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"These dynamic women are among a select group who continually demonstrate what it means to make an impact and improve the lives of others"

Congratulations to the Lab alumnae who were among the 42 women named "Chicago's Top Black Women of Impact" in this month's issue of Make it Better.

"These dynamic women are among a select group who continually demonstrate what it means to make an impact and improve the lives of others," the article states.

The alumnae are:

Michelle Collins, '78
President, Cambium LLC

Angelique Power, '89
President, The Field Foundation
of Illinois

Amanda Williams, '92

Also on the list is Valerie Jarrett, a former Lab parent, who attended Lab until high school. Ms. Jarrett served as Senior Advisor to former President Barack Obama and recently joined the University of Chicago Law School as distinguished senior fellow.

Read more about Lab alumnae named Chicago's Top Black Women of Impact

We're looking for a crew of approximately 20 volunteers (age 12+) to help with the final assembly and installation of cabinets and tabletop workspace units.

We'll be working from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and you may stay as long as you can: but, please RSVP.

  • Who: Teachers, parents, students (12 and older)
  • What: Help build out the MS/HS makerspaces
  • When: Saturday, February 17, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. – stay as long a you can
  • Where: Enter through the Judd entrance on Kimbark, check in with Security, and meet in the dock area

If you plan to join us, please add your name, email, and approximate time you will be staying here.

Please contact Louis Coronel with questions.

Read more about Help make our MS/HS makerspaces, Saturday, February 17, 9a.m.–3 p.m.

Meet with Lab administrators and project planners

On any given school day, Jackman Field, which sits on the Historic Campus behind Sunny and Kovler Gyms, may be used by more than 1,000 individual players, students, coaches, and instructors. The field is used by all grade 3–12 physical education classes by athletics teams, and by Summer Lab.

Construction is scheduled to start as soon as school ends in June and be completed before school reconvenes in September. The new field will include a synthetic turf field, a three-lane practice track, a batting cage, and a track-and-field practice area. Other field upgrades being planned are LED lighting, new bleacher seating, and a digital scoreboard.

Please join us to learn more about the effort to improve the student and athlete experience at Lab.

Childcare will be available.

Read more about Jackman Field construction information session, Monday, February 19, 6 p.m., Judd C116

Already more than 400 people have bought their tickets to attend Lab's gala fundraiser, Connections.

See who's coming here.

Get your tickets now.

Connections 2018
Saturday, March 3, 6 p.m.
The Geraghty

Proceeds will support the revitalization of Jackman Field with a new turf field in Fall 2018, and provide a sustaining commitment to financial aid.

Dress is sporty chic. Gym shoes make for a great evening of dancing!

Read more about Connections is in 15 days! See who's coming and get your tickets today.

To extend the success of Connections fundraising efforts, which will support a revitalized Jackman Fields and financial aid, you are invited to buy tickets to attend one of these special Lab-only opportunities.

Salon Lab

These intimate dinners feature Lab or University people who are nationally- and internationally-recognized experts in their field. You will join a small group to share an engaging evening of thoughtful discussion and intellectual curiosity. This year's evenings include:

  • Richard Posner
  • Neal Shubin, Paul Sereno & Zeray Alemseged
  • Amanda Williams & Naomi Beckwith
  • Sam Kass

Read more about Salon Lab and get tickets.

Sign-up Parties

This is a diverse set of inclusively priced events—fun, unique opportunities for Lab community members to gather. Some Sign-up Parties are adults-only, others target specific ages:

  • Paddle tennis, drinks & dinner at the Saddle & Cycle
  • Celebrate Year of The Dog at Phoenix Restaurant
  • Saturday soccer for kids 3–7 (coffee and breakfast for the parents!)
  • Pizza and puppies for grades 3+ (a learning moment at Chicago Canine Rescue)
  • A backyard family concert with the Okee Dokee Brothers

See all of the party options and buy tickets.

Read more about Salon Lab and other special events only available to Lab families

Have you been dutifully clipping and collecting Box Top coupons since the fall challenge? Please send them in! There are collection bags outside of every Lower School classroom, and a collection box at the ESH security desk. We are challenging students to bring in 4,000 box tops this quarter.

BoxTops For Education is a unique fundraising program for schools that provides a ten cent rebate for each BoxTop submitted. All funds collected from BoxTops go to the Parents' Association which uses the revenue to support community service grants for teachers from N3 to U-High. Please help us fund as many teacher grants as possible! Questions? Please contact Cathy Lee.

Read more about BoxTops winter challenge now through Friday, March 2

Keeping Lab's mission in full swing during the summer builds community and your students' social and academic development. From June 18 to July 27, activities and engagement abound for students, campers, singers, actors, cooks, cyclists, scientists, robot-builders, programmers, and you-name-it. Join the Summer Lab community. Bring friends and neighbors from other schools and other countries, too, because Summer Lab, as always, is open to everybody.

Read more about Summer Lab registration is open

Join other Lab families as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra welcomes the Lunar New Year with the dazzling costumes, acrobatic choreography, and traditional Chinese music of the Chonqing Chuanju Opera Theatre and Zhejiang Symphony.

  • Saturday, February 17 at 3 p.m., Symphony Center
  • 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.

This annual concert has become popular with Lab families and suitable for children as young as second grade. It's a great opportunity to learn more about Chinese arts and culture.

For multiple families and 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 Reception and special ticket pricing for Lab families: CSO Lunar New Year concert, Saturday, February 17, 3 p.m., Symphony Center

All Lab families are warmly invited to join the Asian Pacific American (APA) families to celebrate the Year of the Dog. Festive dress is welcome!

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 a student-led lion dance, games, crafts, moon viewing (weather permitting) with Mr. Paul Gunty, and more! To sign up for the potluck, click here.

For questions, send an email to

Read more about Lunar New Year potluck, ​Friday, ​March 2, 5​:30​–7​:30​ p.m., Cafe Lab​

This is an opportunity to join other parents, and work with the administration, and teachers to help foster the creative and collaborative environment Lab offers us all. The following positions are open:

  • President-elect
  • Secretary-elect
  • Treasurer-elect
  • Communications coordinator-elect
  • Earl Shapiro Hall (three positions)
  • Lower School (two positions)
  • Middle School (two positions)
  • High School (two positions)

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, March 30, 2018. Please complete this form. Time commitments vary depending on the position, and all positions are for two-year terms. Read the job descriptions on the PA website for further explanations of the open positions and expected time commitments.

We encourage all parents who are interested in running for a position to attend the PA's General Meeting on March 5, 7 p.m., in Judd C116, where we will recap the PA's work this year, and discuss plans for next year.

Please feel free to contact Archana Dharanipragada with any questions.

Read more about Nominate yourself or others for the 2018–19 Parents' Association Board, now through March 30

After two fascinating fall events in the PA Speaker Series (Devorah Heitner on Raising Digital Natives and Lisa Miller on The Spiritual Child), the Parents' Association invites you to save the date for two upcoming PA Speaker Series events:

Debby Irving, author of Waking up White: Finding Myself in the Story of Race
March 27, 7 p.m.
Gordon Parks Arts Hall
This is a joint event sponsored by the PA and Lab

Ron Lieber, author of The Opposite of Spoiled
April 23, 7 p.m.
Gordon Parks Arts Hall

Childcare will be available. If you have questions, or to purchase books from previous PA Speaker Series events, please contact Kim Stolze.

Read more about Save the date: PA Speaker series events

Dating back to the 1960s, this Parents' Association annual festival is a celebration of spring and the Lab community. All families are invited to enjoy international and local traditions, food, bouncy houses, and more. With the help of hundreds of parents and student volunteers, this beloved event in the gyms and on Kenwood Mall. Interested in volunteering? Please email Kim Stolze.

Read more about Save the date: Rites of May, Saturday, May 19, Kenwood Mall

Golden Apple will honor 10 outstanding Pre-K-3rd grade teachers with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

Lisa Washington Kuzel is among the 30 finalist educators who will considered for the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching & Leadership later this spring.

Golden Apple will honor 10 outstanding Pre-K-3rd grade teachers with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and one exemplary Pre-K-12th grade school leader with the Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award at the 33rd Annual Golden Apple Awards.

A record number of nominations were submitted this year, totaling more than 650 Pre-K through 3rd grade teachers from the Chicagoland area.

Each Golden Apple Award recipient receives a tuition-free, spring quarter sabbatical to study at Northwestern University, a $5,000 cash award, and becomes a Fellow of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators.

Ten Laboratory Schools teachers have received the award, since it was first presented in 1986, the most of any school in Chicago.

Laboratory Schools Golden Apple Award Winners

Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching (started in 1986)

Elizabeth Luna (awarded at Murray Language Academy)
Zackary Ruelas (awarded at St. Malachy School)

Christina Hayward

David Derbes

Rosa McCullagh

Michael (Spike) Wilson

Jan Yourist (awarded at the Chicago Academy for the Arts)

Catharine Bell

Hanna Goldschmidt

Randal Fowler

Teacher of Distinction (started in 2007)

Kristin Frank

Baker Franke

Staci Garner


Kathleen Piane

Read more about NK teacher Lisa Washington Kuzel named Golden Apple Finalist

They won the Best Large Delegation award at the Harvard Model United Nations Conference in Boston, Massachusetts

Congratulations to our HS Model United Nations Team! They won the Best Large Delegation award (the highest team award at the conference) at the Harvard Model United Nations Conference in Boston, Massachusetts this past weekend where they competed against 5,000 students from over 20 countries. This is the first time since 2004 that Lab has won the top award!

Read more about HS Model United Nations Team wins top award