5/11/2020
News and Events
All-School Mass for Senior Class - Wednesday, May 13
We invite the class of 2020 to a parking lot "Drive-in" Mass on Wednesday at 8:45 AM. Mass will be said on the steps of the church. Seniors are invited to come by cars and park in the lot across from the church. You may park in adjacent parking stalls if your windows remain closed. Open windows require you to park in every other stall. Only one student/family per car. Remaining school families are invited to participate from their homes via livestream .
Facebook Live with the Administration - Wednesday, May 13
Join the Headmaster and the Director of the Lower School for Facebook Live this Wednesday, at 12:30 PM. Dr. Ferdinandt and Mr. Adkins will discuss Lower School end of year academics and events, summer series, resuming school in August, and more. Do you have questions you'd like them to discuss? Submit them in advance via email to Mrs. McQuillan . The live event will also be recorded for those who would like to watch at a later time.
Pray the Rosary - Friday, May 15
Join our sisters this Friday at noon as we pray a rosary together live over F acebook . During this month of May, we beseech our Blessed Mother to intercede for us during this unprecedented time and ask for strength for our community and peace for our families who have been most affected.   
Saint Agnes Coronavirus Assistance Fund
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Lower School
Important Preschool Announcement
We have decided to make a programming change in our Preschool: we will transition from a Montessori-based preschool program to a more traditional model; we will be using the Faithful Beginnings program starting this coming fall 2020. For more information on this change, please see Mr. Adkins’ letter regarding the transition at this link . If you have questions or comments, please contact Mr. Adkins , Director of the Lower School, or Mr. Olson , Director of Admissions.
Virtual Family Field Trip Day - Friday, May 15
This Friday, May 15, Saint Agnes Lower School students (Preschool - 6th grade) will take a break from their normal Distance Learning subjects to “go” on a Field Trip! Many of our regularly scheduled grade-level field trips were cancelled in the past couple months, and this is an opportunity for families to spend time and learn together in a leisurely manner. Mr. Adkins and the Lower School faculty have compiled opportunities for in-person and virtual field trips for Friday. For example, families can virtually visit the British Museum, the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), or Vatican Museums; likewise, families could take a break from computers and go camping, go on a fishing/hunting trip, or take a scenic drive on one of Minnesota’s many scenic highways. Look for those Field Trip opportunities to be published on the Lower School Distance Learning website by Wednesday, May 13. Please contact Mr. Adkins if you have questions.
Final Distance Learning Survey for Lower School (Preschool – grade 6)    
Please take a few moments to take our final survey on our approach to distance learning as we head into our final three weeks. We’re grateful for your feedback as it has already prompted many important updates to our approach to distance learning. Click photo to take the survey.

Upper School
End of Semester Academics
While teachers will administer various assessments to close out recent lessons and teaching, there will be no cumulative semester exams. We have developed a schedule of due dates by department in order to coordinate these assessments during the final days of the semester.
Additional details:
For Seniors
  • 5/19 - end of new content
  • 5/20-5/22 - teachers will coordinate assessment due dates
  • 5/22 – last day of academics for seniors!
  For Grades 7-11  
  • 5/19 - teachers will have information to students about the nature of the final assessment by this time
  • 5/21 - end of new content
  • 5/22 - last day for regular assignments to be turned in, including late work
  • 5/26-5/29 - due dates for final assessments assigned by department (see calendar here)
2020 AP Exams - May 11-22
This year's AP Exams begin this week! The exams will be taken electronically by students at home.
 I would encourage students and parents to review the following resources before exam day:
Lessons in Advocacy Webinar - May 12
This crisis has underscored how essential advocacy in the public square is for the Church. The Minnesota Catholic Conference has been working overtime in advocating for Catholic schools and the families they serve. 
 On May 12 from 10:00-11:30 AM the Minnesota Catholic Conference is hosting a live, interactive, and engaging webinar, “Lessons in Advocacy: Students Standing for Life & Dignity”. It is designed specifically to help Catholic students ages 12 – 18. Students will learn:
  • Why Catholic students’ voices matter in the political process
  • What the Church teaches about defending the life and dignity of every person
  • How their ideas can become laws
  • How to stand up for life and dignity by effectively interacting with legislators
Students will also have the chance to hear from and pray with Bishop Andrew Cozzens and ask questions of a member of the Minnesota state legislature.  Registration is required to receive a private link needed for attending the secure webinar. Please visit www.MNCatholic.org/LessonsinAdvocacy for more details, to register, and for promotional materials. Please reach out to Jack Lawlis , Policy and Outreach Coordinator if you have any questions.
Seniors Honored in Lights - Wednesday, May 13
OATI Communciations will be recognizing high school seniors by shining school colors on their light wall, Microgrid Technology Center Lights , in Bloomington throughout the week. Saint Agnes colors will be shone on Wednesday, from 10-10:10 PM. Colors will be shining on 494 from Hwy 100 East to France Ave. Seniors and staff are welcome to drive by and honk!
Highlights of the Week
Choir Director Earns PhD
Congratulations to Choir Director Mr. Christopher Ganza for successfully defending his doctoral dissertation. He may now be officially known as Dr. Ganza!

New on the Saint Agnes Podcast: The Importance of Teaching History
Sr. Teresa Christi and Mrs. Lori Dumas, faculty at Saint Agnes School, discuss the importance of teaching History (as opposed to "Social Studies") as well as aspects of our philosophical and pedagogical approaches to this critical subject. One more reason why the Liberal Arts matter (Reason #6 of 12)!  Click the photo to listen!
Art Teacher Commissioned by Historical Society
Upper school fine arts instructor, Mrs. Soriano, was hired by the Ramsey County Historical Society to do a portrait for their Persistence Exhibition in August on Local Women Suffragettes. Mrs. Soriano is a talented teacher who has a special connection with her art students. Make sure to check out her work in August at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. Way to “gogh” Mrs. Soriano!  #AmazingAggies   #AggieArtists
Teacher Appreciation Week
We were thrilled to recognize our teachers who make an impact on our students EVERY day! Their passion, sacrifice and commitment given to our students is something special. We hope these signs give them joy in the remaining weeks of distance learning!  #AggieEducators  ❤️  #TeacherAppreciation
Winfield Award Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to the Winfield Award Scholarship recipients, seniors Andrew Brownell and Raquel Laforce! #AggieAthletics
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