1/6/2020
A Message from the Dean of Academics
Dear Parents, 
 
I hope you and your family are having a blessed Christmas season and Happy New Year! We are excited to have the students back in the building to begin Second Semester. 
 
Please read the following academic update closely, as it contains important information regarding grades, schedules, academic honors, and the upcoming Freshman Placement Test for all current 8th graders.
 
K-6 Semester 1 Report Cards
Semester 1 report cards were made available to download and print via Educate today, January 6, for K-6 Lower School students. You may access your child's final grades for fall 2019 as well as previous report cards in Educate. Please follow the directions below to access report cards online. 
  1. Log in to Educate/Cornerstone (if you lost your password, choose "forgot password" under the log in; contact the main office with other log in issues)
  2. Select "report cards" under your student's name
  3. Select the red Adobe PDF icon for the latest term (2019-2020 Semester 1)
  4. You may save and print the document once it opens
NOTE: As last year, printed copies of report cards are available only upon request; please contact the main office at 651-925-8700. 
 
K-6 Successful Learning Behaviors
Please see the full definitions for K-6 successful learning behaviors below. These are assessed by homeroom teachers on report cards as follows: (4) Consistently, (3) Frequently, (2) Sometimes, and (1) Rarely.
  • Respectful: Treats classmates, teachers, and adults with respect and courtesy
  • Responsible: Follows directions, obeys rules, and can be relied upon by peers and adults
  • Engaged: Displays an active and enthusiastic pursuit of learning the material in and out of class
  • Expressive: Communicates his/her own ideas and emotions honestly and appropriately with others
  • Attentive: Listens carefully to classmates and adults; observant of transitions between activities
  • Organized: Uses time wisely; uses materials and space with care; observant of expectations and deadlines
  • Diligent: Works carefully and thoroughly in class and on written work (homework, projects, tests, etc.)

7-12 Semester 1 Report Cards
Semester 1 report cards will be finalized and made available to download and print via Educate at the end of the day this Wednesday, January 8, for Upper School students. A notice will be sent via Educate when they are released. Please follow the directions listed above to access report cards online.  

7-12 Semester 2 Schedules
Semester 2 schedules for students in grades 7-12 are available on Educate ; we provided printed copies of schedules upon arrival in the UAC Commons for all 7-12 students this morning.
 
7-12 Semester 1 Academic Honor Roll
We will soon publish the list of those who earned a spot on the fall 2019 academic honor roll! See the honor roll criteria for grades 7-12 and learn more about how students in grades 9-12 can letter in academics here.  
 
Freshman Placement Exam: 8:00 AM Saturday, January 11
The Freshman Placement Exam is required for all current 8th graders in order to best determine placement in 9th grade courses. It is also required to qualify for certain merit-based scholarships. All current 8th grade students must take the Freshman Placement Exam.  The test consists of four 30 minute sections and will be finished around 11:30 AM. Parents are welcome to stay in our commons area during the test. We will offer a brief overview of what a transition to high school looks like for students and their families, as well as a discussion about our financial aid packages and potential scholarships. There will also be time for a Q & A session with our Director of Admissions, Mr. Joseph Olson. 

Our students will be testing with other prospective 9th graders on that day. Students need only to bring a calculator and #2 pencils. Extra supplies will be available. Juice, coffee, and donuts will be provided by the Admissions Office! Please contact Mr. Olson with any questions at 651-925-8803 and RSVP below if you have not already.
In Christ,
Mr. Michael Adkins
Director of the Lower School | Dean of Academics
Highlights of the Week
Parent Panel Weighs-In on Saint Agnes Podcast
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Our parent panel reflects and shares their experiences on the newest Saint Agne Podcast!  #CatholicImmersion #GoAggies
A Christmas Gift for Ishmael
S/O to some AMAZING Aggies! A group of parents wanted to celebrate Ishmael - our faithful and trustworthy security officer - for his diligent service to our school, in pouring rain and scorching heat at all hours of the day: 39 families teamed up to offer Ishmael a substantial Christmas gift.🎄 After he was radioed to the Commons, a group of Aggie Moms sang "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" to Ishmael and presented his gift this afternoon ❤❤❤ We love this  #AggieFamily ! #GoAggies
Quiz Bowl Headed Back to Nationals
Josh W., John V., Calvin K., and Liz W. competed Monday in the Grade School Quiz Bowl at St. Thomas - Our Aggies won 3 and lost 2, finishing 3rd in the consolation bracket out of 48 other Catholic school teams 🍎📚✏  #WeCame   #WeQuizzed   #WeConquered #GoAggies
Peace Light Comes to Saint Agnes from Bethlehem
*Let your light shine!* Feeling so blessed today to be part of the Peace Light tradition that is lighting up the world!

“Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is carried in two blast proof miners lamps on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv Israel to Vienna, Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries. Austrian Airlines then flies the miners lamps containing the Peace Light from Bethlehem to New York City.” The Peace Light found its way to school parent Jennifer Williams who graciously shared her flame with us at today’s Virtue Assembly. Each grade school classroom now shines with it’s own Peace Light! #WaitingInPeace   #WaitingInPatience
A Novel Idea: New Saint Agnes Podcast Episode
Ready to curl up with a good book these last few days of Christmas break? 📚☕❤️ We're feeling inspired today by Mr. Ted Sexton and Ms. Sarah Ennis, the latest guests on our Saint Agnes Podcast! Pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy our conversation before diving into your next great read. #GoAggies
Art of Manliness Building Community & Card Trees
We can’t even begin measuring how awesome our last Art of Manliness was!💪🎄🙏 Fathers and sons gathered yesterday to pray together and build a Christmas card tree - a festive way to house the Christmas cards we receive. Special kudos to Mr. Gockowski & Mr. Adkins for bringing the Art of Manliness program to Saint Agnes, offering time for Lower School boys and fathers to build community, learn some man-skills, and pray. #GoAggies
Advancement
Red & White - Sat., 2/8
Help Make the Red & White Benefit a Success!
Questions? Please contact Mary Appel .
 
'Tis the Season! 3 Notes After the Holidays
Looking to de-clutter after the holiday season? Our Advancement Office would be so grateful for your help!
* Leftover alcohol from your New Year's gathering? We are accepting donations for our Wine Pull and Silent Auction. Unopened beverages may be brought to the Advancement Office.
*Need a place to re-gift ? Technology, kitchenware, or other gifts you won't be needing can be used for good! Receive a tax donation receipt for items donated to Saint Agnes School for our Red & White.
*Pick-up any extra gift cards ? Many restaurants offer $25 free gift card for $100 purchased in gift cards. Your generous donation will be a great help to our silent auction and mystery gift bags!
Upcoming Events
Dual-Enrollment Registration Deadline - Mon., 1/6
Our second and final round of Dual-Enrollment registration is closing today!  The 16 additional courses now available are full-year classes or classes that are offered only Semester 2. (Our previous registration in October was for Semester 1 courses only).  Payment & UMary registration form are due on Monday, January 6, 2020. Please contact Mr. Michael Adkins with questions.
Final Car Raffle Turn-In Day - Fri., 1/10
Congratulations! We have raised over $48,000 for our School! The final turn-in day for the raffle will be this Friday, January 10. (After this date, any remaining ticket stubs and money may be brought to the Main Office). Thank you for all your hard work! Remember, 100% of funds raised stay right here at Saint Agnes!

Visit the links for more information, or ple ase contact Mrs. Laurie Weyandt with questions at 651-925-8812.
Musical Fair - Sun., 1/19
We are fast approaching the exciting season of the new musical with the opening of the Musical Fair on Sunday, January 19 at 1:30. This year's Fair will be held in the Helene Houle Auditorium with snacks, registration, and audition material available in the Commons. We have a new twist in that a film clip will be shown of the new musical. Don’t miss it! Be the first to know the new show. This is an opportunity for students in grades 7-12 and children in grades 2-6. Make the winter go fast and have an experience you will never forget. Join us on January 19 and the exciting months that follow. Please contact Mr. David Johnson with questions.
Come Celebrate the Feast of St. Agnes with Archbishop Bernard Hebda - Tues., 1/21
We are honored to welcome Archbishop Bernard Hebda to Saint Agnes on Tuesday, January 21 for the feast of our patroness. Archbishop Hebda will preside at our K-12 all-school Mass beginning at 8:45 AM. Please join us as we celebrate this special feast day for our school and parish community!
Prayer Service & March for Life - Weds., 1/22
The Saint Agnes School Junior High and High School Pro-Life Clubs are coordinating an opportunity for junior high and high school students to attend both the Prayer Service and March for Life on Wednesday, January 22. Details forthcoming; please contact Mrs. Lynda True with questions.
Pre-8th Grade Yearbooks On Sale - Fri., 1/31
Order your Pre-8th Grade Yearbook online ! Yearbook sales will go through January 31, 2020. Please contact Mrs. Richtsmeier with questions.
Father/Daughter Dance - Sat., 2/29
Save the date for this year's Father/Daughter Dance! Young ladies in Grades 9 through 12 are invited to attend with their dad, grandfather, godfather or other male role model. Watch the newsletter for more information on how to attend or volunteer for this annual event. 
Admissions
7-12 Upper School Showcase - Tues., 1/7
Future Aggies interested in grades 7-12 are invited to come experience junior high and high school at Saint Agnes! Tour our campus with student ambassadors. Learn what makes our upper school experience unique. Meet with faculty members, administrators, current parents, and students to have all your questions answered. Our program will begin at 6:30 PM in the Helene Houle Auditorium and end by 8:30 PM.
 
Please  consider inviting friends, neighbors, fellow parishioners,  and anyone you think would be a good fit for Saint Agnes School.  More information is available  on our website.  Contact Mr. Joseph Olson  or call 651-925-8803 for more information.
Pre-6 Lower School Showcase - Tues., 1/14
Future Aggies interested in preschool through 6th grade are invited to  come experience lower school at Saint Agnes ! Meet with faculty members, administrators, and current parents to have all your questions answered. Our program will begin at 5:30 PM in the Helene Houle Auditorium.
 
Please  consider inviting friends, neighbors, fellow parishioners,  and anyone you think would be a good fit for Saint Agnes School.  More information is available  on our website.  Contact Mr. Joseph Olson  or call 651-925-8803 for more information.
Athletics
Come Cheer on the Aggies This Week!
(M) January 6: Girls Basketball vs. Christ Household of Faith @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 7, 4:00 PM)
Girls Basketball vs. North Metro Blazers @ Bandas Gym, Saint Agnes (JV 4:00 PM)
Boys Basketball @ Highland Catholic Grade School (Grade 5, 5:00 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. St. Odilia @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 6, 5:00 PM)
Girls Basketball vs. St. John the Baptist @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 5, 6:00 PM)
Girls Basketball vs. Nativity @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 6, 7:00 PM)

(T) January 7: Boys Basketball @ Nova Classical Academy (C-Squad 6:00 PM; Varsity 7:30 PM)
Girls Hockey vs. Breck @ Minnehaha Academy Ice Arena, South Campus (Varsity 7:00 PM)

(W) January 8: Boys Basketball vs. St. Thomas More @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 8, 4:00 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. Nativity @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 7, 5:15 PM)

(F) January 10: Girls Basketball vs. Cristo Rey Jesuit HS @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (JV 4:30 PM)
Boy Basketball vs. Cristo Rey Jesuit HS @ Bandas Gym, Saint Agnes (JV 4:30 PM, Varsity 7:30 PM)
Girls Basketball vs. Cristo Rey Jesuit HS @ Bandas Gym, Saint Agnes (Varsity 5:45 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. Cristo Rey Jesuit HS @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (C-Squad 5:45 PM)
Girls Hockey vs. Eveleth-Gilbert @ Minnehaha Academy Ice Arena, South Campus (Varsity 7:30 PM)

(S) January 11: Boys Basketball Tournament @ Fridley HS (C-Squad, Time TBD)
Girls Hockey vs. St. Paul/Henry Sibley Riveters @ North Dale Recreation Center (Varsity 4:00 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.
Ski Club for Grades 5-8
Students and parents interested in skiing this winter are invited to consider a great opportunity! Join other students and parents for three Saturdays of skiing at Afton Alps this winter; lift tickets and rental costs will be reduced prices for attending as a group. Please contact Mr. Sam Thompson for more information.
Photos Available for Purchase
Photos of our winter athletic teams are available for purchase from Jordana Torgeson Photography . Visit the links below for more details:
Quick Links & Past News
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Catechists & Assistants Training (Level I): Saint Agnes is looking for committed people to serve as trained assistants and catechists in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium for the 2020-21 school year. We are excited to be offering a Level I training for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at Saint Agnes starting in January 2020. Please view the brochure for more information and contact Meggie Langlois with questions.
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