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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Fundraising and Current Events
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DAYS TO REMEMBER
July 7th - Open House
August 4th - Open House
CONGRATUALATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES!
Apiary Project continuing throughout the summer
Join in the fun of beekeeping!! Our apiary educational and fundraising project is in full swing!
Many hands are needed to check and maintain the hives throughout the summer as well as to harvest and bottle honey in the fall!
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.
CAN YOU HELP AT OUR JULY OR AUGUST OPEN HOUSES?
on Sunday, July 7 and Sunday, August 4 from Noon –2pm.
Contact Mrs. Masson or Mrs. Pearson or the school office if you can help.
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.
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.
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 (Monday, 10 June 2013 10:07)
From the Principal's Desk: Mrs. Anna Piccirillo Loewe
"Be it known to all who enter here, that Christ is the reason for this school."
Dear Parents and Families,
Congratulations to our Grade 8 graduates! On Saturday at the 4 PM Mass parishioners joined our Baccalaureate celebration. We are proud to send our eighth grade graduating class on to high school with blessings and hope for their continued success. Congratulations to Annaliese, Mark, Brendan, Jessica and Dylan. Thank you to their families for their many sacrifices and dedication to Catholic education. Thank you to the parents and students of our Grade 7 who organized and hosted this reception for our graduates.
Congratulations to our Valedictorian Mark who delivered an inspiring speech to all that were gathered. His talk follows this column. Thank you Mark!
This Thursday, June 6 is our Awards Assembly at 11am. All family members are invited. Dismissal will be at Noon. Invite friends and family to a meal at Hamburg Dairy Queen from Noon to 4pm, for 10% of purchase donated back to the school.
Wow! What a great day for Field Day. Many thanks go to Mr. Rickens, Mr. and Mrs. Behmer (event coordinators) and all the parents who made Field Day a wonderful success for our students.
Thank you to all of our Brighton Area Schools’ Specials teachers for your professional skills and care for our students at Holy Spirit Catholic School – Miss Britt, Mr. Chabot, Miss Fojan, Mrs. McLane, and Mr.Rickens.
We thank all our parents for choosing Holy Spirit Catholic School and Catholic education. Thank you for your prayers and support. During the summer if you meet any families interested in our school, please have them call the school office at 810-231-9199 x 214 or visit our website: www.HolySpiritRCS.org. We hope you have a safe and blessed summer. God bless you all!
In Christ through Mary,
Mrs. Anna Loewe
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 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.
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.