November Spartan Spotlight Newsletter
Letters from: President Mark DeMarco and Vice President for Academic Life, Dr. Heather Alumbaugh


Dear Parents and Guardians,

All Saints Day and All Souls Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on those who have passed away and for those saints who have showed us how to live our lives. They have done the ordinary, extraordinarily well. I know that we have all experienced the loss of someone close to us in our lives. That loss creates an ache in our hearts. When someone close to us dies, we should ask the question - What have I learned from this person and how will it affect my life?
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Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,

Since I have started working at De La Salle, November has taken on a new pace that mirrors that of the school. It begins with the All Saints Day Mass, seems to always include NCS playoffs, and will end not only with Thanksgiving but also with Company’s fall theatrical production. As I have written before, as a life-long theater lover, the production of the school's plays always inspire me, most specifically because of the way they showcase student courage, growth, and talent. Our fall play is no exception. ... Continue reading


November 4  10 am - Noon
On Sunday, November 4, De La Salle will host its annual Open House from 10 am to noon.
The day will include presentations from faculty, staff, and the administration. Prospective students and their families are invited to join us for this annual opportunity to tour our campus, meet faculty and students, and explore curriculum and activities.
Registration is not required, but it helps us customize the experience of the families who attend.


This is a free event,
registration not required
New York best-selling author, Harlan Cohen, will be on the De La Salle campus on Wednesday, November 7. Co-hosted by the College Counseling Departments and the Parent Associations at De La Salle and Carondelet, the presentation will take place in the De La Salle Theatre, starting at 7 pm.
Cohen will be here to present his book, Happy, Healthy, Almost Stress-Free College Planning: A New Approach to Search & Selection
Cohen is a nationally syndicated advice columnist and speaker at over 500 high school and college campuses. An author of five books, he is a frequent guest on television and radio programs, and has appeared on the Today Show.  
Did you miss De La Salle Giving Day? No problem! Tuesday, November 27, is a great day to give too. A day dedicated to giving, #GivingTuesday is a global movement to encourage philanthropy during the holiday season, that De La Salle is proud to be part of.
#Give2DLS - You can make your gift today, on #GivingTuesday, or anytime in between. Every gift benefits all students throughout the school year. Donate today!
Opening night for the 2018 De La Salle Fall Musical Dogfight, will be Thursday, November 29 at 7 p.m., at the Brother Celestine Cormier, FSC Theatre. 
Dogfight chronicles the last evening of six Marines before they depart to Vietnam. They host a "dogfight" which is a contest to see who can bring the "ugliest" girl. The story then unfolds as our protagonist comes to realize he has real feelings for Rose, the girl he chose to subject to this humiliation. Rose is the example of compassion and empathy that is the heart of the production.

This show asks questions about mob-mentality effects, entitled actions, standing up to friends, and surviving in a world of war and returning home. Although it is an upbeat and fun musical, there is an undertone of layered seriousness that could be mistaken if not seen with mature eyes, therefore the PG-13 rating.

Dogfight deals with sexual harassment, objectification, and abuse. Our theatre program decided to join forces with our Mentors in Violence Prevention Program on campus and bring awareness to these issues, that our students face in high school and beyond. Our production is intended to spark tough conversations, not provide answers.
CLICK HERE for more information about the play, the cast and crew, and ticket information
Construction of the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center (LAPC) is imminent!  Be on the lookout for a separate correspondence from De La Salle on the logistical moves that will take place over the next few months.  
Through the creation of the LAPC, 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
Upcoming events for the De La Salle Class of 2023 admissions process:
  • Financial Aid applications will be available on the De La Salle website on December 1
  • Priority applications must be completed and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 7
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
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
November Alumni Events
Alumni Soccer Match and Reunion  
Wed., Nov. 21
DLS Field & Rocco's Pizza 
11 am-3 pm 
Alumni Basketball Game & Reunion 
Wed., Nov. 21 
DLS Gym 
5:50 pm-8:30 pm 
Alumni Rugby Match & Reunion 
Sat., Nov. 24 
DLS Field & Rocco's Pizza 
1 pm - 3 pm 
Class of 2013 5-year Reunion 
Sat., Nov. 24 
Skipolini's Pizza, Walnut Creek 
7:30 pm 


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 e-mail her at
Financial Aid
Financial Aid Applications through FACTS for the 2019-20 school year will be available through our website on December 1.  Families currently receiving a financial aid grant must re-apply every school year. 
Please follow the Financial Aid Timeline on the website, and contact Angelica Rodriguez at or Kathy Resch at if you have any questions.


Activities on the De La Salle campus continue to move at a fast and furious pace. The Cereal Drive came to a close in the middle of October, STREAM week ran from October 22-26, Fall Fest (Oct. 12), and team Super Slimmmme (pictured) won the Quad Hockey Championship last week.
  • Toy Drive
  • Crab Feed Servers
  • Parent Education Night
  • California Scholastic Federation Members


October was a busy month for the Campus Ministry office. Events in October, the Most Holy Rosary month, included: Kairos, Ven A Ver, the Junior Mass of Unity, and a trip to St. Anthony's Dining Room.
CLICK HERE her a short recap on these events.
We enter November with an All Saints Mass (Nov. 1), to be followed by a couple more days of Junior Retreats. On the 15th of November, we will celebrate Thanksgiving in prayer together.
Planning ahead?
  • The application deadline for the Ven a Ver immersions in San Diego and Los Angeles is November 9. The applications are available in the Campus Ministry office.
  • Parents can sign up now for the February Parent/Son Retreat.
  • Seniors can sign up to the Kairos 118, Kairos 120 or Kairos 121 retreats.


Thank you to everyone who supported the 18th Annual De La Salle Cereal Drive. Through your generous support, we were able to reach our goal and donated 3,095 boxes of cereal to the Contra Costa County Food Bank.
Congratulations to the sophomores for winning the class competition. The Class of 2021 had 74.5% of the class donate to the Cereal Drive.
Here are the final class competition standings: 
Sophomores - 74.5%; Freshmen - 73.0%; Juniors - 35.5%; Seniors - 34.6%; Faculty/Staff, 44.9%. 


Seniors - Important Test Dates
SAT - November 3: Late registration by October 24 (waitlist only after date)
SAT - December 1: Register by November 2; Late Registration by November 20
ACT - December 8: Register by November 2; Late Registration by November 19
Note: The December test dates are the last that UC’s and many other colleges will accept.
***To register for tests online, go to (SAT) or (ACT).

Application Deadlines
November 1 and November 15
: Many early action, early decision, and priority deadlines
October 31: Final deadline to request teacher and counselor letters of recommendation
November 30: Final deadline for submission of UC applications and CSU applications
December-February: Regular deadlines vary by college. We encourage completing all applications by Christmas break.

Financial Aid
FAFSA - Required by all colleges from students seeking financial aid:
CSS Profile - an additional Financial Aid Form required by some colleges is now available:
***Check individual college’s financial aid webpages to find deadlines which vary from November-March.
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  


Tickets for the annual De La Salle Crab Feed will go on sale Tuesday, November 13 at 10 a.m. sharp.
Tickets will only be available for purchase online at 
Due to construction that will be taking place on campus, the Old Cafeteria (O.C.) will not be available for this year's event. Due to limited seats for the event, there is a maximum of four (4) reservations per purchase.
The annual De La Salle Crab Feed will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the De La Salle Hofmann Student Center.
Individual tickets are $75 per person.
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 Tuesdays 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 (


Let’s explore! October 22-26 was the Library’s Second Annual STREAM Week, and it was a blast!  The students engaged in creativity, design, and discovery as they explored sound waves, circuits, acceleration, velocity, and more. 
Our goal is to not only provide access to information, but to engage students in critical thinking and innovation, and help students find the fun in reading, science, technology, etc. Students coded Spheros, measured acceleration by building balloon cars, and created their own Bristlebots for the Bristlebot Race.

The Library also offers a robust collection of fiction and nonfiction books to support students in their studies. We have three credentialed librarians to help with outside reading selections, research projects, and fact-finding missions. Additionally, when students are away from school, the databases, SpartanGuides, e-Reference Books, and e-book collection are all available 24/7 through the Library’s home page (

We love having students in the library and the collaborative spirit, energy, and creativity that they bring.
Thanks to all the families who 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. 

Promotions for November are the Pumpkin Spice and Thanksgiving shopping. See flyers below or login and shop now at


The Parent Association will be on a holiday hiatus with no meeting in November.  Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 14, 2019, when we return from winter break. More to follow on our “Every 15 Minutes” speaker for our January meeting.
The Parent Association (in conjunction with Carondelet's Parent Association) will be organizing abbreviated version of the "Every 15 Minutes" program in March. The event will focus on encouraging smart decision making in relation to drinking. If you are a parent interested in assisting with planning and implementing the program, please contact Wendy Reynolds Buckley at
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.
*Bookstore hours reflect school hours
**Changes may occur for special schedules
Christmas is just around the corner and we have stocking stuffers and gifts just for you!  Items sell out quickly at this time of year so stop by soon and check out what is flying off the shelves: men’s quarter-zip jackets, women’s bling t-shirts, pajama pants, scarves, beanies, ornaments, blue tooth speakers, blankets, and much more!   

Online Shopping
We continue to update our website daily with all items De La Salle. Avoid those long holiday lines at the post office and have us send all your online gifts.  Place your online orders early for best selection and arrival by Christmas!
Fall Event Recap

De La Salle would like to thank the sponsors, vendors, and all who attended our two major events this fall - A Taste of De La Salle and our Golf Classic. 
These two events, along with De La Salle Giving Day, raised $155,270 for the De La Salle Annual Fund and Financial Aid programs.
Thank you for all your generous contributions to De La Salle High School. 


Each year we have the responsibility to provide you with our annual asbestos statement. This notice is being sent to all parents and guardians of students as required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).
We are notifying you that a three-year inspection was conducted on October 24, 2017. The most recent inspection revealed no newly identified suspect asbestos-containing materials, and all others remain unchanged. Our next semi-annual surveillance is due March 2019. 
If you have any questions regarding this notification, please feel free to contact the school office. 



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