Letter to the Community (May 4, 2020)
Year End Planning updates from Katherine Schantz (April 21, 2020)
Lab Parent Support Gatherings Announcement (April 15, 2020)
Letter from Katherine to the Lab Community (April 1, 2020)
An Update from PALS (April 1, 2020)
Letter from Katherine on March 26 (March 26, 2020)
Letter from Katherine – Lab Closing Update (March 13, 2020)
Letter from Katherine – Lab School Closing (March 12, 2020)
Letter from Katherine (March 11, 2020)
Letter from Katherine (March 10, 2020)
Letter from Katherine (March 8, 2020)
Letter from Katherine (February 28, 2020)
A message from Katherine Schantz, Head of School
April 21, 2020
The Latest from Lab
Anything to make math a little more fun and less intimidating!
Not a dull moment in the homes of these young scientists!
Students in Ms. Sara Hawkins’ Intermediate Art class and Museum Club have been upping the ante in the creativity department!
Acknowledging achievements and marking milestones is always meaningful.
Students in American Revolution Club continue to outdo themselves ...
Elementary scientists in Ms. Gudhus' class are learning about the mysteries of Easter Island.
The Lab School's Director of Speech, Language, and Literacy Services talks about the ups and downs of working from home while mothering three boys.
Huge congratulations to Intermediate Teaching Artist - Writing Amy Young!
Virtual Lab Lecture Series on April 22, 2020 with Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C
Distance education will take many forms depending on grade level and subject area. These experiences will look and feel very different than a student’s typical in-class experience—learning experiences will vary in ways that are developmentally appropriate and instructionally feasible. For example, as teachers plan to modify their content to fit a distance-learning framework, students may work on independent projects, meet via video conference, watch online videos, write blogs, and so forth. We will also work with families so that they know how best to support their children in their learning.
Unlike typical school days when students meet together at a particular time of day, students often experience distance learning differently. In some cases students will learn asynchronously or on their own time; in other cases, classes will meet virtually in real time in order to continue the in-class, group-learning experience.
Our goal is not to recreate the typical 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. school-day experience. This will mean that students will participate in more independent learning and may have reduced direct instructional time with their teachers. Taking into account the disruption of a prolonged school closure, the school will do its best to balance quality and quantity. We will prioritize delivering high-quality and meaningful experiences for our students.
Functions like grading, assessment, attendance and homework will be different than the typical in-class framework. Divisions will share expectations around these topics with their students and families for each class or grade level.
Lab School recognizes that families have different resources available at home... Our teachers will work with students and families individually to ensure that all learning opportunities are equitably available for all students in class. If you have specific concerns about your family’s resources (computers, internet access, etc.), please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with those concerns and we will do our best to respond.
Distance Learning: Parent Resources (The Lab School’s Educational Technology Department)
As a school committed to equity and inclusion, we remind our community that bullying, harassment, or exclusion of any kind is not tolerated under any circumstances.
The following resource can be helpful:
Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus (Teaching Tolerance)
Recommended by Our Staff
- Parents and Teens: Navigating a Summer Like No Other Together (Lab's Reservoir Psychology Group)
- The Rising Tide: Teens Struggling with Mood in a Pandemic (Lab's Reservoir Psychology Group)
- Why Study Art? (Tateshots, Video)
- Supporting Students with Learning Differences During a Pandemic (Lab's Reservoir Psychology Group)
- Support for Parents of ADHD kids (Lab's Reservoir Psychology Group)
On May 13, Lab’s Reservoir Psychology Group hosted a support session for Lab parents of students with ADHD. More than 60 Lab parents attended and many have written to say how helpful it was. Lab's mental health team shared strategies to help support these students during this difficult time, and parents benefited from sharing their stories with one another.
- Surprising Lessons Learned in a Quarantine: When ADHD Brains Pause and Reflect (ADDitude Magazine)
- Anxiety is high because of coronavirus. Here’s how you can feel better. (The Washington Post)
- Single Parenting During the Coronavirus Crisis (Child Mind Institute)
- When Siblings Won’t Stop Fighting (Child Mind Institute)
- Supporting vs Enabling (Child Mind Institute)
- Rube Goldberg Contests (Rube Goldberg)
- Are You Crisis Schooling? Daily Schedule Advice for ADHD Families (ADDitude)
- That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief (Harvard Business Review)
- Pandemic Care Resources (Tara Brach)
- Pandemic poem (Lynn Ungar)
- BrainPOP COVID-19
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (NPR)
- Coronavirus: Resources for Students (Newsela)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)
- How we can help kids increase their sense of control as the coronavirus approaches (Washington Post)
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus: Kids worry more when they're kept in the dark (Child Mind Institute)
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus: Keeping your own anxiety in check is key (New York Times)
- Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus (New York Times)
- This is How I Responded To My Daughter’s Fears About Coronavirus (Hand in Hand Parenting)
- How to have a panic-free conversation with your kids about the coronavirus (The Week)