9/30/2019
A Message from the Director of Admissions
Dear Aggie Families,

This is year 13 that Saint Agnes is celebrating increased enrollment: No other school in this Archdiocese can claim that! As many of you know, one of our biggest methods of advertising our wonderful school community is through you by word of mouth. THANK YOU! Our great families sustain us and continue to help our school thrive.

Grades 7-12
This year, we are changing up our “ Open House " format to speak more directly with families interested in either our lower school or upper school. Rather than hosting a traditional Pre– 12 open house, we are offering an Upper School Showcase for grades 7-12 on October 10th and January 7th. These events will offer prospective families a more comprehensive view of opportunities our junior high and high school students will experience while touring the school building and exploring various departments.

Please share the upcoming Showcase event on our social outlets and directly with friends and family that may be interested in attending.

Preschool-Grade 6
For prospective grade school families, we are hosting “Walk-In Weekdays,” specific dates when families can experience the culture and the liveliness of our building during an actual school day. Individual tours can be arranged on separate dates if needed, but we encourage families to attend a Walk-In Weekday between 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM for a more personal experience:
-Tuesday, October 8 
-Friday, October 25
-Tuesday, November 5
-Friday, November 22

Please also share the Walk-In Weekdays event with friends and family who may be interested in attending.

RSVP’s are encouraged for both K-6 Walk-In Weekdays and our 7-12 Upper School Showcase . Thank you for your continued support of our school.
Go Aggies!
Mr. Joseph Olson '03
Director of Admissions
Highlights of the Week
2nd Grade Enjoys Field Trip to Arboretum
Learning outside the classroom! Our 2nd graders had so much fun at the Arboretum’s “Pollinator Superheroes” workshop learning about honeybees and Monarch butterflies.  #BeeAmazing #GoAggies
Celebration Breakfast with Flaherty Scholars
Grateful to Mr. Ed Flaherty and the  Flaherty Family Foundation  for their tremendous support of Saint Agnes School and our students. We enjoyed donuts and juice this morning to celebrate the start of the new school year and our partnership!
Junior High Advisory Serves 1st Graders
We love our Pre-12 school community! Our 1st graders were so excited to have Mrs. True's advisory read books to them this morning, and our junior high students are such great role models for the younger students.  #LeadingByReading #GoAggies
Aggie Contributors for Blessed is She Help Publish Children's Devotional
Shout-out to four Saint Agnes parishioners--one teacher and two Aggie parents--who contributed to this beautiful children's devotional " Rise Up: Shining with Virtue ." We are so excited to see our school and parish community unite in pursuit of living virtuously. #GoAggies
12 Reasons to Choose a Liberal Arts / Classical Education - Saint Agnes Podcast: Episode II
With limitless options in education, why choose classical or liberal arts? In this new episode of our Saint Agnes podcast , Mr. Michael Adkins, Dean of Academics, illustrates 12 reasons why this type of education is forming well-rounded individuals prepared for college, life, and beyond. Future podcasts will take a closer look at each reason why. Visit our website for more information! #GoAggies
Upcoming Events
Parents at Prayer Eucharistic Adoration and K-12 All-School Mass - Wednesday, October 2
Join us this Wednesday, October 2 for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament! New this year, each First Wednesday daily Mass (at 6:30 AM) will be moved to the Upper Church. Exposition will follow from 7:00 AM until 8:45 AM. With our K-12 students in attendance, we will have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed by All-School Mass at 8:45 AM. Please consider joining our school community in prayer!
Informational Meeting for Young Men's Vocation Pilgrimage - Wednesday, October 2
Young men in grades 10-12 are invited to join Father Moriarty for our Young Men's Vocation Pilgrimage to Italy on March 22-31, 2020! Spend spring break in Rome, Assisi, and Monte Cassino discerning God's calling to the priesthood, marriage, or single life. Parents and students are welcome to attend an informational meeting hosted by Fr. Moriarty in Schuler Hall at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 2. Learn more about the application process, itinerary, and cost . Please contact Fr. Moriarty with any questions you may have.
Newsies Returns on Film! - Sunday, October 6
The recording of last springs musical, Newsies, will be shown on the big screen in the Helene Houle Auditorium on Sunday, October 6 at 1:30 PM. This will be the kick-off of the sale of DVDs. Following the showing of the film, DVDs will go on sale in the Commons for $10.00. DVDs will continue to be sold in the Main Office during the following weeks. Cast members and crew, their families, and anyone who may have missed the performances are welcome. There is no charge. Join us for a fun final reunion of the cast before we dive into next springs musical, which will be announced Sunday, January 19. Please contact Mr. David Johnson with questions.
Fall Admissions Events
K-6 Walk-In Weekdays - Tuesday, October 8
New this year, prospective Aggie families are invited to see our K-6 Lower School in action during "Walk-In Weekdays"! Stop by anytime between 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM to tour our campus, visit classrooms, and experience K-6 life at Saint Agnes on these special fall dates:
Tuesday, October 8 & Friday, October 25
Tuesday, November 5 & Friday, November 22
7-12 Upper School Showcase - Thursday, October 10
Future Aggies interested in grades 7-12 are invited to c ome experience junior high and high school at Saint Agnes! Tour our campus with student ambassadors. Learn what makes our upper school experience unique. Meet with faculty members, administrators, current parents, and students to have all your questions answered. Our program will begin at 6:30 PM in the Helene Houle Auditorium and end by 8:30 PM.

Please consider inviting friends, neighbors, fellow parishioners, and anyone you think would be a good fit for Saint Agnes School. More information is available on our website. Contact Mr. Joseph Olson  or call 651-925-8803 for more information.

11-12th Grade UMary Fall Bus Trip - Sunday & Monday, October 13 & 14
Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Mary Jo Feltl, the University of Mary is happy to announce our 5th annual fall bus trip to UMary's campus in Bismarck, ND! We will depart from Minneapolis on Sunday, October 13 at 7:30 AM and expect to depart Bismarck around 2:00 PM on Monday, October 14. The trip is free, and one parent is invited to attend with their child, if they wish. Given high interest in the trip, this opportunity is only available to juniors and seniors at this time. Please register online through the link below. Please contact Mrs. Rachel Kemp with questions at 651-925-8752.
K-6 Grandparents & Special Senior Friends' Day - Tuesday, October 15
Invitations were mailed today for K-6 Grandparents and Special Friends! See more details on the letter that was sent. If you did not have an opportunity to submit addresses, please contact Mrs. Kate Boyle in the Advancement Office at 651-925-8880.
PLAN/PSAT Testing & Senior Service Day -
Wednesday, October 16

PLAN/PSAT Testing
Freshmen: PLAN Test
All 9th grade students will take the PLAN Test the morning of October 16th. The testing fee is $17. Please read the PLAN Test letter for more information. Contact Mrs. Rachel Kemp with questions.

Sophomores & Juniors: PSAT Test
All 10th and 11th grade students will take the PSAT the morning of October 16th. The testing fee is $17. Please read the PSAT Test letter for more information. Contact Mrs. Rachel Kemp with questions.

Senior Service Day
Seniors will volunteer at Feed My Starving Children, returning to St. Agnes by 6th hour (about 1:00 PM). Mr. Hendrickson will be distributing permission forms with further information.  Contact Mr. Karl Hendrickson with questions.
Church of Saint Agnes Fall Festival - Sunday, October 20
The Church of Saint Agnes will host its annual fall festival on Sunday, October 20 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM: highlights include children's games, raffle, German pub, egg rolls, Booya, and more! Our parish contributes $300,000 to school operations each year, and donations to the Cherry Tree Project are one way that we can support the parish festival with a joyful, willing heart! Please consider donating 2-3 new, small prizes (for all age groups) valued between $3 to $4 each to the parish or main school office. Thank you for helping make this year's Fall Festival a success! Please direct questions to Mrs. Gerrie Lachowitzer or Matt Heffron .
"Raising Virtuous Children in a Digital Age" with Dr. Ray Guarendi - Monday, October 21
Saint Agnes School's Fall Lecture is pleased to present "Raising Virtuous Children in a Digital Age" with Dr. Ray Guarendi (nationally-recognized speaker, author, and psychologist from Ave Maria Radio's "The Dr. Is In" and EWTN's "Living Right with Dr. Ray")!

Come and reflect on your vocation as a parent: Invite your friends and join us at 7:00 PM on Monday, October 21 in our Helene Houle Auditorium at Saint Agnes School. Please RSVP online or call 651-925-8702 with questions.
Parents
Faith & Tradition Capital Campaign Update
In just over 18 months, our Faith & Tradition campaign, has raised $3,302,119 in gifts and pledges which accounts for 89% of our $3,700,000 goal !

There have been a number of completed projects to date, yet more work remains. Of particular note, throughout June and July we witnessed the much needed complete overhaul of the two parking lots. Church electrical upgrades continue along and the school electrical will not occur until the necessary funds are available. Our campaign continues through December of 2020, so if you have not yet had the chance to participate, please take this opportunity to prayerfully consider participating .

To donate online or to find out more information, visit our website . Please contact Mrs. Kate Boyle with questions at 651-925-8880.
Students
Senior Baby Photos Due - Friday, October 18
Seniors, please submit a baby picture to Mrs. Richtsmeier by Friday, October 18 – details have been emailed via your school email.

Please contact Mrs. Richtsmeier  with questions or concerns.
Athletics
Come Cheer on the Aggies This Week!
(M) September 30: Volleyball @ Community of Saints (6 White, 4:00 PM; 8 White, 4:45 PM)
Volleyball vs. Holy Spirit @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (8 Red, 4:00 PM; Grade 7, 4:45 PM)
Volleyball @ St. Croix Preparatory Academy (C-Squad, 4:30 PM; JV 5:30 PM; Varsity 7:00 PM)

(T) October 1: Cross Country Varsity Invitational @ Dakota County Fairgrounds (Girls 4:00 PM, Boys 4:30 PM)
Volleyball @ SPA, Randolph Campus (6 Red, 4:00 PM; Grade 5, 4:45 PM)
Boys Soccer vs. Trinity School at River Ridge @ Rich Valley Athletic Complex (JV 4:15 PM)
Boys Soccer @ Trinity School at River Ridge (Varsity 4:15 PM)
Girls Soccer vs. Trinity School at River Ridge @ Pioneer Park (JV 5:00 PM, Varsity 7:00 PM)
Girls Swim & Dive vs. Minneapolis Southwest @ St. Anthony Village HS (5:30 PM)
Volleyball @ Maranatha Christian Academy (JV 5:30 PM, Varsity 7:00 PM)

(W) October 2: Volleyball @ St. Charles Borromeo (6 White, 4:00 PM; 8 White, 4:45 PM)
Volleyball vs. St. Ambrose @ Gruden Gym, Saint Agnes (8 Red, 5:00 PM; Grade 7, 5:45 PM)
Volleyball @ Faithful Shepherd (6 Red, 5:30 PM)

(R) October 3: Football @ TBD (JH)
Boys Soccer vs. Nova Classical Academy @ Pioneer Park (JV 5:00 PM, Varsity 7:00 PM)
Girls Soccer @ Nova Classical Academy (Varsity 5:15 PM)
Volleyball @ St. Ambrose (Grade 5, 5:15 PM)
Girls Swim & Dive vs. Visitation @ St. Catherine's College (5:30 PM)
Football vs. St. Anthony Blue @ Credtin Derham-Hall (5th/6th, 7:30 PM)

(F) October 4: Football vs. Breck @ Sea Foam Stadium, Concordia University, St. Paul (Varsity 7:00 PM)

(S) October 5: Volleyball C-Squad Tournament @ Bandas Gym, Saint Agnes (9:00 AM)
Volleyball JV Tournament @ Eagle Ridge Academy (10:00 AM)

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.
Tackle Cancer Fall Service Project
Today alone, 4,828 people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer. Progress against one type of cancer is progress against ALL cancer.

That’s why our Aggie Football and Volleyball teams are joining forces to support the Randy Shaver Tackle Cancer Fund. This week, anyone wishing to participate can pledge support towards cancer research by offering Aggie athletes in football or volleyball a donation of any amount and filling out an "I Tackle Cancer For ___________" sign, to be displayed in the Commons area of our school.

When you support Tackle Cancer, you support research to find the newest and best treatments for all cancer patients. To make your donation, see any football or volleyball player beginning Tuesday. Please contact Mr. Mike Streitz with questions at 651-925-8705.
Broadcast of Aggie Football vs. Brooklyn Center Game - Friday, September 27
Did you miss Friday's game or wish you could see it again? Enjoy this broadcast from CCX Media of the Aggies versus Brooklyn Center (42-6)!
Quick Links & Past News
Sanmiguel Family: We have set up a Javier Sanmiguel (+) Scholarship fund in memory of Mr. Sanmiguel. If you would like to donate to the fund, please click here .
Saint Agnes Photo Gallery
Enjoy these Homecoming photos taken by two student photographers and Mr. Richard Graner!

Enjoy these snapshots from our Aggie Athletes taken by Mr. Richard Graner!

Photos of our Aggie Athletic teams are available for purchase from Jordana Torgeson Photography:
Free Aggie Family Yard Signs: All Saint Agnes families are invited to stop by the UAC Commons and pick up a yard sign to show your Aggie spirit. Please contact Mr. Joseph Olson with questions at 651-925-8803.
Shuttle Bus to West Minne for Athletic Practice: View this week's schedule for September 30 - October 4.
Saint Agnes Food Pantry: Open Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 PM, Saint Agnes hosts a weekly food pantry to help families who could use a little help with groceries. Any Saint Agnes family who wishes to take advantage of this resource is encouraged to stop in on Wednesdays or  contact John Ernster  to set up an appointment.
Substitute Teachers Needed: We are looking for more substitute teachers to add to our on-call list! Substitute teacher hours are 7:30 AM - 2:45 PM on days when coverage is needed. If you are interested, please email your resume to   Mrs. Blair Saiz .
Forming Catholic Hearts & Minds in Faith, Reason, & Virtue