STARS Connection - Week of May 14, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of May 14, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of May 14, 2018

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Parent Newsletter  Academy of Holy Angels
Week of May 14, 2018


Coming Up This Week: AP Exams, Late Start, Chromebook Repair, Honor Guard, Spring Blood Drive, Lunch Accounts, Blue and Gold Awards

We Want You To Know: Senior Posters and Party, Rock the Lawn, Construction, Tardiness, Summer Reading, Board of Trustees Nominations, Golf Tournament, Summer Experience

A Look Ahead: Prom, Senior Retreat, Spring Pops Concert, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: ACT Prep Class, Commencement and Celebration Day,  College Decision and Scholarship Info, Newman Connection

Extras: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this week COMING UP THIS WEEK

AP exams began this week

AP exams continue daily through Thursday, May 17th. Students with morning exams must arrive by 7:30 am at the test site, which will be specified in their courses, and at 11:30 am for their afternoon exams. Late arrivals will not be allowed to test. Students should bring a black pen, a few No. 2 pencils, and their calculator if necessary. See the scheduleGet tips for helping your student prepare for the exams.

Wed, May 16th is PLC Late Start

Wednesday, January 31st 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.

Spring Chromebook repair runs through May 11

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.

Honor Guard Meeting is May 14

Each year on Celebration Day and Graduation, the Honor Guard leads the graduates in and out of the ceremony. Current AHA Siblings/Cousins of graduates are welcome to participate in the honor guard. We will have a mandatory meeting after school at 2:50 on Monday, May 14th, in room 2368 (Ms. Ahlm’s room). We will talk about expectations, do a preliminary line-up, and do a quick walk through of the graduation route. It’s very important that you attend this meeting because it is our only meeting.

Robe Fitting:

  • Robe fittings will take place during homeroom on May 15th.
  • Robe hemlines need to be 10" from the floor with your shoes on. We measure the robe wearing the shoes that you will wear for the ceremony.
  • Keep your robe on a hanger and wrinkle free.
  • Robes will be stored in the room across from the chapel.

 Read more about the Honor Guard.

Spring Blood Drive is May 14

The AHA Student Government is sponsoring its Spring Blood Drive on May 14. Students age 16 (with parental consent) or 17 and over can sign up to donate blood. Read more.

All lunch accounts must be paid in full by May 15, 2018

Seniors must have their accounts paid in full before graduation. If you have a positive balance in your account and wish to receive a refund, please send your request to If you have a student attending AHA next year, the funds will transfer over to next year. If you have questions, please send us an email at and we will be happy to answer any questions.

Blue and Gold Service Awards

If your student is expecting to receive a Blue or Gold award on All School Service Day, confirm that he/she is on the list by clicking here. Search by typing Control F and writing your student's name in the search box or simply scroll down. If your student is not on the list and you believe he/she should be, see or email Mr. Ruhland 

We want you to know


Time is running out…

Class of 2018 Parents: AHA has a long-standing tradition of celebrating senior year with a senior party lock-in the night of Graduation, as well as a poster which 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. There are several places posters can be printed/laminated and even designed for you. There is still time to sign up for the party as well. Please check out the AHA website for details for both the lock-in and the posters. Get more details about the poster. Get more details about the senior party.

AHA's Rock the Lawn is June 22!

What started as an all-class AHA reunion for our alumni has become one of AHA’s biggest community builders! Our AHA alumni planning committee is working hard this year to make sure all members of the AHA community, especially AHA parents, consider attending Rock the Lawn 2018.

Once again we’ll have great food and drink, awesome music and best of all, you’ll be able to connect with parents, teachers, alumni and coaches from AHA. Get more information and purchase your Rock the Lawn tickets.

Contact your friends, get a big group together and let's have some fun on the AHA front lawn on June 22!

Construction Updates

Hennepin County's 66th street Construction Project happening now includes the closure of the 66th street and Nicollet Ave intersection that is scheduled to last 3 weeks. Students and families traveling to the school should plan for alternative routes. Read more.

Tardiness to School

This is a reminder that students need to be to school on time regardless of the weather and/or traffic.  There is construction in the area so students need to leave early enough to get through the work area, park and still be on time to class.  Those exceeding the tardy limit face losing their first period class as well as loss of off campus for seniors. 

Reminder that on PLC days students need to be in their period 1 class by 8:25 am. It is strongly recommended that students still leave for school at their regular time as traffic is often busier the later it gets. Students who arrive before 8:25 am can socialize or study in the gym, the commons or the library.

Summer Reading now available

All students registered at AHA for the 2018-19 school year are expected to complete summer reading assignments before the first day of school, August 27, 2018. Current students will get the information in their English classes before the end of the school year. The information can also be accessed online. See Summer Reading 2018 information now.

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, Karen Morris, Jazz Hampton '08. Read the Board Nominee bios on the AHA website.

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

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.


Prom is May 19, Grand March is at 5:45 pm

The 2018 AHA prom is Saturday, May 19th at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel. Grand March, which is optional, begins at 5:45 pm in the AHA gym. Students participating need to be in the AHA Theater by 5:30 pm. Get more information.

Senior Retreat is May 21

AHA seniors will attend their annual class retreat on Monday, May 21. They will hear from AHA teachers, spend time in small groups with each other, mingle during activities and share a meal. The retreat is based on living out the three theological virtues of faith, hope and love.

Spring Pops Concert is May 23

AHA's spring pops concert is Wednesday, May 23rd at 7 pm. It's a wonderful time to hear our band and choirs in action -- featuring lighter fare in the program. End-of-year music awards will be presented to students as well.

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 7-17: AP exams see schedule
  • May 14-17: Class of 2022 Placement Tests
  • May 19: Prom
  • May 21: Senior Retreat
  • May 23: Spring Pops Concert, Seniors turn in computers
  • May 24: All School Service Day
  • May 25: Required Graduation practice; last day for seniors
  • May 28: No School; Memorial Day
  • May 30-31: Tri 3 Finals
  • June 1: Celebration Day; required attendance

See Full Calendar


AHA ACT Prep Class Offered

There will be an ACT prep class offered June 6,7 and 8 for students taking the June or July ACT.  The class is $200 and more information can be found here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 29. Questions? Contact Ms.Kjorstad at Get form.

Commencement and Celebration Day

You received a letter this week with more details about Commencement and Celebration Day. Read the letter. Included in this letter was a list of the senior class and their plans for fall. This information will be listed in the graduation bulletin and at Celebration Day. Because we need to be consistent in how we announce scholarships, we do need to see the actual letter to ensure correct spelling of your students's scholarship. Please proofread your student's information carefully to ensure we have their information listed correctly. All information needs to be communicated to their college counselor by May 23, 2018 to ensure it will be included in Celebration Day and Graduation.

College Decision and Scholarship Information

Senior Parents: The college counselors are still tracking down college decision and scholarship information from your students. Please remind your child to see their college counselor so that we have accurate information for Graduation and Celebration Day.

If your senior registered for PACC credit through Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, they will need to complete a request for an official transcript to be submitted to the college they are attending in the fall. This form is available in the College and Career Center. Your son or daughter can pick up this form, complete it and send it to Saint Mary's University of MN. SMUM will then send an official transcript to the college your senior is attending and the college will review the credits and consider them for transfer.

Also, the college counselors will send a final transcript to the college your son or daughter will be attending the week after graduation. Please know as long as there is not a financial hold on your student's account, their final transcript will be mailed to colleges by Friday, June 8.

The Newman Connection

Senior Parents: The Newman Connection is an organization with the goal of keeping youth connected to the church by connecting our graduates with campus ministry options on college campuses. Information about The Newman Connection can be found at We will be providing The Newman Connection with a list of our graduates and the colleges they are attending. If you DO NOT want your seniors’ information shared, email Ms. Kjorstad by May 11. If you opt out of this, she will not include their information in the list being sent to the Newman Connection. Ms. Kjorstad can be reached at



Kudos to 

  • Jocelyn Reiter '18 and Hunter Keating '18, on being recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education as Scholars of Distinction in the Theater Arts Program. Read more and see photo.
  • Spencer Sande '18 on being nominated for the Star Tribune's Top Performer of the Week in Boys Lacrosse. Vote for Spencer through Monday, May 14th at 11 am. Vote now.
  • Gavin Kaysen '98, on being named Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation. Read more.
  • Megan Meyer '18, who received her Athena Award last week. Read more and see photo.
  • Paulina Holmberg '18, who was recently awarded Elite status in the competitive sport of Trampoline and Double Mini Trampoline. Read more and see videos.
  • Alex Gillard '18, on getting the third best pole vault in the State last week. He is very close to setting an AHA record. See photo.
  • AHA Teachers, on the occasion of Teacher Appreciation Day this week. See video thanking them.

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