Back to Contents
Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
I am delighted at the hospitality many of our families have shown this past week at our grade level parent parties. I'm grateful to the Rubio family, the Wandtke family, and the Daly family, who opened their homes - and the Horseradish Grill - for fellowship and to build the communion of joy we aspire to at HSP. Thanks also to the Ambos, Ankers, Durhams, Eidsons, Fords, and Weeks families. There are many more grade level parties in the coming weeks, and I look forward to seeing you there.
Connections, our gathering of women for faith and growth, will host the annual Mothers Coffee this Friday, the 16th. Mothers from every grade level can attend this coffee, to learn about opportunities to gather for faith, support, and service during the school year. Thank you to the Sciacchetano family for hosting the event this year.
We have a number of excellent events in the coming weeks falling under the umbrella of our Inspiratio parent education series. Kevin Wack, the medical ethicist at Grady Hospital, will host a stimulating conversation on the questions of "can we?" and "should we?" next Thursday, September 22, in the Bill Reese Memorial Library at the Upper School. Admission is always free to these events, and I hope you'll join us for a thought-provoking evening.
Also, save the date for J. Tom Morgan on October 24. Every other year, Mr. Morgan presents a compelling talk, "Ignorance is No Defense," on laws affecting Georgia teenagers.
On Saturday, November 5, Holy Spirit Catholic Church is hosting Dr. Scott Hahn, the renowned Catholic author of such works as The Lamb's Supper and Rome, Sweet Home. Dr. Hahn will share about the importance of the New Evangelization and the role mercy plays in evangelizing our culture. Why are we all called to evangelize? What is our role in the New Evangelization? Why is mercy important in evangelization? It's going to be an excellent morning, and I encourage you to attend.
I'm humbled by our faculty and staff: in August and September, every member of our faculty and staff has committed to a gift to the 2016-17 Annual Fund, raising a record $23,000 for our community. The Annual Fund is a gift we ask our families to make in gratitude for the gifts of formation at HSP. To have each of our employees make that gift speaks to the investment they have in our students and in our mission of formation. I am grateful to them.
Our Annual Fund is underway. We plan to raise $540,000 for our school by October 15, when we'll celebrate the Annual Fund at our Fund Run. We can easily reach that goal when 100% of our families participate in this year's Annual Fund. You can make your gift or pledge online here. Thank you to all who have pledged or given already.
The Office of Enrollment Management has begun their admission season, inviting students from area schools to consider Holy Spirit Prep as their educational choice starting in the 2017-18 school year. This fall, our team will continue to build relationships with area feeder schools, visiting schools to present to their students, including Saint Martin's, The Swift School, St. Joseph's, St. Thomas More, Saint Jude, Christ the King, St. Benedict's Episcopal, and Trinity School. We continue to expand our network of feeder schools. If you have connections at a school not listed here, and want to help schedule an HSP visit there, I invite you to contact Kristina Wilhelm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep an eye out for Holy Spirit Prep on TV: we have been invited to compete on WSB's game show, High Q. Mr. Chris Oppermann and Dr. Bianca Hall are preparing a team of Upper School students for the academic quiz show, the first round of which will film on October 13.
Finally, a note of gratitude. Karen Browning served the Holy Spirit Prep community for over 16 years. Through the many roles she served on campus, she became an icon of HSP: at the Upper School, the first face you saw while checking in, the voice leading us in prayer over the announcements, the go-to woman. Karen has closed out her time at Holy Spirit Prep, and will be pursuing other passions and projects. We're grateful for her service, and recognize the challenge of finding a new Upper School office manager. We are soliciting applications for the open position. If you are interested in applying, please contact Jocelyn Sotomayor at email@example.com.
Yours in service,
We are brimming with pride that 100% of Holy Spirit Prep's faculty and staff have made a gift to the 2016-17 Annual Fund!
A gift to the Annual Fund is the primary gift Holy Spirit Prep asks of each of its families, a contribution above and beyond the costs of tuition in gratitude for the many gifts of formation at HSP. That every member of HSP's faculty and staff has committed a gift is a moving confirmation of our faculty's investment in our mission and in our students.
This year, faculty and staff gave $23,000 to the school, a record amount for faculty giving.
The success of our Annual Fund depends on the participation of every member of the school community. In 2016-17, we aim to raise $540,000 with 100% pledged participation by Saturday, October 15, 2016 - which is also the date of the Annual Fund Run, where we plan to celebrate this achievement at the Upper School campus. Pledges can then be fulfilled through June 2017.
Please click on this link to make your pledge/gift today!
RSVP to Jen de Castro
Holy Spirit Prep is a recipient of United Way giving. If you are making a gift or pledge to United Way through your employer, please designate your gift/pledge to Holy Spirit Preparatory School. Not only will you receive credit for your gift to United Way, but you will also get credit for your Annual Fund gift to the school - plus, you can make a larger impact by spreading your payments out monthly over ten months with a recurring gift.
If you have any questions, please call Jen M. de Castro, Director of Advancement, 678.904.2811 ext. 233, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The prayer intentions below have been compiled by the volunteers of Connections for Women and Cougars Care. Please consider adding the following intentions to your prayers:
Holy Spirit Prep has been invited to participate in this season of WSB-TV's long-running game show, High Q.
According to WSB, the show "tests Atlanta high school students in the fields of history, math, literature, science, the arts and current events. WSB-TV's Katie Walls hosts the show. Each week, two teams of four students representing different high schools face off against each other in the show. The winner advances to the next round. This year marks the 30th season of High-Q. Through the 931 games, 30 champions representing 13 different schools have taken home the top prize."
Mr. Chris Oppermann and Dr. Bianca Hall are currently recruiting and training a team of Upper School students for their premiere, scheduled for October 13. Details as to how to watch the show will be made available closer to its release. Wish them luck!
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.
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.
Formed in 2012 in response to community requests to support HSP parents in their calling to faithful parenthood, Inspiratio: Inspiration for The Soul is a curriculum series of speakers, events, and content presented throughout the school year. With the understanding that families are always the primary educators of their children, we recognize that parents, faculty, and staff must successfully collaborate in the success of each and every child. The Inspiratio series will highlight critical topics to facilitate and enhance this collaboration.
HSP celebrates its first All-School Mass of the year on Friday, September 23, at 8:15am! Our school community will gather in Holy Spirit Catholic Church to worship together. Parents are encouraged to attend! This Mass will also celebrate our 5th grade students (and new 6th grade students), who will be inducted into the House system after Mass at the annual Tying Ceremony.
Parking and Drop-Off
Drop-off for Lower and Upper School students will be at the Upper School in front of the Commons Building. Drop-off for Upper School students (including those with Lower School siblings) should be between 7:25–7:40; Lower School students should be dropped off 7:40–7:55.
Law enforcement officers will be helping direct traffic in and out of campus; they may not allow cars to turn left onto Northside Drive. Lower School students will meet their homerooms in the gym, and Upper School students will meet in their homerooms before Mass.
The Preschool will observe a late start this morning. Drop off will begin at 8:45am. Early morning care will still be available. Preschool students are welcome to attend this first All-School Mass of the year with their families!
This day is a dress uniform day.
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 email@example.com.
Congratulations to varsity volleyball, which has maintained a dominating winning record in this season. With its latest victory, last week at Brandon Hall, their season record stands at 8-1.
Coach Amanda Thornhill attributes the success of this year's team to their spirit, "We've had a few challenging opponents this year, but when it came to it, our girls had more energy, more heart. I've seen teams that fall apart when they're down. Our girls have a lot of fight - they don't get down on themselves."
The lady Cougars are:
Middle school and varsity football observed a special event last week on the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, "Letters to Mom." The boys opened their season in August with a father-son jersey ceremony, in which dads read letters to their sons, expressing their love for them and their hopes for the future. This time around, it was the boys' turn.
Ahead of the event, the players were invited to do some introspection and write letters to their mothers expressing their gratitude for their moms. At the jacket-and-tie affair, they were challenged to publicly read their letter in front of their team, to their moms.
Reports from the night include a lot of wet eyes, as the boys detailed all of the ways they appreciated their mothers, for cooking, doing their laundry, driving them everywhere, being present at their games, and for sending them to Holy Spirit Prep.
Those present were touched by the boys' sincerity, and noted it felt genuine. Moms were both surprised by the eloquence of their sons and the thoughtfulness of their responses. While some boys read from written letters, other boys specifically spoke from the heart.
While a difficult task for some players, the night captured the tone of the season. Under Coach Coury, HSP football is about the formation of players to be excellent athletes, but also excellent men, living in a spirit of boldness and gratitude.
Register for Little Cougar Soccer
Congratulations to Sophia Cardillo, Reagan Neff, and Madelyn Neff, who recently competed in the Atlanta Kids Triathlon!
Kids Triathlon is a nonprofit organization entity that organizes the largest series of kids triathlons in the world. According to their website, "Triathlon is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and kids triathlons are a vital part of this trend. There is no better way for any child to experience the benefits of a healthy lifestyle focused on daily exercise and good nutrition. Every triathlon consists of 4 components – swimming, biking, running and transitions."
For Sophia, Reagan, and Madelyn, that meant a 100-yard swim, a 3-mile bike race, and a 1/2 mile run.
Next Friday, September 23, 5th grade families (and the families of new 6th graders) will celebrate our Tying Ceremony, when students will be officially inducted into the House system. Following the ceremony, the office of Admissions will be hosting tours of the Upper School campus. If you'd like to see what's ahead for your student as they prepare to join the Upper School community in the next two years, join a tour! Meet faculty, see classes in session, and learn about athletics, leadership, college counseling, and faith formation at the Upper School. No RSVP is required.
There is still time to sign up for the following after-school activities:
7th Grade Trip to Great Smoky Mountains Institute, Tremont, TN
October 12-14, 2016
Make a payment for the 7th grade trip
A few important items regarding the 7th grade trip:
1. Tremont requires that we fill out their registration/health form. You can find it at the link here. Please print it and return it to Karen Jimenez by Friday September 23 http://www.gsmit.org/downloads/registration_school.pdf
2. Families will be notified of the cost of the trip by Wednesday, September 14. Please make your final payment by October 1! An option to pay the remaining balance will be online September 14. If you have concerns about the cost, please contact Mrs. Jimenez or Mrs. Sotomayor.
3. There is no cell reception in the deep mountain valley where the Tremont Institute is located. There is a landline we can use to contact you in case of emergency. If you need to send an urgent message to us or your child during the day, you may call Tremont’s office at 865-448-6709 or send Karen Jimenez an email. She will be able to access the internet and will send you an email each evening to let you know all is well.
Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. Catch a glimpse of the experience your child will have at Tremont by watching the video at http://www.gsmit.org/.
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
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
Are you looking to help your child engage in the Mass in a more tangible way? Consider having him or her join Holy Spirit Catholic Church’s Children’s Choir in time to sing at the next Children’s Liturgy on Sunday, September 25, at 8:30am. All children grades 1 through 6 are invited to participate. Practices are from 5:00pm-6:00pm on Wednesdays. For more information about the children’s choir program, please contact Clara Olguin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through personal study and small group discussion, WOW will examine the significant events in Mary's life that reveal that she was a woman whose faith in God was greater than her own desires. Mary's actions can guide us as we travel our individual faith journeys. We are confident that this vibrant study will draw our sisters in Christ into meaningful and life transforming dialogue with God and others!
WOW meets on Tuesday mornings from 9:00am-11:00am in McDonough Hall. Please contact Michelle Sipos at email@example.com or Maura Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or register at https://secure.hsccatl.com/Events.aspx?b=y&EventID=16476 The cost for the study is $40.
Part time Administrative Assistant Position Available at Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting our Mission (Centro Catolico), and general administrative support to the parish staff. Applicants should have strong attention to detail, fluent in English and Spanish, ability to use Microsoft Office, and excellent communication skills. Knowledge of ParishSoft is a plus. Cover letter and resumes may be submitted via email to Jackie Bohling at email@example.com.