STARS Connection - Weeks of Nov. 21 & 28

STARS Connection - Weeks of Nov. 21 & 28

STARS Connection - Weeks of Nov. 21 & 28


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Weeks of November 21 & 28, 2016

Enjoy the Thanksgiving break. Expect your next issue of STARS Connection in your inbox on Dec. 1st.


Coming Up This Week & Next:

We Want You To Know: Student Hockey passes, Focus on Behavior/Mental Health, New Website, Annual Fund, AP test accommodations, AP test costs, Graduation planning began Nov. 7

Parent Volunteer Opportunities: Starfest 2017 Volunteer Committee forming

A Look Ahead: Christmas Basket Kickoff, Ninth Grade Service & Fun Day, Feast of the Immaculate Conception

From the College and Career Center: Score Back for Juniors, Freshmen meeting with College Counselor, Transcript deadlines for college applications, College Financial Aid Info

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

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK & NEXT

Give to the Max is today

New! Participation Challenge! If we reach our goal of 750 gifts by end of day today, a very generous donor will give $25,000. Please 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.

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.

Steak Fry is this Saturday

Booster Club Steak Fry & Auction is Saturday, November 19th at Brackett's Crossing.Silent Auction begins at 5 pm. Proceeds from the evening benefit Holy Angels Athletics, Activities and Fine Arts. GO STARS! Read More.

AHA will be testing School Messenger for emergency communication on Nov. 21

AHA uses a program called School Messenger to notify families when there is an unplanned school closing or any other emergency communication. In the evening on Tuesday, November 21st, you should receive a test voicemail on all of the phone numbers you have on record with us. If you would like to make any changes to how you receive emergency communication from us, please update your profile through a secure connection on our website. Go to our website, click on Parents in the upper right hand corner and then Update your Contact Information on the right hand side. 

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. Here is the schedule:

Monday, Nov. 21st

Open Period - 8:00 to 9:05 am
Period 1 - 9:15 to 10:20 am
Period 2 - 10:30 to 11:35 am
Period 3 - 11:45 am to 12:50 pm

Tuesday, Nov. 22nd

Period 4 - 8:00 to 9:05 am
Period 5 - 9:15 to 10:20 am
Period 6 - 10:30 to 11:35 am
Period 7 - 11:45 am to 12:50 pm

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.

Advent begins November 27th

Here are some ways students will be able to participate in Advent:

  • On Wednesdays at 7 am during Advent, starting November 30th a 30-minute Advent mass will be available to all in the AHA community
  • On Friday December 2nd, all theology classes will participate during the school day in a special Advent Prayer in the chapel.

Wednesday, November 30 is late start

The Wednesday after Thanksgiving 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.

We want you to know


AHA Boys & Girls Hockey Students Passes available through Dec. 8

The school is offering a special 'Hockey Pass' for the 2016-17 season. For $25, students will be listed on the AHA Student Pass List for all boys and girls regular season hockey game (excludes tournaments and section games). Students who show a valid student ID and who are listed on the sheet will gain admission without further charge. Students must pay $25 in cash or in a check written out to AHA prior to being listed. Sign up in Ms. Arnebeck's office in the Athletic Dept. Deadline for purchase of student pass is Dec 8th.

Focus on Behavioral/Mental Health
Emotional Health was a focus last 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.
Check out our new website

If you've been to AHA's website recently, 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 right 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 
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.
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.


Christmas Basket Kickoff on Thursday, Dec. 1

AHA students and staff will begin their annual Christmas Basket projects on December 2nd in homeroom. Since the 1940s, the AHA community has been providing presents for families in need. If you have questions or your family is interested in sponsoring an additional family, please contact organizer Gregg Sawyer at

Ninth grade Service & Fun Day set for December 7

AHA ninth-grade students will pack meals for Feed My Starving Children on Wednesday, December 7. Students will spend the morning at Feed My Starving Children, followed by an afternoon at Grand Slam in Burnsville. Students will need to bring a bag lunch. Permission slips with more details will go home the first week of the second trimester in Theology class. The hours served on this day count towards the freshmen service requirement.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Dec. 8

Campus Ministry team members will help plan the Feast of the Immaculate Conception mass at AHA. This is the day the church celebrates that Mary was conceived without sin. The student body, faculty and staff will gather to celebrate a Eucharistic liturgy, led by AHA Chaplain Father Mike Tix.


"Score Back" session scheduled Dec. 6 on practice ACT results for juniors

Junior Parents: Wondering how your junior performed on the practice ACT administered at school in September? Mark your calendar now to attend a “Score Back” session on Tuesday, December 6, at 6 pm in the theater. The results of the Practice ACT will be distributed and explained by our representative from Sylvan Test Prep, and we will discuss the variety of test prep options for juniors offered this winter and next spring in advance of the April and June ACTs. Questions? Contact Ms. Kjorstad at 612-798-2691 or by email at

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!

Transcript Request deadline is 2 weeks before due date

Senior Parents: If your senior has a December 15 college application deadline, they must request their transcripts in Family Connection by December 1 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.

College Financial Aid Workshop Information

Thank you parents who attended the College Financial Aid presentation on Tuesday night. Not able to attend? See the presentation.




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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