Lab E-News

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

All Schools

  • New (and promoted) security managers at Lab


    Nikia Norment, Security Manager, Earl Shapiro Hall

    Nikia has worked in security for more than 20 years, most recently as security supervisor with Motorola, here in Chicago. She attended Columbia College to study graphic design and enjoys the Art institute.

    Robyn Roland, Safety and Security Supervisor, Historic Campus

    Robyn has worked at Lab for two years as the public safety coordinator in Blaine Lobby. She has seven years experience in a manager role and is currently pursuing her associate’s degree in business administration.

  • 2017–2018 Planning/No Schools calendar now online


    The academic/no school planning calendar for the 2017-2018 school year has been determined and posted on the school website. The planning calendar for this and upcoming years are always located on the right hand side of the All-Schools calendar page.

  • Read about Director Appleby’s visit in China with school leaders from across the globe

  • Summer Lab registration—do it now. Summer Lab starts June 20


    Summer School, Adventure Kids Day Camp, Summer Lab on Stage, Fun in the Sun, and Sports Camps are gathering steam for June 20 lift off. Are you in? Summer Lab is open to both Lab and non-Lab students. All are welcome. Bring cousins and neighbors, too. Register and pay conveniently online.

  • Vote now for the Parents’ Association Board 2016–2017


    Voting will end this Sunday, May 1. Please submit your vote electronically by clicking here. You may also print a paper copy of ballot and submit it to the PA mailbox on the loading dock of the Historic Campus.

    Results of the election will be announced at the May 2 Parents’ Association Meeting (7 p.m. in the ESH lobby.) If you have any questions, please direct them to Krista Blazek Hogarth, PA secretary-elect.

  • Oman Frame, co-author of Let’s Get Real: Exploring Race, Class, and Gender Identities in the Classroom, Monday, May 23, 6 p.m


    The Parents’ Association Diversity Committee invites parents for a discussion with social justice educator Oman Frame. Oman Frame has 20 years of experience in teaching and diversity leadership. He is a gifted motivator and educator who creates curriculum that helps students understand the effects of oppression on underserved communities and inspires commitment to social justice.

    Mr. Frame currently teaches seventh and eighth grade language arts and social studies at the Paideia School where he co-developed a highly successful race, class and gender curriculum. Mr. Frame has recently been named the director of equity and justice for the junior high. He is co-founder of the iChange collaborative, a diversity solutions consulting group. He has conducted workshops in schools and conferences across the country.

    RSVPs kindly requested. If you have questions about this event, please contact Amanda Lewis.

  • LabArts begins tomorrow. Bring your family


    Bring the whole family for this free, all-ages event, showcasing the depth and breadth of the fine and performing arts programs at Lab.

    • What: LabArts 2016, the fifth annual celebration of the arts at Lab
    • When: April 29 to May 4 (details below)
    • Where: Gordon Parks Arts Hall

    Stroll through the gallery-style presentation of more than 1,500 pieces of student visual art and enjoy musical and stage performances from every division of our school. Don't miss it!

    Schedule of Events (All events take place at Gordon Parks Arts Hall)

    Friday, April 29

    • Classes from ESH and Historic Campus will visit the exhibition during school hours
    • 7:30 p.m., MS Spring Musical "Annie" (tickets available to purchase)

    Saturday, April 30

    • 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Galleries open
    • 12:30 p.m., Thirty Million Words Project: Student Illustrator Recognition
    • 1–4 p.m., Vocal, instrumental, dramatic and dance performances
    • 7:30 p.m., MS Spring Musical "Annie" (tickets available for purchase) ​

    Sunday, May 1

    • 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Jazz Brunch
    • 10:30 a.m., reception honoring U-High senior student artists in Corvus Gallery
    • 1 p.m., performance by MS Jazz Band
    • 2:30 p.m., MS Spring Musical "Annie" (tickets available for purchase) ​

    Monday, May 2–Wednesday, May 4

    • Visual arts exhibit open for viewing during school hours, admission is free
  • Architecture critic Blair Kamin writes about Gordon Parks Arts Hall in the Chicago Tribune.


High School

  • Register for fall sports May 2–13 online through parent or student PowerSchool


    Follow the Sports Registration at Lab link under the Navigation options. Fall sports offered are Coed Cross Country, Coed Golf, Boys Soccer, Coed Sailing, Girls Swimming, Girls Tennis, & Girls Volleyball.

  • Parent Title IX Training with UChicago Title IX Coordinator Sarah Wake, Thursday, May 12, 8:30 a.m., Parks Assembly Hall

  • May Project, May 9–May 31; May Project classroom presentations, May 31 & June 1

  • Principal Chats, Thursday, May 12, 8:30 a.m. (featuring Sarah Wake, the University of Chicago’s Title IX coordinator,) and 6:30 p.m.


    • 8:30 a.m., Parks Hall: Sarah Wake, UChicago’s Title IX coordinator, will provide Title IX information and training to HS parents
    • 6:30 p.m., Middle School Theater (N106), chat and tentative screening of “Miss Representation”

  • AP Exams, Monday, May 2 - Friday, May 13

  • Midterms in PowerSchool, Tuesday, May 3

  • Awards Assembly, Thursday June 2, 9:40–11:30 a.m. (Special Assembly Schedule)

Middle School

  • Grade 6 to 7 Transition Night, Wednesday, May 18, 6–7 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall


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

  • Middle School Musical, Annie, April 21-May 1


    Performances are Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for "Annie" are for sale during MS lunch (11:35 a.m.–12:05 p.m.) and are $5 each.

  • Register for fall sport May 2–13 online through parent or student PowerSchool


    Follow the Sports Registration at Lab link under the Navigation options. Fall sports offered are Coed Cross Country, Boys Soccer, & Girls Volleyball.

  • Grade 7 to 8 Transition Night, Thursday, April 28, 6–7 p.m., Drama Studio, N106, Gordon Parks Arts Hall


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

  • Grade 7–12 Band concert, Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street


    No homework night for seventh and eighth grade Band students.

  • Sixth grade class trip, May 2-6, Camp MacLean, Burlington, WI


    Plans and preparations for the sixth grade class trip are in progress. Sixth graders should be at school at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, May 2 for an 8 a.m. camp departure. Families can find important information on the 6th Grade Class Trip website.

  • Eighth grade class trip, May 3–6, Philadelphia/Washington, DC


    Plans and preparations for the eighth grade class trip are in progress. Eighth graders must be at school by 5 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3 for a before-school departure. Families can find forms and important information on the 8th Grade Class Trip website.

  • Seventh grade class trip, May 24–27, Pretty Lake, Mattawan, MI


    Plans and preparations for the seventh grade class trip will soon be in progress. In mid-April, families will receive email updates, forms, and other important information through their email addresses listed in their PowerSchool accounts and on the 7th Grade Class Trip website.

  • Maroons Fan Day, Thursday, May 19


    Show your school pride while cheering the Maroons to victory. Build community spirit, the LS and MS Councils of the Parents' Association holds Fan Days to encourage everyone (parents, teachers, and students) to cheer on Lab's sports teams. Wear maroon and white and attend these games. Popcorn and spirit swag will be given out.

    • 7th grade Girls Soccer vs. Willows Academy, Midway 4:30–6 p.m.
    • 8th grade Girls Soccer vs. Willows Academy, Midway 4:30–6 p.m.

Lower School

  • 5th grade Orchestra/Choir/General Music Concert, Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall


    Please join us for the final concert of the year. Students should arrive promptly at 7 p.m. in the Orchestra Room N110 for our tuning procedure and warm up. Concert attire includes: black dress shoes, black dress socks, black dress pants (no skirts), and a white dress shirt (no sleeveless tops).

  • Save the date: 5th into 6th grade transition meeting, Thursday, May 12, 6–7:30 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall


    Parents of students entering sixth grade in the 2016-2017 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 Band Concert, Monday, May 16, 7 p.m., Logan Center for the Performing Arts


    Come hear the final band concert of the school year. Students should arrive at 6:30 p.m. in concert attire. The Logan Center is located at 915 East 60th St., on the University of Chicago campus, at 60th and Drexel. There is a parking lot available just west of the building, with an entrance off 60th St. Parking is free after 4 p.m.

  • Send a special note of appreciation to teachers at Blaine or ESH


    The Lower School Council of the Parents’ Association will be running “Teacher Appreciation Mail” starting Monday, April 25–Tuesday, May 3. Parents and kids can write notes of appreciation to their current and past teachers, including teachers at ESH! Make sure to write the teacher’s name on the letter, and drop it into the Teacher Appreciation Mailbox in Blaine Lobby. We will deliver all the letters to Blaine and ESH on Wednesday, May 4. Please feel free to contact Lena Jessen with any questions.

  • Appreciation Luncheon for Teachers on May 4; volunteers welcomed!


    The Lower School Council of the Parents’ Association is sponsoring a Teacher Appreciation Lunch for Lower School Teachers on Wednesday, May 4 to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. This lunch is for teachers only but we are looking for parents to help with set-up. Please email Lena Jessen to volunteer.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • ESH yearbook orders are due Wednesday, April 27


    If you’re interested in purchasing an ESH yearbook, the deadline is Wednesday, April 27. Teachers and parent volunteers have worked together to create a wonderful reflection of the 2015-2016 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.

  • Grade 2 into 3 Transition Meeting, Thursday, May 5, 6 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall


    Parents of students entering third grade in the 2016-2017 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 a glimpse into third grade life and answer questions.


Issue: Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Upcoming Events

Thu. 04/28

7th to 8th Grade Transition Night

N 106 (Markovitz Family Middle School Drama Studio) 6:00pm - 7:00pm

7th-High School Band Concert

Logan Center (915 E. 60th Street; University of Chicago campus) 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Fri. 04/29

Lab Arts

Gordon Parks Arts Hall Thru 5/4/2016

8th Grade Class Philadelphia/Washington DC Meeting

GPAH 8:15am - 9:00am
Sat. 04/30

Spring Fling Dance

Chicago Theological Seminary 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Mon. 05/02

6th Grade Class Trip to Camp MacLean

31401 Durand Avenue, Burlington, WI 53105 Thru 5/6/2016 Visit this Link

AP Exams

Various rooms 8:00am - 4:00pm Thru 5/13/2016
Tue. 05/03

5th grade Orchestra/ Gen Music Concert

Gordon Parks Assembly Hall 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Mon. 05/09

May Project

8:00am - 3:30pm Thru 6/1/2016
Thu. 05/12

HS Principal Chats

Gordon Parks Assembly Hall 8:30am - 9:30am

5th to 6th grade Transition Meeting

Gordon Parks Assembly Hall 6:00pm - 7:30pm

HS Principal Chats

Gordon Parks Arts Hall, MS Theater N106 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mon. 05/16

5th grade Band Concert

Logan Center for the Performing Arts 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tue. 05/24

7th Grade Class Trip at Pretty Lake Camp

Thru 5/27/2016 Visit this Link