Principal Newsletter January 26th, 2018

LaSalle Vision

LaSalle Language Academy will provide the foundation for all students to become creative intellectuals and people with integrity, who persevere with the confidence to become empathetic, active and engaged global citizens and role models.
January 29th, 2018

* State of the School Webinar Link
* Rosetta Stone Reminder
* Donor's Choose grant for World Language - Italian
* Message from LSC Chair
* CPS Family Life and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education
* Dates to Remember

State of the School Webinar Link

Please click on this link to view the State of the School presentation via webinar. This presentation was updated after the live presentation to include more specific information in response to parent feedback so please feel free to watch it, even if you were able to attend in December.

Thank you very much!
State of the School Webinar (
REMINDER to all students/families,
The next Rosetta Stone deadline is next Tuesday.


Online practice grades are entered into the grade book twice per quarter. There are no “rollover” minutes. PLEASE use the “My Reports” function on the Rosetta Stone homepage EACH WEEK to check your child’s recorded usage.

If you are experiencing problems with the system, we can best help you if we are notified of problems at the beginning of the grading period.
Donor's Choose Grant for World Language
We are thrilled and proud to be a 1:1 technology school but suffer from a lack of computers for our world language program. If you would like to help, please consider donating to the Donor's Choose grant Ms. Kist has written for new World Language Chromebooks!

Donate to Technology for LaSalle's World Language Program Here (

Reminder – LSC CIWP Committee Open Forum Meeting – January 31, 2018

The LSC CIWP Committee is holding an open forum meeting on January 31, 2018 beginning at 5:45 p.m. to discuss school performance. The LSC CIWP Committee works with the Principal in developing and monitoring the school’s Continuous Improvement Work Plan (“CIWP”). In light of the ongoing discussion regarding LaSalle’s test scores, the meeting will focus on plans to improve overall performance. We encourage you to come to this meeting with questions and comments regarding school performance. If you would like to submit a comment or question ahead of time to the LSC CIWP Committee you can send it to me at .


Rob Schnitz – LSC Chairperson
CPS Family Life and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education
Chicago Public School requires that Family Life is taught in elementary school and in high school. Below is a list of topics that will be taught throughout the remainder of the school year. State law allows you to remove your student from comprehensive sexual health education or HIV/AIDS prevention education. If you do not want your student to participate in the comprehensive sexual health or HIV/AIDS prevention instructional program, please give a note to your student’s homeroom teacher. If students do not participate in the program, they will join another class that is taking place during that time.

The goal of a comprehensive sexual health education program is to help students learn the facts and to make good decisions now, and later in life.

Units and Lessons

The following lessons comprise the Sexual Health Education curriculum:


Lesson 1: Private vs. Public – Students identify public and private body parts using medically-accurate vocabulary.
Lesson 2: Good Touch, Bad Touch – Students learn that no one is allowed to touch their private parts without permission.
Lesson 3: Good Secrets, Bad Secrets– Students learn strategies for telling a trusted adult about a secret that makes them scared or uncomfortable.
Lesson 4: Smart About Strangers – Students learn tips for staying safe online and in the real world.

1st grade

Lesson 1: Respecting Individuals – Students use creative drawing to show that everyone is a unique individual who deserves dignity and respect.
Lesson 2: Families – Students identify diverse family structures and brainstorm ways to treat all families with respect.
Lesson 3: Families Change – Students explore ways a family can change and how to handle feelings that come with a changing family.
Lesson 4: Bullying – Students identify forms of bullying and what to do if they or a classmate is being bullied.

2nd Grade

Lesson 1: My Body – Students learn about the parts of the human body.
Lesson 2: All Living Things Reproduce – Students identify characteristics of all living things and study the life cycle of a frog.
Lesson 3: Gender and Identity – Students role play strategies for breaking down gender stereotypes and learn to treat all people in their community with respect.
Lesson 4: Keeping My Body Healthy – Students practice infection control strategies for staying healthy.

3rd Grade

Lesson 1: Respecting Myself and Others – Students will learn concepts of respect for others and self respect. Students will practice communicating respectfully.
Lesson 2: Building Relationships – Students will examine traits of healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Lesson 3: Building Communities/Strengths and Struggles (optional) – Students will examine their own strengths and struggles, and how they can use their strengths to create a healthy classroom community.
Lesson 4: Bullying – Students will learn how they can be leaders against bullying in their classroom community.

4th Grade

Lesson 1: What is Puberty – Students are introduced to the physical, social, and emotional changes of puberty.
Lesson 2: Puberty Boy, Puberty Girl – Students are split into groups of boys and girls to learn about the physical changes of puberty specific to males or females. Sexual Health Education Lesson 3: Puberty Stress Management and Goal Setting – Students will learn techniques to manage the stresses of puberty and set goals for the future.
Lesson 4: Germs and Your Immune System– Students will identify difference between bacteria and viruses and will learn how the immune system keeps the body safe from infection.
Lesson 5: What is HIV? (optional) – Students are introduced to HIV as a blood borne virus, and learn universal precautions for protecting themselves from blood borne illnesses.

5th-8th Grade

Lesson 1 - Human Reproduction – students learn about male and female reproductive systems, the definition of sexual intercourse, stages of child birth and prenatal care.
Lesson 2 - HIV/AIDS and STIs – students learn what HIV and sexually transmitted infections are, how they’re transmitted and how they can be prevented.
Lesson 3 - Contraceptive Methods – students learn about the different barrier and hormonal contraceptive methods, including abstinence.
Lesson 4- Relationships – students learn the different types of relationships and the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Lesson 5- Sexual Orientation – students learn about sexual orientation and key definitions, and bullying prevention.
Lesson 6 - Refusal Skills and Delay Tactics – students learn effective refusal skills and delay tactics to help them make healthy choices.
Dates to Remember
**Please note that new or changed dates will be written in blue from this point forward!

2017-2018 Projected Date EVENT

Monday, January 15, 2018 NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 FOL General Meeting - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Friday, February 2, 2018 NO CLASSES (School Improvement Day)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 LSC Meeting - 5:45 - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 15, 2018 FOL General Meeting - 4:15 - 5:45 pm
Friday, February 16, 2018 Chinese New Year
Monday, February 19, 2018 NO SCHOOL (President's Day)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 LSC Meeting - 5:45 - 7:00 pm
Friday, March 16, 2018 FOL meeting - 9:00 - 10:00 am
March 26 to 29, 2018 Spring Break
Saturday, March 10th, 2018 FOL Auction
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 LSC Meeting - 5:45 - 7:00 pm
Friday, April 13, 2018 NO CLASSES (School Improvement Day)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 NO CLASSES (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
Thursday, April 26, 2018 FOL meeting - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
May 4 - 11, 2018 Spring Book Fair
5/7/2018 to 5/11/2018 National Teacher Appreciation Week
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 LSC Meeting - 5:45 - 7:00
Friday, May 18, 2018 FOL Meeting 9 - 10 am
MAY TBD Camp Edwards (6th Graders)
MAY TBD Washington DC Trip (8th Graders)
MAY TBD Springfield, IL Trip (7th Graders)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Spring Assembly
Monday, May 28, 2018 NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
Friday, June 8, 2018 FOL Meeting - 4:15 - 5:45 pm
June TBA Travel Fair/International Night
June TBA Indiana Dunes (8th Graders)
June TBA Art Fair Parking
June TBA 50 Yard Dash
June TBA Graduation Luncheon
June TBA Graduation & Reception
June TBA Field Day/Talent Show/Carnivale
Monday, June 18, 2018 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 FOL Fiscal Year Ends
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Next FOL Fiscal Year Starts
August TBD Air & Water Show Parking

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