by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

 

Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, September 18, 2020

In this issue…
  • Your Well-Being Remains Our Top Priority 
  • Please Review Our Student Attendance Expectations
  • Thank You for Following Our Online Netiquette Policy
  • Week of September 21 Class Schedule
  • DeLaSalle Provides Free Meals to Students Through End of Semester
  • DeLaSalle Prepares for ACT, Other Standardized Exams
  • Fall Training Sessions Approved for Competition and Sideline Cheer
  • Homecoming Week is September 28-October 2
Your Well-Being Remains Our Top Priority

As we finish our third week of classes, we remain grateful for your continued partnership with us. From the outset of our summer planning, the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and families has been our top priority and guides every aspect of our planning and school operation.

We know students and faculty are adjusting to the hybrid model of learning, and we are settling into instructional routines and practices that best serve all students’ academic well-being. We also commend our students for protecting each other’s physical well-being and health. Since classes began August 31, there have been no reported positive cases of COVID-19 on campus.

Now we turn our attention to the social-emotional well-being of our students. Many families choose DeLaSalle because of our sense of community. In the coming weeks, you will notice additional efforts that we are making to ensure that students feel connected to each other and their school. As part of that process, we are developing a survey that we will ask you to complete to assist us in our efforts. Please look for more detail in the September 25 edition of “Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle.

Please Review Our Student Attendance Expectations

In order to ensure appropriate class sizes, thank you to all students for your commitment to attend school online or in person when scheduled to do so. In this very unique and challenging year, we want to be sure that all of our families are aware of the attendance expectations we have for all students. At DeLaSalle we believe in parent/guardian partnership and we continue to ask families to communicate directly with us regarding any questions and concerns.

Expectations/Reminders

Students have been assigned a cohort based on their last name (A-K Gold and L-Z Silver) and are expected to attend in-person school in the cohort they were assigned. Students who are not in school or online with their assigned cohort will be considered unexcused absent if there is no communication from a parent/guardian with a legitimate reason. If your student needs to switch to the fully online Blue Cohort, please contact Assistant Principal, Martha Coughlan, at 612-676-7623.

Thank You Parents

If a student must be absent for any reason, whether online or in-person,  the parent/guardian must inform the school by emailing mainoffice@delasalle.com before 8:30 a.m.  Families can also call the Main Office (612-676-7600) to report absences.  Please leave a message if we are unable to take your call. There are other expectations for Anticipated Absences and Multiple Day Absences  which can be found in the Student/Parent Handbook.

Thank You for Following Our Online Netiquette Policy

All DeLaSalle students participate in distance learning at some point during the week. Students are expected to practice proper online netiquette for when they participate in class from home. We encourage students and parents to review this document with best practices. The DeLaSalle Board of Trustees has approved this policy as part of the Student-Parent Handbook.

Week of September 21 Class Schedule

The Gold and Silver Cohorts will maintain their regular class schedule the week of September 21, with Gold Cohort students reporting to campus on Monday and Tuesday and Silver Cohort students reporting to campus on Thursday and Friday. Please note that there are NO classes on Wednesday, September 23, as faculty participate in a full day of professional development.

DeLaSalle Provides Free Meals to Students Through End of Semester

We have great news to share! As part of an extension to the federal Summer Food Service Program, DeLaSalle will provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all students on all school days through the end of the fall semester. The free meal service will begin Monday, September 21.

The DeLaSalle Cafe serves nutritious breakfasts and lunches each day. Students will still need to complete an online order form based on whether they are learning on campus at the school or remotely from home. On campus students must still scan their school iD at the point of sale to account for the purchase, but funds will not be debited from their LunchTime account. Families should keep any money they have deposited in the student’s LunchTime account because the Summer Food Service Program will eventually end and DeLaSalle will switch back to its typical lunch program.

For questions about the food service program or meal distribution please contact food service director, Pam Beckman, at (612) 676-7658.

DeLaSalle Prepares for ACT, Other Standardized Exams

DeLaSalle is preparing for students to take standardized exams this fall. On Tuesday, October 6, nearly 60 twelfth grade students have registered to take a school-based ACT exam. There will be no classes for 12th graders on this day. Those who are not taking the ACT exam on the 6th should use the time for college planning. The Guidance office will communicate logistics of the exam with those students who have registered. Registration for the exam closed on September 11. Students in grades 9-10-11 will attend classes on that day.

All 11th grade students will take the PSAT exam at DeLaSalle on Wednesday, October 14. All students in grades 9, 10, and 12 will participate in classes remotely from home that day.

Ninth and tenth graders will take standardized tests in late October or early November.

Fall Training Sessions Approved for Competition and Sideline Cheer

The DeLaSalle Cheer program will start fall training sessions for both competition and sideline cheer on Monday, September 21. All students who choose to participate must complete the following steps:

  1. Read, sign, and return the 2020-2021 MSHSL Eligibility Brochure as part of your Back-to-School forms.
  2. Confirm that you have a valid sports physical on file in the Activities Office.
  3. Complete and submit the registration form for either competition cheer or sideline cheer.

Student-athletes and families must also read and review the Approved Fall Training Sessions Directives, as well as the Addendum to the Approved Fall Training Sessions prior to participating in Fall Training Sessions. The sessions are Monday’s from 4:00-6:00pm and Saturday’s from 12:00-2:00pm in the Main Gym.

Homecoming Week is September 28-October 2

The DeLaSalle Student Council, in partnership with the Student Activities office, has begun planning for Homecoming Week September 28-October 2. This week will include out of uniform theme days and physically distanced activities that all students are invited to join. Student Council is looking for help as it plans the week and asks students to complete this survey.

Around DeLaSalle

Congratulations to the DeLaSalle Boys’ Soccer Team!  Currently ranked sixth in the state in the weekly Class A poll, the Islanders have not given up a goal in their first five games of the season.  Captained by Camden Carter `22, Roberto Catano-Almarez `21, Carlos Robles `21, and Will Sylvain `21 and coached by Ryan Nichols, the Islanders face an undefeated Richfield boys’ team as part of a girls’ and boys’ doubleheader against the Spartans on the Island tonight. The Islander girls, now 3-3 on the season, kick-off at 4:30, with the boys’ game to follow at 7:00. Due to COVID-19 and conference health guidelines, attendance at home games in 2020 is limited to no more than four pre-registered family members per rostered participant.  Unfortunately there is no admission to the general public, but interested fans can still catch the game on the Activities Instagram account. Go Islanders!
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