Lab E-News

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

All Schools

  • Lim Family Library web page goes live

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    To find the Lim Family Library page, go to the Lab home page, choose “Libraries” from Quicklinks. You'll find information about the library, photos, a Book of the Day feature, links to author websites, and a link to the library catalog.

    Did you know that you may access the online encyclopedias and e-book sites to which the library subscribes even if you're not in the library? Click on “access from home” under the blue Database/Research button for login and password information.

  • Students collect and donate more than 2,000 books to UC charter schools

    Middle and High School students helped collect, sort, and count more than 2,000 books that they then donated to the UChicago charter school: North Kenwood/ Oakland (NKO) elementary school. The book drive took place before spring break and, says Service Learning Coordinator Hannah Evans, “given the large number of books we received, we will now be able to offer reading materials to the other UC charter school campuses.”

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    Middle and High School students helped collect, sort, and count more than 2,000 books that they then donated to the UChicago charter school: North Kenwood/ Oakland (NKO) elementary school. The book drive took place before spring break and, says Service Learning Coordinator Hannah Evans, “given the large number of books we received, we will now be able to offer reading materials to the other UC charter school campuses.”

    A huge thank you to all of the students and families who donated books, time, and energy, making this book drive a true success.

  • Teacher Lisa Harrison uses an unusual week to teach kids about palindromes

    Every date this week is a palindrome (a word, a sentence, or a number that is read the same way forward and backward) and second grade teacher Lisa Harrison has taken note. She is using this special set of dates to show her students how this fun language puzzle works:

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    Every date this week is a palindrome (a word, a sentence, or a number that is read the same way forward and backward) and second grade teacher Lisa Harrison has taken note. She is using this special set of dates to show her students how this fun language puzzle works:

    • 4/12/14
    • 4/13/14
    • 4/14/14
    • 4/15/14
    • 4/16/14
    • 4/17/14
    • 4/18/14
    • 4/19/14
  • Parent Book Discussion, Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters, May 21, 9–10:15 a.m., ESH Room 310A

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    Join N/K, Primary, and Lower School counselors for a Parent Book Discussion of Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters by Joann Deak. The discussion is hosted by the Parents’ Association Diversity Committee and the counselors. In Girls Will Be Girls, Deak draws from the latest brain research on girls to illustrate the exciting new ways in which parents, teachers, other supportive adults and girls themselves can learn and thrive. She also highlights the voices of girls as they struggle with body image, self-esteem, intellectual growth, peer pressure, and media messages. The result is a masterly book that addresses the key issues for girls growing up; one that fulfills a desperate need for clear guiding principles to navigate our chaotic contemporary culture.

  • Please join us at LabArts 2014, a free celebration of visual arts, music, and theater at Lab, Thursday, April 24–Sunday, April 27

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    Interested in volunteering or performing? Please email labarts@ucls.uchicago.edu.

    LabArts 2014

    Thursday, April 24
    High School and Middle School Orchestra Concert
    7:30 p.m., Mandel Hall, 1131 East 57th Street

    Friday, April 25
    Student rehearsals and classroom visits

    High School Theater performance of "Fairytales"
    1 & 1:30 p.m., Earl Shapiro Hall

    Middle School Theater performance of "Fiddler on the Roof, Jr"
    7:30 p.m. in the MS Theater, Historic Campus
    (Tickets on sale through the MS Box Office)

    Parent/Teacher Coffeehouse
    7:30–9:30 p.m., Earl Shapiro Hall
    Music and artistic performances celebrating Lab's talented parents, teachers, and administrators. Soloists, ensembles, writers, poets, comedians, actors, dancers, and art appreciators welcome!!
    Please rsvp to perform or attend.

    Saturday, April 26
    Visual Art Galleries, Earl Shapiro Hall
    11 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Musical and artistic performances by students
    1:30–4:30 p.m., Earl Shapiro Hall

    Middle School Theater performance of "Fiddler on the Roof, Jr."
    7:30 p.m. in the MS Theater, Historic Campus
    (Tickets on sale through the MS Box Office)

    Sunday, April 27
    Visual Art Galleries, Earl Shapiro Hall
    12:00-3:00 p.m.

    Middle School Theater performance of "Fiddler on the Roof, Jr."
    2 p.m. in the MS Theater, Historic Campus
    (Tickets on sale through the MS Box Office)
    labarts@ucls.uchicago.edu

  • Adoptive Parents Discussion Group, Friday, April 25, 8:45–10 a.m., ESH 310

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    Please join us for a discussion with Wendy Anker, psychotherapist, adoptive parent, and Lab graduate for a discussion of the psychological and emotional issues that sometimes arise in adoptive families. Contact counselor Linda Wax, 773-702-9343, for more information.

  • Learning @ LAB discussion of executive functioning and social/emotional health, Thursday, April 24, 8:45–10 a.m., ESH Room 310

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    Learning @ LAB is a forum to discuss issues of learning and development with parents and caregivers, learning from one another and working with school counselors, learning coordinators, and administrators who join our monthly meetings.

    This month, LS counselor Foley Burckhardt will lead a discussion of executive functioning, and LS counselor Stacy Marienthal will discuss the impact of social/emotional health on academics.

    Our group is open to caregivers and staff at Lab. Please feel free to attend all or part of our meetings and invite any interested friends/colleagues. For more information, contact Laura Lambert or Ale Linquist.

  • Single Parents Group Meeting, Monday, April 28, 6 p.m., Judd 204

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    Dinner will be provided and childcare services will be offered by the Lab Extended Day staff. Please RSVP (with the number of adults and children) to Judy SooHoo by April 24.

  • Summer Lab 2014

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    Registration continues rolling in. Have we heard from you? Register and pay on-line or call the hotline 773-834-7766 with questions.

  • U-High's Green Team E-Waste Drive, Tuesday, April 29, 3:05–4:30 p.m.

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    U-High’s Green Team and UChicago's IS department are holding a spring e-waste drive on Tuesday, April 29 in Kenwood Mall from 3:05–4:30 p.m.

  • Honey Bee Blogspot

    Having bee hives in the Lab garden has allowed several N/K, Primary and Lower School classes to explore the fascinating world of bees. Students are curious about the hives, the stings and, of course, the honey. Read a fascinating transcript of a conversation between teachers and some of Lab’s littlest learners on the Bee Blog.

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High School

  • Would your student like to serve as a reading buddy at a UChicago Charter School?

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    Middle and High School students interested in volunteering to be a reading buddy to students at UChicago Charter School, North Kenwood/ Oakland elementary school, should contact Service Learning Coordinator Hannah Evans or sign up in the Middle or High School office by Monday, April 21. The first visit is Wednesday, April 23, after school.Transportation will be provided.

  • MS/HS Lab String Festival, Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Mandel Hall

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    This Orchestra concert will feature string players from grades 7-12 in collaboration with Vandercook College of Music. Students will present works from both the string orchestra and symphonic setting under the direction of Ms. Morales, Ms. Torto, and David Eccles. Come and witness the enthusiasm of these musicians who will play selections including "Vivaldi's Four Seasons," "James Bond Theme," "Here Comes the Sun," and more.

  • Parent-to-Parent, Thursday, April 24 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in Judd 204

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    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 HS parents and a HS counselor to share, problem-solve, and support one another. Contact Kate Surmeier with questions.

  • Dr. Lynn Ponton to present to HS parents on April 30 at 7p.m. at Earl Shapiro Hall

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    The High School Council is pleased to host an evening with Lynn Ponton, on Wednesday evening, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Earl Shapiro Hall. 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."

  • AP testing calendar

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    AP testing begins next month. Please find the testing calendar here.

  • Principal Chat, Wednesday, April 30 at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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    The final Principal Chat of the 2013-2014 school year will take place on April 30 at 8 am and 6pm. Topics will include a summary of the school year and plans for the 2014-2015 school year. Immediately following the evening chat, please plan to stay for our guest speaker.

  • Tenth Annual Sports Awards Ceremony for Lab athletes, June 4, 6 p.m.

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    All Middle School and High School athletes and their families are invited to the Sports Awards Ceremony in Kovler Gym on Wednesday, June 4 at 6 p.m. Invitations with details to follow.

  • Summer School for credit or enrichment

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    Geometry, Introduction to Computer Science, Latin 1, SAT and ACT Prep. Do we have your registration yet? Register and pay on-line or call the hotline--773-834-7766--with questions.

  • Model UN team finishes season with inspiring performance at Cornell

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    U High's Model United Nations team spent April 10–13 in Ithaca, New York at the Cornell MUN Conference. Amid formidable competition from several of the top-ranked teams in the country, Lab brought home the prestigious award for Outstanding Large Delegation, putting an impressive cap on an already successful year.

    Special commendation is in order for seniors Rahul Mehta, Matthew Davis, Bolu Johnson, and Davis Cummings, who were competing at their final conference. Joining them were Grace Anderson, Andrew Chizewer, Ajay Chopra, Gabby Conforti, Ilana Dutton, Alijah Futterman, Apoorva Gundeti, Jax Ingrassia, Alec Kaplan, Eriko Koide, Chris Kucera, Jonathan Kutasov, Julian Lark, Genevieve Liu, Jacob Mazzarella, Karen Reppy, Arun Sharma, Schuler Small, Taylor Thompson, and Willis Weinstein. Congratulations to all involved.

Middle School

  • Health requirements for ninth grade students for 2014-2015

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    All students entering ninth grade must submit a physical exam completed within a year prior to the start of the school year. New this year is a requirement for a second varicella (chicken pox) vaccine for those who have not had the disease. Detailed information about ninth grade health requirements can be found online. School health forms may be submitted at any time before October 15, 2014.

  • Summer Lab 2014 wants you!

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    Summer Lab on Stage, Adventure Kids Day Camp, Summer School, Fun in the Sun, and Sports Camps all want you to join up for another of your most memorable summers ever. Register and pay on-line before your favorite activities fill up and there’s no more room. Or call the hotline 773-834-7766 with questions.

Lower School

  • Health requirements for students entering sixth grade for 2014-2015

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    All students entering sixth grade must submit a physical exam completed within one year prior to the start of the school year. A Tdap (Tetanus/diptheria/acellular pertussis) booster must be obtained if they have not previously received one, regardless if a Tetanus/diptheria booster (Td) was received.

    New this year is a requirement that all sixth grade students receive a second varicella (chicken pox) vaccine for those who have not had the disease. Immunization records and the physical examination requirements are due October 15, 2014.

    A dental examination is due by April 30, 2015.

    Detailed information about sixth grade health requirements can be found here.

  • Lower School Choir returns

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    The Lower School Choir will resume rehearsals for Spring Quarter. The schedule for rehearsals, the date of the final performance, and a permission slip (to be returned to the Lower School office, Blaine S216, by Monday, April 21) are online here.

  • Show your teacher (and staff) appreciation

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    We need your help! The Lower School Council is putting together a slideshow for its annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon around the theme: "What makes a Lab teacher special?" Please take a moment to pen a few words of appreciation (via this form) for the faculty and staff in grades 3-5 or upload a photo or even a video of what your child’s favorite thing about the staff, homeroom, or special area teachers here at Lab. Responses will be compiled and presented at the luncheon on May 7.

  • Save the date: Grade 3 & 4 community bike ride, Saturday, May 17

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    On Saturday, May 17, third and fourth graders will celebrate their community by bike riding through the streets of Hyde Park. Join us for a leisurely ride through the neighborhood. We will be ending at Earl Shapiro Hall, just in time for Rites of May. More details to follow! Please direct questions to Tina Louie.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • Save the date: Nursery 4 into Kindergarten transition meeting, Wednesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m., ESH Lobby

  • Health requirements for kindergarten students for Fall 2014

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    All students entering kindergarten must submit a physical exam completed within one year prior to the start of the school year.

    All kindergarten students must have a final polio, DPT, second MMR, and second Varicella vaccination. All kindergarten students also submit a dental exam and vision exam.

    Specific forms and detailed information can be found online. Health records can be submitted at any time, but must be submitted by October 15, 2014, excepting the dental form, which is not required until April 15, 2015.

  • Health requirements for students entering second grade in the fall 2014

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    All students entering second grade next school year are required to submit a dental exam form sometime before April 15, 2015. A copy of the dental form can be found online. There are no other required health records.

  • Summer Lab 2014 comes to Earl Shapiro Hall

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    Summer School, Fun in the Sun, and Sports Camps will all operate at our newest awesomest facility for grades N-2. Join up for a most memorable summer ever. Register and pay on-line before your favorite activities fill up and there’s no more room. Or call the hotline, 773-834-7766, with questions. (Adventure Kids Day Camp, for grades 1-8, will meet as usual at the Kovler Athletic Complex.)

  • Save the date: Grade 2 into 3 transition meeting, Thursday, May 1, 6:30 p.m., Café Lab

  • Save the date: Kindergarten into first grade transition meeting, Thursday, May 8, 5:30 p.m., ESH Lobby

  • Become a mentor to a newly accepted Lab family at ESH

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    Do you remember when you were new to Lab, and could turn to your mentor family for answers and advice? Now that you have your own insight, consider supporting a newly accepted family.

    To ensure that new families entering Earl Shapiro Hall in September have the same warm welcome we've all enjoyed, the ESH Council of the Parents' Association is looking for mentor families. With many more families starting in the fall, we may need to assign more than one family. Please complete this form to sign up. If you are interested or have any questions about the program, email Cheryl Rudbeck.

Archives

Issue: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Upcoming Events

Tue. 04/22

Grade 4 vision screening

Wed. 04/23

HS Parent-to-Parent

Judd 204 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Thu. 04/24

Lab Arts

Earl Shapiro Hall Thru 4/27/2014

Learning @ Lab meeting

Room 310, Earl Shapiro Hall 8:45am - 10:00am

Spring Orchestra Concert Grades 7 - HS

Mandel Hall 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Fri. 04/25

Adoptive Parents Discussion Group

ES 310 8:45am
Mon. 04/28

Single Parents Group

Judd 204 6:00pm
Tue. 04/29

U-High's Green Team E-Waste Drive

3:05pm - 4:30pm
Wed. 04/30

HS Principal Chat

ESH 8:00am

HS Principal Chat

ESH 6:00pm

Save the Date for High School speaker, Dr. Lynn Ponton speaking on teenagers and risk,

ESH 7:00pm
Thu. 05/01

Grade 2 into 3 transition meeting

6:30pm
Fri. 05/02

Sutherland Lecture: author John Green

Harold Washington Library
Wed. 05/07

Nursery 4 into kindergarten transition meeting

ESH lobby 6:30pm

5th to 6th Transition Night

Cafe Lab 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Thu. 05/08

Kindergarten into first grade transition meeting

5:30pm
Sat. 05/17

Grade 3 & 4 community bike ride

Wed. 05/21

Parent Book Discussion, Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters

ESH 304 9:00pm - 10:15pm