Keeping Recess Safe

Recess is very important for our kids. Obviously it is fun for them. It also helps them stay healthy, and it helps them learn throughout their day. Our teachers will tell you that kids stay more focused if they get exercise at recess.

Making recess run safely and smoothly is a challenge. On any given day our school needs to supervise more than 500 kids ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade, and recess times span 3 hours of the day. It takes five high energy people. Since budget cuts have eliminated funding for most support staff,  the school pays the JCC to staff this important job.

With this year’s budget cuts the school might not have been able to pay for recess playground supervision without cutting something else. Fortunately we have a great school community. Over the past year our PTO had saved enough money to help, and we had the money to cover the $25,000 it costs for recess supervision.

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Next year we will have a similar challenge, and we need your help. A donation of about $3 per day (less than a latte) or $100 per month would help cover almost two weeks of recess supervision. Please consider donating to the LaSalle II PTO Campaign for Excellence. Donation of any amount are appreciated.

 

 

 

Learning About Nature

By Ms. Tseng

The fourth grade went on a field trip to Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook. We learned how to use a GPS and went on a treasure hunt through the forest preserve!

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Students also learned about invasive species and worked hard to clear out European Honeysuckle and Buckthorn, which are not native to Illinois and quickly crowd out all other plant species. The weather was perfect, and we had a great time!

PTO Meeting, 10/20 8am

From Michele Dreczynski:

Please join us Thursday morning in the Parent Room for our monthly PTO meeting. In this meeting we will continue the work we started in our September meeting to work through a few more funding requests from Ms Albani and the Committees. In order for the voting and approval process to happen we need to have people at the meeting to discuss requests and vote to on whether or not to approve the funding. There will not be as many new requests as were presented in the September PTO meeting so the discussion and vote should go much quicker.

Please plan to attend at 8 AM on Thursday, if even for a short while and we promise to get you on your way quickly after the voting is complete. Please note the time of the meeting has been changed from 5:30 PM which is on the school calendar to 8 AM. The PTO appreciates all your support and your commitment to helping our school be the best it can be for our students. See you Thursday!

Our Best,
Your PTO

Picture Day, 9/29

Please come prepared for pictures on Thursday, 9/29. You can order picture packages with the forms that go home in backpacks or online. No checks are accepted. Cash, money order, or an online order confirmation can be sent with the forms. Online orders should be placed on the photographer’s website:

Open Houses for Prospective Families

We will be hosting several Open Houses for prospective families who are interested in applying for admission for the 2016-2017 school-year.

JCC After School- SY16-17

Please use the link below to sign-up online for JCC After School for the 2016-2017 school year.

Online Registration

SY16-17 Registration and Back-to-School Night

Registration for students in grades K-8 will be held at the end of August. All parents will be required to complete registration forms. If you are a new parent to the school, there will be additional forms to complete beyond what you already completed for enrollment. There is also a $75 workbook/activity fee per student. This can be paid via cash and/or money order. We do not have change, so please bring the exact amount. Personal checks will NOT be accepted. You will also receive homeroom assignments at this time.

The dates and times are as follows:

  • August 29th, 2016: 9am-1pm
  • August 30th, 2016: 9am-1pm
  • August 31st, 2016, 9am-1pm
  • September 1st, 2016: 11am-4pm

Back-to-School Night for all students PK-8 will be held on Thursday, September 1st, 2016. The first session will run from 5:00-5:45pm and the second session will run from 6:00-6:45pm. Our teachers would like you to bring school supplies that night! 

Also, please remember that the 1st Day of School is Tuesday, September 6th, 2016.

 

SY16-17 Preschool Enrollment

If you have received and accepted an offer for preschool at LaSalle II, please call the Main Office to set-up an appointment for registration.

 

Lead Testing Update for LaSalle II

The health and safety of your children is always our top priority, which is why CPS has been testing the water levels in our schools for lead.

Earlier this summer, I let you know that one or more water samples from our school had a lead level above EPA’s action level of 15ppb.  I’m pleased to let you know that our initial test results have been addressed and remediated – and the retest results show all fixtures are below the action level, meaning that they are safe for use by students and staff.

The full results of our school’s water samples, including information on the successful remediation plan, can be found online at cps.edu/leadtesting.

Sports Banquet

Congratulations to our SY15-16 sports participants! We celebrated with a banquet on Wednesday, June 8th. A huge thank-you to all of the coaches and the support of the PTO that helped make this athletic season possible.