STARS Connection - Week of February 13, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of February 13, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of February 13, 2017


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of February 13th, 2017


Coming Up This Week:  Starfest Wall of Wine & Spirits Kick-off party, Banovetz Scholarship, Rafiki bracelets, Feb 15 is late start, No School Feb 17 & 20, Graduation name review

We Want You To Know: Youth Sports Photos request, 2017-18 Calendar, Registration Process continues, Rock the Lawn 2017, Free U of Mary trip, Summer Experience, Spring Driver's Ed class

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

A Look Ahead:  Winter Band and Choral Concerts, Trimester Two finals, AHA Dinner Dances, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Junior Meetings, "Honors" programs, Junior College Portfolio Assignment, ACT Prep classes, SAT deadline

Extras: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menu, previous newsletters

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

STARFEST: 'Wall of Wine & Spirits' Kick-Off Party is Feb 9th, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

The Starfest Committee is pleased to announce that DeGidio’s restaurant (425 W. 7th St., St. Paul) will be donating the space and delicious appetizers to help host the Starfest 'Wall of Wine & Spirits' kick-off on February 9th from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. This casual gathering is a fun opportunity to meet other parents and support Starfest's 'Wall of Wine & Spirits.' Please bring a donation of quality wine or spirits ($20 value or more), which will be auctioned at Starfest. There will be a cash bar and some fun drawings! If you have a sporting event or work late, please stop in after! If you aren’t able to make it, but still would like to donate, you may bring your donation of cash or bottles to the school office on the second floor; please tape the value on the bottle. Please do not send win/spirit donations with students. We hope to see you at DeGidio's on Feb 9th! Questions? Contact Susan Morgan-Graves (Starfest Committee): Get the flier and donation form.

Banovetz Scholarship applications are due February 10, 2017

The John D. Banovetz Memorial Scholarship is offered to one or more juniors to help with tuition costs at AHA during their senior year. This scholarship is intended to help students concentrate on academics and school ­related activities, rather than working a job to help pay for tuition. To apply, juniors need to write a letter of application and have a teacher complete the Banovetz Teacher Recommendation. To learn more about this opportunity, the criteria for consideration and the details on how to apply stop in and see or contact Mr. Foley at

Rafiki bracelets on sale next week

Cynthia Mathenge '17 and Megan Meckey '19, will be selling Rafiki bracelets next week as a part of a We Villages project and the AHA Social Justice club. They shared information about their project at an all-school convocation on February 9th. The bracelets cost $10 and there are a variety of styles to choose from. Five dollars goes towards education in Kenya and five dollars goes to the women in Kenya who made them to help them obtain a sustainable living. The student organizers will send in one order at the end of the week and the bracelets will be delivered to AHA at a later date.

Wednesday, February 15th is a PLC late start

Wednesday, February 15th is a late start so that teachers can meet in Professional Learning Communities. Buses will run at their normal time and there will be supervision for students who arrive to school early. Classes will begin at 8:25 am.

No school Friday, February 17th and Monday, February 20th

There is no school on Friday, February 17th. Teachers will have a professional day. Because of the President's day holiday, there will be no school on Monday, February 20th. School will resume on Tuesday, February 21st.

Senior Parents, please review your child's name for graduation by February 17th

A senior graduation mailing was sent on Tuesday to your home. Please review the information carefully. Included in the mailing is the list of senior names as they will appear on your student's diploma at graduation. If you have any edits to the listing, please send them via email to Ms. Kjorstad at by Friday, February 17. Diplomas will be ordered during the week of February 20. Thank you!

We want you to know


Yearbook looking for youth sports photos

The yearbook staff would like pictures of students playing sports when they were young K-5th grade. The pictures should be individual or action shots. Only one submission per family please. Pictures are due by Wednesday, February 15th. Send your photo to

Next Year's Calendar

The major dates for the 2017-18 school year are available in a one-page document on the AHA website's calendar page. Get it now.

Students should request courses online by February 10th 

Parents, your son or daughter can only request courses for next school year ('17-'18) if you have completed the re-enrollment process with TADS. The course request process began Wednesday, January 25th.  If you have not connected with TADS already, please call them directly at 612-548-3320 and re-enroll so that your daughter/son can request classes. Your student has already received a Registration Packet in homeroom with course request details. Viewable copies of documents are available on the AHA website, including a tutorial on how to request courses online. Students can request courses online through February 10th. See a schedule with key registration deadlinesSee the online course request sheets and tutorial.

Rock the Lawn is June 23, 2017  AHA Parents, Mark Your Calendars for AHA Rock the Lawn 2017!

Rock the Lawn from the sky at dusk in 2016Rock the Lawn is an all-community reunion and music festival on the Academy of Holy Angels front lawn including a Mass, history presentation, tours of AHA, two great bands, food, beer and wine and awesome fellowship! The purpose is to bring together all AHA alumni, teachers, parents and coaches as well as the Sisters of St. Joseph to have fun and to celebrate AHA!Mark your calendars and plan to attend the best event of the summer. Tickets go on sale in March. For more information or to help with this fun event, contact Jesse Foley at

Free trip to University of Mary offered in March

For the second year, a friend of AHA is offering a free opportunity to visit the University of Mary on an overnight trip. This year the trip will take place on March 12 and 13, 2017. Students will travel by coach bus to the University of Mary in Bismark, ND for a comprehensive college tour. Travel, food and one night's lodging in a Bismark hotel is being paid for by an AHA benefactor. The first 30 AHA students to sign up will be allowed to attend. This trip takes place at the end of AHA's spring break and will require no missed school. All students in all grades are welcome! The primary AHA chaperone is Jesse Foley. Please contact Mr. Foley for more information and for a permission slip.

General Itinerary (Subject to Change) 

Sunday, March 12 Depart AHA for U of Mary at 7 am, Arrive Bismark, ND mid to late afternoon., Check in hotel, have dinner, etc, Mass at University of Mary at 8pm 

Monday, March 13 Breakfast at Hotel or on Campus, Campus tours, Meet with U of Mary admissions representatives, professors, students, Noon - attend the Relevant Radio "Go Ask Your Father" live broadcast, Depart U of Mary for AHA early to mid-afternoon, Arrive AHA 9pm, Parents pick up

Summer Experience registration coming soon

Summer is coming soon and so is Summer Experience. Summer Experience is a number of camps hosted by Holy Angels staff and coaches where students are taught the basics in a challenging but supportive environment. From football to dance to theater, there is something for every student. Camps are held June 12-15, 19-22, and 26-29. Each camp is two hours long, four days a week. Cost is $100 and geared primarily for grades 6,7 and 8, but there are some exceptions. A full list of camps and the schedule will be posted soon on the Holy Angels website.

Spring Driver Education Dates Announced

Spring classroom driver education dates are April 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 18, 20, 24, 25 and 27. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 – 6:15 p.m. at the Academy of Holy Angels. AAA has a comprehensive teen driver education program that includes: Classroom, Parent/Guardian Night, Driver Impact Panel and Behind-the-Wheel Lessons. Students receive an AAA How to Drive Textbook and the Minnesota Driving Manual.

Already completed classroom at AAA Driving School and looking for Behind-the-Wheel Lessons? We have opened daytime lessons during Spring Break from March 6-10 in addition to our regular after school and weekend lesson times. You can schedule directly via the online Student Portal

For more information about signing up for driver education, stop by the front desk and ask for a brochure or call 952-927-2602.




See Parent Volunteer Opportunities throughout the year.


Winter band and choral concerts are Sunday, Feb 26th

The Winter Band concert begins at 4 pm in the AHA theater, followed by the Sacred Choral Concert at 5:30 pm in the AHA chapel. The band concert features Holy Angels Concert Band and Academy Jazz Band. The Sacred Choral Concert will include the Concert Choir, Praise Group, and the Academy Singers. Come to both or either concert to enjoy the work of our talented AHA musicians!

Trimester Two Finals are March 2 and 3

Final Exams for the second trimester are Thursday, March 2nd and Friday, March 3rd. Students attend
their classes over the course of 2 days in 65­-minute blocks and both days are early release, at 12:50
pm. AHA Lunch is not served on finals days.

Register now for the AHA Dinner Dances

The AHA Parent Association will sponsor the 18th annual Father-Daughter dinner dance on Friday, March 24th and the Mother-Son dinner dance on Saturday, March 25th. Both events run from 6:30 to 11 pm and are held at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest. Registrations are due by March 10th. Get the registration forms and RSVPS.
Upcoming Dates:
    • Feb 15: PLC late start; Future STAR Day; Parent Observation
    • Feb 17, 20: No School 
    • Feb 24: E schedule - 1 pm dismissal
    • Feb 26: Winter Band Concert & Sacred Choral Concert
    • March 1: Ash Wednesday
    • March 2-3: Finals
    • March 4-13: No School, Spring Break
    • March 14: School resumes



Junior Meetings

The College Counselors have met with about half of the juniors so far in individual junior meetings since early January. Letters were sent home in December with the assigned time for your student. If you are not sure when your meeting is, please contact your child's college counselor. If the time assigned does not work, please email your student's counselor immediately and we will work to reschedule. Students with last names starting with A-L work with Ms. Kjorstad and she can be reached at 612-798-2691 or by email at Students with last names M-Z work with Mrs. Proctor and she can be reached at 612-798-2639 or by email at We look forward to meeting with your junior soon!

A word about "Honor Programs"

Your student may receive invitations to attend "Honors or Leadership" programs in the summer from outside companies via mail or email. Holy Angels does not release student information to outside organizations--many of these companies purchase student names from testing agencies. While these companies and their programs are usually legitimate, the cost to attend their programs is usually quite high. Please know that attending these type of programs or becoming a member of an outside "Honor" program for a fee will not make your student more competitive for college admission. As always, if you have questions, contact Ms. Kjorstad or Mrs. Proctor.

Junior College Portfolio Assignment

During College Planning Day on Wednesday, February 1, the junior class heard from a variety of college speakers and a career panel of Holy Angels alums. Juniors also received information about their Junior College Portfolio Assignment which is due on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:45 a.m. Completed portfolios will include:

  • a formal activities resume
  • a college search sort
  • a copy of the Do What You Are career inventory
  • a completed college application or scholarship application
  • a summary of a career informational interview or job shadow and short reflection.
  • a college essay

Completion of the portfolio will be indicated on student transcripts. Any portfolio turned in after April 26 at 7:45 a.m. will be considered late and therefore permanently listed as "incomplete" on the transcript.

ACT Prep Classes Offered

Juniors interested in taking ACT prep classes at Holy Angels have several options this winter/spring. Sylvan will be teaching a 12-hour Advanced Reading Seminar which is a speed reading and comprehension course at Holy Angels in January for $199. Sylvan is also offering a 24-hour ACT prep class at Holy Angels starting in February which will prepare students for taking the ACT in April for $799. Both Sylvan courses offer financial assistance for families receiving financial aid to attend Holy Angels. If you receive financial aid for Holy Angels, contact Mrs. Foley at if you want to be considered for financial assistance for the Sylvan class. She will confirm for Sylvan the percentage discount you receive at Holy Angels and Sylvan will discount the cost of their class accordingly.

Worried your student doesn't have time for the Sylvan course? Holy Angels offers an ACT prep class before the April test date for $200 which is offered over 2 Saturdays. Get registration forms.

SAT deadline

The deadline to register for the March 11 SAT test is February 10. Students can register for the test online at




  • to the AHA Speech team for their success this past weekend at Cannon Falls. Thirteen students placed. Read more and see photos.
  • the Comparative Religions classes, who visited a Hindu temple last week and wrote reflections on their experience. See photos and read samples.
  • Kaitlyn Ho '18 and Sarah Frommelt '18 for advancing to State in Alpine Skiing. This is Sarah's 4th trip to state!
  • Larry Fitzgerald, Class of 2001, who was recently selected NFL Man of the Year. Read more.
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