by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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February 11, 2022

In this issue…
Good Luck to Ethics Bowl Team
Online Learning and Holiday – February 18 and 21
Winter Sports Begin Playoffs
Spring Sports Registration Now Open
New Website ~ Users Survey
Yearbook Senior Parents Ads
“State of Hockey News” Features Boys’ Senior Night
ACT Preparation Course
From the Guidance Office ~ Parenting Resources
College Planning with 11th Graders
Strategic Planning Parent Surveys Due Today
Continuous Enrollment, Course Registration for 2022-23 Begins February 11
2022-23 Financial Aid Applications Due February 25
Islanders RISE in Service and Friendship

 

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Good Luck to Ethics Bowl Team

The Islander Ethics Bowl team will defend their two, consecutive championships tomorrow (Saturday), February 12, in the Minnesota Regional Bowl at the University of Minnesota. During the match, each team presents their view on a pre-assigned case study and then responds to questions from the opposing team and the judges. Points are awarded for clarity of discussion, quality of ethical analysis, consideration of alternative viewpoints, and respectful competition. This year’s team is Sabina Bethke ’22, Nathaniel Chang-Deutsch ’24, Finn Haarman ’23, Laila Hewitt ’22, Eric Mans ’22, Sonia Narvaez-Quick ’23, Lily Scott ’23. Go, Islanders!

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Online Learning and Holiday – February 18 and 21

Friday, February 18, will be an online learning day for all students. Each teacher will be assigning coursework for that day. Faculty and staff will gather on campus for prayer, Lasallian study and formation, and department curriculum designing.
DeLaSalle recognizes the Presidents’ Day federal holiday. There is no school on Monday, February 21.

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Winter Sports Begin Playoffs

Islander winter sports are coming to the end of their regular seasons with playoffs happening in February and March. DeLaSalle is proud of the high level of student participation in varsity and lower level activities, including the 30 students who this year formed De’s first-ever alpine and Nordic ski teams. The Minnesota State High School League determines and earns the admission fees for section playoffs and state competitions. The rates are often tiered with discounts for students. To cheer on your favorite teams, refer to this list of sports’ playoff dates and brackets. Go, Islanders!

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Spring Sports Registration Now Open

Registration for all Islanders interested in participating in spring sports is now open. To learn of particular requirements and practice start dates, and to find the registration form for each sport, please click HERE.

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New Website ~ Users Survey

Preparations for an overhaul and updating of the DeLaSalle website have begun. All site users are invited to contribute opinions to best guide our planning. If you would like to contribute comments and/or ideas, please complete this short survey by the end of day February 14. Thank you.

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Yearbook Senior Parents Ads

Families who are looking for a way to publicly recognize or pay tribute to their 12th grader may consider buying a Yearbook Senior Parent Ad. Senior ads are a popular part of the yearbook that students turn to right away when they receive their book. There are two ways to order senior ads: online at this website or by downloading this paper form and turn it in to Ms. Smith in the Main Office. You may design the ads yourself on the Balfour website (preferable), create your own artwork and upload, or have the yearbook staff design one for you. Parent Senior Ads orders are due by March 15.

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“State of Hockey News” Features Boys’ Senior Night

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The boys’ hockey senior night was a rousing good time. All fans enjoyed complimentary hot chocolate and sandwiches. The Chuck-A-Puck contest was won by DLS PhyEd teacher Mary Beth Barry. The team wore special “D” hockey jerseys. And, thanks to the energy and effort of a DE parent, Let’s Play Hockey news covered the event with a story featuring the comments of a current captain, Patrick Anderson ’22, and alumnus team player, Greg LeBlanc ’71. To read the article “One Big Family,” please click HERE.

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ACT Preparation Course

An ACT (American College Test) preparation course will be taught by Ms. Rachel Engstrom at DeLaSalle, on Saturdays, February 19 and 26 and March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. The cost for the class is $350 plus the purchase of “The Official ACT Prep Guide” ($34). Students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch may also be eligible for reduced pricing for this class. To learn more about course fees and/or to register, contact Ms. Barbara McAdams in the Guidance Office.

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From the Guidance Office ~ Parenting Resources

Parenting adolescents can be a challenge and we don’t always know what to do or where to get support. “Power to the Parents” is a weekly radio show hosted by Don and Sondra Samuels on KMOJ, 89.9 FM, Sunday mornings at 11:00am. This show was developed for families of color but the information is great for all parents. Make this part of your Sunday routine, you will be glad you did. Find this resource and many others to support your parenting work on our Virtual Parenting Classroom. Click on the various icons to find resources.

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College Planning with 11th Graders

Junior College Meetings
School counselors have started junior college planning meetings. These are 1-to-1 meetings and take 20-30 minutes. They take place during WIN sessions, a study hall, lunch, or before and after school. Counselors will find an alternate time for an individual student if an exception to these times is needed.
College Planning Series – February 23
The DeLaSalle Office of College Advising and Counseling will host Part 2 of our Junior College Planning Series on February 23, 7:00 – 8:00pm, in the Schulze Lab (D104). All 11th grade students and their families are invited to learn more about college admissions factors, searching for colleges, and setting a planning timeline. Questions? Contact Kimberly Mannel, 612-676-7664 or kimberly.mannel@delasalle.com.

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Strategic Planning Parent Surveys Due Today

DeLaSalle has launched its latest strategic planning initiative to assess current needs and establish five-year goals for the school. The last strategic plan was written in 2017. A committee of teachers, staff, administrators and student representatives has been meeting regularly, working with a consultant to draft the new plan in time for approval by the Board of Trustees in May and implementation beginning with the start of the 2022-23 school year.
As part of the process, the committee is sending four separate surveys to parents, students, faculty and staff, and alumni about their DeLaSalle experience. We greatly appreciate your prompt replies to the survey as the data will help shape immediate and long-term planning. It should not take more than a few minutes to complete.
All current parents should have received an email on February 7 with a link to the survey; we request that you complete the survey by February 11 if possible. Current students will receive an email and survey link in conjunction with the next academic mentor meetings on February 17. The faculty and staff received their own separate survey. Alumni groups will be receiving their messages later this month. Our committee thanks you for your thoughtful responses. Future generations of Islanders will thank you as well for informing our planning for the future.

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Continuous Enrollment, Course Registration for 2022-23 Begins February 11

The DeLaSalle Board of Trustees made the decision five years ago to move to a continuous enrollment model. Continuous enrollment streamlines the re-enrollment process and eliminates the need for sending a repetitive re-registration form and a new tuition agreement to families each year. With almost all students re-enrolling at DeLaSalle year over year, the process of completing multiple forms ends up being unnecessary.

A timeline of key dates follows:
• February 11: Students in grades 9-10-11 received a course request worksheet that can help them plan which required and elective courses they may take in 2022-23. Course registration will be online and due no later than Friday, February 18.
• February 17: Students will meet with their academic mentors to review course selections.
• February 25: The TADS financial aid application for 2022-23 is due by this date.
• March 1-15: The 2022-23 non-refundable registration deposit of $350.00 per student will be added to your TADS tuition accounts. Monthly payers will have this deposit added on your normal tuition payment date. For families who have paid tuition in one or two installments, we will add an additional invoice to their agreement and TADS will process the registration deposit from their account.
• April 1-15: Once TADS has completed their auditing procedures, DeLaSalle will be communicating 2022-23 financial aid and individualized tuition arrangements for each returning family.
• May: Tuition payments begin for 2022-23, in monthly payments or one or two installments.

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2022-23 Financial Aid Applications Due February 25

The DeLaSalle Board of Trustees has approved several cornerstone pieces of next year’s budget, which will include increases in compensation for teachers and staff as well as increases in financial assistance programs. The Board approved a 2022-23 tuition amount of $15,690.00. All of us at DeLaSalle appreciate the sacrifice that parents are making to send their sons and daughters to our school, whether you are paying the full tuition or a reduced tuition through allocation of financial aid. Over 98 percent of parents are on time with tuition payments this year. We are also heartened that, primarily due to the wonderful support of our alumni, friends, and many of our parents, a DeLaSalle tuition is still less expensive than all but three Catholic high schools in the Twin Cities and less than half of what some private high schools charge.

DeLaSalle families may now apply for need-based financial aid for the 2022-23 school year.  Click here to begin and eventually submit your completed application to Tuition Aid Data (TADS), the company that analyzes family financial need for DeLaSalle. The deadline to apply for next year is Friday, February 25, 2022.   Families are required to file a TADS application every year.

TADS Financial Aid Worksheet
TADS Documento de Financiera

DeLaSalle thanks its families for meeting this very important February 25 deadline.  If families have questions about completing the TADS application, they are encouraged to contact TADS Customer Service support directly or reach out to Mr. Ron Rice at DeLaSalle.

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Islanders RISE in Service and Friendship

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Twice a week, the school day schedule includes WIN sessions, time for extra tutoring, make-up test-taking, and healthy recreation. Once a month, students in DeLaSalle’s RISE club turn “What I Need” into “What Others Need” with visits to WorkAbilities, Inc., a day-service center for people with a wide range of needs and abilities. RISE (Respect Inclusivity Service Equally) club members provide recreational activities as they build relationships with WorkAbilities’ clients. This month, Valentine’s Day was celebrated with art projects and card-making.

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