by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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April 1, 2022

In this issue…
April 6 College Fair – 125 Schools in One Location
For Your Calendar – Spring Break
Steps for Sleep Charity Walk
History Day Projects Advance to State
Enrollment Orientation for the Class of 2026 – April 23
Summer STEM Program at St. Catherine University
A Night in Hollywood – the Junior / Senior Prom
April 11 Parent Association Meeting Features Update on Strategic Planning Process
College Scholarship Opportunity
Golf Card Fundraiser for Girls’ Golf Team
Families Receiving 2022-23 Financial Details in Early April
On-Site Student Counseling Service
Registration for Camp Islander Summer Camps
Robotics Team at Regional Competition Next Week

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April 6 College Fair – 125 Schools in One Location

DLS families are invited to attend the multi-school Spring College Fair at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School. This annual event is a good way to meet with college and university reps from 125 schools to learn more about their admissions and programs offered. DeLaSalle’s college advisers will be on hand to help you or answer questions.
When: Wednesday, April 6, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Haben Center (main gym)  —  2501 Highway 100, St Louis Park
Attire: Students can wear the school uniform or be out of uniform in appropriate dress. Students may attend in athletic attire if need be, the college reps understand that some students will come directly from athletic practices and competitions.

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For Your Calendar – Spring Break

DeLaSalle’s Spring Break (no classes) will be Monday – Friday, April 4 – 8. Classes will resume on Monday, April 11. Of note, many office staff choose to take time off during this break. Here is a link to our staff directory.
The school community will gather for Holy Thursday liturgy on April 14, as we begin the Easter Triduum, the three-day period that recognizes Christ’s Passion and leads up to his Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
There are no classes on Good Friday, April 15 or on Easter Monday, April 18.

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Steps for Sleep Charity Walk

DeLaSalle is partnering with My Very Own Bed to organize and host the Steps for Sleep Charity Walk and wellness fair on Saturday, April 30.  Festivities begin at 9:30am. My Very Own Bed is a Northeast Minneapolis-based non-profit providing new beds and bedding to kids in the Twin Cities metro area. Islander families and friends are invited to join in the walk that begins at De, routes to Boom Island, then returns to De. Online registration and contributions can be made here.  Questions?  Contact Nicole Stecklein, DLS Lasallian Ministry, nicole.stecklein@delasalle.com or 612-676-7608.

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History Day Projects Advance to State

DeLaSalle salutes the 34 students who, as individuals or in groups, are advancing 21 projects to the 2022 Minnesota State History Day competition.  At State, which this year will be held online, students’ projects will be judged along side the best projects in Minnesota, and they may be chosen to advance to the National History Day competition. The schedule for the online state competition is:

Friday, April 22: Full entry list and project showcase posted
Friday, April 29: Final-round entries posted
Sunday, May 1, 7:00pm: State History Day Virtual Awards Ceremony, streamed live on Facebook

For a list of students and projects advancing to state, please click here.

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Enrollment Orientation for the Class of 2026 – April 23

The Enrollment Orientation Program is rapidly approaching on Saturday, April 23. This program presents a chance for incoming ninth graders to meet new classmates, interact with school officials, and make first contact with coaches and moderators of the many student activities and athletic programs De offers. The Student Activity Fair will run from 9:00am to 10:15am, and the Algebra Placement Exam, which is required for all incoming ninth graders, will follow from 10:30am to 11:45am. While students are testing, coffee and treats will be served for parents as school administrators present helpful information and answer questions about the transition to high school. We are looking forward to this great day!

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Summer STEM Program at St. Catherine University

St. Catherine University has an exciting new, week-long summer program for young women currently in the 10th grade who are considering or interested in Health Care, Math, or Science careers. This outstanding, fun program is free but accepts only 20 students. Read this flyer for complete information.

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A Night in Hollywood – the Junior / Senior Prom

Friday, May 6, 2002, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Nicollet Island Pavilion
Delicious Dinner! DJ Dance! Carriage Rides! Photo Booth!
Click on this link for the evening’s details.
Tickets are now on sale – get a $10 per ticket discount by ordering before April 14.
Click on this link for ticket info and the dance guest form.

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April 11 Parent Association Meeting Features Update on Strategic Planning Process

DeLaSalle parents are invited to join the final monthly Parent Association meeting on Monday, April 11, as school administrators will provide an update on the ongoing Strategic Planning process for DeLaSalle. The meeting begins at 6:30pm in the Schulze Lab (D104). All DeLaSalle parents are invited to attend the presentation.
As noted in previous school newsletters and communications, 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 for approval by the Board of Trustees and implementation beginning with the start of the 2022-23 school year.
Work on the Plan is ongoing and will be completed in coming weeks, but we didn’t want to miss an opportunity to provide a progress update interested parents.
We thank our parents, students, staff, and alumni and friends for completing surveys in February to help inform our new Plan. We appreciated the robust response from all four constituency groups as this has helped shape immediate and long-term planning.

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College Scholarship Opportunity

The Lacek Group agency invites you to apply for their BIPOC college scholarship program. The award is a $5,000 one-time scholarship and will be disbursed in two equal payments in September 2022 and January 2023 (the student must carry a minimum of twelve 12 credits per semester). The scholarship may be used for tuition; fees, books, supplies or equipment required for courses of instruction; and/or room and board. Applicants must live in Minnesota but may attend college in Minnesota or Wisconsin. The deadline for submitting an application is April 15, 2022. For more info and to apply, click here.

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student photoGolf Card Fundraiser for Girls’ Golf Team
The girls’ golf team is selling the Minnesota Golf Card as a fundraiser for their program. The card gives you access to discounts at over 130 participating golf facilities. The discount deals include receiving complimentary greens fee when a second one of equal or greater value is purchased, complimentary range balls, use of year-round golf simulator centers and driving ranges, and new this year, free rounds during spring and fall dates.  Visit https://www.minnesotagolfcard.com/ to learn more about card offers. The cards are $35.00  — $15 will go to the Islanders to help them purchase equipment.  To purchase a MN Golf Card, please use this link.  The girls’ golf team thanks you.

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Families Receiving 2022-23 Financial Details in Early April

The DeLaSalle Business Office has begun communicating tuition and financial aid information to 2022-23 registered families.  As part of our continuous enrollment protocol, returning families who do not have any new students 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.  Note, families are charged a one-time $50 processing fee by Tuition Aid Data Service which is billed only with the initial payment.  Similarly, students in the class of 2023 are charged a one-time graduation fee of $150 with their initial payment.  Please contact Ron Rice, Director of Tuition Management, with any questions.

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On-Site Student Counseling Service

DeLaSalle has a partnership with the Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well Being to offer their services to students who may be working through emotional and/or behavioral issues. Through their School Based Mental Health program, Lee Carlson provides a therapist to work in the school building who is available for 30 to 60-minute therapy sessions. These sessions can be scheduled during the student’s free period or after school. The cost for therapy services is covered by most health insurance plans and a sliding-fee scale is available for those who qualify. To learn more, please contact Rachel Amundson at ramundson@leecarlsoncenter.org or 763-780-3036 ext. 16431.

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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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Robotics Team at Regional Competition Next Week

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Robotics Team Members: Zach Laskowski, Peter Fisher, Laila Hewitt, Alexander Nelson, Eric Mans, Bridget Mans, Doyle Brown, Tommy Rudolph. Team Moderators are Mr. Patrick Banas and Mr. DeWayne Townsend.

The Islanders Robotics team is excited to show off this year’s project at the First Robotics regional competition next week. The robot, named Daedalus after the character in Greek mythology, will earn points by accomplishing two tasks. First, it must scoop up basketball-sized tennis balls and shoot them into 4’ round baskets. Points are awarded for the number of successes within 2.5 minutes. Second, Daedalus must climb a monkey-bar style ladder. The ladder will be at a 30o pitch with the furthest rung at 7’7”. The further the climb, the more points scored. The Islanders are one of 53 teams entered in the North Star Regional competition which takes place Wednesday – Saturday, April 6-9, at Mariucci Arena on the U of MN campus.  The public is welcome to attend. Go, Islanders!

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