Lab News

All members of the Lab community are invited to the Parents' Association spring meeting. The PA's 2017–18 co-presidents, Amanda Norton and Kim Stolze, will lead the discussion of goals for next year and current and proposed initiatives. As members of the Lab community, your input in this process is invaluable. Please RSVP and help shape the PA's future direction.

All parents are encouraged to attend, ask questions, and provide feedback. Attendance is highly recommended for parents who may be considering running for a Board position. Comments or questions may be directed to
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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. The following positions are open:

  • President-elect
  • Secretary-elect
  • Treasurer-elect
  • Communications coordinator-elect
  • Earl Shapiro Hall (3 positions)
  • Lower School (2 positions)
  • Middle School (2 positions)
  • High School (2 positions)

Nominations are being accepted through Thursday, March 30, 2017. Please complete this form. Time commitments vary depending on the position, and all positions are for two-year terms. Read the job descriptions on the PA website for further explanations of the open positions and expected time commitments each entails.

We encourage all parents who are interested in running for a position to attend the PA's General Meeting on March 6, 7 p.m. in Judd C116, where the PA's goals for next year will be discussed.

Please feel free to contact Nancy Stern with any questions.
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Families, faculty, and staff: come to the second bi-annual Lab Health Fair! It's a fun, interactive,

Event filled with health information, samples, and hands-on fitness activities:

  • Practice using an Epi-pen
  • Try out CPR
  • Get a dental screening
  • Get a child ID card for street safety
  • Go to a spinal screening
  • See what medical services are available right here at UChicago Medicine
  • Try push-up and sit-up testing
  • AED instruction

Find out about the local businesses that will help you to stay healthy, whether it is through diet, exercise, fun activities, stress reduction, or education. For more information contact Diane Taylor.

Sponsored by Lab's Department of Health and Wellness.

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In partnership with the Hyde Park Refugee Project, Lab is collecting clothes, shoes, coats, and accessories in children's and adult sizes. The items will be collected through March 14 and will be made available to the families we have helped resettle and to other refugee families within our community. Donations can be delivered to any of the drop-off locations below.

Please contact Service Learning Coordinator Hannah Roche at with any questions. Thank you in advance for your contributions!

*At the Laboratory Schools

ESH and Blaine Lobbies

*Augustana Lutheran Church

5500 S Woodlawn Ave.

Tuesdays–Fridays, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Sundays, 8 a.m.–1p.m.

*The Ancona School

4770 S. Dorchester Ave.

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

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Beth Richie (Lab parent and professor of African American Studies & Criminology, Law & Justice at UIC) will moderate a discussion on how to help our children make sense of, engage with, and act within the current social and political context. This panel hopes to serve as an important resource for Lab parents who have been asking for help in talking with their children about difficult issues, ranging from violence in the city of Chicago; poverty and homelessness in our neighborhoods; racial, gender, religious and ethnic tensions in our communities; and growing intolerance of differences. A distinguished panel of Chicago educators, teachers, parents, and school staff will help us think about these parenting challenges and how to respond.

Each of the panelists has experience talking with parents and children in ways that demonstrate respect for different viewpoints, increase compassion and tolerance, and motivate people to take action in the face difficult circumstances. Panelists include:

  • Ken Garcia-Gonzales, Lab coordinator of diversity, equity and inclusion, Lab parent
  • Kiran Younus, Lab teacher and parent, director River Garden Programs
  • Nakisha Harris Hobbs, principal, Village Leadership Academy
  • See for updates on panel members

The goal of the panel and subsequent Q&A is to have parents leave the session feeling better prepared to have direct and open conversations with their children. The session will close with suggestions for ways to help Lab students become engaged citizens in their community who are thoughtful about taking care of our world and the people in it. Contact Amanda Lewis.

RSVPs are highly encouraged, and required for childcare reservations. This event has been rescheduled from its original February 13 date.
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Eboo Patel is a national leader on interfaith issues and founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, a national organization dedicated to showing how religion can be a bridge of cooperation, rather than a barrier of division.

With daily news of fracturing communities throughout the country, the PA's spring speaker, Eboo Patel, brings a vision of cooperation and inclusion. Patel served on Obama's inaugural faith council, has been named one of America's Best Leaders by US News & World Report.

He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, NPR, and the Chronicle of Higher Ed, and he has spoken at TED conferences and at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

The question of how people orient around religion differently, or interact with one another, whether that be based on conflict or cooperation, will be one of the most engaging questions of the 21st century.

-- Eboo Patel

He joins us to discuss the importance of educated and respectful communities, and will be speaking about his experiences and his books: Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, and Interfaith Leadership: A Primer. RSVPs to his morning talk are strongly encouraged.

Faculty are also invited to a special session after school, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall. Please RSVP if attending.

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The Maroons defeated the #1 seeded Leo Lions in Upper Kovler tonight 45-41 to win the 2A Regional Championship.

Christian Brookens running three-pointer buzzer beater at the end of third quarter put the Maroons ahead 29-26, and the Maroons never looked back.
Brookens lead the Maroons with 12 points, Nick Telman had 10 Jameel Alausa had 9 and Mohammed Alausa chipped in 7 points. The Maroons won the game at the free-throw line making 12/15 including 6/9 in the 4th quarter.

The game was played in front of a packed house in Upper Kovler with fans from both schools cheering loudly. The Maroons parents section chanted back and forth with our U-High students and Coach Ley's 4th graders chanted in unison helping to lead the Maroons to victory. The echo of U-What ~ U-High is still resonating off the walls if you listen close enough.

The Maroons advance to the IHSA 2A Sectional semi-finals Wednesday, March 1 versus Providence St Mel at Collins Academy starting at 7 p.m.

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