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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday September 15, 2017

In this issue…
  • DeLaSalle Operates Homecoming Football Shuttle
  • Distracted Driving Simulator Visits De September 16
  • DeLaSalle Conducts Emergency Response Drills
  • Students Should NOT Update iPads to iOS 11
  • Daryl Yap ’18 Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Parents in Prayer Meets September 25
  • Sign Up for Canvas Observer Account
  • Meatless Mondays, Minnesota Thursdays Continue In DeLaSalle Cafe
  • Metro Canine Helps Keep DeLaSalle Drug Free
DeLaSalle Operates Homecoming Football Shuttle

So many people want to enjoy DeLaSalle football on Nicollet Island that traffic and parking congestion can increase on game days, particularly for this weekend’s Homecoming game. Plan ahead and give yourself extra time if you want to cheer on the Islanders. Parking is available in the DeLaSalle parking lot, the Nicollet Island Pavilion parking lot, and Nicollet Island Pavilion overflow parking lot (south of the Hennepin Avenue bridge). Parking is free in lots marked with a “DeLaSalle Event Parking” sign. Pay parking is available in the ramp on 2nd Avenue SE between University Avenue and 2nd Street SE. A free shuttle will operate, beginning at 1:00pm and then again after the game. Continue reading

Distracted Driving Simulator Visits De September 16

UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour® program visits DeLaSalle on Saturday, September 16 from 9:00am-3:00pm. The event will be located in the north parking lot (immediately behind the press box). The program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video, and a number of other resources to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving and intoxicated driving. The simulator allows participants to experience the potential consequences of impaired and distracted driving in a controlled environment. Continue reading

DeLaSalle Conducts Emergency Response Drills

September is National Preparedness Month and DeLaSalle has joined efforts to prepare students and staff for how to respond in an emergency. DeLaSalle conducted two recent drills as part of the school’s continual assessment of its emergency response procedures.

  • On August 23, everyone in the school buildings evacuated as part of a fire drill. You can read about fire and tornado drill procedures on page 31 of the Student-Parent Handbook.

  • On September 12, the school participated in a soft lockdown drill, which implies that there is an incident or condition that does not pose an immediate threat to life or safety of students or staff, but requires DeLaSalle to secure the building so the incident can be addressed in a timely manner. You can read about lockdown procedures on page 33 of the Student-Parent Handbook.

  • The Emergency Response Team is also planning a school bus evacuation drill within the next couple of weeks.

You can find more emergency planning and preparedness resources here.

Students Should NOT Update iPads to iOS 11

Apple will be releasing a software update for the iPad called iOS 11. Students should NOT update their iPad with the new operating system until DeLaSalle’s technology team has tested school apps for iOS 11 compatibility and functionality in the school environment so we can transition smoothly to the new software. Please ignore any iOS 11 software update notifications or prompts that appear on your iPad until further notice from DeLaSalle. Students who update to iOS 11 before given permission will have restrictions placed on their device and all personal apps will be deleted for the remainder of the semester.

Daryl Yap ’18 Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Congratulations to Daryl Yap ‘18, who has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist. The honor recognizes Yap for her outstanding performance in the 2016 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). She earned test scores among the top 16,000 of more than 1.6 million students in the country taking the PSAT in 2016. Continue reading

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Early College Awareness for 9th and 10th Grade Students and Parents

Monday, September 18, 6:30-8:00pm, D104

College prep continues on!  Please let our College Planning department share simple steps for you and your student’s college journey.  Learn how and why it is never too early to seek college scholarships.  Discover NAVIANCE, your students online college planning tool.

10th Grade Class Mass

Tuesday, September 19

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. Please note, the class Mass location has changed from Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Boniface in northeast Minneapolis because the main church sanctuary at Our Lady of Lourdes is undergoing renovations. Class Masses occur for the 11th grade on September 26 and 12th grade on October 3.

Coffee with the Counselors

Wednesday, September 20, 8:15-9:15am, B102

All De parents are welcome to coffee with the counselors and a “Navigating Naviance” parent forum. Meet NAVIANCE, your student’s online tool managing the college search.

11th Graders Attend National College Fair

Wednesday, September 27, 8:30-11:00am, Minneapolis Convention Center

DeLaSalle will bus all juniors to the National College Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center during part of the school day. Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities are scheduled to attend.

Boys’ Basketball Hosts Elite Camp for 4th-8th Graders

September 23-24

DeLaSalle boys’ basketball players and coaches will help prepare and train 4th-8th grade student athletes for the upcoming school and traveling basketball seasons. This fall basketball camp focuses on individual skill development, shooting competitions, and 1-on-1, 3-on-3, and 5-on-5 competition. Click here to register.

Fall Musical: Xanadu

September 29-30, October 6-7, 7:30pm, Florance Center

DeLaSalle Theatre debuts its first performance of the 2017-18 season, with the fall musical “Xanadu.” Clio, the precocious Greek muse decides to put on some rollerskates, legwarmers and an Australian accent in order to help Sonny Malone, a chalk artist with half a brain and a heart of gold, rediscover his own creativity. With both help and hindrance from the other muses,Sonny and Clio work to rebuild their “apex of the arts”: a roller disco. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats; $10 for general admission; $8 for non-DeLaSalle students and seniors; and free for De students with current school ID.

Around DeLaSalle

Haley Daher ‘18, Cheo Cedillo ‘21, and Abby Johnson ‘21, alumni of St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony, shared all of the good things happening at DeLaSalle. The three Charger alumni visited their alma mater as part of DeLaSalle’s Admissions on the Road program, in which our admissions representatives visit several area grade schools and middle schools throughout the fall. Click here to learn when the Islanders will be at a school near you.

Parents in Prayer Meets September 25

This Parent Association sponsored activity will kick off its third year of gathering parents on campus monthly to lift up the school community in prayer. The first gathering is Monday, September 25, from 8:30-9:30am in the Florance Center. Students, staff, and families may place prayer requests in prayer boxes in the Lasallian Ministry office, Main Office, or Theology classroom. Prayer requests may remain anonymous.

Sign Up for Canvas Observer Account

Did you know you can track your child’s grades, coursework and calendar? Simply create a Canvas Observer account! Parents will need to know their child’s Canvas username and password to create an observer account. Click here for instructions.

Meatless Monday, Minnesota Thursdays Continue in DeLaSalle Cafe

The DeLaSalle Cafe will continue the Meatless Monday and Minnesota Thursday initiatives this school year.

  • Meatless Mondays, on the first and third Mondays of each month, help raise awareness about the agricultural, ecological, and political impact caused by raising meat for human consumption. The Cafe will serve popular, nutritious, and delicious meatless meal options, such as grilled cheese and tomato soup, black bean burgers, cheese and veggie pizza, baked potato bar, waffles, and many other tasty entrees.

  • The Cafe will again partner this year with metro area farmers as part of a Farm-to-School initiative in which the farmers will provide us with their locally grown produce. Through this partnership, the Cafe will feature a harvest of the month menu item as well as a Minnesota Thursday menu, in which the main entree will consist of food produced right here in our state. The lunch menu for Thursday, September 21, for example, features hot dogs from the Ferndale Market, locally grown corn on the cob, and Johnny Pops

Metro Canine Helps Keep DeLaSalle Drug Free

We know, from parent and student surveys, that many families choose DeLaSalle in part because we provide structure and safety for our teenage students. We want to help all students make healthy choices in their lives. Eight years ago, we joined a program called Metro Canine, which has been implemented in dozens of Twin Cities high schools. Other Catholic high schools had been using the program and recommended it enthusiastically. We did not have a problem at De, but we sought to be more proactive and our goals were — and still are — ZERO tolerance and healthy decision making. Metro Canine visits De randomly. A trained handler and dog sweep the entire campus, inside and outside the building, usually during a class period. If something is detected, we take appropriate measures. As we could have guessed, our students have proven to be exemplary. With this and other proactive steps, we take great pride in ensuring a safe campus to all in our community. If parents have any questions about this or other preventative measures, please contact principal Jim Benson.

“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” Romans 12:12
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