by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

 

Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, October 29, 2021

In this issue…
  • We Are Excited to Meet the DeLaSalle Class of 2026
  • Final Performances Tonight and Tomorrow of “Chicago” Fall Musical
  • Save the Dates for Fall Play “3 Musketeers”
  • DeLaSalle Celebrate All Souls Day Mass on November 2
  • DeLaSalle Will Celebrate Students for Academic Accomplishments in November
  • Thank You for Successful Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences
  • Family Directory Now Available
  • Thank You for Your Partnership
  • Voluntary COVID-19 Testing Program Underway
  • Registering For and Learning About Winter Sports
  • School Picture Day Scheduled for November 11
  • Online Learning Day Scheduled for November 12
  • DeLaSalle Recognizes Student Athletes on November 10 National Signing Day
  • Join Us for DeLaSalle Day of Giving on November 10
We Are Excited to Meet the DeLaSalle Class of 2026

Thanks to your many referrals and kind words, we welcomed more than 160 prospective families from across the Twin Cities to our first Open House this past Monday. We have already met several prospective families for tours as well. We now turn our sights to getting to know prospective students and families even more.

  • We particularly welcome individual meetings/tours with parents and students, because every “story” is important and every question deserves an answer. We benefit from such meetings as much as you will! You can schedule your tour here.
  • Prospective students can see what it is like to become an Islander for a day! Starting on Monday, November 1, you can take a closer look at what it means to be a De student by following a ninth grader through a day of classes. Eighth grade students are invited to choose a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday to come to DeLaSalle. We will do our best to ensure that each student is able to visit the classes that interest them most! Click here to schedule an Islander for a Day visit.
Final Performances Tonight and Tomorrow of “Chicago” Fall Musical

Join the award-winning DeLaSalle Theatre program tonight and tomorrow for the final performances of its fall musical, “Chicago – High School Edition.” Performances are at 7:30pm on the Friendshuh Stage in the Florance Center. All reserved tickets have been purchased. You may still purchase general admission tickets at the box office on campus before a show. Tickets are $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.

Save the Dates for Fall Play “3 Musketeers”

Just as DeLaSalle Theatre wraps up production of its fall musical, it is preparing for performances of the fall play “3 Musketeers.” Performances are November 12, 13, 19, and 20, at 7:30pm, on the Friendshuh Stage in the Florance Center. Tickets are $15 for reserved seating (ticketing link will be available next week); $10 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors; and free for DeLaSalle students with school ID.

In this original DeLaSalle Theatre production, we meet D’Artagnan. Coming from rural France, he wants to fulfill his ambition of becoming one of the king’s elite guardsmen, the Musketeers. In Paris he meets Athos, Porthos and Aramis, three of the king’s finest Musketeers, who have been let go from service. The new friends work to stop Cardinal Richelieu’s plot to overthrow the monarchy and have power over France.

DeLaSalle Celebrates All Souls Day Mass on November 2

DeLaSalle will observe the feast of All Souls Day with a school Mass on Tuesday, November 2, during the WIN period. School chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78, will celebrate the Mass. The Mass will incorporate a traditional Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ritual, as Lasallian Ministry has invited students and community members to bring a framed photo of a loved one who has passed away to be included in an ofrenda table. Find more details in “The Source.”

DeLaSalle Will Recognize Students for Their Academic Accomplishments in November

We are excited to recognize scores of students for their academic accomplishments through several programs in November. Students will receive an academic pin if they earned a place on the Honor Roll during both semesters of the 2020-21 school year, and an academic letter if they have earned a place on the Honor Roll for four semesters. The recognition will occur by grade level during WIN sessions the week of November 8:

  • The Class of 2024 will be recognized during the first WIN session on Tuesday, November 9.
  • The Class of 2023 will be recognized during the second WIN session on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
  • The Class of 2022 will be recognized during the first WIN session on Thursday, November 11.

Finally, on Tuesday, November 30, we will recognize those students who are being inducted into the DeLaSalle chapter of the National Honor Society. The NHS induction ceremony will be held at 7:00pm in the Florance Center. Students accepted for induction into the chapter will receive an invitation to the event in mid-November.

Thank You for Successful Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

Thank you to the many parents and students who took advantage of the opportunity to conference with teachers October 20-21. If you were unable to meet with your child’s teacher, you may follow up with them to schedule an alternate time. Find your child’s teachers and their email addresses via our online staff directory.

Family Directory Now Available

DeLaSalle parents and guardians may find a family directory for current students through the Canvas learning management system. Follow these steps in a web browser to access the directory:

  1. Log into Canvas
  2. Click on “Account” > “Family Directory” on the left.
  3. Click blue button “Open in New Tab” to view the directory.

The directory is view only and, unlike past versions, may not be printed, downloaded, or copied. Please note that the directory is intended only for private use by DeLaSalle families. Any other use of the directory for commercial use or solicitation is strictly prohibited.

Thank You for Your Partnership

We cannot express enough how grateful we are for your partnership with us this school year. 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.

Voluntary COVID-19 Testing Program Underway

This week, we began a new voluntary COVID-19 testing program, which represents the latest addition to our COVID-19 mitigation strategies. DeLaSalle is partnering with the Midwest COVID-19 Testing Coordination Center to conduct the tests. Testing will occur on campus each Wednesday and students who have opted in (with parental consent) will be randomly selected to be tested. The test uses a newer, painless nasal swab. To help test more students and staff, most nasal swabs will be tested in batches or “pools” of 10 swabs that are tested as a batch. The individual test result is available within a day and students and parents may view the result by creating an account. Parents should check their email inbox for a message from support@testedandprotected.org with the subject line “Midwest Coordination Center Invitation” with instructions about how to create an account. Please contact info@testedandprotected.org if you have any questions.

Registering For, and Learning About Winter Sports at De

Winter sports will soon begin at DeLaSalle – and students are invited to register now to participate. DeLaSalle offers boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ hockey, boys’ swimming, wrestling, winter sideline cheer, and, new this year, nordic skiing. Students 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.

Students who have registered for a winter sport are encouraged to attend or participate with their family in PAC (parent athlete coach) meetings for each sport. These meetings provide you with helpful information for the upcoming season. You can find when PAC meetings are scheduled for each sport here.

School Picture Day Scheduled for November 11

All students will have their school picture taken and receive their official school identification card on Thursday, November 11. Families who wish to place an order should visit the Lifetouch website and enter DeLaSalle’s Picture Day ID, which is EVTH8XXQK. The Picture Retake Day is tentatively scheduled for December 10.

Please note: DeLaSalle is working to secure a photographer who will take senior portraits for the yearbook on a separate date and time. We will communicate information about senior portraits once we confirm details.

Online Learning Day Scheduled for November 12

Students will participate in an Online Learning Day on Friday, November 12 so faculty and staff can use the time to evaluate and write new curriculum. On November 12, 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.

DeLaSalle Recognizes Students Athletes on National Signing Day November 10

DeLaSalle will celebrate two student athletes as they announce where they will attend college to pursue their academic and athletic interests on National Signing Day on Wednesday, November 10. A brief program will be held before school for both Savannah Tody ‘22 and Savannah White ‘22. Please join us in congratulating these young women on their decision.

Join Us for DeLaSalle Day of Giving on November 10

DeLaSalle will host its sixth annual Day of Giving, a 24-hour opportunity to come together in support of our students, on Wednesday, November 10. Last year alumni, parents, grandparents, students, faculty, staff and friends helped the school raise nearly $160,000 in a single day. This year, we invite YOU to make a gift. Early giving has already begun, so you don’t have to wait a single moment to support DeLaSalle students! All gifts made from now until midnight on November 10 will count towards the day’s challenges. Make your gift here.

Around DeLaSalle

Olivia Haan ‘17 and John Patterson ‘17 were both part of the DeLaSalle Step Team when they were students (bottom photo). Now having earned their bachelor’s degree, the two returned to the Island this week to meet with students interested in restarting the Step Team. Step is a form of percussive dance with roots in African-American culture – and DeLaSalle has in the past had a team open to all students. Olivia and John will serve as moderators for the team this year and we thank them for taking time to reconnect with the Islanders.
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