Celebrating Black History Month

This month our 1st Graders have been teaching the school about Black History Month. Each day over the loudspeaker a 1st grader has been reading a short biography of influential African Americans. Great job to our speakers!

 

Learning about Colors

Room 103 is finishing a unit on colors! For the past month we have been learning to identify colors in a number of different ways. We have read books about colors and practiced identifying both the color and the object while we read. In our classroom, students have the opportunity to answer orally or by pointing to pictures so that every student has the opportunity to participate.

 

We also created a collage for each color that was made into a book that students will be able to take home so they can practice their colors at home, as well! Students used crayons, markers, Dot Painters, and scissors and glue to create their collages and they had a lot of fun making art while also working on their fine motor skills!

 

We all worked together as a classroom (both AM and PM sessions) to create a collaborative art project. We used our handprints to make a rainbow that hangs is hanging in our classroom to remind us how beautiful it is when we work together!

K-2 Valentine’s Dance

A huge thank you to our amazing parent volunteers for planning and organizing our K-2 Valentine’s Dance. We had a ton of fun!

8th Grade Science Fair

Emma Z. and Tiffany L. recently participated in the regional Science Fair and have qualified for the city wide competition.

Elementary Science Olympiad

The Elementary Science Olympiad meets every other week. They study topics including anatomy, aerodynamics, physiology, rocks and minerals.tcp.

Goals for a Great New Year

Second grade started the new year with some reflection time. Students reflected on their progress so far in this school year. They also reflected on friendships and achievements. We discussed kindness and how we can make positive choices to impact our whole classroom.

Room 202 worked as a class to form goals for all of us as a class, which include picking up things that we see on the floor, like pencils and markers so they do not get wasted and also closing our locker doors to keep the hallway clean. We discussed taking pride in our school and classroom and working as a community to keep it a great place to learn and have fun each day.

In addition to discussing our goals and resolutions as a class, students also had time to reflect independently. Students worked on an activity where they brainstormed and wrote down their dreams and aspirations for the year 2017. We will reflect throughout the remainder of the school year on these dreams and goals.

LaSalle II Teachers Give Back

Over Winter Break a group of LaSalle II staff, including several members of the special education department, went to a volunteer session at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The goal for the day was to repackage large quantities of food that had been donated from food drives over the holidays into smaller portions. Our team was able to process 15,500 pounds of food over the course of 3 hours. This equates to roughly 12,900 meals that were distributed to those in need. We had an absolute blast giving back to the Chicago community and hope to turn this into a monthly adventure. Please reach out to Lauren Walther at lwalther@cps.edu if you are interested in joining a future trip.

Student Reflections from Trips Abroad

Trip To China

By Emma Z.
Just recently in November, five 8th grade students, including myself, went to Beijing, China! This was one of the greatest trips that we experienced! It was amazing practicing the language, trying new foods, and immersing ourselves in Chinese culture. During the week we were able to go sightseeing to places such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall of China! The Great Wall was one of our favorite places to visit. It is one of the world’s seven wonders. It was originally built for protection against attacks from the North, and is almost 4,000 miles in length! We also loved trying Chinese food, especially some of the most famous meals- Beijing roast duck and hotpot! In addition, we participated in a few art classes, including making Chinese masks, using the mao bi brush, and Chinese painting. Over the weekend each of us stayed with our exchange students, where we could experience life in a Chinese family. Everyone at the Beijing Foreign Language School was so welcoming to myself and my classmates. We formed friendships with the staff at the school, the students, and even other students from two other Chicago schools who went with us to China! Over the course of two weeks, our Chinese speaking abilities improved, and we gained more confidence when speaking to people in China. The unforgettable trip made us all sad to leave, but very excited to return home and share our journey!

 

Trip To France

By Oscar S.

France was a beautiful country. I stayed with a family that lived in Angers by the chateau. The family was very nice and  kind. They have two sons, 12 and 16 years old. The family and I went to their friends’ house, a festival, and their grandparents’ house. One evening Ms. Sapieka and Ms. Aquino came to my families because a couple years ago the older brother came here and stayed with Ms. Aquino.  When they came over we had some special foods that we tried out, such as a blood sausage, and we liked them (note from Ms. Aquino – Oskar did a good job of trying all of the new foods at dinner).

When I was there I tried many different foods and kind of foods – for example, cheese, salami.  They were all delicious. One day all of the families met up and went bowling. Another day we met up one more time and went ice skating, which were both a great time.

LaSalle II students went to many different places. We visited the chateau of Angers, which was mostly made out of slate.  I was amazed how it was built and how it was improved over time. It was originally a fortress.  My host dad was an architect that designed some awesome things such as the museum in the chateau.  We also walked around town which had lots of old buildings and monuments still standing from the Middle Ages.  We also attended classes at College Mongazon, which is a private school.  The school also provided a private bus to take us to Mont Sant Michel and St. Malo in Brittany, about three hours north, for the day.  My favorite thing in Angers was when we visited their school and went to their classes to see what subjects they have and how they are taught.

Then we got to Paris.  We stayed at a nice hotel that had complimentary breakfast.  It was delicious. We visited some very famous places and things like the Louvre, Latin Quarter, Jardin Du Luxembourg, Notre Dame, the Champs Elysees, the Sacré-Cœur, and the Eiffel Tower.

The most beautiful thing was the Eiffel Tower. When we were taking the elevator to the top it was really scary.  The wind was blowing very hard, and it was so cold. It soared in the sky, and I couldn’t believe that someone actually created it. My favorite thing in Paris was the Eiffel Tower and the view that it had on top of it.

Overall the weather was beautiful and everyone there treated us well. The trip was wonderful and a great experience.

Updates from Spanish Class

Kindergarten students have been studying parts of the body. We learned a traditional children’s song, Juanito. Students also drew and labeled monsters!

 

Third grade students are studying markets and stores found in Panamá, their country of study. During December, they will be creating signs and practicing vocabulary in order to complete a global simulation project where they “visit” one another’s stores to ask about and purchase items.

 

Fourth grade students are currently delving deeper into their study of Argentina through an exploration of the major landmarks and geographic features of different provinces. Students are researching a province of their choosing and will write a postcard as a creative way to demonstrate their findings.

8th Grade Science

In 8th Grade Science, students are gaining conceptual understanding of the properties of sound and wave interference. As they investigate how a disturbance that travels through different mediums transfers energy into sound waves, they are utilizing their senses (touch, sight, hearing) to gather information about the factors that affect the speed of sound.

 

As students discussed the differences between music and noise, they analyzed how frequency affected pitch through lab investigation. They have begun to experiment with making music, changing the pitch of sound, by creating their own musical instruments.  They will complete a lab report to conclude their investigations, and maybe play a tune for you upon request!