Lab News

Opportunities abound with ways to keep your wits sharp and your spirits and friendships kindled for six weeks (or three) in our very own summer program. Open to all, so bring friends, neighbors, cousins, and other non-Labbies to Adventure Kids Day Camp, Summer Lab on Stage, Summer School, Sports Camps, and Fun in the Sun.

Register online or call with questions, 773-834-7766.
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An ad hoc committee, consisting of Lab parents, students, faculty, and staff, met several times over the winter and spring to review Lab's security policies. Based upon the committee's recommendations, Lab will institute the following security policy changes next academic year:

  • Middle School students will be allowed to carry their Lab IDs on their person after displaying them upon entering the building. This policy matches the one in place for U-High students this year.
  • In addition to the Judd Hall and Earl Shapiro Hall entrances, the Blaine Hall entrance will be open to visitors.
  • For parents, students, and employees that forget their Lab IDs, constituency-specific IDs will be available instead of visitor lanyards.
  • A representative committee from across the Schools will meet quarterly on security-related matters next year.

Christopher Jones, associate director finance and operations, will discuss these changes and other services related to our educational program at the Parents' Association end-of-year meeting on June 5 at 7 p.m. in Judd C116.


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On Tuesday, August 1, you will receive an email prompting you to start the "Back to Lab" process through PowerSchool. Before you access your documents, you will 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, and more.

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 5, 2017. The 2017–18 Planning Calendar is online here and at the bottom of every Lab webpage.
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Rain did not prevent nearly 1,400 members of the Lab community from celebrating Rites of May on May 20 with inflatables, carnival games, cultural and creative booths, and fantastic food and performances.The day was a wonderful expression of community and hope.

The Parents' Association would like to thank its event chairs, Lynn Sasamoto, Tracey Quinn, and Tracy Coe for their extraordinary efforts, as well as Tria Smith for the joyous Maypole Dance and Parade.

150+ volunteers and performers made the day possible — including alumni and 54 Lower, Middle, and High School students. We also want to thank the many families who bought tickets for our High Jump and Charter School pen pal families; your generosity sponsored every single one of our guest attendees.

  • If you lost an item, please check the Lower School Lost and Found, located in the vestibule behind the security desk that leads to the courtyard.
  • We still have a few ROM 2017 T-shirts for sale in Youth X-Small and Small.Please contact Lynn Sasamoto if interested in purchasing.
If you are interested in being part of the planning team for Rites of May 2018, next year begins now! Please contact any of the current chairs or PA leadership.
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The PA invites all members of the Lab community to this year-end wrap-up of the academic year, and a sneak peek into major initiatives in the fall. Our speakers include:

  • Interim Director Beth A. Harris
  • Executive Vice President David Fithian and Lab Board Chair David Kistenbroker
  • Christopher Jones, director of finance and operations, who will provide a progress report on security discussions as well as preview refinements to school operations in the fall
  • Matt Landa, learning counselor, who will talk about stress management techniques for the school year and summer

Please RSVP. Childcare will be available for $15 for the first child, $5 for each additional child, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Advance reservations are required by June 2.

Enter Judd C116, Historic Campus from Kimbark street entrance

If you have questions about the event, please contact the Parents' Association.

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The Laboratory Schools are happy to offer wireless access to the University's guest network while on campus to parents and guardians who are not affiliated with the University and who have a PowerSchool account.

Access is requested through Lab's website. Please read the agreement and submit the form. Within three business days, you will receive an email with your password and instructions on how to join the network. Your username will be the full email address you used to log in to the site. This must be done each school year.
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Advance registration discount! Rites of May is almost here! Join us on May 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m at Kenwood Mall and Kovler Gym! This massive All Schools event celebrates the year at Lab with food, carnival games, community service activities, cultural and creativity booths, student performances, and more. Every member of the Lab community is encouraged to enjoy the day and come together as one. Visit labparents.org for more details.

Skip the line and buy a family ticket in advance! New this year is a flat entrance ticket for access to all games and activities. The entry fee will take the place of the old system of paying tickets for every game and activity and will allow families to put a cap on spending (no more running out of tickets and having to buy more!) Note: Food and T-shirts are not included. Register now for a discount of $20 per family ($25 at the door) that includes ALL family members. Individual tickets may be purchased here for $10.

And come out for the High School play, "The Drowsy Chaperone" May 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sherry Lansing Theater. Tickets are $10 each.

There are many ways to become involved:

-- Host a booth or perform! Parents, student clubs, and performers will fill out our exhibition space. If you are interested in having booth to represent a cultural tradition, community service campaign, or makerspace activity, sign up here. If you would like to perform, please contact Tracey Quinn.

-- Volunteer! We need 100's of volunteers to make the day successful. Please consider signing up and giving an hour of your time. We encourage students to sign up to run the carnival games.

— Wear any vintage Rites of May T-shirts the week of May 15!
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The Parents' Association invites all members of the Lab community to this year-end wrap-up of the academic year, and a sneak peek into major initiatives in the fall. Our speakers include:

  • Interim Director Beth A. Harris
  • David Fithian, Executive Vice President of the University, and David Kistenbroker, Chair of the Laboratory Schools Board
  • Christopher Jones, Director of Finance and Operations, who will provide a progress report on security discussions, as well preview refinements to school operations in the fall
  • Matt Landa, Learning & Counseling Counselor, who will talk about stress management techniques for the school year and summer

Please RSVP for the event. Childcare will also be available for $15 for the first child, $5 for each additional child, 6:45–8:45 p.m. Advance childcare reservations are required by June 2.

If you have questions about the event, please contact the Parents' Association.
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