by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, February 2, 2018

In this issue…
  • DeLaSalle Celebrates Catholic Schools Week, Winterfest February 5-9
  • 2-Hour Late Start Scheduled Monday, February 5
  • Make-up Entrance Exam Scheduled February 3
  • Apply for Financial Aid by February 23
  • Super Bowl Impacts
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Top Music, Art Students Participate in Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival
  • All Night Graduation Party Planners Hold First Meeting February 7
  • Juniors Invited to Apply for Alumni Association Scholarship
DeLaSalle Celebrates Catholic Schools Week, Winterfest February 5-9

DeLaSalle will celebrate both its Catholic identity and school spirit during Catholic Schools Week and Winterfest February 5-9. While most Catholic schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week this week (January 29-February 2), DeLaSalle postponed the celebration until next week to allow students to participate in after school activities without being impacted by Super Bowl week traffic.

Students may follow special themes and dress out of uniform. The out of uniform themes are:

  • Monday: Pajama Day
  • Tuesday: Wacky Tacky Day
  • Wednesday: Class Color Day
  • Thursday: Decade Day
  • Friday: Islander Day

Student Council has planned several after school activities, including a movie night on Monday, a trivia night on Tuesday, powderpuff volleyball on Wednesday, snow tubing on Thursday, and a dance on Friday.

Click here for more information about the out of uniform days and other activities.


The school community will gather for a Catholic Schools Week Mass on Wednesday, February 7, at 9:00am in the Florance Center. DeLaSalle parents and friends are invited to join us for Mass, which will be celebrated by Fr. Michael Joncas and school chaplain, Fr. Joe Kuharski.

Blood Drive

DeLaSalle students 16 and older may donate blood to Memorial Blood Centers on Friday, February 9, between 8:30am-2:30pm. Signups are available in the Main Office.

2-Hour Late Start Scheduled Monday, February 5

Classes on Monday, February 5, will start at 10:30am, instead of 8:30am, as local officials predict a heavier than usual morning rush hour with Super Bowl fans leaving the Twin Cities after the big game. Morning transportation routes will also run two hours later than normal.

Make-up Entrance Exam Scheduled Saturday, February 3

More than 330 applicants have applied so far for admission to the DeLaSalle Class of 2022 – and that number will continue to grow as the February 9 application deadline nears. All applicants must take an entrance exam as part of the admissions process. One last make-up entrance exam is scheduled Saturday, February 3, from 9:00am-12:00pm, in Christian Brothers’ Hall (located behind the B building at 25 Grove Street). Students may register for the exam at 8:45am. Continue reading


Apply for Financial Aid by February 23

All of us at DeLaSalle appreciate the sacrifice that you make to send your children sons and daughters to our school. We know we must be good stewards. Support from our generous alumni and friends allows for a tuition that is considerably less than the actual cost of educating each student. We also remain committed to support slightly over half of our families with the largest per capita financial aid program of any private high school in Minnesota in 2018-19.

Families who wish to apply for financial aid based on family financial need must submit an application to Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) by Friday, February 23. Families may access the online application at Financial aid worksheets which are extremely helpful in preparing your application are available here in English, y aqui en espanol. Families may contact Ron Rice at 612.676.7601 with questions or to schedule an appointment to complete their application online.

Super Bowl Impacts

Super Bowl 52 happens in Minneapolis this weekend – and the Twin Cities has been buzzing with activity all week.

As a reminder, West Island Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic between Eastman Avenue and Wilder Street through Sunday, February 4. To leave DeLaSalle, 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 charge $40 for parking in the main school parking lot on Super Bowl Sunday, from 9:00am until the lot is full (no later than 4:00pm). The school will also operate a shuttle from the parking lot to Washington Avenue, as close as the shuttle can get to US Bank Stadium.

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

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

National Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony

Wedneday, February 7, 7:30am, D104

A handful of Islander seniors will sign national letters of intent to play women’s soccer and football this fall at Division 1 and 2 schools. Islander students and families are invited to attend the signing and congratulate the student athletes.

Parent Association Meeting – “ACT/SAT Strategies and Preparation”

Monday, February 12, 6:30-8:00pm, D104

How important are ACT and SAT test scores in college admissions? Learn more about the exams and how to help your child achieve his or her best possible score when testing expert and former DeLaSalle parent Mary Ann Dorsher presents at the February Parent Association meeting. Dorsher presented to 11th graders on the same subject at the January 26 College Planning Day for Juniors. Over the past decade, she has helped more than 3,600 students prepare for ACT exams through the ACT Ready program that she co-founded. As always, all DeLaSalle parents are invited and welcome to attend.

AdvancED Accreditation Team Visit

February 12-13

A team of five educators will lead a two-day external review of DeLaSalle as part of our re-accreditation through AdvancED. Every five years, DeLaSalle goes through a re-accreditation process. During the review, the visiting team will observe classrooms, review school practices and survey data, and conduct interviews with students and parents. The team will present its initial findings, including DeLaSalle’s Index of Education Quality score, with recognition of best practices and opportunities for improvement. The AdvancED Accreditation Commission will vote on DeLaSalle’s accreditation when it meets in June. DeLaSalle has been accredited as a college preparatory high school since 1929.

Ash Wednesday Mass

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

DeLaSalle will begin the 40-day season of Lent with Mass, celebrated by school chaplain, Fr. Joe Kuharski.

President’s Day – NO SCHOOL

Monday, February 19

The school will be closed and classes are not in session due to the federal holiday.

History Day at DeLaSalle

Tuesday, February 20

Eleventh grade students will present their History Day projects, revealing weeks of research on a historical topic around a national theme, which this year is “Conflict and Compromise in History.” Students can demonstrate their research through exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites, and research papers. Last year, Erin Boehme ‘18, Julia Gerloff ’18, and Ava Methner ’18 all advanced to the national competition, where Boehme earned fifth place for her research paper about Rachel Carson.

Around DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle’s competition cheer team finished first at the Minnesota State Class A Cheerleading Championships on January 27. The championship is the tenth for the Islanders since the program started in 1997, the second state title in a row, and the fourth in five years. (Photo courtesy: Jessica Luckett, DeLaSalle staff)

Top Music, Art Students Participate in Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival

Congratulations to 66 of DeLaSalle’s best visual arts and music students who participated  January 29 in the Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival at St. Croix Lutheran High School.  These honored artists and musicians have been selected from over 560 students active in fine arts curricular and co-curricular programs at DeLaSalle.  Once again, the group of DeLaSalle student artists selected for the festival was the largest contingent of any conference school. Continue reading

All Night Graduation Party Planners Hold First Meeting February 7

Join a group of DeLaSalle parents planning the All Night Graduation Party for the Class of 2018, which occurs the night of graduation on Thursday, May 24. The planning committee meets for the first time on Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00pm in the Schulze Learning Lab (D104). You may have a talent – from finances to communication to soliciting donations to being a good direction follower – that can help make this a successful party for our soon-to-be graduates. This is NOT a DeLaSalle sponsored event, but is organized, sponsored and chaperoned by DeLaSalle parents. All families are invited to participate – as more hands make less work and it is fun to meet other De parents and families. Contact Cristine Patlan or Mary Steiner with questions.

Juniors Invited to Apply for Alumni Association Scholarship

The DeLaSalle Alumni Association offers scholarship opportunities for current 11th grade students. The Alumni Legacy Scholarship recognizes those students who have had a relative graduate from DeLaSalle. New this year, juniors may also be considered for the Hinz Award, created in honor of Wally Hinz ‘60 following his death last year. 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 the Alumni Association. The application is available here and is due by Wednesday, February 21. Please contact Jessica Luckett, Director of Alumni Programs, at 612.676.7687 with questions.

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