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FRIENDS OF LANE - September 2017

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9/12 Friends of Lane Meeting, 7 pm in the Cafeteria

School store open 6:30-7 pm - come buy your Lane gear

Please come and join Friends of Lane for our first meeting of the 2017-2018 school year on Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00pm in the Cafeteria. Meet our Principal Brian Tennison, other members of the Administration, and the new Board and Committee members of the Friends of Lane. This will be your opportunity to learn more about what Friends of Lane does and how you can help. Getting involved in Friends of Lane is a great way to be involved in your child's LTAC and High School experience. This is our most attended meeting of the year, so please try to attend!

The school store will be open before the meeting from 6:30-7pm to provide an opportunity to buy Lane gear.

Welcome from Principal Tennison

Dear Lane Tech Community:

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year.  I hope everyone noticed what an active parent community can accomplish - as you dropped your children off for school or came to Lane for the first time this year.  New lights in our parking lot are because of you!!!  We are also able to start our renovation of the female locker room (something that has not been done since the 1960s).  I would like to thank you for the effort and generosity that you have shown through giving time and money.  Both are needed and appreciated.

As we move into this school year, our theme is kindness.  To listen and understand each other in our school community, we are promoting the idea of being kind to others and ourselves.  This was a theme as we interviewed personnel this summer, and at our opening meeting this week.

Thank you so much for the donuts and coffee!  The tradition of greeting teachers with a little sugar and caffeine is a welcome treat, and the teachers gave you a round of applause in appreciation.

Finally, I would like to explain the vision of learning that our school is moving toward.  Lane Tech is a school with inquiry-driven instruction and student-centered learning, where students express their learning through 4 Cs:  Critical Thinking, Creative Problem Solving, Collaboration, and with Confidence.  As we strive to meet this goal, please know that the whole person is incredibly important to us, and to that end we have hired a second dean of students to aid in restorative practices and increased conversations; we have also appointed two assistant principals to work on Culture and Climate.  I am excited to say that Ms. Hanly will lead this work.

So, welcome to your first year or last year at Lane—welcome to the family and the strongest parent community in the city!

Brian Tennison
Principal, Lane Tech College Prep

Freshmen parents gathered in the Memorial Garden on Aug. 31 for the Freshman Welcome Party as the school gratefully accepted a $25,000 check from the Chicago Cubs.


School Improvements Supported by Friends of Lane

Thanks to your support, Friends of Lane's 2016-2017 fundraising efforts resulted in contributions totaling more than $500,000!  These funds were allocated to new lights and renovations for the parking lot, renovations to the girls’ locker room, teacher grants, new sports equipment, upgrades to television monitors school-wide, and the installation of a new marquee in front of the school. These much-needed improvements were made possible through the unprecedented generosity of our supporters, especially our wonderful LT school families! FOL is grateful for your support.


Parent Parties - Moms and Martinis Party-Selling out fast!

Save your spot now for Moms Night Out at A Perfect Event's DL Loft! Sip shaken not stirred mom-tinis and munch on gourmet appetizers. Catch up with old friends and say hi to fresh new faces.

DL Loft, 3050 N. Lincoln Ave.
September 21st at 6:30pm

Donated and Hosted by: Jackie Jacobs, Christine Rosenkrantz, Mary Varga, Michelene Kel, Karen Prince, Kristin Caceras, Mary Pat Kleinhubert, Tracey Mulveny

$50.00 per person. Only 2 left! Click HERE to bid on your parent party. Auction ends Tuesday, September 19th at 10:00pm CDT.

Shop For Schools on Roscoe Street: Oct. 5 from 10 am to 8 pm

Come out and shop on Roscoe on Thursday, October 5th from 10am to 8pm. Mention Lane Tech, and the school will receive 20% of your purchase. The top 5 schools receive additional funds from Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce.


Looking for a way to donate your time? The Friends of Lane is looking for committee members:

Join the Dream Team! Last spring, our gala increased attendance by more than 100 people, doubled our income and reduced our expenses by 75%. Led by professional event planner Debi Lilly, the gala dream team needs helpers for jobs big and small. This is a great way to meet other parents and participate in Friends of Lane's largest fundraiser. If you would like more information or to sign up, please contact Debi Lilly at gala.committee@

The college committee is looking for parents who'd like to lend their expertise to speak at the annual Parent to Parent College Panel in the spring and/or volunteer to help students this fall during lunch periods and/or after school. Volunteers with personal experience or expertise in the following areas are needed:

  • Creating the College List and College Visits
  • Testing and Test Prep
  • The Application Process/Deadlines and Decisions
  • Paying for College - Financial Aid, Merit Money, Scholarships
Come to the Friends of Lane meeting on Sept. 12  at 7 pm to learn about all the Friends of Lane committees and how to get involved.

Volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the year. Check the FOL Website HERE, FOL Facebook posts, weekly e-blasts, and FOL newsletters for volunteer opportunities.

CPS' volunteer page HERE where parents can review the process and complete the application at


boxtop Save your Box Tops! Bring box tops you've gathered this summer and drop them off at school to earn money for Lane Tech! Drop off boxes are located at Door M, the main office, and the school store. The potential earnings from box tops is up to $20,000 per school year.  If each student brought in only 10 box tops, Lane would receive over $4,000!!  Every box top counts. Thanks for your participation.

For participating products, click HERE.

Amazon Gives Back


Amazon Gives Back!  When you purchase at, click HERE. 0.5% of every purchase goes automatically to Friends of Lane. Save this as your Amazon shortcut and give to Lane every time you shop at Amazon!

School Store Hours

The Lane School Store will open Fridays during school from 11:00 am to 1:15 pm.

The store will also be open for the following Lane Tech class reunions:

9/9 10 am-12 pm for Class of 97
9/16 10 am-12 pm for Class of 57 and 77
9/23  10 am-12 pm for Class of 87

If you would like to volunteer in the school store, follow this sign up genius link (!/showSignUp/30e0a4da5a628a46-friends) * please manager is a designated parent with training in store management.  Do not sign up for this spot unless you are a designated store manager.

Friends of Lane Activities Include:

Keeping You Informed Supporting Lane Tech Building Community
Monthly Meetings with Parent- Relevant Topics Annual Appeal Welcome Events for Incoming Freshman Parents
Weekly E-blasts
Monthly Newsletters
Gala and Auction Staff Appreciation Activities
College Panel Small Event
Social Gatherings
Facebook Page Lane Tech Apparel Store Awarding Grants to Teachers, Teams and Clubs
  Volunteer Assistance at Events throughout Year  



September 2017
9/5 First day of school. Welcome back!
9/12 FOL Community Meeting at 7pm
9/6 - 9/9 Freshmen Warrior Week
9/14 Senior Parent Night- College Counseling Info Session in the cafeteria
9/19 Parents’ Meet the Teacher/Counselor Night at 5pm, followed by “9th Period” parent social at TBD.
9/21 LSC Meeting at 6:30 pm in Room 113
9/18 - 9/30 Club Days after school until 4 pm in the cafeteria.  Students: come learn about and join Lane's clubs for the year.
10/6 Homecoming Game vs. Whitney Young at 7:15pm at the  Lane Stadium
10/7 Homecoming Dance 9/15
10/9 Columbus Day - No School

9/6-9/9 Lane Tech Freshmen Warrior Week

This is a fun filled week of after school activities for freshman to get to know their peers. From 3:30 to 4:15 during the first week of school, freshman can attend and participate in numerous fun activities. Come with your friends and come to make friends. And of course, there will be free food and snacks.

9/19  Meet the Teachers / Counselors Night  5pm - 7pm followed by 9th Period for Parents Only. Place TBD.

Come to Lane on Sept. 19 at 5pm to meet your student’s teachers and counselors as you walk through your student’s schedule.

Afterwards, Join Friends of Lane for “9th Period,” a parent social at a neighborhood venue. Stay tuned for the location.

FOL Parent Meetings for 2017-2018

Mark your calendars and be sure to attend! Friends of Lane meetings are held monthly on Tuesdays.

9/12 7 pm in the Lane Cafeteria
10/10 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
11/14 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
1/9/18 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
2/13/18 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
3/13/18 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
4/10/18 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
5/8/18 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
6/12/18 7:00 PM Location TBD

LTAC parent meetings are at 9 a.m. in room 113 on the following dates:
9/14 (listed incorrectly in planner as 9/7)

Follow Friends of Lane, Lane Tech, Lane Tech High School LSC, and Class of 20XX pages on Facebook.

For future calendar items, visit the CPS 2017-2018 calendar HERE

All school events, including sports and college rep visits, are loaded on the calendar on the Friends of Lane website:

NEWS Back to Top

Lane Tech Sensory Room Open

Congratulations and a huge thank you to all involved in creating Lane’s new Sensory Wellbeing Hub. A huge thanks goes to the Lane Tech Alumni Association and partners, HKS Architects, Citizen HKS, and Interior Investments. The new sensory space will help hundreds of students with developmental disabilities to participate in the classroom and reach their true potential.


Click here for a video of the new sensory space WGN-TV

MUSIC, DRAMA, and ARTS Back to Top




SPORTS - GO LANE GO! Back to Top


Sporting events, tryouts, games, tournaments, and announcements can be found on the calendar on Lane’s Athletics Website.


Upcoming Home Sporting Events

Come cheer for Lane:
9/7 Girls Volleyball vs Lincoln Park at 5:00 PM
9/15 Football vs Simeon at 7:15 pm in Lane Stadium
9/20 Girls Volleyball vs Maine West at 5:00 PM
9/21 Girls Volleyball vs Harlan at 5:00 PM
9/26 Girls Volleyball vs Northside Prep at 5:00 PM
10/6 Football vs Whitney Young at 7:15 pm in Lane Stadium  - Homecoming Game

Admission to football games costs $5, with revenue supporting the football team, including helmets and other expenses. Students can purchase tickets in the main office the week of the game, or at the gate the day of the game.

Football News

Thanks to the entire Lane community for the great showing at the season opener at Soldier Field on August 25.

The Alumni game is coming up on Friday September 15 at 7.15pm.  We will be honoring the 1977 city championship team during halftime. We will also be calling out Marshall Cheatum, a member of the 77 team and the founder of the Columbus Saints.  We will donate all proceeds from the 50/50 raffle to Marshall and his organization. Here is a link to his webpage, which explains his need for a kidney donation. The Lane Tech Football Booster Club will host an event on September 16. Click here for information.


September 15-17, Lane Hockey will host the 2nd Annual City Invitational Tournament at McFetridge Sports Center. Dupage, Maine, Naperville North, Lane Tech and Sandburg Varsity teams will compete. Admission to all games is free. Additionally, on Sunday, September 17, Our Pizza House will bring their pizza cart at lunchtime and all Lane students 'Eat Free with your Student ID!' The complete schedule is posted on Lane Hockey’s website:

More athletic updates and announcements are shared via the Lane Tech Athletic Twitter Feed.

Visit Team Websites for More Information

Cross Country
Soccer - Boys
Softball - Boys
Swimming & Diving - Girls
Tennis - Girls
Volleyball - Girls


The CCC is a valuable resource for students to explore various careers, internship opportunities and job postings. Visit these links to stay up to date on opportunities.

Lane Tech’s College and Career Center hosts college and university representative visits throughout the Fall. Rep visits offer a great opportunity for students to learn more about the college and have their questions answered with a 5-10 minute one-on-one discussion. There are several College Rep visits every day in September, as well as a UIC Open House on September 16. Scheduled visits are posted on the CCC and Lane Tech website. (Scroll down to view calendars.)

September visits include University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Eckerd College, University of Pittsburgh. New York University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Colby College. Link to full list of rep visits.

Important September dates:

9/13: SENIORS: Deadline to request QuestBridge Scholarship teacher/counselor recommendations
9/14 at 5:30pm: SENIOR Parent Night – College Counseling Information Session
9/16 at 8am: UIC Open House
9/27: SENIORS: QuestBridge Scholarship Due

Recommendations and Transcripts for College Applications

Reminder to families with seniors - many colleges and universities have October and November application deadlines. Make all requests to teachers and counselor for transcripts and recommendation letters right away!

The CCC provides information and links to a host of available Scholarships and Financial Aid details– tabs are clearly marked “Scholarships” and “Financial Aid” on the CCC web page.


All meetings are at 7:00pm in Room 135, College and Career Center unless announced otherwise. Your participation is important -- please plan to attend.

9/12/2017 7:00 PM School Cafeteria
10/10/2017 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
11/14/2017 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
1/9/2018 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
2/13/2018 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
3/13/2018 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
4/10/2018 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
5/8/2018 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
6/12/2018 7:00 PM TDB

Do You Have Lane News to Share?
The Friends of Lane newsletter is written, edited, and distributed by parent volunteers. There is lots going on at Lane, so we need help collecting information! If you have news to share - about a student competition, teacher accomplishment, etc - please send that information to at least one week before the end of the month for inclusion in the next month’s newsletter.

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Friends of Lane is an all-volunteer, parent-driven, Lane Tech Community organization and registered 501(c)(3) non profit. Our goal is to build community and support Lane Tech parents, teachers, students, administrators, and staff.


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