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Off to a Great Start!

DeLaSalle teachers, staff, coaches and moderators are excited to welcome students back-to-school for the 2017-18 school year. This begins our 118th year on Nicollet Island and we begin the year as the third largest Catholic high school in Minnesota, drawing students from more than 120 middle schools. We thank you for your commitment to partner with us at DeLaSalle this year.

We renew our pledge to be even better in all that we do, certainly as teachers and learners, but even more importantly, as people called to serve each other and make God present in our world. That starts with a commitment to the 2017-18 school prayer theme as chosen by president, Barry Lieske: “Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.” This theme guides us in all we do – from the first day of practices to staff orientation sessions right through to the last day of school. It will be woven into student programs throughout the year.

Families can find back-to-school information here. Click on the topic to learn more information. If you cannot find the information you are looking for here, please call the Main Office at 612.676.7600 for direct assistance.

Returning students in grades 10, 11, and 12 or a parent/guardian are required to attend a School Orientation session before the 2017-18 year begins. Families will register for an orientation session at the same time as they complete required “back-to-school” forms.

Families must complete and submit required back-to-school forms. The primary contact in each household has received an email from communications@delasalle.com with a link to the forms; parents with multiple children will receive a separate email for each child. Families should check their email inbox for the message and may look to a junk or spam folder to see if the message was accidentally sent there.

The back-to-school email also includes important information about required school orientations for new and returning students. Families of returning students may sign up for an orientation on either Wednesday, August 9 or Wednesday, August 16. New Student Orientation for all ninth grade and new transfer students will be held on Thursday, August 17 and new families are invited back to DeLaSalle for New Family Orientation the evening of August 17.

Orientation sessions for returning students are scheduled:

  • Wednesday, August 9, 10:30am-6:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 16, 12:00-8:00pm

During the school orientation, families will receive the student’s iPad. Families may also deposit lunch money into their child’s account and meet with other important school personnel.

Families who choose the $50 Annual Protection Plan option for their child’s iPad will find the charge reflected on their TADS account to be paid within the upcoming month. (Most returning families made this choice when re-enrolling in February; families of new students are making that choice this month). Families who have already paid their tuition will have an additional invoice added to their account to make this payment. Families who choose the $405 Deposit Protection Plan option will need to bring in a check when their student picks up their iPad in August.

 All parents and families who are new to DeLaSalle (Class of 2021 and transfers) are asked to come to a more extensive “New Family” Orientation program on the evening of Thursday, August 17.  This program will include a Welcome Cookout that begins at 5:30pm and continues with presentations from various administrators, explanations of school practices and protocols, iPad distribution and more at 6:30pm. Those attending this New Family Orientation will pay for the tablet insurance plan they selected and pick up the school-issued iPad Air.

Families who choose the $50 Annual Protection Plan option for their child’s iPad will find the charge reflected on their TADS account to be paid within the upcoming month. (Most returning families made this choice when re-enrolling in February; families of new students are making that choice this month). Families who have already paid their tuition will have an additional invoice added to their account to make this payment. Families who choose the $405 Deposit Protection Plan option will need to bring in a check when their student picks up their iPad in August. Families may also deposit lunch money into their child’s account and meet with other important school personnel at the school orientation..

Families must complete and submit required back-to-school forms for each student. The primary contact in each household has received an email from communications@delasalle.com with a link to the forms; parents with multiple children will receive a separate email for each child. Families should check their email inbox for the message and may look to a junk or spam folder to see if the message was accidentally sent there.

Pre-registration for New Family Orientation is not required – and, unlike returning families, new families will not receive a separate e-mail with a registration link for August 17.

This REQUIRED program for ALL new ninth grade and transfer students begins at 8:25am and is for students only.

On August 17, students should check in between 8:00-8:20am. The 9th grade program runs all day, ending at 3:00pm. The transfer students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon. All new students meet new classmates, meet their academic mentor, and then (with a copy of their class schedules in hand) are introduced to teachers and important school personnel as part of a 90-minute tour/building orientation.

  • Transfer students meet separately with other transfers (and some returning De students); we will have a continental breakfast meeting to start the transfers program at 8:30am, but we will not serve lunch to the transfers. Again, the transfers are dismissed at 12:00 noon.
  • Ninth graders will stay through lunch (provided free on Thursday) and have additional orientation activities in the afternoon designed to help them meet other new ninth grade students. Ninth graders are dismissed at 3:00pm.

Please note these important reminders:

  • School bus service is not available on this day. Plan to arrive between 8:00-8:20am. The programs will begin promptly at 8:30am.
  • All students are to be in SCHOOL UNIFORM

Classes are in session from 8:30am-3:00pm. School bus service will begin this day. Students are in school uniform. Remember to bring your iPad, charged and ready to go! This is the day that lockers are assigned (DeLaSalle provides the locks). Each teacher will share course expectations with students and distribute course materials.

Students and their families may apply for free and reduced lunch benefits. An English version of the application is available here. A Spanish version of the application is available here. You may return completed forms to Mrs. Pam Beckman in the DeLaSalle Cafe.

Students must apply for the lunch benefits each year, even if they qualified for the program in the previous school year.

Students who want to participate in a fall activity should note these key dates, make sure a current physical is on file (current is defined as within the last three years), and complete required MSHSL paperwork, including an Eligibility Statement. Please return doctor-completed physical forms to DeLaSalle and clearly mark “Student Physical” on the envelope.

Click here to find when free sports physicals are being offered throughout the Twin Cities.

  • Athletic Eligibility and Fall Sports Coaches Meetings
    Wednesday, August 9, 6:30pm, DeLaSalle High School
    You and your child are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting to learn about eligibility policies of DeLaSalle and the Minnesota State High School League for student-athletes. The meeting will be about 20 minutes. Coaches of fall athletic programs will hold team meetings after. New and transfer students may attend the Athletic Eligibility meeting but will learn even more information about DeLaSalle activities and athletics programs during New Family Orientation on August 17 at 6:30pm.
  • First Day of Fall Sports Practices
    Monday, August 14
    You can find more information, including when and where teams will meet on the first day, by clicking here.

Students registered for some honors or Advanced Placement courses are required to complete coursework before the new school year begins. All incoming 11th grade students should note the required reading assignment for U.S. History. Click here to find which courses require summer work to be completed by August 25.

DeLaSalle encourages all students to have these supplies when they begin classes on Monday, August 21.

  • Notebooks
  • Pens and pencils
  • Folders
  • Backpack (for home to school use)
  • DeLaSalle cinch bag (for use during the day)

School Supply Reminders

Students in Algebra 1 and Geometry should have a scientific calculator. Students in Algebra 2, Precalculus, Statistics, and all Calculus classes should have a graphing calculator. Note: Casio and TI-Inspire graphing calculators are not recommended.

Each teacher and course may have specific requests for school supplies. Students will hear about this on the first day of classes.

The School Store will again sell draw-string bookbags this year that are the only approved bag for carrying items during the school day. Backpacks are to be used only to carry items from home to school and back.

Parking permits will be sold in the Main Office for $250 starting August 9. Permits will be sold to carpoolers on August 9, to seniors on August 10, and to juniors on August 11; sales begin each day at 9:00am. Permits may paid for by cash or a check payable to DeLaSalle High School.

Please note a permit will not be sold unless the following requirements are met:

  • The student is enrolled at DeLaSalle (student must show school ID as proof)
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Registrant must identify the make, model and license plate information for PRIMARY vehicle that will be driven to De
  • Fully agree to terms and conditions
  • Form of payment (cash / check)

Permits are sold on a first come, first served basis with no saving or reservations allowed. Once the number of available permits are sold, a student may opt to keep his or her information on a waiting list.

Please note that parking at DeLaSalle is a PRIVILEGE and is a contract between DeLaSalle HS and the STUDENT purchasing the parking permit. Every attempt should be made for the STUDENT to arrive in person to purchase their parking permit. For each permit sold, a confirmation email will be sent to the STUDENT that will include the Terms and Conditions that have been agreed to. As noted in said confirmation, failure to comply can result in one or a combination of revocation of permit, application of a restrictive boot, and towing of vehicle – not necessarily in that order.

As the start of school approaches, parents often want to know more about their child’s school bus route, stop, as well as pick-up and drop-off times. .

  • For those students residing in Minneapolis who requested busing as part of 2017-18 registration, Minneapolis & Suburban/Monarch Bus Company will begin mailing postcards in early August with the route and stop information.
  • For those students residing in St. Paul and suburbs who have requested transportation through DeLaSalle, route information will be emailed directly to students / families prior to August 15.

Questions? Please contact Brooks Shelstad at 612.676.7614.

Do you need to purchase new uniform apparel for your child? The School Store will be open during several school-related events in August, including School Orientations and the first day of fall sports practices. The hours will be as follows:

  • Wednesday August 9, 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Monday, August 14, 12:00-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 16, 11:30am-8:30pm
  • Thursday, August 17, 8:00am-1:00pm and 2:00-6:00pm

The School Store’s regular hours begin Monday, August 21, when the store will be open Monday-Thursday from 3:00-6:00pm.

As always, you may schedule an appointment with the School Store. Please contact Douge Schildgen at 612.859.5652.

Families are reminded that all students who receive financial aid based on need for the 2017-18 school year are required to schedule and complete 10 hours of work-service in return for their grant. (Students who receive only a Presidential Scholarship are not required to complete work-service.) Many students have completed their required work-service during the summer. Most students still need to schedule their 10 hours of work-service during the school year. Parents should contact Brooks Shelstad at 612.676.7614 to do so.

Tuition, fees, and expenses can add up quickly. To assist families in meeting their high school financial needs, DeLaSalle offers the Islander Foundation. Through the Foundation, parents and students work at various local arena and stadium concession stands, including here at the school. The Foundation is paid by the arena venue. DeLaSalle workers may then apply to the Foundation for grants to assist with school expenses such as tuition, graduation fees, or prom tickets. Please visit the Islander Foundation webpage to learn more.

Back-to-School Night will be held Wednesday, August 30 and offers parents an opportunity to follow their child’s class schedule, meet their child’s teachers, and learn about the curriculum their students are learning.