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Academic Life, VP Letters


April 1, 2021


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

Before our faculty, staff, and administrators began Easter break, we were able to convene as a community on Wednesday 3/31 for our annual Faculty/Staff Holy Week retreat. This year Campus Ministry provided an ingenious format that allowed us to convene in small groups to practice the theme for the day: “Creating and Celebrating the Mosaic that Shows Us the Face of God.” The activities, which were led by many of our peers, included a “Nature Activity as Prayer and Reflection;” “Art as Prayer;” “Bread Blessed, Broken, and Shared;” and multiple service activities. Thank you to the Campus Ministry team for creating innovative ways for our hard-working faculty and staff to come together in prayer and community.

Important Announcements
You received this week an update from the De La Salle President’s Cabinet that includes detailed information about any Request to be Considered for Group 4 Status (four days per week on campus). On March 19th and March 20th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) respectively updated their recommendations for classroom spacing. As a result, we will be able to move more desks and tables into our classrooms, which means we will also be able to welcome more students on campus four days a week. Please read the letter fully and please fill out the Request to be Considered for Group 4 Status only if you want your son to join this group no later than Monday, April 12th. These changes will take effect on Monday, April 19th. 

We also want to call your attention to the fact that Contra Costa County Health (CCCH) updated its website on 3/30 to announce that it has opened vaccine eligibility to 16+.

Before we all scatter for Easter Break, there are a number of things we want to celebrate:

  • Every year, our sophomores in AP Biology participate in the prestigious Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair, and all 16 Spartans placed in the top three for their category. The De La Salle AP Biology group amassed four first-place distinctions, five second places, three third places, and four special awards from government agencies and corporations. Five De La Salle students (four projects) qualified to participate in the California State Science Fair (also a virtual event) on April 12 and 13, 2021. This is the 21st consecutive year that De La Salle has sent county-appointed sophomores to the most prestigious Science Competition in California. 

    • De La Salle students Daniel Berkes, James Christensen, Issac De Rosas, Rolando Sanchez, and David Wright received first-place honors, and the projects submitted by these five Spartans are four of the 18 from Contra Costa County that qualified for the 2021 California Science and Engineering Fair.  

  • March 30th marked the end of our 2021 Charity Challenge, and all donations will support the Nativity Village School in Shinara, Eritrea, the Brothers’ Ministries in India and Sri Lanka, the De La Salle Brotherhood Fund, and Generation Alive. Mr. Hassett included on Schoology this particular shout-out to our students and staff: “Many thanks to Scott Tomaszewicz from Campus Ministry Leadership who set up the GoFundMe account with the help of Mark Chiarucci, Rich Davi, and Karla Wiese from the Advancement Office, and to Matt Fong, Luke Anderson and the Service Leadership Class as well.”

    • You may have heard that we have about 15 of the coveted Comply sweatshirts (size large) still available; these sweatshirts were created in a very special collaboration between our alum Taveis Marshall ’19 and our current students. Please reach out directly to Dr. Elizabeth Berkes if you are interested in purchasing one; $9 of each sweatshirt purchase will support the Charity Challenge.

  • Make sure to mark your calendars now for our spring Company production of 1984. The dates will be April 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 7:15m, and the Box Office will open in April. The venue will be outside under the tent on the Quad!

During this Lenten season, I have started the daily practice of reading Pope Francis’s Twitter posts, and I have found this meditative practice particularly grounding in Holy Week. We wish you a blessed Easter and a restorative and healthy Easter break. 

Thank you, as always, for your partnership.

Sincerely,

Dr. Heather Alumbaugh
Vice President for Academic Life


 

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