STARS Connection - Week of November 13, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of November 13, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of November 13, 2017


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of November 13, 2017


Coming Up This Week:  Celebrate AHA's 140th birthday, Hunger Week and Food Drive, State Tournaments, Fall Play, Josten's rep, Service Assignment, Senior Party Parent Meeting, Final Exam Study Session, Steak Fry, Update Contact Info

We Want You To Know: Winter Team Apparel, Welcome Desk Help, AP test cost, AP Accommodations

A Look Ahead: Finals, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Freshmen meetings, Financial Aid Night materials, 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 

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! Give now or get more information.

Hunger Awareness Week and Annual Food Drive

CMT will kick off Hunger Awareness Week and the Food Drive on Thursday, November 9th and run through November 16th. They will be collecting healthy, non-perishable food items every morning from 7:15-7:35 am in the Convocation Center Lobby. You are welcome to stop by in the morning with a donation or to send in donations with your student. Thank you for helping us to make a difference!

Stars go to State!

The STARS Volleyball team and the STARS Football team are both headed to State this week! Get more information about game times and tickets.

Last chance to see the Fall Play is 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.

Senior Party Parent meeting is Nov. 16th

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.

Final Exam Study Session - hosted by National Honor Society(NHS)

Students can join National Honor Society tutors on Thursday Nov. 16 from 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm in the Library and LaRock room for a Final Exam Study session. NHS students will be available to tutor and answer questions about any subject. Stop by and ask questions or just use the time to study for your final exams. Any questions contact Ms. Stone at

Booster Club Steak Fry - Last Call!

Reservations will be accepted by phone through Monday, November 13th for the Steak Fry on the 18th. Contact Doris Rothstein at 612-798-2672 to reserve your tickets. Get more info.

Update contact info case of school closing

AHA uses a program called School Messenger to notify families when there is an unplanned school closing or any other emergency communication. On November 3rd, you should have received 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.

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, and current AHA students are not eligible.

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


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. On November 20th, the schedule is Open period, 1st period, 2nd period, then 3rd period. On November 21st, the schedule is 4th period, 5th period, 6th period, 7th period. 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 attire is expected. No hats please.

Upcoming Dates

  • Nov 11: Fall Show 7 pm
  • Nov 12: Fall Show 4 pm - last chance
  • Nov 13: Winter Sports begins (Gymnastics, Nordic Ski, Boys Hockey, Girls Basketball, Alpine Ski)
  • Nov 14: ACT Jr Score Back meeting 6:30 pm
  • Nov 15: PLC Late Start; Future Star Day; Parent Observation
  • Nov 16: Thanksgiving Prayer Service
  • 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!

Financial Aid Night materials

Junior and Senior Parents: Thank you for attending Financial Aid Night on Monday.  We hope the information shared will be helpful as you continue the financial aid process. If you were not able to attend, here is a link to the slides used by our presenter

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, November 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.

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

  • Anya Falk '18 who participated in Camp Enterprise through the Lakeville Rotary Club and was  selected to play the role of Chief Financial Officer.  In that role, Anya had to develop the projected financial plan for presentation as well as explain the terms of the investment.
  • Twenty-one AHA students participated in WE Day on November 8th. These students earned their way to the daylong celebration by volunteering over 40 hours of service last school year. See photo.

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