Parent eNews

2021-22 ENEWS

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  • DSHA Parent eNews | May 9, 2022

    Parent eNews | Monday, May 9 

    Dear DSHA Community,
    Over the course of this school year, we have encouraged our students to be the goodness and kindness of Jesus to one another. We have worked to guide our students to genuinely live like Jesus did. We strive for Dashers to follow His lead.
    We recognize the goodness and kindness of Jesus as lived through the God-given gifts of each Dasher. Gifts have led our students to a wide variety of colleges and achievements inside and outside of the classroom. At our end of year assembly and our end of year all-school Mass, we will celebrate these gifts. 
    During Teacher Appreciation week last week, seniors shared words of appreciation for the gifts our teachers bring to this community each day. Throughout the year our teachers have given their gifts to our daughters each day in their lessons, but perhaps, most importantly, they give the gift of care for each and every one of our daughters.
    As we finish AP exams and approach finals week, now is a good time to help our daughters recognize how the goodness and kindness of Jesus is evident in her person. All Dashers have gifted their talents to this community this year and they have grown — no matter their final grades. Do our daughters recognize their own God-given gifts and talents they have shared with the DSHA community this year that has made us a stronger community?
    May we continue to recognize the goodness and kindness of Jesus within us and in others.
    God Bless,

    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (785)
    3/21 - 4/3
    4/4 - 24 
    4/25 - 5/8
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Close contacts due to exposure outside DSHA*
    0
    1
    195
    Close contacts due to exposure inside DSHA*
    2
    26
    17 
    354
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    1
    13
    229
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    5
    Current active positivity rate: 4/785 (0.51%)**
    * Number of individuals in close contact during this period.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 785).
    Click here to see our full DSHA Community Health Measures | 2021-22. 

    May 9 Note from School Nurse Patti Hughes | At the end of this two-week period, health concerns are settling down. We still see some colds, influenza, GI issues, and COVID-19, but all of these are on a downward swing. Community COVID-19 numbers are increasing, but area counties are still categorized as low. Thank you for keeping me informed of your daughter’s symptoms; it is helpful to see the trends.  
    COVID-19 Testing Lab Days and Hours | We will have Accelerated Analytical Laboratory at DSHA five days a week with varying hours. As always, students, family members, household members, and TSC are welcome to register for testing. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be given. There is no cost and no insurance is collected. 
    • Mondays | 8 - 11 a.m.
    • Tuesdays | 12 - 3 p.m.
    • Wednesdays | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays | 8 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Fridays | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    You must preregister using the link below. At the end of the survey, click the blue banner that states you are testing at a non-public site. 
    After completing the registration, arrive at the back alcove theatre door labeled #12 in the faculty parking lot. You will find door #12 just past the garage dumpster corral. Wear a mask. Knock on the glass door for admittance or call the nurse's office at 414-462-3742 ext. 4357. We can have the lab come to your car if needed by calling the nurse's office to say you have arrived.
    The lab may ask what your relationship to DSHA is: faculty/staff, student, or DSHA family member. They are not screening you for eligibility; it is just a data point. DSHA household members are most welcome to come.

    Click here to preregister.
    Click here for preregistration instructions. 

    COVID-19 Lab Over the Summer | The partnership with Accelerated Analytical Laboratory will continue through the summer, offering students, families, and faculty a consistent place to test if needed. The lab will also be available for Summer Cool registrants and their families. Summer hours will change; the lab will be available 2 hours over lunchtime five days a week. 
    Questions? Contact School Nurse Patti Hughes.  

    FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
    Graduation Information | Thursday, May 26 & Friday, May 27
    Graduation will take place on Friday, May 27 at the Miller High Life Theater located at 500 W. Kilbourn Avenue in Milwaukee. Graduates need to arrive at 4:30 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. There will not be any ticketing for this event as the theater is large enough to hold all of our families and friends.
    Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Thursday, May 26 at DSHA beginning at 6 p.m. Mass will be immediately followed by the Class of 2022 SDS Salvatorian Service Award Ceremony and Seniors Honors Night.
    Junior parents — Are you interested in seeing graduation and Baccalaureate Mass before next year? Please consider volunteering at the baccalaureate reception or graduation.

    Click here to sign up to volunteer at the baccalaureate reception and/or at graduation. 

    For more information, contact Assistant to the President Stephanie Czosnek.
    Dance Team Tryouts | May 11 & 13 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Mind Body Studio at DSHA
    Is your daughter interested in trying out for the Dance Team for the 2022-23 school year? Details were emailed to students last week.
    Attendance Reminders | If your daughter is going to miss school for any reason, please call our Attendance Office at 414-721-2920 as soon as possible. If students are marked absent for class and we have not heard from you, they will be marked unexcused and given a slip to verify their absence. If their absence does not get verified, they may receive a Saturday detention.
    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks.
    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    Study Day for Students | Monday, May 23
    On Monday, May 23, there are no scheduled classes. That Monday will be a study day for students.
    Faculty will be available for extra help from 7:50 a.m. – 3:05 p.m. The schedule below will help students identify when their teacher will be setting aside time for a specific class; however, teachers will be available for help throughout the day. Please use the schedule as a guideline to help your daughter make a productive plan for getting extra help.
    1st hour classes | 9 - 9:30 a.m.
    2nd hour classes | 9:35 - 10:05 a.m.
    3rd hour classes | 10:10 - 10:40 a.m.
    4th hour classes | 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
    5th hour classes | 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    6th hour classes | 12:20 - 12:50 p.m.
    7th hour classes | 12:55 - 1:25 p.m.
    8th hour classes | 1:30 - 2 p.m.
    The library will be open for studying from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Students can come to school to work with teachers, study with friends, grab a workout in the fitness center, see a school counselor, use the library — whatever they need to do to feel prepared for second semester final exams, May 24 – 27.  
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Candlelit Memorial | Thursday, May 12
    A short prayer service will be held during early Dasher time on May 12 to honor and pray for those who have gone before us. 
    UW-Madison Newman Center Visit | Thursday, May 12 
    The Catholic parish and Newman Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus, the St. Paul Catholic Center, will be meeting with Madison-accepted DSHA seniors on May 12. This is a great opportunity for seniors to learn more about how to keep practicing their faith in college and talk with DSHA alumnae and current St. Paul interns.   
    Pack the Pantry | Thursday, May 19
    We will be trying to pack the Mother of Good Counsel Food Pantry for the summer on Thursday, May 19. DSHA students provide over 1,000 cans every single month to MGC. We want to make sure they have plenty of food for the summer months. We are especially collecting items to feed kids at home: juice boxes, cereal, granola bars, crackers, etc.
    Students can also bring in $1 for Life Navigators, an organization that assists those with disabilities, or Ukraine. 
    Wear Orange for Theresa | Friday, May 20 
    Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt with their uniform skirt and donate $1 on Friday, May 20 in support of Theresa Reisel, DSHA '24. Theresa is currently being treated for leukemia at Children’s Hospital. Donations will benefit leukemia research and some fun things for Theresa.  
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson.
    FROM THE SISTERS OF THE DIVINE SAVIOR
    Woman of Faith Award | The Sisters of the Divine Savior are seeking nominations for their 22nd Annual Woman of Faith Award. If you know a woman whose faith-inspired service helps to improve lives in southeastern Wisconsin, they want to know her too. Nominations are accepted through Friday, May 27. 

    Click here for more information and to submit your nomination. 
    Sisters of the Divine Savior New Provincial Team | The Sisters of the Divine Savior are pleased to announce the results of their elections. Newly-elected Provincial Sister Jean Schafer, SDS, will take office on June 26 with the support of six sisters on her leadership team for the 2022-2025 term. Sister Mary Lee Grady, DS '58, SDS, will serve as vicaress; Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS, Sister Mary Evelyn Zimbauer, SDS, and Sister Sheila Novak, DS '58, SDS, will serve as team members; Sister Nelda Hernandez, SDS, will serve as secretary; and Sister Ellen Sinclair, SDS, will serve as treasurer.
    Please join us in extending our congratulations and thanks for their service to the Province!
    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    AP Exams | Monday, May 2 - Wednesday, May 11
    Students will continue to take AP exams next week. If your daughter is no longer taking her AP exam(s), please contact Testing Coordinator/College Assistant Katie Hoffmann, DSHA '02, as soon as possible.
    Vaping Seminar | Thursday, May 19 at 7 - 8 p.m. in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre 

    DSHA is hosting a talk given by Dr. Michele Peace, VCU for parents, faculty, and staff. The talk is entitled The Tangle and Mythology of the E-Cigarettes and Cannabis Industries- What are the Health and Safety Considerations We Must Know?

    Click here for more information and to register. 
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services Maria Schram.
    COLLEGE COUNSELING UPDATES
    Essay Support | DePaul University’s College Access Office has a team of peer editors who are available to virtually edit student essays for free. Having an extra set of eyes on a personal statement, a college essay, or a scholarship essay can be a lifesaver, and they are here to help.

    Click here for more details and the submission form. 

    College AppReady Boot Camp at DSHA | June 7 & 8 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. and June 9 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the DSHA Commons
    This summer we will once again hold the College AppReady Camp at DSHA for the class of 2023. There are only 50 spots available on a first come/first serve basis. All participants will be charged $175 per student through Smart Tuition. We will be working on completing the Common App and a draft of a college essay (the essay will be read by at least one college admissions counselor).
    Join Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea and Xavier Admissions Counselor Tara Mularkey for a three-day college application camp. Be “AppReady” when you return senior year as we will create accounts, begin completion of the Common Application, tackle that first college essay draft, and get you prepared for application season.
    Please note: Attendance is required for all three days of the program. A minimum number of registrations will be required for this session to be held.

    Click here to sign into myDSHA and register. 

    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea.

    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    Applied Wellness Wrap-Up | We were excited to finally offer our students a full year of the Applied Wellness Program as it was intended to function. With the implementation of our customized mobile application and the ability for students to be physically present in school, we had the opportunity to observe students navigate the program. Applied Wellness staff monitored student engagement and requested feedback which in turn allowed for some adjustments to the program over the course of the year. We are excited to meet with students the first week of school in fall and share the improved and clearly defined format for Applied Wellness. 
    Stress Breaks | Students are still offered wellness opportunities that allow them to take a stress break. Many experiences last as little as 15 minutes. Encourage your daughter to take advantage of these brain breaks as she prepares for final exams. Wellness experiences are found through the Applied Wellness application, as they have been all year.  
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide, DSHA '93.

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
    Sign Up to Volunteer Today | Volunteers hold a special place in the fabric of our community, and we invite you to join a fantastic team that truly makes a difference in the lives of our young women while you get to know other Dasher parents.
    Upcoming volunteer needs:

    Click here to browse all opportunities for the 2021-22 school year and register today. 
    Questions about volunteering? Contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Sarah Zander.

    BUSINESS OFFICE UPDATES
    2021-22 Smart Tuition Statements | To access your statement, log into your myDSHA account, go to the Resource tab, and click on the Smart Tuition tab.
    Smart Tuition Accounts for Seniors | Senior families — your Smart Tuition accounts must be paid by May 15.
    2022/2023 Tuition Agreement | The 2022-2023 Tuition Agreements are ready for 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. 
    Questions? Contact the DSHA Business Office at 414-721-2916.

    FROM THE PA, PAA, AND PFAA 
    PFAA Fine Arts Awards Night | Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in the DSHA Commons
    Please join us on Wednesday. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate and honor the artistic, vocal, musical, and theatrical achievements of students this year.
    Dasher Textbook Resale | Wednesday, June 8 from 9 a.m. - noon
    The Dasher Textbook Resale is coming up. The collection dates for used textbooks are May 26 and May 27.

    Click here for more information and important dates. 

    Questions about the resale? Contact Volunteer Tracy Fricker.
    Join one of our DSHA Parent Associations | Parents are key members of the DSHA community and important partners in much of the work done through the school on behalf of each student. In addition to individual volunteer activities, these organizations provide opportunities for parents to meet and work together. The parent chairs of the Parent Association, the Parents Athletic Association, and the Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting these organizations with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.

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

    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Summer Cool | June-July 2022
    Do you know a future Dasher in rising grades 1-9? Whether she wants to spend her summer with her nose in a book, exploring STEM concepts, growing in her faith, and/or developing her athletics skills, DSHA Summer Cool's 125 + camps include something for every girl in rising grades 1-9!

    Click here to register for Summer Cool by May 15. 

    Questions? Contact Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore, DSHA '16.
    Save the Date | PAA Golf Outing & Dinner | Friday, September 9

    If you are interested in helping out at the PAA Golf Outing, contact Director of Volunteer Engagement & Special Events Sarah Zander.

    FINE ARTS UPDATES
    Wisconsin School Music Association's State Solo & Ensemble Festival Results | Congratulations to the following students and student groups who earned first ratings at the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Solo and Ensemble Festival at UW-Milwaukee on April 30.
    • Caelinn Carraher, DSHA '23, in the category of music theatre
    • Rachel Visser, DSHA '22, in the categories of music theatre and soprano
    • Lizzie Dondlinger, DSHA '22, in the categories of music theatre and alto
    • Erin Fricker, DSHA '22, in the categories of music theatre and alto
    • Genevieve Baynes, DSHA '24, in the category of soprano
    • Sandrine Biagui, DSHA '23, in the category of music theatre
    • Yessica Rodriguez, DSHA '25, in the category of violin solo 
    • Elayna Pasqua, DSHA '22, Visser, Fricker, and Dondlinger, in the category of vocal jazz ensemble
    • The Angelaires, in the category of contemporary acapella ensemble
    • Divine Strings, in the categories of classical chamber orchestra and alternative string ensemble  

    Save the Dates for Community Theatre Works' Matilda | Community Theatre Works is an intense, four-week theatre program for rising 5-12th graders combining the talents of DSHA students, middle school students, and community members to produce a musical. Students will work in tandem with local theatrical talent in a caring theatrical environment to put together a summer musical. All students must register through Summer Cool. Once your student is registered, she/he will be in the production. 
    Auditions:
    Rising grades 9-12 | June 7 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Rising grades 5-8 | June 8 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Performances:
    July 15 | 7 p.m.
    July 16 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    July 17 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    Questions? Contact Director of Theatre, Choir, and Liturgical Music Zach Ziegler.

    ATHLETIC UPDATES
    Rugby A Team Midwest Champions

    The DSHA Rugby A team competed in the Midwest Tournament April 30 and May 1 in Indiana and won the tournament! In the quarter-final game, they defeated Grandville 61-0. In the semi-final game, they defeated Carroll 39-5, and in the championship game, they defeated Sparta Rock from Michigan 53-29.
    The DSHA Rugby B Team also played and won two of their three games. In the first game, they beat Penn 20-15, in the second game they defeated Carroll 32-7, and in the third game they lost to Warsaw 10-17. 
    Congratulations to both teams!
    Varsity Soccer Team Unbeaten at the Tournament of Champions in Iowa | The DSHA Varsity Soccer team remained undefeated this season as they competed in the Tournament of Champions in Burlington, Iowa on April 28, 29, and 30. The team defeated Normal Community from Illinois 5-0 on April 28. On April 29, they tied 0-0 against Eureka, Missouri. On April 30, they tied 0-0 against Pleasant Valley, Iowa, playing two 10-minute overtimes and remaining tied 0-0. They then won the game in a shootout by a score of 4-3. Goalkeeper Kate Nonn, DSHA ' 22, stopped two of the five attempts by Pleasant Valley to seal the victory! Congratulations on a great tournament!
    Track and Field Second at the GMC Relays | The DSHA Varsity Track and Field team competed in the Greater Metro Conference Relays on May 4 at Sussex Hamilton. The team took second place and missed first place by just 3 points. The team took first place in the long jump relay, high hurdle shuttle relay, 300 meter low hurdle relay, and the 4X100 meter relay which posted the second fastest time in Wisconsin! Caitlyn O’Brien, DSHA '22, was a member of four of the relays that placed first! Congratulations on a great meet!
    Faith Friday Softball and Soccer
    The softball teams celebrated Faith Friday on April 2 and the soccer teams celebrated Faith Friday on May 6. What a great way to celebrate their seasons together! 
    The last Faith Friday of the year will be on Friday, May 13 for the rugby teams. Your daughter can plan to come to Mass and wear her team spirit wear with her uniform skirt. We will take a group picture together after Mass.
    Congratulations to Spring Captains | Congratulations to the spring captains for 2022!
    Lacrosse | Scanlon Mellowes, DSHA '22; *Madeline Scherer, DSHA '22; Tatum Steger, DSHA '22
    Rugby | *Carly Nigro, DSHA '22; *Beth Susek, DSHA '22; *Maura Walsh, DSHA '22
    Soccer | Stephanie Arenal-Copto, DSHA '22; *Ahnna Faust, DSHA '22; Juju Kass, DSHA '22; Theresa Kouvoukliotis, DSHA '22; Sofia Miranda, DSHA '22; *Jillian Morrissey, DSHA '22; *Kate Nonn, DSHA '22; Bridget Parks, DSHA '22; *Alex Seemann, DSHA '22
    Softball | *Cam Lasota, DSHA '22; *Sophie Paruzynski, DSHA '23  
     
    Track and Field | *Helena Cesarz, DSHA '23; *Felicity Giampietro, DSHA '23; *Addie Grogan, DSHA '22; Sarah Kanter, DSHA '22; Charlotte Lund, DSHA '23; *Michalene McQuide, DSHA '22; Caitlyn O’Brien, DSHA '22; Oriana Ognar, DSHA '22; Lizzy Zeidler, DSHA '22 
    *  Went above and beyond and earned their NFHS Captain’s Certification this spring 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!
    Senior Nights
    • The DSHA Varsity Softball team will hold their annual senior night on Thursday, May 12 at the 4:15 p.m. game at the DSHA softball field. 
    • The DSHA Varsity Lacrosse team will hold their annual senior night on Wednesday, May 18 at their 6:30 p.m. game at Pat Jones Field at Uihlein Soccer Park.
    • The DSHA Varsity Soccer team will hold their annual senior night on Friday, May 20 at Quad Park during half-time of their 7 p.m. game. 

    Come support the teams as they celebrate their seniors!
    Journal Sentinel Sports Awards | 2022 marks the sixth annual Journal Sentinel High School Sports Awards and the first live event in two years. The event is held to recognize the best high school athletes from Southeast Wisconsin. DSHA has three athletes nominated in their sport from the fall and winter. Spring athletes will be released soon. 
    Those nominated in the fall include Carolyn Schaefer, DSHA '24, for tennis, and Madison Quest, DSHA '25, for volleyball. In the winter, Charlotte Fetherston, DSHA '24, was nominated for ice hockey. 

    Click here to purchase tickets.
    Click here for more information and the full list of nominees. 

    Leadership and Team Building Speaker | Sunday, August 7 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre
    If you plan on participating in athletics next year, please plan on attending.

    Click here for more information. 

    For general DSHA Athletics questions, Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.

    FROM THE DEVELOPMENT DESK
    THANK YOU!
    The DSHA community showed up to make last week’s Dasher Day of Giving the most successful one yet! Thank you for showing your DSHA spirit and sharing why you are #gladtobeplaid!
    Mosaic | The class of 2022 gift campaign, Mosaic, has kicked off. Each graduating senior is encouraged to pay it forward and show her appreciation for the DSHA student experience. The Mosaic leadership committee has set a goal of 80 donors by graduation.

    Click here to follow the campaign. 
  • DSHA Parent eNews | April 25, 2022

    Parent eNews | Monday, April 25 

    Dear DSHA Community,
    I hope that everyone had a restful Easter. Jesus Christ has risen! Alleluia!
    We closed our Lenten journey at DSHA with all-school Stations of the Cross. This was an impactful reminder of the goodness and kindness Jesus has given to us. His Suffering, Death, and Resurrection reminds us of His love for each of us. Holy Week also included our Sophomore Service Day during which our sophomores went forth into the community to be the goodness and kindness of Jesus.

    I also want to mention the success of the student auction led by Producing Director Amanda Marsala, Sophia Rifelj-Hammernik, DSHA '22, and Lizzy Zeidler, DSHA '22. The student auction raised $11,972 that will be donated to the Salvatorian Pre and Primary School in Buyuini, Tanzania for the purchase of a school bus. Several students from the Buyuini School recorded a message about what their education means to them and what a school bus would mean to them.

    Today marks the beginning of the stretch leading up to summer vacation. We tend to pack a lot into the end of a school year and this week is a perfect example. We have our Grandparent Liturgy on Wednesday that allows girls to share their faith with their grandparents, college decision day for seniors, and junior prom to conclude the week. 
    As we look towards the conclusion of the 2021-2022 school year, let us continue to follow the example of Jesus to be the goodness and kindness to one another.
    God Bless,

    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (785)
    3/7 - 20
    3/21 - 4/3 
    4/4 - 24 
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Close contacts due to exposure outside DSHA*
    1
    0
    1
    190
    Close contacts due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    2
    26 
    337
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    0
    1
    13 
    225
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    4
    Current active positivity rate: 9/785 (1.15%)**
    * Number of individuals in close contact during this period.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 785).
    Click here to view our full DSHA Community Health Measures | 2021-22. 

    April 25 Note from School Nurse Patti Hughes | The nursing office has continued to see colds and stomach viruses the past two weeks. We have also seen a few COVID-19 cases. While the school and community levels are still low, they are starting to rise. Allergies, colds, and COVID can all look the same. Testing is the only way to identify COVID.
    Now that we are back in school from gatherings and travel over Easter Break, Nurse Hughes requests that everyone continue to follow our COVID-19 protocols and have your student tested when symptomatic or exposed. We have the professional lab at school daily for your convenience, but you may also use home tests. Home tests are less sensitive and can give false results if taken too early. When symptomatic, it is best to use two home tests spaced about 24 hours apart. Please notify School Nurse Patti Hughes of your testing results via email.  
    Keep the School Nurse Up to Date | If your daughter has a chronic health condition that may require emergent nursing or medical care, we request a medical action plan. They are helpful for any condition where emergency action may need to be taken.
    For other conditions, there may not be an emergency plan, but it is helpful to have documentation of the condition to provide the best and most informed care. When you next see your physician, please ask for documentation and/or a medical action plan so we may have it on file.
    COVID-19 Testing Lab Days and Hours | We will have Accelerated Analytical Laboratory at DSHA five days a week with varying hours. As always, students, family members, household members, and TSC are welcome to register for testing. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be given. There is no cost and no insurance is collected. 
    • Mondays | 8 - 11 a.m.
    • Tuesdays | 12 - 3 p.m.
    • Wednesdays | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays | 8 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Fridays | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    You must preregister using the link below. At the end of the survey, click the blue banner that states you are testing at a non-public site. 
    After completing the registration, arrive at the back alcove theatre door labeled #12 in the faculty parking lot. You will find door #12 just past the garage dumpster corral. Wear a mask. Knock on the glass door for admittance or call the nurse's office at 414-462-3742 ext. 4357. We can have the lab come to your car if needed by calling the nurse's office to say you have arrived.
    The lab may ask what your relationship to DSHA is: faculty/staff, student, or DSHA family member. They are not screening you for eligibility; it is just a data point. DSHA household members are most welcome to come.

    Click here to preregister.
    Click here for preregistration instructions. 

    COVID-19 Lab Over the Summer | The partnership with Accelerated Analytical Laboratory will continue through the summer, offering students, families, and faculty a consistent place to test if needed. The lab will also be available for Summer Cool registrants and their families. Summer hours will change; the lab will be available 2 hours over lunchtime five days a week. 
    Questions? Contact School Nurse Patti Hughes.  

    FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
    Grandparent Liturgy Day Schedule and Parking | Wednesday, April 27 from 8 - 9:45 a.m.
    Due to students spending part of their morning with their grandparents on April 27, classes will begin at 9:45 a.m. Since we will have many grandparents visiting us that day, we are encouraging students who normally park in our lot to carpool or be dropped off/picked up on this day if they are able.
    Graduation Information | Thursday, May 26 & Friday, May 27
    Graduation will take place on Friday, May 27 at the Miller High Life Theater located at 500 W. Kilbourn Avenue in Milwaukee. Graduates need to arrive at 4:30 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. There will not be any ticketing for this event as the theater is large enough to hold all of our families and friends.
    Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Thursday, May 26 at DSHA beginning at 6 p.m. Mass will be immediately followed by the Class of 2022 SDS Salvatorian Service Award Ceremony and Seniors Honors Night.
    Graduation Dress Requirements | Senior parents — below are the guidelines for graduation dresses. All graduates must submit a photo of themselves wearing their dress to Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks no later than May 2. The photo may be submitted electronically or in hard copy.
     Full or Tea Length White/Ivory Dress: 
    The white or ivory graduation dress is to be modest and appropriate. In keeping with DSHA tradition, the dress must be floor length or tea length (mid-calf). A wrap or cover-up in white or ivory is allowed and encouraged with backless, strapless, or halter dresses. Any color graduation dress other than white or ivory is not acceptable. 
    Alternatively, students may choose to wear a white or ivory pantsuit. Any color pantsuit other than white or ivory is not acceptable.
     White Gloves: 
    Full length white or ivory gloves are mandatory. 
     Hair/Jewelry/Shoes: 
    Hair and jewelry should be appropriate for the occasion and conservative in appearance. Shoes must be white or ivory in color. 
     
    Archdiocese of Milwaukee Safe Environment Week | “Safer Schools. Safer Parishes. Safer Families.”
    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee recognizes April 24 – April 30 as Safe Environment Awareness Week. Each year in the month of April, which is recognized around the country as child abuse prevention month, every parish, school, and the entire faith community focuses, at the same time, on the importance of keeping our children and youth safe. The archdiocese is committed to maintaining safe environments in our parishes and schools through adult child abuse prevention training; criminal background checks for all clergy, volunteers working with minors, and employees; safety training for children in each grade level; and adhering to all mandatory reporting requirement laws.
    In addition, during this week, DSHA will pray for victims of child abuse. Students in Applied Wellness will have a chance to complete a pinwheel for prevention art project.

    Click here to read Archbishop Listecki's Safe Environment Week Proclamation. 
    Click here to read the Safe Environment "Did You Know?" information. 

    DSHA/MUHS Robotics Team Travels to World Championships
    Congratulations to the members of the DSHA/MUHS Robotics Team, who spent their spring break at the FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championships in Houston, Texas!
    While the team was undefeated in its qualifying matches and was a 2nd seed in their division, they ended their season with a loss in the quarterfinal tiebreaker match.
    We are so proud of the team's hard work and successful season!
    Dance Team Tryouts | May 4, 6, 11 & 13 After School in the Mind Body Studio at DSHA
    Is your daughter interested in trying out for the Dance Team for the 2022-23 school year? Details will be sent to students this week.
    Attendance Reminders | If your daughter is going to miss school for any reason, please call our Attendance Office at 414-721-2920 as soon as possible. If students are marked absent for class and we have not heard from you, they will be marked unexcused and given a slip to verify their absence. If their absence does not get verified, they may receive a Saturday detention.
    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks.

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    Four Weeks Left of Academic Support | Our last day of instruction is Friday, May 20, and there will be papers, projects, homework, tests, and quizzes to wrap up the school year before final exams.
    If your daughter needs extra support after Easter break, you can help her identify built-in times for help each day and then create a weekly plan that will maximize her focus and support. Or, have her work with Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield or her school counselor to develop a week-by-week plan. Each school day a student has multiple opportunities to get the help she needs. Creating an action plan is one way to minimize daily decision fatigue and maximize an effective and strategic approach to the final four weeks of school.
    Important Final Exam Schedule Changes | Monday, May 23
    Monday, May 23 | This will be a study day for students. There are no scheduled classes this day. Faculty will be available for extra help from 7:50 a.m. – 3:05 p.m. The library will be open for studying from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Students can come to school to work with teachers, study with friends, workout in the fitness center, see a school counselor, use the library — whatever they need to do to feel prepared for second semester final exams, May 24 – 27.
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Campus Ministry Leadership Applications | Due Wednesday, April 27
    All students are encouraged to pray about applying to be a campus ministry leader next year. Students received the application in their email and their Microsoft Teams class page before the break. All students who apply will be placed on a team or will be given a leadership role. More opportunities will be available in the fall but we encourage all students who want to be leaders to apply now. Please talk with your daughter about applications.
    All-School Lenten Project | Thank you to all that supported our almsgiving this Lent. Students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumnae raised $17,561.74 for a new bus for a Salvatorian school in rural Tanzania. We needed $50,000 for the bus and with the Sisters of the Divine Savior raising $36,438.26, we exceeded our goal by over $4,000. Extra funds will go towards a bus maintenance fund. The children at the Buyuni School and the Sisters of the Divine Savior are so grateful.  
    Salvatorian Service | All students’ required service hours are due May 3. Please check in with your daughter(s) to make sure that they have served and logged all their hours on x2VOL, our service website. Alumnae & Student Service Day is April 30 at Feeding America. It’s a great opportunity for students to meet alumnae and serve in Milwaukee. Students can sign up on x2VOL.
    The Goodness and Kindness Highlight | The entire sophomore class volunteered throughout Milwaukee during Holy Week through Sophomore Service Day on April 12. Students met for breakfast, prayer, and witness talks in the morning; served at a local agency; and ended the day back at DSHA for reflection. It was fitting that this day was rescheduled from January to Tuesday of Holy Week. We are called to kneel down, just like Jesus kneels down on Holy Thursday, and wash the feet of those around us. It is those small acts of hospitality that help us grow closer to God each day. Sophomores read in elementary classrooms, spent time with the elderly, served in soup kitchens, and did small things that made a difference. 
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson.
    FROM THE SISTERS OF THE DIVINE SAVIOR
    The Sisters of the Divine Savior are seeking nominations for their 22nd Annual Woman of Faith Award. If you know a woman whose faith-inspired service helps to improve lives in southeastern Wisconsin, they want to know her too. Nominations are accepted through Friday, May 27. 

    Click here for more information and to submit your nomination. 

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    PreACT & ACT Results | Freshmen and sophomores received their PreACT scores and test booklets in their Theology classes a few weeks ago. If you daughter was absent, please have her stop into Student Services to see Testing Coordinator/College Assistant Katie Hoffmann, DSHA '02.
    Juniors' ACT scores will be uploaded into their myACT accounts approximately 4-6 weeks after their test date.
    AP Exams | Monday, May 2 - Wednesday, May 11
    Students will be taking AP exams next week. If your daughter is no longer taking her AP exam(s), please contact Testing Coordinator/College Assistant Katie Hoffmann, DSHA '02, as soon as possible.
    Vaping Seminar | Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at Marquette University High School
    Save the date for a presentation from Dr. Michelle Peace, VCU, a world expert on vaping, Juuling, etc. will present to faculty, staff, and parents. The content of the material will be informational and instructive. Juuling can be very destructive and the pods themselves contain so much more than just flavored nicotine. Many pods can contain THC, methamphetamine, Ketamine and an endless list of drugs. Juuling can be so deceptive and stealth-like that you might not even be aware your child or student is doing it. Please mark your calendars to attend this informational seminar.
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services Maria Schram.
    COLLEGE COUNSELING UPDATES
    College Scholarship Information Request | Due Wednesday, April 27
    Seniors — if you have not done so already, please take a few minutes to complete this form regarding all scholarships and awards received. Please list college academic scholarships, local business scholarships, scholarships from organizations, and any non DSHA scholarships. 
     This information may be used in several ways:
    • We want to celebrate all the accomplishments of the class of 2022.
    • We will use this data to track and learn trends and opportunities to help guide our future Dashers. 
    • Selected information may be used for the Honors Day booklet, the awards ceremony booklet, or in other DSHA publications. We will not list the individual award amounts in the booklets; however, we will use the class data in certain reports.  

    Student and parents/guardians must sign the form, and students must return it to Testing Coordinator/College Assistant Katie Hoffmann, DSHA '02, in Student Services.
    If this form is not returned by Wednesday, April 27, your awards/scholarships will not be included in the Honors Day booklet.
    College AppReady Boot Camp at DSHA | June 7 & 8 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. and June 9 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the DSHA Commons
    This summer we will once again hold the College AppReady Camp at DSHA for the class of 2023. There are only 50 spots available on a first come/first serve basis. All participants will be charged $175 per student through  Smart Tuition. We will be working on completing the Common App and a draft of a college essay (the essay will be read by at least one college admissions counselor).
    Join Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea and Xavier Admissions Counselor Tara Mularkey for a three-day college application camp. Be “AppReady” when you return senior year as we will create accounts, begin completion of the Common Application, tackle that first college essay draft, and get you prepared for application season.

    Please note: Attendance is required for all three days of the program. A minimum number of registrations will be required for this session to be held.

    Click here to sign into myDSHA and register. 
    Healing the Psychological Trauma of Today’s Elite College Students | Saturday, April 30 at Christ King Parish, 2604 N. Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa
    Why are anxiety and depression rising among college students — especially those at higher-ranked institutions? What is making young people with the greatest talents and best opportunities so anxious? Pastor of St. Paul's Catholic Student Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Fr. Eric Nielsen will address those questions based on 15-years of experience ministering to college students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
    9 a.m. |  Mass
    10 – 11:30 a.m. | Presentation/Q&A
    This event is free, but freewill offerings will be accepted.

    Click here to register. 

    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea.
    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    Wellbeing Assessment | The entire DSHA community is invited to partake in a confidential wellbeing assessment for the second time this academic year. Assessing Wellbeing in Education Pty Ltd (AWE) is a social enterprise that helps schools to measure and track the wellbeing of their school community though positive education-based online wellbeing assessments. 
    Insight into personal wellbeing can empower someone to make changes that can lead to a more flourishing existence. 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 they can monitor their own progress. Most of us can benefit from a wellbeing assessment. An assessment is not just for people with low wellbeing. Once they examine the various aspects of their wellbeing, most people can see where they can make positive changes. Awesome Schools also provides DSHA with group level aggregate reports and data. 
    Students, faculty, and staff will receive the wellbeing assessment information listed below at the start of this week.
    • Students, administration, faculty, and staff have a 2-week window to take the wellbeing assessment (April 24 - May 8) and then it auto-closes. 
    • The link to complete the assessment will come through myDSHA from awesomeschools, so it should not be deleted or thought to be spam.
    • Log in to the assessment with the information provided in the information on myDSHA. If your daughter cannot get in, simply have her reset her password using her DSHA email and she will be able to create a new one for access. (This is not connected to her DSHA email or Applied Wellness account password).
    • Reach out to Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide, DSHA '93with any questions.
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide, DSHA '93.

    DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION UPDATES
    Multicultural Week Wrap-Up
    April 4 - 8 was Multicultural Week at DSHA. Students, faculty, and staff celebrated our diverse community with optional events such as a food fair, a world religions Dasher Dialogue, multicultural online trivia, Multicultural Production, and open mic, and a dance.
    Questions? Contact Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Brian Calhoun.

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
    Sign Up to Volunteer Today | Volunteers hold a special place in the fabric of our community, and we invite you to join a fantastic team that truly makes a difference in the lives of our young women while you get to know other Dasher parents.
    Upcoming volunteer needs:
    • Grandparent Liturgy Day-Of Opportunities | April 27
    • Junior Prom Chaperone | April 30 from 6:30 - 10 p.m
    • Spring Open House | May 1 from 8:30 - 10 a.m. and/or 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m

      Our spring open house for 5th - 7th grade families is on Sunday, May 1. Mass is at 9 a.m., with tours to follow at 10 and 11 a.m. 
       
      We need parent volunteers to welcome prospective new students and families at this event! Needs include: set up, greeting, registration, and checkout. We especially need Spanish-speaking parents! 
       
      Please contact Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Ann Duffy, DSHA '10 if you are able to volunteer at Open House. Thank you!

    Click here to browse all opportunities for the 2021-22 school year and register today. 

    Questions about volunteering? Contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.

    BUSINESS OFFICE UPDATES
    2021-22 Smart Tuition Statements | To access your statement, log into your myDSHA account, go to the Resource tab, and click on the Smart Tuition tab.
    Smart Tuition Accounts for Seniors | Senior families — your Smart Tuition accounts must be paid by May 15.
    Questions? Contact the DSHA Business Office at 414-721-2916.
    FROM THE PA, PAA, AND PFAA 
    PFAA Meeting | Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the DSHA Board Room
    A Zoom option will be available. Come learn what this amazing group has to offer.
    The PFAA is seeking the following positions for the 2022-23 school year: secretary, volunteer coordinator, raffle co-coordinator, concessions coordinator, and flower coordinator. These opportunities are a great way to get involved and meet other parents!
    Join one of our DSHA Parent Associations | Parents are key members of the DSHA community and important partners in much of the work done through the school on behalf of each student. In addition to individual volunteer activities, these organizations provide opportunities for parents to meet and work together. The parent chairs of the Parent Association, the Parents Athletic Association, and the Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting these organizations with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.

    Click here to join the Parent Association, the Parents Athletic Association, and/or the Parent Fine Arts Association. 
    SPECIAL EVENTS
    College Decision Day | Friday, April 29

    Your daughters are just under seven weeks away from graduation and will soon join a community of over 11,000 women – the DSHA alumnae family. 
    We are so excited to celebrate their years at DSHA and all that they have accomplished on Decision Day.
    Decision Day is a long-standing tradition where graduating seniors don their college gear, representing where they will be attending next fall. It will be a fun afternoon with sweet treats and a chance for your daughter to take photos with her friends in front of the DSHA seal outside. 
    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea or Alumnae Director Danielle Rabe, DSHA '08.
    Dasher Day of Giving | May 4

    Our annual giving day invites the DSHA community to come together and celebrate their DSHA pride and make an impact on the students, faculty, and programs we love. Follow DSHA on Facebook and Instagram, and stay tuned for more information! 
    #DasherDay2022 #givesharelove #gladtobeplaid
    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.

    Summer Cool | June-July 2022
    Do you know a future Dasher in rising grades 1-9? Whether she wants to spend her summer with her nose in a book, exploring STEM concepts, growing in her faith, and/or developing her athletics skills, DSHA Summer Cool's 125 + camps include something for every girl in rising grades 1-9!

    Click here to register for Summer Cool by May 15. 

    Questions? Contact Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore, DSHA '16.
    Save the Date | PAA Golf Outing & Dinner | Friday, September 9

    If you are interested in helping out at the PAA Golf Outing, contact Director of Special Events & Volunteer Engagement Sarah Zander.

    FINE ARTS UPDATES
    Fine Arts Spring Events | We hope to see you at the following events:
    • Spring Instrumental Concert | May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre
    • Angelaires and Concert Choir Spring Concert | May 6 at 7 p.m. in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre
    • AP Art Gallery Exhibit | May 8
    • Handbellpalooza Spring Concert | May 9 at 7 p.m. in the DSHA Orchestra Room
    • PFAA Awards Night | May 11 at 7 p.m. in the DSHA Commons

    Save the Dates for Community Theatre Works' Matilda | Community Theatre Works is an intense, four-week theatre program for rising 5-12th graders combining the talents of DSHA students, middle school students, and community members to produce a musical. Students will work in tandem with local theatrical talent in a caring theatrical environment to put together a summer musical. All students must register through Summer Cool. Once your student is registered, she/he will be in the production. 
    Auditions:
    Rising grades 9-12 | June 7 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Rising grades 5-8 | June 8 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Performances:
    July 15 | 7 p.m.
    July 16 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    July 17 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    Questions? Contact Director of Theatre, Choir, and Liturgical Music Zach Ziegler.
    ATHLETIC UPDATES
    National Letter of Intent Signing

    Tuesday, April 12 marked the last opportunity for student-athletes to sign their national letters of intent. The DSHA Athletic Department was proud to celebrate Kathryn Kleczka, DSHA '22, and Caitlyn O’Brien, DSHA '22, who both signed national letter of intents to play at the collegiate level. Kathryn will dive at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Caitlyn will participate in track and field at Ave Maria University in Florida. Congratulations and best wishes as you both move on to the next level!
    Bring Your Favorite TSC Member to a Game
    Tuesday, April 12 was “Bring Your Favorite TSC Member to a Game.” The DSHA Varsity Soccer team members each asked a member of the TSC (Total School Community) to come watch them play on April 12. They each received an “I Back a Dasher” t-shirt and were introduced with their player at half-time. It was a fun evening for all.
    2021 Soccer State Championship Banner Revealed

    Current members of the 2022 DSHA Varsity Soccer team were joined by members of the 2021 DSHA Varsity Soccer team to unveil their 2021 State Championship banner at our first home game of the season. Thanks to Jim Harwood for all of his work to make this event happen! We are so proud of all the soccer program has accomplished and wish them much success this season!
    Rugby Travels to Iowa to Open Their Spring Season 

    The DSHA Rugby teams traveled to Iowa on April 10 to take on the Iowa Select team. The Rugby A team won 44-5 and the Rugby B team won 52-5! Congratulations to both teams! The teams now move on to the Midwest tournament which will be held in Indiana on April 30 and May 1 and then on to Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio on May 21-22. Good luck to the rugby teams!
    Upcoming Faith Fridays 
    • April 29 | Softball
    • May 6 | Soccer
    • May 13 | Rugby

    On your daughter's designated day, your daughter can wear her team spirit wear with her uniform skirt and attend Faith Friday in the Mother of Our Savior Chapel. We will take a group picture after.
    2022 DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame | Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame. The deadline for submission of nominations is May 1.

    Click here to view the nomination criteria.
    Click here to download a nomination form to mail in.
    Click here to fill out an online nomination form. 

    Questions about the DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame? Contact Athletic Director Peggy Seegers-Braun
    For general DSHA Athletics questions, Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.
    FROM THE DEVELOPMENT DESK
    Mosaic | The class of 2022 gift campaign, Mosaic, has kicked off. Each graduating senior is encouraged to pay it forward and show her appreciation for the DSHA student experience. The Mosaic leadership committee has set a goal of 80 donors by graduation.

    Click here to follow the campaign.
  • DSHA Parent eNews | April 4, 2022

    Parent eNews | Monday, April 4

    Dear DSHA Community, 
    As a school community, we will complete the Lenten season with several more opportunities for Dashers to live out the goodness and kindness of Jesus. We finished last week with optional reconciliation for all students and look forward to the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Student Auction, collections, PB & J ministry, Faith Friday, all-school Stations of the Cross, and Sophomore Service Day to finish our Lenten observance.
    In the midst of Lent, we took time to celebrate our achievements. Our community extends a congratulations to Valedictorian Grace Organ, DSHA '22, and Salutatorian Lizzie Dondlinger, DSHA '22. Organ, as well as Addie Grogan, DSHA '22, were named National Merit Finalists.
    Recently an example of DSHA students being the goodness and kindness of Jesus was brought to my attention by two of our teachers, Visual Arts Faculty Caitlin Elrod and Director of Salvatorian Service Dr. Katie Pickart, DSHA '84. Two of our students, Lilly Janisch, DSHA '23, and AJ Scheidt, DSHA '24, have linked up with an organization that creates dream bedrooms for children who are undergoing treatment for cancer. The organization recreates their bedrooms to be a safe haven full of comfy sheets, love, warmth, new paint, and new furniture for the kids to recover in. Each bedroom is designed specifically with each individual child's likes in mind. Lilly and AJ have decided to make art for a family in the Greater Milwaukee area. The young boy, 4, has down syndrome and leukemia. He and his sister share a room, so our students are making artwork to go above their beds in their barnyard-themed room. AJ is going to make special artwork for their other brother who is 12 and loves sports.

    In addition, Janisch, Schedit, and Olivia Campbell, DSHA '24, completed a mural in the St. Joseph's Hospital Emergency Room in Milwaukee. The students created a mural to uplift hospital staff, patients, and neighbors.

    We are called to be the goodness and kindness of Jesus to one another, and it is a blessing to see our students live out this calling.
    May you have a blessed Easter!

    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (785)
    2/21 - 3/6
    3/7 - 20
    3/21 - 4/3
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Close contacts due to exposure outside DSHA*
    2
    1
    189
    Close contacts due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    0
    311
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    1
    0
    212
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    4
    Current active positivity rate: 1/785 (0.13%)**
    * Number of individuals in close contact during this period.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 785).

    Click here to read our full DSHA Community Measures | 2021-22

    What's going around? | The past two weeks we have been seeing a resurgence of stomach viruses. The illness takes multiple forms ranging from nausea and vomiting, to stomach cramps, diarrhea, and fevers. Colds have also been prevalent. The stomach viruses and colds we saw have declined as of the end of last week. We have only experienced one positive case of COVID-19 in the past two weeks. Thank you to everyone for testing, keeping the protocols in mind, and reporting home tests to the school nurse. If you are administering a home test, please read the directions carefully and email a photo of the test result to School Nurse Patti Hughes.  
    Keep the School Nurse Up to Date | If your daughter has a chronic health condition that may require emergent nursing or medical care, the school needs to have a medical action plan on file. These are common for diabetes, seizure disorders, asthma/chronic breathing issues, bleeding disorders, and allergies, but they are helpful for any condition where emergent action may need to be taken.
    For other conditions, there may not be an emergency plan, but it is helpful to have documentation of the condition to provide the best care. A note from the physician stating that a student has a known condition is helpful when assessing your daughter’s symptoms if she visits the nursing office. Examples of conditions might include migraines, dysmenorrhea, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, Ulcerative Colitis, IBS, dysautonomia/POTTS, GERD, orthopedic issues, or skin sensitivities. When you next see your physician, please ask for documentation of her condition and/or a medical action plan so we may have it on file.
    COVID-19 Testing Lab Days and Hours | We will have Accelerated Analytical Laboratory at DSHA 5 days a week with varying hours. As always, students, family members, household members, and TSC are welcome to register for testing. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be given. There is no cost and no insurance is collected. 
    • Mondays | 8 - 11 a.m.
    • Tuesdays | 12 - 3 p.m.
    • Wednesdays | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays | 8 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Fridays | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    You must preregister using the link below. At the end of the survey, click the blue banner that states you are testing at a non-public site. 
    After completing the registration, arrive at the back alcove theatre door labeled #12 in the faculty parking lot. You will find door #12 just past the garage dumpster corral. Wear a mask. Knock on the glass door for admittance or call the nurse's office at 414-462-3742 ext. 4357. We can have the lab come to your car if needed by calling the nurse's office to say you have arrived.
    The lab may ask what your relationship to DSHA is: faculty/staff, student, or DSHA family member. They are not screening you for eligibility; it is just a data point. DSHA household members are most welcome to come.

    Click here to preregister.
    Click here for preregistration instructions. 
    Holiday Lab Hours | The lab will be closed on Holy Thursday and throughout spring break, Thursday, April 15 - Friday, April 22.
    Questions? Contact School Nurse Patti Hughes.  

    FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
    Grandparent Liturgy Day Schedule and Parking | Wednesday, April 27 from 8-9:45 a.m.
    Due to students spending part of their morning with their grandparents on April 27, students will begin school at 9:45 a.m. Since we will have many grandparents visiting us that day, we are encouraging students who normally park in our lot to carpool or be dropped off/picked up on this day if they are able.
    Graduation Information | Thursday, May 26 & Friday, May 27
    Graduation will take place on Friday, May 27 at the Miller High Life Theater located at 500 W. Kilbourn Avenue in Milwaukee. Graduates need to arrive at 4:30 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. There will not be any ticketing for this event as the theater is large enough to hold all of our families and friends.
    Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Thursday, May 26 at DSHA beginning at 6 p.m. Mass will be immediately followed by the Class of 2022 SDS Salvatorian Service Award Ceremony and Seniors Honors Night.
    Additional details regarding Baccalaureate, Graduation, and end of senior year obligations will be emailed to seniors and their parents/guardians soon.
    Graduation Dress Requirements | Senior parents — below are the guidelines for graduation dresses. All graduates must submit a photo of themselves wearing their dress to Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks no later than May 2. The photo may be submitted electronically or in hard copy.
     Full or Tea Length White/Ivory Dress: 
    The white or ivory graduation dress is to be modest and appropriate. In keeping with DSHA tradition, the dress must be floor length or tea length (mid-calf). A wrap or cover-up in white or ivory is allowed and encouraged with backless, strapless, or halter dresses. Any color graduation dress other than white or ivory is not acceptable. 
    Alternatively, students may choose to wear a white or ivory pantsuit. Any color pantsuit other than white or ivory is not acceptable.
     White Gloves: 
    Full length white or ivory gloves are mandatory. 
     Hair/Jewelry/Shoes: 
    Hair and jewelry should be appropriate for the occasion and conservative in appearance. Shoes must be white or ivory in color. 
     
    Class Rings and Graduation Announcements | Senior parents — Jostens has information to share with you about graduation announcements.
    Sophomore parents — class rings are available for purchase through Jostens. 

    Click here for more information about graduation announcements.
    Click here for more information about class rings. 
    2022-2023 School Year Important Dates | Below is a list of important dates for the 2022-2023 school year. We are currently in the process of populating our calendar with other events and activities. We hope to publish the full calendar before the end of April 2022.
    School Dates:
    • August 18, 2022 | Check-In Day
    • August 19, 2022 | Freshmen Orientation
    • August 22, 2022 | First Traditional Day of School
    • December 19 - 22, 2022 | Semester Exams
    • December 23, 2022 - January 3, 2023 | Christmas Vacation
    • February 3 - 5, 2023 | Winter Break
    • April 6 - 16, 2023 | Easter Vacation
    • May 23 - 26, 2023 | Semester Exams  
    • May 26, 2023 | Graduation

    Attendance Reminders | If your daughter is going to miss school for any reason, please call our Attendance Office at 414-721-2920 as soon as possible. If students are marked absent for class and we have not heard from you, they will be marked unexcused and given a slip to verify their absence. If their absence does not get verified, they may receive a Saturday detention.
    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks.
    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    Important Final Exam Schedule Changes | Monday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 25
    Monday, May 23 | There are no scheduled classes this day. This will be a study day for students. Faculty will be available for extra help from 7:50 a.m. – 3:05 p.m. The library will be open for studying from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Students can come to school to work with teachers, study with friends, workout in the fitness center, see a school counselor, use the library — whatever they need to do to feel prepared for second semester final exams, May 24 – 27.   
    Wednesday, May 25 | The World Languages final exams will now be in the 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. spot and the Anatomy & Physiology final exam will be from 12:45 – 2 p.m. For the complete final exam schedule, please see the school website calendar  
    Career Opportunity for All Grade Levels | Women In Technology Event | April 7 from 4 - 6 p.m.
    Parents, please encourage your daughter to attend this free virtual event. Women In Technology Wisconsin, together with their community partners, is hosting a virtual event to showcase all the places you can go with a technology career. Students will have the opportunity to hear directly from tech professionals on different types of career options. Professionals will be sharing what a day in the life looks like for them, will talk about their career journeys, and will answer questions from students. This event will be informal to allow students to learn about roles and opportunities that they may not even know existed. All are welcome at this free, virtual event!
    As an incentive for students to attend, I will provide Applied Wellness credits for students who attend the event and share some screen shots with me.

    Click here to register.

    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    All-School Lenten Project | Final 10 Days to Donate to the Buyini School
    Thank you for generously donating to our Lenten project for a new bus for a Salvatorian school in Tanzania, the Buyuni School! Sisters of the Divine Savior built, teach, and live at this Buyuni School in rural Tanzania, where 60% of the population is 16 or younger. The Salvatorians are desperately in need of a bus to help local families send their children from the rural areas. To donate to our Lenten project during the last 10 days: 
    • Please encourage your daughter(s) to bid on items in the Student Auction this Wednesday, April 6.
    • Contribute to grade-level collections for the bus through Thursday, April 14. The winning class will celebrate with an ice cream party and a week out-of-uniform! Freshmen lead the school with almost $1,400! Checks can be written to DSHA, and all funds will be donated to Buyuni School.

    Lenten Prayer Opportunities | Dashers had the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation last Thursday and Friday. Our thanks to 13 priests for offering the sacrament for our students and staff.
    Tomorrow marks the conclusion of the novena for the consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Science Faculty Erica Nelson led the novena for our community.
    On Wednesday, April 13, we will pray the Stations of the Cross as a community.
    Questions? Contact Campus Minister for Liturgy and Prayer and Theology Faculty Catherine Lennon.
    Salvatorian Service | All students’ required service hours are due May 3. Please check in with your daughter(s) to make sure that they have served and logged all their hours on x2VOL, our service website. Alumnae & Student Service Day is April 30 at Feeding America. It’s a great opportunity for students to meet alumnae and serve in Milwaukee. Students can sign up on x2VOL.
    Questions? Contact Director of Salvatorian Service Dr. Katie Daily Pickart, DSHA '84.
    Sophomore Service Day | Tuesday, April 12
    Sophomores will pray, reflect, and serve together at 16 local schools, parishes, elderly care homes, and community outreach agencies during the school day. 
    For general Campus Ministry questions, contact Director of Salvatorian Service Dr. Katie Daily Pickart, DSHA '84.
    FROM THE SISTERS OF THE DIVINE SAVIOR
    The Sisters of the Divine Savior are seeking nominations for their 22nd Annual Woman of Faith Award. If you know a woman whose faith-inspired service helps to improve lives in southeastern Wisconsin, they want to know her too. Nominations are accepted through Friday, May 27. 

    Click here for more information and to submit your nomination. 

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    Meet the new Director of Student Services Maria Schram | Maria comes to DSHA with twenty years of administrative leadership in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. During these twenty years, she has served as principal at St. John the Evangelist in Greenfield, St. Monica in Whitefish Bay, and most recently ,at St. Mary’s in Hales Corners, where she retired from being principal, but not from Catholic school leadership. Additionally, she served the St. Joan Antida High School community as both principal and academic dean. Previous to becoming a principal, she taught history in the archdiocese for thirteen years. A 2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Leadership Award recipient, Maria has directed strategic planning to advance student learning, strengthened Catholic identity and faith formation, developed community partnerships, and developed new systems to improve school culture and student learning. 

    Click here to read Maria's full bio. 
    PreACT & ACT Results | Freshmen and sophomores received their PreACT scores and test booklets in their Theology classes last week. If you daughter was absent, please have her stop into Student Services to see Testing Coordinator/College Assistant Katie Hoffmann, DSHA '02.
    Juniors' ACT scores will be uploaded into their myACT accounts approximately 4-6 weeks after their test date.
    Stress, Anxiety, and Resilience Speaker | Thursday, April 7 from 7 - 8:15 p.m. at the University School of Milwaukee
    As a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with teens, Lisa Damour, Ph.D., has witnessed a rising tide of stress and anxiety among the youth in her research. Knowing no parent wants to see their child in emotional overload, Damour offers helpful solutions to the stresses of growing up in the modern era.

    Click here to learn more and to register. 

    Spring Sophomore Meetings with School Counselors | School counselors are currently meeting with all sophomore students regarding their academic and college/career planning. The purpose of this meeting is to check in with students on how they have been getting involved, how they are engaging in their personal wellness, as well as explore Naviance, an online tool available to all students in exploring career and college information. If your sophomore still has not had her sophomore meeting, she should reach out to schedule it with her assigned school counselor. 
    The school counselor breakdown is as follows:
    Last names starting with A-G & X-Z School Counselor Therese Hayden
    Last names starting with H-O | School Counselor Janet Como
    Last names starting with P-W | School Counselor Mallorie Svetlik
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services Jacky Krawczyk.
    COLLEGE COUNSELING UPDATES
    Secrets to Great College Applications and Essays Webinar | Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
    How do you write authentic, effective college essays that make you stand out from the pack? Join Prompt's webinar to find out! They will share practical advice to help you get started, understand what to write about, and avoid common mistakes. Bring your questions to the Q & A.

    Click here to register for the webinar. 

    Prompt's Writing Center | Prompt’s writing center is now live! Explore all they have to offer at Prompt's College Essay Help Center.
    Financial Aid 101 Webinar Recording | On March 8, Revolution Prep hosted Affording College: Financial Aid 101 with Scott Wallace-Juedes, Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid at Yale University. Scott Wallace-Juedes leads a comprehensive conversation about the financial aid process, from the FAFSA and CSS profile, to estimating costs, scholarships, grants, need-based aid, and more.

    Click here to watch the recording. 

    College AppReady Boot Camp | June 7 & 8 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. and June 9 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the DSHA Commons
    This summer we will once again hold the College AppReady Camp at DSHA for the class of 2023. There are only 50 spots available on a first come/first serve basis. All participants will be charged $175 per student through  Smart Tuition. We will be working on completing the Common App and a draft of a college essay (the essay will be read by at least one college admissions counselor).
    Join Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea and Xavier Admissions Counselor Tara Mularkey for a three-day college application camp.  Be “AppReady” when you return senior year as we will create accounts, begin completion of the Common Application, tackle that first college essay draft, and get you prepared for application season.
    Please note: Attendance is required for all three days of the program. A minimum number of registrations will be required for this session to be held.

    Click here to sign into myDSHA and register. 

    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea.

    DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION UPDATES
    Multi-Cultural Week | April 4-8
    Sponsored by the Sisters of Culture and Furia Latina co-curriculars, Multicultural Week is designed to celebrate diverse backgrounds and spark conversations around important topics. Each day will feature morning and afternoon prayer from different TSC members and students in different languages. The week's festivities are optional and all students are encouraged to participate.
    This week's festivities include:
    Monday, April 4 | Multicultural Food Fair & Dress Like Your Culture/Ethnicity | During lunch, a variety of foods from different cultures were sold. Students were encouraged to wear traditional clothing, clothing that represented an era in their culture, or clothing in their flag colors.  
    Tuesday, April 5 | World Religions Dasher Dialogue | During lunch, students will discuss religions that are rooted in different cultures.
    Wednesday, April 6 | Multicultural Trivia | Trivia will be played during lunch. The winner will receive free admission to the Multicultural Dance on Friday night.
    Thursday, April 7 | Multicultural Production | During co-curricular time, the Student Diversity and Inclusion Council is hosting the Multicultural Production in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. There will be various acts from different cultures like dancing, spoken word, and song.
    Friday, April 8 | Art Display and Open Mic & Multicultural Dance | From 6-7:30 p.m., there will be an open mic and art display. All are welcome to watch and participate, and high school students who arrive before 6:30 p.m. will receive free admission to the dance. The Multicultural Dance will take place from 7:30-10:30 p.m. in the Chris and John McDermott Gymnasium. All high school students are welcome. Students must bring an ID to the dance. Admission to the dance is $5.  
    Questions? Contact Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Brian Calhoun.

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
    Sign Up to Volunteer Today | Volunteers hold a special place in the fabric of our community, and we invite you to join a fantastic team that truly makes a difference in the lives of our young women while you get to know other Dasher parents.
    Upcoming volunteer needs:

    Spring Open House | May 1 from 8:30 - 10 a.m. and/or 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Our spring open house for 5-7th grade families is on Sunday, May 1. Mass is at 9 a.m., with tours to follow at 10 and 11 a.m. 
     
    We need parent volunteers to welcome prospective new students and families at this event! Needs include: set up, greeting, registration, and checkout. We especially need Spanish-speaking parents! 
     
    Please contact Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Ann Duffy, DSHA '10 if you are able to volunteer at Open House. Thank you!

    Click here to browse opportunities for the 2021-22 school year and register today. 

    Questions about volunteering? Contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    BUSINESS OFFICE UPDATES
    2021-22 Smart Tuition Statements | To access your statement, log into your myDSHA account, go to the Resource tab, and click on the Smart Tuition tab.
    Smart Tuition Accounts for Seniors | Senior families — your Smart Tuition accounts must be paid by May 15.
    Questions? Contact the DSHA Business Office at 414-721-2916.

    FROM THE PA, PAA, AND PFAA 
    PFAA Meeting | Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the DSHA Board Room
    A Zoom option will be available. Come learn what this amazing group has to offer.
    The PFAA is seeking the following positions for the 2022-23 school year: secretary, Angelaire liaison, volunteer coordinator, raffle co-coordinator, concessions coordinator, and flower coordinator. These opportunities are a great way to get involved and meet other parents!
    Join one of our DSHA Parent Associations | Parents are key members of the DSHA community and important partners in much of the work done through the school on behalf of each student. In addition to individual volunteer activities, these organizations provide opportunities for parents to meet and work together. The parent chairs of the Parent Association, the Parents Athletic Association, and the Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting these organizations with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.

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

    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Grandparent Liturgy | April 27
    Grandparents are invited to accompany their granddaughters for Mass and a light breakfast at DSHA.

    Click here to RSVP by April 22. 

    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    Save the Date for Dasher Day of Giving | May 4
    Our annual giving day invites the DSHA community to come together and celebrate their DSHA pride and make an impact on the students, faculty, and programs we love. Stay tuned for more information! 
    Summer Cool | June-July 2022
    Do you know a future Dasher in rising grades 1-9? Whether she wants to spend her summer with her nose in a book, exploring STEM concepts, growing in her faith, and/or developing her athletics skills, DSHA Summer Cool's 125 + camps include something for every girl in rising grades 1-9!
    Summer Cool registration is open!

    Click here to register for Summer Cool by May 1. 

    Questions? Contact Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore, DSHA '16.
    FINE ARTS UPDATES
    Save the Date for the Spring Choral Concert | Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m.
    The spring choral concert will feature the Angelaires and Concert Choir in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. Admission is free. Hope to see you all there!
    Save the Dates for Community Theatre Works' Matilda | Community Theatre Works is an intense, four-week theatre program for rising 5-12th graders combining the talents of DSHA students, middle school students, and community members to produce a musical. Students will work in tandem with local theatrical talent in a caring theatrical environment to put together a summer musical. All students must register through Summer Cool. Once your student is registered, she/he will be in the production. 
    Auditions:
    Rising grades 9-12 | June 7 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Rising grades 5-8 | June 8 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Performances:
    July 15 | 7 p.m.
    July 16 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    July 17 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    Questions? Contact Director of Theatre, Choir, and Liturgical Music Zach Ziegler.
    ATHLETIC UPDATES
    National Letter of Intent Signing | Tuesday, April 12 at 11:25 a.m. in the DSHA Commons
    The DSHA Athletic Department is proud to celebrate with Kathryn Kleczka, DSHA '22, who will be diving at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Caitlyn O’Brien, DSHA '22, who will be participating in track and field at Ave Maria University in Florida. Come join in the celebration!  
    Faith Friday Lacrosse | The Lacrosse team celebrated Faith Friday on April 1. What a great way to start off the season together! 

    Faith Friday Masses for Spring Sports | The Faith Friday Masses for the remaining spring sports will be as follows:
    • April 29 | Softball
    • May 6 | Soccer
    • May 13 | Spring Rugby

    Please have your daughter attend Faith Friday on her team’s designated day. She can wear her team spirit wear with her skirt if she attends Mass and we will take a group picture following Mass. Hope to see her there!
    Spring Athletics Calendar | If you are looking for an easy way to stay up to date about game times, locations,  postponements, and opponents, sign up for mobile alerts from DSHA's R-School Calendar.
    Just follow these easy steps:

     1.  Click here for the link to DSHA’s R-School Calendar.
     2.  Click on “Notify Me” on the right side column 
     3.  Follow the prompts and you are all set!
    2022-23 Fall Tryout Information | Fall 2022 tryout information is here.
    Click here for the Fall 2022 tryout information. 

    2022 DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame | Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame. The deadline for submission of nominations is May 1.

    Click here to the view the nomination criteria.
    Click here to download a nomination form to mail in.
    Click here to complete an online nomination form. 
    Questions about the DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame? Contact Athletic Director Peggy Seegers-Braun
    For general DSHA Athletics questions, Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.

  • DSHA Parent eNews | It's Time for the DSHA Student Auction! | March 29, 2022

    March 29, 2022

    Dear DSHA Community,
    Each year following the annual DSHA Auction and during the Lenten season, DSHA students host a student auction to raise money for a specific organization or project that fits within our school mission and school year’s theme — to be the goodness and kindness of Jesus Christ.
    For the 2022 Lenten season, DSHA’s Campus Ministry Council and Student Council Board are working to raise money to help provide transportation for young students in Tanzania, Africa. Currently, there is a school shortage in Tanzania and fewer students are attending school each day because of inaccessible transportation. Therefore, DSHA students hope to raise money to help contribute to the purchase of a school bus for Jitegemee Primary School students. With this bus, Tanzanian children living in Buyini that wish to attend Jitegemee Primary School will have easier access to travel necessities.

    We are especially excited to partner with the Jitegemee Primary School because they are a Salvatorian school. The Sisters of the Divine Savior built, teach, and live at this school in rural Tanzania.
    Would you consider donating an item to the DSHA Student Auction — taking place on Wednesday, April 6 — to help Dashers raise money for the school bus? Here are some ways to donate:

    Click here to fill out the donation form. All donations are due Friday, April 1. 

    For questions, contact Campus Ministry Administrative Assistant Tracy Richburg at 414.721.7974.
    Thank you for your generosity and for your support of our Salvatorian community.
    Sincerely,
    DSHA Student Campus Ministry Council and Student Council Board
  • DSHA Parent eNews | March 21, 2022

    Parent eNews | Monday, March 21

    Dear DSHA Community, 
    This week marks the half-way point of Lent. During this season, we continue to conclude our morning and afternoon prayers with Jesus, help me to be the goodness and kindness. Jesus gave His life for us, the ultimate model of the goodness and kindness. In concluding our prayers with these words, we are reminding our community to be a model of Jesus to others this Lenten season. And we have seen several examples of this beauty amongst our students.
    The DSHA Class of 2022 just finished their Vocare experience. Our Vocare Welcome Back Prayer Service with the Sisters of the Divine Savior is this Wednesday, March 23 at 10:22 a.m. Senior parents are welcome to attend. 
    Students have served the elderly at assisted living and skilled care facilities, children in schools, those with special needs, and others through community outreach in forty seven locations throughout the greater Milwaukee area. Over sixty members of the faculty and staff visited each site, and another fifteen faculty were here to facilitate the Sunday afternoon reflection session halfway through the two-week expereince. 
    The different sites have reported the goodness and kindness of Jesus. They have thanked us for sharing our students. They have stated that our students have been wonderful blessings to their community. They have asked if they can keep the girls longer — or even forever. They have repeatedly said they are doing a great job.
    Vocare is the capstone service experience at DSHA where girls have the opportunity to fully invest themselves in the community as the goodness and kindness of Jesus. As we welcome our seniors back into the building, we continue to pray for and with the communities they have served.
    Jesus, help me to be the goodness and kindness.
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (785)
    2/7 - 20
    2/21 - 3/6
    3/7 - 20
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Close contacts due to exposure outside DSHA*
    7
    2
    189
    Close contacts due to exposure inside DSHA*
    27
    0
    309
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    6
    1
    211
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    4
    Current active positivity rate: 0/785 (0.0%)**
    * Number of individuals in close contact during this period.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 785).
     
    COVID-19 Testing Lab Days and Hours | We will have Accelerated Analytical Laboratory at DSHA 5 days a week with varying hours. As always, students, family members, household members, and TSC are welcome to register for testing. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be given. There is no cost and no insurance is collected. 
    • Mondays | 8 - 11 a.m.
    • Tuesdays | 12 - 3 p.m.
    • Wednesdays | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays | 8 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Fridays | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    You must preregister using the link below. At the end of the survey, click the blue banner that states you are testing at a non-public site. 
    After completing the registration, arrive at the back alcove theatre door labeled #12 in the faculty parking lot. You will find door #12 just past the garage dumpster corral. Wear a mask. Knock on the glass door for admittance or call the nurse's office at 414-462-3742 ext. 4357. We can have the lab come to your car if needed by calling the nurse's office to say you have arrived.
    The lab may ask what your relationship to DSHA is: faculty/staff, student, or DSHA family member. They are not screening you for eligibility; it is just a data point. DSHA household members are most welcome to come.

    Click here to preregister.
    Click here for preregistration instructions.

    Holiday Lab Hours | The lab will be closed on the following days:
    • Friday, March 25
    • Thursday, April 15 - Friday, April 22

    Questions? Contact School Nurse Patti Hughes.  
    FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
    Graduation Information | Thursday, May 26 & Friday, May 27
    Graduation will take place on Friday, May 27 at the Miller High Life Theater located at 500 W. Kilbourn Avenue in Milwaukee. Graduates need to arrive at 4:30 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. There will not be any ticketing for this event as the theater is large enough to hold all of our families and friends.
    Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Thursday, May 26 at DSHA beginning at 6 p.m. Mass will be immediately followed by the Class of 2022 SDS Salvatorian Service Award Ceremony and Seniors Honors Night.
    Additional details regarding Baccalaureate, Graduation, and end of senior year obligations will be emailed to seniors and their parents/guardians at the end of March/beginning of April.
    Graduation Dress Requirements | Senior parents — below are the guidelines for graduation dresses. All graduates must submit a photo of themselves wearing their dress to Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks no later than May 2. The photo may be submitted electronically or in hard copy.
     Full or Tea Length White/Ivory Dress: 
    The white or ivory graduation dress is to be modest and appropriate. In keeping with DSHA tradition, the dress must be floor length or tea length (mid-calf). A wrap or cover-up in white or ivory is allowed and encouraged with backless, strapless, or halter dresses. Any color graduation dress other than white or ivory is not acceptable. 
    Alternatively, students may choose to wear a white or ivory pantsuit. Any color pantsuit other than white or ivory is not acceptable.
     White Gloves: 
    Full length white or ivory gloves are mandatory. 
     Hair/Jewelry/Shoes: 
    Hair and jewelry should be appropriate for the occasion and conservative in appearance. Shoes must be white or ivory in color. 
     
    2022-2023 School Year Important Dates | Below is a list of important dates for the 2022-2023 school year. We are currently in the process of populating our calendar with other events and activities. We hope to publish the full calendar before the end of April 2022.
    School Dates:
    • August 18, 2022 | Check-in Day
    • August 19, 2022 | Freshmen Orientation
    • August 22, 2022 | First Traditional Day of School
    • December 19 - 22, 2022 | Semester Exams
    • December 23, 2022 - January 3, 2023 | Christmas Vacation
    • February 3 - 6, 2023 | Winter Break
    • April 6 - 16, 2023 | Easter Vacation
    • May 23 - 26, 2023 | Semester Exams  
    • May 26, 2023 | Graduation
     
    Class Rings and Graduation Announcements | Senior parents — Jostens has information to share with you about graduation announcements.
    Sophomore parents — class rings are available for purchase through Jostens. 

    Click here for more information about graduation announcements.
    Click here for more information about class rings. 
    Senior Yearbook Photos | Click the link below for directions regarding senior yearbook photos. Photo submissions are due March 31.

    Click here for more information about senior yearbook photos. 

    Attendance Reminders | If your daughter is going to miss school for any reason, please call our Attendance Office at 414-721-2920 as soon as possible. If students are marked absent for class and we have not heard from you, they will be marked unexcused and given a slip to verify their absence. If their absence does not get verified, they may receive a Saturday detention.
    Uniform Policy | There are a number of students coming to school with short skirts and sweaters and jackets that do not have the DSHA logo on them. Please review the uniform policy with your daughter. All sweaters and jackets worn at school must have the same DSHA logo as our polos, and skirts must be an appropriate length. Help us ensure that your daughter is prepared to come to school each day dressed according to these policies, especially in regard to skirt length and uniform sweaters.

    Click here to review the uniform policy. 

    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks.

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    Academic Help Through Applied Wellness | As a support option for students needing more structured, individualized academic help, several Applied Wellness sessions will be offered in the next few weeks with the sole focus of helping students complete assignments, papers, and projects. Encourage your daughter to look for these experiences through the Applied Wellness app.  
    After-School Academic Support | After-school academic support will be offered on the dates below. Students can earn Applied Wellness credit by participating.
    • March 30 from 3:15 – 5 p.m. in Room 116
    • April 4 from 3:15 – 5 p.m. in Room 116
    • April 7 from 3:15 – 5 p.m. in Room 116
     
    Students can just stop in. There is no need to pre-register. More sessions will be offered after Easter break.  
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    The Gift of Sunday | Archdiocesan Mission | Thursday, March 24

    DSHA welcomes a mission offered through the Archdiocese this week. A central belief for Catholics is the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Belief in the Real Presence, as well as learning how to be in the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, is essential in the lives of the faithful. This week in theology classes, our students will learn more about this Archdiocesan Mission. On Thursday, Fr. Mauricio Fernandez will present The Gift of Sunday to our students, faculty, and staff. 
    All-School Lenten Project | Let the Children Come to Me | Luke 18:16
    Thank you to all families participating in our Lenten project for a new bus for a Salvatorian school in Tanzania, the Buyuni School! Sisters of the Divine Savior built, teach, and live at this Buyuni School in rural Tanzania, where 60% of the population is 16 or younger. The Salvatorians are desperately in need of a bus to help local families send their children from the rural areas. There are many ways for Dasher families to donate to our Lenten project this year:
    • Purchase Campus Ministry Spirit Wear. All proceeds go towards the project.

    Click here to purchase Campus Ministry Spirit Wear. 

    • Consider donating to and bidding on items at our Student Auction April 6.

    Click here to view the Student Auction Amazon wish list.
    Click here to view the Student Auction Etsy wish list.
    Click here for the donation form.

    • Please encourage your daughters to bring in change and cash to contribute to grade-level collections for the bus throughout Lent. The winning class will celebrate with an ice cream party and a week out of uniform! At this point, the sophomore class is in the lead.  
    • In the spirit of children’s education, our Service Team co-curricular has organized a book drive for local children in partnership with the Next Door Foundation. Please consider donating new or gently used picture books and board books for Milwaukee children, infants to age 5. Bins will be in the Quad to collect books through March 31.

    For general Campus Ministry questions, contact Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart.

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    Spring Sophomore Meetings with School Counselors | School counselors are currently meeting with all sophomore students regarding their academic and college/career planning. The purpose of this meeting is to check in with students on how they have been getting involved, how they are engaging in their personal wellness, as well as explore Naviance, an online tool available to all students in exploring career and college information. If your sophomore still has not had their sophomore meeting, they should reach out to schedule it with their assigned school counselor. 
    The school counselor breakdown is as follows:
    Last names starting with A-G & X-Z School Counselor Therese Hayden
    Last names starting with H-O | School Counselor Janet Como
    Last names starting with P-W | School Counselor Mallorie Svetlik
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services Jacky Krawczyk.
    COLLEGE COUNSELING UPDATES
    Secrets to Great College Applications and Essays Webinar | Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
    This spring, you can get a jump start on your college essays. They’re one of the most important and time-intensive parts of the application process. 
    That’s why we’ve asked our friends and college application and essay experts at Prompt to help! Each year, they support thousands of students throughout the application and essay process and help them gain admission to top-50 colleges (and more)!
    They’ll be sharing their knowledge during a 30-minute virtual webinar. Your RSVP is required.

    Click here to register for the webinar. 

    Classroom College Presentations | Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea presented to juniors the procedures for requesting teacher letters of recommendation along with transcript release information. Juniors were assigned several tasks to complete by April 1. One of those tasks is to have a parent/guardian sign and date the transcript release form and return to Student Services by April 1 to Testing Coordinator/College Assistant Katie Hoffmann

    Click here to access the transcript release form.

    College App Boot Camp | Mornings of June 7 - 9
    DSHA will once again be offering a College App Boot Camp this summer. This three-day camp will focus on completing the Common App. Students will also have the opportunity to have their college essays read by two different college admissions counselors. More information will be sent out in the next Parent eNews.
    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea.

    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    Applied Wellness End of Semester Requirement Reminders | Sophomores, juniors, and seniors should have approximately 11 Applied Wellness units completed by March 25 if they have been engaging in at least one experience per week since the start of this semester. The requirement to pass this semester is the completion of 15 Applied Wellness units spread across January 4 -  May 20. Students should check their Applied Wellness application and be mindful to plan accordingly for the rest of the semester to pass and earn the required graduation credit.
    Students that have earned less than 15 AW units by end of day May 20, and have not had an accommodation discussion with the Applied Wellness director, will receive an incomplete. Students are always encouraged to meet with the Applied Wellness director if she has any issues to discuss that have caused a barrier to her engagement of the program during the semester. 
    Questions? Contact Director of Applied Wellness Joanna McQuide.

    DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION UPDATES
    Dasher Dialogue | Tuesday, March 29
    This optional opportunity for all students will take place during lunch/Dasher time; the dialogue will focus on the topic of women's history.
    Multi-Cultural Week | April 4-8
    Sponsored by the Sisters of Culture and Furia Latina co-curriculars, the week's festivities will include a multi-cultural food fair, multi-cultural production, an open mic performance night, and multi-cultural dance. More information to come!
    Questions? Contact Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Brian Calhoun.

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
    Sign Up to Volunteer Today | Volunteers hold a special place in the fabric of our community, and we invite you to join a fantastic team that truly makes a difference in the lives of our young women while you get to know other Dasher parents.
    Upcoming volunteer needs:

    Click here to browse opportunities for the 2021-22 school year and register today. 
    BUSINESS OFFICE UPDATES
    2021-22 Smart Tuition Statements | To access your statement, log into your myDSHA account, go to the Resource tab, and click on the Smart Tuition tab.
    Smart Tuition Accounts for Seniors | Senior families — your Smart Tuition accounts must be paid by May 15.
    Questions? Contact the DSHA Business Office at 414-721-2916.

    FROM THE PA, PAA, AND PFAA 
    Join one of our DSHA Parent Associations | Parents are key members of the DSHA community and important partners in much of the work done through the school on behalf of each student. In addition to individual volunteer activities, these organizations provide opportunities for parents to meet and work together. The parent chairs of the Parent Association, the Parents Athletic Association, and the Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting these organizations with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.

    Click here to join the Parent Association, the Parents Athletic Association, and/or the Parent Fine Arts Association. 
    SPECIAL EVENTS
    DSHA Auction | Saturday, March 26, 2022 
    Bidding is LIVE for the DSHA Forever Plaid Auction — 80s Edition!
    The Grand Silent and Silent auction items are now up for bid. Ever wondered what it would be like to go pheasant hunting with Principal Dan Quesnell? Maybe a boutique shopping experience is more your speed. Now is your chance to bid on unique experiences, exclusive DSHA gear, and much more!
    Bidding is open to those in attendance or participating online.

    Click here to start bidding early and often to help support and further the DSHA mission. 
    Have you purchased your Golden Ticket? | Buy a 2022 Auction Golden Ticket for $150 for a chance to win a live auction package without the competition of other bidders. Simply purchase your ticket through DSHA, select an eligible live auction item, return your choice to DSHA, and watch the drawing at the Forever Plaid Auction ─ 80s Edition. Golden Tickets are available for purchase by cash or check at the DSHA front office. Please ask for Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore, DSHA '16, at the school front office. 
    The Golden Ticket packages include:
    • Sonoma Wine Country Experience for 2 | Travel to four different Sonoma wineries with alumna Sophie Mills Duncan, DSHA '01, as your guide. Airfare and accommodations included. Donated by: Sophie Mills Duncan, DSHA '01. Valued at: $2500.
    • Marion Coffey Giclee | Own a giclee from Milwaukee native Marion Coffey. Donated by: Lisa & Rob Robbins and Katie & Jeff Ruidl. Valued at: $2800.  
    • DSHA Graduation & Baccalaureate Package | Saved seats and a reserved parking spot on the big day, as well as a professional family photo with your 2023 DSHA graduate. Also includes reserved seating at Baccalaureate Mass. Donated by: DSHA. Valued at: $200/priceless.
    • Arike Ogunbowale, DSHA '15, Experience | Take a trip for 4 to Dallas, TX to meet DSHA Hall of Famer Arike Ogunbowale then watch her and the Dallas Wings play on a mutually agreed upon date. Airfare and accommodations for four included. Donated by: Arike Ogunbowale, DSHA '15. Valued at: $2600/priceless.
    • Pfister Hotel Package | Dinner for 10 at Mason Street Grill along with a one-night stay that includes 5 guest rooms at the Pfister Hotel. Donated by: Pfister Hotel. Valued at: $4500.
    • DSHA Reserved Parking Spot | A sign with your family's name will designate your front lot spot throughout the 22-23 school year. Donated by: DSHA. Valued at: $200/priceless.
     
    Get Your Raffle Tickets!
    Raffle tickets for front row parking spots will be sold at the DSHA front office; ask for Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore, DSHA '16. Tickets are $25/each and can be purchased via cash or check. A sign with your family name will designate your spot throughout the entire 2022-23 school year.
    For information about the auction, click here or contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    Save the Date for Grandparent Liturgy | April 27
    Grandparent Liturgy is coming up in about a month! Grandparents will be invited to accompany their granddaughters for Mass and a light breakfast at DSHA. More information to come.
    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    Summer Cool | June-July 2022
    Do you know a future Dasher in rising grades 1-9? Whether she wants to spend her summer with her nose in a book, exploring STEM concepts, growing in her faith, and/or developing her athletics skills, DSHA Summer Cool's 125 + camps include something for every girl in rising grades 1-9!
    Summer Cool registration is open! If you register for camps before March 31, you'll receive 20% off.

    Click here to register for Summer Cool. 

    Questions? Contact Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore. 

    FINE ARTS UPDATES
    District Solo & Ensemble Festival Update | The District Solo & Ensemble Festival was held Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26 at Wisconsin Lutheran and Pius XI High Schools. The following vocal students earned starred first ratings and will be headed to the State Festival in April at UW-Milwaukee:
    • Genevieve Baynes, DSHA '24, in the categories of musical theatre and alto
    • Sandrine Biagui, DSHA '23, in the category of musical theatre
    • Caelinn Carraher, DSHA '23, in the category of musical theatre
    • Lizzie Dondlinger, DSHA '22, in the categories of musical theatre and alto
    • Rachel Visser, DSHA '22, in the categories of musical theatre and soprano 
    • The Angelaires in the category of contemporary acapella ensemble
     
    Save the Date for the Spring Choral Concert | Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m.
    The spring choral concert will feature the Angelaires and Concert Choir in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. Admission is free. Hope to see you all there!
    Save the Dates for Community Theatre Works' Matilda | Community Theatre Works is an intense, four-week theatre program for rising 5-12th graders combining the talents of DSHA students, middle school students, and community members to produce a musical. Students will work in tandem with local theatrical talent in a caring theatrical environment to put together a summer musical. All students must register through Summer Cool. Once your student is registered, she/he will be in the production. 
    Auditions:
    Rising grades 9-12 | June 7 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Rising grades 5-8 | June 8 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Performances:
    July 15 | 7 p.m.
    July 16 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    July 17 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    Questions? Contact Director of Theatre, Choir, and Liturgical Music Zach Ziegler.
    ATHLETIC UPDATES
    Winter All-Conference Honors | Congratulations to the following girls on receiving 2021-2022 honors!
    Basketball

    First Team All-Conference: Ally Timm, DSHA '24
    Second Team All-Conference: Kennedy Holmes, DSHA '24
    Honorable Mention All-Conference: Katie O’Loughlin, DSHA '22
    Ice Hockey

    Second Team All-Conference: Charlotte Fetherston, DSHA '24 
    Honorable Mention All-Conference: Molly Jex, DSHA '24
    Ski
    2022 Wisconsin All-State Team: Payton Bradford, DSHA '24
    2022 Wisconsin Honorable Mention All-State Team: Katie Delcore, DSHA '22; Kate Nonn, DSHA '22
    First Team All-Conference: Payton Bradford, DSHA '24
    Honorable Mention All-Conference: Katie Delcore, DSHA '22; Kate Nonn, DSHA '22 
    Faith Friday Track and Field | The track and field team celebrated Faith Friday on March 18. What a great way to start off the season together with their first indoor meet that afternoon!

    Faith Friday Masses for Spring Sports | The Faith Friday Masses for the spring sports will be as follows:
    • April 1 | Lacrosse
    • April 29 | Softball
    • May 6 | Soccer
    • May 13 | Spring Rugby
     
    Please have your daughter attend Faith Friday on her team’s designated day. She can wear her team spirit wear with her skirt if she attends Mass and we will take a group picture following Mass. Hope to see her there!
    Spring Sports Picture Day | Monday, March 28

    All spring sports pictures will be taken after school in the gym. Your coach will be providing you with information about how to order a team and/or individual picture. 
    2020-2021 DSHA Varsity Soccer Team Receives Academic Honor | The 2020-2021 DSHA Varsity Soccer team has earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award. This achievement demonstrates the team’s commitment to achievement on the field and in the classroom. They have also achieved DSHA Athletic Department's core value of academic success, as well as athletic excellence as this same team won the WIAA Division 1 State Championship! Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!
    2022-23 Fall Tryout Information | Fall 2022 tryout information is here.
    Click here for the Fall 2022 tryout information. 

    2022 DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame | Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame. The deadline for submission of nominations is May 1.

    Click here to view the nomination criteria.
    Click here to download the nomination form to mail in.
    Click here to complete an online nomination form. 

    Questions about the DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame? Contact Athletic Director Peggy Seegers-Braun
    DSHA Summer Cool Sports Camps | The DSHA 2022 Summer Cool sports camps are open for registration. Camps do fill up quickly so please register as soon as possible.

    Click here to register for Summer Cool Sports camps by May 1. 

    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.

  • DSHA Parent eNews | March 7, 2022

    Parent eNews | Monday, March 7

    Dear DSHA Community, 
    DSHA's theme this Lenten season is: “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of God.” ~ Luke 18:16
    Last week Tuesday, we kicked off Lent with our annual Lenten Assembly led by our student Campus Ministry Officers. We invited all students and staff to participate in each pillar of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It is through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that we come to know God’s love for us, and that we give witness to the goodness and kindness of Jesus. 
    I’d invite you to review the many Lenten activities with your daughter and encourage her participation as we strive for conversion of life and of heart together in the goodness and kindness of Jesus. "Let the children come to me" is an invitation to grow closer to God and the Lenten activities provide this opportunity.

    Click here to review the Lenten activities. 

    We strive to help our students come to know they are loved by God and to practice their faith as evidenced by our annual Lenten focus. We do this because the Sisters of the Divine Savior have gifted us with their charism to make known the goodness and kindness of Jesus. We do this because we are a Catholic faith community. 
    In closing, I leave with you this quote from Pope Francis: “During this season of conversion, let us renew our faith and receive with open hearts the love of God.”
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal
    2022-2023 Planning | National Catholic Standards and Benchmarks of Effective Catholic Schools Survey
    The current DSHA strategic plan is based on the National Catholic Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools supported by the National Catholic Education Association. As we begin plans for the 2022-2023 school year, we are interested in gathering DSHA parent feedback about the DSHA experience as it pertains to the nationally recognized standards of effective Catholic schools and to specific departments and programs.
    A Survey Monkey link to the survey was sent last week Tuesday. The survey link was emailed to the parent/guardian who you have designated as the primary household email. We are hoping for a high household participation and thank you in advance for sharing your insights with us. We are asking that you complete the survey before the end of this week.

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (785)
    1/24 - 2/6
    2/7 - 20
    2/21 - 3/6
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Close contacts due to exposure outside DSHA*
    7
    7
    188
    Close contacts due to exposure inside DSHA*
    1
    27
    309
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    8
    6
    211
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    1
    0
    4
    Current active positivity rate: 0/785 (0.0%)**
    * Number of individuals in close contact during this period.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 785).
     
    DSHA Community Health Measures 2021-2022

    Click here to read our full DSHA Community Health Measures | 2021-22.

    March 7, 2022 Note from School Nurse Patti HughesThe positive COVID-19 cases in Milwaukee and surrounding areas are categorized as low to moderate. This is the lowest new 7-day case count we have had since mid-July 2021. This past Tuesday, DSHA made mask wearing optional in all school spaces. We have also changed how we are approaching contact tracing. Here is a summary of the recent changes of our COVID-19 protocols:
    • Please continue to report all positive tests and exposures to School Nurse Patti Hughes promptly.
    • We will no longer be contact tracing classroom exposures when the active transmission levels are below 2.5%.
    • Parents will receive a notification letter if their daughter shares a classroom with a student who has tested positive.
    • We will not be doing screen testing for overnight trips or events unless our active transmission level is above 2.5% or the hosting partner requires testing to participate.
    • We will continue to make efforts to contact trace exposures in activities that are considered elevated risk such as chorus or contact sports.
    • Virtual learning is available to those who are in isolation from a positive COVID test, those in self-quarantine, or those waiting on their COVID testing results. 
    • Our symptomatic illness protocols are unchanged. Depending upon symptoms, some ill students may require a negative COVID test to return to school. As always, public health school guidance has exclusion periods for some infectious illnesses.
    • Per CDC guidelines, asymptomatic fully vaccinated students continue to be exempt from quarantine if identified as a close contact. 
    • Students are exempt from quarantine 90 days after testing positive for COVID. 
    • DSHA began their Test to Stay Program last month. It allows asymptomatic, non-vaccinated or partiality vaccinated students to remain at school and school activities while being monitored and tested during what would have been their quarantine period. We have been using the Test to Stay Program exclusively for in-classroom exposures but have recently expanded this for all exposures involving non-vaccinated and partially vaccinated students. 
    • DSHA continues to have Accelerated Laboratory as our school partner for COVID testing. Testing is available 5 days a week for your family convenience. You may use it as often as you would like. We offer both rapid antigen and PCR tests. 

    Lab Days and Hours | We will have Accelerated Analytical Laboratory at DSHA 5 days a week with varying hours. As always, students, family members, household members, and TSC are welcome to register for testing. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be given. There is no cost and no insurance is collected. 
    • Mondays | 8 - 11 a.m.
    • Tuesdays | 12 - 3 p.m.
    • Wednesdays | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays | 8 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Fridays | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    You must preregister using the link below. At the end of the survey, click the blue banner that states you are testing at a non-public site. 
    After completing the registration, arrive at the back alcove theatre door labeled #12 in the faculty parking lot. You will find door #12 just past the garage dumpster corral. Wear a mask. Knock on the glass door for admittance or call the nurse's office at 414-462-3742 ext. 4357. We can have the lab come to your car if needed by calling the nurse's office to say you have arrived.
    The lab may ask what your relationship to DSHA is: faculty/staff, student, or DSHA family member. They are not screening you for eligibility; it is just a data point. DSHA household members are most welcome to come. 

    Click here to preregister.
    Click here for preregistration instructions. 

    Questions? Contact School Nurse 
    Patti Hughes.  

    FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
    2022-2023 School Year Important Dates | Below is a list of important dates for the 2022-2023 school year. We are currently in the process of populating our calendar with other events and activities. We hope to publish the full calendar before the end of April 2022.
    School Dates:
    • August 18, 2022 | Check-in Day
    • August 19, 2022 | Freshmen Orientation
    • August 22, 2022 | First Traditional Day of School
    • December 19 - 22, 2022 | Semester Exams
    • December 23, 2022 - January 3, 2023 | Christmas Vacation
    • February 3 - 6, 2023 | Winter Break
    • April 6 - 16, 2023 | Easter Vacation
    • May 23 - 26, 2023 | Semester Exams  
    • May 26, 2023 | Graduation

    Class Rings and Graduation Announcements | Senior parents — Jostens has information to share with you about graduation announcements.
    Sophomore parents — class rings are available for purchase through Jostens. 

    Click here for more information about graduation announcements.
    Click here for more information about class rings. 

    Graduation Dress Requirements | Senior parents — below are the guidelines for graduation dresses. All graduates must submit a photo of themselves wearing their dress to Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks no later than May 2. The photo may be submitted electronically or in hard copy.
     Full or Tea Length White/Ivory Dress: 
    The white or ivory graduation dress is to be modest and appropriate. In keeping with DSHA tradition, the dress must be floor length or tea length (mid-calf). A wrap or cover-up in white or ivory is allowed and encouraged with backless, strapless, or halter dresses. Any color graduation dress other than white or ivory is not acceptable. 
    Alternatively, students may choose to wear a white or ivory pantsuit. Any color pantsuit other than white or ivory is not acceptable.
     White Gloves: 
    Full length white or ivory gloves are mandatory. 
     Hair/Jewelry/Shoes: 
    Hair and jewelry should be appropriate for the occasion and conservative in appearance. Shoes must be white or ivory in color. 
     
    Attendance Reminders | If your daughter is going to miss school for any reason, please call our Attendance Office at 414-721-2920 as soon as possible. If students are marked absent for class and we have not heard from you, they will be marked unexcused and given a slip to verify their absence. If their absence does not get verified, they may receive a Saturday detention.
    Uniform Policy | There are a number of students coming to school with short skirts and sweaters and jackets that do not have the DSHA logo on them. Please review the uniform policy with your daughter. All sweaters and jackets worn at school must have the same DSHA logo as our polos, and skirts must be an appropriate length. Help us ensure that your daughter is prepared to come to school each day dressed according to these policies, especially in regard to skirt length and uniform sweaters.

    Click here to review the uniform policy. 

    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs
    Rachel Fredricks.

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    End of 3rd Quarter | Friday, March 11
    Faculty will be busy grading and wrapping up 3rd quarter next week. Please ask your daughter if she has missing/outstanding tests, quizzes, labs, or papers to make up or turn in.
    Help your daughter finish the year strong by:
    • encouraging consistent attendance at school;
    • prioritizing her full engagement during class instruction;
    • practicing focus and time management; and
    • using all the academic resources available (ALPHA, Dasher time, National Honor Society tutors).

    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.
    2022-23 School Year Financial Aid Application | The financial aid application for the 2022-23 school year is open. Families who are interested in need-based scholarships and financial aid for next school year are welcome to complete this application. Applications are due THIS Friday, March 11.  

    Click here to access the application and the information needed to complete it. 
    Questions? Contact Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Ann Duffy.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    All-School Lenten Project | Let the Children Come to Me | Luke 18:16
    This year, our Lenten Project focuses on raising money for a new bus for a Salvatorian school in Tanzania, the Buyuni School! Sisters of the Divine Savior built, teach, and live at this Buyuni School in rural Tanzania, where 60% of the population is 16 or younger. The Salvatorians are desperately in need of a bus to help local families send their children from the rural areas. There are many ways for Dasher families to donate to our Lenten project this year:
    • Purchase Campus Ministry Spirit Wear. All proceeds go towards the project.

    Click here to purchase Campus Ministry spirit wear. 

    • Consider donating to and bidding on items at our Student Auction April 6.

    Click here to view the Student Auction Amazon wish list.
    Click here to view the Student Auction Etsy wish list. 
    Click here for the donation form. 

    • Please encourage your daughters to bring in change and cash to contribute to grade-level collections for the bus throughout Lent. The winning class will celebrate with an ice cream party and a week out of uniform!
    • In the spirit of children’s education, our Service Team co-curricular has organized a book drive for local children in partnership with the Next Door Foundation. Please consider donating new or gently used picture books and board books for Milwaukee children, infants to age 5. Bins will be in the Quad to collect books through March 31.

    Catholic Sisters Week Special Collection | Thursday, March 17
    In partnership with the Sisters of the Divine Savior and in honor of Catholic Sisters Week, we will collect food items, paper towel, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products on March 17. All donations will be given to local families through the St. Vincent de Paul and Blessed Savior food pantries. Thank you in advance for stocking up on extra supplies and helping the Sisters to support local families!
    Vocare | Called Forth to Serve 
    As part of their capstone DSHA service requirement, 171 seniors are embarking on Vocare. Seniors are serving full time this week and next with more than 50 local organizations, schools, and community outreach agencies. As parents and guardians, we ask that you pray for our seniors, their organizations, and the people with whom they serve during Vocare. The seniors will gather at DSHA for Vocare reflections on March 13. We will celebrate the seniors upon their return during a Vocare Welcome Back Assembly in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre on March 23 at 10:20 a.m. Senior parents are welcome!
    Questions about Vocare? Contact Campus Ministry Volunteer Linda Bardele or Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart.
    For general Campus Ministry questions, contact Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart.

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    All-School Testing Day | Tuesday, March 8
    • PreACT for Freshmen and Sophomores | DSHA will be administering the PreACT to the entire sophomore and freshman class. The PreACT offers freshmen and 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. DSHA will handle the registration for this test. Freshmen and sophomores must check in at DSHA at 8 a.m. and will be dismissed at noon.
    • ACT for Juniors | DSHA will be administering the ACT Plus Writing test to the entire junior class. Families will be billed $51.00 per student via Smart Tuition. Students who participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program will have the testing fee covered by the State of Wisconsin. DSHA will handle the registration for this test. Juniors must arrive at DSHA by 7:50 a.m. and will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

    Other Testing Day Information:
    • The bus will pickup students in the morning at the normal time. The bus will return students home from school around 1 p.m.
    • Girls can be out of uniform.
     
    If you would like your daughter to opt out of the test, please contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Katie Hoffmann.
    Faculty Professional Development Regarding Student Mental Health | Friday, March 11
    DSHA faculty will be engaging in education and conversation regarding student mental health. A panel of school counselors, mental health professionals, Children’s Hospital therapists, and an independent adolescent therapist will answer questions and concerns that the academic departments have shared with the panel in advance. In an effort to collaborate to find better ways to meet our student mental health needs and support continued classroom engagement and learning, DSHA is dedicated to working together to support our students. Following the panel presentation, faculty will have time to ask questions and then take ideas and knowledge back to their departments to engage in further discussion and planning.
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services Jacky Krawczyk.
    COLLEGE COUNSELING UPDATES
    Affording College: Financial Aid 101 Webinar | Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
    Our friends at Revolution Prep are excited to offer families a free webinar led by Scott Wallace-Juedes, Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid at Yale University.
    Scott will lead a comprehensive conversation covering everything from FAFSA and the CSS Profile to understanding the cost of college, including a discussion on scholarships, grants, need-based aid, and other ways to finance your child's education.

    Click here to register for the webinar. 

    AP Exam Practice Through Revolution Prep | Revolution Prep is offering practice exams, tutoring, and webinars to help support DSHA students with their future AP exams.

    Click here for more information and to register. 

    Carla Olle, HA '60, Career Day | Wednesday, March 9 from 7:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
    During career day, sophomores and juniors will experience a day filled with career exploration. Girls will begin the day interacting with keynote speaker and 2021 Alumna of the Year Molly Hogan, DSHA '02, who currently serves as the Director of Strategy at BMO Harris Bank. They will then attend four career presentations aligning with careers they selected through a survey. Girls will end the day with a resume building workshop. 
    A few reminders:
    • Attendance is mandatory for all sophomore and junior girls. 
    • Have your daughters bring their laptops to school for the resume workshop.
    • No lunch will be provided; girls must bring their own lunch to school.
    • Buses will pickup girls in the morning at the normal time. Buses depart DSHA at 1:45 p.m.
    • Girls must be in uniform.

    In-Person & Virtual College Fairs | Spring college fair dates, locations, and registrations are starting now. Register early to secure your spot. 
    • Wisconsin Education Fairs | Wisconsin Education Fairs are hosting in-person and virtual spring and fall college fairs.

    Click here to register. 

    • National Association for College Admission Counseling Virtual College Fairs | Check out the dates and registration information below.

    Click here for more information and to register. 

    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea

    DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION UPDATES
    Dasher Dialogue | Tuesday, March 29
    This optional opportunity for all students will take place during lunch/Dasher time; the dialogue will focus on the topic of women's history.
    Multi-Cultural Week | April 4-8
    Sponsored by the Sisters of Culture and Furia Latina co-curriculars, the week's festivities will include a multi-cultural food fair, multi-cultural production, an open mic performance night, and multi-cultural dance. More information to come!
    Questions? Contact Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Brian Calhoun.

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
    Sign Up to Volunteer Today | Volunteers hold a special place in the fabric of our community, and we invite you to join a fantastic team that truly makes a difference in the lives of our young women while you get to know other Dasher parents.
    Upcoming volunteer needs:

    Click here to browse opportunities for the 2021-22 school year and register today. 

    BUSINESS OFFICE UPDATES
    2021-22 Smart Tuition Statements | To access your statement, log into your myDSHA account, go to the Resource tab, and click on the Smart Tuition tab.
    Smart Tuition Accounts for Seniors | Senior families — your Smart Tuition accounts must be paid by May 15.
    Questions? Contact the DSHA Business Office at 414-721-2916.

    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES 
    Mary Mross Public Policy Scholarship Opportunity | DSHA will award one scholarship to a current sophomore or junior who demonstrates exemplary knowledge and passion for public policy. The award will be applied to her 2022-23 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 18. The Public Policy award recipient will be announced on May 18 at the Honors Award Night.
    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    Senior Yearbook Photos | Click the link below for directions regarding senior yearbook photos. Photo submissions are due March 31.

    Click here for more information regarding senior yearbook photos. 

    FROM THE PA, PAA, AND PFAA 
    Join one of our DSHA Parent Associations | Parents are key members of the DSHA community and important partners in much of the work done through the school on behalf of each student. In addition to individual volunteer activities, these organizations provide opportunities for parents to meet and work together. The parent chairs of the Parent Association, the Parents Athletic Association, and the Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting these organizations with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.

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

    SPECIAL EVENTS
    DSHA Auction | Saturday, March 26, 2022 

    Join us for a bodacious, gnarly, rad, tubular, legit evening as we celebrate the DSHA mission 80s-style! We’ll have live 80s jams featuring Theology Faculty Danny Pavlovich and friends, 80s video games for you to play, and more! Break out your stone-washed jeans, hair crimpers, and neon and get ready to party like Ferris Bueller and Sloane Petersen, Marty McFly and Jennifer Parker, and Samantha Baker and Jake Ryan!

    Click here to register by Friday, March 11. 

    Have you purchased your Golden Ticket? | Buy a 2022 Auction Golden Ticket for $150 for a chance to win a live auction package without the competition of other bidders. Simply purchase your ticket through DSHA, select an eligible live auction item, return your choice to DSHA, and watch the drawing at the Forever Plaid Auction ─ 80s Edition. Golden Tickets are available for purchase by cash or check at the DSHA front office. Please ask for Alumnae Director Danielle Rabe, DSHA '08, at the school front office. 
    The Golden Ticket packages include:
    • Sonoma Wine Country Experience for 2 | Travel to four different Sonoma wineries with alumna Sophie Mills Duncan, DSHA '01, as your guide. Airfare and accommodations included. Donated by: Sophie Mills Duncan, DSHA '01. Valued at: $2500.
    • Marion Coffey Giclee | Own a giclee from Milwaukee native Marion Coffey. Donated by: Lisa & Rob Robbins and Katie & Jeff Ruidl. Valued at: $2800.  
    • DSHA Graduation Package | Saved seats and a reserved parking spot on the big day, as well as a professional family photo with your 2023 DSHA graduate. Donated by: DSHA. Valued at: $200/priceless.
    • Arike Ogunbowale, DSHA '15, Experience | Take a trip for 4 to Dallas, TX to meet DSHA Hall of Famer Arike Ogunbowale then watch her and the Dallas Wings play. Airfare and accommodations for four included. Donated by: Arike Ogunbowale, DSHA '15. Valued at: $2600/priceless.
    • Pfister Hotel Package | Dinner for 10 at Mason Street Grill along with a one-night stay that includes 5 guest rooms at the Pfister Hotel. Donated by: Pfister Hotel. Valued at: $4500.
    • DSHA Reserved Parking Spot | A sign with your family's name will designate your front lot spot throughout the 22-23 school year. Donated by: DSHA. Valued at: $200/priceless.
     
    Get Your Raffle Tickets! | Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays during lunch/Dasher until March 26
    Raffle tickets for front row parking spots will be sold in the Quad during lunch/Dasher time. Tickets are $25/each and can be purchased via cash or check. A sign with your family name will designate your spot throughout the entire 2022-23 school year.
    Students must be eligible to drive at the start of the 2022-23 school year to purchase raffle tickets.
    Questions? Contact Alumnae Director Danielle Rabe.
    Would you consider adding the DSHA Auction to your shopping list?
    Interested in donating an item, but not sure what? We've got you covered with items starting at under $10.

    Click here to view our Amazon wish list. 

    Donate a gift card for the DSHA Auction Gift Card Wall! Guests can purchase a gift card for $25 with the chance to win one of equal value or more.

    Click here to view our Amazon gift card wish list. 

    For information about the auction, click here or contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    Summer Cool | June-July 2022

    Do you know a future Dasher in rising grades 1-9? Whether she wants to spend her summer with her nose in a book, exploring STEM concepts, growing in her faith, and/or developing her athletics skills, DSHA Summer Cool's 125 + camps include something for every girl in rising grades 1-9!
    Summer Cool registration is open! If you register for camps before March 31, you'll receive 20% off.

    Click here to register for Summer Cool. 

    Questions? Contact Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore.
    FINE ARTS UPDATES
    2022-23 Angelaires Auditions | Wednesday, March 9 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    Auditions will include the following:
    • Sing 32 measures (about one minute) from a modern pop/jazz/rock song or from Contemporary Broadway. STUDENTS MUST BRING THEIR OWN SHEET MUSIC TO THE AUDITION.
    • Perform a short dance that is posted online.
    • Sing in 3-4 part harmony with possible sight-reading.
     
    Application packets can be found on the website or outside of Director of Theatre, Choir, and Liturgical Music Zach Ziegler's office.  

    Click here to sign up to audition.
    Click here for more information, audition packets, and to access the dance. 
    Save the Dates for Community Theatre Works' Matilda | Community Theatre Works is an intense, four-week theatre program for rising 5-12th graders combining the talents of DSHA students, middle school students, and community members to produce a musical. Students will work in tandem with local theatrical talent in a caring theatrical environment to put together a summer musical. All students must register through Summer Cool. Once your student is registered, she/he will be in the production. 
    Auditions:
    Rising grades 9-12 | June 7 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Rising grades 5-8 | June 8 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Performances:
    July 15 | 7 p.m.
    July 16 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    July 17 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    Questions? Contact Director of Theatre, Choir, and Liturgical Music Zach Ziegler.
    ATHLETIC UPDATES
    Basketball Update | The DSHA Varsity Basketball team hosted the WIAA Regional Semi-Final game on Friday, February 25 and defeated Menomonee Falls 50-43. They then moved on to the WIAA Regional Championship on Saturday, February 26 and took on #2 seed Homestead.  The team played a great game and pulled the upset defeating Homestead 60-59 to claim their fourth straight WIAA Regional Championship! The team then moved on to the WIAA Sectional Semi-Final game against #3 seeded De Pere at Germantown High School on March 3 and unfortunately lost 34-58 to end their season. Special congratulations to Claire Coury, DSHA '22; Sarah Kanter, DSHA '22; and Katie O’Loughlin, DSHA '22, as well as managers Shaeley Garczynski, DSHA '22, and Alex Seemann, DSHA '22. Thanks for all of your dedication and hard work over the four years! 
    Gymnastics Update | DSHA participates in a co-op team with the West Allis schools to compete in gymnastics. The team competed in the Greater Metro Conference Championship on February 18 at Menomonee Falls. The team finished in 5th place and Oriana Ognar, DSHA '22, placed 10th overall in the all-around competition. The team then moved on to compete in the WIAA Sectional at Arrowhead on Saturday, February 26. Ognar placed 31st in the vault, 35th on the uneven bars, 16th on the beam, and 20th in the floor exercise to place 22nd in the all-around competition. Special congratulations to Ognar for her four years competing at the varsity level! 
    Ice Hockey Update | The Ice Hockey co-op team with the University School of Milwaukee competed in WIAA Regional play on Thursday, February 17 against the Lakeshore Lightning and won 2-1. The team then moved on to the WIAA Sectional Semi-Final game on February 22 against the Green Bay East co-op and lost 1-3 to end their season. Congratulations to the team and especially Rachel Gauthier, DSHA '22, and Molly Guenther, DSHA '22, who have played on the varsity team for all four years. Thanks to Scanlon Mellowes, DSHA '22, who was the manager for the team.
    Ski Team Update | The DSHA Varsity Ski team competed in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Alpine Racing Association State Championship at Mt. La Crosse on Sunday, February 20 and Monday, February 21. Those competing in the state championship included Joan Barry, DSHA '23; Payton Bradford, DSHA '24; Amanda Delcore, DSHA '24; Katie Delcore, DSHA '22; Mack Doerr, DSHA '23; Jillian Morrissey, DSHA '22; and Kate Nonn, DSHA '22. The team finished in third place overall. Nonn placed 11th in the super G, 11th in the slalom, and 14th in the giant slalom to take 6th place overall in the competition. Special congratulations to Katie Delcore, Morrissey, Nonn, Grace Pasqua, DSHA '22; Molly Roeder,  DSHA '22; Maggie Zale, DSHA '22; and Kiki Zincke, DSHA '22. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication over the four years! 
    The JV ski team competed in their conference championship on February 24. The team finished in second place to finish their season. Anne Klaus, DSHA '25, finished fourth overall. Congratulations! 
    Tryouts/Start Dates for Spring Sports
    • Lacrosse | March 7 – 11 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.| Indoor at Uihlein Soccer Park on field #3. You must attend all tryout days.
    • Track and Field | March 7 from 5 - 7 p.m. | DSHA gym 
    • Rugby | March 14 from 7 - 9 p.m. | DSHA gym
    • Softball | March 14 - 16 | Tryouts will be broken into two groups the week before. Group one (mostly freshmen and sophomores) will tryout from 3:05 - 4:35 p.m. Group two (mostly juniors and seniors) will tryout from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. On March 16 all groups will tryout from 3:05 - 5 p.m. and team assignments will be completed from 5 - 5:30 p.m. You must attend all three days of tryouts or speak with Coach Montgomery
    • Soccer | March 21 - March 24 | 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 JV2 and JV 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 Sports Picture Day | Monday, March 28

    All spring sports pictures will be taken after school in the gym. Your coach will be providing you with information about how to order a team and/or individual picture. 
    Faith Friday Masses for Spring Sports | The Faith Friday Masses for the spring sports will be as follows:
    • March 18 | Track and Field
    • April 1 | Lacrosse
    • April 29 | Softball
    • May 6 | Soccer
    • May 13 | Spring Rugby

    Please have your daughter attend Faith Friday on her team’s designated day. She can wear her team spirit wear with her skirt if she attend Mass and we will take a group picture following Mass. Hope to see her there!
    2022 DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame | Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame. The deadline for submission of nominations is May 1.
    Click here to view the nomination criteria.
    Click here to download a nomination form to mail in.
    Click here to complete an online nomination form.

    Questions about the DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame? Contact Athletic Director Peggy Seegers-Braun
    DSHA Summer Cool Sports Camps | The DSHA 2022 Summer Cool sports camps are open for registration. Camps do fill up quickly so please register as soon as possible.

    Click here to register for Summer Cool sports camps by May 1. 

    Sports Nutrition Information Night at DSHA | Thanks to everyone who was able to join us on Monday, February 28 for the Sports Nutrition Information night.  Below is a link to the slides that were discussed by our presenter Sports Dietitian from Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Julie Lois, MS, RD, CD, CNSC.

    Click here to view the presentation. 

    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.
  • DSHA Parent eNews | COVID-19 Updates | February 28, 2022

    Parent eNews | Monday, February 28

    Dear DSHA Community,
    As we near the close of the third quarter, we are writing with some hopeful news and to invite your participation in our survey based on the National Catholic Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools. 
    COVID-19 Update
    Thankfully, COVID-19 cases have significantly dropped in southeastern Wisconsin and in the zip codes where students reside. As you have noted in our dashboard, cases at DSHA have also dramatically decreased since our Omicron spike in mid-January. Our current active positivity level is 0.25%, the lowest it has been since late October. And last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask recommendations for most of the country.
    In recent days and weeks, public health officials in Wisconsin and other states have loosened COVID restrictions. In many communities the pandemic response has moved away from preventing all disease transmission toward approaches that minimize transmission while protecting the most vulnerable members of our community. 
    At DSHA our medical advisory team has continued to advise the school on our health and safety measures. Throughout the pandemic we have followed this plan and have been successful in mitigation efforts. The plan provides thresholds that trigger phases of mandatory or optional masking. Since we are below the 1% threshold, starting March 1 we will return to optional masking during the school day and for school sponsored events. We will return to a required masking phase if we experience a spike in cases.
    Starting March 1, DSHA will make some plan adjustments that have been supported by our medical advisory team. These adjustments include:
    • Contact tracing and required quarantines will not occur during periods when the active transmission levels are below 2.5% in the school. We will continue to make efforts to contact trace exposures in activities that are considered high risk such as chorus or contact sports. The school will continue to notify parents of positive cases within their daughter’s classroom or activity and report COVID data in the eNews.
    • DSHA will not require COVID testing before overnight trips and retreats when the school’s active transmission level is below 2.5%. Testing will remain available to students as an optional service. The school continues to require symptomatic individuals to stay home and parents should continue to report all COVID cases to the School Nurse Patti Hughes.

    Our team will continue to review plan protocols and adjust as necessary. We sincerely appreciate your continued support in our ongoing efforts against COVID and hope you and your family remain safe and healthy.

    2022-2023 Planning | National Catholic Standards and Benchmarks of Effective Catholic Schools Survey
    The current DSHA strategic plan is based on the National Catholic Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools supported by the National Catholic Education Association. As we begin plans for the 2022-2023 school year, we are interested in gathering DSHA parent feedback about the DSHA experience as it pertains to the nationally recognized standards of effective Catholic schools and to specific departments and programs.
    Tomorrow, each household will receive one Survey Monkey link to the survey. The survey will be emailed to the parent/guardian who you have designated as the primary household email. We are hoping for a high household participation and thank you in advance for sharing your insights with us.
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal
  • DSHA Parent eNews | February 21, 2022

    Parent eNews | Monday, February 21

    Dear DSHA Community, 
    The goodness and kindness of Jesus is prevalent in our school community. Our Catholic Schools Week celebration a few weeks ago was a springboard to call our attention back to our scriptural theme from Titus 3:4 and to our mission. DSHA teachers spent time with students revisiting how our daughters can be the goodness and kindness of Jesus inside and outside of the classroom.
    Social Studies Faculty Chris Weiss asked students to share a photo of a special person in their life and why that individual is an exemplar of the goodness and kindness of Jesus. Students then spent a minute introducing this special someone to the class and explaining how this person exemplifies the goodness and kindness of Jesus to them. Girls had a chance to hear many positive examples while learning more about their classmates.
    Mathematics Faculty Dawn Gardner asked her classes to think about things they can do to help continue building a community of goodness and kindness at DSHA. Students wrote goals and hung them above the goodness and kindness posters from the beginning of the year. 

    The DSHA Theology Department asked girls to write their commitments to be the goodness and kindness of Jesus on a strip of cloth. The strips of cloth were then tied into a unity cross that will be blessed as part of our all-school Lenten assembly on March 1.

    Finally, as part of our Black History Month Mass, one of our guests, Evangelist Brenda Calhoun, mother of Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Director of Fitness Performance, and Health & Fitness Faculty Brian Calhoun, reminded girls that they are inherently the goodness and kindness of Jesus, that they should love themselves as God loves them, and that they can be the goodness and kindness of Jesus to others.
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    2022-2023 Planning | National Catholic Standards and Benchmarks of Effective Catholic Schools Survey
    The current DSHA strategic plan is based on the National Catholic Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools supported by the National Catholic Education Association. As we begin plans for the 2022-2023 school year, we are interested in gathering DSHA parent feedback about the DSHA experience as it pertains to the nationally recognized standards of effective Catholic schools.
    In the next few days, you will receive a link in a separate email to a survey monkey. We are asking that you take a few minutes to complete this survey. Your insights are important to us.

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (785)
    1/10 - 23
    1/24 - 2/6
    2/7 - 20
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Close contacts due to exposure outside DSHA*
    29
    7
    7
    186
    Close contacts due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    1
    27
    309
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    45
    8
    210
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    1
    4
    Current active positivity rate: 4/785 (0.5%)**
    * Number of individuals in close contact during this period.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 785).
     
    DSHA Community Health Measures 2021-2022
    Click here to read our full DSHA Community Health Measures | 2021-22.  

    February 21, 2022 Note from School Nurse Patti HughesDSHA's positive COVID-19 cases remain low, reflecting the drop in community positive cases. Please take precautions when you are in high-risk situations, as COVID-19 is still present. As described last week, COVID-19 is presenting itself in varied ways from upper respiratory symptoms to GI symptoms. If students have COVID-19 symptoms, they will be asked to take a COVID-19 test to rule it out. Rapid COVID-19 tests are available at DSHA through our lab.
    We have not seen a rise in school COVID-19 cases after offering masks as optional to students. We will remain mask optional unless our current COVID-19 cases reach a substantial level — 2.5% of the student and staff population. 
    Lab Days and Hours | We will have Accelerated Analytical Laboratory at DSHA 5 days a week with varying hours. As always, students, family members, household members, and TSC are welcome to register for testing. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be given. There is no cost and no insurance is collected. 
    • Mondays | 8 - 11 a.m.
    • Tuesdays | 12 - 3 p.m.
    • Wednesdays | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays | 8 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Fridays | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
     
    You must preregister using the link below. At the end of the survey, click the blue banner that states you are testing at a non-public site. 
    After completing the registration, arrive at the back alcove theatre door labeled #12 in the faculty parking lot. You will find door #12 just past the garage dumpster corral. Wear a mask. Knock on the glass door for admittance or call the nurse's office at 414-462-3742 ext. 4357. We can have the lab come to your car if needed by calling the nurse's office to say you have arrived.
    The lab may ask what your relationship to DSHA is: faculty/staff, student, or DSHA family member. They are not screening you for eligibility; it is just a data point. DSHA household members are most welcome to come.

    Click here to preregister.
    Click here for preregistration instructions.

    Student Medication | Students may carry a small personal supply of over-the-counter medications to address their common health issues. While the nurse's office does have Tylenol and Ibuprofen for students, it requires the nurse to obtain parental permission each time before administration. There are frequent delays in addressing the student’s pain while waiting for return phone calls, which may lead to more class time being missed. If you do send medication with your daughter, please make sure your student understands your guidance on when and how to take it. Medication should be in an original bottle. Travel size medications are an easy way to have a labeled bottle and maintain a small size. 
    Questions? Contact School Nurse Patti Hughes.  
    FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
    Class Rings and Graduation Announcements | Senior parents — Jostens has information to share with you about graduation announcements.
    Sophomore parents — class rings are available for purchase through Jostens. 

    Click here for more information about graduation announcements.
    Click here for more information about class rings. 

    Graduation Dress Requirements | Senior parents — below are the guidelines for graduation dresses. All graduates must submit a photo of themselves wearing their dress to Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks no later than May 2. The photo may be submitted electronically or in hard copy.
     Full or Tea Length White/Ivory Dress: 
    The white or ivory graduation dress is to be modest and appropriate. In keeping with DSHA tradition, the dress must be floor length or tea length (mid-calf). A wrap or cover-up in white or ivory is allowed and encouraged with backless, strapless, or halter dresses. Any color graduation dress other than white or ivory is not acceptable. 
    Alternatively, students may choose to wear a white or ivory pantsuit. Any color pantsuit other than white or ivory is not acceptable.
     White Gloves: 
    Full length white or ivory gloves are mandatory. 
     Hair/Jewelry/Shoes: 
    Hair and jewelry should be appropriate for the occasion and conservative in appearance. Shoes must be white or ivory in color. 
     
    Attendance Reminders | If your daughter is going to miss school for any reason, please call our Attendance Office at 414-721-2920 as soon as possible. If students are marked absent for class and we have not heard from you, they will be marked unexcused and given a slip to verify their absence. If their absence does not get verified, they may receive a Saturday detention.
    Uniform Policy | There are a number of students coming to school with short skirts and sweaters and jackets that do not have the DSHA logo on them. Please review the uniform policy with your daughter. All sweaters and jackets worn at school must have the same DSHA logo as our polos, and skirts must be an appropriate length. Help us ensure that your daughter is prepared to come to school each day dressed according to these policies, especially in regard to skirt length and uniform sweaters.

    Click here to review the uniform policy. 

    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks.
    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    Parent-Teacher Conferences | Tuesday, March 8 from 4 – 7:45 p.m.
    Sign up for the Zoom parent-teacher conferences via myDSHALogin and look for the Spring 2022 Parent-Teacher Conferences tile under the Resources tab.
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.
    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Dasher Prayer Opportunities | This Week and During Lent
    We invite all Dashers to pray this week in the Mother of our Savior Chapel at Rosary & Reconciliation on Monday, Adoration on Wednesday, and at Faith Friday Mass.
    Ash Wednesday Mass will take place on March 2. Please watch for more information about Lenten prayer opportunities and our Lenten project.
    Catholic Sisters Week Special Collection | Thursday, March 17
    In partnership with the Sisters of the Divine Savior and in honor of Catholic Sisters Week, we will collect food items, paper towel, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products on March 17. All donations will be given to local families through the St. Vincent de Paul and Blessed Savior food pantries. Thank you in advance for stocking up on extra supplies and helping the Sisters to support local families next month!
    Service Circles | Service to the community is central to our Salvatorian Catholic identity, and we require all Dashers to serve in the community each year as a graduation requirement. We believe in our call to serve others, as well as in the ways that service shapes the whole Dasher person. All of our students serve in local organizations and schools throughout the academic year.
    Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are meeting with Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart during their Applied Wellness hours this week to share about their service experiences and to identify ways to complete their service requirement by May 3.
    Questions about service? Contact Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart.
    Important Vocare Dates for Seniors | Our 171 seniors will be sent forth to serve at more than 50 local organizations, schools, and community outreach agencies from March 7-18. As parents and guardians, we ask that you pray for your daughters, their organizations, and the people with whom they serve during Vocare. Please note these important Vocare dates: 
    • Friday, March 4 at 2:14 p.m. | Vocare Send-Off Prayer Service in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. All parents are welcome! 
    • Sunday, March 13 from noon - 2:30 p.m. or 3 - 5:30 p.m. | Seniors attend a Vocare reflection at DSHA.
    • Wednesday, March 23 at 10:22 a.m. | Vocare Welcome Back assembly in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. All parents are welcome!
     
    Questions about Vocare? Contact Campus Ministry Volunteer Linda Bardele or Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart.
    For general Campus Ministry questions, contact Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart.

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    All-School Testing Day | Tuesday, March 8
    • PreACT for Freshmen and Sophomores | DSHA will be administering the PreACT to the entire sophomore and freshman class. The PreACT offers freshmen and 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. DSHA will handle the registration for this test. Freshmen and sophomores must check in at DSHA at 8 a.m. and will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m.
    • ACT for Juniors | DSHA will be administering the ACT Plus Writing test to the entire junior class. Families will be billed $51.00 per student via Smart Tuition. Students who participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program will have the testing fee covered by the State of Wisconsin. DSHA will handle the registration for this test. Juniors must arrive at DSHA by 7:50 a.m. and will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.
     
    If you would like your daughter to opt out of the test, please contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Katie Hoffmann.
    MyACT | Starting this month, all examinees will use MyACT to complete their non-test demographic and interest inventory information. The non-test information they complete can provide several benefits to the students including:
    • Career counseling
    • Identifying 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.  Students will be expected to complete this information on their own before the deadline. Students will be notified of the deadline when the sign-up window opens.
    Revolution Prep | Families may be contacted by Revolution Prep as they work in collaboration with DSHA regarding test readiness and testing resources for the ACT. This is something families may consider if a student would like that extra support before the actual test date.
    Summer Program Opportunities | Check out these summer opportunities for students:
    • Stevens Institute of Technology | You may not know exactly what you want to do yet, but you know whatever it is, it’s going to be big. When you enroll in a pre-college program at Stevens, you can explore your ideas and interests in a pressure-free, inspiring academic environment that welcomes big thinkers.

    Click here for more information and to apply.

    • Bellin College | Join the college for a day camp and explore the fields of nursing or allied health by getting hands-on experience in their simulation labs. Camps include a camp t-shirt, lunch, and clinical supplies.

    Click here for more information and to apply. 

    • Sewanee – The University of the South | The Pre-College Academic English Program prepares high school students for success at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend 16 hours each week enhancing their English listening and speaking skills, gaining confidence to lead class discussions, and enhancing their academic reading skills. In addition, students attend workshops on essay writing for university admissions, speaking with admission counselors, finding the right university “fit,” and much more.

    Click here for more information and to apply. 

    • Carnegie Mellon | Students will not want to miss this exciting opportunity. Carnegie Mellon's programs will prepare them for their upcoming college experience, help them narrow their career focus, and build critical knowledge and skills.

    Click here for more information and to apply. 

    • Ringling College of Art and Design | The PreCollege camp offers an intensive four-week summer program that teaches you the fundamentals of art and design, gives you a taste of college-level work, and lets you explore the immersions based in the major you choose.

    Click here for more information and to apply. 
    • Cornell College | Cornell’s One Course Summer Institute is designed for you. You’ll learn alongside peers from across the country and discover what professors expect of college-level work – all while experiencing "One Course At A Time" firsthand. Rising juniors, seniors, and high school graduates are eligible for this summer program.

    Click here for more information and to register. 

    • Duke University | Duke Pre-College Programs provide academically motivated middle and high school students with rigorous learning experiences. Building on the legacy of Duke University programs, including youth programs and the Talent Identification Program (TIP), Duke Pre-College Programs inspire and challenge the next generation of problem-solvers. The diverse selection of courses is designed to bring the Duke experience to current 6th –11th graders through cutting-edge topics featuring Duke guest speakers, researchers, and resources.

    Click here for more information and to apply. 

    • Rider University | High school students can take a step toward achieving their academic and artistic goals by attending a pre-college summer program from Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts.

    Click here for more information and to register. 

    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services Jacky Krawczyk. 

    COLLEGE COUNSELING UPDATES
    Carla Olle, HA '60, Career Day | Wednesday, March 9 from 7:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
    During career day, sophomores and juniors will experience a day filled with career exploration. Girls will begin the day interacting with keynote speaker and 2021 Alumna of the Year Molly Hogan, DSHA '02, who currently serves as the Director of Strategy at BMO Harris Bank. They will then attend four career presentations aligning with careers they selected through a survey. Girls will end the day with a resume building workshop. Attendance is mandatory for all sophomore and junior girls. No lunch will be provided; girls must bring their own lunch to school.
    In-Person & Virtual College Fairs | Spring college fair dates, locations, and registrations are starting now. Register early to secure your spot. 
    • Wisconsin Education Fairs | Starting in March, Wisconsin Education Fairs are hosting in-person and virtual spring and fall college fairs.

    Click here to register. 

    • NOVVA DSHA/Messmer/St. Thomas More Virtual College Fair | Thursday, February 24 from 12:30 -  2 p.m.

      DSHA has joined Messmer High School and St. Thomas More High School to sponsor a NOVVA virtual college fair. Sophomore and junior girls who have a study hall or Applied Wellness hour during the fair will log on and attend in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. Parents, you are encouraged to sign up and attend virtually from home.

    Click here to register. 

    • National Association for College Admission Counseling Virtual College Fairs | Check out the dates and registration information below.

    Click here for more information and to register. 

    College Support Webinar Series | Our friends at Revolution Prep are excited to offer Divine Savior Holy Angels High School families the Strategies for Finding Success in College Admissions webinar series, joined by Peter Van Buskirk.
    • College Admissions in 2022 and Beyond…What to Expect | Wednesday, February 23 at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m.

    In the webinar, you'll learn how to navigate the college admission process in its current state.

    Click here to register. 
    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea

    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    "No Choice" Applied Wellness Program | Since the start of the semester, Applied Wellness has offered over 550 wellness experiences throughout the course of the school day. These experiences have spanned a variety of wellness dimensions. Students are required to regularly engage in Applied Wellness experiences. Those that have been ignoring engagement in January and February will be moved into a structured “no choice” program for March and possibly April. They will be placed into experiences each week, and it is their responsibility to put these experiences in their calendar and attend. They are encouraged to continue to sign up for experiences of interest as well as those assigned. Students that are going to be assigned to experiences will be notified at the end of February/beginning of March through email.  
    NOTE: A student with applied wellness hours 1, 2, 7 and 8 should be mindful about engagement. Parents or guardians that allow their daughters to arrive late or leave early on a regular basis could be inhibiting their child's required engagement.
    Applied Wellness Hour vs. Study Hall | There is a difference between a study hall and an Applied Wellness hour. Applied Wellness is not a study hall, but studying is one of many choices that can be made at times during this break. This program was created to allow time during the school day for students to also connect with others, have some downtime, and learn a little more about themselves and what they need to feel well.
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide.

    DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION UPDATES
    Black History Month Celebration | Our Black History Month Celebration continues with the following:
    • All Month | A different influential Black person in history is highlighted briefly each day during morning announcements, and a Black saint is highlighted every Wednesday during afternoon prayer.
    • Tuesday, February 22 | Optional Sisters of Culture co-curricular food sale during lunch/Dasher.

    Multi-Cultural Week | Multi-Cultural Week will take place April 4-8.
    Questions? Contact Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Brian Calhoun.

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
    Sign Up to Volunteer Today | Volunteers hold a special place in the fabric of our community, and we invite you to join a fantastic team that truly makes a difference in the lives of our young women while you get to know other Dasher parents.
    Upcoming volunteer needs:

    Click here to browse opportunities for the 2021-22 school year and register today. 

    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES 
    Mary Mross Public Policy Scholarship Opportunity | DSHA will award one scholarship to a current sophomore or junior who demonstrates exemplary knowledge and passion for public policy. The award will be applied to her 2022-23 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 18. The Public Policy award recipient will be announced on May 18 at the Honors Award Night.
    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    Senior Yearbook Photos | Click the link below for directions regarding senior yearbook photos. Photo submissions are due March 31.

    Click here for more information about senior yearbook photos. 

    Renewal of Recognition as Heart Safe School

    February is Heart Awareness Month, and DSHA is proud to announce that Children's Wisconsin and Project ADAM have renewed DSHA's recognition as a Heart Safe School. DSHA has been a Heart Safe School since 2015. Heart Safe Schools have a practiced plan for a sudden cardiac arrest, including installed AEDs, a response team, a response plan, CPR and AED annual training, and an annual cardiac emergency response drill. 

    FROM THE PA, PAA, AND PFAA 
    PFAA Meeting | Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m.
    The next PFAA meeting will take place in the DSHA Board Room. There is also a Zoom option available.
    Questions? Contact PFAA President Sara Bruckman.
    Apply for PFAA Summer Scholarship | The Parent Fine Arts Association has scholarships available for current DSHA freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Scholarships should be used toward fine arts summer camps, DSHA Community Theatre Works productions, art supplies, fine arts-related workshops, clinics, and lessons.
    The easy-to-complete applications are available on myDSHA. Scholarship applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 28.
    Applicant's parents must be members of the Parent Fine Arts Association to be eligible for this award. Scholarship recipients are asked to be present at the PFAA Awards Night on May 11 to receive their scholarship award.
    PFAA Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award | Seniors, earn $1500 and a place in DSHA Fine Arts history! The Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award is designed to honor a senior who has contributed to the fine arts at DSHA through her participation, dedication, and talent in any of the fine arts disciplines.
    The application for the senior Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award is available on myDSHA. Award applications are due 11:59 p.m. February 28. The award will be presented at the PFAA Awards Night on May 11. The winner must be present to receive the award.
    Questions abut PFAA Summer Scholarships or the PFAA Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award? Contact PFAA Vice President Tracey Fricker.
    Join one of our DSHA Parent Associations | Parents are key members of the DSHA community and important partners in much of the work done through the school on behalf of each student. In addition to individual volunteer activities, these organizations provide opportunities for parents to meet and work together. The parent chairs of the Parent Association, the Parents Athletic Association, and the Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting these organizations with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.

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

    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Father Daughter Dinner Dance | Saturday, March 12
    The timeline for the event is as follows:
    6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Complimentary Photos
    7:30 p.m. | Dinner
    8:30 - 11:30 p.m. | Music & Dancing  
    If you were registered for the January date and are no longer able to attend the new date, please contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    DSHA Auction | Saturday, March 26, 2022 

    Join us for a bodacious, gnarly, rad, tubular, legit evening as we celebrate the DSHA mission 80s-style!
    Have you purchased your Golden Ticket? | Buy a 2022 Auction Golden Ticket for $150 for a chance to win a live auction package without the competition of other bidders. Simply purchase your ticket through DSHA, select an eligible live auction item, return your choice to DSHA, and watch the drawing at the Forever Plaid Auction ─ 80s Edition. Golden Tickets are available for purchase by cash or check at the DSHA front office. Please ask for Alumnae Director Danielle Rabe, DSHA '08, at the school front office. 
    The Golden Ticket packages include:
    • Sonoma Wine Country Experience for 2 | Travel to four different Sonoma wineries with alumna Sophie Mills Duncan, DSHA '01, as your guide. Airfare and accommodations included.
    • Marion Coffey Giclee | Own a giclee from Milwaukee native Marion Coffey.
    • DSHA Graduation Package | Saved seats and a reserved parking spot on the big day, as well as a professional family photo with your 2023 DSHA graduate.
    • Arike Ogunbowale, DSHA '15, Experience | Take a trip for 4 to Dallas, TX to meet DSHA Hall of Famer Arike Ogunbowale then watch her and the Dallas Wings play. Airfare and accommodations for four included.
    • Pfister Hotel Package | Dinner for 10 at Mason Street Grill along with a one-night stay that includes 5 guest rooms at the Pfister Hotel.
    • DSHA Reserved Parking Spot | A sign with your family's name will designate your front lot spot throughout the 22-23 school year.
     
    Get Your Raffle Tickets! | Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays until March 26

    Raffle tickets for front row parking spots will be sold in the Quad during lunch/Dasher time. Tickets are $25/each and can be purchased via cash or check. A sign with your family name will designate her spot throughout the entire 2022-23 school year.
    Students must be eligible to drive at the start of the 2022-23 school year to purchase raffle tickets.
    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    Would you consider adding the DSHA Auction to your shopping list?
    Interested in donating an item, but not sure what? We've got you covered with items starting at under $10.

    Click here to view our Amazon wish list. 

    Donate a gift card for the DSHA Auction Gift Card Wall! Guests can purchase a gift card for $25 with the chance to win one of equal value or more.

    Click here to view our Amazon gift card wish list. 

    For information about the auction, click here or contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    Summer Cool | June-July 2022
    Do you know a future Dasher in rising grades 1-9? Whether she wants to spend her summer with her nose in a book, exploring STEM concepts, growing in her faith, and/or developing her athletics skills, DSHA Summer Cool's 125 + camps include something for every girl in rising grades 1-9!
    Summer Cool registration is open! If you register for camps before March 31, you'll receive 20% off.

    Click here to register for Summer Cool. 

    Questions? Contact Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore, DSHA '16.
    FINE ARTS UPDATES
    Tickets on Sale Now for DSHA's Spring Play Puffs: or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic
    Click here to purchase your tickets. 

    2022-23 Angelairs Auditions | Wednesday, March 9 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    Auditions will include the following:
    • Sing 32 measures (about one minute) from a modern pop/jazz/rock song or from Contemporary Broadway. STUDENTS MUST BRING THEIR OWN SHEET MUSIC TO THE AUDITION.
    • Perform a short dance that will be taught by senior Angelaires at the co-curricular meetings February 24 and 25 and posted online.
    • Sing in 3-4 part harmony with possible sight-reading.
    Application packets can be found on the website or outside of Director of Theatre, Choir, and Liturgical Music Zach Ziegler's office.  

    Click here to sign up to audition.
    Click here for more information, audition packets, and to access the dance. 

    Save the Dates for Community Theatre Works' Matilda | Community Theatre Works is an intense, four-week theatre program for rising 5-12th graders combining the talents of DSHA students, middle school students, and community members to produce a musical. Students will work in tandem with local theatrical talent in a caring theatrical environment to put together a summer musical. All students must register through Summer Cool. Once your student is registered, she/he will be in the production. 
    Auditions:
    Rising grades 9-12 | June 7 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Rising grades 5-8 | June 8 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Performances:
    July 15 | 7 p.m.
    July 16 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    July 17 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    Questions? Contact Director of Theatre, Choir, and Liturgical Music Zach Ziegler.

    ATHLETIC UPDATES
    Sports Nutrition Information Night at DSHA | Monday, February 28 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Quad

    This information session about sports nutrition is open to all student-athletes and their parents, and we hope you will be able to join us for this one-hour discussion on this important topic. Julie Lois, MS, RD, CD, CNSC is a sports dietitian from Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and she will be discussing such topics as: what are good snacks to eat, what is the best time to eat pre- and post-practice and games, what should you be eating to build muscle, water and caffeine consumption, as well as time to submit or ask questions during a Q&A session at the end. Please mark your calendars for this important discussion regarding nutrition!
    Basketball Update | The DSHA Varsity Basketball team wrapped up their regular season on February 17. They finished 3rd in the Greater Metro Conference with a record of 11-5 and an overall record of 12-12. The team begins their journey to the WIAA State Basketball Championship with WIAA Regional play on Friday, February 25 against Menomonee Falls at 7 p.m. at DSHA. If they win, they will take on the winner of the Homestead vs. Manitowoc Lincoln game and will play on Saturday, February 26 at 7 p.m. Come support the team!

    Click here for more information on who, when, and where the the DSHA Varsity Basketball team will play. 

    Gymnastics Update | DSHA participates in a co-op team with the West Allis schools to compete in gymnastics. DSHA has seven girls competing on the team this season led by captain Oriana Ognar, DSHA '22. The team competed in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament on February 18 to complete their regular season. The WIAA Sectional is scheduled for Saturday, February 26 at Arrowhead beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the WIAA State Championship scheduled for March 4-5 at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School. Best of luck!
    Ice Hockey Update | The Ice Hockey co-op team with the University School of Milwaukee finished their regular season with a 13-9-1 overall record, including a 3-1 win in the last game of the regular season over Hudson. The team moved on to WIAA Regional play on Thursday, February 17 against the Lakeshore Lightning and won 2-1. The team now moves on to the WIAA Sectional Semi-Final game on February 22 against the Green Bay East co-op at Cornerstone Ice Center at 7:30 p.m.

    Click here for more information about who, when, and where the Ice Hockey co-op team will play. 

    Ski Team Update | The DSHA Varsity Ski team finished the regular season with four first place finishes and two second place finishes to tie for second place in the Midwest High School Ski Conference. The team now moves on to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Alpine Racing Association State competition at Mt. LaCrosse on Sunday, February 20 and Monday, February 21. Those competing in the state championships include Joan Barry, DSHA '23; Payton Bradford, DSHA '24; Amanda Delcore, DSHA '24; Katie Delcore, DSHA '22; Mack Doerr, DSHA '23; Jillian Morrissey, DSHA '22; and Kate Nonn, DSHA '22.
    The DSHA JV Ski team qualified for the Midwest High School Ski JV Conference and will compete on February 24 at Alpine Valley. Best of luck to both teams!
    Congratulations to Winter Captains | Congratulations to the following winter captains who earned their National Federation of State High School Associations (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 | Helena Cesarz, DSHA '23; Claire Coury, DSHA '22; Kennedy Holmes, DSHA '24; Ally Timm, DSHA '24 
    • Ski | Katie Delcore, DSHA '22; Kate Nonn, DSHA '22; Jillian Morrissey, DSHA '22 
    • Ice Hockey | Rachel Gauthier, DSHA '22; Molly Guenther, DSHA '22 

    Greater Metro Conference Winter Scholar Athlete Award Winners |
    To receive this award from the conference, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior varsity letter winner with a 3.5 or above cumulative GPA. Congratulations!
    • Basketball | Claire Coury, DSHA '22; Sarah Kanter, DSHA '22; Katie O’Loughlin, DSHA '22; Helena Cesarz, DSHA '23; Kelly Coury, DSHA '23; Meg Dorrington, DSHA '23; Ashley Jones, DSHA '23; Caitlin Organ, DSHA '23; Audrey Watzka, DSHA '23
    • Gymnastics | Oriana Ognar, DSHA '22; Anna Lichucki, DSHA '23
    • Ice Hockey | Rachel Gauthier, DSHA '22; Molly Guenther, DSHA '22
    • Ski | Katie Delcore, DSHA '22; Jillian Morrissey, DSHA '22; and Kate Nonn, DSHA '22;  Joan Barry, DSHA '23; Piper Dupies, DSHA '23

    Basketball Team Gives Back |
    On Saturday, February 12, the DSHA Varsity Basketball team volunteered to work the 25th Annual Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run/Walk. The organization helps fund life-saving heart research at the Medical College of Wisconsin in memory of former Milwaukee Alderman Steve Cullen who died at the age of 40 of a heart attack. Steve was the father of DSHA Athletic Trainer Annie Olivares. The Dashers served water during the race and delicious chili to the runners after the race. The team had a wonderful experience! Thanks for your time and support of such a great cause.
    Spring Sports | Spring sports are just around the corner. If you are interested in participating in lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, or track and field please check with Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell in the Box Office to make sure you have all of your athletic forms turned in. If you have already participated in a sport, you should be set to go. If spring is your first sport season, double check with Mrs. Stowell.
    Spring Sport Open Gyms | If you are interested in playing a spring sport, make sure you attend open gyms being held this winter. For more information on days and times contact the head coach for each sport:
    Make sure to be prepared to compete at your best this spring by preparing during the pre-season! You are also encouraged to work out in the fitness center with Health & Fitness Faculty Coach Calhoun and Coach McKeever. See fitness center calendar posted on the door.  
    Tryouts/Start Dates for Spring Sports
    • Lacrosse | March 7 – 11 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.| Indoor at Uihlein Soccer Park on field #3. You must attend all tryout days.
    • Track and Field | March 7 from 5 - 7 p.m. | DSHA gym 
    • Rugby | March 14 from 7 - 9 p.m. | DSHA gym
    • Softball | March 14 - 16 | Tryouts will be broken into two groups the week before. Group one (mostly freshmen and sophomores) will tryout from 3:05 - 4:35 p.m. Group two (mostly juniors and seniors) will tryout from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. On March 16 all groups will tryout from 3:05 - 5 p.m. and team assignments will be completed from 5 - 5:30 p.m. You must attend all three days of tryouts or speak with Coach Montgomery. 
    • Soccer | March 21 - March 24 | 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 JV2 and JV 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 Sports Picture Day | Monday, March 28


    All spring sports pictures will be taken after school in the gym. Your coach will be providing you with information about how to order a team and/or individual picture. 
    Faith Friday Masses for Spring Sports | The Faith Friday Masses for the spring sports will be as follows:
    • March 18 | Track and Field
    • April 1 | Lacrosse
    • April 29 | Softball
    • May 6 | Soccer
    • May 13 | Spring Rugby

    Please plan to attend Faith Friday on your team’s designated day. You can wear your team spirit wear with your skirt if you attend Mass and we will take a group picture following Mass. Hope to see you there!
    DSHA Summer Cool Sports Camps | The DSHA 2022 Summer Cool sports camps are open for registration. Camps do fill up quickly so please register as soon as possible.

    Click here to register for Summer Cool sports camps by May 1. 

    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.
    FUTURE DASHER UPDATES
    Do you know a future Dasher? Please share the following with their families!
    2022-23 School Year Financial Aid Application | The financial aid application for the 2022-23 school year is open. Families who are interested in need-based scholarships and financial aid for next school year are welcome to complete this application. Applications are due on Friday, March 11.  

    Click here to access the application and information needed to complete it. 

    Questions? Contact Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Ann Duffy, DSHA '10. 
  • DSHA Parent eNews | February 7, 2022

    Parent eNews | Monday, February 7

    Dear DSHA Community, 
    We concluded our Catholic Schools Week celebration last week with our annual Mother Mary Mission Day retreat for faculty and staff. The retreat centered around the goodness and kindness of Jesus, our Savior. At DSHA, we understand the crucial role we play as adults in helping our students encounter the goodness and kindness of Jesus. The annual retreat helps ground us in our mission.
    Our Catholic Schools Week celebration began with an all-school liturgy including a special blessing of our four Marian Scholars, their peer mentors (past and present), and our inclusive teachers. Our special guests included the Sisters of the Divine Savior, Marian Scholar parents, Principal of St. Robert Catholic School Mrs. Lauren Beckmann, and Archdiocese of Milwaukee Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, all of whom helped make the Marian Scholars program possible.
    The week also included the Gr8 Lengths assembly, the senior vs. staff basketball game, and Mass & Muffins. While the week was a celebration of our Catholic faith within our school community, Catholic Schools week was also a time to call us back to our theme to be the goodness and kindness of Jesus.
    To begin the Gr8 Lengths assembly, Campus Minister for Prayer and Worship and Theology Faculty Catherine Lennon offered the goodness and kindness prayer, a meditative reflection of the prayer, and asked the community to renew our commitment to be the goodness and kindness of Jesus to one another. Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks acknowledged that we sometimes fall short of this ideal, and outlined a few ways we intend to live this out:
    • We are closing morning and afternoon prayer with, "Jesus, help me be the goodness and kindness."
    • This week in all classes, teachers will be leading meaningful conversations about what it means to be the goodness and kindness of Jesus inside and outside of the classroom.
    • The theology department has prepared a lesson where girls will make commitments to be the goodness and kindness of Jesus, write them on a strip of cloth, and the cloth will be assembled into a unity cross.

    As the primary educators of faith, I would encourage parents to engage your daughters in conversation around the mission to be the goodness and kindness of Jesus. Perhaps pray
    the goodness and kindness prayer and meditation Catherine Lennon used last week.
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (785)
    12/20 - 1/9
    1/10 - 23
    1/24 - 2/6
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Close contacts due to exposure outside DSHA*
    67
    29
    179
    Close contacts due to exposure inside DSHA*
    0
    0
    282
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    92
    45
    204
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    4
    Current active positivity rate: 3/785 (0.4%)**
    * Number of individuals in close contact during this period.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 785).
    Given the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and the City of Milwaukee mask advisory, DSHA strongly recommends proper hand washing, masking, and distancing of at least three feet while at school.
     
    DSHA Community Health Measures 2021-2022
    Click here to read our full DSHA Community Health Measures | 2021-22. 

    Masking Update | As you are aware, our masking policy states that DSHA will declare a short-term mask requirement if the number of current COVID-19 positive cases reaches a substantial level — 2.5% of our total student and staff population. The short-term mask requirement would end when the confirmed positive COVID-19 cases drop below 1% of the DSHA student and staff population.
    Since the onset of this semester, we have been operating with a mask requirement. We started this week at  0.38% positivity. Therefore, beginning Tuesday, February 8, while masking remains strongly recommended, they will be optional in classrooms once students are seated. Masking in the hallways during passing time and all-school assemblies and Mass remain a requirement as was our protocol during the fall semester. We will also return to sending email notifications when there is positive case in the classroom or co-curricular settings.
    February 7, 2022 Note from School Nurse Patti Hughes | We have experienced a marked drop in our positive cases and exposures within our DSHA community. The Southeastern Wisconsin community COVID-19 cases are still categorized as extreme, but the community has also seen a rapid drop in positive cases in the last two weeks. 
    I have found some interesting information about the symptoms of the Omicron variant, which is holding true in our school population. Each person’s COVID-19 presentation is unique, but these are some new trends that the Omicron variant has brought. This variant, more than the original and Delta variants, is causing a higher incidence of gastrointestinal distress. Abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting are reported quite often. Another interesting symptom being reported with Omicron is feeling lightheaded.
    We are still in the heart of influenza and strep season. COVID-19, influenza, and strep may have similar looking symptoms and your pediatrician may wish to test for any or all of these based upon your daughter’s presentation. 
    Lab Days and Hours | We will have Accelerated Analytical Laboratory here 5 days a week with varying hours. As always, students, family members, household members, and TSC are welcome to register for testing. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be given. There is no cost and no insurance is collected. 
    • Mondays | 8 - 11 a.m.
    • Tuesdays | 12 - 3 p.m.
    • Wednesdays | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays | 8 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Fridays | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    You must preregister using the link below. At the end of the survey, click the blue banner that states you are testing at a non-public site. 
    After completing the registration, arrive at the back alcove theatre door labeled #12 in the faculty parking lot. You will find door #12 just past the garage dumpster corral. Wear a mask. Knock on the glass door for admittance or call the nurse's office at 414-462-3742 ext. 4357. We can have the lab come to your car if needed by calling the nurse's office to say you have arrived.
    The lab may ask what your relationship to DSHA is: faculty/staff, student, or DSHA family member. They are not screening you for eligibility; it is just a data point. DSHA household members are most welcome to come.

    Click here to preregister.
    Click here for preregistration instructions. 

    Questions? Contact School Nurse 
    Patti Hughes.  

    FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
    Sophomore Fling | Saturday, February 12 from 7 - 10 p.m.
    Tickets for Sophomore Fling are available on myDSHA. Parents and students must complete two separate forms for the student and their guest. The form inaccurately references Homecoming when it is opened, but the rest of the form includes accurate information about Sophomore Fling. Students and their guests must bring their current high school ID with them to check in at the dance.
    Doors close by 8 p.m. and students will not be permitted to leave until 9:30 p.m.
    Attendance Reminders | If your daughter is going to miss school for any reason, please call our Attendance Office at (414) 721-2920 as soon as possible. If students are marked absent for class and we have not heard from you, they will be marked unexcused and given a slip to verify their absence. If their absence does not get verified, they may receive a Saturday detention.
    Uniform Policy | There are a number of students coming to school with short skirts and sweaters and jackets that do not have the DSHA logo on them. Please review the uniform policy with your daughter. All sweaters and jackets worn at school must have the same DSHA logo as our polos, and skirts must be an appropriate length. Help us ensure that your daughter is prepared to come to school each day dressed according to these policies, especially in regard to skirt length and uniform sweaters.

    Click here to review the uniform policy. 

    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks.

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    Calendar Updates | Please take note of the following dates:
    Wednesday, March 9 | Carla Olle, HA '60, Career Day
    Freshmen have no school on March 9. Sophomores and juniors will participate in Carla Olle, HA '60, Career Day, an event which gives students an up-close look at different career paths and connects their coursework and learning to the real world. Seniors will be on Vocare.
    Friday, March 11 | No School
    All students, except for seniors on Vocare, will be off Friday, March 11. Faculty will be engaged in an in-service focused on student mental health, followed by visits to each senior’s Vocare site across the City of Milwaukee. 
    Friday, March 25 | No School
    All students have no school on Friday, March 25. This is one of our two days dedicated to faculty professional development and faith formation through the Sustaining the Mission program. Sustaining the Mission is the designated program for the religious education certification of Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. 
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Collections and PB & J Ministry | Thursday, February 10
    Thursday is the only Collections Day of the month! Dashers are invited to bring in food items or cash for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Mother of Good Counsel.
    Thursday is also our PB & J Ministry during both early and late Dasher time. Special thanks to members of the administration for supplying the peanut butter and jelly for our ministry this week and to the Dasher family who has donated all the bread for our ministry this year! Together, we can support Repairers of the Breach and Guest House Milwaukee and their ministries to our brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness.
    Celebrating Black History Month and All-School Mass Friday, February 11
    Friday is our all-school Black History Month Mass. Students from the Sisters of Culture co-curricular have planned our Mass, and we welcome Pastors Brenda and Dr. Andrew Calhoun, as well as the Ministry of Music, from Grace Fellowship Church in Milwaukee. 
    During afternoon prayer every Wednesday of this month, we will learn about a Black Catholic saint, and pray for her/his intercession as a community.
    Spring Semester Campus Ministry Small Groups for Freshmen and Sophomores | Several Dashers are running Campus Ministry small groups for members of the freshman and sophomore classes on the last Friday of each month this semester. Small groups eat lunch, pray, and reflect on the gospel reading of the day.
    Parents, please encourage your daughters to sign up on Microsoft Teams this week. This is a great way to make new friends, pray, and walk in faith this semester.
    Service Circles | Please ask your daughters to check their x2VOL accounts. If your daughter has completed none or half of her service requirement for the year, she will be required to attend Service Circles during an Applied Wellness hour on February 14, 15, or 16. Service in our community is central to our Salvatorian, Catholic mission, and thus a DSHA requirement. Dashers receive credit for completing the required service hours. More information will be sent via email and on Microsoft Teams to students who are required to attend Service Circles.
    Vocare Placements | Tuesday, February 8  
    Seniors will receive their Vocare placements this Tuesday. Our 171 seniors will be sent forth to serve at more than 50 local organizations, schools, and community outreach agencies from March 7-18. As parents and guardians, we ask that you pray for your daughters, their organizations, and the people with whom they serve during Vocare. Please note these important Vocare dates:
    • Wednesday, February 16 | Seniors' Vocare paperwork due to Campus Ministry Volunteer Linda Bardele in Campus Ministry.
    • Friday, March 4 at 2:14 p.m. | Vocare Send-Off Prayer Service in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. All parents are welcome! 
    • Sunday, March 13 from noon - 2:30 p.m. or 3 - 5:30 p.m. | Seniors attend a Vocare reflection at DSHA.
    • Wednesday, March 23 at 10:22 a.m. | Vocare Welcome Back assembly in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. All parents are welcome!

    Questions about Vocare? Contact Campus Ministry Volunteer
    Linda Bardele or Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart.
    Senior Retreat | “Say Yes” Luke 1:26 | Saturday, February 19 or Sunday, February 20 at Camp Whitcomb/Mason
    • Senior retreat will take place on Saturday, February 19 from 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. or Sunday, February 20 from 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.  
    • Mass is being offered for all members of the senior class at 9 a.m. on Sunday, February 20 in the Mother of Our Savior chapel.
    • Buses will depart DSHA at 10 a.m. sharp on both days.
    • Questions about Senior Retreat? Contact Theology Faculty Lisa Metz or Theology Faculty Judie Gillespie.

    For general Campus Ministry questions, contact Director of Salvatorian Service
    Katie Pickart.

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    All-School Testing Day | Tuesday, March 8
    • PreACT for Freshmen and Sophomores | DSHA will be administering the PreACT to the entire sophomore and freshman class. The PreACT offers freshmen and 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. DSHA will handle the registration for this test.
    • ACT for Juniors | DSHA will be administering the ACT Plus Writing test to the entire junior class. Families will be billed $51.00 per student via Smart Tuition. Students who participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program will have the testing fee covered by the State of Wisconsin. DSHA will handle the registration for this test.

    If you would like your daughter to opt out of the test, please contact
    College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Katie Hoffmann.
    Children’s Wisconsin Therapy Team | Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, DSHA established a partnership with Children’s Hospital to have a therapist in the school setting. This arrangement is a great resource to students and families in need, as there are licensed therapists available to DSHA students here at school.
    Jessica Kotsakis is currently the DSHA-based therapist from Children’s Wisconsin, and is now joined by Lauren Green.
    Students in need should consult with their school counselors who can walk them through the referral process.
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services Jacky Krawczyk.
    COLLEGE COUNSELING UPDATES
    Carla Olle, HA '60, Career Day | March 9
    During career day, sophomores and juniors will experience a day filled with career exploration. Girls will begin the day interacting with keynote speaker and 2021 Alumna of the Year Molly Hogan, DSHA '02, who currently serves as the Director of Strategy at BMO Harris Bank. They will then attend four career presentations aligning with careers they selected through a survey. Girls will end the day with a resume building workshop. Attendance is mandatory for all sophomore and junior girls. 
    In-Person & Virtual College Fairs | Spring college fair dates, locations, and registrations are starting now. Register early to secure your spot. 
    • Wisconsin Education Fairs | Starting in March, Wisconsin Education Fairs are hosting in-person and virtual college fairs.

    Click here to register. 

    • NOVVA DSHA/Messmer/St. Thomas More Virtual College Fair | Thursday, February 24 from 12:30 -  2 p.m.

      DSHA has joined Messmer High School and St. Thomas More High School to sponsor a NOVVA virtual college fair. Sophomore and junior girls who have a study hall or Applied Wellness hour during the fair will log on and attend in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. Parents, you are encouraged to sign up and attend virtually from home.

    Click here to register. 

    • National Association for College Admission Counseling Virtual College Fairs | Check out the dates and registration information below.

    Click here for more information and to register. 

    College Support Webinar Series | Our friends at Revolution Prep are excited to offer Divine Savior Holy Angels High School families the Strategies for Finding Success in College Admissions webinar series, joined by Peter Van Buskirk.
    • The Admission Game | Wednesday, February 9 at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m.
    In the webinar, you'll learn the in's and out's of the college admissions process. The Admission Game is a high-energy, high-impact, interactive case study exercise for students and parents in which the audience is transformed into an admission committee.

    Click here to register. 

    • College Admissions in 2022 and Beyond…What to Expect | Wednesday, February 23 at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m.
    In the webinar, you'll learn how to navigate the college admission process in its current state.

    Click here to register. 

    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea.
    APPLIED WELLNESS UPDATES
    Remind Daughters to Engage in Applied Wellness | As we begin February, sophomores, juniors, and seniors should be mindful to regularly engage in Applied Wellness experiences. Students that have been ignoring engagement in January have received a warning via email. Students that continue to ignore the program will lose their choice moving forward. 
    Choice and personal accountability are essential aspects of our wellness program so please ask your daughters about their involvement and encourage them to reach out if they are struggling for one reason or another. They are expected to be mindful of the minimal requirement and follow through with the engagement that is asked within the program over the course of the entire semester.
    NOTE: A student with applied wellness hours 1, 2, 7 and 8 should be mindful about engagement. Parents or guardians that allow their daughters to arrive late or leave early on a regular basis could be inhibiting their child's required engagement.
    Balanced Breaks | We encourage students to take a break once per week so they can step away from academics and allow their bodies, minds, and souls to recharge. If they choose to engage in more than one experience per week because they enjoy the break, then we support that decision. However, the engagement should be balanced. We do not want students to stockpile Applied Wellness units. The program is intended to allow students balanced breaks throughout the entire semester. Please encourage your child to engage for the sake of a wellness break and not simply to accumulate Applied Wellness units as fast as they can. We will be implementing clearer guidelines in fall of 2022 so stockpiling does not occur. Communications will be sent this semester to those that seem to be engaging in this at the current time.  
    Applied Wellness Hour vs. Study Hall | There is a difference between a study hall and an Applied Wellness hour. Applied Wellness is not a study hall, but studying is one of many choices that can be made at times during this break. This program was created to allow time during the school day for students to also connect with others, have some downtime, and learn a little more about themselves and what they need to feel well. We will continue to educate them on the program function and intention.
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Director Joanna McQuide.
    DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION UPDATES
    Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Search Update | In the November 8, 2021 eNews, we announced that a search for the next Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion would begin. The position description is now available on our website. If you know someone who is committed to Catholic education for girls and DEI work, please direct them to the DSHA Careers page or the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Careers Page to apply. In alignment with preparing to hire for this position, the DSHA DEI Committee of the Board of Directors has worked to provide updated definitions and framework to DEI at DSHA within the foundation of our Catholic faith and Catholic Social Teaching. Visit the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Catholic Social Teaching and Racial Justice pages on our website.  
    As a reminder, the search advisory council includes the following members of the DSHA community:
    • Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Health and Fitness Faculty Brian Calhoun
    • DSHA President Katie Konieczny, DSHA '92
    • Theology Faculty, Theology Department Chair, and Sisters of Culture Moderator Lisa Metz
    • DSHA Board Member, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board Committee Member, and Current Parent Judge Derek Mosley 
    • Theology Faculty Danny Pavlovich  
    • Principal and Current Parent Dan Quesnell
    • World Language Faculty and Furia Latina Moderator Susie Romero
    • DSHA Board Member, Parent Association President, and Current Parent Maureen Tarantino 
    • DSHA Board Member and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board Committee Member Sister Carol Thresher, DS ‘56, SDS

    Black History Month Celebration |
    Our Black History Month Celebration will include the following:
    • All Month | A different influential Black person in history is highlighted briefly each day during morning announcements, and a Black saints highlighted every Wednesday during afternoon prayer.
    • Thursday, February 10 | Optional Black History Month Read-In during lunch/dasher.
    • Friday, February 11 | All-School Black History Month Mass.
    • Tuesday, February 15 | Optional Dasher Dialogue focusing on Black History Month during lunch/dasher.
    • Tuesday, February 22 | Optional Sisters of Culture co-curricular food sale during lunch/dasher.

    Questions? Contact
    Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Brian Calhoun.
    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
    Sign Up to Volunteer Today | Volunteers hold a special place in the fabric of our community, and we invite you to join a fantastic team that truly makes a difference in the lives of our young women while you get to know other Dasher parents.
    Upcoming volunteer needs:

    Click here to browse opportunities for the 2021-22 school year and register today. 
    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES 
    Senior Yearbook Photos | Click the link below for directions regarding senior yearbook photos. Photo submissions are due March 31.

    Click here for more information about senior yearbook photos. 

    FROM THE PA, PAA, AND PFAA 
    Apply for PFAA Summer Scholarship | The Parent Fine Arts Association has scholarships available for current DSHA freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Scholarships should be used toward fine arts summer camps, DSHA Community Theatre Works productions, art supplies, fine arts-related workshops, clinics, and lessons.
    The easy-to-complete applications will be available on myDSHA beginning February 1. Scholarship applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 28.
    Applicant's parents must be members of the Parent Fine Arts Association to be eligible for this award. Scholarship recipients are asked to be present at the PFAA Awards Night on May 11 to receive their scholarship award.
    PFAA Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award | Seniors, earn $1500 and a place in DSHA Fine Arts history! The Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award is designed to honor a senior who has contributed to the fine arts at DSHA through her participation, dedication, and talent in any of the fine arts disciplines.
    The application for the senior Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award will be available on myDSHA beginning February 1. Award applications are due 11:59 p.m. February 28. The award will be presented at the PFAA Awards Night on May 11. The winner must be present to receive the award.
    Questions abut PFAA Summer Scholarships or the PFAA Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award? Contact PFAA Vice President Tracey Fricker.
    Parent Resources | There are a variety of resources for parents on the DSHA website. Resource include the tri-fold calendar, archived Parent eNews, information about lunch, carpooling, and several other resources.
    Join one of our DSHA Parent Associations | Parents are key members of the DSHA community and important partners in much of the work done through the school on behalf of each student. In addition to individual volunteer activities, these organizations provide opportunities for parents to meet and work together. The parent chairs of the Parent Association, the Parents Athletic Association, and the Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting these organizations with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.

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

    SPECIAL EVENTS
    DSHA Auction | Saturday, March 26, 2022 
    Join us for a bodacious, gnarly, rad, tubular, legit evening as we celebrate the DSHA mission 80s-style! Stay tuned for registration details and information coming this Wednesday!
    Get Your Raffle Tickets! | Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays until March 26

    Raffle tickets for one front row parking spot will be sold in the Quad during lunch/Dasher time. Tickets are $25/each and can be purchased via cash or check. A sign with your family name will designate her spot throughout the entire 2022-23 school year.
    Students must be eligible to drive at the start of the 2022-23 school year to purchase raffle tickets.
    Questions? Contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    Would you consider adding the DSHA Auction to your shopping list?
    Interested in donating an item, but not sure what? We've got you covered with items starting at under $10.

    Click here to view our Amazon wish list. 

    Donate a gift card for the DSHA Auction Gift Card Wall! Guests can purchase a gift card for $25 with the chance to win one of equal value or more.

    Click here to view our Amazon gift card wish list. 

    For information about the auction, click here or contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    Update Information for Grandparent Liturgy | Wednesday, April 27 — CORRECTION
    This is a correction of the last eNews on updating grandparent information so that grandparents can receive an invitation to this popular event. Sophomore though senior parents will need to complete the information form in their myDSHA notifications to update grandparent contact information. 
     
    For questions or to help plan this event, please contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    Summer Cool | June-July 2022
    Do you know a future Dasher in rising grades 1-9? Whether she wants to spend her summer with her nose in a book, exploring STEM concepts, growing in her faith, and/or developing her athletics skills, DSHA Summer Cool's 125 + camps include something for every girl in rising grades 1-9!
    Mark your calendar for February 15, when Summer Cool registration officially opens! If you register for camps before March 31, you'll receive 20% off. In the meantime, start planning your best summer yet at the link below!

    Click here to explore Summer Cool camps. 
    Questions? Contact Admissions & Marketing Assistant Meaghan Lagore, DSHA '16.

    FINE ARTS UPDATES
    DSHA's Spring Play | Puffs: or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic

    The DSHA Theatre Department is staging Puffs: or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic.
    Advertise your business in the Puffs playbill!

    Click here to fill out an advertising form by Wednesday, February 16. 

    Save the Dates for Community Theatre Works' Matilda | Community Theatre Works is an intense, four-week theatre program for rising 5-12 graders combining the talents of DSHA students, middle school students, and community members to produce a musical. Students will work in tandem with local theatrical talent in a caring theatrical environment to put together a summer musical. All students must register through Summer Cool. Once your student is registered, she/he will be in the production. 
    Auditions:
    Rising grades 9-12 | June 7 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Rising grades 5-8 | June 8 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Performances:
    July 15 | 7 p.m.
    July 16 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    July 17 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    Questions? Contact Director of Theatre, Choir, and Liturgical Music Zach Ziegler.

    ATHLETIC UPDATES
    Basketball Senior Night | Friday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m.  

    The DSHA Varsity Basketball team will celebrate senior and senior parent night prior to warm-ups of their 7 p.m. game against Brookfield Central. This is their last regular season home game of the 2021-2022 season. We will honor Claire Coury, DSHA '22; Sarah Kanter, DSHA '22; and Katie O’Loughlin, DSHA '22, in addition to managers Shaeley Garczynski, DSHA '22, and Alex Seemann, DSHA '22. Hope to see you at the game!
    Bring your Favorite TSC Member to a Game | The DSHA Varsity Basketball team and managers each asked a member of the TSC (Total School Community) to come watch them play on January 28. They each received an “I Back a Dasher” t-shirt and were introduced with their player or manager at half-time. We took a group picture after the game. It was a fun evening for all.

    National Letter of Intent Signing |
    The DSHA Athletic Department was happy to celebrate on February 2 with Kara Schmit, DSHA '22, who signed her national letter of intent to play volleyball at Berry College in Georgia. Best of luck to Kara as she continues to play volleyball at the next level! We are so proud of you!

    2022 DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame | Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame. The deadline for submission of nominations is May 1.

    Click here to view the nomination criteria.
    Click here to download a nomination form to mail.
    Click here to complete an online nomination. 

    Questions about the DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame? Contact Athletic Director Peggy Seegers-Braun.
    Upcoming Games and Events | Come support the basketball, ice hockey, gymnastics, and ski teams this season! Click here to find game and event times and locations.
    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.
  • DSHA Parent eNews | January 24, 2022

    Parent eNews | Monday, January 24

    Dear DSHA Community,
     
    Our Catholic faith calls us to live a life of love rooted in the knowledge that God loves us unconditionally from the moment of conception.
    This past weekend twenty-nine students representing our Respect Life co-curricular led by theology teacher, Mr. Danny Pavlovich and visual arts teacher, Ms. Caitlin Elrod, participated in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. We are proud of our students and staff for carrying out our mission as a Catholic school and for being another example of the goodness and kindness of Jesus, our Savior. As seen on DSHA’s Facebook and Instagram accounts this past week, the Respect Life Co-Curricular has been preparing for the event in some special ways to involve our school community. 

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches a consistent ethic of life from conception to natural death and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. Additionally, the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching supports the consistent ethic of pro-life in all of its forms.
    Last week Wednesday began the 9 Days for Life-January 19-27, 2022 | Respect Life. In addition to all-school prayer led by students or TSC each day, we have shared the 9 Days for Life reflection with faculty and staff. I leave you with the Every Life is Worth Living prayer from day one.
    Heavenly Father, thank you for the precious gift of life. Help us to cherish and protect this gift, even in the midst of fear, pain, and suffering.
     Give us love for all people, especially the most vulnerable, and help us bear witness to the truth that every life is worth living.
     Grant us the humility to accept help when we are in need, and teach us to be the goodness and kindness of Jesus to all. Through our words and actions, may others encounter the outstretched hands of Your mercy.
     We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
     Holy Mary, Mother of Our Savior, pray for us.
     Blessed Francis Jordan, pray for us.
     Amen.
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (785)
    12/6 - 19
    12/20 - 1/9
    1/10 - 1 /23
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Close contacts due to exposure outside DSHA*
    28
    67
    29 
    172
    Close contacts due to exposure inside DSHA*
    12
    0
    281
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    21
    92
    45 
    196
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    0
    0
    3
    Current active positivity rate: 24/785 (3.1%)**
    * Number of individuals in close contact during this period.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 785).
    Given the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and the City of Milwaukee mask advisory, DSHA strongly recommends proper hand washing, masking, and distancing of at least three feet while at school.
     
    DSHA Community Health Measures 2021-2022
    The health and safety of our community remains a high priority at DSHA. Our medical advisory committee met recently and recommended we integrate the recent CDC changes into the DSHA Community Health Measures, which are effective immediately.

    Click here to read our full DSHA Community Health Measures | 2021-22.

    January 24, 2022 Note from
    School Nurse Patti Hughes | The positive COVID-19 case load is dropping within the school and reflects stabilization of cases seen out in the community. 
    However, transference within families is very high. Although many students are having mild to moderate cold symptoms, nausea, stomachache, and lightheadedness with the Omicron variant, I am seeing a sizable number of students, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, with stronger symptoms such as heavy cold symptoms, fevers, body aches, and some GI upset. I have had parents who are also experiencing stronger symptoms with some reporting the need for hospitalization.
    There does not seem to be a universal pattern to symptomatology; for some it has been an easy course and others not.
    Lab Days and Hours | We will have Accelerated Analytical Laboratory here 5 days a week with varying hours. As always, students, family members, household members, and TSC are welcome to register for testing. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be given. There is no cost and no insurance is collected. 
    • Mondays | 8 -11 a.m.
    • Tuesdays | 12 - 3 p.m.
    • Wednesdays | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays | 8 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Fridays | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
     
    You must preregister using the link below. At the end of the survey, click the blue banner that states you are testing at a non-public site. 
    After completing the registration, arrive at the back alcove theatre door labeled #12 in the faculty parking lot. You will find door #12 just past the garage dumpster corral. Wear a mask. Knock on the glass door for admittance or call the nurse's office at 414-462-3742 ext. 4357. We can have the lab come to your car if needed by calling the nurse's office to say you have arrived.
    The lab may ask what your relationship to DSHA is: faculty/staff, student, or DSHA family member. They are not screening you for eligibility; it is just a data point. DSHA household members are most welcome to come.

    Click here to preregister.
    Click here for preregistration instructions. 

    Questions? Contact School Nurse Patti Hughes.  
    FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
    Lunch Procedures | At the beginning of the semester, we transitioned students to socially distancing during our lunches and Dasher time. We recognize the need for our students to return to using Dasher time for meetings and teacher help, and with our positivity rate decreasing, we will be moving back to our previous lunch arrangements starting on Tuesday, January 25. Freshmen and sophomores will all eat lunch in the Quad and Commons during early lunch, and juniors and seniors will eat in the Quad and Commons during late lunch. Students will still be required to be masked at all times throughout the building, including the Quad and Commons, unless they are seated and eating. Students will scan into their tables in order for us to contact trace if any positive cases arise. 
    If your student would prefer a space where they can socially distance during lunch, please reach out to Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks.  

    Attendance Reminders | If your daughter is going to miss school for any reason, please call our Attendance Office at (414) 721-2920 as soon as possible. If students are marked absent for class and we have not heard from you, they will be marked unexcused and given a slip to verify their absence. If their absence does not get verified, they may receive a Saturday detention.
    Uniform Policy | There are a number of students coming to school with short skirts and sweaters and jackets that do not have the DSHA logo on them. Please review the uniform policy with your daughter. All sweaters and jackets worn at school must have the same DSHA logo as our polos, and skirts must be an appropriate length. Help us ensure that your daughter is prepared to come to school each day dressed according to these policies, especially in regard to skirt length and uniform sweaters.

    Click here to review the uniform policy. 

    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks.

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    National Honor Society (NHS) Tutors | If your daughter would like a DSHA NHS tutor (or a current senior to tutor her), please have her email or Microsoft Teams message Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield with the subject she is looking for tutoring support in. Dr. Mansfield will connect her with an NHS tutor via Teams/email.
    NHS tutors usually meet with students over lunch/Dasher time.  
    2022-23 Class Registration | Course registrations for the 2022-23 school year close this Friday, January 28.

    Click here to review the 2022-23 curriculum guide. 

    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    PB & J Ministry | Dashers made 495 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches during the lunch hour last Thursday. Many thanks to a DSHA family for donating 40 loaves of bread for each PB & J Ministry, as well as the DSHA Math Department for donating peanut butter and jelly for the ministry last week, which supports Repairers of the Breach and Guest House in Milwaukee.
    Catholic Schools Week 2022 | This year, we launch our Catholic Schools Week celebration with an all-school Mass on January 28 in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. This Mass will recognize our Marian Scholars, as well as staff and faculty that are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year, an annual tradition at this liturgy. 
    On January 31, our school will gather for our Gr8 Lengths assembly, a fun and school-wide way of donating hair. On February 1, the seniors face the staff in a basketball game in the gym.
    Finally, “Mass and Muffins” will take place on February 2 before school. Students and parents are welcome to join faculty and staff for daily Mass in the Sisters of the Divine Savior's chapel at 8 a.m. and fellowship afterwards.
    Questions about Mass and Muffins? Contact Campus Minister for Prayer and Worship and Theology Faculty Catherine Lennon.
    New Format and Location of Senior Retreat | “Say Yes” Luke 1:26 | Saturday, February 19 or Sunday, February 20 at Camp Whitcomb/Mason
    DSHA is making an adjustment to the senior retreat originally planned to be an overnight retreat. Given the current COVID-19 numbers, the fact that the retreat is a graduation requirement, and the size of the retreat, DSHA has decided to modify the format of the retreat by removing the overnight portion. The content of the retreat will remain the same and shift into a one-day format.
    Retreat #1 | Saturday, February 19 at 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Retreat #2 | Sunday, February 20 at 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    An optional Mass is being offered for all members of the senior class at 9 a.m. on Sunday, February 20 in the Mother of Our Savior chapel.
    Buses will depart DSHA at 10 a.m. sharp on both days.
    Questions about Senior Retreat? Contact Theology Faculty Lisa Metz or Theology Faculty Judie Gillespie.
    Important Vocare Dates | March 7 - 18 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Latin for to draw forth, to call, Vocare is an opportunity for our seniors to use their gifts and talents as women of integrity and faith, who strive to be the goodness and kindness of Jesus wherever they are. This program sends every DSHA senior into the greater Milwaukee community to give of herself to others. It is the capstone to four years of service and helps our students to integrate the depth of what it means to be Dashers – believers, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and servant leaders. Please note these important Vocare dates:
    • Wednesday, January 26 | Vocare orientation for seniors in theology classes
    • Monday, January 31 | Seniors’ preference forms due in Campus Ministry
    • Wednesday, February 9 | Service site placements announced 
    • Sunday, March 13 | Class Mass and reflections at DSHA
    We encourage seniors to discuss their Vocare options and preferences with their parents or guardians before submitting their preference forms. Vocare is a graduation requirement, and our community partners rely on our seniors for every day of Vocare. Please do not schedule any appointments for your daughters during those two weeks.
    Parents are invited to join us for the Vocare Send Off Prayer Service on Friday, March 4 and the Welcome Back Assembly on Wednesday, March 23 at 2:14 p.m. in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre.
    Questions about Vocare? Contact Campus Ministry Volunteer Linda Bardele or Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart.
    Date Set for Sophomore Service Day | Tuesday, April 12

    Sophomore Service Day will take place during the school day. Sophomores and their retreat small group leaders, as well as chaperones, will serve in the community, reflect, and pray together. Please look for more information in March.
    Questions about Sophomore Service Day? Contact Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart.
    Questions? Contact Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart.

    STUDENT SERVICES UPDATES
    Children’s Wisconsin Therapy Team | Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, DSHA established a partnership with Children’s Hospital to have a therapist in the school setting. This arrangement is a great resource to students and families in need, as there are licensed therapists available to DSHA students here at school.
    Jessica Kotsakis is currently the DSHA-based therapist from Children’s Wisconsin. She will be joined by Lauren Green this week.
    Students in need should consult with their school counselors who can walk them through the referral process.
    All-School Testing Day | Tuesday, March 8
    • PreAct for Freshmen and Sophomores | DSHA will be administering the PreACT to the entire sophomore and freshman class. The PreACT offers freshmen and 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. DSHA will handle the registration for this test.
    • ACT for Juniors | DSHA will be administering the ACT Plus Writing test to the entire junior class. Families will be billed $51.00 per student via Smart Tuition. Students who participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program will have the testing fee covered by the State of Wisconsin. DSHA will handle the registration for this test.
     
    If you would like your daughter to opt out of the test, please contact College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Katie Hoffmann.
    Questions? Contact Director of Student Services Jacky Krawczyk.
    COLLEGE COUNSELING UPDATES
    College Support Webinar Series | Our friends at Revolution Prep are excited to offer Divine Savior Holy Angels High School families the Strategies for Finding Success in College Admissions webinar series, joined by Peter Van Buskirk. 
    • Getting From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be | Wednesday, January 26 at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m.
    In the webinar, you'll learn how to set and achieve educational goals. This is an engaging and motivational keynote program for students and parents with special emphasis placed on self-awareness, finding a good college fit, and the consequences of decision-making throughout high school.

    Click here to register.

    • The Admission Game | Wednesday, February 9 at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m.
    In the webinar, you'll learn the in's and out's of the college admissions process. The Admission Game is a high-energy, high-impact, interactive case study exercise for students and parents in which the audience is transformed into an admission committee.

    Click here to register. 

    • College Admissions in 2022 and Beyond…What to Expect | Wednesday, February 23 at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m.
    In the webinar, you'll learn how to navigate the college admission process in its current state.

    Click here to register. 

    Individual Junior Meetings | Through April 12
    Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea will be meeting with each junior to help start the college search and share information on the college application process here at DSHA. College Assistant/Testing Coordinator Katie Hoffmann is in the process of scheduling the meetings. 
    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Kristin Shea.
    DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION UPDATES
    Upcoming Events | The Student DEI Council, Furia Latina, and Sisters of Culture are all excited and working hard in planning for the upcoming events this semester, including Black History Month Mass and Assembly, and Multi-Cultural Week. More information on these events is coming soon.
    Dasher Dialogue | Tuesday, January 25
    The next Dasher Dialogue is a collaboration with Campus Ministry. The topic is human rights, trafficking, and immigration.
    Questions? Contact Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Brian Calhoun.

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
    Sign Up to Volunteer Today | Volunteers hold a special place in the fabric of our community, and we invite you to join a fantastic team that truly makes a difference in the lives of our young women while you get to know other Dasher parents.
    Upcoming volunteer needs:

    Click here to browse opportunities for the the 2021-22 school year and register today. 

    IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS NEWS & NOTES 
    Senior Yearbook Photos | Click the link below for directions regarding senior yearbook photos. Photo submissions are due March 31.

    Click here for more information about senior yearbook photos. 

    FROM THE PA, PAA, AND PFAA 
    PA Meeting | Tuesday, February 22
    The January PA meeting is cancelled. Please mark your calendars for the February meeting. We would love to see you all there!
    Questions? Contact DSHA Board Member and PA President Moe Tarantino
    Apply for PFAA Summer Scholarship | The Parent Fine Arts Association has scholarships available for current DSHA freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Scholarships should be used toward fine arts summer camps, DSHA Community Theatre Works productions, art supplies, fine arts-related workshops, clinics, and lessons.
    The easy-to-complete applications will be available on myDSHA beginning February 1. Scholarship applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 28.
    Applicant's parents must be members of the Parent Fine Arts Association to be eligible for this award. Scholarship recipients are asked to be present at the PFAA Awards Night on May 11 to receive their scholarship award.
    PFAA Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award | Seniors, earn $1500 and a place in DSHA Fine Arts history! The Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award is designed to honor a senior who has contributed to the fine arts at DSHA through her participation, dedication, and talent in any of the fine arts disciplines.
    The application for the senior Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award will be available on myDSHA beginning February 1. Award applications are due 11:59 p.m. February 28. The award will be presented at the PFAA Awards Night on May 11. The winner must be present to receive the award.
    Join one of our DSHA Parent Associations | Parents are key members of the DSHA community and important partners in much of the work done through the school on behalf of each student. In addition to individual volunteer activities, these organizations provide opportunities for parents to meet and work together. The parent chairs of the Parent Association, the Parents Athletic Association, and the Parent Fine Arts Association invite you to become involved by supporting these organizations with your time and voluntary dues. Dues are $25 per association.

    Click here to join the Parent Association, the Parents Athletic Association, and/or the Parent Fine Arts Association. 
    SPECIAL EVENTS
    DSHA Auction | Saturday, March 26, 2022 

    Join us for a bodacious, gnarly, rad, tubular, legit evening as we celebrate the DSHA mission 80s-style!
    Would you consider adding the DSHA Auction to your shopping list?
    Interested in donating an item, but not sure what? We've got you covered with items starting at under $10.

    Click here to view our Amazon wish list. 

    Donate a gift card for the DSHA Auction Gift Card Wall! Guests can purchase a gift card for $25 with the chance to win one of equal value or more.

    Click here to view our Amazon gift card wish list. 

    We are looking for DSHA parents to help us prepare for the DSHA Auction!:   
    • Sponsorships & Advertising Team | Thank you to Mark & Mary Ruge, as well as Jenny Mulcahy who will lead our Sponsorships & Advertising Team. You will join them in reaching out to previous donors and ask for their support again this year, and help identify new sponsors and advertisers. Click here to join this team.  
    • Acquisitions Team | Contact previous live and silent auction item donors to seek their support this year. We also welcome creative ideas for new items and experiences. Click here to join the acquisitions team.
    • Engagement Team | Encourage volunteer participation and attendance of parents, alumnae, and all friends of DSHA to ensure its success. Click here to join the engagement team.
    • Environment Team | Thanks to Margaret Powell and Kate Finerty who will lead our Environment Team. Join them as you help create the perfect 1980's atmosphere that fits the theme selected by volunteer each year. Click here to join the environment team.
     
    For information about the auction, click here.
    Save the Date for Grandparent Liturgy | Wednesday, April 27
    DSHA annually welcomes hundreds of grandparents for Mass and a light breakfast with their granddaughters. In order for grandparents to receive an invitation to this popular event, please ensure their information is updated in myDSHA.
    • Sophomore through senior parents, please review the grandparent information in myDSHA under your student’s record.
    • Freshman parents, please login to myDSHA to fill out the information form.
     
    All updates need to be submitted by Friday, February 4.
     
    For questions or to help plan this event, please contact Director of Annual Giving Kathleen Keller.
    FINE ARTS UPDATES
    DSHA's Spring Play | Puffs: or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic
    The DSHA Theatre Department is staging Puffs: or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic.
    Advertise your business in the Puffs playbill!

    Click here to fill out an advertising form by Wednesday, February 16. 

    Save the Dates for Community Theatre Works' Matilda | Community Theatre Works is an intense four-week theatre program for rising 5-12 grades combining the talents of DSHA students, middle school students, and community members to produce a musical. Students will work in tandem with local theatrical talent in a caring theatrical environment to put together a summer musical. All students must register through Summer Cool. Once your student is registered, she/he will be in the production. 
    Auditions:
    Rising grades 9-12 | June 7 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Rising grades 5-8 | June 8 from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Performances:
    July 15 | 7 p.m.
    July 16 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    July 17 | 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    Questions? Contact Director of Theatre, Choir, and Liturgical Music Zach Ziegler.
    ATHLETIC UPDATES
    DSHA Volleyball Team Gives Back | The DSHA Varsity Volleyball team did a collection of canned goods during the Christmas season and donated them to places in need. Thanks to Sofia Anderson, DSHA '23, for taking the lead on this project and for all who donated canned goods and gave back to the community!
    Golf Team Gives Back | The DSHA Varsity Golf team made Christmas goodie boxes for the residents at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus and delivered them before Christmas. The team wrote letters and included them in each box along with some Christmas treats. Thanks for your time in preparing and delivering the boxes. We are sure the residents loved and appreciated the boxes along with your heartfelt wishes for a wonderful Christmas!
    Bring Your Favorite TSC Member to a Game | Friday, January 28
    The annual "Bring Your Favorite TSC Member to a Game" is this Friday. The DSHA Varsity Basketball team and managers each asked a member of the faculty or staff to come watch them play that night. They each received an “I Back a Dasher” t-shirt and will be introduced with their player or manager at half-time. Following the game, we will take a group picture. Come join in on the fun!
    National Letter of Intent Signings | Wednesday, February 2

    The DSHA Athletic Department is proud to announce that Kara Schmit, DSHA '22, will be signing her National Letter of Intent during lunch on February 2 in the Commons. Schmit will be signing to play volleyball at Berry College in Georgia. Please come join in the celebration!
    Basketball Senior Night | Friday, February 11

    The DSHA Varsity Basketball team will celebrate senior and senior parent night prior to warm-ups of their 7 p.m. game against Brookfield Central. This is their last regular season game of the 2021-2022 season. We will honor Claire Coury, DSHA '22; Sarah Kanter, DSHA '22; and Katie O’Loughlin, DSHA '22, in addition to managers Shaeley Garczynski, DSHA '22, and Alex Seemann, DSHA '22. Hope to see you at the game!
    Upcoming Games and Events | Come support the basketball, ice hockey, gymnastics, and ski teams this season! Click here to find game and event times and locations.
    2022 DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame | Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame. The deadline for submission of nominations is May 1.

    Click here to view the nomination criteria. 
    Click here to download a nomination form to mail.
    Click here to complete an online nomination. 
    Questions about the DSHA Athletic Hall of Fame? Contact Athletic Director Peggy Seegers-Braun.
    Questions? Contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.
  • DSHA Parent eNews | January 10, 2022

    Parent eNews | Monday, January 10

    Dear DSHA Community,
    As we enter the second week of the semester on the heels of celebrating the Epiphany, I’d like to share three gifts of the goodness and kindness of Jesus Christ that we’ve experienced in the building this past week.
    First, it is exciting to have our students back in the building after break and for the start of a new semester. I am grateful for the gift of our community and for the new beginnings that we experience together.
    Second, World Languages Faculty Susie Romero helped us all remember the feast of the Epiphany on January 6. The past two years she has moved the Three Kings around the school building since exam week. After moving through the building for several weeks, they arrived at the manager of Baby Jesus on the feast of the Epiphany. In Spanish-speaking and other Catholic countries, some children receive gifts on the Epiphany, the same day the Baby Jesus received gifts from the kings. Campus Ministry left candy canes in the mailboxes of each Dasher to celebrate.
    And third, on behalf of all of our TSC, I’d like to share a very special thank you for the gift of our School Nurse Patti Hughes. She has been working tirelessly to keep our community safe and informed. From answering individual questions about symptoms and coordinating the school as a testing site, to navigating and implementing our COVID protocols and more – the list goes on, and she has been a true example of the goodness and kindness of Christ to our entire community. Please join me in thanking Patti!
    God gives us so many gifts, and in return, we are called to share the goodness and kindness of Jesus, our Savior.  
    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal
    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Information: Total Community Members (785)
    11/22 - 12/5
    12/6 - 19
    12/20 - 1/9
    Cumulative Total for the School Year
    Close contacts due to exposure outside DSHA*
    16
    28
    67
    143
    Close contacts due to exposure inside DSHA*
    65
    12
    0
    281
    Positive cases traced to outside DSHA
    9
    (1.2%)**
    21
    (2.7%)** 
    92
    (11.7%)** 
    151
    Positive cases traced to inside DSHA
    2
    0
    0
    3
    Current active positivity rate: 66/785 (8.4%)**
    * Number of individuals in close contact during this period.
    ** Positivity rate determined by number of positive cases divided by total members (students and staff = 785).
    Given the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and the City of Milwaukee mask advisory, DSHA strongly recommends proper hand washing, masking, and distancing of at least three feet while at school.
     
    DSHA Community Health Measures 2021-2022
    The health and safety of our community remains a high priority at DSHA. Our medical advisory committee met at the end of last week and recommended we integrate the recent CDC changes into the DSHA Community Health Measures, which are effective immediately. 
    Some important notes in the revised plan include:
    • A reduced isolation / quarantine period for those infected with COVID-19 to 5 days.
    • A “test to stay” option for those who are not fully vaccinated when they are close contacts of infected individuals.
    • COVID-19 Classroom Exposure Emails | During universal masking periods, we will not be sending home the classroom exposure emails. When all students and staff are masked in the classroom, classroom exposures would be rare. We will continue to report our positivity rate in the Parent eNews.
    • Overnight Trips | Students who attend overnight trips, including retreats and co-curricular activities, must test negative for COVID-19 prior to their participation. DSHA will generally suspend overnight trips when there is a substantial level of infection in the school (2.5% or higher of the total student and staff population.)

    DSHA and our team of medical experts continue to recommend students receive the COVID vaccination, along with the booster when eligible. This is the best strategy to prevent illness and spreading the virus to others, particularly the most vulnerable. Once again, thank you for your continued cooperation in the fight against COVID-19.

    Click here to read our full DSHA Community Health Measures | 2021-22.
    Expanded Lab Days and Hours | We are happy to announce that we will have Accelerated Analytical Laboratory here 5 days a week with varying hours. As always, students, family members, household members, and TSC are welcome to register for testing. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be given. There is no cost and no insurance is collected. 
    • Mondays | 8 -11 a.m.
    • Tuesdays | 12 - 3 p.m.
    • Wednesdays | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays | 8 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Fridays | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    You must preregister using the link below. At the end of the survey, click the blue banner that states you are testing at a non-public site. 
    After completing the registration, arrive at the back alcove theatre door labeled #12 in the faculty parking lot. You will find door #12 just past the garage dumpster corral. Wear a mask. Knock on the glass door for admittance or call the nurse's office at 414-462-3742 ext. 4357. We can have the lab come to your car if needed by calling the nurse's office to say you have arrived.
    The lab may ask what your relationship to DSHA is: faculty/staff, student, or DSHA family member. They are not screening you for eligibility; it is just a data point. DSHA household members are most welcome to come.

    Click here to preregister.
    Click here for preregistration instructions. 
    COVID-19 Booster Shots | Vaccinated individuals 16 years of age and older are now eligible for booster shots. Check with your healthcare provider to see if a booster is recommended for you. 
    Questions? Contact School Nurse Patti Hughes.  

    FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
    Second Semester Senior Privilege | Senior parents — seniors with a 1st, 2nd, 7th, or 8th hour study hall or Applied Wellness period are eligible for senior privilege. Since many student schedules change at semester, all eligible seniors must complete a new permission form in myDSHA in order to have senior privilege next semester. All permission forms are due tonight (January 10).  
    Attendance Reminders | If your daughter is going to miss school for any reason, please call our Attendance Office at (414) 721-2920 as soon as possible. If students are marked absent for class and we have not heard from you, they will be marked unexcused and given a slip to verify their absence. If their absence does not get verified, they may receive a Saturday detention.
    Uniform Policy | There are a number of students coming to school with short skirts and sweaters and jackets that do not have the DSHA logo on them. Please review the uniform policy with your daughter. All sweaters and jackets worn at school must have the same DSHA logo as our polos, and skirts must be an appropriate length. Help us ensure that your daughter is prepared to come to school each day dressed according to these policies, especially in regard to skirt length and uniform sweaters.

    Click here to review the uniform policy. 

    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Rachel Fredricks.

    ACADEMIC UPDATES
    Report Cards | Report cards are available on myDSHA. Please note that if you need a copy of your daughter’s report card, you will need to print it from myDSHA, as paper copies will not be mailed home.   
    2022-2023 Course Selection | Please see the Student Services section below for information on the 2022-2023 Curriculum Guide and course selection.
    NCAA Clearinghouse Mid-Year Uploads | Any student-athlete who is registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse will have her first semester transcript uploaded by the end of January. We upload transcripts to the NCAA Clearinghouse after each semester.
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATES
    Sophomore Retreat | Sunday, January 16
    We are so excited for the all-class Sophomore Retreat. The theme is “Through the Turbulence | Isaiah 43:2” and will be led by a wonderful group of juniors and seniors. Sophomores will attend the retreat preview on Monday, January 10 where they will meet their small group leader and be reminded of the information they need to know for retreat. The retreat is a graduation requirement, so we are looking forward to seeing the entire class. 

    Click here for the Sophomore Retreat informational flyer. 

    Questions about Sophomore Retreat? Contact
    Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson.
    Sophomore Service Day – Rescheduled to April

    Many of our community service partners are now not able to take volunteers during the current COVID-19 surge, but we are hopeful that they will soon. Sophomore Service Day will be rescheduled for a school day during Holy Week (April 11-13). Service to others in an essential part of our Catholic faith and allows us to not just “do” things for others but “be” with others. As Mother Teresa once said, “Faith in action is love – and love in action is service.” To meet the community need, we will reschedule it for another school day so the sophomores can have the full Sophomore Service Day experience. Monday, January 17 will now be a day off school for the sophomores.
    Questions about Sophomore Service Day? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Stephanie Monson.
    Collections Update | All of January, please bring in baby diapers, pull-ups and wipes for local families. The Respect Life co-curricular is collecting these items for the families supported by the Women's Care Center. Look for the baby bins in the Quad this whole month! Let's support Milwaukee families!
    On January 20, we have Collections for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Mother of Good Counsel. It needs all food items, especially cereal, dessert and cake mixes, frosting, Jell-O, Hamburger Helper, ramen noodles, pasta sauce, and jelly.
    Service Hours Requirement: A Note from the Director of Salvatorian Service
    As the new semester begins, we encourage you to check in with your daughters about Salvatorian Service. Service in the community is required every year because our Salvatorian mission calls us to be the goodness and kindness of Jesus in the world. When we model ourselves after Jesus’ loving service to others, we know that we are called to go out to the margins of society as He did and to bring God’s love and compassion to others. 
    Please review our Salvatorian Service Requirement for your daughter. We believe that the gospel call to serve in the world is central to the whole-person development of our students. Service to others is required because those experiences form our students and help them to become the people God calls them to be. 
    As parents, you can support your daughter by asking her about service and encouraging her to plan her service for this semester. Ask her to log onto our service website, x2VOL, sign up for hours or reach out to our sites for possibilities. Every student has an x2VOL account, and she is responsible for mapping out, serving, and logging her volunteer hours there. The service requirement cannot be met in a week or in the last month of school! It’s intended to nurture an ethic of service over time.
    X2VOL is one source for volunteer opportunities in the Milwaukee area. We are here to help students to brainstorm and to search for ways to serve; however, each Dasher is responsible for fulfilling her requirement every year. During FebruaryDirector of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart will facilitate Service Circles, mandatory for all students who have not yet logged service hours on x2VOL.
    Questions about service? Contact Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart.
    Catholic Schools Week 2022 | This year, we launch our Catholic Schools Week celebration with an all-school Mass on January 28 in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. This Mass will recognize our Marian Scholars, just one program that makes our DSHA community Catholic. We will also be honoring our staff and faculty that are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year, an annual tradition at this liturgy. 
    On January 31, our school will gather for our Gr8 Lengths assembly, a fun and school-wide way of donating hair. February 1 will be our Seniors vs. Staff basketball game in the gym, a great way to celebrate our school’s pride! 
    We will end our school days during this week with “Mass and Muffins” on February 2 before school. As an orchid day, students and parents are welcome to join us for a daily Mass in the Sisters of the Divine Savior's chapel at 8 a.m. TSC members will also be there, so come and pray as a school community in the chapel of our founding order. Muffins will follow after Mass! 
    Questions about Mass and Muffins? Contact Campus Minister for Prayer and Worship and Theology Faculty Catherine Lennon.
    Senior Retreat | “Say Yes” Luke 1:26 | Saturday, February 19 - Monday, February 21 at Soref Center in Fredonia
    Retreat #1 | Saturday, February 19 at 1:30 p.m. - Sunday, February 20 at 2 p.m.
    Retreat # 2 |  Sunday, February 20 at 12:30 p.m. - Monday, February 21 at 2 p.m.
    Seniors will sign up for their retreat date in January. Remember that senior retreat is a graduation requirement so please sign up as soon as the registration comes out if you need a particular date.
    Questions about Senior Retreat? Contact Theology Faculty Lisa Metz or Theology Faculty Judie Gillespie.
    Vocare | Senior Service Immersion Experience | March 7 - 18
    Orientation for Vocare will begin in January in theology classes. Parents are invited to join us for the Vocare Send Off Prayer Service on Friday, March 4 and the Welcome Back Assembly on Wednesday, March 23 at 2:14 p.m. in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. More information to follow.
    Questions? Contact Director of Salvatorian Service Katie Pickart.