10/7/2019
A Message from the Director of Admissions
Dear Aggie Families,

Can you believe we are almost a month and a half into the school year already? What a fun start to the year! We have been working hard in the Admissions Office during this busy marketing and recruitment season. 

With the assistance of a very generous grant from the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence , we have just completed an exciting and informative marketing initiative for our prospective and current families. Today we are kicking off the first of three videos that dive into the three pillars of our educational philosophy : Faith, Reason, and Virtue. We wanted our current families to be the first to see it and invite you to share this video with others and tell them about the culture we are building at Saint Agnes School (especially since word-of-mouth is our most helpful tool for recruiting new families.) Please continue to spread the good news about Saint Agnes and our thriving community so we can serve more families and ultimately evangelize souls for Christ! Enjoy this brief and beautiful video:
Just a reminder about our upcoming admissions events:

-Tuesday, October 8 
-Friday, October 25
-Tuesday, November 5
-Friday, November 22

-Thursday October 10 (Beginning at 6:30 PM)

Thank you for your continued support of our school.
Go Aggies!
Mr. Joseph Olson '03
Director of Admissions
Highlights of the Week
Tackle Cancer Night Featured on KARE11
A total of $1,414 was raised in the competition between the football and volleyball teams to tackle cancer. (The football team raised $584, while our volleyball team surpassed them at $830.) Ultimately the fight against cancer wins with $1,414 in contributions going to the Randy Shaver Tackle Cancer Foundation. We were proud to be featured by KARE 11 Prep Sports on Friday night!
Parent Testimonial Featured in The Catholic Servant
“Raising a family is hard work, and it's a relief to accept a bit of help. That relief, though, is a trivial thing compared to the immense gratitude I feel for a faithfully Catholic community, where teachers and other parents are supportive of my efforts to raise boys into honorable Catholic men. It takes a parish to raise a child. It helps to have a parish family.”

We are honored by this moving article written by Dr. Rachel Lu, Aggie parent, for The Catholic Servant . Read more from “ Appreciating the Gift of a Faithfully Catholic School ” on our website.   #GoAggies
Girls Soccer Wins Skyline Conference
Girls Soccer earned the Aggies our first-ever Skyline Conference Championship!!!🙌⚽️🎉🥳

S/O to the team on taking the Conference last Friday with a 2-1 win over Trinity School at River Ridge! Our Aggies finished the season UNDEFEATED in Skyline Conference play, earning the 5th seed in upcoming Section 4A Playoffs.

Come cheer on the Aggies 7:00 PM this Thursday at Pioneer Park as we take on host the winner of the Harding vs. Johnson game. #Let'sGoAggies
Coach Thompson Completes Twin Cities Marathon for Second Year in a Row
S/O to Mr. Thompson [Aggie PE teacher and football coach] on finishing the Twin Cities Marathon yesterday for the 2nd year in a row!🏃‍♂️🏅🙌 (Pictured here with his niece and brother, Nick). Any other Aggies make it 26.2 yesterday?  #AllForRun   #TwinCitiesInMotion #GoAggies
Upcoming Events
Fall Admissions Events
K-6 Walk-In Weekdays - Tuesday, October 8
New this year, prospective Aggie families are invited to see our K-6 Lower School in action during "Walk-In Weekdays"! Stop by anytime between 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM to tour our campus, visit classrooms, and experience K-6 life at Saint Agnes on these special fall dates:
Tuesday, October 8 & Friday, October 25
Tuesday, November 5 & Friday, November 22
7-12 Upper School Showcase - Thursday, October 10
Future Aggies interested in grades 7-12 are invited to c ome 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.

K-6 Grandparents' & Special Senior Friends' Day - Tuesday, October 15
We look forward to welcoming Grandparents and Special Friends on Tuesday, October 15! Invitations have already been sent by mail based on information submitted to us from parents. If you have questions about the invites or this special day, please contact Mrs. Kate Boyle in the Advancement Office at 651-925-8880. RSVP's are not required; we are excited for a great morning together!

7:55 AM - School Day Begins / Classroom Visits ( Classrooms)
8:45 AM - K-6 School Mass ( Church)     
9:45 AM - Activity ( K/1 in Cafeteria - 2/3 in Gruden Gym – 4/5/6 on Second Floor)
10:30 AM - K-6 Convocation ( Helene Houle Auditorium)
11:15 AM - Coffee & Treats ( Ubel Activity Center Commons)
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 .
"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.
Photo Retakes- 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. Please save the date and stay tuned for more information if you wish to have a portrait retaken.
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.
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.
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 .
March for Life - January 21-26, 2020
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. $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 .
Parents
No Mandarin Chicken at Lunch Tomorrow: Tuesday, October 8
Due to a delayed delivery, mandarin chicken will not be served at lunch tomorrow. Mrs. DiPietro will instead be serving a combination of different dishes. Please plan accordingly with your children.
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. 
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 !

There have been a number of completed projects to date, yet more work remains. Of particular note, throughout June and July we witnessed the much needed resurfacing of the two parking lots. Planning for Church and School electrical upgrades continue; work will commence when the preparations are finished and the necessary funds are available. Our campaign continues through December of 2020, so if you have not yet had the chance to participate, please take this opportunity to prayerfully consider participating .

To donate online or to find out more information, visit our website . Please contact Mrs. Kate Boyle with questions at 651-925-8880.
Students
Senior Baby Photos Due - Friday, October 18
Seniors, please submit a baby picture to Mrs. Richtsmeier by Friday, October 18 – details have been emailed via your school email.

Please contact Mrs. Richtsmeier  with questions or concerns.
Athletics
Come Cheer on the Aggies This Week of Playoffs!
(M) October 7: Volleyball vs. Nativity @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (6 Red, 3:30 PM)
Volleyball vs. Mounds Park Academy @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (6 White, 4:15 PM; 8 White, 5:00 PM)
Football vs. Breck @ West Mini (JH 4:30 PM)
Football @ Breck (JV 4:30 PM)
Girls Soccer vs. Trinity School at River Ridge @ Pioneer Park, Little Canada (JV 4:30 PM)
Volleyball vs. Presentation @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (8 Red, 5:45 PM)
Boys Soccer Section Playoffs vs. St. Paul Johnson @ Pioneer Park, Little Canada (Varsity 7:00 PM)

(T) October 8: Volleyball vs. Holy Spirit @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 5, 4:00 PM)
Volleyball vs. St. Croix Lutheran @ Bandas Gym, Saint Agnes (C-Squad, 4:30 PM; JV 5:30 PM; Varsity 7:00 PM)
Girls Swim & Dive vs. Fridley HS @ St. Anthony Village HS (5:30 PM)

(W) October 9: Volleyball vs. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (6 White, 4:15 PM; 8 White, 5:00 PM; 8 Red, 5:45 PM; Grade 7, 6:30 PM)

(R) October 10: Girls Soccer Section Playoffs vs. St. Paul Johnson or Harding @ Pioneer Park, Little Canada (7:00 PM)
Volleyball vs. Holy Spirit @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (6 Red, 4:00 PM)
Volleyball vs. Frassati Christian Academy @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 5, 4:45 PM)
Volleyball vs. New Life Academy @ Bandas Gym, Saint Agnes (JV 5:30 PM, Varsity 7:00 PM)

(F) October 11: Football vs. Academy Force Football Coop @ St. Croix Prep (Varsity 7:00 PM)

(S) October 12: Football vs. Providence Academy @ St. Anthony Village HS (5/6, 9:45 AM)
Volleyball Tournament @ Legacy Christian Academy (C-Squad 10:00 AM)
Girls Swim & Dive All-Section @ Stillwater HS (2:00 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.
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
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, JV | Volleyball, Varsity: 8-28 | 9-3 | 9-11 | 9-28
Shuttle Bus to West Minne for Athletic Practice: View this week's schedule for October 7-11.
Free Aggie Family Yard Signs: All Saint Agnes families are invited to stop by the UAC Commons and pick up a yard sign to show your Aggie spirit. Please contact Mr. Joseph Olson with questions at 651-925-8803.
Forming Catholic Hearts & Minds in Faith, Reason, & Virtue