Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Summer Lab brings together mix of campers, older students, young alumni, and adultsMore
The numbers tell an impressive story: A dozen young alumni, 53 current Lab students, and about 66 current Lab teachers worked with 1,000+ campers who hail from eight countries and seven states. See pictures here and on the Summer Lab website.
Thirty-six faculty and staff are new to Lab, or in new rolesMore
Parent Enews, online calendars, and other ways Lab connects with youMore
Important “need-to-know” information will come to you via this bi-weekly Parent Enews. So please read the sections related to your child. Here are many of the ways you may connect with Lab and access important information. You may want to bookmark some of these:
Direct communication is always encouraged
Families are welcome to contact teachers, counselors, or school administrators directly with comments, issues, or accolades. The Faculty/staff Directory is accessed under “Quicklinks” on Lab's homepage.
Enews—the Schools’ primary parent communication vehicle
Published almost every other Thursday, this online tool includes the most important, time-sensitive, division-specific information written by the principals, as well as information relevant to all schools. The current issue of enews can always be found on the Lab homepage under Quicklinks.
All-Schools online and Planning/No School Days calendars
The All-Schools calendar is accessed under “Quicklinks” on Lab's homepage. Customize your view by checking which division’s activities you want to see. Also on the right-hand side of that page you will find “Planning/No School Calendars” for both 2015–2016 and 2016–2017, which show days off.
PowerSchool—for confidential, student-specific information and the family directory
PowerSchool, accessed under “Quicklinks” on Lab's home page, is Lab’s password-protected, access point to highly confidential information like grades (progress reports) and schedules. There you will also find Lab’s online, searchable family directory. You should have received login information in the August Back to Lab process. If not, contact the registrar.
Reporting an absence
Phone numbers and online forms to report an absence are here and can be found on the landing page for every division under the “Schools” drop-down menu on Lab’s homepage.
Each division has its own landing page where the principal or division office will post important documents and information related to academics, activities, schedules, and services. On the homepage under “Quicklinks” you will find helpful information including a faculty directory, school hours, maps and transportation (including drop-off and pick-up logistics) and more. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the site.
Middle and High School Daily Bulletins—specifically for teachers and students
Some parents may be interested in these daily emails. Please note: they are specifically written for a student and faculty audience. Call the Middle or High School office for more information.
Grades N–8: Extended Day registration open through tomorrow, August 21, 5 p.m. After that, late fees applyMore
Extended Day registration for fall quarter Daily Programs and Special Classes remains open through tomorrow, August 21 at 5 p.m. After that time, late registration fees will apply. Please register through PowerSchool. Details about all of our programs including Special Class descriptions and schedules can be found on the Extended Day website.
Each division has its own landing page where the principal or division office will post important documents and information related to academics, activities, schedules, and services. On the homepage under “quicklinks” you will find helpful information including a faculty directory, school hours, maps and transportation (including drop-off and pick-up logistics) and more. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the site.
Save the date: Gordon Parks Arts Hall Celebration, Saturday, Oct. 3, 11–3 p.m.More
We hope you and your family will join us for food, fun, art, and community. A formal invitation, with further details, will go out soon. We hope to see you there!
Summer Reading lists are here!More
Every summer, Lab librarians provide families with suggestions to keep kids and families immersed in great, age appropriate books over break. Please visit the Lim (grades N–2), Knes (grades 3–5), Middle (grades 6–8), and High School (grades 9–12) library websites for these suggestions. We hope your summer is filled with great adventures—real and imagined.
Lower School efforts reach NepalMore
Lab Lower Schoolers worked to raise funds and offer friendship to students whose schools suffered damage in the Nepal earthquakes.
Lab Lower Schoolers worked to raise funds and offer friendship to students whose schools suffered damage in the Nepal earthquakes. The children in Kathmandu received the friendship bracelets and the funds were directed to, among others, the Songtsen School which is damaged from the earthquake. At Songsten, Tibetan and Nepali students now meet outdoors under a tent. Wrote one of the onground organizers from Nepal to Lab, “You did such a good job with bracelets and fundraising there is enough to help out another school and an orphanage. Wow! Dollars goes far in a third world country.”
First Day HS Schedule, Tuesday, September 8More
Please note U-High’s first day of classes will follow a special schedule, and all classes will meet that day, as follows:
Adjusted First Day HS Schedule September 8, 2015
HS Parent Night and dinner, Thursday, September 24, 5–8:40 p.m.More
Please mark your calendars for dinner at 5 p.m., followed by Parent Night from 6:30-8:40 p.m. This is an opportunity to follow your child's daily schedule and to meet his or her teachers and advisor.
Sophomore Retreat, September 16–18More
Sophomores will leave at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday for Lake Delton, WI, for the service retreat and will return on Friday at 2 p.m. Dean of Students Ana Campos sent permission forms on August 18; please note the forms are due on the first day of school. Retreat forms can be found on the High School web landing page.
Freshman Student/Parent Orientation, Thursday, September 3, 7:30–9 a.m., Gordon Parks Arts HallMore
All freshmen and their parents are requested to join faculty, advisors, counselors, student leaders, and administrators for continental breakfast and U-High Orientation. Those new to Lab, as well as those coming from our Middle School, are expected to attend.
Parents’ Association Q & A for New-to-Lab Families, Thursday, September 3, 9 a.m., UH103-104More
Parents new to Lab are welcome to join the Parents’ Association for a meet and greet and question and answer session, beginning at 9 a.m., after orientation and freshmen departure for their retreat..
Freshman Retreat, Thursday, September 3, 9 a.m.More
Freshmen depart after orientation for the overnight Freshman Retreat in Woodstock, IL. Please be sure to pack comfortable clothes, water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellant. Freshmen return to Lab on Friday, September 4 at 3 p.m.
Senior Parents College Information Session, Wednesday, September 16, 6 p.m., Location TBAMore
Join the College Counselors for the first of two meetings on the college application process. The second meeting on Wednesday, December 9, will address financial aid.
Reminder: Sign up for PE UnitsMore
If your student is scheduled for PE this year, he or she must request units before the start of school. Please visit our Google form and make the selections today.
Welcome from the High School CouncilMore
Welcome students and families to U-High for the 2015–2016 school year! We have a full roster of events coming up, including monthly principal chats, monthly PA meetings, parent-to-parent sessions, and teacher appreciation events. In addition, we'll be planning student-focused activities and events, starting with the freshman/new student welcome gift from the PA for the first day of school. If you would like to help us out with any of these activities or have ideas for additional activities, please contact any of us. We welcome all input and involvement, and hope to see you at the High School Parent Night on Thursday, September 24. Don't forget that dinner will be served beforehand from 5-6:30 p.m.
Your PA High School Council
Nicole Brookens: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Grissom: email@example.com
Neetu Sharma: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Stolze: email@example.com
New Student Orientation, Thursday, September 3, 9:30 a.m.–noon, Rowley Library; Tour guides still neededMore
All new-to-Lab families with Middle School students should attend this special family orientation.
Any returning seventh and eighth grade students who are interested in serving as tour guides, please contact the Middle School office, if you have not already done so. The first day of school for all students is Tuesday, September 8.
Parent Night, Thursday, September 10; Dinner, 5 p.m., class visits, 6–8:30 p.m.More
Parents are invited to meet Middle School administrators and hear from teachers as they track their children's schedules. The Parents’ Association will provide a light dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Student schedules will be distributed and classroom visits start at 6 p.m.
Lower School New-to-Lab Family Orientation, Thursday, September 3, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Blaine S207More
Learn all about the Lower School at this orientation for families brand new to Lab. Principal Sylvie Anglin and Lower School council chairs will be on hand to share their insights and answer any questions you might have. Please bring your new Lower School student as there are separate activities planned for students. Childcare will be provided for siblings who are enrolled at Lab. (Apologies, but we cannot care for non-Lab students.)
Third grade family welcome, Thursday, September 3, 11 a.m., Gordon Parks Assembly HallMore
Third grade families are invited to meet your new classmates, learn about third grade, and enjoy a special activity designed to help you get to know Blaine Hall. Bring a lunch for the All Lower School Family picnic that follows.
All Lower School Family Picnic, Thursday, September 3, noon, Blaine CourtyardMore
The Parents’ Association invites you to bring a lunch and join Lower School families for a Back-to-School family picnic. This fun, informal gathering will allow Lower School families to meet their classmates and the families new to Lab.
Back-to-School Bagels, Tuesday, September 8, 8–9 a.m., Blaine LobbyMore
The Parents’ Association invites you to join your fellow parents for bagels on the first day of school as we welcome the new school year.
Room Parent Orientation, Friday, September 11, 9–10 a.m., ESH LobbyMore
Room Parents are a vital link among parents, teachers, and the Parents’ Association. Come learn more about volunteering as a Room Parent in your child's classroom. For more information contact Brittany Chang.
Info for fifth grade families: books, PE uniforms, and musical instrumentsMore
Just a reminder that fifth graders should order textbooks and PE uniforms through our online bookstore. Information is available in Back-to-Lab in PowerSchool, or by following these directions:
- Go to Lab’s website and click on "Online Bookstore" under Quicklinks to buy the books you need.
- To purchase PE uniforms, use the link on the Bookstore page to Lands’ End.
- To order your musical instruments and supplies, please contact our music vendor, Quinlan & Fabish Music Company, by e-mail or telephone 630-654-4111.
Save the Date: LS Parent Night, Thursday, September 17, 6:30–9:00 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall & Blaine classrooms
N/K & Primary Schools
ESH New Parent Orientation, Thursday, September 3, 8:30–10:30 a.m., ESH LobbyMore
Please join the ESH Council for an information session to help new parents prepare for the start of the school year.
Bagels & Coffee, Tuesday, September 8 & Wednesday, September 9, 8–9 a.m., ESH LobbyMore
The Parents’ Association invites you to join your fellow parents for bagels and coffee as we welcome the new school year.
Nursery/Kindergarten first week scheduleMore
Please pay close attention to the first week schedule for Nursery & Kindergarten children detailed in your teacher’s letter online in PowerSchool. Our younger children begin with a gradual introduction (back) to school. The first few days are planned with the needs of young children in mind, and we are grateful for the accommodations you may have to make to help with this transition.
ESH Parent NightMore
Parent Night is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your child’s school experience and ask questions about the new school year.
- Kindergarten & NK classrooms (Kuzel, Roche) Parent Night: Tuesday, September 8, 6 p.m.
- Nursery Parent Night: Wednesday, September 9, 6 p.m.
- Primary School Parent Night: Wednesday, September 16, 5:30 p.m.
Room Parent Orientation, September 11, 9–10 a.m., ESH LobbyMore
Room Parents are a vital link between parents, teachers, and the Parents’ Association. Come learn more about volunteering as a Room Parent for your child's classroom. For more information contact Shrunali Rai at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back-to-School ESH car line volunteers needed, September 8–18More
The Parents’ Association will be assisting with the ESH car line for the first two weeks of school. Parent volunteers are needed to assist the ESH staff during morning drop-off. Assistance includes helping students out of the cars and directing them to their classrooms. Any time that you can give is greatly appreciated. Please sign up here.