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Lab will host drop-in sessions to help parents learn how to navigate Schoology and troubleshoot as needed.

  • Earl Shapiro Hall: Every Monday and Wednesday in September, 8–10 a.m., ESH Lobby
  • Historic Campus: Every Tuesday and Thursday in September, 8–10 a.m., Lower School Conference Room, Blaine, S108

More information about Schoology, PowerSchool, and how Lab connects with you is on the Welcome Back to Lab webpage.

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Enjoy Latin American and Spanish music, games, and food at this annual celebration of Hispanic heritage. Sponsored by the parents of the Latin American Spanish Organization (LASO). 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. Everyone is welcome.

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The University of Chicago Comer Health4Chicago's team of nurses will come to Lab to:

  • Deliver flu vaccinations for students and their families, saving everyone a trip to the doctor's office. This year only injectable flu vaccinations will be given.
  • Tdap and adolescent vaccinations will also be available.

Dates and locations

  • Thursday, October 5, 3:30–5:30 p.m., Historic Campus, Judd C116
  • Thursday, October 12, 2–5:30 p.m., Earl Shapiro Hall, First Floor Learning Lab
  • Thursday, October 26, 3:30–5:30 p.m., Historic Campus, Judd C 116

Health4Chicago accepts UCHP. For all other private insurance, please review their Insurance Guide for tips on verifying your coverage. Please complete this form to pre-register to ensure a quick and efficient process.

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All Lab families are welcome to join the Asian Pacific American families of Lab to help celebrate with a Moon Festival Potluck. The Moon Festival, also known as the harvest festival, is one of the most cherished Asian holidays. It celebrates the mid-autumn season and brings together families for a symbolic meal. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and reconnect with families throughout the Lab community. Please sign up here and bring your favorite dish or beverages to share. For questions, please contact Sieglinde Lim-Seiwert.

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PA Speaker Series: Devorah Heitner, Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World, Wednesday, October 11, 7–8:45 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

If you are raising kids, you are raising "Digital Natives." Come here expert, author, and consultant Devorah Heitner.

RSVP's are highly encouraged.

In her book, Screenwise, Ms. Heitner offers an encouraging perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age. Many parents and educators worry that kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Digital citizenship expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children—if parents help them.

Ms. Heitner founded Raising Digital Natives to serve as a resource for schools and organizations wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship. She has a PhD in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul University and Northwestern University.

This event is free and for adults only.

For more information email PA Co-president Kim Stolze.

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Join Lab students, parents, teachers, and friends for the 2017 RBC Race for the Kids at Comer Children's Hospital. Register here to join the Lab team for the CARA-certified 5K Run/Walk, the Kids' Dash, a 200-yard race for children ages six and under, or the Kids' Mile, a one-mile, chip-timed race recommended for students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Click here to see the race day schedule, and learn how to volunteer. Our team name is UChicago Laboratory Schools. For questions, please contact Karen Slimmon or Lena Jessen

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Many Lab community members enjoy biking to school, around Hyde Park, and throughout Chicago's miles of bike lanes and recreational trails. As we start the school year, we remind cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers to be aware of each other. Adult cyclists must use the roadways rather than sidewalks, and any cyclist using the sidewalk must yield to pedestrians. Cyclists must also follow all traffic laws including one-way street designations.

We recommend that cyclists always wear a helmet and perform routine maintenance regularly. For riding at night, reflective clothing and a headlight are essential for visibility and safety. If you have any questions or would like more information about bicycle safety, please contact Deputy Chief Craig Nance, director of safety & security.

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In her book, Screenwise, author Devorah Heitner offers an encouraging perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age. Many parents and educators worry that kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Digital citizenship expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children—if parents help them.

Ms. Heitner founded Raising Digital Natives to serve as a resource for schools and organizations wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship. She has a PhD in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul University and Northwestern University.

For more information contact PA Co-president Kim Stolze, kimstolze@sbcglobal.net.


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W. Kamau Bell, '90, won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program for his show United Shades of America. The CNN show follows, "comedian and political provocateur W. Kamau Bell as he explores communities across America to understand the unique challenges they face." Season three is planned for 2018.

In his 2016 speech at U-High's commencement, Mr. Bell urged graduates: "Don't be afraid to have uncomfortable conversations. Don't be afraid to say, 'I don't know. Could you explain it to me?'" He spent his last three years of high school at Lab and credits Lab with helping him hone his writing skills.

Read more about W. Kamau Bell on his website.
Read the LabLife article about Mr. Bell's 2016 visit to Lab.
Read his profile in the winter 2013–2014 issue of LabLife.

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"In some ways the addition of water and a little muck from other living ponds and streams is a way to jumpstart the naturalization of our pond. The first couple of jars I took from the edge of the East Lagoon of the Wooded Island in Jackson Park, near the Osaka Garden. It's a place I've loved for years and one full of history. While it seems like a natural space, full of vibrant life, just like our own outdoor classroom, it was created intentionally.

A little bacteria go along way, and life has a way of finding its way to a new opportunity on its own. The birds and insects have already found our pond and a somewhat natural ecosystem is taking hold. There is algae growing on the stones, and the microbes that break down leaves have begun their work to create that soft muddy muck where so many aquatic animals will spend their winter. Just yesterday morning a female Hooded Warbler came to have a drink along her hard migration south. Others will follow, and they all are a link to other water, carrying it on their beaks and feathers. So in that way the addition of more water and bacteria isn't really necessary anymore.

I plan on continuing, however, to bring small amounts of water and the life it contains from other spots around Chicago. In part to bring the diversity of microorganisms, but also to bring a little of the spirit of those places to our Outdoor Classroom. I plan on going to places where people can sit quietly and reflect on how their own life fits into all the other life around them. Places of beauty and rest that people have loved and cared for, so that our own space might help us to slow down, and to reconnect with the nature and living things that also call this place home. It's a good day to be alive.

I'm pretty psyched to see it grow and change."

– Jeff Maharry

Take a look at the blog that Lab educators are using to document and share with other educators the outdoor learning experience at Lab.

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This event is for UChicago Lab parents, students, faculty, and staff only

Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 p.m.
Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

For the first time ever, the Lab community is invited, via simulcast, to join this important annual UChicago event. The lecture, scheduled for an hour, will be followed by a Q&A led by David Derbes member of the U-High science faculty.

Every year since 1961, a University of Chicago faculty member has been invited to address students in the College regarding their view on the aims of a liberal education. In 1962 the Aims of Education Address was added to Orientation Week and officially became a tradition for incoming students.

This year's address by Robert Rosner, the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor, Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics; Enrico Fermi Institute; and the College, will commemorate the 75th anniversary of UChicago scientists achieving the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, ushering in the Atomic Age.

Recognizing the historic significance of this development, the University is organizing a series of public events to commemorate, discuss, and debate the complex legacy of what transpired on December 2, 1942.

No RSVP required. While all are invited, parents should keep in mind when deciding whether to bring children that this lecture is tailored for college students.

Learn more about the very first, sustained nuclear reaction and seventy-fifth anniversary events here.

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With an eye to the past, Lab's fourth grade teachers have arranged for their students to take on the responsibility, each school day, of raising and lowering the American flag in Blaine Courtyard.

Last week, Officer Herb Williams guided the students through the proper etiquette of raising, lowering, and folding the flag. Students also watched videos and have been learning about flag code. Officer Herb will be on hand to help the first group master the protocol. Each student group will, in turn, teach the next, as necessary.

On Patriot Day, Monday, September 11, the entire fourth grade and other members of the Lab community participated in a service commemorating the victims and heroes who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Students raised the flag to half-mast and all observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.


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Lab will host drop-in sessions to help parents learn how to navigate Schoology and troubleshoot as needed.

  • Earl Shapiro Hall: Every Monday and Wednesday in September, 8–10 a.m., ESH Lobby
  • Historic Campus: Every Tuesday and Thursday in September, 8–10 a.m., Lower School Conference Room, Blaine, S108

More information about Schoology, PowerSchool, and how Lab connects with you is on the Welcome Back to Lab webpage.

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