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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, January 3, 2020

In this issue…
  • Second Semester Starts Monday
  • DeLaSalle Partners with Lee Carlson for Therapy, Mental Health Support
  • Prospective Students, Families Invited to January 8 Open House
  • Class of 2024 Invited to Take Entrance Exam January 11
  • Parent Association Hosts Young Alumni Panel on Monday
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Student Activities Rolls Out “Remind” Messaging App
  • Apply Now for Student Exchange
  • Register for Driver’s Education
Second Semester Begins Monday
We are excited to welcome you back to the second semester of the 2019-20 school year at DeLaSalle. Classes resume at 8:30am on Monday, January 6.
  • Students will receive their course schedules via their Islander Apps email account.
  • Before returning to school Monday, students should update their school-issued iPad to iOS 13. 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.

Find more information about the second semester here.

DeLaSalle Partners with Lee Carlson for Therapy, Mental Health Support
DeLaSalle has formed a new partnership with an organization that can provide students with on-campus therapy and mental health support. The Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being works within schools to provide professional services. Ms Karen Gillespie, a Lee Carlson employee, specializes in providing expressive art therapy and holistic mental health services to support students in overcoming challenges and enhancing their well-being. She will office at DeLaSalle next to the Guidance and College Counseling department on the first floor of the B Building. For more information, continue reading
Prospective Students, Families Invited to January 8 Open House
Our second and final Open House for Prospective Students and Families is this Wednesday, January 8, from 7:00-9:00pm. The Open House is an opportunity to learn more 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. Thank you to all DeLaSalle families who are making referrals about DeLaSalle to others. We appreciate your encouragement for the Open House on Wednesday. 

Because we will need to set up for the Open House and clean the entire campus earlier in the afternoon, we ask that all students not involved in work service or a previously scheduled after school activity make plans to leave campus immediately after school on Wednesday. The Library, D104, and the entire B building will be closed at 3:15 p.m on Wednesday. Thank you for understanding this request and making plans now to go home immediately after school on the 8th.

Class of 2024 Invited to Take Entrance Exam January 11

The Entrance Exam is a requirement for admission to DeLaSalle and measures a student’s verbal and quantitative cognitive ability as well as learned skills in reading, mathematics, and language. This year’s exam at DeLaSalle is Saturday, January 11:

  • For students who currently have a written education accommodation plan that allows for extra time on tests, please call Anne LoCoco at 612-676-7665 and pre-register for the exam. Students should plan to arrive at De between 7:45-7:55am and begin their exam at 8:00am sharp. The exam in that room will conclude at 12:15pm.
  • Other students do not need to pre-register for the exam and can register for the exam between 7:55-8:25am in Albers Atrium the morning of January 11. For these students, the exam begins no later than 8:30am and concludes at 11:30.

There is no fee to take the Entrance Exam at DeLaSalle (nor to apply for admission), and we provide all materials.  It is highly recommended that parents of eighth graders stay for a thorough and informative Parent Seminar while their daughters and sons are testing. We will address many topics important to parents: how are admission decisions made, scholarship and grant opportunities, course registration process, transition and orientation programs, and more.

Parent Association Hosts Young Alumni Panel on Monday

We will welcome back members of the DeLaSalle class of 2019 to our annual young alumni panel at the January 6 meeting of the Parent Association. The meeting is from 6:30-8:00pm in the Thies Lab (D207). These alums 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.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Out of Uniform

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.

March for Life

January 21-26

A group of students from DeLaSalle will join Theology teacher Joseph Rogers on a March for Life pilgrimage January 21-26 to Washington, D.C. with the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. Locally, other DeLaSalle students will participate in the Minnesota Concerned Citizens for Life sponsored March for Life at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, January 22. Check “The Source” for more information in the coming week.

Academic Mentor Meetings

Thursday, January 23

All students will meet with their academic mentor following their first period class to check in on their academic progress.

Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival

Monday, January 27

DeLaSalle’s best music students will participate in the Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival. Students will learn and receive feedback from professional clinicians. Music students will perform a free concert at 7:00pm at Fridley High School.

Catholic Schools Week-Winterfest

February 3-8

DeLaSalle will celebrate its Catholic identity during Catholic Schools Week while also giving students a way to embrace winter through Winterfest. Student Council is planning out of uniform dress themes for each day and events throughout the week. The school community will gather for the Catholic Schools Week Mass on Wednesday, February 5. Look for more information in an upcoming edition of “Looking Ahead.”

Around DeLaSalle

An opportunity has come up through our Lasallian Ministry office for Islanders to support those in need with gently used hoodies, sweaters, coats, and jackets. DJ Bonics, a midday host on Go 95.3 radio, recently challenged Islanders to collect 1,000 items. So far, we have collected 250 items. We are accepting donations through Friday, January 10 in the Lasallian Ministry office or in a donation box in Albers Atrium.

Student Activities Rolls Out “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

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

Register for Driver’s Education

Students can register now for the next driver’s ed class, which will be taught in April. The class is offered by Driver’s Education Incorporated from April 6-9, 13-17, and 20. Classes are limited to the first 25 students who register with a $200 down payment. Click here to apply.

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