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Thursday, January 29, 2015

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

​​We praise and thank You, Lord,​ ​for the gift of living water. Guide us​ ​to use it wisely,​ ​learn from its humility,​ ​consume it sparingly,and protect its purity, Amen.​

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

Daily Digest

We will follow this shortened class schedule because of our Catholic Schools Week prayer service after 1st hour.

  • Period 1: 8:30-9:09
  • Prayer Service: 9:14-10:10
  • Period 2: 10:18-10:54
  • Period 3: 10:59-11:35
  • Period 4: 11:40-12:16
  • Period 5: 12:21-12:57
  • Period 6: 1:02-1:38
  • Period 7: 1:43-2:19
  • Period 8: 2:24-3:00


  • 5:00pm: Boys’ JV hockey vs. Rochester Lourdes @ Minnehaha Academy South Campus
  • 5:00pm: Wrestling triangular @ Trinity School at River Ridge
  • 7:00pm: Boys’ varsity hockey vs. Rochester Lourdes @ Minnehaha Academy South Campus
  • 7:30pm: Girls’ varsity hockey vs. SPA/Visitation @ Drake Arena

Thanks to all who have taken part so far in Winterfest. We’re having a great week!  Click here for a full schedule of Winterfest events.

Out of Uniform

Today’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.

Tomorrow’s out of uniform day is Islander spirit day. Show off that Islander pride! Students may wear any DeLaSalle apparel, black and gold/yellow, or Hawaiian shirts and shorts. Get into the Islander Spirit!

Prayer Service Today
We will gather for a prayer service after 1st hour 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.

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!!!

Annual Blood Drive

If you signed up to donate blood tomorrow, enjoy a free breakfast at school before the blood drive. Students who signed up may use their pass to the blood drive to get into Mr. Zavitz’s room, B205, tomorrow starting at 7:45am for bagels and cream cheese. Thank you to those who are participating.

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!

Students and staff, you must display a valid parking permit to park in the parking lot. Vehicles parked in the lot without a permit will be booted on the first violation and towed on the second violation. If you are not parked in a designated parking spot, your vehicle will be towed. Thank you for your cooperation.

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 today.

  • 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?

The daily recommended intake of water is 8 cups, although it can be found in most foods, not just liquid water!

The average American uses 80-100 gallons of water per day (mostly from toilet flushing)!

Now you know…

Ms Beckman has put together another service trip to Colorado Springs, CO. This year’s trip is May 30-June 7. For more details please

Students who are interested in participating in the trip need to:

  1. Complete the online application (You must be logged into your Students Apps account to access the form)
  2. Pick up a parent permission slip and return it to Ms Beckman in the Library and Technology Center
  3. Ask three staff members to complete an online staff recommendation for you. (

All application material must be submitted and turned in by 4:00pm on Friday, February 6. If you have any questions please visit the Service Trip Webpage or talk with Ms Beckman.

Interested in learning to play chess? Already know how to play chess? Either way, join us for chess club on TODAY, 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 today in Ms. Megan’s room, B111.

Hey guys – interested in joining MACRs (Men’s Association of Competitive Readers)? We play a fast, competitive game based on a book we read. The new MACRs season starts Wednesday. This spring, we will be reading “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” by Erik Larson.
There is a prayer service for life tonight 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.

Good luck to sophomore Carter Steinhagen, as he competes in the section Alpine Ski race on Wednesday at Wild Mountain. Carter won his first race of the season and looks to continue that success in the postseason. Good luck Carter!

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.
Tomorrow is the deadline if you want to suggest a Scripture theme to Mr. Lieske for next 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.
Today 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.