STARS Connection - Week of April 8, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of April 8, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of April 8, 2019


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of April 8, 2019


Coming up this week: Calendar change, STEM diploma, Spring Musical opens, Starfest tickets, Campaign Updates

We want you to know: Tri 2 Honor Roll, Senior Photos, Starfest Homeroom Donations, Senior Party, Summer Experience Camps, Drivers Ed

A look ahead: Upcoming Dates

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

Extras: Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

Change to the Calendar

In order to gain back instructional minutes in the overall 2018-19 academic calendar, we will make full days, regular A schedules, on Friday, April 26 and Friday, May 24.  These days were previously scheduled as E schedules.  On April 26 and May 24, school will begin and end at the regular times of 7:50am to 2:40pm.  The WAC Conferences, scheduled for April 26, will be scheduled into the PLC time on May 1.

STEM Diploma app due April 5

Senior STEM Diploma application packets are due to Mrs. Poshusta by 3 pm on Friday, April 5th. If seniors have questions, they may contact her directly. Learn more about AHA's STEM diploma.

Sister Act opens April 5

Academy of Holy Angels Starlight Productions presents the 2019 Spring Musical Sister Act in 6 performances over 2 weekends, beginning April 5. Tickets are general admission, $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Reserve your tickets at Read more and see playbill.

3 Weeks To Go. Buy Your Tickets Today!

Almost 300 people have already rsvp'd for Starfest: Black & White Soiree coming up on Saturday 4/27! This may be the biggest Starfest yet! Don't miss out on the fun. Many new activities are in the works and exciting live auction items include a VIP Paisley Park Tour with alum and Prince band mate Paul Peterson, private catered dinner with Archbishop Hebda, and much more! Be sure to get your tickets before the 4/12 deadline of to ensure your seating requests are met. Get your tickets online here!

Campaign Update and Upcoming Parent Events

Our Call: To Lead & ServeWe have raised over $8.5 million toward our campaign goal of $10.5 million from alumni, board and campaign leadership, past and current parents, faculty and staff and friends of the school.

We have shared the campaign initiatives with many current parents at the parent breakfasts hosted by AHA. We will continue to host information sessions and campaign events throughout the school year.

Upcoming events for parents, include the following:

  • Tuesday, April 9th 5-7:00 p.m. Edina Country Club hosted by John and Beth Schutz and Todd and Ann Olson
  • Wednesday, April 10th 5-7:00 p.m. Union 32 in Eagan hosted by Gary and Yvonne Gillard and Jerry and Karen Morris.

Please join other parents. To learn more or to rsvp for either of these events please contact Rebecca Tofte 612-798-2613 or Brian McCartan 612-798-2618

We want you to knowWE WANT YOU TO KNOW

Trimester Two Honor Roll announced

Academy of Holy Angels is proud to announce the 2018-19 Honor Roll. Students whose grade point average meets the criteria are commended. See the list of criteria, names and honors

Senior Posters

Academy of Holy Angels has a long-standing tradition of celebrating each senior by displaying a poster of each student.  The poster usually captures favorite memories from childhood, school days and family times in a collage format. Posters are due May 24. Read more.

Senior photos are requested for the Senior Slide Show

The yearbook will be creating a senior slide show that will be shown at a convocation and the senior retreat. Each slide will include 2-4 pictures (preschool, elementary, high school, graduation). We are able to use senior portraits that were submitted to the yearbook but we are looking for a photo or two of your student as younger kid. Please send all photos to Please attach all photos to a single email. Photos are due Friday, April 19th.

Starfest Homeroom Donations

Starfest is approaching! Each homeroom is asked to participate by donating a basket or item for the Silent Auction. Please ask your student about the donation that his/her homeroom is planning to donate. Thank you!

Class of 2019 Senior Party

It's not too late to sign up for the Senior Party! Get details and register. The next planning committee meeting is April 17th at 6:30 pm at AHA.

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

  • 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
  • April 23-26: Justice Week
  • April 27: Starfest
  • May 1: PLC/Late start
  • May 6-17: AP Testing
  • May 13-16: Class of 2023 Placement exams
  • May 15: PLC/Late start



Sophomore Planning Night

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the Sophomore College Planning Meeting on Tuesday night! If you missed the event, here is the slideshow, information about PACC and the college planning timeline. Please contact your child's college counselor if you have questions. Ms. Kjorstad works with students last names A-L and can be reached at Mrs. Proctor works with students last names M-Z and can be reached at

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.

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 May 4 SAT or SAT Subject Test is Friday, April 5. Students can register online at 



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