by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, August 17, 2018

In this issue…
  • First Day of Classes Monday, August 20
  •   -Set Up Cafeteria Account
  • Important Transportation Reminders
  • You Are Invited to Back-to-School Night August 29; Pick Up Your “Islanders Are Everywhere” Sign
  • Join Us August 24 to Celebrate Mass of the Holy Spirit
  • Smile! Picture Day is Thursday, August 23
  • Guidance Office Hosts College Planning Night for Seniors, Juniors
  • Congratulations to the 2018 DeLaSalle Hall of Fame Inductees!
  • Save the Date for the October 13 Christian Brothers’ Gala
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
First Day of Classes Monday, August 20


The first day of classes for all students is Monday, August 20, from 8:30am-3:00pm. Students will report to the Main Gym for an opening assembly before being dismissed to their first hour class. School bus service will begin this day. Students should dress in school uniform. Remember to bring your iPad, charged and ready to go! Each teacher will share course expectations with students and distribute course materials.

This helpful Back-to-School webpage will ensure your family is ready for the first day of classes on Monday, August 20.

Students: Check Email for Course Schedule, Locker Assignment

Returning students will receive their first semester course schedules via their student Islander Apps email account (new students received their schedules at New Student Orientation). The Student-Parent Handbook explains how DeLaSalle handles requests to change courses. From the Handbook, families are reminded that a $25 fee will be charged for any course change requests initiated by the student or family; a student must follow their current schedule until they receive a revised schedule; and schedule changes will not be made to accommodate requests for specific teachers or lunch hour.

All students should also check their student Islander Apps email for a message with their locker assignment and combination.

Deposit Money Into Student Cafeteria Account

Families should set up their student’s cafeteria account and then deposit money into the account in order for the student to purchase breakfast or lunch items from the DeLaSalle Cafe on Monday.  Families are reminded that DeLaSalle uses an online portal called LunchTime for the student’s account.  Click here for instructions on how to create and manage your LunchTime account. You may deposit money electronically through the online LunchTime portal.  Bank account and credit card transactions are subject to a fee,charged by LunchTime. Online deposits will appear in the point of sale system within 30 minutes of completing the transaction. Families may also deposit cash or a check in the Main Office, and the same-day credit will be available if the cash or check is dropped off by 8:30am. Please contact with questions.

Buy uniform apparel

The DeLaSalle School Store will be open on the first day of school for any students who need last minute uniform items. The store will be open from 7:30-9:30am and again from 3:00-6:00pm.

Purchase school supplies

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)

Learn more about specific supply needs on the Back-to-School webpage.

Important Transportation Reminders


Thank you for your patience as DeLaSalle Transportation staff finalize logistics for safe transportation to and from school. Please note these important reminders:

-Minneapolis and Suburban/Monarch Bus Company, which provides school transportation for Minneapolis students, has sent postcards with morning and afternoon route information. If you live in Minneapolis and requested bus service but did not receive a postcard, please contact Brooks Shelstad as soon as possible. We will work to confirm transportation arrangements as quickly as we can.

This weekend, DeLaSalle is communicating final or revised route information for those families living in St. Paul and the suburbs who requested DeLaSalle direct transportation.

-All DeLaSalle parking permits have been sold out for the school year.

-Families who wish to give their student a ride to or from school should make note of our drop-off and pick-up procedures. School buses have the right-of-way on the street in front of DeLaSalle and we encourage morning drop-off either in the parking lot or on East or West Island AVenues. Those picking up their student after school may temporarily wait in the 15 minute loading zone areas on West Island Avenue.

You Are Invited to Back-to-School Night August 29

Please join us on Wednesday, August 29 from 6:00-8:45pm for Back-to-School Night to learn from teachers, mentors, and administrators of the academic expectations for each student this year. You will meet your child’s academic mentor and follow your child’s class schedule to learn about course goals, content, and assignments from your child’s teachers. And, if you have not already done so, don’t forget to pick up and display your free “Islanders Are Everywhere” yard sign. We look forward to seeing you!

Join Us August 24 to Celebrate Mass of the Holy Spirit


Join us as the DeLaSalle community gathers for the opening school year Mass on Friday, August 24 at 9:00am. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is offered to ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all parts of our life in the new school year. Please join us as we celebrate with our new school chaplain, Fr. Bruno Nwachukwu.

Smile! Picture Day is Thursday, August 23

Photographers will be on campus to take pictures of all students, including seniors, and staff for the current school ID card. Students must be dressed in school uniform.  Parents may review, select, and pay for a photo package through the Lifetouch website. Parents will have up to 48 hours after Picture Day to complete their online order. Please refer to DeLaSalle’s Picture Day ID MI198053Y0. Just by ordering online, they will receive a coupon code via email for one free Shutterfly 8×8 (20 page) hard cover photo book, as well as ongoing special discounts and offers from Shutterfly & Lifetouch.

Guidance Office Hosts College Planning Nights for Juniors, Seniors

DeLaSalle college counselors will host two highly informative college planning sessions next week. The College Planning Night for Seniors is Tuesday, August 21 and the College Planning Night for Juniors is Thursday, August 23. Each program will be held in D104 from 6:30-7:30pm. Learn important dates and benchmarks to meet in your junior and senior year as you select and apply for admission and financial aid. Though specifically geared toward junior and senior students and families, all DeLaSalle families are welcome.


Congratulations to the 2018 DeLaSalle Hall of Fame Inductees!

Congratulations to the nine individuals or groups who DeLaSalle inducted into its Hall of Fame August 9 as part of the school’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration. Continue reading


Save the Date for the October 13 Christian Brothers’ Gala

Mark your calendar and make plans to join us as the DeLaSalle community supports students at the Christian Brothers’ Gala on Saturday, October 13, from 5:30-9:30pm.  The Gala is the one and only all-school fundraiser at De each year, and the event brings together parents, alumni, students, staff and friends of DeLaSalle for a festive evening and a one-of-a-kind cause.


Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Theatre Auditions

August 22-23

DeLaSalle Theatre will host auditions the first week of school for its fall productions, “Evita” and “The World’s Greatest Detective.” Students may learn about Theatre at an informational meeting on Tuesday, August 21 at 3:15pm in D117. Auditions for the fall productions are after school Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23, with callbacks on Friday, August 24. Email James Buffington for more information.

Financial Aid Planning Night

Monday, August 27, 6:30-8:00pm, D104

Get prepared with this presentation for students and parents/guardians on the many options for paying for college.  Take away tools for navigating the FAFSA; applying to colleges, researching scholarships, grants and loan options; completing college applications; writing essays.

Academic Mentor Meetings

Wednesday, August 29

All students will meet with their academic mentor to check in and identify academic goals for the year. Students will also sign documents that help DeLaSalle receive assistance for textbooks and other academic support.

Labor Day – NO SCHOOL

Monday, September 3

DeLaSalle will be closed and there will be no classes in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Class Masses Begin

Wednesday, September 5

In addition to all-school liturgies, students in each grade will gather as a class this fall to celebrate Mass. School chaplain, Fr. Bruno Nwachukwu, will celebrate each Mass. Class Masses occur for 12th grade on Sept. 5; 11th grade on Sept. 11; 10th grade on Sept. 18; and 9th grade on October 2.

Homecoming Week

September 24-29

Homecoming allows DeLaSalle to celebrate Islanders past and present – and the many traditions that define our community. Student Council always plans many fun Homecoming activities, including out of uniform days and after school events which all students are welcome to join. Look for more details in the coming weeks!

Around DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle welcomed 220 ninth grade and transfer students – and their families – at daytime and evening Orientation programs on August 16. Over 50 current seniors and juniors did a great job leading the student programs as part of the Islander Welcome Crew. (Photo courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)
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