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Every month, our campus ministry team composes a message to the school community in the Green and Gold. This month's message comes from Amanda Eckert, who joined our Lower School ministry team from South Lousiana this fall.
Marked as Christian
The Christians in Mosul know what it means to be marked. Islamic State Militants have marked their homes with a spray-painted ? (the Arabic letter “N”). It stands for “Nazarene”, and those who are proud to bear it have been driven from the city.
In the first centuries of the Church, the persecuted Christians of the Roman Empire also knew what it meant to be marked. The Icthys (or fish) was the symbol of a Christian and the mark of its underground operations. When a Christian met a stranger on the road, he would trace an arc of the fish outline in the dirt with his foot. If the stranger drew the other arc, he knew he was in the company of a fellow Christian.
A fifth grader asked the following question in religion class: “what do souls look like?” I’ve been grappling with how to answer it. Maybe our fellow Christians who are dying for their faith can teach us what our souls should look like – marked. As Christians, we already bear something on our souls that cannot be seen with human eyes. Baptism leaves us with an indelible spiritual mark that “brands” our souls as belonging to Christ.
May we live every day of our lives knowing that we are marked, and that we belong to Jesus Christ.
Yours in Christ,
please RSVP to Denise Gunderson at email@example.com
Parking is very limited. Parents are asked to park at the Upper School Campus and take the shuttle bus which will run continuously from 8:00-10:30. Pick up will be in front of the Commons Building in the circular drive.
**please note the coffee is on Friday, not Tuesday
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On Wednesday, September 17, Inspiratio presents Dr. Bill Thierfelder, president of Belmont Abbey College, and “Less Than A Minute To Go: The Secret To World-Class Performance in Sport, Arts, Business and Everyday Life.”
What does the top athletic performance of professional athletes have to do with peak performance at work and in daily for the rest of us? Likely more than you think. Based upon his bestselling book, Dr. Bill Thierfelder shares the secrets of holistic success that he has used to coach professional, Olympic, and college athletes for years, and how those principles can apply in everyday life.
The event begins with wine and refreshments at 6:30pm in McDonough Hall. Admission is free; all are welcome.
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The HSP Men’s Pig Roast is a night of fellowship for men at the HSCC Boys Clubhouse. The evening kicks off at 6:00pm with Mass at the clubhouse, followed by food, drink, and merriment. The event is BYOB: bring along your friends, adult beverages, and chairs. The pigs begin roasting at 10:00pm, and the classic Pig Roast movies start shortly thereafter. We’ll pull the roast pork on Saturday morning for sandwiches for Saturday’s Family Fun Run.
HSP is proud of its faculty, staff, and parents who have been named members of the 2014 Catholic Charities Atlanta Leadership Class.
Among the 48 Atlanta-area professionals in the class are Preschool Director Mary Agrippina, Lower School teacher Karyn Vickery, and HSP parent (and Smyrna city council member) Teri Anulewicz.
According to Catholic Charities Atlanta, the mission of the Catholic Charities Atlanta Leadership Class is to inspire and empower Catholic men and women who seek to become servant leaders in the business community through professional development, education and active mentoring.
The 2014 Catholic Charities Leadership Class is an opportunity for Catholic men and women to develop and enhance their skills and support networks to better integrate their faith within the corporate landscape and to embrace their role as a “servant leader” within their organization.
Mary Agrippina Karyn Vickery Teri Anulewicz
All HSP families are invited to join HSP's faculty, staff, and student body at the first All-School Mass of the school year, scheduled for next Friday, September 19th, at 8:30am. Please follow the drop off and parking procedures as outlined below:
All students K-12 are required to report in dress uniform. Please note, all students are to be dropped off at the Upper School campus, per the following staggered drop off schedule:
7:25-7:40 Upper School students arrival and drop off at the Commons building
7:40-7:55 Lower School students drop off in front of the church
8:30am Mass begins
If the parking lot in front of the church is full, please use Northside Chase for overflow parking (see map below). Please do not park in the small upper parking lot or the parish office parking lot. Those lots are reserved for parishioners attending the daily parish Mass and other parish meetings and appointments.
8:45-9:00 Preschool drop off time. Please note this is a delayed drop off time that will take place after the Mass for K-12 begins at 8:30am.
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Every year, HSP releases a directory of families by zip code, as a convenience for families looking to set up carpools and other activities by neighborhood. You can download the zip code directory below. This directory is exclusively for the use of HSP families and faculty. The list is not to be used for commercial purposes under any circumstances.
Over the last week, HSP's email servers have inadvertently delivered messages multiple times to our community's inboxes. The problem is under investigation and will be resolved shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused you.
Wednesday, September 17, 10am
in McDonough Hall,
The Cultural Arts Committee will host Celtic Fire, Presented by Young Audiences of Atlanta
This day will also be a diaper drive for the Solidarity Mission, a charitable mission that HSP sponsors. Please bring a pack of diapers to donate! All types are needed.
Your children are invited to wear their HSP Spirit Shirts to the event. Our 2-day PreK-2’s are invited to attend the event with parent or guardian supervision.
We look forward to seeing you at this fun and educational HSP tradition!
For all 3rd-6th grade students who would like to be trained as altar servers, training will be offered during tutorial (3-4pm) on the following dates: Tuesday, September 9th, 16th, and 23rd. It is only necessary to attend one date. Pick up will be at 4pm in the chapel.
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For all those who have been trained in the past, a "refresher" course will be offered during religion class so that each altar server can be prepared when it is their turn to serve at the altar.
Kimberly Izor, a piano instructor with 25 years of teaching experience and a member of the HSP community for 10, offers private piano lessons hosted at the Lower School to students of all ages and levels.
Kimberly currently has several openings available. If you are interested in private piano lessons for your student, please contact Kimberly at email@example.com or 404-444-8440.
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Appropriate development of speech and language is critical to meaningful communications -- be it listening, speaking, reading, or writing. Holy Spirit Preparatory School has made arrangements with Ms. Steffie Metzger Foxman, Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist, to provide speech and language screenings for students in kindergarten through sixth grades.
The screenings will take place here at the Lower School of Holy Spirit Prep on the afternoons of Thursday, October 2 and Friday, October 3. Make-ups will be completed the following week. The cost of the screening is $60.00 payable to Steffie Metzger Foxman.
Speech and language screenings are encouraged at all grade levels, but especially for students in grades K – 2, and all students new to Holy Spirit Preparatory School.
A letter from Steffie and an explanation of the screening services she provides are attached. If you would like your child screened, please complete the permission slip and send it along with your check payable to "Steffie Metzger Foxman" on the first day of screenings, Thursday, October 2.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Steffie Metzger Foxman at (678) 887.9168.
About the Screening
Steffie Metzger Foxman, Licensed Speech Language Pathologist, provides speech and language screenings for preschool through school-aged children in local communities. The screening results are intended to provide additional information to parents as they seek to increase their understanding of their child’s development. The screening process is designed to detect, at the earliest possible time, children who may experience school-related problems. The intent of early detection is to identify and remediate a problem as soon as possible in order to decrease the risk of the problem becoming more severe.
The screening typically takes 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the individual child. These screenings serve as a means for determining whether or not a child has a problem in the areas of speech and/or language and if so, whether or not a more in-depth evaluation is needed. Informal, as well as formal assessments will be used to evaluate each child. Results of the screening will identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. The screening is designed to decide whether a child needs further testing or not. It does not diagnosis or replace a comprehensive speech and language evaluation.
The 3rd grade is undertaking a project in service to Catholic Charities Atlanta, collecting items for donation to their Refugee Resettlement Ministry. Please help them collect items through September! Donations can be dropped off in the bins located in the third grade rooms. A list of items they have requested be brought in:
Rice, long or medium grain
Dried lentils, any color
Dried green peas
Bars of soap
We respectfully request that, should it be necessary to dismiss your 5th or 6th grade student before the end of the school day, that every effort be made to do so on the hour - 1pm, 2pm, etc. - so as to minimize disruptions to class time. Your cooperation with this request is appreciated.
The Used Book Sale was a huge success! Thank you to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly, setting up and working at the sale and thanks to the many families who came out to purchase the textbooks. We sold 296 books, with the HSP PVA receiving just over $900 and families receiving over $5,000.00.
209 books were donated to HSP with a total of $2,700 going to the Upper School PVA. Thank you for donating your books and for utilizing the Book Sale during the summer!
We also had over 300 books that were donated, but which HSP is no longer using, as well as family donations. We are pleased to tell you that those books were donated to Books For Africa, a nonprofit devoted to expanding access to books and developing literacy across Africa. They were so excited about our donation that many of the books went in the next shipment. Our derationed books will be distributed to over 22 African countries, helping African children who are eager to learn.
If you would like to help next year, please contact Paula Anker, who chaired this summer's efforts this year, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY: ‘Merica Monday
TUESDAY: C-PRIDE Day
Dress up as any character or object that starts with your grade’s letter!
• C: Seniors
• P: Juniors
• R: Sophomores
• I: Freshmen
• D: 8th Graders
• E: 7th Graders
• Teachers: Spirit Wear
WEDNESDAY: Dress- Up Day for Mass
THURSDAY: Favorite Sports Team Day
FRIDAY: NEON OUT
(Battle of the Classes/ Hallways) Decorate your designated hallway with your grade’s color, and wear items of that color along with your neon homecoming t-shirt!!
• Seniors: Neon Pink
• Juniors: Neon Green
• Sophomores: Neon Blue
• Freshmen: Neon Yellow
• 8th and 7th: Neon Orange
High School (grades 9-12) dance
in the library
Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased during lunch September 22-26.
Junior High (grades 7-8) dance
in the cafeteria
Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased during lunch September 22-26.
The Sandy Springs Police Department is offering a free, two-hour class to help parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers, ages 14-16. A parent must be present with each teen to attend the class. The class covers: Joshua’s Law; graduated driver licensing; teen responsibility; occupant protection; and crash dynamics. Pre-registration is mandatory.
For more information or for a registration form, call 770-551-3311 or email email@example.com. The class will meet at 7840 Roswell Road, Bldg. 300, Suite 301, Sandy Springs, GA 30350.
Classes are scheduled from 6-8:15pm on September 24, 2014, October 22, 2014, and December 3, 2014. Additional classes are scheduled for next year as well.
Seventh-grader Jack Voss had a near-photo finish after leading the pack at the Galloway Cross Country Meet at Chastain Park on August 28th. Coach Alex Brown reports that all of the middle school cross country runners, inclduing Karen Kirunda, Elizabeth Perez, Jack Sabol, and Witt Hollensbe, performed well on the hilly, two-mile meet. Wish them luck at their next meet, this afternoon, September 10, at St. Francis in Alpharetta.
Upper School teams, including cheering, cross country, volleyball, and football, will have their team photos taken after school on Wednesday, September 17. Athletes should check with their coaches as to specific uniforms and attire.
From the HSCC website:
All women of the parish are invited to join us for a mouth-watering, nourishing dinner and an enlightening and interactive program conducted by our guest speaker: parishioner Chef Maureen Kennedy Shanahan. Chef Mo trained at the International Culinary Institute in Atlanta and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is passionate and proactive about teaching women the art of using food to transform themselves- body, mind and soul. For more information, visit Chef Mo's website. Her popular workshop called: Ten Steps to Un-Diet Your Life and Live Clean, Lean and “M-E-A-N” will jumpstart the 2014-2015 Women's Club Season. The cost is $15 which includes dinner prepared by Carole Parks Catering. Join the Women’s Club on Monday, September 15 in McDonough Hall. The doors open at 6:00 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and Chef Mo’s program begins at 7:00 p.m. E-mail the Women's Club with questions.
Do you enjoy spending time with young children? Are you looking to earn some extra money? Consider working in Holy Spirit’s nursery. The parish operates a nursery during each weekend Mass and on occasional weekday mornings. We need responsible, caring, and outgoing adults to work with our youngest parishioners, ages 6 months through 3 years. If you are interested in applying, please contact Samantha Zavala at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-252-4513, ext. 228.