Lab E-News

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

All Schools

  • Academic/no school calendars for 2014–2015 AND 2015–2016 online now

    The 2014–2015 planning calendar is now online. Parent-teacher conference days will be added and this calendar fully updated before the start of school in the fall. Please check back then. Key dates include:

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    The 2014–2015 planning calendar is now online. Parent-teacher conference days will be added and this calendar fully updated before the start of school in the fall. Please check back then. Key dates include:

    • First day of school: Monday, September 8
    • Winter break, two weeks: Monday, December 22 through Sunday, January 4
    • Spring break, two weeks: Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 27
    • Last day of school: Thursday, June 11
    • Summer Lab begins: Monday, June 22

    The 2015–2016 calendar is now available as well.

    Both of these calendars can be found on the Lab website. Choose All Schools Calendar from Quicklinks and look for the header Academic Calendars on right hand side.

  • Lower School teacher Kristin Frank named Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction

    Congratulations to fifth grade teacher Kristin Frank. In addition to annually naming ten recipients of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Golden Apple Foundation also recognizes Teachers of Distinction, award finalists whose superior teaching work was additionally noted by the selection committee. Teachers of Distinction are recognized for their distinguished contribution to teaching and are asked to participate in the Golden Apple program. The Teachers of Distinction and ten Golden Apple Award winners are selected from a pool of 892 teachers. Thank you to the students, parents, and faculty who participated in this process.

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    Congratulations to fifth grade teacher Kristin Frank. In addition to annually naming ten recipients of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Golden Apple Foundation also recognizes Teachers of Distinction, award finalists whose superior teaching work was additionally noted by the selection committee. Teachers of Distinction are recognized for their distinguished contribution to teaching and are asked to participate in the Golden Apple program. The Teachers of Distinction and ten Golden Apple Award winners are selected from a pool of 892 teachers. Thank you to the students, parents, and faculty who participated in this process.

    To see a list of all Lab faculty who have been honored in some manner by the Golden Apple Foundation, click here.

  • Voting deadline: proposed amendments to Parents' Association bylaws, June 9

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    All Lab parents and guardians are automatically members of the PA and are encouraged to download and review the proposed amendments by clicking here and to vote on these changes by June 9. You may vote online or print and return a paper ballot. Ballots (both electronic and paper) must be received by 7 p.m. on June 9. Paper ballots will be accepted at the PA meeting at ESH.
    Email with any questions you may have.

    Lynn Sasamoto and Tracy Coe, PA co-presidents
    Cheryl Rudbeck, PA president-elect

  • Learn about Lab’s High Jump partnership, June 4, 8:45 a.m., Judd 204

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    For several years, Lab has partnered with High Jump, an organization that equalizes access to education for middle school students (most of whom attend CPS schools) who exhibite academic ambition and potential and who are of limited economic means. Please join us for coffee to hear from Lab Director David Magill and Lee Hart, executive director of High Jump, as they talk about the partnership and the program. Email by May 30 to RSVP.

  • 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 2014 information in July, and we want to be sure you receive it.

  • Thinking Summer? Summer Lab 2014 starts June 23

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    Not even four weeks to go before opening day. Go online for information, registration, and online payment via credit card. Questions are welcome at 773-834-7766. Summer Lab. Where love of learning spends the summer!

  • All invited to Jewish Students Association charity concert, Sunday, June 1, 3:30 p.m., ESH

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    Proceeds will support Save A Child’s Heart, an Israeli-based organization that provides cardiac health care for children in underdeveloped countries. The concert will feature U-Highers performing various styles of music from jazz to classical to klezmer. There will be a reception following the concert. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for children. Additional donations are welcome, of course!

  • Download Back to Lab 2014 documents through PowerSchool starting July 31

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    In the middle of July, you will receive a postcard prompting you to start the “Back to Lab” process through PowerSchool on Thursday, July 31.

    Before you are able to access your documents, you will first 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, how to register for Lab Extended Day programs, and more.

    The first day of school is Monday, September 8, 2014.

  • Families & faculty invited: farewell party for Director Magill, June 11, 3:15 p.m., Jackman Field

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    Get a chance to say goodbye to Director Dave Magill in an informal and fun party for parents, children, faculty, and staff on the penultimate day of school—Wednesday, June 11. Cake, cookies, lemonade, and water will be available for all in a tent on Jackman Field. Enter Kovler at the South entrance, stick-on a nametag, say good-bye to Dave, then head out to Jackman Field and the tent for refreshments.

High School

  • 2014-2015 student ID cards: Please supply photo for students currently in grades 9-11. Deadline July 15

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    Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, Laboratory Schools’ middle and high school students will be given ID cards produced by the University. 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 take an appropriate photo of their student (who will be enrolled at Lab in the fall) and upload it to the new “photo portal” in PowerSchool, which will be open from Sunday, June 1 to Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

    Families will have to upload a photo by July 15 in order to access Back to Lab information in early August. Additional information about how to upload the photo will be sent on June 1. Photos must adhere to these requirements.

  • Book Buyback: generate quote now, drop-off June 10–12. Volunteers needed.

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    1. Generate your quotes: Beginning today, May 29, you can generate a buyback quote, valid for 30 days (or until June 28). Visit Lab's virtual bookstore and click “Sell My Books.” The program is available for any textbook, not just those purchased through MBS. Generate quotes early for the best prices. Use the password you used when originally ordering MBS books to ensure you receive any guaranteed buyback or loyalty bonus.

    2. Bring in your books: Drop-off is available in UH215 on June 10 and 11, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., and on June 12, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.. Parent volunteers are needed to check in textbooks and pack them for the MBS Book Buyback program. Please sign-up here, if you can give an hour or two to help.

    3. Questions? Contact the PA. Thanks!

  • JSA to host charity concert, Sunday, June 1 at 3:30pm at Earl Shapiro Hall

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    The JSA Charity Concert will be on June 1 at 3:30pm at Earl Shapiro Hall. The proceeds will be going to Save A Child’s Heart, an Israeli-based organization that provides cardiac health care for children in underdeveloped countries. The concert will feature students from all grade levels at U-High performing various styles of music from jazz to classical to klezmer. There will be a reception following the concert. The concert is free, but suggest a minimum donation of $5 for adults and $3 for students.

  • Locker clean-out by Wednesday, June 11

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    A reminder to parents: All student lockers must be cleaned out by Wednesday, June 11. Items left in lockers after this date will be thrown out or donated.

  • U-High graduation, Thursday, June 12, 2:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel

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    Graduation for the U-High Class of 2014 will take place on June 12 at 2:30 p.m. in Rockefeller Chapel (5850 S. Woodlawn). No tickets are required to attend graduation. The High School Parents’ Association Council is hosting a reception on Jackman Field immediately following graduation

  • Final exams: Tuesday and Wednesday, June 10–11

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

  • Awards Assembly, June 9

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    The Awards Assembly is scheduled for Monday, June 9, at 8:20 a.m. at International House (1414 E. 59th Street). Parents are welcome to attend this event. Classes resume at the conclusion of the assembly.

  • Prom 2014, Saturday, June 7, 6:30 p.m., Adler Planetarium

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    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 guest application form must be completed prior to the dance. Forms are available online.

    Attendees will be admitted between 6:30–7:30 p.m. only. There is 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.

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

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    The student organized and run Labstock will once again be held in Kenwood Mall. Labstock provides an opportunity for student bands to play their music and for students to enjoy the warm weather and a fun time before school ends. To learn more about Labstock, contact Ana Campos.

  • May Project exhibition and reception, June 5, Lower Kovler

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    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 to the exhibit and see the efforts of the class of 2014.

    • Exhibit open to all, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
    • Reception for seniors and families, 7–9 p.m.
  • Rowley Library materials due May 30

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    Materials are due by Friday, May 30, for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Freshmen will have until Monday, June 9, if needed, to return the book they chose for English supplemental reading projects. Students with outstanding items may hold up their online access to grade reports.

Middle School

  • Grade 7–12 Band Concert, today, May 29, 7:30 p.m., Mandel Hall

  • Sixth Grade Band, Choir, and Orchestra Concert, June 3, 7:30 p.m., Mandel Hall

  • Eighth Grade graduation, June 10, 3 p.m., Mandel Hall. Tickets required

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    This is a ticketed event as seating is limited. All ticket requests have been approved. Families may pick up tickets from the Middle School Office starting June 2. If you requested more than you require, please leave your extra tickets with the secretary.

Lower School

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

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

  • Fifth grade family picnic, Friday, May 30, 3:30–6:30 p.m., Jackman Field

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    Please join fellow fifth grade families at a picnic as we say goodbye to the Lower School. Please bring your picnic dinner, a blanket to sit on, and get ready to have some good old-fashioned fun! Rain site: Upper Kovler. If you would like to help with the field games or picnic, or have game ideas, contact Patty Jones.

    For your convenience, Café Lab is offering a light picnic meal which will be delivered to Jackman Field. Please download this form and email it to Rachel Brown to place your order.

  • Blaine Library books due Thursday, June 5

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    Check those backpacks, closets, and desks and return all Blaine Library books by Thursday, June 5.

  • Last day of school Popsicle Party, June 12, following noon dismissal, Blaine Courtyard

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    To celebrate the end of the school year, the Lower School Council will host a popsicle and ice cream social for all Lower School families in the Blaine Courtyard on Thursday, June 12, immediately following noon dismissal.

  • Grade 5 families: 2014-2015 Middle School student ID cards: please supply photo for your student

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    Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, Laboratory Schools’ middle and high school students will be given ID cards produced by the University. 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 take an appropriate photo of their student (who will be enrolled at Lab in the fall) and upload it to the new “photo portal” in PowerSchool, which will be open from Sunday, June 1 to Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

    Families will have to upload a photo by July 15 in order to access Back to Lab information in early August. Additional information about how to upload the photo will be sent on June 1. Photos must adhere to these requirements.

  • Lost and found

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    Please check the Lost and Found, located in the vestibule behind the Blaine Security desk. There are many, many lost items there that will find a new home after June 12.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • End of year progress reports available July 1 in PowerSchool

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    Progress reports for Nursery/Kindergarten and Primary School students will be available July 1 in PowerSchool. Parents will be notified via email when reports are ready to be viewed.

  • Summer Lab 2014 still has plenty of room at Earl Shapiro Hall

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    Sign up your rising nursery through second grader for Summer School, Fun in the Sun, or Sports Camps. Is your current second grader graduating to Historic Campus? Check out the lineup for rising third graders. Information, registration, and payment all available online.

  • Calling all second grade families! ESH farewell, May 31, 2–4 p.m., Jackman Field

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    Kickball, frisbee, tug-of-war, and more! Join fellow second graders and families for an afternoon of FUN on Jackman Field on the Historic Campus (large field to the east of Kovler Gym on the corner of 59th and Dorchester). Drinks and snacks will be provided but please feel free to bring your own if you wish. We hope for a sunny, warm day and a great turnout so please spread the word! Please RSVP online.

  • Library books are due by June 6

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    This week is the last week to check out books from the Lim Family Library. All books are due by Friday, June 6.

Archives

Issue: Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Upcoming Events

Mon. 05/12

May Project

8:00am Thru 6/5/2014
Thu. 05/29

Spring Band Concert for Grades 7 - HS

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

Rowley Library materials due

Rowley 9:00am
Sat. 05/31

Second grade farewell to ESH

Jackman Field 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tue. 06/03

6th Grade Band/Choir/Orchestra Spring Concert

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

Tenth Annual Sports Awards Ceremony for Lab athletes

Kovler Gym 6:00pm
Thu. 06/05

May Project exhibition and reception

Lower Kovler & Dance Studio 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fri. 06/06

Labstock

Sat. 06/07

Senior Prom

Adler Planetertium 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Mon. 06/09

HS Awards Assembly

International House 8:20am
Tue. 06/10

HS Final exams

Thru 6/11/2014
Wed. 06/11

HS locker clean-out deadline

Good-bye Party for David Magill

Jackman Field--Enter Via Kovler Lobby 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Thu. 06/12

LS Popsicle Party

12:00pm

HS Graduation

Rockefeller Chapel 2:30pm - 4:00pm