STARS Connection - Week of May 13, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of May 13, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of May 13, 2019


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of May 13, 2019


Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

AP exams continue 

AHA students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses will continue taking end­-of-­year exams during the weeks of May 6 and May 13. 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!  

  • Friday, May 10:  US History (7:45am); Physics 2 (11:45am)
  • Monday, May 13:  Biology (7:45am)
  • Tuesday, May 14:  Calculus (7:45am)
  • Wednesday, May 15:  English Language (7:45am)
  • Thursday, May 16:  Statistics (11:45am)
  • Friday, May 17:  Computer Science (11:45am)

Campaign parent events

Our Call: To Lead and Serve

As we continue to share the exciting news, we hope you will join us at one of the upcoming parent events. Be part of it!

  • Friday, May 10 - 11:45 am lunch at AHA
  • Thursday, May 16 - 7:30 am 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.

Wednesday, May 15 is a late start

Wednesday, May 15 is a PLC (Professional Learning Community) day at AHA. Teachers will gather for early morning professional meetings. Classes begin at 8:25 am. Buses run at their regular times and there's supervision for students who arrive at school early.

Prom is Saturday, May 18 - Tickets on sale 

Tickets are now on sale during the lunch periods for Prom 2019. Prom is Saturday, May 18 at the Bloomington Sheraton. It is a dinner dance from 6:30-11:00 pm. The evening begins at AHA with the Grand March. Students choosing to participate in the Grand March are to report to the theater at 5:30 pm. The Grand March begins at 5:45 pm in the gym. All are welcome to attend. Students must arrive at the Sheraton by 7:00 pm. Dancing begins after dinner, around 8:30 pm. The dance ends at 11:00 pm.

Tickets for prom are $62.50 per person. Students must fill out the behavioral contract and have their parents/guardians sign it. (Parts A and B of the form) These were mailed home and also can be picked up outside the main office. If an AHA student is bringing a guest from another school, then the guest fills out Part C of the form and gives it to their principle for verification. It is then FAXED to AHA. 
ALL FORMS AND TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED BY WEDNESDAY, MAY 15. Any questions, please contact Mr. Sawyer or Mr. Gunderson

We want you to knowWE WANT YOU TO KNOW

AHA's Rock the Lawn is June 21!

Rock the LawnJoin us at 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.

The musical line-up is now set with the legendary Paul and Patty Peterson, Bluehound, and headliner The Belfast Cowboys! Click here to get more information and to purchase your Rock the Lawn tickets.

Unclaimed auction items 

Some items still remain at the school for people who won items at the Starfest auctions. Please email Sarah Hauer to arrange pick-up of your item(s). Thank you for your support of Starfest!

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.

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."

May 10 is the deadline for Staff Service and Dedication Award nominations

You have one more chance to give us your nomination please! The deadline is tomorrow, Friday, May 10. 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. The deadline is Friday, May 10.

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

Register for Summer Experience Camps 

Register your grade schoolers and middle schoolers today! We have reduced camp prices this year and changed the schedule to allow campers to participate in multiple camps. Learn more and register HERE. We can't wait to see you this June!


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.

Holy Angels June ACT prep class offered

There will be an ACT prep class offered June 5,6 and 7 for students taking the June or July ACT. The class is $200 and more information can be found here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 28. Questions? Contact Ms.KjorstadGet form.

Commencement and Celebration Day

You received a letter this week with more details about Commencement and Celebration Day. Read the letter. Included in this letter was a list of the senior class and their plans for fall. This information will be listed in the graduation bulletin and at Celebration Day. Because we need to be consistent in how we announce scholarships, we do need to see the actual letter to ensure correct spelling of your students's scholarship. Please proofread your student's information carefully to ensure we have their information listed correctly. Here is an updated list. All information needs to be communicated to their college counselor by May 20, 2019 to ensure it will be included in Celebration Day and Graduation.

College decision and scholarship information

Senior Parents: The college counselors are still tracking down college decision and scholarship information from your students. Please remind your child to see their college counselor so that we have accurate information for Graduation and Celebration Day.

If your senior registered for PACC credit through Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, they will need to complete a request for an official transcript to be submitted to the college they are attending in the fall. This form is available in the College and Career Center. Your son or daughter can pick up this form, complete it and send it to Saint Mary's University of MN. SMUM will then send an official transcript to the college your senior is attending and the college will review the credits and consider them for transfer.

Also, the college counselors will send a final transcript to the college your son or daughter will be attending the week after graduation. Please know as long as there is not a financial hold on your student's account, their final transcript will be mailed to colleges by Friday, June 7.

Seniors can donate uniforms on May 22

Seniors who donate their uniforms to the school on May 22 will get an out-of-uniform pass. We share used uniforms with members of our community not able to afford to have multiple uniforms. Donated items should be clean and in good condition, including uniform shorts, skirts, pants, short and long-sleeved shirts, uniform sweaters and sweatshirts. Seniors can donate in the Convocation Lobby on May 22 from 7:15 am to 7:45 am before school to get a pass to be out of uniform that day.



Is my team in action this week?

Go to for the sports schedules.


Congratulations to seniors Andy Phan and Matthew Podas who recently achieved the highest rank in Boy Scouts as Eagle Scouts!

What's for lunch?

Get lunch information, including menus as available.
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