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December 13

Last Day of After School Programs

December 14

8 am Lobby Sing

Noon MS Faculty versus Students Volleyball Game

December 17-January 1

NO SCHOOL Winter Break

January 2

Winter Quarter Begins—All Classes Resume

January 4

12:10 pm MS MATHCOUNTS Sprint Contest

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in the halls

Wall Street Journal Ranks Lab in Top Five
U-High prides itself on helping match students with the colleges that best fit each student's interests and strengths. We feel that our students are well prepared for college life, and we are delighted when others take notice of our students' excellence. The Wall Street Journal took notice. Lab was listed as fifth in comparison with other high schools across the United States in placing students in a set of eight schools that are considered top-tier colleges and universities. Additionally, one of our families was interviewed—parent Lynn Stevenson and senior Billy Stevenson. We are proud of our students, our teachers, and our families. Take a moment to applaud all their efforts.

On the Same Page
With a chapter in Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind as a starting point, guest author, Golden Apple winner, and Teacher on Special Assignment Catie Bell discusses how we, in our diverse community, pursue spirituality and happiness. "Whatever our cultural roots…we each have the opportunity for renewal in this joyous season."
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When Do We Start School Next Fall?
That question and others are answered when you take a look at the planning calendars, which include the start and end of the school year and all days off for the next two school years. The 2008-2009 calendar and the 2009-2010 calendars are online now.

Of note, next year, school starts on Monday, September 8 (the week after Labor Day) and includes two weeks vacation both for Winter (December 2008) and Spring (March 2009). These calendars are printer-friendly. Choose All-Schools Calendar on the home page to then locate Planning Calendars.

n/k & lower schools

Hands Around the World

Once again, students in N/K and Lower School classrooms are making “Hands Around the World." These paper “hands” will decorate Blaine Lobby as a colorful, creative reminder during this holiday season that we are all one community. This year, as part of the Hands project, students are collecting new mittens and gloves to help those in need. Collection baskets are in Blaine Lobby.

Message from the Principals

The last three days of fall quarter in Blaine Hall begin with a joyful noise. Children and adults squeeze into Blaine Lobby with voices raised in celebration of spirituality, the coming of the new year, the winter solstice, and in the hope that we will one day be able to achieve, in a lasting way, peace on earth, good will to men.
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Favorite Composers Concert Sign-ups

Our Favorite Composers Concert will be held Thursday, January 17, at 8 am in Blaine Lobby. Musicians in grades 2-4 may sign up beginning January 2 to perform short (90 second) pieces. Sign up sheets are posted outside Blaine 108. Space is limited.


middle school

Middle School Student Support Services

During this high-energy season, our Middle School counselors are remaining watchful in the care of Lab children. While a holiday season heightens excitement, so it may intensify pain or struggle. Mindful of our Middle Schoolers' diverse and shifting developmental needs, our counseling services remain available to promote and support student well-being. Our direct services are available year round. Here are a few examples:

>Individual counseling
>Group support lunches
>Development reviews with parents, advisors, or teachers
>Parent assistance by phone, email, appointment, walk-ins
>Assessments for a multiplicity of outside referrals

Parents are encouraged to contact their child's counselor freely for advice or assistance. The counselor for grades 6 and 8 is Sylvia Aschliman, 773-834-0255. For grades 5 and 7 the counselor is Michel Lacocque, 773-834-0254.

Grades and Comments

Grades and comments for the end of the fall term will be arriving home at the end of January. They will arrive in time for the February 8 conference day.

Middle School Lost and Found

The Middle School lost and found is overflowing. Please come and claim your belongings. If the clothing and other items are not claimed by the end of the week, they will be given away to charity.

Middle School Winter Play Auditions

Auditions for the Middle School winter play, Kara in Black, will be held on Wednesday, January 2, from 3:35-5 pm, and Thursday, January 3, from 3:35-5 pm, in Blaine 214. All students in grades 6-8 are eligible. Those who audition will be asked to participate in a group improvisation and read a brief monologue from the play. Students interested in serving on the production crew should attend either of the audition sessions. Visit the display case outside of Blaine 214 to learn about Kara in Black.

Science Expo

Science Expo is coming up February 23. All Middle School students are invited to present. Show your own project or present something you’ve done in science class. See your science teacher or Ms. Snider for details.

Solicitude—A Poetry Challenge

The Middle School Humanities team is sponsoring a poetry challenge, open to Middle School students, teachers, and staff members. The Humanities team will select entries to be published in a small quarto (booklet) that will be for sale. All proceeds from the sales will go to help fund micro loans, given to small entrepreneurs from around the world, through the KIVA organization.

All poems should directly or indirectly address the notion of solicitude, but need not necessarily use the literal word. Individuals may enter up to five poems, each no longer than one page typed. Please put all poems (typed) in Ms. Yourist’s mailbox in the Middle School office by Friday, January 4, 2008.


high school

Model United Nations Team Excels at Harvard

In the second MUN event of this school year, U-High won the small delegation award. Fifteen of 19 students who made the trip won awards at this important event, the measuring stick of MUN events. Faculty sponsor Paul Horton was extremely proud of this year's young team. Two freshmen—Sasha Karapetrova and Karlin Gatton—won honorable mention among experienced, older students. Delegations from all over the world participated in this highly competitive MUN event at Harvard. The two students who won best delegate awards, Jenny Harris and Mark Wittels, placed first among 350 students in a General Assembly committee. Other best delegate awards went to Sydney Small for the Press Corps committee; Muneeb Hai for the Iranian Crisis Cabinet; and Andrej Rosic for the Civil War Crisis Committee North.

Mailing of High School Grades

First quarter grades will be mailed by Thursday, December 20. If you don’t receive them in the mail by Wednesday, January 2, please call the High School office at 773-702-9446.

Lost and Found Reminder

The lost and found bin outside of the High School Office will be emptied out during winter break. There are plenty of coats and sweatshirts that are looking for their owners, so come on by and claim them.



In this season of giving, make a gift that will last a lifetime…

Like most independent schools, tuition covers only a part of the cost to educate a student at Lab. It’s not too late to make your gift to Lab. Your participation at any level has an important impact on our community. Remember, all gifts made before December 31 are deductible for the 2007 tax year. Make an online gift today via the university's secure website or call the Development Office, 773-702-0578.

Not Too Late to Sign-up For Holiday Baseball Camp at Lab

The B.I.G. Baseball Academy will host its Holiday Baseball Camp at Lab for students in grades K-8. Keronn Walker, U-High's head varsity coach, former professional baseball player, and B.I.G. director, will instruct along with other current/former professional baseball players who have experience working with youth. The camp runs one week, December 17-21, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, and the cost is $200. Contact Keronn Walker, 773-206-9363, to register before end of day Friday.

Register for Winter Youth Soccer and Basketball

Who: Students Grades 3-6
When: Saturdays, January 5-26, February 2-16
Where: Kovler and Sunny Gyms
Registration deadline is December 15.
Register for Basketball. Register for Soccer.

Rockefeller Nativity Pageant Needs Joseph

The Nativity Pageant at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel is in need of a fourth- through sixth-grade student to play the part of Joseph in the pageant on December 24 at 4 pm. While not a speaking part, it involves moving around on stage to act out the story. There is a rehearsal this Sunday, December 16, at 12:30 pm, beginning with a pizza lunch. Please contact Laura Hollinger, at 773-702-7111 if your child is interested.

Golf Lessons for All

Varsity golf coaches will be offering both private and group lessons to Lab Schools children, teens, and parents this winter. Lessons will take place on Lab’s practice golf facilities in Sunny Gym and will be offered for a fee. Contact Athletic Director David Ribbens for further information or to sign up.