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.

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.