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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, February 28, 2020

In this issue…
  • Lent at DeLaSalle: Meatless Fridays, Reconciliation, and Stations of the Cross
  • Islanders Compete in Playoffs
  • Juniors Participate in College Planning Day
  • Spring Sports: How to Register; Parent Player Meetings
  • Registration Open for Summer Youth Camps
  • DeLaSalle Connects with Alumni, Friends in Arizona
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
Lent at DeLaSalle: Meatless Fridays, Reconciliation, and Stations of the Cross

The school community gathered this week to begin the 40-day season of Lent with our Ash Wednesday Mass. School chaplain, Fr. Bruno Nwachukwu, encouraged Islanders to turn toward God with their whole heart this Lent.

At DeLaSalle, we abstain from eating meat on the Fridays of Lent. The DeLaSalle Cafe serves meatless options those days. 

All students will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent at nearby St. Boniface Catholic Church. Each grade will go to the church on a designated Tuesday in March. Twelfth graders will receive the sacrament on Tuesday, March 3; eleventh grade students on March 10; tenth grade students on March 17; and ninth grade students on March 24.

Lasallian Ministry will also offer Stations of the Cross in the school chapel during lunches on Tuesdays. The chapel is located on the second floor of Christian Brothers’ Hall and is accessible through the Lasallian Ministry office.

Islanders Compete in Playoffs

Congratulations to those Islanders, who as individual athletes or as teams, have advanced to the section playoffs in their respective sports. You can follow the action here. This week’s highlights include:

  • The top-seeded DeLaSalle girls’ basketball team defeated Minneapolis Edison in the Section 4AAA quarterfinal on Wednesday. DeLaSalle faces #4 seed Totino-Grace on Saturday, February 29, at 7:00pm, at East Ridge High School.
  • The DeLaSalle-St. Agnes-St. Anthony boys’ swimming co-op competed today in the preliminary round of the state swimming and diving tournament. The following swimmers qualified for Saturday’s finals (follow updates on the @DLS_Activities Twitter account):
    • Liam Neary ’22 in both the 50 and 100 freestyle.
    • James McCarthy ’23 in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. (McCarthy’s time in the 500 freestyle at section finals – 5:00.67 – set a new team record, breaking the previous record of 5:05.55 set in 1976.)
    • Joe Kinsman, James McCarthy ’23, Kendal Neary ’20, and Liam Neary ’22 in the 200 medley relay.
Juniors Participate in College Planning Day

Eleventh graders took part February 20 in College Planning Day for Juniors, a daylong series of breakout sessions to help students prepare for their next steps after graduation. It’s a lot of information to absorb in one day and we hope you as parents continue the conversation with your child. It might be helpful to share what helped you figure out your college choice or what you would have done differently in the college planning process. Please encourage your child to schedule a meeting with his or her college advisor. Click here to find your child’s advisor.

Spring Sports: How to Register; Parent Player Meetings
Spring sports start soon. Students are encouraged to register for a sport here. And spring sports coaches will hold parent meetings with their athletes and teams in the next couple of weeks. The meetings give parents an opportunity to meet the coach, learn how team communications will happen, and prepare for the season.
  • Baseball: Sunday, March 1, 4:30pm, D104
  • Boys’ Lacrosse: Monday, March 9, 6:00pm, Minnehaha Academy (upper school)
  • Boys’ and Girls’ Golf: Monday, March 9, 6:00pm, location TBD
  • Track and Field: Tuesday, March 10, 5:15pm, D104
  • Boys’ Tennis: Tuesday, March 10, 6:00pm, Thies Lab
  • Girls’ Lacrosse: A meeting date has not yet been set. This will be the first season in a new co-op with Columbia Heights, led by Coach Carrie Trnjanin.
Registration Open for Summer Youth Camps

Help your child explore new interests and develop their skills in a variety of sports and activities through Camp Islander, DeLaSalle’s summer youth camps. This summer, students can choose from camps in nine different activities – from learning how to create an app to developing their theatre stage persona to building their skills on the athletic court or field. Register your child now for a camp. 

DeLaSalle Connects with Alumni, Friends in Arizona

DeLaSalle hit the road this week to meet with alumni and friends in Arizona. Thanks to DeLaSalle Trustee, Dr. Jon Falkowski’ 67, and his wife, Cindy, for graciously hosting a reception at their home in Tonto Verde on Wednesday. DeLaSalle President Barry Lieske and Advancement staff also met with more Islander alumni and friends today at a reception in Tucson. The winter meetings, which also include a reception in Naples, Florida, in two weeks, allow us to share the many good things happening at DeLaSalle with generous donors. If you or other Islanders will be in the area, please join us. Contact Veronica Rucker for more information. 

Friday Facebook Feature

Each year – students in the Advanced Placement U.S. Government class create political parties and platforms and then run a mock campaign with their candidate for class president. The class recently hosted a presidential debate among the candidates. You can see pictures from the event on the DeLaSalle Facebook page. “Like” our page to see updates about these and other school activities in your news feed!

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Independent School Diversity Career Fair

Saturday, March 7, 9:00am-12:00pm, Breck School (123 Ottawa Ave. North, Golden Valley)

Faculty, staff, and school administrators who identify as people of color/indigenous are welcome to learn more about employment opportunities at DeLaSalle and nine other independent schools in the Twin Cities. In addition to DeLaSalle, participating schools include: Blake, Breck, Friends School of Minnesota, Groves Academy, Minnehaha Academy, Mounds Park Academy, Shattuck-St. Marys, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, and Waldorf City of Lakes. Click here for more information and to register for the fair.

Regional History Day

Monday, March 9, University of Minnesota

Thirty-one projects will compete at the regional History Day competition, with the opportunity to advance to state on Saturday, May 2. 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.”

Parent Association Meeting

Monday, March 9, 6:30-8:00pm

Join the Parent Association as we welcome Theology teacher and department chair, Keely Wojda, for a spirited discussion on encouraging our children’s faith lives. Before coming to teach at De, Keely was a Religious Education director for several years. She’s also a mother of five, including three college graduates, and she brings a broad perspective to help explain practical steps you can take to increase prayer and opportunities for your family to live your faith. All De parents are members of the Association by virtue of enrolling their son or daughter at De. As always, we’ll have good conversation and company.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, March 11, 1:00-8:00pm

Parents and guardians of DeLaSalle students are invited to conference with teachers regarding their student’s academic progress. There are no classes on March 11. You do not need an appointment to conference with a teacher. As students and parents can benefit by hearing the same commendations and recommendations from teachers, we strongly suggest students and parents attend conferences and participate in these conversations together.

Spring Musical “Catch Me If You Can”

March 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 7:30pm, Friendshuh Stage, Florance Center

The award-winning DeLaSalle Theatre cast and crew present a classic Broadway show as its spring musical. “Catch Me If You Can” is a rousing musical set in the 1960s that tells the tale of Frank Abagnale Jr., an ingenious, yet lonely boy looking for his place in the world. Reserved tickets cost $15; general admission $10; non-DLS students and seniors $8; and free for De students with school ID.

Out of Uniform Day

Thursday, March 26

Students who purchase a wristband may dress out of uniform. 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.

Around DeLaSalle

Congratulations to Jia Griffiths ‘22 who won a US Speedskating national championship February 23. Jia also set a new record in the Junior B Ladies 800m with a finish of 1:12.040. The accomplishment is especially significant since Jia underwent complex meniscus surgery a year ago. (Photo courtesy: Midway Speed Skating Club)
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