Our final issue of the year is full of gratitude, final planning for the school year, and a look ahead and some special summer camps and programs.
Spartan Spotlight
May 2017

May 2017

Dear Parents,

Another academic year is coming quickly to a close. I often think of the school year as a carousel - it starts slow, gains speed, maintains the peak speed for some time, slows down, stops, some riders leave, and some new riders join.

And so, the Seniors are counting the days until they graduate, and our incoming Freshmen are counting the days until they become a part of the Spartan Brotherhood.

This ministry of Catholic, Lasallian education has been around for 330 years, and we continue to thank God for this gift with a complete understanding that the work we do here at school is His work. 

I know that this past year has been ...   Read more >

May 1, 2017
Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,
As we approach the end of the 2016-2017 academic school year, I have been thinking constantly about one of my favorite poems, written by doctor-poet William Carlos Williams and entitled "The Red Wheelbarrow." The poem reads:

so much depends 

a red wheel 

glazed with rain 

beside the white 

Originally published in 1923 as "Poem XXII" in Williams's collection Spring and All, the poem has polarized public opinion for generations. In my own classrooms, students have either loved it or hated it. I have always been a committed fan of the poem, not only because of its elegance, deceptive simplicity, and visual appeal, but also and more importantly because of how I have interpreted its content for three decades. The poem, to me, has always been a beautiful meditation on the simple aspects of our everyday lives upon which we depend. It invites the reader to contemplate what aspects of the reader's life are crucially important but perhaps overlooked.
As we approach the end of the school year, this poem resonates with me deeply because ...  Read more >

Yesterday morning, our Counseling Department sent an email to all parents regarding the Netflix series
13 Reasons Why


Dear Parents, 

On behalf of the DLS Parent Association I would like to thank you for your generous support in volunteering at all of the various activities sponsored by the PA. The Crab Feed and family class liturgies are just a few the events that are truly the "icing on the cake" and just one more example of how special DLS really is.  We couldn't run them without you!
I also want to thank all of the Committee Chairs for their time and dedication.  These talented men and women lend their creative touch and amazing organization skills to each event and ensure that they run smoothly for all to enjoy.
Finally, thank you to Jack Dyer and Shannon Danser for their support and guidance. They are the wisdom and backbone behind the PA, and we are truly grateful they are here to help.
If you have an interest in participating in the PA, feel free to email Shannon at dansers@dlshs.org.  Thank you all for a great school year and have a wonderful summer break!

Michele Pitek
Parent Association President

P.S. The final P.A. meeting is Monday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the DLS Library. Hope to see you there!

Our Director of Academic Services, Mrs. Mary Ann Mattos, has some very important reminders regarding

  • Academic Awards Night
  • Final Exams
  • Final Grades
  • 2017-18 Class Schedules
  • Summer School (online and in-person options)

DLS Parents of Incoming Freshmen: Summer School for Spartan Success, conditionally accepted incoming freshmen, is July 10 - 28. All students who are conditionally accepted for the fall of 2017 are required to attend. Keep this in mind as you plan your summer vacation. Summer school curriculum offers classes in English, Math, and Study Skills.  

If you have questions about summer school, please contact Mr. Sean Bristol at 925-288-8104 or by email at bristols@dlshs.org.

There is still time to make a year-end gift!
Every student has benefited from the Annual Fund this school year.  We invite you to participate in the Annual Fund by making your gift today Every gift is a major gift and every gift will make a difference as we bring the school year to a close

P.S.   Made a pledge at the beginning of the year? Don't forget to send in your gift! We record those pledges and count on them being fulfilled during our budgeting process. Your gift is still needed so please fulfill your pledge today! 

Questions? Contact Director of Development Karla Wiese at (925) 288-8195 or wiesek@dlshs.org .

San Francisco Business Mixer at LinkedIn 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
222 2 nd Street
San Francisco, 94105

South Bay Business Mixer
Spring 2017 - TBD


De La Salle and Carondelet Class of 1972 (45)
Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Scott's Seafood in Walnut Creek

De La Salle and Carondelet Class of 1977 (40)
Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Scott's Seafood in Walnut Creek

De La Salle and Carondelet Class of 1987 Reunion (30)
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville

De La Salle and Carondelet Class of 1997 Reunion (20)
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville

De La Salle and Carondelet Class of 2007 Reunion (10)
Friday, July 21, 2017 at Sauced BBQ and Spirits in Walnut Creek

De La Salle and Carondelet Class of 2012 Reunion (5)
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Skipolini's Pizza and Pasta in Walnut Creek


Have you made your summer plans yet?

We have basketball and football camps, but did you know that we also have a summer sports broadcasting camp? 

Read more about our summer camps here and more from our  Athletics Department here.

7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
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.  

Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Only open in June

Looking for the perfect DLS decor or gift? Curious as to what to do with your books for this year and when to get them next year? Here's a look at what we have ready in the Bookstore for you:
  • Graduation Party Supplies
  • Graduation Gifts
  • Mother's Day
  • Book Return
  • 2017-18 Mandatory Book Distribution Days 

Follow this link for more information and links to purchase items!


Tuition Payments: As a reminder, tuition payments are due on the 1st of each month and are considered late after the 10th of that month.  If you have questions relating to your tuition obligation, call Ms. Kathy Resch at (925) 288-8122 or email her at reschk@dlshs.org All accounts need to be current before your son can re-register for next school year, take finals, and/or participate in graduation activities.
Financial Aid Applications:  Financial Aid applications for the 2017-18 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, contact the Business Office to determine the next steps.  Financial aid grants may not be available at this time.

The last month goes so very fast!  Click below for a list of Campus Life events in May.

We thank you for supporting our students in our Campus Ministry programs. 

And thank you DLS families for contributing a total of $ 10,893.31 to the Charity Challenge; a special shout-out to parent volunteers Mario Selva and Manoja Wijesuriya who helped us count the coins. 

Online registration for the 2017-18 Kairos retreats opens TODAY; retreats fill up very quickly

The Baccalaureate Liturgy for Seniors and family will be on May 19 at 6:00 p.m. Kairos End-of-the-Year Breakfast for all Seniors (students only) who attended Kairos this year will be on May 20, at 9 a.m., in the OC (prior to graduation practice). 


Friday, May 5: College T-Shirt Day. Seniors, wear college gear from your college. All other students, you may wear college gear from any college of your choice.

JUNIORS: The East Bay College Fair is at St. Mary's College on May 6 from 1-4 p.m. Workshops begin at 12:15.

SAT: June 3 (register by May 9; late registration until May 24)
Next round of SAT testing: August, October, November, or December

ACT: June 10 (Register by May 5; late registration until May 19)
Next round of ACT testing: September, October, or December
Here are a few more topics in this month's section:
For Seniors:
  • Final Steps
  • Placement Exams
  • Orientation/Housing
For Juniors:
  • EBCC College Fair
  • Summer To Do List
  • Summer Programs
  • Student-Athletes
Company had a successful season this year! Our productions of  High School Musical and  Macbeth were a hit with the community. This was only possible because of the support we receive. 

A very sincere thank you to the Brothers of DLS, Mr. Rosales, and Father LaSalle for providing us with a place for liturgy and fellowship, Coaches Argenal and Harrison for motivating our athletes to participate in the arts, the Academy for supporting middle school participation, Ms. Leigh for her dedication and knowledge, Mrs. Danser for continuing to publish wonderful articles, Mr. Chiarucci for arranging online ticket sales, the Visual and Performing Arts department for collaboration with poster and programs, parents and family for encouraging your Company member to take advantage of the Theatre Arts program on campus, and the community for attending our performances.  For all of the hours of volunteering, picture taking and celebrating - we thank you! 

Until next season... with The Outsiders and Little Shop of Horrors... have a wonderful summer. Company actors and crew and fellow teachers, be proud!  It was a great year.

We are looking forward to the many exciting opportunities we have in store for our youth during the months of June, July, and August. 

Our Athletic Summer Camps will provide a safe, fun filled atmosphere open to youth boys and girls. Our athletic camps include baseball, basketball, football, soccer, water polo & swimming, volleyball, wrestling, track & field, and much more.  

Read more about pricing, schedules, and registration through our summer camps page here .

De La Salle has several options available for students looking to remediate grades of Ds and Fs over the summer:
Summer Hybrid Biology Survey 
This course will run from June 12-July 14. Students must attend laboratory time every Wednesday. 
Summer Hybrid for Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English II, and English III
These courses will run from June 12-July 27. Students must attend class sessions each week (specific schedules will be provided upon enrollment). Semester 1 and Semester 2 available. 
Summer Online Remediation for Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, English I, World History, U.S. History (check with Mr. Van Bomel for additional courses) through FLVS
These fully online, interactive courses will run from June 12-August 10. Students will work with an online teacher through Florida Virtual High School to complete the course. Students may work on the course 24/7 on their own device from anywhere with an internet connection. 
For more information, including pricing and registration, visit the Academic Summer Programs page on the DLS website. Parents and students may also contact Mr. Donald Van Bomel at vanbomeld@dlshs.org or (925)-288-8160 for more details.
Driver's Ed 

Monday, June 5 (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 6 (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 7 (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Price: $150

This course meets the California Department of Motor Vehicles requirement that all first-time teen drivers must complete an approved Driver's Ed course (25 hours) before obtaining their provisional permit (learner's permit).

This course is open to De La Salle and Carondelet students ages 15 to 18.
Sign up online by following this link for registration for this course (registration for this course is at the bottom of the page). 

Interested in Sports Broadcasting, Public Speaking, or Acting? Check out the Summer Camps offered by the Director of Theatre Arts, Meredith Barnidge.

Camps are one week only and are a great way to know other students who share your interests.

The Fine Arts Camps are open to middle school boys and girls. 

For the 2017-18 school year, students in grade 9-11 will be required to bring a laptop for daily academic use. Students in grade 12 are strongly recommended to bring a laptop and are required to have one if they are taking classes at Carondelet.

Prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, we will again be hosting our Technology Boot Camp for  incoming Freshmen students. These free, two-hour sessions help students connect their device to the DLS WiFi network, orients them to using G-Suite (Google Apps for Education), PowerSchool, and the school's Learning Management System(LMS): Schoology.

In addition, topics concerning Digital Citizenship will be covered, such as controlling your digital footprint, appropriate/fair use of online resources, and managing technology distractions.

Incoming students can sign up here.


An Evening of Honor
Celebrating the Athletic Hall of Fame and
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Sunday, September 10, 2017   


AP Testing began yesterday (May 1) and will conclude on May 12. 

Parents: If you would like more information regarding your son's Practice ACT or PSAT results, please consult with your personal or college counselor.

You may also want to visit the following appropriate website:


We are in need of a few more volunteers for Grad Night May 21-22. Please follow this link to sign up

If you have questions, please email Grad Night Co-Chair Tricia Larkin at  stlarkin@sbcglobal.net or give her a call at (925) 683-5345.

The next Grad Night Committee meeting is tonight, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hofmann Conference Room.

P 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 check out 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 our homepage here for more details about our partners!

Click here for the year-at-a-glance calendar for 2017-18. More dates will be added on our main calendar, and current dates are subject to change.
If you have any questions, please call our Main Office at (925) 288-8100 or email feedback@dlshs.org.