2/18/2020
A Message from the Headmaster
Dear Families,

This past Sunday, we received some extremely sad news that impacts the Saint Agnes School community. Marcus Johnson, alumnus from the class of 2018, was found dead in east St. Paul on North Kennard and Ross Streets on Saturday night. Alumni and current students held a vigil on Sunday evening at the place where he died.

Police just released his name last night, and they are still investigating what happened. WCCO news featured this story yesterday.

Fr. Moriarty, Mr. Hendrickson, the high school faculty, and I met with our high school students this morning to inform them of Marcus’s death, to pray for the repose of his soul, and to help our students understand their own and others’ grief in light of this difficult news. It was certainly not the way we wanted to start Snow Days week, but we believed that our high school students needed to know and turn to God in prayer.

Please join me in praying for the repose of Marcus Johnson’s soul, for his family, and for those of us in our community who mourn his loss.

Eternal rest grant unto Marcus, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace,
Kevin Ferdinandt
Prayer Request
Please hold the Lancette family in your prayers, as our sophomore Ciella mourns the loss of her mother Ashley this past week. More details on how our community can help their family will be forthcoming. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord.
Highlights of the Week
Just Keep "Schwimmen"
Taking time in House this month for community leisure by playing the strategic card game Schwimmen (31). Excited to dive into the school-wide competition today!🐠🎉 #GoAggies
Sharing the Love
Happy Feast of St. Valentine!❤🥰 #GoAggies
Upcoming Events
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).
The Four Last Things: Lenten Homily Series - Weds., 2/25
The Church of Saint Agnes is offering a compelling homily series on The Four Last Things , to take place at all Masses throughout the Lenten season. You and your family will not want to miss this!
Ash Wednesday - Accepting the Death God Has Destined for Me
1st Sunday of Lent - Preparing for a Holy Death
2nd Sunday of Lent - Particular Judgment
3rd Sunday of Lent - General Judgment
4th Sunday of Lent (Laetere) - Purgatory
5th Sunday of Lent - Hell
Easter - Heaven
Saint Agnes Lenten Lecture Series - Fri., 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.
Financial Aid Application Deadline - Sat., 2/29
The deadline for financial aid is fast approaching. Please make sure to have your financial aid application in TADS completed by Saturday, February 29 to be considered for the first wave of tuition agreements sent at the beginning of March. If you have questions or need assistance filling out your application in TADS, please reach out to Joseph Olson in the Admissions Office at 651-925-8803.
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 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.
Register Today for the ACT Exam at Saint Agnes School - Sat., 4/4
Saint Agnes will host the ACT Exam on Saturday, April 4. The ACT is typically taken during the junior year of high school for college entrance. However, students may take the test in earlier grades to build experience and proficiency. The registration deadline is Friday, February 28. Please register here  or contact  Karl Hendrickson  with questions.
Parents
Lower School Classroom Cleaning Procedures Update
When the 2019-20 School Supply List was published last summer, we communicated that we would be piloting a chemical-free cleaning program in our lower school classrooms (K-6). Based on a recent administrative review, we have ultimately decided to discontinue the program. Our daily procedures in lower school classrooms are being adjusted to return to similar practices to prior years with some important adjustments. If interested, read more here
Coming Next Week! 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.
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
Come Cheer on the Aggies This Week!
(T) February 18: Boys Basketball @ New Life Academy (C-Squad 4:45 PM, JV 6:00 PM, Varsity 7:30 PM)
Girls Basketball vs. New Life Academy @ Bandas Gym (JV 6:00 PM, Varsity 7:30 PM)

(F) February 21: Boys Basketball vs. Maranatha Christian Academy @ Bandas Gym (JV 4:30 PM, Varsity 7:45 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. Maranatha Christian Academy @ Gruden Gym (C-Squad 5:30 PM)
Girls Basketball vs. Maranatha Christian Academy @ Bandas Gym (Varsity 5:45 PM)

(S) February 22: Wrestling Individual Sections @ Kimball HS (11:00 AM)

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
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.
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!
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.  Visit their website for more information, and please contact Mrs. Kemp by February 20th if you are interested in receiving one of these scholarships.
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