2/3/2020
Highlights of the Week
No Taxation Without Representation
A trip to Colonial 5th Grade! Just a few adventures this past week:
☕Enjoying tea and biscuits while studying the Boston Tea Party
💰Paying taxes to King George and Parliament (or paying jailtime, for a few unfortunate colonists)
🎉Playing the Game of Graces, a popular colonial pastime
Eucharistic Procession through School
Eucharistic Procession through our school this morning - What an honor to welcome Jesus into every classroom and heart here ❤❤❤🙏 #GoAggies
Saints in the Making
The next generation of our Church!🙏😇❤ A joy to celebrate the Virtue of Generosity and learn about vocations!  #CSW2020   #CatholicImmersion #GoAggies
Amazing End to Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game [VIDEO]
We thought you'd want to see the EPIC end of our Faculty vs. Student Basketball Showdown. . . 👏🏀 #NothingButNet #GoAggies
Advancement
Red & White - Sat., 2/8

Unable to attend our Red & White this Saturday? We invite you to join us for the silent auction via online bidding! Preview the auction items online - Bidding will open later this week!

Exciting News! Helene Houle has generously agreed to match every Fund-a-Need donation dollar-for-dollar! Please consider making your tuition assistance support go further with an online gift to our Fund-a-Need.
Parents
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.
Junior Meetings Sign Up
An email was sent out within the last couple weeks with a link to sign-up for your student’s junior post-secondary planning meeting, as well as your counselor assignment. Please refer to that e-mail for your assigned counselor.

We will allow parents to sign up through this Monday, Feb. 3, but after today, students and parents will be assigned a meeting time. Please contact Mrs. Kemp or Mr. Loesch with any 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 .
50 Acts of Kindness
At Friday's Virtue Assembly on Kindness, Mr. Adkins defined how this virtue is more than what society regards as “being nice.” In our Education in Virtue Program developed by our Dominican Sisters, Kindness is defined as “expressing genuine concern about the well-being of others and anticipating their needs.” 

After considering the examples of St. Martin de Porres and The Good Samaritan in Jesus’ parable, Mr. Adkins offered a challenge to all students: to try one of the 50 Acts of Kindness (a list he and other faculty developed) each day. Students can get this list of “50 Acts of Kindness” from their teacher or pick up a copy by Mr. Adkins office.
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.
Upcoming Events
CLT10 for Sophomores - Weds., 2/5
The morning of Wednesday, February 5, all sophomores will take the CLT10 exam. The exam should run from approximately 8:00 – 11:00 AM. There is no fee and no registration required. The Classical Learning Test (CLT) is a recently developed college admissions test geared towards students who study in a classical/liberal arts environment like Saint Agnes. We administer the CLT (and the preparatory CLT10) so students can practice standardized testing and so our school can analyze the data to continue refining our curriculum and pedagogy. Please see the email communication from Mrs. Kemp sent last week. You may contact Mrs. Kemp with any questions.
Car Raffle Tickets - Please Return by Fri., 2/7!
The car raffle drawing will take place this Saturday, February 8. All tickets must be returned to school by Friday, February 7. P le ase contact Mrs. Laurie Weyandt with questions at 651-925-8812.
World Day of the Sick Mass with Archbishop Hebda at Saint Agnes - Sat., 2/8
Please join us on Saturday, February 8 at 10:00 AM for Mass celebrating the Archdiocesan World Day of the Sick, which is also the Feat Day of Our Lady of Lourdes. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Hebda, followed by an optional blessing with Lourdes Water. There will be a reception and presentation by Dr. Tod Worner after the blessings. Dr. Worner is a Catholic convert, a practicing internal medicine physician, and the managing editor at "Word on Fire" Catholic ministries. All are invited, especially the sick, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and chaplains. For questions, please contact Curatio at 844-287-2846.
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.
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).
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.  Purchase tickets on the Saint Agnes School website.

Event Schedule
6:30 PM – Social Hour and Professional Photographs**
7:00 PM – Music, Dancing & Expert Instruction, Dessert Buffet
10:00 PM – Evening Concludes
** A professional father/daughter photograph is included in the ticket price.

How You Can Help
Please consider volunteering to help at this event. We need help in the following areas:
*Event set-up from 9:00 – 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 29
*Help during the event (two shifts available) from 5:30 – 8:00 PM or 8:00 – 11:00 PM
* Monetary donations can be made here  or dropped off in the Main Office during school hours.
*Donations of gift cards for the purchase of desserts from Lunds, Kowalskis, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Wuollets, Café Latte, and Bread & Chocolate may be dropped off in the Main Office.
* Please click here  to find all volunteer opportunities for this event.

Please contact Jodi Galush at  jodigalush@comcast.net  if you have any questions.
Athletics
Come Cheer on the Aggies This Week!
(M) February 3: Girls Basketball vs. Holy Spirit @ Gruden Gym (Grade 5, 4:00 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. St. Joseph WSP @ Gruden Gym (Grade 5, 5:00 PM)
Girls Basketball vs. St. Ambrose @ Gruden Gym (Grade 7, 6:00 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. Immaculate Conception @ Gruden Gym (Grade 6, 7:00 PM)

(T) February 4: Wrestling Meet vs. Trinity School at River Ridge @ Gruden Gym (Grades 3-8, 5:00 PM)
Boys Hockey vs. Providence Academy @ Plymouth Arena and Pool/Lifetime Fitness (JV 5:00 PM, Varsity 7:00 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. Trinity School at River Ridge @ Bandas Gym (JV 6:00 PM, Varsity 7:30 PM)
Girls Basketball @ Trinity School at River Ridge (Varsity 7:30 PM)

(W) February 5: Boys Basketball vs. St. Patrick Hudson @ Gruden Gym (Grade 7, 4:00 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. St. Odilia @ Gruden Gym (Grade 8, 5:15 PM)
Girls Basketball @ Maranatha Academy North Campus (Varsity 7:00 PM)

(F) February 7: Girls Basketball @ Cristo Rey Jesuit HS (JV 4:30 PM, Varsity 6:00 PM)
Boys Basketball vs. Cristo Rey Jesuit HS (JV 4:30 PM, Varsity 7:30 PM)
Wrestling @ St. Stephen (Grades 3-8, 5:00 PM)
Wrestling Varsity Conference Championship @ Trinity School at River Ridge (Weigh-Ins at 3:30 PM)

(S) February 8: Boys Basketball @ St. Charles Borromeo (Grade 5, 11:00 AM; Grade 6, 12:00 PM; Grade 7, 3:30 PM)
Girls Basketball @ St. Charles Borromeo (Grade 7, 2:15 PM)
Boys Hockey @ Eau Claire Hobbs Ice Center (JV 4:00 PM, Varsity 6:00 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.

Grade School and Junior High Sports Offered
Baseball (Grades 5-8)
Softball (Grades 5-8)
Track (Grades 7-8 must register with the high school program)
We are looking for baseball and softball coaches. Please contact Mr. Thompson or Mr. Streitz if you are interested.

High School Sports Offered
Baseball
Lacrosse Co-op (See Mr. Streitz for details)
Softball
Track
Quick Links & Past News
Important Dates for 2020-2021
August 31 – First Day of School
September 7 – Labor Day, No School
October 15, 16 – MEA, No School
November 25-27 – Thanksgiving Break, No School
December 21-January 1, 2021 – Christmas Break, No School
January 4 – Second Semester Begins
January 18 – MLK Jr., No School
February 15 – Presidents Day, No School
March 15-19 – Spring Break, No School
April 2-5 – Easter Break, No School
May 31 – Memorial Day, No School
June 4 – Last Day of School
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