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Academic Life, VP Letters

January 7, 2021

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

Happy New Year and welcome back! We missed you! We trust you have enjoyed a wonderful (albeit a bit more quiet) holiday with your families. We are excited to welcome a number of transfer students to our campus as well as our in-person and virtual returning students, many of whom have been waiting to see their friends for three weeks. We also want to again thank our faculty who, after a much-needed break, are ready to start the new semester and new year.  

As we prepare to start our second semester, we wanted to share some important updates and crucial reminders: 

  • De La Salle will open in person for semester 2, while Carondelet has made the decision to start semester 2 virtually next week only for various planning reasons. Both schools fully support one another, and the instruction of our students remains our highest priority. The decision that either school may want or need to go virtual for a week was one we made early in the pandemic. We have secure locations and supervisors for students who will not be going to their CHS classes in person. All students who have class at CHS during the first week of S2 need to report to the Hofmann Center during that class period.
  • We also wanted to assure you, after consultation with Dr. Chris Farnitano, that he confirmed that we have safe, effective, preventive COVID protocols, and the county and state have substantial and increasing data about the safety and effectiveness of schools that are open.
  • An important reminder: please, please remember to respond to the email that Ms. Dickson and Mr. Aliotti sent out on Tuesday (1/05) regarding your son’s group choice for semester 2. All families need to make changes no later than this Friday (1/08). Also, please remember to remind your sons, and our students, to fill out the E3 Student Survey, which is a required part of the registration process and which gives us invaluable information about how to better educate our Spartans.
  • On Thursday (1/07) and Friday (1/08), our faculty and staff will continue their training in Empowered Communication, focusing on cultural competency, with our trained mediators, Vanessa Alfaro and Lori Cohen. We will also start preparing for our accreditation process, which will happen in the 2021-2022 school year. All faculty will participate, additionally, in one of two Professional Learning Communities: “Online Teaching Tips and Tricks” or “Anti-racist teaching.” Mr. Mike Aquino and I will lead a semester-long book club on Ta-Nehisi Coates’s National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me.

Happy New Year. We could not be on this journey without you.


Dr. Heather Alumbaugh
Vice President for Academic Life


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