School News 2015-03-06



March 6, 2015

Principal’s Message

Dear LaSalle II Community-

Please see below for the Principal’s Report from the March LSC Meeting.

Ms. Lauren Albani


March Principal’s Report


PARCC PBA Testing Begins 3/9

Chicago Public Schools hasannounced that all schools will be taking PARCC this school year. The Performance Based PARCC Assessment for Grades 3-8 will begin on March 9th. Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the paper and pencil version of the test. Students in grades 6-8 will be taking the computerized version. You can read more facts from ISBE by clicking the link below.

If you are interested in taking a sample PARCC, please click the link below.

Restarant Night at Jerry’s, 3/12

By Anne Wortel

Join us at our next restaurant night at Jerry’s Sandwiches on Thursday 3/12 from 5-10pm. Jerry’s has a great room for music, and LaSalle II’s own Dave Hunt and The Dave Hunt Band will be playing from 5:30-8:30 pm. Dave’s band plays street festivals during the Summer. They played West Fest last year. So get in a summer state of mind and come out to Jerry’s. The restaurant will donate 20% of the proceeds during that event. It be a lot of fun…hope to see you there!

Jeans Day, 3/13

By Ms Heinrich

Friday, March 13th is green jeans day. Wear green and pay a dollar. ALL PROCEEDS go to Mercy Home for boys and girls. We are participating all month in Mercy Home’s March for Kids fundraiser. All students that participate in jeans day by making a donation will get a shamrock pin. Also, there will be St. Patrick’s day beads, hats etc. passed out randomly throughout the day to students that truly show school spirit and are dressed “from head to toe” in green.

Because this is Mercy Home fundraiser, if you’d like to donate more than a dollar on this jeans day, it is greatly appreciated. Please contact Ms. Heinrich, to make a donation and get a ribbon.

OLDSS Empowerment Expo, 3/21

On Saturday, March 21, Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services will host its annual Parent Empowerment Expo and Resource Fair for families of students with diverse learning needs. The event will be held at George Westinghouse College Prep High School from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Featured workshops include Individualized Education Program (IEP) Question and Answer Clinic, an informational resource fair with more than 50 community organizations and agencies. We anticipate close to 400 families will be attending this one-day educational event!

Preschool Applications for SY 15-16

Applications will be accepted starting March 2, 2015 at 10 central locations. The closest application site to our school is at De Diego. De Diego is located at 1313 N Claremont.

Applications will be accepted there from 8:30 to 3:30 Monday – Friday. LaSalle II will only be able to accept applications on 4/1/2015 from 8:00 – 11:00 AM.

All applicants must provide proof of age, income and address. Children must be 3 or 4, but not yet 5 by September 1, 2015 in order to apply for the program.

For further information:

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Spring Thaw, 3/28

By Kristin Drutchas

LaSalle II PTO’s annual “SPRING THAW” is a wonderful evening of food, cocktails, entertainment, camaraderie and fun. But most importantly, it’s an event that helps all of our kids and further strengthens our LaSalle II community.

The event is our most important fundraiser of the year. We expect to have 300 parents, teachers and friends in attendance. Last year’s event raised over $45,000. These dollars are crucial to various LaSalle II programs. Our fundraising efforts support our language programming, various infrastructure and technology needs, supplemental school supplies, (JCC) after school AND enrichment courses, music and inter/intramural sports instruction and student financial aid… to name a few.

This year’s event will be held at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608 on Saturday, March 28th 6-10 pm

Learn More and Register

Open House Volunteers Needed, 3/31

We will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, March 31st for prospectives families for the 2015-2016 school year. We are in need of parent volunteers to help lead tours. We will have two tours: 3:30pm and 5:00pm. Please contact Ms. Albani if you are able to help!


Spirit Week, 4/20-4/24

Student Council’s Spirit Week is coming next month. Here is a sneak peak at the schedule.

  • Monday – Crazy Hair Day
  • Tuesday – USA Day
  • Wednesday – Polka dots and stripes
  • Thursday – Throwback Thursday- Choose a decade to dress up as
  • Friday – Falcon Pride Day

Volunteers Needed for Family Night, 4/23

By Ms Heinrich

Last year penny wars our major Student Council fundraiser during Spirit Week. It was fun a fun competition, but this year we want to do something different. We want to have a fun event that brings our school family together to celebrate as well as raise money for school activities.

On April 23, we are going to have a Family Night with carnival games. Tickets will be purchased for each game at 25 cents per carnival game play, and food will be available for purchase in the cafeteria. The main event in the gym will involve duct taping 4 staff members to the walls of the gym. Duct tape will be purchased for 1 dollar a strip.

We need a few parent volunteers to help us organize, and will be asking for volunteers during the event with food, popcorn, sweet treats, drinks, carnival games, face paintering, and music. Also if anyone that has access to duct tape or knows where to purchase it for cheap, we need A LOT. Please let us know if you can help us organize.


CPS Seal of Biliteracy

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett and 31st Alderman Ray Suarez announced tthis week that students who excel and gain proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation will be recognized with a Seal of Biliteracy, which will appear on students’ transcripts and serve as a statement of accomplishment for college admission and for future employers.

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Building Security Protocol

All visitors must sign-in and sign-out at the Security Desk. You may get a pass to visit the office. Visits to any other part of the building must be scheduled.

If you are volunteering in a class or meeting your child’s teacher, please work with your teacher to get added to the schedule. We can not let people who are not on the master schedule into the building.

All committee meetings and parent coffees need to be scheduled as well. A pass from the security desk will allow you to go straight to and from the parent room. No one is allowed to wander the halls. We need to keep class disruptions to a minimum.

If you would like to meet with the Principal, it is helpful to make an appointment so that we can plan a productive discussion.

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Featured Stories

Science Olympiad Competition

Our Science Olympiad teams were extremely successful in their recent competition. Each team, JV and Varsity, competed in 23 different Science orientated competitions like building events such as bridges, elastic launched gliders, wheeled vehicles, air trajectory and bottle rockets, to other competitions such as Fossils, Anatomy and Physiology, Green Generation, Meteorology and many more.

Science OlympiadEach of our teams placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in 15 out of the 23 competitions in their respective divisions. We competed against 17 different schools. LaSalle II placed 4th overall. The top 5 teams win a bid for State competition. State will be held on April 18th.

Science Olympiad

Varsity Team:

Carlos S., David M., Billy B., Alexis M., Maia C., Quin C., David S., Edgar M., Ricardo G., Jayson C., Oscar S., Emma Z., Ashton M., Jacqueline O., and Chloe M.

Junior Varsity:

Salam H., Adam H., Sean H., Eric S., Stella M., Karla D., Sylivia G, Elliana B., Ethan I., Jazmin S., Nathan B., Ethan D., Ian F., and Megan M.

A huge thank you to our coach Mr. Taff for working so tirelessly with our students!

LaSalle II Band Achievements

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2015 Instrumental Solo/Ensemble Contest held at Kelly HS on February 21st

Three students represented LaSalle II School.

  • Jazmin S. (6th grade) received a Superior Rating (Gold Medal)
  • William B. (8th grade) received a Superior Rating (Gold Medal)
  • David S. (8th grade) received an Excellent Rating (Silver Medal)

Congrats to these great band students!

Polar Plunge

On Sunday, March 1, 20 LaSalle II faculty members joined the Chicago Teachers’ Union team to participate in the Chicago Polar Plunge! The Polar Plunge is an annual event where individuals raise money to be donated to the Special Olympics and, in turn, dive into the freezing waters of Lake Michigan in winter. The CTU team raised a combined $18,000 and LaSalle II was a huge part of that! Thanks to everyone who supported our team via donations, and to all participants for bravely plunging on Sunday!

PreK Room 103

by Ms Magiet


In Room 103, we have been focusing on our Feelings/Friendship and Winter Unit. We worked on many Valentine’s Day activities, since our shape for the month of February was a heart and our color for the month was pink. We also completed many activities for our letters of the week: Oo, Pp, and Qq. We colored our letter books, reviewed our words for the week, and completed activities, such as: Cheerios on Os, Pipe cleaners on Ps, and Quarters on Qs. We learned how to be good friends by reading stories like: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Helping, I Can We Can, Friendship Garden, and Sometimes. It has been busy in room 103, learning about friends, feelings, and winter!!

Arabic Words You Didn’t Know You Knew

By Mr Fawzy

My Upper grade students were introduced to more than 30 English Words that were derived from Arabic. Lemon and sofa, candy and apricot, algebra and zero, and so many more are actually Arab migrants. Read more about Arabic words you probably didn’t even know you knew in the following article.

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Second Grade Black History Month Activities

By Ms Heinrich

Throughout the month of February, we have been celebrating Black history Month in Second grade. Students have learned about a variety of African Americans in history including Maya Angelou, Stevie Wonder, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr. and Ruby Bridges.

Second Grade Black History Month Projects

As a culminating project, students celebrated Black History Month by choosing a famous African American to research. Students created a “paper doll” of the person they chose to research. Students were encouraged to be creative and use a variety of materials to create their dolls. Students also created a fact sheet to include a variety of facts about the person they researched. Students learned about where their person was born, when the person was born and any major accomplishments of the person.

Winter Art Projects

By Ms Tingley

Our students have created a wide variety of art projects this Winter. Follow the link below to see pictures of the works produced by students in second through eighth grade.

Chinese New Year Art

See the Art

Dentist Visit to LaSalle II

By Elisa Albaghdadi

Many thanks to Dr. Thurston and his staff at Ora Dental Studio for once again volunteering their time and knowledge to our students in kindergarten through 3rd grade!

On Wednesday, February 18th, the students were visited in their classrooms and taught the importance of teeth, proper brushing and flossing techniques, good nutrition, and why regular dental visits are important. It never ceases to amaze us just how much the students enjoy learning about the merits of good oral hygiene. At LaSalle II, we take pride in having healthy smiles!

Dr Thurston can be contacted at [email protected] or by

phone (312) 404-4175 if you have questions about your child’s oral health.

New Staff Pictures

By Mark Behee

This week we added several staff pictures to the website. We now have pictures of our school councelor Ms Sapieka, special ed teachers Ms Anderson, and Mr Sinclair, World Language teacher Mr Espejo, and our lunchroom staff Ms Harper-Bey, Ms Borrero, and Mr Rodriguez.

New Pictures

See the Pictures

School Graphics

Paula Tomek is a LaSalle II parent and a graphic designer. She created the LaSalle II logo and put together the LaSalle II art work used for most of the banners, signs, and shirts that you see through the school. Recently she put together a set of logos that for our school community to use.

You now have several options to choose from on the school website. The school graphics page is in the top menu under About.

Get School Graphics

Upcoming Events

For the most up to date calendar, please visit the school website here

  • 3/12 Restaurant Night with Music @ Jerry’s Sandwiches
  • 3/17 PTO Meeting
  • 3/28 Spring Thaw
  • 3/31 SY 15-16 Open House
  • 4/3 School Improvement Day – No School
  • 4/6 4/10 Spring Break – No School
  • 4/14 LSC Meeting
  • 4/23 Student Council’s Family Night

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