by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, September 24, 2021

In this issue…
  • Hurry! Buy Your Christian Brothers’ Gala Ticket by Monday
  • Five Seniors Recognized as National Merit Commended Students
  • Thank You for Your Partnership
  • Important Contacts to Know
  • Monitor Your Child’s Academic Progress as a Canvas Observer
  • Log Into College Financial Aid Planning Night on Monday
  • Scholarship Spotlight: Tyrell Terry Challenge and Opportunity Scholarship
  • College Planning Night for Seniors Offered in Spanish on Wednesday
  • Parenting Pause: Adolescent Development
  • Two More Grades to Celebrate Class Mass
  • Multiple Grade Level Activities Planned for October 13
  • DeLaSalle Launches Nordic Ski Program
  • Update on School Pictures
  • Docket App Helps You Virtually Access Your Immunization Records
  • Attend the Oct. 10 Vikings Game and Support DeLaSalle!
Hurry! Buy Your Christian Brothers’ Gala Tickets by Monday

A growing number of Islanders are planning to join us at our only all-school student scholarship fundraiser in two weeks. Join them for a fun evening as we celebrate what matters most – the students we serve. Because we need to give our caterer a count of how many will be in attendance at the Christian Brothers’ Gala on October 9, we need you to reserve your spot now! We are planning a beautiful and safe evening. There will be extra space between tables, multiple sanitizing stations, and a full-service catering company who will wear masks. Over 30 student volunteers will be here to greet you and the theatre students will impress you with their musical talents throughout the evening.

Five Seniors Recognized as National Merit Commended Students

We are excited to announce additional honors for five seniors based on their performance on the 2020 preliminary SAT (PSAT). Congratulations to Ethan Fabiano Wilson, Peter Fisher, Laila Hewitt, Mira Ho-Chen, and Eric Mans, who have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These five are recognized as among the the top 50,000 scorers in the country – and are among 34,000 students nationwide receiving Letters of Commendation. Last week, we announced that Ava Krocheski-Meyer ‘22 was named a National Merit semifinalist.

Thank You for Your Partnership

Thank you to all parents and guardians for your partnership with us in the first five weeks of the 2021-22 school year. It has been a joy to have all students once again attend classes in person. Recognizing you are the primary educators of your child, we know you join us in creating a school atmosphere that best meets the needs of all of our students. As we have gotten into a more typical year with students in the building, it is important form time to time to remind our students of the policies in our Student-Parent Handbook. The handbook is available online here. Thank you in particular for your attention to the following items:

  • Masks: As a reminder, everyone must wear a face covering inside the school building at all times. The face coverings must cover the entire nose and mouth to provide the most protection and help keep our community healthy. Masks may be removed to eat or drink, but should be worn at all other times while in the school building, including before, during, and after school. The U.S. Department of Transportation also requires masks to be worn while riding school or public transportation.

  • Uniforms: Students are required to follow the dress code outlined on pages 9-11 of the handbook. The dress code helps maintain a positive and uniform appearance for all students.

  • Cell phones: Personal cell phones and other electronic media are not allowed during the school day because students have a school-issued iPad for academic use. Please refer to pages 31-32 of the handbook for more information about our personal electronics policy. If a student is using the cell phone during the school day, our practice is for a teacher or staff member to take the phone and turn it into the Dean of Students for further discussion.

  • Backpacks: In 2021-22, all students once again have a school locker on campus. Once again, backpacks are only allowed before or after school and must be stored in a student’s locker during the school day. Only drawstring bags purchased at the school are permitted during the school day while moving from class to class.

Thank you again for working with us. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Deans of Student Life, Sandra Graybill and Terrell McMoore. You can email the deans here.

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.

Monitor Your Child’s Progress as a Canvas Observer

Want to know how your child did on a test? Or if they’re keeping up with their homework?  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. Click here to create a Canvas account and learn more. You can also find helpful tips here on how to navigate the system.

Log Into College Financial Aid Planning Night on Monday

Get prepared with this virtual presentation for students and parents/guardians on the many options for paying for college. Joy Rockwell from Saint Mary’s University will present and offer helpful take away tools for navigating the FAFSA; researching scholarships, grants, and loan options; all in a way that makes sense for your family. Log into the session with the Google Meet code on the College Advising and Counseling page in the Islanders course of Canvas.

Scholarship Spotlight: Tyrell Terry Challenge and Opportunity Scholarship

Seniors, check out the latest scholarship opportunity:

The Tyrell Terry Challenge and Opportunity Scholarship will award a $5,000 scholarship to a graduating senior from Minnesota. DeLaSalle alumnus, Tyrell Terry ‘19, created the scholarship to reward those who take their education seriously. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2022 and the winner will be announced at the end of February. Learn more and apply today!

College Planning Night for Seniors Offered in Spanish on Wednesday

DeLaSalle College Advising and Counseling will offer a College Planning Night for Seniors and Parents in the Spanish language on Wednesday, September 29. The session is from 6:30-7:30pm in the Schulze Learning Lab (D104) and the content will be the same as offered on September 22 to English speaking families. This helpful presentation will give students and families important benchmarks in the college application process. 

Parenting Pause: Adolescent Development

Over the last months, many of our students may have experienced some uncertainty. If you want to see your adolescent child thrive, consider the benefits of routine and predictabilityClick here for a printable customizable routine planner that includes our DLS daily schedule.

Two More Grades to Celebrate Class Mass

Two more classes will celebrate Mass together in the coming weeks at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. The Class of 2024 will have its class Mass on Tuesday, September 28 and the Class of 2025 will have its class Mass on Tuesday, October 5. Class Masses occur during the WIN period and students report to the Florance Center at the beginning of WIN for announcements. Thank you to our chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78, for celebrating the Masses for our students. The Classes of 2022 and 2023 have already celebrated their class Masses.

Multiple Grade Level Activities Planned for October 13

Wednesday, October 13 will be a unique day for Islanders. Instead of attending classes that day, students will participate in a variety of activities depending upon their grade level.

  • Ninth grade students will participate in a daylong on-campus service fair organized by Doing Good Together. Students will rotate among four different service stations throughout the day where they will perform service and learn more about hunger, homelessness, mental health, and caring for the ill. Morning and afternoon transportation and school lunch will be provided.
  • Tenth grade students will participate in their annual class retreat, which will focus on the theme of respect. Retreats are an annual co-curricular experience developed by Lasallian Ministry. The 10th grade retreat will be facilitated by Youth Frontiers, with the assistance of 12th grade student retreat leaders.
  • Eleventh grade students will take the PSAT at DeLaSalle. School transportation will be offered in the morning. Students will be dismissed after the exam, which will end shortly after 12 noon. DeLaSalle will offer lunch and a supervised quiet study space on campus to students who need afternoon transportation, which will not leave until 3:10pm.
  • Twelfth grade students are excused from classes and strongly encouraged to visit colleges, focus on their college planning, and continue working on their essays and applications.
DeLaSalle Launches Nordic Ski Program

DeLaSalle is adding a boys’ and girls’ nordic ski program! There has been strong interest for this program and students will have the opportunity to join the first nordic ski team this winter. Students can sign up for the team when winter sports registration opens in a few weeks. We are looking for someone who is innovative, flexible, and ready to take on a start up to coach the team. Learn more about the position and apply here.

Update on School Pictures

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to finalize a date for school pictures. The school photography industry, like many others, is facing a severe staffing shortage – and that is why our company has been unable to confirm a date for school pictures. We are working to identify a timely solution and will communicate an update as soon as we know more.

Docket App Helps You Virtually Access Your Immunization Records

A free app called Docket will help Minnesota residents easily access their immunization records through their smartphone or mobile device. The app is especially helpful if you need to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination. Docket works through the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection to combine all immunizations a person has received into a single record, even if the vaccines were given by different health care providers in Minnesota. Download Docket from wherever you find apps and learn how to use it here.

Attend the Oct. 10 Vikings Game and Support DeLaSalle

The Minnesota Vikings have a special ticket offer just for Islanders! Tickets for the October 10 home game against the Detroit Lions are discounted to $58. For each ticket sold through this special offer, the Vikings will donate $10 to DeLaSalle. To buy your ticket, click here.

Around DeLaSalle

An Islander alumna is playing a key role as the United Nations General Assembly of world leaders convenes in New York City. Julia Eubanks ‘18, whose sister Esme was a 2021 graduate, started an internship for the United Kingdom mission to the UN this week, where she will focus on human rights and the General Assembly. Julia’s internship fits perfectly as she wraps up her degree in diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College.
“Let all that you do be done with love” 1 Corinthians 16:14
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