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Off to a Great Start!

DeLaSalle teachers, staff, coaches and moderators are excited to welcome students back-to-school for the 2018-19 school year. This begins our 119th year on Nicollet Island and we begin the year as the third largest Catholic high school in Minnesota, drawing students from more than 120 middle schools. We thank you for your commitment to partner with us at DeLaSalle this year.

We renew our pledge to be even better in all that we do, certainly as teachers and learners, but even more importantly, as people called to serve each other and make God present in our world. That starts with a commitment to the 2018-19 school prayer theme as chosen by president, Barry Lieske: “Be strong and courageous for God will be with you.” This theme guides us in all we do – from the first day of practices to staff orientation sessions right through to the last day of school. It will be woven into student programs throughout the year.

This brief checklist can help all students and families ensure that they are prepared for the new school year.

  • Complete required back-to-school forms
  • Participate in a required school orientation and collect school-issued iPad
  • Order uniform apparel
  • Purchase school supplies
  • Have a current physical on file with Student Activities

Families can find more detailed back-to-school information below (click on the topic to read more). If you cannot find the information you are looking for here, please call the Main Office at 612.676.7600 for direct assistance.

Returning students in grades 10, 11, and 12 or a parent/guardian are required to attend a School Orientation session before the 2018-19 year begins. Families will register for an orientation session at the same time as they complete required “back-to-school” forms.

Families must complete and submit required back-to-school forms. The primary contact in each household on July 10 received an email from with a link to the forms; parents with multiple children will receive a separate email for each child. Families should check their email inbox for the message and may look to a junk or spam folder to see if the message was accidentally sent there.

The back-to-school email also includes important information about required school orientations for new and returning students. Families of returning students may sign up for an orientation on either Wednesday, August 8 or Wednesday, August 15. New Student Orientation for all ninth grade and new transfer students will be held on Thursday, August 16 and new families are invited back to DeLaSalle for New Family Orientation the evening of August 16.

Orientation sessions for returning students are scheduled:

  • Wednesday, August 8 – session closed
  • Wednesday, August 15, 12:00-7:00pm – registration closes on Monday, August 13

During the school orientation, families will receive the student’s iPad. Families may also deposit lunch money into their child’s account and meet with other important school personnel.

Families who choose the $50 Annual Protection Plan option for their child’s iPad will find the charge reflected on their TADS account to be paid within the upcoming month. (Most returning families made this choice when re-enrolling in February; families of new students are making that choice this month). Families who have chosen the one or two tuition payment option will have an additional invoice added to their account to make this iPad insurance payment. Families who are on a 12-month tuition payment option will have the charge added to their next invoice. Families who choose the $405 Deposit Protection Plan option will need to bring in a check when their student picks up their iPad in August.

 All parents and families who are new to DeLaSalle (Class of 2022 and transfers) are asked to come to a more extensive “New Family” Orientation program on the evening of Thursday, August 16.  This program will include a Welcome Cookout starting at 5:30 pm, introductions and presentations from various administrators, explanations of school practices and protocols, and more. Those attending this New Family Orientation will pay for the tablet insurance plan they selected and pick up the school-issued iPad Air. Families may also deposit lunch money into their child’s account and meet with other important school personnel at the school orientation..

Families must complete and submit required back-to-school forms for each student. The primary contact in each household on July 10 will receive an email from with a link to the forms; parents with multiple children will receive a separate email for each child. Families should check their email inbox for the message and may look to a junk or spam folder to see if the message was accidentally sent there.

Pre-registration for New Family Orientation is not required – and, unlike returning families, new families will not receive a separate e-mail with a registration link for August 16.

This REQUIRED program for ALL new ninth grade and transfer students begins at 8:25am and is for students only.

On August 16, students should check in between 8:00-8:20am. The 9th grade program runs all day, ending at 3:00pm. The transfer students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon. All new students meet new classmates, meet their academic mentor, and then (with a copy of their class schedules in hand) are introduced to teachers and important school personnel as part of a 90-minute tour/building orientation.

  • Transfer students meet separately with other transfers (and some returning De students); we will have a continental breakfast meeting to start the transfers program at 8:30am, but we will not serve lunch to the transfers. Again, the transfers are dismissed at 12:00 noon.
  • Ninth graders will stay through lunch (provided free on Thursday) and have additional orientation activities in the afternoon designed to help them meet other new ninth grade students. Ninth graders are dismissed at 3:00pm.

Please note these important reminders:

  • School bus service is not available on this day. Plan to arrive between 8:00-8:20am. The programs will begin promptly at 8:30am.
  • All students are to be in SCHOOL UNIFORM

Classes are in session from 8:30am-3:00pm. School bus service will begin this day. Students are in school uniform. Remember to bring your iPad, charged and ready to go! This is the day that lockers are assigned (DeLaSalle provides the locks). Each teacher will share course expectations with students and distribute course materials.

DeLaSalle offers school meal benefits through the Minnesota Department of Education. Interested families must complete and return this Application for Educational Benefits to Pam Beckman. La forma es disponsible en espanol.

Students must apply for the lunch benefits each year, even if they qualified for the program in the previous school year.

Students who want to participate in a fall activity should note these key dates, make sure a current physical is on file (current is defined as within the last three years), and complete required MSHSL paperwork, including an Eligibility Statement. Please return doctor-completed physical forms to DeLaSalle and clearly mark “Student Physical” on the envelope.

  • Athletic Eligibility and Fall Sports Coaches Meetings
    Wednesday, August 8, 6:00pm, DeLaSalle High School
    You and your child are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting to learn about eligibility policies of DeLaSalle and the Minnesota State High School League for student-athletes. Coaches of fall athletic programs will hold team meetings after. New and transfer students may attend the Athletic Eligibility meeting but will learn even more information about DeLaSalle activities and athletics programs during New Family Orientation on August 16 at 6:30pm.
  • First Day of Fall Sports Practices
    Monday, August 13
    Click here to find out when and where teams will practice.

Students registered for some honors or Advanced Placement courses are required to complete coursework before the new school year begins. Click here to find which courses require summer work to be completed by August 20.

DeLaSalle encourages all students to have these supplies when they begin classes on Monday, August 20.

  • Notebooks
  • Pens and pencils
  • Folders
  • Backpack (for home to school use)
  • DeLaSalle cinch bag (for use during the day)

School Supply Reminders

Students in Algebra 1 and Geometry should have a scientific calculator. Students in Algebra 2, Precalculus, Statistics, and all Calculus classes should have a graphing calculator. Note: Casio and TI-Inspire graphing calculators are not recommended.

Each teacher and course may have specific requests for school supplies. Students will hear about this on the first day of classes.

The School Store will again sell draw-string bookbags this year that are the only approved bag for carrying items during the school day. Backpacks are to be used only to carry items from home to school and back.

Parking permits will be sold in the Main Office for $285 starting August 8. Seniors may buy permits starting August 8. Juniors may buy permits starting August 9. Other eligible students may buy permits, if available, on August 10. Sales begin each day at 9:00am. Students are responsible for buying their own permit and permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis with no saving or reservations allowed. A student may buy a permit if they meet the following requirements:

  • The student is enrolled at DeLaSalle (student must show school ID as proof)
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Registrant must identify the make, model and license plate information for PRIMARY vehicle that will be driven to De
  • Fully agree to terms and conditions
  • Form of payment (cash / check)

Once the number of available permits are sold out, other students may opt to keep his or her information on a waiting list.

As the start of school approaches, parents often want to know more about their child’s school bus route, stop, as well as pick-up and drop-off times. .

  • For those students residing in Minneapolis who requested busing as part of 2018-19 registration, Minneapolis & Suburban/Monarch Bus Company will begin mailing postcards in early August with the route and stop information.
  • For those students residing in St. Paul and suburbs who have requested transportation through DeLaSalle, route information will be emailed directly to students / families prior to August 15.

Questions? Please contact Brooks Shelstad at 612.676.7614.

Do you need to purchase new uniform apparel for your child? The School Store will be open during several school-related events in August, including School Orientations and the first day of fall sports practices. The hours will be as follows:

  • Wednesday August 8, 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thursday, August 9, 5:00-9:00pm
  • Monday, August 13, 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 15, 12:00-7:00pm
  • Thursday, August 16, 7:30-9:30am and 3:00-9:00pm
  • Monday, August 20, 7:30-9:30am and 3:00-6:00pm

The School Store’s regular hours begin Monday, August 20, when the store will be open Monday-Thursday from 3:00-6:00pm (until 7:30pm on some Tuesdays and Thursdays on nights with games or activities).

As always, you may schedule an appointment with the School Store. Please contact Douge Schildgen at 612.859.5652.

Families are reminded that all students who receive financial aid based on need for the 2018-19 school year are required to schedule and complete 10 hours of work-service in return for their grant. (Students who receive only a Presidential Scholarship are not required to complete work-service.) Many students have completed their required work-service during the summer. Most students still need to schedule their 10 hours of work-service during the school year. Parents should contact Kyle Huggar at 612.676.7600 to do so.

Tuition, fees, and expenses can add up quickly. To assist families in meeting their high school financial needs, DeLaSalle offers the Islander Foundation. Through the Foundation, parents and students work at various local arena and stadium concession stands, including here at the school. The Foundation is paid by the arena venue. DeLaSalle workers may then apply to the Foundation for grants to assist with school expenses such as tuition, graduation fees, or prom tickets. Please visit the Islander Foundation webpage to learn more.

Back-to-School Night will be held Wednesday, August 29 and offers parents an opportunity to follow their child’s class schedule, meet their child’s teachers, and learn about the curriculum their students are learning.