Lab E-News

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

All Schools

  • Tickets available: Salon Lab cocktail event: Midterm Elections, October 28


    Tickets are still available for this “Salon Lab” evening of insightful and timely discussion with UChicago professors (and Lab parents) Cathy J. Cohen, Mark Hansen, and William Howell. How will the 2014 midterm elections reflect the electorate’s widespread dissatisfaction with Congress? Which issues will have the most effect on voters?

    Contact Andrew Waldner at 773-702-0578 or for more information.

    • Hosts: Lab parents Lisa Walker, MBA’91 and William Rudnick, MBA’97
    • Location: DLA Piper, 203 North LaSalle Drive
    • When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
    • Tickets: $100
  • U-High Midway earns National Scholastic Press All American rating for 49th time

    For the 49th consecutive year the Midway has received the All American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association.


    For the 49th consecutive year the Midway has received the All American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association. Among the comments from the judges: “Some of the best high school writing in the country, strong editorials, great photos and captions, few papers compare in writing and leadership.” Congratulations to our student-journalists and teacher Wayne Brasler.

  • “WeatherBug” program places third-grader on WGN-TV’s Friday Forecast

    Daisy Coleman joined meteorologist Paul Konrad on WGN as part of the TV station’s Friday Forecaster program that promotes weather education in schools. See the segment online.


    Daisy Coleman joined meteorologist Paul Konrad on WGN as part of the TV station’s Friday Forecaster program that promotes weather education in schools. See the segment online.

    This is the fourth consecutive year a Lab Lower Schooler has had a chance to shine as a co-presenter on the WGN weather forecast segment. “We had a good time getting to know Daisy and her family,” says Mike Janssen, meteorologist/weather producer at WGN-TV. “Daisy is a delightful young lady and she did a great job with the forecast,”

    The opportunity is made available because of Lab’s status as a “WeatherBug” school. Lab hosts a weather station as part of a program sponsored by Earth Networks, which places weather stations at thousands of schools, sports stadiums, broadcast stations, and public safety facilities across the US. Says Science Department Chair Daniel Calleri, “The WeatherBug allows Lab students the chance to gather real data for the weather influencing their school. It's also a good opportunity to see the small changes (or big) that occur during the day. I've seen teachers work daily data gathering into their curriculum in addition to using it as a place for students to go to see the different kinds of data that we measure in the atmosphere.”

  • Family Flu Vaccine Clinic at Lab: October 2 and 16, 2–6 p.m


    The University of Chicago Comer Health4Chicago’s team of nurses will come to Lab to deliver flu vaccinations for students and their families, saving everyone a trip to the doctor’s office. Tdap and adolescent vaccinations are also available.

    All clinics run from 2–6 p.m.

    • Thursday, September 25, Historic Campus, Cafe Lab
    • Thursday, October 2, Earl Shapiro Hall, Little Lobby
    • Thursday, October 16, Historic Campus, Cafe Lab

    To register your family, complete a consent form for each child and adult. Completed forms can be turned into your child’s school nurse or bring a completed a consent form for each child and adult with you to clinic.

    Health4Chicago accepts UCHP. For all other private insurance, please review their Insurance Guide for tips on verifying your coverage.

  • Parents’ Association meeting with Director Appleby, October 6, 6:30 p.m., ESH Lobby


    Please join the PA for its first meeting of 2014–15. A reception begins 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. We will hear from new Laboratory Schools Director Robin Appleby and all of the Schools' principals about their outlook and plans for the year ahead.

  • No School: Friday, November 7


    There are no classes on Friday, November 7, Faculty Professional Development Day.

  • A reminder about campus safety and security


    Although the University, Laboratory Schools, and surrounding areas are essentially safe places, the campus is subject to the same problems that may occur in the greater Hyde Park area.

    As such, Lab community members are reminded to be alert and assume responsibility for their personal safety by applying common sense and using services offered by Lab’s Safety & Security Services and University of Chicago Police Department.

    Be reminded of these personal safety tips:

    • In an emergency, call 911 first.
    • Report any suspicious activity on, or near campus, to Lab Safety & Security Services, 773-834-5542 or 773- 834-1662.
    • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
    • Familiarize yourself with the location of UChicago “blue light” emergency phones.
    • If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the police by activating an emergency “blue light” phone or by calling UChicago Police, 773-702-8181, once you get to a safe location.

    The UChicago Police Department has taken steps throughout the University and its surrounding neighborhoods to enhance the safety of our educational environment. In addition to a top quality police force and advancements in campus security technology the department offers many community safety resources online.

    Thank you and be safe!

  • Tickets available: Salon Lab cocktail event: Inside the Court Theatre: An Evening with Artistic Director Charles Newell, November 18


    Tickets are still available for this “Salon Lab” evening: a unique opportunity to hear from, and have a conversation with, Lab parent and award-winning Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell. Get an inside view of the choices he and the Court Theatre team make along their way to their renowned productions.

    Contact Andrew Waldner at 773-702-0578 or for more information.

    • Hosts: Lab parents Swati Mehta and Bobby Mehta, MBA’81
    • Location: Court Theatre, 5535 South Ellis Avenue
    • When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 @ 6 p.m. Tickets: $100
  • Join the Comer Children’s Hospital RBC Race for the Kids, October 5


    The UChicago Medicine event includes exciting runs for all ages:

    1. 5K Run/Walk—Open to all ages and all levels of physical fitness, the 5K begins on the Quad.
    2. Kids’ Dash—The Dash is a 200-yard race on the Quad and is recommended for children six and under.
    3. Kids’ Mile—In its second year, the Kids’ Mile is a one-mile, chip-timed run recommended for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. More than 200 children participated in last year.

    Events take place on the University of Chicago’s Main Quadrangle.

    Please join us in making a difference in the lives of children who receive care at the forefront of medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital. Contributions from the Comer RBC Race for the Kids fund research by some of the most talented physicians in the country, allowing us to provide the best possible care for our youngest patients. In 2013, more than 1,700 participants helped raise over $310,000 for Comer Children's Hospital.

    Register your whole family today!

  • Participants needed: UChicago study on multiracial families


    A social work researcher at UChicago is doing a study that looks at the ways that parents in multiracial families teach their children about race and ethnicity. Children may be any age under 18. The only requirements are that the child be biological and that both parents are minorities, and aren't biracial/multiracial themselves. For more information visit the project website, or email researcher Cristina Ortiz.

High School

  • Parent “e-subscriptions” to HS Daily Bulletin (written for teachers/students)


    Students have been encouraged to register to receive this bulletin of deadlines, activities, and more, via email. Some parents may be interested in these daily emails. Please note: they are specifically written for a student and faculty audience. Subscribe here.

  • Homecoming game and dance, October 17; October Spirit Week, October 13–17


    • U-High’s Homecoming game is the boys’ varsity soccer home game on Friday, October 17 at 4:30 p.m. against Eric Solorio Academy High School on Jackman Field. Come out and support your Maroons!
    • The Homecoming dance will be Saturday, October 18 from 7:30–10:30 p.m. in Assembly Hall in International House. Students must bring their student ID card for entry and all guests from other schools must be pre-registered (the form will be posted on the HS web page shortly) and approved through the Dean of Student’s Office. Guest registration forms require the guest’s dean of student’s signature and are due back to Ms. Campos no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 16.
    • Spirit Week will be October 13–17 with daily themes announced via the Daily Bulletin and signs posted in the high school hallways.

  • New: Register for winter sports teams online, through September 26


    There is a new procedure for registering for the winter sport season. Parents should sign their child up for the team they wish to join through via PowerSchool. Registration will be open through Friday, September 26. If you have any questions, please contact the Athletic Office, 773-834-1035.

  • New Student Mixer, September 26, 3:15-4:45 p.m., Senior Lounge (in Café Lab)


    Diversity Initiatives and Collaboration Efforts (DICE), a student-run club, is proud to announce our first annual New Student Mixer. Open to all students, the event will be tailored to freshman and new High School students. The event is created and planned by DICE club members, many of whom came to Lab as new students during their freshman year.

    We hope to offer guidance and support to those who may feel out of place in the unique and challenging environment known as Lab. DICE celebrates the many identities and differences found within the Lab community. We are a safe space for students of all backgrounds, circumstances, and beliefs. We hope that this mixer will be an opportunity for us to share our perspective and guidance with younger students as they adjust to the course-load, culture, and expectations that come with being a Lab student. Food and drinks will be provided.

  • Registration for UChicago classes: deadline September 29


    Students interested in taking a class at the University of Chicago must meet with Mr. Fech prior to returning any forms. All completed fall course registration forms, including the necessary signatures, are due by September 29.

  • Parent-to-Parent meeting, October 1, 8 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 counselor to share, problem-solve, and support one another. Contact Kate Surmeier with questions.

  • Spring Break travel opportunity: “Roma MMXV.” Early Bird registration by October 1


    World Languages teacher Fran Spaltro is organizing a Spring Break trip to Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Cumae, and Ostia Antica. Register for the early bird rate by October 1. If you are considering this opportunity or need more information contact Ms. Spaltro.

  • Principal Chat, October 7, 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Judd 204


    Principal Scott Fech invites you to the first Principal Chat for the 2014-15 school year. Topics will include updates on the renovations and plans to expand opportunities for high school parents to connect with one another.

  • Dropping a class deadline: quarter-long, October 10; year-long November 14


    Quarter-long electives may be dropped by the fifth week of school, October 10, with no notation on the permanent record. Students can drop a year-long class with no notation of that class on a permanent record until Friday, November 14.

    If courses are dropped after that date, students will receive a notation of the withdrawal on their permanent record. Please contact your class counselor with questions. Additional information is available in the Program of Studies.

  • Summer Link Science and Computer Science presentations, October 16, 6:30 p.m., ESH


    Students involved in Summer Link Science and Computer Science programs will present their research. Some will present their research in a poster session from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Remaining students will make oral presentations from 7:30–9 p.m.. This program showcases research in many disciplines, including immunology, psychology, cancer, nanotechnology, RNA, climate, epidemiology, solar power, and more. Everyone is invited, including students interested in pursuing research projects.

  • PSAT: Grades 10–11, Wednesday, October 15, 9 a.m. No school for grades 9 & 12


    All sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT exam starting at 9 a.m. There is no school that day for freshmen or seniors. Students should bring two #2 pencils and a calculator (TI-84 is allowed). Locations for testing will be posted outside of the High School counseling office and on the class boards located on U-High’s first floor.

    Students who receive accommodations will meet before the test with Learning Coordinators Kevin Van Eron (Grade 10) or Lesley Scott (Grade 11) to learn where their testing rooms are located and to understand what accommodations they will receive. Parents of students who receive accommodations will also be notified.

    If you have questions about testing, contact Cecila Mullon. For questions about accommodations, contact either Lesley Scott or Kevin Van Eron.

  • Yellowstone Summer 2015


    Science teacher Dan Jones is organizing a trip to Yellowstone for onsite research and conservation effort with the Ecology Project International. A planning meeting date is stilll to be determined. Please see Summer Lab Field Study for particulars.

Middle School

  • Science field trips: grade 7, October 14; grade 8, October 24


    On these days, students will have an all-grade science field trip to the state park in La Grange, Illinois. Students should report to their regular 8 a.m. advisories where they will be dismissed. Students should wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and shoes and bring a sack lunch.

  • Principal Chats, Thursday, October 16: 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.


    Interim Principal, Sandra Bixby invites you to the first Principal Chat for the 2014–15 school year on Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. This Chat will focus particularly on utilizing Schoology and the Middle School schedule. The location will be posted on the All-School Calendar.

  • Parent conferences: grades 6–7, October 24; grade 8, November 6


    • Friday, October 24: Grades 6–7 parent conferences are held during the day. There are no Grade 6–7 classes. Grade 8 has an all-grade science field trip.
    • Thursday, November 6: Grade 8 parent conferenc

  • Picture retakes: Wednesday, October 29


    Any child that missed Picture Day or would like a retake can do so on Wednesday, October 29. Contact Ann Grissom or Alejandra Linquist with question or to volunteer.

  • Daily Bulletin now available on PowerSchool


    In an effort to reduce unwanted emails, the Middle School Daily Bulletin is now available to parents in PowerSchool. Please note: the Daily Bulletin is specifically written for a student and faculty audience.

Lower School

  • If you need to reach a teacher during the school day


    Call the Lower School office, 773-702-9448, if you need to reach a teacher during the school day. Teachers may not have an opportunity to check email until after school.

  • Welcome back to Banana Splits


    The department of Learning & Counseling Services is again offering groups during the school day for children whose parents are not living together. Using games, activities, and friendship, these groups offer a warm and supportive environment in which children can discuss their experiences and concerns. Groups will be resuming in the next few weeks for children in grades 3–5. If you are interested in having your child participate in a Banana Splits group or would like more information, please e-mail your child’s counselor (Cathy Gruber, grades 4 & 5, and Melissa Steger, grade 3)

  • Pretzel Day resumes Thursday, September 25


    Lower School students may purchase delicious German-style pretzels for $1.25 in the LS office from 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and after school in Blaine Lobby from 3:15–3:45 p.m. Proceeds fund the Wilhelm Gregor Heggen Scholarship, which offers U-High German students a scholarship to participate in the German-American Partnership Program (GAPP) at our partner school in Stuttgart, Germany in the summer. Danke schön und guten appetit!

  • Parent/teacher conferences for Grades 3–5, October 13 & 24. No school or extended day


    Parent/teacher conferences for Grades 3–5 will be held on Monday, October 13 and Friday, October 24. Parents should sign up for individual time slots with their child’s teacher. There is no school, and there are no Extended Day programs for grades 3–5 on those days.

  • Library schedule on parent/teacher conference days


    Blaine Library will be closed to students on conference days. Librarians will be available for any parent who wishes to meet with them, but students will not be able to use the library on October 13 and 24.

  • Picture Day: retakes Wednesday, October 29


    If your child missed Picture Day, don’t worry. They can have a picture taken on retake day. A portion of the proceeds from Picture Day orders benefits the Parents’ Association. Contact Ann Grissom or Alejandra Linquist with questions or to volunteer.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • Stony Island Traffic Management Update


    The University of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have worked together over the past year to make strategic changes to traffic flow management at, and around, the 57th Street and Stony Island intersection. These include: the addition of new turn signals; adjusted and lengthened light timing to support actual traffic patterns; and new signage and parking restrictions to ease the flow of traffic. As a result of these systems improvements, a UChicago police officer will no longer be assigned to direct traffic at that corner. The Laboratory Schools, University, and CDOT will continue to monitor traffic around ESH supporting both Lab families and our Hyde Park neighbors.

  • Help the ESH Nurses collect extra clothes


    The ESH nurse’s office is in need of extra clothes for boys and girls, ages 3–9 years old. In particular, they are in need of: socks, pants/leggings, underwear, long sleeve shirts, and even shoes. And it’s never too early to start collecting mittens as well. Used or new, as long as it's clean. Contact Maggie Williamson with questions.


Issue: Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Upcoming Events

Thu. 09/25

Family Flu Vaccine Clinic at Lab

2:00pm - 6:00pm
Mon. 09/29

University of Chicago Fall Quarter Registration Forms Due

U-High 107 8:00am - 4:00pm
Thu. 10/02

Family Flu Vaccine Clinic at Lab

2:00pm - 6:00pm
Mon. 10/06

PA Meeting

Earl Shapiro Hall 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Tue. 10/07

HS Principal Chat

TBA 8:00am - 9:00am

HS Principal Chat

TBA 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mon. 10/13

LS Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Blaine classrooms 8:00am - 3:00pm
Tue. 10/14

7th Grade Science Trip

State Park, La Grange IL
Wed. 10/15

PSAT Testing grades 10th & 11th (No School for grades 9th & 12th)

Classes will be posted 9:00am - 11:00am
Thu. 10/16

Family Flu Vaccine Clinic at Lab

2:00pm - 6:00pm
Fri. 10/24

LS Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Blaine classrooms 8:00am - 3:00pm
Wed. 10/29

LS Picture Retake Day

Blaine Hall