STARS Connection - Week of Nov. 14

STARS Connection - Week of Nov. 14

STARS Connection - Week of Nov. 14


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of November 14, 2016


Coming Up This Week: Volleyball team on to state, Wed is PLC, Important info about Winter Sports, Fall Show runs through Nov. 13, School Store is stocked, Give to the Max is Nov. 17, Last call for Booster Club Steak Fry

We Want You To Know: Check out our new website, Welcome Rebecca Tofte, Annual Fund, AP test accommodations, Service Requirement, AP test costs, Seniors met with Jostens

Parent Volunteer Opportunities: Starfest 2017 Volunteer Committee forming

A Look Ahead: Finals are approaching, No school Nov 23-26

From the College and Career Center: Freshmen meeting with College Counselor, College Financial Aid night, Transcript deadlines for college applications

Extras: Kudos, NEW! Community happenings, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menu, previous newsletters

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

AHA Volleyball advances to State
The AHA Volleyball team advances to the State Tournament! The first game is Thursday, November 10th at 5 pm at the Xcel center vs. Kenyon-Wannamingo High School.  The team will also play Friday at 5 pm regardless of Thursday outcome. Stop by the school store for your State Tournament apparel on Thursday or Friday morning between 7 and 9 am. 

Wednesday, November 16 is late start
This coming Wednesday, November 16th will be a PLC or late start schedule so that teachers can meet in professional learning communities. Buses will run at their normal times and there will be supervision for students who arrive early. 

Important Information for Students Participating in Winter Sports
Read a message from Athletic Director Michael Kautzman about the winter sports season, including how to register, concussion testing and how to order apparel.

Our Town opens FridayLast chance to see Our Town
The theater department's fall production of Our Town's last weekend approaches. See it on Saturday at 7 pm or Sunday at 4 pm. Our Town tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. For reservations, call 612-798-2651 or email Read more.

Get your gear at the School Store
STARS SPIRIT, AHA's school store, is filled from wall to wall with great gift ideas for the Holiday season. Pick out a new Under Armour 1/4 zip top, polo shirt or long sleeve t-shirt for anyone in the family. A favorite for your student - Holy Angels hoodies in royal or black. Looking for a stocking stuffer - STARS hats and mittens. STARS SPIRIT is in stock with letter jackets and letter jacket patches. We suggest you purchase before Thanksgiving to make sure your jacket is ready to put under the tree! STARS SPIRIT is open on school days from 7am - 8am and 11am - 1pm. Additionally, winter sports apparel can be purchased online at Contact Doris Rothstein at with any questions.

Give to the Max on Thursday, November 17!
Please plan to make your annual gift to AHA on Give to the Max Day on November 17! Thanks to our generous community members, last year the school received $250,000 in gifts from nearly 500 donors, both of which were records!  Every gift, of any amount, will be recognized with a STAR in the AHA courtyard on Give to the Max Day. Our target this year is 750 gifts – so please donate and help us fill the Courtyard with Stars! Read More.

Booster Club Steak FryBooster Club Steak Fry is Nov. 19
LAST CALL! A limited number of seats are available. Please contact Doris Rothstein by Friday, November 11th. She will take your information at 612-798-2672. Read more and get registration form.

We want you to know


Check our new website
If you've been to AHA's website at all this week, you've probably noticed it looks a little different. The quick links are at the top of the page so you can use that to find items that are most frequently accessed.  Students, parents and alumni have portal pages with links specific to them and those portal pages can be accessed from the upper left hand corner.  The website is responsive so it should display better on mobile devices than our previous site. We're open to your feedback. You can send suggestions to 

Focus on Behavioral/Mental Health
Emotional Health was a focus this week with all 9th graders at AHA. Counselors Sarah Taffe and Brian Parlet presented a session in all theology classes on the importance of good emotional health with an emphasis on the awareness of depression and caring for depression.

AHA welcomes Rebecca Tofte to the staff
The Academy of Holy Angels is pleased to announce that Rebecca Tofte will be joining our staff as our Chief Campaign Officer beginning November 7, 2016.As part of our Advancement Team, Ms. Tofte will be leading the planning efforts for an eventual capital campaign.
Ms. Tofte comes to us with a depth of development and fund raising experience and most critically campaign expertise. Her work with non-profit organizations throughout the greater Twin Cities area includes service to the arts, outreach and education, as well as the Minnesota Zoo. After a thorough search, Ms. Tofte was selected for her extensive advancement acumen. In addition, Ms. Tofte’s diverse experience complements our tenured Advancement Staff. Originally from Northfield, Ms. Tofte lives in Burnsville with her husband Terry Tofte. Together they have six children and five grandchildren. The Academy of Holy Angels is poised for exciting advances and we look forward to having Ms. Tofte on our team.
Give to the Annual Fund
At Holy Angels, our mission is to make STARS who then go out and make a difference in the world. We provide our students with great college preparation, daily faith formation and service opportunities, a rich activities program, all encompassed within a warm, supportive community environment. To fund our mission, we need your help! Annual gifts are critical, because they collectively support nearly 20 percent of our programs. Plus annual gifts help fund scholarship and financial aid for more than 250 students! Every gift, no matter the amount, helps our students become STARS. Last year, more than 2,000 AHA community members, and more than 1,000 AHA alumni, made a gift to support our students. This year, our targets are 2,400 overall donors and 1,200 alumni donors. So please give today! You can also learn more about the annual fund or suppporting annual student scholarships.
For parents of students with accommodation plans who are in AP classes
The College Board approves accommodations for students taking AP exams if and only if the student has had a full psychoeducational assessment by a licensed psychologist within the past three years. Documentation of this assessment needs to be submitted to the College Board by Feb. 1. This differs from the policies of ACT and AHA. Please contact Janet Oliver, Learning Variations Specialist for more information.
Second Service Assignment is due Nov. 10th
The second service assignment towards the 16-17 Stars Service Requirement has been assigned in all theology classes, grades 9-12. Students are to have their hours completed and submitted to the service tracking program, x2VOL, by November 10th. Students log in to x2VOL through their Family Connection account, the same one used provided by the College and Career Center. If your student received an incomplete for service on their mid-tri report, they received an email with instructions. Read the email. Please follow up with your student.
AP Test Cost will be added to TADS billing process in November 
This is a reminder that if your son or daughter has an AP class, he/she will be taking an AP test in May. The cost for each test is $55.00 and will be collected via TADS beginning in November. The only exception to the TADS collecting process is for International Students. They must work/pay directly with/to the business office c/o Nancy Cullen (612-798-2615). Nancy's office is in the business area on 2nd floor administrative wing. Collections need to be completed by January for test ordering. Read more about AP Testing.
Seniors met with Jostens about graduation on November 7
On Monday,November 7, the seniors met with the Jostens Representative and completed an order form for their diploma, cap and gown.  You have already paid a graduation fee so there is no additional charge for the order. Concerned your senior didn't spell their name right for the diploma or omitted the middle name you so lovingly chose for them? Don't worry--a final list will be sent home for parent approval later this year. Your senior was given a Jostens packet with details about other graduation items you can purchase.  If you want to purchase any of these additional items, you can do this online directly through Jostens.   Haven't seen this mythical packet from Jostens? Ask your Senior to check their locker. If you have questions or need another packet, please contact Ms. Kjorstad at 612-798-2691 or 




2017 STARFEST: Parent Volunteers Wanted!
Starfest is the largest annual fundraiser in support of AHA's mission, attended by more than 300 parents, alumni and staff each year.  The 2017 event will be held on campus on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. Sarah Hauer, AHA's new Special Events, Marketing & Communications Officer, is currently seeking parent volunteers to help make the 2017 event another successful celebration for our community!  Committee members are asked to attend a monthly meeting and help with specific aspects of the event that interest them, from decor to auction and more. Please contact Sarah Hauer directly if you are interested at or 612.798.2628.  Thank you in advance for your time!

See Parent Volunteer Opportunities throughout the year.


Finals are Nov. 21st and 22nd
First trimester finals will be held on Monday and Tuesday, November 21st and 22nd. Students will attend 65-minute final exam periods over the course of the two days. Monday begins with an open period for additional studying and connecting with teachers from 8 to 9:05 am, followed by the 1st period final, which begins at 9:15 am. Students are dismissed each day at 12:50 pm and no lunch is served on finals days. Students are able to be out of uniform on finals days but appropriate atttire is expected. No hats please.

No school Wednesday Nov. 23rd through 25th
There is no school on Wednesday, November 23rd so that teachers can finish up their trimester one grading and the two following days, November 24th and 25th are Thanksgiving break. Trimester two begins when school resumes on Monday, November 28th. Students and parents can access the trimester two schedules on NetClassroom.


Freshmen Meeting with their College Counselor
Freshmen Parents: You should have received a letter from your college counselor regarding your assigned 9th grade meeting date and time. Included in this mailing was a code for your 9th grader to set up their Family Connection account, which they may have done in their Theology class on Oct 4. 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 or by phone at 612-798-2691. Mrs. Proctor works with students last names M-Z and can be reached at or by phone at 612-798-2639. We look forward to seeing you soon!

College Financial Aid Night
Junior and Senior Parents: You are invited to attend College Financial Aid Night at Holy Angels on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Theater. Questions? Contact Mrs. Proctor at

Transcript Request deadline is 2 weeks before due date
Senior Parents: If your senior has a December 1 college application deadline, they must request their transcripts in Family Connection by November 15 to ensure counselors have enough time to send everything by the deadline. Also, remind your student to bring in their admission and scholarship letters to their college counselor to get a STAR on the board. We need to know about scholarship awards for Celebration Day in the spring.



Kudos to

  • Ellie Hedlund '17, who took 9th in state last week for mountain bike racing in the MN High School Cycling League, and received the league's Racer with Heart award for exemplifying the ideals of sportsmanship.
  • Gabe Pilla '17, who signed Wednesday to attend North Dakota State University on a baseball scholarship.

NEW!  Catholic Community Happenings
AHA values our partner schools and parishes and together, we create a stronger Catholic community for us all.  For more information on events and announcements from our community partners, click here. This week, info about Faithful Shepherd's MistleToe market and a retreat offered at St. John Neuman.

Is my team in action this week?
Go to 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.
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