3/9/2020
Message from the Headmaster
Health Related Information

Dear Families,

I write to you today to discuss two health-related matters with you.

I don’t know how many of you have been reading the news regarding the St. Paul Public School teachers’ union strike that is set to begin tomorrow (3/10). Our school nurse (who is here from 8-Noon, Monday through Friday) and one of our counselors are members of the St. Paul Federation of Educators.  Should the strike take place, they would not be here working.

Health Office Impact in the Event of a SPPS Strike: This all means that we will have no health care services in our health office. Injured or sick students would need to be sent to the main office from their classrooms. In order to serve the needs of our students from 8-Noon each day, we are requesting some help from parents in our community.  Request: To that end, might any of you who are able to be at home during the day consider helping out in our health office any day from 8-Noon, Monday through Friday? If so, please contact Mrs. Amy McQuillan at amcquillan@saintagnesschool.org or 651-925-8709. Thank you in advance for your help!

The second topic that I am raising today is the topic of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Saint Agnes School. Since we now have two confirmed cases in the state of Minnesota, I believe that it is time for us to address the issue preliminarily.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Saint Agnes School: For the past week or so, we have been monitoring the Minnesota Department of Public Health (MDH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) websites for information and guidance for schools. We have been in contact with our school faculty and staff regarding recommendations from the MDH and CDC. Since this situation continues to evolve (and the virus itself is so easily spread), we recommend that our families take a look at the MDH School website and/or the CDC Covid Website for updates. At this point, the counsel from the MDH and CDC is four-fold: stay home when sick, cover coughs and sneezes with elbows, keep frequently touched surfaces clean, and practice good hand-hygiene (washing hands with soap and water). At Saint Agnes School, we will send students home when they are sick, and we ask that parents err on the side of caution when making a decision to send their child(ren) to school (especially when they’re not feeling well or have not yet recovered from an illness). We always excuse illness-related absences, and we want everybody to have the best chance to remain healthy.

We will continue to monitor both these situations and will be back in touch as need be.

As always, please pray for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff members and for those communities struggling with the virus.

Dr. Kevin Ferdinandt
Highlights of the Week
2nd Aggie Team Qualifies for Quiz Bowl This Year!
The Saint Agnes Freshman Team has qualified for Quiz Bowl National Championships!!! The team consists of Jacob T., Captain Robert B., Andres J., Joseph D., and Greg M. This is the second team from Saint Agnes to qualify for Nationals this year. Congratulations! #GoAggies
Stations of the Cross
The Way of the Cross | We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world 🙏❤ #GoAggies
Classical education is counter-cultural. It's time to bring it back. [ARTICLE]
"Providing a liberal, classical education has always been a challenge. It always cuts against the grain; it is always counter-cultural. This is because it invites students and teachers to search for standards that exist beyond those of the given culture in which they live."  #Preach #GoAggies
JH Scientists Share Projects with Peers & Parents
Junior high science fair! We hypothesize some amazing future scientists will graduate from this group of students 🧪👌  #ItsConclusive #GoAggies
Upcoming Events
K-6 Early Dismissal & K-12 Conferences - Thurs., 3/12
Mark your calendars for Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, March 12, from noon to 8:00 PM (Grades Pre-6), or 3:15-8:00 PM (Grades 7-12) A reminder that school is in session on this day as normal for grades 7-12, but it is a half-day ending at 11:00 AM for grades Preschool-6; in addition,   there is no after school care. 
 
Pre-6 Conferences:  Grade school conferences will take place in classrooms as they did this past fall, and parents may schedule  Pre-6 conferences using Sign-Up Genius online . Sign up i s now open for all families!   NOTE: Sign-ups will CLOSE on Wednesday, March 11 @ 3:00 PM. 

Grades 1-6: New this semester, we are piloting a Pre-Conference Parent Survey in order to better server our parents and get important feedback prior to Conferences; click on your child’s homeroom teacher’s name below to access the short Pre-Conference survey.
Parents, click on the link of your child’s Homeroom teacher below to access a pre-conference survey; teachers are really interested in reading your feedback in advance of conferences so that they can better serve you.
Grade 1 – Sr. Gabriella
Grade 1 – Anne Walsh (Jenny Loch’s LT sub)
Grade 2 David Johnson
Grade 2 – Leila Vance
Grade 3 – Rose Coleman
Grade 3 – April May
Grade 4 – Sr. Mary Consolata
Grade 4 – David Gockowski
Grade 5 – Katie Erickson
Grade 5 – Sarah Ennis
Grade 6 – Lisa Leeson
Grade 6 – Sr. Mary Philomena
Grade 6 – Claire Bona
 
7-12 Conferences:  Conferences for parents of students in grades 7-12 are available on a drop-in basis in Gruden Gym (the grade school gymnasium) and the UAC Commons.

Conference Meal Help Needed
We will be serving a pot luck meal to our teachers from 4:00 – 6:00 PM and are looking for a few more items to serve. If available to help, please sign up online to see what we still need and Drop-Off/Pick-Up instructions. Thank you! Contact Mrs. Annette Beaudry with questions.
Saint Agnes Lenten Lecture Series - Fri., 3/13
Our  Lenten Lecture Series  continues this Friday, March 6 and continues through Lent. Come for Stations of the Cross at 7:00 PM and stay for the lectures afterwards.
The Four Last Things: Lenten Homily Series - Sun., 3/14
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!
3rd Sunday of Lent - General Judgment
4th Sunday of Lent (Laetere) - Purgatory
5th Sunday of Lent - Hell
Easter - Heaven
Food Packing Opportunity - Sat., 3/21
Saint Agnes families (with children of all ages) are invited to participate in our food packing event on March 21 from 10:00 AM to Noon in Schuler Hall. Facilitated by the  Sodality of Saint John the Baptist , this event will provide packaged meals to Hope for Haiti, a relief organization that provides direct assistance to those impacted by natural disasters in our hemisphere's poorest country.  Sign-up  with family and friends for this fun service event!
Athletics
Big Playoff Win for Boys' Basketball
Congratulations to the Boys Basketball team defeating New Life Academy 64-54 in section 4AA playoffs! Sam Masek led the Aggies with 19 points; Drew Okerstrom and Caleb Flood each added 10. #GoAggies
Boys' Basketball Takes Section Team Academic Championship!
Section 4AA Team Academic Champions! So proud of these student-athletes 🏀❤🙌  #WeLoveOurTeam   #GoAggies
Girls on the Run: Grades 3-5
Calling all 3rd – 5th grade girls!
Saint Agnes is excited to welcome a Girls on the Run program this spring! Third, fourth, and fifth grade girls are invited to participate!
  1. Our program will meet Mondays and Thursdays from 2:45 PM – 4:15 PM at Saint Agnes School.
  2. For more information about Girls on the Run and to register, please visit: www.gotrtwincities.org.
  3. When registering, select location: Saint Agnes School.
  4. Financial aid and scholarships available if needed!
  5. Season starts March 16th.
Please contact Ms. Sarah Ennis (site liaison) and Ms. Tricia Morel (head coach) if you have any questions! We’re excited for our Girls on the Run season!
Quick Links & Past News
Parking Reminder
It has come to our attention that some in our school community (e.g. parents and students) are ignoring the handicapped parking areas. Of particular concern is the handicapped parking in front of the school’s main entrance on Lafond Avenue. Please note that it is illegal to park or idle in these areas without a handicapped parking pass or sticker. In addition, there are several Aggie families for whom this lack of consideration provides a hardship, and we ask that you avoid the following:
  • Idling with your car on, waiting for your student(s)
  • This causes families with handicapped members to ask you to leave their designated parking area; that’s unfair and an extra hardship for them.
  • Parking (even for a very short time) in handicapped areas
  • UPDATE: Last week during musical practice a family was prevented from parking in handicapped parking; after waiting 10 minutes, their only recourse was to have another family drive their student home. Please observe our handicapped parking laws.
Photos for Download
Thank you to parent volunteer Rich Graner for sharing these photos from our Lessons & Carols , Winter Athletics , and the Snow Day Dance and Coronation !
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!
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.
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