STARS Connection - Week of November 6, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of November 6, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of November 6, 2017


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of November 6, 2017


Coming Up This Week: School Messenger testing, Celebrate AHA's 140th birthday, Fall Play, Josten's rep, Service Assignment  

We Want You To Know: Winter Team Apparel, Welcome Desk Help, Fall Sports Surveys, Note from Admissions, Donald's Uniform Sale, AP test cost, AP Accommodations, Senior party, Social Media Boundaries

A Look Ahead: Booster Club Steak Fry, Finals, Upcoming dates

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

Extras: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK 

AHA will be testing School Messenger for emergency communication on November 3

AHA uses a program called School Messenger to notify families when there is an unplanned school closing or any other emergency communication. In the late afternoon on November 3, you should receive a test voicemail on all of the phone numbers you have on record with us. If you would like to make any changes to how you receive emergency communication from us, please update your profile through a secure connection on our website. Go to our website, click on Parents in the upper right hand corner and then Update your Contact Information on the right hand side.

Help us Celebrate AHA's 140th Birthday on AHA Give Day, November 9th

In honor of the 140th anniversary of the founding of Holy Angels, a small group of donors has committed $140,000 in challenge funds to match all Annual Fund gifts made on or before Nov. 9th! Stay tuned for more information.

Fall Play runs through Nov. 12

AHA's Starlight Productions presents You Can't Take It With You, a comedy in three acts. The play 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.

Jostens Rep. will speak with Seniors about graduation on Nov. 13

Our Josten’s Representative will be here on Monday, November 13, to speak with your seniors. Seniors will complete an order form for their caps, gowns and tassels.It would be helpful if they knew their height and weight when filling out their gown order. This expense is covered by the graduation fee you have already paid Holy Angels. All students will be given a packet of information regarding other graduation products like announcements, picture frames, etc. If you would like to order any other products, you will be able to complete an order online directly through Jostens. Questions? Contact Ms. Kjorstad, Graduation Coordinator at

Second Service Assignment is due Nov. 15th

The second service assignment towards the Stars Service Requirement has been assigned in all theology classes, grades 9-12. Students are to have their hours completed and submitted to the service tracking program, x2VOL, by November 15th. Students log in to x2VOL through their Family Connection account, the same one used provided by the College and Career Center.


We want you to know


Winter Team Apparel, Sweatshirts and Fan Wear is now available online

Check out our winter apparel site! Team sweatshirts for winter sports, new arrivals from Under Armour in STARS Spirit school store - just in time for games on the court, on the ice or on the slopes! Once you have placed your order, you will receive a confirmation receipt. All orders will be delivered to Holy Angels on the dates indicated on the website. Coaches will distribute to team members. ALL ORDERS WILL BE RECEIVED BEFORE CHRISTMAS BREAK! Order now.

Welcome Desk Help Wanted

We are seeking some additional staffing coverage for our Welcome Desk in the Convocation Lobby for Saturdays beginning at 2:00 pm and also on Sundays. This is a new need due to expansion of Gym use for Foot Sol Soccer and other occasional uses. We will provide all training and there is lots of flexibility to study, read, or work on your  favorite wireless device while attending the desk. This need will begin in November and run into at least March. If you have an interest in a great part time gig through the winter months, please contact Dave Knoll at to inquire. Lobby desk staff must be 18+ as always.

Please complete Fall Sports Surveys

Fall sports surveys were sent out last week to the email address used to register your son or daughter for their fall sport. Please take the time to fill out the survey. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Arnebeck at 

Note from Admissions

Our Fall Open House was an amazing success, as we welcomed families from at least 35 schools around the Twin Cities. The school was abuzz with returning alums, prospective families and current families who now have siblings ready to attend AHA. We hosted over 50 more families than last year, and want to keep the momentum going. THANK YOU to all of our many volunteers who helped to make this a wonderful event. PLEASE continue to spread the word about Holy Angels to family, friends and coworkers...we're hoping for a wonderful Class of 2022! Go STARS! Questions? Contact Meg Angevine,

Donald's Uniform Fall Sale runs 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.

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

Senior Party Planning; Meeting on November 16

Senior party plans are already underway. There will be a meeting for senior parents on Thursday, November 16th at 6:30 pm in room 2490 at AHA. If you have any questions about the senior party or would like to sign up to help, please contact Colleen Roberge at or 952-237-9160.

A message from the Sports Engine community on Social Media boundaries for kids

Over two-plus decades, Reggie Roberts witnessed how the globalization of the digital revolution impacted the NFL and now he's sharing three tips with parents. Read more.


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.  The cost for dinner is $50 per person. Money raised that night will support Holy Angels Athletics, Activities and Fine Arts. Sign up now to volunteer to help with the Steak Fry (decorating tables, assisting with games, etc.) Get the invitation. Get the RSVP.

Finals are November 20 and 21

First trimester finals will be held on Monday and Tuesday, November 20th and 21st. Students will attend 65-minute final exam periods over the course of the two days. Monday begins with an open period for additional studying and connecting with teachers from 8 to 9:05 am, followed by the 1st period final, which begins at 9:15 am. Students are dismissed each day at 12:50 pm and no lunch is served on finals days. Students are able to be out of uniform on finals days but appropriate atttire is expected. No hats please.

Upcoming Dates

  • Nov 5: Mother Daughter Lunch
  • Nov 6: College Financial Aid Night
  • Nov 13: Winter Sports begins (Gymnastics, Nordic Ski, Boys Hockey, Girls Basketball, Alpine Ski)
  • Nov 18: Booster Club Steak Fry
  • Nov 20: Boys Basketball begins
  • Nov 20-21: Tri 1 Finals
  • Nov 22-24: No School; Thanksgiving break
  • Nov 27: Trimester II begins


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 December 1 deadline, they need to submit their request for transcripts in Family Connection by Wednesday, Novemebr 15. 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.

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

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

Junior Parents: Practice ACT Score Back Night is Tuesday, November 14

Juniors and their parents are invited to Practice ACT Score Back Night on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 in the Theater. Sylvan Test Prep who administered the test will have the results available and they will discuss how to understand the test prep needs for your students. There are both Sylvan and AHA ACT test prep classes offered this winter and information will be shared about this on November 14. Questions? Contact Ms. Kjorstad at or at 612-798-2691.



Kudos to

  • The STARS Volleyball team, who advances to their second consecutive Section Final after defeating Concordia Academy on Tuesday. Come cheer on the STARS at Bloomington Kennedy this Thursday at 8 pm, as they play for a chance to return to the AA State Tournament. 
  • The STARS Football team, who advances to their second consecutive Section Final Game as they defeated Mound-Westonka 34-7 last Saturday. Come cheer on the STARS this Friday at 7 pm at AHA as they play for the 5AAAA Championship. Read more about the win.
  • Seven seniors who were honored Thursday at Convocation for their outstanding athletic achievements, in the National Merit competition and/or with perfect ACT scores. Read more.

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