Star Connections - The Academy of Holy Angels

Star Connections
Still to come this week
Memorial Service and Eucharistic Adoration Friday, May 8
Join us on Friday, May 8, for our Memorial Service at 7:15 a.m. in the St. John the
Evangelist Chapel to honor the AHA community members who have recently passed away.
Our final Eucharistic Adoration of this school year will follow from 8 – 11 a.m. We’ll be
saying a special communal rosary at 9:30 a.m. to honor the Blessed Mother and Child.
Prayer petition cards are located in a basket at the lobby front desk and in the Chapel.
Please join us in prayer!
AP exams continue
AHA students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses are taking end-of-year exams
during the weeks of May 4 and May 11. Here's the remainder of the schedule:
8--German, US History, Studio Art
12--US Government, French
13--English Language, Statistics
14--Comparative Government
See this web link for tips to help your student prepare for these important
Some deadlines to note
The deadline to register for the June 13 ACT is May 8. Students can register
online at
The deadline to register for the June 6 SAT or SAT Subject Tests is May 8.
Students can register online at
Week of May 11
Wednesday, May 13, is a PLC day
Wednesday, May 13, is a Professional Learning Community (PLC) day for teachers. School
starts late at 8:25 a.m. Buses run at their regular times, and there's supervision for
students who arrive at school before classes begin.
Senior party parent meeting is May 13
The senior party parent meeting is Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m. in the Commons. The planning committee will
accept permission slips with payment, provide details, discuss logistics, answer questions, and provide volunteer
opportunities the night of the event.
Nominations for staff award due by May 14
The Parent Association will honor a non-teaching AHA staff member at the end of this school
year. We would like to collect nominations from the AHA community!
In keeping with this year's AHA Way theme, we are looking for a non-teaching staff member
who truly embodies community.
This non-teaching staff member may have helped you or your family, or you may have
witnessed this person assisting others in the AHA community. While it may be a "part of
their job" - tell us of a positive experience concerning that person that left you feeling that
AHA is a place where people are empowered to succeed.
Please email Keri Amundson, PA Chair, [email protected] with your nomination
highlighting how this non-teaching staff member lives out the AHA Way value
of community. (All nominations will be kept confidential. If you prefer, submit a sealed
written nomination to the school office: Attention Parent Assoc.) Please have all nominations
in by May 14. Thank you!
Friday, May 15, is an E-schedule day
On E-schedule days, school is dismissed early at 1 p.m. and buses leave at that time.
There's no hot lunch on E-schedule days. The band will sell pizza at $1.50 per slice.
Prom is Saturday, May 16
Complete information is available here:
We want you to know
Students registering for Pre-AP Chemistry must take the PreAP Chemistry entrance exam on May 18
Students who are hoping to register for Pre-AP Chemistry next year need to take the PreAP Chemistry entrance exam on Monday, May 18. Any questions or concerns can be
directed to Chemistry Teacher Jillian Harvalis in room 1345.
About the Honor Guard for graduation and Celebration Day
Parents, if your graduating senior has a younger sibling or cousin at AHA, we’d love for that sibling to
participate in the Honor Guard for Celebration Day and graduation. The Honor Guard leads our
graduates into these events. Your senior should have received an informational e-mail from Mrs.
Wicklund. If we missed your family, or if you have further questions, please contact Sarah Wicklund at
[email protected]
If your senior's laptop needs repair...
In order to make the laptop drop-off and pick-up process run smoothly at the end of the
school year, we are asking seniors whose laptops are damaged or in need of repair to bring
them to the helpdesk within the next two weeks. This will allow staff ample time to have
things fixed before we require all computers to be handed in for re-imaging at the end of
the school year. The helpdesk is open between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on school days.
Have you considered hosting an international student in your home?
The number of international students attending AHA is growing. These students need home
placements to help them experience American life and culture. If you have thought about
hosting an international student in your home, now may be the perfect time. Contact Meg
Angevine ([email protected]) in AHA's Admissions Department for more
It’s not too late to sign up for the class of 2015 graduation party!
This year's after-graduation Senior Party is Sunday, June 7, at 9:30 p.m. to Monday, June 8, at 5:30
a.m. at Brunswick Zone XL in Lakeville. There will be food, bowling, laser tag, billiards, an arcade
room, and other fun entertainment. The cost of the party is $130. You fill find the permission slip on
the Parent Association page of the AHA website. Go to Click
on Parents and then on Parent Association to download it. Return the slip and payment as soon as
possible to the school office. For need-based scholarships contact Anastasia Benz
at [email protected]
Parents, here’s senior poster information
Senior posters are a long tradition at AHA. Think of this poster as an over-sized scrapbook
page that captures favorite memories from your senior's school days. This year we will hang
the posters in the AHA Commons, so they will be on display at the reception following the
Baccalaureate Mass on June 3. You will then be able to take your poster home with you
after the reception. Detailed poster instructions are available on the AHA website. Go
to Click on Parents and then on Parent Association to find
them. Your completed poster should be dropped off at the school office between May 25 and
June 2. Please have your poster in no later than June 2!!
Watch Star Connections and the Parent Association webpage for details and volunteer
opportunities to make this a successful event. If you have questions, contact Liz Ekholm at
[email protected] or Linda Moriarty at [email protected]
How do I protect my kid’s privacy online?
See what Common Sense Media has to say about this important topic in the new “parent concerns”
section on its website. Dave Eisenmann, director of Instructional Technology and Media Services at
Minnetonka Public Schools, who spoke to students and parents at AHA on April 8 praised Common
Sense for its free ratings, reviews, tips and weekly newsletter that can help parents navigate the
continuously changing world of technology and media. Read more.
Board of Trustee candidates chosen
– a note from Brian McGrane, chair of AHA’s Governance Committee
I am pleased to announce the following individuals have accepted nominations to join the
AHA Board:
 Susan Oeffling, CSJ
 Michael Jones
The Board will vote on these nominees at its annual meeting on May 26. If additional
candidates are presented to the Board by way of a petition signed by 10 percent of current
parents (one parent per student or students), the Board will consider them based on the
Governance Committee’s recommended criteria for Board membership. Nominee name,
bio/resume, and 63 or more parent signatures should be delivered to Sue DePauw in the
AHA President’s office by Friday, May 15.
From Taher Food Service to families of seniors:
Message for all seniors...
Congratulations all graduating AHA seniors - this is the first class we have watched grow
from freshmen to seniors. It has been an interesting and rewarding four years! The Holy
Angels students are very special, and parents should be so proud of their children...they are
maturing into polite, accomplished young adults. From our perspective in the foodservice,
the word polite is huge. Please and thank you are not the norm at the public school and
college level. Hats off to all of you!
As we wind down this spring, we are preparing for graduation, and it is a time when all
accounts must be paid in full. Please ask your student to watch his or her account balance
and prepare for those final days of school. Lives are easier and less stressful if these
balances are paid before the last week of school.
If you have any questions, please let us know. The easiest way to reach us is
at [email protected]
Best wishes to all graduates and their families.
Reminder to parents about narcotic medications at school
We would like to remind you that the possession of narcotic medications at AHA is an
expellable offense. If your student needs narcotics, either for ADHD (e.g. Ritalin, Adderall,
Concerta) or for post-op or post-injury pain control, the medication MUST be kept in the
Nurse’s Office and the proper paperwork must be on file. A “Consent to Administer
Prescription Medication” form, which can be found on our website
(, must be completed
with both physician and parent signatures and submitted along with a supply of the
medicine in its original pharmacy container. Students will go to the Nurse’s Office for
administration. This medication can NOT be transported to or from school by a student.
Parents must bring in the medication as well as pick up any unused supply of the drugs.
Selling narcotics is a felony offense if arrested. Remember that these drugs carry a price on
the open market. Even if your child does not take Ritalin or Adderall at school, you should
keep close tabs on your supply of that drug at home. People who want this drug and the
price that they are willing to pay can be very persuasive to a naïve student.
If you have questions about this policy or any medication policy, refer to the Student
Handbook or call School Nurse Jan Nordstrom.
A look ahead
Eighth graders will be taking placement tests at AHA during the
week of May 18.
Eighth graders who have registered to attend AHA next year will be on campus during the
late afternoons the week of May18 taking placement tests. Here's the schedule. Tests begin
at 3:30 p.m.
Monday, May 18--English
Tuesday, May 19--Math
Wednesday, May 20--Science
Thursday, May 21--World Language
Friday, May 22--Make-up test day
Need fun summer plans for your younger kids? AHA Summer
Experience Camps offered in June
AHA Summer Experience 2015 is right around the corner! During the last three weeks in
June, Holy Angels offers a variety of camps for students entering grades two to nine. These
day camps offer a range of opportunities from basketball, computer animation, and theater
to video production, cross country, and soccer. In 2014 more than 400 students registered
for Summer Experience. We can’t wait for this summer, and we hope your family will be
able to join us! Brochure and registration available online
at Contact Marie Cherry
at [email protected] or 612-798-2624 if you have any questions.
From the College and Career Center
AHA to offer ACT prep class
Here's information about the June ACT Prep Class offered at Holy Angels on June 10, 11 and
College and Career Center to offer College Boot Camp in August
The College and Career Counselors are offering an opportunity to attend a College Boot
Camp on August 4 – August 6. The Boot Camp will give your student time to think about the
college process and get ready for the applications that they will be completing in the fall.
The Boot Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day and will cost $200. We will have
need-based scholarships available for those students that are unable to pay $200 to
attend. Contact your student’s college counselor for information on scholarships. We need at
least eight registered students in order to offer the camp. If you are interested, please sign
your student up as soon as you are able. The deadline to apply will be June 4, 2015. See
the flyer here, or find one in the College and Career Center. Contact Mrs. Proctor with
questions at 612-798-2639 or at [email protected]
Remind seniors to bring their college admission and scholarship
award letters to the College and Career Center
Please remind your senior to bring in their admission and scholarship letters to their college
counselor. We need this information for Celebration Day and Graduation. We really need to
know about every admission decision so please remind your senior to see us so we can
celebrate with them or provide suggestions or alternative college options. Once your senior
makes a final decision on college, please remind them to see their college counselor so we
are aware of their plans. We will send a final transcript to the college they decide to attend
after graduation in June.
About the Newman Connection
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 15. 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 [email protected]
Kudos to...
Luke Schroeder who was named a Minnesota Scholar of Distinction in Theater Arts by
the State Department of Education and Hannah Coleman who was named a Meritorious
Award Winner by the same organization.
We pray for...
Rebecca Heer '15 whose grandmother Marianna Tautges died recently.
Sophi Lackens '17 whose grandmother died.
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