La Salle Prep Falcon Forum: December 4, 2022

La Salle Prep Falcon Forum

Mission Minute

“God conceals himself in the most ordinary situations of our lives. He does not come in extraordinary events, but in everyday things: our daily work, a chance encounter, someone in need... That's where the Lord is, who calls to us and inspires our actions.” (Pope Francis, 11/29/22)
I love the concept of finding God in the ordinary and working in a high school allows for this opportunity on a daily basis. It is the door held out for a peer, the joy of bringing in gifts for the Christmas drive, the laughter in the hallways at lunch, or an interaction between a student and a teacher. During these weeks between holidays, we are tempted to wish days away in anticipation of vacation, rest, and festivities, but I’m reminding myself to slow down and enjoy this time. I love the sound of the choir rehearsing for our holiday concert, the decorations emerging in the hallways, and even the everyday work of teaching and learning.

This coming week we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with Mass on Thursday, December 8. As a result, we have two special bell schedules on Thursday and Friday.

Thank you to all who were able to join our community for Yulefest. We wish our community peace and joy in the weeks ahead!

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

12/9:  Christmas Gifts Due
12/9:  Night On Broadway
12/14:  Winter Band, Choir, & Guitar Concert
12/15:  Monthly Morning Mass
12/17-1/2:  Christmas Break; NO SCHOOL

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Admissions 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.

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

Thank You for a Wonderful Yulefest

Thank you to our sponsors, adult and student volunteers, everyone who donated wine, the wineries who poured at the event, and Co-chairs Megan Hays '11 and Kody Betonte Thomas '02 - Yulefest was a great success due to your efforts and commitment!

The 500+ alumni, alumni parents, current families, and Falcon friends who attended enjoyed a wonderful community Christmas celebration, a fifty-six-year-old annual tradition started by the Christian Brothers the year La Salle opened its doors. Not only did everyone have a splendid holiday celebration, our host, the Alumni Association, raised more than $17,000 which will support La Salle and its students in the form of tuition assistance, scholarships, capital projects, and more. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back in 2023!

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!

Volunteer Opportunities

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:
Mondays 11:45AM-1:30PM
Wednesday 11:15AM-1:30PM

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 1 through May 17, 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 16.

Senior Pictures Reminder

Attention parents of seniors—please remember that the deadline to turn in your Senior Pictures is January 2. Please see the flyer attached for detailed instructions on how to submit the picture.

Questions? Contact Adriana Noesi.

Choir to Sing at The Grotto

Falcons will be performing at The Grotto during the Festival of Lights on Thursday, 12/8 at 8 PM.

Tickets will be sold online.

Use our group discount code: 767!

Christmas Gifts Due on December 9!

At this time, all students have a specific gift assigned to them for a child in our neighborhood. All presents must be wrapped and labeled with the ornament provided no later than December 9th. Gifts can be brought in sooner to Sarah Maher.

Feeling extra generous? There is a tree in the main entryway with additional needs for families. Please take what you can give!

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: Ava Bergeson
: Ashley Hawkins
Student of the Week: Rowan Mozena
: Ashley Hawkins

Feeding the Falcons: Meet Our Kitchen Staff at La Salle

: Ashley Hawkins
Lucy Loeb, Staff Reporter

Despite being faced with the adversity of the pandemic’s effects on the supply chain as well as the struggles of appeasing hungry teenagers, La Salle’s lunch staff has remained dedicated to consistently providing the school community with food services that keep both the health and happiness of the students and staff in mind.
Continue reading at The Falconer.

Falcon Photos of the Week

Photo from Ashley Hawkins of The Falconer
This week's photos:
1-2. Students and Staff decorating for our Yulefest celebration!
3-4. Celebrating the holidays at Yulefest!

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