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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, September 28, 2018

In this issue…
  • Homecoming Concludes This Weekend
  • “The World’s Greatest Detective” Fall Play Opens Next Weekend
  • Seven Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students
  • Junior Class Participates in Retreat October 5
  • Guidance and College Planning Hosts “October Madness”
  • Christian Brothers’ Gala Early Bird Pricing Ends Sunday
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • DeLaSalle Celebrates Respect Life Month in October
  • Christian Service Program, Giving Tree Exemplify Service Learning at DeLaSalle
Homecoming Concludes This Weekend

The Islander spirit is strong as community members celebrate Homecoming 2018 this week. Students dressed out of uniform, reflected about strength and courage during a prayer service Wednesday, and showed their school spirit at Friday’s Pepfest.

Homecoming concludes this weekend. The Homecoming Bonfire is tonight (September 28) on Brothers’ Plaza, with s’mores and treats served by the Parent Association. A full day of activities continues Saturday, September 29. In addition to girls’ and boys’ varsity soccer games, at 9:00am and 11:00am, respectively, the varsity football team will host its Homecoming game at 2:00pm. All games are played on the Athletic Field. Students are invited to the Homecoming Dance from 7:30-11:00pm in the Florance Center. Admission at the door is $10, or $8 with a canned good donation.

“The World’s Greatest Detective” Fall Play Opens Next Weekend

DeLaSalle Theatre presents its first production of the 2018-19 season “The World’s Greatest Detective,” which is written and directed by James Buffington. Showtimes are October 5, 6, 11, and 12, at 7:30pm, on the Friendshuh Stage in the Florance Center. Reserved tickets cost $15; general admission $10; seniors and non-DeLaSalle students $8 and De students are free with their school ID. You may buy reserved tickets here.

“There is a new criminal mastermind in London during the summer of 1888, but the Queen isn’t worried. Her Majesty and the people of London rest easy because Sherlock Holmes is on the case. But don’t be fooled, he’s NOT the greatest detective. In fact, he can barely spell. It’s not Dr. Watson, either. He’s not much better. What Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson do have is a young housekeeper. Her name is Ms. Elizabeth Hudson, The World’s Greatest Detective.” Click here to purchase reserved tickets for a show.

Seven Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Seven seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program. Congratulations to Victoria Brimacomb, Adaire Criner, Ruth Kinyon, Joseph Phelan, Maria Spack, Luke Timmerman and Alex Wenner! Continue reading

Junior Class Participates in Retreat Friday, October 5

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 on Friday, October 5 will help students reflect on the themes of servant leadership, responsibility, and spirituality in a diverse world. Students must pack their own lunch for the day.

Guidance and College Planning Hosts “October Madness”

Join the Guidance office for some “October Madness” and get help on your college application!

  • The Essay Writing Workshop that was scheduled for September 28 has been rescheduled to Friday, October 12.
  • Seniors are invited each Friday in October to gather in the college advising office (B102) after school to work on their college applications. During October Madness 4 Seniors, counselors will be on hand to help and answer questions as well as provide some nourishment to get students through the late afternoon. Seniors are encouraged to come, stay, and enjoy a relaxed and supportive atmosphere with their friends and work on their applications together! This is a great way to make progress toward November 1 deadlines.
  • The University of Notre Dame will hold a citywide information meeting at DeLaSalle on Wednesday, October 17, from 6:00-9:30pm in D104. Matthew Greene, an admissions representative for the Minneapolis area, will present and hold a question-and-answer session. We encourage you to attend to better understand how the admission process works at Notre Dame or other highly selective schools.
  • Juniors will attend the National College Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center the morning of Wednesday, October 24.
  • DeLaSalle students and families are invited to meet with representatives from Jesuit colleges as part of the Jesuit Excellence Tour. Representatives will be at De on Thursday, October 25, from 6:00-7:00pm, in D104.
  • Representatives from colleges and universities regularly visit DeLaSalle to meet with students. You may find a calendar of upcoming college representative visits here.

Please see a college advisor with questions.

Christian Brothers’ Gala Early Bird Pricing Ends Sunday; Event October 13

DeLaSalle’s largest and only all-school fundraiser is just two weeks away! Make plans and join us Saturday, October 13, at 5:30pm, for the Christian Brothers’ Gala. The evening to support student scholarship includes a live and silent auction as well as opportunities to meet other parents, alumni, and friends of the school. Tickets are on sale – but, hurry, our early bird pricing ends this Sunday! Buy your tickets here. Continue reading

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Grade 9 Class Mass and Level Meeting

Tuesday, 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. The ninth grade class Mass will conclude the fall series of class Masses. 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.

Parent Association Meeting

Monday, October 8, 6:30-8:00pm, D104

All DeLaSalle parents and guardians are invited to join the Parent Association for its October meeting, where psychologist, Dr. Teresa Boatman, will be our guest speaker. Dr. Boatman will present “Stress & Anxiety: What we need to know and How we can help” in which she will explore the impact that anxiety based thinking has on both our teen’s academic and social worlds. As always, there will be treats and social time with other parents.

Fall Waste Sort

Tuesday, October 9, after school

The student GREEN Team will conduct its semiannual waste sort to evaluate how well Islanders are getting rid of their waste. Students and staff take a sample of two days of waste following lunches in the Florance Center and then dig through bags to identify what type of waste an item is and whether it was properly disposed. DeLaSalle conducts the waste sort twice a year to learn how the school community can improve its sustainability efforts.

All School Test Day

Wednesday, October 10

All ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students will take standardized tests on this day. Ninth graders will take the Iowa Test of Educational Development; tenth graders will take the PLAN (preliminary ACT); and eleventh graders will take the PSAT (preliminary SAT). Students will dismiss at 12:05pm and afternoon transportation routes will leave at 12:20pm. Guidance counselors have or will be in classrooms to help prepare students in each grade for their respective test. Twelfth graders are excused from classes October 10 and are strongly encouraged to use the time to visit colleges.

Beehive Information Meeting

Tuesday, October 16, 3:15pm, Founder’s Park

The top official of a nonprofit that helped DeLaSalle place honeybee hives on campus this fall will present about the hives and answer questions at an information meeting. The GREEN Team will host Pollinate MN executive director Erin Rupp at its weekly meeting October 16. The City of Minneapolis granted DeLaSalle a honeybee permit for the hives, which are located near Brothers’ Plaza.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, October 17, 3:00-8:00pm and Thursday, October 18, 11:00am-7:00pm

Parent-Student-Teacher conferences allow parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to discuss a student’s academic progress. Classes will dismiss early – at 12:52pm – on October 17 and afternoon transportation routes will leave at 1:10pm. There are no classes on October 18 or 19.

Around DeLaSalle

Islanders recently welcomed renowned graphic designer and DeLaSalle Hall of Famer Joe Duffy ‘67 for a school visit. The founder of Duffy Design learned about the fine arts at his alma mater, stopping by an art class as well as hearing from students active in theatre. We hope to bring Joe back as a guest speaker in class and explore other ways he can share his creative genius with us. (Photo courtesy: Liz Hewitt, DeLaSalle staff)

DeLaSalle Celebrates Respect Life Month in October

October is National Respect Life Month, a time to recognize the sacredness of all life from conception to natural death. Lasallian MInistry will host both a Baby Item and Sock Drive during the entire month. In addition to annual baby item drive for the Life Care Center, which will again take place in Albers Atrium beginning October 1, we are also having a sock drive for St. Stephen’s Shelter Students may bring new socks into their first hour class and the class with the most socks collected will earn a free breakfast in November. Learn about other ways in which Islanders can participate in Respect Life Month.

Christian Service Program, Giving Tree Exemplify Service Learning at DeLaSalle

Service learning is an integral part of the curriculum and mission of DeLaSalle, as we prepare students to be of service to the local, national, and global community. Service provides students an opportunity to care for others, which is an essential part of the Lasallian tradition. For these reasons, DeLaSalle has a requirement that each student complete 60 hours of Christian service before they graduate.

Ninth grade students learned about the Christian Service program in their Theology class recently. CJ Hallman, DeLaSalle’s director of service learning and community programs, explained where students can complete service and how they record their hours through an online form via a link they received in their email. Mr. Hallman will visit classes for other grade levels in the coming weeks. Students may always check with Mr. Hallman about service opportunities and can find a sampling of opportunities that they can sign up for here.

Students who design and lead an original service project or who provide more than 100 hours of service may have their project qualify for the Giving Tree, which allows students to “pay it forward” by providing financial assistance to an anonymous DeLaSalle student in need. Students who wish to become a Giving Tree honoree or parents who wish to financially support the Giving Tree may contact Mr. Hallman for more information.

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