by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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April 22, 2022

In this issue…
Founder’s Day Mass with Archbishop Hebda
National Honor Society’s Children’s Book Collection
Steps for Sleep Fundraiser Walk – April 30
Advanced Placement Testing
Financial Literacy Month Competition
Educator Appreciation Day – April 28
Activities Bowling Tournament Fundraiser
Today’s Important Deadline to Confirm 2022-23 Financial Details
Enrollment Orientation for the Class of 2026 – April 23
Patience Akok ’22 Earns Gates Millennium Scholarship
Class of 2022 Graduation Party
Golf Card Fundraiser for Girls’ Golf Team
Congratulations to the 2022 Distinguished Scholars
Spring Arts Week – April 25-29

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Founder’s Day Mass with Archbishop Hebda

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In 17th century France, Saint John Baptist de La Salle founded a teaching order, The Brothers of the Christian Schools, commonly referred to as the Christian Brothers. Over 300 years later, Christian Brothers and their Lasallian colleagues serve ministries in 80+ countries. DeLaSalle High School will celebrate its namesake on Founder’s Day, Tuesday, April 26, with an all-school Mass and an ice cream social. This year, we are particularly honored to welcome Archbishop Bernard Hebda who will preside at the Mass. Archbishop Hebda grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, where he was educated by Christian Brothers at South Hills Catholic High School (now Seton-La Salle Catholic High School).

The DeLaSalle Christian Brothers follow their names with the letters FSC representing the Latin: Fratres Scholarum Christianarum –Brothers of the Christian Schools. Occasionally, a person is honored by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools with “affiliation” for having served Lasallian ideals in an extraordinary way. During our Founder’s Day Mass this year, the Christian Brothers will bestow Archbishop Hebda with the “Letters of Affiliation” presented by Brother Michael Fehrenbach, Provincial Visitor of the Midwest District. Many Brothers from the Midwest District will be present to affirm the affiliation of Archbishop Hebda for his love and support of the Lasallian mission.

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National Honor Society’s Children’s Book Collection 

The National Honor Society members remind everyone of the book collection for The Free Book Buggie which provides books to Twin Cities children. Donations should be books appropriate for ages 0-18. The collection continues through Wednesday, April 27. Boxes are located at the main school entrances. There are two challenges to this collection: If the whole school reaches a collective total of 500 books, everyone will be get an out-of-uniform day. If 500 are not collected, the grade with the highest number of books will get the out-of-uniform day. Anyone wanting to donate money that will be used to purchase books may bring the donation to the Main Office. Thank you!

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Steps for Sleep Fundraiser Walk – April 30

My Very Own Bed is hosting its second annual Steps for Sleep on April 30 at DeLaSalle High School. Steps for Sleep is a walk and wellness event that supports My Very Own Bed‘s work providing new beds and Dream Kits (bedding, book, and stuffed animal) to children in the community. The event focuses on the connection between exercise and healthy sleep and encourages participants to take steps for their own and children’s health and wellbeing. Walk a beautiful loop across to Boom Island and back to DeLaSalle (1.5 miles) taking steps to promote our own and children’s healthy sleep. The Wellness Fair offers strategies and resources to improve your health, including massage, yoga, acts of kindness, and other fun ways to move your body! For more info and to register, please click here.

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Advanced Placement Testing

Students in Advanced Placement courses will be taking one or more of 15 different AP exams May 2nd through May 12th. This past Tuesday and Wednesday, emails were sent to students and families noting the particular course test day and times. If you feel you were missed in that email, please contact Amanda McPheeters, amcpheeters@apps.delasalle.com.

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Financial Literacy Month Competition

The Minnesota Council on Economic Education, supported by the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, was formed in 1961 to promote economics in Minnesota schools. Popular MCEE programs include student project challenges and competitions in real-world skills of money management and problem solving. April is Financial Literacy Month and students in Mr. Paul Sczepanski’s Personal Finance class are participating in MCEE’s Personal Finance Decathlon. In the first round, students are given 30 questions to be answered in 35 minutes. The top four individual students’ scores from each school are totaled to create a team score. The 12 teams with the highest scores advance to a state-wide competition. DeLaSalle’s team of four seniors was one of this year’s twelve.

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The state competition was a group project. The Islanders were given the situation of a newly-married couple, just out of college with particular (and typical) financial obligations and income. The team’s challenge was to use the circumstantial details given in the challenge to create annual budgets and plans for the next five years that will allow the couple to move from renting to home ownership. On Tuesday, April 19, after the allotted two hours of discussion and planning, the team made their presentation, on a recorded Zoom call, to MCEE staff who along with other judges will review and grade each project. On April 29, MCEE will announce the scores and one team will advance to represent Minnesota in the national competition in May. Go, Islanders!

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Educator Appreciation Day – April 28

      “The work of teaching is one of the most important in the Church.”  Saint John Baptist de La Salle
This coming Thursday, April 28, is Educator Appreciation Day when all teachers, administrators, and support staff will be recognized for their giving spirit and Lasallian care for students and one another. Students will have an opportunity to write thank you notes during English classes this week. Parents and guardians are invited to send an email greeting to staff members, teachers, coaches, or mentors who have made a difference in the lives of their sons and daughters. Staff email addresses can be found in this directory.

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Activities Bowling Tournament Fundraiser

Whether your average bowling score is 100 or 300, the DeLaSalle Activities Office invites you to participate in the first annual Bowling Tournament Fundraiser for Islanders activities and sports. The event will be Saturday, May 14, 11:00am – 2:00pm, at Elsie’s in near Northeast Minneapolis.
The entry fee is $50 per player (six players per team) and includes bowling and shoe rental, and a donation. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. A selection of Silent Auction items will be available for bidding. Use this link for more details and to register. Get your friends together to support Islanders Activities!

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Tomorrow’s Important Deadline to Confirm 2022-23 Financial Details

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 23, is the deadline for completing 2022-23 school year tuition agreements. The Business Office sent emails with instructions to select a payment plan and electronically sign the agreement. Of 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. Families in the Class of 2026 may meet with Mr. Rice at the Enrollment Orientation Program tomorrow.  Thank you for completing this task on time.

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Enrollment Orientation for the Class of 2026 – April 23

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 23, is Enrollment Orientation for incoming ninth graders who will have the opportunity to meet new classmates, interact with school officials, and visit 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 11:30am.  Departments leads from the Business Office, Islander Foundation, Transportation, Registrar, Food Service, and more will also be available to answer individual parent questions.  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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Patience Akok ’22 Earns Gates Millennium Scholarship

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Big congratulations are in store for Patience Akok `22, as she was selected this past week as one of only 300 high school seniors in the country to earn a Gates Millennium Scholarship. The Gates program, established in 1999, provides full college tuition support for a student of color for the next four years!  More than 37,000 students across the nation applied for this scholarship in 2022; Patience is among 0.8% of the applicants to earn the scholarship.

Patience has certainly excelled while at DeLaSalle. Entering DeLaSalle from Immaculate Conception grade school, she earned both a Presidential Scholarship from De and a Flaherty Family Foundation Scholarship to help defray tuition costs during the high school years. An outstanding student, Patience has earned a place on the High Honor Roll every semester while at De, and she has also been named a DeLaSalle Distinguished Scholar in the Class of 2022 for earning a grade point average of 4.0 or higher during her time on the island.

Moreover, Patience has also been an outstanding peer and leader while at DeLaSalle. Friends and teachers know her to be kind, hard-working, intelligent, collaborative and aware. She has been in Student Council for four years, finishing a term this year as Student Body Co-President. In that role, she has attended meetings of the DeLaSalle Board of Trustees as an ex-officio member of the Board and was featured in the Winter edition of Islanders Forever. She has also participated (and led) in a number of other co-curricular activity and athletic programs while at De, and she has been a student ambassador at many admissions and alumni events. And now… she adds the distinct title of Gates Millennium Scholar.

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Class of 2022 Graduation Party

Families of the Class of 2022 are trying to bring a longstanding graduation tradition back for this year’s senior class: the Senior Party. This is not a DeLaSalle-sponsored event; it is planned and hosted by De families. It’s a great opportunity for the graduating seniors to spend one last night celebrating their friendships and all that they have achieved together.

Graduation is just weeks away and this celebration is a big undertaking. We are looking for parent/family volunteers from all grade levels, not just senior parents. Because this takes place immediately following graduation, it is difficult for Senior Parents to be a part of set up. 9th, 10th and 11th grade families are key to the success of this event. Volunteering is also a great way to get an idea of how things work before your own children are ready to graduate. And we can assure you, the adults have a lot of fun too!

We will also need donations for prizes, food and gift bags. Perhaps you have a connection to a restaurant, caterer, or food vendor, please let us know! Perhaps you could donate gift cards or other fun prizes, please let us know! Perhaps you have planned a party like this before and you have all kinds of shortcuts up your sleeve, please, please let us know!

We will be holding a planning meeting this coming Wednesday, April 27, at 6:30PM in the Schulze Lab. Please join us to learn more about this celebration and how you can contribute.

Sarah Odegard (Cecilia ’22) odegardfam@gmail.com
Jackie Schluter Johnson (Owen ’22) ogoj@comcast.net

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Golf 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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Congratulations to the 2022 Distinguished Scholars

DeLaSalle High School congratulates 38 members of its graduating Class of 2022 who have achieved the honor of “Distinguished Scholar.” These 38 students have earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or better through the first semester of their senior year. (With accelerated grade point values for Honors and Advanced Placement courses, the range of grade point averages is as high as 4.34.)

Especially this year, in the midst of a pandemic and the many adaptations, we salute these scholars, their parents and families, their teachers at DeLaSalle, and all teachers and adult mentors who have had a positive influence on their education to date.

The “Distinguished Scholar” designation is the program by which DeLaSalle honors graduating students for exemplary grades over four years. With the vast majority of incoming ninth graders having proven to be highly successful middle school students — and then continuing their strong academic performance in high school — DeLaSalle discontinued using class rank and acknowledgement of only two graduates as valedictorian and salutatorian twenty years ago. Annually, between 97-99 percent of DeLaSalle graduates matriculate to college, and the school salutes the high levels of academic achievement across the entirety of each graduating class.

Congratulations to our Distinguished Scholars in the Class of 2022:
Patience Akok • Morgan Bailie • Elsa Bunay Chim • Lily Burrows • Ella Conlon • Lauren Daher • Genevieve Dehne • Madeleine Eskin • Abril Flores Chacon • William “Wyatt” Gese • Frederick “Frankie” Grass • Jia Griffiths • Umeran Hailu • Kate Harris • Estelle Harsh • Reese Hennen • Isabel Hernandez • Mira Ho-Chen • Ysabel Jelinek• Kyle Johnson • Ava Krocheski-Meyer • Gus Langford • Kate Manley • Eric Mans • Sofia Maruggi • Aidan McCauley • Nolan McCullough • Sophia Noonan • Cecelia Odegard • Frances Ronning • Sydney Rosel-Ryberg • Stacy Ruiz • Anahi Sanchez Lazcano • Madison Spielman • Kristen Stauffer • Sylvia Torkelson • Nikolas Van Nelson • Kyle Walker

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