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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, September 13, 2019

In this issue…
  • Abby Hames, Sydney Riley Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
  • Guidance Office Hosts Early College Awareness Night on Monday
  • Seniors Gather Thursday for Graduation Meeting
  • Students Invited to Explore Colleges at Citywide Meetings Sunday
  • Spend An Enchanted Evening at DeLaSalle
  • Tenth Graders Participate Tuesday in Class Mass
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • DeLaSalle Welcomes Christian Brother Visiting from Africa
  • Apply Online for Free, Reduced Lunch Benefits
  • College Advisers Meet with Ninth Graders
  • Scholarship Spotlight
Abby Hames, Sydney Riley Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

DeLaSalle proudly salutes seniors Abby Hames and Sydney Riley, who have been named as semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. They have earned the recognition for their outstanding performance on the 2018 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Competition. Continue reading

Guidance Office Hosts Early College Awareness Night Monday

College prep continues on! Please let our College Planning department share simple steps for you and your students’ college journey at our Early College Awareness for 9th and 10th Grade Students and Families on Monday, September 16, from 6:30-7:30pm, in the Schulze Learning Lab (D104). Learn how and why it is never too early to seek college scholarships. Discover NAVIANCE, your students online college planning tool.

Seniors Gather Thursday for Graduation Meeting

DeLaSalle and Jostens will share important information about graduation with all seniors during student lunches on Thursday, September 19. Students will submit their cap and gown size and how they want their name pronounced at graduation. A Jostens representative will also present about graduation memorabilia, including graduation announcements and party invitations.

Students Invited to Explore Colleges at Citywide Meetings Sunday

Students may meet with admission representatives from eight colleges and universities when they host information programs in the Twin Cities this Sunday, September 15. 

  • 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.
  • Officials from CalTech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Pomona College, and Yale will discuss academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions and financial aid at 4:00pm at St. Paul Academy. Please RSVP here.
Spend An Enchanted Evening at DeLaSalle

The DeLaSalle Christian Brothers’ Gala is less than a month away and we’d love for you to join the fun. As a guest on Saturday, October 12, you will be treated to a catered dinner and performances by our student singers and musicians. There will be a silent auction, a live auction, a themed photo station, and two raffles. Donations are arriving daily for all sorts of exciting items like tickets to a Notre Dame football game, an Apple watch, membership at fitness clubs and dozens of dining and family experiences. Buy your tickets today!

Tenth Graders Participate Tuesday in Class Mass
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 10th grade on September 17 and 9th grade on Sept. 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

Picture Retake Day

Friday, September 27

All DeLaSalle students, faculty, and staff had their school picture taken August 29 by Lifetouch photographers and received their 2019-20 school ID. Students who were not present or who wish to have their picture retaken may do so on Friday, September 27.

University of Minnesota Open House for Multicultural Students

Saturday, September 28, 8:00am-3:00pm, University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota offers “Experience Minnesota”, a high-energy, once-a-year event that gives students the chance to experience how, as a U of M student, they can expand their horizons, discover new passions, and accomplish their dreams. Participants will tour the historic campus, meet with current students, explore student cultural centers, and attend information sessions on admission and financial aid. Register online or by calling the Office of Admissions VISITLINE at 612-625-0000 or 1-800-752-1000.


September 30-October 5

DeLaSalle students, parents, alumni and friends are invited to celebrate Homecoming September 30-October 5. Students are allowed to dress out of uniform throughout the week, following the theme of the day. Festivities include an on-campus dance, Pepfest, and after school activities. Look for more details soon!

National College Fair

Thursday, October 3

All juniors will attend the National College Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center the morning of Thursday, October 3. DeLaSalle will provide transportation to and from the event for students. The fair is also open for families who wish to attend on Wednesday, October 2 from 9:00am-12:00pm and from 5:00-8:00pm.

Academic Mentor Meetings

Tuesday, October 8

Students will meet with their academic mentors to check in on their classes and academic goals. The meeting precedes the fall Parent-Student-Teacher conferences by one week.

11th Grade Class Retreat

Wednesday, October 9

Every year, students in each grade participate in an all-day class retreat as part of their DeLaSalle education. These retreats, which are organized through Lasallian Ministry, help build class unity and allow students to deepen their faith and knowledge of their place in the world. The 11th grade retreat on Tuesday, October 9 will help students reflect on the themes of servant leadership, responsibility, and spirituality in a diverse world. Students must pack their own lunch for the day.

Around DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle students and Admission staff had a successful first week on the road – visiting with prospective students at seven different grade schools. Our annual visits continue through early October and you can see a full schedule here. (Photo courtesy: Anne LoCoco, DeLaSalle staff)

DeLaSalle Welcomes Visiting Christian Brother from Africa

DeLaSalle welcomes Brother Ghebreyesus Habte, FSC, the Brother Visitor of the Lwanga District in Africa, who will visit the school and meet with students the morning of Tuesday, September 17. Brother Ghebres’s district includes the Mwangaza College, a Lasallian trade school in Nakuru, Kenya, with whom DeLaSalle has a “twinning school” relationship. One third of all proceeds from out of uniform sales goes to Mwangaza each year to support the school. Brother Ghebres will meet with sophomores during their grade level meeting and will also visit several classrooms. Welcome to DeLaSalle, Brother Ghebres!

Apply Online for Free, Reduced Lunch Benefits

DeLaSalle students and families can apply for free and reduced lunch benefits. Benefits continue through October 8 for those students who received free or reduced lunch in the 2018-19 school year at DeLaSalle. Students must submit a new application each school year. You can now complete the application online through LunchTime Net. Click here for more information and to start your application today.

If you have already turned in a paper application, then Pam Beckman, DeLaSalle’s food services director, will be in touch with you shortly about your application status.

College Advisers Meet with Ninth Graders

College counselors have been holding grade level meetings with students to help them in their college planning process. Counselors met with seniors this week. Over the next two weeks, counselors will visit 9th grade classroom to present:

  • An introduction to the guidance staff and resources
  • About the importance of transcripts
  • On the IOWA Test of Educational Development, which will be administered during All School Test Day on Wednesday, October 16
  • An introduction to Naviance (our web-based college planning tool)

Scholarship Spotlight

Know a student who loves superheroes, art or STEM? Students can earn one of two $2,500 scholarships by submitting the winning design for a poster that features creative and diverse superheroes who save the day using STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) superpowers. Learn more information here. The submission deadline for the first scholarship is this Sunday, September 15; and for the second scholarship is November 30.

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