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Thank you to everyone who made the 19th annual Spring Gala a wonderful evening of fun, fellowship, and fundraising! The generosity of our community secured a successful evening for our Teachers' Continuing Education fund and the Teachers' Children Tuition Assistance Fund, raising just over $200,000 through ticket sales, sponsorships, auction items, and donations.
Congratulations to the winners of our live auction items:
Wall of Wine: Erik Gunderson
Spirit the Labradoodle: John Arnold
Bill Reese Memorial Hunt: David Bertany
Ascension Air getaway to Amelia Island: Kathleen Magnusson
Pope Francis Painting: David Karangu
Pinball Machine: Sue Nardelli
View more photos from the Gala here
Watch our students and teachers explain what they love most about each other.
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
Tara and Darrell Mays
Sue and Bob Nardelli
Ascension Air, The Juice Box and Walton Creek Ventures
Sandi and Anthony Cabrera
Cynthia and Brad Hammond
Carolyn and Neil Johnson, Canonbury Homes, Inc.
Joann and Todd Jones
Phil and Christy Jones
Betsy and Brad Palmer
Dede and Adolph Casal
Shannon and Mike Centola, Buckhead Pet Pals
Rene and Heath Cunningham
Kara and Michael DiPrima
Georgia Neurosurgical Institute
Marty and John Gillin
Denise and Erik Gunderson
Edward Jones Office of Julie and Charles Rea
Kori and Paul Loftus
Kim and Greg Marks
Twinker and Keith Mason
Lauryn and Scott Masterson
Kiley and Rob Nardelli
Erica and Chris Neligan
Dave and Brandi O’Haren
Kathy and Anthony Polvino
Peggy West and Jack Sinks
Wendy and Sam Stinnett
Harriet and Gregory Sysyn
Jennifer and Vern Vincent
Kim and Tyler Woolson
Olivia and Sorin Zdrahal
Lisa and Jerry Zurovchak
Monsignor Edward Dillon
Megan and Chris Durham
Francesca Aguilar and Paul Hossain
Drs. Matthew and Andrea Klopman
Susan and Chris Mangum
Juanita and Jack Markwalter
Meghan and Kyle Pietrantonio
Marylu and Jack Valek
SPONSOR THE TOURNAMENT
4th Annual Holy Spirit Cougars Club Golf Tournament
Thursday, April 23 2015
White Columns Country Club
300 Clubhouse Drive Alpharetta, Georgia 30004
Registration fee: $200
Your registration fee includes:
round of golf with cart,
complimentary beverages throughout the day,
and awards celebration.
Breakfast served from 8am-9am.
Registration opens at 8:30am.
Format is 4-person scramble | 9:30am shotgun start.
Hole Sponsor $200
Company or individual recognized on signage
White Sponsor $1,500
1 Hole Sponsor sign
Green Sponsor $2,000
1 Hole Sponsor sign,
1 sign at a special hole (Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, etc.)
Gold Sponsor $4,000
1 Hole Sponsor sign,
Recognition on clubhouse signage,
Recognition on player gift,
and 1 reserved table in clubhouse
Title Sponsor $8,000
Exclusive hole-in-one sponsor,
Sole sponsor on player shirts,
Recognition on welcome sign,
Recognition on clubhouse signage,
2 reserved tables in clubhouse,
and recognition on marketing
Another college admissions season is winding down and excitement abounds at HSP. We are delighted with the opportunities ahead of our 10th graduating class. The Class of 2015 is considering their offers and getting prepared for life as alumni.
Our seniors have received 187 acceptances from 97 different colleges and universities. We continue to have strong acceptance rates at many institutions, including several universities that have admitted 100% of the HSP students who applied: The University of Alabama (9), Auburn University (8), Kennesaw State University (8), Berry College (5), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (4), University of Mississippi (4), Furman University (4) , Georgia Southern University (4), Case Western Reserve University (3), Mississippi State University (3), College of Charleston (3), College of the Holy Cross (2), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2), The Catholic University of America (2), and many more.
Seniors received acceptances from the following universities. Those in bold at the top will have the privilege of having an HSP alum at their campus this fall:
University of Central Florida
Clayton College & State University
Kennesaw State University
Michigan State University
University of Tennessee, Martin
United States Naval Academy
The University of Alabama
Arizona State University
The University of Arizona
Ave Maria University
Belmont Abbey College
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
Case Western Reserve University
The Catholic University of America
College of Charleston
University of Chicago
College of Coastal Georgia
University of Connecticut
Fairfield University (University College)
The University of Findlay
Florida State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Regents University
Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southwestern State University
Georgia State University
The University of Georgia
High Point University
College of the Holy Cross
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Indiana University at Bloomington
The University of Iowa
James Madison University
University of Kentucky
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Marymount Manhattan College
University of Miami
University of Michigan
Mississippi State University
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia
New York University
University of North Carolina at Asheville
North Carolina State University
University of Notre Dame
Ohio Wesleyan University
University of the Pacific
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Queens University of Charlotte
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Rochester
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Sacred Heart University
Salve Regina University
Seton Hall University
Seton Hill University
University of South Carolina
Valdosta State University
University of Virginia
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Young Harris College
Harvard, Yale, or Princeton: how would you decide? It’s precisely the decision that HSP’s Head Girl, Meredith Jones, is in. She was thrilled to receive Early Admission to Harvard, but she has more options on the table today to consider – including two additional Ivy League schools. When asked how she’ll decide, Meredith said that her college visits have been extremely beneficial and “the advice from family and mentors - and prayers - will hopefully lead me down the right path.”
Drew Vincent, HSP’s Head Boy, was awarded the prestigious Park Scholarship from North Carolina State University in March. He went through rounds of interviews and an on-campus gauntlet of activities to showcase his talent and personality. After meeting him, NC State confirmed what we all knew: Drew is quite impressive. However, Drew has decided to decline the Park Scholarship in favor of attending Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. The advantages of a business school within a world-renowned technical research university and their 96% undergraduate job offer rate couldn’t be denied. “I felt at home at Tech,” Drew said of his choice between NC State and Georgia Tech.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
As of today, our seniors have amassed an incredible pool of scholarship offers: a grand total of over $4.5 million dollars. The primary reason behind Mrs. Dean’s November 1 deadline is to ensure that our students are qualified and considered in the first rounds of scholarship and financial aid awards from colleges and universities. All this, on top of their rigorous coursework and active participation as leaders at HSP, is an amazing snapshot of the talent in the class of 2015. Sixteen individual seniors received scholarship offers totaling over $100,000. This scholarship total doesn’t include HOPE award amounts or the savings from AP coursework at HSP that will earn many students college credit after graduation. Our seniors will take 61 AP exams in the first weeks of May – the potential for college credit is through the roof!
On May 1, all seniors will be required to "commit" to one of the colleges who have offered them admission. To celebrate, Mr. Curtin is going to allow the seniors to show their commitment on their shirts! The seniors will be wearing their chosen college's gear on May 4 (Monday) and we will commemorate the day with a Class Photo. We would love to encourage families to participate as well. Help our students celebrate by donning the gear of your alma mater and catch a photo with them on campus. Remember to tag HSP when you upload it. The faculty will also be wearing their alma mater attire as a way to make new connections with our soon-to-be alumni.
Weighing their Options
While some of our seniors are absolutely sure of their college destination, others are using the month of April to make final trips to admitted student days and to compare financial aid packages. Please keep these young people and their parents in your prayers as they discern the best next step.
HSP's Unique, Intensive College Counseling Curriculum
As these favorable updates are coming in, Mrs. Dean has already begun the college planning process with juniors. Eleventh-graders have embarked on an 18-month, intensive journey with Mrs. Dean that will include:
• meeting with Mrs. Dean one-on-one
• registering for Senior Year classes
• considering SAT and ACT strategies
• researching potential careers
• choosing which colleges to visit
• planning an enriching summer
• prioritizing and rounding out a resume
• writing and revising college essays
• identifying and applying for scholarships
• selecting and approaching teachers for letters of recommendation
• applying to their best-fit colleges
Mrs. Dean enjoys being able to take a complicated process and break it down into manageable steps for students. Sometimes, this is their first real taste of personal responsibility and finite deadlines. Each year after having completed this process, our seniors comment on how much more they understand about the way the world works and how to prioritize their tasks. They also ultimately appreciate the early timeline to which Mrs. Dean holds them, which takes the pressure off of their final semester of school. It’s such a wonderful transformation.
We’re excited to share with you that Holy Spirit Prep, has recently partnered with YouScience, creator of the innovative new program called the YouScience Profile. Through the revolutionary intersection of aptitudes, interests and personality, the YouScience Profile will help students discover their unique set of talents and Mrs. Dean will assist our students in making more informed decisions when it comes to major and career-related choices. We are personally inviting parents of sophomores, juniors, and seniors to attend a YouScience Kick-Off Presentation before we unveil the program to our students. Because of the importance of this program in aiding our students, we are offering multiple sessions on the Upper School Campus on April 15 for parents to attend. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet to Mrs. Dean, please do so today!
As a Holy Spirit Prep family, you are already in the college counseling curriculum that Mrs. Dean has created. She is available as a resource to every HSP family from preschool through 12th grade. Mrs. Dean begins official meetings with parents about the college planning process in their students' 5th and 6th grade years. Mrs. Dean's college counseling curriculum begins in 7th and 8th grade with developing the skills essential to successful college planning, including study skills, leadership development, and extracurricular participation. It is a curriculum unique among Atlanta's independent schools, and which sees our students matriculate not only to the best universities in the country and around the world, but to those colleges and universities that are the best fit for each student.
Due to the forecasted 90% chance of thunderstorms this Saturday, April 18, the Mother-Son Games have, unhappily, been called off. The size and scope of the event preclude using our gym. Families who have already paid their registration fee will be refunded this week.
Saturday, April 25, on the HSP baseball field
Kickoff at 1:30
Senior and Freshman Girls vs. Junior and Sophomore Girls
FREE ADMISSION AND FREE CONCESSIONS
PRE-ORDER YOUR POWDERPUFF GAME T-SHIRT FOR $10
Brought to you by the Class of 2016
St. Peter Chanel Guest Speaker Series Welcomes
Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg
“The Marriage Covenant in the Modern World:
Practical Wisdom to Deepen Your Relationship with Your Spouse”
Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
McNamee Hall in St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church
All are Welcome – Admission is Free
Light Refreshments will be available
Please RSVP at: www.stpeterchanel.org/adult-education/mac
To see the world rightly, Holy Mother Church exhorts us to develop Catholic minds and well as Catholic hearts. This is especially true at a time when the current culture offers so many competing world views regarding sacred institutions and relationships.
• Do the issues surrounding marriage today confuse you?
• Would you like to learn the intellectual and moral truths that undergird Catholic teaching on marriage?
• Would you like to recover joy and purpose in your marriage?
Philosophy and Theology teacher Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg will provide clear and concise explanations of the philosophical errors surrounding the issues of marriage and he will propose a remedy so that those in attendance will leave armed with Catholic philosophical truth in order to live out the vocation of marriage with joy and purpose.
The important and timely evening is open to all and is sponsored by Marriages are Covenants and St. Peter Chanel Adult Education.
Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg is a Catholic convert, a catechist, a school teacher, a Catholic writer and speaker on matters of Faith, culture, and education. He holds a degree in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Steven is a Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative, a member of the Teacher Advisory Board and writer of curriculum at the Sophia Institute for Teachers, a contributor to Crisis Magazine, The Civilized Reader, The Standard Bearers, Catholic Exchange, The Integrated Catholic Life™ and a founding member of the Brinklings Literary Club.
This weekend, 9 metro areas schools (about 45 students) including Holy Spirit Prep were invited to compete in the Annual Art Throwdown at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. 7 Upper School students and 2 faculty members - Rockie Rombalski and Raul Jimenez - competed on behalf of HSP. By the end, Holy Spirit Prep edged out Galloway for the 1st place honors! Along the way, several students placed individually in each competition:
5 min Face-to-Face bracket tournament
2nd place, Anna Podratsky
5 minute Figure Drawing Contest
3rd place, Anna Podratsky
10 minute Figure Drawing Contest (Teachers only)
2nd place, Rockie Rombalski
15 minute Figure Drawing Contest
1st Place, Kyla Hill,
4th place, Anna Podratsky
30 Min Figure Drawing Contest
3rd place, Anna Podratsky
MODA Chair Design Contest
2nd Place, Lenny Jimenez and Alex Pinzon
A round of applause to all the competitors!
For those parents interested in getting a head start on doctor's appointments and physicals, the 2015-16 Student Health Record forms are now online. They are always available on the School Forms and Resources page on the Quicklinks menu of the website.
Preschool and Lower School Student Health Record
Upper School Student Health Record
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!
This week, the school store is selling gently-used uniforms for 50% off our already-discounted prices!
Sign up to volunteer this week
Featured Camp: Vance Exley Tennis
Grab your tennis racquet and get ready to play! Whether your child has ever picked up a racket or not, this camp will improve your child’s tennis skills and love of the game. Our tennis camp focuses on basic tennis skills, with emphasis on promoting healthy activity, hand eye coordination and balance and most importantly having fun which will create a well-rounded tennis player. Each player is given personal attention and taught through repetition in an enjoyable, lively atmosphere. Vance Exley Tennis breaks down the fundamental skills of tennis through easily understood games and exercises to help improve the athlete’s overall coordination and technique. Players learn proper grips, footwork, strokes, volleys and serves during a series of drills designed to teach skills in a fun and dynamic way. In addition to developing a love for tennis, athletes will learn the rules and etiquette that make tennis such an exciting game to play.
More information and registration available at the registration 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 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.
Click anywhere to RSVP to Miss Anne
The Lower School will be participating in the Annual Archdiocesan Art Show to be held at Queen of Angels on Saturday April 18th, from 11:00am-2:30pm.
Each year, student artwork is selected to be in this exhibition. See below for this year's artists!
Mark your calendars! Come see the amazing student work from our school and the Atlanta Archdiocesan schools.
K/Pre-1st – Angel Paintings
1. Isabella Robledo - KA
2. Evelyn Labbe - KA
3. Roman Donner - P1
4. Myles Maurer - P1
5. Camila Castellanos-Mora - P1
6. Tyler Baradel - P1
1st Grade – Recycled Sculptures
1. Max Crupi - 1A
2. Ciara Berggren - 1A
3. Lauren Wilhelm - 1B
4. Bradley Magnusson - 1B
2nd Grade – Mona Lisa
1. John Masterson
2. Mallory Kate Jones
3. Reid Sanders
4. Hannah O’Hegarty
2nd Grade – Louise Nevelson Inspired
1. Hank Robertelli
2. Sophia Martin
3. Sam Lambert
4. Drew Purvis
2nd Grade – Paper Weavings
1. Diego Sandoval
2. Grayson Ciprari
3. Phoebe Schmitt
3rd Grade – Last Supper
1. Ava Baradel
2. Norman Labbe
3. Patrick Tilt
4. Abigail Crupi
3rd Grade – Louise Nevelson inspired
1. Jimmy Carroll
2. Cuahutli Santillan
3. Thomas Godfrey
4. Harris Martin
4th Grade - Puppets
1. Quinn Voss
2. Iman Moore-Jones
3. Samantha Vazquez
4. Daniel Llop
5. Laci Rubio
6. Olivia Kirschner
7. Nicholas Purvis
8. Adam Anulewicz
9. Audrey Kleine
10 Natasha Kirunda
5th Grade - Jasper Johns Inspired
1. Livi Polvino
2. Scott Shurman
3. Allison Riley
4. Melayna Rios
5. Ella Duffy
6. Anthony Prentice
7. Tomas Hossain-Aguilar
8. Daniel Jones
9. Micah Gunderson
10 Audrey Oyler
6th Grade – Metaphor/Self-Portraits
1. Jackson Lehmann
2. David Silbert
3. Nicholas McKinley
4. Evan Kasal
5. Nicky Stafford
6. Jenny Li
6th Grade - Self-Portraits
1. Maddalena Jones
2. Virginia Claire Lehmann
3. Jenny Li
4. Michael Cabrera
HSP's 5th-6th Grade Science Fair is on Monday, 4/20, in the cafeteria. 6th grade presentations are from 8:15am-9am; 5th grade are from 9:15am-10am. The awards ceremony will begin at about 10:15am.
Because the Lower School is a nut-free campus, HSP mom and licensed nutritionist Lesley Baradel of Balanced Nutrition offers this nut-free snack guide with great suggestions about plannning your student's nut-free snacks.
Open the Nut-Free Snack Guide from Balanced Nutrition
Several parents and family members have been unable to park in the Lower School's handicap parking spaces recently because they were occupied by cars with no handicap permit. Please do not park in the Lower School's handicap spaces without a valid handicap permit.
All students are encouraged to participate in our 8th annual International Day celebration on Friday, Apri 17th (11:05-12:00) hosted by the Spanish Club. Students represent a country of their heritage by decorating their table and by bringing in samples of food/drinks to share during lunchtime. Parents are welcome to attend and/or serve food with their child. Students are also encouraged to dress down in the colors of their heritage for $5. All proceeds will benefit the children of the Montana de Luz HIV/AIDS orphanage in Honduras. Interested students may sign up with Mrs. Askins.
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.
Regina Caeli is excited to announce their 9th Annual Fabulous Fathers Priest Talent Show! If you have been to one of the past eight shows, then you know just how much fun it will be!
Purchase your tickets now at www.RCAHybrid.org!
Enjoy the talents of our local priests! You never know whose hidden talents will be revealed! Join us for an evening of dinner, entertainment, raffles and silent and live auctions with our emcee, Fr. Josh Allen! You won’t want to miss this FABULOUS show! Get your tickets EARLY for the BEST SEATS!
Saturday, April 18th
Regina Caeli Academy Ctr.
1565 Holcomb Bridge Rd.
Roswell, GA 30076
Doors open at 5pm, show 6-10pm
Buckhead Uniforms is looking for smart and energetic people:
• Flexible hours - no nights or Sundays
• Retail sales, office work ,or warehouse duties
• Must be at least 16 years old
• Discounts on uniforms for you and your family
If interested please contact:
6311 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30328