Congratulations to our May/June SOAR students for their hard work in showing either Safety, Ownership, Achievement or Respect.
This year LaSalle II was selected as part of a pilot program and our 5th and 8th grade students had the opportunity to earn the CPS Seal of Biliteracy. In order to qualify, student had to demonstrate proficiency on the APPL test. This provides a pathway to the State Seal of Biliteracy that students can earn in 12th Grade.
Below is a list of students who earned the designation.
- Chinese: John L. and Kelli V.
- French: Ivo H., Sara L., and Lyric N.
- Spanish: Madelyn L., Grant L., Kylie O., Sabrina O., Dalton P., Daniel A., Melissa S., Sophia S., Erin Wheeler, Gabrielle Wilson, and Robert Zavala
- Spanish: Karla D., Angel A., and Eric S.
The LaSalle II Elementary Science Olympiad team competed this past weekend. Overall, we placed in 9 out of 12 different competitions.
- Aerodynamics: Pharaoh A, Evan B, Daniel T – 3rd Place
- Anatomy: Taelor P, Biko H, Evan B – 3rd Place
- Backyard Biologist: Giulia B, Maia W, Samia J – 3rd Place
- Bridge Building: Arielle B, Gabriela M, Taelor P – 2nd Place
- Junk Cars: Ryan W, Henry B, Giulia B – 1st Place
- Metric Mastery: Vaeda V, Noah D., Dries H – 1st Place
- Mystery Powders: Alex V, Varun S, Joaquin I – 1st Place
- Rock Hound: Biko H, Beno D, and Noah P – 2nd Place
- Trageggtory: Noah P., Asha, Beno – 1st Place
- Weather or Not: Elih E, Alex V, Joaquin I – 3rd Place
Congratulations to our students and their teacher sponsors, Mr. Taff and Ms. Aquino, for their hard work and dedication!
Over the years, the district has heard from families about the importance of having a choice in selecting which high school provides the best match for their child’s needs. We’ve also heard that applying to high school can be frustrating and confusing. So this year, Chicago Public Schools has completely revamped its high school application process for students that will be freshman in the 2018-19 school year with the launch of GoCPS, a new website where students and families will be able to:
- Review school and program options in one place
- Rank these school and program choices based on their preferences
- Be matched with their highest possible choice for high school
We encourage each of you to subscribe by clicking the link below. This will allow you to receive important updates and announcements about this process. This is especially important for our current 6th and 7th graders.
Technology is very helpful in our classrooms. Students use portable devices like Chromebooks to do research. Our teachers also use chromebooks to provide personalized math, social studies, and reading activities using resources like IXL, Xtramath, Read Theory, and Raz Kids. Many of the assessment tests are done on Chromebooks now too so that everyone doesn’t have to use the PCs in the computer lab.
LaSalle 2 PTO recently raised $18K to purchase 2 carts of Chromebooks as a big step in offering portable technology throughout our classrooms. The school now has 9 traveling carts containing 32 Chromebooks each, and most classrooms have the carts for some part of their week.
Two additional Chromebook carts would be put to use immediately if we had them. Please join the other families who are using the monthly donation option as their way of contributing to the LaSalle II PTO Campaign for Excellence. A donation of $50 per month will cover the cost of two Chromebooks towards our goal. Donations of any amount are always appreciated.
Congratulations to our November Attendance Raffle Winners!
From Julie Cameron-Lawin,
The next book fair will be on report card pick up day, November 9, from 12-5pm. Book selections for all ages as well as gift and novelty items.
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.
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.