30 November 2020
Greetings from Mr. Gault

We were so looking forward to our annual celebration of Thanksgiving as a school community on Monday, 23 November and Tuesday, 24 November. A prayer service had been planned for the traditional feast that the teachers and staff were going to prepare for the students. During the course of this meal our students would have had the opportunity to learn about this traditional American holiday and for many, especially our younger students, they would have tasted some foods for the very first time.
As a school community, we have always looked forward to this time as a festive occasion and a special chance to thank God for the many blessings that our school has received. Unfortunately, the week before this year's celebrations, we had a staff member test positive for COVID-19, requiring us to close the building and go completely virtual for a two-week period. This was the first time in the history of The De La Salle School that we were unable to come together for the annual traditional Thanksgiving feast.
As we virtually prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving we did ask The De La Salle School students and staff to take the time to reflect on what we are most grateful for. First and foremost, we gave thanks to Lord for the gift of life especially during these difficult days. We expressed gratitude to God for the gift of one another and for bringing us all together as a school community of faith. We then expressed our gratitude for the technology that allowed us to gather remotely and share our sentiments with one another.
We will return to the building on Monday, 30 November. While we were closed, the school building was thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Cleaning and disinfecting protocols will continue daily in order to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Our schedule will continue to be hybrid with both in class lessons and virtual learning.
We continue to be eternally grateful to the parents of our students for entrusting their sons to our care. We give thanks and offer our profound appreciation to all our benefactors who contribute their prayers and financial assistance in support of our mission, that makes it possible for us to offer a Catholic School education to those who could not otherwise afford one.
Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Advent season!
Prayerfully yours,
William L. Gault
Executive Director
The De La Salle School Virtual Christmas Luncheon
Wednesday, 9 December 12:00 noon

Gather with friends and family in the comfort of your home to celebrate a "Season of Success" in support of The De La Salle School on Wednesday, 9 December.  PIX11 journalist Magee Hickey will join us online for an afternoon of celebration.   

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please select this link or email our Director of Development, Petrina Di Gangi (pdigangi@delasalleschool.org) for more information.

A Grand Prize 50/50 Cash Raffle will be drawn during our celebration.  Raffle tickets are $50 per ticket/3 tickets for $100.  To purchase tickets please contact Bill Gault at bgault@delasalleschool.org or Petrina Di Gangi at pdigangi@delasalleschool.org.

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Week of 16 November

Gentleman of The Week - Giancarlos Ramirrez, Grade 6
Artist of The Week - Jason Calderon, Grade 7

Week of 23 November

Gentleman of The Week - Fraylin Jose Batista Vargas, Grade 5
Writer of The Week - Andres Clara, Grade 7
Artist of The Week - Fraylin Jose Batista Vargas, Grade 5

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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