Lab E-News

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

All Schools

  • PA Annual Meeting: Learn about the latest developments at Lab, June 6, 7-8:30 p.m., Earl Shapiro Hall

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    All parents are encouraged to attend and ask questions at the Parents’ Association Annual Meeting. Guest speakers will include Lab Director Robin Appleby, UChicago Executive Director of Campus Safety Eric Heath, and Lab Executive Director of Finance/Operations Christopher Jones.

    RSVPs are requested; advance reservations for childcare are required. For questions about the event or if parents would like to submit questions to the speakers anonymously, please contact the Parents' Association.

  • No school, Monday, May 30

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    Memorial Day holiday

  • Academic/No-School calendars are online

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    These calendars can be found via links on the right-hand side of the All Schools online calendar.

  • Reminder: arrival and dismissal times changing for 2016–2017 school year

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    When making your childcare and transportation plans for next school year, please note the new times that were announced at the end of January.

  • Summer Lab 2016 counts down to fewer than 6 weeks!

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    Are you in? Do we have your children’s plans on our books? Plenty of room is still available, so come on along and bring all your friends, cousins, and visitors from out of town. Summer Lab, as always, is open to Lab and not-Lab students, from around the corner or around the world. Register online and pay conveniently with a credit card.

  • Back to Lab 2016 documents available through PowerSchool starting August 8

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    On Monday, August 8, you will receive an email prompting you to start the “Back to Lab” process through PowerSchool. Before you access your documents, you will be asked to update/verify your family and emergency contact information.

    Once you do that, you’ll have access to information you need to start the school year with ease: class schedules, arrival/dismissal times, drop-off/pick-up procedures, ordering textbooks and PE uniforms, and more.

    The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

  • Before summer: Please review and update family contact info

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    Before leaving for the summer, please review your family’s information in PowerSchool and update as needed to ensure that your email and mailing addresses are up to date. Lab will be sending Back to Lab 2016 information in August, and we want to be sure you receive it.

  • Parents’ Association open board spots elected

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    Congratulations to Claudia Roeder-Leuz and Liz Anderson who were elected to the MS Council and treasurer-elect vacancies, respectively.

High School

  • Book Buyback: Generate quote now: Drop-off June 7-9. Parent volunteers needed.

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    It’s time to think about selling back those used books. Generate your quotes now by going to http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ucls.htm. Then bring your used books and a copy of your quote to the Lansing Theater Scene Shop, Gordon Parks Arts Hall:

    • Tuesday, June 7, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 8, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 9, 8 a.m.–noon

    Participation helps benefit the Parents’ Association. Parent Volunteers needed; email the Parents’ Association with questions or if you’d like to volunteer.

  • HS student IDs for the 2016–2017 school year

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    Now that all High School students have the computer-chip school ID card, we will begin a two-year rotation for receiving a new card. Every fall the freshmen and junior classes will receive a new high school ID card. The sophomore and senior classes will use the ID they received in their freshman and junior years.

    • Current freshmen and juniors will continue to use the ID that was provided this year, next year in 2016–2017. Beginning in 2016–2017, all High School students will need to show this ID to enter the school buildings. If you have lost your ID, please be sure to request a new one now, so we can get you your replacement before you leave for the year.
    • Current sophomores will need to submit a new photo in order to receive a new ID during junior year 2016–2017. U-High will again provide a white background with proper lighting. Sophomores may take a picture with their own or a friend’s phone in front of the provided white screen while in school from May 25 to June 9, outside the Gordon Parks Assembly Hall (under the Grand Staircase) between 7:30 a.m.– 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please review the photo requirements here.

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

  • New U-High Families Welcome Reception, Thursday, June 2, 6–8 p.m., Kovler

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    The PA High School Council has invited newly admitted U-High students and their families to attend the June 2 May Project Reception. If you plan to attend this festive event, please consider introducing yourself to a new family, welcoming them into our Lab community, and celebrating our seniors' achievements together.

  • Volunteers needed for reception after HS Graduation

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    The PA High School Council is recruiting volunteers for help preparing and managing the graduation reception. Please contact Ann Grissom or sign-up online here.

  • Facts/suggestions about helping kids manage stress

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    The High School Council of the Parents’ Association, in conjunction with Judy Soo Hoo, a parent volunteer on the Challenge Success team, developed a facts/suggestions sheet to help parents help their high school student manage stress. This is a timely document, not only for this busy end-of-year season, but throughout the year.

  • Senior cap and gown pick-up, June 1–3, attendance office, Belfield West 245

  • Last Parent-to-Parent Meeting, Wednesday, June 2, 8:15 a.m., MS Conference Room

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    The PA High School Council members and counselor Camille Baughn-Cunningham will reflect on this past year, discuss ways in which we can help to manage our students' end of year stress, and discuss ways to welcome the record number of new families entering U-High this fall. We welcome your attendance and input.

  • May Project Exhibit, Thursday, June 2, 12:30–3 p.m. and 6–8 p.m., Lower Kovler Gym

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    Reception during evening exhibit. The entire family is welcome to visit the seniors as they share their May Project experiences.

  • Labstock, Friday, June 3, 3:30-6:00 p.m., Kenwood Mall

  • Senior Prom, Saturday, June 4, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Harold Washington Library Winter Garden

  • Last full day of HS Classes, Monday, June 6

  • Math finals, Tuesday, June 7, 9–11 a.m., various locations

  • Science finals, Wednesday, June 8, 9–11 a.m., various locations

  • 2016–2017 course schedules

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    Preliminary course schedules for the 2016–2017 school year were live in PowerSchool May 13. This schedule is a confirmation of courses in which your child will be enrolled. Information necessary to order texts and supplies will be coming in mid-July, and your child's full schedule (including periods, rooms, and teachers) will be released in early August. The U-High Learning and Counseling office will open in late August for schedule change requests.

  • Graduation, Thursday, June 9, 2:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel

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    Seniors are expected to be in Lower Kovler at 1:30 p.m. dressed in cap and gown. Seating is first come, first serve; no tickets necessary. The University is still in session on our graduation day – it is their finals week. Limited free parking is available on the Midway Plaisance. Additionally, valet parking will be available for approximately $8. Please pull up to the 59th Street entrance of Rockefeller Chapel for valet service. Additional parking is available at 5525 South Ellis parking garage near the Court Theatre, cash or credit card accepted.

    Immediately following the graduation ceremony, a reception will be held in honor of the class of 2016. Lab faculty, staff, students, families, and guests are invited to attend. The reception will be held under a tent in front of the Booth School, across Woodlawn Avenue from Rockefeller Chapel.

    Questions about the High School graduation should be directed to Dean of Students Ana Campos.

Middle School

  • 8th grade graduation dance, Wednesday, June 8, 6:30–9:30 p.m., Sherry Lansing Theater, Gordon Parks Hall

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    Dress attire varies by student choice. Parents must fill out a permission slip with departure information.

  • Student IDs for the 2016–2017 school year

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    Now that all Middle School students have the computer-chip school ID card, we will begin a three-year rotation for receiving a new card. Every fall, the incoming sixth grade will receive a new school ID card. Seventh and eighth grade students will use the ID they received in sixth grade.

    • Current sixth and seventh grade students will continue to use the ID next year that was provided this year. Beginning in 2016–2017, all Middle School students will need to show this ID to enter the school buildings. If you have lost your ID, please be sure to request a new one now, so we can get you your replacement before you leave for the year.
    • Current 5th graders and 8th graders: will need to submit a new photo in order to receive a new ID next year, 2016–17. The school will again provide a white background with proper lighting. Students may take a picture with their own or a friend’s phone in front of the provided white screen while in school from May 25 to June 9, outside the Gordon Parks Assembly Hall (under the Grand Staircase) between 7:30 a.m.– 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please review the photo requirements here.

    A photo is to be uploaded by July 1 in order to access Back to Lab information in early August.

  • Grade 6 Spring Concert, Thursday, May 26, 7:30–9 p.m., Mandel Hall

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    Students should arrive by 7 p.m. and be dressed as instructed by their respective music teachers. No homework night for sixth grade music students.

  • Grade 7–12 choir concert, Wednesday, June 1, 7:30–9 p.m., Mandel Hall

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    Students should arrive by 7 p.m. and be dressed as instructed by their respective choir teachers. No homework night for seventh and eighth grade choir students.

  • Last day of 8th grade classes: Friday, June 3

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    A reminder to parents: All student lockers need to be cleaned out by Friday, June 3. Any items left in lockers after this date will be thrown out or donated.

  • 8th grade graduation rehearsal and yearbook signing, Monday, June 6

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    This is a shortened schedule day for eighth graders. Students will report to advisory at 8 a.m. Advisories will then proceed 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 7, 3–4:30 p.m., Mandel Hall

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    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 Friday, June 3. A reception for graduates and families will follow the ceremony.

  • Last day of 6th and 7th grade classes: Thursday, June 9

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

  • Second semester grade reports available through PowerSchool on Thursday, June 16

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    Please contact Registrar Brent LaRowe, 773-702-2599, if you need help accessing your child’s report.

  • Rising ninth graders: 2016–2017 course schedules

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    Preliminary course schedules for the 2016–2017 school year were live in PowerSchool May 13. This schedule is a confirmation of courses in which your child will be enrolled. Information necessary to order texts and supplies will be coming in mid-July, and your child's full schedule (including periods, rooms, and teachers) will be released in early August. The U-High Learning and Counseling office will open in late August for schedule change requests.

    All current eighth grade families with questions regarding course registration should contact Allison Jones, Middle School Assistant Principal.

  • Health requirements for ninth grade students for 2016–2017

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    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, 2016 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.

Lower School

  • Student IDs for the 2016–2017 school year:

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    Sixth graders will receive a new computer-chip school ID card when school begins. Seventh and eighth grade students will use the ID they received in sixth grade.

    • Current 5th graders: will need to submit a new photo in order to receive an ID card next year. Beginning in 2016–2017, all Middle School students will need to show this ID to enter the school buildings. The school will provide a white background with proper lighting. Students may take a picture with their own or a friend’s phone in front of the provided white screen while in school from May 25 to June 9, outside the Gordon Parks Assembly Hall (under the Grand Staircase) between 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please review the photo requirements here.

    A photo is to be uploaded by July 1 in order to access Back to Lab information in early August.

  • Gym uniform sizing for 4th graders, Tuesday June 7–9

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    Sample gym uniforms will be available to try on for sizing during the Used Book Buyback event in the Lansing Theater Scene Shop, Gordon Parks Hall, during the last three days of school:

    • Tuesday, June 7, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 8, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 9, 8 a.m.–noon

    Contact Lena Jessen and the Parents’ Association with questions.

  • Transition coffees for third and fourth grade parents

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    • Fourth to fifth grade, Wednesday, June 1, 8:30–9:30 a.m., BL S202
    • Third to fourth grade, Friday, June 3, 8:30–9:30 a.m., BL S202

    Please join us to hear about the transition to a new grade. Principal Sylvie Anglin and members of the Learning and Counseling team will speak about the new things ahead and what to expect developmentally. The coffees are informal opportunities to address many of the questions about the transition to a new grade.

  • End-of-year Knes Family Library schedule

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    • Friday, May 27 —last day to check out books
    • Friday, June 3—all books to be returned by the end of the school day
    • Monday, June 6—overdue notices sent

    Please help your children find and return any missing books. Lost books may be paid for by check or through FACTS, but we much prefer having the books back, as some cannot be replaced. Thank you for your help in getting the library in good condition for the end of the year.

  • Last Day celebrations, Thursday, June 9, noon: Popsicle Party, Blaine Courtyard; Potluck Picnic, Midway Plaisance

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    To celebrate the end of the school year, the Lower School Council will host a popsicle party for all Lower School families in Blaine Courtyard on Thursday, June 9, immediately following noon dismissal.

    Families can then join other Lower School families on the Midway across from Blaine Hall for a potluck picnic. Bring your own lunch or items to share, and celebrate the start of summer.

    Incoming third graders are also invited to join in the fun.

  • End-of-the-year progress reports available in PowerSchool, Thursday, June 30

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    Progress reports will be available in PowerSchool June 30 until July 14. Parents will be notified by email when the reports are ready to be viewed.

  • Lost and Found

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    Please check the Lost and Found, located in the vestibule behind Blaine’s Security desk. There are many, many lost items there that will find a new home after Thursday, June 9.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • Rising third-graders and families invited to LS Last Day Potluck Picnic, June 9

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    To celebrate the end of the school year, the Lower School Council will host a popsicle party for all Lower School families in Blaine Courtyard on Thursday, June 9, immediately following noon dismissal.

    Families can then join other Lower School families on the Midway across from Blaine Hall for a potluck picnic. Bring your own lunch or items to share, and celebrate the start of summer.

    Incoming third graders are also invited to join in the fun.

  • ESH Lost and Found

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    Please take a moment to visit the ESH Lost and Found closet located on the first floor to claim all of your missing items. You can also look through pictures of the items on the PA website.

Archives

Issue: Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Upcoming Events

Mon. 05/09

May Project

8:00am - 3:30pm Thru 6/1/2016
Tue. 05/24

7th Grade Class Trip at Pretty Lake Camp

Thru 5/27/2016 Visit this Link
Thu. 05/26

6th Grade Band/Orchestra/Choir Concert

Mandel Hall 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Mon. 05/30

Memorial Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL

Wed. 06/01

7th Grade - High School Choir Concert

Mandel Hall (1131 E. 57th Street, University of Chicago campus) 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Thu. 06/02

HS Parent to Parent Meeting

MS Conference room C143 8:15am - 9:15am

Awards Assembly

Gordon Parks Arts Assembly Hall 9:40am - 11:30am

May Project Presentation

Kolver Gym 12:30pm - 3:00pm

May Project Presentation

Kolver Gym 6:00pm
Fri. 06/03

8th Grade Last Day of Classes

Sat. 06/04

Senior Prom

Harold Washington Library 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Mon. 06/06

Last Day for 8th Graders and Graduation Rehearsal

8:00am - 1:00pm
Tue. 06/07

8th Grade Graduation

Location: Mandel Hall 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Thu. 06/09

MS Last Day of School (6th & 7th Grades)

8:00am - 12:00pm

HS Graduation

Rockefeller Chapel 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Thu. 06/16

MS Semester 2 Grade Reports Available: 9:00 am