First grade students visited Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry during the month of December. Students learned about the museums beloved annual celebration of of more than 50 trees and displays representing the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. Students also experienced thrilling museum exhibits featuring hands-on learning and state of the art technology. Students had an amazing trip and upon return reflected in a writing piece of their favorite tree or display seen during our trip to MSI.
After reading the novel, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” in class, the middle school students in 213 went to see the play at Steppenwolf Theater. Following the play, the students were also able to participate in a discussion with the actors. The novel and play were both thought-provoking, funny and sad all at the same time. The experience forced all of us to examine how we “look” at one another and the importance of empathy.
We had the pleasure of hosting exchange students and teachers from Angers, France the last two weeks in October. Sixteen students came from Collège Mongazon to stay with host families at LaSalle II. Since the French students travel back to France the day before Halloween we decided to throw them an American Halloween-themed going away party. The students dressed up in costumes and celebrated an early Halloween with their American host families. It was such a wonderful experience for the French and American students to learn more about one another’s cultures and we cannot wait to visit their school in April!
The Chicago Blackhawks offer a “First Stride” program for students in 4th and 5th grades. The program is split into two parts. One part introduces students to ice-skating. The second part has students working on Chrome books using STEM activities. Students and teachers had a wonderful time and were treated to skating with Jamal Mayers; a member of the 2013 Stanley Cup Blackhawks. Mr. Mayers sat and spoke with each child signed t-shirts and photo cards.
Students learned the basics of ice-skating including how to fall and get back up. They played games, had races and were pushed around the ice by the coaches. Some of the highlights of they day included watch Corey “Crow” Crawford warm up as we entered the building. Next the students saw the ENTIRE Blackhawk team on the ice practicing for the exhibition game that evening. Finally, Ethan H. was chosen to “Shoot the Puck” during the game that evening. Ethan was on the ice at the United Center between periods.
It truly was a wonderful day for all students and staff involved. We look forward to having the coaches out to LaSalle II later this year to work with more Falcons.
For the second year in a row, our 7th grade students attended a team building workshop at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Center (LUREC) in Woodstock. They played games, took on physical challenges, and learned to work collectively. The teachers’ favorite part was when students were unknowingly split into groups that paired them with students they do not regularly hang out with. This was a fun way to slightly ease the stress of this important year, and students are looking forward to next year when they will get to do the high ropes course!
Last week our 6th grade students participated in a two hour communications workshop at The Second City. They got to play improvisation games which included creating objects with their collective bodies, inventing stories from scratch, and learning to be aware of those around them. Students got their middle school tenure off to a bang with this team building trip, and we are all looking forward to a great year!
We love our volunteers at LaSalle II and our school would just not be the same without you! We appreciate the time and support that all of you give to LaSalle II and we want you to be able to continue as a volunteer this school year. As we have mentioned, CPS has a new volunteer application. If you plan on volunteering at the school this school year (chaperone a field trip, volunteer at an event, volunteer in a classroom, etc) you must complete the CPS volunteer application online. It takes less than 5 minutes!
Visit cpsvolunteers.org and click the “Complete a Volunteer Application” button.
Fill out the application. Parents will be asked if they are applying as a Level I or Level II volunteer. Most LaSalle II parents will be Level II volunteers.
You will receive a confirmation email that CPS received your application.
Bring your drivers license or state issued ID to the Main Office so that the office staff can make a copy. Once this step is completed, we can approve you as a volunteer.
We are asking all parents (and caregivers if they plan on volunteering) to complete this process so you can be ready should a volunteer opportunity arise. Thank you for your participation in this process and thank you for helping LaSalle II!
This year our 8th graders will be writing content for our website to order to share their experiences throughout the school year. For this week, the students wrote about their recent field trip to an exhibit called “Forced from Home.” Forced From Home is a one-hour guided tour through an interactive exhibition designed to educate the public about the global refugee crisis. With experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers leading the tour, students engaged with stories and materials gathered from refugee camps, sea rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world. This immersive tour brought the students closer to the real experiences of people displaced by violence and extreme hardship worldwide. Click the link below to hear directly from the students about their experience.
Link to student reflections on their trip experience: Forced from Home” Refugee Exhibit
The entire 6th grade class went on a field trip to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Laboratory. While there, we got to meet the director of the lab and many of the scientists that work there. Mrs. Larry and her co-workers gave us a wonderful tour of the lab. In each section of the lab, we got to meet a scientist that works there. The scientists explained to us what they do and they demonstrated how they use their equipment. The students got to apply what was learned in class to answer questions the scientists posed and to converse with them. At the end of the tour, the 6th graders, had the opportunity to perform two experiments in the EPA’s lab. The first experiment was chromatography or a separation of colors. The second experiment was a semi volatiles laboratory in which the students experiment with the weights of different elements. A great time was had by all!
Recently our 8th Grade students participated in the Cultural Kitchen. This is a program that is a part of the Hostelling International Chicago. Through an engaging curriculum, students gain cultural understanding, increase understanding of their world, and enhance research skills as they study a country of their choice.