Welcome to Holy Spirit School!
Solid Catholic Instruction and Formation
Pre-K through 8th Grade
Morning mass for the students
Happy children and staff!
Excellent Student/Teacher Ratio
Fully Equipped Computer Lab
Uniforms from Land's End
Specialty Hot Lunches & Field Trips
Highly Accredited Teaching Staff
Holy Spirit Elementary School is under the patronage of our dear little saint, Philomena.
You can read the story of how she came to enjoy this honored title at our church and school by clicking on "Parish" above.
And on our Parish Homepage, hover over "Articles" and drop down to "St Philomena".
We could actually use more help than we can afford here at Holy Spirit.
Recently we have been granted Diocesan approval to build a new education center.
We hope to begin construction this spring pending approval from Green Oak Township.
The new school building will house approximately 125 students pre K through 8th grade.
Would you consider making a contribution to our Capital Campaign?
It would be greatly appreciated and would go to the cause of providing a good Catholic Education to our young people.
Fr John Rocus
We Are Praying A Million Memorare
To Raise A Million Dollars!
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help,
or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen
Scroll above - "About Our School" - for Calendar, Mission Statement & School Song
Fundraising and Current Events
Contact Details :
DAYS TO REMEMBER
3rd ~ Pizza Lunch
4th ~ Paczki Day $1.50 ea
Red/White/Blue Dress Down Day
5th ~ Ash Wednesday
6th ~ Open House 9:30am - 11:00am
7th ~ SCRIP Order Submission
8th ~ Ianni @ Brighton Public Library
9th ~ Fr Gabriel Richard High Open House
10th ~ Pizza Lunch
11th ~ Dress Down Day
SAB Mtg @ 7:45pm
19th ~ Donuts w/Dad 7:30am (RSVP needed)
Ann Arbor Symphony (permission slip needed)
St Joseph Lunch
OPEN HOUSE Thursday, March 6th 9:30am - 11:00am
Holy Spirit Catholic School offers solid Catholic instruction and formation.
Children are taught respect, love and compassion for others in a safe environment.
If you would like to check out our school please visit our open house on March 6 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.
Meet the principal, teachers, and school families and see the building plans.
Your children are gifts from God. Their education is a gift from you.
Application Available From Drop Down Menu Above or Online
Who is eligible?
Families of a Catholic student who will be in 6th - 10th grade at a Diocese of Lansing Catholic school for school year 2014-2015 and whose home parish is also in the Diocese of Lansing are eligible to apply.
How much are the scholarships?
Diocesan Scholarships are $750 for 6th – 8th graders and $1,000 for 9th and 10th graders.
How do I apply?
Have a computer with internet access and a printer? Go to www.glcef.org and download the application. The link is toward the bottom of the home screen. The application is an interactive PDF and can either be printed to fill out by hand or you may fill out the application using your computer if you are running Acrobat 7 or higher. We currently do not offer a completely "online" application process.
Don’t have a computer/internet access or a printer? Contact your school office for a print out of the application and directions or the Greater Lansing Catholic Education Foundation at 517-485-8333.
Is there an application fee?
Yes, there is a $26 application fee. Your check should be made payable to PSAS.
How do I submit my application?
The application, supporting documents and application fee must be mailed directly to PSAS with a postmark on the package of no later than March 17, 2014.
Private School Aid Service
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us:
PLEASE DO NOT mail or drop off your application materials to GLCEF or your school!
You must mail your application directly to PSAS at the address above.
Please retain a photo copy of all materials you mail.
Our annual fundraising event has begun!
Tickets are available at the hallway kiosk
before and after our weekend Masses, or,
please see any of our parishioners and/or school families.
Upcoming Scrip Submission Dates are:
It is preferred that you register and shop online at shop-withscrip.com using our school code – CE68E9594253. A shipping fee (the $7.75 charge will be divided by the number of school families ordering) not to exceed $1.50 will be de-ducted from each individual order. Scrip Cards are available for many area retailers and restaurants and they make great gift items. More importantly, each Scrip Card purchase earns a 1-25% credit toward your family fundraising account! All money and forms must be in the office (if not done online) no later than 9:00am on the date of submission.
Shop VG's and HSCS Gets The Credit
Shop VG's and use your "Yes" card.
Thank you for your support!
(Don't forget, we're still taking VG's receipts and all Box Tops for Education)
TURN IN YOUR BOXTOPS
The last day we will be accepting them for this school year will be Friday, February 21.
Any box tops collected after February 21st will go towards next school year. Thank you
Email Notification of Future Events
Upon request of the Diocese, we will be going paperless for the 2013-2014 school year.
This means all the information normally delivered in the past through the Monday Mailer newsletter, lunch forms,
permission slips, etc. will now be sent via e-mails with attachments.
As usual, it will be your responsibility to return these forms to the school office in a timely manner. At this time, we are planning on e-mail communications to be sent on Tuesdays of each week.
School Closing Information
If Holy Spirit is closed due to forecasted inclement weather (including wind chill),
you can 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:
The MyStudentProgress (MSP) program will be used to send a voice message and text to the phone numbers we have for parents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 04 March 2014 00:43)
From the Principal's Desk: Mrs. Anna Piccirillo Loewe
“Lent is a fitting time for self-denial;
we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up
in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty.
Let us not forget that real poverty hurts:
no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance.”
Pope Francis Lenten Message 2014
Dear Parents and families,
We thank Fr. Joseph from Sacred Heart Byzantine Church for celebrating the Divine Liturgy for our students on Friday. Fr. Joseph and Fr. John concelebrated joined by Deacon Lawrence and Deacon Brennan and Mrs. Marie Stumphauzer as the cantor. Fr. Joseph and Deacon Laurence set up the Iconostasis on Thursday and before beginning the liturgy Fr. Joseph gave a brief explanation of some of the differences that are celebrated in the Byzantine Divine Liturgy. Mrs. Stumphauzer did a tremendous job singing almost the entire liturgy. Thank you to all for making this a beautiful and momentous prayer.
Congratulations to Lainey, Joseph, Justin, Madeleine, Frances, Michael, Meadow, and Philomena who made their First Reconciliation last week! May God bless you always!
Can Lent be here so quickly? Students will receive ashes at Mass on Ash Wednesday. Please come and join us in this annual memorial of our desire to unite with Jesus in his sacrifice and death through our small tokens of dying to our self during these forty days.
Last Sunday we were reminded to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all things will be given you… Matt. 6:33” Jesus’ righteousness is based on his great obedience to his heavenly Father even unto death on a cross. During Lent we are given the opportunity again to pray, fast and to give alms as sacrifice so that our hearts may change and be converted further as we seek God.
March is Reading Month! Our teachers have put together an exciting month of activities and competitions to celebrate the gift of Reading. Please read the attachments and post the calendar in a prominent place as a reminder of students’ reading goals this month.
Registration packets for the 2014-2015 school year were sent home recently. Please return your completed tuition agreement and registration deposit to the office as soon as possible. God bless you all.
In Christ through Mary,
Mrs. Anna Loewe
Teacher Daily attendance records are sent to the office by the teachers at 8 am. These need to be updated in the school office for the official Attendance record for the day. At 8:00, the doors to the classroom are locked and attendance is submitted to the office. Parents of students who are tardy need to bring them to the school office to check them in and receive a signed pass. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
We will no longer be using a phone tree to report our school closing.
As we are entering into our winter season please remember to drop off students and move on so that other arriving parents can drop off their students. Proceed down the driveway to drop off students for classrooms in the main church building. Drivers should not park on the Annex driveway because this holds up the other vehicles and vehicles cannot be parked in front of the church building because this is a fire lane. Please park in the designated spaces in the upper lot or in the lower lot.
For the safely of our students I need to give a Reminder about the Arrival Procedure: Please do not park and leave your vehicle, pass other vehicles that are dropping off students, or circle back to leave by the Winans Lake Road access. Please, exit the grounds by continuing on the drive to the lower lot and leave by way of Musch Road on the west side of the property.Parents are to drive onto the school driveway at the Winans Lake Road entrance and drive as far in front of Fr. John’s home as possible before stopping. Children disembark and proceed to their classrooms. If you need to get out of your vehicle, park in the lot by the basketball hoops past the classroom buildings. Pre-kindergarten parents should park in the upper lot by the basketball court and escort your child to the pre-kindergarten classroom in Room . Please be sure to inform grandparents, older siblings, and anyone who may be dropping off your children of these procedures. Thank you.
Our non-core class days are:
Monday Physical Education
Friday Computer Technology
Monday Gym Dress Code: Athletic pants, tennis shoes, the Holy Spirit T-Shirt, Lands’ End approved fleece or a gray hoodie with the school logo are allowed. All clothing should be clean and neat. Students wear their gym clothes to school for the whole day.
Dress Down Day Policy: Students may wear jeans, pants, capris, or knee-length shorts, dresses, skirts or jumpers; shirts must have sleeves; clothing should not have graphics or inappropriate wording or slogans; no fingernail polish or make-up is allowed. All attire must be modest.
Door Hanger Campaign Completion Form: Please return the completion agreement from the door hanger campaign in order to receive the $50 credit to your fundraising account.
Please call us if there is a need that you would want us to be aware of regarding your family or your child.
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
After-School-Care is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 5:30 PM beginning on Tuesday, September 3. Please make sure that you are registered if you think that you will use this service. We need to provide correct contact and medical information to the caregiver, Mrs. Claudia King.
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. After School Care fees will be charged and added to your monthly tuition statement.
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.
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
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
The following information is from the HSCS Family Handbook regarding medication:
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.
The practice of allowing children to carry medications with them endangers other children who might experiment with another child’s medicines. When over-the-counter medications are given to keep children in school, potentially communicable conditions are more likely to spread, and injuries or serious medical conditions may be masked.
The school does not employ a nurse. The school staff may not administer prescription or over-the-counter medications to children at school except on rare occasions. The principal or the principal’s designee may administer medication to students under the following conditions:
1. Medications must be delivered to the school office in person by the parent. Medications are to be kept in the office unless specifically ordered by the physician.
2. Medication must be accompanied by a dated authorization form, which has been signed by the parent and physician. New signed forms and new prescription bottles must be presented each new school year and whenever medication, dosage or time of administering is changed.
3. Medication must be in original container, correctly stating name of student, name of medication, name of physician, and directions for taking medication.
4. Over-the-counter medication follows the same guidelines with a parent’s signature, only, and a call home before any medication will be administered to a student.
5. Parents may request permission for a student to carry and self-administer their own asthma inhaler if written permission is presented from the physician and parent, and notification is provided to principal and classroom teacher.
6. Individual records will be kept of such medications administered by school personnel.”
Please also note:
1)Dismissal - Please write your last name on large card-stock and place it in the right, front window of your
2) School begins at 7:50am and 7:45am arrival is for outerwear removal and gathering of books. A child will be marked tardy at 8:00am. PreKindergarten starts at 12:30pm. Please do not drop off your child earlier than 12:30pm. Thank you.
3) The school office number is 810-231-9199 x214
4) Please label all of your children’s personal belongings with their name, especially outerwear.
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 Lansingadminister 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. 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.
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. Students who desire to play in the snow are required to wear boots, coats, mittens and hats.
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.