by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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April 29, 2022

In this issue…
Founder’s Day 2022 ~ A Grand Celebration
State History Day Virtual Awards Ceremony – May 1
School iPads Available for Sale
Advanced Placement Testing
Guidance Office Leads Local College Visits
College Signing Day
Making Sense of College Financial Aid Awards – WIN Session
Honors Art Students Showcase at Courthouse
Activities Bowling Tournament Fundraiser
Seniors Enjoy Their Last Islander Class Retreat
Class of 2022 Graduation Party
Calendar Reminder – No School May 6
Spring Arts Festival Week

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Founder’s Day 2022 ~ A Grand Celebration

photo of Mass

The Lasallian spirit was overflowing at DeLaSalle this past Tuesday! Our Founder’s Day Mass and ice cream social was a grand celebration of the many blessings of Lasallian education. Christian Brothers and administrators from many Midwest District ministries were present as the Provincial Visitor, Br. Michael Fehrenbach, presented Archbishop Bernard Hebda, a graduate of a Christian Brothers’ high school, with the Letters of Affiliation. The Letters were given in thanksgiving and recognition of the Archbishop’s support for Lasallian schools.

photo of Brother Dylan

photo of Joseph

Following the liturgy, the school’s most prestigious annual awards for teachers and staff were presented. The Liemandt Excellence in Teaching Award was established in 1995 by Diane Liemandt, through the Liemandt Foundation. By vote of the teaching staff, the LETA is given annually to a DeLaSalle classroom teacher, to recognize outstanding accomplishment in the following areas: commitment to the DeLaSalle mission; classroom management skills; care for students, respect and rapport; curriculum enhancement and advancements; innovative teaching strategies and effort; and participation in continuing education and personal growth. The 2022 LETA was awarded to Theology teacher Brother Dylan Perry. (left photo)

The Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award is presented in Lasallian schools throughout the United States and Canada each year by the Regional Board of Education of the Christian Brothers. The annual selection is made by nominations of the entire staff at DeLaSalle and is based upon the following criteria: (1) The recipient must be an educational minister in a Lasallian school for a minimum of five years; (2) the recipient must work in association with the school community to foster Gospel values in the lives of staff and students; and (3) the recipient must see the Lasallian school as a place of educational excellence, which shares in the mission of the Catholic Church. DeLaSalle’s Distinguished Lasallian Educator for 2022 is Transportation Manager Joseph Gelin. (right photo)

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State History Day Virtual Awards Ceremony – May 1

The Minnesota State History Day Project will announce the student documentaries, research papers, and exhibits that will advance to the National Competition during a virtual awards ceremony this Sunday, May 1, at 7:00pm. The “live” presentation will take place on the MN History Day’s Facebook page. Over 800 students are competing in this year’s state contest, 34 of whom are Islanders. An online showcase of eligible projects is available for viewing prior to the awards ceremony on this National History Day website. Good luck, Islanders!

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School iPads Available for Sale

This summer, DeLaSalle will refresh the devices for its IslePad one-to-one program with the purchase of new iPads for the 2022-23 school year. As part of this transition, DeLaSalle is offering students the opportunity to purchase their current 6th Generation iPads for $125.00 from May 2 through May 25. This purchase price includes the case and charger that is currently assigned to the student. Students should bring this iPad Payment Form and cash and/or check payments to the Business Office. Credit card payments can be made through Diamond Mind. Devices that are not purchased will need to be returned on the last day of classes. Charges will be incurred for any damage to the device or charger.

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Advanced Placement Testing

AP Exams will begin Monday, May 2, and continue through the next week. Depending on the results, students can earn college credit in one or more of 15 different AP exams. The exam schedule is available here. 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. Students who miss their AP test due to emergency circumstances, unforeseen circumstances, or school-related activities may be able to take their exam during the late testing period. These students should visit the Guidance Office to schedule a late test.

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Guidance Office Leads Local College Visits

There are two more opportunities this spring for students to tour local colleges with the DeLaSalle Guidance Counselors.
On May 10, Dunwoody College of Technology is hosting a Food Truck Takeover from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. This event features free food, campus tours, hands-on demos and a prize drawing.
A tour of St. Catherine University will take place May 13, 11:30am – 2:30pm. Islanders will tour the campus, hear from a student panel and have lunch on campus.
More information and permission slips can be found in the Guidance and Counseling Office.
Photo:  Students on a college visit to the U of M –students had a great time despite the rain!

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College Signing Day

This annual celebration for 12th graders will take place during all lunch periods on Monday, May 2. Seniors are allowed to wear a T-shirt or sweatshirt from their future college with DLS uniform pants. During lunches, they will sign their names and college destinations on our destination poster, sign up for a drawing, and also get a special graduation cookie. Students who have received scholarships are recognized at this event. Students who have not responded to Ms. McAdams with college choice and/or scholarship information should email it to her ASAP to be recognized at this event and for inclusion in the graduation ceremony program.

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Making Sense of College Financial Aid Awards – WIN Session

Seniors who want help understanding financial plans for next year or comparing college financial aid packages should attend the College Planning session next Tuesday, May 3, during WIN #2. College Advisers will give a short presentation followed by one-on-one time with students who want to review their awards. For those who missed the Financial Aid Info Night last fall or just need a refresher on how to read your financial aid award, here is a one-page guide from College Covered.

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Honors Art Students Showcase at Courthouse

photos at courthouse art show

Art Through the Pandemic is a public art installation by 15 junior and senior De art students now on display in the lobby of the Diana E. Murphy U.S. Courthouse in downtown Minneapolis. The show opened on March 18 and will continue through September. The paintings, drawings, and mixed media highlight the importance of creativity and expression during especially difficult times. Chief Judge John Tunheim has been instrumental in founding a program of promoting Minnesota artists to the visitors of the courthouse. On Tuesday, April 26, a classy reception for the artists and their families was presented by the courthouse judges, attorneys, and staff. While guests enjoyed scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, a short program of welcome and commendation was presented. Judge Tunheim thanked the artists and encouraged the development of their talents. De students Vivian Woodland and Téa Dekker shared thoughts about having an online art class during the COVID pandemic. Local news station KSTP filmed the program and visited DeLaSalle the next day to meet the honors art students and instructor Ms. Megan Longman. To view their news story, please click here.

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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 Islander Activities!  Thank you.

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Seniors Enjoy Their Last Islander Class Retreat

photos of senior retreat

The 12th graders spent today at Saint Mary’s University Center on their final class retreat. In the photos above, Islanders are playing a game of human musical chairs. A highlight of the day is the reading of letters students wrote to themselves during their 9th grade retreat, anticipating what they would become when they first started high school in 2018.

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Class of 2022 Graduation Party

Families of the Class of 2022 are now planning the Senior Graduation Night 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 more evening together 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 the 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! A planning committee has begun to work on the details. More helpers are needed and welcomed.
Please contact us if you are available. Thank you.
Sarah Odegard (Cecilia ’22) odegardfam@gmail.com
Jackie Schluter Johnson (Owen ’22) ogoj@comcast.net

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Calendar Reminder – No School May 6

Friday, May 6, is a staff professional development day.  There are no classes –online or on campus– that day.

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Spring Arts Festival Week

photos of senior retreat

Islander pride shone brightly during this past week of special visual and performing arts events. The Gospel Choir began the week with an inspirational evening of Christian music. On Thursday, the senior Honors Art students hosted their showcase and marketplace before the band, orchestra, and A Cappella choir presented a lively, Disney-flavored concert. The final performance of the spring play, Frankenstein, will be presented tonight, 7:30pm, in the Florance Center. The fine arts flourish at DeLaSalle, both within the curriculum and in a myriad of co-curricular activities. 

“Let all that you do be done with love.” 1Corinthians 16:14
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