Stars Connection - Week of October 22, 2018

Stars Connection - Week of October 22, 2018

Stars Connection - Week of October 22, 2018


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of October 22, 2018

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

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. Enjoy the long weekend!

Wednesday, Oct. 24th: Sisters of Peace Viewing at AHA

On Wednesday, October 24th, all AHA junior and senior students will view scenes from the MN History Theater's play, Sisters of Peace and hear direct comments by the McDonald Sisters, CSJ.  The concepts of peace and justice by AHA founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelt (CSJ), are emphasized in the theology curriculum studied by these two grade levels in particular.  

"... the McDonald sisters Brigid, Jane, Rita and Kate: legendary peace activists, who grew up as sisters in a large Irish farm family in Hollywood Township, Minnesota. The four sisters all entered the convent and became Catholic nuns who devoted their lives to teaching and peace activism. That’s only part of the story. Their incredible lives come to life in this stirring play that take us on a journey from the security gates of Honeywell Corporation, to the School of the Americas and back to the steps of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Wherever there is injustice, the chances of bumping into the McDonald sisters are high.

This is their story! A story of love, passion and compassion – all with a sense of humor that comes from their wonderful Irish upbringing! These Sisters of Peace are Minnesota legends, for sure!"

Thursday, Oct. 25th: Fall Open House

Fall Open House is next Thursday, October 25th starting at 6 pm. We're preparing for a jam-packed evening including an activities fair, tours, and academic presentations...and showcasing all that AHA has to offer! Please spread the word to friends, neighbors, family and coworkers, and consider accompanying an 8th grade family for the evening. If you know public school families who may be interested, please send them our way!

Finally, if you can volunteer as a greeter or member of a tour group, please email Meg Angevine. Go STARS!

Friday, Oct. 26th: Early dismissal

On Friday, October 26th, school will be dismissed early at 1 pm. Buses will 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. 26th: Fall Play opens

See the fall play! The Crucible by Arthur Miller opens on Friday, October 26th. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/students and seniors. Call 612-798-2615 or email for tickets.

We want you to know


Thank you

Thank you to the many volunteers, parents, students, faculty and staff who helped AHA host a successful Grandparents & Special Friends day celebration.  Over 850 attendees came together for the joyous occasion!  See video highlights here.

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's Star Council passes and AHA Booster Club passes are not accepted for these events that the school administers on behalf of the Region.

Register for winter sports before season begins

Registration for winter sports is available here.  For general questions, contact Activities Assistant, Carolyn Arnebeck by email or by phone at 612-798-2635. 

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

Winter apparel now available

Our Winter Sports web page is now open online and includes uniform approved team sweatshirts, team apparel, and spirit wear. Check out the new spirit wear items from Under Armour. All orders will arrive before Christmas!  

Important facts:

  • When you have placed your order, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation, your order has not been placed. Try again!

  • We encourage you to order early. Some teams have included MANDATORY practice apparel. Delivery date is 4-5 weeks after order is placed.

  • All orders will be delivered to Holy Angels. Coaches will distribute orders to the players.

  • Questions can be directed to Customer Sevice information provided on your receipt.


Friday, Nov 2nd: Parent Breakfast - Be part of it!

Requests have been made for an additional session! We hope you'll join us at school on Friday, November 2nd from 7:30 - 8:30 am to hear from school leadership about exciting future initiatives planned for AHA and how your child will benefit. A continental breakfast will be served. Kindly RSVP via email so we can plan accordingly.

Sunday, Nov. 4th: Mother/Daughter Luncheon

Sunday, November 4th is AHA's annual Mother/Daughter Luncheon. New this year: attendees will be making a project to take home! Invitations were emailed out to all families with girls. More information about the event can be found here.

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 school. 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.

Saturday, Nov. 17th: Booster Club Steak Fry

Hello from the Academy of Holy Angels Booster Club! The annual Steak Fry and Auction is scheduled for Saturday. November 17th at Brackett's Crossing Golf club located in Lakeville. More details for the evening and registration forms can be found here.

This is the Booster Club's largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds support AHA athletics, activies and arts. We look forward to seeeing you at this year's event.  It is a fun-filled evening of games, auction bidding, dinner and drinks. GO STARS!

Upcoming Dates

  • Oct 18-22: MEA Break, NO SCHOOL
  • Oct 23: School resumes
  • Oct 25: Fall Open House @ 6 pm
  • Oct 26: Early dismissal @ 1 pm
  • Nov 1: All Saints Day Memorial Mass
  • Nov 4: Mother/Daughter Luncheon
  • Nov 5: Sibling & Cousin Day
  • Nov 17: Steak Fry

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


Oct. 24th & 25th: MN National College Fair 

The MN National College Fair will be held Wednesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 25 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  The evening session of the college fair is on Wednesday evening from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Information for the fair can be found here

Students should register ahead of time for the fair and get a barcode they can present to the college representatives to scan at each table to have their information entered into college databases. This saves students from  needing to complete cards at each school.

Freshman meeting with college counselors

Freshman parents: 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 15 deadline, they need to submit their request for transcripts in Family Connection by Tuesday, October 30. We currently have 328 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.

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

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.


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