Young Alumni Offer College Perspective at January 8 Parent Association Meeting
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.
January 10 Memorial Service to Celebrate Brother Nick Geimer’s Life
DeLaSalle will celebrate the life of Brother Nick Geimer with a memorial service on Wednesday, January 10, at 3:15pm in D104. The event is open to the DeLaSalle community. The 89-year-old Geimer, who served as a Christian Brother for 71 years, died December 28 at a Chicago hospital from congestive heart failure. He relocated to Chicago after Thanksgiving, following 16 years of living in the DeLaSalle Christian Brothers community on Nicollet Island. Over the years, Brother Nick used his woodworking and weaving skills to create many of the classroom podiums, bookshelves, supply cabinets, and ornaments that adorn DeLaSalle classrooms, offices, and hallways. The Christian Brothers and Brother Nick’s family and friends held a funeral Mass for him January 4 in Chicago.
DeLaSalle Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with Prayer Service, Observes Federal Holiday
DeLaSalle will celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior with a schoolwide prayer service in the Florance Center on Friday, January 12 at 9:00am. Dr. Reverend Rollie Robinson with the Taylors Falls United Methodist Church will speak about his outreach ministry serving the homeless and poor populations in north Minneapolis. There is no school on Monday, January 15 in observance of the federal holiday honoring King.
Prospective Students, Families Invited to January 17 Open House
Thank you for helping to share the good news about DeLaSalle with your family and friends. 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 on Wednesday, January 17, at 7:00pm 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
DeLaSalle faculty and staff will participate in professional development on Thursday, January 18. Originally scheduled as a two-hour late start, this will now be a day without classes for students. Staff will also participate in a full professional development day on Monday, April 9, which extends the spring break by one day.
Entrance Exam, Parent Seminar for Prospective Ninth Grade Students
Saturday, January 20, registration begins at 8:00am
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 already are accepting application materials, families still have until February 9 to complete an application for ninth grade to DeLaSalle.
Br. David Darst Center Urban Immersion Retreat
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.
Winter One Acts
January 19-20, 26-27, 7:30pm, Florance Center ($10 general admission, $5 seniors and non-DLS students, free for De students with ID)
DeLaSalle Theatre presents three one act shows during each performance –
Violet or The (un)sinakable Stewardess; The Red Shoes; and The Once and Future King.
Tenth Grade Class Retreat
Friday, January 26
All 10th grade students will participate in a full day class retreat. The retreat, organized by Lasallian Ministry, is dedicated to building community and serving others and students will spend part of their day packing meals at Feed My Starving Children.
Junior College Planning Day
Friday, January 26
Juniors will participate in a college planning day instead of their regular classes. As students rotate among breakout sessions, college admission representatives and others will present on topics including visiting colleges; the application process; financial aid and scholarships; testing skills for the ACT and SAT; the NCAA, arts, and medical careers; and an alumni panel. Students must be dressed in school uniform on this day.
The lights of the historic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island shine again after being dark for 21 years. August Schell Brewing replaced the sign’s neon lights with LED lights and flipped the switch to spell out G-R-A-I-N B-E-L-T BEER on December 30. DeLaSalle students took part in the ceremony by directing guests to an afterglow party at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. (Photo courtesy: Aaron Lavisnky, Star Tribune)
Islanders Send Hope to Haiti Over Christmas Break
Seeking to live out the Christmas season’s spirit of hope, joy, and love while celebrating the blessings of a new year, the DeLaSalle GREEN Team gathered with friends on Thursday, January 4 to pack meals at Feed My Starving Children. Mara Halloran ’18, Addie Hayden-Sofio ’18, Isabelle Paulsen ’18, Cardiff Jiang ’19, An Nguyen-Trihn ’20, and Lucas Comstock ’20 formed an All-Star Manna-Packing Team and sent 32 boxes of food to Mission of Hope in Haiti – enough to nourish 18 children for all of 2018!
“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” Romans 12:12 2017-18 Scripture Theme