STARS Connection - Week of February 19, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of February 19, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of February 19, 2018

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Parent Newsletter  Academy of Holy Angels
Week of February 19, 2018


Coming Up This Week: No school Fri or Mon, Wed is PLC, Item Drive, Service Hours, Dinner Dance, NHS Tutoring

We Want You To Know: Summer Experience, Starfest tickets, Medication policy, Senior Posters, Parking Reminder, Driver's Ed Classes

A Look Ahead: Winter Open House, Momtini, Band and Choir Concerts, Tri 2 finals, Upcoming dates

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

Extras: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this week COMING UP THIS WEEK

No school Friday, February 16th and Monday, February 19th

There is no school on Friday, February 16th. Teachers will meet for a professional day. Because of the President's day holiday, there will be no school on Monday, February 19th. School will resume on Tuesday, February 20th.

Wednesday, February 21st is a PLC Late Start

Wednesday, February 21 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.

Support the CMT-sponsored Item Drive beginning Feb 20

AHA's Campus Ministry team is leading an item drive starting Tuesday, February 20th. We are collecting school supplies for Mission Haiti. Students learned about the item drive during convocation on Thursday, February 15th.  Please consider supporting our item drive and remind your student to bring in the following items: pens, pencils, white chalk, and zipper pencil cases. Collections will be before school in the lobby from 7:15 am to 7:45 am from February 20th to the 23rd.

Trimester Two Service Hours due February 21st

Check with your student to see how many hours they have added to the service tracking software x2VOL. The trimester two hours are due by February 21st. Ninth graders should have 9 hours submitted. Tenth
through twelfth graders should have 14 hours submitted. All students will need an additional 3 hours on their own in the 3rd trimester, as well as the 3 hours on All School Service Day, May 25th, to meet their
required hours for the school year. Students who are planning to receive blue awards (double the required hours) or gold awards (triple the required hours) need to submit their hours to x2VOL by May 1st. Read more about the Service Requirement in the Student and Parent Handbook.

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.

Senior Moms attending the dance: the next practice is 2/15 at 6 pm at AHA. The other practices are on 2/15, 2/20 and 2/26. Contact Jill Zangs at with questions.

Senior Dads attending the dance: 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.

Encourage your student to take advantage of Tutoring

NHS (National Honor Society) holds weekly drop-in tutoring sessions for any student at AHA. The sessions are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:15-7:45 am in the LaRock room, which is connected to the library. Students can drop by and ask questions about a homework assignment, a specific concept from a class, or to get a paper proofread. No appointments are needed, the tutors (who are senior NHS members) are there waiting to answer questions. Just look for the signs saying NHS tutoring. Questions? Please contact Lindsay Stone at for more information.

We want you to know


Summer Experience registration open

Register your middle-school child for Summer Experience! AHA offers a variety of camps hosted by Holy Angels staff and coaches where students are taught the basics in a challenging but supportive environment. From football to dance to theater, there is something for every student. Camps are held June 11-14, 18-21, and 25-28. Most camps are two hours long, four days a week. Cost is $100 and geared primarily for grades 6,7 and 8, but there are some exceptions. Get more information and register now.

Starfest 2018Starfest: Tickets Now Available!

Tickets are now available online for individual or full table options. Join us on Saturday, April 28th for an exciting and refreshed Starfest 2018: Havana Nights! For those new to AHA, Starfest is our school's largest annual fundraiser and we encourage all parents to attend. You will be sure to have a great time, meet other parents, and support our students. The event features food catered by The Saint Paul Hotel, silent and live auctions, live music, and more! Stay tuned for more details or get tickets now.

AHA's Medication Policy

We'd like to remind parents that students should not be carrying medication in their backpack when they come to school. This is especially critical when talking about prescription medications and in particular, controlled narcotics such as Adderall or Ritalin. If a student is found to be carrying controlled narcotics, they could be suspended or expelled from school. ALL medication taken during school hours should be dispensed out of the Health Office. The school does not maintain a supply of any medications at school. If you have questions, please contact School Nurse Jan Nordstrom. Read the entire policy in the Student and Parent Handbook.

Senior Poster Information

Class of 2018 Parents: AHA has a long-standing tradition of celebrating each senior by displaying a poster of each student. The poster usually captures favorite memories from childhood, school days and/or family times in a collage format. The posters will be on display at the reception following the Baccalaureate Mass on May 30th and completed, laminated posters should be dropped off at the school by May 25th, 2018. Get more details.

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.

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.

Winter band and choral concerts are Sunday, Feb 25th

The Winter Band concert begins at 4 pm in the AHA theater, followed by the Sacred Choral Concert at 5:30 pm in the AHA chapel. The band concert features Holy Angels Concert Band and Academy Jazz Band. The Sacred Choral Concert will include the Concert Choir, Praise Group, and the Academy Singers. Come to both or either concert to enjoy the work of our talented AHA musicians!

Trimester Two Finals are March 1 and 2

Final Exams for the second trimester are Thursday, March 1st and Friday, March 2nd. Students attend their classes over the course of 2 days in 65-minute blocks and both days are early release, at 12:50 pm. AHA Lunch is not served on finals days.

Upcoming Dates:
  • 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 24: Father/Son Comedy Night 5:30 pm
  • Feb 25: Winter Band/Sacred Choral Concert 4 pm 
  • Feb 28: Winter Open House, 5:45 - 7 pm
  • March 1-2: Tri 2 Finals
  • March 2: Father/Daughter Dinner Dance
  • March 3: Mother/Son Dinner Dance
  • March 5: No School; Grading Day
  • March 6: Trimester 3 begins

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.

A word about "Honor Programs"

Your student may receive invitations to attend "Honors or Leadership" programs in the summer from outside companies via mail or email. Holy Angels does not release student information to outside organizations- many of these companies purchase student names from testing agencies. While these companies and their programs are usually legitimate, the cost to attend their programs is usually quite
high. Please know that attending these type of programs or becoming a member of an outside "Honor" program for a fee will not make your student more competitive for college admission. As always, if you have questions, contact Ms. Kjorstad or Mrs. Proctor.

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

  •  Members of the Chinese IV class who used their speaking skills to introduce Chinese New Year traditions to the AHA student body. Watch the video
  • Julie Miler '18, Julia Zappa '18, Amanda Grams '18  and Melissa Nguyen '18, on their 3rd place State finish in the Table Tennis State Tournament on Sunday, February 11th. See photo.
  • STARS Girls Basketball who defeated #3 AAA ranked DeLaSalle 59-55, ending the Islanders 13-game win streak.
  • Members of AHA's Social Justice club, who joined other Catholic High Schools this week to learn more about this year's Justice Week topic, "Embracing Ishmael: Bridging the divide between Catholics and Muslims." Read more and see photo.
  • Jack Bridgeman '18, Caleb Peichel '18 and Jocelyn Reiter '18, who have advanced to the Finalist level of the National Merit Competition. All three will receive a Certificate of Merit for their outstanding performance and will be considered for a scholarship.
  • Sarah Frommelt '18, for advancing to the State Alpine Ski tournament for the 5th year in a row. This is the most consecutive times an AHA Alpine Skiier has advanced to State in AHA's history.
  • Keontay Shorter '18 and Ryan Mazurek '18 on their official NCAA signings last week. Read more and see photo.
  • Caitlin Howe, on being named the new coach of the Girls Lacrosse team. Read more.

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