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The GOAL Scholarship program is essentially free philanthropy for HSP, a tax credit approved by the state of Georgia.
The state of Georgia permits taxpayers to redirect some of their state taxes through the Georgia GOAL Scholarship program to a private school of their choice. You are asked to make a payment to GOAL in March 2017, and the state of Georgia returns the money to you in your tax credit for your 2017 tax return. With these funds, Holy Spirit Prep is able to provide tuition assistance to 32 qualified students.
If you pay state taxes, either through your payroll deduction or a personal check with your tax filings, you qualify to participate. Individuals, partnerships, LLCs, S-Corporations and C-Corporations all qualify for this tax credit.
Our Goal for GOAL
It is our hope to have every qualified HSP family participate in GOAL by December 15, 2016. Our goal for GOAL is to secure $800,000 in pledges from our families. We currently have $299,400 in pledges, and we need your participation at this time.
Last year, the demand for this tax credit across the state was so high, that only 66.3% of each pledge actually went to the school of the pledger's choice. If you pledged $1,000, the state only allowed you to contribute $663. This year, we expect the same 66% pro-rating. Please keep that in mind as you make your pledge, and be generous in redirecting your state taxes to deserving HSP students!
If you have any questions, please contact the school's GOAL coordinator, MaryLynn Llop, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Spirit Prep made its debut appearance on WSB's High Q last Sunday, with a team comprised of Charlie Ryan, Teci Muñoz, David Sullivan and Natalie Casal, and coached by social studies teacher Mr. Oppermann and physics teacher Dr. Hall. The team won their first round appearance against Pepperell High School.
They challenge Atlanta International School in round 2 this February.
With a cast of 7th-12th graders, the Performing Arts department at the Upper School presented Robert Bolt's classic, A Man for All Seasons, November 10-12.
This critically acclaimed masterpiece presents the final chapter in the life of Sir Thomas More, the English statesman, scholar, and eventual saint whose clash with King Henry VIII over his marriage to Anne Boleyn would lead to More's execution and martyrdom.
Mr. Curtin's production lived up to expectations, after his incredible productions last year. Students tackled challenging, even solemn material, including several gender switches to accommodate more girls in the cast; kept the unfolding drama lively, even in the play's more ponderous moments; and let the play's social themes speak for themselves.
A special mention needs to go to Mrs. Skillin, who continues to produce first-class costumes for each of the school's productions.
The play presented a kind of counternarrative to popular media narratives about narrowing religious liberty, religious conscience, and social action. More’s conflict is a deeply personal conflict; he actively avoids any sign of public scandal, dissension, or campaigning.
“The whole theme of the play is important: don’t give up on your faith even when everyone else is,” said 12th grader Sam Skillin, who played the titular role of Sir Thomas More. “It’s about integrity. We see [in characters like Richard Rich] the lengths people will go to for money or power.”
The cast of A Man for All Seasons was:
On Monday, December 5, Holy Spirit Prep will update its online family directory (accessible via PlusPortals under the Directory heading) to include contact information for every family. Previously, families had to opt into the directory.
If you prefer not to include your contact information in our PlusPortals family directory - mailing address, email addresses, and phone numbers - please complete the Opt-Out Form this weekend.
You can also update your contact information on file with the school through PlusPortals. Click on your name in the top right corner of PlusPortals and select "Edit Demographics."
Congratulations to the House of Nicaea for winning the House challenge and donating 1,465 items of clothing to the St. Catherine's Closet clothing drive! Trent followed closely and came in second place with 874 items of clothing. There were 1,423 items donated from the Lower School and 2,110 items from the Upper School.
Thank you to everyone in the Holy Spirit Prep community for generously donating over 3,500 items of clothing now available to the families at Centro Catolico. This has been our best clothing drive yet!
We will begin processing enrollment transactions for the 2017-18 school year when we return from Thanksgiving break. Because our school operates under a continuous enrollment system, no additional paperwork is required to maintain your enrollment for 2017-18.
Families seeking financial assistance need to submit a regular, updated financial statement, linked below.
Log in to PlusPortals to view 2017-18 tuition rates and payment schedules. Once logged in, click on "School Announcements" in the header menu to view.
For students currently enrolled under the one-time payment per year, the business office will process your payment in the same week of December as last year, but no later than January 1, 2017.
If you wish to change to or from the one-time payment per year, please send written notification to Debora Brown at email@example.com prior to January 1, 2017.
Please note that your required first payment for the two- or ten- payment plan will process the same week it did in 2016, but no later than February 1, 2017.
It is important to keep your payment information with the school current so that your students’ tuition payment is processed. Any tuition plan chosen but not met will automatically default to the next available payment plan.
Financial aid funding for 2017-2018 is limited and will be allocated to current families on a rolling basis as financial aid requests are received. Therefore, if you wish to apply for financial aid, please complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) of School and Student Services (SSS) as early as possible but no later than January 11, 2017. Need-based financial aid information is available here. Any questions regarding financial aid may be directed to Kelly Sickafoose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families expecting to withdraw from the school can access details on that process here.
Appalachian Christmas Child, a part of the Upper School apostolate St. Joseph’s Cohort, is once again sponsoring Christmas for 75 children in Whitley City (McCreary County), Kentucky. If you would like to help us serve this wonderful community, please pick up an Appalachian Christmas Child form in Mr. Radosta’s classroom, Room 104, at the Upper School and help us make this a special Christmas for a needy child. You'll be assigned a child and a list of suggested gifts to pick up for him or her (or them if choose more than one). Be sure to drop off your gifts to HSP between November 28th and December 7th, so we can make sure Santa’s Sleigh gets them to Kentucky by Christmas. Thank you so much for helping us serve others, especially during the Christmas season.
Thanks to all of the volunteers at the Men's Pig Roast! With your help, the roast went off without a hitch.
Many hands makes light work. This quote was never more apparent in the preparation phase as well as the day of the event. We had:
Todd Kleine and Robert Donner on the smoker;
Chris Anulewicz on the Grill;
Mike Jones with the football screens;
Matt Nerbonne on the fire pits;
Jubal Gatwood on the Raffle;
Chris Martin on-site;
William Llop, who captained the team of dad volunteers.
The grade captains were: Jason Neff; Chris Baradel, Matt Nerbonne, Chris Martin, Mike Jones, Todd Harlow, Javier Oliver, Vern Vincent and David Bertany.
Holy Spirit Prep's winter uniform goes into effect on our return from Thanksgiving Break. Sstudents should keep in mind guidelines for outerwear:
5th/6th grade students are permitted to wear their long sleeve polos with House emblem.
Upper School students may wear "navy school vest or long sleeved sweater embroidered with the school logo. On standard uniform days, students may wear a non-group specific (such as Athletics, Clubs, or Apostolates) HSP fleece jacket. For those students who have earned the privilege of an HSP letter jacket, they can wear it instead of their blazer on standard uniform days."
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:
ALUMNI PIGSKIN CLASSIC
Where: Upper School Fields
When: Friday, November 25, 10:00am
Calling all alumni! If you're going to be in town this Thanksgiving, we want you to come to the Alumni Pigskin Classic! Eligible players include any HSP graduate who played at least one year on HSP's varsity football team. You'll team up with this year's senior varsity football team to bring glory to your House!
We need plenty of spectators to cheer on their Houses. See you then!
Click here to RSVP
Building on the school's tradition of an Advent Vespers service, on Wednesday, December 7, the 4th-12th grade will celebrate an Advent concert in Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Lessons and Carols is a unique opportunity for prayer and reflection, featuring beautiful music by Lower and Upper School choirs, and readings chronicling salvation history. The liturgy begins at 4:00pm and will conclude by 5:00pm. Attendance is encouraged but not required. Friends, family, and our other students are cordially invited to join us as well!
On the morning of the performance, Grades 4-6 should arrive to school wearing their concert attire. Immediately following recess, they will be bussed from the Lower School campus to the church and will rehearse with the Upper School Choir. Following the rehearsal, the children will have a snack break and then perform for family and friends at 4:00pm. They will join you at the end of the concert at 4:45pm.
Grade 4 (not Liturgical Choir)
Boys: uniform green polo shirt (preferably long sleeved), uniform khaki pants, school shoes.
Girls: dress uniform, green hair accents.
Grades 5 and 6 (not Liturgical Choir)
Boys: dress uniform white shirt, dress uniform grey pants, dark shoes (no tie or blazer).
Girls: ¾-sleeved or long-sleeved white blouse (dress uniform blouse is fine), black pants or black skirt w/ black tights, dark shoes, red holiday accents.
Liturgical Choir Members
Choir Boys: wear dress uniform white shirt, black pants, red tie (we have some red Christmas ties if you don’t have one), dark shoes.
Choir Girls: wear ¾ sleeved or long sleeved white blouse, black pants or skirt & black tights, dark shoes (a sash will be provided by the school).
Please join us for an adult event in McDonough Hall filled with food, drinks, and fun. A professional poker tournament company keeps the play running smoothly for the seasoned players and beginners alike.
Congratulations to our Lower School soccer teams as they close their seasons, especially those teams that won their championship tournaments!
Coach Tim Schmidt
4th Grade Boys
Coaches Colleen Craig, and Chris Baradel
3rd grade Boys
Coaches Brooks Brown, and Kevin Kowalzyk
Megan Radosta ('15) Named SAA Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
ATLANTA - Berry College's Megan Radosta was named Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Vikings to a win over Oglethorpe on Saturday.
Assisting or scoring on four of the goals in the Vikings' final conference game of the year, sophomore defender Megan Radosta led the Berry College women's soccer team to a, 7-0, win over Oglethorpe University at home. Radosta added three assists and one goal in the victory, leading Berry to a perfect, 1-0, week to round out the regular season.
Read the rest at http://www.berryvikings.com/sports/wsoc/2016-17/releases/Radosta_POTW
Little Cougar Basketball
For Girls and Boys
in Holy Spirit Prep School Kindergarten, Pre-first, 1st and 2nd Grades
and/or Holy Spirit Church Parishioners in Grades K-2
Start Date: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Location:Holy Spirit Preparatory School Lower School Gym (4820 Long Island Dr.)
Registration Deadline: Friday, December 16th 2016
Registration is ONLINE ONLY: Click Here to Register Online
The Preschool is having a Christmas drive for the Missionaries of Charity, who serve families throughout the metro area. This year, they have an extra 100 children who need to be served. If you would like to sponsor a child, please visit the Angel tree in the Preschool hallway to pick a name, then come by the Preschool office for the information packet. Be sure to drop off gifts at the Preschool the week of December 12, so we can get these items to them by Christmas. Thank you so much and have a blessed Christmas season!
The Ballet Institute of Atlanta will be joining the Pre-K4 students on Friday, December 2 at 9:00am in McDonough Hall to perform a "Nutcracker Story Time". Ballerinas will perform excerpts from The Nutcracker and take photos with the children.
Parents are welcome!
Every year on the Feast of St. Nicholas, we encourage students to leave their shoes outside of class. As if by magic, St. Nicholas comes by and fills them with candy!
St. Nicholas will visit the Preschool on December 6 and 7 during the children's Chapel time, 9:00am-9:45am. More info with Miss Nancy on this fun tradition.
Preschool Christmas Concert
Coffee at 8:30am in McDonough Hall
Concert at 10:00am in St. Mary's Chapel
Congratulations to Lauren Wilhelm and Kate Johnston, school winners of the annual MLK poster contest. Their winning posters will compete against fellow students in the Archdiocese of Atlanta with overall winners announced in January.
The purpose of this contest was to encourage student awareness of Dr. King's conviction for peaceful communities. Reflecting on Colossians 3:15, "And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body," the students considered and depicted: How can we mend the brokenness in society and draw people together in peace? How can our actions radiate Christ's peace to others?
Mrs. Francis and all of HSP would like to thank the 3rd grade art club students for their participation: Madelyn Neff, Savannah Tate, Lauren Wilhelm, Kate Johnston, Maddie Van Oss, Sebastian Tomay, Madeline Hathorne, Aram Santillan, Lily Schmidt, Alex Nerbonne, and Sophia Cardillo. The school's Congratulations to Lauren, Kate and all the other participants for competing!
Sew Fun Studios
The Ballet Institute of Atlanta will be joining us on Friday, December 2 at 10:00am to perform a "Nutcracker Story Time". Ballerinas will perform excerpts from The Nutcracker and take photos with the children.
All parents are welcome!
The first week of December, students will be able to go to the "Secret Santa Store" in the loft of the cafeteria and purchase gifts for their family. We need parent volunteers to help with the store! We need decorators, stockers, cashiers, and wrappers!
Volunteer for a slot at the Secret Santa Store
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.
Next week your student(s) will have the opportunity to take care of all of their Christmas shopping at Santa's Secret Store. This store, located in the loft area of the cafetorium, is a chance for HSP’s students and families to shop for all their loved ones and come home with them wrapped and ready to put under the tree.
A shopping list will come home this Friday, December 2nd, to be filled out with whom they will be shopping for and their shopping budget. There are a variety of items available, ranging in price from $2.00 to $50.00, and items covering everyone - dad, mom, grandparents, siblings, and everyone else on the list, including the family dog. The money will be collected on the day your child visits the shop, so please send in their payment with their shopping list. All checks should be made payable to HSP with "Santa's Store" in the memo line. Below you will find a listing of all the shopping days for each class.
Oh and here’s the best part: students aren’t the only ones that will be able to shop! You can shop at any time during the day Friday, December 9th. So please come start your Christmas shopping or finish up with us. We have some awesome stuff this year!
Jump to the shopping days schedule and photos
-Kiley Nardelli and Jamie Neff, event co-chairs
Shopping Days for Secret Santa Store
Monday, December 5th
Kindergarten, Pre-1st, and 3rd grade
Tuesday, December 6th
2nd grade and 1st grade
Wednesday, December 7th
4th and 5th grade
Thursday, December 8th
Friday, December 9th
K-3rd Grade Christmas Concert
Who: K-3rd Grade, plus the Elementary Chorus and Orff Ensemble
Time: Wednesday, December 14, 6:30pm
Place: Lower School cafetorium
It is that special time of year when our K – 3 students are preparing their hearts for Jesus through song in the performance of an annual Christmas concert. All family and friends are welcome to attend.
On the night of the concert, all K-3 students, Elementary Chorus, and Orff Ensemble performers should arrive to school by 6:00pm and go straight to their homerooms. The cafetorium doors will open at 6:00pm.
Kindergarten and Pre-1st: wear angel costumes.
Grades 1, 2 and 3: wear Sunday best or nice Christmas clothes.
Character Performers: character headpieces are provided.
Elementary Chorus and Orff Ensemble members: wear red shirts, black pants, dark shoes.
I look forward to seeing you at the concert!
Final exams will start on Monday, December 12 and continue through Thursday, December 15. Review day for E and F periods will be on Thursday, December 8; for the remaining periods, Review Day will be on Friday, December 9. The exam schedule for this year is as follows (listed by period):
You are invited to join us on Monday at 10:45am for Mass to celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Preparing for Exams
Please make sure that your student brings a good, substantial snack; a water bottle; two #2 pencils; and a calculator (if applicable) during final exams. Students need to be at school on time as the first exam starts at 8:00am. If a student arrives past the start time, he/she will run the risk of not being able to take the exam that day and need to make it up at an alternative time.
The first exam each day starts at 8:00am and the second exam starts at 10:45am. Students taking exams on the regular schedule will be dismissed at 12:30pm and students taking exams with extended time will be dismissed at 12:45pm. There will be tutorial from 1:05pm to 3:05pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Tutorial is optional, but recommended for students that need teacher support studying for final exams. Lunch will be served for students staying for tutorial, but not for students leaving at 12:30pm. The tutorial schedule is as follows:
Please note that tutorial times are assigned to these specific periods. Only students from that period will be allowed in classrooms, as we want teachers to be able to devote their undivided attention to the students that belong to that class. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation on this.
Winter House Day
Students will have Winter House Day on Friday, December 16. Please note that all students will be dismissed at 12:30pm on Thursday, December 15 and Friday, December 16. There will be no lunch service on these days.
Junior High vs. High School Exams
This year, 8th grade students will take a quarterly final exam in each class, which will include material studied during the last nine weeks of school (2nd quarter). The exam will count as a regular test grade, not a final exam grade. The idea is to have them experience a cumulative exam before they start taking final exams in 9th grade. During final exams week, the 7th grade students will take a test that will include the last two units studied in their classes and will count as a regular test grade.
For high school students, exams, as always, will last an hour and a half. Exams count as 20% of their final class grade.
In Case of Illness
If your student is sick during final exams, please email the Front Office at email@example.com as soon as possible. Your student will need to take the exam when school resumes in January.
With any questions, please contact Jocelyn Sotomayor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 15, 2016
HSP 5th-8th Graders, chaperoned by House of Trent faculty.
$20 from House of Trent leadership during lunch and after school; $25 at the door. Includes 2 hours of jumping, sky socks, 2 slices of pizza and a drink.
Parents must sign waivers before students can jump; these are available at school and at the door.
Students will be responsible for their transportation to and from this event.
This week, the junior high robotics club had a Skype interview with Derrick Campana, President of Animal Orthocare, which manufactures custom prosthetic limbs for pets with amputations and other injuries.
The team, among other projects, is preparing for a Lego League Competition, requiring them to build and program a robot to perform various tasks.