by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, March 19, 2021

In this issue…
  • Parents Invited to Town Hall Meetings Monday, March 22
  • Please Follow Up Immediately with TADS if Contacted
  • Final Performances This Weekend of DeLaSalle Theatre Fall Plays
  • Eleventh Grade Will Gather for Class Retreat Wednesday, March 24
  • National Honor Society Will Induct 64 Students Wednesday, March 24
  • Students and Families Encouraged to Test Regularly for COVID-19
  • What You Need to Know about COVID-19 and Spring Break
  • Learn How to Interpret Your ITED Test Results
  • Spring Sports Begin March 29; Register Now
  • Sign Up Now for Summer Youth Camps
Parents Invited to Town Hall Meetings Monday, March 22

As we communicated in an email on Tuesday evening, all parents are invited to a town hall with President Bryan Bass and Principal Jim Benson on Monday, March 22. During the town hall, parents can learn more about the school’s multifaceted response to support students during the trial for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. The town hall will be held via Google Meet – at 6:00pm for English speaking families and at 7:00pm for Spanish speaking families.

On Wednesday, March 17, faculty and staff participated in a professional development about how to facilitate restorative healing and justice circles. Students will have the opportunity to participate in these circles during WIN sessions following spring break. We extend our thanks to Roslyn Harmon ‘94, the executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center, who facilitated our professional development.

Please Follow Up Immediately with TADS if Contacted

Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS), the company that processes financial aid applications for DeLaSalle and almost all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, will be finishing the auditing process of 2021-22 applications within the next few days.  If you have applied for need-based financial aid for 2021-22 and TADS has contacted you to provide more information, submit documents, or clarify numbers that do not seem to make sense, PLEASE respond immediately.  We cannot award financial aid to a student or family whose application is still deemed “incomplete” because the family has not followed up with TADS and provided the information requested.  Our goal is to begin creating 2021-22 Tuition Agreements by the end of the month and communicate that information to all families in early April.

Final Performances This Weekend of DeLaSalle Theatre Fall Plays

DeLaSalle Theatre returns to the Friendshuh Stage in the Florance Center this weekend with the final performances of its winter plays “The Yeti” and “Madame Executioner.” Performances are 7:30pm tonight and tomorrow. Limited seating is available. Tickets cost $10 and you may email the theatre box office to arrange tickets. Both plays are written by James Buffington and directed by Farrah and James Buffington. At the same time, the program is rehearsing for its spring musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

Eleventh Grade Will Gather for Class Retreat Wednesday, March 24

Eleventh grade students will gather for their annual class retreat at DeLaSalle on Wednesday, March 24, from 10:00am-3:00pm. This is a day of fellowship, reflection and community building. Class retreats will occur in the coming weeks for students in other grades. Retreats are scheduled Wednesday, April 14 for 12th grade students, Wednesday, April 21 for 9th grade students, and on Wednesday, May 5 for 10th grade students. Please contact Nicole Stecklein in Lasallian MInistry with questions about retreats.

National Honor Society Will Induct 64 Students Wednesday, March 24

Congratulations to the 64 students who will be inducted into the DeLaSalle chapter of the National Honor Society on Wednesday, March 24, at 7:00pm. The event will be held in the Main Gymnasium. Each inductee and two parents will be allowed to attend the ceremony in person. The event will be livestreamed for those unable to attend because of social distancing limitations.

Students and Families Encouraged to Test Regularly for COVID-19

Students and families participating in onsite activities are encouraged to seek regular COVID-19 testing as a form of screening for illness. Tests are available at free community testing locations or via free at-home testing kits.

At-home tests require students and families to access a UPS store to drop off their sample to shipped for testing. Those unable to access a UPS store may bring their test to DeLaSalle and we can deliver to a UPS store at the same time we bring tests of employees who participate in voluntary testing. The next employee test date is Friday, March 26. You may bring your sample to a collection box in the Main Office. Order the test now to ensure it arrives by next Thursday.

Those taking an at-home test must complete their test before bringing the sample to school. Testers may schedule their Zoom appointment in the morning before they come to school or may take the test the evening before. Testers may not eat or drink in the 30 minutes before the test and the test must be monitored by Vault Health over Zoom.

Find more information in the “Screening Tests” section on the COVID-19 webpage.

What You Need to Know about COVID-19 and Spring Break

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. 

Learn How to Interpret Your ITED Test Results

Ninth grade students who took the Iowa Test of Educational Development in late January will receive their results via US mail this week. Students and families can learn how to interpret their test results during information sessions next week that will also include college planning tips for 9th grade students. Any 9th grade family is welcome to tune in even if their child did not take the test. These sessions are identical, choose the one that best fits into your schedule.

  • Tuesday, March 23, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 24, 7:00am
  • Wednesday, March 24, 12:00pm

The Google Meet link code for these sessions can be found on the Guidance page within Canvas.

Spring Sports Begin March 29; Register Now

All spring sports will begin on Monday, 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 so that you can receive important information about practices and the team. NEW: The Student Activities office has recorded virtual Parent-Athlete-Coach (PAC) meetings with more sport-specific information. Find them on the Athletic Programs webpage. Don’t forget you must also have a current physical on file with the Student Activities office. And remember to sign up for your sports Remind Code by following these directions

Sign Up 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!

Around DeLaSalle

School chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78, offered the Sacrament of Reconciliation to students and staff during WIN sessions on Tuesday and today. Participants could choose to receive the sacrament in the communal form or via an individual meeting with a priest. (Photo courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)
“My eyes have seen your salvation” Luke 2:30
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