AFSA High School Newsletter
October 15, 2021
Conferences are coming up October 20th! The last day to sign up for conferences is Monday, October 18th at 3:00 p.m. See below for conference sign up information.
O-term is coming up October 25-28! Students met with their o-term groups today! Ask them what they are doing for their oterm!
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. We have water bottle refill stations upstairs and downstairs at the high school
Have a wonderful weekend!
Included in this week's newsletter:
- AFSA High School Fruit Sales
- REACH Squad Members Attended a Live Zoom Panel
- Culver's Fundraising Night - October 19th
- Special Education Advisory Council
- AFSA K-12 Conference Sign Up Link - Last Chance
- AFSA K-12 Staff Conference Meal/Food Donation Request
- Science Fair Mentors
- AFSA K-12 Activity Fee 2021-2022
- AFSA Class of 2022 Yearbook Submission Information
- COVID-19 Information and Reminders
- Advisory Corner
- Department Updates
- Club Corner
- AFSA K-12 Free Breakfast and Lunch 2021-2022
- Photos of the Week
- Calendar of Events
Have a great weekend!
AFSA High School Fruit Sales
Fruit Sales forms were handed out to students today in advisory. 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.
Thank you for supporting AFSA!
REACH Squad Members Attended a Live Zoom Panel
Culver's Fundraising Night - October 19th
Join us this Tuesday, October 19th from 5-7 p.m. at the Culver's in Little Canada (2880 Rice Street Little Canada) for our Culver's Fundraising Night! 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!
Special Education Advisory Council
AFSA’s Special Education Advisory Council will meet on October 20th, 2021 at 6:00pm in room 205 at the K-7 building. Sarah Lozano, AFSA K-7 School Counselor, and Ashley Berens, AFSA Licensed Occupational Therapist, will share information on how self-regulation and sensory processing are connected and how to best support your student if/when they experience difficulties in these areas. Please join us if you are able.
AFSA K-12 Conference Sign Up Link - Last Chance
Last chance to sign up for conferences! Sign up closes at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18th!
Conferences for grades K-12 will be available on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm (no school for students that day). Conferences will be 15 minutes long.
For grades 8-12, select as many classroom teachers as you want to see. Students are welcome to attend with parents.
Appointment times are separated into "Zoom" or "In-person" times. Please select a time based on the method in which you'd like to attend. If you select an in-person time, zoom will not be available (and vice-versa.) If you select a Zoom appointment, the link will be sent to you prior to your appointment time by your selected teacher.
You may check who your child’s teachers are in PowerSchool. For help scheduling grades 8-12 please call 651-259-4988.
AFSA K-12 Staff Conference Meal/Food Donation Request
A BIG Thank You to everyone who signed up to make a donation! There are only a few items left on the list. If you are still interested in making a donation please click on the link below.
AFSA's K-12 tri 1 conferences are coming up October 20! We are looking for families who would like to donate gift cards, beverages, snacks, and dessert for the staff on conference day!
Due to COVID restrictions we are only looking for store bought individually wrapped items. Items may be dropped off at the high school or elementary school. Please make sure you indicate that your donation is for conferences.
Donations may be dropped off during school hours. Monday, October 18th end of the school day is the last day to make a donation.
Thank you for supporting AFSA StAFSA!
If you have any questions please contact Ms. Forliti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science Fair Mentors
AFSA K-12 Activity Fee 2021-2022
If this fee presents a financial hardship for your family please contact our Executive Director, Becky Meyer, email@example.com.
AFSA Class of 2022 Yearbook Submission Information
Attention AFSA Class of 2022 it is already time to think about the yearbook! We need the following from each senior:
- Senior Photo
- Baby Photo
- Parent/Guardian Letter
To submit your seniors photos and letter please click here. If you have any problems uploading the items you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Items are due by December 22, 2021.
More information about graduation will be emailed out to families at a later date.
COVID-19 Information and Reminders
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, email@example.com or our elementary Covid coordinator, Shelbi Pool, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
Weekly Department Updates
Essence of English students continue to rock on the elements of literature, finishing point of view and character through short readings. Composition students are finishing their Review of Literature and turning their attention to the body of the research paper. American Literature students have wrapped up the Age of Reason and are beginning the Age of Romanticism. ELC students are wrapping up short stories and getting ready for a writing unit. Sci Fi is writing their literary analysis papers on the short story "Who Goes There".
Starting November 8, every Monday from 3:30-4:30. Open to 6-12th grades. Come start your week right on Monday afternoons in the shop! We will be making a bunch of different projects and working with lots of different materials depending on the club members' interests. If you have something specific you would like to bring to work on, have someone in your life with some special artmaking skills willing to teach the group, or have any questions regarding the club, reach out to Ms. Vorwald email@example.com
Any student interested in playing basketball this winter please email AFSA's Athletic Director, Jake Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Our next meeting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 19, during second lunch. Everyone is welcome to discuss issues in the world today, and all voices will be heard in a respectful manner. Please contact Ms. Patt with any questions.
The Minecraft team won the match against Burnsville High School this week! If your student is interested in joining e-sports please contact Mr. Delmont.
The Horse CDE Traveled to University of Wisconsin- River Falls for the Region 4 competition today. Ag Mechanics, Fish and Wildlife, and Floriculture are all practicing each week. If you or a student you know would like to be involved in a CDE or LDE let Ms. Leiding know and sign up on the CDE wall outside 132! Please contact Ms. Leiding for more information.
Latin Dance Club
Dance club meets from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Students that attend must have a ride home ready for pickup at 4:30 pm. Dance club is free and open to high school students, and all staff. Students please meet in lobby at the high school. Please contact Mr. Garcia for more information.
REACH (Racial Equity and Cultural Harmony) Squad
REACH Squad had our first meeting this week! We are excited to bring together our ideas to celebrate and recognize all of our AFSA students. Some of our members participated in a Latinx Heritage Zoom call put on by the NFL and United Way. Speakers included Francisco Pinto, Will Hernandez (Guard for the New York Giants), Liliana Perez (Director of Cultural Affairs for the Los Angeles Chargers), and Luis Zendejas (Form Kicker). Students were part of an interactive poll and had the opportunity to ask the VIP questions directly through the chat. If you are interested in joining REACH (Racial Equity and Cultural Harmony) Squad see Ms. Groves in 211 or Ms. Brandt in 206!
Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 19th during 1st lunch. Join us to play some getting to know you games and update our Duolingo score board! Contact Ms. Garcia with any questions.
Speech Team is meeting on Tuesdays during 2nd lunch. Come hear about and get involved in exciting public speaking events and categories ranging from serious to humorous. Interested students can talk with Ms. Spector for more information.
Youth in Government
Youth in Government is an opportunity to share your opinions and hear the opinions of others. If you like to debate (respectfully), stay at hotels and eat yummy food, this is the event for you! It is 4 days in January, with hundreds of other students from around the state. Students wanting to learn more should talk with Ms. Nelson or attend the meetings, Tuesdays during 1st lunch in Ms. Nelson's room.
AFSA K-12 Free Breakfast and Lunch 2021-2022
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!
Photos of the Week
Our Horse CDE team at the Region 4 Horse CDE Competition at the University of Wisconsin River Falls!
Lab Time in Ms. Farler's Biology Class
Trying on FFA Jackets in Ms. leiding's Intro to Agriculture class.
Calendar of Events
Octo. 19 - Culver's fundraising Night
Oct. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences
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
Nov. 5 - Numeracy Night - AFSA Elementary
Nov. 11 - AFSA High School Presentation Night and Open House
Nov. 16 - Culver's Fundraising Night
Nov. 18 - Photo Retake Day
Nov. 24-26 - No School