STARS Connection - Week of October 23, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of October 23, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of October 23, 2017


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of October 23, 2017


Coming Up This Week: No School Thursday-Monday, Volunteer Training, Donald's Uniform Sale, Starfest Planning Social, Fall Open House, Fall Play, Winter Sports Meetings, Mother Daughter Lunch 

We Want You To Know: AP test cost, AP Accommodations, Kiva Update, Senior party, Student and Military Records, Driving Classes

A Look Ahead: All Saints Day Memorial Mass, Booster Club Steak Fry, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Freshmen meetings, Transcript Deadlines, CCC board Stars, FAFSA, College Financial Night

Extras: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK 

 No School Thursday through Monday

There is no school for AHA students Thursday, October 19th through Monday, October 23rd. Thursday and Friday are MEA break and Monday is an AHA Professional Day. School will resume on Tuesday, October 24th.

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.

Donald's Uniform Fall Sale runs October 16 through November 5th

Get 20% off select merchandise through November 5th at Donald's locations in St. Paul, Eden Prairie or online. See the flier and get more information.

Have fun, make a difference & meet other parents - Oct 25 at 7 pm

Do you love planning events? Have great connections for auction items or creative ideas for decor? The Starfest Committee is a committed, fun group of parents and we'd love new faces and fresh ideas for Starfest 2018! Starfest is AHA's largest social event and largest fundraiser of the year. The Kick-Off Social is coming up Wed 10/25 @ 7:00 PM. Contact if you're interested in learning more!

Open House is next week! Thursday, 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

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.

Winter Sports parent meetings scheduled

The following winter sports meetings have been scheduled. Student-athletes should plan to attend with their parents. 
  • Winter Dance: October 24th at 7 pm in the annex.
  • Boys Hockey: October 30th at 7 pm in the annex.
  • Alpine Ski: November 1st at 6 pm in room 2490. 

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

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.

Notice Regarding Accommodations for AP testing

To qualify for accommodations for AP testing, College Board requires documentation. If you have questions about this, please contact Janet Oliver at 612-798-2605 or

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!

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

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.

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


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.

Save the Date for Booster Club Steak Fry/Auction on Sat. Nov. 18th at Brackett's Crossing in Lakeville

Please join us for the annual Booster club Steak Fry, a fun-filled evening that includes dinner, games, silent auction and live auction. Your invitation will be in your mail this week. The cost for dinner is $50 per person. Money raised that night will support Holy Angels Athletics, Activities and Fine Arts. If you would like to donate an item to the auction, please contact Jill Zangs at

Upcoming Dates

  • Oct 19-20: 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
  • Nov 6: College Financial Aid Night
  • Nov 18: Booster Club Steak Fry
  • Nov 20-21: Tri 1 Finals


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!

Transcript Request Deadlines

Senior Parents: Please remind your senior if they are applying to colleges with a November 15 deadline, they need to submit their request for transcripts in Family Connection by this Monday, October 30. The counselors currently have 329 transcript requests in the system and need time to respond to all the requests by the November 15 deadline. Remember: It is school policy that we do not submit test scores to colleges.  Students need to have their test scores sent to colleges directly from the testing agency.  They can request this online through or

To get a STAR on the CCC board

Senior Parents: 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.

Senior Parents: A word of advice for completing the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online at Here are a few tips that may help as you complete the FAFSA:

  • One parent and the student must each create a FSA ID. This can be done at the following site:
  • STUDENT and PARENT MUST USE DIFFERENT EMAIL ADDRESSES to create your FSA ID.  Write your username and password down. When you are completing the FAFSA, this username and password are your FSA ID.
  • Seniors--we recommend you use a different email than your ahastars email to create your FSA ID as this will be your ID throughout college and your ahastars email will be inactive after graduation.
  • Complete the FAFSA at

College Financial Aid Night is November 6

Mark your calendar now to attend College Financial Aid Night at Holy Angels on Monday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Theater. Questions? Contact Mrs. Proctor at 



Kudos to

  •  The Boys Cross Country team and Coach Jason Sheeley ‘94 and for winning the conference for the first time in over 15 years. See photo.
  • Four AHA seniors who are on the Campus Ministry team and the Football team who collected more than 700 pairs of socks for their service learning project. They'll donate them to Mobile Loaves Twin Cities through St. Joan of Arc parish. See photo.
  • The AHA Girls Volleyball team, who earned their first Conference Championship since 1999. See photo.
  • CMT Students for their leadership on the 9th grade retreat last week. See photos.

Read more news on AHA's Facebook page.

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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