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If you haven't yet, it is important that you participate in the Georgia GOAL Scholarship program. The GOAL Scholarship program is essentially free philanthropy 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
It is our 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.
Make your gift
The 1996 Level
$19,960 and higher
The Donoghue Level
The Donnellan Level
$5,000 - $9,999
The Dillon Level
$2,500 - $4,999
The Paraclete Level
The Gold Level
The Green Level
Up to $499
Upper School Auditorium
Come see the Upper School fall play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream! 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.
Complimentary onsite child care will be provided for both performances.
Registration for the Mother-Daughter Brunch is now closed.
The Swan Coach House
3130 Slaton Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
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."
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 has been sent to guests.
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.
One way we can show gratitude for the ministry of our campus chaplains, Fr. Thomas and Fr. Juan, is to help feed them! You can join the Meals for Priests program, which provides meals and groceries twice a week for ten local Legionary priests and three LC missionaries. This not only is a way of thanking our priests, but also reducing the burden on their demanding schedule. Click below to learn more about the program and sign up for a meal time!
Left to right: Thomas Hardt ('15 President, House of Lyons), Christopher Sequiera ('14 Salutatorian), Father Juan Hernandez, and Drew Vincent ('15 Head Boy) celebrate the boys' initiation into Delta Upsilon.
Last Saturday, three HSP alumni pledged themselves to the Delta Upsilon fraternity at Georgia Tech. Campus chaplain Fr. Juan Hernandez, who presided over the fraternity as it's president in 2001, joined them in their celebration.
The Delta Upsilon fraternity at Georgia Tech bills itself as the "Gentlemen's Fraternity," a fraternity outspoken against secret initiations and the culture of hazing embedded in Greek life. According to their website, "being the only non-secret fraternity means that our principles and ideals are open to public scrutiny and inspection, allowing others to judge whether we are living up to our own expectations [....] We strive to get the most out of the college experience through academics, professional connections, philanthropy."
Last week was National Vocations Awareness Week, and schools and parishes throughout the archdiocese celebrated. The Upper School observed the week in part with special guests in theology classes. Pictured here are Jessica Cocks ('11) and her husband Jesse Garcia. We were so happy to have them visit and speak about the vocation to marriage.
Fr. Brian Baker, from HSCC, also visited classrooms throughout the week, along with Deacon Bill McCarthy. Br. Christopher Tappel, a seminarian with the Legionaries of Christ, visited and spoke about his experience of preparing for the priesthood. Pat LeBlanc and Mary Dillenburg, who are giving a year of service to the Church with the Regnum Christi Mission Corps program, also visited and shared how their experience during this year of service and mission is helping to prepare them for whatever vocation God may be calling them to. One HSP alum, Maggie Munoz ('15) is currently serving with the same program in Houston, TX.
HSP juniors joined 700 other juniors from Catholic schools throughout the archdiocese at the annual "11 Alive," a day of reflection for juniors as they begin to discern their lives after high school. They heard from Paul Kim and Mary Bielski, both Catholic speakers, as well as enjoyed time for fellowship and prayerful adoration.
Let us pray for our students, that they will discern the vocation God calls them to, whether married or single life, lay or clergy!
In the face of daunting, and what occasionally seemed insurmountable, odds, varsity Cougar football earned their season goal, clinching a spot at the GISA football playoffs for the first time since 2009.
The odds were stacked high for the team, a #4 seed, pitted against #1 seed Deerfield-Windsor, a contender for this year's state title. Faced with numerous injuries, including senior starters Bryan Mocarski and Andrew O'Hare, the team fought bravely and fell to Deerfield-Windsor 42-19.
Under the leadership of Head Coach Dave Rosenzweig, the team has made remarkable gains over the last two years, evidenced not only by HSP's playoff appearance, but by big wins this year against Bethlehem Christian, Young Americans, and winning back the Catholic Cup from Monsignor Donovan, which has held onto the prize since its first appearance three years ago.
Five HSP senior football players have been selected by the North Georgia Touchdown Club to play in the 2015 Chamber Bowl Senior All-Star Game.
The five players include:
The seniors will join other all-star athletes from Division 1, 2, and 3 schools across North Georgia. This year's Chamber Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 19th, at 1pm at Alpharetta High School.
HSP Basketball takes to the courts this week under the leadership of coaches Greg McClaire and Jada Jordan!
Varsity basketball plays their first games this Thursday, 11/12, against Monsignor Donovan in Athens, an especially heated rivalry after reclaiming football's Catholic Cup from them this season.
Middle school developmental teams take on Atlanta Academy at their home court in Roswell.
Next week, varsity girls host their first home game on Tuesday, 11/17, against the North Atlanta Flight; varsity boys have to wait until Tuesday, December 1st, for their first home game against Griffin Christian.
One of our sixth grade students, Jack Kelly, has a brother who is currently in Iraq serving our country as part of the US Army signal corps. 1st Lt. Robert Gavin McKerrow, is in charge of Charlie Company, 57th and has 50 soldiers under his command. Conditions for the soldiers are rough and luxuries are few. The JCRC students would like show these men who are living our HSP motto, “To serve, not to be served”, our profound gratitude. They are serving our families by leaving their own.
Needless to say any contribution is welcome: notes of encouragement, homemade cards, art work, toiletries, snacks, DVDs, books, magazines, really anything you can put in a box would be appreciated. Single packets of condiments to flavor MRE meals are especially in demand. More ideas can be found on the list below.
Please consider having your student bring a contribution to their classroom next week, November 16-20. Carroll Center students will be in charge of collecting the donations into their grade level Carroll Center classrooms and we will make sure that they reach Charlie Company, 57th. Our goal is to pack a box for each of Gavin’s troops so they they will feel our thankfulness and love.
We are grateful to be a part of such a generous community. I know that many of you will want to help Gavin and the men with whom he serves.
Suggestion list and directions from military.com
Do not send perishables.
Food and drink
· Powdered drink mix. Your service member will appreciate anything that can be mixed with water. In cold months, send hot beverage mixes such as cocoa, instant coffee, tea bags, and creamer. During warmer months, sweetened drink mixes such as lemonade and iced tea will be welcome.
· Meal enhancers. Anything that can be mixed with MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), such as ramen noodles, seasoned salt, individual packets of hot sauce, mustard, relish, and ketchup.
· Snacks. Look for small, hard containers of chips, pretzels, and nuts. These are easier to carry than large containers. Avoid bags, which may burst under high pressure. If you do send large bags or containers, include small zipper-lock bags so your service member can pack smaller amounts of snacks to carry. Snack cakes, cheese crackers, and cookies are in high demand. Salty snacks are good for those deployed in the desert, especially in the summer months, because they will encourage your service member to drink more water.
· Candy and gum. Avoid chocolate if your service member is in a warm climate. It will melt in the heat. Gum and other types of candy may soften and become gooey, so send these in plastic zipper-lock bags.
Personal care and clothing
Choose small, travel-size containers of personal care products, and avoid aerosol cans. To keep liquids from spilling, cover the opening of the container with plastic wrap, then recap before shipping.
· Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, cotton swabs, shaving lotion, disposable razors, shampoo, individually packaged tissues.
· Personal care. Individually packaged baby wipes, eye drops, lip balm, lotion, aspirin or other pain reliever.
· Foot care. Moleskin, medicated foot powder, athlete's-foot ointment.
· Disposable hand warmers. Send these during the winter if your service member is in a cold climate.
· Fingerless gloves, stocking caps, long underwear, if the climate is cold.
Entertainment and communication
· Reading material. Paperback books, current magazines, comic books.
· Word games and puzzles. Crossword puzzles, word searches, jigsaw puzzles.
· Games. Foam footballs and basketballs, Frisbees, Hacky Sacks, playing cards, yo-yos.
· Batteries. Size AA and D batteries are in high demand. If you're sending a battery-operated device, such as a CD player, remove the batteries so the appliance doesn't accidentally turn on during shipment.
· Disposable camera.
· Writing material. Notepaper, envelopes, pens, pencils, and stamps.
Reminders of home
In every care package, be sure to include a personal note or other special reminder of home. Photographs, drawings, and videotapes of your activities at home will be comforting to your service member. Here are some more ideas:
· Your children's art projects or schoolwork.
· The Sunday comics from your local newspaper.
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Thank you so much to everyone who helped support the Lower School Book Fair! We earned over $2,000.00 for the media center in book sales, and another $2,500 in donations to the media center. We are so grateful for your generosity! We have a lot of ideas for putting this money to good use for our students. Thank you to all the volunteers who took the time to help and make it such a success.
To help celebrate Grandparents Day, the Lower School will be having an author visit on Wednesday, November 18, for K-2nd grade. Local Author Becky Hunt is coming to read her book My Grandma's Crazy! Flyers are going home this week to order her book and have it signed.
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.
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.
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.