Accidents / Illness / Injury

If a student is seriously injured in an accident or becomes seriously ill at school, their parent or guardian will be called immediately. If the parent cannot be reached, we will attempt to contact the adult listed at the emergency number. Seriously ill or injured children will be transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital. Children cannot receive treatment at a hospital unless a parent has been contacted. Please keep your emergency forms up to date with our office.

After Care / Enrichment

After school care and after school enrichment classes are available through the JCC. No student will be allowed access to the building outside of school hours unless they are enrolled in a program or have a teacher's permission. Siblings are not allowed to wait in the office for brothers or sisters enrolled in after school programs. For information, contact the JCC at 773-491-1263 or email: afterschool@gojcc.org

Assemblies

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend in-school assemblies. As a courtesy to all the students performing, parents must remain through the entire performance.

Attendance

Classes begin at 7:45 am and end at 2:45 pm for all students in grades K - 8.

The bell schedule for the pre-kindergarten classes is:

  • AM Classes: 7:45 am - 10:25 am
  • PM Classes: 12:05 pm - 2:40 pm.

All children are expected to be in attendance each day unless they are ill or a family emergency arises. If a child is absent, the parent or guardian must:

  1. Call the school office on the morning of the absence at 773-534-0490 AND
  2. Send a note upon returning to school to the teacher explaining the absence. (See the Absence Form in Files)

Absences are marked as excused for family emergencies, student illness, observance of a religious holiday, or a death in the immediate family. All other absences will be marked as unexcused. Students who do not bring a note are also marked as unexcused. It is the student's responsibility to make up all assignments, projects, and tests that were missed during his/her absence. Please note that all absences are used to calculate the school’s overall attendance rating, which is heavily weighted in the School Quality Rating Policy.

Birthdays/Holidays/Special Occasions

CPS mandates that we can no longer distribute food for birthdays, holidays, or special occasions. Please do not send these items, as we would have to return them. Also, no balloons of any kind are permitted at school. Parents may choose to bring in non-food items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. to help your child celebrate his/her special day.

Breakfast / Lunch

All students are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch. Students pick up their breakfast as they enter the building each morning. For lunch, students will pick up their hot lunch in the cafeteria. No glass containers, glass bottles, or cans are allowed. Students may not share food with other students. Lunches from fast food restaurants are not allowed.

CPS Food Menus

Bus Information

CTA bus fare or mileage reimbursement is provided to students who reside within a range of 1.5 to 6 miles from the magnet school to which they are accepted.

Cellular Phones

Students in K-5: Students bring cell phones to school at their own risk. The school is not responsible for lost or damaged phones. For students who bring cell phones must keep them turned off and kept in a book bag. Unauthorized use of a cell phone any time during the school day, including recess, will result in the confiscation of the phone. A parent or guardian will be required to pick up the phone.

Students in 6-8: Students who bring a cell phone to school must turn-in the item to the homeroom teacher. Phones will be stored in the Main Office security safe during the school day and phones will be returned at the end of the school day.

Collection of Monies

Cash is the preferred method for any payment to the school. Credit cards will not be accepted. Personal checks will be accepted but there will be a $25.00 fee for any returned checks.

Common Core

Here are a few references

Quick Reference Guide to the Common Core

Common Core Expectations by Grade Level

Computer Acceptable Use Policy

School computers have internet access to enhance and supplement the general curriculum. CPS has a Student Acceptable Use Policy which describes the proper and improper use of computers for students. This can be found on the CPS Website under "S" on the policy handbook page. Students violating the policy will be disciplined as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct a copy of which may be found in the Forms Library.

Dress Code and Clothing

Students must follow the dress code daily.

Tops:

Students may wear any loose fitting shirt or t-shirt in any color or pattern. Short or long sleeves are allowed, but shoulders must be fully covered. Logos can be no bigger than 1 square inch. No hoodies, words, symbols, pictures or other graphics allowed. Solids can be worn as well as patterns such as stripes, plaid, polka-dot, animal prints, tie-dye, tribal prints and other symmetrically repeating patterns. For gym days, students must wear an athletic t-shirt that adheres to the aforementioned requirements.

Bottoms:

Students may wear solid or patterned dress pants, denim, athletic/sweatpants, pointe pants, shorts, skirts or other loose fitting athletic pants allowed. Tight fitting leggings/yoga pants can only be worn with skirts, tunic tops, or shorts. All bottoms must be properly fitted at the waist, have no rips, tears, markings or embroidery. No cut-offs of any kind will be allowed. For gym days, students must wear athletic bottoms that adhere to the aforementioned requirements. All bottoms must be at least finger-tip length.

Dresses:

Students may wear dresses that are solid color or have patterns as long as they have no graphics or words, are fingertip length, cover the shoulder and are not low cut.

Shoes:

Students may only wear closed-toed shoes. Flip-flips, open-toed shoes, high heels, and slippers are not allowed. Gym shoes can be worn at any time and are required to be worn on gym days.

Others:

During the school day, students may not wear hats, bandanas, fashion scarves, excessive jewelry, body tattoos, body piercing, cologne/perfume/body spray, or excessive make-up.

*Administration has the final authority to determine the suitability of a students’ dress code.

Early Dismissal

Parents and guardians are urged to schedule doctor, dentist, or other appointments outside of school hours or on school holidays. If a child needs to be dismissed early, he/she should bring a note to the teacher stating the departure time and reason. Parents or guardians must sign the child out in the school office. The office will not call down your child from the classroom until you arrive.  Chicago Board of Education policy mandates that students who receive an early dismissal are subject to loss of attendance.

Electronic Items

No CD players, iPods or other electronic devices are allowed in school. These will be confiscated and kept until a parent/guardian picks them up. The school is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items.

Email

We aim for a 48-hour business day response time for emails sent to school personnel. Our main priority is quality instruction for students and we do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

Parents are strongly encourage to join our email list, the LaSalle II Parents Google Group. Click here to join our list for newsletters and announcements.

Emergency Information

It is very important that you return the Emergency Information Form, a copy of which may be found in the Forms Library. No child may go on a field trip or participate in an off campus activity unless an emergency form is on file. Notify the office if your address or telephone numbers change during the year. All telephone numbers and addresses must be current.

Enrollment

LaSalle II is a magnet school and does not have attendance boundaries. Enrollment is by application only and will be in keeping with the guidelines established by the Office of Access and Enrollment.

Entry/Dismissal Procedures

  • Kiss N’ Go will open at 7:35am on Wolcott. All students will wait on the back playground. No parents are allowed on the playground.
  • All students NOT using Kiss N’ Go will proceed directly to the back playground. No students will be allowed to cut through the school off of Honore.
  • PK Teachers will pick up their students at Door 1
  • K-2 Teachers will pick up their students on the playground and will use Door 4 to enter the building. Each classroom will have a designated spot to line up.
  • A teacher representative from each grade level for grades 3-5 will pick-up their students on the playground and will use Door 6. Each grade level will have a designated area to line up.
  • Students in Grades 6-8 will enter from the playground through Door 5 and proceed directly to the second floor.
  • All students who are walking or being picked up will be dismissed to the back playground. Commercial Park will exit to Honore St. through the middle school. Kiss N' Go will line up in the designated spots in the front lobby.

Student safety is a priority. Supervision on the playground begins at 7:35 am. School begins at 7:45 am and a student will be considered Tardy if they arrive after 7:50 am. Dismissal is at 2:45 pm. Students should leave the campus immediately after dismissal. Children are to cross only at the corner and follow the directions of the patrol person.

For your child’s safety, the PTO, working in tandem with the Security team, runs a Kiss-N-Go service for the K-3rd graders who are picked up by car.

Falcon Flier Newsletter

LaSalle II’s newsletter—The Falcon Flier— contains school news and announcements. This year we are sending the newsletters by email. Please visit the "Stay Connected" page to sign up.

Fee Waiver Form

Before the end of the first week of school, all parents are required to complete the Fee Waiver Form.  This application helps to generate additional funding for our educational programs.

Fees

The fee for registration at LaSalle II is $75 per student. This must be paid in cash or money order. Personal checks are NOT accepted. This fee covers the cost of miscellaneous supplies. Fee money should be placed in a sealed envelope with the student's name and room number on the front of the envelope and sent to the classroom teacher. Fees should be paid within the first two weeks of school. Students will not be able to participate in paid extracurricular activities until the school fee has been paid. Parents unable to pay the fee should contact the principal to arrange a payment plan or a waiver.

Field Trips

Field trips are opportunities to extend the learning process beyond the classroom. All students are expected to be on their best behavior. A permission slip signed by the parent or guardian must be on file with the teacher before a child may leave the building. The school dress code will be required on all field trips unless indicated otherwise.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to help chaperone these trips. Names of all chaperones must be submitted to the area office prior to the field trip. Family members or friends may not substitute for a designated chaperone. Younger children, siblings, or other relatives may not attend. Chaperones are discouraged from signing out their child early after a field trip as this adversely affects school attendance.

Note: Since trips are prepaid and pro-rated, we are unable to issue refunds for students who do not attend.

Food Policy

CPS mandates that we can no longer distribute food at the school for any reason. This includes birthdays, holidays or special occasions. Please do not send in these items as we would have to return them. Parents may instead choose to bring in non-food items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. to help your child celebrate his/her special day.

Forms Library

Nearly all the forms that you will need to utilize for registration and throughout the school year are located in the Files folder. To take advantage of the fill-in-the-blank capability of most of the forms, you’ll need to download the form to your computer (versus simply viewing them in your browser). Forms will be added on a very regular basis, so be sure to check back frequently.

Grades

All parents will receive access to CPS' online portal. The school will provide parents with a PIN number to establish an account. Parents can then view grades and attendance online as well as to set up email alerts when grades pass a certain threshold.

A 90 -100 %

B 80 - 89 %

C 70 - 79 %

D 60 - 69 %

F 59 % and below

Graduation Activities

Students must earn their participation in graduation activities. All 8th grade students/families are required to sign a graduation contract which indicates the expectations for participation in all celebratory activities, including the luncheon, trip, and graduation ceremony. Academics, discipline, and attendance will all be considered for participation in any activity.

Gym Attire

The gym uniform consists of clean gym shoes, a plain, loose-fitting white T-shirt and loose sweatpants or shorts. LaSalle II shirts and sweatpants may also be worn. Part of the gym grade will include proper gym attire. The gym uniform is considered as part of the official Dress Code only on days when your child is scheduled for gym.

Homework Policy

Homework is an essential part of each student's educational program. Each child is assigned homework every night. This may include long-term assignments, projects, and research. The amount of homework time increases as students move to the upper grades. Students are responsible for recording assignments in his/her agenda book and for turning in all assignments completed and on time. Please assist the school in helping your child understand the value of completing assignments.

Honor Roll

The criteria for honor roll are as follows:

First Honors: 

A's and B's in all subjects.

Principal's List:

A's in all subjects.

Immunizations

State law requires that parents present proof of immunization and health exams upon enrollment. Students must be in compliance or they will be excluded until proof of required medical services is submitted.

Invitations

In order to be considerate of everyone and not to be exclusionary, students and/or parents may not pass out invitations for outside activities anytime during the school day.

Kiss-N-Go

The parent/teacher organizations (PTO) operates a drop-off/pick-up service every school day. It runs immediately before and after school. Morning drop-off is open for all ages and parent volunteers escort students from their car to the playground. For afternoon pick-up, Kiss-N-Go is limited to students in grades K-3. Volunteer parents escort students from school to their car. Parents interested in signing up for this service or interested in volunteering, can sign-up at the Security Desk.

Language Packet

In an effort to save paper, we are posting our language packet online. It contains more information about our program, the languages themselves, resources, and websites. Click here to download/view the packet.

Local School Council

All parents are invited to attend meetings of our LSC. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month. For more information about our LSC, including the minutes of past meetings and a schedule of future meetings, please see the LSC Page.

Lost and Found

Lost and found items are stored in closet in the Main Lobby. Parents are encouraged to check periodically for any missing items. Unclaimed items will be donated monthly to local charities.

Lost or Damaged Books

All textbooks are loaned to students for their use during the school year. Each student is responsible for the condition of his/her textbooks. We encourage all books to be covered, kept clean, and handled carefully. Make sure that your child's name, grade, and room number are written in the books. A fee will be charged for lost or damaged books. Students must return the same numbered book they were originally issued or they will be charged a lost book fee. No report cards or school records will be issued until all books are returned or paid for.

Lunch Procedures

Students may bring their own lunch or eat a school lunch. No glass containers or glass bottles are allowed. Students may not share food with other students. Parents bringing lunches for their children during the school day are to leave the lunches with security in the lobby.. Lunches from fast food restaurants are not allowed. This includes days when the school sponsors fun lunch days.

Medication

School personnel may not administer any medication, including aspirin, without a signed authorization form. Students who need to take any medicine must present a statement of permission, signed by the doctor and parent or guardian, before bringing the medication to school. The medication and form must be left in the office. The school nurse or principal's designee will administer the medication to the child at the required time.

In an effort to best serve your child, it is important that the teacher and principal know about critical medical conditions. If your child is allergic to bee stings, has a chronic condition (asthma, diabetes, etc.), or other physical ailments that the school should be made aware of, please inform the school. Most of the common medical authorization forms can be found in the Files.

Parent Conferences

Communication is an essential part of the educational program. Parents may schedule a meeting with a teacher by sending a note to the teacher or by calling the office to arrange for an appointment. These appointments must be scheduled during non-instruction time. If you are requesting a meeting with the principal, please contact the Main Office.

Parent Responsibilities

Parents play a critical role in their child's education. All parents are asked to:

  • Ensure that your child adheres to the school dress code.
  • Monitor student's work daily
  • Monitor grades thru Parent Portal
  • Check and adhere to deadlines for long-term assignments/projects
  • Sign and return all tests, progress reports, and behavior notices
  • Send notes for absences
  • Adhere to deadlines for field trips and sports activities
  • Pay school fees and purchase supplies in a timely manner
  • Attend parent meetings/conferences
  • Assist classroom teacher working with your child
  • Participate in PTO activities

Parent Room

There is a classroom the third floor of the Branch that has been converted into a Parent Room. It's a comfortable space for parents to meet in, relax, brainstorm and utilize for parent initiatives. The parent room is available to all parents/guardians; the key is located in the Branch office.

Parent Teacher Organization

LaSalle II has a very active PTO and welcomes your involvement. All parents are urged to join the PTO and attend the monthly meetings. Meetings are held monthly. For more information, including a list of specific areas to volunteer, see the PTO Page.

Peanuts

The school does not serve foods with peanuts. Parents can still send peanuts or peanut putter in lunches or for personal snacks. We have a peanut free table in the lunchroom for those who have allergies. Also if a child has a peanut allergy, their teacher may ask you to eliminate nuts in snacks just to be safe.

Perfect Attendance

Students who have no absences and no more than three tardies qualify for a perfect attendance award. Students are eligible to receive a perfect attendance award if absences are due to religious holidays and/or approved school related activities.

Personal Belongings

The school is not responsible for student's personal belongings. This includes, but is not limited to, cell phones, electronic devices, jewelry, and money. Students are encouraged not to bring these items to school.

Playground

For the safety of our children, students are not to play ball in the morning before 7:45 am and between 2:45 and 3:00pm. Children five years of age or under must be supervised by an adult. Footballs, baseballs, Frisbees, etc. will be confiscated if they are in use when children are present on the playground. All students must exit the playground area at dismissal unless accompanied by an adult.

Promotion Requirements

Grades three, six, and eight students are required to meet the Chicago Board of Education criteria for promotion. Failure to meet the promotion criteria will require successful completion of the Summer Bridge Program. Parents can access the promotion policy here.

Recess

Students attend recess daily. Please make sure students are dressed appropriately during winter months, as they will still have outdoor recess, even in cold weather or snow. During dangerous cold or rain, students will have indoor recess.

Registration

A parent/guardian must enroll a student. The parent/guardian must present an original birth certificate, proof of guardianship, if applicable, proof of address, a completed medical, dental, and vision form, and a transfer if the student was enrolled at another school.

Report Cards

Progress reports, reports cards and other student information can be released only to a parent or legal guardian. Progress Reports are issued every five weeks. Students are responsible for obtaining a parent signature and returning progress reports to school. Report cards are issued four times during the school year- every ten weeks. The Chicago Board of Education requires that a parent or guardian pick up the report card for the first and third marking period. Please refer to the calendar for exacts dates of distribution.

Room Requests

Room assignments are carefully determined each year. Due to the many legal and school  requirements for placing students, we cannot honor individual room requests for specific teachers or for your child to be with or without specific students.

School Supplies

Each child is expected to be prepared everyday with his/her own supplies. Supplies may vary at each grade level. A list of needed supplies will be sent by grade level teachers in June for the following school year. Supplies lists can be found in Files.

Security

Parents and other visitors to our school are required to sign in at the main entrance and receive a visitor's pass. This procedure is strictly enforced in order to maintain a safe environment within the school building.

Any items found that are either illegal or in violation of LaSalle II school rules will be confiscated. Disciplinary action will be taken according to the Uniform Discipline Code.

Student Discipline

The entire school staff wants your child to feel safe, secure, and happy in school. Such an environment will create a maximum opportunity for all to learn. In an effort to accomplish this goal, the following school wide rules apply:

  • Students must refrain from rough play, verbal abuse, and physical contact of any kind on school grounds, in hallways, washrooms, classrooms and/or walking to and from school.
  • Students must respect the authority of adults.
  • Profanity, hand gestures, and other disrespectful actions will not be tolerated.
  • Students must respect school property, the property of others and the property of our community.
  • Students will have to pay for damaged or lost school property.
  • Students may not chew gum or candy without teacher supervision.
  • Students are expected to adhere to the school dress code. Any dress that is deemed disruptive to the educational process will not be permitted. Students are responsible for behaving in a manner that permits uninterrupted learning to take place.
  • Students must follow all school rules and procedures.
  • Consequences for violation of school rules will be administered according to the Chicago Board of Education School Code of Conduct.
  • Every student will receive a copy of the Student Code of Conduct handbook in September.

Student Records

Parents are welcome to review their child's records. Parents should notify the school counselor in writing. Please allow a minimum of ten schools days for the request to be processed.

Student Responsibilities

LaSalle II students are expected to:

  • Take home and return all notes and communications from the school. These include: Tests, Progress Reports, Emergency forms, Lunch applications, and Field trip permission forms.
  • Complete homework/projects on time
  • Keep track of all assignments/projects and due dates using the agenda book
  • Have all necessary materials for class
  • Follow all classroom/school rules

Tardies

Students arriving after 7:50 am must report to the security desk and obtain a tardy pass. The student will then present this pass to the classroom teacher. Note: Depending on the time of the tardy, students may receive a half day unexcused absence.

Download the tardy policy and the consequences for violating the policy from the files page.

Telephone

Students need to make arrangements with parents before school regarding after school pick-up and other after school plans. In the event of an emergency, a student may request that the school clerk contact a parent or guardian by phone.

Truancy

Parents are ultimately responsible for their child's attendance in school. Students who are absent without valid cause and/or do not bring a note are considered truant. Truancy violates state and local attendance laws and is considered a serious offense. Continued truancy may result in legal action.

Visitors

Parents and other visitors to our school are required to sign in at the main entrance and receive a visitor's pass. This procedure is strictly enforced in order to maintain a safe environment within the school building.

Volunteer Programs

Parents who wish to volunteer at the school may do so through their child's classroom teacher. REMINDER: All volunteers must sign-in at the Security Desk and receive a visitor's pass before reporting to any classroom for any volunteer activity. Volunteer opportunities are also detailed on the PTO Page.

Withdrawal of Students

Students withdrawing from LaSalle II School should notify the office in writing at least two days in advance of the withdrawal date. All textbooks and library books must be returned. All outstanding fines must be settled before a transfer will be issued.