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A Message From Our Pastor
You know, those of us who write these mini-articles for the Monday Mailer often wonder if anyone reads them. Evenmore, we wonder if the things we say have any effect. On the one hand we get something of an assurance from the bible where Godassures us that “our words will not come back void”. But I say that the proof is in the pudding. In other words, action, or change ofheart or practice is “where the rubber meets the road”.Let me give you a few instances.
I have invited the school parents who come to pick up their children at the end of the day,to come in and join us in praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet. What a good thing to do. I mean, to ask God’s mercy for themselves, theirfamilies, our community, our country, and our world. But then again, what a great example it would be to the children. As youwell know, kids are perceptive. They take mental notes. Is there a disconnect between what mom and dad say and what they do, orbelieve? Do you believe in the power of prayer? Do you really believe that when we say, for instance, “St. Michael the Archangel,defend us in battle....,” he really does?
Another example. I see that Mrs. Loewe puts a little reminder in this mailer regarding the monthly request of our bishops togather in church for an hour for Prayer for the Families. I see so few of you there. How can God answer prayer that isn’t being prayed?
A few more thoughts. For those who attend weekend Masses here at Holy Spirit, I have encouraged our children to contributeto the welfare of our church. This teaches an important principle at an early age. They should contribute from their own smallwealth. As in allowances. Parents (and grandparents), there is room for a little catechesis here. We have envelopes for them.Prepare them at home. They should be ready and waiting when I come forward with the basket. And, they should not be handingin your envelope.
Do me a favor. If you read this, please, drop me a note. Drop Mrs. Loewe a note. Or maybe just wink at us when you see us inthe hallway, and give us a “thumbs-up”, as a little sign to just reassure us that our labors are not completely in vain; that you atleast read our words.
Whether our teaching actually moves you to change in some way is another matter.
Fundraising and Current Events
Contact Details :
11/24 Dress Down Day $1/student
Coffee w/Principal 8:00am
Hot Dog Lunch
Thanksgiving Dessert 2:45pm
Safe Sheep & Praesidium Instruction
11/25 No School Thanksgiving Break
11/26 No School Thanksgiving Day
11/27 No School Thanksgiving Break
12/3 Quesadilla lunch
12/4 SCRIP order w/payment due
12/17 St Nicholas Shop
12/18 Christmas Program 2:30
Advent Almsgiving for Homebound Senior Citizens
Each year our students write Christmas cards for the homebound
seniors serviced through Livingston County Catholic Social Services.
This year, in addition to the cards, they have asked if our families could help by donating Liquid Laundry Detergent
(in 50 ounce containers only, please).
Detergent donations may be dropped off in the school office
anytime before December 3rd. Thank you for your generosity.
2015-16 SCRIP Order Date
Three scrip orders will be placed through the school office this year:
These are opportunities to order actual gift cards that can be reloadedor given as gifts.
See the Tuition Offset Program attachment for ordering instructions.
Questions? Contact Mrs. Gaglio
Dearborn Brand Ham Sale
Just 2 weeks left to order !
All orders and full payment are due to the school office by Friday, December 9.
Checks should be made payable to “Holy Spirit School”.
Ham pick up will be on Thursday, December 17 at the Parish Pavilion from 1:00-4:00pm.
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED on Thursday, December 17th to
assist with sorting between 11:00am and 1:00pm
and also to pass out hams between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.
If you can help, please sign up on the sign up genius.
Please call Mrs. Long with any questions.
St Nicholas Gift Shop
Thursday, December 17th
Hosted by Holy Spirit Gift and Bookstore
Student shopping forms are due Wednesday, December 16th
Holy Spirit Basketball Club
Coming soon ~
This co-ed club, Grades 4 - 8 conducted by Mrs Dewan
will run January 6th - March 16th
at St Patrick Gym in Brighton
on Mondays and Wednesdays when school is in session
A current sports/health physical must be on file with the school office
Permission slips due Friday, December 4th
Popcorn Every Friday!
Each Friday after Morning Mass
anyone interested is able to purchase a popcorn snack for 50¢ a bag.
Parent Coffee Fellowship
Every Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00am
MAP Student Progress reports were received with report cards.
Our Principal, Mrs Anna Loewe, would like to give parents access
to the Northwest Evaluation Association site resources: NWEA Parent Toolkit and
KHAN information: Khan Academy Practice Exercises Correlated to RIT
so that the students can access skill practice over the summer break.
Special Elective Classes
Our ‘Specials’ classes – Art, Computer, French, Music, and Physical Education – start Wednesday, August 27th .
These are the subjects taught by teachers contracted through our Non-Essential Elective Courses Partnership with Brighton Area Schools.
Our Specials schedule and teachers are:
Monday Music Mrs. Melissa Stouffer
Tuesday Computers Mrs. Karen Gebarowski
Wednesday French Madame Angelique McLane
Thursday Phys Ed Mr. Stan Dinke
Friday Art Mrs. Dawn Hamer
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),
the My Student Progress (MSP) Program will be used to send a voice message and text,
you can also 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:
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.
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, 24 November 2015 12:40)
From the Principal's Desk: Mrs. Anna Piccirillo Loewe
"God does not have a fixed plan that he must carry out; on the contrary,
he has many different ways of finding man and even of turning his wrong
ways into right ways...The feast of Christ the King is therefore not a feast
of those who are subjugated, but a feast of those who know that they are
in the hands of the one who writes straight on crooked lines."
Pope Benedict XVI
Prayer of St. Francis
"Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."
Thank you for your great generosity and many ways you give of yourself and God's blessings to you. God bless you and all
that you do to promote the Gospel of Christ. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
In Christ through Mary,
Mrs. Anna Loewe
Students coming into classrooms after school:
Student Health Guidelines
To minimize the spread of communicable infections, Holy Spirit Catholic School follows Health Department guidelines advising that students are not to come to school if they are experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, and/or are running a fever of 100° or higher. They should be free of these symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school. Students will be sent home if they are experiencing any of these symptoms.
During the winter months we 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;
Please be sure to send your child to school dressed for the expected weather for the day. Students who desire to play in the snow are required to
Child Study Team
Each school in the Brighton School District has a Child Study Team process in place, which is a vehicle for staff 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.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING DISMISSAL
Please note the following procedures as outlined in the Holy Spirit Family Handbook regarding dismissal.
From the Absenteeism section ~Contact the office or teacher when:
1. Your child will be absent or tardy
2. Your child has a dental/doctor’s appointment
3. You are giving permission for your child to remain after school for an activity
4. When someone other than the regularly scheduled person will be picking up your child
5. Any situation that exists where a change in your child’s normal routine has occurred, as it relates to the school.
From the Dismissal section ~
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.
General Information Holy Spirit Catholic School
2015 - 2016
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) 900-9050
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.
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
Holy Spirit Church and School.
And above all, assist us at the our death.
Saint Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us.