11/11/2019
A Message from the Headmaster
Dear Families,

At long last and after a number of pleas to help our children, employees, and families safely cross Lafond Avenue, the City of St. Paul has installed a crosswalk on Lafond outside of Door #1. Other adjustments are in the offing, but we hope to have all adjustments (new signage, amended traffic flow patterns on street and in parking lots, etc.) finalized by the beginning of next school year (2020-21).

After several conversations with St. Paul traffic personnel, they have come to us with a number of recommendations which we will gradually roll out during the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. The first involves the use of the new crosswalk. We must now discipline ourselves to cross Lafond at the crosswalk or at the Kent/Lafond or Lafond/Mackubin corners. Please help one another to follow these rules—for safety’s sake!

As I stated earlier, additional adjustments are on the way—including the possibility of a one-way Lafond Ave. In the meantime, the city traffic office personnel will be back to see how we are doing with the crosswalk. So, please let us each do our part to cross Lafond at the crosswalk and keep our students safe.

A special thank you to Mrs. Teresa Grau (mother of two Lower School students) for her diligence and persistence with the City of St. Paul. Without her, we would not be where we are!

Blessings on your week,
Kevin Ferdinandt
Two Days Away from Aggie Give Day!
Aggie Give Day - Wednesday, November 13
Please show your support of Saint Agnes and be part of our big Give Day challenge ! Join us this Wednesday, November 13 and help us reach our goal of $150,000! Every donation matters and makes a difference.
Highlights of the Week
Students Honor & Celebrate Veterans with Gratitude
Happy Veteran's Day! So grateful for the many Aggie alumni, parents, and friends who have served our country. Special S/O to 5 faculty and staff members who have generously served both our country and our school:
* Fr. McConville, Parochial Vicar (Army Chaplain)
*Mr. Tom Rogers, Mathematics (Navy)
*Sr. James Karol, Novice (Air Force)
*Mr. Richard Crumley, Maintenance (Army Reserve)
*Mr. Darris Crawford, Maintenance (Marines)
High School Students Serve through Fall Blood Drive
Dozens of Aggies lining up to give of their time and themselves at our fall blood drive 🎁 S/O to our Student Council and Service Club for rallying all of these life-savers today ❤ #GoAggies
Virtue & Character Formation: New Episode on the Saint Agnes Podcast!
“Are Catholic schools simply public schools with religion classes? If they are, that’s a problem… The curriculum itself has to be filled through and through with the Catholic intellectual tradition; there has to be some purposeful formation in the virtues; and there has to be a rich sacramental life; and the subject areas need to be integrated together.”

Mr. Michael Adkins, Dean of Academics, and Mrs. Claire Bona, Grade 6 Teacher, dive into the topic of virtue and how to form young people of great character. #GoAggies
Dominican Novice Speaks to Theology Class
S/O to Sr. James Karol, one of the novices staying at Saint Agnes this fall! She visited our freshmen Creed class this morning to share her story of religious life with the  Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist . #GoAggies
Spanish 3 Celebrates Traditions of Faith & Culture
Last week, Spanish 3 made cookies in honor of Día de Los Muertos. They learned about the traditions behind this holiday and how this celebration incorporates both Catholic and Indigenous cultural traditions. #GoAggies
Kindergarten Class Learns About Election Day
Did you exercise your civic duty and get out and vote? Our Kindergarten class sure did. Ballots are still coming in, and similar to the last election, we'll probably be up through the night again making sure every slip is counted correctly. Pooh is running on a  #FreeHoneyPot  platform and Pete's slogan is  #Grooovy  it'll all work out! #GoAggies
Upcoming Events
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Synod: Your Help is Needed! - Friday, November 15
Archbishop Hebda is currently conducting Listening and Sharing events at several churches across the Archdiocese in order to assist him in establishing pastoral priorities to “promote greater unity and lead us to a more vigorous proclamation of Jesus’ good news.” Guided by the Holy Spirit, please prayerfully consider attending one of these events. Your questions and concerns will aid in creating focus topics for the May 2021 Archdiocesan Synod. We need the unique perspective of our Saint Agnes families and parishioners to be heard during this pre-Synod process!

Information on the Synod and the remaining Listening and Sharing events can be found online . The next Session is on Friday, November 15, from 6-9:00 PM at All Saints in Lakeville. Please pray for the success of the Synod. Any further questions can be directed to Kris Hintgen .
Ticket Discounts for Catholic Young Adults: The Musical - November 15-16, 21-24
Saint Agnes families are offered a discount on tickets ($20 each for up to 6 tickets using discount code "StAgnesFamily") for this forthcoming production (written by Archdiocesan priest Fr. Kyle Kowalczyk) to be held at Saint Agnes School on 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 .
Sophomore Retreat - Tuesday, November 19
The Sophomore class will have an all day retreat on Tuesday, November 19 in Schuler Hall. The theme for the day is Discipleship. Second-year novices from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist--Sisters James Karol and Maria Paula--will be speaking. There will be a Holy Hour with Confessions, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered. Please contact Mr. Karl Pedersen with any questions or dietary needs for your students.
K-6 Virtue Assembly & Walk-In Weekday - Friday, November 22
Parents and prospective Aggie families are invited to join us for a Lower School Virtue Assembly at 9:30 AM on Friday, November 22 in the Helene Houle Auditorium as our 2nd grade classes present the virtue of "Gratitude" 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.
Car Raffle Roll-Out - Tuesday, November 26
Fliers regarding our all-school fundraiser will be mailed to your households this week, and the raffle roll-out is Tuesday, November 26! Please encourage your students to sell their tickets quickly; there are great weekly incentive drawings for those who meet their minimum requirements early! Remember - 100% of the proceeds stay at Saint Agnes School!
Parents
2020 AP Exams Registration - Due Today:
Monday, November 11
Due to changes applied by the College Board, AP Exam registration has moved to the Fall. Registration is now open. The deadline for registering for AP Exams is Monday, November 11.  Please thoroughly read this letter for information on AP Exams, including how to pay and register for exams. The two-part process is slightly different than in years past. Please contact Mrs. Kemp with any questions.
Please Check Lost & Found before Thanksgiving
Please check the lost and found, located in the cafeteria, and claim your items. All unclaimed items will be donated after Wednesday, November 27.
High School Yearbooks On Sale
Order online or on-campus! All on-campus orders should be delivered to Mrs. Richtsmeier with a check made out to Saint Agnes. Prices will increase January 1. Please contact Mrs. Richtsmeier with questions.
All Saint's Day Photos Available
Click here to view and download photos from All Saint's Day , taken by school parent Mr. Rich Graner!
Athletics
Come Cheer on the Aggies This Week!
(W) November 13: Boys Hockey Scrimmage @ Tartan Ice Arena (JV 4:00 PM, Varsity 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.
Register Today for Mini Matmen and Youth Wrestling
Registration is now open for Mini Matmen and Youth Wrestling! Cost for Mini Matmen (K-3) is $35, and cost for Youth Wrestling (3-8) is $70. Register online and click on links for more details.
Quick Links & Past News
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.Please call the Admissions Office for assistance or any questions at 651-925-8803. Preschool | Kindergarten | Grades 1-8 | Grade 9 | Grades 10-12
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. 
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