by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, August 9, 2019

In this issue…
  • Are You Ready for the 2019-20 School Year?
  • Fall Sports Begin Monday, August 12
  • School Transportation Route Information Coming Soon
  • Parking Permit Sales Begin Wednesday, August 14
  • Guidance Office Hosts College Application, Essay Writing Workshops
  • Help Fill Items on the Gala Wish List
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Continued Prayers for Lucy Lyngen ’20, Jeremy Zavitz
  • Drive for DeLaSalle
  • August 30 Deadline to Apply for Jamaica Service Immersion
Are You Ready for the 2019-20 School Year?

As we enter the final weeks of summer, we want to make sure all DeLaSalle students and families are well prepared for the start of the new school year. We have created this Back-to-School webpage that answers any questions you may have ahead of the first day of classes on Monday, August 26. Please reference this page – and if you continue to have questions, please contact the school at 612-676-7600. We are excited to begin our 120th year on Nicollet Island with you in our community!

Fall Sports Begin Monday, August 12

All fall sports will begin practicing for the first time this season on Monday, August 12. DeLaSalle offers fall sports in competition and sideline cheer, boys’ and girls’ cross country, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ swimming and diving, girls’ tennis, and volleyball. Click here to find when and where teams will meet on the first day of practice.

A student must be fully registered with DeLaSalle for the 2019-20 school year before he or she can participate in a fall sport. This means the student must have all required back-to-school forms on file with the school and have registered for the sport. Students must also have a current physical on file with the Student Activities office before they can participate in any sport. Current is defined as within three years. The completed sport physical form can be turned in directly to the Student Activities office or may be emailed to

School Transportation Route Information Coming Soon

As the start of school approaches, parents often want to know more about their child’s school bus route, stop, as well as pick-up and drop-off times.

  • For those students residing in Minneapolis who requested busing as part of 2019-20 registration, Minneapolis & Suburban/Monarch Bus Company are mailing postcards with the route and stop information. If you do not receive your postcard by August 15, please contact Brooks Shelstad and we will work to confirm arrangements as quickly as we can.
  • For those students residing in St. Paul and suburbs who have requested transportation through DeLaSalle, the school sent an email August 7 confirming those students on the list to be routed. Final route information will be sent the week of August 12.

Please contact transportation director Brooks Shelstad with any questions at 612.676.7614.

Parking Permit Sales Begin Wednesday, August 14

Parking permits will be sold in the Main Office for $305 starting Wednesday, August 14. Seniors may buy permits starting August 14. Juniors may buy permits starting August 15. Other eligible students may buy permits, if available, on August 16. Sales begin each day at 9:00am. Students are responsible for buying their own permit and permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis with no saving or reservations allowed. A student may buy a permit if they meet the following requirements:

  • The student is enrolled at DeLaSalle (student must show school ID as proof)
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Registrant must identify the make, model and license plate information for PRIMARY vehicle that will be driven to De
  • Fully agree to terms and conditions
  • Form of payment (cash / check)

Once the number of available permits are sold out, other students may opt to keep his or her information on a waiting list.

Guidance Office Hosts College Application, Essay Writing Workshops

The Guidance office will host two workshops Tuesday, August 13, to help seniors with their college applications. Both workshops will be held in the Thies Lab (D207).

  • Online College Application Workshop (9:30am-12:30pm)
    Seniors: YES, it is time to get started. YES, you will be so happy you did! Learn step-by-step instructions to completing your online college applications.
  • Essay Writing Workshop (1:30-3:30pm)
    Seniors – It’s your time to shine! Fresh and unique approach from an English teacher and seasoned college advisers to make YOUR college essay memorable.  Your college essay is certain to stand out to admission counselors.
Help Fill Items on the Gala Wish List

The DeLaSalle Christian Brothers’ Gala, which is the school’s only student scholarship fundraiser, is Saturday, October 12 – and organizers need YOUR help to gather auction items to make this year’s event the most enchanted in our history! The wish list of items includes gift cards, event tickets, artwork, activities, and themed baskets. Look at the wish list and see what sparks your interest. Please contact Gala coordinator Brenda Irvin with questions.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

iPad Pickup for Returning Students

Wednesday, August 14 and
Wednesday, August 21

Returning students in grades 10, 11, and 12 or a parent/guardian are required to pick up a new iPad before the 2019-20 year begins. Families selected their iPad pickup time when they completed required back-to-school forms. Families may also deposit lunch money into their child’s account and meet with other important school personnel. Please note: Families of returning students with a younger sibling may not pick up the younger sibling’s iPad as they will be distributed at New Student Orientation.

New Student Orientation

Thursday, August 22

All new ninth grade and transfer students will participate in this required orientation. Students must be dressed in school uniform and should check in between 8:00-8:20am. The 9th grade program runs all day, ending at 3:00pm, and includes lunch provided by DeLaSalle. The transfer students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon and their orientation includes a continental breakfast but no lunch. All new students will meet new classmates, receive a copy of their class schedule, and receive and set-up their school-issued iPad. This orientation is for students only.

New Family Orientation

Thursday, August 22, 5:30pm

All parents and families who are new to DeLaSalle (Class of 2023 and transfers) are invited to a more extensive “New Family” Orientation program. This program will include a Welcome Cookout starting at 5:30pm, introductions and presentations from various administrators, explanations of school practices and protocols, and more. Families may also deposit lunch money into their child’s account and meet with other important school personnel at the school orientation. Pre-registration for New Family Orientation is not required – and, unlike returning families, new families will not receive a separate e-mail with a registration link for August 22.

First Day of Classes

Monday, August 26

Classes are in session from 8:30am-3:00pm. School bus service will begin this day. Students are in school uniform. Remember to bring your iPad, charged and ready to go! Each teacher will share course expectations with students and distribute course materials. Returning students will receive their first semester course schedules via their student Islander Apps email account on August 22, the same day new students receive their schedules at New Student Orientation.

Picture Day

Thursday, August 29

Photographers will be on campus to take pictures of all students, including seniors, and staff for the current school ID card. Students must be dressed in school uniform.  Parents may review, select, and pay for a photo package through the Lifetouch website. Parents will have up to 48 hours after Picture Day to complete their online order. Please refer to DeLaSalle’s Picture Day ID EVTSQBGBR.

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Friday, August 30

Join us as the DeLaSalle community gathers for the opening school year Mass on Friday, August 30 at 9:00am. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is offered to ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all parts of our life in the new school year. We welcome Bishop Andrew Cozzens as our Mass celebrant. Bishop Cozzens will join us following the Mass as we bless the site of our new prayer grotto between the B building and Christian Brothers Hall.

Around DeLaSalle

Two dozen DeLaSalle students spent a week volunteering with the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, during a service immersion trip offered through DeLaSalle Lasallian Ministry. Students supported local organizations including a Christian mission school and a summer youth program, putting on a daily children’s program, performing home repairs, and doing planting and gardening. (Photo courtesy: NIcole Stecklein, DeLaSalle staff)

Continued Prayers for Lucy Lyngen ’20, Jeremy Zavitz

As a community, we support and pray for each other at all times, particularly as our families are living with illness and loss. Recently we have received several inquiries about two families within our community. As many in the De community already know (and have been following via CaringBridge and personal connections), both Lucy Lyngen `20 and social studies teacher, Jeremy Zavitz are receiving treatment this summer for serious medical conditions. Lucy has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and Jeremy with a recurrence of a brain tumor. With each family’s permission, we share the following links to their sites, as a means of connecting the many who love and care for Lucy and Mr. Zavitz with their ongoing medical care. We pray for strength. We pray for their families and caregivers. We pray for healing.

Lucy Lyngen

Jeremy Zavitz

Drive for DeLaSalle

Join the DeLaSalle transportation team as a driver! We are especially looking for morning van drivers. Drivers must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license and training is provided. If you are interested, please contact transportation director Brooks Shelstad.

August 30 Deadline to Apply for Jamaica Service Immersion Trip

DeLaSalle will sponsor a service immersion trip to the Diocese of Mandeville in Jamaica over spring break this coming school year. Students will live in community in a simple and safe setting and participate in daily service, prayer, and reflection. Students will be challenged to explore and discuss a variety of social justice, economic, religious and human rights issues. The trip is available to students who will be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade this school year. Students should check their Islander Apps email for application materials, which are due by August 30. You can learn more about the trip here.

DeLaSalle has also approved two international academic travel courses for the summer of 2020 – one each in Italy and Peru. Details about these Global Advantage courses, including cost and applications, will be announced in the coming weeks.

“I have plans of hope and prosperity for you” Jeremiah 29:11
2019-20 Scripture Theme
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