La Salle Prep Falcon Forum: January 15, 2023

La Salle Prep Falcon Forum

Mission Minute

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
-Martin Luther King, Jr

While I know our school community appreciates a three-day weekend, it’s important to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an individual who leaned on his faith to lead others to peace, love, and justice. We celebrate his life and hold gratitude for the example he set for all of us.

This week is our final week of classes before semester exams. All ninth graders attended a Final Exam Preparation workshop last Wednesday, led by Shannon Woodworth, our Academic Support Specialist, Ann Poteet, Librarian, and peer tutors. I loved that our peer tutors were on hand to share their best strategies for studying and preparing for exams. See more information below about our exam schedule and what to expect the week of January 23. 

Last Wednesday was also our “Spotlight on La Salle,” an admissions event for prospective families to learn more about La Salle. Priority applications for admission were due this past Friday. We celebrate the work of our Admissions team, our student ambassadors, and all in our community who help us tell the Lasallian story. Any questions about admissions can be directed to Sherri Keepes, Director of Admissions.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Live Jesus in Our Hearts, 

Alanna O'Brien

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

1/16: MLK Day; NO SCHOOL
1/20:  Future Falcon Night: Girls Basketball
1/23-26:  Semester 1 Final Exams
1/27:  Teacher Workday; NO SCHOOL
1/28:  Steak & Seafood
1/30:  Teach Planning Day; NO SCHOOL

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Academic Updates

Semester 1 Final Exam Schedule

Semester 1 final exams will begin on January 23. Please see here for the full schedule.

Academic Eligibility Requirements for Co-Curricular Activities

If a student's GPA falls below 1.8, or the student has a failing grade in two or more classes at the end of any semester, the student is ineligible to participate in co-curricular activities for the entire next semester.

Questions? Please contact Kat Coughran.

Community Events

Ticket Sales Ending Soon: Steak & Seafood

We’re thrilled to host the Booster Club’s Annual Steak & Seafood Dinner and Microbrew Tasting in the Saalfeld Athletic Center on Saturday, January 28. We hope you will join us for an evening celebrating Falcon athletics!

Last day to purchase your tickets is tomorrow, January 16.

Purchase your tickets here

Want to help sponsor the event? See Sponsorship and Underwriting opportunities here.

Volunteers Needed for Steak & Seafood

Looking for volunteers to help with our Steak and Seafood event. If you are interested in helping, please sign up here or contact Jennifer Reeves for more information.

Seeking Speakers in Four Fields on Career Day: Monday, March 6

Want to inspire current students? Join other parents and alumni to help our Falcons explore potential educational/career paths. Especially seeking speakers in these fields:
• Arts
• Communications
• Environmental
• Media (traditional and non-traditional)

Indicate your interest in being a Career Day speaker here.

Questions? Contact Michelle Crimmins.

Breakfast and lunch are provided. We also need volunteers to help at the event. Please complete this form or email Jennifer Reeves to help.

Gift Card Donations for Better Together

We invite parents to donate gift cards in increments of $5 and $10 to places such as Dutch Bros, Black Rock, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Bubble Tea, Chipotle, and Chick-fil-A for the Better Together student fundraiser.

Gift cards will be used as prizes and incentives for students who participate in Better Together. Donations can be submitted to the main office. Deadline for gift card donations is Friday, February 3.

Questions? Contact Caryn Fiedler.

Student Clubs & Activities

La Salle Robotics Set World Record

On January 7 during a Rose City League Meet, the La Salle Robotics team, #4511 Maker Industries, completed meet play with a 9-1 overall record and set a world record with team #12599 Overcharged, with a combined score of 284 points without penalties in a match.

What an accomplishment!

Interested in robotics? Contact Chris Cozzoli.

Saturday Academy's Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering Program: Applications Open Soon!

The Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering (ASE) program connects motivated high school students with mentors in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), pre-professional internships. The driving value behind the ASE program is that the interns should contribute to and learn from the mentor's work.
Internships are eight-week, full-time summer positions, designed by mentors themselves. These internships take place throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Mentor organizations include universities, hospitals, research institutions, and private companies. The application process is competitive, with more than 400 applicants each year for approximately 110 positions. ASE internships attract rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from throughout the Northwest, and roughly 70% of interns are from backgrounds historically excluded from the sciences. ASE interns have been listed in published research, helped to design and test commercial products, and spent countless hours in the field and in the lab.

Click here to browse internships and review application resources.

Spring Service Events: All Are Welcome!

La Salle students are welcome to join us for evenings of service to those experiencing hunger in our community. Students can sign up using the shared spreadsheet found here and on Schoology. Director of Service Sarah Maher will connect with them for more information.

City Team MInistries 1/18
Rahabs Sisters 1/27
Blanchet House 2/9
City Team Ministries 2/16
Rahabs Sisters 2/24
City Team Ministries 3/16
Rahabs Sisters 3/24

Food Assistance for Lot Whitcomb Continues

La Salle is committed to supplying extra food to our neighbors throughout Second Semester. Please check the schedule and Schoology updates for when your Falcon is assigned to bring in food. Donations can be dropped off at the main entrance.

Questions? Contact Sarah Maher.

Equity and Inclusion Virtual Speaker Series

Join us on January 19, 6:00-7:15 PM to listen to Dr. Yuria Celidwen. Dr. Celidwen will be speaking on the topic of Healing & Wholeness as Love, Power, and Resistance. Click here to register.

Questions? Contact Kiah Johnson Mounsey.

Counseling Department Updates

Junior Family College Night

Please join us for an informative night of college planning on February 8 from 5:30-7:00 PM.

We will cover applying to college, building a list, deadlines, admissions process & paying for college.

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!

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:
Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 5:30 PM Room #507 in the Saalfeld Center.
Thursday, February 16th at 5:30pm Location TBD

Other CASE training locations

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

Kitchen Needs Volunteers - Consider Helping

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:
Tuesdays 11:15AM-1:30PM
Wednesday 11:15AM-1:30PM

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: Elias Kean
: Jasmine McIntosh
Student of the Week: Onni Barron
: Ashley Hawkins

Falcon Photos of the Week

Photo by Maddie Burns of The Falconer
This week's photos:
1. President John Huelskamp speaking to the crowd at Spotlight on La Salle.
2. Swim team on their way to their meet in Hood River Valley.
3. Peer tutors speaking with their small group during the 9th Grade Finals Workshop

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