Congratulations to De La Salle Collegiate Theology Teacher Mr. John Berlin.
Mr. Berlin has been nominated by his faculty peers as the DLS Candidate for the Bishop John M. Queen Excellence in Catholic Teaching Award. The finalist will be named at a June 4 Dinner, sponsored by the Catholic Schools Office.
Mr. Berlin joined the DLS Faculty in 2016, following a long career as a firefighter for the Detroit Fire Department. In addition to teaching, Mr. Berlin is one of the DLS JV Football Coaches.
His nomination noted: “John has been a part of the DLS faculty for the past two years. In that short time, he has been a consistent presence and supporter of nearly every activity DLS has to offer – from the stage to the field, and everything in between.”
Teachers are selected at each Archdiocesan secondary and elementary school, and must be someone who exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding teacher and one who serves as a role model for students, instilling in all students a love of Christ and learning.
His nomination also noted, “John’s guidance inside the classroom as a member of the Theology Department has encouraged students to make thoughtful and considerate decisions about their path toward Christ.”
President Mr. John M. Knight has high praise. “John Berlin is a deeply faith-filled man. John is the type of person that I would want to teach my children! He is caring, compassionate and always centered on the student. We are blessed to have John as a part of our faculty.”
“Mr. Berlin is a catalyst for infectious positivity amongst the students wherever his is present. He truly cares for our students and has a wonderful, ever-present smile!” said Principal Mr. Steve Stewart.
Mr. Berlin spent 19 years in emergency fire response, and then oversaw the construction of a new training academy. He finished his career as Deputy Fire Commissioner.
Mr. Berlin also is a retired Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Naval Reserve. The majority of his 30-year career was spent with the Marine Corps Units. He received numerous awards, including recognition of his combat action. He served two tours in the Middle East.
Mr. Berlin is also active at St. Isaac Jogues Parish, in St. Clair Shores, and its parish festival. He is active at the St. Leo’s Soup Kitchen. Mr. Berlin has coached football, basketball, and football and is a former board member of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).
Mr. Berlin and his wife Laura have been married 34 years, and have three grown children, and two grandchildren. His children all attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through high school, and his son Padriac, is a DLS alumnus, Class of 2009.
Mr. Berlin attended the University of Detroit Mercy.
His leisure time is spent with family, physical strength and conditioning, and reading. He promotes the four F’s: faith, family, friends, and fitness model for happiness.
De La Salle Collegiate recently welcomed Brother Dennis Lee, FSC, to De La Salle Collegiate. Brother Dennis is the “Brother Visitor” of the District of Eastern North America (DENA).
Brother Dennis met with administration, faculty, staff, and students, as well as members of the Board of Trustees during his three day visit. He also attended the Honors Convocation.
De La Salle Collegiate is one of several schools conducted by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, under the direction of DENA. Read more at this link, and check out the interactive map showing the locations of all these schools.
The following is from the DENA website, and explains more about his role.
The Brother Visitor, sometimes known as the Provincial, is the guarantor of the unity and vitality of the District, the leader of the District, and director of its administrative team. Appointed by the Superior General of the Brothers’ Institute, in Rome, Brother Visitor exercises his authority as a major superior according to Canon Law and the law of the Institute and in accordance with directives from the District Chapter.
The Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, announced the appointment of Brother Dennis Lee, FSC, as the second Visitor of the District of Eastern North America (DENA), whose term began September 1, 2017.
As part of the Visitor selection process, the Districts’ Brothers sent a final round of sealed nominating ballots to Rome, where the General Council opened and reviewed these nominations. With these ballots, and the advisement of the General Council, the Superior General, Br. Robert, officially appointed the Visitor; in this case confirming the DENA Brothers’ votes, electing Br. Dennis Lee.
Prior to being Visitor, Br. Dennis was Auxiliary Visitor for the District, and has had a varied career as an elementary school teacher (Saint Gabriel’s, Queens, NY); parish work (Saint Cecilia’s, Brooklyn, NY); high school Religion teacher (Bishop Loughlin Memorial HS, Brooklyn, NY); and campus minister (Bishop Loughlin and Manhattan College, Bronx, NY). Since 2002, he has alternated as missionary (Christ the Teacher Institute for Education, Nairobi, Kenya) and as Auxiliary Visitor (legacy LINE District).
Brother Dennis Lee will continue to carry out into the future the mandate of the Brothers: to oversee the vitality of the Brothers and of the mission, which continues to be to “provide a human and Christian education for the young, especially the poor.” In Brother Robert Schieler’s letter to Brother Dennis Lee he states, “I ask that you pay special attention to the pastoral ministry of vocations, the formation of Partners and the care of our senior Brothers.” With his usual energy and zeal Dennis looks forward to working with all the amazing ministries of the District.
This Christmas season Children’s Hospital of Michigan (Detroit) has once again requested the generosity and assistance of De La Salle Collegiate in helping families provide toys for their children who are ill during the holiday season. Students can make this holiday season a brighter one for those materially less fortunate, patients, and their families.
Snowpile is an annual event where families are able to pick out items for the child that is in the hospital as well the patient’s siblings, which can alleviate some of the pressure families feel during the holiday season.
The final day for collection is Friday, December 15.
Guidelines for grade level donations are on the Campus Ministry website. Gift cards are also accepted.
The De La Salle Football Team and the Athletic Department are holding a fundraiser this week for the Believe Foundation for Cancer Awareness. NOTE: Total raised was $4370.
For the $10 donation, students receive a purple rally “Curable Towel, purple “Victory Over Cancer” game wristband, and a Dress Down Day on Friday, October 20, prior to the October 21 Prep Bowl.
Students and faculty can donate $10 to The Believe Foundation and receive the Curable Purple Rally Towel and Victory Over Cancer Purple Wristband at the Christian Financial Credit Union Monday through Thursday this week, during normal business hours of 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact Mrs. Lori Popis firstname.lastname@example.org in the DLS Athletic Office if you are able to volunteer.
The Christian Service requirement for the 2017-2018 school year has been revised to 2 volunteer hours (minimum) per student. This two-hour requirement is SEPARATE from any other requirements for National Honor Society, Student Council, etc.
Mr. Brian Barker, Director of Campus Ministry, said the change came about to eliminate lost instructional time for Advisory group projects off-campus. The two-hour minimum is a “pilot” program this year, and will be evaluated throughout the school year.
“We hope that all students will exceed the requirements, just as a very large percentage of the student body has exceeded past hours requirements. The service is a direct result of the Gospel mandates: to love God and to love your neighbor.
DLS is using Helper Helper, www.helperhelper.com, to track student service hours. Students have received instructions in school on how to create an account; there is no charge to use the site on a computer or to download the app. to their phones or tablets.
The HelperHelper site contains a number of volunteer opportunities, and students are free to seek out their own opportunities.
Direct any questions to Ms. Lindsay Weber at email@example.com.
Seniors MUST complete their service requirement on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Grades 9-11 are taking standardized tests in school that day, and this has traditionally been a Senior Service Day.
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are expected to complete their service requirement by June 1, 2018.
This week, since De La Salle’s Varsity Football team plays Brother Rice (at Hurley Field in Berkley), we are having a traditional “RICE WEEK.”
Students in each grade are asked to bring in bags of rice that will be donated to the Food Pantry at St. Jude Parish in Detroit.
Classes earn points toward Spirit Week, which is September 25-29.
The opioid epidemic is in full swing throughout the United State and one the largest groups of victims in this growing crisis is today’s teenagers and student athletes.
As reported by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) in the Washington Post, more people died from heroin-related causes than from gun homicides in 2015. As recently as 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths by more than 5 to 1.
Even more evidence that America’s opioid epidemic continues to worsen is the latest numbers as reported by By Nadia Kounang, CNN from the (CDC) Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, show that one in four drug overdoses in 2015 was related to heroin. In 1999, just 6% of all overdoses were related to the drug. And finally a separate study, led by University of Michigan researchers, estimates that about 21 percent of newborns in rural counties had withdrawal symptoms in 2013, up from 13 percent in 2004. Demonstrating that no community is excluded from this crisis.
For all these reasons De La Salle Collegiate made the decision to become the leader for schools regarding student safety from drug usage. To accomplish this we started our mandatory and random hair follicle drug testing program for all students.
What the program has done is two fold:
The other part of our program is education. We partner with Families Against Narcotics to provide annual educational training for parents, students, and staff. The next opportunity is coming up on Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6-7:30 pm.
We invite any prospective student or parent to attend this free workshop. While there you will:
We do ask that your RSVP for this event by CLICKING HERE.
If you have any questions on this event, De La Salle Collegiate, or other programs offered at the school, please reach out to the Admissions Office at https://delasallehs.schooladminonline.com/portal/new_inquiry.
God Bless and Go Pilots,
Mr. Bill Burkhardt, ‘03
Director of Admissions