Middle School 101 – PA Sponsored Events

Wondering how to feel more connected to Lab? Unclear about community-building events for you and your middle schooler? We, your Middle School Parents’ Association representatives (MS Council), have put together this overview of PA sponsored events and opportunities for involvement.

 Parents’ Association Speaker Series

Quarterly speakers present in the Gordon Parks Arts Hall. First speaker: Tuesday October 10th at 7:00pm. Devorah Heitner author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World

Join us for a terrific year of speakers on topics of importance and relevance to the entire Lab community–parenting, technology, and more!  

Past speakers have included: Sarah Lawrence Lightfoot author of “Growing Each Other Up”; Eboo Patel, founder of the Interfaith Youth Corps; and Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of bestselling book “How to Raise and Adult”


Fan Days

Quarterly events focusing on cheering on our Middle School athletes.

Show your school pride while cheering the Maroons to victory. To build community spirit, the MS Council selects one day each quarter to help parents, teachers and students cheer on MS sports teams. Snacks and school spirit swag included!


Giant Gym Nights

Dates TBD, typically beginning of November and beginning of April.

All Lab gyms, gymnastics room, and pool are open to Middle Schoolers on these fun nights! Your middle schooler will not want to miss this PE teacher-supervised evening of fun, sponsored by the PA. We are looking for a few parent volunteers to chaperone – if interested, email Lena Jessen at lena.jessen@gmail.com or Angela Cobb at angiend93@hotmail.com. Please note there is no food served at this event.


Principal Chats

Dates TBD

Quarterly, Principal Sandy Bixby invites parents to morning and/or evening discussions on a topic relevant to the Middle School experience. Past topics have included the humanities curriculum, the new MS schedule, and technology. To suggest a topic for an upcoming chat, please email one of the members of the MS Council.


7th Grade Roller Skating Party

In February, Date TBD

A fun Friday afternoon and class-wide event for 7th graders. Buses leave directly after school, returning to Lab by 6:30 pm. 


PA Meetings

First meeting: Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Still looking for ways to get involved and stay informed? Come to a Parents’ Association meeting!  We hope to see you at the first PA meeting of the school year on Monday, September 25th.


Advisory Parents

Advisory Parents help foster parent community in the Middle School by keeping parents in their child’s advisory informed of events in the Middle School. To volunteer as an advisory parent, please contact Lena Jessen at lena.jessen@gmail.com



Do you want to know more about what is going on every day in the Middle School? The Middle School Bulletin is read to students daily in advisory and parents can access the document in PowerSchool or on Schoology. In PowerSchool, Select your middle schooler’s name and look for “School Bulletin” on the menu on the left side of your screen. Learn about clubs, events, opportunities and more! In Schoology, the Bulletin is posted daily to the Middle School Lab Parents Group in Schoology.

If you have questions about the activities of the Parents’ Association, or about other ways to get involved at Lab, please visit our website at http://labparents.org or be in touch with one of us.

We wish you all, and your children, a great year!

Angela Cobb (angiend93@hotmail.com)

Lena Jessen (lena.jessen@gmail.com)

Colleen Sheehan (cpsheehan@sbcglobal.net)

Heather Tamburo (htamburo@aol.com)