There are many ways to stay in touch with Lab. Different Lab entities use different tools and platforms to communicate with you. Below is a quick summary of those varying communication methods.
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Website
This website is how Lab communicates with the public in general. It contains information regarding the director, board of trustees, mission statement, history, admission, financial aid, tuition, school hours, transportation, extra curricular activities, calendars, events, and much more.
Parent Page: on the top of the website, there will be a “Parent Page.” It answers the most basic parent questions regarding drop off and pick locations, parking, security procedures, school holidays, reporting an absence, bus service, lunch service, learning and counseling, etc. The Parent Page require s a login and password (formerly known as LabNets).
This is the platform that Lab uses to communicate with parents regarding
their child’s private information. This is where you’ll get information regarding your child’s attendance record, standardized test scores, progress reports and class assignments. Family and emergency contact information can be updated here too. PowerSchool requires a login and password.
This is a new tool for the Lower School faculty and parents. Schoology will be used by teachers to communicate directly with parents about classroom activities and information. Expect different teachers to use Schoology in varying ways and frequency. Schoology requires a login and password.
FACTS is the online billing system for non-tuition charges. After you set up
your account, you can make payments for Café Lab (lunches), field trips, extended day, etc. It requires a login and password. It can also be directly linked to a bank account or credit card for convenience.
Parents’ Association (“PA”) Website
Every parent at Lab is a member of the Parents’ Association. Every April, elections are held to nominate and vote for individual parents to lead the Parents’ Association. There is the executive committee that oversees and supports the 5 councils that represent each division, including High School, Middle School, Lower School, Primary School and Kindegarten/Nursery.
All Parents’ Association events, announcements, meetings, speaker series, volunteer opportunities and more are posted on this website. Also,
check here if you’re interested in learning more about who is serving on the PA council and board.
Group Name: Lab Moms and Dads
A Lab parent set up this facebook page. It’s private setting allows Lab parents to freely exchange pictures and comments with one another. Most posts include babysitter and tutor recommendations; selling items like concert tickets, games, and used furniture; etc.
Sylvie Anglin’s Twitter Account: @UCLSPrincipal
Principal of the Lower School
Sylvie uses this account to communicate pictures and updates to the public.
You’ll also receive direct email messages from:
- E-News – This electronic newsletter comes out every two weeks. E-News is Lab’s main method of communication to parents. It is divided up into events that include all schools, as well as division specific events. It provides announcements on all school matters including school plays, athletic tryouts, social events, deadlines, etc. Be sure to scroll down to view Lower School’s events and announcement.
- Home Room Parents – Room Parents are self-selected parent volunteers from your child’s classroom. They’ll email the class to organize class parties, potlucks, parents’ night out and to provide reminders.
- Teachers – Individual teachers will communicate in a variety of ways, including schoology, emails and newsletters.