STARS Connection - Week of Sept. 25, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of Sept. 25, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of Sept. 25, 2017


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of September 25, 2017


Coming Up This Week: Practice ACT, PACC, Friday is E, Freshman/Parent Mixer, Stars are out Tonight, Football game online, Volunteers needed, Super Soccer Saturday, Picture Retakes, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Homecoming Week, Activities Hall of Fame

We Want You To Know: Hurricane Harvey Relief, NetClassroom, Driving on the AHA Campus, NHS Tutoring, Medications, U of Mary trip, Senior Pictures, AHA jobs, Driving Classes

A Look Ahead: Grandparents Day, Dance Team Mini Clinic, Oct 11 Testing, Volunteer Training, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: College Planning Night, PSAT class 

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

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK 

Practice ACT for Juniors is Sept 22

Junior Parents: The entire Junior class will take a free practice ACT test on Friday, September 22 during the school day.  The test is provided by Sylvan Learning Center who will then provide the results of the test to parents at a “Score Back” meeting on Tuesday, November 14 in the Theater at 6:30 p.m.  Juniors will be testing from 1st through 5th or 6th hour so they should bring a snack for their break as they will likely test through their lunch period. Juniors will be released for the day when they complete their test. If your student is ill or absent on September 22, they can still take the Practice ACT at Sylvan's Edina location. Email Ms. Kjorstad for more information.  If you have questions about the Practice ACT, please contact Ms. Kjorstad at

PACC payments due by the end of this week

Checks for PACC should be brought to Mr. O'Leary in the counseling office on the 3rd floor for $75 per credit. Checks should be made out to AHA.

Friday, Sept. 22 is an E schedule

September 22nd 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.

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! Come any time between 5 and 7 pm to enjoy the festivities, including a grill-out, musics, giveaways, contests, inflatables, and game sponsored by AHA Sports and Activities. Grade school children will receive free admission to the football game immediately after at 7 pm vs DeLaSalle. Invite your friends and family! Bring a prospective family/student with you and let us welcome them to AHA! The forecast shows 90 degree heat on Friday, so please dress accordingly. Watch a video about the event.

Holy Angels Spirit wear will be available for purchase that evening. Great selection of hoodies, hats, 1/4 zips plus new arrivals from Under Armor. Look for STARS Spirit tent location at the entrance to STARS ARE OUT!

Watch AHA-DLS Football game online

If you or someone you know is unable to be present for the Holy Angels vs. DeLaSalle Football game on Friday, September 22nd, they can watch it live. See it streamed play-by-play at

Saturday, Sept 23rd is Super Soccer Saturday

Come see the AHA Soccer teams play with C games starting at 8 am and Varsity games at 1 pm and 7 pm on Super Soccer Saturday. Additionally, the soccer teams will be collecting items for People Serving People and St. Stephen's Human Services. See the day's schedule on TrimetroSee what items are being collected.

Monday, Sept 25 is make-up photos and retake day

Student who have not had their picture taken yet may pick up a flyer in the main office or get one on Monday, September 25th. You can also view it here.  However, pictures don't need to be ordered on that day, but can be ordered online afterwards. Students wishing to have their pictures re-taken must bring their original packet with them on Monday, which they will be receiving from their homeroom teachers soon. Pictures can be viewed online and ordered here

Parent/Teacher Conference Registration begins Sept 25

Register for parent/teacher conferences beginning September 25. Parent/teacher conferences are October 16 and 17 from 2-7:30 pm. AHA uses an online registration system. To register, go to > Parents > Conference Registration. The conference registration system will ask you for a master password, which was in the emailed verison of this newsletter. Then, you'll either enter the login that you created when you registered previously, or you'll have the opportunity to create a new login. You will not be using your NetClassroom ID and password for conference registration.

Homecoming week is Sept 25 to 29

AHA Student Government will sponsor homecoming week the last week of September. Students are encouraged to dress up in the theme of the day.

  • Monday: Christmas (grade 9), Valentines Day (grade 10), 4th of July (grade 11), St. Patrick's Day (grade 12)
  • Tuesday: Jersey Day
  • Wednesday: Decade Day - 1960 (grade 9), 1970 (grade 10), 1980 (grade 11), 1990 (grade 12)
  • Thursday: Dress your best for Mass AHA Spirit Wear

Read more about out of uniform days in the Student and Parent handbook. This year, the homecoming dance will be on Saturday, September 30 from 8:30-11 pm. It is a semi-formal event. Students should bring $5 and two food shelf items for entry.

Current Parent Jennifer Streefland Henry '87 and the 2005 Girls State Championship HockeyTeam to be honored September 29th

This year's Activities Hall of Fame inductees are Jennifer Streefland Henry '87 for track and cross country and the Girls State Championship Hockey Team. The event reception starts at 5pm and the program will begin at 5:45pm in the AHA Commons. Inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the 7 pm football game. Please RSVP and register now. Read more about the event.

To find out more information, contact Jesse Foley at or see our events page.

We want you to know


More than $4000 raised for Hurricane Harvey Relief

AHA student government collected money on Wednesday, September 13th for Hurricane Harvey relief. More than $4000 is being sent to the Department of Catholic Schools at the Houston/Galveston Archdiocese. It will be used to assist their families with gift cards to hardware, groceries, home goods, as well as tuition assistance so that they can continue to provide education and pay their staff. Thank you to all who supported this effort.

NetClassroom Login Information

Netclassroom is the online grading portal where students and parents can see daily assignments, daily grades, schedules and where mid-trimester and trimester report cards are posted. If you have forgotten your NetClassroom login information, you can have it sent to you with the "forgot password" link on the "Update my Contact" login page in the Parent portal. Enter the email where you receive AHA communications and a link to reset your password will be sent. If this does not work, call the main office at 612-798-2600 and we can look up your information for you.

Be Nice to Our Neighbors

Some reminders for driving around campus:

  • Slow down; pedestrians and other vehicles are counting on you to protect them. There is no need for speed in the parking lot, the driveway or anywhere you are driving. 

  • Obey stop signs by stopping completely, looking both ways and proceeding carefully. 

  • Use the proper entrances and exits: your choices are Wentworth Ave or the main driveway from Nicollet. Please stay off of Blaisdell Ave and keep out of the south parking lot of the church. There are cones to protect parishioners and the BT students. Please do not drive through them or move them.

  • If you are leaving the back AHA lots (i.e. the junior lot, the lot outside the main door), you are supposed to go straight to Nicollet Ave; not turn right into the church lot (where it says “no right turn”). 

And for parking on campus:
  • Park in your assigned spots; if you do not know where that is, please ask. The church has the middle part of the lot for their daily needs (i.e. Mass, funerals, other events). 

When someone does not follow these practices, it reflects on our whole community.
Thank you for your cooperation.

NHS Tutoring available

NHS (National Honor Society) holds weekly drop in tutoring sessions for any student at AHA. The sessions are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:15 - 7:45 am in the LaRock room (which is connected to the library). Your student can drop by and ask questions about a homework assignment, a specific concept from a class, or to get a paper proofread. No appointments are needed, the tutors (who are senior NHS members) are there waiting to answer questions, just look for the signs saying NHS tutoring.

In addition to the drop-in tutoring, NHS members can be requested for one-on-one tutoring for your son or daughter. If this is something that you are interested in, please contact Lindsay Stone at for more information. 

A reminder about AHA's medication policy

AHA does NOT have a school supply of any medicine. You must provide to the school nurse a supply of any medicine that your child needs to take along with the proper consent form. This includes ibuprofen, acetaminophen, inhalers, epipens, and Benadryl. The complete policy can be found in the student handbook. You can also find all of the needed consent forms on the website. If you have any questions, please contact School Nurse Jan Nordstrom at

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 ( Students are required to have a signed AHA permission slip from parents/guardians. See itinerary.

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.

AHA is hiring

Academy of Holy Angels has been recognized by the Star Tribune as one of Minnesota’s 2017 top 150 places to work. There are recently posted openings for bus drivers and a custodian on our website. Get more details

Driving classes at AHA

Dates: October 24th- November 14th.
Time: 3–6:15 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Location: Room 2493 at Holy Angels
Parent/Guardian Night: October 24th, 4:45-6:15pm in room 2491
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 from both AHA and AAA St. Louis Park.

Ready for Behind-the-Wheel Lessons? We have afterschool, evening, and daytime lessons over MEA available. Please call our office at (952) 927-2602 to make arrangements or you can schedule directly via the online Student Portal. Sign up at


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.

October 11 is Testing Day, No school for seniors

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, the PSAT will be administered to all juniors. The PSAT, which is a shortened version of the College Board’s SAT, gives students an opportunity to identify their academic strengths and weaknesses as they prepare for standardized tests this winter/spring. The PSAT scores are also used to determine eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Freshmen & Sophomores will take the Pre-ACT on Wednesday, Oct 11. The Pre-ACT give students valuable practice by including questions and scores similar to those on the ACT. The Pre-ACT also provides early indication of progress and ideas for improvement. Students will be dismissed when testing is finishing, shortly after 11 am. Buses will leave at 11:30 am.

Seniors have the day off to visit colleges. Seniors who previously registered for the optional SAT School Day will take the SAT the morning of October 11.

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, AHA will host a Virtus session on Wednesday, October 18, 6-9 p.m. Register online now.

Upcoming Dates

  • 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 27: National College Fair 5 pm
  • Sept 28: Angelus Mass
  • Sept 29: Activities Hall of Fame Register now; Homecoming game 7 pm.
  • Sept 30: Homecoming Dance
  • Oct 4: PLC late start, Parent Observation, Future STAR Day
  • Oct 6: E schedule, Grandparents day
  • Oct 9-10: Freshmen Retreats
  • Oct 11: Special Schedule with early dismissal, Testing Day, no school for seniors


College Planning Night is Tuesday,September 26

Junior and Senior Parents: College Planning Night on Tuesday, September 26 is for juniors, seniors and their parents. The evening starts at 6:30 in the Chapel. We will have presenters from 13 regional and national universities. Topics include admission to Catholic universities, large public schools, and highly selective schools; paying for college; making campus visits; playing college sports and a session on applying to Art programs. Watch your mail for a letter with a tentative agenda that was mailed earlier this week. Contact Ann Kjorstad at 612-798-2691 or for more information.

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.



Kudos to

  • the Boys Cross Country team on finishing 2nd at the Private School Championship race at St. Kate's last Thursday.
  • Jocelyn Reiter '18, Caleb Peichel '18 and Jack Bridgeman '18, who were recently named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship program. They are among 16,000 students nationwide who achieved Semifinalist status and who have the opportunity to continue in competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
  • Conor McGarry '18 and Julia Zappa '18, who have been named commended students in the National Merit Scholarship program
  • the AHA Soccer teams, who recently volunteered at the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance Teal Strides event and Feed My Starving Children in Eagan. See photos on Facebook.
  • the AHA Football team whose dominant defense led to a 30-0 win over St. Louis Park on Friday, Sept 15. Read more.
  • Read more on AHA's Facebook page.

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