AFSA K-12 Family Update

October 20, 2021

AFSA K-12 Families,

Thank you for attending conferences for your student! A big thank you to all of the families that donated treats for the teachers during conferences! Reminder that there is no school for students October 21 and 22.

O-term for our 5th-12th graders is next week! Please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for the activities they will be participating in.

Check out the AFSA Scarecrow at the Vadnais Heights Scarecrow Trail October 25 - 31 at Community Park. The trail is open during park hours. Join us at Community Park, October 29 from 5-7 p.m. for some glow in the dark science fun at the Vadnais Heights Halloween Party. See below for more information.

A couple of important reminders:

  • Please do not drop off students any earlier than 7:30 a.m. The building is not open before that time.
  • All students must bring a reuseable water bottle to school

Included in this week's newsletter:

  • AFSA Elementary PTO Meeting
  • AFSA Elementary Numeracy Night
  • AFSA High School Fruit Sales
  • AFSA K-12 Movie Night at the High School
  • AFSA High School Activation Week Jar War Results
  • Pretty Brown Girls for 7th - 12th Graders
  • Culver's Fundraising Night - Save the dates!
  • AFSA K-12 Activity Fee
  • AFSA Basketball Team- Grades 7th-12th
  • AFSA K-12 Family Directory 2021-2022
  • Eagles Nest Extended Day Program - After School Fun
  • COVID-19 Information and Reminders
  • AFSA K-12 Free Breakfast and Lunch - October Menu
  • Community Events
  • AFSA K-12 Cheer Stories
  • Calendar of Events

AFSA Elementary PTO Meeting

We are having an Elementary (K-7) PTO Meeting - Thursday, October 28th at 5:00 p.m. at AFSA Elementary in the Cafeteria. All Parents/guardians are welcome to join! This first meeting will set up further meetings, discuss leadership roles, opportunities available and begin planning the AFSA Elementary Winter Carnival event! If you have any questions please contact Ms. Burkwald.

AFSA Elementary Numeracy Night

AFSA Elementary Numeracy Night is coming up on November 5th 5-6pm! Students are welcome to stay after school with a signed permission slip for a Math-tastic movie and treat! At 5:00, adults are invited to join for family activities. Permission slip is attached.

Please turn in permission slips by November 4th.

AFSA High School Fruit Sales

Each fall AFSA High School holds a fundraiser. This year's AFSA FFA Fall Fruit Sale has begun! Our goal is to raise money to support all the activities that our students have through FFA including CDEs, leadership conferences, State and National Convention, and Science Fair. We are selling fruit, cheese, and more!! You can purchase items through an AFSA High School student or contact Ms. Leiding or Ms. Haglund !

Fruit Sales forms were handed out to students last week. All forms and money are due November 12th. Items will be available for pick up mid December. Students earn $5 if they sell 10 products and $1 for each additional product sold.

Please contact Ms. Leiding or Ms. Haglund with any questions.

Thank you for supporting AFSA!

AFSA K-12 Movie Night at the High School

All are welcome to join us November 19th at 5:30 p.m. for Movie Night at the High School! We will be watching The Princess Bride!

Popcorn and Apple Cider will be provided courtesy of the AFSA FFA. Concessions will also be available.

Entrance fee is $3.00 or you may bring an item from the list below for our AFSA Community Food Shelf and get in for free!

Mac and cheese - ready to eat

Soups - ready to eat

Pastas - ready to eat


Pop Tarts

Individual Fruit containers

Applesauce - single serving containers

Granola Bars

Fruit Snacks

Beef Jerky - individual sticks

Juice Boxes


Water Bottles

Thank you to our FFA Officer team for planning this event!

AFSA High School Activation Week Jar War Results

During Activation Week at the high school, students donated coins to Jar Wars! Each jar was labeled with a staff members name. The staff members with the most money got a pie in the face. See our Facebook and Instagram pages for the video of the event! A grand total of $277.00 was collected! The money is being donated to the local Red Cross!

Pretty Brown Girls for 7th - 12th Graders

We're excited to introduce the Pretty Brown Girls Club at AFSA!

PBG Academy is designed to provide Black and Brown girls access to a fun, personalized environment where they can build character and increase self-esteem while building sisterhood and learn how to Dream Big in order to reach their goals. PBG is open to students in 7th-12th grade.

To register simply fill out the online registration form by clicking here!

Please contact Mrs. Vanyo with any questions!

Culver's Fundraising Night - Save the dates!

Thank you to everyone who made it out to Culver's Night this week! We appreciate your support! Mark your calendars for our Culver's Fundraising Nights! All fundraising nights are held at the Culver's in Little Canada (2880 Rice Street Little Canada). Take your family out to dinner and support AFSA K-12 at the same time! AFSA receives 10% of all food purchases from 5-7 p.m.!

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Culver's Nights:

  • November 16
  • December 21
  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 22 (4th Tuesday)
  • April 19
  • May 17

Thank you for your support of AFSA K-12!

AFSA K-12 Activity Fee

The Annual Activity Fee is $25 per student. This covers student email accounts, student ID cards, locker use, PowerSchool access and FFA dues. Students will not receive their school ID unless this fee is paid.

If this fee presents a financial hardship for your family please contact our Executive Director, Becky Meyer,

Click here to pay activity fee online.

AFSA Basketball Team- Grades 7th-12th

Students in grades 7th-12th that are interested in playing basketball this winter please email AFSA's Athletic Director, Jake Brown at Practices will begin at the end of November, so please be in contact with Mr. Brown as soon as possible.

This year the boys team will be coached by Mr. George who is the high school gym teacher. Our girls team will be involved in a co-op with Hmong College Prep Academy. Once we know the amount of girls basketball players interested we will work on a transportation plan, so our players can be at practice each day.

AFSA K-12 Family Directory 2021-2022

The school directory is a great way for families to stay in touch over the summer! If you would like to be added to the school directory please fill out the AFSA Family Directory Opt-In Form. We will email updated directories as we have additional families interested in being added. If you opted in to last year's directory and would like to be in this year's directory you will need to opt in again.

The directory will be emailed out today, October 15th. Only families who opt-in will receive the directory. Our next directory update will be emailed out November 15, 2021.

Questions? Please contact

Eagles Nest Extended Day Program - After School Fun

Did you know our extended day program provides daily activities? The activities are theme related and the theme changes monthly!

Eagles Nest Extended Day Program provides care before school from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and after school from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information regarding our Eagles Nest Extended Day Care Program and to register please contact Shelbi Pool at or 651-209-3924. You can also find more information out on our website - click here!

COVID-19 Information and Reminders

Masks are Required:

Masks are required to be worn by all staff and students at AFSA K-12 at this time. This includes during school hours and any events held at the building. If you do not have a mask please ask for one from the front desk at both buildings.

Free COVID-19 Tests Available at School: Through Minnesota's statewide education COVID-19 testing program, AFSA is offering Vault tests for the 2021-2022 school year for students and staff at no cost. Students can take these tests home and return them to school to they can be shipped to the lab. We want to keep kids and staff healthy, safe and in their classrooms.

If you would like a Vault test kit sent home with your student, please email our high school Covid Coordinator, Luba Vanyo, or our elementary Covid coordinator, Shelbi Pool, at

Other ways Minnesotans can get a COVID-19 test:

  • Walk in or schedule an appointment for a free test at one of the state’s 11 community testing sites across Minnesota: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites.
  • Order a free test through the state’s at-home testing program: COVID-19 Test at Home.
  • Find other testing options near them through the state’s Find Testing Locations map, including through local providers, pharmacies and clinics: Find Testing Locations.

Who Should Get Tested

  • Even if you are vaccinated, Minnesotans should get tested:
    • if you have symptoms of the virus;
    • if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19;
    • if you are returning from international travel;
    • or if you have attended a large gathering or event where people are not wearing masks and are not able to stay 6 feet apart.
  • People who are unvaccinated should test before travel (domestic or international).
  • Unvaccinated teachers, staff and students in K-12 should test weekly at a minimum or more frequently per CDC guidance.
  • With the at-home program and community testing sites offering free testing across the state, the state has made it easy for Minnesotans to find a test.

Vaccine Information:

To use the code on the COVID-19 vaccine poster simply, open the camera function on your smart phone and hold it over the QR code, it will then open up a link to the St Paul Ramsey County website!

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AFSA K-12 Free Breakfast and Lunch - October Menu

Did you know that breakfast and lunch are FREE for the school year? Yes, that is right no cost for all students.

Breakfast is available at both the elementary and high school building from 7:30 a.m. -7:55 a.m.

Breakfast and lunch menus can be found on our website - click here!

Community Events

The City of Vadnais Heights is putting on some fun fall events!

Scarecrow Trail: October 25-October 31 at Community Park in Vadnais Heights. Check out the scarecrows that local businesses, organizations and residents have put together! The trail is open October 25-31 during park hours.

Halloween Party: Friday, October 29, 5:00-7:00 pm at Community Park (under the lights). The city will have a costume parade through the scarecrow trail and games and activities on the softball field. Stop by the AFSA booth for science fun and games!

For more information please go to:

AFSA K-12 Cheer Stories

Parents and guardians we need your help! We would like to share your "AFSA Cheer" stories on social media and in marketing pieces! We are looking for families to send us quotes or stories about why they chose AFSA and what they like best about AFSA! To submit a quote or story please fill out this Google Form or email

Thank you for being a part of the AFSA K-12 family!

Calendar of Events

Oct. 20-22 - NO SCHOOL

Oct. 25-28 - Oterm for 5-12th grade

Oct. 29 - No School for students

Oct. 29 - AFSA at the City of Vadnais Party (see community events above)

Nov. 5 - Numeracy Night - AFSA Elementary

Nov. 11 - AFSA High School Presentation Night and Open House 4-7 p.m.

Nov. 16 - Culver's Fundraising Night 5-7 p.m.

Nov. 18 - Photo Retake Day

Nov. 19 - Movie Night at the High School 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 24-26 - No School

Click Here to go to the School Calendar

AFSA Social Media

Click here to stay connected through AFSA's Social Media!

Contact Information

Please call the attendance line if your student is absent.

Elementary Attendance Line: 612-260-2664 or email

High School Attendance Line: 651-209-3910 or email