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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday August 25, 2017

In this issue…
  • Back-to-School Night
  • Order 2017-18 School Pictures
  • Construction Projects Impact Access to DeLaSalle Campus
  • Student Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • DeLaSalle Welcomes New Staff
  • Important Reminders from the DeLaSalle Cafe
  • Come Work for DeLaSalle!
Join Us for Back-to-School Night August 30
Please join us on Wednesday, August 30 from 6:00-8:45pm for Back-to-School Night to learn from teachers, mentors, and administrators of the academic expectations for each student this year. You will meet your child’s academic mentor and follow your child’s class schedule to learn about course goals, content, and assignments from your child’s teachers. The night, originally scheduled in the spring for September 7, has been moved to August 30. Please note this calendar change. We look forward to seeing you! Continue reading
Order 2017-18 School Pictures

Time is limited to place an order online for your child’s 2017-18 school pictures, which photographers took August 24. Parents may review, select, and pay for a photo package through the Lifetouch website. Parents will have up to 48 hours after Picture Day to complete their online order. Please refer to DeLaSalle’s Picture Day ID MI197053Y0

Construction Projects Impact Access to DeLaSalle Campus


Two construction projects underway on Nicollet Island have caused impacts for how you may access the DeLaSalle campus.

Nicollet Island Pump Station

The City of Minneapolis began work this summer on a project that could last until early 2018 to install a small pump station to improve the circulation in the water mains that serve Nicollet Island. This work occurs near the corner of East Island Avenue and DeLaSalle Drive. The work has caused single lane closures on East island Avenue. The sidewalk on the 1st Avenue bridge from Main Street to DeLaSalle Drive is open, but students who choose to park on Main Street and walk to DeLaSalle should use caution and follow posted signs when walking to school. The project has also caused the closure of an auxiliary parking lot commonly known as the “donut” lot. You can follow the project on the City website.

Re-lighting the Historic Grain Belt Sign

In late July, crews hired by August Schell Brewing started to restore the historic Grain Belt Beer sign on West Island Avenue so the front face of the sign can be relit. The work involves stabilizing the sign and replacing neon lights with LED lights. Contractor vehicles and heavy equipment may occasionally block part of West Island Avenue. Thank you for exercising caution as you drive near the work site.

Student Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures


Thank you for partnering with us to provide a safe environment for students, staff, and community members, who travel in, near, and around DeLaSalle. We ask you to note and follow these morning drop-off and afternoon pickup protocols.

Two dozen school buses and vehicles arrive at DeLaSalle each morning; these vehicles have the right-of-way on the drive in front of DeLaSalle. Parents/guardians arriving at school with their children should drop off on the curbside closest to school and NOT use the visitor parking spaces.

In the afternoon, buses are the only vehicles allowed to pick up students on the drive in front of the school. The City of Minneapolis has installed “15-minute loading zone” street signs on West Island Avenue that will allow parents/guardians to temporarily wait along the curb closest to the school to pick up their children. Please be courteous to our Island neighbors and others who use the Island by pulling as close to the curb as possible to let other vehicles pass.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

Find the most up-to-date school events on the School Calendar webpage

Financial Aid Planning Night

Monday, August 28, 6:30-8:00pm, D104

Get prepared with this presentation for students and parents/guardians on the many options for paying for college. Take away tools for navigating the new FAFSA; applying to colleges, researching scholarships, grants and loan options; completing college applications; writing essays.

Academic Mentor Meeting

Tuesday, August 29, after 1st period

An unforeseen conflict has prompted DeLaSalle to reschedule the academic mentor meeting from Wednesday, August 30 to Tuesday, Aug. 29. During this meeting, students will get acquainted with each other and their mentors as well as identify goals for the school year.

Fall Sports Team Pictures

Wednesday, August 30

The Student Activities office has scheduled team pictures after school on August 30 for students involved in fall sports. Coaches will communicate to athletes what time the team’s picture is scheduled, where, and how to order copies of the picture.

Fall Sports Pepfest

Friday, September 1, after 8th period

This opening school year Mass is offered to ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all parts of our life in the new school year.

Labor Day – NO SCHOOL

Monday, September 4

DeLaSalle will be closed in observance of the federal holiday. Classes resume on September 5.

Class Masses Begin

Tuesday, September 5

In addition to all-school liturgies, students in each grade will gather as a class this fall to celebrate Mass. School chaplain, Fr. Joe Kuharski will celebrate each Mass at nearby Our Lady of Lourdes. Class Masses occur for 9th grade on Sept. 5; 10th grade on Sept. 19; 11th grade on Sept. 26; and 12th grade on Oct. 3.

Around DeLaSalle

At the opening school year Mass of the Holy Spirit August 25, Islanders prayed for gifts of wisdom and understanding in their classes, activities, and daily life. The student cantors pictured here led their classmates through songs and musical responses during the Mass, which was celebrated by Fr. Dale Korogi, pastor at Ascension Catholic Church in north Minneapolis. (Photo courtesy: Kristin Lundstrum, DeLaSalle staff)

DeLaSalle Welcomes New Staff

DeLaSalle welcomes several new staff as we begin the 2017-18 school year. These classroom teachers and staff members bring a wealth of knowledge and diversity of experience to their roles on the Island. Continue reading

Important Reminders from the DeLaSalle Cafe

The DeLaSalle Cafe wants to share two important reminders:

  • Money deposited into a student’s cafeteria account by 9:00am will be credited by the start of lunch periods that same day. You may deposit cash or a check in the Business Office – or you may deposit money electronically through the online LunchTime portal. Click here for instructions on how to create and manage your LunchTime account.
  • Families must apply each year for their child to be considered for free and reduced lunch benefits. The application is available here in English and here in Spanish, Students who were approved for benefits at DeLaSalle in 2016-17 will have a carryover until October 2. Students without an approved 2017-18 application on file by October 2 will pay full price for food items.

Come Work for DeLaSalle!

DeLaSalle has job openings for a food service associate, maintenance employee, and driver. Click here to learn more about these opportunities and to find employment materials.

“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” Romans 12:12
2017-18 Scripture Theme
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