SY17-18 K-5 Supply Lists

Please click the link below to find the supply lists for grades K-5. The supply list for grades 6-8 will be released later this summer.

K-5 Supply List

Bonjour LaSalle II!

This year at LaSalle II we took French to a new level by practicing French deeply. We have spent some more time on each unit in order to enhance long term learning. We believe that this “Deep practice” has deepen the students’ understanding of the language and allowed for oral and written communication in class. This has led students more students led learning and leadership. Please encourage your child to keep practicing over the summer, “with Languagenut and Powerspeak.”

We also recently went to “Kids’ Table” where students were able to make a very old French dish called “galette.” Galette is a term used in French cuisine to designate various types of flat round or freeform crusty cakes. Students were able to make a “pomme galette”, with “la crème fouette” home made whip cream.

2nd Grade Entomologists

Second Grade has been turned into an Entomology Laboratory! We have been busy studying a few of the many millions of insects on our planet. Some insects we have in the classroom include mealworms, silkworms, ladybugs, caterpillars, and an ant farm. We have come to know firsthand the life sequences of all these insects. In our lab students observe structures and behaviors, discuss their findings, and ask questions. Students continue to be amazed daily by all of the changes they continue to observe and take a lot of pride in providing daily needs for each of our insects and making sure our Entomology Laboratory is thriving!

May/June SOAR Students

Congratulations to our May/June SOAR students for their hard work in showing either Safety, Ownership, Achievement or Respect.

1st Grade Art

1st graders created paper cut collages inspired by Henri Matisse. We studied positive & negative space, color contrast, and juxtaposition. They used both the positive & negative pieces to create interesting and balanced compositions. We also used bright colored shapes to contrast with the black background.

CPS Seal of Biliteracy

This year LaSalle II was selected as part of a pilot program and our 5th and 8th grade students had the opportunity to earn the CPS Seal of Biliteracy. In order to qualify, student had to demonstrate proficiency on the APPL test. This provides a pathway to the State Seal of Biliteracy that students can earn in 12th Grade.

 

Below is a list of students who earned the designation.

 

5th Graders:

  • Chinese: John L. and Kelli V.
  • French: Ivo H., Sara L., and Lyric N.
  • Spanish: Madelyn L., Grant L., Kylie O., Sabrina O., Dalton P., Daniel A., Melissa S., Sophia S., Erin Wheeler, Gabrielle Wilson, and Robert Zavala

 

8th Graders:

  • Spanish: Karla D., Angel A., and Eric S.

Elementary Science Olympiad Competition

The LaSalle II Elementary Science Olympiad team competed this past weekend. Overall, we placed in 9 out of 12 different competitions.

  • Aerodynamics: Pharaoh A, Evan B, Daniel T – 3rd Place
  • Anatomy: Taelor P, Biko H, Evan B – 3rd Place
  • Backyard Biologist: Giulia B, Maia W, Samia J – 3rd Place
  • Bridge Building: Arielle B, Gabriela M, Taelor P – 2nd Place
  • Junk Cars: Ryan W, Henry B, Giulia B – 1st Place
  • Metric Mastery: Vaeda V, Noah D., Dries H – 1st Place
  • Mystery Powders: Alex V, Varun S, Joaquin I – 1st Place
  • Rock Hound: Biko H, Beno D, and Noah P – 2nd Place
  • Trageggtory: Noah P., Asha, Beno – 1st Place
  • Weather or Not: Elih E, Alex V, Joaquin I – 3rd Place

 

Congratulations to our students and their teacher sponsors, Mr. Taff and Ms. Aquino, for their hard work and dedication!

GoCPS High School Application Process

Over the years, the district has heard from families about the importance of having a choice in selecting which high school provides the best match for their child’s needs. We’ve also heard that applying to high school can be frustrating and confusing. So this year, Chicago Public Schools has completely revamped its high school application process for students that will be freshman in the 2018-19 school year with the launch of GoCPS, a new website where students and families will be able to:

  • Review school and program options in one place
  • Rank these school and program choices based on their preferences
  • Be matched with their highest possible choice for high school

 

We encourage each of you to subscribe by clicking the link below. This will allow you to receive important updates and announcements about this process. This is especially important for our current 6th and 7th graders.

 

http://go.cps.edu/

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.