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Monday, February 12, 2018

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

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter;
he who finds one finds a treasure.
A faithful friend is beyond price,
no sum can balance his worth.
(Sirach 6:14-15)

God, help me today to be a faithful friend and a confidant whom others can turn to. Amen

Saint John Baptist de La Salle…pray for us.

Live Jesus in our hearts…forever!

On today’s calendar…

PANCAKES, FRUIT TOPPING, MILK AND FRUIT JUICE

ENTREE: CHICKEN GYROS, TAZIKI SAUCE, CUCUMBERS AND TOMATOES, PITA BREAD; A LA CARTE: BUFFALO CHICKEN SALAD; TURKEY BLT ON WHOLE WHEAT

In today’s news…

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.

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. The meeting is Monday, February 12, from 6:30-8:00pm in the Schulze Learning Lab (D104). 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 and other exams through the ACT Ready program that she co-founded. As always, all DeLaSalle parents are invited and welcome to attend.

Meet 5 today at SPA. Gather in the Alber’s Atrium (outside the Main Office) at 3:10.

On Wednesday, February 14, we will gather as a school community between first and second period for our Ash Wednesday Mass.  This marks the beginning of the Lenten season, 40 days in preparation before the death and resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ and the Easter Season. During this season we will be encouraging students to pray, fast and give alms, the three main tenets of Lent.

PRAY: The DLS community is invited to attend prayer in the “Upper Room” (school chapel) most Thursdays from 7:50-8:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome. (students, staff, parents, trustees) Take time out of your busy day to come to the school chapel to pray. Submit prayers in the many prayer boxes located around the school for our Parents in Prayer group.

FAST: Fasting can take on many forms, disciplines and definitions and you may choose to fast in whatever way is helpful for you to develop and grow your relationship with God.  Try fasting by choosing to not eat between meals. Try fasting by sacrificing your morning latte for a week.  Try fasting by turning off electronics for one night a week.

GIVE: Almsgiving asks you to give of something until it hurts.  Throwing a quarter into the collection basket on the weekend may not be too difficult but, a 10 dollar bill may.  Practice almsgiving by sharing your time in service at Catholic Eldercare or a local kids club.  Practice almsgiving by cleaning out unused clothing or shoes and donating them to Sharing and Caring Hands.  Practice almsgiving by taking time to sit and talk with a friend in need.

Come to LEAP on Thursday, February 15 during your lunches for a continued discussion about the housing crisis in the US. All are welcome!

Morning Prayer in the Upper Room (Chapel) resumes on Thursday, February 15 from 7:50-8:00 a.m.  All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  Add the following dates to your calendar for the semester: Thursday, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22 April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17

As has been communicated for several weeks, last Friday began the process of course selection for current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders for 2018-19.

DeLaSalle this year has implemented a continuous enrollment model, which other schools are also now doing. 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. 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.

Students received an email with a link to register for courses as well as a course request worksheet via email that will help them identify which required courses they must take and what elective courses are available. Watch a video here that explains how to use the course request worksheet.

Students and parents may consult the 2018-19 curriculum guide here to view graduation requirements and course descriptions by academic department. We’re excited to announce several new courses, including two offerings in AP computer programming, an Honors Theology course, a science course taught in collaboration with a Lasallian high school in Spain, and Explore-Impact, a practicum opportunity for college-bound seniors. Students are encouraged to discuss course requests with their parents, college adviser, and academic mentor. Academic mentor meetings are scheduled for Friday, February 16.

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 http://mytads.com/. 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.

Students interested in trying out for a spring sport are encouraged to sign up via an e-mail they will receive Monday, February 12 from the Student Activities office. The deadline for students to register is Friday, February 23. As a reminder, students must have a Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Eligibility form and a current physical (within the last three years) on file with the Student Activities office.

Are you interested in saving a life? Do you know how to administer CPR or use an AED? If you answered Yes to saving a life or No to knowing CPR, this is an opportunity for you. Mr. C is looking for individuals that want to learn how to perform CPR and use an AED. Mr. C is an American Red Cross instructor and wants to certify students who want to be CPR/AED certified. Please fill out this form with your name and lunch hour, if interested.

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 jessica.luckett@delasalle.com (preferred) or call 612-676-7687.

ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Join in this retreat to gain a deeper understanding of consecrated life! Bishop Andrew Cozzens will celebrate Mass and speak on consecrated life at the Maternity of Mary Catholic Church, St. Paul on Saturday, February 17 from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.. The retreat is for single Catholic women, ages 16 to 35. The retreat day will include consecrated women sharing their vocation stories, along with many opportunities for discerning women to chat and ask questions. Discover the steps of discernment, learn more about yourself, and listen to God speak to your heart. Retreat fee is $20. Scholarships are available, if needed. Please see this brochure for details.