by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, October 2, 2020

In this issue…
  • Online Learning Next Wednesday; October 12-13 Class Schedule
  • Families Invited to Listening Session on Thursday, October 8
  • Sign Up for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences on October 14-15
  • Online Auction Opens; Still Time to Register for Christian Brothers’ Gala
  • Admissions Turning Its Sights to the Class of ’25
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • DeLaSalle Continues Therapy, Mental Health Services Partnership with Lee Carlson Center
  • October is Respect for Life Month
  • Update on 2019-20 Yearbooks; How to Order a 2020-21 Yearbook
Online Learning Next Wednesday; October 12-13 Class Schedule
On Wednesdays, students will continue to participate in online learning days. Students should check their course pages in Canvas by 9:00am for any online assignments from their teachers. Teachers will post scheduled office hours and be available for one-on-one or small group meetings to help students. Furthermore, teachers will also have the opportunity to participate in professional development on Wednesdays that focuses on student engagement and emerging ideas about assessments in the hybrid model. We believe this will benefit teachers – who are learning too – by providing them the tools and resources to best engage their students. This one-page document identifies student responsibilities and tips for success on online learning days.

Please note the following change to the learning model for the week of October 12. Because of Parent-Student-Teacher conferences scheduled that week, DeLaSalle will give students in the Gold and Silver Cohorts each an opportunity to attend classes on campus once that week. The Gold Cohort will attend classes at school on Monday, October 12 and the Silver Cohort will attend classes at school on Tuesday, October 13. All students will participate in asynchronous learning on Wednesday, October 14. There are no classes scheduled on Thursday, October 15 or Friday, October 16.

Families Invited to Listening Session on Thursday, October 8

Thanks to our robust partnership between parents, students, and staff, we’ve successfully finished five weeks of the 2020-21 school year with a hybrid model of instruction.  As you know, our model was formed in large part by parent and student feedback throughout the summer.  We thank you for your helpful perspectives, and we have repeatedly witnessed your strong support for our students, staff and other.families. Together, we move forward, and we will continue to look out for each other’s well being. As part of our collaboration, we once again invite all DeLaSalle families to join school leadership in a virtual listening session on Thursday, October 8 at 6:00pm (with a Spanish speaking session at 7:00pm).  We will share several important updates in addition to reviewing some important lessons we have learned from the first weeks of school.  For many of our new Islander families, we will also preview the many useful benefits of setting up a Canvas Observer account to track your child’s academic progress.  Thank you for making time in your busy schedule to join us via Google Meet at 6:00pm on Thursday!  Please note: Our capacity on Google Meet is capped at 250 participants. We will share a recording of the Meet for those unable to participate in the October 9 “Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle.”

Sign Up For Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences October 14-15

Parent-Student-Teacher conferences will be held virtually this fall and are scheduled on Wednesday, October 14, from 3:00-8:00pm and Thursday, October 15, from 11:00am-7:00pm.

Parents may schedule 7-minute conferences with their child’s teachers using the MyConferenceTime software. We recommend you schedule your conferences now to secure your preferred date and time, keeping in mind that teachers will have breaks scheduled throughout conferences. You may sign up individually by teacher or choose the “Register for Multiple Time Slots” option on the MyConferenceTime webpage. Conferences will be conducted via Google Meet and you will receive the meet code in a confirmation email after scheduling the conference.

Online Auction Opens; Still Time To Register for Christian Brothers’ Gala

We are making final preparations for our annual all-school fundraiser, the DeLaSalle Christian Brothers’ Gala, which will be held virtually this year on Saturday, October 10 at 7:00pm. The event will be a compact 45-minute celebration including prayer, an update from president Dr. Bryan Bass, a video featuring our students, and lots of people virtually raising their paddles to donate money to our student scholarship program.

Following that, our auctioneer will walk through the premier auction items, lead us to THE BIG SURPRISE and then we will finish up the evening with a performance from our DeLaSalle show choir! You won’t want to miss it! Register to attend this free event.

Bidding is now open for the Gala’s online auction! We have something for everyone – ranging from sports tickets to vacation getaways to unique local experiences. Check out the auction items here and set up your account to begin bidding. Bid often and bid high – knowing that every dollar raised helps support our students and teachers.

Admissions Turning Its Sights to Class of ’25

Now that school routines are more settled on the island and across the Twin Cities, the Admissions team has begun responding to inquiries from prospective families in the Class of 2025.  In this most unique year, we are creating new opportunities for families to take a look at DeLaSalle and share their stories with us.  Many have already taken or scheduled a tour.  This past week, we delivered some De goodies to eighth grade students at middle schools we typically visit each fall and shared opportunities for on-campus and virtual connections with De.  We are finalizing plans for our virtual Open House on October 26, scheduling additional tours and meetings with families, and planning new opportunities for parents and students interested in De.  Watch each week for more details, and in the meantime please encourage anyone you know to reach out to or 612-676-7679 for more information!

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Fall Training Sessions Begin for Spring Sports

Monday, October 5

Though spring sports are several months away, students may begin participating in an optional training season this fall. The fall training season for baseball, softball, boys’ tennis, and boys’ and girls’ golf is October 5-24. Track and field will not have an optional fall training season. Students who wish to participate in the training must register for the sport: Click here for more information about how to register for the sport, what steps a student must complete before they can participate, and when and where the sports will hold their fall trainings.

School-Based ACT for Class of 2021

Tuesday, October 6, 8:30-1:15pm

Nearly 75 twelfth grade students will take a school-based ACT exam at DeLaSalle. Twelfth grade students who are not taking the ACT on this day should use the time for college planning. Students in grades 9-10-11 will attend classes on that day. Students attending classes in person will notice several hallway closures outside D104, D117, B301, and B302 to maintain a quiet environment for test takers. Teachers will give students an alternate location for classes regularly scheduled in the testing locations.

Class Mass

Tuesday, October 6 and Friday, October 9, 10:00-10:30am

DeLaSalle provides opportunities every year for each grade to gather as a class for Mass, in addition to all school liturgies. School chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78, will celebrate each Mass in the Main Gym during the WIN period. Class Masses are scheduled Tuesday, October 6 for 11th grade, Friday, October 9 for 9th grade, and Tuesday, October 13 for 10th grade. Students who are learning remotely from home will receive instructions about how to participate in a livestream of the Mass.

Homecoming Movie Night

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00pm, Athletic Field

The Homecoming Movie Night scheduled for October 2 has been postponed until October 7. Students may check “The Source” on Monday for the chance to sign up to participate. Student Council will provide drinks & snacks. Students should bring their own lawn chair or blankets and must wear a face covering.

Academic Mentor Meetings

Tuesday, October 13, WIN Period

Students in the Silver Cohort will meet with their academic mentor during the WIN (What I Need) period on this day. This particular mentor meeting allows students an opportunity to check in with their mentors about their academic progress ahead of Parent-Student-Teacher conferences.

Financial Aid Planning Night

Monday, October 19, 7:00-8:00pm, virtual

This presentation prepares students, parents and caretakers on the many options for paying for college. Take away tools for navigating the new FAFSA; applying to colleges, researching scholarships, grants and loan options; all in a way that makes sense for your family. Joy Rockwell, associate director of financial aid at Saint Mary’s University, will present. Look for the Google Meet code on the Guidance page of the Islanders course in Canvas, which will also include links to resources from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and Ms. Rockwell’s presentation.

Around DeLaSalle

Islanders showed off their school spirit over the past five days during Homecoming Week. On Tuesday, the school community gathered for a prayer service, during which Fiona Mundy ‘22 (pictured top left) reflected on how she has found her home at DeLaSalle after transferring a year ago. On Wednesday, captains of the fall sports teams faced the staff in a volleyball matchup (pictured at bottom). And, on both Tuesday and Friday, students in each grade competed against each other in a Pepfest on the Athletic Field (pictured top right). (Photos courtesy: Matt Lehman and Kristin Lundstrum, DeLaSalle staff)

DeLaSalle Continues Therapy, Mental Health Services Partnership with Lee Carlson Center

DeLaSalle is proud to partner again this year with the Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being to provide students with on-campus therapy and mental health support. Ms Karen Gillespie, a Lee Carlson employee, specializes in providing expressive art therapy and holistic mental health services to support students in overcoming challenges and enhancing their well-being.

Providing accessible, private and confidential therapy support at DeLaSalle means that students and families will have the convenient option of receiving health support within the school day, as well as before or after school.  Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being can also support therapy needs for students during the evening, in home, or at their Fridley-based clinic conveniently located about 15 minutes from school. Access the services by calling Lee Carlson Center’s central intake phone number at 763-780-3036 or by contacting Stacey Carter at the Guidance and College Counseling office at DeLaSalle at 612-676-7619. You may also visit the agency’s website here.

October is Respect for Life Month

Join DeLaSalle’s efforts to support the dignity and sanctity of life by contributing to our October Respect Life Drives.  Throughout the month of October, Baby Items will be collected and donated to Abria Pregnancy Life Center and our student body will be challenged to see which grade can bring in the most socks for St. Stephen’s Shelter and Sharing and Caring Hands. All donated can be dropped off in the Albers Atrium.  New items only please.

Update on 2019-20 Yearbooks; How to Order a 2020-21 Yearbook

The DeLaSalle yearbook chronicles the student experience and is helpful for remembering the events and activities that shaped a particular moment in time.

  • Many families have asked about the status of the 2019-20 yearbook. The printing and distribution of these books has been significantly delayed because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the yearbook publisher. We are happy to report that our order of 2019-20 yearbooks will ship next week and we will be able to distribute the books shortly after we receive them. We will communicate this information directly to those students and families who have ordered a yearbook.
  • You may have received an email this week from Lifetouch with a prompt to pre-order yearbooks for this school year. Please discard that email as we do not use Lifetouch as our yearbook vendor. Instead, we use Balfour Publishing.
  • Students and families who would like to purchase a 2020-21 yearbook may do so now. Please visit the Balfour website here.
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