Read for important information for September
Read for important information for September
Spartan Spotlight - September 2017

Welcome to the start of a wonderful year! 

Our monthly parent newsletter offers important information from various areas of the school. We will email you on the first of every month. The most recent issue can always be found on our website under Quicklinks. We encourage you to read this letter to learn more about the events happening in the next few months!
Here are some of the highlights:
  • Letters from Dr. Heather Alumbaugh and Mark DeMarco
  • Back to School Night Information
  • Parent Association Minutes, Next Meeting, and Technology Resources
  • Alumni Evening of Honor and Reunions
  • Athletics Updates & New App
  • Sophomore Family Liturgy Registration
  • Cereal Drive Kick-Off
  • Lasallian 
  • And much more!

Vice President for Academic Life

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,
As we begin the 2017-2018 school year at De La Salle, I have been thinking quite a bit about space, both the physical manifestation of brick and mortar buildings as well as the more metaphysical aspects of the concept. We were beyond excited to begin the school year with the opening of a new space, De La Salle’s Learning Center; it is bright, open, flexible, and.... Read more.

President's Letter

Welcome to the new school year!  We are off and running, which reminds me of one of my favorite prayers. I would like to share it with you now as we start a new year together.
“The Dash”
I read of a reverend who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend.  He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning – to the end.
He said that the first was the date of her birth, and spoke of the last date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.  For that dash represents ...Read more.


2017 Open House: 
Sunday, November 5
10 a.m. to Noon

Key Dates for those applying for the 9th grade:
  • Freshman Applications Due: Fri., December 1.
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate and Immunization Record Due: Fri., December 1.
  • Photocopy of Baptism Certificate (Catholic applicants only) Due: Fri., December 1
  • Grade Request Form and Recommendation Form Due: Fri., February 2.
  • For the Online Application, please visit our website at
Entrance Test: 
Saturday, January 20, 2018 
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For 9th grade applicants only 
Register for the Entrance Test at:

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Grantham at or by telephone at (925) 288-8102.


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 webpage at Please also visit for more detailed information.

After months of development with partner REPu, the app is one that players, parents, and fans across the country will enjoy. De La Salle is one of only a handful of high schools in the country that is able to offer an app like this to fans.
Similar to collegiate and professional athletic apps, DLS Spartans will allow fans to bookmark their favorite teams and receive updates through push notifications.
The app will also be mirrored on a new athletics website,, which will launch in the upcoming weeks. Combined, the new app and website will offer the DLS community an intuitive, engaging way to connect the DLS Athletics. Click here to read more information and to find links for the App Store and Google Play!

Alumni Relations

Cross Country Run and Reunion – Sat., Sept. 2, 2017
Mark Ayres Water Polo Match and Reunion – Sat., Sept. 2, 2017
Alumni Football Pre-Game Reunion and Game Watch Party vs. Central Fresno – Sat., Sept. 23, 2017
De La Salle Football at home vs. St. Francis and special halftime presentation celebrating the Athletic Hall of Fame and the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year – Fri. Sept. 8, 2017
De La Salle vs. Bishop Gorman Football Game Watch at Roundtable Pizza Clubhouse in Concord – Sat., Sept. 16, 2017
De La Salle at Bishop Gorman Football Pre-Game Social in Las Vegas – Sat., Sept. 16, 2017
South Bay Alumni Mixer at Google – Wed., Sept. 27, 2017
De La Salle and Carondelet Class of 1982 Reunion
Sat., Sept. 30, 2017 in Alamo
De La Salle and Carondelet Class of 2012 Reunion
Sat., Nov. 25, 2017 at Skipolini’s Pizza and Pasta in Walnut Creek
For more information and to participate in these events, please contact Director of Alumni relations, Lloyd Schine ’94, 925-288-8171 or or visit

Sunday, September 10, 2017
3:00 p.m. @ DLS Hofmann Center
Purchase tickets here
Read more about the honorees here

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
John Burk ’80 – GRAMMY-award winning producer
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Thomas Joseph ’85 - Football and Wrestling 
Kevin Keane ’89 - Basketball and Track and Field 
Derek Landri ’02 - Football 
Michael Salvemini ’87 - Soccer
Nicholas Schnabel ’96 - Baseball
Michael Blasquez - Strength and Conditioning Coach
2002 Water Polo Team
2001 Football Team
The host of the evening will be Robert Braunstein of CalHi Sports.

At De La Salle, our students come first. Therefore, the first priority of the school should complement our Mission, serving all students and the every year operational needs of the school. We do this through the fundraising efforts of the Annual Fund, which is vital to the financial health, growth, and future of the school.
Our hope is that you will put De La Salle and the Annual Fund first on your list to support this year and every year. All gifts are welcomed and appreciated. Click here to join our Annual Fund effort by making your gift today. 

Back to School Night & Bookstore Sale - September 7

Our Back-to-School Night is Thursday, Septebmer 7 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Come by our Bookstore starting at 5:30 for a special sidewalk sale - we'll have many items for you to choose from! 
Here is a schedule of the evening, including spots for you to fill-in your son's class information. More instructions will be sent to parents by Mr. Dyer next week. 


Monday:          7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. 
Tuesday:          7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday:     8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Thursday:        7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Friday:             7:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Apparel:  Many new items are arriving at the Bookstore daily!  The list of items includes football sweatshirts and t-shirts, women’s t-shirts, and more.  Stop by and get your items before we sell out!  
Season Football Passes:   Season passes are now available in the Bookstore for use at home games only. Please note that the pass DOES NOT include any play-off games.  Adult passes are $40, and $25 for children (age 12 and under) or seniors (age 60 and over).  
Online Shopping: Visit our Spartan Online Store 24/7!  Send a little something to your recent graduate who has gone off to college.

Business Office 

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

Campus Life 

We have had an incredible start to the school year and have so much more in store! 
Click here to read more about:
  • Welcome Week Recap
  • Back to School Night Reminders
  • Intramurals
  • Yearbook Picture Retakes
  • Homecoming
  • CSF Applications

Campus Ministry 

The DLS Campus Ministry welcomes you back, with a special and warm welcome to the freshmen and transfer students and your families.
We will have two Kairos retreats in September. Seniors, we highly recommend you sign up to participate in a Kairos retreat; they fill up fast.
Make sure to sign up for the Father/Son Retreat (November 11-12) and/or Parent/Son Retreat (either parent) (February 3-4), a weekend experience offering parents and their sons the opportunity to evaluate and celebrate their relationship. It is open to all grade levels. Click here for information on those retreats and to find links to register.

Cereal Drive: Sept. 12 - Oct. 6

Our 17th annual cereal drive starts September 12! Last year, we collected 3,030 boxes that went to the Contra Costa County Food Bank. Some teachers are collecting boxes in their fifth period classes. Students can always bring them to the Hofmann center. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017
5:30 p.m. at the Diablo Country Club - $75 per person

Open to everyone, this reception is a major social event of the fall and supports De La Salle students in need of financial aid. 
Guest will enjoy a delectable sit-down dinner, hosted cocktail reception, a silent and live auction, our featured guest speaker, and the opportunity for you to make new friends and to reconnect with old ones. Click here to purchase your ticket today.

College Counseling 

Visit our current events page for information regarding:
  • SAT/ACT testing dates, general information, and tips
  • Senior College Advisory Program
  • Senior Parent College Planning Night
  • College Representative Visits

The De La Salle Golf Classic has become the annual opportunity for Spartan friends and family to reunite for a day on the links. Benefiting student financial aid, this event is a wonderful way to meet fellow Spartans, while helping future Spartans to have the opportunity to benefit from a De La Salle education.
Tournament activities include golf, our traditional Horse Race, and awards reception. Foursomes and individual golfer spots are now available – register today!

Honor Roll for 2016-17 Semester 2

Congratulations to all of the students on our High Honor and Honor lists! Follow this link see the lists and join us in congratulatng our students.

DLS/CHS Moms in Prayer

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 DLS and CHS moms.  Please join us for this powerful time of prayer and fellowship. The group starts Thursday, September 14 at 9am. Weekly meetings are held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Walnut Creek, in Conference Room 3, on the lower east side of the building.
For more information, please contact Spartan mom, Teresa Drake at 

We want to thank all of you who attended the first Parent Association meeting last month. Here are the minutes from that meeting.
We hope to see you on September 5 at 7 p.m. in the Library for our next meeting. Our speakers will be Vice President for Advancement, Mark Chiarucci, and Vice President for Campus Life, Jack Dyer.
We also want to thank all of you who attended and volunteered your time at the New Student/Parent Welcome & BBQ. It was a wonderful day for the nearly 750 people who were there!
Visit our page for more information, including volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your continued support of the DLS Parent Association,
Cathy Avila
PA President
Parent Class 2018 and 2020

Parent Technology Resources

For a rundown of the end of summer Tech Boot Camp, check out the Parent Technology Resource Page where you’ll find information on device tracking and time management apps that we covered with each 9th grade and transfer student.

Parents can also request their access code to Schoology - our learning management system housing course materials, assignments, and announcements. 

Thank you to all the families who have taken the time to register for P3 (eScrip, ScripSense and Amazon Smile).  You should have all received an invite from ScripSense last week.  For those who haven't registered, please visit our section of the website for detailed instructions on how to begin giving today We will also be available at Back to School night at our table in the quad to set up times to review the process or answer any questions.
Make sure to take advantage of ScripSense's promotion before it runs out! Whether you need a few more school supplies, a trip to the movies, or a little shopping spree, ScripSense can help you with online shopping or egift cards!
ScripSense promotion

Sophomore Family Liturgy and Brunch 

Sunday, September 24
Mass at 10 a.m. (Theater)

Please join us for the Sophomore Liturgy and Brunch!  This event it open to all Sophomores, their parents, and siblings.  Liturgy begins at 10 am in the Theater and brunch to follow in the Hofmann Center. 
Please sign up at  

Our Freshmen parents will be hosting the event, please contact Kris Earle or Candi Mannoni, if you are a Freshman Parent interested in assisting.

Student Support Services 

(previously known as Guidance Services)

Please visit our page for more information regarding:
  • Arranging for College Entrance Test Accommodations for students with learning difficulties
  • Talking with Mr. Sean Bristol if your son has learning differences and special needs

Available through Sept. 23 or until sold out - $300 per person
The Super Ticket allows access to four great De La Salle community events during the 2017-2018 school year with the purchase of a single Super Ticket. The $300 per person ticket price covers the entry fees for one person to A Classic Evening on October 21, 2017, the Crab Feed on January 20, 2018, Taste of De La Salle on February 22, 2018 and the Spring Auction on April 28, 2018. Click here to purchase your Super Ticket today.

Zum Ride Sharing for DLS Parents 

De La Salle High School is pleased to introduce the Zum carpool service for De La Salle families. Zum is a door-to-door service with drivers trained to ensure your children arrive at their destination safely and follow parent-provided instructions for hand-off.
Learn more about taking Zum carpools to school, Reserve your child’s ride now and breathe a little easier!

Did you know?

A fun fact about Lasallian tradition
As the Christian Brothers community expanded, Saint John Baptist de La Salle asked his fellow Brothers to write to him every month with updates "on community relationships, their efforts in the classroom, their progress in praryer, and their fidelity to their community practices" (The Letters of John Baptist de La Salle). Consider this newsletter as one way we continue this communications tradition! 
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