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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, October 4, 2019

In this issue…
  • Buy Your Gala Ticket, Browse Online Auction, Bid on Items
  • Homecoming Concludes On Saturday
  • Register for Winter Sports
  • Transportation Reimbursement Requests Due Sunday
  • Applications Due Tuesday for Free/Reduced Lunch Benefits
  • Students Meet Tuesday with Academic Mentor
  • Eleventh Graders Go on Retreat Wednesday
  • Picture Retake Rescheduled for November 8
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Fall Sports Teams Begin Playoffs
  • College Knowledge Month Continues at DeLaSalle
  • Islanders Collect Books, Baby Items During Respect Life Month
Buy Your Gala Ticket, Browse Online Auction, Bid on Items

Buy your ticket to an enchanted evening at DeLaSalle on Saturday, October 12. The Christian Brothers’ Gala is our largest all-school fundraiser in support of ALL students. Enjoy a catered dinner and performances by student singers and musicians.

Browse the online silent auction. NEW this year – we are hosting an online auction for those who want a peek at the dozens of exciting items that are up for auction at the Gala. Items range from a northwoods cabin getaway to a private one-hour aerial tour of the Twin Cities to gift certificates to shops, restaurants, and personal fitness packages.

Bid now on silent auction items. Sign into OneCause using either your email address, Facebook account, or Google account and submit your bid. Bidding closes at 6:45pm CDT on October 12.

Homecoming Concludes On Saturday

It has been a successful Homecoming Week on the Island – with students participating in the out of uniform dress themes and after school activities and showing off their school spirit.

Homecoming concludes this weekend with several activities:

  • The Homecoming Dance is Saturday, October 5, from 7:30-10:30pm in the Florance Center. Tickets cost $7 ($5 with a canned good). The dance is semiformal and students can bring a date or go with a group of friends.
  • The varsity boys’ and girls’ soccer and football teams all host home games on the Island on Saturday, October 5. Boys’ soccer hosts Lakeville South at 9:00am, girls’ soccer hosts Breck at 11:00am and football hosts Orono at 2:00pm. The soccer teams will honor Lucy Lyngen ’20 and Social Studies teacher Jeremy Zavitz during the games as part of their Tackle Cancer initiative. Football invites fans to support the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund as part of their Tackle Cancer initiative. The namesake of that organization, KARE-TV anchor Randy Shaver, will be our guest for part of the game.
Register for Winter Sports

Winter sports are just around the corner! DeLaSalle students who wish to participate in a winter sport must register for the sport before it holds its first practice. Students received an email with a registration link and season start dates.

As a reminder, DeLaSalle students must have a current physical (current within the last three years) and Minnesota State High School League eligibility statement on file with the Activities Office before they can participate in a sport.

DeLaSalle offers winter sports in boys’ and girls’ basketball, JV competition cheer, boys’ and girls’ hockey, sideline cheer, boys’ swimming, and wrestling. Our hockey, wrestling, and swimming teams are co-op programs with other schools. Learn more about our athletic programs here. Contact the Activities Office with questions.

Transportation Requests Due Sunday

Some, though not all, school districts provide DeLaSalle families an opportunity to request transportation assistance for eligible students who are legal residents of that school district. The primary contact in each household received an email this week with a link to complete a form requesting reimbursement, known as Form 1000. De families requesting reimbursement must click on the link and complete the form before October 6. All families who live outside the MInneapolis city limits and receive transportation through DeLaSalle must complete and submit the form as part of their transportation contract agreement.

Applications Due Tuesday 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.

Students Meet Tuesday with Academic Mentor

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.

Eleventh Graders Go on Retreat Wednesday

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.

Picture Retake Day Rescheduled for November 8

Picture Retake Day will be held on Friday, November 8. The day was rescheduled from late September because school photographer, Lifetouch, had not yet returned to students their original photo packages. The photo packages have arrived and will be distributed to students the week of October 7. Picture Retake Day is for DeLaSalle students who were not present for Picture Day in August or who wish to have their picture retaken. Students who wish to have their picture retaken must bring their original photo package. Print order forms are available in the Main Office or families may order pictures on the Lifetouch website using the DeLaSalle PIcture ID EVTHG7Q3H.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Parent Association Meeting

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

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). Students will be dismissed at 12:20pm and afternoon transportation routes will leave at 12:30pm. 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 – Professional Development

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 and 21 due to staff professional development. As we previously reported, all DeLaSalle faculty and staff join colleagues from other Lasallian high schools in the Twin Cities on 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.

Diversity Week

October 22-25

Each year DeLaSalle celebrates the rich diversity that exists within our community. This year’s Diversity Week theme is “Intersectionality.” Students will explore diversity through classroom speakers and presentations from local organizations. The annual multicultural celebration that usually occurs as the finale of Diversity Week will instead help us kick off the week on Tuesday, October 22.

Parents in Prayer

Tuesday, October 22, 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.

Around DeLaSalle

Three Islanders reflected October 2 on what the Homecoming theme “Black and Gold Never Fold” means to them during our Homecoming prayer service. “I knew that I was a part of a legacy and I learned that it meant so much more than I had expected. DeLaSalle has made such a big impact on my family and I would not be the person I am today had I not gone here.” (Lucy Suek ‘20 on following in the footsteps of her brothers, dad, and uncles who have all attended DeLaSalle); “I’ve no doubt the green pastures of DeLaSalle have restored my soul, like it has for generations of students, faculty and staff.” (Social Studies teacher Mr. Jeremy Zavitz on his recovery from having a brain tumor removed this spring); “Throughout all the physical and emotional struggles I continued to have faith and stay positive. I went to Mass regularly and learned that it is okay to cry out to God in prayer, both in anger and sadness.” (Lucy Lyngen ‘20 on battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma) (Photos courtesy: Kristin Lundstrum, DeLaSalle staff)

Fall Sports Teams Begin Playoffs

Throughout the month of October and into early November, Islander athletic teams and activities will compete and perform in section playoffs. Follow them during the playoffs here.

College Knowledge Month Continues 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:

  • 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.

Islanders Collect Books, Baby Items 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.

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