STARS Connection - Week of May 22, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of May 22, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of May 22, 2017


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of May 22, 2017


Coming Up This Week: Prom, Graduation Details, Spring Info Night, Spring Pops Concert, Donate Uniforms, Chromebook Collection & Summer Loans, All School Service Day, Required Service Hours, Senior Party, Senior Posters

We Want You To Know: 17-18 Calendar updated, Starfest Auction Items, Summer Reading, Golf Tournament, Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit, Newman Connection, Message from Guidance, ACT Prep Class in June, Board Nominees, Summer Camps, Rock the Lawn 2017

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

A Look Ahead: AP US History, Business Office, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Admission and Scholarship letters, CCC blog updated, School Day SAT offered

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

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

Prom is May 20, Grand March is at 5:45 pm

The 2017 AHA prom is Saturday, May 20th at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel. Grand March, which is optional, begins at 5:45 pm in the AHA gym. Students participating need to be in the AHA Theater by 5:30 pm. Get more information.

Graduation Details for Senior Parents

You received a letter last week with more details about Commencement and Celebration Day. Please read the letter. Included in this letter was a list of the senior class and their plans for fall. See the list. If information is missing for your senior, it is because they haven't communicated their final college choice or provided scholarship letters to their counselor. This information will be listed in the graduation bulletin and at Celebration Day. Because we need to be consistent in how we announce scholarships, we do need to see the actual letter to ensure correct spelling of your students's scholarship. Please proofread your student's information carefully to ensure we have their information listed correctly. All information needs to be communicated to their college counselor by May 22, 2017 to ensure it will be included in Celebration Day and Graduation.

Help us recruit for Spring Information night on May 24

The month of May is a busy one for all of us, and for Admissions too! We're hosting a Spring Information Night on Wednesday, May 24, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. for prospective 6th - 8th grade families seeking to learn more about Holy Angels. The evening will include a condensed overview of all that AHA offers to students. It's informal and not as detailed as our Fall and Winter Open Houses. Families are encouraged to RSVP on our website so we can better plan. Families are then invited to stay for our Spring Pops Concert starting at 7.

Questions or want to refer a family? Please call or email Meg Angevine at or 612-798-0764...or stop by!

Spring Pops Concert is May 24

AHA's spring pops concert is Wednesday, May 24th at 7 pm. It's a wonderful time to hear our bands and choirs in action -- featuring lighter fare in the program. End-of-year music awards will be presented to students as well.

Seniors can donate uniforms on May 24

Seniors who donate their uniforms to the school on May 24 will get an out­-of-­uniform pass. We share used uniforms with members of our community not able to afford to have multiple uniforms. Donated items should be clean and in good condition. We will accept uniform shorts, skirts, pants, short and long-­sleeved shirts, uniform sweaters and sweatshirts. Seniors can donate their uniforms in the Convocation Lobby on May 25 before school to get a pass to be out of uniform that day.

All Chromebooks will be collected before end of year; Summer loans available

All AHA students are required to turn in their Chromebook, the charger and the plastic cover before they leave for the summer. Seniors will turn them in on Wednesday, May 24th and Grades 9-11 will turn them in at the end of their last final on Thursday, June 1st. Students who fail to turn in their Chromebook, the charger or both parts of the plastic cover may be fined and/or have their AHA Google account locked. Returning students in grades 9-11 who are interested in checking out a Chromebook for personal use in the summer should fill out the form emailed to their school account and available in the daily bulletin before June 5th. Chromebooks will be available to be picked up beginning on June 19th and must be returned before August 14th. All AHA students will be issued a Chromebook when they return in the fall. If you have any questions, please email or call 612-798-2647.

Students dismissed at 1:45 pm on All School Service Day, Thursday, May 25th 

AHA's fourth annual All School Service Day on May 25th will involve all AHA students and staff. After celebrating a Eucharistic liturgy, AHA students and staff will go forth to perform service in groups at agencies through the Twin Cities. The afternoon will include lunch, a closing program and recognition of service throughout the year, including Blue and Gold Awards. Students will be dismissed at 1:45 pm.

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. Hours will be entered automatically for those that are present on 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

Senior posters are due May 26th

Academy of Holy Angels has a long standing tradition of celebrating each senior by displaying a poster of the student. The poster usually captures favorite memories from childhood, school days and/or family times in a collage format. Get more information about how to make the posters. They should be dropped off at the AHA School office by May 26, 2017.

We want you to know


17-18 Calendar Updated

We want you to know that we have updated the 2017 October calendar to reflect a change in the date of the National PSAT. It is Wednesday, October 11th and no longer the day before MEA break, which begins on October 19th. You can print an updated 17-18 at-a-glance calendar or see other options for viewing next year's calendar.

Starfest: Missing your auction purchase?

If you purchased an auction item at Starfest 2017 and have not yet redeemed it, please contact Sarah Hauer at to arrange a time to pick up your item at school.

Summer Reading is now available online

All AHA students have summer reading assignments that need to be completed for the first day of the 2016-­17 school year. Review the choices and get the study guide questions here. Students can also pick up paper copies outside the main office. Copies of most summer reading books required by English classes are available in the AHA Library for checkout over the summer. Students can visit the library to check on availability. Some required books and many other books are also available in eBook form in our Overdrive collection that can be accessed from the Library Moodle Page.

Shoot for the Stars Golf Tournament is June 14

Sign up today for AHA's annual Golf Tournament, Shoot for the Stars, to be held at Deer Run in Victoria on June 14. Hosted by the AHA boys and girls hockey teams, the golf tournament supports all AHA activities, as well as enhancements for both hockey programs. Get more information and sign up online

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit in MN House and Senate now

Legislation that would be a major breakthrough for school choice in Minnesota is on the doorstep of becoming law. A provision called the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit has been included in the House and Senate tax bills that have passed both legislative bodies. We need to encourage legislators to continue to support this important provision and urge Governor Dayton to sign the Opportunity Scholarship tax credit into law once it reaches his desk. Read more and get info on how to contact your legislators

About the Newman Connection

Senior Parents: The Newman Connection is an organization with the goal of keeping youth connected to the church by connecting our graduates with campus ministry options on college campuses. Information about The Newman Connection can be found at We will be providing The Newman Connection with a list of our graduates and the colleges they are attending. If you DO NOT want your seniors' information shared, email Ms. Kjorstad by May 19. If you opt out of this, she will not include their information in the list being sent to the Newman Connection. Ms. Kjorstad can be reached at

Supporting our students' social and emotional needs

Academy of Holy Angels is committed to supporting the social and emotional needs of our students. Therefore, as part of our ongoing desire to provide emotional support, we want to call your attention to a recent series by Netflix called 13 Reasons Why. Read the School's Statement and access resources

ACT prep class offered in June

Looking for an ACT prep class before the June 10 ACT? The Academy of Holy Angels offers an ACT prep class over 3 days in early June taught by AHA faculty for $200. Get the registration form for more information and to sign up. Questions? Contact Ms. Kjorstad at

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, Tom Jasper, Pam Matthews Kerber '73, Susie Laird '90, and Sam Meckey. Read the Board Nominee bios on the AHA website.

Register for summer camps through June 2

If you have younger sons or daughters or grade school friends or neighbors, encourage them to check out Summer Experience, our June summer camps geared primarily for grades 6, 7 and 8, though there are some exceptions. See a full list of camps and register now.

Rock the Lawn is June 23, 2017June 23rd is 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, three great bands, food, beer, and wine and awesome fellowship! This year, it will be held on Friday, June 23rd. Mark your calendars and plan to attend the best event of the summer. Tickets are now on sale! For more information or to have your business receive Rock the Lawn promotions and advertising, contact Jesse Foley at Purchase your tickets nowGet more info and see a video.




See Parent Volunteer Opportunities throughout the year.


Sophomores in AP US History and others in AP Classes

If your son or daughter registered for AP US History in the 2017-18 school year, he or she will need to stop by Mr. Werle's room during finals week to pick up the textbook and required summer assignment. Some other AP classes also have assignments that students need to complete over the summer. If your student does not know if they have summer requirements, he or she should check with the teacher.

A message from the Business Office regarding year end obligations

Unpaid balances on your TADS account will result in delayed grades, final transcripts, and diplomas. If you have a question about a charge, please contact Nancy Cullen in the Business Office at Seniors will receive a letter at graduation practice on Friday, May 26th with details about any financial obligations they need to meet before graduation.

For your convenience, Nancy Cullen will be available during the following hours to receive payments, and answer questions regarding any outstanding obligations.

05/30/17: 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
05/31/17: 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
06/01/17: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

06/06/17: 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
06/07/17: 7:30 - 11:00 am
06/08/17: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
06/09/17: 7:30 am - 2:00 pm 

Upcoming Dates

  • May 20: Prom; Grand March begins at 5:45 pm
  • May 25: All School Service Day; dismissal at 1:45 pm
  • May 26: Required Graduation Practice for seniors; last day of attendance for seniors
  • May 29: No School for Memorial Day
  • May 30: Last day of regular classes for grades 9-11
  • May 31: Finals Grades 9-11; Baccalaureate at 6:30 pm
  • June 1: Finals Grades 9-11;
  • June 2: Celebration Day - Required Attendance
  • June 4: Class of 2017 Graduation 4 pm
  • August 28: First day of 17-18 school year  


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!

Check out High Point University in the CCC blog

Mrs. Proctor visited High Point University in March and she has written a review of the school in the College and Career Center Blog. See it now.

School day SAT available for Class of 2018; sign up by June 1

Holy Angels has been chosen as a test site for a "School Day SAT" next fall on October 11, 2017. Any senior in the class of 2018 can register to take the SAT during the school day at Holy Angels instead of on a Saturday test date at another testing site. Colleges accept both the ACT or the SAT. Most of our students choose to take the ACT every year though a small number of students also take the SAT. If your student is interested in taking the October 11 SAT during the school day next fall, they must register for the exam by June 1. The fee for the test is $46 without the writing section and $60 with the writing section. Students interested in registering for the test should complete this form and return it with a check made out to Holy Angels to Mrs. Taffe in 3241. Not sure if your student should take the SAT? Tell your student to see their college counselor with any questions.



Kudos to

  • to Emma Davies '17 and David Cullen '17 on winning 1st and 2nd place at the state level for essays they submitted to the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Irish History Writing Contest!! They both received a cash prize that will be used for college next year. 
  • the Softball team, who are the Conference Champions for the first time since 1996!! The team is 10-1 and currently ranked #7 in the Class AAA State rankings. 
  • AHA College and Career Counselor Tina Proctor, who was honored on May 16, 2017 at the Minnesota Association for College Admission (MACAC) conference with the highest award it offers. Proctor received the President's Service Recognition Award. Read more.
  • Jason Sheeley '92, who has been named Head Cross Country Coach. 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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