STARS Connection - Week of Sept 4, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of Sept 4, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of Sept 4, 2017


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of September 4, 2017


Coming Up This Week: Friday is E, No School Monday, Welcome Back to School Night, Wed is late start, Catholic Sports Network, STEM diploma intent, Service hours

We Want You To Know: Academic Reception, Homecoming Dance Volunteers, School Store, Booster Club passes, Contacting AHA Staff, Lunch Volunteers, Senior Pictures, Turf Updates, Driver's Ed

A Look Ahead: Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Senior Meetings, Senior Parent Meeting, Transfer Students 

Extras: We pray for, Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK 

Friday, Sept 1st is an E schedule

Tomorrow,the first Friday of school is an early dismissal, with school ending at 1 pm. Buses 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. For a list of all of AHA's daily schedules and times, click here.

No School on Monday, September 4th

This Monday, September 4th is Labor Day and there is no school. School will resume on Tuesday, September 5th.

Welcome Back to School night is Wed, Sept 6th

Parents, there’s no better way to meet all your student’s teachers and to learn what the school day is like than to attend Welcome Back to School Night, which begins at 6:30 p.m. For senior parents only, there’s an additional meeting at 5:30 p.m. to help you stay up-to-date on the college admissions and financial aid process. Stars Spirit School Store will be open on Back to School Night for your shopping convenience.

Wednesday, September 6th is a late start

This coming Wednesday is a Professional Learning Community (PLC) day for AHA teachers who gather before school for department and grade-level meetings. School starts late for students at 8:25 am. Buses run at their regular times, and there's supervision at school for students who arrive early.

Holy Angels takes lead in new Catholic Sports Network

Launched in late August, the Catholic Sports Network will stream 9 regular season football games this season features games with AHA and Benilde-St. Margarets. Designed to promote the network's member schools, the Catholic Sports Network will focus on the football programs this fall with the ability to expand to winter and spring sports. Read more. You can also watch the inaugural kick-off game as Holy Angels hosts Hill Murray. 

STEM diploma letters of intent due Sept 1

Seniors who are planning to earn a STEM dipoma this academic year need to turn in their letter of intent to Donna Poshusta in room 3363 by 1:15 pm on Friday, September 1st. Read more about the program.

Service Announcements

Students who completed service hours (not the same as work study hours) during the summer can add hours to x2VOL to meet their service requirement for the upcoming year. Remind them to login through Naviance Family Connection, available on the Students tab of the AHA website. Students in grades 10-12 need 20 hours submitted between June 3, 2017 and May 25, 2018. Students earning Blue (for 40 hours) and Gold (for 60 hours) need to have those hours completed and submitted between June 3, 2017 and May 1, 2018. When students attend mission trips and other immersion experiences, they can submit a maximum of 8 hours per day for each day. Ninth graders will get information and account info at the end of September. All grades will be assigned service in theology classes to be completed before mid trimester. Get more information.

We want you to know


Students honored at Academic Reception

Students in the classes of 2018-2020 who met the criteria for an Academic letter in the 2016-17 school year were honored at a morning reception on August 30, 2017. The criteria for high honors is maintaining a year-to-date (YTD) grade point average (GPA) of 3.6667 or higher and the criteria for scholar of distinction is a YTD GPA of 4.0 or higher. See the list.

Homecoming Dance Volunteers Needed

The AHA Parent Association is looking for parents to chaperone the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 30. The dance starts at 8:30pm and parents run the coat check. This is a very fun and easy way to get involved at AHA! Sign up by using this link: AHA Homecoming Dance 2017. If you have any questions you can contact Kelly Priadka

School Store Hours resumed this week

STARS SPIRIT, AHA's school store, resumed regular school day hours coinciding with the beginning of the school year. The store is open from Monday to Friday from 7 to 8 am and then again from 11 am to 1 pm. You are invited to stop in and pick up school uniform-approved sweatshirts or spirit wear.

Booster Club passes are available online

The AHA Booster Club sponsors a pass that is available for purchase and provides admission to all home athletic events (excluding hockey and MSHSL tournaments) and admission to all home fine art activities. The pass application is available here.

How to Contact an AHA Staff Member, Teacher, or Coach

AHA has policies in place for its employees about how to communicate, so that our communications are clear, consistent, and transparent. We ask coaches, teachers, and staff members to use AHA emails and phones when they contact you. When you need to contact them, please use the AHA addresses and phones. If you need to look up contact information, consult the directory on the website or call the main office at 612.798.2600. Access the Staff & Services Directory for AHA staff members and teachers. For Coach information, look on the sport or activity team page.

Volunteer to serve lunch

STARS CAFE is looking for volunteers to help serve lunch throughout the school year. Any parents interested can contact Beth Hansen at Come and join us while we serve the great students at Holy Angels - usual schedule is 11:15 am - 12:45 pm - bring a friend and have lunch before you go about the rest of your day. Hope to hear from you!! See other parent volunteer opportunities.

Senior Pictures are due by Oct. 17th

Senior Parents: Reminder that graduation portraits, senior quotes and optional yearbook ads are due Tuesday, October 17th. Students may chose to use their Lifetouch photo instead of a professional portrait. Get the information.

Turf Updates 

On Thursday, August 3rd, AHA community members joined together to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new south athletic field. The new turf field, an important element in Academy of Holy Angels' long-range campus plan, will replace the existing natural grass and will be constructed to accommodate a future dome that will expand the capabilities of Holy Angels' well-known StarDome and will be domed in winter months. We are pleased to report that Phase One of the new turf athletic field is in full swing. Work is currently being done to prepare the new field area for proper drainage, field surface support, lighting needs, and utilities access for the dome mechanical equipment. Read more.

Fall AAA Driver Education Classes Announced

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. Students receive an AAA How to Drive Textbook and the Minnesota Driving Manual. Behind-the-Wheel lessons are available at both AHA and AAA St. Louis Park.

Dates: October 24, 26, 30, 31, November 2, 6, 7, 9, 13 and 14
Time: 3:00 - 6:15pm
Parent Night: October 24th from 4:45-6:15pm

Students are able to start the classroom portion of driver education at age 14.5. If a student is unable to attend all sessions, make-up options are available at AAA St. Louis Park. 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.


Upcoming Dates

  • Sept 1: E Schedule; Home Football game 7 pm, watch online
  • Sept 4: No School; Labor Day
  • Sept 6: Senior Parent meeting 5:30 pm; Welcome Back to School Night, 6:30 pm
  • Sept 22: E schedule, Practice ACT for juniors, Stars are Out Tonight, Freshmen Mixer and Parent Mixer
  • Sept 25: Conference Registration begins
  • Sept 25-29: Homecoming Week
  • Sept 26: College Planning Night 6:30 pm
  • Sept 29: Activities Hall of Fame Register now; Homecoming game 7 pm.
  • Sept 30: Homecoming Dance


 Senior Parents, have your senior visit us!

Encourage your senior to see his or her college counselor when school starts to schedule a senior meeting. This is a short 15-20 minute meeting with Ms. Kjorstad or Mrs. Proctor to check on the college search progress and remind students about requesting transcripts and applying to college. 

Senior Parent meeting at 5:30 pm before Back to School night

Senior Parents:  The College Counselors will be hosting a Senior Parent meeting before Back to School Night at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel on Wednesday, September 6.  Please join us for updates about the college application process.  This same information will be shared with your senior in a class meeting on Tuesday, September 5.  We hope to see you Tuesday night in the Chapel!

Transfer Students, the College and Career Center counselors want to meet you!

Welcome to Holy Angels! The college counselors would like to meet with all new transfer students (and their parents if possible) to introduce them to the services offered by the College and Career Center. Please contact the appropriate college counselor now to schedule a meeting. Ms. Kjorstad works with students whose last names begin with the letters A-L and can be reached at or 612-798- 2691. Mrs. Proctor works with students whose last names begin with the letters M-Z and can be reached at or 612-798-2639. We can’t wait to meet you!



We pray for

Maddie Boehne '18, whose grandfather Gordon Boehne passed away


to Paulina Holmberg ('18), who placed 5th in the nation in Trampoline at the National Trampoline and Tumbling Competition held this past summer in Milwaukee.  Paulina stood in 8th place after the preliminary round (only the top 8 athletes move on to the final round of competition). Performing a clean and mistake-free final routine, Paulina was able to move up from 8th place to finish in 5th place. Watch all three of Paulina's routines. Great job Paulina.

Is my team in action this week?

Go to for the sports schedules.

What's for Lunch? 

Get lunch information, including menus as available.
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