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Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
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digital safety (2 min)
This past Lent, Pope Francis captured headlines by announcing a coming Year of Mercy, a year-long emphasis on the incredible expanse of our Lord's mercy and forgiveness to those who seek Him with contrite hearts. In doing so, he shows his heart as a pastor of the faithful and evangelizer to the world.
I will be traveling to Philadelphia in several weeks for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. If you will be in Philadelphia, too, would you send me an email at email@example.com? I would love the opportunity to get together for lunch or for dinner during this momentous time.
Before I leave for Philadelphia, I am looking forward to several events on campus, and I hope to see you at one. Connections, our community of women who support the HSP community through prayer and opportunities for spiritual direction, will host our annual Mothers' Coffee, Friday, September 11, at the Stinnett family's home at 3180 Saybrook Drive in Brookhaven. You'll have the opportunity to meet mothers from across the school's campuses. It's a drop-in event from 8am-10am, but it would help them tremendously in planning if you would RSVP online.
A few days later, on Monday, September 14, Inspiratio, our parent education series, will bring Andy Boyle back to campus for his presentation on ensuring digital safety for our children. Andy visited campus several years ago, and families crowded his presentation. By popular demand, we have invited him back to campus to speak on his own experience, both professional and personal, in protecting children as their presence on the web continues to increase. Andy's presentation will include presenting results from a survey he administers to our Lower School students, Upper School students, and parents. The results are illuminating. Please take 2 minutes to complete this brief, anonymous survey on how you talk to your students about digital safety.
Take the survey on digital safety
Speaking of our children, I recently read an article from the National Catholic Register, "Yes, You Can Raise Faithful Kids." We all hope and pray that the seeds of faith we plant in our children will take root and grow. This article by Dr. Gregory Popcak offers a simple audit of our efforts and suggests possibilities for strengthening the manner in which we practice our faith with our children. Dr. Popcak also has an excellent book on the topic, Parenting with Grace: the Catholic Parents' Guide to Raising (Almost) Perfect Kids.
Dr. Popcak's article stresses that fathers' "active involvement is critical for effective faith transmission." Peter Schultz is forming a Dads' Club for Preschool and Lower School fathers, and we meet for the first time on Thursday, September 10, at Nancy G's Cafe. I want to invite all of the fathers of our Preschool and Lower School to attend this meeting, and consider ways we can become more closely involved in the life of our school on these two campuses.
Andrea Cruz has served the Holy Spirit Prep community faithfully for the last four years, as both a teacher and administrator. Her time at HSP will come to a close in mid-September as she transitions to a new role with the Georgia Department of Education, which will allow her to continue to pursue her passion and talents within education while allowing more flexibility for personal and family needs. She writes:
The opportunity to be part of the HSP community the past four years is one of the greatest blessings the Lord has ever bestowed upon me. While I look forward to this next chapter in my life, I will sincerely miss the students, families, faculty, and staff of Holy Spirit Prep. Each of you has brought me closer to the Lord, and for that I thank you. I am honored to have served alongside the finest faculty and staff I’ve ever met, and I will treasure the memories I have made and the lessons I have learned from them for many years to come. I am filled with profound gratitude for the gift of your children and am ever thankful to have been part of this unique communion of joy.
I am most grateful for Andrea’s years of service, the many talents she has shared with our school, and wish her sustained success and blessings in her future work in education.
As I did at the beginning of school, I want to invite you, this September, to attend at least one of our Masses, whether it's a grade level Mass at the Lower School, or the Upper School's weekly Mass on Wednesday mornings. Glance through our online Mass calendars and see what time would work best for you. Also, the Upper School Liturgical Choir will be providing the music for the September 13th 5:30pm Mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. As a Catholic school, we recognize the Mass as the “source and summit of the Christian life” and integrate it into the daily life of our school. As a communion of joy that includes parents, students, faculty, and staff, we are at our best when we join together to worship.
Yours in service,
Mr. Andy Boyle, Education Technology Consultant
Enabling Parents to Ensure and Enhance
Digital Safety For Their Children
Monday, September 14th
ADMISSION IS FREE. INVITE A FELLOW PARENT TO COME WITH YOU!
One of Inspiratio's first (and most popular) speakers in 2013, Andy Boyle is an educational technology specialist with his thumb on the pulse of that all-too-rapidly-changing tech and social media landscape. In addition to his deep technical and professional knowledge, Mr. Boyle is father to young boys and brings a straight-forward, practical, and conversation style in his overview of the challenges most parents face today and the remedies he proposes. If you have ever felt helpless, uncertain, or uninformed about how to manage your student's ever-increasing web presence, you will want to mark your calendars for Monday, September 14.
Andy Boyle is a principal with MobileMind. From K-12 classrooms, administrative offices and higher education, Andy has, for the last 15 years, taught, modeled, and coached teachers of all levels on methodologies and industry leading best practices while pushing the frontiers of technology integration. Andy earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State University and is certified in all the social sciences (6-12), leadership (K-12), and AP Macro and Micro Economics. Andy built his first classroom website in 2003 with Microsoft Front Page and went paperless in 2007.
On Monday, September 14, Inspiratio, our parent education series, will bring Andy Boyle back to campus for his presentation on ensuring digital safety for our children. Andy visited campus several years ago, and, by popular demand, we have invited him back to campus.
Andy's presentation will include presenting results from a survey he administers to our Lower School students, Upper School students, and parents. The results are illuminating. Please take 2 minutes to complete this brief, anonymous survey on how you talk to your students about digital safety.
Complete the 2 minute survey on digital safety
Picture Day is coming to Holy Spirit Prep! Peachtree Portraits will be on each campus on Wednesday, September 16, (and September 17, for some of our Preschool students) to take student and class portraits.
Peachtree Portraits is offering discounts and specials to families who pre-order their student portraits online. You will be asked to enter your email address before ordering.
It's going to start getting chilly soon! You'll be reaching for your student's fleece on the way to carpool in the morning; make sure you have one! HSP's official green fleece, as well as a number of other spirit options for after-school, are available at HSPGear.com.
Fleeces are $35; prices on hoodies and other jackets vary.
Order your fleece today
In anticipation of Monday's Labor Day holiday, all campuses will dismiss early this Friday, September 4. The Preschool will dismiss at 12:00pm; the Lower and Upper Schools at 12:30. No after-school programs will be held, including ESP. Please make arrangements to have your student picked up at dismissal!
Congratulations to 2015 grad Megan Radosta for winning the Georgia Soccer Phil Woosnam Scholarship! The Phil Woosnam Scholarship is given in the honor of Phil Woosnam, a founding father of soccer both in the United States and here in Georgia. Phil served as a player and manager for the Atlanta Chiefs, bringing Atlanta its first professional sports championship in 1968 as NASL Champions. The scholarship is awarded to a high school senior continuing their soccer career at the collegiate level.
Megan matriculated this fall to Berry College, where she plays midfield for the varsity girls soccer team. Megan's career in HSP soccer included 41 goals and 53 assists throughout her high school career. She helped Cougar soccer advance to the elite eight in 2012 and 2013 and to the final four in 2014 and 2015. In her senior year, Megan was the recipient of GISA's Morris C. Johnson Academic Athlete Award and the Georgia Soccer Phil Woosnam scholarship award winner. During her high school career, Megan was named to the GISA All-Region team in four different years and the GISA All-State Team in three different years. Megan was also captain of the volleyball team her senior year while earning over 100 service hours.
The Lady Cougars varsity volleyball team dominated the court during their match against Mt. Bethel Christian last Thursday night. They started out strong, never letting up in a convincing match victory. The Cougar offense came alive with a combination of good passing, setting, and powerful hits. The defense never let Mt. Bethel gain any momentum, leading to a straight set 3-0 victory in HSP's first official match of the season. Thanks to all the fans who came out to cheer them team on!
Competition steps up quickly next week as the Lady Cougars travel to Cherokee County to play two big time programs - Kell High School and Cherokee High School. Mark your calendars for the next home match on Tuesday, September 15, when the Lady Cougars take on Brandon Hall – match time is 6:00pm.
Congratulations to the middle school cross country team, who had a great showing in last Wednesday's meet at Faith Lutheran.
Girls cross country performed extremely well, with Camilla and Julia del Bosque finishing in the top 15 (out of 100), and all 5 runners finishing in the top 50%.
On the boys side, 7th grader Andrew Churchill ran the team record at 11:39!
Can't make an away game? Need to run home at half-time? Never fear! This year, HSP Athletics will live-stream broadcasts from each game, starting with Cougar varsity football. You can pick up the live stream here:
Dear Lower School and Preschool Dads!
Our newly formed Lower School/Preschool Dads Club will have its first meeting on Thursday, September 10 at 6:30pm at Nancy G’s Restaurant, in the Kroger shopping plaza across Long Island Drive from the Lower School. All Lower School and Preschool dads are invited!
This is our time to come together, get to know one another, and plan for this school year. We have a lot to do this school year!
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday the 10th!
Registration is open for Little Cougar Soccer!
Click here for more information and to register
Registration is open to students in Pre-K3 and Pre-K4. The season begins on Saturday, September 19.
*several recent communications have accidentally stated that soccer begins on the 12th.
About the league: Emphasis of the league is to introduce the basic rules and skills of soccer as well as good sportsmanship. The league is committed to making sure all players have lots of time with the ball. The one-hour session has teams moving through a series of skill-building activities and playing one mini-game. During the mini-games no scores are kept and coaches stay on the field to provide instruction.
The following after-school activities are open for registration. Please use the links provided to find out more information about each event and to register.
Jemima's Playhouse info packet
Mr. Greg's Musical Madness info packet
Challenge Island info packet
Tony Young All-Star Karate info packet
Playball info packet (monday) info packet (wednesday)
Vance Exley Tennis
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday the 10th!
Mr. Schultz has been hosting a series of coffees by grade, and would love for you to join him for one of his remaining coffees. These coffees are an opportunity for Mr. Schultz to meet with parents, share updates of the school, and hear parent feedback. If you'd like, you can join Mr. Schultz for Mass at 8:15am with your student's class, then enjoy some coffee and conversation in the media center starting around 9am.
K/Pre-1st August 26
1st grade August 25
2nd Grade September 2
3rd Grade September 1
4th Grade September 9
5th Grade September 8
6th Grade September 16
Sign up your students for after-school clubs, some already in progress! Registration is currently open for:
Robotics Club: Minecraft and Programming
Please join us on Wednesday, September 23, for our welcome meeting and ice cream social!
iFaith is a wonderful girls group that promotes faith, service, and fun! Please email Christian Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be held after school on Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9. Interested students should sign up for an audition time on the door of the theatre room. The auditions are open to both high school and junior high students. Mr. Curtin hopes for a big turn out! The tentative performance dates for the production are Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14.
N.B. - These are new dates that replace the ones previously posted on the school calendar. Final performance dates will be confirmed prior to auditions.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Mr. Curtin at email@example.com.
Representatives from the following colleges will be on campus to meet with students about admissions:
Every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:30am, the Upper School will celebrate Mass in St. Joseph's Oratory, located on the second floor of the Liberal Arts building, normally celebrated by Fr. Thomas or Fr. Juan. Please join us!
The updated form for Upper School service hours is now on HolySpiritPrep.org. Click here for the form and more information regarding required number of hours, as well as an ongoing list of service opportunities and apostolates in which students may particiapte.
Please note two important points: there is no longer any distinction between "school" service hours and "community" service hours. Also, students are required to keep track of their own service hours and are responsible for turning in their completed, signed form to Ms. Van de Voorde by April 30th. Please see Beth Van de Voorde with questions.
Join Ms. Rombalski and Mr. Oppermann during spring break in 2016 on a whirlwind tour through Ireland! Students who sign up by September 12 will get $250 off their registration fee.
The tour, sponsored by WorldStrides will take the team through Galway, Limerick, Cork, Dublin, outstanding coastal panoramas and magnificent mountain views, castles and dungeons, amazing shopping centers, monasteries, small towns and villages along the peninsula, art galleries, and sheep. SO. MANY. SHEEP.
For more information and to sign up, interested people should go to www.educationaltravel.com and login (under the Enroll option) with the following login:
If you would like to talk to the trip's organizers, you may contact Ms. Rombalski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the registration form
Active Parenting of Teens is a course filled with lively discussions about real problems and real solutions to your teen’s influences. These proven approaches will motivate you to get to know your teen better, improve the way you communicate with your teen, and make positive changes in your family's daily life.
Active Parenting of Teens will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Sundays, September 13, 20, 27, and Oct. 4, 2015, from 1pm to 3pm. The cost for all four sessions is $65 per individual or $120 per couple and includes the parent’s guide. Registration is required by September 7th.
For more information or to register for this parenting skills course please contact Tracey Pucci at 404-252-4513 or email email@example.com.
Summer is almost over and HSCC's Wednesday Night Dinners are back! The Liturgy committee will host the first Wednesday Night Dinner on September 16th at 6:30pm in McDonough Hall. The menu will feature a chicken/beef taco bar with all of the fixings catered by Moe’s. The cost of dinner is $5 for children and $10 for adults. Please RSVP online by 5:00pm on Monday, September 14th. Dinner is first-come, first-served, and priority will be given to those who RSVP.
Our monthly Family Date Nights will also resume on September 16th. Join us in McDonough Hall for crafts and activities geared for the whole family. The theme for this month’s family date night is Movie Night. We will be showing the movie Brother Bear 2 as well as having a craft. Bring blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags. The movie will start promptly at 7:00pm and be over by 8:15pm. Please let us know you are participating when you RSVP for dinner.
Have you heard that Pope Francis is coming to our country? In just over a month Pope Francis will join Catholics from all over the country in Philadelphia to conclude the World Meeting of Families. There is still a possibility to join him from Atlanta, with LOVE and SERVE Atlanta's package that will help you and your family live the experience in the spirit of Pope Francis himself, spending the days doing street missions around Philly and attending the main events with the Holy Father. Click here for more information, including itinerary and accommodation plans.
Dates: 7:00am, Thursday, Sept. 24-early morning Monday, Sept. 28.
Cost: including coach bus, room, and board is only $390.
Contact Beth Van de Voorde at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.