AFSA K-12 Family Update

January 27, 2023

AFSA K-12 Families,

It was great to see all of the families at conferences both in person and virtually! A big thank you to all of the families that donated snacks for our teachers for conference day. We appreciate your support!

Don't miss the K-8 Winter Carnival tomorrow, Saturday, January 28th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. There will be games, fun, silent auction and more! See below for more details.

Our High School Leadership Conference is coming up Friday, February 10th from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the high school. All 7th-12th graders are invited to attend this free event to help build leadership skills, meet others, play games, and more! See below for details.


Included in this week's newsletter:

  • AFSA K-8's Winter Carnival - Saturday, January 28th!
  • AFSA K-8 Book Fair
  • High School Leadership Conference - 7th-12th Graders are Invited!
  • Science Fair Information Grades 7-12
  • Girls on the Run - Sign Up and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Culver's Fundraising Night
  • AFSA K-12 Family Game Night at The Battleground Cafe
  • Donors Choose Projects
  • AFSA K-12 Yearbook Ordering Information
  • Spring Athletics - Calling all 7th-12th Graders
  • AFSA Eagles Gear
  • Attention Seniors - Ready, Set, FAFSA!
  • Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors
  • Be a Part of the AFSA StAFSA Community - Now Hiring
  • Community Events and Opportunities
  • AFSA K-12 Family Directory 2022-2023
  • Lunch menu - February
  • Calendar of Events

AFSA K-8's Winter Carnival - Saturday, January 28th!

Join us for our K-8 Winter Carnival on Saturday, January 28th, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the K-8 building. There will be games and activities, concessions, a silent auction, book fair, SAE projects for sale and more with all proceeds benefitting the K-8 school!

Silent Auction Fun! You don't need to wait until Saturday to place your bids on silent auction items! Bidding is already open! Just click on the link below to check out the items, register as a bidder, and get ready to bid! The auction is open now through Saturday, the 28th, at 12:00 noon!

Tickets for games and food are $1.00 each and must be purchased with cash. Please see attached flyer for more information.

Thank you for your support!

AFSA K-8 Book Fair

The last day for AFSA K-8's Book Fair is Saturday, January 28th 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

New this year - the Book Fair will have eWallet options for families to set up payments ahead of time, or students/families may bring cash or card to the fair. Cost of books is the listed price on the book (some on sale will have sale stickers and a lower price, otherwise it's the barcode price) PLUS tax. MN sales tax does apply to these sales.

Proceeds from the fair help us restock classroom libraries!

Click here for the link for eWallet directions and info.

Click here to see our Book Fair Homepage

High School Leadership Conference - 7th-12th Graders are Invited!

The high school leadership conference (HLC) is coming up Friday, February 10th from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the high school. All students in 7th-12th grade are invited to attend this free event!

Students will build their leadership skills, take part in a service project, play games, meet State and Regional FFA Officers and more!

Students wishing to attend should sign up in the front office at either the K-8 or High School or email Ms. Leiding or Ms. Crowley. The last day to sign up is Wednesday, February 8th at 3:00 p.m.

Any student in grades 7 & 8 who sign up will be bussed to the high school after lunch to attend, as this is a scheduled early release day. All students attending must have their own transportation home and are required to stay for the whole event. Students who register for HLC will receive additional event details in the coming weeks.

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

Science Fair Information - Grades 7-12

Our science fair dates are fast approaching! Family and friends are invited to join us to take a look at all of the awesome projects on each of the science fair evenings.

  • Science Fair Grades 7-9: Thursday, February 2nd 3:30 - 7:30 p.m*
  • Science Fair Grades 10-12: Thursday, February 16th 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.

*Parents of students who are presenting their science fair projects on February 2 should have received an email this week with their students' time slot and judging info.

Science Fair Project Helpful Information:

Science Fair FAQ's: Have any questions about the science fair? Check out the attached Science Fair FAQ's document or go to the science fair page on our website.

Poster Boards: Does your student need a science fair board? Boards are available for purchase in the front office for $2.00.

Girls on the Run - Sign Up and Volunteer Opportunities

Girls on the Run (grade 3-5) and Heart and Sole (grades 6-8) will be offered at the K-8 building this spring.

Girls on the Run has fun, evidence-based programs that inspire all girls to build their confidence, kindness and decision making skills. Dynamic lessons instill valuable life skills including the important connection between physical and emotional health.

Practices will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:45 starting the week of March 27, and will conclude with a 5k on June 2. Girl registration will open February 1, with a random lottery until February 8. After that is it first come first serve for sign ups.

We are looking for students that would like to be a Junior Coach. This volunteer position is for high school girls aged 16-18 years old who want to grow their leadership skills. Paired with a Mentor Coach, Junior Coaches receive support to develop their own skills while serving as role models to program participants.

Please contact Ms. Heider with any questions

Culver's Night

Go out to eat and support AFSA K-12 at the same time! Join us at the Culver's in Little Canada (2880 Rice Street) from 5-7 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 21, 2023 (Proceeds go to the AFSA Martial Arts Club)
  • March 21, 2023 (Proceeds go to Infinite REACH Club)
  • April 18, 2023 (Proceeds go to the AFSA Softball Team)
  • May 16, 2023 (Proceeds go to the AFSA K-8 Fab Lab Club)

AFSA receives 10% of the food sales from 5-7 p.m. for each of the nights. Some months the money earned will go to support a specific club at AFSA K-12.

Thank you for your support!

AFSA K-12 Family Game Night at The Battleground Cafe

Join us for our next AFSA K-12 Family Game Night at The Battleground Cafe (2008 Co Rd E East, White Bear Lake) Monday, February 6, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. There will be all sorts of gaming fun and giveaways!

This is a great opportunity to meet other AFSA families! We will have students and staff leading games and teaching games.

Donors Choose Projects

Check out Ms. Leiding's Donors Choose Project:

  • What We Hunger for: Books for Ag and Foods Classes: Ms. Leiding is looking for a classroom set of "What We Hunger For" to be used in Food Science, Food Production and Introduction to Agriculture courses. Click here to make a donation!

        Thank you for supporting AFSA K-12!

        AFSA K-12 Yearbook Ordering Information

        High School Yearbooks are on sale now! Yearbooks are $40. The last day to purchase a high school yearbook is March 1, 2023. To purchase a high school yearbook click here.

        K-8 Yearbook: AFSA K-8 yearbook are on sale now! Yearbooks are $15.00. To place an order for the K-8 please click here. The last day to order is April 1, 2023.

        Spring Athletics - Calling all 7th-12th Graders

        Spring Athletics are right around the corner! Please be on the lookout for sign ups at both buildings for baseball, softball, track and field in the next couple of weeks.

        AFSA Eagles Gear

        Eagles Gear:

        Check out our athletics apparel store with BSN sports! Check out the store here! Please contact Mr. Moeller if you have any questions or concerns with the team store.

        Thanks for your support!

        Attention Seniors - Ready, Set, FAFSA!

        Join the Minnesota Department of Education this February for a series of financial aid webinars created specifically for students and families to help them prepare for the college application process. Sessions will provide information on applying for financial aid, filling out the FAFSA, and searching for scholarships.

        To register for any of the sessions click here!

        Scholarship Opportunity for Seniors

        James W. Tracy Scholarship

        Minnesota FFA Foundation presents the James W. Tracy Scholarship! The scholarship is $2000. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2023. For more details and to apply please click here.

        Diversity Scholarship
        The Diversity Scholarship seeks to provide financial support for students from underrepresented groups in the agriculture teacher field. Undergraduate students entering their first or second year of an Agricultural Education-Teacher Licensure program at Southwest Minnesota State University, the University of Minnesota–Crookston, or the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities are eligible to apply. This includes incoming freshmen, transfer students (transferring colleges/universities or majors), and current students.

        Applications are due February 1, 2023. More information and the link to the application can be here:.

        Be a Part of the AFSA StAFSA Community - Now Hiring

        Become a part of the AFSA StAFSA community! We are looking for a few additional staff members. Please pass these opportunities on to friends and family!

        • We are looking for substitute teachers for grades K-12, all subjects. Must hold or be eligible for an MN teaching license. On call as needed.
        • We are also hiring Educational Assistants.
        • We are looking for bus drivers and van drivers.

        For more information click here. Please contact Becky Meyer if you are interested or have any questions.

        Community Events and Opportunities

        City of Vadnais Youth Representative

        The City of Vadnais Heights is looking for Vadnais Heights residents who are 15-20 years old, currently enrolled in school, to serve as youth representatives on the city commissions to offer their perspectives on a variety of issues like park and trail planning, real estate development, and health and safety. If you are interested, please contact Vadnais Heights City Hall at: or 651-204-6000.

        AFSA K-12 Family Directory 2022-2023

        The school directory is a great way for AFSA K-12 families to stay in touch! If you are a current AFSA K-12 family and would like to be added to the 2022-2023 school directory please fill out the AFSA Family Directory Opt-In Form 2022-2023. Updates will be emailed out monthly throughout the school year.

        Questions? Please contact

        February Lunch Menu

        Breakfast and lunch prices for the 2022-2023 school year.

        Breakfast: $2.00 Lunch Students: $3.50 Extra Milk $.50

        Click here to add money to lunch accounts.

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        Calendar of Events

        January 28 - AFSA K-8 Winter Carnival and Book Fair

        February 2 - Science Fair 7th-8th Grade

        February 10 - Early Release, 7-12 HLC, K-8 Literacy Night

        February 13-24 STAR Testing

        February 16 - Science Fair 9th-12th Grade

        February 20 - NO SCHOOL Presidents Day

        February 21 - Culver's Fundraising Night (Supporting the AFSA Martial Arts Club)

        February 28 - School Board Meeting

        Click Here to go to the School Calendar for more details. A PDF of the calendar is attached to this newsletter as well.

        AFSA Social Media

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

        Contact Information

        Please call the attendance line or email the following if your student is absent.

        K-8 Attendance Line: 612-260-2664 or email

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