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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, December 22, 2017

In this issue…
  • Merry Christmas from DeLaSalle
  • Christmas Break December 23-January 7
  • Global Advantage Program Announces Summer Courses in Italy, Nicaragua
  • Second Semester Starts Monday, January 8
  • January 8 Parent Association Panel Features Young Alumni
  • DeLaSalle Plans Second Semester Professional Development
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Miss the Christmas Concert? WATCH HERE
  • DeLaSalle Earns Energy Star Certification
Merry Christmas from DeLaSalle

From all of us here on the Island, we wish you and your family a joyful Christmas! Every year, we give thanks for the incredible gift of God’s love and sacrifice at this time. Likewise, we thank you for your many contributions to our community. Our students join me in wishing you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Barry C. Lieske, AFSC

Christmas Break December 23-January 7

Classes are not in session December 23-January 7 due to the Christmas break. The school will be closed December 25 for Christmas and January 1 for New Year’s Day, but will be open during normal business hours from 8:00am-4:00pm all other weekdays. Please note that many staff choose to take time off during the break. You may find how to contact an individual staff member through our online Staff Directory. Please note, the next edition of “Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle” is Friday, January 5.

Global Advantage Program Announces Summer Courses in Italy, Nicaragua

DeLaSalle students can learn about the rich history of Italy and Nicaragua and earn academic credit next summer through two Global Advantage courses. Highlights of the June 7-16 “Art and Lasallian Leadership” course in Italy include a papal audience and Mass, tours of landmarks like the Vatican, Roman Colosseum and Spanish Steps, and exploring historic Florence, Turin and Tuscany. The trip costs $3,850. The “Liberation Theology” course in Nicaragua happens July 19-30, costs $3,880, and students may earn academic college from Augsburg University. The trip introduces students to social and political movements in Nicaragua, including a women’s cooperative, a local school, and the world’s only restaurant staffed entirely by the deaf. DeLaSalle students will meet and interact with students from Lasallian schools in both countries. Eligible tenth and eleventh grade students will receive an email during Christmas Break with a link to apply for the courses. The Global Advantage Program will also lead two trips for alumni and friends next summer – one to Oaxaca, Mexico, the other to Paris, France. Continue reading

Second Semester Starts Monday, January 8

After Islanders enjoy a relaxing two-week break, the second semester will begin when classes resume Monday, January 8 at 8:30am. DeLaSalle will send students their second semester class schedules during the break. Students should watch for a message from

January 8 Parent Association Panel Features Young Alumni

The January meeting of the DeLaSalle Parent Association is a perennial favorite, when young Islander alumni join us for our always informative college planning panel from their perspective. Come hear what alumni wish they would have known and what made them successful in their college search and transition. The meeting is Monday, January 8, from 6:30-8:00pm, in D104. All De parents are members of the Parent Association by virtue of enrolling their child at DeLaSalle.

DeLaSalle Plans Second Semester Professional Development

DeLaSalle faculty and staff will participate in several professional development sessions in the second semester that will impact classes. A two-hour late start that had originally been scheduled on Thursday, January 18 will now become a full day of professional development and there are no classes for students. This date follows our second Open House for Prospective Students. A full professional development day is also scheduled for Monday, April 9, which extends the spring break by one day.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Grain Belt Sign Lighting

Saturday, December 30

The August Schell Brewing Company will re-light the historic Grain Belt Beer sign that sits near DeLaSalle for the first time in more than two decades. The lighting ceremony is scheduled for 5:30pm, with an “After Glow” party to be held at the Nicollet Island Pavilion at 6:00pm. The party requires tickets, which cost $20.

MLK Prayer Service

Friday, January 12, 9:00am, Florance Center

DeLaSalle will celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a prayer service.


Monday, January 15

DeLaSalle will be closed in observance of this holiday honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Open House for Prospective Students

Wednesday, January 17, 7:00-9:00pm

Thank you for helping to share the good news about DeLaSalle with your family and friends this Christmas season. DeLaSalle invites prospective students to come see all the reasons why enrollment has grown to its highest levels since the 1970s!  Attendees at our final Open House will learn about DeLaSalle’s mission and vision, hear from teachers in each department about our college preparatory curriculum, and discover what De offers in college guidance planning, our Catholic, Lasallian heritage, student activities, financial aid, and more. Continue reading

Entrance Exam

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 8:30am

We invite prospective students to take the Entrance Exam. Families do NOT need to preregister for the exam. We charge no fee for the exam and we will provide all test materials, including pencils. While students are taking the Entrance Exam, we invite parents to stay for a Parent Information Seminar in DeLaSalle’s Florance Center, where we will cover information about the application and registration process, financial aid, transportation, student life, uniforms, and more. Finally, while we will accept application materials on or before January 20, families still have until February 9 to complete an application to DeLaSalle.

Br. David Darst Center Urban Immersion Retreat

January 18-21

A group of DeLaSalle students will travel to Chicago for a weekend retreat focused on social justice and advocacy from January 19-21. Islanders will partner with local agencies through the Br. David Darst Center for Justice & Peace Spirituality & Education to challenge stereotypes, confront fears, and break down barriers. The retreat includes daily communal prayer, meal preparation, and recreational and educational sessions. Students earn Christian Service hours for their volunteer work.

Around DeLaSalle

Balfour, which publishes the DeLaSalle yearbook, selected junior Anders Lundin’s photograph “Ring of Fire” as second place winner in its Great Shot Photo Contest – Creative Lighting category. “Your talent and critical eye for photography made your submission stand out,” judges wrote in their award letter, noting they chose Lundin’s photograph from more than 700 entries. Lundin won a $250 gift card prize. Congratulations Anders!

Miss the Christmas Concert? WATCH HERE

Thank you to all who attended the DeLaSalle Christmas Concert on December 13. Thank you also to those who tuned into a live stream of the concert on We have edited that broadcast into a version you can watch here.

DeLaSalle Earns Energy Star Certification

DeLaSalle has earned ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the third year in a row. The certification recognizes DeLaSalle for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs. DeLaSalle’s ENERGY STAR score has increased to 86 this year, from a baseline of 73 in 2014. Continue reading

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