With careful calculations, 5th grade discovered that by this time in the school year, the students academic careers (k-5th grade) is 1,000 days long! We spent the afternoon of February 14th celebrating this!. Students attempted a 1,000 piece puzzle, a STEM activity with 1,000 toothpicks and marshmallows and tried to come up with 1,000 memories. We wrote letters to our future selves, and even made 1,000 day glasses to wear! Being 1,000 days smarter is truly a cause for celebration.
Our LaSalle II Chicago Children’s Choir went on a field trip to Chicago Symphony Center. They watched an empowering performance focused on Black History Month. Our students even got to go on stage and perform! We are so proud of our 18 third and fourth graders for doing such an excellent job!
The Elementary Science Olympiad Teams have completed another successful year. The 34 student scientists from grades 3 through 5 competed against other schools from around the state on Saturday, 2/10. Competitions ranged from such topics as Anatomy, Crimebusters, Circuit Wizardry and many more. LaSalle II teams met on a regular basis after school to prepare for the 12 different events.
At the competition, LaSalle II students really stepped up and showed the true spirit of LaSalle II, both in knowledge and sportsmanship. Our scientists were medal earners in 5 of the 12 events.
Fifth grade science students are learning about chemical reactions and properties of matter. In this lab, students investigated and modeled how gases cause explosions. In the activity, Bag of Bubbles, students experimented by combining baking soda and vinegar inside a sealed bag and observed how the gas bubbles produced caused the bag to inflate–and sometimes pop!
The pre-k students in room 101 spent a week exploring “Gingerbread” stories. They compared and contrasted the stories “The Gingerbread Man”, “The Gingerbread Girl”, and “The Gingerbread Boy”. Students participated in aligned activities such as making gingerbread play dough (which they were able to take home), retelling the stories in the dramatic play center, and taking turns being the gingerbread man during gross-motor time. The week ended by chasing down a real live gingerbread man (Mr. Edwards). The students had a blast and are constantly asking when the gingerbread man will return – maybe next year 101!
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!
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.
Students in 5th grade are starting colonial simulations. Colonial “families” work together to gather supplies that they will need for the New World. Hopefully, they will bring the items necessary to get them out of the upcoming hardships!
In the beginning of January we celebrated the new year. We rang in 2020 by talking about our New Year’s Resolutions. Some of our first grade resolutions included: being kind, not yelling at our parents/siblings, eating more vegetables, helping out with dishes, keeping our bedrooms clean, and trying our best in school. Students created this 2020 flip book that included the following information under each flap: 2- books I’d like to read this year, 0- something I want to stop doing, 2- people in my class I want to get to know better, 0- something I wish others would stop doing to make our school a better place.
We will be hosting several Open Houses for prospective families who are interested in applying for admission for the 2020-2021 school year. Open Houses will be held at 4pm on the dates listed below. The tours will start in the Main Lobby of the school at 1148 N Honore St.
Tours are planned on the following dates:
- September 9
- October 7
- November 4
- December 2
- January 6
- February 3
- March 2
- April 13
- May 4
- June 1
Please note that we do not have availability for private tours or for tours in the summer, so please make sure to attend one of these dates if you are interested in attending.