STARS Connection - Week of January 15, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of January 15, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of January 15, 2018


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of January 15, 2018


Coming Up This Week: No School Monday, Conference Registration, Desserts needed, British Isles Interest meeting, Admissions Dates, Soph Serve Challenge

We Want You To Know: Senior Party Registrations, Dinner Dance registrations, Senior Son Mom Dance, Data Day, 2018-19 Calendars, 2018-19 Course Registration Process, Financial Aid and Scholarship process, AP applications, Scouting Awards, Pacific Northwest Tour, Summer Theology Trip, Changes for visitors to building, Driver's Ed Classes

A Look Ahead: Father/Son Night, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Junior Meetings begin, Junior College Planning Day, ACT Prep Classes,  Transcript Deadlines, ACT deadline, CCC board Stars

Extras: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this week COMING UP THIS WEEK

No School Monday, January 15th

Monday, January 15th is Martin Luther King Jr. day and there is no school. School will resume on Tuesday, January 16th.

Register for Conferences through January 23

Register for parent/teacher conferences through January 23. Parent/teacher conferences are Thursday, January 25th from 2:30-7 pm and Friday, January 26th from 8 am to noon. 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.

Sign up to help with desserts for AHA staff during 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 4-6pm each day. Sign up now.

England, Ireland, Scotland Trip 2019 Info Meeting

Class of 2019 and Class of 2020--- If you have always dreamed of hearing Big Ben chime the hour in London, viewing the beauty of Dublin, visiting Edinburgh Castle, and all other things wonderful in the British Isles!!---then --- grab a parent and come to the British Isles 2019, meeting for this trip set for Wed. January 17th, at 5:00 P.M. in the Library. Contact Pam Boston at for more information. Cheeeeeeeeeeeeerio!

Admissions Dates

  • Saturday, 1/20, 9:00 a.m., Class of 2022 Placement Exam. 8th graders applying to Holy Angels are invited to take a placement test here at AHA. We'll supply the pencils, and there is no fee to take the test. Note: If your student requires testing accommodations, please contact Janet Oliver at to reserve a spot. While the students are taking the test, we're hosting an information Q & A in the Theater and an optional Tuition Assistance Workshop as well.
  • Saturday, 1/20 is also our First Round Application Deadline. Students whose complete applications are received by 1/20 are eligible for our St. Joseph Academic Scholarship.
  • Tuesday, 1/23, 3:30 p.m. is the Make-up Placement Exam. RSVP is mandatory for this day.

Questions or want to talk? Meg Angevine, 612-798-0764 or

Sophomore second trimester service challenge

Soph Serve 2018Service is a dish best served cold . . . . and sweet and creamy! The sophomores are participating in a new service project in their Sacraments class second trimester called Soph Serve. Sophomores will be challenged to try some new service opportunities, and when they complete the challenge we will celebrate together with a soft serve ice cream party. In Soph Serve we are initiating a new service partnership with a CSJ school that serves new immigrants to Minnesota, the school is called Learning in Style and it is located on Nicollet in Mpls. Other service opportunities included in Soph Serve are projects connected to Kiva, Free Geek, and Arc Value Village. Some opportunities in Soph Serve are new and some are familiar but all the sophomores will have a chance to do something different with their service hours this trimester and have a little fun as well.

We want you to know


Senior Party registrations due by Feb 12

Senior Parents: it's time to get registered for the Class of 2018 Senior Party. Get the details, a parent letter from the organizing committee and access a link to sign up online. Sign up now.

Register now for the 19th annual AHA Dinner Dances in early March

It is time for the 19th annual Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dinner dances.  This year they will be on Friday March 2 (Father/Daughter) and Saturday March 3(Mother/Son).  The dances will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest (same location as 2017!) Join us for a delicious meal, dancing to great tunes, games, and chatting. For your convenience, this year there is an option to pay online via paypal.  Registrations are due by February 23. Get more details and register now for both dances. 

Mothers of Senior Sons

As you know, there is a tradition at the Mother/Son dance (held this year on March 3) that the mothers perform a dance at the event. Keep your eyes on this newsletter for detailed information. We are picking times for the practices. If you have any questions, email Jill Zangs at

Data Day was this week

All 9th-11th graders participated in our annual Data Day this week. Ninth and tenth graders took the Pre-ACT and 11th graders took a practice ACT earlier this year. All three grade levels reviewed their test scores in their classes over two days so they could see their progress and areas for growth for the actual ACT test. See video.

2018-19 Calendars

The 2018-19 school year begins on August 27 and ends on May 31. Get a 1-page at-a-glance calendar and the 12-month detailed calendar on our website now. Scroll to the bottom of the page for next school year. Get it now.

2018-19 Course registration process has begun

Parents, the registration process for the 2018-19 school year has begun. In order for your student to request courses, you must respond to the email you should have received from TADS last week and re-enroll your student for the 2018-19 school year. This must be completed by January 20, 2018 in order for your student to be able to register beginning January 24. If you have not received an email from TADS, please call them directly at 612-­548-­3320. Counselors are visiting classrooms this week to discuss the registration process and students will receive a copy of their grade level course request sheet from their Homeroom teacher on Friday, January 12. A link to view all relevant documents was emailed out to all parents yesterday and is available online now, including a tutorial on how to request courses online. See the registration and re-enrollment information now .

Need-based Financial Aid deadline is this coming Monday, Jan 15

It is time to begin planning for the 2018-19 academic year. If you are applying for need-­based financial aid and/or scholarship opportunities, please note the following process and deadlines:

  • Need-­based Financial Aid: The TADS financial aid website is Please complete the application online by January 15, 2018. Families are required to complete an application each year as your need/circumstances may have changed. You will have an opportunity to update your tax information in March 2018.
  • Scholarships for Returning Students: In addition to need-­based grants, students may apply for scholarships which are based on financial need and academic achievement, citizenship, and service. To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete the TADS application, the Scholarship application and submit a Teacher Recommendation. Applications are available on our website, under Admissions, under Tuition/Financial Aid, or can be printed here. The deadline to apply for Scholarships is February 2, 2018 . Need a paper copy? Paper copies of the scholarship application and teacher recommendation are available outside the main office. 
  • Scholarships will be considered for students who are registered for classes by February 9, 2018.
  • April 2018: Financial aid/Scholarship letters will be sent to AHA families. Questions about financial aid or scholarships? Contact Nancy Cullen, or 612­-798­-2615.

AP applications for next year are due by Jan 19

At a parent meeting on Thursday, January 4th at 7:30 am in the annex, Guidance Counselor Matt O'Leary shared information with parents about registering for Advanced Placement courses at AHA. Students considering AP classes should attend the Friday, January 5th meeting in the theater over homeroom and ask for an AP application from the teacher who teaches that class or teaches in the subject area. The deadline for submitting applications is January 19. Students who have further questions about an AP class should talk to the teacher of that class.

Scouting Awards to be honored

Senior Parents: If your son has been named an Eagle Scout or your daughter has received a Girl Scout Gold Award, please let Ms. Kjorstad know about this achievement.  We want to recognize all Eagle and Gold Award recipients later this winter. You can email Ms. Kjorstad with this information at 

Pacific Northwest College Tour

Class of 2019 and 2020 Parents:  Ms. Kjorstad will be leading a college visit tour to the Pacific Northwest June 11-15, 2018 through EF Tours.  If your student is interested in joining the tour, you can find out more about the trip and register online at EFEXPLOREAMERICA.COM/2072254HN. If you have further questions, contact Ms. Kjorstad at or by phone at 612-798-2691.

Summer Theology Service Trip

The Theology Department is sponsoring a service trip this June for students in grades 9-11. The trip will be June 17-23 to Jerusalem Farm in Kansas City, MO. Email or with questions or check out the Jerusalem Farm website at

Change for Visitors to our building

In our continuing effort to improve safety and security at Holy Angels, we will implement a change in how visitors arrive to their destination in the school once they have arrived at the lobby desk. The implementation began Monday December 11.

For visitors 

  • Visitors will still sign in, be given a name tag and note the time they arrive and leave. 
  • They will now be met by the person they have come to see or a designee in the lobby and be escorted to that person's room or office. 
  • This helps to ensure that visitors arrive at their destination but also prevents individuals from saying they are at school for one purpose but are actually here for another reason. 

For volunteers

  • The process for members of the community who volunteer at school will be slightly different. 
  • Volunteers will be issued a red ID with their name on it along with the school logo. 
  • Upon arriving to school, the volunteer needs to show the lobby supervisor their ID and state why they are at school. For example, "I am here to help in the College and Career Center."
  • The volunteer still needs to complete a badge in the visitor's book noting arrival time but they do not take the name tag. 
  • They clip on the school issued ID and proceed to their volunteer duty. 
  • With this ID displayed, volunteers will not have to be escorted. 
  • Volunteers need to wear the badge while in the building and show it each time they arrive to volunteer. 
  • The ID will be collected at the end of the school year.

Driver Education Classes at AHA to start in April

The spring classroom driver education session dates are April 3 – April 24. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights 3:00 – 6:15 p.m. in Room 2497. AAA has a comprehensive teen driver education program that includes: Classroom, Parent/Guardian Night, Driver Impact Panel and Behind-the-Wheel Lessons. Students receive an AAA How to Drive Textbook and the Minnesota Driving Manual.

Already enrolled at AAA Driving School and ready for Behind-the-Wheel Lessons? We have opened daytime lessons for February 16 and AHA spring break dates in addition to our regular after school and weekend lesson times. Looking for an after school pickup at Holy Angels? Please call our office to make arrangements or you can schedule directly via the online Student Portal .

Should novice students be driving in the winter weather? Yes. If a student currently has a permit, chances are they will be driving alone with a provisional license next winter. Practice this winter with a supervising adult driver or a driving school instructor is great preparation. Given the continuing winter weather, AAA is incorporating adverse condition and winter weather driving tips into all lessons.

For more information about AAA Driving School programing, or to register for classes, call (952) 927-2602 or visit For residents outside of Hennepin County, use zip code 55416 to access the AAA Minneapolis website.


Father/Son Night is February 24th

"Save the Date" for the Father/Son Night on Saturday, February 24th; an evening of hanging out with your dad! Details will be coming out soon. 

Upcoming Dates:
  • Jan 11: Winter Open House (has been postponed - stay tuned for the date!)
  • Jan 15: No School; MLK Day
  • Jan 17: PLC late start; Parent Observation, Future Star Day
  • Jan 20: Class of 2022 Placement Exam
  • Jan 23: Conference Registration ends
  • Jan 25: E Schedule; Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Jan 26: No School; Parent/Teacher Conferences 
  • Jan 29-Feb 2: Catholic Schools Week and Sno Daze
  • Jan 29: Fine Arts Festival
  • Jan 31: PLC late start; Jr. College Planning Day
  • Feb 2: Stars on Stage
  • Feb 3: Angelus Dance
  • Feb 5-6: Sophomore Retreats

See Full Calendar


Junior Meetings are in Full Swing

Junior Parents: Junior Meetings have begun! The College Counselors are enjoying the opportunity to meet with you and your junior to discuss college planning.  Our time together is most productive when you and your junior have completed the student and parent surveys ahead of the meeting so we are prepared to discuss the issues most pressing to your family. Thank you in advance for your time! If the letter sent to you in December got lost among the Christmas letters and you are not sure of your meeting date and time, please contact your college counselor right away to find out about your assigned meeting time. 

Junior College Planning Day is Wednesday, January 31

Jumpstart Your College Planning Day is a school day devoted to helping AHA juniors get started on the college planning and application process now, so they’re ready when they become seniors. Since the senior year is such a busy, important, and special time for students, getting a head start on college planning will provide a lot of benefits when next fall’s activities get underway. This important event is a requirement for juniors. They should have their laptops charged and with them that day.

The event begins with a presentation in the theater at 8:25 a.m.(We are on a PLC schedule that day.) Throughout the day, juniors will attend a series of sessions about college planning—including what happens when an admission file is reviewed, essay writing, finding a college fit, resume writing, career exploration, and the Family Connection/college search. At the completion of the event, students will receive an assignment to complete a college planning portfolio, which is a requirement that is reflected on a student’s official transcript. The portfolio will be due on Wednesday, April 4 at 8:20 a.m. and will be reviewed and returned to students with feedback by the end of the school year. This allows them to make revisions over the summer and begin to apply to colleges before school starts in the fall.

ACT Prep Classes available

Junior Parents: If you were not able to attend the Practice ACT Score Back session on in November, you should have received scores in the mail. 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. 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.

Transcript Request Deadlines

Senior Parents: Seniors applying to colleges with a deadline between of February 1 need to request their transcripts by January 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

ACT Deadline

The deadline to register for the February 10 ACT is Friday, January 12. Students can register for the test online at

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.



Kudos to

  • All of the AHA students who hosted a sibling or a cousin on Monday, January 8th. We welcomed more than a hundreds visitors to this annual event. See a highlight video.
  • Tom Rodier '18, Will Koerner '18, Joe McGrane '18, Nick Campion '18 and Ethan Bruner '18 on earning the rank of Eagle Scout recently. See photo.
  • The AHA Girls Alpine Ski team, who earned 1st place last week at the IMAC conference meet. 
  • Jocelyn Reiter '18, Nick Meyer '18, Brennan Bauer '18 and John Lindholm '18, who finished 3rd at the Buffalo High School Knowledge Bowl meet.
  • AHA Alumni who helped raise money for AHA scholarships and Haiti relief at the Alumni Hockey games and Hoops for Haiti tournament over the Christmas break. See photos.
  • AHA Faculty Member and Head Football Coach Jim Gunderson, who was recently named Class AAAA Football Coach of the Year. Read more.

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