STARS Connection - Week of May 6, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of May 6, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of May 6, 2019


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of May 6, 2019


Coming up this week:  AP Exams, Booster Club cookout, Collegiate Athletics and Activities, Campaign Update

We want you to know:  Rock the Lawn, Starfest Thank you, Youth Vocation Camp, Vaping and Chemical Health Update, Parent Association nomination, Star Power, Senior Posters, Senior Party, Summer Experience Camps, Board Nominees

A look ahead:  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

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)

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 by May 1. See flierThis event is sponsored by the AHA Booster Club and all proceeds benefit academics, arts, activities and athletics. 

Honoring students who will compete in college athletics and activities

AHA wants to honor seniors intending to participate in a collegiate sport or activity. If your son or daughter intends to participate next year, please notify Athletic Director Michael Kautzman: Students will be honored at the close of our May 9th Convocation.

Campaign Update and Upcoming Parent Events

Our Call: To Lead and ServeWe have raised over $9.3 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 continued to share campaign initiatives with many current parents at the parent breakfasts, Starfest and other events hosted by AHA. We will continue to host information sessions and campaign events throughout the school year. Be part of it!

Upcoming events for parents, include the following:

  • Friday, May 10th 11:45 lunch at AHA
  • Thursday, May 16th 7:30 a.m. continental breakfast at AHA

To learn more click here 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

AHA's Rock the Lawn is June 21!

Rock the LawnWhat started as an all-class AHA reunion for our alumni has become one of AHA’s biggest community builders! The AHA planning committee is working hard this year to make sure all members of the AHA community, especially AHA parents, consider attending Rock the Lawn 2019 on June 21. Once again we’ll have great food and drink, awesome music and best of all, you’ll be able to connect and socialize with parents, teachers, alumni and coaches from AHA past and present.

The musical line-up is now set with the legendary Paul and Patty Peterson opening, Bluehound next and the headliner is the Belfast Cowboys! Contact your friends, get a big group together and let's have some fun on the AHA front lawn on June 21!

To get more information and to purchase your Rock the Lawn tickets go to: academyofholyangels/rockthelawn

Thank You & See You Next Year!

We hope you had a great night celebrating at Starfest: Black & White Soiree! We extend our gratitude for your generosity and support - whether it was in the form of attending, sponsoring, donating, and/or volunteering. Together, we were able to bring 400 friends together and raise more than $200,000 to support all AHA students - including the academic, arts, athletics, faith, and tuition assistance programs. The funds raised at Starfest will also support the comprehensive Our Call: To Lead & Serve campaign as we ultimately reach to raise $10.5 million for a variety of forward-thinking initiatives to benefit our students now and well into the future. In the words of our speaker, Ms. Zappa, thank you for "choosing Holy Angels twice."

The 2019 Starfest Committee

Quo Vadis Youth Vocation Camp

July 21 – 24, 2019
Dunrovin Retreat Center, Marine on St. Croix
“Quo Vadis” is a camp experience for youth ages 14-17 to learn that nothing is more important than discovering God’s will for your life – and living it! Quo Vadis begins on Sunday, July 21 with 4 p.m. registration, followed by 5 p.m. Sunday Mass and concludes on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The camp includes Mass, prayer, campfires, talks, field trips to visit religious communities, confession, rosary along with lots of outdoor camp fun and recreation! Space is limited. For more information and to register, visit See flier.

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 ( 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, 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 - 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

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!

Board Nominees Announced

Annually, the Governance Committee of the Board will recommend to the Board of Trustees the names of candidates for vacancies or prospective vacancies on the Board of Trustees. The Executive Committee of the Board then determines whether such candidates should be nominated. If the candidates selected by the Executive Committee accept the nomination, the names of the candidates will be published at least forty-five (45) days in advance of the Board's annual meeting in May. The following individuals have accepted and are slated to join the AHA Board of Trustees beginning in August of 2019:

Erin Blauert: Erin earned a degree in Human Ecology concentrated in Biology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME. She worked as a project manager for Mackenzie Marketing in Minneapolis before becoming an elementary school instructional assistant/para-professional. She has also served as a substitute teacher through Teachers on Call, working primarily in the Prior Lake school district and AHA. Erin is the mother of current AHA students Stevan ‘20 and Audrey ‘22. Erin’s involvements at AHA include serving as a member of the Admissions team and the AHA Booster Club.

Sharon Gondek, CSJ: Sr. Sharon served as a teacher at Derham Hall/Cretin-Derham Hall for 25 years. She primarily taught IPS, chemistry, and physics, but other teaching assignments included religion, math, photography (camera and dark room), computer and various science-related courses. Sr. Sharon earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the College of St. Catherine and her masters in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University. She served on the board of the Minnesota Science Teachers Association and Minnesota Academy of Science, as well as on the parish council and finance committees at Corpus Christi.

Jane LaLonde Shea: Jane is a senior partner at North Star Resource Group, an independently owned financial planning firm in Minneapolis. For over 30 years Jane has provided expert financial advisory services in a wide range of personal and business financial planning. In addition to advising clients, she is a national speaker on comprehensive financial planning. Jane is an honors graduate in Finance from the University of St. Thomas. She is married to Kevin Shea and they are the parents of RJ ’07, Kelsey ’10, Meghan ’13, Corrigan ’15, and Nolan ’20. Jane is an active AHA parent volunteer and has been throughout her family’s time at the school. Jane is actively involved with her home parish, St. John’s in Savage. Jane and her family founded several programs at St. John’s including the Christmas Giving Program, the Apple Giving Program (school supplies) and Towels from Teens. Jane is currently serving on the Finance Council at St. John’s Church. She previously served on the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Board as well.

Ray Longo: Ray is the Resident Managing Director in Aon’s Minnesota office. In this role, Ray leverages his more than 20 years of carrier and brokerage experience to represent Aon in the community with innovative and effective risk and people solutions. Ray devotes his time to leading, coaching and mentoring colleagues to achieve new levels of personal and professional success. Ray joined Aon’s Minneapolis office in 2013 as the Resident Sales Director. His expertise is in sales, account management and servicing, process management, large self-insured risks, alternative risk financing, and workers compensation and health care administration. Ray and his wife Beth have six children and they live in Apple Valley, MN. Their oldest son Will graduated from AHA in 2016, Mae will graduate from AHA in 2019, Joe is a sophomore at AHA, Jimmy is finishing 8th grade at St Joseph’s and will attend AHA next year, Gianna is in 5th grade at St Joseph’s, and Kateri is in 2nd grade at St Joseph’s. Ray has been actively involved in school activities and volunteer opportunities at Holy Angels, most notably as a member of the Booster Club since 2016. He has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the AHA community.

Scott Lynch: Scott is the Sr. Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, where he is responsible for legal, compliance, audit, cyber security and enterprise risk management. In previous roles, Scott has served as general counsel at Novartis and Prime Therapeutics, as well as an attorney with Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly. Scott earned his undergraduate degree from Mount Mercy University of Cedar Rapids, IA and his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, CA. Scott is the father of Collin ‘16 and Troy ’22. Scott has been active at AHA as well as All Saints in Lakeville

David Oslund: David Oslund is an attorney with Ravich Meyer Kirkman McGrath Nauman & Tansey. Prior to his role with this firm, David served as a partner with Robins Kaplan Miller and Ciresi. David’s practice focus is business litigation, including contract disputes, shareholder claims, and real estate related cases. He has been awarded the 4th Judicial Pro Bono Publico Award for his work on behalf of abused and neglected children through the Children’s Law Center. He is the parent of Katherine ’13, Joe ’16 and Davey ’20. He is currently playing a significant leadership role in the Our Call to Lead and Serve Campaign effort, serving on the leadership cabinet, as well as co-chairing the current parent effort. Previously, David coached his son’s Catholic school basketball teams, and his son’s Richfield and MYBA youth baseball teams.

Dave Pelner: Dave Pelner is Vice President of Design and Construction with UnitedHealth Group Real Estate Services. In his role Dave brings more 30 years of experience to his role as Senior Director, Workplace Development with UnitedHealth Group Real Estate Services. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s real estate development, workplace strategy, design and project management activities.. Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Dave was a Senior Vice President responsible for overseeing the Project Management business at NorthMarq Real Estate Services, Managing Director with CB Richard Ellis and various real estate leadership roles with Ameriprise Financial and American Express leading the project management operations, establishing global design, construction and workplace standards, policies and procedures. Dave has a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Minnesota, is a member of the Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and is a member of the Southwest Light Rail Transit Business Advisory Board. Outside of work, Dave enjoys the outdoors with his family including cabin life, golfing and fishing.


Upcoming Dates

  • 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
  • May 22: Senior Laptop Return
  • May 23: All School Service Day
  • May 24: Required Graduation Practice, Last day for seniors
  • May 27: No School, Memorial Day



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.

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 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

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 The deadline to register for the June 1st SAT and SAT Subject Tests is Friday, May 3. Students can register at



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