CPS is the first district in Illinois to create a CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway award to recognize exemplary 5th and 8th graders who are studying world language or enrolled in Dual Language programs- providing students with comprehensive programming to develop literacy skills and fluency in both English and another language. More than 1,700 5th and 8th graders from 64 elementary schools and middle schools will earn the Seal of Biliteracy Pathway award this year. This year, 22 of these students are from LaSalle II! We are so proud of you all!
This week our World Language students had the opportunity to show off all they learned in their Artist-in-Residency program. The program is generously funded by the PTO and exposes students to different cultural aspects in the language of their study.
Students in grades 5, 6, and 7th have been working with our Artist in residency in creating a very artistic Arabic pieces using the Arabic calligraphy. Each student had about 7 sessions of practice in order for them to reach this great level of art.
Our Arabic students practiced Khat al- Nasakh style as it is the most common and modern Arabic writing style. They ended up writing their names using Khat al-Nasakh to create their own beautiful artistic pieces.
Nine students in 7th and 8th grade just returned this week from a 2 week trip to France! Students stayed for 9 nights with their host families in the town of Angers, about 2 hours outside of Paris. Students explored the town in depth, visiting museums and castles for which this region of France is well known. They also got to shadow classes with their French exchange students! The trip was topped off with a 48 hour whirlwind tour around Paris to the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, and more. Once everyone catches up on sleep, be sure to ask them all about their incredible experience!
Students in 4th grade showcased their understanding of 2nd quarter’s theme: En la Ciudad by designing and building a 2D or 3D model based on their own city, our city of study (Buenos Aires) or a fictional city. The students used their city models to discuss with their classmates the various activities to do, places to visit in their city, and the ways to travel to different city spots (transportation). The students did a phenomenal job creating unique city models and both myself and their peers enjoyed hearing students’ presentations!
While ushering in the Lunar New Year, LaSalle II Chinese language students began their annual Chinese dance training with Lingling Pao, the artist-in-residence. Upon hearing the news that the Chinese dance training would soon begin, every student, whether boy or girl, in a lower or upper grade, eagerly wanted to find out which day would be theirs to participate in dance class. This is the fifth year our students are participating in this program, Bringing Culture Into Classrooms.
First graders helped with a fun project in French class recently and made flags for the French speaking countries of the world. We used their wonderful props and took some photos for our class yearbook page.
Our exchange students from the Beijing Foreign Language School arrived last week and we are so excited they are here! This week they visited the John Hancock building, the Chicago Art Institute, the Shedd Aquarium, and City Hall. A huge thank you to Ms. Aquino for all of her planning and to our families for hosting students. We couldn’t do this without you!
We had the pleasure of hosting exchange students and teachers from Angers, France the last two weeks in October. Sixteen students came from Collège Mongazon to stay with host families at LaSalle II. Since the French students travel back to France the day before Halloween we decided to throw them an American Halloween-themed going away party. The students dressed up in costumes and celebrated an early Halloween with their American host families. It was such a wonderful experience for the French and American students to learn more about one another’s cultures and we cannot wait to visit their school in April!
First grade students in Spanish room 203 begin the year with La oruga muy hambrienta, also known as The Very Hungry Caterpillar! We read the book and sequence the foods the caterpillar eats according to the days of the week using flip books we create, as well as discuss our own food preferences. We also learn about monarch butterflies and the journey they take each fall from Canada and the United States to their over-wintering sites in sanctuaries in Mexico, which is our country of study for the year. We make paper butterflies and mini messages to send to Mexico with Journey North’s Symbolic Monarch Migration. Then, we add ourselves to the map and wait until the spring, when we will receive butterflies and also map them to find out where they originated.