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Author Joseph Kuefler, winner of the 2016 Zena Sutherland best overall award for his first book, Beyond the Pond, visited Lab from St. Paul, MN. As the previous winner, he had the honor of announcing the 2017 award winning titles at today's 23rd annual Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature Ceremony held in Gordon Parks Arts Hall and attended by Labbies in third through sixth grades.

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2017 Winners

Best Overall

The Night Gardener by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

Best illustration

Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari and illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline

Best text

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston


Created and funded in honor of Zena Sutherland (a former UChicago faculty member and still considered among the world's most influential scholars of young people's literature), the Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature is one of the only kid-selected book awards in the United States and has grown an international reputation.

Each year, Lab librarians review new children's books and narrow the group to 20. Sixth graders work from November to March negotiating the finalists and then promote each book, writing and giving persuasive presentations in support of their "candidate." Then third, fourth, and fifth graders vote on best illustration, best text, and best overall.

Lab brings the previous year's award-winning author to the school. Students host the award ceremony, introducing the author who announces the newest winner to a crowd of wildly cheering children.
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A reminder to please use the bike racks in Kenwood Mall or outside of Belfield West.

The University prohibits bikes from being locked to handrails or fences and doing so poses a risk that University Facilities will cut the lock and remove the bike to the UChicago storage area. We would not want to see our students or faculty inconvenienced.
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From the Nurse's Office: Mylan released a voluntary recall of of their Epipen and EpiPen Jr. (epinephrine injection) auto-injector products due to a potential for them to contain a defective part that may result in failure to activate. All Epipens being held at the Nurses' Offices have been reviewed and affected families were made aware with plans for replacement. They have released information on the 13 lots being recalled and instructions on replacements at: http://www.mylan.com/en/epipenrecall

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling three lots of their Ventolin HFA200D inhalers due to possible leakage. Please go to the following FDA website for more information: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ires/index.cfm#Product_154371
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Don't miss the annual all-school arts festival in Gordon Parks Arts Hall. 2017 highlights include DigiMuse concert, U-High film festival, MS Spring Musical, "The Sound of Music," and Interactive Community Art Project. Visual art exhibit April 27–May 12. Details here:

LabArts 2017, all events take place in Gordon Parks Arts Hall

April 27

  • Exhibit open to Lab community noon–4 p.m.

April 28

  • Exhibit open to Lab students 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • MS Spring Musical "The Sound of Music" 7:30 p.m.

April 29

  • Exhibit open to the public 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cabaret performances 1–3 p.m.
  • 6th grade parent reception 5–7 p.m.
  • MS Spring Musical, "The Sound of Music" 7:30 p.m.

April 30

  • Exhibit open to the public 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Jazz Brunch 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Senior Art Show reception 10:30 a.m.–noon
  • MS and sophomore jazz band performance 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • MS Spring Musical, "The Sound of Music" 2:30 p.m.

May 1–5

  • Exhibit open to Lab community 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

May 2

  • 5th grade orchestra/choir concert 7:30 p.m.

May 3

  • DigiMuse concert 7 p.m.

May 6

  • Exhibit open to the public 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Interactive Community Art Project: Art Connects the Lab Community 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

May 7

  • Exhibit open to the public 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

May 8–12

  • Exhibit open to the Lab community 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

May 9

  • 8th grade Obama Presidential Center models reception 5–6:30 p.m.
  • MS/HS jazz band concert 7:30 p.m.

May 11

  • U-High Film Festival 6–9 p.m.

Email to volunteer for set up, or to perform at the Cabaret on April 29

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Please join the Latin American Spanish Organization (LASO) for a celebration of Spanish and Latin American cultures. This is an informal opportunity to meet and mingle with other Lab families of Latin American and Iberian heritage, and to practice your Español! Enjoy a casual potluck of Spanish and Latin American refreshments, music, crafts, and other activities for the whole family. This event is hosted by the parent group LASO and will be hosted at a private residence in Hyde Park/Kenwood. The exact address will be sent to all RSVP attendees. Please click here to RSVP.

For more information, please contact Patty Jones and Mariana Ingersoll.

LASO was formed in 2012 by a group of Lab parents to foster a sense of community for Lab families of Latin American and Iberian heritage, including Brazil and Portugal. LASO's mission is to provide the Lab community with an opportunity to experience the vibrant Latin American and Spanish culture, and promote the Spanish language. We strive to cultivate a sense of identity and community by embracing the diversity of our heritage and our shared language. Please email us for more information on LASO, or to be added to the LASO mailing list.


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The Parents' Association is recruiting mentor families to help welcome and orient new families to Lab. Next year will see growth in several grades, and your help in building community is greatly appreciated—whether you are a veteran parent of seven months or ten years. If you are available to meet with a new family either over the summer or in the first month of school, please sign up.

Mentors should also save the date for a mentor kickoff reception on April 28 at 8:45 a.m. in Gordon Parks Lobby.

You'll hear about new support for mentors and mentees and also have the chance to connect with fellow mentors in your grade and neighborhood (as well as get a sneak peek at Lab Arts!) If you have any questions or want to provide feedback as the PA works to improve the program this summer, please contact Amanda Norton
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Senior Alex du Buclet has been selected as one of 700 winners (from more than 8,000 applicants) for the 2017 YoungArts competition which recognizes some of the nation's most promising young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts. Alex was recognized in the Voice/Singer/Songwriter category.

Selected from the largest pool of applicants to date, and representing artists from 42 states, YoungArts Winners receive cash awards of up to $10,000, mentorship and training from acclaimed artists, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs, and guidance in taking important steps toward achieving their artistic goals.

YoungArts' signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process, YoungArts Winners receive support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors— such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation's leading cultural institutions, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).

Congrats to Alex and all who helped her get where she is musically.

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Senior Chavon Hussey shattered the school long jump record at the Northside College Prep Erik Nelson Invitational on Saturday. Chavon jumped 17-00' besting the 16-6" mark set by Gabby DeMaio two years ago. The Maroons girls team placed second and the boys took third of nine teams in their first outdoor meet of the season.

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Please consider nominating yourself or a friend for one of the open positions for the 2017–2018 Parents' Association Board. This is an opportunity to join other parents and work with the Schools' administration and teachers to help foster the creative and collaborative environment Lab offers us all.

  • Please complete the form here.
  • Read the job descriptions for further explanations of the open positions and expected time commitment each entails.Time commitments vary depending on the position, and all positions are for two-year terms.
Please feel free to contact Nancy Stern with any questions.
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