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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

Dear Lord,
I trust in your unfailing love, in your promises.
I give this day and all that it holds to You.
May I walk in Your goodness, knowing Your gentle hand will guide me, and keep me.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle…pray for us.

Live Jesus in our hearts…forever!

On today’s calendar…



We will follow this adjusted class schedule today because of Mentor Meetings:

  • Period 1: 8:30-9:08
  • Mentor Meetings: 9:13-10:17
  • Period 2: 10:25-11:00
  • Period 3: 11:05-11:40
  • Period 4: 11:45-12:20
  • Period 5: 12:25-1:00
  • Period 6: 1:05-1:40
  • Period 7: 1:45-2:20
  • Period 8: 2:25-3:00

Schedule subject to change, please check the Activities Calendar for updates.

  • 4:00pm Tennis: Girls Varsity Match vs. Bloomington Kennedy @ Bloomington Kennedy High School
  • 4:30pm Cross Country: All Jamboree @ Battle Creek Regional Park

In today’s news…

All students will meet with their academic mentor after first period today 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.

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 5:30-5:55pm 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.

To help your child’s academic mentor prepare for the year, please take a moment to download and complete this Parent Mentor Survey (printed copies will be available at Back-to-School Night in case you forget).

Now that the new school year has begun students should take a moment to review the uniform policies listed on pages 8-11 of the Student-Parent Handbook. Students are expected to be in uniform at all times during the school day. Any student that is not in uniform is subject to disciplinary consequences including loss of privileges to wear certain uniform items, a 2-hour detention after school, suspension from school, or other disciplinary action. If you have questions about the school uniform please do not hesitate to speak with Mr. Lemon or Ms. Gillund, Deans of Student Life. All uniforms should be kept neat, clean and free from damage. If you need a uniform loaner item please visit the Administration Office, D-200.

Students, please review the following reminders regarding attendance:

  1. Anticipated Absence forms must be submitted if you have a planned absence from school. These forms are available on the DeLaSalle website as well as in the main office. Forms should be submitted at least 3 days in advance of the planned absence. Planned absences include, but are not limited to: medical appointments or reasons such as surgery, driver’s exams, vacations, and college visits.
  2. Arriving late to school – When a student arrives tardy to school they should check in at the main office. Before checking in, a parent or guardian needs to communicate your reason for absence. If the main office does not hear from a parent or guardian the student’s absence will be considered unexcused on their attendance record.
  3. Leaving early from school – If a student needs to leave early from school a parent or guardian must contact the main office before the student is allowed to leave. The student should pick up a green pass from the main office before school or during lunch. This pass will alert the teacher that the student has permission to leave. Green passes should be brought to the main office when a student checks out.
  4. Excused vs. Unexcused Absences – DeLaSalle and the State of MN consider the following to be excused reasons for being absent from or tardy to school: illness, funeral or death of a family member or friend, medical appointments that cannot be scheduled outside the school day, family emergency, ongoing treatment for mental health diagnosis, religious holidays and cultural observances, school bus issues where the school is at-fault for the student’s tardiness or absence, as well as anticipated absences such as vacation, college visits, extended illness or injury, and school-sponsored events.

The following reasons will not be considered excused (including, but not limited to): traffic, overslept alarm, transportation issues where the school is not at-fault, errands, skipping, parent’s fault and personal reasons other than the ones listed above as excused.

For a full explanation of attendance policies please review the Student-Parent Handbook, pages 10-12.

Students should be carrying clear water bottles only. Please review the DeLaSalle Food and Drink Policy below for more information. DeLaSalle faculty and staff may remove water bottles and food from classrooms and/or other locations if a student is not following the expectations.

Food and Beverages: Unless special permission is granted, food and drink may not be brought into classrooms; however, individual teachers may permit water in clear bottles in the classroom. Before school, food and drink may only be consumed in the Florance Center. After school, food and drink may only be consumed in the Islander Commons (D104).

Student-athletes are reminded to use the locker room before and after school to change as well as store any athletic equipment and personal items. Students should not be changing in the school bathrooms as we have many other visitors and staff members that are also using those bathrooms.

Locker room hours are as follows:

  • Morning – 5:15 am – 8:25 am
  • Afternoon – 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

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 Tuesday, September 4 for cheerleading, cross country, and girls’ tennis. Coaches will communicate with players how they can order team photos.

The Investment Club begins its second year on Friday, August 31st with an informational/introductory meeting. If you are interested in investing, finance, business, or money, this may be a club for you! We will meet in D-104 (the side nearest to the parking lot) during lunches on Friday, August 31st.

Islanders will show off their school spirit at the first Pepfest of the 2018-19 school year on Friday. You will go with your 8th hour class to the Main Gym and sit by grade level. The Pepfest will recognize and celebrate fall sports athletes.

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

A reminder that students should use the Gmail App for email communication. The Apple Mail app is not supported at school.

2017-2018 Yearbooks are still available to purchase for $55. Stop by the IT Office to buy one.

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.
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.
If you want to shop for school uniform or spirit wear, the School Store is open MondayThursday, 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 students can learn about and participate in the nontraditional sport of competitive rowing through two local organizations who host open houses over the next two weeks.

Twin Cities Youth Rowing, which is the largest youth rowing program in Minnesota, will host a student-parent information session on Tuesday for those interested in rowing. Hear from experienced coaches and current rowers. The session is from 6:00-7:00pm at the club’s boathouse at 5250 W. 74th St. in Edina (east side of building). Contact the club for more information.

The Minnesota Boat Club will host an open house on September 8 from 10:00am-1:00pm on Raspberry Island in St. Paul. A training barge will be available to try out and you can also meet coaches and rowers. Visit the club’s website for more information.

Holy Cross Catholic Church is in need of volunteers to help with breakfast in the dining room on Sunday, September 9. Volunteer shifts are from 8:00-10:30am and 10:30am-1:00pm. If interested, please call Lori Lipa at (613) 859-9608.

Worldwide Outreach for Christ is looking for volunteers to help young students with homework during the school year. Help is needed on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. If interested, please call Danielle Mills at (651) 675-6942.

Team up with Feed My Starving Children, FOX Sports North, and the Minnesota Twins to pack 1 million lifesaving meals at Target Field! These meals will benefit hungry kids around the world. Packing takes place on September 18th, from 7:30-9:30pm. Sign up in the Service Learning office (D104 room A) – spots are limited to the first 20 people.

Brother Ryan will again this year be collection box tops for education, and in addition, he is collecting Pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House, and Pop cans to cash in to benefit Sharing and Caring Hands. If you have any of these items please consider placing them in the boxes at Bro Ryan’s classroom!