Lab E-News

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

All Schools

  • More than 110 Labbies participate in UChicago MLK Day of Service partnership

    In partnership with the University Community Service Center, hundreds of volunteers served at more than 20 community organizations on January 17, 2015 in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    In partnership with the University Community Service Center, hundreds of volunteers served at more than 20 community organizations on January 17, 2015 in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Thank you to all of those who participated, organized, and supported the event! We look forward to having you join us for future days of service. For more information and photos of the event, please visit the UCLS Service Learning blog.

  • Parent/teacher conference day refreshments courtesy of Connections: Friday, February 6; Thursday, February 12

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    Look for the Connections Host Committee in the Blaine and ESH lobbies during parent-teacher conference days. They will be there to share coffee, refreshments, and details about the March 7 event, including how to participate in supporting Lab.

    Connections 2015 is at a new venue, Morgan Manufacturing, and will feature open seating, student performances, delicious food stations, dancing, a silent auction, and more! Stop by during parent teacher conferences for a beverage or snack, shop the raffle items and say ‘hi!” And mark you calendar for Connections 2015 on March 7!

    All proceeds from Connections 2015 support scholarship and financial aid at Lab.

    Want to volunteer for Connections 2015? Email Connections Co-chair Jennifer Keller to sign up. We would love to have your help!

  • Blaine Library newly named Knes Family Library

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    Over winter break Lab unrolled a new name for the Lower School library. The newly named Knes Family Library reflects the passion that the Knes family has for the Schools, its mission, and its people. Their generous investment in Lab, a place they view as their “second home,” is deeply valued. The Knes Family Library also drew attention to an interesting fact: this might be the very first time in many decades that an existing space at Lab was given a new name.

    The Alumni Relations and Development staff often has the opportunity to talk with alumni, parents, and friends of Lab about what teachers, programs, and spaces held meaning for them or for their children. The Schools are lucky to have a community of people who care deeply about Lab, and who have shown support for the work that goes on inside our walls. In the months ahead, other existing, renovated spaces will also be named in honor of the generous donors whose dedication to Lab includes ensuring that our programs are provided in beautiful, safe, and up-to-date spaces. These might include naming larger spaces or installing a plaque in a classroom or an office.

    In the meantime we express gratitude to everyone who works in these spaces allowing Lab to offer outstanding educational experiences to our students.

  • Multilingual Parents Group meeting, Monday, February 16, 6-7 p.m., Blaine S113

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    Lab recently conducted a Heritage Language survey. Come hear about the results of this survey, discuss the idea of language lunches, and strategize about other ways we can support one another in maintaining home languages. The meeting will be held in Blaine S113 (next to the nurse's office).

    If you have any questions about the group or want to be added to the multilingual parents email list, contact Dorothy Pytel.

  • PA Speaker Series: Book group discussion of Excellent Sheep, February 2; Author William Deresiewicz speaks, February 4

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    William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life will present at the Parents’ Association meeting, Wednesday, February 4, 7 p.m., ESH Lobby

    In preparation, N/K, PS, and LS counselors and the acting diversity coordinator are partnering to host a parent book club discussion on Monday, February 2, 8:45 a.m., in Judd 204.

    Copies of Excellent Sheep will be for sale at the January PA meeting for $20. If you would like a copy prior to the January meeting, you can also purchase one in the Learning & Counseling offices. Contact Christie Henry or Lauren Collins with questions.

  • Lab Shuttle: Help Lab improve service and see the map/schedule

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    Please answer this very short survey so that Lab can ensure the Shuttle service is meeting the needs of our community.

    The Shuttle map/schedule is online, and the Shuttle runs every 15 minutes during the peak drop off and pick up hours each morning and afternoon.

  • Order Lab gear for athletes, fans, and alums

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    The Athletic Department is offering Adidas brand personalized gear for purchase for Lab athletes and fans. Visit Lab Gear and enter code: W6V6Y to learn more and order direct. Go Maroons!

  • Summer Lab 2015 registration: Save $150 by registering before March 15

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    Summer Lab 2015 registrations are charging ahead! Save $150 by registering before March 15. Have we heard from you? Check your options and register on line at http://summerlab.org

High School

  • Info session: underwritten summer opportunity at Marine Biological Laboratory, Tuesday, January 27, UH 307, 3:15 p.m.

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    We invite students currently in grades 9-11 (who have successfully completed a U-High biology course) to apply to be a part of Lab’s first marine biology experience during a week-long trip to the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) located in Woods Hole, MA.

    Importantly, all expenses (e.g., transportation, room, board) will be fully-funded through a collaborative programming grant from the University so that families of accepted students will not be financially responsible for any portion of the trip.

    Last year, the University of Chicago and the MBL formed a landmark affiliation to strengthen both institutions’ missions of leadership and innovation in scientific research and education, including the education of the youngest members of the University’s academic community at the Laboratory Schools. The coastal location and unique facilities make MBL and Woods Hole an intellectual destination and convening point for all.

    Trip Details

    • Trip departs August 23 and returns August 30
    • Students will have an immersive biology experience through a series of lab visits, scientific exploration, native plant and animal conservation work, and a host of other activities that are unique to this East Coast, saltwater location.
    • Costs and fees: All costs related to transportation, room, and board will be covered by a collaborative grant freeing students and their families from any financial responsibility for this trip.
    • Applications, due February 27, 2015, will be available at the meeting or students may contact Daniel Calleri or Sharon Housinger.

    Info Session

    Students and parents are invited on Tuesday, January 27, to UH 307 at 3:15 p.m. to learn more about the MBL field experience, including details about the prerequisites for application, activities, and applicant selection process. Applications will be due February 27, 2015.

  • Dates revised: 2015-2016 registration and course selection information

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    The Program of Studies, which contains detailed course information, has been distributed to students at school. It is also available online on the High School homepage.

    Parents will have two weeks to review the Program of Studies with their child--from Monday, February 2 to Sunday, February 15. Advisors and counselors will also be working with students at this time to assist with the decision-making process.

    Online registration opens the week of February 2 and will remain open for two weeks, closing on February 15. During that time, students may login to PowerSchool and select courses. They may do so multiple times until the February 15 deadline, should they change their mind about a course. Please remember that staffing and sectioning decisions are made based on the information we receive during this initial course registration period, so it is important that parents and students reflect on the need to fulfill graduation requirements and an appropriate course load.

    General questions about course registration and planning can be directed to your child's advisor or counselor. Advisors will be checking in with advisees during this time to ensure that all students complete the registration process.

    Specific course content-related questions should be directed to the department chair of the relevant department.

    Current eighth grade families should work with the Middle School and their Middle School Advisors to select the courses most suitable for freshman year.

  • Principal Chat re-scheduled to February 18, 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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    Scott Fech, U-High Principal, welcomed his infant son, Beckett, over the Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend. As a result, the Principal Chats originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 21 have been re-scheduled to Wednesday, February 18. As planned, Dean of Students Ana Campos will join Scott then to discuss the High School attendance policy.

  • Attendance summary in PowerSchool

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    An improved attendance summary page is now live in PowerSchool. Both parents and students have access to this page via their PowerSchool account. It can be found in the left-hand column by clicking on "Attendance Summary."

  • Senior Get-Away Retreat, Saturday, January 24, 8 a.m. to Monday, January 26, 4 p.m.

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    The faculty chaperones and Ms. Campos look forward to spending this time relaxing with the Class of 2015 at their final grade level event and in celebration of the end of the college application process. Contact Ms. Campos with any questions.

  • Cure It on the Court: Varsity boys basketball tournament to benefit pediatric cancer research, Saturday, January 24, 1 p.m., Ratner Athletics Center

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    Tournament begins with U-High Maroons vs. Parker Colonels at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the three-game tournament, payable at the door of the Ratner Athletics Center, 5530 South Ellis Avenue. Pre-game tickets may also be purchased in the U-High Athletics Office.

  • Junior parents RSVP: College Info Night, Wednesday, January 28, 6 p.m., I-House

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    Parents of current U-High juniors are invited to join Lab’s college counselors for our Junior Parent College Information Night. Patty Kovacs, Abigale Wagner, and Melissa Warehall will discuss Lab’s counseling philosophy and services, the content of Junior College Workshops, family use of Naviance (a versatile college search and application website), writing college applications, course selection for senior year, and other important topics.

    Most of the evening’s content will be covered during students’ Junior Workshop lessons and individual meetings. Therefore, it is not necessary for your child to accompany you to this program.

    The parent presentation will provide an opportunity to hear from the counselors as a starting point to the college exploration, search, and application process. The counselors are eager to begin this exciting and important work with families, and they look forward to many conversations and individual meetings to follow. International House is located at 1414 E 59th St., just east of the Laboratory Schools’ Historic Campus. So that sufficient materials can be prepared for attendees, if you plan to attend, please RSVP to Jeannie Grbavac (773-702-9445, x0), by Tuesday, January 27.

  • Winter Semi-Formal Dance, Saturday, February 7, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

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    The Winter Semi-Formal dance, Mystery Masquerade, will be held Saturday, February 7, at International House from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. We continue these expectations of our students at the dance: arriving prior to 9:00 p.m., not being able to return to the dance once departed, having to check all coats and bags, and requiring that guests from other schools are pre-registered. Guest application forms are available on-line now and are due back, completed, to Ms. Campos by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 5. Ticket sales will take place the week leading up to the dance. Tickets will cost $10 if purchased in advance, and $15 at the door.

  • Expert Panel: Racial Identity and Understanding in grades 6-12, Tuesday, February 17, 6-8 p.m., ESH Lobby

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    All Lab parents are encouraged to participate in this important conversation hosted by the diversity chairs and Director Robin Appleby about promoting positive racial identity development in our independent school context and in the larger context of recent national events.

    The discussions will feature and be facilitated by:

    • Randolph Carter, education management consultant, Mid West Ed; founder: People of Color Conference Student Diversity Leadership Conference
    • Elizabeth Denevi, Latin School director of studies & professional development
    • Stacey Gibson, Francis W. Parker Upper School English Teacher
    • Amanda Lewis, UIC associate professor of African American studies

    Positive racial identity development is integral to making sure all children have a successful school experience. This work, along with the other dimensions of social-emotional development, rests on a partnership between schools and families.

    Sessions will be tailored to issues and opportunities at certain grade levels, but you are welcome to attend whichever session your schedule permits:

    • Wednesday, February 11: Session tailored to parents of children in grades N-5, 6-8 p.m., ESH Lobby; Child-care available this night only
    • Tuesday, February 17: Session tailored to parents of children in grades 6-12, 6-8pm, ESH Lobby

    Please RSVP by February 4. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Collins.

Middle School

  • 8th grade to U-High Transition Night, Tuesday, February 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Café Lab

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    Parents and students of the incoming freshman class are invited to learn about the High School program and to receive advice as students plan out their four-year course of study. Administrators will also answer questions about the registration process.

    Course registration will be available in PowerSchool Monday, February 2 through Sunday, February 15.

  • 7th and 8th grade girls basketball Spirit Game, Monday, January 26, Sunny Gym

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    The seventh grade girls basketball game will begin at 4 p.m., and the eighth grade girls basketball game will begin at 5 p.m. in Sunny Gym.

  • 8th grade dance, Friday, January 23, 6-8 p.m., Sunny Gym

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    Students should dress in dark casual clothes and bring with them their signed permission slips which they received in Advisory.

  • First semester grade reports available Monday, January 26 in PowerSchool

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    Please contact Yazmin Norwood, assistant register, 773-702-2599, if you need help accessing your child's report.

  • 7th and 8th grade boys basketball Spirit Game, Friday, January 30, Sunny Gym

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    The seventh grade boys basketball game will begin at 4 p.m., and the eighth grade boys basketball game will begin at 5 p.m. in Sunny Gym.

  • Parent conferences, no classes: All grades, Thursday, February 12

  • Mid-winter Break, no classes: All grades, Friday, February 13

  • Expert Panel: Racial Identity and Understanding in grades 6-12, Tuesday, February 17, 6-8 p.m., ESH Lobby

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    All Lab parents are encouraged to participate in this important conversation hosted by the diversity chairs and Director Robin Appleby about promoting positive racial identity development in our independent school context and in the larger context of recent national events.

    The discussions will feature and be facilitated by:

    • Randolph Carter, education management consultant, Mid West Ed; founder: People of Color Conference Student Diversity Leadership Conference
    • Elizabeth Denevi, Latin School director of studies & professional development
    • Stacey Gibson, Francis W. Parker Upper School English Teacher
    • Amanda Lewis, UIC associate professor of African American studies

    Positive racial identity development is integral to making sure all children have a successful school experience. This work, along with the other dimensions of social-emotional development, rests on a partnership between schools and families.

    Sessions will be tailored to issues and opportunities at certain grade levels, but you are welcome to attend whichever session your schedule permits:

    • Wednesday, February 11: Session tailored to parents of children in grades N-5, 6-8 p.m., ESH Lobby; Child-care available this night only
    • Tuesday, February 17: Session tailored to parents of children in grades 6-12, 6-8pm, ESH Lobby

    Please RSVP by February 4. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Collins.

Lower School

  • Lab Talks: Post-lecture and book discussion with counselors, Tuesday, February 10, 8:30–9:30 a.m., and 6–7 p.m., Blaine S215

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    Join Lower School Counselors Cathy Gruber and Melissa Steger in the second of a series of conversations about parenting, kids, families, and education. This discussion will debrief the February 4 lecture at ESH by William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. Questions and to RSVP, email Ms. Steger or Ms. Gruber.

  • Expert Panel: Racial Identity and Understanding in grades N-5, Wednesday, February 11, 6 p.m., Childcare available

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    All Lab parents are encouraged to participate in this important conversation hosted by the diversity chairs and Director Robin Appleby about promoting positive racial identity development in our independent school context and in the larger context of recent national events.

    The discussions will feature and be facilitated by:

    • Randolph Carter, education management consultant, Mid West Ed; founder: People of Color Conference Student Diversity Leadership Conference
    • Elizabeth Denevi, Latin School director of studies & professional development
    • Stacey Gibson, Francis W. Parker Upper School English Teacher
    • Amanda Lewis, UIC associate professor of African American studies

    Positive racial identity development is integral to making sure all children have a successful school experience. This work, along with the other dimensions of social-emotional development, rests on a partnership between schools and families.

    Sessions will be tailored to issues and opportunities at certain grade levels, but you are welcome to attend whichever session your schedule permits:

    • Wednesday, February 11: Session tailored to parents of children in grades N-5, 6-8 p.m., ESH Lobby; Child-care available this night only
    • Tuesday, February 17: Session tailored to parents of children in grades 6-12, 6-8pm, ESH Lobby

    Please RSVP by February 4. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Collins.

  • Fifth grade band concert, Thursday, January 29, 7:30 p.m., Cafe Lab

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    Enjoy the first band concert of the year as our fifth graders display their newly-acquired skills.

  • LS Cheer Rallies: Friday, January 30 & Tuesday, February 3, Sunny Gym

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    Show your school spirit and join your LS friends and families to cheer for the Middle School basketball teams on January 30 (seventh grade boys, 4 p.m.; eighth grade boys, 5 p.m.) and February 3 (seventh grade girls, 4 p.m.; eighth grade girls, 5 p.m.) in Sunny Gym.

  • Progress reports and grades 3 & 4 ERB results available in PowerSchool, Monday, February 2

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    Parents will receive an e-mail when reports are live in PowerSchool.

  • Parent/teacher conference days, Friday, February 6 and Thursday, February 12. No school grades 3–5

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    Sign up for individual conferences with your child's homeroom teacher. Special area teachers may also be available to meet; contact individual teachers for appointments.

  • 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 on Friday, February 6 for any parent who wishes to meet with them, but students will not be able to use the library on February 6 and 12.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • Parent/teacher conferences, Friday, February 6 and Thursday, February 12. No school grades N3–2

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    Sign up for individual conferences with your child's homeroom teacher. Special area teachers may also be available to meet. Contact individual teachers for appointments.

  • Expert Panel: Racial Identity and Understanding in grades N-5, Wednesday, February 11, 6 p.m., Childcare available

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    All Lab parents are encouraged to participate in this important conversation hosted by the diversity chairs and Director Robin Appleby about promoting positive racial identity development in our independent school context and in the larger context of recent national events.

    The discussions will feature and be facilitated by:

    • Randolph Carter, education management consultant, Mid West Ed; founder: People of Color Conference Student Diversity Leadership Conference
    • Elizabeth Denevi, Latin School director of studies & professional development
    • Stacey Gibson, Francis W. Parker Upper School English Teacher
    • Amanda Lewis, UIC associate professor of African American studies

    Positive racial identity development is integral to making sure all children have a successful school experience. This work, along with the other dimensions of social-emotional development, rests on a partnership between schools and families.

    Sessions will be tailored to issues and opportunities at certain grade levels, but you are welcome to attend whichever session your schedule permits:

    • Wednesday, February 11: Session tailored to parents of children in grades N-5, 6-8 p.m., ESH Lobby; Child-care available this night only
    • Tuesday, February 17: Session tailored to parents of children in grades 6-12, 6-8pm, ESH Lobby

    Please RSVP by February 4. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Collins.

  • Grade 2 parents: World Languages meeting, Thursday, January 22, 6:30 p.m. Historic Campus, UH 207

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    The World Languages department will host a meeting for parents of current second graders to discuss selecting a language for your child. World Language instruction begins in third grade. Teachers from each of the languages offered (French, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish) will answer questions about language instruction at Lab.

Archives

Issue: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Upcoming Events

Thu. 01/22

Grade 2 parents: World Languages meeting

US 207 6:30pm
Fri. 01/23

8th Grade Class Dance

Sunny Gym 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sat. 01/24

Senior Getaway

Galena, IL 8:00am - 4:00pm Thru 1/26/2015

"Cure It On the Court": Varsity Boys' Basketball Tournament to Benefit Pediatric Cancer

Gerald Ratner Athletics Center, 5530 South Ellis Avenue 1:00pm
Mon. 01/26

MS: Semester 1 Grades Available

MS 7th and 8th Grade Girls' Basketball Spirit Game

Sunny Gym 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Tue. 01/27

HS Info session: underwritten summer opportunity at Marine Biological Laboratory

3:15pm
Wed. 01/28

Junior Parents RSVP: College Information Night

I-House Assembly 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Thu. 01/29

5th Grade Band Concert

Cafe Lab 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Fri. 01/30

LS Cheer Rally

4:00pm

MS Spirit Game - Boys Basketball

Sunny Gym 4:00pm - 6:00pm

MS 7th and 8th Grade Boys' Basketball Spirit Game

Sunny Gym 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Mon. 02/02

LS Progress reports available in PowerSchool

Tue. 02/03

LS Cheer Rally

4:00pm

8th Grade Transition to U-High Meeting

Cafe Lab 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Wed. 02/04

PA Speaker Series: William Deresiewitz

ESH Lobby 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri. 02/06

Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL FOR GRADES N3-5

Earl Shapiro Hall

LS Parent/Teacher Conference Day-NO SCHOOL

Blaine classrooms 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sat. 02/07

Semi-Formal Dance

International House Assembly Hall 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Tue. 02/10

Lab Talks: Post-Lecture and Book Discussion with Counselors

Blaine Hall 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Wed. 02/11

Expert Panel: Racial Identity and Understanding in grades N-5

ESH Lobby 6:00pm
Thu. 02/12

MS Conferences for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades

Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL FOR GRADES N3-5

Earl Shapiro Hall

LS Parent/Teacher Conference Day-NO SCHOOL

Blaine classrooms 8:00am - 3:00pm
Fri. 02/13

Winter Break--No School

Mon. 02/16

Multilingual Parents Group Meeting

Blaine S113 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Tue. 02/17

Expert Panel: Racial Identity and Understanding in grades 6-12

ESH Lobby 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed. 02/18

HS Principal Chat

Judd 204 8:00am - 9:00am

HS Principal Chat

Judd 204 6:30pm - 7:30pm