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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, January 24, 2020

In this issue…
  • DeLaSalle Presents Winter One Acts
  • DeLaSalle Students Selected for Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival
  • Join DeLaSalle Parents in Prayer on Tuesday
  • School Chaplain Hears Lunchtime Confessions
  • Ninth Graders Invited to Make Fleece Blankets; Donations Needed
  • Two More Makeup Entrance Exams Offered
  • DeLaSalle Celebrates Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest February 3-8
  • Continuous Enrollment and Course Registration for 2020-21
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
DeLaSalle Presents Winter One Acts

DeLaSalle Theatre presents its winter one acts, which feature a one-act of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, a one-act directed by Jamie Wheeler ‘20, and a few musical numbers. Shows are January 24, 25, 31, and February 1 at 7:30pm 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.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Julius Caesar, DeLaSalle’s entrant in the Minnesota State High School League’s One Act competition. The show has advanced to the section finals on February 1 at the Academy of Holy Angels.

DeLaSalle Students Selected for Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival

Congratulations to 60 of DeLaSalle’s music students who have earned the opportunity to participate in the annual Tri-Metro Conference Fine Arts Festival at Fridley High School on January 27.  Once again in 2020, DeLaSalle will be sending the largest group of selected student artists and musicians to the Festival of any conference school. Continue reading

Join DeLaSalle Parents in Prayer on Tuesday

Help lift up the DeLaSalle community in prayer! The DeLaSalle Parents in Prayer group invites parents, family members, friends, and alumni to participate on Tuesday, January 28, from 12:00-1:00pm, in B202. 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.

School Chaplain Hears Lunchtime Confessions

School chaplain, Father Bruno Nwachukwu, will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to DeLaSalle students during lunches on Tuesday, January 28. Students who wish to receive the sacrament may go to the Lasallian Ministry office in Christian Brothers’ Hall. Confessions will be heard in the school chapel.

Ninth Graders to Make Fleece Blankets; Donations Needed

Ninth grade students are invited to a special service opportunity as part of DeLaSalle’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week and Winterfest. Students will make fleece tie blankets to donate to Youthlink. National Art Honor Society students will cut the fabric on Tuesday, January 28. The ninth grade service event happens Thursday, January 30, from 3:15 to 6:00pm in D104. Students will earn one hour of Christian Service for the fleece blanket project. Students will also learn more about the “Islander Way” and Winterfest lunchtime challenges as they celebrate together and build community. Students will also enjoy pizza. Interested ninth grade students may find a link to sign up for the event in The Source. The group is also looking for fleece donations. Please contact Ms. Barry if you are interested in donating fleece material for this event.

Two More Makeup Entrance Exams Offered

Over 300 eighth graders have already submitted application materials with deadlines coming soon. DeLaSalle offers two make-up Entrance Exams for prospective members of the Class of 2024:

  • Saturday, January 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. Continue reading

DeLaSalle Celebrates 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.

  • DeLaSalle will celebrate a Catholic Schools Week Mass with school chaplain, Father Bruno Nwachukwu, after first period on Wednesday, February 5 in the Florance Center. Parents are welcome to attend.
  • The Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest Pepfest is at the end of the school day on Wednesday, February 5.
  • The Winterfest dance will be held Saturday, February 8, from 7:30-10:30pm, in the Main Gym.

Look for more information early next week at

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 2020-21 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 2020-21 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..

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

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.”

Academic Mentor Meetings

Thursday, February 13

All students will meet with their academic mentor following their first period class on Thursday, February 13. Mentors and students will review their second semester progress, and for everyone except seniors, review course selection for the 2020-21 school year.

Presidents Day – NO SCHOOL

Monday, February 17

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

Boys’ Basketball Presidents Day Clinic

Monday, February 17, 12:00-2:00pm

DeLaSalle’s state champion boys’ basketball program will host a one-day skills clinic for players who want to develop their offense and defense skills. Campers will learn techniques they can apply to 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 games. The camp costs $75 and you can register your child here.

History Day at DeLaSalle

Tuesday, February 18, 6:00-8:00pm

Juniors will host an open house to show off their History Day projects. History Day is an annual project in the 11th grade Social Studies curriculum that gives juniors an opportunity to become expert historians, selecting and researching a topic of their choice around a national theme, which this year is “Breaking Barriers in History.” Students produce exhibits, dramatizations, websites, documentaries, and research papers. Last year, DeLaSalle qualified two projects to compete at National History Day.

10th Grade Retreat

Thursday, February 20

DeLaSalle students participate each year in a grade level retreat that is planned through Lasallian Ministry. The 10th grade retreat will focus on building community and serving others. This is a full day retreat. Students should be dressed in school uniform. Students should also pack and bring a cold lunch and may not order food in from an outside restaurant. Students should also leave their iPad and other belongings at home or school. Please contact the Lasallian Ministry office with questions.

Around DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle Hall of Famer Joe Duffy ‘67 meets with graphic design and honors art students January 21 as part of a collaborative project to rethink DeLaSalle’s branding style. As you may recall, Duffy worked with students last year to design and create a mural on the wall in the A building lobby that tells the history of the school, Nicollet Island, and City of Minneapolis with key images. Duffy is the founder and chairman of Minneapolis-based Duffy, one of the world’s leading marketing firms whose clients include Diet Coke, McDonald’s, Mall of America, the Archdiocese of New York City, and Caribou Coffee. (Photo courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)
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