PRESIDENT'S CABINET LETTER
Dear De La Salle Community:
Wow – what a first quarter it has been for the students, faculty, and staff here at De La Salle, as well as the Advancement Office. The support of our community by our Parents, Alumni, and Friends has really been humbling. We started back in September, with a Taste of De La Salle that saw more than 525 guests in attendance, which was the most we have ever had to enjoy that event. And then we moved into October. The past month was a bit of a blur for our office with alumni affinity events, Athletic Hall of Fame activities, the De La Salle Golf Classic (which once again sold out), and our record-breaking Giving Week. For this year’s Giving Week, we received more than $450,000 in donations for the school.
The phrase thank you doesn’t seem enough to convey our wholehearted and deepest gratitude for the tremendous support we received during De La Salle Giving Week. Because of you, we were able to smash our goal and raise $453,532! The impact your support will have on our young men, our faculty, and our staff will be felt throughout the school year.
We want to thank all the students, faculty, and alumni who Shared the Joy they experienced here on Winton Drive via our video messages. If you missed any of them, please visit vimeo.com/dlshsconcord. We also want to take a moment to thank some very special donors - each of whom gave our school some incredible match gifts: Steve '83 and Kellie Abreu, Frank '73 and Lynn Wagner, Kevin Marchetti '93, the Hanson Family, Albert '92 and Mindy Seeno, the Salter Family, and two anonymous donors.
While we weren't able to meet last year's goal, we were able to collect 1,600 boxes of cereal and raise more than $1,800 for the Monument Crisis Center in Concord. A huge thank you to everyone who donated, as well as the students who helped Ms. Shelley collect cereal boxes every morning before school.
We also want to give a special shoutout to the 25 parent volunteers who helped load and drive the cereal boxes to Monument Crisis Center this week. Because of the De La Salle community, there are many families within Contra Costa County who are now able to enjoy a hearty breakfast!
Theatre Company's Fall Production of R & J & Z closes this weekend. R & J & Z is equally inspired by Shakespeare and modern zombie films. It pushes the boundaries of theatrical humor and horror and explores what might have happened if Romeo and Juliet had a second chance. The play begins with Act V of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and keeps going as the famous lovers navigate a world in which death isn't necessarily the end.
Tickets cost only $15 for adults and $10 for students and alumni for the November 3, 4, & 5 showings. Click here to purchase your tickets today!
GIFT A THANKSGIVING PIE TO A DLS EMPLOYEE
Put the "Happy" into Thanksgiving. Show your love and gratitude for a De La Salle employee this Thanksgiving by purchasing a special De La Salle Thanksgiving Pie from Danville Bakery.
All you have to do is place your order online between now and November 17. The pies will be freshly baked and delivered on the last day of school so that our employees can take them home to enjoy with their families. As an added bonus Danville Bakery is giving 10% of all proceeds back to our school.
What could be happier than that?
Tickets for the Crab Feed go on sale Tuesday, November 15 at 10 am SHARP!
The 2023 De La Salle Crab Feed is Saturday, January 28 at 6 pm in the Hofmann Student Center. Tickets are $95 per person and are only available for purchase online. There is a maximum of two tickets per reservation. Every year, tickets sell out within minutes, so make sure you're logged in early to secure your spot. If you purchased a De La Salle Super Ticket, you have automatically secured your spot for the Crab Feed, but you still need to purchase any additional tickets for your guests.
Do you know any 8th-grade families that might be interested in De La Salle for their son? If so, tell them to come find out what De La Salle is all about at our Open House this Sunday, November 6. It is running from 10 am until noon and is just for future Spartans.
Prospective students will get to visit our campus, speak to teachers in their classrooms, meet various program directors and department chairs, and mingle with some of our students. They will also hear directly from our President, David Holquin, and Vice President for Academic Life, Dr. Heather Alumbaugh. To sign up, have them visit De La Salle Admissions.
There is a lot happening in athletics right now. We are starting to wrap up Fall Sports and are getting ready for Winter Sports. We also have our first Collegiate Signing Day happening next week.
Here are the highlights:
De La Salle Fall Sports Championship schedules are now live. Click here for Cross Country, Football, and Water Polo
- Winter Sports (Basketball, Wrestling, Soccer) began on October 31. Check the athletics website and the DLSSpartans app for more information
We host our first Signing Day on Wednesday, November 9 at lunch
Congratulations to the De La Salle Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022. On Sunday, October 23, De La Salle inducted the Class of 2022 into its Athletic Hall of Fame. The school’s 14th Hall of Fame Class included Kevin Bacharach ’03, Atari Callen ’99, A.J. Kuhle ’00, Chase Wheeler ’09, Chris Wondolowski ’01, coaches Steve Guthrie (swimming & diving) and Robert O’Meara (lacrosse), the 2007 Football and 2009 Soccer teams. Additionally, Kent Mercer '87 was also honored at the event as the 2022 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
Financial Aid applications for the 2023-24 school year will become available through FACTS on Thursday, December 1 and are due on February 10. Please remember that you must re-apply for financial aid each year.
Please contact Kathy Resch if you are having difficulties or have any questions with any of the new payment options via e-mail at email@example.com. Visit the Business Office webpage for more information.
The month of November is typically associated with Thanksgiving, and we, in Campus Ministry, are genuinely THANKFUL for all that God has blessed us with here at De La Salle. We are filled with true Thanksgiving for Kairos Retreats, our Freshman Retreat, our Parent-Son Retreat, and the annual Cereal Drive. Check out the Campus Ministry Spotlight webpage for upcoming events such as National Vocation Awareness Week..
The De La Salle 2022 Fall Union – Pursuing Excellence is available on the De La Salle website at www.dlshs.org/union.
This issue is full of articles that help explain what makes De La Salle so special. From our Pursuit of Excellence centerpiece to the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) Distinguished Lasallian Educator for 2022 article, and our own 2021-2022 Lasallian Educator of the Year story. There are also plenty of other staff, student, and alumni profiles, as well as an overview of our athletic achievements last year. In addition, you will find a Commencement Ceremony review for the Class of 2022 and our Honor Roll of Donors.
Join the Spartan Volunteer Core! De La Salle is looking to create a database of people willing to lend a helping hand when needed. Please email Jenny Barger at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help!
We are looking for parents who can assist with: front office help, parking during events, the bookstore, campus maintenance, set up and take down at events, and miscellaneous projects.
IMPORTANT COLLEGE DEADLINES
Congratulations to all the seniors who have already submitted early college applications!
Nov. 1 and Nov. 15: Early Action, Early Decision, and Priority deadlines
Oct. 28: Final Deadline to request letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors
Nov. 30: Final Deadline to submit applications to UC and many CSU schools
Dec.-Feb.: Other deadlines. Seniors should try to complete applications by Christmas Break
FAFSA - Required by all colleges for students seeking financial aid.
CSS Profile - Additional Financial Aid Form required by 400 colleges
* Check each college’s financial aid webpage to verify deadlines (typically Nov. - March)*
The next De La Salle Parent Association Meeting will be Monday, November 7 in the Library. The Parent Social will start at 6:30 pm in the Library courtyard and the meeting will start at 7 pm. Mr. Sean Bristol, Learning Needs Coordinator, will be the 15-minute speaker. All parents are welcome to attend both the Parent Social and the DLSPA Meeting.
Click here for more information from the De La Salle Parent Association.
DIB TASK FORCE MISSION STATEMENT
The De La Salle Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB) has released a Statement on Belonging for the school, as part of its continued effort to identify ways to create a truly inclusive school community. The document will serve as a reminder that every member of the community needs to actively do their part to ensure that no individual is marginalized, excluded, or discriminated against.
Click here to review the full Mission Statement
The De La Salle Bookstore, both on-campus and online, will be closed throughout the Thanksgiving holiday, beginning Thursday, November 17. The on-campus bookstore will open when school resumes on Monday, November 28. However, the online store (dlsbookstore.org) will remain offline until Monday, December 5, when it returns with a new look and enhanced shopping experience for our customers. Visit the website for hours and gift ideas for the Christmas season.
Each year we have the responsibility to provide you with our annual asbestos statement. This notice is being sent to all parents and guardians of students, as required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). We hereby notify you that a six-month periodic inspection was conducted on October 28, and revealed no new changes. Our next, more comprehensive re-inspection, performed every three years, is due in October 2023. Click here to review the full letter.
The early deadline for Senior Yearbook Ads has come and gone, but you can still purchase an ad for the Class of 2023 yearbook, so don’t miss out! Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 7087.
CSF/Panda Express Fundraiser
JUNIOR MASS OF UNITY & RING CEREMONY
The Junior Mass of Unity and Ring Ceremony will be Sunday, December 4 at the Hofmann Student Center, and will begin at 10 a.m. Church attire is required for this event. Junior students and their families will need to register for this event, so that the school can plan for the event.
Register for the Junior Mass of Unity and Ring Ceremony here
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