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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, March 26, 2021

In this issue…
  • Thanks for Attending Parent Town Hall; April 6 Becomes Online Learning Day
  • Spring Break March 29-April 5; Important COVID-19 Guidance
  • Cohort Changes Must be Submitted by April 12
  • Families Will Soon Receive 2021-22 Financial Details
  • 42 Projects Qualify for Minnesota History Day Competition
  • Spring Sports Start Monday
  • Islanders Find Postseason Success
  • DeLaSalle Will Celebrate Easter with School Mass April 7
  • Attend the Spring Musical “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
  • 12th Grade Retreat Scheduled April 14
  • Free ACT Test Prep Available
  • Find Summer Camps at DeLaSalle for Your Kids
Thanks for Attending Parent Town Hall; April 6 Becomes Online Learning Day

We thank those families who attended our parent town hall meetings March 22. President, Dr. Bryan Bass, and Principal, Jim Benson, presented on the multiple ways in which DeLaSalle will support students throughout the trial for the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. One of the key responses will be restorative circles for students in the month of April.

To provide faculty and staff with additional professional development about how to facilitate restorative circles, Tuesday, April 6 will be an online learning day for all students. Students should log in via Google Meet to class in periods 1-4. The class schedule for April 6 will be:

  • Period 1: 9:00-10:00am
  • Period 2: 10:10-11:10
  • Break: 11:10-11:40
  • Period 3: 11:40am-12:40pm
  • Period 4: 12:50-1:50
Spring Break March 29-April 5; Important COVID-19 Guidance

We wish all students and families a relaxing and restful spring break. There are no classes March 29-April 5. When classes resume the week of April 5, students will have a synchronous online learning day on Tuesday, April 6 (see above for more information). The Gold cohort will report to school on Wednesday, April 7. The Silver cohort will report to school on Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9.

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.

Cohort Changes Must Be Submitted by April 12

Families who wish to request a change in learning cohort for their student must submit their request to Assistant Principal Martha Coughlan no later than Monday, April 12. Requests will not be accepted after April 12. This is the final window to make any transportation or room changes before the end of the school year. Cohort requests are allowed for:

  • Students in the Blue cohort who wish to transition to two days of on-campus learning (via the Gold or Silver cohort depending upon their birth month) or four days of on-campus learning (via the Red cohort)
  • Students in the Gold or Silver cohort who wish to attend campus four days a week via the Red cohort.
  • Students in the Gold, Silver, or Red cohort who wish to participate in full distance learning via the Blue cohort.

Please note that students in the Red cohort may be requested to “distance” learn from an overflow room (the Schulze Lab in D104) because of capacity limits in classrooms as we still follow the recommended six-feet physical distancing, due to increased spread of the virus in the greater community.

Families Will Soon Receive 2021-22 Financial Details

The DeLaSalle Business Office will soon communicate financial aid information to families who qualify for need-based aid or presidential scholarships as well as those who pay full tuition. Returning families who do not have any new students will receive an email with this information in early April. New families (and returning families with a new student coming to De) will receive a separate communication with their tuition agreement and are asked to follow the instructions to electronically sign the agreement and select a payment plan.

We cannot award financial aid to a student or family whose application is deemed “incomplete.” So, if you receive a request for additional information form Tuition Aid Data Service (TADS), the company we use to process financial aid applications, please respond immediately. Please contact Ron Rice, Director of Tuition Management, with any questions.

42 Projects Qualify for Minnesota History Day Competition

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 demonstrate their work through individual or group exhibits, dramatizations, websites, documentaries, or research papers.

Spring Sports Start Monday

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. 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

Islanders Find Postseason Success

Congratulations to Islanders who, as individuals and teams, have found success in the postseason of an abbreviated winter sports season.

  • The boys’ basketball team qualified for the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) state tournament as Section 6AAA champions with a 59-50 win over top-seeded Mound Westonka. The seeding meeting for the state tournament will occur on Saturday, March 27. You can find updated information about when, where, and against whom the Islanders will play on the Take State webpage.
  • The girls’ basketball team ended the regular season with an 11-6 overall record. Because of their exposure to a player from a different team who tested positive for COVID-19, the girls’ basketball team was put in quarantine. But, rather than forfeit their March 19 section quarterfinal game, DeLaSalle fielded JV and C squad players in the varsity game.
  • Four Islanders competed in wrestling sections. Congratulations to Finn Rater ‘21 and Mateo Pena Jones ‘22 who advanced to compete in the preliminary round of the state tournament. This is the third year that DeLaSalle has partnered with Columbia Heights for the co-op wrestling program.
  • Two Islanders stood out in the MSHSL Class A state boys’ swimming tournament. Congratulations to James McCarthy ‘23 who took second in the 200-meter individual medley and eighth in the 100-meter butterfly. Liam Neary ‘22 finished fourth in the 100-meter freestyle and sixth in the 50-meter freestyle. Both swim for the co-op program with St. Anthony Village and St. Agnes – and also swam legs on two relay teams that qualified for state, with the 400-meter freestyle relay finishing 13th. Overall, the team finished 14th in the state with a great season in which they won all but one meet!
  • Nyah Massey ‘23 finished in second place at the Section 6AA Speech tournament with an original 10-minute performance that she wrote for the Creative Expression category. Nyah will compete in the state tournament April 23-24.

DeLaSalle Will Celebrate Easter with School Mass April 7

The DeLaSalle community will celebrate the Resurrection with an all-school Easter Mass on Wednesday, April 7, at 10:00am in the Florance Center. School chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78, will celebrate the Mass.

Attend the Spring Musical “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Reserve your tickets now to see the spring musical “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in April. The cast and crew of the award-winning DeLaSalle Theatre program will stage their fifth production this school year April 9, 10, 16, and 17, at 7:30pm, on the Friendshuh Stage in the Florance Center. The musical features an eclectic group of sixth graders who are each eager to win the spelling bee for different reasons. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition. Email the theatre box office to reserve your tickets. Tickets cost $15 for reserved seating; $10 for general admission; $7 for students and seniors; and free for DeLaSalle students with their school ID. 

12th Grade Retreat Scheduled April 14

Twelfth grade students will participate in their final class retreat at DeLaSalle on Wednesday, April 14, from 10:00am-3:00pm. This is a required event and will give seniors the opportunity to spend the day together in fellowship, reflection, and celebration of the relationships and memories they have made at DeLaSalle over the last four years. DeLaSalle will provide lunch for all students and transportation to and from the event for students who need it. Students should refer to an email they received today to register for the retreat. Please contact Nicole Stecklein with questions. 

Free ACT Test Prep Available

Students who have signed up to take the ACT test this spring can find a helpful resource here that will prepare them for the test. Christian Glanville, who is an admissions associate and has also taught test prep classes, shared his tips to help students do their best on the ACT during a WIN session in February. Students are reminded they can always take the test again if they are not satisfied with the score they receive.

Find Summer Camps at DeLaSalle for Your Kids

With spring break next week, now is a good time to research summer camps for your kids! 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 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

The DeLaSalle chapter of the National Honor Society has inducted 64 new members. Students pledged to uphold the principles of character, scholarship, service, and leadership during the on-campus induction ceremony Wednesday evening. Inductees unable to attend in person were recognized virtually. Thank you to past DeLaSalle parent and Northside Achievement Zone president and CEO, Sondra Samuels, for offering her words of encouragement to our newest NHS members. (Photos courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)
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