STARS Connection - Week of December 3, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of December 3, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of December 3, 2018


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of December 3, 2018


Coming Up This Week: Tri 1 grades available online, Sadies Dance, Ninth Grade Service & Fun Day, Keeping Advent, Christmas Basket Kick-off,CCC Speaker Smith, Christmas Basket Kickoff, Stars Spirit open extra hours, Boston History and College Tour

We Want You To Know: About School Closings, Hockey Passes, AP Testing Accomodations, Booster Club Steak Fry

A Look Ahead: Dec 14 is E (early dismissal), Christmas at the Academy, Christmas Break, Upcoming Dates

From the College and Career Center: Transcripts, FAFSA, Scholarship Search Workshops

Extras: Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK 

Trimester 1 Grades are available online

Trimester 1 grades are now available online. Go to AHA's NetClassroom and log on with your ID and password.

If you've forgotten your ID or password, you can use the forgotten password page to have it emailed to the email address we have in your record. If this does not work for you or you have problems logging on or seeing grades, you can email for assistance. Make sure to include your full name, your student's name and the email address you used on the forgotten password page.

It's a good idea to print, download or otherwise save a copy of the Trimester 1 grades if you'd like to do any comparisons to other marking term grades. Once mid-trimester 2 grades are posted, the trimester 1 grades are no longer available in NetClassroom.

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 go on sale on Monday, Nov. 19 and are $40/couple and $20/single ticket.

Keeping Advent

"Advent has a twofold character: as a season to prepare for Christmas when Christ's first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ's second coming at the end of time…a period for devout and joyful expectation." (General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar)

During this season of Advent we are called to take a look at how we live our lives in joyful expectation of the second coming. Here at Holy Angles we will offer several experiences to our faith community through prayer and action.

  • Monday, Dec. 3rd All School Advent Liturgy 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19th all of the Theology Classes will experience an Advent Prayer in the Chapel throughout the day.

And we keep holy this season through our Christmas Basket program which culminates in a prayer service on Dec. 20th.

Ninth grade Service & Fun Day set for December 5

AHA ninth-grade students will pack meals for Feed My Starving Children on Wednesday, December 5. Students will begin the morning with with their Campus Ministry mentors. They will then serve at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), followed by an afternoon at Grand Slam in Burnsville. Students will need to bring a bag lunch and are encouraged to bring $1 donation for FMSC. Permission slips were distributed in Theology classes and are due this Friday, November 30. The hours served on this day count towards the freshmen service requirement. Read more about the Service Requirement.

Smith to speak at AHA on Dec 6 at 7:30 am

Who do you think you are Book CoverStephen Smith, author of Who Do You Think You Are: Three Crucial Conversations for Coaching Teens to College & Career Success, published by John Wiley & Sons, will be at AHA on December 6th, 2018 at 7:30 am in the Annex for a morning meeting with parents. Come to hear ideas of how to discuss college majors and career choices with your teens.

Although an RSVP is never required to attend our College and Career Center events, if you are planning to attend, it would be helpful to know for our morning refreshment order. Please email Tina Proctor at with any questions or to submit an RSVP. Read more, including Smith's bio.

Christmas Basket Kickoff was Thursday, November 29

AHA students and staff began their annual Christmas Basket projects on November 29 with a convocation kickoff. Since the 1940s, the AHA community has been providing presents for families in need. Each homeroom has adopted a family for the holidays. The families are identified to us by our longtime partner of 18 years, Family Solutions: Universal Multicultural Consultants, a 501C3 nonprofit organization working with families in transition and crisis. Students “divide and conquer” by working together with others in their homerooms to provide gifts and household goods for their family. The Student Government provides each family with a grocery store gift card to assist with the holiday meal planning. We will be serving more than 45 families this year from across the Twin Cities. All gifts will be due at AHA by the day of the Christmas Basket Prayer Service on Dec. 20th.

If a student's family feels that contributing would be a financial burden, they only need to let the homeroom teacher know, and money will be provided so that the student can participate. Such conversations are confidential. Questions? Contact Student Government Advisor, Gregg Sawyer at 612-798-2612 or

Stars Spirit open extra hours for Christmas Shopping

Time to talk about Christmas shopping! We have added evening hours as follows:

  • Thursday, December 6: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 11: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 18: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 20: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Holiday shopping for your favorite "STAR" begins at STARS Spirit. Check out our new arrivals from Under Armour - 1/4 zip tops in royal or black (men's and women's sizes), striped 1/4 zips in royal or black (women's sizes) polo shirts, hoodies and hats! Perfect stocking stuffers - beanie hats and mittens, And of course - lots of sweatshirts and sweat pants. STARS Spirit is normally open on school days from 7am - 8pm or 11am - 1pm.

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.

We want you to know


About School Closings

The safety of our faculty, staff and students is the primary factor when making decisions about cancelling school due to weather-related conditions. Knowing that Academy of Holy Angels functions as a commuter school (as opposed to a neighborhood school), we have to be realistic about cancelling school due to cold or snow. We also know that there might be times when school is closed for reasons other than weather. Our first preference is to keep school open; however, when conditions are dangerous, we will cancel regular school and post daily lessons online. AHA has one day built into the calendar for snow days. Should cancelling additional school days during the year be required, AHA will implement online school. Generally one or two days of online school will be used before more time is added to the school calendar. Read more in the Student and Parent handbook.

AHA Boys & Girls Hockey Students Passes available through Dec. 7

The school is offering a special 'Hockey Pass' for the 2018-19 season. For $25, students will be listed on the AHA Student Pass List for all boys and girls regular season hockey game at Richfield Ice Arena (excludes two games at TRIA Wild Practice facility, tournaments and section games). Students who show a valid student ID and who are listed on the sheet will gain admission without further charge. Students must pay $25 in cash or in a check written out to AHA prior to being listed. Sign up in Ms. Arnebeck's office in the Athletic Dept. Deadline for purchase of student pass is Dec 7th.

Notice Regarding Accommodations for AP testing

If your student has a current learning variations plan and psychoeducational documentation, and would like to apply for accommodations for AP testing, College Board requires documentation by December 10th. If you have questions about this, please contact Deirdre Hocks at 612-798-2605 or

Booster Club Steak Fry - Thank you!

Thank you to the Booster Club and all supporters for another fun and fruitful Steak Fry event. Funds raise will benefits all AHA students. For results and a few picture highlights, click here.


Dec 14 is an E schedule

Friday, December 14th 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.

Christmas at the Academy is Dec. 19th at 7 pm

It's guaranteed to generate holiday spirit -- The AHA bands and choirs will both be in concert. The choral portion of the concert will start in the Chapel at 7 pm. The choral portion is followed by a short break in the parlor to grab a Christmas treat and then moves to the Theater for the band portion. The evening ends with a fun singalong of Christmas favorites.

Christmas Break is Dec. 22nd through Jan 1st

There will be no school beginning on Monday, December 24th and ending on Tuesday, January 1st. School will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd. Building and Office Hours will be modified during this time.

Upcoming Dates

  • Nov. 29: Christmas Basket kick-off
  • Nov. 30: Sadies Dance
  • Dec 3: All School Advent Mass
  • Dec 5: 9th Grade Service and Fun Day
  • Dec 6: College and Career Center Parent Event 7:30 am
  • Dec 12: PLC Late Start, Parent Observation
  • Dec 12-13: Data Day 
  • Dec 14: E Schedule
  • Dec 19: Christmas at the Academy 7 pm
  • Dec 22-Jan 1: No School; Christmas Break
  • Jan 2: School resumes



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

First Scholarship Search Workshop is Dec. 5

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.



Is my team in action this week?

Go to for the sports schedules.

What's for Lunch? 

Get lunch information, including menus as available.
6600 Nicollet Avenue South Richfield, MN 55423 612-798-2600