STARS Connection - Week of March 18, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of March 18, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of March 18, 2019


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of March 18, 2019


Coming up this week: Tri 2 grades available online, Spring Sports Information, Item Drive, Senior Party, Feast of St. Joseph, Dinner Dances, Parent Breakfasts, Course Requests

We want you to know: Vaping and Chemical Health Ed, Starfest donations, Moms of senior sons, Momtini, Summer Experience Camps, Drivers Ed

A look ahead: Upcoming Dates

From the College & Career Center:  Sophomore College Planning, College Fair, Junior College Planning Day Assignments, Career Speakers Request, Star on the CCC board, Senior Grades Count

Extras: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

Trimester 2 grades now available online

Trimester 2 grades are now available online. Go to AHA's NetClassroom and log on with your ID and password.

If you've forgotten your ID or password, you can use the forgotten password page to have it emailed to the email address we have in your record. If this does not work for you or you have problems logging on or seeing grades, you can email for assistance. Make sure to include your full name, your student's name and the email address you used on the forgotten password page.

It's a good idea to print, download or otherwise save a copy of the Trimester 2 grades if you'd like to do any comparisons to other marking term grades. Once mid-trimester 3 grades are posted, the trimester 2 grades are no longer available in NetClassroom.

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 (must register before March 26th)

Item Drive begins March 15

Campus Ministry Team will be hosting an Item Drive starting Friday, March 15th-Friday, March 22nd. We will be focused on collecting new or gently used blankets, bed linens and towels. Collection will take place in the convocation lobby from 7:15-7:45 AM each morning. All items will be donated to Bridging in Bloomington. We are very excited and thank you in advance for your participation!

Class of 2019 Senior Party Registration due by March 15

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.

March 19 is Feast of St. Joseph

We will be celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph with a Campus Ministry led prayer service on Tuesday, March 19th. This is the feast day of the patron saint of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who founded AHA.  The Sisters have been invited to join us for this prayer service that honors them and the legacy they have in-trusted to us to live out through our Mission.

AHA Dinner Dances Registrations due by March 22

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

Next Parent Breakfast is March 21

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 March 21st at 7:30 am. Continental breakfast held at the school. Kindly RSVP to

Course Request Review due by March 29

Parents/Students, you should have received your Course Request selections for the 2019-20 school year in the mail. Please make sure there are 21 selections of courses total. In addition, make sure there are 7 selections each trimester. If there are 6 one tri and 8 in another, that is a problem and you need to see Ms. Taffe, Mr. O'Leary or Ms. Meacham in the Guidance Dept.

Changing courses or electives after March 29th will be done only if our master schedule can accommodate and a $35.00 scheduling change fee is paid.

We want you to knowWE WANT YOU TO KNOW

Vaping and chemical health education

Proactively educating our students about chemicals is a community effort, and one that requires both empathy and firm standards. Read our call to action from Counselor Matt O'Leary, outlining strategies for having a productive and meaningful conversation with your student about vaping, alcohol, and other drug use. If you have concerns about your student or questions about AHA's efforts in this regard, contact Mr. O'Leary (

Looking for your fun ideas!

The Starfest Committee is asking YOU to consider donating an item to the 2019 auction! From big to small, your ideas and donated items are welcome and much appreciated.  Attached is a simple form. Please email it to Sarah Hauer

Mothers of Senior Sons - dance video

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 two final practices are at 6:30 pm in the small gym on Tuesday March 19 and Tuesday March 26. If you have any questions, email Tricia Block Please email Tricia,, to request a link for the 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!

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

  • March 19: St. Joseph Prayer Service
  • March 27: PLC/Late start
  • March 29: Father/Daughter Dinner Dance
  • March 30: Mother/Son Dinner Dance
  • April 2: Sophomore College Planning Night 6:30 pm
  • April 3: PLC/Late start
  • April 5: AHA Spring Musical "Sister Act" opens 7 pm
  • April 10: College Fair @ STA
  • April 11: Stations of the Cross/Reconciliation
  • April 17: PLC/Late start
  • April 18-22: No School, Easter Break
  • April 23: School resumes



Sophomore College Planning Night is April 2

Sophomores and their parents are invited to attend the Sophomore Parent College Planning Night on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel. The College Counselors will be discussing several items including suggestions on college planning, information on the college fair on April 10, suggestions for college visits, standardized testing timelines and tips on utilizing the information in Naviance Family Connection. We look forward to seeing you and your sophomore on April 2nd! Questions? Contact Mrs. Proctor at or 612-798-2639.
College Fair at Saint Thomas Academy is April 10

College Fair at STA is April 10

Holy Angels, Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy share a college fair and it will be held this year at Saint Thomas Academy on Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Our college fair will utilize Lead Retrieval technology. This is the same technology used at the National College fair in Minneapolis, if you attended that fair last fall. This technology allows student to create a bar code of their information that will then be scanned by colleges at the fair. Students will no longer have to fill out interest cards for each college, maximizing their time in conversation with college representatives. In order for this to run as smoothly as possible students are highly encouraged to create their bar code prior to arrival at the fair. Students can register and create their bar code at Once on the site, scroll through the college fair options until you find the Catholic College Fair at Saint Thomas Academy. Get the flyer with more information.

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.

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 the Math STARS! who tied for 3rd place in Class AA at the State Math Tournament. The team worked together for a perfect "team event" - a rare feat at the state tournament. Congrats to Sharon Kim '20, Matthew Keller '19, Connor Niznik '21, Skylar Liu '20, Rich Xia '20, Horace Yu '19, Charlie Erickson '20 and Thomas Keller '22.

Kudos to the Girls Basketball team on making the State Tournament. Read more.

Is my team in action this week?

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What's for lunch?

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