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.


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!