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Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
This week, we had the honor of hosting Dr. Catherine Steiner Adair, Harvard professor and author of the book The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. I am sorry that her presentation did not permit recording. If you missed her presentation, I strongly recommend reviewing her website and picking up a copy of her book. Many thanks to Pace Academy, our co-sponsor in Dr. Steiner-Adair's visit, who hosted an evening option for her presentation this Tuesday.
The Spring Gala is just over two weeks away! At this event, we will celebrate the school's 20th anniversary and honor the teachers who bring such value to our students' formation. I am deeply grateful to all of the sponsors who support the Gala, and who attended our Sponsor Party this past weekend - in particular, Drs. John and Angie Arnold, who hosted the event. Your support of our faculty means a great deal to me. Make sure to buy your tickets to this year's Gala soon!
April is an incredible month for the arts at Holy Spirit Prep. This weekend, a number of our Upper School artists will defend their title in the Dogwood Festival's Art Throwdown, a live art competition featuring the best high school artists in Atlanta. Last year, HSP won over The Galloway School to claim the title, and will return to retain their championship this Sunday. Fox5 will include a featurette on the Art Throwdown, including an interview with our Visual Arts Chair, Mrs. Rombalski, this Friday morning from 7:30am-9:30am.
A week later, on April 16, our Lower School students will feature their artwork at the Archdiocesan Art Show.
At the end of this month, both our Lower and Upper Schools will stage their annual musicals. Following the success of The Jungle Book last year, the 2nd-6th grade, under the direction of Mrs. Thomasberger, will present Disney's The Little Mermaid on Wednesday, April 27. The Upper School, under the direction of our Assistant Head of School, Mr. Curtin, will produce Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. These are both sure to be excellent performances that showcase the truly outstanding talents of both our students and our directors.
Yours in service,
Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
The Spring Gala Sponsor Party this Saturday was such a blast! Thank you so much to Drs. Angie and John Arnold for hosting the party. Check out the pictures below!
The Gala's in just over two weeks! We can't wait for you to see what we've planned this year. To celebrate the school's 20th anniversary, we've got some new ideas up our sleeve. Make sure to buy your tickets now!
See you at the Gala,
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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Thank you so much to those who have sponsored the 2016 Spring Gala!
20/20 Club ($20,000+)
John and Angie Arnold
David and Kim Hanna
Frank and Sally Hanna
Marty and Tracy Jones
Bob and Sue Nardelli
Platinum Sponsors ($5,000+)
Anthony and Sandi Cabrera
Pat and Peggy Carroll
Heath and Rene Cunningham
Taylor and Margrethe Fredericks
Neil and Carolyn Johnson
Todd and Joann Jones
Bob and Michele Kelly
Gold Sponsors ($3,000+)
Paul Hossain and Francesca Aguilar
Mike and Kelly Angelo
Michael and Kara DiPrima
Erik and Denise Gunderson
Jennifer and Richard Hicks
Michael and Cindy Jones
Chris and Susan Mangum
Ryan and Natalie Marshall
Keith and Twinker Mason
Matthew and Lorin Middelthon
Chris and Erica Neligan
Kyle and Meghan Pietrantonio
Bill and Patty Turpin
Tyler and Kim Woolson
Jerry and Lisa Zurovchak
Silver Sponsors ($1,500+)
Mark and Rebecca Bernier
Chris and Megan Durham
Erik and Karen Johnston
William and MaryLynn Llop
Nicholas and Tricia Mulcare
Juan and Lori Rubio
Jack and Marylu Valek
Premiere Auction Sponsors
Stephanie and James Briles, American Global Logistics
Margaret Alleva and Diane Caceres
Shannon and Michael Centola, Buckhead Pet Pals
Claudia and Henry Chandler, Chef Henry’s
Margaret and Arthur Grigorian
Donna and Bill Holden
Cindy and Michael Jones
Lori and Juan Rubio
made possible by
Neil and Carolyn Johnson
courtesy of William Llop, CPA, and Mike Rusenko, CPA
made possible by Nicholas and Tricia Mulcare
BOOK YOUR ROOM AT THE ST. REGIS
The St. Regis Atlanta has opened a block of rooms for guests at the Spring Gala! They've offered a special rate of $279/night.
Book your room
If you'd like to stay the night, make sure to book your room this weekend, before they close the offer on Monday, 4/11.
The honorees of this year's Cura Personalis Awards - Victoria Jones, Gloria Narea, and Peter Radosta - were honored at this weekend's Spring Gala Sponsor Party!
Victoria joined the Preschool faculty in 2006, and has served as a teaching assistant with Ms. Stanchak since then. Victoria is dedicated to loving her students and creating a warm learning environment for them. She embodies joy, and sees teaching preschool as being close to the source of wonder in the world. Her first HSP students are now at the Upper School. As the mother of two HSP alums -Max ('08), and her daughter, McKenzie ('11) - Victoria has supported the HSP community outside of the Preschool, particularly as a team mom to varsity football and basketball teams.
Gloria joined the Holy Spirit Prep faculty as a Spanish teacher in 2007. She taught Spanish at the Preschool for two years before moving to the Lower School, where she engages her students with music and media. Gloria is careful to integrate faith into her curriculum, opening each class with a song of gratitude to God, and teaching her students to pray in Spanish. She is a fearless leader to students of the safety patrol, and a caring colleague who always goes out of her way to support and enrich her fellow teachers. Gloria has two children, Daniel and Monica, both of whom attended Holy Spirit Prep and are now enrolled at Georgia College.
Pete began teaching at our Upper School 12 years ago, in 2004. He has served in countless capacities at the Upper School, as English teacher, soccer coach, adviser to St. Joseph’s Cohort and Operation: Christmas Child, and has, at various times, overseen junior high, Upper School boys, and the House system. His care for his students and their formation is manifest in everything he does as teacher, coach, and mentor. Pete is the father of three current and past HSP students: Megan (’15), now at Berry College; John, a junior; and seventh-grader Patrick.
Each year, the Cura Personalis Award honors teachers who have served at HSP for at least five years and who, in that time, have supported HSP’s Catholic identity and had a significant positive impact on students, parents, and colleagues. Among a team of dedicated and passionate faculty, the three winners of this year's award were chosen by the HSP community for their consistent witness to the mission of HSP over their long tenure at HSP. They well deserve the honor of being named this year's winners.
Victoria, Gloria, and Pete will also be recognized at this year's Spring Gala on April 23.
Buy a t-shirt and support your grade/team at the Powderpuff Football Game on Friday, April 29, at 12:30pm! This will be an epic matchup between the high school girls, with 9th and 12th graders teaming up on the gridiron versus 10th and 11th grade girls. This will be a half day schedule with an extended fleX period!
Order your Powderpuff t-shirts online
T-shirts are $10 each.
Buy the t-shirt and get a free dress-down day - or pay $5 and wear jeans and an HSP shirt!
Order online or written orders are being taken by Reeves Holden and Emma Daly at the Upper School.
Grades 2-6 will present the annual Lower School Musical on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:00pm! This year, the Lower School present Disney's The Little Mermaid, directed by Rosemary Thomasberger.
The cast will perform a revue of the play for the Lower School student body the morning of Thursday, April 28.
The Upper School Performing Arts department invites you attend the annual Upper School Musical! This year, the Upper School presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella in a three-night run, April 28, 29, 30, 5:00pm-7:00pm in the Upper School auditorium.
No talking mice or bippety-boppety-booing here: this performance is based on 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.
Registration for HSP summer camps is now open! Holy Spirit Prep offers summer camps for students age 3-18.
Check out HSP's summer offerings
This year's summer camps include:
Bitty Ballerinas Summer Camp
British Soccer Camp
Mr. Greg's Superheroes
Playball Tennis Camp
Science and Nature Camp
Tony Young All-Star Karate Camp
Atlanta Braves Camp
Back to the Basics!
British Soccer Camp
Challenge Island's Icky Me Minion Camp
Challenge Island's Wizardry Camp
Championship Chess Camp
Coach Greg McClaire's Co-ed Cougar Basketball Camp
Coach Nixon's Soccer Camp
Going to the Movies
Little Cougar Cheerleading Camp
Music Composers and their Countries
Panda Learning Chinese
Sew Fun Studios' Designer in You
Sew Fun Studios' Fashion Runway Camp
Summer Fun Camp
Summer Reading Camp
Tap Ballet Camp
Tony Young All-Star Karate Camp
British Soccer Camp
Championship Advanced Chess Camp
Coach Greg McClaire's Cougar Basketball Camp
North Georgia with Mr. Cole: History, Flora, Fauna
Rising 7th, 8th, 9th Grade Summer Reading Assignment
The College Choice: Cultivating the Confidence and Competence to Select Your Best Match College
Keep an eye out for HSP's Upper School art students on the news! They'll be featured on FOX 5 this Friday morning, 7:30am-9:30am, as they prepare to defend their title as reigning champions of the Art Throwdown, a live art battle featuring Atlanta's best high school art students. Last year, HSP competed against students from nine other area schools, beating out The Galloway School to claim 1st place.
The Art Throwdown is part of the Atlanta High School Art Exhibition at the Dogwood Festival.
If you haven't seen the incredible work our art students create, check out their portfolio on Tumblr. Breath. Taking.
This March, one of our seniors, Delphine Mason, along with about two dozen girls from Catholic schools across the country, flew to New York City to attend the United Nation's 60th Commission on the Status of Women.
The trip was an effort to connect young Catholic women with the social issues affecting women around the globe, including social discrimination, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Delphine and her peers attended many of the “side and parallel events” while CSW was happening, lectures and panel discussions hosted by leading NGOs and activists. While there, they also learned about Catholic social teaching and how to apply it to the social issues they were hearing about.
"It was an incredible experience, but it was also very intense. It was fascinating, to sit next to a campus minister during a panel on the links between Middle Eastern terrorism and human trafficking." Delphine reported upon her return. The workshops may have been heavy subject matter, but the team also took time to have fun, touring St. Patrick's Cathedral, watching the St. Patrick's Day Parade, and having dinner with Fr. Roger Landry, Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.
Yearbook orders have closed. If you missed the ordering deadline, a limited number of yearbooks will be available on the day they are distributed at your campus, expected to be Friday, May 20 for the Preschool, and Friday May 27 for the Lower and Upper Schools.
We want to make sure that every student can participate in end-of-the-year yearbook signing. Students that don't have a yearbook for autographs will receive a signing book they can use to collect autographs and messages from their friends and teachers.
With any questions, please contact Tim Durski, Director of Communications and Marketing, at email@example.com.
Lady Cougars soccer continued its streak of shutouts with a 4-0 win over Monsignor Donovan last Friday, April 1 (no fooling!). Coach Radosta had this report:
"What a great Pink Game on Friday night! Thanks to lots of prayers and crossed fingers, we did not have one raindrop hit the pitch during either game. After several wide and over-the-crossbar shots leading to a scoreless first half, we put four goals in the net during the 2nd half [....] With goals by Allie Bertany, Emma Jones, Paloma Robledo, and one of the Mon Don defenders, we broke the stalemate and never looked back. While Allie’s left-footed goal (IKR!!) got us started, the prettiest goal was Emma Jones’ header off of Morgan Delaney’s corner kick. Lots of possession and an excellent win for the girls.
"The next two weeks are the most important of our season. We have three tough region opponents, and these are must-win games in order to secure 1st place in region."
On top of a successful match, the girls presented a check to Mercy Care during half time. Each year, lady Cougars basketball and soccer host fundraisers for the health clinic.
First Communion Parent Prep Night
Thursday, April 7, 7-8 pm
Lower School Media Center
This meeting will run for an hour in the evening. It will be a time for you to prepare as a parent (at least one parent from each family) for your child’s reception of the sacrament. We will go over more of the Mass and practical aspects about dress, the ceremony, and reception. Information about the class retreat and classroom lessons will also be given. Parents only, please.
Testing will be in the mornings and conclude by lunchtime. Grades K-6 will be administered the Iowa Assessments. Grades 2, 4, and 6 will also be administered the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test). Results will be received in late May and will be provided to parents via the parent PlusPortals.
All Lower School grade level Masses from April 20-27 will be celebrated at 2:00pm.
Sign up to bring food
All students in grades 9-12 are invited to the Spring Fling, a dance hosted by the House of Nicaea. Tickets are $10 ahead of time, $15 at the door, and can be purchased from any House of Nicaea Leadership member. The dance will include a DJ and snacks. The library will be decked out with beautiful decorations and a full light show. The dance is “dressy-casual” (slacks and dress shirt for gentlemen, a spring dress for ladies).
The Knights of Columbus Council #6517 invite all graduating seniors to participate in their Scholarship Essay Contest. The Council will choose one male and one female to be awarded a $500 scholarship to their matriculating school. Students are to write a 400-500 word essay on the topic “The importance of maintaining your Catholic faith in a college setting.” All submissions are to be received by April 30. Please include name, address, email, and contact number with the essay submission.
To submit essays or for additional information, please contact David Labbe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners are expected to be announced the last week of May.
Due to rain, the House of Lyon Easter Egg Hunt was rescheduled from March 31 to April 6, same time and place - details below!
Service hours are due to Miss Van de Voorde on April 30th! Looking for opportunities? Check out our school website for an updated list--including weekend options and others with flexible dates that can be adjusted to your schedule.
Students who are unable to complete the number of required hours by April 30 will need to schedule a personal meeting with Miss Van de Voorde to come up with a plan for completing them as soon as possible.
Download the Challenge Summer Camp flyer
Do you realize that God has a specific plan in mind for you? That the Lord has given you particular gifts to be of service in the world? Coming soon to Holy Spirit Parish is an opportunity for you to discover God’s plan for your life. In the Called & Gifted discernment process you will learn that every Christian has been given a unique and deeply personal call to work with our Lord. Discerning your call will give you a new perspective on your life and will help you to be more fulfilled in your work and in your relationships.
Holy Spirit Church is sponsoring a teaching team from the Catherine of Siena Institute in Colorado Springs to offer the introductory Called & Gifted workshop, which will be on Friday, April 22, from 7-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate, especially Upper School students in the process of discerning their future path. To learn more, contact Jennifer Edwards at email@example.com or Lisa Zurovchak at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, please visit our website at www.hsccatl.com.
A 50% discount is available for any high school teens (students age 18 and younger) who attend the Called and Gifted Workshop! That means, the registration fee for the students would only be $20.