Lab E-News

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

All Schools

  • The Horn Book Magazine publishes Lab librarian Lee McLain’s essay, “What Makes a Good Fractured Fairy Tale?”

    “Primary school–age children are ripe for enjoying literary parody, and fractured fairy tales are a great introduction,” writes ESH librarian Lee McLain. She goes on to discuss the concepts of parody, perspective, and context in her review that appears in the current issue of the Horn Book, a widely respected journal of children’s and young adult literature first published in 1924.

  • Before summer: Please review and update family contact info


    Before leaving for the summer, please review your family’s information in PowerSchool and update as needed to ensure that your email and mailing addresses are up to date. Lab will be sending Back to Lab 2015 information in July, and we want to be sure you receive it.

  • Academic/No school calendars for 2015–16 and 2016–17 online now


    The 2015–2016 planning calendar is online. Parent-teacher conference days will be added and this calendar fully updated before the start of school in the fall. Please check back then. Key dates include:

    • First day of school: Tuesday, September 8
    • Winter break, two weeks: Monday, December 21 through Sunday, January 3
    • Spring break, one and a half weeks: Wednesday, March 16 through Sunday, March 27
    • Last day of school: Thursday, June 9
    • Summer Lab begins: Monday, June 20

    The 2016–2017 calendar is now available as well.

    Both of these calendars can be found on the Lab website. Choose All Schools Calendar from Quicklinks and look for the header Planning/No School Calendars on right hand side.

  • Collect lost and found items


    As the end of school approaches, don't forget to check the lost and found areas in each of the Schools for those lost jackets, mittens, and even your children's completed art projects from Rites of May. Items not claimed will be donated to local charities.

  • U-Highers take history honors for play, “On the Shoulders of Forgotten Giants: Betty Friedan and the Writing of The Feminine Mystique”


    In mid-June, Ilana Dutton, Sophia Fioramonti-Gorchow, Sarah Pan, and Olivia Perozo will be heading to Washington, DC, to represent the State of Illinois at the National History Day competition.

    This winter, after writing individual research papers on significant Illinois women of the 19th century, the four students combined their efforts and wrote an original short play about the crucial contributions of Illinois women to First and Second Wave Feminism. After moving through successive rounds of city and regional History Fair competition this spring, in early May the students performed their play before judges at the Abraham Lincoln Library in Springfield, and they were chosen for Nationals.

    Their play, “On the Shoulders of Forgotten Giants: Betty Friedan and the Writing of The Feminine Mystique,” argues that the work of Friedan and other early Second Wave feminists was enabled by the courageous leadership of an earlier generation of Illinois women whose efforts helped secure for American women many of their most basic legal and social rights.

    This is the third consecutive year that U-High history students have been chosen to represent the State of Illinois at National History Day, and the fourth year that U-High students have taken top honors at the Illinois State History Fair in Springfield.

  • Racial identity development: Follow-up “book talk/discussion,” tomorrow, Friday, May 29, 8:45 a.m., ESH


    As a follow-up to the racial identity development presentations in February, the counselors and the acting diversity coordinator are hosting a discussion of the articles that were distributed at the N–5 and 6–12 parent meetings. All parents are invited, even if you were unable to attend the February meetings. If you would like copies of the articles, please email Lauren Collins. The meeting will be held in the ESH third floor conference room. Please RSVP here.

  • Director Appleby to address final Parents' Association meeting of the year, Monday, June 1, 7 p.m., ESH


    Please join us for the final meeting of the 2014–2015 school year. Hear from Director Robin Appleby about her first year at the Laboratory Schools and next steps for the future. Also hear an update from Christopher Jones regarding the construction at the Historic Campus and how it will affect the 2015–2016 school year.

  • UChicago researcher presents: Mind Bugs: The Ordinary Origins of Bias, Tuesday, June 2, 5–7p.m., ESH Lobby


    Carlee Beth Hawkins of the UChicago Booth School of Business and Harvard University’s Project Implicit will present on the impact of implicit cognition on social interactions with diverse groups. This event includes an optional Implicit Bias test, which can also be taken in advance. Chicago ROAR (Regional Organizing for Antiracism) will lead attendees through a mini-workshop on how to be self-reflective about our cultural shaping and practical steps to address implicit bias as parents and educators.

    Childcare and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP here. Contact Lauren Collins with any questions.

  • Summer Lab 2015 is counting down to Opening Day


    Twenty-five days hence we will be looking for all of your Summer Lab campers, students, thespians, athletes, and fun-seekers, as both campuses throw open their doors to registered children from around our city and around the world. Ukraine holds the current coming-a-long-way-to Summer Lab award. Come one, come all, but please be sure to register online beforehand. Thinking Summer, thinking Summer Lab 2015.

  • Back to Lab 2015 documents available through PowerSchool starting August 3


    On Monday, August 3, you will receive an email prompting you to start the “Back to Lab” process through PowerSchool. Before you are able to access your documents, you will first be asked to update/verify your family and emergency contact information.

    Once you do that, you’ll have access to information you need to start the school year with ease: class schedules, arrival/dismissal times, drop-off/pick-up procedures, ordering textbooks and PE uniforms, and more.

    The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

  • Historic Campus construction logistics update


    With summer break work on the horizon, welcome back to our series of as-needed “Logistics Updates.” The goal is to keep you informed about what you can expect to see happening around campus over the summer. Please be assured, that we plan to make September another successful opening of school at Lab.

    The next four months will bring about another round of physical transformation and improvement to our Historic Campus including:

    • Vacating and renovating Belfield East
    • Vacating Judd Hall
    • Beginning U-High renovations, starting with the lower level
    • Opening Gordon Parks Arts Hall

    Planning is subject to change should unexpected circumstances arise but, as of this moment, here is an outline of what’s to come. Note, to avoid any disruption of our student experience, moves will occur outside the times when the Summer Lab program and our partnership with High Jump are in full swing.


    Classrooms in Belfield East and a few Judd rooms adjacent to Blaine (i.e., the little theater and the first floor art room) will be packed, stored, and readied for move, some to the new Gordon Parks Arts Hall as early as the start of August!


    Lab will set up utilities to service what will be a temporary café space in Kenwood Mall. That temporary space will be functional for students and adults in the Fall and Winter Quarters of next school year. Summer programs will be able to use Cafe Lab as it is.


    Classrooms in Judd and the lower level of U-High and a variety of Judd administrative and faculty offices will be moved to temporary spaces, primarily in Blaine and Belfield West. The University is turning over to Lab full use of Judd Hall, and the renovated Judd will include classrooms and offices. It will also accommodate the beautiful, new High School Library, which will be located on Judd’s second floor, as Lab returns Judd 207 to its initial purpose--one of the University’s original libraries.


    Gordon Parks Arts hall will be open and ready for the first day of school, Tuesday, September 8. Please save the date on Saturday, October 3, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., for an All Family Festival Celebrating Gordon Parks Arts Hall. Lab alumni, parents, and students are all invited to join us for food, fun, art, and community. Invitations will be sent closer to the event.

    As we have come to know through our collective experiences with Blaine and Earl Shapiro Halls, these temporary inconveniences serve our much larger goal to support and deliver unparalleled and unique learning opportunities for our students.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. And in advance, and as always, we thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Christopher Jones

    Executive Director, Finance & Operations

  • Lower Schoolers weave support for Nepalese quake survivors

    Concerned about the fate of surviving children and families following the Nepal earthquakes in April and May, Lower School children decided to act.


    Concerned about the fate of surviving children and families following the Nepal earthquakes in April and May, Lower School children decided to act. With leadership from teacher Linda Weide, virtually every Lower School class made string friendship bracelets. Science teacher Gerold Hanck expanded the offerings when he noted that Nepalese children play string games and so little Labbies also made strings decorated with moonbeams.

    With enthusiasm and posters decorating the hallways, the effort went “viral” at Lab’s Historic Campus and the Lower School hit their goal of 500 bracelets and raised more than $700 to send to relief efforts.

    “It’s been inspiring seeing the extensive involvement in this project,” says fifth teacher Stephanie Mitzenmacher. “The kids are having a great time with it. Diane Bloom and I had our classes work together to make bracelets. There was a lot of teaching and learning going on as kids were giving one another tutorials on the many different styles of bracelets they know how to make. Di and I even worked on a pair of bracelets as a team using a synchronized stitch that two of my students taught us.”

    High School teacher Catie Bell had a contact in Nepal who will deliver the bracelets and purchase food with the donated money to give to people in communities affected by the earthquake. “Expert” bracelet makers (often older Lower School students) helped share their knowledge with classmates and other classes. Teachers hosted before-school and lunchtime bracelet making sessions. Parents, Middle, and High School students helped man collection tables in lobbies and at the Rites of May. The young fundraisers placed donor names on the bracelets that would be given to a Nepalese child.

    Says Ms. Weide, “The children I have seen donating feel really good about both giving the money and the bracelet or string game. We give and the feeling we get is a gift in and of itself.”

High School

  • ID photos needed for students currently in grades 5–11


    For the 2015–2016 academic year, Laboratory Schools’ Middle and High School students will be given new computer technology equipped ID cards produced by the University. (These are different ID cards than the ones issued this year.) In order for the Schools to have the pre-printed ID cards ready to distribute when school begins, we need the assistance of families to have an appropriate photo of their student submitted by uploading it via the Photo Portal on the left hand side of either the parent or student PowerSchool page.

    Photos must be uploaded by July 1 in order to access Back to Lab information in early August.

    To facilitate the taking of the pictures with proper background and proper lighting, Lab is setting up a screen. Students may take a picture with their own or a friend’s/parent’s phone in front of the provided white screen in school from May 18 to June 10, outside of U-High 102 (Mr. Wilson’s office), Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Please review the photo requirements.

  • Rowley Library materials due today, Thursday, May 28


    Please note that if we have not received either the book or payment by noon on Thursday, June 11, items will be billed to FACTS. Items paid for through FACTS cannot be refunded. Thank you for helping get library materials back in a timely manner!

  • Book Buyback: Generate quote now, drop-off June 9–11. Volunteers needed


    1. Generate Your Quotes: Right now you can generate a buyback quote, valid for 30 days (or until June 25). Visit Lab's virtual Bookstore and click “Sell My Books.” The program is available for any textbook, not just those purchased through MBS. Generate quotes early for the best prices. Use the password you used when originally ordering MBS books to ensure you receive any guaranteed buyback or loyalty bonus.
    2. Bring in Your Books: Drop-off is available in UH 215 on Tuesday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Thursday, June 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parent volunteers are needed to check in textbooks and pack them for the MBS Book Buyback program. Please sign-up here, if you can help for an hour or two.
    3. Questions: contact the PA at

  • May Project exhibition and reception, Thursday, June 4, Lower Kovler


    A long-standing U-High tradition, May Project, provides seniors an opportunity to do a project of their own design with minimal adult supervision. Come see the efforts of the class of 2015.

    • Exhibit open to all, 11:35 a.m.–3 p.m.
    • Reception for seniors and families, 6–8 p.m.
  • Awards Assembly, June 4, International House, 9:40–11:30 a.m


    Parents are welcome to attend this event. Classes resume at the conclusion of the assembly. Seniors are expected to attend this assembly.

  • Senior Student-Athletes Sports Award Ceremony, Monday, June 8, 11 a.m., Ida Noyes


    All 70 senior student-athletes who participated this year will be invited to attend, as well as the coaching staff, administration and athletic council members.

  • Final exams, June 9–10


    Final exams are scheduled for all math and science classes during the last week of class. Science exams will take place on Tuesday, June 9 and math exams will take place on Wednesday, June 10. The exam period on both days will run from 9–11 a.m.

  • Locker clean out by June 12


    A reminder to parents: All student lockers need to be cleaned out by Friday, June 12. Items left in lockers after this date will be thrown out or donated.

  • U-High graduation, June 11, 2:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel


    No tickets are required but please review the many details associated with this event.

  • Labstock, Friday, June 5, 3:30–6 p.m., Kenwood Mall


    Labstock provides an opportunity for student musicians and bands to play their music and for students to enjoy the warm weather, a cook-out, and a fun time before school ends.

  • Prom 2015, Saturday, June 6, 6:30–10:30 p.m., Museum of Science and Industry


    Tickets are no longer on sale. For those students who indicated they would be attending, parents will be billed through FACTS. For students bringing non-U-High students, a completed guest application form must be submitted to Ms. Campos by June 1. Attendees will be admitted between 6:30–7:30 p.m. only. No entry after 7:30 p.m.

    Attendees are expected to abide by all school rules and expectations–especially as they relate to alcohol, drugs, and dress code. Attendees are asked to respect the established standards of conduct for ladies and gentlemen. If you have questions, please contact Ana Campos.

  • Senior announcements and reminders


    Please read the end-of-year memo for seniors and their parents with information regarding AP exams, prom, graduation, and other useful information. Please contact Mr. Fech or Ms. Campos with any questions.

Middle School

  • Health requirements for ninth grade students for 2015–2016


    All students entering ninth grade must submit a physical exam form completed within a year prior to the start of the school year. Two doses of varicella vaccination as well as a Tdap booster (Tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis) must be documented on the form.

    School health forms may be submitted at any time before the October 15, 2015 due date.

    Detailed information about ninth grade health requirements as well as the forms can be found to the right on the school nurse webpage. Please contact your school nurse with any questions or concerns.

  • 7th Grade Spring Concert, Thursday, May 28, 7:30–9 p.m., Mandel Hall


    It is a no homework night for 7th grade students.

  • Grades 7-12 Choir Concert, Tuesday, June 2, 7:30–9 p.m., Mandel Hall


    It is a no homework night for 7th and 8th graders.

  • Last day of 8th grade classes: Friday, June 5


    A reminder to parents: All student lockers need to be cleaned out by Friday, June 5. Items left in lockers after this date will be thrown out or donated.

  • 8th grade graduation dance: Wednesday, June 10, 6:30-9:30 p.m., International House


    Dress attire varies by student choice. Parents must fill out a permission slip with departure information.

  • Last day of 6th and 7th grade classes: Thursday, June 11


    This day is a shortened schedule for grades 6–7. Dismissal will be at 12 noon.

  • Second semester grade reports available through PowerSchool on Thursday, June 18


    Please contact Assistant Registrar Yazmin Norwood, 773-702-2599, if you need help accessing your child’s report.

Lower School

  • Knes Family Library books due Wednesday, June 3


    Check those backpacks, closets, and desks and return all Knes Family Library books to Blaine S208 by Wednesday, June 3.

  • Gym uniform sizing for 4th graders, June 9–11, UH215


    Parents, bring your fourth graders to U-High 215 to try on uniforms for fifth grade gym class. Uniforms will be available for sizing Tuesday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 10, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday, June 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You will order uniforms online as part of the Back to Lab process. If you have questions, contact the PA.

  • Last Day celebrations, Thursday, June 11, noon: Popsicle Party, Blaine Courtyard; Potluck Picnic, Midway Plaisance


    To celebrate the end of the school year, the Lower School Council will host a popsicle party for all Lower School families in Blaine Courtyard on Thursday, June 11, immediately following noon dismissal. Families can then join other Lower School families on the Midway across from Blaine Hall for a potluck picnic. Bring your own lunch or items to share, and celebrate the start of summer. Incoming third graders are also invited to join in the fun.

  • Lost and Found


    Please check the Lost and Found, located in the vestibule behind Blaine’s Security desk. There are many, many lost items there that will find a new home after Friday, June 12.

  • End-of-the-year progress reports available in PowerSchool on Tuesday, June 30


    Progress reports will be available in PowerSchool on June 30. Parents will be notified by email when the reports are ready to be viewed.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • Lost and Found


    Please check the Lost and Found, located behind the security desk in the ESH Main Lobby. There are many, many lost items there that will find a new home after Friday, June 12.

  • Celebrate books and learning at ESH with LabReads


    Love Lab? Love Libraries? Sponsor a Lim Family Library book at ESH! Help us celebrate the experiences and education that books bring to the Lab community with a donation to LabReads.

    With every gift of just $20 to the ESH LabReads/Annual Fund project, an individualized bookplate with your family's name will be added to a book on the Lim Family Library shelves. These books and their pages will be in the archives of Lab students' memories for generations to come. Like many things at Lab, each family's participation is important, so please join our great reading community and support the Annual Fund through LabReads!

    The Annual Fund is the bedrock of Lab’s philanthropy efforts. It provides the Schools with unrestricted dollars that allow Lab to direct funding to the areas of greatest need. Every gift, no matter the size, makes an impact. Whether it is responding to an emerging opportunity or providing professional development experiences that make our teaching stronger, unrestricted gifts make it possible for the Schools to go beyond the expected in providing an outstanding education to every student.

    Contributions can be made online here.

    Contact Andrew Waldner in Alumni Relations and Development with questions.

  • End-of-the-year progress reports available in PowerSchool on Tuesday, June 30


    Progress reports will be available in PowerSchool on June 30. Parents will be notified by email when the reports are ready to be viewed.


Issue: Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Upcoming Events

Mon. 05/11

May Project

8:00am - 3:30pm Thru 6/4/2015
Thu. 05/28

Rowley Library materials due

Rowley Library 8:00am - 4:00pm

7-12 Grade Spring Band Concert

Mandel Hall 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Fri. 05/29

Racial identity development: Follow-up “book talk/discussion”

Earl Shapiro Hall 8:45am - 10:00am
Mon. 06/01

PA Meeting

ESH Lobby 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tue. 06/02

UChicago researcher presents: "Mind Bugs: The Ordinary Origins of Bias"

Earl Shapiro Hall Lobby 5:00pm - 7:00pm

7-12 Spring Choral Concert

Mandel Hall 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Thu. 06/04

May Project Presentation

Student Awards Assembly

I-House Assembly Hall 9:40am - 11:30am
Fri. 06/05


Kenwood Mall 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Sat. 06/06

Seniors Prom

Museum of Science and Industry 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Tue. 06/09

Science Final Exams

9:00am - 11:00am

8th Grade Graduation

Mandel Hall 3:00pm - 5:00pm Visit this Link
Wed. 06/10

Math Final Exams

9:00am - 11:00am

8th Grade Graduation Dance

Ida Noyes 6:30pm - 9:30pm Visit this Link
Thu. 06/11


Rockefeller Chapel 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Fri. 06/12

Locker clean out

High School 8:00am - 4:00pm
Tue. 06/30

LS Progress reports Live in PowerSchool