by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

 

Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, February 12, 2021

In this issue…
  • Students May Request 2021-22 Courses
  • 2021-22 Registration Deposit Will be Added to March Tuition Invoice
  • Apply for Financial Aid for 2021-22 by Friday, February 26
  • DeLaSalle Explores More On-Campus Learning Opportunities for Students
  • DeLaSalle Students May be Eligible for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Benefits
  • COVID-19: Spring Break Guidance; Face Covering Policy
  • Students Are Completing History Day Projects
  • Lent Begins on Ash Wednesday
  • DeLaSalle to Bless New Gym Floor February 19
  • Students Invited to Apply for National Honor Society
  • Tenth Graders Invited to SIgn Up for Islander Pride Day
  • Watch Livestream of Islander Sports
Students May Request 2021-22 Courses
Course registration for the 2021-22 school year opens today. Students in the Classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 will receive an email today with an individualized link to request courses. Students should submit their course requests electronically by Friday, February 26. Students met with their academic mentor this week to review courses that will both challenge them and help them meet graduation requirements. Students received a course request worksheet that will assist them in this process and we encourage students to discuss their course options with their teachers and families. You may find the worksheet and other resources on the Course Request Information page in the Islanders course on Canvas.
2021-22 Registration Deposit Will Be Added to March Tuition Invoice
As part of our continuous enrollment process, the 2021-22 non-refundable registration deposit of $350 per student will be added to your TADS tuition accounts for March billing by February 25.  Monthly payers will have this deposit added on your normal tuition payment date.  For families who have paid tuition in one or two installments, we will add an additional invoice to their agreement and TADS will process the registration deposit from their account. Ron Rice manages family tuition accounts at DeLaSalle. Please contact him with further questions at 612-676-7601.
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. 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.
DeLaSalle Explores More On-Campus Learning Opportunities for Students
DeLaSalle is committed to safely providing more on-campus learning opportunities for students and families who desire it. The school has created two surveys to gauge the interest of families for on-campus learning.
  • The primary contact of Blue Cohort students received an email today asking whether they would like their student to switch from the full distance learning Blue Cohort option to the hybrid learning option that places students on campus at least two days a week.
  • The primary contact of Gold and Silver Cohort students received an email today asking whether they would like to expand their presence on campus from two days to four days a week.

Administrators will use the survey results to assess whether classrooms have enough capacity to safely accommodate more students and whether transportation routes could be adjusted to safely include students who increase their on-campus learning time.

DeLaSalle Students May Be Eligible for Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Benefits
DeLaSalle students may be eligible for pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits for this school year. P-EBT is a federal temporary emergency nutrition benefit that is loaded on electronic cards for families to purchase food and is jointly implemented by the Minnesota Departments of Education (MDE) and Human Services (DHS). To be eligible for P-EBT, children must be approved for free or reduced-price meals. We strongly encourage families to complete an application here. All students approved for free or reduced-price meals will receive P-EBT benefits retroactive to September. You may read this letter for more information. View P-EBT resources and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for families here. If you have questions or concerns about this data privacy notice, please contact Pam Beckman at (612) 676-7658. 
COVID-19: Spring Break Guidance, Face Covering Policy
As spring break approaches, we urge families, students, and staff to be especially mindful of travel and higher-risk activities associated with travel, whether locally, nationally, or internationally. During and following travel, families should consider ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their family and DeLaSalle community. We encourage families to discuss individual travel scenarios with our Health Services Coordinator, who can provide families with individualized guidance and ensure you have the most accurate information on best practices for keeping your family and the DeLaSalle community safe.

We remind families that DeLaSalle’s policy on face coverings is outlined in our Pandemic Preparedness Plan with additional details related to students in the Online Netiquette and Masking Policy. DeLaSalle implements this face covering policy for all individuals in the building, with limited exceptions and reasonable accommodations permissible such as using only a face shield in instruction/communication situations, consistent with the Minnesota Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, the MDH Planning Guide for Schools, and current health guidance. Questions on the impact of our face covering policy within our mitigation measures may be directed to our Health Services Coordinator.

Students Are Completing History Day Projects
Good luck to eleventh grade students who are finishing their History Day projects. History Day is an annual project in the 11th grade Social Studies curriculum that gives juniors an opportunity to become expert historians by selecting and researching a topic of their choice around a national theme, which this year is “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” Students are producing exhibits, dramatizations, websites, documentaries, or research papers, but, because of the pandemic, we cannot show the projects in an open house like we normally would do. Last year, DeLaSalle qualified 26 projects for state competition and three advanced to national competition.
Lent Begins on Ash Wednesday
The season of Lent begins at DeLaSalle on February 17 with an all-school Ash Wednesday Mass celebrated by school chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78. During the Mass, students will receive ashes on their forehead. The 40 days of Lent in the Roman Catholic Church prepares Christians for Jesus’ death on the Cross on Good Friday and Resurrection on Easter Sunday. We will observe the practice of abstinence by serving meatless options in the cafe on Fridays during Lent. Fr. Kevin will also offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation during WIN sessions on Tuesday, March 16 and Friday, March 19.
DeLaSalle to Bless New Gym Floor February 19
DeLaSalle has a new gym floor! Crews recently finished installing the new floor with the new logo and brand identity that we unveiled in the fall. School chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78, will bless the new floor during a short pregame ceremony Friday, February 19 before the varsity boys’ basketball team hosts the Academy of Holy Angels at 7:00pm. You can tune into a livestream of the game (find the livestream link on the Athletic Programs webpage the week of the game). 
Students Invited to Apply for National Honor Society
The DeLaSalle chapter of the National Honor Society has invited eligible juniors and seniors to apply for induction. Students are eligible if they have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and service. Eligible students received an email this week with application materials and should submit their application by Friday, February 19.
Tenth Graders Invited to Sign Up for Islander Pride Day

We invite tenth grade students to sign up for their class Islander Pride Day, which will be held on Wednesday, February 24 from 12:00-3:00pm. Islander Pride Days give students in each grade a chance to come together for fun activities, community building, and to live out their Islander pride. DeLaSalle provides lunch at no cost to students and students can earn three Christian Service hours for participating. Students should check their Islander Apps email for a link to sign up. You may contact Nicole Stecklein with questions.

Watch Livestream of Islander Sports
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. Learn more here about how to purchase a subscription and watch the games.

Around DeLaSalle

Congratulations to Sophia Noonan ‘22, who has earned an National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing for being an emerging tech leader! She earned a state honorable mention award last year and is a Minnesota winner this year. Sophia is taking her second Advanced Placement computer science class at DeLaSalle this year and plans to major in computer science in college. She has been a teaching assistant for the past three years in the University of Minnesota’s Summer Computing Academy for young women, helping others learn how to code in the Python computer language. And she is finalizing her History Day project about the first computer programmers in the United States, who were women. (Photo courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)
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