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Family Night Out

Family Night Out
Monday, October 16, 2017
The first Family Night Out will be held at Green Market Cafe in Oldsmar on Monday, October 16th. Please come by and enjoy dinner with your family and friends while supporting the school.
Location: 3150 Tampa Rd #1, Oldsmar, FL 34677
Phone:  727.787.5494

Trunk N’ Treat

Fall is in the air and that means TRUNK N’ TREAT at Espiritu Santo Catholic School is almost here. On October 27th our school parking lot will transform into a Trick or Treat dream.
We can hardly wait to see all the amazing trunks decorated by our school and parish families – piled high with candy and goodies. Are your costumes ready?  The children will certainly be counting down to this exciting day at our school.
Dismissal will take place at 2:00 p.m. and the event will immediately follow.  The haunted bus, face painting and pumpkin auction will return this year!  We will also have a hay ride, food, music and games.
Please return the below R.S.V.P. form by October 24th and spread the word that we are looking for trunk decorators. Prizes will be awarded.
If you have any questions about the event, please contact Courtney Swantek.  Thank you.

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind

Registration Deadline September 22, 2017

Students interested in participating in the Odyssey of the Mind competition should complete the attached form and return it to Mrs. Irizarry-Sanchez, fifth grade, by Friday, September 22, 2017.

What is Odyssey of the Mind?

Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) is the largest worldwide creative problem-solving competition for children. The program begins anew with each school year, when five “problems” are delivered to the mailboxes of anxiously waiting, creatively juiced kids. State and country association finals are held in March and April of each year, and the Odyssey of the Mind year culminates with World Finals, where the best of the best match wits, imaginations and personalities to become world champions.

Details regarding the regional program can be found by clicking here.

Details about the national program can be found by clicking here.

Further questions, please contact Mrs. Irizarry-Sanchez by clicking here.

Nathan Mansour, ESCS Class of 2011

This summer, Nathan Mansour participated in the University of Dayton Summer Appalachia Program. The group travelled to Salyersville, KY which is in one of the most impoverished counties in the nation. For 9 weeks, Nathan and his cohort facilitated a series of summer programs for the children, teens, and elderly in the town. UD students embrace a lifestyle of simplicity – living in a small house with no air conditioning, bathrooms, or cell service. The group spread the Marianist Catholic charism of community through the relationships they built with the people in the area as well as each other. Through living and being with the people of Salyersville, Nathan and the others came to fully understand that just like ourselves, the poor have names and stories. Nathan is a graduate of Espiritu Santo and Jesuit High School.
 
To learn more about the University of Dayton Summer Appalachian Program, please click here.

Aaron Williams, Class of 2014

Aaron Williams
Alumni Spotlight, Jesuit Highschool
Aaron started Cub Scouts at our own Pack 487 when he was in 1st grade and entered Boy Scouts at Troop 475 in the 5th grade.  He eagerly participated in countless scouting events, camp-outs, and field trips. Aaron earned 3 Catholic religious emblem awards, served in 5 Troop leadership positions, and participated in numerous community service projects.  He earned 41 merit badges (20 more than what was required) and completed BSA’s National Youth Leadership Training.  He developed a great love for the outdoors and high adventure, including attending West Virginia’s BSA National Jamboree, scuba diving in the Florida Keys, dog sledding in the Minnesota snow, and backpacking the trails of North Carolina.
For Aaron’s Eagle Scout Service Project, he created the outdoor Stations of the Cross here at Espiritu Santo. To fundraise for his project, Aaron presented his idea in front of all Masses, as well as to various ministries, at our parish and at ESCS.  He inspired parishioners to generously donate almost $60,000, while our parish contributed the remainder needed. Aaron experienced many obstacles and learned invaluable lessons about leadership and perseverance during the project’s almost 4 year timeline.  Our faith community has given Aaron great feedback on this wonderful addition to our Parish’s sacred space.
Aaron’s experiences in Scouting have provided him a strong and wide base of knowledge and skills and have positively developed his character into becoming the young man he is today. Aaron has learned to “do his best”, “be prepared”, appreciate the beauty of God’s creation, and serve others in whatever ways he can.

Alumni Sighting at Threshers Game

Alumni Sighting at Threshers Game
Marco Benson, ESCS class of 2013, and cousin Quinn Benson, Class of 2009, enjoyed reminiscing with Mrs Penn at the Back-to-School Threshers game on August 12, 2017.

Rachel Porter

Rachel Porter
Alumni Spotlight
Congratulations to Rachel who has just started her Junior year at the Academy of the Holy Names. She is currently holding a 4.7 GPA and was inducted into the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. Additionally, she was asked to become a member of the National Society of High Scholars. We are so incredibly proud of her. Oh the Places she will go!

Alumni Elizabeth Dolan Valedictory Address at AHN

Congratulations to Espiritu Santo Alumni Elizabeth Dolan on her valedictory address at the Academy of the Holy Names Graduation.

Elizabeth Dolan (A’17) chose to give her valedictory address in poetry form, capturing the essence of Esse Quam Videri in her words. She is heading to Yale in the fall.

Ellie Simmons Receives Anne Frank Humanitarian Award

Mr. Michael Chambers from the Florida Holocaust Museum recently presented junior Ellie Simmons (Alumni Class of 2014)with the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award at CCC. This award honors outstanding humanitarian efforts by high school juniors in public and private schools in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Sarasota, and Manatee counties.

Students selected for this award have made a conscious decision to better the lives of other individuals or groups both inside and outside of school activities.

Emily Spaulding Receives Distinguished Senior Award

Emily Spaulding (Alumni Class of 2013) was recently presented the Class of 2017 Distinguished Senior Award at CCC. We are extremely proud of her many accomplishments.
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