5/18/2020
News and Events
Minnesota Catholic Conference Action Alert
The Minnesota Catholic Conference and its partners in Washington, D.C. are working extremely hard to ensure that students in Catholic schools—which have been part of the solution to this pandemic and one of the real success stories of this time of crisis—are able to access an equitable share of the government assistance that is meant to help all students continue to receive a strong education. 
As the public education system pushes back on nonpublic schools receiving CARES Act assistance, it is important that Catholic school families speak up and share their success stories and why students in Catholic schools deserve an equitable share of government assistance—which they are entitled to through the CARES Act and which should be a consideration in future stimulus bills.

The USCCB has created this helpful action alert . You are encouraged to use it and share with family and friends.
Facebook Live with the Administration - Wednesday, May 20
Join the Assistant Headmaster and the Director of the Lower School for Facebook Live this Wednesday, at 12:30 PM. Mr. Hendrickson and Mr. Adkins will discuss wrapping up the school year, materials return, the Archbishop's meeting with the Governor, 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 22
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.   
Final Spirit Day - Friday, May 22
One la st time to compete for treats in your Aggie spirit wear! Give it your best effort and t ag us, message us or  email us  a photo to enter the contest.  Finishing strong, Aggies!
Car Parade for the Class of 2020 - Thursday, May 28
Save the Date! All Aggie families are invited to participate in a car parade to honor the Class of 2020 on Thursday, May 28, starting at 3:00 PM! Watch for details in next week’s newsletter!
Saint Agnes Coronavirus Assistance Fund Update
The Saint Agnes Coronavirus Assistance Fund was recently established to help our families with tuition remission, grocery gift cards, and basic essentials. Donations currently exceed $30,000! A tremendous help to our families who are struggling! If you'd like to help with these efforts, please click the logo.
Lower School
Lower School Field Day - Friday, May 22
Field Day is one of the most beloved events in the Lower School, and Mr. Thompson has developed an awesome way to “host” Field Day athletic events remotely. Plan on a great day with your student(s) on Friday – it’ll also be our final Aggie Spirit Day contest for the year! Here’s how we’ll start the day:
  • Opening Ceremony – Mr. Adkins and Mr. Thompson will host the opening ceremonies with a special guest! (video posted)
  • Complete several events with your student(s)
  • See the Faculty in-person!
  • Car parade past Saint Agnes School between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. to wave and see your teachers!
  • Lunch Break
  • 12 Noon: Facebook Live Rosary with the Dominican Sisters
  • Finish your Field Day athletic events
Look forward to a packet of athletic events posted on our Distance Learning website by tomorrow afternoon. Questions? Contact Mr. Thompson or Mr. Adkins .
Virtual Family Field Trip - Contest!
What did you do last Friday? Enter into our Lower School Family Field Trip contest! Complete this online Microsoft Form indicating what you did as a family and the favorite things that you learned together. Each grade-level (Preschool – Grade 6) will have one family winner – winners will receive tickets/entry to a real, live in-person field trip!  Enter at this link . Contest closes at 12 Noon on 5/20. 
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.  Teacher openings have been posted on our website. 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.
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)
Free Webinar - Helping Families Navigate the College Process in the New COVID-19 World - Tuesday, May 19 6:30-7:30 PM
The already complicated college process just became more challenging for families in the wake of COVID-19. Campus visits are canceled, ACT test dates are postponed and more changes every day. How does a family conduct a search and choose a college in this new environment?

MISF is partnering with national expert Cozy Wittman from College Inside Track to host a must-see online event to provide guidance and answer your questions. For parents of students in grades 10-11.

Space is limited. Click here to register
2020 AP Exams - May 18-22
This year's AP Exams continue 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:
Upper School Awards, May 21-22
Watch for special newsletters to come this week with Upper School Awards. The Junior High Awards newsletter will be published on Thursday, and the High School Awards newsletter will be published on Friday. At this time, prominent senior-only awards are waiting to be announced at closing events for the senior class.
2020 College Application Boot Camp - August 3-6  
What: A four-day intensive workshop to jump start the college application process!
Who: Incoming Seniors (Class of 2021)
When: Monday, August 3rd - Thursday, August 6th
Fee: $90
For more information and to register, please consult this form.
Highlights of the Week
Parking Lot Mass for Seniors
Praying with - and for - the class of 2020! #GoAggies

Quick Links & Past News
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 here to listen.
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