October brings a busy, but often beautiful fall season to De La Salle High School. This newsletter captures some of the excitement and activities happening at De La Salle over the next four weeks.  
October Spartan Spotlight Newsletter:
Letters from: President Mark DeMarco and Vice President for Academic Life, Dr. Heather Alumbaugh


Dear Parents and Guardians,

In case you missed this message, I am sending a modified version as we work in partnership with you.

With the first weeks of school upon us, we are reminded of all the wonders and possibilities our students will experience this year. In the 2018-2019 academic year, we will focus on the Lasallian Core Principle “Inclusive Community” as our means to continue our work with the respect initiat
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Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,

We are quickly approaching the end of the first quarter; as always, it has been a rich and invigorating beginning to our school year, and we have so much to share. First, we would like to invite you to join us in congratulating our senior Semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program: William Cumbelich. In addition, 12 seniors were named Commended Students: Henry Baer, Rithik Castelino, Peter Christie, Charles Conrad, Aiden Guzman, Riley Hilt, Timothy Kostolansky, Connor Livingston, Joshua Manickam, Cole Silva, Michael Wentworth, Jr., and Dylan White. Bravo, gentlemen!

In Academic Life, we continue to focus on interdisciplinary collaborations, both within the campus and beyond. Here are some of the collaborative highlights: ..
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National Merit 

Scholarship Program

Join us in congratulating 13 De La Salle students who earned National Merit Scholarship Program honors this fall. 
National Merit Semifinalist
De La Salle senior William Cumbelich was honored for his exceptional promise, and for placing in the top 16,000 scorers of more 1.6 million students that took the PSAT. He is now in position to earn one of 7,500 national scholarships.
National Merit Commended Students
In addition to William's selection as a semifinalist, De La Salle had 12 seniors that earned National Merit Commended Student status, placing in the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who took the PSAT. Those students are: Henry Baer, Rithik Castelino, Peter Christie, Charles Conrad, Aiden Guzman, Riley Hilt, Timothy Kostolansky, Connor Livingston, Joshua Manicakam, Cole Silva, Michael Wentworth Jr., and Dylan White. 


October 5 and 6
Friday, October 5 will mark the annual Homecoming football game for De La Salle, when it hosts Monte Vista at 7 p.m. Students are asked to wear either white or pink (in support of Breast Cancer Awareness) to the game on Friday night. 

The Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday, October 6. 
Juniors and seniors will have their dance at the De La Salle Hofmann Center. The freshman and sophomore dance will be held at Carondelet's Garaventa Center.


Sept. 24 - Oct. 12

It's Crunch Time! The 18th Annual De La Salle Cereal Drive started September 24 and runs through October 12. Supporting the Contra Costa County Food Bank, all students are asked to donate a minimum of two boxes of cereal. 

This year our four classes are competing against each other. Please have your son register his boxes at the Parent Association table, in front of the bookstore, before school through October 12.


Sunday, October 21
10 a.m. (Hofmann Center)
Join us for the Junior Mass of Unity on October 21 at 10 a.m. This event is open to all juniors, their parents, and siblings. Mass will begin promptly at 10 a.m., in the Hofmann Center. Registration for this event will close on October 11 at 3 p.m.
October 24, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

On October 24 the Visual and Performing Arts Department will host One Night Only, a behind-the-scenes interactive workshop at De La Salle for prospective Spartan students.
Students will rotate between visual art, music, and theatre art subjects. They'll create art, meet the teachers, and learn more about the school. We will display some of the art these students make at Open House on November 4.
PARENTS: While the students are participating in the art rotations, you are welcome to either drop off your son or stay and learn more about the school and the arts program from our guest speakers.
One Night Only begins with a welcome for students in the Theatre at 6 p.m., and concludes around 7:30 p.m.
To RSVP for One Night Only, complete the ADMISSIONS INQUIRY FORM, then reserve your spot in the events section.
Through the creation of the Bob Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center, we aim to fulfill a bold vision for our students. This state-of-the-art fitness center will better educate the whole person – in mind, body, and spirit.
The new facility will include a training center, coaches' offices, a conference room, a locker room, team rooms, and Hall of Fame lobby and reception area. Please visit our APC Webpage for a video of the facility renderings and additional information about the project.
To support The Perfect Effort fundraising campaign, please contact Mr. Mark Chiarucci, VP for Advancement, at (925) 288-8106 or email at chiaruccim@dlshs.org


Upcoming events for the De La Salle Class of 2023 admissions process: 

  • Applications are available online at www.DLSHS.org.
  • The Spartan for a Day shadow program started on September 17, and runs through January 15. (availability is limited) 
  • One Night Only will be Wednesday, October 24 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Open House will be Sunday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information on the De La Salle admissions process or to register for any of the upcoming events, CLICK HERE.

If you have questions, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@dlshs.org.
There are a number of alumni events that take place during the school year. Check out our De La Salle Alumni Website, Facebook Page and Linkedin Group for more information or to get involved. 
For questions regarding De La Salle alumni activities, please contact Director of Alumni Relations, Lloyd Schine ’94, 925-288-8171 or schinel@dlshs.org.
October Alumni Events
Event Name   
Football Pregame Mixer and Reunion
Fri., Oct. 5 
Old Cafeteria 
5:30-7 p.m.
De La Salle/Carondelet Pregame Social
Fri., Oct. 5  
Cali Craft
4-7 p.m.
Alumni and Student Football Dinner  
ThursOct, 11
Hofmann Center
5:15 p.m.
Current/Former Alumni Board Pregame Mixer
Fri., Oct. 12 
5:30-7 p.m. 
Class of 1983 Reunion    
Sat.,  Oct. 13
6:30-10  p.m.
The 2018-19 Winter Sports Season is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 29, with tryouts for basketball, soccer, and wrestling. Students are asked to check their Schoology pages for tryout information. 
Athletic schedules and general information for all sports are available in the Main Office, the locker room, and on the De La Salle High School athletic webpage (www.DLSspartans.org) and on the DLS Spartans app. 
You can also follow De La Salle athletics on Twitter @DLSAthletics


Tuition payments
: As a reminder, tuition payments are due on the 1st 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 email her at reschk@dlshs.org.


We have had an incredible start to the school year and have so much more in store! 
  • Homecoming Court
  • Upcoming school holiday
  • PSAT and PACT testing
  • Freshmen Retreat
  • Senior Night


"In the light of faith, you see things quite differently." Saint John Baptist de La Salle 

Campus Ministry has been in full gear with liturgies and retreats. About 80 seniors have already participated in the Kairos retreat, and another 39 will be participating in the next one (Oct. 22). There are five more Senior Kairos retreats this academic year.

  • All freshmen will participate in an on-campus retreat on Wednesday, October 10 (8:05 a.m.-12:00 p.m.). The retreat is a community-building experience that welcomes students to the Spartan brotherhood at De La Salle.

  • October is the Most Holy Rosary Month. Fathers and sons will be spending special time together during the October 13-14 retreat at the Vallombrosa Center. CLICK HERE to register for the Father/Son Retreat. 

  • Seven De La Salle students will be participating in the Ven A Ver Immersion Program in Salinas, walking in the shoes of the poor and living a day in the life of a farm worker. The next two Ven A Ver will be in Los Angeles (Feb. 13-18) and in San Diego (March 18-23), with an application deadline of Nov. 9.

  • On Sunday, October 21, we will celebrate the Mass of Unity with the Class of 2020 (the juniors). We will also have two Junior Retreats in October (18 & 19), please REGISTER HERE. 


Important Information for Seniors:
  • SAT/ACT Test Dates and Deadline
  • College Application Workshop in Computer Lab on October 10. Drop-ins from 8 a.m. to noon
  • College Application Information - it’s time to work on all types of applications!
  • Letters of Recommendation Request Procedures (Deadline to Request in October)
  • FAFSA and College Financial Aid Information
Information for Juniors and Seniors:
  • College Representative Visit 
  • College Information Sessions
  • College Open Houses/Fall Preview Days  
  • Scholarship Information
If you have any questions regarding college counseling, please reach out to Mrs. Appel, Ext. 8128 or email at appelj@dlshs.org, or Ms. Lopez, Ext. 8103, or email at lopeze@dlshs.org.  
Registration for Driver's Education classes for quarter two are available. Classes begin on Thursday, October 11. The cost for the driver's ed course is $150. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday during 7th period.
To register for Driver's Ed Q2 - CLICK HERE
What if you could change the world - not just for today but also for generations to come?  Moms In Prayer (MIP) is a program where moms come together to pray, specifically and scripturally, for the lives of their children and their school.  We have a group exclusive to 
De La Salle and Carondelet that meets weekly, on Tuesday's from 9-10:15 a.m., at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Walnut Creek. Please join us for this powerful time of prayer and fellowship.
For more information, please contact Spartan mom, Teresa Drake (TeresaDrake7@gmail.com).
Thanks to all the families that have taken the time to register for P3 Rewards Program (eScrip, ScripSense, and AmazonSmile).
There is a promotion for NEW registrants at 
De La Salle, which is the WELCOME promotion. Click on the image (to the right) to sign up. 

Gift of Choice: ScripSense is now offering the Gift of Choice e-Gift card. Redeem the eGift card on hundreds of physical gift card options delivered right to your door! Shop gas, grocery, wholesale, and more … CLICK HERE to view the flyer. 


The next De La Salle Parent Association meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 5, at 7 p.m. in the Library.
Since the last issue of the Spartan Spotlight, there have been two Parent Association meetings.
CLICK HERE for the September 10 minutes.
The October 2 minutes will be posted on the Parent Association page of the De La Salle website when available. 
Thank you to all the parents that are supporting the Cereal Drive, and a special thanks to all who are on campus each morning from 7:30-8:15 a.m., to accept donations
Thank you for your continued support of the De La Salle Parent Association,
Cathy Avila
Parent Association President
Parent Class 2020
Monday: 7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Thursday:  7:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Friday:  7:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
**General hours are subject to change.
**The Bookstore is open during all HOME football games.
Apparel: Many new items are available - football sweatshirts and t-shirts, Nike windbreakers, women's bling t-shirts, hats, etc. Stop by and get your Christmas shopping done early! Popular items (and sizes) tend to sell out early.
Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts: Spartans Go-Fight-Cure. Twenty percent of the money raised will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness - a great cause!  Place your order online so you don't miss them!
Online Shopping: We update our website regularly with all the new Spartan swag, so check back at  www.dlsbookstore.org often.



"The spirit of this community is, first, a spirit of faith, which should induce those who compose it not to look upon anything but with the eyes of faith, not to do anything but in the view of God, and to attribute all to God."

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