9/3/2019
Highlights of the Week
First Day of School 2019-20
So much energy and joy in our building as we welcomed back over 700 Aggies to the 2019-20 school year! Student Body President Andrew T. '20 shared this inspiring message with our Upper School students at Convocation Monday morning.  #GoAggies
Back to School Photo Album
Cloudy skies were no match for curbside coffee and over 700 K-12 students bringing our campus back to life. Clearly, it's going to be a great year! #We 'reSeeing20/20  #GoAggies
Mr. Odie's Math Class Begins Without Numbers
Lesson #1: Math problems don't require numbers. ➗😲➕📟➖ Mr. Odie started the year off with this problem-solving exercise to build logical skills and the ability to put things together. 
The Assignment: Pull any one of the four strings out while the other three pieces disappear. (No further instructions). The Result: String Things developed by dozens of creative Aggies!👍  #StringItOn   #GoAggies
Back to School with Headmaster Dr. Ferdinandt
Have you heard we started a podcast? Don’t miss our 4-minute Back-to-School message from Dr. Ferdinandt!   #GoAggies
Upcoming Events
Parents at Prayer Eucharistic Adoration - Wednesday, September 4
New this school year! Parents are invited to pray before the Eucharist on the First Wednesday of each month. Beginning tomorrow, each First Wednesday daily Mass (at 6:30 AM) will be moved to the Upper Church. Exposition will follow from 7:00 AM until 8:45 AM. With our K-6 students in attendance, we will have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Holy Mass at 8:45 AM. Please consider joining our school community in prayer!
Padre Pio Meeting - Thursday, September 5
A meeting will be held this Thursday after school in the auditorium for anyone participating in our Padre Pio Work Study program. Additional information and assignments will be distributed during this time. Please contact Ms. Zita Larson with any questions.
Activities Fair - Friday, September 6
Upper School students will have an opportunity during Flex period on Friday, September 6 to learn more about opportunities to get involved at Saint Agnes. Clubs and activities will have sign-up sheets and information available for interested students. Please contact Ms. Zita Larson with any questions.
Senior Leadership Retreat - Sunday & Monday, September 8 & 9
Seniors will spend Sunday evening through Monday afternoon at Mt. Olivet Retreat Center developing a foundation for their senior leadership in the student body for the 2019-2020 school year. Permission forms will be available online via Permission Click. Please contact Mr. Tom Flood , Dean of Students, with questions at 651-925-8704.
Homecoming Week - September 16-21
Homecoming 2019 is almost here! We look forward to announcing dress-up days and other specific student events in a separate communication this Thursday, September 5.

Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, September 20! All Saint Agnes families, alumni, and friends are invited to a free tailgate BBQ , beginning at 5:30 PM, bef ore Friday night's football game at  Hamline's Klas Field . We serve nearly 1000 hot dogs and cheese quesadillas, and volunteers are greatly needed to help with set-up, grilling, and tear down. Please consider lending a hand for a portion of the evening: You'll get to know other Aggie families and meet countless alumni and friends, including this year's Hall of Fame inductees, the 1994 Boys Basketball State Championship Team! 

We will also be hosting the Alumni Memorial Mass on Thursday and Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, plus various Homecoming games and matches throughout the week. Celebrate Aggie Homecoming with us and learn more at our website .
University of Mary Fall Bus Trip - Sunday & Monday, October 13 & 14
Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Mary Jo Feltl, the University of Mary is happy to announce our 5th annual fall bus trip to UMary's campus in Bismarck, ND! Our travel itinerary calls for a departure from Minneapolis on Sunday, October 13 at 7:30 AM, and we expect to depart Bismarck around 2:00 PM on Monday, October 14. 
A few details:
  •  The trip is free: transportation, meals, and hotel stay will all be covered.
  •  One parent is invited to attend with their child, if they wish.
  •  Given high interest in the trip, this opportunity is only available to juniors and seniors at this time.
Please register online through the link below:
Parents
Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed a long and restful Labor Day weekend. Last week was a wonderful start to the 2019-20 school year. I have to pause and reiterate that our students, your sons and daughters, are really a great gift! I was so edified by the abundant gratitude expressed by sophomores at the end of Sacraments class each day this past week (I’ve been subbing for Fr. Moriarty)! I was also impressed by our Student Council president’s opening remarks to our Upper School students, the infectious joy in our hallways, the great conversations happening in the classrooms, and the hard work of our faculty to prepare for the opening of the school year. I thank you for being a part of this amazing and faith-filled community of learners!

I have a special announcement this week about a new addition to our Lower School: the faculty and I have created Parent Guides for each grade level. These new Parent Guides are meant to be a handy resource for families with information about all the various and unique aspects of each grade-level of our Lower School, from schedules and grading policies to field trips and communication. It is our sincere hope that this quick guide will be a valuable resource to you especially when questions arise, as they undoubtedly will. Today, parents will have received a printed copy from their student; we have also made the Parent Guides available on our website . Copies of each grade-level were printed on different colored paper for those families with multiple children in the Lower School. You’ll want to keep these Parent Guides in a handy place!

Also, please see above a special announcement about our first Parents at Prayer tomorrow before the K-6 Lower School Mass - we hope to see you there!

Thank you again for entrusting Saint Agnes School with your child’s academic and spiritual formation. May the Lord bless our school in the 2019-2020 school year, and may He abundantly bless you and your family in the coming year!

In Christ,
Mr. Michael Adkins
Director of the Lower School | Dean of Academics
Introduction to Email Communications with Mr. Hendrickson
Today at Convocation, Mr. Hendrickson introduced the launch of email addresses , Office 365, and Educate access for high school students. Grades 9-12 received login information and a demonstration to navigate through Office 365. Students will be able to access their documents from any device connected to the internet and use either Office Online, or install the Office apps onto home computers, laptops, or other devices. Please contact Mr. Hendrickson with any questions regarding this endeavor.
Saint Agnes Food Pantry is Open
Saint Agnes hosts a weekly food pantry to help families who could use a little help with groceries. It is open Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 PM and contains both perishable and non-perishable items. Occasionally, clothing, shoes, and household items are also available. Any Saint Agnes family who wishes to take advantage of this resource is encouraged to stop in on Wednesday or  contact John Ernster  to set up an appointment.
Flowers Needed for the Convent Chapel
Our beloved Dominican Sisters are once again inviting us to help them adorn their chapel's altar with flowers. Four bouquets and two bouquets of greens are needed each week. Please sign-up online if you would like to help. Questions may be directed to Nell Alt .school parent and parishioner. Thank you for your generosity and be assured of the Sisters' prayers in a special way.
Mary and Martha Study Group Begins Saturday, September 14
Women of Saint Agnes will gather again this year once a month to study the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in a Blessed is She study, Misericordia. Meetings take place on the second Saturdays of each month in Schuler Hall following the 8:00 AM Mass (approximately 9:00 AM). Please join us for coffee and homemade treats, sisterhood, and conversation to grow in our Catholic Faith. Cost for all sessions for the year is $20. The first meeting will be Saturday, September 14. Sign-up online for more information. Please contact Nell Alt , school parent and parishioner, with questions.
New Members Welcome to Join Twin Cities Catholic Chorale
If you know how to read music and have some choral experience, please consider becoming a part of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale . Rehearsals begin on Tuesday evening, September 17 at 7:30 PM in the choir loft. Please contact Dr. Jaros , Music Director, at 612-508-5099 for more information.
K-8 Violin Lessons Available
Saint Agnes is proud to offer violin lessons to students in grades K-8. Taught t he renowned Suzuki method by experienced violinists Rachel Petruconis and Vivian Murphy, weekly lessons (30 minutes) are one-on-one with the teacher and take place in the band and choir rooms. Lessons cost is $20 per lesson (paid through the school website) and culminate in a recital at the end of the school year. Violins are available to rent from the school. Please contact Rachel and Vivian at saintagnesstrings@gmail.com if interested in learning more.
Cafeteria Deposits for 2019-20
Welcome back to school, Aggie Families! Cafeteria deposits may be completed on either the school website (look for Online Payments on the lower right corner) or through Educate (look for Cafeteria). We also accept cash/check in our Main School Office or Business Office. 

Recurring transactions may be set up. Near the bottom of the screen, look for Frequency . If you had recurring deposits set up for 2018-19 you will need to set them up again for 2019-20. Please contact Sandy Veal , Finance Manager, with questions at 651-925-8815.

Free & Reduced Meal Applications
Please complete the Application for Education Benefits form (which was included in the July mailing or may be downloaded from the school website .) A new form must be completed each school year. An income chart with the application offers more information on who may qualify. Please contact Sandy Veal , Finance Manager, with questions at 651-925-8815.
Athletics
Aggies Start Strong This Season
Our Aggies swept their season opening games with wins across the board! Be sure to check out aggieathletics.org for recaps from these events:
Come Cheer on the Aggies This Week!
(T) September 3: Boys Soccer vs. Spectrum @ Spectrum Athletic Conference, Elk River (Varsity 4:15 PM, JV 6:00 PM)
Football @ Minneapolis Edison HS (JV 4:30 PM)
Volleyball vs. Visitation @ Bandas Gym, Saint Agnes School (C-Squad 4:30 PM, JV 5:30 PM, Varsity 7:00 PM)
Football vs. St. Paul Academy and Summit @ Randolph Campus, SPA (JH 5:00 PM)

(R) September 5: Volleyball @ Trinity School at River Ridge (JV 5:30 PM, Varsity 7:00 PM)

(F) September 6: Girls Soccer @ St. Paul Harding HS (JV 4:30 PM)
Girls Soccer vs. St. Paul Harding @ Pioneer Park, Little Canada (Varsity 4:30 PM)
Football vs. Roosevelt/Wellstone International @ Sea Foam Stadium, Concordia University, Saint Paul (Varsity 7:00 PM)

(S) September 7: Volleyball Invitational @ Lakeville North HS (C-Squad 9:00 AM)
Cross Country Invitational vs. Benilde - St. Margaret's @ Basset Creek Park (Varsity 10:00 AM)
Boys Soccer vs. Big Lake @ Pioneer Park, Little Canada (JV 11:00 AM, Varsity 1:00 PM)

For field locations, updates, and more information, please visit our Skyline Conference website . Please contact Mr. Mike Streitz , Athletics & Activities Director, at 651-925-8705 with questions.
Shuttle Bus to Athletic Practice
(T) September 3 - 3:00-6:00 PM
(W) September 4 - 3:00-6:00 PM
(R) September 5 - 3:00-6:00 PM
(F) September 6 - 3:00-5:30 PM

(M) September 9 - 3:00-6:00 PM
(T) September 10 - 3:00-6:00 PM
(W) September 11 - 3:00-6:00 PM
(R) September 12 - No bus available
(F) September 13 - 3:00-6:00 PM

Please contact Mr. Mike Streitz , Athletics & Activities Director, at 651-925-8705 with questions.
Quick Links & Past News
PT Kitchen Employment Opportunity: The Saint Agnes School Kitchen is looking for a few part-time employees to help prepare and serve food to the students. Please see the  job description  for more information, and  contact Kelly DiPietro  with any questions.
First Day of School Photos: Visit this link to view and d ownload snapshots taken by Mr. Richard Graner.
Please Submit Back to School Forms on Permission Click: Each household should have received by now three email invitations from Permission Click to complete back to school forms: 1) Transportation Reimbursement and MN Non-Public Aid Request, 2) Student Health Information – Annual Update, 3) Student/Parent Handbook Agreement. If you have not received the email invitations or have not been able to complete the forms, please contact the Main Office at 651-925-8702.
Substitute Teachers Needed: We are looking for more substitute teachers to add to our on-call list! Substitute teacher hours are 7:30 AM - 2:45 PM on days when coverage is needed. If you are interested, please email your resume to  Mrs. Becca DeMarais .
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