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Inside The Spartan Spotlight Newsletter

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

From the Administration

PRESIDENT'S LETTER

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Where is the time going? It is early November and the school year is flying by.
As you know, we underwent our Lasallian Catholic Assessment Process in early September. Dr. Alumbaugh described the process in an earlier Spotlight. We have received the final report from the visiting committee. Here is a direct quote from the team: “It's so clear from the LCAP results that De La Salle HS is having a huge impact on the life of the students, as well as the adults in the school. All of us were impressed by the quality of the total experience of a Lasallian school - academic, spiritual, activities; and your holistic approach to the lives of the boys.” ... Continue reading

VP FOR ACADEMIC LIFE LETTER

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

I have to repeat what I have been saying since September to our parent community: I cannot wait to talk to you about our Lasallian Catholic Assessment Process (LCAP), an overview of which I provided in last month’s Spotlight and at Back to School Night. President DeMarco’s letter summarized some of the findings of the visiting team’s final LCAP report, most particularly the strengths of the school as a Lasallian Catholic school and the challenges that we as a community identified we would like to address to continue to offer the best possible academic, spiritual, and holistic education for the students entrusted to our care. The success of this assessment process is because of a climate of care, quality academics, and “focus on growing up well” that the entire community works to create and foster. I wanted to add further context to President DeMarco’s overview by drawing your attention to the central role that our Religious Studies and Campus Ministry departments play. They were celebrated by the visiting team for numerous reasons, and I think the “Final Word” of the visiting committee’s report illuminates the significant contributions of these two ministries to the lives of our students. ... Continue reading

Upcoming Events and Activities

THEATRE COMPANY

For its fall theatrical performance, Company presents:
"She Kills Monsters"
There will be six public showings of "She Kills Monsters" on November 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, and 16, in the Brother Celestine Cormier, FSC Theatre.   
About the Play:
Set in the 1990’s. The stage combat-filled, comedic play "She Kills Monsters" tells the story of Agnes, a senior in high school, who stumbles into a Dungeon and Dragons game written by her deceased little sister. Agnes discovers that her little sister created a fantasy world that mirrored her experiences of her real world. She turned them into a game of D & D. Bullies became monsters. Friends became warriors and heroes. The little sister became the mighty Paladin in search of her lost soul longing to be found. By the end of the play, the audience may wonder who the real monsters are. High school students or Fantastical Dragons? Or in some small way… each and every one of us.  If each of us can be a monster, can’t each of us also choose to become the hero? 

DE LA SALLE CRAB FEED

Tickets for the 2020 De La Salle High School Crab Feed go on sale Tuesday, November 12 at 10 a.m. SHARP!
The 2020 De La Salle High School Crab Feed is Saturday, January 25 from 6-10 p.m. in the Hofmann Student Center. 
Tickets are $80 per person and are only available for purchase online. Last year, tickets sold out in less than five minutes, so make sure you're logged in early to secure your tickets. There is a max of four tickets per purchase.
If you purchased a De La Salle Super Ticket, you have secured your spot for the Crab Feed, but you still need to purchase tickets for your guests. 

JUNIOR MASS OF UNITY & RING CEREMONY

The Junior Mass of Unity and Ring Ceremony is Sunday, November 17 at 10 a.m. in the Hofmann Student Center. If you are planning to attend the Junior Class Mass of Unity and Ring Ceremony, please RSVP through the link below.  
For more information about the Junior Class Mass of Unity, or other worship and liturgy events, visit the Campus Ministry webpage

TOY DRIVE

The Annual De La Salle Toy Drive begins on November 21 and runs through 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.

GIVING TUESDAY

De La Salle High School is proud to be part of the global movement #GivingTuesday.
On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, you have a great opportunity to make a tremendous impact on the lives of our Spartans. 

#Give2DLS - Consider making a gift in honor of the year of our founding, 1965: $19.65, $196.50, $1,965, or even $19,650! Your support will allow De La Salle to continue to make the gift of a Lasallian Catholic education available to our students as well as fund school priorities such as financial aid, faculty development and co-curricular programs.

Whether this is your first opportunity to make a donation, or you are an annual supporter, Tuesday, December 3 is a great day to make your gift to De La Salle to benefit all students this school year.
#GIVE2DLS  •  #GIVINGTUESDAY

November Updates

ADMISSIONS

Upcoming events for the De La Salle
Class of 2024 admissions process:
  • Applications are available online at www.DLSHS.org
  • Priority application must be completed and submitted ONLINE no later than 11:59 p.m., on 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 admissions@dlshs.org for waiting list opportunities. 
  • Financial Aid applications for the 2020-21 school year will be available on Monday, December 2, 2019. 
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 admissions@dlshs.org.

ALUMNI RELATIONS

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 schinel@dlshs.org.

ATHLETICS

Athletics Website and App
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 athletic webpage at www.DLSspartans.org. You can also download the DLS Spartans app, through the Apple Store or Google Play, for athletic news, schedules, and rosters.
Follow De La Salle Athletics on Social Media:
Twitter: @DLSAthletics
Instagram: DLSAthletics

#BECAUSEDELASALLE DAY

Thank you to all who gave generously on #BecauseDeLaSalle Day. Through your generous and heartfelt gifts, De La Salle was able to raise over $111,000!

Throughout the day alumni, parents, alumni parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends gave generously BECAUSE they believe in our mission to serve and embrace students with varied academic needs, and diverse social and economic backgrounds. Thank you for investing in De La Salle and our students.

If you did not participate on #BecauseDeLaSalle Day, and would like to donate to this campaign, we still gratefully welcome your gift. 
#GIVE2DLS • #BECAUSEDELASALLE

BUSINESS OFFICE

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 should be current at this time.  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 reschk@dlshs.org.
Do you have a 529 Plan?
Do you want to use funds from your 529 Plan to assist with paying tuition at De La Salle High School?  If so, please see below. 

“Under the new law, starting with the 2018 tax year, you can withdraw $10,000 per student per year from a 529 Plan to pay for primary or secondary education. Unlike funding for college, however, this money can be spent only on school tuition, not textbooks, computers, or other fees or activities.”
You may also want to speak with your financial advisor regarding the possibility. 

CAMPUS MINISTRY

“Be warm-hearted to everyone, speaking to others in a gentle and respectful way.” (St. John Baptist de La Salle)

Since the beginning of the school year, more than 90 seniors have participated in a Kairos retreat, experiencing what true relationship with God, self, and others could be all about. More than 70 juniors and all of the freshman class participated in their own retreats, sowing and growing the seeds for inclusive togetherness, faith, integrity, and scholarship. There are two Junior Retreats still open, on November 13 and November 14.
  • On November 1, we celebrated All Saints Day, and remembered our loved ones who have died.
  • On November 17, we will celebrate our juniors in a Mass of Unity & Ring Ceremony.
  • On November 21, we will pray together as an inclusive community that welcomes all its members and to give thanks, as we reflect on the gift of our hands—to connect, heal, give and receive. On that day, we will also launch our annual Toy Drive.

CEREAL DRIVE

2019 De La Salle Cereal Drive Reaches Goal!!
Thank you to everyone who supported the 19th Annual De La Salle Cereal Drive. Through your generous support, we were able to reach our goal and donate 3,147 boxes of cereal to the Monument Crisis Center.
Congratulations to the sophomores for winning the class competition! The Class of 2022 had 57.3% of the class donate to this year's Cereal Drive.
Here are the final class competition standings: 
Sophomores - 57.3%; Freshmen - 54.8%; Seniors - 36.7%; Juniors - 34.8%.

COLLEGE COUNSELING

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.
Important Upcoming College Prep Dates 
Testing
SAT:
December 7 - Register by November 8; Late Registration by November 26
ACT: December 14 - Register by November 8; Late Registration by November 22
To register online: www.sat.org for SAT and www.actstudent.org for ACT
Note: The December SAT & ACT are the last test date that UC’s and many other colleges will accept from seniors.
Application Deadlines
October 31 - Final deadline to request teacher and counselor letters of recommendation 
November 1 and November 15 - Many Early Action, Early Decision, and Priority deadlines
November 30 - Final Deadline for submission of UC applications and CSU applications
December-February - Regular deadlines vary by college. We encourage completing all applications by Christmas Break
Financial Aid
FAFSA - Required by all colleges from students seeking financial aid: www.fafsa.gov
CSS Profile - an additional Financial Aid Form required by 400 colleges: www.cssprofile.org   
Check individual colleges' financial aid webpages to find deadlines, which vary from November-March
Juniors & Sophomores
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 appelj@dlshs.org, or Ms. Lopez, ext. 8103, or email at lopeze@dlshs.org

DE LA SALLE GOLF CLASSIC

De La Salle High School would like to thank our sponsors, golfers, and Round Hill Country Club for making the 35th Annual De La Salle Golf Classic a successful event. 
Special thanks to our Title Sponsors: Castle Companies and EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants; our Lasallian Sponsor: The Conco Companies; our Spartan Sponsors: ACRE Investment Company, Alpine Medical Solutions, and Doug Wilson Hardwoods; and our Silver Sponsors: AlphaGraphics, Armanino LLP, eWaste Direct, Jimmy John’s, Mystring, and the Pacific Funding Group.
We would also like to thank the food and beverage providers: Jimmy John’s, Maverick’s Catering, McGah’s, Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, Semifreddi’s, and Slow Hand BBQ, and all our tee-sign sponsors for their outstanding support of this event.

LADOUCEUR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE CENTER

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 facilty 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 $700,000 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 chiaruccim@dlshs.org.

PARENT ASSOCIATION

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 kristine.earle2@gmail.com.
Just a reminder that there will not be a Parent Association meeting in November or December.  Our next meeting will be on Monday, January 13 at 7pm in the Library.

SPARTAN STORE

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.
*The Bookstore will be closed from 11-11:30 a.m. daily for lunch
**Days and Hours reflect the student schedule
If you can't make it to campus for your purchases, visit our Spartan Online Store 24/7!
Merchandise:
Christmas is just around the corner and we have stocking stuffers and gifts just for you!  Items sell out quickly at this time of year so stop by soon and check out what is flying off the shelves: Men’s Nike windbreakers, women’s vests, pajama pants, scarves, beanies, ornaments, blankets, and much more!   
Online Shopping:  
We continue to update our website daily with all items De La Salle. Avoid those long holiday lines at the post office and have us send all your online gifts.  Place your online orders early for best selection and arrival by Christmas!
Black Friday Sale
Online Only - 20% off
November 29 - December 6

In the Words of 
Saint John Baptist de La Salle
"What joy Lasallian educators will have when seeing a great number of their students in possession of eternal happiness, for which they are indebted to them by the grace of Jesus Christ!
What a sharing of joy there will be between teachers and their disciples!"
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