Welcome: A letter from Lab School Director Sheila Williams Ridge

Sheila Williams Ridge HeadshotWelcome families to the 2017-2018 school year. This newsletter will be published each season to keep you informed and engaged in the Lab School experience. We have a variety of ways that you can be involved this year in creating the community, so please continue to talk to your child’s teacher, see our boards and displays in the hallway, and check out the website, as well as your emails for more information.

We have a wonderful year planned with a variety of events.  Our first event of the year is the Family Camping Trip on October 7-8, quickly followed by Creativity Night on October 17.  Gym Jam is planned for the winter, the Spring Soiree later in the year, and a variety of parent education offerings throughout the year. The first parent education event on the kindergarten transition will be held on November 9, and childcare will be available for the parent education events, as well as the PALS meeting for a small fee.

If you would like to help with any of these events or general volunteering around the school, please complete the family volunteer sign up from the open house, and if you didn’t get one then, there are extras in the hallway near the parent engagement wall.

If your child will be absent from school or late for arrival or pick up, please call the office at 612-624-9543 to let us know. Please be sure to lock your valuables out of sight when you leave your car around campus.  At drop off or pick up, please do not leave your car unattended on the curb, especially with any children or other valuables inside.

Several research projects will begin soon. Please watch your email for details. You can opt out of participation at any time by emailing your child’s teacher or me directly, or by letting us know in person at school.

Thank you so much for your support and engagement in the school.  We look forward to a wonderful school year!