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Karim has performed in operas and with orchestras worldwide

Lab alum Karim Sulayman, '94, won his first Grammy on February 10, 2019. He brought home the award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album, Songs of Orpheus. Released in April 2018, the winning album debuted fifth on the Billboard Traditional Classics chart. Karim has performed in operas and with orchestras worldwide.

This past year he performed at Stockholm's Drottningholms Slottsteater as Claudio Monteverdi in the world premiere of Syskonen i Mantua. Karim also debuted his role of Nerone in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with Florentine Opera. Beyond his opera performances he performed in many concerts including Frank London's "Ghetto Songs" at Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie and at Teatro Goldoni in Venice. This past summer Karim came back home to Chicago and performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the first time in Bernstein's Mass. Karim's album is available here.

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More than 350 math educators came to participate in workshops at Lab

On Saturday, January 26, the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago, an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, held its annual conference at Lab. More than 350 math educators came to participate in workshops run by nearly 80 different teachers, including two sessions run by Lab teachers:

In her session, "Classroom Routines For Making Student Thinking Visible," Middle School math teacher Jessica Hanzlik shares routines and protocols used to have the entire class up and working at whiteboard spaces around the room.

Math Department Chair and High School teacher Rosa McCullagh designed her presentation, "Investigate The Mean And Variance Of The Sum Of Random Variables" for teachers of AP Statistics. She showed activities used to demonstrate finding the expected value and variance of the sum or difference of two random variables, for both the independent and dependent cases.

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The Lunar New Year, also known as the spring festival, is the most important and festive holiday of the year for many APA communities. It celebrates family and friends coming together to usher out the old year and welcome in the new. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and reconnect with families throughout the Lab community. There will be games, crafts, trivia, a gift shop, and more! Festive dress is welcome!

Families, please sign up here to indicate what you will contribute. In keeping with our Lunar Potluck tradition, faculty and staff need only bring along a good appetite!

Please email if you have questions about the potluck, or want to get involved with the APA.
Read more about Lunar New Year potluck, TONIGHT, Thursday, February 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Café Lab

Join us as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra hosts its fifth annual Lunar New Year concert, this year featuring two of China's most highly regarded musical institutions: the China National Peking Opera Company; and the Hubei Chime Bells National Chinese Orchestra. Both children and adults are warmly welcomed to attend the reception.

  • Lab attendees receive a 20% discount on all tickets. Click here to purchase tickets using the promo code CNYLAB.
  • During intermission, in partnership with the CSO, Lab Director Charlie Abelmann will host a brief reception for Lab attendees in the Grainger Ballroom.

The annual Lunar New Year concert has become popular with Lab families: suitable for children as young as second grade, it is a great opportunity to learn more about Asian arts and culture.

For groups of ten or more, click here, or call Brian Koenig (312-294-3040) or Shifra Werch (312-294-3042) in Patron Services, and be sure to mention that you are part of the Lab community.
Read more about Lab welcomes the Lunar New Year, Sunday, February 10, 3 p.m., Symphony Center

Parents and teachers, please join the PA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for an intimate conversation with Natalie Moore about her book, The Southside. Dinner will be served and child care will be provided. If you need child care or have any questions, please email Amanda Lewis.

Read more about PA DEI meeting: A conversation with Natalie Moore, Tuesday, February 19, 6–7:30 p.m., ESH Lobby

The Black Family Forum invites you to a black history celebration! An Appreciation of Black Music and Dance featuring violinist and Lab alum, Edith Yokley, jazz musicians and Lab alums, Miguel de la Cerna and Chuck Webb and Bomba con Buya, Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance group. For questions, please contact Brandi Kenner-Bell. Please RSVP here.

Read more about BFF Black History celebration, Monday, February 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Gordon Parks Arts Hall

Co-sponsored by the PA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee, Carol Anderson, PhD will speak about her books White Rage and We Are Not Yet Equal. Dr. Anderson will offer insights on how parents in communities that embrace diversity and principles of inclusion can support all children in our current world. Her books will be available for sale and the author will sign books after the talk. This is a free, adults-only event, and childcare is available for Lab children ages 3+.

Please RSVP here. For childcare, please contact Amanda Norton by Wednesday, February 20.
Read more about PA Speaker Series: White Rage and We Are Not Yet Equal, Monday, February 25, 7–8:30 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Get ready for a 90s-style gym dance—the Dewey Dance!

Now that Connections (Lab's gala fundraiser) only takes place every other year, there is still a way for the adults to get together to have fun and celebrate the Lab community.

Join fellow parents, faculty, and staff for a laid-back, high-fun dance party, food stations, games, and Lab student performances.

And to make sure we are doing good while having a lot of fun, proceeds will go to support student financial aid.

Tickets can be purchased for $90/person for this adults-only event.

If you would like to volunteer, please sign-up for a shift to sell event and raffle tickets. Volunteers will have access to free event tickets.

Read more about Dewey Dance: 90s Edition, Saturday, March 9, 6–10 p.m., Kovler Gym

Lab and the University's Department of Safety and Security are pleased to announce that Officer Marshall Jones Jr. began as Lab's School Resource Officer (SRO) on the Historic Campus this week.

Officer Jones has been a member of the University of Chicago Police Department since 2014 and is Crisis Intervention Team trained. He has served with the UCPD as an evidence technician and as a training instructor. Officer Jones volunteers with the University of Chicago Charter School mentoring program, serves as a mentor with the Big Brother and Big Sister organization, and has worked as a youth leader organizing community events providing homework tutoring and peer-to-peer intervention.

Many will recognize Officer Jones as he is one of several officers helping cover the SRO post on the Historic Campus during this vacancy period. We would like to thank Officer Jones and all the UCPD officers who have helped keep our community safe over the past five months.

Please welcome Officer Jones to Lab as you see him in the halls.

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Lab was seeded in the top division among the teams based on the rating and rankings of players

Last weekend, Lab's Middle School squash team finished 10th overall in the boys/co-ed tournament at the annual US Squash National Championship held at Yale University in New Haven, CT. The championship marks the first time Lab has ever sent a Middle School team to any national competition in athletics.

Eighty-nine teams played in two tournaments over three days. Fifty-five teams comprised the boys/co-ed tournament where Lab competed and was seeded in the top division of those teams based on the rating and rankings players accumulate in the course of competition throughout the season.

Lab won two matches and lost two matches finishing an impressive 10th in their division. Team members, in order of ranking, were: Hudson Lin, Jacob Grissom, Ava Lin, Kate Grissom, William Kraemer, and Serena Thomas. Varsity High School coach Seetreeon Torres led the players in this event. Well done, Maroons!


Read more about Middle School Squash crushes Nationals

The Schools use multiple communication tools to inform families

In the rare instance that Lab would close for a weather-related reason, the Schools use multiple communication tools to inform families:
  • Most importantly, all families will receive a recorded phone message, text message, and an automated email from the Laboratory Schools announcing the closure.
  • The Lab homepage at will have a clear notice of any closing.
  • A regional posting service ensures Lab's status is broadcast on local radio and television networks via the web service
Read more about How Lab communicates about weather-related closings