Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Save the date: LabArts 2014, April 24–27. See the schedule of eventsMore
LabArts is a (free) celebration of visual arts, music, and theater at Lab. New this year: a Parent/Teacher Coffeehouse on Friday evening, April 25 with artistic performances and visual art displays celebrating Lab’s talented community (adults only). For that evening event, we invite parents to share their artistic talents—soloists, ensembles, visual artists, writers, poets, actors, dancers, and art appreciators welcome! Please email LabArts if you are interested in performing at the Friday evening event or obtaining more information about any LabArts activity.
LabArts 2014 Schedule of Events
Kick-off Thursday, April 24
Middle and High School Spring Concert
Friday, April 25
High School Theater “Fairytales”
1:15-1:45 p.m. and 2:45-3:15 p.m.
Parent/Teacher Coffeehouse and Visual Art Displays
Earl Shapiro Hall
Middle School Play
Saturday April 26
Visual Art Galleries
Earl Shapiro Hall
11 a.m.–5 p.m
Musical and Artistic Performances
Earl Shapiro Hall
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Middle School Play
Sunday, April 27
Earl Shapiro Hall
Visual Art Galleries
Grades 7–11 Summer Lab 2014 travel & service learning opportunitiesMore
Pucará, Ecuador registration deadline extended to Friday, March 7--that’s tomorrow! Chaperones: Ms. Evans and Mr. Del Campo. Trip dates: August 4–16, open to current MS students in grades 6–8. Click here for more info and application forms.
Ghana, West Africa community service project (with Amizade Global Service Learning), June 13–24, chaperoned by Ms. Augustine and Ms. St. Clair, is open to students in grades 7 through 11. Work with community leaders and fellow students on local projects, including finishing up the local library, while also making trips to geographic and historic venues unique to this part of our world. Click here for more info and application forms.
Yellowstone National Park Wildlife Ecology Program centers on working with national conservation agencies and science teachers Mr. Jones and Ms. Housinger, while collaborating with the Ecology Project International. Only 13 students, grades 9–11, can come on this trip. Contact Mr. Jones or Ms. Housinger for more information. Trip dates: August 22–29. Click here for more info and application forms.
Civil Rights History Trail is a Summer Lab “first,” a four-day, three-night trip across the southeastern US, culminating in a six-week class on the civil rights movement at Summer Lab Summer School. This offering is led by history teacher Paul Horton for rising grades 9–12. Trip dates: July 28–August 1. Open only to students taking the Summer School class, which earns ⅓ U-High credit. Click here for more information and access to registration. Scroll down to Civil Rights Movement.
All families invited to American Promise panel discussion, Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m., ESH LobbyMore
The Parents’ Association will host a discussion about the opportunities and challenges of diversity within an independent school environment with a focus on the experiences of children and families at Lab. The discussion will build upon American Promise, a documentary that chronicles the journeys of two African American boys over a 13-year period as they navigate The Dalton School, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country.
The panel will include Lab students, parents, and staff. Amanda Lewis, associate professor of African American Studies and Sociology at the University of Illinois-Chicago, will provide framing for the discussion and will serve as a panelist. Her research focuses on how race shapes educational opportunities and how our ideas about race get negotiated in everyday life. She is the author of Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the Color-line in Classrooms and Communities and is currently at work on a new book (with John Diamond) titled, Despite the Best Intentions: Why racial inequality persists in good schools.
To view the documentary prior to the panel, it will be available online until the end of the day, March 6.
Associate Director-Educational Program Jason Lopez to become head of the Pegasus SchoolMore
It is with mixed emotions that Mr. Lopez has tendered his resignation at the end of this school year to become head of school at The Pegasus School, an independent school serving 565 children from N4-8 in Huntington Beach, California.
He says, “While I am looking forward to a new challenge and chapter in my life, it will be sad for me to step out of the lives of the community of the Laboratory Schools. It has been an honor to work with the faculty, staff, and parents, and to see and feel everyone’s commitment to this fine institution.”
Connections online auction is live now; Auction ends March 9More
Check it out here: https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?vhost=connections&aalias=connections2014. This year’s Connections auction features a wide range of wonderful items, like beauty products and gift certificates, but our special focus this year is on “Only-at-Lab” experiences. From fascinating excursions to Lincoln Park Zoo with Lab teachers Dan Calleri and Dan Jones, to student internships with architects Valerio Dewalt Train, to a personalized home consultation with interior decorator Sarah Back—there’s something for every member of the family! Auction ends Sunday, March 9.
MS Principal Carol Swainson to leave at end of year; Teacher Sandra Bixby to serve as interim principalMore
Middle School Principal Carol Swainson has decided to return to California to be with her husband and pursue school leadership opportunities there, and so will be resigning her role at Lab effective at the end of this school year, June 2014.
A search for a permanent Middle School principal will begin after new Lab Director Robin Appleby arrives at Lab in July and has the chance to assess the needs of the Middle School before advertising the position.
In the interim, Director David Magill is appointing Sandra Bixby as the acting Middle School principal.
Ms. Bixby is an experienced Middle School science teacher who has previously held administrative roles elsewhere. Additionally, during her seven years here at Lab, she served for a period of time as the acting Middle School assistant principal while Allison Jones was on parenting leave.
Join the Parents’ Association board: Nominations open through April 4 for 2014-2015 positionsMore
Nominations are being accepted Thursday, February 27, through Friday, April 4, 2014. Click here to complete the form online or to print and submit a PDF version. Time commitments vary depending on the position, and unless otherwise noted, all positions are for two-year terms. See PA Jobs Description for further explanations of the below listed PA Board positions and expected time commitments each entails. Please feel free to contact current PA Co-Presidents Tracy Coe or Lynn Sasamoto with questions about the PA or the activities of the board.
Open positions are as follows:
1. School Councils
- Earl Shapiro Hall (3 positions)
- Lower School (3 positions: 1 one-year term, 2 two-year term)
- Middle School (2 positions)
- High School (2 positions)
2. President-elect (Must have previously held a position on the PA Board)
5. Communications Coordinator (one-year term)
6. Communications Coordinator-elect
7. Volunteer Coordinator (one-year term) *
8. Volunteer Coordinator-elect *
9. Fundraising Coordinator (one-year term)*
10. Fundraising Coordinator-elect*
The bylaws permit non-council positions to be filled “jointly” by two people willing to serve jointly; if you are interested in nominating a team for a position, please be sure to indicate this on the nominations form.
*Current PA bylaws obligate posting the positions of Volunteer Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator-elect as well as Fundraising Coordinator and Fundraising Coordinator-elect. However, current proposed bylaw amendments include elimination of these board positions, based on anticipated future needs of the PA and the recognition that these positions have been consistently vacant in recent years.
Adoptive Parents Discussion Group, Friday, March 14, 8:45-10 a.m, ESH 310More
Group member Dr. Beth Richie will lead a discussion on talking with adopted children about race and racism. Please contact Counselor Linda Wax, 773-702-9343 for more information.
Athletic Director Award to be re-named in honor of Bill ZarvisMore
The Athletics Council, an advisory committee comprised of the Middle and High School principals, three faculty, two coaches, and three students, announces that the Athletic Director Award will be re-named the Bill Zarvis Award in honor of emeritus faculty Bill Zarvis. Mr. Zarvis was a Physical Education teacher, coach, and served as PE department chairman at Lab from 1948 to 1978. He also founded Zarvies Summer Day Camp serving the Lab community for many years.
The award is presented to senior student-athletes who have made a significant contribution to the Maroons athletic program. The Tenth Annual Sports Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. in Upper Kovler Gym.
Families invited to screening/discussion of film, Girl Rising, 6 p.m., Thursday, March 13, Blaine 214More
The film addresses the power of education to make change. Jo Budzilowicz, ’01, the head of content development for the company that that produced this film, will offer a Q&A for 30 minutes afterwards (the film is 101 minutes long).
This opportunity is open to all Lab families as the topic is relevant to all. However, the film isn't suitable for young children. The website Common Sense Media highly recommends this film for viewers age 12 or older.
Below is a brief description of the film and copy from their website.
From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.
Educating girls is the highest return investment you can make if you want to break cycles of poverty.
- 66 million school-age girls are not in school.
- 496 million girls over age 15 cannot read or write.
- There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school worldwide.
The filmmakers behind Girl Rising saw how many girls around the world are undervalued and unsupported, to devastating effect. But they were also shown evidence of the astonishing impact quality education can have. It is not hyperbole to say that the economic future of the entire world will be strongly affected by the fate of girls – either positively or negatively - depending on whether, where, and how many girls get access to the education, healthcare, and safety from harm they require and deserve.
Summer Lab 2014 registration is charging ahead...More
of last summer’s record-setting pace. Register and pay conveniently online. Don’t miss out on your favorite activities: Summer School, Adventure Kids Day Camp, Sports Camps, Fun in the Sun, and Summer Lab on Stage. Nursery through second grade will be centered at Earl Shapiro Hall, grades 3–12 at the Historic Campus. Summer Lab—where love of learning spends the summer.
Book drive for UChicago North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School, March 10-19More
Help support a local elementary school by donating new or gently used fiction and non-fiction books for students in pre-K through fifth grade. Collection sites will be in Blaine, Judd, and High School lobbies from March 10-19. Join the Middle and High Schools in reaching our goal of 500 books!
North Kenwood/Oakland (NKO) educates children from prekindergarten to grade five and is one of the four campuses of the University of Chicago Charter School. It provides students with rigorous instruction and comprehensive academic and social supports to accelerate learning, develop college readiness, and cultivate self-responsibility and leadership. Their campus provides a longer academic day than many public schools, as well as optional extended day programs. NKO is one of the highest-performing non-selective elementary schools in Chicago. It is located at Woodlawn and 46th Street, and the majority of its students live in close proximity to the NKO campus. NKO does not have a school library, so the books that we collect will help provide students with access to materials for free reading in their classrooms and after school. The book drive will serve as the first step toward creating an on-going reading program with students from Lab and NKO.
Save the date: HS Council hosts evening with Dr. Lynn Ponton, Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m., ESHMore
Dr. Ponton is an adolescent psychiatrist and professor at the University of California at San Francisco who has written widely on the subject of teenagers and risk, including her book: The Romance of Risk: Why Teenagers Do the Things They Do.
Winter Quarter grades available Tuesday, March 25More
Winter quarter midterm comments will be available for review online, Tuesday, March 25. An email will be sent to all parents indicating when the grades are available. If you have misplaced your login or password, please contact the High School office, 773-702-9446.
UChicago spring course registration due March 31More
Students wishing to take a course in the spring quarter at the University of Chicago must complete appropriate registration forms and return them to Mr. Fech by Monday, March 31.
If your student did not attend the information meeting in February, he or she must meet with Mr. Fech individually prior to returning forms. There can be no extensions of this deadline. As a reminder, according to the agreement U-High has with the University, students may take only six University classes over their four-year high school career. If there are any questions, please contact Mr. Fech.
AP testing registration available online. Deadline April 1More
We have made a few changes to the registration process. All AP registration and authorization of payment must be made online through LabNet. The cost for each AP exam is $92. Because the registration commits each family to a payment, we ask that the parent or guardian responsible for the payment login to LabNet and complete the registration process.
- Log in to the AP testing registration form. After you have logged into LabNet, you will have access to the registration page.
- PLEASE NOTE: When registering, we will ask your permission to invoice you through the Laboratory Schools’ online payment system. We will NOT accept checks as a form of payment for the AP exams.
- Your child’s registration must be completed by 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. After 3:25 p.m. on April 1, no refunds will be issued.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Chris Harper.
Testing calendar for final two weeks of Winter QuarterMore
The testing calendar for the final two weeks of the Winter Quarter is here. This calendar is created to ensure that students do not have more than three major assignments in one day during the last two weeks of the quarter. A major assignment is considered a test or a major paper.
RSVP: College planning meeting for parents of freshmen and sophomores, Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m., I-HouseMore
The Department of Learning and Counseling would like to extend an invitation to an evening program about college planning for our freshmen and sophomore parents. You will have a chance to hear from two of the Laboratory Schools’ college counselors, Abigale Wagner and Melissa Warehall. They will provide an overview of the college search and application process to preview what Lab families may anticipate during the junior and senior years of high school.
They hope to cover some of the common topics asked by parents of underclassmen: what colleges are looking for in applicants, the importance of extracurriculars, course selection, a year-by-year planning timeline, and standardized testing considerations. They will allow plenty of time for your questions and answers as well.
In order to prepare enough handouts, please RSVP to Department Secretary Jeannie Grbavac, 773-702-9445, ex. 0.
Junior Retreat, April 2-4More
High School juniors will attend a retreat from April 2-4 at Camp Lake, Wisconsin. They will leave school at the end of lunch period on Wednesday, April 2, and will return around 4 p.m. on Friday, April 4. Retreat packets will be available online by Monday, March 10 and will be due back by Monday, March 17. Please contact Dean of Students Ana Campos with any questions.
Poetry slam team takes first. See them at the Poetry Foundation, tooMore
On Saturday, March 1, Team InVerse took another first place in their second preliminary bout of Louder Than a Bomb. Congratulations to Leah Barber, Emily Hsee, Maddie Anderson, Jax Ingrassia, Julia Mearsheimer, Liza Edwards Levin, and Leah Rosensweig, and to coaches Nina Coomes and Natalie Richardson.
The team now moves on as one of the Sweet Sixteen Chicagoland teams competing in the semi-finals of Louder Than a Bomb 2014 on Saturday, March 8, 1 p.m., at Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark Street.
Additionally, the team will be performing at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior, Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. as the opening act for performance poet LaTasha Diggs. The event is free and open to all.
U-High MUN brings home gold at Boston MUNMore
Over the weekend of February 21, the Model United Nations team traveled back to the east coast for the Boston Invitational MUN Conference. Board members Rahul Mehta and Apoorva Gundeti led a delegation of 12 students, and the team took home six best delegate awards and the trophy for best small delegation. Congrats to Grace Anderson, Alex Azar, Andrew Chizewer, Ilana Dutton, Apoorva Gundeti, Alec Kaplan, Christopher Kucera, Genevieve Liu, Rahul Mehta, Arun Sharma, Kelsey Stevens, and Willis Weinstein.
Musical auditions for 8th grade graduationMore
Auditions for eighth grade singers and musicians will be held after spring break. All music must be performance ready at the time of the audition. More details about this and graduation will arrive in an email from the principal before Spring Break.
8th grade Washington, D.C. trip info session, Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m., Cafe LabMore
Learn all you need to know about the eighth grade’s annual trip to Washington, D.C. that takes place Tuesday, April 29 through Friday, May 2.
Save the date--8th grade French recital, Wednesday, April 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cafe LabMore
This replaces a previously planned March date.
Grade 6 to 7 Transition Night, Thursday, April 10, 6-7 p.m., Cafe LabMore
Learn about the the seventh grade experience at Lab. Topics will include program, camp, and the developmental stages of this age group.
Grade 7 to 8 Transition Night, Thursday, April 10, 7-8 p.m., Cafe LabMore
Learn about the the eighth grade experience at Lab. Topics will include the grading system, program, Washington, D.C. trip, and the transition to U-High.
Grade 7 roller skating party, tomorrow, Friday, March 7, 3:30-5:30 p.m.More
The PA will be hosting a roller skating party for the seventh grade tomorrow night. Buses will transport students to and from Fleetwood Roller Rink, 7231 W. Archer Avenue. Please be available to pick up your student at Blaine Lobby between 6:00-6:30 p.m., after the party. The price of the event is $15. Get more details, pay online, and sign up to volunteer.
Blaine moving updatesMore
This Friday, March 7, all the remaining classrooms and offices will move to Blaine East with the exception of Ms. Alicea’s art room, the library, and the computer room. The Lower School office, (Ms. Reott & Ms. Palmer) will be located on the second floor of Blaine in S216. Ms. Anglin’s temporary office will be in the Learning & Counseling suite, S215A. Refer to this map for directions or stop at the Blaine Security Desk if you need help finding the new classrooms.
Music Exploration Day for grade 4, Tuesday, April 8, 3-6 p.m., Belfield Music TowerMore
Please join the Music Department to learn about choices for fifth grade music. Band, orchestra, and choir/general music programs will be discussed in preparation for choosing an option for next year.
Last chance to print progress reportsMore
LS progress reports are online in PowerSchool for students in grades 3-5, along with ERB reports for grades 3 and 4, until Friday, March 21. Be sure to download your child’s progress report so that you have a copy after the reports are no longer online. If you have any difficulty accessing your child’s report, please contact the Lower School Office, 773-702-9448.
Grade 4 vision screening rescheduled to April 22More
The Illinois College of Optometry will be conducting vision screening with fourth grade students in Blaine Hall on Tuesday, April 22. Results of this vision screening will be sent home to families. This event was rescheduled from February 25.
Retrieve your items from lost & found by Friday, March 7More
Winter is not over, so don't give up on your missing mittens, hoodies, and other items in lost & found. The lost & found rack will move from its location by the Blaine West staircase (next to Recyclables) to the renovated Blaine East on Friday, March 7, so please look for your items before then.
N/K & Primary Schools
ESH PA Council Parent Coffee, Friday, March 7, 8:15-9:15 a.m.More
Please join Earl Shapiro Hall Parents' Association Council members in the ESH Lobby for an informal gathering. Mingle with fellow ESH parents and learn about upcoming PA and all-school events. Coffee and pastries will be served. We hope to see you there!
ESH parking reminderMore
The parking spaces next to the Child Development Center are reserved for those parents. If you do not have a child at that center, you should not be parking in those spaces. If you want to park, you are encouraged to come early enough to park in back of the school or park on the street in the neighborhood. If you are bringing materials to school, we are glad to help you get them into the building from the drop off zone. Because this has become a significant problem, there may be UChicago police helping with traffic management and specifically enforcing designated parking areas. Thank you for being considerate of other parents and helping to maintain a safe environment for all.
Missing class photos from picture dayMore
If you ordered pictures from Picture Day and you did not receive your complimentary copy of the class photo, please contact Mark Hubert at Picture Day, 773-276-4588 ext. 202.