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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, December 7, 2018

In this issue…
  • Join DeLaSalle December 12 for Christmas Concert
  • De Holds Christmas Liturgy and Program December 13
  • First Semester Final Assessments December 19-21
  • December 9 Deadline to Order De Spirit Wear for Christmas Arrival
  • DeLaSalle, Park Board Partner on Parking Solution
  • Guidance: Ninth Graders Receive Test Results; HBCU College Tour Information Meeting
  • Islanders in the News
  • Christmas Basket Project Raises $5,000
Join DeLaSalle December 12 for Christmas Concert 

You are invited to join us next week 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 on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00pm in the Florance Center. Doors open at 6:30pm – and the Parent Association will serve treats to those waiting in line beforehand. DeLaSalle will again broadcast a livestream of the event, which will be available here. Overflow parking is available in the Nicollet Island Pavilion overflow lot – south of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. A free shuttle will bring concertgoers to and from the school before and after the concert.

De Holds Christmas Liturgy and Program December 13

DeLaSalle will celebrate Christmas with a liturgy and program on Thursday, December 13, following the first class period. Scripture, prayer, and song (and a visit from Santa) will help the Islander community reflect on the birth of Christ. DeLaSalle President Barry Lieske will also provide his annual Christmas reflection.

First Semester Final Assessments December 19-21

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 be on campus during those periods. They may arrive late or leave early.
  • Students who are on campus during their lunch hour must 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.
December 9 Deadline to Order De Spirit for Christmas Arrival

DeLaSalle spirit wear makes for an excellent gift during the holidays. But act fast – online orders must be placed by midnight this Sunday, December 9 to ensure your gift arrives in time for Christmas.

DeLaSalle, Park Board Partner on Parking Solution

DeLaSalle students will be able to purchase a permit to park their vehicle in the Nicollet Island Pavilion overflow lot during the school day through a partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, which owns and manages the lot. Students interested in buying the permit must attend an informational meeting during their lunch hour on Wednesday, December 12 to learn more about this pilot program. The permit will cost $125 and is valid for the remainder of the school year. Permit sales will begin following the lunchtime informational meetings.

Around DeLaSalle

Congratulations to Julian Wright ‘19, whom the Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday as a Community Captain for his leadership and community service. Among the rewards – a tour of the new Vikings practice facility, a meet-and-greet with Harrison Smith and Brian O’Neill, his own Sleep Number bed, a locker decorated in his honor, a custom Vikings game ball, and a $1,000 scholarship. The Vikings will invite Julian and his parents to the December 16 game against Miami, where he will be recognized at halftime. (Photo courtesy: CJ Hallman, DeLaSalle staff)

Guidance: Ninth Graders Receive Test Results; HBCU College Tour Information Meeting

Ninth grade students received results this week from the Iowa Test for Educational Development that they took on All School Test Day October 10. Shauna Stipkovits, who works in the DeLaSalle Guidance office, helped students review and interpret their results when she presented in English classes. Students received a copy of their results that they could bring home. Stipkovitz also led students through a career inventory on Naviance. Tenth and 11th grade students will receive their test results in early January.

Meanwhile, DeLaSalle students who would like to go on a tour this spring of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are invited to an informational meeting this Sunday, December 9, from 2:00-3:30pm at Progressive Baptist Church (1505 Burns Avenue, St. Paul). You will receive information about how you can apply to be a part of the spring tour group. Click here for more information.

Islanders in the News

Congratulations to the following DeLaSalle students on their accomplishments:

    • Jeno Broschofsky ‘19 achieved the highest rank in Boy Scouts when he became an Eagle Scout during a court of honor December 2. For his Eagle Scout service project, Jeno collected new or gently used athletic equipment that he donated to children unable to participate in sports because they lack proper attire.
    • For the second year in a row, a DeLaSalle student has been selected to perform in the MacPhail Center for Music Fall Honors Recital. Mira Ho-Chen ‘22 is one of only 11 students selected to perform in the free recital, which is tonight (December 7) at 7:30pm. The 14-year-old pianist will play Frederic Chopin’s “Nocturne in B-flat minor, op. 9, no. 1.” Last year, a panel of MacPhail faculty judges picked Joseph Phelan ‘19 to perform.
    • DeLaSalle is excited to share an update to a story we first brought you earlier this fall about Bolu Ilelaboye ’21, who helped raise several hundred dollars to purchase new chess equipment for children in Nigeria who didn’t have good equipment to play the game. Over Thanksgiving, Bolu and his mom, Dr. Abi Asojo, traveled to Ibadan and Lagos, Nigeria to donate the new chess boards, pieces, clocks, and books. Bolu took time to teach students the game and challenge them to a few matches.
  • If you haven’t yet seen the feature article in the most recent edition of Sports Illustrated regarding college basketball and the growing group of graduate transfers, you should. Two of the athletes featured were De grads Reid Travis `14, now starting for #9 ranked Kentucky after having graduated from (and earned All-Conference accolades at) Stanford, and Geno Crandall `14, also an All-Conference player and a graduate at the University of North Dakota.  Though currently injured, Geno has been playing major minutes for Gonzaga, currently the #1 ranked team in the country. Reid and Geno are two of seven Islanders on basketball scholarships in Division One programs, along with Jarvis Johnson `15 and Gabe Kalscheur `18 at the University of Minnesota, Sacar Anim `15 at Marquette University, Samm Jones `16 at Drake University, and Goanar Mar `17 at George Mason University.

Christmas Basket Project Raises $5,000

In one week, the DeLaSalle community raised just over $5,000 to support families in need during the annual Christmas Basket project. Students in Lasallian Ministry used the money to purchase gifts after school November 30 that will support 10 families, including 26 children, through Sponsor a Family Minnesota and the YMCA Youth Intervention Services. DeLaSalle also used some of the money to make contributions to Sharing & Caring Hands and the Aliveness Project.

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