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October 28, 2016



Holy Ghost Prep will receive $2,500,000 in state funding from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to aid in the cost of the acquisition and construction of the school's Arts and Athletic Activity Center. To read more about the grant, click here.

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Tony Figliola to receive national teaching excellence award

Tony Figliola has been selected by the National Communication Association (NCA) as the 2016 recipient of the Marcella E. Oberle Award for Outstanding Teaching in Grades K-12. To read more about the award he'll receive, click here

HGP's art and music honor societies induct new members

The National Art Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society held their annual induction ceremony on Friday, October 14 in the Chapel of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. To read more about it, click here.




The HGP Mothers' Guild Craft Show is almost here - Nov. 12 and 13

We need everyone's participation to make this event a success!  Please read below for some important information. Remember, all Craft Show net proceeds directly benefit our HGP students. 


Center Stage Donations: We are still in need of some "Big Ticket" items to draw the crowds to the stage to purchase tickets. Please consider getting together with a group of friends, fellow sports parents, or other HGP groups to purchase an item. "Big ticket" items include, but are not limited to tickets for a sporting event or show, big screen TVs, cameras, weekend getaways, vacation homes, or just cash so that we can shop to buy some great items. In this area, crafters also donate items that they have created to be raffled off during the Craft Show.

If you are willing to donate any of these items or know someone who can, please sign up below. Someone will
contact you to arrange pickup of the donation. If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Ginnetti at or 215-519-6690. 

To sign up make a Center Stage donation, click here


Bake Table: We request that each family donate 3 (or more) homemade treats to keep the Bake Table stocked. This is one of the most successful areas of the Craft Show, thanks to the baking talents and generosity of the HGP community. Traditionally, all the baked goods sell out before the Craft Show is over! If you love to bake, here's your chance to show off your skills. Help us keep the Bake Table going strong this year! No need to sign up - just drop off your goodies on Friday, November 11 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Field House.


Basket Donations: Final donations for the baskets will be collected at the November 7th Mothers' Guild meeting. You may also send the item with your son to drop off at the main office by Monday, Nov. 7 (no alcohol sent in). If this is not possible, please contact Becky Gabriele to arrange for pick up. 215-499-7750 or email Please update the Sign-Up Genius with any donations or send an email to Becky Gabriele with an item description. Thank you for your donation. Please click here to access the Sign-Up Genius. 

Volunteers: Volunteer time slots are still open! To lend your time, please click here

Cafe Donations: Café donations can be brought to the November 7th General Meeting or dropped at the Fieldhouse on Thursday, November 10th between 8 a.m.-noon and Friday between 8-4 at the Field House.  


Mothers' Guild Annual Poinsettia Fundraiser -- Order Now

Take this opportunity to purchase high quality poinsettias for your home or as holiday gifts for friends and family while supporting HGP!  In keeping with Holy Ghost tradition, you can also donate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one to decorate the Chapel altar. Order by November 11 for December 5 delivery.  For details and order form, please click here.


Additional Mothers' Guild Events

Sunday, November 6: Junior Ring Mass

The Sophomore moms will host a light fare reception in the Dining Hall to celebrate the Junior Ring Mass. Sophomore moms, please click here to volunteer or donate. Questions about Ring Mass? Email the Mothers' Guild at

Monday, November 7: Next Mothers' Guild Meeting at 7 p.m. 

The meeting starts with Mass at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel and then continues in the Dining Hall. Our monthly meetings are a great opportunity to meet and catch up with your fellow HGP moms and learn about the events we sponsor. Light refreshments are served. Craft Show donations may be dropped off at the meeting.


Place Your Orders For Custom Greeting Cards With Give Back Greetings

Remember to place your orders before November 1st to receive your HGP discount! Click here


Monday, December 5: December Mothers' Guild Meeting and Annual Mothers' Guild Christmas Dinner 

The Mothers' Guild December meeting will be held in concert with their annual Christmas Dinner, hosted by the Class of 2020. Thank you to all freshman mothers whose time, talent and generous donations are keeping the tradition alive. On behalf of the Mothers' Guild Class of 2020, you are cordially invited to dinner on Monday evening, December 5, 2016, following a celebration of the Eucharist in the Chapel of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit at 7. It will be a time to cherish the present and to share the joy of the magical Christmas season. 

For those who wish to further engage, your kindness is deeply felt. A Sign-Up Genius follows for assisting in behind-the-scene tasks and in baking holiday desserts.                                                               


When you have a moment, please log onto the Mothers' Guild website. The link follows below. Under "Important Info for Freshman Moms," please send a simple note or "hi" to facilitate compiling a complete list of all freshman mothers' email addresses. Feel free to use this email address as a communication vehicle for any needs. Thank you to those who have already visited the site. As always, any feedback or new ideas are welcomed.                                                                                                                      


Senior Class Parent Social: Nov. 4

Alumni Networking Event -- Thursday, November 17

Save the Date -- HGP Auction: Saturday, May 6, 2017  
To join our Auction team, please contact Christine Seighman, Coordinator of Special Events, at  

Class of 2018: Take the LEAP

The Leadership Externship Advantage Program (LEAP) initiative targets juniors (Class of 2018) who have interest in pursuing a particular field of study with Holy Ghost Prep alumni who will provide real-life experience in the work environment. This year, we have extended the application deadline! In order to apply, juniors must submit their apllications online at or to the College Guidance office by Friday, November 11, 2016

Any questions, please contact AnnMarie Dougherty, Director of College Guidance, at, or Alexis Gettings, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement, at

Athletic News 

Winter Sports Registration Night: Thursday, Nov. 3rd. Please read the information letter at for important information regarding winter sports.

HGP to host District One Semifinals.  A win clinches a berth in the state playoffs. Read more at

Fall Sports Update. BAL Champions: Cross Country, Golf, Soccer.  See updates for the District One Championships and Playoffs at

Need a gift idea for the holidays? Check out Custom Made Comfort's blankets.  See more at
HGP Athletics in need of coaches.  Current openings include Assistant Track and Field - Throws Coach and V/JV Assistant Swimming Coach.  Read more at

Nazareth Academy show: Oct. 27-30

Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”

As the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch, a baker and his wife are childless. Three days before the rise of a blue moon, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch's beauty: a milk-white cow, hair as yellow as corn, a blood-red cape, and a slipper of gold. During their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a wish.

Current Holy Ghost Prep students will play the following roles in next month's Nazareth Academy musical. 

Charles Lawall - Baker

Noah Tapp - Jack

Garrison Moore - Cinderella's Prince

Albert Wilson - The Mysterious Man

Matthew Davis - Narrator

Jeff DiFrancisco - Rapunzel’s Prince

Adam Gasiewski - The Wolf

Stefano Arnone - The Steward

James Nycz - Townsperson

Christian Cymbalski - Townsperson

Dean Giuliano - Townsperson

Make plans this weekend to see the Nazareth Academy show!


HGP Fathers' Association News and Events

Mothers' Guild Craft Fair: Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sunday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-3p.m.
Calling all dads and guardians to assist with parking and traffic control for this two-day event. If you have an hour or more for either one or both days or whatever time you could give would be greatly appreciated! Check out the Fathers' Association web page for the online sign-up sheet!

Fathers' Association General Meeting: Monday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Sager Conference Room (Founders' Hall)

Libertae Fall Cleanup Service Project: Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m. (Rain date is Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.)
Father/Guardian and son service project of leaf removal at Libertae. Students who sign up are eligible to earn service hours. 

Charity Ball: Saturday, Dec. 10, Firebird Fieldhouse
Assist with parking and traffic control during drop-off and pick-up. 

Christmas Blessings Mass and Drop-off, Sunday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m. HGP Chapel 
Family participation sign-up sheet will be posted on our web page in November. 

Fathers Association General Meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Sager Conference Room (Founders' Hall)

First Time Event!                            Save the Date
Sunday, January 15, 2017             Noon
Speed Raceway Horsham Track, Horsham, Pa.
Fathers, guardians and students of HGP are invited to test their driving skills against each other on Speed Raceway's indoor electric go-kart track. More details coming soon. 

Ski trip to Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Poconos -- February 2017 (Date TBD)

Mandatory Concussion Education 

HGP Mandatory Concussion Education for Basketball Athletes Only

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Chapman Arena (HGP Fieldhouse)
All students intending to play basketball this winter must attend the mandatory concussion education onThursday, November 3rd at 6 p.m. in the Field House. Parents who are available are strongly encouraged to attend this presentation.
HGP Mandatory Concussion Education and ImPACT Baseline Testing
(Swimming, Bowling and Indoor Track)
For all winter athletes who did not attend November 3/4 session.
Winter Concussion Education  
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time:  6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Location: Chapman Arena (HGP Firebird Fieldhouse)
All students intending to play winter sports must attend the mandatory concussion education onThursday, November 10th at 6pm in the Field House. Parents who are available are strongly encouraged to attend this presentation.  

Winter ImPACT Baseline Testing
Location: Founders’ Computer Labs, Library, C222
All students intending to play Winter sports must complete an ImPACT Baseline Test. The test will take about 45 minutes (includes instructions).
For any questions or concerns, please contact Alex Shvartsberg at or 215-639-3666.


Look what's happening in College Guidance

College Guidance is hosting a "Little-Known Secrets to Paying for College" session with expert Vince DiPietro on November 9, 2016 from 7-9 p.m. in the library. All families (every grade level) is welcomed to register and join us! Click here to register. 
Jesuit college tour stops at HGP
College Guidance hosted 15 Jesuit schools from coast to coast on October 27.  The 15 schools that visited HGP as part of the Jesuit Tour were: Saint Joseph's University, Regis University, University of San Francisco, University of Scranton, Canisius College, Loyola University (Chicago), Saint Louis University, Marquette University, College of the Holy Cross, Fairfield University, Loyola (Md.) University, Le Moyne College, Saint Peter's University, Xavier University and Loyola University in New Orleans. 

Ghost Around the World: Yankee Candle fundraiser  

Please help us ignite HGP Ghost Around The World's Spiritan mission by placing an order with Yankee Candle!  Simply click on the link below, place your online order, and your order will be shipped directly to your home from Yankee Candle. Orders placed by November 18th will be received just in time for Christmas.  Ghost Around The World will receive 40% of all sales, so please consider helping us keep our Spiritan mission burning!

Baby on the way?

Know an alum who recently had a baby? If/when you get the news about the child, can you pass along that information (boy/girl & name) to Advancement? We can be sure that our database gets updated while taking the opportunity to send a gift to the newborn! 

Contact Alexis Gettings:




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