by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, October 8, 2021

In this issue…
  • The Christian Brothers’ Gala is Tomorrow!
  • Sign Up for Parent-Teacher Conferences October 20-22
  • “How to Help Your Child Connect and Lean Into Their Faith” at Monday’s Parent Association Meeting
  • DeLaSalle Celebrates Diversity Week October 11-15
  • Multiple Grade Level Activities Planned for October 13
  • Fall Musical “Chicago – High School Edition” Opens Next Weekend
  • Register Now for Winter Sports
  • Help DeLaSalle Football Tackle Cancer on Friday, October 15
  • October is College Knowledge Month
  • Academic Mentor Meetings Scheduled for October 19
  • DeLaSalle Invites Prospective Students and Families to October 25 Open House
  • Watch the Vikings and Support DeLaSalle!
  • View and Buy Photos from Fall Sports Galleries!
The Christian Brothers’ Gala is Tomorrow!

The DeLaSalle campus is being transformed into an elegant evening in Reims, France, for our Christian Brothers’ Gala this weekend. We are excited to welcome 300 guests to campus and several more from home for our largest and only all-school student scholarship fundraiser. There are already several bidding wars going on for items in our silent auction. Join the fun! What you spend on items helps support the Islanders! Bidding closes tomorrow at 6:45pm. If you are not able to join us on campus, tune in from home to to watch our program starting at 7:45pm. It is sure to be a great night for DeLaSalle!

Sign Up for Parent-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. You will receive a separate email from on Tuesday, October 12, with an individual link to sign up for conferences with your child’s teachers. The assistant principal, deans of student life, guidance counselors, and learning specialists are also available for appointments. If you have more than one student at DeLaSalle, you will receive a separate email for each child. Please note: You must sign up in advance for a conference with your child’s teacher. There are no walk-in appointments available. Should you have any technical questions or issues, please contact 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 October 20-22.

If you schedule an in-person conference, please have your schedule of appointments when you arrive at school because these will not be available on site. As a reminder, everyone must wear a face covering in the school at all times (except when eating or drinking). Please also follow six foot physical distancing as much as possible and respect those who wish to remain hands free.

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. If you have questions about Canvas, please email

“How to Help Your Child Connect and Lean Into Their Faith” at Monday Parent Association Meeting

The Parent Association is off to a great start! Thanks to all who attended our first meeting of the school year last month. Please join us on Monday, October 11, from  6:30-8:00pm in the Schulze Learning Lab (D104), as we welcome Theology teacher and past DeLaSalle parent Keely Wojda as our special guest. She will offer helpful tips about how to help your teen connect and lean into their faith, especially during difficult times like a pandemic. As always, we’ll also have 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.

DeLaSalle Celebrates 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 throughj optional WIN sessions on Tuesday, October 12. Our all-school Multicultural Celebration program will happen during the WIN period on Friday, October 15. Ninth and tenth grade students will attend the program during the 1st WIN session and 11th and 12th grade students will attend during the 2nd WIN session. When students are not at the multicultural celebration, they can sign up during the other WIN session to meet with teachers or participate in quiet study.

Multiple Grade-Level Activities Planned for Wednesday, 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/NMSQT test at DeLaSalle. 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. Seniors are encouraged to follow these suggested 12th Grade College Planning Tasks.

Please note that, due to the activities on Wednesday, we will follow the block schedule of classes on Thursday, October 14 (periods 1-4) and Friday, October 15 (periods 5-8).

Fall Musical “Chicago – High School Edition” Opens Next Weekend

DeLaSalle Theatre opens the year with its fall musical “Chicago – High School Edition” on the Friendshuh Stage in the Florance Center. Shows are October 15, Oct. 16, Oct. 29., and Oct. 30, at 7;30pm. 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.

Chicago is a dazzling and satirical look at fame, justice, and the media machine. Set in 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.

Register Now for Winter Sports

Students may now register for winter sports at DeLaSalle! We offer boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ hockey, boys’ swimming, wrestling, winter sideline cheer, and, new this year, nordic skiing. If you want to participate in a sport, you should register here as soon as possible so that you can receive important information about practices and the team. You must also have a current physical on file with the Student Activities office.

Help DeLaSalle Football Tackle Cancer on Friday, October 15

The DeLaSalle varsity football team will host a Tackle Cancer night at the final regular season home game against Minneapolis Southwest on Friday, October 15 at 6:00pm. Spend a Friday night under the lights on Nicollet Island and help support the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.

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 (except Oct. 22), 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Student Transcripts: Students who need their DeLaSalle transcripts may work with their college adviser. To request a transcript, please email and include your full name, your graduation year (or years you attended De), and the reason for your transcript.
Academic Mentor Meetings Scheduled October 19

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.

DeLaSalle Invites Prospective Students and Families to October 25 Open House

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.

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.

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!

“Let all that you do be done with love” 1 Corinthians 16:14
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