10/14/2019
Highlights of the Week
Pillars of Educational Philosophy | Reason (1 of 3)
Is it possible to have both a strong education and a faith-filled environment? A current family shares how our Pre-12 Saint Agnes education is preparing their kids for college, life, and beyond. #GoAggies
Latin Students Place in Classics Festival at St. Olaf College
Yesterday, Latin III, IV, V, and VI attended the Classics Festival hosted by St. Olaf College in Northfield. The students attended talks about archeology in the Near East, ancient graffiti in Pompeii, and the staging of ancient comedies, among others. The Saint Agnes team took third place in the Certamen and a clever political "campaign ad" for Julius Caesar took first in the poster competition!  #GoAggies
Art Department Presents Suminagashi
Printing “ink-floating” art! Jevon ’21 worked with Ms. Soriano to learn this ancient art of Suminagashi, a type of Japanese marbling. #GoAggies
3rd Grade Field Trip to Mill City Museum
3rd Grade took their geography studies of the world’s rivers to Mill City Museum! Walking across the Stone Arch Bridge to observe the Mighty Mississippi was a great way to learn how water creates power. #GoAggies
Incredible Teacher Contest Opportunity
Please consider helping us spread the good word on Catholic education by participating in this initiative. Do you know any K-8 teachers you'd like to nominate as an incredible teacher so they can win $2000 in gratitude for the amazing work that they put in? Tag  Catholic Schools Center of Excellence  and tell us why your teacher should be chosen as this years  #IncredibleTeacher  by Wednesday, October 23. Extra credit for photos or videos posted. We love our faculty! #IncredibleTeacher  #Nell4CSCOE #GoAggies
Celebrating the Canonization of St. John Henry Newman
There’s a new Saint in our Church! Enjoy a brief and heartfelt reflection from Mr. Berthiaume, Latin teacher, on Cardinal John Henry Newman who was canonized yesterday by Pope Francis. Saint John Henry Newman, pray for us!  #LeadKindlyLight #GoAggies
Upcoming Events
Volunteers Needed for K-6 Grandparents' & Special Senior Friends' Day - Tuesday, October 15
During the art activity time, a few extra hands are needed to assist students whose grandparents are unable to attend. If you can help from 9:30-10:30 AM, please contact Mary Appel in the Advancement Office at 651-925-8811.
No K-6 School - Wednesday, October 16
A friendly reminder, there will be no school for K-6 students this Wednesday, October 16 during teacher workshops. Our entire Pre-12 student body will not have school on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 for MEA teacher workshops. Blessings on your extended weekends!
PLAN/PSAT Testing & Senior Service Day -
Wednesday, October 16

PLAN/PSAT Testing
Freshmen: PLAN Test
All 9th grade students will take the PLAN Test the morning of October 16th. The testing fee is $17. Please read the PLAN Test letter for more information. Contact Mrs. Rachel Kemp with questions.

Sophomores & Juniors: PSAT Test
All 10th and 11th grade students will take the PSAT the morning of October 16th. The testing fee is $17. Please read the PSAT Test letter for more information. Contact Mrs. Rachel Kemp with questions.

Senior Service Day
Seniors will volunteer at Feed My Starving Children, returning to St. Agnes by 6th hour (about 1:00 PM). Mr. Hendrickson will be distributing permission forms with further information.  Contact Mr. Karl Hendrickson with questions.
Church of Saint Agnes Fall Festival - Sunday, October 20
The Church of Saint Agnes will host its annual fall festival on Sunday, October 20 : Games, the Diner, a German Pub, egg rolls, and more will open at 9:30 AM, with Booya (eat-in and take-out) starting at 10:00, the bean bag tourney beginning at 11:00, raffle drawings at 1:45 PM. The festival will conclude at 2:00 PM. Please consider attending with your family, enjoying the festivities, or signing up to help volunteer (as kids games and take-out Booya would be grateful for a few extra hands).

Our parish contributes $300,000 to school operations each year, and your support the parish festival is a wonderful way we can give back to our greater Saint Agnes community! Please direct questions to Mrs. Gerrie Lachowitzer or Matt Heffron .
Limited Seating Still Available for "Raising Virtuous Children in a Digital Age" with Dr. Ray Guarendi - Monday, October 21
Saint Agnes School's Fall Lecture is pleased to present "Raising Virtuous Children in a Digital Age" with Dr. Ray Guarendi (nationally-recognized speaker, author, and psychologist from Ave Maria Radio's "The Dr. Is In" and EWTN's "Living Right with Dr. Ray")!

Come and reflect on your vocation as a parent: Invite your friends and join us at 7:00 PM on Monday, October 21 in our Helene Houle Auditorium at Saint Agnes School. Please RSVP online or call 651-925-8702 with questions.
March for Life - Sign-Up by Tuesday, October 22
Saint Agnes high school students (grades 9-12) are invited to join a Saint Agnes School group for the Archdiocesan pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. with Archbishop Hebda for the 2020 March for Life this January 21-26. $490 includes everything but 7 meals. For more information, please  visit the Archdiocesan event page . Sign up with Mr. Karl Pedersen by Tuesday, October 22, including a $200 deposit. The final $290 is due Tuesday, November 19. Questions can be directed to the Respect Life Club adviser,  Mr. Karl Pedersen .
Photo Retake Day - Tuesday, October 22
Picture retake day is fo r any new or absent students or for those who are not 100% satisfied with their picture package. If you wish to reorder photos , visit mylifetouch.com and enter Picture Day ID: EVTXH7BCF. Please bring your original picture package to the camera ensuring the correct order is printed for your retake picture. Contact Mrs. Blair Saiz at 651-925-8702 with questions.
Lower School Book Fair - Thursday, October 24
The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and pretty soon it will be the perfect season to curl up with a good book! Plan to stop by the Lower School Library between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM during Conferences to browse the Saint Agnes Book Fair . Books can also be pre-ordered for your family. Please complete our book order form by Monday, October 21 if you would like to pre-order.

Our books are provided by Red Wagon Books, a local book vendor that brings the highest quality hand-selected titles, both new and timeless, to school book fairs. Students will be able to take books home the day of the fair, and Saint Agnes School will receive a percentage of the book sales to support the library. Thank you for supporting our lower school library! Please contact Mrs. Tricia Roddy with questions.
Pre-12 Fall Conferences and No School - Thursday, October 24
Make sure to mark your calendars for Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 24 from 12:00 to 8:00 PM. Reminder: There is no school on this day.  
 
Pre-6 Conferences:  Grade school conferences will take place in classrooms. Parents will soon be able to sign up for time slots using Sign Up Genius.
 
7-12 Conferences:  Conferences for parents of students in grades 7-12 are available on a drop-in basis in Gruden Gym (the grade school gymnasium) and the UAC Commons.
K-6 Virtue Assembly & Walk-In Weekday - Friday, October 25
Parents and prospective Aggie families are invited to join us for a Lower School Virtue Assembly at 9:30 AM next Friday, October 25 in the Helene Houle Auditorium as our 6th grade classes present the virtue of "Respect" to their peers.

Know of any K-6 families who would be a good fit for Saint Agnes School? Please consider inviting friends, neighbors, and fellow parishioners , to come visit during this next Walk-In Weekday. RSVP's are encouraged. and more information is available on our website. Contact Mr. Joseph Olson  or call 651-925-8803 for more information.
Young Men's Vocation Pilgrimage - Application Due Monday, October 28
Young men in grades 10-12 are invited to join Father Moriarty for our Young Men's Vocation Pilgrimage to Italy on March 22-31, 2020! Spend spring break in Rome, Assisi, and Monte Cassino discerning God's calling to the priesthood, marriage, or single life. Learn more about the application process, itinerary, and cost . Please contact Fr. Moriarty with any questions you may have.
"Insider Tips to Navigate the College Process and Save Money" presented by College Inside Track - Monday, October 28
An absolute must-see for parents with students in grades 9-11! Families often know more about the next appliance they are going to buy than the college education they are going to purchase, leading many to make avoidable mistakes that cost them thousands and hinder their ability to find the best fit for their child. Come learn from a national expert the insider tips that will greatly enhance your understanding of the college process, reduce anxiety and position your child for success.

Beginning at 7:00 PM in our Helene Houle Auditorium, the presentation will cover how to avoid mistakes many families make when trying to identify colleges that are truly the right fit, a behind-the-scenes view of how financial aid really works, actionable strategies to save thousands of dollars and tips for working with your teenager on a stressful and emotional process.

RSVP's to Mrs. Kemp are appreciated, but not required. College Inside Track is a private company with a mission to help families successfully navigate the college process and be smart consumers of the college purchase.
The Art of Manliness: The Holy Rosary - Tuesday, October 29
Mr. Gockowski and Mr. Adkins would like to invite all boys in grades 4-5-6 and their dads (grandfathers, uncles, or other special men in their lives) to attend this year’s first “Art of Manliness”!

This “guys only” workshop will take place from 3:05-4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 29. A time imbued with prayer, we will work on making a “Combat Rosary” with gun-metal beads, including a St. Michael medal and a Pardon Crucifix: A powerful spiritual weapon for our times! Please see the attached flier . The cost is $5 for 1 set of materials (e.g. a father/son combo would be $10).  Please RSVP at this link and contact Mr. Gockowski if you have questions.
Family Movie Night Featuring Disneynature's Penguins - Tuesday, October 29
Bring a friend and join us Tuesday, October 29 for a family dinner and movie night in our Helene Houle Auditorium! Doors open at 4:30 PM and complimentary dinner--hot dogs, chips, and beverage--is served in the cafeteria (limited supply). Movie starts at 5:30 PM. Open to all - Invite your friends and enjoy a fun movie night as we watch Disneynature's Penguins ! Please RSVP online and contact Mr. Joseph Olson with questions at 651-925-8803.
All Saint's Day Party - Thursday, October 31
All families are invited to participate in the All Saints' Party on Thursday, October 31. We will begin with 5:15 PM Mass at the Church of Saint Agnes. (All are welcome to come to Mass in costume, but please leave props until the party begins in Gruden Gym). Our all Saints' Party will take place after Mass from 6:00–8:00 PM in Gruden Gym. Feel welcome to enter at Door #2 of Saint Agnes School. Both youth and adults are encouraged to dress as a favorite or an interesting Saint or Blessed. Each participating family is asked to contribute $15 and two bags of candy to cover the pizza dinner and games we will enjoy together. Please volunteer to help (online sign-up will be available soon), and direct any interest or questions to Arika Heffron at 507-213-0725.
Catholic Young Adults: The Musical - November 15-24
Saint Agnes School is hosting Catholic Young Adults: The Musical, presented by Missed the Boat Theatre. Saint Agnes families are offered a discount on tickets ($20 each for up to 10 tickets). Recommended for audiences in high school and older, Catholic Young Adults: The Musical lasts approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes. Learn more and buy tickets online .
Parents
Dual Enrollment Update
Dual Enrollment registration for The Creed (9th Grade), Sacraments (10th Grade), Apologetics (11th Grade), A History of Catholic Dogma (12th Grade), and Photojournalism is now open! Saint Agnes students who enroll may earn college credits through the University of Mary and could save hundreds or thousands of dollars on college tuition. Read the parent letter or Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Other courses will open for registration in December. Download the enrollment application to register. Please contact Mr. Michael Adkins with questions at 651-925-8756.
Senior Baby Photos Due - Friday, October 18
Seniors, please submit a baby picture to Mrs. Richtsmeier by this Friday, October 18 – details have been emailed via your school email.

Please contact Mrs. Richtsmeier  with questions or concerns.
Host Family Opportunity
Is your family interested in hosting an exchange student through the KoAm Education Alliance? Please contact Admissions Director Mr. Joseph Olson at 651-925-8803 for details. 
Athletics
Come Cheer on the Aggies This Week!
(M) October 14: Volleyball @ Visitation (8 Red, 4:30 PM; Grade 7, 4:45 PM)
Football @ St. Paul Harding (JV 4:30 PM)
Volleyball @ Faithful Shepherd (6 Red, 5:30 PM)
Football @ Blake, Hopkins Campus (JH 7:00 PM)

(T) October 15: Cross-Country Conference Championship @ Highland 9 Golf Course (Varsity 3:45 PM)
Volleyball vs. Highland Catholic @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 5, 4:00 PM)
Volleyball @ Fridley HS (JV 4:30 PM, C-Squad 4:30 PM, Varsity 6:00 PM)
Volleyball vs. Presentation @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 7, 4:45 PM)

(W) October 16: Football @ St. Paul Harding (Varsity 7:00 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.
Aggie Successes this Weekend!
Our Aggies continue to succeed on and off the court! Just a snapshot from this weekend:
-6th grade won the Immaculate Conception volleyball tournament, continuing their winning streak of 12-0.
-8th grade Red took 3rd at the Immaculate Conception tournament, with a current record of 10-2. 
-Our High School C-Squad volleyball team finished 5-0 to win the Legacy Tournament this past weekend (pictured here). 
-Our varsity football team earned a share of the Twin Cities Rivers District title with their 28-0 win over Academy Force on Friday night.
Thank you for continuing to cheer on our athletic teams!
"Football is Growing, with the Saint Agnes Aggies at the Forefront" - Posted by John's Journal for the Minnesosta State High School League's
"The game of football has come under criticism in recent years due to concerns about safety. The scales, however, are tipping in the other direction at some Minnesota schools, and St. Agnes – a small Catholic school in St. Paul – is at the epicenter of football's resurgence." Read more from MSHSL's John Millea ( John's Journal ) including interviews with Athletic Director Mike Streitz and Head Football Coach Tom Flood.
Winter Athletics Registration is Open
While the fall sports season is winding down, we need to turn our attention to winter sports. Please register for winter sports now . Registration will close Friday, October 25. Early registration helps us determine to number of teams and coaches we need to have. Returning users, be sure you log in to your family account. If you have problems, please contact Mr. Streitz at 651-925-8705.
Quick Links & Past News
Faith & Tradition Capital Campaign Update: In just over 18 months, our Faith & Tradition campaign, has raised $3,302,119 in gifts and pledges which accounts for 89% of our $3,700,000 goal ! Work on Church and School electrical upgrades will commence when the necessary funds are available. If you have not yet had the chance to participate, please take this opportunity to prayerfully consider participating .
New! Episode 3: Why the Liberal Arts? "Formation for Future Learning" with Fr. Moriarty (Reason #1) - Saint Agnes Podcast: Have you tuned in to our Saint Agnes podcast yet? We are excited to have launched the first in a mini-series on "12 Reasons to Choose a Liberal Arts / Classical education. Listen at home, in the car, or on-the-go from our podcast site .
Sanmiguel Family: We have set up a Javier Sanmiguel (+) Scholarship fund in memory of Mr. Sanmiguel. If you would like to donate to the fund, please click here .
Saint Agnes Photo Gallery
Enjoy these snapshots from our Aggie Athletes taken by Mr. Richard Graner!
Volleyball, Varsity: 8-28 | 9-3 | 9-11 | 9-28 | 10-9
Shuttle Bus to West Minne for Athletic Practice: View this week's schedule for October 14-18.
Forming Catholic Hearts & Minds in Faith, Reason, & Virtue