by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, October 11, 2019

In this issue…
  • Over 400 Guests to Attend Christian Brothers’ Gala
  • Parent Association Hosts Student Activities Panel
  • All School Test Day is Wednesday
  • Conference with Your Child’s Teacher
  • Monitor Your Child’s Academic Progress as a Canvas Observer
  • No Classes October 17-18, 21
  • School Nurse on Leave Until Mid November
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • LunchTime to Increase ACH Transaction Fee on January 1
  • Fall Playoffs Underway
  • Register for Winter Sports
Over 400 Guests to Attend Christian Brothers’ Gala

Over 400 students, parents, staff, alumni and friends of DeLaSalle will attend our only all-school fundraiser of the year, the Christian Brothers’ Gala, this weekend. The event Saturday evening will feature a silent auction and student entertainment in the Florance Center, a catered dinner, as well as Bids for Kids and live auction. Even if you are not attending the Gala, you can browse and bid now on the hundreds of items up for auction.

Thank you to the many volunteers who have generously shared their time and energy to make this one of our most successful events of the year. We also give thanks to the many vendors and sponsors who partner with us to directly support student scholarship.

Parent Association Hosts Student Activities Panel on Monday

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 is Wednesday
Students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades will participate in All School Testing on Wednesday, October 16, while 12th grade students are excused from school and are strongly encouraged to use the day for college visits. Ninth grade students will take the Iowa Test of Educational Development; 10th graders the PRE ACT, and 11th graders the PSAT. This is an early dismissal day. Students will be dismissed at 12:20pm and afternoon transportation routes will leave DeLaSalle at 12:30pm.

Please note the following helpful reminders:

  • The DeLaSalle Cafe will serve breakfast items as normal that day. All students must be in their testing locations promptly at 8:30am. The Cafe will not serve lunch.
  • Students should find their testing room assignment in the lists posted around campus.
  • Students should bring two #2 pencils, a calculator with fresh batteries. Students should leave all other electronics at home.
  • Students should eat a good breakfast the morning of the test, with protein.
  • Electronics:  No phones in test room. iPads may be used after testing, only for homework.
Conference with Your Child’s Teachers
You have the opportunity to conference with your child’s teachers during Parent-Student-Teacher conferences. Conferences will be held Wednesday, October 16, from 3:00-8:00pm and on Thursday, October 17, from 11:00am-7:00pm. There are no classes Thursday. 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
Monitor Your Child’s Progress as a Canvas Observer

You can track your child’s academic progress at your convenience as a Canvas observer. Canvas is the learning management system used by students and faculty to complete coursework. As an observer, you can see your child’s grade in each class, how your child performs on homework, quizzes, tests, papers, and other class projects, and a course calendar. Click here to create a Canvas account and learn more.

No Classes October 17-18, 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. 
School Nurse on Leave Until Mid November

Kimbelee Reeves, a school nurse appointed by Minneapolis Public Schools who works at DeLaSalle, is on a leave of absence until mid November. Families who need to speak with the school nurse or need to share medical information with DeLaSalle should call the Main Office at 612-676-7600. Students who need to take medication or seek medical attention should go to the Main Office. Colleen Tripp will serve as an interim nurse on a limited basis until Ms. Reeves returns on November 18.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

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.

Notre Dame Hosts Citywide Information Meeting at DeLaSalle

Wednesday, October 23, 6:30-8:30pm, Schulze Lab (D104)

Students and families can learn about admission to the University of Notre Dame and other selective colleges when Notre Dame hosts a citywide presentation this month. The university’s Minneapolis area admissions representative, Matthew Greene, will present and answer questions. Whether you are interested in Notre Dame or another highly selective college or university this event will help you to understand how the admissions process works at this type of school. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!

Out of Uniform Day

Thursday, October 24

Students may purchase a wristband for the privilege to dress out of uniform. Wristbands will be sold during lunches before the out of uniform day and before school that morning. Students must follow the out of uniform guidelines in the Student-Parent Handbook. DeLaSalle shares a third of all out of uniform wristband sales with Mwangaaza College, a postsecondary Lasallian trade school in Kenya.

Open House for Prospective Students

Monday, October 28, 7:00-9:00pm

We’re already talking to SO many parents and students who are prospective members of the Class of 2024!  And we invite them to join us for our Open House for Prospective Families. The Open House is the best opportunity for parents and students to take a first-hand look at a one-of-a-kind high school, and discover why this is the best possible high school for so many.

So that we can clean our school for our visitors, we ask that students leave school immediately after the last bell at 3:00pm. Thank you for your cooperation.

Online Learning Drill Day

Tuesday, October 29

DeLaSalle will hold an online learning day on Tuesday, October 29. Students do not need to report to school for class, but should check in to their courses online via Canvas for any assignments. Teachers will communicate their assignments and availability to respond to questions. The day helps prepare students and families for how online learning days occur at DeLaSalle should we need to implement one this school year for inclement weather or other reasons.

Around DeLaSalle

Eleventh graders participated in their annual class retreat on Wednesday. More than 30 twelfth grade students served as retreat team leaders and helped the juniors explore and reflect on themes of servant leadership, responsibility, and spirituality in a diverse world. (Photo courtesy: NIcole Stecklein, DeLaSalle staff)

LunchTime To Increase ACH Transaction Fee January 1

LunchTime, the system DeLaSalle uses to manage student cafeteria accounts, has announced that it is raising the convenience fee it charges you to electronically deposit money into your student’s account. The ACH transaction fee will increase from $1,00 to $1.50 on January 1, 2020. LunchTime will notify DeLaSalle parents who have recurring transactions set up of the fee increase to give parents enough time to make any changes or process additional transactions under the old fee structure prior to implementation. LunchTime is raising the fee in part to cover a growing number of ACH failures that it says have occurred with the increased popularity of its software. Click here to learn how you can create a LunchTime account and deposit money.

Fall Playoffs Underway

Several DeLaSalle teams and athletes are competing in sections. Show your Islander spirit and cheer them on as they continue their playoff run. Find a sport-by-sport schedule here.

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. 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. You may contact the Activities Office with questions.

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