There may be a lot of uncertainty these days, but certain rhythms remain: sunrise and sunset, the ebb and flow of tides, the enrollment of new students and the exiting of seniors. The latter pairing is evident here at La Salle. Creative ways to recruit our next cohort of students are underway with our new fully online application in place to facilitate the process. Meanwhile, already half of our senior class has submitted their documents to college admissions offices and three of our twelfth graders have received acceptances from a total of seven different colleges in five different states. These events bookend life at La Salle and this recap gives you a snapshot of this month.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the La Salle Academy’s first Virtual 5K Run/Walk! It was a great way to come together as a community while physically apart. We hope to do this event again in the future.

La Salle Academy’s Varsity Soccer team made it to the Semi-Finals, but were ultimately defeated by Cristo Rey Brooklyn. The team finished their season with 3 wins and 4 losses. Congrats to the team!

Ms. Toney’s Journalism Class produced their first issue of The Cardinal newspaper of the 2020-2021 school year in October and it can be viewed on our website by clicking here. The November issue will be available soon.

Ms. O’Mara’s Art Class welcomed returning guest lecturer Victoria Esser from Johnson & Wales University, who gave the students a virtual cooking demonstration! They class learned how to make cheese and French toast.

About two-thirds of the Class of 2024 were on-site for Freshman Community Building Day, aimed at bringing the freshman class together to bond in-person and promote the connection of a Lasallian Community. La Salle’s Administration and Faculty collaborated to make the day safe and fun for our youngest set of Cardinals, who had never been in a physical classroom together because of remote learning!

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 one is 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.

Our first virtual silent auction, La Salle Shoppes for Christmas, is now live and open for bidding! Please visit or text lsashop to 76278 to browse and bid on the items. We have sports attire and memorabilia, wine, restaurant and beauty salon gift certificates, vouchers for hotel stays, jewelry, furs, paintings, books, and even a summer camp experience! Proceeds from the auction benefit La Salle’s tuition assistance fund, so please browse and share the link with family and friends.

On Tuesday, December 1st, please participate in La Salle’s #GivingTuesday movement to raise funds for our athletics program. Our student-athlete Cardinals must adhere to strict COVID-related protocols, which have increased costs for the sports teams. Join us as we rally around our Cardinals, as though we were cheering them on in the stands. Hundreds of young men have been part of La Salle’s decades-long athletic legacy. Help us continue the tradition. Click here to learn more.

When I inventory the people, events, and things I am grateful for this year, the usual entries are augmented due to the perspective produced by the pandemic. Has your list changed too? For all God’s gifts, give praise!
As you observe the Thanksgiving holiday, in what I suspect will be a novel way this year, I assure you that my gratitude for your affection for, and investment in, La Salle Academy is constant. In the name of the young men entrusted to our care I say “Thank You,” and assure you of my prayers and best wishes.

Brother Thomas P. Casey, FSC