by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Thursday, October 17, 2019

In this issue…
  • No Classes October 18 and 21
  • DeLaSalle Raises Over Half Million at Christian Brothers’ Gala
  • DeLaSalle Offers Academic, Service Opportunities in Summer 2020
  • Prospective Students and Families Invited to Open House October 28
  • Diversity Week Kicks Off Tuesday
  • Join Parents in Prayer During Lunch Tuesday
  • Notre Dame Hosts Citywide Presentation Wednesday at DeLaSalle
  • Out of Uniform Day Thursday
  • Family Directory Now Available
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Ninth Graders Invited to Run for Student Council
  • Students Take Activities Interest Survey
No Classes October 18 and 21

There are no classes on Friday, October 18 and Monday, October 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. 

DeLaSalle Raises Over Half Million at Christian Brothers’ Gala

We are beyond grateful for the spectacular outpouring of support from our parents, alumni and friends on behalf of the students of DeLaSalle. The October 12 Christian Brothers’ Gala, the only all-school fundraiser at De each year, raised over $500,000 in gross revenue. Over 400 guests ventured to the island to enjoy each other’s company, have a good time, and join together for the best of causes, to help De reach its budgeted commitments in financial assistance and school operations for 2019-20. Continue reading

DeLaSalle Offers Academic, Service Opportunities in Summer 2020
DeLaSalle students are invited to apply for a number of academic and service opportunities that will be offered in the summer of 2020.

The Global Advantage Program offers two international academic travel experiences. Students in the Classes of 2021 and 2022 are eligible to apply. Students in the “Studio Art and European History” course will explore different art movements and styles in Italy and how they intersect with key developments in European history. The course costs $3,200 and is all inclusive. A separate course will lead students on a study of the public health impacts of climate change on indigenous populations in Peru from June 22-July 5. The course costs $3,500 and is all inclusive. On both opportunities, DeLaSalle students will visit and collaborate with Lasallian school communities in each country. Click here to learn more about each trip and apply.

Students are also invited to consider participating on a weeklong service immersion trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The trip is July 19-24 and costs $450. Students will connect with and better understand the Lakota culture through projects such as home repair, painting and gardening, hosting a daily children’s program, and partnering with local organizations already serving the Lakota. Students will earn 40 Christian Service hours. You can learn more about the trip here.

Prospective Students and Families Invited to Open House October 28

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 Students and Families on Monday, October 28, from 7:00-9:00pm. 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. Continue reading

Diversity Week Kicks Off Tuesday

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 week kicks off with an assembly that showcases multiple cultures through music, dance, spoken word, ethnic garments, and more. Continue reading

Join Parents in Prayer During Lunch Tuesday

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 on Tuesday, October 22, from 12:00-1:00pm in the creative side of the Thies Lab (D207). 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 Presentation Wednesday at DeLaSalle

Students and families can learn about admission to the University of Notre Dame and other selective colleges when Notre Dame hosts a citywide presentation at DeLaSalle on Wednesday, October 23. The presentation is from 6:30-8:30pm in the Schulze Lab (D104). 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

Students who purchase a wristband may dress out of uniform on Thursday, October 24. 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. 

Family Directory Now Available
DeLaSalle parents and guardians may find a family directory for current students through the Canvas learning management system. Follow these steps to access the directory:

Using a web browser

  1. Log into Canvas
  2. Click on “Account” > “Family Directory” on the left.
  3. Click blue button “Open in New Tab” to view the directory.

Using the Canvas Parent App

  1. Open the App
  2. Select the Islander course from the list
  3. Tap the Syllabus (paper icon) in the top right corner.
  4. Click Family Directory

Please note that the directory is intended only for private use by DeLaSalle families. Any other use of the directory for commercial use or solicitation is strictly prohibited.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

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.

Islander for a Day Student Visits Begin

Wednesday, October 30

DeLaSalle encourages prospective students to become an “Islander for a Day.” Students who register for a visit will be paired with a current De student – someone we select to match the student’s interests. We provide lunch for all student visitors. Please click here to sign up for an Islander for a Day visit. We also welcome individual meetings/tours with parents, because every “story” is important and every question deserves an answer. We benefit from such meetings as much as parents/guardians will. To arrange a visit or personal tour, please contact the Office of Admission, at 612-676-7679 or 612-676-7665.

Senior Pictures by David Bank Studios

Wednesday, October 30, student lunch periods, Thies Lab creative side (D207)

A photographer with David Bank Studios will be on campus to take pictures of 12th grade students for the school yearbook and the Class of 2020 composite photo that will hang in the hallway. Seniors may bring a different shirt to change into for their photo. The pictures will be taken during lunches in the creative side of the Thies Lab. Students will receive an email with information. Students unable to have their photo taken at school on October 30th must get their photo taken at the studio.

All Saints Day Mass

Friday, November 1, 9:00am, Florance Center

DeLaSalle will observe the feast of All Saints’ Day with a school Mass on Friday, November 1, following the first period class, in the Florance Center. School chaplain Fr. Bruno Nwachukwu will celebrate the Mass. The Mass will incorporate a traditional Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ritual, as Lasallian Ministry has invited students and community members to bring a framed photo of a loved one who has passed away to be included in an ofrenda table. After the Mass, the photos will be moved to the display case on the second floor of the B building for the month of November.

Academic Awards Recognition and National Honor Society Induction

Wednesday, November 6, 6:30pm, Florance Center

DeLaSalle celebrates student academic achievement at the annual Academic Awards reception and National Honor Society induction. DeLaSalle will induct students into the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. At the same time, students will receive an academic pin if they earned a place on the Honor Roll during both semesters of the 2018-19 school year, and an academic letter if they have earned a place on the Honor Roll for four semesters. The school community will gather for a Pepfest at the end of the school day November 6 to recognize students for their academic accomplishment.

DeLaSalle Day of Giving

Wednesday, November 6

The Day of Giving is 24 hours to make a big impact for our students. If at least 100 families give, an anonymous parent will contribute an additional $6,000 to the Brother Michael Collins Fund for student scholarships. If students can raise $500, then all students will earn a free dessert on November 7. Continue reading

Around DeLaSalle

Math teacher Matt Tessmer conferences with a family October 17. Thank you to the many DeLaSalle parents and families who attended fall Parent-Student-Teacher conferences this week. As always, you can contact a teacher directly via the online staff directory. (Photo courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)

Ninth Graders Invited to Run for Student Council

Student Council will soon hold elections for ninth grade class representatives. Students must complete and submit this nomination form by Tuesday, October 22, at 4:00pm. Elections will be held Friday, October 25. Please contact Student Council moderator Christian Glanville with questions.

Students Take Activities Interest Survey

The Student Activities office is surveying students to find out what activities they are interested in and would like to see at DeLaSalle. The last activities interest survey occurred several years ago and this new survey will help activities staff and the school offer quality, relevant programs. Students should check their email for a link to the survey.

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