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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, December 4, 2020

In this issue…
  • Advent Greetings from DeLaSalle
  • Distance Learning Continues Through End of First Semester
  • Your Input Is Needed as We Plan for Second Semester
  • COVID-19: Report Testing and Positive Tests; Reduce Your Risk; Track If You’ve Been Exposed
  • Prospective Students and Families Are Invited to December 7 Open House
  • Families May Now Apply for Financial Aid for 2021-22
  • Deadline Extended to Register for ITED, Pre-ACT, ACT
  • DeLaSalle Will Celebrate Mass for the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday
  • Guidance to Offer College Planning Night for Juniors on Wednesday
  • Join Us December 19 for “Christmas at DeLaSalle” Virtual Broadcast
  • DeLaSalle Spirit Wear Makes Great Christmas Gifts!
  • Hennepin County Seeks Feedback on Roadway Improvements Near DeLaSalle
Advent Greetings from DeLaSalle

We have entered the holy season of Advent, a time in which we prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus on Christmas. DeLaSalle President, Dr. Bryan Bass, and Principal, Jim Benson, have recorded the following video greeting to share an Advent reflection and offer a message of hope.

DeLaSalle will celebrate Christmas with a virtual liturgy and program on Tuesday, December 15. This annual program features Scripture, prayer, and a Christmas reflection from Dr. Bass. Students will perform this year’s rendition of “The 12 Days of Christmas” and sing The Christmas Song.

Distance Learning Continues Through End of First Semester

Routine = Predictability

Distance learning with a block schedule of 60-minute classes has begun and will continue through the end of the first semester. This has meant a transition to a new routine for students. Most students will adjust quickly if they are feeling confident in what that new routine is. Please use this PDF and customize it for your child’s schedule. This is an easy and efficient way for everyone in the household to be on the same page. We know that routine, structure, and predictability help our students to feel a sense of safety and security which is more important than ever. If you have any questions or concerns about your child and how they are adjusting, please contact a school counselor.

No Special Schedule for Final Assessments

The first semester will end on Friday, December 18. Teachers may assign end-of-semester assessments or projects that may be cumulative or unit-based. However, there will be no special schedules for final assessments and students will complete any work within the regular distance learning class schedule. Students may utilize WIN sessions and office hours to connect and seek help from their teachers. We wish all students a successful end to the semester.

Your Input Is Needed as We Plan for Second Semester

Even as we complete our first semester in full distance learning, we have begun planning for the second semester.  Since March and throughout the summer and fall, we have greatly benefited from the feedback of our students and parents, so we are humbly asking once again for your input and family perspective.  Our goal remains to resume hybrid learning on January 11, but as we have done all year, we will monitor all the data points that inform final decisions over the next five weeks.  Your preferences were extremely helpful as part of our planning for a safe return to school and successful learning in August, and your help will be important as we plan timetables, structure, and protocols for our next safe return to campus. Please check your email for a link to the survey. We thank you for completing it by December 14. All the more importantly, thank you for your ongoing prayers and care for every student, staff member, and family at DeLaSalle.

COVID-19: Report Testing and Positive Cases; Reduce Your Risk; Track If You’ve Been Exposed

Thank you for your continued efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 both within the school and greater community. We remind you of these best practices to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 while participating in distance learning.

We also encourage families to notify the school about any student or household illness that could be related to COVID-19, especially if anyone in the household is getting tested. Our health services coordinator, Caroline Sell, can work privately with your family on risk reduction strategies. You can learn more in our Pandemic Preparedness Plan.

Students and families are also encouraged to download and use the COVIDaware MN app. The free app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices, notifies you if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Learn how the technology works here. Please note, the app may not be compatible with school-issued iPads.

Prospective Students and Families Are Invited to December 7 Open House

Islanders, help spread the good word about DeLaSalle – and encourage your friends and neighbors to register for our LIVE/VIRTUAL Open House on Monday, December 7, from 7:00-9:00pm. This live/virtual event replicates the traditional Open House format of previous years. Our amazing students and staff will help prospective families learn all about our academic programs, student activities, college planning, and more in 16 different highly interactive breakout sessions. We encourage prospective students and families to pre-register for the event here.

Families May Now Apply for Financial Aid for 2021-22

DeLaSalle families may now begin to apply for financial aid for the 2021-22 school year through Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS). You may start your application on the TADS website using the login you created the first time you logged into TADS. This financial aid worksheet can help you gather all of the information you need and will help save time completing your actual financial aid application. You are able to use your 2019 taxes but will still need to upload or fax a copy of you 2020 W-2. TADS will communicate by email if they have any questions or need any more documentation.  Please make sure to check your email.  For a refresher and access to the TADS worksheet, go to our website.

Deadline Extended to Register for ITED, Pre-ACT, ACT Exams

The deadline to register for three standardized exams offered by the DeLaSalle Guidance office has been extended to next week.

  • 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. Please register for either exam by Tuesday, December 8.
  • DeLaSalle will offer a school-based ACT test to current students on Tuesday, March 2. This test DOES NOT appear on the ACT website list of national test dates. You must register and pay for the test through DeLaSalle. Registration for this test closes on Thursday, December 10. Please register here.

You may contact a college counselor for more information.

DeLaSalle Will Celebrate Mass for the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday

The DeLaSalle community will gather virtually Tuesday to celebrate Mass for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mass will occur during the first session of the WIN period. This feast celebrates that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin. We will also incorporate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe into this particular Mass. A small group of students and staff joined school chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ’78, to pre-record the Mass at St. Olaf Catholic Church, where he is the pastor. 

Please note that, because of the Mass, we are adjusting Tuesday’s class schedule as follows:

  • Period 5: 9:00-10:00am
  • WIN: Mass: 10:10-10:50am
  • WIN: Session 2: 10:50-11:20am
  • BREAK: 11:20-11:50am
  • Period 7: 11:50am-12:50pm
  • Period 8: 1:00-2:00pm
Guidance Office Presents College Planning Night for Juniors on Wednesday

Juniors and parents – join DeLaSalle college counselors this Wednesday at 7:00pm for a virtual information night to help with your college planning! We will cover what you need to know as an 11th grader, including testing, a timeline for college planning, how to choose colleges, types of colleges, and financial aid and scholarships. You can find the Google Meet link on the Guidance page in Canvas. College advising staff will start admitting people to the Meet at 6:40pm and begin the session promptly at 7:00pm. 

Join Us December 19 for “Christmas at DeLaSalle” Virtual Broadcast

A popular Christmas tradition at DeLaSalle will take on a new twist this year because of the pandemic. Join us Saturday, December 19 at 7:00pm at for a virtual “Christmas at DeLaSalle.” This first-of-its-kind broadcast combines the annual Christmas concert and DeLaSalle Theatre’s performance of “A Christmas Carol” into a virtual event instead of drawing hundreds of students, alumni, family and friends into the Florance Center for a live on-campus event.

We are excited to showcase the work of nearly 200 students involved in the fine arts! Students in the a cappella choir, concert band, chamber orchestra, and symphonic band are using the free music creation app Bandlab to prepare several songs for the concert. The cast and crew of DeLaSalle Theatre are using Zoom to record their performance of “A Christmas Carol.” And the creative talent of visual art students will be featured throughout the broadcast. Join the festivities on the 19th at 7pm at The production will be available on demand following the broadcast.

DeLaSalle Spirit Wear Makes Great Christmas Gifts!

Nothing makes for a better Christmas gift than some newly branded DeLaSalle apparel! Our new spirit wear store offers clothing for every occasion – from polo shirts for the casual outing to fleece pullovers and jackets for those cold Minnesota days. Every item is made to order and orders will be completed within 7-10 days of your purchase. To ensure delivery in time for Christmas, please place your orders by Thursday, December 10. Click here to begin shopping!

Hennepin County Seeks Feedback on Roadway Improvements Near DeLaSalle

Hennepin County is developing a plan for roadway improvements on two major thoroughfares near DeLaSalle – Hennepin and First Avenues between Main and 8th Streets in Minneapolis. The county’s review includes all modes of transportation, including driving, walking, biking, and rolling. You can explore a virtual tour on the project website and share your feedback via this survey. The county will hold a community listening session on Thursday, December 10 at 6:00pm.

Around DeLaSalle

Former DeLaSalle President, Barry Lieske, AFSC, will accept the 2020 Leadership Award from the Minnesota Independent School Forum during a virtual award ceremony December 10. MISF planned to honor Lieske and other award recipients at an in-person event in the spring, but postponed the event because of the pandemic. You can register for the free event here. The award recognizes Lieske for his leadership and support of private independent education in Minnesota. Lieske retired in June after 41 years of service to DeLaSalle. Continue reading
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