Read for important information for October
Read for important information for October

"I am so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers."

~ L.M. Montgomery ~

October brings us a busy a and beautiful fall season. From homecoming to retreats, from parent education to admission activities, this newsletter captures some of the excitement and activity for this next month. 

updated October 3, 2017

Vice President for Academic Life

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,
As we approach the end of our first quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year, there are already many students to celebrate. First and foremost, we invite you to join us in congratulating our eight seniors who were named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program: Steven Cline, Easton Elting, Grant Gabrielson, Joseph Keane, Kyle McGrath, Bryson Patterson, Laurence Tacderas, and Daniel von Savoye.
 On September 19th, De La Salle student Shamal Perera '20 was honored at the San Francisco Giants game for his work raising money for Down Syndrome Connection. He was joined at home plate by Giants pitcher ....

President's Letter

Dear Parents and Guardians, 
It was great to see so many of you at Back to School Night last month! We are off and running for a new school year. A number of you have asked for a copy of the prayer that I used that night – I have attached it to the end of my letter.  
I know raising children and working with them can be a challenge. This prayer is a wonderful way in which we ask for God’s Blessing to guide us.
In the Spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle,
Mark DeMarco 

Special Student Acknowledgement

Join us in congratulating these two groups of students for their recent academic recognitions:
National Merit Commended Students
These students are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise and for placing in the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students when they took the PSAT:
Steven Cline, Easton Elting, Grant Gabrielson, Joseph Keane, Kyle McGrath, Bryson Patterson, Laurence Tacderas, and Daniel von Savoye

National Merit Hispanic Recognition Scholars
These students are being recognized because of their outstanding PSAT scores and high academic achievement:
Jonathan Avila, Juan Gomez de la Vega, and Nicholas Pilgrim-Minaya

October 11 Special Schedule

October 11 is a busy day of offerings for our students. Here is what you can expect:
Freshmen will be on retreat (no registration required)
Seniors will have an extra long weekend where they are strongly encouraged to visit colleges and work on their college applications. Our computer lab will be open from 8-12 that day for seniors to stop by for help.
Sophomores will take the pre-ACT test
Juniors will take the PSAT test 
Both tests will be administerered in designated classrooms. Students should have several sharpened #2 penciils and an appropriate calculator. Dismissial will take place when the tests are completed at approximately 12.
Learning Center

Learning Center Support 

We recently launched this webpage, dedicated to the mission, history, and current activities in our Learning Center. We encourage parents and students to become familiar with the various support, tutoring, and rules in place there. 

BONUS: Come meet Jon Norfolk, Learning Center Coordinator, at the October 2 Parent Association Meeting (7pm, DLS Library). He'll be there to discuss where the Center is two months into the school year and what plans the staff are working on next as well as to answer any questions you may have.

Open House
November 5, 2017
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Key Dates for those applying for the 9th grade:
  • Freshman Applications Due: Fri., December 1.
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate and Immunization Record Due: Fri., December 1.
  • Photocopy of Baptism Certificate (Catholic applicants only) Due: Fri., December 1
  • Grade Request Form and Recommendation Form Due: Fri., February 2.
  • For the Online Application, please visit our website at
Entrance Exam: 
Saturday, January 20, 2018 
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For 9th grade applicants only 
Register for the Entrance Test at
If you have questions, please contact Mr. Grantham at or by telephone at (925) 288-8102.
Visit this link for more information, too, if you have a younger son or friend who might be interested in our school:

On October 25, the Visual and Performing Arts department is hosting One Night Only. 

This event is specifically for middle-school male students who have an interest in De La Salle. It is an interactive workshop where prospective students rotate between Visual Art, Music, and Theatre. 
Learn more about the school before, and then stop by our Open House to see your son's artwork on display! More details about Open House on Nov 5 here.
If your son might be interested in this, please click the link to register Deadline is October 11 and is limited to the first 100 students.
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 from Dr. Alumbaugh our Vice President for Academic Life; Parent Association President Cathy Avila; and a recent DLS graduate who starred in Macbeth this past spring!

We invite De La Salle and Carondelet parents and guardians to this special screening of Angst, a documentary about teenage anxiety.

“We choose this movie because – as well-documented in research and in our own surveys of our students – teenagers experience high levels of stress and anxiety, due to multiple and competing causes,” explained Dr. Heather Alumbaugh. “Our work with Stanford University’s Challenge Success program underscores the need to offer educational opportunities for students and their families to seek and find balance.”
Then, on October 18 at 6:30 p.m., you are invited to Striking Balance for You and Your Student: Taking Time to Stop and Smell the Roses, a conversation with experts about finding school-life balance at Carondelet High School. See their flyer for more details and to RSVP for that evening.

Angst Screening Information

Thursday, October 5, 2017 ι 6:30 p.m. ι DLS Theatre

Discussion to follow. No RSVP required for DLS families. 
Non-DLS families are asked to RSVP here.

DLS Library

Exciting things are happening at the De La Salle Library!  While the desktops are gone, there are two new Smartboards and three new collaborative hubs. 
The DLS Library is ever-evolving to support the students’ academic success.  With over 30 databases—also accessible from home—and 15,000+ titles in a continuously updated collection, the Library has materials for every student or faculty.  

College Counseling 

Visit our current page for information regarding:
  • Important Dates for October
  • Upcoming Testing Dates for Seniors
  • College Application Information
  • Letters of Recommendation Request Procedures
  • College Application Help on October 11
  • FAFSA and College Financial Aid Information
  • College Rep Visits
  • College Information Sessions
    College Open House/Fall Preview Days
  • Sophomore/Junior East Coast Tour (June 2018)
  • Scholarship Information

Campus Life 

No surprise here. September was a very busy month! Between Club Faire, Cereal Drive, Kairos 108 and 109, Lasallian Prayers for Peace, the Sophomore Family Liturgy and Brunch, and the Senior College Parent Information Night, this place was full of options for both students and parents. October will no doubt be a rival.

Campus Ministry 

"We pray to you, Lord,
God of life and God of those who hope!
Listen to our prayer for the whole world:
For peace among people."
International Lasallian Days for Peace
Freshman Retreat (no registration needed): October 11
Kairos 110 (full): October 17-20 with Mr. Zorad as retreat director
Junior Retreat: October 23 and October 26 (These Junior retreats are free, but registration is required)
Remember to sign up for the Father/Son Retreat (November 11-12). This retreat is a wonderful opportunity for authentic and deep connection between father and son. For more information, you can read the flyer here. Please follow this link to register.
You can find our DLS students volunteering
  • at the Monument Crisis Center
  • gathering food for the food insecure, especially through the Cereal Drive
  • tutoring at the DLS Academy
We are always amazed by the giving spirit of our students, and we thank you for your role in helping them become men of faith and integrity.

DLS/CHS Moms in Prayer

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 their children and their school.  
Whether you are coming for a special intention or occasion or just need a dedicated group to pray with, we hope that you consider joining us for this powerful time of prayer and fellowship.
Join us every Thursday at 9 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Walnut Creek, in Conference Room 3, on the lower east side of the building. 
For more information, please contact Spartan mom Teresa Drake at 

Cereal Drive Ends Oct. 6

We are down to our final days of the 2017 Cereal Drive! This year, our aim is to reach 3,000 boxes. Donations go to the Contra Costa County Food Bank. Thank you all for your support as we fight to end food insecurity in our neighborhoods.

Business Office 

Tuition payments: As a reminder, tuition payments are due on the 1st of each month and 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

Join us on October 2 for our third meeting of the year (and final meeting until January) with special guest Jon Norfolk, Learning Center Coordinator. He will review the opening months of the Learning Center with you, including programs, policies, and procedures there, and answer the questions you have. Join us at 7pm in the DLS Library!
If you missed September's meeting, here are the minutes. Here are the minutes from that meeting.
We also want to thank all of you who attended and volunteered your time at the New Student/Parent Welcome & BBQ. It was a wonderful day for the nearly 750 people who were there!
Visit our page for more information, including volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your continued support of the DLS Parent Association,
Cathy Avila
PA President
Parent Class 2018 and 2020

Thank you!

Thank you to all who attended or volunteered at the Sophomore Family Liturgy and Brunch. We especially want to acknowledge the Freshmen Class Representatives, Kris Earle and Candi Mannoni, for all of their work in coordinating the event! 

Junior Mass of Unity

Registration is available for the October 29 Junior Mass of Unity. Follow this link to save your spot.

Adult Volunteer Opportunity at the DLS Academy

The DLS Academy is in need of new adult mentors for their students, especially those in the 5th and 6th grades. 
If you are interested, please contact Katie O'Leary at

In case you missed it, our Athletics Department launched its own app - DLS Spartans! 

After months of development with partner REPu, the app is one that players, parents, and fans across the country will enjoy. De La Salle is one of only a handful of high schools in the country that is able to offer an app like this to fans.
Similar to collegiate and professional athletic apps, DLS Spartans will allow fans to bookmark their favorite teams and receive updates through push notifications.
The app will also be mirrored on a new athletics website,, which will launch in the upcoming weeks. Combined, the new app and website will offer the DLS community an intuitive, engaging way to connect the DLS Athletics. Click here to read more information and to find links for the App Store and Google Play!

Spartan Store

Monday:          7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. 
Tuesday:         7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. 
Wednesday:    8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. 
Thursday:        7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. 
Friday:             7:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

We stay open during all HOME football games. General hours may vary depending on school schedules.           
Apparel:  Many new items are available - football sweatshirts and T-shirts, women's full-zip hoodies, women's "bling" T-shirts, hats, etc. Stop by and get your Christmas shopping done early! Popular items (and sizes) tend to sell out early.
Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts:  Spartans Go - Fight - Cure. 20% of the money raised will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness. Place your order online so that you don't miss it!  
Online Shopping: Visit our Spartan Online Store 24/7!  We update our website regularly with all of our new Spartan swag, so check back often.
At De La Salle, our students come first. Therefore, the first priority of the school should complement our Mission, serving all students and the every year operational needs of the school. We do this through the fundraising efforts of the Annual Fund, which is vital to the financial health, growth, and future of the school.
Our hope is that you will put De La Salle and the Annual Fund first on your list to support this year and every year. All gifts are welcomed and appreciated. Click here to join our Annual Fund effort by making your gift today. 
Saturday, October 21, 2017
5:30 p.m. at the Diablo Country Club - $75 per person
Open to everyone, this reception is a major social event of the fall and supports De La Salle students in need of financial aid.
Guest will enjoy a delectable sit-down dinner, hosted cocktail reception, a silent and live auction, our featured guest speaker, and the opportunity for you to make new friends and to reconnect with old ones. Click here to purchase your ticket today.
For more information about all of De La Salle’s Signature Events throughout the school year, click here.

Alumni Relations

October 5: Alumni Football Dinner with Current Players (alumni only)
November 3: Alumni Pre-Game Football Mixer before Senior Night
De La Salle and Carondelet Class of 2012 Reunion
Sat., Nov. 25, 2017 at Skipolini’s Pizza and Pasta in Walnut Creek
NOVEMBER DATES (open to friends and family of alumni):
8: Company Alumni Preview Night of The Outsiders
22: Alumni Soccer Game and Reunion
22: Alumni Basketball Game and Reunion
25: Alumni Rugby Game and Reunion
For more information and to participate in these events, please contact Director of Alumni Relations, Lloyd Schine ’94, 925-288-8171 or or visit

Change the way you shop. Help the DLS Brotherhood in the process!

Thank you to all the families who have taken the time to register for P3 (eScrip, ScripSense and Amazon Smile).  
A change in the way you shop will lead toward donations to the Brotherhood Fund. Our partners will give a percentage of your purchase back to DLS. Whether you need a gift card, a special treat, or that pumpkin spiced latte, shop through our partners first.
Make sure to take advantage of ScripSense's promotionbefore it runs out!

Did you know?

Connecting history with today through Lasallian tradition
September 29 (the date of this newsletter's publication) marks the Feast of the Archangels: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. In one of his writings, Saint John Baptist de La Salle penned, "Children need good teachers, like visible angels" (Meditation 197).
We are blessed with a faculty and staff dedicated to supporting and guiding our students. Echoing the prayer Mr. DeMarco shared earlier in this letter, we pray to have "all the virtues we need to lead our sons and daughters by word and example in the path of righteousness."
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