Inside The Spartan Spotlight Newsletter

From the Administration


Dear Parents and Guardians,
What Matters Most?
A few years ago, I shared this message with our parent community.  And now, at the beginning of the school year it is worth sharing again.  In the early pages of the book Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson there is a story about five balls that causes me to reflect on how I live my life: ... Continue reading


Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,
The beginning of the 2019-2020 school year has moved quickly (the quarter ends this Friday 10/4). As always, we have so much to celebrate in the Academic life of the school. First, we would like to invite you to join us in congratulating our senior Semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program: Cameron Katz. In addition, ten seniors were named Commended Students: Riley Cisneros-Mann, August Gingrich, James Jolin, Jack Lamborn, Tyler Manning Shannon, Carson Newman, Sampson Paonessa, Luke Taylor, Brian Vega, and William Wygal. ... Continue reading

Upcoming Events and Activities


There is just over a week left in the 2019 De La Salle Cereal Drive!!
The 19th Annual De La Salle Cereal Drive, to benefit the families of the Monument Crisis Center, began on Monday, September 23 and runs through Friday, October 11.
We are asking all students bring a minimum of two boxes of cereal and register them at the Parents Association table in front of the Bookstore before school, through the end of the drive.


Registration for Driver's Education classes for quarter two is available now. 
Driver's Ed classes begin on Monday, October 7, and the cost for the course is $150. Classes will be held in room 406 during 7th period.


On Wednesday, October 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Carondelet’s Garaventa Center, De La Salle High School, in collaboration with Carondelet High School and Fusion Academy Walnut Creek, is sponsoring a screening of the new documentary LIKE. 
**Registration is required for this FREE event**
This documentary examines the impact of technology, particularly social media, on our lives.The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local health professionals.

For a preview of what you can expect to see on October 9, CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for LIKE.


Thursday, October 17
6-7:30 p.m. • De La Salle Theater
On Thursday, October 17, the Visual and Performing Arts Department is hosting One Night Only, a behind-the-scenes interactive workshop at De La Salle High School for prospective Spartan students.

Students will rotate between visual art, music, and theatre art subjects. They'll create art, meet the teachers, and learn more about the school. We will display some of the art these students make at the Open House on November 3.

PARENTS: While the students are participating in the art rotations, you are welcome to either drop off your son or stay and learn more about the school and the arts program from our guest speakers, which will include a De La Salle alumnus. 

One Night Only will begin with a welcome for students in the Theatre at 6:00 p.m. and conclude around 7:30 p.m.



New Location, Start Time, On-Course Games. Same De La Salle Tradition!
Monday, Oct. 28 • Round Hill CC • 10 a.m. Shotgun Start • $375 per golfer/$1,500 per foursome
Space is limited - register today! 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 experience the Brotherhood, while giving future Spartans the opportunity to benefit from a De La Salle education.
Tournament entry includes round of golf, tee prize, food and beverages on course, and post reception. Sponsorship opportunities are available with exciting new benefits offered this year. 

October Updates


For the 2019-20 school year, 11 De La Salle students garnered recognition through the National Merit Scholarship Program.
On September 11, Dr. Heather Alumbaugh, our Vice President for Academic Life, announced that Cameron Katz was a NMSP Semifinalist. Click here to read more about Cameron Katz
On September 20, Dr. Alumbaugh was at it again when she recognized 10 seniors who earned Commended Students status. Those 10 students are: Riley Cisneros-Mann, August Gingrich, James Jolin, Jack Lamborn, Tyler Manning Shannon, Carson Newman, Sampson Paonessa, Luke Taylor, Brian Vega, and William Wygal. Click Here to read more about the Commended Students
Congratulations to all of these young men for their outstanding academic accomplishment!


On October 1, Dr. Heather Alumbaugh honored eight De La Salle seniors who have been invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (HNRP). These eight De La Salle students scored in the top 2.5 percent among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in the region.
Please help us in congratulating: Alexander Avila, Myles Bergman, Riley Cisneros-Mann, Jarod Jatoft, James Jolin, Cameron Katz, Charles Kunz, and Alexander Prado on their outstanding academic accomplishment.


Upcoming events for the De La Salle
Class of 2024 admissions process:
  • Online applications for the Class of 2024 became available on Tuesday, September 3.
  • The 2019-20 Spartan for a Day Shadow Program began on Monday, September 16 and runs through January 17 (availability is limited).  
  • De La Salle will host its annual Open House on Sunday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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.


There are a number of alumni events that 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 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:
Instagram: DLSAthletics


Tuition payments
As a reminder, tuition payments are due on the 1st 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 see below. You may also want to speak with your financial advisor regarding the possibility:

“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.”


Congratulations to the 160 (16 %) De La Salle High School students who earned California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Membership or Associate Membership for Fall 2019. 
CSF membership is based on an on-time application (retroactive membership is not allowed) submitted during the application period announced at the beginning of each semester and based on the previous semester grades earned (CJSF Honor Award for 1st semester 9th graders).   Applications for spring of 2020 membership, based on fall 2019 grades, will be available at the end of January in Schoology from Ms. Lopez, CSF Moderator.


September was a whirlwind of activity in Campus Life as we got the school year rolling. On the heels of our Welcome Week, we jumped right into Homecoming Week with our Club Fair. Students had over 50 student clubs and organizations to choose from that fit their interests. We capped off the week with our election and presentation of our 2019 Homecoming Court.
Our tradition has been for teachers to nominate, from the senior class, students who exemplify characteristics we strive to build in a De La Salle man: Leadership, Character, Service, Spirit, Faith, & Humanitarian.
The Homecoming Dance was a tremendous success with over 800 students enjoying the last of the summer weather in the quad.

As we look forward to October, we’re continuing to ask students to support our 19th Annual Cereal Drive. Help us meet our goal of 3,000 boxes to benefit families served by the Monument Crisis Center up through October 11.

On Wednesday, October 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Carondelet’s Garaventa Center, join us for a screening of “Like”, a documentary that examines the impact of cell phones and social media on our society and young people, particularly. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion/Q&A with local teens and health experts.
This is a free event but registration through our website is required. CLICK HERE TO RSVP


"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without words and never stops at all." 
Emily Dickinson

Campus Ministry engages the De La Salle students in programs that deepen their commitment to being men of faith, integrity and scholarship. We do this through liturgy, retreats, service opportunities, and immersion programs.
  • On September 29, we celebrated the sophomores and their families, highlighting what it means to look into our brothers' and sisters' eyes and be of service.
  • On November 17, we will celebrate the Juniors in a Mass of Unity.
  • Juniors will also have an opportunity to participate in a retreat on October 9, 10, 18, or 30.
  • On October 12-13,11 families will participate in a Father/Son retreat.
  • On October 16, the Freshmen will have their own retreat day.
  • On November 1, we will celebrate All Saints Day (make sure to wear your Liturgy attire)
  • There are still two Kairos (Senior) retreats open, Kairos 127 (February 25-28) and Kairos 128 (March 24-27). 
Happy Autumn!


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. 
There is a lot of information provided by the College Counseling Office. Here is some important items to remember for October:
  • October 1 - FAFSA-Free application for federal student aid- Now available
  • October 7 - College Financial Aid Night for Seniors & Parents (Garaventa Center, 7 p.m.)
  • October 12-16 - No School for seniors—time to make college visits/complete college apps
  • October 16 - Drop in to work on college applications (Computer Lab from 8 a.m.-12 noon)
  • October 26 - ACT Test (late registration deadline October 4)
  • November 2 - SAT Test (registration deadline October 3; late deadline October 22 last test date for SDSU, SJSU, Cal Poly and some other colleges
  • December 7 - SAT Test (registration deadline November 8) last SAT test date for UC’s and many other colleges
  • December 14 - ACT Test (registration deadline November 2) last ACT test date for UC’s and many other colleges
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


Does your son travel by BART to get to school? If so, County Connection is offereing free bus service, on Line 7, to and from the Pleaseant Hill BART Station. The #7 Line of County Connection drops off and picks up on Treat Boulevard, right in front of De La Salle High School. 

De La Salle Crab Feed

Save the Date!
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 will go on sale Tuesday, November 12 at 10 a.m. SHARP!!
Tickets are only available online, and there is a limit of four tickets per reservation.  


De La Salle's Back to School Night was a huge success. A special thank you goes out to the National Honor Society Club for being awesome ambassadors of the school and directing parents to where they needed to go.
Next month, the NHS will help with the phone-a-thon and contribute to raising money for the Brotherhood Fund in preparation for …. #BecauseDeLaSalle Day.
Let the process begin!


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.
Upcoming Volunteer Needs:
Cereal Drive - Now through October 11 - Volunteers are needed to collect boxes during morning drop off.  If you are able to help, please sign up via this Signup Genius link.
Please join us for our next Parent Association meeting on Tuesday, October 8 at 7 p.m. in the Library.  Our guest speaker will be Mr. Joe Allioti, Dean of Students. Mr. Aliotti will take questions from our parents about good attendance, discipline at De La Salle, and working with parents to create positive outcomes. All parents are welcome to attend these meetings.


Work Permit
If you have a job, plan on getting one, or need to renew a permit, please fill out a work permit application. De La Salle Work Permit (PDF)
The student, school, parent, and employer sections must be completed before the permit can be issued. The student himself must bring the work permit to the Registrar's Office during business hours.  An official permit will be issued while the student waits, as it requires the student’s signature to be official.
If you are a current student and need a copy of your transcript - for any reason - you may stop by the Registrar’s Office, and in most cases we can print one while you wait.  A student's authorized parent or guardian may also request a transcript by emailing the registrar at byrnel@dlshs.org.
Seniors, as you know you will use Naviance to request transcripts for college admissions. Did you know you can also use it to request transcripts to be sent to schools for scholarships? Please note for the NCAA Clearinghouse, transcripts are sent regularly and there is no need to request via Naviance. 


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.
**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!


For its fall theatrical performance, the De La Salle/Carondelet Theatre Company will present "She Kills Monsters". 
The play will run on November 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 16 in the De La Salle 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? 
In the Words of 
Saint John Baptist de La Salle
"Often recall to mind the purpose of your vocation, and let this arouse you to do your part to establish and maintain the kingdom of God in the hearts of your students."

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