STARS Connection - Week of March 4 & 11, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of March 4 & 11, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of March 4 & 11, 2019


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of March 4 & 11, 2019


Coming up this week: No School March 1-10, Wed March 13 is late start, Spring Sports Information, British Isles Trip Info, March Parent Breakfasts, Seeking Auction Items, Tri 2 Service Hours, Lacrosse equipment orders

We want you to know: Our Call to Lead and Serve Campaign, Medication Policy, Register for Starfest, Catholic Services Appeal, Vaping, 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: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

No School March 1 through 10 

There is no school beginning this Friday, March 1 through March 10. Friday is reserved as the Trimester 2 grading day for teachers and the next week is Spring Break. School resumes on Monday, March 11, 2019. Building and Office hours vary. See them now.

March 13 is a PLC Late Start

Wednesday, March 13 is a PLC/Late Start. Classes begin at 8:25 am so that teachers can meet for early morning professional meetings. Buses run at their normal times and there is supervision for students who arrive early.

Spring Sports Information

Spring Sports registration began on February 1st. Get the 2019 Spring Sports Information now. The remaining concussion testing date is March 11th 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

British Isles Trip Info

All Juniors and Seniors going on the British Isles trip.  Please arrive at the Minneapolis airport no later than 2:00 P.M. on Friday, March 1st at the Group Check in.  Look for a chaperone near door 4 who will point you in the right direction.  Watch the weather and plan accordingly.  Plus, if you want the Skymiles points for the trip, be sure to have your Skymiles number as you check in at the airport.  We will return on Sunday March 10 at 9:27 P.M.-- that will be Daylight Savings Time!!

March Parent Breakfasts – Be Part of It!

On behalf of Tom Shipley, we continue to invite parents for an inside look at significant initiatives that are planned to benefit your child - ranging in scale from curriculum upgrades to new and remodeled STEM and theater facilities. You will also learn the important role that the recently announced Our Call: To Lead & Serve campaign is playing in making these plans a reality. Please join us on either Thursday, March 14th OR March 21th. Continental breakfast held at the school. Kindly RSVP to and include the date of the session you plan to attend.

Seeking Auction Items

We are seeking parent support of the Starfest auction! Funds raised through the auction benefit all students at AHA. Do you have a creative idea for a basket? Have a cabin to share for a weekend? Golf membership? Air mileage (you can donate miles!)? Know a chef? Have tickets to a sporting event or concert? We would love your support of the auction - it makes a big difference. Attached is a simple form. Please email Sarah Hauer with your ideas!

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.

Important Information regarding Lacrosse equipment orders (due March 8)

AHA Boys Lacrosse website for ordering lacrosse equipment (gloves/bags/pads/sticks) is: Epoch and Lavin Lacrosse are offering AHA a 25% discount. Please use code Stars2019. The equipment website will close at end of business on Friday 3/8/19. AHA Boys Lacrosse website for ordering clothing thru AHA/Universal Athletic is:

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. 

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.

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 - dance video

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. Practices are at 6:30 pm in the small gym on Tuesday, March 12, Tuesday March 19 and Tuesday March 26. There is no practice today, Thursday Feb 28. If you have any questions, email Tricia Block You can also email Tricia to request a link to watch videos so you can practice on your own time! Tricia will be collecting donations for Kayla for her time and hard work choreographing the dance. Also, purple scarves have been purchased for $3 each, to be paid separate from the donation.

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!

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 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.




Kudos to Sharon Kim '20, who finished the regular math competition season as the top female student in Math League for all of Minnesota.  Over 3000 Minnesota students participate in Math League so this is quite an accomplishment for Sharon.

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