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Parent Community: PALS

When you first receive the diagnosis that your child has a learning difference, you may feel as if your world is spinning, knocking you off your feet. All your hopes and expectations for your child now seem to have questions marks following them; you may suddenly feel very alone.

But, at The Lab School, there’s an immediate language and a culture around this place that helps transform the whole family.

"I know Lab families say this, and it's a cliche, but for us, Lab has truly been transformative for our son and for our whole family. It's been life-changing, really. We are a happy family again." - Lab School parent

It is a relief to move from feeling alone to feeling understood, and that is the one of the main goals of The Parents Association of The Lab School (PALS). PALS purpose is to foster cooperation and community spirit among parents, administration, faculty, staff, trustees, and students, to promote understanding among parents concerning the school's objectives, and to enable parents to be of service to the school.

2021-2022 PALS Executive Committee

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Jennifer Miller

  • Secretary
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Jennifer Miller
  • Secretary
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AdeLeaka Gore

  • Treasurer
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AdeLeaka Gore
  • Treasurer
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Shannon McNamara

  • Community Outreach Co-chair
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Shannon McNamara
  • Community Outreach Co-chair
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Loryn Blum

  • Community Outreach Co-chair
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Loryn Blum
  • Community Outreach Co-chair
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Daniel Wilson

  • Communications Chair
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Daniel Wilson
  • Communications Chair
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Kristin Sokol Krasnow

  • New Family Coordinator
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Kristin Sokol Krasnow
  • New Family Coordinator
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Natalya Bah

  • Appreciation Chair
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Natalya Bah
  • Appreciation Chair
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Jonathan Gallagher

  • Room Parent Chair
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Jonathan Gallagher
  • Room Parent Chair
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Kim Michienzi

  • Book Fair Co-chair
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Kim Michienzi
  • Book Fair Co-chair
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Melissa LaSalle

  • Book Fair Co-chair
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Melissa LaSalle
  • Book Fair Co-chair
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Maisha Goss-Johns

  • Chili Cook-Off Co-Chair
Maisha Goss-Johns
  • Chili Cook-Off Co-Chair
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Micardo Johns

  • Chili Cook-Off Co-Chair
Micardo Johns
  • Chili Cook-Off Co-Chair
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Lab Parent

Leslie Clark

  • Theater Boosters Chair
Leslie Clark
  • Theater Boosters Chair
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Emily Strulson

  • Parents Council of Washington Representative
Emily Strulson
  • Parents Council of Washington Representative
Lab Parent

Outreach:

Click here to view the presentation from Melissa Wood, Director of Speech, Language & Literacy and Executive Director of The Reservoir Group. Melissa presented at Friday's PALS meeting on the topic of written expression at Lab.

Additional Resources:

How to Take Notes

Printable 1pg Blank Student Note Taking page

Printable 2pg Blank Student Note Taking page

The Writing Revolution Single Paragraph Rubric (Expository)

The Writing Revolution Multi-Paragraph/Composition Rubric 

The Writing Revolution Single Paragraph Rubric

The Parents Council of Washington welcomes you to the third annual Lower School Forum

Differentiation in Literacy, Math, and Social and Emotional Learning

A moderated discussion with panelists and Lower School parents, faculty, staff and administrators

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
9:00am-10:30am

Register Now

Cindi Gibbs-Wilborn
Moderator/Head of School
Beauvoir School

Andrew Kutt
Panelist/Founder and Head of Upper School 
Oneness-Family Montessori School

Jordan Love
Panelist/Co-Head of Lower School
St. Andrew's Episcopal School

Amy Oswalt
Panelist/Head of Elementary and Head of the Global Division, 
The Lab School of Washington

A question and answer period will follow the panel presentation. This forum is geared for all Lower School parents, faculty, staff and 
administrators.

Please submit in advance any questions you may have to administration@parentscouncil.org.

November 13 - 20

Book Fair

Bookworm Central's selection is impressively curated, and we've also added recommended reading lists in order to aid parents and students in selecting engaging, meaningful books*

  • Diverse Reads
  • Neurodivergent Characters
  • Graphic Novels
  • High School Community Read Selection
  • Spanish Language Selections

Foxhall Campus Outdoor StoryTime with Kim Wargo on Wednesday, November, 17 at 12:30

PALS will host Elementary Division families for an after school StoryTime on Wednesday, November 17. Bring a picnic lunch for you and your child to enjoy under the Outdoor tents until StoryTime begins at 12:30. PALS will provide hot chocolate to enjoy during StoryTime! 
 
This is a PALS-sponsored activity so each student must have a parent chaperone to attend the event. 

Anti-Racist Education For White Parents at Lab 

New sessions coming soon - Winter 2022

White-identified* parents in the Lab community are invited to join facilitators Beth Wheeler (Gabe ‘25, Matai ‘27) and Kathryn Hamm (Caleb ‘25) in a four-part, introspective discussion series in which participants will take a deep dive into exploring racism, Whiteness and anti-racism. The group, which will be limited to 15 participants, will engage in didactic and conversational sessions with the goal of deepening our understanding of white identity, our own relationship to our racial privilege, the implications for our parenting, and how this might influence the steps we take toward racial equity. The group will build a safe space to explore these difficult questions which may provide a springboard to allow us to extend that same grace and sense of safety in the wider Lab community. By increasing our awareness of our racial identity and unconscious bias, we hope to become more constructive agents in nurturing a welcoming, inclusive and equitable environment for the entire Lab community.

*For the purposes of this specific anti-racism discussion series, we welcome those who identify as White or are identified by others as White or have light-skin privilege.