by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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December 10, 2021

In this issue…
Advent – A Season of Preparation and Giving
DeLaSalle Christmas Concert, December 13
Christmas Liturgy and Program, December 14
School Picture Orders
Getting Ready for the End of First Semester
First Semester Finals Week Schedule
Christmas Break, December 20 – 31
Beyond the Textbook

Advent – A Season of Preparation and Giving
As is our tradition at DeLaSalle, there will be much time for prayer and many opportunities for service throughout the Advent season. We recognize that this time of year can be stressful and difficult for many in our community. If you would like to be added to our community prayer list, please let us know. Campus Ministry will be accepting donations which will be used to support current families and friends of DeLaSalle in need. If you would like to contribute to this effort, you may drop off grocery store gift cards in our main office or click HERE and select Advent Gifts in the drop down menu to donate online.
DeLaSalle Christmas Concert, December 13
Families, alumni, students, and friends are all invited to join us for a festive evening on Monday, December 13, 6:30pm, in the Florance Center and online via the DLS website. Get into the Christmas spirit as the A Cappella Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band present both traditional and popular holiday tunes!
Christmas Liturgy and Program, December 14
On Tuesday, December 14, the students and staff will prepare for the Christmas season with an all-school prayer service and program. Scripture, prayer, reflection and song will help the Islander community reflect on the birth of Christ, the reason for the season of hope, wonder, kindness, and faith.
School Picture Orders
School Picture Retakes were done Thursday, December 10th. Packets of these new school pictures will be distributed to students soon. Information on how to order additional photos will be included in the packet. You may also go to the Lifetouch website; DeLaSalle’s “Picture Day ID” is EVTQG4FDK. Order forms are also available from Ms. Gallagher in the administration office.
Getting Ready for the End of First Semester
Students are reminded to be kind to themselves as the first semester comes to an end; reduce the stress level by using good study habits to prepare for finals. Students are encouraged to use this Finals Prep Tool to help prepare for finals and map out strategies for each day. Once notes have been taken notes and reviewed, it is time for testing. These Testing Strategies help students be successful with finals. These tools and more can be found on the DLS Library Homework help page in Canvas.

Helpful tips from the DLS Guidance Office: This weekend is a great time to begin studying for finals — avoid procrastination and trying to cram at the last minute! Studying should be done in short increments with frequent breaks, this will help students retain more information. Consider using the Pomodoro Method which is 25 minutes of studying followed by a 5 minute break. Try the timers from the Study Music Project found in the link.

First Semester Finals Week Schedule
The first semester concludes on Friday, December 17 with final assessments for all students on Thursday and Friday, December 16 and 17. The schedule for finals week is:
Monday, 12/13 = Periods 1 – 4
Tuesday, 12/14 = Periods 5 – 8 + WIN Session
Wednesday, 12/15 = Periods 1 – 8 (typical Friday schedule)
Thursday, 12/16 = Finals in Periods 1 – 4
Friday, 12/17 = Finals in Periods 5, 7, 8
On Friday, there is no WIN Session. Instead, there will be an early release at 1:30pm, buses depart at 1:45pm. Brunch items and snack food will be served during 7th hour lunch waves.
Christmas Break December 20 – 31
In observance of the holy feast of Christmas, there are no classes at DeLaSalle December 20 – 31. Classes resume with the start of the second semester on Monday, January 3, 2022.

The school will be closed Fridays, December 24 and December 31.

Business hours for all other weekdays during Christmas break are 8:00am – 4:00pm. Please note that many office staff choose to take time off during the break.  Use this staff directory to contact a staff person.

The Friday “Looking Ahead” news will not be published December 24 or 31; the next edition will arrive on January 7, 2022.

Beyond the Textbook
In recognition of National Native American Heritage month, Maureen Headbird, who is enrolled with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, shared lunchtime conversations with students. She led a sage blessing, invited students to attend powwows, and talked gleefully about the goodness of naturally harvested wild rice. Ms. Headbird is a member of Gichitwaa Kateri Catholic Church and mother to Bobby Headbird ’06 and grandmother of Anthony Headbird ’17.
The students of Saint-Joseph Fransiz Lisesi, a Lasallian School of 500 Muslim students in Istanbul, Turkey, and Ms. Taylor Groenke’s Comparative Religions class met each other in live online chats on Friday, December 3. In five small groups, the students of Saint-Joseph shared presentations on Ancient Civilizations of Turkey; Current Turkish Culture and Traditions; Turkish players in the USA’s NBA; Aegean Coast Recreation and Trade; and 5 Reasons to Visit Cappadocia. After Islanders asked questions about the reports, casual conversations about high school life in both cities was enjoyed.
Tina Rexing, owner of T-Rex Cookies and a high school classmate of Personal Finance teacher Mr. Paul Szcepanski, visited his classroom recently to share her experience of working for others and then starting a business of her own. Ms. Rexing shared her learned wisdom of the challenges and successes of entrepreneurship and the bias she has encountered as a woman business owner. She shared helpful tips for students on what to do and not to do when applying for a job, and what she looks for in employees. Each student received a token for a free T-Rex cookie!