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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, November 2, 2018

In this issue…
  • DeLaSalle Celebrates Academic Accomplishments
  • 2-Hour Late Start on November 8
  • “Evita” Fall Musical Opens Next Weekend
  • Huge Crowd Attends First Open House; Student Visits and Parent Tours Filling Each Day
  • DeLaSalle Holds Successful “Day of Giving”
  • Application Deadline Looms for Global Advantage Student Exchanges, Academic Trip
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Fall Athletes Earn Accolades as Winter Programs Begin
DeLaSalle Celebrates Academic Accomplishments

DeLaSalle celebrates student academic achievement at the annual Academic Awards reception and National Honor Society induction on Wednesday, November 7. The ceremony begins at 6:30pm in the Main Gym. 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. Janet Dolan, past president and chief executive officer of Tennant Company, will provide the keynote address. The school community will also gather for a Pepfest at the end of the school day November 7 to recognize students for their academic accomplishment. Continue reading

2-Hour Late Start November 8

Classes on Thursday, November 8 will start at 10:30am, two hours later than normal, as staff participate in professional development. Morning transportation routes will also run two hours later than normal..

“Evita” Fall Musical Opens November 9

DeLaSalle Theatre presents its fall musical “Evita” with six shows over the next two weekends. The production 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.

Performances are November 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30pm and November 11 at 4:00pm in the Florance Center. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats, $10 for general admission; $8 for non-DeLaSalle students and seniors; and free for DeLaSalle students with school ID. Purchase your reserved tickets here.

Huge Crowd Attends First Open House; Student Visits and Parent Tours Filling Each Day

Thank you to the many families and students continue to encourage your neighbors, relatives, and colleagues to take a look at DeLaSalle. “Islanders are (indeed) Everywhere,” and we are welcoming prospective families and students from all corners of the Twin Cities.

On October 29, we welcomed 280 prospective students, accompanied by their families, to our first Open House for the year.  This was an incredible turnout and right in line with the large attendance in recent years. Prospective family Interest is strong once again!  These families came to look at De from over 70 different middle school backgrounds across the Twin Cities, from Montrose, MN to Somerset, WI.

On October 31, we began our “Islander for a Day” student visit program, in which prospective students spend a day at DeLaSalle.  Student guests are paired with a current De student with similar interests to experience the daily routines of an Islander. Over 50 students have visited in the first three days of visits this week, and over 175 families have already scheduled visits through the month of November. Multiple requests are coming in every day. Sign up for a visit day here.

Many prospective parents are also scheduling individual parent/family tours of DeLaSalle during the school day by contacting Vice President for Enrollment, Mike O’Keefe, at 612-676-7679.

DeLaSalle Holds Successful “Day of Giving” November 1

Thank you to all who donated to DeLaSalle during our third annual “Day of Giving” on Thursday, November 1. The school raised $109,400 in a 24-hour period to support our students, teachers, and mission! Among the highlights:

  • 481 total donors
  • 118 parent donors – which unlocked our $5,000 parent challenge
  • 171 student donors – who raised $720 and earned a dessert treat
  • 46 alumni classes – and the $2,000 alumni challenge goes to the Class of 1967
  • GOAL REACHED for the $10,000 Board of Trustees challenge
Application Deadline Looms for Global Advantage Student Exchanges, Academic Trip

The deadline to apply is coming up for two different opportunities through the Global Advantage Program. DeLaSalle has emailed eligible students with a link to the application for the academic trip to Costa Rica in June and student exchanges next summer. It is the student’s responsibility to complete and submit the application. Please ask your child to check his or her email for the application.

The application deadline is Friday, November 9, 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.

Students may also apply to study in one of the most biologically diverse environments in the world for 11 days next summer. The application deadline is Friday, November 23 for the “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.

Please contact Brad Casey, Global Advantage Program coordinator, with questions.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Parent Association

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.

Parents in Prayer

Friday, November 16, 1:45-2:45pm

Each month, a group of DeLaSalle parents and family members gather on campus to lift up our community in prayer. All parents, family members, friends, and alumni are welcome to participate. We hope students, staff, families and friends at DeLaSalle will feel encouraged by the knowledge that people care about them, are excited for them and are PRAYING FOR THEM! You may submit prayer requests, which may remain anonymous, to prayer boxes located in the main office, Lasallian Ministry, or Theology classrooms.

Thanksgiving Prayer Service

Tuesday, November 20

The school community will gather for a prayer service to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives.

Thanksgiving Break

November 21-23

There are no classes November 21-23 as DeLaSalle observes Thanksgiving.

Academic Mentor Meetings

Tuesday, November 27

Students will meet with their academic mentor following first period to discuss how they are doing in their classes as we approach the final weeks of the first semester.

Around DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle incorporated a traditional Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ritual into its All Saints’ Day Mass on November 1. We invited Islanders to bring a framed photo of a loved one who has died to be included in an ofrenda table, as a way of honoring their memory and spirit. We will continue to celebrate these lives as the photos will be on display on the second floor of the B building throughout the month of November. (Photo courtesy: Kristin Lundstrum, DeLaSalle staff)

Fall Athletes Earn Accolades as Winter Programs Begin

As the seasons start to change, we take time to salute the accomplishments of all the DeLaSalle teams — and several individual athletes —in the fall sports season. Click here to read about fall sports accolades and see when the first day of practice will be held for winter sports.

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