Lab E-News

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

All Schools

  • Lab now accepting applications from the general public for all grade levels

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  • LASO Fiesta, October 10, 4–6 p.m., Cafe Lab

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    Bienvenidos a todos, everyone is welcome! Practice Spanish and celebrate Hispanic heritage with traditional games, activities, music, food, and friends. We will gather in the cafeteria and courtyard of the Historic Campus. RSVP now!

    Contact the Extended Day Program to cover childcare from dismissal time until the Fiesta start time of 4 p.m.

  • Participants needed: UChicago study on multiracial families

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    A social work researcher at UChicago is doing a study that looks at the ways that parents in multiracial families teach their children about race and ethnicity. Children may be any age under 18. The only requirements are that the child be biological and that both parents are minorities, and aren't biracial/multiracial themselves. For more information visit the project website, or email researcher Cristina Ortiz.

  • All Schools Eid Potluck Dinner, October 13, 5–8 p.m., Cafe Lab

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  • Adoptive Parents Discussion Group, October 17, 8:45–10 a.m., ESH 310

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    Please call counselor Linda Wax, 773-702-9343, for more information.

  • Fall Afternoon Recital, October 19, 2 p.m., Goodspeed Building

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    Please join us for the Lab Afternoon Recital. Admission is free and open to the public. Young musicians in grades 7–12 will perform a variety of works from the classical repertoire. With approximately 25 performances, a wealth of talent, creativity, and long hours of practice will be on display. The event takes places at Fulton Recital Hall, located on the fourth floor of the Goodspeed Building (5845 S. Ellis Avenue) on the UChicago campus.

  • Bizaarnival is coming! October 25, 12–4 p.m., Sunny Gym; Volunteers needed

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    Join us at this annual Halloween celebration led by a High School club and this year celebrating the Day of the Dead. Heroes, fairies, and wizards of all ages and sizes are welcome. Volunteers are needed. If you and your student (Lower School-age and above) would like to volunteer please sign up online. And see you all there!

  • Pretzel Day parent volunteers needed

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    Proceeds fund the Wilhelm Gregor Heggen Scholarship, which offers U-High German students a scholarship to participate in the summer German-American Partnership Program (GAPP) at our partner school in Stuttgart, Germany. Please sign up online or email Renee Rehkemper to if you are interested in volunteering for short shifts on Thursdays. Danke schön und guten appetit!

  • Tickets available: Salon Lab cocktail event: Inside the Court Theatre: An Evening with Artistic Director Charles Newell, November 18

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    Tickets are still available for this “Salon Lab” evening: a unique opportunity to hear from, and have a conversation with, Lab parent and award-winning Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell. Get an inside view of the choices he and the Court Theatre team make along their way to their renowned productions.

    Contact Andrew Waldner at 773-702-0578 or for more information.

    • Hosts: Lab parents Swati Mehta and Bobby Mehta, MBA’81
    • Location: Court Theatre, 5535 South Ellis Avenue
    • When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 @ 6 p.m. Tickets: $100
  • Tickets available: Salon Lab cocktail event: Midterm Elections, October 28

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    Tickets are still available for this “Salon Lab” evening of insightful and timely discussion with UChicago professors (and Lab parents) Cathy J. Cohen, Mark Hansen, and William Howell. How will the 2014 midterm elections reflect the electorate’s widespread dissatisfaction with Congress? Which issues will have the most effect on voters?

    Contact Andrew Waldner at 773-702-0578 or for more information.

    • Hosts: Lab parents Lisa Walker, MBA’91 and William Rudnick, MBA’97
    • Location: DLA Piper, 203 North LaSalle Drive
    • When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
    • Tickets: $100
  • Family Flu Vaccine Clinic at Lab: October 16, 2–6 p.m.

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    The University of Chicago Comer Health4Chicago’s team of nurses will come to Lab to deliver flu vaccinations for students and their families, saving everyone a trip to the doctor’s office. Tdap and adolescent vaccinations are also available.

    Clinic runs from 2–6 p.m.

    • Thursday, October 16, Historic Campus, Cafe Lab

    To register your family, complete a consent form for each child and adult. Completed forms can be turned into your child’s school nurse or bring a completed a consent form for each child and adult with you to clinic.

    Health4Chicago accepts UCHP. For all other private insurance, please review their Insurance Guide for tips on verifying your coverage.

High School

  • Class of 2016 parent program: College Entrance Exams, October 14, 7 p.m., Cafe Lab

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    Parents of current juniors are invited to attend this program. Students do not need to attend this evening presentation. They will be receiving information about college admission testing when we return the PSAT results during Junior Workshops, which begin in January.

    As juniors begin their new academic year, long-range planning for the standardized tests needed for the college admission process is helpful for families. Often, early questions focus on the ideal timetable for taking tests, how to prepare for them, and their relative importance in the admission process. At this stage of junior year, thinking about a test-taking schedule is the best preparation for this part of college applications.

    Please RSVP to Jeannie Grbavac, 773-702-9445 by Wednesday, October 16. (Please consider having one parent attend so that all may participate, given space limitations).

    This presentation will give you an opportunity to hear from college counselors and from a representative of our onsite test preparation provider, Academic Approach. They will discuss aspects of the testing process such as: what are the different tests and how they differ; which tests do Lab students take and when; how are other kinds of standardized tests used in the college admissions process; and the relative importance of standardized testing in admissions. We hope to have time to answer many of your questions, and give you a calendar of the test prep classes being offered after school hours at Lab.

    This evening does not replace or replicate the content of the Junior Parent Night Program. We will have another college-centered evening exclusively for the parents of juniors on Wednesday, January 29, 2015. This is the traditional kick-off for our families as they begin the college search and campus visit processes. We will also host an evening for College Financial Aid Information on January 15, 2014, which is open to all Lab families from all grade levels.

  • Attendance policy updates: Absences due to religious holidays and more

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    It has been brought to our attention that the Handbook attendance policy states in the pre-arranged absence section that religious holiday absences count towards the absence thresholds. While we do ask for a pre-arranged absence form for absences due to religious holidays, they do not count towards the absence thresholds. We apologize for the error and will correct this information for the 2015–16 handbook.

    The attendance absence thresholds are intended to offer guidance and parameters so that we all operate from the same understanding about how the school views student attendance. If you feel that there are special circumstances for your student that the school should be made aware of, please do not hesitate to have your student contact Dean of Students Ana Campos, so that we may learn more about your student's situation.

    As we look to continue to improve and refine the attendance policy, we are collecting data during this fall quarter about attendance and plan to share the data and observations at the winter quarter Principal Chat (January 21).

  • Parent/teacher conferences, November 6: Sign-up begins October 20

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    Parent/teacher conferences will be on Thursday, November 6, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and 3–7 p.m Parents should call the High School office (773-702-9446) to schedule a time to meet with teachers. There will be no classes on November 7 for High School students.

  • Spirit Week October 13–17: Varsity soccer game, October 17, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity volleyball game, October 17, 6:30 p.m.

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    Students will be participating in Spirit Week October 13–17 with a daily theme:

    • Monday: 80s Workout Gear
    • Tuesday: Twin Day
    • Wednesday: PSAT for grades 10–11. NO SCHOOL for grades 9 and 12
    • Thursday: Grade Color Day (freshman-yellow, sophomores-green, juniors-blue, seniors-red)
    • Friday: U-High Day (wear Lab/U-High clothing)

    Parents and students are encouraged to support the U-High community and cheer on our teams on Friday, October 17 at the varsity soccer game, 4:30 p.m., Jackman Field, followed by the varsity volleyball game, 6:30 p.m., Upper Kovler.

  • Homecoming Dance, October 18, 7:30–10:30 p.m., I-House Assembly Hall

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    Tickets for the Homecoming Dance will be on sale during lunch period, October 13–17 for $10. They will cost $15 at the door. Students must bring their U-High student ID card for entry and all guests from other schools must be pre-registered and approved through the Dean of Student’s Office. Guest registration forms require the guest’s dean of student’s signature and must be faxed by the guest’s school to Ms. Campos’ attention by 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 16.

    As a reminder, here are the expectations for a U-High dance: No backpacks, overnight bags, or water bottles are permitted. They, along with all coats and large purses, must be checked. Students may only enter between 7:30–9 p.m. There is no entry after 9 p.m. Once students leave Homecoming they will not be readmitted. Students are expected to abide by all school rules and expectations and respect the established standards of conduct for ladies and gentlemen. U-High dress code expectations are to be followed.

  • Fall quarter midterm comments available in PowerSchool, October 21

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    If you have misplaced your login or password or would like to receive the midterms in the mail, please contact the High School Office, Ms. Arrington or Ms. Robison, 773-702-9446. An email will be sent notifying you when the comments are available.

  • Summer Lab Yellowstone information session: October 21, 6 p.m., UH 213

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    Summer Lab 2015 presents Yellowstone National Park with Dan Jones and the Ecology Project International. Travel with U-High science teacher Dan Jones to work on ongoing research and conservation projects. August 13–21, 2015. Step up, because we have only 12 seats available on this adventure! More information and applications online at summerlab.org

  • Summer Link Science and Computer Science presentations, October 16, 6:30 p.m., ESH

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    Students involved in Summer Link Science and Computer Science programs will present their research. Some will present their research in a poster session from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Remaining students will make oral presentations from 7:30–9 p.m.. This program showcases research in many disciplines, including immunology, psychology, cancer, nanotechnology, RNA, climate, epidemiology, solar power, and more. Everyone is invited, including students interested in pursuing research projects.

  • PSAT: Grades 10–11, Wednesday, October 15, 9 a.m. No school for grades 9 & 12

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    All sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT exam starting at 9 a.m. There is no school that day for freshmen or seniors. Students should bring two #2 pencils and a calculator (TI-84 is allowed). Locations for testing will be posted outside of the High School counseling office and on the class boards located on U-High’s first floor.

    Students who receive accommodations will meet before the test with Learning Coordinators Kevin Van Eron (Grade 10) or Lesley Scott (Grade 11) to learn where their testing rooms are located and to understand what accommodations they will receive. Parents of students who receive accommodations will also be notified.

    If you have questions about testing, contact Cecila Mullon. For questions about accommodations, contact either Lesley Scott or Kevin Van Eron.

Middle School

  • Parent conferences: Grades 6–7, October 24; Grade 8, November 6

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    • Friday, October 24: Grades 6–7 parent conferences are held during the day. There are no Grade 6–7 classes. Grade 8 has an all-grade science field trip.
    • Thursday, November 6: Grade 8 parent conferenc

  • Cheer the Maroons! Boys soccer, October 10, 4:30 p.m., Jackman Field

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    Come and see your soccer teams in action for our first Spirit Game of the year! Join us to cheer on the Maroons seventh and eighth grade boys soccer teams as they take on Latin (grade 8, 4:30 p.m.; grade 7, 5:30 p.m.) Free popcorn and Maroons spirit gear will be given away to the first 100 kids to attend. Bring a picnic blanket to sit on while you enjoy the game.

    If you'd like to be a parent volunteer and help hand out popcorn, pom poms, and foam fingers, please email Nikki Gupta. We appreciate any help we can get!

  • Principal Chats, Thursday, October 16: 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m, MS Office Conference Room

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    Interim Principal Sandra Bixby invites you to the first Principal Chat for the 2014–15 school year. This Chat will focus particularly on utilizing Schoology and the Middle School schedule. Special guests will be Assistant Principal and Dean of Students Allison Jones and Lisa Hilarides, sixth grade math teacher.

  • Science field trips: grade 7, October 17; grade 8, October 24

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    On these days, students will have all-grade science field trips to the state park in La Grange, Illinois. Students should report to their regular 8 a.m. advisories where they will be dismissed. Students should wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and shoes, and bring a sack lunch.

  • Blaine morning carline drop-off procedures

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    Now that the construction has been removed from the front of Blaine, please note that the morning carline drop-off begins in front of Blaine Hall and extends east to Lab Logs/Kenwood Mall area. Cars should enter the drop-off zone at Lab Logs and move forward as directed by the safety personnel toward the front entrance of Blaine. Please pull alongside the curb and wait for your appropriate turn before allowing students to disembark. Do not allow children to depart from cars in the central traffic lane.

    Parking is available until noon on the north side of 59th Street from Lab Logs to Dorchester Avenue.

Lower School

  • Parent/teacher conferences for Grades 3–5, October 13 & 24. No school or Extended Day

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    Parent/teacher conferences for Grades 3–5 will be held on Monday, October 13 and Friday, October 24. Parents should sign up for individual time slots with their child’s teacher. There is no school, and there are no Extended Day programs for grades 3–5 on those days.

  • Cheer the U-High Homecoming boys soccer game! Friday, October 17

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    Come and see the boys varsity team in action and join Lower School families in supporting our teams for Homecoming. Grade 3–5 students and families should gather in Kenwood Mall at 3:30 p.m. for poster making. Then let’s go cheer on the Maroons boys soccer team as they take on Eric Solorio Academy on Jackman Field beginning at 4:30 p.m. Bring a picnic blanket to sit on while you enjoy the game.

  • Lab Talks: Discussions with counselors on parenting, kids, families, and education, November 4, 8:30–9:30 a.m. and 6–7 p.m., Blaine S221

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    Join Lower School counselors Cathy Gruber, LCPC, and Melissa Steger, LCSW, in the first of a series of discussions that will use current pop culture articles, Ted Talks, and other media to engage in a thoughtful discourse with other parents. Questions and to RSVP, email Ms. Steger or Ms. Gruber.

  • Library schedule on parent/teacher conference days

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    Blaine Library will be closed to students on conference days. Librarians will be available for any parent who wishes to meet with them, but students will not be able to use the library on October 13 and 24.

  • Blaine morning carline drop-off procedures

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    Now that the construction has been removed from the front of Blaine, please note that the morning carline drop-off begins in front of Blaine Hall and extends east to Lab Logs/Kenwood Mall area. Cars should enter the drop-off zone at Lab Logs and move forward as directed by the safety personnel toward the front entrance of Blaine. Please pull alongside the curb and wait for your appropriate turn before allowing students to disembark. Do not allow children to depart from cars in the central traffic lane.

    Parking is available until noon on the north side of 59th Street from Lab Logs to Dorchester Avenue.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • Parent/teacher conferences, October 13 and 24, no school or Extended Day for grades N–2

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    Parent/teacher conferences for NK and PS will be held on Monday, October 13 and Friday, October 24. Parents should sign up for individual time slots with their child’s teacher. There is no school, and there are no Extended Day programs for NK or PS on those days.

Archives

Issue: Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Upcoming Events

Fri. 10/10

LASO Fiesta

Cafe Lab 4:00pm
Mon. 10/13

NK Parent Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Earl Shapiro Hall

LS Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Blaine classrooms 8:00am - 3:00pm

HS Spirit Week

8:00am - 3:25pm Thru 10/17/2014

All Schools Eid Potluck Dinner

Cafe Lab on the Historic Campus 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed. 10/15

PSAT Testing grades 10th & 11th (No School for grades 9th & 12th)

Classes will be posted 9:00am - 11:00am
Thu. 10/16

Middle School Interim Principal's Chat

S120 (Home Economics Room) 7:30am - 8:30am

Family Flu Vaccine Clinic at Lab

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Middle School Interim Principal's Chat

S120 (Home Economics Room) 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fri. 10/17

7th Grade Science Trip

State Park, La Grange IL 8:00am - 2:35pm

LS Fan Day at Boy's Varsity Soccer

Kenwood Mall/Jackman Field 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Sat. 10/18

Homecoming Dance

International House 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Tue. 10/21

High School Midterm Comments Available

PowerSchool

Sign-up for Parent/Teacher Conferences

High School Office 8:00am - 4:00pm Thru 11/4/2014

Yelllowstone National Park Information session

UH213 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Fri. 10/24

NK Parent Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Earl Shapiro Hall

8th Grade Science Trip

State Park, La Grange IL 8:00am - 2:35pm

LS Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Blaine classrooms 8:00am - 3:00pm

6th & 7th Grade Conferences - No 6th and 7th Grade Classes

8:00am - 3:00pm
Wed. 10/29

LS Picture Retake Day

Blaine Hall
Tue. 11/04

Lab Talks: Conversation with LS counselors

Blaine S221 8:30am - 9:30am

Lab Talks: Conversations with LS counselors

Blaine S221 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Thu. 11/06

8th Grade Conferences: 6th and 7th Grade Classes

Fri. 11/07

Faculty Professional Development Day--No School