by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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February 4, 2022

In this issue…
Pandemic Protocol Updates
Celebrating Catholic Schools and Winterfest
Parent Association Welcomes Speaker Dr. Jules Nolan on February 7
Strategic Planning Surveys to be Sent to Parents, Students in Coming Days
College Planning Series – February 23
Continuous Enrollment, Course Registration for 2022-23 Begins February 11
2022-23 Tuition Announcement
2022-23 Financial Aid Applications Due February 25
Special Schedules – February 11 and 18
Theology Classes Include Personal Safety Lessons
Make-up Entrance Exam for New Students
9th Graders Enjoy Respect Retreat

 

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Pandemic Protocol Updates

As the calendar turns to February, we are grateful for your partnership to keep our community healthy as we continue full in-person learning for all students. There were a few days in early January with higher than usual absentee rates due to Covid-19 and the Omicron variant.  But in the past ten days we are experiencing typical mid-winter rates of 95-97 percent students healthy and in class each day and we have only two active Covid-19 cases at this time. Of course, we will continue to evaluate throughout the coming weeks, but we understand the academic and social-emotional benefits of having students and staff together on campus, not only in classes but also in community with one another.

In light of all the available data and the trends we are seeing, the Pandemic Response Team met again this week and has decided to roll back a few of the measures taken a month ago. Effective Monday, February 7, the following changes will occur:
Lunches
Students will be once again ALL join together in the Florance Center for lunch each day, reconnecting the entire community in the same space for prayer and friendship during the meal. We thank the students, teachers and lunch proctors for their adaptive and cooperative efforts during the past five weeks while we temporarily turned the LL Gray gym into a second lunchroom for half of our students each lunch period.
Assemblies
Should there be a need for an all-school assembly in coming weeks, we are in a position to return to the first semester practice of the entire community gathering in one location.
Activities and Sporting Events
Spectator attendance will NOT be limited, BUT masks will still be required for all spectators. Per the temporary Minneapolis guidelines, we will continue with the practice of no concessions at on-campus events.

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Celebrating Catholic Schools and Winterfest

Though scaled back due to pandemic protocols, our celebration of Catholic Schools Week and Winterfest was filled with prayer, competitions, and comical out-of-uniform dress days. The student team walloped the staff team in a rapid-fire dodgeball match. Student Council served hot cocoa as students arrived Wednesday morning –much appreciated on the below-zero weather day. Four spirit sticks were hidden each day around campus (including outside) with clues to their location published in the daily Source bulletin. The final search tally: 12th graders found 3; 11th = 5; 10 = 3 and 9th graders found 8. So next week the 9th graders will enjoy a special, free lunch dessert.

Our school chaplain and DeLaSalle alumnus, Father Kevin Kenney, reminded us of the value of Catholic education during Tuesday’s Mass. He spoke of caring educators and community spirit –much of which was echoed in the comments DeLaSalle faculty and staff submitted to a casual survey on the highlights of their own Catholic education. To read about the blessing of school uniforms, small class sizes, and the joy created by dedicated Sisters and Brothers, click here.

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Parent Association Welcomes Speaker Dr. Jules Nolan on February 7

DeLaSalle parents are invited to join the monthly Parent Association meeting this coming Monday, February 7, as we welcome the insights from Dr. Jules Nolan on the topic of “Helping our teens navigate technology and social media with balanced emotional health.” Dr. Nolan has been well received at Parent Association presentations in past years and we’re grateful that she joins us again this year.  The meeting begins at 6:30pm in the Schulze Lab (D104). All DeLaSalle parents are invited to attend the presentation.

Dr. Nolan is the past president of the Minnesota School Psychology Association, chairwoman of the Issues in Human Diversity Committee for International School Psychology Association, and adjunct Faculty Minnesota State University, Departments of Psychology and Special Education. She is also the co-author of “Real World, Real Challenges: Adolescent Issues in Contemporary Society,” a college textbook on adolescent psychology. She has been an invited speaker at local, state, national, and international conferences and provides trainings in a variety of school and mental health related topics for teachers, parents, and students. A product of Catholic schools herself, she and her husband have raised three (now adult) children who continue to make her proud every day. We hope to see you on February 7 for discussion and deeper understanding about this very important topic.

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Strategic Planning Surveys to be Sent to Parents, Students in Coming Days

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 will receive an email on February 7 with a link to the survey within the email; 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/staff and alumni groups will receive their own separate messages and instructions for their surveys. 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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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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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 will receive 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 will open to students and families on the afternoon of February 11. Course requests are 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 Tuition Announcement

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.

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2022-23 Financial Aid Applications Due February 25

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.

Approximately half of our students pay a full tuition, and others pay a reduced tuition with grants determined by analysis provided through the TADS application.   No outside group subsidizes DeLaSalle’s operating budget in any way.  This is yet another reason why a family’s support of activities such as the Christian Brothers’ Gala in October and/or commitment to working in the Islander Foundation program is so very much appreciated.  We depend on partnering with our hard-working parents to make this work.  We are all in this together, and that’s why we’re appreciative of parents meeting application deadlines and staying current with charged tuition.  As of mid-January, over 98 percent of our families are current with their tuition obligations, true partners on behalf of all students.  We’re grateful!

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Special Schedules – February 11 and 18

Friday, February 11, is an alternate class schedule day for all students. Buses will run their normal morning routes, the school day begins at 8:30am.
• 9th Grade will be taking the ITED test (Iowa Test of Educational Development).
• 10th Grade will be taking the Pre-ACT (American College Test).
“Grab ‘n Go” breakfast and lunch items will be available for pick-up before testing that morning. Buses will depart at 12:45pm, running the regular afternoon routes early.
• 11th Grade will attend their 11th Grade Retreat at Saint Mary’s University Center. Upon arrival at school that morning, juniors will gather in the Florance Center. Transportation to and from Saint Mary’s will be provided. School buses will not be available at 3:00pm that day. Alternative arrangements for those juniors who rely on DeLaSalle transportation to get home will be made.
• 12th Grade will not report to school. They are strongly encouraged to use this day for additional college planning and scholarship research.

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 mapping.

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Theology Classes Include Personal Safety Lessons

During this spring semester, theology students will participate in the high school curriculum provided by the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. This curriculum will include lessons from:
NCMEC*, NetSmartz: Real World and Internet Safety (high school level)
VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children
Students in 9th and 10th grades will have two lessons of approximately 30-40 minutes each. For students in 11th and 12th grades, there will be one lesson of approximately 30-40 minutes. Course material includes encouraging students to think about their personal boundaries –whether in-person or online, and how to be good Internet citizens. This content will be delivered in Theology classes with the support of our Librarian/Technology Integration Specialist, Judith Roggow, who has provided us with many excellent lessons in the area of online ethics and safety. If you have any questions, contact Theology department chair Keely Wojda at kwojda@apps.delasalle.com.

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Make-up Entrance Exam for New Students

One of the required steps for admission at DeLaSalle is the Entrance Exam. For those who were unable to attend the January 8th test date, make-up exams have been offered. The final make-up exam date is tomorrow, Saturday, February 5,  9:00 a.m. to Noon

Families can pre-register by filling out this form, or register when you arrive on campus. If you have any questions about the exam, the admissions process, or about DeLaSalle in general, please contact the Admissions Office.

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9th Graders Enjoy Respect Retreat

photos of retreat

All 9th graders participated in their annual class retreat today (February 4). This is a “Respect” retreat that focuses on respect for self, for others, and how to stand up for what’s right. Youth Frontiers guided the retreat with the assistance of 12th grade Islanders. The day-long retreat held at Saint Mary’s University Center included music, small and large group discussions, and games of team cheers, left shoe sculptures, and a scream contest.

photos of retreat