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Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
The Gala's this Saturday! 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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Registration for the Spring Gala auction is now open! Trust us - skip registration the night of the Gala and register now online!
Register now to skip auction registration at the Gala
Start bidding on all of the items up for auction at this Saturday's Gala, including:
This year, we will again use mobile bidding for our auction. Upon registering, you will be sent a text message with the link to your personal bidding console. Click the link in the text message to browse and bid in the silent auction.
Even if you can't attend the Gala this Saturday, you can still bid online! Just be sure to arrange to have any items you win picked up that evening.
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
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 afternoon of Thursday, April 28, starting at 1:45pm.
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.
This past Saturday, over twenty HSP students and two parents participated in Leadership Sandy Springs' annual Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs (VBSS). The program of giving back has grown over the years as more sponsors and volunteers have stepped up to the plate to provide funding, materials and labor to make improvements to 21 local nonprofit organizations, government establishments and public schools.
The HSP volunteers worked at the Big Trees Preserve, transferred mulch into buckets, carried them down the trail then spread the mulch where needed. The Big Trees Preserve was very appreciative of all the work we did and how well behaved and hardworking our students are.
Valued at over $425,000 in upgrades to our community, VBSS Day has become an "essential and reliable service that continues to benefit and support Sandy Springs and embodies the vision of Leadership Sandy Springs," the organization said.
Thank you to all of the moms, sons, and volunteers who made the Mother-Son Games such a fun day! We played gamed, had some friendly competitions, gobbled down a ton of amazing food, and had a blast with our families! Thanks especially to Kori Loftus, Gisele Villazon, and Vanessa Sciacchetano for helping coordinate the event.
Congratulations to the following students for being selected to represent Holy Spirit Prep in last weekend's Archdiocesan Art Show! Scroll down for photos!
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
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
Congratulations to tennis doubles partners Stephanie Bulak and Selina Niu, who just won the GISA Region 1AAA Doubles Championship! They moved on to represent HSP in the GISA State Tennis Tournament in Macon on April 18th, finishing in the first round. Way to go girls! Special thanks to Coaches Tony Bulak and Tom Cole!
The Varsity golf team finished in 4th place at the GISA 1AAA region tournament at White Oak Country Club on Monday, April 18th. Their finish qualifies them for the state tournament next Monday at Valdosta Country Club. A special nod to senior and Head Boy Andrew Vickery, who shot a career-best 99, breaking 100 for the first time, and helping the team qualify for State for the 12th year in a row.
Congratulations to our boys and girls varsity soccer teams, who are heading to the state tournament this week.
Girls varsity soccer placed second in the region this year! While it was touch-and-go with Weber a few weeks ago, it just wasn’t HSP's day; however, we showed the strength of our team against Trinity Christian this past Thursday with a commanding 2-0 victory. It was a confidence building win for us as we head into the playoffs this Friday. Here is the schedule for the first round of the state tournament:
Friday – 1st round of state playoffs.
We expect to host Terrell Academy on Friday afternoon at 4:00 or 4:30. The quarterfinal round is on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week in Augusta.
Varsity and Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts
May 24th and May 25th
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Upper School Gymnasium
For information, contact Coach Megan Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The grade with the highest attendance at the Upper School's Friday, April 29, performance of Cinderella, will receive a dress-down day and popsicles!
Come see our talented actors, actresses, and stagehands at the Upper School and enjoy an awesome show!
Intermediate Building 101
Friday, May 6th
Dear 4th grade parents,
You are invited to attend a welcoming and preparation meeting for your rising 5th grade student. This is an important meeting to prepare you, as parents, for HSP’s middle school transition. Learn about what will be new and different for your student next year, including uniforms, academics, expectations, campus ministry, and leadership. Meet your lead teachers, Campus Ministry, middle school guidance counselor, and athletic director. Please make every effort to attend this informative session.
Please RSVP to our Admissions team at email@example.com by May 4th.
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
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
WHO IS CADY STUDIOS?
We are your school’s official senior photographer! We hold a Junior Meeting at every school before our studios open to meet with the rising seniors to talk about the Cady Studios senior portrait experience. Cady Studios must photograph each student in order to appear in the yearbook.
HOW DOES CADY STUDIOS CONTACT THE CLASS OF 2017 ABOUT SENIOR PICTURES?
We email out booking reminders and send out all-inclusive informational pieces to students’ homes.
WHAT IS A SESSION?
“Session” simply refers to your photo shoot at Cady Studios. Each session is a scheduled appointment time to be photographed on your chosen scenes. All sessions include yearbook, cap and gown, and an indoor casual scene.
HOW MUCH ARE THE SESSION FEES?
GET $5 OFF SESSION WHEN PHOTOGRAPHED IN JUNE!
Sessions start at $30, which includes your yearbook, cap and gown portraits, and one additional indoor scene of your choice. Elite Sessions range in price and can include an all-out private photography experience including eleven scenes and hair and makeup styling. Then, of course, there are plenty of options in between. You choose the one that fits your style. Prints, packages and upgrades come with additional charges.
HOW DO I BOOK MY SESSION?
You can book your session online at http://session.cadystudios.com/ or call our Customer Experience Team:
678.951.0102 | Local
800.547.6237 | Tol l Free
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?
Now! Most students take their senior portraits the summer between their junior and senior year, but book as soon as possible, because appointments fill up fast. You can schedule your session online or call our Customer Experience Team at 800.547.6237.
WHERE DO I GO TAKE MY PICTURES?
We have two studio locations:
ALPHARETTA, GA STUDIO - 44 MILTON AVENUE, ALPHARETTA, GA 30009
ACWORTH, GA STUDIO - 3979 S. MAIN STREET, ACWORTH, GA 30101
WHAT’S THE DEADLINE FOR YEARBOOK?
You must be photographed by AUGUST 30th to appear in your yearbook. If you have any additional questions, check out our Seniors FAQ page.
The Sandy Springs Municipal Court and the Sandy Springs Bar Association are co-sponsoring a Law Day Essay Contest for high school students with prize money! The topic is “Miranda: More than Words” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Miranda v. Arizona Supreme Court case.
Learn more about the scholarship
The deadline is Friday, April 22, 2016.
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.
Find service opportunities on the website
Download the service hours form
Find service opportunities on the website
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