by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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May 6, 2022

In this issue…
Happy Mother’s Day!
Convocation Salutes the Class of 2022
School iPads Available for Sale
College Signing Day – Graduation Program Reminder
Advanced Placement Testing Continues
Optional Honors Mastery Exams for Class of 2026 Tomorrow
Class of 2026 Welcome Party and Parent Meet & Greet – May 14
Guidance Office Leads Local College Visits to Dunwoody / St. Kate’s
State History Day Virtual Awards Ceremony
NHS Children’s Book Collection Earns Out of Uniform Day
Parents in Prayer
ITED and Pre-ACT Test Results for 9th & 10th Grade
The DLS Parent-sponsored Senior Party Needs Donations and Volunteers!
Class of 2022 – Date Reminders
The Starry Night Prom Returns!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

This weekend, we offer a prayer for all mothers and mother-figures in our lives. You give generously and work tirelessly to love and support your families. May Sunday be an especially happy day and may God bless you abundantly!

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Convocation Salutes the Class of 2022

The entire DeLaSalle school community gathered this past Tuesday for the Class of 2022 Convocation which honors all seniors and highlights award-winning accomplishments. As with all Lasallian events, the hour began with prayer, a Scripture reading of this year’s prayer theme, and a reflection on God’s love by our school chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ’78. DeLaSalle Alumni Denny Farrell ’62 and Pat Kaiser ’74 assisted with recognizing 12 current juniors who were awarded Alumni Scholarships toward their senior year tuition. Special guest, Ms. April Estes, presented the Brittani Estes ’10 Scholarship.  Then, DeLaSalle announced the names of 17 seniors who received the most prestigious awards earned by our seniors in any year, the “DeLaSalle Awards” and “Islander Awards.” For more than four decades, by vote of the entire staff, approximately ten percent of each graduating class has been honored for their broad and generous contributions to the DeLaSalle community as students, leaders, and peers, with the top two vote-getters receiving the DeLaSalle Award  and the next highest group recognized with the Islander Award.  The final award presented was the Giving Tree Award. In honor of distinguished community service given by one or more senior students, the Giving Tree program makes a donation to Islander scholarships. Fr. Kevin returned to the podium to lead all in extending hands over the seniors for a prayer of blessing. The convocation ended with the seniors exiting the Florance Center through a tunnel of applause.

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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 now 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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College Signing Day – Graduation Program Reminder

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This annual celebration for 12th graders happened during all lunch periods on Monday, May 2. Seniors wearing attire from their future college added their names and college destinations to a large poster that now hangs in Albers Atrium.  Seniors who have not responded to Ms. McAdams with college or career choice and/or scholarship information should email it to her by Tuesday, May 10, to be included in the graduation ceremony program.

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Advanced Placement Testing Continues

AP Exams continue through this 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.  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 contact Amanda McPheeters, amcpheeters@apps.delasalle.com in the Guidance Office to schedule a late test.

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Subject Mastery Exams for Class of 2026 – Tomorrow

Thank you to all in the Class of 2026 who participated in our Enrollment Orientation program on April 23. DeLaSalle will offer optional subject mastery exams on Saturday, May 7, for incoming ninth-grade students who wish to be placed in an accelerated level in French, Spanish, or science, and/or test out of geometry. All exams will run for 55 minutes, with the language exams (Spanish or French) beginning at 9:00 am, the science exam at 10:00 am, and the geometry exam at 11:00 am. (NOTE: Students interested in accelerated placement in Mandarin Chinese will not take a written exam. We will contact your family if we haven’t already.)  If your student intends to attempt any of these tests, please remember to complete this registration form by today. If your student wants to take a test but is unable to join on Saturday, please contact the Office of Admission to schedule an alternative test date.

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Class of 2026 Welcome Party and Parent Meet & Greet – May 14

DeLaSalle invites students enrolled in the Class of 2026 and their parents to join us for a Welcome Party Saturday, May 14, at 7:00pm.
Students: you’ll have a DJ dance, participate in games and activities to meet your classmates, and just enjoy the atmosphere of your new high school. Admission is free – and we’ll have pizza and pop for everybody. By the end of the night, you’ll have a lot of new friends!
Parents: we don’t want you to miss out on the fun either. While your child is meeting new classmates, you can meet other parents during the “Meet and Greet with Treats” for parents of the Class of 2026. Current parents and some graduating seniors will serve as hosts and share good conversation about DeLaSalle from a parent’s or student’s view. This event is hosted by the DeLaSalle Parent Association and has been extremely valuable for new parents to DeLaSalle. If you have any questions, please contact Mike O’Keefe via email or at 612-676-7679.

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Guidance Office Leads Local College Visits to Dunwoody / St. Kate’s

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.

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State History Day Virtual Awards Ceremony

The Minnesota State History Day Project announced the student documentaries, research papers, and exhibits that will advance to the National Competition during a virtual awards ceremony on May 1 and recognized students with “topical prizes” for the best project in specific areas of history research. The “live” presentation is still available for viewing on its Facebook page. Over 800 students competed in this year’s state contest including 34 from DeLaSalle. Three Islanders were awarded medals for a top-five finish in their categories, nine others received Honorable Mention awards, while six DeLaSalle projects captured a “topical prize” among the 20 prize categories in the senior high division. Please click on this link to view the list of De students, their projects, and the state results. A complete list of the judges’ state awards is available on Minnesota Historical Society’s History Day webpage.

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NHS Children’s Book Collection Earns Out of Uniform Day

The four pillars of the National Honor Society are Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. Thanks to service efforts of NHS members and the organizational talents of NHS member Ava Daly ’22, the entire student body had an out-of-uniform day yesterday (Thursday) for collecting more than twice as many children’s books of the set goal of 500. For one week, donations of children’s books (for ages 0 -18) were collected. On Wednesday, they were given to The Free Book Buggy a non-profit that distributes books freely to promote children’s literacy and the enjoyment of reading. The Book Buggy began about four years ago and welcomes volunteers to help sort donations and distribute them at a variety of community events. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this beneficial service project.

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Parents in Prayer

All De parents are invited to join together in prayer of petition and thanks at this month’s session:  Tuesday, May 12, 12noon, in the Thies Lab.  If you are unable to attend in person, please join us in spirit.

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ITED and Pre-ACT Test Results for 9th & 10th Grade

All 9th and 10th grade students recently received their standardized test results. Parents are asked to please check your e-mail for further details regarding the score reports and plan to talk with your student about how this data can help them reflect on their own learning goals. If you have any questions regarding these reports, please contact the appropriate grade level test coordinator:
9th grade (ITED): Lindsay O’Keefe – lokeefe@delasalle.com
10th grade (Pre-ACT): Stacey Carter – scarter@delasalle.com

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The DLS Parent-sponsored Senior Party Needs Donations and Volunteers!

The parents/families of the Class of 2022 are working hard to bring back the traditional Senior Party. This event will happen May 19, immediately following the graduation ceremony. This is NOT a DeLaSalle school-sponsored event but rather is hosted solely by parents and families. The party will be at the Maple Grove Community Center from 10:00pm to 4:30am and includes food, entertainment, games, activities, and lots of prizes. Students are bused to and from the DeLaSalle parking lot for the event. As you can imagine this is a big undertaking in a short amount of time and we need all the help we can get! We are looking for financial donations to cover costs, donations of gift-cards and gift items for prizes, and we are looking for volunteers.  Parents of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders are especially needed for decorating and sign in before the party as senior parents will be with their families at the graduation ceremony. This is a really fun event and a great way to get a bird’s eye view of what’s ahead for your own students. Senior parent volunteers will also have a great time connecting with each other and celebrating this big milestone!

Please help us congratulate the class of 2022 for all their hard work and send them off with a night full of fun and memory making!
• To make a financial donation please Venmo at: Sarah-Odegard-2 or drop off checks or cash marked “Senior Party” at the school’s Main Office.
• Please bring donations (gift cards, prizes) to Kate Goeddeke (Luke ’22) in the Main Office.
• To volunteer to help the night of the event please use our Sign up genius by clicking here.
• And to register your 2022 graduate for the party please use this link.
Questions? Email Jackie Schluter Johnson (Owen ’22) ogoj@comcast.net or Sarah Odegard (Cecillia ’22) odegardfam@gmail.com
Thank you!

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Class of 2022 – Date Reminders

Final Exams: Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13
iPad collection (for those not purchasing): Friday, May 13
Graduation Practice: Wednesday, May 18, 8:59am at the Basilica of Saint Mary.   Attendance is required for all those intending to participate in the graduation ceremony. It is important that everyone be on time. Graduation practice should take an hour and a half to two hours. Caps, gowns, and graduation tickets will be distributed at this time.
Baccalaureate Mass and Award Recognition: Wednesday, May 18, 6:30pm, DeLaSalle Main Gym.  This event will be live-streamed on the DeLaSalle website.
Commencement (Graduation) Ceremony: Thursday, May 19, 6:45pm.  This event will be live-streamed on the DeLaSalle website. Seniors are to be present on the East Side of the Basilica of Saint Mary no later than 6:10 pm. Graduation will begin promptly at 6:45 p.m. Due to limited space at the Basilica each graduate will be issued four (4) tickets to invite friends and relatives. Appropriate attire must be worn in order to participate in the Commencement exercises (dress pants, dress shoes, and ties for the men; dress pants or dresses, and dress shoes for the women).
Diploma Issuing: Graduates may pick up their diplomas Friday, May 20, between 11:00am and 2:00pm. Clean school uniform items in good condition may be donated to the school’s loaner program by dropping them off in the Deans’ Office.

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Starry Night Prom

The Starry Night Prom Returns!

The Starry Night Prom was started in 2001 by De’s Lasallian Ministry. That first year, the formal dance for persons with disabilities drew almost 100 guests. Nineteen years later, the popularity of the SNP had grown and 1,200 guests were welcomed. The COVID pandemic halted this cherished event during 2020 and 2021. Over 90 student volunteers and 350 prom guests were excited we were able to offer the prom once again –with a few pandemic limitations such as the number of guests allowed and type of food and beverages served. The dance music was provided and donated by Mr. Damian Moran. Student workers ran a very popular photo booth and a quieter coloring room. As one Islander commented, “It was so great to see how happy our guests were, even those wearing facemasks. You could see the smile in their eyes.”

“Let all that you do be done with love.” 1Corinthians 16:14
2021-2022 School Year Scripture Theme
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