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!

Chromebooks at LaSalle II

Technology is very helpful in our classrooms. Students use portable devices like Chromebooks to do research. Our teachers also use chromebooks to provide personalized math, social studies, and reading activities using resources like IXL, Xtramath, Read Theory, and Raz Kids. Many of the assessment tests are done on Chromebooks now too so that everyone doesn’t have to use the PCs in the computer lab.

LaSalle 2 PTO recently raised $18K to purchase 2 carts of Chromebooks as a big step in offering portable technology throughout our classrooms. The school now has 9 traveling carts containing 32 Chromebooks each, and most classrooms have the carts for some part of their week.

Two additional Chromebook carts would be put to use immediately if we had them. Please join the other families who are using the monthly donation option as their way of contributing to the LaSalle II PTO Campaign for Excellence. A donation of $50 per month will cover the cost of two Chromebooks towards our goal. Donations of any amount are always appreciated.

Staley the Bear Visits LaSalle II!

The Chicago Bears mascot, Staley the Bear, came to LaSalle II for a visit and to talk to students about anti-bullying. Thank you to the Student Council for making this event possible!

Principal for a Day- Evyn R.

Thank you to Evyn R. for serving as Principal for a Day and helping Dr. Albani around the school!

Physical Education at LaSalle II

The unit/skill that we have been working on in PE is Football/Throwing & Catching. Students have been using their throwing and catching skills to participate in these new games. Students learned, practiced and then implemented the skills into new games.  These games are: “BootBall”, which is a combination of football and baseball, “Ultimate Football”, which is a combination of ultimate frisbee and football, “Rack It Up”, which is a throwing, tossing or rolling game for targets. The next unit will be Hockey.  We will also be starting our Health Curriculum.

Homework Help

New this year, we have a Homework Help room available to middle school students every day. Students come to work on homework, group projects, computer assignments, study for a test, take a make-up test, and/or to work on upcoming assignments. Ms. Novak is available for students to ask for help on the subject they are working on during that period. Students are allowed to eat while they work, use supplies in the room and to print if needed.

On average, 41 students are using the Homework Help room every day! This option is open to all 6th-8th grade students during their lunch/recess period on a daily basis, so please encourage your student to take advantage of this extra resource!