STARS Connection - Week of August 27, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of August 27, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of August 27, 2018


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of August 28, 2018


Coming Up This Week: Welcome back, School starts, Construction Delays, Student Schedules, School pictures, Computers issued, Academic Reception, Friday is E, Summer reading, Service hours, PACC registration

We Want You To Know: School Store, Booster Club passes, Summer Projects 2018, Contacting AHA Staff, New Staff, Lunch Volunteers, Senior Pictures, Driver's Ed

A Look Ahead: Back to School Night, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Transfer Students, SAT deadlines, Senior Meetings, More than good grades

Extras: Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK 

Welcome back to a new school year

During the school year, you'll receive AHA's parent newsletter, STARS Connection, in your email on Thursdays.

School starts this week

School starts on Monday, August 27th, with a shortened day of school featuring staggered start times:

  • Ninth grade—7:50 to 11:40 a.m.
  • Tenth and eleventh grade — 8:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Seniors — 9:30 to 11:40 a.m.
  • Buses will leave at noon.

AHA will celebrate a liturgy the first day of school. Students do not need to be in uniform, but it is a dress-up day. Consult your back-to-school packet for appropriate dress or get it here

Plan Ahead- Road Construction Delays

There are many road construction projects in the area. Please allow extra time for the morning commute. Students are tardy if not in their classroom by the time the bell rings at 7:50 am.

Reminder about Student Schedules

Please have your student check their schedule in NetClassroom to make sure they have the most current and accurate schedule. If they or you have forgotten your NetClassroom password, visit this page to request a new one. Ninth graders can pick up a paper copy of their schedule on Monday morning in the lobby between 7:15 and 8 am.

School pictures for grades 10-12 is Monday, August 27

Students in grades 10-12 will have their photos taken by Jostens on the first day of school. Ninth graders who didn't have their photo taken at Orientation on Friday, August 17th can also have it taken that day. You will order photos online; no form or payment is needed on August 27. Get more info on School Pictures, as well as the online ordering code.

Computers to be issued on Tuesday, August 28th

Ninth graders do not need to bring their computers to school the first day, August 27th but they do need them for Tuesday, August 28th. Tenth, 11th and 12th graders will be issued computers in Homeroom on Tuesday, August 28th.

Wednesday, August 29th is a late start and the Academic Reception

If your child received a Scholar of Distinction or High Honors designation in all three trimesters of the 2017-18 school year, you should have received an invitation in the mail for the Academic Reception. It will be held this year on August 29th from 7:30 - 8:30 am. Because August 29th is a PLC or late start day, classes do not start that day until 8:25 am, so that students being honored can attend with their parents.

AHA uses PLC schedules bi-monthly so that teachers can meet in Professional Learning Communities. Classes begin at 8:25 am. Buses will run at their regular time and there will be supervision for students who arrive early.

Friday, Aug 31st is an E schedule

The first Friday of school 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.

Summer Reading assignments and quizzes

All AHA students have summer reading assignments that need to be completed for the first day of the 2018-­19 school year. Read more.

Service Hours for grades 10-12 can be submitted right away

Students that completed service hours (not the same as work study hours) during the summer can add hours to x2VOL to meet their service requirement for the upcoming year. Remind them to login through Naviance Family Connection, available on the Students tab of the AHA website. Students in grades 10-12 need 20 hours submitted between June 5, 2018 and May 25, 2019. Students earning Blue (for 40 hours) and Gold (for 60 hours) need to have those hours completed and submitted between June 5, 2018 and May 1, 2019. When students attend mission trips and other immersion experiences, they can submit a maximum of 8 hours per day for each day. Ninth graders will get information and account info at the end of September.

2018-19 PACC Course registration will occur in the Fall

AHA offers PACC courses through the University of St. Mary's. 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. Read more about PACC, and if you have questions about the program, see your counselor, the teacher of the course, or Principal Heidi Foley.

Students will be reminded of PACC registration in the first week of 18-19's classes. Registration will occur in September.

We want you to know


School Store Hours resume this week

STARS SPIRIT, AHA's school store, will resume regular school day hours coinciding with the beginning of the school year. The store is open from Monday to Friday from 7 to 8 am and then again from 11 am to 1 pm. You are invited to stop in and pick up school uniform-approved sweatshirts or spirit wear.

Booster Club passes are available online

The AHA Booster Club sponsors a pass that is available for purchase and provides admission to all home athletic events (excluding hockey and MSHSL tournaments) and admission to all home fine art activities. The pass application is available here.

How to Contact an AHA Staff Member, Teacher, or Coach

AHA has policies in place for its employees about how to communicate, so that our communications are clear, consistent, and transparent. We ask coaches, teachers, and staff members to use AHA emails and phones when they contact you. When you need to contact them, please use the AHA addresses and phones. If you need to look up contact information, consult the directory on the website or call the main office at 612.798.2600. Access the Staff & Services Directory for AHA staff members and teachers. For Coach information, look on the sport or activity team page.

Summer Projects 2018

As we welcome students, faculty and staff to school they will notice many renovations, upgrades and improvements to our historical building and grounds.
Summer 2018 Projects include:

  • Refurbished and repurposed science classrooms and labs (Physics and AP-BIO) to improve learning and better serve students
  • Expanded Robotics Center on first floor to allow for much needed additional space
  • Completely renovated College and Career Center including technology to enhance opportunities for students
  • Updated theater lighting to LED lights allowing energy savings and efficiencies
  • Completed turf field that has been in full use by AHA students and community members 
  • Repaved parking lots

Please welcome our new staff members

  • Adam Berkowitz, Math
  • Katy Kieffer, Math
  • Jon Kleist, student teacher, Theology
  • Dan Meyers, Theology
  • Sarah Miles, English
  • Janet Patience, Nurse
  • Mark Schumacher, Theology
  • Sarah Schwab, Science
  • Peder Skogmo, Assistant Dome Manager
  • Case Unverzagt, English
  • Xai Vang, Helpdesk
  • Julia Zappa, English

Volunteer to serve lunch

STARS CAFE is looking for volunteers to help serve lunch throughout the school year. Any parents interested can contact Beth Hansen at Come and join us while we serve the great students at Holy Angels - usual schedule is 11:15 am - 12:45 pm - bring a friend and have lunch before you go about the rest of your day. Hope to hear from you!! See other parent volunteer opportunities.

Senior Pictures are due by Oct. 17th

Senior Parents: Reminder that graduation portraits, senior quotes and optional yearbook ads are due Tuesday, October 17th. Students may chose to use their Lifetouch photo instead of a professional portrait. Get the information.

Fall Driving Classes at AHA Announced

Dates: November 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 26, 27, 29, December 3
Time: 3–6:15 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (Skipping finals week/Thanksgiving Break)

Location: Room 2493 at Holy Angels
Parent/Guardian Night: November 12 from 6:45-8:15 at AAA in St. Louis Park

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.

Have your permit and ready for Behind-the-Wheel Lessons? We have afterschool, evening, and daytime lessons over MEA available. Please call our office at (952) 927-2602 to make arrangements or you can schedule directly via the online Student Portal. Sign up at


Welcome Back to School night is Wed, Sept 5th

Parents, there’s no better way to meet all your student’s teachers and to learn what the school day is like. Welcome Back to School Night begins at 6:30 p.m. Senior parents, there’s an additional meeting for you at 5:30 p.m. to help you stay up to date on the college admissions and financial aid process. Stars Spirit School Store will be open on Back to School Night for your shopping convenience.

Upcoming Dates

  • Aug. 27: First Day of 18-19 School Year; School Photos grades 10-12
  • Aug. 29: Academic Reception 7:30 am; PLC late start
  • Aug 31: E Schedule
  • Sept 3: No School; Labor Day
  • Sept 5: Senior Parent meeting 5:30 pm; Welcome Back to School Night, 6:30 pm
  • Sept 7: Home Football game 7 pm
  • Sept 19: PLC late start
  • Sept 21-Oct 8: Conference Registration
  • Sept 22: Stars are Out Tonight; Freshmen/Parent Mixer, Home Football Game
  • Sept 24: Make-up Photos, College Planning Night
  • Sept 29: Super Soccer Saturday
  • Oct 1-5: Homecoming Week
  • Oct 5: Activities Hall of Fame; Homecoming game 7 pm.

SEE FULL CALENDAR > or get a 1-page printable Year Calendar.


Transfer Students, the College and Career Center counselors want to meet you!

Welcome to Holy Angels! The college counselors would like to meet with all new transfer students (and their parents if possible) to introduce them to the services offered by the College and Career Center. Please contact the appropriate college counselor now to schedule a meeting. Ms. Kjorstad works with students whose last names begin with the letters A-L and can be reached at or 612-798- 2691. Mrs. Proctor works with students whose last names begin with the letters M-Z and can be reached at or 612-798-2639. We can’t wait to meet you!

SAT deadline is September 7

Students interested in taking the October 6 SAT or SAT Subject tests must register by September 7. Students can register online at

Senior Parent meeting is September 5

Senior Parents: Mark your calendars to attend the Senior Parent meeting on Wednesday, September 5 at 5:30 in the Theater before Back To School Night. The college counselors will be reviewing information shared with your students in a meeting on September 4. Questions--contact Ms. Kjorstad at 612-798-2691 or email at

It takes more than good grades to make it in college

According to Clinical Psychologist Mark McConville,  "Life skills also play a role in determining whether a student succeeds or struggles away from home." In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, he offered some valuable advice about ways to prepare students for a successful transition to college while in high school. The college counselors thought you might find this helpful as another school year begins.  Read the article.



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What's for Lunch? 

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