2020-21 Summer Checklist
Welcome to your Parent/Student 2020-21 Summer Checklist!
The Summer Checklist has a number of items in the dropdown menus that are important to complete prior to school, namely information regarding tuition/finances, our online Technology Boot Camp Course that must be completed before the start of classes, applicable summer reading, and newly updated information on our textbook pick up and new student orientation.
Some of the items below require action while others are more informational in nature.
- Letter From Dr. Heather Alumbaugh, Vice President for Academic Life
- Back-to-School Letter from the President's Cabinet
July 27, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students of De La Salle High School,
I hope that you and your family have found some time of peace, connection, and rejuvenation this summer. The beginning of this school year is unlike any I have experienced in my two and a half decades of teaching. Still, it is with complete gratitude that we welcome our incoming Freshman class as well as all other returning students. I am reminded over and over again of the importance of community and our ability to sustain one another in the face of uncertainty. I ruminate on the Dutch theologian Henri Nouwen’s understanding of community in my graduation address, and I share it here with you:
“Community is where humility and glory touch. However, community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another.”
Nouwen’s understanding of community seems particularly Lasallian to me: it puts at the forefront of our spiritual knowledge both the heart and our commitment to one another. For the 2020-2021 academic year, we have chosen to continue from last year our theme of the Lasallian Core Principle, Inclusive Community. As I have written before, the SFNO District website beautifully describes the Lasallian definition of inclusive community: “The Lasallian school is a united community where diversity is respected and no one is left out or left behind. It calls all to recognize and embrace one another’s unique stories and qualities as unique and sacred features of the Body of Christ on earth” (http://delasalle.org/who-we-are/five-core-principles/). This theme is crucial as we enter a year that holds many unknowns and as we continue to hold ourselves accountable to the hard work of building and sustaining an inclusive community.
As you may imagine, we have been working furiously to prepare for any scenario, so we can continue to deliver a high-quality Catholic education to your children. Here are some of the most important highlights for you to consider and review before we start school:
As we already communicated on July 2, we created with Carondelet a new Bell Schedule that can adapt to any academic scenario, whether we are mandated to be full distance learning, whether we can welcome half of our students on campus, or whether we can be 100 percent on campus. As we communicated on July 21, “We all agree the best place for our young men is at school. However, the key to us coming back on campus is that Contra Costa County has to be off the ‘watch list’ for 14 days, and that is a moving target. We will continue to plan for different scenarios, and we will be ready to pivot as restrictions are removed or re-imposed.”
We have put together a Back-to-School Preparedness Slide Show, so please take a look!
We are currently finalizing the structure of our Wednesday Flex Day that will include time for Campus Ministry to connect with our students, for our students to connect with one another, and for them to connect with their teachers, counselors, and academic coordinators.
As teachers prepare for this extraordinary school year, we wanted to encourage, support, and fund their innovation. We increased the number of Faculty Innovation Grants that we awarded this year, and we are excited for our students to experience the fruits of our teachers’ work, including a new and comprehensive Freshman orientation program, multiple math videos, project-based learning in Physics, gamification of assessments in World History, a Covid-based statistics unit in Algebra 1 Honors, a full-year Scripture course in Religion that also incorporates Mentors-in-Violence Prevention, and more. As always, thank you for your support of the Annual Fund, which allows us to do this work.
Mr. Mike Aquino, our Director of Campus Life and Culture, has been working with Mrs. Lindsay Melaas (School Counselor) and Mrs. Brooke Heskett (Librarian) to create a new, year-long Freshman orientation program called OnBoard! that focuses on leveraging our student leaders as peer mentors to assist our freshmen in their transition to high school.
The new Parent-Student Handbook is available, and make sure to note the COVID-19 related addition on page 2.
A significant number of our faculty and staff participated in a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. This upcoming year as we continue to take a deep dive into what helps to create Inclusive Community, We will continue our partnership with Vanessa Alfaro and Lori Cohen on Empowered Conversations that includes multiple training sessions for faculty and staff that focus on non-violent communication, cultural competency, and racial equity.
I encourage you to read the Summer Checklist that follows for additional critical and practical information regarding the beginning of the school year.
We are also delighted to welcome to De La Salle high school our new faculty:
- Mrs. Kristin Leete (World Languages, ASL)
- Mr. Chris Miller (Religious Studies)
- Mrs. Lisa Sciacca (Co-Director, College Counseling)
- Ms. Danielle Skipper (Social Studies)
Before I sign off, I wanted to share with you the prayer that our student leaders experienced when they attended the Lasallian Student Leaders Virtual Conference (7/13-7/15):
ALL-God of love, who calls us each by name,
You who bless us with talents and abilities
That you ask us to share with our communities,
And ask us to be your presence of love.
Deepen our commitment as bearers of the Lasallian Catholic Mission,
To be people of the Lasallian Core Principles,
That we might individually be a presence of your love, forgiveness, and mercy, in a
World that greatly needs us.
Make us thoughtful people who serve with our full person, with both mind and heart.
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Chris, our Lord and Brother. Amen.
As we enter this 2020-2021 academic year, we want to thank you for your commitment to this community. We want to thank our students and faculty for being willing to share their “talents and abilities.” As always, thank you for your partnership.
Dr. Heather Alumbaugh
Vice President for Academic Life
Dear De La Salle Community,
This was not the message we were planning to send you...we had another message ready to go for the opening of the new school year with a much different back-to-school scenario. However, by now you have heard that Governor Newsom has mandated that all public and private schools start the year with Distance Learning, and on Monday, July 20, the CIF announced its decision to delay the start of the athletic seasons until January 2021.
We all agree the best place for our young men is at school. However, the key to us coming back on campus is that Contra Costa County has to be off the “watch list” for 14 days, and that is a moving target. We will continue to plan for different scenarios, and we will be ready to pivot as restrictions are removed or re-imposed. With the new CLASS SCHEDULE, we are prepared for any learning situation that needs to be implemented. At a minimum, we would like to see our young men on campus in small groups of 10 or fewer for some type of mental and physical activity while they are Distance Learning. We just need a little time to decide how to best implement our plans given the guidelines.
A few families in the medical profession have written encouraging us to open fully with all students. We are sorry to say that because of the State mandate, it is not an option at the present time. At best, we could have had 500 students on campus before the mandate (16 students in a classroom, socially distancing). We have encouraged those families to write to Contra Costa Health Services and now the Governor’s Office because that is where the change needs to be made. The School will not go against County guidelines and the State mandate.
As we mentioned in June, our goal is to keep our community together during this time. While Distance Learning was not perfect, our faculty and staff did an exceptional job responding to the immediate conversion. The result of this response is an overwhelming number of transfer student applications from other schools in the area. We have a wait pool of students who are eager to join the De La Salle Community for the best virtual, instructional experience available, enhanced with virtual and in-person community-building, co-curricular, and spiritual events.
As the situation changes, we will continue to update you as we have done throughout the summer. We know the uncertainty can be frustrating, as it is for all of us. We ask for your patience and understanding as we carry on praying, planning, and protecting our community and your sons.
In the Spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.
The President’s Cabinet
- Student Laptops/Online Tech Boot Camp/Tech Check - New Students Only
- 9th Grade Textbook Pick-Up and Photo ID - Mandatory
- 10-12th Grade Textbook Pick-Up & Photo ID - Mandatory
- New Student and Parent Virtual Welcome
- Virtual New Student Orientation
- Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation
- Summer Reading
- Student-Parent Handbook
- Textbook Distribution
- Laptops are required for ALL students. Please visit our Educational Technology page for specifications and recommendations on laptops for use at De La Salle.
Please note: Chromebooks or tablets do not meet our specs.
- All incoming students will complete an Online Tech Boot Camp course through Schoology. Information to access the course was sent out to families and incoming students. The course is available from July through the opening of school and takes between 30 minutes to an hour to complete, and should be completed prior to attending Tech Check.
- Tech Check - Once students have completed the online Tech Boot Camp course, they should bring their laptop to one of the Tech Check Days:
- TBD due to new COVID-19 restrictions, please check back on Monday, August 3rd.
During Tech Check, students will pair their devices to the De La Salle Wi-Fi, add wireless printing connections to our Library printers, and troubleshoot any technology issues prior to the start of school. Tech Check is drop-in, no sign up is required, and should take about 30 minutes.
- The Math Department requires calculators for all students.
- Recommended: TI-83 or TI-84 models. Students cannot use the TI-89.
Students cannot pick up their books or complete the Mandatory Student Orientation process until their tuition contract is completed and their July and August payments are current, including paying for any lost book fees.
The Business Office will have already contacted you through SchoolAdmin if your financial account needs attention. Hence, there is no need to call to confirm the status of your account. Parents, please assist your son by attending to this as soon as possible.
FYI: Families with unresolved financial matters will be blocked from logging into PowerSchool (PS) and therefore unable to view 2020-2021 class schedules, etc. Once their account is up to date, they will be able to access PowerSchool and Schoology.
- Attendance required.
- Student picture photos – ID cards distributed.
- Normal school attire required, including an appropriate collared shirt
- Pants or shorts with a belt
- Shoes and socks or sandals with a back heel (no flip-flops)
- Clean shaven
- Natural color hair, with length no longer than the top of the shirt collar
- Please review the handbook "Grooming and Appearance" section (6.8) for more details.
Freshmen students may choose a 15 minute slot on Sunday, August 9th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to pick up their schedules/locker assignments (if/when we return to campus), course textbooks, and take a student ID Photo
• Attendance required.
• Student picture photos – ID cards distributed.
• Normal school attire required, including an appropriate collared shirt
• Pants or shorts with a belt
• Shoes and socks or sandals with a back heel (no flip-flops)
• Clean shaven
• Natural color hair, with length no longer than the top of the shirt collar
Please review the handbook "Grooming and Appearance" section (6.8) for more details.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions around group assemblies, individual class meetings/orientations will be virtual.
Students will sign up for a 15 minute slot to come to campus for their class schedule/locker assignments (if/when we return to campus), claim course textbooks, and take a student ID Photo.
Due to the current realities around COVID-19 in Contra Costa County, we regret that we had to cancel the New Student and Parent BBQ.
De La Salle will be hosting a Virtual Welcome for all Freshman and/or Transfer students and their parents via Zoom on Sunday, August 9th from 10:00-10:30 a.m.
NEW FAMILY VIRTUAL WELCOME: 10:00-10:30 a.m. via Zoom
9th GRADE BOOK PICK UP & PHOTO IDs: 11:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.
We look forward to seeing all 9th graders and transfer students at our Virtual New Student Orientation Day on Tuesday, August 11th from 4-5 p.m. Although the physical school won’t be open yet and distance learning continues, we are still able to get your son off to a great start with our OnBoard! Program!
WHAT IS ONBOARD!?
OnBoard! is a nationwide program designed to welcome and support new 9th grade and transfer students by connecting them with OnBoard! Leaders, who are positive, responsible, hand-selected 11th and 12th graders. Your student’s OnBoard! Leaders will help them feel more comfortable as well as help them achieve success in their first year of high school and at De La Salle. Students will be grouped with 10 other freshmen students, transfer students will be in two groups specifically with other transfer students. Doesn’t that sound great? It is!
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Your son will receive an emailed invitation to orientation. If they have not received the email by Friday August 7th, please email Mr. Aquino (email@example.com) to request one;
A day or two before orientation, your son will also receive a phone call from their OnBoard! Leader personally inviting them to orientation, and giving the details of how to virtually join and at what time. The Mentors can also answer any questions they may have.
On orientation day, your student will meet their OnBoard! Mentors and a small group of other new students via Zoom.
In order for your son to maximize their experience, if possible, we recommend that they use a computer with a camera rather than a tablet or smartphone for this meeting.
As much as you may want to join in or watch over the shoulder of your child, new student orientation is for students only! However, we would love to see you at our virtual PARENT MEETING that is happening on Friday, August 14th. Look for an email on how to access the parent meeting during the first week of classes, August 10th.
We’re so excited to welcome you to De La Salle!
Pre-participation physicals are due by Friday, August 7. If you are a new student and participating in a summer sport, you must turn it in BEFORE you tryout or practice.
ALL NEW STUDENTS must complete this form, even if they are not playing a sport.
ANY STUDENT-ATHLETE needs to complete this form before the sport's season begins.
All forms must be submitted to Mr. Doug Bauman (firstname.lastname@example.org) by mail or delivered to him in the Trainer's Room or to the Main Office.
Students are required to complete their summer reading before the first day of classes on August 12, 2020.
(Note: Not every student will have summer reading. Please review this list carefully to know what is required of your student.)
We have a special textbook pick-up day just for our 9th grade students on Sunday, August 9th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 9th grade students sign up for a slot using this Sign Up Genius link.
Transfer students will need to sign up to pick up their books on either Monday, August 10th or Tuesday, August 11th from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. using this Sign Up Genius Link.
If you cannot make these dates, please contact the Bookstore at email@example.com.
Students MUST Pick Up their books on one of the dates listed below. Students must be present; parents cannot pick up books for their children.
- Monday, August 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Locker assignments and combinations will also be given at this time.
If you will be out of town during this time, please make alternative arrangements with the Spartan Store well in advance of Book Distribution by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***If prior arrangements are not made and books are not picked up by August 11, there will be a $50 service fee.
Students must have completed the following before they can pick up their books:
1. The online Enrollment Checklist Process through SchoolAdmin
(see the section above about this process)
2. Fulfilled all financial obligations with the Business Office.
For financial questions, please contact Ms. Kathy Resch at (925) 288-8122 or email@example.com;
3. Completed and submitted verification for any academic remediation obligations (for returning students).
To make alternative arrangements or if you have any questions, please email the Bookstore (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call them at (925) 288-8127.
- AP Testing Registration - Registration Deadline TBA
- Academic Accommodations
- Cafeteria & MySchoolBucks
- Campus Ministry
- Concussion Management Policy
- Junior Ring
- Locker Information
- Parent Technology Resources
- Parking Pass
- Schedule Change Requests
- Senior Portraits
- Signature Events
- Student Photo Order Information
- Student Support Services
Check out our AP Testing Page to see how APs were handled in Spring 2020 with the current Covid-19 pandemic and for future updates for the 2021 tests as it becomes available.
We will update you with registration and payment information by August 15th.
If you are interested in discussing the possibilities of addressing academic accommodations for your son, please review the procedures contained on our Academic Accommodations webpage, and then contact Mr. Sean Bristol, our Spartan Success & Learning Needs Coordinator, at (925) 288-8104 or email@example.com.
The De La Salle Cafeteria uses the payment platform "MySchoolbucks."
Register for your student's "MySchoolBucks" lunch account after August 1, 2020 to enroll in the prepaid payment plan.
The prepaid account is linked to your son’s student ID card. By scanning his card at the cashier station, he will not need to use the touchpad or exchange cash with our cashiers which is important in limiting the spread of the coronavirus.
Returning students can use last year's account.
Please note: You will not be able to register for an account until August 1st.
Follow this link to visit the Cafeteria home page to view more information about MySchoolBucks, to enroll, and to see a sample menu!
Campus Ministry is an integral part of Student Life at De La Salle. Through liturgies, immersions, retreats, charity drives, worship and faith groups, and participation in Lasallian youth, students are able to emulate the life and deeds of our Founder in service, faith, and community.
The Campus Ministry has prepared many opportunities for your sons to experience the De La Salle brotherhood and a vital faith life. We strongly encourage you to sign up for the retreats that fill up fast, especially the Senior Kairos and/or the Father/Son and Parent/Son Retreats. You might also want to begin thinking about your sons participating in one or both of the Ven A Ver (Come and See) Immersion programs, the first one takes place in Salinas and the second one in San Diego.
Class Family Liturgies: (click on the liturgy title to register)
Aug. 9, 2020 - New Student/Parent Welcome Liturgy & BBQ (Cancelled)
Sept. 27, 2020 - Sophomore Family Mass (in Theater) and Brunch (in Hofmann)
Nov. 15, 2020 - Junior Mass of Unity (in Hofmann)
Mar. 7, 2021 - Mother/Son Mass (in Theater) and Brunch (in Hofmann)
Concussions are a unique type of injury as they have a significant effect on a student's cognitive performance and recovery time. In order to maintain continuity in our care for students with concussions and ensure that they are returning to learn in a progression/manner that is appropriate, individualized, and conducive to recovery, De La Salle has established a concussion management policy to help facilitate this process.
Please review sections 8.9 and 8.9.1 in the Student-Parent Handbook for the full De La Salle concussion policy.
JUNIORS: Your class ring orders will take place this Fall! We will be getting back to you in late September or early October with the class ring ordering information and order days. When you place your class ring order this Fall, you will be able to receive your ring at the Junior class ring mass/ceremony which will take place this Winter or Early Spring.
You may contact Jostens at martin.oliveira@Jostens.com or by phone at (925) 838-1835.
Congratulations and we will look forward to seeing you soon!
Student locker numbers and combinations:
To access your Locker combination from your phone use a web browser and go to www.wintondrivedistrict.org/public.
Login to your PowerSchool account, from the left panel there is a Locker Information Tab to see your number and combination.
Locks for PE / Sports
- Gym locks are available for sale in the Spartan Store ($5).
- ONLY locks purchased at the Spartan Store may be used on gym lockers.
- Lockers are only available for athletes during their season.
There are many ways to communicate with teachers electronically, such as through PowerSchool, Schoology, and Google accounts. All students have these accounts and should use them regularly. New students will learn how to access and use them during the Online Tech Boot Camp.
Parents and incoming students should have already received information for accessing their separate PowerSchool, Schoology, and Google Suite (students only) accounts in June.Please note: Schoology and Google accounts will not be accessible until July 1, 2020. If you did not receive an email, please contact our Registrar, Mrs. Linda Byrne (firstname.lastname@example.org)
FYI: All adult emails at De La Salle are LastnameFirstinitial@dlshs.org (e.g. Dr. Heather Alumbaugh's email is email@example.com).
Visit our Parent Technology Resource page, which has articles and tools to help you navigate technology use with your son.
Student Parking Permit Guidelines:
- Priority is given to seniors on campus. Overflow parking for Seniors/Juniors is available at the Church of Latter Day Saints on Treat Blvd. Spaces are determined by lottery.
- Sophomores are not permitted to park on campus or at the overflow site.
For the 2020-21 school year, the application process has moved online. Application information will be sent to families in a separate email in August.
Schedule Changes will be online only and ongoing. To schedule an appointment for schedule changes, please contact Director of Academic Services, Ms. Lillian Dickson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email Ms. Lillian Dickson to make a schedule change ASAP.
Note: Changes based on teacher preference are not considered.
Congratulations Class of 2021!
Studio One Photography is our official Senior Portrait Photographer. Appointments for your Senior Portraits have started.
Rising seniors received a message from Studio One to their @dlshs.org emails in July. Call the number (925) 361-0430 or go to: www.studio1experience.com to make your appointment ASAP.
De La Salle’s fundraising events allow you to support the school’s financial goals through fun, engaging experiences through our Signature Events!
Due to the recent surge of COVID-19, all of the De La Salle Signature Events for the 2020-21 school year have been postponed. Dates for these events will be communicated to our families during the Fall semester.
- A Taste of De La Salle a fun evening of local and exclusive food and wine samplings.
- The De La Salle Golf Classic benefits our financial aid program which provides need-based scholarships for students who otherwise would not be able to attend our school.
- The De La Salle Crab Feed sells out every year and is organized with the tremendous support of the Parent Association!
- The Spring Auction, our premier event, supports co-curricular programs and activities enjoyed by our students – from the arts to athletics, campus ministry to clubs.
Go to our Signature Events webpage for more information about all our events.
You can also print this order form and bring it with you to the Mandatory Orientation Day. All students will receive an ID card at orientation. This photo will be your yearbook photo (except for Senior tuxedo portraits taken by appointment with Studio One).
The De La Salle Student Support Services office provides students and parents the availability of professional counselors. Counseling sessions are offered to students and parents to assist with any academic, social, emotional, relationship, or family matter.
Counselors can assist students and parents with clarifying problems, defining alternative choices in situations, and providing information that may affect the situation. Counselors do not make decisions for either students or parents nor are they responsible for changing class schedules or making decisions on disciplinary matters.
Counselors act as supportive advocates for students and parents and are available to help with any situation presented to them.
Please visit the Student Support Services webpage for more information about the department and a listing of the counselors on campus.