Last week, 6th and 7th grade students heard from 24 different professions and professionals across many fields of work and from a diversity of backgrounds. Students were exposed to a variety of paths which could take them to college, training programs, and more on their way to a future career. Hopefully they will be thinking about their future plans as they finish out their time in middle school and choose a high school! Thank you to ALL of our presenters for donating your time to meet with our students. See below for one of the fan favorites, the CFD!
Last week the student council sponsored a performance by Urban Gateways called the The Evolution of African-American Music.This entertaining and educational concert helped participants understand and appreciate how the many styles of African American Music –from Field Hollers to Jazz to R&B- are connected. It was a great and engaging performance, with some of our staff members and students joining the fun on stage!
Our student council is working to bring in a variety of performances and speakers to highlight and honor the diversity in our school. If you have any suggestions or connections to other organizations that would be willing to participate please let Mrs. Quagliano know!
Our 7th and 8th Grade Winter Dance was a huge success! This years theme was the “Groovy 60’s Bash” and our students had a blast. A huge thank you to Ms. Sapieka for all the organization and planning and to our staff for chaperoning the event. We are already looking forward to the next one!
Despite the brisk weather, we had a great track-a-thon event! We raised over $10,000 and Evan E. in 2nd grade was the winner of the raffle for the $100 AMC gift card! A huge thank you to Mr. Taff, Ms. Sapieka and our volunteers for helping to make this event a success.
Thank you for the tremendous response to last week’s Student Council Toy Drive! As a whole, our students collected nearly 700 toys which will be given to families in need.
A note on the donation location; unfortunately Lurie Children’s Hospital was unable to accept our donation due to the fact that some of the toys were not brand new, and the hospital was concerned about cross contamination of germs and allergens.
However, Toys for Toys, run by the US Marines and often seen riding motorcycles dressed in Santa suits, was thrilled to get our generous donation. This organization distributes toys to non-profit organizations who then deliver directly to families in need. Although this was not the plan we originally had, we are very happy that we are able to help out so many children.
This Thanksgiving please take a moment to reflect on all that you and your family have as well as all that you are able to give to others. As a community, LaSalle II is strong because of these important projects and lessons we instill in our students.
Get ready for the 7th annual LaSalle II Healthy Family Fest on Friday, October 13th from 3 pm to 5 pm.
The Healthy Family Fest is a FREE event brought to you by the PTO’s Education and Wellness Committee for the entire LaSalle II School community. It focuses on healthy eating, exercise, environmental stewardship, mind/body connections and other aspects of wellness, in a fun-filled, hands-on festival environment. There will be lots of movement for all ages and plenty of food items to keep the family satisfied until dinner.
Arrive early, at 2:30 pm, to watch K through 3rd grade students perform a kick-start your heart cardio routine. Then join in the festivities after you pick your child up from their teacher at 2:45 pm. Noble Street Prep High School students and faculty will be running a Sports Zone including volleyball and step performers. Windy City Fieldhouse returns to run the LaSalle II Ninja Warrior on the playground equipment. Positive Fitness will be running a yoga demo and learn about mixed martial arts with TDCMMA.
Hungry? Head to the Kids Table culinary demo to watch kids whip up their own healthy snack. Or enjoy some fruit kabobs from the Hilton. And if that is not enough, the Crepes in the Park cart and Flash Taco truck return with small food items for purchase at the event.
To round out the event families will have an opportunity to spruce up our Wolcott garden with pollinator plants to attract birds and butterflies. Carrie Davis, our resident parent gardener, needs parent and children volunteers to get their hands dirty and help with the install. If you can, bring your own gloves and a trowel or shovel.
In addition, learn how you can lend a helping hand to others in the Chicagoland community. Humble Design, a non-profit for homeless families, will be on hand to discuss volunteer opportunities.
Last but not least learn how to become an active participant in your health. In Touch and Motion will have therapists on hand to provide stress management tips. Physicians Immediate Care will be providing free blood pressure screenings. And Walgreens returns with a pharmacist to administer flu shots – so get a jump on the flu season and get vaccinated!
Our first-ever Middle School Dance was a huge success! We had a DJ, photobooth and pizza and the students had a ton of fun. A big thank you to Ms. Sapieka, Ms. Stindt, Ms. Gipson, Ms. Moore, Mr. Ross, Mr. Balasa and Ms. Feeney who helped make this event possible.
A huge thank you to our amazing parent volunteers for planning and organizing our K-2 Valentine’s Dance. We had a ton of fun!
Over Winter Break a group of LaSalle II staff, including several members of the special education department, went to a volunteer session at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The goal for the day was to repackage large quantities of food that had been donated from food drives over the holidays into smaller portions. Our team was able to process 15,500 pounds of food over the course of 3 hours. This equates to roughly 12,900 meals that were distributed to those in need. We had an absolute blast giving back to the Chicago community and hope to turn this into a monthly adventure. Please reach out to Lauren Walther at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining a future trip.
From Julie McMahon:
Get ready for the 6th annual LaSalle II Healthy Family Fest on Friday, October 14 from 3 pm to 5 pm. The Healthy Family Fest is a FREE event brought to you by the PTO’s Education and Wellness Committee for the entire LaSalle II School community. It focuses on healthy eating, exercise, environmental stewardship, mind/body connections and other aspects of wellness, in a fun-filled, hands-on festival environment. There will be lots of movement for all ages and plenty of food items to keep the family satisfied until dinner.
The K through 4th graders will be kicking off the event at 3 pm with a surprise presentation under the guise of Mrs. Weingarten. Roberto Clemente High School students and faculty will be running a Sports Zone including football, basketball and archery. Windy City Fieldhouse returns to run the LaSalle II Ninja Warrior on the playground equipment.
Hungry? Head to the Roberto Clemente culinary table to watch kids whip up their own snack. Or enjoy some healthy all natural teas from David’s Tea, free bottles of water from Coca Cola or fruit kabobs from the Hilton. And if that is not enough, we the crepe cart returns to purchase small food items at the event.
To round out the event there will be vendors on hand to educate you about energy efficiency. CUB will run a utility bill clinic so bring in your latest utility bill to discover the best provider/pricing for your electricity. In addition, Peoples Gas/Com Ed will be on hand to schedule an energy efficiency audit in your home.
Last but not least learn how to become an active participant in your health. Physicians Immediate Care Center will be providing free blood pressure screenings. Walgreens is bringing a pharmacist to administer flu shots – so get a jump on the flu season and get vaccinated!
Mark your calendar, because you Do Not want to miss this unique event!