STARS Connection - Week of February 12, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of February 12, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of February 12, 2018

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Parent Newsletter  Academy of Holy Angels
Week of February 12, 2018


Coming Up This Week: Choosing classes for 18-19, Banovetz Scholarship, State Table Tennis Tournament, Mothers of Senior Sons, Fathers of Senior Daughters, Senior Party Registrations, Chinese New Year, Father/Son Comedy Night, Graduation name corrections

We Want You To Know: Parking Reminder, Dinner Dance registrations, Soph Serve Challenge, Pacific Northwest Tour, Summer Theology Trip, Driver's Ed Classes

A Look Ahead: Winter Open House, Momtini, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Senior grades count, Junior College Planning Day Assignments, Junior Meetings begin, ACT Prep Classes, CCC board Stars

Extras: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this week COMING UP THIS WEEK

Students can choose classes online through Feb 9.

Students whose families have completed the TADS re-enrollment are able to choose classes online now for the 2018-19 school year and can do so through Feb. 9. A link to view all relevant documents is available online now, including a tutorial on how to request courses online. See the registration and re-enrollment information now.

Banovetz Scholarship applications are due February 9, 2018

The John D. Banovetz Memorial Scholarship is offered to one or more juniors to help with tuition costs at AHA during their senior year. This scholarship is intended to help students concentrate on academics and school ­related activities, rather than working a job to help pay for tuition. To apply, juniors need to write a letter of application and have a teacher complete the Banovetz Teacher Recommendation. To learn more about this opportunity, the criteria for consideration and the details on how to apply stop in and see or contact Mr. Foley at

AHA hosts State Table Tennis tournament on February 11

For the third year, AHA will host the Minnesota State High School Table Tennis Team Championship. The 2018 tournament begins at 9 am on Sunday, February 11th, with finals beginning at 5 pm. Teams come from all over the state of Minnesota and compete in 2 divisions: an Open Division made up of 10-12 players from the same high school and a Girls Division. All matches are held in the AHA gymnasium and are free to the public. 

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. The next practice is Tuesday, February 13th at 7 pm on the 4th floor. The other practices are at 6 pm on Thursday, Feb 15th, Tuesday, February 20th and Monday, February 26th.  If you have any questions, email Jill Zangs at

Dads of Senior Daughters

Not to be outdone by the Moms, the Dads of senior girls are also cooking up something for the Father/Daughter dance (March 2nd). Please send an email to if you want to participate, and we'll be in touch with dates/times for a couple of practices and more information.

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. Registrations are due by Feb 12. Sign up now.

Chinese New Year celebration is February 13th at 6 pm

Come celebrate Chinese New Year 2018: Year of the Dog on February 13th at 6 pm in the AHA commons. There will be dinner, lion dance performance, games and fun.  Cost is $10. All are welcome. RSVP to LJ You, AHA's Chinese teacher, with $10 payment by Monday, February 12th. See full poster.

Father/Son Comedy night registrations due Feb 14

Calling all Fathers with sons for Father/Son Comedy night beginning at 5:30 pm on Saturday, February 24th in the AHA Commons. Social hour begins at 5:30 pm, dinner is served at 6 with Comedian to follow. Registrations are due by Feb 14. Get more details and register now.

Graduation name corrections due by Feb 9

Senior Parents: You received a graduation mailing a few weeks ago which included a list of the seniors and their names as they will be listed on their diplomas. Please review your senior's name for accuracy and if there is an error, let Ms. Kjorstad know by Friday, February 9 by emailing her the correct listing at ALSO, your senior ordered their cap and gown this fall.This has already been paid for using the senior fee you were assessed this fall with the graduation fee included in tuition. If you want to order announcements or other graduation-themed items directly from Jostens, you may do so at but do order by the end of February.

We want you to know


Parking Reminder

We realize everyone would like to park close to the school building but that is not possible. When parking in St Peter’s lot, we need to abide by some simple expectations. They have been patient with us but have expressed some disapproval with the lack of compliance by some members of our community.

Students are to park along the trees on the west side in their assigned spot or in the last rows on the south side of the lot by the houses. Staff should park in the first two rows on the north end of the lot by the driveway. After those rows, staff can park in the last six spots at the end of each of the remaining rows, closest to the AHA student parking lot and Athletic field. The center of the parking lot is to be vacant for St Peters parishioners, especially for those who are elderly and have less mobility.

If you are unable to park in your assigned spot, you need to talk to someone in the main office or transportation. Those parking where they are not permitted will be fined and possibly towed. When spring comes, there will be red lines painted in the lot to help identify the area reserved for the parishioners but even without the lines, the center of the lot and/or those spots closest to the church are not to be used. If you have questions, see Miss Case in Transportation or Mr. Woods.

Parking Permits must be displayed in plain sight in your vehicle. Failure to comply with the guidelines above while parking in the St. Peter's lot may lead to revocation of the parking pass.

AHA Dinner Dance registrations due by Feb 23

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. 

Soph Serve Challenge opportunities through Feb. 12

Soph Serve 2018

Service 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. There are 15 specific opportunities, with the first being on Jan 8 and the last on Feb 12. Sophomores have access to a slideshow that has all of the details.

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

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.


Winter Open House - Wednesday, February 28th, 5:45 - 7 p.m.

We have rescheduled our Winter Open House to Wednesday, 2/28, 5:45 - 7 p.m. We invite middle school families to this event to see all that Holy Angels offers for high school. This is a much smaller event than our Fall Open House, but just as informative! Please invite family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to join us. RSVP here so we can plan. It's a GREAT TIME to be a STAR!!!

Calling All Moms:

It’s not too late to register for Momtini coming up Friday, March 2! If you already registered, encourage a friend to join you!. While the Dads are out dancing with the daughters, join a fun group of Holy Angels Moms for drinks and treats from 7:30-10:30pm. Checks should be made payable to AHA Booster Club with “Momtini" in the memo. Be sure to include your name and email on the envelope. Mail or return to Doris Rothstein in the school spirit store. Contact Missy Youmans at with questions. Get the flyer.

Upcoming Dates:
  • Feb 11: State Table Tennis @ AHA
  • Feb 13: Chinese New Year Celebration; 6 pm
  • Feb 14: Ash Wednesday
  • Feb 16: No School; Professional Day
  • Feb 19: No School; President's Day
  • Feb 21: PLC late start, 9th grade registration; 4:30 pm
  • Feb 23: E schedule 1 pm dismissal
  • Feb 25: Winter Band/Sacred Choral Concert 4 pm
  • Feb 28: Winter Open House, 5:45 - 7 pm
  • March 1-2: Tri 2 Finals

See Full Calendar


Senior grades count

Senior Parents: Please remind your senior that every college admission decision is conditional upon successful completion of high school. The college counselors will be sending a final transcript to the college your son or daughter decides to attend after graduation. Colleges DO review these grade reports and if they note dropped classes or decreased grades, they will absolutely reconsider admission decisions and in some cases, rescind admission. We absolutely believe the work seniors are doing now will help them be prepared for a successful transition to college in the fall.

Junior College Planning Day Assignments due April 4

During College Planning Day on Wednesday, January 31, the junior class heard from a variety of college speakers and a career panel of Holy Angels alums. Juniors also received information about their Junior College Portfolio Assignment which is due on Wednesday, April 4 at 8:20 a.m.(this is a PLC day). Completed portfolios will include:

  • a College Application Preparation Worksheet
  • a completed College Application
  • College Essay, typed, 650 word limit
  • an Activities Resume
  • a College search printout and an information page on one college.
  • a Job Shadow/Interview completed and a half page summary typed on "Would I want to pursue this career, why or why not?"

Completion of the portfolio will be indicated on student transcripts. Any portfolio turned in after April 4 at 8:20 a.m. will be considered late and therefore permanently listed as "incomplete" on the transcript.

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. 

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.

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

  • Nate Loney '18, Julia Zappa '18, Joe McGrane '18, Julie Miler '18, and Jacob Werle '18 for their faith-filled, inspiring talks on the Sophomore retreat this week.
  • the juniors and seniors inducted into AHA's National Honor Society chapter this week. Read more.
  • the AHA Starliners who danced with Justin Timberlake during the Superbowl halftime show. See photo. Read article in Star Tribune.
  • the Juniors who won the class shooting competition last week and faced the staff in the final round. Watch video.
  • Members of the Social Justice club, who peacefully marched with other Catholic high school peers to spread awareness about Human Trafficking. See story in the Catholic Spirit.

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