La Salle Prep Falcon Forum: November 20, 2022

La Salle Prep Falcon Forum

Mission Minute

“Do not forget to thank God for his many blessings.”
–St. John Baptist de La Salle

As we look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday next week and enter a season of gratitude, I am focused on the goodness of this community and this school year. Some recent highlights include:
  • Our Heroic Vow assembly this past Wednesday when we honored our Lasallian heritage, Educator of the Year, Matt Owen '10, and celebrated our seniors as they took their own Heroic Vow—committing to being Big Brothers and Sisters to the younger students in our building.
  • Our Christmas Drive kick-off as we look forward to partnering with many families in our community to provide gifts and support for the holidays.
  • The transition from fall to winter activities and athletics and the excitement around all of this.
  • All the adults in our community who support our students through team dinners, grad-night fundraisers, intermission concessions at the play, admissions events, kitchen volunteers, Boosters….and the list goes on.
I continue to feel grateful for the day-to-day as well—the joy in the hallways, the laughter at lunchtime, and the continued work around teaching and learning. 

We pray in gratitude for all these blessings and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Live Jesus in Our Hearts,

Alanna O’Brien

**If you know someone who is a parent or guardian of a current student who did not receive this email, please forward it to them or encourage them to sign up for this email list online.

Upcoming Dates


11/21-22:  Wreath Sale Pickup
11/21:  Falcon Feast
11/23-27:  Thanksgiving Break; NO SCHOOL

12/2:  All-Staff Retreat; NO SCHOOL
12/2-3:  High School Placement Test
12/3:  Yulefest
12/9:  Christmas Gifts Due
12/9:  Night On Broadway
12/14:  Band, Choir, Guitar Concert
12/17-1/2:  Christmas Break; NO SCHOOL

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Academic Updates

Save the Date for these Upcoming Admissions Events!

Hey Falcon community, if you know a friend, neighbor, or co-worker with an 8th grader, be sure and pass this information along! We're gearing up for the Class of 2027.

The High School Placement Test is on December 3 at 9 AM.
Prospective students looking to come to La Salle need to register prior to the HSPT.
Click here to register

La Salle Prep's Application Deadline!
For priority consideration, applications for admission, financial aid, and scholarships are due by January 13, 2023. Apply now!

Questions? Contact Sherri Keepes.

Community Events

Help Bring Some Christmas Cheer

La Salle parents, we are still seeking donations to the Yulefest Wine Wall. To donate, please drop off bottles of wine in the Main Office. The retail value of each bottle of wine must be at least $20. Higher-value wines are welcomed as well! Thank you for your participation; it's a fun and easy way to give back.

We also invite our community members to buy a pull or two from the Yulefest Wine Wall, where they will receive a surprise bottle of wine wrapped in holiday paper worth at least $20; but often much more! (You do not need to be present to participate in this aspect of the event.)

NOTE: Students may not walk the bottles in—adults 21+ must bring them into the office.

Questions? Please contact Michelle Crimmins.

Yulefest Raffle Still Available

Thanks to your unwavering generosity and excitement, Yulefest & Winetasting is going to be hit! Although tickets are no longer on sale, we still welcome our community to participate in other ways!

Don't miss the Wine Pull or the Wine Basket Raffle, which has two baskets full of wine and wine tastings valued at more than $400 each. You do not have to be present in order to partake in either event. Visit the Yulefest webpage to learn more!

Questions? Contact Michelle Crimmins.

Wreath Pick-Up Reminder

The day is finally here…Wreaths (and garland) have arrived! La Salle is looking like your local plant shop with all the orders coming in. Thank you to all our La Salle families and community for all your generous support for our Annual Wreath Sale.

Wreath and garland pick will be on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving in the La Salle Center Courtyard. La Salle will be closed the remainder of the week for Thanksgiving break.

Pick-up days and times:
Monday, November 21 7:45am-5:30pm
Tuesday, November 22 7:45am -5:30pm

Questions? Contact Jennifer Reeves.

Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards

As the holidays near, we want to let you know that La Salle has accounts with AmazonSmile and Fred Meyer community Rewards!

If you shop via this link, AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your purchase to La Salle. 
Sign up for Community Rewards and link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to La Salle. Search for La Salle by name or by our non-profit number, VK119.

Questions? Contact Andrea Burns.

Counseling Department Updates

Seniors: SCOIR & Common App Checklist

Want to make sure your student's college process is going smoothly? Use this checklist to keep up with all the events and deadlines!

Faith, Service, Community & Inclusion

Annual Christmas Drive Kick Off!

On Friday, La Salle kicked off its annual Christmas Drive! Every single La Salle student received a paper ornament with a specific gift written on it. We ask that students purchase, wrap, and bring the gifts to La Salle with the ornament attached no later than Friday, December 9th. Please read this letter from our Director of Service, Sarah Maher.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Maher.

Volunteer Opportunities

CASE Training

All volunteers are required to attend in-person training for Creating a Safe Environment, also known as CASE. CASE training is usually held in the evenings; dates are scheduled periodically during the school year.

(Please note: CASE has replaced Called to Protect so even if you have already taken Called to Protect, you will need to attend an in-person CASE session.)

Upcoming training dates for the 2022-23 school year:
Monday, November 28th at 5:30 PM, Room 507 Saalfeld Center

Other CASE training locations

Email Jennifer Reeves to register or to notify us if you have attended training at a different location.

Assistance Needed: Kitchen Staff

The kitchen staff would really appreciate a volunteer for Mondays and Wednesdays. Adult family members of students can earn $6 in credit plus a free lunch for each shift they volunteer to prep food or clean in the kitchen 11:30 am - 2 pm on school days. The free lunch must be consumed the same day of the shift; the credit will be applied to a student's account. If interested in volunteering in the cafeteria, please visit our Volunteer Page or contact Jennifer Reeves.

The following days and times are needed:
Mondays; 11:45AM-1:30PM
Wednesday 11:15AM-1:30PM

Volunteer for Yulefest!—A Fun Event No Matter How You Attend!

Our annual Yulefest celebration is right around the corner. It requires the effort of many in our community - staff, students, alumni, and parent volunteers. It takes a village to set up the gym, hallways and to clean up. We also need assistance on the evening of the event to staff the Wine Wall and sell raffle tickets, work Will Call and, yes, help pour wine for the wineries! We can’t do this without you!

Click here to sign up.

Wreath Pick Up Volunteers Needed

Looking to give some holiday cheer? There is still time to sign up for distribution volunteering! Now that our Wreath Sale is in the books, we are in need of help distributing wreaths for pickup.

To join, click here to sign up.

Student Clubs & Activities

Internship Opportunities

OHSU has an internship program for Sophomore, Junior, and Senior high school students interested in pursuing careers in medicine or biomedical research through a 16-week course starting February 1st through May 17th, 2023 from 6-8 PM. Students are introduced to the scientific process and gain access to research scientists from OHSU and other Portland research initiatives. Students will meet for two hours on Wednesdays for a lecture series and learn about ongoing research projects. A researcher will mentor each student. Each student gains first-hand knowledge of research methods, and, with their mentor's help, will present a published research article in a journal club format and develop their own research proposal.

You can find more information here. Applications for the 2023 program are open now and close on Friday, December 16th, 2022.

Senior Portraits and Baby Photos

Senior pictures, accompanied by an optional baby picture, are due January 2nd. Please submit using the instructions on the attached flier!

Questions? Contact Adriana Noesi.

Highlights from The Falconer

The Falconer is the student-run school newspaper published online each Wednesday by the students in the Journalism and Advanced Journalism classes. Each week, they select a Student of the Week and Athlete of the Week to highlight.
(Click on photos to read more.)
Athlete of the Week: Will Ceballos
: Ashley Hawkins
Student of the Week: Max Ramirez-Hernandez
: Ashley Hawkins

Balancing Work, Life, and Chemical Equations
— Mr. Owen Named Educator of the Year

Lillian Paugh, Editor

When he and his family relocated from England to the U.S. for his father’s job when he was 8 years old, what was meant to be a two-year endeavor turned into over two decades — and counting — for science teacher Mr. Matthew Owen.

Continue Reading at The Falconer

Falcon Photos of the Week

This week's photo:
1. Mr. Swanson returns to campus for the Heroic Vow Ceremony.
2. Mr. Owen celebrating his Educator of the Year award with the "Olympic Bite".

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