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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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

Lord, maker of all new things, thank you for this new year and for all the potential it holds. Amen

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

The second semester starts tomorrow (January 6). Remember, there are no classes today because of staff professional development around racial equity and the social teachings of the Catholic Church.

You may find more information about the second semester by clicking here.

Students, please update your iPad to iOS 9.2 and update all of your apps before the start of school on Wednesday. More and more apps require that you have the latest IOS and we would like to start the semester with everyone on the same page with updates.

On December 17th, Canvas’s iOS app updated, and some of its features have changed.

  • Push Notifications are available to students. Each user can subscribe to alerts on their mobile app. This way, students can see banners or the red icon on the app with the number of notifications they have within Canvas. First, allow Canvas to send notifications. This can be set in the iOS settings. Second, open up the Canvas Mobile App. Go to settings by tapping the gear in the top right-hand corner of the app window. From there, switch the toggle for notifications, and then adjust Notification Preferences. Whichever features are green will appear in iOS notifications.
  • To change which courses are displayed on the Canvas dashboard, tap the gear in the top of the app window. Add/Remove the checkmarks to change which courses are shown.
  • To view grades, students need to press the “A+” icon next to the settings gear in the top right of the app window. If this doesn’t show as an option, close and restart the app.
  • The calendar information needs to be reset. Students will need to select the classes to display on their mobile calendar.

It is important that all students are on iOS 9.2 as well. This will reduce the number of crashes that occur with the Canvas app.

Temporary student day passes will NOT be available on Friday, January 8. Vehicles not properly displaying a valid parking permit will be towed.

Juniors will participate in a day-long series of college planning activities on Friday. Students should report to their 1st hour class for attendance. During the breakout sessions, juniors will hear from college admission representatives and others about visiting colleges; the application process; financial aid and scholarships; testing skills for the ACT and SAT; and the NCAA, arts and medical careers. Please see the Guidance office with any questions.

Freshmen: You will gather for your first class retreat this Friday. This is a full day event where you have the opportunity to meet with your classmates, build class unity and share.  Here are some details regarding your retreat:

  • Attendance is mandatory.  If you miss a retreat day you are required to make up your absence through the guidance of the Lasallian Ministry office.
  • You must be in school uniform on retreat day.
  • Bring a bag lunch (juice or water will be provided)
  • Please leave all books, bags, headphones, cell phones, iPads, etc. at home or school.  These items are not allowed on retreat.
  • The retreat will run during the school day only.  You will check in to first hour for attendance and announcements and will move to the Albers Atrium to board buses which will bring you to the retreat site.
  • Please come with an open and positive attitude and you will have fun.
  • Any questions or concerns should be directed to Ms. Hodapp in the Lasallian Ministry office during your lunch period.

Seniors who will serve as 9th grade retreat leaders: Don’t forget that we meet at St. Maron’s Catholic Church at 7:45am on Friday. Complete your request for absence form and pick up a T-Shirt in Lasallian Ministry if you need one.

Game Day in the Lasallian Ministry office is this Thursday during all lunch periods.  We will then be off for two weeks but back on again on Thursday, January 28. We brought in 4 new games over the break so, come check it out.

Starting next semester, Miss Barry and Mr. Christianson will start a Fit Club to help you maintain or improve your fitness level through a variety of fitness activities. As part of the club, members will be given or can purchase Pivotal Fitness bands to measure activity, steps and sleep levels, plus the opportunity to monitor calorie and water intake. If interested, complete this survey or see either Miss Barry or Mr. Christianson.

Come play Scrabble on the first Friday of each month. It starts Friday, January 8 after school in Ms. Sullivan’s room, A206. This is very informal and you can come when you can.

Seniors, don’t forget that all of your hours and paper are due by January 22 – no exceptions.  You can find Christian Service information, forms and agency ideas on the DeLaSalle website. Contact Mr. CJ Hallman in the Lasallian Ministry office if you have any questions or concerns.

Great Gatherings directly support student scholarships while offering De parents an opportunity to connect with other parents in their child’s grade. The parties provide a fun, casual environment for parents to share their experiences as they and their children navigate high school – from being a 9th grader all the way to college admissions.

There are two more Great Gathering parties scheduled:

  • 11th grade: Saturday, January 16, 7:00pm
  • 12th grade: Saturday, January 9, 6:30pm

Click here if you would like to attend a party. The cost is $25 per person.

Students may now register for the next driver’s education class, which will be taught by Ray Kroll ‘60 at DeLaSalle February 16-19, 22-26, and 29. Click here to download a registration form. You may return completed registration forms to the Administration Office. Registration forms are accepted until the class is filled. Classroom instruction costs $110 and behind-the-wheel instruction costs $330; students who register for both the class and behind-the-wheel instruction will pay $399.