• FAITH • INTEGRITY • SCHOLARSHIP •
INSIDE THIS ISSUE - May 5, 2022
Admissions • Alumni Relations • Athletics • Book Distribution • Br. Maris Golf Tournament • Business Office • Campus Life • Campus Ministry • Career Opportunities • College Counseling • Dads and Grads Casino Night • De La Serve • Lasallian Educator of the Year • Legacy Locker Program • Mark Halvorson Poker Tournament • Mental Health Champion • National Honor Society • Parent's Association • President's Cabinet Letter • Spartan Store • Summer Camps • Union Magazine • Year at a Glance
PRESIDENT'S CABINET LETTER
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,
This has been an incredibly busy spring season, filled with many individual and communal celebrations. Monday, for instance, provides a snapshot of the multiple activities that permeate campus life as we move towards the end of the school year. Every year after May 1, we celebrate our seniors’ impending move to college with one of our college t-shirt days. AP testing began; our annual Service Fair welcomed a variety of local charities to campus, so students could learn more about volunteer possibilities; “Five Days of Games” began with a hot-wing eating contest (yes, those still happen); and we welcomed all new students to the De La Salle community on Monday with our Class of 2026 Welcome Night. In addition, our Mentors-in-Violence Prevention (MVP) trainers and partners returned for two days for the fifth year to instruct all new faculty, staff, and administrators in the groundbreaking bystander leadership training (our sophomores receive MVP training in their Religious Studies 2 classes).
DADS AND GRADS CASINO NIGHT
The Dads and Grads Casino Night event has become a year-end tradition for graduating seniors to bring their dad, uncle, or significant adult who walked with them on their journey at De La Salle. The cost for the poker tournament and casino gaming tables, with a hosted BBQ and refreshments, is $12 per person. Registration will close on Tuesday, May 10 at 2 p.m. The De La Salle Alumni Association and Blue Dog Events will host this event. Blue Dog will be here to teach all players poker, craps, and other activities in the room.
The Class of 2022 Baccalaureate Mass will be Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m. in the Hoffman Center. This special Eucharistic celebration will be the last time our seniors experience liturgy together. This liturgy is a special time to give thanks and praise to God for all of our blessings these past four years.
The Class of 2022 Graduation will be held on Sunday, May 22 at 9 a.m. at the De La Salle football field. Students must report to the Library at 8:00 a.m. and must be dressed in dress slacks, white dress shirt, tie, shoes and socks, and graduation cap and gown. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. for family and friends.
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Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
As the school year comes to an end, it is time for our students to be accountable for their textbooks. Please have your student find their books to ensure they have all textbooks ready to return. They can stop by the Bookstore to return any books that they are not using or to check on what they need to return.
SENIORS must return or pay for lost/damaged books by Tuesday, May 17 in order to receive their graduation tickets. Diplomas, and/or transcripts, may be held if book accounts are outstanding. We will be sending information on dates and times that will be available to return books via Signup Genius.
UNDERCLASSMEN must return or pay for lost/damaged books by Friday, June 2 - No returned books will be accepted after that time – you own them - and will be billed accordingly. We will be sending information on dates and times that will be available to return books via Signup Genius.
LASALLIAN EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR FOR 2022
At the De La Salle High School Saint La Salle Liturgy held on Wednesday, April 27, Vice President for Academic Life, Dr. Heather Alumbaugh announced that Mr. John Pelster '87 has been selected as the school’s 2022 Lasallian Educator of the Year. In his 30-years as a teacher at De La Salle, John Pelster has worn multiple hats, as department chair, accreditation chair, English teacher, and coach.
The re-enrollment process for the 2022-23 academic year began on April 8 when Tuition Contracts were released to current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. As a reminder, signed contracts and deposits for the next school year are due on Friday, May 6th.
Re-registration forms for the 2022-23 academic year are due to the Admissions Office by Wednesday, June 1.
The Admissions Office would like to congratulate and thank the 250-plus families that have already completed and submitted ALL of their forms.
Upcoming events for the De La Salle Class of 2026 admissions process:
- The Algebra Placement Test for the Class of 2026 is on Monday, May 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hofmann Student Center.
- The Spanish Placement Test for the Class of 2026 is Tuesday, May 10 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hofmann Student Center.
- The History Placement Test for the Class of 2026 is Wednesday, May 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hofmann Student Center.
- The Geometry Placement Test for the Class of 2026 is Tuesday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hofmann Student Center.
On Saturday, May 14, De La Salle will host the inaugural Coach Mark Halvorson Takedown Poker Tournament, a professionally-run poker tournament for players of any skill level. All proceeds from this event will be used to establish the Mark Halvorson Endowment Fund. Mark’s care for others, unselfishness, work ethic, passion for his sport, and life lessons he taught the student-athletes will make him unforgettable on the De La Salle campus.
The 38th Annual Brother Maris Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 20, 2022, at Round Hill Country Club in Alamo. This is our largest Alumni fundraiser benefitting Alumni Endowment for financial aid and our Bishop Cummins Scholarship Program. Sponsorship opportunities are currently available for this year's Brother Maris Golf Tournament. The cost for an individual golfer is $275 with a total cost of $1100 for a foursome.
Tuition payments are due on the 1st of each month and are considered late after the 10th of that month.
With Graduation fast approaching, all seniors’ tuition accounts must be paid in full by May 10th in order for your son to participate in semester finals, graduation activities, and to receive graduation tickets.
Tuition Contracts for 2022-2023 for current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders were sent out via SchoolAdmin on Friday, April 8. Tuition Contracts and Deposits are due Friday, May 6.
Your son's tuition account must be current in order for you to receive next year's tuition contract.
Please contact Kathy Resch if you are having difficulties with any of the payment deadlines via e-mail at email@example.com.
Senior Breakfast and Final Graduation Practice
Wednesday, May 18 at 8:30 a.m.
Seniors will be treated to breakfast and a closing presentation with their class. The final graduation practice will take place after the Senior Breakfast. Graduation tickets will be distributed at this final practice and yearbooks will also be distributed to all seniors. Seniors are reminded that any library books are due to the Library and textbooks or any outstanding fees are due to the Bookstore by May 17th. Graduation tickets may not be given if books or fees are outstanding
Senior Celebration - Wednesday, May 18, 4:30-11 p.m.
We’re excited to announce our Class of 2022 Senior Celebration on the USS Hornet in Alameda. Participating students will be bussed to Alameda and back where De La Salle and Carondelet seniors will enjoy an evening on the venerable aircraft carrier with food, games, and dancing! The evening will go from 4:30 pm (drop-off at DLS) with the event starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. Parents should be able to pick up their seniors by 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $155 per person and can be purchased via this link.
- Seniors will check-in at the Hofmann Center at De La Salle and buses will depart from the Carondelet parking lot.
- Seniors should be dropped off and picked up by parents - please do NOT drive yourselves.
- Please bring ONLY your cell phone, school ID - no bags or backpacks as we will not have a place/space to safely store items.
- Casual Dress.
Attendees may be randomly breathalyzed prior to entry.
- Any behavior issues that occur at the event may jeopardize a Senior walking in the Graduation Ceremony.
The Senior Celebration is supported by volunteers from the Parent Association. Both school personnel and parent chaperones will be in attendance.
- To celebrate our founder, Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, we held a very spirited liturgy led by a band and choir made up of students, faculty, and our wonderful accompanist Mrs. Teresa Hurlbut.
During the liturgy, faculty, and staff were acknowledged for their years of service, and Mr. John Pelster '87 was announced as the Lasallian Educator of the Year.
- In the spirit of our motto, “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve”, over 160 De La Salle community members and families participated in a day of volunteering throughout Contra Costa County (read below).
As we come to the end of the school year, we will celebrate our seniors with a breakfast on Wednesday, May 18, and a Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m. in the Hofmann Center.
And with the end of the year, we will say goodbye to our fierce, creative, and devoted leaders, Mr. and Mrs. Hassett, who are retiring after over 40 years (combined) of service to De La Salle. We will sure miss them! They leave huge shoes to fill.
“I adore God guiding me in all the events of my life.” Spoken by St. LaSalle as he died on April 7, 1719
Throughout the school year, Co-Directors of College Counseling, Mrs. Esther Lopez-Arias and Mrs. Lisa Sciacca provide an overview of all the steps that need to be taken for successful selection, application, and acceptance to colleges and universities. Please don’t miss it! Email questions to Esther Lopez-Arias at firstname.lastname@example.org (for students whose last names begin with A-K) or Lisa Sciacca at email@example.com (for students whose last names begin with L-Z).
College News for Seniors
- Senior Alert & Final College Admission Steps
College Placement Exams
- Community College & DVC Enrollment Process
College Planning for Juniors
- Summer To-Do List
De La Salle High School hosts camps to provide a fun, skill-building week for kids. Appealing to local youth with a variety of interests, De La Salle will offer sessions for archery, baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, strength and conditioning, swimming, theatre arts, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.
Come work with us!
De La Salle is not only a great place to learn but a great place to work!
Honor or memorialize a graduate, family member, teacher, coach, or friend through a named locker in the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center
The LAPC Legacy Locker Program is a great way to leave your legacy at De La Salle. Locker naming opportunities will be displayed within the Team Room in the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center. Lockers are $500 each and have the ability to be personalized with three lines, 20 characters (spaces and symbols included) per line. Visit dlshs.org/legacylocker for more information and reserve your locker today.
Additional naming opportunities are still available for the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center. For more information or questions, contact Mark Chiarucci at (925) 288-8106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first Annual De La Serve Community Service Day was held on Saturday, April 30. Over 150 students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and families spent the morning pulling weeds, planting cauliflower, lemon, and orange trees, cleaning up trash and sorting food at St. Raymond school in Dublin, CoCo San Sustainable Farm, McNabney Marsh in Martinez, Contra Costa/Solano Food Bank in Fairfield, and White Pony Express in Pleasant Hill. The day was a shining example of our motto - Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve. The day concluded with a celebratory BBQ at De La Salle. We want to thank all who participated. Click on the image above to see a video montage of the day.
De La Salle High School Religious Studies teacher, Chris Miller, Ed.D. was recently announced as the first 2022 Mental Health Champion by the Steinberg Institute. Thanks to Dr. Miller’s tireless efforts, students across the state will receive mental health education as part of required curriculum. To learn more about Chris and watch his powerful personal story click here.
The Parent Association is a group of current De La Salle parents who work on behalf of students, faculty, and staff to support events and volunteer needs.
The next De La Salle Parent Association meeting will be on May 9, 2022. The Parent Social will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Library courtyard and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Library. All De La Salle parents are welcome!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Parent Coffee at the Countrywood Starbucks on April 27. It was nice to meet some new faces and reconnect with familiar ones, as well. We look forward to hosting more Parent Coffees during the 2022-23 school year. See you next year! There's not just socializing at the Parent Socials held right before our Parent Association meetings...we have a beautiful setup of appetizers and drinks for everyone to enjoy. We want to thank our Community Outreach Committee, Katherine Gandy, Shannon Nornhold, and Mary Peeff, for providing all of the tasty treats before each of our meetings.
Current Open Parent Association Board Positions
Currently, there are no open positions on the Parent Association Board. However, we have many parents in positions that will be open at the end of this school year because their sons are graduating. If you are interested in being on the Parent Association Board for the 2022-23 school year, please contact Valerie Nagel-Monaldo, President of the Parent Association, at email@example.com or Laura Flannigan, Vice President of the Parent Association, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
De La Salle Inducts 40 Students into National Honor Society
At a ceremony on Tuesday, May 3 in the Brother Celestine Cormier Theater, Jon Norfolk, National Honor Society Moderator and Dr. Heather Alumbaugh, VP for Academic Life, officially inducted 40 De La Salle students into the NHS for the 2022-23 school year. These students displayed a desire to tutor their Spartan brothers in the Learning Center along with participating in other various service projects throughout the year.
2022 Spring Union Magazine Now Available
The 2022 De La Salle High School spring Union magazine has been delivered and is now available electronically on the De La Salle website. If you'd like a hard copy of the magazine be delivered to your home, please email your request, along with your current mailing address to email@example.com.
The Union will continue to provide you with a glimpse into the daily life here on campus and our Mission of producing Men of Faith, Integrity, and Scholarship. Copies of the magazine can also be picked up in the Main Office.
2022-23 Year at a Glance Available on School Website
De La Salle High School has published its calendar framework (Year at a Glance) on the school's website, including key dates for the start of the school year, orientations, book distribution, holidays, and other key dates throughout the 2022-23 school year.
Click here to review the 2022-23 Year at a Glance
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