AFSA K-12 Family Update

January 20, 2023

AFSA K-12 Families,

Good afternoon! Trimester 2 conferences are coming up next week on Thursday, January 26. Please see below for sign up information. Conferences are available in person and virtual. We are asking for snack donations for the staff for conference day. If you would like to make a donation please see below for more information.

There is no school on Friday, January 27. Don't miss the AFSA K-8 Winter Carnival on January 28! Watch your email for information about the Winter Carnival Silent Auction!


Included in this week's newsletter:

  • AFSA K-12 Conference Sign Up Information
  • Conference Donations
  • AFSA K-8 Book Fair
  • Science Fair Information Grades 7-12
  • Science Fair Judges - A few more wanted!
  • High School Leadership Conference - 7th-12th Graders are Invited!
  • School Choice Week
  • AFSA K-8's Winter Carnival
  • Culver's Fundraising Night
  • AFSA K-12 Family Game Night at The Battleground Cafe
  • Donors Choose Projects
  • AFSA K-12 Yearbook Ordering Information
  • 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 - January
  • Calendar of Events

AFSA K-12 Conference Sign Up Information

AFSA K-12 conferences are coming up January 26. Please see below for instructions and links to sign up for conferences at the K-8 building (grades K-8) and the High School (grades 9-12).

K-8 Conference Sign up:

AFSA K-8 conferences are Student-led. Please bring students to conferences so they can share the presentations they have prepared for you.

Please sign up with your child's homeroom/ advisor FIRST. Then select times with other teachers that you'd like to meet with. Please only choose teachers that your child currently has classes with. Special education teachers, school counselor, and specialists are all available. If your child works with Title I teachers, please also set up a conference with Ms. Croft for reading or Ms. Bald for math. If your child has an IEP, please set up a conference with their case manager.

  • Grades K-2: Homeroom teachers will have the most robust information. Please choose them first.
  • Grades 3-4: Mr. Melling and Ms. Veldhuizen are hosting joint conferences. Both teachers will be present to provide comprehensive feedback. Select them first, then add Ms. Stumpner for Ag or others as needed.
  • Grades 5-6: Ms. Heider and Ms. Sarah are hosting joint conferences. Both teachers will be present to provide comprehensive feedback. Select them first, then add Mr. Smith for Theater or others as needed.
  • Grades 7-8: Select your child's Advisor first, then include other teachers as needed. Students taking Geometry at the HS can schedule through the HS link with Rasha Tan.

Click here to sign up for a conference at the K-8 building.

AFSA High School (grades 9-12) Conference Sign up:

When signing up for high school conferences with classroom teachers, you can also sign up to meet with your students’ advisory teacher or case manager. It is beneficial to check your students' progress in the Powerschool gradebook and meet with teachers to identify areas of growth in classes where they are missing assignments.

If you would like to discuss your student's overall graduation progress or if you have scheduling questions, Mark Prokopowicz (Mr. P), our academic counselor, will be available as well.

Click here to sign up for a conference at the high school.

Conference Donations

AFSA's K-12 tri 2 conferences are coming up January 26! We are looking for families who would like to donate beverages, snacks and dessert for the staff on conference day!

Items may be dropped off at the High School or K-8 building. Please make sure you indicate that your donation is for conferences. Please drop off your donations by Tuesday, January 24.

To make a donation please click here.

If you have any questions please contact Stephanie Forliti at

Thank you for supporting AFSA StAFSA!

AFSA K-8 Book Fair

AFSA K-8's Book Fair is coming up January 23-28th! All students (K-8) will have a chance to shop during their ELA class. Families are welcome during conferences on January 26th or the K-8 Carnival on Saturday, January 28th!

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

Science Fair Information - Grades 7-12

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.

Project Registration: Students must register their science fair project by January 25th. Students can register their project here: Science Fair Project Registration 7th-12th grade

Science Fair Judges - A few more wanted!

We are in need of a few more volunteers for Feb. 16 5-7:30 p.m. If you are interested please follow the link below to sign up.

All students at AFSA are required to complete a science fair project each year that they attend. We count on our friends, partners and supporters to help us run this event.

We are looking for people to volunteer to be Science Fair Judges. We are holding two science fair events, February 2 & 16, 2023. Each student project is typically judged by three judges. We anticipate about 110-130 projects for each session, which is a need of about 40 judges for each session.

If you are interested in being a Science Fair Judge for 2023 please click here to fill out the volunteer form.

Please contact Liz Burkwald with any questions. or 651-209-3922

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 play games, spend time with friends and eat snacks! Students wishing to attend should sign up in the front office. 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.

School Choice Week

National School Choice week is coming up January 22-28. This is a week where we celebrate the importance of educational opportunities and why we choose AFSA K-12! 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

AFSA K-8 is hosting a Winter Carnival

AFSA K-8 is hosting a Winter Carnival on Saturday, January 28th, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at our K-8 building. Join us for games and activities, concessions, silent auction, and more, with all proceeds benefitting the K-8 school!

The AFSA K-8 parent group is running concessions, an "adopt-a-stuffie" station, supporting the silent auction and more. They are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up here.

Thank you for your support!

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 will go to the AFSA Martial Arts Club)
  • March 21, 2023
  • April 18, 2023
  • May 16, 2023 (Proceeds will 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 $30 now until January 20, 2023 after that date the cost goes up to $40 with the last day to purchase 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.

        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

        January 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 23 -28 – K-8 Book Fair! (see above for more information)

        January 24 - School Board Meeting

        January 26 - Tri 2 Conferences (see above for sign up information) NO SCHOOL
        January 27- NO SCHOOL
        January 28 - AFSA K-8 Winter Carnival

        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)

        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