Lab E-News

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

All Schools

  • Operation Migration honors second grade crane-iacs

    The little Labbies are featured on the Operation Migration website in honor of their big fundraising work to help save cranes.


    The little Labbies are featured on the Operation Migration website in honor of their big fundraising work to help save cranes.

    Every year, Lisa Harrison introduces her second grade class to Operation Migration, an organization that reintroduces endangered Whooping cranes into eastern North America. Using ultralight aircraft, Operation Migration pilots act as surrogate parents and guide captive-hatched and imprinted Whooping cranes along a planned migration route beginning in Wisconsin and ending in Florida–as depicted in the film Fly Away Home.

  • Connections 2015, this Saturday, March 7, 6 p.m.; Online auction & raffle available now


    It’s not too late to reserve your tickets online for this exciting evening of great student performance, food, fun, and a silent auction.

    The online auction and raffle are live and stay open through the event itself. We have a collection of wonderful and unique auction items, including four great raffle prizes, so place your bids and buy your raffle tickets now. Raffle tickets are $20 online and $50 at the event so get them early.

    Please note that raffle tickets will no longer be sold online after midnight tonight. You can buy them through our office in the meantime.

    Call the Office of Alumni Relations & Development with any questions (or to buy raffle tickets) at 773-702-0578.

  • Summer Lab Early Bird expires Sunday, March 15


    Register and pay in full by Sunday, March 15 and you can save $150 per child. Choose Adventure Kids Day Camp in its 15th anniversary year, or Summer School with dozens of choices for all ages, including classes for U-High credit. Summer School, Fun in the Sun, and Sports Camps use both campuses according to grade level. Summer Lab on Stage, for grades 5–8, puts on its annual blockbuster musical revue at the remarkable Logan Center for the Arts. Summer Lab is not limited to Lab families. Invite cousins, neighbors, friends from around the corner and around the world.

    Only at the Laboratory Schools, only at Summer Lab, where love of learning spends the summer.

  • PA Speaker Series: How the Body Knows Its Mind, UChicago professor, author, and Lab parent Sian Beilock, Monday, April 6, 7 p.m. ESH


    We often think of the brain as the master control center–interpreting experiences, deciding what to do, and pulling the levers of the body. Sian Beilock, a leading expert on the brain science behind human performance and professor in the psychology department at the University of Chicago, turns our understanding of the mind upside down in her work, and in her recent book, How the Body Knows Its Mind. The way we move affects our thoughts, our decisions, our preferences. For example, children absorb more when they use their bodies as a learning tool—and Lab is a school that clearly appreciates and understands this. This new area of science illuminates the power of the body and its physical surroundings to shape how we think, feel, and behave. Join us to learn how pacing around the room can enhance creativity; walking in nature can boost concentration skills, and physically fit children score higher on tests in school.

    Ms. Beilock will explain the interconnectivity between mind and body and show how mastering them can make us happier, safer, and more successful. Copies of Ms. Beilock’s books will be available for sale on site at a PA discount and in advance of the talk via Christie Henry.

  • Lab’s first school-wide, all-ages Health Fair, Thursday, March 12, 6–8 p.m., Kovler Gym


    Be sure to mark your calendars for this exciting, fun and healthy event for the whole family! There will be fun activities for all ages, demonstrations, and samples of good things for mind and body. See the schedule online.

    • Demos and presentations from UChicago health experts and others
    • Kindergarten through fifth grade gym performances
    • Healthy snacks from A10, Honest Fork, Defloured Bakery, and more
    • Informational booths from Hyde Park School of Dance, UChicago Velo Club, Six Pax Pilates, Enso Karate and Tai Chi, and Kidical Mass Cycling, among others
    • Dental screenings
    • Natural skin care products
    • Healthy heart-care tips

    If you have questions please contact Joan Vande Velde or Nancy King.

  • U-High Maroons athletic and fan gear online for a limited time


    Order great Adidas brand athletic wear online now through March 16. Login code: JCZER

  • Support Senior Prom: Order a Lab Mom or Lab Dad t-shirt


    Shirts are $20 each and proceeds go to help the U-High Prom 2015 Committee fundraise for their June event. See the shirts and ordering information here.

  • Nominate yourself or others for 2015–2016 PA Board positions through Friday, April 4


    All parents and guardians have an opportunity to be a part of the great traditions, innovations, and changes at Lab as part of the Parents’ Association (PA). We look in particular to the PA Board to ensure that we continue to fulfill the PA’s mission of community building, parent education, parent advocacy, and support.

    Please consider nominating yourself or a friend for one of the open positions for the 2015–2016 PA Board. This is an opportunity to join other parents and work with the Schools’ administration and teachers to help foster the creative and collaborative environment Lab offers us all.

    Nominations are being accepted through Friday, April 4, 2015. Complete the form online or print and submit a PDF version. Time commitments vary depending on the position, and unless otherwise noted, all positions are for two-year terms. See PA Jobs Description for further explanations of the below listed PA Board positions and expected time commitments each entails. Please feel free to contact current PA President, Cheryl Rudbeck, with questions about the PA or the activities of the Board.

    Open positions are as follows:

    1. School Councils

    • Earl Shapiro Hall (3 positions)
    • Lower School (2 positions)
    • Middle School (2 positions)
    • High School (2 positions)

    2. President-elect (Must have previously held a position on the PA Board)

    3. Secretary-elect

    4. Treasurer-elect

    5. Communications Coordinator-elect

    The bylaws permit non-council positions to be filled jointly by two people willing to serve together. If you are interested in nominating a team for a position, please be sure to indicate this on the nominations form.

    The following parents will hold these positions on the 2015–2016 PA Board:

    • President: Open Position - to be appointed in June
    • Treasurer: Matthew Miller
    • Secretary: Mariana Ingersoll
    • Communications Coordinator: Patty Jones

    HS Council

    • Neetu Sharma
    • Kim Stolze

    MS Council

    • Tracy Coe
    • Cindy Pietraszek

    LS Council

    • Lena Jessen
    • Tracey Quinn

    ESH Council

    • Monica Hughson
    • Shrunali Rai
    • Katie Williams
  • Save the date: LabArts 2015, April 10–12


    Join students, parents, and faculty at the fourth annual celebration of visual and performing arts at Lab. This gallery-style visual arts exhibition of more than 500 individual pieces illustrates the scope and sequence of the Fine Arts program at Lab. Student performances on Saturday include vocal and instrumental music, dance, drama and spoken word. The event returns to Upper Kovler Gym on the historic campus this year. Admission is free, all ages welcome.

    Friday, April 10

    • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Students and Faculty)

    Saturday, April 11

    • Gallery 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Student Performances 1–4 p.m.

    Sunday, April 12

    • Gallery and Jazz Brunch 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Click here to volunteer, or email for information.

  • Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child. Traveling exhibit comes to Lab, April 6–24


    The traveling exhibit, Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: the Philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins, will be at the Historic Campus and ESH over three weeks. The Hawkins were a dynamic, forward-thinking couple who dedicated their careers to progressive education. They found deep inspiration in John Dewey's work. In fact, many educators view their work as Dewey theory in practice. The exhibit illustrates four central ideas using descriptions and photos of actual student projects and adult inquiry:

    1. Messing About
    2. Eolithism
    3. I, Thou, It
    4. Teacher as Learner

    Get more information about the exhibit and the Hawkins.

  • New schoolwide concussion policy


    Since last summer, we have been working with medical and educational experts as well as leaders at Lab and the University to develop a formal concussion management policy for the Schools. Research and understanding have increased the awareness that people have around this issue and its impact on students’ health and learning. Lab’s concussion policy is posted on the Nurse’s webpage. Please take a moment to read it.

    Please note, that for High School athletes this policy is in addition to the one required by the IHSA. Please contact the nurse's office with any questions.

  • Writer Graham Moore, ’99, wins an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game.

    Not only did he receive recognition for his creative talent, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and others called out his acceptance speech as one of the highlights of this year’s Oscar event.


    Not only did he receive recognition for his creative talent, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and others called out his acceptance speech as one of the highlights of this year’s Oscar event.

    In his speech, Mr. Moore revealed, “When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong, and now I am standing here.

    “I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she's weird or she's different or she doesn't fit in anywhere. Yes, you do.

    “Stay weird, stay different. And when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person that comes along.”

    Mr. Moore received Lab’s 2014 Rising Star Professional Achievement Award and was selected to be Commencement Speaker by the U-High Class of 2014.

    His debut novel, The Sherlockian, was published in 2010 and is a New York Times best seller. Mr. Moore is also writing the screenplay for the film adaptation of Erik Larson's novel The Devil in the White City for Warner Bros., which will star Leonardo Di Caprio.

    Says Laboratory Schools science teacher David Derbes, who taught Mr. Moore physics and whom Mr. Moore acknowledged in the speech he gave at the 2014 University High School graduation, “I am delighted by his success, and I was very moved by his speech. Graham was part of a small coterie of close friends who were all very creative, clearly interested more in the humanities than in the sciences (though Graham and a number of his posse did take physics from me.) He seemed to me unusually observant; when something went particularly well in class he let me know, and told me why he thought it went well, occasionally talking about the mechanics of telling the story.”

    Mr. Derbes continues, “I believe it was his suggestion that his group buy and set up a coffee pot in my classroom (the class met at 8 a.m.), and that was fine by me. He was a very friendly young man, even if not always the most outgoing, and always thinking, mind racing at high velocity, caffeine-fueled. We were very lucky that he chose to be here.”

    Attending the Oscars with Mr. Moore was his mother, Susan Sher, senior advisor to the president of the University of Chicago and senior advisor for medical public affairs to the EVP for medical affairs at UChicago Medicine. She is the former chief of staff to Michelle Obama and a former Lab Board chair.

High School

  • Freshman Class Lock-In, tomorrow, Friday, March 6; Permission forms due today, March 5


    The Freshman Class Officers have planned a Lock-In for this Friday, March 6 until Saturday, March 7. Students who will attend any portion of the lock-in, even if they won't spend the night, are required to submit a permission form by today March 5. The form can be found online here. There will be three faculty chaperones supervising the event from start to finish. The officers have planned a number of fun activities! Please contact Ana Campos with any questions.

  • Junior Retreat April 14–16; Forms due today, March 5


    The high school juniors will go on their retreat from April 14–16, 2015 to Camp Wonderland in Camp Lake, Wisconsin. They will leave school at the end of lunch period on Tuesday, April 14 and will return around 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. Retreat packets are available online.

    The three forms to return to Ana Campos by Thursday, March 5 include:

    1. Consent form (completed by parent/guardian)
    2. Getaway Agreement form (signed by both student and parent/guardian)
    3. Roommate Request form (completed by student)

    Most questions can be answered by reviewing these materials. If after reviewing you them you find you have additional questions, please contact Ana Campos.

  • Senior diploma name-check by Friday, March 13


    At the beginning of Spring break the graduation list will be sent to the calligrapher. No further changes will be possible. The list, in the High School office, shows student names exactly as they will appear on diplomas. Students should check spelling, make any corrections, or add legal middle names (no nicknames) by Friday, March 13. Contact Ms. Robison in the High School office with any questions.

  • Senior May Project registration & proposal submissions due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 13


    No proposals will be accepted after this time. Students must include parent permission and a sponsor’s agreement, if applicable.

  • Winter quarter grades available Tuesday, March 24


    Winter quarter grades will be available for review online. An email will be sent to all parents indicating when the grades are available. If you have misplaced your login or password, please contact the High School office, 773-702-9446.

  • UChicago spring course registration due Monday, March 30


    Students wishing to take a course in the spring quarter at the University of Chicago must complete appropriate registration forms and return them to Mr. Fech by March 30.

    If the student did not attend the information meeting in March, he or she must meet with Mr. Fech individually prior to returning forms. There can be no extension of this deadline. As a reminder, according to the agreement U-High has with the University, students may take only six University classes over their four-year high school career. If there are any questions, please contact Mr. Fech.

  • AP testing registration available online. Deadline, Wednesday, April 1


    All AP registration and authorization of payment must be made online. The cost for each AP exam is $92. Because the registration commits each family to a payment, we ask that the parent or guardian responsible for the payment complete the registration process.

    The link for the AP testing registration form can be found on the left side of High School webpage.

    After you have logged into LabNet, you will have access to the registration page.

    • When registering, we will ask permission to invoice you through the Laboratory Schools’ online FACTS payment system. We cannot accept checks as a form of payment for the AP exams.
    • Your child’s registration must be completed by 3:25 p.m. on April 1
    • After 3:25 p.m. on April 1, no refunds will be issued.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Cecelia Mullon.

  • Testing calendar for the last two weeks of winter quarter


    The testing calendar is created to ensure that students do not have more than three major assignments in one day during the last two weeks of the quarter. A major assignment is considered a test or a major paper.

  • College Planning Meeting for parents of freshmen and sophomores, Wednesday, March 11, 6 p.m., I-House


    The U-High College Counselors will provide an overview of the college search and application process so that Lab families may anticipate what to expect during junior and senior years of high school. The presentation will review questions commonly asked by parents of underclassmen: what colleges are looking for in applicants, the importance of extracurricular activities, course selection, a year-by-year planning timeline, and standardized testing considerations. Counselors will allow plenty of time for questions and answers. In order to prepare enough handouts, please RSVP to Jeannie Grbavac or 773-702-9445, ex. 0.

  • An evening with Dr. Alex Lickerman, Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m.


    Hosted by the High School Council, Alex Lickerman, MD, author of The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self, will discuss four principles he teaches in the University of Chicago's Resilience Project, a series of workshops designed to equip students with the tools they need to become functionally more resilient.

Middle School

  • 8th grade Washington, D.C., trip info session, Wednesday, April 8, 7–8 p.m., Cafe Lab


    At this session, parents and students will receive all information needed regarding the eighth grade's annual trip to Washington, D.C., Tuesday, April 28 through Friday, May 1.

Lower School

  • Music Exploration Day for fourth graders, Tuesday, April 7, 2:30–6 p.m., Belfield Music Tower


    Please join the Music Department to learn about the different choices for fifth grade music. Band, orchestra, and choir/general music programs will be discussed in preparation for choosing an option for next year.

  • Last chance to print progress reports


    LS progress reports are online in PowerSchool for students in grades 3–5, along with ERB reports for grades 3 and 4, until Friday, March 13. Be sure to download your child’s progress report so that you have a copy after the reports are no longer online. If you have any difficulty accessing your child’s report, please contact the Lower School Office, 773-702-9448.

  • Box Tops for Education update


    Thank you to everyone who supported the Lower School Box Tops Challenge for February. Many students showed their "love" for Lab by participating!

    Please remind your children that there is a new collection sheet for March (and a drop-off bin) available in Blaine Lobby.

    Questions? E-mail Christine Squeri.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • Last call for lost and found


    During spring break, any items remaining in the ESH lost and found will be donated to a local shelter. As a reminder, the lost and found is located on the first floor in the closet behind the security desk, and is on display in the ESH lobby every Tuesday morning.


Issue: Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Upcoming Events

Wed. 03/04

AP testing registration available online

8:00am - 3:25pm Thru 4/1/2015
Fri. 03/06

Freshman Class Lock-In

Sunny Gym 6:00pm - 9:00am Thru 3/7/2015
Sat. 03/07

Connections 2015

Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan, Chicago 6:00pm - 11:59pm
Wed. 03/11

Freshman & Sophomore Parents: College Information Night

I-House Assembly 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Thu. 03/12

All-Schools Health Fair

Sunny/Kovler Athletic Complex 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fri. 03/13

Senior May Project registration & proposal submissions

8:00am - 5:00pm
Sun. 03/15

Summer Lab Early Bird Discount Expires

435 Judd 5:00pm Visit this Link
Tue. 03/24

Winter quarter grades available

Mon. 03/30

UChicago Spring Course Registration forms due

UH107 8:00am - 4:00pm
Mon. 04/06

PA Meeting - Speaker Series with Sian Beilock

ESH Lobby 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tue. 04/07

4th Grade Music Explorations

Belfield Music Tower and other locations 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Wed. 04/08

8th Grade Families' Meeting for Washington D.C. Trip

Cafe Lab 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Fri. 04/10

LabArts 2015

Upper Kovler Gym - Historic Campus Thru 4/12/2015
Tue. 04/14

Junior Retreat

Camp Wonderland in Camp Lake, Wisconsin 12:20pm - 4:00pm Thru 4/16/2015