by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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January 28, 2022

In this issue…
Fine Arts Festival – Performance Tonight!
Celebrating Vowed Religious During Catholic Schools Week
Grade 12 Christian Service Hours
Parent Association Welcomes Speaker, Dr. Jules Nolan, on February 7
Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of the One-Act Play, Subsection Champs!
Special Schedules – February 11 and 18
2022-23 Financial Aid Applications
Make-up Entrance Exams
Winterfest and Catholic Schools Week

 

Fine Arts Festival – Performance Tonight!

Congratulations to 76 of DeLaSalle’s music students who have earned the opportunity to participate in the annual Tri-Metro Conference Fine Arts Festival at Brooklyn Center High School on January 28. Once again in 2022, DeLaSalle will be sending the largest group of selected student musicians to the Festival of any conference school.

Islanders selected to participate in the Honors Band, Choir, and Orchestra will be joining top music students from other Tri-Metro schools for day-long clinics from top-level music instructors and professors. The assembled groups will learn and rehearse all day and then, after a dinner break, will perform a virtual performance at 7:00pm.

While the performance is closed to spectators due to the pandemic, family and friends are encouraged to view the performance via this Live Stream link.

Many of these honored music students also participate in DeLaSalle’s award-winning theatre program, Art Club, speech, pep band, and other student activities in the Arts. Several are varsity athletes, and the vast majority have also earned a place on the Honor or High Honor Roll each semester. These are well-rounded students and we are proud to salute both their artistic talents and dedication to excellence. Congratulations to our Fine Arts Festival Islander honorees.

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Celebrating Vowed Religious During Catholic Schools Week
In preparation for next week’s Catholic Schools Week recognitions and the celebration of the men and women of religious communities on World Day for Consecrated Life, the local Catholic Spirit newspaper featured an interview with DeLaSalle’s theology teacher, Brother Dylan Perry. Click HERE to read the complete interview.
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Grade 12 Christian Service Hours

In this week’s Mentor Meetings, 12th graders were reminded that their 60 hours of Christian Service are due March 1. Some seniors have completed their hours but have not yet logged them properly. Seniors were emailed a link to the recording portal; its subject line included “Christian Service Hours Online Submission Form for 2021-22 School Year.”

All 12th grade students are required to complete a final reflection/project. Students were assigned details to this project via the Service Learning Canvas page. The Community Service Final Reflection -or- Project Final are also due March 1. This final project is designed to celebrate the service our students have given during their time at De. Students who have a question about their hours or the final projects should contact Ms. Nicole Stecklein in the Lasallian Ministry office.

New this year, students who have completed 100 hours or more of community service are eligible for the Servant Scholar Award. These students will be recognized in their 12th grade year on Senior Awards Night and will be given a light-blue cord to wear at their graduation.

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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 on 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. Nolen has been well received at Parent Association presentations in past years and we’re grateful that she joins us on February 7, with the meeting beginning 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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Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of the One-Act Play, Subsection Champs!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the DeLaSalle One-Act play! Performing William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, the Islanders captured first place at the subsection competition on January 27 and now advance to the Section 6AA Championships on February 5, where their performance will be judged against those of three other high schools. Should the Islanders prevail on the 5th, they would advance to the Minnesota State High School League’s One Act Play Festival finals at St. Catherine’s University on February 10. Best of luck to all the students involved in the production! We’re proud of you!

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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” lunches will be provided for 9th and 10th graders. When they finish their tests, they’ll report to the Florance Center or LL Gray Gym to eat and wait for bus departure. 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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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.

This program is surely one of the hallmarks of DeLaSalle.  The school is proud to maintain its historic, Lasallian legacy of providing education to young men and women from a broad range of personal financial circumstances.  Founded in 1900 in large part to provide English language skills and Catholic education to the rapidly-growing number of immigrant families moving into Minneapolis from Europe, DeLaSalle sustains its mission to this very day.  We provide college preparatory education for a student body reflective of the socio-economic breadth and rich diversity of the community.

We are heartened that, primarily due to the wonderful development support of our alumni, friends, and many parents, a full DeLaSalle tuition is still less expensive than at most Catholic or private high schools in the Twin Cities. We don’t charge extra fees for technology or registration as many schools do.  We appreciate the sacrifice that parents are making to send their daughters and sons to DeLaSalle, and we know that sacrifice to be even transformative in its broader lessons of what community can truly be.

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.  We set out to balance our budget each year, but we are a separately incorporated non-profit.  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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Make-up Entrance Exams 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 two remaining make-up dates are:
• Saturday, January 29 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
• 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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Winterfest and Catholic Schools Week

The DeLaSalle Student Council and Lasallian Ministry leaders present our annual recognition of Catholic Schools with Winterfest fun. It is an out-of-uniform week with specific dress themes for each day. Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday. Hot cocoa welcomes everyone Wednesday morning. A dodgeball tournament will determine which student team will challenge the staff team. Due to current pandemic protocols, the usual energetic pepfest will not be held. Instead, mini spirit sticks will be hidden around the school. Daily clues will point to their location. The class that finds the most will be declared winner of the spirit stick and enjoys a free lunch dessert.

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