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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, December 11, 2020

In this issue…
  • Teachers Will Accept Late Work Through December 16
  • Please Complete Second Semester Planning Survey By Monday
  • DeLaSalle Celebrates Christmas with Prayer Service on Tuesday
  • Join Us December 19 for “Christmas at DeLaSalle” Virtual Broadcast
  • DeLaSalle Announces Exam Options for Prospective Families During the Pandemic
  • Families May Now Apply for Financial Aid for 2021-22
  • ACT Prep Class Offered in January and February
  • Students Should Update iPad to iOS 14 Over Christmas Break
  • Students Eligible for Unemployment Benefits
Teachers Will Accept Late Work Through December 16

At DeLaSalle, we recognize the profound impact the pandemic has had on each of us over the past nine months – and we are particularly mindful about how it has affected students. Thank you for your partnership and resilience as we work together to provide your child with the best education possible while being attentive to their individual needs.

Students who want to improve their grade will be given the opportunity to turn in any late or missing work until Wednesday, December 16. Students will not be penalized below 60% for completed and passing work. Students who turn in an assignment that is inadequate or incomplete will be given the grade they earned but will not be further penalized for lateness. The objective of these changes is to allow students every opportunity to show what they know and complete the work required of them, recognizing the crisis of the pandemic and its effects on all of us.

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 with and seek help from their teachers. We wish all students a successful end to the semester.

Please Complete Second Semester Planning Survey By Monday

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. Thank you to the many families who have already completed our most recent survey. If you have not yet done so, please check your email for a link to the survey and complete it by Monday, December 14. All the more importantly, thank you for your ongoing prayers and care for every student, staff member, and family at DeLaSalle.

DeLaSalle Celebrates Christmas With Prayer Service on Tuesday

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

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

  • Period 5: 9:00-10:00am
  • Christmas Prayer Service: 10:00-10:30
  • Period 6/WIN Session 1: 10:40-11:10
  • Period 6/WIN Session 2: 11:10-11:40
  • BREAK: 11:40am-12:10pm
  • Period 7: 12:10pm-1:10
  • Period 8: 1:20-2:20
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 Announces Exam Options for Prospective Families During the Pandemic

For the past several decades, DeLaSalle has required all prospective students to take the High School Entrance Exam as one of the four requirements for a complete admission application. In this application season — and particularly in light of rising pandemic case numbers in November and December — DeLaSalle has made the decision to modify the requirement for an Entrance Exam as one of the four application requirements for the Class of 2025. Prospective students may either:

  • Submit a set of standardized exam scores from 6th, 7th, or 8th grade (provided there are subsections within the exam in areas of Reading and mathematics and national percentile scores); OR
  • Take the Entrance Exam at DeLaSalle on a Saturday in January (offered January 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 8:45am-12:00pm). Students who choose this option may register for an exam date here. We will follow all protocols currently in place for COVID safety, limiting the number of students in each testing room, with mandatory face coverings and physical distancing.

We’re excited and grateful for the 300 families who have joined us for admission-related events since October, toured DeLaSalle individually, or contacted us directly via phone or email.  We are still hosting tours each week, we will be here to meet family needs during most days of the Christmas break, and we are always eager to share the DeLaSalle story as we learn more about yours. Please contact the Admissions Office at 612-676-7679 with questions at any time.  We’re honored by your interest in DeLaSalle.

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 your 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.

ACT Prep Class Offered in January and February

Students may now register for a seven-week ACT test preparation class offered at DeLaSalle in January and February. DeLaSalle is partnering with Breakaway Test Prep to offer the 14-hour class starting January 12. The class will be taught on Tuesdays and Fridays during WIN sessions from 10:10-11:10am. The course includes unlimited full-length, proctored online practice exams and feedback on your student’s strengths and weaknesses. The course costs $645 (sign up early to save $100!). Financial grants are available; contact Barbara McAdams at 612-676-7621 for more information. Learn more here and register here. The Guidance Office offers additional ACT test preparation resources, which you can find here.

Students Should Update iPad to iOS 14 Over Christmas Break

Students should update their school-issued iPad to iOS 14 over Christmas break to ensure app functionality. App updates will be pushed out periodically over the break. Please make sure this update is completed before January 4, 2021. Make sure your device is backed up to the iCloud before updating. The update can be found by going to Settings > General > Software Update. If you do not have enough storage available on your device, please delete any apps you do not need for school to make room for the update. Students with questions may email a tech support representative here.

Students Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Students who lost their job this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible to collect unemployment benefits, following a recent state appeals court ruling. Students may receive the benefits retroactively, but must submit an application for the benefits by December 25. You can learn how to apply for the unemployment benefits here.

Around DeLaSalle

Islanders celebrated Mass virtually December 8 for the feast of the Immaculate Conception, which celebrates that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin. We thank school chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78, for hosting Mass at St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis, where he is the pastor. A small socially distanced group of students and staff pre-recorded the Mass, which also celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“My eyes have seen your salvation” Luke 2:30
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