STARS Connection - Week of Oct 3

Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of

 Please drive carefully while on the AHA campus
We remind all AHA community members, including staff, students, parents and visitors, to drive carefully while on the AHA campus and in the St. Peter's parking lot. There are many people walking across driveways, including Blessed Trinity students who come to AHA for enhancements in the morning. Please make sure you are braking and giving pedestrians the right of way, even when in a hurry.  

 'How to be the Best Sport Parent,' Dr. John Tauer
This year for our Fall Sports Kick-Off we had University of St. Thomas psychology professor, head basketball coach, and author Dr. John Tauer present 'How to Be the Best Sport Parent You Can Be.'  Dr. Tauer presented some great information to help parents navigate the often difficult task of being a sports parent.
For those of you who missed it, you can find a review and information on how to order Dr. Tauer's book here. The Athletic Department will continue to use and present the information that Dr. Tauer presented throughout the school year. 

 A reminder about AHA's medication policy
AHA does NOT have a school supply of any medicine. You must provide to the school nurse a supply of any medicine that your child needs to take along with the proper consent form. This includes ibuprofen, acetaminophen, inhalers, epipens, and Benadryl. The complete policy can be found in the student handbook.  You can also find all of the needed consent forms on the website. If you have any questions, please contact School Nurse Jan Nordstrom at jnordstrom@ahastars.org.

 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.

 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 

 

 Teen Driving Reminder from AAA
As we move forward with the school year, it is important to remind ourselves to reduce risk when we are either driving a vehicle or a passenger in a vehicle. Here are the top six driving risk factors for teen driving from the MN Department of Public Safety. 

  • Inattentiveness - Driver inattention/distraction is the most common contributing factor in multiple vehicle crashes.

  • Excessive speed - Illegal/unsafe speed is the most common contributing factor in single vehicle crashes for drivers. Teens particularly have difficulty adjusting speed to driving conditions.

  • Failure to wear a safety belt - Properly wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger occupants by 45 percent in a car and 60 percent in a light truck.

  • Fatigue - A person who has been awake for 24 hours, experiences impairment nearly equal to a blood alcohol concentration of .10 percent. In addition, teens often do not get enough sleep.

  • Not checking traffic before pulling out - Most crashes involving teens occur at intersections because of their inexperience judging distance and speed.

  • The presence of passengers strongly increased crash risk. For teen drivers, the more passengers the greater the risk.

Remember, your responsibility is getting from Point A to Point B safely.  Make sure you are doing your part to keep our roads as low-risk as possible! 

For more information about all AAA Driving School programing, or to register for classes, call (952) 927-2602 or visit AAA.com/Driving School. For residents outside of Hennepin County, use zip code 55416 to access the AAA Minneapolis website.

Star Connection

Parent/Teacher Conferences   Homecoming is Sept. 30; Dance is Oct. 1   Activities Hall of Fame is Sept. 30  Homecoming Activities for Alumni   Service Hours due Oct. 4  Final London meeting  Friday Oct. 7 is E schedule  Grandparents day  Please Drive Carefully  Being the best sport parent you can   AHA's Medication Policy  Yearbook looking for photos   First Service Assignment  Grad Portraits    AAA reminder  Homecoming Dance Volunteers  Eucharistic Adoration  Grandparents Day Volunteers  Volunteers to serve Dinner during Conferences  Health Office Volunteers  Lunch Volunteers needed   Special Schedule for Oct. 19   Mother/Daughter Event is Nov. 6  Planning college visits over break  College Planning Night is Oct. 3  MN National College Fair is Oct. 4  Juniors will take PSAT on Oct. 19   Freshmen CCC letters  CCC blog update  Sports Schedules   Lunch Menu   

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Coming Up this WeekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

 Parent/Teacher Conferences
Register for parent/teacher conferences through October 13th at 9 pm. Parent/teacher conferences are October 17 and 18 from 2-7:30 pm. AHA uses an online registration system. To register, go to www.academyofholyangels.org > Parents >Conference Registration. The conference registration system will ask you for a master password, which was in the emailed version of this newsletter. Then, you'll either enter the log-in that you created when you registered previously, or you'll have the opportunity to create a new log in. You will not be using your NetClassroom ID and password for conference registration.

 Homecoming game is Sept 30; Dance is Oct 1
The homecoming football game is this Friday, September 30th at 7 pm in the StarDome. This year, the homecoming dance will be on Saturday, October 1st from 8:30-11 pm. See volunteer section below if you are interested in helping at the dance.

 Joe Meyer, Kristin Wiener and Boys State Championship Golf Teams to be honored September 30th
This year's Activities Hall of Fame inductees are Joe Meyer ‘83, Kristin Wiener ‘03 and the 1998 and 1999  State Championship Boys Golf Teams. The event reception starts at 5:15pm and the program will begin at 6pm in the AHA Commons.   Inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the 7 pm football game. Please RSVP to Jesse Foley at jfoley@ahastars.org for more information  
Find out more at www.academyofholyangels.org/events

 Homecoming Activities for Alumni
Academy of Holy Angels invites all alumni to Homecoming 2016 on Friday September 30th!  The AHA Alumni Board will host an alumni tent starting at 6 pm. There will be a recognition of our newly inducted Activities Hall of Fame inductees at half-time of the football game and a post-game gathering at Houlihans. Read more.

 Service Hours due October 4
All students have hours due towards their yearly service requirement on October 4. Get info about the requirement and see other due dates.

  • Grades 10-12 should bring service contact info such as dates, times, and supervisor email address to theology class on Tuesday, Oct 4th. Students will initiate their accounts and add hours in our new software.
  • Grade 9 will get a code from their Theology teacher and will sign up for the Family Connections account in class on Tuesday, Oct. 4th. This information will also come in a letter in the mail from the College and Career Center. The Family Connections account will be used to initiate the x2VOL service tracking account.

 Final London Trip meeting is Oct 5
We will have our final meeting for students and parents before the trip on Wed. Oct 5th at 5 pm in the Library. Please plan on attending.  Contact Mrs. Boston pboston@ahastars.org with any questions.

 Fri., Oct 7 is an E schedule, followed by Grandparents day
October 7 is an early dismissal, with school ending at 1 pm. Buses begin the afternoon routes at 1:10 pm. On E schedule days, regular hot lunch from Taher is not available. An AHA student group sells pizza from Richfield-based American Pie for $1.50 a slice. Students must pay with cash and are unable to use their school lunch account on these days. For a list of all of AHA's daily schedules and times, click here. 

  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. See volunteer section below if you are interested in volunteering.

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Light BlubWE WANT YOU TO KNOW

 Please drive carefully while on the AHA campus
We remind all AHA community members, including staff, students, parents and visitors, to drive carefully while on the AHA campus and in the St. Peter's parking lot. There are many people walking across driveways, including Blessed Trinity students who come to AHA for enhancements in the morning. Please make sure you are braking and giving pedestrians the right of way, even when in a hurry.  

 'How to be the Best Sport Parent,' Dr. John Tauer
This year for our Fall Sports Kick-Off we had University of St. Thomas psychology professor, head basketball coach, and author Dr. John Tauer present 'How to Be the Best Sport Parent You Can Be.'  Dr. Tauer presented some great information to help parents navigate the often difficult task of being a sports parent.
For those of you who missed it, you can find a review and information on how to order Dr. Tauer's book here. The Athletic Department will continue to use and present the information that Dr. Tauer presented throughout the school year. 

 A reminder about AHA's medication policy
AHA does NOT have a school supply of any medicine. You must provide to the school nurse a supply of any medicine that your child needs to take along with the proper consent form. This includes ibuprofen, acetaminophen, inhalers, epipens, and Benadryl. The complete policy can be found in the student handbook.  You can also find all of the needed consent forms on the website. If you have any questions, please contact School Nurse Jan Nordstrom at jnordstrom@ahastars.org.

 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.

 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 

 

 Teen Driving Reminder from AAA
As we move forward with the school year, it is important to remind ourselves to reduce risk when we are either driving a vehicle or a passenger in a vehicle. Here are the top six driving risk factors for teen driving from the MN Department of Public Safety. 

  • Inattentiveness - Driver inattention/distraction is the most common contributing factor in multiple vehicle crashes.

  • Excessive speed - Illegal/unsafe speed is the most common contributing factor in single vehicle crashes for drivers. Teens particularly have difficulty adjusting speed to driving conditions.

  • Failure to wear a safety belt - Properly wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger occupants by 45 percent in a car and 60 percent in a light truck.

  • Fatigue - A person who has been awake for 24 hours, experiences impairment nearly equal to a blood alcohol concentration of .10 percent. In addition, teens often do not get enough sleep.

  • Not checking traffic before pulling out - Most crashes involving teens occur at intersections because of their inexperience judging distance and speed.

  • The presence of passengers strongly increased crash risk. For teen drivers, the more passengers the greater the risk.

Remember, your responsibility is getting from Point A to Point B safely.  Make sure you are doing your part to keep our roads as low-risk as possible! 

For more information about all AAA Driving School programing, or to register for classes, call (952) 927-2602 or visit AAA.com/Driving School. For residents outside of Hennepin County, use zip code 55416 to access the AAA Minneapolis website.

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Volunteer VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 Oct. 1: Homecoming Dance Coat Check
The AHA Parent Association is looking for parents to chaperone 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. 

 Oct. 7: Eucharistic Adoration in the AHA Chapel
Most parents and community members may not be aware of the fact that AHA offers Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament one time per month for a two hour period of time in the AHA Chapel. Consider for a moment that Jesus offers Himself in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist and how amazing it is to have this opportunity in our chapel where our children go to school! Please consider this awesome opportunity to spend time in quiet prayer for special intentions, for AHA, for our students, staff and alumni. We can only imagine the blessings that have come to our community due to these prayers.  For more information or to to let us know you can spend time at Adoration, contact Jesse Foley at jfoley@ahastars.org. The first date is Friday, October 7th from 8-10 am. See all dates.

 Oct. 7: Grandparents day
Friday, October 7th is Grandparents day. Volunteers are needed from either 9-11 am to set up or 12-4 pm to help with food, the photography area, act as greeters and to clean up. If you are interested, please contact coordinator Sue DePauw at sdepauw@ahastars.org.

  Oct. 17, 18th: Serving dinner during Conferences
Conference time is approaching and we are once again asking Holy Angels families to consider bringing in a dessert for our staff to enjoy during their dinner break during conferences. Access the sign up. We are also looking for a host/hostess to help with the event from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. each day. 

 Nov. 2, 3, 4: Help out in AHA Health Office
AHA's school nurse, Jan Nordstrom, is looking for people to help out in the Health Office on 11/2, 11/3 and 11/4.  Volunteers do not need to be medically trained although it would be helpful.  Interested?  Contact Jan Nordstrom at jnordstrom@ahastars.org. 

  Throughout the year: 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!!

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Binoculars A LOOK AHEAD

 Special schedule for Wed., Oct. 19
On Wednesday, October 19, Holy Angels will be conducting standardized testing for all students in grades 9, 10, and 11. Seniors have the day off to visit colleges.

 Mother/Daughter Event is November 6
Mark your calendar! This year's Mother/Daughter event is Sunday, November 6th from 12 pm - 2 pm. More details will be in next week's STARS Connection. Questions? Contact Nancy Roscoe at anaroscoe@msn.com.

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Grad HatFROM THE COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER

  Planning college visits over Fall Break?

So is every other junior or senior in MN—Plan Ahead! Just a reminder that October 20 and 21 are very popular visit days at all Minnesota colleges as well as in North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. If you and your student are planning college visits over fall break, please call the colleges now to reserve space for a tour and appointments on campus.  Have a great visit!

 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 pm 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.

 Plan to attend the MN National College Fair on Oct 4th!
The Minnesota National College Fair is Tuesday, October 4 from 5 - 8 pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Attend this fair with your student and see college representatives from around the country. For a list of all the colleges in attendance and tips on the fair, check out the National College Fair insert from last Sunday's Star Tribune. There are extra copies in the College and Career Center! There are extra copies in the College and Career Center! Students should click here to register online. Register ahead of time for the fair and print out a label. The college representatives can then simply scan your label at each table to enter you in their database and this saves you from needing to complete cards at each school.

 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.

 Freshmen CCC letters will arrive soon
Freshmen Parents: Watch your mail next week for a letter from your college counselor regarding your assigned 9th grade meeting date and time. Included in this mailing is a code for your 9th grader to set up their Family Connection account. Your college counselor looks forward to meeting you and your student. If the time assigned does not work for your family, please call your college counselor immediately to reschedule. Ms. Kjorstad works with students last names A-L and can be reached at akjorstad@ahastars.org or by phone at 612-798-2691. Mrs. Proctor works with students last names M-Z and can be reached at tproctor@ahastars.org or by phone at 612-798-2639. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

 CCC Blog updated: Elon
There is a new post in the College and Career Center blog about Ms. Kjorstad's 
visit to Elon 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.

 Are you looking for a previous copy of STARS Connection? They are available in the archive.