by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, September 7, 2018

In this issue…
  • Global Advantage Program Presented at Monday’s Parent Association Meeting
  • Visit New Student Activities Website
  • Admission Staff Begin Grade, Middle School Visits September 10
  • College Representatives Start Visiting DeLaSalle
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Meatless Mondays Return
  • DeLaSalle, Pollinate Minnesota Bring Honeybee Hives to Nicollet Island
Global Advantage Program Presented at Monday’s Parent Association Meeting

All DeLaSalle parents are invited to the first meeting of the school year on Monday, September 10, from 6:30-8:00pm, in Room D104, the Richard M. Schulze Lab (located adjacent to the two main school entrances). In addition to social time and introductions, our guest speaker will be Mr. Brad Casey, Director of the Global Advantage Program at De.  Mr. Casey will give an overview of the program, which includes academic trips, exchange programs, host family experiences, curriculum enhancements, and more. If your family has any interest in the program , we highly encourage you to attend. Continue reading

Visit New Student Activities Website

The Student Activities Office is excited to present its new website, which is linked to the main school website. Learn all about the activities we offer, how to contact a coach, and find when and where you can see Islanders in competitive action. DeLaSalle is designing and updating the new website in partnership with SportsEngine, a sports-based website developer whose online platform is used both by the Star Tribune for its prep sports hubs, as well as many Minnesota high schools. Thank you for your patience as we continue to add content throughout the year.

Admission Staff Begin Grade, Middle School Visits September 10

What a blessing that so many families have chosen to join the De community! Our enrollment is the largest it’s been in 48 years, up 30 percent in the past eight years alone. We now welcome families from more than 125 different grade schools across the Twin Cities — from St. Michael to Cottage Grove, from Prior Lake to White Bear Lake.  Almost 600 families with 8th graders contacted and/or visited De last year. Over 400 8th graders submitted an application. We are close to building capacity once again – with enough room to welcome another 175-200 9th graders in the 2019-20 school year.

Representatives of DeLaSalle’s Office of Admission have been invited to visit several area grade schools and middle schools through the fall. Click here for a full schedule – with a few dates yet to be confirmed. At some schools, we will offer a 20-minute presentation to the students only. At others, we join a School Fair format and meet both parents and students. We look forward to seeing you soon…

College Representatives Start Visiting DeLaSalle

Students can learn more about postsecondary options when representatives from dozens of colleges and universities hold on-campus visits at DeLaSalle. Visits are typically held in the Guidance office (B102) and most last the whole class period. You can find which schools are visiting in both “The Source” and on the “College Visits, College Fairs and Events” calendar, available on the School Calendar webpage. Students may sign up for visits in Naviance and must notify their teacher at least one day before the visit by showing the teacher their registration in Naviance. Students are responsible for any work they miss during the college rep visit. The Guidance office will give students passes back to class if the visit does not take the whole period.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Class Mass and Grade Level Meetings

Tuesday, September 11

In addition to all-school liturgies, students in each grade will continue to 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 11th grade on September 11; for 10th grade on Sept. 18, and for 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, D117

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, the online college planning tool used by DLS students.

Homecoming Week

September 24-29

Homecoming 2018 will focus on the theme “Strong Alone. Stronger Together.” and will feature schoolwide activities like the Homecoming prayer service on September 26, Pepfest on September 28, and many home athletic contests. All De students are welcome and encouraged to participate as we celebrate Islanders past and present – and the many traditions that define our community. More details will be announced next week.

Picture Retake Day

Tuesday, September 25

Lifetouch photographers will be back on campus for students who wish to have their school photo retaken or who were absent on the first School Picture Day August 23. Students must be dressed in the school uniform shirt for the picture.

11th Grade Retreat

Friday, October 1

Every year, students in each grade participate in an all-day class retreat as part of their DeLaSalle education. These retreats, which are organized through Lasallian Ministry, help build class unity and allow students to deepen their faith and knowledge of their place in the world. The 11th grade retreat helps students reflect on the themes of servant leadership, responsibility, and spirituality in a diverse world.

Christian Brothers’ Gala

Saturday, October 13, 5:30pm, DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle’s largest and only all school fundraiser is just around the corner. Each year, hundreds of students, parents, and friends attend and/or volunteer at the Gala. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for an evening in which we directly support student scholarship. Meet other parents, staff, alumni and friends – and bid on exciting live and silent auction items. Buy your ticket now to secure early bird prices. Individual tickets cost $100; couples cost $200; and young alumni (2003-18) pay $75. Or gather your friends and buy a Brother’s Table for $1,100 or a President’s Table for $1,800.

Around DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle students gathered August 31 for an all school Pepfest to recognize fall sports athletes. About 450 Islanders – or nearly 60 percent of the student body – participate in a fall sport this season. (Photo courtesy: Kristin Lundstrum, DeLaSalle staff)

Meatless Mondays Return

Meatless Mondays return to DeLaSalle! On the second and fourth Monday of each month to help raise awareness about the agricultural, ecological, and political impact caused by raising meat for human consumption. The DeLaSalle Cafe will serve popular, nutritious, and delicious meatless meal options, such as grilled cheese and tomato soup, black bean burgers, cheese and veggie pizza, baked potato bar, waffles, and many other tasty entrees.

DeLaSalle, Pollinate Minnesota Bring Honeybee Hives to Nicollet Island

The newest residents of Nicollet Island moved in this week when DeLaSalle and Pollinate Minnesota installed beehives on campus. The beehives are located near Brothers’ Plaza on the east side of campus in a fenced area as required by DeLaSalle’s honey bee permit from the City of Minneapolis. Bees pollinate more than a third of the food we eat. Without bees, there would be no salsa or guacamole for your chips, no berries for your pies, no jelly for your PB&J, no lemon in your lemonade, and few veggies for your pasta salad. Bees also pollinate the flowers that brighten our fields and tables. Honeybees may stop to check you out, especially if you smell sweet or are wearing a bright color that makes them think you’re a flower. By remaining calm and still, honey bees will discover you are not a flower and will fly away in search of bee food.

“Be strong and courageous for God will be with you” Joshua 1:9
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