Lab E-News

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

All Schools

  • Lab Arts and Health Fair in photos

    Visit the Laboratory Schools’ Flickr site to see photos from Lab Arts and the Schools’ first-ever Health Fair.

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    Visit the Laboratory Schools’ Flickr site to see photos from Lab Arts and the Schools’ first-ever Health Fair.

    Lab Arts, held April 10–12 in Upper Kovler Gym was Lab’s fourth such annual celebration of visual and performing arts. Families and classes toured the gallery presentation of more than 500 individual pieces of visual art, illustrating the scope and sequence of the Fine Arts program at Lab. Student performances on Saturday included vocal and instrumental music, dance, drama, and spoken word.

    The Health Fair, held on March 12, brought adults and kids together to learn about healthy choices and to have fun. The event included a 4-Square tournament, yoga, reiki, and spin classes. U-High and Middle School tap dancers, and fencing and cycling teams also gave presentations.

  • Summer Lab 2015 registration continues

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    Visit the Summer Lab website to make your selections among Adventure Kids Day Camp, Summer School, Fun in the Sun, Summer Lab on Stage, and Sports Camps. Love of learning spends the summer at Summer Lab! Registration and payment via credit card or direct deposit are online.

  • Tickets available: April 30 Salon Lab: A Conversation with Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts and sports economist Allen Sanderson

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    Tickets are available for this exclusive evening: a unique opportunity to hear from and have conversation with Tom Ricketts and Allen Sanderson about owning a sports team, the economics of the industry, and if there is a link between a winning team and the value of the franchise.

    Contact Andrew Waldner in the Office of Alumni Relations & Development for tickets or questions.

    • Hosts: Lab parents Chris Henger and Shea Soucie
    • When: April 30, 2015, 6–9 p.m.
    • Tickets: $500 each
  • Tickets available: Saturday, May 9 Lab Parent Party at Tradition Gastro Pub and Kitchen

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    Join us downtown for food, drinks, entertainment, and a poker party in a separate area of the Pub for those who are interested. The evening is sure to be lots of fun and a great way to connect with other Lab parents and meet new friends.

    Contact Andrew Waldner in the Office of Alumni Relations & Development for tickets or questions.

    • Hosts: Frank Baldassare, Brian Black, Richard Copans, Jennifer Keller, Chris McGowan, Catherine Rosenberg, Mike Rosenberg
    • When: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 6–10 p.m.
    • Where: Tradition, 160 North Franklin St.
    • Tickets: $100 for dinner and drinks party, and $150 for party and poker playing
  • Vote for the Parents’ Association 2015–2016 board

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    Voting for the Parents’ Association 2015–2016 board positions opens today, April 16. Read more about the candidates here. Votes may be cast in two ways:

    1. by submitting an electronic ballot or
    2. by printing and filling out a paper ballot.

    Paper ballots can be emailed to the PA or dropped in the PA mailbox located in the Lower School Office. Ballots (both electronic and paper) must be received by Sunday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Please email the PA with any questions.

  • Get ready for Rites of May, Saturday, May 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., ESH

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    The fun, food, and festivities of Rites of May are just around the corner! On May 16 the beloved event returns to Earl Shapiro Hall with more bounce houses, face painters, carnival games, entertainment, and delicious food than ever before! T-shirts will also be available and will be sold the weeks leading up to the event both in person and online. Don't miss this Lab tradition, and an amazing day of fun!

  • Rites of May 2015 Spring Production, Alice Down The Rabbit Hole, May 14–16, 8 p.m., Upper Kovler

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    Alice Down the Rabbit Hole is an original musical created by U-High students and faculty based on the Lewis Carroll classics, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass. Performances will be held on Thursday, May 14, Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be available in the High School Lobby starting April 29.

  • Book Drive to benefit UChicago Charter School, Donoghue, April 20–29

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    Ready Set Grow! is a club aiming to foster relationships between U-High students and University of Chicago Charter School elementary students. The club has an overarching academic orientation but also strives to create a feeling of friendship and fun with the younger students. We visit the Charter School after school each Wednesday to play academic games, complete supplementary worksheets, work with reading buddies, and other fun activities. We started the club this year, and so far we have spent around 30 hours together!

    Any type of book is welcome, including picture, board, and chapter books. The books should be appropriate for kids from pre-K to fifth grade. They are being donated to the UChicago Charter School, Donoghue Campus. Drop boxes will be available in each school’s lobby.

High School

  • Fall 2015 High School sports registration via PowerSchool, April 20–24

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    Students need to register for the following 2015 High School sports teams:

    • Girls: tennis, swimming, cross-country, sailing, golf, and volleyball
    • Boys: cross-country, sailing, soccer, and golf.

    Fall sports teams start August 12. Please contact Mr. Ribbens or Ms. Poole with questions.

  • AP testing calendar

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    AP testing begins next month. Please find the AP testing calendar here.

  • Join UC Medical Center Day of Service and Reflection, Saturday, May 16

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    The University of Chicago Medicine celebrates its 13th Annual Day of Service and Reflection, a day that brings UChicago faculty, staff, students, friends, and families into our service area for a morning of community service. All Lab families are invited to participate.

    High School students can earn up to six service learning hours by participating. Children must be at least six years of age to volunteer. All students must be accompanied by an adult. More information and to registration are online. Contact Service Learning Coordinator Hannah Evans with any questions.

  • Parent-to-Parent, Wednesday, May 6, 8–9 a.m. in Judd 204

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    To support our parent community facing the challenges of raising an adolescent, the PA and the HS Counseling Department have organized an ongoing opportunity to meet with other HS parents and a HS counselor to share, problem-solve, and support one another. Contact Kate Surmeier with questions.

Middle School

  • Fall 2015 Middle School sports registration via PowerSchool. April 20–24

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    Students need to register for the following 2015 Middle School sports teams:

    • Girls Cross-Country: grades 6–8
    • Girls Volleyball: grades 7–8
    • Boys Cross-Country: grades 6–8
    • Boys Soccer: grades 7–8

    Fall sports teams start Monday, August 31, 2015. Please contact Mr. Ribbens or Ms. Poole with questions.

  • Grades 7–12 Orchestra concert, Thursday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Mandel Hall

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    No homework night for seventh and eighth grade Orchestra students.

  • Middle School Musical, Into the Woods, April 24–26

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    Performances are Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets sales will be announced in the Middle School Daily Bulletin.

  • 6th grade class trip, April 27–May 1, Camp Maclean, Burlington, WI

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    Plans and preparations for the sixth grade class trip are in progress. Families will receive email updates, forms, and other important information through the email addresses listed in their PowerSchool accounts and on the 6th Grade Class Trip website.

  • 8th grade class trip, April 28–May 1, Washington, DC/Philadelphia

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    Plans and preparations for the sixth grade class trip are in progress. 8th graders must be at school by 4:45 a.m on Tuesday, April 28 for a before-school departure. Families will receive email updates, forms, and other important information through the email addresses listed in their PowerSchool accounts and on the 8th Grade Class Trip website.

  • 7th grade class day trip to Shady Oaks Camp, Friday, May 1, Homer Glen IL

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    Seventh grade students will travel by bus with chaperones to Shady Oaks, a summer camp for people with disabilities. Students will depart after morning Advisory at 8:15 a.m. and return for dismissal by 2:35 p.m.

  • 7th grade roller skating party, Friday, May 1, 2015, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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    The PA will be hosting the roller skating party. Buses will leave at 2:50 p.m. from the Blaine steps and transport students to and from Fleetwood Roller Rink, 7231 W. Archer Avenue. Please be available to pick up your child at Blaine Lobby between 6–6:30 p.m. after the party. The price of the event is $15. Please click here for additional information, to pay online, and sign up to volunteer!

    Students should meet in the cafeteria after school and be sure to take their backpacks and other belongings with them (they can leave them on the bus). They will not be allowed to return to their lockers.

  • Grade 7 to 8 Transition Night, Wednesday, May 5, 6–7 p.m., Café Lab

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    Seventh grade families are invited to come learn about the eighth grade experience at Lab. Topics will include the grading system, program, Washington, DC/Philadelphia trip, and the transition to U-High.

  • 7th grade class trip, May 19–22, Pretty Lake, Mattawan, MI

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    Seventh graders must be at school by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 for a before-school departure. Families will receive email updates, forms, and other important information through the email addresses listed in their PowerSchool accounts and on the 7th Grade Class Trip website.

  • Grade 6 to 7 Transition Night, Tuesday, May 12, 6–7 p.m., Café Lab

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    Sixth grade families are invited to come learn about the seventh grade experience at Lab. Topics will include seventh grade curriculum, camp, and the developmental stages of this age group.

  • 6th Grade Spring Concert, Tuesday, May 12, 7:30–9 p.m., Mandel Hall

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    It is a no homework night for sixth graders.

Lower School

  • 5th grade spring music concerts

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    • Orchestra and General Music Concert, Tuesday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Cafe Lab
    • Band Concert, Thursday, May 14, 7–8 p.m., Cafe Lab

    Fifth grade musicians will perform in their final concert of the year. Please join us to celebrate their musical year!

  • Spring Fan Day—Friday, May 8, 4:30 p.m.

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    Join your Lower School friends and cheer the seventh and eighth grade girls soccer team to victory on Friday, May 8, starting at 4:30 p.m.

  • Save the date: 5th into 6th grade transition meeting, Thursday, May 14, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Cafe Lab

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    Parents of students entering sixth grade in the 2015-2016 school year are invited to attend a transition meeting to learn more about sixth grade. Teachers, counselors, and principals will provide information and answer questions about developmental changes, curriculum, and special activities that take place.

  • 5th grade student and parent volunteers needed for Rites of May, Saturday, May 16

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    Calling all fifth graders and their parents! Rites of May needs your help running the games at this year's event on May 16! If your fifth grader has enjoyed Rites of May in the past, here is a perfect opportunity for him or her to give back. We are asking for 1-2 hours of time. Learn more and sign up online. Questions? Email Tina.

  • Lower School Bike Ride, Saturday, May 16, 10:30–11:45 a.m.

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    Join us for the second annual Lower School Bike Ride, lead by the officers of the UChicago Department of Safety and Security. We will start with a Bike Safety and Registration Demonstration in Kenwood Mall on the Historic Campus. After riding through the streets of Hyde Park, we will end our ride at ESH where Rites of May will be underway. Come and enjoy friends and sunshine!

    We ask that all Lower School participants bring a responsible adult to ride with them. Drop offs are not allowed. Siblings are welcome, but we ask that any siblings younger than second grade be in a trailer or tandem bike. Please RSVP the numbers of riders in your party by clicking here. Remember your sunscreen and helmets!

  • Check lost & found

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    There are lots of items that have found their way to the lost & found rack in Blaine Lobby. Please check for those missing mittens, hats, coats, shoes, and special possessions. All unclaimed property will be donated to local charities soon.

  • Collect and Win: Don't miss out on the Lower School Box Tops Raffle!

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    Collect and turn in your Box Tops to earn a chance to win! For every 10 box tops submitted, your child will be entered into a raffle to win a lunchtime pizza party or special dessert for your child's homeroom. Forms will be sent home to collect Box Tops, and should be returned to the collection box in Blaine lobby. Winners to be announced in early June with prizes awarded prior to the end of the school year. Prizes will be coordinated with homeroom teachers. Questions? Contact Christine Squeri.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • ESH yearbook orders due Friday, April 17

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    If you’re interested in purchasing the first ever ESH yearbook, the deadline is Friday, April 17. Teachers and parent volunteers worked together to create a wonderful reflection of the 2014-2015 school year. There is even an “autograph” page to sign!

    Please submit your orders here. Parents will be billed through FACTS. If you have any questions, please contact the Primary School Office, 773-702-4543.

  • Save the date: 2nd into 3rd grade transition meeting, Thursday, April 30, 6 p.m., Cafe Lab

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    Parents of students entering third grade in the 2015-2016 school year are invited to attend a transition meeting to learn more about third grade. Third grade teachers, Learning and Counseling faculty, and Principal Sylvie Anglin will provide information and answer questions.

  • Nursery into kindergarten transition meeting, Wednesday, May 6, 6 p.m., ESH Lobby

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    Parents of students who will enter kindergarten in the 2015-2016 school year are invited to attend a transition meeting to learn more about kindergarten. Teachers, counselors and principals will provide information and answer questions about developmental changes, curriculum, and special activities that take place at this grade level.

  • Kindergarten into 1st grade transition meeting, Thursday, May 7, 5:30 p.m., ESH Lobby

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    Parents of students who will enter first grade in the 2015-2016 school year are invited to attend a transition meeting to learn more about 1st grade. Teachers, counselors and principals will provide information and answer questions about developmental changes, curriculum, and special activities that take place at this grade level.

Archives

Issue: Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Upcoming Events

Tue. 04/14

Junior Retreat

Camp Wonderland in Camp Lake, Wisconsin 12:20pm - 4:00pm Thru 4/16/2015
Wed. 04/15

5th Grade Bake Sale

Blaine classrooms Thru 4/16/2015
Fri. 04/17

Faculty Professional Development Day--No School for Students

Fri. 04/24

MS Spring Musical

7:30pm - 9:30pm Thru 4/25/2015
Sun. 04/26

MS Spring Musical

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Mon. 04/27

6th Grade at Camp Maclean

Thru 5/1/2015
Tue. 04/28

8th Grade in Washington DC

Thru 5/1/2015
Thu. 04/30

2nd to 3rd Grade Transition Meeting

Cafe Lab 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fri. 05/01

7th Grade Roller Skating Party

Fleetwood Roller Rink - 7231 W Archer Ave, Summit, IL 60501 2:45pm - 6:30pm Visit this Link
Tue. 05/05

7th to 8th Grade Transition Night

Cafe Lab 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Wed. 05/06

N4-Kindergarten Transition Meeting

Earl Shapiro Hall

Parent to Parent

JD204 8:00am - 9:00am
Thu. 05/07

K-1st Transition Meeting

ESH Lobby 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Tue. 05/12

6th to 7th Grade Transition Night

Cafe Lab 6:00pm - 7:00pm

6th Grade Spring Concert

Mandel Hall 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Thu. 05/14

5th to 6th Grade Transition Night

Cafe Lab 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Rites of May Theatre Production

8:00pm - 9:30pm Thru 5/16/2015
Sat. 05/16

Rites of May

Tue. 05/19

7th Grade Camp

Thru 5/22/2015