Macbeth, our DLS Lenten journey, Junior Prom, and Senior Mother and Son Liturgy & Brunch - these are just some of the topics covered in this issue. 
Spartan Spotlight
March 2017
PresidentLetterFrom the President

Dear Families,
In setting the annual budget, we always seek to achieve three goals: to provide the highest-quality educational program, to meet the full financial needs of our students, and to ensure the long-term financial stability of the school. 

Tuition revenue covers approximately 90% of the actual cost of educating our young men.  In 2017-2018, each student's actual cost of education will be underwritten by approximately $2,200 which will come from fundraising and the generosity of benefactors.  Your tuition payments and our benefactors' donations together represent a serious investment in your son's education.

This current year, the tuition and book rental fee totaled $17,500.  For the 2017-2018 school year, tuition and book rental fees will total $18,550, an increase of 6%. 
We understand that a tuition increase may constitute a hardship for some families which is why we make available approximately $2.6 million in financial aid in 2016-2017 and $2.7 million in 2017-2018.  For those families who can afford to pay the additional amount or more, please consider a donation to De La Salle and at the same time receive a tax deduction for a charitable contribution.
Our commitment to keeping tuition increases to a minimum is made possible through two focused and finely balanced efforts: (1) detailed financial budgeting and (2) the philanthropic support we receive from parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, foundations, the Brothers' community, faculty, staff, and friends thanks to the efforts of the De La Salle Annual Fund.  Our plan for the coming year, carried out in partnership with you, should enable us to balance next year's operating budget, without diminishing De La Salle's trademark academic program or decreasing access to our school for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.  I hope that you will agree that we have struck an appropriate balance and that we are serving as wise stewards of De La Salle's extraordinary assets.
Please feel free to contact Lynne Jones, Vice President for Finance, with any thoughts or questions you might have regarding tuition at (925) 288-8125 or .
In the Spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle,
Mark DeMarco '78

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AlumbaughHFrom the Vice President for Academics

1 March 2017
Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,
As I write this letter, I am literally flying across the country as I return to De La Salle from the Lasallian Association of Secondary School Administrators Conference, where I began this Lenten season. At the conference, we were given the opportunity to listen to theologian Dr. Ann Garrido's examination of the Benedictine concept of Conservatio Morum. Although this phrase is a difficult concept to translate, it can be understood in at least two ways: the ongoing construction/conversion of life and a conversation of life. According to Dr. Garrido, the Benedictines teach us that the two translations are inter-dependent. In order to practice daily conversion, we have to be open to multiple types of conversations, of thoughtful self-expression as well as deliberate and open listening to God's voice, our voice, and others' voices.
I bring up this concept because it reminds me, in some ways, of the extraordinary assembly we hosted on February 22 - and of the inspiring, thoughtful behavior our young men exhibited not only at that assembly but also during the entire two weeks that included Carondelet High School's participation in A Billion Rising and our own Respect week.
Let me paint the picture of that assembly for you.
I have written many times about the ongoing programs and curriculum at DLS that aim to foster healthy and respectful masculinity. We invited Mr. Ashanti Branch to be our speaker at the assembly because his educational leadership focuses precisely on that concept. On that day, over 1,000 students, the administration, the entire faculty, and many staff members gathered in the gym. As Mr. Branch began telling his story of the challenging path he faced to become an educated man and educational leader, our students listened. They were quiet (imagine! 1,000+ young men absolutely silent!). They were engaged, respectful, and contemplative.
In the last 10 minutes, Mr. Branch asked our students to write on two sides of a sheet of paper: one side contained what they show others about themselves, and the other side contained the characteristics they do not allow others to see. The students then threw the paper, crunched up, into the center of the gym, and a group of student volunteers read in a circle the anonymous thoughts of some of their peers. It was beautiful and inspiring to hear how your sons articulated their understandings of their strengths and vulnerabilities. It was equally compelling to see how avidly our students listened. As a parent to a son, I sincerely wish you could have been there to see it. If you heard about the two days of free dress following the assembly, now you know why: because we wanted in some small way to reward the wonderful maturity of our student population and their (perhaps unwitting) participation in the ongoing practice of Conservatio Morum.
The week before the assembly, a group of male and female students flew to Washington D.C. to participate in Close Up, a national student program that aims "to inform, inspire, and empower students to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy" ( ). According to our history teacher Mr. Matt Harrison, who organizes and chaperones the trip, Close Up is a "vital experience for students to see government in action." Students have the opportunity to meet peers from around the country who have vastly different regional experiences and political perspectives, and they get to experience first-hand a phenomenal city. Students met Congressman DeSaulnier; visited the Library of Congress, Holocaust Museum, Georgetown, Newseum, Capital Building, Commandant's house, and multiple monuments. They were able to witness Senate in action when they saw Senator John McCain offer a dissenting argument on the floor. The whirlwind ended with a full mock Student Congress.
In the month of March, we will continue to see our students participate in multiple inspiring and diverse educational activities. Here I share some of the highlights:
  • It is an active month for our band program, as our Jazz band will participate in the CSU Stanislaus Jazz Festival (3/4), and our entire band program will participate in the Sonoma State Band Festival (3/10)
  • On March 5-7, DLS and CHS will participate in the Every 15 Minutes Program primarily with our Junior and Senior students.
  • There are multiple Campus Ministry events this month, starting with the celebration of Ash Wednesday, the 106 and 107 Kairos, and Ven a Ver in San Diego
  • Our Robotics team will head to UC Davis for the Robotics Competition (3/24-25), for which they have been preparing all year
  • The opening night of Macbethon March 30th will wrap up the month.
I wish you all a thoughtful Lenten season.
Thank you, again, for sharing your sons with us.
Dr. Heather Alumbaugh

Admissions Admissions

All students who are conditionally accepted for the 2017-18 school year as part of the Spartan Success Program will be required to attend summer school at DLS from July 10-28. 

Classes will be overed in Mathematics and English along with a Study Skills component. Students are required to attend all classes, so please plan your summer vacation accordingly. Absence from these classes may jeopardize fall enrollment.

Acceptance notification letters will be mailed on March 17.

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Annual Fund Parent Participation Progress Report

Over 57.4% have participated in our Annual Fund efforts. We invite you to make a gift to the Annual Fund anytime before the end of the school year and be a part of our school-year-end totals of parent participation. Also, if you did make a pledge - you can put your gift to work right away by sending in your pledge payment.  Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference -  click here to make a gift today!
Questions? Contact Director of Development Karla Wiese at (925) 288-8195 or

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AlumniRelationsAlumni Relations - Save the Dates!

Dads and Grads Casino Night
DLS Hofmann Center 
Sunday, April 2, 2017 4 p.m.

Swim Meet and Reunion -  Saturday, April 1, 2017
Volleyball Match and Reunion -  Saturday, April 22, 2017
Baseball Game and Reunion -  Spring 2017 (TBD)

  • Sacramento Mixer @ Sauced BBQ and Spirits in Sacramento
    Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
  • South Bay Mixer
    Spring 2017 - TBD
  • San Francisco Mixer
    Spring 2017 - TBD

Our Winter teams are reaching the end of their season, while Spring teams are just getting underway!

Read more about our summer camps, National Letter of Intent signers, and our Winter wrap (so far) here.

Bookstore Bookstore

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Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Days and hours of operation reflect the students' schedule. 

March Madness Sale : From March 13th - March 26th, everything ONLINE is 15% off (excludes special order items).  This is the perfect opportunity to purchase something green to wear for St. Patrick's Day!
Book Reminder:   Has your student checked that he has all of his textbooks?  Several have been turned into the Bookstore and entered back into our system. 
Online Shopping:  Shop online with the option to pick up your items at the bookstore or have them shipped to any location of your choice.  
We will be  CLOSED  from April 12th - April 23rd and reopen on Monday, April 24th.
BusinessOfficeBusiness Office

Tuition Payments: As a reminder, tuition payments are due on the 1st of each month and considered late after the 10th of that month.  If you have questions relating to your tuition obligation, call Ms. Kathy Resch in the Business Office at 925-288-8122 or e-mail her at .  All accounts need to be current before finals and graduation.
Financial Aid Applications:  Financial Aid applications for the 2017-2018 school year are available online.  They were due Monday, February 13th.  All families need to re-apply each school year.  If you have missed the deadline, please complete your application as soon as possible.  Financial aid grants may not be available to late applicants.

Upload your taxes to your financial aid application ASAP if you haven't already done so.

CampusLifeCampus Life 

Welcome to a very busy March! 

Click here to find information on Every 15 Minutes, Driver's Ed, Junior Prom, Senior Ball and Grad Night.

CampusMinistryCampus Ministry
"Preach by example, and practice before the eyes of the young what you wish them to accept."  St. John Baptist de La Salle
The Charity Challenge launched on Ash Wednesday in the hopes of raising $10,775.22 to support the Nativity Village School in Eritrea; the Christian Brother's Ministries in India and Sri Lanka; our DLS Academy; and Generation Alive, founded by Jeremy Affeldt to develop a generation of leaders committed to service. 

In March, we will have our last SIP and Kairos retreat of the year. 

A few reminders about upcoming events, too: 
March 12 - Senior Mother and Son Liturgy & Brunch. 

March 20 - a group of students will be going to San Diego on a Ven A Ver immersion.

March 22 - our annual, school-wide Reconciliation Service.
Read here for more details about Campus Ministry programs.

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CollegeCounselingCollege Counseling

Check out the many college planning events for underclassmen coming up this spring-from our College Planning Evening for Families of 1st Generation College Bound Students on March 9th, to our College Preview Night for Juniors and their Families on April 5 th, and the College Fair at St. Mary's College on May 6 th.  

Please also see reminders for Seniors to wrap up all of the required steps as they make their college decisions by May 1 st.

For all of this and more, visit our College Counseling page here.

Macbeth tickets are available for advance sale online!

Click on the poster or the link below to purchase tickets. You may purchase tickets online up to 24 hours before each performance. (If you wish to purchase tickets within 24 hours of the show, please visit our Bookstore.) 

Parental guidance is suggested as this is a Shakespearean tragedy.

ParentEducationSeriesParent Education Series:  The Hunting Ground

De La Salle High School proudly presents a screening of
The Hunting Ground
Tuesday, March 14 6:30 p.m.
Hofmann Student Center
The Hunting Ground
 is a 2015 documentary that discusses the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. Following the film, there will be a facilitated audience discussion about some themes in the film and how students can stay safe in their college e nvironments.

This is a FREE screening. Please register using  this form to attend.

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Announcing the 2017 Parent Survey! You may remember that your son was required to complete a student survey to register for classes just this past month. The Annual De La Salle Parent Survey is part of the same accreditation project. 

The survey should take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and will open on March 3. The link will be on the DLS homepage (

Please note that this survey is anonymous, and your responses cannot and will not affect your son's grades or financial aid award. The survey will be open March 3 - March 31. 

We deeply appreciate the time you take to communicate with us through this important survey. 

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Elizabeth Berkes, Director of Faculty Development and WCEA School Coordinator ( or 925-288-8149).

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P3DLS Purchase Power Program 

Our P program allows you to give to DLS -- without any additional cost to yourself. 

Do you use Amazon? Drink from Starbucks? Shop at Nordstrom? Go on a spending spree at Target? If so, then you might want to look at our Ppartners. If you buy a gift card for one of those stores -- or any of the other major name brand shops and restaurants 
in the catalog -- then a percentage of that purchase goes to support DLS students.

Visit the P3 homepage here for more details about our partners!
WintonArtsFestival2017 Winton Arts Festival
April 28 @ 6 p.m. in the Carondelet Inner Court
The Annual Winton Arts Festival is around the corner!

We will feature

  • Student Art Show
  • Chorus, Chorale, and Concert Choir with Concert and Jazz Band Performances @ 7 p.m.
  • Special Effects Makeup Demonstrations from Company's production of Macbeth
  • Dessert reception following the concert
We hop e to see you on the evening of the 28th for this special premiere! If you can't make it that evening, you can still see the students' artwork through May 5th.

Thank you for your support!
De La Salle and Carondelet Fine Arts Departments
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CHSParentAssociationCarondelet Parent Association 

On March 13 at 6:30 p.m., the Carondelet Parent Association will host their next Parent Education Series - a conversation about "The ABCs of Underage Partying."

Read here for more information about the conversation, especially in light of the Every 15 Minutes Program. RSVP is not required for DLS only families (but is required for CHS families).

If you have any further questions, you can call our Main Office at (925) 288-8100 or email