Principal Newsletter March 17th, 2017

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.
March 17th, 2017
* 2017 LaSalle Auction
* LaSalle Fine Arts Residency
* World Language Scholarships
* Support the Geoghegan Family
* Midwest Chinese Speech Contest
* FOL Family Game Night
* Dates to Remember

The Friends of LaSalle Language Academy invites you to join us for a fabulous night in support of our school and to show how grateful we are for being a part of a wonderful community.

The fundraising event will include a live and silent auction, a wine raffle, music spun by a D.J., delectable food, and open bar!

Where: Chief O'Neill's ( Pub

Cocktail Attire
Street Parking Available

Please arrive sharp to enjoy our new new event format with mobile bidding, new games and lots of merriment. The cost of the tickets cover the the overhead costs of the venue, music, and food and directly benefit the Friends of LaSalle fundraising. The open bar expenses are donated by generous parents and supporters and is not paid thru auction event ticket sales.

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Once again this year we need your help with the wine raffle. Please consider donating a bottle of fine wine or soliciting a local vendor to donate a bottle. We are collecting wines, with a minimum bottle value of $30 and that represent our World Language Programs, French, Spanish, and Italian. This is an opportunity for all families to contribute to our fundraising efforts.

Please contact Valerie to arrange donation. She will be collecting them during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up from school.
Valerie Lawson ( ( )

Even easier, you can also purchase a bottle through the vendor listed below, the vendor will properly store the bottle(s) until the auction and you can purchase selections over the phone.
Potash Wine Cellar
(located on Clark Street just south of North Ave.)

Phone: (312) 337-7537 (tel:(312)%20337-7537) Press 22, Ask for Alan

LaSalle Language Academy 2016-2017 Fine Arts Residency!
This year, our school-wide arts residency “Shakespeare Live!” was inspired by the celebrations around the world over the past year honoring Shakespeare on the 400^th anniversary of his death. The residency will include live performances and hands-on workshops with two Chicago theater groups - Chicago Youth Shakespeare and Q Brothers.

The events will kick-off on Friday, March 17^th with age-appropriate performances by Chicago Youth Shakespeare’s Ensemble of talented high school students, and continue the following 2 weeks with hands-on workshops geared for grade-level groups.

K-1^st graders will learn 15^th Century dance, mask-making and character discovery; 2-3^rd graders will work on creative writing and performance; and 4-5^th graders will focus on devised theater and ensemble performance. 6-8^th graders will work through adapting a Shakespeare scene into rap as a group with Q Brothers.

Scholarships Available for World Language Learning

In addition to assistance for families in financial need (applications closed for this year), there are also multiple other language-specific scholarships available:

Many LaSalle students have attended these camps and they always come back with tales of their fantastic experiences.

The SBS of Chicago offers multiple scholarships for a one week program at Concordia Language Villages summer immersion camps in beautiful northern Minnesota. Application deadline is March 31, and the application is really reasonable. Student winners who want to extend their stay to a two week program have the option of paying the difference. Please encourage your most passionate students to toss their berets into the ring. The application form is on their website:
Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago Scholarship

Support the Geoghegan Family

Many thanks to so many of you who have helped, and continue to help as the Geoghegan family works hard to get back on your feet. For those of you who knew Beth well, you know how much the LaSalle family meant to her and how confident she was that we would continue to support her husband and children after she was gone. You have driven the kids to and from school, provided meals and much needed financial donations.

I know it has been a few months, but the Geoghegan family can still use our help and support. Please take a moment to sign up to bring in dinner for the family at the link below. There is nothing like the strength of this community to come together to take care of our own.

Thank you all,

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Congratulations to LaSalle Students who placed in the Midwest Chinese Speech Contest!!! All of our students who competed, won medals! Go Leopards :)

Jenna Thomas (7th grade) won a Silver Medal!
Jaden Annacone (7th grade) won a Bronze Medal!
Ethan Keller (4th grade) won a Bronze Medal!

Friends of LaSalle Family Game Night

Friends of LaSalle is looking to host the second annual Family Game Night, the counterpart to the Girl's Choice Dance. A date has not been set, but will be in May.

We need volunteers to ensure that this will be a memorable and fun evening! Anything you can do or any amount of time you can share will be a huge help.If you are planning to attend the event with your student then see if you can get a family member to volunteer so you can enjoy the evening.Please email Ciara McDonagh at ( .

We need 10-12 volunteers to assist with a variety of activities:
* Scavenger Hunt: (4-8)
* Set-up and Clean-up, All around Helpers: (4)
* Check in (4)
* Food (6)
* Game Truck Point Person (2)
* Parking (2)

If we do not get enough volunteers we will not be able to offer this event. If you have attended any LLA event please consider donating your time back to the community by volunteering.

Dates to Remember
**There are many events that have not been finalized and these dates will be added throughout the year. New events will always be written in blue.

Back to School - September 6, 2016
Movie Night - September 9, 2016 (rain date: September 10)
LSC Meeting - September 13, 2016 at 5:45
FOL Meeting - September 13, 2016 after FOL meeting
Curriculum Night Grades 5-8 - Sept 21 from 6:00-7:30 (FOL Open House from 5:00-6:00!)
Curriculum Night Grades K-4 - Sept 22 from 6:00-7:30 (FOL Open House from 5:00-6:00!)
High School Information Session (7th and 8th grade only) - September 27 from 5:30-6:30pm
Orange Ruler Fundraiser Kick Off - October 6, 2016
Scholastic Book Fair - October 6-14, 2016
No School (Columbus Day) - October 10, 2016
Picture Day - October 11, 2016
Long Distance Classic - October 13, 2016
Orange Ruler Fun Run - October 27, 2016
No School (School Improvement Day) - November 4, 2016
No School (Parent Teacher Conference Day) - November 9, 2016
Alumni Day - November 10, 2016
No School (Veteran's Day) - November 11, 2016
Thanksgiving Break - November 23-25, 2016
Winter Assembly - December 21, 2016
Winter Break - December 26-6, 2017
No School (MLKJr. Day) - January 16, 2017
LSC Meeting - Thursday, January 26th
Chinese New Year - January 28, 2017
No School (School Improvement Day) - February 3, 2017
LSC Meeting - Thursday, February 16th
No School (President's Day) - February 20, 2017
LSC Meeting - Tuesday, March 14th
LSC Meeting - Tuesday, April 4th
No School (School Improvement Day) - April 7, 2017
Spring Break - April 10-14, 2017
No School (Parent Teacher Conference Day) - April 19, 2017
LSC Meeting - Tuesday, May 9th
Camp Edwards for 6th Graders - May 10-12, 2017
Washington D.C. for 8th Graders - May 31-June 2, 2017
Springfield, IL for 7th Graders - May 1, 2017
Scholastic Book Fair - May 5-12, 2017
No School (Memorial Day) - May 29, 2017
Spring Assembly - June 1, 2017
Travel Fair/International Night - June 6, 2017
Indiana Dunes for 8th Graders - June 9, 2017
Art Fair Parking - June 10-11, 2017
50 Yard Dash - June 13 or 14, 2017
Graduation Luncheon - June 14, 2017
Graduation & Reception - June 15, 2017
Field Day - June 19, 2017
Last Day of School (Full Day) - June 20, 2017

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