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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, October 9, 2020

In this issue…
  • Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences Are Next Week; Sign Up Today
  • Class Schedule Week of October 12
  • Did You Miss Thursday’s Family Information Session? Watch It Here
  • Find Useful Resources, Track Your Child’s Academic Progress as a Canvas Observer
  • Join Us at the Virtual Christian Brothers’ Gala Saturday Evening
  • Admissions Office Hosts Drive-Up, Virtual Open Houses
  • A Reminder about Fall Attendance at Fall Sports
  • Shop on AmazonSmile and Support DeLaSalle
  • Important Upcoming Dates and Events
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences Are Next Week; Sign Up Today

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 times, 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. Continue reading

Class Schedule Week of October 12

Please note these adjustments to the class schedule 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.
  • On Wednesday, October 14, 11th grade students will take the PSAT exam. Because teachers will be proctoring the exam in small groups and preparing for conferences, there will not be any online learning on that day, contrary to what we first communicated in last week’s “Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle.” Twelfth grade students should use the time to visit colleges (virtually) and work on their college admissions process. Ninth and tenth grade students should use the day to catch up on homework, study for upcoming tests, or engage in volunteer or service projects.
  • There are no classes on Thursday, October 15 because of Parent-Student-Teacher conferences, nor on Friday, October 16 because of the MEA break.
Did You Miss Thursday’s Family Information Session? Watch It Here

Thank you to the many families who joined us virtually last evening for a robust listening session via Google Meet. School administrators assessed the first weeks of the school year, reviewed academic and attendance expectations, and shared updates about the upgrade to our HVAC system in the B building and the Pandemic Preparedness Plan. You can view the slideshow presentation here. You may watch a recording of the presentation here

Find Useful Resources, Track Your Child’s Progress as a Canvas Observer

DeLaSalle parents can follow their child’s academic progress and find other useful school resources by creating a Canvas observer account. Canvas is the learning management system used by students and faculty to complete coursework. As an observer, you can see your child’s grade in each class, a course calendar, and how your child performs on homework, quizzes, tests, papers, and other class projects. The Islanders “mega course” provides a one-spot hub for useful resources from various offices and departments in the school. For example, you can learn more about the Christian Service requirement, find college planning resources and more! Click here to create a Canvas account and learn more.

Join Us at the Virtual Christian Brothers’ Gala Saturday Evening

The Christian Brothers’ Gala is DeLaSalle’s only all-school fundraiser each year and will be held virtually for the first time this year. Tune in to the livestream of the event Saturday at 7:00pm from the comfort of your living room or backyard – and don’t forget to register for free! We will reveal a BIG SURPRISE during the Gala and you won’t want to miss it! You can also bid on several exciting auction items – bid early, bid often, and bid high. (Some auction items have already sold out!) And, NEW this year, you can vote on which song you’d like the DeLaSalle show choir to perform at the end of the show. The money we raise directly supports the 2020-21 student scholarship program.

Admissions Office Hosts Drive-Up, Virtual Open Houses

Prospective students and families have the opportunity to experience DeLaSalle through a one-of-a-kind virtual offering not found at any other high school. On Saturday, October 24, from 9:00am-1:00pm, we will host a Drive-Up Open House at the school, where those who attend will receive an informational packet, have the opportunity to tour the school, and participate in the Great Islander Scavenger Hunt! Two days later, on Monday, October 26, from 7:00-9:00pm, we will host a virtual version of our traditional Open House format, providing curriculum and program information to prospective students and families. Guests can hear form DeLaSalle students, faculty, and staff about what sets our school apart from the rest through a series of livestream sessions. We encourage prospective students and families to register here for these exciting and unique introductions to DeLaSalle.

A Reminder about Fan Attendance at Fall Sports

Fan attendance at fall sports has been severely restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, following the guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). As we communicated recently, the MSHSL reinstated football and volleyball this fall and both teams play their first game this evening. Public attendance is not allowed at football or volleyball games, fan attendance will be reserved for family/close contacts of the rostered players. Fans will NOT be allowed at tonight’s volleyball matches and a limited number of fans are allowed at football games. The Student Activities office is updating fan attendance at future football and volleyball games in accordance with the most recent guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Education and MDH, and will release updated guidance on its Athletic Programs webpage next week.

Shop on AmazonSmile and Support DeLaSalle

Amazon Prime Day is October 13-14 and, whether you shop then or any other time, your purchases can support DeLaSalle! Shop using the AmazonSmile platform and the online retail giant donates 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases on AmazonSmile to organizations like DeLaSalle. This allows us to invest in the education of our students. If you haven’t already done so, please designate DeLaSalle High School as your preferred charity and shop AmazonSmile, which offers the same products, same prices, and same service as Amazon. Click here to learn more about AmazonSmile.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

10th Grade Class Mass

Tuesday, October 13, 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. Tenth graders will have their class Mass on Tuesday, making them the final grade to hold their class Mass this fall.

Academic Mentor Meetings

Tuesday, October 13 and Tuesday, October 20, WIN period

Students in the Silver Cohort will meet with their academic mentor during the WIN (What I Need) period on October 13. Mentor meetings for Gold Cohort students will follow on Tuesday, October 20. The October mentor meeting allows students an opportunity to check in with their mentors about their academic progress at the midpoint of the first semester.

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

Christian Caizapanta ‘21 (pictured at left) and his father, Klever Caizapanta Palacios, performed with Eco Andino during student lunches on Tuesday. The quartet played music from South American and Caribbean countries as part of DeLaSalle’s celebration of Latino Heritage Month. Other celebrations this week included making papel picado, the traditional folk art from Mexico that involves cutting intricate designs on tissue paper, and sampling pan dulce (sweet bread) from various Latin American countries. Latino Heritage Month is celebrated through October 15. (Photo courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)
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