Spotlight on Campus Life
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 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
The Cereal Drive ends on Friday, Oct. 6th. Our goal is 3000 boxes for the Contra Costa County Food Bank. Student Leadership has negotiated a school-wide reward with Mr. Aliotti - hitting cereal benchmarks in exchange for modified dress.
All parents are invited to the screening of the film Angst - a documentary about teenage anxiety - as part of our parent education series. The showing is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5th in the DLS Theatre.
Homecoming: As this is published, we are set to celebrate our homecoming games and dances. As part of homecoming, both schools ask seniors to select students who represent excellence in a set of categories. The results for the 2017 Court are as follows:
Leadership: Harley Blackard & Mackenzie Biles
Character: Joao De Almeida & Lila Mague
Service: Dawson Diaz & Sophia Anderson
Spirit: Dirk Tolson & Kelsey Dempsey
Faith: Ellis Mimms & Catherine Quillin
Humanitarian: Justin Pratt & Kaitlyn Trilevsky
Spartan Courage: Harley Blackard
Cougar Pride: Sydney King
Congratulations to all of our winners!
These candidates demonstrate a commitment to others, recognize their needs and encourage their endeavors. They serve as role models, influencing their peers through their promotion of school activities and their upholding of school ideals.
These candidates demonstrate the highest standards of honesty and reliability, guiding themselves by moral and ethical principles. They exemplify cheerfulness, friendliness, poise and stability. Accepting constructive criticism graciously, they are courteous, caring and respectful toward others.
These candidates have a strong sense of duty and determination. They work well with others, take on difficult tasks and complete all undertakings. They represent what it means to be “selfless” in providing service to family, school and community.
These candidates demonstrate energy, enthusiasm and support in all school-related activities. Possessing a strong sense of pride in their school, their vitality and school spirit generate an exciting atmosphere inspiring others to participate.
These candidates promote responsible living, modeling the Gospel message of love, forgiveness, charity and peace. They recognize the dignity of others and respond to them with respect and love. These individuals’ faith has been expressed by their involvement in Campus Ministry programs.
These candidates represent leadership, character, service, spirit and faith. They strive to include others, are involved in numerous activities, contribute significantly in many areas, and are dedicated to their responsibilities. Humanitarian candidates demonstrate a true dedication to their school and community.