by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

 

Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, April 17, 2020

In this issue…
  • Online School – Week of April 20
  • Please Respond to 2020-21 Tuition Agreements by Due Date
  • City of Minneapolis Offers Emergency Housing Fund
  • Academic Mentor Meetings Go Virtual
  • Virtual Prayer Service Before School on Wednesdays
  • Virtual Senior Retreat April 29; Submit an Affirmation to Seniors
  • Welcoming the Class of 2024
  • Guidance Office Offers Virtual Resources
  • Advanced Placement Update
  • College Board Announces Changes to ACT and SAT Tests
  • Learn About Mental Health Resources, Art Therapy at DeLaSalle
  • Student Council Executive Board Elections
Online School – Week of April 20

Online School continues next week with our A/B/A/B schedule format. 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. You can find a summary of our April calendar here. Please note there are no classes on Friday, April 24, as faculty participate in professional development to evaluate their current methods and learn of best practices from one another.

Please Respond to 2020-21 Tuition Agreements by Due Date

In partnership with Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS), DeLaSalle this month sent out 2020-21 tuition and financial aid information to registered students and families. All tuition payments for the next school year will begin in May. Please check your email for the information if you have not already done so. Families with a new incoming student will need to set up a new tuition agreement by their due date. Returning families should check their email for 2020-21 information.

As President Barry Lieske communicated in his April 4 message, we recognize that some of you may be hurting because of changes to your individual family situation in recent days and weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are inviting any family in need of assistance to please let us know.  If your family is affected, please complete a supplemental aid application. We believe in a community response at a time like this and will do everything in our power to respond to what we collectively and individually face in 2020.

City of Minneapolis Offers Emergency Housing Fund

The City of Minneapolis is offering an emergency housing fund to assist those families who are struggling with housing due the coronavirus pandemic. To qualify, families must fall below 30% average median income. We encourage qualifying families to apply early as the city anticipates high interest in the funds. The application will likely be available on this City webpage.

Academic Mentor Meetings Go Virtual

Academic mentors had been scheduled to meet with their mentees this week, but because of our transition to Online School, mentor meetings will happen virtually. Your child should check their email for a message from their mentor with an invitation to schedule a meeting. The meetings will allow mentors to check in with students to see how they are doing personally and in their classes.

Virtual Prayer Service Offered Before School on Wednesdays

Each Wednesday before Online School starts, the Islander community is invited to participate in a short virtual prayer service via Google Meet. The virtual prayer service is scheduled from 8:30-8:45am. You may find a link to the Google Meet in The Source.

Virtual Senior Retreat April 29; Submit an Affirmation to Seniors

The 12th grade retreat will be held virtually after Online School on Wednesday, April 29. The retreat will allow seniors to share reflections on their four years as well as recognize their classmates. We invite the Islander community to offer an affirmation to seniors that will be shared with students at the retreat. If you wish to participate, please submit your affirmation before Wednesday, April 22. You may submit affirmations for as many seniors as you wish.

Welcoming the Class of 2024

Throughout this most unique spring, DeLaSalle continues to welcome and help transition our newest Islanders — those who have registered into the Class of 2024 or as incoming transfers for the fall.  Originally the annual Enrollment Orientation program and algebra mastery exam had been scheduled for April 18.  The exam has been postponed to May, allowing eighth grade students the benefit of more time to best prepare for the assessment.  As we begin work on the master schedule in late-May, our goal remains to make sure all incoming ninth graders begin at the appropriate level in mathematics in August.

Other valuable content from the Enrollment Orientation will also be made available to new families in May.  These include online opportunities to connect with activity coaches or moderators, as well as staff responsible for schedules, finance and tuition, transportation, dietary and cafeteria needs, uniform orders, and more.  We will provide those resources and contacts to our newest families, and we will be communicating details as soon as possible.   Not only will we be ready for fall, but we will be responsive as a community for the next four years..

Please feel free to email the Admissions Office if you have any questions or concerns about any topic — the exam, course registration, finance and tuition agreements, activities, or anything else important to your family.

Guidance Office Offers Virtual Resources

DeLaSalle’s Guidance office offers helpful resources virtually for students and families affected by the coronavirus pandemic. You can find this information in the Islanders course in Canvas. Within the Guidance section, you can find resources including:

  • 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
  • COVID-19 Family Support Resources – specific to the stress and anxiety some may be experiencing during this time
  • Online Learning – resources to help with the online school transition
Advanced Placement Update

As we have communicated, the College Board has replaced traditional face-to-face Advanced Placement (AP) exams with 45-minute online free-response exams at home. DeLaSalle administration and AP teachers feel confident that our students will be ready for the tests in their new format and we plan to move forward with all students enrolled in AP courses taking AP tests.

  • Students should have received a personalized test schedule email from AP this week. They can also see the testing schedule and get all of the latest updated online here.
  • Students with extended time accommodations will receive information from AP specific to their approved accommodations for testing and their timing codes are automatically built into the online test format.
  • AP teachers are sharing information with students about the test format in class. Please take the time to make a schedule at home for you and your child so that everyone knows when these tests will happen. Parents and caretakers can help support their child’s testing that day by making sure they get adequate rest the night before the exam, eat a healthy meal with protein in it to keep them going, and also making sure that the home environment supports a testing situation.
  • We also want to ensure that every student has access to a device at home to help prepare for your exam and participate in the AP Testing. If you need technical support, please contact the DeLaSalle Technology office at least two weeks before your scheduled test to give them enough time to help you troubleshoot. College Board can also assist with getting you a device or the internet connectivity you will need to take the tests CollegeBoard Tech Help.

Please contact Ms. Stacey Carter if you have questions.

College Board Announces Changes to ACT, SAT Tests

The College Board has announced changes to the exams that it administers, including the ACT and SAT.

  • CollegeBoard has canceled the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14th administration (scheduled for March 28) have also been canceled. Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds. Please log in to your College Board account for the latest updates.

  • ACT has rescheduled its April 4th national test date to June 13th across the United States in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. All students registered for the April 4th test date will receive an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. ACT TEST RESCHEDULING INFORMATION

Learn About Mental Health Resources, Art Therapy at DeLaSalle

Mental health and well being are more important now than ever. DeLaSalle’s school-based mental health services, offered through the Lee Carlson Center, continue during Online School through teletherapy. If your child could benefit from this resource, please reach out to their school counselor for a referral to our mental health practitioner Karen Gillespie. Ms. Gillespie will offer an Art Therapy group in May. Click here for more information and how to register your child.

Student Council Executive Board Elections

Students are encouraged to run for a position on the Student Council executive board for the 2020-21 school year. Elections will be held Friday, May 8 for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Relations Officer. The President/Vice (or Co-) President ticket must be formed by two students who will be either a senior or a junior next fall and have served at least one term previously on Student Council. The Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Relations Officer positions may be filled by any junior or senior. Students may download a nomination form here and must return it via email to Student Council moderator Christian Glanville by Friday, May 1. Please contact Mr. Glanville with any questions.

Around DeLaSalle

Gabe Goeddeke ‘20 placed hearts in his window, joining the “World of Hearts” movement as part of the Thankful Thursday challenge in the Islander Cup competition. The competition encourages students and staff to respond to daily challenges in a virtual contest with each other. Learn more in the Islanders course in Canvas.
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