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Friday, February 2, 2018

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

Dear God, be with each of us this day. Help us take a moment to feel your presence, and the strength and courage you provide. May your presence lift our hearts and our souls, and enable us to direct all our actions toward you. Help us be faith-filled people, as we carry out your great work today. Amen

Saint John Baptist de La Salle…pray for us.

Live Jesus in our hearts…forever!

On today’s calendar…



We will follow this adjusted class schedule because of the Pepfest after 8th hour:

  • Period 1: 8:30 – 9:13
  • Period 2: 9:18 – 9:58
  • Period 3: 10:03 – 10:43
  • Period 4: 10:48 – 11:28
  • Period 5: 11:33 – 12:13
  • Period 6: 12:18 – 12:58
  • Period 7: 1:03 – 1:43
  • Period 8: 1:48 – 2:28
  • Pepfest: 2:33 – 3:00

In today’s news…

Show your school spirit as we gather Today after 8th period to kick off Catholic Schools Week and Winterfest. The Pepfest will include a competition for the Spirit Stick and will feature the winning student dodgeball team against the staff.

Current 10th and 11th grade students received an email with a link to apply for a Global Advantage Program summer course in Italy or Nicaragua. Continue reading here about the trips, including requested information for the application. Applications are due by February 2. 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.

Please join us for the next NET Lifeline Mass on Saturday, February 3. The presider will be Archbishop Hebda! The DeLaSalle van can pick you up at De at 4:30 or at St. Mark’s in St. Paul at 5:00. We will go out for pizza afterward. Please sign-up using this link. See Mrs. Wojda or Ms. Kocourek with any questions.

Students, please take a minute or two to complete a short survey about your experience with the online learning day we had on Tuesday, January 23. Your feedback will help us improve how we conduct online learning days in the future. You can find a link to the survey in your email inbox.

DeLaSalle will hold a two-hour late start on Monday, 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.

Student Council is organizing a Winterfest snow tubing outing at Green Acres in Lake Elmo on Thursday, February 8, from 3:30-5:30pm. Students may click here to sign up (you must be logged in to your Student Islander Apps account to complete the signup). Sign up before the end of the school day on Monday, February 5.

Students who sign up will be dismissed early on that Thursday and will receive an email Monday with further directions about how to buy the $11 wristband from Student Activities.

Junior and senior boys – sign up now to play powderpuff volleyball during Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest. The sign up sheets are posted outside the boys locker room. The roster for both teams has a 20 player limit so sign up fast!

Once again Islanders will serve a meal at Sharing & Caring Hands on Thursday, February 8, 2:35-3:45. If you would like to help, email Ms. Barry at Space is limited to 8 students.

Who Can Donate Blood? Students who are 17 or 18. Students who are 16 may sign up by having a parent fill out the Parental Consent Form which is in the Main Office. When/Where: Friday, February 9th, from 8:00am to 2:20pm at the L.L. Gray Gym. Students should go to the Main Office to sign up for the blood drive during their lunch period, a study hall, or after school, not before school.

2018 Prom Committee: Any Juniors or Seniors interested in helping with organizing this year’s Prom, please send an email to Ms. Brinson before Friday, February 16. An email will then be sent by Ms. Brinson to confirm your participation and to discuss our first meeting and next steps.

Please see Ms. Brinson in Student Activities with any questions.

Each year, the DeLaSalle Alumni Association selects junior students to receive an Alumni Legacy Scholarship. This year, you may also be considered for the Hinz Award – an award created in honor of Wally Hinz’ 60 after his passing in 2017. The Hinz Award is open to ALL junior students and evaluates academic performance, community involvement, leadership and Islander Spirit. This is a spirit which Wally exuded throughout his life as an active member and advocate of the DeLaSalle Community – in particular with his leadership in DeLaSalle’s Alumni Association.

The applicant must meet the following criteria to be considered:

1. Must be a Junior graduating in the Class of 2019
2. Must be enrolled for the Fall 2018 Semester
3. Legacy applicants must have had at least one relative that is an alum of DeLaSalle, MN
4. Must have a Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Application Deadline: Wednesday February 21st, 2018 by 4:00pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Luckett, Director of Alumni Programs, at (preferred) or call 612-676-7687.


Feed My Starving Children is hosting a mobile packing event for a local parish.  We would like to take a group on Thursday, February 22 from 5-7 pm.  Please sign up with this link if you are interested in going.

Cretin-Derham Hall has invited us to their annual Justice Summit on Wednesday, February 7.  The theme for the day is Embracing Ishmael: Bridging Catholics and Muslims in Minnesota.  The group will depart at 7:45 a.m. and return by 3:00.  If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Ms. Hodapp.

Students are invited to participate in the Missing Voices conference at St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis on Thursday, February 15 during the school day.  The 2018 conference focuses on educational equity with special emphasis this year regarding native, immigrant and refugee voices by embracing the idea that We Are All Related (Mitakuye Oyasin). In Lakota tribal education one gains knowledge from firsthand experience in the world and then transmits or explores this knowledge through ritual, ceremony, art, and appropriate technology. The essence of this concept is that our lives are truly and profoundly connected to others and the world around us. Now, in this time of division and polarization, we must recognize ourselves in the faces of others, particularly historically marginalized groups. The Missing Voices Summit allows for an exploration of commonalities and differences through an examination of self and others in our combined journey along a timeline of immigration.

Would you like to be a part of the planning team for Social Justice Week?  We will have planning meetings every Tuesday morning from 7:45-8:20 in the Lasallian Ministry office.  All are welcome. Please e-mail Ms. Hodapp if you want to participate. The theme this year is Human Trafficking

  Youth Frontiers is facilitating a leadership conference for 11th graders on Thursday, March 1 during the school day.  If you would like to participate, please e-mail Ms. Hodapp.