Welcome to Holy Spirit School!
~ NOW ENROLLING FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR ~
ST. JOSEPH CRAFTSMANSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
Fr. John is once again offering this tuition scholarship for Holy Spirit School students entering grades 5 - 8.
between parent and child as St. Joseph and Jesus would have done.
Second and Third Place are for $50.
Fundraising and Current Events
Contact Details :
DAYS TO REMEMBER
15th - All School Forms due in the School Office
22nd - Virtus Cert of Completion due in the School Office
26th - First Day of School K - Grd 8
Kindergarten Dismissal at 11:30 for the first week
This is a full day of school for Grds 1 - 8
28th ~ Sept Lunch Forms due in the School Office
2nd - First Day of PreKindergarten
12:30 - 3:30pm
4th - 6:30pm Ice Cream Social/Curriculum Night
Parents meet/greet up at the Pavilion
There are numerous lunch forms that must be completed and returned by Thursday, August 28th
so we may properly prepare for the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.
Please be thorough in completing these documents and return them promptly to the school office. Thank you.
Mark your calendars for our Curriculum & Ice Cream Social Night on Thursday, September 4, at 6:30pm in the pavilion!
Bring your favorite ice cream toppings! No Nuts, please!!
This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to get together to meet new students, for parents to greet new school families,
and to familiarize parents with our school curriculum.
SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST
and one family size box of facial tissue at the beginning of each semester.
Clorox wipes, napkins, paper plates and eating utensils will be requested in January.
FIRST AND SECOND GRADES:
THIRD AND FOURTH GRADES:
FIFTH, SIXTH, SEVENTH, AND EIGHTH GRADES:
7/8 GRADE STUDENTS ONLY: 3 green ink ball point pens
HSCS Gets The Credit
Enroll in Kroger Rewards Points,
Turn in your Spartan Receipts and Box Tops for Education
Thank you for your support!
School Closing Information
If Holy Spirit is closed due to forecasted inclement weather (including wind chill),
you can find our school closing information in the following places:
Radio: WHMI – 93.5 FM (on the hour and at :15, :30, and :45 past each hour)
WWJ – 950 AM (at :10 and :40 past each hour)
WJR – 760 AM (on the hour and at :15, :30, and :45 past each hour)
TV: FOX 2 NEWS – (WJBK Detroit) (throughout the morning broadcast)
WDIV/TV4 (throughout the morning broadcast)
WWJ/TV (CBS) (throughout the morning broadcast)
Closings can be found quickly online in the ‘Closings’ links at:
www.wjr.com (go to the ‘Extras’ tab)
You can sign up for automatic personal alerts at the following websites:
The MyStudentProgress (MSP) program will be used to send a voice message and text to the phone numbers we have for parents.
Join in the fun of beekeeping!! Our apiary educational and fundraising project is in full swing!
Our bottled honey is now for sale in the Holy Spirit Gift and Bookstore!
All students and their parents are invited to assist in the project.
The permission slip that must be on file in the school office before students are able to participate at the apiary.
Contact Mrs. O’Neill or Mrs. Masson if you have questions or to volunteer.
PRAYER TO SAINT PHILOMENA
Illustrious virgin and martyr, Saint Philomena, behold me prostrate before the throne
whereupon it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place thee.
Full of confidence in thy protection, I entreat thee to intercede for me with God,
from the heights of Heaven deign to cast a glance upon thy humble client!
Spouse of Christ, sustain me in suffering, fortify me in temptation, protect me in the dangers surrounding me,
obtain for me the graces necessary to me, and in particular for Holy Spirit Church and School.
Above all, assist me at the hour of my death. Saint Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us. Amen.
US BISHOPS INVITE THE FAITHFUL TO PRAYER AND FASTING FOR LIFE,
MARRIAGE AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
The USCCB has encouraged all individuals and families to pray a daily rosary and fast and abstain from meat
on Fridays throughout this liturgical year.
They also encourage every parish to have a Holy Hour of Adoration on the last Sunday of every month.
Holy Spirit Parish is scheduling the Holy Hour on the fourth Sunday of each month
and our school will be observing the fast from meat on Fridays.
KROGER REWARDS RE-ENROLLMENT TIME!
IT’S KROGER REWARDS RE-ENROLLMENT TIME!!
To continue earning rewards in this program for the
upcoming year starting May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015, ALL
MEMBERS MUST RE-ENROLL in April 2014 at
Enrollment instructions are attached. All participants must have a valid
online account and must sign up online to participate
COLLECTING LABELS AND RECEIPTS
Holy Spirit School is accepting BoxTops, Tyson Project A+, and Spartan labels and VG’s receipts throughout the year.
Labels and receipts may be dropped off at any time in the school office or the container near the Activity Center doors.
for the complete listing of BoxTops products.
INK CARTRIDGE & TONER RECYCLING
Bring your empty ink cartridges or toners to Holy Spirit School for recycling.
Our school gets a $2 rebate for every cartridge/toner recycled through our suppliers.
Drop them off at the school office or in the labeled box at the entrance to the Activity Center.
Last Updated (Friday, 22 August 2014 10:38)
From the Principal's Desk: Mrs. Anna Piccirillo Loewe
From the Principal's Desk
August 15, 2014
Happy Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
As you many of you know, Mr. Deschaw was married on August 8. He decided to resign and take a break from teaching for a period of time. He will be missed and is remembered in our prayers as he starts his vocation as a married man.
Because Mrs. Frederick is highly qualified to teach in the grade 5/6 classroom I asked her to move into this classroom. She graciously accepted and I am very pleased and excited to have her as our new Grade 5/6 teacher.
We conducted a new teacher search during the last few weeks and our hiring interview committee unanimously agreed upon one candidate. Yesterday, Miss Hager accepted the teaching position for grade 3/4 and we were able to register Kelly Hager at the Diocesan New Teacher Retreat this week. Please stop in and introduce yourself and your child to Miss Hager.
Recently, as I discern my own obedience to God’s will I found encouragement in these beautiful words of wisdom from the Letters of Maximilian Mary Kolbe:
“Obedience is the one and the only way of wisdom and prudence for us to offer glory to God. If there were another, Christ would certainly have shown it to us by word and example. Scripture, however, summed up his entire life at Nazareth in the words: He was subject to them; Scripture set obedience as the theme of the rest of his life, repeatedly declaring that he came into the world to do his Father’s will. Let us love our loving Father with all our hearts. Let our obedience increase that love, above all when it requires us to surrender our own will. Jesus Christ crucified is our sublime guide toward growth in God’s love.
We will learn this lesson more quickly through the Immaculate Virgin, whom God has made the dispenser of his mercy. It is beyond all doubt that Mary’s will represents to us the will of God himself. By dedicating ourselves to her we become in her hands instruments of God’s mercy even as she was such an instrument in God’s hands. We should let ourselves be guided and led by Mary and rest quiet and secure in her hands. She will watch out for us, provide for us, answer our needs of body and spirit; she will dissolve all our difficulties and worries.”
I look forward to a terrific school year with all of you! God bless you all and thank you for your patience.
In Christ through Mary,
Mrs. Anna Loewe
There are numerous forms that must be completed and returned by Friday, August 15 so we may properly prepare for the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. Please be thorough in completing these documents and return them promptly to the school office. Thank you.
In order to attend classes the first day of school, Michigan State Law requires that we have the following information on file in the school office:
1) For New Students, Pre-Kindergarteners, and Kindergarteners – A current Health Appraisal (within one year of August 26) including immunization record or immunization waiver
2) For 7th Grade Students – A current certificate of immunization or waiver
3) For Kindergarten Students – Documentation confirming vision and hearing screening or testing after age three.
Once again, we are accessing our families’ need of Before and/or After School Care. Please contact the office immediately of any possible need you family may have for child care before or after school. For each family planning to enroll, please fill out the registration form and return it to the office by August 15. This information must be on file for any family who will use After School Care.
Mark your calendars for our Curriculum & Ice Cream Social Night on Thursday, September 4, at 6:30pm in the pavilion! Bring your favorite ice cream toppings! No Nuts, please!! This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to get together to meet new students, for parents to greet new school families, and to familiarize parents with our school curriculum.
Our first day of school for Kindergarten through Grade 8 is Tuesday, August 26. This is a full day of school for Grades 1 through 8. Kindergarten will be dismissed at 11:30am for the first week of school.
Tuesday, September 2 is the first day for Pre-Kindergarten. Parents should park in the upper lot by the basketball court and escort your child to the Pre-Kindergarten classroom in Room 2. Class begins at 12:30pm and dismissal is at 3:30pm with the entire student body.
Dress Code: Please review the Revised Uniform and Dress Code Policy (which includes Gym Day and Dress Down Day apparel) and be sure that your child is in conformity, especially regarding blouses, shirts and hair. Please ensure that your children have the proper uniform and are neatly groomed for school each day. Use the Gym Day Apparel Order Form if you need to purchase Holy Spirit School t-shirts or the optional gym day hoodies.
Our Uniform Exchange procedures have changed. The exchange will now be run by Buyer to Seller contact. The Uniform Exchange Instruction flyer (containing a list of suggested prices) and the Uniform Spreadsheet to explain the new procedures. FYI – the uniforms listed on the spreadsheet are for sale!
Note: We will no longer keep used uniforms at the school. If you presently have uniforms on the exchange rack and/or table, please pick them up by Monday, August 11 or they will be considered a donation to the school.
Important information regarding the Arrival, Dismissal, and Lunch/Recess Duty Procedures are on the General Information Sheet. Please read this information carefully and follow the instructions outlined for the safety of all students.
Late Pick-Up Policy: At 3:40pm, all remaining students will be escorted to After School Care in Room 2 (or the office if there is no ASC that day) where parents will be required to sign them out. Late Pick-Up fees of $5 per student per 15 minutes will be charged and added to your monthly tuition statement.
Protecting God’s Children: All volunteers who work with students, including field trip drivers, chaperones and lunch/recess duty parents, are required to complete the Protecting God’s Children Virtus program. It is mandated by the Diocese that our school is in compliance with this requirement. If you have not done so, we ask that you visit www.virtusonline.org to complete the online training or register for a live training to be ready for the upcoming school year’s recess requirements. Parents of new enrollees must send a copy of the Certificate of Completion to the office by August 22.
Visitor Pass: Due to the need to provide a safe environment for all students and families we have established policies regarding student attendance and visitors to the school building. This includes parents and family. We request that all visitors to the school, including parents assisting in or attending classroom activities and those on lunch/recess duty, come to the office to sign in and wear a Visitor Pass while they are on the school grounds. This Pass is to be returned when you sign out at the office. Thank you for your attention and cooperation to these security matters.
Medication at School: Medications are rarely necessary for pupils during the school day. Today’s antibiotics allow for flexible dosing. A schedule not requiring dosage administration during school hours can be arranged with physicians upon request. Please read the document regarding Medication at School and call the office if you need a Prescribed Medication Permission Form that must be on file if your child needs to take prescription medication while at school, such as an inhaler or insulin.
During school hours students are under the instruction and supervision of their teacher including during special school activities and after morning Mass. Students are dismissed from Mass to go directly to their classrooms with their teachers. It takes away from class time when students get out of line to talk to parents or siblings. Please speak to your children so that they understand that their responsibility at that time of the day is their school work.
As we prepare to gather for a new year, the administration, staff, School Advisory Board, and PTO team wish to thank you for your continued commitment in making Holy Spirit Catholic School the best it can be! Thank you for sharing your gifts of time and talent to help our students grow in faith, academics and service.
Enjoy these last weeks of summer! I look forward to seeing you all very soon. I entrust Holy Spirit Catholic School, all our discussions and meetings, to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. She is the one who can best ‘teach’ us how to know, love and serve the Triune God. “Christ is the reason for this school. He is the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes. He is the model of its faculty and the inspiration of its students.” This is going to be a terrific year!
Thank you for all your support and confidence in us as we work together and plan for the future of Holy Spirit Catholic School. God be with us!
In Christ through Mary,
Mrs. Anna M. Loewe
General Information Holy Spirit Catholic School
2014 - 2015
Important Dates and Information to Note:
Tuesday, August 26, 7:50 am: First day of School for Kindergarten - Grade 8.
*This is a FULL day for grades 1 – 8; HALF day for Kindergarten
Kindergarten will be dismissed at 11:30 am for the first week of school. *Students are Tardy after 8:00 am.
Tuesday, September 2, 12:30 pm: First day of School for Pre-Kindergarten
Thursday, September 4, 6:30 pm: Curriculum & Ice Cream Social Night in the pavilion
*Bring your favorite ice cream topping! No nuts, please!
Wednesday, September 10, 6:30 pm: PTO Meeting in the Activity Center (No children, please.)
Dismissal - Please write your last name on large card-stock and place it in the right, front window of your car for the person who is dismissing to see it easily.
Please label all of your children’s personal belongings with their name, especially outerwear.
The school office number is (810) 231-9199 ext. 214.
During school hours, all visitors to the school must check in at the school office to receive a Visitor Pass, (including parents going to classrooms). This includes parents coming for lunch/recess duty. Please return the pass when checking out in the office.
Please avoid making doctor appointments during curriculum instruction time.
Arrival time is 7:50am. Students arriving after 8:00am are considered tardy and must be signed in at the office by a parent.
Only Lands’ End approved fleece and sweaters (fleece must have school logo) are allowed to be worn in the church and classrooms. On gym day, gray hoodies with the school logo are allowed.
All clothing should be clean and neat. Shirts and blouses must be tucked in.
Dress Down Day Policy
On Dress Down Days students may wear jeans, pants, capris, or knee-length shorts, dresses, skirts or jumpers; shirts must have sleeves; clothing should not have inappropriate graphics, wording or slogans; no fingernail polish or make-up is allowed. All attire must be modest.
Each family is responsible for 11 lunch/recess days, choosing one per month plus two additional days. Sign-up sheets will be available at the Ice Cream Social and Curriculum Night on September 4.
Please contact the office if you are able to sign up for a day from August 26 to September 5.
Report to the office promptly at 11:30 to obtain a visitor pass.
Each parent and the teacher on duty are to take a ‘zone’ and monitor students in that specific area.
Zones are: 1) blacktop, 2) play structure, and 3) soccer field.
If you are unable to make your scheduled day, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.
Contact the office if you desire to choose the Buy-Out option for $10/duty.
If you do not show for your scheduled day, you will be charged a $10 fee that will be added to your tuition (in the next month’s invoice).
Protecting God's Children Training Sessions
A requirement of the Diocese of Lansing is that all adult volunteers working with children attend a Protecting God’s Children Virtus training session. This Virtus training is necessary for parents to fulfill their recess duty obligation. This also includes all volunteers who work with the children, including field trip drivers and chaperones. The duration of all sessions is 3 hours. For a complete list of sessions in the Lansing Diocese and to pre-register, go to www.virtus.org and click on ‘Registration’ on the left side of the screen.
Important Information for Parents When Calling In Sick Children
The Livingston County Health Department relies on the schools to accurately report trends in illness in our county. All schools submit a weekly Communicable Disease Report to the health department.
We report “numbers” of students with:
Apparent Flu: fever, body aches, sore throat, generalized aching in the back or limbs
Viral Gastroenteritis: diarrhea/vomiting without respiratory symptoms
Strep Throat, Asthma, Head Lice or Pink Eye
When leaving a message regarding your child’s absence, please give us specific information that will help us to give meaningful information to the health department. Thank you
School Policy For Treatment Of Lice
We are employing a proactive, preventive measure and request our students bring in an extra-large Ziploc bag to store their coats and backpacks when they are not wearing them. These are transparent and students can easily see which bag is theirs. These are available at local Meijer, Target and other stores. Lice don't jump from head to head, they crawl. If they are on a coat, and that coat is touching another coat, they can crawl and infect another child. Students should bring their bags and keep their coats in the bags whenever they are not wearing them i.e., in the Church, Activity Center or classroom. Regarding stuffed animals and bean bags or other such soft items: these may not come to school – they should be put in a sealed trash bag for 2 weeks to kill any lice that may be on them. Thank you for your cooperation.
Outdoor Recess And Clothing
During the winter months we will use the following parameters for outdoor recess: 1) When the temperature is 10 degrees and above, students will be expected to participate in outdoor recess; 2) When the temperature is 9 degrees and below, indoor activities will be provided for the students. Wind chill is considered.
Students go out for recess each day. With Michigan's ever-changing weather, it is often difficult to know what to have your child wear to school each day. We've had some cold days with children dressed without appropriate warm clothing. Students who desire to play in the snow are required to wear boots, coats, mittens and hats.
Illustrious virgin and martyr,
behold us kneeling in spirit before the throne
on which it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place thee.
Full of confidence in thy protection, we beseech thee to intercede for us with God.
From the height of thy heavenly country, deign to cast a look upon thy humble servant!
Spouse of Jesus Christ, console us in our troubles, strengthen us in temptations, protect us in the dangers which surround us on every side;
obtain all the graces necessary for us, especially
And above all, assist us at the our death.
Saint Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us.