Connecting Ancient China to Chicago’s Chinatown

Students in 6th grade have been studying ancient civilizations this school year. Since they are currently studying ancient China, as an extension event, students will travel to Chinatown to visit the Chinese American Museum of Chicago. At the museum, students will learn about the rich history of migration from China to our great city of Chicago through the study of artifacts and oral history.

Following our museum tour, students will tour through Chinatown and visit a local restaurant where they will have the opportunity to try traditional Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine.

Blackhawks First Stride Program

Students in 4th and 5th grade had the opportunity to participate in the Chicago Blackhawks First Stride program. Students arrived to receive their Blackhawk credentials and were taken to the locker room where they found their name on their locker. Students were also taught how to ice skate and participated in classroom activities relating hockey to science, technology, engineering and math.

Helping Others

The students in 213 have been on several field trips over the last two years and have taken
notice of the number of people in need, who we encounter along the way. We discussed the
best ways for our class to help them out and decided to make “goody bags”. The teachers,
students and their families collected food items, socks, hats and toiletries to fill up “goody bags”.

The students took to the streets during Thanksgiving week and passed them out to those in
need in our community and downtown. It was a great experience for all involved! We will
continue to take bags with us on our future trips, just in case we see someone who could benefit from some additional goodies.

KDG Learning About Nature

In October the kindergarten students learned how to be nature spies inside and outside the classroom. They read books about plants, animals, and fall. Students then took their new knowledge and curiosities to a Cook County Forest Preserve to explore nature first hand. The kids went on a nature hike looking for plants and animals. They learned about turtles and even got to touch one. During exploration time students were able to see more animals native to this area and play/work with each other in nature. It was an all around fun and authentic learning experience for the LaSalle II kindergarteners.

4th Grade Takes a Trip to the Woods!  

4th grade enjoyed a field trip to Fullersburg Woods to bond with our classmates through geocaching! We learned about satellites and gps and hunted for clues to a puzzle through the woods. We also learned about invasive species like honeysuckle and buckthorn and worked hard to clear an area of them. It was a gorgeous day, and we had a wonderful time in the woods!

7th Grade Field Trip

Last Friday the 7th grade class attended the Loyola Retreat and Ecology Center (LUREC) in Woodstock, IL. They participated in a variety of games and team-building activities. Our school year is off to a great start with the 7th grade class and teachers all getting to know each other in such a fun way. Next year, the current 7th graders look forward to returning to LUREC to do the high ropes course!


8th Grade Field Trip

Last week our 8th Graders attended the Loyola Retreat and Ecology Center and participated in a variety of team building activities, including the high ropes! This was a great way to kick-off the school year and allow the students and teachers to get to know each other better.


Learning Labs in 4th Grade Science

Fourth grade students took science to a whole new level when they attended two learning labs at the Museum of Science and Industry. Students learned Newton’s Laws and experimented in the Colorful Chemistry lab. Through observation and hands on activities 4th grade students left with a wealth of new scientific knowledge!

Navigating the City

The students in Room 213 have been navigating their way around the city via the CTA this month. They planned out their routes, using various websites and apps, and decided the best use of their money when buying Ventra cards, passes and lunch. On one trip the students traveled to the southside to visit Kenwood Academy for a performance by a Jamaican Ensemble. Some of our bravest students even volunteered to show off their dancing skills on stage! On another trip the students students traveled to Steppenwolf Theater, where (thanks to a generous donation) they had the opportunity to see the play “Monster”. Students were able to discuss the themes of innocence, guilt, and accountability with lead actor, Daniel Kyri, and the rest of the cast. It was an amazing experience!

Principal Outing

Jacob A. won the Principal Outing at last years Spring Thaw. Dr. Albani and Ms. Sapieka took Jacob and 3 of his friends to the Kids Table. The students learned how to make a black bean tostada. It was a great day!