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Last Wednesday was such a blast! Kona Ice came by both campuses to hand out free snow cones in celebration of the Annual Fund - and they were amazing! Thank you to all of the families who have made a gift already, and who made today possible!
If your family hasn't made your gift to the Annual Fund, please make your gift now.
This Thursday, May 26, is Winning House Day. By tradition, the House which has earned the most points over the course of this year will be declared on Wednesday, May 25, at the conclusion of the Upper School's House Day.
Students in 6th-11 grade in the winning House will celebrate their victory with a trip to Six Flags. Below is information about the day, should your student find themselves in the winning House.
6th grade students attending the trip should be dropped off at the Upper School commons building, and assemble in the gym.
9:15am Buses Loaded
9:30am Buses depart Upper School
3:00pm Depart Six Flags, return to Upper School
4:00pm Buses returned no later than 4pm
Who can go?
Sixth-eleventh graders in the winning House, announced at the conclusion of House Day on Wednesday. Any student on the top 15 Junior High House Point List (displayed on Monday, May 23).
If extra tickets remain, they will be awarded first to newly-elected House leadership and student alumni of the house (this includes current seniors).
The cost of admission is covered by the school.
Food is not provided at the park, so students should bring spending money for lunch, snacks, and drinks. Estimated cash needed is $20.
Students may dress down for this trip in HSP spirit wear. Shorts are permitted. Students should wear tennis shoes; they should not wear open-toed shoes, sandals, or flip-flops.
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
Writing Your College Essay with Mr. Radosta
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.
Summer reading lists and assignments for Preschool, Lower School, 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:
Dear HSP faculty, administrators, parents and students,
I am grateful to our wonderful Preschool PVA president, Maria Kichler, for organizing a surprise retirement luncheon for me. Thank you to Kyle, Peter, Christina, Denise, my family and co-workers for your presence. Also, to Ms. Victoria, my superwoman assistant, for all of her kind endearing words.
A special thank you all to all who had stopped by McDonough Hall to wish me a happy retirement. I appreciated all your kind words, notes, thoughtful gifts and hugs. My heart is so full!
I enjoyed seeing many of my former students and how much they have grown. I have been blessed to meet such wonderful and thoughtful families over the years who have shared their most treasured gifts their "children." I will miss seeing all of you on a daily basis and especially all your little ones. They have enriched my life and have taught me patience, what is important and that consistency and routine makes them feel safe and trusting. Their hugs and smiling faces will be greatly missed!
Even though I will not have a daily presence at the preschool, I promise I will be back to visit.
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.
Seniors who haven't received their complimentary yearbook can pick them up on Friday, or at graduation.
If you have any questions regarding yearbook orders, please contact Tim Durski at email@example.com.
Don’t throw your backpack away this summer - let it bring HOPE! Old backpacks are being collected, then filled with Bibles, shirts and other items and given to men just released from prison to help them begin their new life.
“I was in prison and you visited me…” Matthew 25:31-46
Beginning May 23, drop your old backpacks off in the House bins located in the rotunda of the Upper School's Liberal Arts building.
Lower School orders between May 23-July 1 will be delivered to the Lower School in time for Welcome Back Day. Upper School orders during that time will be delivered to the Upper School. Sample sizes are located in the school store, if you are unsure of sizes.
We had so much fun on Field Day!
We are pleased to announce our upcoming online book fair. The dates for the book fair are May 16 – May 30, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Parents are welcome to join us on Friday for our last school Mass at 10:15am and the Awards Ceremony at 11:30am at HSCC.
Please make sure to turn in your team uniform to your coach or to Mr. Evans, no later than Friday, May 27. Students who fail to turn in their uniforms will be placed on hold and will not receive the end of the year report card until the uniform has been turned in.
Locker Clean Up
Anything left in lockers after Friday, May 27 at 1:00PM, will be donated to the used uniform/book store or to charity.
Yearbooks will be distributed during homeroom this Friday. If your family hasn’t ordered a yearbook, you can bring $60 cash or check and purchase one on Friday. If you’re not sure if you’ve ordered a yearbook, you can check with Mr. Durski. Students who didn’t order a yearbook will still receive a signing book to collect signatures at this Friday’s yearbook signing party
ITBS results for 7th grade will be posted on Plus Portals the second week in June.
Service hour forms are past due. For those who have not turned them in yet, hours can be earned over the summer months. The opportunities to earn them are endless, but here are a few, to give you a head start! Please contact Beth Van de Voorde with questions.
Note: meeting annual service hour requirements are an important part of some awards/honors at graduation time; please do not underestimate their importance!
Summer Service Opportunities
1.) Volunteer at Holy Spirit Church Vacation Bible School, July 11-15.
2.) Volunteer at the used text book and uniform sale, held at the Lower School between June 9 and 13. Contact Paula Anker to sign up.
3.) Volunteer at the archdiocesan annual Eucharistic Congress! There are many ways to volunteer and participate. This year's STARVE WARS will pack 100,000 meals to go to the impoverished in Burkina Faso. Click here for more information and to register for this June 3rd event.
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 20-28, 2016
Room 15 under McDonough Hall
This is a rescheduled time from originally posted dates.
Gently used textbooks, summer reading, and uniforms will be on sale.
Hours of operation:
June 20-24, 27-28 13: 9:00am-1:00pm
June 25-26: 10:00am-12:00pm
?June 20-21 are open just for faculty and staff of Holy Spirit Prep.
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.
Please note that the last 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening Mass will be held on May 29th. The rest of the weekend Mass schedule will remain the same: 5:30 p.m. (Vigil), 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
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