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March 27 – April 3, 2020

From The Catholic Prayer Book, compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley 
Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health, and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us. Amen.

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

 

In the news…

When we announced our transition to Online School two weeks ago, we rescheduled DeLaSalle’s spring break to March 30-April 3. We made this decision to align our spring break with the spring break period for Minneapolis Public Schools to reduce the impact on many families. There will be no online instruction during this time.

“Give what you have to somebody, it may be better than you think.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To learn more about “Spring into Action” and Young Lasallians in RELAN, visit http://lasallian.info/lasallian-family/young-lasallians/.

Classes in DeLaSalle Online School will resume on Monday, April 6 and continue through Monday, May 4.

We have found that the schedule which divides the school day over two separate days works well and will continue to use it. As a college preparatory school, this model also reflects the classroom schedule that students will find in higher education with classes on alternating days. In DeLaSalle Online School, the “A” day schedule is when classes in periods 1, 2, 3, and 4 meet, while the “B” day schedule is when classes in periods 5, 6, 7, and 8 meet. The Online School week will consist of four days of instruction alternating between the “A” and the “B” schedules.

Please mark your calendars and note there is no online school on both Good Friday (April 10) and Easter Monday (April 13). We will communicate the specific schedule for the week of April 6 before the end of spring break.

Tech support will be available by emailing studenthelp@delasalle.com or by calling 612.676.7678. When leaving a voicemail, please remember to include your name, a number at which you can be reached, and a brief overview of your question. Additionally, the Islanders Course has a new button on its home page, and we will house tips and reminders that will help you during Online School.

Several different applications will be pushed out to your iPad, including but not limited to: Google Meet, Flipgrid, Ed Puzzle, Genius Scan, and Khan Academy. If there is not enough space on your device, you must delete personal apps/photos and videos to make room for these school apps. Students should not delete any of these apps as you will be using them during DeLaSalle Online School.

The Tech Department will address any student issues as soon as possible, but please be patient as we work to support all students in having a successful online school experience.

Take some time to look at the Guidance Department‘s resources in Canvas. From your Canvas dashboard, click the Islanders course. Then, click Guidance.  Within this area, you will find 5 buttons that will redirect you. *These resources will have ongoing changes and additions.

  • Counselors – school counselor, and /or college advisor, as well as other support staff assignments.
  • Naviance – the login page
  • College Planning –  tasks that will help your student with college planning by grade level
  • Family Resources – specific to the stress and anxiety some may be experiencing during this time
  • Online Learning – resources to help with the online school transition

As we communicated yesterday, DeLaSalle distributed meals to more than 125 students who receive free or reduced meal benefits. If you or someone you know is in need of meal assistance, please contact Barry Lieske. We learned today of free meals being distributed by Minneapolis Public Schools to any student affected by school closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak. You may find more information here.

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) has suspended participation in all spring activities until May 4. The suspension includes all practices, training, and competitions. Additionally, we are announcing updates to several scheduled school events:

  • The Enrollment Orientation for the Class of 2024 scheduled for Saturday, April 18, has been postponed.  The activities scheduled for that program will still occur with details to be determined.
  • The Junior-Senior Prom scheduled for Saturday, April 25 has been postponed.
  • The Starry Night Prom scheduled for Saturday, May 2 has been canceled.
  • The Advanced Placement (AP) Board has announced that exams will not be held in person as scheduled in May, but they are looking into alternatives for students to still participate. Students who are or have been enrolled in an AP course this year will receive a separate communication with additional information.
  • As of now, Commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 remain scheduled for Thursday, May 21, at the Basilica of Saint Mary. We continue evaluating the feasibility of this event and will share additional updates at a later time.