STARS Connection - Week of April 24, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of April 24, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of April 24, 2017


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of April 24, 2017


Coming Up This Week: Starfest Auction, Graduation Line-Up, Spring Musical, Junior College Portfolios, Justice Week, WAC Conferences after E schedule, Spring Chromebook Repair, Relevant Radio, Honor Guard, Blue & Gold Service Awards, AP exams

We Want You To Know: Canine Sweep, Starfest Auction Highlight, Parent Association seeking nominations, Boston College & History Tour, Collegiate Athletics and Activities, Metro Transit Summer Pass, Board of Trustees Nominations, Summer Experience, Rock the Lawn 2017

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

A Look Ahead: Memorial Prayer Service, Required Service hours due, Senior Party, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Sophomore College Planning Meeting, April 26 College Fair, Junior College Portfolio Assignment, Admission and Scholarship letters

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

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

The Starfest auction is open for bidding!

Make sure to check out many of the fabulous items in this years auction! You do not have to be attending Starfest this weekend in order to bid on the silent and premium items. To browse and start bidding, visit, click on 'Register Now', and follow the prompts on your computer or cell phone.

Second Graduation Line-Up Practice is Tuesday, April 25

Seniors had their first Graduation Line-Up practice during homeroom on Tuesday, April 18. There will be a second line-up practice on Tuesday, April 25. Graduates process by height at Holy Angels so it would be ideal if female students had the shoes they will be wearing for Graduation by April 25.

Big Fish, AHA's Spring Musical, opens on April 21st

Academy of Holy Angels Starlight Productions presents its 2017 Spring Musical. Big Fish is based on the novel written by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by John August. Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The musical opens on Friday, April 21st and runs for 3 weekends and a total of 7 performances. Tickets are general admission and are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Reservations can be made by calling 612-798-2651 or by emailing See the flier and get dates & times.

Junior College Portfolios due by 7:45 am on April 26th

Read below in the College and Career Center section for more details. Any portfolio turned in after the due date and time will be considered late and therefore permanently listed as "incomplete" on the transcript.

Justice Week is April 25th through April 29th

AHA's annual Justice week will be celebrated beginning on Monday, April 24th. The week includes activities planned by the student Social Justice club, as well as the Campus Ministry team and culminates in the St. Joseph prayer service on Thursday, which celebrates the feast day of the patron saint of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who founded AHA.

Senior Writing Across the Curriculum Conferences are April 28 after E schedule dismissal

AHA students submit 4 pieces of writing to their Writing Across the Curriculum portfolio each school year. This curricular portfolio culminates in a conference. Each senior meets with an AHA staff member to discuss two pieces they have chosen from the portfolio, their strengths in writing and their growth in their time at AHA. This year's conferences will be held starting at 1 pm on April 28th.

Grades 9, 10 and 11 will dismissed following the E schedule. Buses will begin their afternoon routes at 1:10 pm and pizza from American Pie will be sold by an AHA club or activity as a fundraiser. Pizza is $1.50 a slice and students must pay with cash. Their Taher lunch account money is not available on E schedule days.

Spring Chromebook Repair began this week

All AHA students will turn in their Chromebooks, the plastic cover and the charger before the end of the school year. Damage will be assessed during collection and fines will be assessed for major damage. Students who suspect their damage may be finable should bring their computers to the helpdesk before May 12th for repair. Read more about collection, summer loans and what's finable.

You can support AHA and Catholic radio network - Relevant Radio 1330 AM

Relevant Radio 1330 AM is having its annual Christ Brings Hope fundraising event on April 28th. An anonymous donor has provided a challenge grant of $250,000 to match gifts made to Relevant Radio – banquet attendees making a gift that evening can select a represented school to receive matching funds, including AHA! Read more.

Honor Guard Fittings begin May 1

There will be a mandatory honor guard meeting on May 15 in room 2490 immediately following school. Current AHA Siblings/Cousins of graduates are welcome to participate in the honor guard. If interested, they should email to sign up by May 5th. Students will need to come to 2490 on May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, or 17 to get their robes fitted. Read more about the Honor Guard.

Service Hours for Blue or Gold Award due by May 1

Students intending to receive a Blue or Gold award should meet the hour requirement by May 1 (minus 3 hours that will be served on All School Service Day). All School Service Day hours should be added by the student the following day. Complete this form by May 1.

AHA students to take AP exams starting May 1

AHA students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be taking end­of­year exams during the weeks of May 1 and May 8. See the schedule. Get tips for helping your student prepare for the exams.

We want you to know


Canine Sweep conducted on Wednesday

On Wednesday, April 19th, we conducted a canine sweep as a regular part of our safety and security program and plan for continually improving safety at AHA. During a canine sweep, a specially trained dog, under the control and supervision of the Richfield police or other law enforcement agencies, comes to school to search for illegal substances. K-9 unit dogs are trained to search for a variety of substances.

Canine Sweep at AHAA team from the Richfield Police Department swept portions of the school where student lockers are located as well as in the student parking lot. We're glad to report that no illegal substances were found anywhere, in the school or parking lot, during the search. (One thing we did see was students sharing lockers. Please help us enforce that students should not share their locker combinations and share lockers.)

We are gratified by the results of the search and by the cooperation we received from the AHA community and local law enforcement officials. We will continue to keep you informed about the components of our safety program and about results of any future sweeps we conduct.

Heidi Foley, Principal 
Mark Melhorn, Assistant Principal

Starfest Auction Highlight: Exclusive STEM Experience!

We have a very exciting new educational Live Auction item this year: The Exclusive Twin Cities Bridge Excursion!! Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes guided tour around, inside, and on some of Minnesota's most dynamic and beautiful bridges - topped off with an amazing swag bag with YETI tumbler and lunch at St. Paul Grill! See and learn insider information about the construction, engineering innovations, artistry and state-of-the-art technology being used on three local bridges: I-35W, Wabasha Street, and St. Croix River. This is also a wonderful opportunity for students interested in STEM, including the areas of civil engineering, roadway planning, construction, CAD design, and environmental engineering and accounts for STEM credit hours. Thank you to Tom & Amy DeHaven and FIGG Bridge Inspection, Inc. for this wonderful donation. Click here for complete details

Parent Association seeking staff nominations

It is a tradition for the AHA Parent Association to honor a Non-Teaching AHA Staff Member on behalf of the Parent Community at the end of each school year. So of course, we would like to collect nominations from parents! We are looking for a Non-Teaching Staff member who encompasses living out the AHA Way in their daily role as staff members at Holy Angels.

This Non-Teaching Staff member may have helped you/your family, or you may have witnessed this person assisting others in the AHA Community. Share with us positive experience(s) that left you feeling set up for success here at AHA.

Please email Joan McCrory, PA Chair, with your nomination that highlights how this non-teaching staff member lives out the AHA Way. (All nominations will be kept confidential. If preferred, submit a sealed written nomination to the school office: Attention Parent Assoc.) Please have all nominations in by May 5th. Thank you!

Next Fall's BOSTON COLLEGE & HISTORY TOUR is expanding!

Registration is NOW open to students from the Class of 2020 (i.e. ALL current AHA students). This custom-built trip to Boston will take place over the long MEA weekend (October 19th-23rd). It includes visits to five colleges/universities, guided tours of over a dozen historic sites, and excellent accommodations. We have room for ten more AHA students, so please contact Social Studies teacher Steve Werle at or 612-798-0779 if you would like additional information about this unique academic adventure.

Honoring students who will compete in college athletics and activities

AHA wants to honor seniors intending to participate in a collegiate sport or activity. If your son or daughter intends to participate next year and has not taken part in a previous NCAA Signing Ceremony at the school, please notify Athletic Director Michael Kautzman at Students will be honored at our May 11th Convocation.

New Board of Trustees Governance Committee Nominees announced

Annually, the Governance Committee of the Board will recommend to the Board of Trustees the names of candidates for vacancies or prospective vacancies on the Board of Trustees. The Executive Committee of the Board then determines whether such candidates should be nominated. If the candidates selected by the Executive Committee accept the nomination, the names of the candidates will be published at least forty-five (45) days in advance of the Board's annual meeting in May. the following individuals have accepted and are slated to join the AHA Board of Trustees beginning in August of 2017:

  • Lisa Erickson is an AHA current parent of two students – Julia '18 and Charlie '20. Lisa has served as both the president and vice president of the Annunciation School parent organization, as well as a school advisory board member and budget chair. Lisa is currently the Senior Vice President for Enterprise Finance and Treasury at Best Buy. She already serves on the AHA Finance and Advancement committees. Lisa, her husband Mike, and family live in Minneapolis.
  • Tom Jasper is an AHA current parent of two students, Noelle '17 and Lauren '20. They have a younger child that attends Annunciation in Minneapolis. Tom is chief operating officer and vice chairman of TCF Financial Corporation. He oversees TCF's functional support areas, including finance, operations, corporate development, legal, human resources, talent management and investor relations. A graduate of St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, Tom holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Tom is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO). He previously served as board chair for CommonBond Communities and as a director on the board of Friends of Education. Tom, his wife Jennifer, and their children live in Minneapolis.
  • Pam Matthews Kerber '73 is returning to the AHA board after a brief hiatus. Pam has been an active volunteer at AHA. She was a Starliner Dance mom for seven years, served as team parent, and coordinated costumes for the team. She was AHA Community Association Chair and Volunteer Coordinator. She helped bring back the father/son and mother/daughter banquets and helped start the ninth-grade parent mixer. She was part of the AHA Way planning group and has chaired the AHA Board Facilities Committee. Pam has been a special education teacher for the past 38 years, 31 of them in the Inver Grove Heights School District. She is the mother of Alyssa '08 and Natalie '11.
  • Susie Laird '90 is an AHA alumna and current parent of three students – John '17, Peter '18 and Mary '20. She is the Director of Pre-K education at St. John the Baptist in New Brighton, where she manages five classrooms and seven teachers. She has also served as a board member for the Nativity of Our Lord Home and School Association. Susie, her husband Chris, and their children live in St. Paul.
  • Sam Meckey is a current parent of two students, Katie '17 and Megan '19. Sam and his wife Amy also have a son, Jacob, who attends Shakopee Area Catholic School. Sam attended the US Naval Academy and earned his MBA at Harvard. He has held a variety of roles at UnitedHealth Group and Optum; currently he is the Senior Vice President of Optum Clinical Shared Services at UnitedHealth Group. Both Sam and his wife Amy have been active volunteers at SACS and Holy Angels. The Meckeys live in Shakopee.

Metro Transit is offering a special summer pass for high school students

Metro Transit just announced a special offer for students at high schools. For just $25, students can get  a special Summer Student Pass that gives them unlimited rides on buses and light rail all summer long. It is valid from June 1 through Sept. 5th from 5 am to 10 pm daily. Students can use it on any bus or train in the metro with a fare up to $3. See Mr. Melhorn by May 1st if you are interested in this pass.

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.

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

Rock 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 on Friday, March 24. For more information or to help with this fun event, contact Jesse Foley at Get more info and see a video.




See Parent Volunteer Opportunities throughout the year.


The next Memorial Prayer service is May 5th

 Our Memorial prayer services are typically held 3 times a year. They start at 7:15 am in the St. John the Evangelist chapel at Holy Angels and are followed by refreshments in the parlor. If you are planning to attend, we've love to hear from you but please know that all are welcome. Contact the Alumni Office at or 612-­798-­2620. You can submit a prayer request or sign up for the memorial service on our website. To have someone remembered, contact the Alumni Office at

All Required Service Hours due by May 26th

To be complete for the year, students should have the required numbers of hours minus 3 hours that will be acquired on All School Service Day. After All School Service Day, students must add 3 more hours in x2VOL after All School Service Day, then their requirement for the year is complete. Students who are absent on All School Service Day will need to serve 3 hours to make up for the absence(or do so beforehand).

Grade 9 will complete 12 hours before All School Service day, combined with 3 on All School Service day, need to have a total of 15 hours entered in x2VOL by May 26th. Grades 10, 11, and 12 will complete 17 hours before All School Service day, combined with 3 on All School Service day, need to have a total of 20 hours entered in x2VOL by May 26th. 

Seniors can still sign up for Senior Party

Soon-to-be-Graduates Your Senior Party a.k.a. "Stars on Tour" will be on Sunday June 4th, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Don't miss this last adventure with your classmates!! Most of you have signed up and "YES" you can still sign up!! Send permission slip with a check for $125, payable to Anja Prins. Send to 5388 Candy Cove Trail SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372. Any questions, please email Anja Prins at

Upcoming Dates

  • April 21: Spring Musical opens 
  • April 22: Starfest 
  • April 26: Junior College Portfolios due
  • April 27: St. Joseph Prayer Service
  • April 28: E Schedule; Senior WAC Conferences
  • May 1-11: AP tests
  • May 3: PLC Late Start (but AP Lit exam report time is 7:30 am)
  • May 12: Biology Field Trip
  • May 17: PLC Late Start
  • May 19: Senior Retreat



Sophomore College Planning Meeting resources

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the Sophomore College Planning Meeting. If you missed the event, here is the slideshow, information about PACC courses and a timeline for college planning. Please contact your child's college counselor if you have questions. Ms. Kjorstad works with students last names A-L and can be reached at Mrs. Proctor works with students last names M-Z and can be reached at

Sophomores and Juniors--Plan to attend the College Fair on Wednesday, April 26.

The fair will be held at Academy of Holy Angels in the Convocation Center gym from 6:30-8:30 pm. Contact Mrs. Proctor at if you have any questions.

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!



Kudos to

  •  Ed Koerner, parent of Will '18, Ean '06 and Griffin '08, who was named WCCO Popp Telecommunications Good Neighbor on April 13.

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