STARS Connection - Week of April 22, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of April 22, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of April 22, 2019

STARS CONNECTION

Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of April 22, 2019

IN THIS ISSUE

Coming up this week: No School for Easter Break, Senior WAC conferences, Calendar Change, Senior Photos, Justice Week, Junior Retreats, Pre-AP Chemistry test, Second grad practice, Blue and Gold Service awards, Booster Club cookout

We want you to know: Vaping and Chemical Health Update, Parent Association nomination, Star Power, Senior Posters, Senior Party, Golf Tournament, Summer Experience Camps

A look ahead: AP Exams, Upcoming Dates

From the College & Career Center: Star on the CCC board, Senior Grades Count, National Candidate Reply Date, Newman Connection, ACT deadlines

Extras: Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

No School Thursday, Friday and Monday

There is no school on Thursday, April 18th, Friday, April 19th and Monday, April 22nd for Easter Holiday. School will resume on Tuesday, April 23rd. The office and building will be closed on Friday, April 19th.

Senior Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Conferences are May 1

AHA students submit 4 pieces of writing to their Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) portfolio each school year. The curricular portfolio culminates in a conference. Each senior meets with an AHA staff member to discuss two pieces they have chosen from the portfolio, their strengths in writing and their growth in their time at AHA. This year's conferences will be held beginning the morning of May 1.

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.

Senior photos are requested for the Senior Slide Show by April 19th

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 photos@ahastars.org. Please attach all photos to a single email. Photos are due Friday, April 19th.

Justice Week is April 23rd-26th

AHA's annual Justice week will be celebrated beginning on Tuesday, April 23rd. Inspired by our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph, our 2019 theme is "Immigration: Loving Our Dear Neighbor Without Distinction." The week’s activities were planned by the student Social Justice club, as well as an Easter Mass on Wednesday, April 24th, planned by the Campus Ministry team. Students will hear speakers and presentations in select classes, and have a chance to participate in a refugee simulation and a petition supporting DACA recipients during lunches. In addition to other planned activities, the Social Justice club will be selling buttons for $2 each during lunches on Wednesday and Thursday. Proceeds go to the Annunciation House, which serves refugees in El Paso, Texas. The Annunciation House mission:

“In a Gospel spirit of service and solidarity, we accompany the migrant, refugee, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education. We place ourselves among these poor so as to live our faith and transform our understanding of what constitutes more just relationships between peoples, countries, and economies.”

If students wear their button visibly on Friday, April 26th, they are allowed to be out of uniform.

Junior Retreats are April 25

Thursday, April 25 is the Junior Retreats. Boys will be on retreat at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Bloomington, and the Girls will be on retreat at Pax Cristi Catholic Church in Eden Prairie. Permission slips were already due so if your son or daughter has not returned theirs yet, please do so ASAP. Students may be out of uniform; comfortable but appropriate clothing is permitted. Bag lunch is required.

Pre-AP Chemistry entrance test

Students who have registered to take Pre AP Chemistry for next year must take the entrance exam. The exam will be held on two dates: Tuesday, April 23 at AHA in 1245 and 1241 from 2:45-3:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 24 at AHA in room 1345 from 7:15-7:45 a.m. Please contact Ms. Harvalis at jharvalis@ahastars.org for further details or questions.

Second Graduation Line-Up Practice is Monday, April 29

Seniors will have their second Graduation Line-Up practice during homeroom on Monday, April 29. Graduates process by height at Holy Angels so it would be ideal if female students had the shoes they will be wearing for Graduation by April 29. Information was sent home in February about the dress code for graduation. As a reminder:

We will be very particular about the attire of seniors on both Celebration Day and at the graduation ceremony. Girls should choose a white dress that does not show through the rather translucent white gown. Any nylons need to be flesh tone, and shoes should be white or off-white – no flip flops or tennis shoes. We recommend that shoes be comfortable and appropriate for walking on stairs. Shorts and t-shirts are not allowed. Boys will be required to wear dark dress pants, dress shoes, a white shirt, and a tie. Any senior dressed inappropriately will not be allowed to walk with their class.

Blue and Gold Service Awards intent to receive due May 1

Students anticipating receiving a Blue or Gold service award should fill out the form published in the Daily Bulletin by May 1 to express their intent. Read more about the service awards and requirement.

First annual Booster Club Cookout is May 4

Calling ALL AHA Parents:  The first Brats, Beverages and "Bags In Competition" is coming up Saturday, May 4th! Join a fun group of Holy Angels parents in the Courtyard at AHA from 4-7 pm that day. Enjoy brats, drinks and a "Bags In Competition." The cost is $25 per person. To sign up, contact Doris Rothstein at drothstein@ahastars.org by May 1. See flierThis event is sponsored by the AHA Booster Club and all proceeds benefit academics, arts, activities and athletics. 

We want you to knowWE WANT YOU TO KNOW

Update on Vaping and Chemical Health Education

The Food & Drug Administration reports that there is a new trend of ingesting vape fluid directly, without the use of a heating mechanism like the Juul. Seizures or convulsions are possible side effects of nicotine poisoning, and addiction is an ever-present reality. To combat vaping in our community, we are calling on you as parents to gather information and start conversations with your students. We are also reviewing our chemical health policy with a focus on adjusting our consequences for vaping or being in possession of a vaping device. If you have concerns about your student or questions about AHA's efforts in this regard, contact counselor Matt O'Leary (moleary@ahastars.org). Read article "Teen Vaping: What AHA parents need to know."

2018-2019 AHA Parent Association Staff Service and Dedication Award

It is a tradition for the AHA Parent Association to honor a non-teaching AHA staff member on behalf of the parent community during Celebration Day. So of course, we would like to collect nominations from parents! We are looking for a non-teaching staff member who encompasses living out the AHA Way in their daily role as staff members at Holy Angels. This non-teaching staff member may have helped you/your family, or you may have witnessed this person assisting others in the AHA community. Share with us positive experience(s) that left you feeling that AHA is a place where people are empowered to succeed. Please email Joan McCrory, PA Chair, themccroryclan@hotmail.com with your nomination that highlights how this non-teaching staff member lives out the AHA Way. All nominations will be kept confidential.

Register for Star Power summer program

The Star Power Speed and Strength Program is an opportunity for student athletes to maximize their athletic potential. Star Power training represents the most advanced athletic training technologies available. These technologies include use of interval treadmill training, ground-based training, plyometrics, strength training, and resistance core training. They are designed to improve all aspects of athletic performance—strength, power, speed, agility, injury prevention and flexibility.

Besides teaching the body how to move, the Star Power Speed and Strength Program has the ability to show athletes how to successfully conquer the mental and physical components of their sport. Athletes will learn how to focus, gain confidence, and BELIEVE in themselves. The knowledge and skill athletes will gain from this program can be applied to any sport and throughout an entire athletic career. Any questions contact Coach Gunderson - jgunderson@ahastars.org. Get more info and registration form.

Senior Posters due May 24

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.

Class of 2019 Senior Party

It's not too late to sign up for the Senior Party! Get details and register

Shoot for the Stars Golf Tournament is June 12

Sign up today for AHA's annual Golf Tournament, Shoot for the Stars, to be held at Deer Run in Victoria on June 12. Hosted by the AHA boys and girls hockey teams, the golf tournament supports enhancements for both hockey programs. Get more information and sign up online.

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!

A Look AheadA LOOK AHEAD

AP exams starting May 6th

AHA students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be taking end­-of-­year exams during the weeks of May 6th and May 13th. Exams will be held in the Small Gym unless otherwise noted. Be sure to read these guidelines and tips to help your student prepare for AP exams!  

  • Monday, May 6th: US Government (7:45am)
  • Tuesday, May 7th:  Spanish IV (7:45am in Library); Physics 1 (11:45am)
  • Wednesday, May 8th:  English Literature (7:45am); Studio Art (12pm)
  • Thursday, May 9th:  Chemistry (7:45am); Psychology (11:45am)
  • Friday, May 10th:  US History (7:45am); Physics 2 (11:45am)
  • Monday, May 13th:  Biology (7:45am)
  • Tuesday, May 14th:  Calculus (7:45am)
  • Wednesday, May 15th:  English Language (7:45am)
  • Thursday, May 16th:  Statistics (11:45am)
  • Friday, May 17th:  Computer Science (11:45am)

Upcoming Dates

  • April 18-22: No School, Easter Break
  • April 23: School resumes
  • April 24: Easter Mass
  • April 25: Junior Retreat
  • April 23-26: Justice Week
  • April 27: Starfest
  • May 1: PLC/Late start, WAC conferences
  • May 2: Blood Drive
  • May 6-17: AP Testing
  • May 13-16: Class of 2023 Placement exams
  • May 15: PLC/Late start
  • May 20: Senior Retreat
  • May 21: Class of 2021 Placement exam make-up

SEE FULL CALENDAR >

College and CareerFROM THE COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER

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.

National Candidate Reply Date is May 1

Senior Parents: May 1 is the National Candidate Reply Date when seniors need to tell colleges where they will be attending by making a deposit to hold a spot on their campus. After this date, colleges are not required to hold a spot for admitted students. Students should see their counselor if they have questions about this. Also, please remind your senior to let their college counselor know where they have decided to attend college. After graduation, we will be sending a final transcript to colleges confirming graduation and we can't do this if we don't know where your student plans to enroll.

The Newman Connection

Senior Parents: The Newman Connection is an organization with the goal of keeping youth connected to the church by connecting our graduates with campus ministry options on college campuses. Information about The Newman Connection can be found at www.newmanconnection.com. We will be providing The Newman Connection with a list of our graduates and the colleges they are attending. If you DO NOT want your seniors’ information shared, email Ms. Kjorstad by May 6. If you opt out of this, she will not include their information in the list being sent to the Newman Connection. Ms. Kjorstad can be reached at akjorstad@ahastars.org.

ACT deadlines approaching

The deadline to register for the June 8 ACT is May 3. Also, the July 13 ACT will likely fill very quickly because of limited test center sites so if your student is interested in signing up for this test date, they should register now. Students can register online at actstudent.org. The deadline to register for the June 1st SAT and SAT Subject Tests is Friday, May 3. Students can register at sat.org.

Extras

EXTRAS

Is my team in action this week?

Go to tri-metro.org for the sports schedules.

What's for lunch?

Get lunch information, including menus as available.

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