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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, November 30, 2018

In this issue…
  • Advent Begins Sunday
  • Immaculate Conception Mass Celebrated December 7
  • Students Perform Christmas Concert December 12
  • First Semester Final Assessments Draw Near
  • School Closing, Delay Protocols
  • De Spirit Wear Makes Great Christmas Gifts; Order by December 9
  • January 1 Next Deadline for College Applications
  • Seniors: Christian Service Hours Due in Early January
Advent Begins Sunday

Advent begins this Sunday, marking the start of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church. The season is marked by prayerful reflection as we prepare for the birth of Christ on December 25. One way DeLaSalle will mark the season is to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Theology classes. School chaplain, Fr. Bruno Nwachukwu, and one or two visiting priests will offer the sacrament in classes on Tuesday, December 4 and Monday, December 10. Teachers will create space in their classroom for reflection, prayer and preparation to receive the sacrament. Continue reading

Immaculate Conception Mass Celebrated December 7

Students, faculty, and staff will gather Friday for a Mass to celebrate the traditional December 8 holy day, which recognizes that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin. The Mass will also celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Concelebrating the Mass with school chaplain, Fr. Bruno Nwachukwu, will be Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78, pastor of Divine Mercy in Fairbault and a member of the DeLaSalle Board of Trustees.

Students Perform Christmas Concert December 12

You are invited to join us for one of the most popular traditions of the Christmas season. Students in the Bel Canto and A Cappella Choirs, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band present their Christmas Concert. DeLaSalle will again broadcast a livestream of the event, which will be available here.

First Semester Final Assessments Draw Near

Final assessments are scheduled over three half-days December 19-21. Assessments are scheduled for periods 1, 2, 4 on December 19; for periods 3, 7, 5 on December 20; and for periods 8 and 6 on December 21. Each assessment period is 60 minutes. Students will have a 10-minute passing period in between classes. School dismisses at 12:00pm on December 19 and 20 and at 10:50am on December 21. Please note these important reminders:

  • Buses will run normally each morning and will depart at 12:15pm on December 19 and 20 and at 11:05am on December 21..
  • Students must be in uniform for exam days.
  • Students who have lunch or study hall periods 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 8 do not need to attend those periods.
  • Students present during their lunch hour, report to the Florance Center.
  • Students with study hall periods 2 or 7, report to regular study hall room.
  • Students present for a study hall periods 1, 3, or 8 report to the Florance Center.
  • Breakfast will be served until 8:30am. There will be no lunch service.
School Closing, Delay Protocols

Winter has arrived in MInnesota and conditions can quickly change, prompting school administrators to evaluate whether to cancel on campus classes, delay the start of school, or dismiss students early. Please remember these protocols whenever the school schedule must be altered for any reason.

  • In the case of bad weather, our primary concern is student safety. We ask that students help by dressing appropriately for excessive cold (or heat).
  • DeLaSalle’s administrators make all decisions to close school or alter a daily schedule. All decisions are made independently from any public school districts, other private schools, or the governor. Do not rely on the incorrect assumption that we will automatically close because another school/district has made that decision.
  • We will communicate any decision to close school by automatically contacting parents directly via voice, text, and/or email message. Click here to learn how you can opt in to receive text message alerts. We will also post messages on the DeLaSalle website and official school social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Finally, we will also communicate our decision via local television stations WCCO, KSTP, and KARE. We will also show up on their school closing web sites.
  • Should we make the decision to cancel on campus classes, we will declare an online school day. The capability for collaborative work offered by the Canvas learning management system and our 1:1 technology initiative provide students and faculty an opportunity to engage in online learning and discovery.
  • Note that after-school and evening meetings, events, practices or games are not automatically canceled because classes are canceled. Usually they will be, but occasionally those decisions are not entirely in our control, especially if another school’s schedule is involved or weather patterns shift dramatically during the course of a day. Coaches and moderators will communicate this information separately via Canvas.

Thank you for partnering with us whenever we are faced with altering the routines of each day. We make such decisions carefully, with the best interests of our entire community in mind.

Around DeLaSalle

Students use equipment in DeLaSalle’s renovated fitness center during an after school open house earlier this month. Several generous donors made it possible for DeLaSalle to transform its weight room into a dynamic fitness center that better fits the needs of student athletes and more broadly appeals to the student body. Features of the renovated space include new cardio equipment, TRX strength bands, and equipment that can help students improve their speed, agility, and quickness skills. (Photo courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)

De Spirit Wear Makes Great Christmas Gifts; Order by December 9

As you do your Christmas shopping, consider giving the gift of DeLaSalle spirit wear this holiday season. The DeLaSalle School Store is open from 3:00-6:00pm Monday-Thursday. You may also purchase items online here. Please note, to guarantee that your gift arrives in time for Christmas, please place your online order no later than midnight on Sunday, December 9.

January 1 Next Deadline for College Applications

This is a busy time of year for seniors who are applying to colleges and universities. Students who have college applications due on January 1 should have the applications completed by December 15. That will give college counselors in the Guidance office enough time to complete any additional reports and mail the application, along with transcripts and letters of recommendations before Christmas Break.

Seniors: Christian Service Hours Due in Early January

DeLaSalle prepares students “to be of service to the local, national, and global community” and accomplishes this, in part, through a graduation requirement that all students complete 60 Christian Service hours. The deadline for seniors to complete and record their hours is Friday, January 11, 2019. Twelfth grade students who transferred to DeLaSalle after ninth grade have an extension until March 8 to complete their hours. Please contact CJ Hallman with questions.

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