Lab E-News

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

All Schools

  • October Family Flu Vaccine Clinics and physical exams at Lab


    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.

    Intranasal and injectable flu vaccinations will be made available per nurse practitioner recommendations. Tdap and adolescent vaccinations are also available.

    New this year will be the option for obtaining a physical exam on October 22. These physical exams are suitable for sports eligibility, school requirements, summer camps, and work permits.

    • Thursday, October 15, Historic Campus, Temporary Cafe (Kenwood Mall) 2–6 p.m.
    • Thursday, October 22, Earl Shapiro Hall, first floor Little Lobby 2–5 p.m. (physicals too)
    • Thursday, October 29, Historic Campus, Temporary Cafe (Kenwood Mall) 2–6 p.m.

    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.

  • RSVP for the first PA Speaker of the year: Julie Lythcott-Haims, Tuesday, October 13, 8:45 a.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall


    Please RSVP for the first PA Speaker of the year. Julie Lythcott-Haims, former dean of freshmen at Stanford University and author of the forthcoming book How to Raise an Adult, kicks off the PA Speaker Series.

    Her thoughts will help us navigate the “overparenting” landscape and raise resourceful, resilient, and confident adults. She has given many talks, including several at independent TEDx conferences, and written inspiring editorials and articles about how to channel parental hopes and fears in the most productive of ways for our kids.

  • Gordon Parks Arts Hall Celebration draws hundreds


    More than 750 parents, students, grandparents, faculty, staff, and alumni came to celebrate the opening of Gordon Parks Arts Hall on Saturday. See photos on Lab’s Flickr site.

    The day was filled with art and ideas, including:

    • An opportunity to see the iconic photographs taken by Gordon Parks himself (on special loan to Lab from the Gordon Parks Foundation)
    • A powerful conversation between former Paramount CEO Sherry Lansing, ‘62 (whose generosity helped make possible the new Sherry Lansing Theater) and New York Times Chicago Bureau Chief (and Lab parent) Monica Davey, ‘82.
    • Student art displays and presentations ranging from protest posters to portraiture to choir and music performances
    • A panel discussion among individuals who knew Gordon Parks, including his daughter and former wife, and experts on his work.

    Ms. Lansing shared her reflections on her Lab experience saying, “Lab taught me the value of humanity….Tolerance, inclusivity--these Lab values are not common. They should be, but sadly they are not.”

  • Adoptive Parents Group, Friday, October 16, 8:45-10 a.m., ESH


    This group provides a friendly forum for parents to discuss the unique joys and challenges of families formed through adoption. Please contact counselor Linda Wax, or call 702-9343 for more information.

  • Parents’ Association has a new website


    The Parents’ Association is pleased to announce the launch of the new PA website. Please visit the new website to learn more about the PA and stay informed of PA activities, news, and events.

  • Final Autumn Quarter tuition bills have been mailed


    The Office of the Bursar is mailing the final bill for Autumn Quarter. If you receive one with a balance that you aren’t expecting, email the Registrar for help.

  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at "FIESTA!" Wednesday, October 21, 4-6 p.m., Blaine Courtyard; Volunteers needed


    Enjoy Latin American and Spanish music, games, and food at this annual celebration of Hispanic heritage. Sponsored by the parents of the Latin American Spanish Organization (LASO), LASO's mission is to provide the Lab community with an opportunity to experience the vibrant Latin American and Spanish culture and promote the Spanish language. Everyone is welcome. To RSVP or to volunteer for this event, and to contribute a dish, please contact Mariana Ingersoll.

  • Volunteers needed for Family Flu Clinic


    The Nurse's Office and Health4Chicago are looking for volunteers to help the Family Flu Clinic run smoothly. Volunteers are needed to help direct patients on all three flu clinic dates: October 15 (Historic Campus), October 22 (ESH) and October 29 (Historic Campus). Sign up for a slot here. Questions? Contact Nurse Martha Baggetto. Even an hour of your time is greatly appreciated! Sign up for Flu Clinic here.

  • Trick or Treat! Bizaarnival is coming, Saturday, October 24, noon–3 p.m., Sunny Gym; Volunteers needed


    Come and celebrate Halloween--Lab Style! Fun and games sponsored by the High School Bizaarnival Club and the Parents’ Association. ESH and Lower School students and families are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes to celebrate. Parents, if you would like to volunteer, please sign-up here. Questions? Please contact Tina Louie.

  • Gordon Parks Arts Hall

    The construction fence is gone and the lilacs are back!

  • MacArthur ”genius” Labbies

    Astrophysicist and MacArthur “genius” Andrea Ghez is quoted in the NYT on, How MacArthur Geniuses Handle Their Money Windfalls. She is one of four people associated with Lab who have won this prestigious award. She is joined by former teacher Vivian Paley who won in 1986 and two (yes two) members of the class of 1969: musician George E. Lewis won in 2002 and and geriatrician Dr. Diane Meier won the same year as Ms. Ghez, 2008.


High School

  • Save the date: Lab Annual College Financial Aid Information Evening, Wednesday, December 9, 6 p.m., Parks Assembly Hall


    Mr. Jaime González, Director, First Generation Programming and Senior Assistant Director at the Office of College Aid, University of Chicago (and former U-High parent) will provide information about the forms families submit to be considered for need-based financial aid and the nature of the financial aid process. We open this conversation to the entire U-High community, as well as to our eighth grade families, because family financial planning for college may need to begin early. El señor González está disponible para responder preguntas en Español. So that we may have adequate seating and handouts, we ask that you please RSVP to our Department Secretary, Jeannie Grbavac, at 773-702-9445, ext. 0, or email:, by Monday, December 7.

  • Parent Teacher conferences, Thursday, November 5, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and 3–6 p.m.


    New online sign-up begins Monday, October 26. Stay tuned for instructions via Lab Enews.

  • Fall quarter midterm comments available in PowerSchool, Tuesday, October 27

  • U-High Picture Day: Monday, October 19 in Parks Assembly Hall, Grades 9–11


    All students in grades 9–11 will be photographed according to a posted schedule from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is for the yearbook, an important historical record of the year, which will include all students. Families wishing to purchase digital or print versions of the photo may use the form, which was distributed through advisory. Additional forms are in the high school office.

  • PSAT for grades 10-11, Wednesday, October 14, 8 a.m.–noon. No school for grades 9 and 12


    There are no classes for freshmen or seniors. Sophomores and juniors should report to their assigned testing rooms by 8 a.m. to complete pre-administration information for a 9 a.m. start. Testing room assignments will be posted outside of the Learning and Counseling Suite in U-High by 10/9.

    Please know that there are very strict guidelines established by the College Board. We are asking that you review these with your sons and daughters so that they are aware of these expectations.


    Here’s what students need on test day:

    • Two No. 2 pencils with erasers
    • Social security number (optional)
    • Email address (optional)
    • Students are strongly encouraged to take a calculator to the PSAT/NMSQT, whether or not they plan to use it.
    • Bring Your Own Calculator. Students are not allowed to share calculators with other students.
    • Approved Calculators
    • Four-function calculator
    • Scientific calculator
    • Graphing calculator
    • Pocket organizer
    • Hand-held or laptop computer
    • Electronic writing pad or pen input device
    • Calculator with a QWERTY (typewriter-like) keypad
    • Calculator with paper tape
    • Calculator that makes noises or "talks"
    • Calculator that requires an outlet


    • Protractors, compasses, rulers
    • Dictionaries or other books (there are no exceptions, even if English is not a student's first language)
    • Pamphlets or papers of any kind
    • Highlighters and colored pens or pencils
    • Listening, recording, copying, or photographic devices (including watches and cell phones that contain cameras)
    • Food and beverages, including bottled water, unless approved by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities
    • You may not use cell phones, MP3 players, pagers, or other prohibited electronic devices during the test or breaks. Power must be turned off and these devices must not be permitted in the testing room. If your watch has an alarm, you must turn that off as well.
    • PROHIBITED DEVICES INCLUDE ANY DEVICE THAT CAN ACCESS THE INTERNET. If a student's phone makes noise, or is seen using it at any time (including breaks), he/she will be dismissed immediately, the scores will be canceled, and the device may be confiscated and its contents inspected.

    The High School Parents' Association members will be providing snacks to our students in the morning. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's counselor.

  • Voyage en France! Parent informational meeting, Thursday, October 15, 5:30 p.m., UH207


    Would you like to travel to Paris and live in Tours, France this summer? The dates of our French trip this year are June 13-30, 2016. If you are an 8th grader or a high school student in our French program, please see or email Suzanne Baum for an application.

  • U-High Spirit Week, October 12–16


    Student Council has designated themes for every day this week to help generate school spirit in advance of the sporting events and Homecoming dance during the weekend:

    • Monday is Preppy Day
    • Tuesday is Twin Day (Friends dress alike!)
    • Wednesday is no school/PSAT Day
    • Thursday is Pajama Day
    • Friday is Maroon Day (Wear your favorite Lab gear to show your Maroon pride and attend the games later in the day!).

    We hope to fill the stands at Jackman Field and Upper Kovler on Friday evening, October 16 with fans!

    The games that will take place this week include: Varsity soccer (IHSA 1A Regionals), October 13, October 14, and October 16, 4 p.m. on Jackman Field; Varsity volleyball, October 16, 6 p.m. in Upper Kovler; Varsity Tennis (IHSA Sectionals), October 16, 1 p.m. on the U-High courts.

  • Homecoming Dance, Saturday, October 17, 7:30–10:30 p.m., Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th Street


    The theme for this year is “The Rodeo” and tickets will go on sale on Monday, October 12 during the lunch period in the Kenwood Kafe. Tickets will be sold every day this week (not Wednesday) during lunch period in the cafe for $10 each. Tickets will cost $15 at the door on Saturday night.

    If students wish to bring a non-U-High guest, there is a permission form to complete by the guest, the guest’s dean of students, and the student host and his/her parent. This form must be submitted to Ms. Campos in advance of the dance, and no later than 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 15. Guests will not be allowed entry without pre-approval. All guests have to bring their school ID to enter.

    Every student must have their 2015-2016 U-High ID card in order to enter. Students have to arrive by 9 p.m., there is no entry after that time. No water bottles allowed, and all bags, purses, and coats must be checked (free coat/bag check). Water will be provided at the dance. Once a student leaves the dance, they are not permitted to re-enter.

  • German Exchange Students visiting Lab, Saturday, October 17


    Teacher Stephan Bradneck and nine exchange students from Königin-Katharina-Stift Gymnasium, our partner school in Stuttgart, Germany, will be arriving on Saturday, October 17 in time for the homecoming dance. The German exchange students are very excited to see their American exchange partners, whom they hosted from June 20–July 11 last summer. They are looking forward to experiencing the life of an American teenager at Lab and to experiencing Halloween for the first time! They have prepared presentations and are looking forward to sharing their culture with the Lab community. Let’s give them all a warm Lab welcome!

Middle School

  • Middle School Spirit Games, Friday, October 16, 4:30 p.m.


    Show your school pride while cheering the Maroons to victory! To build community spirit, the Middle School Council of the Parents' Association selects one day each quarter to help parents, teachers and students cheer on MS sports teams. Snacks and school spirit swag included! This quarter, Spirit Games are Friday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m. on the Midway (seventh and eighth grade boys soccer) and in Sunny Gym (seventh and eighth grade girls volleyball).

  • Picture retakes: Thursday, October 22


    Any child that missed Picture Day or would like a retake can do so on Thursday, October 22. Contact Ann Grissom or Alejandra Linquist with questions or to volunteer.

  • Parent conferences: Grades 6–7, Friday, October 23; grade 8, Thursday, November 5


    • Friday, October 23: 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 5: grade 8 parent conferences

  • Science field trip: Grade 8, Friday, October 23


    On this day, students will have an all-grade science field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry. 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 brown bag lunch.

  • Middle School clubs listing online


    Students interested in getting involved in clubs and other co-curricular activities can find a listing of Middle School clubs and their respective advisors here.

  • Daily Bulletin available on PowerSchool


    In an effort to reduce unwanted emails, the Middle School Daily Bulletin is available to parents via PowerSchool. Please note: the Daily Bulletin is specifically written for a student and faculty audience.

Lower School

  • Library schedule on Parent/Teacher Conference days


    Blaine Library will be closed to students on conference days. Parents may schedule a time to meet with one of the librarians, but students will not be able to use the library on October 12 and 23.

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences for grades 3–5, October 12 & 23. No school or Extended Day


    Parent-teacher conferences for grades 3–5 will be held on Monday, October 12 and Friday, October 23. 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.

  • Lower School Fan Day, Friday, October 16, 4 p.m.


    Cheer for your Middle School and High School schoolmates on October 16, starting at 4 p.m. through the early evening, with multiple games at Sunny Gym and the Midway Plaisance. Wear maroon and white that day, make posters before school in the Blaine Lobby and get ready to show that Lower School spirit! Please contact Tracey Quinn with any questions.

  • Picture Retake Day, Thursday, October 22


    If your child missed Picture Day, don’t worry--she can have a picture taken on Retake Day, Thursday, October 22. A portion of the proceeds from Picture Day orders benefits the Parents’ Association. Schedule a reshoot and indicate the reason so that Picture Day can provide you with the best photograph of your child the second time around. Pre-registration is recommended but not mandatory. Contact Ann Grissom or Alejandra Linquist with questions or to volunteer.

  • Lower School lobby decorating, Monday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. (after drop-off)


    Join your fellow parents to decorate the Blaine Lobby. We will turn the lobby into a fall festival of pumpkins and Halloween cheer. Please contact Tracey Quinn with any questions.

  • Lower School Box Tops Classroom Challenge ends Monday, October 26


    Clip and submit your Box Tops for Education to help earn money for the Parents’ Association. Every classroom that turns in 250 Box Tops by Monday, October 26 will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a Halloween goody bag for each member of their classroom. Collection sheets can be downloaded and printed here or picked up in Blaine Lobby. Completed sheets should be returned to the bin in Blaine Hall. More information about Box Tops for Education can be found here. Questions? Please contact Christine Squeri.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences, Monday, October 12


    There is no school for grades N–5.

  • Picture retakes: Wednesday, October 21


    Any child that missed Picture Day or would like a retake can do so on Wednesday, October 21. Contact Brandi Sandner with questions or to volunteer.

  • ESH Fall Mix and Mingle, Wednesday, October 21, 8:30–9:30 a.m., ESH Main Lobby


    Mix and mingle with new and returning parents, Director Robin Appleby, the ESH principals, the ESH Council, and welcome Ken Garcia-Gonzales, Lab’s new Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Coffee will be provided. Questions? Please contact Monica Hughson.

  • ESH: Turn in your Box Tops by Monday, October 26


    Clip and submit your Box Tops for Education by the October 26 deadline to help earn money for the Parents’ Association, and help fund many of the activities and programs sponsored by the PA. Box Tops can be turned into the Primary and N/K offices. Please tape or glue your box tops on the collection sheet found here. More information about Box Tops for Education can be found here. Questions? Please contact Christine Squeri.

  • Halloween’s Coming–Halloween Parade, Friday, October 30, 9:30 a.m.


    Students and teachers will parade through ESH, gathering in either the gym (K-2) or the Lobby (N3-N4) for a music program of our favorite Halloween songs. Parents are invited to watch along the parade route and in the gym. A map of the parade route will be shared prior to the parade.


Issue: Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Upcoming Events

Tue. 10/06

HS Senior Pictures

Courtyard 8:20am - 3:25pm Thru 10/9/2015
Mon. 10/12

LS Parent/Teacher conferences - NO SCHOOL

Blaine classrooms 8:00am - 4:00pm
Tue. 10/13

PA Speaker Series: Julie Lythcott Haims

Gordon Parks Assembly Hall 8:45am
Wed. 10/14

HS PSAT Testing 10th & 11th (NO SCHOOL for 9th & 12 grades)

Various classrooms 8:00am - 12:00pm
Thu. 10/15

Family Flu Clinic at Lab

Historic Campus- Temporary Cafe (Kenwood Mall) 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Fri. 10/16

LS Fan Day

Sat. 10/17

HS Homecoming Dance

Chicago Theological Seminary 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Mon. 10/19

HS Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Picture Day

Belfield West 342 8:20am - 3:25pm
Wed. 10/21

NK/PS Picture Retake Day

ESH Community Fall Meet and Greet

ESH Main Lobby 8:30am - 9:30am

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at "FIESTA!" Wednesday, October 21

Blaine Courtyard 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Thu. 10/22

LS Picture Retake Day

MS Picture Day Retakes

Fri. 10/23

6th and 7th Grade Parent-Teacher Conferences

8th Grade Science Field Trip

8:00am - 2:35pm

LS Parent-Teacher Conferences

Blaine classrooms 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sat. 10/24


Upper Sunny Gym 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Mon. 10/26

Box Tops Challenge ends

Blaine Lobby

Blaine Lobby Decorating