by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, March 1, 2019

In this issue…
  • DeLaSalle Announces Key 2019-20 School Year Dates
  • DeLaSalle Registers Class of 2023 on March 2
  • Spring Musical “Newsies” Opens Next Weekend
  • DeLaSalle Names Keelie Sorensen Director of Student Activities
  • Lent Begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6
  • Lasallian Ministry Announces Summer Service Immersion Trips
  • DeLaSalle Teaches Internet Safety, Protecting God’s Children Curriculum
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Help Us Plan the 2019 Christian Brothers’ Gala
  • Driver’s Education Class Offered in April
DeLaSalle Announces Key 2019-20 School Year Dates

We know that families manage multiple calendars and plan for vacations and other gatherings months in advance. DeLaSalle is pleased to share the following key dates for the 2019-20 school year. A more complete 2019-20 year-at-a-glance calendar will be available this spring.

  • Monday, August 12 – Fall activities begin
  • Monday, August 26 – First day of classes for all students
  • December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2020 – Christmas Break
  • Monday, January 6, 2020 – Second semester begins
  • April 6-13, 2020 – Spring Break
  • Friday, May 29, 2020 – Last day of classes.
DeLaSalle Registers Class of 2023 on March 2

The newest Islanders will take their first step toward confirming their enrollment at DeLaSalle during the Class of 2023 Registration on Saturday, March 2. DeLaSalle evaluated over 380 applications and extended offers of admission last week to over 280 eighth graders and their families. Students in the Class of 2023 and their families will meet teachers and staff, register for classes, express interest in school activities, and request transportation for the 2019-20 school year. The School Store will be open and DeLaSalle staff will be available to answer questions. We will continue to accept applications for potential ninth grade and transfer students throughout the spring and summer – and register students if space permits.

Spring Musical “Newsies” Opens Next Weekend

DeLaSalle Theatre presents its spring musical – the popular Broadway hit “Newsies” – on the Friendshuh Stage of the Florance Center over three weekends in March. Performances are March 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23, at 7:30pm. The production, which is inspired by the true story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike in New York City, is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. General admission tickets are available at the door; you may purchase reserved tickets now. Continue reading

DeLaSalle Names Keelie Sorensen Director of Student Activities

DeLaSalle is excited to welcome Keelie Sorensen as its new Director of Student Activities. She will officially start March 8. Sorensen comes to DeLaSalle, having worked in the Student Activities Office and served as Head Girls’ Soccer Coach and Co-Head Track and Field Coach at Park Center High School.  Please join us in welcoming Keelie to the Islander community. Continue reading

Lent Begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6

Ash Wednesday on March 6 marks the beginning of Lent, the period of 40 days leading to Christ’s death on Good Friday and Resurrection on Easter Sunday. DeLaSalle will begin the Lenten season with a school Mass celebrated by school chaplain, Fr. Bruno Nwachukwu. Fr. Bruno will also offer Mass with the DeLaSalle community before school on Tuesdays in March (March 12, 19, and 26). The Tuesday Masses will be celebrated at 8:00am in the school chapel, located on the second floor of Christian Brothers’ Hall above the Lasallian Ministry office.

Lasallian Ministry Announces Summer Service Immersion Trips

Lasallian MInistry invites DeLaSalle students to participate this summer in a week of service, faith and community! The Chicago-based Lasallian Youth Assembly June 17-21 gives current ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students the opportunity to engage in prayer, reflection, service opportunities, and education sessions around themes of social justice and Catholic social teaching with students from other Lasallian schools. Current eleventh grade students are also eligible to participate July 28-August 2 on a weeklong Cheyenne River Service Immersion Trip in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Students will build relationships , learn about the history and culture of the Lakota people and the Cheyenne River Reservation, and serve the community of Eagle Butte. Learn more here about each trip, including cost and how to apply.

DeLaSalle Teaches Internet Safety, Protecting God’s Children Curriculum

During the weeks of March 11-15 and March 18-22, all students will participate in the High School curriculum provided by the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. This curriculum will include lessons from:

  • NCMEC*, NetSmartz: Real World and Internet Safety (high school level)
  • VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children

For the majority of our students, this content will be delivered in Theology classes and will be team-taught by the Theology instructor and our Librarian/Technology Integration Specialist, Judith Roggow. (A small group of Juniors and Seniors who took both of their Theology requirements in the Fall will be contacted and will receive the content during their lunches.) Please contact Keely Wojda with any questions.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Tenth Grade Science Museum Field Trip

Friday, March 8

Tenth graders will take a field trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota to explore the “RACE: Are We So Different?”exhibit. Students will also 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.

Parent Association Meeting

Monday, March 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.

Florida Luncheon for Alumni and Friends

Wednesday, March 13

Islanders are everywhere – and as you know, the DeLaSalle community extends well beyond the shorelines of Nicollet Island. Each year, DeLaSalle President Barry Lieske and Advancement staff meet with alumni and friends in Arizona and Florida, many of whom are generous donors to the school, to share the many good things happening on the Island. These same donors host our luncheons. Our Florida luncheon is March 13 at 11:30am at The Club at Barefoot Beach in Naples. If you or other Islanders will be in the area, please join us. Contact Veronica Rucker for more information.

Out of Uniform Day

Wednesday, March 13

Students may purchase a wristband for the privilege to dress out of uniform. Wristbands will be sold during lunches before the out of uniform day and before school that morning. Students must follow the out of uniform guidelines in the Student-Parent Handbook. DeLaSalle shares a portion of out of uniform wristband sales proceeds with Mwangaza College, our twin school in Kenya.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, March 20, 1:00-8:00pm

Parent-Student-Teacher conferences allow parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to discuss a student’s academic progress. No appointment is necessary to conference with a teacher. As we communicated in the February 22 “Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle,” the conferences were rescheduled from March 14 and 15, which will now be full days of classes.

Spring Break

April 1-5

We wish students and families a safe, relaxing Spring Break. Please note that classes will resume on Monday, April 8. Please note, too, that many staff choose to take time off during the break. You may find how to contact an individual staff member through our online Staff Directory.

Around DeLaSalle

Congratulations to members of the DeLaSalle Speech team for earning top honors at the Tri-Metro Conference Speech tournament, which DeLaSalle hosted yesterday afternoon. Adaire Criner ‘19 (pictured above) was named conference champion in Extemporaneous Speaking. Two other Islanders finished in second place in their category – Michael Underwood ‘20 in Discussion and Kalina Larsen ‘19 in Prose. Other De students who received awards included: Abby Wagner ‘20, 3rd place, Creative Expression; Jonah Rawley ‘21, 3rd place, Discussion; Sophia Chang ‘21, 4th place, Discussion; Raina Vance ‘21, 3rd place, Extemporaneous Reading; Carolyn Osterbauer ‘21, 5th place, Extemporaneous Reading; Caroline Cappachione ‘22, 3rd place, Extemporaneous Speaking; Quinn Collins ‘21, 4th place, Poetry; Theresa DeGross ‘21, 5th place, Original Oratory; and Elizabeth Pineda ‘21, 4th place, Prose. (Photo courtesy: Sydney Funkhouser ‘20)

Help Us Plan the 2019 Christian Brothers’ Gala

Help DeLaSalle plan and imagine the 2019 Christian Brothers’ Gala, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 12. The Gala is DeLaSalle’s only student scholarship fundraiser and annually raises more than $350,000 to support De students. There are several ways for you to be a part of this important fundraising event. We will gather donations for live and silent auction items, transform our gym into something magnificent, meet new friends and make a difference. Contact Brenda Irvin if you are interested. Continue reading

Driver’s Education Class Offered in April

Driver’s education classes are offered at DeLaSalle by Driver’s Education Inc. The next driver’s ed class is offered April 1-4, 18-15. Classes are limited to the first 25 students who register with a $200 down payment. Click here for class dates and applications.

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