Inside The Spartan Spotlight Newsletter

Letters from: President Mark DeMarco '78  and Vice President for Academic Life, Dr. Heather Alumbaugh
April News: Admissions • Alumni Relations • Annual FundBusiness Office  Book Distribution 
Campus Life 
Campus Ministry • College CounselingJefferson Awards • LAPC •
Moms in Prayer • Parent Association • Spartan Store • Summer Camps

Letters from the Administration


Dear De La Salle Community,
I write to you with important information regarding De La Salle Academy. Effective July 1, 2019, De La Salle Academy will no longer be a Division of De La Salle High School. It will become a separate school sponsored by the District of San Francisco New Orleans.

When the Academy was established in 2014, the agreement for funding was for five years. This funding ends June 30, 2019. The organizational structure of the Academy was set up so that it would not be financially dependent on the High School and securing outside funding for the Academy could not impact fundraising for the High School. During the past year, this arrangement has proven to be problematic for the High School on many levels. As we discussed what the best option for the future of the Academy would be, I, along with the Board of Trustees, determined it would be best for the Academy to stand on its own as a school.
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Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,
Last Wednesday was one of my favorite days at the school. I began the day in one of Mr. Terry Eidson’s freshman Religion classes. The class began with a beautiful prayer that wove together a Lenten reflection, Isaiah 49, redemption, and the theology of baseball and that included teacher and students alike. The class moved on to review Malcolm Gladwell’s interpretation of the David and Goliath biblical story. Then one student group presented on their modernization of David and Goliath by showing a video of the all-deaf football team from the California School of the Deaf and linking the team’s journey to the biblical passage. One student wisely commented that the team has “figured out how to communicate in a different way than people expect them to.” My next stop was Mrs. Rebecca DeWeese’s Drawing and Painting class, as both she and Mrs. Jennifer Ricketts welcomed onto campus “Safari Encounters,” a Petaluma based non-profit that brings exotic animal rescues into the classroom to promote interdisciplinary and environmental education. The teachers always schedule the animals’ return around our own children’s spring break, so we were delighted to welcome many of our teachers’ children to this interactive classroom experience (my son included). ... Continue reading.

Upcoming Events and Activities

Spring Play - Pygmalion

The De La Salle and Carondelet Company spring theatrical production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion opened on Thursday, April 4. There are two more public showings remaining on Thursday, April 11 and Saturday, April 13. Both showings start at 7 p.m., in the Brother Celestine Cormier, FSC Theatre.
Tickets for all showings of Pygmalion are $12 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. 
More information about Pygmalion, including the complete schedule, cast and crew, and ticket information, can be found on the De La Salle website at: https://www.dlshs.org/arts/company.

Senior Ball - "A Night at the Museum"

Friday, April 12, 2019 • 7:30-11:30 p.m.
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, Calif. 

The De La Salle/Carondelet Senior Ball, with the theme
"A Night at the Museum" is Friday, April 12.
  • Ticket/Registration price per student is $100. 
  • All tickets/registration is through the De La Salle website (www.dlshs.org/campus-life/students/dances), and is due by April 9.
  • Guest pass forms are available on the registration page. Students (and their guest) must bring their student ID with them to the Ball.
  • All boys must be dressed appropriately in formal attire.
  • Tuxedos are not necessary, but dress shirts, ties, slacks, and dress shoes are required.


The Annual Winton Arts Festival is Here!
Come see all that the De La Salle and Carondelet Visual and Performing Arts departments have to offer.
The 2019 De La Salle and Carondelet Winton Arts Festival will feature:
  • April 4, 5, 6, 11, 13 at 7 p.m., and April 7 at 2 p.m. - Company presents Pygmalion in the Brother Celestine Cormier, FSC Theatre (www.dlshs.org/arts/company)
  • April 29 - May 3 - Art Show open during school hours in the Carondelet Inner Court
  • May 3 - Choir Concert & Dance Showcase at 7 p.m. in the Carondelet Gym
  • May 3 - Art Show evening at 6 p.m. in the Carondelet Inner Court (view the art before and after the Choir Concert and Dance Showcase)
  • May 11 - Concert and Jazz Band Concert at 7 p.m. in De La Salle Theatre
Thanks for supporting all of our student artists!  

De La Salle Spartan Car Show

Sponsored by the De La Salle Alumni Association

Sunday, May 5 • 12:30–3:00 pm • De La Salle Front Parking Lot
The De La Salle High School Alumni Association invites all De La Salle community members to participate in the 2019 Spartan Car Show. Bring your sports car, classic car, truck, roadster or even motorcycle. Awards will be given for Best Overall Car, Best Alumni Car, Best Student Car, Best Parent Car, Best Classic/Muscle Car, Best Import, and Best European Car.
If you have questions or would like to attend, please contact Lloyd Schine '94, Alumni Director at 925-288-8171 or email him at schineL@dlshs.org. 
Click here to register for the De La Salle Car Show

April Updates


Over 35 De La Salle Summer Camps start in June
Come join the fun -
De La Salle Summer Camps are now 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, swimming, theatre, and strength and conditioning. 

Click here for more information or to register for De La Salle Camps


Upcoming events for the De La Salle Class of 2023 admissions process:
  • Monday, May 6 is the Welcome Evening for parents and students of the Class of 2023.
  • The Math Placement Test for the Class of 2023 is on Tuesday, May 14 at 3 p.m., in the De La Salle Hofmann Student Center. 
  • The Spanish Placement Test for the Class of 2023 is Wednesday, May 15 at 3:30 p.m., in the Hofmann Center.
For more information on the De La Salle admissions process 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 WebsiteFacebook 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 at 925-288-8171 or schinel@dlshs.org.

35th Annual Brother Maris Golf Tournament
Monday, May 13, 2019
Round Hill Country Club (Alamo, Calif.) 
Shotgun Start at 11 a.m.
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 with a silent and live auction. This tournament sells out fast so make sure you register today! 
If you are interested in sponsoring, donating, or getting involved, please contact Gina Longmire at (925) 288-8184 or longmireg@dlshs.org.

Annual Fund

Tax Season and Your Charitable Giving Benefit
Tax season is here! If you made a charitable gift to De La Salle in 2018, 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 2018 and start planning for your charitable giving in 2019!
We are here to help you, too. Feel free to contact our Vice President for Advancement, Mark Chiarucci at (925) 288-8106 / chiaruccim@dlshs.org or Director of Development, Karla Wiese at (925) 288-8195 / wiesek@dlshs.org.


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, please call Ms. Kathy Resch in the Business Office at 925-288-8122 or e-mail her at reschk@dlshs.org.
Tuition Contracts for the 2019-20 school year will be sent on Friday, April 5 via e-mail.  We have moved to SchoolAdmin for online re-enrollment, so please watch for e-mails and voicemails to assist you with this process.

All accounts must be current for your son to be able to participate in graduation activities, finals, and to be able to re-enroll for the 2019-20 school year.
Please contact Angelica Rodriguez at rodrigueza@dlshs.org or Kathy Resch at reschk@dlshs.org if you have any questions. 


Ahhh! The dog days of March are over and we are looking forward to Easter Break (April 17-28)!  Our Positive Student Action (PSA) Assemblies went very well and Junior Prom at Golden Gate Fields was great! Now Senior Ball is right in front of us.
Senior Ball is Friday, April 12 at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco
This year's Senior Ball theme is "A Night at the Museum" and we expect up to 500 students to attend the Senior Ball. Students can register using our homepage – Quicklinks – Senior Ball. Registration closes on Tuesday, April 9.  
The evening includes dancing and roaming the museum (including the aquarium), vegan and gluten free food options, buffet-style sandwich platters, build-your-own crepe station with sweet and savory crepes, two chocolate fountain stations, several drink stations, and a photo booth.
The dance is from 7:30-11:30 p.m.  As per the school’s handbook, a random breathalyzer test will be taken. All students need to be at the event by 8:30 p.m. (we won’t turn them away if they're late) and can leave no earlier than 10:30 p.m. Free onsite parking is available on Nancy Pelosi Drive. We’ve been told to disregard the parking sign “until 10 p.m.” as park rangers are informed about special events happening inside the Academy. Parking in the Museum garage is open until midnight and is $17 per car. 
Please, no gum or candy in the Museum. Student ID is required.
Senior Grad Night
An evening celebration for the Class of 2019 follows the morning and afternoon graduation ceremonies for both
De La Salle (9 am) and Carondelet (2 pm). Registration is up and running on our homepage (DLS students only – CHS has their own registration for this event) under Quicklinks – Senior Grad Night 2019.
Driver's Ed - Summer Session
In case you missed one of the four Driver's Education sessions during the school year, there will be a summer session June 2-4. The three-day summer Driver's Education course will be eight hours each day, running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location for the Driver's Ed Summer Session has not been determined. Click Driver's Education Summer Session, or go to the school's calendar to register.


As March came to an end, Campus Ministry held the last Kairos Retreat of the year, as 89% of the seniors participated this school year.
  • Registration for next year’s Kairos opens on May 1. Early registration secures the best dates for the student-athletes.
  • The last group of sophomores will be going this week to the Tenderloin District of San Francisco to walk beside the poor and hungry.
  • The Charity Challenge (hoping to raise $11,037.82) ends on April 15, right before we celebrate the Lenten Prayer Service (4/16).
  • On April 30, we will dedicate Mass to our Founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle, especially on the occasion of his 300th anniversary of his death.


May 4 (register by April 5)
June 1 (register May 3)
Register at www.sat.org
June 8 (register May 3)
Register at www.actstudent.org
Saturday, May 4
12:15 to 4:00 p.m.
at Saint Mary’s College

Spring is a busy time for college preparation, exploration, and planning.  Please check out the important College Center news and 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.

Jefferson Awards Students in Action Club

The Jefferson Awards Students in Action Club wants to recognize students, faculty, staff, or parents who are involved in significant community service activities. The Jefferson Award for Community Service student recipients receive an official certificate, are listed in the graduation program, and are given special pins to wear at graduation. Adult recipients will receive the certificate and a pin, as well. 
All Jefferson Award recipients are eligible to be recognized at a Giants home plate ceremony, featured on KPIX Channel 5, and honored through other regional or national Jefferson Awards platforms.
If you know of someone who does great service/volunteer work in the community, please fill out this form. Deadline is May 3, and the winners will be announced at the Academic Awards Night on May 21.


Hall of Fame Tile Program
Construction is nearing completion for the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center! With under $1 million left to raise to complete the funding for this new facility, time is of the essence. Every gift matters. Every gift gets us closer to funding and building completion.

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 will be prominently displayed within the lobby of the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center for Spartan families, friends, and fans to reminisce and enjoy.

With three sizes offered, and the ability to pledge your gift up to three years, there is a tile opportunity to fit any budget. In addition, if you made an earlier gift to the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center, you can couple your previous gift with a new commitment to bring you to your desired tile size and giving level.

This is a limited time offering. All tile reservations must be received by June 1, 2019. Reserve your tile today by completing the online order form below, or to make a pledge over 1-3 years, contact Mark Chiarucci at (925) 288-8106 or chiaruccim@dlshs.org.

Click here to order your Hall of Fame Wall Tile


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 our children, the schools, and our Spartan and Cougar communities.
We have a group exclusive to De La Salle and Carondelet moms that meets weekly at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Walnut Creek. Join us for this powerful time of prayer and fellowship, at our new time, Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. We meet when school is in session, and do NOT meet on holidays, extended breaks, teacher work days, etc. We meet in the Mullens Commons on the lower east side of the building. We also have evening meetings for those who cannot attend during the day. Contact Spartan mom, Teresa Drake for more details. 
Confidentiality is our watchword: “What’s prayed here, stays here.”


Interested in being a Parent Association Board Member for the 2019-20 school year? If so, the final Parent Association meeting of the school year will be Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Library. 
Missed meeting or just want to catch up on Parent Association information?


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.
**Days and Hours reflect the Student Schedule

Congratulations on your acceptance into De La Salle High School! Visit our website (www.dlsbookstore.org)for all of your apparel needs. 

As the school year comes to an end, it is time for our students to be accountable for their textbooks.  All textbooks must be returned immediately after finals.
SENIORS must return or pay for lost/damaged books by Tuesday, May, 21 to receive their graduation tickets. Diplomas and/or transcripts may be held if book accounts are outstanding.
UNDERCLASSMEN must return or pay for lost/damaged books by Friday, May 31 - No returned books will be accepted after that time – you own them - and will be billed accordingly.

Did you know?
"I commend first of all my soul to God, and next to all with whom he has united me." - from the Testament and Last Recommendation of John Baptist de La Salle
On Good Friday, April 7, 1719, Saint John Baptist de La Salle died. In celebration of the 300th anniversary of his death, of The Holy See declared 2019 a Jubilee Year. The Jubilee Year runs from November 17, 2018, through December 21, 2019, the end of the Tercentenary and Year of Lasallian Vocations.
A Jubilee Year offers the opportunity to express our faith through concrete actions in favor of those most in need, through practical acts of kindness and service to young people yearning for mercy and compassion.
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