2/10/2020
Highlights of the Week
1st Grade Buddies Show Hospitality to Visitors
Overheard in 1st grade after school yesterday:
1st grader: "Sr. Gabriella, I had so much fun with our new visitor today!"
Sr. Gabriella: " Oh, did you two already know each other prior to today?'
1st grader: "Well.... no... but we did decide to be best friends at recess!"
We love hosting new visitors! Considering enrolling your children in Saint Agnes School? Call the admissions office to make a new best friend...er... set up a shadow day for your child to be an Aggie for the day. #GoAggies
Cupcakes for Spiritual Adoption
Life is sweet!🧁❤🙏 Our Respect Life Club members made and gave away close to 250 cupcakes today, offering them to every Aggie willing to spiritually adopt and pray for an unborn baby. #GoAggies
100th Day of School
Can you believe it’s already been 💯 DAYS?! Lots of celebration in our lower school classrooms today, and we’re COUNTING on growing even more before this school year ends!🎉🙌 #GoAggies
Freshman Class On Retreat
Freshman enjoying some recreation this afternoon! Thanks for keeping our Class of 2023 in your prayers on their retreat today 🙏❤ #GoAggies
Red & White Updates
Car Raffle Winner Announced
Congratulations to William MacGregor on winning the 2019 Ford Explorer! His name was drawn at our Red & White Benefit and Dinner Auction on Saturday evening. William is a committed Saint Agnes parishioner who lives in the greater Twin Cities area.

Thank you to all who volunteered, attended, and supported our Saint Agnes Red & White Benefit - We are extremely pleased to report preliminary numbers nearing $400,000 in profit! Final totals will be announced soon.
Limited Spots Available on Buy-Ins!
Missed the Red & White? You still have an opportunity to reserve a spot at one of the following buy-ins!

For the Ladies!  An Evening on the Lake - Cruise beautiful Turtle Lake on the pontoon, sit by the fire, and enjoy heavy appetizers, desserts, and cocktails on Thursday, July 16 at the home of Dan and Gretchen Thibault. Spots are $100 per person.

For the Gentlemen!  Burger and Pints - Join other Aggie men at Burger Moe's for a burger, pint, cigars, and lively conversation on Saturday, June 20. Spots are $75 per person.
 
Please contact  Mary Appel  if you would like to reserve your spot.
Upcoming Events
Crazy for You Rehearsals Begin Today - Mon., Feb. 10
Congratulations to the leading cast of Crazy for You . The cast list is posted outside the chorus room. Don’t forget to initial your name to accept your role. If you auditioned for a role but did not receive one, please stay with us in the chorus. The chorus has all the fun with low pressure and participation in all the big production numbers. 

This is the kick-off week for the musical with three evenings involved.
  • (Today) Monday, February 10 – First rehearsal for leads and Jr/Sr chorus from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Meet in the auditorium.
  • Wednesday, February 12 – Beginning at 6:30 PM, we will be showing the film of the 2005 Saint Agnes Crazy for You production. This is a required event for all leads, the Jr/Sr chorus, and the Children’s Chorus. All family members are welcome.
  • Thursday, February 13 – Rehearsal for leads and Jr/Sr chorus from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
In addition to the February 12 film night, the first rehearsal for the Children’s Chorus is Thursday, February 27. Crazy for You is now rolling!
Wrestling Team's Annual Bean Bag Bonanza & Chili Feed - Sun., 2/16
If you love playing Bean Bags (aka Corn Hole), join us for the wrestling team's annual bean bag bonanza and chili feed! Doors open at 11:30 AM and the tournament begins at noon. Teams are forming now and we want YOU to join us. Teams are two people, 7th grade or older. Registration cost is $10 per student and $20 per adult. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Try over 10 different types of chili and vote for your favorite! All proceeds go to the Saint Agnes Wrestling Program. Please contact Coach Odenbrett with questions.
Aim Higher Scholarship Application Deadline - Tues., 2/18
K-8 families: Applications are open for Aim Higher's $1,000 tuition-assistance scholarships. Visit their website  for more information! Please contact Mr. Joseph Olson with questions.
Snow Days 2020! - Feb. 18-21
See the schedule for details regarding 7-12 dress-up days, assemblies, and more!
Art of Manliness - Fri., 2/21
Learn how to make your own customized Foosball table and compete with your friends! All boys in grades 4-6 at Saint Agnes School and their fathers or grandfathers (brothers, uncles, and godfathers welcome!) Please bring a cardboard box at least 12 x 18 inches and $5 for materials and snacks. More details on the flyer. Please RSVP online and contact Mr. Gockowski or Mr. Adkins with questions.
VIRTUS Training - Mon., 2/24
There will be a VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children Safe Environment training session for new employees and volunteers in Schuler Hall (Church of Saint Agnes) starting promptly at 6:30 PM on Monday, February 24.  Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check-in . All are welcome to attend VIRTUS training sessions, but attendees must pre-register at www.virtusonline.org . New Volunteer packets with forms and a VIRTUS account guide are located in the school and parish offices. Please contact Annette Beaudry at 651-925-8826 with any questions or if session marked as full.

Please view the VIRTUS Account Registration Guide to complete registration and other Essential Three (E3) requirements (Background Check/123B, Code of Conduct, and additional Safe Environment training).
Saint Agnes Lenten Lecture Series - Feb., 2/28
Please mark your calendars for the  Lenten Lecture Series  beginning Friday, Feb. 28, and continuing on Fridays during Lent. Come for Stations of the Cross at 7:00 PM and stay for the lectures* afterwards. 

"With this year's Lenten Lecture Series, we will take a sober look at the damage that has been done because of the loss in understanding about God's plan for life and love. These talks are meant to help all of us grasp the origins of the 'sexual revolution', what went wrong, and how we can rebuild a culture that values God's plan for human happiness.

I want to be very clear that this series will not be a simple condemnation of sin nor a heaping of coals upon sinners. Original sin negatively affects us all by darkening our intellect and weakening our will. We have all sinned in some way and are in need of God's mercy; but our weakness, though humbling, should not mean that we remain silent. Out of love of God and neighbor we must act. This is an opportunity for all of us to play our part in calling our fellow humans who are caught in sin and confusion to the light of truth and the fulfillment of authentic love. . .
*Please note that the talks are intended for adults and teens whose parents judge they are ready to partake in these topics." (Taken from the Pastor's Column in the Feb. 9, 2020 Bulletin .)
Father/Daughter Dance - Sat., 2/29
All Saint Agnes girls in grades 9-12 are invited to attend this annual event with their father, grandfather, godfather, or other male role model on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The theme is Roaring Twenties – put on your 1920’s vintage-inspired ritz or contemporary 2020’s glitz (semi-formal)! The event features a variety of music and dances complete with expert instruction, a dessert buffet, and professional photos.

Tickets are $35 per family through February 27 and $45 at the door.  Learn more and purchase tickets here .

* Please click here  to find all volunteer opportunities for this event.
Please contact Jodi Galush at  jodigalush@comcast.net  if you have any questions.
Parents
Continue to Help an Aggie Family
Please consider signing up to share a meal with the Sanmiguel family via Meal Train. Thank you for your continued prayers and support for this Aggie family!
Coming Soon! 2020-21 Course Requests (Current Grades 9-11)
The online course request period for next year's students in grades 10-12 (current grades 9-11) will open Monday, February 24 on Educate. Information and materials will be distributed to students on Tuesday, February 25. Parents should watch for the printed instructions to come home, as well as an email that includes electronic copies of the materials distributed to students. Please note: Course registration for next year's freshman class (current 8th graders) will take place at the Freshmen Registration Event on Monday, March 2. Contact Mr. Karl Hendrickson  with questions.
2019-20 Semester One Academic Honors
Congratulations to those students who’ve earned a spot on our bi-annual Honor Roll ! At Saint Agnes School, our goal is that every student achieve the maximum capacity of his or her God-given potential.

Lettering in Academics (Grades 9-12)
To qualify for a letter in academics, 9-12 students must meet the following criteria:
·        First letter (Academics patch: book or lamp)
·        2 consecutive semesters of Principal’s List (3.67 GPA and above)
·        3 consecutive semesters of Dean’s List (3.33-3.66 GPA)
·        4 consecutive semesters of Honor Roll (3.00-3.32 GPA)
To earn subsequent letters (bar patch):
·        1 semester of Dean’s List or higher
Learn where to obtain a letter or letter jacket at our Lettering in Academics page on our website . Please contact Mr. Adkins with questions.
Volunteers Wanted: Crossing Guard
We are looking for parent volunteer crossing guards to assist during the morning drop-off. These volunteers will help our students safely cross Lafond Ave., while also helping keep traffic moving, from 7:30-8:00 AM. Ideally, volunteers will commit to a specific day or days of the week to assist. If you are interested in volunteering as a crossing guard, please contact Karl Hendrickson .
Athletics
Coach Streitz is Finalist in Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards!
Congratulations to Coach Streitz on being named a finalist in the Athletic Director category for the Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards ! This program celebrates schools, organizations and individuals that go above and beyond the call of duty to build school pride, student engagement and community spirit.
Varsity Brands will award $100,000 across 25 categories, including $3,000 to each winner and a $25,000 Grand Prize for America’s Most Spirited High School at the  Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards Show  on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Boyle and Hernandez Reach Milestones
Brigid Boyle joined the 1000 point club and Josh Hernandez notched his 100th win in wrestling this past Friday!

Boyle, a junior, entered Friday’s basketball game at Cristo Rey needing 18 points and hit a three pointer with just over a minute remaining in the game. She finished the night with 21 points, giving her 1003 career points.

All-Time Girls’ Basketball Leading Scorers
K’Lynn Lewis ‘18, 1325
Adaya Sandifer ‘18, 1221
Maria Tibesar ’15, 1159
Mary Butler ‘10, 1050
Sara Tibesar ‘95, 1005
Brigid Boyle ‘21, 1003
Josh Hernandez entered the night with 99 wins and it took him just 58 seconds to pin his opponent and earn his 100th win.

The Aggie wrestlers finished 3rd in the Tri Metro Conference Championship this weekend. Isaac Schmidt and Gabe Scott finished first, Luke Scott, JP Etnier, Davey McLaughlin and Eddie Schmitz each took 3rd. David Lopez, Matt Jurek and Daniel Romeo placed 4th while Owen Brooker and Josh Hernandez placed 5th.

Gabe Scott and Isaac Schmidt earned All-Conference honors. Honorable Mention honors were earned by Luke Scott, JP Etnier, Dave McLaughlin, and Eddie Schmitz. 
Come Cheer on the Aggies This Week!
(M) February 10: Boys Basketball vs. SPA @ Gruden Gym (Grade 5, 4:00 PM)
Boys Basketball @ SPA (Grade 6, 4:00 PM)
Girls Basketball @Highland Catholic (Grade 6, 5:00 PM)
Girls Basketball vs. St. Croix Catholic @ Gruden Gym (Grade 7, 5:00 PM)

(T) February 11: Girls Basketball @ Faithful Shepherd (Grade 6, 4:00 PM)
Girls Basketball vs. Concordia Academy @ Gruden Gym (JV 4:15 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. Concordia Academy @ Bandas Gym (JV 4:15 PM, Varsity 7:00 PM)
Girls Basketball vs. Concordia Academy @ Bandas Gym (Varsity 5:30 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. Concordia Academy @ Gruden Gym (C-Squad 5:30 PM)

(W) February 12: Boys Basketball @ Nativity of Our Lord (Grade 7, 3:30 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. Christ Household of Faith @ Gruden Gym (Grade 8, 4:00 PM)

(R) February 13: Boys Hockey vs. St. Paul Academy Hockey Co-op @ SPA, Drake Arena (JV 5:00 PM, Varsity 7:00 PM)
Wrestling @ Epiphany Catholic School (Grades 3-8, 5:00 PM)
Girls Basketball @ St. Croix Prep Academy (JV 6:00 PM, Varsity 7:30 PM)

(F) February 14: Boys Basketball vs. St. Croix Prep Academy @ Bandas Gym (C-Squad 4:30 PM, JV 6:00 PM, Varsity 7:30 PM)
Wrestling Sections @ Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted HS (Qtr Finals 5:00 PM, Semi-Finals 6:30 PM, Championship 8:00 PM)

(S) February 15: Youth Basketball Tournament @ Saint Agnes (8:00AM-7:00 PM)
Boys Hockey vs. Academy of Holy Angels @ Richfield Ice Arena (JV 12:15 PM, Varsity 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.
Register for Spring Sports by March 1
It’s time to register for spring sports. Please take note that registration will close March 1 . Teams will be formed based on registrations collected by March 1. Late registrations will only be accepted if there is still room on one of the teams . Visit our athletic website and select Activity Registration at the top of the page to register. Contact Mr. Streitz if you have any questions.
Quick Links & Past News
Lower School Boys Schola Returning This Spring
Gentleman in Grades 4-6 are invited to learn about the magnificent tradition of Gregorian Chant and join the Lower School Boys Schola at Saint Agnes! The Schola will chant at the Lower School Mass on Wednesday, March 4. Talk to Mr. Gockowski for more details: Rehearsal starting soon! 
Print Your Tuition Tax Statements
Print your annual Household Paid Tuition Tax Statement directly from the TADS website! Here are the instructions:
1) Log in at https://secure.TADS.com  
2) Choose "Billing" at the top of the page.
3) Choose "Household Paid Tuition Tax Report" on the right hand side of the page.
4) Select the year you would like to print. 
 
Questions? Please contact Sandy Veal  at 651-925-8815.
Experience Christendom Summer Program
Saint Agnes School has been given three FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS ($500 value each) for current Juniors to attend the Experience Christendom Summer Program. Students would need to pay for and provide their own travel, but tuition for the program would be covered. Christendom College is a Catholic liberal arts college in Virginia, recommended by the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

During this highly acclaimed program, students spend their mornings taking a variety of liberal arts classes (Philosophy, English, History, and Theology). After Mass and lunch, students spend their afternoons and evenings enjoying a number of recreational and social events. Activities generally include: canoeing on the Shenandoah River, hiking and cooking-out on Skyline Drive, swing and contra dancing, singing over a bonfire, bowling, participating in a talent show, and attending a debate and an Irish barn dance. Visit their website for more information.

Please contact Mrs. Kemp by February 20th if you are interested in receiving one of these scholarships. We will keep a list of students who are interested and know they can commit to attending the program and if there are more than three interested, we may request further application materials.
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