Lower School Council Welcome Letter

Welcome back to the Lower School! We hope you and your lower schooler have a terrific year. We, your Lower School Parent’s Association representatives look forward to seeing many of you in the halls of Blaine. If you’re wondering how to feel more connected to Lab and get involved, we have put together this overview  of upcoming events and opportunities for involvement.

New Parent Orientation
September 1, 2016
9:45-10:45 a.m. (Blaine S201)
New families are invited to join LS Council members for an information session covering Lower School logistics and Lab in general. New students will enjoy a special orientation and activity with our Lower School counselors. More information available here: LS New Family Invitation.
Third Grade Scavenger Hunt
September 1, 2016
11 a.m.-12 p.m. (Cafe Lab)
The Lower School welcomes all 3rd grade families to tour Blaine Hall – find your classroom, meet teachers and socialize with fellow classmates. LS Council members will be on hand in the Blaine Lobby to answer any questions you may have about the Lower School. More details to follow.
Lower School Picnic
September 1, 2016
12 p.m. Midway
Join new and returning Lower School families for a picnic in the Blaine Courtyard (bring your own lunch). LS Council members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
First Day of School Bagels and Coffee
September 6, 2016
8 a.mBlaine Lobby
Enjoy bagels and coffee, sponsored by the LS Council
Lower School Parent Night
September 14, 2016
5 p.m. Light appetizers and refreshments sponsored by the LS Council
5:45 p.m. Classrooms open
6 p.m. Classroom presentations begin
New Parent Coffee with Lower School Principal Sylvie Anglin
September 23, 2016
8:309:30 a.m. Lower School Conference Room
Parents new to Lab and all third grade parents have an opportunity to ask questions, meet other parents, and learn more about the Lower School
PA Annual Meeting
September 26, 2016
78:30 p.m. Judd 126 (Historic Campus)
Join us for the first Parents’Association meeting of the school year! Key members of the Administration will share their plans and ideas for the new academic year.
Principal Chats (Blaine S201)
October 28, 2016 8:30–9:30 a.m.
December 2, 2016 8:30–9:30 a.m.
Lower School Principal Sylvie Anglin will highlight current events and topics and answer parent questions. All Lower School parents are invited to attend.
Veteran’s Day Lower School Assembly
November 11, 2016
8:35 a.m. Gordon Parks Assembly Hall
Parents are invited to join in this assembly. Seating is available in the balconies.
Bookswap
November 1118, 2016
Judd 126 (Historic Campus)
Join fellow parents in a beloved Lab tradition. Students from grades N3 through Middle School donate gently used books that are sorted by parent volunteers.  Collection begins November 7. Sorting begins November 11. Swapping for N3-5th grade students is November 16-18. More info to follow.
Holiday Book Fair
December 5-7, 2016
Stay tuned for more information!
Parents’ Association Speaker Series
November 15, 2016
Gordon Parks Arts Hall
Sara Lawrence Lightfoot is our first speaker of the year. Ms Lightfoot is the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University. She is a leading expert on the culture of schools, the broad ecology of education and the relationship between human development and social change. Stay tuned for more information on this speaker coming soon.
If you have questions about the activities of the Parents’ Association, or about other ways to get involved at Lab, please be in touch with one of us or check the PA website regularly.
We wish you and your children a great year!
Your LS Council,
Vanessa Copans (Maxwell Gr. 3 Sadie Gr. 1) vcopans@gmail.com
Cathy Lee (Karis, Gr. 4, Carson Gr. 1) cathyrlee@icloud.com
Sara Skelly (Jackson, Gr. 5, Caroline Gr. 2) sara-piper@sbcglobal.net
Andee Stacy (Sierra, Gr. 4) andee60611@yahoo.com