by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, August 27, 2021

In this issue…
  • Join Us at Parent Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, September 1
  • DeLaSalle Hosts Community Vaccination Clinic on Friday, September 10
  • For Parent Drivers: Know Where to Drop Off, Pick Up Your Student
  • Please Look for Updated Transportation Route Information
  • Uniform Dress Code Reminders for All Students
  • Update on School Picture Day; Students Receive Temporary IDs
  • Virtual National College Fair Event This Sunday
  • Students Will Meet with Academic Mentors on Tuesday
  • Grade Level Meetings Planned for Thursday
  • Important Contacts to Know
  • Homecoming 2021: Comeback > Setback
  • Join DeLaSalle for a Night in Reims at October 9 Christian Brothers’ Gala
  • DeLaSalle Cafe Offers Free Meals; How to Deposit Lunch Money
  • How to Be a Successful Student
  • Monitor Your Child’s Progress as a Canvas Observer
  • Come Work for DeLaSalle!
  • All-Activity Passes on Sale: Soccer Begins Charging Game Admission
  • Watch Home Games through NFHS Network
Join Us at Parent Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, September 1

Please join us on Wednesday, September 1 for the annual Parent Back-to-School Night at De. This is a great opportunity to learn directly from teachers, mentors, and administrators of the academic expectations for each student this year. Check in starts in the Albers Atrium at 5:30pm. The program itself begins at 6:00pm in the Main Gym. Parents will then meet with their son or daughter’s academic mentor and then walk through their child’s actual class schedule and sit in on mini presentations from each teacher. Learn more here.

DeLaSalle Hosts Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Friday, September 10

We are excited to announce that DeLaSalle will host an on-campus community-wide COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday, September 10, between 3:00-6:00pm in the Schulze Lab (D104). Anyone who is 12 years or older and is eligible to receive a vaccine may get their shot at the school – and those who get a shot can receive an incentive for doing so! Choose from the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose. The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses. DeLaSalle is planning a second vaccination clinic in the weeks to come to provide the second dose to those who receive their first dose on September 10.

Please pre-register by Friday, September 3 to let us know how many vaccines to have available. However, walk-ins are welcome.

Students who are younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian’s consent to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The vaccinating nurse will accept verbal consent over the phone, so parents should be available to answer their child’s call or be present with your child to grant approval.

Thank you and your student for helping our entire community stay safe and healthy with our COVID-19 protocols. Learn more about our mitigation strategies here.

For Parent Drivers: Know Where to Drop Off, Pick Up Your Student

Thank you for partnering with us to provide a safe environment for students, staff, and community members, who travel in, near, and around DeLaSalle. We ask you to note and follow these morning drop-off and afternoon pickup protocols (see a map here).

Eighteen school buses and vans arrive at DeLaSalle each morning; these vehicles have the right-of-way on the drive in front of DeLaSalle. Parents/guardians arriving at school with their children should proceed east-to-west through the parking lot to drop off their child in the lot, leaving the drive in front of the school clear for school buses and vans. Please note that, following drop-off, vehicles should exit via West Island Avenue.

In the afternoon, buses are the only vehicles allowed to pick up students on the drive in front of the school. The City of Minneapolis has installed “15-minute loading zone” street signs on West Island Avenue that will allow parents/guardians to temporarily wait along the curb closest to the school to pick up their children. Please be courteous to our Island neighbors and others who use the Island by pulling as close to the curb as possible to let other vehicles pass.

Please Look for Updated Transportation Route Information

Thank you to those families who have chosen to receive school transportation service from DeLaSalle. During the first week of service, and in collaboration with Northstar Bus Lines, we have made several adjustments to better serve students. Families who receive school transportation should check their email inbox this weekend for a message with updated route details, including adjusted pickup and dropoff times and locations. The adjusted routes will take effect on Monday, August 30.

Uniform Dress Code Reminders for All Students

As we conclude our first week of classes, the Deans of Students have a few reminders about uniform dress code for students.

  • Appearance: Uniforms must be neat and clean at all times.
  • Pants: Must be full length, cotton fabric, khaki or black, no inset pockets, no joggers, jeans or yoga style.
  • No sweatshirts, jackets or coats: You may wear a solid black cardigan or a crew neck/sweater with the De logo on it
  • Shoes: Must be predominantly black, brown, white or gray.
  • Skirts & Shorts: Must reach the top of the knee, No rolled skirts or shorts

Students who are written up for being out of dress code will receive a warning and email home with details regarding the infraction. Further infractions may lead to disciplinary consequences. For example, a student may lose skirt privileges after the first warning and will be required to wear pants.

Update on School Picture Day; Students Receive Temporary IDs

Unfortunately, Lifetouch has had to postpone DeLaSalle’s School Picture Day on Thursday, September 2, because they currently do not have enough photographers to staff the event. We are working to reschedule a day so students can receive school pictures and will communicate an update when we have confirmed a date.

This week, DeLaSalle provided each student with a temporary identification card they can use until we get the official student ID on a rescheduled School Picture Day. Students received the temporary IDs during their lunch period. Those who did not receive a temporary ID should obtain one from the staff table in the Florance Center during their lunch wave.

Virtual National College Fair Event This Sunday

The National Association of College Admission Counselors sponsor national college fairs around the US each year. DeLaSalle usually takes a field trip with our junior students to this event. Last year the National College Fair went virtual and this year the events are also virtual and there are several to choose from. The first event is the Signature College Fair on Sunday from 12:00-5:00pm. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for this free event and see the others they have calendared. There are over 300 colleges represented at this event.

Students who used this resource last year reported positive feedback about the experience. It is open to all ages and we encourage our students and families to check it out.

Students Will Meet with Academic Mentors on Tuesday

On Tuesday, each student will meet with their academic mentor during the WIN period. This meeting is a chance to set goals for the school year and sign off on some important paperwork that helps DeLaSalle get money to pay for textbooks and other resources for you. Students should bring homework they can work on quietly after they finish meeting with their mentor.

Grade Level Meetings Planned for Thursday

Grade level meetings for all students are scheduled for Thursday, September 2, during the WIN period. Ninth and 10th grade students will report to the Florance Center at 10:00am, while 11th and 12th grade students will report to the Main Gym. Students will have a short break midway through the WIN period and then rotate to the other location. Principal Jim Benson, the Deans of Student Life, and other administrators will review student expectations for the year and remind students of handbook expectations and how to sign up for WIN periods.

Important Contacts to Know

Students and families who have questions about a variety of topics may wish to keep this helpful list of important contacts handy.

Homecoming 2021: Comeback > Setback

DeLaSalle students are excited to celebrate our 122-year legacy on the Island during Homecoming Week September 7-11. The Homecoming theme this year is “The comeback is always greater than the setback,” referring to the obvious community enthusiasm for being back together on campus after a hybrid learning year. Student Council has planned several fun activities:

  • Out of Uniform Days: Students may dress out of uniform throughout the week according to each day’s theme (eg Pajama Day, Class Color Day, College Merch Day, Islander Spirit Wear Day)
  • The Homecoming prayer service will be held Wednesday, September 8 at 10:00am.
  • The Homecoming Pepfest and royalty coronation will be held at the end of the school day on Friday, September 10.
  • Home athletic contests – including volleyball, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer. (Attend the Pancake Breakfast hosted by the cross country and softball teams on Saturday, September 11, from 11:30am-1:30pm).

See the full schedule here.

Join DeLaSalle for a ‘Night in Reims’ at October 9 Christian Brothers’ Gala

Join us Saturday, October 9 for food, cocktails, camaraderie, auctions, and student performances as we honor the birthplace of Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Reims, France – at our annual Christian Brothers’ Gala. The gala is our largest and only student scholarship fundraiser. Although we aren’t able to charter flights for all of us to travel to champagne country, we’ll do our best to bring the ambiance of the cathedrals and vineyards to the Island. At the gala, you can meet old friends, make new ones, and support our students and teachers through live and silent auctions. We will again offer a livestream option for those who wish to participate remotely. Invitations will be arriving soon, but you can reserve your spot right now or sign up to contribute a fun item to the auction. See you in France!

DeLaSalle Cafe Offers Free Meals; How to Deposit Lunch Money

The DeLaSalle Cafe is once again offering a qualifying free breakfast and lunch to all students this school year, through the Seamless Summer Option of the National School Lunch Program. To receive the free meal, a student must adhere to USDA guidelines, which require the full entree, including a serving of vegetables or fruit, and a milk with their meal.

Students who wish to purchase a la carte items must have sufficient funds in their LunchTime account. Families may deposit cash or check in the lunch payment box located in the Main Office and any funds placed by 9:00am on a school day will generally be credited by the time lunch begins. Families may also deposit funds electronically (learn more here).

How to Be A Successful Student

Counselors in the College Advising and Counseling office have useful tools to help students achieve success. One practice that helps many students is establishing a routine that will keep your student learning and functioning at their best intellectually, academically, and emotionally.

It is also helpful for parents to understand their child’s routine, and one of the best ways to do that is to have it written down. It allows parents to ask about specific classes and teachers and assignments. It helps you help you and your child to stay organized and facilitates communication. Please download, print, and use this Routine Organizer and customize it to your student’s individual schedule to help everyone get into this year’s school routine. Look for more tools to help your child be successful in future editions of the Blast.

Monitor Your Child’s Progress as a Canvas Observer
You can track your child’s academic progress at your convenience as a Canvas observer. Canvas is the learning management system used by students and faculty to complete coursework. As an observer, you can see your child’s grade in each class, how your child performs on homework, quizzes, tests, papers, and other class projects, and a course calendar. Click here to create a Canvas account and learn more. 
Come Work for DeLaSalle!

DeLaSalle has several immediate openings for hard working individuals who have a passion for working with students! The Cafe has three part-time openings for a cashier, dishwasher, and food service prep position. And we are still seeking transportation drivers to operate morning and afternoon school routes as well as various activity routes after school and on Saturdays. Learn more about the positions and apply here.

All-Activity Passes On Sale: Soccer Begins Charging Game Admission

Are you a regular fan in the stands? Buy an All Activity Pass and watch the Islanders all year! The pass costs $50 and is available for purchase online here or at the ticket table at all home games. The pass grants you admission to all home regular season football, volleyball, soccer and basketball games. The pass also includes admission to theatre shows hosted at DeLaSalle. It cannot be used for playoff games. Purchase a pass online here.

Please note: In alignment with the practices at most high schools, DeLaSalle this year will charge for the cost of attendance at home soccer games. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for students (K-12) and seniors 55 years or older.

Watch Home Games through the NHFS Network

Can’t attend a home game in person? Watch online through the NFHS Network! Fans may purchase a monthly pass for $10.99 or an annual pass for $69.99 to watch home events in the Main Gym and on the Athletic Field, as well as any away events at schools that also utilize the NFHS Network for live streaming. Click here to purchase your subscription today and find a list here of home and away events that will be livestreamed.

Around DeLaSalle

Islanders have successfully wrapped up their first week of classes for the 2021-22 school year. The week began on Monday with an opening year Pepfest, in which upperclassmen officially welcomed the Class of 2025 to campus and veteran staff challenged new staff to a game of tug-of-war. Students and staff gathered Thursday for the opening school year Mass of the Holy Spirit with chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78, who encouraged Islanders to be salt of the earth and light for the world. Everyone enjoyed an ice cream treat after Mass before returning to class.
“Let all that you do be done with love” 1 Corinthians 16:14
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