Thursday’s SPIRIT GAME was a big success! The Espiritu Santo Girls Basketball teams racked up two more wins as both JV and Varsity defeated Guardian Angels. Many families came out to support our Lady Patriots and show their school spirit. Thank you, ESCS and way to go, Patriots!
Earlier this week, Espiritu Santo’s 8th grade class visited the Holocaust Museum, and it was a profound experience for both the students and adults in attendance. The tour guides at the museum did an excellent job of making tangible the horrors for those held at concentration camps. These stories are difficult to hear, but are so important for our students to know, as they reflect on how history has shaped – and continues to shape – our world today.
Photo credit: Mrs. Amy Rodriguez & Mrs. Katie Turner
A BIG thank you to all of the ESCS families who made this year’s fall book fair, ESCS is Sweet on Books, the HUGE success that is was. It was one of our best book fairs ever and we will be able to purchase a number of new items and books for our media center. The students also collected $345 in coins for Pinellas Hope. The students in Mrs. Nesci’s homeroom were able to take two boxes of books to the clients at the home when they visited this week. These books will be added to their library.
A big thanks also goes to the volunteers who helped during the week at the registers and with set-up and clean-up. We also want to thank the Shuler and Egan families for the fabulous decorations they supplied along with our students art work under the direction of Mrs. Jacke.
We now look forward to our spring fair which will be held at Barnes and Noble in April.
What an amazing, humbling evening for our students who served meals to the residents of Pinellas Hope tonight. Earlier today in the ESCS kitchen, students cooked sausage and peppers, assembled salads, washed fruit and baked cookies. Once we arrived at Pinellas Hope, students set place settings with inspirational placemats they decorated themselves, poured beverages, and served dinner to the 180 people currently in residence. Nourishment comes in many forms – feeding the soul with a smile, conversation and prayer can mean more than the meal on your plate. Thank you to Mrs. Nesci, Mrs. Russell and all the 7N parents who helped facilitate a beautiful evening, breaking bread with our fellow brothers and sisters.
Last night, Espiritu Santo hosted a High School Open House for middle school students considering Catholic high school in our Diocese. We had a wonderful turn-out and enjoyed seeing many of our alumni return in leadership positions, promoting their high school! Thank you to DOSP Superintendent of Schools Chris Pastura and Associate Superintendent Ann Davis for joining us, as well as the seven Catholic high schools in attendance: Academy of the Holy Names – Tampa, Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, Clearwater Central Catholic High School Alumni Association, Cristo Rey Tampa High School at Mary Help of Christians, Jesuit High School of Tampa, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, and Tampa Catholic High School. Thank you for continuing the tradition of providing academic excellence and faith formation for young men and women … Catholic education makes a difference in our families, in our faith, and in our community!
Emily Solis, ESCS Class of 2009, CCC graduate and a senior at FSU, interned all summer in Washington, DC at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as a Public Policy Associate. She tracked congressional committees, states’ legislative activities, and attended committee meetings. Emily took part in the 7th Annual Advocacy Forum for Suicide Prevention, a week long forum that brought together suicide prevention advocates to educate federal officials about suicide and suicide prevention. She also attended a congressional hearing and was present at the House of Representatives when a mental health bill was passed. Congratulations, Emily … your ESCS Patriot family is proud of you!
Check out the new Butterfly Habitat in the Laura Beach Giving Garden! Thank you to Nicole Robichaux, who built this amazing learning tool for ESCS. Today, kindergarten students visited the Check out the new Butterfly Habitat in the Laura Beach Giving Garden! Thank you to Nicole Robichaux, who built this amazing learning tool for ESCS. Today, kindergarten students visited thehabitat to take a look at the big caterpillars currently in residence. They’re getting ready to build a chrysalis … and there’s one chrysalis already becoming a butterfly! If you look close enough at the chrysalis you can see the butterfly wings inside. Last week, PreK 3 took a trip out to the Garden to check on their bush beans and have started their own ladybug habitat. We will release ladybugs into the garden when they are grown. Beautiful life is in bloom in the Giving Garden!
Congratulations, Chess Team!
The ESCS Chess Team did a great job again last weekend on the final day of the Mary Bryant Gran Prix. Students representing ESCS participated in each of the grade level divisions. The K-1 team came in second place in their division and earned ESCS a beautiful new trophy for the display cases in the front office! Two ESCS students also placed in the top five and ESCS players were on “Board One” four times. In the words of one of the coaches at the tournament, “ESCS is becoming one of the premier chess clubs.” Well done, Patriots!