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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, April 12, 2019

In this issue…
  • Congratulations, Distinguished Scholars!
  • DeLaSalle Hosts Enrollment Orientation Program April 13 for Class of 2023
  • DeLaSalle Communicates 2019-20 Tuition and Financial Aid
  • Families of Returning Students: Please Make Your 2019-20 Transportation Requests
  • DeLaSalle Hosts ACT Exam April 13
  • Twelfth Graders Participate in Class Retreat April 17
  • April 18 Prayer Service Marks End of Lent; No Classes April 19 or 22
  • Parent Volunteers Needed for April 25 Staff Appreciation Day
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • DeLaSalle Students, Families Invited to “Getting Started with the College Search” Webinar
  • Junior/Senior Prom is April 27 at Nicollet Island Pavilion
  • DeLaSalle Accepting Registrations for Summer Youth Camps
  • Host An International Student in 2019-20
Congratulations, Distinguished Scholars!
DeLaSalle High School congratulates 40 members of its graduating Class of 2019 who have achieved the honor of “Distinguished Scholar.”  These 40 students have earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or better through the first semester of their senior year. We salute these scholars, and at the same time, their parents and families, their teachers at DeLaSalle, and all teachers and adult mentors  who have had a positive influence on their education to date. Continue reading
DeLaSalle Hosts Enrollment Orientation Program April 13 for Class of 2023
This Saturday, April 13, DeLaSalle will host an Enrollment Orientation program for the Class of 2023. The Enrollment Orientation program starts promptly at 9:00am; students and families should check in at the A Building lobby between 8:30-8:55am. (Please note that DeLaSalle is a testing site for the ACT, and that national college entrance exam also occurs this Saturday at our school.  There will be signs directing the two groups to differing entrances.)

After a brief welcome and prayer, students will take an algebra one mastery exam to help ensure the best possible math placement in the fall; our mathematics teachers will be proctoring that exam in individual classrooms as assigned on Saturday.  (NOTE: We will provide all testing materials. Students are not allowed to use calculators on this exam.) While the students take their exam, we will offer parents two separate presentations that provide more detailed information about how we function on a day-to-day basis.  These sessions will be led by our principal, assistant principal, deans, and others that families will want to know.

The student and parent groups will then reconnect, and the back half of the morning is for families/parents to meet with people they may want or need to see. Coaches and moderators of all student activities/athletics will be present to answer questions at a Student Activity Fair. Families may also meet with representatives from the Business Office, transportation, Islander Foundation, Student Services, School Store, and more!

DeLaSalle Communicates 2019-20 Tuition and Financial Aid

DeLaSalle has communicated 2019-20 tuition and financial aid information to families. Under the Continuous Enrollment model, families with returning students only received 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.

Families of Returning Students: Please Make Your 2019-20 Transportation Requests

Thank you to the many returning families who have made 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 Hosts ACT Exam April 13

DeLaSalle will serve as a test center site for students who have registered for the ACT exam on Saturday, April 13. The exam will be held in B Building classrooms and begins promptly at 8:00am. The B building doors will open at 7:30am. 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 Graders Participate in Class Retreat April 17

All seniors will participate in a full day class retreat on Wednesday, April 17. Organized by Lasallian Ministry, the retreat helps students gain healthy closure on their high school years. Students should check in to their first hour class for attendance and then go to the Florance Center to board buses for the off-campus retreat location. Students should wear their school uniform and bring a bag lunch. Please contact Peg Hodapp with questions.

April 18 Prayer Service Marks End of Lent; No Classes April 19 or 22

DeLaSalle will bring to a close its observance of the 40-day season of Lent with a schoolwide prayer service on Thursday, April 18. The prayer service, which occurs on Holy Thursday, also marks the beginning of the Easter Triduum, the three holiest days for Catholics, who acknowledge the celebration of the first Eucharist, Christ’s death on the Cross on Good Friday, and the vigil that leads to His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. There are no classes and the school will be closed on April 19; there are also no classes on April 22.

Parent Volunteers Needed for April 25 Staff Appreciation Day

DeLaSalle parents are gathering together to celebrate our terrific school staff on Thursday, April 25 – but they need your help! Organizers are planning a warm welcome and continental breakfast as staff arrive for the school day, followed by a catered lunch.  Plans also include a thank you gift for each staff member. Parents, we need your help with set-up, greeting, food service and clean-up, and most importantly, food and beverage donations. TO VOLUNTEER AND/OR DONATE, click here to access a SignUpGenius form where you can indicate how you may wish to participate in the day. Please contact Laura Paine with questions at 612-865-6396. If you prefer to make a cash donation toward the cost of meals and treats for the staff, please send your donation to Parent Association staff liaison, Mike O’Keefe, at DeLaSalle.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Academic Mentor Meetings

Tuesday, April 16

This will be the last time this school year during which students will meet with their academic mentor. The meetings were originally scheduled April 10, but were postponed due to uncertainty surrounding the late week snowstorm.

Lenten Mass

Tuesday, April 16, 8:00-8:20am, School Chapel

Islanders are invited to attend a Lenten Mass offered in the school chapel. School chaplain, Fr. Bruno Nwachukwu, will celebrate Mass before school. Mass will be done by 8:20am, providing students enough time to get to their first hour class. Tuesday morning chapel Masses will also be offered on April 23 and 30.

Founder’s Day Mass

Wednesday, April 24

The annual Founder’s Day Mass honors the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the namesake of our school and the Founder of the Christian Brothers. The Mass will occur in the middle of Founder’s Week, a five-day celebration that celebrates our history as a Lasallian institution. Fr. Joe Gillespie ’60, pastor at St. Albert the Great in south Minneapolis, will celebrate the Mass along with school chaplain, Fr. Bruno Nwachukwu.

Advanced Placement Pre-Administration

Thursday, April 25, lunch periods, LL Gray Gym

All students taking AP exams are REQUIRED to attend a pre-administration session in the LL Gray during their lunch period. During the session, students will complete important forms and paperwork for the AP exams that begin on Monday, May 6. Students will need a #2 pencil. AP students can bring lunch to the gym and should go through the lunch line first.

Parents in Prayer

Monday, April 29, 12:00-1:00pm, Thies Lab – creative side (D207)

Each month, a group of DeLaSalle parents and family members gather on campus to lift up our community in prayer. All parents, family members, friends, and alumni are welcome to participate. We hope students, staff, families and friends at DeLaSalle will feel encouraged by the knowledge that people care about them, are excited for them and are PRAYING FOR THEM! You may submit prayer requests, which may remain anonymous, to prayer boxes located in the main office, Lasallian Ministry, or Theology classrooms.

Starry Night Prom

Saturday, May 4

DeLaSalle will host the 19th annual Starry Night Prom, a prom for people with disabilities. Students have already volunteered and begun their training and preparation for the largest service project at the school. Parent chaperones are needed to volunteer for full or half shifts between 5:30-10:00pm. Please contact Nicole Stecklein at 612-676-7608 if you can help.

Around DeLaSalle

Congratulations to Michelle Cortes Dominguez ‘19, who will be recognized as one of 24 Certificate of Distinction honorees at the Minnesota Aspirations in Computing awards ceremony on April 17. Michelle is an aspiring young woman involved in technology who, during her time at DeLaSalle, has helped design an app, create a robot, and taken introduction to Python programming and Advanced Placement computer science principles classes. After graduation, Michelle plans to major in finance and minor in computer science at the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. We are proud of your leadership and talent, Michelle, and wish you all the best. (Photo courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)

DeLaSalle Students, Families Invited to “Getting Started with Your College Search” Webinar

DeLaSalle students and families can get a comprehensive guide for the entire college search process, from researching and visiting schools to narrowing down your favorites, during a free webinar hosted Tuesday, April 16 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The webinar begins at 6:00pm. Register here. Get prepped on how to meet with admissions officers and hear tips for better testing, plus learn how to begin gathering recommendations.

Junior/Senior Prom is April 27 at Nicollet Island Pavilion

It’s Prom season at DeLaSale – and this year’s Junior/Senior Prom will honor Prince with a “Purple Reign” theme. The Prom is Saturday, April 27, from 7;30pm-12:00am, at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. A Grand March will be held in the Florance Center at 6:30pm. Individual tickets cost $75 before Wednesday, April 17, or $85 after that date, and must be purchased by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 24. Tickets include a buffet dinner at the Pavilion. Visit the Prom webpage for more information.

DeLaSalle Accepting Registrations for Summer Youth Camps

Believe it or not – summer is right around the corner – and now is a perfect time to register your child for one of DeLaSalle’s many summer youth camp offerings. Students are invited to participate in camps for boys’ and girls’ basketball, cheer, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, tennis, theatre, and volleyball. Hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school students participate in Camp Islander each year. Join them today by registering here.

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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