Chicago Works Grant

We are excited to share that LaSalle II has been selected as one of 21 semi finalists out of 500 applications for the Chicago Works Grant. Winners are awarded up to 1.5 million dollars to renovate public spaces.

As we are all well aware, the school outdoor space is in poor condition and subject to frequent flooding, making the playfield unusable and closed off during recess and Physical Education classes. Further, the playground is popular with the local community. The playfield also experiences damage when used during muddy or wet conditions which causes continued degradation. In addition to the school population, the LaSalle II grounds are open to the public and is popular with the local community for outdoor play and exercise.

The purpose of this project is to improve the usability of the space and better organize the remaining space to allow for safe play and exploration by the students and community. When fully funded, the project will replace the grass playfield with synthetic turf, create a 1/8 mile running track encircling the playground, better organize the basketball courts to get a full court size and half court size, add seating, and add lighting. The synthetic turf will be striped for U-8 regulation soccer and a kick ball/soft ball diamond with a backstop. These playfield improvements will allow the students and community to enjoy a mud free area for active play including soccer, kick ball, softball, and exercise. The LaSalle II playfield will continue to be open to the community.

In order to help make this plan a reality, there are a few things we need from our school community.

  • Sign the petition here and share with others! The more signatures the better.
  • Save the date for the virtual community meeting on 10/21 at 6pm. You can sign-up here.

Winners will be announced in December to stay tuned for more updates!

Wolcott Mural Update

We finally have new descriptor tiles that have been put up next to our Wolcott mural. This descriptor is so helpful in putting the mural into context in reference to the languages and cultures we teach and celebrate at LaSalle II. Be sure to check them out the next time you are on the playground!

Huge thank you to our parent Kristin Drutchas for spearheading this effort and Paul Feaser, a neighborhood resident who did the tiles.

10th Annual Healthy Family Fest & Track-a-thon 2020!

The Healthy Family Fest and school Track-a-thon was created with a focus on healthy eating, exercise, environmental stewardship, mind/ body connections and many other aspects of wellness. While we won’t be able to have our usual Healthy Family Fest or Track-a-thon this year, all LaSalle II families are invited to participate in our Healthy Family Contest/Track-a-thon brought to you by the PTO!

We will be using FlipGrid for students to submit a video or image to show your school community creative and fun ways to stay active and healthy during our time apart. For example, you could submit a short instructional workout video or a healthy recipe with a picture. Be creative and work together with your family to create your entry. Entries must be submitted by 3pm Friday October 23rd, 2020 for consideration. Entry directions will be forthcoming! 

Four entries will be selected to receive a $50 gift card from a restaurant in our school‘s neighborhood. Winning submissions will be posted to our school website, Facebook page, and in the next issue of the Falcon Flier. Questions can also be submitted to Ashley Ganbold at [email protected]

PTO Build-a-Snowman and Bake Sale – Dec. 6, 2019

Come decorate a wooden snowman and enjoy baked goods and hot chocolate to help raise money for your LaSalle II PTO. We have tall snowmen (6 feet) and short snowmen (4 feet) – blank canvases waiting for you to bring them to life. Tall snowmen are $75 and short snowmen are $50. We have a limited number so reserve yours now! Note that the PTO provides the snowmen but you must bring your own supplies for decorating.

We are using Eventbrite for you to reserve your snowmen, but not for payment. Please be prepared to make payment by cash or check on December 6, or at any time via quick pay to [email protected] (please note the purpose of the payment). Click below to register!

Back-to-School BBQ

Our annual back-to-school BBQ was a huge success! A huge thank you to the PTO for sponsoring this event that is free to all LaSalle II families. It is a wonderful way to kick-off the school year and reconnect with the community.