Best wishes for a happy and safe winter break

Dear Lab Community, 

During this busy fall at Lab, your Parents Association (PA) has been excited to run and support so many events and initiatives at Lab—new student/family orientations, the volunteer fair, room parent orientation, back-to-school nights for parents, a number of diversity committee meetings, BookSwap and the Holiday Book Fair among them.

 We were pleased to have so many of you attend the two PA Speaker Series events we did in fall.  Devorah Heitner’s discussion of her book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World on October 11 and Lisa Miller’s November 8 talk on her book The New York Times bestseller The Spiritual Child:  The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving both offered interesting ideas and sparked memorable discussions.  The PA will host two additional speakers in spring 2018.  Debby Irving, author of Waking up White: Finding Myself in the Story of Race will speak on March 27.  Ms. Irving’s book will also be a topic of discussion at the next PA Diversity Committee meeting, January 22, 2018 (6 p.m., ESH Lobby).  Ron Lieber, New York Times columnist and author of The Opposite of Spoiled, will speak in April 2018.
 
On the horizon, we also have Restaurant Week–a chance to meet other Lab parents while trying out new restaurants; the Rites of May–a school wide celebration of community and diversity; and a variety of student and teacher support events, culminating in the 8th grade and 12th grade graduation receptions in June.  If you would like to help out at these, or any of our other activities, please contact us or any of the PA Board members.
 
On behalf of the Lab Parents’ Association, we wish you and your family a happy holiday season and start to 2018,
 
Amanda Norton and Kim Stolze
PA Co-Presidents