STARS Connection - Week of October 16, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of October 16, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of October 16, 2017


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of October 16, 2017


Coming Up This Week: Parent/Teacher Conferences, Soccer Sections, Senior Pictures, Volunteer Training, Mid-tri grades

We Want You To Know: AP test cost, Kiva Update, Grandparents Day, Math STARS, Construction continues, Desserts for Fall Conferences, Senior party, Admissions, Student and Military Records, U of Mary trip, Driving Classes

A Look Ahead: Fall Play, Mother Daughter Lunch, All Saints Day Memorial Mass, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Freshmen meetings, Fall Break College Visits, Transcript Deadlines

Extras: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK 

Parent/Teacher Conference Registration ends today at 9 pm

Register for parent/teacher conferences through October 12 at 9 pm. 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 version 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.

Stars Host Soccer Sections on Saturday, October 14th

Our soccer teams were each ranked in the top 4 (Boys #2/ Girls #3) in their 16 team sections. They will host a doubleheader section quarterfinals this Saturday, October 14th  at 1 PM (Girls) and 3 PM (Boys) at the Stardome. Come out and cheer on our teams!

Upload Senior Pictures now; Oct. 17 is a hard deadline

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

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.

Mid-Tri 1 grades now available online

Go to AHA's NetClassroom (located in the Parent portal on and log on with your ID and password. Under the grades menu, click on Report Card. It's a good idea to print, download or otherwise save a copy of the Mid-Tri 1 Report Card if you'd like to do any comparisons to other marking term grades. Once Trimester 1 grades are posted at the end of November, the previous grade report is no longer available in NetClassroom.

If you've forgotten your ID or password, you can use the forgotten password page to have it emailed to the email address we have in your record.  If this does not work for you or you have problems logging on or seeing grades, you can email for assistance.  Make sure to include your full name, your student's name and the email address you used on the forgotten password page. 

We want you to know


AP Test Cost will be added to TADS billing process in November

This is a reminder that if your son or daughter has an AP class, he/she will be taking an AP test in May. The cost for each test is $60.00 and will be collected via TADS beginning in November. The only exception to the TADS collecting process is for International Students. They must work/pay directly with/to the business office c/o Nancy Cullen (612-798-2615). Nancy's office is in the business area on 2nd floor administrative wing. Collections need to be completed by January for test ordering. Read more about AP Testing.

Kiva Update

Last year, AHA embarked on a new initiative to loan money to struggling entrepreneurs in third world countries through a process called microfinance.  We utilized a program called KIVA to achieve this goal.  Click here for information on how the Holy Angels Kiva program prospered in its first year!

Grandparents and Special Friends Day was a success

Over 650 guests and students gathered this year for Grandparents and Special Friends Day on October 6th. It began with mass celebrated by Father Tix, followed by a short program led by President Tom Shipley, refreshments, photos, and student-led tours of the school.  Read more and see video montage.

Math STARS begins October 12

Is your student looking for a winter activity that is fun, challenging, and not a huge time commitment?  Does your student like math and problem solving?  If so, check out Math STARS!  There will be an information meeting, Thursday, October 12, 2:45 pm, Room 3363.  Can't make the meeting?   See Mrs. Poshusta in Room 3363.

Construction continues on our Athletic field

Ground was broken in August on the new south Athletic field and the work continues. See a video of the progress on Facebook. Read more about the plans

Desserts needed for Fall Conferences

Conference time is approaching and we are once again asking Holy Angels families to consider bringing in a dessert for our staff to enjoy during their dinner break at conferences.  We are also looking for a host/hostess to help with the event from 3:30-6pm each day. Sign up now.

Senior Party Co-chair needed

Senior party plans are already underway. If there is anyone that would like to co-chair the senior party or have any questions about the senior party please contact Colleen Roberge at or 952-237-9160

Admissions News

Open House is in 2 weeksThursday, October 26, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Planning is well underway for our upcoming Open House. Many families of 8th and 7th graders attend and want to learn as much as they can about Holy Angels. We start with our Sports and Activities Fair at 6p.m., followed by academic presentations and tours of our beautiful school. We're seeking your help to spread the good word about AHA by:

  • Volunteering that night to serve as a greeter and at registration tables from 5:45 - 6:30; and/or being part of one of our tour groups and chatting informally with families as we walk the hallways. (6:30 - 8:30ish)

  • Please continue to talk about AHA to friends, family, neighbors, coworkers--your endorsement goes a long way to promoting our school. Consider bringing a family to the Open House too!

Thanks for all you do to support our AHA community! Questions/comments? Call Meg Angevine at 612-798-0764 or email me at

Student records and military recruiters; deadline for opting out is October 27

Both federal and state law require that secondary schools release names, addresses and home telephone numbers of students in grades 11 and 12 if requested by military recruiters. However, there is a provision that allows parents to opt out of this disclosure by informing the school that they DO NOT want their child’s information released to recruiters. If you would like your student’s information withheld, send your request - in writing, with your signature - by October 27, to Gina Meacham in the AHA Guidance Department, c/o Academy of Holy Angels, 6600 Nicollet Ave. S., Richfield, MN 55423.

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. 

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


Fall Play opens October 27

AHA's Starlight Productions presents You Can't Take It With You, a comedy in three acts. The play opens on October 27th and runs through November 12. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Get more details, including all performance times and the cast list.

Register by October 30 for Mother Daughter Lunch on November 5

It's time for our annual Mother/Daughter lunch! Mothers and daughters are invited to spend time together Sunday, November 5 for an afternoon of food, fellowship and service projects. All families with daughters should have received the invitation via email or can get it here. For questions or additional information, please contact Nancy Roscoe at

NEW! All Saints Day Memorial Mass

During November, we, as a Church, are called to remember and pray for those who have died. The month begins with the celebration of All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2), and closes with Thanksgiving. During this month, we pause to remember in prayer and gratitude the lives of those who remain close to us through the Communion of Saints. We invite you to attend our new all-school All Saints Day Memorial Mass on Wednesday, November 1st at 10 am. At Mass, we will honor your loved ones that have joined the Communion of Saints in heaven. Following, refreshments will be provided in the Parlor. Please visit here for complete details. RSVPs are requested.

Upcoming Dates

  • Oct 12: Conference Registration ends
  • Oct 16: E schedule, 1 pm dismissal, Taher lunch served, P/T conferences 2-7:30 pm
  • Oct 17: E schedule, 1 pm dismissal, Taher lunch served, P/T conferences 2-7:30 pm
  • Oct 18: E schedule, 1 pm dismissal, No Taher lunch, Pizza lunch is served by the golf team for cash only
  • Oct 19: No school, Fall break
  • Oct 20: No school, Fall break
  • Oct 23: No school, Teacher Professional Day
  • Oct 24: School Resumes
  • Oct 27: Fall Show opens
  • Nov 1: All Saints Day Memorial Mass
  • Nov 5: Mother Daughter Lunch


Freshmen Meeting with their College Counselor

Freshmen Parents: You should have received a letter in early October about the 9th grade meeting for you and your student from your college counselor. If the time assigned does not work for your family, please call your college counselor immediately to reschedule. Ms. Kjorstad works with students last names A-L and can be reached at or by phone at 612-798-2691. Mrs. Proctor works with students last names M-Z and can be reached at or by phone at 612-798-2639. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Planning college visits over Fall Break?

So is every other junior or senior in MN—Plan Ahead! Just a reminder that October 19 and 20 are very popular visit days at all Minnesota colleges as well as in North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. If you and your student are planning college visits over fall break, please call the colleges now to reserve space for a tour and appointments on campus. Have a great visit!

Transcript Request Deadlines

Senior Parents: Please remind your senior if they are applying to colleges with a November 1 deadline, they need to submit their request for transcripts in Family Connection by this Friday, October 13. The counselors currently have 366 transcript requests in the system and need time to respond to all the requests by the November 1 deadline. Also, remind your student to bring in their admission and scholarship letters to their college counselor to get a STAR on the board. We need to know about scholarship awards for Celebration Day in the spring.



Kudos to

  • Girl's Volleyball defeated St. Agnes in conference play Tuesday evening to bring their conference record to 8-0 and secure a minimum of a tie for the Conference Championship. They are currently 19-2 and play Fridley tonight (Thursday, October 12th) at 7PM. It's Senior Night and a win would secure outright the championship.

  • Thus far Boy's Soccer, Girl's Tennis, and Volleyball have won or shared conference championships.

Read more news on AHA's Facebook page.

Is my team in action this week?

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