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Spotlight on Campus Life


December 2018


Our annual Toy Drive, headed by the freshman class and Mr. Eidson, is up and running now through December 19. Freshmen students are asked to buy toys for ages 0-4, sophomores for ages 5-7, juniors for ages 8-10, and seniors for ages 11-13. 

The National Honor Society is once again offering a prize to students who donate.  Bring a toy or a $10 donation and they can wear sweat pants on final exam days. When they donate they receive a wristband to wear on exam days.  No wristband – no sweats, as Mr. Aliotti says. The date for

Senior Yearbook Ads has been extended through December!

Here is a rundown of events up until our Christmas break:

  • Theatre Arts play “Dogfight” continues with shows on Dec. 6, 7, and 8 (closing night). Tickets online, at the door or the bookstore. Students $6 – adults $12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
  • De La Salle will play Mater Dei in the CIF State Open Division Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 8. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.  
  • Theatre Auditions for the Spring play "Pygmalion" begin Dec. 10-14.
  • The Vontoure Basketball Classic begins Thursday, Dec. 6 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 8.
  • Physics Boat Races in the pool, Dec. 11.
  • The De La Salle/Carondelet Christmas Concert is Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Hofmann Student Center at 7 p.m. This free event includes DLS and CHS student choirs and the jazz and concert bands.
  • The Soccer Classic Showcase for those enthusiast runs Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15.
  • And – of course – Semester 1 final exams are Monday, Dec. 17, Tuesday, Dec. 18, and Wednesday, Dec. 19.
  • Christmas Break begins Dec. 21, and classes for semester two resume on Wednesday, Jan. 9.



Annual De La Salle Toy Drive (Nov. 15 - Dec. 19)
The De La Salle annual Toy Drive began on November 15 and ends Wednesday, December 19. 

Freshmen students are asked to buy toys for ages 0-4, sophomores for ages 5-7, juniors for ages 8-10, and seniors for ages 11-13. 

The agencies we help are The Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Holiday Helpers Warehouse in Martinez, The Oakland Catholic Worker, Monument Crisis Center, and Running With Love which brings toys to the migrant camps we visit during the Ven a Ver Salinas Immersion.



Crab Feed Student Servers Needed
Student servers are needed for the Annual De La Salle Crab Feed, which will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 6-10 pm in the De La Salle Hofmann Student Center. Juniors and seniors can sign up to be servers through the provided link, and are required to signup for one of the mandatory orientation meetings. 

CRAB FEED STUDENT SIGNUP


 

Spotlight on Campus Life Archives

November 2018


November 2018



HARLAN COHEN AT DE LA SALLE ON NOV. 7 (This is a free event, registration is not required)

New York bestselling author, Harlan Cohen, will be on the De La Salle campus on Wednesday, November 7. Co-hosted by the College Counseling Departments and the Parent Associations at De La Salle and Carondelet, the presentation will take place in the De La Salle Theatre, starting at 7 pm.

Cohen will be here to present on his book, Happy, Healthy, Almost Stress-Free College Planning: A New Approach to Search & Selection

Cohen is a nationally syndicated advice columnist and speaker at over 500 high school and college campuses. An author of five books, he is a frequent guest on television and radio programs, and has appeared on the Today Show.  



Annual De La Salle Toy Drive (Nov. 15 - Dec. 19)
De La Salle will hold its annual Toy Drive, beginning on Thursday, November 15 and ending on Wednesday, December 19. 

Freshmen students are asked to buy toys for ages 0-4, sophomores for ages 5-7, juniors for ages 8-10, and seniors for ages 11-13. 

The agencies we help are The Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Holiday Helpers Warehouse in Martinez, The Oakland Catholic Worker, Monument Crisis Center, and Running With Love which brings toys to the migrant camps we visit during the Ven a Ver Salinas Immersion.



Crab Feed Student Servers Needed
Student servers are needed for the Annual De La Salle Crab Feed, which will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 6-10 pm in the De La Salle Hofmann Student Center. Juniors and seniors can sign up to be servers through the provided link, and are required to signup for one of the mandatory orientation meetings. 

CRAB FEED STUDENT SIGNUP



Fall 2018 California Scholastic Federation Membership
Congratulations to the 150 De La Salle students that earned California Scholastic Federation Membership or Associate Membership for the fall 2018.

CLICK HERE to see the list of De La Salle students that earned Fall 2018 CSF Memberships 

CSF membership is based on an on-time application (retroactive membership is not allowed) submitted at the beginning of each semester and based on the previous semester grades earned (CJSF Honor Award for 1st semester 9th graders).  

Applications for spring of 2019 membership, based on fall 2018 grades, will be available at the end of January in Schoology from Ms. Lopez, CSF Moderator.

October 2018

October 2018


Homecoming: Friday, October 5 will mark the annual homecoming football game for De La Salle, when it hosts Monte Vista at 7 p.m. Students are asked to wear either white or pink (in support of Breast Cancer Awareness) to the game on Friday night.

The Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday, October 6. Juniors and seniors will have their dance at the De La Salle Hofmann Center, while the freshman and sophomore dance will be held at Carondelet's Garaventa Center. 

As part of homecoming, De La Salle and Carondelet ask seniors to select students who represent excellence in a set of categories.

2018 De La Salle/Carondelet Homecoming Court
Leadership: Jason Abele and Delaney O'Connell
Character: Henry To'oto'o and Isis Tolson
Service: JC Wackowski and Kyle Parco and Sophie Schmitz
Spirit: Rocco Locicero and Bailey Choi
Faith: Matthew Oertli and Grace Fenton
Humanitarian: Erich Storti and Christina Abudayeh
Spartan Courage: Jason Abele
Cougar Pride: Sophie Schmitz

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Homecoming Court Descriptions

HOMECOMING COURT 2018
CATEGORIES

CHARACTER
These candidates demonstrate the highest standards of honesty, reliability and ethical principles. They exemplify cheerfulness, friendliness and poise and are caring and respectful toward others.

SPIRIT
These candidates demonstrate high energy and enthusiasm in supporting all school-related activities. Possessing a strong sense of pride in their school, their vitality and school spirit generate an inspiring atmosphere for others.

FAITH
These candidates promote responsible living and model the Gospel message of love, forgiveness, charity and peace. They recognize the dignity of others and respond to them with love and respect.

SERVICE
These candidates have a strong sense of duty and determination. They work well with others, take on difficult tasks and represent what it means to be “selfless” to family, school and community.

HUMANITARIAN  
These candidates represent leadership, character, service, spirit and faith. They strive to include others, are dedicated to their responsibilities, and demonstrate a true passion to their school and community.

LEADERSHIP
These candidates demonstrate a commitment to others, recognizing their needs and support their endeavors. Leading by example, they serve as role models through their promotion of school activities and school ideals.

School Holidays: One Monday and Tuesday, October 8 and 9, De La Salle will have no school in recognition of Columbus Day. School will be closed both days, so enjoy the four-day weekend. 

PSAT/PACT Testing: On Wednesday, October 10, there will be PSAT testing for the sophomores and PACT testing for juniors. The freshman class will take part on the Freshman Retreat. This day in mandatory for freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The senior class will have an optional college application workshop provided by the De La Salle College Counseling Office.

Freshman Retreat: All freshmen will participate in an on-campus retreat on Wednesday, October 10 (8:05 a.m. - noon). The retreat is a community-building experience that welcomes students to the Spartan brotherhood at De La Salle.

Driver's Education: Quarter 2 for driver's education will begin on Thursday, October 11.  Register through the De La Salle school calendar. Driver's ed classes are held Monday through Thursday during 7th period.

Cereal Drive: The Cereal Drive ends on Friday, October 12. Our goal is 3000 boxes for the Contra Costa County Food Bank. This year is a class competition. Here are the percentages donated for each class as of Oct. 3: freshman (41.5%), sophomore (41.2%), juniors (14.3%), seniors (9.8%), and faculty/staff (15.4%).

Senior Night: The De La Salle football game against Foothill on Friday, October 12 is senior night. All the seniors of the varsity football team will be recognized prior to the start of the game.


 

September 2018

Welcome Week: Our Leadership class put on a stirring Welcome Rally (8/24) and Dance (8/25). It was good to celebrate the student energy of being back at school again!  We once again had dances at both Carondelet (freshman) and De La Salle (10-11-12). Happy campers when we were done. 

Back to School Night: Both National Honors Society and Student Leadership will join forces along with the Parent Association to help guide a Back to School Night this Thursday, Sept. 6. We start promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Classes start at 7 p.m. The Parents Association will have refreshments and goodies at the end of the evening.

Intramural Quad Hockey and Freshman Flag Football is getting ready to begin.  Quad Hockey sign-ups begin this week. Freshman teams are coordinated in their 4th period classes with their teachers.

Club Fair/Picture Retakes: Our annual fair is Thursday, Sept. 13, with over 25 clubs participating. The Carondelet Club Fair is the same day, so boys can check their clubs out too. Then on Wednesday, Sept. 20, students who wish to have their student ID picture retaken can do so in the OC (or gym) at lunch. In order to get their new ID card they need to bring with them their current ID and the picture packet they should have received in the mail from Studio One Photography. FYI: ID pictures are used in the yearbook (except for seniors who take portraits).

Homecoming: Plans for Homecoming 2018 are in process. Again this year De La Salle and Carondelet are coordinating two separate dances. De La Salle will host junior and seniors in the Hofmann Center. Carondelet will host all freshmen and sophomores in their Garaventa Center. The dances are scheduled for Saturday, October 6. Tickets will go on sale the week of Sept. 17 (or sooner), at a cost of $10 per ticket. Dress is formal or business attire. It is also a guest pass dance. The form will be available on our website the week of Sept. 10, on at www.dlshs.org. Go to Campus Life then “school forms.” 

Please note: Students must have their ID card to enter the dance.  We will be communicating to you attendance adjustments we are working on based on suggestions from last year’s event.  Stay tuned!

March 2018

 

Class Council Elections: Students interested in running for class council leadership positions for the 2018-19 school year have submitted applications and are currently being screened by senior leadership. Elections are scheduled for the week of March 12th or March 19 – date TBA as schedules are being reviewed.

Talent Show: Lasallian Student Leadership class is prepping for a school talent show on Thursday, March 22nd. Auditions are in currently in process.

Junior Prom: The DLS & CHS Junior Prom is slated for Friday, March 23th from 7:00 to 10:00P at Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville. The cost is $60 per student and registration is available on the CHS homepage as they are the lead school for this year’s Prom and Ball. This dress up evening includes a buffet, dessert, drinks, dancing, photo booth and a casino experience to go with a Monte Carlo theme. It is a guest pass dance. DLS students will need one only if their date is NOT a CHS student. The form is available on the CHS registration page and on our website under Quicklinks – School Forms.

Senior Ball: Although not in the month of March, the Senior Ball is scheduled for Saturday night, April 21st in San Francisco’s Metreon - City View. To give everyone time to plan, registration for the ball (through CHS) will be available soon.

Senior Grad Night: An evening celebration for the classes of 2018 follows the morning and afternoon graduation ceremonies for both DLS and CHS. Registration is up and running on our homepage under Quicklinks – Graduation 2018.

December 2017

December is here and Christmas is near! Our Toy Drive continues through the upcoming final exams. We are providing Christmas gifts to a variety of charities including Holiday Helpers Warehouse in Martinez, the Bay Area Crisis Nursey, Oakland Catholic Worker, the Monument Crisis Center and Running with Love charity. Freshman have ages 0-3 , sophomores 4-7, Juniors 8-10 and seniors 11-13. Only new, unwrapped toys please. Give the gift of Christmas by lighting up the eyes of a child in need.

Here is a rundown of events up until our Christmas Break:

  • Auditions for the spring musical (The Little Shop of Horrors) begins Monday, Dec. 4th with an auditioning workshop where interested students can learn how to audition then auditions rest of the week (3:00 to 5:00P in the theatre).
  • The Vontoure Basketball Classic in the DLS gym, Dec. 7 through Dec. 9.
  • Christmas Spirit week starting on Monday, Dec. 11th courtesy of our Student Leadership class.
  • The annual joint Christmas Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 13th at 7:00P in the Hofmann Center. This free event includes DLS & CHS student choirs and the jazz and concert bands.
  • The Soccer Classic Showcase for those enthusiast runs Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15th and 16th.
  • And – of course – Semester 1 final exams beginning Monday, Dec.18-19-20.
  • Christmas Break begins Dec. 21st. Classes resume on Monday, Jan. 10th.

We thank all of you for the gift you’ve given us – the honor of loving, instructing and guiding your son. A blessed and joyful Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!

NOVEMBER 2017

November 2017

October was a busy month (as usual!). The Cereal drive ended just shy of our 3,000 box goal, Campus Ministry held two Junior retreats, Ms. DeWeese took her art classes to the DeYoung Museum, our Jefferson Awards Club engaged with “Light the Night Walk” in Walnut Creek, and our Visual and Performing Arts Department held a new “One Night Only” event for middle school students and families - a window into the creativity of our students.

We eased into the end of October with a mini-Fall Fest/Halloween activities week in coordination with Jefferson’s Awards Duck Race (plastic ducks) in the DLS pool supporting blood cancer awareness and finished with our Sunday, Junior Mass of Unity and ring blessing ceremony.

There are lots of cool upcoming events happening in November.

Upcoming November events:

  • Theatre Arts production – The Outsiders – opening night is Thursday, Nov. 9th (Click here for a full view of dates)
  • Quad Hockey and Frosh Flag Football playoffs will conclude shortly.
  • Thanksgiving Prayer Service is a week earlier this year (11/16).
  • Thanksgiving break runs from 11/22 through 11/26. We’re back on Monday, 11/27.
  • CHS Vision of Christmas starts up on Nov. 28th (special schedules for us from the 28th through Dec. 1st).

.The DLS Christmas Toy Drive begins on Monday, 11/20 ending on Dec. 15th.