An Update from the Headmaster
Dear Families,

It seems that you can't turn on the news these days without hearing about criminal activity in St. Paul. To that end, I wanted to review with you the things we have in place to keep our students safe:
  • We have a state-of-the-art security camera system, monitored by and available to administrators and specific administrative assistants during the school day. This system allows us to see inside and outside the building from one location and to record movement and review recordings as need arises.
  • We have front door security for buzzing in visitors during the academic day. All exterior doors and gates are locked during the school day, and the only way to get into the building (without a key or fob) is through the main entrance via buzzer, with all visitors required to enter the main office to sign in. We only unlock exterior doors during drop-off and pick-up hours and during evening extra-curricular games, meets, and/or matches.
  • During the academic day, we have a security officer named Ishmael who works as outdoor security, monitoring the safety and security of our campus.
  • We practice safety checks and lockdown procedures so that all faculty, staff, and students know what to do in the event of an incident.
  • We have walkie-talkies in the hands of all school administrators during the academic day so as to be available to address threats, should the need arise.
  • First Responders and St. Paul Police officers are approximately 2 minutes away, in the event of any dangerous situations. We have reviewed our safety procedures with them, and they have expressed confidence in our approach.
  • We will also be working with our junior high and high school students on prudential judgments anytime when leaving the school building.

If you have any questions or additional concerns, please feel free to speak with any of us administrators—Mr. Adkins, Mr. Hendrickson, Mr. Flood, Miss Larson, Ishmael (security guard), or me.

God has blessed our school, and we continue to entrust our parish and school to the intercession of the Blessed Mother.

Blessings on your All Saints' Day (and All Souls' Day),
Kevin Ferdinandt
Highlights of the Week
Football Heads Back to Section Finals
Aggie football is headed back to the section championship game after Saturday night's 14-12 win over Howard Lake-Waverly! They will take on Minneapolis North this Friday at 5:00 PM at Monticello High School. #Let'sGoAggies
Watch or Listen to Dr. Ray Guarendi's Presentation at Saint Agnes
Dr. Ray Guarendi was a HIT on Monday night! We are so grateful he could join us on-campus and speak to our greater community. If you missed his presentation or want to share his message with friends, please enjoy this special episode of our Saint Agnes podcast featuring Dr. Ray’s presentation on “Raising Virtuous Children in a Digital Age”! Video footage of the presentation is also available online. #GoAggies
Five Aggies Earn National Merit Honors
S/O to these amazing Aggies with National Merit honors! Timmy R., Clare S., Shelagh S., and Emma T. were honored as commended scholars, and Sara F. is still competing as a semifinalist (one of the top 16,000 in the nation)!🙌🥳🏅 #GoAggies
School-wide Service Project for Troops
Aggies rallying together to support our troops! In a school-wide effort to pray for and thank our servicemen and women, our students wrote 193 notes of encouragement for soldiers in Afghanistan.  #GodBlesstheUSA #GoAggies
Experiential Learning in 4th Grade Literature
As our 4th grade boys read "Robin Hood" with Mr. Gockowski, the ladies are studying "Little House on the Prairie" with Sr. Mary Consolata. Before pulling out their sewing projects today, Dr. Ferdinandt (expert-in-residence) stopped by and offered a lesson on how to build a log cabin!🧵📖🏫  #SewManyGreatBooks #GoAggies
Upcoming Events
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 - To Be Rescheduled
Due to an unfortunate error in materials received, The Art of Manliness will not be held on Tuesday, October 29 as planned. Families who have registered will receive a specific email with further information. Stay tuned for a make-up date! Please contact Mr. Adkins at 651-925-8756 with any 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.
K-12 All Saints' Day Mass - Friday, November 1
Join us for all-school Mass at 8:45 AM as we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. Other opportunities to celebrate this Holy Day of Obligation at Saint Agnes include:

Thursday, October 31
5:15 PM - Anticipated English Mass

Friday, November 1
6:30 AM - English Low Mass
7:30 AM - EF Latin Low Mass
8:45 AM - All-School OF English Sung Mass
5:15 PM - OF Latin Sung Mass
Mozart Requiem Mass for Commemoration of the Faithful Departed - Monday, November 4
We look forward to welcoming you on Monday, November 4 at 7:30 PM as the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale and Orchestra present W. A. Mozart's Requiem Mass, K 626 , in celebration of All Souls' Day. (The traditional All Souls Day Mass has been moved to this date since the Solemnity falls on a Saturday this year).
Please consider joining our parish and school community in prayer for the Faithful Departed. For more information, please contact Joseph Olson at 651-925-8803.
K-6 Walk-In Weekday - Tuesday, November 5
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.
Aggie Give Day - Wednesday, November 13
Please show your support of Saint Agnes and be part of our big Give Day challenge ! Join us Wednesday, November 13 and help us reach our goal of $150,000! Every donation matters and makes a difference.
All-School Fundraiser Kicks Off Soon!
The past six years, Saint Agnes has participated in an all-school raffle for a new car. This raffle has been and continues to be a huge success, raising over $80,000 for Saint Agnes each year! Once again, the same donor has presented us with a vehicle to raffle off – a 2019 Ford Explorer which seats 7 and includes SecuriCode Keyless Keypad and intelligent access with push button start! Our raffle fundraiser will officially kick-off with the students and selling of tickets in late November. The SUV will be raffled off at the annual  Red & White  benefit dinner on February 8, 2020. Last year Mrs. Lori Dumas, current faculty member, won the vehicle – this year it could be you! 100% of the proceeds remain at Saint Agnes. Stay tuned for more details!
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.
Student Fan Bus to Football Section Championship Game - Friday, November 1
A student fan bus to the section football championship game on Friday, November 1 is available for the first 38 students who sign up in the School Office. Cost is $3. The bus will leave Saint Agnes at 3:10 PM and return approximately ½ hour after the conclusion of the game.
Possible Student Fan Bus to State Cross Country Meet at St. Olaf College - Saturday, November 2
Plans for a fan bus to cheer on Vaughn Wolf in the State Cross Country Meet are being worked out. Watch the monitors in the UAC Commons and the Aggie Athletics Website for details.
Come Cheer on the Aggies During Section Playoffs This Week!
(F) November 1: Football Section Playoffs vs. Minneapolis North @ Monticello HS (5:00 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
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! 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.
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.
Forming Catholic Hearts & Minds in Faith, Reason, & Virtue