CPS Volunteer Policy

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!

 

Step 1:
Visit cpsvolunteers.org and click the “Complete a Volunteer Application” button.

 

Step 2:
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.

 

Step 3:
You will receive a confirmation email that CPS received your application.

 

Step 4:
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!

“Forced from Home” Refugee Exhibit

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

 

6th Grade Field Trip to the EPA

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!

8th Grade Goes to Cultural Kitchen

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.

Pre-K Goes to the Zoo

Rooms 101, 103 and 104 went to Brookfield Zoo on March 16, 2018. We had so much fun! This trip was our second field trip of the year.

“We got to see the Dolphin Show,” said Bijou. The dolphins performed tricks and danced for us. Some of us even were in the “splash zone” and came home a little wet.

Children were able to see many animals, which included seals, sea otters, orangutans and giraffes.

“My favorite was the fish, they’re my favorite of all,” said Harper.” We were able to see dolphins, seals, sea otters and other fish.

“Go a bus. See monkeys,” said Robin.

We are so excited that our DonorsChoose.org proposal, “Help Us Zip Up the Year With the Zoo” was recently funded. We will have a visit from Animal Quest at the end of the year to learn about many new animals.

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!