STARS Connection - Week of February 4, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of February 4, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of February 4, 2019


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of February 4, 2019


Coming up this week: Catholic Schools Week, Sno Daze shifted, Angelus, Volunteer for Angelus Coat check, Busing Survey, Banovetz Scholarships, Sophomore Retreats, NHS Induction ceremony, Lunar New Year

We want you to know: Graduation Announcements, 2019-20 Calendar, Spring Sports Info, Boston College & History Tour, State Hockey Tickets, AP Test Cost, Financial Aid and Scholarship process, 2019-20 course registration process, Drivers Ed

A look ahead: Save the date for the AHA Dinner Dances, Upcoming Dates

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

Extras: Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

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, which has been rescheduled for  Friday, February 1. Students can be dressed in AHA Spirit Wear. In all Theology classes, students will reflect on how AHA has helped them grow in their faith. Each grade will reflect on a different part of the week's theme, and those responses will be shared as part of the week's celebration.

Sno Daze celebrations have been shifted

Friday, February 1 is a special schedule including mass and pep fest. Students can dress in Spirit Wear.

This year, The Angelus Dance, Saturday, February 2, will kick-off some rescheduled Sno Daze Events.
Enjoy a Comfy Day on Monday, February 4, and a Spirit Day Friday, February 8. February 5, 6, and 7 are uniform days.

Friday, February 8 will end the week with several events:

  • 6pm- Lunar New Year, Commons/Annex
  • 7pm- Basketball, Main Gym
  • 9pm- Stars on Stage, Choir/Band room

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. Students with guests must see Mr. Sawyer or Mr. Melhorn. Students can purchase tickets in Mr. Sawyer's office before school starts and at lunch time in the commons. Tickets are $20 per person.

Want to get involved? Fun Volunteer Opportunity! Angelus Dance - Parent Coat check

Please help with this fun event by helping at coat check. We are looking for 6 parents to help at the Angelus Dance, Saturday, February 2, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Ann Kjorstad is the lead chaperone and will meet coat check volunteers at 8:00 pm in the Commons. This is a very fun and easy way to get involved and meet other parents at AHA! Please sign up at Thank you!

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.

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 received a permission slip and should turn it in on Friday, February 1st.

NHS Induction ceremony is Feb 6

The NHS (National Honor Society) Induction ceremony is being held on Wednesday, February 6th at 7:30 am in the St. John the Evangelist Chapel. This event is for senior NHS members and for the new junior inductee NHS members. Families of the NHS members and inductees are invited to come and participate in this event. Senior NHS members will be receiving their blue and gold cords in recognition of their membership in NHS which they will wear when they graduate in the spring from AHA. Junior inductees will receive their membership pin.

National Honor Society is a nationally recognized organization whose members are made up of high school students from all over the United States. Students are accepted into the NHS by having the highest qualifications in scholarship, service, character and leadership. At AHA, students are eligible for NHS by first having a cumulative GPA of 3.6667 or above after the 1st trimester of a students' junior year. Students are then evaluated by a faculty committee on the tenants of NHS; service, character, and leadership, before being accepted into NHS. The Seraphine Ireland chapter here at AHA is focused on service back to the community. NHS students hold drop-­in tutoring twice a week before school along with one-­on-­one tutoring of underclassmen. NHS members also serve their community in other ways.

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

Come celebrate Lunar 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.


We want you to knowWE WANT YOU TO KNOW

Graduation Announcements 

Senior Parents: Your senior ordered their cap and gown this fall.This has already been paid for using the senior fee you were assessed this fall with the graduation fee included in tuition. If you want to order announcements or other graduation themed items directly from Jostens, you may do so at THE DEADLINE TO ORDER GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15.

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

Sign up for the Boston History and College Tour

The 2019 BOSTON HISTORY & COLLEGE TOUR (October 17-21) has a few open spots remaining.  All current AHA students are eligible to participate.  If you are interested in finding out more about this wonderful opportunity, please contact Steve Werle at or Ann Kjorstad at   

State Class AA Boys Hockey Tickets

The school has some additional State Class AA Hockey Tickets available for sale. The tickets cover all State Class AA Boys Hockey games played at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul from March 6th - 9th. Adult tickets are $104.00 and student tickets are $66.00. Email Athletic Director Michael Kautzman if interested:

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 was collected for the majority of students via TADS in January. For International Students and those who have not yet paid, please pay or contact Nancy Cullen in the business office directly (612-798-2615). Nancy's office is in the business area on the 2nd floor's administrative wing. Test fees need to be collected 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 This application was due 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 has begun

Parents, the registration process for the 2019-20 school year has begun. In order for students to request courses, you must respond to the email you received from TADS in early January and re-­enroll your student for the 2019-20 school year. The deadline was January 19, 2019. If you haven't received email from TADS, please call them directly at 612-­548-­3320. Viewable copies of documents are available on the AHA website, including a tutorial on how to request courses online.

Spring Driver Education Dates Announced

Spring classroom driver education dates are April 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 23, and 25. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 – 6:15 p.m. AAA has a comprehensive teen driver education program that includes: Classroom, Parent/Guardian Night, Driver Impact Panel and Behind-the-Wheel Lessons. Students receive an AAA How to Drive Textbook and the Minnesota Driving Manual.

Already completed classroom at AAA Driving School and looking for Behind-the-Wheel Lessons? We have opened daytime lessons during Spring Break in addition to our regular after school and weekend lesson times. You can schedule directly via the online Student Portal

For more information about all AAA Driving School programing, or to register for classes, call (952) 927-2602 or visit school For residents outside of Hennepin County, use zip code 55416 to access the AAA Minneapolis website.


Mark your calendars for AHA's 20th Annual Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dinner Dances

With an early spring break, the dances are a bit later this year. The Father/Daughter dance will be Friday March 29 and the Mother/Son dance will be Saturday March 30. They will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest from 6:30-11pm. Tickets will be on sale in approximately 2 weeks. So save the date and look for more details in the Stars Connection. If you would like to volunteer to be part of this awesome event, email

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Upcoming Dates

  • 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
  • Feb 8: Chinese New Year
  • Feb 13: PLC Late Start; Jr College Planning Day
  • Feb 15: No School; Professional Day
  • Feb 18: No School; President's Day



Junior College Planning Day is Rescheduled to Wednesday, February 13.

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 now be due on Friday, April 12 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Senior grades count

Senior Parents: Please remind your senior that every college admission decision is conditional upon successful completion of high school. The college counselors will be sending a final transcript to the college your son or daughter decides to attend after graduation. Colleges DO review these grade reports and if they note dropped classes or decreased grades, they will and do reconsider admission decisions and in some cases, rescind admission. Any schedule changes for third trimester must first be approved by colleges as students have applied and been accepted to schools with the understanding your student was enrolled in certain classes. Any changes to those classes could also impact their admission decisions. We absolutely believe the work seniors are doing now will help them be prepared for a more successful transition to college in the fall.

SAT deadline

The deadline to register for the March 9 SAT is Friday, February 8. AHA is not a test site for the SAT but students can register and find a test center location at Please note that the ACT and SAT are accepted at all colleges and while most students take the ACT (which can be taken at Holy Angels) and it is not necessary to take both tests, some students choose to do so.



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