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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, March 29, 2019

In this issue…
  • Parents Invited to Make 2019-20 Transportation Requests; Update on iPad Insurance Plan
  • DeLaSalle Will Communicate Tuition and Financial Aid Between April 1-15
  • Spring Break April 1-5; Classes Resume April 8
  • An Important Message about Student Safety
  • Academic Planning/Vision Presented at the Parent Association Meeting on April 8
  • Help Plan April 25 Staff Appreciation Day
  • The Land O’Lakes Bot Shot Challenge Comes to DeLaSalle
  • DeLaSalle Students, Families Invited to College Fair April 9
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Students Invited to Participate in Local Service Cohorts
  • Prayer, Sacraments, and Service Central to How DeLaSalle Observes Lent
  • Host An International Student in 2019-20
Parents Invited to Make 2019-20 Transportation Requests; Update on iPad Insurance Plan
Returning families are invited to make their 2019-20 transportation requests. DeLaSalle emailed the primary contact in each family March 29 with a transportation request form to indicate their transportation preferences for the next school year. Registered incoming ninth grade students  already made their transportation requests at the time they registered.

DeLaSalle is also announcing a change in its iPad insurance plan for the 2019-20 school year. All families will be enrolled in the $50 annual protection plan, which covers devices for the school year against accidental physical damage. The nonrefundable $50 insurance premium will be collected through TADS, which is the same account used for tuition payments. The charge will be added to the August invoice. For those who don’t have a tuition payment due in August, DeLaSalle will add an August invoice to your TADS account.

DeLaSalle Will Communicate Tuition and Financial Aid Between April 1-15
Under the Continuous Enrollment model, families with returning students only will receive an email with 2019-20 tuition and any scholarships or need-based financial aid. If you need to make any changes to payment information or payment options for 2019-20, please contact Ron Rice in the Business Office at 612-676-7601 by April 30.

Families with at least one new student will receive an email with a new tuition agreement (or revised tuition agreement if they have at least one returning and one new student) that includes 2019-20 tuition and any scholarships or need-based financial aid. When the family receives their welcome email from TADS/DeLaSalle, they should click on the link on the bottom left hand side to access their tuition agreement. In order to complete the agreement, TADS will ask families to use an electronic signature before they can see their specific tuition agreement. Families should complete all instructions by the due date listed, including selecting a payment plan and a date each month on which families would like to pay tuition. All payment plans begin in May.

A family becomes fully registered once they accept the tuition agreement in TADS. Please contact Ron Rice at 612-676-7601 with questions.

Spring Break April 1-5; Classes Resume April 8
Spring Break at DeLaSalle is April 1-5. 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.

Classes will resume on Monday, April 8. This is a change from the calendar communicated earlier this year, which had originally scheduled the day for professional development. The day is now a full day of classes.

An Important Message about Student Safety
Maybe more than any other spring, our students are itching to be outside. The season brings many outdoor activities and potential distractions to student learning as well as potential safety risks, which is why we offer some reminders to parents and students regarding student safety:
  • Student drivers should always wear seat belts and drive with extra caution, particularly in the school parking lot and on Nicollet Island.
  • Students are reminded that they are not permitted to walk on railroad tracks at any time; the Park Police consider this trespassing and may issue a fine. Being respectful that Nicollet Island also includes many residents and visitors, loitering on the Island before or after school is not permitted and students may face discipline for being off-limits.
  • As part of its continual emergency response planning efforts, DeLaSalle will host a series of emergency drills during the month of April. These drills include a fire drill, a tornado drill, and a soft lockdown drill. Staff will also instruct students about how to evacuate the building should the need arise for that kind of response.
Academic Planning/Vision Presented at April 8 Parent Association Meeting
All DeLaSalle parents are invited to the next regular meeting of the Parent Association on Monday, April 8, from 6:30-8:00pm, in D104, the Richard M. Schulze Lab.  In addition to social time and introductions, our guest speaker will be Mr. Jim Benson, Principal of DeLaSalle for the past seven years. As principal, Mr. Benson has administrative responsibility for the academic and student life programs at De, and he also sits on the Academic and Student Life Committee of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Benson will give an overview of the evolving academic programming at De, emerging trends, and strategic goals.  The presentation will touch on curriculum development, student life and environment, effective implementation of technology, global connections, staff development, effective responses to student needs, and more. Of course, all of this will be presented with Mr. Benson’s unique perspective as principal of a Catholic and Lasallian high school, where relationships matter in a community of talented and diverse students who want to be prepared as best possible for college and career. We hope you can join us.  The treats will be good. The conversation will be better. Questions are anticipated. New ideas are always welcome. We hope to see you on April 8th!
Help Plan April 25 Staff Appreciation Day
Day in and day out, the staff at DeLaSalle do an amazing job working with students. The Parent Association wants to recognize and celebrate our staff at the annual Staff Appreciation Day on Thursday, April 25. But, we need a group of parents to step up as quickly as possible and help organize this event. If you are interested in leading this effort, please contact Parent Association co-chairs Jackie Schluter-Johnson or Luann Mishler. Jackie and Luann will meet with volunteers to pass on all necessary information. Staff Appreciation Day typically involves serving breakfast and lunch to the staff in addition to showering staff with our admiration. Thank you for considering this opportunity.
The Land O’Lakes Bot Shot Challenge Comes to DeLaSalle

Robotic technologies are gaining steam all across America’s agricultural landscape, improving farming yields and sustainable practices that help feed a growing population..But can robots sink a bank shot? ​Join Land O’Lakes and basketball legend David Robinson as we watch university robotics teams (and their hoops-shooting robots) square off in a friendly game of H-O-R-S-E on Sunday, April 7, from 12:00-2:00pm, at DeLaSalle High School. Learn more about the event and RSVP here.

DeLaSalle Students, Families Invited to College Fair April 9
DeLaSalle students and families are invited to attend a college fair hosted at Benilde-St. Margaret’s on Tuesday, April 9, from 7:00-8:30pm in the Haben Center (gymnasium). This annual event offers students and families an opportunity to meet in person with college admission representatives from more than 100 colleges. Students should dress appropriately knowing that this may be the first impression they make with an admissions representative.

Students and families may travel on their own to the college fair. DeLaSalle will provide free transportation to and from the event. Please RSVP here by Friday, April 5 if you choose to use DeLaSalle transportation. The bus will leave from the front of DeLaSalle on April 9 at 6:15pm; after the event, the bus will depart from Benilde-St. Margaret’s at 8:30pm and return to De by 8:50pm.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Academic Mentor Meetings

Wednesday, April 10

Students will meet with their academic mentor to discuss their second semester academic progress. The meetings will occur after first period.

Out of Uniform Day

Thursday, April 11

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.

Enrollment Orientation for the Class of 2023

Saturday, April 13, 9:00am-12:00pm, A Building

DeLaSalle invites all registered ninth graders in the Class of 2023, and at least one parent or guardian, to attend a required Enrollment Orientation program. Almost all students will take an Algebra mastery exam at 9:00am. During the exam, parents are invited to at least two presentations that will help orient you to DeLaSalle. Then, starting at 10:30am, we will offer a Student Activity Fair in which coaches and moderators from ALL of our many Student Activities will be available to provide general information. At the same time, key personnel from various offices – including business/tuition/financial aid, transportation, registrar, and food service – will be available to answer your questions.

ACT Exam

Saturday, April 13

DeLaSalle will serve as a test center site for students who have registered for the ACT exam. The exam will be held in B Building classrooms. The ACT is national college admission exam that is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The exam consists of subject area tests in English, reading, math, and science.

Twelfth Grade Retreat

Wednesday, April 17

All seniors will participate in this full day retreat, organized by Lasallian Ministry, that helps students gain healthy closure on their high school years.

Easter Triduum and Easter

April 18-22

The school community will gather again one more time for a liturgy on Holy Thursday April 18, as we begin the Easter Triduum, the three-day period that recognizes Christ’s Passion and lead up to his Resurrection on Easter Sunday. There are no classes on Good Friday (April 19) or on Easter Monday (April 22).

Around DeLaSalle

The DeLaSalle Robotics team participated March 29 in the Minneapolis regional Minnesota FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena. Robotics teams had six weeks to build an industrial size robot that could accomplish multiple tasks, including carrying objects from one location to another. The DeLaSalle Robotics team is sponsored by Medtronic, Boeing, Pat Voss, AndyMark, Bimba, 3M, and Automation Direct. (Photo courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)

Students Invited to Participate in Local Service Cohorts

DeLaSalle students are invited to participate in two local service cohorts – from June 3-5 and August 6-8. Students who sign up to participate must be present all three days of the cohort. Students will receive 20 Christian Service hours for participating. Click here for information about and to register for the June cohort. Click here for information about and to register for the August cohort.

Prayer, Sacraments, and Service Central to How DeLaSalle Observes Lent

When the DeLaSalle community — students, teachers, administrators and staff — were invited to  receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, we not only began the 40-day season of Lent, but we also began a 40-day opportunity to reflect on our lives, to be renewed in our goal to become better people for others, to become more faithful to the Good News of the Gospel. Throughout this holy season, our community has taken advantage of a multitude of opportunities to live out this  Gospel message in practical ways and within day-to-day routines in school and out. Continue reading

Host An International Student in 2019-20

Islanders are known for their welcoming hospitality. DeLaSalle is looking for families interested in hosting an international student in 2019-20. Hosting a student offers a unique opportunity to build a special connection, explore new customs, and share American culture. Host families receive a housing stipend. Please contact the Office of Admission if you are interested.

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