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September 20, 2020
Junior Spotlight this week
In honor of National High School Voter Registration Week, Carondelet has invited Vote by Design to speak with Juniors at their Class Spotlight, as well as an additional session in the afternoon for Frosh, Sophs, and Seniors during our Exploratory Block. Vote by Design: Presidential Edition is a digital nonpartisan learning experience designed to help our next gen voters feel more prepared and engaged in the democratic process.
Incubated at the Stanford d.school, Vote by Design reframes the decision making process of voting away from “What candidate do you like?” to instead ask, “What are the leadership qualities best suited for the position?” and “What does the future need from this position now?” It blends critical thinking, civics literacy, and conversation across different perspectives to help voters create a more robust and personal understanding of what we’re voting for.
Vote by Design has been run with hundreds of students around the country, and has been recognized in the media for its productive, future-focused and inclusive stance. One history teacher called it a “game changer,” and several students called the online version “the best thing I’ve done all year.” Ultimately, this immersive experience empowers our next gen voters to see themselves as positive agents of change and proactive shapers of our future, as evidenced in this short video.
We are also partnering with Vote by Design to have our students register, or pre-register if they are 16+, to vote. A student does not have to be 16 to obtain the benefits from this presentation. We are excited for students to participate in this program!
9/30 Freshman Spotlight
Frosh students will be introduced to the rich tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the call to become Women of Heart, Faith and Courage.
10/7 Senior Spotlight
Most of the morning will be dedicated to providing seniors with some necessary time and tools for college applications with the College and Career Center coordinating college essay workshops.
Upcoming Town Halls
Town Hall for the families of the class of 2021 - October 1 at 7pm
Town Hall for the families of the class of 2022 - October 14 at 7pm
Are you the parent/guardian of a member of the class of 2023 or 2024 and missed the town hall this past week? A recording of the town hall can be found on the Town Hall page on our website.
Update on Main Campus Cohorts
Thank you to all students who completed the Main Campus Cohort Survey on Schoology. We had a little over 400 students respond to our survey! Opportunities that students say that they would like to come to campus in small groups include clubs, student leadership, and frosh “Meet other Frosh” experiences. This feedback is invaluable as we work on planning these cohort opportunities. More information on opportunities and protocols to follow as we finish working out the details. We anticipate Main Campus Cohorts to begin in early October once club rosters are finalized.
Virtual Club Fair is Wednesday 9/23 from 11:15am-12:15pm
Students will be asked to sign up on their Flex Day planner to attend the Virtual Club Fair. Once they do so, they will get access to a spreadsheet of over 40 different clubs to choose from. To look at all of the options we have beforehand, please visit our Clubs Website!
Contact Ms. Lettire at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Ice Cream T-Shirts
Did you not pick up your t-shirt this Wednesday? We are hosting a Supply Pick-up on Wednesday, September 30th, from 1-4pm. Contact Ms. Main at email@example.com with questions.
Junior Ring Sizing Follow-Up Day
This announcement is only for students who were unable to place their order either online or in person at Wednesday’s sizing appointments.
Calling all students who still have not been sized for their Junior ring/want to be sized for their Junior Ring:
Please go to De La Salle’s campus on Wednesday, September 23rd between 11:00am and 12:00pm to be sized by Jostens (who will already be there sizing the Junior boys)!
Ven a Ver DC Applications Available! (Juniors & Seniors may apply)
Applications due on Thursday October 1 at 11:59pm
Ven a Ver DC (Flex Days, 2-4pm on 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18) is an immersion into the reality of social injustice and political advocacy. We will participate in this year’s virtual Ignatian Family Teach-In, where we’ll hear from experts and theologians about our responsibility to respond to the needs of our time. This year’s social justice focus includes racial justice, ecology, and migration. Interested in learning more about these issues and advocating for change? Apply to be part of Ven a Ver DC!
NOTE: Applications for our other immersion experiences will become available later this semester.
Frosh Day of Service
This year’s Frosh Day of Service will be a virtual experience! Students will learn about Catholic Social Teaching, engage in a poverty simulation, and learn what it means to care for the dear neighbor without distinction, one of our CSJ charisms.
Spiritual Growth Opportunities in Upcoming Class Spotlights
- Juniors: “Eyes Open, Ears Attentive, Spirit Alert, Sleeves Rolled Up for Ministry”. This upcoming Wednesday (9/23), the Junior class will participate in an Examen. The Examen involves prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern a direction forward. The Juniors will participate in an Examen for Civic Life, where they will be invited to reflect on specific ways the Gospel values and civic engagement are interrelated. There will be opportunities for journaling and small group reflection.
Campus Ministers will visit all Frosh Wellness classes on Mon. Sept. 28 and Tues. Sept. 29 to facilitate special retreat-like activities which will culminate in small group sharing and communal prayer on Wed. Sept. 30. The supplies needed for the activities that will take place Sept. 28-30. were to be picked up on Wed., Sept. 17.
Senior Retreat - Journey
Though we cannot use the name Kairos for proprietary reasons, we are happy to provide Seniors with a Kairos-inspired retreat that will create a very similar experience.
We are lucky to be able to provide an in-person retreat for our seniors during such uncertain times. Journey is a three-day retreat, held on campus and at the San Damiano Retreat Center. Although we cannot provide the overnight component, seniors will experience many of the long-awaited Kairos traditions such as small groups, leader talks, and other special gifts/surprises.
Watch this short video to hear what some seniors from Spiritual Life Council have to say about the Journey Retreat.
Students must register for Journey by Sept. 30, 2020. The sooner seniors attend, the sooner they will be able to apply to lead a Journey retreat in the spring.
If we are still in Distance Learning, Journey will be a cohort and the school policy for cohorts will apply and a “cooling off” period from other cohorts may be required.
At the Sophomore Spotlight this past Wednesday, Sophomore Council talked about Suicide Prevention and how to keep our community and other teens safe. Sophomores worked on artistic projects to spread hope and love. Sophomore Council is also organizing a walk to raise awareness about suicide prevention.
Wellness links provided here are made available as a resource for parents to discuss these issues with their daughters. Below are some resources that specifically address suicide awareness and prevention:
- Suicide and Crisis: 1-800-833-2900
We encourage families to keep the lines of communication open around this important topic, and to engage in regular conversation regarding mental health and well being.
The wellness counselors are available to support students and families in navigating these issues and developing strategies that foster social emotional health. Please reach out to them if you have any questions, concerns, or are in need of any referrals.
Deans and Attendance
Supply Pick-Up Moved to Sept. 30, 1-4 pm
Due to MAP testing on Wednesday, 9/23, we are moving our supply pick-up to the following Wednesday, 9/30. Class t-shirts as well as course-specific supplies will be available. More information will be provided next week on schoology and in the E-news.
Questions? Email Caitlin Main ’05, Dean of Students.