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August 2017

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

God, help me enjoy these final weeks of my summer break before I return for a new school year. Amen

Saint John Baptist de La Salle…pray for us.

Live Jesus in our hearts…forever!

In the news…

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

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.

Parking permits will be sold 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. 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.

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.

Guidance & College Planning staff invite students and parents to participate in three different events that will assist them in their college planning process.

• Essay Workshop
Thursday, August 3, 10:00am-12:00pm, D104

Seniors, gain a fresh and unique approach from a professional writer to make your college essay memorable and sure to stand out to admissions counselors. Come if you have started your essay or are looking for tips.

• Online College Application Workshop
Thursday, August 3, 1:00-3:30pm, Thies Lab

Seniors, YES, it is time to get started. YES, you will be happy you did. Discover step-by-step instructions to completing your online college application.

• Coffee with Counseling Staff
Tuesday, August 8, 8:15-9:15am, B102

Parents, meet De’s college counseling staff and get the latest buzz about college planning, including changes to FAFSA.

There is still time for you to register and join DeLaSalle at the 2017 Alumni Weekend August 10-12. Four events, including a brand new event, will make up this year’s celebration.  Parents and friends of DeLaSalle are invited to attend the Hall of Fame Ceremony, or register for the Tennis and Pickleball Mixer or Golf Tournament as part of the broad Islander community supporting today’s students. Continue reading