AFSA K-12 Family Update

January 13, 2023

AFSA K-12 Families,

Good afternoon! Trimester 2 conferences are coming up January 26. Please see below for sign up information. Conferences are available in person and virtual.

There is no school on Friday, January 27 however don't miss the AFSA K-8 Winter Carnival on January 28! Watch for information about the Winter Carnival Silent Auction coming soon!


Included in this week's newsletter:

  • AFSA K-12 Conference Sign Up Information
  • Conference Donations
  • Science Fair Registration Information
  • NOAA Climate Chante Photo Contest
  • Plant Sale Save the Date
  • Esports Fall State Finals
  • School Choice Week
  • AFSA K-8 is hosting a Winter Carnival
  • Culver's Fundraising Night
  • AFSA K-12 Family Game Night at The Battleground Cafe
  • Science Fair Judges - A few more wanted!
  • Donors Choose Projects
  • AFSA K-12 Yearbook Ordering Information
  • AFSA Eagles Gear
  • Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors
  • Be a Part of the AFSA StAFSA Community - Now Hiring
  • 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!

Science Fair Registration Information

Science fair will be here soon. All 7th-12th grade projects must be registered. The last day to register projects is January 25. To register please click on the link below.

Science Fair Project Registration 7th-12th grade

NOAA Climate Change Photo Contest

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is holding a photo contest open to 5th - 12th graders. The contest has 5 different categories surrounding climate change. Winning photos get a certificate from NOAA and might be used in the various NOAA facilities around the country as well as displayed on the NOAA website! The competition runs through Feb. 15th, 2023. For more information about the contest and for information on how to submit a photo please click here.

Plant Sale Save the Date

Thinking about spring? Mark your calendars for our AFSA High School Annual Plant Sale! Join us in the greenhouse on Thursday, May 11 - 3:30-6, Friday, May 12- 9-6, Saturday, May 13- 10-2.

AFSA's plant sale is held in the greenhouse at the high school. The sale is the largest fundraiser the school holds each year. The profits from this sale go to support a variety of FFA activities at the school. All of the plants are grown by AFSA students in our greenhouse. We grow a wide variety of annuals, herbs, tomatoes, and peppers. There are many heirloom and hybrid varieties available

Esports Fall State Finals

This Saturday Jan. 14th at 9:00 am the AFSA Minecraft Bedwars team will be competing in the MNVL Fall state finals at the Wisdom Gaming Studio in the Mall of America. To watch games, tickets are available at to attend live at MOA or games will also be streamed for free on

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

The AFSA K-8 is hosting a Winter Carnival on January 28th and an online Silent Auction which will be live for approximately 1 week prior to the carnival.

We are currently seeking donations for our silent auction. If you, or someone you know, is willing to donate something for the silent auction, please fill out the google form and one of our Winter Carnival Committee members will get back to you! Donations could range from a few dollars to help us put together a great gift basket, donations from businesses that you own or have an inside connection with, a donated weekend at your family cabin, or even a great gift basket that you want to sponsor yourself!

Once we have all of our donations compiled, we will send out the link for the online Silent Auction so that you can see what awesome things we have and start bidding on something great for yourself! The best part is that you can share the link with friends and family across the world and they too can bid on some great items to support AFSA K-8. Funds will be used to help cover the expense of field trips and exploratory learning, which is a huge part of what makes AFSA such an amazing place to learn and grow.

Thank you so much for your time, attention and dedication to making AFSA great!

Link to donate to the silent auction

Shelbi Pool
Director of Student Success K-8

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:

  • January 17, 2023 (Proceeds will go to the AFSA Theatre program)
  • 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.

Science Fair Judges - A few more wanted!

We still need a few more volunteers for Feb. 2 5-7:30 p.m. and 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

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!

        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.

        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 16 - MLK Day, A Taste of AFSA High School
        January 17 - Culver's Fundraising Night
        January 24 - School Board Meeting
        January 26 - Tri 2 Conferences (see above for sign up information)
        January 27- NO SCHOOL
        January 28 - AFSA K-8 Winter Carnival

        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