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 email@example.com 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!
2015 Healthy Family Fest
On October 14th we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Track-a-Thon. This event is an extremely important part of our school year. It is an event that all students are able to participate in which helps to strengthen our bond as a school community. Also, this is one of the only fundraiser’s that the school itself organizes. We use the proceeds to fund field trips, supplies, guest speakers, etc. Use the link below to send in your pledge for the Track-a-Thon.
For the Track-a-thon to be as successful as it can, we are in need of approximately 12 volunteers to help run the event and to count laps. Volunteers would report to school between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m.for a brief meeting and distribution of materials. The volunteer responsibilities would include counting laps for students by marking the student cards, motivating the student efforts, and assist with organizing the students as they start and stop. All students will participate in the Track-a-thon on the field track. If weather is inclement, track-a-thon will take place in the gymnasium. The hours of the Track-a-Thon are 8:00am to 12:40pm.
*In the event that school is not session on October 14th, we will reschedule the track-a-thon to a later date.
If you are able to volunteer please contact Mr. Taff by clicking below to email him so he can add you to the list.
Fun Day was held at LaSalle II on the last day of school. Students participated in a variety of field games, in addition to mini-golf and inflatables. Students were also treated to two performances. It was an exciting way to celebrate the end of a successful school year.
See more photos here!
Photos are credited to Katrina Certeza
Our very own 3rd grader, Frank M., was Alderman-for-a-Day for our local Alderman Joe Moreno. He had the opportunity to spend the day at City Hall and even met the Mayor.