by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, February 1, 2019

In this issue…
  • Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest Celebration February 4-8
  • Winter One Acts Conclude This Weekend
  • Students May Begin Selecting Courses on February 6
  • Apply for Financial Aid for 2019-20
  • Make-up Entrance Exams Continue
  • Junior College Planning Day is February 8
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Traditional St. Blaise Throat Blessing February 4
  • Tenth Grade Retreat February 8
  • Tenth Grade Science Museum Field Trip Rescheduled to March 8
Catholic Schools Week-Winterfest Celebration February 4-8

Because of the weather impact on this week’s schedule, our celebration of Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest will now occur February 4-8.

  • DeLaSalle will celebrate a Catholic Schools Week Mass 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 Florance Center. 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 has been postponed.

Find more information about the week, including out of uniform days, on the Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest webpage.

Winter One Acts Conclude This Weekend

DeLaSalle Theatre presents performances of its Winter One Acts February 1 and 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

Students May Begin Selecting Courses February 6

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.
  • By February 25: The 2019-20 non-refundable registration deposit of $350.00 per student will be added to your TADS tuition accounts for March billing. 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 12 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.

Make-up Entrance Exams Continue

Thank you to the many eighth grade students seeking admission to DeLaSalle who have already taken an Entrance Exam as part of our admissions process. 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, February 2 – 9:00am to Noon
  • 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.

Junior College Planning Day is February 8

Juniors will participate in a college planning day instead of their regular classes on Friday, February 8. 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.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Parent Association

Monday, February 11, 6:30-8:00pm, Schulze Learning Lab (D104)

DeLaSalle parents are invited to the monthly meeting of the Parent Association. As always, there will be good treats and great conversation.

Mural Dedication Ceremony

Tuesday, February 12, 9:00am, Main Gym

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.)

Presidents Day

Monday, February 18

The school will be closed and there are no classes in observance of the federal holiday.

History Day at DeLaSalle

Tuesday, February 19, 6:00-8:00pm

DeLaSalle invites you to an open house to see the hard work that eleventh grade students have invested for months on their History Day projects. History Day is an annual project in the 11th grade Social Studies curriculum that gives juniors an opportunity to become expert historians, selecting and researching a topic of their choice around a national theme, which this year is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” Students produce exhibits, dramatizations, websites, documentaries, and research papers. Last year, DeLaSalle qualified four projects to compete at National History Day. Muriel Ambrus ‘19 and Sophia Marret ‘19 won ninth place in the nation for their senior group exhibit on the Central Park Five.

Around DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle students return to school February 1 for the first time following four online learning days. The polar vortex that struck the northern United States made Minnesota the coldest state in the lower 48 for nearly seven consecutive days, leading to the coldest air temperature and wind chill readings in the Twin Cities in 22 years. (Photo courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)

Traditional St. Blaise Throat Blessing February 4

DeLaSalle students and staff are invited to participate in a traditional throat blessing on Monday, February 4 in honor of the feast day of Saint Blaise. School chaplain, Father Bruno Nwachukwu, will bless the throats of students and staff during lunches in the Schulze Learning Lab conference room (D104). Saint Blaise was a fourth century physician, bishop, and martyr who served the faithful in Eastern Europe. It is believed that after praying over a child choking on a fish bone, the child was healed. Every year on his feast day, it is tradition that Catholic schools and churches invite all to receive a blessing of the throat to remember.

Tenth Grade Retreat February 8

DeLaSalle students participate each year in a grade level retreat that is planned through Lasallian Ministry. The 10th grade retreat is Friday, February 8, and will focus on building community and serving others. This is a full day retreat. Students are allowed to dress in the Catholic Schools Week-Winterfest “Fan Friday” theme. Students should leave their iPad and other belongings at home or school, and bring a bag lunch.

Tenth Grade Science Museum Field Trip Rescheduled to March 8

The tenth grade field trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota has been rescheduled to Friday, March 8. The trip was planned for next week, but has been rescheduled to give students more time in class following this week’s series of online learning days. Students will explore the “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit when they visit the museum on March 8.

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