Lab E-News

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

All Schools

  • Gordon Parks Arts Hall makes the cover of Architect Magazine

  • highlights teacher and swim coach Paul Gunty

  • Lab moms tennis league, starting Monday, February 8, 9 a.m.


    Play tennis with other Lab moms on Monday mornings in Hyde Park, in a newly formed, non-competitive women’s tennis league. The purpose of the league is to provide a fun, social activity for Lab moms to come together and make new friendships. All levels and abilities are welcome! The Pro will place each player in their appropriate level (2.5–4.0) and match by singles or doubles play depending on numbers. Please email Monica Hughson for more details, and to receive an invitation to our coffee kickoff before the first match. We hope you can add tennis to your weekly exercise and hang out with Lab moms with kids of all ages.

  • Midwinter Break, Friday, February 12–Monday, February 15. No classes

  • Midwinter Break, Friday, February 12–Monday, February 15. No classes

  • Extended Day Spring Quarter registration begins Tuesday, February 16, 9 a.m.


    Registration for Spring Quarter Special Classes and Daily Programs will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16. We will be using a new registration system via Google. A link to the registration form will be sent to parents via email and can be found on our website. Class descriptions, pricing, and schedules can be found here. Programs will begin on Monday, March 28 and run through the end of the school year.

  • Summer Lab enrollment keeps rolling on in


    Time to "think summer" and plan to join us June 20–July 29, 2016. Summer School, Adventure Kids Day Camp, Summer Lab on Stage, Fun in the Sun and Sports Camps are all returning on both campuses. Come join in the fun. Be sure to register early so you can get your first choices.

  • Lab security program update from Christopher Jones, exec. dir., finance & operations


    I write to share two updates about safety and security at Lab:

    • Effective immediately, Deputy Chief Craig Nance, director of security systems for the University, will step in to manage all day-to-day security operations at the Laboratory Schools on an interim basis. Working with Commander Celeste D’Addabbo who will be on leave after this week, Craig will transition into this role over the next few days. He comes to the University and Lab with over 25 years in law enforcement, including security leadership assignments in university and school environments. We are pleased to welcome him and wish Celeste well.
    • Lab leadership has been working closely with the University’s Department of Safety and Security to conduct the all-schools security review which Lab Director Robin Appleby announced in December would take place. Please note that this is not the first time Lab has conducted a safety and security review. The last such assessment was conducted shortly after we welcomed Fountain Walker (now chief of police, UCPD) as our director of security in the Spring of 2013. That review resulted in a number of personnel changes, procedural enhancements, and security systems.

      In light of what many describe as the “new normal” concerning security threat assessments nationally and around the world, this is an appropriate time to conduct another review. We have moved quickly to organize the initial stage of the process. Eric Heath, executive director for campus safety at the University, will conduct the review, which will include internal interviews, focused parent interviews, peer benchmarking, and a campus and systems assessment.

      We anticipate having a set of initial recommendations and a process by which our community can offer feedback on those initial recommendations soon after Spring Break. Informed by that feedback, and with the leadership of our security experts, final recommendations will be made before the end of the school year and acted upon at the earliest possible time thereafter.
  • Order your Lab t-shirt today


    Show your school spirit with the P’s new line of “Fan Wear.” These stylish and comfortable t-shirts are offered in the following sizes; Youth M, Youth L, Adult M, and Adult L. The shirts are preshrunk, high quality 100% cotton, priced at $15 per shirt or three for $40. The design can be viewed on the PA website. Please click here to place your order. Questions? Contact Karen Slimmon or Yvette Killian.

  • Be a part of the PA Nominations Committee


    The Nominations Committee of the Parents' Association will be starting the nominations process for new Board members for the 2016–2017 school year. The nomination process will begin in early February and be completed around the end of the current school year. Any parents who are interested in serving on this Standing Committee, please contact Krista Blazek Hogarth.

  • PA Speaker Series, Jess Lahey, Tuesday, March 8, 8:45 a.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall


    PA Speaker Series, Jess Lahey, Tuesday, March 8, 8:45 a.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall Jess Lahey, author of "The Parent-Teacher Conference” column at The New York Times, commentator for Vermont Public Radio, middle school teacher and author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed is excited to meet and talk with the community about resilience and learning in our kids. If you would like advance copies of her book please email Christie Henry‪. You can learn more about Jess Lahey’s wor‪k on her website. Please RSVP.

High School

  • Fan Day, Friday, February 5


    Please come out and support our sports clubs and build community with other Lab families. We will have spirit day t-shirts for sale, concession stand food items, girls senior night ceremony, varsity halftime free throw contest, prizes, and several exciting competitive games to watch. If you would like to volunteer for the concession stand or free throw contest, please contact Nicole Brookens. The team schedule is as follows:

    • Swim Team vs. Whitney Young @4:30 at the Ratner Center
    • Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Kelly HS @5:00 in Upper Kovler
    • Boys Jr. Varsity Basketball vs. North Shore Country Day @6:30 in Sunny Gym
    • Boys Varsity Basketball vs. North Shore Country Day @6:30 in Upper Kovler
  • Parent-to-Parent, March 2, 8:15–9:15 a.m., MS Office


    To support our parent community in 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.

    The dates for the 2016 meetings are:

    • March 2, 2016
    • April 6, 2016
    • May 4, 2016
    • June 1, 2016
  • Online course registration for 2016–2017, Friday, February 5–Sunday, February 21


    Students may log into PowerSchool beginning on Friday, February 5 in order to register for courses for next school year. Online registration will remain open for two weeks, closing on February 21. Students may login and select courses multiple times until the February 21 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. Please refer to the Program of Studies for additional information.

  • Girls Varsity Basketball Senior Night, February 5, following the 6:30 p.m. game, Upper Kovler


    The girls varsity basketball team will hold a Senior Night ceremony for Helen He, Fu-Cheng Jansen, and Autumn Espinosa.

  • Senior parents: Honor your 2016 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 submit pictures of their child with a special message and payment to the Journalism Office, for these quarter-, half- or full-page ads. This is a great way to show support and congratulate your graduating U-Higher!

    Senior parents recently received contracts and information by mail, but for more information please email Logan Aimone, journalism teacher.

  • Winter Semi-formal, Saturday, February 6, 7:30–10:30 p.m., Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St.


    Tickets are $10 in advance (on sale during lunch period the week of February 5) and $15 at the door. No entry after 9 p.m. Guest application forms are due to Ms. Campos by 9 a.m. Thursday, February 4.

  • Winter Quarter Midterm Comments available in PowerSchool by Wednesday, February 10

  • Principal Chats, Wednesday, February 17, 8:30 a.m. and Thursday, February 18, 6:30 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

  • Parents of freshman and sophomores: An evening with Lab's College Counselors, Tuesday, March 1, 6 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall


    An overview the the college counseling program will be shared as well as a general picture of the counseling philosophy in the department. College entrance exams, what to expect freshman and sophomore years, and practical information about planning for the future will also be discussed. Counselors will welcome questions from the audience. Please RSVP to Jeannie Grbavac, 773-702-9445, by February 29 if you plan to attend.

Middle School

  • 8th grade parents: U-High Transition Night, Thursday, February 4, 6–7 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall


    Parents of eighth graders who are going to attend U-High in the fall are encouraged to come to this informational meeting. Please email U-High Acting Associate Principal Frances Spaltro, with questions.

  • Fan Day, February 5


    Although there are no Middle School classes on Friday, February 5, please come out and support our High School teams and build community with other Lab families. There will be Fan Day t-shirts for sale, concession stand food items, and several exciting competitive games to watch:

    • Swim Team vs. Whitney Young @4:30 at the Ratner Center
    • Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Kelly HS @5:00 in Upper Kovler
    • Boys Jr. Varsity Basketball vs. North Shore Country Day @6:30 in Sunny Gym
    • Boys Varsity Basketball vs. North Shore Country Day @6:30 in Upper Kovler
  • Principal Chat, today, Thursday, February 4, 5 p.m., Gordon Parks Arts Hall, Drama Studio, N106


    This Principal Chat with Sandy Bixby will include the new Middle School schedule and the Summer Ecuador Trip with Tony del Campo, seventh grade science teacher, and Hannah Evans, service learning coordinator.

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences, no classes grades 6–8, Friday, February 5

  • New MS robotics program: Applications due by Monday, February 8, 3:30 p.m.


    Learn how to design, build, and program a computer-controlled robot! Middle School girls and boys are encouraged to apply to participate in this new MS robotics activity that will meet during all of the regular Friday Activity Periods February 19–June 3.

    The application deadline has been extended to Monday, February 8 at 3:30 p.m. Students should turn their applications in to the MS Office. Space is limited. See Mr. Schwartz, Mr. Luthy, or Ms. Hanzlik for an application or download the application here.

  • 7th grade roller skating party, Friday, February 19, 2:30–6:30 p.m.


    Roller skating, music, lights, and fun for all seventh graders at an old fashioned roller skating rink, hosted by the PA’s Middle School Council. Please click here to sign up your seventh grader. Buses will leave after dismissal and transport students to and from Fleetwood Roller Rink, 7231 W. Archer Avenue. Buses will return students to Lab at approximately 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Yvette Killian.

  • 8th grade parents save the date: U-High Freshman Retreat, September 1–2, 2016


    Retreats are an integral part of the University High School program and provide an important means for students to spend time together as a class further developing their bonds with one another. They are designed to provide developmentally appropriate support to individual students in the context of their roles as class members. We expect each student to participate in their class retreat; time that is designed to promote growth and community. We look forward to welcoming current eighth graders to U-High next fall!

Lower School

  • Looking for an activity on conference day? Come support Lab at a game!


    If you and your Lower School students are looking for fun on conference day, come cheer on your upper class friends in several home games at Lab on Friday, February 5, starting at 4:30 p.m.

    • Swim Team vs. Whitney Young @4:30 at the Ratner Center
    • Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Kelly HS @5:00 in Upper Kovler
    • Boys Jr. Varsity Basketball vs. North Shore Country Day @6:30 in Sunny Gym
    • Boys Varsity Basketball vs. North Shore Country Day @6:30 in Upper Kovler
  • Winter 2016 progress reports and ERB results (grades 3 & 4) now available in PowerSchool


    Be sure to download and print 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.

  • Parent/Teacher Conference days, Friday, February 5 and Thursday, February 11. No school grades 3–5

  • Library schedule on conference days


    The Knes Family Library will be closed to students on conference days. Librarians will be available on Friday, February 5 and Thursday, February 11 for any parent who wishes to meet with them, but students will not be able to use the library on conference days.

  • Things to do when you are here for your parent/teacher conference:


    • Check the LS Lost & Found in Blaine Lobby and be reunited with those boots, gloves, and snowpants that have been missing all year!
    • Check your child’s locker and take home anything that is alive or growing.

  • LS Skating Party, Friday, February 19, 2:30 p.m., Midway Ice Rink


    Celebrate the last days of skating at the Midway ice rink after school on Friday, February 19. Join your friends and classmates to share sweet treats and pirouettes. Bring your own skates or rent them at the rink. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please contact Tracey Quinn.

  • Lower School Winter Box Tops Challenge; deadline to submit, Friday, February 19


    Submit your Box Tops in the Blaine Hall lobby by February 19 to be included in the winter grade-wide competition. Box Tops may be attached to the snowman form, or in an envelope or ziploc bag. Remember to include your child's teacher and grade to earn credit toward the prize. Thanks to all who have submitted Box Tops so far. Keep them coming! Contact Christine Squeri with questions or comments.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • Boxtops due Friday, February 19


    Our next collection date will be Friday, February 19. Please drop off your Box Tops in the ESH Lobby. Your Box Tops help support the PA’s many programs and activities. Contact Christine Squeri with questions or comments. c

  • ESH Winter Mix and Mingle, Wednesday, February 17, 8:30–9:30 a.m., ESH Main Lobby


    Mix and mingle during morning drop off in the ESH Lobby. Meet Lab's Director of Education, Scott Fetch, and catch up with Principal Susan Devetski, Principal, Carla Young, Parents’ Association ESH Council Members, and fellow parents. Coffee will be provided. For more information, please contact Shrunali Rai.

  • Spanish Storytime, 8–8:20 a.m., Lim Family Library


    Please join us for Storytime on most Friday mornings in the Lim Family Library, hosted by the Multilingual Parents Group. This week enjoy stories read in Spanish by a parent volunteer. Multilingual Storytime is a great way to expose children to a heritage language or just hear favorite stories in other languages. Please let us know if you can’t stay with your child for Storytime and would like to drop them off, so we can assist in getting them to their classroom. For a complete list of Multilingual Storytime dates and language, please visit the PA website. Questions, or suggestions? Please contact Noha El-Sharkawy-Aref.


Issue: Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Upcoming Events

Thu. 02/04

MS Principal Chat (AM)

Gordon Parks Hall, N 106 (The Markovitz Family Drama Studio) 8:00am - 9:00am

MS Principal Chat (PM)

Gordon Parks Hall, N 106 (The Markovitz Family Drama Studio) 5:00pm - 6:00pm

U-High Transition Night: Current 8th grade families

Gordon Parks Assembly Hall 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fri. 02/05

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Parent-Teacher Conferences: No Classes

2016-17 Online Course Registration

8:00am - 3:00pm Thru 2/21/2016

Fan Day

Upper Kovler 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Sat. 02/06

Winter Semi-Formal Dance

The Chicago Theological Seminary 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Thu. 02/11

LS Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Blaine classrooms 8:00am - 4:00pm
Fri. 02/12

February Break, NO CLASSES

Thru 2/15/2016
Wed. 02/17

ESH Mix & Mingle

ESH Lobby 8:30am - 9:30am
Fri. 02/19

7th Grade Skating Party

2:30pm - 6:30pm

LS Ice Skating Party

Midway Skating Rink 2:45pm - 5:00pm
Tue. 03/01

College Information Night: Freshman & Sophomore Parents

Gordon Parks Assembly Hall 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed. 03/02

HS Parent to Parent Meeting

MS Conference room C143 8:15am - 9:15am
Tue. 03/08

PA Speaker Series: Jessica Lahey

Gordon Parks Arts Hall 8:45am - 10:00am