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Friday, February 28, 2020

From Rev. Stephen Lacroix, CSC
Almighty Father, John the Baptist saw Jesus approaching him and recognized him as your Son. Open the eyes of our hearts, that we might see the face of Christ in our brothers and sisters, especially in the poor and lowly of the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us! 
Live Jesus in our Hearts – Forever!


Daily Digest




  • 12:00pm Swim & Dive: Boys All State Meet @ University of Minnesota Aquatic Center
  • 4:00pm Basketball: Boys 9A Game vs. Richfield @ Richfield High School
  • 4:00pm Basketball: Boys 9 Gold Game vs. Richfield @ Richfield High School
  • 4:00pm Basketball: Boys C Game vs. Richfield @ Richfield High School
  • 5:30pm Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Richfield @ Richfield High School
  • 7:00pm Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Richfield @ Richfield High School


  • 12:00pm Swim & Dive: Boys All State Meet @ University of Minnesota Aquatic Center
  • 7:00pm Basketball: Girls Varsity Section Semifinal vs. Totino-Grace High School @ East Ridge High School

*For the most up-to-date information about athletic competitions, matches, or games, please refer to the DeLaSalle’s Activities website and calendar.


In the news…

This week is Social Justice Week, an annual school-wide celebration of Catholic Social Teaching, organized by the Lasallian Ministry office. This year’s theme is “Representation.”

All human life is sacred and, Respect for Life and the Dignity of the Human Person, the first theme of Catholic Social Teaching, calls each of us to recognize that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. Representation refers to the visibility of one’s identity such as race, gender, culture or beliefs. The ability to represent ourselves enables us to express that identity freely and with respect for others. Everyone brings their own story to DeLaSalle High School, and the activities of the week challenge us to reflect and pray on our role of caring for all of God’s creation.

  • Item Drive · 1st-period classes Tuesday – Friday
    • Acceptable items to donate include: Purses in good condition, Feminine Hygiene Products, Travel Size Kleenex, Travel Size Lotion, Chapstick
    • Items collected will benefit women in need across the Twin Cities.
  • Monday, February 24
    • Lunch and Learn · Descendants of the Holocaust will educate about the Holocaust through stories and history. Please bring your lunch to the Theis Creative Side periods 4, 5, & 6
  • Tuesday, February 25
    • Join LEAP for a Movie Night! We’ll watch Zootopia from 3:15-5:00pm.
  • Wednesday, February 26
    • Ash Wednesday Mass
  • Thursday, February 27
    • Lunch & Learn · Nautica Flowers from the University of Minnesota will hold a workshop about Safe Spaces? What is a safe space? How do they look different for different groups of people? How do we maintain their safety and expand their reach? Please bring your lunch to the Theis Creative Side periods 4 & 5.
    • Sister Helen Prejean will discuss her life’s work and sign copies of her books, including her new memoir, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey at St. Kate’s 7:00 p.m. Contact Ms. Hodapp with any questions.

February 28, 1940 · Hattie McDaniel becomes the first Black person to win an Oscar, which she won for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Gone With The Wind” at the 12th Academy Awards.

DeLaSalle students will have the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation, speak with a priest, and engage in quiet prayer and reflection during the season of lent with their classmates.

Students will attend reconciliation during periods 2 and 3 on the following dates:

  • March 3: 12th grade
  • March 10: 11th grade
  • March 17: 10th grade
  • March 24: 9th grade

The Stations of the Cross are a very intentional way for us to remember, pray, and reflect on Jesus’ suffering and death. Students and staff are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross on Tuesdays during lunches starting on March 3.

Stations will take place at 11:20am (Period 4), 12:13pm (Period 5), and 1:47pm (Period 6).

Good luck to the girls’ basketball team as they face Totino-Grace in the section semifinal. The game is Saturday at 7:00pm at East Ridge High School. The Islanders are the top seed in the section; Totino-Grace is the #4 seed.

A reminder – everyone must pay to attend the game. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Go Islanders!

Thank you to all the students and faculty who contributed to the fundraiser for Australia relief during Winterfest week. Thanks to you, the Student Council was able to send over $800 to the World Wildlife Fund’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund.

Dr. Kay’s fifth hour brought in the most money – over $200 – and will be rewarded for their efforts with a pizza party.

Thank you again to our community for putting Lasallian virtues into action!

The DeLaSalle Cafe is expanding! Come and check out our new soup and 2nd entree station. The kitchen staff has been busy making homemade soups or a 2nd entree every day.

Expand your taste buds. Try something new!

A collaborative student-group focused on making the college application process easier. We will meet every Wednesday after school from 3:15-4:30pm in the Guidance Office.

The college application process is long and complex. College Connections seeks to make this empowering and collaborative, rather than unhealthy and competitive. In partnership with ADI Ambassadors, Asian students will have the opportunity of accessing national resources for scholarships, free summer programs, and college networking.

On Wednesday, March 4, we will share an overview of the college application process.

DeLaSalle students are invited to help on Friday, February 28, at the Fish Fry at Holy Cross Catholic Church located at 1621 University Avenue, about 10 minutes from DeLaSalle.

Student help is needed from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Transportation will be provided. Please sign up by Friday, February 28 at noon.

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Rogers in Room B215.

On Monday, March 2, we will be serving a meal at Sharing and Caring Hands. Students will receive 2 Christian Service hours. Since we will need to leave at 2:15pm (during 8th period), you will need to fill out an anticipated absence form for your 8th period class and submit it in advance.

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Rogers in Room B215. Please sign up by Sunday, March 1 at 12:00pm.

Nia is a Spring-Break intensive program where students will learn first hand about the historical representation of African Americans through research and local community immersion experiences. Students will produce original mini-documentaries on a topic in African American history as their final projects in the program. Nia is open to high school students (9th – 12th) and African American students with an interest in community uplift and understanding our world from an elevated perspective.

Nia meets Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3, 9:00am-5:00 pm. Students will meet at the Hallie Q. Brown Center in St. Paul. There is also an additional program orientation (TBD) and final presentation day (April 4). Students will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the program.

Applications are now being accepted for Nia. Current high school youth are eligible to apply. To begin the application process, please visit the application link and submit the application. Youth will need to submit contact information for two teacher, counselor, or mentor recommendations.

The priority deadline for applications is Friday, March 6 at 5:00pm. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

If you are interested in joining Black.Liberated.Knowledgeable as a full-time member of the board, now’s your chance!

You can pick up a form from Mrs.McAdams (in the Guidance Office), or Coach CJ (Room B201).

The available positions are as follows:

  • Co-Presidents (At least one of them must be a senior. You must also run independently.)
  • Secretary
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Treasurer
  • Resource Manager
  • Event Coordinator

Each position is very important to the group and comes with a unique set of roles.

Forms are due to Mrs.McAdams or Coach CJ by 4:00pm, Thursday, March 12th. If you have any questions please see a member of the current Executive Board.

The Islanders went to Princeton HS early in the morning on Saturday, February 21 for a speech tournament.

Captain Abby Wagner (Prose) and Michael Underwood (Extemporaneous Speaking) emerged from the prelims victorious and advanced to final rounds, placing 6th and 4th respectively. Kathleen Mason (Prose) earned an honorable mention, as did Mira Ho-Chen (Poetry). This means they were only a couple points shy of making finals.

Nearly 500 competitors showed up last week, and the competition only gets tougher.

The team is already preparing for the next event this Saturday the 29th at Orono HS. Thanks for your support!

If you’d like to learn more about the speech team, send an email to coach James or Emma.

Spring sports are just around the corner! DeLaSalle students who wish to participate in a spring sport must register for the sport before it holds its first practice. Students received an email on February 7 with a registration link. DeLaSalle offers spring sports in baseball, boys’ and girls’ golf, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, softball, and track and field. Our lacrosse teams are co-op programs with other schools.

Learn more about our athletic programs.

As a new season begins for activities, students and families are invited to attend the following meetings and learn about their activity of choice:
  • Softball · Thursday, February 27 at 6:00pm in D104
  • Baseball · Sunday, March 1 at 4:30pm in D104
  • Boys’ Lacrosse · Monday, March 9 6:00pm at Minnehaha – Upper School
  • Track and Field · Tuesday, March 10 at 5:15pm in D104
  • Boys’ and Girls’ Golf · Monday, March 9 at 6:00pm in A106
  • Boys’ Tennis · Tuesday, March 10 at 6:00pm in Thies Lab
  • Girls’ Lacrosse · TBA · A meeting date will be set for our new co-op in girls’ lacrosse with Columbia Heights lead by Head Coach, Carrie Trnjanin