by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, December 13, 2019

In this issue…
  • Final Assessments Wednesday-Friday
  • LunchTime To Raise ACH Transaction Fee on January 1
  • Financial Aid Applications Now Available
  • DeLaSalle Faces Benilde-St. Margaret’s in Basketball Archrivalry
  • School Closing, Delay Protocols
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • DeLaSalle Swag Makes a Great Christmas Gift!
  • Young Women Invited to Apply for Student Summer Program
  • Athletic Trainer Announces Winter Hours
Final Assessments Wednesday-Friday
Final assessments for all students are scheduled over three half-days. Final assessments for periods 2 and 4 will be held December 18; for periods 3, 7, and 5 on December 19; and for periods 1, 8, and 6 on December 20. Afternoon transportation routes will leave DeLaSalle at 11:05am on December 18 and at 12:15pm each on December 19 and 20. Please note these important reminders:
  • Buses will run normally each morning.
  • Students must be in uniform for exam days.
  • Students who have study hall or lunch during periods 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, do not need to be on campus during those periods. They may arrive late or leave early.
  • Students who remain on campus during their lunch hour must report to the Florance Center.
  • Students with study hall periods 7 or 8 should report to their regular study hall location. Students who are on campus during a study hall in periods 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 should report to the Florance Center.
  • Breakfast will be served until 8:30am. There will be no lunch service.
LunchTime To Raise 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.

Financial Aid Applications Now Available

DeLaSalle families may now begin to apply for financial aid for the 2020-21 school year through Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS). With the help of TADS’s financial analysis, DeLaSalle makes all financial aid decisions. Families who wish to be considered for financial aid for the 2020-21 school year must apply no later than Monday, February 24 (and preferably by Friday, February 14 in order to receive full consideration for many of the scholarship programs). Click here to learn more about financial aid.

DeLaSalle Faces Benilde-St. Margaret’s in Basketball Archrivalry
DeLaSalle will play one of its archrivals in boys’ and girls’ basketball on the Island next Friday, December 20. The boys’ and girls’ junior varsity teams will each play the Red Knights at 4:15pm, while the girls’ varsity game tips off at 6:00pm and the boys’ varsity game at 7:45pm. 

Admission to the games will be free for all alumni who RSVP here or print this email off and present it to the Advancement Office staff at the game. In addition to the games, DeLaSalle will host a reception for alumni from 5:00-8:00pm in the Schulze Learning Lab (D104).

School Closing, Delay Protocols
Winter has arrived in MInnesota and conditions can quickly change, prompting school administrators to evaluate whether to cancel on campus classes, delay the start of school, or dismiss students early. Please remember these protocols whenever the school schedule must be altered for any reason.
  • In the case of bad weather, our primary concern is student safety. We ask that students help by dressing appropriately for excessive cold (or heat).
  • DeLaSalle’s administrators make all decisions to close school or alter a daily schedule. All decisions are made independently from any public school districts, other private schools, or the governor. Do not rely on the incorrect assumption that we will automatically close because another school/district has made that decision.
  • We will communicate any decision to close school by automatically contacting parents directly via voice, text, and/or email message. Click here to learn how you can opt in to receive text message alerts. We will also post messages on the DeLaSalle website and official school social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Finally, we will also communicate our decision via local television stations WCCO, KSTP, and KARE. We will also show up on their school closing web sites.
  • Should we make the decision to cancel on campus classes, we will declare an online school day. The capability for collaborative work offered by the Canvas learning management system and our 1:1 technology initiative provide students and faculty an opportunity to engage in online learning and discovery. Students can learn more here about their responsibilities during an online learning day.
  • Note that after-school and evening meetings, events, practices or games are not automatically canceled because classes are canceled. Usually they will be, but occasionally those decisions are not entirely in our control, especially if another school’s schedule is involved or weather patterns shift dramatically during the course of a day. Coaches and moderators will communicate this information separately via Canvas.

Thank you for partnering with us whenever we are faced with altering the routines of each day. We make such decisions carefully, with the best interests of our entire community in mind.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Christmas Break

December 23-January 3, 2020

There are no classes at DeLaSalle December 23-January 3 as we observe Christmas break. The school will be closed December 25 for Christmas and January 1 for New Year’s Day but will be open during normal business hours from 8:00am-4:00pm all other weekdays. Please note that many staff choose to take time off during the break. You may find how to individually contact a staff member through our online staff directory.

First Day of Second Semester

Monday, January 6

Classes resume at 8:30am as DeLaSalle begins the second semester.

Parent Association Hosts Young Alumni Panel

Monday, January 6,  6:30-8:00pm, Schulze Learning Lab (D104)

We welcome back members of the DeLaSalle class of 2019 to our young alumni panel! They are fresh from their first semesters of college and full of fascinating perspective. This meeting is an annual favorite and offers parents the chance to ask questions covering college choices, application processes, first year surprises, what they might do differently, and how they would advise current De students/parents who are considering their own college options. This meeting is worth attending every year as this journey is always changing, and these students always have something new to share.

Open House for Prospective Students and Families

Wednesday, January 8, 7:00-9:00pm

Thank you for helping to share the good news about DeLaSalle with your family and friends this Christmas season. What an exciting time for De! We invite prospective students and their families to join us at our winter Open House to learn more about DeLaSalle’s mission and vision and hear from teachers in each department about our college preparatory curriculum. You can also learn about our Catholic, Lasallian heritage, student activities, financial aid, and more.

Entrance Exam for Class of 2024

Saturday, January 11, 8:00-11:30am

The Entrance Exam is one of four pieces required for admission to DeLaSalle. Eighth grade students register for the exam in the Albers Atrium between 8:00–8:25am, and it takes only 3-5 minutes to register. There is no need to register for the exam before the 11th, nor does DeLaSalle require an application for admission before the 11th.  There is no fee to take the Entrance Exam at DeLaSalle (nor to apply for admission), and we provide all materials. Parents are encouraged to stay for a thorough and informative seminar about many “parent-type” topics while their daughters and sons are testing.

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service

Friday, January 17, 9:00am, Florance Center

Islanders will celebrate the life and legacy of Reverend King with an all-school prayer service. DeLaSalle will be closed and there are no classes in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday on Monday, January 20.

Around DeLaSalle

Hundreds of parents, families, and friends attended the DeLaSalle Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 11. Many of those in attendance took part in an annual tradition of joining student musicians in a rendition of the Hallelujah! Chorus. (Photo courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)

DeLaSalle Swag Makes a Great Christmas Gift!

Give the gift of DeLaSalle this holiday season! The School Store is selling a holiday package that includes a hockey hoodie, blanket, stocking cap, mittens, and a scarf for $100 (retail price is $135). Other items that make great gifts include a clear DeLaSalle water bottle; quarter-zip sweater, cell phone socket pocket and much more! The School Store will be open December 16-19 from 3:00-6:00pm or contact Douge Schildgen at 612-676-7682 for more information.

Young Women Invited to Apply for Summer Scholar Program

Young women from DeLaSalle are invited to broaden their range of college options by participating in a summer program at one of 11 schools, including several Ivy League institutions, through the Joyce Ivy Foundation. Applications are due March 1 for the Summer Scholars Program, which provides full or partial scholarships based on merit and financial need. Participating schools include Barnard; Brown; Cornell; Emory; Harvard; Johns Hopkins; MIT; Smith; Stanford; Washington University; and Yale.

Athletic Trainer Announces Winter Hours

DeLaSalle’s athletic trainer, Cindy Schlafmann, is available to meet with and provide training support to student athletes. She works in the athletic training office in the Main Gym. Her winter athletic training hours are:

  • Monday: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Tuesday – Friday: 3:15-4:15pm

Any students who experience an injury during their sport should connect with Cindy before returning to play. If you need her outside of her scheduled hours, you may email Cindy.

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