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ESCS Becomes Kindness Certified

Thank you for everyone’s participation in The Great Kindness Challenge during Kindness Week. Espiritu Santo Catholic School has received the distinction of being recognized as a “Kindness Certified School”. We are very proud of our kind students

American Heart Association: Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart

During the month of January our students have been participating in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart Campaign. As a student body we raised over $7,000 for this amazing cause.

During PE classes the students have played basketball games, had shooting and jump rope competitions, used pogo sticks and mini trampolines, practiced with short and long ropes, practiced jump rope tricks both individually and with a partner, played helicopter and even learned to double-dutch. We learned a lot of information about keeping our hearts healthy by staying away from smoking, limiting sugary drinks and salt in-take, and getting plenty of exercise. In health class, students in grades 5 – 8, learned Hands Only CPR with Nurse Garza and the coaches. We shared stories of people both young and old who have been affected by heart issues.

School Geography Champion

Please join us in congratulating our Seventh grade student who recently competed against a field of fourth through eighth graders in order to become school champion of our recently held National Geographic Society Geography Bee. His victory qualifies him to move on to compete for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion. We wish him the best of luck moving forward!

Father Brad Announces Girls Soccer Game

Father Brad recently had the honor of announcing the Clearwater Central Catholic Girls soccer game with Herman Brames. He is pictured above with Espiritu Santo alumni who are current players on the team.
Pictured: Father Brad, Kendall Liermann, Lily Brames, Alexander Ruel, Gaby Sotomoyer, Ashley Moyer, Laurel Egerter, Maddie Hickey, and Emma Agin. 

(Missing from alumni photo are Logan Deckert and Ellie Simmons)

Alumni Spotlight: Lily Brames, Class of 2016

Please join us in congratulating Lily Brames who placed third overall at the District Cross County Championships. She was also recognized by her team as the Most Valuable Player for the 2017 – 2018 season. Additionally, she has earned four varsity letters this year. Her hard work and determination are inspiring and we wish her continued success. Lily currently attends Clearwater Central Catholic.

Kindness Week

Kindness Week
Week of January 22 – 26, 2018
“When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.” Harold Kushner
All students will be participating in The Great Kindness Challenge throughout the week by completing random acts of kindness within our school community.
  • School families are encouraged to participate and submit photos of them completing random acts of kindness in the community. Photos will be shared on ESCS social media to promote Kindness Week.
  • School Wide Assembly on Thursday, January 25 at 8:30 am. All parents are welcome to join us on NED’s Kindness Adventure

Learn more about Ned’s Kindness Adventure here.

Operation We Care

Incorporating Works of Social Justice Into Our Curriculum
In November the girls in grades 5 through 8 were divided into small groups and asked to discuss what it meant to care for someone, how you can show you care, service organizations and service projects they would like to be involved in. Each class had four groups. Each group then chose their favorite topic and a spokesperson to present the project to the class. The students had to share what their organization was, what they needed to do and how they could help. The pupils also had to be able to tell the class what tasks needed to be accomplished during the month of December in order to accomplish their goals. After all four presentations were done the girls voted as a class to implement one project per grade level. The winning projects were:
  • 8th grade: Making Soap for Pinellas Hope
  • 7th grade: Bandanas of hope with rosary bracelets for St. Jude
  • 6th grade: Smile bags for St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • 5th grade: Boxes of inspiration, socks, and Christmas pictures for a local nursing home
The girls and their families contributed items to make the projects a big success. Additionally, Mr. Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning Owner, provided a donation to help purchase supplies for the various projects.

Alumni Spotlight: Gabrielle Delp

Gabrielle Delp

Class of 2014

Congratulations to Gabrielle Delp who recently signed her National Letter of Intent (NLI) to swim at Davidson College. Additionally, she had the opportunity to lead Academy of the Holy Names to State runner up as team captain this year. We are extremely proud of her hard work and accomplishments!

Operation Christmas Child

Our student lead initiatives impact the world in a positive way

Espíritu Santo Girl Scout troops 225 (6th grade) and 1041 (1st grade) participated in a very special annual service project this week called Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international relief organization, sponsors the program that sends millions of boxes to needy children in impoverished countries each Christmas. The girl scouts packed toiletries, school items and toys in a shoebox along with a personalized letter.  Deacon Steven Girardi led the girls in a prayer for the children receiving the boxes. The Cadettes have participated in this project for 4 years and the Daisy’s for the past two years. The shoeboxes have traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Burundi, South Sudan, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Angola, Benin, Guyana and Suriname. The girls are excited to learn who will receive their boxes this year.

Middle School House Spotlight: Seton

House Name: Seton
Color: Black
Virtue: Prudence
Saint: St. Elizabeth Seton
Teachers: Mrs. Wheaton and Mr. Thompson
Did You Know:
  • At the age of 19, Elizabeth was the belle of New York and married a handsome, wealthy businessman, William Magee Seton. They had five children.
  • Elizabeth Seton founded the first American religious community for women, the Sisters of Charity.
  • She opened the first American parish school and established the first American Catholic orphanage.
  • Elizabeth Seton was the first citizen born in the United States to be canonized by the Catholic Church.
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