STARS Connection - Week of December 4, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of December 4, 2017

STARS Connection - Week of December 4, 2017


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of December 4, 2017


Coming Up This Week: Tri 1 grades, Sadies is Dec 1, Dec 6 is PLC late start, Christmas Basket Kickoff, 9th grade Service & Fun day, Pacific Northwest College Tour, Immaculate Conception, Student Hockey Passes, Advent

We Want You To Know: Stars Spirit Store, Booster Club Steak Fry, Admissions' greetings, School Closings, Accommodations for AP testing

A Look Ahead:  Christmas at the Academy, Christmas Break, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: ACT Prep Classes, 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 week COMING UP THIS WEEK

Trimester 1 Grades are available online

Trimester 1 grades are now available online. Go to AHA's NetClassroom and log on with your ID and password.

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.

It's a good idea to print, download or otherwise save a copy of the Trimester 1 grades if you'd like to do any comparisons to other marking term grades. Once mid-trimester 2 grades are posted, the trimester 1 grades are no longer available in NetClassroom.

Sadies is Friday, December 1st

The annual Sadies dance, sponsored by AHA Student Government, is this Friday from 8:30 to 11 pm in the AHA commons and annex. Sadies has traditionally been a "girl ask guy" dance, but dates for AHA's dances are optional. Tickets are $35 a couple and $17.50 for an individual. Parents who drive their students should plan on picking them up no later than 11 pm.

Wed, Dec. 6th is a PLC late start

Wednesday, December 6th is a PLC (Professional Learning Community) day at AHA. Teachers will gather for early morning professional meetings. Classes begin at 8:25 am. Buses run at their regular times and there's supervision for students who arrive at school early. See the whole schedule

Christmas Basket Kickoff was Thursday, November 30

AHA students and staff began their annual Christmas Basket projects on December 1 with a convocation kickoff. Since the 1940s, the AHA community has been providing presents for families in need. Each homeroom has adopted a family for the holidays. The families are identified to us by our longtime partner of 18 years, Family Solutions: Universal Multicultural Consultants, a 501C3 nonprofit organization working with families in transition and crisis. Students “divide and conquer” by working together with others in their homerooms to provide gifts and household goods for their family. The Student Government provides each family with a grocery store gift card to assist with the holiday meal planning. We will be serving more than 50 families this year from across the Twin Cities. All gifts will be due at AHA by the day of the Christmas Basket Prayer Service on Dec. 14th.

If a student's family feels that contributing would be a financial burden, they only need to let the homeroom teacher know, and money will be provided so that the student can participate. Such conversations are confidential. Questions? Contact Student Government Advisor, Gregg Sawyer at 612-798-2612 or

Ninth grade Service & Fun Day set for December 7

AHA ninth-grade students will pack meals for Feed My Starving Children on Thursday, December 7. Students will begin the morning with with their Campus Ministry mentors. They will then serve at Feed My Starving Children, followed by an afternoon at Grand Slam in Burnsville. Students will need to bring a bag lunch. Permission slips with more details will go home the first week of the second trimester in Theology class. The hours served on this day count towards the freshmen service requirement.

Meeting is Dec. 7 for Pacific Northwest College Tour in June

For students in the class of 2019 and 2020, we are going to offer a college tour of schools in the Pacific Northwest June 11-June 15, 2018 through EF Tours. Ms. Kjorstad is hosting an informational meeting about the trip on Thursday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. in room 2490. To rsvp for the meeting, click herePlease contact Ms. Kjorstad at or 612-798-2691 if you have questions. Thank you!

Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Dec. 8

AHA will welcome Archbishop Bernard Hebda back to campus to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. Campus Ministry team members will help plan the Eucharistic liturgy and AHA Chaplain Father Mike Tix will concelebrate. This is the day the church celebrates that Mary was conceived without sin and is a "Holy Day of Opportunity" for our faith community during this Advent Season.

AHA Boys & Girls Hockey Students Passes available through Dec. 8

The school is offering a special 'Hockey Pass' for the 2017-18 season. For $25, students will be listed on the AHA Student Pass List for all boys and girls regular season hockey game (excludes tournaments and section games). Students who show a valid student ID and who are listed on the sheet will gain admission without further charge. Students must pay $25 in cash or in a check written out to AHA prior to being listed. Sign up in Ms. Arnebeck's office in the Athletic Dept. Deadline for purchase of student pass is Dec 8th.

Keeping Advent

"Advent has a twofold character: as a season to prepare for Christmas when Christ's first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ's second coming at the end of time…a period for devout and joyful expectation." (General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar)

During this season of Advent we are called to take a look at how we live our lives in joyful expectation of the second coming. Here at Holy Angles we will offer several experiences to our faith community through prayer and action. On the Wednesday mornings of Advent Fr.Mike, our chaplain will offer mass in the Chapel before school. Anyone from our community; students, staff, and parents are invited to join us!

  • Wednesday, Dec. 6th mass will be at 7:30 AM (because it is a plc day)
  • Wednesdays, Dec. 13th and 20th will be at 7:00 AM
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19th all of the Theology Classes will experience an Advent Prayer in the Chapel throughout the day.

And we keep holy this season through our Christmas Basket program which culminates in a prayer service on Dec. 14th. A Blessed Advent to everyone!

We want you to know


Father Mike featured on WCCO TV and Radio

AHA Chaplain Father Mike Tix was featured in a segment with Mike Max on WCCO TV on Friday, August 24th at 10 pm after winning the AAAA Championship. See it now. In a longer radio interview on WCCO Radio's John Hines show, Fr. Tix talks about the electricity in the bus on the way to the tournament and how his presence with the team can open doors to conversations. Listen now.

Stars Spirit open extra hours for Christmas Shopping

Time to talk about Christmas shopping! We have added evening hours as follows:

  • Tuesday, December 5: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 7: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 12: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 14 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Holiday shopping for your favorite "STAR" begins at STARS Spirit. Check out our new arrivals from Under Armour - 1/4 zip tops in royal or black (men's and women's sizes), striped 1/4 zips in royal or black (women's sizes) polo shirts, hoodies and hats! Perfect stocking stuffers - beanie hats and mittens, And of course - lots of sweatshirts and sweat pants. STARS Spirit is normally open on school days from 7am - 8pm or 11am - 1pm.

Booster Club Steak Fry success

Over 300 parents, coaches, staff and friends of AHA attended the Booster Club Steak Fry and Auction on November 18th and enjoyed an evening full of community, friendship and fun! The event raised $71,000 for Athletics, Activities and Arts. Fund a Need raised $33,000 and will used to equip the southwest Athletic turf field with bleachers, team benches, safety nets, soccer goals, lacrosse goals and portable scoreboards. Congratulations to our Mystery Purse winner, Deb Burns, who took home a Michael Kors handbag filled with many surprises and the Yeti Cooler winner, Jim Burns. Thank you to all the volunteers, donors and attendees who helped make this night so memorable. See photos.

Season's Greetings from Admissions

We've welcomed so many 8th graders on campus in October and November, and December will be no different. Please spread the word to friends and family to schedule a visit to Holy Angels. Our next Future Star Day is Wednesday, 12/6, and we have 20 students visiting. Students can also come on a day of their choosing through December 15.

Please know that Sibling and Cousin Day (for 7th and 8th graders) is coming on Monday, January 8th. More on this event will be included in December. This is a fun tradition here at the Academy! Please keep in touch with referrals and with questions! Meg Angevine,, or 612-798-0764. Go STARS!!

About School Closings

The safety of our faculty, staff and students is the primary factor when making decisions about cancelling school due to weather-related conditions. Knowing that Academy of Holy Angels functions as a commuter school (as opposed to a neighborhood school), we have to be realistic about cancelling school due to cold or snow. We also know that there might be times when school is closed for reasons other than weather. Our first preference is to keep school open; however, when conditions are dangerous, we will cancel regular school and post daily lessons online. AHA has one day built into the calendar for snow days. Should cancelling additional school days during the year be required, AHA will implement online school. Generally one or two days of online school will be used before more time is added to the school calendar. Read more in the Student and Parent handbook.

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


Christmas at the Academy is Dec. 18th at 7 pm

It's guaranteed to generate holiday spirit -- The AHA bands and choirs will both be in concert. The Choral portion of the concert will start in the Chapel at 7 pm. The choral portion is followed by a short break in the parlor to grab a Christmas treat and then moves to the Theater for the band portion. The evening ends with a fun singalong of Christmas favorites.

Christmas Break is Dec. 21st through Jan 2nd

There will be no school beginning on Thursday, December 21st and ending on Monday, January 2nd. School will resume on Tuesday, January 3rd. Building and Office Hours will be modified during this time.

Upcoming Dates:
    • Dec 1: Sadies Dance
    • Dec 6: PLC Late Start; Future Star Day and Parent Observation
    • Dec 7: 9th grade Service and Fun Day
    • Dec 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
    • Dec 18: Christmas at the Academy 7 pm
    • Dec 21-Jan 2: Christmas Break
    • Jan 3: School Resumes
    • Jan 8: Conference Registration begins; Sibling & Cousin day
    • Jan 11: Winter Open House
    • Jan 15: No School; MLK Day
See Full Calendar >


ACT Prep Classes available

Junior Parents: If you were not able to attend the Practice ACT Score Back session on Tuesday evening, you will be receiving the scores by mail in the next few days. There are several ACT Prep Classes available in the coming months. If you are interested in the Sylvan ACT Prep Class, here is the link to the schedule and courses offered. The Sylvan ACT Prep class taught at Holy Angels is $799 but if you register for the class by Friday, November 24, it will be $600. If you are interested in the AHA Test Prep class taught by AHA faculty, the cost is $200 and here is a link to the registration form. Please contact Ms. Kjorstad if you have questions.

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 deadline between December 16 to January 15, they need to submit their request for transcripts in Family Connection by Monday, December 4. 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: 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


Kudos to

  • the STARS Football team, the 2017 AAAA State Champions!
  • the CMT students and the whole AHA community on another  successful Food Drive. We donated more than 900 pounds of food to VEAP in Bloomington last week. See photo.

Read more news on AHA's Facebook page.

Read more news on the AHA News & Happenings blog

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