by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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March 4, 2022

In this issue…
Spring Conferences
Spring Musical Opens Next Friday – March 11
Parent Asso. Presentation on Chemical Use Awareness – March 14
Quiz Bowl Hosts Quiz Bowl
Application Now Open for Alumni Association Scholarships
Islanders Advance to History Day Regionals
Winter Activities Playoff Season
Spring Sports Registration
Registration for Camp Islander Summer Camps
College Scholarship Opportunity
Lenten Reconciliation
Thank You for Completing the Survey Regarding Mask Requirements
Social Justice Week – Basic Human Needs

 

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Spring Conferences

Parents and guardians of DeLaSalle students are invited to conference with teachers regarding their student’s academic progress during next week’s Parent-Student-Teacher conferences.

Thursday, March 10, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (In-person) and 4:40pm – 8:00pm (Online)
Friday, March 11, 11:00am – 5:00pm (In-person)
With consideration for everyone’s safety and health, these 7-minute conferences are strictly by appointment only and masks are required.

Parents and guardians received an email with personalized information and a link to register for conferences. The message came from “WINTime” with a subject line of “Sign Up for DeLaSalle’s Spring Student-Parent Teacher Conferences.”  Anyone not finding this email, should contact support@delasalle.com. As students and parents benefit by hearing the same commendations and recommendations from teachers, we strongly suggest students and parents attend conferences and participate in these conversations together.

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Spring Musical Opens Next Friday, March 11

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 will run 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 purchase tickets, please click here.

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

All parents are invited to attend the March 14 meeting of the DeLaSalle Parent Association. 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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Quiz Bowl Hosts Quiz Gowl

This Saturday, March 5, DeLaSalle will host a Quiz Bowl tournament for seventh and eighth grade students from Twin Cities middle schools. The DIATOMS (DeLaSalle Invitational Academic Tournament of Middle Schools) is sponsored by DeLaSalle and the Minnesota Quiz Bowl Alliance. Quiz Bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of current events and school curriculum knowledge. Current Islanders Quiz Bowl team members will serve as hosts.

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Application Now Open for Alumni Association Scholarships

Current 11th grade students are invited to apply for 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; deadline to apply is Friday, March 18.

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Islanders Advance to History Day Regionals

DeLaSalle once again fields a stellar showcase of student research and compelling stories in the 46 projects that have advanced to the Metro Regional level of the 2022 State and National History Day competitions. The regional and state levels of competition will be held virtually / online this year. A total of 68 students from DeLaSalle are advancing projects to the Regionals with State History Day qualifying entries to be announced on March 25. Continued reading and a list of projects that advanced…

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Winter Activities Playoff Season

Islander coaches and athletes are moving into playoff mode as regular season schedules wrap up. Three Islander members of our Co-op swim team are participating in the State Meet happening now, March 3 – 5, at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center, U of M.
–Liam Neary in the 200 Medley Relay, 50 Free, 100 Free, and 400 Free Relay
–James McCarthy in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 IM, 500 Free, and 400 Free Relay
–Bennett Wartner in the 200 Medley Relay
The girls’ basketball section semifinal game vs. Simley is tomorrow, March 5, 3:00pm, at DeLaSalle.  Boys’ basketball sections begin March 9.
Go, Islanders!

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Spring Sports Registration 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 –which are coming soon, 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 March 15.

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Lenten Reconciliation

The liturgical season of Lent is one of reflection, prayer, and penance in order that we can prepare ourselves to better celebrate Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday and beyond. This month, students in each grade level will have the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Boniface Catholic Church in northeast Minneapolis. DLS buses will provide the transportation. Students who are not Catholic may also meet with a priest if they wish. Theology teachers will help prepare students in classes ahead of their grade level gatherings which will happen during Tuesday WIN (What I Need) sessions. Twelfth graders will participate on March 8; 11th grade on March 15; 10th grade on March 22, and 9th graders on March 30.

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Thank You for Completing the Survey Regarding Mask Requirements

Thank you to all parents and students who took time in recent days to complete the survey asking for input on our year-long requirement for wearing face coverings while in the building. As you know, this has been one of the many mitigation strategies implemented to keep all students on campus and keep our community healthy. We remain extremely grateful for your ongoing feedback and partnership over the past 24 months.

Over 350 parents and over 400 students completed the survey. Our Pandemic Response Team will be meeting next week, analyzing current data in addition to the opinions of our stakeholders, and then communicating to our families, staff, and general public if there are changes to our protocols.

We are also grateful that our parents and students have been exceptionally kind and supportive with (and for) each other as all of us have navigated this unprecedented time together. As our prayer theme from this year suggests, “Let all that you do be done with love.” We are honored to work in this light of love and concern for one another as we make more and more decisions in the months ahead.

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Social Justice Week – Basic Human Needs:  Food, Shelter, Water, Clothing

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Ash Wednesday Mass and Social Justice Week activities offered Islanders a prayerful and compassionate beginning to the season of Lent.
A week-long food collection competition brought in 534 items. With 154 donations, the staff won first place and the right to be first in the lunch line all next week. Behind the staff in the lunch line will be the second-place 12th graders who gave 123 items.
The sale of rubber wristbands for out-of-uniform privileges raised $1,014 for our Lasallian Twin School, the Mwangaza College in Nakuru, Kenya. The bands are printed with “Kwa ushirika na chuo cha Mwangaza” (“In solidarity with Mwangaza”).
Clothing and food donations collected went to Sharing and Caring Hands. Fleece tied blankets were given to My Very Own Bed,  Of note:  DeLaSalle will be partnering with My Very Own Bed as we host the Steps for Sleep Charity Walk on Saturday, April 30. More info on this event will be in future newsletters.