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90% of our new families this school year knew at least one family at Holy Spirit Prep. Most families who express interest in Holy Spirit Prep do it because they have friends here, and they hear straight from you how great our school is.
Share this flyer with them! Invite them to visit HSP and imagine a place for them here next school year.
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
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Save the date for Grandparents Days! The Upper School hosts theirs on November 18, the Preschool and Lower Schools host theirs on November 20. We'll invite our grandparents (and other special friends and family) to spend some time with us on campus that day: attending Mass, sharing a meal, spending time together in the classroom. Formal invitations will be sent soon!
New at HSP this year, the school will observe several late start days. On late start days, school will open at 9:00am. This gives families an opportunity for morning errands and family time, and faculty and staff an opportunity to meet and collaborate before the start of school.
Vermont Advent and Christmas Wreaths on Sale Now!
NEW THIS YEAR
Advent wreaths have been added to our items for sale (orders due November 8th).
Check out the wonderful available selections on the Vermont Wreath website!
For many years, Holy Spirit Prep has partnered with Vermont Wreaths to provide our HSP community, friends, and families with fresh seasonal evergreen wreaths, sprays, and -that's right - swags, with all sales benefiting our school. Click here to visit the website, enter group code "spirit," and place your Advent and Christmas orders today! For large orders (orders of 20 or more) , please e-mail Tricia Crupi at email@example.com. The Advent Wreath sale closes November 8th and the Christmas Wreath sale will close on November 30th.
Parent Info Meeting
Monday, October 19
October 19, 7pm-8pm
October 20, 4pm-5:30pm
October 21, 3:45pm-5:00pm
Basketball season is upon us! There will be an informational meeting and tryouts for 9th-12th grade basketball teams next week.
This year, Holy Spirit Prep hopes to have a junior high, junior varsity, and varsity team for boys and for girls, and there are a lot of spots to fill.
There is a sign-up for next week's informational meeting on the door of the weight room. Sign up to let Coach McClaire know you're interested.
HSP welcomes Coach Greg McClaire as its new basketball coach this season. Coach McClaire has coached varsity basketball since 2006, and prior to that, played basketball professionally.
Last Thursday, October 8, Holy Spirit Prep's cross country team hosted its first-ever invitational meet! HSP hosted athletes from schools across the metro area, including:
Atlanta Girls School
Cristo Rey Jesuit
Our Lady of Mercy
Holy Spirit Prep's varsity girls took 1st place in the meet, with five runners in the top ten; while varsity boys took 2nd place in the meet, with Jack Voss winning his second 1st place individual win in a row.
Middle school cross country also scored big, with Julia and Camilla del Bosque taking 1st and 2nd, respectively, and Andrew Churchhill taking 2nd place for the boys.
Middle school results
Cougar Volleyball ended the regular season Monday night on a winning note, defeating Cornerstone Prep. Our developmental team won 2-1, finishing the season undefeated with a 7-0 record! Our Varsity season record is 9-8 with a conference record of 4-4, earning us 3rd place in region and a trip to the State Championships on October 23rd!
This week, our Preppies are bringing their moms to school!
This Thursday and Friday, October 15-16, Pre-K3 and 4 moms will spend some time in their student's classroom, working on a project together and enjoying a snack! That's from 8:30am-9:30am. The Pre-K2s' event will be on Thursday, October 15, and Pre-K3s and 4s bring their moms on Friday, October 16.
Dear Preschool and Lower School Dads,
Thank you to the 40 dads that came to our first Dads Club meeting at Nancy G’s on September 10. This is going to be a great year! Next Saturday, October 24, dads should come by the Lower School from 8:30am-11:30am to help with some painting. Please stop by with painting clothese. There will be coffee!
Thank you to the 40 dads that came to our first Dads Club meeting at Nancy G’s on September 10. This is going to be a great year! Next Saturday, October 24, dads should come by the Lower School from 8:30am-11:30am to help with some painting. Please stop by with painting clothes. There will be coffee!
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
A contest is brewing! Students, parents, and teachers, we NEED your support! Please come out and support our Varsity football team on Friday, October 30. It is Senior Night and we will be honoring the senior football players and cheerleaders. The grade that has the most students and teachers at the game will win a dress-down day! Please come and join the excitement, and experience our HSP community's school spirit! See you there.
Friday, October 30
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You can now search for books in the Lower School library online!
Go to the Lower School library book catalogue
The new online catalogue is accessible from the Quicklinks menu on HolySpiritPrep.org.
The Lower School Book Fair is coming! Preview days for the book fair will be Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16. Purchase days start on Monday, October 19 and run through Tuesday, October 27.
The book fair needs volunteers, so if you are able, sign up for a slot online at the Sign-Up Genius page.
Happy fall, y’all! Are you getting as excited as we are about that Fall chill in the air? ‘Tis the season for apple picking, pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating, and -- YES! -- the HSP Fall Festival! 2015 HSP's Fall Festival is October 30! This year we continue our annual tradition, but with some great new changes and additions. Here’s what you need to know:
• First, we are no longer asking for classroom prize donations. To make the most of our resources, we asked that parents make a small cash donation toward one large, school wide, bulk prize order. We collected donations from October 5 – 7.
• Second, instead of candy and “penny” prizes at each booth, we are creating party favor bags for every student. At the classroom booths, students will have the opportunity to compete for raffle tickets, and raffle prizes will be awarded by our DJ (another great addition this year!) throughout the event. We hope to utilize any corporate resources that HSP parents may have, so if you have in-kind items you would like to donate (Spirit items, toys, sporting goods, gift cards, etc…) for the raffle, in lieu of a cash donation, please contact Fall Festival Co-Chair, Kathryn Martini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Third, while Halloween costumes are not allowed at school, on October 30, fun Halloween or Fall themed uniform enhancements (such as socks, tights, hair accessories, or jewelry) are ENCOURAGED!
The 2015 HSP Fall Festival is right around the corner, so please plan ahead to help make it a fun event for our kids!
Monday: Favorite Sports Team Day
Students are to wear the jersey or t-shirt of their favorite sports team and jeans. No athletic shorts or pants.
Tuesday: Hawaiian Day
Students can wear Hawaiian-themed clothing such as Hawaiian shirts and jeans (no grass skirts unless worn over jeans).
Wednesday: Sunday Best
Girls must have appropriate skirt lengths and Mass attire. Boys must wear a shirt with a tie for it to meet Mass attire.
Thursday: America Day
Jeans and red, white, and blue clothing.
Friday: Blackout Day
Students can wear the Homecoming t-shirts or black clothing.
Saturday October 24th
Liberal Arts Building
Tickets: $20, on sale during school day
As Mrs. Sotomayor indicated to you recently, the Upper School will begin sending official report cards only in December and May. With first quarter ending last week on October 9th, we wanted you to be able to view an electronic progress report for your student. By the end of next week, you will receive the electronic report on your student’s PlusPortal account under “Reports” (circled in red below). You will then need to click “Combined Progress Report” to view the complete report.
This will list your student’s first quarter average and also show you the assignments and earned grades for every assignment your student completed during the quarter. Please remember, the first quarter grade is just a progress grade. The only exception to this rule is the junior high survey course classes. Your junior high student will receive a grade for each marking period in the survey course that will be a stand-alone grade and there will be no cumulative grade for the year for that course. Thus, the grade you see on the progress report for first marking period of the junior high survey course will be your student’s final first marking period grade. For all other junior high and high school classes, your student’s first semester grade in their class will be a cumulative average of all earned grades in both first and second quarters (worth 80% of a student’s grade in 9th-12th grade; worth 100% of a student’s grade in 7th-8th grade) and the final exam grade (20% of a student’s grade in 9th-12th grade; 7th-8th grade students do not have final exams, but rather a test grade).
As we move into second quarter, you will want to select “Midyear Grade” (circled in red below) as your progress view for your student in order to see their most up-to-date cumulative grade for the first and second quarter. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to reach out to our Registrar, Rachel Little, at email@example.com.
Students in grades 8-11 take the PSAT this Wednesday, October 14. This is an important test that colleges and other organizations use as a benchmark and a deciding factor in granting awards and scholarships! Most notably, students who excel on the PSAT have the opportunity to be recognized as a National Merit Scholar, with its accompanying scholarships.
The PSAT 8/9
The PSAT 8/9 is a new test created specifically for these grade levels. The test aligns with the PSAT/NMSQT that students take in 10th and 11th grades. By starting to take the PSAT this early, students will learn which skills they need to work on for continued success through high school and college. The scores will also help us identify areas where your student excels, as well as areas he or she should focus on to improve academically. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to upload their scores to the College Board’s new Khan Academy test prep program which will create individual study resources for your student moving forward. PSAT 8/9 scores are not sent out to colleges.
NMSQT stands for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Juniors that take the PSAT and meet other program entry requirements may enter the National Merit Scholarship Program. 10th grade students will also take that PSAT, but they do not compete for the NMSQT. The PSAT is the best way to practice for the SAT that students will be taking during their junior and senior years. PSAT scores are not sent out to colleges.
How We Use PSAT Results
All students will receive both an online score report and an official paper score for report. This report is usually sent in December. In the report, students will be able to see which answers they got right or wrong. Students will also receive information on how to improve their academic skills. The report will explain how each section was scored. Please explain to your student the importance of their honest performance as Holy Spirit Prep uses these scores to place students in classes and revise our curriculum to ensure that we are preparing our students properly for college.
Please feel free to contact either Mr. Jeremy Sale, our Director of College Counseling, at firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com for questions.
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.
1) Help is needed at Holy Spirit Catholic Church's nursery, during the Sunday Masses. Upper School students may volunteer to earn service hours or may work for $8.50 an hour. Contact Samatha Zavala to sign up.
2) We need responsible Upper School students to help run the concessions stand at our home football games: two students for each half of the game. Contact Ms. Van de Voorde to sign up.
3) Students can now earn service hours for filling the following liturgical ministry roles at their parishes: (1) altar server, (2) lector, (3) Eucharistic minister, (4) usher, and (5) choir member. One service hour is earned any time a student attends Mass and fills one of these roles during the liturgy. N.B. Only one hour may be earned per Mass even if the student fills more than one role.
4) Volunteer at the Family Fun Run and Picnic on October 17.
Movies By Moonlight will close their summer outdoor movie series with the FREE screening of “Cinderella” Friday, 10/16 at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Activities Center, 85 Mt. Vernon Hwy. Concessions, games, entertainment, and dinner for purchase begin at 6 pm and movie is shown at dark. For more information, visit: http://www.leadershipsandysprings.org/community/movies-by-moonlight .
HSCC Sunday Night Mass
St. Mary's Chapel
Beginning this Sunday, October 18th, Holy Spirit Catholic Church is piloting a new Mass time, Sunday evenings at 7:00pm. This Mass will be held in St. Mary's Chapel.
Holy Spirit Prep has offered to assist with the Mass, and will coordinate its various ministries, including music. If you attended the first all-School Mass, you know it will be inspiring worship with our students serving in various ministerial roles!
Holy Spirit is pleased to be hosting the major relics of St. Maria Goretti on Monday, October 26. The youngest canonized saint in the Catholic Church in modern times, Maria Goretti was 11 years old when she was killed on July 6, 1902, after being stabbed 14 times in an attempted rape. Maria’s last words on her deathbed were of mercy towards her 20-year old attacker: “I forgive Alessandro Serenelli… and I want him to be with me in heaven forever.” Serenelli reported receiving an apparition of Maria in prison. That occasion began a conversion process – in his words, “Maria’s forgiveness saved me.”
The visit of the relics of St. Maria Goretti is part of an effort by the Church to prepare the lay faithful for the Year of Mercy which begins December 8. Veneration will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. in the Church with a special Mass at 7:00 p.m. Learn more at http//mariagoretti.org.
Tuesday, October 27th
The Archdiocese of Atlanta invites physicians and all those directly involved in patient care to the celebration of our 2015 White Mass on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:30pm at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305. A dessert reception in Kenny Hall will follow.
Interested in complementing the great spiritual formation that your son receives at Holy Spirit Prep? Join us for our next Conquest Weekend at Camp Hidden Lake in Dahlonega!
This is a great opportunity for boys from the Atlanta area to spend time with each other in a Christ-centered environment. Boys from 5th to 8th grade are invited to grow in their faith and leadership skills. The camp runs two separate tracks to accommodate the different age groups.
Dads are welcome to join us!
Feel free to let Fr. Juan know if you have any questions, and we hope to see your sons there!
By following the registration link you can also download the permission form.
For more information, contact Father David Barton, LC at firstname.lastname@example.org.