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Important Dates

June 15: Family Zoo Day

June 19: Last Day of School


Classroom Wish-List

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

 

Contact Ms. McIlvain

kmcilvain@cps.edu



Bus Company Phone Numbers

Illinois Student Transportation (IST)
(773)638-3660

AllTown 
(773)256-0090



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 June 11-15, 2018

Thank you to everyone who came to our End of the Year Performance! We had such a fun time and the students did an amazing job!


Last Day of School:
Don't forget the last day of school is June 19th!
We've had a great year together- thank you so much for your support!


Z is for Zoo- Parent/Child Activity Day:

On Friday, June 15th, we will be having a petting zoo come to LaSalle II for a parent/child activity day! Parents will come with their child at a specified time and participate in the petting zoo program together. We will not have normally scheduled classes on this day; students must come with their parents at the assigned times.

AM students and their parents will come from 8:00-9:30 am.

PM students and their parents will come from 10:00-11:30 am.

Please arrive promptly at the designated time and enter through the Main Doors (both students and parents). The Petting Zoo & Presentation will take place in the LaSalle II Gym. 

**Due to limited space this activity is for students and their parents only, no siblings may attend.





















Week of June 4-8, 2018

Z is for Zoo- Parent/Child Activity Day:

On Friday, June 15th, we will be having a petting zoo come to LaSalle II for a parent/child activity day! Parents will come with their child at a specified time and participate in the petting zoo program together. We will not have normally scheduled classes on this day; students must come with their parents at the assigned times.

AM students and their parents will come from 8:00-9:30 am.

PM students and their parents will come from 10:00-11:30 am.

Please arrive promptly at the designated time and enter through the Main Doors (both students and parents). The Petting Zoo & Presentation will take place in the LaSalle II Gym. **Due to limited space this activity is for students and their parents only, no siblings may attend.

A note went home in your child's backpack this week about the event- please fill out the bottom and return it to school no later than this Friday, June 8th. 


ABC Countdown:
We have been having so much fun with our ABC Countdown! Some of our favorite activities so far have been B is for Bubbles, I is for Ice Painting, and O is for Obstacle Course! And of course we loved performing for all our parents on P is for Performance day! Thanks so much to everyone who came to watch!


Preschool Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year:
The application for preschool for next year is now live! The application can be found at chicagoearlylearning.org and can be completed online now through May 20th. This application is only for new students who are not currently attending our preschool program, who will be 3- or 4-years-old by September 1, 2018. 
If your child is currently enrolled in our preschool program, you do not need to reapply. 


Session Preference for Next Year:
If your child will be remaining at LaSalle II for preschool next year (all students except those going to kindergarten) and you would like to change sessions (such as move your child from the AM to the PM or vice versa) please let Ms. Killian know as soon as possible, so that we can do our best to accommodate these preferences. If we do not hear from you about changing sessions, your child will be placed in the same session as they were this year. 


Weather & Playing Outside:
As the weather continues to grow warmer (fingers crossed!) we will hopefully be spending a bit more time outside. If your child needs to be wearing sunscreen while outdoors, please remember that it must be applied at home prior to school- teachers can not put sunscreen on children. Also, you may send your child with a water bottle in their backpack for use on the playground.
















Week of May 14-18, 2018
We loved "B is for Bubbles" day in 103! Thank you to all the parents that donated bubbles to help make this day so much fun!


ABC Countdown:
This week we have letters C, D, E, F, and G! We had lots of fun sharing our crazy socks with the class today! We cannot wait for all the fun activities throughout the rest of the week! We will be having a dance party, exercising, finger-painting, and gardening! 


Preschool Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year:
The application for preschool for next year is now live! The application can be found at chicagoearlylearning.org and can be completed online now through May 20th. This application is only for new students who are not currently attending our preschool program, who will be 3- or 4-years-old by September 1, 2018. 
If your child is currently enrolled in our preschool program, you do not need to reapply. 


Session Preference for Next Year:
If your child will be remaining at LaSalle II for preschool next year (all students except those going to kindergarten) and you would like to change sessions (such as move your child from the AM to the PM or vice versa) please let Ms. Killian know as soon as possible, so that we can do our best to accommodate these preferences. If we do not hear from you about changing sessions, your child will be placed in the same session as they were this year. 


Weather & Playing Outside:
As the weather continues to grow warmer (fingers crossed!) we will hopefully be spending a bit more time outside. If your child needs to be wearing sunscreen while outdoors, please remember that it must be applied at home prior to school- teachers can not put sunscreen on children. Also, you may send your child with a water bottle in their backpack for use on the playground.


End of the Year Performance:
On Friday, June 1st we will be hosting an End of the Year Performance where all 3 Pre-K classes will be singing some of our favorite songs that we have learned this year! For more information check out the appropriate session below-

AM Session- 
Students will come to school at the usual time (7:45) and have a normal school day before the performance. You will be able to take students home with you after the performance. Performance time is 9:45. 

PM Session-
Students will come to school at the usual time (12:05) and parents can head straight to the gym while we get ready. Students will stay for a normal school day after the performance and be dismissed at 2:40. Performance time is 12:30.


Z is for Zoo- Parent/Child Activity Day:
On Friday, June 15th, we will be having a petting zoo come to LaSalle II for a parent/child activity day! Parents will come with their child at a specified time and participate in the petting zoo program together. 
AM students and their parents will come from 8:00-9:30 am.
PM students and their parents will come from 10:00-11:30 am.
*We will not have normally scheduled classes on this day, students must come with their parents at the assigned times.*



















Week of May 8-11, 2018
ABC Countdown:
This week we spent the first few days getting ready for our ABC Countdown by reading alphabet books and singing alphabet songs. We had so much fun on Animal Day, playing with our stuffed animals at school! We even sang good morning to them during circle time! We cannot wait for Bubble Day, because bubbles are our favorite activity to do as a class!


Preschool Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year:
The application for preschool for next year is now live! The application can be found at chicagoearlylearning.org and can be completed online now through May 20th. This application is only for new students who are not currently attending our preschool program, who will be 3- or 4-years-old by September 1, 2018. 
If your child is currently enrolled in our preschool program, you do not need to reapply. 


Session Preference for Next Year:
If your child will be remaining at LaSalle II for preschool next year (all students except those going to kindergarten) and you would like to change sessions (such as move your child from the AM to the PM or vice versa) please let Ms. Killian know as soon as possible, so that we can do our best to accommodate these preferences. If we do not hear from you about changing sessions, your child will be placed in the same session as they were this year. 


Weather & Playing Outside:
As the weather continues to grow warmer (fingers crossed!) we will hopefully be spending a bit more time outside. If your child needs to be wearing sunscreen while outdoors, please remember that it must be applied at home prior to school- teachers can not put sunscreen on children. Also, you may send your child with a water bottle in their backpack for use on the playground.


End of the Year Performance:
On Friday, June 1st we will be hosting an End of the Year Performance where all 3 Pre-K classes will be singing some of our favorite songs that we have learned this year! For more information check out the appropriate session below-

AM Session- 
Students will come to school at the usual time (7:45) and have a normal school day before the performance. You will be able to take students home with you after the performance. Performance time is 9:45. 

PM Session-
Students will come to school at the usual time (12:05) and parents can head straight to the gym while we get ready. Students will stay for a normal school day after the performance and be dismissed at 2:40. Performance time is 12:30.


Z is for Zoo- Parent/Child Activity Day:
On Friday, June 15th, we will be having a petting zoo come to LaSalle II for a parent/child activity day! Parents will come with their child at a specified time and participate in the petting zoo program together. 
AM students and their parents will come from 8:00-9:30 am.
PM students and their parents will come from 10:00-11:30 am.
*We will not have normally scheduled classes on this day, students must come with their parents at the assigned times.*

















Week of April 30- May 4, 2018


Zoo Visit:
We had a great time learning about the animals from the Barn Hill Preserve on Tuesday! We got to see a bearded dragon, a parrot, a baby kangaroo, a tortoise, and many more! The students loved getting to see and learn about these animals and we are happy to have shared this experience with them!



Session Preference for Next Year:
If your child will be remaining at LaSalle II for preschool next year (all students except those going to kindergarten) and you would like to change sessions (such as move your child from the AM to the PM or vice versa) please let Ms. Killian know as soon as possible, so that we can do our best to accommodate these preferences. If we do not hear from you about changing sessions, your child will be placed in the same session as they were this year. 



Weather & Playing Outside:
As the weather continues to grow warmer (fingers crossed!) we will hopefully be spending a bit more time outside. If your child needs to be wearing sunscreen while outdoors, please remember that it must be applied at home prior to school- teachers can not put sunscreen on children. Also, you may send your child with a water bottle in their backpack for use on the playground.



Focus of the Week:
This week we will be wrapping up our Community Helpers unit by talking about a few occupations we haven't hit yet like mail carriers, teachers, and construction workers. We have had a great time learning about community helpers and hope that we have all learned something new about the people that help us every day!


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. The ABC Countdown calendar went home with your child this week and we recommend hanging it on the fridge or somewhere easy to see so you can reference it as we go!
If you are able to help make this celebration a success by donating items to our classroom, please return the bottom of the form that went home in your child's backpack.



Preschool Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year:
The application for preschool for next year is now live! The application can be found at chicagoearlylearning.org and can be completed online now through May 20th. This application is only for new students who are not currently attending our preschool program, who will be 3- or 4-years-old by September 1, 2018. 
If your child is currently enrolled in our preschool program, you do not need to reapply. 




















Week of April 23-27, 2018

Show Me Your Skills Day:
A huge thank you to everyone that came out to Show Me Your Skills Day last week! We had a great time showing off all the cool things we've learned this year and we hope you got to see us do something new! 
Don't forget that the focus of this day was showing you how independent we can be, so be sure to start working on some new independent skills at home, too! If you haven't read it yet, the article about promoting independence at home can also be found here.


Donations:
We are in need of batteries (both AA and AAA) to use with our multiple sensory items and toys. If you would like to donate they can be found on our classroom wishlist or at your local stores!

A huge thank you to all the families that have donated materials off our classroom wishlist! We cannot tell you how much these materials are appreciated- and used! If you would like to donate much needed materials to our classroom, our Amazon wishlist can be found here. Thanks again to everyone who has donated and thanks in advance for anyone else!


Attendance & Illness:
Please remember, if your child will be out sick from school (or otherwise) to send an email to Ms. Killian as soon as possible and/or an absent note upon their return.


Focus of the Week:
We spent last week and this week learning about doctors, dentists, and veterinarians. We talked about the things they do that are the same and the things they do that are different. We also spent a lot of time talking about how they help us and discussing how going to the doctor or dentist can be scary, but they keep us healthy.



















Week of April 9-13, 2018

Finger painting in a bag to make fire as part of our focus on firefighters


Show Me Your Skills Day:
Wednesday, April 18th, we will be hosting Show Me Your Skills Day- a celebration of your child’s successes in the classroom! We will take this time to show you some of the wonderful things your child has learned and accomplished in Room 103 this year. You and your child will come in for a 10-minute display, during which they will be able to share different aspects of their learning with you. 
Show Me Your Skills Day will take the place of traditional parent-teacher conferences. The same information will be given to you as during a traditional conference but instead of an adults-only discussion about your child, they will be able to show you the skills they have learned!

Notes went home this week with your child's assigned time, if this time no longer works for you please contact Ms. Killian as soon as possible so we can try to reschedule you!


Focus of the Week:
This week we moved our community helpers focus from firefighters to police officers! We are talking about how police officers help children that are lost, make sure people follow traffic rules, and so much more! We are reading "Learn About Police Officers" and "Officer Buckle and Gloria". You can read "Officer Buckle and Gloria" at home, too, using our BookFlix account! (www.bookflix.scholastic.com, username: ecelasalleii, password: ecelasalleii) We are also continuing to practice all our best skills to show you at Show Me Your Skills Day! 


Donations:
We are in need of batteries (both AA and AAA) to use with our multiple sensory items and toys. If you would like to donate they can be found on our classroom wishlist or at your local stores!

A huge thank you to all the families that have donated materials off our classroom wishlist! We cannot tell you how much these materials are appreciated- and used! If you would like to donate much needed materials to our classroom, our Amazon wishlist can be found here. Thanks again to everyone who has donated and thanks in advance for anyone else!


Attendance & Illness:
Please remember, if your child will be out sick from school (or otherwise) to send an email to Ms. Killian as soon as possible and/or an absent note upon their return. 




















Week of April 2-6, 2018

Incorporating sensory exploration into our gross motor play on a rainy day!

Show Me Your Skills Day:
Wednesday, April 18th, we will be hosting Show Me Your Skills Day- a celebration of your child’s successes in the classroom! We will take this time to show you some of the wonderful things your child has learned and accomplished in Room 103 this year. You and your child will come in for a 10-minute display, during which they will be able to share different aspects of their learning with you. 
Show Me Your Skills Day will take the place of traditional parent-teacher conferences. The same information will be given to you as during a traditional conference but instead of an adults-only discussion about your child, they will be able to show you the skills they have learned!
A form went home in your child's backpack to indicate which time slot works best for your family. Please return it to school no later than this Friday, April 6th. Once we have all forms returned, we will assign each child a specific time, doing our best to accommodate your preference.


Focus of the Week:
This week we started a new unit- Community Helpers! We will be focusing on a different community helper each week and discussing what those people do and how they help us. We are beginning with firefighters! We have been reading a non-fiction book "Learn About Firefighters", coloring pictures of them, and talking about how they help keep us safe. We are also practicing all our best skills to show you at Show Me Your Skills Day! 


Donations:
A huge thank you to all the families that have donated materials off our classroom wishlist! We cannot tell you how much these materials are appreciated- and used! If you would like to donate much needed materials to our classroom, our Amazon wishlist can be found here. Thanks again to everyone who has donated and thanks in advance for anyone else!


Attendance & Illness:
Please remember, if your child will be out sick from school (or otherwise) to send an email to Ms. Killian as soon as possible and/or an absent note upon their return. 

















Week of March 5-9, 2018
We have had a great time welcoming our new class pet- Fishy! We have loved watching Fishy swim around in his tank and learning the rules of having a fish in the classroom (most importantly- "No touching!").

Focus of the Week:
Our animal of the week this week is a dog! Many students are already familiar with dogs and the sound they make so we have been doing a lot of practicing. We also spent some of the week talking about fish again to make sure we were ready for Fishy's arrival! 


Zoo Field Trip:
On Friday, March 16th we will be taking a field trip to Brookfield Zoo! Both AM and PM students must arrive at school at 9:15 and will be dismissed at 2:00. We will be eating lunch on this trip so please send your child with a disposable lunch (paper or plastic bags). Don't forget- in order to chaperone you must be an approved CPS volunteer. If you still need to complete this process, the form can be found here.


'Havana Nights' Spring Thaw Fundraiser:
Each year the LaSalle II PTO hosts an annual Spring Thaw fundraiser to raise money for the school. This year the theme is 'Havana Nights' and the event will feature a live band, Cuban food and drinks, and- for the first time this year- you can play blackjack, roulette, and craps to win fun prizes! The event also includes both a live and a silent auction.
Saturday, March 10th 2018, 6:00-11:00 pm
National Mexican Musuem of Art
1852 W. 19th St. Chicago IL
To buy tickets or view the auction click here.


Fine Motor Skills:
Fine motor skills are the small muscles in your hands and fingers. We use these muscles every day to do a huge variety of tasks from cutting and writing to feeding ourselves and getting dressed. Children also use their fine motor skills during play- such as building with blocks and dressing dolls. Many students with developmental delays have difficulties developing their fine motor skills so this is something we work on every day at school. We do this through writing our names, coloring, playing puzzles, using playdough, and many more. But because this area is so important, we need your help to work on it at home too! A Fine Motor Bag went home in your child's backpack last week. This bag has tips for working on fine motor skills at home, practice tracing sheets, and a few fine motor play materials. 
Nothing in this bag is required or needs to be returned to school, it is just to help you support your child's learning at home!


















Week of February 26- March 2, 2018

AM students exploring sensory boxes!


Focus of the Week:
This week, as part of our pets unit, we talked about fish! We read "The Pout, Pout Fish" and "Rainbow Fish" and practiced identifying fish in both the books and using fish toys we have in the room. We are getting ready for a special surprise coming to our classroom next week!


Fine Motor Skills:
Fine motor skills are the small muscles in your hands and fingers. We use these muscles every day to do a huge variety of tasks from cutting and writing to feeding ourselves and getting dressed. Children also use their fine motor skills during play- such as building with blocks and dressing dolls. Many students with developmental delays have difficulties developing their fine motor skills so this is something we work on every day at school. We do this through writing our names, coloring, playing puzzles, using playdough, and many more. But because this area is so important, we need your help to work on it at home too! Keep an eye out for a Fine Motor Bag going home in your child's backpack next week. This bag has tips for working on fine motor skills at home, practice tracing sheets, and a few fine motor play materials. 
Nothing in this bag is required or needs to be returned to school, it is just to help you support your child's learning at home!


LaSalle II Hats & Sweatshirts:
An order form went home in your child's backpack this week about ordering LaSalle II hats and sweatshirts. Hats will be $20 and hoodies will be $25 (cash only). All money and order forms are due March 5th. Proceeds from this sale will benefit 8th grade end-of-year events.


Changes to Arrival Procedures:
In light of heightened school security, we are changing our entrance procedures for our preschool students. 
Beginning Tuesday, February 27th students will no longer be able to be escorted into the school building by a parent/guardian. Students will enter through the normal Pre-K doors, where teachers will be waiting to pick them up. The doors will open at 7:45am/12:05pm and close at 7:50am/12:10pm. Late arrivals will need to enter through the Main Doors near Division St. and students will be escorted to the classroom by a staff member. 
We realize that this will be a change to our established procedures, but the safety and security of our school community is of the utmost importance. We appreciate your support.


Zoo Field Trip:
On Friday, March 16th we will be taking a field trip to Brookfield Zoo! Both AM and PM students must arrive at school at 9:15 and will be dismissed at 2:00. We will be eating lunch on this trip so please send your child with a disposable lunch (paper or plastic bags). Don't forget- in order to chaperone you must be an approved CPS volunteer. If you still need to complete this process, the form can be found here.


'Havana Nights' Spring Thaw Fundraiser:
Each year the LaSalle II PTO hosts an annual Spring Thaw fundraiser to raise money for the school. This year the theme is 'Havana Nights' and the event will feature a live band, Cuban food and drinks, and- for the first time this year- you can play blackjack, roulette, and craps to win fun prizes! The event also includes both a live and a silent auction.
Saturday, March 10th 2018, 6:00-11:00 pm
National Mexican Musuem of Art
1852 W. 19th St. Chicago IL
To buy tickets or view the auction click here.



















Week of February 19-23, 2018

Changes to Arrival Procedures:
In light of heightened school security, we are changing our entrance procedures for our preschool students. 
Beginning Tuesday, February 27th students will no longer be able to be escorted into the school building by a parent/guardian. Students will enter through the normal Pre-K doors, where teachers will be waiting to pick them up. The doors will open at 7:45am/12:05pm and close at 7:50am/12:10pm. Late arrivals will need to enter through the Main Doors near Division St. and students will be escorted to the classroom by a staff member. 
We realize that this will be a change to our established procedures, but the safety and security of our school community is of the utmost importance. We appreciate your support.


Zoo Field Trip:
On Friday, March 16th we will be taking a field trip to Brookfield Zoo! Both AM and PM students must arrive at school at 9:15 and will be dismissed at 2:00. We will be eating lunch on this trip so please send your child with a disposable lunch (paper or plastic bags). The cost of this field trip will be $4.00 for students and $6.00 for chaperones. We will accept volunteers for this field trip just as we did for the last trip, if you are interested in volunteering please indicate on your child's permission slip and we will notify you if you are able to join us. (Don't forget- in order to chaperone you must be an approved CPS volunteer. If you still need to complete this process, the form can be found here.)
All money and permission slips are due Thursday, March 1st.


LaSalle II Spirit Week:
Spirit Week will begin on February 26th. Each day will have a different theme for students to dress to and there will be a Student Council Carnival on the 28th. The days for Spirit Week are as follows:
Monday, February 26th- Blast from the Past 1970's
Tuesday, February 27th- USA Pride
Wednesday, February 28th- Sports
Thursday, March 1st- Trends/Fads
Friday, March 2nd- Falcon Pride with Crazy Hair Day


LaSalle II Hats & Sweatshirts:
An order form went home in your child's backpack this week about ordering LaSalle II hats and sweatshirts. Hats will be $20 and hoodies will be $25 (cash only). All money and order forms are due March 2nd. Proceeds from this sale will benefit 8th grade end-of-year events.


Focus of the Week:
This week we began a new unit of study- pets! We will be focusing on a different animal each week by reading books about them, creating art projects, discussing how we care for them, and more! This week we discussed how pets are animals that live in our homes and read a few stories about different animals. We also practiced identifying animals using choice boards and individual visuals, which we will continue to do throughout the unit.





















Week of February 12- 16, 2018

Parent Night:
A huge thank you to all the families that came out for Parent Night last week! We had a great time discussing how we communicate in the classroom and brainstorming ways that you can bring these same techniques into the home! 


Focus of the Week:
This week we will be wrapping up our unit on colors and celebrating Valentine's Day. We will be focusing on the colors pink and purple and the letter 'P'. In addition to re-reading some of our favorite color books, we will also be reading "Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool" and making a Valentine's Day craft with our Reading Buddies on Wednesday!


Donations:
A huge thank you to all the families that have donated materials off our classroom wishlist! We cannot tell you how much these materials are appreciated- and used! If you would like to donate much needed materials to our classroom, our Amazon wishlist can be found here. Thanks again to everyone who has donated and thanks in advance for anyone else!


Valentine's Day:
Valentine's Day is coming up so we wanted to remind parents that if you would like to send in Valentines for the class (this is completely optional!) they can be sent in on February 14th. There are currently 9 students in our AM class and 3 students in our PM class, please make sure there is one for every student in your child's class and that they are only labeled with your child's name (ex. 'From: Ms. Killian'- leave the 'To:' blank). 
Also, please remember that CPS has a 'No Outside Food' policy so Valentines may not include candy or any other food. 
Cards, pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. are great replacements.


Zoo Field Trip:
On Friday, March 16th we will be taking a field trip to Brookfield Zoo! Both AM and PM students must arrive at school at 9:15 and will be dismissed at 2:00. We will be eating lunch on this trip so please send your child with a disposable lunch (paper or plastic bags). The cost of this field trip will be $4.00 for students and $6.00 for chaperones. We will accept volunteers for this field trip just as we did for the last trip, if you are interested in volunteering please indicate on your child's permission slip and we will notify you if you are able to join us. (Don't forget- in order to chaperone you must be an approved CPS volunteer. If you still need to complete this process, the form can be found here.)
All money and permission slips are due Thursday, March 1st.


LaSalle II Spirit Week:
Spirit Week will begin on February 26th. Each day will have a different theme for students to dress to and there will be a Student Council Carnival on the 28th. The days for Spirit Week are as follows:
Monday, February 26th- Blast from the Past 1970's
Tuesday, February 27th- USA Pride
Wednesday, February 28th- Sports
Thursday, March 1st- Trends/Fads
Friday, March 2nd- Falcon Pride with Crazy Hair Day


LaSalle II Hats & Sweatshirts:
An order form went home in your child's backpack this week about ordering LaSalle II hats and sweatshirts. Hats will be $20 and hoodies will be $25 (cash only). All money and order forms are due March 2nd. Proceeds from this sale will benefit 8th grade end-of-year events.


















Week of February 5-9, 2018

Attendance & Illness:
Please remember, if your child will be out sick from school (or otherwise) to send an email to Ms. Killian as soon as possible and/or an absent note upon their return. 


RESCHEDULED Parent Night:
Our Communication Parent Night will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 7th!
Ms. Killian and Ms. Schendel (our wonderful speech therapist) will be presenting on the many ways students communicate their wants and needs in the classroom. We will be discussing the Picture Exchange Communcation System (PECS), Core Boards, and many other useful communication tips and tricks! We will meet at 6:00 pm at LaSalle II in room 112. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. In order to keep our focus on the techniques and discussions at hand, this is an adults only event.
This night will be a great opportunity for you to bring the learning we do at school into your home!
We highly recommend all parents plan on attending.


Focus of the Week:
This week we will be continuing our color study with a focus on the color orange! We will be reading "Monsters Love Colors" and experimenting with mixing colors together! We have also begun to use some large dice to help us identify colors and practice counting! One die has different colors on different sides so we roll the die and then name the color and another is a more traditional die that has 1-6 dots that we count to figure out what number it is.


Donations:
A huge thank you to all the families that have donated materials off our classroom wishlist! We cannot tell you how much these materials are appreciated- and used! If you would like to donate much needed materials to our classroom, our Amazon wishlist can be found here. Thanks again to everyone who has donated and thanks in advance for anyone else!


Valentine's Day:
Valentine's Day is coming up so we wanted to remind parents that if you would like to send in Valentines for the class (this is completely optional!) they can be sent in on February 14th. There are currently 9 students in our AM class and 3 students in our PM class, please make sure there is one for every student in your child's class and that they are only labeled with your child's name (ex. 'From: Ms. Killian'- leave the 'To:' blank). 
Also, please remember that CPS has a 'No Outside Food' policy so Valentines may not include candy or any other food. 
Cards, pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. are great replacements.


Zoo Field Trip:
On Friday, March 16th we will be taking a field trip to Brookfield Zoo! Both AM and PM students must arrive at school at 9:15 and will be dismissed at 2:00. We will be eating lunch on this trip so please send your child with a disposable lunch (paper or plastic bags). The cost of this field trip will be $4.00 for students and $6.00 for chaperones. We will accept volunteers for this field trip just as we did for the last trip, if you are interested in volunteering please indicate on your child's permission slip and we will notify you if you are able to join us. (Don't forget- in order to chaperone you must be an approved CPS volunteer. If you still need to complete this process, the form can be found here.)
All money and permission slips are due Thursday, March 1st.



















Week of January 29-February 2, 2017

Attendance & Illness:
Please remember, if your child will be out sick from school (or otherwise) to send an email to Ms. Killian as soon as possible and/or an absent note upon their return. 


RESCHEDULED Parent Night:
Our Communication Parent Night will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 7th!
Ms. Killian and Ms. Schendel (our wonderful speech therapist) will be presenting on the many ways students communicate their wants and needs in the classroom. We will be discussing the Picture Exchange Communcation System (PECS), Core Boards, and many other useful communication tips and tricks! We will meet at 6:00 pm at LaSalle II in room 112. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. In order to keep our focus on the techniques and discussions at hand, this is an adults only event.
This night will be a great opportunity for you to bring the learning we do at school into your home!
We highly recommend all parents plan on attending.


Focus of the Week:
This week we will be continuing our color study with a focus on the color yellow! We will be reading the books "Pete the Cat: I love My White Shoes" and "Colors!" and continuing to practice identifying colors. We will be also be focusing on the letter 'Y' and continuing to practice counting.


BookFlix:
A note went home in your child's backpack before break about our school's subscription to Scholastic's BookFlix. BookFlix is a website that gives you access to over 130 children's book read-alouds. The books include many of our classroom favorites like "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus", "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom", and many more! The books are animated and read aloud to you in a very fun way. I highly recommend checking out this site for use at home.
BookFlix can be found at www.bookflix.scholastic.com
Username: ecelasalleii
Password: ecelasalleii


Donations:
A huge thank you to all the families that have donated materials off our classroom wishlist! We cannot tell you how much these materials are appreciated- and used! If you would like to donate much needed materials to our classroom, our Amazon wishlist can be found here. Thanks again to everyone who has donated and thanks in advance for anyone else!


Behavior Strategies Class:
Ms. Hanna, our school Social Worker, passed along an opportunity for parents of individuals with developmental disabilities and it looks like a great class! The class is described as "Teaching new skills and decreasing problem behavior. This group is for parents or caregivers in search of positive strategies to address challenging behaviors. The class will cover strategies and techniques for teaching and maintaining new skills at any age. Parents/caregivers will work on understanding problem behavior and learn ways to address the behavior."
When: Thursday evenings 5:00-6:30 pm; February 15th - March 8th
Where: Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic (1640 W. Roosevelt Rd)
For more information or to register please contact: Haleigh Scott, PhD
No child care available


NPN's Developmental Differences Resource Fair:
Another upcoming event sent from Ms. Hanna is the Neighborhood Parents Network's Developmental Differences Resource Fair.
When: 9am–1pm Sunday, March 11
Where: DePaul College Prep, 3633 N. California Ave., Chicago
Who: Parents of children diagnosed with, or suspected to have, developmental delays (i.e., speech, motor skills), sensory processing disorder, autism, ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down syndrome and physical disabilities
For more information including the sessions available and how to register check out their website at https://www.npnparents.org/events/2999


Valentine's Day:
Valentine's Day is coming up so we wanted to remind parents that if you would like to send in Valentines for the class (this is completely optional!) they can be sent in on February 14th. There are currently 9 students in our AM class and 3 students in our PM class, please make sure there is one for every student in your child's class and that they are only labeled with your child's name (ex. 'From: Ms. Killian'- leave the 'To:' blank). 
Also, please remember that CPS has a 'No Outside Food' policy so Valentines may not include candy or any other food. 
Cards, pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. are great replacements.



















Week of January 22-26, 2017

Attendance & Illness:
Please remember, if your child will be out sick from school (or otherwise) to send an email to Ms. Killian as soon as possible and/or an absent note upon their return. 


RESCHEDULED Parent Night:
Our Communication Parent Night will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 7th!
Ms. Killian and Ms. Schendel (our wonderful speech therapist) will be presenting on the many ways students communicate their wants and needs in the classroom. We will be discussing the Picture Exchange Communcation System (PECS), Core Boards, and many other useful communication tips and tricks! We will meet at 6:00 pm at LaSalle II in room 112. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. In order to keep our focus on the techniques and discussions at hand, this is an adults only event.
This night will be a great opportunity for you to bring the learning we do at school into your home!
We highly recommend all parents plan on attending.


BookFlix:
A note went home in your child's backpack before break about our school's subscription to Scholastic's BookFlix. BookFlix is a website that gives you access to over 130 children's book read-alouds. The books include many of our classroom favorites like "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus", "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom", and many more! The books are animated and read aloud to you in a very fun way. I highly recommend checking out this site for use at home.
BookFlix can be found at www.bookflix.scholastic.com
Username: ecelasalleii
Password: ecelasalleii


Donations:
A huge thank you to all the families that have donated materials off our classroom wishlist! We cannot tell you how much these materials are appreciated- and used! If you would like to donate much needed materials to our classroom, our Amazon wishlist can be found here. Thanks again to everyone who has donated and thanks in advance for anyone else!


Focus of the Week:
This week we will be continuing our color study with a focus on the color blue! We will be reading "Mary Wore Her Red Dress" (which goes through a number of different colors) and "Little Blue Truck". While we read these stories we are using a communication device, Core Board, or PECS visuals to have each student identify the color they see on the page. We are also using our color knowledge to practice counting! We are choosing which color item we would like to count, counting the objects, and then matching that number to the correct numeral! The students love being able to have a choice in which object they are counting and they are really getting good!


Behavior Strategies Class:
Ms. Hanna, our school Social Worker, passed along an opportunity for parents of individuals with developmental disabilities and it looks like a great class! The class is described as "Teaching new skills and decreasing problem behavior. This group is for parents or caregivers in search of positive strategies to address challenging behaviors. The class will cover strategies and techniques for teaching and maintaining new skills at any age. Parents/caregivers will work on understanding problem behavior and learn ways to address the behavior."
When: Thursday evenings 5:00-6:30 pm; February 15th - March 8th
Where: Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic (1640 W. Roosevelt Rd)
For more information or to register please contact: Haleigh Scott, PhD
No child care available


NPN's Developmental Differences Resource Fair:
Another upcoming event sent from Ms. Hanna is the Neighborhood Parents Network's Developmental Differences Resource Fair.
When: 9am–1pm Sunday, March 11
Where: DePaul College Prep, 3633 N. California Ave., Chicago
Who: Parents of children diagnosed with, or suspected to have, developmental delays (i.e., speech, motor skills), sensory processing disorder, autism, ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down syndrome and physical disabilities
For more information including the sessions available and how to register check out their website at https://www.npnparents.org/events/2999





















Week of January 15-19, 2018

A huge thanks to everyone that came out for our Jim Gill concert last week! Everyone (kids & parents!) had a great time singing and dancing and we're so glad we could share this with all of you!


RESCHEDULED Parent Night:
Our Communication Parent Night will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 7th!
Ms. Killian and Ms. Schendel (our wonderful speech therapist) will be presenting on the many ways students communicate their wants and needs in the classroom. We will be discussing the Picture Exchange Communcation System (PECS), Core Boards, and many other useful communication tips and tricks! We will meet at LaSalle II in room 112. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. In order to keep our focus on the techniques and discussions at hand, this is an adults only event.
This night will be a great opportunity for you to bring the learning we do at school into your home!
We highly recommend all parents plan on attending.


BookFlix:
A note went home in your child's backpack before break about our school's subscription to Scholastic's BookFlix. BookFlix is a website that gives you access to over 130 children's book read-alouds. The books include many of our classroom favorites like "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus", "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom", and many more! The books are animated and read aloud to you in a very fun way. I highly recommend checking out this site for use at home.
BookFlix can be found at www.bookflix.scholastic.com
Username: ecelasalleii
Password: ecelasalleii


Donations:
A huge thank you to all the families that have donated materials off our classroom wishlist! We cannot tell you how much these materials are appreciated- and used! If you would like to donate much needed materials to our classroom, our Amazon wishlist can be found here. Thanks again to everyone who has donated and thanks in advance for anyone else!


Focus of the Week:
This week we will be beginning a new unit of study- colors! This week we will be focusing on the color red. We will practice identifying the color red verbally, using choice boards, using picture exchanges, and more! We will be reading "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?", "Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes", "Monsters Love Colors" and others to help us begin identifying colors in books. We will also be using the color red in our art projects and talking about the letter 'R'.


Attendance & Illness:
Please remember, if your child will be out sick from school (or otherwise) to send an email to Ms. Killian as soon as possible and/or an absent note upon their return. 



















Week of January 8-12, 2018

Welcome back!
I hope everyone had a great break and is ready to start the new year!
We will be beginning this year by going back to the basics of classroom rules and expectations. We will be reading books about how we act in the classroom and making sure that all students understand the different expectations throughout the day (ex. listen to the teacher, follow directions, hands to yourself). 


Jim Gill Concert:
Tuesday, January 9th, we will be hosting a parent-child activity night- a Jim Gill concert! Jim Gill is a children's musician whose concerts are designed for young children and their parents to enjoy together! This concert will be at 5:30 p.m. in the LaSalle II gym. All family members are invited so bring a picnic blanket to sit on and get ready to sing and dance!


Weather/Clothes:
As the weather gets colder, please keep in mind that we will continue to go outside as often as possible so please make sure students are dressed appropriately for the weather. Also, students very often misplace items like hats & gloves so please make sure every item of clothing is labeled with your child's name so that it can be returned if lost.


BookFlix:
A note went home in your child's backpack before break about our school's subscription to Scholastic's BookFlix. BookFlix is a website that gives you access to over 130 children's book read-alouds. The books include many of our classroom favorites like "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus", "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom", and many more! The books are animated and read aloud to you in a very fun way. I highly recommend checking out this site for use at home.
BookFlix can be found at www.bookflix.scholastic.com
Username: ecelasalleii
Password: ecelasalleii


Donations:
A huge thank you to all the families that have donated materials off our classroom wishlist! We cannot tell you how much these materials are appreciated- and used! If you would, like to donate much needed materials to our classroom, our Amazon wishlist can be found here. Thanks again to everyone who has donated and thanks in advance for anyone else!












Week of December 11-5, 2017


Kindergarten Registration:
The CPS kindergarten application is now available online. The deadline for the applications is Friday, December 22, 2017.  The website is go.cps.edu.  You will need your child’s CPS student ID number, if you do not have their ID number you can ask your child's teacher.


Weather/Clothes:
As the weather gets colder, please keep in mind that we will continue to go outside as often as possible so please make sure students are dressed appropriately for the weather. Also, students very often misplace items like hats & gloves so please make sure every item of clothing is labeled with your child's name so that it can be returned if lost.


Children's Museum Field Trip:
Next Friday, December 22nd, is our field trip to the Children's Museum! Students and chaperones need to arrive at school at 9:30 a.m. and pick-up will be at 1:30 p.m. Your child may bring a small disposable snack that they can eat on the go, but we will not be eating lunch on this trip so please make sure they eat a large breakfast before arrival. If your child is not attending the field trip, they will not have school on this day.


Pajama Day:
Next Tuesday, December 19th, we will be having Pre-K Pajama Day! We invite all students to wear their favorite or holiday pajamas to school and we will be having a movie day! Please note, the LaSalle II pajama day is on Friday, but we will be doing our own because of the conflict with our field trip.


Ugly Sweater Day:
Thursday, December 21st, the LaSalle II Student Council will be hosting an Ugly Sweater Day! Students pay $1 to participate and this money will help fund future student council events.


Jim Gill Concert:
Tuesday, January 9th, we will be hosting a parent-child activity night- a Jim Gill concert! Jim Gill is a children's musician whose concerts are designed for young children and their parents to enjoy together! This concert will be at 5:30 p.m. in the LaSalle II gym. All family members are invited so bring a picnic blanket to sit on and get ready to sing and dance!


Parent Night:
A huge thank you to everyone who got back to me about the Parent Night cancellation. I really appreciate your cooperation and understanding! We will be rescheduling the event for sometime after the holidays, and will let you know as soon as a date is set. Thanks again!


Donations:
A huge thank you to all the families that have donated materials off our classroom wishlist! We cannot tell you how much these materials are appreciated- and used! If you would, like to donate much needed materials to our classroom, our Amazon wishlist can be found here. Thanks again to everyone who has donated and thanks in advance for anyone else!


BookFlix:
A note went home in your child's backpack this week about our school's subscription to Scholastic's BookFlix. BookFlix is a website that gives you access to over 130 children's book read-alouds. The books include many of our classroom favorites like "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus", "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom", and many more! The books are animated and read aloud to you in a very fun way. I highly recommend checking out this site for use at home.
BookFlix can be found at www.bookflix.scholastic.com
Username: ecelasalleii
Password: ecelasalleii



















Week of December 4- 8, 2017

Parent Night:
Next Wednesday, December 13th at 6:00 pm we will be hosting a parent night focused on student communication! Ms. Killian and Ms. Schendel (our wonderful speech therapist) will be presenting on the many ways students communicate their wants and needs in the classroom. We will be discussing the Picture Exchange Communcation System (PECS), Core Boards, and many other useful communication tips and tricks! We will meet at LaSalle II in room 112. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. In order to keep our focus on the techniques and discussions at hand, this is an adults only event.
This night will be a great opportunity for you to bring the learning we do at school into your home!
We highly recommend all parents plan on attending.


All About Me Books:
As you know, we are currently working on a Friends & Family unit of study. As part of this unit, we want to learn a little more about the friends in our class and their families! Last week we sent home a short booklet for you to fill out with your child to help us learn all about them. We will be reading these books aloud to the class and then putting them in our classroom library for students to explore on their own. The book has spaces for pictures so you can either print photos or draw them, whatever works best for you!
These books are due this Friday, December 8th.


Donations:
We are in need of Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Fine Point Expo Markers! Both of these are items we use every day, to sanitize the changing table and write our names, and we are running very low. These items (along with others) can be found on our Amazon Wishlist, which allows you to have them shipped directly to the school, or at numerous local stores. Thank you in advance for any donations, we really appreciate it!


Holiday Shop:
This year LaSalle II will be hosting an in-school holiday gift shop. Students will be able to choose gifts for family and friends from a wide assortment of gift items at a variety of kid-friendly prices. A 'Gift Planner' envelope went home last week to help plan who your child should buy gifts for and how much they should spend. All money must be cash only (no checks!) and must be returned to school on or before Wednesday, December 13th (the day we will be visiting the holiday shop).


Kindergarten Registration:
The CPS kindergarten application is now available online. The deadline for the applications is Friday, December 22, 2017.  The website is go.cps.edu.  You will need your child’s CPS student ID number, if you do not have their ID number you can ask your child's teacher.


Weather/Clothes:
As the weather gets colder, please keep in mind that we will continue to go outside as often as possible so please make sure students are dressed appropriately for the weather. Also, students very often misplace items like hats & gloves so please make sure every item of clothing is labeled with your child's name so that it can be returned if lost.


Focus of the Week:
This week we are moving our focus from friends to family! We will be talking about the members of our immediate families, reading "Families, Families, Families" to see different types of families, learning about the letter M for 'mom', reading our "All About Me" books, and looking at the pictures of our families on our family tree! If you did not send in a family picture at the beginning of the year, feel free to send one now and we will add it to our tree!




















Week of November 27- December 1, 2017

Field Trip:
On Friday, December 22nd, we will be taking a field trip to the Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier! The museum is a completely hands-on, child centered museum with many different areas for the children to explore. We will be leaving for this trip at 9:45 am- all students, both AM and PM, must arrive at school at 9:40 and pick-up after the trip will be at 1:00 pm. We will accept volunteers for this field trip the same way as our last trip, mark on the field trip form that you would like to chaperone and make sure you have completed the CPS Volunteer Application. We will then notify you if you will be able to accompany us. The cost of this trip will be $10 for students and $10 for adults.
 Forms are due this Friday, December 1st.


Parent Night:
On Wednesday, December 13th at 6:00 pm we will be hosting a parent night focused on student communication! Ms. Killian and Ms. Schendel (our wonderful speech therapist) will be presenting on the many ways students communicate their wants and needs in the classroom. We will be discussing the Picture Exchange Communcation System (PECS), Core Boards, and many other useful communication tips and tricks! We will meet at LaSalle II in room 112. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. In order to keep our focus on the techniques and discussions at hand, this is an adults only event.
This night will be a great opportunity for you to bring the learning we do at school into your home!
We highly recommend all parents plan on attending.


Kindergarten Registration:
The CPS kindergarten application is now available online. The deadline for the applications is Friday, December 22, 2017.  The website is go.cps.edu.  You will need your child’s CPS student ID number, if you do not have their ID number you can ask your child's teacher.


Weather/Clothes:
As the weather gets colder, please keep in mind that we will continue to go outside as often as possible so please make sure students are dressed appropriately for the weather. Also, students very often misplace items like hats & gloves so please make sure every item of clothing is labeled with your child's name so that it can be returned if lost.


Classroom Wishlist:
If you would like to donate supplies or materials to our classroom we now have an online wishlist! The wishlist can be accessed here and all items will be directly shipped to the school. Thank you in advance for any donations- they are greatly appreciated!


Focus of the Week:
We recently began a new unit- Friends & Family! For the first half of this unit, we are focusing on how we interact and play with our friends including asking people to play with us/ if we can play with them, sharing, taking turns, and many other social skills related to play. We have read books like "Join in and Play", "Can I Play, Too?", "Sharing Time", and "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog" to help us reinforce these skills.















A Note about Monday, November 13th:
Today, November 13th, during the AM session the fire alarm bells in the school malfunctioned. There was no fire and no one was in any immediate danger, but we must always evacuate when the fire alarm rings. The Fire Department and CPS Facilities were unable to turn the bells off, so all students and staff were evacuated to our emergency site- Wells High School. Thank you so much to our AM parents who were flexible and came to pick their students up from Wells. The bells are now fixed and tomorrow, November 14th, will be a normal school day.

If you did not receive a phone call or email from Dr. Albani about this incident, please make sure you have a current phone number on file in the office and that you are signed up for the Falcon Flier (sign up here).






Week of November 6-10, 2017

We had a lot of fun exploring the Story Bus last Friday! The story of the bus this year was 'The Little Red Hen' so we got to explore inside the story after reading it! 

Bring Your Parent to School:
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 15th. 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. 


Field Trip:
On Friday, December 22nd, we will be taking a field trip to the Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier! The museum is a completely hands-on, child centered museum with many different areas for the children to explore. We will be leaving for this trip at 9:45 am- all students, both AM and PM, must arrive at school at 9:40 and pick-up after the trip will be at 1:00 pm. We will accept volunteers for this field trip the same way as our last trip, mark on the field trip form that you would like to chaperone and make sure you have completed the CPS Volunteer Application. We will then notify you if you will be able to accompany us. The cost of this trip will be $10 for students and $10 for adults.
 Forms will be going home this week and are due by Friday, December 1st.


Picture Retakes:
Picture retakes will happen this Thursday, November 16th, around 8:30 am. If you would like your child to retake their school picture, please contact Ms. Killian (especially if they are a PM student).


Kindergarten Registration:
The CPS kindergarten application is now available online. The deadline for the applications is Friday, December 22, 2017.  The website is go.cps.edu.  You will need your child’s CPS student ID number, if you do not have their ID number you can ask your child's teacher.


Weather/Clothes:
As the weather gets colder, please keep in mind that we will continue to go outside as often as possible so please make sure students are dressed appropriately for the weather. Also, students very often misplace items like hats & gloves so please make sure every item of clothing is labeled with your child's name so that it can be returned if lost.


Food Drive:
LaSalle II's student council is conducting a school-wide food drive. If you would like to donate, Pre-K students are asked to bring in canned soup, soup mixes, chilies, stews, noodle soups, canned meats, and stuffing mixes. We will be collecting items through November 15th.


Classroom Wishlist:
If you would like to donate supplies or materials to our classroom we now have an online wishlist! The wishlist can be accessed here and all items will be directly shipped to the school. Thank you in advance for any donations- they are greatly appreciated!












Week of October 30- November 3, 2017

We had so much fun on our trip to the mailbox last week! I hope you all enjoyed your postcards because we enjoyed making and mailing them!


Weather/Clothes:
As the weather gets colder, please keep in mind that we will continue to go outside as often as possible so please make sure students are dressed appropriately for the weather. Also, students very often misplace items like hats & gloves so please make sure every item of clothing is labeled with your child's name so that it can be returned if lost.


Food Drive:
LaSalle II's student council is conducting a school-wide food drive. If you would like to donate, Pre-K students are asked to bring in canned soup, soup mixes, chilies, stews, noodle soups, canned meats, and stuffing mixes. We will be collecting items through November 15th.


Bring Your Parent to School:
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 15th. 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. 
Sign-up forms are due this Friday, November 10th.


Kindergarten Registration:
The CPS kindergarten application is now available online. The deadline for the applications is Friday, December 22, 2017.  The website is go.cps.edu.  You will need your child’s CPS student ID number, if you do not have their ID number you can ask your child's teacher.


PM Buddies:
The PM class recently met with their 6th grad buddies for the first time! Our buddies will be coming to visit us 1-2 times a month for 1-on-1 reading and math activities.


Classroom Wishlist:
If you would like to donate supplies or materials to our classroom we now have an online wishlist! The wishlist can be accessed here and all items will be directly shipped to the school. Thank you in advance for any donations- they are greatly appreciated!


Volunteer Application:
If at any point in the year you plan on volunteering in the classroom or chaperoning a field trip you must complete the Chicago Public Schools Volunteer Application. I highly recommend that you complete this application now because it does take time for the application to be approved. Without this approval, you will not be able to volunteer in the classroom or accompany us on a field trip. You can find the application here. When filling out the application you will be considered a Level II volunteer.















 Week of October 9-13, 2017

Our AM class participating in the LaSalle II Track-a-thon last week! Thank you to everyone who donated and supported our school!


Focus of the Week:
This week we continued our emotions study, focusing on happy and sad. We read the books "The Pout-Pout Fish" and "Giraffes Can't Dance" and discussed how the characters were feeling. In both books the main character starts out sad and something changes and he becomes happy! We used core boards and individual images to give every student the opportunity to recognize the emotions in the books. We also began learning to sort! We started with sorting objects by color and students that did well with this moved on to sorting by type of object. Everyone is really starting to get the hang of sorting so be sure to work on it at home as well!


Halloween:
Notes went home last week about our Halloween celebrations coming up on October 31st! 
We will start by inviting parents to join us for the first 15 minutes of the day to take pictures of the students in their costumes. This will take place from 7:45-8:00 in the morning and 12:05-12:20 in the afternoon. After this we will be resuming our normal schedule. Due to the high number of parents that want to volunteer we will not have parents in the classroom during this time.

At the end of the day we will be walking to a local mailbox (located on Division & Wood) to mail postcards to our families- a Costume Parade! This walk will take place from 9:15-10:20 in the morning and 1:45-2:40 in the afternoon. If there is inclement weather, the walk will be postponed. This will be a regular schedule school day. 

If you would like to join us on our walk, please return the bottom of the note to school as soon as possible. If you have not yet competed the CPS Volunteer Application, you must do so before the trip or you will not be able to accompany us.


Classroom Wishlist:
If you would like to donate supplies or materials to our classroom we now have an online wishlist! The wishlist can be accessed here and all items will be directly shipped to the school. Thank you in advance for any donations- they are greatly appreciated!


Falcon Flier:
Every other Friday Dr. Albani, our school principal, sends out an email to all parents called the Falcon Flier. This includes school-wide events, reminders, and other important events. If you do not already receive this email, please register here


Volunteer Application:
If at any point in the year you plan on volunteering in the classroom or chaperoning a field trip you must complete the Chicago Public Schools Volunteer Application. I highly recommend that you complete this application now because it does take time for the application to be approved. Without this approval, you will not be able to volunteer in the classroom or accompany us on a field trip. You can find the application here. When filling out the application you will be considered a Level II volunteer.


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.
















Week of October 2-6, 2017

Falcon Flier:
Every other Friday Dr. Albani, our school principal, sends out an email to all parents called the Falcon Flier. This includes school-wide events, reminders, and other important events. If you do not already receive this email, please register here


Volunteer Application:
If at any point in the year you plan on volunteering in the classroom or chaperoning a field trip you must complete the Chicago Public Schools Volunteer Application. I highly recommend that you complete this application now because it does take time for the application to be approved. Without this approval, you will not be able to volunteer in the classroom or accompany us on a field trip. You can find the application here. When filling out the application you will be considered a Level II volunteer.


Focus of the Week:
This week we began our new unit of study- feelings and emotions! We read the books "Glad Monster, Sad Monster" by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda and "Lots of Feelings" by Shelley Rotner. While we looked at the pictures we used a choice board or individual visuals to identify which emotion was on the page. It was nice to use both a book with cartoon monsters and one with real photographs of kids to help us see the emotions presented in a number of different ways! We also made faces out of play dough and talked about how the faces were feeling, to incorporate some fun fine-motor components. 


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.













Week of September 25-29, 2017

Falcon Flier:
Every other Friday Dr. Albani, our school principal, sends out an email to all parents called the Falcon Flier. This includes school-wide events, reminders, and other important events. If you do not already receive this email, please register here


Volunteer Application:
If at any point in the year you plan on volunteering in the classroom or chaperoning a field trip you must complete the Chicago Public Schools Volunteer Application. I highly recommend that you complete this application now because it does take time for the application to be approved. Without this approval, you will not be able to volunteer in the classroom or accompany us on a field trip. You can find the application here. When filling out the application you will be considered a Level II volunteer.


Inclusion:
Beginning in the next few weeks, we will be inviting students from the other two Pre-K classrooms to join us for center time! These students will be able to act as peer role models, allow our students to practice their social interactions, and also give us the opportunity to make new friends! 


Reading Buddies:
The AM class began meeting with their 5th grade reading buddies this week! The 5th graders will be coming down every week or two to read to their buddies and participate in buddy activities together. 
At this time, we do not have PM reading buddies due to time constraints for the older students.


Focus of the Week:
This week we finished our School/ Beginning of the Year unit by reviewing classroom rules and procedures, reading books about how we treat the classroom and our friends, and practicing walking in the hallway. The students are really starting to get the hang of things at school and we are excited to start our next unit- Feelings!


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.















Week of September 18-22, 2017

Taking advantage of the warm weather while it lasts!


Focus of the Week:
This week we focused on our behavior at school. We read books such as "Hands Are Not for Hitting" and "Listening Time" to help us further understand the expectations that we have at school. We also worked together to sort images of good and bad choices. We will continue to work on these skills throughout the year because they create the foundation for all our classroom learning.


Picture Day:
Don't forget- picture day is this Thursday, September 28th! Order forms must be turned in on or before this date. Forms went home last week and if you did not receive one, please let Ms. Killian know.


School Wide Track-A-Thon Fundraiser:
Our upcoming Track-A-Thon will take place on October 13th. 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 trips, after-school academic support, and any other event or need approved by Dr. Albani. All pledge money is due September 28th (money pledged is for walking, not number of laps). Thanks in advance for your support!


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.


Backpacks:
Please make sure that you are checking your child's Take Home Folder every day. Especially at this time of year, there are a lot of important notes and forms that need to be returned going home.
















Week of September 11-15, 2017

Family Pictures:
Just like your students, your other family members are all part of our classroom community and we would like for you to be represented in our room! We have a Family Tree displayed and would like to fill it with family photos! Please send in a picture of your family as soon as possible.
These pictures will be displayed on the Family Tree for the entire school year.


Student Council Theme Day:
This Friday, Septembet 22nd, the LaSalle II Student Council invites all students to pay $1 and wear any Chicago Bears gear they choose. The funds raised from this fundraiser will be used towards upcoming fun events, including Halloween activities and raffles, holiday sweater contest, etc.


School Wide Track-A-Thon Fundraiser:
Notes went home last week about our upcoming Track-A-Thon, which will take place on October 13th. 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 trips, after-school academic support, and any other event or need approved by Dr. Albani. All pledge money is due September 28th (money pledged is for walking, not number of laps). Thanks in advance for your support!


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.


Backpacks:
Please make sure that you are checking your child's Take Home Folder every day. Especially at this time of year, there are a lot of important notes and forms that need to be returned going home.


Focus of the Week:
This week we focused on our behavior at school. We read books such as "Hands Are Not for Hitting" and "Listening Time" to help us further understand the expectations that we have at school. We also worked together to sort images of good and bad choices. We will continue to work on these skills through next week (and throughout the year!) because they create the foundation for all our classroom learning.











Week of September 5-8, 2017
Working on our fine motor skills by using paintbrushes to paint school buses!


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.


Backpacks:
Please make sure that you are checking your child's Take Home Folder every day. Especially at this time of year, there are a lot of important notes and forms that need to be returned going home.


Family Pictures:
Just like your students, your other family members are all part of our classroom community and we would like for you to be represented in our room! We have a Family Tree displayed and would like to fill it with family photos! Please send in a picture of your family by this Friday, September 15th
These pictures will be displayed on the Family Tree for the entire school year.


Focus of the Week:
This week our focus was on getting back into our school routine (or learning it for the first time)! We had a short-and-sweet circle time that included our Hello Song, a book, and the days of the week. We read books about school like "David Goes to School"' by David Shannon, which was a class favorite! We also sang "The Wheels on the Bus" and this will be our song for the entire month of September so our friends really get the hang of it!















Week of August 28-September 1, 2017:

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.


First Day of School:
Don't forget the first day is next Tuesday, September 5th! We are so excited to start the year!


Supply List:
All students must have a backpack, which must be brought to school daily. 
Backpacks must be large enough to fit their Home Folder.

 Wish-list Items:

·Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

·Paper Towels

·Hand Soap

·Kleenex

·Gallon Size Ziploc Bags

·Black Expo Markers (Thin)

·Crayola Markers

·Bottled Glue

·Construction Paper

·Clear Packing Tape

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Killian McIlvain,
Sep 1, 2017, 10:32 AM