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Thursday, April 8, 2021

We pray for those who struggle to experience the joy of Easter in their lives. May God remove all obstacles to their peace, freedom, and joy. Amen

Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us! 
Live Jesus in our Hearts – Forever


Daily Digest

Today is the first day of the Silver Cohort:

  • Period 1: 8:30-9:50
  • Period 2: 10:00-11:20
  • Period 3: 11:30-1:30
  • Period 4: 1:40-3:00



Which lunch wave am I in?

  • 3:00pm: Boys’ varsity basketball state semifinal vs. Minnehaha Academy @ Target Center
  • 4:30pm: Boys’ varsity baseball @ Park Center


In the news…

As we shared at the end of our all-school Easter Mass, we invite you to participate, if you wish, in restorative circles. These restorative circles are one of the ways in which we are processing events in our community, including the trial for the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd.

We want to gauge your interest in these circles. Please complete this brief survey to share your interest.

Restorative Justice circles provide participants the opportunity to develop relationships, build communities, and respond to important and sometimes challenging topics that arise. With restorative circles, everyone has an equal opportunity to speak, and to be listened to. Circles usually include between 8-12 participants.

Next week DeLaSalle will begin using WIN Sessions to provide forums for students who would like to participate in a Restorative Justice Circle that will provide opportunities for us to learn more about each other and even express thoughts and feelings on the trial, as well as general observations and feelings about our local community. The circle will likely last 60-80 minutes, possibly taking up both WIN sessions.

There will be virtual sessions for those who are fully online. These sessions will only include students who are online.

The circle guidelines are as follows:

  • Respect the Talking Piece
  • Speak Your Truth with Grace and Respect
  • Listen Without Judgement
  • Stay Engaged and Remain in Circle
  • Honor Confidentiality
  • Demonstrate Empathy
  • Say “Pass” if you do not wish to speak

In a restorative circle participants bring a talking piece – something that will bring constructive conversation to the circle. It can be any small item of significance to the participant.  The “agenda” of the circle typically follows this pattern:

  • Talking Piece
  • Simple Meditation or Mindful Exercise
  • Reflection
  • Review of Circle Guidelines
  • Check in Prompt – Sharing an answer on a Prompt Question – this portion will likely involve at least two questions
  • Check Out Prompt – Typically an answer that is only one word.

Good luck to the boys’ basketball team as they face Minnehaha Academy in the semifinal of the state tournament today at 3:00pm at Target Center. Tickets for the game are sold out.

Fans unable to attend the game in person may watch the game broadcast on 45TV or stream online at

Reserve your tickets now to see the spring musical “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The cast and crew of the award-winning DeLaSalle Theatre program will stage their fifth production this school year this weekend and next. Shows are at 7:30pm on the Friendshuh Stage in the Florance Center both this and the following Friday and Saturday. 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. Send an email to 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.

Mrs. Stecklein and Mrs. Wojda are offering a Bible Study on Fridays during the second WIN as frequently as we can do it, and this week it works out! Join us for a Bible Study this week on PRAYER. Remember that Bible study is NOT a class – we are reading passages on themes that help us to grow in our faith. We had a lively group last week – join us! Look for “Bible Study” when you sign up for this Friday’s WIN sessions.

The Inklings book club will be moving on to the second book, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, in Tomi Adeyemi’s fantastic trilogy. Our first meeting on the second book will be Friday, April 16 from 3:10-4:00pm. Our book club is both in-person and online. We have room for a few new members, so if you would like to join us, please email Mrs. Wojda or talk to Mrs. Arens, Mr. Newman or Mrs. Wojda. We will get you a book and bring you up to speed on the first book. Join us!

If you have signed up to take the ACT this spring, here is a resource that will help you prepare for the test. Mr. Glanville shared his tips to help you do your best on the ACT in this video that was recorded during a WIN session presentation from late February.

Many colleges may give you an option of submitting your test score or not, in considering your application in the fall.  At this point, you may not know which colleges will have this option.  It’s best to have a test score “in your back pocket” if you need it.  Depending on your score, it may also help with scholarship money.

Good luck and remember  – YOU are way more than your test score!!  So relax, prepare, and do the best you can do.  You can always take it again in the fall if you want. Students who financially qualify, please see one of the college advisors to request a fee waiver for the test.

Interested parents are invited to attend a live virtual webinar on Tuesday, April 13 about navigating college admissions. The free webinar, which is hosted by the Minnesota Independent School Forum, is from 6:30-7:30pm. You may register here.

The webinar will be facilitated by Jon McGee, the head of school at St. John’s Preparatory School in Minnesota. McGee is the author of “Dear Parents”, in which he offers parents of college-bound students a road map for navigating the complex and often emotional challenge of preparing themselves and their children for college. The parent of four children (one college graduate, two currently in college, and one still in high school), McGee will offer insights and guidance drawn from years of personal and professional experience about college, college preparation, and college choice at the various stages of our children’s lives.

DeLaSalle families may order a supply of healthy breakfast and lunches for the days when their student is not on campus because they are participating via distance learning.

  • Students participating in hybrid learning may order a meal kit that contains three breakfasts and three lunches each. Families may use this form to order the meal kits. Orders must be placed by noon on the first day the student attends in-person instruction (Monday or Thursday) and picked up outside the kitchen at the end of the school day on the last day they attend (Tuesday or Friday).
  • Students participating in full distance learning may also order a meal kit that contains five breakfasts and five lunches each. Orders should be placed by noon on Thursday for pickup at 3:00pm on Friday. Families may use this form to place the order.

The meals are provided at no cost to families through an extension of the federal Summer Food Service Program.