Off to a Great Start!

Our 114th year on Nicollet Island is off to a great start! DeLaSalle will again be bigger -- with a six percent hike in enrollment, a 22 percent climb in the past three years. The final count of ninth grade applications reached 430, for one of 220 spots in the class. Even with the heat of August, a tremendous wave of excitement fills the building as more students, more staff, more classrooms, more enhancements, and more programs are woven into the 2013-14 school year.

Thank you for your commitment to partner with us at DeLaSalle this year.

We renew our pledge to be even better in all that we do, certainly as teachers and learners, but even more importantly, as people called to serve each other and make God present in our world. That starts with a commitment to the 2013-14 school prayer theme as chosen by president, Barry Lieske: "Let us Love in Truth and Action." This theme has been the centerpiece of staff orientation meetings this past week, and it will be woven into student programs throughout the year.

Families can find back-to-school information on varying topics below. If you cannot find the information you are looking for here, please submit an online information request or call the Main Office at 612.676.7600 for direct assistance.

School Pictures on August 29

All students, including seniors, will have their school picture taken on Thursday, August 29. Students must be dressed in school uniform. The pictures are used to create student IDs. Learn more about new picture backgrounds here and click here to find more information about how to order pictures.

First Liturgy on August 30 - Mass of the Holy Spirit

The DeLaSalle school community will gather for its first Mass of the year - the Mass of the Holy Spirit - after 1st period on Friday, August 30. This Mass is traditionally celebrated to start a new school year together and to ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our academics, co-curricular activities, and daily life. New school chaplain and newly ordained priest Father Brian Park - associate pastor at St. Charles Borromeo - will be our celebrant.

First Pepfest on September 6

Don't be shy - let us hear your battle cry! The DeLaSalle school community will gather for its first Pepfest of the year after the 8th hour class on Friday, September 6. We gather as a community to show our school spirit several times a year to celebrate the accomplishments of our students on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community. Students sit with classmates in their grade and each grade competes against one another - and the faculty and staff - for the "Spirit Stick" and bragging rights.

Attendance at Games

DeLaSalle encourages students, parents, faculty, staff and friends to cheer on the Islanders at athletic competitions. Many of our teams have already started competition and you can find the full schedule on the Athletic Calendar. Admission to regular season home football, volleyball and basketball games costs $6 for adults, $4 for non-DeLaSalle students (K-12), $4 for seniors and free for DeLaSalle students with a student ID. Attending competitions and cheering on fellow Islanders is a great way to show school spirit and connect with other students, parents and friends beyond the classroom.

Uniforms

The School Store will be open during the school year:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00-8:30 am
You may also schedule an appointment with Douge Schildgen at 612.859.5652.
 
Note, this year the School Store will again sell draw-string bookbags that are the only approved bag for carrying items during the school year. Backpacks are to be used only to carry items from home to school and back.  

Families should also review DeLaSalle's uniform policy in the Student-Parent Handbook. Guidelines for school uniform appearance (including policies on shoes and pants) are found on pages 5 and 6 of the Handbook.

Transportation

Thank you for your patience as we continue to refine our routes for students, especially as we work with an outside busing company for families living in Minneapolis. With each day, the delivery to and from school has been getting better. If you have ongoing concerns, please contct Brooks Shelstad at 612.676.7614.

Cafeteria Accounts

Now that school has begun, families may deposit money into a Cafeteria account for a student to purchase lunch and/or breakfast at DeLaSalle. The parent/guardian who is listed as the cafeteria contact may deposit money into a student's account by logging into Cornerstone. Families may also add money to their account by depositing cash or a check with the Business Office.

Work-Service - REQUIRED for all students receiving need-based financial aid

Families are reminded that all students who receive financial aid based on need for the 2013-14 school year are required to schedule and complete 10 hours of work-service in return for their grant. (Students who receive only a Presidential Scholarship are not required to complete work-service.) Many students have completed their required work-service during the summer. Most students still need to schedule their 10 hours of work-service during the school year. Parents should contact Sean McMenomy at 612.676.7618 to do so.

Islander Foundation

Tuition, fees, and expenses can add up quickly. To assist families in meeting their high school financial needs, DeLaSalle offers the Islander Foundation. Through the Foundation, parents and students work at various local arena and stadium concession stands. The Foundation is paid by the arena venue. DeLaSalle workers may then apply to the Foundation for grants to assist with school expenses such as tuition, graduation fees, or prom tickets. Please visit the Islander Foundation webpage to learn more.

Back-to-School Night

This fun evening, Wednesday, September 11, 6:00 - 8:40pm allows parents and guardians to walk through an abbreviated version of their child's school day. After a short welcome from DeLaSalle administration, parents visit each classroom to meet the teacher and hear about the particulars of each course. Tasty treats are served during "lunch" time! Please visit the Back to School Night webpage to learn more.

Drivers' Education

Students wishing to sign-up for the next classroom session should complete a registration form and return it to the Administration office; days, dates, and times are listed on the form.  The next session starts on September 3.