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Thank you to the sponsors whose generosity ensures the success of our Gala!
Diamond $10,000 and above
Angie and John Arnold
Peggy and Pat Carroll
Kim and David Hanna
Sally and Frank Hanna
Ascension Air, The Juice Box and Walton Creek Ventures
Sandi and Anthony Cabrera
Canonbury Homes, Inc.
Joann and Todd Jones
Phil and Christy Jones
Betsy and Brad Palmer
Dede and Adolph Casal
Shannon and Mike Centola
Rene and Heath Cunningham
Kara and Michael DiPrima
Denise and Erik Gunderson
Edward Jones office of Charles and Julie Rea
Kim and Greg Marks
Twinker and Keith Mason
Kiley and Rob Nardelli
Erica and Chris Neligan
Jennifer and Vern Vincent
Kim and Tyler Woolson
Olivia and Sorin Zdrahal
Lisa and Jerry Zurovchak
Susan and Chris Mangum
Juanita and Jack Markwalter
Marylu and Jack Valek
Holy Spirit Prep has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead the evening of the Spring Gala, Saturday, April 11. Reservations can be made online using the link below.
Reserve your hotel room
The code to be used under GROUP CODE is as follows:
This code can also be used for call in reservations:
Upper School students will be offering at-home babysitting services during the Spring Gala to earn school service hours. To reserve your sitter, please contact Kaitlyn Curtin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Gala Sponsor Party
Saturday, March 21st
Ansley Golf Club
196 Montgomery Ferry Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Those that sponsor the Spring Gala at the Gold level or higher are invited to attend the Spring Gala Sponsor Party, hosted at Ansley Golf Club. Sponsors will enjoy:
Check out our 2015 summer camp lineup
Inspiratio parent education series presents
author of If Aristotle's Kid Had an iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents
Join parents from across the archdiocese for this free event with Conor Gallagher, author and proud dad of nine children. Conor masterfully weaves Aristotle, scientific studies, pop culture, and parenting tales sharing a funny, rich, and informative guide for any parent who wants to pass on the secrets of a happy life to their children.
Invite a friend to come with you!
Wednesday, March 25
Upper School Library
Admission is free!
6:00pm HSCC parish Mass in St. Mary's Chapel
6:30pm wine/soft drinks/light snacks
Alpha Phi, HSP’s all-girls service organization, will host a LifeSouth Blood Drive in the Upper School Gym on Wednesday, March 25, from 8am-2:30pm. We have 120 slots to fill and need everyone who’s able to donate to sign up!
Sign up online
Let’s show Atlanta that service is in our blood!
Wednesday, March 25
Upper School Gym
Appointments available from 8am-2:30pm
Click here to RSVP and pay the $20 registration fee
Click here to RSVP and pay the $20 registration fee
The annual Spring Gala is a wonderful evening of fun, fellowship, and fundraising each year. All of the proceeds from the Gala support our teachers in two ways: proceeds are equally divided between the Teachers' Continuing Education Fund (TCEF) and the Teachers' Children Tuition Assistance Fund (TCTAF). We believe that the best faculty is a faculty given the opportunity to grow in their professional capacity; the TCEF allows our faculty and staff to continue as students themselves and grow each year professionally. The TCTAF provides additional tuition assistance for the children of our teachers. We are incredibly proud of the teachers we have invited to be a part of the HSP community, and we want to ensure that they and their families stay a part of the HSP community. A crucial part of that support can be reducing the burden of tuition on their families.
Click to register
More info coming soon.
HSP's varsity girls took an amazing second place finish in this weekend's Eagle Invitational, hosted by Sherwood Christian Academy in Albany. The team blitzed through the first three rounds of the tournament, shutting out Calvary Christian, 8-0, Harvester Christian, 6-0, and winning over Presbyterian Christian Academy 6-1 in the semi-final round. The Cougars advanced to take on Sherwood Christian, last year's GISA AA soccer champions, in the final round of the tournament. It was a hard-fought game, but the Cougars fell to to the reigning AA champions 0-2.
Congratulations also go to the boys soccer team, who won 2-0 against Brookfield and 5-2 against Lafayette before falling in the semi-finals.
HSP's JV team made a splash in their opening game of GISA high school baseball against Weber. The JV squad, which is composed primarily of 8th and 9th graders, took on Weber's high school roster and came out on top 3-2 in a hard fought game.
Weber was unable to come back from the big hole it dug itself into against HSP after falling behind the Cougars by two runs in the fifth inning.
Weber scored one run in the seventh on an RBI single by Jake Estroff and had runners at 2nd and 3rd with two outs but could not plate them as relief pitcher Claude O'Meara came in to strike out two and secure the victory.
Patrick Markwalter reached base three times in the game for the Cougars. He scored one run and had one RBI. He singled in the first and fifth innings.
Nick Maddox got it done on the bump on the way to a win with an excellent initial outing. He allowed one run over six innings. Nick struck out five, walked four and scattered seven hits over six innings.
The game was scoreless until Weber broke the ice with one run in the fourth. Weber scored on an RBI triple by Bubba Euster.
But the lead stayed with HSP after the fifth, when it scored three runs on two singles and an RBI triple by Ben McCarty.
HSP's middle school and JV teams remain undefeated and are collectively 3-0 thus far this season.
The tennis team had their first match on Thursday, March 12, at Dominion Christian. Both the boys and girls varsity teams won, with the boys 4 out of 5 lines, the girls winning 3 out of 5 lines.
HSP varsity tennis is:
Three members of Holy Spirit Preparatory School’s Class of 2015 have earned the highest award bestowed by the nation’s scouting organizations. Mac Noughton has been named Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America; Ciara Doyle and Meredith Jones were awarded the Gold Award by the Girl Scouts of America.
The Eagle Scout and Gold Awards are only given to those scouts who have accomplished a series of scouting benchmarks, including a culminating community service project requiring a wide scope of planning, volunteer recruitment, and development. The Boy Scouts report that only about 7% of Boy Scouts are named Eagle Scouts. Likewise, only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts are awarded the Gold Award. In earning these awards, these seven students join a society whose roster includes U.S. presidents, First Ladies, astronauts, and Nobel Prize winners.
For his Eagle Scout project, Mac honored the life of Dan Martin, a neighbor who recently passed away. Dan led a neighborhood beautification organization, Friends of Sunnybrook Park, as well as owned and operated Dan Martin Flowers. Mac designed and installed a memorial bench and garden in Sunnybrook Park, complete with a plaque dedicated to Mr. Martin.
Ciara's Gold Award project, "Building with Books." focused on literacy and reading. Ciara worked with her community to build a library for Mary Hall Freedom House, an organization that provides housing and support services to mothers struggling with addiction and their children. Ciara and her team built book shelves, painted the reading room, and filled it with more than 500 books for the resident children and their mothers to enjoy. This library is a sustainable literacy resource for these residents to help build literacy and an appreciation for reading, particularly for the children of Mary Hall Freedom House.
Meredith's Gold Award project, "SPOTS Kits: Aiding Trafficked Victims," focused on providing life-changing support to victims of human trafficking. A little known fact is that the City of Atlanta fire department has safe rooms in its fire stations called Safe Places Off The Streets - or SPOTS - designed as safe havens for victims of trafficking and domestic violence. Meredith and her team worked with the fire department, the City of Atlanta, her Alpha Phi chapter at Holy Spirit Prep, and Street Grace, a local non-profit, to outfit the 35 fire stations in Atlanta with SPOTS Kits, filled with MARTA Breeze cards, prepaid telephone calling cards, and a hotline calling cards and resource books filled with the names and numbers of Atlanta organizations dedicated to aiding the victims.
HSP is pleased to announce a second official school uniform supplier for the 2015-16 school y. For the upcoming school year, in addition to Buckhead Uniforms, families may also purchase new school uniforms from Sue Mills, located in the Fountain Oaks shopping center across from the Lower School. Sue Mills is a self-service retailer, offering both in-store and online shopping options. We're delighted to be able to provide our families with another option in their school uniform shopping.
Informational Meeting for Papal Visit to Philadelphia
Tuesday, March 24, 7:00pm
Upper School Library
Wednesday, March 25, 9:00am
Lower School Cougar Den
Families interested in attending the Papal Visit to Philadelphia during the weekend of September 25-28, 2015, should attend one of these info sessions to learn more about the Holy Spirit Prep group attending.
We will present transportation and lodging options, as well as the timeline for payment. If you are interested in joining our HSP family to support and see our Holy Father, please make it a priority to attend!
For more information, contact Beth Van de Voorde, Lower School Campus Minister, at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know the instructor for the summer camp you're interested in, please feel free to contact them directly as well.
In addition to the key dates for the 2015-16 academic calendar, posted in January, a detailed calendar of events is now available online, including the Family Fun Run, Advent Vespers, the Father-Daughter Dance, the Mother-Son Games, and much, much more. The online calendar is viewable at www.holyspiritprep.org/calendar.aspx.
2015 HSP PRESCHOOL BOOK FAIR
Mark your calendars! The HSP Preschool Book Fair is coming up on March 24-26. Don't miss this opportunity to support the HSP Preschool, add to your child's home library, and stock-up on birthday gifts/Easter basket treats. For more information and a fair schedule, visit:
The 3rd grade will be visiting their Pre-K4 Book Buddies at the Preschool the morning of Friday, March 27.
Save the Date:
Preschool Holy Week Mass
Wednesday, April 1st
St. Mary's Chapel.
All are welcome to attend!
Every month, the media center releases a newsletter with extra resources for learning: online databases for kids, new educational websites, and news about books and authors.
Download the media center newsletter
Friday, March 27, 2015
1:45 – 2:45pm
Performed by LS 5th Grade
Lower School Cafetorium
Please join us for the 5th grade performance of The Prophecy, which opens with the delivery of Moses from the Nile River, his rise in Egyptian favor and fall, God’s request for his leadership, and his death in the land of Moab - just short of the Promised Land. Act 2 brings to us the arrival of Jesus, as prophesied by John the Baptist, his ministry, then brutal betrayal. Our audience is left in its final scene with a bird’s eye view of the Last Supper where our stage and hearts are set for a meaningful Holy Week. A MUST see!
Live Stations of the Cross
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
9:15 – 11:15am
Performed by LS 6th Grade
Lower School Courtyard
Please join us from 9:15am–11:00am for the Live Stations of the Cross performed by the Lower School 6th grade class with meditation and music.
The 3rd grade Brownie troop will be selling Girl Scout cookies at Goldberg’s Bagel Company on West Paces Ferry this Saturday, March 21, from 9am-1pm. Stop by and restock on Samoas and Thin Mints!
Delta Omega, HSP's boys' service fraternity, and Atlanta Community Food Bank extend their thanks to all of the families who supported their canned food drive. With your help, Delta Omega delivered 565 pounds of food to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, enough to provide 470 meals to those in need!
Over 600 nonprofit community-based partners in over 29 counties depend on the Atlanta Community Food Bank for food and other items. Through this outreach, over 80,600 people will be fed each week.
Thursday, March 19th
Confirmation and Upper School Mass at 10:15am.
Wednesday, March 25th
7th-12th grade Mass celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation at 10:15am.
Information about Confirmation and Change of Class Schedule on March 18th and 19th
Sophomores receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation:
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Thursday, March 19th, at 10:15am. The Confirmandi should gather in McDonough Hall by 9:15am for prayer with our Chaplain and group pictures. The Sponsors should gather in the Narthex by 9:45am.
The class schedule on Wednesday, March 18th, will be DEG FGA. On Thursday it will be EFX ABC. The 10th graders receiving Confirmation will miss the first G period on that Wednesday to attend their Confirmation rehearsal. They will not be attending their morning classes on that Thursday, but will attend their afternoon classes after the Confirmation Luncheon taking place in McDonough Hall (invitation to follow).
Sophomores not receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation:
The schedule on Wednesday, March 18th, will be DEG FGA. On Thursday it will be EFX ABC. Students are expected to attend all their classes on Wednesday and Thursday. They are invited to ‘dress up’ on Thursday in celebration with their classmates and are welcome to attend the Confirmation Luncheon following the Mass.
On Saturday, March 21, Holy Spirit Prep will offer the Georgia DDS Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP) course. Those students who are preparing for either their permit or driver’s license are eligible to sign up for this free course. ADAP is required by the State of Georgia prior to the issuance of a Georgia driver’s license.
The session will begin promptly at 9:00am and should be completed no later than 1:00pm. Students are encouraged to bring water and a snack for the break.
This session is limit to the first 20 RSVPs and is open only to students who attend Holy Spirit Prep.
To RSVP, please send an email to email@example.com or sign-up on the sheet outside the main office during the week.
For those students interested in varsity cheerleading for the 2015-2016 season, there will be an informational meeting with Coach Gallagher on Wednesday, March 25th, at 4:00pm in the Upper School cafeteria.
As a reminder, students in 9th-12th grade are required to fulfill 5 school service hours and 20 community service hours each school year. Students in 7th-8th grade are required to fulfill 10 service hours, whether through service to the school or the community each school year; this is in addition to their junior high chores organized by their House Leadership. The junior high chores do not need to be logged nor do they count toward these 10 service hours.
The 2014-2015 service year began June 1st, 2014 and ends April 30th, 2015. April 30th is the deadline to turn service forms to your theology teacher. There are plenty of service opportunities at HSP and beyond. Service opportunities can be found on the Campus Ministry page of the website, the Green and Gold, special in-school announcements, parish bulletins, and individual research.
Students with unfulfilled service requirements risk losing certain privileges during the 2015-2016 school year. Seniors with unfulfilled service requirements will not receive their diploma until these requirements are fulfilled. Please see your theology teacher or Ms. Richards if you have any questions. You can receive a copy of the junior high or high school service form from your theology teacher or online under the Faith tab of the website.
On Holy Saturday, April 4th, HSP 6th-12th graders are invited to help out at Centro Catolico's annual Children's Festival in preparation for Easter. Volunteers will earn up to 5 community service hours and will have a chance to serve over 100 children!
Volunteers need to arrive at 9:30am and serve until 2:00pm. They should be dropped off and picked up at Centro Catolico (10 minutes from HSP), 120 Northwood Drive, Atlanta, Ga.
To volunteer or to receive more information, please contact Miss Richards (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Miss Eckert (email@example.com).
Volunteer to help at the Mother Son Games on Saturday, April 18th, 3:00pm-5:30pm! Contact Vanessa Sciecchetano at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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 of “The Importance of Maintaining Your Catholic Faith in a College Setting.” All submissions are to be received by April 18th. Please include name, address, email, and contact number with the essay submission.
For additional information, please contact David Labbe at email@example.com.