by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

 

Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, February 26, 2021

In this issue…
  • Important COVID-19 Updates
  • Sign Up for Now for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences March 10
  • DeLaSalle Celebrates Social Justice Week March 1-5
  • Class of 2025 Will Register Saturday
  • Temporary Change in Dean of Students Office
  • ACT Exam Tuesday; Asynchronous Learning for 11th and 12th Graders
  • DeLaSalle Announces Key Dates for 2021-22 School Year
  • Register Now for Summer Youth Camps
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity for Seniors – Due Monday!
  • Accepting Applications for Alumni Association Scholarships
  • Students Should Register Now for Spring Sports
  • Students May be Eligible for Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Benefits
  • Tax Tip: How to Find How Much Tuition You Paid to DeLaSalle in 2020
  • Students Invited to Youth Education Leadership Summit
Important COVID-19 Updates

Minnesota Department of Health Recommends Student and Family Screening Tests

Students and families participating in onsite activities are encouraged to seek regular COVID-19 testing as a form of screening for illness. Previously, MDH had recommended that only people with symptoms or risk of exposure to a positive case seek COVID-19 testing. Now that the State has greatly increased testing capacity at free community testing locations (in addition to the free at-home testing kits), getting a COVID-19 test is quick and easy, and MDH specifically recommends students and families participating in onsite activities use these tests. This means that students and families who have no symptoms or exposure are encouraged to get tested regularly. Through the MDE educator testing program, DeLaSalle has been conducting COVID-19 screening tests for employees every two weeks. By testing regularly, these COVID-19 diagnostic tests turn into a screening and surveillance tool, to help individuals, families, and the school be more vigilant and assist in tracking any potential COVID-19 transmission. (Please note, individuals are not required to stay home while waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test if it was taken in a screening capacity, but must stay home if testing is due to symptoms or COVID-19 exposure.) Continue reading

Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector

The State of Minnesota has announced the launch of the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, which is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine. This system is a proactive way for all Minnesotans to indicate their interest in receiving a vaccine, so that when they become eligible, they can be alerted and connected to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment. All Minnesotans are invited to complete the form so they are added to the system. At this time, only certain groups are eligible to get vaccinated, and if you know someone who is eligible but unable to sign up (for example, someone age 65+ who is not tech-savvy), please help them sign up with the Vaccine Connector. It may still be a while before the general public has access to a vaccine, but when the eligibility guidelines change you will be contacted if you have completed the Vaccine Connector.

Spring Break Guidance

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.

Sign Up Now for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences on March 10
Parent-Student-Teacher conferences will be held virtually this spring and are scheduled on Wednesday, March 10, from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-5:00pm. 

Parents may schedule 7-minute conferences with their child’s teachers using the MyConferenceTime software. We recommend you schedule your conferences now to secure your preferred date and time, keeping in mind that teachers will have breaks scheduled throughout conferences. You may sign up individually by teacher or choose the “Register for Multiple Time Slots” option on the MyConferenceTime webpage. Conferences will be conducted via Google Meet and you will receive the meet code in a confirmation email after scheduling the conference.

DeLaSalle Celebrates Social Justice Week March 1-5

The DeLaSalle community will explore the root causes of and identify ways to support those experiencing homelessness as part of our annual Social Justice Awareness Week March 1-5. Lasallian MInistry staff plan the week and have developed multiple activities and discussion opportunities for students. We kicked off the week today with an all-school assembly that also culminated our celebration of Black History Month.

DeLaSalle will partner with Sweet Potato Comfort Pie, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen existing and nurture new relationships through the creation and distribution of sweet potato pies. Students will have the opportunity to help make and gift pies and perform other service after school on Tuesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 4 (sign up is available in “The Source.”) Students also have the opportunity to sign up and participate in sweet potato pie story sharing circles during the WIN session on Friday, March 5. Story circles engage students in dialogue and activity around identity, community, and bridge-building and discuss ways to work for charity and justice for all.

Change for Change

Show your generosity for Social Justice Week! Students are challenged to show they can raise the most change for change by bringing in change during their lunch period. Proceeds will help local organizations supporting those facing homelessness, including:

  • St. Stephen’s Shelter
  • House of Charity
  • Sharing and Caring Hands/Mary’s Place
  • Bridge for Youth
  • People Serving People

Welcome Kit Toiletry Drive

Islanders are encouraged to bring in full size toiletries to donate to people fleeing domestic violence and seeking addiction treatment. These items will be donated to Missions, Inc., a Twin Cities nonprofit that operates shelters for people experiencing domestic violence, substance abuse disorder, and homelessness.

Items Collected:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Soap
  • Lip balm
  • Hair brushes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Floss
Class of 2025 Will Register on Saturday

DeLaSalle will welcome the next generation of Islanders when it registers the Class of 2025 this Saturday, February 27. Students who have been offered admission to ninth grade and their families will select their courses for the 2021-22 school year and pay a registration deposit to secure their spot in the class. It is likely that we will fill the class (or come close to doing so) on Saturday. The Admissions Office will continue to register new ninth graders and transfer students as space allows in each grade level.  We encourage those interested in potential transfer to DeLaSalle to explore more here

Temporary Change in Dean of Students Office

Dean of Students Chas Lemon will be away from school for the next two weeks and will return on Monday, March 15. In the meantime, CJ Hallman will assume responsibilities as the interim Dean of Students. If you have any concerns regarding a discipline or student life matter, please contact Mr. Hallman at 612-676-7690 or or via email.

ACT Exam on Tuesday; Asynchronous Learning for 11th and 12th Graders

DeLaSalle is offering the ACT exam on campus on Tuesday for 11th and 12th graders who have registered for it. This opportunity will benefit students who have been unable to take the exam elsewhere because testing centers have closed due to the pandemic. Tuesday will be an asynchronous learning day for all 11th and 12th grade students and those 11th and 12th graders not taking the ACT do not need to report to campus. Students can check their course page in Canvas for additional directives from their teachers.

DeLaSalle Announces Key Dates for 2021-22 School Year

We often receive several questions this time of year regarding key dates for the next school year – such as “When will school start?” or “When is spring break?” While the 2021-22 school year calendar is not yet final, we can confirm the following key dates have been scheduled:

  • First day of school: Monday, August 23
  • Christmas Break: December 20-December 31
  • Second Semester Begins: Monday, January 3, 2022
  • Spring Break: April 4-8
  • Graduation for the Class of 2022: Thursday, May 19
  • Last day of school: Friday, May 27
Register Now for Summer Youth Camps

Local middle and high school students can try their hand in a wide variety of activities – from building their own computer apps to developing their skills on the theatre stage or the athletic field – in summer youth camps offered by DeLaSalle. Camps are open to students in 3rd-12th grade and offer an opportunity to have fun while learning or improving their skills. Explore the camps and register today!

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

Find the most up-to-date school events on the School Calendar webpage

NACAC Virtual College Fair

Sunday, February 28, 12:00-6:00pm

COVID-19 has shut down opportunities students previously had for visiting, and connecting with colleges. 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. Learn about this Sunday’s fair and register here. Additional fairs are scheduled March 7 (STEM emphasis), March 16 (visual and performing arts fair), March 21, April 10, April 20, and May 2. Register for those fairs here.

Academic Mentor Meetings

Wednesday, March 3, 1:30-3:00pm

Students will meet with their academic mentors to review their second semester progress ahead of parent-student-teacher conferences on March 10. Mentors will “ping” their students through the Student Support Time software.

College Planning Sessions for Juniors

March 2021

Each year, the Guidance and College Planning office hosts a College Planning Day for Juniors that provides helpful information as 11th graders continue with their college planning. This year, the sessions will be spread out over a series of days as part of March College Prep Covid-Style Madness. Presentations will be offered during WIN sessions on various topics. The first presentation happened today – just in time for the March 2nd ACT test. Students learned strategies about how to prepare for and take the ACT from Christian Glanville, who teaches test preparation classes in addition to his role as an admissions associate. Additional sessions are planned in NCAA considerations for athletes, performing arts/theatre colleges, and medical careers.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Tuesday, March 16 and Friday, March 19

School chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78, will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation during WIN sessions. Students may sign up to participate using the Student Support Time (SST) software.

11th Grade Retreat

Wednesday, March 24

Each year, students in every grade participate in a class retreat, hosted by the Lasallian Ministry department. Retreats are a full day experience that are intended to build class unity, deepen connections with classmates, and focus on a particular theme. Students should watch their Islander Apps email in the coming weeks for additional details.

Spring Break

March 29-April 5

Classes are not in session as we encourage students to enjoy a spring break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 6, following the Easter holiday.

Around DeLaSalle

Eleventh grade students have completed their History Day projects and more than 80 have advanced to the regional level of competition in the Minnesota History Day competition. History Day allows students to become expert historians by selecting and researching a topic around a theme, which this year is “Communication in History: Key to Understanding.” Congratulations and good luck to all who have qualified! Continue reading

$5,000 Scholarship Opportunity for Seniors – Due Monday!

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation is committed to providing assistance to students from middle-class families who do not receive federal grant dollars. Current DeLaSalle seniors are invited to apply for a $5,000 scholarship, which is renewable for all four years of college for a total of $20,000. The Schulze Family Foundation seeks members of the DeLaSalle class of 2021 who have distinguished themselves through school, community and/or church activities while showing strong academic achievement in high school.

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Have a minimum of a 3.0 unweighted cumulative GPA
  • Have attended a Catholic school for elementary education
  • Show unmet financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Not be receiving need-based federal grant assistance (Pell)
  • Submit all necessary documentation by midnight on March 1, 2021

Learn more here.

Accepting Applications for Alumni Association Scholarships

Current 11th grade students are invited to apply for scholarships available through the DeLaSalle Alumni Association. The application is available here and the deadline to apply is Friday, March 12. Five scholarships are awarded in honor of alumni who have had a significant impact on DeLaSalle – and recipients will have the scholarships applied to their tuition for the 2021-22 school year.

Students Should Register Now 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. If you want to participate in a sport, you should register here as soon as possible so that you can receive important information about practices and the team. You 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.

Students interested in baseball should register immediately and place an order now for required practice gear so it arrives in time for the start of the season. Baseball players are required to purchase a practice jersey, hat, belt, socks, and game pants here. Players may also purchase optional gear, including practice pants, cage jacket, and hoodie, among other items.

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.

Tax Tip: How to Find How Much Tuition You Paid to DeLaSalle in 2020

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.

Students Invited to Youth Education Leadership Summit

Islanders are invited to attend and even lead a session at the Youth in Education Leadership Summit being held the last weekend in April. The free online event is hosted by the Minnesota Youth Council and showcases the work of young people involved in positions of leadership in their schools and communities, who are working within the same system and toward similar goals regarding education and equity. The summit’s focus on Saturday, April 24 is community action workshops and on Sunday, April 25 is legislative action workshops. Register here.

Students interested in leading a half-hour or one-hour session, please fill out this form! We value the time and effort it takes to lead a workshop, so we’re also providing stipends for students facilitating sessions! The priority deadline for presenters is March 8.

Questions? Contact Minnesota Youth Council representative (and Student Council co-president) Bolu Ilelaboye.

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