October SEL Theme of the Month: TEAMWORK

This month we are focusing on TEAMWORK! As LaSalle II Falcons, we are great at working together and always try to help make each other better. Additionally, it’s always important to continue working on this skill. In life there are endless situations where teamwork is necessary and helpful. It is a critical skill to success in school, as well as a valuable social emotional ability for people of all ages.

Please visit Ms. Sapieka’s bitmoji classroom (with a special guest appearance from Dr. Albani!) which is all about teamwork this month to view videos, book read alouds, and additional resources about teaching and learning about teamwork. Thanks for contributing to the social emotional wellness of our students and entire school community! 

March SEL Theme: Perseverance and Grit!

As the winter draws to a close, we look to focus on perseverance and grit this March, since we can all probably use a little bit of those to get us to spring break! Perseverance, defined as persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success, and grit, courage and resolve/strength of character, are highly valuable attributes in life and in education. We want our students to know that facing challenges makes them grow, failure helps them learn a different way to approach a task, and when obstacles are hard, it makes them all the more worth doing. Students will watch videos related to perseverance and grit this month, and at home you can discuss times when you have overcome obstacles and shown that failure is not the end, but merely another stepping stone to success.

SEL Theme of the Month: PROBLEM SOLVING

This month we are focusing on problem solving! There are lots of strategies to solve interpersonal conflicts. Some of them are to talk it out, ask the person to stop, ignore the behavior, walk away, and, if none of those work, find an adult. We want to empower our students to achieve conflict resolution skills on their own, and support them when those conflicts rise above the level that kids can handle. Another strategy we use that can be applied to problem solving is ‘How Big Is My Problem?’ From a big problem (like a safety emergency) to a tiny problem (I need a new pencil) students can identify what type of problem they have and decide what actions to take.

January SEL Theme of the Month: Kindness


This month our social emotional learning (SEL) theme is KINDNESS! All LaSalle II Falcons will be encouraged to participate in The Great Kindness Challenge (GKC), a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. During the last week of January, students will be devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible at school. Using a provided checklist, students accept the challenge, and those who complete the challenge will receive some GKC swag and be entered into a raffle! All homerooms who have 100% completion will also get recognition with a window decal. Let’s show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!

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!

October SEL Theme of the Month: Communication

This October we are focusing on unlocking the keys to strong communication! Our six keys are be positive, speak clearly, explain how you feel, listen as much as you speak, be polite, and use kind words. Students will be practicing communication scenarios in class. Everyone can try out these important keys to strong communication at home in practice and in real life situations! Ask your child to demonstrate one key of strong communication this month

Introducing the Falcons’ Nest!

This year we are thrilled to announce the arrival of a new student sensory and calm down room! Our School Counselor, Ms. Nora Sapieka, will meet with students who need a break from class, who have earned reward time, who participate in the ever popular Lunch Bunches, and much more. Stop by and say hi in Room 112 if you’re in the building, but for now, enjoy this short video.

Buddy Bench

The LaSalle II Buddy Bench is finally here! Ms. Sapieka has been keeping the bench company and making some new friends in Room 113, but we are happy to announce that it has been permanently installed on our playground. Ask your child to fill you in on what our Buddy Bench is and how to use it! In short, students can sit on the bench if they are looking for someone to play with outside, and everyone else knows to ask students sitting on the bench to play. Mr. Edwards and Ms. Sapieka tried it out on Halloween and it worked great – check out our before and after pictures!


A special thank you to our 4th grade student Myah S., who suggested this wonderful idea!

High School Fair, 10/17

LaSalle II parents!

LaSalle II would like to formally invite all ​middle school families to attend our upcoming high school fair this Saturday, October 17, from 10:00-11:30am at our school. Dozens of schools will be in attendance, including neighborhood, selective enrollment, magnet, charter, and private high schools. The best way to explore options for high school is to talk to these representatives.

Our counselor, Ms. Sapieka, will also be presenting on the high school application process in Chicago, as well as making appointments for upcoming one-on-one meetings as needed for students and families.

For additional high school information, please visit Ms. Sapieka’s classroom page HERE. You can also get to the counselor page from the staff page of the LaSalle II website or by clicking ‘school counselor’ from the ‘families’ tab on the website.

Hope to see you!

Nora Sapieka
Professional School Counselor
LaSalle II Magnet Elementary School

[heading_2 type=”simple”]Upcoming HS Fair at LS2![/heading_2]

On Saturday, October 17, from 10:00-11:30am LaSalle II will be hosting a joint High School Fair with four other area elementary schools. Dozens of high schools will be in attendance, and all different types of schools will be represented (i.e. neighborhood, selective enrollment, magnet, charter, pri- vate.) Please RSVP to Ms. Sapieka by Friday, October 16 if you plan to attend. All 8th grade stu- dents and parents are strongly encouraged to come!

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  1. Alcott
  2. Aspira
  3. Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois
  4. ChiArts
  5. Chicago Academy for the Arts
  6. Chicago Tech
  7. CICS Chicago Quest
  8. CICS-Northtown
  9. Clemente
  10. De La Salle
  11. GCE
  12. Holy Trinity High School
  13. Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy
  14. Intrinsic High School
  15. Josephinum
  16. Kenwood
  17. Lane Tech
  18. Lincoln Park High School
  19. Noble Network
  20. Noble-Pritzker and Academy
  21. North Lawndale College Prep
  22. Ogden
  23. Phoenix Military High School
  24. Regina Dominican High School
  25. Schurz/Schurz (IB)
  26. Selective Prep (Test Prep)
  27. Uplift
  28. Wells
  29. Westinghouse
  30. Whitney Young
  31. DeVry University Advantage Academy
  32. Senn High School/Senn IB
  33. Von Steuben High School
  34. Rickover Naval
  35. RTC Med Prep (Crane)
  36. Young Women’s Leadership Charter School

[heading_2 type=”simple”]Why come to a High School Fair?[/heading_2]

There are so many choices in Chicago and the application process can be very confusing. The only way to stay on top of making the best choice is to be active and engaged with our school events, school counselor, and teachers!

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During the fair, Ms. Sapieka will make a presentation on the CPS High School Application process and be there to answer any questions you may have. We will also have schedules to sign up for one- on-one meetings, if needed, and group application completion sessions. If you are unable to be there on October 17, contact Ms. Sapieka about signing up.


  • Go to apply.cps.edu for all CPS high school applications
  • Deadline to submit applications is December 11, 2015, 11:59pm
  • PIN number is required to begin any CPS application (these were distributed to students in Eligibility Letters last month)
  • Don’t wait until the last minute! Begin your applications now!