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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, January 25, 2019

In this issue…
  • DeLaSalle Celebrates Catholic Schools Week-Winterfest January 25-February 1
  • DeLaSalle Theatre Presents Winter One Acts
  • A Reminder about School Closing, Delay Protocols
  • Continuous Enrollment and Course Registration for 2019-20
  • Apply for Financial Aid for 2019-20
  • Class of 2023 Applications Rolling In; Make-up Entrance Exams Scheduled
  • All Night Graduation Party Planning Meeting January 31
  • Students Should Update to iOS 12 at Home
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Students Receive Standardized Test Results
  • Scholarship Opportunities Available
  • ACT Prep Class Registration Closes January 31
  • Interested in Working for DeLaSalle?
DeLaSalle Celebrates Catholic Schools Week-Winterfest January 25-February 1

DeLaSalle will celebrate its Catholic identity during Catholic Schools Week January 25-February 1 while also giving students a way to embrace winter through Winterfest. Student Council has planned an out of uniform theme for each day and there are several key events during the week:

  • DeLaSalle will celebrate a Catholic Schools Week Mass with school chaplain, Father Bruno Nwachukwu, after first period on Wednesday in the Florance Center. Parents are welcome to attend.
  • Ninth graders are invited to the Freshman Frozen Four after school (3:30-6:00pm) on Monday in the Schulze Learning Lab. The Islander Welcome Crew and Student Council present a brand new Winterfest kickoff event for ninth graders. Students will prepare sandwiches for Sharing & Caring Hands; learn four games that will be played again at lunches during Winterfest week, learn the school song and other new cheers, and enjoy the company of classmates over pizza!
  • The Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest Pepfest is at the end of the school day on Monday.
  • The annual Blood Drive for Memorial Blood Centers is during the school day Friday. Students who are 16 and older may sign up in the Main Office to donate. Please see Donation Guidelines, including weight/age requirements and the 16-year-old consent form.

Find more information on Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest here.

DeLaSalle Theatre Presents Winter One Acts

DeLaSalle Theatre presents performances of its Winter One Acts January 25-26 and February 1-2, at 7:30pm, on the Friendshuh Stage in the Florance Center. This year’s performances are “Ocean of Eden,” directed by Jessica (Lockett) Staples ‘14 and “The Flying Doctor,” directed by James Buffington. General admission is $10; students and seniors pay $7; and tickets are free for DeLaSalle students with current school ID. Continue reading

A Reminder about School Closing, Delay Protocols

As we are reminded of how cold a Minnesota winter can get, we want to remind you of DeLaSalle’s protocols regarding 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 should also be listed on their school closing web sites.
  • Should we make the decision to cancel on campus classes, we will declare an online learning 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.

Continuous Enrollment and Course Registration for 2019-20

The DeLaSalle Board of Trustees made the decision two years ago to move to a continuous enrollment model. Continuous enrollment streamlines the re-enrollment process and eliminates the need for sending a repetitive re-registration form and a new tuition agreement to families each year.  With almost all students re-enrolling at DeLaSalle year over year, the process of completing multiple forms ends up being unnecessary. A timeline of key dates follows – you can find more information on the 2019-20 registration webpage.

  • February 6: Students in grades 9-10-11 will receive a course request worksheet that can help them plan which required and elective courses they may take in 2019-20. Course registration will be online and will open to students and families on the afternoon of February 6. Course requests are due no later than Friday, February 15.
  • February 13: Students will meet with their academic mentors to review course selections.
  • February 25: The TADS financial aid application for 2019-20 is due by this date.
  • February 25: The 2019-20 non-refundable registration deposit of $350.00 per student will be added to your TADS tuition accounts.  Monthly payers will have this deposit added on your normal tuition payment date.  For families who have paid tuition in one or two installments, we will add an additional invoice to their agreement and TADS will process the registration deposit from their account.
  • April 1-15: Once TADS has completed their auditing procedures, DeLaSalle will be communicating 2019-20 financial aid and individualized tuition arrangements for each returning family.
  • May: Tuition payments begin for 2019-20, in monthly payments or one or two installments.
Apply for Financial Aid for 2019-20

DeLaSalle families may now apply for financial aid for the 2019-20 school year through Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS). To receive full consideration for many of the scholarship programs, families of new students are encouraged to apply by Friday, February 15 and all families have until Monday, February 25 to apply. With the help of TADS’s financial analysis, DeLaSalle makes all financial aid decisions and includes all known financial aid grants and Presidential Scholarships, as applicable, on a family’s tuition agreement.

TADS will process all financial aid applications, using filed 2018 federal tax returns. If the federal government were to shut down again, TADS accepts, as they always have, copies of documents which families file. You may always contact the TADS Helpline at 1-800-884-8237.

Click here to learn more about financial aid, including how to find how much you paid in tuition to DeLaSalle in 2018, which may be important as you prepare your tax return for the year.

Class of 2023 Applications Rolling In; Make-up Entrance Exams Scheduled

As of today, DeLaSalle has received application materials from over 330 eighth graders and the their families (with more arriving each day). With the February 15 application deadline on the horizon (for “early decision admission”), DeLaSalle announces additional opportunities for eighth grade students to take a make-up Entrance Exam.

  • Saturday, January 26 – 9:00am to Noon (8:30am start for students who need extended testing time)
  • Sunday, January 27 – Noon to 3:00pm
  • Saturday, February 2 – 9:00am to Noon
  • (NEWLY ADDED) Saturday, February 9 – 9:00am to Noon

All make-up exams will be offered in the Admission Office in Christian Brothers Hall, the building which faces Grove Street on the north (or back) side of the campus.  Please pre-register for one of these make-up exams by calling Mike O’Keefe at 612-676-7679 or Lourdes Bunay at 612-676-7665.  DeLaSalle charges no fee for the exam and provides all test materials, including pencils.

All Night Graduation Party Planning Meeting January 31

Each year, a group of DeLaSalle parents plans an All Night Graduation Party for seniors following the graduation ceremony. This is not a DeLaSalle sponsored event, but is organized, sponsored and chaperoned by De parents. Perhaps you have a talent that can help make the party a success for our soon-to-be graduates. Join parents at the first planning meeting on Thursday, January 31. All families are invited to participate – as more hands make less work and it is fun to meet other De parents and families. Contact Luann Mishler with questions.

Students Should Update to iOS 12 at Home

Students should update their iPads to the newest version of iOS, 12.1.3. This must be done at home, the update is blocked at school. If the student iPad does not have enough storage to download the update, students should delete personal apps/photos to make sufficient room for the update.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

10th Grade Science Museum Trip

Thursday, February 7

All tenth grade students will attend the Science Museum of Minnesota to experience their exhibit, “RACE: Are We So Different?” The field trip was rescheduled from February 6 because students have the opportunity to watch a play and participate in a question-and-answer session with actors that is only available on Thursdays and Fridays.

10th Grade Retreat

Friday, February 8

DeLaSalle students participate each year in a grade level retreat that is planned through Lasallian Ministry. This is a full day retreat that will help build class unity, deepen connection with classmates, and focus on a particular theme, which for tenth graders is building community and serving others. Students should dress in school uniform, leave their iPad and other belongings at home or school, and bring a bag lunch on the retreat day.

Junior College Planning Day

Friday, February 8

Juniors will participate in a college planning day instead of their regular classes. As students rotate among breakout sessions, college admission representatives and others will present on topics including visiting colleges; the application process; financial aid and scholarships; testing skills for the ACT and SAT; the NCAA, arts, and medical careers; and an alumni panel. Students must be dressed in school uniform on this day.

Mural Dedication Ceremony

Tuesday, February 12

DeLaSalle will hold a ceremony to celebrate the fine arts and dedicate the new A building wall mural that Joe Duffy ‘67 created in partnership with visual art students.

Academic Mentor Meetings

Wednesday, February 13

Students will meet with their academic mentor to review their second semester progress. Mentors will also check in with 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students about course requests for the 2019-20 school year.

“Early Decision” Application Deadline

Friday, February 15

By this date, prospective ninth grade students must submit an application for admission, a copy of the middle school transcripts, at least one letter of recommendation (from a current teacher), and take the Entrance Exam.  (To apply for academic scholarship consideration, applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation by this date, in addition to the other application criteria.)

Around DeLaSalle

Several members of the De Quiz Bowl program congratulate Ben Maruggi `19, Joseph Phelan `19, Andrew Amell `20, and Sebastian Dominguez-Giron `20, the four-person “DeLaSalle A” team for earning a bid to the National Championships.  Front Row: Amanuel Nigatu, Abby Hames. Middle Row: Darlington Yonly, Joseph Phelan, Sebastian Dominguez-Giron, Greta Hornquist, Andrew Amell, Stella Dennehy, and Bolu llelaboye. Back Row: Ben Maruggi, Benton Scott, Luke Timmerman, Ian Silver, and Michael Underwood. (Photo courtesy: Martin Marrin, DeLaSalle staff)

Students Receive Standardized Test Results 

Counselors visited classrooms this week to return and interpret the PLAN (or pre-ACT) test to 10th grade students and the PSAT (or pre-SAT) to 11th grade students. Please take the time to ask your student to share their test scores and have a conversation about them together, your student should be fairly conversant about their individual score. There was strong emphasis on using the results of these tests to help students understand their strengths and weaknesses in preparation for their college entrance exams. Students also received information to understand how this test score can be subjective depending on a number of factors and that their scores can improve over time and with effort given to preparation.

Please refer to these companion publications for more information on how to understand your child’s score. You may contact a DeLaSalle college adviser with questions.

PRE-ACT (10th grade)

PSAT (11th grade)

Scholarship Opportunities Available

Several scholarship opportunities are available for DeLaSalle students.

  • Sophomore and junior girls may apply for the Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program, which provides scholarships to participate in summer academic programs at some of the country’s top colleges, including Harvard, Stanford, and Yale.
  • Juniors are invited to apply for one of four scholarships for their senior year at DeLaSalle. Awards for the DeLaSalle Alumni Legacy scholarship, the DeLaSalle Farrell scholarship, the Brother David Barth scholarship, and the Wally Hinz scholarship range from $250 to $1000. The application deadline is February 25 and students may apply here.
  • Seniors are invited to apply for two scholarships that will assist with college expenses – the Wallin Education Partners scholarship and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Scholarship, whose deadlines are February 15 and March 1, respectively.

ACT Prep Class Registration Closes Thursday

January 31 is the deadline to register for an ACT Prep class that will help prepare students planning to take the April 13 ACT exam. Registration for the 3:15-5:15pm class has closed; space is still available for the 5:30-7:30pm class. Classes are Mondays, starting February 25, and cost $225. Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch will pay $50. Click here for more information. You may click here to register. Please contact Mary Ann Dorsher with questions.

Interested in Working at DeLaSalle?

Come join our team! DeLaSalle hires employees who will help us fulfill our mission to serve students who seek a high-quality, values-based academic preparation for life. Learn more here about employment opportunities at DeLaSalle.

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