Mrs. Veronica Slain: Espiritu Principal Selected For Prominent Leadership Program

Please join us in congratulating, Mrs. Veronica Slain, our school Principal, on her selection to The Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy. This distinguished honor offers a job-embedded and research-based program for principal professional development for those selected. Mrs. Slain was one of only six private school principals chosen to receive this esteemed distinction in Florida.
The leadership program is a collaboration between the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) and the North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC). Education leaders throughout Florida were nominated by their district superintendent as leaders poised to make a difference in their school.
This demanding program provides an opportunity for school leaders to acquire new and innovative skills to help them make a lasting impact on student learning in their schools. It is a year-long course of study in which Florida principals, principal supervisors and education leaders participate in job-embedded and research-based activities designed to increase their knowledge and abilities about teacher effectiveness and student achievement. The rigorous professional development programs include three learning institutes and five school site “learning walks” to practice instructional leadership skills and build a cadre of school district facilitators.


Dad’s Night Out Thursday: November 21, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for Dad’s Night out on Thursday, November 21 at Mother’s in Westchase from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Meet some other Espiritu dads and enjoy a fun night out. We have already reserved an area for dads to eat, drink, and hang-out. Men of Espiritu Santo (MOES) will be joining our Dad’s Night Out.
Please bring a grocery gift card if you would like to donate to the Thanksgiving food drive for Espiritu families.
Address: 12227 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL 33626
Phone: 813.814.1533

Espiritu Science Fair: A Winning Collaboration Between Science and English Language Arts Programs

Last week, seventh and eighth grade students participated in our school Science Fair. Since August, students have been working diligently on a science fair project of their choice. Following the scientific method, students conducted background research in English Language Arts class, designed an experiment, gathered and analyzed data, and communicated their results with their classmates and the school community. On Wednesday, November 7, students shared their projects with our judges – science professionals from our community. The judges selected 11 students who will go on to compete at the Diocese STREAM Fair

Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you to everyone who helped support this year’s book fair! There were many volunteers who set-up, worked the registers, and packed-up. Thank you to Mrs. Jacke and the students for the beautiful decorations and to the students who helped with the character costumes and the book fair advertising. Thank you to Mrs. Shuler and her family for their contributions to the decorations and also helping with the planning of the fair. Many hands make light work and I am so thankful to everyone who helped!
The fair was a huge success with over $14,400 books sold – an all-time record! Of that, families donated $1,124 worth of books to our classroom teachers. Wow! Thank you to those who visited the fair (many families more than once!). I am so grateful for your generosity.
May you each be blessed with a fabulous Thanksgiving!
Peace and Blessings,
Mrs. Susan Salesses

Espiritu Alumni Unite For A Cause Saturday: November 16, 2019

Five years ago, alumnus Elizabeth Dolan, Class of 2013, coupled her love of running and her passion for helping families stricken with pediatric cancer by founding Cross Out Cancer 5k Race. Cross Out Cancer is a 100% Student Run charity comprised of cross country runners from 11 high schools around Tampa Bay.
This year fellow Espiritu alumni have joined Elizabeth’s efforts to raise money for John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Lily Brames & Max Brames (Clearwater Central Catholic),Katelyn Chau & Grace Odmark (Academy of The Holy Names) and Mark Rumsey (Jesuit) are all Student Representatives on the Board for this year’s race. Students can sign up individually or join CCC, Jesuits, Academy, Tampa Catholic, or other schools’ teams.

Espiritu Alumni To Appear In Jesuit Masque Production This Weekend


The Jesuit Masque’s spring production of The Front Page will be held this weekend. The Front Page is a comedy classic from 1928, a hysterical, high-speed ensemble play created by former reporters Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur that raises the veil on the political machinations of the day and shines a hilarious light on the world of big-boss politicians and newspaper men.
Espiritu Alumni appearing in The Front Page this weekend:
Arianna Cortes (18)
Colin Creadon (19)
Georgia Head (18)
Matthew Justin (18)
Maeve Miller (18)
Matthew Peralta (19)
Friday: November 15 at 7:00 pm
Saturday: November 16 at 1:00 pm
Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 pm
Tickets: $10 general admission.

Girls Volleyball Team Has Winning Season


Our Varsity girls’ volleyball team had a fantastic season this year. They were undefeated in regular season play and crowned champions of the Pinellas Youth Conference. They finished in third place out of sixteen teams at the Indian Rocks Tournament where one of our players was named MVP of the entire competition. Additionally, the Lady Patriots played to a first place finish out of twelve teams, in the Keswick Christian tournament.