STARS Connection - Week of March 20, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of March 20, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of March 20, 2017


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of March 20, 2017


Coming Up This Week:  Tri 2 Grades available now, Lenten Prayer and Almsgiving, Registration extended for AHA Dinner Dances, St. Patrick's Day dispensation, 2017 Donor & Volunteer Recognition Reception, Momtini Madness

We Want You To Know: Summer Experience, Spring Sports Registration, Register now for Starfest, Starfest Table Promotion, Starfest Donations, Host families needed, Senior Slide Show, Donald's Uniform, Rock the Lawn 2017, Spring Driver's Ed class

Parent Volunteer Opportunities: Coordinator needed for Father/Son event

A Look Ahead: Junior Retreats, STEM diploma, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Sophomore Career Inventory, Junior Meetings, Junior College Portfolio Assignment, Admission and Scholarship letters, SAT deadline

Extras: Kudos, Prayers, Catholic Community Happenings, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menu, previous newsletters

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

Trimester 2 grades are now available online

Go to AHA's NetClassroom and log on with your ID and password. If you've forgotten your ID or password, you can use the forgotten password page to have it emailed to the email address we have in your record.  If this does not work for you or you have problems logging on or seeing grades, you can email for assistance.  Make sure to include your full name, your student's name and the email address you used on the forgotten password page. It's a good idea to print, download or otherwise save a copy of the Trimester 2 grades if you'd like to do any comparisons to other marking term grades. Once mid-trimester 3 grades are posted, the trimester 1 grades are no longer available in NetClassroom.

Lenten Prayer and Almsgiving

For your Lenten growth and observance, we are offering a couple of opportunities for our greater AHA Community. We are called to observe the season through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. On Wednesday mornings throughout the season, we will offer mass before school at 7:00 am in the chapel. Fr. Jerry from next door at St. Pete's will preside. Fr. Jerry has such a wonderful, pastoral way of leading the liturgy with short, relevant homilies and we invite you all, students, parents, guardians, and staff to join us for these 1/2 hour masses. Also, please remember CMT will be leading the annual Item Drive this week for our Lenten Almsgiving. They will be collecting items for St. Stephen's Shelter and monetary donations for Operation Rice Bowl of Catholic Relief Services. Students heard about this at our Ash Wednesday mass on March 1st. Lenten Blessings from AHA!

Registration deadline extended to March 18 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 with your daughter and/or son. Registrations are due by March 10th. Get the registration forms and RSVPs.

Archbishop has granted dispensation for St. Patrick's day

Because March 17th falls on a Friday during Lent this year, Archbishop Hebda has granted dispensation from abstaining from meat for Catholics. Those taking advantage of the dispensation however, are exhorted to undertake a work of charity, an exercise of piety or an act of comparable penance on some other occasion during the Second week of Lent. Read the letter

2017 Donor & Volunteer Recognition Reception is March 20

Please join us for the 2017 Donor & Volunteer Recognition Reception on Monday, March 20th, 2017 at Radisson Blue at the Mall of America. The reception begins at 6 pm and the awards presention begins at 7 pm. AHA will honor Pam Kerber '73 with the Angelus award, Jazz Hampton '08 with the Rising Star as well as 8 other individuals with the Possumus and St. Joseph Awards. Read more. Register online at or by emailing Sue DePauw at

Momtini Madness is March 24th

You're invited to a great social event for AHA moms hosted by other AHA moms on March 24th at the home of Beth Hanson. Email for more information or to sign up. All proceeds from this evening will help support Athletics, Activities and Fine Arts at Holy Angels. See the flier and details.

We want you to know


Summer Experience registration is open

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. See a full list of camps and register now.

Spring Sports Registration

Register your student athlete for spring sports online today. Get information about concussion testing, apparel, start dates and more.

Register now for Starfest 2017

Please join us for an evening with the Stars on April 22, 2017 at Academy of Holy Angels. The event will begin with mass at 4:30 pm and will include a silent auction, a live auction and dinner provided by the St. Paul Hotel. Starfest is AHA's annual fundraiser and benefits all Academy of Holy Angels students by supporting the school's most important programs including academics, faith, service, financial aid, athletics and the arts. Read more and register now.

Starfest Table Promotion

Have you looked at your Starfest invitation yet? The Starfest Leadership Committee is encouraging AHA parents, alumni, community members, faculty and staff to get talking and commit to purchasing full tables of 8. There is no better way to spread the word than to give a little incentive to get talking about Starfest; incentives for full table purchasers include a reduced per ticket price and special recognition at the event.
Get a group together and commit to sharing the exciting evening experience! Still not quite sure how it works? Contact Sue Tambornino at

Starfest Wine/Spirits & General Auction Donations Wanted

Wine and spirit donations are still needed for the fun Wall of Wine & Spirits game at Starfest, as well as general silent or live auction donations. Bottles of $20 value or more can be brought into the school office; please do not send wine/spirits donations with students. Questions? Contact Susan Morgan-Graves at

International Student Agency looking for host families

Do you have a spare room and a big heart? AnB Education is looking for new host families. AnB is one of the International Student agencies AHA has worked with for years. AHA currently has 7 students enrolled through AnB and expect a few more this year. They enroll students in schools across the U.S. From them, "Host Families are an essential part of helping create a better world! Through the personal relationships, language and cultural immersion, we can help teach tomorrow's leaders today. In need of families in our area." For more information, call (267) 263-2481 or email The local coordinator is Jessica Stutzman and she can be reached at

Senior photos are requested for the Senior Slide Show

The yearbook will be creating a senior slide show that will be shown at a convocation and the senior retreat. Each slide will include 2-4 pictures (preschool, elementary, high school, graduation). We are able to use any pictures that have been submitted for yearbook ads and all senior portraits. If you did not buy an ad or did not include a preschool or elementary picture in your ad, please send photos to Please attach all photos to a single email. Photos are due Monday, April 3rd.

Donald's Uniform is having a sale in June

Donald's Uniform, AHA's official uniform supplier, is having a sale in June. See below for printable information.

To receive coupons and sale information directly from Donald's, you can like Donald's on Facebook or register on Donald's websiteRead more about AHA's Uniform policy in the Student and Parent Handbook.

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

Spring Driver Education Classes at AHA to start April 3rd

AAA has a comprehensive teen driver education program that includes: Classroom instruction, a parent/guardian night, a driver impact panel, and behind-the-wheel lessons. Behind-the-Wheel lessons are available from both AHA and AAA St. Louis Park. If a student is unable to attend all sessions, make-up options are available at AAA St. Louis Park. Students are able to start the classroom portion at age 14.5.

Spring Class at AHA

  • April 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 18, 20, 24, 25, 27

  • 3:00pm-6:15pm

  • Parent Night: April 3, 4:45-6:15

For more information about registering for AAA Driving School classes or to schedule a Behind–the-Wheel lesson, call (952) 927-2602 or visit For residents outside of Hennepin County, use zip code 55416 to access the AAA Minneapolis website.



Coordinator needed for Father/Son event

The AHA Parent Association is looking for someone to coordinate the Father/Son event. This is a very fun way to get involved at AHA! Last year's event was a Cookout but you can make the event what you want it to be. See the notice for last year's eventIf you are interested, please contact Joanie Vollmers at Thank you for your interest!

See Parent Volunteer Opportunities throughout the year.


Junior Retreats are March 30

Eleventh grade boys and girls will participate in gender-separated retreats on March 30. The women's retreat calls participants to see themselves clearly, through Christ's eyes, and the men's retreat is centered around brotherhood

Seniors applying for STEM diploma

All application materials for seniors applying for the STEM Diploma are due by 2:45 pm on Friday, April 7. Students should see Mrs. Poshusta in Room 3363 with their questions about this. Read more about the STEM diploma.

Upcoming Dates:

    • March 20: 2017 Donor & Volunteer Recognition Reception
    • March 24: Father/Daughter Dinner Dance
    • March 25: Mother/Son Dinner Dance
    • March 30: Junior Retreat
    • April 4: Sophomore College Planning Meeting
    • April 11: Stations of the Cross/Reconciliation
    • April 13-17: No School, Easter Break



Sophomore Career Interest Inventory

Sophomores will be completing a career interest inventory called "Do What You Are" on Monday, March 27. Students will complete this assessment in their Family Connection accounts in homeroom. This will provide sophomores with possible majors and careers based on their personality. The college counselors will review this information with students during a Sophomore Class meeting on Monday, April 3rd.

Junior Meetings

The College Counselors are wrapping up meetings with juniors and their parents. If you missed your meeting, please contact your student's college counselor 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

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.

Admission and Scholarship Letters

Please remind your senior to bring their admission and scholarship letters to their college counselor. We need this information to track decisions and for Celebration Day. We would like seniors to let us know when they are admitted and when they are denied so we can assist them in planning for next fall. Thank you for your assistance!

SAT deadline approaching

The deadline to register for the May 6 SAT or SAT Subject Tests is Friday, April 7th. Students can register online at



Kudos to

  • Our school's top scoring students from the American Mathematics Competition taken in February. High scoring students from the AMC 12 are Caleb Peichel, Patrick Dysart and Tyler Douglas. High scoring students from the AMC 10 are Charlie Erickson, Renee France and Gia Aleman.

  • The Girls Basketball team who won the Section 3AAA championship and won the first game at state against Waseca. They play in the State semifinals on Thursday, March 16th at 2 pm and then again on Saturday. See details.

  • Tom Kelley '18 who qualified for USSA Freeskiing Junior National Championships. He will compete in the Big Air and Slopestyle ski events this week at Sun Valley, Idaho.

We Pray for

  • AHA Faculty Member Ann McComas-Bussa, whose mother Regina Morelan died

Catholic Community Happenings

Nativity of Mary in Bloomington is hosting a Fish Fry on March 31st. Read more.

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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