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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, October 5, 2018

In this issue…
  • DeLaSalle Earns Excellence in Education Award
  • All School Test Day on Wednesday, October 10
  • Psychologist Presents on Stress and Anxiety at October 8 Parent Association Meeting
  • Counting Down to the October 13 Christian Brothers’ Gala
  • Opening Weekend for Fall Play “The World’s Greatest Detective”
  • Mark Your Calendars for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences October 17 and 18
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Athletes Raise Awareness, Funds for Cancer Research
  • Islanders to Conduct Fall Waste Sort
DeLaSalle Earns Excellence in Education Award


AdvancED, the accreditation agency that evaluates DeLaSalle every five years, announced this fall that the school is its Minnesota recipient of the Excellence in Education Award. AdvancED approved the school’s latest accreditation in the spring and selected DeLaSalle for the award because it demonstrated “unparalled leadership to promote and advance excellence in education.” Continue reading

All School Test Day on 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 12:20pm and afternoon transportation routes will leave at 12:30pm. Guidance counselors have visited 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.

Psychologist Presents on Stress and Anxiety at October 8 Parent Association Meeting

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. Please join us Monday, October 8, from 6:30-8:00pm, in the Schulze Learning Lab (D104).

Counting Down to the October 13 Christian Brothers’ Gala

We are counting down to the Christian Brothers’ Gala on Saturday, October 13. This is DeLaSalle’s largest and only all-school fundraiser and raises more than $350,000 to directly support students. Join us for a fun evening with other parents, staff, alumni, and friends as you bid on unique silent and live auction items. Buy your tickets here. Continue reading

Opening Weekend for Fall Play “The World’s Greatest Detective”

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.

Mark Your Calendars for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences October 17 and 18

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. Conferences are October 17 from 3:00-8:00pm and October 18 from 11:00am-7:00pm. There are no classes on October 18 or 19.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Academic Mentor Meetings

Tuesday, October 9

Students will meet with their academic mentor to check in on classes before Parent-Student-Teacher conferences on October 17 and 18.

October Madness

Throughout the month

Students can join the Guidance office for some “October Madness” and get help on their college application!

  • An Essay Writing Workshop will be held 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 Thursday, October 25.
  • 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.

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.

Diversity Week

October 22-26

Diversity Week is DeLaSalle’s annual celebration of the rich diversity that exists within the Islander community. Students will explore diversity through classroom speakers and presentations from local organizations including Exposed Brick Theater and the Minnesota Historical Society. The week culminates with an all-school multicultural celebration featuring the unique talents of students.

Open House for Prospective Students & Families

Monday, October 29, 7:00-9:00pm

The Open House is the best opportunity for parents and students to take a first-hand look at a one-of-a-kind high school, and discover why this is the best possible high school for so many. Open House visitors will learn about our mission and our vision for the next four years, as well as specifics about our college preparatory curriculum from teachers in each department. Additional sessions are offered in college guidance planning, our Catholic, Lasallian heritage, the comprehensive Student Activities program, financial aid and scholarships, innovative Global Advantage Program, our 1:1 Technology Advantage, and more.

DeLaSalle Day of Giving

Thursday, November 1

Our goal for this year’s DeLaSalle Day of Giving is to raise $100,000 for DeLaSalle students, teachers and programs in 24 hours. The day will be an exciting way for our whole community to come together in support of our mission. Watch your email for special challenges and incentives for parents and students.

Around DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle students participate in DeLaPalooza – an after school carnival of activities hosted by Student Council on September 28 as part of Homecoming Week. Students could try bean bag toss, play in a bouncy house, sing along at karaoke, or join the “Nine Square in the Air” game. (Photos courtesy: Kayla Bryson-Tucker, DeLaSalle staff)

Athletes Raise Awareness, Funds for Cancer Research

You can help the DeLaSalle football and volleyball raise awareness about and money for cancer research at upcoming home games. The volleyball team will host a “Dig Pink” night on Wednesday, October 10, when they host Visitation. Buy a “Dig Pink” t-shirt for $15, purchase a raffle ticket to win prizes to great local businesses, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a treat from the bake sale. Proceeds benefit the Side Out Foundation. The football team, meanwhile, will make its Friday, October 12 home game against Orono its “Tackle Cancer” game as it partners with the Minnesota Football Coaches Association and the Randy Shaver Cancer Foundation. Fans may purchase tickets to win raffle prizes, donate directly to cancer research, and are encouraged to wear pink in support of cancer awareness.

Islanders to Conduct Fall Waste Sort

The student GREEN Team will conduct its semiannual waste sort Tuesday, October 9 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.

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