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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, January 29, 2021

In this issue…
  • DeLaSalle Celebrates Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest February 1-5
  • Classes of 2021 and 2022 Invited to Islander Pride Day
  • Student Musicians Chosen for Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival
  • Over 300 Applications and Counting for the Class of 2025
  • In Case You Missed It: Continuous Enrollment Underway for 2021-22
  • Apply for Financial Aid for 2021-22 by Friday, February 26
  • Quiz Bowl Team Qualifies for State and National Tournaments; Ethics Bowl to Defend State Title
  • Attend a Virtual College Fair this Sunday
  • Find College Scholarships in Naviance
  • DeLaSalle Earns AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award
  • Watch Islander Sports on NFHS Livestream
  • Read All About It in “The Islander”
DeLaSalle Celebrates Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest February 1-5

Our annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week and Winterfest is February 1-5. We invite students to celebrate our identity as a Catholic school – and have some fun in winter!

Out of Uniform Days

Students may dress out of uniform according to the theme for each day but must follow out of uniform guidelines in the Student-Parent Handbook. The out of uniform days for the week are:

  • Monday: Pajama Day
  • Tuesday: Jersey Day
  • Wednesday: Islander Day
  • Thursday: Throwback Thursday
  • Friday: Mismatch Day

Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest Activities

  • Play BINGO and win prizes during lunch! The Gold Cohort will play on Monday, February 1 and the Silver Cohort will play on Thursday, February 4.
  • On Tuesday, February 2, we will gather as a school community for our Catholic Schools Week Mass with our school chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78. Mass will be in the Florance Center at 10:00am – but due to physical distancing requirements, juniors will attend Mass in person while all other students participate in Mass via a livestream with their 5th period class.
  • Students are invited to sign up for a dodgeball tournament that takes place on Wednesday, February 3, from 1:00-3:00pm. The deadline to sign up is January 31 and the link is available in “The Source.” With the exception of those students participating in the 12th Grade Islander Pride Day, all other participants must arrange their own transportation to and from school.
  • Student Council is hosting a movie night after the dodgeball tournament. The movie will be shown in the Florance Center from 4:00-6:00pm. Students need to sign up as space is limited. Students must find their own transportation home after the movie.
  • And we invite students to participate in the Spirit Stick Scavenger Hunt. Check “The Source” each day for a clue as to where the spirit stick is hidden on campus; the person who finds it wins a prize!
Classes of 2021 and 2022 Invited to Islander Pride Day

The first Islander Pride Day proved to be a huge hit! The goal of Islander Pride Days is to bring together students in each grade to better get to know their classmates, have fun, and build community. Students can earn three Christian Service hours for participating. The Class of 2024 had its Islander Pride Day on campus this week. The Classes of 2021 and 2022 have received an email invitation to attend their Islander Pride Days, on February 3 and 10, respectively. Twelfth graders must register by today (January 29). Eleventh graders have until February 3 to sign up. DeLaSalle provides lunch at no cost to students who participate and can arrange transportation to and from school for those who need it. Students do not receive any additional class assignments on their Islander Pride Day and can show off their school pride by wearing their island-themed apparel or black and gold DeLaSalle spirit wear. The Islander Pride Day for the Class of 2023 is Wednesday, February 24. Students should keep an eye on their Islander Apps email for information about how to sign up.

Student Musicians Chosen for Tri-Metro Fine Arts Festival

Congratulations to ten student musicians who have been chosen to represent DeLaSalle in the Tri-Metro Conference Fine Arts Festival on February 5. The ten De students represent excellence in the music program. They include:


  • Jazmine Estrada Gomez ‘21 [Viola]
  • Caylie Hedenland ‘22 [Cello]
  • Mira Ho-Chen ‘22 [Piano]
  • Leopold Krygowski ‘21 [Violin]
  • Lucia Minnehan ‘22 [Cello]


  • Theresa DeGross ‘21 [Flute]
  • Eric Mans ‘22 [Baritone/Alto Saxophone]
  • Joe Mason III ‘21 [Percussion]
  • Nolan McCullough ‘22 [Clarinet]
  • Finn Smith ‘22 [Trumpet]

This year’s event will be held virtually and participants will spend the day learning in clinics from arts professionals from the Twin Cities and beyond, including a top call Broadway pit orchestra musician, college music professors, and a local singer/songwriter duo.

Over 300 Applications and Counting for the Class of 2025

It’s a great time to be an Islander! The DeLaSalle Office of Admission has received over 300 applications for admission in the Class of 2025 – with the application deadline approaching on Friday, February 12. We are well on our way toward a full and high-quality Class of 2025 joining us in the fall. Click here to start your application today.

A reminder that DeLaSalle will offer two more Entrance Exam sessions for prospective students. Students may register for an exam on either Saturday, January 30 or Saturday, February 6, from 8:45am-12:00pm. The Entrance Exam is one of the four required pieces of a complete application.

The Admissions office is also accepting inquiries and applications for incoming transfer students. As always, we welcome your phone calls for more information at 612-676-7679 or emails to

In Case You Missed It: Continuous Enrollment Underway for 2021-22

In the January 22 edition of “Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle,” we announced the continuous enrollment process for the 2021-22 school year. One of the first key steps in this process takes place on Wednesday, February 10, when students in grades 9-10-11 meet with their academic mentor to discuss their course options for next school year. Students may begin requesting courses electronically on Friday, February 12 and should complete the process by Friday, February 26. You can find more information about continuous enrollment here

Apply for Financial Aid for 2021-22 by Friday, February 26

DeLaSalle families who wish to be considered for financial aid in the 2021-22 school year must complete and submit an application by Friday, February 26 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. 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

Quiz Bowl Team Qualifies for State and National Tournaments; Ethics Bowl Team to Defend State Title

Congratulations to DeLaSalle Quiz Bowl, which has qualified a team for the February 11 state tournament and for the National Quiz Bowl championship this spring. This year’s DeLaSalle “A” team, which features Nat Chang-Deutsch ‘24, Bolu Illelaboye ‘21, captain Kieran Rowe ‘21, and Shane Zenk ‘21, has compiled an 8-4 record in the Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League. This is the 15th straight year in which DeLaSalle has advanced a team to national competition.

Meanwhile, the reigning state Ethics Bowl champions from DeLaSalle will defend their title this weekend when they compete Sunday in the second annual Minnesota Ethics Bowl competition. The competition judges how well students can analyze a case study and articulate an ethical view in response to a wide range of ethical dilemmas. Sunday’s winner will face off against another team in a virtual playoff and the winner of that playoff will advance to the National Bowl at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill!

Attend a Virtual College Fair This Sunday

COVID-19 has shut down opportunities students previously had for visiting and connecting with colleges. The Natoinal Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is bridging that gap through these special one-day events. At each virtual fair, you can attend college presentations, learn about their options, ask questions, and demonstrate interest… all without leaving home. The first NACAC Virtual College Fair of the year is this Sunday from 12:00-6:00pm. Other college fair dates are February 28, March 7 (STEM emphasis), March 16 (Visual & Performing Arts Fair), March 21, April 10 (Western US), April 20 (Southeastern US), and May 2. You can register for free here.

Find College Scholarships in Naviance

New scholarships are added to Naviance often so check frequently.  This list is not comprehensive so we also recommend you use as many other scholarship databases as possible (as long as they’re free).

How do I find scholarships in Naviance?

  1. Go to and log in (if you don’t remember your password you can say you forgot it and they will email you a new one).
  2. Go under colleges > Scholarships and Money > Scholarship List > Local & Regional Scholarships.

You can sort by scholarship name, deadline, etc.  Each scholarship has a link to more information.

Contact your college counselor if you have questions.

DeLaSalle Earns AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

The College Board recently honored DeLaSalle with its AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to AP Computer Science A. DeLaSalle is one of only four schools in Minnesota to receive the award. DeLaSalle is proud to provide female students with access to computer science courses, which is critical to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and in driving innovation, creativity, and representation.

Watch Islander Sports on NFHS Livestream

If you want to watch Islander student athletes in action this winter, tune in to livestreams of games hosted by the NFHS Network. Public attendance at games is not allowed at the moment due to the pandemic, but you can still cheer for the Islanders from home. Learn more here about how to purchase a subscription and watch the games.

Read All About It in “The Islander”

The staff of “The Islander” student newspaper has been hard at work reporting on stories in and around DeLaSalle this school year. You can read their news articles, feature stories, and staff profiles in the latest edition, which was mailed home this month. Congratulations on a great issue!

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