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Undefeated Variety Soccer Team Wins Pinellas Council Conference Invitational

Congratulations to our Varsity Soccer Team for an incredible undefeated season and for winning the on Wednesday. Special thanks to Coach Alfonso, Coach Herm and Coach Daily for their support, time and dedication to the team.

Espiritu Santo Science Fair Imagining, Inventing and Inspiring


Last week, fifth – seventh grade students participated in our school science fair. Students used the scientific method to research, design an experiment, gather and analyze data, and communicate their results with their classmates and school community. On Thursday, students shared their projects with our judges – science professionals from our community. first, second, and third place winners from sixth and seventh grade will go on to the Diocese STREAM Fair and the Pinellas Regional Science Fair.

Operation Christmas Child: Our Students and Families Making An Impact On Children Around The World


The Espíritu Santo Girl Scout Troops Daisies (Kindergarten) through Cadette’s (7th grade) participated in a very special annual service project this past weekend called Operation Christmas Child.  The program and has been sending millions of shoe boxes to needy children in impoverished countries each Christmas for the past 25 years. Thanks to all of the families who donated to our service project on the October 19 Dress Down Day. The girl scouts packed school supplies, shoes, hygiene items, first aid kits and toys in a shoebox along with a personalized letter. Father Brad led the girls in a prayer for the children receiving their boxes. Often this will be the first gift a child has ever received. The Cadette’s have enjoyed this project for four years and the Daisies for the past two years. This year all of the Espiritu Girl Scout troops participated. Their shoeboxes have traveled all over the world to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Burundi, South Sudan, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Angola, Benin, Guyana, Suriname, Mali, Belize and Jamaica. The Girl Scouts are excited to learn who will receive their boxes this year!

Thank You Espiritu Families: We Will Feed 430 Children For The Next Year

We would like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank our Espiritu families for participating in the School Tool Box program this year. By ordering supplies through School Tool Box, we were able to make a significant impact in the lives of others.
The School Tool Box organization donates one meal for every box purchased through their program. They partner with Feed My Starving Children which is a non-profit organization that provides nutritionally complete meals for malnourished children. Donations from our school supply orders enabled 430 children to be fed for the next year. Special thanks to Mrs. Maiello for spearheading this project once again.

Pinellas Hope: Our Seventh Graders Serving Their Community

On Monday, October 29, seventh grade students helped prepare and serve dinner to the homeless at Pinellas Hope. The students lived out the Catholic Social Teaching principles of “Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable” and the “Sacredness and Dignity of the Human Person”. They also provided paper placemats with hand written faith filled Bible quotes and messages for every person. The end of the evening was topped off with inspirational songs sung by the students.

The Joy of Hands On Learning: VPK Learns About The Human Body

Special thanks to Michelle Thorpe who recently took time out of her busy schedule to speak with our prekindergarten classes about her career as a surgical nurse at Countryside Mease Hospital. The students had an amazing time learning about their bones and organs. Additionally, Mrs. Thorpe demonstrated what steps occur during some surgical procedures such as a hip replacement. Our young scholars also experienced handling a syringe, putting on a hairnet, mask and gloves just like a real nurse. Everyone had a wonderful time while experiencing hands on learning.

Mary Bryant Gran Prix: Espiritu Chess Team Takes First Place

The Espiritu Chess Club team competed in the fall opener, the Mary Bryant Gran Prix, over the past few weeks with the concluding round this past weekend. The K-1 Division took first place. They competed and successfully won against seven other public and private schools.

I Can Eat A Rainbow: The Importance of Healthy Eating

Special thanks to Jen Galligan and her team for taking the time to come and teach our preschool students the importance of eating fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy well-balanced lifestyle.
Our students learned the importance of eating foods in a variety of colors and that they should try and eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
Jen works with the Children’s Wellness and Safety Center St. Joseph’s Children’s Mease Countryside Hospital which provides resources, programs and services to children and their families.

National Geographic Bee: Over Sixty-Two Espiritu Students To Participate

Espiritu Santo Catholic School will once again be a part of the National Geographic Society’s Geography Bee. The GeoBee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from across the United States will compete for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion.
ESCS will have a preliminary competition in December for all interested students.  The final competition will take place in January, where the 10 ESCS students with the highest scores, one from each grade level and five others, compete to determine who will be the ESCS champion and advance to the state competition.  The ESCS champion will take an online test and the top 100 of the highest-scoring students will represent their school at the State GeoBee.  Last year our ESCS school champion, Matthew Peralta, was one of these finalists and went on to compete in the Florida State GeoBee in Jacksonville.
The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., next May, to participate in the GeoBee national championship, competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll.

2018 – 2019 School Yearbooks: Order Now And Save


Reserve your copy of the school yearbook today. Advertisements are available and make a perfect gift for graduating students. Please contact Erika Hill for questions regarding ads by clicking here. If you need assistance creating artwork for your ad please contact Erika no later than Tuesday, January 8, 2019. All completed ads are due by Friday, February15, 2019.
Price $35 (Special Early Bird Pricing)
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