Congrats to Ms. Rodriguez!

Each Monday, a Motivational Employee (ME) across our district is highlighted. This is someone that uses their talents to empower, support, and advocate for their community regardless of zip codes. Ms. Rodriguez was nominated and deserves to be recognized as the 30th Motivational Employee (ME), the THIRD from the ISP Network, and the FIRST to be honored at Lasalle II this school year!

January SEL Theme of the Month: OPPORTUNITY!

Opportunity is defined as a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something; put another way, an opportunity is a chance. Learning how to spot opportunities when they are in front of us, as well as knowing how to take advantage of them, is something that adults as well as children need to continue learning how to do! “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” as stated by Roman philosopher Seneca. This quote proves that we can help make our own luck and ensure our own paths in life. Tune in this March for a related theme on preparation!

Visit this month’s Bitmoji classroom for books, resources, and videos for students all about opportunities.

January SEL Theme of the Month: Opportunity!

Happenings in Middle School Social Studies

Our 6th grade scholars recently finished a unit on Ancient Mesopotamia and the cradle of civilization. They created many fantastic projects with a keen eye on detail as shown in the attached picture. We are currently studying ancient Egypt and its importance to history and how future civilizations borrowed many ideas and customs. Students currently are studying Egyptian geography and will dive deeper into understanding social class, achievements, religion, government and economies during this time. After the holiday break, we will learn about Ancient China, India, Greece and Rome!

7th grade scholars are closing out a unit on the original 13 Colonies in America. We have investigated the political, economic, geographic, social, and cultural development during this time period. Students have explored the first Thanksgiving that took place exactly 400 years ago! We have also learned more about how each group of colonies (Southern, Middle, and New England) came to be and what made each unique. Next week they will begin a small group project where students will choose their favorite colony and practice quality research techniques. As we enter the break, we’ll begin learning about the American Revolution and the implications it had on the world. In the new year, we will begin our unit on the American and Illinoisan Constitutions.

Civics Zines

Grateful in Room 109

We have so much to be thankful for this year! During the month of November, the first graders in Mrs. MacLagan’s classroom spent a lot of time discussing all that they are thankful for – family, friends, health, school, food, home, and so much more. We talked about family traditions, read Thanksgiving stories, created “Trees […]

Field Trip Fun in Room 104

As a part of our building unit, we were able to discuss different kinds of homes, and had the opportunity to go on two great field trips! One was a walking field trip, where we went around our neighborhood and looked at different kinds of houses, and followed a map to find specific unique homes. […]

Celebrating Veterans Day in Third Grade

During the month of November, the third graders in Mrs. Baird and Ms. Catala’s classroom learned a lot about veterans day. We read books and newsmagazines, and watched videos to learn when and why we celebrate this special day. Several students actually got to interview veterans from their own family and share their responses. It […]

Learning about Pumpkins

Last week was Pumpkin Week in Room 110! We started off the week reading nonfiction books and learned all about pumpkins. One of the most interesting facts we learned was that some pumpkins are blue! Mrs. Kim cut open a real pumpkin and students were able to reach in to feel the pulp and seeds. […]

Enthusiasm Over “Ghost Boys”

Learning About Fall

The friends in PreK 103 have been busy learning about Fall! This month, we made leaf collages, painted and carved pumpkins, went on a leaf hunt and more! Our Fall books have included We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt, by Steve Metzger, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed some Leaves, by Lucille Colandro, and Five Little Pumpkins, by […]