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Off to a Great Start!

DeLaSalle teachers, staff, and coaches and moderators are excited to welcome students back-to-school for the 2016-17 school year. This begins our 117th year on Nicollet Island and we are again a bigger school, drawing some 775 students from more than 125 different grade schools. We thank you for your commitment to partner with us at DeLaSalle this year.

We renew our pledge to be even better in all that we do, certainly as teachers and learners, but even more importantly, as people called to serve each other and make God present in our world. That starts with a commitment to the 2016-17 school prayer theme as chosen by president, Barry Lieske: “Let us approach the Lord with confidence so that we may receive mercy.” This theme guides us in all we do – from the first day of practices to staff orientation sessions to the first day of school. It will be woven into student programs throughout the year.

Families can find back-to-school information here. Click on the topic to learn more information. If you cannot find the information you are looking for here, please call the Main Office at 612.676.7600 for direct assistance.

Returning students in grades 10, 11, and 12 or a parent/guardian are required to attend a School Orientation session before the 2016-17 year begins. Families may register for an orientation session only after they complete required “back-to-school” forms. When families receive an email with a link prompting them to register for orientation, they may choose a 2-hour session that works best with their schedule.

Those attending orientation will pay for the tablet insurance plan they selected and pick up the school-issued iPad Air. (Please remember your checkbook and checks may be made payable to DeLaSalle for $50 or $405, depending on the tablet insurance plan that you chose). Families may also deposit lunch money into their child’s account and meet with other important school personnel.

Orientation sessions are scheduled:

  • Wednesday, August 10, 10:30am-6:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 17, 12:00-8:00pm

Families may not register for a school orientation until they have completed and submitted required back-to-school forms. The primary contact in each household has received an email from communications@delasalle.com with a link to the forms; parents with multiple children will receive a separate email for each child. Families should check their email inbox for the message and may look to a junk or spam folder to see if the message was accidentally sent there.

After the forms are submitted, the primary contact will receive a separate email with a link to register for orientation.

 All parents and families who are new to DeLaSalle (Class of 2020 and transfers) are asked to come to a more extensive “New Family” Orientation program on the evening of Thursday, August 18.  This program will include a Welcome Cookout that begins at 5:30pm and continues with presentations from various administrators, explanations of school practices and protocols, iPad distribution and more at 6:30pm. Those attending this New Family Orientation will pay for the tablet insurance plan they selected and pick up the school-issued iPad Air. (Please remember your checkbook and checks may be made payable to DeLaSalle for $50 or $405, depending on the tablet insurance plan that you chose). Families may also deposit lunch money into their child’s account and meet with other important school personnel.

Families must complete and submit required back-to-school forms. The primary contact in each household has received an email from communications@delasalle.com with a link to the forms; parents with multiple children will receive a separate email for each child. Families should check their email inbox for the message and may look to a junk or spam folder to see if the message was accidentally sent there.

Pre-registration for New Family Orientation is not required – and, unlike returning families, new families will not receive a separate e-mail with a registration link for August 18.

This REQUIRED program for ALL new ninth grade and transfer students begins at 8:25am and is for students only.

On August 18, students should check in between 8:00-8:20am. The 9th grade program runs all day, ending at 3:00pm. The transfer students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon. All new students meet new classmates, meet their academic mentor, and then (with a copy of their class schedules in hand) are introduced to teachers and important school personnel as part of a 90-minute tour/building orientation.

  • Transfer students meet separately with other transfers (and some returning De students); we will have a continental breakfast meeting to start the transfers program at 8:30am, but we will not serve lunch to the transfers. Again, the transfers are dismissed at 12:00 noon.
  • Ninth graders will stay through lunch (provided free on Thursday) and have additional orientation activities in the afternoon designed to help them meet other new ninth grade students. Ninth graders are dismissed at 3:00pm.

Please note these important reminders:

  • School bus service is not available on this day. Plan to arrive between 8:00-8:20am. The programs will begin promptly at 8:30am.
  • All students are to be in SCHOOL UNIFORM

Classes are in session from 8:30am-3:00pm. School bus service will begin this day. Students are in school uniform. Remember to bring your iPad, charged and ready to go! This is the day that lockers are assigned (DeLaSalle provides the locks). Each teacher will share course expectations with students and distribute course materials.

Students and their families may apply for free and reduced lunch benefits. An English version of the application is available here. A Spanish version of the application is available here. You may return completed forms to Mrs. Pam Beckman in the DeLaSalle Cafe.

Students must apply for the lunch benefits each year, even if they qualified for the program in the previous school year. The deadline to apply is October 3.

Students who want to participate in a fall activity should note these key dates, make sure a current physical is on file (current is defined as within the last three years), and complete required MSHSL paperwork, including an Eligibility Statement. Please return doctor-completed physical forms to DeLaSalle and clearly mark “Student Physical” on the envelope.

  • TRIA Orthopaedic Center Free Sports Physicals
    Wednesday, July 27 & Thursday, August 4, 5:00-8:00pm
    TRIA will offer free sports physicals. No appointment necessary. Bring immunization records, if possible.
  • Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care
    Offers free physicals throughout July and August
  • Athletic Eligibility Meeting
    Wednesday, August 10, 7:00pm, DeLaSalle High School
    You and your child are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting to learn about eligibility policies of DeLaSalle and the Minnesota State High School League for student-athletes. The meeting will be about 20 minutes. Coaches of fall athletic programs will hold team meetings after. New and transfer students may attend the Athletic Eligibility meeting but will learn even more information about DeLaSalle activities and athletics programs during New Family Orientation on August 18 at 6:30pm.
  • First Day of Fall Sports Practices
    Monday, August 15

Students registered for some honors or Advanced Placement courses are required to complete coursework before the new school year begins. All incoming 11th grade students should note the required reading assignment for U.S. History. Click here to find which courses require summer work to be completed by August 25.

DeLaSalle encourages all students to have these supplies when they begin classes on Tuesday, August 25.

  • Notebooks
  • Pens and pencils
  • Folders
  • Backpack

School Supply Reminders

Students in Algebra 1 and Geometry should have a scientific calculator. Students in Algebra 2, Precalculus, Statistics, and all Calculus classes should have a graphing calculator. Note: Casio graphing calculators are not recommended.

Each teacher and course may have specific requests for school supplies. Students will hear about this on the first day of classes.

The School Store will again sell draw-string bookbags this year that are the only approved bag for carrying items during the school day. Backpacks are to be used only to carry items from home to school and back.

Parking permits will be sold for $225 starting August 10. Seniors may purchase parking permits on Wednesday, August 10 from 10:00am-6:30pm and on Thursday, August 11 from 10:00am-4:30pm. Parking permits will be sold to seniors and juniors on Friday, August 12 beteen 10:00am-4:30pm.

Permits may paid for by cash or a check payable to DeLaSalle High School.

Please note a permit will not be sold unless the following requirements are met:

  • The student is Enrolled at DeLaSalle
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Registrant must identify the make, model and license plate information for PRIMARY vehicle that will be driven to De
  • Fully agree to terms and conditions
  • Form of payment (cash / check)

Permits are sold on a first come, first served basis with no saving or reservations allowed. Once the number of available permits are sold, a student may opt to keep his or her information on a waiting list.

Please note that parking at DeLaSalle is a PRIVILEGE and is a contract between DeLaSalle HS and the STUDENT purchasing the parking permit. Every attempt should be made for the STUDENT to arrive in person to purchase their parking permit. For each permit sold, a confirmation email will be sent to the STUDENT that will include the Terms and Conditions that have been agreed to. As noted in said confirmation, failure to comply can result in one or a combination of revocation of permit, application of a restrictive boot, and towing of vehicle – not necessarily in that order.

As the start of school approaches, parents often want to know more about their child’s school bus route, stop, as well as pick-up and drop-off times. .

  • For those students residing in Minneapolis who requested busing as part of 2016-17 registration, Minneapolis & Suburban/Monarch Bus Company began mailing postcards on August 1 with the route and stop information.
  • For those students residing in St. Paul and suburbs who have requested transportation through DeLaSalle, route information will be emailed directly to students / families prior to August 15.

Questions? Please contact Brooks Shelstad at 612.676.7614.

Do you need to purchase new uniform apparel for your child? The School Store will be open during several school-related events in August, including School Orientations and the first day of fall sports practices. The hours will be as follows:

  • Wednesday August 10, 9:30am-6:30pm
  • Monday, August 15, 12:00-4:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 17, 11:00am-9:00pm
  • Thursday, August 18, 8:00am-1:00pm and 2:00-6:00pm

The School Store’s regular hours during the school year will be announced in August.

As always, you may schedule an appointment with the School Store. Please contact Douge Schildgen at 612.859.5652.

Families are reminded that all students who receive financial aid based on need for the 2016-17 school year are required to schedule and complete 10 hours of work-service in return for their grant. (Students who receive only a Presidential Scholarship are not required to complete work-service.) Many students have completed their required work-service during the summer. Most students still need to schedule their 10 hours of work-service during the school year. Parents should contact Brooks Shelstad at 612.676.7614 to do so.

Tuition, fees, and expenses can add up quickly. To assist families in meeting their high school financial needs, DeLaSalle offers the Islander Foundation. Through the Foundation, parents and students work at various local arena and stadium concession stands, including here at the school. The Foundation is paid by the arena venue. DeLaSalle workers may then apply to the Foundation for grants to assist with school expenses such as tuition, graduation fees, or prom tickets. Please visit the Islander Foundation webpage to learn more.

Back-to-School Night, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, August 31, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, September 7. DeLaSalle made the change because other schools scheduled a number of athletic contests the night of August 31. Additionally, the school had to reschedule the Mass of the Holy Spirit to August 31 to accommodate the schedule of Archbishop Bernard Hebda, who will celebrate the Mass. The September 7 Back-to-School Night falls on an evening where there are currently no athletic contests scheduled.