Alex Besecker: Scripps National Spelling Bee

Please join us in cheering on Alex Besecker who will be representing Espiritu Santo at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D. C. May 31 – June 1. Tune in to watch the event on ESPN.
Keep your eye on ABC Action News in the coming days. They will feature a special segment on Alex and his Spelling Bee journey.

ARC Update

The Academic Recognition Committee (ARC), which is composed of parents, faculty/staff, and administration, exists to help identify or enhance academic opportunities at ESCS and to apply for merit-based recognitions for our school, staff, and students. This year, ARC supported ESCS as it hosted it’s second school-wide Math Bowl (and added an engineering component) and ESCS’ first Diocesan wide STEM competition, which was attended by one hundred and twenty students. ARC also helped support the expansion of the Geography Bee to grades 4-8 and the return of Battle of the Books competition. ARC continues to support the school-wide Spelling Bee and is proud that ESCS will have a student attending the national Scripps Spelling Bee competition again this year. ARC monitors opportunities to recognize individual students, faculty and staff and applies for awards throughout the year. Finally, ARC tracks the requirements for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. If you are interested in participating on ARC next year, please contact Shannon Reese.

Clare Gaffney: Espíritu Alumni 2015

Espiritu alumni Clare Gaffney who now attends Clearwater Central Catholic High School recently visited our students in health class. Clare shared the news of her upcoming mission trip this summer. In June, she will be traveling to Sociedad Amigos de los Niños in Honduras to empower teen girls there by teaching them about hygiene, self-esteem and how to be strong women. Clare has collected and will distribute toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hairbrushes, hair ties, notebooks, beads, shampoo and conditioner to the students she will be serving there. Below are some exciting highlights from her presentation:
WHY AM I DOING THIS PROJECT?
  • I am doing this project because I have a desire to empower young women, and there is even more of a need in developing, poor countries like Honduras
  • So many girls don’t love themselves, feel the love of others, and the love that God has for them
  • It is my wish that every girl feels beautiful and worthy and that is why I am going down to Honduras to empower the teen girls there.
GIRL EMPOWERMENT AFFECTING THE COMMUNITY
  • When girls and women are empowered in developing countries they help their community tremendously
  • By empowering women, poverty rates drop and women can start businesses
  • When women are told and feel empowered, beautiful, and able to do their jobs they can do so much good for their community
  • By focusing on the girls ages 11-14, I am able to inspire them to be a positive influence in their communities as they mature into women

Save The Date: Friday, November 9

 2018 Annual Espiritu Santo Benefit 
The Annual Espiritu Santo Benefit will be held at Safety Harbor Spa on Friday, November 9th. We have negotiated a discounted room rate for those interested in spending the night. Please reference the Benefit to receive the discounted rate. We are looking for Chairpersons for the Silent Auction items, Class Baskets, and Basket Preparation. If you are interested in chairing or co-chairing one of these positions, please contact Kathleen Nestor. We would like to get started on silent auction acquisitions over the summer.

Catholic Kidz Camp Program: Children Kindergarten – Fifth Grade

Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22
Deadline to Register June 2
Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms.
Espiritu Santo Catholic Church is hosting a Catholic Kidz Camp Program called “Shipwrecked!” for children entering Kindergarten through Fifth grade in 2018.  Classes start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m. each day of the week.  Registration forms are available on the church website or you can download paper registration form here. Deadline for registration is June 2.
Program will be held inside Padua Hall.

Family Fun Time: Butterfly Adventure

Monday, May 14, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Please be our guest and join us for an adventurous morning filled with story time, activities, crafts and songs. We will be hosting a special butterfly adventure in our garden. Have fun with your child and make new friends. We look forward to seeing you.
This will be our last Family Fun Time event of the 2017 – 2018 school year.