by DeLaSalle | | Source

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

Rejoice in the Lord, For he has refreshed the parched earth. Rejoice for the rain that falls by night, And soaks gently into the dry ground, Causing half dried up roots to swell, And the deep cracks in the earth to close. Rejoice for the great drops that fall at midday; Rejoice in the small streams, Singing on their way, From the hills down into the valleys, To make the rivers swell, And fill the reservoirs, And supply the cities, And irrigation channels with water., We praise you, O God

Saint John Baptist de La Salle…pray for us. Live Jesus in our hearts…forever!

Daily Digest


Join us in the Winterfest and Catholic Schools Week fun. Click here for a full schedule of Winterfest events.

Catholic Schools Week
This year, for Catholic Schools Week, we honor the commitment to the H2O for Life initiative that we started last fall with the visit of Katie Spotz and an initial collection. We are supporting a project to build a well for a school in Nicaragua. Our goal is to raise $2,000; so far, we have raised $1,033. Here is how you can help:

You can find 4 collection jars – one for each grade – on the staff table during lunches. You are encouraged to bring in donations (cash, change, checks) throughout the week. The goal is to collect the LEAST amount of money for your class by putting your donations into another class’s jar. The class with the LEAST amount collected by Friday will win an out of uniform day in February. We had a slow start during lunches yesterday and early results show the class in the lead to win an out of uniform day is 11th grade (the class in last place is 10th grade). Crack open your piggy banks, ask your grandma for a check, hit up your boss.

If we, as a school community, collect $2,000 or more, we will receive another late start day before the end of the school year. Don’t forget to bring in your donations!!!

Out of Uniform

Today’s out of uniform day is Any Decade Day. It’s history day (sort of). Dress from any period in history! You can be a caveman, a medieval knight, a founding father, an 80’s pop star, or whatever else strikes your fancy. Go back in time and pick your favorite era!

Tomorrow’s out of uniform day is Blue Out. In support of H2O for Life and in solidarity with those who don’t have access to clean water, we will all wear blue.

Go Snow Tubing at Theodore Wirth
Join your friends after school today as we go snow tubing at Theodore Wirth. Buses leave De at 3:45pm and return at 6:45pm. You must ride the bus to and from, if you plan to go. Click here by the end of lunch today to sign up if you want to go tubing (you must be logged in to your Student Apps account). Please remember to bring $6 with you to pay for the tubing.

Annual Blood Drive
Today is the last day to sign up in the Main Office to donate blood on Friday. Students age 16 must have a signed permission form on file from their parents in order to be eligible to donate blood. All students 16+ must meet the height and weight requirements. Students under the age of 16 are not eligible to donate. Please see Ms. Weeks with questions.

Students who have signed up are invited to a bagel breakfast in Mr. Zavitz’s room, B205, on Friday starting at 7:45am. Students may use their pass to the Blood Drive to get in to the breakfast.

Prayer Service Tomorrow
We will gather for a prayer service after 1st hour tomorrow to celebrate Catholic Schools Week and to promote our partnership with H2O For Life. We welcome Deacon Mickey Friesen as our presider. Lasallian Ministry will not gather on this day due to the liturgy.

Sadie Hawkins Dance Saturday
Whip out those flannel T-shirts, cowgirl boots, cowboy hats, and jeans. It’s time for a good ol’ fashioned country-western get-together! This Saturday from 7:30-10:30pm. Tickets cost $7 or $6 with a canned good. Mosey on down to the Florance Center for a fun night of dancing. Now remember, girls, it’s your turn to ask the guys to the dance (or just come with your friends). Have fun!

The Weekly De is back…with a Winterfest special. Watch it here.

You can do something right now. Read the following tips and find one you can commit to doing this week. We’ll be asking you about it tomorrow.

  • When washing hands, turn off the water while you lather.
  • Time your shower, try to keep it under five minutes.
  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
  • Use cold water in your washing machine and only run full loads
  • Use a reusable water bottle!
  • Put plastic bottles filled with sand in your toilet tank to decrease the water volume you are flushing.
  • Only run your dishwasher when it’s full.
  • Invest in a rain barrel.
  • Every time you flush the toilet 5-7 gallons of water is used. Only flush when necessary and don’t use the toilet as a trash can by putting kleenex, small trash in it.
  • Don’t buy bottled water

This week, as we raise awareness about (and money for) water through our H2O For Life project, we want to share interesting water facts with you each day. So…did you know?

More fresh water is reserved underground in aquifers than on the earth’s surface!

The U.S. uses 80% of its water for irrigation and thermoelectric powers!

Now you know…

Thank you to the students who were able to attend listening sessions around the topic of racial justice and equity on January 21 during lunches.  We are planning to conduct another session with the same purpose on Wednesday, February 4.  Passes to the front of the lunch line will again be available in the Lasallian Ministry office before the sessions and in the Robert Casanova Room during the sessions.  All are welcome.
Make your voice heard in state government and help lobby for a 40% renewable energy standard in Minnesota by 2030. You are invited to come to Minnesota Environmental Lobby Day at the State Capitol on Monday, February 2. Sign up here. Contact Kumar Flower Kay for more information. Transportation will be provided to and from DeLaSalle.

In the morning, learn more about this issue and how to speak to your legislator in an effective way. Then you will meet with your state senator and representative to talk to them about this issue and any other issues that are important to you. After a free lunch, you can participate in a youth-only, youth-led meeting with Governor Dayton to speak to him directly about the issues that matter to us as young people. This is a great opportunity that doesn’t come around often!

Interested in learning to play chess? Already know how to play chess? Either way, join us for chess club on Thursday, 3:15-4:30, in room A204. We play chess at all levels and are willing to teach you how to play. And, if nothing else, come for the treats!

National Art Honor Society meets after school tomorrow in Ms. Megan’s room, B111.

The deadline is Friday if you want to suggest a Scripture theme to Mr. Lieske for the 2015-16 school year. Email Mr. Lieske with your suggestion along with a brief explanation about why you chose the Scripture theme you did. You can also suggest the theme through any of your teachers or by dropping it off in the Administration Office.

Earn Christian Service hours while connecting with students from other Lasallian schools this summer at the Lasallian Youth Gathering in Chicago. The 2015 gathering, from June 21-26, focuses on the theme “Seeing with the Eyes of Faith” and is filled with keynote speakers, small faith sharing groups, engaging activities, service projects, and city day. The gathering costs $350 per person; you may pay an extra $15 if you want a linen packet that includes bed linens and towels. There will also be a travel fee depending on how many students decide to participate. You will receive 30 service hours for this trip. Stop by the Lasallian Ministry office to pick up registration materials. Registration, including a $50 deposit, is due on May 1.
Tomorrow is the last day to vote for the Islander boys’ basketball team in the regional round of USA Today’s contest to find the best basketball program in the country. The top vote getter from each of the eight regions, plus two wild cards, will advance to the national round. You can vote here as many times as you want through Thursday.

There is a prayer service for life tomorrow at 7:00pm at Lumen Christi Catholic Church (2055 Bohland Ave., St. Paul). Meet in the chapel for scripture readings, Mass, and prayer. A social with refreshments will follow.