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Academic Life, VP Letters

October 2, 2020

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

At this point, families on both sides of Winton Drive will have received multiple communications from us over the past week. In case you missed them, here are the important links:

  • Contra Costa County was moved to the RED TIER on Tuesday, September 29th. Here is our joint DLS/CHS Letter to Families.
  • On September 30th, we sent another Letter to Families with a survey that allows each family to identify your son’s intention for coming back to school in the Hybrid Format or to continue at home with the Distance Learning program. 

We want to assure you as we approach the potential reopening of school that as “Two schools, One community” we have the flexibility ability, community connections, and resources to welcome our students back in person. As you know from our multiple communications over the summer, we have been planning across both schools for our hybrid learning plan for months. We miss face-to-face interactions with our students, and they are the reason that the mission of the Christian Brothers exists.

I want to also remind you that today is the last day of the CEREAL DRIVE. This year, we mark the 20th anniversary of the amazing service-learning project, one that is deeply rooted in the Lasallian core principles. A special shout out to Mrs. Viki Acquistapace for her two-decade-long dedication to this project, to all of our Biology classes, and to our Service Learning Class! 

We want to celebrate Biology teacher Mrs. Henriette Howett, this year’s recipient of the Marchetti Award. Established in 2015, the Marchetti Family Lasallian Educator Fellowship Award provides support for an extraordinary educator at De La Salle High School. Mrs. Howett has worked tirelessly with administration, faculty, staff, students, and outside organizations to implement a school-wide Green Initiative. Her Honors Biology class includes Environmental education, and she spearheaded the school’s adoption of our Tri-Bin waste system. Thank you, Mrs. Howett, for your commitment and creativity!

Before I sign off, as we enter yet another new phase of planning and preparation for the school, I wanted to share with you a Tweet that Pope Francis shared on September 2nd and that our District leaders forwarded shortly thereafter: “The current pandemic has highlighted our interdependence; we are linked to each other, for better or for worse. Therefore, to come out of this crisis better than before, we have to do so together, all of us, in solidarity.” We sent this recently to all faculty, staff, and coaches. A Lasallian Catholic education is dedicated, among many other principles, to the formation of community. Thank you for your commitment to our school. Thank you for sharing your sons with us. Thank you for our partnership. And more than ever, thank you for your dedication to our Lasallian Catholic community.


Dr. Heather Alumbaugh
Vice President for Academic Life


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