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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, December 20, 2019

In this issue…
  • Merry Christmas from DeLaSalle
  • Board of Trustees Nears January Vote on New President
  • No Classes December 23-January 3
  • Watch the DeLaSalle Christmas Concert
  • Student Activities Launches “Remind” Messaging App
  • Apply Now for a Student Exchange Next Summer
  • iPad Operating Software Update Required
  • LunchTime to Raise ACH Transaction Fee January 1
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
Merry Christmas from DeLaSalle
DeLaSalle students help us express how grateful we are to have you in our lives in this Christmas greeting. On behalf of the faculty and staff, we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!
Board of Trustees Nears January Vote on New President
Dear DeLaSalle Community:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we would like to share an update on the search for the next President of DeLaSalle. As you may be aware, earlier this year, the Board retained CohenTaylor, an executive recruiting firm, and formed a search committee to conduct a national search in anticipation of the retirement of President Barry Lieske in June 2020.

The search process is on schedule and has progressed smoothly. The process began in May when more than 200 stakeholders – students, parents, staff, faculty, alumni, benefactors, and others – shared their perspectives on the future leadership needs of the school. Based on community input, the search committee developed a detailed job profile. In September, CohenTaylor began contacting accomplished educational, business, non-profit and religious leaders to discuss the position and share the job profile. In November, after completing initial assessments of both regional and national applicants, CohenTaylor brought forward a slate of highly diverse candidates for the search committee to review.

Currently, the search committee is in the process of conducting interviews and evaluating candidates. We anticipate having a finalist to present to the Board by the end of January and welcoming the incoming President to the DeLaSalle community before too long.

The Presidential Search Committee

No Classes December 23-January 3

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. “Looking Ahead” will not be published December 27; the next edition will arrive January 3, 2020.

Watch the DeLaSalle Christmas Concert

Thank you to all who attended the DeLaSalle Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 11. And, in case you missed it, you may watch a recorded broadcast here of the livestream we produced the night of the event.

Student Activities Launches “Remind” Messaging App

DeLaSalle Student Activities is piloting Remind, a messaging app that will help bridge gaps in communication among teams, coaches and moderators, student athletes, and parents. The app can be used by both parents and guardians as well as students. Remind is grouped in “classes” and you can sign up to receive communications for any team on which your child participates. Some programs have individual teams listed (ex: Varsity, JV, or C), others have individual teams plus a program-wide “class” in order to communicate with all teams at once. Click here for instructions on how to download the app and sign up.

Apply Now for a Student Exchange Next Summer

DeLaSalle students can experience the culture and traditions of another country during a student exchange. Applications are now available for a student exchange this summer. Exchanges are available in Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, and Slovakia for students in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing. Students accepted for an exchange do not pay tuition or for room and board, but do pay for the cost of airfare, school lunches, and a $350 fee for the course. Students should plan to have between $500-$1,000 for spending money. A student’s application is only a first step in the process and does not guarantee placement in the exchange. Continue reading

iPad Operating Software Update Required

Students should update their school-issued iPad to iOS 13 over Christmas break. The Tech Office recommends students back up the device to the iCloud before completing the software update. The backup and software update must be done at home and not at school. Tech staff will push out app updates periodically over Christmas break.

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.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

First Day of Second Semester

Monday, January 6

Classes resume at 8:30am as DeLaSalle begins the second semester. Students will receive their second semester course schedules via their Islander Apps email today (December 20) and a reminder on Saturday, January 4.

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.

Out of Uniform Day

Thursday, January 16

Students who purchase a wristband may dress out of uniform on Thursday, January 16. 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.

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

The DeLaSalle community gathered December 12 to celebrate Christmas with a prayer service and program. President Barry Lieske offered his last Christmas reflection before he retires at the end of the school year. In addition to a rendition of “The Christmas Song” and a student performance of the 12 Days of Christmas, the program included a guest appearance by Santa. (Photo courtesy: Liam Maves ‘20)
“I have plans of hope and prosperity for you” Jeremiah 29:11
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