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In celebration of the Annual Fund, next Monday, May 4, Kona Ice is visiting each campus for all students, faculty, staff, and family to enjoy free snow cones during recess. While participation to the Annual Fund is not required to partake in snow cones, we hope all parents will be cool and give to our school!
A contribution to the Annual Fund is the most important financial gift you can give to HSP:
On Friday, May 1st, HSP will host its annual May Crowning ceremonies, in which the school honors Mary as the Queen of Heaven and asks for her intercession. Each campus will pray a Rosary together; students are encouraged to bring flowers in honor of Mary.
The Upper School's ceremony will take place on the Quad at 8:00am. Following school tradition, immediately following the ceremony, the Head Boy and Head Girl for the 2015-16 school year will be announced.
The Lower School's ceremony will begin with Mass in the cafetorium at 8:30, followed by a ceremony at the statue of Mary in the courtyard immediately following.
The Preschool will hold their ceremony in the memorial garden behind the Preschool at 9:00am.
Pope Francis is coming to Philly, September 2015--and you can see him there! Find out more at the info Session, Friday May 1st, immediately following the May Crowning at the Lower School.
Pope Francis has confirmed his attendance at the concluding events of the World Meeting of Families, taking place in Philadelphia. He will attend the Festival of Families on Saturday, Sept. 26th, as well as the concluding Mass on Sept. 27.
Holy Spirit Prep families are invited! Check out the brochure for our pilgrimage, and contact Beth Van de Voorde for more information, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
$200 registration fee is due with registration forms, May 15th.
Holy Spirit Prep's 2nd-graders will receive the sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time on Saturday, May 9, at 9am in Holy Spirit Church. Our entire community is invited to join us as we celebrate this profound milestone in lives of our students.
Congratulations to Coach Radosta, GISA Region AAA Coach of the Year!
Congratulations to the varsity girls soccer team, who earned the title of region champion for the fourth time in five years!
This year marked the first year GISA required a region tournament for HSP's region. In past years, HSP girls soccer has won the title through regular season victories. This year, the girls competed in the region tournament and won a final victory over Heritage to become GISA's inaugural region champions.
Varsity girls are two rounds into the state tournament with the defeat of Statesboro's Bulloch Academy this Tuesday, 2-1, in overtime. They are on to the state semifinals next Friday, when they play against Westminster of Augusta in Augusta. Wish them luck!
Congratulations also go to our varsity boys, who came second in region, and fell to Monsignor Donovan in the first round of the state tournament.
GISA announced the winners of its 2015 Morris C. Johnson Academic Athlete Award, including HSP seniors Meredith Jones and Megan Radosta. Just 19 students from across Georgia were given the award.
According to GISA's press release, award winners are recognized "for excelling in both academics and athletics.The criteria for nomination are:
Please join us in congratulating Meredith and Megan!
Last week, the varsity track team competed in the GISA region track tournament and came away with a number of impressive wins:
Girls 100m hurdles – Teresa Dominguez, 1st place, time 17.18 (state qualifier)
Boys High Jump – Blake Weekly, 1st place overall, Highest jump 5’6” (state qualifier)
Girls 300m hurdles – Teresa Dominguez, won her heat and came in 2nd place overall, 55:54 (state qualifier)
Girls 3200m – Natalie Casal, 2nd place overall, 13:58.69 (state qualifier)
Girls 1600m – Deisi Casillas, 4th place overall, 6:26.06 (state qualifier); Natalie Casal, 6th place overall 6:35.21
Boys 3200m – Watson Casal, 4th place overall, 12:21.74 (state qualifier)
Boys 100m dash – Blake Weekly won heat, 4th place overall, 11.88 (state qualifier)
Conner Whelan, 7th place overall, 12:19
Boys 200m dash – Blake Weekly, 4th heat winner, 4th place overall, 25.03 (state qualifier)
Boys 1600m run – Watson Casal, 5th place overall, 5:46.18
Donald Gu – 12th place overall, 6:24.23
Kyle O’Bannon, 7th place overall, 12:55.69
Girls 800m – Deisi Casillas, 7th place overall, 2:58.10
Elizabeth Perez, 8th place overall, 2:58.36
In a road game at Whitefield, the HSP JV Cougars beat the Wolfpack 7-3 in seven innings on Thursday behind Patrick Markwalter, who went 4-4 at the plate. He singled in the first, third, fifth, and sixth innings.
Claude O'Meara kept contact to a minimum, striking out 10 Whitefield batters in a complete game outing. O'Meara allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks over seven innings.
Casey Bowman took the loss for Whitefield. He lasted just five innings, walked two, struck out six, and allowed four runs.
The game was never in doubt after the first, as HSP scored two runs on an RBI double by Nick Maddox.
Whitefield pushed one run across in each of the first, fourth and seventh.
In the first, Whitefield scored on an RBI single by Bowman, plating Jimmy McCarthy.
The Cougars got one-run rallies in the third inning and the fifth. In the third, Holy Spirit Preparatory School Cougars scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Maddox, scoring Markwalter.
One run in the bottom of the seventh helped Whitefield close its deficit to 7-3. A passed ball triggered Whitefield's comeback. But O'Meara induced a McCarthy strike out to close things out.
HSP's JV team now goes to 3-2 on the season and records its first win against a GHSA opponent. The Cougars return to action next Thursday with a home game against Brandon Hall's varsity squad.
In spite of an ominous weather forecast the week prior, the only problem facing this past Saturday's inaugural Powderpuff Games was a few muddy patches on the field.
Sponsored by HSP varsity football, the Powderpuff Games matched up the senior and freshman girls against the sophomores and juniors in a few-holds-barred game of flag football.
What looked like an easy win for the seniors team turned into a fight for dominance as the sophomore/junior team took and maintained an early lead. The seniors managed to tie the game by the third quarter, but the sophomore/junior team stepped up their game and took home 1st.
The 2nd annual Powderpuff Games are scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2016.
We are so excited to announce that, beginning in August 2015, we are now offering after-school care until 6:00pm for our Pre-K2, Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 students!
Our afternoons will be filled with fun activities, after-school programs, playground time, as well as educational instruction:
Please let us know if you are interested in signing up for our extended program or if you have any questions! We are so excited to offer these new extended hours.
Email Miss Mary about the extended day program
2014-15 yearbooks are now on sale for $46.50 each.
Order your yearbook online
Ordering and purchasing yearbooks is new from past years. In order to responsibly manage the significant costs of producing a yearbook, we invite you to order your student's yearbook online. Yearbook sales will close Wednesday, May 6. Yearbooks will be distributed the last two weeks of May.
Seniors will receive a complimentary copy of the yearbook, as will faculty and staff.
The yearbook is a timeless book documenting the life of the school, archiving memories your student will love to pore over now and thirty years from now!
HSP Lower School Musical Theatre Club will perform
in the Lower School cafetorium
on Thursday, April 30th at 7:00pm
and on Friday, May 1st at 10:00am,
following the May Crowning.
There is no admission fee.
Featured Camps: Challenge Island
Challenge Island is a whimsical, wildly popular enrichment program that promotes creative and critical thinking skills in children grades K-5. Challenge Island has kids dividing into cooperative tribes and taking on a vast array of exciting challenges set on action-packed thematic “islands”. Our innovative programming reinforces STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and core language arts skills (but let’s keep that last part under our hats, because as far as kids are concerned, Challenge Island is just plain fun!). This summer's Challenge Island camps include "Penguin Party," Mindcraft Party," and "Beach Island Party."
More information and registration available at the summer camp page.
Registration for summer camps is open! A complete list of summer camps is available online at www.holyspiritprep.org/summer. Camps will continue to be added through the spring semester, so check back soon if you don't see what you're looking for!
With any questions about summer camps, please contact Robert Villante, Director of Summer Programs at email@example.com. If you know the instructor for the summer camp you're interested in, please feel free to contact them directly as well.
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We are so excited to announce that, beginning in August 2015, we are now offering after-school care until 6:00pm for our Pre-K2, Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 students starting next school year!
Our afternoons will be filled with fun activities, after-school programs, playground time, as well as educational instruction:
The last parent-teacher conferences of the year are in a few weeks. Please sign up for your conference below!
Click here to sign up
3-day Pre-K2s, Pre-K3s and Pre-K4s are on Monday, May 18th.
2-day Pre-K2 conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th.
Join us for the Preppie Prom on May 6, from 3:45pm-5pm! Our Pre-K4s will rock out for an hour of fun and dancing in our Sunday best.
Moms, join your students from 8:30am-9:30am next Friday, 5/8 for crafts and muffins! There will be no early morning care the morning of this event.
The Kindergarten and Pre-1st grade will present a special morning of songs for their moms in celebration of Mother's Day. The morning will begin at 9:30am, slightly delayed from it's originally scheduled start time to accomodate those moms who will attend the Preschool's Muffins with Mom event.
This Friday, May 1 at 7:00 PM, Alpha Phi will be hosting a movie night in the Upper School gym. Admission will be free, but all donations and concession proceeds will contribute to the continuation of the funding of SPOTS Kits. These Kits are located throughout the fire stations in Atlanta Fire and Rescue's jurisdiction; they contain tangible materials (pre-paid calling cards, pre-paid Marta Breeze cards, hotline information cards, informational booklets, and inspirational books) to aid individuals who seek refuge in the SPOTS- Safe Places Off the Street.
This event is geared towards the Upper School, though members of the Lower School can feel free to come as well. Upper School students will be voting in their homerooms for which movie (of ten options) that they want to see. The list will be narrowed down to three before the event, and the winning film will be announced at the movie night. All ten movies on our list are rated PG.
Holy Spirit Prep Spanish students were administered the National Spanish Exam in March to compete with more than 150,000 other Spanish students who took the exam nationally. Many HSP students earned the prestigious recognition of earning national awards based on their results. Students with a gold medal ranking scored higher than 95% or more of the other students taking the exam nationally. Students with a silver medal earned higher than 85%-94% of the country. Students with a bronze medal earned higher than 75%-84% of the country. Finally, students earning an honorable mention scored higher than 60%-74% of the country. Bilingual students competed against other bilingual students. Non-bilingual students competed against other non-bilingual students. The following students earned the following national awards:
Premio de Oro (Gold Medal) and State Winners:
Natalie Casal and Juan Pablo Torres
Premio de Plata (Silver Medal):
Stephen Fessenden, Roberto Goizueta, Giovanni Villavicencio (state winner), Ajia Robinson, Catherine Dale, Teresa Munoz (state winner), Deisi Casillas (state winner)
Premio de Bronce (Bronze Medal):
Alex Mays, Liyuan Gu, Jaidy Velasquez
Premio de Excelencia (Honorable Mention):
Nnaemeka Adibe, Blake Ankar, Lewis Liu, Anna Podratsky, Andi Rozzelle, Bryan Mocarski, Julian Pastor, Isabella Esteban
A ceremony to honor the award winners will take place in the Lower Library at 11:05 followed by cake and ice cream in the Cougar Café on Wednesday, May 13th. ¡Felicitaciones!
Mr. Oppermann and Ms. Rombalski are sponsoring a 10-day trip to Ireland February 26–March 5, 2016.
Students will visit a variety of locations in Ireland: everything from the Burren and Blarney Stone to the Cliffs of Mohr and Dublin. This is guaranteed to be a unique experience for all of our students. Students can choose to attend the trip for pleasure only or they can enroll in an optional for-credit “pre-course” that will cover the current politics, art, and history of the region. This class will meet after regular school hours leading up to the trip and will culminate in a project for a pass/fail grade. The course will be taught by Mr. Oppermann and Ms. Rombalski. Both will also serve as the chaperones for the trip abroad. The trip is open to all 9th-12th grade students next year. It may seem early to be thinking about, but in order to get the best prices and book the best hotels, now is the time! As a matter of fact, Worldstrides (our touring company) is offering $300 off if you put your deposit down before May 8th. Anyone interested should contact either Ms. Rombalski at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Oppermann at email@example.com ASAP.
The 2015 Pumpkin Patch Committee is looking for serious, hard working volunteers to help with pumpkin planting the weekend of June 13-14. Work will be performed outside on the Durham Family farm in Thomaston, GA, and will last approximately 6 hours each day including transport time. Transportation to and from the farm will need to be arranged by the students and/or their parents. A limited number of carpools may be available depending on volunteer sign-up. The volunteer caravan will leave from and return to HSP Upper School each day. Volunteers need to provide their own work gloves and sack lunch. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a canteen of water are recommended. You can volunteer for one or both days. As additional details become available, they will be emailed to student volunteers.
Volunteer hours count towards the 2015-16 school year. Hours can be used as 'catch-up' hours for the 2014-15 school year if necessary. Volunteer hours must be recorded on the 'High School Service Hour Form' found at www.holyspiritprep.org: click on 'Quicklinks,' then 'School Forms and Resources'.
This is a great opportunity to earn up to 12 service hours before the school year begins!
Please email Brandi O'Haren at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
High School Girls Summer Mission: Complete your community service hour requirements over the summer!
Download the Catholic Heart Work Camp flyer
Summer Mission in Jacksonville, Florida
High school girls ages 14-18.
Come with Mission Youth to CATHOLIC HEART WORK CAMP!
DATE: JULY 5-11, 2015
Only 10 SPOTS OPEN
To sign up, contact Miss Siobhan O’Connor at (401) 378-3201 or email@example.com.
Deadline, April 30th.
USED TEXTBOOK SALE
It’s time to think about getting rid of those textbooks you no longer need. This year, the PVA is only accepting book donations. If you would like to sell your textbooks, we recommend Amazon, Barnes & Noble or MSB Direct.
Please consider DONATING your textbooks to the PVA and skip the hassle of mailing, posting, and tracking your textbooks for resale. All proceeds from the sales of donated textbooks will go toward PVA programming throughout the school year, including the Father/Daughter Dance, House events, Upper School dances, and teacher birthday gifts.
Last year, several donated textbooks could not be resold (due to poor condition or removal from the list of required books). These textbooks were donated to Books For Africa (www.booksforafrica.com) and we plan to donate all unsold textbooks to them again this year.
PVA volunteers will begin accepting donated textbooks on Friday, May 22, and will continue to accept textbooks through June. You may leave your textbooks in a marked box outside the library. Please note that the maintenance staff will clear out all items from student lockers on the last day of school, Friday, May 29, at 1:00pm. Any textbooks found in lockers at this time will be added to the inventory of donated textbooks for sale.
The used textbook sale will begin for all Upper School students on Thursday, July 16, and will remain open until Friday, July 31, or until the inventory has been depleted.
Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:45am - 12:15pm. Please note that shopping during other time periods is not permitted.
Thank you for your support of the Upper School PVA! Please contact any of us if you have any questions.
Paula Anker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen Gibbs, email@example.com
Susan Mangum, firstname.lastname@example.org