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  9565  Musch  Road
   Brighton, MI. 48116
PH: 810-900-9050
  FAX: 810-900-9051
     Solid Catholic Instruction and Formation 
    Highly Accredited Staff               
    Pre-K through 8th Grade 
    Excellent Student/Teacher Ratio                                                   
    Nurturing environment  
    Aftercare Available                                                          
    Morning mass for the students
    Fully Equipped Computer Lab                                             
    Apiary Project           
    Uniforms from Land's End
    Specialty Hot Lunches & Field Trip
    Community and Parish Support

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                    A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR

Dear Holy Spirit Parents,

I'm getting ready to head to Washington DC where I, along with our youth group, will be part of  The March For Life.

We will be there in solidarity with many others, old and young alike, who will be converging from all across our country as we protest the Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion in the US. Fr Jim Lothamer, retired pastor of St Agnes in Fowlerville, is scheduled to say mass here in my absence.
Rumor has it that we will be getting a little break from the normally frigid weather.
I'm also looking forward to Trivia Nite when I return. I have put some questions together for you that should be easy and challenging at the same time. Please sign up for a table and support our school. I think I've booked a great guest presenter.
As you probably know, Mrs. Loewe's husband is a deacon in the Church and also associated with Ave Maria Radio out of Ann Arbor (990 am). I do hope you listen to their programming while in your car. And check out their website, too. If you can’t listen to a complete program, all of their major programs are archived so you can listen later. A great way to learn more about your faith! And as you know, there is always something to learn. And seeing that you are indeed the primary educators of your children, I think that Catholic Radio could be very helpful, especially in these time that try everyone's faith.

We have a Vicariate Mission coming up. I do hope that you and your family will be able to attend. A very important message will be preached by Deacon Ralph Poyo.See you in church this Sunday. God Bless you all.





Fundraising and Current Events



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Mrs. Ceresa

Grades 1 and 2

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        Ms  Kelly Hager  Grades 3 & 4


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Grades 7 & 8


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25th ~ CSW Open House Noon - 3pm
26th ~ Pizza lunch
30th ~ All School spaghetti lunch
31st ~ Trivia Night Sponsored by HSCS
16th~ No School 
17th~ No School 



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National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2015 is January 25 - 31. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2015 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.


Catholic schools offer academic excellence and faith-filled education for students nationwide. National test scores, high school graduation rates, college attendance and other data show that Catholic schools frequently outperform schools in both the public and private sectors. While some Catholic schools are challenged by declining enrollments and school closures, the good news is that there is a strong demand and enthusiasm for Catholic schools. Thirty-two percent of Catholic schools have waiting lists for admission and new schools are opening across the country. This infographic shares facts and figures about the ongoing excellence and promise of growth represented in our country's Catholic schools.


“Almighty ever-living God,
direct our actions according to your good pleasure,
that in the name of your beloved Son
we may abound in good works.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen”

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Rosary Novena for Persecuted Christians in Iraq Begins Sunday, January 25th
Chaldean Catholic Bishop, Francis Kalabat, is asking people of faith around the globe to pray for persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East, with a rosary novena beginning January 25th and ending on February 2nd. Until very recently, there were more than a million Christians living in Iraq. Today there are less than 300 thousand. Islamic extremists have forced Christians from their homes. Many are now living in tents and caravans. Christians have been tortured and killed, beheaded and crucified; tens of thousands are refugees. The world seems to have forgotten them. We must not forget them.
Please join Ave Maria Radio, The Chaldean Community of Detroit, and Bishop Francis in praying the rosary novena beginning January 25th. Nine days of rosaries, nine days of prayer. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Please visit the Ave Maria Website for daily reflections from Bishop Francis on their Facebook Page and we thank you.
Holy Spirit School Basketball Club
Mrs. Dewan has once again volunteered to coach the Basketball Club!
This co-ed club for students in Grades 4-8 will meet from January 5 through March 25
on Mondays and Wednesdays when school is in session.
A current health or sports physical (within a year of the January 5 start date) must be on file in the office
for your student to participate.
Please set up a doctor appointment soon so your student is ready to attend the first meeting on Monday, January 5.
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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!


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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:




           (go to the ‘Extras’ tab)

You can sign up for automatic personal alerts at the following websites:









We will no longer be using a phone tree.

Thank you.




  Apiary Project

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.





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.


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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.  






To continue earning rewards in this program for the
upcoming year starting May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015, ALL

Enrollment instructions are attached. All participants must have a valid
online account and must sign up online to participate




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.






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.



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Last Updated (Monday, 26 January 2015 11:06)


From the Principal's Desk: Mrs. Anna Piccirillo Loewe

"To each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
to another faith by the same Spirit,
to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers,
to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits,
to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

Just as a body, though one has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ." 1 Cor. 12:7-12 

Dear parents and families,
Our parish and church staff was blessed with a beautiful retreat and day of reflection on Monday, January 19th.
Mr. Hoover and Fr. John made this possible for our entire staff. Please pray for us as we pursue, discern and
develop our spiritual gifts and how we are to use them for God’s will in our ministries and His work at Holy Spirit.

We are missing the Google Apps for Education permission slips from several of our families.
The information on this was emailed to families last Friday.Please send the signed forms to the school office promptly.
Student Google Accounts are necessary for students in grades 3-8 to participate in the MAP (Measurements of Academic Progress
that will take place during the next week. If you have questions after reading the information on the form, call the office.

As we come into second semester in our new school building, Catholic Schools Week and our first Open House for the 2015-2016 school year
is next Sunday, January 25 from noon to 3 PM. The 11am Mass is the official beginning of Catholic Schools Week.
I ask that all families attend this Mass with their students in uniform.

We especially invite our new families to come to this Mass and the Open House. Your presence has significant importance
because you recently made a decision to come to Holy Spirit Catholic School. We need parent/family ambassadors to escort prospective families
to the classrooms and to answer their preliminary questions. Please contact Mrs. Harbaugh if you can assist as a parent ambassador
escorting guests to classrooms, and/or to donate juice boxes or small snacks.

All are invited to stay for the Family Hour of Prayer at 3:00! Saint Philomena, pray for us! God bless you all.
In Christ through Mary,
Mrs. Anna Loewe


Attention Parents
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.
With Michigan's ever-changing weather, it is often difficult to know what to have your child wear to school each day. Dressing with layers of clothing is a good method because it allows children to remove or add clothing for the varying conditions of the day.
We've had some cold days with children dressed without appropriate warm clothing. 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 wear boots, coats, mittens and hats and students in kindergarten-grade 4 must wear snow pants.


Attention Parents
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.


Attention Parents
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.



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 ~
Please notify the office ahead of time if someone else is picking up your child or if your child is going home with someone else.
For the protection of the students, we only dismiss students to people who have been designated by the parent through a note, call, or email to the school and/or
Please keep this in mind when you child is remaining on the parish grounds for a school- or church-related activity.

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 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.
Absent/Tardy Policy
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.
Uniform Policy
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.
Lunch/Recess duty:
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 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,
Saint Philomena,
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.