Students in 4th grade showcased their understanding of 2nd quarter’s theme: En la Ciudad by designing and building a 2D or 3D model based on their own city, our city of study (Buenos Aires) or a fictional city. The students used their city models to discuss with their classmates the various activities to do, places to visit in their city, and the ways to travel to different city spots (transportation). The students did a phenomenal job creating unique city models and both myself and their peers enjoyed hearing students’ presentations!
While ushering in the Lunar New Year, LaSalle II Chinese language students began their annual Chinese dance training with Lingling Pao, the artist-in-residence. Upon hearing the news that the Chinese dance training would soon begin, every student, whether boy or girl, in a lower or upper grade, eagerly wanted to find out which day would be theirs to participate in dance class. This is the fifth year our students are participating in this program, Bringing Culture Into Classrooms.
First graders helped with a fun project in French class recently and made flags for the French speaking countries of the world. We used their wonderful props and took some photos for our class yearbook page.
Our exchange students from the Beijing Foreign Language School arrived last week and we are so excited they are here! This week they visited the John Hancock building, the Chicago Art Institute, the Shedd Aquarium, and City Hall. A huge thank you to Ms. Aquino for all of her planning and to our families for hosting students. We couldn’t do this without you!
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!
First grade students in Spanish room 203 begin the year with La oruga muy hambrienta, also known as The Very Hungry Caterpillar! We read the book and sequence the foods the caterpillar eats according to the days of the week using flip books we create, as well as discuss our own food preferences. We also learn about monarch butterflies and the journey they take each fall from Canada and the United States to their over-wintering sites in sanctuaries in Mexico, which is our country of study for the year. We make paper butterflies and mini messages to send to Mexico with Journey North’s Symbolic Monarch Migration. Then, we add ourselves to the map and wait until the spring, when we will receive butterflies and also map them to find out where they originated.
On Saturday, April 21st, Gabrielle D. and Natalie D., two of our Chinese language students, participated in the 10th Midwest Chinese Speech Contest and won two gold medals for LaSalle II. Congratulations to them!
Over the past nine years 34 LaSalle II students have participated in the Midwest Chinese speech contest. Gabrielle and Natalie are the 25th and 26th gold medalists among those 34 students.
Additionally, on Friday, April 20th, fifty of our Chinese language students voluntarily took a total of 53 tests authorized by the Office of Chinese Language Council International, China. There were 5 different levels of testing performed, from YCT level I covering 150 vocabulary words to HSK level IV covering 1,200 vocabulary words. Our Chinese language students are among the very best in Chicago.
Exchange students from Spain spent two weeks in Chicago in March. They had a great opportunity to learn about different cultures by observing classes at school, during their visits to different places in the city and also with their host families. This has been the fourth year that students come from Madrid and now it is LaSalle II’s turn to visit Spain in April. Thank you to all who make this exchange possible. ¡Buen viaje!
French students recently concluded a unit on Paris by recreating famous monuments with toothpicks and marshmallows. Students presented their completed masterpieces in French to the class by sharing the name, arrondissement, and various activities you can do at each monument! Bravo, les élèves !
Our exchange students from Beijing have had a great time during their visit to Chicago! They have enjoyed visits to the Hancock building, the Art Institute, City Hall, the Chicago History Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium. A huge thank you to Ms. Aquino for all her hard work in organizing this exchange and to our host families for generously opening up their homes. We very much appreciate your support!