Welcome to Holy Spirit School!
Solid Catholic instruction and formation
Excellent student/teacher ratio
Pre-K through 8th Grade
Fully equipped computer lab
Vibrant, nurturing environment
Morning mass for the students
Uniforms from Land's End
Happy children and staff!
Have You Heard the News?
Holy Spirit Catholic Church is excited to share our plans for a new
Education Center to house our Parish School!
The Diocese of Lansing was supportive, and has approved, our modest approach to build an education center that meets our current needs yet allows for expansion.
Their approval is required to continue with design work and initiate our capital campaign.
It allows us to finalize our conceptual design and prepare the associated cost estimates to present to the Parish.
In the coming weeks a Parish Presentation will be given and in an effort to establish a strong line of communication,
ST. JOSEPH CRAFTSMANSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
Fr. John is once again offering this tuition scholarship for Holy Spirit School students (entering grades 5 – 8).
It is designed to encourage the development of hand skills and cooperation between parent and child as St. Joseph and Jesus would have done.
The scholarship has three prizes: First Place is for $200 plus cost of materials; Second and Third Place are for $50.
The completed craft and documentation is due September 8, 2013.
Guidelines were made available to students and are in the school office.
PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
"Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen"
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DAYS TO REMEMBER
May 21st ~ Hot Dog Lunch
SAB Mtg after the 7:00pm Mass
May 22nd ~ Bake Sale
May 23rd ~ Quesadilla Lunch
Plain white Tshirts Due for Field Day
May 24-27 ~ No School
May 25th ~ St Philomena Mass 9:00am
May 28-30 ~Finals Week Grds 7/8
May 30th ~ PreK Last Day
Salsarita's Burrito Lunch
May 31st ~ Grds 7/8 Class Trip
SCRIP Orders Due
June 1st ~ Graduation Mass/Reception 4pm
June 3rd ~ Field Day
June 4th - 6th ~ Dress Down Days
Uniform Exchange Days
June 5th ~ Kindergarten Graduation
June 6th ~ Last Day of School/Noon Dismissal
Lunch at the Hamburg Dairy Queen
Saturday, May 25th, Fr John will say a special Mass @ 9:00am in honor of our Patroness, St Philomena.
He has asked that we pray a Novena to St Philomena...which continues through May 25th:
NOVENA 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.
Holy Spirit School Graduation Mass
All parishioners are invited to celebrate
the graduation of our 8th Grade Students at Mass
Saturday, June 1st at 4:00pm.
Cake reception in the Activity Center to follow.
SNACK SHOP OPEN
Our grade 7/8 students will be hosting a snack shop in their classroom from 7:50-8:05 starting this week.
We have leftovers from the Talent Show concession stand and are offering these for sale while supplies last:
water bottles, a variety of chips, goldfish crackers, and fruit snacks.
Prices: $1.00 for a water bottle, $0.50 for chips or crackers, $0.40 for fruit snacks.
Thank you for supporting our class trip!
Mr. Rickens, Physical Education
FIELD DAY JUNE 3rd
I am looking for the following::
~ 15-20 parent volunteers to help with various activities
~ each student to bring in a plain white t-shirt, new or
used, by Thursday, May 23. (Jerzees T-shirts are on
sale this week for $2.50 at JoAnn Fabrics!) Be sure to
put your child’s name on the shirt label.
See the Field Day sheet in the Monday Mailer
and return the volunteer portion
with your station selection by May 28th
Tuesday, June 4 - Friday, June 21
The Uniform Exchange is an opportunity for families to buy and sell gently used uniforms.
The Exchange will be open during school hours from Tuesday, June 4 through Friday June 21.
St Philomena Prayer Group
Parents and Parishioners are invited to join the
ST. PHILOMENA PRAYER GROUP AT HOLY SPIRIT
This prayer group with a special devotion to St. Philomena will be meeting on Tuesday mornings at 9am in the church.
If you would like join the group or get more information about it, call Nikki or drop in on Tuesday morning.
Novena to St Philomena
Fr. John invites you to come to a special Mass on Saturday, May 25th at 9:00a.m.
to honor our parish and school patron, St. Philomena, Virgin and Martyr.
Sign Up For the Rosary Bag
Each week we ask a family to volunteer to take the Rosary Bag home to pray a daily rosary with special intentions for blessings upon our school.
The bag includes a statue of Our Lady, rosaries and instructions for praying the rosary. We have experienced many graces and blessings from our families spending this special time in prayer.
Please contact the school office to sign up for one of the weeks listed below:
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.
This means our pizza lunch will consist of cheese pizza only. This is indicated on the pizza order form.
A NOTE FROM MRS. KANNY…
Father John has asked me to share with you why I attend the Holy Hour with my family at Holy Spirit every 4th Sunday in the hope of inspiring other families to attend.
“Let the little children be and do not hinder them from coming to me; for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 19:14
I look forward to this special time with my family praying before the Blessed Sacrament. It is a priority for us. It is marked every month on our calendar and other activities are planned around this time.
As a family we love, honor, and worship Our Lord in the Eucharist. We come to Him with our concerns,
anxieties, and prayers of thanksgiving. When we pray we express our faith, hope, and love for God and trust He will bless and guide our family especially in these difficult times.
I experience renewed strength and peace and know that my family is growing in God’s love.
Please accept this invitation to adore Jesus with your family at the next family Holy Hour on Sunday, April 28th at 3pm in the church.
He is waiting for you! Come and let your family adore Him! God bless.
KROGER REWARDS RE-ENROLLMENT TIME!
To continue earning rewards in this program for the upcoming year starting May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014,
ALL MEMBERS MUST RE-ENROLL at
in April 2013.
Any member who enrolled before April 1, 2013 must re-enroll to continue earning.
Enrollment instructions went home in the Monday Mailer.
It’s easy to enroll or re-enroll in Kroger Community Rewards.
Visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com, click on “Michigan” and click on “Enroll.”
All participants must have a valid online account at Kroger.com and must sign up online to participate.
p.s. Don't forget to send in those VG's points, too!
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 (Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:40)
From the Principal's Desk: Mrs. Anna Piccirillo Loewe
"Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations, through Christ our Lord.
Dear Holy Spirit Catholic School Family,
“I am going to reveal to you a secret of sanctity and happiness.
For five minutes every day quiet your imagination, close your eyes to everything visible and your ears to all external sounds and withdraw into the sanctuary of your baptized soul
which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. There, speak to the Holy Spirit and say:
"O Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me.
Tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it.
I promise to submit to everything that You ask of me and to accept all that You allow to happen to me.
Just show me what is Your will."
If you do this, your life will be happy and serene.
Even in the midst of troubles you will experience great consolation, for grace will be given to strengthen and help you to cope with every difficulty.”
Thank you to the entire parish and school families for all your prayers and generous support to Holy Spirit Catholic School's 7th annual Raffle! THANKS TO YOU, it was a terrific success! Your charitable support is greatly appreciated. Thank you to all our families and students who came in uniform and sang the school song. Your Dress Down Day is Tuesday, May 28!
Easter Basket Raffle Dress Down Days are to be redeemed this week, Tuesday through Thursday. Winners may turn in tickets to their classroom teacher on the day(s) they wish to dress down.
Our eighth grade students will be graduating on Saturday, June 1. There will be a Graduation Mass at 4 PM followed by a cake reception in the Activity Center to which all school families are invited.
God bless you,
Mrs. Anna Loewe
Thomas Edward Loewe
In a spirit of Joy and thanksgiving,
We announce the Diaconal Ordination
Of our brothers for service to the Diocese of Lansing,
Through the laying on of Hands
And the Invocation of the Holy Spirit by
The Most Reverend Earl Boyea,
Bishop of Lansing
Saturday, the Eighteenth of May
Two Thousand Thirteen at Ten-Thirty in the morning.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
955 Alton Road
East Lansing, Michigan
School Policy Reminder
School uniform and dress code: Grey hoodies with our school logo have been approved for gym day apparel.
They are not part of the daily uniform.
All parent visitors are required to check in at the office for a Visitor Pass.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Recess Duty Sgn Up
Each family will be responsible for 11 days of duty this year. The recess calendar will be available at Wednesday’s Curriculum and Ice Cream Social Night.
Each family should sign up for one day each month from September through May and two extra days in the months of your choice.
Recess duty is from 11:30am to 12:20pm. If a family is unable or wishes not to participate in recess duty, they may ‘buy out’ at a cost of $10/duty.
Please call the office if you plan to choose this option. It is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to make your scheduled recess duty date.
Also, if you do not show up for your scheduled day, a $10 fee will be added to your next tuition invoice.
Our recess coordinator Jennifer Dzialowski will be at Wednesday evening’s event if you have any questions.
Standardized Test Scores
“Holy Spirit Catholic School and all schools in the Diocese of Lansing
administer the Iowa Test of Basic Skills to ensure our school is meeting the highest possible academic standards.
The Iowa scores are used internally to identify strengths and weaknesses in the curriculum and individual students.
Results from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills demonstrate that students at Holy Spirit Catholic School exceed national averages,
consistently scoring within the 70th and 90th percentile range.”
Each school in the Brighton School District has a Child Study Team process in place, which is a vehicle for staff members to review student performance concerns and collaboratively develop interventions.
If you have concerns about your child’s development and are interested in more information on special services, contact Mrs. Loewe.
If you have concerns about the development of your infant, toddler, or preschooler, contact Brighton’s Special Education Director at (810) 299-4080 for more information.
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.
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.
Misc. Notes To Be Addressed
School begins at 8:00 am. 7:50am Arrival is for removal of outerwear and gathering books. Pre-kindergarten starts at 12:30pm. Please do not drop off your children earlier than 12:30pm. Thank you.
School Policy For Dispensing Medicine
As we enter the winter season the following excerpt from the family handbook is a reminder of our policy for handling medications at school:
1. Medications must be delivered to the school office in person by the parent and are kept in the office.
2. Medication must be accompanied by a dated authorization form, which has been signed by the parent and physician.
3. Medication must be in original container, stating student name, medication name, physician name, and directions.
4. Over-the-counter medication follows the same guidelines with a parent’s signature, and a call home before dispensed.
5. Parents may request permission for a student to carry and self-administer a prescription asthma inhaler if written permission is presented from the physician and parent, and notification is provided to principal and classroom teacher.
6. Individual records are kept of medications administered.
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
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.