STARS Connection - Week of December 17, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of December 17, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of December 17, 2018


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of December 17, 2018


Coming Up This Week: Dec 14 is early dismissal, Data Day, Tri One Honor Roll, Starliners Winter Jam, Advent, Christmas Basket, Stars Spirit open extra hours, Christmas at the Academy, Christmas Break

We Want You To Know: 2019 Course Registration Process, Building Closed, Senior Theology Options, Holiday Admissions Greetings, About School Closings, Booster Club Steak Fry, Table Tennis Club

A Look Ahead: AP Parent Meeting, 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 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.

Data Day was this week

All 9th-11th graders participated in our annual Data Day this Wednesday and Thursday. In class, students reviewed their Pre-ACT and practice ACT test scores to help them identify areas in need of improvement for the official ACT test.

Trimester One Honor Roll Announced

Academy of Holy Angels is proud to announce the 2018-2019 Trimester One Honor Roll.  Students whose grade point average meets one of the following criteria are commended. See the list of criteria, names and honors.

Starliner Winter Jam

Come out and cheer on the Starliners as they host their annual Winter Jam Dance Competition this Saturday, December 15th at 10am at AHA.  JV and Varsity performances of both Jazz and Kick will compete.  See you there!

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:

  • 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.

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.

We want you to know


2019-20 Course registration process begins after break

Parents, your son or daughter will begin the registration process for the 2019-20 school year after break. In order for them to request courses, you must respond to the email you will receive from TADS in January and re-­enroll your student for the 2019-20 school year. This must be completed by January 19, 2019. If you do not receive an email from TADS by January 7, please call them directly at 612-­548-­3320. Counselors will visit classrooms the second week in January to discuss the registration process. Viewable copies of documents will be available on the AHA website in early January and emailed out to all parents, including a tutorial on how to request courses online.

Building closed on Sundays in December

AHA closes its building on Sundays in December to conserve energy. The building will be closed on Sundays for the rest of 2018.

Senior Theology Options

Last week Juniors heard about their Senior Year Theology course options.  The first option is a series of courses consisting of Moral Philosophy, Comparative Religions, and Senior Theology Seminar - each providing an excellent college-preparatory foundation for our Senior students. The second, year-long option, is for those wishing to apply to the Campus Ministry Team.  This ministry involves Service, Worship, and Pastoral Care through mentoring younger students, and is an important part of our AHA faith community.  Last week's presentation included the application process for the Campus Ministry Team.  A checklist for this process as well as additional forms and information is available in their Junior Theology class' Google Classroom.  We look forward to our Juniors discerning the best academic path for them.  Read the Theology course descriptions online in the Program of Studies. 

Holiday Admissions Greetings!

We've welcomed 250 8th graders to campus and are looking forward to enrolling our Class of 2023 in the New Year! We look forward to enrolling siblings and continue the AHA tradition, and now is the time to complete the application by our January 19, 2019 first round application deadline. We've mailed home important details about deadlnes and timeline dates; please let us know if you haven't received them or have any questions. The 8th grade placement exam is also scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2019. Please RSVP on our website wth our thanks.

One final message: please encourage family, friends, coworkers and neighbors to come to AHA. Bring them along with you to a game so they can see our AHA energy in action. Refer them to Admissions to schedule a tour and visit with us. We love our Future STARS!

We send you and your family Advent blessings and peace! Meg Angevine and Joe Berg, your Admissions Team

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.

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.


AP Parent meeting on Thurs., Jan. 3 at 7:30 am

At a parent meeting on Thursday, January 3rd at 7:30 am in the annex, Guidance Counselor Matt O'Leary will share information with parents about registering for Advanced Placement courses at AHA. Students considering AP classes should attend the Friday, January 4th meeting in the theater during homeroom and ask for an AP application from the teacher who teaches that class or teaches in the subject area. The deadline for submitting applications is January 18th. Students with further questions about an AP class should talk to the teacher of that class.

Upcoming Dates

  • 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
  • Jan 9: PLC Late Start
  • Jan 10: Winter Open House
  • Jan 18: Fine Arts Festival @ St. Anthony
  • Jan 19: Placement Exam
  • Jan 21: No School MLK Jr. Day



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.



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