by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

 

Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, December 18, 2020

In this issue…
  • Merry Christmas from DeLaSalle
  • Join Us Saturday for Virtual “Christmas at DeLaSalle”
  • Students Should Update iPad to iOS 14 Over Christmas Break
  • A Preview of the Second Semester
  • Prospective Students and Families: Schedule a Tour; Entrance Exam Options
  • Families May Now Apply for Financial Aid for 2021-22
  • Winter Sports Begin January 4
  • ACT Prep Class Offered in January and February
  • Guidance Office Shares Mental Health Resources
  • Students Invited to Explore Summer College Opportunities
Merry Christmas from DeLaSalle

We are filled with immense gratitude and hope as we approach Christmas. The birth of the baby Jesus on December 25 offers an opportunity to reflect on God’s infinite love and reminds us that we are always in God’s holy presence. This reality is all the more important in a year marred by pandemic. In this sacred time, we pray in thanksgiving for each member of our DeLaSalle family and pray that you are touched by God’s grace this Christmas and throughout the New Year.

Join Us Saturday for Virtual “Christmas at DeLaSalle”

We are excited to showcase the talent of students involved in the fine arts this weekend during “Christmas at DeLaSalle.” This first-of-its-kind broadcast, which airs Saturday at 7:00pm at delasalle.com, 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.

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.” Join the festivities Saturday at 7pm. The production will be available on demand following the broadcast.

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.

A Preview of the Second Semester

The second semester will begin on Monday, January 4 following the Christmas Break. Faculty and staff will participate in three days of professional planning January 4-6 before holding classes with students. Students will participate in two days of distance learning, with periods 1-4 on Thursday, January 7, and periods 5-8 on Friday, January 8. Students should check their Islander Apps email for their class schedule, which has already been sent. DeLaSalle will resume hybrid learning on Monday, January 11. We will communicate additional details in the December 31 “Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle” email blast.

Prospective Students and Families: Schedule a Tour; Entrance Exam Options

Prospective students and families in the Class of 2025 can take several important steps in the admissions process over the coming weeks:

  • Schedule a Tour
    Admissions staff will continue to work over the Christmas break, offering on-campus tours on Tuesday, December 22, Tuesday, December 29, and Wednesday, December 30. Tours will be socially distanced and all participating on a tour are required to wear a face covering. Families may schedule a tour here.

  • Schedule an On-Campus Entrance Exam or Submit Standardized Test Scores
    As we communicated in the December 11 “Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle”, prospective students have two options this year for completing the Entrance Exam admission requirement. Students may submit a standardized test score from grade 6-7-8 (provided there are subsections within the exam in areas of Reading and mathematics and national percentile scores). Or students may register for an on-campus Entrance Exam that will be offered each Saturday in January at DeLaSalle (January 9, 16, 23, 30), from 8:45am-12:00pm. Schedule an exam here.

We accept applications for admissions at any time; you may submit your application here. Applications for potential admission are due by Friday, February 12.

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.

Winter Sports Begins January 4

Thank you for your patience as we waited for further guidance regarding the winter sports season. The governor announced this week that youth sports may begin Monday, January 4, which is when winter sports at DeLaSalle will hold their first day of practice or tryouts. Winter sports are offered in boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ hockey, boys’ swimming, and wrestling. We recognize that winter sports will begin before classes resume. But it is important to provide adequate time for students to practice and acclimate themselves to the physical demands of their sport so they are prepared for competition, which may begin as soon as January 18.

Any student who wishes to participate in a winter sport must register here and have a current physical on file with the Student Activities office. We also encourage students and families to sign up for the Remind app, which coaches use to communicate important information throughout the season.

All students participating in winter sports must follow state guidance. This ensures a safe environment for participants which will allow DeLaSalle to successfully continue these activities. We strongly recommend anyone who travels outside of Minnesota complete a 14-day quarantine when they return to Minnesota before attending in-person school events. Coaches will work with students to provide an adequate tryout and return to participation process following the quarantine.

You can find more specific information about tryout/practice times and locations and game schedules during Parent/Guardian/Athlete/Coach sessions, which will be available by December 28. The sessions will be pre-recorded and posted to our Athletic Programs webpage, as well as on team pages in Canvas.

Student activities and clubs will resume in-person meetings the week of January 11, as we resume our hybrid learning model.

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.

Guidance Office Shares Mental Health Resources

The holidays can be a stressful time and cause anxiety for many in our community. Without question, some are experiencing a mental health crisis. The Guidance office, in partnership with the Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being, offer the following resources for all students and families to bring light to your holidays and keep everyone safe and sound:

Students Invited to Explore Summer College Opportunities

Now is a good time to explore summer program options for high school students on college campuses. Interested in spending time on a particular campus this summer? Contact schools now. Many offer scholarship help but those funds are limited. Do your research and do not delay applying for programming or scholarships. Here are two awesome opportunities and you can complete your application over Christmas Break!

  • MOSTEC at MIT The six-month MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) program serves rising high school seniors from across the country – many of whom come from underrepresented or underserved communities. Students selected to participate in MOSTEC demonstrate in their applications a strong academic record and interest in science and engineering. The MOSTEC program begins the summer before students’ senior year in high school and extends through students’ first semester in 12th grade. MOSTEC has both in-person and online components.
  • THE JOYCE IVY FOUNDATION SUMMER SCHOLARS PROGRAM provides scholarships for talented, high-achieving young women from the Midwest to participate in academic summer programs at some of the country’s top colleges: Barnard | Brown | Cornell | Emory | Harvard | Johns Hopkins |  MIT | Smith | UChicago | Wash U | Yale

Around DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle is excited to celebrate all that our students accomplish in the classroom and in the community. Congratulations to Lily Scott ‘23, who performed with Minnesota Dance Theatre in their version of “The Nutcracker Fantasy” that was featured in this year’s virtual Minneapolis Holidazzle. You can watch Lily’s performance here.
“My eyes have seen your salvation” Luke 2:30
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