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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, January 19, 2018

In this issue…
  • A Message from the President
  • Budget and Tuition for 2018-19
  • Six New Courses Offered in 2018-19
  • Continuous Enrollment and Course Registration for 2018-19
  • Entrance Exam, Parent Information Seminar for Prospective 9th Graders January 20
  • DeLaSalle Theatre Presents Winter One Acts
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Applications Due February 2 for Global Advantage Summer Courses
  • 301 on Main Parking Permit Sales Continue
  • Math and Science Tutor Available Before School
  • Islanders Weigh In on Future Minneapolis Park Needs
A Message from the President


Dear Parents and Guardians of DeLaSalle:

It is an exciting time to be at DeLaSalle and, as President, it’s always a privilege to share good news.  On Wednesday we held our final Open House of the year, with an additional 98 families visiting our school; combined with the first Open House, we have welcomed 384 prospective families to De.  In large part because of this, our school has received a direct contact from over 520 eighth graders and their families across the Twin Cities (inquiry and/or Open House attendee, eighth grade visit, parent tour, or usually a combination of contacts).  Applications are up nine percent from last year at a comparable date, as the deadline of February 9 approaches. Annual Giving donations are also up over ten percent year-to-date, and we are on track to balance our operating budget yet again.  The Honor Roll speaks to the considerable academic success of our students, and we draw comfort from the many offers of college admission extended to our seniors in recent weeks, as well as inspiration from the many young alumni who have visited us while home on break from a successful fall semester in college.

Having noted all of that, we remain committed to the fundamental principles that have guided our school for 118 years. To be authentically Lasallian is to always put at the forefront of our work the understanding that “the greatest miracle we can perform is to touch the hearts of our students.”   Yes, we must be relevant and rigorous.  We must be innovative.  We must be adaptable to emerging and changing times.  All of these are true, but we must first be relational – or the rest is incomplete.  The world needs people who listen, who care, and who respond with compassion and service for others. We are so grateful that our parents and our students embrace that message just as fervently as they seek practical tools for academic success.  Forever, live Jesus in our hearts!

Rest assured that we are proud of our history, but please know that we are focused on a vision that our best years are to come.  We are honored that we will have the opportunity to share these years with you.  Your families—and your wonderful sons and daughters—are precisely why we enjoy opportunities to celebrate.  You are true partners in our mission.  Thank you.  Our work continues…

For DeLaSalle,

Barry C. Lieske AFSC

Budget and Tuition for 2018-19

Work continues on the 2018-19 budget, but the DeLaSalle Board of Trustees met on Thursday night to approve several cornerstone pieces of next year’s budget, including increases in compensation for teachers and staff.   The Board approved a 2018-19 tuition amount of $13,775.00.  All of us at DeLaSalle appreciate the sacrifice that you, as parents, are making to send your sons and daughters to our school, whether you are paying the full tuition or a reduced tuition through allocation of financial aid.  We are heartened that, primarily due to the wonderful support of our alumni, friends, and many of our parents, a DeLaSalle tuition is still less expensive than all but two Catholic high schools in the Twin Cities and less than half of what some private high schools charge.  We remind families that applications for financial aid for 2018-19 are due by Friday, February 23rd.

Six New Courses Offered in 2018-19

The Board also approved six new courses to be added to next year’s curriculum offerings.  More information will be made available about these courses when we communicate with students on February 8th and introduce course selection procedures for next year.  The new courses are as follows:

  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • College Preparatory English 9 with expanded reading focus
  • Explore.Impact – An Experiential Learning Practicum
  • Global Advanced Problem Solving Skills (hybrid course in collaboration with a Lasallian school in Spain)
  • Honors Theology Synthesis
Continuous Enrollment and Course Registration for 2018-19

Families with students currently in grades 9-10-11 received information about the course registration timeline when we mailed first semester report cards, and more information will continue to be available on our website for the coming weeks.  Our Board of Trustees made the decision last year to move to a continuous enrollment model.  Continuous Enrollment streamlines the re-enrollment process and eliminates the need for sending a repetitive re-registration form and a new tuition agreement to families each year.  With almost all students re-enrolling at DeLaSalle year over year, the process of completing multiple forms ends up being unnecessary.  More information will be communicated in the weeks to come.

Entrance Exam, Parent Information Seminar for Prospective 9th Graders January 20

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.

DeLaSalle Theatre Presents Winter One Acts

DeLaSalle Theatre presents three shows as part of its Winter One Acts. The shows are: “Violet, or The (Un)sinkable Stewardess”, “The Red Shoes,” and “The Once and Future King.” Showtimes are January 19, 20, 26, and 27, at 7;30pm, in the Florance Center. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors, and free for DeLaSalle students with school ID. Continue reading

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Academic Mentor Meetings

Tuesday, January 23

Students will meet with their academic mentors to review first semester results and plan second semester goals.

Out of Uniform Day

Wednesday, January 24

Students may dress out of uniform if they purchase a wristband, which will be sold for $1 during lunches on January 22 and 23, or for $2 before school in Albers Atrium on January 24. Students must follow the out of uniform policies in the Student-Parent Handbook. A portion of the  proceeds from wristband sales are sent to Mwangaza College, our twin school in Kenya.

Tenth Grade Class Retreat

Friday, January 26

Sophomores will participate in their class retreat, which is dedicated to service. Students will spend the afternoon packing meals at Feed My Starving Children. DeLaSalle is looking for adult chaperones to help from 10:45am-2:30pm. Please contact Peg Hodapp if you are interested in volunteering. All volunteers at DeLaSalle must participate in Virtus: Protecting God’s Children safe environment training. A Virtus training session will be offered at DeLaSalle on Wednesday, January 24, from 5:00-8:00pm. You may register for the session at Click on “First-Time Registrant”, then select “Begin the Registration Process.” Choose “St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN (Archdiocese)” as the organization and look for the DeLaSalle session.

College Planning Day for Juniors

Wednesday, January 24

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.

Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival

Monday, January 29, St. Croix Lutheran High School

DeLaSalle’s best music and art students will participate in the Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival. Students will learn and receive feedback from professional clinicians. Music students will perform a free concert that begins in the St. Croix Lutheran gymnasium at 7:00pm.

Catholic Schools Week Pepfest

Friday, February 2

This Pepfest will celebrate DeLaSalle’s kickoff to Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest, which we are celebrating this year from February 5-9. Each grade will compete for the spirit stick while the winning student team from a January 24 Dodgeball tournament will take on the staff.

Around DeLaSalle

Libby Cole ‘18 greets a family January 17 at DeLaSalle’s Open House for Prospective Students and Families. DeLaSalle welcomed 384 families between the two Open Houses – in October and this week. The deadline for prospective students to apply for a spot in the Class of 2022 is Friday, February 9. (Photo courtesy: Kristin Lundstrum, DeLaSalle staff)

Applications Due February 2 for Global Advantage Summer Courses

Applications for Global Advantage summer academic travel to Italy and Nicaragua are due Friday, February 2. Current 10th and 11th grade students should check their Islander Apps email for the application link. Continue reading here about the trips, including requested information for the application. As students and families consider this decision, please note that young women may apply by April 1 for a one-time grant up to $500 through the Ann Bancroft Foundation’s “Dare to Dream” grant program. Click here for more information and the grant application. And, all DeLaSalle students may volunteer through the Islander Foundation and apply those funds to help pay for trip expenses.

301 on Main Parking Permit Sales Continue

Sales continue for parking permits that allow students to park their vehicle during school days in the parking lot at 301 on Main. Permits cost $85 and may be purchased in the Main Office during regular business hours. The permits will be valid for the remainder of the school year.

Students MUST remove their vehicle from the 301 on Main parking lot by 5:00pm each day or risk being towed by building management. DeLaSalle will provide shuttle bus service each school day between the 301 on Main parking lot and the school. The morning shuttle will leave the parking lot at approximately 8:15am. The afternoon shuttle will leave from the front of DeLaSalle at 3:15pm.

Math and Science Tutor Available Before School

DeLaSalle students who need help with science or math before school can meet with tutor Jared Klapper most Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Mr. Klapper is available in the Florance Center between 7:30-9:30am.

Islanders Weigh In on Future Minneapolis Park Needs

DeLaSalle students got a chance to weigh in January 9 on the future of Minneapolis parks. Islander GREEN Team members shared their favorite memories of their neighborhood parks, identified what should be available at an ideal park, and engaged in a parks priorities exercise. The feedback comes as part of a joint Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and City of Minneapolis plan to invest $11 million annually over the next 20 years to maintain, repair, and replace city parks.

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