November SEL Theme of the Month: Gratitude and Thanks!


We are grateful to be back in school! We are grateful for our amazing LaSalle II community! We are grateful for an excellent education for our students to ensure their future successes! This, and other gratitudes, are what we will focus on for our SEL theme of the month. Often times we get bogged down in the little problems of everyday life and forget to appreciate everything that we DO have. Practice gratitude everyday by saying one thing for which you are grateful when you wake up and/or go to sleep. Let’s all model gratitude for our students, children, and ourselves. Happy November and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Our LaSalle II Family

We realize that there are a lot of differing opinions about all the issues related to the strike, but I think we can all agree that at LaSalle II we have some of the best staff around! We are truly blessed to have such a great group of dedicated and hard-working educators, who work tirelessly to ensure a quality education for our students. 

School Ranking

We are excited to announce that for the first time ever, LaSalle II has been ranked as one of the top Chicago elementary schools by Chicago Magazine! We are so proud of our teachers, students and parents for their hard work in making our school such a wonderful place. 

Social-Emotional Learning Theme of the Month: YOU!

This year LaSalle II will be focusing on a different social-emotional learning theme each month. All students will learn about this theme in their classes, and we would love for parents to be involved as well! Keep in touch with our monthly social-emotional learning themes by reading the Falcon Flier and checking your teachers’ websites.

To start the year off, this month’s theme will be ‘YOU’! Students will be encouraged to learn about their uniquenesses and locate both similar and different qualities in others. Although many students have been in school together for years, we can always learn more about one another. Be sure to stop by the bulletin board across from the main office to see what kinds of things YOU mean to our school community!

In addition to what we are doing at school, we encourage you to ask your child about the theme of the month at home. Here are some essential questions you can explore related to this month’s theme:

  • In what ways are you unique or special?
  • What was one unique or special thing you found out about a classmate?
  • Why is it important that we celebrate each other’s unique or special traits?

SY19-20 Open Houses for Prospective Families

Due to Covid-19, we are unable to host our usual in-person Open Houses.

K-8 Parents– As an alternative, we recently held an information session for prospective students in grades K-8 who received an offer for admission. We recorded the session and it can be found here. Additionally, we have another informational video about the school that can be found here.

PreK Parents– We hosted a virtual Open House for all interested families and you can find the link here.

SY19-20 Back to School Information

Back to School Nights

We are excited to announce the details for our Back to School Nights. Due to size constraints, we will be splitting up the orientation sessions by grade level and content area. Each session will start with a general session led by administration, followed by individual classroom sessions. The dates will be as follows:

· Grades 6-8: Wednesday, August 28th, 5pm

· Grades PK-2: Thursday, August 29th, 5pm

· Grades 3-5: Thursday, September 5th, 5pm

We ask that you please try to bring supplies to the school on these dates! 

Please note that due to limited staff in the office, registration will NOT be available during these back to school nights, so please plan accordingly.

Registration

We will be open for registration for returning students on the dates and times listed below. This will be the time where you can pay the $100 school fee, fill out required paperwork, and drop off school supplies.

  • Monday, August 26th: 9am-1pm
  • Tuesday, August 27th: 9am-1pm
  • Wednesday, August 28th: 9am-1pm
  • Thursday, August 29th: 9am-1pm

Also, please note that teachers will be engaged in professional development during these dates and times so they will not be available for parent meetings and classroom visits will not be permitted.

Click this link to print the documents and complete beforehand to save time! You will need to complete ALL these documents.

*Please note that if you have changed your address, you must submit two proofs of residency to the Main Office.

*ONLINE FEE PAYMENT IS NOW AVAILABLE*:  Click here to pay online!

SY19-20 Supply Lists

We are excited to announce the release of our supply lists for SY19-20. Click here for the list!

New this year, we are offering the option to purchase school supplies online! These supplies will be the same quality and the same price as you would find in the store but this process will make it more convenient for you.

Place your order by June 22nd for free shipping to your home!

Click here to place your order now!

Pi Day!

March 14 marks Pi Day, an annual celebration of the mathematical sign pi. Founded in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw, March 14 was selected because the numerical date (3.14) represents the first three digits of pi, and it also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday—the perfect pi-incidence.

LaSalle II Middle School math students were busy this March celebrating Pi Week! During Pi Week, math students were able to make discoveries related to the extraordinary number pi (π)! Students participated in the following activities: decorating Pi Day t-shirts that they wore on Pi Day (3/14), watching videos about Pi, completing a discovery activity involving circles, drawing a Pi City skyline, completing a creative research project about Pi facts, working on a collaborative Pi poster in small groups, and much more! We even had a digit competition where the student in each class who memorized the most digits of pi went home with a apple PIE!

 

8th Grade Winners:

  • 8A: Maeve M. (146 digits)
  • 8B: Juan F. (32 digits)

7th Grade:

  • 7A: Najia B. (178 digits)
  • 7B:  Erin W. (56 digits)

6th Grade:

  • 6A: Ellie G. (152 digits)
  • 6B:  Brady A. (102 digits)

SY18-19 Yearbooks

Yearbook Orders- Due 4/30

 

Be sure to order your yearbook for SY18-19. Cost is $22 and orders and payment are available online only. The deadline to place your order is April 30th.

 

http://www.portraitspluschicago.com/lyearbook/lasalle-ii-yearbook

New ELA Curriclum in Middle School

Sixth and Seventh grade students just completed the first section of their new curriculum, culminated with the writing of a nonfiction narrative essay!

Sixth grade answered the following prompt: “When did you have to use your imagination to find another way to do something?” The seventh grade answered the prompt: “What unexpected event shows how a person can influence someone from a different generation?”

Our scholars have now transitioned into small group learning where they are working in groups of three or four to complete tasks associated with essential questions that are driving our learning.

As the second quarter continues, students will also create media presentations and select online texts to read and analyze that support our essential questions: “What are some of the challenges and triumphs of growing up?” (6th) and “What can one generation learn from another?” (7th)