Lab E-News

Friday, May 15th, 2015

All Schools

  • Introducing LabReads—a new way for the Lab community to celebrate books and learning at ESH


    Love Lab? Love Libraries? Sponsor a book! Help us celebrate the experiences and education that books bring to the Lab community with a donation to LabReads.

    With every gift of just $20 to the LabReads/Annual Fund project, an individualized bookplate with your family's name will be added to a book on the School's library shelves. These books and their pages will be in the archives of Lab students' memories for generations to come. Like many things at Lab, each family's participation is important, so please join our great reading community and support the Annual Fund through LabReads!

    The Annual Fund is the bedrock of Lab’s philanthropy efforts. It provides the Schools with unrestricted dollars that allow Lab to direct funding to the areas of greatest need. Every gift, no matter the size, makes an impact. Whether it is responding to an emerging opportunity or providing professional development experiences that make our teaching stronger, unrestricted gifts make it possible for the Schools to go beyond the expected in providing an outstanding education to every student.

    Contributions can be made online here or in person at Rites of May on Saturday, May 16.

    Contact Andrew Waldner in Alumni Relations and Development with questions.

  • Rites of May, Saturday, May 16, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., ESH


    Join your friends Saturday at ESH for Lab's beloved tradition, Rites of May. This family event is filled with carnival games, international booths, bounce houses, great globally-themed entertainment, performances by Lab students, and tasty treats from local restaurants, and food trucks. Rites of May will happen rain or shine.


    Play your part in the Rites of May by volunteering! Just an hour or two of your time will make the event special for everyone. Sign up now.

    Get Your ROM t-shirts

    T-shirts will be sold at Rites of May, and in the lobbies of Blaine and ESH all week. You can secure yours now by purchasing online.

  • All parents and students in grades 7–12: “I’m Not a Racist…Am I?” film screening/discussion with director, Wednesday, May 27, 5 p.m., MS Theater


    The Diversity Advisory Committee and U-High club, DICE (Diversity Initiatives and Collaboration Efforts), invite all parents and students in grades 7–12 to attend the screening of this documentary which follows a diverse group of teens through a yearlong exploration to get at the heart of racism. Through some tense and painful moments, we see how these difficult conversations begin to affect their relationships with friends and parents, and ultimately challenge them to look deep within themselves. By the end of the their time together, we’ll see these courageous young people develop deeper bonds, a stronger resolve and a bigger, more significant definition of racism than any of us ever imagined.

    The director of the film, Catherine Wiggington Greene, will facilitate a conversation after the film.

    Childcare and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP here. Contact Lauren Collins with any questions.

  • Racial identity development: Follow-up “book talk/discussion,” Friday, May 29, 8:45 a.m., ESH


    As a follow-up to the racial identity development presentations in February, the counselors and the acting diversity coordinator are hosting a discussion of the articles that were distributed at the N–5 and 6–12 parent meetings. All parents are invited, even if you were unable to attend the February meetings. If you would like copies of the articles, please email Lauren Collins. The meeting will be held in the ESH third floor conference room. Please RSVP here.

  • Director Robin Appleby to address final Parents' Association meeting of the year, Monday, June 1, 7 p.m., ESH


    Please join us for the final meeting of the 2014-2015 school year. Hear from Director Robin Appleby about her first year at the Laboratory Schools and next steps for the future. Also hear an update from Christopher Jones regarding the construction at the Historic Campus and how it will affect the 2015-2016 school year.

  • UChicago researcher presents: Mind Bugs: The Ordinary Origins of Bias, Tuesday, June 2, 5–7pm, ESH Lobby


    Carlee Beth Hawkins of the UChicago Booth School of Business and Harvard University’s Project Implicit will present on the impact of implicit cognition on social interactions with diverse groups. This event includes an optional Implicit Bias test, which can also be taken in advance. Chicago ROAR (Regional Organizing for Antiracism) will lead attendees through a mini-workshop on how to create spaces to be self-reflective about our cultural shaping and practical steps to address implicit bias as parents and educators.

    Childcare and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP here. Contact Lauren Collins with any questions.

  • Summer Lab opens in five weeks


    Do you know where your children will be? If they love learning and you love Lab, they’ll be right back here after just a week off: adventuring with Adventure Kids Day Camp (15th birthday!); on the boards with Summer Lab on Stage; studying new and exciting material in Summer School; or playing and competing in Sports Camps or Fun in the Sun.

    Summer Lab has fun, enrichment, and even U-High credit in geometry, computer science, and PE. Summer Lab has something for everybody, ages 3 to 18, and is open to all, not just Lab students.

  • PA election results for 2015–16 school year


    Thank you to the dedicated Lab parents that ran for a position on the Parents' Association Board and to all who voted in the recent election.

    Congratulations to the following individuals elected to office with terms commencing with the 2015-2016 school year:

    • Tina Louie and Audris Wong, co-president elects
    • Saima Sufi, treasurer-elect
    • Krista Hogarth, secretary-elect
    • Frank Baldassare, communications coordinator-elect
    • Leny Leung, Amy Liszt, and Shipra Parikh, ESH Council
    • Cathy Lee and Sara Skelly, LS Council
    • Yvette Killian and Karen Slimmon, MS Counci
    • Nicole Brookens and Ann Grissom, HS Council
  • Third grade mentor families needed


    Please consider helping a new family get to know Lab. A new third grade class will be added next year, and numerous families who have no experience with Lab need your wisdom, and advice to help their children feel welcome. If you are interested in serving as a mentor family to a new third grade family, please email Tracey Quinn.

High School

  • Rites of May, spring production, Alice Down The Rabbit Hole, May 14–16, 8 p.m., Upper Kovler


    Alice Down the Rabbit Hole is an original musical created by U-High students and faculty based on the Lewis Carroll classics, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass. Tickets are $10 and are available in the High School Lobby.

  • ID photos needed for students currently in grades 5–11


    For the 2015–2016 academic year, Laboratory Schools’ Middle and High School students will be given new computer technology equipped ID cards produced by the University. (These are different ID cards than the ones issued this year.) In order for the Schools to have the pre-printed ID cards ready to distribute when school begins, we need the assistance of families to have an appropriate photo of their student submitted by uploading it via the Photo Portal on the left hand side of either the parent or student PowerSchool page.

    Photos must be uploaded by July 1 in order to access Back to Lab information in early August.

    To facilitate the taking of the pictures with proper background and proper lighting, Lab is setting up a screen. Students may take a picture with their own or a friend’s/parent’s phone in front of the provided white screen in school from May 18 to June 10, outside of U-High 102 (Mr. Wilson’s office), Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Please review the photo requirements.

  • Join UC Medical Center Day of Service and Reflection, Saturday, May 16


    The University of Chicago Medicine celebrates its 13th Annual Day of Service and Reflection, a day that brings UChicago faculty, staff, students, friends, and families into our service area for a morning of community service. All Lab families are invited to participate.

    High School students can earn up to six service learning hours by participating. Children must be at least six years of age to volunteer. All students must be accompanied by an adult. More information and to registration are online. Contact Service Learning Coordinator Hannah Evans with any questions.

  • 2015–2016 schedule changes open May 18–22


    Student schedules (without periods listed) for the 2015–2016 school year will be available in PowerSchool on May 15. Students will have an opportunity to make changes from Monday, May 18–Friday, May 22.

    All changes must be made directly with the student's counselor. Rising seniors should see their college counselors for schedule changes and plan accordingly as college counselors will be out of the office Monday, May 18 and Thursday, May 21. All students should be proactive in seeking schedule changes and see their counselors early in the week.

  • Final music performances of the 2014–2015 school year


    Please join us for one or more of the many wonderful music performances to close out our school year. All performances begin at

    • May 19: Digital Music Performance, Logan Arts Performance Penthouse, 7 p.m.
    • May 26: HS Jazz Band, Promontory, 5311 South Lake Park Avenue, 7:30 p.m.
    • May 28: MS/HS Band, Mandel Hall, 7:30 p.m.
    • June 2: MS/HS Choir, Mandel Hall, 7:30 p.m.
  • Spring Jazz Concert, new date and location: Tuesday, May 26, 7:30 p.m., Promontory


    Please note the new date is Tuesday, May 26, and the location will be the Promontory, a world-class music venue that has called itself home to Grammy Award-winning artists and professional groups from all over Chicago (5311 South Lake Park Ave West, in Hyde Park). We will feature our High School Jazz Ensemble and also welcome for their premiere performance, the newly revived Middle School Jazz Ensemble! Concert is free and open to the public.

  • Rowley Library materials due Thursday, May 28


    If materials are still needed for course work after that date, students may talk to a librarian to be granted an extension.

  • May Project exhibition and reception, Thursday, June 4, Lower Kovler


    A long-standing U-High tradition, May Project, provides seniors an opportunity to do a project of their own design with minimal adult supervision. Come see the efforts of the class of 2015.

    • Exhibit open to all, 11:35 a.m.–3 p.m.
    • Reception for seniors and families, 6–8 p.m.
  • Awards Assembly, June 4, International House, 9:40–11:30 a.m


    Parents are welcome to attend this event. Classes resume at the conclusion of the assembly. Seniors are expected to attend this assembly.

  • Labstock, Friday, June 5, 3:30–6 p.m., Kenwood Mall


    Labstock provides an opportunity for student musicians and bands to play their music and for students to enjoy the warm weather, a cook-out, and a fun time before school ends.

  • Prom 2015, Saturday, June 6, 6:30–10:30 p.m., Museum of Science and Industry


    Tickets are no longer on sale. For those students who indicated they would be attending, parents will be billed through FACTS. For students bringing non-U-High students, a completed guest application form must be submitted to Ms. Campos by June 1. Attendees will be admitted between 6:30–7:30 p.m. only. No entry after 7:30 p.m.

    Attendees are expected to abide by all school rules and expectations–especially as they relate to alcohol, drugs, and dress code. Attendees are asked to respect the established standards of conduct for ladies and gentlemen. If you have questions, please contact Ana Campos.

  • Senior Student-Athletes Sports Award Ceremony, Monday, June 8, 11 a.m., Ida Noyes


    All 70 senior student-athletes who participated this year will be invited to attend, as well as the coaching staff, administration and athletic council members.

  • Final exams, June 9–10


    Final exams are scheduled for all math and science classes during the last week of class. Science exams will take place on Tuesday, June 9 and math exams will take place on Wednesday, June 10. The exam period on both days will run from 9–11 a.m.

  • U-High graduation, June 11, 2:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel


    No tickets are required but please review the many details associated with this event.

  • Locker clean out by June 12


    A reminder to parents: All student lockers need to be cleaned out by Friday, June 12. Items left in lockers after this date will be thrown out or donated.

  • Senior announcements and reminders


    Please read the end-of-year memo for seniors and their parents with information regarding AP exams, prom, graduation, and other useful information. Please contact Mr. Fech or Ms. Campos with any questions.

Middle School

  • 6th grade class trip, Friday, May 15, Indiana Dunes-West Beach


    All sixth grade students will travel by bus with chaperones to the Indiana Dunes-West Beach in Porter, IN. Students will depart after morning advisory and return for dismissal by 2:35 p.m.

  • 8th grade families: submit U-High Freshman Retreat forms by May 22


    All eighth grade families with children attending U-High in the fall are reminded of the U-High Freshman Retreat dates, Thursday, September 3 to Friday, September 4. All freshmen attend the retreat. The Retreat packet is available now by clicking here. These forms are due to Ms. Campos’ office (UH003, next to Cafe Lab) by Friday, May 22. Please contact Ana Campos with any questions.

  • 7th grade class trip, May 19–22, Pretty Lake, Mattawan, MI


    Seventh graders must be at school by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 for a before-school departure. Families will receive email updates, forms, and other important information through the email addresses listed in their PowerSchool accounts and on the 7th Grade Class Trip website.

  • Health requirements for ninth grade students for 2015–2016


    All students entering ninth grade must submit a physical exam form completed within a year prior to the start of the school year. Two doses of varicella vaccination as well as a Tdap booster (Tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis) must be documented on the form.

    School health forms may be submitted at any time before the October 15, 2015 due date.

    Detailed information about ninth grade health requirements as well as the forms can be found to the right on the school nurse webpage. Please contact your school nurse with any questions or concerns.

  • 7th Grade Spring Concert, Thursday, May 28, 7:30–9 p.m., Mandel Hall


    It is a no homework night for 7th grade students.

  • Grades 7-12 Choir Concert, Tuesday, June 2, 7:30–9 p.m., Mandel Hall


    It is a no homework night for 7th and 8th graders.

  • Last day of 8th grade classes: Friday, June 4


    A reminder to parents: All student lockers need to be cleaned out by Friday, June 4. Items left in lockers after this date will be thrown out or donated.

  • 8th grade graduation rehearsal and yearbook signing, Monday, June 9


    This is shortened schedule for eighth graders. Students will report to advisory at 8 a.m. Advisories will then procede to graduation rehearsal at Mandel Hall from 8:30-11:30 a.m. After graduation practice, the Middle School Parents' Association will sponsor a picnic lunch and a yearbook signing party for the class. Dismissal will be at 1 p.m.

  • 8th Grade Graduation, Tuesday, June 9, 3–5 p.m., Mandel Hall


    Eighth grade students should arrive at Mandel Hall by 2:15 p.m. for procession. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for families. No tickets are required. Please contact Deb Foote in the Middle School Office for seating accommodations by Monday, June 1.

  • Last day of 6th and 7th grade classes: Thursday, June 11


    This day is a shortened schedule for grades 6–7. Dismissal will be at 12 noon.

  • Middle School Council position vacancy


    The Parents' Association board is looking to fill a vacancy on the Middle School Council due to a resignation. This vacancy is for one year, serving the second year of the resigning council member's two-year term. The position will start immediately, and end with the completion of the 2015–2016 school year. Members of the Middle School Council are advocates for Lab families. General responsibilities include attendance at regular meetings with Middle School administration, and the PA board to discuss pertinent topics, as well as planning, and overseeing Middle School events. If you are interested in nominating yourself for the position, please email Mariana Ingersoll. For more detailed information on the responsibilities of the position, please email Karen Schweickart.

Lower School

  • Join the LS Bike Ride: Saturday, May 16, 10:30–11:45 am


    It's not too late to join the second annual Lower School Bike Ride, led by the officers of the UChicago Department of Safety and Security. We will start with a Bike Safety and Registration Demonstration in Kenwood Mall on the Historic Campus. After riding through the streets of Hyde Park, we will end our ride at ESH where Rites of May will be underway. Enjoy all the fun that Rites of May brings! We ask that all Lower School participants bring a responsible adult to ride with them. Drop-offs are not allowed. Siblings are welcome, but we ask that any siblings younger than second grade be in a trailer or tandem bike. Remember your sunscreen and helmets! Please RSVP the number of riders in your party.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • ESH last day of school early dismissal, Thursday, June 11, 11:30am


    The last day of school is fast approaching! All students in Earl Shapiro Hall will be dismissed at 11:30am on Thursday, June 11.


Issue: Friday, May 15th, 2015

Upcoming Events

Mon. 05/11

May Project

8:00am - 3:30pm Thru 6/4/2015
Thu. 05/14

Rites of May Theatre Production

8:00pm - 9:30pm Thru 5/16/2015
Fri. 05/15

6th Grade Class Trip

Indiana Dunes-West Beach
Sat. 05/16

Rites of May

Earl Shapiro Hall

UC Medical Center Day of Service and Reflection

Friend Family Health Center 800 E. 55th St 7:30am - 2:30pm
Mon. 05/18

2015-2016 schedule changes open May 18-22

PowerSchool Thru 5/22/2015
Tue. 05/19

7th Grade Camp

Thru 5/22/2015
Tue. 05/26

Revised Date and Location Spring Jazz Concert

Promontory 7:30am
Thu. 05/28

7-12 Grade Spring Band Concert

Mandel Hall 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Mon. 06/01

PA Meeting

ESH Lobby 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tue. 06/02

7-12 Spring Choral Concert

Mandel Hall 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Thu. 06/04

May Project Presentation

Student Awards Assembly

I-House Assembly Hall 9:00am - 11:00am
Fri. 06/05


Kenwood Mall 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Tue. 06/09

8th Grade Graduation

Mandel Hall

Science Final Exams

9:00am - 11:00am
Wed. 06/10

Math Final Exams

9:00am - 11:00am