Principal-for-a-Day!

Miuccia got to be Principal-for-a-Day and help Dr. Albani around the school. It was a great day with a lot of hard work.

Support from Big Shoulders Coffee

Big Shoulders Coffee is committed to supporting the local community with the proceeds from the sales of their Falcon Blend. To date, Big Shoulders Coffee has donated $8,675 to LaSalle II Magnet school PTO and will continue with this partnership.  Big Shoulders Coffee offers a daily selection of meticulously selected, pristinely roasted coffees — as well as limited-time special feature coffees, single-origin coffees from micro coffee producers and seasonal blends.

Photo Left to Right:
Teria Stamatis, PTO president LaSalle II Language School
Tim Coonan, Founder Big Shoulders Coffee
Lauren Albani, Principal, LaSalle II Language School
Miuccia, 3rd Grade, Principal for a Day,  LaSalle II Language School

20 for 20 Campaign- Fight for CPS School Funding

From CPS CEO Forrest Claypool:

CPS leadership, the community, and faith leaders stood up to launch a grassroots effort to raise awareness about our funding disparity – and to demand equality from our lawmakers.

The numbers tell a clear story

Chicago students make up 20 percent of the enrollment in Illinois public schools. Chicagoans contribute 20 percent of the income tax revenue used to fund public education. Yet our children receive just 15 percent of the education funding from Springfield.

The missing 5 percent is $500 million this year alone–enough to save our schools.

This year, that means CPS received $.74 cents per student from the state, compared to the $1.00 per student received by every other district in the state.

And with the release of Governor Rauner’s budget last week, which includes a cut of $74 million to CPS, while increasing funding for already wealthy districts, it’s clear more action is needed.

CPS is facing a $1 billion budget deficit next year, and without funding reform, our schools face devastating cuts.

Last fall you helped take up this cause – the letter writing campaigns and videos took on a life of their own and came to our defense.  We need your help once again.  Please be creative, get the message out and join the fight for equal funding.

We need all members of our community to tell their state senators and representatives to vote no on Governor Rauner’s budget on any education budget that does not reform our state’s broken funding system.

Go to cps.edu/equality, where you can easily call, email, or use social media to connect with your elected representatives.

Arabic FAQ!

How does the Arabic culture participate in the learning of its language?

How important is the Arabic culture to the language proficiency?

Why do I have to learn a different culture?  

All these are very good questions that come to one’s mind. Students and parents often ask these questions to understand the importance of learning about the Arabic culture. In fact, learning a language without its culture is just like having the same meal every day; no flavor, no enjoyment, no pleasure and eventually the one will reject eating and rebel. Culture represent the flavor of every day lesson and distinguish the usage of the language, promotes higher thinking skills, connections to the world, knowing other communities and comparison of thoughts. In our Arabic classroom we use culture in everyday lesson, otherwise we teach language through culture.

Our K students learned that most of the world countries uses the Arabic number system which was invented by Indians and Arabs and made connection between Arabic and English numbers in terms of shape and value.   

Our 3rd graders have been learning about Eid (holiday) clothing and they have been trying authentic and cultural outfit to enhance the language using authentic materials. Expressing and describing the Arabic clothing while wearing them will support the long life learning goals and promote students’’ retention.    

Our 4th and 5th graders are learning an authentic Badawi dance from the famous Arabic novel Antara Bin Shadad. Students are to sing with the song and perform their am authentic dance. History of the Arab world is presented through Arts develop a deep sense of connections and comparison between modern and ancient Arabic and American cultures.   

Our 6th and 7th are learning Arabic calligraphy to learn about the different Arabic calligraphy and enhance their handwriting and writing skills in general.  Calligraphy allows students to manage their language writing using proper positions for each individual letter and express the Art of Arabic writing throughout the different centuries.  

Chicago Arabic teachers created an event to share and exchange our classrooms cultural activities at lindblom Science Academy and our Arabic students will exchange cultural knowledge with other schools on June 8th.    

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is 5/2-5/6

We love our LaSalle II teachers and staff so please be sure to say thank you during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!

Carnival Night, 5/11

Join the fun on May 11

Pictures from Spring Thaw 2015

Check out pictures from last year’s Spring Thaw, and make plans to join LaSalle II friends for a Mardi Gras themed celebration with live music, food and drink while bidding on exciting live and silent auction items.

Spirit Week May 9-13

Get ready! Student Council has a fun theme for each day.

  • May 9th
    • Music Monday
    • Dress as your favorite music star or group
  • May 10th
    • Dynamic Duo Tuesday
    • Dress as your favorite Dynamic dup or just one member of a duo- Ideas, Batman and Robin, Ketchup and Mustard, Superman or Wonder Woman, etc.
  • May 11th
    • Disney Day Wednesday
    • Dress as your favorite Disney Star
  • May 12th
    • Throwback Thursday
    • Dress in a decade from 1920-1990
  • May 13th Friday
    • Falcon Friday
    • Wear Falcon colors, show school spirit, even dress as a Falcon!

 

Literature Circles in 1st Grade

First graders in participate in Literature Circles, which provide opportunities for student-centered reading and learning through discussions with their peers. They learn to ask questions, make personal connections and  use other critical thinking skills that will help them become lifelong readers.These discussions promote enthusiasm for reading, a love of literature and helps students take responsibility for their own learning.

Jeans Day, 4/15

From Ms Heinrich:

Following are the Student Council Jeans Days Fundraisers for the Year. All Jeans Days are $1. Pajama day before winter break is free. Each theme is listed here:

  • 11/24 – Any Chicago Sports teams
  • 12/16 – Ugly Holiday Sweater contest
  • 12/18 – Pajama Day (not jean day) **Free**
  • 1/8 – Hoodie Day
  • 2/12 – Red and Pink
  • 3/17 – Green
  • 4/15 – High school/college (may be a high school/college your parents went to, one you just like, a sports team you root for)
  • 5/13 – Red, white, blue and camouflage
  • 6/3 – Neon colors