by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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November 12, 2021

In this issue…
With Gratitude and Congratulations
Islander Girls’ Swimmers Qualify for Section Finals
Celebrating Academic Honors in Grades 10-11-12
DeLaSalle Day of Giving Breaks Record
Out of Uniform for Day of Giving
Fall Play “3 Musketeers” Opens Tonight
Faculty In-Service
Senior Pictures Scheduled for November 17
Prospective Students and Families: Take a Look at DeLaSalle
Register For and Learn About Winter Sports at De

 

With Gratitude and Congratulations
  • Congratulations to Mandarin Chinese teacher, Ju-Chang Wang, who is the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award through the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Culture. Ju Chang has represented DeLaSalle at many conferences with her presentations and participation, as she also built out the curriculum within the program from a first-year level through an Advanced Placement level. There are more ninth graders registered in Mandarin this year than any year before. We admire her work in growing the program at DeLaSalle and are most grateful we are part of her accomplishments!
  • Theology teacher Peg Hodapp and Head of School Jim Benson, joined several DeLaSalle students in the Saint Martin de Porres pilgrimage for racial reconciliation on November 6. Named in honor of the patron saint for racial reconciliation in the Catholic Church (whose feast day is November 3), the pilgrimage participants started with prayer at Ascension Church before making their way on a two-mile walk through north Minneapolis to lunch and more communal prayer at the Basilica of St. Mary. Archbishop Bernard Hebda met with the group at the Basilica. Under Ms. Hodapp’s leadership, DeLaSalle’s participants were joined by fellow pilgrims from Ascension, the Basilica, the University of St. Thomas, and the Catholic Community Foundation. For more on the pilgrimage, read this article posted on November 10 in The Catholic Spirit newspaper.
  • Gus Langford `22 was named first-team All Metro Boys’ Soccer by the Star Tribune. In addition, Gus was joined by Tony Manciu `22 and Andre Clifton `22 receiving All-State honors in Class AA from the Minnesota Soccer Coaches Association. Gus, Tony, and Andre were all three-year members of varsity team at De and led the Islanders to an undefeated regular season for the first time in school history.
  • The Minnesota State High School League, with assistance of one of its corporate sponsors, US Bank, has named Aidan McCauley `22 as this week’s recipient of the “Most Valuable Teammate” award. Each week, one student-athlete is chosen from more than 500 member schools in the MSHSL, and Aidan is the ninth recipient in 2021-22. Aidan, a member of the National Honor Society, completed an outstanding senior season in cross country, as both the lead runner and team captain, earning All-Conference recognition for his running and now, earning statewide recognition for his leadership and character.
Islander Girls’ Swimmers Qualify for Section 2AA Finals on Saturday
Good luck to four DeLaSalle Islanders who are part of the St. Anthony-DeLaSalle coop swimming program and have advanced through preliminary heats to the Section 2A Finals! The section meet is held at Richfield Middle School and starts at 11:00am. De is well represented by: Hadley Wartner `23 who qualified for individual finals in the 100 meter breaststroke and 200 meter freestyle, as well as two relay finals; Maiya Garcia `25, who also swims on two relay teams as well as competing in individual finals in the 100 meter backstroke and 50 meter freestyle; Celia Wycoff `24, who qualified for individual finals in the 200 meter Individual Medley and the 100 meter butterfly as well as one relay final; and Bridget Myers `25, who will swim one of the legs on a relay finals. What a great job in prelims for these four and other members of the team! We’re cheering for all of you to hopefully advance out of sections to the State Girls’ Swimming Meet next weekend! Go Islanders!
Celebrating Academic Honors in Grades 10-11-12
On November 9 and 11, DeLaSalle congratulated a total of 373 students in grades 10-11-12 for outstanding academic performance in the 2020-21 school year. The awards were presented at the three separate grade-level assemblies by either the principal, Jim Benson, or chair of the Board of Trustees, Greg Hill `66, with considerable supportive applause from classmates as each student was called forward. Read more…
DeLaSalle Day of Giving Breaks Record
Our Day of Giving presents an opportunity for our entire community of families, friends,a nd benefactors, to selflessly serve and support the students of DeLaSalle with gifts of all sizes. Our sixth annual Day of Giving, held on November 10th, enjoyed participation from over 500 donors, $185,527 was raised in support of the scholarship, building needs, and our Lasallian education mission. Read more…
Out of Uniform for Day of Giving
As a reward for their excellent work on Day of Giving, students may dress out of uniform next Thursday, November 18. The Student Council set the bar high, asking the student body to contribute $1,000 to their school this week and they rose to the occasion. Congratulations, students. Enjoy your reward!

Students are reminded of the Out of Uniform guidelines found in DeLaSalle’s Student-Parent Handbook, page 31. (link to online handbook)

Fall Play “3 Musketeers” Opens Tonight
It’s opening weekend for DeLaSalle Theatre’s performances of the fall play “3 Musketeers.“ 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.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, November 12 & 13, 19 & 20, at 7:30pm, on the Friendshuh Stage in the Florance Center. Tickets are $15 for reserved seating; $10 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors; and free for DeLaSalle students with school ID. You may purchase reserved tickets in advance here.

Faculty In-Service
While DeLaSalle students had an online learning day today, all faculty and staff were engaged in a professional development program to evaluate the current curriculum and design new courses for 2022-23 and beyond. The long-range goal is to complete this work as part of our strategic planning process and the school’s regular re-accreditation work over the next two years. The educators will continue to meet in the weeks to come, with course registration for 2022-23 for current students in grades 9-10-11 scheduled to begin in February.
Senior Pictures Scheduled for November 17
A professional photographer will be on campus on Wednesday, November 17, during the lunch period, to take the official senior portrait for students in the Class of 2022. Seniors must get their photo taken on November 17 if they wish to be included in the school yearbook and in the composite class photo that hangs in the hallway after they graduate. On that day, seniors may bring a top to change into for the photo session. The top, blouse, shirt must be school appropriate and adhere to the guidelines in the Student-Parent Handbook. Seniors may also have their photo taken in a regular uniform top. Information about how to order photos will be available two weeks after senior picture day. Please contact James Buffington with questions.
Prospective Students and Families: Take a Look at DeLaSalle
It has been another busy week as we have welcomed multiple prospective students and families who want to explore this unique school on Nicollet Island.

  • We 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!
  • Prospective students can see what it’s like to be an Islander for a day! Student guests 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 visit DeLaSalle. We will do our best to ensure that each student is able to attend the classes that interest them most. Click here to schedule an Islander for a Day visit.
Registering For and Learn 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.

Around DeLaSalle
The DeLaSalle community joins the families of Savannah Tody ‘22 (left) and Savannah White ‘22 (right) in congratulating these star athletes on National Signing Day, Wednesday, November 10th. Ms. Tody will play volleyball for Dominican College. Ms. White will play basketball for the University of Wisconsin.