STARS Connection - Week of December 10, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of December 10, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of December 10, 2018


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of December 10, 2018


Coming Up This Week: Wed is PLC, Data Day, Keeping Advent, Christmas Basket Project, Stars Spirit open extra hours, Boston History and College Tour, Dec 14 is early dismissal

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

A Look Ahead: Christmas at the Academy, Christmas Break, Upcoming Dates

From the College and Career Center: Transcripts, FAFSA, Scholarship Search Workshop, CCC blog

Extras: We pray for, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK 

Dec. 12 is Late Start

Wednesday, Dec 12 is a PLC (Professional Learning Community) day at AHA. Teachers will gather for early morning professional meetings. Classes begin at 8:25 am. Buses run at their regular times and there's supervision for students who arrive at school early.

Data Day is Dec 12 and 13

This Fall, 9th and 10th graders took the Pre-ACT and 11th graders took a practice ACT. All three grade levels will review their tests and answers in their English, Science, and Math classes on December 12th & 13th. The Reading section of the tests will be reviewed in Social Studies classes for grade 9 and Theology for grades 10 and 11. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to track their progress through the first few years at AHA, hone in on specific concepts in need of improvement from each content area, and organize their preparation for the ACT.

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 Angels, we will offer several experiences to our faith community through prayer and action.

  • Monday, Dec. 3rd was an All School Advent Liturgy
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19th all of the Theology Classes will experience an Advent Prayer in the Chapel throughout the day.
  • As always, every Wednesday morning at 7:15, we pray the rosary in the chapel before school. Parents are welcome to join us if interested.

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

Christmas Basket Project culminates on December 20

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 48 families and a total of 197 people 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.

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. Regular hot lunch by Taher will be served.

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.

Table Tennis Club

Table Tennis Club has begun their season. Open play is organized on Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 4 pm. Friday is a training session so there is no open play. All are welcome from beginners to advanced players. The club runs until Mid February. There is a fee.


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

  • 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
  • Jan 3: AP Parent meeting 7:30 am
  • Jan 4: AP Student meeting in homeroom
  • Jan 7: Conference Registration begins



Transcript request deadlines

Senior parents: Please remind your senior if they are applying to colleges with a deadline between December 16 and January 15, they should have requested their transcript by December 4. If they have not done this already, they need to see their counselor immediately. The college counselors will be on break December 22-January 1 so any "last minute" requests during the holidays will not be handled until after January 2.  Students must plan ahead and get those requests in so the counselors can have everything submitted before leaving for break on December 21st. 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

Next Scholarship Search Workshop is Jan. 9

Senior Parents: The college counselors will be offering the second Scholarship Search Workshop on January 9 at 7:30 am in the CCC. Seniors should sign up ahead of time in the CCC and bring their Chromebooks charged to learn tips about searching for scholarships online and through various resources.

Read the Updated CCC blog

Parents: There is a College and Career Center Blog on the AHA website which we update as we are able with our reviews of colleges we visit, articles we find helpful, etc. We just added a link to the Georgia Tech Admission Blog which recently posted some great information about dealing with defer or deny decisions. Read the CCC Blog.



We pray for

Ronald Sidor, father of Jennifer Szopa (Sidor), grandfather of Zach Szopa '20 and Luke Szopa '22.

Is my team in action this week?

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What's for Lunch? 

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