by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

 

Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, April 9, 2021

In this issue…
  • Students Invited to Participate in Restorative Circles
  • Check Your Email for 2021-22 Financial Information
  • Home Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms
  • Students and Families Encouraged to Test Regularly for COVID-19
  • Cohort Changes Must be Submitted by Monday
  • Families May Volunteer Through Islander Foundation
  • Spring Musical “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Opens Tonight
  • 12th Grade Retreat Scheduled for Wednesday
  • Register for Tuesday’s “Navigating College Admissions” Webinar
  • Virtual College Exploration Series April 19-22; Register Now
  • Find Summer Camps at DeLaSalle for Your Kids
  • Come Work at DeLaSalle!
Students Invited to Participate in Restorative Circles

DeLaSalle this week invited students to consider participating in restorative justice circles, which provide participants the opportunity to develop relationships, build communities, and respond to important and sometimes challenging topics that arise. Restorative circles will be held during WIN sessions the week of April 12. Restorative circles are one of the many ways in which DeLaSalle is supporting students during the trial for the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. A restorative circle usually includes 8-12 participants and will likely last 60-80 minutes, which could take up both WIN sessions. Students may sign up for the circles through the Student Support Time software, which they have used all year to schedule their WIN sessions.

Check Your Email for 2021-22 Financial Information

The Business Office has begun sending out 2021-22 tuition information to families who will be at DeLaSalle next year.  The first batch of Tuition Agreements are going to newly-enrolled families and returning families who are adding a younger sibling to their current agreement.  The agreement will reflect charges for each student, as well as any credits or need-based grants awarded through the TADS financial aid application process for 2021-22.  After families with new students receive their information, all other returning families will receive an email link with their 2021-22 financial information as part of the Continuous Enrollment protocol at DeLaSalle. If you have questions, please contact Ron Rice in the Business Office or Mike O’Keefe in Admissions.  All families are asked to please respond to prompts in their individual email as soon as possible and no later than Sunday, April 25, as 2021-22 payment plans begin in May. 

Home Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms

Families are reminded of the importance of at-home screening for symptoms that may be related to COVID-19. Individuals should not attend onsite activities at DeLaSalle if they or anyone else in their household has:

  • Any symptoms of COVID-19 (see list in Pandemic Preparedness Plan)
  • Had close contact with a positive COVID-19 case
  • Taken a COVID-19 test due to symptoms or exposure, and is waiting for the result to come back
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days

We understand that symptoms of COVID-19 often overlap with other illnesses and conditions (including allergies), and as a baseline our policy is that any individual with symptoms should not attend onsite activities. Families may contact our Health Services Coordinator with questions, to report symptoms, and to receive clearance to return.

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, April 23. You may bring your sample to a collection box in the Main Office. Order the test now to ensure it arrives in time.

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.

Cohort Changes Must be Submitted by Monday

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 May Volunteer Through Islander Foundation

Students and families may now register to volunteer selling concessions during Twins games at Target Field for the DeLaSalle Islander Foundation. Target Field contributes to the Islander Foundation for the volunteers’ service and volunteers may request grants to offset fees and expenses associated with attending DeLaSalle. Visit the Islander Foundation website to learn more about the foundation and how to register to volunteer. You may contact Islander Foundation coordinator, Carlos Villagomez, with questions at 612-676-7688.

Spring Musical “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Opens Tonight
Good luck to the cast and crew of DeLaSalle Theatre as they perform their spring musical “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” April 9, 10, 16, and 17. Shows are 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. Find ticket prices and reserve your tickets here.
12th Grade Retreat Scheduled for Wednesday

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.  Retreats are scheduled Wednesday, April 21 for 9th grade students and on Wednesday, May 5 for 10th grade students. Ninth grade students should check their Islander Apps email for a message to register for transportation if they need it to their retreat and to select what they want for lunch that day. Please contact Nicole Stecklein in Lasallian Ministry with questions about retreats.

Register for Tuesday’s “Navigating College Admissions” Webinar

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 Collegeville, 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.

Virtual College Exploration Series April 19-22; Register Now!

DeLaSalle has partnered with counselors from Twin Cities Catholic high schools to develop a week of college planning programming for families. Learn from and connect with college representatives on a variety of topics, including two-year community and technical colleges, public and private universities, and highly selective schools. These virtual events replace the typical college fair week that would occur in the spring, which is not happening because of the coronavirus pandemic. The events are free, but space is limited, so register now! 

Find Summer Camps at DeLaSalle for Your Kids

Summer is right around the corner – and DeLaSalle is excited to offer several summer camps for youth! 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 driving record and enjoy working with students, we encourage you to complete and submit an application. Drivers work flexible hours; morning and afternoon shifts are available.

Around DeLaSalle

Islanders celebrated Easter with a joy-filled all-school Mass April 7. Thank you to the DeLaSalle Gospel Choir for making its inaugural debut and to school chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78, for encouraging us how we can be the Risen Christ to each other.
“My eyes have seen your salvation” Luke 2:30
2020-21 Scripture Theme
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