by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, August 24, 2018

In this issue…
  • Join Us Wednesday, August 29 for Back-to-School Night
  • Track Your Child’s Minneapolis Bus; Student Drop-off, Pick-up Procedures
  • DeLaSalle Cafe Open, Ready to Serve Healthy Meals, Snacks
  • Families May Purchase School, Sports Pictures
  • Learn How to Find Scholarships, Grants at College Financial Aid Planning Night
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • School Store Open for Your Uniform, Spirit Wear Needs
  • DeLaSalle Welcomes Honeybees to Island in September
  • Join Us at the Christian Brothers’ Gala October 13
Join Us Wednesday, August 29 for Back-to-School Night


DeLaSalle teachers and staff are ready to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year at Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, August 29. 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. Please check in between 5:30-6:00pm in Albers Atrium. The evening begins at 6:00pm with a presentation in the Main Gym. Don’t forget to pick up and display your “Islanders Are Everywhere” yard sign, if you haven’t already done so.

Parking is available in the main school parking lot. Overflow parking is available in the Nicollet Island Pavilion main parking and overflow lots (south of the Hennepin Avenue bridge) and a shuttle van will be available starting at 5:30pm to transport those who park in the Nicollet Island Pavilion lots to the school. The shuttle will operate after the evening concludes, until 9:15pm.

Track Your Child’s Minneapolis Bus; Student Drop-off, Pick-up Procedure Reminder


Track Your Child’s Minneapolis Bus with MyStop App

A free app allows parents of students who ride a Minneapolis bus route to track their child’s bus. Created by the Minneapolis and Suburban / Monarch Bus Company, the MyStop app is free for Android and iPhone users. Click here for instructions on how to download and sign up. The app does not show real-time location but is accurate within 3-4 minutes. As a remember, students should always be at their bus stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.

Reminder about Student Drop-off, Pick-up Procedures

Thank you for partnering with us to provide a safe environment for students, staff, and community members, who travel in, near, and around DeLaSalle. We ask you to note and follow these morning drop-off and afternoon pickup protocols.

Two dozen school buses and vehicles arrive at DeLaSalle each morning; these vehicles have the right-of-way on the drive in front of DeLaSalle. Parents/guardians arriving at school with their children should drop off on the curbside closest to school and NOT use the visitor parking spaces. Please note that following drop-off, vehicles should NOT travel back through the school parking lot and should exit via West Island Avenue.

In the afternoon, buses are the only vehicles allowed to pick up students on the drive in front of the school. The City of Minneapolis has installed “15-minute loading zone” street signs on West Island Avenue that will allow parents/guardians to temporarily wait along the curb closest to the school to pick up their children. Please be courteous to our Island neighbors and others who use the Island by pulling as close to the curb as possible to let other vehicles pass.

DeLaSalle Cafe Open, Ready to Serve Healthy Meals, Snacks

How to Deposit Money into LunchTime 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.

Please note: DeLaSalle uses a prepaid program that requires students to have a positive account balance to purchase items from the Cafe.

DeLaSalle Offers After School Snack Program

Students who participate in after school tutoring, athletics, and activities may get a free snack from the Cafe after school each day through a federally funded program. DeLaSalle launched the program at the end of April and we have received funding to continue the program again this school year. 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.

Farmers Supply Islanders with Fresh Produce

DeLaSalle this week received a shipment of fresh produce through a cooperative Farm-to-School program. The Hmong American Farmers Association delivered cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, and carrots that farmers have grown for DeLaSalle. Cafe staff will incorporate the produce into salads, entrees, and other items they offer for students.

Families May Purchase School, Sports Pictures


Photographers from Lifetouch took school pictures on August 23 for students’ school ID. Parents may review, select, and pay for a photo package through the Lifetouch website, but must make orders online by Saturday, August 25. Please refer to DeLaSalle’s Picture Day ID MI198053Y0. Picture Retake Day n Tuesday, September 25. Students may use their school ID for free admission to all regular season home athletic games and theatre productions.

Students participating in fall sports will have their team photo taken within the next two weeks. Boys’ and girls’ soccer, football, and volleyball players will have their photos taken on Wednesday, August 29. Photos will be taken September 5 for cheerleading, cross country, and girls’ tennis. Coaches will communicate with players how they can order team photos.

Learn How to Find Scholarships, Grants at College Financial Aid Planning Night

Learn about the many options for paying for college in the last of three highly informative college planning sessions offered by DeLaSalle college counselors. Financial Aid Planning Night is Monday, August 27, from 6:30-8:00pm in the Schulze Lab (D104). Take away tools include navigating the FAFSA; applying to colleges, researching scholarships, grants and loan options; completing college applications; and writing essays.


Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

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.

Pepfest for Fall Sports

Friday, August 31

Islanders will show off their school spirit at the first Pepfest of the 2018-19 school year. The Pepfest will recognize and celebrate fall sports athletes. .

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 Mass and Grade Level Meetings

Tuesday, September 4, 11, 18, October 2

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 at nearby Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Class Masses occur for 12th grade on Sept. 4 (please note that the date has been corrected from previously published versions); 11th grade on Sept. 11; 10th grade on Sept. 18; and 9th grade on October 2. Students should report to their first hour class and then will dismiss to the Florance Center for a grade level meeting before departing for Mass.

Early Awareness College Planning Night for 9th and 10th Grade Students, Families

Monday, September 17, 6:30-8:00pm, D104

Parents of 9th and 10th grade students are invited to learn simple steps for you and your students’ college journey.  Learn how & why it is never too early to seek college scholarships. Discover NAVIANCE, your students online college planning tool.

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.

Around DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle’s new school chaplain, Father Bruno Nwachukwu, celebrated the first Mass of the school year August 24. During the Mass of the Holy Spirit, Fr. Bruno reminded Islanders that they can pray to and call upon the Holy Spirit to guide them through life’s challenges. Fr. Bruno, who also serves as chaplain at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, will be on campus each Tuesday during the school year. (Photos courtesy: Kristin Lundstrum, DeLaSalle staff)

School Store Open for Your Uniform, Spirit Wear Needs

If you want to shop for school uniform or spirit wear, the School Store is open Monday-Thursday, from 3:00-6:00pm. The store is open until 7:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for those attending athletic games and activities. The store will also be open for select Friday and Saturday games and events. Don’t forget you can always visit the School Store online.

DeLaSalle Welcomes Honeybees to Island in September

A student-led group has partnered with a pollinator advocacy organization on a plan to bring honeybees to Nicollet Island. Gabby Hill ‘18 and fellow GREEN Teamers worked with Pollinate Minnesota to locate beehives within a locked fence on Brothers’ Plaza at the northeast end of the school campus by early September. Honeybees are critical to pollinating many of the plants that we rely on for food. DeLaSalle would not have established the hives if they put any community members at increased risk of injury or harm. Students with bee sting or any severe allergies should always keep a current Epi-pen available in case they need it.  Epi-pens can be kept with the school nurse for use during the school day. Please contact Tim Lynch, GREEN Team moderator, at 612-676-7610 with any questions or concerns about the honeybees.

Join Us at the Christian Brothers’ Gala October 13

Mark your calendar and buy your tickets to join us as the DeLaSalle community supports students at the Christian Brothers’ Gala on Saturday, October 13. 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.

“Be strong and courageous for God will be with you” Joshua 1:9
2018-19 Scripture Theme
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