High School 101: 2019-20 Dates to Remember


9th grade and New Family Orientation, Thursday, August 29, 8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. GPAH All new students and their families learn more about U-High.  The welcome tarts with an 8am continental breakfast for all new families. When the students depart for their orientation, parents are invited to attend a parent perspective Q&A from 9:45a.m.-10:45a.m, led by your High School Parent Council (HSPC), also in GPAH.

9th-Grade Retreat,Thursday – Friday, August 29- 30

Before school starts, the entire 9th grade will spend time on campus and then go off campus for two days of team building activities and conversation about what it means to transition to high school and to be a student in the U-High community.

Parent to Parent (“P2P”)

First Wednesday of the month, starting September 4, 8:00 – 9:15 a.m (first 15 minutes will be opportunity for parents to socialize).

Judd C116 (except Dec 4 @ HS Office) – Led by the HSPC and the Learning and Counseling department, these meetings cover topics of interest for HS parents regarding student life. Look at E-News and HS calendar for topics of discussion.

Volunteer Fair, Thursday, September 5, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at ESH.

Parents are invited to learn about the various opportunities where volunteers are necessary throughout the school year at all grade levels and sign up. 

Back To School Night ,Wednesday, September 11, 5:00 – 8:15 p.m. GPAH 

Parents enjoy a light supper starting at 5:00 p.m. followed by remarks from UHigh Principal Paul Beekmeyer at 5:40 p.m. Parents then follow their student’s schedule to visit each teacher and classroom for a brief overview of the year. Classes begin at 6 p.m. in 10 minute intervals.

New parent welcome reception, Saturday, September 14, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., GPAH

Connect over wine and appetizers with new parents from the high school and all other grades along with Lab Director Charlie Abelmann.

Spirit Booster Club

Year round parent volunteers support athletic teams and all celebratory activities that generate enthusiasm around the accomplishments of our student body. Committee chairs and participation open to all UCLS parents. Please see E-News for upcoming Spirit Booster events. 

**Volunteer Opportunity**

Spirit Week & Homecoming, Monday – Friday, September 23-27

Please see E-News for upcoming Spirit Booster & Homecoming events.

**Volunteer Opportunity**

Homecoming Dance Saturday, September 28, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Upper Kovler.

PSAT: Sophomores and Juniors,Wednesday, October 16, 9 a.m., locations TBD Come early, help set up and pass out water and snacks to sophomores and juniors who will be taking the PSAT that day.

**Volunteer Opportunity**

Principal Chats 

Tuesday, October 22; Tuesday, December 10, and Winter / Spring Dates TBD, 8:00-9:00 a.m. location TBD. 

To maintain a strong partnership between home and school, Principal Paul Beekmeyer will continue the tradition of hosting 1-2 principal chats per semester. These chats provide the opportunity for the Principal to share ongoing efforts at U-High and for parents to ask questions and gain insight. Past topics have included the high school schedule, Challenge Success, parent teacher conferences and homework, among others. 

High School Admissions Open House,Saturday, October 26, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. GPAH.

**Volunteer Opportunity**

PA Speaker Series

The Speaker Series brings two to three bestselling authors to campus every year for a talk and book signing on a range of topics of interest to our community.  You will receive information about the PA Speaker Series at the beginning of the year, and throughout the year in E-News.  

Parent-Teacher Conferences 

Thursday, November 14, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and 

Friday, November 15, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Upper Kovler Gym. 

(Online signup period Tuesday, October 29 – Tuesday, November 5)

Parents will have the opportunity to meet briefly with each of their child’s teachers. Parent teacher conferences are structured in 50-minute time slots, during which time you meet with your child’s teachers for 5-minute conferences. There are approximately twenty spots per grade in each time slot for parents to sign-up for. This allows you to see as many teachers as possible, while keeping an even flow of traffic. We will again use Sign-Up Genius, so you can sign up online at your convenience. If you have more than one child at U-High, you will need to sign up for a separate slot for each. Please note that some faculty are part-time or teach across the schools, so their availability during parent-teacher conferences may be limited. This information will be made available to parents at the time of sign up.

Book Swap,Monday – Friday, October 21-25.  C116.

Parents/Students donate/swap used books collected by the PA. Collection begins Tuesday, October 15. Parents are needed to help with sorting books.  

**Volunteer Opportunity**

UCLS High School Council 2019-2020 Dates to Remember (continued)

Book Fair 

Tuesday – Wednesday, December 3-4, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  C116.

Parents and students alike are invited to greet the season together, with socializing, shopping, and supporting student fundraisers at the Holiday Book Fair and Bazaar. 

**Volunteer Opportunity**

End of Semester:  Senior Pizza Party 

Thursday, January 23, Lunch period, Senior Lounge. 

Seniors get a special break from finals with a pizza party! 

**Volunteer Opportunity**

End of Semester:  U-High Doughnuts & Hot Chocolate Stress Reliever

Friday, January 31, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Café Lab. 

All U-High students are welcome to take a little break from finals, come to Café Lab, drink hot chocolate and eat doughnuts while destressing!

**Volunteer Opportunity**

Winter Semi-Formal

Saturday, Feb 8, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., Chicago Theological Seminary


Saturday, February 29, 6:00–11:00 p.m. 

The Field Museum – 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive

Connections is Lab’s gala fundraiser—a 30 year tradition. This biennial event draws more than 700 parents, faculty, administrators, and alumni coming together in cause and celebration. Connections 2020 will provide a sustaining commitment to faculty professional development and student financial aid.

**Volunteer Opportunity**

Practice ACT (Sophomores)

Friday, April 17, 8:30 a.m. set up, 

Locations TBD 

Like the PSAT in October, come help set up and pass out water and snacks to sophomores taking the practice ACT. 

**Volunteer Opportunity**

LabArts 2020

Saturday – Saturday, April 25 – May 9

Help or perform at LabArts! Stroll through the exhibition of more than 1,500 pieces of student visual art, and enjoy musical and stage performances from every division of our school. Bring the family. **Volunteer Opportunity**

Rites of May 

Saturday, May 16

A 50 year-old Lab tradition!  Come celebrate spring and global cultures, try foods from around the world, see dance and martial arts, enjoy carnival games galore, and more! 

**Volunteer Opportunity (HS students & parents)**

May Project reception

Thursday, June 4, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Upper Kovler Gym 
Parents will be able to see various exhibits designed by seniors while enjoying a light reception. 

MBS Textbook Buyback

Tuesday – Thursday, June 9-11, Judd C116

Parents and students can bring in their used textbooks to sell back to MBS Direct. The Parents Association ships the books back and you can sit back and wait for the check!

**Volunteer Opportunity**

U-High Graduation Reception 

Thursday, June 11, 4:00 p.m. location TBD 

HSPC and U-High parents volunteer to set-up and orchestrate the reception following the seniors’ graduation ceremony. 

**Volunteer Opportunity**

Reach Out! If you have questions about the activities of the Parents’ Association, or about other ways to get involved at Lab, please visit our website www.labparents.org or get in touch with one of us.   We wish you all, and your children, a great year!

Would you like to know more about what is going on in the High School? Read Lab E-News, the U-High Midway, U-High’s newspaper and login to Schoology to read the daily Bulletin. Learn about clubs, events, opportunities and more! 

Get involved and Stay Informed: Come to a Parents’ Association meeting! 

The PA Board meets monthly from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

Special PA Board Meetings

*Monday, September 23, 7-8:30 p.m. C116.

 All parents are invited to learn more about the school’s plans for the year and meet new members of administration

*Monday, March 9, 7-8:30 p.m. C116.

Parents interested in running for the 2020-2021 PA Board are encouraged to attend.

*Monday, June 8, 7-8:30 p.m. C116

End of Year Wrap-Up, all parents are invited to learn more about the school’s plans for next year. 

HS Parents Council 2019-2020

Cindy Marchessault:  camarchessault@yahoo.com

Chris McGowan: chris@cjmventures.com

Farah Noor Cheema: farahnoor786@msn.com

Kevin Tan: kevintan204@gmail.com