by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, January 26, 2018

In this issue…
  • Park Board Closes West Island Avenue Leading Up to Super Bowl
  • Office of Admission Schedules Make-up Entrance Exams
  • Continuous Enrollment and Course Registration for 2018-19
  • February 1 March to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking
  • Islanders Feel Impact of Flu Season
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • DeLaSalle Theatre Presents Winter One Acts
  • Islanders Selected for January 29 Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival
Park Board Closes West Island Avenue Leading Up to Super Bowl

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board notified DeLaSalle this week that it plans to close part of West Island Avenue to vehicle traffic in the days leading up to the February 4 Super Bowl. The closure is necessary because of the Bold North Zip Line tower that has been erected in a parking lot just south of the Hennepin Avenue bridge.

West Island Avenue, between Eastman Avenue (the street in front of DeLaSalle’s B building) and Wilder Street, will be closed starting at noon on Friday, January 26, through Sunday, January 28. The street will also be closed from 12:00-11:00pm January 29-February 1 and all day February 2-4. Park Board officials agreed to temporarily open the road most weekday mornings next week, with the exception of Friday, February 2, to accommodate those arriving at school. The road will reopen Monday, February 5.

Students, parents, and guests should enter DeLaSalle via East Island Avenue and DeLaSalle Drive during the West Island Avenue closure. To exit, drivers should go north on West Island Avenue, around the north side of Nicollet Island, and exit via East Island Avenue. Click here to view a map of the detour.

Additionally, DeLaSalle will provide traffic control for the main school parking lot, beginning today and leading up to the Super Bowl. The DeLaSalle baseball team will volunteer to manage traffic and will charge all non-DeLaSalle guests to park in our lot. Guests attending the Winter One Acts and other DeLaSalle events will not be charged.

To learn about other Super Bowl impacts to DeLaSalle, continue reading

Office of Admission Schedules Make-up Entrance Exams

More than 250 prospective students in the Class of 2022 took the Entrance Exam at DeLaSalle on January 20. The exam is one of four pieces in a prospective student’s application for admission to De. Prospective students unable to join us January 20 may attend one of three scheduled make-up exam dates.

  • Saturday, January 27, 9:00am-noon (Register at 8:45am at Christian Brothers’ Hall – 25 Grove Street) (Students with testing accommodations should register at 8:15am for the exam that begins at 8:30am and concludes at 12:30pm)
  • Sunday, January 28, Noon-3:00pm (Register at 11:45am at Christian Brothers’ Hall)
  • Saturday, February 3, 9:00am-noon (Register at 8:45am at Christian Brothers’ Hall)

While we already are accepting application materials, families still have until February 9 to complete an application for ninth grade to DeLaSalle.

Continuous Enrollment and Course Registration for 2018-19

Last year DeLaSalle communicated the decision of our Board of Trustees to move to a continuous enrollment model.  Many other schools are now doing this.  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.  Students will be able to make course requests as early as February 8. Those few families that may be considering withdrawing their child for 2018-19 are encouraged to contact Vice President for Enrollment, Mike O’Keefe, at 612-676-7679.  Mike manages the process, but quite often, individual concerns for a particular student or family are addressed with enough advance notice. Continue reading


February 1 March to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking

DeLaSalle will host a peaceful march after school on Thursday, February 1 to raise awareness about human trafficking. The nonprofit, Breaking Free, and the Minneapolis Police Department are supporting DeLaSalle in this initiative, which is one of several local actions that community and faith leaders are taking to address human trafficking in the lead up to the February 4 Super Bowl. The Police Department has approved the march and the march route. DeLaSalle has invited other Catholic high schools to participate and Islander family and friends are also welcome. Marchers should gather in the Florance Center at 3:30pm and will depart shortly after. Because Thursday’s forecast calls for highs in the teens, marchers should dress appropriately for the weather, including comfortable footwear.

Islanders Feel Impact of Flu Season

This year’s flu season is shaping up to be the worst in nearly a decade, according to federal health officials. We have felt the impact at DeLaSalle as a larger number of students and staff have reported the illness in recent weeks.

We suggest you keep sick students home from school for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or do not have signs of a fever, without using fever-reducing drugs. We remind parents and guardians to report a child’s absence from school by emailing the Main Office or calling 612.676.7600 before 8:30am.

DeLaSalle takes several steps to promote a healthy campus and community. Each day, our maintenance staff disinfects and cleans bathrooms, door handles and any surface students and staff come into contact with, including desks and tables. Hand sanitizer stations are conveniently located in every bathroom, in our library and in many of our classrooms.

Other tips you can follow to stay healthy:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue during a cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash after it’s used.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Do not share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

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.

2-Hour Late Start

Monday, February 5

DeLaSalle will hold a two-hour late start on February 5 to accommodate for increased traffic leaving the Twin Cities after the February 4 Super Bowl. Classes will start at 10:30am instead of 8:30am. Morning transportation routes will also run two hours later than normal.

Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest

February 5-9

DeLaSalle will celebrate Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest February 5-9, delaying the celebration by one week because of activities leading up to the Super Bowl. Student Council has scheduled several after school activities and the increased Super Bowl traffic will impact the evening commute for students who participate in those activities. As part of the week, students 17 and older may sign up to donate blood on February 9. Students age 16 may donate with parental consent. Blood drive signups are in the Main Office.

Parent Association Meeting

Monday, February 12, 6:30-8:00pm

All parents are invited to join the DeLaSalle Parent Association at its February meeting. Look for more information about the meeting in the February 2 edition of “Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle.”

Ash Wednesday Mass

Wednesday, February 14, 9:00am, Florance Center

DeLaSalle will start the 40-day season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass, celebrated by Fr. Michael Joncas and school chaplain, Fr. Joe Kuharski.

President’s Day – NO SCHOOL

Monday, February 19

School is not in session in observance of this federal holiday.

Around DeLaSalle

Islanders stand up for human life January 22 at the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life March for Life in St. Paul. DeLaSalle students offered some of the intentions at a prayer service at the Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop Hebda, who took a moment after to join the Islanders and school chaplain, Fr. Joe Kuharski, for a picture. The event commemorated the 45th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. (Photo courtesy: JunFen Freihammer ‘20)

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 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

Islanders Selected for January 29 Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival

DeLaSalle’s best music and art students will participate in the Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival on Monday, January 29. 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.

“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” Romans 12:12
2017-18 Scripture Theme
1 DeLaSalle Drive  Minneapolis, MN 55401
612.676.7600 |