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September 2020

Never Distant, Always Learning
Our summer of distance and losses and anguish and worry stirs up in us a need for community, to gather and act with purpose. We find that small groupstwo or more peoplecan do a lot. Our Kitchen and Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) teams work together to deliver meals to our families; counselors, IT, and teachers squad up to find solutions for isolated students and families.
Our theme for this year is “faith and zeal,” a phrase from St. John Baptist de La Salle . . . speaking to us from the 18th century . . . look upon your world through the eyes of faith and then to act with zeal. In this fractured time, our staff commits itself to do good work and to do so with zeal. And so, a 9th grader reported how happy she is to attend this school, how she feels like she is learning for the first time since “COVID-19 sent us all home.”  

It is true . . our students are never distant, always learning. 

Tim Joy
Jada Monk '23

Zoo Animal Presenters Serve in Community

DLSNC students "Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve." The Oregon Zoo's Zoo Animal Presenters (ZAPs) are teenagers who head into the community to teach and serve, so the program is a good fit for our students. Per the Zoo's website, "ZAPs work with live animals to give presentations at community centers, teach outdoor recreation skills to Urban Nature Overnight campers, and form conservation teams that do field and lab work with native plants and animals."

Gigi Karimu '19 participated in the program for three years and was very vocal about what a great experience it was. Senior Pablo Benitez is now in his third year of the program. New to the program this year are sophomore Jada Monk and junior Yemane Berhane. They began training this past spring.

The ZAP program is very prestigious and highly selective. Students submit a detailed application and go through a rigorous series of interviews, both over the phone and in-person. One nice perk of the program is that students receive payment for their work at the zoo.
-- Amy Lacks
Science Department Chair

ZAP Reflection by Jada Monk '23

I heard about the ZAP program from two staff members during my freshman year. I was immediately interested because I love animals and the Oregon Zoo has always been one of my favorite places to go to. I started my application process and went in for a series of interviews with other teenagers. We had two group interviews then the final one-on-one interview, and a week later I got a call telling me that I'd just became a first-year ZAP member. I was so happy I called and texted all my friends.
Sadly, due to COVID-19, we couldn’t meet in person at the zoo for our first trainings. But when the zoo reopened, we were able to come in small groups for short trainings and to draw chalk drawings with directions and welcome messages for zoo visitors.
I love being a ZAP member, learning about, and eventually presenting animals. The wonderfully accepting and diverse community also feels great. This job gives me a way to save up money for my future and gives me more experience with people and animals. I’m so glad I was accepted into such a fun and educational program!

Welcome, New Staff!

Derek Gualandri taught mathematics and Special Education in Sarasota, FL, and Beaverton, OR, for 14 years. He is teaching Algebra and Prob/Stats to freshmen and seniors. 
Karen Huffman taught Physics and AP Physics as well as Algebra to AP Calculus in Little Rock, AR, for 13 years. At DLSNC, Karen is teaching Physics to freshmen and AP Physics to seniors.
Rory Patrick was an MSW intern at DLSNC in 201819 and is thrilled to return. Some of you may remember him as one of the tough midfielders on the staff's undefeated soccer team. He has a BA in Spanish and just completed his Masters in Social Work this past June.
Alex Roth taught in Brooklyn for four years with Teach For America. Most recently, he was a Campus Minister for Catechesis and Evangelization at the University of Portland. He is teaching three classes of Theology II and two classes of Theology III.
Tatiana Stevens is an Art major at Portland State University and is working toward her teaching credential through PSU's School of Education. She will be working alongside Tina McDermott this year as a student teacher.
 We are here to serve our students in mind, body, and spirit. Ms. Patti and the CWSP team continue to bring smiles to our students and their families in this time of need by providing food deliveries to families who request it.

This is an event you won't want to miss! Add it to your calendar now by clicking on one of the buttons below.

This is a free virtual event. Anyone can attend and support DLSNC! For more information, please contact Sara Stewart

Question of the Month

As classroom learning has pivoted to a new online platform, so has our unique Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). We are thankful for the support of our CWSP partners who have stayed with us during the COVID-19 pandemic. As companies throughout our city adapt to their own virtual work environments, we are particularly excited about our __ new partners who have signed up during the pandemic! 

a) 8 new partners
b) 10 new partners
c) 12 new partners
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Ways to support
AmazonSmile + De La Salle North Catholic
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
Fred Meyer Reward Cards + De La Salle North Catholic
By linking your Fred Meyer community rewards points to De La Salle North Catholic we will receive a quarterly donation from Fred Meyer. It only takes a moment to sign up:
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4.  Select De La Salle North (Organization #86026)
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