by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Thursday, April 1, 2021

In this issue…
  • Happy Easter from DeLaSalle!
  • Reminder: Online Learning Day for All Students Tuesday, April 6
  • Cohort Changes Must be Submitted by April 12
  • Families Will Soon Receive 2021-22 Financial Details
  • Islander Foundation Arranging Volunteer Opportunities with Area Venues
  • Peg Hodapp Honored with Award for Holocaust Education
  • 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
  • Come Work at DeLaSalle!
The Triduum and Happy Easter from DeLaSalle!

As we enter the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, school offices will be closed on Good Friday (April 2).

This Sunday is Easter, when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which signifies God’s conquest over death and promise of everlasting life for us all. May we be the Risen Christ to each other, as we continue to respond to the needs of our brothers and sisters, especially in a world that is searching for the hope and promise of the Resurrection. Let us proclaim that Christ is Risen: Alleluia! Live Jesus in our hearts … Forever! Happy Easter from DeLaSalle!

Reminder: Online Learning Day for All Students Tuesday, April 6

As a reminder, Tuesday, April 6 will be an online learning day for all students. Following classes, faculty and staff will participate in professional development about how to facilitate restorative circles, which is one of the many ways in which we are supporting students during the trial for the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. On Tuesday, students should log in via Google Meet to class in periods 1-4. Here is the class schedule for the day:

  • 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

As a reminder, 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. Red Cohort students will report to school April 7-9.

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 information to families who have registered for the 2021-22 school year. Families who receive need-based grants or presidential scholarships will see this reflected in the communication. There are two different stakeholder groups receiving this information: returning families who do not have any new students will receive an email. 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 new 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.

Islander Foundation Arranging Volunteer Opportunities with Area Venues

The return of fans to area sports venues means an opportunity for DeLaSalle families to once again volunteer through the Islander Foundation. The Islander Foundation is a non-profit fundraising program that allows De students and families to volunteer by operating concession stands at venues like Target Center, Target Field, and U.S. Bank Stadium. For the volunteers’ service, these businesses contribute to the Islander Foundation and participating students and families may request grants to offset fees and expenses associated with attending DeLaSalle.

The Islander Foundation has been in contact with many of the venues already and are waiting to hear how the venues will be operating this year.  Once we hear from these organizations, we will make sure to let our interested families know. Please contact Carlos Villagomez with questions at 612-676-7688.

Peg Hodapp Honored with Award for Holocaust Education

Congratulations to Peg Hodapp, who will be honored April 8 by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) with the Leo Weiss Courage to Teach award, which recognizes an educator who goes beyond the requirements of curriculum to teach and inspire young people about the lessons of the Holocaust. Hodapp welcomes guest speakers from the JCRC into her Faith & Morality classes, where they share family stories of Holocaust survivors. She will receive the award virtually at the Twin Cities Holocaust Remembrance Day. Continue reading

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! 

Come Work for DeLaSalle!

DeLaSalle has immediate openings for transportation drivers. If you have a clean record and enjoy working with students, we encourage you to complete and submit an application. Drivers work flexible hours and morning and afternoon shifts are available.

Around DeLaSalle

Every year, students in each grade participate in an annual class retreat with their peers. The Class of 2022 held its retreat March 24, where students got to know each other better through fun activities and thoughtful discussion. The retreat also included prayer and a reflection by CJ Hallman ‘02. Retreats are organized by Lasallian Ministry and facilitated by seniors who serve as retreat team leaders. (Photos courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)
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