Learning about Kimonos

Students in room 123 created their own kimonos after reading Suki’s Kimono this week. Before creating and designing their own, students learned about the history of Kimonos. Originally, kimonos translated into clothing in Japanese. Recently, the word has been used to describe traditional Japanese clothing. They are made of material that is suitable for all weathers. Traditional kimonos are worn to funerals, weddings, festivals, and tea ceremonies in Japan. Kimonos have represented different people over the years. The colors and designs have represented political class, warriors, and leaders. The ribbon worn around the kimono is called an obi. It is one big ribbon that is folded and adjusted to form a bow on the back.

Writing Workshop in 1st Grade

Writing Workshop is a model for writing instruction and practice in the classroom. During the workshop time, students learn to write through varied activities. Writing Workshop exposes First grade students to the organization and thought required to create a story, write about a favorite topic, or share information and opinions. First graders in Room 109 are learning how to independently plan and write an opinion piece of writing. They are developing an understanding of how to form strong opinions, how to structure an argument with a main idea and details, and how to express their personal thought and ideas.

Middle School Math

The sixth and seventh graders are currently working on a project to conclude our statistics units. The 6th graders are doing a study on the student population at LaSalle II, and were able to choose a topic of their choice. The students developed statistical questions to learn more about LaSalle II students. They came up with a plan, collected data, analyzed it, and made different types of graphs. Questions vary based on student interest, but include: “How far do LaSalle II students live from school?”, “How many hours per week do LaSalle II students spend on homework?”, “How old are parents of sixth grade students at LaSalle II?” and “How many after-school activities do LaSalle II students participate in?” As students finish their graphs they will be drawing conclusions and presenting their information to their classmates.

The 7th graders tracked specific activities outside of school, and are analyzing their own data. The activities included: watching television, playing video games, exercising and internet usage. They collected the data and broke it up by population to be able to analyze the data in a variety of ways. Each student was given a population and activity, where they made graphs, found measures of centers, and made inferences. Additionally, they compared the data with other students and made conclusions based on their classmates and the data collected.

If you are ever on the second floor, feel free to check out our data displays and analyses, which will be displayed soon, to find out valuable information about our amazing LaSalle II students!

The “Week Of The Young Child”

Room 101 will be celebrating the “Week Of The Young Child” April 24th – April 28th.

“What is the Week of the Young Child™? The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.

 

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

 

NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.”

 

We will celebrate the following days:

  • April 24, 2017 “Music Monday” – We will dance at our morning circle times.
  • April 25, 2017 “Tasty Tuesday” – We read a book about vegetables.
  • April 26, 2017 “Work Together Wednesday”- We will work to create buildings as a group.
  • April 27, 2017 “Artsy Thursday” – We will use a variety of media to create art work.
  • April 28, 2017 – “Family Friday” – We will send home a parent and child activity for our families to do together.

We are looking forward to celebrating our youngest learners! 

Middle School Dance

Our first-ever Middle School Dance was a huge success! We had a DJ, photobooth and pizza and the students had a ton of fun. A big thank you to Ms. Sapieka, Ms. Stindt, Ms. Gipson, Ms. Moore, Mr. Ross, Mr. Balasa and Ms. Feeney who helped make this event possible.

Invention Convention

The seventh grade representatives of LaSalle II competed in the CSIC (Chicago Student Invention Convention) at Clemente High School on Saturday. There were about 300 presenters. In the Junior High division, of 34 students, Kira S. and Jadah C. took fourth place. Grace P. took third place and Christopher P. took First. Christopher has also been invited to participate in the National Invention Convention in Washington D.C.. Also, participating were Andrew W, Willem P, Amelia L, Lesly G, and Luke M.

Spanish Exchange Students

Our exchange students from Madrid were here these past 2 weeks and we had a ton of fun! Our guests visited the Chicago History Museum, the Field Museum, Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium, and more! The students even got to attend our middle school dance.

 

A huge thank you to our host families for making this exchange possible and thank you to those who chaperoned. We know it is an exhausting but rewarding experience! Also, special thanks to our parent Captain Clay who arranged a special tour of his firehouse.

7th Grade Invention Convention

The 7th grade explored the design cycle with an Invention Convention. Each student examined their surroundings to identify a “problem” and developed several avenues to solve it. The students then created a prototype and worked with their peers to identify the aspects of their solution. The students continued to develop their solutions into working prototypes.
Our imaginative students created original solutions to such problems as, stinky shoes, remote hockey practice dummies, key holders, messy dog eating, magnetic hair band, and a crimper for your tape. Our inventors participated in a 7th grade Convention and the top 10 will represent LaSalle II at the CSIC (Chicago Students Invention Convention) citywide competition at Clemente High School on April 1st.
1st Place Participants: Andrew W.
Willem P.
Christopher P.
Luke M.

2nd Place Participants: Kira S.
Amelia L.
Nora H.
Jadah C.

3rd Place Participants: Lesly G.
Dylan O.

Abstract Watercolor in 1st Grade

Room 115 recently worked on abstract watercolor. The students masked off areas of 3″x3″ watercolor paper with a resist (rubber cement), then painted individual squares by wetting small pieces of bleeding tissue paper in the areas not masked. Tissue was removed resulting in unique color concentration and flow. Each artist selected an abstract fireworks graphic for interpretive reproduction in marker on the white space now preserved by the masking fluid. Yellow watercolor paints applied last with a dry brush.

Midwest Chinese Student Speech Contest

We had several students participate in the 9th Annual Midwest Chinese Student Speech Contest. Students were required to recite a speech in Chinese and were judged on pronunciation, delivery, and expression. Our school had three participants and all of them earned a medal.

Gold: Gabby I. and Ruby V.
Silver: Danny M.

Congratulations to our participants! We are so proud of your hard work and dedication. Also thank you to Ms. Wang for taking the time to prepare and escort the students to the speech contest.ch Contest