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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, April 3, 2020

In this issue…
  • Online School Resumes Monday, April 6
  • Thank You for Responding to the Parent Survey
  • Virtual Holy Thursday Prayer Service
  • DeLaSalle Offers Meal Assistance
  • Advanced Placement Exams Go Online
  • Supporting DeLaSalle-owned Businesses
  • Student Activities Launches Islander Cup Competition
  • Student Council Plans “Islander Spirit Week” April 6-9
  • Card Campaign Benefits Catholic Eldercare
  • Barry Lieske Receives MISF Leadership Award
Online School Resumes Monday, April 6

Classes in DeLaSalle Online School will resume on Monday, April 6. We will continue to follow the same schedule that divides the school day over two separate days. 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. You can find a summary of our April calendar here. Please note there is no online school on both Good Friday (April 10) and Easter Monday (April 13).  Faculty will participate in professional development April 13 to evaluate their current methods and learn of best practices from one another.

Thank You Again for Responding to the Parent Survey
We are so grateful for the robust response to the Parent Survey conducted March 25-30 regarding their family’s experience with online school.  280 households responded. The vast majority of you responded that your child is engaged in the learning process; less than three percent report their child is disengaged.  We are responding to those individual concerns (and parents are always encouraged to reach out to the school in the days and weeks to come about their student’s needs). There were many helpful observations and questions shared.  A handful of parents inquired about any changes in our assessment of student work. DeLaSalle will issue letter grades to students as final semester grades, a practice consistent with other schools fully participating in synchronous learning as part of online school.  Again, our academic goal is to prepare our students for what will be expected of them when the 2020-21 school year begins.
Virtual Holy Thursday Prayer Service

At all times – whether on campus or in DeLaSalle Online School – we are a community of faith. Many of you have expressed a desire to gather in prayer as a school community and we will do so with a virtual Holy Thursday prayer service on Thursday, April 9. Lasallian Ministry is preparing the prayer service, which will be broadcast to students via Google Meet at the end of their 7th period class on Thursday. This particular prayer service will prepare us for the end of Lent and the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday. We invite you to submit your prayer intentions here. Intentions will be added to the Book of Prayers, which we continue to maintain in the school chapel and may be included in the prayer service.

DeLaSalle Offers Meal Assistance

We are happy to continue to support those members of our community in need during this difficult time. DeLaSalle will provide meal assistance to those who need it, including students who receive free and reduced meal benefits. Cafe staff will prepare and transportation drivers will deliver meals next week to students. If you need additional assistance, please contact to let us know.

Advanced Placement Exams Go Online

The College Board has announced that Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be held online next month. Officials are developing secure 45-minute online free-response exams for each course, which will focus on content that most schools were able to complete by early March. Students may take the exams on any device (computer, tablet, or smartphone), and will also have the option to write responses by hand and submit a photo. More details will be provided in the next few weeks.

Supporting DeLaSalle-owned Businesses

One of the strongest aspects of DeLaSalle is the breadth and depth of our community. During this time of uncertainty, we ask you to consider supporting members of our Islander family whose businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you are doing some online shopping, sending flowers to a loved one, or ordering takeout for dinner, please remember that Islanders are Everywhere! You can find a list of businesses here. If you manage or own a business that you would like highlighted, please let us know

Around DeLaSalle

Natalie Murphy ‘06, an accomplished singer/songwriter, will help Minnesota-based Hormel Foods say thank you to those supplying food during the coronavirus pandemic. Murphy will perform in a Virtual Concert of Hope and Thanks tonight at 7pm. Tune into the broadcast here.

Student Activities Launches Islander Cup Competition

We understand that the coronavirus pandemic and transition to Online School has led to missed opportunities to gather, compete and support each other through our robust Student Activities program. In an effort to engage our community virtually, the Student Activities office has created the Islander Cup competition – and we invite you to participate!

Look in the Islanders course in Canvas for a daily challenge that will be posted by 8:00am each weekday from April 6-May 1. Islanders have until 11:00pm to complete and submit the challenge. Challenges include Mindfulness Monday, Transformation Tuesday, Workout Wednesday, Thankful Thursday, and Fitness Friday. Students can earn points for completing the challenge and those who submit photos or videos may be featured on the school’s social media channels or in the yearbook. (Parents – not on Canvas yet? Click here for instructions on how to create an account.)

Student Council Plans “Islander Spirit Week”

Join us April 6-9 for a special version of Islander Spirit Week! Student Council has created several fun theme days to help build community and share our school spirit.

  • Monday, April 6: Islander Spirit Day
  • Tuesday, April 7: Social Distance Squad Day
  • Wednesday, April 8: Jersey/Sports Gear Day
  • Thursday, April 9: Purple Pride

Students are encouraged to dress in the theme of the day and share a picture via the Islanders course in Canvas.

Card Campaign Benefits Catholic Eldercare

Are you looking for a way to support your community? Lasallian Ministry is organizing a card writing campaign to provide some cheer for those residents at Catholic Eldercare who are unable to accept visitors because of the coronavirus pandemic. More than 150 residents, including several retired Christian Brothers, live at the senior care facilities in northeast Minneapolis. We encourage you to send a card with a thoughtful note, signed with your first name or “your friend from DeLaSalle High School.” Joseph Rogers, a Lasallian Volunteer and Theology teacher, will collect the cards and deliver them after Easter. Please mail your card to:

Joseph Rogers
Christian Brothers Community
27 Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Barry Lieske Receives MISF Leadership Award

Congratulations to DeLaSalle President, Barry Lieske, who has received the 2020 Leadership Award from the Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF). The award recognizes Lieske for his continued leadership and support of private independent education in Minnesota. The MISF planned to honor Lieske April 26, but the award ceremony was canceled because of a prohibition on large gatherings. Continue reading

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