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Holy Spirit Prep has proudly stepped forward as the lead sponsor on the 2016 Pope Francis Build, a project of Habitat for Humanity. The build brings Catholic institutions from across Atlanta together to sponsor the construction of a new home for a deserving, low-income family. As a sponsor, Holy Spirit Prep will commit $7,000 in funding towards the construction of the home and provide 40 volunteers and lunches for one of the home's seven build days. The student organizations St. Joseph's Cohort and the ONE apostolate will take the lead in coordinating these efforts.
Become part of the build! Follow the links below to make a financial commitment to the build, or sign up to volunteer at the build site on Saturday, September 24. Volunteers must be 16 years or older.
The fall build follows a successful 2015 Pope Francis Build, in which 19 Atlanta-area Catholic organizations – including hospitals, parishes, schools, and ministries – partnered with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity to fund and staff the construction of a new home for a qualified homeowner applicant. Together, the organizations raised the majority of the construction costs with the help from an anonymous donor and provided hundreds of volunteers for labor and for feeding those volunteers. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory blessed the home at its home dedication ceremony.
This year, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity looks to Atlanta’s Catholic community to raise $38,000 to fund the construction of the house and for volunteers to build the house.
David Rosenzweig, who oversees Holy Spirit Prep’s service organizations, said, “We have the potential as a community to make a substantial difference in the life of a deserving family. Our students are revved up and ready to work on this project, and it’s important that they see Atlanta’s Catholic community working alongside them.”
About Atlanta Habitat
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, one of more than 1,400 U.S. affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to homeownership for working families. Since 1983, volunteers from corporations and from faith-based and civic organizations have worked in partnership with qualified homebuyers to construct affordable, green, quality homes, which are then purchased through no-interest mortgages. To date, Atlanta Habitat has built and renovated more than 1,370 homes, primarily in the City of Atlanta and South Fulton County. For more information, please visit www.atlantahabitat.org or call 404.223.5180.
Two Holy Spirit Preparatory School students were inducted into the sixth class of Youth Leadership Sandy Springs in a ceremony at Holy Innocents’ Fine Arts Building.
Maddie Hardt and Ben Grisham joined 34 students from seven other schools for a year of leadership training and civic engagement programs beginning with an opening retreat on Outward Bound’s ropes course.
Throughout the year, they’ll meet with city leaders at city hall, conduct a mock trial, get a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement, visit a jail, explore the Chattahoochee River and city parks, meet with developers and city planners to redevelop the city center and work at non-profits.
Already the group is investigating the needs of the community to determine a joint service project.
Youth Leadership Sandy Springs describes itself as "a unique opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors who are interested in developing leadership skills, investigating the issues facing Sandy Springs and discovering opportunities for service. In YLSS, students explore Sandy Springs, looking at its government, environment, social service agencies, public safety and economic development."
Holy Spirit Prep students are regulars in the YLSS program each year. Past participants include Head Girl Natalie Casal, David Sullivan, and Patrick Schulman.
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Class of 2015 alumna Eve Fickett recently traveled to the Southern part of Italy for an five-week archeological excavation to complete a credit for her Classics major at Davidson College. She either had the choice of taking a class or taking a hands-on experience in the field.
“Before hand I didn’t understand why it would be interesting exactly but now having done it I think that it has really changed my perspective. Just because the experience was so rewarding just in itself, like when you find something that is so rad!”
From middle school to her senior year, Eve was an active member of the Holy Spirit community where she served as a prefect and captain for the house of Chalcedon, involved in the liturgical choir, an animated cheerleader for our Holy Spirit Cougars, and a devout Catholic.
During the long days at the dig site - starting at 6:00am through the belting heat of the afternoon - the days were filled with identifying a layer and collecting materials from the same layer later removing it and illustrating their findings.
“I was never alone for more than 5 minutes the whole time I was there, and I was there for five weeks!” Eve remembered. While living in close quarters and spending every moment of everyday with a group of her peers, tensions were bound to rise, which they did, but that did not dull her sparkle. She was even able to cultivate new relationships with the local Italians. “When you sleep: that's when you're alone,” she said.
As a senior at Holy Spirit Prep, Eve had already traveled to Italy once, on the senior trip to Rome. "This time around it was fascinating to look at those spaces from the perspective of architecture, as opposed to faith,” Eve said when asked about similarities and differences. "It was interesting to look at the spaces differently," she said. “You were really trying to figure out who was standing where I was however many years ago.”
Even though she has a newfound love for archeology, Eve does not plan to participate in any digs in North America because she wants to keep her focus on the classics. “I mean Romans really didn’t live in Kansas,” she pointed out.
Eve's passion for the classics started at Holy Spirit Prep. “I think you can really foster a love for classics at Holy Spirit," she reflected. "It’s remarkable for a high school in the United States to have ancient Greek.”
Coming from Holy Spirit and going to Italy was really a changing and eye-opening experience for Eve. It helped her to discover a new love and passion for something she knew nothing about, and it helped her to grow stronger in her faith.
“Beforehand, I didn’t understand why it would be interesting. But now that I have done it, it has really changed my perspective.”
In anticipation of the Labor Day holiday, all campuses will dismiss early on Friday, September 2. The Preschool will dismiss at 12:00pm. The Lower and Upper Schools will dismiss at 12:30pm.
ESP and other extracurricular activities will not be held. Please be sure to arrange for transportation for your child at dismissal time.
RSVP to Denise
Learn more about Connections
Medical Ethics: When the Question Isn’t “Can We?” But “Should We?”
Ever wondered how we are supposed to make sense of all humanity’s expanding, Brave New World powers in the fields of medical research and patient services? What to do about genetic engineering, embryonic research, end of life decisions, and the rest? As human ingenuity opens ever more scientific doors, the question we must ask is not so often “can we?” but “should we?” Mr. Wack’s enlightening presentation will invite us to consider what it means to approach current and emerging ethical issues in medicine from a perspective rooted in the Catholic tradition.
Kevin Wack currently serves as a Medical Ethicist for the Grady Health System. He earned his undergraduate degree in theology and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. He then attended Emory University, where he received master’s degrees in both bioethics and theology.
Currently, Mr. Wack is completing a juris doctor and certificate in health law from the Georgia State University College of Law. As a medical ethicist, he works to integrate a focus on ethical values into the healthcare setting. This includes facilitating individual ethics consultations as well as engaging in broader education and policy initiatives.
Mr. Wack has delivered numerous lectures on bioethics and religion and co-authored an article which appeared in the American Journal of Bioethics. Prior to his position at Grady, he spent several years in research compliance with the Institutional Review Board at Emory University and also served as a teaching assistant for the Modern Catholicism course for Emory undergraduates.
Looking to get involved at HSP? Here's a great opportunity to learn more about the 21st Annual Spring Gala on April 29th at Mason Art Gallery, and to volunteer and committee opportunities. Be part of the team that plans this year's Gala!
They're back! Through September and October, Holy Spirit Prep will host parent parties for each grade level. Save the date for your grade(s) parent parties!
With questions, please contact Jen DeCastro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for a small and valuable service opportunity? Try being a Connections grade level volunteer! Represent your child's grade and facilitate 1 (or more) prayer, fellowship,or spiritual event of some kind. This outreach is of your choosing and to be an event available to your group of grade level mothers (anytime of your choosing that you know suits many moms with the young, middle school or high school students that you have in common) during the school year. We all know personal invitations go a long way. We also know that in our full lives, having an opportunity and appointment for a time with women that are likely aligning with our spiritual needs can be just the "fuel" for our tank!
Connections will also host a fall and spring retreat for the entire school, as we have done in the past. We will have those dates soon so that you can spread the word and mark your calendars.
Connections is on the HSP website, under the "serve" tab. We will be linked with Cougars Care this year, which, beyond prayer, will supply tangible outreach to families and staff of our community.
Please prayerfully consider being a facilitator for Connections. Let me know the grade(s) you will cover, any questions, or feedback you may have. I would love to have volunteers for every grade to be announced at our Connections coffee on September 16 (8:30-10:30 at Vanessa Sciacchetano's home). That way everyone can put a face with a name. Please call your friends and further the opportunity that does so much for our community in this small way of service.
Saint Monica, pray for us!
Thanks so much,
The Cougars Care committee supports the Holy Spirit Prep community. Our team is in place to connect families and ensure our community is able to support one another in time of need and celebration. Working closely with our school chaplain, we will connect with families who request community support.
Please reach out to our committee at email@example.com. Our team will be glad to connect with you.
If you are interested in volunteering to help with this committee, please reach out to Maria Kichler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PVA has created a Facebook group for the HSP community, for babysitter and carpool requests, for uniform and calendar questions, etc. It's not an official platform of the school; it is moderated by HSP parents and supported by the PVA.
Join the PVA's Facebook group
Thanks to Vanessa Sciachetano, Lower School PVA Vice-president, for starting the page.
Congratulations to varsity volleyball, which has maintained a dominating winning record in the first weeks of its season. With its latest victory, last Thursday against Cristo Rey in the lady Cougars first home game of the season, their season record stands at 5-1.
The lady Cougars are:
Congratulations to varsity cross country girls, who took first place at their first meet of the season, the Loganville Christian XC Invitational, on August 20.
The dynamic Del Bosque duo, Camila and Julia, finished in the top ten of all girl runners at the meet.
The cross country team boasts a new head coach this year, Dr. Mike Spino. At Georgia Tech and Life University, Coach Spino’s teams won 12 national championships in cross country and track. He has coached over 100 All-Americans and was named national NAIA coach of the year on three occasions. Coach Spino was a high school state champion at Lyndhurst High School in New Jersey, and set numerous records while at Syracuse University. He trained for the Olympics under Hungarian coach Mihlay Igloi, and was the last coach to mentor under legendary Australian coach Percy Wells Cerutty.
The cross country Cougars are:
Camila Del Bosque
Julia Del Bosque
Sophomore Ben McCarty was in Cary, North Carolina last weekend, competing in USA Baseball's 2016 National Team Identification Series. USA Baseball is the national governing body for amateur baseball and a feeder program to the U.S. Olympic baseball team and other international baseball competitions.
Ben was selected through several rounds of competition to compete in the national event, a tournament designed to identify the top baseball talent in the United States in Ben's age bracket. The age groups for the weekend include 16U and 17U athletes.
His family reports that he played excellently. In his first game, he had an RBI single (one of only 3 RBI’s in the game and one of only 6 hits for his team. In his second game, Ben hit a solid line drive 283 feet into the right-center gap.
"It was fun to watch 270 or so guys from 15 different regions playing at a very high level and giving their all in front of the evaluators," said Ben's dad, Mark. "Every game was observed by 4 to 5 USA baseball national team task force members (who will pick the national team in a selection show on September 12) as well as 60 or so college coaches who were at the National Training Complex. For example, for our two games, there were coaches present from Notre Dame, North Carolina, Duke and Liberty."
Ben has been a key player for HSP's baseball team since its revival two years ago.
Register for Little Cougar Soccer
Join us for the Preschool Parent Dinner, September 9th, from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Lower School!
This evening is just for Preschool parents, joined by faculty and staff from the Preschool.
This event was originally scheduled for McDonough Hall.
From August 18-September 2, Mr. Schultz is hosting a series of coffees by grade, and would love for you to join him. These coffees are an opportunity for Mr. Schultz to meet with parents, share updates of the school, and hear parent feedback. If you'd like, you can join Mr. Schultz for Mass at 8:15am with your student's class, then enjoy some coffee and conversation in the media center starting around 9am.
K and P1: August 24
First Grade: August 23
Second Grade: August 22
Third Grade: August 18
Fourth Grade: August 29
Fifth Grade: September 6
Sixth Grade: September 2
We are looking for volunteers to bring in fresh-cut flowers for in front of the altar and beside the Marian statue in the Lower School chapel. The flowers add to the beauty of the liturgy, and offer a way for you to honor a special person or date in your lives. You can commit to one or more weeks, which would involve bringing in flowers on Monday morning to last all week. Vases for the flowers are provided.
Sign up to bring chapel flowers
Please contact Dede Casal (email@example.com) or Amanda Eckert (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions.
The Office of College Counseling will host a Senior Parent Night next week on Wednesday, September 7 in McDonough Hall, for parents of 12th grade students. The evening will be headlined by guest speaker Chris Summers, Director of Financial Aid for Oglethorpe University. Parents will also learn about upcoming application and enrollment deadlines, scholarships, and financial aid. Tom Cole, Theology Chair, will give a brief presentation on the annual senior trip to Rome.
The evening is one of several parent and family college nights, continuing with 11th grade parent night later in September, and additional college nights planned in the spring for 7th-10th grade students and their families.
Holy Spirit Prep's Office of College Counseling provides an intensive college counseling curriculum for students in 7th-12th grade, preparing students to select their choice of college or university through a sequence including academic counseling, leadership development, and extracurricular participation.
The updated form for Upper School service hours is now on HolySpiritPrep.org. Click here for the form and more information regarding required number of hours, as well as an ongoing list of service opportunities and apostolates students may participate in.
Students are required to keep track of their own service hours and are responsible for turning in their completed, signed form to Ms. Van de Voorde by April 30th. Please see Beth Van de Voorde with questions.
Now entering its 12th year, Movies By Moonlight (MBM) brings back the nostalgia and fun of the outdoor cinema! Imagine a drive-in movie, and a block party - all rolled into one, and it’s free for the entire family. Spanning three Friday evenings during the late summer and early fall, Leadership Sandy Springs provides quality family movies, projected on a huge inflatable screen, and combines the evening with family entertainment, food and community spirit! Each year close to 7,000 Sandy Springs residents come out to see this wonderful open air series on the terraced lawn of the Activity Center at the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church.
In the event of inclement weather, call 404-256-9091 for an update.
6pm Food Trucks and children's activities
Dusk Movie begins
Location 85 Mt. Vernon Road and Sandy Springs Circle
Regnum Christi Retreat Information
Regnum Christi retreats are modeled after the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and allow you to set aside your daily routine to focus on God's call in your life. It will arm you with the spiritual tools to fight the good fight each day with the grace of God.
What happens on a retreat?
3-DAY "RC RENEWAL"RETREATS:
More info at Compassion.com
This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child's story starts in poverty but ends in hope.
Roswell United Methodist Church
814 Mimosa Blvd
Roswell, GA 30075
Thu Sep 15
5:00 pm - 8:40 pm
Fri Sep 16
12:00 pm - 7:40 pm
Sat Sep 17
12:00 pm - 7:40 pm
Sun Sep 18
11:00 am - 7:40 pm
Mon Sep 19
12:00 pm - 7:40 pm