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To date, we have 52% parent support for the Annual Fund. Please help us reach 100%! Pledge now and pay by June.
Why is my participation in the Annual Fund important?
The first question that most outside constituencies ask before making a gift is, "What do your board, staff and parents contribute?" It is so important that we show support from within before we go to outside sources for contributions. Participation in the Annual Fund demonstrates to others that we, as one of the closest groups to the School, support our mission. What better way to motivate other groups to give?
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% commitment from our current parents.
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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
Publix cards are available at the front office of each campus. Just give the card to your cashier at checkout and HSP will receive $250 for every $37,500 spent.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Holy Spirit Preparatory School when you shop at AmazonSmile. To enroll, go to smile.amazon.com.
Enroll in the Target Charge of Education Program and Target will donate up to 1% of your REDcard purchases to HSP. To enroll go to www.target.com/tcoe.
Mednikow Jewelers has agreed to make a donation to the 20th Annual Spring Gala based on the sales it makes from HSP shoppers in February. Shop anytime in February and let Mednikow know you are with Holy Spirit Prep. Mednikow is located at:
3384 Peachtree Rd NE #100
Atlanta, GA 30326
Spring break is next week! The offices at each campus will be open next week, from 9:00am-3:00pm. School resumes on Monday, March 7. Spring uniforms will be permitted upon the return from the break.
Dear HSP Parents,
Paula and I have been blessed as the Upper School PVA and Lower School PVA Presidents with the support of incredible volunteers this year, who have come forward to chair one of our many events, or serve as grade level coordinators, or just to offer willing hands and hearts for the time they had available. We are truly grateful for each and every one of you.
As we begin planning for next year, we would like to offer every parent at HSP the opportunity to serve the community by giving of your time and talents. The community really functions best when we all pitch in together. By volunteering at your child's school, you let your child know how important education is, and you offer support to the teachers and staff who serve our children daily. You also meet great people, parents of other HSP students, who share the same values and care about the school and the families in it. You may also get to know the other students at HSP, your child's friends and peers and role models.
We are especially looking for parents who would be willing to take on leadership roles in the following areas:
New parent outreach - reaching out to new HSP families throughout the year as a welcoming presence, especially at big school events. Coordinator would help pair new families with a current family or families who can assist with grade level questions, etc.Looking for one Coordinator for the Upper School and one for the Lower school.
Upper School dances - decorating for 2-3 dances at the Upper School. Work with staff and House leadership to decorate for Homecoming, a Spring Dance and Prom (when it is held on campus)
Pumpkin Patch - planning our fall fundraiser, which next year will be held on the same day as the Fun Run – All School
Cougars Care - coordinating efforts to support HSP families in times of need - All School
Sacristy - taking care of the altar linens - Lower School Chapel and Holy Spirit Catholic Church - Upper School
Father-Daughter Dance - planning this annual fun event for dads and their daughters - All School
Mother-Son Games- planning a day of friendly competition between mother-son teams - Lower School
Fall Festival - planning a Halloween themed carnival during the school day at the Lower School
Secret Santa- helping our new Secret Santa Chair Kiley Nardelli with providing an in-school shopping experience for Christmas gifts - Lower School
If you are interested in helping with these or with any other PVA functions or if you have any questions about how you could best contribute your efforts to the school, please contact Upper School PVA President Paula Anker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lower School PVA President Dede Casal (email@example.com).
Thank you to everyone who has pledged funds to next year's GOAL Scholarship! Payments are due to GOAL no later than March 13.
Make your payment online here
You can also mail a check made payable to GOAL to:
3740 Davinci Court, Suite 375
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
We’d like to thank you for your overwhelming support of our school through this wonderful program, especially in this challenging year of tax credit proration and early payment deadline.Through your excellent stewardship of this opportunity, you are truly making a difference in the lives of deserving children in our community!
Holy Spirit Prep's Head Girl, Lauren Bohling, has been named a 2016 PAGE STAR Student. The announcement was made today by Julie Goldberg, President of the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club, local sponsor of the Fulton County STAR program. Lauren selected Mr. Radosta, her AP English teacher, as her STAR teacher. "We are very proud of Ms. Bohling and Mr. Radosta and the academic excellence they exemplify at Holy Spirit Preparatory School. We are thrilled to recognize them for their accomplishments," said Mrs. Goldberg.
The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 58th year, is sponsored, administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educations (PAGE) Foundation. Since its inception, the STAR program has honored nearly 25,500 students and the teachers they have selected as having had the most influence on their academic achievement. To obtain the 2016 STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.
STAR begins each year in participating high schools throughout Georgia when the STAR Student is named and chooses a STAR Teacher to share in this recognition. The students and their teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from one of the more than 165 statewide civic organizations and businesses that serve as local sponsors of the STAR program. Students then compete for school system titles, and those winners compete for region honors. Region winners compete for the honor of being named State PAGE STAR Student. STAR Teachers continue on with their STAR Students at every level of the program.
Lauren was recognized along with other STAR Students this week at a Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club meeting.
Congratulations to our varsity boys, who won their game against Loganville Christian Academy last Friday 63-54 to become region champions! They move on to the state tournament, hosting the first two rounds of the GISA state tournament tonight, Wednesday, and Saturday.
The Lady Cougars earned a spot in the state tournament, playing their first round against Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia. They played a good game, but lost to Westwood 70-40.
1st Round Game Schedule
Tonight, Wednesday the 24th, varsity boys play Westwood Schools at 7:00pm in the Upper School gym, and host an earlier game between John Milledge Academy and Pinewood Christian Academy at 5:30pm.
If you can't make a game, but want to keep up with the game, you can download the StatRow app.
For Wednesday games, the Commons Building will close at 3:45pm and reopen for admission to games at 4:30pm. Students will not be able to access their Commons Building lockers after 3:45pm. As a safety precaution, students may consider removing valuables from their Commons Building lockers.
The Liberal Arts Building will be open to students until 5:00pm.
Parking and Shuttles
Holy Spirit Catholic Church will be hosting several events Wednesday evening, so parking will be limited. The church asks that you please not park in the church lot in front of the main entrance to the church or the upper lot behind the church. Please park in the lot closest to the school, or in the lower lot behind the church.
Overflow parking is at Northwest Presbyterian Church, down Northside Drive from the school at 4300 Northside Drive. Please avoid the parking area marked as "one way".
A shuttle will run between Northwest Presbyterian and the school from 5:00pm until 9:30pm.
Admission and Concessions
GISA charges $8 adults/$6 students for admission to state tournament games.
Concessions will be on sale during the game.
Second Round Games
With a loss in the first round, varsity girls will not go on to the second round game of the tournament. Pending their win Wednesday night, varsity boys will play their second round game on Saturday at 4:30pm.
Get loud and proud for Cougar basketball!
Varsity letter jacket fittings will be this Thursday, 2/25, at 7:30am in the gym.
SAVE THE DATE!
2016 HSP PRESCHOOL BOOK FAIR
ONLINE, FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 14
Mark your calendars! The HSP Preschool Book Fair is coming up March 16-18. The book fair is also online February 26-March 14. 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 (Scholastic doesn't guarantee online delivery by Easter). For more information and a fair schedule, visit:
Congratulations to the all of the participants in the 5th and 6th grade fair, especially the winners of the science fair:
Overall Winner: Daniel Jones, "Noisy Bacteria"
6th Grade Winner: Olivia Arnold, "The Power of Water to See Inside the Human Body"
5th Grade Winner: Neil O'Hegarty, " Conduction of Heat"
6th: Luke Ciprari, "Wood and Nails"
5th Noelle Crawford, "Runners Time"
6th: Ella Duffy, "Hoofprints"
5th: Adam Anulewicz, "Let It Burn"
Most Creative Idea:
6th: Ava Ford, "What Can You See"
5th: Laci Rubio, "Hand Sensitivity"
Student Choice Awards:
6th: Anna Grigorian, "Mind Over Matter
5th: Alek Grigorian, "Color and Heat Absorption"
Championship Chess presents a systematic, fun way to build chess skills during chess instruction and while students play. Studies show that chess improves math, reading and problem-solving and our methods connect these academic benefits to our classes. Classes include instruction as well as chess play and guided analysis.
Coach Steve Schneider has been a teacher and chess coach for over 25 years. Championship Chess teams have won local, regional, state and national tournaments. Coaches utilize the Championship Chess curriculum introducing, reinforcing and improving chess skills and strategies in the opening, middle and end game.
Suggested Activities: For upcoming chess events view calendar at www.championshipchess.net
Announcements will be emailed from firstname.lastname@example.org check your “Junk” mail folder
Family Connection and Club Achievement Cards
Every Championship Chess Club participant is a registered member of the Family Connection, our exclusive site filled with activities, videos and games that promote chess skills. Championship Chess Achievement Cards start with basic pre-chess games and progress through increasing skills. Players earn cards after completing each level. Your invite for access is sent from email@example.com
Reminder: all AP order forms are due to Miss Little no later than Friday, February 26. Any order forms submitted after this date will incur a $55 late process fee.
AP order forms were distributed to seniors during January. If you have any questions about AP exams, please contact Miss Little at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is a reprint of an email sent by Mrs. Sotomayor on Wednesday, 1/27.
The deadline has been shifted from February 19 to February 26 to make sure everyone has time to return the form.
Dear 7th grade families,
This spring, the 7th grade class is invited to attend the Skidaway Island/UGA Marine Extension Research Facility along the coast of Georgia. The Skidaway Island 7th grade field trip brings the Life Science class to life as both focus on how organisms interact with one another (ecology), how they came to be (evolution), and the diversity seen amongst species (taxonomy). This field trip is an experiential learning opportunity for students to put into place all of the knowledge gathered in past science classes. Highlights of the trip include a salt marsh study, aquarium exploration with touch tank tour, and a day-long boat excursion to Wassaw Island, a Georgia barrier island. In addition to research (lab and field) based activities, the students will take a trip into historic Savannah on Tuesday night for dinner at Tubby’s Tankhouse and ice cream at Leopold’s (yum!). Leopold’s gets two thumbs up and a big smile from the trip leader, Mr. Radosta.
Submit a permission slip to guarantee your student's spot
Once we have a list of students attending, we will send out the trip itinerary and the packing list. All students are encouraged to attend and we hope they will. With this in mind, if you need financial assistance or if you would like to sponsor one of the students (both will be held in confidence), please contact Mr. Radosta (email@example.com) or myself (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Highlights of the field trip:
Dates: March 20-23, 2016. Bus will depart Upper School at 2:00pm on Sunday, March 20 and return to the Upper School at 3:00pm on Tuesday, March 23
Estimated Cost: $350.00/student (subject to change based on number of students attending)
Deadlines: Permission slip (attached) returned to Mrs. Browning by February 26 (this is an update from the original 2/19 deadline). This will guarantee a spot on the trip. Payment is due no later than March 11.
Yours in service,
Below is a reprint of an email sent to 6th-11th grade families on Monday, February 16.
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Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
Upper School course registration is now active for the 2016-17 school year. You can complete your registration online in the PlusPortals. It is the school’s goal to have students know their schedule for the 2016-217 school year prior to the last day of school in May.
View instructions on how to access your student’s course registration request form (.pdf)
Help with course registration
The school understands that the course registration process can be confusing. If you would like to meet with an administrator to help complete the course registration form, please contact the following administrators to set up a meeting between February 16–February 26.
If a student and/or parent/guardian chooses to meet with an administrator to review course options, please plan on completing the online course registration request form together in the meeting.
As in prior years, our Department Chairs have reviewed your student’s transcripts, standardized testing to date, and current grades in their 2015-2016 courses. Department Chairs meet with members of their departments to have an in-depth discussion to decide on the most appropriate placement for each student. Please know these decisions are made with great care and thought from Department Chairs and teachers to set the stage for a successful academic year.
Seeking Accelerated and AP Recommendations
If a student requests placement into an Accelerated or AP course for which he/she has not been recommended, the student will be required to meet with the Department Chair (not the teacher of the specific course he/she would like to take). This meeting must occur prior to the student submitting his/her course registration request form online. The Department Chair will make a final decision of approval/denial and provide the student with a recommendation form that the student must in turn provide to the Registrar. If a student does not submit a recommendation form to the Registrar, but still submits their course registration request form online with an Accelerated or AP course for which he/she was not recommended, the student will be denied enrollment into the Accelerated or AP course.
Considering Diploma Options
Please be reminded of the two diplomas offered at Holy Spirit Prep– College Prep and Classical. Every high school student will be required to designate which diploma he/she is seeking during the 2016-2017 course registration process.
Review the requirements for the two diplomas
If students/parents or guardians have any questions about the upcoming registration season, please contact the school’s Registrar, Miss Rachel Little, at email@example.com.
We look forward to kicking off the registration process for 2016-2017 this week!
During Lent in this Year of Mercy, the Upper School is taking part in a special work of mercy: Catholic Relief Services' Operation Rice Bowl. In doing so, we are tasked with raising awareness of the needs of the world around us through the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and giving alms.
This week we have kicked off part one: each Upper School family will receive a "rice bowl" to keep in a prominent place in your home this Lent. When you want to buy that Starbucks or fast food you gave up for Lent (fasting!), instead put the money into the rice bowl (almsgiving) and say a quick prayer for the person your gift will benefit. During the last days of school before Easter Break, we will collect the rice bowls and donate the money to Catholic Relief Services.
Click here for more information about Catholic Relief Services and Operation Rice Bowl, including the countries and ways your support can reach many around the world.
The 9th-12th grade Spring Dance, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 12, has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 9, 7pm-10pm, at the Upper School.
The Lenten Parish Penance Service will be held on Wednesday, February 24th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. Experience the power of God’s compassion during this extraordinary Year of Mercy by coming before Him in the sacrament of confession. A number of priests from around the Archdiocese will be on hand to hear confessions. The penance service will follow the Wednesday Night Dinner. Bring your family and friends for an evening of fellowship and forgiveness.
Holy Spirit Church will offer an annulment workshop on Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. in McDonough Hall. This session is for separated, divorced, and/or remarried Catholics who have questions about the new annulment process. Staff of the Archdiocese of Atlanta Metropolitan Tribunal will be on hand to facilitate the evening’s activities. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation, and support group resources will also be available. Please RSVP if you are able to attend.
RSVP for the workshop
An optional dinner is available at 6:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall prior to the session. The cost for dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children. There is no charge for the workshop. Childcare is available by advance registration ONLY. We warmly welcome any Catholic who has experienced separation or divorce, no matter how long it has been and regardless of whether they are currently a practicing member of the Catholic Church. For more information, please contact Deacon Mark Mitchell.
Engage in the Lenten season with a special evening of reflection for women. The Lenten reflection, titled "A Woman's Sorrow: Mary as the Model of Redemptive Suffering for All Women," will be led by Fr. Baker on Monday, February 29th from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall and St. Mary's Chapel. Dr. Albert Ahlstrom and the Traditional Choir will provide a music program to augment Fr. Baker’s reflection. All women are invited to attend. The cost of the dinner is $15. Please RSVP in the Narthex or online by Friday, February 26th.
Challenge Girls' Retreat
Sponsored by Regnum Christi
Interested in complementing the great spiritual formation that your daughter receives at Holy Spirit Prep? Join us for our upcoming Challenge 9th and 10th grade Weekend retreat, this weekend, Feb. 26-28, at Camp Hidden Lake in Dahlonega
It's a great opportunity for 9th and 10th grade girls from all over the Atlanta area to spend time with good friends--new and old!--and above all, with Christ during this Lenten Season.
For more information, contact Beth Van de Voorde, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Conquest Weekend Camp
Sponsored by the Legionaries of Christ.
Download the informational flyer (.PDF)
Interested in complementing the great spiritual formation that your son receives at Holy Spirit Prep? Join us for one of our next Conquest Weekend Camps!
5th and 6th graders: March 4-6 at Camp Hidden Lake in Dahlonega, GA Register
7th and 8th graders: March 11-13 at GA FFA Center in Covington, GA Register
This is a great opportunity for boys from the Atlanta area to spend time with each other in a Christ-centered environment. Boys are invited to grow in their faith and leadership skills.
Dads are welcome to join us! By following the registration link you can also download the permission form.
For more information, contact Father David Barton, LC at email@example.com.
For current sophomore, junior, and senior boys:
Interested in learning about wilderness survival, first aid, navigation, mountaineering, and horsemanship, then putting all that into practice during a 5-day rugged excursion through the Wyoming mountain ranges this summer? Then check out Adventure Mission Corps.
Adventure Mission Corps (AMC) is founded with the vision of guiding men out of the fold, rekindling their leadership, and igniting their souls. We forget the many blessings and temptations that are around us. The noise does not cease. Especially for those who do not even know it is there. We don’t need more, what we need is men.
Apply to Adventure Mission Corps
After completing their training, candidates for AMC will hike the Wyoming mountain ranges, culminating in a Peak Ascent by foot. They are expected to participate, pray, play, and persevere. Candidates should be between ages 15-21, able to endure the physical rigors of extended outdoor activity and climate changes, and open to discussing and sharing their faith in a Catholic environment of daily Mass and reflection. Upon conclusion of the mission, successful candidates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and Virtue Badges, with personal references for resumes. Exemplary performance will be honored with an invitation to return on successive missions to pursue roles as Mission Captains. Adventure Mission Corps, Inc. is an independent 501(c)3 entity, located in Atlanta, Ga. This mission is a partnership with Wyoming Catholic College.
For more information contact:
Arturo Merriman, firstname.lastname@example.org