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We thank you for your dedicated work and prayers, for your support and your encouragement.

Without all of you, St Philomena's intercession and God's grace, today would not have been possible!

May God continue this good work He has begun~

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Welcome to Holy Spirit School!






Solid Catholic Instruction and Formation                      

Pre-K through 8th Grade                                                         

Nurturing environment                                                           

Morning mass for the students                                             

Happy children and staff!                                                        

Aftercare Available                                                                     

Excellent Student/Teacher Ratio

Fully Equipped Computer Lab

Apiary Project

Uniforms from Land's End

Specialty Hot Lunches & Field Trips

Highly Accredited Teaching Staff                                           




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 $200 plus cost of materials;
Second and Third Place are for $50.
The completed craft and documentation is due September 8, 2014.



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




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.

He is the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes.

He is the model of its faculty and the inspiration of its students."

 June 15, 2014

Dear Friends of Holy Spirit Catholic School,

We thank you for the many ways that you support the physical, financial and spiritual needs of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and School. We depend upon your generosity to continue our mission to educate students and teach children about God's love and mercy.

We are beginning the process of awarding financial assistance for the 2014-2015 school year. Several of our current school families, along with a number of prospective families, are facing very difficult decisions demanding great sacrifices in order to provide the quality Catholic education they desire for their children. The current need for tuition assistance outweighs our available funds.

We humbly ask that you prayerfully consider a donation to our Tuition Assistance Fund for families that are in need. Many of these families contribute generously of their time and talent to our parish. They ensure the future of our parish and the Church.

There are many testimonials that would touch your heart. Any gift that you are able to give will be appreciated. You and your intentions remain in our prayers. God bless you abundantly for your faithful generosity to His Kingdom.

In Christ through Mary,

Mrs. Anna M. Loewe



Several families have inquired about the date for our First day of School for 2014-2015 year. School opens on Tuesday,
August 26. We will not have school on Friday, August 29 or Monday, September 1.
God bless all you and your families. We pray for a terrific summer vacation filled with God’s blessings of peace and



Please complete and return the School Satisfaction Survey that helps us evaluate and improve our educational services. Your opinions and thoughts are valued and all responses are confidential. And, please submit the tuition agreement and registration deposit for the 2014-2015 school year to the school office. The enrollment numbers are an important factor as we finalize the budget and plan for the coming school year. If you have not registered, please contact me to discuss your intentions. God bless you.


We will no longer be using a phone tree to report our school closing. The MyStudentProgress (MSP) program will be used to send a voice message and text to the phone numbers we have for parents.


           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

               Tuesday                Art

               Wednesday           French

               Thursday              Music

               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.

     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.   


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


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:

  • It is the responsibility of the student to report to the office at the time the medicine is to be taken, unless prevented by a disability or other reason.
  • Refill of the prescription is the responsibility of the parent.
  • Student must provide their own measuring spoon or cup if needed.
  • Expired medications will not be administered.
  • Medicine will be discarded if not picked up on or before the last day of school


1)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.

2) School begins at 7:50am. 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.
5) 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.

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.


Attention Parents!

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 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.
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.  A good way for children to start making their own decisions and take responsibility for themselves is to listen to the TV or radio weather report and assess weather conditions before leaving for school.



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.






Fundraising and Current Events



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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)


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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:




           (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.

The MyStudentProgress (MSP) program will be used to send a voice message and text to the phone numbers we have for parents.


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.




St Philomena Prayer Group

Parents and Parishioners are invited to join the 



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.


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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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