STARS Connection - Week of Sept. 11, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of Sept. 11, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of Sept. 11, 2017

 STARS CONNECTION

Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of September 11, 2017

IN THIS ISSUE

Coming Up This Week:  Mentoring Mondays, Service Announcements, 

We Want You To Know: Handbook quiz, Immunizations, U of Mary trip, Academic Reception, Booster Club passes, Senior Pictures, Driver's Ed

A Look Ahead: Freshmen/Parent Mixer, Stars are out Tonight, Grandparents Day, Dance Team Mini Clinic, Volunteer Training, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Senior Meetings, Transfer Students, PSAT class 

Extras: Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK 

Mentoring Mondays begin on Sept 11

The Campus Ministry Team seniors (CMT) will mentor 9th graders on Mondays in homeroom throughout the year. The goal of the mentor program is to help 9th graders become fully involved in their school community. During homeroom meetings they will discuss many topics ranging from academic integrity to what color to wear to the football game.  During the first trimester, 9th graders will also be invited to serve alongside their mentor as a way to introduce them to service expectations at AHA. 

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

WE WANT YOU TO KNOW

Sophomores, Juniors took Handbook Quiz

10th and 11th graders took a quiz on the Student and Parent Handbook in homeroom on Tuesday, September 5th. They were asked questions about uniforms, lockers, technology and more. Ask your student how he/she scored.

Parents, please review the Student and Parent Handbook with your student so that you are both well informed about the policies and procedures of AHA. 

Remember to report Immunizations to the School Nurse

Did your student receive any new immunizations over the summer?  Please be sure to send documentation of any new immunizations to school nurse Jan Nordstrom.  

Sign up now for University of Mary trip planned for October

AHA junior and senior students have a unique opportunity to travel by coach bus to the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota for a comprehensive college tour on Sunday, October 29 and Monday, October 30. Travel, food and one night’s lodging in a Bismarck hotel is being covered by an AHA benefactor.

Students from a variety of Twin Cities Catholic high schools will attend. This trip will be “first-come, first serve” so sign up with Mr. Foley (room #2238) as soon as possible.
Primary AHA contact and chaperone: Jesse Foley (jfoley@ahastars.org). Students are required to have a signed AHA permission slip from parents/guardians. See itinerary.

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.

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.

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.

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 aaa.com/drivingschool.com For residents outside of Hennepin County, use zip code 55416 to access the AAA Minneapolis website.

A Look AheadA LOOK AHEAD

Freshman Parent Mixer is Friday, September 22

Freshmen and their parents are invited to separately held mixers at AHA on Friday September 22nd from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Freshman parents will gather in the Commons/Annex at 5:15 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. Please join us to meet other 9th grade parents, enjoy a complimentary dinner and free admission into the football game vs. DeLaSalle. There will be an area in the football stands reserved for 9th grade parents.

The freshman mixer is planned and led by the senior students in the Campus Ministry program and the parent mixer is sponsored by the AHA Parent Association. Don't miss it!

Stars are out tonight is Friday, September 22

Join us on Friday, September 22, for our annual STARS Are Out Tonight Family Festival!  The event is one of AHA's biggest community builders.  There will be a grill out, music, giveaways, contests, inflatables, and games sponsored by AHA sports and activities.  It begins at 5:00 PM and goes right to the beginning of the Football game vs. DeLaSalle.  Invite your friends and family! Bring a prospective family/student with you and let us welcome them to AHA!

We are in need of volunteers for this event. Please contact Sarah Hauer at shauer@ahastars.org if interested.

Grandparents Day is October 6

The 2017 Grandparents & Special Friends Day will be held on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 1:00 PM in the gymnasium. Invitations have been mailed directly to grandparents. Further details as well as online registration is available here.

Dance Team Mini-Clinic planned for grades K-8

The AHA Starliners are hosting a 4-hour dance clinic for grades K-8 on October 7th in the AHA gym. Get flier and details.

Volunteer training to be held on October 18

We'd love to have you join us. Depending on your role, you may need to complete the Essential 3 that are the Archdiocesan requirements of the Safe Environment Training. We'll need you to read and sign the Code of Conduct, complete a background check, and attend Virtus Training. Please be in contact with Becky Egan, HR, if you have questions, began@ahastars.org. AHA will host a Virtus session on Wednesday, October 18, 6-9 p.m. Register online now.

Upcoming Dates

  • Sept 11: Mentoring Mondays begin
  • Sept 20: PLC late start
  • 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
  • Oct 4: PLC late start
  • Oct 6: E schedule, Grandparents day
SEE FULL CALENDAR >

College and CareerFROM THE COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER

 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. 

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 akjorstad@ahastars.org or 612-798- 2691. Mrs. Proctor works with students whose last names begin with the letters M-Z and can be reached at tproctor@ahastars.org or 612-798-2639. We can’t wait to meet you!

 

PSAT class offered on October 7

Junior Parents:On Wednesday, October 11, all juniors will be taking the PSAT, which is a shortened version of the College Board's SAT. The PSAT scores are used to determine eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. In an effort to help our students who might be eligible for the National Merit Competition, Holy Angels will be offering a one-day PSAT test preparation class on Saturday, October 7. This class is most appropriate for students who are academically high achievers and have performed well on other standardized tests. If you want to register your junior for this class, please complete the registration form available here.  If you are unsure whether your student should take this prep class, please contact Ms. Kjorstad at 612-798-2691. We will be offering several ACT Prep Classes this winter and spring for juniors wanting test preparation for the ACT.

Extras

EXTRAS

Is my team in action this week?

Go to tri-metro.org for the sports schedules.

What's for Lunch? 

Get lunch information, including menus as available.

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