Welcome to Holy Spirit School!
A Message From our Pastor
The fourth Sunday of Easter is referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday. It has to do with the reading from St. John, the evangelist who refers to Jesus as the good shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep. And of course we are those sheep.
The first reading refers to Peter, who like those after him, would be our chief shepherds. That is, our holy fathers, the representatives of Christ on earth.
I was greatly influenced, for 26 years, by Pope John Paul ll. I watched him, listened to him, read what he had to say, and actually had the opportunity to see him on three separate occasions.
Our current Holy Father, Pope Francis, is coming to the United States in September. It will be for the world meeting of families. Needless to say many individuals will be traveling, in pilgrimage, to Philadelphia to meet him and to pray with him for our families. Carmen Norkiewicz, of corporate travel, will be here after all the masses this weekend to tell us about their travel plans for that visit. You may want to consider attending with your family. It's one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. And while we're on the subject of praying for the families, please also consider attending the 3 o'clock family holy hour here in our church this Sunday and every fourth Sunday of the month.
Fundraising and Current Events
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DAYS TO REMEMBER
16th ~ PTO Mtg @ 6:30pm
Salsarita's Burrito Lunch
17th ~ SCRIP Order Submission
May Hot Lunch Order Forms Due
21st ~ Grds 7/8 Ann Arbor Field Trip
22nd ~ 8th Grade Confirmation 7:00pm
Confirmation Reception 7:30pm
23rd ~ Taco Lunch
24th ~ Popcorn Day
K through Grade 4 Farm Field Trip
26th ~ Family Holy Hour
28th ~ Dress Down Day $1
Hot Dog Lunch
It's Kroger Re-enrollment Time
To continue earning rewards in this program for the upcoming year starting May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016,
ALL MEMBERS MUST RE-ENROLL in April 2015 at
All participants must have a valid online account and must sign up online to participate.
There are 7 weeks remaining until the raffle drawing on Saturday, May 16th at the pavilion after the 4pm Mass.
All tickets and money are due by that preceding Wednesday, May 13th.
We will not be tending the kiosk this Easter weekend, but as of today, there are still 10
open spots to work the Kiosk at one of the Masses.
There have been tickets handed in by parishioners at every Mass
since tickets were distributed, so it is necessary for someone from
the school to be at the kiosk to receive those tickets and thank parishioners for their support.
To select a slot, go to
A big thank you to the nine families who have already signed up!
God Bless, and good luck selling your tickets, and if you have any questions contact Mr. Behmer
Thursday, April 16th at 6:30pm
6:30pm in the Teacher Break Room
Plan to come to learn more about the Smart Tuition program being implemented next year
and to discuss various upcoming activities and events for our students and families.
At least one parent from each family is requested to attend this meeting.
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, 21 April 2015 10:02)
From the Principal's Desk: Mrs. Anna Piccirillo Loewe
Dear Parents and families,
Congratulations to all of our Grade 8 Confirmandi! Confirmation with Bishop Earl Boyea is scheduled for this Wednesday at 7 pm. Remember our young people in your prayers as they receive this special Sacramental grace.
Congratulations and many THANKS to Tara Masson who has done an awesome job leading up the Parent Association Service Projects. Her term ended with the final meeting of the school year on Thursday, April 16. Our Parent Association is now in need of a new leader. Several names were introduced along with revisions to the focus and mission of the Parent Association for next year.
The agenda and handouts from the meeting are attached. Ham Sales totals were reported by Tara Masson. Mr. Behmer gave a report regarding the current status of our Annual Raffle which is our most important income fundraiser for the year. We hope that all families plan to attend the Hot Dog Raffle Roast to celebrate with the winners and give thanks to our parish family for their support. Mrs. Mahlmeister will soon be sending out the Sign-up Genius for the Raffle Roast needs. See you all there!
The Dance Project was discussed as a community event to be sponsored by the church, school and youth group. This Christian organization’s mission is to teach appropriate dance form to young people and alternatives to our young people.
Information about SMART tuition was passed out at the meeting and parents’ questions were answered regarding how SMART tuition is used. We are attempting to consolidate the work of counting money and other items that SMART tuition can help streamline for the school.
Each school year, students in grades three through eight take the assessments in September, January and May. Students take the tests on our new Chromebooks. Grade two takes only the May MAP® as their baseline for Grade 3. We give students MAP tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Math, Reading, and Language Arts. MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for each child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.
At the parent meeting, I provided information for accessing the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) Parent Toolkit which explains some commonly used terms, answers frequently asked questions, and provides Reading Lexile Framework information. This information is available at https://www.nwea.org/resources/parent-toolkit/.
The Normative Data link https://www.nwea.org/resources/map-normative-data/ shows data information and how status and growth norms were determined by NWEA. Status Norms provide a starting point for educators to review data to understand each child’s academic level and where they need to focus instruction. Normative Data explains the information that you see on your Student Progress Report. Students are now taking their final tests for this year and you will receive their Progress report at the end of May.
God bless you all.
In Christ through Mary, Mrs. Anna Loewe
Mark your calendars for the Raffle Roast and Drawing on May 16 after the 4pm Mass. The annual Raffle is our major fundraiser and the Roast is our way of thanking Holy Spirit parishioners for their continued and generous support. Please plan to attend!
Outdoor Recess Guidelines
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; 2) When the temperature is 9 degrees and below, indoor activities will be provided for the students. Wind chill is considered.
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.
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
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 ~
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.
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.
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!
General Information Holy Spirit Catholic School
2014 - 2015
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.
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.