STARS Connection - Week of Sept 12

Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of

 Parents: Admissions needs your help as we recruit our Class of 2021!
Let's keep all this positive energy going by working together to recruit AHA's Class of 2021! Admissions is looking for parents to join our Welcome Team to help us spread the good word about AHA to prospective students and families. We want to encourage 8th and 7th graders to come to our Fall Open House on October 27th, and your help in making phone calls, reaching out to 8th grade families in various ways, etc. is needed. Your creative ideas are welcome too!

Could you come to a brief planning meeting on Back-to-School Night, Wednesday, 9/14, at 5:15,in the Annex? We'll provide a light dinner and will discuss ways to bring students to AHA! We have a special request for public school and charter school and other private school families -- help us to pinpoint the best ways to recruit families to AHA.

RSVP to Meg Angevine at mangevine@ahastars.org if you can join us! If you can't make the meeting but want to help, please let me know and I'll be in touch afterwards. 

 Homecoming Dance Volunteers Needed
The AHA Parent Association is looking for parents to chaperon the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 1. The dance starts at 8:30 p.m. and parents run the coat check. This is a very fun and easy way to get involved at AHA! Sign up by using this link: AHA Homecoming Dance 2016.  If you have any questions you can contact Kelly Priadka at kmpriadka@gmail.com. 

 Yearbook is looking for Summer Photos
If you have some photos of a mission trip, family vacation or summertime fun that you would like to be considered for inclusion in the yearbook, please send them to:photos@ahastars.org with the subject line: Summer Photos. Please include the names of the people in the photo and a short description of where the photo was taken. 

  Volunteers needed to help serve lunch
STARS CAFE is looking for volunteers to help serve lunch throughout the school year. Any parents interested can contact the Stars Cafe at taher@ahastars.org. Come and join us while we serve the great students at Holy Angels - usual schedule is 11:15 am - 12:45 pm - bring a friend and have lunch before you go about the rest of your day.  Hope to hear from you!!

 First Service Assignment due in early October
Grades 9-12 will receive assignments in theology for service this fall.  Students will receive a tutorial for our NEW software in October when the first service assignments are due. Please submit summer hours in October as well. It would be helpful to record the hours and the email address of the supervisor. Please see or email Mr. Ruhland with questions at pruhland@ahastars.org Read more about the Service Requirement.

Ninth graders received their first introduction to the service requirement on Tuesday, September 6th. See the presentation.

 Booster Club pass is available
The AHA Booster Club sponsors a pass that is available for purchase and provides admission to all home athletic events (excluding hockey and MSHSL tournaments) and admission to all home fine art activities. The pass application is available here.
 
 Graduation Portraits due Wednesday, October 19th
Senior Parents: Reminder that graduation portraits, senior quotes and optional yearbook ads are due Wednesday, October 19th. Students may choose to use their Lifetouch photo instead of a professional portrait. Get details
 
 Fall Driver Training begins in November
The next AAA driver training session at AHA begins on November 7th. The four-part comprehensive program includes:
  • 30 hours of classroom instruction;
  • parent/guardian night;
  • driver impact panel; and
  • six hours of behind-the-wheel lessons.

Classroom consists of ten days held on November 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 28, 29, December 1 and 5.  Classroom sessions will run after school from 3:00-6:15 pm at AHA.  If a student is unable to attend a classroom day, make-up options are available.

Contact AAA Driving School at (952) 927-2602 or online at AAA.com/DrivingSchool. For residents outside of Hennepin County, use zip code 55416 to access the AAA Minneapolis website.

Star Connection

Stars Are Out Tonight is Sept 9   Welcome Back to School Night is Sept 14  PACC registration ★ Patchin is Sept 16  Freshmen and Parent Mixer  Auditions for theater, music groups  Admissions help needed  Homecoming Dance Volunteers    Yearbook looking for photos  Lunch Volunteers   First Service Assignment  Booster Club passes  Grad Portraits  Fall Driver Training   Homecoming week is Sept 26-30 Grandparents day  Senior Parent College Planning Meeting  CCC staff to meet with transfers  Juniors to take practice ACT on Sept 23  College Planning Night is Oct 3 Juniors will take PSAT on Oct 19  CCC blog update: Duke ★ Sports Schedules ★ Lunch Menu   

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Coming Up this WeekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

 Stars Are Out Tonight is Sept 9
An all-family event for the entire AHA community, Stars Are out Tonight offers food, music, fun and games for all ages. The event is from 5-7 pm on Friday, September 9. Read more.
 
  Welcome Back to School night is Wed, Sept 14th
Parents, there’s no better way to meet all your student’s teachers and to learn what the school day is like. Welcome Back to School Night begins at 6:30 p.m. Senior parents, there’s an additional meeting for you at 5:30 p.m. to help you stay up to date on the college admissions and financial aid process. Stars Spirit School Store will be open on Back to School Night for your shopping convenience. Get more detailed information, including class times
 PACC registration ends on September 14
Registration for PACC courses is occurring now through and including Wednesday, September 14th. Forms can be picked up from any of the PACC teachers and should be given, along with a check, to Mr. Koch in room 2103 before or after school. Please note there are several changes for PACC registration this year. The fee per credit is now $75 and checks need to be made out to Academy of Holy Angels. This is a hard deadline by St. Mary’s and PACC, so students are strongly encouraged to get forms and checks in before the September 14th deadline.

Please be aware that some colleges may transfer not only the class/credit you receive from Saint Mary’s to your program of study at their college, but also will transfer the grade into your college GPA.  Be aware you want to do your best possible academically in these courses, if you are trying to gain credit for PACC at your college of choice.  For more info, visit the PACC website

  Patchin to speak at AHA on September 16
Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and a professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will be back at AHA on September 16th to speak to students during a special assembly and to parents in a morning session co-sponsored by the AHA Parent Association and Administration. An author of more than 8 books and dozens of articles on the intersections of teens and technology, Patchin last spoke to AHA students in 2012.  Read more at http://www.justinpatchin.com or http://cyberbullying.org/

 Freshmen and Parent Mixer is Sept 16
Freshmen and their parents are invited to separately held mixers at AHA on Friday September 16th from 7-9 pm. The freshmen mixer is planned and led by the senior students in the Campus Ministry program and the parent mixer is sponsored by the AHA Parent Association. Don't miss it! 

 Auditions for theater, music groups are this week

  • AHA Starlight Productions will hold auditions for the fall play "Our Town" on Sept 12 and 13th. Students who have questions should see Gregg Sawyer or Dan Dimond.
  • Academy Singers, a female, mainly acapella group of singers who perform at concerts and special occasions throughout the school year practice on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school. See Cathy Anhut with questions or to audition.
  • Praise Group leads music at school masses and performs in the concerts. This group welcomes everyone: instrumentalists and singers. Practices are on Thursdays after school until 3:30. 
  • The music department is seeking student accompanists. If your student is interested in more details, he/she should see vocal director Cathy Anhut or instrumental director Peter Dysart.
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Light BlubWE WANT YOU TO KNOW

 Parents: Admissions needs your help as we recruit our Class of 2021!
Let's keep all this positive energy going by working together to recruit AHA's Class of 2021! Admissions is looking for parents to join our Welcome Team to help us spread the good word about AHA to prospective students and families. We want to encourage 8th and 7th graders to come to our Fall Open House on October 27th, and your help in making phone calls, reaching out to 8th grade families in various ways, etc. is needed. Your creative ideas are welcome too!

Could you come to a brief planning meeting on Back-to-School Night, Wednesday, 9/14, at 5:15,in the Annex? We'll provide a light dinner and will discuss ways to bring students to AHA! We have a special request for public school and charter school and other private school families -- help us to pinpoint the best ways to recruit families to AHA.

RSVP to Meg Angevine at mangevine@ahastars.org if you can join us! If you can't make the meeting but want to help, please let me know and I'll be in touch afterwards. 

 Homecoming Dance Volunteers Needed
The AHA Parent Association is looking for parents to chaperon the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 1. The dance starts at 8:30 p.m. and parents run the coat check. This is a very fun and easy way to get involved at AHA! Sign up by using this link: AHA Homecoming Dance 2016.  If you have any questions you can contact Kelly Priadka at kmpriadka@gmail.com. 

 Yearbook is looking for Summer Photos
If you have some photos of a mission trip, family vacation or summertime fun that you would like to be considered for inclusion in the yearbook, please send them to:photos@ahastars.org with the subject line: Summer Photos. Please include the names of the people in the photo and a short description of where the photo was taken. 

  Volunteers needed to help serve lunch
STARS CAFE is looking for volunteers to help serve lunch throughout the school year. Any parents interested can contact the Stars Cafe at taher@ahastars.org. Come and join us while we serve the great students at Holy Angels - usual schedule is 11:15 am - 12:45 pm - bring a friend and have lunch before you go about the rest of your day.  Hope to hear from you!!

 First Service Assignment due in early October
Grades 9-12 will receive assignments in theology for service this fall.  Students will receive a tutorial for our NEW software in October when the first service assignments are due. Please submit summer hours in October as well. It would be helpful to record the hours and the email address of the supervisor. Please see or email Mr. Ruhland with questions at pruhland@ahastars.org Read more about the Service Requirement.

Ninth graders received their first introduction to the service requirement on Tuesday, September 6th. See the presentation.

 Booster Club pass is available
The AHA Booster Club sponsors a pass that is available for purchase and provides admission to all home athletic events (excluding hockey and MSHSL tournaments) and admission to all home fine art activities. The pass application is available here.
 
 Graduation Portraits due Wednesday, October 19th
Senior Parents: Reminder that graduation portraits, senior quotes and optional yearbook ads are due Wednesday, October 19th. Students may choose to use their Lifetouch photo instead of a professional portrait. Get details
 
 Fall Driver Training begins in November
The next AAA driver training session at AHA begins on November 7th. The four-part comprehensive program includes:
  • 30 hours of classroom instruction;
  • parent/guardian night;
  • driver impact panel; and
  • six hours of behind-the-wheel lessons.

Classroom consists of ten days held on November 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 28, 29, December 1 and 5.  Classroom sessions will run after school from 3:00-6:15 pm at AHA.  If a student is unable to attend a classroom day, make-up options are available.

Contact AAA Driving School at (952) 927-2602 or online at AAA.com/DrivingSchool. For residents outside of Hennepin County, use zip code 55416 to access the AAA Minneapolis website.

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 Homecoming week is Sept 26 to 30
AHA Student Government will sponsor homecoming week the last week of September and will publish a list of out-of-uniform theme days as the week approaches. Read more about out of uniform days in the Student and Parent handbook. This year, the homecoming dance will be on Saturday, October 1st from 8:30-11 pm. Stay tuned for more information next week.

  Grandparents Day is October 7
Our wonderful AHA Grandparents Day will be held on Friday, October 7th, 2016 from 1:00-3:30 pm. Invitations were mailed directly to grandparents on August 29th.  If your grandparent(s) did not receive an invitation in the mail or if you have any questions, please contact Sue DePauw, Executive Assistant at sdepauw@ahastars.org  or 612-798-2620.

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Grad HatFROM THE COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER

 Senior Parent College Planning Meeting is Sept 14
Senior Parents: Plan to attend the Senior Parent College Planning Meeting on Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 in the Theater before Back to School Night. The meeting will help answer the many questions you might have about assisting your senior in the college application process. The meeting will end in time for you to attend Back to School Night. Questions? Contact Ms. Kjorstad at akjorstad@ahastars.org or by phone at 612-798-2691.

 CCC staff to meet with transfer students
Is your student a transfer student this fall?  If so, the College Counselors would like to meet with you and your new student. Please call us to schedule an appointment.  Ms. Kjorstad works with students last names A-L and can be reached at akjorstad@ahastars.org or 612-798-2691. Mrs. Proctor works with students last names M-Z and can be reached at tproctor@ahastars.org or 612-798-2639.  We look forward to working with you!

 Juniors to take practice ACT on Sept 23
Junior Parents: The entire Junior class will take a free practice ACT test on Friday, September 23 during the school day.  The test is provided by Sylvan Learning Center who will then provide the results of the test to parents at a “Score Back” meeting on Tuesday, December 6  in the Theater at 6:00 p.m.  At the December 6th meeting, parents will learn how to interpret the test results and the many opportunities for test preparation classes offered at Holy Angels during the winter in preparation for the April or June ACT test administration.  If you have questions about the Practice ACT, please contact Ms. Kjorstad at akjorstad@ahastars.org.  

 College Planning Night is October 3rd
Junior and Senior Parents: College Planning Night on Monday, October 3rd is for juniors, seniors and their parents. The evening starts at 6:30 in the theater. Topics include admission to Catholic universities, large public schools, and highly selective schools; paying for college; making campus visits; playing college sports and a session on applying to Art and Theater programs. Contact Tina Proctor at 612-798-2639 or tproctor@ahastars.org  for more information.

 Juniors will take PSAT on Oct 19
Junior Parents: On Wednesday, October 19, the PSAT will be administered to all juniors. The PSAT, which is a shortened version of the College Board’s SAT, gives students an opportunity to identify their academic strengths and weaknesses as they prepare for standardized tests this winter/spring. The PSAT scores are also used to determine eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  In an effort to help our students prepare for the PSAT, Holy Angels will be offering a one-day test preparation class on Saturday, October 8. The class will focus on core subject review, test structure and test-taking strategies. This class is most appropriate for students who are academically high achievers and have performed well on other standardized tests. If you are unsure whether your student should take this prep class, please call Ms. Kjorstad at 612-798-2691.  Get the registration form for the class.

 CCC Blog updated
There is a new post in the College and Career Center blog about Ms. Kjorstad's visit to Duke University in July.  Read it here. 

CheckmarkEXTRAS

 Is my team in action this week?
Go to tri-metro.org for the sports schedules.

 What's for lunch?
Find the monthly lunch menu and other lunch information here.

 

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