STARS Connection - Week of April 23, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of April 23, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of April 23, 2018

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Parent Newsletter  Academy of Holy Angels
Week of April 23, 2018


Coming Up This Week: Cinderella's last weekend, WAC portfolio conferences, Starfest, Collegiate participation

We Want You To Know: Board of Trustees Nominations, Nominations accepted for Parent Association Award, Auction Items, Chromebook Repair Period, Construction News, Golf Tournament, Senior Photos, British Isles Trip, Summer Experience, Senior Posters, Senior Catering

A Look Ahead: Dance Team tryouts, Service Awards, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Sophomore College Planning Night, College Fair at STA, Graduation Line-Up

Extras: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this week COMING UP THIS WEEK

Last weekend to catch Cinderella; additional performance added

Don't miss the 2018 Spring Musical: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella! Due to the cancelled performance on April 14th, an additional performance has been added to Sunday, April 22nd. Instead of the originally scheduled 4 pm show, there will be performances at both 3 pm and 7:30 pm.  Remaining performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 and 7:30 pm. Tickets are general admission and are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Reservations can be  made by emailing (preferred) or by calling 612-798-2651.  See the cast, crew and photos. See preview video.

Senior Writing Across the Curriculum Conferences are April 27 after E schedule dismissal

AHA students submit 4 pieces of writing to their Writing Across the Curriculum portfolio each school year. The curricular portfolio culminates in a conference. Each senior meets with an AHA staff member to discuss two pieces they have chosen from the portfolio, their strengths in writing and their growth in their time at AHA. This year's conferences will be held starting at 1 pm on April 27th.

Grades 9, 10, and 11 will be dismissed following the E schedule. Buses will begin their afternoon routes at 1:10 pm and pizza from American Pie will be sold by an AHA club or activity as a fundraiser. Pizza is $1.50 a slice and students must pay with cash. Their Taher lunch account money is not available on E schedule days.

Starfest 2018Starfest is April 28

Get a sneak peak at some of the amazing Live Auction items for bid at Starfest here! Tickets are still available but online registration will be closing soon! Get your tickets now.

A Note from the Starfest Parent Committee

Starfest is quickly approaching and the final days of preparation are underway. The Starfest Committee looks forward to seeing all of you on Saturday, April 28th! If you can’t join us for the evening, we hope you will still consider participating by sponsoring a teacher to attend and/or by donating to the event online in the 'additional donation' space found here. If you have questions about attending Starfest, please reach out to Sue Tambornino (attendance lead) at

Starfest: Event Volunteers Wanted

Have fun, meet new people and support AHA by volunteering for Starfest! We are in need of individuals to assist with Starfest final touch-ups, selling game tickets, running silent auction items and cleaning up. There are a number of slots available before, during and after the event. Please consider helping out! To do so, please sign up on the SignUp Genius page at Questions may be directed to Michelle Lynch at

Honoring Students who will compete in college athletics and activities

AHA wants to honor seniors intending to participate in a collegiate sport or activity. If your son or daughter intends to participate next year, please notify Athletic Director Michael Kautzman at Students will be honored at our April 26th Convocation. Parent, coaches and friends are welcome to attend. Students should wear their favorite college sweatshirt of apparel for the event.

We want you to know


New Board of Trustees nominees announced

Annually, the Governance Committee of the Board will recommend to the Board of Trustees the names of candidates for vacancies or prospective vacancies on the Board of Trustees. The Executive Committee of the Board then determines whether such candidates should be nominated. If the candidates selected by the Executive Committee accept the nomination, the names of the candidates will be published at least forty-five (45) days in advance of the Board's annual meeting in May. The following individuals have accepted and are slated to join the AHA Board of Trustees beginning in August of 2018:

  • Mike Steinlage is an attorney, active community member, and father of two AHA students (Nicholas, ‘16, and Jake ‘20). Mike and his wife, Erin, grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin, where they attended Catholic middle school and high school (Wausau Newman). Mike graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1990, and attended law school at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. In 1999, Mike and several colleagues formed the law firm of Larson King LLP, where he works with business clients to manage contractual, regulatory, and litigation risk. Mike and Erin live in South Minneapolis and are parishioners at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina, where all three of their children attended grade school and middle school. Mike previously served on the school advisory committee and endowment advisory committee at OLG. Mike enjoys reading, traveling, and hiking. When you see Mike, ask him about hiking the Camino de Santiago and visiting the holy site at Fatima with his sons.
  • Karen Morris is a current parent to Jake, ‘21 and parent of alumni, Tali, ‘04, Carly,’06, Ben,’08 and Hannah,’09. She and her husband, Jerry have been active members of the AHA community for the past 18 years. Jerry is a past board member and chair of the board with his term ending in 2011. The Morrises have been long time parishioners of St. John the Baptist in Savage. Karen and Jerry were Capital Campaign co-chairs of the AHA campaign, “We Can” which ended in 2011. Karen has been a member of the Starfest committee, served as a hockey “captain parent” and has volunteered in the AHA Admissions Department as the Welcome Committee coordinator.
  • Jazz Hampton '08 is a graduate of Academy of Holy Angels and a graduate of St. Thomas University. He was an active member of the AHA community as a student participating in many athletic and co-curriculars. While a student at AHA, Jazz received the Presidential Award of Excellence for assistance in the 35W Bridge collapse. At St. Thomas, Jazz was class president for two years and a Dease Scholarship recipient. Jazz currently practices law at Foley & Mansfield, PLLP and focuses his practice in the areas of business litigation, product liability. He also serves as the co-chair of the Diversity Committee for the company. Since graduation, Jazz has remained connected to the AHA community. He was the keynote speaker at Starfest in 2014 and has spoken on many other occasions. Last year, Jazz was given the 2017 Rising Star Award from Holy Angels. Jazz currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Courtney Hampton and their daughter, Penelope Shea Hampton.

2017-2018 Parent Association Staff Service and Dedication Award

It is a tradition for the AHA Parent Association to honor a non-teaching AHA staff member on behalf of the Parent Community during Celebration Day the end of each school year. So of course, we would like to collect nominations from parents! We are looking for a non-teaching staff member who encompasses living out the AHA Way in their daily role as staff members at Holy Angels.

This non-teaching staff member may have helped you/your family, or you may have witnessed this person assisting others in the AHA Community. Share with us positive experience(s) that left you feeling that AHA is a place where people are empowered to succeed.

Please email Joan McCrory, PA Chair, with your nomination that highlights how this non-teaching staff member lives out the AHA Way. (All nominations will be kept confidential. If preferred, submit a sealed written nomination to the school office: Attention Parent Assoc.) Please have all nominations in by Friday, May 4th. Thank you!

Auction Items Still Needed

Are you interested in donating to Starfest but don’t know what or how you can help?  If you have Delta Skymiles (and I am sure other airlines have the same), you can use your SkyMiles to buy items or gift cards.  Be creative!!  Delta Giftcards would be amazing to bundle with packages in the Live Auction.  Thank you in advance!!!  Email me with any questions! - Mary Hughes, Starfest Committee/Auction Lead

Spring Chromebook repair began this week

All students will turn in their Chromebooks before the end of the school year. It is the student's responsibility to report damage immediately. Students should bring their Chromebook to the helpdesk before May 11th for repair (if it is needed) to avoid fines. Read more, see important dates and schedule of possible fines.

Construction News

The 66th street Construction Project has a new start date. Hennepin County's work to widen and reconstruct the road and convert the current intersection at Nicollet Avenue and 66th Street from stop lights to a roundabout may begin any day now. Read more.

Shoot for the Stars Golf Tournament is June 13

Sign up today for AHA's annual Golf Tournament, Shoot for the Stars, to be held at Deer Run in Victoria on June 13. Hosted by the AHA boys and girls hockey teams, the golf tournament supports enhancements for both hockey programs. Get more information and sign up online

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!

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. See video preview.

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.

Senior Catering promotion

Pinstripes is offering a discount for Class of 2018 catering. Get details.


Dance team tryouts begin April 30th

Come be a part of the 2018-19 AHA Dance Team. Tryouts are from 5 to 7:15 pm April 30th to May 3rd. JV and Varsity programs includes students in grades 7-12. Get more info.

Blue and Gold Awards form due by May 1

Students intending to receive a Blue and Gold Awards should meet the hour requirement by May 1, (minus 3 hours that will be served on All School Service Day). All School Service Day hours will be added automatically the following day.  Students should complete the form available in the Daily Bulletin by May 1. Students not completing this form will not be recognized or awarded certificate on All School Service Day.

Upcoming Dates:

  • April 20-22: Last performances of Musical
  • April 25: College Fair @ STA
  • April 27: E Schedule; WAC Conferences
  • April 28: Starfest
  • April 30-May 4: Justice Week
  • May 2: PLC Late Start
  • May 4: St. Joseph Prayer Service
  • May 7-17: AP exams
  • May 14-17: Class of 2022 Placement Tests
  • May 21: Senior Retreat
  • May 23: Spring Pops Concert, Seniors turn in computers
  • May 24: All School Service Day

See Full Calendar


Sophomore Planning Night

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the Sophomore College Planning Meeting on Tuesday night! If you missed the event, here is the slideshow, information about PACC and the college planning timeline. Please contact your child's college counselor if you have questions. Ms. Kjorstad works with students last names A-L and can be reached at Mrs. Proctor works with students last names M-Z and can be reached at

College Fair at Saint Thomas Academy is April 25

Holy Angels, Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy share a college fair for sophomores and juniors and it will be held this year at Saint Thomas Academy on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Our college fair will utilize Lead Retrieval technology. This is the same technology used at the National College fair in Minneapolis, if you attended that fair last fall. This technology allows student to create a bar code of their information that will then be scanned by colleges at the fair. Students will no longer have to fill out interest cards for each college, maximizing their time in conversation with college representatives. In order for this to run as smoothly as possible students are highly encouraged to create their bar code prior to arrival at the fair. Students can register and create their bar code at Once on the site, scroll through the college fair options until you find the Catholic College Fair at Saint Thomas Academy. Get the flyer with more information.

Second Graduation Line-Up Practice is Tuesday, May 1

Seniors will have their second Graduation Line-Up practice during homeroom on Tuesday, May 1. Graduates process by height at Holy Angels so it would be ideal if female students had the shoes they will be wearing for Graduation by May 1. Information was sent home earlier this winter about the dress code for graduation. As a reminder:

We will be very particular about the attire of seniors on both Celebration Day and at the graduation ceremony. Girls should choose a white dress that does not show through the rather translucent white gown. Any nylons need to be flesh tone, and shoes should be white or off-white – no flip flops or tennis shoes. We recommend that shoes be comfortable and appropriate for walking on stairs. Shorts and t-shirts are not allowed. Boys will be required to wear dark dress pants, dress shoes, a white shirt, and a tie. Any senior dressed inappropriately will not be allowed to walk with their class.



Kudos to 

  • Members of AHA's new Acapella group who performed at Convocation last Thursday to highlight Stars on Stage, which was held in February and is sponsored by Students Assisting Students (SAS). See video.
  • AHA's Knowledge Bowl team, who spent 2 days last week competing at the State Knowledge Bowl Tournament. See photo.
  • Students from the Respect Life Club, who visited the State Capitol to learn about lobbying, meet with their representatives and visit the senate Floor. See photo.
  • Over 170 AHA Physics students who went to a Twins Game last week for Physics day. See photo.

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