STARS Connection - Week of November 19, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of November 19, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of November 19, 2018


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of November 19, 2018


Dear Parents & Friends of Academy of Holy Angels,

At this time of year, we pause from our daily routines to count our blessings as a school and as a community of “Believers and Achievers” who each day are gifted with the opportunity for participation and achievement at Holy Angels. There is so much to be grateful for - including the generous support and involvement of our parents, alumni, volunteers, corporate sponsors and many others. You continue to make a difference in the lives of so many students who learn here and teachers who teach here. For this, we are deeply appreciative!

I continue to be honored and grateful for the privilege to work with so many talented and gifted people at Holy Angels. It is with the spirit of the holidays that I wish you the happiness of good friends, the joy of family, and the wonder that this time of year provides. Have a memorable Thanksgiving!

In Peace,

Tom Shipley


Wednesday, Nov. 14th: Prayer group inaugural meeting

We are excited to offer a new group at AHA this year. It is called The Open Door Prayer Group. It is a group that is student initiated and sponsored by two teachers. The inaugural meeting is today after school in room 3253. AHA Prays!

Thursday, Nov. 15th: Fall food drive ends

All AHA students are asked to bring canned goods, non-perishables, baby formula/food, etc. to the Convocation Lobby each morning between 7:15 – 7:35 am through this Thursday, Nov. 15th. Food is still needed! All donations will go to VEAP, an organization that promotes access to healthy food for people in need. Thank you to all who have participated! We will gather for our annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service on Thursday where we will pray over the food we collected and give thanks for the generous spirit of our Holy Angels Community.

Thursday, Nov. 15th: AHA Give Day

AHA Give Day is THIS Thursday, Nov. 15th! Contributions are critical to our mission, as they underwrite nearly 20% of our annual costs to educate your child(ren). We thank a group of very generous donors who has committed $150,000 in matching funds for our effort this year. Please consider an online donation today!  

Friday, Nov. 16th: Deadline to opt out for student records and military recruiters

Student records and military recruiters, deadline for opting out is November 16th. Both federal and state law require that secondary schools release names, addresses and home telephone numbers of students in grades 11 and 12 if requested by military recruiters. However, there is a provision that allows parents to opt out of this disclosure by informing the school that they DO NOT want their child’s information released to recruiters. If you would like your student’s information withheld, send your request - in writing, with your signature - by November 16th to Gina Meacham in the AHA Guidance Department.

Saturday, Nov. 17th: Booster Club Steak Fry

Silent auction bidding begins at 5:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. Funds raised benefit all students at Holy Angels! Brackett's Crossing Country Club: 17976 Judicial Road, Lakeville.

Thanksgiving week schedule:

  • Monday, Nov. 19th - Finals
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20th - Finals
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21st - Grading day; NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, Nov. 22nd - Happy Thanksgiving!  NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, Nov. 23rd - NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, Nov. 26th - School resumes; second trimester begins

We want you to know


Wednesday, Nov. 28th: Senior Party meeting for parent volunteers


Senior Party plans are already underway! The Senior Party is an overnight event for graduating seniors that takes place the night of graduation. Want to help plan the event? Come to the initial meeting for senior parents on Wednesday, November 28th at 6:30 pm in room 2490 at AHA. If you have any questions about the Senior Party or would like to sign up to help but can't attend the meeting, please contact Kelly McHugh Priadka via email or at 612-805-6874.

Friday, Nov. 30th: Sadies Dance

Sadies is on Friday, Nov. 30th from 8:30 -11:00 pm. Typically a "girl ask guy" dance, all students at AHA are invited to attend. AHA students may bring guests from other schools. This guest permission slips are available in the main office and are due back, signed by the guest's school principal, by Wednesday, Nov. 28th. Tickets for Sadies go on sale on Monday, Nov. 19th and are $40/couple and $20/single ticket.

Wednesday, Dec. 12th: Info meeting for 2019 Boston History & College Tour

The Boston History & College Tour is back by popular demand! Mr. Werle and Ms. Kjorstad are pleased to announce that the 2019 trip will take place from Thursday, October 17th to Monday, October 21st, 2019. This whirlwind tour of nearly a dozen historic sites and five major colleges and universities is open to all current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. An informational meeting for students and parents will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 12th in the AHA lecture hall (Room #2490). Contact Steve Werle via email or at 612-798-0779 if you have any questions before the meeting.

Upcoming Dates

  • Nov 15: AHA Give Day
  • Nov 17: Steak Fry
  • Nov 19 & 20: Final exams
  • Nov 21 - 23: Thanksgiving break
  • Nov 26: School resumes; second trimester begins
  • Nov 28: PLC/Late start
  • Nov 29: Christmas basket kick-off
  • Nov 30: Sadies Dance

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


Freshman meeting with college counselors

Freshman parents: We continue our 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. 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
All Parents: Please join the College Counselors for a Special Guest Speaker on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 a.m. in the Annex to hear Stephen Smith discuss his book Who Do You Think You Are? Three Crucial Conversations for Coaching Teens to College and Career Success.

Junior ParentsIf you were not able to attend the Practice ACT Score Back Night on Tuesday, we will be mailing scores home this week. We are also including information about ACT prep classes offered at Holy Angels this winter and spring through Sylvan and Holy Angels.  Questions? Please email Ms. Kjorstad

Senior Parents: The college counselors will be offering Scholarship Search Workshops on December 5 at 2:45 p.m. and January 9 at 7:30 am. in the CCC. Seniors should sign up ahead of time in the CCC and bring their chrome books charged to learn tips about searching for scholarships online and through various resources.


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