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Students really enjoyed the KONA Ice Truck last year so we decided to bring it back again this year on Wednesday, May 18, to celebrate our parents' participation in this year’s Annual Fund. Thank you to everyone who has made a gift!
We are so close to our goal: we need to raise $85,000 by June 30th. If you have not given, please make your gift now.
Thank you for your continued support of HSP. Do not hesitate to contact Jen de Castro at 678.904.2811, ext. 233, if you have any questions.
Click here to volunteer for the HSP Art Show
Celebrate our seniors at Holy Spirit Preparatory School’s Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation:
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
4465 Northside Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
Valedictorian: Lauren Bohling
Salutatorian: Sarah Verlander
Guest speaker: Matthew Kelly, author, CEO of Dynamic Catholic
Born in Sydney, Australia, Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and business consultant. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages, have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, and have sold more than twenty million copies.
Kelly is the founder of The Dynamic Catholic Institute a Cincinnati based non-profit organization whose mission is to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.
Kelly is also a partner at Floyd Consulting, a Chicago based management-consulting firm. His clients include: Pepsi, Procter and Gamble, FedEx, HSBC, the Department of Defense, McDonalds, US Bank, 3M, Ernst & Young, the U.S Navy, the U.S. Air Force, Michelin, and more than fifty other Fortune 500 companies.
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
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
We are proud to announce this year's valedictorian, salutatorian, and commencement speaker.
Lauren Bohling is the valedictorian of the Class of 2016. Lauren has attended Holy Spirit Prep since ninth grade. She served as Holy Spirit Prep's Head Girl, and is a member of Alpha Phi, HSP's service sorority; a student ambassador; a member of the Latin, Math, and National Honor Societies; and is involved in the Pro-Life Apostolate. Lauren has accepted an offer of enrollment from Georgia Tech, where she will attend the Scheller College of Business. She has been invited onto the Georgia Tech cheer squad. Lauren will deliver the closing address at Holy Spirit Prep's commencement exercises on May 31.
Sarah Verlander is the salutatorian of the Class of 2016. She has attended Holy Spirit Prep since 5th grade, and is the president of Alpha Phi, and a member of the Pro-Life Apostolate, Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. She is an accomplished ballerina - the principal soloist of the Callanwolde Dance Ensemble - and a Sunday School teacher for 1st- and 2nd-graders at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Sarah will also attend Georgia Tech, where she will study Biology. She will deliver the opening address at HSP's commencement exercises.
Matthew Kelly is the guest speaker for the Class of 2016's commencement exercises. Born in Sydney, Australia, Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and business consultant. Kelly is the founder of The Dynamic Catholic Institute, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.
Kelly is also a partner at Floyd Consulting, a Chicago-based management consulting firm. His clients include: Pepsi, Procter and Gamble, FedEx, HSBC, the Department of Defense, McDonalds, US Bank, 3M, Ernst & Young, the U.S Navy, the U.S. Air Force, Michelin, and more than fifty other Fortune 500 companies.
Holy Spirit Prep's Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, at 10:00am.
After a whirlwind week of finishing their exams, a classic senior "thank," and an amazing prom, the class of 2016 has left for their class trip to Rome. The senior trip to Rome is an annual tradition, and a capstone experience for the senior class that touches on their studies in classics, history, theology, art, and literature.
This week, the seniors undertake an almost exhaustive tour of the Eternal City, crisscrossing it each day to encounter the monuments, landmarks, and sites that form the city's history and helped shape the history of the Western world.
The class will return this Sunday, May 22.
Summer reading lists and assignments for Lower and Upper School students are now available online! They will be posted online now through summer under the Quicklinks menu in the top menu of the school website:
Thank you to the families who donated dresses and suits to the Centro Catolico Veils of Love program. With your donations, 13 boys and girls had beautiful outfits to wear to their First Communion this weekend.
Centro Catolico received so many donations that they were able to get a head start on outfitting next year's group for First Communion.
7 boy's suits
7 boy's jackets
shoes: girls - 6 pair; boys - 4 pair
The boys and girls of Centro Catolico receiving their first Holy Communion. Thirteen of the students participated in the Veils of Love program.
Yearbooks will be distributed to students on the last day of school, Friday, May 27! For families who did not order a yearbook this year, a limited number of yearbooks will be available for $60 at the front office of each campus.
We want to make sure that every student can participate in end-of-the-year yearbook signing. Students that don't have a yearbook for autographs will receive a signing book they can use to collect autographs and messages from their friends and teachers.
If you have any questions regarding yearbook orders, please contact Tim Durski at email@example.com.
Congratulations to our varsity soccer teams, who earned an exceptional number of region and state accolades!
Allie Bertany (broke the single-season scoring record with 34 goals)
Region 1 Girls Coach of the Year
Region 1 Boys Coach of the Year
Varsity and Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts
May 24th and May 25th
Upper School Gymnasium
For information, contact Coach Megan Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 18 – Field Day
Our annual Field Day will take place on the Upper School campus from 8:30 – 12:30. Drop off will be at the Preschool as normal. Please send your child in wearing sunscreen and bug spray as they will be outside all morning. There will be different stations set up for all the fun activities and snacks will be included.
May 18 – Art Show at Lower School
A sampling of all the fabulous art work that has been made at the Preschool and Lower School will be displayed at the Art Show at the Lower School from 4:00 – 7:00. If you purchased your child’s self-portrait, then you can pick it from the Art Show. Volunteer | Order Self-Portraits
May 26 and 27 – End of the Year parties
Each class will have an end of the year party to celebrate a wonderful year of learning, friendship, and fun. Look for specifics on each party to come from your room parent.
ATTENTION PARENTS: Order your EduKit now! Everything your student needs for the school year comes packaged in one convenient box customized to your teacher’s requests! Go to www.edukitinc.com to order today.
We are pleased to announce our upcoming online book fair. The dates for the book fair are May 16th – May 30th, 2016.
This book fair will be completely online with www.childrensbookstore.com. It’s easy to participate by doing the following
Search for and buy the books you'll love to read this school year. Every book on the site is eligible for our fair.
Enter our unique code, hspsbook, either at check out, or when you arrive at the site by clicking on the "book fairs" tab at the top of the page.
Your books will be shipped directly to your home. Our school will earn 30% of all book purchases.
This is a little different from other book fairs we’ve done. First of all, there are more than 200,000 books available from baby books to young adult books. You won’t need to come to the school, and you can select how fast you receive your books.
We’d love for you to participate in our book fair. It will raise funds for our school and promote reading at our school.
Because it’s an online fair, anyone can join in. Please forward this information along to friends and family anywhere in the U.S.
Again, our unique book fair code is hspsbook.
Please let us know if you have any questions. You can email questions about the books available to the helpful staff at Children's Bookstore here: email@example.com
The Upper School's final exams will be given this Thursday, 5/19, through next Tuesday, 5/24, from 8:00am to 12:30pm. From 1:30pm to 3:05pm there will be tutorial sessions for students, except on Tuesday, May 24. The schedule for final exams is the following:
• Thursday, May 19 – Periods A and B
• Friday, May 20 – Periods C and D
• Monday, May 23 – Periods E and F
• Tuesday, May 24 – Period G
If your student wishes to be dismissed early during exam week, Thursday-Monday, he/she may do so with written permission. If a student does not have exams that day, they may stay at home and study. Students can, however, come in solely for afternoon tutorial if needed.
How to send permission for early dismissal
For students to be dismissed early, you may submit your permission daily, or in one note for the entire week. We will accept handwritten notes, e-mails (from confirmed addresses), and parent sign-outs only! Please note, we will not accept text message dismissals or telephone calls.
Please submit emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose to send your permission via e-mail, your e-mail must arrive prior to 12:00 noon, as we will be unable to check e-mail during the early dismissal period. We will resume checking e-mail at 1:00pm and those students whose dismissal e-mail arrived after 12:00 noon will then be dismissed.
Be sure to include in your note if your student is able to leave with anyone other than immediate family or if your student will be driving anyone off campus other than immediate family.
Lunch will be served for students staying for daily tutorial. On Tuesday, May 24, all students will be dismissed at 12:30pm (no lunch service) and all buildings will be locked at 1:00pm to allow faculty to grade exams.
Afternoon schedule and dismissal
Students remaining on campus Thursday-Monday will be required to attend tutorial. Due to exam tutorials, we will be unable to make PA announcements; therefore, should your student need to leave school after early dismissal, but prior to the end-of-day dismissal, a note should be given/sent to the office in the morning.
Tutorial is available Thursday-Monday until 3:05pm with a break between the tutorials at 2:05. All students should be picked up either at 2:05 or promptly at the end of the day as the buildings will be locked at 4:00pm to allow faculty to grade exams.
Last week of school
The schedule for the remainder of the week will be as follows:
On Wednesday, May 25, all Upper School students will participate in House Day from 8:00AM to 3:05pm. Students should wear appropriate shorts and a t-shirt that is predominantly the color of their House.
On Thursday, May 26, the winning House will go to Six Flags. The remaining students are encouraged to stay home, but they are welcome to come to school for some fellowship and games until 3:05pm. Lunch will be provided on Thursday.
The last day of school will be Friday, May 27. In the morning, students will have their last homeroom meeting for the year, and are encouraged to bring food items to share with their homerooms. Later in the morning, students will receive and sign yearbooks (or signing books, if they did not order a yearbook), and Mass will begin at 10:15am. The end-of-year Awards Ceremony will begin at 11:30am. Parents are invited to join us for Mass and for the Awards Ceremony. Dismissal for all students will be at 12:30pm.
Please note that students need to clean out their lockers by Friday, May 27. Any items left in the lockers will be donated or thrown away.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Have a great week and God bless you!
A reprint of a letter sent to senior families on Friday, May 13.
Dear Parents of the Class of 2016,
Today, your seniors held their rehearsal for the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, May 31, in the sanctuary of Holy Spirit Church. We are finalizing the plans for this very special occasion and are working hard to anticipate any logistical challenges that may arise. Because of the number of people who are anxious to see their graduate, the Mass and the Ceremony will feel similar to any standing-room-only Mass at HSCC: Easter Sunday morning or Christmas Eve, for instance. Because the ceremony will be so crowded, please plan accordingly with your family and friends.
To help you with your planning, we’ve provided you with an overview of the day as well as some information you should know prior to your arrival at the church.
At 8:30am, graduates should report to the Upper School library with their robes and mortarboards for check-in.
At 8:50am, graduates will be led in a class prayer by Father Juan Hernandez, and individually photographed by Peachtree Portraits as they descend the spiral staircase and initial the Matricula. The photos will be available online. This time is for the graduating class only; no family, please.
At 10:00am, the Baccalaureate Mass will begin. Our main celebrant will be Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory accompanied by Monsignor Dillon, Father Nicholas Azar, Father Brian Baker, Father Paul Burke, and Father Juan Hernandez.
Seating for the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement
You will find the first four rows of the sanctuary are reserved for graduates and special guests. All other seating in the sanctuary is general seating, first-come, first-served. We recommend arriving early to ensure a good seat for you and your family.
View the seating plan here
At 11:00am, graduates will retire to St. Mary’s Chapel to prepare their regalia for commencement. All other guests will be invited to McDonough Hall for light refreshments while the sanctuary is prepared.
At 11:30am, Commencement begins.
Our guest speaker this year is Mr. Matthew Kelly, an internationally-acclaimed speaker, author, business consultant, and founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization whose mission is "to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism."
Order of the Gownsmen
As the number of our alumni expands, we are able to accommodate fewer of our Order of the Gownsmen in the limited space of Holy Spirit’s sanctuary. This year, we are able to accommodate the first 30 Gownsmen who RSVP for a place in the graduation procession. Additional Gownsmen are welcome to attend Commencement, but we will not be able to provide seating in the space designated for Gownsmen.
Long-time HSP Students
It is our custom at Commencement to recognize those seniors who have attended Holy Spirit Prep since Preschool. This year, eight of our graduating seniors will be recognized, and will be represented by one senior in the ceremony’s proceedings.
At approximately 1:30pm, Commencement will conclude. The graduates will gather at the fountain on the Quad for photos. Parents are asked to retrieve all items left in their graduate’s seat in the church. The graduates have been instructed to leave their diplomas, awards, etc. in their seats, so they may process out of the church without having to carry any items.
Following commencement, please join us for refreshments and celebration on the Quad.
As incredibly proud as we are of our graduating class, we know you are even prouder. With the guidelines above in mind, please plan accordingly so that your focus this day can be placed squarely on your graduate, and their experience of this very significant event in their lives.
If you have any questions, please contact Emily Labbe at email@example.com.
Used Textbook and Uniform Sale
June 9-13, 2016
Room 15 under McDonough Hall
Gently used textbooks, summer reading, and uniforms will be on sale.
Hours of operation:
June 9-10, 13: 9:00am-1:00pm
June 11-12: 10:00am-12:00pm
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 | Toll 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.
Every year in June, the Archdiocese of Atlanta brings Catholics together at the Eucharistic Congress – a spiritual, multicultural conference celebration of Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.
Archbishop Gregory has selected “Be Merciful Just As your Father is Merciful” from Luke 6:36 as the 21st Annual Eucharistic Congress theme.
At the Eucharistic Congress, various connections are made that last a lifetime – friendships, spiritual moments, and family togetherness. This is a real opportunity to reconnect with friends, spend quiet time in prayer.
Go to the Eucharistic Congress website