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AHA Announces the Our Call: To Lead & Serve Campaign to the Community!
Last week, we shared the announcement of the Our Call: To Lead & Serve campaign to the students, faculty and staff at convocation. This week, we announce the campaign to the broader AHA community. During the quiet phase of the comprehensive fundraising campaign, generous donors have committed nearly $8.4 million toward the goal of $10.5 million - an unprecedented amount for the school. Early support has allowed the school to raise teachers' salaries and benefits, refurbish second floor English classrooms and hallway, renovate three science classrooms, install a second artificial turf athletic field, make renovations to sound and lighting in the theater, completely renovate the Colle Career Center, and resurface all of the parking lots. In addition, an increase to the Annual Fund has allowed for more access to students through scholarships and an increase in the school's endowment. Check out the campaign webpage on our website. Watch the video and review the online brochure to learn more. We also invite you to attend the upcoming Parent Breakfast on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:30 a.m. to see how you can get involved. Be part of it!
AHA's Medication Policy
We'd like to remind parents that students should not be carrying medication in their backpack when they come to school. This is especially critical when talking about prescription medications and in particular, controlled narcotics such as Adderall or Ritalin. If a student is found to be carrying controlled narcotics, they could be suspended or expelled from school. ALL medication taken during school hours should be dispensed out of the Health Office. The school does not maintain a supply of any medications at school. If you have questions, please contact School Nurse Janet Patience, RN. Read the entire policy in the Student and Parent Handbook.
Starfest: Black & White Soiree - Tickets Now Available!
Don't miss a special night of elegance, fun, and community-building at Starfest: Black & White Soiree on April 27th. Be sure to join 400 Academy of Holy Angels parents, past parents, alumni, and friends for what is shaping up to be the biggest Starfest yet! You will enjoy a sit-down dinner courtesy of The Saint Paul Hotel, live music, exciting auction items, and an inspiring program. Tickets are now AVAILABLE ONLINE and mailed invitations will also be sent in the coming weeks. Get your tickets for Starfest: Black & White Soiree today!
Your Support for the Catholic Services Appeal Comes Back To Our Students
Each year, the Catholic Services Appeal Fund (CSAF) provides $800,000 in need-based scholarships for area Catholic high school students, including the Academy of Holy Angels. In 2018, 34 AHA students received a total of $85,000 through the Appeal. Please watch for the 2019 appeal materials and thoughtfully consider how you can to support CSAF.
Holy Angels' School Nurse Presents Vaping Facts to AHA Students
On Thursday, February 7, Janet Patience, RN, spoke to the AHA student body about vaping. She pointed out short-term and long-term health consequences of vaping. The adolescent brain does not finish developing until around the age of 25. It has been verified by research that those who try nicotine products early in life are more likely to develop dependence to the drug which also may lead to the disruption of brain circuits that underlie attention and cognitive skills..
Review this slideshow again with your student and tell them you do not want them to vape. We want our students healthy and safe! There is a poster contest associated with this cause worth a $50 Amazon gift card - students can get more information from the Daily Bulletin as well as from Mrs. Patience. The poster needs to be turned in to Mrs. Patience by 3 pm on 3/19/19.
On Thursday February 28th, AHA will be hosting a Virtus training from 6-9pm. Virtus is the Archdiocesan required training for anyone working or volunteering within a Catholic school or parish in any capacity. Registration is required through the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis: http://safe-environment.archspm.org/essential-3/
Class of 2019 Senior Party- Registration is Open
Senior Parents: it's time to register for the Class of 2019 Senior Party. Get the details, a parent letter from the organizing committee and access a link to sign up online. Registrations are due by March 15. Sign up now.
Volunteers are still needed to help plan the event. The next Planning Committee meeting is March 12th at 6:30pm at AHA. If you have any questions regarding the party or volunteering, please contact Kelly McHugh Priadka at email@example.com or 612-805-6874.
Register now for the 20th annual AHA Dinner Dances
It is time for the 20th annual Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dinner dances. This year they will be on Friday March 29 (Father/Daughter) and Saturday March 30 (Mother/Son). The dances will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest (same location as 2018!) Join us for a delicious meal, dancing to great tunes, games, and chatting. For your convenience, this year there is an option to pay online via paypal. Registrations are due by March 22. Get more details and register now for both dances. If you would like to volunteer to be part of this awesome event, email AHAdinnerdances@gmail.com
Mothers of Senior Sons
As you know, there is a tradition at the Mother/Son Dance, held this year on March 30, that the senior mothers perform a dance at the event. The first practice is Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30 pm in the small gym. The other practices are at 6:30 pm in the small gym on Tuesday, Feb 26th, Thursday Feb 28th, Tuesday March 12, Tuesday March 19 and Tuesday March 26. If you have any questions, email Tricia Block firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling All Moms: The Annual Momtini Party is coming up Friday, March 29!
Join a fun group of Holy Angels Moms for the annual Momtini party where you will enjoy drinks and treats from 7-10:30pm. Checks should be made payable to AHA Booster Club in the amount of $25 with “Momtini" in the memo. Be sure to include your name and email on the envelope so we can add you to the evite with the details. Please mail or return to Doris Rothstein in the school spirit store. Contact Missy Youmans at email@example.com with questions. See flier.
Registration for Summer Experience Camps Now Available
We are excited to be hosting our Summer Experience Camps again this June. We have reduced camp prices this year and changed the schedule to allow campers to participate in multiple camps (convenient for busy parents). Check out all of the new and available camps at https://www.academyofholyangels.org/news-and-events/summer-experience.html. We can't wait to see you this June!
Spring Sports Information
Spring Sports registration began on February 1st. Concussion testing dates are February 26th 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. Register for Spring Sports here. 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 https://www.myeform3.net/AAAMN/Student/StudentLogin.aspx.
For more information about all AAA Driving School programing, or to register for classes, call (952) 927-2602 or visit AAA.com/driving school For residents outside of Hennepin County, use zip code 55416 to access the AAA Minneapolis website.