A Summer Message from the Head of School and Lower
Dear Lower School Parents,
I hope this letter finds you enjoying a more relaxed pace on these warm
summer days. Here at the Lower School, we are in the midst of ordering
instructional materials and preparing the classrooms for the 2019-20
school year, as we look forward to the opening days of school and the
arrival of our students next month.
I want to take this opportunity to welcome our new families to Holy
Spirit Prep. I also want to thank our student ambassadors and their
arranging various opportunities for our new students to form
their classmates prior to the start of school. Your gestures of
friendship will help to ensure that our new students have a very
positive start to the school year.
New Faculty and Staff
We have some new faculty
and staff members joining us this year, as
well as a few faculty members who will be teaching new grade levels.
am also pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Madeliene Flanagan
as our Director of Teaching, Learning, and Student Success. In this
role, Mrs. Flanagan will oversee whole-school curriculum
planning, teacher evaluation, counseling programs, and our resource
center. I have known Mrs. Flanagan since 2005 and am delighted that she
is joining our team. She brings with her a wealth of Lower School
experience, including as a Catholic administrator and principal for the
past 22 years.
Update to Handbook
We have just posted the 2019-20
Lower School Handbook. I encourage you to take the time to read it
before school starts and take note of the updated Go-to Guide and
At the front of the Handbook, there is a link to an online
acknowledgement form that I ask that you submit before the first day of
- those related to homework,
- cell phones/smart watches,
- and make-up.
Morning Shuttle Between
This school year, a complimentary shuttle will run between the Lower
and Upper School campuses each morning. This will help families who
drop students off at both campuses each morning. Shuttle capacity is
limited, so priority in registration will be given to parents with
students at multiple campuses. The shuttle is open to students in
up for the morning shuttle
Shuttle service begins Monday, August 26. The shuttle will depart the
Lower School campus at 7:20am for the Upper School. The shuttle will
then depart the Upper School at 7:40am for the Lower School. Shuttles
will depart at their scheduled times; families arriving to campus after
shuttle departure time are responsible for their own transportation
Operating the shuttle is contingent upon receiving five registrations
per shuttle ride. Enrollment in the shuttle program is capped at 14
students per shuttle. To maintain a cost-effective program for our
families, enrolled families are committing to a minimum of four shuttle
rides a week.
OPENING OF SCHOOL
August 19 • 5th Grade Meet-and-Greet • Intermediate Building
the 5th grade returning to the Intermediate
Building, its teachers will be available on Monday, August 19, from
8:00am-9:00am for a meet-and-greet and to
provide locker assignments. 5th grade students and their parents
are welcome to come on this day. For
5th grade families who cannot make this time, the teachers will host
another meet-and-greet orientation on Welcome Back Day from
August 20 • Welcome Back Day
Families new to the Lower School are
invited to an orientation in the media center on Tuesday, August 20, at
Parents and students should come to school between
8:30am-12:00pm to visit classrooms and meet their teachers.
(Students do not wear their uniforms on Welcome Back Day).
Representatives from the Parent Volunteer
Association (PVA), campus ministry, PAWS extended school program, and
programs will be available in the cafetorium to answer questions and to
help you sign up for activities.
Metro Music Makers, our on-campus instrumental program provider, will
host a sample “after-school instrumental class” on Welcome Back Day for
students in Pre-K4 and Kindergarten/Pre-1st.
more about our on-campus instrument program
August 21 • First Day of School
School begins at 8:00am and ends at 3:00pm.
The earliest students may arrive at school is 7:40am—or at 7:20am if
enrolled in the Early Drop-Off program.
Upon arrival, students in
Pre-K4 – 4th grade should proceed to the cafetorium, where they will be
supervised until they are escorted to their classrooms at 8:00am.
Students in grades 5–7 should go to their homerooms in the
Intermediate Building. Please note: On Monday mornings, the 5th–7th
grade students will
drop off their book bags at their homerooms, and then proceed to the
cafetorium for Monday Meeting. These meetings provide weekly
opportunities for our entire student body to come together as a
community for morning prayers and announcements, and also provide us
with opportunities to recognize students for their achievements, both
inside and outside of school. (Whenever we are off on a Monday due to a
holiday, we will not meet as a school that week.)
Students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. will be
considered tardy and should report to the Main Office.
Pre-K4 and Kindergarten/Pre-1st classes will
dismiss at 12:30 p.m. during the first three days of the school year
(August 21 – 23).
I hope that the information provided to you here has
helped to answer any questions you might have regarding the start of
school. If you have additional questions, or if we can assist you in
any other way, please contact us at 404.255.0900.
On behalf of the Lower School administration, faculty, and staff, I
eagerly anticipate the arrival of you and your children on Welcome Back
Day. Enjoy the rest of your summer vacation and we’ll look
forward to your arrival on August 20th!
God bless you.
Kyle M. Pietrantonio
Head of School and Lower School Principal
P.S. I will provide an update on the School's master plan later next month.
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