STARS Connection - Week of February 20, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of February 20, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of February 20, 2017


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of February 20th, 2017


Coming Up This Week: No School Feb 17 & 20, Graduation name review, Class of 2021 registration, Trimester Two Service Hours due, Feb 24 is early dismissal

We Want You To Know: Part-time transportation position open, Boston College Tour registration, Website changes, Literary Merit Awards, 2017-18 Calendar, Registration Process continues, Rock the Lawn 2017, 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: We pray for, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menu, previous newsletters

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

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 last week 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!

AHA Class of 2021! ­ It's time to register for next fall!

Wednesday, 2/22, from 4:30 to­ 6 pm is INCOMING 9TH GRADE REGISTRATION. First round admissions decisions have been mailed and interest is high for this incoming class. We have many siblings to welcome, and hope to see you there! Please know that Admissions work continues during the spring and summer months. I­f you have family members, friends or coworkers still undecided about high school for their students, please refer them to me. Please think about friends in public schools on the fence about continuing at the high school level. Your good word speaks the loudest about all that AHA offers, not only our students, but our families as well! Please contact Meg Angevine at or 612­-798-­0764. Go STARS!!

Trimester Two Service Hours due February 23rd

Check with your student to see how many hours they have added to the service tracking software x2VOL. The trimester two hours are due by February 23rd. Ninth graders should have 9 hours submitted. Tenth through twelfth graders should have 14 hours submitted. All students will need an additional 3 hours on their own in the 3rd trimester, as well as the 3 hours on All School Service Day, May 25th, to meet their required hours for the school year. Students who are planning to receive blue (double the required hours) or gold (triple the required hours) need to submit their hours to x2VOL by May 1st. Read more about the Service Requirement in the Student and Parent Handbook.

Friday, February 24th is an E schedule

On next Friday, February 24th, school will dismissed early, at 1 pm. Buses will 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.

We want you to know


Part-time transportation position open

Are you or someone you know, looking for a part-time job? We are currently looking to hire a part-time Assistant Transportation Coordinator. Experience is preferred, but not required. Hours are 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, M-F, with an occasional weekend shift. Read more.

Students can still register for the October Boston tour

OUR COLLEGE & HISTORY TOUR OF BOSTON (October 19-23, 2017) is still open for registration. If you need additional information or have any questions abotu this unique educational opportunity, please contact Mr. Werle at or 612-798-0779. All students who register for the tour by February 28th will receive a $200 scholarship from EF Tours, which can be immediately applied to the cost of the trip.

Quick Links, Student and Parent Portals

We've been working on some upgrades to our main website at the past few months. You'll find quick links in the lower right hand corner, as a hover-over star. Our goal is for parents to be able to find everything they need by clicking on the parents link in the top right corner of the page. If you have feedback or suggestions for us, please email   

Literary Merit Awards

Your student can earn an award on Celebration Day by participating in the Literary Merit Reading Program. Students read choice books and discuss their books with an AHA teacher or another staff member to earn the following awards:
  • 5 books = Honorable Mention
  • 10 books = Bronze Award
  • 15 books = Silver Award
  • 20 books = Gold Award
  • Over 20 = Special Notebook Award
Participation in the student Book Club counts toward these awards. Notations for all awards will be added to your student's transcript. For more information, your student can stop by in the LaRock Library and talk with Mrs. Elling our Library Media Specialist.

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.

Rock the Lawn is June 23, 2017Mark Your Calendars for June 23rd: 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! This year, it will be held on June 23rd. 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

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. Do not miss out on this wonderful tradition and a chance to have lasting memories wiht your daughter and/or son. Registrations are due by March 10th. Get the registration forms and RSVPs.
Upcoming Dates:
    • Feb 17, 20: No School 
    • Feb 22: 9th grade registration 4:30-6 pm
    • 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
    • March 24: Father/Daughter Dinner Dance
    • March 25: Mother/Son Dinner Dance



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.



We Pray for

Tommy McCoy '17, whose grandfather died

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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