STARS Connection - Week of February 25, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of February 25, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of February 25, 2019


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of February 25, 2019


Coming up this week: Schedule change, 2023 Registration is Monday, British Isles Trip Meeting, Winter Band and Choral Concerts, Tri 2 finals, NHS tutoring, Tri 2 Service Hours, Boys Lacrosse, Boys Tennis, Parent Breakfast

We want you to know: Our Call to Lead and Serve Campaign, Medication Policy, Register for Starfest, Catholic Services Appeal, Vaping, Virtus Training, Senior Party, Register for Dinner Dances, Mothers of Senior Sons, Momtini, Summer Experience Camps, Spring Sports Info, State Hockey Tickets, AP Test Cost, Drivers Ed

A look ahead: Upcoming Dates

From the College & Career Center: Sophomore Career Interest Survey, Junior College Planning Day Assignments, ACT deadlines, ACT Prep classes, Career Speakers Request, Star on the CCC board, Senior Grades Count

Extras: Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

Schedule Change for February 22

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of the difficult weather season. We have remarked that for us, as educators, these multiple-day closings seem to be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. In an effort to recapture some additional instructional time due to weather-related school closings, we have determined it to be practical and easy to add some instructional time next week. We will make a full school day on Friday, February 22 (formerly E schedule). Please update your school calendars.

Class of 2023 Registration night is rescheduled to Monday, February 25

The weather has had a way of disrupting admissions of our Class of 2023! We had to reschedule our 9th Grade Registration Night to Monday, 2/25, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. and are hoping that this new date works for families. Otherwise, we are happy to schedule personal appointments with Guidance to pick classes for 9th grade. Note: we have many siblings in this upcoming class, and ask parents to remember to register in TADS (you should have received the link to register by email) and come to Registration Night. Questions? Please call or email Meg Angevine, 612-798-0764 or Go STARS!!!

British Isles Trip Meeting is Feb. 21

All seniors and juniors going on the March 1-10 trip and their parents/guardians need to attend the final informational meeting before we depart.  This meeting is set for Thursday, February 21st in the Library from 5:00-6:00.  Important information and instructions will be shared.  If you cannot attend contact Mrs. Boston at and your individual faculty chaperone.  Cheeeeeerio!

Boys Hockey Playoffs begin Feb 21

AHA Boys Hockey playoffs begin tonight with AHA vs Benilde St Margaret at 7:00pm at the St Louis Park Rec Center in the Section 6AA Quarterfinal. Come out tonight to cheer on the AHA Boys Hockey team and pack the rink full of STARS!!!

Winter Band and Choral concerts are Sunday, Feb 24th

The Winter Band concert begins at 4:30 pm in the AHA theater (this is a change from 4:00, which was published earlier), followed by the Sacred Choral Concert at 5:30 pm in the AHA chapel. The band concert features Holy Angels Concert Band and Academy Jazz Band. The Sacred Choral Concert will include the Concert Choir, Praise Group, Academy Singers and AHAcapella! Come to both or either concert to enjoy the work of our talented AHA musicians!

Trimester Two Finals are Feb 27 and 28

Final Exams for the second trimester are Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28th. Students attend their classes over the course of two days in 65-minute blocks and both days are early release, at 12:50 pm. AHA Lunch is not served on finals days. Students may be out of uniform but appropriate attire is expected. No hats please.

The exam schedule begins with an open period on Wednesday, February 27th from 8 am to 9:05 am so that students can have additional study time. After the open period on Wednesday, periods 1, 2 and 3 meet. On Thursday, February 28th, the 4th period exam begins at 8 am, followed by periods 5, 6, and 7. Study halls do not meet on exam days.

Encourage your student to take advantage of Tutoring

NHS (National Honor Society) holds weekly drop-in tutoring sessions for any student at AHA. The last 2 sessions for this trimester will be Thursday 2/22 and Friday 2/23. The sessions are held throughout the year on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 7:15-7:45 am in the LaRock room, which is connected to the library. Students can drop by and ask questions about a homework assignment, a specific concept from a class, or to get a paper proofread. No appointments are needed, the tutors (who are senior NHS members) are there waiting to answer questions. Just look for the signs saying NHS tutoring. Questions? Please contact Lindsay Stone at for more information.

Trimester Two Service Hours were due February 20th

Check with your student to see how many hours they have added to the service tracking software x2VOL. The trimester two hours were due by February 20th. Ninth graders should have 9 hours submitted. Tenth through twelfth graders should have 14 hours submitted. All students will need an additional 3 hours on their own in the 3rd trimester, as well as the 3 hours on All School Service Day, May 23rd, to meet their required hours for the school year. Students who are planning to receive blue awards (double the required hours) or gold awards (triple the required hours) need to submit their hours to x2VOL by May 1st. Read more about the Service Requirement in the Student and Parent Handbook.

Boys Lacrosse Info meeting Feb 25

AHA Boys Lacrosse will be holding it's pre-season informational meeting on Monday February 25th at 7:00pm in the AHA cafeteria. All new and returning players and their parents should plan on attending; as well as anyone interested in learning more about boys lacrosse at AHA. Please email if you have any questions. Go Stars!

Boys Tennis Info meeting Feb 26

If you are interested in joining the AHA Boys' Tennis program this spring, please plan to attend a brief but important informational meeting right after school in Mr. Werle's room (3102) on Monday, February 25th.  If you cannot attend but are interested in playing, please SEE Mr. Werle in person sometime before the meeting.  GO STARS!   

February Parent Breakfast - Be Part of It!

On Tuesday, Feb. 26th at 7:30 AM, we invite all current parents of AHA 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 new and remodeled STEM and theater facilities. Continental breakfast provided. Please RSVP by end of day Feb. 22nd to We hope to see you there!

We want you to knowWE WANT YOU TO KNOW

AHA Announces the Our Call: To Lead & Serve Campaign to the Community!

Academy of Holy Angels Our Call: To Lead and ServeLast 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!

Starfest 2019

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.

Virtus Training

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:

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 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 dancesIf you would like to volunteer to be part of this awesome event, email

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 

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 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 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 hereSpring 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:

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

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.


Upcoming Dates

  • Feb 24: Sacred Choral Concert and Winter Band Concert
  • Feb 25: Class of 2023 Registration (rescheduled)
  • Feb 27-28: Trimester 2 Finals
  • Feb 28: Virtus training 6 pm
  • March 1-10: Spring Break/London Trip
  • March 11: School Resumes and Tri 3 begins 
  • March 13: PLC/Late start
  • March 27: PLC/Late start
  • March 29: Father/Daughter Dinner Dance
  • March 30: Mother/Son Dinner Dance



Sophomore Career Interest Inventory

Looking for fun dinner conversation with your sophomores? Ask them about the results of their "Do What You Are" career interest inventory they took this week. Sophomores completed a career interest inventory called "Do What You Are" on Tuesday, February 12 in their family connection accounts in homeroom. This will provide sophomores with possible majors and careers based on their personality. If your sophomore give you a blank stare when you ask about this, perhaps they haven't completed the inventory yet. Do encourage them to do so! The college counselors will review the results of the inventory and the information gleaned from the surveys with students during a Sophomore Class meeting on Tuesday, March 12.

Junior College Planning Day Assignments due April 12

During College Planning Day on Wednesday, February 13, the junior class heard from a variety of college speakers and a career panel of Holy Angels alums. Juniors also received information about their Junior College Portfolio Assignment which is due on Friday, April 12. Completed portfolios will include:

  • a College Application Preparation Worksheet
  • a completed College Application
  • College Essay, typed, 650 word limit
  • an Activities Resume
  • a College search printout
  • a Job Shadow/Interview completed and a half page summary typed on "Would I want to pursue this career, why or why not?"

Completion of the portfolio will be indicated on student transcripts. Any portfolio turned in after April 12 at 7:50 a.m. will be considered late and therefore permanently listed as "incomplete" on the transcript.

ACT Deadline approaching

Deadline to Register for the April 13 ACT is Friday, March 8. Students can register online at

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 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!!

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.




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