STARS Connection - Week of January 21, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of January 21, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of January 21, 2019


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of January 21, 2019


Coming up this week: No School for MLK Jr. Day, TADS re-enrollment, Parent Breakfasts, Thursday is E schedule, No School Jan 25, Conference registration, Senior Party Committee, Stars Spirit open during conferences, One Act, Angelus, Firearm Safety Course

We want you to know: 2019-20 Calendar, Spring Sports Info, Busing survey, Banovetz Scholarship Applications, AP Test Cost, Financial Aid and Scholarship process, 2019-20 course registration process, Board of Trustees nominations, AHA is hiring, Class of 2023 application deadline

A look ahead: Catholic Schools Week, PLC and Jr College Planning Day, Sophomore Retreats, Chinese New Year, Upcoming Dates

From the College & Career Center: Jr meetings, Junior College Planning Day, ACT Prep classes, Career Speakers Request, Transcript request deadlines, Star on the CCC board

Extras: We pray for, Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK 

No School for MLK Jr. Day

Monday, January 21st is Martin Luther King Jr. day and there is no school. School will resume on Tuesday, January 22nd.

TADS re-enrollment due by Jan 19 in order to register beginning Jan 22

Parents, the registration process for the 2019-20 school year has begun. In order for your student to request courses, you must respond to the email you should have received from TADS the first week of January and re-enroll your student for the 2019-20 school year. This must be completed by January 19, 2019 in order for your student to be able to register beginning January 22. If you have not received an email from TADS, please call them directly at 612-­548-­3320. Counselors visited classrooms last week to discuss the registration process and students received a copy of their grade level course request sheet from their Homeroom teacher on Friday, January 11. A link to view all relevant documents was emailed out to all parents last week and is available online now, including a tutorial on how to request courses online. See the registration and re-enrollment information now.

Parent Breakfasts are January 23 and 24

If you didn't attend the Parents Breakfasts that were held this fall, we invite you to join us for an inside look at significant initiatives that are being planned to benefit your child. These multiple projects range in scale from curriculum upgrades to major state-of-the-art renovations. Learn more about how you can help these plans become a reality! 

  • January 23rd, 7:30-8:30 AM - this session is for parents of juniors and seniors
  • January 24th, 7:30-8:30 AM - this session is for parents of freshmen and sophomores

Kindly RSVP via email by January 18th so we can plan accordingly.

Thursday, Jan 24th is E Schedule

On Thursday, January 24th school will be dismissed early, at 1 pm, due to conferences beginning at 2:30 pm. Buses begin the afternoon routes at 1:10 pm.

No School Friday, Jan 25th

There is no school on Friday, January 25th due to parent/teacher conferences. School will resume on Monday, January 28th.

Conference registration ends on Jan 22

Trimester 2 parent/teacher conferences are January 24, 2:30-7pm and January 25 from 8am to noon. Registration for conferences is January 7-22. AHA uses an online registration system. To register, go to > Parents > Conference Registration. The conference registration system will ask you for a master password, which is Stars (case-sensitive). Then, you'll either enter the login that you created when you registered previously, or you'll have the opportunity to create a new login. You will not be using your NetClassroom ID and password for conference registration. If you wish to schedule a meeting during conferences with Ms. Hocks (Learning Variations), please email or Mr. Gunderson (RTI)

Join the Senior Party Committee

Parents- come to a Senior Party Committee meeting and help plan the 2019 Senior Party! The Senior Party is an overnight event for graduating seniors that takes place the night of graduation. Meetings will be held at 6:30 pm in room 2491 at AHA on the following dates: January 15, February 12, and March 12. If you have any questions about the Senior Party or would like to sign up to help but can't attend the meetings, please contact Kelly McHugh Priadka via email ( or at 612-805-6874.

STARS Spirit will be open during school conferences

Stop in to the school store on Thursday, January 24th between 2:30 and 6 pm or on Friday, January 25th between 8 am and noon.

Come see the 2019 One Act on Jan 18 or 24th

Academy of Holy Angels Starlight Productions will offer two public performances of the 2019 entry into the Minnesota State High School League's One Act Play Contest.  William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing: The Benedick and Beatrice Story. The performance is a 35-minute cutting of the original play and begins at 7 pm on Friday, January 18th and 7 pm on Thursday, January 24th. There is no admission charge. See the flier.

Angelus Information

The Angelus Dance is Saturday, February 2, the final event of the Sno Daze week. It is a semi-formal attire event for 10 -12 graders and 9th graders invited by a Holy Angels upper class student. The dance is 8:30 – 11:00 p.m. and those attending must arrive by 9:30, no exceptions. Students and their guests must bring their school ID to enter the dance. Remember we have expectations regarding dress and dancing. Those who choose not to cooperate will not be allowed to stay. Students may bring dates from other high schools. However, their guests must submit a dance guest registration form to Holy Angels by noon Wednesday, January 30. Forms are available outside the main office. The principal from the guest student’s school must sign the form and fax it to Holy Angels. The form contains complete instructions. Since many school administrators get overwhelmed with dance guest requests, it is important that the form is given to guests as soon as possible so as to meet the January 30th deadline. Angelus tickets go on sale on Monday, January 28, during lunch. Tickets are $20 per person.

DNR Firearm Safety Course

The Skeet and Trap Team Coaches who are certified DNR instructors will be conducting a firearms safety course beginning Sunday January 27 at the West End Trap Club.  This course is needed in order for students to be on the skeet and trap team.  The classes are Sunday evenings January 27 - March 10, No class on February 3 for the Super Bowl.  Cost is $15.  For more information or questions, see the team webpage or contact Coach Brotzel at 612-850-1461

We want you to know


2019-20 Calendar

The 2019-20 school year begins on August 26 and ends on June 5. Get a 1-page at-a-glance calendar on our website now. Scroll to the bottom of the page for next school year. Get it now.

Spring Sports Information

Spring Sports registration begins on February 1st. Concussion testing dates are February 13th, 20th and March 11th. Testing is at 3 pm in room 2495. All students planning to play a spring sport must have a current physical on file. Physical on file must be dated after 6/15/16. Spring Sport Start dates:

  • March 11th: Softball and Track
  • March 18th: Baseball, Girls Golf, Boys Golf
  • March 25th: Boys Tennis
  • April 1st: Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse

Give us Feedback about AHA busing

The Transportation Department is looking for your input on how to best serve our students and families. Please respond by February 1, 2019.  Take the survey now.

Banovetz Scholarship apps due Feb 1

Attention current Juniors. Banovetz Scholarship Applications and teacher recommendation forms are now available from Mr. Foley in his office or by email ( Copies are also available near the door of the main office. Deadline to submit the application and teacher recommendation form is Feb 1, 2019. Below is more detail about this unique scholarship.

The John D. Banovetz Memorial Scholarship was established in 1993. This scholarship is intended to help a junior student with financial need concentrate on academics and school-related activities rather than work long hours at a job in order to remain at Holy Angels for their senior year. When awarding the scholarship, special consideration may be given to single-parent supported students.

AP test cost will be added to TADS billing process this month

This is a reminder that if your son or daughter has an AP class, he/she will be taking an AP test in May. The cost for each test is $60.00 and will be collected via TADS beginning in January. The only exception to the TADS collecting process is for International Students. They must work/pay directly with/to the business office c/o Nancy Cullen (612-798-2615). Nancy's office is in the business area on 2nd floor administrative wing. Collections need to be completed by the end of February for test ordering.

Financial aid and scholarship application process; deadlines for 2019-20

It is time to begin planning for the 2019-20 academic year. If you are applying for need-­based financial aid and/or scholarship opportunities, please note the following process and deadlines:

  • Need-­based Financial Aid: The TADS financial aid website is Please complete the application online by January 15, 2019. Families are required to complete an application each year as your need/circumstances may have changed. Both biological parents are required to fill out a financial aid application. You will have an opportunity to update your tax information in March 2019.
  • Scholarships for Returning Students: In addition to need-­based grants, students may apply for scholarships which are based on financial need and academic achievement, citizenship, and service. To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete the TADS application, the Scholarship application and submit a Teacher Recommendation. Applications are available on our website, under Admissions, under Tuition/Financial Aid, or can be printed here. The deadline to apply for Scholarships is February 1, 2019 . Need a paper copy? Paper copies of the scholarship application and teacher recommendation are available outside the main office. 
  • Scholarships will be considered for students who are registered for classes by February 8, 2019.
  • April 2019: Financial aid/Scholarship letters will be sent to AHA families.Questions about financial aid or scholarships? Contact Nancy Cullen, or 612­-798­-2615.

2019-20 course registration process begins now

Parents, your son or daughter will begin the registration process for the 2019-20 school year soon. 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 haven't received email from TADS yet, 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 are available on the AHA website, including a tutorial on how to request courses online.

Seeking Board of Trustees nominations

Interested in serving on the AHA Board of Trustees, or know of someone else who would be a good candidate?  If so, please email your nomination now to the Board Governance Committee in care of Chuck Knapp or Mike Steinlage. Candidates selected will be asked to serve a three-year term beginning in August 2019.  

AHA is hiring

Academy of Holy Angels has been recognized by the Star Tribune as one of Minnesota’s 2017 and 2018 Top 150 Workplaces. There are recently posted openings for bus drivers on our website. Get more details

Class of 2023 application deadline

If you haven't already, now is the time to complete incoming ninth grade applications by our January 19, 2019 first round application deadline. We've mailed home important details about deadlines 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 with 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 Meg Angevine or Joe Berg to schedule a tour and visit with us. We love our future STARS!


January 28th through February 1st is Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic School Week is sponsored by the NCEA, National Catholic Educational Association. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed." AHA will celebrate with special prayers composed by Campus Ministry Team members shared each morning with the student body and an all school mass on Tuesday, January 29th.

Wednesday, Jan 30 is PLC and Jump Start your College Planning day for Juniors

Wednesday, Jan 30th 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. See the whole schedule. January 30th is also Jump Start your College planning day for all AHA juniors. Read more in the College and Career section below.

Sophomore Retreats are February 4th and 5th

All sophomores will attend their annual day-­long retreat, with half attending each of the days: February 4th and 5th. The retreat is planned by Campus Ministry Team members and will include senior talks, small groups, and fun activities that relate to being God's sacrament in the world. The retreat will be held at Pax Christi Catholic Church, but students will meet at AHA at 7:50am. Sophomores will receive a permission slip in their theology class and will be due January 25th. 

Chinese New Year celebration is Friday, February 8th at 6 pm

Come celebrate Chinese New Year 2019 on Friday, February 8, 6 -8:30 pm in the AHA commons. There will be dinner, games, and fun. All are welcome. Cost is $10 per person for food.RSVP to LJ You with $10 payment by Thursday, Feb. 7th.

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Upcoming Dates

  • Jan 18: Public Performance of AHA's One Act Entry: Much Ado About Nothing: The Benedict and Beatrice Story, 7 pm
  • Jan 18: Fine Arts Festival @ St. Anthony
  • Jan 19: Placement Exam
  • Jan 21: No School MLK Jr. Day
  • Jan 22: Conference Registration ends
  • Jan 24: E schedule early dismissal; Parent/Teacher Conference, 2:30-7 pm
  • Jan 25: No School; Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8 am-12 pm
  • Jan 28-Feb 1: Catholic Schools Week/Sno Daze
  • Jan 30: PLC Late Start; Jr College Planning Day
  • Feb 1: , Stars on Stage
  • Feb 2: Angelus Dance
  • Feb 4-5: Sophomore Retreats
  • Feb 6: PLC Late Start; NHS Induction Ceremony 7:30 am



Junior meetings are in full swing

Junior Parents: Junior meetings have begun! The college counselors are enjoying the opportunity to meet with you and your junior to discuss college planning. Our time together is most productive when you and your junior have completed the student and parent surveys ahead of the meeting so we are prepared to discuss the issues most pressing to your family. Thank you in advance for your time! If the letter sent to you in December got lost among the Christmas letters and you are not sure of your meeting date and time, please contact your college counselor right away to find out about your assigned meeting time.

Junior College Planning Day is Wednesday, Jan. 30th

Jumpstart Your College Planning Day is a school day devoted to helping AHA juniors get started on the college planning and application process now, so they’re ready when they become seniors. Since the senior year is such a busy, important, and special time for students, getting a head start on college planning will provide a lot of benefits when next fall’s activities get underway. This important event is a requirement for juniors. They should have their laptops charged and with them that day.

The event begins with a presentation in the theater at 8:25 a.m.(We are on a PLC schedule that day.) Throughout the day, juniors will attend a series of sessions about college planning—including what happens when an admission file is reviewed, essay writing, finding a college fit, resume writing, career exploration, and the Family Connection/college search. At the completion of the event, students will receive an assignment to complete a college planning portfolio, which is a requirement that is reflected on a student’s official transcript. The portfolio will be due on Thursday, April 4 at 7:45 a.m. and will be reviewed and returned to students with feedback by the end of the school year. This allows them to make revisions over the summer and begin to apply to colleges before school starts in the fall.

ACT prep classes available

Junior Parents: If you were not able to attend the Practice ACT Score Back session in November, you should have received scores in the mail. There are several ACT Prep Classes available in the coming months. If you are interested in the Sylvan ACT Prep Class, here is a link to information about the course. The Sylvan ACT Prep class taught at Holy Angels is $799. If you are interested in the AHA Test Prep class taught by AHA faculty, the cost is $200 and here is a link to that registration form. Please contact Ms. Kjorstad if you have questions.

Career Speakers needed throughout school year

Parents: Are you interested in sharing your career with AHA students? The College and Career Center hosts career speakers in the CCC January-April. If you would be interested in speaking to interested students in the CCC for a class period, please contact Ms. Kjorstad at and she will get you on the calendar! All juniors must complete an interview with someone in the career field of their interest for the Junior College Planning Portfolios. Your participation is appreciated!!

Transcript request deadlines

Senior Parents: Seniors applying to colleges with a deadline of February 15 need to request their transcripts by January 31st. 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 sat.orgBe 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. 

To get a STAR on the CCC Board

Senior Parents: 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.



We pray for AHA Spanish teacher Liliana Orsi, whose husband Ruben passed away.

Kudos to AHA Hockey Player Matthew Syverson '21, Star Tribune Athlete of the Week

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