Principal’s April Letter
Letter from the Principal
The 4th Quarter has officially begun, and we are in the “home-stretch” of the school year. April is the last month of school for our seniors, and many events and ceremonies take place both on and off-campus.
STATE LITERARY RALLY AND MU ALPHA THETA
Some of our finest students will participate in the State Literary Rally and/or the Mu Alpha Theta convention this Saturday, the 1st, in Baton Rouge. We wish them the best of luck!
LA TROUPE DE LA SALLE’S FINAL PERFORMANCE, MONDAY, APRIL 3rd
La Troupe’s final performance, a stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery And Then There Were None, concludes its five-night run on Saturday, April 1st and Monday, April 3rd. Curtain is at 7:30 pm.
SCHEDULING FOR RETURNING STUDENTS
Students are soon to begin the process of scheduling courses for the 2017-18 school year. On Tuesday, April 4th, we will be holding level assemblies with the 9th, 10th, and 11th graders to discuss possible electives. The first “draft” of your child’s schedule will be sent home with your child on Friday, April 7th. Please be on the lookout for our scheduling timeline, which will be posted to edline next week and which will include further information and deadlines.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION CEREMONY, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5th
Our National Honor Societies will induct their newest members and will recognize their entire memberships on Wednesday, April 5th, at 7:00 pm in our cafeteria. This is a mandatory event for all members of our honor societies (NHS, French, Spanish, English, Mu Alpha Theta, Science, Quill and Scroll, and the Junior Classical League), and parents are encouraged to attend. Dress is shirt and tie for boys and similarly appropriate attire for girls. Each child will be recognized at this event.
MANDATORY SENIOR PARENT MEETING, THURSDAY, APRIL 6th, 6:00 PM
This meeting is mandatory for all senior parents, and parents will be given tickets to graduation, as well as have an opportunity to purchase tickets for the Senior Breakfast Awards Ceremony. Information regarding prom, exams, Senior Fun Day, Senior Breakfast, and graduation and graduation practices will be disseminated on this night.
HONOR ROLL BREAKFASTS ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, APRIL 6th AND 7th
We celebrate our honor roll students from the 3rd Quarter by treating them to breakfast in our cafeteria and presenting them with honor roll cards on Thursday, the 6th (8th, 9th and 12th grades) and Friday, the 7th (10th and 11th grades). Congratulations to all who made the list!
JUNIOR RETREAT, FRIDAY, APRIL 7th
Our final junior retreat of the school year takes place on Friday, April 7th, from 3:00 pm to approximately 10:00 pm on the campus of Loyola University. Students attending this retreat are permitted a “Maroon and White” dress-down day on this date. Permission slips are available on edline and can be turned in to Mr. Behan, our campus minister.
CAREER DAY FOR SENIORS, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12th
We are again pleased to provide our seniors with an opportunity to interact with De La Salle alumni from a variety of careers on this day. The morning ends with a college panel of recently graduated De La Salle students currently enrolled in various colleges, and our seniors have found this event very beneficial. The day will end with our Lenten Prayer Service.
EASTER HOLIDAYS: EARLY DISMISSAL AND SCHOOL CLOSED
Friendly reminder that our Easter Holidays are approaching. We will have our Lenten Prayer Service on Wednesday, April 12th, and an early dismissal for students at approximately 12:00 pm on this day. School will be closed on Thursday, April 13th through Monday, April 17th, and we will resume classes at the normal time on Tuesday, the 18th.
INTERNATIONAL DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 21st
Our entire school community celebrates our diverse cultural backgrounds on this particular day at De La Salle. The celebration will take place that afternoon in our gym.
JUNIOR-SENIOR PROM, SATURDAY, APRIL 22nd
Where: World War II Museum, in the U.S. Freedom Pavilion
When: 9:00 pm-midnight (lock in 9:30 pm -11:30 pm)
Who: DLS juniors and seniors may each purchase up to 2 tickets–1 for themselves and 1 for a guest of the opposite gender from either DLS (underclassmen are permitted as guests) or another school
Attire: formal (tuxedos for young men, appropriate dresses for young ladies); all DLS grooming rules apply
Cost: $50/ticket (light refreshments only)
Please read all student handbook rules regarding De La Salle dances. All rules will be strictly enforced.
SENIOR EXAMS, GRADUATION PRACTICES, AND SENIOR FUN DAY
Senior exams are Wednesday, April 26th, C and D periods, and Thursday, April 27th, A and B periods. Mandatory graduation practices will take place right after second exams on these days. Senior Fun Day will take place on Friday morning, the 28th, at a site to be determined (due to the construction at the JCC), and the annual Seniors vs. Faculty Basketball Game will conclude the day in our gym.
ACT PREPARATION COURSE, MAY 25th – JUNE 8th
We are pleased to announce that De La Salle will again offer an ACT Preparation Course in the weeks leading up to the June ACT date. All rising juniors and seniors are invited to participate. Mr. Hussein Dossaji will lead the session, and the cost is $300.00 per student. Students who took this course last year found it tremendously beneficial.
Registration for next school year was held last week. If you have not yet registered your child for the upcoming school year, please contact our finance office immediately to do so. This will ensure your child’s spot in next year’s class.
Many important events are right around the corner in May, including the Athletic Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 4th, and the Senior Awards Breakfast on Saturday, May 6th. Please continually check our website and our calendar to stay abreast of all upcoming events.
As always, we thank you for entrusting your children to us, and we wish you and your child a strong finish to the school year. We hope to see you at one or more of the many events over the next two months in which we honor our students and their successes.
Take care, and may God bless you and yours.
Paul Kelly, ‘83