STARS Connection - Week of May 21, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of May 21, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of May 21, 2018

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Parent Newsletter  Academy of Holy Angels
Week of May 21, 2018


Coming Up This Week: AP Exams, SAFE, Prom, Senior Retreat, Boys Lacrosse Senior Night, Spring Pops Concert, Donate Uniforms, Service Awards, All School Service Day, E Schedule, Senior Posters & Senior Party, Business Office Message

We Want You To Know: Chromebook Collection, Summer AP Assignments, Summer Reading, UK Trip, Relevant Radio, Construction Updates, Summer Experience

A Look Ahead: Finals, PACC Courses, Golf Tournament, Rock the Lawn, Upcoming dates

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

Extras: We Pray for, Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this week COMING UP THIS WEEK

AP exams ended this week

We estimate that 88% of AHA seniors and 80% of AHA juniors took at least one AP exam this year, with total of over 600 exams taken. Students will receive their scores this summer. 

SAFE is sponsoring Grim Reaper activity on May 18

AHA's SAFE (Students Advocating for Empowerment) are sponsoring a Grim Reaper activity during the school day on Friday, May 18th. It is intended to bring awareness of the victims from car accidents due to impaired and/or distracted driving.  A student dressed as a Grim Reaper will take a student out from a classroom to represent a victim. An obituary with details about the driving accident is read at that time explaining what's happening to the rest of the class. The student changes into white clothing, puts on white face makeup and then returns to the classroom. The student, though, neither talks nor participates in class or any school activity until the end of the day to represent the loss of that student. This will occur during the first 3 periods of the day to represent the statistical equivalent of victims.

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.

Boys Lacrosse Senior Night is Tuesday, May 22

Please join us at 6:45pm this Tuesday, May 22, to honor our 9 Senior Boys Lacrosse players before they take on Breck at home. The Stars, led by a strong group of Seniors, are 8-1.

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.

Seniors can donate uniforms on May 23

Seniors who donate their uniforms to the school on May 23 will get an out-of-uniform pass. We share used uniforms with members of our community not able to afford to have multiple uniforms. Donated items should be clean and in good condition, including uniform shorts, skirts, pants, short and long-sleeved shirts, uniform sweaters and sweatshirts. Seniors can donate in the Convocation Lobby on May 23 from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.before school to get a pass to be out of uniform that day.

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 

All School Service Day is May 24th; Students dismissed at 1:45 pm

AHA's fourth annual All School Service Day on May 25th will involve all AHA students and staff. After celebrating a liturgy, AHA students and staff will go forth to perform service in groups at agencies through the Twin Cities. The day includes lunch (students should bring a bag lunch), a closing program and recognition of service throughout the year, including Blue and Gold Awards. Students are dismissed at 1:45 pm.

Friday, May 25th is an E schedule

Friday, May 25th is an early dismissal, with school ending at 1 pm. Buses begin the afternoon routes at 1:10 pm. On E schedule days, regular hot lunch from Taher is not available. An AHA student group sells pizza from Richfield-based American Pie for $1.50 a slice. Students must pay with cash and are unable to use their school lunch account on these days. For a list of all of AHA's daily schedules and times, click here.

Senior Posters due by May 25th

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 posterGet more details about the senior party.

A message from the Business Office regarding year end obligations

Unpaid balances on your TADS account will result in delayed grades, final transcripts, and diplomas. If you have a question about a charge, please contact Nancy Cullen in the Business Office at Seniors will receive a letter at graduation practice on Friday, May 25th with details about any financial obligations they need to meet before graduation. For your convenience, Nancy Cullen will be available during the following hours to receive payments, and answer questions regarding any outstanding obligations.
05/21/18:    7:30-2:30
05/22/18:    7:30-2:30
05/23/18:    7:30-12:00
05/25/18:    7:30-2:00
05/29/18:    7:30-12:00
05/30/18:    7:30-2:30
05/31/18:    7:30-2:00
06/01/18:    7:30-2:00
06/04/18:    7:30-2:00

We want you to knowWE WANT YOU TO KNOW

All Chromebooks will be collected before end of year; Summer loans available

All AHA students are required to turn in their Chromebook, the charger and the plastic cover before they leave for the summer. Seniors will turn them in on Wednesday, May 23rd and Grades 9-11 will turn them in at the end of their last final on Thursday, May 31st. Students who fail to turn in their Chromebook, the charger or both parts of the plastic cover may be fined and/or have their AHA Google account locked. Returning students in grades 9-11 who are interested in checking out a Chromebook for personal use in the summer should fill out the form emailed to their school account and available in the daily bulletin before June 4th. Chromebooks will be available to be picked up beginning on June 19th and must be returned before August 13th. All AHA students will be issued a Chromebook when they return in the fall. If you have any questions, please email or call 612-798-2647.

Summer Assignments in AP US History, AP Science and other AP Classes

If your son or daughter registered for AP US History in the 2018-19 school year, he or she will need to stop by Mr. Werle's room during finals week to pick up the textbook and required summer assignment.

Students registered to take AP Physics I, AP Chemistry, or AP Biology next fall need to see Mr. Vitek (Physics), Ms. Harvalis(Chemistry), and/or Ms. Lahr (Biology) to pick up their summer assignments and textbooks on Tuesday, May 29th after Memorial Day weekend. Please see your science teacher for additional questions.

Some other AP classes also have assignments that students need to complete over the summer. If your student does not know if they have summer requirements, he or she should check with the teacher. AP English Summer Assignments are listed in the Summer Reading page on our website.

Summer Reading Assignments 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.

March 2019 UK Trip 

SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS: Did you forget? Did you think you missed the date?  You can still register for the trip to Ireland, Scotland, and England!!(March 1-10, 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, Or call EF at 1-800-665-5364.  See Mrs. Boston in 3237 for any questions or more information.  Cheerio!

Relevant Radio matched gifts to AHA total $14,575

This week, Academy of Holy Angels recieved a gift of $14,575 from an anonymous benefactor who matched contributrions made to Relevant Radio in honor of AHA at the station's annual Christ Brings Hope Benefit Banquet.  These funds are designated for use as need-based scholarships.

You are invited to turn to Relevant Radio 1330 AM for programs that support families in celebrating, sharing and understanding more deeply our Catholic faith. You can also downloade the free Relevant Radio mobile app, so you can take your faith with you, no matter where you are!

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 be finished the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Students and families traveling to the school should plan for alternative routes. Read more.

Sign up for Summer Experience camps through June 4

Register your middle-school child for Summer Experience! Registration deadline is June 4th. 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.


Grades 9-11 finals are May 30th and May 31st

Third trimester finals for grades 9-11 will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 30th and 31st. Students will attend 65-minute final exam periods over the course of the two days. Wednesday begins with an open period for additional studying and connecting with teachers from 8 to 9:05 am, followed by the 1st period final, which begins at 9:15 am. No lunch is served on finals days. Finals end both days at 12:50 pm but students will be turning in their Chromebooks on Thursday so their dismissal may be delayed up to 20 minutes. Buses will leave AHA on Thursday at 1:15 pm. Students are able to be out of uniform on finals days but appropriate atttire is expected. No hats please.

Sign up for 2018-19 PACC Courses by the deadline: June 1, 2018

Through the University of St. Mary's, AHA offers PACC courses. Read more about PACC courses. PACC courses are accredited by St. Mary's and give AHA students college credit for earning passing grades in the following AP classes: US History, Government, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Language & Composition, Literature & Composition, Calculus AB/BC, Statistics. If you have questions about the PACC program, see your counselor, the teacher of the course, or Principal Heidi Foley. An email has also been sent to all students currently signed-up for these courses with this information.

St. Mary's has moved the deadline to sign up for PACC courses to June 1, 2018.
Complete the online application form found here:

Students planning to take courses for PACC credit next academic year should complete and submit this form by June 1, 2018. Of course there is no payment expected at this time.

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

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!

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 19: Prom
  • May 21: Senior Retreat, Biology Fieldtrip
  • May 22: Placement Test Make up Day
  • May 23: Spring Pops Concert, Seniors turn in computers
  • May 24: All School Service Day; Students dismissed at 1:45 pm
  • May 25: E schedule; Required Graduation practice; last day for seniors
  • May 28: No School; Memorial Day
  • May 30: Tri 3 Finals; Baccalaureate 6:30 pm
  • May 31: Tri 3 Finals
  • June 1: Celebration Day; required attendance
  • August 27: First day of 2018-19 school year

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 the 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.

Extra Graduation Announcements

Senior Parents:  Ms. Kjorstad received a small number of extra graduation announcements from Jostens.  If you are interested in 25 graduation announcements, contact Ms. Kjorstad at and she can send them home with your senior or you can pick them up from school while supplies last. Thank you!



We pray for

Erin Bauer '19 and Brennan Bauer '18, whose Grandfather Jim Tarnowski passed away. 

Kudos to 

  • AHA Boys Tennis for earning the #2 seed in Section 4A and advancing to the Section finals for the first time in over 10 years. They also earned the Gold Academic Award from the Boys Tennis Coaches Association.
  • STARS Softball, who have earned the first Conference Championship of the spring season and the program's second consecutive title. 
  • the Booster Club, Mary Murphy Powers and the AHA Softball team for their work to get a new scoreboard for Richfield's Lincoln park. See photo.
  • the AHA Girls Lacrosse team, who packed gift bags for Cornerstone Women's Shelter. See photo.
  • the Construction crew working on the new turf! See a video recap of the progress.

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