by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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March 18, 2022

In this issue…
Boys’ Basketball Wins Section Title, Advances to State Next Week
Congratulations to Nyah Massey `23, State Speech Meet Qualifier
Please Share Thoughts on Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences
Application Deadline for Alumni Association Scholarships is Today, March 18
Nominations Now Open for Student Council
Lenten Promises
School Lunch to Return to Pre-pandemic Programs
2022-23 Transportation Request Forms Were Emailed Monday
Families To Receive 2022-23 Financial Details in Early April
Spring Musical Continues This Weekend
Registration for Camp Islander Summer Camps
Student Art Graces the Lobby of the U.S. District Court

 

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Boys’ Basketball Wins Section Title, Advances to State Next Week

Good luck to the DeLaSalle boys’ basketball team as they won their 11th consecutive section title (a new Minnesota state record) and seek their 25th state title in school history, potentially the eighth Class AAA state title during this unprecedented run of success over the past 11 years.

The fourth-ranked Islanders defeated the third-ranked and previously undefeated, South St. Paul Packers, on March 17. The game was a thriller, decided with 3.5 seconds to go when Nasir Whitlock ’23 scored the final two of his 32 points to give De a 69-67 victory in front of a capacity crowd at South St. Paul. The entire team played well (both teams did), and the pep band, cheerleaders, spectators all did a wonderful job!

The 2022 State Tournament will begin on Tuesday, March 22. We won’t know exact details of games and times until the coaches of the eight section champions meet Saturday and determine seedings for the tournament field.  We will be posting tournament information on our website and via our social media platforms once we know. It may be likely that we will adjust schedules on Tuesday (and perhaps Thursday as well) to allow students and staff the opportunity to attend state tourney quarter-final and semi-final games – again, depending on seeding and schedules. Should the Islanders advance to the finals, that game would be on Saturday, March 26 at 5:00pm.

The Minnesota State High School League has established ticket prices of $17 for adult spectators and $11 for students for the state tournament. We will run shuttle fan buses from DeLaSalle to Williams Arena on Tuesday (and potentially for later rounds of the tourney). Tuesday will also be a school spirit out-of-uniform day, provided students wear black and gold/Islander gear on that day to show support for our school and all the students participating in the tournament.

We encourage all Islander supporters to cheer loud, have fun, and respond with dignity and pride throughout the festivities of these upcoming days. Go, Islanders! Take State, DeLaSalle!

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student photoCongratulations to Nyah Massey `23, State Speech Meet Qualifier
We congratulate senior Nyan Massey who qualified on Thursday for her second consecutive appearance in the Minnesota State Speech Meet coming in April!

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Please Share Thoughts on Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences

We’ve had the opportunity to deliver academic conferences online and in-person and looking for your thoughts and comments on the scheduling process, available times, and meeting formats. Whether or not you were able to attend the recent Spring Conferences, your feedback is helpful with planning future conferences. Please complete this five-minute survey before April 1st. Thank you.

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Application Deadline for Alumni Association Scholarships is Today, 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 today, Friday, March 18.

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Nominations Now Open for Student Council

Nominations are now being accepted for Student Council’s 2022-23 Student Body Officers and Class Representatives. Student Council Officers serve in the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Relations Officer. The President & Vice President “ticket” must be formed by two students who will be either a senior or a junior next fall, and one of the two must have served at least one term on Student Council. The Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Relations Officer positions may be filled by any junior or senior. Each grade level elects class representatives to serve on the council. The nominating forms and more information are found in the daily announcements of The Source.

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Lenten Promises
As we enter into the third full week of Lent, it’s a good time to reflect on the spiritual and corporal activities we decided to do these forty days. On Ash Wednesday, Ms. Keely Wodja’s 9th and 10th grade theology students gave serious thought to personal improvement and then filled poster crosses with notes of their intentions. The crosses are displayed as continual encouragement to remember the “plus” items and the “minus” items they chose. Activities students want to have less of includes screen time and social media, junk food, nail biting and worrying, and procrastinating. Students aim to add to their life with more prayer, sleep, yoga, kindness, and spending time with happy people.
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School Lunch to Return to Pre-pandemic Programs

In March 2020, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, nearly all U.S. school buildings closed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the federal government’s National School Lunch Program (NSLP), quickly granted waivers to school programs to increase program flexibility. These waivers allowed for a shift from school programs serving meals in cafeterias to distribution and pick-up services to continue to feed students. As the pandemic continued, so did the (renewed) waivers allowing school systems to serve meals to all students at no cost during the 2021-22 school year. The latest waiver renewal is set to expire June 30, 2022. At this time, the continuation of free lunch for all is doubtful. It is likely we will see a return to the three-tiers of the meal payment program for the 2022-23 school year. More information and NSLP forms will be included in the annual Back to School Forms packet in July.

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2022-23 Transportation Request Forms Were Emailed Monday

Families of students returning to DeLaSalle for the 2022-23 school year received an email on Monday, March 14, inviting them to make school transportation requests. The email came from communications@delasalle.com and was 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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Families To Receive 2022-23 Financial Details in Early April

The DeLaSalle Business Office will soon communicate financial aid information to families who qualify for need-based aid or presidential scholarships as well as those who pay full tuition. As part of our continuous enrollment protocol, returning families who do not have any new students will receive an email with next year’s updated information. New families (and returning families adding a new student who is also coming to De) will receive a new tuition agreement as part of their email communication and will be asked to follow the instructions to electronically sign the agreement and select a payment plan.

If your family has applied for need-based financial assistance, please note that we cannot award financial aid to a student or family whose application is deemed “incomplete.” So, if you receive a request for additional information form Tuition Aid Data Service (TADS), the company we use to process financial aid applications, please respond immediately. TADS is hoping to complete their auditing process in the next 7-10 days and then release their assessments of completed aid applications to DeLaSalle, so that we may begin communicating new or updated information to registered families. Please contact Ron Rice, Director of Tuition Management, with any questions.

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student photoSpring Musical Continues This Weekend
The spring musical, “Catch Me If You Can,” is in its second of three weekends of performances tonight and tomorrow night (Friday and Saturday), both shows begin at 7:30pm. To reserve tickets, 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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Student Art Graces the Lobby of the U.S. District Court

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Fifteen original drawings, prints, and paintings by Islander artists currently welcome guests and employees through the lobby of the United States District Court in downtown Minneapolis. An exhibit reception is planned for Tuesday evening, April 26, at which time the District Court staff, attorneys, and judges will mingle with the student artists and their families. The purchasing of those items that are available for sale begins that night though the artwork will remain on display until September. Here is a list of the art pieces with comments from each artist.