CABINET LETTER FROM DAVID HOLQUIN
Dear De La Salle Families:
This is the most challenging Spartan Spotlight I have written. I had planned to write one thing when I mulled over my letter weeks ago, but with the sudden passing this week of our fellow Spartan, sophomore Lucciano Castillo ‘26, all of that faded away quickly. And yet, the fragility of life cannot be escaped, nor should it consume us.
Dr. Alumbaugh shared with our President’s Cabinet this quote from Toni Morrison, which so aptly describes all we can do as parents: “The real liberation was the kids, because their needs were simple. One, they needed me to be competent. Two, they wanted me to have a sense of humor. And three, they wanted me to be an adult.” Wow! Somehow, our teenagers know it innately.
It was humbling how much our community rallied together: students and staff embraced one another; De La Salle and Carondelet students and leadership galvanized so that “two schools, one community” was more than a slogan; and our faith gave us context and hope amidst a trying time. Living our faith and Gospel values, especially when it is challenging, is the ultimate test, and as they so often do, our young people rose to the occasion. The song, Rise Up by Andra Day continues to stir in my soul because of them.
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De La Salle Launches New Website
You may have noticed that our school website (www.dlshs.org) looks significantly different from what it did a week ago. The new design is the result of several months of work, and is intended to make our site easier to navigate. It also contains a bit more information about what makes our school so special.
Please note that, in the upper left corner of the home page, there is a dedicated dropdown menu just for our parents. These links offer shortcuts to information that our parents/guardians look for on a regular basis. However, if you don't see what you need, you can also use our keyword search bar on the far right.
We hope you enjoy the look and feel of our new site!
Apply Now for 2023-24 Fall CSF Membership
It's California Scholarship Federation (CSF) application time. Students must apply every semester. The application form is online only and must be submitted no later than Friday, September 15 at 3 pm.
Late submissions will not be accepted.
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Record-breaking head football coach, Bob Ladouceur, and defensive coach, Terry Eidson, will be part of De La Salle's 2023 Athletic Hall of Fame. Joining them will be Kristian Ipsen ’11 (diving), Lincoln Gunn ’06 (basketball), Johnny De Los Reyes ’11 (golf), and Mawuko Tugbenyoh ’96 (football and track), as well as the 1996 Football and 1998 Volleyball Teams.
The Class of 2023 will be will be officially welcomed into our Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 1 at 3 pm. We hope you will join us!
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2022-23 Semester 2 Honor Roll
Congratulations to the 478 students who made the De La Salle Honor Roll for the second semester of the 2022-23 school year!
High Honors are awarded to students who earned a 3.75-grade point average or higher and Honors are awarded to students who earned a 3.50-3.74 grade point average.
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Soph. Liturgy and Brunch (Sept. 10)
After a highly successful Welcome Liturgy and Brunch for our new students last month, we are now ready to celebrate our sophomore class at the Sophomore Liturgy and Brunch. We can't wait to see all of the sophomore families who registered, this Sunday at 9:30 am in the Theater.
Homecoming Week/Dance (Sept. 25-30)
Homecoming Week is coming. The week will feature fun lunchtime activities including our annual PowerPuff football game, Crowning of the Homecoming Court, Homecoming Rally, and more. It will culminate with our Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 30. Stay tuned for a link to purchase tickets.
Welcome to another chapter in De La Salle Athletics. Last school year, our student-athletes continued the Spartan tradition of athletic excellence. They earned five league championships, 10 North Coast Section championships, two CIF NorCal Championships, and one CIF State championship. We were also honored with the prestigious Cal-Hi Sports Boy’s State School of the Year award.
As we get fully immersed in the fall sports season, we have created a new page on our website called Spotlight on Athletics to keep you informed about everything related to our sports programs. Please click on the button below for information about our upcoming College Student-Athlete Info Night on October 23 and more.
We have also created a new page on our website called Spotlight on Student Life to keep you up-to-date about all of the Student Life happenings on campus. Please click on the link below for information relating to the following areas:
- School Portraits on September 14th
- Senior Portraits on October 10th and 11th
- Lost or Missing Student IDs
- Senior Yearbook Ads
- Homecoming Week
- International Thespian Society
- Football Home Games
- DLS Band
This month's Spotlight on College Counseling is packed with updates for seniors about SAT and ACT testing, College Advisory, the Senior Parent College Application Information Night (on September 12), and Recommendation Letter requests.
For juniors and sophomores families, there is also information about College Admissions Rep visits and PSAT and PreACT testing opportunities.
It's hard to believe that we are already in September. Only last month we were celebrating our new Lasallian students at a special liturgy and brunch on a beautiful summer day and holding our Mass of the Holy Spirit with Bishop Michael Barber of the Diocese of Oakland!
Things continue to be busy with Campus Ministry as we settle into September. We have our Sophomore Liturgy and Brunch this coming Sunday, as well as several other activities lined up. Click on the Spotlight on Campus Ministry button below to learn about our Father/Son Retreat, International Lasallian Days of Peace, our upcoming Ven a Ver trips, Kairos, and more.
Parent Giving for 2023-24
Thank you so very much to our parents who have already participated with a pledge or gift during the registration process this past spring or over the summer.
Have a question about the Annual Fund or your giving to De La Salle? Give Director of Development, Karla Wiese a call at 925.288.8195 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a reminder, tuition payments are due on the 5th or the 15th of each month, depending on which payment option you choose in Blackbaud Tuition Management. Please note that accounts that become past due 10 days are subject to a $40 late fee. Contact Kathy Resch at email@example.com if you are having difficulties or have questions about any of the new payment options.
Please join us at our next Parent Association meeting on Monday, September 11 at 6:30 pm in the Brothers' Residence. This is a great opportunity to meet other De La Salle parents and find ways to get involved with De La Salle!
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