to be in the crowds on Capitol Hill, to see Pope Francis after he addressed Congress.
I was grateful for the opportunity to travel north, and I'm looking forward to what the "Francis effect" might have in our nation, inspiring people in their faith and service to each other.
Yours in service,
Sponsor the Fun Run
Thank you to sophomore Matthew Spencer and senior Stephanie Perez, who, in their art class, under the direction of Ms. Rombalski, designed this year's Family Fun Run and Picnic t-shirt!
T-shirts are guaranteed for families who register for the Fun Run by October 3rd.
The Smart Talk
Apple Family Sharing
Monitoring Through Gmail
Digital Safety Tips for Teens
Two weeks ago, Andy Boyle spoke to HSP students and parents about keeping our students safe in their online practices.
Fr. Juan's follow-up conversation about morality and digital safety was well-attended, and a second one is planned for those who could not attend the first! More information will be available in the G&G soon.
Andy offered an abundance of tips and resources for keeping students safe online, monitoring their online activity, and building trusting relationships with our kids about their online activity.
Andy presented the following video to demonstrate how easy it is to lose control of the photos and other content students share with each other: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGkaw44-Ql4
Andy recommended some basic guidelines that he uses in his own household, including:
Andy recommended creating a device use contract, like the super-simple one available at Smart Talk.
Covenant Eyes is an accountability program that monitors Internet activity in your house and compiles reports for parents or other accountability partners. It is recommended by many parishes and dioceses.
Monitoring and Controlling Child Activity
Families with Apple products can set up Family Sharing, through parents can set restrictions on their children's Apple IDs and control what their children download.
Set up Family Sharing
Families with Android products: give your student a Gmail account, have them signed in on their Android devices, and add their account to your phone (Settings > Accounts). You can monitor all of their activity and web-browsing through your device.
More information on monitoring through Apple IDs and Gmail accounts
Watch the full video:
Congratulations to Cougar varsity football, who defeated Griffin Christian Academy 43-0 last Friday night! The win marks two games in a row in which HSP has defeated a team at their own homecoming.
The victory was made in spite of missing several key players, including quarterback Bryan Mocarski. Kudos to James English, who stepped in as quarterback, and Jake Vincent, center, who led the team this week.
Within the first few minutes of the game, Demorius Taylor sacked Griffin's QB in the end zone for a safety, beginning the team's offensive march! HSP football racked up 43 points by halftime.
Credit goes to Connor Whelan for 3 touchdowns, John Radosta with 2 touchdowns and several conversions, and a 30-yard pass from James English to Ryan Durham for his touchdown of the night. Our defensive team was no slouch either, with Demorius Taylor making one of the biggest hits of the night -- from the other side of the field, we could hear it in the stands! Durham is still on track for national acclaim with an additional 2 interceptions for the night bringing his total to 7 for the year!
Congratulations to our girls varsity cross country team, who in keeping with their unflagging record from the past two years, took first place in two recent meets. The results:
Loganville Christian September 12
Varsity Girls: Team First Place (Plaque)
Stephanie Perez: 3rd (medal)
Deisi Casillas: 5th (medal)
Natalie Casal: 8th
Sara Wilson 12th
Emma Jones 17th
Tereza Dominguez: 22nd
Varsity Boys: Team 3rd Place
Jack Voss: 6th
Mathew Spencer: 16th
Jonah Gunderson: 17th
Nolan Gibbs: 18th
Charlie Ryan: 22nd
Michael Bertany: 23rd
Kyle Bannon: 24th
The Dominion Dash at Dominion Christian September 19
Varsity Girls: Team First Place (Trophy)
Stephanie Perez: 2nd (medal)
Elizabeth Perez: 4th
Deisi Casillas: 5th
Natalie Casal: 6th
Sara Wilson: 9th
Teresa Dominguez: 15th
Aidan Weeks: 21st
Mathew Spencer: 7th
Nolan Gibbs: 10th
Michael Bertany: 12th
Charlie Ryan: 13th
Jonah Gunderson: 14th
Kyle Bannon: 16th
Donald Gu: 21st
Luke Cocks: 22nd
Middle School Football | Final Home Game
vs. Trinity Christian
Lower fields at the Upper School
Kickoff | 5:00pm
Last week, Holy Spirit Prep released its full job description for a Preschool Director, and is planning preliminary interviews of qualified candidates later this fall. To view the job description or to share it with qualified candidates, please click here.
Many, many thanks to our Lower School principal, Peter Schultz, who continues to serve as interim Preschool Director this school year while we undertake this search.
Dear Preschool and Lower School Dads,
Thank you to the 40 dads that came to our first Dads Club meeting at Nancy G’s on September 10. This is going to be a great year! Here are a few upcoming events for the the Dads Club:
Saturday, October 24
Paint at the Lower School, 8:30am-11:30am
Please stop by with painting clothes and help paint railings. There will be coffee!
Saturday, November 14
Pig Roast, open to all men of HSP. Begins at 6:00pm.
Thursday, December 3
Short spiritual talk and get-together at 6:30pm at Nancy G’s (restaurant in the plaza across the Lower School)
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
After last week's All-School Mass, fifth grade students and their families assembled in the Reese Memorial Library at the Upper School for the annual Tying Ceremony, during which the students were officially inducted into Holy Spirit Prep's House system, sorted into their respective Houses, and given the House tie they'll wear with their dress uniform until they graduate.
This is a big moment in the life of an HSP student. Though there are abundant opportunities in clubs, apostolates, sports, and in the classroom, the House system is the primary means through which HSP forms students into leaders. More than just leadership, each House is a family, made of students from 5th-12th grade, and through that House, students maintain connections and form relationships in students not in their immediate peer group.
Happy fall, y’all! Are you getting as excited as we are about that Fall chill in the air? ‘Tis the season for apple picking, pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating, and -- YES! -- the HSP Fall Festival! 2015 HSP's Fall Festival is October 30! This year we continue our annual tradition, but with some great new changes and additions. Here’s what you need to know:
• First, we are no longer asking for classroom prize donations. To make the most of our resources, we ask that parents make a small cash donation toward one large, school wide, bulk prize order. This will allow the Fall Festival committee to purchase premium quality prizes/party favors for this event, at a much lower price per item. (It also means parents don’t have to shop, and teachers and class coordinators don’t have to manage donations boxes.) Watch for donation flyers to come home in your child’s Friday Folder on October 2. We will be collecting donations from October 5 – 7. The more money we raise, the better the prizes will be!
• Second, instead of candy and “penny” prizes at each booth, we are creating party favor bags for every student. At the classroom booths, students will have the opportunity to compete for raffle tickets, and raffle prizes will be awarded by our DJ (another great addition this year!) throughout the event. We hope to utilize any corporate resources that HSP parents may have, so if you have in-kind items you would like to donate (Spirit items, toys, sporting goods, gift cards, etc…) for the raffle, in lieu of a cash donation, please contact Fall Festival Co-Chair, Kathryn Martini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Third, while Halloween costumes are not allowed at school, on October 30, fun Halloween or Fall themed uniform enhancements (such as socks, tights, hair accessories, or jewelry) are ENCOURAGED!
The 2015 HSP Fall Festival is right around the corner, so please plan ahead to help make it a fun event for our kids!
With the exception of varsity football, photos for middle school and varsity teams will be taken next Tuesday, October 6, at the Upper School from 3:30pm-4:30pm. High school teams will take photos first, to allow time for students from the Lower School to arrive. Players should plan to be there in uniform for their team and individual photos.
The Lower School will hold a living rosary in the courtyard next Wednesday, October 7, at 10:00am. If you've never prayed the Rosary, haven't prayed the Rosary in a long time, or just want to know more about the Rosary, Amanda Eckert will be walking through the basics at 9:15am in the Lower School chapel.
What is a living rosary?
A living rosary is when people are used to represent each bead of the rosary. Each person leads one prayer of the rosary.
The 3rd grade sponsored a schoolwide food drive benefiting Catholic Charities Atlanta and Refugee Resettlement Services. Thank you to all who donated goods!
Catholic Charities Atlanta provides Refugee Resettlement Services to refugee families arriving in the Atlanta area. The extensive resettlement services are designed to aide refugees to become self-sufficient as soon as possible. CCA's staff offers employment services and case management in over 17 different languages.
Holy Spirit Prep Robotics Team
Open to 3rd-8th Graders
Adviser: James Toner
After a great debut year, we will once again be participating in the First Lego League Robotics competition. We will meet twice a week: Tuesdays in the Lower School STEAM lab, and on Wednesdays in the Upper School STEM lab. Students must attend one session per week. Meetings start after school and run till 4:30pm. If you like building, problem solving, competition, inventing, or logic, then you will be a great fit for the team.
Sign up for the robotics team
Practices have started already! Students must be registered by the end of September. Registration will be $150 for the year. Also, any parents who are interested in volunteering should email James Toner at email@example.com. We will need one other official team sponsor, and welcome more support/mentoring as your availability allows.
Below is a reprint of an email sent from Mrs. Sotomayor to Upper School families on Monday, September 28:
Dear Upper School Parents,
The beginning of this school year has been wonderful and so far we have been able to accomplish much during the first six weeks of school. Thank you for the support you've given to your student and to our school community.
As I promised at Parent Night back in August, I would like to inform you about some important additions to our academic program.
Starting this semester, progress report cards will be sent home at the end of each semester, in December and May, instead of quarterly. Having semester grades allows more assessments to accumulate, which will more accurately reflect your student’s performance. At the midpoint of each semester, the school will send you an email reminding you to log in to PlusPortals to check grades, so you can review your student’s progress. The way the school reports grades to colleges will not change.
The Upper School will also be implementing a new Academic Probation Policy to help remediate students who struggle academically. The purpose of Academic Probation is to ensure that we pay close attention to each student's academic performance. We would like to identify students who are struggling early on in the semester and put a mechanism in place for the students to improve and finish the year strong. Each semester will be considered independently as grades reset at the beginning of the second semester. The logistics of the policy are as follows:
1. Grades will be checked at the following times:
a. At the end of the 4th week of each semester;
b. Every two weeks after the 4th week.
2. Students can be placed on Academic Probation at any time during the year at the discretion of the Student Success Team.
3. Students with two Ds or an F in any subject, including electives, will be placed on Academic Probation for a minimum of two weeks.
a. The teacher will inform the student.
b. The administration will inform the parents via email.
4. Students on Academic Probation will be required to attend a mandatory study hall after school for two weeks.
5. After two weeks of Academic Probation,
a. If the student no longer has two Ds or an F, he/she will no longer be on Academic Probation and will not have to attend the mandatory study hall.
b. If the student still has two Ds or an F, he/she will be deemed Academically Ineligible, will be required to continue attending study hall, and will not be allowed to participate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities for two weeks (at which point the student’s grades will be reviewed again).
c. A student who ends the 1st semester on the Academic Ineligibility list will not be allowed to participate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities until the first day of the 2nd semester.
Lastly, the final exams exemption policy has been revised. Starting this December, all students will be required to take final exams, with the exception of seniors in The Order of Gownsmen during May exams only. All seniors are required to take exams in December. For more information about The Order of the Gownsmen, please refer to the Student Handbook. Our students need to be exposed to this type of assessment, which they will inevitably encounter in college. Having them take final exams while in high school will provide them with a higher level of confidence in their ability to prepare correctly and effectively for final exams in college. As in the past, junior high students will have final tests in their classes, not final exams. All high school students will have final exams, worth 20% of their semester grade.
Please know that we are in the process of updating the Student Handbook to reflect these changes.
Thank you for allowing us the privilege of educating your child. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
God bless you!
Upper School Principal
With the exception of varsity football, photos for middle school and varsity teams will be taken next Tuesday, October 6, at the Upper School starting at 3:30pm. Players should plan to be there in uniform for their team and individual photos.
Be sure to check out the Campus Ministry section of the website for an ongoing list of up-to-date service opportunities, in addition to our year-round apostolates.
1) Sign up to help at the 2nd annual C-Pride Pumpkin Patch! Please help the PVA make this another pumpkin smashing success! We need lots and lots of help from both Students and Parents--a fantastic opportunity for Upper School Students to earn service hours and for family bonding, too!
Students Questions? Contact Olivia Zdrahal.
Parent Questions? Contact Diane Higgins.
2) Help is needed at Holy Spirit Catholic Church's nursery, during the Sunday Masses. Upper School students may volunteer to earn service hours or may work for $8.50 an hour. Contact Samatha Zavala to sign up.
3) We need responsible Upper School students to help run the concessions stand at our home football games: two students for each half of the game. Contact Ms. Van de Voorde to sign up.
4) Students can now earn service hours for filling the following liturgical ministry roles at their parishes: (1) altar server, (2) lector, (3) Eucharistic minister, (4) usher, and (5) choir member. One service hour is earned any time a student attends Mass and fills one of these roles during the liturgy. N.B. Only one hour may be earned per Mass even if the student fills more than one role.
5) Volunteer at the Family Fun Run and Picnic on October 17.
Representatives from the following colleges will be on campus to meet with students about admissions:
HSCC Sunday Night Mass
St. Mary's Chapel
Beginning October 18th, Holy Spirit Catholic Church is piloting a new Mass time, Sunday evenings at 7:00pm. This Mass will be held in St. Mary's Chapel.
Holy Spirit Prep has offered to assist with the Mass, and will coordinate its various ministries, including music. If you attended the first all-School Mass, you know it will be inspiring worship with our students serving in various ministerial roles!