Welcome Letter from Barb Kern and Lauren Polite, P.A. Co-Presidents

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! The Parents’ Association Board has many wonderful events and activities planned to help you prepare for the year ahead. Throughout the year there will be opportunities to come together as a community, meet fellow families, learn from teachers and speakers, and celebrate our students. Please mark your calendars, and join us for the first P.A. Meeting of the year on Monday, September 23, 7-8:30 p.m., Judd C116 (Historic Campus).

Please Volunteer! One of the Schools’ biggest strengths is our parents. Please fill out the Volunteer Opportunities form, and attend the Volunteer Fair on Thursday, September 5, 8-9 a.m., Earl Shapiro Hall. The P.A. Board is grateful for your time–whether it’s a few hours throughout the year or a few hours each week.   

Communication.Don’t miss Lab’s bi-weekly E-News for key information about meetings, events, due dates, and more – everything you need to know about what’s going on across the Schools. Visit the Lab Schools’ Website for the school-wide calendar; athletic events; division-specific information, forms; how to use Schoology, and more.  Please bookmark the PA website to learn about P.A. events, parent-organized affinity groups, spirit events, and opportunities to connect with other parents.

PA Resources. A list of all of the P.A. Board members and a description of what we do on the P.A. website labparents.org There are four PA Councils – one for each Division of the School.  The councils are made up of fellow parents with children in each of those Divisions.  We encourage you to reach out and get to know your council members and use them as a resource.  In addition to meeting monthly with school administrators, each council organizes monthly council meetings called “Parent 2 Parent” (P2P) for parents and administrators to meet, connect, and discuss pertinent issues. Please mark the P2P dates below.


Lower School P2P – second Wednesday of the month, 8:30am-9:15am

Middle School P2P – third Thursday of the month, 8:15am-9:15am 

High School P2P – first Wednesday of the month, 8:15am-9:15am

Spiritwear. The P.A. is excited to continue to offer spiritwear for sale at the school, and at events throughout the year. We are also introducing an online spiritwear store – stay tuned for more information

We have an amazing school community, but we are always looking for ways to make it better, and ensure we are supporting our families.  Please reach out to us with any suggestions, comments or questions.  Our email is parents@ucls.uchicago.edu . We look forward to meeting you!

On behalf of the Parents’ Association Board,

Lauren Polite and Barb Kern

P.A. Co-Presidents 2019-20