Inside The Spartan Spotlight Newsletter

Letters from: Vice President for Academic Life, Dr. Heather Alumbaugh
                       President, Mark DeMarco '78

From the Administration


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

On Tuesday December 3, our Academic Affairs Council met to approve the last of the newly proposed curriculum for next year. We meet every other week on late start days, and a different department chair or academic director inaugurates the meeting with prayer. This week, Dr. Elizabeth Berkes offered a compelling meditation on “let us remember,” which the Advent season encourages us all to do. She also shared a mantra that I think I will adopt for Advent: “make room.” As we move through the hustle and bustle of finals, holiday concerts, ornament shopping, new sports seasons, Star Wars watching, and on and on, I am going to ask myself daily to remember and to make room for the Holy in the everyday. ... Continue reading


Dear Parents and Guardians,
I believe I saw the first advertisement for Christmas before Halloween – talk about rushing the Seasons!  Christmas is more than shopping and giving gifts to each other. Christmas is centered on the Birth of the Christ Child and the Gift that God has given us.
We are a Lasallian Catholic school and we simply would not exist without this reality. During the Advent Season, we anticipate the gift that God has given us – his only Begotten Son. ... Continue reading

Upcoming Events and Activities


Financial Aid Applications Now Available Through FACTS

Financial Aid Applications became available on the De La Salle website Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Financial Aid Applications must be submitted online through FACTS.
Please remember that you must re-apply for financial aid each year
Financial Aid Applications are due February 10, 2020, along with all necessary documentation (i.e. 2019 W2s, Form 1040 Federal Tax Return, etc). 
If you have any questions please contact Angelica Rodriguez at or Kathy Resch at



De La Salle/Carondelet Christmas Concert is December 11

On Wednesday, December 11 at 7 p.m., De La Salle and Carondelet High Schools will host "A Christmas Concert", the annual holiday concert for the two schools. Admission for this delightful seasonal event, which will be held in the Kenneth H. Hofmann Center, is free.


De La Salle Celebrates Our Lady of Gualalupe on December 12

On Thursday, December 12, the De La Salle High School and Academy community will join to celebrate an all-school Liturgy for Nuestra Señora Virgen de Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. This all-school celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a wonderful and significant cultural and religious experience to share with the entire student body. 
As Catholics, we share a special place in our hearts and in our community for our Mother Mary. We are especially proud to share in this sacred day celebrated across Latin America and among many Latinos in the United States. On this Feast Day we venerate the Virgin Mary, through the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
In 1529 she appeared to Juan Diego, then a 55-year-old peasant, living near present-day Mexico City. In the seven years after the apparitions, approximately eight million Aztec people converted to Catholicism.  Juan Diego was canonized as a Saint in 2002. Our Lady of Guadalupe has been honored by 25 Popes and has been formally declared Patroness and Mother of the Americas.  


Fall Semester Final Exam Schedule
(December 17-19, 2019)

Tuesday, Dec. 17
Wednesday, Dec. 18
Thursday, Dec. 19 
Period 1
Period 2
Period 4
Period 3
Period 6
Period 5
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 15, from 1-6 p.m., for students who need independent study or drop-in tutoring help. Food will be provided. 


Toy Drive Ends December 19

All students are asked to buy a new non-violent toy for boys and girls and bring it to school unwrapped. Toys will benefit children living in poverty who would otherwise not have a Christmas.
De La Salle students, by grade level, are divided so as to purchase for the following age groups:
Freshmen 0 - 3 years               Sophomores 4 - 7 years

Juniors 8 - 10 years                  Seniors 11 - 13 years
The agencies that benefit from the De La Salle Toy Drive ask that toys be left unwrapped and not promote any kind of violent behavior. Mr. Eidson’s Frosh Religious Studies class and Lasallian Youth continue to organize this wonderful event each Christmas season.

December Updates


Upcoming Admissions Events for the De La Salle Class of 2024 

  • Applications are available online at
  • Priority applications must be completed and submitted ONLINE no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, December 6, 2019. 
  • All remaining dates for the 2019-20 Spartan for a Day Shadow Program are full. Please contact the Admissions Office at for waiting list opportunities. 
  • Financial Aid applications for the 2020-21 school year became available on Sunday, December 1, 2019, through the De La Salle website.
  • Financial Aid applications are due February 7, 2020.
For more information on the admissions process for the Class of 2024, visit the 
De La Salle Admissions web page.
If you have questions, please contact the Admissions Office at


There are a number of alumni events which 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


19 Spartans Named to Fall All-EBAL Teams

Congratulations to the 19 De La Salle fall sport student-athletes who earned All-East Bay Athletic League honors. For the complete list of De La Salle's 2019 All-EBAL selections, CLICK HERE.
All three fall sports earned a berth in the North Coast Section Playoffs for their respective sports.
  • After a fourth place EBAL finish, the cross country team won the NCS Division II Championship, as Patrick Curulla '21 won the individual title.
  • Patrick Curulla and Kieran Brown '21 were also All-NCS First Team honorees and Derek O'Connor '20 was an All-NCS Second Team honoree.  
  • The football team was the top-seed in the NCS Division I Playoffs, and defeated Amador Valley (69-14), Monte Vista (49-13), and Pittsburg (49-7) to capture the school's 28th straight NCS title.
  • De La Salle will take on St. John Bosco (12-1) in the CIF State Open Division Championship game on Saturday, December 14 at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.
  • The water polo team was the eighth-seed in the NCS Open Division and lost in the opening round of the tournament.
Winter Sport Schedules
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
Winter Sports Online Broadcasts
In conjunction with CBS Sports Digital and the NFHS Network, De La Salle will broadcast 23 events during the winter sports season. will produce16 basketball games, five soccer matches, one wrestling event, and the February NLI Signing Day.


Make Your Annual Fund Gift and Take Advantage

of Valuable Tax Benefits in 2019

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 2019. You may also receive significant tax benefits through your donation 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 stock or a financial contribution to De La Salle.
For personal assistance in facilitating your gift, contact Karla Wiese at (925) 288-8195 or
If you happened to make a pledge, don’t forget to make a pledge payment today so that you receive your charitable deduction for 2019!
If you haven’t yet had a chance, you can make your gift online through our secure server until midnight December 31 to have your contribution acknowledged in 2019 for your tax purposes.



Dee Turrin Receives 2019 Saint Benilde Award

On Thursday, November 21, at the school’s Thanksgiving Prayer Service, De La Salle President Mark DeMarco presented Mrs. Dee Turrin with the school’s Saint Benilde Award, which recognizes an administrative staff member who plays a significant role in the successful operations of the school.


Tuition payments
As a reminder, tuition payments are due on the first of each month and considered late after the 10th of that month. 
All tuition accounts must be current prior to First Semester Finals. 
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


In November, we celebrated the Junior Class in a Mass of Unity and Ring Ceremony, and Fr. LaSalle reminded us of the meaning of the ring--a symbol of unity, commitment, community, and beauty. On the 21st, the entire school came together to celebrate Thanksgiving in a profound prayer that highlighted the gifts of welcoming, inclusive community, gratitude and generosity.
As we enter the Advent Season, De La Salle will once again live up to our commitment to being of service.
  • We are collecting toys to donate to families who are struggling to make ends meet, in the hopes of contributing to a joyful Christmas.
  • On the December 12, we will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with an all school bi-lingual Mass with Mariachis. The day will begin with hot Mexican cocoa and pan dulce around the cross at 7:40 am.
Looking ahead to the New Year, we will hit the ground running when we return from the holidays with a Spring semester full of programs and activities, starting with two Kairos retreats in January.
From all of us in Campus Ministry, 
we wish you a Blessed and Joyous Holiday Season of Love!


The college counselors at De La Salle High School are committed to providing comprehensive information, guidance, and support for students and their families in the college exploration, selection, and admissions process.
National News Spotlight and Update
In September, members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) held their annual national conference and approved changes in our code of ethics, which describes how students should be treated in the college admission process. The NACAC made changes in its code, called the Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (CEPP), in ways that could have a direct impact on our students and their college process. We want to inform you about what these changes may mean for your son. ... Continue reading
For December 
Updates for Seniors regarding
: financial aid, SAT & ACT tests, applications, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and scholarship information. 
Updates for Juniors regarding: PSAT Scores & Practice ACT Scores, Junior Parents College Planning and Academic Advising Night, Junior Group College Planning, and SAT/ACT Testing Advise. 
Midwest College Tour - Spring Break 2020
Athens Advisors (a private college tour company) is offering a student group tour during spring break for 10th and 11th graders. To register for the tour, please visit the Athens Advisors’ website.
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 


Crab Feed - Adult Volunteers and Student Servers Needed!

We are in need of adult volunteers for the 2020 De La Salle Crab Feed. Shifts are available on Friday and Saturday. Whether you are available to help set up, be there 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. All student servers will also need to sign up for one of the training sessions on either January 14 or 15. 
CLICK HERE to sign up for a student server position.



The Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center is a reality!

On Sunday, October 6, 2019, De La Salle High School held a dedication ceremony to announce the opening of the new Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center. Shortly after the dedication ceremony, De La Salle students were able to enter the facility and start working out.
With the new facility, De La Salle students have a beautiful 5,000-square foot facility to call home. The facility will accommodate the school's physical education weight training classes and the Athletic Department’s strength and conditioning program.

For additional information on the project, photos and videos from the dedication ceremony, and links to a photo gallery from the construction process, visit The Perfect Effort webpage on the school website.

Although the facility is functional, there is still approximately $375,000 needed to finalize the funding for this project, and your continued support is greatly appreciated! If you would like to get involved, or would like to visit campus and take a tour of the facility, please contact Mark Chiarucci, Vice President for Advancement, at


The Parent Association is a group of current De La Salle parents who work on behalf of students, faculty, and staff to support events and volunteer needs.
Current open positions
Grad Night Chair - If you are interested in this position, please contact Kris Earle, President of the Parent Association, at
Just a reminder that there will not be a Parent Association meeting in December. The next meeting will be on Monday, January 13 at 7 pm in the Library.


Spartan Store Hours
Holiday 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.
*Closed from 11-11:30 a.m. daily for lunch
**Days and Hours reflect the student schedule 
Wednesday, Dec.18 - 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 19 - 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 20 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Closed Dec. 23 - Jan. 5

Monday, Jan. 6 - 9 a.m. to 2 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! From November 27 through December 7, almost everything on the website is 15% off (excluding jackets and special order items).
*SPECIAL ORDERS – must be placed by December 8 to be received in time for Christmas
Merry Christmas from the De La Salle Bookstore!

In the Words of 
Saint John Baptist de La Salle

"Because you have to prepare the hearts
of others for the coming of Jesus Christ,
you must first of
all dispose your own hearts
to be entirely filled with zeal, in order to render
your words effective in those you instruct."
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