Inside The Spartan Spotlight Newsletter

Letters from: President Mark DeMarco '78  and Vice President for Academic Life, Dr. Heather Alumbaugh
February News: Admissions • Alumni Relations • Annual Fund • Athletics • Auction • Business Office
                            Campus Life • 
Campus Ministry • College Counseling • Crab Feed • Dads and Grads
                            Honor Roll • LAPC • 
Moms in Prayer • National Honor Society • Parent Association
                            Spartan Store • 
Summer Camps

Letters from the Administration


Dear Parents and Guardians,
As 2019 is in full swing, I think it is a good time to hit the “pause button” and reflect on how we will spend this New Year. 
“The Dash”
I read of a reverend who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend.  He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning – to the end. ... Continue reading.


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

Imagine my delight when I received this email from one of our teachers Mrs. Victoria Acquistapace, on January 31st saying 'Xander Friedman, Class of 2021, has successfully transformed mouse stem cell to Neural tissue. He will try today to artificially “clump” these cells as seen in Alzheimer’s then un-clump them with two biological agents.'  Yesterday, I received an email from Mr. Andrew Berkes, Religious Studies Department Chair, summarizing an activity his students performed that is part of our Mentors in Violence Prevention curriculum; when I ran into both him and one of his female students, they were excited to discuss how impactful the activity was. I relish the emails and the personal exchanges with faculty, staff, and students alike that ask us to celebrate student innovation and the creation of meaningful student communities. 
... Continue reading.

Upcoming Events and Activities


Financial Aid applications through FACTS for the 2019-20 De La Salle school year are available on the school website. Click the image above to go to the De La Salle Financial Aid 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 rodrigueza@dlshs.org or Kathy Resch at reschk@dlshs.org if you have any questions.


Colombo Club of Oakland
Wednesday, February 13 at 6 p.m.
5321 Claremont Avenue, Oakland, Calif.

Join your fellow Spartan brothers for an evening of good food and great company at one of the oldest clubs in the Bay Area. Bring your father, your brother, or reach out to an old classmate to share a meal with us at the Colombo Club!
Tickets for the evening are $50. Dinner includes; appetizers, salad, pasta, potatoes, meat, vegetables, wine, and dessert!
Click Here for More Information and to Join the Party!

February Updates


Upcoming events for the De La Salle Class of 2023 admissions process:
Financial Aid applications are available on the
De La Salle website, and 
must be submitted by Monday, February 11. 
  • Notifications of Admission emailed on March 22 
  • Commitment Deposits are due March 29 
For more information on the De La Salle admissions process CLICK HERE.
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.
After the Spartan Night at the Colombo Club on February 13, the next big event from the
De La Salle Alumni Office is the 35th Annual Brother Maris Golf Tournament. 
35th Annual Brother Maris Golf Tournament
Monday, May 13, 2019
Round Hill Country Club (Alamo, Calif.) 
Shotgun Start at 11 a.m.
The Brother Maris Tournament is a fun-filled day that includes tee prizes, a hosted breakfast and Bloody Mary bar, on-course food and beverages, and an end-of-day cocktail reception with a silent and live auction. This tournament sells out fast so make sure you register today! 
If you are interested in sponsoring, donating, or getting involved, please contact Gina Longmire at (925) 288-8184 or longmireg@dlshs.org.


Tax Season and Your Charitable Giving Benefits
Tax season is here! If you made a charitable gift to De La Salle in 2018, as long as you itemize your tax return, you will still be able to deduct your charitable gifts. When you are meeting with your tax specialist be sure to ask them about the benefits you will receive in 2018 and start planning for your charitable giving in 2019!
We are here to help you, too. Feel free to contact our Vice President for Advancement, Mark Chiarucci at (925) 288-8106 / chiaruccim@dlshs.org or Director of Development, Karla Wiese at (925) 288-8195 / wiesek@dlshs.org.


De La Salle ice hockey invites your son to be a part of our Varsity Sports team!
Ice hockey is one of the few team sports on the rise in popularity; the Tri Valley is a hotbed for high school hockey.  De La Salle is one of nine high school teams playing in a pure, high-school-based league in Dublin this spring.
  • Off-ice practices started in mid-January
  • We hit the ice in February
  • Games start in March and are played once a week
The sport is fast, fun, and exciting, and the league is non-check, which means the checking (and fights) people often associate with professional hockey are not allowed. All players wear helmets with protective cages, ensuring their pearly whites stay intact.
The De La Salle ice hockey team is now in its sixth season. We are looking for new players, not only to build our lines, but also to ensure that this fun and proud tradition continues in the years to come. Beginners to the sport are welcome, no experience is required. No gear? We can help with that as well. Our coaches, players, and families are proud of their team and want to see it grow. De La Salle Ice Hockey is a great way to learn a new sport, make new friends, and have a lot of fun!
And if the success and popularity of quad hockey in the fall is any indication, our boys really enjoy the sport and competition.
If you're at all curious, please contact Heidi Huber at (925) 336-9233 or icehockey@dlshs.org. For more information, click on this link to access an Ice Hockey flyer (pdf).



Tuition Payments 
As a reminder, tuition payments are due on the first of each month and considered late after the 10th of that month.  If you have questions relating to your tuition obligation, please call Ms. Kathy Resch in the Business Office at 925-288-8122 or e-mail her at reschk@dlshs.org


Junior Prom - "A Midnight in Paris"
Junior Student Council is busy planning with the 2019 Junior Prom. The theme this year is "A Midnight in Paris." 
The 2019 Junior Prom will be Saturday, March 16, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley.  
  • Ticket/Registration price per student is $75. 
  • All sales will be through the De La Salle website.
  • The webpage and registration information should be up by the end of next week.
  • Guest pass forms will be available on the registration page. Students (and their guest) must bring their student ID with them to the Prom. 
  • All boys must be dressed appropriately in semi-formal attire.
  • Tuxedos are not necessary, but dress shirts, ties, slacks and dress shoes are required.
Save the Date - Senior Ball 2019
Friday, April 12, 2019 • 7:30-11:30 p.m.

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park

San Francisco, Calif. 


In 2019 we hit the ground running with two senior Kairos Retreats and one Junior Retreat. February is packed with the following Campus Ministry activities: 
  • The Sophomore Retreat was on February 1, where the students went to the Tenderloin district of San Francisco to serve people who are less fortunate than ourselves. Look for the emails we sent you.
  • On February 9-10, a group of moms and dads will participate with their son in a Parent/Son Retreat.
  • On February 26, another group of seniors will go on Kairos 120. The last Kairos retreat of the year will be Kairos 121, and a few spots still open. Do not wait!


There is a lot of important information coming from the De La Salle College Counseling Office. Please follow the link at the bottom of this section for a complete listing of all college counseling information for February. 
Here are a few important events that the College Counseling Office will host over the next four weeks: 
DVC Enrollment Steps Meeting
Wednesday, February 13, during 1st Period
Carondelet High School
Now is the time to begin the required enrollment steps for Diablo Valley College (and other community colleges). Interested students who plan on attending, or who are interested in having DVC as an option, should attend the Enrollment Presentation on February 13. The presentation from DVC, which will be held during first period at Carondelet, will discuss the five required steps for enrollment.
Frosh/Soph College Night
Thursday, March 7 at 7 pm
De La Salle Theatre
Freshman and sophomore students and their families are invited to attend this presentation given by Mrs. Appel and Ms. Lopez. The De La Salle Co-Directors of College Counseling are college admission professionals with extensive experience in guiding students through the college exploration, selection, and application process. They will present information that is geared to students in the 9th and 10th grade as they prepare for their future plans and goals.
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 would like to thank everyone who attended the 2019 De La Salle Crab Feed, making it a successful event. We love seeing new families, alumni families, faculty and staff, and longtime De La Salle supporters every year at this event. The fact that the 2019 Crab Feed sold out in less than five minutes is a true testament to how much this event means to everyone.
Special thanks go out to Parent Association Board Member and Crab Feed Chair Lynne Kenny, Parent Volunteer Coordinator Kim Newman, De La Salle Manager of Advancement Events Gina Longmire, Kitchen Leads Debbie and Nelson Meeks, and Décor Leads Jeanne Roder and Lori Butler for organizing such a fun evening. Additionally, this event would not be possible without our Spartan servers and parent volunteers who did a wonderful job before, during, and after the event to make sure everything went smoothly.
Thanks to our food suppliers, the Newport Fish Company, Justin Kinder of Kinder’s Meats, and the De La Salle Kitchen Staff for the delicious food, and Semifreddi’s Bakery, Calicraft Brewing Company, Norm Peters, Mitchell Katz, and Concord Disposal for their generous donations.
Details for the 2020 De La Salle Crab Feed will be announced in the fall.


The De La Salle High School Alumni Association invites all soon-to-be graduates of the Class of 2019 to our Annual Dads & Grads Casino Night on Sunday, April 7, from 4-7 p.m. in the De La Salle Hofmann Student Center.
You'll enjoy an evening of gaming, catered food, and of course, BROTHERHOOD, as our Alumni Hosts welcome you to the Alumni Association.
$10 per person - Senior and Dad (or male guest age 25 or older)
RSVPs are required, no walk-up attendees.

Click Here for More Information or to Register to Join the Party!


Congratulations to the 428 De La Salle students who made the De La Salle Honor Roll for Semester 1 of the 2018-19 school year.
High Honor is awarded for students earning a 3.75 grade point average or higher, and Honor is awarded for students with a 3.50-3.74 GPA.


Construction of the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center (LAPC) is now in its fourth month.  
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.
To support The Perfect Effort Fundraising Campaign, please contact Mr. Mark Chiarucci, VP for Advancement, at (925) 288-8106 or email at chiaruccim@dlshs.org


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 our children, the schools, and our Spartan and Cougar communities.
We have a group exclusive to De La Salle and Carondelet moms that meets weekly at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Walnut Creek. Join us for this powerful time of prayer and fellowship, at our new time, Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. We meet when school is in session, and do NOT meet on holidays, extended breaks, teacher work days, etc. We meet in the Mullens Commons on the lower east side of the building. We also have evening meetings for those who cannot attend during the day. Contact Spartan mom, Teresa Drake for more details. 
Confidentiality is our watchword: “What’s prayed here, stays here.”


National Honor Society (NHS) applications were made available on Schoology on February 1. Applications are due to the Student Services Office no later than Friday, March 1 (late applications will not be accepted).
Any student with a 3.5 unweighted Grade Point Average is eligible for NHS. National Honor Society is a service group that helps out with tutoring in the Learning Center, directing parents on Back to School Night, leading tours for Open House, and serving at the Crab Feed. If your son is interested in applying to join NHS for the 2019-20 school year, tell him to review Mrs. Marnell’s Schoology post with the application attached, or use the link below.  
Click Here for the National Honors Society Application


There will not be a De La Salle Parent Association meeting in March, so the next scheduled Parent Association meeting will be Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m. in the Library. The guest speaker for the April PA Meeting will be Vice President for Athletics, Leo Lopoz. 
The Senior Mother/Son Mass & Brunch is March 24 at
9 a.m. 
Junior parents wanting to volunteer at the Senior Mother/Son Mass & Brunch should contact Melanie Kracht or Jennifer McInerny


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

Don’t Forget Your Sweetheart! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Check us out in-store or online. We have lots of great gear for your Valentine. Choose from our extensive selection of apparel and jewelry items.

The Online Spartan Store is always open! You can pick up your items at the Bookstore or have them shipped to any location of your choice. Visit us at www.dlshs.org and click on Spartan Store. 


Over 35 Summer Camps - Come join the fun!
De La Salle 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 and conditioning. 
Click Here for More Information or to Register for De La Salle Camps



“Leave aside all your worry about the present and all your anxiety about the future; occupy yourselves with what you have to do at
each moment as it is given to you, and do not burden the day
which is passing with doubts about the day to follow."

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