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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, October 1, 2021

In this issue…
  • Bid Now on the Christian Brothers’ Gala Auction
  • DeLaSalle Schedules Online Learning Days October 26 and November 12
  • Join Us for a Fall Concert on Monday, October 4
  • Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences October 20-21
  • Class Masses Conclude Tuesday
  • Multiple Grade Level Activities Planned for October 13
  • School Picture Day Confirmed for Thursday, November 11
  • View and Buy Photos from Fall Sports Galleries
  • October is College Knowledge Month
  • Thank You for Your Partnership
  • Students Encouraged to Apply for Free, Reduced Lunch, Other Education Benefits
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • October is Respect for Life Month
  • Islanders Fall Sports Teams Head Toward Playoffs
  • Watch the Vikings and Support DeLaSalle!
  • DeLaSalle Launches Nordic Ski Program This Winter
Bid Now on the Christian Brothers’ Gala Auction

You can now bid on the many incredible auction items available as part of the Christian Brothers’ Gala! Everyone in the DeLaSalle community can participate in the auction, which is part of our largest and only all-school student scholarship fundraiser. Bid often and bid high! Help our entire community thrive! Follow these tips to help you place your bids. You don’t have to be registered for the Gala to bid – but we’d still love for you to join us in person or from home on Saturday, October 9. Reserve your spot here!

DeLaSalle Schedules Online Learning Days October 26 and November 12

Please mark your calendars for online learning days that are scheduled for Tuesday, October 26 and Friday, November 12. On these days, students will participate in classes asynchronously from home. Students should log into Canvas for assignments from their teachers that will be posted by 9:00am. Students can find other helpful tips for the day here. The October 26 online learning day will give faculty and staff the opportunity to participate in ongoing formation around the Lasallian mission. The November 12 online learning day will allow faculty and staff to work through curriculum documentation and writing.

Join Us for a Fall Concert on Monday, October 4

Students in the symphonic band and chamber orchestra will perform in a fall concert on Monday, October 4, at 7:00pm in the Florance Center. This concert is open to the public and free of charge, and is in addition to the regularly scheduled Christmas and spring concerts. We hope you’ll join us!

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences October 20-21

Parent-Student-Teacher conferences allow parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to discuss a student’s academic progress near the midpoint in the semester. Because students and parents can benefit from hearing the same commendations and recommendations from teachers, we strongly suggest students and parents attend conferences and participate in these conversations together. Conferences are in person as scheduled on Wednesday, October 20, from 3:00-8:00pm, and are virtual on Thursday, October 21, from 11:00am-7:00pm. All conferences will be by appointment and we will separately communicate information about how to schedule a conference. Again, please note that Wednesday’s conferences will be held in person at the school while Thursday’s conferences will be held virtually. There are no classes for students on either October 20 or 21.

Remember, you can monitor your child’s academic progress as a Canvas observer. Click here to create a Canvas account and learn more. You can also find helpful tips here on how to navigate the system.

Class Masses Conclude Tuesday

The Class of 2025 will have its turn to celebrate Mass together as a class on Tuesday, October 5. School chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78, has celebrated class Masses at nearby Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Ninth grade students will report to the LL Gray Gym at the beginning of the WIN session for announcements before departing for the church. 

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, homelesness, 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/NMSQT test at DeLaSalle on the nationally designated date for the exam. The PSAT gives each student an opportunity to take the next step to college and potentially qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program.  The test will be 2 hours and 45 minutes in length and includes reading, writing and language and math. Students can prepare by taking the practice test in the student guide they received this week or online here. Students will need to bring their own calculator and #2 pencils for the test.  Scientific and most graphing calculators are allowed. Students will be dismissed after the exam. 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 and focus on their ongoing college planning.
School Picture Day Confirmed for Thursday, November 11

Lifetouch has confirmed that School Picture Day at DeLaSalle will take place on Thursday, November 11. Each student will have their school picture taken and receive their student identification card. We will share more information in the coming weeks about how you can order your child’s school pictures.

View and Buy Photos from Fall Sports Galleries

DeLaSalle parent and professional photographer Victor Keller has been capturing action shots from matches and games this fall. You can view and purchase photos from his online galleries here. Victor is donating all proceeds to the Christian Brothers’ Gala from sales of his photos through October 8. Thank you, Victor!

October is College Knowledge Month

October is College Knowledge Month in Minnesota – and at DeLaSalle we call it October Madness. The College Advising and Counseling office has planned several events that will help students and families in their college planning:

  • College Application Work Time: Every Friday in October, college advisers will be in the Schulze Learning Lab (D104 – North) from 3:00-4:00pm to help seniors with their college applications, essays, and anything related to their individual post-high school planning. All are welcome!
  • Essay Writing Workshop: We are excited to welcome former DeLaSalle parent and professional writer, Laurie Lindeen, back to De for an essay writing workshop on Thursday, October 7 at 3:00pm in D104. Please join us for this hands-on opportunity with an essay writing coach as you start, or perfect your college essay.
  • Free Application Opportunities: Many colleges in Minnesota will waive application fees during the month of October. Click here to see if your colleges are part of the initiative.
  • College Admission Representative Panel to Present During Parent-Teacher Conferences: Kick off your conferencing by attending a session with area college representatives. This informative session on Wednesday, October 20, from 3:00-4:00pm in D104, will put you in touch with the college side of admissions in a setting whee you can easily ask questions and dialogue with admissions representatives.
  • Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling Virtual College Fairs: You can virtually explore helpful panel discussions and college admission representative sessions from various schools during the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling virtual college fairs October 5-7. This is an awesome opportunity to get information from the college side about the process of applying to and attending college from the comfort of your own home! These sessions are good for all ages and stages of the college planning process. Try to make it a goal to attend at least one session as part of College Knowledge Month.
  • Native American College Fair-Virtual this Year: Attend this fair on Friday, October 8. Click here for more information. This is a chance for Twin Cities Native youth and their families to have meaningful conversations with college representatives and financial aid representatives. This event is excellent and not to be missed!
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 behavior expectations and a school atmosphere that best meets the needs of all of our students. It is important in our return to a full-time, on-campus community 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.

Students Encouraged to Apply for Free, Reduced Lunch, Other Educational Benefits

DeLaSalle offers school meal benefits through the Minnesota Department of Education. Interested families must complete and return an Application for Education Benefits to Pam Beckman. Click here for the application (click here for instructions on how to create a LunchTime account). Students must apply for the benefits each year, even if they qualified for the program in the previous school year. Students and DeLaSalle both benefit by families completing and submitting an application. Based on the population of students who receive benefits, DeLaSalle can earn additional funding for staff development and training and increased funding for digital learning and technology. Students and families, meanwhile, may qualify for discounted or no-cost bus cards, Xcel Energy account assistance, Comcast Internet Essentials discounts, and discounted fees for academic tests.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

Find the most up-to-date school events on the School Calendar webpage

Parent Association Meeting

Monday, October 11, 6:30-8:00pm, D104

The Parent Association is off to a great start! Thanks to all who attended our first meeting of the school year last month. We are working to confirm our speaker for the October meeting – and, as always, we’ll have a topic of interest to parents, as well as good cheer and company. By virtue of your enrollment at DeLaSalle, all parents are already a member of the Association, and are invited to attend.

Diversity Week

October 11-15

Diversity Week is an annual event, organized by Lasallian Ministry, to recognize and celebrate the beauty in different cultures and voices and to learn more about one another. This year’s theme is “History and Healing.” Students are invited to discover different cultures through WIN sessions on Tuesday, October 12. Our all-school Multicultural Celebration program will happen during the WIN period on Friday, October 15.

DeLaSalle Theatre Presents Fall Musical – “Chicago – High School Edition”

October 15, 16, 29, 30, 7:30pm, Friendshuh Stage, Florance Center

Chicago is a dazzling and satirical look at fame, justice, and the media machine. Set in the 1920s and based on real-life events, Chicago follows Roxie Hart, a wannabe vaudevillian star who murders her lover and is arrested, despite her attempts to convince her pushover husband, Amos, to lie for her. In the Cook County Jail, Roxie meets her hero, the famed double-murderess and nightclub performer Velma Kelly. When both acquire the same lawyer, the greedy superstar, Billy Flynn, tensions come to a head as they vie for the spotlight.

Patrons may purchase reserved tickets for $15 in advance for the October 15 show here; for the Oct. 16 show here; for the Oct. 29 show here; and for the Oct. 30 show here. All other tickets will be sold at the door and cost $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens and students, and free for DeLaSalle students with school ID.

Academic Mentor Meetings

Tuesday, October 19, WIN period

Students will meet with their academic mentors to discuss their progress at the midpoint of the first semester. Mentor meetings occur during the WIN period and students are encouraged to bring homework that they can work on if they have time available during the meeting.

No Classes

October 20-22

There are no classes October 20-21 due to Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences and no classes October 22 due to staff professional development.

Open House for Prospective Students and Families

Monday, October 25, 7:00-9:00pm

We invite prospective students and families in the Class of 2026 to discover what makes DeLaSalle the best possible high school for many! Admissions representatives have already been visiting area grade schools to share the good news about DeLaSalle. Our fall Open House gives prospective families the opportunity to learn more about our rigorous college prep curriculum, college guidance planning, our Catholic, Lasallian heritage, comprehensive Student Activities program, financial aid and scholarships, and more. So that we can clean our school for our visitors, we ask that students who are not involved in an after school activity leave school immediately after the last bell at 3:00pm.

Around DeLaSalle

Islanders love serving others! The DeLaSalle cross country team volunteered September 24 at the Highland Groveland Recreation Association youth track and field meet. Islanders coached younger athletes, recorded results, handed out awards and even filled in for a few empty spots in some relays. What a great way for Islanders to step into a leadership role and demonstrate their running expertise!

October is Respect Life Month

During October, the Catholic Church celebrates Respect Life Month, a time when we reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life. As part of our DeLaSalle celebration of life, we will partner with Agape Oasis – 24 Hour Child Care Center and Crisis Intervention. Community Engagement Coordinator, Cece Ntanga, will speak during WIN sessions on Thursday, October 7 to share about the work done and Agape Oasis and to offer opportunities for DeLaSalle students to volunteer and get involved.  During October, DeLaSalle will also collect school supplies to donate to Agape Oasis and conduct a diaper drive to support families living in transitional housing at Mary’s Place.

Islanders Fall Sports Teams Head Toward Section Playoffs

Several Islander athletic programs are gearing up for a run in the playoffs as regular seasons begin to wind down.

  • Congratulations to the varsity boys’ soccer team for earning the Tri-Metro Conference championship. The Islanders are 12-0 on the season and ranked number one in the state in Class AA. Their next home game is tomorrow versus St. Louis Park (9-1 on the season) at 1:00pm.
  • DeLaSalle volleyball will host a Dig Pink night to support cancer research at their final regular season home game against Fridley on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:00pm.
  • The football team will host a Tackle Cancer night at their final regular season home game against Minneapolis Southwest on Friday, October 15 at 6:00pm. Your donation will help support the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.
  • Six seniors will compete in individual girls’ tennis sections on Thursday, October 14. Congratulations to Maddy Bollig; Ava Krocheski-Meyer; Jeevana Kesavalu; Annika Larson; Sydney Rosel-Ryberg; and Vivian Woodland.

Watch the Vikings 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.

DeLaSalle Launches Nordic Ski Program This Winter

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.

“Let all that you do be done with love” 1 Corinthians 16:14
2021-22 Scripture Theme
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