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Important Dates

May 15: ABC Countdown Begins

May 27: Memorial Day (No School)


 

Contact the Teachers

Ms. Killian- kmcilvain@cps.edu

Ms. Conroy- leconroy@cps.edu

Ms. Walsh-llandgraf@cps.edu


Contact the School

Ms. Julie Landgraf (Main Office Clerk)- jslandgraf@cps.edu

Phone #: (773) 534-0490

Fax #: (773) 534-0491


CPS Volunteer Application

The volunteer application can be found here. When filling out the application, you will be considered a Level II volunteer. After submitting the application, you will need to stop by the LaSalle II Main Office to show your ID.
Please remember, you must be a CPS approved volunteer in order to chaperone a field trip.
Week of May 6-10, 2019


ABC Countdown:
Believe it or not the school year is coming to an end! Everyone has worked very hard during the past year and to celebrate we are going to count down the last days of school. During the last 26 days of school, we will be participating in an ABC Countdown to summer! Each school day will have a different activity depending on the letter of the day. Your child may need to bring certain items to school or dress to a theme on various days to help make the day a success. Thanks for your help in making these last 26 days special!


Preschool Registration for 2019-2020:
If you know a child that will be 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2019 the registration for preschool for the 2019-2020 school year is now open! The application can be found at chicagoearlylearning.org and we recommend applying early. If your child is currently enrolled in our preschool program, they do not need to reapply- this is for new students only. 
Please note, if you are filling out the application for more than one student, you will need to enter the names and information of both students before hitting 'submit'. We can't wait to meet all of our new friends!



















Week of April 22-26, 2019

Brookfield Zoo Field Trip:

We are excited to announce our upcoming field trip to Brookfield Zoo! We will get to explore the zoo and see so many different animals and exhibits; we will even be going to the Dolphin Show!


This field trip will take place on Friday, May 3rd. All students (both AM and PM) will arrive at school at 9:00 a.m. and be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on this day. We will be eating lunch on this trip, so please send your child with a disposable lunch with their name on it (paper or plastic bags only).



Spirit Week:
The LaSalle II Student Council will be hosting Spirit Week April 29th through May 3rd. Each day will have a different theme and students are encouraged to dress to the theme of the day!

Monday, April 29: Movie/Meme/Vine- Dress up as your favorite character from a movie, meme, or vine!
Tuesday. April 30: Twin/Group Matching Tuesday- Match with a friend or a group of friends!
Wednesday, May 1: Grade Wars Wednesday- Dress in your grade's color, Pre-K is blue!
Thursday, May 2: Sports Thursday- Wear a jersey, t-shirt, or go head to toe in gear from your favorite team!
Friday, May 3: Falcon Friday- Wear your LaSalle II gear and show your school spirit!


LaSalle II Student Council Carnival:
Wednesday, May 1, from 3:30 to 5:30 the LaSalle II Student Council will be hosting their annual carnival! Last year's carnival was a huge success and they are hoping to top it this year! Students are invited to come with their parents to the carnival where they will be able to play games, do crafts, and even pie a teacher in the face! A ticket pre-order form went home this week if you would like to buy tickets in advance, but you can also buy them on the day of the carnival. Pre-orders must be returned to school by April 26th. Students must be accompanied by an adult to attend the carnival, and will not be permitted to wait in the building for the carnival to start, they will be dismissed to parents as usual.


Donations:
It's that time of year again, when our supplies from the beginning of school have started to run out. We are in need of Clorox Clean Up Wipes and Ziploc bags (both sandwich and gallon sizes). If you are able to donate any of these items, please send them to school with your child whenever you are able. We also have an online Amazon wish list, that allows you to purchase the items on Amazon and have them shipped directly to school! The Amazon wish list can be found here. Thank you in advance for any donations, we greatly appreciate it!




















Week of April 1-5, 2019

Student Led Conferences:
In lieu of traditional parent/teacher conferences, we will be hosting Student Led Conferences in Pre-K this year! On Wednesday, April 10th, you will come to school with your child and they will show you all the things they have learned at school this year! You will get the chance to see both their academic growth and all of the other fun things we have learned throughout the year. Remember, this is a non-attendance day for students so if you sign up for Student Led Conferences make sure to show up at the scheduled time.


Spring Break:
Our Spring Break will be April 15-19, 2019. There will be no classes during this week. Classes will resume on Monday, April 22nd. Have a great break!


Brookfield Zoo Field Trip:

We are excited to announce our upcoming field trip to Brookfield Zoo! We will get to explore the zoo and see so many different animals and exhibits; we will even be going to the Dolphin Show!


This field trip will take place on Friday, May 3rd. All students (both AM and PM) will arrive at school at 9:00 a.m. and be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on this day. We will be eating lunch on this trip, so please send your child with a disposable lunch with their name on it (paper or plastic bags only).


The cost of the trip will be $6 per person (students and chaperones). Please remember, all parents that join us must already have completed the CPS Volunteer Application, which can be found on our classroom websites.


Please fill out the permission slip that went home earlier this week and return it, along with your money, to school in an envelope with your child’s name on it no later than Tuesday, April 9th.


Donations:
It's that time of year again, when our supplies from the beginning of school have started to run out. We are in need of Clorox Clean Up Wipes, liquid hand soap, and Ziploc bags (both sandwich and gallon sizes). If you are able to donate any of these items, please send them to school with your child whenever you are able. We also have an online Amazon wish list, that allows you to purchase the items on Amazon and have them shipped directly to school! The Amazon wish list can be found here. Thank you in advance for any donations, we greatly appreciate it!



















Week of March 11-15, 2018

Focus of the Week:
This week we have been practicing a challenging new skill- patterns! We began our pattern study with simple color patterns such as red-blue-red-blue and have been using materials in the class to create our own color patterns. We have also been discussing what a pattern is- a bunch of colors (or shapes, etc.) that repeat over and over again. We have been looking for patterns on our clothes and in our classroom, so be sure to be on the lookout for patterns in your home and neighborhoods! 


St. Patrick's Day Dress-Up:
This Friday, March 15, the LaSalle II Student Council is hosting a school-wide contest for the person with the most St. Patrick’s Day spirit! Pay $1, dress all in green or however else you can show your inner Irish, and your child will be entered into our best dressed contest!


Donations:
It's that time of year again, when our supplies from the beginning of school have started to run out. We are in need of Clorox Clean Up Wipes, liquid hand soap, and Ziploc bags (both sandwich and gallon sizes). If you are able to donate any of these items, please send them to school with your child whenever you are able. We also have an online Amazon wish list, that allows you to purchase the items on Amazon and have them shipped directly to school! The Amazon wish list can be found here. Thank you in advance for any donations, we greatly appreciate it!


Children's Museum Field Trip:
We are excited to announce our upcoming field trip to the Chicago Children’s Museum! We will get to explore the museum and engage with a variety of different interactive exhibits!

This field trip will take place on Friday, March 22nd. All students (both AM and PM) will arrive at school at 9:45 a.m. and be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on this day. 

We will be eating lunch on this trip, so please send your child with a disposable lunch (paper or plastic bags).



















Week of February 25- March 1, 2019

Promoting Letter Knowledge at Home:
Learning the names of letters and their sounds is an important part of preschool that we work on every day at school, but we need your help to bring this learning home, too! Learning to identify letters and their sounds is a literacy skill that will be used in kindergarten to help your child learn to read, so they need a very firm foundation in it now. This is something we work on all the time at school, but the best way to ensure success is to be working on it at home, too. 

Some great ways to learn about letters at home:
  • Model interest in letters by talking about the alphabet and pointing out letters in children’s names and other meaningful letters; for example, letters that are in the names of their family members, friends, pets
  • Share alphabet songs and alphabet books and provide children with magnetic letters, alphabet puzzles and other alphabet games
  • Draw children’s attention to print in the community—for example, stop and exit signs, advertisements and logos—and in the home using labels, email, mail and other kinds of print
  • Help children focus on beginning sounds in words; for example, by sorting toys or pictures by sound
  • Encourage them to write the letters in their names and other letters of interest
  • Encourage preschoolers to write for real and important reasons, such as making cards, books, and signs or sending emails 
  • Use different materials to make writing extra fun; for example, using playground chalk, sand, finger-paint, shaving cream 
For more information on these tips, and some other great information about preschool knowledge check out this article.  


March Family Project:
This week your child brought home their March Family Project. We are really trying to focus this year on strengthening the home/school relationship and these projects are going to be a great way to encourage this! These projects will be presented to the class and then displayed on a bulletin board in the classroom or in the hallway, so it is very important that each child participates so no one is left out. Our projects so far this year have been amazing and we can't wait to share our next ones! 
The March Family Project is due next Tuesday, March 5th.


Donations:
It's that time of year again, when our supplies from the beginning of school have started to run out. We are in need of Clorox Clean Up Wipes, liquid hand soap, and Ziploc bags (both sandwich and gallon sizes). If you are able to donate any of these items, please send them to school with your child whenever you are able. We also have an online Amazon wish list, that allows you to purchase the items on Amazon and have them shipped directly to school! The Amazon wish list can be found here. Thank you in advance for any donations, we greatly appreciate it!


Children's Museum Field Trip:
We are excited to announce our upcoming field trip to the Chicago Children’s Museum! We will get to explore the museum and engage with a variety of different interactive exhibits!

This field trip will take place on Friday, March 22nd. All students (both AM and PM) will arrive at school at 9:45 a.m. and be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on this day. 

The cost of the trip will be $10 per person (students and chaperones). Please remember, all parents that join us will be considered chaperones so they must already have completed the CPS Volunteer Application.




















Week of February 11-15, 2019

Valentine's Day:
We will be celebrating Valentine's Day in the classroom on February 14th! If you would like to send in Valentines for your child's classmates you may feel free to do so, but this is completely optional. Please remember, as per CPS policy, Valentines may not include food or candy. Cards or notes, pencils, erasers, stickers, or other small items are great alternatives. There are 14 students in the AM class and 20 students in the PM class, so please be sure to include a Valentine for every student in your child's class. Students will be passing out their own Valentines, so please do not address the Valentines to individual students (leave the 'To:' blank and just put 'From: __').


Donations:
It's that time of year again, when our supplies from the beginning of school have started to run out. We are in need of Clorox Clean Up Wipes, liquid hand soap, and Ziploc bags (both sandwich and gallon sizes). If you are able to donate any of these items, please send them to school with your child whenever you are able. We also have an online Amazon wish list, that allows you to purchase the items on Amazon and have them shipped directly to school! The Amazon wish list can be found here. Thank you in advance for any donations, we greatly appreciate it!


Children's Museum Field Trip:
We are excited to announce our upcoming field trip to the Chicago Children’s Museum! We will get to explore the museum and engage with a variety of different interactive exhibits!

This field trip will take place on Friday, March 22nd. All students (both AM and PM) will arrive at school at 9:45 a.m. and be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on this day. 

The cost of the trip will be $10 per person (students and chaperones). Please remember, all parents that join us will be considered chaperones so they must already have completed the CPS Volunteer Application.

Please fill out the permission slip that went home this week and return it, along with your money, to school in an envelope with your child’s name on it no later than Tuesday, February 19th.


100th Day of School:
The 100th Day of School is coming! We will be celebrating the 100th Day on Wednesday, February 20th (rescheduled due to snow days). Make sure to ask your child to count for you and see how high they can get! We count the apples on our apple tree every day to see how many days we've been in school, so we've gotten really good!



















Week of February 4-8, 2019

Please try to keep your child home if they are sick, in order to avoid spreading illnesses from one child to another at school. Thank you!


Absences:
If your child will be absent from school please don't forget to email Ms. Julie in the office so that we can have an accurate record. Her email is jslandgraf@cps.edu


Lending Library:
Please don't forget to return your child's Lending Library book to school every Wednesday. We have had a lot of books taken home that have not been returned and this prevents other families from having the opportunity to read them. Also, if your child does not return their book on Wednesday, they do not have the opportunity to take home another so if your child did not bring a book home this week it is because they have one outstanding. If you do not know what book your child has at home, please email the teacher and we can let you know.


"Go, Dog. Go!" Field Trip:
We are so excited for our upcoming field trip to DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre to see their upcoming performance of “Go, Dog. Go!”, adapted from the beloved children’s book. We will join in the adventure as big and little dogs, black and white dogs, and even blue and yellow dogs run, swim, jump, and play together!

This field trip will take place on Thursday, February 7th. All students (both AM and PM) will arrive at school at 8:45 a.m. and be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on this day. 

If you volunteered to chaperone, please remember you must already have completed the CPS Volunteer Application or you will not be able to join us on the trip.


Valentine's Day:
We will be celebrating Valentine's Day in the classroom on February 14th! If you would like to send in Valentines for your child's classmates you may feel free to do so, but this is completely optional. Please remember, as per CPS policy, Valentines may not include food or candy. Cards or notes, pencils, erasers, stickers, or other small items are great alternatives. There are 14 students in the AM class and 20 students in the PM class, so please be sure to include a Valentine for every student in your child's class. Students will be passing out their own Valentines, so please do not address the Valentines to individual students (leave the 'To:' blank and just put 'From: __').


100th Day of School:
The 100th Day of School is coming! We will be celebrating the 100th Day on Wednesday, February 20th (rescheduled due to snow days). Make sure to ask your child to count for you and see how high they can get! We count the apples on our apple tree every day to see how many days we've been in school, so we've gotten really good!





















INCLEMENT WEATHER:
CPS has announced that there will be no school Wednesday, January 30th, due to the extreme cold. They are currently following the weather for Thursday and will be making an announcement in the next day or so. You can go to cps.edu for up-to-date information. Stay warm!


Week of January 28- February 1, 2019

We love seeing our Snow-Figures up on the board in the classroom! We have had so much fun talking about how we made them, what type of snow-figure we made, and looking at everyone else's creations!


Lending Library:
Please don't forget to return your child's Lending Library book to school every Wednesday. We have had a lot of books taken home that have not been returned and this prevents other families from having the opportunity to read them. Also, if your child does not return their book on Wednesday, they do not have the opportunity to take home another so if your child did not bring a book home this week it is because they have one outstanding. If you do not know what book your child has at home, please email the teacher and we can let you know.


"Go, Dog. Go!" Field Trip:
We are so excited for our upcoming field trip to DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre to see their upcoming performance of “Go, Dog. Go!”, adapted from the beloved children’s book. We will join in the adventure as big and little dogs, black and white dogs, and even blue and yellow dogs run, swim, jump, and play together!

This field trip will take place on Thursday, February 7th. All students (both AM and PM) will arrive at school at 8:45 a.m. and be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on this day. 

If you volunteered to chaperone, please remember you must already have completed the CPS Volunteer Application or you will not be able to join us on the trip.


Valentine's Day:
We will be celebrating Valentine's Day in the classroom on February 14th! If you would like to send in Valentines for your child's classmates you may feel free to do so, but this is completely optional. Please remember, as per CPS policy, Valentines may not include food or candy. Cards or notes, pencils, erasers, stickers, or other small items are great alternatives. There are 14 students in the AM class and 20 students in the PM class, so please be sure to include a Valentine for every student in your child's class. Students will be passing out their own Valentines, so please do not address the Valentines to individual students (leave the 'To:' blank and just put 'From: __').


100th Day of School:
The 100th Day of School is coming! We will be celebrating the 100th Day on Friday, February 15th. Make sure to ask your child to count for you and see how high they can get! We count the apples on our apple tree every day to see how many days we've been in school, so we've gotten really good!


Please try to keep your child home if they are sick, in order to avoid spreading illnesses from one child to another at school. Thank you!




















Week of January 21-25, 2018

Focus of the Week:
This week we continued reading more 'Elephant and Piggie' books and we cannot tell you how much fun they are! We love how short and simple they are, while still being fun and engaging. Don't forget to ask your child to tell you about the story we read at school each day, or even check some out from your local library!


Lending Library:
Please don't forget to return your child's Lending Library book to school every Wednesday. We have had a lot of books taken home that have not been returned and this prevents other families from having the opportunity to read them. Also, if your child does not return their book on Wednesday, they do not have the opportunity to take home another so if your child did not bring a book home this week it is because they have one outstanding. If you do not know what book your child has at home, please email the teacher and we can let you know.


100th Day of School:
The 100th Day of School is coming! We will be celebrating the 100th Day on Friday, February 15th. Make sure to ask your child to count for you and see how high they can get! We count the apples on our apple tree every day to see how many days we've been in school, so we've gotten really good!


"Go, Dog. Go!" Field Trip:
We are so excited for our upcoming field trip to DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre to see their upcoming performance of “Go, Dog. Go!”, adapted from the beloved children’s book. We will join in the adventure as big and little dogs, black and white dogs, and even blue and yellow dogs run, swim, jump, and play together!

This field trip will take place on Thursday, February 7th. All students (both AM and PM) will arrive at school at 8:45 a.m. and be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on this day. 

If you volunteered to chaperone, please remember you must already have completed the CPS Volunteer Application or you will not be able to join us on the trip.


Volunteer Application:
We have a number of field trip opportunities coming up so if you would like to chaperone please remember in order to join us, you must have completed the CPS Volunteer Application. This approval process does take a bit of time, so we recommend you complete the application now so that there are no issues in the future when you would like to volunteer.
The application can be found here. When filling out the application, you will be considered a Level II volunteer. After submitting the application, you will need to stop by the LaSalle II Main Office to show your ID.
If you completed the volunteer application last year, you do not need to do it again.


















Week of January 14-18, 2018

Focus of the Week:
The past two weeks we have focused on getting back into our school routines after a great break! We talked about the rules and expectations at school such as using our nice hands, having quiet mouths (especially during stories), sitting criss-cross applesauce on the rug, and many more! We have also continued reading stories by one of our favorite authors- Mo Williams! We read a number of his "Elephant and Piggie" books and have loved seeing the two main characters go on some fun adventures!


January Family Project:
This week your child brought home their January Family Project. We are really trying to focus this year on strengthening the home/school relationship and these projects are going to be a great way to encourage this! These projects will be presented to the class and then displayed on a bulletin board in the classroom or in the hallway, so it is very important that each child participates so no one is left out. Our projects so far this year have been amazing and we can't wait to share our next ones! 
The January Family Project is due next Tuesday, January 22nd.


"Go, Dog. Go!" Field Trip:
We are so excited for our upcoming field trip to DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre to see their upcoming performance of “Go, Dog. Go!”, adapted from the beloved children’s book. We will join in the adventure as big and little dogs, black and white dogs, and even blue and yellow dogs run, swim, jump, and play together!

This field trip will take place on Thursday, February 7th. All students (both AM and PM) will arrive at school at 8:45 a.m. and be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on this day. 

If you volunteered to chaperone, please remember you must already have completed the CPS Volunteer Application or you will not be able to join us on the trip.


Volunteer Application:
We have a number of field trip opportunities coming up so if you would like to chaperone please remember in order to join us, you must have completed the CPS Volunteer Application. This approval process does take a bit of time, so we recommend you complete the application now so that there are no issues in the future when you would like to volunteer.
The application can be found here. When filling out the application, you will be considered a Level II volunteer. After submitting the application, you will need to stop by the LaSalle II Main Office to show your ID.
If you completed the volunteer application last year, you do not need to do it again.


















Week of December 10-14, 2018

Focus of the Week:
This week we continued our author study of Mo Willams! We read a few more books about our favorite pigeon like "The Pigeon Needs a Bath" and also read a couple other Mo Williams favorites including "Knuffle Bunny". We have loved all the Mo Williams books we've read so far! We also made cotton ball penguins and other fun winter-themed art projects!


Jim Gill Concert:
Jim Gill is an award-winning musician and author who offers more than just a show to watch- it’s an opportunity for active play! He bangs out energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, jumps, dances, and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical game he creates. We have hosted him for concerts in the past and it is always a ton of fun!

We invite our preschool students and their parents to join us for this special concert on Friday, December 21st at 8:00 AM. The cost of the concert is $5 per student and money must be turned in no later than Thursday, December 13th. Please remember, all parents that join us will be considered chaperones so they must already have completed the CPS Volunteer Application.

The concert will take place at 8:00 AM in the LaSalle II Gym and last approximately an hour. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on this day; both AM and PM students will come together for the concert. Because this event is taking place during the school day, we will not be able to allow siblings to attend.


Donations:
One of our fellow Pre-K classrooms is in need of board books, the hard, cardboard books usually used for small children. If you have any used board books you would be willing to donate to them, please send them to school with your child in the upcoming weeks. Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Volunteer Application:
We have a number of field trip opportunities coming up so if you would like to chaperone please remember in order to join us, you must have completed the CPS Volunteer Application. This approval process does take a bit of time, so we recommend you complete the application now so that there are no issues in the future when you would like to volunteer.
The application can be found here. When filling out the application, you will be considered a Level II volunteer. After submitting the application, you will need to stop by the LaSalle II Main Office to show your ID.
If you completed the volunteer application last year, you do not need to do it again.




















We had so much fun exploring the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears on the Story Bus this week!

Week of December 3-7, 2018

Focus of the Week:
This week we are participating in an author study of one of our favorite authors, Mo Williams! Mo Williams writes some of our favorite books such as "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus", "Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog", and many more! We will be reading a different Mo Williams book every day and talking about which ones are our favorites. Mo Williams books can be found at your local library or bookstore, so be sure to read some at home, too!


Jim Gill Concert:
Notes will be going home with your child on Thursday about our upcoming concert with Jim Gill! Jim Gill is an award-winning musician and author who offers more than just a show to watch- it’s an opportunity for active play! He bangs out energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, jumps, dances, and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical game he creates. We have hosted him for concerts in the past and it is always a ton of fun!

We invite our preschool students and their parents to join us for this special concert on Friday, December 21st at 8:00 AM. The cost of the concert is $5 per student and money must be turned in no later than Thursday, December 13th. Please remember, all parents that join us will be considered chaperones so they must already have completed the CPS Volunteer Application.

The concert will take place at 8:00 AM in the LaSalle II Gym and last approximately an hour. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on this day; both AM and PM students will come together for the concert. Because this event is taking place during the school day, we will not be able to allow siblings to attend.

Please fill out the form and return it to school in an envelope with your child’s name on it no later than Thursday, December 13th.


Donations:
One of our fellow Pre-K classrooms is in need of board books, the hard, cardboard books usually used for small children. If you have any used board books you would be willing to donate to them, please send them to school with your child in the upcoming weeks. Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Kindergarten Registration:
The application for CPS schools is now live and can be accessed at go.cps.edu now through December 14th. We highly recommend that all parents of students that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 submit this application for consideration into any magnet, magnet cluster, or open enrollment schools for the 2019-2020 school year. This means all students wishing to attend a school that is not their neighborhood school (even siblings) must submit the online application.

Please keep in mind, LaSalle II is a magnet school so attending our Pre-K program does not guarantee enrollment into our Kindergarten program- you will need to apply online.

*Students with IEP's are encouraged to apply, however, the IEP team may determine that another setting is more appropriate based on student need. This decision will be made at your child's annual IEP meeting.


Coats/ Jackets:
As the weather is getting colder and students are wearing more layers to school, please make sure all of your child's jackets, coats, and sweaters are labeled with your child's name. We often have students with similar items and they do not always get put away in the correct cubby, so it is easy for items to get mixed up.


Volunteer Application:
We have a number of field trip opportunities coming up so if you would like to chaperone please remember in order to join us, you must have completed the CPS Volunteer Application. This approval process does take a bit of time, so we recommend you complete the application now so that there are no issues in the future when you would like to volunteer.
The application can be found here. When filling out the application, you will be considered a Level II volunteer. After submitting the application, you will need to stop by the LaSalle II Main Office to show your ID.
If you completed the volunteer application last year, you do not need to do it again.


Winter Wonderland:
The LaSalle II Student Council will be hosting a Winter Wonderland event on Wednesday, December 5th from 3:00-5:30 pm. There will be games, crafts, and concessions! Students must leave the building and return with a parent to the Main Entrance, no earlier than 3:00. Wristbands are $10 and will allow your child to do each craft 1 time and play all of the games. Your child will walk away with 9 items if they do every craft. Concessions will be available in the cafeteria, please note in order to purchase concessions you must buy food tickets at the main entrance. The Holiday Gift Shop will also be open during this event for students to do some holiday shopping! 



















Week of November 26-30, 2018

"Go, Dog. Go!" Field Trip:
We are excited to announce our upcoming field trip to DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre to see their upcoming performance of “Go, Dog. Go!”, adapted from the beloved children’s book. We will join in the adventure as big and little dogs, black and white dogs, and even blue and yellow dogs run, swim, jump, and play together!

This field trip will take place on Thursday, February 7th. All students (both AM and PM) will arrive at school at 8:45 a.m. and be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on this day. 

The cost of the trip will be $10 per person (students and chaperones). Please remember, all parents that join us must already have completed the CPS Volunteer Application.

Please fill out the permission slip that went home this week and return it, along with your money, to school in an envelope with your child’s name on it no later than Thursday, November 29th. 


Kindergarten Registration:
The application for CPS schools is now live and can be accessed at go.cps.edu now through December 14th. We highly recommend that all parents of students that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 submit this application for consideration into any magnet, magnet cluster, or open enrollment schools for the 2019-2020 school year. This means all students wishing to attend a school that is not their neighborhood school (even siblings) must submit the online application.

Please keep in mind, LaSalle II is a magnet school so attending our Pre-K program does not guarantee enrollment into our Kindergarten program- you will need to apply online.

*Students with IEP's are encouraged to apply, however, the IEP team may determine that another setting is more appropriate based on student need. This decision will be made at your child's annual IEP meeting.


Coats/ Jackets:
As the weather is getting colder and students are wearing more layers to school, please make sure all of your child's jackets, coats, and sweaters are labeled with your child's name. We often have students with similar items and they do not always get put away in the correct cubby, so it is easy for items to get mixed up.


Volunteer Application:
We have a number of field trip opportunities coming up so if you would like to chaperone please remember in order to join us, you must have completed the CPS Volunteer Application. This approval process does take a bit of time, so we recommend you complete the application now so that there are no issues in the future when you would like to volunteer.
The application can be found here. When filling out the application, you will be considered a Level II volunteer. After submitting the application, you will need to stop by the LaSalle II Main Office to show your ID.
If you completed the volunteer application last year, you do not need to do it again.


Winter Wonderland:
The LaSalle II Student Council will be hosting a Winter Wonderland event on Wednesday, December 5th from 3:00-5:30 pm. There will be games, crafts, and concessions! Students must leave the building and return with a parent to the Main Entrance, no earlier than 3:00. Wristbands are $10 and will allow your child to do each craft 1 time and play all of the games. Your child will walk away with 9 items if they do every craft. Concessions will be available in the cafeteria, please note in order to purchase concessions you must buy food tickets at the main entrance. The Holiday Gift Shop will also be open during this event for students to do some holiday shopping!




















Week of November 5-9, 2018


Focus of the Week:
This week we continued practicing sorting, and we are getting so good! We have mostly mastered sorting by color so we are now practicing sorting by shape, type of object, and anything else we can think of! We are also talking about turkeys this week to help us get in the Thanksgiving mood. We read "Setting the Turkeys Free" a fun story about a boy who has an adventure with his hand-print turkeys and had so much fun talking and drawing pictures about it!


Bring Your Parent to School Day:
In lieu of parent/teacher conferences, we will be hosting a parent/child activity day- Bring Your Parent to School! Students will have the opportunity to bring a parent to school on Wednesday, November 14th. Students will show their parent their favorite centers and participate in some fun hands-on parent child activities! A note went home with your child this week with your assigned time, if this time no longer works for you please notify the teachers as soon as possible. Please note that Pre-K only gives report cards at the end of each Semester, so report cards will not be given on this day (unless your child has an IEP that states otherwise).
Remember, this is a non-attendance day for students so please make sure to show up with your child at the scheduled time.


Picture Retakes:
School picture retakes will be offered next Tuesday, November 13th. If you would like your child to retake their picture, please notify the teacher before this date so we can make sure they get it taken.


Toy Drive:
This year the LaSalle II Student Council is hosting a Toy Drive for Lurie Children’s Hospital in lieu of the annual food drive! To ensure that we collect only items that the children most need, each grade is given a specific list of suggested items to purchase. Because of the safety of many immune compromised patients, all toys must be in original packaging, and no stuffed animals will be accepted due to potential contamination of germs and bacteria. 
Toys can be sent in at any point during next week (November 13-16). Parents can also bring in toys to donate on the day of Report Card Pickup (Wednesday, November 14). 
The homeroom with the most donated toys at the end of the week will receive a movie afternoon in their class sometime this fall!

Pre-K is targeting items for INFANTS (0-18 Months):
-Rattles (wrist, O'Ball balls and rattles)
-Teething rings
-WubbaNub Pacifier Toy
-Taggie Blankets and Toys
-Music boxes, musical radios
-Peaceful Aquariums
-Cloud B-sound Machine Animals
-Books (cardboard or vinyl – English/Spanish)
-Shape sorters, Stacking Rings, Cubes, Cups
-Baby blocks 


Kindergarten Registration:
The application for CPS schools is now live and can be accessed at go.cps.edu now through December 14th. We highly recommend that all parents of students that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 submit this application for consideration into any magnet, magnet cluster, or open enrollment schools for the 2019-2020 school year. This means all students wishing to attend a school that is not their neighborhood school (even siblings) must submit the online application.

Please keep in mind, LaSalle II is a magnet school so attending our Pre-K program does not guarantee enrollment into our Kindergarten program- you will need to apply online.

*Students with IEP's are encouraged to apply, however, the IEP team may determine that another setting is more appropriate based on student need. This decision will be made at your child's annual IEP meeting.


Coats/ Jackets:
As the weather is getting colder and students are wearing more layers to school, please make sure all of your child's jackets, coats, and sweaters are labeled with your child's name. We often have students with similar items and they do not always get put away in the correct cubby, so it is easy for items to get mixed up. 




















Week of October 22-26, 2018
Focus of the Week:
This week we continued our Halloween and Fall study, including reading one of our favorite books- "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything"! We read the book multiple times and then drew pictures about it and gave dictation for our teachers to write down. The students did such an amazing job retelling the story! We have also been working on sorting. We have practiced sorting by color, by size, by shape, and so much more! Please make sure you are practicing sorting at home too! Some great things to sort are small toys, leaves, kitchen items, or even socks!


Halloween:
We encourage students to wear their Halloween costumes to school on Halloween (Wednesday, October 31st). Please keep in mind, costumes cannot include masks or weapons and should be appropriate for all children (ie. not scary). 
This will be a normal schedule day, but we will invite parents into the classroom for the first 15 minutes to take pictures. 
Per CPS policy, students will not be able to pass out candy on this day.


Bring Your Parent to School Day:
In lieu of parent/teacher conferences, we will be hosting a parent/child activity day- Bring Your Parent to School! Students will have the opportunity to bring a parent to school on Wednesday, November 14th. Students will show their parent their favorite centers and participate in some fun hands-on parent child activities! Remember, this is a non-attendance day for students so if you sign up for Bring Your Parent to School, make sure to show up at the scheduled time. A note went home with your child this week with the sign-up form, please make sure to return it no later than this Friday, November 2nd.
Please note that Pre-K only gives report cards at the end of each Semester, so report cards will not be given on this day (unless your child has an IEP that states otherwise).


Kindergarten Registration:
The application for CPS schools is now live and can be accessed at go.cps.edu now through December 14th. We highly recommend that all parents of students that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 submit this application for consideration into any magnet, magnet cluster, or open enrollment schools for the 2019-2020 school year. This means all students wishing to attend a school that is not their neighborhood school (even siblings) must submit the online application.

Please keep in mind, LaSalle II is a magnet school so attending our Pre-K program does not guarantee enrollment into our Kindergarten program- you will need to apply online.

*Students with IEP's are encouraged to apply, however, the IEP team may determine that another setting is more appropriate based on student need. This decision will be made at your child's annual IEP meeting.


Coats/ Jackets:
As the weather is getting colder and students are wearing more layers to school, please make sure all of your child's jackets, coats, and sweaters are labeled with your child's name. We often have students with similar items and they do not always get put away in the correct cubby, so it is easy for items to get mixed up. 






















Week of October 15-19, 2018

We love looking at our October Family Projects and seeing all their great emotions!


Focus of the Week:
This week we have gotten into the Halloween and fall spirit! We have been reading books about leaves, pumpkins, Halloween, and everything fall! Some of our favorites so far have been "Room on the Broom" and "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat". We made fall art projects that are displayed in the classroom and even included some real leaves in them!


Walk to the Mailbox:
On Friday, October 26th we will be taking our first walking field trip! We will be walking as a class to a nearby mailbox to mail postcards to our families. All parents filled out a walking field trip permission form at the beginning of the year, so there will be no forms that need to be signed for this trip. If you would like to chaperone our walk to the mailbox, please email Ms. Killian or Ms. Conroy as soon as possible. Chaperones must have completed the CPS Volunteer Application. We will ask the AM volunteers to arrive at 8:45 and the PM volunteers to arrive at 12:45. We expect the trip to take just over an hour.
Please note, students will come to school at their normally scheduled times on this day.


Kindergarten Registration:
The application for CPS schools is now live and can be accessed at go.cps.edu now through December 14th. We highly recommend that all parents of students that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 submit this application for consideration into any magnet, magnet cluster, or open enrollment schools for the 2019-2020 school year. This means all students wishing to attend a school that is not their neighborhood school (even siblings) must submit the online application.

Please keep in mind, LaSalle II is a magnet school so attending our Pre-K program does not guarantee enrollment into our Kindergarten program- you will need to apply online.

*Students with IEP's are encouraged to apply, however, the IEP team may determine that another setting is more appropriate based on student need. This decision will be made at your child's annual IEP meeting.


Coats/ Jackets:
As the weather is getting colder and students are wearing more layers to school, please make sure all of your child's jackets, coats, and sweaters are labeled with your child's name. We often have students with similar items and they do not always get put away in the correct cubby, so it is easy for items to get mixed up. 


Halloween:
We encourage students to wear their Halloween costumes to school on Halloween (Wednesday, October 31st). Please keep in mind, costumes cannot include masks or weapons and should be appropriate for all children (ie. not scary). 
This will be a normal schedule day, but we will invite parents into the classroom for the first 15 minutes to take pictures. 
Per CPS policy, students will not be able to pass out candy on this day.


BookFlix:
We have a school subscription to Scholastic's BookFlix website which is an online read-aloud experience where students can listen to their favorite books being read to them, while also watching the animations. Some of our classroom favorites like "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" can be found here and are a lot of fun to watch! To view these books at home go to www.bookflix.scholastic.com and enter our username and password.
Username: ecelasalleii
Password: ecelasalleii




















Week of October 9-12, 2018

Kindergarten Registration:
The application for CPS schools is now live and can be accessed at go.cps.edu now through December 14th. We highly recommend that all parents of students that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 submit this application for consideration into any magnet, magnet cluster, or open enrollment schools for the 2019-2020 school year. This means all students wishing to attend a school that is not their neighborhood school (even siblings) must submit the online application.

Please keep in mind, LaSalle II is a magnet school so attending our Pre-K program does not guarantee enrollment into our Kindergarten program- you will need to apply online.

*Students with IEP's are encouraged to apply, however, the IEP team may determine that another setting is more appropriate based on student need. This decision will be made at your child's annual IEP meeting.


Walk to the Mailbox:
On Friday, October 26th we will be taking our first walking field trip! We will be walking as a class to a nearby mailbox to mail postcards to our families. All parents filled out a walking field trip permission form at the beginning of the year, so there will be no forms that need to be signed for this trip. If you would like to chaperone our walk to the mailbox, please email Ms. Killian or Ms. Conroy as soon as possible. Chaperones will be chosen on a 'first come- first served' basis and must have completed the CPS Volunteer Application.
Please note, students will come to school at their normally scheduled times on this day.


Coats/ Jackets:
As the weather is getting colder and students are wearing more layers to school, please make sure all of your child's jackets, coats, and sweaters are labeled with your child's name. We often have students with similar items and they do not always get put away in the correct cubby, so it is easy for items to get mixed up. 


Halloween:
We encourage students to wear their Halloween costumes to school on Halloween (Wednesday, October 31st). Please keep in mind, costumes cannot include masks or weapons and should be appropriate for all children (ie. not scary). 
This will be a normal schedule day, but we will invite parents into the classroom for the first 15 minutes to take pictures. 
Per CPS policy, students will not be able to pass out candy on this day.


BookFlix:
We have a school subscription to Scholastic's BookFlix website which is an online read-aloud experience where students can listen to their favorite books being read to them, while also watching the animations. Some of our classroom favorites like "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" can be found here and are a lot of fun to watch! To view these books at home go to www.bookflix.scholastic.com and enter our username and password.
Username: ecelasalleii
Password: ecelasalleii


Healthy Family Fest:
Don't forget the LaSalle II Healthy Family Fest is this Friday, October 12th at 3:00! There are many exciting activities planned such as physical challenges, healthy food options, interactive demonstrations, and Walgreens will be offering flu vaccines! 
Students must turn in a signed waiver and be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend. 




















Week of October 1-5, 2018


Focus of the Week:
This week was all about Moms in room 104! We read books like "Mama Built a Little Nest", "The Mommy Book", and "Mama Do You Love Me?" to help facilitate our discussions about our Moms! In small groups, we practiced counting so make sure you are counting at home too! We like to count things like how many steps it takes to get somewhere, how many days we've been in school, how many friends are here today, and so much more!


October Family Project:
This week your child brought home their October Family Project. We are really trying to focus this year on strengthening the home/school relationship and these projects are going to be a great way to encourage this! These projects will be presented to the class and then displayed on a bulletin board in the classroom or in the hallway, so it is very important that each child participates so no one is left out. Our September projects were amazing and we can't wait to share our October ones! 
The October Family Project is due next Tuesday, October 9th.


Arrival Procedures:
When waiting outside the Pre-K doors for teachers to arrive, please make sure students are not playing on the steps or near the doors. We have had a number of incidents with teachers attempting to open the doors and being unable to do so because of students standing there. We have also had a few students get hurt this way. Please keep students with you, on the ground (not on the stairs).


Lending Library:
Our classroom Lending Library began this week! Please read the book your child brought home and talk about it together. 
Next Wednesday, please return the book to school in your child’s backpack. Your child will then choose another book to bring home that day. If your child does not return the book on Wednesday, they will not be allowed to take out another book until the current book is returned.


Kindergarten Application:
If your child will be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 (next year), you need to submit 




















Week of September 24-28, 2018
Some of our PM students showing off all their new friends!


Focus of the Week:
This week we continued our Family study by talking about our Dads! We read books such as "Kevin and his Dad", "Nelly Gnu and Daddy, Too" and "Daddies Do It Different" and talked about all of the fun things we do with our dads. We also started our daily name writing practice, so make sure you are practicing at home, too!


Arrival Procedures:
When waiting outside the Pre-K doors for teachers to arrive, please make sure students are not playing on the steps or near the doors. We have had a number of incidents with teachers attempting to open the doors and being unable to do so because of students standing there. We have also had a few students get hurt this way. Please keep students with you, on the ground (not on the stairs).


Lending Library:
Our classroom Lending Library will begin on Wednesday, October 3rd. Your child will choose a book from the library to bring home for the week. Please read the book with your child and talk about it together. The following Wednesday, please return the book to school in your child’s backpack. Your child will then choose another book to bring home that day. If your child does not return the book on Wednesday, they will not be allowed to take out another book until the current book is returned.
Please sign the Lending Library agreement and return it to school by Friday, September 28th.


Attendance:
If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please do not forget to email Ms. Landgraf in the office (jslandgraf@cps.edu) as soon as possible!


Volunteer Application:
If you would like to chaperone a field trip or volunteer in the classroom at any point this year, you must fill out the CPS Volunteer Application. This approval process does take a bit of time, so we recommend you complete the application now so that there are no issues in the future when you would like to volunteer.
The application can be found here. When filling out the application, you will be considered a Level II volunteer. After submitting the application, you will need to stop by the LaSalle II Main Office to show your ID.
If you completed the volunteer application last year, you do not need to do it again.


Supply List:
·Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (2)
·Paper Towels
·Hand Soap
·Kleenex
We are still very much in need of these supplies, so anything you can send in would be appreciated!



















Week of September 17-21, 2018

Showing off our September Family Projects- 'All About Me'! We loved showing our projects to our classmates and telling them all about what we included. They are all now on display in the classroom and we love looking at them every day!


Focus of the Week:
This week we continued our exploration of School and Family. We read books like "Families, Families, Families", "Chu's First Day of School", and "Two Homes" to help us learn more about our school, our family, and other families! We discussed how all families are different and about the members of our families, while also talking about how we treat others and some school rules! It was a very packed week! 


Picture Day:
LaSalle II Picture Day is next Thursday, September 27th
An order form went home with your child this week that must be filled out and returned (with the appropriate money) by September 27th. You may also order pictures online at portraitspluschicago.com. If you choose to order online, please include the online confirmation number on your child's envelope and return it to school (even if there is no money included).


Lending Library:
Our classroom Lending Library will begin on Wednesday, October 3rd. Your child will choose a book from the library to bring home for the week. Please read the book with your child and talk about it together. The following Wednesday, please return the book to school in your child’s backpack. Your child will then choose another book to bring home that day. If your child does not return the book on Wednesday, they will not be allowed to take out another book until the current book is returned.
Please sign the Lending Library agreement and return it to school by Friday, September 28th.


Attendance:
If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please do not forget to email Ms. Landgraf in the office (jslandgraf@cps.edu) as soon as possible!


Volunteer Application:
If you would like to chaperone a field trip or volunteer in the classroom at any point this year, you must fill out the CPS Volunteer Application. This approval process does take a bit of time, so we recommend you complete the application now so that there are no issues in the future when you would like to volunteer.
The application can be found here. When filling out the application, you will be considered a Level II volunteer. After submitting the application, you will need to stop by the LaSalle II Main Office to show your ID.
If you completed the volunteer application last year, you do not need to do it again.


Supply List:
·Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (2)
·Paper Towels
·Hand Soap
·Kleenex
We are still very much in need of these supplies, so anything you can send in would be appreciated!


Falcon Flier:
Make sure you are keeping up with everything happening at LaSalle II by subscribing to the Falcon Flier, our bi-weekly newsletter emailed every other Friday by Dr. Albani (our school principal). This is the primary way we communicate with the whole school, so we highly recommend you subscribe if you have not done so already. You can subscribe to the Falcon Flier (and other LaSalle II parent groups!) here.


Water Bottles:
If you would like to send your child with a water bottle to drink during the school day or while outside on the playground, we encourage you to do so. We do ask that all water bottles be filled only with water (no juice, milk, etc.) because children drink from these bottles all day and they are not refrigerated. Please also make sure all water bottles are age-appropriate (the child can use it independently and it is not a bottle). 


LaSalle II Track-A-Thon:
The LaSalle II community is having a healthy, school-wide fundraiser. Students will collect sponsors (such as extended family, neighbors, business owners, co-workers, etc.) that will donate to them for walking around the field as many times as the can during a specific time allotment. The money pledged is for walking, not number of laps. The money raised by this event will go to support the entire LaSalle II community such as sports teams, student council, 8th grade graduation, field trips, foreign language programs and trips, after-school academic support, and any other event or need approved by Dr. Albani. These funds will be spent each year so the effects will be felt and seen immediately. The Track-A-Thon fundraiser will be held completely on school ground, during school hours.
Students will be able to earn prizes for their efforts supporting LaSalle II and more information about these prizes can be found on the Track-A-Thon flier going home this week. If your child raises more than $20, they win a LaSalle II t-shirt so be sure to complete the form on the back with choices and sizes.
All Track-A-Thon money is due by September 27th.























Week of September 10-14, 2018
The AM class exploring the playground, enjoying the nice weather, and working on our gross motor skills- all at the same time!


Focus of the Week:
This week we are continuing our focus on acclimating to the classroom and becoming familiar with our routines. We continue to practice our classroom routines and are working towards independence in them! We read books by one of our favorite authors, Todd Parr, and talked about our families. We also introduced our circle time "leader" and are learning how that person can help us learn. We are practicing sitting nicely on the rug by keeping our legs criss-cross applesauce, our eyes looking at the person talking, our ears listening, our mouths quiet, and raising our hand when we want to talk. Ask us about these rules at home and help us practice them there, too!


Family Project:
Last week your child will be brought home their September Family Project. We are really trying to focus this year on strengthening the home/school relationship and these projects are going to be a great way to encourage this! A simple project, similar to this one, will go home every month for you to work on with your child. These projects will be presented to the class and then displayed on a bulletin board in the classroom or in the hallway, so it is very important that each child participates so no one is left out. 
The September Family Project is due this Friday, September 14th.


Water Bottles:
If you would like to send your child with a water bottle to drink during the school day or while outside on the playground, we encourage you to do so. We do ask that all water bottles be filled only with water (no juice, milk, etc.) because children drink from these bottles all day and they are not refrigerated. Please also make sure all water bottles are age-appropriate (the child can use it independently and it is not a bottle). 


LaSalle II Track-A-Thon:
The LaSalle II community is having a healthy, school-wide fundraiser. Students will collect sponsors (such as extended family, neighbors, business owners, co-workers, etc.) that will donate to them for walking around the field as many times as the can during a specific time allotment. The money pledged is for walking, not number of laps. The money raised by this event will go to support the entire LaSalle II community such as sports teams, student council, 8th grade graduation, field trips, foreign language programs and trips, after-school academic support, and any other event or need approved by Dr. Albani. These funds will be spent each year so the effects will be felt and seen immediately. The Track-A-Thon fundraiser will be held completely on school ground, during school hours.
Students will be able to earn prizes for their efforts supporting LaSalle II and more information about these prizes can be found on the Track-A-Thon flier going home this week. If your child raises more than $20, they win a LaSalle II t-shirt so be sure to complete the form on the back with choices and sizes.
All Track-A-Thon money is due by September 27th.


Backpacks and Daily Reports:
Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every day! At this point in the year there are a lot of forms and notes being sent home in your child's folder that need to be returned. These forms are very important, and we ask that you please fill them out and send them back to school as soon as possible.


Attendance:
If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please do not forget to email Ms. Landgraf in the office (jslandgraf@cps.edu) as soon as possible!


Volunteer Application:
If you would like to chaperone a field trip or volunteer in the classroom at any point this year, you must fill out the CPS Volunteer Application. This approval process does take a bit of time, so we recommend you complete the application now so that there are no issues in the future when you would like to volunteer.
The application can be found here. When filling out the application, you will be considered a Level II volunteer. After submitting the application, you will need to stop by the LaSalle II Main Office to show your ID.
If you completed the volunteer application last year, you do not need to do it again.


Supply List:
·Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (2)
·Paper Towels
·Hand Soap
·Kleenex
We are still very much in need of these supplies, so anything you can send in would be appreciated!


Falcon Flier:
Make sure you are keeping up with everything happening at LaSalle II by subscribing to the Falcon Flier, our bi-weekly newsletter emailed every other Friday by Dr. Albani (our school principal). This is the primary way we communicate with the whole school, so we highly recommend you subscribe if you have not done so already. You can subscribe to the Falcon Flier (and other LaSalle II parent groups!) here.




















Week of September 4- 7, 2018
PM students exploring our classroom learning centers!


Focus of the Week:
This week we are focusing on acclimating to the classroom and becoming familiar with our routines. We are practicing walking in a line, following directions, sitting at circle time, and learning the expectations of playing at centers (sharing, taking turns, playing only with the open materials). We have had a great first week!


Backpacks and Daily Reports:
Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every day! At this point in the year there are a lot of forms and notes being sent home in your child's folder that need to be returned. These forms are very important, and we ask that you please fill them out and send them back to school as soon as possible.


Family Project:
This Friday (September 7th) your child will be bringing home their September Family Project. We are really trying to focus this year on strengthening the home/school relationship and these projects are going to be a great way to encourage this! A simple project, similar to this one, will go home every month for you to work on with your child. These projects will be presented to the class and then displayed on a bulletin board in the classroom or in the hallway, so it is very important that each child participates so no one is left out. 
The September Family Project is due next Friday, September 14th.


Attendance:
If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please do not forget to email Ms. Landgraf in the office (jslandgraf@cps.edu) as soon as possible!


Supply List:

·Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (2)

·Paper Towels

·Hand Soap

·Kleenex

We are still very much in need of these supplies, so anything you can send in would be appreciated!



Volunteer Application:
If you would like to chaperone a field trip or volunteer in the classroom at any point this year, you must fill out the CPS Volunteer Application. This approval process does take a bit of time, so we recommend you complete the application now so that there are no issues in the future when you would like to volunteer.
The application can be found here. When filling out the application, you will be considered a Level II volunteer. After submitting the application, you will need to stop by the LaSalle II Main Office to show your ID.
If you completed the volunteer application last year, you do not need to do it again.


Falcon Flier:
Make sure you are keeping up with everything happening at LaSalle II by subscribing to the Falcon Flier, our bi-weekly newsletter emailed every other Friday by Dr. Albani (our school principal). This is the primary way we communicate with the whole school, so we highly recommend you subscribe if you have not done so already. You can subscribe to the Falcon Flier (and other LaSalle II parent groups!) here.























First Day of School:
Don't forget- the first day of school is Tuesday, September 4th! We will see you all at 7:45 a.m.!
Pre-K students enter through the South entrance on Honore St.


Getting Ready for the New Year:
Starting school for the first time, or even just starting a new year, can be difficult for both students and parents! This article recommends getting your bedtime and morning routines settled, creating a goodbye ritual, and more great tips for dealing with separation anxiety around starting school. One great way to help your child prepare is by reading books about it and talking about what they can expect; check out some of these great books about starting school to help your child get prepared:
Lena's Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith Clabrese
Hello School! by Priscilla Burris
Maisy Goes to Preschool: A Maisy First Experience Book by Lucy Cousins
Mae's First Day of School by Kate Berube
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen


Handbook:
Our Pre-K Handbook is now available at the bottom of this site! I highly recommend that you read through the handbook (even parents of returning students!) because there is a lot of important information about our classroom.
To access the handbook, scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page.



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Lauren Landgraf,
Aug 31, 2018, 7:20 AM