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February 18: Presidents' Day (No School)

February 19: Children's Museum Field Trip Forms Due


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Contact Ms. McIlvain

kmcilvain@cps.edu


Contact the School

Main Office Phone Number: (773) 534-0490

Fax #: (773) 534-0491



Bus Company Phone Numbers

Alltown
(773) 248-0090

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 Bailey Mittman bmittman@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 February 11- 15, 2019

Absences and Bus Issues:
If your child will be absent for any reason (including bus issues) please make sure to contact Ms. Killian so that we are aware of what is going on. 

If the bus is late or does not show up to bring your child to school, please make sure you notify the school or Ms. Killian and that you call the bus company directly to inform them of the issue. If you are not notifying all of the correct people, these problems will often continue.

The bus company phone numbers are:
Alltown: (773) 248-0090
First Student Inc: (773) 638-8000
SunRise Transportation: (773) 224-8050
United Quick Transportation: (773) 522-1995

These numbers (along with the contact info for Ms. Killian and the Main Office) can always be found in the left-hand column of this web-page. If you do not know what bus company picks up your child, please email me and I will let you know.


Valentines 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 currently 7 students in our morning class, so please be sure to provide a Valentine for everyone. 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: __').


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.

















Week of February 2-8, 2019

Absences and Bus Issues:
If your child will be absent for any reason (including bus issues) please make sure to contact Ms. Killian so that we are aware of what is going on. 

If the bus is late or does not show up to bring your child to school, please make sure you notify the school or Ms. Killian and that you call the bus company directly to inform them of the issue. If you are not notifying all of the correct people, these problems will often continue.

The bus company phone numbers are:
Alltown: (773) 248-0090
First Student Inc: (773) 638-8000
SunRise Transportation: (773) 224-8050
United Quick Transportation: (773) 522-1995

These numbers (along with the contact info for Ms. Killian and the Main Office) can always be found in the left-hand column of this web-page. If you do not know what bus company picks up your child, please email me and I will let you know.


Focus of the Week:
Due to the cold days and absences last week, we will be continuing the same focus. We will be learning to identify both the parts of our bodies and what types of clothing goes on them. This week we began by reading the book "Eyes, Nose, Fingers, & Toes" by Judy Hindley which has been a great introduction to all the different parts of our bodies. We practiced touching each part when told (though we still need a lot of practice with this, so be sure to practice at home, too!) and sang 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' which is a very fun way to identify our body parts.

Our Core Words of the Week are on and off. We are practicing putting beanbags on certain body parts and taking them off, putting body parts on and off Mr. Potato Head, and many more. Many activities of daily living use on and off, so look for opportunities throughout your day to use them. Here are some examples: 
• Cooking - turn on/off blender, put cheese on etc. 
• Grooming - turn on/off tap, put on deodorant, put toothpaste on, put towel on hook, etc. 
• Dressing - put on your shoes, take off your hat 
• TV - turn on, turn off 


Welcome to our New Occupational Therapist!
All students in room 103 that receive Occupational Therapy are now working with our new Occupational Therapist, Bailey Mittman. Ms. Bailey will continue providing Occupational Therapy as indicated on your child's IEP. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to her directly at bmittman@cps.edu or by emailing Ms. Killian! Welcome, Ms. Bailey!


Valentines 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 currently 7 students in our morning class, so please be sure to provide a Valentine for everyone. 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: __').




















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

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!


Focus of the Week:
This week we continued our new unit- Parts of the Body/ Clothing! We will be learning to identify both the parts of our bodies and what types of clothing goes on them. This week we began by reading the book "Eyes, Nose, Fingers, & Toes" by Judy Hindley which has been a great introduction to all the different parts of our bodies. We practiced touching each part when told (though we still need a lot of practice with this, so be sure to practice at home, too!) and sang 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' which is a very fun way to identify our body parts.

Our Core Words of the Week are on and off. We are practicing putting beanbags on certain body parts and taking them off, putting body parts on and off Mr. Potato Head, and many more. Many activities of daily living use on and off, so look for opportunities throughout your day to use them. Here are some examples: 
• Cooking - turn on/off blender, put cheese on etc. 
• Grooming - turn on/off tap, put on deodorant, put toothpaste on, put towel on hook, etc. 
• Dressing - put on your shoes, take off your hat 
• TV - turn on, turn off 


Welcome to our New Occupational Therapist!
All students in room 103 that receive Occupational Therapy are now working with our new Occupational Therapist, Bailey Mittman. Ms. Bailey will continue providing Occupational Therapy as indicated on your child's IEP. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to her directly at bmittman@cps.edu or by emailing Ms. Killian! Welcome, Ms. Bailey!


Valentines 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 currently 7 students in our morning class, so please be sure to provide a Valentine for everyone. 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: __').




















Week of January 21- 25, 2019

Focus of the Week:
This week we began a new unit- Parts of the Body/ Clothing! We will be learning to identify both the parts of our bodies and what types of clothing goes on them. This week we began by reading the book "Eyes, Nose, Fingers, & Toes" by Judy Hindley which has been a great introduction to all the different parts of our bodies. We practiced touching each part when told (though we still need a lot of practice with this, so be sure to practice at home, too!) and sang 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' which is a very fun way to identify our body parts.

Our Core Words of the Week are on and off. We are practicing putting beanbags on certain body parts and taking them off, putting body parts on and off Mr. Potato Head, and many more. Many activities of daily living use on and off, so look for opportunities throughout your day to use them. Here are some examples: 
• Cooking - turn on/off blender, put cheese on etc. 
• Grooming - turn on/off tap, put on deodorant, put toothpaste on, put towel on hook, etc. 
• Dressing - put on your shoes, take off your hat 
• TV - turn on, turn off 


Donations:
We are 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. We also have a number of board books up on our Amazon wish-list if you would like to purchase new books to be sent to the classroom. Our wish-list can be found hereThank you in advance for your generosity! 



















Week of January 14-18, 2019

We had so much fun exploring shaving cream! We practiced requesting 'more', investigating new textures, and using our fine motor skills- all while having a blast!


Focus of the Week:
The past two weeks we have focused on getting back into the school routine after two weeks at home! We read some of our favorite books such as "Listening Time" and "Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen" to help us get back in the hang of things. We focused on using all the Core Words we have learned so far this year, and remembering all the rules and expectations we have at school such as 'eyes looking', 'ears listening', 'mouth quiet', 'nice hands', and 'sitting nicely'. We are getting ready to start a new unit next week: Clothing & Parts of the Body!

Also, if you haven't gotten the chance yet, be sure to check out this great article written by a mom of a child that uses AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) that explains why modeling and using these communication strategies at home is so important.


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.


Donations:
We are 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. We also have a number of board books up on our Amazon wish-list if you would like to purchase new books to be sent to the classroom. Our wish-list can be found hereThank you in advance for your generosity! 





















Week of December 10-14, 2018

Focus of the Week:
This week we continued our study of "The Gingerbread Man"! We read the book multiple times, watched a video retelling of the story, made gingerbread men, and practiced identifying the different farm animals that the Gingerbread Man encountered. We have also continued our Core WOW (Word of the Week), 'put'. We are becoming experts at putting pieces in puzzles, putting marbles in a box, putting pieces on Mr. Potato Head, putting on our jackets, and so much more! Please make sure you are reinforcing the use of the WOW at home, too! See last week's post for more ideas of how to do so!

Also, if you haven't gotten the chance yet, be sure to check out this great article written by a mom of a child that uses AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) that explains why modeling and using these communication strategies at home is so important.


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:
We are 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. We also have a number of board books up on our Amazon wish-list if you would like to purchase new books to be sent to the classroom. Our wish-list can be found hereThank 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.



















Week of December 3-7, 2018

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


Focus of the Week:
Our letter of the week this week is the letter 'T'! We have been practicing writing it, making the sound, identifying it in words, talking about words that start with 'T', and much more! We also began a small unit on The Gingerbread Man. We will be reading the story multiple times, in order to increase our understanding, and making gingerbread man art projects!


Core Word of the Week:
Here is a great article written by a mom of a child that uses AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) that explains why modeling and using these communication strategies at home is so important. Please check it out!

Our Core Word of the Week this week is PUT! We have been practicing using PUT on our Core Boards in the classroom, so be sure to help us increase our understanding by using it at home, too!

Some ideas for using PUT:
1. Watch the Angelman Syndrome Foundation Communication Training Series video that
covers teaching “put”: youtu.be/_qgW4g9LKYA
2. There will be many activities were you can find chances to model PUT, for example:
• Packing bags (e.g. put it in your bag)
• Art/Crafts activities (e.g. put on a button)
• Cooking (e.g. put in the sugar)
• Clean up time (e.g. put it away, put in the bin)
• Dressing/ Shoes (e.g. put on shoes)
• Grooming (e.g. put on toothpaste)
3. Dress up games are great for modeling PUT: Put it on, Put on that, etc.
4. There are some common games where PUT can be modeled, for example: Mr Potato
Head, Puzzles, Pop-Up Pirate, blocks, playdoh, shape sorters, etc.
5. Do sorting activities. Model PUT as you discuss where you PUT things, e.g. FOOD - PUT in
fridge or cupboard, OBJECTS- PUT inside or outside, FURNITURE - what room do we PUT
it in, TOYS - PUT in toy box or cupboard, RECYCLE/RUBBISH - what bin to PUT it in
6. Take photos of things you PUT on (e.g. clothes, hats, etc.), or things you PUT IN (water in
cup; milk in fridge). Model PUT as you discuss where you put these things.


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:
We are 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. We also have a number of board books up on our Amazon wish-list if you would like to purchase new books to be sent to the classroom. Our wish-list can be found hereThank 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

Focus of the Week:
This week we will be focusing on getting back into our routines after a nice Thanksgiving Break!


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!


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.



















Week of November 5-9, 2018



Focus of the Week:
This week we continued practicing sorting, and we are getting so good! We are doing really well sorting by color so we are also 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.


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 "Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins". 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 will be chosen on a 'first come- first served' basis and 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 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