Lab E-News

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

All Schools

  • Save the date for Lab’s first Health Fair, Thursday, March 12, 6-8 p.m. Kovler, & Sunny Gyms


    Get ready to move with a 4-Square tournament, yoga, reiki, spin classes, and more. There will be demonstrations by U-High and Middle School tap dancers, fencing and cycling teams, plus samples of healthy snacks for on-the-go families. The goal of this all-inclusive event is to increase health awareness through education. . . and to have a lot of fun!

  • Connections 2015: RSVP, buy raffle tickets, and check out the auction!


    Buy your tickets to Connections 2015 now. Join Lab families, faculty, and friends at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Morgan Manufacturing (401 N. Morgan Street, Chicago) and help support financial aid at Lab.

    The online auction goes live on February 23 and continues to the end of Connections on March 7. You can pre-register for the auction at the auction homepage.

    Raffle tickets are on sale now at our auction homepage. We have four fabulous raffle prizes this year, including a $5,000 tuition credit, a trip to New York City, two tickets to a Salon Lab of your choice, and a Chicago “stay-cation.” The auction will feature memberships, gift cards, exclusive “Only@Lab” experiences for you and your children, and more. Make sure to check it out.

    Would you like to volunteer? We are looking for parents and friends to sell raffle tickets in the Schools’ lobbies over the next few weeks. Sign up here.

  • Extended Day spring quarter registration begins tomorrow, February 20 at 9 a.m. Classes begin on Monday, March 30


    Register for Daily Programs including Early Day, Bridge, Late Day, and Study Skills as well as Special Classes. For detailed information including special class schedules, visit our website.

  • Have a recipe your family loves? Submit it for the Health Fair by Monday, February 23


    In conjunction with the first ever school-wide Health Fair, the Health and Wellness department is compiling a book of healthy recipes for busy Lab families. Do you have a great recipe for healthy snacks that keep the family going on busy days? A slam-dunk meal that everyone loves? Please submit it by Monday, February 23 electronically or drop off the recipe in boxes located at the entrances to Judd and Blaine at the Historic Campus or at ESH in an envelope around the corner from the security desk. If you have any questions, please contact Claudia Roeder-Leuz.

  • Summer Lab 2015 wants you


    You can save $150 per child if you register online and pay in full before March 15. Adventure Kids Day Camp turns 15. Summer School, Summer Lab on Stage, Sports Camps and Fun in the Sun complete the wide-ranging menu of summer enrichment opportunities. Register now and be sure to secure your child(ren)’s spot(s) in their favorite activities.

  • Reenrollment due tomorrow


    Visit PowerSchool and select the “2015-16 Reenrollment” link to indicate if your child will be returning (or not) for next academic year. If you are having difficulty, contact the Office of the Registrar at 773-834-8218 or

High School

  • Art in the Dark and Artsfest, February 25 and 26


    An annual tradition since 1967, the High School’s Artsfest has traditionally been a day-long celebration of the arts during which students spend the day taking part in student- and faculty-run arts-related workshops and watching performances both by student groups and outside performers.

    More about Art in the Dark, Wednesday, February 25, 6-9 p.m., Café Lab and senior lounge

    In a new tradition begun last year, Artsfest festivities begin with Art in the Dark, an evening activity for students and parents. Event admission is free, but upon arrival, students will be asked to show their student ID.

    Art in the Dark will be an opportunity for students to participate in art-related activities, view art created by their peers, and socialize with friends. The evening will include a variety of activities and performances, including student musical and poetry performances, dance performances, student art exhibitions, and interactive art projects (e.g., splatter painting, henna art). Students can purchase dinner items from Cheesies, a local food truck specializing in gourmet macaroni and cheese sandwiches. Additionally, snacks, beverages, and sweets will be available for purchase in Café Lab. All profits will help to support Artsfest.

    More About Artsfest (students only)

    Artsfest kicks off the following day, Thursday, February 26, at 9 a.m. in Upper Kovler Gym, with an opening assembly featuring Chicago-based performance group, Jesse White Tumblers. After four periods of arts-related workshops, students will end the day at a closing assembly featuring Culture Shock, a Chicago hip-hop dance crew.

    As more information, such as day-of schedules, becomes available, the Artsfest student leaders will be updating their website ( and Facebook page (

    For more information about Artsfest or Art in the Dark, visit the Artsfest website or send an email to the student leaders. We look forward to another successful Artsfest celebration with U-High!

  • S.E.T. performances, February 26-28, 7:30 p.m., U-High Theater, Judd 126


    Tickets for Student Experimental Theatre are $10 and will be available in the High School lobby during and after school. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. The show consists of short plays and presentations produced, directed, and designed by U-High students.

  • UChicago Spring Course Registration Meeting, Tuesday, February 24


    Any U-High student wishing to take a course at the University of Chicago during the spring quarter must attend a meeting with Mr. Fech on Tuesday, February 24 during open time. Spring course registration forms are due to Mr. Fech by March 30, 2015.

  • Parent-to-parent: Wednesday, March 4, 8–9 a.m., Judd 204


    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 high school parents and a U-High counselor to share, problem-solve, and support one another. Contact Kate Surmeier with questions.

  • Testing calendar for the last two weeks of winter quarter


    The testing calendar is created to ensure that students do not have more than three major assignments in one day during the last two weeks of the quarter. A major assignment is considered a test or a major paper.

  • College Planning Meeting for parents of freshmen and sophomores, Wednesday, March 11, 6 p.m., I-House


    The U-High College Counselors will provide an overview of the college search and application process so that Lab families may anticipate what to expect during junior and senior years of high school. The presentation will review questions commonly asked by parents of underclassmen: what colleges are looking for in applicants, the importance of extracurricular activities, course selection, a year-by-year planning timeline, and standardized testing considerations. Counselors will allow plenty of time for questions and answers. In order to prepare enough handouts, please RSVP to Jeannie Grbavac or 773-702-9445, ex. 0.

  • Parents of Juniors: College Counseling Coffee Klatch, April 16 and May 15 at 8 a.m. in Judd 204


    Parents of junior students are invited to attend one or both of the College Counseling Coffee Klatches, hosted by Patty Kovacs, Abigale Wagner, and Melissa Warehall. These informal gatherings provide a forum for parents to ask questions, discuss elements of the college process, and hear from other parents and College Counselors. Bring your questions or just listen to the conversation.

    Please RSVP by the day before with Jeannie Grbavac or call 773-702-9445 x 0 so that we may prepare adequate refreshments. We look forward to seeing you soon.

  • Senior parents: Honor your 2015 graduate with a personal ad in the yearbook


    Personal ads are customized pages in the U-High yearbook dedicated to a senior from his or her parents. Parents can send pictures of their child (with a message) to the Journalism Office for a quarter-, half- or full-page ad. This is a great way to show support and congratulate your graduating U-Higher.

    Senior parents recently received contracts for personal ads, but for more information please email Mr. Logan Aimone, journalism teacher, or Sarah Markovitz, coordinator for personal ads.

Middle School

  • Middle School Giant Gym Night this Friday, February 20, 7-9 p.m. Parent volunteers needed


    Your child will not want to miss Giant Gym Night, a PE teacher-supervised evening of games and activities in all of Lab's gyms—even the swimming pool will be open for part of the evening. This is a great opportunity for kids to have a safe night out with friends and enjoy plenty of activity choices. Someone over 18 must be present to sign each child in and out. Enter near the gymnastics area. Please sign up your kids, and volunteer if you can. Unfortunately, siblings cannot be accommodated.

  • Grade 7 dance, Friday, February 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunny Gym


    Students should bring their signed permission slips with them that they will receive in Advisory.

Lower School

  • LS Ice Skating Party—Friday, February 20, 2:35 p.m., Midway Ice Rink


    Join your fellow Lower School students and friends for ice skating and fun at the Midway Ice Rink on Friday, February 20 after school from 2:35 p.m. on. Winter treats will be provided. Bring your own skates or rent them at the rink for $3. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

  • Reminder: Progress reports online


    LS progress reports are in PowerSchool for students in grades 3–5, along with ERB reports for grades 3 & 4. Be sure to download your child’s progress report so that you have a copy after the reports are no longer online. If you have any difficulty accessing your child’s report, please contact the Lower School Office, 773-702-9448.

  • Box Tops collection February Challenge


    Join the February Box Tops for Education Challenge. Each Lower School student will receive a Box Tops Collection Sheet from their homeroom teacher. Please glue or tape (no staples please) ten Box Tops to the designated spots on the collection sheet. Completed sheets can be turned in to the collection box in Blaine lobby. Additional sheets will also be available, if needed. Each challenge sheet that is turned in will earn Lab $1. Imagine how much “free” money we can collect for our school if we all work together, one Box Top at a time!

    Box Tops for Education is a program that reimburses enrolled schools 10 cents for each Box Top that it collects. A list of participating products can be found here.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • Parents' Morning Meet and Greet—Wednesday, March 4, 8-9 a.m., ESH lobby


    The Parents’ Association is hosting its second Morning Meet and Greet on Wednesday, March 4 in the main lobby of Earl Shapiro Hall. Please join us over coffee to meet parents, N/K Principal Carla Young, PS Principal Susan Devetski, and Director Robin Appleby.

  • Volunteers needed for the ESH Lost & Found table


    Volunteers are needed to help organize the ESH Lost & Found table on Tuesday mornings. Please sign up if you can lend a hand.

  • Don't forget Box Tops for Education


    Help the Parent's Association earn free cash by bringing in your Box Tops for Education. The money raised goes to support PA programming, such as Rites of May and the Speaker Series. You can drop off your Box Tops in the ESH Lobby across from the bathrooms. Look for the clipboard. We will be sending in the last collection for this school year on March 1. Questions? Contact ESH Council Member Shrunali Rai.


Issue: Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Upcoming Events

Fri. 02/20

Extended Day spring quarter registration opens


LS Ice Skating Party

Midway Ice Rink 2:35pm

Middle School Giant Gym Night

Sunny and Kovler Gyms 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tue. 02/24

HS UChicago Spring Course Registration Meeting

Wed. 02/25

Art in the Dark

Thu. 02/26


8:00am - 3:30am

S.E.T. Theatre Production

7:30pm - 9:00pm Thru 2/28/2015
Fri. 02/27

Grade 7 Dance

Wed. 03/04

Parent to Parent

JD204 8:00am - 9:00am
Sat. 03/07

Connections 2015

Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan, Chicago 6:00pm - 11:59pm
Wed. 03/11

Freshman & Sophomore Parents: College Information Night

I-House Assembly 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Thu. 03/12

All-Schools Health Fair

Sunny/Kovler Athletic Complex 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sun. 03/15

Summer Lab Early Bird Discount Expires

435 Judd 5:00pm Visit this Link