La Salle Academy’s December Recap

Again this month, creativity was on display at La Salle. Distinguished guest lecturers “visited” our classrooms, student government leadership coordinated a Spirit Week, what would have been a “snow day” did not cancel school (we’re remote, remember!), college acceptance letters continued to arrive (you can view the list of schools here), and a school-wide Christmas prayer service occurred online. Read more below!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our #GivingTuesday initiative and our virtual online auction, La Salle Shoppes for Christmas. We raised over $7,500 for our championship athletics program through the #GivingTuesday campaign and we raised over $3,500 for tuition assistance through the auction.

Both the November and December issues of The Cardinal Newspaper are now available for your viewing pleasure on our website by clicking here. This newspaper is written and produced by the talented students in Ms. Toney’s Journalism course.

Amir P. ’24, pictured here hard at work at home, wrote a poem called “June 19th 11:59” for Ms. Romanosky’s English class that was submitted to a Student Poetry Contest hosted by Appelly Publishing. The winner of the contest will be announced on April 9, 2021. Good luck to Amir!

Middle, high school and college students in NYC had a chance to win $500 in Schneps Media’s “Your Voice, Your View Point” essay contest by sharing a story of their personal experience with racism. Our very own Joshua M. ’22 (pictured here with his mom) submitted an essay and won! You can read his story here. Congratulations!

As part of La Salle’s Guest Lecture Series, alumnus Donald Costello ’50 taught two Computer Science classes about the history of cryptography and how coding protects messages from being compromised. Students applied what they learned by engaging in fun coding contests at the end of the presentation. Click here to learn more about the Guest Lecturer program and how to participate!

If you are an avid Amazon shopper, please consider selecting La Salle Academy as your charity of choice through AmazonSmile at AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of select purchases to charities at no cost to you, the customer. Over the course of the past two years with our account, we have earned over $380. Thank you!

Last week our students participated in a Virtual Spirit Week, hosted by Student Government, with the goal of reinforcing the camaraderie and bond of the La Salle community while physically apart. Monday was Pajama Day, Tuesday was Hat/Crazy Hat Day, Wednesday was Wacky Christmas Sweater Day, Thursday was Character Day, and Friday was Sports Team Day.

If you graduated from La Salle in a year ending in 1 or 6 (i.e. 1961, 1966, 2001, 2006, etc.), be on the lookout for your virtual class reunion early next year! The first two are scheduled for the Classes of 1951 and 1986 on Thursday, January 7th. Keep an eye on our website for updates and contact Daria Coney at [email protected] or 212-475-8940 ext. 301 with any questions.

Uncertainty. Whether in the fascinating realm of quantum mechanics or in our lives during the year now concluding, uncertainty is present.
  • Are we close to the end of the pandemic?
  • Will the quest for social justice be satisfied for all people?
  • When will the economy be strong again?
  • Are we going to have to wear masks forever?
  • What is the status of democracy in our country?
  • How much longer before everyone can report to class at our school building?
Yes, the uncertainty remains. And maybe it’s healthy to be reminded that we don’t have all the answers.

In the midst of uncertainty, however, Christmas is a time of hope. Jesus was born in a land occupied by foreign forces to a young couple unable to procure proper accommodations for his birth. We Christians believe that God’s presence with us took human form in that child and that he grew up as our Savior who came to lead us to fullness of life. “Upon those who lived in a land of gloom, a light has shone” (Is. 9:2).

We live today as people of light, grateful for the gift of Jesus who shattered the darkness.

We celebrate Christmas 2020 in unique ways during uncertain times and we rejoice that there is no uncertainty about God’s love for each of us, and for all of us. For sure, we at La Salle regularly remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Brother Thomas P. Casey, FSC