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Alex Besecker: Scripps National Spelling Bee

Please join us in cheering on Alex Besecker who will be representing Espiritu Santo at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D. C. May 31 – June 1. Tune in to watch the event on ESPN.
Keep your eye on ABC Action News in the coming days. They will feature a special segment on Alex and his Spelling Bee journey.

ARC Update

The Academic Recognition Committee (ARC), which is composed of parents, faculty/staff, and administration, exists to help identify or enhance academic opportunities at ESCS and to apply for merit-based recognitions for our school, staff, and students. This year, ARC supported ESCS as it hosted it’s second school-wide Math Bowl (and added an engineering component) and ESCS’ first Diocesan wide STEM competition, which was attended by one hundred and twenty students. ARC also helped support the expansion of the Geography Bee to grades 4-8 and the return of Battle of the Books competition. ARC continues to support the school-wide Spelling Bee and is proud that ESCS will have a student attending the national Scripps Spelling Bee competition again this year. ARC monitors opportunities to recognize individual students, faculty and staff and applies for awards throughout the year. Finally, ARC tracks the requirements for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. If you are interested in participating on ARC next year, please contact Shannon Reese.

Making A Difference

Annual Award Winners Announced
This year the HSA is proud to announce two, new annual awards for members of our community: The Spirit of Service Award and The Legacy of Service Award.
The HSA Spirit of Service Award is given to an ESCS parent/guardian whose tireless contributions to our school and church have helped to make ESCS a place where Christ is seen and heard. This award is in recognition of their outstanding service to our community this year. The 2017-18 recipient is Camelia Besecker.
The second award, the HSA Legacy of Service Award, is given to an ESCS parent(s)/guardian(s) whose active and continuous service to ESCS has touched many facets of our school life and has done so in such a significant way as to indelibly mark our community. Eligible recipients must have their youngest child in their eighth grade year at ESCS or are moving prior to such graduation. This year’s Legacy of Service Award recipients are Stacie Dunphy and Sarah Krueger.
The award recipients will be recognized on permanent plaques inside ESCS.

Helping Hands: 168,696 Meals Packaged

A sincere thanks to our Helping Hands Ministry Team, and especially to all the meal packing volunteers and workers who came together on Saturday, March 17, 2018 to share their time and talent in support of our eighth Espiritu Santo Helping Hands meal packaging. Together, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Rise Against Hunger, we were able to package another 20,088 Fortified Rice-Soy Meals to be shipped to Burkina Faso, in Africa.
Your involvement in this Ministry helped feed our poor neighbors overseas and participated in helping to reduce global poverty. And the Good News is that over the past decade, the number of hungry people around the world has declined by more than 100 million.
In addition, your efforts also support CRS programs that assist people in Burkina Faso to develop skills so they can become economically independent. Those receiving the meals we packaged will learn new ways to earn an income through basic skills taught by CRS, such as how to grow a garden, make clothing or raise poultry.
The success of this Helping Hands ministry depends on committed volunteers, dedicated to living out the gospel message of feeding the poor and hungry. However, funding for this ministry is completely from donations, which are tax deductible.
Thanks again to all our generous benefactors and committed volunteers. Please pray that this outreach ministry will continue to bear much fruit in helping to build God’s Kingdom. And may our welcoming community of Espiritu Santo Church and School always be a true blessing to those in need.
If you are interested in helping this ministry donations may be made by clicking here.

Student Council Sports Supplies Drive For Replay Tampa Bay

Deadline April 30, 2018
Student Council is hosting a sports supplies drive until April 30 for Replay Tampa Bay. The sports supplies donated will be given to local kids in need around Tampa Bay who do not own any sports supplies.
  • Any old or used sport supplies may be donated
  • Please wash and put all sports supplies in bags before dropping supplies off in front of the Media Center
Thank you for your consideration in helping this wonderful cause.
About Replay Tampa Bay: Unveiled in 2011, Replay Tampa Bay is an annual sporting goods drive that collects new and gently used sporting goods in an effort to keep kids active and “in the game”. Thanks to the partnership and teamwork between the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Elder Automotive, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Lightning, over 2300 items have been collected and distributed to local kids in need since 2011. Previously, Metropolitan Ministries, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Charities, Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League, Rich Houses and the Family Enrichment Center have been the selected recipients, and in-turn, hosted distribution events on their respective campuses. In March 2014 Replay Tampa Bay officially became a year-round donation program.

Math Bowl

ESCS Students Excel In Competition
On Tuesday, ESCS hosted 120 students, their parents and teachers for ESCS’ first inter-diocesan math bowl. We greatly appreciate all of the volunteers who helped to ensure the event was a tremendous success. We are proud to announce that ESCS’ Fourth Grade Team placed first overall for all fourth grade teams in the competition.

Cracker Country

Second Grade Travels Back In Time
Last week, second grade visited Cracker Country at the Florida State Fairgrounds. They spent the morning immersed in a rural Florida community of the past and learned how a late 19th century rural family survived. They tried their hands at farm and household chores, explored community buildings and learned the skills of Florida’s pioneers. Children explored the differences and similarities between their lives and those of children in 1898. Everyone had a wonderful time.
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