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Important Dates

October 26: Walk to the Mailbox (Normal Schedule)

October 31: Halloween


Classroom Wish-List

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Thank you in advance for any donations- they are greatly appreciated!

 

Contact Ms. McIlvain

kmcilvain@cps.edu


Contact the School

Main Office Phone Number: (773) 534-0490

Fax #: (773) 534-0491



Bus Company Phone Numbers

First Student Inc.        (773) 638-8000

SunRise Transportation  (773) 224-8050

United Quick Transportation            (773) 522-1995



Related Service Providers

Speech Language Pathologist 
Susan Schendel seschendel@cps.edu

Occupational Therapist Carrie Nutter clnutter@cps.edu

Physical Therapist Heather Vezina hvezina@cps.edu

Social Worker 
Nancy Hanna nhhanna@cps.edu

Case Manager
Aubrey Feeney
alfeeney@cps.edu



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.








 



 






 
 
 
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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 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


CPS Parent Empowerment Expo:
Chicago Public Schools Department of Diverse Learners Supports and Services is hosting a special education and disability resource fair for parents, family members, and caregivers of students receiving special education services. The expo will be October 13, 2018 from 8:30 am- 12:00 pm at 2102 W. Ogden. For more information and to register for the expo you can click here.


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:
Our Core Word of the Week for this week is the word 'go'! It is such a fun word to practice and we have been making wind-up toys go, our dancing frog go, letting a balloon go, and so much more! We read the books "Go, Dog, Go" and "Go Away Big Green Monster" which were both big hits! We especially found it funny how the monster in "Go Away Big Green Monster" disappears when we say go away!


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.


CPS Parent Empowerment Expo:
Chicago Public Schools Department of Diverse Learners Supports and Services is hosting a special education and disability resource fair for parents, family members, and caregivers of students receiving special education services. The expo will be October 13, 2018 from 8:30 am- 12:00 pm at 2102 W. Ogden. For more information and to register for the expo you can click here.



















Week of September 24-28, 2018

Exploring our learning centers and all the fun instructional materials!


Focus of The Week:
This week we continued focusing on our Core Word of the Week- listen/hear and talked all about sharing! We read the books "Sharing Time" and "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog" and practiced sharing some of our favorite toys with our friends. We continued listening to animal sounds and using a core board to tell Ms. Killian what sounds we hear, and we have gotten really good at it! Every student in the classroom can identify at least one animal sound!


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.


Attendance:
If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please do not forget to email Ms. Killian as soon as possible!


Supplies:
Thank you to everyone that has sent in their school supplies! If you have not yet done so, please check out our classroom wish-list here for a list of items we need.


CPS Parent Empowerment Expo:
Chicago Public Schools Department of Diverse Learners Supports and Services is hosting a special education and disability resource fair for parents, family members, and caregivers of students receiving special education services. The expo will be October 13, 2018 from 8:30 am- 12:00 pm at 2102 W. Ogden. For more information and to register for the expo you can click here.
















Week of September 17- 21, 2018

We love looking at our September Family Projects- 'All About Me'! The students did a great job showing them to their classmates and we talked about what colors, materials, and pictures they used! 


Focus of the Week:
This week we have been focusing our our Core Word of the Week- hear/listen to help us learn more about how to behave at school! We read books like "Listening Time", "Learn and Listen", and "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?" to help us practice using the word. We also played a game where Ms. Killian plays an animal sound and we have to use our core boards to identify what animal we hear! Learning about listening has really helped us across our entire school day! We have also been practicing using PECS visuals to request highly preferred items such as bubbles- a class favorite! 


Core Word of the Week:
This year we are focusing on teaching new core vocabulary words. Core words are important because they can be used in any situation, with any topic, and any communication partner. Consider how often we use words like in, go, up, that, where, and mine. We are focusing on teaching these core words in many different contexts this year. That means your child needs a lot of practice at home! First, we will introduce new vocabulary words at school. After we introduce the new vocabulary, your child needs repeated exposure to the targeted word throughout his/her day. This means during all parts of the school day and at home too. 

Please use the activities on the 'Core Word of the Week' sheet as a starting point at home. Do not hesitate to contact me for more specific instructions or support for ways to incorporate the word of the week at home. 

This week our word is listen/hear. Check out your child's backpack for more information about how to encourage use of this word at home and for your new Core Board for use at home!


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).


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). 


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.


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.


Attendance:
If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please do not forget to email Ms. Killian as soon as possible!


Supplies:
Thank you to everyone that has sent in their school supplies! If you have not yet done so, please check out our classroom wish-list here for a list of items we need.


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 10-14, 2018
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 about school such as "Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes", "Wheels on the Bus", and "Monsters Love School". Be sure to use your child's daily report as a way to begin a conversation with them about school! Ask students what centers they played in or who they worked with!


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! We ask that all parents initial students' daily reports every night, to ensure good home/school communication. Also, 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. Killian 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.


Supplies:
Thank you to everyone that has sent in their school supplies! If you have not yet done so, please check out our classroom wish-list here for a list of items we need.


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

We worked on our fine motor skills this week by painting school buses!


Focus of the Week:
This week we are focusing on acclimating to the classroom and becoming familiar with our routines. We are practicing using our rope to walk 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! We ask that all parents initial students' daily reports every night, to ensure good home/school communication. Also, 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. Killian 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.


Supplies:
Thank you to everyone that has sent in their school supplies! If you have not yet done so, please check out our classroom wish-list here for a list of items we need.


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.

 




















Back-to-School Night:
Join us Thursday, August 30th, from 4:00-4:45 for Back-to-School Night 2019! 
Bring your child and come in to meet the teacher and see the classroom! 
This will be done as a drop-by event so feel free to come by at any point from 4:00 to 4:45. 
We can't wait to meet our new friends and to see our returning friends again!


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.


Supply List:

·Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (2)

·Paper Towels

·Hand Soap

·Kleenex

·Gallon Size Ziploc Bags

·Fine Tip Black Expo Markers

·Clear Packing Tape

·White Cardstock

We also have an online Amazon wish-list that includes many items we only need 1-2 of. Items purchased through this list will be shipped directly to school. Our Amazon wish-list can be found here.





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Killian McIlvain,
Aug 21, 2018, 9:00 PM