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February 2012 Volume Twenty-One Number 6

Dear Parents and Guardians, January has sped by and a new semester has begun for your son(s) and his teachers. It seemed like just moments ago that we were making New Year’s resolutions. There is still time for your son to make academic resolutions for the second semester if this be a need. Now is a perfect time to reflect together on successes and needed improvements. Goal setting between parents and their and sons is always productive. Sometimes, positive “carrots” (such as driver permits, etc.) are perfect motivating tools.

Lent will begin on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 with the distribution of ashes at school. Hopefully, this season will be an opportunity to refocus and make clear goals as a Christian. Our students will once again hold their weekly prayer services on Friday mornings in the Marian Chapel. These services are truly one of the highlights of this holy season. I encourage you to attend the Mother/Son Communion Brunch on Sunday, February 26, 2012, which is an event that always plays to a full house. Reservations are necessary and, once again, La Salle is thankful to Father

You know, all too well, the sacrifice that parents make today to provide a spiritual and quality education for their children. We are mindful each day here at La Salle of this sacrifice and thank you for entrusting your son(s) to our care.

My congratulations to this year’s inductees into the Hall of Fame – Brother James Rieck ’57 and Frank Cervone, Esq. ’75 – as well as the William J. Whelan Alumni Service Award honorees – Ed Feeney ’62 and Honorable William Benz, Esq. ’72. I sincerely hope that each of you enjoys February 29th. It is not often that we actually get an extra day to accomplish what we wish. Hopefully, this day will be an opportunity to do the things that you enjoy the most. Sincerely yours,

Brother Richard Kestler, FSC ’60 President

Leave to Serve Enter to Learn

January brought major news to the Catholic educational world with the announcement of the closing of fortyfive parish elementary schools and four high schools. One of these schools, West Catholic, has been a place of ministry for the Christian Brothers for eighty-six years. Having personally spent twelve years at West Catholic, I know of its success and how its closing will affect the lives of its students. La Salle will look seriously at several West Catholic students to see if we might be able to help them continue their Lasallian education. Please pray for all students affected by these changes and may these painful decisions result in the strengthening of Catholic education in Philadelphia.

Janton for sharing his priestly ministry. You are always welcome to simply stop by our campus, take in a winter athletic contest, or join one of our many parent club meetings or social events. Please remember that this is your “second home” as well as your son’s.


The month of February includes socials for our students (Valentine Dance) on Friday, February, 10, 2012 and parents (Mardi Gras Dinner Dance) the following night. Believe it or not, the Men of La Salle will host a first ever Comedy Night on Sunday, February 12, 2012.


Our congratulations to Mr. John McGranaghan – an accomplished author, our freshman guidance counselor, and a member of our dedicated faculty – who was recently awarded the 2012 Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award for his book Meet The Planets.

S a v e Th e D a t e La Salle College High School

Dinner Dance 2012 Mardi Gras Festival

February 11, 2012 Normandy Farms Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Cocktails 6:00 pm Dinner and Dancing 7:00 pm

Business Office M a rk A . G i bb o n s ’ 9 2 C h i e f F i n a n c i a l Off i c e r

La Salle College High School is a Catholic independent educational institution that emphasizes religious values and academic excellence. We depend on full and timely payment of tuition, rather than Church or government subsidies. La Salle makes every effort to minimize fees and tuition increases while providing the very best quality education consistent with Catholic values. When a student registers at La Salle we hold a place for that student and commit resources to optimize the educational experience of that student. In addition, we design staffing, supplies, and programs based on the number of registered students. Each year, we forgo potential income by limiting the number of incoming students when we commit a place for your son. Thus, once a semester begins, no tuition will be refunded for that semester for any reason, after September 10th for the 1st Semester and January 31st for the 2nd Semester. 1. Tuition for the 2012-13 academic year is $18,700. In addition, as applicable: $430 for grade 12 senior fee (includes actual retreat, yearbook, and graduation expenses) $7,600 for David program tuition $320 for all those in the instrumental or choral music programs $1,050 – $1,995 for those on La Salle bus routes a. The non-refundable $1,000 payment made at initial enrollment acceptance is a tuition credit; registration for grades 10-12 occurs each spring and includes a non-refundable $300 fee collected separately ($50 is a rostering fee - $250 is a credit towards 2012-13 tuition). Application fees collected from prospective students are non-refundable and are not tuition credits. b. Scholarship and financial aid credits are divided evenly by semester. c. Returned checks generate a $15 bank fee, which we pass along. d. Overdue balances cause monthly fees equal to the greater of $20 or 1% of the balance. e. Financial Aid is available and must be applied for annually.

2. There are several payment options available to all students: a. Semester Invoices If you do not enroll in the monthly plan, you will automatically receive semester invoices from La Salle due in full July 15th and November 15th. Late fee assessments begin on these dates. La Salle does NOT accept credit card payments for tuition, but HES, our monthly vendor will accept credit card payments for BOTH semester and monthly invoices (with a convenience fee attached). b. Monthly Installments We urge all families who cannot respond fully and on time to semester invoices to please enroll in the AprilJanuary monthly payment plan offered through Higher Education Services (800-422-0010). There is a $40 per family membership fee. 3. All students must meet each semester’s obligation on time or must be on time in the monthly HES plan in order to attend La Salle. There are no other special payment plans, so please enroll in HES and stay current to avoid loss of student participation privileges. Should an unpaid balance still result, it leads to late fees and loss of both curricular and extracurricular participation, including reception of grades, transcripts, and graduation. If membership in HES is lost, full payment is due to La Salle immediately. 4. In the event that you have any questions, please call the Business Office at (215) 233-0296 and speak with one of our staff members: Mark Gibbons Chief Financial Officer ext. 4841 Kathy Curley Controller ext. 4842 Connie Gill Assistant Controller ext. 4843

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Office of Academic Affairs T HO M A S L . B A R NA A S S I S T AN T P R IN C I P AL F O R A C A D E M I C A F F AI R S

Upperclass Registration Course Selection Registration of current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors for the 2012-2013 school year will soon begin. This process traditionally takes place between early February and mid April. Selecting courses over a period of weeks has a number of benefits. Primarily, it will allow the student body to get personally involved in the selection process while exploring options related to their “wants” and “needs”. As is customary, current juniors will be the first to select their courses. Our 11th graders will begin the process during February in their Group Advisory class. Sophomore and freshmen students will follow in early March using the same means. Course selection for upperclassmen is expected to wrap up as we break for the Easter holiday on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Motivated by the spirit of “going green”, La Salle’s curricular guide will once again be used primarily in a digital format. It should be noted that students have already been using this registration resource located on the school’s website and in the Naviance scheduling software. Just like last year, the updated Program of Studies will be introduced in advisory classes. Students will be reintroduced to La Salle’s course requirements and the curricular options at this time. These class meetings will be followed by additional and more personal interactions with counselors, teachers, and students. Parental involvement has been, and will continue to be, an important part in the development and oversight of the course selection process. Eventually, parents can expect to “sign off” on the list of approved courses their sons have selected. As noted, the selection protocol presents each student with meaningful opportunities to discuss their personal curricular plan. This is intentional. If done properly, it will minimize surprises while producing predictable outcomes when schedules are received in August. Finally, the preregistration fee of $300 will be due on Monday, February 10, 2012. Overall, the registration and course selection process is described as follows: Brother Richard Kestler, FSC ’60 announces the tuition for the upcoming year in his annual January letter to families. Academic Affairs then sends a separate followup letter to each family explaining the registration process and requesting the registration fee. This year’s fee is $300 (with $250 applied to the upcoming year’s tuition). The collection due date of Friday, February 10, 2012, intentionally falls after the distribution of semester grades. This important deadline begins the school wide process of allocating resources for our upcoming academic year. Mr. Thomas Barna, Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, addresses the student body through a WEXP broadcast in late January. This broadcast outlines La Salle’s registration procedures and timeline. Additionally, students are reminded of their registration fee obligation; without it the

process does not move forward. Furthermore, it is assumed that students who do not pay their fee are not intending to return for the next academic year. Students review the updated Program of Studies with help from their counselors in Group Advisory classes. Additional guidance is dispensed in this small group setting. The process is managed weekly by counselors through advisory class. During this “What can I take?” and “What should I take?” segment, students consult their parents, teachers, and counselors. Mr. Barna and Mr. Coggins visit all Group Advisory classes to provide appropriate information specific to the administration of the curriculum. Meanwhile, counselors, teachers, administrators, students, and parents continue to discuss options associated with course selection. Completion depends on a variety of mitigating factors. One reason may include sorting out general, regular, and advanced placements. This naturally slows the process and should not be viewed as a problem. By late March students and their parents are expected to review a “Course Selection Validation” form. A parent signature, approving the selected courses, finalizes the process. The selection process ends school wide in late March. Students and/or parents have until Wednesday, April 4, 2012, to request changes by working through the appropriate teacher and/or counselor. During the month of April and May, resources are determined and secured for the new academic year. The office of Academic Affairs officially begins scheduling the courses requested at this time. The success of this laborintensive process is directly related to the timeliness of meeting deadlines and completeness of information. Please encourage your son to take the entire process seriously. May, June, and July are not the time for students to reopen the course selection process. Students experiencing scheduling conflicts are contacted personally throughout the summer to resolve them. Once the school year begins there are NO course changes without compelling educational reasons such as a medical issue or diagnosed and documented learning difference. Changes made after the April 4, 2012 deadline are strongly discouraged.

A Note Regarding Academic Honors The grade point averages of La Salle students are determined twice a year at the end of each semester. It is at these times when our Honors lists are compiled. Please be aware that semester exams have not been completed with the submission of this article. La Salle will continue to include its Honor Roll in publications like The Belcroft as soon as grade point averages are made available. Additionally, you should know that La Salle notifies each Honor student’s appropriate parish. Please recognize that La Salle has no control over how each parish responds to our request to publicize your son’s academic success.

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Men of Intellect

La Salle College High School recognized thirty-five scholarship winners from the Class of 2016 on Thursday, January 12, 2012. The evening highlighted the academic achievements of these 8th grade students, who represent twenty-four different grade/middle schools. The awardees received academic scholarships ranging from $6,500 to $18,700 based on their performance on the Scholarship and Entrance Exam administered at the school on Saturday, December 3, 2011. The guests were addressed by La Salle seniors Malcolm Flynn and Frank Worthington and were introduced to the various programs and opportunities at the school. The scholarship recipients were each able to invite their parents along with their favorite teacher. All of the guests were hosted at their table by a current La Salle senior along with a member of the faculty and staff. Front Row (left to right): Brother Richard Kestler, FSC, President, Nicholas Leo Silvestri (Ancillae-Assumpta Academy), Brenden Glen Sosnader (Visitation BVM School), Eric John Wolstenholme (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School), Alex John Wysoczanski (Ancillae-Assumpta Academy), Steven Vincent Yezzi (Mary, Mother Of The Redeemer School), Michael Paul Zajac (St. Alphonsus School), Joseph Patrick Zarkoski (Visitation BVM School), Andrew Francis Zarrilli (St. Francis of Assisi School), and Principal Joseph Marchese Second Row (left to right): Gabriel Joseph Holder (St. Helena School), James Gibbs Holyoke (St. Teresa of Avila School), Owen Hwang Lanphear (Keith Valley Middle School), Christopher Arnold Go Magtibay (Mother of Divine Providence School), Patrick Michael McEntee (Murray Avenue), Nicholas Anthony Parkes (St. Andrew School), Joseph Andrew Rilling (Ancillae-Assumpta Academy), John Angelo Rowe (St. Philip Neri School), and Michael Caruso Schwenger (Norwood-Fontbonne Academy) Third Row (left to right): Matthew John Duff (St. Aloysius School), Evan Michael Dugery (Gwynedd Mercy Academy), Kevin Cornelius Fitzpatrick (St. Philip Neri School), Paul Thomas Forrest (Visitation BVM School), Jonathan David Giannini (St. Alphonsus School), Edward Francis Goebel (Immaculate Conception BVM School), David James Grabowski (St. Cecilia School), Patrick Francis Grant (Our Lady of Good Counsel School), and Matthew Steven Hermann (Mary, Mother Of The Redeemer School) Top Row (left to right): Frederick Charles Blunt (Nativity of Our Lord School), Michael James Bortulin (St. Teresa of Avila School), Gregory Vincent Brocato (Ancillae-Assumpta Academy), Nicholas J. Camusi (Norwood-Fontbonne Academy), Colin Willliam Christie (Springfield Township Middle School), Matthew Nicholas Conklin (East Norriton), Conor Joseph Csongradi (Visitation BVM School), Aidan Robert Donaher (Annunciation BVM School), and James Aloysius Donahue (St. Luke the Evangelist School) La Salle College High School – The Belcroft February 2012 5

Office of Student Affairs J U LIA K . M AHE R A S S I S T AN T P R IN C I P AL F O R S T U D EN T A F F AI R S

Valentine’s Day Dance

Campus Store

This dance will take place on Friday, February 10, 2012 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, February 3, 2012. The cost is $15 per person. Music will be provided by DJ Miro Productions ( James Mirynowski ’08).

The school year is passing by quickly. We have restocked on some of our most popular items, so come in and give us a browse. We will be open for Freshman Registration on the evenings of Wednesday, February 15, 2012, Thursday, February 16, 2012, and Wednesday, February 22, 2012. We will be also open on Sunday, February 26, 2012 for the Mother/Son Brunch, Saturday, March 3, 2012 for the 7th Grade Practice Test, and Sunday, March 4, 2012 for the Communion Breakfast/Hall of Fame Induction.

Inclement Weather The announcement for school closings is made via ALERT NOW messages, the La Salle web site, KYW News (school number is 333), and television (CBS3 and 6ABC). Early dismissals will be conveyed the same way. We would appreciate your cooperation in not calling the school on these days.

Senior 100 Day Celebration On Thursday, February 23, 2012, the 5th annual event will be held to mark 100 days until Graduation for the Class of 2012. The seniors will be treated to dinner and a show with hypnotist, Kevin Hurley. This event has proven to be a great night for the seniors and the faculty and staff who join them.

La Salle Responds With three dress down days so far this year (October, November, January), we have been able to honor the requests from groups/organizations with monetary distributions totaling almost $13,000. The money was used to support our Thanksgiving Food Drive (turkeys), Secret Santa (toys for critically ill children), Hustle for Muscle (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research), Kelly Rooney Foundation (cancer research), Breathing Room Foundation (support families of terminally ill cancer patients), For Pete’s Sake (supports respite care for terminally ill cancer patients), OYE Honduras organization, CPT Galeazzi Recovery Fund, Delaware Valley Alzheimer’s Association, Catholic Worker, Ali Brandi Catholic Center at Syracuse University, Blessed Sarnelli Community, Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, and the Mid-Atlantic Connection for PKU (improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by PKU and related metabolic disorders). Three additional dress down days (February, March, April) will be held during the second semester. Applications for funds are being submitted by students, faculty and staff.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

Attendance Reminder With cold and flu season already here, there may be days when your son in unable to attend school. La Salle understands this, but please remember that an excused absence is one that is due to illness or family emergency. If your son is absent he should be proactive. Contacting a reliable classmate the night of the absence and/or communicating with the teacher at the earliest convenient time is expected; absent students are responsible for missed work. On a related note, it is important to clarify that outside of illness or emergency, school attendance is compulsory. A family vacation does not qualify as an excused absence. School holidays and breaks are published well in advance so as to offer parents an opportunity to plan their vacations at a time that does not interfere with attendance policies. Families and their sons cannot expect teachers to accommodate missed work/opportunities for any unexcused absence. Unexcused absences during midterm or final examinations are strictly prohibited. Please keep in mind that attendance throughout the school year is vital to a student’s academic success. There is no doubt that the correlation between absences and grades is extraordinary. As a rule of thumb, students who miss school have grades that reflect their gaps in learning. Please support our efforts to have your son in school daily and on time. Remember, the school’s main number should not be used to report any student absence. All attendance matters are expected to be reported to the Attendance Line at (215) 402-4140 before 8:00 am. A note is required upon returning to school. Thank you for your help in this area.

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Office of Student Affairs C ON T IN U E D

Advanced Multimedia Students Win FinalSite “Break the Brick” Video Contest The La Salle College High School students enrolled in the Advanced Multimedia Production class wrote, shot, and edited a video for FinalSite’s Break the Brick Contest. The La Salle entry is entitled “Epic S’More Time.” On Friday, January 13, 2012, Director of Multimedia Technology, Mr. Robert Johnson, was notified by FinalSite President Jon Moser that his class won the contest and the WEXP TV Studio would be receiving an iPad2 for winning first prize. This was the first year La Salle has entered this worldwide contest. The FinalSite “Break the Brick” Contest requires students at schools using the FinalSite software to come up with a creative way to “break” a brick of chocolate provided by FinalSite to their client schools around the country. The La Salle Students’ idea was to use the chocolate brick to create a giant S’More - and the resulting video was “deliciously fantastic”. Since 1998, FinalSite has been bringing cutting-edge web design and web software to leading independent schools, colleges, and organizations around the world. FinalSite currently serves over 400 independent schools and a total of over 1,000 schools and educational organizations of all types in forty different states including D.C. in the U.S. and forty-one countries across the globe.

Students Soar! What better way to spend a fall afternoon than flying 2000’ above beautiful Bucks County! That’s exactly what several members of the La Salle Aeronautics Club got to do on a recent outing to the Philadelphia Glider Council in Hilltown, PA. Founded in 1941, PGC is one of the premier glider clubs in the country. Its current President, Bob Lacovara, was thrilled to host the La Salle students. Daniel Nowakowski, founder of the Aeronautics Club, is also the Youth Coordinator for PGC. He started flying there at the age of fourteen and has since gone on to earn his Private Pilot’s License this past October. Part of his motivation for starting the Aeronautics Club at La Salle was to share his passion for aviation. In addition to experiencing firsthand the thrill of flying, this outing also linked current and former La Salle classmates. Matt Giannini, Class of 1975, was one of the instructor pilots offering rides. He is an accomplished graduate and pilot having flown helicopters, single engine aircraft, as well as gliders. Matt enjoys passing along to future generations the thrill of flying. Having the opportunity to fly with fellow Lasallians made the event even more special. In addition to the students, Matt Kwasizur ’07 graduate who currently serves as an assistant moderator for the Aeronautics Club, also had the opportunity to fly. An aeronautical engineer by trade, Matt welcomed the opportunity to put theory into practice as he flew with Giannini. Giannini said, “Matt was a natural”. The Aeronautics Club meets on a monthly basis and its goal is to introduce students to various career opportunities in the field of aviation, whether as a pilot, engineer, or air traffic controller. The club hosts guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds including military, commercial, and private pilots as well as aeronautical engineers.

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Ministry and Service LE W I S C LA R K D I R E C T O R O F C A M P U S M INI S T R Y

Freshmen Retreats (Theme: Lasallian Identity) October 25, 2011 (1A-5A) October 26, 2011 (6A-10A) Sophomore Retreats (Theme: The Road to Emmaus) December 6, 2011 (1B, 2B, ½ 3B) December 8, 2011 ( ½ 3B, 4B, 5B) December 13, 2011 (6B, 7B, ½ 8B) December 14, 2011 ( ½ 8B, 9B, 10B) Junior Retreats (Theme: Choices) February 9, 2012 (1C/2C), February 10, 2012 (3C/4C) February 14, 2012 (5C/6C), February 15, 2012 (7C/8C) February 23, 2012 (9C/10C) Senior Retreats Kairos 37-81 Kairos 37-82 Kairos 37-83 Kairos 37-84 Kairos 37-85 Kaiors 37-86 One Day Retreat

October 4- 7, 2011 November 8- 11, 2011 December 13- 16, 2011 January 31- February 3, 2012 February 28- March 2, 2012 April 24- 27, 2012 December 5, 2011

School Wide Liturgies and Prayer Services Opening of School Liturgy September 16, 2011 All Saints Day Liturgy November 1, 2011 Thanksgiving Prayer Service November 22, 2011 Immaculate Conception Liturgy December 8, 2011 Christmas Liturgy December 22, 2011 Ash Wednesday Prayer Service February 22, 2012 Lenten Liturgy April 3, 2012 Founder’s Day Prayer Service May 10, 2012 Ascension Thursday Liturgy May 17, 2012 Student Led Prayer Services (7:35 am in Marian Chapel) Peace.Light. Hope. in HIS footsteps

Fridays During Advent Fridays During Lent

Sacrament of Reconciliation November 15, 2011 and February 28-29, 2012 Eucharistic Adoration and Daily Mass Varies On- Going Service Projects Monday Elder Share Tuesday La Salle Academy Tutoring, Triest House, and Human Rights Forum Wednesday Providence Center Tutoring Thursday Street Outreach and Sarnelli House Friday Lasallian Service Corps Saturday Saint Vincent’s Dining Room Sunday Saint Vincent’s Dining Room, Saint Francis Inn Sandwich Making

Seasonal Drives Magazine Drive for Grade Schools Thanksgiving Food Drive Operation Santa Claus Secret Santa La Salle Responds Initiative

September 26-30, 2011 November 14-22, 2011 November 28, 2011 – December 24, 2011 November 28, 2011 – December 24, 2011 Ongoing

Grade Level Opportunities Freshmen Branch Out-Day Sophomore Branch Out-Day Junior Urban Challenge

October 18, 2011 March 28, 2012 October 26-27, 2011, December 6-7, 2011, and February 1-2, 2012

Summer Service Opportunities Urban Immersion (Philadelphia) June 3-8, 2012 and June 10-15, 2012 Project Appalachia (Kentucky) June 3-9, 2012 Navajo Experience (Arizona) June 17-23, 2012 and June 24-30, 2012 Building Bridges of Solidarity (Bolivia) July 8-21, 2012 Lasallian Youth Assembly July 2012 Blackfeet Immersion (Montana) July 29-August 4, 2012 and August 5-11, 2012 Gulf Coast Immersion June 3-9, 2012 and (Louisiana) August 5-11, 2012

For additional information, please contact Campus Ministry: Lew Clark Director of Campus Ministry Mark Chesnik Assistant Director of Campus Ministry Micky Dominick Assistant Director of Campus Ministry

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Men of Service

Building Bridges of Solidarity Bolivia


contingent of sixteen LaSalle students accompanied by two teachers and lead by Senora Breen headed to Bolivia, South America this past July to perform various service projects over a two-week period. The students were based in Cochabamba, Bolivia and traveled to several mountain villages where they helped set up greenhouses and painted school rooms. A homeless shelter was visited and food items were given to these people and a 21� television was also donated. The traveling students also helped prepare food for the people at the shelter. Shoes and clothing were collected prior to the journey and over 800 pounds of various articles were distributed to the needy in several mountainous villages, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, and baby pacifiers. The contingent also constructed playgrounds at various schools. These young men also visited a hospital that was for delivering babies. The lack of modern equipment amazed all. At this hospital, each mother was given an outfit, bib, stuffed animal and pacifier for their newborn. The experience was a life changing even for everyone involved. It made me grateful for the wonderful country we reside in, he great parents we have, and the many blessings of everyday life. Thank you Senora Breen for your loving devotion to these wonderful people. Students interested in traveling to Bolivia this summer, July 8-21, 2012, and being part of the 7th group of La Salle students to perform service in South America should contact: Senora Lastenia Breen (215) 402- 4142

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U lt i m at e S U m m e r e x p e r i e n c e S


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



academic enrichment programs pre-7th Grade, pre-8th, and pre-9th Grades June 25, 2012 to July 27, 2012

Baseball camps Boys ages 8 to 15 Hitting instruction July 2, 3, and 5, 2012

Sat preparation courses math, critical reading, and Writing Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays June 26, 2012 to July 26, 2012

positional July 9, 2012 to July 13, 2012

Writing enrichment Meets Mondays and Wednesdays June 25, 2012 to July 25, 2012

lacrosse camps Boys ages 11 to 16 June 25, 2012 to June 29, 2012

Basketball camps Boys ages 9 to 15 June 25, 2011 through June 29, 2012 July 9, 2012 to July 13, 2012 Football camp Boys ages 8 to 16 July 23, 2012 to July 26, 2012

mUSic Jazz camp Boys and Girls entering Grades 5 to 9 June 18, 2012 to June 22, 2012

Soccer camp Boys and Girls ages 6 to 16 July 30, 2012 to August 3, 2012

Enter to Learn

Boys ages 5 to 16 and Girls ages 5 to 13 June 18, 2012 to June 22, 2012 peak performance camps Boys entering Grades 6 to 10 June 22, 2012 to June 21, 2012 July 16, 2012 to July 19, 2012 running camp Boys and Girls Grades 5 to 9 August 6, 2012 to August 9, 2012

DaY camp Future Stars Day camp Boys and Girls ages 4 to 13 June 18, 2012 to August 24, 2012

Leave to Serve

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

all camps are held on the campus of la Salle college High School. For a camp application or additional information, please call (215) 233-2911 or visit

College Counseling Center M A R Y K A Y M U LLEN D I R E C T O R O F C OLLE G E C O U N S ELIN G

SENIORS There’s money out there.

Communicate with faculty and the College Counseling Department.

Our college website, has links to numerous scholarship search sites as well as a variety of posted scholarship opportunities. Check out “The La Salle College Counseling Center Scholarship List” for a list of scholarships that come into our office. Don’t miss out on these possibilities.

File financial aid forms. Be sure to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Many colleges have priority deadlines of February 15th or March 1st. Before filling out the FAFSA, register for a PIN at This will serve as your electronic signature. The FAFSA application must be completed in order to apply for state, federal, and institutional financial aid. Deadlines must be met. It is important to fill out the FAFSA 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 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. 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. Be aware of colleges’ requirements and meet the deadlines since many are already currently due.

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.

Return award letter. 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 the 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.

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 firstserved basis. The National Reply Date is May 1, 2012.

Do not double deposit. Each year some seniors have a difficult time making up their minds about which college to enroll in after they have been accepted. Students may NOT send deposits to more than one college on or after May 1, 2012. 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. 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. Search “Academics and Athletes” and “Information for College Bound Student-Athletes and Parents” on the NCAA site. NCAA requirements for eligibility are printed at that site, on our College Counseling site, and in our school calendar.

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The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or touched – they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller

Matters of the H by Jo Ann Cohen, PhD


ore than fifteen years ago, Joe Radvansky, a veteran math teacher at LaSalle College High School, collapsed while jogging. Mr. Radvansky, a coach for the LaSalle football team, was accustomed to regular exercise. After a series of medical tests, he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a chronic condition causing deterioration of the heart muscle, and compromising the ability of the heart to pump blood. Joe did not know how long he had to live. He lay in the hospital for three months until a very gracious, generous family donated the heart of their husband, son, and father who was mortally injured. Joe was not only given this young man’s heart, but also a chance to see his children grow up and the opportunity to hold his grandchild. The road to health was not easy. Joe lay in intensive care with machines providing the basic functions of life. Teachers, students, and representatives of LaSalle organizations visited regularly. At Christmas, a tree and presents were delivered to Joe’s home with a card signed simply – Santa. At the last Thanksgiving Prayer Ceremony, Joe spoke of his boundless appreciation for the La Salle community who supported him as he recuperated.


oe Radvansky’s story, though unique in many ways, follows a theme of the LaSalle Community which I’ve witnessed from the day I arrived, nine years ago. That first September, I attended the opening faculty meeting where Fran Johnson, a member of the English Faculty, was welcomed back after being diagnosed and treated for cancer. A short three weeks later, at another hastily called meeting, Fran announced he went back to his doctor and found cancer had metastasized throughout his body. With courage I had never before witnessed, he announced he would be retiring from the faculty to be with his family. The response from La Salle was unbelievable. The Mothers’ Club, Fathers’ Club, faculty, and students responded in force. They donated money, sent family dinners, cleaned leaves and branches


outside the home, and visited. For someone unaccustomed to seeing a community provide support, this was overwhelming. La Salle responds even when the difficulty is less dramatic. In August 2011, the rainiest month on record for the East coast, the home of one faculty member was inundated as tropical storm Lee trailed hurricane Irene flooding parts of Ambler. In the days following the flood, La Salle Facilities lent the family the school’s power washer to help clean out the basement. Because the family had no hot water, faculty members allowed them to shower in their homes. One faculty member lent them a space heater until their furnace was repaired. The La Salle Emergency Fund (set up by faculty for just such emergencies) helped the family purchase a new water heater. Two Faculty members generously donated a used washer and dryer and still another lent power tools. The faculty member’s letter of thanks to the La Salle community left everyone teary eyed.


a Salle’s generosity goes beyond the LaSalle community. Every year students, parents and faculty donate thousands of hours of service to various organizations cleaning up buildings, visiting senior centers, and fixing computers. At Thanksgiving, La Salle collects thousands of cans of food. At Christmas students donate mounds of toys for sick and needy children. Throughout the year, thousands of dollars are collected for various organizations. On Valentine’s Day, people give those they love a symbol of appreciation. At La Salle, appreciation and caring are shown by faculty, students, and their families each day of the year. Certainly in a group of people numbering in the thousands there will always be differences, but the essence of the Christianity, present and living in the Christian Brothers, has spread its tentacles of love deep into the fiber of the LaSalle faculty, staff, students, and alumni. What other proof can there be that at La Salle the tender Love of Christ flows freely?

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Pa re n t s St i l l Ma k e T h e Di f f e re n c e P R A C T I C AL I D EA S F O R P A R EN T S  T O HEL P T HEI R C HIL D R EN .

Help your son prepare to combat peer pressure in school.

Seven character traits may determine your son’s success.

Peer pressure is a part of everyday life. It can be harmful – like when teens convince another to drink. It can also be harmless – like when teens ask another to eat lunch with them. It can even be helpful – like when teens convince someone to join a study group.

When you think of “good character” you may think of a person who is kind, generous and thoughtful.

In order to know when it’s okay to follow the crowd, your son needs to know how to handle peer pressure. Here’s how to help: • Talk about issues like drugs, alcohol, sex and dating. Make sure your son knows your family’s values and what you think about these topics. This will help him know when it’s time to stand his ground. • Banish bullying. Explain to your son that bullying is never the right thing to do. He should know that if a group of friends begins to bully another teen, he should refuse to participate. And if someone is in danger of being hurt, it is his responsibility to notify an adult. • Ask your son’s opinion on a few issues you are dealing with. Really listen to what he has to say. This encourages him to think for himself in many situations. Reprinted with permission from the February issue of Parents Still Make The Difference!® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2012 The Parent Institute®, a Division of NIS, Inc.

These are great characteristics for a person to have. But recently, research has been focusing on other aspects of character: zest, grit, self-control, social intelligence, gratitude, optimism and curiosity. Students who possess these qualities are more likely to succeed in school. They’re more likely to keep trying after setbacks. In fact, students with these characteristics are more likely to succeed than students who are intelligent but not as driven. To build: • Zest, show enthusiasm for what your son is learning. “Wow, zebra fish can regrow their fins? That’s really interesting!” • Grit, praise your son’s perseverance. “I’m really proud of how you stuck with that geometry homework until you got it.” • Self-control, give your son responsibilities. Being able to complete tasks at home without being reminded means he will be able to direct himself at school. • Social intelligence, suggest that your son put himself in others’ shoes. “Why do you think John reacted like that?”

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Pa re n t s St i l l Ma k e T h e Di f f e re n c e P R A C T I C AL I D EA S F O R P A R EN T S  T O HEL P T HEI R C HIL D R EN .

• Gratitude, go beyond just making sure your son says please and thank you. Discuss why he feels grateful. • Optimism, encourage your son to look at the bright side of events. • Curiosity, help your son explore more about what he is learning. Head to the library or research information online. Reprinted with permission from the February issue of Parents Still Make The Difference!® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2012 The Parent Institute®, a Division of NIS, Inc.

Who is to blame for arguments with your son? Teens and parents don’t always see eye to eye. It’s natural for parents to think arguments are all their teen’s fault. But before you lay the blame at your teen’s feet, ask yourself these questions: 1. Do you avoid bringing up past problems when you are discussing a current problem? 2. Do you stay on track when your son tries to change the subject by criticizing you? 3. Do you acknowledge that you may not have remembered something you said correctly if you and your son are disagreeing about something you said? 4. Do you recognize the point at which your son starts to feel under attack and stop the conversation to wait until you are both calmer? 5. Do you make a real effort to understand your teen’s position? How well are you doing? Each yes answer means you are trying to reduce the intensity of arguments you have with your son. For no answers, try the ideas in the quiz. Reprinted with permission from the February issue of Parents Still Make The Difference!® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2012 The Parent Institute®, a Division of NIS, Inc.

Build your son’s vocabulary to improve performance on the SAT. English has the most words of any language on Earth. There are over 300,000 words in the English language, with about 35,000 that are regularly used. It’s no wonder, then, that the vocabulary section of the SAT can be so hard to prepare for. The test creators have literally thousands of words from which to choose! Luckily, there are ways your son can build his vocabulary. First, encourage your son to ask his English teacher for a list of words commonly found on the SAT. Then, suggest that your son:

Make flashcards. It’s the oldest trick in the book and one of the most effective. Once your son has created flashcards, have him spend ten minutes reviewing a selection of the cards at the end of each day’s homework. That little bit of effort will add up to a big payoff when he takes the SAT. Read. Reading is still the best way to build vocabulary. It shows students how words are actually used. Go online. Try out http://test, which claims to “measure” how many words you know. Encourage your son to take the online test now and then take it again in a couple months to see how his vocabulary has grown. He could also visit other websites, such as http://vocabtest. com, which offers SAT-style vocabulary questions. Reprinted with permission from the February issue of Parents Still Make The Difference!® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2012 The Parent Institute®, a Division of NIS, Inc.

Making a plan can increase motivation. When he’s working on something he wants to do, your son can be highly motivated. He’ll work for hours on designing the set for the school play, for example. So why do you have to keep telling him to finish her science lab report? One reason is that when you tell your son to do something, he may feel like you are nagging him and most teens have developed the skill of tuning out parental nagging. Still, there are ways you can motivate your son to do things, even if they aren’t high on his list of favorite tasks. You can: • Discuss the consequences. Acknowledge that there is probably a reason he’s avoiding the task. Then ask, “But what’s going to happen if you keep putting it off?” That way, you get him to recognize the consequences of not taking action. • Ask if he’d like to make a plan. “Let’s brainstorm and create a schedule that will work for you.” Teens are always more motivated to act on a plan they helped develop. • Help with time management. Teens often think that they can do more than they realistically can accomplish. You might say, “How long did the lab report take you last week? Maybe leaving 20 minutes won’t be enough time.” Reprinted with permission from the February issue of Parents Still Make The Difference!® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2012 The Parent Institute®, a Division of NIS, Inc.

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Mothers’ Club S U E M I S C HLE R P R E S I D EN T

Calendar of Events February 2, 2012

Mother/Son Communion Brunch

Mothers’ Club Meeting Auditorium – All Welcome

9:15 am

February 5, 2012 Mother/Son Service Project Cafeteria

10:00 am

February 26, 2012

10:00 am

Mother/Son Communion Brunch

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer help is welcome and appreciated at the following upcoming Mothers’ Club event. Please e-mail the contact listed for each event with your availability.

Mother/Son Communion Brunch

Sunday, February 26, 2012 9:30 am Registration 10:00 am Mass Please see the flyer included in this issue of the Belcroft or check the La Salle website for details.

Annual Fashion Show and Dinner Thursday, March 15, 2012 5:00 to 7:00 pm Cocktails and Tombola 7:00 to 9:30 am Dinner and Fashion Show Spring Mill Manor

February 26, 2012 Williamson Restaurant (for Set-Up) Contact: Randie Bishof

Come join us for a “Fashion Voyage,” which promises to be a night of fun, friendship and fashion at the annual Spring Fashion Show!  The Tombola tables once again will be filled with fantastic gifts for which you will want to buy chances to take home that night!

Fashion Show

Invitations will be mailed this month, but in the meantime mark your calendars for Thursday, March 15, 2012. Tickets are limited, so buy them early. As always, your financial support is sincerely appreciated and cash donations are welcome. If you have any questions, are interested in volunteering or would like to donate an item, please contact:

March 15, 2012 Spring Mill Manor Contact: Amy Worster

Norma Spiteri

Mother/Son Service Project Sunday, February 5, 2012 10:00 am Cafeteria

Amy Worster           Norma Spiteri

Mothers’ Club New York Trip

The Mothers’ Club is partnering with Mr. Chuck Cirelli, Ms. Lisa Agnew, Mrs. Carol Haggerty, Mr. Joseph Parisi and Campus Ministry on service projects for mothers and their sons to make sandwiches for the homeless and poor served by St. Francis Inn, and to help prepare meals for Street Outreach’s weekly trip to Philadelphia to serve dinner to the homeless. We meet on Sundays before the first Monday of the month.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 There are a few tickets remaining for this fantastic trip to the Big Apple to see Sister Act. Tickets are $175 per person, but are limited and going fast! Mary Chandler (610) 287-3264

If you and your son would like to participate in this project, please contact: Maureen Fillenwarth (215) 997-2778

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Mothers’ Club ( C ON T IN U E D )

Do Your Shopping through eScrip Help La Salle! Go to Find the Spotlight for eScrip, currently number 5, on the upper left corner of the page. Then click on “More Information”. Under Mothers’ Club Announcements, Click on, “Click here to access La Salle’s unique link to the eScrip Online Mall.” Welcome to the Online Mall. Click on the “add button,” next to La Salle’s name. Then click on “next.” You have two options: If you are already registered, click on “the click here button.” If you are not a member, click on the orange “shop now” button on the bottom left. Go to the sign up tab (above the coupon box on the upper left). Group Name: La Salle College High School, Group ID No. 6525176. Click on La Salle College High School. You will then be taken to the next page. Click on the “Next” button. Fill in the information about yourself. Register your Genuardi’s Club Card number (if you have one), or click on the “next” button to add a credit/ debit card number. Then click on “next” once more. You will now be on the confirmation page. You will be been given an ID#. Print this page for your records. You are now registered with eScrip. Use your ID# every time you shop through eScrip. La Salle will receive credit each time. For more information, please contact: Mary Chandler (610) 287-3264.

Mothers’ Club Alumnae Committee Kathy Caramenico, Donnamaria Dolan, Roseanne Duzinski, Lynn Gates, Pam Grady, Karen Guerra, Barbara Houldin, Janet McBride, and Terry Millet

Sweet Deals For Sweethearts At Shared Treasures Find the perfect Valentine’s gift for your sweetie (or yourself) this month at Shared Treasures. Our shelves abound with “manly” gifts as well as beautiful accessories for your home, so be sure to check out these fabulous finds at our always-fantastic prices. Shared Treasures is open each Wednesday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Dunleavy Center, as well as the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to Noon. Taxdeductible donations of gently used items are also gratefully accepted and can be left on the covered porch on the side of Dunleavy Center. Please consider helping out in the shop, if you have a few free hours during the month. Volunteers work either 9:30 am to 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. For information, contact: Barbara Houldin (215) 990-2843

Mothers of Alumni Luncheon Please mark your calendars for April 12, 2012, when the Mothers’ Club Alumnae Committee will host a Spring Luncheon for all mothers of alumni. Mothers of current students who also have sons who have graduated are warmly welcomed at this event, which will be held at the beautiful Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill. Look for your invitation in the mail at the end of the month and please direct any questions you may have to Pam Grady at

Ink Cartridge Recycling Don’t throw those used ink cartridges away. The Alumnae Committee will earn cash for its support of students by recycling them. You can drop off cartridges in the recycling bins, which are located in the Main Office at school, as well as at Dunleavy Center. Please call Kathy Caramenico at (610) 608-2950 or e-mail her at if you have any questions about this program. All mothers of alumni should be receiving our monthly newsletter. If you are not seeing it in your inbox, please e-mail Kathy Caramenico at She will make sure you are added to the distribution list. La Salle College High School – The Belcroft February 2012 17

Mother/Son Communion Brunch Sunday, February 26, 2012 9:30 am – Check-In 10:00 am – Mass and Brunch Williamson Restaurant Easton Road (Route 611) and Blair Mill Road Horsham, PA 19044 Guest Speaker Drew Morrisroe ’92 President and CEO CTN Solutions, Inc.

$25 per person $60 per family (for those with two or more sons attending La Salle)

Reservations are required. No tickets will be issued. Your cancelled check or credit card statement is your receipt. Given the large number of expected guests, all reservations must be received by February 17, 2012. To make your reservation, please complete the reservation form and mail with a check. You may indicate a seating preference or your son’s graduation year, and we will do our best to seat you with his fellow classmates. Seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis as reservations are received. Please be advised that the Mass will be offered and our speaker will present in the Elkins dining room. If we reach full capacity in that room, subsequent responding guests will enjoy Mass, breakfast, and a full audio-visual feed in the Adams room. This event could sell out completely, so please respond promptly. If you would like to sit with a specific group of friends, please enclose one check for the total amount and list names of all guests on the reservation form. Tables seat a maximum of ten guests. Please arrive by 9:45 am to allow time for seating before Mass. In the event that you have any questions, please contact: Mary Frances Kelly

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Andrew J. Morrisroe III ’92 President and CEO CTN Solutions, Inc.

Drew Morrisroe began his information technology career in 1991, while a student at La Salle College High School, when he served as a part time assistant to the director of information systems at InterDigital Communications Corporation, a leader in the wireless industry. In 1994, while an undergraduate college student, he started providing computer and networking consulting services to small businesses in the Philadelphia area. In 1997 he founded CTN Solutions to provide IT services to companies with less than 1,000 computer users. The company has expanded to provide virtual / hosted services, managed services, and IT staff augmentation. CTN helps their clients understand IT from a strategic perspective as a tool to meet their business goals and objectives. In recent years, CTN has experienced phenomenal growth as the need for reliable and skilled IT providers remains strong. For four consecutive years, CTN has been listed in the Philadelphia 100 fastest growing privately held companies sponsored by the Philadelphia Business Journal and the Wharton School Small Business Development Center. CTN’s clients include Danella Companies, DiBruno Brothers, YMCA of Philadelphia, Friends Services for the Aging, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Sisters of Saint Joseph, and TD Bank. Drew attributes much of his business and personal success to the involvement in a number of non-profit and charitable organizations although the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Foundation has been a special focus of his efforts. Among his accomplishments, he involved HOBY with the 1997 Presidents’ Summit for Volunteerism and has traveled

with Hugh O’Brian, HOBY’s founder, to establish programs in Europe and the Middle East. He has traveled extensively to countries such as Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia, Israel, and Guatemala working with people afflicted with poverty and victims of war and genocide. He established a leadership training program for youth throughout the Balkans and frequently travels to the region as a speaker and presenter. His current board service includes the Board of Trustees of Philadelphia University, Mid Atlantic Employers Association, and Youth Work Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia. His past board service includes chairman and board member of Caring People Alliance of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Academies, Entrepreneur’s Forum of Philadelphia, and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation. Drew has received a number of awards in recognition of his business and civic leadership. Philadelphia University awarded him the Philip Elkin award for business leadership in 2007. In 2005, Drew received the distinction of “40 under 40” in Philadelphia. This group of 40 young professionals is recognized annually for their roles in the business and civic community. Drew was presented HOBY’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2006 in recognition of his work to serve youth throughout the world. He received bachelors’ degrees in information systems and finance from Philadelphia University in 1996 and a master’s of business administration in international business from Philadelphia University in 1999. He serves as an adjunct professor of international business, entrepreneurship, and information technology at both Philadelphia University and St. Joseph’s University..


Payment must be made prior to the event. Please mail your check and form or register online via a secure server at

Please return with your check made payable to the No refunds will be given for cancellations received after La Salle Mothers’ Club February 24, 2012. and mail no later than February 17, 2012 to Mary Frances Kelly 1541 Temple Drive Maple Glen, PA 19002 RESERVATION CONTACT PHONE NUMBER E-MAIL TOTAL ENCLOSED $

Please list the names of all parties attending and the graduation year of the son(s) attending. All names must be listed on a single reservation form and payment for all must accompany the reservation in order to reserve a table for ten. NAME CIRCLE ONE Mother/Son YEAR NAME CIRCLE ONE Mother/Son YEAR NAME CIRCLE ONE Mother/Son YEAR NAME CIRCLE ONE Mother/Son YEAR NAME CIRCLE ONE Mother/Son YEAR NAME CIRCLE ONE Mother/Son YEAR NAME CIRCLE ONE Mother/Son YEAR NAME CIRCLE ONE Mother/Son YEAR NAME CIRCLE ONE Mother/Son YEAR


Men of La Salle K E V IN R . C ONNO R ’ 8 2 P R E S I D EN T

On behalf of the Board of the Men of La Salle, we’re looking forward to a great winter and spring 2012. As the second semester gets underway for all La Salle families, let’s remember the opportunities we have to promote the father/son bond beyond the school day. In addition to our monthly meetings, traditionally held on the first Thursday night of the month, we have a number of events you can participate in. Our first event has room for fathers and sons as well as family and friends. La Salle’s first ever Comedy Night will be taking place on Sunday February 12, 2012 starting at 5:00 pm. Come out and join what will surely be an enthusiastic crowd as we start off with a local favorite, McNally’s own Schmitter® sandwich coupled with chips and a drink in the cafeteria and then move up to the auditorium to hear three hilarious local comics get the crowd laughing and enjoying themselves. We have senior Max Breitmayer as our emcee and this event will be open and material appropriate to everyone high school age and above. In March we have a bowling event and sophomore Branch-Out Day. Coming up in April, we will make our annual trip to Baltimore to take in a Baltimore Orioles baseball game. We encourage all parents to get involved with their sons as the years go by too fast. There are plenty of opportunities all over campus to make sure the La Salle experience you and your family have is worthwhile for all involved. Thanks for your continued support as we look to honor our mission and serve the needs of all our students – together.

Upcoming Calendar of Events Thursday, February 2, 2012 Monthly Meeting 6:30 pm Guest Speaker: Jim Marsteller, Director of Facilities Sunday February 12, 2012 5:00 pm

Comedy Night

Thursday, March 1, 2012 6:30 pm Guest Speaker: Julia Maher SpeakUp Program

Monthly Meeting

Sunday, March 4, 2012 2:30 pm Facenda-Whitaker Lanes

Father/Son Bowling

Wednesday, March 28th 2012 Sophomore Branch-Out Day 8:00 am Thursday April 12th, 2012 Monthly Meeting 6:30 pm Guest Speaker: Christopher Carabello ‘82 Director of Communications and Public Relations

Comedy Night Sunday, February 12, 2012 5:00 pm Bring your son, family and friends to La Salle’s first ever Comedy Night at the school. With football over and your Sunday afternoon’s freed up, this will be a great way to stay connected with your friends, meet new and interesting people and share in the spirit of fun with the extended La Salle family. We’ll start the event with Philly’s own McNally’s Tavern serving up their famous Schmitter® sandwich with chips and a drink before the comedians start in the auditorium at 6:45 pm. This event is sure to be popular and material will be suited for those high school age and above. All of the above is included in the price of a ticket. Tickets $15 purchased in advance online $18 at the door

Father/Son Bowling Sunday, March 4, 2012 Come and join other La Salle dads with your son for an afternoon of fun and camaraderie at Facenda-Whitaker Lanes in East Norriton. The event includes bowling, food/ drink, and prizes.

Sophomore Branch-Out Day Wednesday, March 28th Everyone that participates in this event every year is quick to say how much more they appreciate the opportunity to serve others because they made the commitment to participate. In short, a tremendous way to bring the spirit of Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve to life in the lives of both father and son alike.

Father/Son Baseball Outing Camden Yards Sunday, April 29, 2012 Join us for a fun-filled bus trip to Baltimore where the Orioles will take on the Oakland Athletics, the same Athletics who were subject of the recent Moneyball Academy Award nominated movie fame. This yearly trip always proves a great time for all involved and after the game both fathers and sons will enjoy the interactive restaurant environment that Dick’s Last Resort in the Baltimore Harbor and their staff bring to the table. A day full of memories and laughs will be your souvenir of time spent together.

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An evening of comedy for a cause that “Matters”! Sunday, February 12, 2012 ______________ La Salle College High School ______________ 5:00 – 8:30pm

Did you hear the one about the comedians and the mouth-watering sandwich? One price gets you laughs from Mike Dougherty Productions and eats from the folks at McNally's!

*$15/per person = 1 ticket to show + 1 deliciously famous, made-on-the-premises Schmitter® with chips and soda (Extra Schmitter® sandwiches on sale for $5.00 each.)

Schmitter® sandwiches will be served from 5:00 pm - 6:25 pm and the show will start promptly at 6:45pm. AND...raffle prizes and live entertainment by student musicians!

Don’t be left out! Pre-purchase tickets via the La Salle College High website, (*Tickets $18/person the day of the show.)

Featuring emcee Max Breitmayer - ‘12 • Who’s invited? Students of La Salle College High School, their friends and parents. • Proceeds to benefit Men of La Salle and Campus Ministry Summer Service Projects • Material will be suitable for high school age students. Men of LaSalle Mission Statement: To provide financial assistance and support for the continuing education of LaSalle College High School students who have lost a primary wage earning parent, through Fundraising events that help connect Fathers and Sons.

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 4, 2012

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! SPORTS MEMORABILIA SILENT AUCTION - This special added attraction is back again by popular demand and

will continue throughout the event. Featured items will include memorabilia from Roy Halladay, Jimmy Rollins, Pete Rose, Desean Jackson and other Phillies and Eagles players. Also included will be some legendary pieces from Lou Gehrig and others. All proceeds will go to The Men of LaSalle organization. Accepted payments will be credit card (online) and cash or check if registering at the door.

Facenda-Whitaker Lanes 2912 Swede Road • East Norriton, PA 19401 • • 610-272-6547 Note: Bowlers may only register and pay at the door if event is not sold out. Please register online No Later Than February 29th. You may pay at the door (if event not sold out), but please email Joe Borek, with a heads-up ASAP.

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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 29, 2012 The Orioles will be hosting the Oakland Athletics!

$71.00 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!

Don’t be left out. Reserve your spots and pay online via credit card today! Go to by April 20th to assure your reservation(s). Questions? Call Dave Lagner, 610.547.4451 or email

Office of Institutional Advancement D ANIEL L . M C G O W AN V I C E P R E S I D EN T F O R IN S T I T U T IONAL A D V AN C E M EN T

Parents’ Advisory Council

Job and Internship Postings

The La Salle College High School Parents’ Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of parents who believe strongly in the Lasallian educational experience and who are committed to ensuring that La Salle College High School can continue to provide a Catholic, college preparatory education that fosters academic excellence, service, and leadership. PAC is charged with the leadership of the Parent Annual Fund, which runs in the spring and has become a key element of parent involvement at La Salle.

The Alumni Association is now posting job and internship opportunities, which have been submitted by alumni of La Salle College High School for use primarily by collegeaged alumni. The site is the brainchild of Max Morgan ’06 and is being managed by Max with the support of the Alumni Association and in cooperation with the Office of Information Technology. The site currently has a number of opportunities and will continue to grow in the coming months.

The Parent Annual Fund provides funding for Professional Development, and allows the dedicated men and women of La Salle to continue their own educations via postgraduate degrees and certifications. In doing so, we are able to adhere to Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s mission of educating not only the young students of his schools, but also the men and women directing these students.       

Parents and alumni can support the La Salle community by posting internship opportunities and job openings by sending an email to Alumni can visit the site by logging into the Alumni Portal at www. and clicking the left-side link for Internship Postings and/or Job Postings.

For more information on becoming part of this group, contact Brett Foley ‘00, Director of Annual Giving, at or (215) 402-4812.

The site is but another example of our Caring Community and the strong network of La Salle alumni throughout the world.

Parent Advisory Council 2011-2012 Russel and Sharon Bleiler

Craig and Lynda Lerch

Jeff and Mary Ann Bond

Richard and Kim Masterson

George and Kathy Brunner

Joseph and Daria Morrissey

Richard and Jeanne Calhoun

Michael and Laura Savage

Kim Carlone

Joseph and Ileana Shott

Paul and Stephanie Curcillo

Kurt and Bethany Stein

Patrick and Donna Doran

Colleen Yaeger

Sean and Anne Flynn

Chris and Cindi Young

Save The Date! Grand Reunion Saturday, April 28, 2012 6:00 pm La Salle College High School $65 per person

If you would like to help in the planning of your reunion (locating lost classmates, organizing the evening as well as other potential activities, calling classmates to increase attendance, setting-up that day, etc.), please contact Mary Frances Kelly, Director of Alumni Relations at or call the Office of Institutional Advancement at (215) 233-2350.

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Class of 1967 45-Year Reunion Class of 1972 40-Year Reunion Class of 1977 35-Year Reunion Class of 1982 30-Year Reunion Class of 1987 25-Year Reunion

Class of 1992 20-Year Reunion Class of 1997 15-Year Reunion Class of 2002 10-Year Reunion Class of 2007 5-Year Reunion



Varsity Sports Schedules T ON Y R E S C H





Joe Dempsey Head Coach 3 Father Judge 5 Archbishop Wood 10 Bonner-Prendergast 12 Conwell-Egan

Frank Lichtner Head Coach 2 Archbishop Carroll 4:30 pm Home 7 Saint Joseph’s Prep 6:30 pm La Salle University 17 PCL Championship 8:30 am La Salle University District 12 Championship 5:30 pm La Salle University 18 PCL Championship 8:30 am La Salle University District 12 Championship 5:30 pm La Salle University

7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:30 pm 2:30 pm

Away Home Away Home

Bowling Steve Faunce Head Coach 2 Saint Joseph’s Prep 3:30 pm 7 Cardinal O’Hara 3:30 pm 9 Archbishop Wood 3:30 pm 14 Neumann-Goretti 3:30 pm

Thunderbird Lanes Willow Grove Sproul Lanes Thunderbird Lanes Willow Grove Saint Monica Lanes

Wrestling Richie Gebauer Anthony Panzarella Head Coaches 4 Central Bucks East

9:00 am Away

Hockey Wally Muehlbronner Head Coach 1 Malvern Prep 7:20 pm 8 Wyoming Seminary Prep 4:00 pm 9 Holy Ghost Prep 7:15 pm 13 Saint Joseph’s Prep 8:45 pm 15 Delbarton School 4:00 pm 24 Cardinal O’Hara 8:45 pm

Hatfield Ice World Hatfield Ice World Grundy Ice Center Skatium Hatfield Ice World Skatium

Indoor Track and Field Greg Bielecki ’99 Head Coach 1 Poreda Invitational 4:30 pm Lawrenceville School 8 TFCA of GP Novice Meet 6:00 pm Westtown School 12 PCL Championship 8:30 am Lehigh University 18 TFCA of GP Meet of Champions 9:00 am Lehigh University 25 PTFCA State Championship 10:00 am Penn State

Four Members of the Crew Team Sign National Letters of Intent La Salle College High School had four athletes from the crew team commit to colleges during the fall early decision period. Pictured (right to left): Patrick Eble ‘12 will be attending Princeton University, Matt Maginnis ‘12 Boston University, Emmett Gross ‘12 Columbia University, and Coxswain Alex Weinrich ‘12 University of Pennsylvania. All four were members of the La Salle Varsity Eight in 2011.

Division One Baseball Signings Three members of the La Salle College High School Baseball Team signed National Letters of Intent . Pictured (left to right): Kevin Long ’12 – Pitcher – Lehigh University, Ryan Otis ’12 – Centerfielder – Bucknell University, and Mike Piscopo ’12 – Third Baseman – Northeastern University.

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Communion Breakfast and Hall of Fame Induction Sunday, March 4, 2012 10:00 am La Salle College High School Gymnasium and Auditorium

$30 per person

Hall of Fame Inductees

Brother James Rieck, FSC ‘57 Christian Brother and Educator

Frank P. Cervone, Esq. ‘75 Attorney and Child Advocate

William J. Whelan ’55 Alumni Service Award Recipients Edwin J. Feeny, Jr. ‘62 William J. Benz, Esq. ’72

For additional information, please contact the Alumni Office at (215) 402-4814,, or visit

8605 Cheltenham Avenue Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania 19038

First Class Mail

February 2012

Volume Twenty-One Number 6

The Belcroft is named in honor of the mansion that first occupied the campus of La Salle College High School. Built in 1927, the home of Clarence M. Brown now serves as the residence of the Christian Brothers Community.

The Official Newsletter of La Salle College High School President Brother Richard Kestler, FSC ’60 Principal Joseph L. Marchese Vice President of Institutional Advancement Daniel L. McGowan Director of Communications and Public Relations Christopher M. Carabello ’82 The Belcroft La Salle College High School 8605 Cheltenham Avenue Wyndmoor , PA 19038 215 233 2911 phone 215 233 1418 fax

The Belcroft is published by La Salle College High School during the months of September through May.

Calendar of Events February 2012

First Class Mail The Belcroft welcomes articles and submissions from the entire La Salle Community. The deadline for submissions is the fifteenth day of the month prior to the date of publication. All submissions received after the fifteenth of the month will not be included in the upcoming issue; rather, will be considered for inclusion in a future issue. The Editor of the The Belcroft reserves the right to make all decisions regarding the content and layout of the newsletter.

31-3 Kairos 37-84 1 Early Dismissal 1-2 Junior Urban Challenge 2 Mothers’ Club Meeting Men of La Salle Meeting 5 Mother/Son Service Project 7 College Information Night 8 Board of Trustees Meeting College Information Night 9 Early Dismissal 1:35 pm 10 Early Dismissal 1:35 pm Valentine’s Dance 11 Mardi Gras Dinner Dance 12 Comedy Night 14 Alumni Board Meeting 15 Registration – Class of 2016 16 Registration – Class of 2016 17 Faculty In-Service Day 20 Presidents’ Day 22 Ash Wednesday Registration – Class of 2016 23 Senior 100 Day Celebration 26 Mother/Son Communion Brunch 10:00 am 28-2 Kairos 37-85

1:35 pm 9:15 am 6:30 pm 10:00 am 7:15 pm 12:00 pm 7:15 pm

7:30 pm 6:00 pm 5:00 pm 7:30 pm

No Classes No Classes

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

Belcroft Newsletter - February 2012  

The February 2012 edition of the Belcroft Newsletter. The Belcroft is the official newsletter of La Salle College High School.

Belcroft Newsletter - February 2012  

The February 2012 edition of the Belcroft Newsletter. The Belcroft is the official newsletter of La Salle College High School.