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March 2016

DeLaSalle Digest

February 10th, Ash Wednesday, marked the beginning of the Lenten Season. DeLaSalle students, faculty, and staff joined together for Mass presided Father Michael Joncas and DeLaSalle Chaplain, Father Joe Kuharski.

God, As we begin the discipline of Lent, make this season holy by our self-denial. Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle…pray for us.

Live Jesus in our hearts…forever!


Enrollment Projections are Strong!

The current student enrollment remains the school’s largest since the 1970-71 school year. Our growth has allowed us to expand our current courses offerings and programs as well as hire additional teachers and staff. Read More…


“Honoring our Elders” for Social Justice Week


DeLaSalle celebrated their annual Social Justice Week February 22nd – 26th. This annual program, coordinated by the Office of Lasallian Ministry,  is inspired by the seven priciples of our Catholic Social Teachings. This year’s theme was “Honoring our Elders”. During the week, students had the opportunity to participate in all school assemblies, class and lunch presentations,  and service projects. Click Here to read more.


History Day Projects Exceed Expectations

History Day in an annual project in the 11th grade curriculum that inspires students to become experts in a a topic of choice surrounding a national theme. This year’s them was “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History”. Students created exhibits, websites, documentaries and performances to showcase their research. Topics ranging from the Tuskegee Airmen to Title IX, these students worked tirelessly to understand and perfect their projects. 31 projects have advanced on to the regional competition on Saturday, March 7th. Stay tuned…


 The Addams Family Musical


The Addams Family is facing one thing we all find it hard to face…change. In this year’s spring musical, De students will become the creepy and the kooky, mysterious and spooky, the all together ooky, the Addams Family! Dun Dun Dun Dun *Snap* *Snap*. Reserve your tickets TODAY!




March is always an exciting time for the Islanders! The playoff season has begun and all winter sports are hungry to bring home state titles. Follow the playoffs here!


DeLaSalle Student Connects with the World through her own Island to Island Initiative

Julia Eubanks wants to be an ambassador when she grows up. At 16, the DeLaSalle sophomore already has a wealth of diplomatic experience, having just completed her third trip to the Caribbean island of Haiti. She recently delivered 30 iPads donated by DeLaSalle to students at College Couer de Marie, a school about 15 miles west of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. Read More…

Alumni Digest

Alumni Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors Students at DeLaSalle

The DeLaSalle Alumni Legacy/Farrell Scholarship is offered to junior students who will receive the scholarship for their senior year at DeLaSalle. Applicants complete an application and are evaluated on their academics, extra-curricular activities, community, church and volunteer involvement. In addition, all applicants must have at least one relative that has graduated from DeLaSalle. Thank you to the Alumni Association Board for their scholarship committee work. If you would like to be involved on the Alumni Association, please e-mail Jessica Luckett or call 612-676-7687.


Alumni Luncheon Coming Up Soon!




Alumni Corner

Matt Gallagher ’06 Wins North American Excellence Award

The North American Excellence Awards honor outstanding achievements in the field of Public Relations and Communications. Gallagher currently works for Cox Enterprises in Atlanta, Georgia. He won his award in the “Internal Communication” category for his vision and spearheading of the Cox Retirement Dream It, Do It Campaign. The Dream It, Do It Campaign sought to provide Cox employees with a better understanding of their retirement benefits and improve their retirement readiness. This year’s campaign coupled an innovative creative approach that brought employee testimonials and imagery to the forefront with a high-impact contest that challenged employees to visualize their ideal retirement. Click here to view a list of 2015 NAE Award recipients.

Information provided by the North American Excellence Awards website.


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 Upcoming Events


The Addams Family

Spring Musical

February 26-28 , March 3 – 5

DeLaSalle High School – Florance Center



Annual Arizona Luncheon

Tuesday, March 1

Vivace Restaurant – Tucson, AZ



Annual Florida Luncheon 

Tuesday, March 22

The Club at Barefoot Beach – Bonita Springs, FL



DeLaSalle ONYX Step Team Show

Thursday, April 14

DeLaSalle High School – Florance Center



Founder’s Day

Wednesday, April 27

DeLaSalle High School – Main Gymnasium

Time TBD


Spring Music Concert

Wednesday, May 4

DeLaSalle High School – Florance Center



Baccalaureate Mass

Wednesday, May 18

DeLaSalle High School – Main Gymnasium




Thursday, May 19

Basilica of Saint Mary – Minneapolis


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Islander Athletics Calendar


Camp Islander Registration


During June and July, DeLaSalle’s Camp Islander offers nine different summer camps in drama and athletics for elementary, middle and high school students. Each Camp offers outstanding coaching and directing, with emphasis on fundamental skill development for participants. Students may sign up for a single camp or multiple camps!


Click Here to Register


Let us remember those Alumni & Friends who have been called home during the month of February:


Serverin Bucksa

Class of 1961

Patricia Cassady


Donald Combs

Class of 1942

Joann Kenney


Eugene Kosciolek

Class of 1946

Matthew Lynch


Martin Marrin Sr.

Class of 1950

Joan Rohlf


Frank Slovak

Class of 1956

Freddie Smith


Raymond Voss


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

St. John Baptist de La Salle; Pray for us!

Live Jesus in Our Hearts; Forever! 

Alumni Weekend 2016

Bring your friends and classmates together and get ready to “Celebrate the Good Times on Nicollet Island!” Committees from each class are in the planning stages and Save the Dates and invitations will be sent out to those classes having reunions this year. Remember, even if you are not having a reunion, we would still love to see you at the Hall of Fame Ceremony, Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament, School Tours, and Alumni Mass.


Thursday, August 11

DeLaSalle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Please join us as we honor those who have made a significant impact on DeLaSalle, in Islander athletics, and throughout the broader community. All alumni and friends are welcome!


Friday, August 12

Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament

Your spirit of competition will support student scholarships! Don’t golf? No problem! Join us for dinner after the tournament, sponsor a hole, or buy an advertisement for your company, which will be featured in this year’s golf program. All alumni and friends are welcome!


Saturday, August 13

Reunion Saturday

Haven’t been to De in a while? Come for our School Tours, an Alumni Mass, and your Class Reunion!




Reunion Updates


Congratulations to all classes between 1956 and 2011 ending in a “1” or “6” as they celebrate their reunions this year! Returning to DeLaSalle for your Class Reunion gives you the opportunity to renew past friendships while becoming reacquainted with the DeLaSalle campus.


If you are interested in joining a reunion planning committee, or if you would like more information, contact Jessica Luckett, Alumni Relations & Special Events Coordinator, at 612.676.7687 or


We can’t wait to see you back on Nicollet Island! Want to know updates on your reunion?

Click HERE


Thursday, August 14

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

To honor those who have made and impact of DeLaSalle, in De athletics, and in their community.

Friday, August 15

Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament

You spirit of competition will support student scholarships! Don’t golf? Then, you can join us for dinner after the tournament, sponsor a hole, or buy an advertisement for your company. It will be featured in this year’s golf program.

Saturday, August 16

This is a busy Saturday. Alumni Soccer Games commence in the morning and many of the reunions are held this day. Later, in the evening, there are School Tours and an Alumni Mass.