Off to a Great Start!
DeLaSalle teachers, staff, and coaches and moderators are excited to welcome students back-to-school for the 2014-15 school year. This begins our 115th year on Nicollet Island and we are again a bigger school, drawing some 750 students from more than 110 different grade schools. We 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 2014-15 school prayer theme as chosen by president, Barry Lieske: "Find your delight in the Lord." This theme guides us in all we do - from the first day of practices to staff orientation sessions to the first day of school. It will be woven into student programs throughout the year.
Families can find back-to-school information on varying topics here. If you cannot find the information you are looking for here, please call the Main Office at 612.676.7600 for direct assistance.
The first day of practices for fall sports is Monday, August 11. You may find practice times and locations and coaches' contact information here. Visit the Fall Sports webpage for more information about what forms all students are required to complete and return before they can participate in an activity.
DeLaSalle encourages all students to have these supplies when they begin classes on Friday, August 22.
- Pens and pencils
School Supply Reminders
Students in Algebra 1 and Geometry should have a scientific calculator. Students in Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus and Statistics should have a graphing calculator.
Each teacher and course may have specific requests for school supplies. Students will hear about this on the first day of classes.
The School Store will again sell draw-string bookbags this year that are the only approved bag for carrying items during the school day. Backpacks are to be used only to carry items from home to school and back.
Students who live in Minneapolis will receive a postcard directly from Minneapolis and Suburban Bus Company with a student's bus stop location and scheduled pick-up and drop-off times. Students who live in St. Paul or a suburb and who have completed a request for DeLaSalle transportation will receive information about their scheduled pick-up and drop-off locations from the DeLaSalle transportation department.
If you have ongoing concerns, please contct Brooks Shelstad at 612.676.7614.
The School Store will be open during the school year: The exact schedule will be announced in the coming days.
The School Store will follow this schedule in the days leading up to the first day of school:
- Monday, August 11: 10:00am-6:00pm
- Tuesday, August 12, 10:00am-11:30am, 4:30-9:00pm
- Wednesday, August 13: 10:00am-9:00pm
- Wednesday, August 20: 4:30-9:00pm
- Thursday, August 21: 7:30-9:00am
- Friday, August 22: 7:30-8:30am
Families should also review DeLaSalle's uniform policy in the Student-Parent Handbook.
All students and a parent/guardian are required to participate in a School Orientation. You may sign up for a School Orientation session here. You are also required to complete and return several forms before a student can receive their school-issued iPad.
New Student Orientation
DeLaSalle welcomes all 9th grade and incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th grade transfer students to a required New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 21. Please note the following reminders:
- Students should arrive at DeLaSalle by 8:15am
- Students should be dressed in school uniform
- Students should arrange their own transportation to and from DeLaSalle for the New Student Orientation
Ninth grade students should NOT bring their school-issued iPad to the New Student Orientation. Ninth grade students will participate in a full day of orientation, will be served lunch by DeLaSalle, and will be dismissed at 3:00pm.
All new 10th, 11th, and 12th grade transfer students should bring their school-issued iPad to the New Student Orientation. Transfer students will be dismissed at 12:00pm.
First Day of School
The first day of classes for all students is Friday, August 22.
School Pictures on August 26
All students, including seniors, will have their school picture taken on Tuesday, August 26. Students must be dressed in school uniform. The pictures are used to create student IDs. We will share more information in the coming days about how you can order school pictures.
First Liturgy on August 29 - 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 29. 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.
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.
Families may put money into a student's cafeteria 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 2014-15 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.
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.
This fun evening, Wednesday, September 3, 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!