Full distance learning will continue for the rest of the first semester. We plan to resume the hybrid model of instruction in the second semester, to begin on January 11, 2021, unless an executive order from the Governor prevents us from doing so.
For the rest of the first semester, students will participate in synchronous learning on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will continue as asynchronous learning days. We are also adding two additional What I Need (WIN) sessions on Wednesday afternoons so students can connect with faculty.
The Thanksgiving holiday for students runs from Wednesday, November 25-Friday, November 27. The next “Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle” email blast will be sent on December 4.
We will continue with the block schedule; however classes will be 60 minutes in length instead of 80 minutes in length. You may find the class schedule here (under the Transition to Distance Learning Tab).
In-person student activities have been postponed until a to-be-determined date in January. Please watch for a communication from the Student Activities office about virtual engagement with student-athletes.
Families may request distance learning meal kits for a healthy supply of breakfasts and lunches on school days. To receive a meal kit, please complete this order form by Monday at 3:00 p.m. on the weeks in which you would like to receive the meal kits.
Thank you to those families who logged on to the listening session we hosted November 17. We shared important updates about the transition to full distance learning. If you were unable to participate in the listening session, you can watch a recording of it here.
Confidential Mental Health Therapy Available for Students
Students can receive mental health therapy and support through a partnership DeLaSalle has with the Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being. We know this is a critical service at all times, but may be especially helpful during a pandemic. 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 at any time during the day or evening. Ms. Gillespie will continue to office out of DeLaSalle while we are in distance learning and is available to meet with students in person. Students may also receive services in their home or at Lee Carlson’s 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.
HVAC Upgrades Continue in B Building
DeLaSalle has partnered with Nasseff Mechanical Contractors to upgrade the HVAC system in the B building to provide appropriate air flow and ventilation in classrooms and offices. Earlier this semester, contractors installed fans and bipolar ionization as a temporary solution to meet indoor air quality standards. Contractors have been performing work since then on the installation of multiple dedicated outside air systems and rooftop units. The project is on schedule (and on budget) for completion by the time students return for the second semester.
We have so far minimized the impact of the construction to classrooms. However, the transition to full distance learning provides an opportunity for contractors to perform ductwork and complete inspections inside classrooms. Social Studies and Science faculty who teach on the third floor of the B building will be temporarily displaced from their classrooms the week of November 30. Theology faculty who teach on the second floor of the B building will be temporarily displaced from their classrooms the week of December 7. These faculty will work remotely during this time and you can find how to contact them in our online staff directory.
Students Meet with Academic Mentors on December 2
All students will meet virtually with their academic mentor on Wednesday, December 2, between 10:30am-12:00pm. Mentors will “ping” their students to attend the meeting via the Student Support Time software. This will be the last academic mentor meeting of the first semester and is a critical check-in for students and mentors as the semester draws to a close.
Prospective Students, Families Invited to Schedule Tour, Pre-Register for December 7 Open House
We have enjoyed meeting many prospective students and families in the Class of 2025 throughout the fall, including the many families who attended our second Drive-Up Open House last Saturday. We welcome individual meetings/tours with parents and students throughout December, because every “story” is important. To arrange a tour, please schedule one here or contact the Office of Admission at 612-676-7679 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may start an application to DeLaSalle here.
We are excited to show off all that DeLaSalle has to offer at a second live/virtual Open House on Monday, December 7, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. This live/virtual event replicates the traditional Open House format of previous years. Prospective students and families can explore our many programs and interact with our amazing students and staff from the comfort of your own home. Please pre-register for the event here.
De Hosts Successful Day of Giving; Thank You for Your Support!
Thank you to the hundreds of alumni, parents, faculty, grandparents and friends who came together for our annual Day of Giving November 11 to prove that Islanders are generous and loyal. Despite some technical difficulties, we raised $159,571 to support student scholarships for 2020-21. Among the day’s highlights:
We far surpassed our goal of 250 donors, which unlocked the $20,000 challenge from the Board of Trustees.
Over 100 current and past parents participated in the day, which earned us an extra $10,000 from the parent challenge.
Young alumni pitched in with $1,365 which actually brought in $2,730 for the school, because of a dollar for dollar matching grant!
We celebrated Veterans Day with a special post and heard from dozens of veterans in our community who were pleased to be honored.
Donations poured in from all across the nation and from several other countries. Islanders are everywhere!
Register by December 4 for School-Based ACT in March
DeLaSalle will offer a school-based ACT test to current students on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. We are excited to announce this opportunity and strongly encourage students to register for the exam as we do not know what testing centers will be open in the coming months or how colleges will handle college entrance exams for the Class of 2022. This school-based test DOES NOT appear on the ACT website list of national test dates. You must register and pay for the test through DeLaSalle. The last day to register for the test is Friday, December 4. Please register here.
Many students and families have asked whether an ACT test prep class will be offered before the exam. We are exploring potential class options but do not have details to announce at this time. The Guidance office does have several free test prep resources available and students should consult with their college advisor for additional information.
Students who took the school-based ACT at DeLaSalle in October or at another test site may access their test score through their individual MyACT.org account. Test takers received an email this week from the Guidance office about how to access their ACT ID number, create a MyACT account, and migrate a previous MyACT account. Please refer to this document for more information.
Standardized Tests Offered to Ninth, Tenth Graders; Register by December 4
DeLaSalle typically administers standardized tests to all students on the second Wednesday of each October. Students in grades 9-10-11 take developmentally appropriate standardized tests which help prepare them for college entrance exams. This year, we have had to spread out the tests to accommodate for COVID-19 safety protocols.
DeLaSalle will offer the Iowa Test of Educational Development to ninth grade students on Wednesday, January 27, from 8:30am-12:30pm. Tenth graders may take the Pre-ACT on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, from 8:30am-12:00pm. All students are strongly encouraged to take the test offered at their grade level but must opt-in by preregistering. Please click on the name of the test for a form that describes the test and provides specific logistics and registration. All tests are paper-pencil and given onsite following our Covid-19 school safety protocols.
Please complete the registration form for either exam by Friday, December 4.
Order School Pictures
Lifetouch photographers took school pictures this week for those students who had not previously had a photo taken. (Ninth grade and new transfer students had their school pictures taken in August). Families may review, select, and pay for a photo package through the Lifetouch website. Please complete your order as soon as possible here. DeLaSalle’s Picture Day ID is EVTBPRTKB.
Senior Photos Due by Mid-December
Seniors who wish to have their photo included in the school yearbook and in the class composite picture that hangs in the hallway must get a senior picture taken by David Bank Studios before December 15. Families may schedule a photo session at the studio. Families who choose to have pictures at the studio can select which photo to be included in the yearbook.
Families who are looking for a way to publicly recognize or pay tribute to their senior can also consider buying a Parent Senior Ad in the yearbook. Senior Ads are a huge part of the yearbook that students turn to right away when they receive their book. There are two ways to order senior ads:
Complete the Parent Senior Ad Order form and return it with payment to Ms. Bryson-Tucker in the IT Office or the Ms. Goeddeke in the Main Office.
You may design the ads yourself on the Balfour website (preferable), design them yourself, or have the yearbook staff design one for you. Parent Senior Ads orders are due by December 15.
DeLaSalle congratulates Tyrell Terry’19, who was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the NBA Draft on November 18. Tyrell returned to the Island for a brief visit hours before the draft. He started all four years on the varsity boys’ basketball team at DeLaSalle and is a three-time State Champion. Tyrell earned the Islander Award in 2019 and stands out for being a four-year High Honor Roll and National Honor Society student. After DeLaSalle, Tyrell played for one season as the starting point guard for the Stanford University Cardinal before pursuing a career in the NBA. Tyrell is a fierce competitor on the court and a true friend to many off of it. Simply put, he’s a great young man, a true definition of student-athlete and a young man of kindness, hard work, and integrity. (Photo courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)
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