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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, April 20, 2018

In this issue…
  • An Important Message about Student Safety
  • 2018-19 Tuition Information Arrives in Early April; Tuition Charges Begin in May
  • April 14 ACT Exam at DeLaSalle Postponed
  • Class of 2022 Enrollment Orientation April 21
  • Parent Association Plans April 26 Staff Appreciation Day
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • ACT Ready Class Offered to Juniors for June ACT Exam
  • Prom Ticket Sales Continue; Prices Climb After April 18
  • Islanders In the News
  • Register Now for Camp Islander 2018
An Important Message about Student Safety
Maybe more than any other spring, our students are itching to be outside. The season brings many outdoor activities and potential distractions to student learning as well as potential safety risks, which is why we offer some reminders to parents and students regarding student safety:


  • Student drivers should always wear seat belts and drive with extra caution, particularly in the school parking lot and on Nicollet Island.
  • Students are reminded that they are not permitted to walk on railroad tracks at any time; the Park Police consider this trespassing and may issue a fine. Being respectful that Nicollet Island also includes many residents and visitors, loitering on the Island before or after school is not permitted and students may face discipline for being off-limits.
  • As part of its continual emergency response planning efforts, DeLaSalle will host a series of emergency drills during the week of April 16-20. These drills include a fire drill, a tornado drill, and a soft lockdown drill. Staff will also instruct students about how to evacuate the building should the need arise for that kind of response.
2018-19 Tuition Information Arrives in Early April; Tuition Charges Begin in May
This past week, DeLaSalle families who have completed the registration for 2018-19, and, if necessary, also completed the financial aid application process, should have received an email with a summary of tuition charges and financial aid grants and/or merit scholarships. Emails were not sent to families who have not completed the required processes. Please note – the tuition agreements do not yet reflect either the 2018-19 transportation or iPad insurance plan charges. Those charges will be added at a later date. New families will select their iPad insurance this summer when completing required Back-to-School forms.
Families of new students are asked to respond to the email prompt no later than Saturday, April 21 as all payment plans for 2018-19 begin in May. New families should follow the instructions in the email and on the agreement, select a payment option, banking information and electronically sign your acceptance of your agreement. If you are a new family to DeLaSalle and have not received an email by April 15, please contact Ron Rice at 612-676-7601.


For returning students (without an additional child to be added to the tuition account), and as part of our continuous enrollment process, you should have received an email showing a summary of tuition and financial aid grants and/or merit scholarships.  TADS will use the same banking or credit card information provided by families for their 2017-18 agreement. Additionally,TADS will use the same basic payment plan arrangement that families chose for the 2017-18 school year as the payment plan for the 2018-19 school year.  If families need to change any banking or credit card information, their payment plan, or have any other questions, please contact Ron Rice at 612-676-7601 by April 21 to make those changes for the 2018-19 school year.

April 14 ACT Exam at DeLaSalle Postponed

Due to a powerful winter storm that is expected to hit Minnesota this weekend with several inches of precipitation – including rain, freezing rain, and snow – DeLaSalle has postponed the ACT exam scheduled here on Saturday, April 14. We do not yet have a makeup exam date from ACT. Once a makeup exam date is scheduled, ACT will communicate it to registered students.

The decision regarding postponing the April 14 ACT exam only impacts the ACT exam at DeLaSalle.DeLaSalle students who may have registered to take the exam at a location other than DeLaSalle should check here to see if the exam is still being offered at that location. On the webpage, please scroll down and look under U.S. Test Centers to find which sites in Minnesota will not hold the exam. Please note, several other test centers have already postponed the April 14 exam.

Class of 2022 Enrollment Orientation April 21

All incoming 9th graders and at least one parent or guardian must attend a required Enrollment Orientation at DeLaSalle on Saturday, April 21. Almost all students will take an Algebra mastery exam at 9:00am. During the exam, parents are invited to at least two presentations that will help orient you to DeLaSalle. Then, starting at 10:30am, we will offer a Student Activity Fair in which coaches and moderators from ALL of our many Student Activities will be available to provide general information. At the same time, key personnel from various offices – including business/tuition/financial aid, transportation, registrar, and food service – will be available to answer your questions.

Parent Association Plans April 26 Staff Appreciation Day

Help the DeLaSalle Parent Association celebrate our terrific staff on the annual Staff Appreciation Day! All teachers, administrators, and support staff are recognized on this day. Plans call for a Welcome and Continental Breakfast for the staff when they arrive for the day, as well as a tasty lunch. Each staff member also receives a thank you gift. A committee of current parents — including Parent Association co-chairs, Jackie Schluter Johnson and Luann Mishler, –has been organizing the event. Now, we extend a call for other parents to help with the event.

TO VOLUNTEER OR DONATE: Click here to access an online form where you can indicate how you may wish to volunteer or contribute to the day. Many parents enjoy spending part of the day with each other – and all for a good cause! If you have questions, please contact Parent Association co-chairs, Jackie Schluter Johnson or Luann Mishler. If you prefer to make a cash donation toward the cost of meals and treats for the staff, please send your donation to Parent Association staff liaison, Mike O’Keefe, at DeLaSalle.


Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Senior Graduation Meeting

Monday, April 16, lunch periods, D117

Seniors must attend a graduation meeting during their lunch period Monday to learn important information regarding graduation, Baccalaureate, and other end of high school plans. This meeting will provide students an opportunity to share the proper pronunciation for their name as it is read at graduation, select which faculty or staff will read at graduation, and help select which students will be honored with DeLaSalle and Islander Awards.

12th Grade Class Retreat

Wednesday, April 18

Twelfth grade students will participate in an all-day class retreat. Students should check in to their first hour class for attendance and then go to Albers Atrium to board buses for the off-campus retreat location. Students should wear school uniform and bring a bag lunch. Please contact Peg Hodapp with questions.

10th Grade Vision Screening

Wednesday, April 18

All tenth grade students will have their vision screened at DeLaSalle. Students who have a prescription for corrective lenses should wear or bring them to the screening.

Advanced Placement Exam Pre-Administration Session

Thursday, April 19, lunch periods, LL Gray Gym

All students taking AP exams are REQUIRED to attend a pre-administration session in the LL Gray during their lunch period. AP students can bring lunch to the gym and should go through the lunch line first. They will need a #2 pencil.

Parents in Prayer

Friday, April 20, 1:45-2:45pm, Florance Center

This Parent Association sponsored group will meet to lift up the school community in prayer. All parents are welcome. Students, staff, and families may place prayer requests in prayer boxes in the Lasallian Ministry office, Main Office, or Theology classroom. Prayer requests may remain anonymous.

Founder’s Day Mass

Wednesday, April 25, 9:00am, Florance Center

Our community will gather for the annual Founder’s Day Mass, during which we celebrate the life and legacy of our founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle. We will also honor our Alumni Scholarship and Giving Tree recipients, as well as staff recipients of the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award and the Liemandt Excellence in Teaching Award.

Around DeLaSalle

Islanders enjoyed a treat when Maureen Headbird, the grandmother of two DeLaSalle students, made Indian fry bread that was served during lunch April 12 as part of our Minnesota Thursday initiative to bring locally sourced food to students. Maureen made an estimated 400-500 pieces of fry bread which students topped with taco fixings. The experience let Maureen share with Islanders a cultural tradition she learned from her mother. The fry bread was such a hit that some Islanders went back for seconds! Thank you, Maureen, for being so generous with your time and talent. (Photos courtesy: Jamie Wheeler ‘20 and Kristin Lundstrum, DeLaSalle staff)

ACT Ready Class Offered to Juniors for June ACT Exam

DeLaSalle, in partnership with ACT Ready, will offer a four-week class in June to help juniors achieve their best possible scores on the July ACT exam. The class will meet at DeLaSalle on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings during the weeks of June 11, 18, 25 and July 9. The class costs $200; the cost is $40 for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch benefits. Interested juniors may read more here and are invited to complete and submit an application by May 1. Class size is limited and may be filled before May 1. Questions? Please contact Barbara McAdams in the DeLaSalle Guidance office at 612-676-7621 or Mary Ann Dorsher with ACT Ready at 612-250-8122.

Prom Ticket Sales Continue, Prices Climb After April 18

Ticket sales continue for the April 28 Junior-Senior Prom. “Red carpet access” costs $75 before Wednesday, April 18; prices rise to $85 after that date and ticket sales end on April 25. Click here to purchase tickets and learn more.

Islanders in the News

  • Three DeLaSalle students will be honored as recipients of the 2018 Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards. Congratulations to Gabrielle Hill ‘19, Christine Ohenzuwa ‘19, and Daryl Yap ‘18, who will be recognized at a ceremony April 17. Also earning recognition that day will be DeLaSalle librarian Judith Roggow, who will receive the Aspirations in Computing State Educator Award. In 2017, Alyissa Sanders ’18 and Tien Vonguyen ’17 were honored for their computing-related achievements and interests in technology.
  • Congratulations to Eden Feleke ‘20, who was recognized this week in a YWCA blog post for her efforts in creating a more equal nation for women. Feleke was one of three young women who traveled to Washington, D.C. last month to advocate for girls as part of the Girls Action Network. Continue reading

Register Now for Camp Islander 2018

Join the hundreds of students who build their skills and have fun learning new activities during one of nine Camp Islander camps offered through DeLaSalle this June and July. Registration is underway for Camp Islander 2018, with camps for boys’ and girls’ basketball, cheer, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, tennis, theatre, and volleyball. Click here for more information and to register.

“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” Romans 12:12
2017-18 Scripture Theme
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