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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, January 17, 2020

In this issue…
  • A Message from President Barry Lieske
  • Budget and Tuition for 2020-21
  • Four New Courses Offered in 2020-21
  • Continuous Enrollment and Course Registration for 2020-21
  • Students Named to First Semester Honor Roll
  • DeLaSalle Observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • Track Your Child’s Minneapolis Bus with MyStop App
  • Students Meet with Academic Mentors Thursday
  • DeLaSalle Theatre Presents Winter One Acts
  • Islanders March for Life in St. Paul, Washington D.C.
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Juniors Invited to Apply for Alumni Scholarships
  • “College Connections” Launches After School on Wednesdays
A Message from President Barry Lieske

Dear Parents and Guardians of DeLaSalle:

It is an exciting time to be in the DeLaSalle community; as President, it’s always a privilege to share good news.  As the new year and second semester begin, we look ahead, excited to make plans for the 2020-21 school year, our 121st on Nicollet Island.  We move forward with confidence and immense gratitude for our students, parents, staff, alumni and friends. DeLaSalle is doing well — and all of us play a role in that success.

We thank you for all the kind referrals to family, friends, and colleagues.  Over 500 eighth graders from across the Twin Cities have initiated one or more contacts with DeLaSalle since August (with 348 families having attended an Open House, over 365 visiting students, over 70 parent tours, and more).  Application materials are arriving every day from grade schools across the metro, and we are excited by the robust interest as application deadlines approach next month. We also welcomed several incoming transfers this month, joining our community as our semester began.

As we reach the halfway point of the fiscal year, we have already raised 70 percent of our Development goals with six months to go.  The first semester Honor Roll speaks to the considerable academic success of our students, and we draw comfort from the many offers of college admission extended to our seniors in recent weeks, as well as inspiration from the many young alumni who have visited us while home on break from a successful fall semester in college.

Having noted all of that, we remain committed to the fundamental principles that have guided our school for 120 years. To be authentically Lasallian is to always put at the forefront of our work the understanding that “the greatest miracle we can perform is to touch the hearts of our students.”   The world needs people who listen, who care, and who respond with compassion and service for others. We are so grateful that our parents and our students embrace that message just as fervently as they seek practical tools for academic success. Forever, live Jesus in our hearts!

Rest assured that we are proud of our history, but please know that we are focused on a vision that our best years are to come.  We are honored that we will have the opportunity to share these years with you. Your families—and your wonderful sons and daughters—are precisely why we enjoy opportunities to celebrate.  You are true partners in our mission. Thank you. Our work continues…

For DeLaSalle,

Barry C. Lieske AFSC

Budget and Tuition for 2020-21

Work continues on the 2020-21 budget, but the DeLaSalle Board of Trustees met on Thursday night to approve several cornerstone pieces of next year’s budget, including increases in compensation for teachers and staff.  The Board approved a 2020-21 tuition amount of $14,650.00. All of us at DeLaSalle appreciate the sacrifice that parents are making to send their sons and daughters to our school, whether you are paying the full tuition or a reduced tuition through allocation of financial aid.  We are heartened that, primarily due to the wonderful support of our alumni, friends, and many of our parents, a DeLaSalle tuition is still less expensive than all but three Catholic high schools in the Twin Cities and less than half of what some private high schools charge. We remind families that applications for financial aid for 2020-21 are due by Monday, February 24.

Four New Courses Offered in 2020-21
The Board also approved four new courses to be added to next year’s curriculum offerings.  More information will be made available about these courses when we communicate with students on February 6th and introduce course selection procedures for next year.  The new courses are as follows:
  • Advanced Placement Chinese
  • Advanced Placement Statistics
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Honors Photography
Continuous Enrollment and Course Registration for 2020-21

The DeLaSalle Board of Trustees made the decision three years ago to move to a continuous enrollment model. Continuous enrollment streamlines the re-enrollment process and eliminates the need for sending a repetitive re-registration form and a new tuition agreement to families each year.  With almost all students re-enrolling at DeLaSalle year over year, the process of completing multiple forms ends up being unnecessary. A timeline of key dates follows – you can find more information on the 2019-20 registration webpage.

  • February 6: Students in grades 9-10-11 will receive a course request worksheet that can help them plan which required and elective courses they may take in 2020-21. Course registration will be online and will open to students and families on the afternoon of February 7. Course requests are due no later than Friday, February 21.
  • February 13: Students will meet with their academic mentors to review course selections.
  • February 24: The TADS financial aid application for 2020-21 is due by this date.
  • February 25: The 2019-20 non-refundable registration deposit of $350.00 per student will be added to your TADS tuition accounts.  Monthly payers will have this deposit added on your normal tuition payment date. For families who have paid tuition in one or two installments, we will add an additional invoice to their agreement and TADS will process the registration deposit from their account.
  • April 1-15: Once TADS has completed their auditing procedures, DeLaSalle will be communicating 2020-21 financial aid and individualized tuition arrangements for each returning family.
  • May: Tuition payments begin for 2020-21, in monthly payments or one or two installments..
Students Named to First Semester Honor Roll

DeLaSalle congratulates students who earned a place on the High Honor Roll or Honor Roll in the first semester. See the full list here. As a reminder, DeLaSalle has mailed first semester report cards. Parents who did not receive their student’s report card should contact registrar, Shari Gallagher, at 612-676-7675.

DeLaSalle Observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

DeLaSalle will be closed and there are no classes in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday on Monday, January 20. The prayer service originally scheduled for today but postponed due to the early dismissal has been rescheduled for Friday, January 24.

Track Your Child’s Minneapolis Bus with MyStop App

A free app allows parents of students who ride a Minneapolis bus route to track their child’s bus. Created by the Minneapolis and Suburban / Monarch Bus Company, the MyStop app is free for Android and iPhone users. Click here for instructions on how to download and sign up. The app does not show real-time location but is accurate within 3-4 minutes. As a reminder, students should always be at their bus stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.

Students Meet with Academic Mentors Thursday

All students will meet with their academic mentor following their first period class on Thursday, January 23, to review the first semester and establish second semester goals.

DeLaSalle Theatre Presents Winter One Acts
DeLaSalle Theatre presents its winter one acts, which feature a one-act of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, directed by Jamie Wheeler ‘20, and a few musical numbers. Shows are at 7:30pm on January 24, 25, 31, and February 1. Performances are held on the Friendshuh Stage in the Florance Center. Tickets cost $15 for reserved seats; $10 for general admission; $8 for non DeLaSalle students and senior citizens, and free for De students with school ID. To purchase reserved tickets, please email All other tickets are available for purchase at the door.
Islanders March for Life in St. Paul, Washington D.C.
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. We wish and pray for safe travels for these students. 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. The St. Paul event includes a prayer service at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and rally at the state Capitol.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Make-Up Entrance Exams

See dates below

DeLaSalle will offer four make-up Entrance Exams for prospective members of the Class of 2024. Make-up exams are offered:

    • Saturday, January 18, 9:00am-noon
    • Sunday, Jan. 19, Noon-3:00pm
    • Saturday, Jan. 25, 9:00am-noon
    • Saturday, February 1, 9:00am-noon

Please call Anne LoCoco at 612-676-7665 or Mike O’Keefe at 612-676-7679 to register for one of the four exam dates.

Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival

Monday, January 27

Sixty-one of DeLaSalle’s best music students will participate in the Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival, the most students from any school in the conference selected to participate. Students will learn and receive feedback from professional clinicians. Music students will perform a free concert at 7:00pm at Fridley High School.

Parents in Prayer

Tuesday, January 28, 12:00-1:00pm, B202

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 when the group meets in January. 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.

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.”

Parent Association Meeting

Monday, February 10,  6:30-8:00pm

The Parent Association welcomes Phoenix School Counseling licensed psychologist, Dr. Jules Nolan, as a guest speaker. Dr. Nolan presented to us last year about adolescent behavior around social media and technology. We will share the topic of her February presentation in an upcoming edition of “Looking Ahead.”

Presidents Day

Monday, February 17

There is no school as DeLaSalle observes the Presidents Day federal holiday.

Around DeLaSalle

Islanders are always happy to partner with Catholic elementary schools – like these six seniors did January 9 when they judged projects at the Immaculate Conception Science Fair. The group included IC alum Kidus Ermias (third from right) as well as Islanders Josh Alfano, Cesar Gonzalez, Mae Hyser, David McComas, and George Mignona. (Photo courtesy: Marta Vazquez, DeLaSalle faculty)

Juniors Invited to Apply for Alumni Scholarships

Applications for the Alumni Scholarships are now open. These scholarships are awarded to current juniors at DeLaSalle. There are a total of five scholarships that will be used for tuition in your senior year. Three of the scholarships require that students have a family member who graduated from De, two of them do not have that specific requirement. You will receive an email to your school email address with the link to apply. ALL juniors are encouraged to apply.

“College Connections” Launches After School on Wednesdays

All DeLaSalle students are invited to participate in College Connections, a collaborative, informational student group focused on making the college application process easier. Starting January 22, the group will meet after school from 3:15-4:30pm every Wednesday in the Guidance office (B102) through late April. Diana Truong ‘20, who is a QuestBridge scholar and received a full scholarship to attend Pomona College, will facilitate the sessions. The group will cover topics that include writing essays, internships, fly-in programs, and more. The program is supported with resources from the DeLaSalle Guidance office, National Honor Society, Breakthrough Twin Cities, ADI Ambassadors, and more. In partnership with ADI Ambassadors, Asian students will have the opportunity of accessing national resources for scholarships, free summer programs, and college networking.

“I have plans of hope and prosperity for you” Jeremiah 29:11
2019-20 Scripture Theme
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