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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, February 16, 2018

In this issue…
  • Let Us Begin With Prayer
  • 2018-19 Enrollment: Students Selecting Courses, Registration Fee Added to Tuition Agreements
  • Apply for Financial Aid by February 23
  • DeLaSalle Offers Admission to Class of 2022
  • Emergency Response Plan Guides DeLaSalle in Crisis Situations
  • No School February 19 Due to President’s Day
  • DeLaSalle Hosts History Day Open House February 20
  • AdvancED Reviews DeLaSalle’s Accreditation
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Applications Available for Fall 2018 Student Exchange
  • Students May Register for Spring Sports by February 23
  • Islander Foundation Volunteer Opportunities Available; Some Training Required
Let Us Begin With Prayer


The DeLaSalle community holds in prayer the victims of Wednesday’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It is important to lean on our faith and the comfort that God can bring in these challenging times. especially for those who attend or work in schools. In addition to praying for those who lost their lives, we pray for their families, for first responders and those who helped provide aid and comfort, and for citizens of the world who sadly experience an increasing amount of violence in their daily lives. Let us all pray.

Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever!

2018-19 Enrollment: Students Selecting Courses, Registration Fee Added to Tuition Agreements


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

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 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 discussed course selections with their academic mentors February 16 and should submit their course requests no later than Friday, February 23.

The Business Office will add the 2018-19 registration fee to your current tuition agreement. The fee – $350 per student – was added to your next invoice date, starting on February 25 and continuing through March. If you already paid your child’s tuition, then an additional invoice was added to your agreement, which reflects the registration fee.

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 annually submit an application to Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS). This year’s application deadline is 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.

DeLaSalle Offers Admission to Class of 2022

DeLaSalle has extended offers of admission to 275 prospective students in the Class of 2022 from a current pool of over 350 applicants. Please join us in welcoming these newest Islanders to our community. Students and families to whom DeLaSalle is offering admission will receive a special video greeting February 16, sharing the exciting news. The same students and families will receive a registration packet in the mail that includes the formal admission offer letter and important registration documents. Admitted students are invited to Ninth Grade Registration Day on Saturday, February 24, from 9:00am-12:00pm, and it is likely that we will meet our goal of 175-200 ninth graders on that day. Students in the Class of 2022 and their families will meet teachers and staff, register for classes, express interest in school activities, and request transportation for the 2018-19 school year. The School Store will be open and DeLaSalle staff will be available to answer questions. We will continue to accept applications for potential ninth grade and transfer students throughout the spring and summer – and register students as space permits.


Emergency Response Plan Guides DeLaSalle in Crisis Situations


Faculty and staff work daily to ensure that DeLaSalle is a safe school community for your child. Knowing each student’s story is at the core of the Lasallian mission we live each day, as we are called by St. John Baptist de La Salle to touch the hearts and minds of those entrusted to our care.

DeLaSalle’s Emergency Response Plan, developed as a proactive measure several years ago, is a guidepost for how the school responds in emergency situations. The Emergency Response Team, comprised of school administrators and staff, regularly reviews and updates the plan’s procedures and protocols and leads the school community in conducting emergency drills.

Last summer, the school sought and received professional input from law enforcement partners, including the Minneapolis Police Department, about how to strengthen our plan. This fall, the school conducted a drill, led by teachers and staff who would be the responsible adult leader in a given time or location. More drills are on the calendar for the spring.

Several of DeLaSalle’s emergency response protocols are identified in the Student-Parent Handbook, specifically fire and tornado drills and lockdown procedures. If it ever becomes necessary to evacuate the school building, under the direction of the Emergency Response Team, students and staff will evacuate to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

As we move forward, the positive relationships students and staff have built and the emergency response planning we have undertaken will help us to react appropriately in an emergency situation.


No School February 19 Due to President’s Day Holiday

Classes will not be in session and the school will be closed on Monday, February 19, in observance of the President’s Day federal holiday.

DeLaSalle Hosts History Day Open House February 20

DeLaSalle invites you to see the hard work that eleventh grade students have invested for months on their History Day projects at an open house on Tuesday, February 20, from 6:00-8:00pm. History Day is an annual project in the 11th grade Social Studies curriculum that gives juniors an opportunity to become expert historians, selecting and researching a topic of their choice around a national theme, which this year is “Conflict and Compromise in History.” Students produce exhibits, dramatizations, websites, documentaries, and research papers. Last year, Erin Boehme ‘18, Julia Gerloff ’18, Nadia Johnson ’18, and Ava Methner ’18 all advanced to the national competition, where Boehme earned fifth place for her research paper about Rachel Carson.

AdvancED Reviews DeLaSalle’s Accreditation

A team of five educators completed a two-day external review of DeLaSalle this week as part of an accreditation review the high school goes through with AdvancED every five years. The visiting team observed classrooms, reviewed school practices and survey data, and interviewed more than 100 community members, including students, faculty, staff, parents, and trustees. The team will complete a written report that the AdvancED Council will consider this spring as it decides whether to renew DeLaSalle’s accreditation. DeLaSalle has been accredited as a college preparatory school since 1929. Continue reading

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Out of Uniform Day

Wednesday, February 21

Students may dress out of uniform if they purchase a wristband for $1 during lunches February 20 or for $2 before school Feb. 21 and follow the out of uniform guidelines in the Student Parent Handbook.

DeLaSalle Advancement Visits Arizona Alumni & Friends

February 22-23

DeLaSalle’s Advancement team will visit alumni and friends of the school at two annual gatherings in Arizona next week. Luncheons are scheduled at Tonto Verde Golf Club in Scottsdale and at Vivace Restaurant in Tucson. Advancement staff will meet with Florida alumni and friends in Naples on March 13. The luncheons offer alumni a way to remain connected to De and provide an opportunity to directly support students.

Class of 2022 Registration

Saturday, February 24, 9:00am-12:00pm

On Saturday, February 24 from 9:00am-12:00pm, DeLaSalle registers the Class of 2022. Students and their families will register for classes and learn more about activities, finances, transportation, and other programs. The School Store will be open and DeLaSalle staff will be available to answer questions.

Social Justice Week

Saturday, February 24, 9:00am-noon

Social Justice Week is an annual program of the Office of Lasallian Ministry, which focuses on specific social teachings of the Catholic Church. This year, DeLaSalle will continue exploring human trafficking, an issue that was front and center of a peaceful march on February 1.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

March 8, 3:00-8:00pm & March 9, 11:00am-5:00pm

Parent-Student-Teacher conferences allow parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to discuss a student’s academic progress. As students and parents can benefit by hearing the same commendations and recommendations from teachers, we strongly suggest students and parents attend conferences and participate in these conversations together. Please note: Classes on March 8 will dismiss at 12:52pm and afternoon transportation routes will leave DeLaSalle at 1:15pm. There are no classes on March 9.

DeLaSalle Theatre Presents “Les Miserables”

March 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 7:30pm, Florance Center; Tickets: $15 reserved; $10 general; $8 students/seniors; free for De students with school ID

Jean Valjean, a former convict, spends a lifetime seeking redemption. Set against the backdrop of 19th century France and the aftermath of the French Revolution, this timeless story of intertwined destinies reveals the power of compassion and the quiet evil of indifference to human suffering. Families may purchase reserved seating through The Source, starting Tuesday, February 20.

Around DeLaSalle

Islanders received ashes and were told to “Repent and be faithful to the Gospel” during Ash Wednesday Mass February 14. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent leading to Christ’s death on Good Friday and Resurrection on Easter Sunday. During this solemn time, Christians are invited to increase fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. (Photo courtesy; Kristin Lundstrum, DeLaSalle staff)

Applications Available for Fall 2018 Student Exchange

Current 11th grade students can now apply for a student exchange this fall through DeLaSalle’s Global Advantage program. Students received an email this week with a link to the application; which, along with at least two recommendations, are due by Friday, March 2. DeLaSalle partners with schools in Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Continue reading

Students May Register for Spring Sports by February 23

Students interested in trying out for a spring sport should sign up via an e-mail they received February 13 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.

Islander Foundation Volunteer Opportunities Available; Some Training Required

Students and families looking to offset tuition and other expenses at DeLaSalle are encouraged to volunteer through the Islander Foundation, which operates concession services at various sports venues in the Twin Cities. Target Field, which this year may offer DeLaSalle up to 85 volunteer opportunities, has specific training requirements that volunteers must meet and will offer new volunteer training sessions, starting next week. Click here to learn more about the Islander Foundation and to register for training sessions or volunteer opportunities.

“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” Romans 12:12
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