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Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
The Gala's in just over a week! 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 this weekend before they're sold out!
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
Adolph and Dede Casal
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
Bill and Donna Holden
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
These are just a few of the amazing items in our auction at this year's Gala!
Silver Lab Puppy
Heart be still! Look at these adorable little guys! One of these precious silver lab puppies will be auctioned off to a lucky family at this year's Gala. Make sure to buy your tickets so you can meet him at the Gala and scratch his little ears!
Jimmy Choo Hand Bag
You've got the shoes, now get this gorgeous Jimmy Choo purse that goes with absolutely everything! This tote comes from Jimmy Choo's Riley line. You can get it at this year's Gala!
"Christ," by Steve Penley
This gorgeous portrait of Jesus was commissioned just for the Gala! You know you'd love this unique painting by Atlanta-favorite Steve Penley - be sure to check it out on the 23rd!
Beach Front Hilton Head Getaway
This year, the Spring Gala Committee is delighted to offer a week-long stay in the beach front home of one of our HSP families, Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Grigorian. Get one last vacation in before school starts! This beautiful home is available the week of July 30, sleeps up to 12 people, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms (three bedrooms are master suites, each with a king-size bed). The beach front location affords breathtaking views from all three levels of the home. Check out the amenities and photos here!
Watersound Beach House at South Walton, Florida
Donated by HSP mom Madeleine Stagliano, this 2011 beach home offers the best of both worlds: the tranquility and privacy of WaterSound's natural setting, along with easy access to the best of 30-A's dining and nightlife. Check out the inside in a photo gallery here.
Father Thomas' Treasures
Father Thomas is contributing a whole table of auction items! Two gorgeous paintings; a homemade Italian feast by Fr. Thomas; and from his kitchen, special 20th anniversary bottles of limoncello and arancello. Thanks, Fr. Thomas!
This Friday marks the final late start day of the year. School will start at 9:00am at the Lower and Upper Schools, and at 9:30am for the Preschool.
At the Preschool, families should bring their students inside the Preschool. Early Morning Care will still be available to those families needing it at it's usual time, 8:00am. Carpool will begin at 9:30.
At the Lower School, students arriving early will be directed toward the cafeteria.
At the Upper School, any students arriving before 8:45am should report directly to the gym, where they will be supervised until school begins. Students arriving early are encouraged to bring materials to work on.
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, and 30, 5:00pm-7:00pm in the Upper School auditorium.
Buy your tickets online
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.
Congratulations to HSP's Visual Arts students, who took 2nd place overall in the Atlanta Dogwood Festival's Art, 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.
This year, the number of schools participating in the annual Art Throwdown reached an all-time high. HSP had a great showing, with Anna Podratsky taking first place in the 5-minute figure drawing contest and Jordan Daly taking first in the Digital Photography contest. Ms. Rombalski, Visual Arts chair, writes, "I am super proud of all the students who competed and a HUGE thanks to all the parents who came out to support us. There were definitely more HSP shirts out in the crowd than any other school."
2 hours: Landscape Challenge = Tom Yao and Giovanni Villavencio
Face-to-Face Drawing Challenge
90 minute: Monster/Alien/marquette clay challenge
Figure Drawing Challenge
10 minute/adults (teachers, artists) only:
MODA Graphic Design Challenge
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.
Congratulatios to Olivia Jones, winner of the school-level of the Archdiocesan Oratorical Contest. Olivia will represent Holy Spirit Prep in the archdiocesan 5th – 8th grade speech contest at Blessed Trinity, speaking on "Child Hunger in America."
In addition to Olivia, our 2nd-place winner was Amari Jones (6th grade), and our 3rd-place winner was Paydn Devine (7th grade).
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Atlanta compete in the Modern Woodmen of America’s Oratorical Contest each year. Students in grades five through eight are eligible to participate. The topic for the contest is selected by the Modern Woodmen of America. Students research, compose, and deliver a three to five minute speech on the topic. Participating schools send one student representative to the Archdiocesan competition each spring.
Congratulations to the following students for being selected to represent Holy Spirit Prep in the upcoming Archdiocesan Art Show! The art show is open to the public, and families are very welcome to attend.
Art show details
1st Grade Representatives:
2nd Grade Representatives:
Madeline Van Oss
3rd Grade Representatives:
4th Grade Representatives:
5th Grade Representatives:
6th Grade Representatives:
Annual Archdiocesan Art Show
Saturday, April 16th
Holy Redeemer Catholic School
3380 Old Alabama Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022
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.
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
Dear Lower School family,
It’s the time of year again for standardized testing! Testing is scheduled for April 20-27, from 8:15am-11:00am each day. All students in Grades K-6 will take the Iowa Assessments. In addition to the Iowa Assessments, students in Grades 2, 4, and 6 will also take the newly revised CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test). Both the CogAT and Iowa Assessments are "norm-referenced" tests. The Iowa Assessments measures students' achievement and provides a comprehensive assessment of student progress in major content areas. The CogAT measures students' thinking ability and will assess students’ abilities in reasoning and problem solving using verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal (spatial) symbols.
The ACRE test
Again this year, all 5th grade students will be administered the Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE for students). The ACRE assessment is an integrated approach to faith knowledge assessment for knowing and living Catholic faith. ACRE is designed to assist in the evaluation of catechetical / religious education programs in Catholic schools and parishes. As an integrated assessment tool, ACRE provides faith knowledge questions (cognitive domain) and questions related to religious beliefs, attitudes, practices, and perceptions (affective domain). As a multilevel, age-appropriate tool, ACRE is used in grade 5 (Level 1); grades 8 or 9 (Level 2); and grades 11 or 12 (Level 3).
Benefits of testing
Please remember that standardized test results are not necessarily the most appropriate means of evaluating a child’s need to be placed at a particular grade level. The test results are, however, a critical tool in assessing the extent to which our students are acquiring the educational background and skills that will enable them to succeed in their future studies. The tests are also an excellent means of identifying areas of relative strengths and weaknesses in the performances of student groups, which can alert us to the need for curriculum and instructional changes. In addition, we will be able to take an “external” look at the performance of our students, independent of our school’s existing measurements of student learning and academic achievement. Both tests give great information on how students learn and think.
Preparing students for testing
Before testing, the teachers will inform their students as to the importance and purpose of standardized testing, the value of pacing oneself during the test, and what to do if unaware of the answer to a specific question. Teachers have also decided to reduce the homework load during this week. Below, I have also included some helpful hints that might aid you in helping prepare the students for the testing week:
• Have the student in attendance and on time to school, especially during these testing dates.
• Please try to maintain a routine lifestyle at home during the testing period and try not to schedule outside activities that may be unusually demanding of students’ energy.
• Make sure that students have ample rest/sleep during the week.
• Students should have a nutritional and balanced breakfast before school.
Because there is a break between subtests each day, students are allowed to bring and eat a healthy snack during this time. If you think your child might need a snack to help renew much-needed energy before the next testing section, I recommend that students bring water and nutritional snacks such as: cut or whole fruits, high protein, high fiber cereal in a baggy, dried fruit, cheese, string cheese, whole-grain crackers, cut or whole vegetables, etc.
I hope that you will not hesitate to call me at (404) 255-0900, ext. 113, with any questions or concerns that you might have regarding the above.
Lower School Director of Student Success
The Lower School family will assemble at 2:00pm this Thursday to pray a Rosary together. We will meet in the courtyard (in the cafeteria, if there's inclement weather).
Please come and check the lost and found tables located in the kindergarten hall! We have MANY items, from school uniforms to personal jackets and water bottles.
*not actual lost and found
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.
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.
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.
Download the Challenge Summer Camp flyer