by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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February 25, 2022

In this issue…
Social Justice Week: Basic Needs and Beyond
We Welcome the Class of 2026 on Saturday
Winter Activities Playoff Season
Black History Month Celebration
2022-23 Financial Aid Applications Due Today, February 25
HBCUs Information Online Event
College Scholarship Opportunities
History Day Open House
Spring Sports Registration Now Open
Registration Open for Camp Islander Summer Camps
Ordering a Yearbook and/or Senior Parents Ads
Islanders Sign with University Programs

 

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Social Justice Week: Basic Needs and Beyond

During next week’s Social Justice Week (Feb. 28 – March 4), DeLaSalle will focus on four basic human needs –food, shelter, water, clothing– to better understand how we can implement components of charity and justice to work for lasting, positive change.

Monday’s topic is food. As part of our awareness of how many people live with food insecurity, we’re holding a food collection drive. Each grade has been assigned a needed item:
• 9th grade: Fruit (canned fruit, apple sauce, snack packs)
• 10th grade: Veggies (canned vegetables)
• 11th grade: Grains (pasta, rice, tortillas)
• 12th grade: Protein (peanut butter, beans, canned meat)
• Staff: Soups
Thank you for being generous as we pray and work for end to hunger.

Tuesday’s focus is shelter.  A guest speaker from “The Bridge for Youth” will tell us more about the needs of local young people experiencing homelessness. Students can make tie blankets for My Very Own Bed.

Wednesday, we will look at the necessity for clean water and those who struggle to find it. Students are encouraged to use only reusable water bottles that day and going forward. Ash Wednesday Mass will be celebrated by all that morning.

Thursday’s theme is clothing. Students may come out of uniform if they purchase a wristband for $2. The wristbands will be imprinted with the words “Kwa ushirika na chuo cha Mwangaza” which means “In solidarity with Mwangaza” in Kiswahili. Mwangaza College is our Lasallian Twin School in Nakuru, Kenya.  All Islanders are invited to bring one piece of gently used clothing to donate to those in need. One item each = over 700 clothing donations in a day.

Friday’s wrap-up will reflect on the four themes and what prayer and actions should be continued as progress toward human necessities for all. A lunch-time trivia game will ask questions about lessons learned this week. Student affinity and action clubs will be featured.

Lasallian Ministry and the Student Council have been busy planning and preparing for a great week!

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We Welcome the Class of 2026 on Saturday

DeLaSalle will welcome the next generation of Islanders when it registers the Class of 2026 this Saturday, February 26. Students who have been admitted to ninth grade and their families will select their courses for the 2022-23 school year and pay a registration deposit to secure their spot in the class. We look forward to many good conversations with the students and parents on Saturday. We are still receiving inquiries and applications at all grade levels, and if space allows, the Admissions Office will continue to register new ninth grader.

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Winter Activities Playoff Season

Islander coaches and athletes are moving into playoff mode as regular season schedules wrap up. Congratulations to the alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, wrestling, and the boys’ and girls’ hockey teams on noteworthy seasons. Swimming and Diving sections are this weekend at Richfield Middle School. Girls’ basketball section quarterfinals are March 2. Boys’ basketball sections begin March 9. Go, Islanders!

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Black History Month Celebration

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In recognition of Black History Awareness Month, students and staff were treated to outstanding performance assemblies during today’s WIN sessions –one for 11th and 12th graders and one for 9th and 10th graders. The assemblies opened with prayer and junior Yeva Adamaley’s strong performance of “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce. Special guest presenters, spoken-word artist Frank Sentwali and percussionist and beatboxer Truth Maze, gave entertaining and educating lessons on life and values encouraging all to “Embrace your greatness.”

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2022-23 Financial Aid Applications Due Today, February 25

DeLaSalle families requesting financial assistance are required to file a TADS application every year. The deadline to apply for the 2022-23 school year is today, February 25. Click here to submit your completed application to Tuition Aid Data (TADS), the company that analyzes family financial need for DeLaSalle.  

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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HBCUs Information Online Event

College Board, a not-for-profit organization that connects students to college opportunity, is hosting an online event for all students interested in attending an Historically Black College or University. “Real Talk” will be presented March 2 and 3, 6:00pm Central Time. Information will be given about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, academic programs, student organizations, Greek life, student housing and more. Each night will feature a different group of HBCU’s, so tune in on both evenings. Click here for more info and to register.

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College Scholarship Opportunities

(1) The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center invites current 12th graders to participate in a scholarship competition sponsored by PNC Bank. In a two-minute video, students must present responses to these questions: What kind of ancestor will you be? What lessons will future generations learn from your story? What can you do in your life that will set an example for others to follow? First prize will receive $1,000, second prize $750, and third prize $250. Videos must be submitted by April 1, 2022. For more information visit this Freedom Center’s webpage.

(2) The Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship was created to help ensure that more students have access to a student-centered, life-changing college experience at a CTCL member college. In 2022, CTCL will award two $4,000 scholarships ($1,000 per year for 4 years) for students attending one of their member schools. The application is online and must be submitted by March 25. To learn more, visit their website.

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History Day Open House

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Yesterday evening, (February 24) Islander students, friends, and families walked about classrooms, the library, and tech labs attending the in-person History Day Open House. 11th grade students presented their research as exhibits, websites, and documentary movies on this year’s theme, “Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.” The judging of projects will happen early next week; the list of those who move on to Metro Regionals will be published in next Friday’s blast. If you were unable to attend the Open House, you may view the student projects via this website. The navigation to exhibits, websites, research papers, and documentaries is in the upper right corner of the home page.

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Spring Sports Registration Now Open

A reminder to all Islanders interested in participating in spring sports, registration 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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Registration Open for Camp Islander Summer Camps

This summer, grade school through high school students can choose from camps in eleven different activities – from developing their theatre stage persona to building their skills on the athletic court or field. Camp instructors, moderators, and coaches are current DeLaSalle staff members, alumni, and friends. Each camp offers great fun, outstanding coaching, and directing, with an emphasis on fundamental skill development for participants. Students may sign up for a single camp or multiple camps. Read more by clicking here.

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Ordering a Yearbook and/or Senior Parents Ads

Yearbook Senior Parent Ads are now on sale. 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. Orders for the 2022 Yearbook can be made via our online store. Pick your options and follow the ordering instructions.

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Islanders Sign with University Programs

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On Wednesday, February 23, four Islanders signed letters of intent to four university athletic programs. Congratulations to (left to right in the photo) Andre Clifton, University of St. Thomas Soccer; Amir Everett, William Penn University Football; I’Tianna Salaam, University of Minnesota Track & Field; and Sydney Runsewe, Quincy University Basketball.