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Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
On Monday of this week, six members of the HSP team presented at the annual conference of the Georgia Independent School Association, which draws hundreds of independent school professionals from across the state. This is the most HSP has ever had selected to present at this gathering of independent school professionals from across the state.
The presenters include Dr. Deen (on developing critical thinking), Michelle Doniphan and Mary Kenny (on elementary science curricula), Steve Rummelsburg (on Common Core and the Christian school), Peter Schultz (on hiring and retaining faculty), and James Toner (who led several workshops on STEM).
See the detailed list of their presentations here
As a community, we have always cared deeply about our faculty and their professional development. The number of HSP faculty invited to present this year and the breadth of their presentations is a testament to this care and to the quality of our faculty. We want our faculty to be at the forefront of their respective professional fields and the best educators possible for each of our students. I'm proud of these members of our team, and of our faculty as a whole, who commit each and every day to the work of loving and forming our students.
This week, there are two excellent and simple ways that you can support the HSP community. This Sunday, November 8, the Spring Gala committee will host a kick-off event: a beer, whiskey, and wine tasting at the Juice Box on Powers Ferry Road. The committee members will share their plans for this year's historic 20th anniversary Gala, including a preview of some of the items up for auction this April. You can RSVP to Tracy Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week, we also kick off our GOAL Scholarship campaign. It is my hope that every qualified HSP family will participate in this tax credit program by December 15. It's essentially free philanthropy for HSP. Families can redirect up to $2,500 of their state taxes to HSP scholarships, and LLCs can redirect up to $10,000 of their state taxes to HSP's scholarships. We support 32 qualified and very deserving students this way. Pledging your tax redirection takes just a minute or two on GOAL's website; please do so now.
Learn more about the GOAL Scholarship tax credit.
This year's Annual Fund campaign is also underway. We intend to raise $535,000 from 100% of our families this year, to bridge the gap between tuition and the cost of education at HSP. This is the most important gift you can make to HSP each year, and I ask that you be generous in supporting our school community.
Make a gift to the Annual Fund
I can't wait to gather with the men of the HSP community at the Men's Pig Roast, next Saturday night, starting at 5:00pm. The Pig Roast is always a great night for the men of HSP to enjoy good food, good drink, and fellowship. We'll begin with Mass at 5:00pm at the clubhouse behind Holy Spirit Church, enjoy a few refreshments, good food at 6:00pm, and have the best college football games of the night on. If you know you're coming, I would appreciate you sending a quick email to Dave Labbe at email@example.com, to help gauge how much food we should prepare.
Our five-year reaccreditation visit is upon us; the reaccreditation team will be on our campuses November 16-18. I am grateful to the faculty and staff that have put in an incredible amount of work ahead of that visit, including Dr. Linda Anthony, Mary Kenny, Matt Reger, Karyn Vickery, Tim Durski, and Marylu Valek.
That week, we will also invite our grandparents to campus, the Upper School on Wednesday, November 18, and the Preschool and Lower School on November 20. We will invite them celebrate Mass with us, share a meal, and some time in out classrooms. Please mark you calendars for this and be sure to let your families know about the day.
I look forward to seeing you on campus this November! If you haven't attended a Mass on campus, I invite you to look at our Mass calendar, and come celebrate the sacred liturgy with us one morning.
Yours in service,
RSVP to Tracy Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you haven't yet, it is important that you participate in the Georgia GOAL Scholarship program. The GOAL Scholarship program is essentially free philanthrophy for HSP, a tax credit approved by the state of Georgia.
The state of Georgia permits taxpayers to redirect some of their state taxes through the Georgia GOAL Scholarship program to a private school of their choice. You are asked to make a payment to GOAL in March 2016, and the state of Georgia returns the money to you in your tax credit for your 2016 tax return. With these funds, Holy Spirit Prep is able to provide tuition assistance to 32 qualified students.
If you pay state taxes, either through your payroll deduction or a personal check with your tax filings, you qualify to participate. Individuals, partnerships, LLCs, S-Corporations and C-Corporations all qualify for this tax credit.
Our Goal for GOAL
t is my hope to have every qualified HSP family participate in GOAL by December 15, 2015. Our goal for GOAL is to secure $800,000 in pledges from our families. We currently have $312,750 in pledges, and we need your participation at this time.
Last year, the demand for this tax credit across the state was so high, that only 66.3% of each pledge actually went to the school of the pledger's choice. If you pledged $1,000, the state only allowed you to contribute $663. This year, we expect the same 66% pro-rating. Please keep that in mind as you make your pledge, and be generous in redirecting your state taxes to deserving HSP students!
If you have any questions, please contact the school's GOAL coordinator, MaryLynn Llop, at email@example.com.
The Annual Fund is the school’s largest and first fundraising priority, which supports resources and educational initiatives for students and faculty not covered by tuition alone. The Annual Fund allows the school to respond to immediate needs and make improvements that directly benefit our children.
The success of our Annual Fund depends on the participation of every member of the school community – parents, grandparents, trustees, faculty, staff, former parents and grandparents, alumni, friends, foundations and corporations. This school year, we aim to raise $535,000 with 100% participation from our current parents by Christmas 2015.
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This week, six HSP teachers and administrators were invited to present at the annual conference of the Georgia Independent Schools Association. The conference, hosted at Mount Pisgah Christian School on Monday, November 2, drew hundreds of attendees from private schools across the state. The teachers invited to present represent a cross-section of HSP's faculty and their professional strengths: Upper and Lower School, administration and curriculum development, critical and creative thinking. The presenters were:
Dr. Archie Deen, "Encouraging Students to Think and Produce Their Own Analysis"
Critical thinking should pervade all aspect of teaching and learning. If employed to its fullest effect, it can elevate what and how students learn to the point where they not only enjoy being in class but appreciate how it sharpens their minds to understand facts and take on new problems. My presentation shares a range of teaching techniques that encourage students to more critically appraise facts and generate their own analysis and solutions. I shall provide lesson plans pegged to state and national standards in history and geography.
Michelle Doniphan and Mary Kenny, "Using Research-Based Science Curricula to Meet the Diverse Needs and Learning Styles of Upper Elementary Students"
Teachers will receive a compilation of 4th and 5th grade activities that show differentiation in learning levels (struggling learners, on-level, advanced/gifted) and through learning styles (auditory, visual, & kinesthetic). However, activities discussed could be applied to grades 3-6. Teachers can expect to leave with multiple activities for immediate use in year-long units.
Steven Rummelsburg, "Common Core and the Christian School"
One of the most pressing concerns of private Christian schools is how much of a public school curriculum is appropriate to adopt. A comparison of public school goals and outcomes to private school goals and outcomes presents some profound challenges in this age of competitive schooling. The Common Core is rarely well understood in its origins, concept and nature. The goal of this presentation is to disentangle the aims of the Common Core from its jargon and propaganda to see clearly what is there and then to discern to what extent it ought to be used in the private Christian schools.
Peter Schultz, "Hiring and Retaining Well (Teachers and Administrators)"
The importance of a successful school is centered on those in the classroom and those leading. The actual interview is critical to getting the right candidates as is the reference check. My presentation will explore what the steps look like and what to do and what to avoid. I will also explore how all of this relates to creating and sustaining a school of excellence.
James Toner, Three Sessions
"Chromebooks: A Quick and Dirty Intro"
For those ready to jump in to using Google Chromebooks at their school, this is a presentation covering 4 years of lessons going 1:1 with Chromebooks with 5th and 6th graders. From setting up users, to organizing charging, to professional development, to potential misuses this session will cover some key problem and practical solutions for implementing Chromebooks and the Google Apps for Education environment.
"STEAM Projects: Art and Design in STEM projects"
Do STEM projects really equip our students with 21st century skills? Integrating Art and Design as central aspects of a project are a direct way to insure the answer is yes. This presentation will cover STEM projects appropriate for students across the K12 range. These projects allow students to develop a wide variety of flexible thinking skills. They also help students develop a rich sense of the applicability of the STEM fields.
"Empowering Students with Google Apps and Chromebooks"
How can we make sure technology transforms our teaching? What do computers offer beyond wasting less paper? How can you integrate technology well if you're not a techie? Make students creators! The most powerful aspect of educational technology is its ability to empower student to become creators. From creating video, to simulations, to songs. Learn how to engage your students and be amazed by how much they (and you) will learn. This session will cover a broad set of tools available through Google Apps for Education and the web. It will demonstrate illustrative uses of the tools and help teachers develop their own applications.
Brenau University has accepted three Holy Spirit Prep students to participate in their annual Women's Art and Design Exhibition (WADE), scheduled for November 14.
Senior Delphine Mason and juniors Kyla Hill and Anna Podratsky all submitted artwork for inclusion into the exhibition and were accepted by the WADE Art Selection Committee.
The show features student work from high schools across the southeast. Winners (and their teacher) are invited to a day of workshops by master artists and have the chance to win scholarship money for college.
WADE "is designed to provide young high school women with opportunities to exhibit artwork, develop advanced studio skills, cultivate aesthetic appreciation, and earn scholarships for college study." WADE is open to high school women in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
More information is at https://www.brenau.edu/fineartshumanities/wade/.
We will be making Thanksgiving Baskets for the women and children at Our House – an
Atlanta shelter for homeless newborn babies under six months of age and their families, guided
by a coalition of faith-based organizations. The mission at Our House: "to provide a supportive
environment that enables homeless newborns and their families achieve positive life outcomes
for this generation and those to come."
Tickets: $65 per adult & $20 per daughter
Includes The Swan’s Favorite Signature Brunch and optional champagne-punch for adults. Kids' meals include a chicken nugget lunch.
Please bring donations. A list of items needed to fill the baskets will be provided on Sign-Up
Genius. This will be sent to guests who RSVP.
RSVP no later than Friday, November 6. Space is limited. We will try to honor all seating requests.
The Men's Pig Roast is on for Saturday, November 14, at the Boys' Clubhouse behind Holy Spirit Church. Things will kick off at 5:00pm with Mass at the clubhouse. We'll then enjoy a beverage or two, and the food will be ready somewhere around 6:00pm. The plan is also to have a couple big screen TVs set up on the porch showing the best college football games of the night.
If you know you're coming, help us out by emailing Dave Labbe at firstname.lastname@example.org. That'll give us an idea of how much food to bring. We'll have a little beer, but we suggest bringing some too (the good stuff!).
There's no upfront cost this year, but we will have a donation jar out at the Roast in case you'd like to help support the night.
We're looking forward to seeing everyone there! The Men's Pig Roast is always a great night for the men of HSP to enjoy good food, good drink, and merriment.
Upper School Auditorium
Come see the Upper School fall play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream!
Upper School students will present William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in just a few short weeks! Performances will take place on Friday, November 13 at 6:00pm and Saturday, November 14 at 2:00pm in the Upper School theatre. While the Elizabethan period language of Shakespeare’s time can be a challenge for younger audience members, the content of the play is appropriate for all ages. All tickets will be $10 and will be sold at the door. Proceeds from ticket sales support our growing HSP drama program.
We hope to provide complimentary onsite child care for both performances. Please check the Green and Gold for updates in the coming weeks.
Save the date for Grandparents Days! The Upper School hosts their Grandparents Day on November 18; the Preschool and Lower Schools host their Grandparents Day on November 20. We'll invite our grandparents (and other special friends and family) to spend some time with us on campus that day: attending Mass, sharing a meal, spending time together in the classroom. Formal invitations will be sent soon!
In the face of daunting, and what occasionally seemed insurmountable, odds, varsity Cougar football will head to the GISA football playoffs for the first time since 2009. A final regular season 52-12 victory against Dominion Christian clinched the playoff spot for HSP, a remarkable feat after least year's devastating loss to Dominion 41-8.
The game, which also celebrated this year's seniors, started off with a field goal by John Radosta, putting 3 points on the board in the first minutes of the game. A fumble recovery by Chris Bell and a TD run for Davey O'Haren quickly followed. A perfect pass from English to Harrison, a 30 yrd TD run by Whelan, and two interceptions by Ryan Durham left the score 24-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw a pass from English to Maddox with a terrific dash to the end zone. The third quarter had another TD by O'Haren with PATs by Radosta, and closed 45-12. The final TD of the night was scored by Conner Whelan, his second for the night, and winning the final season game 52-12!
HSP defense played strong as always with fumble recovery by Bell, interceptions from Durham (who is currently tied for 2nd in the nation for interceptions), nice tackling by Watson Casal on special teams, Pinkett and Harrison really making some fine moves to hold DC to 12 points total.
Friday night was in honor of our seniors - cheerleaders Reeves Holden, Catherine Dale, Lizzie Markham, and Lauren Bohling, and players/coach Andrew Vickery, Walker King, Andrew O'Hare, Patrick Daly, Chris Bell, Derrick Gomez, Bryan Mocarski, Conner Whelan, Tyler Ngyuen, Ryan Durham, and Christian Jasmin.
The team heads to Albany this Friday for a first round game against football giant Deerfield-Windsor, last year's state finalists, who finished their season 8-2.
Congratulations to running back Ryan Durham, who closed out the regular football season tied for 2nd in the nation in interceptions. Over the course of the season, Ryan snagged 11 interceptions, two in his final game against Dominion Christian.
Stats are tracked by MaxPreps.com: http://www.maxpreps.com/leaders/football/defense,interceptions/stat-leaders.htm
Congratulations to our cross country team, who closed their season with sound finishes at the GISA State Tournament in Albany this week. Varsity girls capped their region championship with a 4th place finish against 15 other teams, just one heartbreaking point shy of 3rd place. Varsity boys took 8th out of 16 places.
A special congrats to Stephanie Perez, who closed her varsity career with an 8th place finish, against 102 runners, and was named to the All-State cross country team. Her sister, Elizabeth, followed up seconds behind her in 13th place.
On the boys side, Jack Voss finished his season with a 10th place finish against 110 runners, and was also named to the All-State cross country team.
Complete results can be found here:
Congratulations to the following varsity volleyball players, who were named by GISA to the all-region volleyball team:
Rebecca Rios, All-Region Libero
Emma Bohling, All-Region Outside Hitter
Jesse Zurovchak, All-Region Setter
Parent conferences are scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday, the 9th and 10th. Please click on appropriate class(es) below to sign up for a conference.
Pre-K2 Miss Jessica
Pre-K2 Miss Paty
Pre-K3 Miss Kayla
Pre-K3 Miss Sadia
Pre-K4 Miss Pat
Pre-K4 Miss Donna
This is a good opportunity for you to ask your teacher specific questions and to discuss your child's progress in school. Each conference will take 15 minutes. If you should need and/or want more time with your teacher, please know that you will need to arrange another meeting with your teacher.
Our Assistants will be available to provide child care for your child(ren) while you are in the conference. Please let your teacher know if you will be needing childcare during your conference. The Assistants will be in the Library…please drop off and pick up in the designated area.
Please feel free to email your teacher, if you have any questions.
An annual event, our Preschool students dressed up in costumes and paraded around the Upper School quad, to the delight of family and Upper School students alike. Superheroes were in this year, with several Captain Americas, and some Supermans and Spidermans, too. Princesses abounded,alongside Minions, dinosaurs, and Jedi.
Proceeds support the Pregnancy Aid Clinic, a women's health clinic promoting the sanctity of all human life.
Congratulations to fourth grade, who, because they attended last week's football game in higher numbers than any other grade, have won a dress-down day this Friday, November 6!
In addition, Mr. Schultz will allow any student who attended the game to dress down this Friday.
Remember our varsity Cougar football team this Friday, as they head to the GISA playoffs for the first time since 2009!
Click to RSVP
Challenge Island is a whimsical, wildly popular enrichment program that promotes creativity, critical thinking skills, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and core language arts skills. Loosely based on a well-known reality TV show, Challenge Island utilizes cooperative tribes. Students
take on a vast array of exciting challenges set on new action-packed thematic islands each semester such as Rainforest Island and Mythology Island. All students will receive an island gift!
Click here to download the information and registration form
January 14–May 12, 2016
3:00 PM–4:00 PM
Spring Cost: $280
Registration is currently underway for the spring semester of SewFun! The classes will be held on Mondays, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, January 11 - May 9, 2016.
The students will enjoy our Fashion Accessories sewing projects! You will create, design, sew and model your own clothing and accessories! This class will offer hands-on fun and trendy designs while you use your creative mind. Be a designer with Sew Fun Studios!
The cost to enroll is $350. Use coupon code 563385B0BB9EC for $25.00 off when you register by December 18, 2015! Students will be able to participate in 14 classes during the spring semester, which is 3 more than they had in the fall! They can invite their friends and design together!
You can register at www.sewfunstudios.com/user/23. Parents can now pay via credit card directly on the website. If you would like to mail a check payment, the enrollment form is attached with the address noted.
If you have questions or would like additional information, please feel free to contact Kenya Walker at email@example.com.
Championship Chess presents a systematic, fun way to build chess skills during chess instruction and while students play. Studies show that chess improves math, reading and problem-solving and our methods connect these academic benefits to our classes. Classes include instruction as well as chess play and guided analysis.
Coach Steve Schneider has been a teacher and chess coach for over 25 years. Championship Chess teams have won local, regional, state and national tournaments. Coaches utilize the Championship Chess curriculum introducing, reinforcing and improving chess skills and strategies in the opening, middle and end game.
Day and Time: Thursdays from 3:00-4:00pm
Dates: Winter session November 19 to February 18. No chess: Nov. 26, Dec. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 11 early dismissal. Chess club will start as scheduled unless you are notified of any delays. Parents must record dates. A spring session starts on February 25.
Who can play: This session is open to ANY student in 2nd through 6th Grade whether or not they know how to play. Younger students may participate if they only know how the pieces move and capture or if they have an older sibling in our chess club. Students who know how to play are encouraged to participate in local tournaments. For the club to meet there must be at least 12 students registered.
Winter Session Club Fee includes online access to Family Connection Site for instructional materials.
Cost: $155; OR, if paid on or before Nov.16th deadline, pay only $135 first child and $110 for additional siblings.
Sign up early! All registered students will receive a chess T-Shirt.
Keep up your soccer skills in the off-season!
A LOWER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Drill Session 2015/2016
COACH NIXON SOCCER
10-week session on Mondays: 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15
U6 and U8 boys and girls: 3:15pm-4:15pm
U10 and U12 boys and girls: 4:15pm-5:15pm
Students should wear shin guards and tennis shoes to each session and must bring a ball and water bottle.
Below is the link to pay for the upcoming 6th grade field trip to Chattanooga. Students depart on Thursday, November 12, around 8:30am and will return on Friday, November 13 by carpool.
On the trip, students will explore the Tellus Science Museum, the Incline Railway, Ruby Falls, and Chickamunga Battle Field. We will be staying at the Hampton Inn Lookout Mountain.
House ties now available in a variety of lengths! Now available for purchase:
Please stop by the Upper School campus to purchase the tie that works best for your student(s)!
St. Catherine's Closet will be hosting a clothing drive from November 9-13. St. Catherine's Closet is an Upper School apostolate that provides gently-used clothing to families in the Centro Católico community. The closet is in special need of clothing for children, but also needs clothing for men, women, and teens.
The collection bins for the Upper School will be in the lobby of the Liberal Arts building, labeled for each House. The House that collects the most items will win 1000 House points, and the second place House will win 500.
Also, as last year, the apostolate will also be collecting clothing items from the Lower School. There will be a collection bin in the front office at the Lower School and in the intermediate building. Any 5th or 6th graders who would like their items counted in the House contest need to clearly label their donations with their House before placing them in the Lower School bins.
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.
Please join the Holy Spirit Spirited Singers and Children’s Choirs on Friday, November 6, for a Family Mass and Adoration Night in St. Mary’s Chapel. Come for Mass (6:00 p.m.), Adoration (6:30 p.m.) and dinner (7:00 p.m.) in McDonough Hall. The cost of the dinner is $10 for adults and $7 for children and will include pizza, salad and dessert. Please RSVP online by midnight on November 4. For more information or to volunteer, contact Clara Olguin at 404-252-4513x 230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Liturgy Committee will host the Wednesday Night Dinner on November 11, serving a BBQ dinner catered by Pig and Chick. In addition, Holy Spirit’s Family Outreach Ministry will coordinate our monthly Family Date Night. All children are invited to bring their grandparents for a special evening celebrating these special people in our lives. Join us for crafts and activities geared toward families.
The cost for dinner, which will include pulled pork and chicken, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, baked beans and dessert will be $10 for adults and $7 for children. Please RSVP online or in the Narthex by midnight on Monday, November 9, and indicate if you will participating in the Family Date Night.