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To date, we have 47% parent support for the Annual Fund. Please help us reach 100% by end of January! Pledge now and pay by June.
Why is my participation in the Annual Fund important?
The first question that most outside constituencies ask before making a gift is, "What do your board, staff and parents contribute?" It is so important that we show support from within before we go to outside sources for contributions. Participation in the Annual Fund demonstrates to others that we, as one of the closest groups to the School, support our mission. What better way to motivate other groups to give?
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% commitment from our current parents.
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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
Publix cards are available at the front office of each campus. Just give the card to your cashier at checkout and HSP will receive $250 for every $37,500 spent.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Holy Spirit Preparatory School when you shop at AmazonSmile. To enroll, go to smile.amazon.com.
Enroll in the Target Charge of Education Program and Target will donate up to 1% of your REDcard purchases to HSP. To enroll go to www.target.com/tcoe.
As expected, the $58 million cap on GOAL pledges was met and closed on the first day the Georgia Department of Revenue accepted applications! The GOAL Scholarship staff submitted everyone's application to redirect their taxes on that first day, January 4. This year, the cap was exceeded by over $50 million. The GDOR announced it will prorate all applications it received by 53.36%
Thank you to all of our parents and friends who pledged the redirection of their Georgia Tax liability to HSP’s 2016 GOAL Scholarship. Your tax dollars are making a difference for students attending HSP!
A special thank you to all of our supporters who used their “Pass through Entity” or LLC to increase their tax credits and support our students:
Erik and Denise Gunderson,
Robert and Michelle Kelly,
William and MaryLynn Llop,
Mark and Karen Mitchell,
Paul and Mary Voss
In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Holy Spirit Prep will be closed this Monday, January 18.
Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 19.
For students who missed school photo day in September, including new students, Peachtree Portraits will be on our campuses on Wednesday, January 27, to take makeup photos.
At the Lower School, Peachtree Portraits will be set up from 8:30am-10:30am.
For the Preschool and Upper School, Peachtree Portraits will be set up in the Upper School gym from 11:00am-12:00pm.
No registration is required. Students should present themselves for photos in their dress uniform.
Register for Casino Night
Never played poker? No problem. Are you a blackjack wiz? Wonderful! Please join us for an adult event in McDonough Hall filled with food, drinks, and fun. We bring in a professional poker tournament and blackjack company to keep the play running smoothly for the seasoned player as well as teaching the beginners.
This year’s proceeds will go towards the new HSP Tailgate and Event Grill, “Tin Lizzy!” Additional proceeds support HSP's athletics programs.
New this year is the “Holy Rollers” table featuring limited seating with Father Juan Hernandez as the blackjack dealer!
Dress is casual. Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres are included along with your first set of chips.
Happy hour and registration at 7:00pm with play starting at 8:00pm* until 11:00pm.
Blackjack will be on-going throughout the evening and poker players may switch over to blackjack if they have folded and still want to play.
*If you are going to play poker it is essential that you are registered and ready to start at 8:00 pm sharp!
Head of School Address
Friday, February 5 | 4:00pm
Kyle Pietrantonio, HSP's Head of School, will present his annual address to the HSP community on Friday, February 5th, in McDonough Hall. In his address, Mr. Pietrantonio will discuss the state of the school, including updates from our admissions, college counseling, and development programs; an overview of our recent accreditation visit; and what's in store for HSP over the next few years.
Stay afterwards for food trucks and the annual Pink Games, supporting Mercy Care!
February 5 | 6:00pm
Supporting Mercy Care
Support the girl's varsity basketball team's annual fundraiser for Mercy Care: buy your shirt online today! You can also purchase through the front office at each campus by cash or check. Deadline to purchase is 5pm on January 18th!
Tuesday, February 9, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Upper School Gym
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Each year, all graduating seniors have the opportunity to go on a senior trip to Vatican City and Rome. Students planning to make the trip are expected to pay their way, which can pose financial challenges for some. To help defray costs, "Roma" was born. Every year, the seniors produce a fun-filled evening of auction items, entertainment, Italian pasta dinner, and desserts. They utilize their talents: singing, dancing, art, baking, serving, etc. to create what has come to be a memorable night for both participants and guests!
One of the most anticipated features of the evening is the Senior Servant Auction. Many of the senior students will advertise their various talents (everything from yard work and babysitting to tutoring younger students to car washing and house painting). Roma guests have the opportunity to bid on the seniors. Winning bidders will have the chance to utilize their Senior Servant on Senior Service Day in May (after their final exams). Questions? Contact Mike Verlander at email@example.com.
Tickets are sold in advance for $10 per person; $50 maximum per family. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15 per person; $75 maximum per family, cash or check only at the door, please.
St. Joseph’s Cohort, one of Holy Spirit Prep's service apostolates, sponsored a Christmas gift drive for 75 families in Whitley City, Kentucky, one of the most impoverished areas of the United States. Students, faculty, and staff volunteers each shopped for clothes for a specific child. The gifts were wrapped and bagged, and the faculty leaders of SJC delivered the gifts in person to St. Mary’s Outreach, which coordinates support for a total of 423 children throughout McCreary County in Kentucky. Our two English faculty who help coordinate the drive, Peter Radosta and David Labbe, delivered the gifts in person and joined about 15 other volunteers at East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church in setting up the Christmas party where children will receive their gifts.
The drive is an outgrowth of St. Joseph’s Cohort’s summer ministry: every summer, SJC makes an annual trip to Whitley City to help renovate and repair homes for families with few means. In preparation for that trip, SJC recently completed a work day with Atlanta Habitat For Humanity Chapter on the Pope Francis Habitat Build.
Two students at Holy Spirit Prep were selected as finalists in a national design contest this week. Mary Palmer Mason and Andi Rozzelle were picked by the Mohawk Group for the final round of their Scratch Art Design Contest.
Leaders of the commercial flooring division of area carpet manufacturer Mohawk Industries recently announced the Scratch Art Design Contest to find a new design to add to their Mixology Collection, which "uses bright, multi-colored end-of-lot yarns, which are given new life in strikingly beautiful carpet rather than being down-cycled into other industry products." The group solicited designs from K-12 schools across the nation.
In addition to the chance to be named as the group's winnning design, as finalists, Mary Palmer and Andi will each be awarded 200 square yards of carpet tile of their design for use at HSP.
HSP's 2014-15 Annual Report is now available online. The Annual Report provides a picture of our funding areas for the 2014-15 school year, recognizes those who have supported our institution with their own resources, and showcases four of our recent graduates and their “HSP Story.” We look forward to sending each family a printed copy in the near future.
Download the 2014-15 Annual Report
Holy Spirit Prep began processing payments for the 2016-17 school year in December. The option to pay in one lump sum expired on January 1st. The required first payment for the two- or ten- payment plan will process the same week it did in 2015, but no later than February 1, 2016.
Because HSP operates under a continuous enrollment system, no additional paperwork is required to maintain your enrollment for 2016-17; it will automatically renew. Families seeking financial assistance will have to submit a regular, updated financial statement. Need-based financial aid information is available here. Families expecting to withdraw from the school can access details on that process here.
It is important to keep your payment information with the school current so that your students’ tuition payment is processed. Any tuition plan chosen but not met will automatically default to the next available payment plan.
Thank you for entrusting your children to our care! We remain grateful for the privilege and great responsibility we have in providing a pre-eminent Catholic school experience to our students.
Support the girl's varsity basketball team's annual fundraiser for Mercy Care: buy your shirt online today! You can also purchase through the front office at each campus by cash or check.
Deadline to purchase is 5pm on January 18th!
Congratulations to our boys and girls junior varsity and varsity basketball teams, who won each of their six games this past Friday and Saturday night! The teams played tough matches against Bethlehem Christian, North Atlanta Flight, and Dominion Christian. The teams chalk up their success to the incredible community turnout for the games. Coach Jada Jordan writes, "Thank you on behalf of the basketball teams for the support during both Friday and Saturday night's games. The gym was packed on both nights with many of you as well as alumni....It makes a difference. The athletes play harder and they want to do well for all of you"
Other teams in the region are taking notice of HSP's basketball success. In an interview, Bethlehem Coach Michael Elmankabady noted of HSP that “they’re an especially well-coached basketball team right now,” referring to new head basketball coach Greg McClaire.
Knights of Columbus Free-Throw Competition
Sunday, January 24
Upper School Gym
All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2016 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held Sunday, January 24, from 9:15am to 1:00pm in Holy Spirit Prep’s Upper School gym. The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions.
All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry forms or additional information contact: David Labbe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Below is a reprint of a message from the Head of School sent on Friday, January 8.
Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of our own Faith Rummelsburg as our new Preschool Director, effective this coming summer.
Over the past few months, our search committee received applications and conducted interviews of highly qualified candidates. The committee unanimously recommended Faith for the position and is very excited to have Faith take the lead at the Preschool.
In 2014, Faith joined Holy Spirit Prep with her husband Steve, a theology teacher at the Upper School. From California originally, Faith has worked at the elementary level for over 20 years now, and her experience includes administrative responsibilities for training, supporting, and coaching teachers in curriculum development and guiding them in their overall professional development. Faith is fluent in Spanish and has experience with language acquisition and development in young students. Her knowledge of the Lower School, and the early elementary program in particular, will be a strong asset to our Preschool.
Faith is the mother of three daughters, two of whom are students at Holy Spirit Prep: Tomi (Class of 2020), Kaia (Class of 2018), and Kenya, who attends Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. Faith sees her 2nd grade classroom at the Lower School as an extended family and creates an environment that is nurturing, engaging and challenging. Our Lower School Principal, Peter Schultz, says Faith “is a highly qualified educator committed to excellence in the classroom. She loves each child as if he or she were her own and creates a loving learning environment. She is keenly interested in each child’s growth and educates the whole child in mind, body, and soul.”
Faith is very excited to take on this new role. “The Preschool Director position is a great responsibility, one that I hope to fulfill with honor and diligence aided by graces. It is my sincerest intention to foster a faith-filled and intellectually edifying experience for all children involved in the Preschool program. I bring many years of experience in coaching teachers and students alike in areas of academic and character development. I am most eager to put my experience to work in building up the pedagogical and methodological skills of our staff so that we may all serve our students and their families in a manner consistent with our school’s philosophy, values, and mission. I am thankful for the opportunity to implement all I have learned in my years working in education. I feel that under the tutelage of good men like Mr. Schultz and Mr. Pietrantonio, I will not only fulfill all expectations, but improve upon what my predecessor has built.”
Faith plans to attend several upcoming Preschool events, including this Wednesday's Family Fun Night.
Yours in service,
P.S. I want to thank our interview committee, which consisted of myself; Kristina Wilhelm, Director of Enrollment Management; Patricia Stanchak, Preschool teacher; Clara Olguin, Preschool teacher; Christy Maurer, Preschool parent; and Peter Schultz, our Lower School Principal and interim Preschool Director. Their understanding of the Preschool and their dedication to HSP was very evident and critical in selecting the right candidate for HSP.
Upper School Open House
Sunday, January 31
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You're invited to see what's in store for your students when they move to the Upper School, whether that's next school year, or five years from now. At Holy Spirit Prep's Upper School, your student will experience the outstanding academics, courageous athletics, and faithful service you expect to follow your Lower School experience.
We are committed to making our school a communion of joy, so that when our students graduate and scatter to their colleges or universities of choice across the world, they are joyful young men and women poised for a lifetime of happiness.
Come visit the Upper School campus during out Open House to see what we mean: you’ll meet more of our brilliant, caring faculty and tour campus with our amazing student leaders, where you'll have the opportunity to quiz them on what an actual day in the life of an HSP Upper School student looks like.
Registration for spring soccer is now open! Practices start on February 15, 2016, and games begin on Saturday, March 12th, at the Lower School fields. Holy Spirit Prep participates in the Catholic Metro Soccer League.
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We still need parent volunteers as coaches and team parents. You can indicate your interest on the registration form.
Spring Tennis Info and Registration Form (K-2)
TENNIS WITH COACH PAULA: Paula Umana, Certified Professional Coach, was a worldranked tennis player and has 20 years of experience as head pro for kids and juniors tennis programs.
PROGRAM: BASED ON WWW.10ANDUNDERTENNIS.COM
CLASSES: Wednesdays* / January 27th -May 18th (10 week program)
*no class on March 2nd and 23rd **space is limited sign up early
GROUPS/TIMES: 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
LOCATION: Lower School Gym / All mini-tennis equipment is provided (small nets & low compression balls)
COST: $270 per child for the entire program
Spring Tennis Info and Registration Form (3rd-4th grade)
TENNIS WITH COACH PAULA: Paula Umana, Certified Professional Coach, was a worldranked tennis player and has 20 years of experience as head pro for kids and juniors tennis programs.
CLASSES: Wednesdays* / January 27th -May 18th (15 week program)
*no class on March 2nd and 23rd**space is limited sign up early
GROUPS/TIMES: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Upper School tennis courts
COST: $270 per child for entire program
Download the information and registration form (.pdf)
Minecrafting Circuits and Cities Ages 8-9
Fridays, 1.5 hours
In this class, students will learn circuitry and redstone in MineCraft! Redstone can be used in MineCraft to make simple circuits, such as automatic doors and light switches, to complex devices such as hidden trap doors, roller coasters, and automatic farms! Students will learn binary and boolean logic, then apply that knowledge to creating an adding machine in Minecraft! Next we will move into learning about Command Blocks and their infinite uses! Students will learn to teleport, set game modes, and create reward rooms!
Advanced Minecraft and Programming Ages 10-14
Wednesdays, 1.5 hours
Learn programming With MineCraft and ComputerCraft! In this class, students will learn programming skills using ComputerCraft in which you can add little robots and computers to the world of MineCraft. These can be programmed using the LUA scripting language. Students will learn about variables, functions, conditional statements, loops, and more, as well as improving their typing skills in a fun, familiar environment where the results of their work are immediately visible and very rewarding. Students will conceptualize, write, and debug their very own program using new skills that remain useful outside of the MineCraft environment. The LUA language is a fully featured and freely available programming language that can be used to write applications and games, and is a perfect springboard for learning more complex languages like Java, C++, and others.
HSP Mandarin Chinese Class for Ages 5+
On Wednesday afternoons
Download the information and registration form
Panda Learning Chinese for Kids is an in-school Mandarin Chinese enrichment program which provides a comprehensive quality bilingual curriculum. Ms. Jenna Han, the founder of PLCK has been enjoying working in the education field for over 30 years both in China and America. Teaching for her is a passion of love for the children and she en-joys watching her students’ excitement when they learn. She tries to create an environment of learning which is based upon the children’s interests.
Kimberly Izor offers private piano lessons four days a week after school. To find out more information about these lessons, or to book lessons, please contact Kimberly directly at 404.444.8440, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Principal's Honor Roll is awarded at the end of each quarter to any student earning a grade of A- or above for every subject taken that quarter including enrichment areas.
Mallory Kate Jones
Brady Van Oss
High Honor Roll is awarded at the end of each quarter to any student earning a grade of A- or above for five or more core subjects for that quarter and a grade of B- or above in the remaining subjects. Core subjects are defined as Religion, Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
Honor Roll is awarded at the end of each quarter to any student earning a grade of A- or above in four or more core subjects for that quarter and a grade of B- or above in the remaining subjects.
Mary Meyer Martin
We are excited to announce that this year's HSP spring musical will be Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella! We hope to feature a big cast of students from all Upper School grades, which means we need a big turnout at auditions. Auditions will take place after school on Thursday, January 14, and Friday, January 15. Interested students only need to attend one of the audition sessions. The actual performances will be April 28-30 on the Upper School stage.
PLEASE NOTE: There are many versions of Cinderella out there. This is not the Disney version with talking mice and bibbety-bobbety-booing. We will be performing the 2013 Broadway production, which combines the classic musical of the original Rodgers and Hammerstein show with an updated, modern script that will appeal to audiences of all ages. This link will take you to the original 2013 Broadway cast recording that corresponds to our version:
Original 2013 Broadway cast recording: Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
If you have any questions about the show or the audition process, don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com. Additional information will be provided directly to the students during the school day as we get closer to audition time.
Students interested in dropping or adding courses to their schedule for second semester should submit the Drop/Add Request form to Ms. Little in the Commons building, room 221 of the Admin Wing, by this Friday, January 15, 2016.
Download the Drop-Add form for second semester (.pdf)
Head of School's Honor Roll is awarded at the end of each quarter to any student earning a grade for the quarter of A- or above for every course taken that quarter. Students must be taking at least seven credit courses to be eligible.
Principal's Honor Roll is awarded at the end of each quarter to any student earning a grade for the quarter of A- or above for that quarter in not less than five subjects and a grade of not less than B- in the remaining subject(s). Students must be taking at least seven credit courses to be eligible.
Catherine Grace Bertrand
Dean's Honor Roll is awarded at the end of each quarter to any student earning at least four A-'s and a grade of B- or above in every other subject.
Virginia Claire Lehmann
Mary Palmer Mason
Register for the retreat
Life is full of decisions, but how do you know that the choices you make are right? When challenges come, how do you know when it’s best to wait or act? In celebration of the Year of Mercy, join us for “Discerning God’s Will: A Prayer Retreat based on the Wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola,” on Friday, January 22nd, and Saturday, January 23rd, in McDonough Hall. During the retreat you will discover answers to questions like:
Our parish is pleased to welcome back Father Gregory Cleveland, O.M.V. as the facilitator of the retreat. Father Greg is the Executive Director of the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality in Denver, Colorado. A Chicago native, graduate of the University of Illinois, and former market manager for a Midwestern railroad, Fr. Greg experienced God’s call to priesthood in 1987, and joined the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. After his ordination, he ministered in various parishes for several years. Fr. Greg is a certified Spiritual Director and enjoys helping people to God through retreats and individual spiritual guidance.
The retreat will open on Friday, January 22nd, with registration and light refreshments starting at 6:00 p.m. (Please eat dinner at home.) Talks begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and will resume on Saturday morning from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available. Refreshments, breakfast, and lunch will be provided. Last year’s retreat was filled to capacity; pre-registration is strongly recommended. Early-bird registration is $25 before December 21st. $35 after December 21st until January 18th, and $45 thereafter and at the door. An additional freewill collection will be taken up for Father Cleveland’s religious community.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
St. Mary's Chapel
4465 Northside Dr. NW
Atlanta, Ga., 30327
Thursdays Jan. 21 - Mar. 17
PLEASE REGISTER BY Jan. 18, 2016
10:30 Small Groups
Homework is optional
No Cost - Free Will Offering
Nursery Available Upon Request
Children 6 months to 3 years
Register online: Click Red Button
Or call: 404-281-5741
Many Catholics who are separated or divorced feel alienated from the Church. If this has been your experience, you’re not alone. Holy Spirit will offer a new outreach, “Catholic and Divorced: Hope, Healing, and Renewal for Separated and Divorced Catholics.” We warmly welcome any Catholic or former Catholic who has experienced separation or divorce, no matter how long it has been and regardless of whether or where you currently worship. You are accepted, wanted and welcome. Join us at 7:00 p.m. in McDonough Hall for this three-part series:
For more information, please contact Deacon Mark Mitchell at 404-252-4513.
More info at HSCC website
Beginning on January 24th, Holy Spirit is pleased to kick off a new parenting series held on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in Malta Hall. Featuring a variety of speakers, the series aims to help parents guide their children in the faith and will cover a wide range of topics from sibling rivalry to children and the media to Christ-centered parenting.
The first session is titled, “Answering Your Kids’ Tough Questions: Your Child’s Capacity for the Spiritual,” and will be presented by Holy Spirit’s Director of Adult Education, Dr. David King. Dr. King will explore some of the BIG questions children ask, such as “Where do babies come from?” “Why does God let people die?” “If God is real, why can’t I see him?” God has given our children an intellect, curiosity, and the ability to ask questions for a reason: to know and love Him and His creation more deeply! Inevitably, our children will raise questions that are awkward, complex, or seemingly impossible to answer.
How can we create a culture of inquiry in the home, while at the same time respond to our children’s quest for understanding? In this talk, we will discuss how God has given your child the ability to receive and contemplate spiritual truths from an early age. We will also discuss concrete ways of shaping and guiding the child through the use of imagination, literature, music, art, and even the Mass!
AMC Mansell Crossing Theatre
7730 North Point Pkwy, Alpharetta 30022
MOM Foundation Presents
Confessions of St. Augustine
Showing at AMC Mansell Crossing Theatre
Thursday, February 11
In this year of mercy, the Mary Our Mother Foundation is pleased to be showing at a major theatre "Restless Heart, Confessions of St. Augustine." This acclaimed movie tells the story of St. Augustine, who by God's grace, turned from a life of sin to become a great Saint and Doctor in the Church. This is a one time showing and seating is limited. Cost is only $10. Popcorn and drinks will be available. For group discounts of 5 or more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details
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God bless you and hope to see you at the movies!