by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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March 11, 2022

In this issue…
COVID Mask Protocol Changes to Optional
2022-23 Transportation Request Form to be Emailed Monday
2021-22 Athena Award Winner: I’Tianna Salaam
For Parents: “Know the Truth” Presentation on Chemical Awareness, Prevention – March 14
Application Deadline for Alumni Association Scholarships – March 18
Congratulations, State Swimmers!
Winter Activities Playoff Season
Spring Sports Final Registration Opportunity
Registration for Camp Islander Summer Camps
College Scholarship Opportunity
Head of School, Jim Benson, Finishes Two-Year Term as President of LAASCA
Spring Musical Now Playing

 

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Welcome, Families in De’s Class of 2026!

We welcome you, parents and guardians of our recently registered students in the Class of 2026, to DeLaSalle and our school’s communications department.  We have transferred your contact information into our school’s database and you will now be receiving news from DeLaSalle throughout the spring and summer.  Tonight, you are receiving a copy of our most recent weekly email news blast (from March 11) that, going forward, will arrive in your inbox on Fridays.  It delivers important and timely information about community events and school programming.  We will also include you on all-school communications that we send to parents and guardians such as surveys and updates about important schoolwide topics (for example COVID or strategic planning). Many parents and families also follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts @dlsislanders and/or log in to the daily announcements via our website to be better connected to their daughter’s or son’s high school. We’re glad that your family is joining ours!

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COVID Mask Protocol Changes to Optional

Our Pandemic Response Task Force has regularly asked for community input as we have made decisions relative to the pandemic, most recently surveying parents, staff, and students as we decide whether we should join other schools, businesses, and governments and change our policies from requiring masks on campus to a “mask-optional but mask-supported” policy.  Over 350 parents and more than 400 students responded to the survey and many added valuable insight in their comments, especially related to the social and emotional well-being of students and families.

We have analyzed objective COVID data at DeLaSalle and in the broader community throughout this school year. After reviewing current data and reading the feedback from our stakeholders, the Pandemic Task Force supports the following: Starting Monday, March 14, masks will become optional in the building for all members of the community.  For those who wish, N95 masks will continue to be available in the Main Office on a first-come, first-served basis.  To be clear, this policy shift is also “mask-supported” for any student, parent, or staff member who chooses to continue wearing a mask on campus for reasons related to that student’s or family’s circumstance. To read the full text of the letter sent to all families, please click here.

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2022-23 Transportation Request Form to be Emailed Monday

Families of students returning to DeLaSalle for the 2022-23 school year will be sent an email on Monday, March 14, inviting them to make school transportation requests. The email will come from communications@delasalle.com and sent to the primary contact person for each student. The completed request form is due Monday, March 28. Questions may be directed to transportation@delasalle.com. Of note… Registered incoming ninth grade families completed their transportation requests at the time of registration.

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student photo2021-22 Athena Award Winner: I’Tianna Salaam
The Athena Award is given annually to one senior female athlete in each Twin Cities high school and is based on excellence in individual sports or for participation and accomplishments in team sports. Award recipients will gather at a luncheon later this spring. I’Tianna will graduate as a four-year letter winner in girls’ track and girls’ basketball, excelling in each sport. Twice she has earned All-State recognition in track, setting school records in the 100-meter and 400-meter dash, and she also helped lead the Islanders to the Class AAA State Basketball Championship in 2019, as well as conference titles in 2019, 2020, and 2022. She has been a captain and earned All-Conference honors in both sports. Moreover, she made the High Honor Roll for seven straight semesters and earned selection to the National Honor Society. This is a wonderful and talented student-athlete, who has also earned a scholarship to run track at the University of Minnesota, where she will pursue a nursing degree.

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For Parents: “Know the Truth” Presentation on Chemical Awareness, Prevention – March 14

All parents are invited to attend the next DeLaSalle Parent Association meeting happening this Monday, March 14. The Association has again invited guest speakers from Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge to share their expertise about chemical use awareness and prevention. Entitled “Know the Truth,” the presentation is from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, in the Schulze Lab.

Our community always seeks to be proactive learners, to make good decisions, collaborate with one another, and keep our teenagers and families healthy. Our guests will speak to “How to have the ‘Drug Talk’ with your teen,” signs of potential use, setting expectations and consequences, resources for parents and families, and more. Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge shared their wisdom at a Parent Association meeting three years ago and we are pleased to welcome them back.

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Application Deadline for Alumni Association Scholarships – March 18

Current 11th grade students are invited to apply for tuition scholarships available through the DeLaSalle Alumni Association. Six scholarships are awarded in honor of alumni who have made a significant impact on DeLaSalle. Recipients will have these scholarship awards applied to their tuition for the 2022-23 school year. The application is available here.  Applications are due next Friday, March 18.

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Winter Activities Playoff Season

Islander athletic playoff season continues. The boys’ basketball team won their quarterfinal section game with St. Paul Highland, 81 – 63. The semifinal game is tomorrow, Saturday, 12:00pm, at DeLaSalle versus Como Park. Go, Islanders!

Despite a close, heartbreaking finish in the section final for the 2021-22 Islanders girls’ basketball team, we congratulate the players, coaches, managers, and families for all they accomplished this year. You have made us proud! The team finished tied for the Tri-Metro Conference Championship and finished the regular season ranked #3 in the Class AAA State Rankings. The Section 3AAA final was a thrilling game between two exceptional teams, but De fell just short in the final minute against the #2 ranked team, St. Paul Como Park, 75-72. Finishing the season with a 22-7 record, this season’s Islanders have continued a multi-decade legacy of excellence in the girls’ basketball program at De: 11 state tournaments and four state championships since 2006.

A special congratulations goes out to three seniors who were four-year regulars in the program. I’Tianna Salaam, Sydney Runsewe, and Savannah White were members of the 2019 state title team and also the 2020 team that had advanced to the state championship game only to have their season be canceled due to COVID. The pandemic also cut their season short in 2021. Over this four year stretch, DeLaSalle was 83-23 and ranked in the state’s top ten every week of the four seasons. It’s quite the legacy for these three!

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Spring Sports Final Registration Opportunity
A reminder to all Islanders interested in participating in spring sports:  this is the final week of registration. To learn of particular requirements and practice start dates –some sports have begun, and to find the registration form for each sport, please click here.
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Registration 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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College Scholarship Opportunity

The K. Arnold Eklund Scholarship Fund benefits high school seniors from De LaSalle High School and Edison High School in Minneapolis, who plan to study next year at a college, university or vocational-technical school in a course focus that leads to a business career in retailing. $2,000 awards will be granted and may be renewed for up to three additional years. For more information, click here. The deadline for applying is next Tuesday, March 15.

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Head of School, Jim Benson, Finishes Two-Year Term as President of LAASCA

DeLaSalle operates in collaboration and partnership with many organizations, especially other Catholic secondary schools across the entire country which operate in the Lasallian tradition. Administrators in Lasallian schools collaborate throughout the year and meet annually for professional development and to share best practices.

The 2022 Lasallian Association of Secondary School Chief Administrators (LASSCA) Conference brought leaders together February 27 – March 2 in Orlando, Florida. Themed “Rejoice, Redefine, Renew: Engaging Our Lasallian Communities,” the conference featured opportunities for leaders to reconnect in person after two years apart due to COVID-19.

Our own Head of School and principal, Jim Benson, has completed a two-year term as the nationwide President of LASSCA, organizing and leading the conference for his peers in Lasallian schools across the country. Per the bylaws of LASSCA, Mr. Benson now moves into a two-year term as Past President of the Association where he will continue a distinct leadership position for school administrators in Lasallian schools throughout the United States. We congratulate Mr. Benson for his leadership. Photos from the most recent conference have been posted on the Association’s Facebook page.

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Spring Musical Now Playing

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The spring play, “Catch Me If You Can,” is set in the 1960’s and based on the story of one of the most famous con artists in history, Frank Abagnale, Jr. In his autobiography, Abagnale claims that before his 19th birthday he had successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a doctor in Georgia, and a Louisiana assistant attorney general. The truth of his story is questionable, nevertheless, it makes a great plotline for a rollicking musical!
The show opens tonight, March 11, and runs for three weeks of Fridays and Saturdays on the Friendshuh Stage in the Florance Center: March 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26. All performances begin at 7:30pm. To reserve tickets, please click here.