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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.

Middle School House Spotlight: Kolbe

House Name: Kolbe
 Color: Green
Virtue: Hope
Saint: Maximilian Kolbe
 Teachers: Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Jacke
Did You Know:
  • One night in Kolbe’s childhood, Our Lady appeared to him in a dream holding a white crown and a red crown. He later related, “She asked if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.”
  • By the time he was in his early thirties, Fr. Kolbe founded a religious house near Warsaw, Niepokalanów – the City of the Immaculate, from which to expand his evangelization efforts. Starting with a handful of friars, within a decade it grew to house nearly 1,000.
  • Fr. Maximilian Kolbe was arrested in Poland in February of 1941, and in May sent to the Auschwitz death camp. As prisoner #16670, he eventually laid down his life for another prisoner on August 14, 1941, at the young age of 47.
  • St. Maximilian is the patron saint of families, prisoners, journalists, political prisoners, drug addicts and the pro-life movement. St. John Paul II declared him to be “the patron saint of our difficult century.”

Middle School House Spotlight: Drexel

House Name: Drexel
Color: Blue
Virtue: Courage
Saint: Katharine Drexel
Teachers: Mrs. Russell and Mrs. Citro
Did You Know:
  • Katharine was the daughter of extremely wealthy railroad entrepreneurs and philanthropists Francis Anthony and Emma (Bouvier) Drexel.
  • She was taught from an early age to use her wealth for the benefit of others; her parents even opened their home to the poor several days each week.
  • In 1915, Katharine founded Xavier University in New Orleans, the first Catholic University in the United States for African-Americans.
  • By the time of her death, she had more than 500 Sisters teaching in 63 schools throughout the country and she established 50 missions for Native Americans in 16 different states.

Academically Gifted Program: Innovation In The Classroom

The students in the Academically Gifted Program at ESCS have a new friend. They have welcomed Ozobot with enthusiasm and excitement. Ozobot is a robot that teaches sequential thinking, logical reasoning, and coding concepts. It is a great resource for introducing coding to elementary/middle school students. The students tell the robot what to do based on the codes they use and create. We started off with pre-printed materials to learn the codes. Then the students were able to create their own paths for the Ozobot using those codes. Eventually, the children will learn to code the Ozobot themselves. They are having so much fun and learning more than they realize!

Middle School House Spotlight: Tekakwitha

House Name: Tekakwitha 
Color: Red
Virtue: Courage

Saint: Kateri Tekakwitha

Teachers: Dr. Micko and Mrs. Miller 
Did You Know:
  • St. Kateri Tekakwitha is the first Native American to be recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church.
  • When she was four, Tekakwitha lost her parents and little brother in a smallpox epidemic that left her disfigured and half blind.
  • She is the patroness of ecology and the environment, people in exile and Native Americans.

Middle School House Spotlight: Loyola

House Name: Loyola
Color: Purple
Virtue: Temperance
Saint: Ignatius Loyola
Teachers: Mrs. Forbus and Mrs. Whitehurst 
Did You Know:
  • St. Ignatius Loyola was born in 1491, one of 13 children from a family of minor nobility in northern Spain.
  • Over the years, Ignatius became an expert in the art of spiritual direction. He collected his insights, prayers, and suggestions in his book The Spiritual Exercises, one of the most influential books on the spiritual life ever written.
  • With a small group of friends, Ignatius Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits.

Middle School House Spotlight: Gonzaga

House Name: Gonzaga
Color: Yellow
Virtue: Faith
Saint: Aloysius Gonzaga
Teachers: Mrs. Jensen and Mr. Carbonaro
House Service Project: Planting sunflowers in the garden
Did You Know:
  • St. Charles Borroneo gave St. Aloysius Gonzaga his first holy communion
  • St. Aloysius Gonzaga left his powerful family to become a Jesuit priest and died as a young man caring for plague victims
  • St. Aloysius Gonzaga was canonized in 1726 and named Patron of All Students in 1729

Dad’s Night Out

Dad’s Night Out

Wednesday: November 15, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for Dad’s Night out on November 15th at Mother’s in Westchase from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Meet some other ESCS 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.

MOES actively supports the school through many important initiatives each year.  MOES will be providing an opportunity for anyone interested to participate in their Thanksgiving gift card drive. Each year, MOES collects grocery gift cards for families in our school who may need assistance during the holidays. Please consider bringing a gift card to a grocery store, Walmart, etc., with you to donate.

Address: 12227 W Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL 33626

Phone: 813.814.1533

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