Inside The Spartan Spotlight Newsletter

From the Administration


Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we start a new year, it always gives me an opportunity to think about how I can be a better person in my day-to-day interactions. As I was looking through some prayers that I have filed over the years – here is one of my favorites.
“The Dash”

Upcoming Events and Activities


Financial Aid Applications Due February 10

Financial Aid Applications are due February 10, along with all necessary documentation (i.e. 2019 W2s, Form 1040 Federal Tax Return, etc). Financial Aid Applications are available through FACTS and can be accessed online at (Online applications only)
Please remember that you must re-apply for financial aid each year.
If you have any questions, please contact Angelica Rodriguez at or Kathy Resch at


Spartan Night at the Colombo Club

Tuesday, February 11 at 6 p.m.
Colombo Club | 5321 Claremont Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
Join your fellow Spartan brothers for an evening of good food and great company at one of the oldest clubs in the Bay Area. Bring your father, your brother, or reach out to an old classmate to share a meal with us!  Tickets are now $50 per person. Dinner includes: appetizers, salad, pasta, potatoes, meat, vegetables, wine, and dessert.


De La Salle Welcomes Gordon Braxton for RISE Week

Join us on February 13th, from 8-9 a.m., for a special breakfast presentation, “Fathering a Son in the #MeToo World” with Gordon Braxton. Gordon will be addressing the De La Salle student body later that day as part of De La Salle and Carondelet’s RISE (Respect-Inclusion-Solidarity-Empowerment) Week on the role men can play in ending violence.
Gordon currently works as a Contract Specialist with the U.S. Government when he is not speaking, writing, and otherwise mobilizing men to end sexual violence. 


Construction is complete and the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center is fully functional. With under $345,000 left to raise to complete funding for this new facility, time is of the essence.
Tile availability is limited, and on a first come, first serve basis.
All tile reservations must be received by March 1, 2020.
De La Salle is excited to share one final opportunity to make your mark on the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center. The Hall of Fame Tile Program is a great way to leave your legacy at De La Salle. Hall of Fame Tiles are prominently displayed within the lobby of the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center for Spartan families, friends, and fans to reminisce and enjoy.
Reserve your tile today by completing the ONLINE ORDER FORM, or to make a pledge over 1-3 years, contact Mark Chiarucci at (925) 288-8106 or

February Updates


Upcoming Admissions Events for the De La Salle Class of 2024

Financial Aid applications for the 2020-21 school year are available on the De La Salle website, and must be submitted by Monday, February 10, 2020.
Upcoming Activities
  • Admissions Notifications emailed: March 20, 2020
  • Commitment Deposits due: March 27, 2020
  • Class of 2024 Welcome Night: May 4, 2020
For more information on the admissions process for the
Class of 2024, visit the De La Salle Admissions web page.
If you have questions, please contact the Admissions Office at


There are a number of alumni events which take place during the school year. Check out our De La Salle Alumni websiteFacebook page, and Linkedin group for more information or to get involved. 
For questions regarding De La Salle alumni activities, contact Director of Alumni Relations, Lloyd Schine ’94 at 925-288-8171 or


De La Salle Alumni Volleyball Match and Reunion
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Spartan Community Service Day
Saturday, April 25, 2020
De La Salle Alumni Baseball Game and Reunion
Saturday, May 16, 2020


Tax Season and Your Charitable Giving Benefits

Tax season is here! If you made a charitable gift to De La Salle in 2019, as long as you itemize your tax return, you will still be able to deduct your charitable gifts. When you are meeting with your tax specialist be sure to ask them about the benefits you will receive in 2019 and start planning for your charitable giving in 2020!
We are here to help you, too. Feel free to contact our Vice President for Advancement, Mark Chiarucci at (925) 288-8106 / or Director of Development, Karla Wiese at (925) 288-8195 /, with any questions you may have.


Spring Sports Begin Next Week

  • The spring sports season is just around the corner! Tryouts for De La Salle's nine spring sports begin on Monday, February 10. If you have any questions regarding tryouts, visit and email the varsity head coach for your sport.
  • You can also visit for updated schedules and roster for all of De La Salle's athletic programs. Spring schedules are being posted as they are finalized, and spring sport rosters will be available once final cuts are made.  



The 36th Annual Brother Maris Golf Tournament will be at the Crow Canyon Country Club (Danville) on Monday, June 1, with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. The Brother Maris Tournament is a fun-filled day that includes tee prizes, a hosted breakfast and Bloody Mary bar, on-course food and beverages, and an end-of-day cocktail reception.. This tournament sells out fast so make sure you register today! 
If you are interested in sponsoring, donating, or getting involved, please contact Manager of Advancement Events, Jamie Frick at (925) 288-8184 or


Tuition Payments
As a reminder, tuition payments are due on the first of each month and considered late after the 10th of that month.  
If you have questions relating to your tuition obligation, call Ms. Kathy Resch in the Business Office at 925-288-8122 or e-mail her at 


The last week of January saw the De La Salle and Carondelet students celebrate Catholic Schools Week as “two schools, one community” with the Battle for the Winton Cup. Mixed teams of students competed in lunch time activities, wearing class colors, and rally games to compete for the cup and the free dress prize. The Seniors claimed victory in the revival of this friendly and unifying competition.
Next week, will be RISE Week at De La Salle High School. RISE (Respect, Inclusion, Solidarity, and Empowerment) Week extended from DLS’s Social Justice assembly to raise campus awareness in the role men can play as allies and leaders in preventing gender-based violence and sexual assault. For De La Salle and Carondelet, RISE Week is a way to educate and inspire our students for the challenges of today. This year we have expanded our focus to address racism and homophobia, and are pleased to welcome Mr. Gordon Braxton to address our student body on February 13th.
Coming up in the month of March
  • Junior Prom, Saturday March 7 at Blackhawk Auto Museum from 7-10 p.m.
  • Senior Mother/Son Liturgy & Brunch, Sunday March 15 at 10 a.m.


“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
Kairos retreats provide the opportunity to experience the beautiful raw realness of connection, connection to self, others and God. There are still two spots open in the last retreat of the year, Kairos 128 (3/25-3/27).
Integral to our Lasallian commitment is to raise awareness about people in need. On Ash Wednesday, February 26, we will launch the Charity Challenge to raise $10,809 ($1 more than we did last year) to provide urgently needed support to the marginalized and those who are food insecure.
Also, starting in February, the sophomore class will participate in the Sophomore Immersion Program (SIP), and come to know the love of God in the faces of God’s poor and homeless in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Our program will take place at St. Anthony’s Foundation.
Don’t forget to sign up for the Senior Mother/Son Mass and Brunch (March 15).


Many of us are following the news of a new virus (novel coronavirus) that has made thousands of people sick in China and around the world, including a few cases in the U.S. We wanted to forward you information provided by the Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) to reduce the risk of anyone getting sick from this novel (new) coronavirus in our community.
Right now, there have been six confirmed cases reported in California, including two in Santa Clara County. Even though there are cases in the Bay Area, CCHS reports the risk of becoming ill from this coronavirus in Contra Costa County, remains very low.
According to the CCHS, the only people who are potentially infected with this virus, which causes fever and breathing problems, are people who started getting sick WITHIN 2 weeks of returning from China, or people who have had close contact with a sick person.
CCHS does not recommend exclusion of healthy students, families, teachers, or school staff if they do not have any symptoms, regardless of actual or perceived travel history, race, or heritage.
The CCHS tells us the best ways to reduce the risk of getting or spreading any respiratory disease, including this virus, are:
  • Stay home from school or work if you are sick
  • Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Cover with an elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth and limit close contact with people who are sick
CCHS is not currently recommending the use of masks, so we are not providing or requiring them at school. Local information about the virus is available at


De La Salle would like to thank everyone who attended the 2020 De La Salle Crab Feed. We love seeing new families, alumni families, faculty and staff, and longtime De La Salle supporters every year at this event. The fact that the 2020 Crab Feed sold out in 15 minutes is a true testament to how much this event means to the De La Salle community.
Special thanks go out to Parent Association Board Member and Crab Feed Chair Lynne Kenny, Parent Volunteer Coordinator Kim Newman, DLS Manager of Advancement Events Jamie Frick, DLS Director of Campus Life & Culture Michael Aquino, Décor Leads Jeanne Roder and Lori Butler, Student Assistant Lead Laura Flannigan, Registration Lead Karen Johnston, Kitchen Leads Debbie and Nelson Meeks, Bar Ticket Sales Lead Luis Ramirez, and Bar Leads Rob and Carolyn Regan for organizing such a fun evening.
Additionally, this event would not be possible without our Spartan servers and parent volunteers who did a wonderful job before, during, and after the event to make sure everything went smoothly.
Thank you to our food and beverage suppliers, as well as Jeff Villafania and the De La Salle kitchen staff for the delicious food that was served.
Click the button below to view photos of the evening. We hope to see you again next year! (Details for the 2021 Crab Feed will be announced in the fall.)


The college counselors at De La Salle High School are committed to providing comprehensive information, guidance, and support for students and their families in the college exploration, selection, and admissions process.
For Seniors - DVC Enrollment Steps
February 11 - meeting at De La Salle during 6th period
Now is the time to begin the required enrollment steps for DVC (and other community colleges).  Interested students who plan on attending or who are interested in having DVC as an option should attend the following programs:
  • Attend the Enrollment Presentation from DVC at De La Salle on Tuesday, February 11 during 6th period. Sign up in Naviance in advance. The five required steps for enrolling at DVC will be explained.
  • Attend two College Advisory sessions, one per week on February 11 or 12 and February 18 or 19 to complete the DVC application, online orientation and other required steps.
  • Attend the DVC Assessment Process at DVC on March 12th to determine Math and English placements.
For Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors - Planning Ahead to Pay for College
March 3 - Hofmann Center at 7 p.m.
Families of 9th through 11th grade students are invited to attend the presentation on “Planning Ahead to Pay for College,” which will be held on March 3rd at 7 p.m. in the Hofmann Center. Our speaker is a college admissions professional with extensive experience in the financial aid process and in college admissions advising. She will present information about how families’ assets and their students’ academic profiles are evaluated and how the amount of financial aid a student might receive is determined. She will also give an overview of the entire financial aid process and will present various ways to prepare for the cost of college.
 March 14 (deadline to register, Feb. 14)
 February 8 (deadline has passed)
 May 2 (deadline to register, April 3)
 April 4 (deadline to register, Feb. 28)
 June 6 (deadline to register, May 8)
 June 13 (deadline to register, May 8)
 Register online at:
 Register online at:
If you have any questions regarding college counseling, please reach out to Mrs. Appel, ext. 8128 or email at, or Ms. Lopez, ext. 8103, or email at


The De La Salle Alumni Association invites all soon-to-be graduates of the Class of 2020 to the annual Dads and Grads Casino Night on Sunday, May 3 from 4-7 p.m. Attendees will enjoy an evening of gaming, catered food, and of course, BROTHERHOOD, as our Alumni Hosts welcome you to the Alumni Association. 


Driver's Ed - Quarter 4 Begins on March 9

Driver's Education for Quarter 4 begins Monday, March 9. Students can also register for the 3-day summer session, which begins on Monday, June 8. The cost for Driver's Ed is $150 per student. Classes will take place in room 405 during 7th period, and run approximately five weeks.


2019-20 Semester 1 Honor Roll Announced

Congratulations to the 445 De La Salle students who made the Honor Roll for Semester 1 of the 2019-20 school year. High Honors (280 students) is awarded for students earning a 3.75 grade point average or higher, and Honors (165 students) is awarded for students with a 3.50-3.74 GPA.


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 most recent Parent Association meeting was Monday, February 3. There is no Parent Association meeting scheduled for March. The next meeting will be on Monday, April 6 at 7 pm in the Library.


Spartan Store Hours
Monday            7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday           7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday      8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Thursday          7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Friday               7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
*Closed from 11-11:30 a.m. daily for lunch
**Days and Hours reflect the student schedule 
Don’t Forget Your Sweetheart! - Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Check us out in-store or online. We have lots of great gear for your Valentine. Choose from our extensive selection of apparel and jewelry items. 

Online ShoppingThe Online Spartan Store is always open! You can pick up your items at the bookstore or have them shipped to any location of your choice.  Visit us at and click on Spartan Store. 


De La Salle Summer Camps Open for Registration

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 football, basketball, track and field, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, baseball, water polo, soccer, strength and conditioningswimming, and theatre arts.

In the Words of 
Saint John Baptist de La Salle

"Every Christian wishing to act according to the
laws of the Gospel should show honor and
respect to all others, considering them as
children of God and brothers of Jesus Christ
and himself as one burdened with sin,
for which he should constantly humble
himself, placing himself beneath everyone else."
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