STARS Connection - Week of March 19, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of March 19, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of March 19, 2018

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


Coming Up This Week: Reconciliation & Stations of the Cross, Note of Gratitude, Graduation items, Dinner Dance Photos, Lenten Masses, Course Requests due, Spring Sports, Order Spring Apparel, Spring Break begins March 23

We Want You To Know: Vaping and e-cigarettes, Starfest donations, Sports and Activities on Social Media, Senior Photos, British Isles Trip, Catholic Services Appeal, Summer Experience, Senior Posters, Driver's Ed Classes

A Look Ahead: Junior Retreats, Spring Musical, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Senior grades count, Honor Programs, Junior College Planning Day Assignments, Admission & Scholarship Awards

Extras: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this week COMING UP THIS WEEK

Stations of the Cross and Reconciliation is March 21

As we move into the last week of the Lenten season, our students will have the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation during a prayer service at AHA on Wednesday, March 21st. They will also experience Stations of the Cross, both of which are organized by the Campus Ministry Team.

Note of Gratitude

Parents:  Many of your children have received either an AHA named scholarship or a general scholarship for the 2017-18 school year.  Examples are Flaherty, Guardian Angels, St. Joseph or General.   If they did, your son/daughter received a school email from Mr. Foley on March 3 prompting them to write a professional note of gratitude to the benefactor(s) who made this scholarship possible.  Please ask your son/daughter to check their email today and to follow the instructions and timeline carefully.  Any questions, contact Jesse Foley at

Order Senior Graduation items (if wanted) by March 16

Senior Parents:  Your senior's cap and gown has already been ordered through the school.  If you want to order announcements or other graduation-themed items directly from Jostens, you may do so at  but you must order by March 16. Questions? Contact Ms. Kjorstad, Graduation Coordinator at 612-798-2691 or by email at

Dinner Dance Photos available

Professional photos purchased at the Parent Association sponsored Dinner Dances will be available for pickup in the main office beginning on Friday, March 16th. 

Last Lenten morning Masses is March 21

For your Lenten observance we are offering before school masses on Wednesday mornings in the chapel. Our Chaplain Fr. Mike Tix will be presiding at these liturgies. The last Lenten morning mass will be at 7 am on Wednesday, March 21.

These masses are a nice way to keep Holy Lent and Open Our Hearts to God. These masses are open to our entire AHA Community; Parents, Students and Staff. Consider joining us in the chapel!

Course Request Review due by March 22

Parents/Students, you should have received your Course Request selections for the 2018-19 school year in the mail. Please make sure there are 21 selections of courses total. In addition, make sure there are 7 selections each trimester. If there are 6 one tri and 8 in another, that is a problem and you need to see Ms. Taffe, Mr. O'Leary or Ms. Meacham in the Guidance Dept.

Changing courses or electives after March 22nd will be done only if our master schedule can accommodate and a $35.00 scheduling change fee is paid.

Register for Spring Sports now

Softball, Track and Baseball Pitchers and Catchers began practicing on March 12. Baseball and Golf begin on March 19. Boys tennis begins on March 26 and Lacrosse begins on April 2nd. All of the information you need to get your student athlete registered for their spring sport is available online now. Read more.

Order Spring Sports Team Apparel, Team Sweatshirts and Fan Apparel

Our online apparel site for Spring Sports is now open. Go to to place your order. Scroll down to your specific team and select your items. In addition to team apparel, you will also see many items from our Spirit Store. After you have completed the checkout process, you will receive a confirmation email receipt. If you do not receive this receipt, your order has not been placed. All orders will be delivered to Holy Angels. Team Coaches will distribute the orders to team members. Several of the team sites also have mandatory practice apparel. We encourage you to order now to make sure you are set when Spring practice begins.

No School Friday, March 23 through Monday, April 2nd

There is no school on Friday, March 23 through Monday, April 2nd for Spring break, Holy Week and the Easter Holiday. School will resume on Tuesday, April 3rd. Office and Building hours will be 8 am to 2 pm Friday, March 23rd and Monday, March 26th through Thursday, March 29th and then again on Monday, April 2nd. The office and building will be closed on Friday, March 30th.

We want you to know


Vaping and e-cigarettes

We have become aware that some of our students are vaping and using e-cigarettes.  Besides health concerns from using these products, it is illegal for a person under the age of 18 to use or be in possession of an e-cigarette.  Students found using an e-cigarette or in possession of one on school grounds or at a school sponsored event are in violation of the school's chemical health policy as well as the MSHSL's policy.  These policies even apply to individuals 18 and older who are still enrolled as a student at Holy Angels.  Below is a link to an article addressing the health concerns.  We ask that you speak with your student about the health concerns using these products and the consequences they face. Read the article.

Starfest 2018Seeking trips, tickets and more!

Exciting items are already coming in for the Starfest live and silent auctions, but we still really need YOUR help! Do you have a fabulous vacation home up north? A corporate account for concert or athletic tickets/suites? Connections to a local chef? Please contact Mary Hughes (Starfest Auction Lead) or Sarah Hauer with auction donations, questions or ideas.

Follow AHA Sports and Activities on Social Media

Each AHA Sport and Activity has a page on the Sports and Activities site with information about how to contact the coaches, the schedule, results, program information, program history and social media. Many of the programs have Social Media accounts, mostly Facebook and Twitter, that anyone interested can follow to stay updated on the team. To find these social media accounts, go to the team page and click on the Social Media tab. See the spring sports pages now. You can find links to AHA's official social media accounts at the top and bottom of this email.

Senior photos are requested for the Senior Slide Show

The yearbook will be creating a senior slide show that will be shown at a convocation and the senior retreat. Each slide will include 2-4 pictures (preschool, elementary, high school, graduation). We are able to use any pictures that have been submitted for yearbook ads and all senior portraits. If you did not buy an ad or did not include preschool or elementary pictures in your ad, please send photos to Please attach all photos to a single email. Photos are due Monday, April 30th.

Still space in the British Isles 2019 Trip

SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS:  Just think, next year at this time you could be in Ireland, Scotland, and England!! (March1-10, 2019)  There are a few spots open for the trip if you are interested. Go to Number 2078344VX to view details and register for the trip.  See Mrs. Boston in 3237 for any questions or more information.  Cheerio!

Please participate in the Catholic Services Appeal 

Dear Parents and Friends, The Catholic Services Appeal funds $800,000 annually in need-based scholarships to Catholic High Schools, including Academy of Holy Angels. In 2017, we received $61,250 from the Appeal. Please watch for the 2018 ask and do all you can to support the CSAF. Thank you from AHA President Tom Shipley.

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.

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.

Spring Driver Education Classes

AAA has a comprehensive teen driver education program that includes: Classroom instruction, a parent/guardian night, a driver impact panel, and behind-the-wheel lessons. Students receive an AAA How to Drive Textbook and the Minnesota Driving Manual. Behind-the-Wheel lessons are available from both AHA and AAA St. Louis Park. 

  • Dates: April 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24
  • Time: 3:00 - 6:15pm
  • Location: Room 2493

If a student is unable to attend all sessions, make-up options are available at AAA St. Louis Park. Students are able to start the classroom portion of driver education at age 14.5. Parent night options are also available at AAA St. Louis Park throughout the spring and summer.

For more information about registering for AAA Driving School classes or to schedule a Behind–the-Wheel lesson, call (952) 927-2602 or visit For residents outside of Hennepin County, use zip code 55416 to access the AAA Minneapolis website.


Junior Retreats

Eleventh grade boys and girls will participate in gender-separated retreats on April 5. The women's retreat calls participants to see themselves clearly, through Christ's eyes, and the men's retreat is centered around brotherhood.

Cinderella opens April 13

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Spring Musical! Academy of Holy Angels Starlight Productions presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella from April 13 through 22. Read more and get performance details.

Upcoming Dates:

  • March 21: Stations of the Cross/Reconciliation
  • March 23-April 2: Spring Break
  • April 3: School resumes
  • April 4: PLC late start
  • April 5: Junior Retreat
  • April 6: Easter Mass
  • April 13: AHA Musical Cinderella opens
  • April 17: Sophomore College Planning Night
  • April 18: PLC Late Start
  • April 25: College Fair @ STA
  • April 27: E Schedule; WAC Conferences
  • April 28: Starfest

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.

Sophomore Career Interest Inventory

Looking for fun dinner conversation with your sophomores? Ask them about the results of their "Do What You Are" career interest inventory last week. Sophomores completed a career interest inventory called "Do What You Are" on Tuesday, March 6 in their family connection accounts in homeroom. This will provide sophomores with possible majors and careers based on their personality. If your sophomore gives you a blank stare when you ask about this, perhaps they haven't completed the inventory yet. Do encourage them to do so! The college counselors will review the results of the inventory and the information gleaned from the surveys with students during a Sophomore Class meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Senior Parents-- We need to know about admission and scholarship awards

Senior Parents: Remind your student to bring in their admission and scholarship letters to their college counselor. If students have been waitlisted or denied admission, we need to know this information so we can help advise them on how to proceed and offer advice on other options. Please encourage your student to share all admission decisions with their college counselor! We need to know about scholarship awards for Celebration Day in the spring. Thank you for your assistance!



Kudos to

  • the AHA Boys Basketball Team on being named Section 3AAA Minnesota State Coaches Association Academic Champions.
  • the AHA Speech Team, who had 15 students place at the Tri-Metro Conference meet. Amelia Burkstrand '20 (Extemporaneous Speaking), Grace Bureau '19 (Great Speeches), Melphis Mathenge '20 (Humorous Interpretation) and Kate Dysart  '20 (Poetry Interpretation) were named All Conference in their category. See photo.
  • the AHA Girls Basketball Team who earned the #3 seed in the Class AAA State Tournament and will play Grand Rapids on Wednesday in the quarterfinals at Williams Arena at 4 pm.
  • the Sophomore class, who recently completed a project called "Soph Serve." They were challenged to participate in more meaningful service on their AHA journey of 75 service hours. Read more and see photo.
  • The AHA Robotics team, who participated in the FIRST Robotics tournament in Duluth. They earned the Safety Star of the Day award and the UL Safety Award for the entire tournament. See photo

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