December 17, 2021
In this issue…
Happy Advent and Merry Christmas from the DeLaSalle Family to You and Yours!
Christmas Break December 20 – 31
Second Semester Begins January 3; Students Should Update to IOS 15
Welcome to Several New Islanders as Transfers
Searching for College Scholarships
Open House for Prospective Students and Families
Entrance Exam and Parent Information Seminar
Young Alumni Offer College Perspective at Parent Association Meeting
The Jesse Tree: the Advent Story
|Happy Advent and Merry Christmas|
from the DeLaSalle family to you and yours!
|In these holy seasons of Advent and Christmas, we are entirely grateful for the enduring gift of God made present among us! For the perspective and assurance that Holiness was indeed made human and accessible in the simplest of ways — a baby, a manger, and a glorious story told and retold millions of times from generation to generation. Thank you from DeLaSalle for all you have meant to us in 2021. May these final days of Advent allow time for all of us to reflect upon our calling to be for others and renew our commitment to listen more, engage with empathy, and live our lives with Jesus forever in our hearts in all that we do. May God bless you as you celebrate this Christmas season and make God all the more present in the New Year!|
|DeLaSalle Student Council organized an Advent Penny Wars competition that took place during all lunches for a week. Penny Wars is a fundraising competition where donated coins are counted as positive numbers and dollar bill amounts are negative; students contribute coins to their buckets and put dollar bills in their opponents’ buckets. The Council decided the competition groupings would be by student ID numbers which are used daily in the lunch service rotation. The group of ID numbers with the highest net amount in their bucket won first-in-lunch-line privileges for a week. The competition heated up the last two days with generous positive and negative donations in all buckets.|
|The students with 40s and 50s ID numbers were the victors which also earned them an out-of-uniform day. The total collection netted $1,132.40. Student shoppers used the funds to purchase needed items and grocery gift cards for families at the Agape Oasis Childcare and Crisis Intervention Center. The greater DeLaSalle community also contributed to the Advent Gift Collection coordinated by our Lasallian Ministry. Friends and families donated funds that were used to provide gift and grocery cards for current DeLaSalle families.|
|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.
The Friday “Looking Ahead” news will not be published December 24 or 31; the next edition will arrive on January 7, 2022.
|Second Semester Begins January 3; Students Should Update to IOS 15|
|We are excited to begin the second half of our school year together when the second semester starts on Monday, January 3.|
Students should update to iOS 15 over Christmas break to ensure app functionality. App updates will be pushed out periodically over the break. Make sure your device is backed up to the iCloud before updating. The update can be found by going to Settings > General > Software Update. If you do not have enough storage available on your device, please delete any non-school apps and/or apps you do not need for school to make room for the update.
|Welcome to Several New Islanders as Transfers|
|With some more work to be completed over the Christmas break, it appears that we will welcome at least six — and potentially as many as 12 — new students as incoming transfers when the second semester begins on January 3. We welcome all of our incoming students and their families! The Admissions Office will be open each weekday other than December 24 and 31 to continue processing applications, lead tours, and provide information for our transfers and other prospective students.|
|Searching for College Scholarships|
|Christmas break is a great time for students and parents to research scholarships. They should plan and schedule which ones they will apply to so as not to become overwhelmed in the process. It is helpful to keep time and expectations realistic. Students and parents need to consider if it is realistic to apply for one scholarship per week, two scholarships per week, or just two per month? Consider your own situation and plan accordingly.|
Students in grade 9, 10, or 11 may want to consider getting on an email or mailing list for scholarships for which they qualify. Ms. McAdams, College Adviser in the DeLaSalle Guidance Office, prepared this initial list of scholarship opportunity links.
|Open House for Prospective Students and Families|
|Wednesday, January 5, 7:00-9:00pm|
Thank you for helping to share the good news about DeLaSalle with your family and friends this Christmas season. What an exciting time for De! We invite prospective students and their families to join us at our winter Open House to learn more about DeLaSalle’s mission and vision and hear from teachers in each department about our college preparatory curriculum. You can also learn about our Catholic, Lasallian heritage, student activities, financial aid, and more.
|Entrance Exam and Parent Information Seminar|
|Saturday, January 8, 8:30-11:30am|
We invite prospective students to take the Entrance Exam, one of the requirements for admission at DeLaSalle. Families are encouraged to preregister for the exam, however walk-ins are accepted. We charge no fee for the exam and we will provide all test materials including pencils. While students are taking the Entrance Exam, we invite parents to stay for a Parent Information Seminar in DeLaSalle’s Florance Center, where we will cover information about the application and registration process, financial aid, transportation, student life, uniforms, and more. Finally, while we will accept application materials on or before January 8, families still have until February 11 to complete an application to DeLaSalle.
|Young Alumni Offer College Perspective at Parent Association Meeting|
|Monday, January 10, 6:30-8:00pm, Schulze Lab (D104)|
The January meeting of the DeLaSalle Parent Association is a perennial favorite when young Islander alumni join us for a special type of college planning panel for parents. We host our always informative panel discussion from the first-year student’s perspective. All parents are invited to join us and hear what De alums from the Class of 2021 would say helped with their college planning, decision, and transition — and maybe a couple of things they wish they had known or done differently. Practical and understandable advice from one Islander to another is always helpful. Students are certainly welcome too.
|The Jesse Tree: the Advent Story|
|As part of final assessments week, all 9th grade Theology students contributed symbols to a Jesse Tree in the main Albers Atrium. Students each presented their original artwork with the biblical story it depicted and then attached it to the tree.|