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
Fall Quarter – Tuesday, November 15, 2016; 8:45-9:45 am, Gordon Parks Assembly Hall
Join us for a terrific year of speakers on topics of importance and relevance to the entire Lab community–parenting, resilience, technology, and more!  Our first speaker of the year will be Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, an acclaimed sociologist at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Professor Lawrence-Lightfoot examines the culture of schools, the broad ecology of education, and the relationship between human development and social change.

Fan Days
Fall Quarter – Friday, October 14, 2016, MS Boys Soccer vs. Morgan Park Academy,  4:00 p.m. on the Midway
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
Friday, November 11, 2016; 7:00– 9:00 p.m.
Friday, April 7, 2017 7:00 –9:00 p.m.
All Lab gyms, gymnastics room, and pool! 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 Claudia Roeder. Please note there is no food served at this event.

Principal Chats
Dates TBD
About every 6 weeks, Principal Sandy Bixby invites parents to a morning coffee with an open agenda. And 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
Fleetwood Roller Rink, Date TBD
A fun Friday afternoon and class-wide event for 7th graders. Busses leave directly after school, returning to Lab by 6:30 pm.

PA Annual Meeting
September 26, 2016 in Judd 126 at 7:00
At the Annual Meeting on September 26th members of Administration will introduce themselves and their plans for the year.

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. 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!
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 www.labparents.org or be in touch with one of us.
We wish you all, and your children, a great year!