A Note from the Principal

I am very happy to announce that we will be having a round of coffee talks in the next two weeks. Check for the invite in your child’s backpack tomorrow.

Save the dates:

  • September 28th  – Grades 4/5
  • October 2nd – Grades K-2
  • October 4th  – Grade 3

I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Sandy Miller


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This past Sunday, it was my pleasure to see the Lower Lab Chess Club host a Fall Tournament at the school.  Forty Lower Lab students participated, as well as dozens of other students from all over New York City.  The weather was fantastic and the setting perfect.  The more experienced participants played chess under a tent in the inner courtyard, some up to two hours, while others enjoyed playing their matches on the brand new tables in the cafeteria.  It was a wonderful event!

Any Lower Lab student, who has an interest in playing chess, is invited to join.  For more information, contact lowerlabchess@gmail.com.

Live, Love…Lab!


A Note from the Principal

Wow, we are off to a great start! Children in every classroom were happy, engaged, getting reacquainted with old friends and making new ones. Tonight, I hope you will hear lots about your child’s first day of the school year. Thank you to the awesome teachers and teachers’ assistants for all of their preparations.  

Please take note that due to the primary elections which will take place in the cafeteria next Tuesday, all students will have lunch in their classrooms on this day. So children who get school lunch will have sandwich options, or you may like to send in lunch on that day.

I look forward to seeing everyone next week at Back to School Night.


Sandy Miller

Note from the Principal

In case you are away and don’t have access to the letters we mailed out this week, here is a copy of what was sent:

Enjoy the rest of summer!!

Sandra G. Miller

The Lower Lab School

A Note from the Principal

Dear Families,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.

While you are waiting for our summer letter, which will be mailed to you the week of August 21st, please take a little time to peruse the Lower Lab website, especially the For Parents tab, which has recently been revised.  Here you will find great resources, protocol  and policy refreshers and PTA opportunities.  You can also check out the calendar, which indicates lots of important dates for the fall.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Barnes and Noble event on August 30th, but in the meantime, please give your child a special hug from me!!


Sandra G. Miller



June 28, 2017

Dear Lower Lab Community,

It is hard to believe that another school year is over.  It went so quickly and we accomplished so much.

Almost every single day of this past year, I felt certain that Lower Lab is a very special place – a place that offers students EVERYTHING, with teachers and staff working tirelessly to provide the best academic, physical and social/emotional opportunities available, and families also working tirelessly to support these same goals.  Thank you, everyone, for all that you do for this community.

Today, it is with tremendous pride and excitement that I already look forward to next school year.  I know it will be a great year!!!  In the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful, relaxing and fun-filled summer.  See you on September 7th, or perhaps earlier, at the Barnes and Noble event on August 30th.



Sandy Miller


 A Note from the Principal

Today was a wonderful day!  I had help all day from my lower grade Principal for the Day, Mr. Aditya Jhalani, who certainly knows how to dress for success.  He joined me for the K-1 Wingspan assembly, welcoming students to the auditorium.  He made announcements over the loud speaker, assisted during recess, joined a field day meeting and other important tasks.


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I sincerely look forward to being joined next week by my upper grade Principal for the Day, Mr. Michael Sacca.


Sandy Miller

Book of the Month from the Principal – Lower Lab Values Responsibility in June

Brave Irene by William Steig

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According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of responsibility is 1) the quality or state of being in charge of someone or something, and 2) the quality of being dependable. This month, as everyone gets ready to leave the responsibilities of school life behind, and embark on some more carefree summer days, let us take a little time to think about what it means to have responsibility. It is not always easy. If one values responsibility, one probably also values love, courage and perseverance (Lower Lab’s value in April).

June’s Book of the Month is Brave Irene, written by William Steig, who also wrote Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (one of my favorite children’s books) and Shrek (well, everyone knows how popular Shrek is). Brave Irene, almost a fairy tale in nature, tells the story of a young girl, a dressmaker’s daughter. When her mother falls ill, Irene must travel through terrible winds and blizzard-like weather to deliver a ball gown to the duchess. Our heroine thinks of turning back several times as the winds and snow beat her down, but she is determined and follows through. She is brave and she understands responsibility. In the end, she is rewarded with admiration, gratitude and her mother’s pride.

Brave Irene gives us wonderful opportunity to discuss responsibility. Some good discussion may be yielded from the following:

  •   What would have happened if Irene was not brave? Can you think of another end to this story?
  •   Make a list of responsibilities as a student, as a son or daughter, as a brother or sister? How does your responsibility impact others?
  •   Can you think of a time when you were given responsibility? Did you like it or not like it? Why and how did you handle it?
  •   At what age should children have responsibility? Is it important? Why or why not?
  •   For older students, think about Winston Churchill’s quote, “The price of greatness is responsibility. What does this mean to you?

    Successful people have the ability to take on responsibility. Got responsibility? SGM 2017

A Note From Your Principal

Our awesome fifth graders are rockin’ the ranch on their senior overnight trip!!! We have been rock climbing, eating barbecue, swimming at the water park and horse back riding. Looking forward to a late night tractor ride and dance party. The only thing better than the picture perfect weather are the wonderful chaperones accompanying us on this trip. Special thanks to Claudia and Leslie for their hard work in organizing a most memorable experience for our soon-to-be graduates!
From the ranch,
Sandy Miller
Live…Love… Lab!