STARS Connection - Week of June 3, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of June 3, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of June 3, 2019


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of June 3, 2019

Dear Academy of Holy Angels Community,

As we close another academic school term, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a wonderful, productive, and eventful year. We continue to be amazed and honored by the success of our students and faculty. It is impossible to express appropriate gratitude for the endless hours of quality teaching, learning, volunteering, financial and prayer support by our entire community. A special note of thanks to our teaching faculty who, once again, inspired each and every student to achieve at their highest potential and at levels well above any national, state and local norms.

Many times, unsung in a school amidst all its other successes, is the diligent work of so many of our parents, alumni, and friends who form our incredible volunteer committee network. There are too many to name but led by a dedicated Board of Trustees, Parent Association, and Booster Club, we are fortunate as a school to be the beneficiaries of their incredible gifts of time, talent, and shared treasures.

This year, Holy Angels embarked on a tremendous funding effort directed toward teacher and student-centered initiatives. The response of our friends has been monumental. When complete, the Our Call: To Lead & Serve campaign will create a new watermark for support and successfully achieve multiple goals and projects. We have made a great school even better by our efforts.

A final word to our treasured AHA students: Thank you for your hard work this past year in the classroom, in the theater, on the field, and in our community. Your accomplishments are amazing and your success is noteworthy. You have made people take note of Academy of Holy Angels and be impressed by your efforts. To our Class of 2019, we wish you the very best. You have been given many gifts in your four years at Holy Angels…gifts that will make you successful in college and in life. And in turn you have given us, as faculty and staff, the gift of seeing you mature as a person and as a learner, ready for the challenges ahead.

We hope each of you and your families has a safe summer. Until next school year, here’s wishing you love, laughter, and health!

God Bless You,

Tom Shipley       Heidi Foley
President             Principal

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

Friday, May 31st - Celebration Day and last day of school for freshmen, sophomores and juniors

Senior Parents: You received a letter several weeks ago with more details about Commencement and Celebration Day. Read the letter

Celebration Day is Friday, May 31. Program begins at 8:15 am. Parents are welcome! On Celebration Day, seniors must be in school at 7:15 a.m. dressed in caps and gowns. At 7:25 a.m., the senior class will move to the front steps for a formal portrait followed by an alumni and NHS photo. AHA parents and grandparents who are alums and have a senior graduating should be to school by 7:40 a.m. for the picture. Members of the class of 2019 will wear their graduation attire, including caps and gowns, as we honor their accomplishments. Graduates must be dressed appropriately to participate in this celebration. Girls must wear a white or light-colored dress. No slacks are allowed, and shoes must be white, no tennis shoes or flip flops. Boys must wear a white shirt, tie, dark slacks and dress shoes. The attire for graduates must be worn at Graduation as well.

Sunday, June 2nd - 2019 Commencement Ceremony 

The Class of 2019 graduation ceremony will be held outside on the front lawn on Sunday, June 2 at 4 p.m. Students should arrive by 3:25 p.m. Relatives and friends are welcome, and no tickets are required. Seating is first-come, first-serve - with the exception of the front rows that are reserved for families who won them at Starfest.

Graduates must be dressed in graduation attire including their cap and gowns. Girls should not bring purses and/or bags, as there will be no room to store them. Purses and bags should be left at home or with family members.

While an outdoor graduation is an AHA tradition dating back at least five decades, it is dependent on the weather. AHA staff will monitor weather conditions and make a decision about the location by 10 a.m. to ensure the dignity, as well as the health and safety, of all who attend. If the ceremony must be moved indoors to the Convocation Center, we will use our School Messenger telephone system to call senior parents at the phone number they provided to AHA for emergency communication. If we decide to move inside, we'll also post an announcement on our website. If the ceremony is held in the Convocation Center, the doors will open at 3:00 p.m. and seating will be first come, first served. Questions about graduation? Contact Ms. Kjorstad at 612-798-2691 or by email.

We want you to knowWE WANT YOU TO KNOW

Summer reading

Books may be checked out from the LaRock Library by students for the summer. There are many copies of required novels for English classes available and books my also be checked out for recreational reading. Library books will be due on the first day of school. Some summer titles are available as eBooks through our AHA Overdrive eBook collection. These can be accessed through the library Moodle page. The username for students is the student's email address and the password is the student's graduation year. All eBooks are available for 14 days and may be renewed. 

Servant learning projects next year

Freshmen parents: Please know your students will be doing a service learning project as part of their Sophomore theology classes. Here is some information students received this week.

Parent Campaign Week is June 3rd - 7th

Our Call: To Lead and ServeThe Our Call: To Lead & Serve campaign is within $1 million away from our $10.5 million goal! Financial support has come from every part of our community – alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, businesses, as well as current parents. 

Together, current AHA parents have pledged $1.4 million to this effort, including more than 40 commitments of $10,000 or more. More than 70 parents have made multi-year commitments.

Next week is Parent Campaign Week. We have a team of more than 30 current parents and staff who will be contacting current parents to discuss the campaign.  Our target is to secure an additional $300,000 from current parents by the end of June. When you speak with a member of our team, please share with them what you can do to help AHA reach its goals.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to answer Our Call: To Lead & Serve.

Get your Rock the Lawn tickets today!

Rock the LawnParents, click here to get more information and to purchase your Rock the Lawn tickets! It is quickly coming up on Friday, June 21.  Don't miss this amazing event! 


Upcoming Dates

  • May 31: Celebration Day and last day of school for freshmen, sophomores, juniors
  • June 2: Graduation, 4 p.m.
  • June 12: Shoot for the Stars Golf Tournament
  • June 21: Rock the Lawn 


Important information for senior parents:

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.



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