10/21/2019
Novices Staying at Saint Agnes Convent this Fall
With great joy and gratitude to Fr. Moriarty and Dr. Ferdinandt, the Saint Agnes Convent is hosting two 2nd-year novices through November 26. As part of their initial formation, this will be their experience of living on a mission and helping at a school. These Sisters have been in religious life for about 2.5 years and are preparing to make their temporary vows this summer, so they still wear a white veil. This will be a great opportunity to further teach our students about religious life. They will also be speaking to many of the high school theology classes and giving talks at the sophomore retreat. Thank you for welcoming Sr. James Karol and Sr. Maria Paula to Saint Agnes!
 
God bless you all and be assured that the entire Saint Agnes Community is in our daily prayers.

In Jesus through Mary,
Sr. Teresa Christi, OP
Highlights of the Week
Happy Grandparents' Day 2019!
A few snapshots from yesterday's Lower School Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day! Thank you to these special guests for praying with us at Mass, spending time in our classrooms, and visiting our school!  #GoAggies

More Grandparents' Day photos available online.
Lower School Faculty Participate in Summit of Excellence
Our Lower School faculty spent today at  Catholic Schools Center of Excellence 's "Summit of Excellence"! Special shout-out to our Dominican sisters who presented on Education in Virtue, a program their Order developed for teaching virtues in Catholic schools. We are grateful for CSCOE and their support of Catholic schools!  #CalledToGreatness #GoAggies
Cross Country Speeds to Top at Skyline Conference Meet
Another Skyline Conference win for the Aggies!🙌🥇🎉 Ave Wolf took 1st place at the conference meet while Lily Dimmel followed close behind for an all-conference finish in 9th place. These two 8th grade runners led the girls team to a 2nd place finish in the conference! Shout-out to seven ladies who ran personal record times at Highland Park Golf Course: Lily Dimmel, Julia Ferdinandt, Sara Foote, Catherine Roddy, Molly Osterbauer, Tess Kaardal, and Mary Fischer. #GoAggies
Podcast Episode III: Formation for Future Learning with Fr. Moriarty (Reason #1 Why the Liberal Arts?)
🌿Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. (-Socrates)

Check out the newest episode of our Saint Agnes Podcast as Mr. Adkins, Dean of Academics, and Fr. Moriarty, Pastor and Superintendent, discuss how the liberal arts help form lifelong learners. Visit our website for more information! #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
Upcoming Events
"Raising Virtuous Children in a Digital Age" with Dr. Ray Guarendi - Monday, October 21
Last chance to RSVP! Come and reflect on your vocation as a parent 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"): Invite your friends and join us TONIGHT at 7:00 PM in our Helene Houle Auditorium at Saint Agnes School. Please RSVP online or call 651-925-8709 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. Please use Sign-Up Genius to schedule a time slot to visit with your child's teacher. (Parents meeting with Ms. Sarah Ennis, please use this special sign-up link to accommodate her coaching schedule).
 
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.
Parents
Admission Application Process Open for New 2020-21 Students!
The admissions application process is now open in TADS for the 2020-2021 academic year. We recommend that any current families with children that will be joining us next year as NEW preschool-12th grade students should apply now to reserve your seat. Note: This is NOT re-enrollment time for current Aggie students; re-enrollment will begin in January 2020. Click on the links below to learn more about the admissions process for each grade level. Please call the Admissions Office for assistance or any questions at 651-925-8803.

Box Tops Deadline - Thursday, October 31
We still accept all unexpired Box Top clips! Please submit to the school or parish office by Thursday, October 31 to make the fall submission deadline. The program is ending, and expired Box Tops will no longer be accepted after this date; please turn in however many or few you may have.

A new Box Top program has started, and products that have the No More Clipping Logo need a receipt to scan. Please see the website for details . Note: The programs for Campbell's Labels for Education and Kwik Trip Milk Moola have ended and are no longer accepted. Please  contact Virginia Blackstone  with any questions.
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.
Athletics
Winter Athletics Registration - Closes Friday, October 25
Please help the Athletics Department with team formation and staffing preparation by registering for winter sports now . Registration will close Friday, October 25. Returning users, be sure you log in to your family account. If you have problems, please contact Mr. Streitz at 651-925-8705.
An Exciting Week for Post-Season Play
The Aggie football team (7-1) will host Rush City (6-2) this Tuesday, October 22 in the first round of Section 4AA playoffs. Game time is 7:00 PM at Hamline University. The winner will play Saturday, October 26 against the winner of the Concordia Academy vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted game.

The Volleyball team opens section playoffs hosting the Math and Science Academy on Wednesday, October 23. Game time is 7:00 PM in Bandas Gym

Cross Country Sections will be held Thursday, October 24 at Highland Golf Course; girls run at 3:45 PM and boys at 4:15 PM.
Coach Flood Interviewed by Kent Erdahl & KARE 11 about TackleBar Football
Head Football Coach Tom Flood shares how TackleBar has helped our football program grow!  Read the article online .
Come Cheer on the Aggies During Playoffs This Week!
(T) October 22: Girls Swim & Dive vs. Irondale @ St. Anthony Village HS (5:30 PM)
Football Section Playoffs vs. Rush City @ Hamline University (Varsity 7:00 PM)

(W) October 23: Volleyball Section Playoffs vs. Math & Science Academy @ Bandas Gym, Saint Agnes (Varsity 7:00 PM)

(R) October 24: Boys Cross Country Sections @ Highland Golf Course (3:45 PM)
Girls Cross Country Sections @ Highland Golf Course (4:15 PM)

(Sa) October 25: Girls Swim & Dive @ Minneapolis Southwest HS (JV 5:30 PM)

(Su) October 26: CAA Volleyball Championships @ Bandas Gym, Saint Agnes (12:00 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.
Quick Links & Past News
Ticket Discounts for Catholic Young Adults: The Musical: Saint Agnes families are offered a discount on tickets ($20 each for up to 10 tickets) for this forthcoming production to be held at Saint Agnes School November 15-24. 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 .
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. 
Saint Agnes Photo Gallery
Enjoy these snapshots taken by Mr. Richard Graner!
Volleyball, Varsity: 8-28 | 9-3 | 9-11 | 9-28 | 10-9

Photos of our Cross-Country Team are available for purchase from Jordana Torgeson Photography.
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