by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, October 26, 2018

In this issue…
  • Prospective Students, Families Invited to October 29 Open House
  • Online Learning Day Planned for October 30
  • Support DeLaSalle on Day of Giving November 1
  • DeLaSalle Celebrates All Saints’ Day Mass
  • “Islander for a Day” Student Visit Program Begins October 31
  • Student Exchanges, Costa Rica Academic Trip Offered Next Summer
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Yearbooks on Sale; Senior Parent Ads Available
  • Islanders Contribute to Respect Life Month Collection Drives
Prospective Students, Families Invited to Ocotber 29 Open House

We invite prospective students and families to learn more about DeLaSalle at our first Open House on Monday, October 29, from 7:00-9:00pm. The Open House is the best opportunity for students and parents to take a first-hand look at a one-of-a-kind high school. 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. As a reminder, we ask students who are not involved in work service or in scheduled practices or rehearsals for student activities to leave campus immediately after the last bell at 3:00pm so we can set up for the event right after school.

Online Learning Day Planned for October 30

DeLaSalle will hold an online learning day on Tuesday, October 30. Students do not need to report to school for class, but should check in to their courses online via Canvas for any assignments. Teachers will communicate their assignments and availability to respond to questions. Assignments normally will not take longer than 30 minutes to complete.

Support DeLaSalle on Day Of Giving November 1

Join the DeLaSalle community next Thursday, November 1st for our annual Day of Giving. It will be an exciting day of generosity and celebration on the island, 24 hours to show support for our students, teachers, and mission.

There are several challenges in place for November 1st including a participation goal for parents and a dollar goal for students. DeLaSalle alumni and the Board of Trustees are stepping up too, raising money for student scholarships, campus projects, and school programs.

How can you be part of the fun?

  • Visit us at drop-off on November 1. Grateful students will be outside with Day of Giving cheer!
  • Make a gift. All parents are invited to participate in the challenge. An anonymous family has offered $5,000 if we can get 100 families to make a gift of any size for Day of Giving.  Every dollar helps! All gifts made from now until the end of the day on November 1st count towards our goal. You may donate online or send your gift to school with your son or daughter.
  • Watch our progress. We will be posting updates and photos throughout the day on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Remind your son or daughter to participate. Part of the focus of Day of Giving is to teach students about giving back to their school community. Encourage a contribution of $1 or more.
  • Spread the word. Share with your family and friends why you’re proud that your child is an Islander!
DeLaSalle Celebrates All Saints’ Day Mass

DeLaSalle will observe the feast of All Saints’ Day with a school Mass on Thursday, November 1, following the first period class, in the Florance Center. School chaplain, Fr. Bruno Nwachukwu, will celebrate the Mass. The Mass will incorporate a traditional Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ritual, as Lasallian Ministry has invited students and community members to bring a framed photo of a loved one who has passed away to be included in an ofrenda table. After the Mass, the photos will be moved to the display case on the second floor of the B building for the month of November. Students in Art and Spanish classes will also contribute to the Mass by providing colorful Dia de Los Muertos decorations in the Florance Center.

“Islander For a Day” Student Visit Program Begins October 31

DeLaSalle encourages prospective students to become an “Islander for a Day” – by visiting the for all or part of a school day during visiting season – November through February. Visiting students will be paired with a current De student – someone DeLaSalle selects to match the student’s interests – a friend, former classmate, or someone DeLaSalle knows matches the student’s personal, academic, and activity interests, or a friend or former classmate. We provide lunch for all student visitors. Please click here to sign up for an Islander for a Day visit.

We also welcome individual meetings/tours with parents, because every “story” is important and every question deserves an answer. We benefit from such meetings as much as parents/guardians will. To arrange a visit or personal tour, please contact the Office of Admission, at 612-676-7679 or 612-676-7665.

Student Exchanges, Costa Rica Academic Trip Offered Next Summer

DeLaSalle students can study in one of the most biologically diverse environments in the world for 11 days next summer or participate in a longer student exchange in one of several countries through two opportunities offered by the Global Advantage Program.

Applications are now being accepted for current sophomores or juniors who wish to participate in a student exchange in the summer of 2019 at a partner school in Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, or Slovakia. The deadline to apply is November 9 and students should check their Islander Apps email for the application link.

DeLaSalle plans a “Biological and Cultural Studies” international academic trip to Costa Rica June 16-26. Students will explore the Central American country’s rich ecosystems with DeLaSalle teachers Paul Sczepanski, Mary Lenz, and Lucienne Nagel. Students who will have completed their 10th grade year by the summer may apply and eligible students were emailed an application link. Applications and recommendations are due by November 23.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Night to Fight Homelessness

November 3-4, Holy Family High School

DeLaSalle students are invited to partner with students from other Lasallian high schools in a “Night to Fight Homelessness.” The event will expose students to the reality of homelessness and help raise awareness and funds. Students will attend Mass, hear from speakers, and make their best attempt to sleep outside. A bus will leave DeLaSalle on Saturday, November 3 at 7:00pm and will return at 7:00am on Sunday, November 4. Students may sign up through Lasallian Ministry.

Academic Awards Ceremony and National Honor Society Induction

Wednesday, November 7, 6:30pm, Main Gym

DeLaSalle celebrates student academic achievement at the annual Academic Awards reception and National Honor Society induction on Wednesday, November 7. DeLaSalle will induct 102 students into the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, joining 88 returning members. At the same time, students will receive an academic pin if they earned a place on the Honor Roll during both semesters of the 2017-18 school year, and an academic letter if they have earned a place on the Honor Roll for four semesters. The school community will gather for a Pepfest at the end of the school day November 7 to recognize students for their academic accomplishment.

2-Hour Late Start

Thursday, November 8

DeLaSalle staff will gather for professional development, which means classes will start two hours later than normal, at 10:30am instead of 8:30am. Morning transportation routes will also run two hours later than normal.

DeLaSalle Theatre Presents “Evita”

November 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 7:30pm; Nov. 11, 4:00pm; Florance Center; Tickets – $15 reserved; $10 general admission; $8 non-DLS students and seniors; free for De students with school ID

Evita is based on the historical story of María Eva Duarte de Perón, a poor Argentinian girl who grows up to be the wife of the president of Argentina, worshipped by her people. As First Lady of Argentina, she aligns herself with the poor, winning herself, and Perón, popularity among Argentinians. Evita becomes a hero to the poor and the working class—and an enemy to the rich. A young and unknown revolutionary, Ché, narrates the rise and fall of the beloved matriarch of the Argentinian people. Purchase your reserved tickets here.

Parent Association Meeting

Monday, November 12, 6:30-8:00pm, Schulze Learning Lab (D104)

DeLaSalle parents can learn more about teen chemical health and prevention when representatives of the MN Adult and Teen Challenge present at the November Parent Association meeting. The discussion will help make parents more aware of teen chemical use and preventative measures.

Ninth Grade Retreat

Tuesday, November 13

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 ninth grade retreat focuses on the value of respect. Students must pack their own lunch for the day.

Around DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle wrapped up its 21st annual Diversity Week October 26 with a multicultural celebration that featured performances from current students, alumni, and local artists. Each showcased a unique talent or reflected their native culture through song, dance, and spoken word. The DeLaSalle ONYX Step Team performed, reflecting the percussive style of dance that traces its roots to the African American culture. (Photo courtesy: Kristin Lundstrum, DeLaSalle staff)

Yearbooks on Sale; Senior Parent Ads Available

Yearbooks are now on sale for the 2018-2019 school year. You can order online at or pick up an order form in the Main Office or outside the IT Office.

If you are looking for a way to publicly recognize or pay tribute to your senior, putting a Parent Senior Ad in the yearbook is a great way to do it. The Senior Ads are a huge part of the yearbook that students turn to right away when they receive their book. There are two ways to order the ads:

You may design the ads yourself or have the yearbook staff design them. Please send photos and text you may want in your ad to and a proof will be emailed to you to approve.

Parent Senior Ads are due by November 30. Any order received after November 30th will be accepted based on availability and subject to a 10% late fee.

Islanders Contribute to Respect Life Month Collection Drives

DeLaSalle is in the final days of celebrating Respect Life Month in October. Throughout the month, students have brought in baby items and socks as part of a collection drive to support Life Care Center and St. Stephen’s Shelter, respectively. Baby items may be placed in the crib in Albers Atrium. 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.

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