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2020-21 ENEWS

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  • DSHA Parent eNews | May 3, 2021

    Parent eNews | Monday, May 3

    Dear DSHA Community,
     
    This past Friday evening was the annual Spring Choral Concert and I felt overwhelmed by the presence of God — as both a principal and a dad. The choral voice of our students is a gift from God. The theme focused on water, which brought about a sense of calm found when recognizing God’s abundant love for us. The girls sang a range of music including fun-loving songs like "It’s Raining on Prom Night" from Grease, asserting a sense of humor, to "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" by Matt Crocker, asserting our need to be in relationship with God.

    I heard the voice of God in the voices of our students. There is unity in a chorus that represents a shared experience that is so important right now and has at times been missing over the past year. I was moved by everything a chorus represents as part of the DSHA experience.

    DSHA has been lacking a sense of community. Walking into the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre, and taking a seat with other parents who were there to support our Dashers, was also moving. As parents, our ability to share in and support our girls in unity with one another has been missing this year due to the socially-distant restrictions we have been following. It was heartwarming to feel the presence of God sitting together with parents in support of our Dashers.

    Finally, one of this year’s greatest blessings has been the implementation of the
    Marian Scholars Program. On Friday evening, our Marian Scholar, Mia, was on stage taking part in the communal life of DSHA. God speaks to us through our brothers and sisters who are differently-abled. It is part of our Catholic identity to be inclusive, and to see this young woman on stage alongside her peers reminded me that we are all made in the image and likeness of God — especially through our differences.
    "Turn your ear to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding" - Proverbs 2:2
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal


    COVID-19 UPDATES
    COVID-19 Vaccines | The FDA has authorized the emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines for many high school-aged students under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), which facilitates the availability and use of vaccines during public-health emergencies. Many students are now eligible. If you are interested, please contact your daughter’s personal doctor and see if vaccination is right for her. Pfizer has an EUA for 16-year-olds and up and Moderna has an EUA for 18-year-olds and up. Johnson and Johnson also has an EUA for 18-year-olds and up.
    Vaccination Resources:
    • Wisconsin Department of Health Services vaccine hotline | 844-684-1064 
    • Healthy MKE | Access to informational resources and a navigator for people trying to find and access COVID-19 vaccinations.
    • Milwaukee Health Department vaccination clinics | Wisconsin Center, 500 W. Wells Street, Milwaukee, now accepting walk-ins.
    • Most vaccine locations are now open for people outside of their district, but a few clinics are zip code specific. 
    • Check your local health departments websites, local pharmacies, major grocery store pharmacies, and your health system for more options.

    To be considered fully vaccinated, an individual must have the required number of dosages of the vaccine plus be two weeks past the last vaccine dose. 
    • Pfizer | Two doses spaced 3 weeks apart then an additional 2 weeks 
    • Moderna | Two doses spaced 4 weeks apart then an additional 2 weeks 
    • Johnson and Johnson | One dose plus an additional 2 weeks 
    Once your student is fully vaccinated, they will not be subjected to the current quarantine protocols. 
    To vaccinate or not to is a decision between you and your daughter’s health care provider. 
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (830)
    3/8 - 21
    3/22 - 4/18  
    4/18 - 5/2
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Quarantines due to exposure outside DSHA*
    13
    10
    18
    221
    Quarantines due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    11
    7
    20
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    5
    (0.6)**
    3
    (0.4%)**
    3
    (0.4%)**
    76
     (9.2%)**
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    0
    0
    Current active positivity rate: 1/830 (0.12%)**
    * Number of individuals whose quarantines started during this period. This excludes those in quarantine or isolation due to their positive COVID-19 results.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 830).
    Questions? Contact School Nurses Carol Swiderski and Patti Hughes.  

    From Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock
    Wednesday Fun Days | To help Dashers connect with one another, Dashers should mark their calendars for the following:
    • Freshmen | May 5
    • Sophomores | May 12
    • Juniors and seniors have already had their fun days; stay tuned to the VIP photography page for pictures!
    On these days, a group of parents are in the process of organizing a day geared specifically at fostering relationships between peers. The day will include prayer, ice-breaking activities, laughter, and ultimately authentic human connection.

    Instruction and academic expectations will be relieved on these days so students can focus on one another. For this reason, the Wednesday fun days are considered mandatory just like any other school day. If you would like to be part of the planning and/or execution of these days, please contact the class representative:
    Additional details will be sent in the days leading up to each event.

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    AP Exams | May 3 - 25; see below for specific dates
    AP exams will be taken in the traditional format. Please have your Dasher read/review the exam terms and conditions sent to them by the College Board as they will acknowledge this at the beginning of their exam on exam day. 
    Morning exams begin promptly at 8 a.m. Students should arrive at 7:45 a.m. 
    Afternoon exams begin promptly at noon. Students should arrive at 11:45 a.m.
    Items to bring:
    • No. 2 pencils
    • 2 pens
    • Calculator (Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, & Statistics exams only)
    • Ruler or straightedge (Physics exam only)
    • School ID
    • Accommodations letter, if applicable
    Prohibited items:
    • Cell phones
    • Smart watches
    • Laptops or tablets
    • Books, including dictionaries
    • Compasses
    • Mechanical pencils
    • Food or drink
    All exams taken will have their score report available in July. Students can view their scores here.
    Students must sign into My AP to indicate which college or university they’d like to send their free score report to. Have your daughter sign into her My AP profile, and click on the Score Send tab. Deadline is June 20. 
    Cost per exam is $95 and will be billed to families via Smart Tuition.
    Due to the unprecedented year, AP will not charge a cancellation fee for tests if students decide not to take the test in the months to come. However, families will still be billed if no notice is provided. Families should contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez as soon as possible to ensure billing modifications are completed in a timely manner.
    The exam schedule is as follows:
    • Monday, May 3 | 8-11 a.m. | AP U.S. Government and Politics
    • Tuesday, May 4 | 8-11:15 a.m.| AP Calculus AB
    • Tuesday, May 4 | 8-11:15 a.m. | AP Calculus BC
    • Tuesday, May 4 | Noon-2:20 p.m.| AP Human Geography
    • Wednesday, May 5 | 8-11:20 a.m. | AP Literature and Composition
    • Thursday, May 6 | 8-11:20 a.m.| AP U.S. History
    • Friday, May 7 | Noon-3:15 p.m. | AP European History
    • Tuesday, May 11 | 8-11:15 a.m. | AP Spanish Language and Culture
    • Wednesday, May 12 | 8-11:30 a.m. | AP Language and Composition
    • Friday, May 14 | 8-11:15 a.m. | AP Biology
    • Friday, May 14 | Noon-2:50 p.m. | AP Environmental Science
    • Monday, May 17 | Noon-3:10 p.m. | AP Statistics
    • Monday, May 24 | Noon-1:40 p.m. | AP Physics
    • Tuesday, May 25 | 8-11:20 a.m. | AP Chemistry
    Questions? Contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez.
    Final Exams | May 24 – May 27

    Final exams will be taken virtually. Please note that attendance for finals is required; avoid making travel/family plans that interfere with final exams. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Click here to view the May Campus Ministry Calendar. 

    Volunteers Needed for a Random Act of Kindness | An elderly member of the DSHA family is in need of freezer meals for him and his wife. If you are interested in donating a meal or many meals, please contact Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie MonsonWe are hoping to collect them on May 17 and delivering them that week.  
    Pack the Pantry | May 6
    May 6 is the final food collection day for the Mother of Good Counsel food pantry this school year. We are hoping to Pack the Pantry with the following items: canned corn, canned green beans, canned peas, canned fruit cocktail, spaghetti/tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beefaroni or ravioli in a can, canned chicken, ramen noodles, jello, crackers, and cereal.
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson.
    From the Sisters of the Divine Savior
    The Sisters of the Divine Savior invite you to nominate someone you know for their 2021 Woman of Faith Award.  
    Click here to nominate someone. 

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    Support During Last Month of School | This school year has flown by very quickly! During our last full month of academics, our counseling team in Student Services will continue to support your Dasher as they make it to the finish line of 2021! Please remind your daughter about the importance of ending this semester as strongly as possible and reach out to your daughter’s counselor with any concerns you may have:
    Last names starting with A-GUN: Therese Hayden
    Last names starting with GUR-OMO: Kristen Shea
    Last names starting with ORG-Z: Kara McMahon
    Mental Health Minute | Healthy Relationships
    Do you have concerns about your teen’s relationships? You may contact your daughter’s school counselor to make them aware.
    Click here to learn more about a summer therapy group about relationships hosted by DSHA and Children's Wisconsin. 
    As always, if you think you are struggling with something more severe, seek out professional evaluation and support. Don’t forget that DSHA has a partnership with Children’s Wisconsin which provides school-based mental health counseling for students who may need it. Your student’s school counselor can give you more information about Rebecca Breitrick, the Children's Wisconsin school-based therapist at DSHA.
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.
    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    Fall 2021 Updates | Wellness is more than the absence of disease. Wellness involves feeling good in every respect — in mind, spirit, and body. Your emotional health is just as important as your physical health. Applied Wellness strives to allow students the opportunity to explore their own wellness while at DSHA. 
    As we look toward fall of 2021, we will be enhancing the student wellness program as we introduce a customized Applied Wellness app. This application will be introduced to students in August of 2021 and students will access it to sign up for in-person wellness experiences, track their engagement progress, set goals, reflect, and provide feedback. 
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide.

    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES 
    2021-2022 Tuition Agreement | The 2021-2022 Tuition Agreement is ready for your review and submission. Please note that all families must submit the agreement, even if paying in full. Tuition agreements can be accessed by logging into your myDSHA account.  
    Smart Tuition Accounts for Seniors | Senior families — your Smart Tuition accounts must be paid by May 15.
    2020 Smart Tuition Statements | To access your statement, log into your myDSHA account, go to the resource tab, and click on the Smart Tuition tab. 
    Dasher Resale | Used Uniform and Textbook Sale
    The Dasher Resale is moving into a hybrid format. The uniform resale will take place on the Dasher Resale Facebook Marketplace page. Students selling textbooks can do so either in-person or on the Dasher Resale Facebook Marketplace page.
    Collection of used textbooks for in-person resale:  
    • Seniors | May 26 from noon – 2 p.m.
    • Juniors/Sophomores/Freshmen | May 27 from noon – 2 p.m.
     
    In-person resale of textbooks is June 9 from 9 a.m.-noon. Pickup time for unsold books and money is from 2-4 p.m.

    Click here to learn more about the Dasher Resale. 

    Class of 2021 Yard Signs | Please remind your daughter to pick up a yard sign to celebrate her graduation. She can pick one up at the main office or from Admissions and Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore in the Advancement Suite.
    Junior Prom | May 14 from 6:30-10:30 p.m.
    The DSHA Student Council is hosting a junior prom at the River Club of Mequon. Permission slips and payment forms can be found on your myDSHA account. All forms and payment need to be submitted no later than May 7. The event will cost $50 per person or $100 per couple. We are looking forward to a fun night of dinner and dancing!
    Graduate Dinner Dance | June 1
    We are happy to announce that the Class of 2021 will be celebrating the end to their time at DSHA following graduation with the traditional Graduate Dinner Dance at the Brookfield Conference Center. Invitations were distributed to the class last week during the class meeting. The invitation was mailed to any student not in school. Tickets can be purchased online or in person with cash or check on May 10 or May 11 during the lunch/homeroom time. All students must turn a signed agreement and release form that was included with the invitation.  

    This is a formal event. Graduates wear their graduation dress, and guests wear formal attire. The cost of the event is $60 per person or $120 per couple. The parent coordinator for this event is Mrs. Laura Lois.  

    FROM THE PA, PAA, AND PFAA 
    Parent Association Meeting | May 4 at 11 a.m. via Zoom 
    Class representatives sent out the agenda and Zoom link. The link is also available on the Parents page of our website.
    Questions? Contact PA Co-President Jenny Nielsen.
    Parent Fine Arts Association Meeting | May 4 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
    The link will be emailed to PFAA members.
    If you are interested in joining the meeting and are not a member, please contact the PFAA 

    UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
    DSHA Auction and Chopped: The DSHA Edition | Registration deadline extended to May 4!

    Join us in-person or from home at our largest special event fundraiser of the year. We can’t wait to be Together Plaid on May 15!
    Tables of 2, 4, or 6 are available under our outdoor tents; space is limited! 
    Online bidding can be done from anywhere. Invite your friends and family to register for a free “Bid Online Only” ticket.
    Chopped: The DSHA Edition competition will occur May 14. Create a dish from your kitchen with our secret ingredient and you could win a private pasta-making lesson with our celebrity guest Chef Adam Pawlak, owner of Egg & Flour Pasta Bar.
    Click here to register for the DSHA Auction and/or Chopped: The DSHA Edition. 

    Golden Tickets are available now! Purchase a Golden Ticket for $150 and you could win one of our seven fabulous voice auction items!
    • Golf for 4 with an overnight at Lost Dunes Golf Club in Bridgman, Michigan 
    • 4-Night Stay at Winter Park, Colorado Condo
    • Sonoma Wine Country Trip for 2
    • IL MITO Trattoria Dinner Experience for 10
    • Giclée Created by Wisconsin Artist Marion Coffey
    • DSHA Reserved Parking for a Student
    • DSHA Graduation Package, including Seats, Parking & More 
    Tickets are $150 and only 100 are sold! Need not be present to win.
    Click here to fill out the form to purchase a Golden Ticket. 

    Join  other parent volunteers to help with DSHA Auction set-up, check-in, and/or item distribution during the evening!
    Click here to sign up to volunteer. 

    Looking for other ways to support the auction? 
    Gift Card and Wine Donations | Gift cards are always a popular auction item and can be easily mailed to the winner bidding virtually across the country. The value should be $25 or more. We are also collecting bottles of wine valued at $25 or more for our wine pull. Items may be shipped to the school or brought to the office by your daughter (with the exception of wine which must be dropped off by an adult).  
    Click here to view the Amazon Gift Card Wish List. 

    Advertisement and Sponsorship Opportunities | Advertisement opportunities begin at $350. Become a sponsor and/or advertise your business on signage at the in-person event and on our online catalog. The catalog goes live on May 10.
    Click here to check out the virtual event and digital marketing recognition benefits of each level. 

    Auction Raffle for Parking Spots
    Do you know a current student that will be driving to school next year? Purchase a $25 ticket for chance to win one of four student parking spots available in the DSHA east parking lot. 
    Click here to fill out a parking raffle inquiry form.  

    For more information, visit dsha.info/auction or contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Lisa Lesjak or Parent Co-Chair Natalie Rifelj.
    Dasher Day of Giving | Wednesday, May 12
    Dasher Day of Giving is right around the corner! We can’t wait to see the DSHA community come together to support current and future Dashers! 
    Click here to for more information about Dasher Day of Giving. 

    These events are part of Dasher Days of Giving | May 8-15.
    Click here to see all of the other ways to get involved during this special week. 
    Summer Cool | June-July 2021

    DSHA is offering more than 125 camps for girls in rising grades 1-9 this summer. Registration is now open and going fast.
    There is something for EVERY girl at DSHA Summer Cool. Whether you prefer to spend your summer on the soccer field or with your nose in a book — or both — DSHA has you covered with summer camp offerings created and designed with girls in mind.

    Feel free to share with the future Dashers in your life!

    Click here for camp information and to register by May 15!
    Questions? Contact Community Relations Officer Norma Herbers.

    FROM THE DEVELOPMENT DESK
    Grandparents' Blessing | In May, DSHA honors the special relationship that grandparents play in the lives of our students. Please join us in praying for these important people in your daughter’s life. 
    Click here to view a blessing for grandparents. 

    ATHLETIC UPDATES
    Rugby Team Named Midwest Champions! | The rugby team competed in an unconventional Midwest Tournament this season, but had the same success they have had over the years. The team traveled to Elkhart, Indiana on April 24 and took on Carroll in the first game and won 12-0. They then took on Penn and defeated them 91-0. This set up a chance to play Catholic Memorial — who also won both games in Indiana — to determine the winner. The game took place on May 1 at Catholic Memorial and both teams honored their seniors prior to the game. It was a tough game, but the Dashers came out on top defeating Catholic Memorial 7-0 to take the championship! Congratulations to the team, coaches, and especially our senior players including Sierra Cannon, DSHA '21; Lauren DeStefanis, DSHA '21; Maggie Dineen, DSHA '21; Lauren Ferge, DSHA '21; Fiona Gallagher, DSHA '21; Grace Grahek, DSHA '21; Elizabeth Merz, DSHA '21; Halle Quadracci, DSHA '21; Ellie Rehmann, DSHA '21; and Maddie Schmidt, DSHA '21. 
    Diving Honors | Kathryn Kleczka, DSHA '22, was selected as the 2020 Wisconsin Division 1 Girls Diver of the Year. Kathryn won the Division 1 State Diving Championship this fall. In addition, DSHA Diving Coach Herman Acevedo was selected as Coach of the Year! Special congratulations to Kathryn and Coach Acevedo! 

    DSHA Summer Sports Camps | The DSHA 2021 summer sports camps are filling quickly so please register as soon as possible.
    Click here to register. 
    Soccer Team & Make-Up Pictures | The soccer team pictures and make-up pictures will be taken on May 3. Please make sure to bring your uniform. A link to purchase pictures will be sent to everyone.
    2021-22 Fall Tryout Information   
    Click here to the 2021-22 fall tryout information. 
    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.

    FINE
    ARTS UPDATES
    Upcoming Events | Parents of fine art students — please watch your email for invitations to the upcoming:
    • Fine Arts Award Night | May 5
    • Orchestra Concert | May 6
    • Handbell Concert | May 13
    We are excited to be able to have parents at these events! Please read over the invitations for allowed number of parents at each event and how to RSVP. Seating will be assigned.
    DSHA Spring Musical | Godspell
    Tickets go on sale May 10.
    Click here for more information. 

  • DSHA Parent eNews | April 19, 2021

    Parent eNews | Monday, April 19

    Dear DSHA Community,
     
    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." (1 Peter 1:3).

    Easter brings new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus. On March 23, so many students returned to DSHA as we moved out of our hybrid model and back in person. The increased noise level, the laughter, and the companionship between Dashers is a new birth. It is also hope for a time when all of our Dashers return to DSHA — we miss the girls who are learning virtually at home!

    Over the next four Wednesdays, a group of parents have organized fun days for each class. These days are all rooted in prayer, designed to promote joy and human connection between classmates. I am grateful to our parents who have joyfully taken on this task to benefit all Dashers.

    This past week, some of our sophomores completed their retreat experience led by members of our junior class. In a year of uncertainty, all Dasher retreats have been successful. These experiences are central to the DSHA experience because they lead students to God, foster an awareness of a loving God, and provide each Dasher a chance to connect in faith.

    Similarly, this week is Mass week. For the first time this year, each class will gather collectively in the Eucharist. Fr. John Burns of the archdiocese will preside at each Mass and serve as the presenter for “the Gift of Sunday” sponsored by the archdiocese.

    May 1 is traditionally College Decision Day for seniors. While this time can provoke a level of stress, it also typically brings a sense of accomplishment and hope for the future. Please keep our seniors in prayer as they make these decisions.

    Finally, our spring sports seasons have begun and rehearsals for our spring musical, Godspell, are underway. Activities like sports and musicals bring Dashers together, united in a common goal. This engagement brings joy and hope for success. 

    As we turn our ears to wisdom and incline our hearts to understanding, let us praise God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!   
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    COVID-19 UPDATES

    Click here for the protocol for Dashers who may become exposed to COVID-19. 

    Click here to read about DSHA's exposure quarantine. 

    R School Today Health App | Parents, please remind your student to complete her health app before she arrives at school. The school has been using the app all year. It is a screening tool for potential COVID symptoms. It can be completed through a phone app, a tablet app, or through the link below. 
    We are aware that some students are having difficulties with the app. Here are some troubleshooting ideas:
    • Make sure the tool is connected to a DSHA email, not a personal email. 
    • Try removing the app and reinstalling it.
    • Finally, if it continues to be a problem have your student message School Nurses Carol Swiderski and Patti Hughes on Microsoft Teams and they will try to solve the issue.

    To download the app, go to the app store and search "R School Today." The icon symbol is a blue baseball cap with the initials RST on it. The app is free.

    Click here to complete the health screening. 
    COVID-19 Vaccines | The FDA has authorized the emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines for many high school aged students under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), which facilitates the availability and use of vaccines during public-health emergencies. Many students are now eligible. Please contact your daughter’s personal doctor and see if vaccination is right for her. Pfizer has an EUA for 16-year-olds and up and Moderna has an EUA for 18-year-olds and up. Johnson and Johnson is on hold right now.
    Vaccination Resources:
    • Wisconsin Department of Health Services vaccine hotline | 844-684-1064 
    • Healthy MKE | Access to informational resources and a navigator for people trying to find and access COVID-19 vaccinations.
    • Milwaukee Health Department vaccination clinics | Wisconsin Center, 500 W. Wells Street, Milwaukee, now accepting walk-ins.
    • Most vaccine locations are now open for people outside of their district, but a few clinics are zip code specific. 
    • Check your local health departments websites, local pharmacies, major grocery store pharmacies, and your health system for more options.

    To be considered fully vaccinated, an individual must have the required number of dosages of the vaccine plus be two weeks past the last vaccine dose. 
    • Pfizer | Two doses spaced 3 weeks apart then an additional 2 weeks 
    • Moderna | Two doses spaced 4 weeks apart then an additional 2 weeks 
    • Johnson and Johnson | One dose plus an additional 2 weeks 

    Once your student is fully vaccinated, they will not be subjected to the current quarantine protocols. 
    To vaccinate or not to is a decision between you and your daughter’s health care provider. 
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (830)
    2/22 - 3/7
    3/8 - 21  
    3/22 - 4/18
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Quarantines due to exposure outside DSHA*
    6
    13
    10
    203
    Quarantines due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    0
    11
    13
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    2
    (0.2)**
    5
    (0.6%)**
    3
    (0.4%)**
    73
     (8.8%)**
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    0
    0
    Current active positivity rate: 3/830 (0.36%)
    * Number of individuals whose quarantines started during this period. This excludes those in quarantine or isolation due to their positive COVID-19 results.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 830).

    Questions? Contact School Nurses
    Carol Swiderski and Patti Hughes.  
    From Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock
    Wednesday Fun Days | To help Dashers connect with one another, Dashers should mark their calendars for the following:
    • Freshmen | May 5
    • Sophomores | May 12
    • Juniors | April 21
    • Seniors | April 28

    On these days, a group of parents are in the process of organizing a day geared specifically at fostering relationships between peers. The day will include prayer, ice-breaking activities, laughter, and ultimately authentic human connection.


    Instruction and academic expectations will be relieved on these days so students can focus on one another. For this reason, the Wednesday fun days are considered mandatory just like any other school day. If you would like to be part of the planning and/or execution of these days, please contact the class representative:

    Additional details will be sent in the days leading up to each event.

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    AP Exams | May
    AP exams will be taken in the traditional format. Please have your Dasher read/review the exam terms and conditions sent to them by the College Board as they will acknowledge this at the beginning of their exam on exam day. 
     
    Items to bring:
    • No. 2 pencils
    • 2 pens
    • Calculator (Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, & Statistics exams only)
    • Ruler or straightedge (Physics exam only)
    • School ID
    • Accommodations letter, if applicable

    Prohibited items:
    • Cell phones
    • Smart watches
    • Laptops or tablets
    • Books, including dictionaries
    • Compasses
    • Mechanical pencils
    • Food or drink

    All exams taken will have their score report available in July. Students can view their scores 
    here.
    Students must sign into My AP to indicate which college or university they’d like to send their free score report to. Have your daughter sign into her My AP profile, and click on the Score Send tab. Deadline is June 20. 
    Cost per exam is $95 and will be billed to families via Smart Tuition.
    Due to the unprecedented year, AP will not charge a cancellation fee for tests if students decide not to take the test in the months to come. However, families will still be billed if no notice is provided. Families should contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez as soon as possible to ensure billing modifications are completed in a timely manner.
    The exam schedule is as follows:
    • Monday, May 3 | 8-11 a.m. | AP U.S. Government and Politics
    • Tuesday, May 4 | 8-11:15 a.m.| AP Calculus AB
    • Tuesday, May 4 | 8-11:15 a.m. | AP Calculus BC
    • Tuesday, May 4 | Noon-2:15 p.m.| AP Human Geography
    • Wednesday, May 5 | 8-11 a.m. | AP Literature and Composition
    • Thursday, May 6 | 8-11:15 a.m.| AP U.S. History
    • Friday, May 7 | Noon-3:15 p.m. | AP European History
    • Tuesday, May 11 | 8-11 a.m. | AP Spanish Language and Culture
    • Wednesday, May 12 | 8-11 a.m. | AP Language and Composition
    • Friday, May 14 | 8-11 a.m. | AP Biology
    • Friday, May 14 | Noon-2:40 p.m. | AP Environmental Science
    • Monday, May 17 | Noon-3 p.m. | AP Statistics
    • Monday, May 24 | Noon-1:30 p.m. | AP Physics
    • Tuesday, May 25 | 8-11:15 a.m. | AP Chemistry

    Final Exams | May 24 – May 27


    Final exams will be taken virtually. Please note that attendance for finals is required; avoid making travel/family plans that interfere with final exams. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Vocare | Our seniors participated in their Vocare service experience during Holy Week. Our service sites were eager to have our Dashers back, even if it was just for 3 days. Over 100 seniors went to traditional service sites such as Capri Communities, Just One More Ministry, Starms Early Education, Oneida Tribal Services, and St. Ann’s Center for Intergenerational Care. About 50 students participated in a program-based experience where they helped at multiple sites. We were able to pair up with another Salvatorian sponsored organization, Salvatorian Mission Warehouse, where students learned more about our Salvatorian mission and helped with their international donations program. Other students served at Riverwest’s Urban Farm, Mother of Good Counsel, and other sites that needed individual projects done. 
    On Wednesday, March 31 the seniors gathered by at DSHA to reflect on their experiences.
    Service Symposium | DSHA and MUHS are collaborating on Wednesday for the final piece of the seniors' Vocare experience. One of the most meaningful parts of Vocare is the wisdom that students gain from some of our outstanding service site supervisors. Due to the unusual format of Vocare this year, students did not get as much time to learn from these individuals. Wednesday's service symposium will give seniors the opportunity to hear from 4 of our service supervisors about their understandings of social justice, non-profit work, equity, and the Milwaukee experience.
    Gift of Sunday Mission at DSHA | We are welcoming Fr. John Burns from the archdiocese as our presider and presenter at each of our Masses this week. In an effort to enliven and encourage participation in Sunday Masses across the Milwaukee area, Fr. John will say Mass and speak to the students afterwards. All Catholic high schools in the Milwaukee archdiocese are participating in this mission activity and we are grateful for Fr. John's presence with us this week.
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson.
    From the Sisters of the Divine Savior

    The Sisters of the Divine Savior invite you to
    nominate someone you know for their 2021 Woman of Faith Award. 

    Click here to nominate someone.  

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    Finish the School Year Strong | This school year has flown by very quickly! During our last full month of academics, our counseling team in Student Services will continue to support your Dasher as they make it to the finish line of 2021! Please remind your daughter about the importance of ending this semester as strongly as possible and reach out to your daughter’s counselor with any concerns you may have:
    Last names starting with A-GUN: Therese Hayden
    Last names starting with GUR-OMO: Kristen Shea
    Last names starting with ORG-Z: Kara McMahon
    Mental Health Minute | Acknowledging Loss
    The students at DSHA as well as students across the country have experienced significant loss over the last year. It is important that we give each student the space needed to grieve those losses, acknowledging them as significant and, sometimes, quite painful. 
    There have been obvious losses like the loss of learning time, the loss of freedom, and, for some, the loss of health. Sadly, some students have lost family members.
    There have been other losses like the loss of traditions, the loss of celebrations, and the loss of opportunities. Students have reported increased difficulty feeling connected to others as well as high levels of isolation and loneliness. 
    Grief can take many forms and include many emotions. Sometimes there is sadness, sometimes blame, and sometimes anger and frustration. These are normal expressions of grief. Encourage your student to name the losses as well as the related thoughts and feelings.
    As always, if you think you are struggling with something more severe, seek out professional evaluation and support. Don’t forget that DSHA has a partnership with Children’s Wisconsin which provides school-based mental health counseling for students who may need it. Your student’s school counselor can give you more information about Rebecca Breitrick, the Children's Wisconsin school-based therapist at DSHA.
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.

    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    Brain Breaks | Applied Wellness continues to offer brain breaks for students during the second half of every hour each academic day. The Quad serves as the hub for study hall and Applied Wellness. We offer coloring sheets, word searches, crafts, games, and other self-guided breaks for students to engage in at some point during their 86-minute class period.
    We also offer guided wellness experiences that take them out of the Quad and into the mind-body studio, the gym, the Den, or outside. As has been the Applied Wellness approach from the start of this school year, we offer students the choice to engage in these opportunities. 
    We encourage students to allow themselves breaks from their academic work in order to aid in enhanced focus, energy, and elevation of mood. Participation also enters them into the monthly drawing for an Amazon gift card; we've had three winners this semester.

    Click here to learn more about the benefits of brain breaks to restore student focus.  

    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide.

    DIVERSITY & EQUITY UPDATES
    Dasher Dialogue | April 28 at 2:15-3:30 p.m.
    Our final Dasher Dialogue will occur via Zoom. Zoom links will be shared with students on their class Microsoft Teams pages.   
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.

    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES 
    Graduation Update | We are happy to announce that the new venue for the Graduation for the Class of 2021 will be at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena located at 400 West Kilbourne Avenue in downtown Milwaukee on Thursday, May 27. This change also allows for an increase in guest ticketing up to eight tickets per graduate. The graduation will continue to be live-streamed, barring any technical difficulties, for those who would like to watch from the comforts of their home.

    Click here to read more about graduation. 

    Class of 2021 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
    Congratulations to the DSHA Class of 2021 Salutatorian and Valedictorian!
    Valedictorian Madelyn Jessick, DSHA '21, will study aerospace engineering at Purdue University next fall. Salutatorian Emily Sveda, DSHA '21, will be heading to the University of Minnesota to study English.
    Fox 6 Features Sarah M. Hegarty Fitness Center
    Fox 6 News recently highlighted DSHA's state-of-the-art Sarah M. Hegarty Fitness Center and chatted with DSHA Director of Fitness and Performance Brian Calhoun and DSHA student athletes as they reflected on the disparities between the NCAA men's and women's weight room facilities during the recent March Madness tournaments.

    Click here to view the full feature story on Fox 6 Milwaukee. 

    Smart Tuition Accounts for Seniors | Senior families — your Smart Tuition accounts must be paid by May 15.
    2020 Smart Tuition Statements | To access your statement, log into your myDSHA account, go to the resource tab, and click on the Smart Tuition tab. 

    FROM THE PA, PAA, AND PFAA
    Parent Fine Arts Association Meeting | April 20 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
    The link will be emailed to PFAA members. 
    If you are interested in joining the meeting and are not a member, please contact the PFAA.
    Parent Association Meeting | May 4 at 11 a.m. via Zoom 
    Class representatives will send out the agenda and Zoom link the weekend prior. The link will also be available on the Parents page of our website.
    Questions? Contact PA Co-President Jenny Nielsen.
    UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
    Dasher Days | May 8-15
    There are so many ways to engage with and give back to the DSHA community! We are so appreciative of all of the wonderful things you contribute to our Dashers and we are excited to present Dasher Days this year.

    To highlight a few opportunities:
    • Volunteer on Saturday, May 8 at Just One More Ministry | Just One More Ministry rescues and repackages prepared food, fresh produce, and bakery from Milwaukee suppliers and redistributes it to over 90 Milwaukee churches, food pantries, and organizations experiencing food insecurity in our community.

    Click here to sign up to volunteer. 

    • Virtual Rosary | Say the rosary with the Sisters of the Divine Savior on Tuesday, May 11 at 3 p.m. on Zoom.
    Click here to sign up for the virtual rosary. 

    • DSHA Auction and Chopped: The DSHA Edition | The week culminates in these two special events. See below for details. 

    Click here to see all the other ways to get involved during this special week. 

    DSHA Auction and Chopped: The DSHA Edition | Register for both today!

    Join us in-person or from home at our largest special event fundraiser of the year. We can’t wait to be Together Plaid on May 15!
    Tables of 2, 4, or 6 are available under our outdoor tents; space is limited! 
    Online bidding can be done from anywhere. Invite your friends and family to register for a free “Bid Online Only” ticket.
    Chopped: The DSHA Edition competition will occur May 14. Create a dish from your kitchen with our secret ingredient and you could win a private pasta-making lesson with our celebrity guest Chef Adam Pawlak, owner of Egg & Flour Pasta Bar.

    Click here to register for the DSHA Auction and/or Chopped: The DSHA Edition! 

    Looking for ways to support the auction? 
    Item (including wine) and Gift Card Donations | Consider donating an item or gift card ($25 or higher) to the 2021 DSHA Auction. We are also collecting bottles of wine valued at $25 or more for our wine pull. Bring them to the school office labeled with your name as the donor.

    Click here to view the Amazon Gift Card Wish List. 

    Take the guesswork out of giving and check out our Amazon Wish List, with items valued from $7 up to $400, here. 

    Advertisement and Sponsorship Opportunities | Advertisement opportunities begin at $350. Become a sponsor and/or advertise your business in our online catalog.

    Click here to check out the virtual event and digital marketing recognition benefits of each level. 
    Auction Raffle for Parking Spots

    Click here to fill out a parking raffle inquiry form. 

    For more information, visit dsha.info/auction or contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Lisa Lesjak or Parent Co-Chair Natalie Rifelj.
    Summer Cool | June-July 2021
    DSHA is offering more than 125 camps for girls in rising grades 1-9 this summer. Registration is now open and going fast.
    There is something for EVERY girl at DSHA Summer Cool. Whether you prefer to spend your summer on the soccer field or with your nose in a book — or both — DSHA has you covered with summer camp offerings created and designed with girls in mind.
    Feel free to share with the future Dashers in your life!

    Click here for camp information and to register. 

    Questions? Contact Community Relations Officer Norma Herbers.
    ATHLETIC UPDATES

    National Letters of Intent |
    April 14 marked the last opportunity for student-athletes to sign their national letters of intent. The DSHA Athletic Department was proud to celebrate Rylie Gregg, DSHA '21, and Rachael Janes, DSHA '21, who both signed national letters of intent to play at the collegiate level. Rylie will play volleyball at St. Norbert College and Rachael will play soccer at UW-La Crosse. Congratulations and best wishes as you both move on to the next level!
    Tryouts/Start Dates for Spring Sports
    • Soccer | April 26-28. Tryouts will be held at Uihlein Soccer Park, 7101 W. Good Hope Road, Milwaukee 53223. Varsity tryouts are from 4-5:30 p.m., and freshmen and junior varsity tryouts are from 5:30-7 p.m. All tryouts will be outside on the Pat Jones turf field. You must attend all tryout days.
    Spring Sport Team Pictures | Spring sport team pictures will be taken on April 26 for lacrosse, rugby, softball, and track and field. Soccer pictures and make-up pictures from April 26 will be taken on May 3. Please make sure to bring your uniform. A link to purchase pictures will be sent to everyone.
    2021-22 Fall Tryout Information  

    Click here for the 2021-22 fall tryout information. 

    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.

    FINE ARTS UPDATES
    WSMA Virtual District Solo/Ensemble Festival | Last week, Concert Choir members and Angelaires members submitted videos for the spring cycle of the Wisconsin School Music Association's Virtual District Solo/Ensemble Festival.  
     
    Receiving firsts for their solos are: Analise Groh, DSHA '24; Claire Chontos, DSHA '23; Ella Connelly, DSHA '24; Mia Kurth, DSHA '24; Caelinn Carraher, DSHA '23; Maggie Murphy, DSHA '24; Madison Wied, DSHA '23; Mary Wimmer, DSHA '23; Audrey Sullivan, DSHA '24; Audrey McCormick, DSHA '23; and Lainey Sullivan, DSHA '24. 
     
    Receiving first for their duets are: Emily Fricker, DSHA '24, and Erin Fricker, DSHA '22; Zoe Stoller, DSHA '23, and Sandrine Biagui, DSHA '23; Madison Wied, DSHA '23, and Megan Kelroy, DSHA '23; Audrey Ellis, DSHA '24, and McKinley Evenson, DSHA '24; and Julia Mansfield, DSHA '24, and Maggie Weiner, DSHA '24.
     
    Earning a trip to the virtual state festival are: 
    • Erin Fricker, DSHA '22, for her musical theatre and classical solos.
    • Eleanora Markwald, DSHA '24, for her musical theatre and classical solos.
    • Genevieve Baynes, DSHA '24, for her classical solo.
    • Grace Organ, DSHA '22, for her musical theatre and classical solos.
    • Mia Kurth, DSHA '24, for her classical solo.
    • Rachel Visser, DSHA '22Erin Fricker, DSHA '22Elayna Pasqua, DSHA '22, and Lizzie Dondlinger, DSHA '22, for their vocal jazz ensemble.

    DSHA Spring Musical | Godspell

    Tickets go on sale May 10.

    Click here for more information. 

  • DSHA Parent eNews | March 22, 2021

    Parent eNews | Monday, March 22

    Dear DSHA Community,
     
    Today we enthusiastically welcome most Dashers back into our building. At the same time, in this Lenten season, we long for the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As we turn our attention this week to fasting and prayer, we recognize that even with the rejoicing that comes with the resurrection of Jesus, we must continue to fast from the wholeness of human connection and pray for the continued health and safety of the DSHA community.
    On Friday, the CDC did change their guidance to three feet of distancing in classrooms. This is the typical distance between desks. All of our mitigation efforts have been in alignment with the City of Milwaukee Health Department, the CDC, and our medical task force. We will continue with masking, temperature scanning, symptom monitoring — including the daily health app — hand hygiene, and distancing at lunch and for teachers. We will also continue with extra deep cleaning each day and on Wednesdays.
    As we listen to understand this year, I want to thank our maintenance team. They have played a crucial role in our daily deep cleans and extra cleaning. They have kept the hand sanitizer stations in every classroom and throughout the building full. And this past weekend, they rearranged the desks in every classroom, tables, and other furniture in our building in preparation for today. A great deal of success this year can be attributed to their hard work and attention to detail. I am grateful to this team for their efforts.
    God of Wisdom, help us listen to understand. 
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    COVID-19 UPDATES

    Click here for a letter about the CDC's revised guidelines.

    Click here for the protocol for Dashers who may become exposed to COVID-19. 

    R School Today Health App | Parents, please remind your student to complete her health app before she arrives at school. The school has been using the app all year. It is a screening tool for potential COVID symptoms. It can be completed through a phone app, a tablet app, or through the link below. 
    We are aware that some students are having difficulties with the app. Here are some troubleshooting ideas:
    • Make sure the tool is connected to a DSHA email, not a personal email. 
    • Try removing the app and reinstalling it.
    • Finally, if it continues to be a problem have your student message School Nurses Carol Swiderski and Patti Hughes on Microsoft Teams and they will try to solve the issue.
    To download the app, go to the app store and search "R School Today." The icon symbol is a blue baseball cap with the initials RST on it. The app is free.
    Click here to complete the health screening. 

    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (830)
    2/8 - 21
    2/22 - 3/7 
    3/8 - 3/21
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Quarantines due to exposure outside DSHA*
    7
    6
    13
    193
    Quarantines due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    0
    0
    2
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    0
    (0.0)**
    2
    (0.2%)**
    5
    (0.6%)**
    70
     (8.4%)**
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    0
    0
    Current active positivity rate: 4/830 (0.48%)
    * Number of individuals whose quarantines started during this period. This excludes those in quarantine or isolation due to their positive COVID-19 results.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 830).
    Questions? Contact School Nurses Carol Swiderski and Patti Hughes.  

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Reconciliation Week | March 22-26
    This week all theology classes will be in the chapel for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Students will do an examination of conscience and priests will be available for the rest of the hour to hear confessions (in person or behind a screen). Please encourage your daughter to take the opportunity to receive the sacrament of forgiveness this week as we move toward Holy Week and Easter.
    Student Auction Follow-Up | Thank you to all who bid on items and donated to the Lent Student Auction last week for the Starms Early Childhood Center Green Playground. Winners need to pay for items by March 26 through Campus Ministry. Cash or check should be brought to Campus Ministry or you can pay by credit card by responding to the winning bid email that was sent on Thursday afternoon. 
    Questions? Contact Campus Ministry Coordinator Katie Hoffmann.  
    Vocare | March 29-31
    Seniors are now fully placed in sites for their service immersion experience during Holy Week. They received a confirmation from Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart last week with personalized information. Students need to check their email and take the initiative of making sure they are ready to serve. There will be a final Vocare student meeting on March 26 during homeroom. The Sisters of the Divine Savior will be present to bless and send off the Class of 2021. Please pray for our seniors as they serve the community during Holy Week. 
    Class Penny Wars | Clean out your change at home and send it with your daughter! We are doing a penny war for Starms Early Childhood Center and the seniors are winning. The class level that brings in the most spare change will receive an ice cream party during Easter.
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson.

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    Dealing with Stress | As we now enter our final quarter of the year, we are seeing many students struggling with the daily stress of academics and activities. Please encourage your daughter to take time to focus on her mental health, as well as her physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
    Click here to learn useful tips for managing stress from Harvard Medical School. 
    You and/or your daughter can also reach out to her counselor:
    Last names starting with A-GUN: Therese Hayden
    Last names starting with GUR-OMO: Kristen Shea
    Last names starting with ORG-Z: Kara McMahon
    As always, if you think you are struggling with something more severe, seek out professional evaluation and support. Don’t forget that DSHA has a partnership with Children’s Wisconsin which provides school-based mental health counseling for students who may need it. Your student’s school counselor can give you more information about Rebecca Breitrick, the Children's Wisconsin school-based therapist at DSHA.
    Forward Exam for Sophomore Choice Students | March 24
    The Forward Exam is a summative assessment that provides information to the state of Wisconsin related to the Wisconsin Academic Standards. This exam will be taken digitally at school and is anticipated to take 90 minutes. 
    Before students arrive, they need to complete the health screening app. Students should arrive to DSHA by 7:50 a.m. and head to the main office for a temperature check. They then will proceed to the library for testing. There are currently no options to take this test from home. 
    Please ensure students bring with them the laptop that the software was downloaded on, a charging cord, and headphones (we will have headphones available on a first come first serve basis; if you need headphones, please contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez).
    Any student testing for the Forward Exam may stay behind after the test to download the Aspire Software with College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez.
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Servics, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.
    College Counseling
    ACT Aspire Exam for Freshmen and Sophomore Choice Students | April 14 
    This exam is approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes and will be taken digitally in school. College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez will contact students and families soon to provide information on the software needed.
    Before students arrive, they need to complete the health screening app. Students should arrive to DSHA by 7:50 a.m. and head to the main office for a temperature check. They will then proceed to the library for testing. There are currently no options to take this test from home. 
    Please ensure students bring with them the laptop that the software was downloaded on and a charging cord.  
     
    Questions? Contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator
    Jasmin Nuñez.  
    AP Exams | May
    The schedule of tests and events will come soon. Cost per exam is $95 and will be billed to families via Smart Tuition.
    Due to the unprecedented year, AP will not charge a cancellation fee for tests if students decide not to take the test in the months to come. However, families will still be billed if no notice is provided. Families should contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez as soon as possible to ensure billing modifications are completed in a timely manner.
    Questions? Contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez.
    Questions about other college counseling information? Contact Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks.
     
    DIVERSITY & EQUITY UPDATES
    Dasher Dialogues | Our Dasher Dialogues are currently scheduled for the following Wednesdays from 2:15-3:30 p.m. via Zoom:
    • March 24
    • April 28
    Zoom links will be shared with students on their class team pages.
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.

    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES 
    Smart Tuition Accounts for Seniors | Senior families — your Smart Tuition accounts must be paid by May 15.
    2020 Smart Tuition Statements | To access your statement, log into your myDSHA account, go to the resource tab, and click on the Smart Tuition tab. 
    Sarah Hegarty Loyalty & Caring Award | Nomination Request
    DSHA has the privilege of honoring a current sophomore student with the Sarah Hegarty Loyalty & Caring Award (renamed from the Rick Majerus Loyalty & Caring Award in 2021). This award recognizes a student who either in extraordinary ways or in extraordinary circumstances demonstrates and lives the values of loyalty and caring.
    Click here to learn more and/or nominate a sophomore student by April 1. 
    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Fund Maggie Shelledy McAsey.
    Mary Mross Public Policy Scholarship Opportunity | DSHA will award one $1,500 scholarship to a current sophomore or junior who demonstrates exemplary knowledge and passion for public policy. The award will be applied to her 2021-22 academic year tuition.
    Note: Students who applied as sophomores are eligible to re-apply their junior year if they have not previously been awarded the scholarship.
    Applications will be emailed to sophomores and juniors and will also be available at Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore's desk in the Advancement Suite and Social Studies Faculty Patrick Dawson's classroom. Applications must be turned in no later than 4 p.m. on March 26. The Public Policy award recipient will be announced on May 19 at the Honors Award Night.
    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Fund Maggie Shelledy McAsey.

    UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

    DSHA Auction | Save the NEW Date!
    Spring is around the corner, and the weather is warming up — so let’s get together, DSHA community!
    We have decided to move our previously planned Forever Plaid — at Home virtual auction outside so we can be Together Plaid.
    Join us on Saturday, May 15 (either in-person or virtually), to celebrate and further the DSHA mission.
    Stay tuned for more details coming soon, including an update on Chopped: The DSHA Edition competition moving to Friday, May 14.
    A new date means more time to support the auction! Here's how:
    Item and Gift Card Donations | Consider donating an item or gift card to the 2021 DSHA Auction.
    Take the guesswork out of giving and view our Amazon Wish List, with items valued at $7 up to $400, here. 
    Click here to view the Amazon Gift Card Wish List. 

    Advertisement and Sponsorship Opportunities
    | Advertisement opportunities begin at $350. Become a sponsor and/or advertise your business in our online catalog.
    Click here to check out the virtual event and digital marketing recognition benefits of each level. 
    For more information, visit dsha.info/auction or contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Lisa Lesjak or Parent Co-Chair Natalie Rifelj.

    DSHA Spring Open House | April 18

    Do you know a family with 5th- 7th graders? They are invited to DSHA for a guided tour, with an opportunity to meet DSHA faculty and staff and learn about the benefits of the all-girls experience. Families will also learn about DSHA’s college-prep academics, faith formation, co-curriculars, and more.
    Registration for the DSHA Spring Open House is now open!

    Click here for more information and to register. 

    Questions? Contact Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Ann Duffy.
    Summer Cool | June-July 2021 – Register by March 31 to save 20%

    DSHA is offering more than 125 camps for girls in rising grades 1-9 this summer. Registration is now open and going fast.
    There is something for EVERY girl at DSHA Summer Cool. Whether you prefer to spend your summer on the soccer field or with your nose in a book — or both — DSHA has you covered with summer camp offerings created and designed with girls in mind.
    Feel free to share with the future Dashers in your life!

    Click here for camp information and to register. 

    Questions? Contact Community Relations Officer Norma Herbers.

    ATHLETIC UPDATES
    Basketball Honors | Congratulations to the following girls on receiving 2020-2021 Greater Metro Conference Basketball All-Conference Honors and other honors this season:
    Honorable Mention All-State: Alexa Jarecki, DSHA '21
    1st Team All-Conference: Emily Capper, DSHA '21; Alexa Jarecki, DSHA '21
    2nd Team All-Conference: Ally Timm, DSHA '24 
    Ice Hockey Honors | Congratulations to the following girls on receiving 2020-2021 Eastern Shores All-Conference and All-State Honors:
    2nd Team All-State: Jordan Bonk, DSHA '21
    Honorable Mention All-State: Molly Jex, DSHA '24
    1st Team All-Conference: Jordan Bonk, DSHA '21
    2nd Team All-Conference: Emily Mueller, DSHA '21
    Honorable Mention All-Conference: Layne Diffley, DSHA '21 

    Ski Honors |
    Congratulations to the following girls on receiving 2020-2021 MHSSC All-Conference Honors:  

    2021 Wisconsin All-State Team: Payton Bradford, DSHA '24; Abby Horning, DSHA '21
    1st Team All-Conference: Abby Horning, DSHA '21
    2nd Team All-Conference: Katie Delcore, DSHA '22; Kate Nonn, DSHA '22
    Honorable Mention All-Conference: Payton Bradford, DSHA '24; Halle Quadracci, DSHA '21 
    Vote Today (and Every Day!) | DSHA has 3 student-athletes (Emily Capper, DSHA '21; Mia Jensen, DSHA '21; and Grace Packee, DSHA '22) who are nominated for the High School Sports Awards “I AM SPORT” Award. You can vote once every day until April 7 at 11 a.m. Please take time each day to vote!
    Click here to vote. 

    Spring Sports | If you are interested in playing a spring sport, make sure you attend contact days and open gyms being held now. All sports have been granted 15 days of contact where the coaches can coach athletes prior to the official start of the season. It is really important that you attend these if you plan to play this spring. For more information on pre-season opportunities, contact the head coach for each sport: 
    You are also encouraged to work out in the fitness center with Health & Fitness Faculty Brian Calhoun and Coach Shana McKeever. See the fitness center calendar posted on the door.  
    All athletic forms MUST be completed, along with the winter/spring COVID-19 waiver BEFORE you will be allowed to participate in contact days or open gyms. 
    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.
    Tryouts/Start Dates for Spring Sports
    • Lacrosse | April 12-14 at 3:30-5:30 p.m. outside on the turf Pat Jones field at Uihlein Soccer Park. You must attend all tryout days.
    • Track and Field | April 19 at 5:30-7:15 p.m. Check in at DSHA, head to practice at Milwaukee Lutheran.
    • Rugby | Practices have begun. Please contact Coach Klein if you have not attended yet. 
    • Softball | April 19-21. Tryouts for the freshmen and junior varsity teams will run from 3-5 p.m. Tryouts for the varsity team will run from 4-5:45 p.m. All tryouts are at DSHA in the gym. You must attend all tryout days.
    • Soccer | April 26-28. Tryouts will be held at Uihlein Soccer Park, 7101 W. Good Hope Road, Milwaukee 53223. Varsity tryouts are from 4-5:30 p.m., and freshmen and junior varsity tryouts are from 5:30-7 p.m. All tryouts will be outside on the Pat Jones turf field. You must attend all tryout days.

    Jadin O'Brien, DSHA '20, Competes at NCAA National Track & Field Indoor Championships | Jadin O’Brien, DSHA '20, competed in the NCAA National Track & Field Indoor Championships on March 11 in the pentathlon. She was seeded 10th going into the competition and finished in 4th place! She was also named First Team All-American! Congratulations to Jadin on an outstanding achievement!
    Click here to watch a clip of her competing. 

    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.
  • Q & A Regarding Reopening | March 20, 2021

    Dear DSHA Parents/Guardians,

    Thank you for your continued patience and support as we work through preparing for Monday. We are happy to report that our building is physically ready to have students return to classrooms.

    Please see answers to questions posed through the Google form included in Thursday’s special eNews announcement.

    Will students who are feeling sick have the option to follow along virtually?

    Students are asked to stay vigilant in completing their daily health screening app. Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should remain at home. Parents should call the attendance line. Nurse Carol Swiderski or nurse Patti Hughes will follow-up with quarantine guidelines. Students who are home due to illness will be able to participate virtually in class activities.

    If we had made travel plans around the hybrid schedule, how is that being handled? 

    Pre-planned absences require the completion of our planned absence form. Students can message Mrs. Brock or Mrs. Armbruster for the form. If this form has already been completed, it does not need to be resubmitted. Forms submitted for a planned absence are excused absences.   Absences that have not received approval, medical, or an official college visit are considered unexcused absences and will be noted.  This does not mean there are punitive consequences and attendance is not part of a permanent record as it pertains to college applications. An unverified absence comes with disciplinary consequences as this suggests a student missed class without permission and no call-in from a parent.  Communication is key.

    If you are fully virtual, can you still participate in athletics?

    We have been flexible all year in trying to meet the needs of each family. During the fall and winter seasons this was permitted. We are permitting this for the spring sports season as well.

    Will all students be in the classroom for instruction?

    Yes! The hybrid was driven by the 6’ distancing requirement. Now that the city of Milwaukee has issued a new order and the CDC has changed their guidance to 3’ in classrooms, we are able to have all students back in classrooms. Three feet is the typical distance between students in the classroom.

    Can we return the headsets?

    Yes! Sorry for this hassle. The headsets were recommended when we were intending to have students learning virtually in a large group space inside DSHA. The intention was to minimize distractions between students. Now that students will all be back in classrooms for instruction, the headsets are not necessary at this time.

    How will lunch be handled? Will homerooms be the same?

    We still plan to require 6’ distancing at lunch as this is a time where students will be unmasked. Therefore, lunches will still be in classrooms with students distanced at 6’. We are working towards still allowing seniors to eat in the Quad and Commons distanced at 6’.

    What will the schedule look like? Will Wednesdays still be at home virtually? 
    • Mondays: Extended instruction: Even (Periods: 2, 4, 6, 8)
    • Tuesdays: Extended instruction: Odd (Periods: 1, 3, 5, 7)
    • Wednesdays: Virtual and/or student activities
    • Thursdays: Extended instruction: Even (Periods: 2, 4, 6, 8)
    • Fridays: Extended instruction: Odd (Periods: 1, 3, 5, 7)
    *All Wednesdays will continue to be virtual, as each Wednesday is already programmed for student activities such as Vocare, Sophomore Retreat, student fun days, or as professional development for faculty. Additionally, construction is already scheduled on these days for our HVAC project.

    Wednesday, March 24: Sustaining the Mission Catholic formation training for all faculty through the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
    Wednesday, March 31: DSHA is being used to support Vocare, the senior capstone service project
    Wednesday, April 7: Easter break
    Wednesday, April 14: DSHA is being used to support one of the three Sophomore Retreats
    Wednesday, April 21:  Junior fun/activity day 
    Wednesday, April 28:  Senior fun/activity day
    Wednesday, May 5:  Freshman fun/activity day
    Wednesday, May 12:  Sophomore fun/activity day

    On grade level fun/activity days, a group of parents is in the process of organizing a day geared specifically at fostering relationships, having fun and celebrating the chance to be together as a class!  The day will include prayer, various get-to-know-you (or “hey, I remember you!”) activities, laughter, and ultimately authentic human connection.

    Instruction and academic expectations will be relieved on these days so students in that grade level can focus on one another. For this reason, the Wednesday fun days are considered mandatory just like any other school day. If you would like to be part of the planning and/or execution of these days, please contact the class representative:

    Freshman Parent
    Moe Tarantino
    Sophomore Parent Mimi Goller
    Junior Parent Margaret Powell
    Senior Parent Karen Arcara 

    How will chapter tests be handled for the balance of the year?

    Teachers fully comprehend the need to maintain fairness in testing situations to ensure that students at home are not provided an advantage that students at school might not have.  Please note, however:  the teachers in AP classes will specifically be providing in-person, paper & pencil tests to help AP students practice for the AP testing situation they will encounter in May.  Each teacher is committed to helping students finish the school year on a strong and positive note.  

    Are families who go out of town for spring break going to quarantine for 2 weeks? 

    There are currently no travel restrictions so DSHA does not plan to implement a quarantine following Easter break. We are asking families to continue to make responsible COVID-19 decisions for themselves and for others. Additionally, the extra days we took following Thanksgiving proved to be unnecessary. Consequently, we did not take extra days for quarantine following Christmas vacation and that proved to be a good decision.  Anyone traveling outside the United States needs to contact Nurse Carol Swiderski or Nurse Patti Hughes for re-entry guidance.

    Will the library be open? Study halls?

    The library will continue to be used as a classroom for the remainder of the year. Study halls will continue to be in the Quad, theatre, and eventually the tent in the back parking lot.

    Where should students go in the morning when they arrive to wait for the bell to ring?

    Students arriving early to school should continue to use the gym until the bell rings.

    Can students stay after school until 5:30-5:45 practice start time? If yes, where do they stay in the school?

    The Quad will continue to be supervised after school until 4:30 p.m. Students needing to stay longer will be allowed to stay in the building. Students will need to remain masked and self-monitor on the 6’ distancing. Tables and chairs have been arranged in the Quad to facilitate this distancing.

    Is the school now approved to follow CDC quarantine recommendations of shorter quarantine (7 days) if negative and test done on day 5, 6 or7? If not, what is the length of quarantine for close contact but negative test results? 

    Prior to the new Milwaukee health order and the CDC 3’ distancing in classroom announcement, we were already planning to adopt revised exposure quarantine guidelines. The revised protocol is being shared here and will be included in the eNews on Monday.

    Effective immediately, DSHA is adopting a 10-day exposure quarantine for Dashers who were exposed to a positive case of COVID-19, but who have not tested positive. This is a reduction from the CDC’s previous 14-day quarantine guidance. Although the CDC recommendations currently include a 7-day exposure protocol, the Milwaukee Health Department does not recommend this option for schools or daycares.  DSHA has changed from the 14-day quarantine protocol to the 10-day quarantine protocol per new CDC recommendations.  The adoption of the 10-day quarantine protocol comes with great benefits and minimal risk.  The CDC’s revised guidelines will bring students at very low risk back into school.

    The shortened quarantine period comes with strict monitoring guidelines. It continues to use other mitigating actions such as face masks, social distancing and proper hygiene. For any Dasher who is permitted to be on the 10-day protocol, she will need to complete her health app and take her temperature twice daily. Her status will be closely monitored by the DSHA school nurses for days 11-14, and we expect continued vigilance in monitoring at home throughout the 14-day period by parents and/or guardians.

    Any changes in the severity of symptoms, the onset of new symptoms or a positive COVID test must be immediately communicated to the DSHA school nurses. Quarantine includes both in-person learning as well as co-curricular activities. Each Dasher will be provided with a return date by the school nurses.  If any health changes occur, the return date can and will be adjusted. 

    DSHA is concerned with the health of all Dashers, faculty, and staff.  We are dedicated to a safe environment for all. We have taken multiple measures this school year in order to achieve these goals.  We are also dedicated to the exceptional education and development of young women.  We believe that the adoption of the 10-day exposure quarantine aligns with these goals.

    Thank you for your continued support in these efforts!
     
    Patricia Hughes, MSN, RN
    emailHughesP@dsha.info
    phone: (414) 462-3742 ext. 4357
    workdays:  Th/F and alternating W (virtually)

    Carol Swiderski, M.Ed., RN
    email:  SwiderskiC89@dsha.info
    phone: (414) 462-3742 ext. 4357
    workdays:  M/T and alternating W (virtually)

    If we recently submitted the fully virtual form do we need to resubmit using the google form?

    Yes please. With this change in our instructional format we did not want to assume your intention. For your ease, a link to the opt out form can be found here.

    Sincerely,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

  • Updated Health Order | Return to School, Monday March 22! | March 18, 2021

    March 18, 2021

    Dear DSHA Parents and Students,
      
    It is with great enthusiasm we announce that all Dashers are invited back into classrooms beginning Monday, March 22.  
    Today, the City of Milwaukee Health Department released new orders based on CDC guidance, recent studies on school safety, and their own gating criterion. This new order approves full in-person instruction. The order states we should comply with physical distancing to the greatest extent possible and where we can’t, such as classrooms, that we have specific seating charts for contact tracing. 
    Throughout this school year, we have worked with the City of Milwaukee Health Department to develop health and safety policies to promote a safe environment at DSHA. We remain committed to following these policies for the duration of the school year. Effectively, the only change in our health and safety plan is that student desks will be placed between three and six feet in classrooms (vs. the previous six feet). All other safety mitigation strategies remain, including distancing for faculty at the front of the room, masking for all, symptom monitoring, morning temperature scans, and hand hygiene. We will continue to require six feet of distancing at lunch when students are unmasked. 
    Note: Parents should expect a greater possibility that DSHA will need to send students home on a quarantine due to exposure, should any students test positive during the remainder of the year. A positive case will likely send three to five students home on quarantine in each classroom. 
    IMPORTANT:
    With this change we have two instructional formats: students will either be fully in-person or fully virtual. Given this change, we are asking families to complete the fully virtual form if you do not intend to have your daughter in-person for the remainder of the school year. Please complete the form before Sunday, March 21.
    When deciding to be fully virtual, we ask that you keep the following policies in mind: 
    1. All students are encouraged to return to in-person learning. 
    2. If parents opt for their daughter to learn virtually only, that will be their decision for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Students will not be able to participate in-person once opting for virtual learning. 
    3. Red and Gold groups cohorts will be eliminated. All students will attend four days of classes each week, following our extended instruction schedule. These groups will only become relevant again should Milwaukee gating criteria regress and the health department reverts its order. 
    4. All Wednesdays will continue to be virtual, as each Wednesday is already programmed for student activities such as Vocare, sophomore retreat, student fun days, or as professional development for faculty. Additionally, construction is already scheduled on these days for our HVAC project. 
    As we head into Monday there are a few clarifying points: 
    • Students can still come late or leave early for study hall and wellness (1st/2nd/7th/8th hours) assuming parents have already approved.
    • Students riding the Notre Dame/UCC or Menomonee Falls bus should plan to ride on the normal schedule beginning Monday, March 22. Busses will be available to accommodate all riders. 
    • Students should limit use of lockers by continuing to bring all academic materials each day and then taking them home with them. 
    • Parking is limited to students who purchased a regular or hybrid parking pass. Parking will be based on first come first serve. Front parking is for seniors only with overflow into the back lot or street parking (be aware of parking restrictions). Students are not permitted to park in numbered or lettered spots.  
    • The weekly school schedule will look as follows: 
    • Mondays: Extended instruction: Even 
    • Tuesdays: Extended instruction: Odd
    • Wednesdays: Virtual and/or student activities 
    • Thursdays: Extended instruction: Even 
    • Fridays: Extended instruction: Odd 

    Given the tight turnaround on this instructional format, if you have any questions about the full reopening next week, please submit your questions using
    the re-opening plan questions form. Questions related to aspects of the DSHA experience beyond next week will be answered in future Parent eNews.
    We are so excited to bring back our Dashers! We will see all the in-person learners on Monday morning in 2nd hour classrooms.
    Sincerely, 
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal
  • Important Return-to-School eNews | March 12, 2021

    March 12, 2021
    Bring Back A Dasher
    On this very Friday last year, all schools in Wisconsin were ordered to close. On this one-year anniversary, DSHA is pleased to announce a plan that will allow all students to return to our building. The City of Milwaukee Health Department has increased our capacity limits. Therefore, beginning on Monday, March 22, all Dashers are welcome to return to be physically present on campus four days a week (M, T, Th, F) if they choose to sign up for this instructional model. To date, the city has not relaxed the social distancing requirement in classrooms, so we have decided to get creative in order to bring back students in a way that adds value, yet still accounts for the required healthy and safety regulations.
    How will this work?
    1. Determine Instructional Model | All students/families will decide which instructional model they will learn within for the balance of the of the year*: the new physically present model; hybrid model; or fully virtual model. (*Or until Milwaukee healthy guidelines change.)
    2. M, T, Th, Fr Extended Instruction | We are committed to the extended instruction schedule on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays.
    3. Red & Gold Groups | Red and Gold groups remain relevant:
    • On Mondays and Tuesdays, Red group girls will be in classrooms. Gold group girls who choose to be physically present will be provided a space inside the building to learn virtually. These spaces include the Quad, the RJ Fridl Commons, the gym, hallways, etc. Students will need headphones with a built-in microphone. Thursdays and Fridays will work the same as Monday and Tuesday with Gold group girls in classrooms and Red group girls learning at school virtually.

    4. Virtual Wednesdays | We also remain committed to our virtual Wednesdays through the end of the year. The remaining Wednesdays have already been earmarked for different student activities (Vocare, sophomore retreat, and Wednesday fun days — see below for a fun announcement!) or for faculty professional development. In addition, installation of a new heating and cooling system has begun at DSHA and contractors are already scheduled to perform work on these Wednesdays.
    5. Lunch | Lunch will continue to be in homeroom settings.
    What are the advantages of the physically present model?
    • This is a step towards a return to more normal school.
    • It will give Dashers a greater chance to interact with peers between classes, in homeroom during lunch, and during study halls. It may also provide additional opportunities to foster student connection particularly as the weather warm arrives.
    • It also creates more personal access to school counselors, our school therapist, campus ministers, teachers, and administrators.
    • Monitoring of student engagement by our team of student supervisors — your daughters will not get to watch YouTube, play video games, or check social media during the times they are in class.

    How do we sign-up for the new physically present option?
    • Students and families wishing to take advantage of this physically present, virtual learning opportunity must inform us by Tuesday, March 16 by completing this form.
    • Students who register for this new option will not be allowed to come and go from school.
    • If you intend to remain in the traditional hybrid format or in the fully virtual format, there is no need to complete this form.

    Technology
    • Headsets with built-in microphones | We anticipate students sitting six feet apart while learning virtually with her classmates who are in the physical classroom. So as to not distract learning, we are recommending a headset with built-in microphone.
    • Laptop protocol | Additionally, students should come to school each day with her laptop charged. We will provide some charging locations throughout the building during the lunch time or study hall/wellness time but there will not be charging opportunities at desk locations. Students will need to plan ahead.

    Parent Volunteers Needed
    We are looking for volunteer parent supervisors for these large spaces. If you would like to volunteer to supervise one of these spaces, please sign-up here. You will be able to read a book or even work remotely during your supervision shift. Ultimately the adult presence will help create a focused learning environment for girls.
    Announcing Wednesday Fun Days!
    To help Dashers connect with one another across Red and Gold groups, we are asking Dashers to mark their calendars for the following:
    Freshmen | May 5
    Sophomores |  May 12
    Juniors | April 21
    Seniors | April 28
    On these days, a group of parents are in the process of organizing a day geared specifically at fostering relationships between peers. The day will include prayer, ice-breaking activities, laughter, and ultimately authentic human connection.
    Instruction and academic expectations will be relieved on these days so students can focus on one another. For this reason, the Wednesday fun days are considered mandatory just like any other school day. If you would like to be part of the planning and/or execution of these days, please contact the class representative:
    Freshman Parent Moe Tarantino
    Sophomore Parent Mimi Goller
    Junior Parent Margaret Powell
    Senior Parent Karen Arcara 
    Return to Normal FAQ:
    • Will DSHA return to "normal" in-person classes this year? If the City of Milwaukee Health Department relaxes the distancing requirement in their orders, DSHA is prepared to immediately invite all students back into the classroom yet this year. We are expecting the next order to be released early next week and we have already submitted our revised health and safety plan. We will evaluate the new order and share more information after review.
    • Will DSHA return to "normal" in-person classes for all students next year? DSHA is committed to having all students in-person for instruction next year all five days.

    To watch the townhall meeting with parents from this morning, log into
     myDSHA, click on "Resources," and click on "Parent meeting regarding DSHA re-opening plan 3/12/21."
    If you have any questions related to this plan, please feel free to reach out to me.
    Sincerely,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal
  • DSHA Parent eNews | March 8, 2021

    Parent eNews | Monday, March 8

    Dear DSHA Community,
     
    The end of this week brings the one-year mark of COVID-19 requiring DSHA to reconfigure the way in which we interact and engage with students, along with the layered health and safety interventions of this current year. I continue to marvel at the mission-driven resolve of our students, and of our faculty, staff, and coaches. The status of COVID-19 today challenges our ability to accept the current reality while leaving us longing for the time when things can return to something more "normal." 
    And in this week, we reach the midpoint of Lent, the season in our faith where we repent and reconcile our sins and anticipate the rebirth that comes with the resurrection of Jesus. DSHA students will all be attending reconciliation services through theology classes the week of March 22. Additionally, this coming week each Dasher will have the opportunity to participate in the stations of the cross through Applied Wellness classes. 
    As we anticipate the resurrection of Jesus, we look forward to the rebirth that will come with having all Dashers back in school — together in our Christ-centered community. To that end, DSHA will offer a RETURN-TO-SCHOOL VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING with Principal Dan Quesnell, Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield, and Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock on Friday, March 12, at 8 a.m. We will discuss the current learning phase and DSHA's plans to return to full in-person learning. If parents are unable to attend, the meeting will be recorded to watch later that day. 

    Click here to RSVP to the RETURN-TO-SCHOOL VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING and submit questions for the meeting. 

    A meeting link will be sent on Thursday, March 11 to all who have RSVP'd.
     
    "Turn your ear to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding." - Proverbs 2:2 
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    COVID-19 UPDATES
    R School Today Health App | Parents, please remind your student to complete her health app before she arrives at school. It is a screening tool for potential COVID symptoms. It can be completed through a phone app, a tablet app, or through the link below. 
    We are aware that some students are having difficulties with the app. Here are some troubleshooting ideas:
    • Make sure the tool is connected to a DSHA email, not a personal email. 
    • Try removing the app and reinstalling it.
    • Finally, if it continues to be a problem have your student message School Nurses Carol Swiderski and Patti Hughes on Microsoft Teams and they will try to solve the issue.
    To download the app, go to the app store and search "R School Today." The icon symbol is a blue baseball cap with the initials RST on it. The app is free.
    Click here to complete the health screening. 

    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (830)
    1/25 - 2/7 
    2/7 - 21 
    2/22 - 3/7
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Quarantines due to exposure outside DSHA*
    10
    7
    6
    180
    Quarantines due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    0
    0
    2
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    1
    (0.1)**
    0
    (0.0%)**
    2
    (0.2%)**
    65
     (7.8%)**
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    0
    0
    Current active positivity rate: 1/830 (0.12%)
    * Number of individuals whose quarantines started during this period. This excludes those in quarantine or isolation due to their positive COVID-19 results.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 830).
    Questions? Contact School Nurses Carol Swiderski and Patti Hughes.  

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    Parent Teacher Conferences | March 9 from 4-7:45 p.m. 
    Spring conferences will be virtual again and organized similar to last fall’s conferences. Slots will close at 2 p.m. on March 9. Look for the conference tile on the resources page after you login to myDSHA
    Interested in a conference with your daughter’s counselor?  See the link for sign-ups in the Students Services section below.
    Final Exams | May 24 – 27
    The format for our May final exams will be virtual. In some classes, a final paper or project will be required as the final assessment. As we get closer to May, teachers will clearly communicate the format, expectations, and scope for their course’s final exam. 
    Spring Slump | This time of year can be challenging for students to stay motivated. As we move into the last quarter of the school year, and as warmer weather returns, the focus and drive for studying can wane. Below are two brief articles from Khan Academy about how to help your daughter if she is experiencing the “spring slump.”   
    Click here to read how to help your daughter stay motivated in hybrid learning. 
    Click here to read how to refresh your daughter's home learning environment. 

    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Upcoming Campus Ministry Dates
    • March 8-12 | Stations of the cross every Applied Wellness hour
    • March 15-19 | Student Auction for Starms Early Childhood Center
    • March 22-26 | Reconciliation Week — all theology classes in theatre for confession
    • March 29-31 | HOLY WEEK! Vocare takes place during Holy Week this year. In addition to service with the community, seniors will be praying the stations of the cross throughout the city.  
    • April 14, 17, 18, & 21 | Sophomore Retreats
    Campus Ministry Student Lent Auction | March 15-19
    Donation booklets will be emailed to students next week and can also be viewed on the Campus Ministry News page. Please consider looking and bidding through your daughter. Students will be able to bid virtually or in person. All proceeds benefit the Starms Early Childhood Center Green Playground.
    Class Penny Wars | Clean out your change at home and send it with your daughter! We are doing a penny war for Starms Early Childhood Center and the sophomores are winning by over $150 right now. The class level that brings in the most spare change will receive an ice cream party during Easter.
    Mental Health Minute: Zoom Fatigue | Many of us have noticed that our increased use of Zoom or other virtual communication platforms is taking a toll on us emotionally. 
    Suzanne Degges-White (2020) wrote an online article for Psychology Today which details several strategies a person can use to lessen Zoom fatigue:
    • When possible, use your phone and call in rather than participate in video interactions. This takes away some of the stress related to virtual communication while allowing the participant to move around, doodle, look out the window, etc.
    • Try to space meetings out and avoid back-to-back Zoom interactions.
    • Engage in intentional, non-technological activities in between Zoom meetings like exercise, going outside for fresh air, and/or drinking some water.
    • Handwrite notes during meetings.
    • Take steps to differentiate work activities from home activities. Suggestions include changing lighting, music, or even your coffee mug based on whether you are working or not.
    Click here to read the full article on Zoom fatigue. 

    As always, if you think you are struggling with something more severe, seek out professional evaluation and support. Don’t forget that DSHA has a partnership with Children’s Wisconsin which provides school-based mental health counseling for students who may need it. Your student’s school counselor can give you more information about
    Rebecca Breitrick, the Children's Wisconsin school-based therapist at DSHA.
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Servics, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.
    College Counseling
    Understanding Admissions at Highly Selective Universities Zoom Webinar | March 9 at 6:30 p.m.
    "Selective" and "highly-selective admissions" are two frequently seen buzzwords in the college search process —but what do they actually mean? The Marquette University High School College Counseling Team is hosting the following virtual program and warmly invites DSHA junior and sophomore families to join the event.
    Click here to join the webinar.  Passcode is 876685. 

    ACT Plus Writing Test for Juniors | March 9
    This test must be taken in person; there are no virtual options available at this time. The ACT is only given on this day; a make-up day will not be available.
    All students are pre-registered, but should complete the MyACT information to ensure non-testing information is entered and to take advantage of sending 4 free test scores. Please ensure students link their MyACT accounts with the test by entering the student code information given to all juniors. They will have until March 11 to complete this information.
    On testing day, all students should ensure they:  
    • Complete the health app before they walk into the building.
    • Check in with the main office for a temperature check. 
    • Arrive by 7:50 a.m. with exams starting at 8:15 a.m. sharp; once test booklets are distributed, a student can no longer participate in testing.
    • Anticipate 4 hours of testing, with an anticipated dismissal time of around 12:30 p.m.
    • Bring No. 2 pencils with good erasers, student ID, permitted calculator, snacks, drinks, medications (if applicable). 
    There are no regular scheduled classes, and students may be out of uniform.
    For those students who commute via bus, there will be a bus commute available from UCC Bruce Guadalupe with a pickup time at 7 a.m. The bus will leave DSHA at 1 p.m. Students who wish to utilize the bus commute must contact Administrative Assistant Dawn Hathaway.
    If you have any questions or wish to send an opt-out of testing notice, please contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez.
    PreACT for Sophomores | March 9
    This test must be taken in person; there are no virtual options to test at home available at this time. The PreACT will only be given on this day, a make-up exam will not be available.
    Students will fill in non-testing information on test day, so there's no need to pre-register. There is no student fee associated with this test. The PreACT offers sophomores an early experience with ACT test items, provides a predicted ACT test score, and offers a wealth of information to help students get the start they need to be college ready.
    On testing day, all students should ensure they:  
    • Complete the health app before they walk into the building.
    • Check in with the main office for a temperature check. 
    • Arrive by 8:05 a.m. with exams starting at 8:30 a.m.; once test booklets are distributed, a student can no longer participate in testing.
    • Anticipate 3.5 hours of testing, with an anticipated dismissal time of around noon.
    • Bring No. 2 pencils with good erasers, student ID, permitted calculator, snacks, drinks, medications (if applicable).  
    There are no regular scheduled classes, and students may be out of uniform.
    For students who commute via bus, there will be a bus commute available from UCC Bruce Guadalupe with a pickup time at 7 a.m. The bus will leave DSHA at 1 p.m. Students who wish to utilize the bus commute must contact Administrative Assistant Dawn Hathaway.
    If you have any questions or wish to send an opt-out notice, please contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez.
    Forward Exam for Sophomore Choice Students | March 24
    This exam is a 90-minute exam taken digitally in school. College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez will contact students and families soon to provide software information and a schedule of events for that day.
    Aspire Exam for Freshmen and Sophomore Choice Students | April 14 
    This is a 5-hour exam and will be taken digitally in school. College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez will contact students and families soon to provide software information and a schedule of events for that day.
    For any additional questions regarding this new method and the ACT, please contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez.
    Questions about other college counseling information? Contact Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks.

    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    Awesome Schools Wellbeing Assessment | March 8 - 21
    Our school community will be taking the Awesome Wellbeing Assessment for the second time this academic year. Insight into wellbeing empowers schools to make changes that lead to more flourishing school communities, which leads to better academic and workplace success. Students, faculty, and staff have a two-week window to take the wellbeing assessment.
    Once completed, individuals instantly receive their own confidential report with a wellbeing overview on their dashboard. The reports are written in plain English with easily interpretable graphs that track changes overtime so participants can monitor their own progress. The assessment also provides us with group level aggregate reports and data.
    The link to the wellbeing assessment will arrive in your daughter's DSHA email. We strongly encourage each student to complete the assessment and take a moment to reflect on their wellbeing snapshot report. This reflection can be powerful and assist with goal setting moving forward.  
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide.

    DIVERSITY & EQUITY UPDATES
    PRAYER INTO ACTION Groups | Last week, opposite of Mass, students were able to choose a PRAYER INTO ACTION group to attend. The specific diversity, equity, and engagement topics were generated by students, and small groups were led by members of the TSC. We hope to continue these groups as the semester progresses. Groups were as follows:   
    • Diversity & Equity Plan with the DSHA Student Diversity Council and Director of Student Services, Equity and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed | Review our school’s Diversity & Equity Plan, provide feedback and insights, and help plan a path forward using the priorities in the plan.
    • Handbook Policy Advisory Committee with Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock | Help shape our school’s policies related to racist language, microagressions, or other policy improvements.
    • Cultural Prayer and Worship with Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson | Help draft ideas for ways to incorporate other cultural prayer and worship opportunities at DSHA; come up with action items for this group.
    • Summer Read Advisory Committee with Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield | Create a short list of books and help choose the final selection of our summer read. Additionally, help plan the activities for incorporating the book's meaning/message throughout the 2021-22 school year.
    • Marketing Advisory Committee with VP of Marketing & Communications Molly Shea | Work with Mrs. Shea and other members of the marketing and communications team to discuss the representation of BIPOC students in DSHA materials, and help write school guidelines for how decisions around the representation of BIPOC students should occur.
    • Integrate the Quad & Commons with English Faculty Andy Berens | Join Mr. Berens and student leaders to come up with actionable ways to make our social spaces ones of belonging and inclusion.  
    Dasher Dialogues | Our Dasher Dialogues are currently scheduled for the following Wednesdays from 2:15-3:30 p.m. via Zoom:
    • March 31
    • April 28
    Zoom links will be shared with students on their class team pages.
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.

    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES 
    Smart Tuition Accounts for Seniors | Senior families — your Smart Tuition accounts must be paid by May 15.
    2020 Smart Tuition Statements | To access your statement, log into your myDSHA account, go to the resource tab, and click on the Smart Tuition tab. 
    Financial Aid Application for 2021-2022 School Year Is Open! | Get started on your 2020 taxes, because the financial aid application for the 2021-2022 school year is now open! Applications must be completed by March 12 to be eligible for need-based financial assistance. Financial aid awards will be mailed in late April 2021. 2020 tax information is required.
    Click here to learn what you need for the application. 
    Questions? Contact Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Ann Duffy.
    Sarah Hegarty Loyalty & Caring Award | Nomination Request
    DSHA has the privilege of honoring a current sophomore student with the Sarah Hegarty Loyalty & Caring Award (renamed from the Rick Majerus Loyalty & Caring Award in 2021). This award recognizes a student who either in extraordinary ways or in extraordinary circumstances demonstrates and lives the values of loyalty and caring.
    Click here to learn more and/or nominate a sophomore students by March 26. 

    Questions? Contact
    Director of Annual Fund Maggie Shelledy McAsey.
    Mary Mross Public Policy Scholarship Opportunity | DSHA will award one $1,500 scholarship to a current sophomore or junior who demonstrates exemplary knowledge and passion for public policy. The award will be applied to her 2021-22 academic year tuition.
    Note: Students who applied as sophomores are eligible to re-apply their junior year if they have not previously been awarded the scholarship.
    Applications will be emailed to sophomores and juniors and will also be available at Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore's desk in the Advancement Suite and Social Studies Faculty Patrick Dawson's classroom. Applications must be turned in no later than 4 p.m. on March 26. The Public Policy award recipient will be announced on May 19 at the Honors Award Night.
    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Fund Maggie Shelledy McAsey.
    Alumnae Service Scholarship Opportunity | Applications for the Alumnae Service Scholarship are now available to sophomores and juniors. This scholarship will be awarded to a current sophomore or junior who has demonstrated a strong commitment to volunteering in the community. The scholarship will be at least $4,000 and will be applied to her 2021-22 tuition. Applications will be emailed to sophomores and juniors and will also be available at Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore's desk in the Advancement Suite. 
    Questions? Contact Alumnae Director Danielle Rabe.

    FROM THE PARENT ASSOCIATIONS
    From Eric and Jenny Nielsen, PA Co-Presidents | To view a recording of our March meeting, login to myDSHA, click on the resource board, then click on "PA Meeting Recorded Zoom.”
    Questions? Contact PA Co-President Jenny Nielsen.

    UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
    2021 Auction
    There will be an exciting auction announcement coming this week. Stay tuned to your email for further details and information!
    Looking to get involved in the DSHA Auction?
    Item and Gift Card Donations | Consider donating an item or gift card to the 2021 DSHA Auction.
    Take the guesswork out of giving and view our Amazon Wish List, with items valued at $7 up to $400, here. 
    Click here to view our Amazon Gift Card Wish List. 

    Advertisement and Sponsorship Opportunities
    | Advertisement opportunities begin at $350. Become a sponsor and/or advertise your business in our online catalog.
    Click here to check out the virtual event and digital marketing recognition benefits of each level. 

    For more information, visit dsha.info/auction or contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Lisa Lesjak or Parent Co-Chair Natalie Rifelj.

    DSHA Spring Open House | April 18
    Do you know a family with 5th- 7th graders? They are invited to DSHA for a guided tour, with an opportunity to meet DSHA faculty and staff and learn about the benefits of the all-girls experience. Families will also learn about DSHA’s college-prep academics, faith formation, co-curriculars, and more.
    Registration for the DSHA Spring Open House opens March 15.
    Click here for more information. 

    Summer Cool | June-July 2021
    DSHA is offering more than 125 camps for girls in rising grades 1-9 this summer. Registration is now open and going fast.
    There is something for EVERY girl at DSHA Summer Cool. Whether you prefer to spend your summer on the soccer field or with your nose in a book — or both — DSHA has you covered with summer camp offerings created and designed with girls in mind.
    Register by March 31 to save 20%.
    Click here for camp information and to register. 

    Questions? Contact Community Relations Officer Norma Herbers.

    ATHLETIC UPDATES
    Alumna to Compete in Pentathlon in NCAA Championships | Congratulations to Jadin O'Brien, DSHA '20, who has qualified to compete in the pentathlon at the NCAA Track & Field National Championships on March 11 in Arkansas. O'Brien is a freshman competing for Notre Dame University and is currently ranked 10th in the nation in the pentathlon.

    Spring Sports |
    If you are interested in playing a spring sport, make sure you attend contact days and open gyms being held now. All sports have been granted 15 days of contact where the coaches can coach athletes prior to the official start of the season. It is really important that you attend these if you plan to play this spring. For more information on pre-season opportunities, contact the head coach for each sport: 
    You are also encouraged to work out in the fitness center with Health & Fitness Faculty Brian Calhoun and Coach Shana McKeever. See the fitness center calendar posted on the door.  
    All athletic forms MUST be completed, along with the winter/spring COVID-19 waiver BEFORE you will be allowed to participate in contact days or open gyms. 
    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.
    Tryouts/Start Dates for Spring Sports
    • Lacrosse | April 12-14 at 3:30-5:30 p.m. outside on the turf Pat Jones field at Uihlein Soccer Park. You must attend all tryout days.
    • Track and Field | April 19 at 5:30-7:15 p.m. Check in at DSHA, head to practice at Milwaukee Lutheran.
    • Rugby | Practices have begun. Please contact Coach Klein if you have not attended yet. 
    • Softball | April 19-21. Tryouts for the freshmen and junior varsity teams will run from 3-5 p.m. Tryouts for the varsity team will run from 4-5:45 p.m. All tryouts are at DSHA in the gym. You must attend all tryout days.
    • Soccer | April 26-28. Tryouts will be held at Uihlein Soccer Park, 7101 W. Good Hope Road, Milwaukee 53223. Varsity tryouts are from 4-5:30 p.m., and freshmen and junior varsity tryouts are from 5:30-7 p.m. All tryouts will be outside on the Pat Jones turf field. You must attend all tryout days.

    DSHA Summer Cool Sports Camps |
    The DSHA 2021 summer sports camps for girls in rising grades 1-9 are open for registration. Camps do fill up quickly so please register as soon as possible.
    Click here to register by May 1. 

    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.

    FINE ARTS UPDATES
    Youth Art Month Awards | Two DSHA students received awards for their art work at the 2021 Youth Art Month Regional Show.
    • Gabi Mastricola, DSHA '22, was awarded the Jenny Holzer Award for best social commentary in the south east regional for her photograph Wisdom and Grace.
    • Julia Miller, DSHA '22, won the Dorothea Lange Award for best in photography in the south east regional for her photograph Mental Health Matters.
    Their work will be shown at the Youth Art Month state virtual exhibit on March 15.
    Click here to view their work.
  • DSHA Parent eNews | February 22, 2021

    Parent eNews | Monday, February 22

    "Turn your ear to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding" — Proverbs 2:2

    COVID-19 UPDATES
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (830)
    1/11 - 24 
    1/25 - 2/7 
    2/8 - 21
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Quarantines due to exposure outside DSHA*
    3
    10
    7
    174
    Quarantines due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    0
    0
    2
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    5
    (0.6)**
    1
    (0.1%)**
    0
    (0.0%)**
    63
     (7.5%)**
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    0
    0
    Current active positivity rate: 0/830 (0.0%)
    * Number of individuals whose quarantines started during this period. This excludes those in quarantine or isolation due to their positive COVID-19 results.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 830).
    Questions? Contact School Nurse Celeste Olson.

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    Parent Teacher Conferences | March 9 from 4-7:45 p.m. 
    Spring conferences will be virtual again and organized similar to last fall’s conferences. Slots will go live on February 27 at 8 a.m. and will close at 2 p.m. on March 9. Look for the conference tile on the resources page after you login to myDSHA
    Microsoft Teams Class Recordings and Sharing and Reminder of the School Technology Policy | The streaming and recording of classes is expressly created for instructional use with the class the student is enrolled in; class streamings or recordings are not to be shared outside of that class.
    Sharing Teams class videos outside of one’s class is in violation of our school policy and also FERPA and other state and federal data privacy laws. Please refer to page 54 of our current Student Handbook (found under students on myDSHA) to read the full policy.
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Lent at DSHA

    Lent is in full swing at DSHA.

    Click here to learn how DSHA is celebrating Lent, including Campus Ministry programming for the season. 

    Campus Ministry Student Lent Auction Donations Needed | The student auction team is excited to announce that this year's student auction will be held the week of March 15 - 19! Parents are welcome to donate items, baskets, and experiences for students to bid on to contribute to our Lenten project supporting Starms Early Childhood school. Thank you for your support!
    Click here to fill out a donation form by March 3. 
    Click here to view the Amazon Wish List for the student auction. 
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson.
    From the Sisters of the Divine Savior
    Catholic Sisters Week | March 8-14
    The Sisters of the Divine Savior are collaborating with DSHA students to celebrate Catholic Sisters Week! Together, we’re responding to growing food insecurity in Milwaukee by collecting donations for Mother of Good Counsel and Blessed Savior Parish food pantries. We’re accepting all unexpired, non-perishable food items, as well as unopened household paper goods and personal hygiene products.
    The donation bin is at front door #20 at the SDS Community House, 4311 N. 100th Street (adjacent to DSHA).

    The last day to donate is March 14.
    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    Overall Health & Wellness of Students | Our counselors continue to be very engaged with students who are dealing with a variety of stressors. Please help to encourage your daughter to focus on her overall health and wellness. If you see that she could use some support in any area — academic, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual — please encourage her to reach out to her counselor, or feel free to reach out yourself.   
     
    Last names starting with A-GUN: 
    Therese Hayden 
    Last names starting with GUR-OMO: 
    Kristin Shea 
    Last names starting with ORG-Z: 
    Kara McMahon 
    Mental Health Minute: Winter Blues | It is not uncommon for those of us living in the Midwest to experience a phenomenon known as the winter blues, and it’s no mystery why. Winter brings with it cold temperatures, gray skies, and early sunsets, all of which can dampen our mood. Additionally, the winter months sometimes drag on as we find ourselves stuck in the long period between a festive holiday season and the celebrations of spring with not much to look forward to in between. We may find ourselves cold, tired and lacking motivation. 
    While, outside of booking a tropical vacation, we are mostly powerless to change the gloomy gray of winter, there are strategies we can employ to boost our mood including:
    • Getting outside and breathing fresh, albeit brisk, air
    • Practicing gratitude for the positive aspects of winter like the beauty of the snow in tree branches
    • Being intentional about doing fun or creative things 
    • Maintaining physical activity (despite an overwhelming urge to stay under warm blankets)
    For some people, the depression felt at this time of year goes beyond winter blues. If you find that your low mood seems like something more, please seek out further evaluation by a professional, and don’t forget that, for DSHA students, there is the option of school-based therapy through a partnership with Children’s Wisconsin. Your student’s school counselor can give you more information about Rebecca Breitrick, the Children's Wisconsin school-based therapist at DSHA.  

    Other Resources |
    Advocate Aurora Health's Student and Family Assistance Program recently published a piece about grief and loss.
    Click here to read about grief and loss. 

    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.
    College Counseling
    College App Boot Camp | Junior parents — DSHA will once again be offering a College App Boot Camp this summer. This three-day camp will focus on completing the Common App, as well as having students’ college essays read by two different college admissions counselors. More information will be sent out in March. 
    Write On Tutoring | It has been brought to our attention that Write On Tutoring may have emailed you about writing an essay this summer. This is not affiliated with DSHA or Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks in any way.  
    MyACT | Junior Dasher families — The MyACT account creation window opened on February 20. First time ACT test takers who have not already signed up for a MyACT account will need to make an account with the booklet of information they will receive during their in-person school days. If a student has received a booklet of information and has already created a MyACT account when they took a national test, please contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez.
    Please note:
    • Creating a MyACT accounts will take about 30 minutes to complete.
    • Please fill out the MyACT account at home and use the student's personal email address so students can access the account after high school graduation. 
    • If your daughter needs help setting up and completing the MyACT account, please know she will receive help at school if needed.
    • If, when registering, a student receives a pop-up stating she is "in line" to register (is in the queue), she should NOT exit the pop-up page to ensure she does not lose her place in the queue.
    • Students will have from February 20 until March 11 to complete their MyACT account information. Not creating this account will not prevent students from testing or receiving their scores; however, students must create this account to select four free college score recipients. 
    If there are any non-choice students and families who have decided to opt-out of testing, or if you have any questions, please contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez to ensure families are not billed $50 for the test.
    A schedule of events on testing day is coming soon.
    Questions about the ACT? Contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez.
    Questions about other college counseling information? Contact Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks.

    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    Stress in Teens | Does stress control your teen or does your teen control their stress? The weekly Applied Wellness reflections are implemented so that students can take a moment to be mindful about their week and subsequently take action. Simply put: be mindful and make a change where needed. Change allows for growth, and that is why we encourage each student to be mindful of some aspect of their wellness each week. If we support our students to take breaks and acknowledge their needs, then they can begin to support themselves.  Encourage your daughter to take a moment at the end of each week to complete the wellness reflection question and set one small goal for the next week.   
    Click here to see a short clip about the realities of stress on our teens today. 

    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide.

    DIVERSITY & EQUITY UPDATES
    Our Dasher Dialogues are currently scheduled for the following Wednesdays from 2:15-3:30 p.m. via Zoom:
    • February 24
    • March 31
    • April 28 
    Zoom links will be shared with students on their class team pages.
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.

    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES 
    Smart Tuition Accounts for Seniors | Senior families — your Smart Tuition accounts must be paid by May 15.
    2020 Smart Tuition Statements | To access your statement, log into your myDSHA account, go to the resource tab, and click on the Smart Tuition tab. 
    Financial Aid Application for 2021-2022 School Year Is Open! | Get started on your 2020 taxes, because the financial aid application for the 2021-2022 school year is now open! Applications must be completed by March 12 to be eligible for need-based financial assistance. Financial aid awards will be mailed in late April 2021. 2020 tax information is required. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Ann Duffy.
    Click here to learn what you need for the application. 

    Mary Mross Public Policy Scholarship Opportunity | DSHA will award one $1,500 scholarship to a current sophomore or junior who demonstrates exemplary knowledge and passion for public policy. The award will be applied to her 2021-22 academic year tuition.
    Note: Students who applied as sophomores are eligible to re-apply their junior year if they have not previously been awarded the scholarship.
    Applications will be emailed to sophomores and juniors and will also be available at Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore's desk in the Advancement Suite and Social Studies Faculty Patrick Dawson's classroom. Applications must be turned in no later than 4 p.m. on March 26. The Public Policy award recipient will be announced on May 19 at the Honors Award Night.
    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Fund Maggie Shelledy McAsey.
    Alumnae Service Scholarship Opportunity | Applications for the Alumnae Service Scholarship are now available to sophomores and juniors. This scholarship will be awarded to a current sophomore or junior who has demonstrated a strong commitment to volunteering in the community. The scholarship will be at least $4,000 and will be applied to her 2021-22 tuition. Applications will be emailed to sophomores and juniors and will also be available at Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore's desk in the Advancement Suite.
    Questions? Contact Alumnae Director Danielle Rabe. 
    FROM THE PARENT ASSOCIATIONS
    Parent Association Meeting | March 2 at 11 a.m. via Zoom 
    Class representatives will send out the agenda and Zoom link the weekend prior. The link will also be available on the Parents page of our website.  
    Questions? Contact PA Co-President Jenny Nielsen.
    Parent Fine Arts Association Meeting | March 2 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
    An email will be sent to all PFAA members before the meeting. If you are interesting in joining the PFAA at our meeting and are not a member, email PFAA President Laura Lois for the Zoom link.
    PFAA Scholarships | Don’t forget all scholarship applications are due no later than February 28.
    Click here for scholarship details.
    Click here to apply for the PFAA Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award. 
    Click here to apply for a PFAA Summer Scholarship Award. 

    UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

    DSHA Virtual Family Bingo Auction Benefit Parties | February 25 at 7 p.m. and February 28 at 5 p.m.
    Join DSHA families and play bingo from the comforts of home! Virtual Family Bingo is taking the place of in-person auction benefit parties that are both social get-togethers and provide invaluable start-up funds for the auction. Register your family for free and support the auction in any way that you are able. Each night features Sisters of the Divine Savior as our celebrity callers, prizes, and so much more!
    NOTE: Even though the February 28 event is promoted for alumnae and past parents, ANYONE can join in the fun!
    Click here for more information and to register. 

    2021 DSHA Auction

    Click here to register by March 5 for DSHA's Auction | Forever Plaid at Home. 

    Auction Events
     
    • Part 1 | Begin by creating a dish from your own kitchen in Chopped: The DSHA Edition competition, featuring celebrity guest judge Chef Adam Pawlak, owner of Egg & Flour Pasta Bars and a contestant on season 19 of Hell’s Kitchen. Participants in the Chopped competition have a chance to win a private pasta-making lesson for four with Chef Adam! Other at-home items to celebrate the evening are also available to make your night special.
    • Part 2 | Then move to a comfortable spot for our program that includes silent and live item bidding, the stop-the-auction paddle raise, and more.  
    Golden Tickets are Back | Each $150 ticket gives you a chance to win your choice of our exciting live auction packages. Watch for this week’s auction email for more details on all of our live auction packages and how to purchase your Golden Ticket(s) — from the DSHA Graduation Package to a Wine Country experience in Sonoma.
    Auction Raffle for Parking Spots | Do you know a current student that will be driving to school next year? Purchase a $25 ticket for a chance to win one of four student parking spots available in the DSHA east parking lot. Please fill out an inquiry form; a DSHA representative will reach out to you upon receiving your inquiry form to finalize your purchase and answer any questions. 
    Click here to fill out a parking raffle inquiry form. 

    Looking to get involved in the DSHA Auction?
    Item and Gift Card Donations | Consider donating an item or gift card to the 2021 DSHA Auction. The deadline for item and gift card donation has been extended to March 1.
    Take the guesswork out of giving and view out Amazon Wish List, with items valued at $7 up to $400, here.
    Click here to check out our Amazon Gift Card Wish List. 

    Advertisement and Sponsorship Opportunities | Advertisement opportunities begin at $350. Become a sponsor and/or advertise your business in our online catalog.
    Click here to check out the virtual event and digital marketing recognition benefits of each level. 

    Volunteer | Help from the comfort of your home! Our team is growing, but more is help is needed as we get closer to the event. 
    Click here for more information on how to volunteer. 

    For more information, visit dsha.info/auction or contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Lisa Lesjak or Parent Co-Chair Natalie Rifelj.
    Greetings for Grandparents | Action Needed by Families!

    In late April, rather than holding our annual Grandparent Liturgy, DSHA will honor these special people in your daughter’s life by:
    • Facilitating a personalized written message from your daughter to her grandparents. 
    • Giving a special blessing during a live-streamed school Mass for students.
    • Creating a grandparent photo wall.
    To ensure grandparents receive the written message directly, your daughter will receive an email confirming the mailing address we have for her grandparents this week. Please encourage your daughter to confirm this information before February 26.
    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Fund Maggie Shelledy McAsey.
    ATHLETIC UPDATES
    Ski Team State Champions | A special congratulations to the DSHA Varsity Ski Team on finishing in first place at the High School Downhill Ski State Championship and bringing home the state championship trophy! This is the third state championship in the last four years and the second top-two finish. 
    • In the overall combined scores, Abby Horning, DSHA '21, finished in 2nd place overall as an individual and qualified for nationals; Payton Bradford, DSHA '24, finished 5th overall; Halle Quadracci, DSHA '21, finished 9th overall; and Kate Nonn, DSHA '22, finished in 15th place overall.
    • Congratulations to all of the team members: Payton Bradford, DSHA '24; Joan Barry, DSHA '23; Mackenzie Doerr, DSHA '23; Piper Dupies, DSHA '23; Kate Nonn, DSHA '22; Abby Horning, DSHA '21; and Halle Quadracci, DSHA '21. We are so proud of each of you. Congratulations on an undefeated season.
    • In addition, the JV team won the conference championship on February 18 at Alpine Valley. In slalom, Barry finished in 1st; followed by Jillian Morrissey, DSHA '22, in 2nd; Mary Kate Denton, DSHA '21, in 4th; Lily Langhoff, DSHA '23, in 6th; Quinn Dupies, DSHA '21, in 8th; and Molly Kalmer, DSHA '21, in 11th out of a field of 60+ racers! 
    • In general ski, Langhoff finished in 1st, Dupies took 2nd, Barry took 6th, Caroline Denton, DSHA '23, finished in 10th, Elizabeth Merz, DSHA '21, took 11th, and Kalmer 15th. Barry finished 1st overall as an individual, Langhoff finished 2nd overall, Dupies finished 4th overall and Kalmer finished 10th overall.

    Ice Hockey Team WIAA State Runner-Up
    • The Varsity Ice Hockey Co-Op Team opened WIAA post-season play on February 9 with a 3-2 victory over the Fond du Lac co-op in the sectional semi-final game. 
    • They then faced off with Arrowhead in the sectional championship on February 12. Charlotte Fetherston, DSHA '24, tied the game 2-2 with 5:12 on the clock in the third period of regulation. The teams would need three overtime sessions to determine the winner. Fetherston picked up a loose puck and scored a breakaway goal with 2:46 remaining in the third overtime to secure the sectional championship and punched the team’s ticket to the state tournament. 
    • The team was the 4th seed at the state tournament and took on the #1 seed Eau Claire North co-op in Chippewa Falls on February 17. The team pulled together to defeat Eau Claire North co-op 1-0 in a well-fought game! 
    • The team then moved on to the state championship game and faced Chippewa Falls co-op on February 20 in Wisconsin Rapids. Our team scored first, but it took overtime to decide the game and the team came up short losing 2-3 but took home the WIAA State runner-up trophy. What a great season!  
    • Special congratulations to Jordan Bonk, DSHA '21; Layne Diffley, DSHA '21; Emily Mueller, DSHA '21; Eiley Sheahan, DSHA '21; and managers Ava Konopa, DSHA '21; and Kaitlyn Mulcahy, DSHA '21. Thank you for four great years of hockey! We will miss you next year!
       
    Basketball Sectional Runner-Up
    • The varsity basketball team finished the regular season with a 12-4 conference record good for a third place finish in conference and an overall record of 13-8. 
    • They earned the #2 seed in the WIAA Regional and faced #3 seed Brookfield East on February 12 and won 48-34. 
    • The team then played on February 13 facing Wauwatosa West who upset #1 seed Brookfield Central the night before. The Dashers defeated Wauwatosa West 69-35 to win the WIAA Regional Championship! 
    • The team then earned the #2 seed in the Sectional and faced #3 seed Waterford on February 18. The team defeated Waterford Union High School 65-29 and moved on to the WIAA Sectional Final on February 20 at Franklin. 
    • The team fought until the end but came up short and lost to Franklin 54-57 to end their season as the WIAA Sectional runner-up. 
    • Special congratulations to Emily Capper, DSHA '21; Lauren DeStefanis, DSHA '21; Alexa Jarecki, DSHA '21; Mia Jensen, DSHA '21; Greta Schroeder, DSHA '21; Haley Wolff, DSHA '21; and managers Annabella Garczynski, DSHA '21; and Maddie Schmidt, DSHA '21. We will miss you next year!

    Greater Metro Conference Winter Scholar Athlete Award Winners |
     This award is given to a student-athlete who is a junior or senior and a varsity letter winner with a 3.5 or above cumulative GPA.
    • Emily Capper, DSHA '21; Lauren DeStefanis, DSHA '21; Alexa Jarecki, DSHA '21; Mia Jensen, DSHA '21; Greta Schroeder, DSHA '21; Haley Wolff, DSHA '21; Claire Coury, DSHA '22; Sarah Kanter, DSHA '22; Katie O’Loughlin, DSHA '22; and Alex Seemann, DSHA '22, have all been named Greater Metro Conference Scholar Athletes for basketball during the winter season.
    • Oriana Ognar, DSHA '22, has been named a Greater Metro Conference Scholar Athlete for gymnastics during the winter season. 
    • Layne Diffley, DSHA '21; Emily Mueller, DSHA '21; Eiley Sheahan, DSHA '21; Rachel Gauthier, DSHA '22; and Molly Guenther, DSHA '22, have been named Greater Metro Conference Scholar Athletes for ice hockey during the winter season.
    • Mary Kate Denton, DSHA '21; Quinn Dupies, DSHA '21; Abby Horning, DSHA '21; Molly Kalmer, DSHA '21; Halle Quadracci, DSHA '21; Katie Delcore, DSHA '22; and Kate Nonn, DSHA '22,  have been named Greater Metro Conference Scholar Athletes for ski during the winter season.

    Congratulations to Winter Captains |
    Congratulations to the following winter captains who earned their NFHS Captain’s Certification this winter by completing an online, four-hour course. We are proud of your commitment to outstanding leadership and your willingness to go above and beyond to be the best captain for your team!
    • Basketball: Emily Capper, DSHA '21; Lauren DeStefanis, DSHA '21; Alexa Jarecki, DSHA '21; Ashley Jones, DSHA '23
    • Ski: Mary Kate Denton, DSHA, '21; Abby Horning, DSHA '21; Molly Kalmer, DSHA '21; Halle Quadracci, DSHA '21
    • Ice Hockey: Jordan Bonk, DSHA '21; Eiley Sheahan, DSHA '21

    Spring Open Gyms |
    Make sure to be prepared to compete at your best this spring by preparing at an open gym. For more information on days and times, contact the head coach for each sport:
    You are also encouraged to work out in the fitness center with Health & Fitness Faculty Brian Calhoun and Coach Shana McKeever. See the fitness center calendar posted on the door.  
    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.
  • DSHA Parent eNews | February 8, 2021

    Parent eNews | Monday, February 8

    Dear DSHA Community,
    “Turn your ear to wisdom, incline your hearts to understanding.” – Proverbs 2:2 
    This year our Catholic Schools Week celebration was spread out over a couple of weeks. In addition to celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Sisters of the Divine Savior, we found ways to hold two important traditions at DSHA.
    Last week DSHA held our annual Gr8 Lengths event. This year 35 girls had their hair cut. The hair is then donated so that it can be turned into wigs for kids who, for example, are undergoing chemo treatments. Normally this is an all-school assembly event with incredibly positive energy. Girls support and encourage one another. While that same energy was not present on site in the theatre this year, the true mission behind the event and the student support endured. The student donors inclined their hearts to understanding and donated for a good cause.
    Also last week we had our annual Mother Mary Mission Day retreat for our faculty and staff. Sister Mary Lee Grady, SDS, was our keynote speaker. She connected Proverbs 2:2 to the Sisters of the Divine Savior's values and set the tone for our day. Several staff members gave witness to a time when they “turned their ear to wisdom, and inclined their hearts to understanding,” and how that brought them to DSHA. We had time for different forms of prayer, and we had Mass together. To close the day, we celebrated the members of the TSC celebrating anniversaries at DSHA, a tradition that girls usually lead at our Catholic Schools Week Mass. These are the people who impart wisdom to our daughters each day through their dedicated service to our mission as a Catholic, college-preparatory school for girls. Students made a short video recognizing each celebrated TSC member. Ask your daughter about their favorite memories of any of these incredible educators. The DSHA Social Studies Department has 95 collective years of service combined between Mrs. Goulee, Mr. Dawson, and Mrs. Weiss!
    5 Years | Assistant to the President Stephanie Czosnek, Student Services Secretary Maria Enachi, Director of Technology John White, English Faculty Andy Berens, and English Faculty and Cross Country Head Coach Andy Lelinski 
    10 Years | World Languages Faculty Jose Hurtado Perez, World Languages Faculty Jennifer McLaughlin, and Librarian Christina Thiele 
    15 Years | Science Faculty Cathleen Loehr and Producing Director Amanda Marsala 
    20 Years | Custodian Team Leader Claudia Sanders 
    25 Years | Social Studies Faculty Susan Goulee 
    30 Years | Social Studies Faculty Patrick Dawson 
    40 Years | Social Studies Faculty Chris Weiss 
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    COVID-19 UPDATES
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (830)
    12/10 - 1/10 
    1/11 - 24
    1/25 - 2/7
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Quarantines due to exposure outside DSHA*
    23
    3
    10
    167
    Quarantines due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    0
    0
    2
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    9
    (1.1)**
    5
    (0.6%)**
    1
    (0.1%)**
    63
     (7.5%)**
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    0
    0
    Current active positivity rate: 0/830 (0.0%)
    * Number of individuals whose quarantines started during this period. This excludes those in quarantine or isolation due to their positive COVID-19 results.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 830).
    Questions? Contact School Nurse Celeste Olson.

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    ALPHA | Our drop-in academic resource center is being relocated to the DSHA Commons for the month of February. Math, science and English teachers will be available to help students in-person each class period of the day. Students can come from study hall or an open wellness period to sit and work with a teacher. Students who are learning from home can still call in on Microsoft Teams. We are experimenting with this new format to see if it will be easier for students to seek help. ALPHA was only available on Microsoft Teams earlier this year.
    Final Exams | Finals have been moved up one day and are now May 24 – May 27. Please note that attendance for finals is required; avoid making travel/family plans that interfere with final exams. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Ash Wednesday | February 17

    Lent begins on February 17. Please be aware that DSHA will not have Mass on Ash Wednesday this year since it is a virtual day. We strongly encourage students to attend Mass with their families at a local parish. Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation, but attendance is a positive devotional practice to start the Lenten season. Students will receive information on increased DSHA programming at the Lent assembly on February 16 and February 19
    Click here to find a Mass near you.  

    Campus Ministry Student Lent Auction Donations Needed |
    The student auction team is excited to announce that this year's student auction will be held the week of March 15 - 19! Parents are welcome to donate items, baskets, and experiences for students to bid on in support of our Lenten project (to be announced at the Lent assembly). Thank you for your support!
    Click here to fill out a donation form by March 3.
    Click here to view the Amazon Wish List for the student auction. 
    Summer Mission Trips | The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is offering high school local mission trips this summer.
    Click here for more information. 

    Gift of Sunday Mission at DSHA |
    DSHA will have a Gift of Sunday Lenten Mission during the Lent Mass week (March 1 - 5). This event is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and with Fr. John Burns as the presider. Parents are encouraged to attend a Lenten mission at one of the 18 parishes in the archdiocese. 
    Click here to learn more and register. 

    Second Semester Save the Dates
    • Junior Retreat | February 10 from 1 - 8 p.m. at DSHA
    • Vocare (mandatory for all seniors) |  March 29, 30, 31
    • Sophomore Retreats | April 14, 17, 18 from 1 - 8 p.m. at DSHA

    Questions? Contact
    Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson.

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    2021-22 Course Selections | We would like to thank you for working with your daughter and her counselor to select courses for the 2021-22 school year. If any questions arise, please either reach out to your daughter’s counselor or Student Services Registrar Cindy Waine.  
     
    Last names starting with A-GUN: 
    Therese Hayden 
    Last names starting with GUR-OMO: 
    Kristin Shea 
    Last names startign with ORG-Z: 
    Kara McMahon 
    Mental Health Minute | If you believe your student might need support dealing with mental health issues or other challenges, you may want to inquire about DSHA’s partnership with Children’s Wisconsin which offers school-based mental health services. Your student’s school counselor can give you more information about Rebecca Breitrick, the Children's Wisconsin school based therapist at DSHA.  
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.
    College Counseling
    College App Boot Camp | Junior parents — DSHA will once again be offering a College App Boot Camp this summer. This three-day camp will focus on completing the Common App, as well as having students’ college essays read by two different college admissions counselors. More information will be sent out in March. 
    Write On Tutoring | It has been brought to our attention that Write On Tutoring may have emailed you about writing an essay this summer. This is not affiliated with DSHA or Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks in any way.  
    PreACT | On March 9, DSHA will be administering the ACT Plus Writing test to the entire sophomore class. The PreACT offers sophomores an early experience with ACT test items, provides a predicted ACT test score, and offers a wealth of information to help students get the start they need to be college ready. There is no student fee associated with this test. This test must be taken in person; there are no virtual options available at this time. On testing day, all students should ensure they: 
    • Complete the health app before they walk into the building.
    • Check in with the main office for a temperature check. 
    ACT | On March 9, DSHA will be administering the ACT Plus Writing test to the entire junior class. Families will be billed $50 per student via Smart Tuition. Students who participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice program will have their testing fee covered by the State of Wisconsin. This test must be taken in person; there are no virtual options available at this time. On test day, all students should ensure they: 
    • Complete the health app before they walk into the building.
    • Check in with the main office for a temperature check. 
    Click here to read a letter from DSHA about the ACT.
    Click here to read more about the ACT.
    Haz clic aqui para leer mas sobre el ACT. 

    MyACT |
    Starting in mid-February, all examinees will use MyACT to complete their non-test demographic and interested inventory information. The non-test information they complete can provide a number of benefits to the students including: 
    • Career counseling
    • Identifying data gaps
    • College and career planning
    • Interest-major fit information
    • Sending scores to up to four (4) colleges for free
    When students create a new MyACT account, they will have a verification code emailed or texted to them. DSHA will offer sign up help during homeroom time once the window to register an account opens. Otherwise, students will be expected to complete this information on their own before the deadline. Students will be notified of the deadline and when the sign up window opens.
     
    Questions about the ACT? Contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez.
    Questions about other college counseling information? Contact Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks.

    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    In-Person Wellness Experiences | The Applied Wellness Program continues to offer a variety of in-person experiences and posts some of these recorded options to our virtual students through their homeroom Microsoft Teams page. The wellness topic boards also continue to be updated with resources for students. Encourage your daughter to check out the topic boards and try some of the brain breaks available while in school.
    Some experiences offered these past few weeks include friendship bracelet making, coloring, time management skills, course selection discussion, country line dancing, a mindful walk, badminton, basketball, and biking while watching a movie.  
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide.

    DIVERSITY & EQUITY UPDATES
    The Student Diversity and Inclusion Council is back in action! They hosted their first Dasher Dialogue last Wednesday. 
    Our next Dasher Dialogues will tentatively occur on the following Wednesdays from 2:15-3:30 p.m. via Zoom:
    • February 24
    • March 31
    • April 28 
    Zoom links will be shared with students on their class team pages.
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.

    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES 
    Financial Aid Application for 2021-2022 School Year Is Open! | Get started on your 2020 taxes, because the financial aid application for the 2021-2022 school year is now open! Applications must be completed by March 12 to be eligible for need-based financial assistance. Financial aid awards will be mailed in late April 2021. 2020 tax information is required.
    Click here to learn what you need for the application. 
    Questions? Contact Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Ann Duffy.
    Important Upcoming Dates
    • February 10 | No Classes
    • February 17 | Virtual Schedule

    Questions? Contact
    Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock.
    FROM THE PARENT ASSOCIATIONS
    From Eric and Jenny Nielsen, PA Co-Presidents | To view a recording of our February meeting, login to myDSHA, click on the resource board, then click on "PA Meeting Recorded Zoom.”
    Note: The beginning of the meeting that includes a portion of Mr. Quesnell’s report was not recorded. For a full report read the meeting minutes found on the website or below.
    Click here to read the February minutes. 
    Questions? Contact PA Co-President Jenny Nielsen.
    PFAA Scholarships 
    • PFAA Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award | The Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award application process is open to all DSHA seniors. The monetary award is designed to honor a senior who has made a contribution to the fine arts at DSHA through her participation, dedication, and/or talent in any of the fine arts disciplines. Applications are due February 28. The award will be presented at the PFAA Fine Arts Awards Night on May 5. The winner must be present to receive the award.
    • PFAA Summer Scholarship Awards | PFAA Summer Scholarship Awards are available for current DSHA freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. These awards may be used toward fine arts summer camps, DSHA Community Theatre Works productions, art supplies, fine arts-related workshops, clinics, and lessons. Parents must be members of the DSHA Parent Fine Arts Association by December 31, 2020 for students to apply for a 2021 Summer Scholarship. Applications are due February 28. The student winners are requested to attend the Fine Arts Awards Night on May 5 to receive their scholarship awards.

    Click here to apply for the PFAA Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award.
    Click here to apply for a PFAA Summer Scholarship Award.

    2020-2021 | Join one of the DSHA Parent Associations!
    The Parent Association, Parent Athletic Association, and Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting them with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.
    Click here to join the Parent Association, the Parent Athletic Association, and/or the Parent Fine Arts Association. 

    UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

    DSHA Virtual Family Bingo Auction Benefit Parties | February 16, 18, 23, 25


    Join DSHA families and play bingo from the comforts of home! Virtual Family Bingo is taking the place of in-person auction benefit parties that are both social get-togethers and provide invaluable start-up funds for the auction. Register your family for free and support the auction in any way that you are able. Each night features DSHA celebrity callers, fun for the whole family, exciting prizes, and so much more!
    Click here for more information and to register. 

    DSHA Auction | March 20
    Registration information for DSHA’s annual auction, Forever Plaid at Home, is coming soon.
    Each family will have the opportunity to create a dish from your own kitchen in Chopped: The DSHA Edition. Then move to a comfortable spot for our program that includes silent- and live-item bidding, the stop-the-auction paddle raise, and more.

    Looking to get involved in the DSHA auction?
    Consider donating an item or gift card to the 2021 DSHA Auction:
    Take the guesswork out of giving and view our Amazon Wish List, with items valued a $7 up to $400, here.
    Click here to check out Amazon Gift Card Wish List. 

    Advertisement opportunities begin at $350. Become a sponsor and/or advertise your business in our online catalog.
    Click here to check out the virtual event and digital marketing recognition benefits at each level. 

    Volunteer from the comfort of your home! Our team is growing, but more is help is needed as we get closer to the event. 
    Click here for more information on how to volunteer. 

    For more information, visit
    dsha.info/auction or contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Lisa Lesjak or Parent Co-Chair Natalie Rifelj.
    Greetings for Grandparents | New this Spring!

    This year has changed so many DSHA traditions, including our annual Grandparent Liturgy. We look forward to the next time our students and their grandparents can gather safely at school to celebrate Mass and breakfast together again.
    In the meantime, we still want to honor these special people in your daughter’s life! This spring, DSHA will facilitate a few special ways for your daughter to celebrate her grandparents. More information forthcoming! In the meantime, to ensure they receive all communications directly, please share address updates for grandparents before February 26 with Director of Annual Fund Maggie Shelledy McAsey.

    ATHLETIC UPDATES
    National Letter of Intent Signings | February 3 was the second opportunity for athletes to sign their National Letters of Intent this year. The DSHA Athletic Department is proud to announce that Maggie Dineen, DSHA '21, signed her National Letter of Intent to play rugby at Queens University of Charlotte, and Emilie Harwood, DSHA '21, signed her National Letter of Intent to play soccer at St. Norbert College. Best of luck to both student-athletes as they play their sport at the next level! We are so proud of you both!

    Basketball Update |
    As of February 3, the DSHA Varsity Basketball team has a conference record of 12-4 and an overall record of 12-8 with one game remaining in the regular season. The team is currently in second place in the conference. WIAA Regional play will begin on February 12 where the team is the second seed in the regional and will take on the third seed Brookfield East. The WIAA Sectionals will be played February 18 and 20 with the WIAA State tournament slated for February 26 or 27
    Gymnastics Update | DSHA and the West Allis schools form a co-op team to compete in gymnastics. DSHA has seven girls competing on the team this season, led by Oriana Ognar, DSHA '22, and Lizzy Zeidler, DSHA '22. The team competes in the conference tournament on February 13 to complete their regular season. The WIAA Sectional is scheduled for February 20 with the WIAA State Championship scheduled for February 26-27

    Ice Hockey Wins Conference | The ice hockey co-op team with USM finished their regular season with a 15-3 overall record, including an impressive 2-0 win in the last game of the regular season over the Fox Cities Stars, who were the previously unbeaten #1 ranked team in the state, to claim the Eastern Shores Conference Championship. The team is the #1 seed in the regional tournament and has a bye into the sectional semi-final game which will be played on February 9 at USM. The team will face the winner of the Brookfield vs. Fond du Lac game. The sectional final game will take place on February 12 at 7:45 p.m. at the Blue Line Ice Center and the winner will move on to the state championship on February 20 in Wisconsin Rapids.

    Ski Team Wins Conference | The ski team finished the regular season with a perfect 6-0 record to win the conference! An impressive accomplishment! The team now moves on to the state competition at Mt. LaCrosse on February 15.  Those competing in the state championship include: Payton Bradford, DSHA '24; Mackenzie Doerr, DSHA '23; Piper Dupies, DSHA '23; Abby Horning, DSHA '21; Kate Nonn, DSHA '22; Halle Quadracci, DSHA '21; and alternate Joan Barry, DSHA '23. The JV ski team qualified for JV conference and will compete on February 18 at Alpine Valley.
    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.

    FINE ARTS UPDATES
    Wisconsin State Virtual Solo/Ensemble Festival Ratings | Two weeks ago, the six Dashers who qualified for the Wisconsin State Virtual Solo/Ensemble Festival submitted their videos for adjudication. Receiving a second-rating were Sophia Sanidas, DSHA '23, for her classical solo, and Genevieve Baynes, DSHA '24, and Grace Organ, DSHA '22, for their musical theatre pieces. Receiving first-ratings on the classical solos were Olivia Connell, DSHA '22; Rachel Visser, DSHA '22; Baynes, and Organ. Rachel Gauthier, DSHA '22, earned a first rating for her musical theatre solo and Visser got a perfect score on her musical theatre performance!    
    Auditions for 2021-22 Angelaires | February 16 & 19 from 4:30 - 7 p.m.
    Auditions for the 2021-2022 Angelaire troupe will be held on February 16 for students in the Red Group and February 19 for the Gold Group. Students are to prepare 32 measures of a song of their choice from Contemporary Broadway or the pop/rock genre. An accompanist will be provided and students must bring their own sheet music to the audition. Students will also perform a learned dance as well as sing a short melody and harmony with their audition groups. Auditions will last about 30 minutes and will be held in the theatre.
    There will be a workshop on February 8 (Red) and February 11 (Gold) from 4-5:30 p.m. in the theatre to learn the audition choreography. A video of the choreography will also be posted online for virtual students on the workshop dates. 
    Click here to sign up for a time slot to audition.
    Click here for more information and the audition application.

  • CORRECTION: DSHA Parent eNews | January 25, 2021

    Parent eNews | Thursday, January 28

    Dear DSHA Parents,

    There was an error in the Monday, January 25 eNews regarding the schedule of the week of February 1.

    **CORRECTION: Updated Schedule for Week of February 1
    Monday, February 1 | EI- Red
    Tuesday, February 2 | EI- Gold
    **Wednesday, February 3 | Virtual, synchronous day, following the usual virtual Wednesday schedule 
    Thursday, February 4 | Winter Break 
    Friday, February 5 |
    Winter Break

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

    Sincerely,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal
  • DSHA Parent eNews | January 25, 2021

    Parent eNews | Monday, January 25

    Dear DSHA Community,
    Our religious theme this year is “turn your ear to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding,” from Proverbs 2:2. Genuinely trying to turn our ears to wisdom and incline our hearts to understanding takes distinct effort as we begin this new year. Strong, loud, and divergent voices on religious, political, and social matters are evident. And for DSHA, we must ask, how do we live out our Catholic identity in this current context? But more importantly, how does a Catholic education shape our daughter’s voices?
    Last week was one of many Mass weeks at DSHA. And as part of Mass, we celebrated the Sisters of the Divine Savior for their 125 years of ministry in the United States.
    As we reflect on this celebration, behold two examples for how our daughter’s voices are shaped:
    In addition to celebrating the Holy Eucharist, Mass is a reminder of the gift of our students. We are blessed to have so many girls with beautiful voices who share this gift with our community through song. Particularly during the second communion song, praying and reflecting while hearing girls sing gives all of us a time to quiet our beating hearts, to step back from the noise around us, and to feel God’s presence. This helps all of us find a sense of calm — a calm that puts us in position to incline our hearts to understanding.
    Secondly, the voices of the Sisters of the Divine Savior fill our ears with wisdom. Throughout 125 years, the SDS, through their sponsorship of DSHA, have gifted us with wisdom through the delegated responsibilities: improve the quality of life, promote justice, serve in solidarity with the poor, collaborate, and be responsible stewards. This wisdom helps shape the Catholic worldview of our students. 
    As we continue to practice turning our ear to wisdom and inclining our hearts to understanding, I leave you with the refrain lyrics from the second communion song last week, "Holy Spirit" by Francesca Battistelli:
    Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
    Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
    Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for.
    God Bless,

    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    COVID-19 UPDATES
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (830)
    12/7 - 20
    12/21 - 1/10
    1/11 - 24
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Quarantines due to exposure outside DSHA*
    4
    23
    3
    157
    Quarantines due to exposure inside DSHA*
    1
    0
    0
    2
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    4
    (0.5)**
    9
    (1.1%)**
    5
    (0.6%)**
    62
     (5.0%)**
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    0
    0
    Current active positivity rate: 0/830 (0.0%)
    * Number of individuals whose quarantines started during this period. This excludes those in quarantine or isolation due to their positive COVID-19 results.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 830).
    Questions? Contact School Nurse Celeste Olson.

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    Schedule Clarification for Week of February 1
    Monday, February 1 | EI- Red
    Tuesday, February 2 | EI- Gold
    Wednesday, February 3 | Virtual, synchronous day, following the usual virtual Wednesday schedule 
    Thursday, February 4 | Winter Break
    Friday, February 5 | Winter Break 
    Other Updates to February Instructional Calendar | There will be no classes on February 10. This will be a day devoted to our faculty work with equity, diversity, and inclusion professional development, and will also be the optional Junior Retreat day. February 17 will now be a virtual synchronous day and will follow that schedule. We have updated the school website calendar to reflect these changes and students have been notified as well.  
    STEM Scholars Applications | Applications for the STEM Scholars Program will be available to students beginning February 1. Any student new to STEM Scholars should email Specialized Studies Faculty Connie Farrow or Academic Dean Heather Mansfield for the linkThis information is being shared with students via announcements and Microsft Teams messages to their "Class Of" pages. Applications are due March 31.
    Click here for more information about the STEM Scholars Program.  

    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Heather Mansfield
    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Order Campus Ministry Spirit Wear | Campus Ministry crewnecks and stickers are available for order until January 28. Payment is due by January 28 via check/cash or by Smart Tuition. 
    Click here to order spirit wear. 

    Sophomore Retreat Dates | Sophomore retreats will take place on April 14, April 17, or April 18.  Your daughter will be assigned to one of the following retreats in early February. If you have a conflict with one of the dates or would like to opt into the virtual retreat, please fill the form below. Camus Ministry Coordinator Katie Hoffmann will confirm with you personally.
    Click here to fill out the date conflict request form by January 29. 
    Ash Wednesday | Lent is just around the corner and preparations for this important liturgical season is underway. Please be aware that DSHA will not have Mass on Ash Wednesday this year since it is a virtual day. We strongly encourage students to attend Mass with their families at a local parish. Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation, but attendance is a positive devotional practice to start the Lenten season. Students will receive information on increased DSHA programming at the Lent assembly on February 16 and February 19 
    Click here to find a Mass near you. 

    Questions? Contact
    Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson.

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    Course Selections | The course selection process for the 2021-22 school year will come to a close on January 29. Please reach out to your daughter’s counselor with any specific questions you may have. 
     
    Last names starting with A-GUN: 
    Therese Hayden 
    Last names starting with GUR-OMO: 
    Kristin Shea 
    Last names startign with ORG-Z: 
    Kara McMahon 
    Mental Health Minute | There is no student or family who has been unaffected by the many stressors in our world right now. One way to stay well in these difficult times is to maintain a sleep routine. While learning at home offers more opportunities for midday naps, later bedtimes, and more frequent sleeping in, it is best to stick to a consistent sleep schedule. The CDC recommends that teenagers get between 8-10 hours per night. Healthy sleep habits have many positive benefits and greatly contribute to mental health and wellness.
    Sometimes though, despite best efforts, people continue to struggle to be well. If you believe your student might need support dealing with mental health issues or other challenges, you may want to inquire about DSHA’s partnership with Children’s Wisconsin which offers school based mental health services. Your student’s school counselor can give you more information about Rebecca Breitrick, the Children's Wisconsin school based therapist at DSHA.  
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.
    College Counseling
    PreACT | On March 9, DSHA will be administering the ACT Plus Writing test to the entire sophomore class. The PreACT offers sophomores an early experience with ACT test items, provides a predicted ACT test score, and offers a wealth of information to help students get the start they need to be college ready. There is no student fee associated with this test.
    ACT | On March 9, DSHA will be administering the ACT Plus Writing test to the entire junior class. Families will be billed via Smart Tuition; a cost update will be provided in the next Parent eNews. Students who participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice program will have their testing fee covered by the state of Wisconsin. 
    MyACT | Starting in mid-February, all examinees will use MyACT to complete their non-test demographic and interested inventory information. The non-test information they complete can provide a number of benefits to the students including: 
    • Career counseling
    • Identifying data gaps
    • College and career planning
    • Interest-major fit information
    • Sending scores to up to four (4) colleges for free 
    When students create a new MyACT account, they will have a verification code emailed or texted to them. DSHA will offer sign up help during homeroom time once the window to register an account opens. Otherwise, students will be expected to complete this information on their own before the deadline. Students will be notified of the deadline and when the sign up window opens.
    Families may be contacted by Revolution Prep as they work in collaboration with DSHA regarding test readiness and testing resources to offer their services of test preparation for the ACT. This is something families may consider if a student would like that extra support before the actual test date.

    Questions? Contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez.  
    One-on-One College Meetings | Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks is starting to meet with the members of the junior class for their one-on-one college meetings. Please contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez to schedule a meeting
    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks.
    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    Brain Breaks | The Applied Wellness Program has new life in Spring 2020. We are offering a variety of in-person experiences and sharing many of these with our virtual students through their homeroom Microsoft Team's page. 
    Students have the option to join an experience during their wellness hour and their study hall hour. The wellness experience options are posted on myDSHA, on student Applied Wellness Microsoft Teams pages, the Need to Know, on the TV screens throughout the school, and on free standing chalk boards! Encourage your daughter to try some of these brain breaks while in school.
    Some experiences offered these past few weeks included: study skills, reflect on 2020/recharge for 2021 through art, core blast, badminton, basketball shooting games, Zumba, outdoor mindfulness walks, shrinky dinks, and student-led discussions focusing on social media and girl talk. 
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide.
    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES 
    Financial Aid Application for 2021-2022 School Year Is Open! | Get started on your 2020 taxes, because the financial aid application for the 2021-2022 school year is now open! Applications must be completed by March 12 to be eligible for need-based financial assistance. Financial aid awards will be mailed in late April 2021. 2020 tax information is required.
    Click here to learn what you need for the application. 
    Questions? Contact Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Ann Duffy.
    Spirit Week | January 25 - 29
    Campus Ministry in conjunction with Student Council is hosting a Spirit Week. The week will be filled with fun themed activities for the students. 
    • Monday | Winter Formal in homerooms
    • Tuesday | Grade School Spirit Wear | Sport your grade school or middle school's attire to celebrate where you have come from to become a Dasher. This is also a Collection Day. Bring in a canned good or $1 to come dressed in theme!
    • Wednesday | Crazy Hair Day | Join your virtual meetings sporting your most insane harido. We will host a Catholic Schools/DSHA Kahoot at 11:15 a.m. on the Campus Ministry Updates page on Microsoft Teams. Ceramic coffee tumblers will be awarded as prizes to the top three podium finishers. Kahoot topics may include TSC trivia, DSHA history, or other Catholic facts.
    • Thursday | Winter Formal in homerooms
    • Friday | 2020 Day | Come in your best representation of 2020 (toliet paper used sparingly). This is also a Collection Day. Bring in a canned good or $1 to come dressed in theme.

    Gr8 Lengths | February 1 & 2
    Each year, Dashers have the opportunity to cut off 8+ inches of hair to donate to Children With Hair Loss. CWHL is an organization that provides human hair replacements at no cost to children and young adults facing medically-related hair loss. Information was sent out to students via email. 
    Students can sign up to have their hair cut at school (on February 1 for the Red Group, and Febrary 2 for the Gold Group), or do it from home and submit pictures or a video. Rather than our annual assembly, girls will be coming to the theatre throughout the day to chop their hair, with a short assembly during homeroom time for seniors that are donating. We’re so excited to “Chop In the Name of Love!”
    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock.

    FROM THE PARENT ASSOCIATIONS
    Parent Association Meeting | February 2 at 11 a.m. via Zoom
    Class representatives will send out the agenda and Zoom link the weekend prior. The link will also be available on the Parents page of our website. 

    Questions? Contact Co-PA President
    Jenny Nielsen.
    PFAA Meeting | February 2 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
    The Zoom link will be emailed to all current members. If you are are not a member and wish to join the meeting and/or learn more, please contact the PFAA.
    2020-2021 | Join one of the DSHA Parent Associations!
    The Parent Association, Parent Athletic Association and Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting them with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.
    Click here to join the Parent Association, the Parent Athletic Association, and/or the Parent Fine Arts Association! 
    UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
    DSHA Auction | March 20
    Join in the fun on March 20 and plan to attend DSHA’s annual auction, Forever Plaid at Home! This year’s event will take place virtually (more details coming soon!), and the importance of your involvement remains unchanged. Your partnership with us impacts all of our students.

    Wondering what to donate to the 2021 DSHA Auction?
    Take the guesswork out of giving and view our Amazon Wish List here.
    If you wish to donate an item, click here to fill out the form. 

    Become a sponsor and/or advertise your business in our online catalog.
    Click here to check out the virtual event and digital marketing recognition benefits of each level. 

    It’s not too late to join the auction team. All of our volunteers are helping support DSHA at home! For more information, visit the website or contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Lisa Lesjak or Parent Co-Chair Natalie Rifelj.

    ATHLETIC UPDATES 
    DSHA Ski Team Gives Back | The DSHA ski team organized a toy drive for the Milwaukee Academy of Science community. It was a huge success! The team collected so many new and gently used toys for students in K-12 which were donated and helped uplift the families at Christmas. Thanks to the ski team for all of their work on this important project to help make everyone’s Christmas a little brighter! 
    DSHA Basketball Team Gives Back | The DSHA Varsity Basketball team raised over $200 and bought food for the Mother of Good Counsel South Side Meal Program in Milwaukee. The team collected and sorted all of the items that will be delivered to MGC next week. 
    Click here for more information on the program or to donate. 

    Basketball Senior Night | February 5
    The varsity basketball team will celebrate senior and senior parent night on February 5 prior to warm-ups of their 5:30 p.m. game at West Allis Hale. Cheer on the team and especially the seniors in their last regular season game of the 2020-2021 season. We will honor Emily Capper, DSHA '21; Lauren DeStefanis, DSHA '21; Alexa Jarecki, DSHA'21; Mia Jensen, DSHA '21; Greta Schroeder, DSHA '21; and Haley Wolff, DSHA '21, in addition to managers Annabella Garczynski, DSHA '21, and Maddie Schmidt, DSHA '21.
    Click here to tune into the livestream of the game. 

    Basketball Update |
    As of January 20, the DSHA Varsity Basketball team has a conference record of 9-3 and an overall record of 10-4 with two weeks remaining in the regular season. The team is currently in second place in the conference. WIAA Regional play will begin on February 12 with the WIAA State tournament slated for February 26 and 27
    Gymnastics Update | DSHA and the West Allis schools form a co-op team to compete in gymnastics. DSHA has seven girls competing on the team this season, led by Oriana Ognar, DSHA '22, and Lizzy Zeidler, DSHA '22. The team competes in the Menomonee Falls invite on February 1

    Ice Hockey Update | The ice hockey co-op team with University School of Milwaukee is currently 11-3 overall and will head into WIAA post-season action on February 4 or 5 with the WIAA State Championship slated for February 20
    Ski Team Update | The ski team continues to excel this season and is currently 4-0 in team competitions with two regular season races left prior to state. The state competition will be at Mt. LaCrosse February 14 and 15
    Spring Open Gyms | Make sure to be prepared to compete at your best this spring by preparing during the pre-season at an open gym. For more information on days and times contact the head coach for each sport:
    You are also encouraged to work out in the fitness center with Health & Fitness Faculty Coach Brian Calhoun and Coach Shana McKeever. See the fitness center calendar posted on the door.
    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.

    FINE ARTS UPDATES
    Auditions for 2021-22 Angelaires | February 16 & 19 from 4:30 - 7 p.m.
    Auditions for the 2021-2022 Angelaire troupe will be held on February 16 for students in the Red Group and February 19 for the Gold Group. Students are to prepare 32 measures of a song of their choice from contemporary Broadway or the pop/rock genre. An accompanist will be provided and students must bring their own sheet music to the audition. Students will also perform a learned dance as well as sing a short melody and harmony with their audition groups. Auditions will last about 30 minutes and will be held in the theatre.
    There will be a workshop on February 8 (Red) and February 11 (Gold) from 4-5:30 p.m. in the theatre to learn the audition choreography. A video of the choreography will also be posted online for virtual students on the workshop dates. 
    Click here to sign up for a time slot to audition. 
    Click here for more information and the audition application. 

    Auditions for DSHA Spring Musical | February 29
    Director of Theatre, Choir, and Liturgical Music Zach Ziegler is holding auditions for the DSHA Spring Musical, Godspell. Audition information and applications can be picked up outside his office or at the link below. Auditions are in-person but a virtual option is available.
    Click here for more information and audition applications. 

    Questions? Contact Director of Theatre, Choir, and Liturgical Music Zach Ziegler or Producing Director Amanda Marsala.  

    Scholastic Art Awards | DSHA is proud to announce that 10 students will be awarded in the 2021 Scholastic Arts Competition and Exhibition. Their work was juried in various art categories representing students from Wisconsin area high schools. The winners are as follows:
    Honorable Mention: Annabell Bannach, DSHA '22; Joanna Blonski, DSHA '22; Eliana Ruiz, DSHA '21; and Anna Sotelo, DSHA '22
    Silver Key: Joanna Blonski, DSHA '22; Bridget Caraher, DSHA '23; Sophia Schultz, DSHA '22; Alayna Wigchers, DSHA '21 
    Gold Key: Joanna Blonski, DSHA '22  
    From Feburary 6 - March 21, a virtual exhibition will feature Blonski, Caraher, Schultz, and Wigchers' work. Blonski will move onto the national competition in New York.    
    Click here to view the virtual exhibition.
  • DSHA Parent eNews | January 11, 2021

    Parent eNews | Monday, January 11

    Dear Parents,
    As you know, we pray collectively as a school each morning and afternoon. Last week on Thursday, January 7, Director of College Counseling and Varsity Basketball Head Coach Brian Hendricks shared the following with our students during morning prayer in light of the violence at our nation’s Capitol. We thought it was worth sharing with our parent community:
    "Our prayer today is a prayer many of us have said hundreds of times in our lives; it is a prayer normally said for peace. I look at this prayer differently. I look at it as direction on how to be great servant leaders. The prayer of St. Francis is a prayer that my wife and I say with my 2½ year old every night. My prayer today is that if my 2½ year old can understand and put this prayer into action, that our leaders can too. Ladies, this means you as well. You are the next generation of leaders. You can be leaders in title, future CEOs, political figures, or you can be leaders in your everyday life with the people you interact with. I pray that you take the words of St. Francis to heart and be the great servant leaders God wants us all to be. Start today by being a positive force here at DSHA. And please remember that you are all loved."
    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
    where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    where there is sadness, joy.
    O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
    to be consoled as to console,
    to be understood as to understand,
    to be loved as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive,
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
    and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
    Amen.
    Additional Catholic resources for prayer and guidance:
    Together, let us be a community that prays and acts toward peace.
    Sincerely, 

    Dan Quesnell

    Principal
    Katie Konieczny, DSHA '92
    President

    COVID-19 UPDATES
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (830)
    11/23 - 12/6 
    12/7 - 20
    12/21 - 1/10
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Quarantines due to exposure outside DSHA*
    23
    4
    23
    154
    Quarantines due to exposure inside DSHA*
    1
    0
    2
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    5
    (0.6)**
    4
    (0.5%)**
    9
    (1.1%)**
    57
     (5.0%)**
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    0
    0
    Current active positivity rate: 4/830 (0.6%)
    * Number of individuals whose quarantines started during this period. This excludes those in quarantine or isolation due to their positive COVID-19 results.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 830).
    Questions? Contact School Nurse Celeste Olson.

    From Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock
    In-Person Attendance Update Reminder | In the second quarter we noticed an increasing number of students who are opting to learn from home on the days they are expected to be in-person. This creates teaching and learning challenges for our teachers and other students. Students that can attend in-person are asked to be in the building for learning on her assigned days. If you have become uncomfortable with in-person instruction from a health and safety perspective, please contact your daughter’s counselor to discuss potential options. In the second semester, students who are opting to learn from home on an in-person day (and they are not ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms) will be marked absent unexcused – attended virtual.  

    We find that there is great value to the in-person learning experience. As part of our hybrid model for learning, we have put measures in place such as webcams, the Microsoft Teams platform, and extended use of
    myDSHA which allows students to access the live instruction and materials in the case that a student is ill yet well enough to learn from home, quarantined, or fully opting out of in-person. This option should only be used when necessary and with prior arrangements.  

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    Report Cards | First semester report cards are available to download and print from your daughter’s myDSHA account. If you have any difficulty accessing the report card, please contact Registrar Cindy Wanie.
    STEM Scholar Application | The online application will be made available to students on February 1. 
    Click here for more information about our STEM Scholar program. 

    National Honor Society | Applications will be emailed to eligible juniors by January 25. Any junior with a 3.7 unweighted cumulative GPA is eligible to apply. During their senior year, DSHA NHS members are required to serve as tutors for their fellow students, which is a hallmark of the DSHA National Honor Society chapter. 
    If your daughter needs a NHS tutor, please have her email Academic Dean Heather Mansfield. Due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, our NHS tutoring this year is via Microsoft Teams. Once your daughter emails Dr. Mansfield with her request, she will connect your daughter with an NHS tutor. 
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Heather Mansfield.
    Now Accepting Applications for the Marian Scholars Program | Earlier this semester, we announced the implementation of the Marian Scholars Program at DSHA, a student-centered, inclusive education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Word-of-mouth is our best recruitment tool for this program. Please forward the Marian Scholars Program link to anyone you may know — a neighbor, family member, or parish member — with a daughter who may qualify for acceptance into the program.
    Questions? Contact Director of the Marian Scholars Program Mary Anderson

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Encourage Your Daughter(s) to Get Involved | In addition to all-school Masses, individual service requirements, the school's Lenten project, and retreats, there are many optional programs during which your daughter can dive deeper into her relationship with God. Campus ministers met with each wellness class last week to talk about this semester's opportunities. They include:
    • Campus Ministry Small Groups | Freshmen and sophomores can join a monthly faith sharing group led by a junior/senior mentor. Signups closed on Friday, but students can email Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson to be added late.
    • Afternoon Prayer | Students can sign up to read afternoon prayer. They can choose one of their own or one of the prayer coordinators will provide them with a prayer to read over announcements that day.
    • Collections Team |More than a dozen students are needed during each collection week to help collect students' cans and pass out wristbands at the door. 
    • Chapel Time |Adoration, confession, and Rosary are open to all students during homeroom this semester.
    • Sophomore and Junior Retreat Leaders | Applications are out now for small group leaders and behind-the-scenes team members. Applications are due on January 18

    Check out the Campus Ministry News page for more updates and programs for this semester. 
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    Virtual Sophomore Success Night | January 13 at 6:30 p.m. 
    This event helps provide more information to sophomores regarding academic expectations and programming during their junior and senior years at DSHA. The link to the virtual meeting will be sent to all parents and students via email.
    Course Selections | The course selection process for the 2021-22 school year has begun! All in-person students have already received the most updated information during assembly times last Tuesday and Friday. All virtual learners will receive the same presentation Janaury 13 at 2:30 p.m. via the Microsoft Teams Assembly page. Counselors will be available to meet with students to assist with course selections through regular office hours, as well as through specified Applied Wellness offerings throughout the month. 
    • Current freshmen will have their course selection window open from January 18 - 29 to select and save their course requests.
    • Current sophomores will have their course selection window open from January 4 - 15 to select and save their course requests.
    • Current juniors will have their course selection window open from January 18 - 29 to select and save their course requests. 
    Please review the parent letter and the directions on how to select your preferred courses with your daughter. Parents, you will be asked to electronically sign a form to acknowledge that you agree with the courses your daughter has selected through this process. Please reach out to your daughter’s counselor with any specific questions you may have. 
     
    Last names starting with A-GUN: 
    Therese Hayden 
    Last names starting with GUR-OMO: 
    Kristin Shea 
    Lst names startign with ORG-Z: 
    Kara McMahon 
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.
    College Counseling 
    One-on-One College Meetings | Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks is starting to meet with the members of the junior class for their one-on-one college meetings. Please contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Jasmin Nuñez to schedule a meeting
    ACT | March 9
    DSHA will be hosting the ACT on March 9. More information will follow.
    Scholarships | Seniors should be in the process of looking for scholarships. Check out Naviance for a list of local scholarships.
    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks.

    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    Student Wellness Reflections | The Applied Wellness hybrid model for spring 2021 allows for individual choice while continuing to offer wellness resources and opportunities for students in a manner that is approved by DSHA administration due to safety guidelines and space limitations.

    Due to the reality that we cannot fully be together and engage in wellness experiences as we did in 2019, we rely on wellness reflections to stay connected to the students. Genuine completion and submission of reflections is the way Applied Wellness can assess engagement this semester. It is up to the students to welcome the potential benefits of completing reflections for their own wellbeing.
    Wellness Experiences & Sign Up | Topic boards will continue to be filled with wellness resources that students can access when needed. We will offer consistent in-person experiences this semester, but they are limited due to size and space availability.
    There will be a weekly sign up via a Sign Up Genius link to allow for planning, seamless execution, and the respect of time for the facilitators. The Sign Up Genius link is posted on the myDSHA page and weekly in Microsoft Teams. Students can sign up at any time during the week to engage in an experience. We encourage students to look at the options on Sunday and schedule a break into their week ahead of time to practice self-advocacy, organization, and wellbeing awareness. 
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide.

    CLUBS & ACTIVITIES | IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
    Student Life is one of the most formative and enjoyable aspects of the DSHA experience that leads to many special memories. One second semester tweak is that we have created a second monthly club opportunity. Clubs often bring girls together with shared interest fostering relationships in the process. Here are some examples of the many club activities that enliven our mission and the student life experience at DSHA. They also provide opportunities for each Dasher to turn her ear to wisdom, and incline her heart to understanding. 
    • Sisters of Culture |Sisters of Culture (SOC) celebrates the ethnic backgrounds and cultures of the DSHA community while encouraging service work in the Milwaukee community. On January 16, in conjunction with our student Diversity Council, a commission of student council, and in collaboration with Marquette University High School, and the Catholic-led Milwaukee group Black Lives are Sacred, all DSHA students are invited to participate in a prayerful witness to support racial justice and the dignity of the human person. In their pastoral letter against racism entitled Open Wide Our Hearts: The enduring call to love, the USCCB calls on all Catholic schools to develop curricula relating to racism and reconciliation rooted in our enduring call to love in prayer.  
    • Respect Life | The Respect Life club promotes awareness of life issues such as abortion and social injustice with the goal to build a culture that cherishes the dignity of every human person. Annually on January 22, the Catholic Church observes the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, and we will recognize this day during our morning and afternoon prayers. The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops annually offers a virtual, nine-day novena entitled 9 Days for Life for your prayerful consideration at home. 
    • Latin Club | The Latin Club is gearing up for the virtual Wisconsin State Latin Convention January 29-30. Ten schools and over 200 students will be gathering, competing, and sharing their love of Latin. The Wisconsin Junior Classical League has been working since July to plan this virtual convention and is looking forward to bringing the Latin community together again. Camille Deslongchamps, DSHA '21, has been a WJCL Board member and a driving force in planning this year. 
    • Model UN | This club has 36 members this school year. The delegates continue to research and prepare for a virtual version of the 3000+ in-person conference that will take place mid-February. The students will address varying issues affecting different counties across the world. 
    • AMY (Aspiring Medical Youth Club) | AMY has hosted a number of different guest speakers from different sectors of the medical field.  The club hosts two guest speakers per month. Their next speaker will be a pediatrician from Children's Hospital on February 18
    Questions about clubs? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock.
    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES 
    Gr8 Lengths | February 1 & 2
    Girls in the Red Group who wish to donate their hair will participate on February 1, while girls in the Gold Group will participate February 2. Virtual learners are allowed to cut their hair at home. In place of an assembly, girls will sign up for a time slot to get their hair cut. The seniors will have a short livestreamed assembly during homeroom time. Students received an email with more information today.
    Click here to sign up to participate in Gr8 Lengths. 

    Second Semester Hybrid Parking Permits | Students who received a hybrid parking pass for first semester and would like to continue parking in the lot for second semester should submit the parking fee of $75 to the main office on or before January 21
    Students who are not current passholders and are interested in a parking pass for second semester should email Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock to receive an application.
    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock.

    FROM THE PARENT ASSOCIATIONS
    From Eric and Jenny Nielsen, PA Co-Presidents | To view a recording of our January meeting, login to myDSHA, click on the resource board, then click on "2020 Parent Association Recorded Zooms.
    Click here to view the January meeting minutes.
    The meeting minutes can also be found on the website.
    PFAA Scholarships 
    • PFAA Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award | The Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award application process is open to all DSHA seniors. The monetary award is designed to honor a senior who has made a contribution to the fine arts at DSHA through her participation, dedication, and/or talent in any of the fine arts disciplines. Applications are due February 28. The award will be presented at the PFAA Fine Arts Awards Night on May 5. The winner must be present to receive the award.
    • PFAA Summer Scholarship Awards |PFAA Summer Scholarship Awards are available for current DSHA freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. These awards may be used toward fine arts summer camps, DSHA Community Theatre Works productions, art supplies, fine arts-related workshops, clinics, and lessons. Parents must be members of the DSHA Parent Fine Arts Association by December 31, 2020 for students to apply for a 2021 Summer Scholarship. Applications are due February 28. The student winners are requested to attend the Fine Arts Awards Night on May 5 to receive their scholarship awards.

    Click here to apply for the PFAA Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award. 
    Click here to apply for a PFAA Summer Scholarship Award.  
    2020-2021 | Join one of the DSHA Parent Associations!
    The Parent Association, Parent Athletic Association and Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting them with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.
    Click here to join the Parent Association, the Parent Athletic Association, and/or the Parent Fine Arts Association. 
    UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
    Father Daughter, 2021 Edition | January 23
    We wish we were able to gather as we typically do for our traditional Father Daughter Dinner Dance, but we are excited to host some of the special traditions that take place during the event. Fathers and daughters are invited to stop at DSHA for a professional photo and to take home a hot chocolate bomb to enjoy together. Grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and special friends are also welcome to attend.
    Click here to register and enjoy the fun! 

    Questions or willing to be one of a few needed volunteers? Contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Lisa Lesjak.
    DSHA Auction 2021
    Save the Date | Plan to join us from home for the DSHA Auction on March 20. We promise a mission-centered, fantastic night in support of the young women of DSHA. More information coming soon!
    Support the Auction | Virtual Bingo will be coming to DSHA in February. Watch for more details about benefit party bingo to support this year’s auction.
    To find out how you can get involved, contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Lisa Lesjak or Parent Co-Chair Natalie Rifelj.

    Questions or willing to be one of a few needed volunteers? Contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Lisa Lesjak.
    ATHLETIC UPDATES 
    Spring Open Gyms | Make sure to be prepared to compete at your best this spring by preparing during the pre-season at an open gym. For more information on days and times contact the head coach for each sport:
    You are also encouraged to work out in the fitness center with Health & Fitness Faculty Coach Brian Calhoun and Coach McKeever. See the fitness center calendar posted on the door.
    Ski Team Update | The ski team is off to a great start as they opened their season on January 4 at Alpine Valley. 
    • The varsity team placed first overall, the JV red team placed first, and the JV black team placed second overall. 
    • Varisty members Abby Horning, DSHA '21, placed first overall individually; and Payton Bradford, DSHA '24, placed third overall indiviudally.
    • JV members Piper Dupies, DSHA '23, placed first; Quinn Dupies, DSHA '21, placed third; and Joan Barry, DSHA '23, placed fifth.  
    Ski Team Pictures | January 17

    The ski team pictures will be taken at Ausblick. Please look for more information from your coaches. 
    Livestream Basketball Games | Since fans are not allowed at games this season, all conference games will be livestreamed. 
    Click here to view all conference games. 
    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.
  • DSHA Parent eNews | December 21, 2020

    Parent eNews | Monday, December 21

    Dear DSHA Community,

    Advent is the season of anticipating the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior. Although typically a busy time of year with the preparations and the conclusion of an academic semester, there is often joy in celebrating Christmas day with our families. It is a time for prayerful reflection on the year we leave behind, and looking toward the coming year.
    Even through countless hours of our best planning, there was much uncertainty as we began this academic year. Under COVID-19 conditions, the semester was successful and the responses on our recent survey overwhelmingly confirm this sentiment. The DSHA community is a gift — particularly in the spirit of perseverance that we witnessed in our students, our faculty, and our parents. 
    Still, we long for the day when all Dashers can be together at school. This day is on the horizon. And while perhaps this day cannot come fast enough, now is the time to embrace the spirit of Christmas. 
    Divine Savior,
    Thank You for coming to earth to bring love and joy to us all.
    This Christmas, 
    help us find peace in our hearts through Your enduring love,
    joy in the smiles and laughter of our families,
    and hope that our faith in You will transcend hardships.
    Holy Mary, 
    Mother of Our Savior, 
    Pray for Us.
    Second Semester Restart
    As has been stated before, the health of the DSHA community is incumbent upon all of us. Over the next two weeks, with the help of each Dasher, we will monitor the trajectory of COVID-19 and the impact on the DSHA community. Beginning today, Monday, December 21, and throughout all of Christmas vacation, we are expecting each Dasher to complete her rSchool app each day it takes 15 seconds! Please help us by reminding your daughter(s) to complete this task each day.
    Our health and safety precautions have been effective, numbers generally are declining, and Thanksgiving re-entry did not prove to be problematic. Therefore, at this time, we look forward to beginning the second semester with our Red hybrid group as scheduled on January 4. If the data we collect through the rSchool app or other COVID-related factors require, we would plan to re-enter in a manner similar to that of our post-Thanksgiving re-entry.  
    Merry Christmas!
    Sincerely, 
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    COVID-19 UPDATES
    Continue to Report Positive Cases and Exposures to Nurse Olson | Our safe start of the second semester requires that every member of the DSHA community continues to self-monitor for symptoms and report positive cases and exposures to Nurse Olson throughout Christmas vacation. You can easily connect with Nurse Olson through your daughter’s Microsoft Teams chat or email.
    Travel and Gathering for Christmas and the New Year | The CDC continues to issue caution and guidance regarding holiday celebrations and small gatherings. Please continue to be thoughtful and prudent as to where you go, whom you visit and what you need to do upon returning home. We are all interdependent upon the sound decision-making practices of those in our community. Your decisions and your actions may impact those of others.  
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (830)
    11/9 - 22
    11/23 - 12/6
    12/7 - 20
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Quarantines due to exposure outside DSHA*
    46
    23
    5
    132
    Quarantines due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    1
    2
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    19
    (2.2%)**
    5
    (0.6%)**
    4
    (0.5%)**
    48
     (5.0%)**
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    0
    0
    Current active positivity rate: 1/830 (0.1%)
    * Number of individuals whose quarantines started during this period. This excludes those in quarantine or isolation due to their positive COVID-19 results.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 830).
    Questions? Contact School Nurse Celeste Olson.

    From Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock
    In-Person Attendance Update | In the second quarter we noticed an increasing number of students who are opting to learn from home on the days they are expected to be in-person. This creates teaching and learning challenges for our teachers and other students. Students that can attend in-person are asked to be in the building for learning on her assigned days. If you have become uncomfortable with in-person instruction from a health and safety perspective, please contact your daughter’s counselor to discuss potential options. In the second semester, students who are opting to learn from home on an in-person day (and they are not ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms) will be marked absent unexcused – attended virtual.  

    We find that there is great value to the in-person learning experience. As part of our hybrid model for learning, we have put measures in place such as webcams, the Microsoft Teams platform, and extended use of myDSHA which allows students to access the live instruction and materials in the case that a student is ill yet well enough to learn from home, quarantined, or fully opting out of in-person. This option should only be used when necessary and with prior arrangements.  


    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    Now Accepting Applications for the Marian Scholars Program | Earlier this semester, we announced the implementation of the Marian Scholars Program at DSHA, a student-centered, inclusive education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Word-of-mouth is our best recruitment tool for this program. Please forward the Marian Scholars Program link to anyone you may know — a neighbor, family member, or parish member — with a daughter who may qualify for acceptance into the program.
    Questions? Contact Director of the Marian Scholars Program Mary Anderson
    Report Cards and Grades | As we wrap up one semester, we look forward to the next semester: 2021 is right around the corner! Teachers are working hard to grade final exams and close the books on the first semester, while prepping for new classes and continuing on with year-long courses. Grades are due on January 4 and report cards will be available shortly thereafter. Parents will be notified when report cards are ready.  
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Campus Ministry Small Groups | New second semester, freshmen and sophomores can join a faith sharing group led by juniors and seniors that will meet each month for prayer and fellowship during homeroom. Campus Ministry small group sign up will take place the first week of January

    Chapel Time | Adoration, confession, and Rosary are moving to homeroom time. The chapel is always open for private prayer. On Mondays and Thursdays, there will be communal prayer and sacraments available.

    Collections Days | Collections will take place the Tuesday and Friday of club/assembly week next semester. Bring a canned good and get a wristband to be out of uniform that day.

    Retreats | Save the dates for Junior Retreat (February 10) and Sophomore Retreat (April 14, 17, 18, or 21). Information will go home to parents in January via email.

    Vocare | Vocare will now take place March 29 - 31 to allow for a socially distanced, hands-on service experience for the senior class. Senior parents, please mark this on your calendar as this is a graduation requirement. More information will be available as plans are solidified.  

    Service Requirement | Service-learning articles are moving into theology classes next semester. Dr. Pickart will be in wellness classes the first week of January to discuss new requirements and will work with students on thier second semester Individualized Service Project.
    Catholic Schools Week | DSHA will celebrate Catholic Schools Week the last week in January. As part of the celebration, Student Council and the Campus Ministry Council will work in collaboration to create fun and engaging activities for in-person and virtual students. This information will be communicated through the weekly Need to Know that is sent out on Sundays through Student Council.  
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson.

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    Virtual Sophomore Success Night | January 13 at 6:30 p.m. 
    This event helps provide more information to sophomores regarding academic expectations and programming during their junior and senior years at DSHA. 
    Course Selections | The course selection process for the 2021-22 school year will begin in January for all freshmen, sophomore, and junior students. Students will receive the most updated information during our first week back school, during assembly times on January 5 and January 8. Counselors will be available to meet with students to assist with course selections through regular office hours, as well as through specified Applied Wellness offerings throughout the month. 
    • Current freshmen will have their course selection window open from January 18 - 29 to select and save their course requests.
    • Current sophomores will have their course selection window open from January 4 - 15 to select and save their course requests.
    • Current juniors will have their course selection window open from January 18 - 29 to select and save their course requests. 
    Please review the parent letter and the directions on how to select your preferred courses with your daughter. Parents, you will be asked to electronically sign a form to acknowledge that you agree with the courses your daughter has selected through this process. Please reach out to your daughter’s counselor with any specific questions you may have. 
     
    Last names starting with A-GUN: 
    Therese Hayden 
    Last names starting with GUR-OMO: 
    Kristin Shea 
    Lst names startign with ORG-Z: 
    Kara McMahon 
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.
    College Counseling 
    Virtual College Night For Juniors and Parents | January 6 at 6:30 p.m.
    Join Mr. Hendricks, the DSHA school counselors, and admissions representatives from Marquette, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, Xavier, and others as they discuss the college journey for the class of 2022. Mr. Hendricks will be sending an email out with more information soon. 
    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks.

    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    Spring 2020 Applied Wellness Updates | The Applied Wellness hybrid model for spring 2021 allows for individual choice while continuing to offer wellness resources and opportunities for students in a manner that is approved by DSHA administration due to safety guidelines and space limitations.

    Due to the reality that we cannot fully be together and engage in wellness experiences as we did in 2019, we rely on wellness reflections to stay connected to the students. Genuine completion and submission of reflections is the way Applied Wellness can assess engagement this semester. It is up to the students to welcome the potential benefits of completing reflections for their own wellbeing.
    All students are asked to join a required Microsoft Teams meeting the first week back to school. The Red Group will meet on Monday or Tuesday, and the Gold Group will meet Thursday or Friday during their Applied Wellness hour to listen to Applied Wellness and Campus Ministry share the vital details for the semester. Students can currently see the Applied Wellness outline for the spring semester, including a layout of each week, by looking at the Wellness Requirements topic board on their second semester myDSHA Applied Wellness page. 
    Engagement in the Applied Wellness program is a graduation requirement.
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide.

    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES
    Forensics Informational Meeting Video | Even if you and your daughter missed the informational meeting, she can still join the forensics team.
    Click here to view the informational meeting if you missed it. 

    Questions? Contact Forensics Head Coach Patrick Kay or Assistant Coach Annabelle Arney.
    Second Semester Hybrid Parking Permits | Students who received a hybrid parking pass for first semester and would like to continue parking in the lot for second semester should submit the parking fee of $75 to the main office on or before January 21
    Students who are not current passholders and are interested in a parking pass for second semester should email Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock to receive an application.
    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock.

    FROM THE PARENT ASSOCIATIONS
    Virtual Parent Assocation Meeting | January 5 at 11 a.m. 
    Class representatives will send out the Zoom link the weekend prior. For more information, contact Co-PA President Jenny Nielsen.
    Parent Fine Arts Association (PFAA) Summer Scholarships | Fine arts summer scholarship applications are coming soon. The information and link will be emailed to current PFAA members. Freshmen, sophomore, and junior Dashers whose family members are PFAA members by December 31 will be eligible for these scholarships. Click on the button below to become a PFAA member.   
    2020-2021 | Join one of the DSHA Parent Associations!
    The Parent Association, Parent Athletic Association and Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting them with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.
    Click here to join the Parent Association, the Parent Athletic Association, and/or the Parent Fine Arts Association. 

    UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
    Save the Date for Father Daughter, 2021 Edition | January 23
    Unfortunately, we will not be able to gather as we typically do for the Father Daughter Dinner Dance. We are planning to recreate several of the special traditions that take place during the event. Watch for an evite after the holidays.
    DSHA Auction 2021 — Volunteer Opportunities! | Are you someone who can think out of the box? Are you passionate about the mission of DSHA? We are looking for additional chairs for the 2021 auction. If you have time to give or any ideas to share, contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Lisa Lesjak or Parent Co-Chair Natalie Rifelj.

    ATHLETIC UPDATES 
    WIAA Fall Tournament Sportsmanship Award Winners Selected | We are so proud to announce that the DSHA Varsity Tennis Team won the WIAA Sportsmanship Award for tennis in 2020. This is the first time in school history that DSHA has won this top award! Congratulations to Head Coach Melissa Gebhardt and Assistant Coach Brooke Skemp, along with all of the varsity tennis team members.
    Click here to view more information from the WIAA. 

    Ice Hockey
    • Twelve DSHA student-athletes are competing on the co-op team this season, along with two student managers.
    • The team is currently 3-3 for the season.
    • They will take on Cedarburg on December 28 and Arrowhead on December 30.
    • On December 11, Charlotte Featherston, DSHA '24, had a hat trick, and Molly Jex, DSHA '24, recorded her first varisty shutout. 
    Basketball
    • The varisty basketball team is 5-1.
    • The JV basketball team is 4-2.
    • The freshman A team is 8-0.
    • The freshman B team is 2-2.
    • All teams play on December 21, and will take on Arrowhead on December 30
    Gymnastics
    • A record of seven DSHA student-athletes are competing on the co-op team this season.
    • They will compete in Waupun on December 22
    Ski
    • The ski team is 49 members strong this season.
    • Their season will open on Janaury 4 at Alpine Valley.
    Fall Athletic Team Service Projects | It was a bit more challenging to complete fall athletic team service projects, but we had some teams think outside the box and do something for the community as a team:  

    Golf
    This year the golf team worked on creating door decorations and posters to hang up on each family’s door at the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee. They created a variety of different decorations to go along with the holidays and spread some joy.

    Cross Country

    This year the cross country team hosted a school supplies drive for Penfield Children’s Center in Milwaukee. Boxes were set up in two classrooms and girls were able to drop off things like Ziploc bags, Play-Doh, dry erase markers, and more to donate to Penfield.

    Volleyball
    With all that has gone on with COVID-19, and with the nurses and other healthcare providers working to help others, the volleyball team decided to write thank-you letters to these workers. They thanked them for all that they have been doing during this time and recognized that their work has not gone unnoticed.
    Tennis
    This year the tennis team organized a team collection drive to collect feminine hygiene products to donate to the Sojourner Truth Family House. Throughout the course of the season, the team had boxes set up at each practice for the girls to bring different items like shampoo and other hair products.
    Livestream Basketball Games | Since fans are not allowed at games this season, all conference games will be livestreamed. 
    Click here to view all conference games. 

    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.

    FROM THE DEVELOPMENT DESK
    Ten more days to participate in the $30,000 challenge gift for DSHA | Last month, we announced a special challenge for parent participation this year’s annual fund. More than $13,500 has already been unlocked, and the deadline to make your gift or pledge is December 31.
    Click here to make a gift of any size to the DSHA Annual Fund before December 31, and an addition $100 challenge gift will be given to DSHA up to $30,000!

    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Fund Maggie Shelledy McAsey, DSHA '10. 
  • DSHA Parent eNews | December 7, 2020

    Parent eNews | Monday, December 7

    Dear DSHA Community,
    This Advent, we wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. As God gave of Himself as Emmanuel — God with us, we stop to recognize the gifts given to the DSHA community:
    • The gift of our students. The young women of DSHA are remarkable. Each student is a gift to the community. In this trying year she has encountered challenges. She has persevered through her schoolwork and has done her best. And she has done this with a brilliant smile. We look to Mary, Mother of Our Savior, who endured the journey to Bethlehem, as an example while we encourage our Dashers to continue enduring the journey of this semester.
    • The gift of our parents. If you are like me, it can be easier to see all the things that our high school girls have missed this semester. We want so much for our daughters, but we know the COVID-19 requirements create limits. And yet we too put on our smiles of positivity to help our daughters keep things in perspective and recognize that this too shall pass. We look to Joseph, who served as Mary's protector and guide to the manger, as we support and guide our daughters to make the most of the current situation.
    • The gift of our teachers. The faculty at DSHA are exceptional. They have worked tirelessly to design effective lessons and instructional strategies in this hybrid environment and for students who are fully virtual. They care about our daughters and they have given of themselves as a gift to each Dasher. Like the wisemen, they come bearing gifts each day — gifts that nurture and care for our daughters.
    As we “turn our ear to wisdom and incline our heart to understanding,” it becomes easier to recognize the blessings bestowed upon the DSHA community.
    May God bless each Dasher, all Dasher parents, and our entire faculty and staff this Advent season!
    Sincerely,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    COVID-19 UPDATES
    Survey | As we wrap up the current semester and look ahead to next semester, we want to collect feedback on the effectiveness of the fall semester. Questions are taken from Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching parent survey. Foundational aspects of the hybrid model, red & gold groups, extended instruction, and technology implemented this semester will remain next semester. The purpose of the survey is to understand our effectiveness within this framework.
    Click here to complete the survey by December 10. 

    A note from
    School Nurse Celeste Olson | Thank you all for your continued support as we continue to address COVID-19. We have been successful with our plan because we have gathered in the name of community. We have had a challenging fall semester, but we have risen to the occasion and I am looking forward to a healthy new year. There are new and exciting medical breakthroughs every day. We will continue to be strong together as a community. 
    I will be monitoring our COVID-19 response throughout the holiday season. Please report any exposures and positive test results. I am also available if you need help navigating COVID-19 symptoms. You can easily connect with me through your daughter’s Microsoft Teams chat or email.  
    Third Quarter Opt-Out Form | Families wishing to have their daughter opt out of in-person instruction for the third quarter must complete the opt-out form.
    Click here to fill out the form by December 17. 

    CDC Changes & Recommendations | The CDC continues to recommend that families not travel and gather for the holidays. Please continue to be thoughtful and prudent as to where you go, whom you visit, and what you need to do upon returning home. We wish to remain confident that our DSHA families will continue making cautious decisions with respect to any high-risk COVID-19 exposures and subsequent school attendance. 
    The CDC has also recently recommended a shorter quarantine period. We will work through a process with our medical experts and the Milwaukee Health Department regarding any quarantine changes.
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (830)
    10/26 - 11/8
    11/9 - 22
    11/23 - 12/6
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Quarantines due to exposure outside DSHA*
    27
    46
    23
    127
    Quarantines due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    0
    1
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA

    (0.8%)**
    19
    (2.2%)**
    5
    (0.6%)**
    44
     (5.0%)**
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    0
    0
    Current active positivity rate: 5/830 (0.5%)
    * Number of individuals whose quarantines started during this period. This excludes those in quarantine or isolation due to their positive COVID-19 results.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 830).

    Questions? Contact School Nurse
    Celeste Olson.

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    End-of-Semester Help in All Subjects | We want to help each student wrap up the semester successfully and are avaiable to help with finals prep, completing papers and projects, getting organized, and staying on task. We will provide one-on-one help after school and on Saturdays. All sessions will be held in the Quad or virtually through Microsoft Teams.
    Come to one session or all of them. Sessions are limited to the first 75 registrants. *Please indicate in the sign up slot if you will be a virtual student requesting help. We can assist those students through a Microsoft Teams chat.
    Click here to view the dates and times students can receive help. 
    Click here to sign up for a date and time to receive help. 

    Cardinal Stritch Dual-Credit Classes | If your daughter is enrolled in one of our classes that offers college credit through Cardinal Stritch – and if your daughter wants the college credit – she must register with Cardinal Stritch for college credit. Instructions were provided to her in class and are on the course class pages on our website. 
    Click here for instructions on how to register for college credit through Cardinal Stritch. 

    Questions? Contact
    Academic Dean Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    “Pray. Understand. Ponder.” - Luke 2:19 | Advent Programming
    Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus into the world. This year, DSHA will be walking with Mary as she “ponders things in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Here are some highlights of DSHA's celebration of Advent:
    • Holy Day of Obligation: Immaculate Conception | December 8 
      Immaculate Conception Mass will be celebrated throughout the week of December 7-11. This Marian Week Mass does fulfill your daughter’s holy day obligation, per the Archdiocese’s Office of Worship. The tradition at DSHA is to celebrate both Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception during Advent. Given the unusual circumstance, we will incorporate elements of our traditional Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration into our Immaculate Conception Mass.
    • Spread the Warmth Drive | We are partnering with Capuchin Community Services to spread the warmth this Advent season. Students can drop off new or gently used scarves, hats, gloves, coats, boots, and other warm clothing to the giving tree located in the Quad until December 10.
    • Advent Adoration & Reconciliation | Students are invited to pray before the Blessed Sacrament and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the chapel after school.
    Click here for full details about DSHA's celebration of Advent.

    Questions? Contact
    Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson. 

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    Virtual Sophomore Success Night | January 13 at 6:30 p.m. 
    This event helps provide more information to sophomores regarding academic expectations and programming during their junior and senior years at DSHA. 
    Course Selections | Students and parents should start thinking about course selections for next year. Counselors will meet with all students — freshmen through juniors — during the first two weeks of January. Students will once again select their courses through myDSHA. More information is to come.
    Counselors:
    Last names starting in A-GUN | Therese Hayden 
    Last names starting in GUR-OMO | Kristin Shea 
    Last names starting in ORG-Z | Kara McMahon 
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.
    College Counseling 
    Virtual College Night For Juniors and Parents | January 6 at 6:30 p.m.
    Join Mr. Hendricks, the DSHA school counselors, and admissions representatives from Marquette, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, Xavier, and others as they discuss the college journey for the class of 2022. Mr. Hendricks will be sending an email out with more information soon. 
    College Half Sheets | If you have a college application deadline over Christmas break, the last day to turn in half sheets (where we can guarantee that your transcripts and letters of recommendation will be delivered on time) is December 11. 
    Click here to access half sheets

    Questions? Contact
    Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks. 
    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    As we move into the final weeks of this fall semester, we will reflect and assess the approach of the Applied Wellness program hybrid model. Over the past four months students have:
    • engaged in virtual and some live wellness experiences
    • provided feedback via surveys
    • engaged in weekly wellness reflections
    • participated in a wellbeing assessment
    Our program approach intended to provide wellness resources that students could access when they needed them. The ownership was on students to engage, reflect, and grow based on their experiences. 
    The Applied Wellness Collaboration Team leads will be meeting to discuss our spring 2021 approach to the program. Students' needs and interests will remain at the forefront of the discussion. We will provide information pertaining to the Applied Wellness 2021 approach toward the end of December.
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide.
    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES
    Class of 2021 Graduation Letter | The year is going by fast. Before we know it, May will be upon us and we will prepare to bid farewell to the Class of 2021. As we prepare for the Christmas break, we know that many families use this time to look for a graduation dress. 
    Click here for the letter to senior families with guidelines for appropriate graduation attire. 

    Second Semester Hybrid Parking Permits | Students who received a hybrid parking pass for first semester and would like to continue parking in the lot for second semester should submit the parking fee of $75 to the main office on or before January 21
    Students who are not current passholders and are interested in a parking pass for second semester should email Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock to receive an application.
    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock.

    FROM THE PARENT ASSOCIATIONS
    Parent Association Meeting | January 5  
    Save the date for the next meeting on January 5.
    For more information, contact Co-PA President Jenny Nielsen.
    Parent Fine Arts Association (PFAA) Summer Scholarships | Fine arts summer scholarship applications are coming soon. The information and link will be emailed to current PFAA members. Freshmen, sophomore, and junior Dashers whose family members are PFAA members by December 31 will be eligible for these scholarships. Click on the button below to become a PFAA member.   
    2020-2021 | Join one of the DSHA Parent Associations!
    The Parent Association, Parent Athletic Association and Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting them with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.
    Click here to join the Parent Association, the Parent Athletic Association, and/or the Parent Fine Arts Association. 
    UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
    Livestreamed Fine Arts Performances
    • Instrumental Concert | December 8 at 7 p.m.
    • HandbellPalooza | December 10 at 7 p.m. 
    • Choral Concert | December 13 at 2 p.m.

    Click here to watch the performances. 

    DSHA Auction 2021 — Help Wanted | Are you someone who can think out of the box? Are you passionate about the mission of DSHA? We are looking for additional chairs for the 2021 auction. If you have time to give or any ideas to share, contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Lisa Lesjak.

    ATHLETIC UPDATES 
    Livestream Basketball Games
    Since fans are not allowed at games this season, all games will be livestreamed. 
    Click here to view all conference games. 

    2020 Fall All-Conference, All-State, and All-Area Honors
    Cross Country:
    2nd Team All-Conference: Olivia Campbell, DSHA '24

    Golf:
    3rd Team All-Conference: Mia Jensen, DSHA '21; Kate Krueger, DSHA '24

    Field Hockey:
    1st Team All-Conference: Jordan Bonk, DSHA '21; Mackenzie Doerr, DSHA '23; Gracie Hecht, DSHA '21; Maddie Kellner, DSHA '21; Kaitlyn Mulcahy, DSHA '21
    2nd Team All-Conference: Ava Konopa, DSHA '21; Emily Mueller, DSHA '21
    Honorable Mention All-Conference: Layne Diffley, DSHA '21; Molly Guenther, DSHA '22; Morgan Mackey, DSHA '23

    Diving:
    1st Team All-State & 1st Team All-Conference: Kathryn Kleczka, DSHA '22 (GMC Diver of the Year, state champion)

    Tennis:
    1st Team All-State: Carolyn Schaefer, DSHA '24 (#1 singles, GMC Singles Player of the Year)
    1st Team All-Conference: Julia Cygniak, DSHA '21 (#2 doubles); Delanie Dahm, DSHA '21 (#1 doubles, GMC Doubles Player of the Year); Madi Guillermo, DSHA '24 (#4 singles); Molly Jex, DSHA '24 (#3 doubles); Emily Martin, DSHA '21 (#2 doubles); Alex Moews, DSHA '22 (#2 singles); Grace Packee, DSHA '22 (#3 singles); Carolyn Schaefer, DSHA '24 ( #1 singles, GMC Singles Player of the Year); Kate Spielbauer, DSHA '21 (#3 doubles, GMC Doubles Player of the Year); Laliah Young, DSHA '22 (#3 doubles)

    Volleyball:
    Honorable Mention All-State & 2nd Team All-Conference: Lauren DeStefanis, DSHA '21; Julia Wojciak, DSHA '22
    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.

    FROM THE DEVELOPMENT DESK
    Deadline extended for the $30,000 challenge gift for DSHA A few weeks ago, we announced a special challenge for parent participation in this year’s annual fund. A group of generous donors pooled together their gifts to create a “Challenge Gift” and they encourage all parents to consider a donation.

    More than $10,000 has been unlocked and by popular demand we are extending the deadline to make your gift or pledge by December 31.

    Here is why Jill and Kevin Pasqua (Elayna, DSHA ‘22, and Grace, DSHA ‘22) are giving this year:

    "We feel grateful that our girls have the opportunity to attend a school like DSHA. The all-girls environment combined with the Catholic foundation, the emphasis on service, and the leadership and example provided by the Sisters of the Divine Savior creates a place where they learn not only academics, but important social and faith lessons. The teachers and administrators have always impressed us with their love for the girls and their constant dedication to excellence. With the support of such a rich community, we have no doubt that the graduates of DSHA will become leaders in their world. We can’t think of a better investment."
    Click here to make a gift to the DSHA Annual Fund of any size before December 31, and an additional $100 challenge gift will be given to DSHA — up to $30,000. 

    Questions? Contact
    Director of Annual Fund Maggie Shelledy McAsey, DSHA '10. 

  • DSHA Parent eNews | November 23, 2020

    Parent eNews | Monday, November 23

    Dear DSHA Parents and Guardians,
    Our primary focus at DSHA is on the girls. We worked hard this summer to put the foundation in place for a successful school year. To date, due to our health and safety plan and the cooperation of all in our community toward compliance, we are grateful that we have had zero positive cases traced to spread at DSHA.
    Last week we outlined several factors that impact our ability to keep our doors open. With regard to the upcoming holidays, we also asked for survey input from parents to help us balance parent desires for in-person learning with prudent steps pertaining to the concern of increasing COVID-19 numbers and the Thanksgiving weekend. We appreciate the time you took to complete this survey.
    Additionally, we have consulted with medical experts in our community. They continue to support our in-person, hybrid format and they recognize the success we have had not spreading COVID-19 at school. Recent research corroborates that schools are not super spreaders.
    However, the recent surge in COVID-19 cases here in Wisconsin, coupled with the uncertainty pertaining to Thanksgiving is reason for concern. As a result of the survey and data, DSHA has decided to delay a return to in-person learning until Thursday, December 3 when we will welcome the Gold Group back into the building. This will also effectively balance in-person learning for both the Red and Gold groups this semester.
    Our medical experts support this intervention. The rationale behind this decision is aimed to address the trajectory of COVID-19 whereby people who are exposed generally develop symptoms withing 5-7 days. Delaying in-person learning until December 3 allows DSHA to assess our community health as college students return home and families gather for Thanksgiving.
    The overall health of the DSHA community is reliant upon all of us, so we are asking that all students complete the Rschool app every day beginning Monday, November 30 and that families continue to report exposures and positive cases immediately to DSHA School Nurse Celeste Olson 
    Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the school year in a pandemic.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal 

    COVID-19 UPDATES
    RSchool App | All students will be required to complete the RSchool app beginning again on November 30. This important information is needed to assess the health of our community coming out of Thanksgiving.
    Exposure and Positive Test Reporting | We continue to appreciate the honest and timely reporting of exposures and positive tests by members of the DSHA community. Please continue to report this information to School Nurse Celeste Olson during and following Thanksgiving break.
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (830)
    10/12 - 25
    10/26 - 11/8
    11/9 - 16
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Quarantines due to exposure outside DSHA *
    16
    27
    46
    104
    Quarantines due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    0
    1
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    6
    (0.7%)**
    7
    (0.8%)**
    19
    (2.2%)**
    39
     (4.7%) **
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    0
    0
    Current active positivity rate: 7/830 (0.8%)
    * Number of individuals whose quarantines started during this period. This excludes those in quarantine or isolation due to their positive COVID-19 results.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 830).

    Questions? Contact School Nurse
    Celeste Olson.
    From the Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock:  
    Reminder of Thanksgiving Week Schedule
    • Monday, November 23: Red, EI Even
    • Tuesday, November 24: Gold, EI Odd 
    • Wednesday, November 25: No Classes
    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock.

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    End-of-Semester Help in All Subjects | We want to help each student wrap up the semester successfully and are avaiable to help with finals prep, completing papers and projects, getting organized, and staying on task. We will provide one-on-one help during December after school and on Saturdays. All sessions will be held in the Quad.
    Come to one session or all 10 of them. Sessions are limited to the first 75 registrants. *Please indicate in the sign up slot if you will be a virtual student requesting help. We want to plan accordingly.
    Click here to view the dates and times students can receive help.
    Click here to sign up for a date and time to receive help.

    Questions? Contact Academic Dean
    Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Thanksgiving Riverwest Virtual Food Drive Ends November 25 | Help us meet our 5,000 lb goal and provide one day of food for Riverwest Food Pantry. This is a community-giving drive, so we encourage you to give yourself and then share the link with your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.  It takes a whole community to create change. 
    Click here to give to the virtual food drive. 

    Service Learning Articles Due December 4 |
     Reminder to all families that each student needs to read and respond to three service learning articles and submit them by December 4 to their myDSHA service page. Students received a detailed reminder last week. They should check their emails for full details.
    Click here to learn more about this year's service requirement.

    Advent at DSHA “Pray, Understand, Ponder” - Luke 2:19
    | Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus into the world. This year, DSHA will be walking with Mary as she “ponders things in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Here are some highlights:
    • Advent Ponderings | Theology classes will reflect on the scripture reading and write one thing that they will “ponder” or hold in their heart this Advent. An Advent wreath will be made out of the responses.
    • Spread the Warmth Drive | We are partnering with Capuchin Community Services to spread the warmth this Advent season. Students can drop off new or gently used scarves, hats, gloves, coats, boots, and other warm clothing to the giving tree located in the quad from December 3 - 10.
    • Marian Masses | We will be having in-person Masses the week of December 7-10 in honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This Mass will honor Mary and will be our Spanish Mass in collaboration with the Furia Latina club. Virtual students will watch a livestream via the Prayer Board on Team on December 7.   
    Click here for full details about DSHA's celebration of Advent. 

    Questions? Contact
    Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson.

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATE
    The mental health of our students continues to be very important to us as we continue to live and work in this pandemic and hybrid learning. Even with the difficult times we may endure, there is always time to be grateful for what we do have in our lives. Please reach out to your daughter’s counselor for more information regarding any of the following resources:
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.
    College Counseling 
    Virtual College Night For Juniors and Parents | January 6 at 6:30 p.m.
    Join Mr. Hendricks, the DSHA school counselors, and admissions representatives from Marquette, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, Xavier, and others as they discuss the college journey for the class of 2022. Mr. Hendricks will be sending an email out with more information soon. 
    College Online Portals | When the College Center sends transcripts and letters of recommendations to your daughter's college(s), it may take a few days for the college to update her online profile. Rest assured, as long as the transcripts and letters of recommendation are submitted by the due date, even if it is not reflected immediately in her online portal, it is still considered "on time."
    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks.

    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES
    International School Trips | We have given careful consideration in evaluating the travel conditions for the upcoming international trips to Italy and France. As a school we have taken all factors into consideration in making this decision on whether to continue or cancel the trips. We are well aware that international travel is not recommended at this time. We have no reasonable expectation that these travel restrictions will change by early April to the point of giving us the confidence to send a group to Europe. Therefore, we are officially canceling these two trips at this time.  
    Ski and Snowboard Club Sign-Up Information | If you were unable to join the meeting on Thursday your daughter is still able to join. Parents and siblings are welcome to join the club as well.
    Click here to view the powerpoint from the meeting. 
    Click
    here to sign up by December 6. 

    Questions? Contact Ski and Snowboard Club Moderator Current Parent Beverly Manthey.
    Christmas at DSHA | We will celebrate Christmas as a school community on December 4 for the Gold Group and on December 8 for the Red Group. We will also have activities for students who are learning fully virtual. The day will include classroom door and hallway decorating. If students are bringing food to share, it must be pre-packaged. This event will take place in the homerooms. Students are permitted to come to school dressed in holiday theme.
    Click here to learn more about Christmas at DSHA. 

    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs
    Ruby Brock.

    BUSINESS OFFICE UPDATES
    Incidental Billing through Smart Tuition | Just a reminder that other incidental fees will be billed through your Smart Tuition account throughout the school year. If you receive an email from Smart Tuition regarding a payment due, please log into your Smart Tuition account to the make payment.  Payments of cash or check can be made at the DSHA Business Office.
    Questions? Contact the DSHA Business Office.

    FROM THE PARENT ASSOCIATIONS
    From Jenny and Eric Nielsen, PA Co-Presidents | Minutes of our November 3 meeting are now posted online.
    Please note we will not meet in December. Our next meeting is on January 5.
    We are still in need of a liaison to Campus Ministry for the 2020-2021 school year.   
    Click here to view the November 3 minutes. 

    For more information, contact Co-PA President Jenny Nielsen.
    2020-2021 | Join one of the DSHA Parent Associations!
    The Parent Association, Parent Athletic Association and Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting them with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.

    Click here to join the Parent Association, Parent Athletic Association, and the Parent Fine Arts Association. 

    UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
    It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play | December 4-6
    The DSHA Theatre Department is excited to present the classic Christmas favorite It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Based on Frank Capra’s film, It’s A Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. This beloved American holiday story comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast with an all-girl ensenble of eight actors and live sound effects. Tickets for the livestreamed performances are available now!
    Click here to purchase your tickets. 

    ATHLETIC UPDATES 
    DSHA Swim and Dive Compete at State
    • Kathryn Kleczka, DSHA '22, won the WIAA Sectional and then went on to compete in the WIAA Division 1 State Diving Championship meet on November 14. Kleczka won the Division 1 State Diving Championship with a score of 423.95 points. She is the first diver in DSHA history to win the WIAA D1 State Diving Championship!
    • The swim team also competed in the WIAA State Swim Championship on November 14. The relay team of Maggie Caraher, DSHA '22; Lauren Correa, DSHA '24; Rose Kachelski, DSHA '24; and Scout Correa, DSHA '22, competed in the medley relay and finished with a time of 1:51.83 which landed them a 10th place finish, but also broke a DSHA record from 2012 which was 1:51.97. Lauren Correa, DSHA '24, also competed in the 100 yard breaststroke and finished 15th with a time of 1:07.53. The swim and dive team finished in 17th place out of 30 teams. 
    2020 Fall All-Conference, All-State, and All-Area Honors
    Cross Country:
    2nd Team All-Conference: Olivia Campbell, DSHA '24
    Golf:
    3rd Team All-Conference: Mia Jensen, DSHA '21; Kate Krueger, DSHA '24
    Field Hockey: 
    1st Team All-Conference: Jordan Bonk, DSHA '21; Mackenzie Doerr, DSHA '23; Gracie Hecht, DSHA '21; Maddie Kellner, DSHA '21; Kaitlyn Mulcahy, DSHA '21
    2nd Team All-Conference: Ava Konopa, DSHA '21; Emily Mueller, DSHA '21
    Honorable Mention All-Conference: Layne Diffley, DSHA '21; Molly Guenther, DSHA '22; Morgan Mackey, DSHA '23
    Diving: 
    1st Team All-State & 1st Team All-Conference: Kathryn Kleczka, DSHA '22 (GMC Diver of the Year, state champion)
    Tennis:
    1st Team All-State: Carolyn Schaefer, DSHA '24 ( #1 singles, GMC Singles Player of the Year)
    1st Team All-Conference: Julia Cygniak, DSHA '21 (#2 doubles); Delanie Dahm, DSHA '21 (#1 doubles, GMC Doubles Player of the Year); Madi Guillermo, DSHA '24 (#4 singles); Molly Jex, DSHA '24 (#3 doubles); Emily Martin, DSHA '21 (#2 doubles); Alex Moews, DSHA '22 (#2 singles); Grace Packee, DSHA '22 (#3 singles); Carolyn Schaefer, DSHA '24 ( #1 singles, GMC Singles Player of the Year); Kate Spielbauer, DSHA '21 (#3 doubles, GMC Doubles Player of the Year); Laliah Young, DSHA '22 (#3 doubles)
    Volleyball:
    Honorable Mention All-State & 2nd Team All-Conference: Lauren DeStefanis, DSHA '21; Julia Wojciak, DSHA '22
    National Letter of Intent Signing Day  | November 11
    Gracie Hecht, DSHA '21, signed her National Letter of Intent to play field hockey at Columbia University! In her four years of field hockey at DSHA, Gracie helped her team finish as state runner-pp freshman year and helped her team win back-to-back state championships junior and senior year.
    Mandatory Zoom Meeting for Girls Interested in Playing Soccer this Spring | November 30 at 3:15 p.m.

    All girls interested in playing soccer this spring should plan to attend a mandatory Zoom meeting. Information on off-season training opportunities including open gyms and strength and conditioning will be discussed and schedules will be handed out.
    Questions or concerns regarding the meeting? Contact Head Coach Kevin Roethe.
    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.

    FROM THE DEVELOPMENT DESK
    Help continue to unlock a $30,000 challenge gift for DSHA! | Last week we announced a special challenge for parent participation this year’s annual fund. A group of generous donors pooled together their gifts to create a “Challenge Gift” and they encourage all parents to consider a donation.

    After one week, we’ve already unlocked $4,300 and counting. The deadline is the end of the month, so there is still time to make your gift or pledge!

    Here is why Megan and Rodney Gonzales (Moira, DSHA ‘20, and Ellie, DSHA ‘23) are giving this year:

    "We have been part of the Divine Savior Holy Angels family for five years now. In that time, our daughters have become part of an incredibly compassionate, challenging, faith filled community- all which have had a profound effect on them. They are supported academically, emotionally, and spiritually by incredible teachers, staff, and coaches. We have found that by donating to the Annual Fund, we help ensure that this rich tradition and invaluable partnership continues not only for our girls, but for all those that they have built life-long friendships with." 
    Click here to make a gift to the DSHA Annual Fund of any size before December 1, and an additional $100 challenge gift will be given to DSHA up to $30,000! 

    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Fund Maggie Shelledy McAsey, DSHA '10



  • COVID-19 Update: Next Week's Schedule | November 20, 2020

    November 20, 2020 

    Dear DSHA Parents and Guardians,
    Earlier this week we sent a message providing multiple data sources, perspectives, and pressure points regarding our current hybrid status with regard to the end of the semester and the upcoming holidays. We would like to provide an update regarding next week.
    Our schedule for next week remains:
    Monday, November 23 | Even Schedule
    • Red Group: in-person
    • Gold Group: virtual
    • Fully virtual girls: virtual
    Tuesday, November 24 | Odd Schedule
    • Red Group: virtual
    • Gold Group: in-person
    • Fully virtual girls: virtual
    Wednesday, November 25 | No classes for students.
    Especially as the holidays are forthcoming, we kindly ask all of our families to join us as we remain vigilant inside and outside of DSHA so we can continue to provide in-person hybrid learning for our students.
    The factors we laid out earlier this week remain areas of consideration. We expect to share more information next week regarding the post-Thanksgiving holiday re-entry plan.
    Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor this situation. 
    Sincerely,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal
    Katie Konieczny, DSHA '92
    President
  • COVID-19 Updates and Considerations | November 17, 2020

    November 17, 2020 

    Dear DSHA Community,
    COVID-19 numbers have continued to increase in our nation, Wisconsin, the metro-Milwaukee area, and at DSHA. Because of this, we would like to provide an update.
    First, we want to underscore that the hybrid learning model at DSHA has been effective in keeping our community healthy. The masking, distancing, handwashing, and symptom monitoring is why we have no evidence to-date of spread within the DSHA school setting. This is a testament to all students, faculty, staff, and parents who have prioritized compliance.
    Secondly, we are grateful to our faculty who have worked tirelessly to provide college-preparatory instruction in this hybrid model. Their diligent and dedicated work within the hybrid model has helped students in all grade levels grow intellectually. In addition, the synchronous online experience within the hybrid model will contribute to a smooth transition to fully virtual learning should that become necessary.
    Administratively we have been and continue to monitor several factors pertaining to COVID-19. These factors include:
    • Positivity rates and exposure numbers at DSHA: Since the Parent eNews last week when we published our COVID-19 Dashboard, we have seen a significant increase in numbers. We are republishing that Dashboard here. In summary, we had fourteen positive cases since last Wednesday and fourty-three exposures. As of this letter, we are at 1.5% positivity. The city of Milwaukee Health Department requires minimally a two-week virtual period at 3% positivity. 

    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (830)
    10/12 – 25
    10/26 – 11/8
    11/9 – 16
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Quarantines due to exposure outside DSHA *
    16
    27
    43
    101
    Quarantines due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    0
    0
    1
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    6
    (0.7%)**
    7
    (0.8%)**
    14
    (1.7%)**
    34
    (4.1%) **
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    0
    0
    *Number of individuals whose quarantines started during this period. This excludes those in quarantine or isolation due to their positive COVID-19 results.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff= 830.)
    • The increasing number of families choosing the fully virtual option: The year started with 37 fully virtual students; we are now approaching 100.  
    • Daily attendance for in-person Red and Gold groups: Last year our daily attendance rate was in the mid-high 90th percentile. Our in-person attendance rate has dropped increasingly over the last three weeks, finishing yesterday at 68% of daily in-person attendance for the Red Group. Nearly 100% of students are participating online while not physically in school.   
    • Faculty and staff attendance: The past four weeks we have averaged 9.5 teachers out of the building and teaching remotely. The four weeks prior the average was 5.5.  
    • School and school district status from communities where our families live: The Journal Sentinel has been tracking this information.
    • COVID-19 numbers in the general community: We are experiencing record rates of contraction and deaths in the United States and in Wisconsin.
    • Recommendations by the Center for Disease Control, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and community health departments pertaining to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and holiday gatherings: We recognize following these guidelines will be challenging for families. Given the recommendations, we would like to collect more information regarding individual family Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's plans. Please complete the survey at the end of this email.
    We value the two days per week in-person format that our hybrid model allows. We do not take lightly any decision to move to a virtual format. Beyond the numbers, we must also consider what is best for the DSHA community given the upcoming Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays.
    At this time, we remain in our hybrid model, but we wanted to be forthcoming regarding the myriad of considerations that have us on the brink of needing to move into a fully virtual format for a relatively short period of time.
    We recognize that any decision we make pertaining to COVID-19 will invite divergent reactions. We ask for your continued prayers, cooperation, and support.
    Given the uncertainty, we are recommending the following:
    • Red Group girls should take everything home on Tuesday, November 17.
    • Gold Group girls should plan to take everything home on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20.
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal
    Click here to fill out the survey for holiday planning. 
  • DSHA Parent eNews | November 9, 2020

    Parent eNews | Monday, November 9

    Dear DSHA Community,
    As the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, we continue to recognize God’s presence in our lives here at DSHA — especially as we move into the holiday season.
    As we observe the number of school closings in the area and see COVID-19 numbers on the rise, we would like to remind you that DSHA is doing everything we can to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are safe and remaining vigilant in our health and safety protocols.
    We are so proud of the work that we have done as a community thus far — the Milwaukee Health Department shared with our School Nurse Celeste Olsen that we are doing an "exceptional" job. This is because of community-wide cooperation — both worthy of celebration and a good reminder to continue to remain diligent and stay on course.
    To ensure that face-to-face instruction in this fragile scenario can remain, we count on you — our parents and partners — your wisdom, your honest disclosure, and your full cooperation.   
    Here are some considerations that we ask you to think through on behalf of our entire school community:
    Traveling/Gathering for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year Holidays | With the holidays approaching, we all hope to safely gather with loved ones over these next weeks and months. We wish to remain confident that our DSHA families will continue making cautious decisions with respect to any high-risk COVID-19 exposures and subsequent school attendance. 
    Quarantining and Virtual Synchronized Learning Option | If your daughter/family has been in a high-risk exposure scenario or has shown symptoms of COVID-19, utilize the option to have her participate in our daily synchronized virtual instruction while she quarantines. These actions help our staff and students who are attending face-to-face classes feel more safe and secure at school.
    Daily App & Symptom Check | As we enter cold and flu season, it is as important as ever that all students complete the daily app-based COVID-19 symptom survey each morning prior to entering the school building to reinforce staying home and to track data. Full participation will help us in continuing to monitor the health of our school community. Students should complete this in the morning before leaving for school.  
    Please continue to be thoughtful and prudent as to where you go, whom you visit, and what you need to do upon returning home. We are all interdependent upon the sound decision-making practices of those in our community. Your decisions and your actions may impact those of others. 
    We are grateful for the work of our on-site School Nurse Celeste Olson. Please feel free to reach out to her at any time with questions as they arise  — she is here to help!
    Safely enjoy your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays.
    In gratitude, as we "turn our ear to wisdom, incline our heart to understanding,"
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    COVID-19 UPDATES
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (830)
    9/28 - 10/11
    10/12 - 25
     
    10/26 - 11/8
    Cumulative Total in 2020-2021 School Year
    Quarantines due to exposure outside DSHA *
    3
    16
    27
    58
    Quarantines due to exposure inside DSHA*
    1
    0
    0
    1
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    2
    (0.2%)**
    6
    (0.7%)**
    7
    (0.8%)**
    20
    (2.4%) **
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    0
    0
    NOTE: Edits were made to this dashboard on 11/10/2020. 
    * Number of individuals whose quarantines started during this period. This excludes those in quarantine or isolation due to their positive COVID-19 results.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 830).
    Questions? Contact School Nurse Celeste Olson.
    From the Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock:
    Masks | Starting Monday, November 9, students will be permitted to wear a plain, solid-colored surgical mask in addition to the school-issued masks. 
    Uniform on Virtual Learning Days | This is a reminder that students are required to wear their DSHA polo while learning remotely from home. Students found in violation of this uniform requirement are subject to receiving a uniform demerit.   
    Reminder of Thanksgiving Week Schedule
    • Monday, November 23: Red, EI Even
    • Tuesday, Novmeber 24: Gold, EI Odd
    • Wednesday, November 25: No Classes
    Week of December 7 Schedule Change | This change in schedule provides students, faculty, and staff who have been instructed to quarantine two weeks of virtual time prior to Christmas Day.
    • Monday, December 7: Red, EI Even
    • Tuesday, December 8: Red, EI Odd
    • Wednesday, December 9: Gold, EI Even
    • Thursday, December 10: Gold EI Odd
    • Friday, December 11: Virtual Wednesday schedule
    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock.
    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    Class Schedule Updates Before Finals | As we move closer to the end of the semester and final exams, please note the schedule change for December 7 – 11 (above).  Monday, December 14 we are running the virtual Wednesday bell schedule, but students are not required to be checking into classes. Teachers will be available for help during the scheduled class time, but will not require a class meeting. Students should feel free to use this time in the way that works best for them before finals begin on December 15.  
    Parent/Teacher Conferences | We are grateful to our parents for sharing your daughters with us and for your partnership in helping her become all that God intends her to be. The opportunity to connect with so many of you as part of parent-teacher conferences is a reminder of the gift of our parent community.
    Last week we were able to successfully hold parent-teacher conferences in a safe and efficient manner. Some of the new technology we have implemented this year in virtual learning helped to facilitate this arrangement. We found it helpful to plan in advance and have an understanding of who was coming, and parents, we are thrilled you did not need to wait in line per usual! We are blessed to be in partnership with our DSHA parents in the way that we are. We hope you found it valuable to connect with your daughter’s teacher – even in this alternative format.
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Mid-November Calendar
    • Monday, November 9: Adoration after school in chapel
    • Tuesday, November 10: Freshmen/sophomore service assembly with Riverwest Food Pantry; Rosary after school in chapel
    • Wednesday, November 11: Senior retreat #1
    • Thursday, November 12: Adoration after school in chapel
    • Friday, November 13: Freshmen/sophomore service assembly with Riverwest Food Pantry; Rosary after school in chapel
    • Saturday, Novmeber 14: Senior retreat #2
    • Sunday, November 15: Senior retreat #3
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson.

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATE
    Junior Interview Day Activities | Junior Interview Day was this past Friday, November 7. In addition to practicing interviews, juniors have completed other activities pertaining to college and career readiness, like building a resume. Counselors will meet with all juniors during assembly time this week in the Quad to complete their final junior activities related to Junior Interview Day.  
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services, Equity, and Engagement Lisette Rodriguez-Reed.
    College Counseling 
    College Online Portals | When the College Center sends transcripts and letters of recommendations to your daughter's college(s), it may take a few days for the college to update her online profile. Rest assured, as long as the transcripts and letters of recommendation are submitted by the due date, even if it is not reflected immediately in her online portal, it is still considered "on time."
    Transcript Half Sheets | The College Center requires students to submit a half sheet for every college they wish to send a transcript and/or letter of recommendation to. This must be in three weeks before the college's application deadline. Students can find half sheets in the Student Services center or online through Naviance.
    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks.
    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES
    Ski and Snowbaord Club Informational Zoom Meeting | November 18 at 5:30 p.m.
    Does your daughter love to casually ski or snowboard? Has she always wanted to learn? She should join the Ski and Snowboard Club! 

    An informational meeting will be held via Zoom to dicuss location, prices, meeting dates, etc. 

    There is no racing involved. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels are welcome. This club is a fun, socially-distanced way to spend time with friends!  
    Click here to fill out the google form if you are planning on or interested in joining the club. 
    Click here to join the Zoom meeting November 18. 

    Questions? Contact Ski and Snowboard Club Moderator Beverly Manthey.
    Forensics Club | The Forensics team is gearing up to launch its new season. 
    Click here to fill out the google form for more information. 
    Questions? Contact Forensics Coach Patrick Kay.

    FROM THE PARENT ASSOCIATIONS
    From Jenny and Eric Nielsen, PA Co-Presidents | To view a recording of our November meeting, login to myDSHA, click on the resource board, then click on "2020 Parent Association Recorded Zooms."
    We are still in need of a liaison to Campus Ministry for the 2020-2021 school year.   
    For more information, contact Co-PA President Jenny Nielsen.
    PFAA Zoom Meeting | November 10 at 7 p.m.
    An email with the link will be sent to our current membership.
    Click here to join the Zoom meeting. 

    Do you have questions about PFAA membership? Email the
    PFAA or visit their website.
    2020-2021 | Join one of the DSHA Parent Associations!
    The Parent Association, Parent Athletic Association and Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting them with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.
    Click here to join the Parent Association, the Parent Athletic Association, and/or the Parent Fine Arts Association. 

    UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS