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!



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

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.