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All affinity groups and diversity clubs will be doing a bake sale to benefit the Inter-Faith Youth Core, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization committed to finding common ground through respecting our differences. Please bring money if you would like a treat to help this amazing organization!

Read more about TODAY: All affinity & diversity clubs bake sale, Thursday, April 18, during MS lunch, Café Lab

Join fellow members of the Lab community for a screening and discussion of May I Be Happy.

May I Be Happy is an internationally acclaimed documentary that depicts the benefits of mindfulness in education. The film captures the first-hand work of dedicated educators who find ways to teach mindfulness to youth, whether in elite private schools, public schools, on the streets or in juvenile detention centers. This feature length documentary reminds us of children's natural capacity for wellbeing, resilience and happiness. The film is 79 minutes in length.

Please reserve your seat here.
Read more about TONIGHT: May I Be Happy documentary and discussion, Thursday, April 18, 5–7:30 p.m., Judd C116

Here is your chance to recognize and celebrate some of the best volunteers at Lab. Please nominate someone who you feel deserves to be congratulated for their volunteerism at Lab this year.

Getting involved on committees, chaperoning field trips, assisting as a class parent—whatever form it takes, volunteers are a crucial part of the Lab experience.

Please send in your nomination by Friday, April 19.

And be sure to save the date for Lab's Annual Volunteer Celebration! Tuesday, May 28, 5–7 p.m., John & Victoria Rogers Lobby, Gordon Parks Arts Hall

Read more about Last day to nominate an exceptional parent volunteer

LabArts is the gallery-style presentation of more than 1,700 pieces of student visual art, along with musical and stage performances from every division of our school. Bring the family to Gordon Parks Arts Hall for this free, all-ages event, showcasing the depth and breadth of the fine and performing arts programs at Lab.

Click here for schedule.

Read more about Celebrate LabArts 2019, April 26–May 10, Gordon Parks Arts Hall

Please join The Jewish Family Group for a Shabbat potluck! We will have an arts and crafts table, a game table and plenty of food and songs for the whole family. Please remember to bring vegetarian dishes. It is Passover, so please note that you cannot bake with flour (i.e., no bread, bread products, or pasta). Rice and legumes are acceptable. If you want recommendations on what to bring, please reach out and we will share recipes.

Please sign up here. For questions, please contact Emily Engel.
Read more about All Lab families welcome to Jewish Shabbat Potluck, Friday, April 26, 5:30–7 p.m., Café Lab

The Desi Culture Group invites all students and families to participate in an interactive art installation of Rangoli during LabArts. Families can stop by to try their hand at making different types of Rangolis from all around the Indian subcontinent using everything from chalk to lentils! For more information, please contact Monika Bahroos.

Read more about Rangoli: an interactive art installation, May 4–5, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Gordon Parks Arts Hall, N308

In the late 1800s, Laboratory Schools founder John Dewey developed a philosophy of education to meet the needs of a changing society—a philosophy based on his belief that humanity is best served by a democratic society of informed, engaged individuals. From 1919–1921, he shared his work with educators, lecturing at schools and universities across China.

Now, 100 years after that transformative trip, the need for cultivating informed, engaged individuals is stronger than ever. Are Dewey's principles as relevant today as they were then? How have they evolved in our changing societies? What can we learn from cross-cultural collaborations?

Join researchers, policymakers, and educators from the US and China at the Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now, May 2-4, 2019. Registration is free for the Laboratory Schools and University of Chicago communities with the discount code COMP.

Can't make the full conference? Join us for any of the sessions below; no registration necessary.

Opening Program
Thursday, May 2, 3–4:30 p.m.
Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Nobel laureate James Heckman will deliver the keynote address, "Building the Skills that Matter," followed by a reception from 4:30–6:30 p.m.

John Dewey: Art as Experience Social Sculpture Workshop
Thursday, May 2, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30–6 p.m.
Friday, May 3, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby

Work with artist Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford on a social sculpture and ephemeral monument to John Dewey. Workshops include plaster casting, press molding, and creating written responses to contribute to a 10-foot-high shelf system inspired by Dewey's writings and pedagogy.

Learning by Dewey in China
Student Documentary Film
Friday, May 3, 5:30–7 p.m.
Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Last summer, 12 high school students from the Laboratory Schools, University of Chicago Woodlawn Charter School, and RDFZ, Lab's partner school in Beijing, traveled to China where they retraced the path taken by John and Alice Dewey for 26 months starting in 1919. Join us for a screening of the documentary film they made of that experience.

Morning Meditation with Venerable Mahinda
Saturday, May 4, 9:30–10 a.m.
Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Theravada Buddhist monk and meditation master Venerable Mahinda, Executive Director of the Yunnan Buddhist Association, will lead attendees in a morning meditation session.

Community Immersion Activities
Saturday, May 4
Depart: 1:30 p.m., Kimbark Avenue parking lot
Return: 4 p.m., Kimbark Avenue parking lot

Sign up Saturday morning from 8:30–9:30 a.m., Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby or to participate in one of these community immersion activities:

  • A guided tour of the South Side Community Art Center
  • A guided bicycle tour from Hyde Park through historic Bronzeville to Chinatown
    NOTE: Must be 16 years old to participate in the bicycle tour; minors must have parental consent signed on site
Read more about Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now, May 2–4

Labapalooza is a completely student run Dance Marathon Fundraiser sponsored by the High School Student Council. ALL are invited—ESH, LS, MS, HS, faculty and parents. In addition to the dancing, activities include dance routines, silent auction, food, and raffle prizes. Proceeds will go to I Grow Chicago which aims to grow Englewood through community enrichment.

Lab community members can participate as dancers or observers. Dancers receive dinner and are entered for raffle prizes that vary by age group. Parents of dancers enter for free. Observers support dancers, watch performances, and participate in activities and actions.

Visit our Labapalooza site for more information and registration. Help us meet our fundraising goal of $5,000. Together, we can build our Lab community and beyond!
Read more about Second annual Labapalooza Dance Marathon, Saturday, April 27, 4–10 p.m., Upper Kovler Gym

KJ Dell'Antonia is a former lead editor of the New York Times Motherlode blog and author of How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute. Her book is an encouraging guide to helping parents find more happiness in their day-to-day family life. The book 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 and up is available). For childcare, please contact Amanda Norton by Thursday, May 2. Please RSVP here.

Read more about PA Speaker Series: KJ Dell'Antonia, author of How to Be a Happier Parent, Monday, May 6, 7 p.m., Gordon Parks Arts Hall

The Parents' Association Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee invites you to a conversation with:

  • Director Charlie Abelmann
  • Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Priyanka Rupani
  • Registrar Brent LaRowe
  • Director of Admissions Irene Reed

Updated information will be presented around Lab's DEI efforts over the past year, and input will be gathered from parents around expanded identity marker gathering, use, and oversight.

Please email Amanda Lewis if you need child care.
Read more about PA DEI Committee: Annual data meeting, Wednesday, May 8, 6–7:30 p.m., ESH Lobby