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December 5, 2018
Principal's Corner

Dear Parents,

It was amazing to witness the reconciliation services this week. There was a deep beauty in experiencing the prayerful atmosphere of the 3rd-8th grade children as they confessed to one of the ten priests and received their absolution. The lights skip in their hearts was visible as they returned to their school day. We are getting excited as we practice for Las Posadas and our community caroling. Plan on joining us December 13th at 6:15 for caroling and 6:30 for the main program in the church.

Don't forget to join in the fun of the PTC Annual Cookie Exchange and a time to "be" together on 12/11...see details below.

Upcoming dates to remember:

12/8: Holy Day of Obligation---Immaculate Conception
12/13: Las Posadas & Caroling Symphony--see details below
12/17-12/21: Middle School Midterm Exams
12/20: Christmas Class Parties
12/21: Early Release---hello Christmas break!!
12/21-1/6: Christmas break
12/22: Fr. Frank's farewell after 5:00 p.m. mass
1/7: School Resumes

"Be" still and know God,
Margaret Webb
Virtue of the Month




Congratulations to the following students who received recognition for November's Virtue of the Month award, Courtesy .
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2nd Annual Cookie Exchange
Holy Spirit PTC is once again hosting a cookie exchange. This year, it will take place on Tuesday, December 11th from 9:30-11:30 in the downstairs Family Room. If you would like to participate, please click this link .
Bill's Elves Toy Drive: Runs through Dec. 7th
NJHS will be starting their campaign for Bill's Elves Toy Drive through Dec. 7th. NJHS members will be collecting new, unwrapped toys beginning December 3rd. The members will be coming to all homeroom classrooms in the morning and collect the toys. Thank you in advance for your support!

The delivery of toys will take place on Monday, December 10th. NJHS members will be on the 5 p.m. KENS-5 news with Bill Taylor.
Las Posadas: December 13th
Las Posadas will be on Thursday, December 13th in the church. If your child would like to participate (excluding those middle school students in Theater Arts), please email Lucy Arellano . The attire for Kinder and up is red, white, green or Christmas. Students may wear dark (blue or black) jeans. Girls may wear Christmas dresses. The caroling will start at 6:15 with caroling starting at 6:15 and program at 6:30.
From the Development Office....

                                        


GALA NEWS

  • Save the Dates and Parent Information Packets went home last week. If you did not receive a packet, please check your child’s backpack and/or email brenda.delrose@hscssa.org and one will be sent to you.
  • To reserve a room the night of the Gala, please use the following link https://book.passkey.com/go/HSCSGAdditional hotel information for the J.W. Marriott is on the Save the Date and in the Parent Information packet.
  • Deadline for the discounted hotel rate is January 25, 2019.
  • Free Dress Coupons - You have until the end of December to purchase free dress coupons at the Early Bird price of $5.00/month/child. When we get back from Christmas break, the price will be $10/month/child. You can pay online at hscssa.org and click on the donate now button or by cash or check. Please let Brenda Del Rose know what months you are purchasing. Thank you! 

Please let us know if you would like to be a Gala Sponsor or advertise in our Gala program . See the underwriting forms in your Parent Information Packet that were sent home last week or call Brenda Del Rose at 210-349-1169/ brenda.delrose@hscssa.org .
~Thank you to Sitterle Homes for being our Paddles Sponsor!~

We are still looking for volunteers for the following grades to do the Gala Class Projects: PK3, PK4/Puente, 2.1 and 2.2. If you would like help with a project idea, please let Brenda Del Rose know and she can offer some suggestions.

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Flames Sports Corner

Congratulations to the A-Boys for taking 2nd place last weekend at the St. Luke's tournament.

Here is the full Basketball Schedule. We hope to see you at a few games.

Parents we appreciate you and your students coming to support Flames Basketball. However, students cannot be left unsupervised in the gym. Thank you for understanding!
Spotlight On....4th Grade

4th Grade was busy this week doing service for others and studying science...

For service, they made 132 holiday cards for the veterans during class. And in science, they are studied changes to land and soil erosion.

New Family Ambassador Christmas Event

Thank you to Michelle Ramo s, Bianca Brett and our ambassadors for hosting the Christmas event last Friday for our new families. It was a fun way to catch up and kick off the Christmas holidays.
Career Day/Vocation Month Recap

  Thank you to....
  • Fr. Antonio for the Vocation classes. The students and teachers learned and enjoyed your talk. They shared that you are welcome to pop in anytime you are free to visit.
  • All our guest speakers who took the time from their busy work schedule and imparting their knowledge, skills and abilities to our students.
  • Career Persons of the day--Nurse Gladys, Mrs. Braulick, Ms. Sanchez, Ms. Delaney and Mrs. Webb for sharing your personal journey.
  • Ms. Trippe-for video-taping/editing and accommodating in your busy schedule our Career Person of the day.  
  • ALL TEACHERS-for sharing your own personal journey into becoming a teacher and encouraging them to be their best.
PTC Corner

Seeking Donations for Staff Christmas Luncheon
On December  21st, our PTC will be hosting a Christmas luncheon for our teachers & staff. For the last few years, parents have been kind enough to donate gifts for our teachers to receive at the celebration; most often donations include gift cards to places like HEB, Target, Walmart, clothing stores, spas, nail salons, local restaurants, etc. If you’d be willing to donate a gift card or gift of your choice, please use the link below to sign up. The gifts can be left with Lucy in the box in the front office marked ‘PTC Christmas luncheon’ by Monday , December 17th.  Thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness. Each $20 value = 1 service hour.


Sincerely,
Kathryn Pedraza
Sent on behalf of Teacher Perks

PTC Board
Feel free to reach out to any of these individuals with a question or if you want to get involved:

President, Karen Steingart: ksteingolf@hotmail.com
Vice President, Patricia Rivera: patricia.alanis07@gmail.com
Secretary, DeAnna Estrada:  deannaestrada@gmail.com
Treasurer, Emily Kahanek: PTCTreasurer@yahoo.com

Box Tops: The next Box Tops Quarter Contest deadline is Dec. 14th.
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Parish & Other News

H oly Spirit Women's ACTS Retreat
January 24-27, 2019
Cordi Marian Retreat Center 
Director: Myra Garza, Co-Director Shellye Purcell

Please join us for a weekend to grow in your Catholic Faith. This weekend will be filled with joy and fellowship. We would love to share it with you. If you are interested, see this sheet . Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Many Parts...Together One body in Christ. Corinthians 12:12