Parent Newsletter: 8/26/2019
Happy First Day of School!
A Message from the Headmaster
Saint Agnes Podcast | Episode I: Back to School
In our first-ever Saint Agnes School podcast episode , our Headmaster, Dr. Ferdinandt shares insights on a new academic year, including the 2019-20 House program theme and a reflection on 1 Corinthians 10:12-13.

Follow us on Podomatic and stay tuned for more messages throughout the year from our administration, faculty, and community members! Please contact Katie Anderson , Coordinator of Marketing & Communications, with questions, comments, or ideas as we launch this endeavor.
Highlights of the Week
Four Aggie Cousins Serving Together
Only at Saint Agnes: Four cousins serving at Holy Mass! The Adkins boys served together for the first time this week with Fr. McConville at our faculty Mass.  #GoAggies
Aggies Return for Back to School Events
Welcome Back, Aggies! Thrilled to see so many students back to pick up schedules, visit with teachers, and walk around campus before Monday.πŸŽπŸ«πŸŽ’πŸ™Œ  #GoAggies
Throwback to Many First-Days-of-School Ago
Thought we'd celebrate Back-to-School by sharing some of the most iconic First Day photos in our archives. Recognize any of these Aggies?   #GoAggies
Upcoming Events
Picture Day - Thursday, August 29
School picture day is Thursday, August 29. Four parent volunteers are needed to assist with student lists at one of three camera locations from 7:45 AM until 1:00 PM. Parent volunteers will each receive a $35 coupon toward any Lifetouch package/purchase. Please contact Mrs. Becca DeMarais in the Main Office at 651-925-8702 if you can assist.  
 
Students will be photographed in their school uniforms, with the exception of seniors. Dress code for seniors includes shirt and tie with dress slacks and shoes for boys, and dresses, skirts, or slacks with blouses or tops for girls. Bare shoulders are not allowed. Additional out-of-uniform guidelines are listed in the Student/Parent Handbook (available on Educate ).
 
Lifetouch will have three cameras available throughout the day in the Auditorium. Students will receive picture packets from their teachers to bring home and fill out for Thursday. You may also pre-order photos at  mylifetouch.com  using ID# EVTN6XS4P.
Freshman Field Trip - Friday, August 30
9th grade students will spend Friday off-campus at a team-building field trip. Casual clothes and closed toe shoes are required. Transportation, t-shirts, and lunch will be provided. Permission forms will be available online via Permission Click. Please contact Mr. Tom Flood , Dean of Students, with questions at 651-925-8704.
First Day of Montessori Preschool - Tuesday, September 3
The week of August 26 (first week of school for K-12 students) will be a β€œphase-in” week for new Montessori Preschool students. A schedule has been sent to Preschool families on the phase-in process. Please contact Ms. Angela Boris , Lead Guide, with questions at 651-925-8770.
Parents at Prayer Eucharistic Adoration - Wednesday, September 4
New this school year! Parents are invited to pray before the Eucharist on the First Wednesday of each month. Beginning September 4, 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-6 students in attendance, we will have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Holy Mass at 8:45 AM. Please consider joining our school community in prayer!
Senior Leadership Retreat - Sunday & Monday, September 8 & 9
Seniors will spend Sunday evening through Monday afternoon at Mt. Olivet Retreat Center developing a foundation for their senior leadership in the student body for the 2019-2020 school year. Permission forms will be available online via Permission Click. Please contact Mr. Tom Flood , Dean of Students, with questions at 651-925-8704.
University of Mary 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! Our travel itinerary calls for a departure from Minneapolis on Sunday, October 13 at 7:30 AM, and we expect to depart Bismarck around 2:00 PM on Monday, October 14. 
A few details:
  •  The trip is free: transportation, meals, and hotel stay will all be covered.
  •  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:
Parents
7-12 Schedules & Course Change Requests - Due Friday, August 30
Schedules for Upper School students will be distributed Thursday at our Back to School event, and are also visible in Educate. Students/parents may inquire with the Guidance Office ( Mrs. Rachel Kemp or Mr. Alex Loesch ) about changes or adjustments. Course availability may be limited by section capacity. Please keep in mind that dropping or switching a course that was requested last spring will incur a $75 course change fee. In addition, parent approval will be needed for major changes (e.g. dropping a math class, switching to a different science course, or dropping an honors section for a regular section of any class). The opportunity for students in grades 7-12 to request changes ends on the Friday of the first week of school, August 30.
K-8 Violin Lessons Available
Saint Agnes is proud to offer violin lessons to students in grades K-8. Taught t he renowned Suzuki method by experienced violinists Rachel Petruconis and Vivian Murphy, weekly lessons (30 minutes) are one-on-one with the teacher and take place in the band and choir rooms. Lessons cost is $20 per lesson (paid through the school website) and culminate in a recital at the end of the school year. Violins are available to rent from the school. Please contact Rachel and Vivian at saintagnesstrings@gmail.com if interested in learning more.
Cafeteria Deposits for 2019-20
Welcome back to school, Aggie Families! Cafeteria deposits may be completed on either the school website (look for Online Payments on the lower right corner) or through Educate (look for Cafeteria). We also accept cash/check in our Main School Office or Business Office. 

Recurring transactions may be set up. Near the bottom of the screen, look for Frequency . If you had recurring deposits set up for 2018-19 you will need to set them up again for 2019-20. Please contact Sandy Veal , Finance Manager, with questions at 651-925-8815.

Free & Reduced Meal Applications
Please complete the Application for Education Benefits form (which was included in the July mailing or may be downloaded from the school website .) A new form must be completed each school year. An income chart with the application offers more information on who may qualify. Please contact Sandy Veal , Finance Manager, with questions at 651-925-8815.
Reminder: Please Submit Back to School Forms on Permission Click
Each household should have received by now three email invitations from Permission Click to complete back to school forms:
  • Transportation Reimbursement and MN Non-Public Aid Request
  • Student Health Information – Annual Update
  • Student/Parent Handbook Agreement
The email invitations only to go the primary household email address as indicated in TADS/Educate. If you have not received the email invitations or have not been able to complete the forms, please contact the Main Office at 651-925-8702. Thank you for y our timely responses!
PT Kitchen Employment Opportunity
The Saint Agnes School Kitchen is looking for a few part-time employees to help prepare and serve food to the students. Job responsibilities include food preparation, food service, dishwashing, and basic kitchen maintenance. Most likely 1-2 days per week during the school calendar year (August-May), hours would be from 8:00 AM - 2:45 PM. Kelly is flexible and can work with personal schedules.
 
Please see the   job description  for more information. The kitchen is a great place to meet the students, meet volunteers, and have the same schedule as your kids! Please   contact Kelly DiPietro   with any questions.
Aggie Apparel Discount
Now through Saturday, August 31, use code   BTS19   at checkout to receive 20% off when you place an order of $100 or more. Pick your product, pick your color, add your favorite Aggie logo, and it ships directly to your front door. Visit our Sideline Store for more details!
Athletics
Come Cheer on the Aggies This Week!
(M) August 26: Boys Soccer vs. Liberty Classical Academy @ Polar Lake Park (Varsity 5:00 PM)
(T) August 27: Boys & Girls Cross Country Invitational vs. Cretin-Derham Hall @ St. Catherine University (Varsity 4:00 PM)
(W) August 28: Volleyball vs. St. Paul Harding @ Bandas Gym , Saint Agnes School (C-Squad 4:15 PM, JV 5:30 PM, Varsity 7:00 PM)
(R) August 29: Boys Soccer vs. Hmong Prep Academy @ Pioneer Park , Little Canada (Varsity 5:00 PM)
Girls Swimming vs. TBD @ St. Catherine (Varsity 5:30 PM)
Football vs. Edison @ Minneapolis Edison HS (Varsity 6:00 PM)

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.
Quick Links from Past Weeks
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. Becca DeMarais .
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