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!
Thank you to Evyn R. for serving as Principal for a Day and helping Dr. Albani around the school!
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.
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!
A huge thank you to our PTO for working tirelessly to raise funds for our school. Recently, the West Town Chamber of Commerce presented a check for $31,148.87 to our school as a result of our participation in summer festivals.
The West Town Chamber of Commerce was thrilled to be able to give back to the community. Proceeds from the Chamber’s 2016 special events generated over $52,000 in funds that the Chamber Board was able to donate to the following local schools and non-profits:
Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy
Friends of Pritzker School
Erie Neighborhood House
The Arts of Life Inc.
The festivals are not only fun, they are economic development tools that draw thousands of consumers to the commercial corridors, they attract new business to West Town, and they have this direct positive impact on local non-profits and schools in the community. The Chamber, a local non-profit as well, also benefits from the special events and raises the bulk of the Chamber operating and member programming budgets from festival fundraising.
This fall the kindergarten classrooms learned about the five senses. Students explored their environment using their senses and learned how to describe things using different adjectives. One exploration the students participated in was a listening walk. Students walked and sat around in the outdoor classroom while they focused on using their sense of hearing. They recorded their observations of what sounds they heard. They also participated in a smelling exploration where they smelled the contents of different bags and guessed what was inside. Lastly, the kindergarteners used their senses to explore pumpkins and then described them.
In our eighth literacy class, the students are currently reading To Kill A Mockingbird. The core of this narrative focuses on essential themes such as courage, race, discrimination, fairness, and justice. Through the readings and discussions, students are examining the heart of our democratic society. One in which strives to provide “equal rights for all” and “special privileges” for none. The narrative takes place in a small southern town in the early 1930s. Therefore, in social studies, students are also exploring the era of the Great Depression.
In eighth grade, students are using storyboards as a way to blend their creativity and analytical thinking skills to discuss this timeless masterpiece. Storyboards are a powerful way for students to visually present and discuss information. In small groups, students created storyboards to help them keep track of the important events and characters in the novel.. By sharing and discussing their storyboards with their peers, students not only had an opportunity to verbalize thoughts but further synthesize their understanding of To Kill A Mockingbird.
We currently have students abroad in Beijing, China. We can’t wait to hear all about their exciting travels!
Currently we have students in Angers, France. They are having a great time and we cannot wait to hear all the details when they return!
LaSalle II is a World Language is the Magnet school, and an important piece to each student’s education is exposure to the cultures and communities that embrace the languages that they are learning. This helps our kids become better able to understand other people’s points of view, ways of life, and contributions to the world.
We are fortunate to live in a diverse city with exciting field trip opportunities. Recently our 4th and 5th grade Spanish students visited the Old Town School of Folk Music for a performance by Perujazz. The concert featured traditional Peruvian instruments such as the quena, zampona and bongos with contemporary tenor sax, electric bass and drums, just to name a few. You learn more about the band here: http://perujazz.com.
Money raised by the PTO funded the bus transportation that made this trip possible. Students studying other languages take similar trips throughout the year. We need your help to continue to provide cultural experiences like this. Please join the other 10 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 could provide 60 children exposure to a unique experience like this trip. Donations of any amount are appreciated.