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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, February 19, 2021

In this issue…
  • 2021-22 Course Requests Due Friday, February 26
  • 2021-22 Registration Deposit Will be Added to March Tuition Invoice
  • Apply for Financial Aid for 2021-22 by Friday, February 26
  • In Case You Missed It: Survey Gauges Parent Interest of More On-Campus Learning Opportunities for Students
  • DeLaSalle Celebrates Black History Month, Kicks Off Social Justice Week Feb. 26
  • Over 320 Applications (and climbing) for the Class of 2025
  • DeLaSalle Will Bless New Gym Floor TONIGHT
  • State Champion Ethics Bowl Team Will Compete in Regional Playoff February 24
  • Register for Spring Sports
  • Watch Livestream of Islander Sports
2021-22 Course Requests Due Friday, February 26

Students in grades 9-10-11 are reminded to submit their 2021-22 course requests by Friday, February 26. Students should check their Islander Apps student email to find their individualized registration link. You can find the courses DeLaSalle will offer next year in the 2021-22 Curriculum Guide. Students can use this Four Year Plan to chart their courses over the next years of high school.

Students should consider courses that will challenge them, which is what many college counselors look for in a student’s record. This is especially important as more colleges and universities move toward making standardized tests like the SAT and ACT optional in their admission decision. By eliminating an admission requirement, colleges will rely more on a student’s day-to-day work. Colleges and universities will be taking a closer look at transcripts and grades for challenging coursework and the grades students earned.

What is an appropriate level of challenge for one child may not be appropriate for a different child. So how do you know what to do for your child? You must take many factors into consideration in that decision.

  • What kind of work ethic does my child have?
  • Can my child handle more reading and more homework?
  • Can my child handle a faster pace of learning?

DeLaSalle offers honors and AP Courses and one College In the Schools course which provide a higher level of rigor, but how much is too much? You may read this “How Much Is Too Much” article from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, which explores how students can have both challenge and balance in their high school schedules and still be considered for selective college admission.

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.

How to Find Your Tuition for Taxes

Returning families to DeLaSalle who need to know how much tuition they paid to DeLaSalle in tuition and registration in 2020 can access the information in TADS. Follow these step-by-step instructions to access the report. This report will also retrieve information about tuition paid to DeLaSalle in calendar year 2020 for families whose children attended De during the year.

  1. Log into TADS
  2. Click on the “Billing” tab
  3. Select “Your Billing Account”
  4. Once you are in Billing you will see “Reports” in the blue bar. Click on “Reports”
  5. Select “Household Paid Tuition Tax Report”
  6. Enter the year “2020”
  7. The report will appear.
In Case You Missed It: Survey Gauges Parent Interest of More On-Campus Learning Opportunities for Students

As we communicated in the February 12 “Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle,” DeLaSalle is exploring how to safely provide more on-campus learning opportunities for students and families who desire it. The primary contact of students in the Gold and Silver cohorts received an email with a survey that asks whether they would like to expand their child’s presence on campus from two days a week to four days a week. The primary contact of Blue cohort students received an email with a survey asking whether they would like their student to learn on campus two 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 Celebrates Black History Month, Kicks Off Social Justice Week February 26

DeLaSalle will combine its celebration of Black History Month with a kickoff to Social Justice Week during an all-school assembly during the first WIN session on Friday, February 26. The assembly will include prayer, music, and guest speakers from the non-profit Sweet Potato Comfort Pie. Founder and president Rose McGee and her daughter, Roslyn Harmon ’94, will speak about their mission to advance racial justice and equity. This year’s Social Justice theme is “Homelessness in Minnesota: Our Call to Charity and Justice.” During the week, students will be invited to help make pies that will be delivered to homeless and unhoused residents of the Twin Cities. Look for more details about Social Justice week in the February 26 edition of “Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle.”

As part of DeLaSalle’s celebration of Black History Month, students may dress out of uniform on Tuesday, February 23 and Friday, February 26, provided that the TOP shows the Pan African flag colors (red, black, green). Students must still wear their uniform pants or skirt.

Over 320 Applications (and climbing) for the Class of 2025

As of this week, over 320 eighth grade students have submitted application materials to DeLaSalle. Families from 97 different Twin Cities middle school communities are applying to De, with at least five applicants from each of 24 different schools. Islanders, even prospective Islanders, are indeed everywhere! Since mid-January, we have been able to offer admission to approximately 80 percent of the applicant pool, informing families via a series of emails. We have invited those students and their parents to register on Saturday, February 27 and secure a spot in DeLaSalle’s Class of 2025.  It’s probable we will fill the class (or come close) on the 27th. Additionally, we have begun the admission process with more than a dozen prospective transfer students for fall admission.  In a year without full on-campus Open Houses, public events, and students visiting as an “Islander for a Day,” we are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of interest in this remarkable school. Continue reading 

DeLaSalle Will Bless New Gym Floor TONIGHT
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 tonight before the varsity boys’ basketball team hosts the Academy of Holy Angels at 7:00pm. You can tune into a livestream of the game here.
State Champion Ethics Bowl Team Will Compete in Regional Playoff February 24

Good luck to the state champion DeLaSalle Ethics Bowl team, which will compete in a regional playoff on Wednesday, February 24, for the chance to advance to nationals. DeLaSalle will play the state champion from Iowa. The competition challenges students to develop ethical arguments in response to moral dilemmas. The winner February 24 will participate in the national ethics bowl competition this spring at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Register for Spring Sports
All spring sports will begin on March 29th. DeLaSalle offers baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ golf, boys’ tennis, track and field, and boys’ and girls’ lacrosse. Students who want to participate in a sport should register here as soon as possible so they can receive important information about practices and the team. Students must also have a current physical on file with the Student Activities office. Don’t forget to sign up for your sports Remind Code by following these directions.
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

Islanders received ashes on their foreheads during an all-school Ash Wednesday Mass on February 17. The Mass marked the opening of the 40-day season of Lent at DeLaSalle, during which Islanders will prepare themselves for the death of Jesus on the Cross on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. DeLaSalle will serve meatless options in its Cafe on Fridays in Lent – and students will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in mid-March from school chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78. (Photos courtesy: Kayla Bryson-Tucker, DeLaSalle staff)
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