by DeLaSalle | | Source

Friday April 21, 2017

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

Christ is risen and forever lives to challenge and to change
all whose lives are messed or mangled, all who find religion strange.
Christ is risen!, Christ is present making us what He has been,
evidence of transformation in which God is known and seen

Saint John Baptist de La Salle…pray for us.

Live Jesus in our hearts…forever!

On today’s calendar…



  • 3:25pm: Boys’ JV golf vs. Academy of Holy Angels @ Columbia Golf Course
  • 4:00pm: Boys’ JV tennis @ Brooklyn Center
  • 4:00pm: Boys’ varsity tennis @ Brooklyn Center
  • 4:15pm: C baseball @ Fridley
  • 4:15pm: JF baseball @ Fridley
  • 4:15pm: C softball vs. Southwest @ Bryn Mawr
  • 7:00pm: Varsity baseball vs. Fridley @ Parade Stadium

In today’s news…

Seniors are required to attend a meeting with Mr. Benson during the first 15 minutes of their lunch period today for important information about graduation, Baccalaureate Mass, and end-of-year details. Please go to D117 immediately before you get your lunch. You will have enough time to eat after the meeting.

The Parent Association sponsored group that was scheduled to meet today from 1:45-2:45pm to lift up the De community in prayer has been postponed and may be rescheduled at a later date. Students, staff, and families may place prayer requests in prayer boxes in the Lasallian Ministry office, Main Office, or Theology classroom; requests may remain anonymous.

The DeLaSalle community will celebrate Founder’s Week next week (April 24-29). Each day will emphasize one of the Lasallian 5 core principles:

Monday, April 24 Faith in the Presence of God

All are welcome to come to the “Upper Room” (the Chapel on the second floor of Christian Brothers Hall) for morning prayer at 7:45am. Special prayers will also be read at the start of each class period.

Tuesday, April 25: Respect for All Persons 

Students and families are encouraged to donate during lunches all week toward our school collection for South Sudan. There will be a bin for each grade level.  The class with the largest donation will have a pizza party sometime before the end of the school year.

Wednesday, April 26: Inclusive Community

The entire community will gather for our annual Founder’s Day Mass and Ice Cream Social at 9:00am in the Florance Center.

Thursday, April 27: Concern for the Poor and Social Justice

Students are invited to sign up to participate in a food packing event at Feed My Starving Children from 2:00-5:00pm. Click here to sign up.

Friday, April 28:  Quality Education

In honor of the legacy of the Christian Brothers, the faculty and staff have been invited to wear a special T-shirt. The shirt is black with a white collar or “rebat”. The rebat is the collar worn by the brothers in their traditional robes. The back reads, “Together and By Association”

Faculty Student Kickball game after school on the field. Come celebrate Founder’s Week at our carnival-themed Founder’s Fest after school on Friday, April 28. There will be food trucks, a Senior v. Staff kickball game, and fun games! Festivities will begin at 3:30pm.

Saturday, April 29:  FOUNDER’S DAY 5k

There’s still time for you to sign up to participate. Click here for more information. Students can even try to Beat the Principal by running faster than Mr. Benson.

DeLaSalle Theatre Presents “All Together Now”, a celebration of our connectivity with one another, both in real life and in the world of our dreams. This show brings the audience right up on the Florance Center stage, creating an intimate playground filled with colorful projections, short films, live music, song and dance. Told with silliness and seriousness, the show features wild abstract characters, physical comedy and beautiful moments of poignancy, all created by the brilliant minds of the cast and crew.

Performances are tonight at 8:00pm and tomorrow at 5:00pm and 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for DeLaSalle students with a school ID. Please note, the Saturday afternoon show was originally scheduled at 4:00pm, but was pushed back one hour to accommodate for a schedule conflict involving some cast and crew members.

Help us take care of Nicollet Island and be good neighbors at our 10th annual Island Cleanup Day Saturday from 12:30-3:00pm. Co-sponsored by the Parent Association and the student GREEN team, we invite all De parents-staffstudents0friends to work in groups to clean up the Island. Bring a rake and gloves, if you have them. Help us rake, bag and hunt for “treasures”. We will also have a few gardening projects. Join us after your hard work for a free BBQ hosted by the Parent Association. Last year, nearly 40 Islanders volunteered and collected 45 bags of trash.

Parents, help the DeLaSalle Parent Association celebrate our terrific staff on the annual Staff Appreciation Day on Thursday, April 27! Please click here to sign up if you would like to volunteer at the event or to donate something for the day. Many parents enjoy spending part of the day with each other – and all for a good cause! All teachers, administrators, and support staff are recognized on this day – and we need your help welcoming and serving them a continental breakfast and later a tasty lunch.

If you have questions, please contact Parent Association co-chairs, Jackie Schluter Johnson or Luann Mishler. If you prefer to make a cash donation toward the cost of meals and treats for the staff, please send your donation to Parent Association staff liaison, Mike O’Keefe, at DeLaSalle.

The DeLaSalle Onyx Step Team performs their routine “Step is LIFE!” in the second annual Soul Stepping Scholars Stomp Down tomorrow at 3:00pm at Patrick Henry High School. Doors open at 2:30pm. Tickets cost $10 at the door; children 5 and under are free. A limited number of advance tickets for $8 are available from Ms. Luckett in Christian Brothers’ Hall; advance ticket sales end today at 3:00pm. The competition will be judged.

Let’s show the Islanders our support! The louder the crowd is, the better it looks/sounds for the judges! That, alone, will up our score. We have an extremely creative routine based in space. I think we can place this year! #StepIsLIFE #ONYX #SSSStompDown2017

Looking for a job, internship, or volunteer opportunity? Learn more and meet with representatives from more than 40 businesses and organizations at the Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair tomorrow from 9:00am-2:00pm at the Hennepin County Library in downtown Minneapolis. The event is free. You should come dressed to impress, prepared to network with potential employers, and distribute resumes. New to the event this year is an on-site prep rally or an opportunity for teens to meet with a career coach and prepare for the Teen Job Fair.

Prom ticket sales end Sunday – so buy yours today, if you haven’t already done so. Tickets for the April 29 prom now cost $75. Click here to buy your tickets online or you can buy them in the Business Office. De students may bring a non-DLS guest, but must complete this dance guest registration form.

Students with special dietary needs may email Ms. Brinson or stop by to see her in the Student Activities office before Friday.

DID YOU KNOW!?   The theme for the 2016-2017 yearbook is Did You Know?

The Yearbook Committee is sponsoring a virtual Easter egg hunt that will run until Friday, April 21st. You will find 10 Easter Egg Posters throughout the school. Scan the QR code on each of the Easter Eggs and answer the questions. Everyone who answers the questions correctly will be entered into a drawing for gift cards. *You will need to download a QR Reader app or you can type in the URL.

On Wednesday, we will gather in the Florance Center between first and second period to celebrate our annual Founder’s Day Mass.   Founder’s Day is an event dedicated to recognizing the founder of the Christian Brothers and namesake of our school, St. John Baptist DeLaSalle.  Our celebrant for Mass will be Fr. Michael Joncas. We will take time to honor our Alumni Scholarship, Giving Tree, as well as two staff members with the Lasallian Educator Award and the Liemandt Excellence in Teaching Award.

Be a leader on Student Council!  Executive Board nomination forms are now available (in the Main Office and B302).  The Student Council Executive Board consists of 5 positions – Student Council president and vice president (who run together), secretary, treasurer, and public relations officer.

The President must be a senior in the fall of 2017; the other positions can be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2017. You do not need to be on Student Council to run for an executive board position.  If you are elected, you will automatically be on Student Council and do not have to run in the class representative elections.

Nomination forms are due to Mr. Sczepanski on Wednesday, April 26.  Please see Mr. Sczepanski, Mr. Hank or Mr. Zavitz with any questions.

The next driver’s education class at DeLaSalle will be taught in June by Ray Kroll ’60. The classes are from 9:00am-12:20pm June 5-9 and 12-16 – and there are now less than 10 spaces remaining! There is a mandatory parent meeting June 5 at 1:00pm. Click here for a registration form. You may return it to the Administration Office. Applications are due by May 1, though spots may be filled sooner, so don’t delay! 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.

Ms. Stipkovits from the Guidance Office will work with 9th graders over the next few weeks to help students get registered with Naviance and complete a career activity. Naviance is a college preparation program that helps students connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals and assists with college and career planning. The Career Interest Profiler on Naviance is an online career assessment for students based on Holland’s Interest Codes.  When students complete the Career Interest Profiler, their results will display their top Holland Code matches.

Team pictures for spring sports are scheduled over the next couple of weeks. Team coaches will have picture forms. Team pictures are scheduled:

  • Wednesday, April 26
    3:15pm: Boys’ and girls’ golf at Founder’s Park; C baseball at DeLaSalle Athletic Field
    3:45pm: Track at DeLaSalle Athletic Field
  • Friday, May 5
    5:00pm: Boys’ Tennis at Kenwood Tennis Courts
    6:00pm: JV and varsity baseball at Parade Stadium

We are in need of student volunteers for the 2nd annual Founder’s Day 5K the morning of Saturday, April 29. Student volunteers will help with:

  • Kids Fun Run
  • Face Painting (w/ Ms. Kiya)
  • Giving out Refreshments
  • Set-up
  • Breakdown
  • Bounce House Monitor
  • Handing out Ice Cream for Beat the Principal
  • Water Stations
  • Packet Prep 4/26 – After school 2:45pm – 4:30pm
  • Volunteer Check-in
  • Run Registration help
  • Helping direct traffic to finisher events

You will be eligible for Christian Service Hours for helping at this event. If you are interested, please e-mail Ms. Luckett by Friday, April 21.

Students are invited to take advantage of a fantastic opportunity to get some face time with an admissions representatives who may be reviewing your college application in the future. Start building these relationships now and it will benefit you in the future! Attend a college fair at Benilde-St. Margaret’s on Tuesday, April 25 from 7:00-8:30pm.

Click here to sign up for a free bus to and from the event. A bus will leave DLS at 6:30pm sharp and return to De at the end of the fair, 8:30pm.

You may also drive to the fair on your own. Parents and caretakers are welcome to go with you, they can even ride the bus with us. Check in at the table with Ms. Carter and Ms. McAdams when you arrive.

Click here to find a list of participating colleges.