DeLaSalle teachers, staff, and coaches and moderators are excited to welcome students back-to-school for the 2014-15 school year. This begins our 115th year on Nicollet Island and we are again a bigger school, drawing some 750 students from more than 110 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 2014-15 school prayer theme as chosen by president, Barry Lieske: “Find your delight in the Lord.” 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 on varying topics here. If you cannot find the information you are looking for here, please call the Main Office at 612.676.7600 for direct assistance.
This fun evening, Wednesday, September 3, 6:00 – 8:40pm allows parents and guardians to walk through an abbreviated version of their child’s school day. After a short welcome from DeLaSalle administration, parents meet with their child’s academic mentor and visit each classroom to meet the teacher and hear about the particulars of each course. Tasty treats are served during “lunch” time!
Now that school has begun, families may deposit money into a cafeteria account for a student to purchase lunch and/or breakfast at DeLaSalle. Families may add money to their account by depositing cash or a check with the Main Office. Deposits made before 8:30am will be credited to a student’s account on that same day.
Note, this year the School Store will again sell draw-string bookbags that are the only approved bag for carrying items during the school year. Backpacks are to be used only to carry items from home to school and back.Families should also review DeLaSalle’s uniform policy in the Student-Parent Handbook. Guidelines for school uniform appearance (including policies on shoes and pants) are found on pages 5 and 6 of the Handbook.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to refine our routes for students, especially as we work with an outside busing company for families living in Minneapolis. With each day, the delivery to and from school has been getting better. If you have ongoing concerns, please ccontact Brooks Shelstad at 612.676.7614.
Families are reminded that all students who receive financial aid based on need for the 2014-15 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 Sean McMenomy at 612.676.7618 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. 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.
Our annual Homecoming celebration runs September 8-13 and features several popular events that draw students together in a way to build community. Homecoming Week includes the first Pepfest of the school year – on Friday, September 12. We gather as a community to show our school spirit several times a year to celebrate the accomplishments of our students on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community. Students sit with classmates in their grade and each grade competes against one another – and the faculty and staff – for the “Spirit Stick” and bragging rights.
DeLaSalle encourages students, parents, faculty, staff and friends to cheer on the Islanders at athletic competitions. Many of our teams have already started competition and you can find the full schedule on the Athletic Calendar. Admission to regular season home football, volleyball and basketball games costs $6 for adults, $4 for non-DeLaSalle students (K-12), $4 for seniors and free for DeLaSalle students with a student ID. Attending competitions and cheering on fellow Islanders is a great way to show school spirit and connect with other students, parents and friends beyond the classroom.
Students wishing to sign-up for the next classroom session should complete a registration form and return it to the Administration office; days, dates, and times are listed on the form. The next session starts on September 15.