15 December 2020
Magee Hickey
Greetings from Mr. Gault

On Wednesday, 9 December we celebrated "The Season of Hope" with PIX 11 reporter Magee Hickey at our annual Ladies Christmas Luncheon.  Our celebration this year was a virtual event, a first for The De La Salle School. Ms. Hickey graciously shared with us her views on the importance of Catholic Education and specifically referenced the importance of the work and the mission of The De La Salle School. The program began with the school prayer led by Anthony Ulloa of our 8th Grade, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Quron Blount and Carlos Melgar of our 6th Grade and school affirmations recited by Gary Nunez also of our 6th Grade. Mrs. Marguerita Sotelo, mother of alumni Matthew '17 and Edward '19, recorded a beautiful message of gratitude for the education that her sons received at The De La Salle School. The entire Sotelo family joined in extending their wishes to all for the holiday season. The event concluded with a live drawing of the 50/50 raffle won by the Auth Family Children who reside in New York City. Thanks to the committee and our co-chairs Mrs. Susan Cappiello and Mrs. Mary Jane McCartney for all their hard work in ensuring the success of this year's event. Thank you to our Development Director, Ms. Petrina Di Gangi for her diligence researching and navigating the technology needed to host the event.
On Christmas day, we will celebrate that God's holy presence has appeared in our world in the person of Jesus.   Several times a day at The De La Salle School we remember that we are, indeed, in the holy presence of God, yes, even during these difficult times of COVID-19. As we celebrate this Christmas season and enjoy some time off from school we remain grateful for the gift of God's presence as well as each of you for your prayers and financial support of our mission of Catholic education.
Our school building will be closed and all remote learning will be paused from Friday, 18 December 2020 thru Friday, 1 January 2021. We will begin the New Year with remote learning for all students on Monday, 4 January and will return to the building for in person instruction on Monday, 11 January 2021.
Wishing you the blessings of Christs presence this Christmas and throughout the New Year.
William L. Gault
Executive Director

The De La Salle School Annual Virtual Christmas Luncheon
Student Announcements
Join us as we celebrate the achievements of our students!

Week of 30 November
Writer of The Week -Frank Hernandez, Grade 8
Artist of The Week - Anthony Garcia, Grade 7

Week of 7 December
Gentleman of The Week - Noah Wilkerson, Grade 6
Writer of The Week - Steven Zavala, Grade 7
Artist of The Week - Steven Zavala, Grade 7

Week of 14 December
Gentleman of The Week - Jason Portillo, Grade 6
Artist of The Week -
Carlos Melgar, Grade 6

Dec 14 Carlos Melgar, Grade 6 Santa Puppet
Dec 14 Carlos Melgar, Grade 6 Santa Puppet

Tax Law Changes Affecting Charitable Gifts
The CARES Act, designed to help the nation recover from the pandemic, contains four important implications for charitable giving.
  1. New Charitable Donation Deduction for Non-Itemizers
    - Taxpayers taking the standard deduction can now claim up to $300 in cash donations as a charitable deduction.
  2. Higher Deduction Limits - Individuals can deduct cash gifts to the extent of their entire adjusted gross income rather than the cap of 60%.
  3. Increased Deduction Limits for Corporations - The contribution limit for cash donations has been increased to 25%.
  4. Required Minimum Distribution - For 2020, there is no mandatory distribution from retirement accounts allowing retirees to recover losses.  Once they do recover, retirement funds provide a tax-wise option for charitable giving.
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