by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, April 27, 2018

In this issue…
  • Students, Staff Honored on Founder’s Day
  • Islanders Compete April 28 at Minnesota History Day
  • Making Prom A Safe, Fun Evening
  • National College Decision Day May 1
  • DeLaSalle Hosts Spring Concert and Art Show May 2
  • Thank You for Responding to 2018-19 Tuition Agreements
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Nicollet Island Pavilion Overflow Parking Lot Unavailable May 1 and 15
  • DeLaSalle Launches New After School Snack Program
  • Remembering Brother Michael Callahan: 1933-2018
  • Please Clear Negative Lunch Account Balances by May 1
  • DeLaSalle Names Chelsea Hammerschmidt New Volleyball Coach
  • Islanders in the News
  • Register Now for Camp Islander 2018
Students, Staff Honored on Founder’s Day

Two staff members, Matt Tessmer and Matt Lehman, earned DeLaSalle’s highest annual honors for staff, highlighting an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the April 25 Founder’s Day Mass. In addition, 13 current juniors were recognized as recipients of 2018 Alumni Association scholarships, and one staff member and three students were recognized for awards they had earned at the April 17 Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards Ceremony. Continue reading

Islanders Compete April 28 at Minnesota History Day

Good luck this Saturday to 42 DeLaSalle students who, as individuals or in groups, will present their 21 projects and two research papers at the 2018 Minnesota State History Day at the University of Minnesota.  Once again, DeLaSalle is advancing more projects and more students to State History Day than any other high school in the Metro Region. Continue reading

Making Prom A Safe, Fun Evening

Juniors and seniors will celebrate Prom this Saturday at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. DeLaSalle wishes all promgoers a safe, fun evening with friends that will lead to many positive memories. As a reminder, the consumption/use of alcohol or illegal drugs before or during prom night is strictly prohibited and students who violate this will have their parents contacted and removed from the event. During the dance, students may leave personal belongings at the check-in station provided and supervised by adult chaperones.

National College Decision Day May 1

DeLaSalle will celebrate seniors and their postsecondary plans on National College Decision Day. Seniors may wear apparel representing their college or postsecondary decisions. During lunches, seniors may sign a Class of 2018 poster and enter a raffle for a chance to win a dorm refrigerator!

DeLaSalle Hosts Spring Concert and Art Show May 2


DeLaSalle invites families and friends to join us at the annual Spring Concert and Art Show on Wednesday, May 2, at 7:00pm in the Florance Center. Honors II art students will display art work in the Schulze Lab (D104) starting at 5:30pm. Guests can participate in an interactive art project while waiting in line or before the concert.  The finished project will be displayed in Albers Atrium after the concert. Unable to attend? Watch a livestream here

Thank You for Responding to 2018-19 Tuition Agreements

Thank you to the many families who have already communicated with DeLaSalle regarding next year’s school plan. Recently, DeLaSalle families who have completed the registration process 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 were asked to respond to the email prompt by April 21. Please contact Ron Rice with questions 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 as soon as possible.


Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Honors Mastery Exams for Class of 2022

Saturday, May 5, 9:00am-12:00pm

DeLaSalle offers Honors Mastery Exams in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Geometry, Algebra II and Physical Science. These exams are required for any student who wishes Honors or advanced course placement as a 9th grader.  All students may choose to take the exams simply to verify placement for fall. Each exam lasts up to 55 minutes. Contact Mike O’Keefe for more information.

Starry Night Prom

Saturday, May 5, 5:30-9:30pm

This evening of dancing and fun for people in our greater community living with disabilities and their caregivers is the largest service-learning event held at DeLaSalle. The students who host this prom prepare by attending seminars and sensitivity training as well as planning the food service and festive decorations that transform the gymnasium into a beautiful dance hall. Hosted by DeLaSalle’s Office of Lasallian Ministry annually on the first Saturday of May, Starry Night Prom is free and open to the public.

Advanced Placement Exams Begin

Monday, May 7

More students than ever before will take Advanced Placement (AP) exams in the first two full weeks of May. Students can earn college credit depending on the results of their exams, which measure how well they have mastered college-level coursework. DeLaSalle offers AP exams in multiple subject areas.

DeLaSalle Baseball Mother’s Day Fundraiser

Saturday, May 12, 12:00-9:00pm, Parade Stadium

DeLaSalle will host a full day of games against St. Louis Park and sell hanging flower baskets to honor the mothers and mother figures in our lives. Games are at 12:00pm (for freshman level); 3:00pm (JV), and 7:00pm (varsity). Seniors Josh Dolezal, Evan Francois, Joe Parenteau, Leo Pfarr, and Louis Snee will be recognized at Senior Night. Please consider joining the DeLaSalle baseball family for a great event!

Founder’s Convocation & Prayer

Monday, May 14

DeLaSalle will host an end of year prayer and convocation. In addition to a prayerful send off for the Class of 2018 there will be recognition to Giving Tree recipients, DeLaSalle and Islander Award winners (the highest awards given each year to graduating seniors), and an unveiling of the 2018-19 school year theme.

Senior Finals & iPad Return

May 17-18

Seniors will take final exams on May 17 and May 18, and be released from school after finals, assuming there are no missed or unscheduled days off in the last semester. Seniors will turn in their iPads after last exam on Friday. Students should remember to return their power adapter and sync cable – and remember to completely log out of iCloud.

Around DeLaSalle

Islanders studying the corporal works of mercy this week learned more from a deacon personally involved in prison ministry. Deacon Clarence Shallbetter ’56 spoke in Faith & Society classes about how he got involved, his experiences, and his approach to the ministry. He ministers teens at the juvenile correctional facility in Lino Lakes. Deacon Clarence connected his work with what Pope Francis has written about mercy. His presentation was relevant as we examine the Lasallian core principles of respect for all persons as well as concern for the poor and social justice during our Founder’s Week celebration. (Photo courtesy: Mary Joy Zawislak, DeLaSalle staff)

Nicollet Island Pavilion Overflow Parking Lot Unavailable May 1 and 15

Students who park in the Nicollet Island Pavilion overflow parking lot (just south of the Hennepin Avenue bridge) should note the parking lot will be unavailable on two upcoming dates because the Nicollet Island Pavilion needs the parking for two scheduled events. The parking lot will be used for breakfast events on Tuesday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 15. Students are strongly encouraged to carpool, get a ride to and from school, or use public transportation on those dates. Thank you for your cooperation.

DeLaSalle Launches New After School Snack Program

DeLaSalle will provide a healthy snack for students who participate in after school activities through a federally funded program that starts on Monday, April 30.

Students who participate in after school tutoring, athletics, and activities qualify for the program and can pick up the healthy snack or purchase other items. The DeLaSalle Cafe will be open Mondays through Thursdays,  from 3:00-3:30pm. Students must enter their ID number to receive the snack or purchase an item, which is the same number they would input if they bought items during breakfast or lunch.

The healthy snack will rotate and options include fruit, crackers, milk, juice, cheese sticks, and granola bars. Grab ‘n go a la carte items such as chips, sports drinks, yogurt, and more will also be available for purchase.

Remembering Brother Michael Callahan: 1933 – 2018

A DeLaSalle Christian Brother, who from 1977-1985 taught English and math at DeLaSalle, coached tennis, and advised the yearbook, died April 25. Brother Michael Callahan, FSC, was 84 years old and had been a Christian Brother for 65 years. Brother Mike lived in the Christian Brothers community at DeLaSalle for the past six years, using his retirement to play and teach bridge to students. Visitation will be May 2 at 10:00am at St. Peter’s Church (1405 Highway 13, Mendota, MN, 55150) with a Mass at 11:00am. See file photos of Brother Michael here

Please Clear Negative Lunch Account Balances by May 1

Students with a negative lunch account balance must make it positive by Tuesday, May 1 in order to buy breakfast, lunch, or a la carte items from the DeLaSalle Cafe. Click here for information about how to access and deposit money into your child’s account. Please deposit funds into your account by Tuesday, to ensure your account is positive by lunch time. If you receive free or reduced lunch benefits, your account cannot be negative either.

DeLaSalle Names Chelsea Hammerschmidt New Volleyball Coach

DeLaSalle is excited to name Chelsea Hammerschmidt as the new varsity girls’ volleyball coach. Hammerschmidt comes to DeLaSalle with seven years of coaching experience, including the past five at Minnesota One (or M1), one of the most highly respected volleyball programs in the Upper Midwest. Continue reading

Islanders in the News

  • Congratulations to senior midfielder, Ansley Atkinson ’18, who has been named DeLaSalle’s Athena Award winner. She will be honored at a luncheon May 4. The Athena Award is given to a senior female athlete and is based on excellence in individual sports or for participation and accomplishments in team sports. Continue reading
  • Three students have earned All-State recognition in music through the Minnesota State High School League. Congratulations to All-State musicians Emmett Bell ’19 (choir), Gabby Johnson ’19 (choir), and Joseph Phelan ’19 (band). Parker Adams ’20 was an All-State finalist.

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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