Knights Of Columbus All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry Friday Nights: March 8 – April 5, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Join the Knights of Columbus on Friday nights from March 8 through April 5 from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Center for a Lenten Fish Fry. We will be serving All-You-Can-Eat fried or baked cod, hush puppies, baked beans, cole slaw, mac-n-cheese, corn on the cobb, and french fries; coffee, tea, and assorted beverages. 

Price: $10.00 per person / $6.00 children
Proceeds to Benefit: Veterans, Kimberly Home, Good Samaritan Mission in Uganda and Parish needs

Alumni Spotlight: Anna Williams, Espiritu Class of 2016

Anna recently completed the requirements to become a Side-Out Ambassador and earned a $2500 scholarship to the college of her choice! The Side-Out Foundation unites the volleyball community to impact change and support for Stage IV breast cancer patients. Anna earned this award by demonstrating extraordinary commitment to breast cancer education and fundraising through our school, local community, and the breast cancer community as a whole. Anna gives sincere thanks to all Espiritu staff and families who supported her in last fall’s “Think Pink” volleyball campaign to raise donations for Side-Out!

Chemical Reactions: Combining Science, Learning and Fun

Students in Mrs. Staggs’ eighth grade science class learned about chemical reactions through a hands on laboratory activity. In this inquiry based lab, students mixed household substances and made observations to determine whether or not a chemical reaction occurred. Students mixed water, dish soap, food coloring, hydrogen peroxide, and dry yeast to produce a warm, colorful foam they could touch. Experiments like this help students visualize concepts and make connections in ways that would not otherwise be possible.

Espíritu Diocesan Math Bowl

Last Friday, Espiritu hosted an elementary school Math Bowl for grades third through fifth. We had 144 mathletes from twelve different schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg here competing. Our twelve mathletes from Espiritu did an amazing job.  Our students placed in the following categories: 

Fourth grade: 

Second place overall in the Fact Blast category where students had to answer as many addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems as they could in two minutes. 

Fifth grade swept the individual competitions:

First, Second and Third place in Fact Blast 

First, Second and Third place in Mental Math

First and Second place in the team competition Logical Reasoning

Overall school winner for fifth grade

We are so proud of our mathletes!

Alumni Spotlight: Lynsey Restaino, Class of 2010

• Lynsey went to Clearwater Central Catholic where she was in many honor societies, clubs, sports, theater plays and student council. She graduated with her International Baccalaureate diploma in 2014

• She attended North Carolina State University where she graduated in 2017 Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Industrial Design and a minor in graphic communications

• Lynsey moved back to the Tampa Bay Area and has been a graphic designer, packaging designer and product designer for Cousin Corporation of America where she designs for brands like LaurDIY and Swarovski and CousinDIY brand

•She is currently pursuing her MBA and an MS in Marketing at University of Tampa. Lynsey is on course to finish both degrees in 2020

Academically Gifted Program: Building Mechanical Computers

The third through eighth grade Academically Gifted Program students have been building mechanical computers powered by marbles using Turing Tumble kits. They are having a ton of fun while learning about coding and how computers work. Here is what the fifth graders had to say about their experience with Turing Tumble: “Turning Tumble is a fun, addictive, and complex game where you collaborate with friends to build a mechanism using plastic gears and marbles. The goal is to complete specific patterns according to the instructions for that level. Each level gets harder and new pieces are introduced as the tasks become more complex. Turing Tumble is a challenging, but fun and creative game that is great for everyone.”

Alumni Spotlight: Maeve Miller and Arianna Cortes, Class of 2018

Each quarter, the freshman teachers at the Academy of the Holy Names choose students for the Esse Quam Videri award. This award is given to the freshmen who most closely exemplify Academy’s motto, Esse Quam Videri, which means “to be, rather than to seem.” Congratulations to Espiritu Alumni from the Class of 2018 Maeve Miller and Arianna Cortes for receiving the award this quarter.