Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, November 22, 2019

In this issue…
  • Final Performances This Weekend of DeLaSalle Fall Play
  • Community Gathers Tuesday for Thanksgiving Prayer Service
  • Thanksgiving Break November 27-29
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation Offered December 3
  • Parent Association Draws Strong Turnout in November; Join Us in December
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Admissions Interest Robust as Application Season Draws Near
  • Students Reminded of Christian Service Requirement
  • Juniors Invited to Register for ACT Prep Class
  • Fall Athletes Earn Accolades as Winter Programs Begin
Final Performances This Weekend of DeLaSalle Fall Play

DeLaSalle Theatre presents the final two performances this weekend of its fall play “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” Performances are tonight (November 22) and November 23, at 7:30pm, on the Friendshuh Stage in the Florance Center. Continue reading

Community Gathers Tuesday for Thanksgiving Prayer Service
The DeLaSalle community will gather for a prayer service after first period on Tuesday, November 26 to reflect and give thanks we enter the Thanksgiving season. During the liturgy, students will learn more about our annual Christmas Basket Drive that raises money to buy Christmas gifts for families whom DeLaSalle spiritually adopts. This year’s recipients include families through Sponsor A Family Minnesota as well as families from the Cheyenne River Reservation whom DeLaSalle connected with during a weeklong service project this summer. Donations are accepted November 25-December 5 in 9th and 10th grade Theology classes or 11th and 12th grade English classes.
Thanksgiving Break November 27-29

There are no classes as we observe the Thanksgiving holiday November 27-29. The school building will be open during normal hours Wednesday, but faculty do not have to report. The school building will be closed both Thursday and Friday in observance of the holiday. We wish all DeLaSalle students and families a blessed and safe Thanksgiving with loved ones. The next “Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle” will be published on Friday, December 6.

Sacrament of Reconciliation Offered December 3

DeLaSalle will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to students on Tuesday, December 3. Theology classes will meet in the gymnasium that day, where several priests will be available to hear confessions or meet with students. The lighting will be dimmed and there will be an opportunity for students to quietly reflect. Theology teachers will help prepare students in classes ahead of Tuesday.

Parent Association Draws Strong Turnout in November; Join Us in December

The DeLaSalle Parent Association thanks the many parents who joined us for the November 11 meeting, featuring guest speaker, Dr. Solveig Brown, as well as the monthly Parents in Prayer program at De on November 19.   Each program was well attended, and the Association appreciates the support and participation from parents at all grade levels.

We remind all parents that, in lieu of the regular monthly meeting in December, the Parent Association will provide treats and good cheer before the annual DeLaSalle Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 11.  We are in need of some volunteers to provide holiday spirit to the hundreds of concert attendees. Please send an email to Parent Association chair, Jackie Schluter Johnson, if you are interested in helping at this festive event.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

Find the most up-to-date school events on the School Calendar webpage

Immaculate Conception Mass

Friday, December 6, 9:00am, Florance Center

DeLaSalle students and staff will celebrate Mass in recognition of the Immaculate Conception, in which the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin. DeLaSalle is celebrating the feast two days early this year because it falls on a Sunday. The Mass will also celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Christmas Concert

Wednesday, December 11, 7:00pm, Florance Center

You are invited to join us as the Bel Canto and A Cappella Choirs, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band present their Christmas Concert. Doors open at 6:30pm – and the Parent Association will serve treats to those waiting in line beforehand.

Christmas Liturgy & Program

Thursday, December 12, 9:00am, Florance Center

DeLaSalle will celebrate Christmas with a liturgy and program on Thursday, December 13, following the first class period. Scripture, prayer, and song (and a visit from Santa) will help the Islander community reflect on the birth of Christ. DeLaSalle President Barry Lieske will also provide his annual Christmas reflection.

Parents in Prayer

Friday, December 13, 12:00-1:00pm, Thies Lab creative side (D207)

Each month, a group of DeLaSalle parents and family members gather on campus to lift up our community in prayer. All parents, family members, friends, and alumni are welcome to participate when the group meets Tuesday, November 19, from 12:00-1:00pm, on the creative side of the Thies Lab (D207). We hope students, staff, families and friends at DeLaSalle will feel encouraged by the knowledge that people care about them, are excited for them and are PRAYING FOR THEM! You may submit prayer requests, which may remain anonymous, to prayer boxes located in the main office, Lasallian Ministry, or Theology classrooms.

First Semester Final Assessments

December 18-20

Final assessments for all students are scheduled over three half-days. Final assessments for periods 2 and 4 will be held December 18; for periods 3, 7, and 5 on December 19; and for periods 1, 8, and 6 on December 20. Afternoon transportation routes will leave DeLaSalle at 11:05am on December 18 and at 12:15pm each on December 19 and 20.

Christmas Break

December 23-January 3, 2020

There are no classes at DeLaSalle December 23-January 3 as we observe Christmas break. The school will be closed December 25 for Christmas and January 1 for New Year’s Day but will be open during normal business hours from 8:00am-4:00pm all other weekdays. Please note that many staff choose to take time off during the break. You may find how to individually contact a staff member through our online staff directory.

Around DeLaSalle

The defending state champion DeLaSalle competition cheer team brings home more hardware. Congratulations to the team for securing a bid to compete in nationals later this winter in Florida! (Photo courtesy: DeLaSalle Student Activities)

Admissions Interest Robust as Application Season Draws Near

It’s been a great fall at DeLaSalle, due to contact from almost 500 eighth graders and families who have either visited the island or reached out to us during the first three months of this school year. Across the first twelve dates of our “Islander for a Day” student visit program, we have hosted 222 eighth graders who are considering DeLaSalle, an increase of 27.5 percent from the same time a year ago. As you have read, we also hosted 260 families at our October 28 Open House!   Add over 40 individual parent/family tours, two schools bringing their entire eighth grade classes to tour De, and several dozen inquiries via phone or email, and there’s a LOT of excitement building for next year at DeLaSalle! Continue reading

Students Reminded of Christian Service Requirement

Service learning is an integral part of the curriculum and mission of DeLaSalle, as we prepare students to be of service to the local, national, and global community. Service provides students an opportunity to care for others, which is an essential part of the Lasallian tradition. For these reasons, DeLaSalle has a requirement that each student complete 60 hours of Christian service before they graduate. Seniors have received an email reminding them that all 60 of their Christian Service hours must be completed and recorded by January 10, 2020. Seniors who transferred into DeLaSalle from another school have until March 13 to complete their hours. All students are reminded that they must complete a short reflection each semester, even if they do not complete service in that given semester. Students receive an email with a link to the reflection question. Please see CJ Hallman, director of service learning, with any questions.

Juniors Invited to Register for ACT Prep Class

Eleventh grade students who plan to take the ACT exam in February or April are invited to register for an ACT prep class. Mary Ann Dorsher, a past DeLaSalle parent, current Trustee, and co-founder of the ACT Ready program, teaches the classes, during which students take five full exams and review their errors. Learn more information about the class here. Students may register here.

Fall Athletes Earn Accolades as Winter Programs Begin

As the seasons have changed to the traditional “winter programs,” we take a look back with pride at the dedication of our student athletes in the fall. We’re proud of all of our fall athletes and salute their accomplishments — especially these individual athletes who earned accolades for their stellar performances during the fall sports season. Continue reading

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