by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, August 30, 2019

In this issue…
  • DeLaSalle Begins 2019-20 School Year
  • DeLaSalle Honors Benefactors at Mass, Blesses Future Prayer Grotto
  • Families Invited to Back-to-School Night Wednesday
  • Fall Sports Teams Will Take Pictures Wednesday
  • Reminder about Student Drop-off, Pick-up Procedures
  • Students Can Sign Up for Activities
  • School Closed Labor Day
  • Class Masses Begin Tuesday
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Register for the October 12 Christian Brothers’ Gala
  • Athletic Trainer Announces Fall Hours
  • Scholarship Spotlight
  • VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” Training Available in September
DeLaSalle Begins 2019-20 School Year

DeLaSalle is excited to welcome new faculty and staff as we begin the 2019-20 school year. These classroom teachers and staff members bring a wealth of knowledge and diversity of experience to their roles on the Island. Continue reading

DeLaSalle Honors Benefactors at Mass, Blesses Future Prayer Grotto
A DeLaSalle alumnus and his wife, who are two of the school’s largest benefactors and whose financial support will create an on campus prayer grotto that bears their name, joined the school community for its opening school year Mass of the Holy Spirit and blessing of the grotto August 30. Pat ‘53 and Sandy Baldwin received letters of benefaction honoring them as Benefactors of the Christian Schools for their lifetime support of the Lasalian mission. Continue reading 
Families Invited to Back-to-School Night Wednesday

Please join us on Wednesday, September 4 for the annual Parent Back-to-School Night at De. This is a great opportunity to learn from teachers, mentors, and administrators of the academic expectations for each student this year.

We welcome parents to check in starting at 5:30pm. Our evening begins at 6:00pm in the Main Gym with a presentation by administrators about broad academic goals and practices for the year. Parents then meet with their son’s or daughter’s academic mentors for 20 minutes. The bulk of the evening is an opportunity for parents to walk through their son’s or daughter’s actual class schedule:

Parking is available in the main school parking lot. Overflow parking is available in the Nicollet Island Pavilion main parking and overflow lots (south of the Hennepin Avenue bridge).

Fall Sports Teams Will Take Pictures Wednesday

Students participating in a fall sport will have their team photo taken. Coaches will communicate with players how they can order team photos.

Reminder about Student Drop-off, Pick-up Procedures
Thank you for partnering with us to provide a safe environment for students, staff, and community members, who travel in, near, and around DeLaSalle. We ask you to note and follow these morning drop-off and afternoon pickup protocols.

Two dozen school buses and vehicles arrive at DeLaSalle each morning; these vehicles have the right-of-way on the drive in front of DeLaSalle. Parents/guardians arriving at school with their children should drop off on the curbside closest to school and NOT use the visitor parking spaces. Please note that following drop-off, vehicles should NOT travel back through the school parking lot and should exit via West Island Avenue.

In the afternoon, buses are the only vehicles allowed to pick up students on the drive in front of the school. The City of Minneapolis has installed “15-minute loading zone” street signs on West Island Avenue that will allow parents/guardians to temporarily wait along the curb closest to the school to pick up their children. Please be courteous to our Island neighbors and others who use the Island by pulling as close to the curb as possible to let other vehicles pass.

Students Can Sign Up for Activities

DeLaSalle encourages students to sign up to participate in an activity this year. Students should check their Islander Apps email for a link to sign up and may register for one or more activities. Click here to learn more about DeLaSalle. 

School Closed Labor Day September 2

DeLaSalle will be closed on Monday, September 2, in observance of the federal Labor Day holiday. Classes resume on Tuesday, September 3.

Class Masses Begin Tuesday

In addition to all-school liturgies, students in each grade will gather as a class this fall to celebrate Mass. School chaplain, Fr. Bruno Nwachukwu, will celebrate each Mass at nearby Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Class Masses occur for 12th grade on Tuesday, September 3; 11th grade on Sept. 10; 10th grade on Sept. 17; and 9th grade on September 24. Students should report to their first hour class and then will dismiss to the Florance Center for a grade level meeting before departing for Mass.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Academic Mentor Meetings

Wednesday, September 4

All students will meet with their academic mentor during the school day to check in and identify academic goals for the year. Students will also sign documents that help DeLaSalle receive assistance for textbooks and other academic support.

Fall Boys’ Basketball Clinic

Saturday, September 7, 1:00-4:00pm, DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle boys’ basketball will host a fall skills clinic for students in 3rd-8th grades on Saturday, September 7, from 1:00-4:00pm at DeLaSalle. The clinic costs $50 per participant. Click here to register.

DeLaSalle Girls’ Basketball Clinics

September 21-22, October 19-20, December 14

DeLaSalle girls’ basketball will offer multiple skills camps this fall. Skills camps cost $30 each and are offered September 21-22 and October 19-20. A middle school camp costs $50 and is offered December 14. Click here for more information and to register.

First Parent Association Monthly Meeting of the Year

Monday, September 9, 6:30-8:00pm, D104

All DeLaSalle parents are invited to the first meeting of the school year on Monday, September 9, from 6:30-8:00pm, in the Richard M. Schulze Lab (D104) (located adjacent to the two main school entrances). As always, there will be plenty of time to socialize and learn more about how parents can get involved at DeLaSalle throughout the year.

Financial Aid Planning Night

Wednesday, September 11, 6:30-7:30pm, D104

Get prepared with this presentation for students and parents/guardians on the many options for paying for college. Take away tools for navigating the new FAFSA; applying to colleges, researching scholarships, grants and loan options; all in a way that makes sense for your family. Resources from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education will be available.

Four Universities Host Citywide Presentation

Sunday, September 15

Admission representatives from four colleges and universities will host an information program for prospective students and families in the Twin Cities. Officials from the University of Notre Dame, Washington University in St. Louis, Johns Hopkins University, and Emory University will share a presentation then be available after for individual conversations. Please RSVP here. The presentation at St. Paul Academy will be held at 1:00pm; the presentation at the Minneapolis Marriott West will happen at 7:00pm. The University of Notre Dame will host its own event at DeLaSalle in October and dozens of other colleges are finalizing their visits to De in the coming months.

Around DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle students arrived for the first day of classes August 26. Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Main Gym for a prayer and opening school year assembly before beginning classes. (Photo courtesy: Kristin Lundstrum, DeLaSalle staff)

Register for the October 12 Christian Brothers’ Gala

Mark your calendars and join us at DeLaSalle’s largest student scholarship fundraiser! The Christian Brothers’ Gala is Saturday, October 12, at 5:30pm. Invitations will soon arrive in your mailbox, but you can register and purchase your tickets online here.

Organizers still 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.

Athletic Trainer Announces Fall Hours

DeLaSalle’s athletic trainer, Cindy Schlafmann, is available to meet with and provide training support to student athletes. She works in the athletic training office in the Main Gym. Her fall athletic training hours are:

  • Monday: 3:00-5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 5:00-7:00pm (Cindy will be outside working home soccer games)
  • Wednesday: 3:00-5:00pm
  • Thursday: 5:00-7:00pm (Cindy will be outside working home soccer games)
  • Friday: 3:00- 5:00pm then heading to all home and away football games

Scholarship Spotlight

The Guidance office receives information about scholarship opportunities available for students and families. Scholarships, such as the following, exist at every grade level:

    AMOUNT: $1000
    DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2019
    How to apply: Complete the application form below including a 140-character message about texting while driving. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving.

VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” Training Available in September

Any members of the DeLaSalle community who volunteer with children or vulnerable adults at a parish or school in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis must complete VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” training. Training will be offered on Thursday, September 19, from 6:00-9:00pm at St. Michael’s Social Hall. Click here to register. For more information about volunteering at DeLaSalle, please contact Mary McLaren at 612.676.7677.

“I have plans of hope and prosperity for you” Jeremiah 29:11
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