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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 2015-16 school year. This begins our 116th 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 2015-16 school prayer theme as chosen by president, Barry Lieske: “How good it is when God’s people live in unity.” 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.

All families must complete several required forms with information that must be updated annually. You must turn in these completed forms at your school orientation session:

  • Annual Health Information
    The school nurse keeps up-to-date medical information about your child on file, including any allergies, vision or hearing problems your child may have, or medications that he or she may take.
  • Home Language Questionnaire
    This form helps us identify families eligible for receiving federal funds and services that provide support for English Language Learners. Family and student eligibility is based on your responses to this questionnaire.
  • Household Income Report
    This form allows DeLaSalle to receive programs, services and resources from the State of Minnesota and U.S. Government. Individual family information is kept confidential.
  • Student-Parent Handbook Agreement
    The 2015-16 Student-Parent Handbook is available here. Please review the handbook, then complete this form acknowledging that you will abide by its policies. Click here to access the Tablet Device Protection Plan to choose the protection plan for your child’s iPad.
  • Physical Exam
    The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) requires every student athlete to have a new physical exam on file with DeLaSalle every three years.
  • MSHSL Eligibility
    The MSHSL requires these forms of any student before they participate in any activity during the 2015-16 school year.  Please complete, sign, and return the last two pages of the document, which will be kept on file in the Student Activities Office.

This REQUIRED program for ALL new ninth grade and transfer students begins at 8:25am. Please 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 students 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 Monday) 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
  • All 9th grade students should NOT bring their iPads to this orientation
  • All transfer students SHOULD bring their iPads to this orientation

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 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.

All students and a parent/guardian are required to attend at least one school orientation session before the 2015-16 year begins. At orientation, students will receive a new iPad Air and we will share important school updates. You will receive a separate email with a link in which you can register your child for one of these sessions:

  • Tuesday, August 4, 9:00am – SESSION FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED
  • Tuesday, August 4, 6:00pm – SESSION FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED
  • Wednesday, August 5, 6:00pm – SESSION FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED
  • Thursday, August 6, 9:00am – SESSION FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED
  • Tuesday, August 11, 9:00am – SESSION FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED
  • Tuesday, August 11, 6:00pm – SESSION FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED
  • Thursday, August 20, 6:00pm

Please note: If you have more than one child at DeLaSalle, you will receive an individual email for each one. Simply click the link in each message and sign your child up.

Before your orientation session, we will ask you to complete some required information that must be updated annually. We will communicate more information about that to you in the coming weeks.

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.

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.

Do you need to order new uniform apparel for your child? Place your order by Friday, July 10, to ensure pick-up the week of August 17. The School Store is open this summer by appointment only. You may contact Douge Schildgen via email  or by phone at 612.859.5652.

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 22, 5:00-8:00pm
    Saturday, July 25, 9:00am-12:00pm
    TRIA will offer free sports physicals. No appointment necessary. Bring immunization records, if possible.
  • CVS Minute Clinic
    Among other options students and families may consider is receiving a sports physical from CVS Minute Clinics, which are now located in most major Target stores. For a limited time, a $10 discount on sports physicals drops the price to $49.
  • Athletic Eligibility Meeting
    Thursday, August 6, 6:00pm, 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. Coaches will also be available to discuss fall schedules, expectations and goals.
  • First Day of Fall Sports Practices
    Monday, August 10 or Monday, August 17

Families are reminded that all students who receive financial aid based on need for the 2015-16 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.