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March 2011 Volume Twenty Number 7

Dear Parents and Guardians, With the snowy month of February behind us, it is pleasant to know that the warm months of spring are just around the corner. La Salle will soon thaw out of its outer shell, and spring athletes will be back on our fields. La Salle will host several events in the warm weather, and before we know it, our seniors will trade in hats and gloves for caps and gowns, as they leave for college ambitions. In preparation for the upcoming academic year, I am pleased to announce that over 270 boys have registered for next year’s freshman class – Class of 2015. th In addition, we have begun recruiting for the Class of 2016, and our 7 Grade Practice Test will be administered on Saturday, March 5, 2011. If you know of any worthy candidates, please encourage them to consider La Salle. I urge you assist with an issue which is of vital importance not only to La Salle College High School, but also to Catholic Education and time is of the essence. I need your help in petitioning State Government on an important funding issue for our schools which is being proposed in Pennsylvania House Bill No. 1. House Bill No.1will increase the funding of the EITC (Educational Investment Tax Credit) from the current $50 million, to $100 million. For those of you not aware what the EITC is, it is basically a way for Pennsylvania Corporations and taxpayers to appropriate their tax payments to La Salle College High School in support of Financial Aid. Last year, La Salle was able to raise $235,000 from these credits. The other part of House Bill No. 1is the establishment of School Vouchers for students and parents below the poverty level to receive vouchers to attend the school of their choice. Although this does not apply to our LaSalle family, it is of great importance that we support the right to a quality education to all families and their children. Visit the following website, www.lschs.org/EITC, which will allow you, if you don’t already know, to find the names and e-mails of your State legislators. I know this will take a little effort, but the net good it will do for the system will allow our network of non-public schools to flourish. There is also a link is to a draft letter that you may use to write to your representative. Please feel free to forward this request to any like-minded private school supporters, but please do so as soon as you can. As we anticipate the Risen Lord during this season of Lent, I encourage every La Salle family to think about a way to reach out and serve others. Always know that we here at La Salle College High School pray for you daily and thank you for entrusting your sons to our care. We are extremely appreciative of all that you do for La Salle. I wish you and your family a prayerful Lenten season. Think Spring!

Brother Richard Kestler, FSC ‘60 President


Learn what will happen to your application behind closed doors! • • • •

Become a member of an admissions committee Review four candidates credentials Debate their strengths and weaknesses Vote to determine who gets in

Play The Admission Game – an interactive presentation on the College Admissions process.

The College Counseling Center and Fran Johnson Enrichment Program present

The Admission Game Featuring Peter Van Buskirk Author, Motivational Speaker, and Former Dean of Admissions ® Creator of the Best College Fit Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Family Circle

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 7:15 pm Auditorium All sophomores, juniors, and their parents are invited to this unique opportunity inside the admissions process for answers to who “gets in” and “why”. ®

The Admission Game is a high energy, high impact, interactive, case study exercise for students and parents in which the audience is transformed into an admission committee. In a manner that is more theatre than lecture, Peter engages audiences immediately in a "conversation" by talking with them in relevant terms that help ease the stress of an otherwise frenzied process. This signature program reveals the "hidden agendas" of colleges and provides insight into how decisions are made. Students learn to find the colleges that fit them best and to make decisions that help them compete for admission.

Questions regarding this event can be directed to: Brother Bill DiPasquale, FSC dipasqualeb@lschs.org (215) 402-4852

For more information about The Admission Game, visit their website: www.theadmissiongame.com


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Office of Academic Affairs Thomas R. Barna Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs

Registration and Course Selection Each family should have received a registration letter in January from the Office of Academic Affairs announcing that course selection for the 2011-2012 school year is about to begin. This letter, by design, came on the heels of Brother Richard’s annual tuition update letter sent out two weeks prior. As explained in the mailing, this year’s registration requires a $300 annual fee, with $250 going toward a student’s next year’s tuition. A student will not be allowed to participate in the course selection process unless this financial obligation is complete. If a student does not plan on returning to La Salle for this September, this too needs be made known at this time. As explained in the February issue of The Belcroft, the Office of Academic Affairs sets aside the months of February and March for this purpose. Each student will spend February deciding what courses best meet his wants and needs. He will then spend time in March evaluating this selection with his counselor(s). As soon as a student’s selections are approved by their appropriate counselor, a “parent sign-off sheet” will show up in your son’s Naviance account under “course requests”. This form will serve as a verification of his requests for next year. Each student, along with his parents, should review this document to make sure that the courses listed are those he needs and/or requested for next year. If there are any problems or errors, the student should see his counselor as soon as possible. The selection process ends school wide on Thursday, March 31, 2011. Students and/or parents have until Friday, April 15, 2011, to request changes by working through the appropriate teacher and/or counselor. It is during the month of May that resources are secured, the school’s master schedule is created, and the rostering of students for classes begins. Please help us meet these deadlines. It is absolutely necessary for students to use the resources allotted during these course selection weeks. If you have questions or concerns about placements in World Language (Mrs. Diccicco), Math (Mr. Ponisciak), Science (Mr. Cipolla), or Social Studies (Mr. Miller), please contact the appropriate department chair in these areas. Other, more specific concerns in placement should be forwarded to the appropriate department chairperson or Advanced Placement teacher. The scheduling of students at La Salle takes a number of months to complete and is an arduous task since we are attempting to build individualized rosters for nearly 1,100 students; this, once a roster is complete and the school year begins, that is the student’s roster. We are

unable and cannot honor requests for specific teachers, lunch periods, or early dismissals (unless supported in advance by compelling educational reasons). Remember that the start of school is not the time to create or recreate a roster. We simply do not have the manpower to schedule our students at their leisure. Your support of our efforts here is always greatly appreciated.

Graduation As is the custom at La Salle College High School, we would like to know if there are any graduates of the Class of 2011 who have members of the clergy in their families who would like to participate in the Baccalaureate Mass scheduled for Friday, June 3, 2011 at Saint Helena’s Church in Blue Bell. If you have a family member who is a priest, and he would like to concelebrate the Mass at graduation, please contact Mrs. Suzanne Russo at (215) 233-2911, ext. 4896 by Friday, April 29, 2011.

Semester Honor Role This issue of The Belcroft proudly lists our students who have earned Academic Excellence Awards – La Salle’s First Semester Academic Honors. These young men worked long and hard to reach their exemplary academic status of a first semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher with no semester grade below a “B-“. Congratulations to each of them for attaining such a high academic distinction. They are an inspiration to our school and Lasallian community.


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Men of Intellect Academic Excellence Awards First Semester Academic Honors

Class of 2014 Ryan Thomas Abell Joseph Henry Albert, III Erik J. Azzarano Michael Patrick Barrett Keith Joseph Basara Kevin Charles Brady Griffin Nemo Brown Eric Claude Burgmann John Edward Carlidge Connor James Casey Anthony William Ciliberto Levi Davis, III Nicholas Anthony Dermo Harrison Edward Dittrich Charles Ambrose Donnelly John Halsey Durbin Robert Casey Dwyer John Joseph Ernandez, Jr. Tyler Michael Fallon John Jude Farris, Jr. Kevin Michael Finnegan Sean Matthew Furgiuele John Manus Gallagher Kevin James Gay Colin John Happ Thomas Joseph Herron, III Connor McKendrick Higgins Stephen John Hudak Christopher F. Jastrzembski Brendan Robert Keenan Jacob Joseph Klemmer Joseph Edward Krol Nicholas Daniel Kush Adam David Lagner Keith Alan Lee Kevin Patrick Lindsay Tyler Patrick Little Charles Tiers Lloyd, Jr. Eric Christopher Lopresti Matthew Gregory Lucas Stephen David Maloney Christian Matthew Mancini Alexander Donato Marzullo Christopher Jordan Mather Timothy McAuliffe Matthew Vincent McCarry Shane Michael McDevitt Evan Francis McDonnell Timothy David McElroy Liam J. F. McGrother Trent Anthony Melsheimer

Mark Joseph Metzler Quin R. Murphy Charles Greif Newell James Harrison Palmer Jordan Paul Petrellis Mark Andrew Reed Patrick Francis Ryan Oscar Ricardo Sanchez John O'Bryan Scheffey Thomas Andrew Schmitz John Francis Schoenewald, III Andrew John Schutta Aaron Paul Sosnader Mitchell James Soufleris Daniel Anthony Spinelli, Jr. Daniel Jennings Thomas Ryan Joseph Weathers Reid Rothwell Worster James H. R. Worthington

Class of 2013 Peter D. Auteri Julian Spencer Baseman Michael E. Bowen Matthew William Brecht Eric W. Bridgeford Johnray A. Briones Andrew Gene Carlone Michael Anthony Casey Michael Thomas Celoni Matthew Mark Chadwick Sean Thomas Cincotta Thomas McNichol Coyle Matthew Joseph Daly Anthony Michael DeSantis Carlos Martin Diaz Joseph Thomas Dooney Nicholas Umberto D'Orazio Michael Christian Eife Jonathan Raymond Fabriziani Christopher John Fagan Patrick James Finlay Matthew Burton FitzPatrick Charles Anthony Formica Robert Joseph Gormisky Kevin David Groome Andrew Patrick Halton Joseph Jerome Heidt Peter Gregory Hildebrandt Patrick Joseph Hoffman, Jr.

Evan Ezekiel Holder Nicholas Matthew Hreshko Frederick Joseph Ilsemann, IV Brendan Joseph Koch Brian Robert Lagreca Conor Elwin Lavelle Christopher Allen LePrevost William Christopher Lucas Christian Gerard Lutschaunig Kurt Reed Lutter Joseph Michael Maginnis Christopher John Manion Mark Manjardi, Jr. Agustin Tomas Marty Connor Thomas Masterson John Vincent Mastronardo Chad Michael McCutcheon Brendan Michael McGonigle Anthony Louis Mercader William John Mischler Preston Michael Murray Russell Tusek Napolitano Johnathan Michael Neufeld Michael James O'Connor James Michael O'Connor, III Ryan Edward O'Donnell John Bradley Parker Luke Louis Persichetti Joseph R. Podraza, III Evan Daniel Quain Kevin J. Reed Conor Anthony Resch Gregory Charles Rogers Michael Steven Ryan, Jr. Zachary S. Scheier Matthew Richard Scott Michael Andrew Selner Riley Dennis Slusarski Stephen S. Smith, Jr. Thomas Andrew Spiteri Andrew Joseph Stone Robert Vito Stratton Evan Walsh Ryan H. Winslow Joon Hyuk Yoon Martin Richard Zefelippo

Class of 2012 Stephen Vincent Anella Christopher Appelt Bell


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Men of Intellect (continued) Academic Excellence Awards First Semester Academic Honors

Max Ryan Breitmayer James Henry Breslin Anthony Robert Buonomo Craig V. Burdulis, Jr. Ronald A. Carapellotti, Jr. Joseph Vincent Cericola Kevin Joseph Ciasullo Alexander Douglas Cranch Christopher Andrew Curtis Jon Michael Derewicz Nicholas Drew DiGiacomo Thomas Edward D'Orazio Patrick Joseph Eble Casey Robert Eidenshink Samuel J. Farris John James Fillenwarth Daniel Patrick Finnegan Malcolm Ahern Flynn Matthew Alan Franzen Stuart Matthew Gibson Andrew Thomas Glavin Joseph David Gorman James Alexander Gresko Emmett Karl Gross Oscar Jefferson Gryn Aidan Thomas Hamilton Christopher Evan Heleniak Ryan Patrick Herbert James William Hill Scott Joseph Jenkins Ryan Christopher Kalkbrenner Emre Thomas Karatas Casey Steven Kent Tyler Wade Kern Alexander David Kochanasz Michael D. Koerner Daniel James Lynch Matthew Joseph Magarity John Patrick Maloney Clifford Michael Mars Kyle Alexander Martin Shashidharreddy Masireddy Thomas Anthony Mazza, II Jonathan David McCarry Daniel Louis Mercader Matthew Robert Murphy Ryan Timothy Murtha Daniel Joseph O'Brien Colin Kenney O'Hara Francis Thomas Pantano Jeremy James Plamondon Henry Joseph Ryan

Andrew George Saba Jordan Thomas Santora Eric William Schultz Nicholas Mark Seigel Brandon Antonio Sinnott Ryan Austin Sosnader Alexander Gabor Szokolyai Gerard Edward Thiers William Flaherty Toner Joseph Lindh Vasoli Charles James Viola Matthew Robert Volpe Ryan William Ward Alexander Nicholas Weber Alexander E. Weinrich Francis W. Worthington

Class of 2011 Ryan Edward Abbott Andrew George Biaesch Jeffrey Ervin Biernat, Jr. Andrew Philip Bilotta John Paul Bogorowski Alexander R. Brecht Craig Alexander Cabrey Robert Capece Anthony Angelo Caporizzo Alexander Ronald Carapellotti Christopher James Catalino John Patrick Corcoran M. Declan Crouse John F. Curtis, IV Christopher Joseph Dearolf Donald James DeBrakeleer, Jr. Michael Dowling Tyler Joseph Dunphy Andrew Charles Eckert Daniel Raymond Ezzo Nicholas James Frazzette Jeremy David Fus Christopher George Genesio Casey Thomas Gillespie Kevin Patrick Gillespie Alexander Michael Holva Samuel Thomas Hyder Jeffert Thomas Jaquay Joshua Michael Jaskowiak Robert James Kelly Patrick Connor Kerr Neil Patrick Laessig John Ryan Lawlor

Joseph Matthew Lukach Charles Jackson Magee William Patrick Marble Brian Richard McAloon Timothy James McCabe Ryan William McCann Christopher Martin McElroy Terence McFadden Dominic S. Mirabile Frederick Anthony Mischler James Thomas Mooney, III Michael John Mooney Patrick J. Mulderig Conor Francis Murphy Joseph Ryan Naji John P. Nicola Kevin Michael Piotrowicz Michael Bruno Poncia William Rutledge Rate James William Rose, III Matthew Joseph Rose Adam George Rotzal John Joseph Santangelo John Rudolph Schatz Robert Henry Schrupp Andrew Francis Shafer Michael David Smith Thomas Robert Smith, Jr. Brendan Patrick Stone Eric Barrett Stone Thomas Edward Trainer Vincent Joseph Veneziano Nicholas Michael Walchonski Ryan Patrick Williams Andrew Warrick Wilt Cole Joseph Wisdo Brennan Robert Woods


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Office of Student Affairs Julia K. Maher Assistant Principal for Student Affairs

School Closings for Inclement Weather

It Takes A Village To Raise A Child

School closings will be communicated via the Alert Now messaging. We will also notify KYW (1060AM) radio as early as possible. Our school closing number is 333. La Salle’s website is also a source for such announcements. Two television stations will also carry information for La Salle – 6ABC and NBC10.

At La Salle College High School it takes a community!

In case of snow during a school day, parents will be notified via an Alert Now message, KYW radio, and the television stations as soon as a decision has been reached for an early dismissal. We would appreciate your cooperation in NOT calling the school on these days.

With that in mind, La Salle is committed to working with parents for the betterment of the young men in our care. A necessary component of the process involves communication. The La Salle College High School Administration would like to make you aware of some important opportunities for information and dialogue. Below is a list of presentations that will be held at La Salle.

Student Council Mixer

Parent Information Nights Freshmen Adolescent Males: What Every Parent Needs To Know Spring of 2011

The last Mixer of the school year is scheduled for Friday, March 18, 2011. The dance will feature the music of DJ Miro. Remind your sons that only males from La Salle are eligible to attend. Some girl tickets will again be available through La Salle.

Sophomores Personal and Legal Consequences of Drug and Alcohol Use Fall of 2011

Senior 100 Day Celebration On Thursday February 24, 2011, the seniors were treated to a Pasta Dinner and entertainment by hypnotist Kevin Hurley in celebration of 100 Days Until Their Graduation, which takes place on Saturday, June 4, 2011.

School Sponsored Busing Information on private transportation to La Salle from Bucks County, Delaware County, Upper Montgomery County, and Philadelphia will be mailed to families who are already using this service in early spring. Anyone else who would be interested in this information, please contact Mr. Tom Turner, Director of Transportation, at (215) 233-2911.

Juniors Personal and Legal Consequences of Drug and Alcohol Use Fall of 2011 Seniors Transitions: Adjusting to College Life Spring of 2011 On Monday, March 28, 2011, parents of freshmen and seniors are invited to participate in a Parent Information Night. The freshmen parent session will include information about adolescent male development and their involvement in high risk behavior, especially the experimentation with drugs and alcohol. The administration will share drug and alcohol survey data obtained from La Salle students. In the senior parent session the counseling staff will discuss the “Transitions Program” for Seniors that takes place in group advisory classes and what parents can do to help their son make a healthy transition to college life.


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Lasallian Service Corps Lew Clark and Thomas Devlin ‘00 LSC Coordinators

Sunday St. Francis Inn Sunday Before the First Monday of the Month 10:00 am Prepare sandwiches to be delivered to a soup kitchen in inner city Philadelphia. Contact: Mr. Chuck Cirelli

Summer Immersion Opportunities Project Appalachia (Kentucky) Contact Mr. Tom Devlin

Monday Elder Share 2:45 to 5:00 pm Provide companionship to residents of a local nursing home. Contact: Mr. Mike Ponisciak, Mrs. Dorothy Ponisciak, and Mr. Joe Radvansky

Navajo American Experience (Arizona) Contact: Mr. Micky Dominick

Tuesday La Salle Academy Tutoring 3:00 to 6:00 pm Tutor inner city children at La Salle Academy, the original site of La Salle College High School. Contact: Mr. Dan Cipolla, Ms. Pam DeRose, Dr. Rosina Ryan, or Mr. Dan Williams Human Rights Forum 2:30 pm Meet and discuss justice issues, the release of political prisoners, and reconciliation among people. Contact: Mrs. Betty Field Triest House 4:30 to 5:30 pm Assist mentally-challenged adults with physical therapy. Contact: Mr. Al Puntel Wednesday Providence Center 3:00 to 6:00 pm Tutor children in a center in Kensington run by the Sisters of the Holy Child. Contact: Mr. Tom Barna or Mrs. Cathy Winning Thursday Homeless Outreach Serve a meal and provide friendship to the poor in Philadelphia. 5:00 to 9:00 pm Contact: Mr. Joe Parisi and Mrs. Carol Haggerty Saturday and Sunday Saint Vincent’s Soup Kitchen Saturday and Sunday Morning 9:00 to 11:30 am Last Sunday of the Month 12:30 to 2:30 pm Prepare and serve meals to the poor of Germantown. Contact: Men of La Salle --- visit www.lschs.org

Building Bridges of Solidarity International Service in Bolivia Contact: Senora Lastenia Breen

Lasallian Youth Assembly Contact: Mr. Lew Clarke or Mr. Tom Devlin De La Salle Blackfeet (Montana) Contact: Mr. Tom Devlin Philadelphia Urban Immersion Contact: Mr. Lew Clark Seasonal Opportunities Magazine Drive Thanksgiving Food Drive for St. Vincent’s Parish Mission Drive Secret Santa Operation Santa Claus Respect Life Events Grade Level Opportunities Freshman and Sophomore Branch-Out Days Junior Urban Challenge Building Bridges of Solidarity Cochabamba, Bolivia Señora Lastenia Breen, a member of La Salle’s Spanish faculty, is asking for your generosity towards the people of Cochabamba, Bolivia. They are in need of usable clothing for all age groups, including newborns (no XL or bulky clothing). This past summer, nineteen La Salle students and three faculty members traveled to Cochabamba and distributed clothes and food donated by the La Salle families to children in hospitals, countryside schools, and the poor working class. They also helped to construct, paint, and cement rural schools. We need your help again. Building Bridges of Solidarity, will be traveling to Cochabamba, Bolivia in July of 2011 to help assist the people of the country. All La Salle families are invited to help with this International Lasallian Outreach. Donations will be accepted at any time at the La Salle College High School Language Office. Thank you for your generosity. If you have any questions at all, please contact Señora Lastenia Breen at breen@lschs.org or (214) 402-4142.


Touching Hearts 1st - 3rd 1st - 4th 9th 9th 11th 15th & 16th 18th 25th 30th 30th 31st Weekly

Junior Vocations Talk—Br. James Dries Kairos 37—79 Ash Wednesday Prayer Service Kairos Follow-up Discussions (all lunch periods) In His Footsteps Student Led Lenten Prayer Service, 7:30AM (chapel) Reconciliation In His Footsteps Student Led Lenten Prayer Service, 7:30AM (chapel) In His Footsteps Student Led Lenten Prayer Service, 7:30AM (chapel) Sophomore Branch-out Day Empty Bowl Supper 5PM—8PM Sophomore Vocations Talk - St. Charles Seminarians Ongoing service Projects—See Schedule Posted outside Campus Ministry

Each Friday during Lent, faculty, staff, and students will lead a brief morning prayer service in our school chapel. The prayer services begin at 7:35AM and last approximately 15 minutes. All are welcome to take advantage of this opportunity to worship together as a faith community during this holy season. If you would like to help our students lead one of the prayer services, please see Tom Devlin or Lew Clark.

Lasallian Ministry & Service: Mach 2011

LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

In His Footsteps Lenten Prayer Services

2011 Summer Service Immersion Trips This summer, approximately 200 La Salle students will immerse themselves in communities throughout the country. These trips allow students to grow in faith, live out the Gospel, and form bonds with their fellow classmates and community. Obviously, these trips would not be possible without the time and talents of faculty chaperones. We are still looking for chaperones for some of the trips. If you are interested, please read the expectations below and complete the application form available in Campus Ministry Chaperone Responsibilities (Approximately 120+ hours of your time before, during, and after the trip.) Attend pre-trip meetings Help in coordination of fundraising Coordinate transportation (either driving to site or organizing students at airport) Provide transportation throughout week Supervise students at work sites Facilitate and participate in all (twice daily) prayer services and reflections Help students work on blogs Help students shop for food and cook meals Supervise clean-up of facility Monitor students during recreation periods Enforce “Lights Out” Enforce rules and regulations of trip Ensure that all students are picked up by parents Post trip follow ups Various other tasks and duties as assigned/ required Specific Trip Information Information is available in Campus Ministry or online at www.lschs.org/summerservice


In HIS Footsteps Lenten Morning Prayer Services Friday Mornings During Lent Student-Led Prayer Services In The Chapel 7:35 – 7:50 am

All Are Welcome


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College Counseling Center Mary Kay Mullen Director of College Counseling

Seniors

Financial Aid Our college website, www.lschs.org/college has links to numerous scholarship search sites as well as a variety of posted scholarship opportunities. There’s money out there – don’t miss out! Be sure to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Many th colleges have priority deadlines of February 15 or st March 1 . This application must be completed in order to apply for state, federal, and institutional financial aid and deadlines must be met. Before filling out the FAFSA, register for a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov.This will serve as your electronic signature. It is important to fill out the form completely and to estimate if necessary. It is better to meet the deadline and make changes later than to miss the deadline and potentially miss out on financial aid. You can file the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. We strongly encourage everyone to fill out the FAFSA. At the very least it will make your son eligible for several low interest loans such as the Federal Stafford Loan (www.staffordloan.com). If there are extenuating circumstances that a college financial aid officer at a college where your son has been admitted should know, do not hesitate to report these changes or circumstances to the colleges. Certain colleges may also require either their own institutional financial aid form or the College Scholarship Services (CSS) Profile www.collegeboard.org/profile. Be aware of colleges’ requirements and meet the deadlines.

Keep Grades Up Admissions decisions are contingent on the successful completion of all course work. Admissions officers reserve the right to question poor second semester performance and, in some cases, to reverse an admissions decision that has already been made. We have examples of students whose grades dropped second semester resulting in their receiving letters from the college or university they planned to attend informing them their acceptance will now be reconsidered.

College Admissions Process Awards and Acceptances In March or April, your son should begin receiving merit and need based grant awards from the colleges to which he applied. After he compares award letters, he should pick which college he wants to attend and

return the signed award letter to the chosen college. Pay close attention to deadlines for accepting the award package. Deadlines are usually within two weeks after receiving the award letter. If he misses a deadline, he may risk losing a scholarship, grant, or loan assistance. Communicate with the faculty and the College Counseling Department. Please encourage your son to thank the teachers who may have written letters of recommendation on his behalf. Also, please remember to bring copies of all college acceptance and scholarship letters to Mrs. O’Connell in the College Counseling Center. Decline admission offers to other colleges. After he has chosen and committed to a college, your son should write a note declining admission to colleges where he has been accepted but will not be attending. This will allow students on a wait list to be accepted and awarded the aid previously held for your son. Submit deposit and housing application. Once your son knows which college he wants to attend, he can submit a housing application and deposit if he will be living on campus. He needs to do this as soon as possible because most rooms are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. The National st Reply Date is May 1 . Do not double deposit. Each year some seniors have a difficult time making up their minds about which college to enroll after they have been accepted. Students may not send deposits st to more than one college on or after May 1 . This is called “double depositing” and is an unethical practice. Should the colleges involved determine that a student has “double deposited” your son’s admission may be jeopardized. This practice is unfair to other applicants. The “double depositor” is taking up a spot that could go to another student, who will instead be wait-listed or turned down. It is an acceptable practice to deposit at one college and maintain your name on a wait list at another; however, indicating to two colleges that you will be attending by sending deposits to both should not be considered. NCAA Students who are planning to participate in Division I or II athletics in college must complete the NCAA Clearinghouse Eligibility form available online at www.ncaa.org and request that a transcript be sent. See Mrs. O’Connell in the College Counseling Office. Transcripts will be sent to the NCAA upon request and again after graduation.


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College Counseling Center (continued)

College Admissions Process A wealth of information is available on the Internet about the College Search process. A good starting site is our comprehensive webpage: www.lschs.org/college. In addition, each college and university has its own website. The syllabus for the College Advisory classes can be found on the Student Portal. There is a homework assignment for each class that must be completed on a weekly basis and each will receive a grade. The homework assignments are the step-by-step way of managing the college search and application process in an effective way. According to our current seniors and recent graduates, visiting college campuses is most important in making a good decision. It is most informative if the visits occur while students are on campus, so we strongly encourage visits during this second semester. Information about questions to ask on a college visit is available at www.NSSE.iub.edu.Students should send a follow-up email to the college admissions office after the visit. Information about making successful visits is also available in the College Match workbook that is required for Junior Advisory Class. Since many admission decisions will be based on the junior year GPA in college preparatory courses we suggest that students take their academic responsibilities most seriously. While participation in activities is a factor used to tip the scales in the admission process, primary focus is on the student’s GPA.

Standardized Testing Take advantage of the test preparation module on Naviance. Short sample tests of the SAT and ACT can be taken to determine which of these two formats is best suited to each student. Practice tests and tutorial packets are available at this site. Registration deadlines and test dates for each test are available on our webpage. SAT/ACT results need to be sent by the

student from the testing service to the colleges and universities where he will apply. The complete schedule of test and registration dates and information about the tests is available at our website: www.lschs.org/college, www.actstudent.org, and www.collegeboard.com. TEST DATE

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

March 12, 2011 May 7, 2011 June 4, 2011

February 11, 2011 April 8, 2011 May 6, 2011

SAT

Thank you to the parents of juniors who attended College Information Night in February. The college counselors appreciate your interest and support. If you have not yet done so, please send the college criteria and parent’s input forms to the College Counseling Center as soon as possible.

April 9, 2011 June 11, 2011

March 4, 2011 May 6, 2011

ACT

Juniors

College Information Nights

For a list of late registration deadlines and additional late fees see College Board and ACT websites listed above.

College Counseling Staff The College Counselors look forward to working with you and your sons during this important transition time in their lives. Encourage your son to make an appointment with his college counselor. The class is divided alphabetically by student’s last name: Brother William DiPasquale, FSC Mr. Gerard Brett Mrs. Mary Kay Mullen

A-G H-O P-Z

By the end of this semester your son will have met in class or in person at least twelve times with a college counselor. He will be offered information and support. His level of engagement will affect the outcome of the process.

IMPORTANT DATE The Admission Game Tuesday, March 29, 2011 7:15 pm Auditorium Sophomores, juniors, and their parents are invited to a presentation given by Peter Van Buskirk entitled The Admission Game. Mr. Van Buskirk is an author, motivational speaker, and former college Dean of Admission. This evening is sponsored by the College Counseling Department in conjunction with the Fran Johnson Enrichment Program of the Mothers’ Club.


At La Salle College High School it is sometimes very difficult to take all of the classes that one would like to take. Our world-class Microsoft IT Academy curriculum will help you obtain the hands-on skills and experience that you need to succeed in technology careers now available in the summer! Course Dates: Session 1: June 18, 2011 - June 30, 2011 Session 2: July 9, 2011 - July 21, 2011 Monday-Thursday 6:30PM - 9:30PM Saturday 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Course Cost: $1600 What does the cost cover?

The program offers classroom and online learning, Hands-On Labs, and access to hundreds of courses, books, cutting-edge resources, and collaboration tools. Most important, you can earn valuable Microsoft Certifications, which can increase your chances of getting a good job in today’s tough economy. There is a global need for people highly skilled in Microsoft technologies, and Microsoft Certifications are the credentials you need to impress employers and colleges.

The cost covers the tuition for the course and one exam per student. The course will run Monday - Thursday and includes the first and second Saturdays. The course will meet in the Computer Center at La Salle College High School.

Want to find out more? Check out www.lschs.org/teched


La Salle College High School

2011 La Salle College High School Baseball Camp

La Salle College High School Wrestling Camp

La Salle College High School Lacrosse Camp

La Salle College High School Running Camp

Session One – Hitting Instruction Only July 6, 2011 to July 8, 2011 9:00 am to 2:00 pm $160 per player

June 20, 2011 to June 23, 2011 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Evening Camp June 13, 2011 to June 17, 2011 5:00 to 8:30 pm Boys Ages 11 to 16 $200

August 1, 2011 to August 4, 2011 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Session Two – Positional July 11, 2011 to July 15, 2011 9:00 am to 2:00 pm $210 per player Attend Both Sessions for $315 Open to players ten years old to players entering the 9th Grade. For a camp application or additional information, please contact Coach Joe Parisi at (215) 402-4182 or parisij@lschs.org

La Salle College High School Basketball Camp Session One June 27, 2011 to July 1, 2011 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Session Two July 11, 2011 to July 15, 2011 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Boy Ages 9 to 15 $230 per session Attend Both Sessions for $430 For a camp application or additional information, please contact Joe Dempsey at (215) 402-4153 or dempseyj@lschs.org

Boys Ages 9 to 16 $175 per player For a camp application or additional information, please contact Vic Stanley at (215) 233-2911 or psafootballcom@comcast.net

La Salle College High School Football Camp July 25, 2011 to July 28, 2011 4:00 to 8:00 pm

Day Camp June 20, 2011 to June 24, 2011 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Boys Ages 5 to 16 and Girls Ages 5 to 13 $250 For a camp application or additional information, please contact www.lschs.org/laxcamp, leahyw@lschs.org, or (215) 402-4850.

Boys Ages 8 to 16 $200 per player

Peak Performance Camp

Discounts $175 for early registration (payment in full by June 1, 2011)

All-Athlete Speed, Strength, and Agility Camp June 20, 2011 to June 24, 2011 5:00 to 8:00 pm

For a camp application or additional information, please call Paul Colistra at (215) 402-4811 or colistrap@lschs.org

Boy Entering Grades 6 to 10 $200 per player

La Salle College High School Jazz Camp June 20, 2011 to June 24, 2011 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Boys and Girls Entering Grades 5 to 9 $250 For a camp application or additional information, please call Joe Ciccimaro at (215) 402-4904 or ciccimarojoe@lschs.org

Discounts $175 for early registration (payment in full by May 1, 2011) For a camp application or additional information, please contact www.lschs.org/peakperformance, colistrap@lschs.org, or (215) 402-4811.

Boys and Girls Entering Grades 5 to 9 $125 per runner For camp application or additional information, please contact Greg Bielecki at (215) 402-4140 or bieleckig@lschs.org

La Salle College High School Soccer Camp Session One July 25, 2011 to July 29, 2011 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Session Two August 1, 2011 to August 5, 2011 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Boys and Girls Ages 6 to 16 $200 per player For camp application or additional information, please contact Tom Turner at (215) 402-4821 or turnert@lschs.org

Aftercare is available for all camps until 5:00 pm.


La Salle College High School

2011 La Salle College High School Baseball Camp

La Salle College High School Wrestling Camp

La Salle College High School Lacrosse Camp

La Salle College High School Running Camp

Session One – Hitting Instruction Only July 6, 2011 to July 8, 2011 9:00 am to 2:00 pm $160 per player

June 20, 2011 to June 23, 2011 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Evening Camp June 13, 2011 to June 17, 2011 5:00 to 8:30 pm Boys Ages 11 to 16 $200

August 1, 2011 to August 4, 2011 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Session Two – Positional July 11, 2011 to July 15, 2011 9:00 am to 2:00 pm $210 per player Attend Both Sessions for $315 Open to players ten years old to players entering the 9th Grade. For a camp application or additional information, please contact Coach Joe Parisi at (215) 402-4182 or parisij@lschs.org

La Salle College High School Basketball Camp Session One June 27, 2011 to July 1, 2011 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Session Two July 11, 2011 to July 15, 2011 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Boy Ages 9 to 15 $230 per session Attend Both Sessions for $430 For a camp application or additional information, please contact Joe Dempsey at (215) 402-4153 or dempseyj@lschs.org

Boys Ages 9 to 16 $175 per player For a camp application or additional information, please contact Vic Stanley at (215) 233-2911 or psafootballcom@comcast.net

La Salle College High School Football Camp July 25, 2011 to July 28, 2011 4:00 to 8:00 pm

Day Camp June 20, 2011 to June 24, 2011 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Boys Ages 5 to 16 and Girls Ages 5 to 13 $250 For a camp application or additional information, please contact www.lschs.org/laxcamp, leahyw@lschs.org, or (215) 402-4850.

Boys Ages 8 to 16 $200 per player

Peak Performance Camp

Discounts $175 for early registration (payment in full by June 1, 2011)

All-Athlete Speed, Strength, and Agility Camp June 20, 2011 to June 24, 2011 5:00 to 8:00 pm

For a camp application or additional information, please call Paul Colistra at (215) 402-4811 or colistrap@lschs.org

Boy Entering Grades 6 to 10 $200 per player

La Salle College High School Jazz Camp June 20, 2011 to June 24, 2011 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Boys and Girls Entering Grades 5 to 9 $250 For a camp application or additional information, please call Joe Ciccimaro at (215) 402-4904 or ciccimarojoe@lschs.org

Discounts $175 for early registration (payment in full by May 1, 2011) For a camp application or additional information, please contact www.lschs.org/peakperformance, colistrap@lschs.org, or (215) 402-4811.

Boys and Girls Entering Grades 5 to 9 $125 per runner For camp application or additional information, please contact Greg Bielecki at (215) 402-4140 or bieleckig@lschs.org

La Salle College High School Soccer Camp Session One July 25, 2011 to July 29, 2011 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Session Two August 1, 2011 to August 5, 2011 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Boys and Girls Ages 6 to 16 $200 per player For camp application or additional information, please contact Tom Turner at (215) 402-4821 or turnert@lschs.org

Aftercare is available for all camps until 5:00 pm.


Academic Enrichment Programs

SAT Preparation Course

June 20, 2011 to July 22, 2011 8:30 am to 1:00 pm $995 (Tuition) $300 (Transportation)

(Meets Tuesdays and Thursday) June 21, 2011 to July 21, 2011

Pre-7th Grade Open to Boys and Girls Entering the 7th Grade Pre-8th Grade Open to Boys and Girls Entering the 8th Grade Pre-9th Grade Open to Boys and Girls Entering the 9th Grade A program centering on reading and writing, math, art, science and computer skills and preparation for high school entrance examinations. Students prepare for high school entrance test to one full-scale practice test and through shorter, weekly practice units. For an application or additional information, please contact (215) 402 4165 or summer@lschs.org

SAT Math 8:30 to 10:30 am $350 SAT Critical Reading (Verbal) 10:30 to 11:30 am $200 SAT Writing (Verbal) 11:30 am to 1:00 pm $275 Enroll in All Three Courses for $675 All courses are open to students – male or female – from any area school. Please register for any course(s) by visiting our website, www.lschs.org, and click on the Summer Program tab and print out the registration form.

Writing Enrichment (Meets Mondays and Wednesdays) June 20, 2011 to July 20, 2011 9:00 am to 12:00 pm $500.00 This course is open to any high school student (male or female) looking to improve their writing skills (not just current La Salle students). Classes will be in groups of 5 to 8 and will work specifically on writing persuasively in all subject areas.

La Salle College High School 8605 Cheltenham Avenue Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania 19038 215 233 2911 phone 215 233 1418 fax www.lschs.org

La Salle College High School

summer 2011 P R OG R A M S


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Practical ideas for parents to help their children. Discuss the five different styles of decision-making with your son.

Show your son that you discipline because you care.

You know that your son’s decision-making skills will get better as he gets older and gains more experience, but did you know that he may actually make decisions in a different manner than you do? With your son, discuss the five different styles of decision-making. Which style do each of you think you are? Are you:

Effective discipline isn't just about telling your son what not to do. It's also praising your son for what he's doing correctly; however, teens can be tricky when it comes to affection. The things that may have worked when they were younger – like giving hugs or baking cookies – might now seem childish. So how can you show your teen you care – without making him say "Oh, Mom"? Here are a few ideas: • Smile when you see your son. • Tell your son that you expect him to do his best, but you don't expect him to be perfect. • Spend time with your son. Listen to his favorite music with him. Cook his favorite food with him. • Be there for your son. Keep your promises. Don't make fun of your son. And give him a shoulder to lean on if he's had a bad day. • Allow your son to make his own choices. Support the choices he make or help him learn from unwise choices. Notice when your son does something brave. • Ask your son about his day. Even if you're tired, make an effort to look interested. Let your son know you care and you want to listen to what he has to say.

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Decisive? People in this category often act quickly, sometimes making decisions based on limited information. But they always stick to their original decision. Flexible? Similar to decisive decision makers, these people act on limited information. However, they are open to changing their minds. If their first solution to a problem doesn't work, they will switch to another one. And they will re-evaluate their decisions as more information becomes available. Hierarchical? These types of decision-makers collect as much information as they can before making a decision. They look at all the information and determine the best solution. And they stick with their decision--because they have worked out all the details before they made it. Integrative? These people are like scientists. They collect and evaluate a lot of information, but realize there are many solutions that could work for the problem. They test each idea, imagining the outcome in their minds. Systemic? These people collect as much information as possible and come up with as many solutions as possible. They then rank the solutions from best to worst and try out each one down the list until the problem is solved.

Reprinted with permission from the March issue of Parents Still Make The Difference! ® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2011 The Parent Institute ®, a Division of NIS, Inc.

Reprinted with permission from the March issue of Parents Still Make The Difference! ® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2011 The Parent Institute ®, a Division of NIS, Inc.


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Tell your son to tackle the “worst” first. Learning to do the things you don't like to do is a tough lesson. But in adult life, there are always things you'd rather avoid. After all, who likes doing dishes or laundry? Who likes paying bills? But just try putting those off and see what happens! Here are some ways you can help your son learn to do the things he really wants to avoid:

Do the worst first. Your son may never love doing his math homework, but if he knows that once it's done he can read the novel he loves, it will be more appealing. Make it a challenge. Some teens are competitive – so put that to work. "Can you get all your math problems solved correctly in the next twenty minutes? Yesterday it took you longer." Make a realistic estimate. How long will that math take, realistically? Twenty minutes? He's already wasted three hours putting it off.

Reprinted with permission from the March issue of Parents Still Make The Difference! ® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2011 The Parent Institute ®, a Division of NIS, Inc.

Know the facts before having a discussion about peer pressure. In order to prepare your son to combat peer pressure, you have to know what he is being pressured to do. A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that teens are often being pressured on the topics of:

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Smoking. Nearly 25% of high school students smoke cigarettes. Drinking. A whopping two-thirds of teens between 14 and 17 have tried alcohol. Drugs. A little more than 25% of 14-year old to 17-year olds reported that they have used illegal drugs. Sex. Just about one in every three teens aged 14 to 15 has had sexual intercourse.

Think about your family values regarding these issues. Then, rather than banning your teen from leaving the house, have a conversation with your teen about why you feel the way you feel. Knowing why you don't want her smoking, drinking or involved in other risky behaviors may be just enough to encourage your teen to say no to her friends.

Reprinted with permission from the March issue of Parents Still Make The Difference! ® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2011 The Parent Institute ®, a Division of NIS, Inc.

Use the media to teach your son about consequences. Most teens simply aren't very good at planning ahead. It's not until they get to the party that they realize there will be alcohol there. So it's important to find ways to help teens think ahead. You can use the media – TV, newspapers, magazines – to teach your son to think about consequences. And you can do it in a way that also helps him develop selfrespect. Look for stories that highlight poor life choices. (You won't have to look far.) When athletes or TV stars get in trouble, raise the topic with your son.. It's likely that one of you will say, "You could see that coming." That's a perfect opening. What was this person doing that led to this bad consequence? What might have happened if the person had made different choices? How will this choice affect the person's life in the future? Talking about other people's bad decisions offers a little distance – and some perspective. It's a great way for your son to think about what he might do before a similar situation arises. Reprinted with permission from the March issue of Parents Still Make The Difference! ® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2011 The Parent Institute ®, a Division of NIS, Inc.


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Mothers’ Club Susan T. Gillespie President

Upcoming Calendar of Events March 3, 2011

Mothers’ Club Meeting 9:15 am Auditorium Mother/Son Service Project 10:00 am Cafeteria The Admission Game 7:30 pm Auditorium Fashion Show 5:00 pm Spring Mill Manor Mother/Son Service Project 10:00 am Cafeteria

March 6, 2011

March 29, 2011

March 31, 2011

April 3, 2011

Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer help is welcome and appreciated at all Mothers’ Club events. Please e-mail the contact listed for each event with your availability. Fashion Show March 31, 2011 Set-Up: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Clean-Up 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Fashion Show and Dinner In Celebration of Timeless Style Thursday, March 31, 2011 Spring Mill Manor Please join us for a night of fun, friendship and fashion at the annual Spring Fashion Show! Spring Mill Manor will shimmer with style, tombola tables will tantalize with delightful gifts, and the runway will reverberate with fantastic fashions for the upcoming season! Invitations have been mailed, so please RSVP. Tickets are limited, so buy them early. For your convenience, you can also purchase your tickets online on the Mothers’ Club page oif the school website. As always, your financial support is sincerely appreciated and cash donations are welcome.

Contact: Laura O'Connor laurawoconnor@yahoo.com

If you have any questions, are interested in volunteering, or would like to donate an item, please contact:

Mother/Son Liturgy April 27, 2011 Set-Up During the Day, Serving at Event

Ellen Cericola (215) 343-3275 cericolas@verizon.net

Contact: Diana Eidenshink deidenshink@chtandcompany.com

Mother/Son Service Project March 6, 2011 10:00 am Cafeteria

April 3, 2011

The Mothers’ Club is partnering with Mr. Chuck Cirelli on a service project for mothers and their sons to make sandwiches for the homeless and poor served by Saint Francis Inn. We meet on Sundays before the first Monday of the month to prepare the bagged meals. If you and your son would like to participate in this project, please contact: Therese Rose trose@turnberrysolutions.com (215) 654-8989

Senior Mother/Son Liturgy Wednesday, April 27, 2011 7:00 pm Auditorium This is a special event for both seniors and their Moms as you prepare for graduation. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this memorable evening at La Salle. There is no cost to attend this event, but it is reserved for seniors and their Mothers/Special Persons. Look for more information in an upcoming issue of The Belcroft. You will receive your invitation in the mail.


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Mothers’ Club (Continued)

New York Trip

Saint Patrick

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 SOLD OUT!

Feast Day March 17 Patron of Ireland Born at Kilpatrick, Scotland, in the year 387 Died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 461

This event is officially SOLD OUT! If you ordered tickets for the trip to New York, your cancelled check is confirmation for reservations. If you are on the waiting list, you will be contacted if space becomes available. For additional information, please contact: Celeste LePrevost cprevost8@comcast.net (215) 248-1153

SOLD OUT!

Musical Keyboards Needed The Mothers' Club will be collecting new or gently used musical keyboards for La Salle Academy, a school dedicated to educating children in grades three through eight, whose potential is limited by social, academic, or financial challenges, and whose parents desire, but cannot afford, a Catholic education. Last year this collection was very successful and La Salle Academy was deeply grateful to our school community. Only a few more keyboards are needed to provide each student with individual instruction. If you have a musical keyboard to donate, please contact: JeriBeth Subers jbsubers@verizon.net (215) 641-0522.

Reminder to Parents of Seniors Please send in your sons’ baby picture. If you have not already done so, we are asking that you send a baby picture of your son – the toddler years or younger, no larger than 4”x 6”, preferably by himself. Please put your son’s name on the back of the picture. We will match his baby picture with his graduation picture from the photographer and display the pictures in the main hallway of the school. The picture will be mailed home after graduation. We need your picture no later than March 18, 2011. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. In the event that you have any questions, please contact: Amy Worster (215) 493-2195 aarothwell@aol.com

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St. Patrick is one of the world's most popular saints. As a boy of fourteen, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him. During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britain, where he reunited with his family. He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him "We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more." He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years. Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick, but Patrick converfted him to Christianity. Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick's message. Why a shamrock? Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and it has been associated with him and the Irish since that time. Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for forty years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died at Saul, where he had built the first church.


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Men of La Salle John P. Toner ’82 President

Upcoming Calendar of Events

Father/Son Bowling

March 10, 2011

March 13, 2011 2:30 pm Facenda-Whitaker Lanes

March 13, 2011

March 30, 2011

April 7, 2011

April 10, 2011 May 5, 2011

May 19, 2011

Monthly Meeting 6:30 pm Study Commons Father/Son Bowling 2:30 pm Facenda-Whitaker Lanes Sophomore Branch-Out Day 8:00 am Monthly Meeting 6:30 pm Study Commons Nominations Meeting Father/Son Baseball Outing Baltimore Monthly Meeting 6:30 pm Study Commons Installation of New Officers End-Of-Year BBQ 6:30 pm The Pit

Saint Vincent’s Roman Catholic Church Volunteer Opportunity From now until the end of the school year on all Saturday and Sundays, the Men of La Salle will be providing services to Saint Vincent’s Dining Room, the soup kitchen on 109 East Price Street in Philadelphia. Each weekend between 9:30 and 11:30 am, fathers and sons are asked to volunteer for food preparation in the kitchen, preparing meals for over two hundred men and women who are served lunch. We also need volunteers to serve lunch from 12:30 to 2:30 pm the last Sunday of each month. The Men of La Salle have a long history of serving the less fortunate at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. It is a great experience for you to share with your son and it does not require a significant time commitment. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the web at www.lschs.org/mol, then select Saint Vincent’s Volunteers or contact: Joe Banecker (610) 828-0344 josephbanecker@aol.com

Commitment For Next Year Commitment forms will again be distributed the March meeting. All are welcome to take part in the various events and become more involved in the Men of La Salle. There are many senior dads involved now, and we need a lot of new faces to help. Consider volunteering for a committee or chairing an event. You will get more out of it than you realize. New officers are needed for next year. Consider giving some time to plan the events that you and your son can be involved together.

Mission of the Men of La Salle I was recently reminded of why the Men of La Salle exists. Let me set the stage. I was talking with another La Salle father at a school event. He was telling me about the college plans for his son. The conversation highlighted the hope and excitement that his son has about his future. His son also had expressed how his time here at La Salle contributed to such a bright future. The dad then told me about another La Salle student, who was a good friend of his son’s. Like so many other La Salle students, he too was pondering his college choices. He still was working through his decision-making process. It was all so normal. Then I remembered that this boy’s father had passed away several years ago. Yet, he and his family preserved through that tragedy. His future academic career is as bright as any other La Salle graduate. The Men of La Salle helped to make that possible. During this academic year, our organization is providing full or partial tuition support for seven boys, totaling almost $99,000. Clearly, we rely on the generous financial support of the entire La Salle community. Additionally, we need the time and commitment of fathers to continue the important mission of our group. I encourage you to become involved. Come to our monthly meetings. Attend one of our Father/Son events. Get involved! The list of our upcoming events is listed below. As my conversation ended, it hit me that of all the things that the Men of La Salle do, the most important is to provide those sons who have lost a parent the same opportunity as the rest of their classmates. To build upon their La Salle experience as they continue their academic careers in college. If you have any questions about the Men of La Salle, please email me at mol@lschs.org.


Attention All La Salle Fathers and Sons

Challenge your Father or Son to a game! Whether you can bowl or not, it’s a great way to spend time together!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Registration 2:00 p.m. • Bowling 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.   $25.00 per person includes shoe rental and sumptuous buffet. Please register and pay in advance (see below).  

Prizes for high game(s), strike on Red Pin, 50/50 Drawing and more!

NEW LOCATION>

Facenda-Whitaker Lanes <NEW LOCATION

2912 Swede Road • East Norriton, PA 19401 www.facendawhitaker.com 610-272-6547 Father/Son Registration Form Sunday, March 13, 2011

1. Name____________________________________________________Circle One Father/Son/Other 2. Name____________________________________________________Circle One Father/Son/Other 3. Name____________________________________________________Circle One Father/Son/Other

Form submitted by: Name _________________________________________________________________________________ Phone _________________________________________________________________________________ Email _________________________________________________________________________________ Number of Bowlers x $25.00 = Total Enclosed $ _________________________________________________________________________________

NOTE: BOWLERS MAY ONLY REGISTER AND PAY AT DOOR IF EVENT IS NOT SOLD OUT.

Please return payment to Men of La Salle to be received no later than March 7th. You may pay at the door, but please email mschluth@alstin with a “heads up” ASAP. Thanks.

4. Name____________________________________________________Circle One Father/Son/Other 5. Name____________________________________________________Circle One Father/Son/Other 6. Name____________________________________________________Circle One Father/Son/Other

Please return payment and Registration Form to: Men of La Salle Father/Son Bowling Mike Schluth Alstin Communications, Inc. 121 S. Broad St., STE 1600 Email: mschluth@alstin.com Philadelphia, PA 19107 Cell: 215-620-2825


SPEND A MEMORABLE DAY THAT BONDS A FATHER AND SON FOR A LIFETIME! Spring training for major league baseball is upon us and the Men of La Salle have already secured our date for the annual Father & Son baseball trip to Camden Yards in Baltimore. This annual event is one of the most popular events on the school calendar as it provides you with the opportunity to spend a unique day with your son regardless of whether you are a baseball fan or not. This event is also meant to include grandfathers, uncles, cousins and those boys who may not have a father (we will not exclude any mothers that may be interested).

Men of La Salle

Sunday, April 10, 2011 The Orioles will be hosting the Texas Rangers!

 $70.00 per person (considered a premium game), includes ticket and transportation.

Game time is 1:30pm and the day will begin at LaSalle with a Mass in the gym at 9:00am.  Buses will leave the school parking lot at 10:00am sharp to provide enough time before the game to explore the stadium and collect batting practice balls hit into our section. Seats are in the sunny lower boxes along the left field foul line. After the game, time will be allotted to venture over to the Inner Harbor for a bite to eat and other entertainment. Buses will leave from the Aquarium exactly at 7:00pm. 

125 tickets reserved — first come, first served!

Registration Form Sunday, April 10, 2011

Form submitted by: Name _________________________________________________________________________________

1. Name________________________________________________________________________

Phone _________________________________________________________________________________

2. Name________________________________________________________________________

Email _________________________________________________________________________________

3. Name________________________________________________________________________

Number of Attendees x $70.00 = Total Enclosed $ _________________________________________________________________________________

4. Name________________________________________________________________________ 5. Name________________________________________________________________________ 6. Name________________________________________________________________________

Please return payment to “Men of La Salle” to be received no later than April 3, 2011. Please return payment and Registration Form to: Men of La Salle Annual Baseball Outing c/o Dave Lagner 509 Hamilton Rd.. Lower Gwynned,PA 19002 215-646-2143 Email: DLAGS21@aol.com


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Fine Arts Competitions by Michael Hearn La Salle’s Fine Arts Department Studio Arts Program is looking forward to a highly productive, energetic, and busy spring semester. There are a number of upcoming exhibitions to look forward to. Our students’ works in ceramics, drawing, painting, and sculpture will be entered into these events, and of course, will also be highlighted in our own annual student art exhibit here at La Salle on May 16, 2011. The students will be participating in two primary competitions: rd

33 Annual Montgomery County High School Exhibition and Competition Mixed Media Wednesday, March 2, 2011 to Friday, March 25, 2011 Reception: Sunday, March 6, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm Awards Ceremony: 2:00 pm The Archdiocesan Student Art Exhibit Hosted by the La Salle University Art Museum Mixed Media Saturday, March 26 to Thursday, April 15, 2011 Reception: Saturday, March 26, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Senior Art Portfolio Students: Andrew Lonnergan, Stephen Duzinski, and Ryan McCann

Art Club Members in room 402 December 2010


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Ah…Contrast by Jo Ann Cohen, Ph.D. If you listen to the news, not a day passes without a horrific occurrence somewhere. Our news is focused on negativity. But don’t blame the media. Nothing increases newspaper or magazine sales like a negative story. Newscasters report success stories when they need “fillers.” How is it that we don’t focus on, or appreciate the positive aspects of life? Appreciation can come from many things – it comes most easily from experiencing contrast. The brilliance of a sunny day is in contrast to the darkness of a moonless night. Joyful ecstasy is in contrast to tormenting sadness. A delicious dinner always tastes better when we are hungry. Understanding and appreciating what we have occurs more readily when we have seen and experienced its opposite. When we have not experienced discomfort, we often take what we have for granted. Take, for example, my son. For several years after Stephen was born, I had refrained from vacationing in foreign countries, because the places I like to visit don’t have the amenities that are available in the United States. When Stephen was at the tender age of twelve, I took him on a tour of four European countries beginning with Portugal. I was aching to visit other parts of the world and compare the peoples’ values, and way of living with mine. It is that contrast that makes me more sensitive and aware of the pleasures I experience daily, yet rarely notice. Most people in Portugal do not have as many comforts as most Europeans, but they certainly do not live in austerity. Stephen was ravished that first morning, and we went to breakfast to find that each of us was given a croissant with icing, butter, jelly, cheese, juice, and a choice of hot beverages. My son immediately turned to me, “Can I order sausage and eggs?” I smiled as I unfolded my linen napkin, “No sweetie, we are having a continental breakfast.” He looked concerned. “Can I get pancakes?” Confused by his question I replied, “No, darling, we are having a continental breakfast.” His eyes squinted into slits, and he looked at me again, and said very slowly, “Mom, what’s a con-tin-en-tal breakfast?” Ah… contrast. I suddenly realized my son had never heard of a continental breakfast before! “It’s in front of you, honey.” Stephen looked down at his breakfast and then turned to me in horror. “Is this how it’s going to be in every country?” “No,” I said to him hiding a smile. “Sometimes the croissant won’t have icing on it.” Appreciation for the comforts we have comes from various avenues. We hear of people in other countries who have far less than we do. We see people in our own country who struggle for survival. We read stories of tornados, floods, and other calamities in an array of places, and wonder whether anyone overcomes these disasters. During Lent, Christians have an amazing opportunity. Many of us voluntarily refrain from certain comforts or pleasures to identify with Christ's sufferings. Ironically, it is by experiencing what we don’t have, that we better appreciate what we do have. Happiness comes from noticing the little things that make our lives comfortable and enjoyable – things many of us don’t notice at all until they are missing. We always have choices. We can complain about things we cannot change, or we can realize that, through sacrifice, we are brought into closer focus with what we want. We may not have a choice about everything that happens to us, but we certainly have a choice about how we respond.


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LAX Time by Bill Leahy

The Lacrosse team is looking to get back to the state final for the 4th straight year. Leading the 2011 team are five signed senior Division I lacrosse players including: Kevin Forster (Maryland), who returns after capturing All-American honors. He will lead the attack. Jack Bogorowski (Johns Hopkins), who is ranked as one of the top 30 players in his class nationwide, and Zack Jones (Towson) will direct a strong midfield, while Mark DiFrangia (St. John’s), an ESPN Rise All State Selection, leads the defense. Rounding out the senior leadership includes John Lawlor and Victor Garcia (Jacksonville University) in goal, defensive midfield specialists Joe Brown and Will Rate, Jim DeCarlo and Alex Carapellotti at defense, and Casey Gillespie and Alex Lynn at attack. Once again, La Salle is fortunate to have a strong underclass group supporting the seniors. Casey Eidenshink on defense, Sean Coleman at midfield, and Matt Rambo are returning starters with twelve additional sophomores and juniors from last year’s playoff team. The foundation is there to provide a strong run at another state championship. This year’s schedule will again showcase games against the best teams in the nation including three perennial Top Ten teams. One game to highlight will be on April 23, 2011 against Haverford who is starting the season as the No. 1 Team in the nation. Mark your calendars as this game could turn out to be the top game in the country this year. Calvert Hall on April 1, 2011, St. Joseph’s Prep on April 13, 2011, and a rematch of the last year’s State Championship game against Conestoga on May 7, 2011 will provide other games to keep an eye on. Over the past three years the seniors have helped the team compile a 73-9 record, compete in three state finals, and win two state championships. 2011 presents its challenges, but promises to be another great championship run for the Explorers.


March 2011 Volume Twenty Number 7

Calendar of Events March 2011 1-4 2 3 5 6

8 9 12 13 15 18 21 22 23 24-27 25 29 30

Kairos 37-79 Early Dismissal Mothers’ Club Meeting Men of La Salle Meeting th 7 Grade Practice Test Communion Breakfast and Hall of Fame Induction Mother/Son Service Project Alumni Board Meeting Ash Wednesday (Simple Lunch) SAT Father/Son Bowling National Honor Society Induction End of Third Marking Period Student Council Dance (Mixer) Holiday Fourth Marking Period Begins Mothers’ Club Fashion Show Theatre Production – Drowsy Chaperone Report Cards Issued The Admission Game Sophomore Branch-Out Day

1:35 pm 9:15 am 6:30 pm 8:30 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 7:30 pm

2:00 pm 7:15 pm 7:30 pm No Classes 5:00 pm

7:15 pm

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!

Belcroft Newsletter - March 2011 Edition  

The Belcroft is the monthly newsletter of La Salle College High School.

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