December Letter from the Principal




Letter from the Principal

December, 2016

Dear Parents:

It is difficult to believe, but we are only two weeks from the end of our fall semester and the upcoming Christmas holidays!  We hope that you and your family had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving, and we are looking forward to a strong conclusion to our second nine weeks. There are several upcoming December events to take note of.


Updated Addresses, Emails, Mobile Numbers
Parents, please contact our registrar, Mrs. Marilyn D’Antoni, at [email protected] if your essential contact information changes.  Please alert us if you are not receiving information.


Second Harvest Food Drive
Tuesday, December 6th, is our final day of collection for the needy of our city.  We have already amassed over 2,000 cans of food, and we hope to grow this number in our final few days of the collection.  Thank you to all of you for your generosity and your commitment to those who need it most.


De La Salle Band’s Winter Concert on Monday, December 5th
Our band will perform its annual Winter Concert this Monday, December 5th at 7:00 pm in our cafeteria.   All are welcome and encouraged to attend this performance.  Mr. Duncan Pray, our band director, will lead the band through its performance on this night.


Junior and Junior Parent College Application Night, Tuesday, December 6th
Juniors and all parents of juniors, please plan to attend this informational night on Tuesday, the 6th, at 6:00 pm in our library.  Ms. Kate Massey, our Director of College Admissions, will be providing essential information to the college application process.  Please email Ms. Massey at [email protected] if you have questions regarding this event.


La Troupe de la Salle’s A Tuna Christmas, December 8th, 9th, 10th, and 12th
Please come out and support our drama club, La Troupe de la Salle, as La Troupe stages our first production of the year, A Tuna Christmas.  All performances start at 7:30 pm.


School-wide Mass on Thursday, December 8th
Thursday, the 8th, we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with a school-wide Mass that morning. Our chaplain, Father Michael Schneller, will say the Mass.


9th Grade Retreat, Friday, December 9th
All freshmen are obligated to attend the 9th grade retreat on Friday, December 9th.  Freshmen students will be permitted to dress down in our “Maroon and White” dress-down style on this day.  Students will report to school and be dismissed from school at the normal times.  Students will be bused off-campus to three different locations, and parents must return all permission slips via edline or via the Google link texted to you. Again, all 9th grade students must attend this retreat.  Please email Mr. Behan at [email protected] if you have any questions.


Final Exams
Final exams will take place on Thursday, December 15th, and Friday, December 16th.  Exams for blocks C and D will be administered on Thursday; exams for blocks A and B will be administered on Friday.  Dismissal is at 11:00 am on both exam days.


Christmas Holidays, Final Grade Reminders and Return to School
School is closed from December 17th through January 3rd.  Students return to school for a full day of school on Wednesday, January 4th


Please be reminded that final grades are not due from teachers until the first week of January.

Also, please be reminded that we are on a semester policy, and students in semester courses who fail the first OR second quarter must attend summer school.


Important Reminder
Please be reminded that personal meetings with faculty and administration must be arranged by appointment only.  No administrator or faculty member is mandated to take a meeting from a parent or guardian that has not been pre-arranged.  Thank you for your cooperation with this policy.


Extracurricular Activities
Boys’ and girls’ soccer teams, the wrestling team, and the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have started their seasons and are representing De La Salle quite well!  Please come out and support the Cavs as they take to the field and the floor!


As always, we thank you for entrusting your children to us, and we look forward to a blessed and peaceful Christmas holiday. Take care, and may God bless you and yours.




Paul Kelly, ’83

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