12/09/2019
2020 Red & White Benefit Honoree Announced:
Mrs. Donna May!
We are pleased to announce that the honoree of this year’s Red & White Benefit is Mrs. Donna May! A talented woman of faith, Mrs. May was a music educator at Saint Agnes for 25 years before retiring in 2017. She inspired students to express their gifts through sacred and secular music, instilling in them an ever-increasing interest in giving glory to God through music. We invite you to join us in honoring her at the Red & White Benefit on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Save the date and watch for invitations coming after Christmas. More information and online registration can be found at www.SaintAgnesSchool.org .
 
Donations for the live or silent auction are now being accepted. Vacation homes, sporting or concert tickets, gift cards, electronics, wines, and liquors bring the best value. Items can be dropped at the parish or school office or contact Mary Appel at 651-925-8811.
Campus Improvements
A Light Shines in the Darkness
We are pleased to announce improvements to our exterior lighting at our Saint Agnes campus. Prior to Thanksgiving, three lights were added to the main building on Lafond Avenue (North-side) and four additional lights were added to the main building facing our Church (West-side). With this development as with all our endeavors, we continue to prioritize our commitment to keeping our students, staff, and families safe—especially as our days grow shorter. 
Highlights of the Week
Class of 2020 Tries On Their New Gear
Our seniors are looking sharp in their new sweatshirts!😎🎓  #2020Vision #GoAggies
Service Club Meets "The Sandwich Man"
Making sandwiches and making a difference!🥪🙌 Our Service Club was so honored to collaborate last week with Mr. Allan Law, “The Sandwich Man,” in his mission of serving the homeless and hungry in Minneapolis. Our 300 sandwiches are part of the nearly 520,000 that Mr. Law will hand out on the streets this year through his non-profit, Minneapolis Recreation Development.  #AdventOutreach #GoAggies
Mock Trial Team Starts Season with Silver
Aggies take Silver at the Golden Gavel Invitational! 🔨🥈🙌 Out of 10 schools and 20+ teams at this annual U of M Mock Trial Meet, our Aggies went undefeated and took 2nd place. We can’t wait to see where this season takes Ms. Burr and her team of 18!  #SilverAtGold #GoAggies
Pillars of Educational Philosophy | Virtue (3 of 3)
"The main purpose of our job as parents is to create good people and have a good relationship with God. Saint Agnes is building a beautiful culture that fits with the Catholic faith and Christian mission of being in the world, but really knowing what it is all for." - Gabrielle Doran (Current Parent) #GoAggies
8th Graders See "A Christmas Carol" at the Guthrie
A Great Day for the Guthrie! After reading Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” our 8th graders were thrilled to watch it unfold onstage yesterday.📖🎄😄 #NoHumbugsHere #GoAggies
Upcoming Events
Car Raffle Turn-In Day #2 - Wed., 12/11
The first week of raffle sales brought in over $30,000 for Saint Agnes School! The next turn in day is this Wednesday, December 11. Every student who has turned in $100 will get a chance to win a gift card with candy (K-12). Every additional $100 is an extra chance to win! Raffle tickets and money will be collected from K-6 homerooms and 7-12 first hour classes. Remember, all money raised stays right at Saint Agnes!

Visit the links for more information, or ple ase contact Mrs. Laurie Weyandt with questions at 651-925-8812.
Upcoming Advent Concerts
Tuesday, December 10

Thursday, December 12

Sunday, December 15    

Monday, December 16  
We are still in need of 1 greeter and 3 refreshment volunteers to assist with cookies before and after the concert. Your assistance is appreciated! Please sign-up online if you are able to help.
Coffee & Conversation with Director of Lower School - Weds., 12/11
Mr. Adkins will be hosting parents of students in grades K-6 to share about what’s going on in the Lower School and take questions from parents. 
  • What: Coffee & Conversation on the Lower School (K-6)
  • When: Wed., December 11
  • Time: 1:45-2:45 (prior to after school pick-up)
  • Where: UAC Commons & Auditorium
  • Please RSVP Online
Questions? Please contact Mr. Adkins .
Advent Evening of Reflection - Sat., 12/14
Join members of Saint Agnes Church & School for an Advent Evening of Reflection on family spiritual preparations for Christmastime. Following the optional vigil Mass, come to Schuler Hall to hear a panel of speakers (including Mr. David Gockowski, Mrs. Nell Alt, Mrs. Susanna Spencer, and Sr. Teresa Christi Balek, O.P.) offer practical suggestions for ways to make preparations with the Holy Family for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas and for throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons. The evening will conclude at 8:00 PM with the opportunity for the Sacrament of Confession in the Lower Chapel. Please RSVP to Mr. Brandon Wanless by Wednesday, December 11.
Final Exams - Weds. 12/18 - Fri. 12/20
View the Schedule for 7-12 Final Exams . As with last year, grades 7-12 will be dismissed early after exams conclude each day. Also note that the final day is an 11:00 AM dismissal for all students Preschool-Grade 12. Please contact Mr. Karl Hendrickson with questions at 651-925-8755.
Art of Manliness - Weds., 12/18
It's Advent and we're getting ready for the Nativity of Our Lord - Dads (or uncles, grandpas, godfathers) and their sons (boys in Grades 3, 4, 5, & 6) are invited to join us as we make a Christmas/Advent tree for hanging all of your cards on. Mr. Gockowski and Mr. Adkins will host this event in Schuler Hall (lower level at Church of Saint Agnes) on Wednesday, December 18 from 3:15-4:15 PM. Please RSVP online ; cost is $5 per 1 set of materials (e.g. $5 for one boy and $10 for Father/Son combo if dad wants to make one too). Please contact Mr. Adkins with questions at 651-925-8756.
Lower School Christmas Dress-Up - Fri., 12/20
A friendly reminder that Lower School students can accessorize their uniforms on the last day of Semester 1 (Friday, December 20)! They can wear an ugly Christmas sweater and other fun Christmas gear. The key is it must be over the uniform - light up necklaces, Santa hats, etc. – All that is fun and just fine! Questions? Students should ask teachers ahead of time.
Christmas Movie Matinee - Mon., 12/30
Young families, come and join us for a fun morning during Christmas break at Saint Agnes! Open gym will be hosted from 9:00-9:45 AM to burn off some Christmas break energy! We will enjoy a snack before watching The Star * in our Helene Houle Auditorium.

Informal tours of our school will be available from 8:00-8:45 AM and 11:30-12:00 PM. Please  contact Admissions Director Mr. Joseph Olson  with questions at 651-925-8803. 

*The movie is rated PG for “thematic elements,” so keep this in mind if you intend to bring very young or sensitive children.
Father/Daughter Dance - Sat., 2/29
Save the date for this year's Father/Daughter Dance! Young ladies in Grades 9 through 12 are invited to attend with their dad, grandfather, godfather or other male role model. Watch the newsletter for more information on how to attend or volunteer for this annual event. 
Parents
Pre-8th Grade Yearbooks On Sale
Order your Pre-8th Grade Yearbook online ! Yearbook sales will go through January 31, 2020. Please contact Mrs. Richtsmeier with questions.
Dual-Enrollment Registration Open for Spring Semester or Full-Year Classes!
Our second and final round of Dual-Enrollment registration is now open!  The 16 additional courses now available are full-year classes or classes that are offered only Semester 2. (Our previous registration in October was for Semester 1 courses only).

A few notes:
1.        Payment & UMary registration form are DUE: Monday, January 6, 2020.
a.      The UMary form is required (turn in at Main Office);
b.      You may pay online via the school website (online payment may not be up until next week);
c.      or by check/cash (Main Office).
2.        Printed forms will be available in the Main Office and Guidance Office.
a.      We will not be printing forms for every student and distributing in classes.
3.      Questions?   Please carefully read through all of the letter and forms first, and contact Mr. Michael Adkins if questions remain.
Registration Open for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Catechists & Assistants Training (Level I)
Last year, over 60 preschool and kindergarten students were introduced to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at Saint Agnes. Our CGS program now serves 98 students, include 1st graders in Level II! As our Level II program (for ages 6-9) continues expanding, Saint Agnes is looking for committed people to serve as trained assistants and catechists in the atrium for the 2020-21 school year.
 
We are excited to be offering a Level I training at Saint Agnes starting in January 2020. Upon the participant's completion of the course and its requirements, he or she will receive Level I Catechist Certification. This formation course is sponsored by the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGSUSA).
 
Please view the brochure for more information. Registration is open to the first 12 people to register. Contact Meggie Langlois with questions.
Flowers Need for Our Sisters' Chapel
Please consider purchasing flowers for the Sisters’ chapel. We are so grateful for their presence in our school and community, and it’s a small token of our appreciation for them. If you are able to help, please sign up for a Friday afternoon to bring four bouquets and two green bunches to a bucket outside their chapel on the second floor of the school. God bless your generosity!
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.
Athletics
Come Cheer on the Aggies This Week!
(M) December 9: Girls Basketball vs. St. John the Baptist @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 7, 4:00 PM)
Boys Basketball @ SPA, Goodrich Campus (Grade 5, 4:00 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. SPA @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 6, 5:00 PM)
Girls Basketball vs. SPA @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 5, 6:00 PM)
Girls Basketball vs. Highland Catholic @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 6, 7:00 PM)

(T) December 10: Boys Basketball @ Twin Cities Academy (C-Squad 4:30 PM, JV 5:30 PM, Varsity 7:00 PM)
Boys Hockey @ Anderson Ice Arena, Breck School (JV 5:15 PM, Varsity 7:15 PM)
Girls Basketball vs. Southwest Christian @ Bandas Gym, Saint Agnes (JV 5:30 PM, Varsity 7:00 pm)

(W) December 11: Boys Basketball vs. Christ Household of Faith @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 8, 4:00 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. Nativity @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (Grade 7, 5:15 PM)

(R) December 12: Boys Hockey vs. Rochester Lourdes @ Drake Arena (JV 5:30 PM, Varsity 7:30 PM)
Boys Swimming All Meet @ Richfield HS (6:00 PM)
Girls Hockey vs. Minneapolis @ Minnehaha Academy Ice Arena, South Campus (Varsity 7:00 PM)

(F) December 13: Girls Basketball vs. Mounds Park Academy @ Bandas Gym, Saint Agnes (JV 4:30 PM, Varsity 5:45 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. Mounds Park Academy @ Bandas Gym, Saint Agnes (Varsity 7:30 PM)

(S) December 14: Wrestling Varsity Duals @ Bandas Gym, Saint Agnes (Weigh-Ins 8:00 AM)
Girls Hockey vs. North Shore Storm @ Minnehaha Academy Ice Arena, South Campus (2:00 PM)
Boys Hockey vs. Gentry Academy @ TRIA Rink, St. Paul (JV 5:00 PM, 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.
K-8 Swimming: Registration Open Now!
Our K-8 Saint Agnes Swim Team season begins January 4! Students will compete in 2-3 regular season meets as well as the CAA Prelims and Championships. View the flyer to learn more or contact Coach Hank Kemp with questions at 651-925-8739.
Quick Links & Past News
We're On iTunes! We are happy to announce that our Saint Agnes podcast is now available on iTunes , Spotify , and Stitcher ! Search for "Saint Agnes Podcast" on your favorite platform and listen wherever is most convenient for you.
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
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