Final Exams, Graduation, Student Honors, Book Returns and More
Final Exams, Graduation, Student Honors, Book Returns and More
Faith    •    Integrity    •    Scholarship

From Dr. Heather Alumbaugh, Vice President for Academic Life

1 May 2018
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,

As we approach the end of the 2018-2019 academic school year, I have been ruminating about Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road.” It is a poem in which Whitman, the speaker poet, envisions his journey as an ongoing interplay between the open road, his body, and his soul. It seems such an appropriate poem to ponder as our students move through another transition, whether it be to college or to another grade. Whitman writes ultimately that “Wisdom is of the soul.” As we quickly approach our 2018 graduation, I have thought a lot about the concept of wisdom. We as educators approach every day at De La Salle as one in which we both instruct and learn from our students, from the “Wisdom of [their] souls.” I am struck often not only by our students’ academic, athletic, and artistic accomplishments, but also and often more so by their faith and kindness and compassion and humor and sense of fun. Every day feels like an open road where we have the wonderful opportunity to learn from each other.

To that end, it is no surprise how much we would like to celebrate our students and faculty at the end of the year.

  • Our 2017-18 Lasallian Educator of the Year Recipient
  • State Science Fair Recap
  • NHS Inductions
  • Student Recognition Assembly
  • Jefferson Award recipients
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • A tribute to Mr. Kenneth Hofmann

From Mr. Mark DeMarco, President

1 May 2018

Another school year is coming to a quick close. On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing us to be part of your son’s educational experience. We have many things to celebrate this year and a few things to work next year to become a great school.

As summer comes, I hope you will have some time to relax. I want to share with you the following that I read from Harvard Business Review.  It is adapted from “3 Ways to Control Your Phone Addiction on Vacation,” by Regan Walsh. (My team will remind me to practice what I preach.)
I do want to share the following with you. ...

2018-19 Senior Final Exam Schedule

Tuesday, May 22
Wednesday, May 23
Thursday, May 24
 7:05 - 7:55
Period 0
Period 0 
Period 0 
 8:05 - 9:25
Period 2*
Period 1*
Period 3*
 9:25 - 9:45
 9:45 - 11:05
Period 4*
Period 6*
Period 5* 
 11:45 - 1:05
Period 3 
Period 4 
Period 2 
 1:10 - 1:55
Period 7 
Period 7 (until 2:30p) 
Period 7 
*All Classes Meet / Seniors Take Finals
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2018-19 Junior, Sophomore, and Freshman

Final Exam Schedule

Friday, May 25
Tuesday, May 29
Wednesday, May 30
8:05 - 9:35
Period 1
Period 2
Period 4
9:35 - 10:05
10:05 - 11:35
Period 3
Period 6
Period 5
11:45 - 11:55
12:05 - 1:35
Period 7 
Period 0 

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NHS Inductees Announced

Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into National Honor Society on May 1st. These students displayed a desire to tutor their Spartan brothers in the Learning Center along with participating in other various service projects throughout the year. Please join us in congratulating these students for their exceptional achievements and dedication towards service learning and academic life. Click here to view the full list!

CSF Life Members/Sealbearers Announced

Congratulations to the following students who have earned the designation of CSF Life Member/Sealbearer! They have applied and qualified for full CSF Membership for at least four semesters while at DLS 10-12th grade.  They will receive a CSF pin and receive recognition at graduation. Click here to view the full list!

Office of Admissions 

Final reminders to DLS Parents of Incoming Freshmen (Class of 2022):

Don't forget to join us for the Freshman Welcome Night on Tuesday, May 8!
  • Families with last names beginning with A-L arrive at 6:00 p.m.
  • Families with last names beginning with M-Z arrive at 6:45 p.m.
    • Only one parent needs to attend, but we'd love to see both!
All students who are conditionally accepted into the Class of 2022 as part of the Spartan Success Program will be required to attend summer school at DLS. Summer school will be July 9 – July 27.
  • All students who are conditionally accepted are required to attend. Keep this in mind as you plan your summer vacation.
  • Classes will be offered in English, Math, Study Skills, and Lasallian Life. Absence from these classes may jeopardize fall enrollment. 
  • If you have any questions about Spartan Success summer school, please contact Mr. Sean Bristol at (925) 288-8104 or

Business Office 

Senior Families: Tuition must be current for your son to be able to take finals, attend graduation, and participate in graduation activities.
Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior Families: Tuition must be current for your son to be able to take finals and re-register for the 2018-19 school year. The registration link was emailed April 6 but will not be sent to delinquent accounts. Tuition contracts for 2018-19 are due May 7.
Tuition payments: As a reminder, tuition payments are due on the 1st of each month and are 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 email her at

Campus Ministry 

"The more fully we abandon ourselves to the care of Providence, the more attentive God is not to let us want for anything."  ~ St. John Baptist de La Salle, from The Meditations

It is hard to believe that graduation is less than a month away. The De La Salle Campus Ministry is already in full preparation for the 2018-19 school year, a year that will be filled with opportunities for your sons to experience the De La Salle brotherhood and a vital faith life.
We strongly encourage you to sign up to the retreats that fill up fast, especially the Senior Kairos and/or the Father/Son and Parent/Son Retreats. Click here for dates and more information. You might also want to begin thinking about your son's participation in the Ven A Ver ("Come and See") Immersion program in Salinas and/or San Diego. And don’t forget, the June 17-22, 2018 Lasallian Youth Assembly will be at the University of Portland. Students from the Western States will open their eyes and hearts to the dire issue of human trafficking. 
Contact Mr. Roger Hassett if you are interested in learning more about these programs or have questions. 

College Counseling 

FRIDAY, MAY 4: COLLEGE T-SHIRT DAY: Seniors, wear college gear from your college! Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen: Wear college gear from any college of your choice 
SATURDAY, MAY 5 (FOR JUNIORS): EAST BAY COLLEGE CONNECTION FAIR:  Saturday, May 5th, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Saint Mary’s College. Workshops begin at 12:15 p.m.

SAT (register at  
June 2 (Deadline to register May 3)

ACT (register at
June 9 (Deadline to register May 4)
Spring is a busy time for college preparation, exploration, and planning.  Please check out the important College Center news and information for more information on:

For Seniors:
  • Final Steps
  • Placement Exams
  • Orientation/Housing

For Juniors:
  • East Bay College Connection Fair
  • Summer To-Do List
  • Summer Programs
  • SAT/ACT Recommendations
  • Student Athletes

Parent Association Meeting

Monday, May 7, 2018 

7 p.m. DLS Library

Final Meeting of the Year 

Our final Parent Association (PA) meeting is always a special gathering. As we continue to plan the final events of the year, we also take the time to reflect on the many volunteers and Board Chairs who have given so much back to the school.
In a special way, we will thank the Board members who, like their son, are "graduating." Come join us as we wish these Senior Parents a fond farewell, and help us thank them for the countless ways they have supported the school.
Lastly, we will continue to reflect on the work we did this past year and use it to help guide us next year. We encourage you to come and share your thoughts!

Also, we are looking at our PA roster for next year. If you are interested in being a part of this incredible group of volunteers and leaders, please email Cathy Avila, DLS Parent Association President.
Missed a meeting and want to catch up? Visit our home page for minutes from last month's meeting, a list of current Parent Association Board Members, and more.
Have a general question? Feel free to email us at

Don't forget to complete the DLS Parent Survey

We welcome this opportunity to ask you for feedback about your family’s experiences in the De La Salle community—within and beyond the classroom. You can expect questions about the school’s communication with you, school culture, the counseling and student support services, and your son’s experiences with co-curricular activities. The survey should take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
Please note that this survey is anonymous, and your responses cannot and will not affect your son’s grades or financial aid award. We deeply appreciate your feedback and the time you take to communicate with us through this important survey.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Berkes, Director of Faculty Development and WCEA School Coordinator ( or 925-288-8149).
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Challenge Success: Parent Survey Information

Parent Survey Available through Stanford's School of Education

We have partnered with the Challenge Success project in the School of Education at Stanford University for the last four years.
First, your son was invited to participate in the Survey of Adolescent School Experience in his Religious Studies class. Now, as a parent or guardian, you are being invited to participate in the Challenge Success Parent Survey.
The survey looks at parents' perspectives on homework, co-curricular activities, sleep, physical health, stress, family expectations, the college admission process, and your perspectives on student wellness initiatives undertaken by De La Salle High School. The survey results are anonymous. You will not be asked to provide your name or your child's name, and you may opt out of answering any or all questions.
Take the Challenge Success Parent Survey Now

There is still time to make a year-end gift!

Every student has benefited from the Annual Fund this school year. We invite you to participate in the Annual Fund by making your gift today. Every gift is a major gift and every gift will make a difference as we bring the school year to a close. 

P.S. Did you make a pledge at the beginning of the year? Don't forget to send in your gift! We record those pledges and count them on being fulfilled during our budgeting process. Your gift is still needed, so please fulfill your pledge today!
Contact Karla Wiese, Director of Development, at (925) 288-8195 or with any questions about our Annual Fund efforts.

See you there on Monday, June 11!

Kick off your summer break by attending the ever-popular Brother Maris Golf Tournament! Held at the Contra Costa Country Club, this fun-filled tournament includes on-course food and beverage, games, high-stakes shootout, raffle, and auction. Cocktail reception and dinner to follow! Proceeds from this event support financial aid.
Click here to secure your spot today!

DLS Spartans Website now Live! 

Our new DLS Spartans website is now available! Mirroring the DLS Athletics App, this website will be the main spot for you to get scores, roster, and schedule information.

Over 35 Summer Camps - Come join the fun!

DLS 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 & Conditioning. 
DLS Summer Camps
Visit Muir Orthopedics


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
Summer hours will be posted on the DLS Bookstore website soon.
Graduation Party Supplies: Stock up early on party supplies for your graduation party!  We carry DLS plates, napkins, balloons, signs, banners, etc. We also offer a ribbon lei that the boys can wear after the ceremony. These items run out quickly, so don’t delay!

Graduation Gifts: Speaking of graduation, we have the perfect gifts! A flag would be perfect for their dorm room wall at college. Or perhaps a blanket for their bed!

Mother's Day: Celebrate mom with a De La Salle Mom t-shirt!  Many other great items such as jewelry are available for moms so shop early.  Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th!

Book Return

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 Thurs, May 24th 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, June 1st - no returned books will be accepted after that time – you own them - and will be billed accordingly.
  • Book accession numbers must match the student’s name in the system
    (Simply having a student’s name written inside, does not indicate that book was assigned to them.)
  • All books distributed to students are the property of DLS High School. Do not return any books to CHS.
  • All books must be returned clean (no pencil/pen marks or papers left in the books).
  • Books that are left in the locker room, classroom, or garbage bins cannot be scanned!
  • Books that are not returned OR returned with any ink, highlighter or damage will be charged accordingly.
Please call the Bookstore at (925) 288-8127 if you have any questions regarding return of textbooks.
2018-19 Book Distribution - Save the Dates

Closing Night Is May 5! 

Tickets to Little Shop of Horrors

2018 Spring Winton Arts Festival

The annual Winton Arts Festival is underway! 

Sunday, April 27 - Friday, May 4
Art Show open during school hours in the DLS O.C.

Friday, May 11
Concert & Jazz Band Concert at 7 p.m. in DLS Theater

Come see all that the De La Salle and Carondelet Visual and Performing Arts departments have to offer.

Thanks for supporting our student artists!

Upcoming May Calendar Dates

May 1 
NHS Induction Ceremony

May 3 
Special Schedule - Student Recognition Assembly

May 4 
DLS Service Fair (lunch)
College T-Shirt Day
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon

May 5 
Little Shop of Horrors Closing Night 
May 7 - May 18
AP Testing 
May 7  
Parent Association Meeting - 7 p.m. - Library  

May 8 
Freshmen Welcome Night 
     A-L @ 6pm; M-Z @ 6:45 pm
May 11 
Spring Band Concert - 7 p.m. - Theatre

May 16 
Board of Trustees Meeting  
May 21 
Senior Presentation & Senior Breakfast
May 22-24 
Senior Final Exams 

May 25, May 29, May 30 
Junior, Sophomore, and Freshman Final Exams 
May 25
Baccalaureate Mass & Buffet - 6 p.m. - Hofmann 
May 26
Kairos Breakfast (9 a.m.) & Graduation Practice (11 a.m.) 

May 27
Class of 2018 Graduation 
May 27-28
Grad Night 

May 28 
Memorial Day - No Classes 
May 30 
Semester 2 Ends 

May 31 - June 1 
Faculty Professional Days (no classes) 

June 1  
DLS Academy Graduation - 7 p.m. - Theatre 

Did you know?

"No matter how much faith your disciples may have, nor how lively it may be, if they are not practicing any good works at all, their faith will be of no use to them." ~St. John Baptist de La Salle, Meditations.

May 24, 1900 marks the canonization of St. John Baptist de La Salle. As we approach the end of the school year, we are ever grateful for the many women and men who show "good works" every day - who inspire us, challenge us, and support us along the way. We pray to be faithful stewards of the Lasallian tradition, and we continue to pray for more vocations in the Lasallian community.
As a reminder, next year will mark the 300th anniversary of De La Salle's entry to eternal life and will be dedicated throughout the worldwide Lasallian community as the year of Lasallian Vocations: "De La Salle: One Heart, One Commitment, One Life." We will let you know of the events and ways you can support this important vocation in the upcoming months. 
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