Stars Connection - Week of October 15, 2018

Stars Connection - Week of October 15, 2018

Stars Connection - Week of October 15, 2018


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of October 15, 2018

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

Friday, Oct. 12th: E schedule, dismissal at 1:00 pm

October 12th is an early dismissal with school ending at 1:00 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. 

Friday, Oct. 12th: Parking and pick-up for Grandparents & Special Friends Day 

More than 500 grandparents and guests will be coming to AHA on Friday, October 12th for Grandparents & Special Friends Day. We are asking students who normally park in the Senior/StarDome lot to park in the south end of the St. Peter’s lot that day. This will allow our grandparents and guests to park closer to the Convocation Center entrance. Please plan to park in the last two rows at the south end of the St. Peter’s parking lot (farthest away from AHA building). Thank you for your help.

In order to reduce congestion in the lobby and parking lot, students not participating in Grandparents & Special Friends Day must leave school through the Commons. Also, please note that buses will be lined up at the south end of the St. Peter's parking lot that afternoon. (It's the part of the lot farthest from the AHA building.)

Friday, Oct. 12th: Senior Night for football and fall dance

Senior Night for AHA football and fall dance is this Friday, October 12th. Join us at the Stardome to cheer on the undefeated football team as they host Waconia for their last regular season home game. At 6:30pm (prior to the 7:00 PM game time), the seniors will be honored. Go Stars!

Wednesday, Oct. 17th: Service recognition brunch

On October 17th, AHA will recognize student accomplishments for summer service hours. If students have served more than 25 hours this past summer and would like to be invited to a short recognition reception, they can check to see if their name is on this list. Questions? Email Mr. Ruhland

Wednesday, Oct. 17th: Senior pictures deadline

Senior parents: Reminder that graduation portraits, senior quotes and optional yearbook ads are due Tuesday, October 17th. If photos are not received by October 17th, the Josten's photo may be used in the yearbook. Get the information.

Thursday, Oct. 18th - Monday, Oct. 22nd: MEA Break 

There will be no school from October 18th through October 22nd. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 23rd. We wish you a relaxing long weekend and safe travels to those heading out of town!

We want you to know


Recap of guest speaker on technology

On Friday, September 28th, Dave Eisenmann returned to AHA to share his message about healthy balance with technology, cyber safety, cyber bullying and harassment, and leaving a positive digital footprint. Dave’s been featured on Kare 11 and was named one of the “20 To Watch” educational technology leaders in the nation by the National School Boards Association.

During Dave's presentation, students answered polls about their smartphone activity, with nearly 40% reporting Snapchat as their most used app, with YouTube and Instagram following at 21% and 15% respectively. About 80% of students said that screens are not kept out of their bedroom at night, while over half reported being unable to go more than an hour without checking their device outside of school. Interestingly, 70% of students admitted that there was something in their digital history that their grandmother would not approve of, to which Dave reminded them of their positive digital footprint.

Dave also gave a morning presentation for parents and shared his philosophy on promoting healthy technology use in the home. He provided a comprehensive list of resources, which are available at the link below. Dave strongly encouraged parents to have the “tech talk” regularly with their students and to ask “what if” questions to spark fruitful conversations about online safety and responsibility. Thanks to those who attended and contributed insightful thoughts and questions at this event.

Additional content can be found here: Top 10 Tips For Tech Healthy Kids - Resources from Dave Eisenmann

Admission increase for Section AAAA tournaments

After the regular seasons in volleyball and soccer, Holy Angels is asked to administer home section games on behalf of Administrative Region 4A. The Region informed us that they have adjusted admission prices to $10/adults and $5/children and seniors. AHA President Star Council passes are not accepted for these events that the school administers on behalf of the Region.

Still open! Register for winter sports

Registration for winter sports is available here.  All forms must be complete upon submission. All student athletes must complete a baseline concussion test through the Holy Angels health staff prior to participation in activities. A sports qualifying physical must be submitted in hard copy format to the activities office every three years.

For general questions, contact Activities Assistant, Carolyn Arnebeck by email or by phone at 612-798-2635. All physicals can be either emailed to Carolyn or dropped off at the lobby desk. If you need to fax it, please put attention: Carolyn Arnebeck. Fax # 612-798-2610.

AHA Winter Baseline Concussion Testing Dates:

  • Oct. 15th - 3pm
  • Nov. 1st - 3pm

*Testing is in room 2493. If you have a chrome book and mouse please bring it. The school has a limited number of laptops. Test takes approx. 45 minutes.

Winter Sports Start Dates:

  • Dance - Oct. 22nd
  • Girls hockey - Oct. 29th
  • Alpine ski, nordic ski, gymnastics, girls basketball, boys hockey - Nov. 12
  • Boys basketball - Nov. 19

Math Time now available

Could your student benefit from some additional help with their math assignments? Does your student need a place to work on their assignments and get help if stuck on a question? Math Time is help from a math teacher for students from any grade or level of math. It is each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (except early dismissal days) from 2:45 - 3:30. Each day's location is posted on signs outside of the 3rd floor math classrooms.

Service opportunity for OLG alums

Our Lady of Grace alums, there is a wonderful service opportunity at Our Lady of Grace to be a Sunday School teacher during masses. It would also be a wonderful way for families to get to know you, and by extension, get to know Holy Angels. This would count towards your required service hours! Interested? Contact Stephanie Lloyd.


Sunday, Nov. 4th: Mother/Daughter Luncheon

The annual Mother/Daughter lunch will be on Sunday, November 4. Information about the event will be emailed out to all families with girls next week. Questions about the event may be directed to Nancy Roscoe

Monday, Nov. 5th: Drivers education classes begin

Dates: November 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 26, 27, 29, December 3
Time: 3:00 – 6:15pm, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Location: Room 2493 at Holy Angels
Parent/Guardian Night: November 12, 6:45-8:15pm at AAA

AAA has a comprehensive teen driver education program for both members and non-members that includes: Classroom, Parent/Guardian Night, Driver Impact Panel and Behind-the-Wheel Lessons. Students receive an AAA How to Drive Textbook and the Minnesota Driving Manual. For more information about AAA Driving School, or to register for classes, call (952) 927-2602 or visit For residents outside of Hennepin County, use zip code 55416 to access the AAA Minneapolis website. Brochures are also available at the front desk lobby.

Monday, Nov. 5th: Sibling & Cousin Day

Mark your calendars for our AHA  Sibling and Cousin Day on Monday, November 5, 2018.  We welcome all 7th and 8th Grade siblings and cousins, to come join your AHA student for a day.  Have lunch on Admissions, spend time together, meet friends, see classes and be a Future STAR!  

All siblings and cousins need to be registered by Thursday, November, 1st.  This event is limited to the first 90 guests so we have enough classroom space. CLICK HERE for more information and to register a sibling/cousin.

Upcoming Dates

  • Oct 12: Early dismissal @ 1 pm, Grandparents & Special Friends Day
  • Oct 17: Service recognition brunch
  • Oct 18-22: MEA Break, NO SCHOOL
  • Oct 23: School resumes
  • Oct 25: Fall Open House @ 6 pm
  • Nov 1: All Saints Day Memorial Mass
  • Nov 4: Mother/Daughter Luncheon
  • Nov 5: Sibling & Cousin Day

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


Freshman meeting with college counselors

Freshman parents: You received a letter last week about the 9th grade meeting for you and your student from your college counselor. We have begun 9th grade meetings and appreciate if your 9th grader can complete the survey in their family connection account ahead of the meeting time if possible. If the time assigned does not work for your family, please call your college counselor immediately to reschedule. Ms. Kjorstad works with students last names A-L and can be reached via email or phone at 612-798-2691. Mrs. Proctor works with students last names M-Z and can be reached via email or phone at 612-798-2639. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Transcript request deadlines

Senior parents: Please remind your senior if they are applying to colleges with a November 1 deadline, they need to submit their request for transcripts in Family Connection by Friday, October 12. We currently have 250 transcript requests we are diligently working to submit to colleges. Remember: It is school policy that we do not submit test scores to colleges. Students need to have their test scores sent to colleges directly from the testing agency. They can request this online through or Be aware that many schools are beginning to allow self-reported test scores as part of the admission process. Students should check the websites of their colleges for the policies of each school. Finally, remind your student to bring in their admission and scholarship letters to their college counselor to get a STAR on the board. We need to know about scholarship awards for Celebration Day in the spring.

Application workshops for seniors

The college counselors will be offering a College Application Workshop for seniors needing assistance completing college applications in the CCC on:

  • Wednesday, October 17-7:30-8:15 am. This is a PLC so students need to sign up ahead of time to get a pass to be in the halls.

Senior parents, a word of advice for completing the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online at Here are a few tips that may help as you complete the FAFSA:

  • One parent and the student must each create a FSA ID. This can be done at the following site:
  • STUDENT and PARENT MUST USE DIFFERENT EMAIL ADDRESSES to create your FSA ID. Write your username and password down. When you are completing the FAFSA, this username and password are your FSA ID.
  • Complete the FAFSA at

As part of MN Goes to College Month in October, there is a FAFSA Completion Event hosted at Normandale Community College on Thursday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m. at 9700 France Avenue S., Bloomington, MN 55431. You can park in lot 3 and enter at the Kopp/Partnership entrance. Go up one floor to room P104(Partnership Building) For more information, contact Jennifer Saunders

Mark your calendar now to attend College Financial Aid Night at Holy Angels on Monday, November 5 at 6:30 pm in the theater. Questions? Contact Mrs. Proctor.



  • KUDOS to Seyoun (SharonKim '20 who will participate with a team from Minnesota at the Princeton University Math Competition in November. Sharon is one of only eight students from the state chosen for this contest! She was selected based on an essay, her mathematical talent and performance at previous high level contests.  

  • Complete Sports Schedules found at
  • What's for Lunch?  Get lunch information, including menus as available.
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