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Spring Break- April 1-5, 2019 (opens in a new window)

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

Lord, God of all creation,
teach us the lesson of spring,
that all creation comes alive –
trees and bushes, flowers and plants –
We welcome you, season of spring. Amen

Saint John Baptist de La Salle…pray for us.

Live Jesus in our hearts…forever!

On today’s calendar…

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.

In today’s news…


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.

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. Jim 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 Jim’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!

We are in the home stretch of the school year, and to keep the momentum going strong, Father Bruno will be celebrating Mass on Tuesday mornings in the chapel throughout the month of April.

  • Mass will take place on Tuesday, April 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 8:00am. The chapel is located in Christian Brothers Hall.

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.

On Wednesday, April 10, students will meet with their academic mentor to discuss their second semester academic progress. The meetings will occur after first period.

On 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.

On Saturday, April 13, DeLaSalle will serve as a test center site for students who have registered for the ACT exam, a 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.

Are you interested in learning and experiencing social justice advocacy in Washington DC this summer? If so read on. Scholarships are available.

The ACLU Summer Advocacy Program (July 20-26) brings together high school students from across the United States to participate in a firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. During this week-long program in Washington, DC, students participate in electives and seminars led by lobbyists, community activists, lawyers, and ACLU experts to enhance their knowledge of civil liberties, social justice issues, and advocacy campaigns. The Close Up Foundation – a DC based civic education non-profit – partners with the ACLU to provide substantive experiential learning and small group discussion opportunities throughout the program. To read more about the program, please visit the ACLU website.

Application Details:

  • The application can be found here.
  • Applications are due by April 14.
  • Financial Aid is available (full and partial scholarships).
  • High school-aged students who are 15-18* years old are welcome to apply. *High school graduates are eligible to apply for the Advanced Advocacy Program.

Please reach out to ACLU at 703.706.3555 or with any questions.

The Minnesota Trust Black Women and Girls committee is partnering with the African American Policy Forum to bring Breaking the Silence. The event will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 8:00am – 5:00pm. For more information, click here or talk to DeLaSalle 11th graders Weslyn Harmon or Kennedi Roberts.

There are still spots available for the 2019 Youth Theology Institute, taking place July 11-20. Sacred Word, Sacred World, Sacred Call is a 10 day leadership development and spiritual formation program for rising sophomores through 2019 graduates. Transportation to and from the Twin Cities will be provided. Scholarships are available. We are asking that applications be submitted by Friday, April 5. If you are interested in receiving more information, please contact Peg Hodapp or Barb LeGarde.

Current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders have the opportunity to serve and learn at local Minneapolis and St. Paul service organizations. Students will break into groups and serve at various locations including Sharing and Caring Hands, Open Arms, Crisis Nursery, Second Harvest, Benedictine Health Center, House of Charity and more. Projects include preparing and serving meals to the homeless, playing with kids at Crisis Nursery, packaging food for distribution, connecting with the elderly, hosting bingo for adults with developmental disabilities, and more. 20 Christian Service Hours will be earned over the course of three days. Space is limited; please register using the links below.

The Service Days are:

*Students must be present all three days from 8:00am-4:45pm.