4/27/2020
From the Headmaster
Dear Families,
 
Greetings to you on this Monday of the third week of Easter!
 
You likely have heard that  Governor Walz closed all of Minnesota’s public and charter   school buildings  for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, with the understanding that they would move to distance learning for the remainder of the school year.  Moreover, as you well know, the MN “Stay-at-home” order issued by the Governor remains in place until May 4 th .
 
In a letter emailed last week to all seniors and their parents, I stated, “(Note: Whatever decision Governor Walz makes regarding public and charter schools does not, by law, apply to private, Catholic schools).”
 
In addition, the Catholic Spirit published an article late in the day last Thursday wherein the  “Archdiocese recommends” that Catholic schools continue distance learning (and that buildings stay closed)  through the remainder of this academic year. See the article and information from the Archdiocese.

We are in the challenging position of looking at all the different angles of the situation before us. We want to be clear that we are with our bishops and respect their recommendation. At the same time, we continue to hope for some ability to return, even if in small groups, or facilitate a hybrid between distance learning and some school in our building. We believe we owe it to our families to consider in good faith all possible options. This week, we are discerning a final decision; we ask for your prayers.   We have  not  made the decision to close the Saint Agnes School building for the remainder of the school year at this time.  We will be working this week to determine what we will do in the month of May in the event that the stay-at-home order is lifted, while respecting guidelines offered by the MN Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
 
Know that the health and safety of all of our students, teachers, and families is a top priority for us. Equally important are our commitments to our role as a Catholic educational institution that promotes the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty, as well as our civil liberties and the pursuit of happiness, as enshrined in our constitution. We are working hard to find a healthy balance to harmonize all these goods together in fidelity with our bishops.
  
We will let you know as soon as possible within the next week regarding our approach to the remainder of our school year.
 
Please pray for us as we discern the best approach for Saint Agnes School,

Kevin Ferdinandt
Headmaster
Lower School
Weekly Zoom Meetings - Updated to Include K-2
Our Zoom meetings are going very well! We are proud to add K-2 to the schedule. Please consult the attached handout for days, times, and links. Thanks to Mrs. Truran, Mrs. Richtsmeier, and Mr. Thompson for hosting meetings. Questions? Please contact Mr. Adkins –  madkins@saintagnesschool.org

Lower School – Aggie Spirit Day
Link for photo collage

Upcoming: "Virtual" Virtue Assembly  
Our 3 rd  grade students have been working hard to provide videos for a Virtual Virtue Assembly! The video will be posted on Thursday, April 30 on various platforms. So make sure to watch!
Upper School
ACT Testing - June 13
Saint Agnes School will be serving as a Testing Center for the June 13 administration of the ACT. Students who were originally scheduled to test at Saint Agnes in April should be able to re-register and select Saint Agnes for their testing site in June. Registration takes place through the ACT’s website .
Athletics
MSHSL Spring Sports Cancelled & CAA Spring Sports Cancelled
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and the CAA have officially cancelled all 2020 spring athletics and activities. This impacts all students in grades 5-12.

Many of you have paid the participation fee for spring athletics. You have a few options when requesting a refund.
You may request the following:
  • Apply the amount as a credit to next year’s participation fees
  • Apply the amount to your Hot Lunch Account
  • Apply the amount to your Tuition Account
  • Request a check refund

Please email me at MStreitz@saintagnesschool.org with your choice and we will begin the process. Once finished you will receive a confirmation notice. Please keep in mind that this could be a slow process as we need to confirm payments that were not made by check or through the Athletic Registration site. It is our goal is to have this process completed by May 1.
God Bless and Go Aggies
Mr. Streitz
Highlights of the Week
Athena Award Winner 2020
Congratulations to senior Elizabeth Dickerson on being named the Saint Agnes 2020 Athena Award winner! #GoAggies
Final Performance our Seniors Remembered
Traditions seem to look different these days or many are not happening at all. Today, we did our best to continue one that has happened for 30+ years. Roses and a special note, from the Director, given to each senior who is in the musical. We ❤️ our Seniors! #GoAggies #AggiesInAction #SocialDistancing #Traditions
Spirit Day Winners Announced!
Wow, Aggies! Friday was an AMAZING day of school spirit - so proud of everyone! Students, alumni, teachers, parents, pets and and stuffed animals were in on the festive day! We couldn't pick just one winner from over 50 submissions so we decided on delivering a sweet treat to a few groups. Check out all the pictures and winners !

#GoAggies ❤️#AggieNation #AggiesEverywhere
Quick Links & Past News
Distance Learning vs. Online School
Dr. Ferdinandt, and Mr. Adkins, discuss Saint Agnes School's philosophy on teaching and learning during this global pandemic and stay at home orders from our local government. View the video here.
All-School Mass
Join us each Wednesday morning at 8:45 AM for a virtual All-School Mass. Mass is livestreamed on facebook or the parish website .
Aggies at Home Newsletter
Upper School students, stay connected with the Aggies at Home newsletter! Look for new editions every Wednesday in your student email (gr 7-12). Weekly news, challenges, shout outs, crafts ideas and more geared directly to you, our upper school students!
Forming Catholic Hearts & Minds in Faith, Reason, & Virtue