Principal Newsletter March 9th, 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.
March 9th, 2018

* Concordia Language Village Scholarships
* Right at School Spring Electives
* LSC Agenda
* Facets Scholarships Available
* Regina Dominican Basketball Clinic
* Wine Auction
* Subscribe to the Smart Social Newsletter
* Dates to Remember

Concordia Language Villages student scholarships

The Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago (SBS) encourages you to identify deserving students who would profit from a German, French or Italian language immersion experience at the Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota. The SBS has provided scholarships to over 200 students over the past 15 years. They are pleased that they can offer one-week scholarships to young people in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin during the summer of 2018. This is an AMAZING opportunity for students, encourage your kids to apply.

The application for one-week session at the Concordia Language Villages is available as a pdf-download on-line at ( under "Education".

Application deadline is March 30.
Right at School Spring Electives
Hello LaSalle families,

We will be closing registration for Spring Electives soon!

These programs have not yet the minimum enrollment are in danger of closing so if you know of any friends who might be thinking about it, please encourage them to join!:
* Mon:
+ Chess Scholars Afterschool Chess - LaSalle (K-8) = needs 4 more!
* Tue:
+ Cooking Classes by iCOOK - LaSalle (K-5) = needs 6 more!
* Wed:
+ Girl Power Yoga Club (New) - LaSalle (K-5) = needs 1 more!
+ Girl Power Yoga Club (Returning) - LaSalle (K-5) = needs 1 more!
* Thu:
+ Beginning/Intermediate Violin - LaSalle (K-8) = need 3 more!
+ Creative Improv - LaSalle (K-5) = needs 2 more!
* Fri:
+ Game Design & Coding with Kids STEM -LaSalle (2-5) = need 8 more!
+ All Sports & Games - LaSalle (K-3) = need 8 more!

​You can enroll online here: by calling 855-287-2466 (tel:(855)%20287-2466) .

We hope to see you for the Spring Electives which start next week!​
Dear LaSalle Community:

Our next LSC meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Immediately following the LSC meeting will be the LSC Candidate Forum which we hope can begin by 6:00 pm. The LSC Candidate Forum is an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of the Candidates running for LaSalle's LSC (Local School Council).

LSC elections are held every two years. There are six parent representative positions, and two community representative positions up for election by the LaSalle Community. Also, the teachers select two teacher representatives, and the non-teacher staff selects one staff representative. The LSC's primary responsibilities include:
1. Approving how school funds and resources are allocated
2. Developing and monitoring the annual School Improvement Plan
3. Evaluating and selecting the school's principal

The election will be held on April 18, 2018,which is also report card pick-up day. Candidates can also submit campaign material to the office for distribution by 3:00 pm on April 10, 2018.

I also want to remind everyone that we could still use more volunteers to participate in the Alumni Committee chaired by LSC Community Representative and LaSalle Alum, Steve McClellan ( ( ), and the Building Committee chaired by LSC Parent Representative, Keith Thomas ( ( ). Please reach out to Steve and Keith respectively if you are willing to help out.

We look forward to seeing you at the LSC meeting and the candidate forum.


Rob Schnitz - LSC Chairperson

Local School Council Agenda
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 5:00
1. Welcome and Call to Order
2. Approval of Meeting Minutes
3. Committee Reports
1. Principal Evaluation
3. Community Relations and Long-term Planning
5. Alumni Relations
6. Technology
7. Building Committee
4. Issues for Discussion or Vote
1. Issues for a Vote
2. Fundraising and School Usage
3. Payments and Budget Transfers
1. Brightspark payment for Washington D.C. - $2000.00
2. Yellowstone Forever balance payment for October, 2018 - $4580.00
5. Principal Report
6. Open Forum
7. Adjournment

Full Scholarships Available Now

Film 101 (Facets Kids Film Camp) - Program Description:
See what’s possible when smart kids get together. Under the guidance of our expert instructors, young movie lovers learn the foundation of movie making, appreciation, and criticism.

During camp, young creative kids collaborate in an engaging environment that builds self-confidence and develops critical thinking skills through screenings, discussions, and creative, hands-on exercises that include making a movie and opinion writing.

What will be learned? Film appreciation, film history, film vocabulary, filmmaking techniques (story development, types of shots, composition, screenwriting, storyboarding, acting, casting, lighting, sound, editing, directing, production safety and communication), critique and review.

Who should enroll? Aspiring directors, writers, actors, critics, and any young lover of movies and the arts.

For more details, visit: (

Facets Multi-Media is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the exhibition, distribution & education of foreign, independent & classic cinema. For 40 years, Facets programming for adults, children & youth has included film screenings, filmmaker appearances, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, and year-round filmmaking and film studies classes and workshops.
Link to Scholarship Application (http://file///Users/bbazer/Downloads/Facets%20School%20Scholarship%20App...)
Wine Auction
As we prepare for our annual auction, we are beginning to collect wine for our wine basket. Any families who are able to donate a bottle (or three!) of wine, please drop it off in the main office at any time. We will turn each bottle over to the FOL right away. Red or white, sweet or's completely up to you. We only ask that each bottle have a minimum price point of $20.

Thank you so much in advance for your donation!

Subscribe to the Smart Social Newsletter
Parents, please consider signing up to receive Smart Social's newsletter. Smart Social is a site dedicated to practicing safe online behavior, and education teachers and parents about helping students make good online decisions. I get their newsletter which highlights blogs and tips that I've found very useful. Here are a few links to some great articles I've read on that site, as well as a link to the site itself. I'll try to link to a good Smart Social blog in my principal newsletter each week so look for this great resource!

Digital Safety for Middle School Students (
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)
Saturday, March 10th, 2018 FOL Auction
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
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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