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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, September 27, 2019

In this issue…
  • Homecoming 2019: “Black and Gold Never Fold”
  • Help DeLaSalle “Dig, Kick, Tackle Cancer”
  • Guidance Office Hosts Early College Awareness Night on Monday
  • Tuesday Morning Masses Begin
  • Hennepin, 1st Avenue Bridge Inspections Begin
  • Still Time to Buy Your Ticket for the Christian Brothers’ Gala
  • Picture Retake Day Will be Rescheduled
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Islanders Collect Books, Baby Items in October During Respect Life Month
  • Students Can March for Life in Washington, DC
  • Apply Online for Free, Reduced Lunch Benefits
Homecoming 2019: “Black and Gold Never Fold”
You are invited to participate in our annual Homecoming Week celebration September 30-October 5 as we recall the generations of Islanders who came before us. 
  • Students may follow the daily theme and dress out of uniform during Homecoming
  • Prayer Service: Wednesday, October 2, 9:00am, Florance Center
  • Pepfest and Coronation: Friday, October 4, 2:00-3:00pm, Main Gym
  • DeLaPalooza: Friday, October 4, 3:00-5:30pm
  • Dance: Saturday, October 5, 7:30-10:30pm, Florance Center
  • Homecoming t-shirts will be sold during student lunches for $12

Find everything you need to know about the week on the Homecoming website!

Help DeLaSalle “Dig, Kick, Tackle Cancer”

The DeLaSalle community will come together in a special way to recognize three individuals who are fighting cancer.

  • Lucy Lyngen ’20 continues to receive treatment for lymphoma. She is a captain on the girls’ varsity soccer team and an active member of the team. Follow Lucy’s recovery on her Caring Bridge page.
  • Joeffre Kolosky is a longtime supporter of DeLaSalle and has been the scoreboard operator for home volleyball and basketball games since 2000.
  • Jeremy Zavitz teaches in the Social Studies department, but is on medical leave this year as he recovers from a successful surgery this summer to remove a brain tumor. You can follow updates about Mr. Zavitz’s recovery on his Caring Bridge page. DeLaSalle students are invited to sign a banner during lunches to thank Orono for recognizing and supporting Mr. Zavitz at the DeLaSalle-Orono game August 29.

The volleyball, soccer, and football programs will honor the three individuals during Homecoming games as part of our Dig – Kick – Tackle Cancer initiative. Randy Shaver, whose Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund supports cancer research, will be a guest at the football game on Saturday, October 5.

October is College Knowledge Month at DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle students can take steps in October toward their college search and application process during College Knowledge Month. The guidance and college planning officer has scheduled the following opportunities:

  • DeLaSalle will transport all juniors to the National College Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center the morning of Thursday, October 3. 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. FInd which schools are participating and learn more here.
  • Seniors are invited each Friday in October to gather in the college advising office (B102) after school to work on their college applications. During October Madness 4 Seniors, counselors will be on hand to help and answer questions as well as provide some nourishment to get students through the late afternoon. Seniors are encouraged to come, stay, and enjoy a relaxed and supportive atmosphere with their friends and work on their applications together! This is a great way to make progress toward November 1 deadlines. There will be no October Madness 4 Seniors on Friday, October 18.
  • The University of Notre Dame will hold a citywide information meeting at DeLaSalle on Wednesday, October 23, from 6:30-8:30pm in D104. Matthew Greene, an admissions representative for the Minneapolis area, will present and hold a question-and-answer session. We encourage you to attend to better understand how the admission process works at Notre Dame or other highly selective schools.
  • Representatives from colleges and universities regularly visit DeLaSalle to meet with students. You may find a calendar of upcoming college representative visits here.

Please see a college adviser with questions.

Tuesday Morning Masses Begin

Islanders are invited to Mass with school chaplain, Father Bruno Nwachukwu, each Tuesday morning before school, starting October 1. Fr. Bruno will offer Mass at 8:00am in the school chapel, located on the second floor of Christian Brothers’ Hall (accessible through the Lasallian Ministry office). Mass will finish in time for students to prepare for their first hour class.

Hennepin, 1st Avenue Bridge Inspections Begin

State and county crews will inspect the bridges over the Mississippi River that led to DeLaSalle over the next two weeks. Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) crews will inspect the Hennepin Avenue bridge west of Nicollet Island the week of September 30. Hennepin County bridge crews will inspect the Hennepin and 1st Avenue bridges east of Nicollet Island the week of October 7. The inspections will occur weekdays from 8:00am-5:00pm.

You should expect delays and slow down as you travel through the area. Crews will maintain at least two lanes in each direction for motor vehicle traffic, and bike lanes and sidewalks will remain open. Drivers should expect single lane closures depending on where crews are working. Bicyclists should expect temporary lane shifts. Please follow all posted signs.

Inspectors will use large bucket trucks called snooper trucks parked on the bridge to examine the sides and underneath to determine if preventative maintenance work is needed. The routine inspections are done every one to two years. The timing of the work depends on weather and other circumstances.

Still Time to Buy Your Ticket for the Christian Brothers’ Gala

There is still time for you to buy your ticket and join hundreds of parents, alumni, and friends at DeLaSalle’s only all-school fundraiser of the year. The Christian Brothers’ Gala is fast approaching on Saturday, October 12. As our guest, you can bid on exciting silent and live auction packages, enjoy a catered dinner, and performances by student singers and musicians. The event raises more than $350,000 annually in support of all DeLaSalle students.

Picture Retake Day Will Be Rescheduled

Picture Retake Day will be rescheduled for a later date. We made this decision because school photographer Lifetouch had not returned students’ original photo packages in time for the Retake Day which had been scheduled on September 27. We will communicate the new Picture Retake Day in the October 4 edition of “Looking Ahead.” Picture Retake Day is for DeLaSalle students who were not present for Picture Day in August or who wish to have their picture retaken.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

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 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.

Parent Association Meeting

Monday, October 14, 6:30-8:00pm, Schulze Lab (D104)

Parents, come learn about DeLaSalle’s comprehensive student activities program at our next monthly meeting! We’re excited to host a panel discussion with Director of Student Activities, Keelie Sorensen, and coaches and moderators from several programs, including athletics, Lasallian Ministry, Speech, Student Council, Theatre, and more. Panelists will discuss student participation, parent volunteer opportunities, good sportsmanship and how to balance activities and academics. As always, there will be good food and even better conversation.

All School Test Day

Wednesday, October 16

All ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students will take standardized tests on this day. Ninth graders will take the Iowa Test of Educational Development; tenth graders will take the PLAN (preliminary ACT); and eleventh graders will take the PSAT (preliminary SAT). This is an early dismissal day and afternoon transportation routes will leave at 12:30pm. Ninth and tenth grade students who have learning accommodations received an email this week from the Learning Specialist and should respond by Monday, September 30 if they wish to use accommodations on their standardized test. Twelfth graders are excused from classes October 16 and are strongly encouraged to use the time to visit colleges.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, October 16, 3:00-8:00pm
Thursday, October 17, 11:00am-7:00pm

Parent-Student-Teacher conferences allow parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to discuss a student’s academic progress. You do not need an appointment to hold a conference with a teacher. Instead, you can meet with your child’s teachers at your own pace and whenever they are available. Please respect that teachers have many parents who wish to meet with them and may limit your conference to 10-15 minutes

No Classes

Thursday, October 17; Friday, October 18; and Monday, October 21

There are no classes on Thursday, October 17 because of Parent-Student-Teacher conferences or on October 18 or 21 due to staff professional development. As we reported in last week’s “Looking Ahead,” all DeLaSalle faculty and staff join colleagues from other Lasallian high schools in the Twin Cities October 21 for professional development at Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Ray Petifils, author of “Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety and Depression,” will speak to staff from DeLaSalle, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Cretin-Derham Hall, Holy Family, and Totino-Grace.

Around DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle mourns the passing of Archbishop Harry Flynn, a longtime friend of the Islanders, who died September 22 at the age of 86. Archbishop Flynn, who led the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis from 1995-2008, is pictured here (third from left) in 2007 receiving letters of affiliation from the Christian Brothers of the Midwest, making him an honorary Christian Brother. The late Brother Michael Collins ’55, FSC, then president of DeLaSalle, is to Archbishop Flynn’s immediate left. Archbishop Flynn’s funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, September 30, at 11:00am, at the Cathedral of St. Paul. (Photo courtesy: DeLaSalle archives)

Islanders Collect Books, Baby Items in October During Respect Life Month

October is National Respect for Life Month and the DeLaSalle community will again hold a baby drive for Abria, a Minneapolis-based agency that supports expectant and new mothers. You can donate needed items in the pack and play located in Albers Atrium. DeLaSalle will also conduct a book drive competition to collect new or gentuly used children’s books for ages 0-10. The book drive is an idea created by students who participated in the Lasallian Youth Assembly in June in Chicago and wanted to lead a service project here at DeLaSalle.

Students Can March for Life in Washington, DC

DeLaSalle Lasallian Ministry is exploring the possibility of bringing a student group to the March for Life in Washington, DC as part of a pilgrimage offered by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The pilgrimage will take place from January 21-26, 2020, and the cost is $520. The March for Life is an annual event that has taken place in Washington DC since 1974.

Students who have not yet signed up to officially express interest in attending the pilgrimage can do so by filling out this form by Friday, October 4. More details about the trip and a parent information session will follow shortly after a group of students is formed. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Rogers or Ms. Hodapp.

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.

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