Inside The December Spartan Spotlight Newsletter

Letters from: President Mark DeMarco
                           Vice President for Academic Life, Dr. Heather Alumbaugh

Letters from the Administration


Dear Parents and Guardians,
One of the greatest gifts God has given us is our uniqueness. As we enter Advent and soon the Christmas season, we should be aware of this gift. How do we use it? Are we proud of it? Do we really believe that we are unique? Another way of looking at this is by interacting with other people, remembering that they are unique. Does this change our view of them? I offer you this reflection, someone gave me, to be a part of your prayer: ... Continue reading.


Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,

How is it possible that December is upon us? The month’s arrival ushers in some of my favorite activities at the school:
  • the ongoing Toy Drive, which will be held until December 19
  • the Physics boat races that will be held in the pool on December 11
  • the Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy on December 12
  • the DLS/CHS Christmas Concert on December 13, held in the Hofmann Student Center starting at 7 pm ... Continue reading.

December Events and Activities

If you haven't made it out for the DLS/CHS Company Fall Musical Dogfight, you still have a chance to catch one of the last three performances. The final showings will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 6-8, at 7 p.m., in the Brother Celestine Cormier, FSC Theatre
CLICK HERE for more information about the play, remaining show nights, and ticket information

Final Exam Schedule

December 17-19, 2018
Monday, Dec. 17 
Tuesday, Dec. 18 
Wednesday, Dec. 19 
Period 1 
Period 2 
Period 4 
9:35 - 10:05 
10:05 - 11:35 
Period 3 
Period 6 
Period 5 
11:35 - 12:05 
12:05 - 1:35 
Period 7 
Period 0 
We encourage our students to plan ahead with their studying and to come well rested on the day of each final. 
The Learning Center will have Finals Prep Day on Sunday, December 16, from 1-6 p.m., for students who need independent study or drop-in tutoring help. 
The 2019 Theatre Company Spring Production will be Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.
Auditions for Pygmalion will run from Dec. 10 - Dec. 14. For information about auditions, please contact
Ms. Meredith Barnidge at or visit the Company webpage. 
Spring Show Dates
Alumni Preview:
April 3 at 5 p.m.
Opening Night: April 4 at 7 p.m.
Teacher Appearances: April 5, 6, 11, and 13 at 7 p.m.
Matinee: April 7 at 2 p.m.

Christmas Concert

December Updates

De La Salle Toy Drive
(Nov. 15 - Dec. 19)

The 2018 De La Salle Toy Drive started on Thursday, November 15 and runs through Wednesday, December 19.
The Toy Drive supports the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Holiday Helpers Warehouse in Martinez, Oakland Catholic Worker, Monument Crisis Center, and Running With Love – where De La Salle will bring toys to the migrant camps during the Ven a Ver Salinas Immersion.
Freshmen are asked to donate toys for ages 0-4, sophomores for ages 5-7, juniors for ages 8-10, and seniors for ages 11-13.
Construction of the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center (LAPC) is underway.  
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 LAPC Webpage for a video of the facility renderings and additional information about the project.
An incredibly generous donor has agreed to match all donations and pledges up to $500,000, made by December 31. That means every dollar you donate will be DOUBLED until Monday, December 31, 2018 at midnight. In other words, your $100 donation will become $200, or your $10,000 pledge will become $20,000! We are so grateful to share this amazing opportunity and we are asking you to get involved.

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:
  • Priority applications must be completed and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 7. 
  • Applications are available online at
  • The High School Placement Exam is Saturday, January 12, 2019. Registration closes Tuesday, January 8, 2019. For more information or to register for the High School Placement Test CLICK HERE.
  • Financial Aid applications are now available on the De La Salle website, and must be submitted by Monday, February 11, 2019. 
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
December Alumni Events
 Alumni Wrestling Match/Reunion
Sat., Dec. 15 
Round Table Pizza, Concord 
5 p.m. 
Alumni Rugby Match/Reunion 
Sat., Dec. 22
DLS Field
Rocco's Pizza, Walnut Creek 
11 a.m. 
Alumni Tennis Match/Reunion 
Sat., Dec. 22 
Saint Mary's College
Peninni's, Moraga 
2 p.m.

Congratulations to the De La Salle football and water polo teams on their 2018 East Bay Athletic League Championships! Additionally, the football team won their 27th straight NCS Championship with a 42-7 win over Liberty. The Spartans play Mater Dei in the CIF State Open Division Championship game on Saturday, December 8 at 8 p.m. (CLICK HERE for game information)
The cross country team finished fifth in the EBAL, sixth at the NCS Division 2 Championships, and 11th at the CIF State Championships. Senior Connor Livingston is one of 40 runners to qualify for the 2018 Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships, which take place on Saturday, December 8, in San Diego.
Congrats to 19 De La Salle fall sport student-athletes who earned All-East Bay Athletic League honors, which includes Henry To'oto'o (pictured), who was named the EBAL Mountain Division Most Valuable Player. For the complete list of De La Salle's fall sport All-EBAL award winners, CLICK HERE
The winter season is underway as basketball, soccer, and wrestling have started their competitions. For schedules and rosters for all three winter sport programs, go to
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
All tuition accounts must be current for your son to return to classes for the second semester, January 9, 2019.
Financial Aid
Financial Aid Applications through FACTS for the 2019-20 De La Salle school year are currently available on the SCHOOL WEBSITE. Families currently receiving a financial aid grant must re-apply every school year. Financial Aid Applications for the 2019-20 school year are due February 11, 2019. Please contact Angelica Rodriguez at or Kathy Resch at if you have any questions. 


Our annual Toy Drive, headed by the freshman class and Mr. Eidson, is up and running now through December 19. Freshmen students are asked to buy toys for ages 0-4, sophomores for ages 5-7, juniors for ages 8-10, and seniors for ages 11-13. The National Honor Society is once again offering a prize to students who donate. 
The date for Senior Yearbook Ads has been extended through December!
For additional information about the Toy Drive, finals, the fall musical, the Christmas Concert, and other De La Salle events leading up to our Christmas break, CLICK HERE


“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” - Dalai Lama

Thanksgiving Prayer was led by De La Salle students and faculty, challenging us to live the Lasallian core principle of inclusive community. We gave thanks for God’s abundant grace, and prayed for all those affected by death, illness, and tragedies, especially the fires that ravaged Northern and Southern California. And we kicked off the Advent Toy Drive.
  • On December 12, we will celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe in style, to be led by the Hermanos Unidos Club, moderated by Ms. Esther Lopez. 
  • We had to reschedule the Junior Retreat due to the unhealthy air quality from the fires. The new date will be Friday, January 11, 2019.
  • Planning ahead, Kairos 118 Retreat (January 17-20, 2019) has two spots still open; Kairos 119 is full. Kairos 120 (February) and 121 (March) are filling up. Seniors, don’t wait!
  • There are still openings for the February 9-10 Parent/Son Retreat. This retreat is for either mom, dad or guardian and son. It is a wonderful opportunity to have great quality time together while you both evaluate and celebrate your relationship as parent and son. The registration deadline is Friday, January 11, 2019.

Crab Feed - Adult Volunteers and Student Servers Needed!!

We are still in need of adult volunteers for the 2019 Crab Feed. Shifts are available on Friday and Saturday. Whether you are available to help set up, be here during the event, or if you can help clean up ... we have lots of opportunities available.
CLICK HERE to sign up (you must be over 21 to sign up for these shifts).
We also need additional student volunteers. 
CLICK HERE to sign up for a student server position. All student servers will also need to sign up for one of the training sessions on either January 15, 16, or 17. 
Make Your Annual Fund Gift and Take Advantage of Valuable Tax Benefits in 2018
As we approach the end of the calendar year, it is a great time to make a financial gift to De La Salle and receive tax benefits for 2018. You may also receive significant tax benefits through your gift of stock, securities or other real property based on the fair market value at the time of the gift. Contact your financial advisor to learn more about the benefits of making a gift of stock or a financial contribution. Contact Karla Wiese (925) 288-8195 for personal assistance in facilitating your gift.
If you happened to make a pledge, don’t forget to make a pledge payment today so that you receive your charitable deduction for 2018!
Make your gift online today by visiting If you haven’t yet had a chance to make your gift this year, you can do so online through our secure server until midnight December 31, to have your gift acknowledged in 2018 for your tax purposes.


Important information for Seniors
  • College Financial Aid - time to get FAFSA, CSS Profile, and other financial aid forms done.
  • December SAT and ACT test dates are the last ones accepted for most college admissions.
  • College Applications - upcoming deadlines in December and many in January. Get them done before Christmas break.
  • Scholarship information is available on the De La Salle website on the College Counseling page. Check out opportunities to get money for college.
Information primarily for Juniors
  • PSAT scores are coming out online; college counselors will meet with the juniors in January to go over scores and begin the college planning process.
  • Junior Parents College Planning Night is January 30, 2019.
  • In January, groups of juniors will begin meeting with their college counselor to learn what they need to do in the spring semester to be ready for college applications next fall.
Information primarily for Sophomores
  • Counselors will go over the Practice ACT test results in January with all of the sophomores.
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  
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 (
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. 

The December promotion is the Season of Giving. See the flyer below or shop now at


The next De La Salle Parent A
ssociation meeting will be Monday, January 14, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the Library. 
We are still in need of parent volunteers for the Crab Feed. CLICK HERE to signup for one of the open positions. 
Senior moms - SAVE THE DATE! The Mother/Son Mass & Brunch is Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 9 am.
Junior parents wanting to volunteer to help at the Mother/Son Mass & Brunch should contact Melanie Kracht ( or Jennifer McInerny ( 

Thank you for your continued support of the De La Salle Parent Association.
Cathy Avila
Parent Association President
Parent Class 2020
Bookstore Hours
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.
Holiday Hours
Monday, December 17: 7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, December 18: 7:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 20: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

Christmas Shoppers

Spread some cheer by giving your loved ones Christmas gifts from the De La Salle Bookstore!  Stop by soon for the best selection – we quickly sell out of popular items such as pajama pants, sweatshirts, blankets, and hats.
Online Christmas Shopping
Would you rather do your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your own home?  Good news, our website has a wide selection of items to choose from!  Send gifts to your loved ones, directly from us and avoid long lines at the post office!
Through Dec. 7, almost everything on the website is 15% off (excluding jackets and special order items).
Merry Christmas from the De La Salle Bookstore!



"The love that Saint Nicholas had for the poor was surprising, for it led him to explore all possible ways to provide for their needs. This love led him in person, secretly during the night, to bring what is needed. The faith that must inspire you ought to make you honor Jesus Christ in their person and prefer them to the wealthiest children on earth, because they are the living images of Jesus Christ."
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