I can hardly believe that the third quarter is underway, and we have passed the half-way mark of the school year! Please keep your eyes open for the Q3 Curriculum Guides, which will be sent home in your child's binder this Friday. I encourage you to review these guides with your child so that you have a shared understanding of the material that will be covered this quarter. While the guides are nearly complete, we are taking some extra time this week to incorporate feedback and to make sure that the curriculum guides are consistent with the learning standards outlined in our progress reports. Speaking of progress reports ... please be sure to share  any feedback that you have about our new progress report format using the Progress Report Feedback Form . We rely on you to help us continue to make improvements on how we communicate your child's academic progress.

Have a great week!


Mary Moss Brown
Head of School
Below is an important letter from
a Lab parent who will be coming to speak to our students about
Dental Health next week!

Dear Parents,
February is National Children's Dental Health Month. As a dentist and a Lab mom, I consider this the perfect opportunity to come to our school next week and teach our students about oral health.

Did you know that a child's dental health is directly linked to his or her overall health? Because poor oral health can lead to painful infections, malnutrition, sleep deprivation and lifelong health problems, it is critical to pay attention to your child's dental health. Dental decay is the nation's most common chronic childhood disease; the good news is that it is preventable. Here are some topics I will cover with your children along with a few tips:
  1. CONTROL PLAQUE by brushing teeth for two minutes twice a day and flossing daily. Plaque can cause dental decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Studies have even shown a link between gum disease and heart disease in adults.
  2. USE FLUORIDE in your toothpaste (choose one with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval) and in your mouth rinse (such as ACT or the purple Listerine.) Mecklenburg County has fluoridated drinking water so that is sufficient; if you have well water, it should be tested to see if supplements are needed.
  3. Eat a BALANCED DIET and limit sugar consumption between meals. Sticky sugars (such as fruit roll-ups, raisins, gummy candy) are the worst for teeth. Avoid sports drinks and sodas- the sugar and acidity will destroy tooth enamel. Foods like chips and crackers leave particles that remain on teeth feeding plaque bacteria long after the snack is finished. Carrots, apples, and celery are nature's toothbrushes, so they are great choices. 
  4. Chew SUGARLESS GUM WITH XYLITOL (ex.Trident)-it has been proven to prevent dental decay. (But not at school!)
  5. Get REGULAR DENTAL CARE. See a dentist twice a year for cleanings an check ups.
  6. Ask your dentist about SEALANTS to fill in deep tooth grooves that may collect plaque. 
  7. Ask your dentist if it's time to see an ORTHODONTIST. A baseline evaluation is recommended at age 7 or 8. If a baby tooth is lost prematurely, a space maintainer is needed to prevent future crowding of the permanent teeth.
  8. A MOUTHGUARD should be worn when playing contact sports. If a permanent tooth falls out in an EMERGENCY, do not touch the root but try to keep it moist either between the cheek and the gums or in a container of milk. Call your dentist ASAP. 
  9. P.S. Most of this advice applies to adults too. Let's lead by example!
If you would like me to elaborate on any of these points, I encourage you to email me at   johannakalons@yahoo.com.

Thank you,

Johanna S. Kalons, DDS

For more information:
Please take a moment to remind yourself of some of our school policies listed below.

Birthday Celebrations
Don't forget that birthday celebrations should take place during advisory. You must make arrangements in advance with your child's advisor, and he/she will let you know which day is best for the celebration, how many treats to bring, and whether there are any children with allergies. Thanks for your cooperation.

Please be aware that parking around the school is under strict surveillance, and parents should make sure to obtain a parking pass from the front office. You may park at 422 E. 9th Street (the gravel lot) during drop off and pick up, however parking passes are necessary at all other times. Given some recent changes, we have fewer passes available, and they are for multiple lots, so we appreciate your patience if you are asked to relocate your car in order to use one of our "free" temporary passes. As always, the parking meters on Brevard Street offer a good option for families looking to find inexpensive parking and skip the parking pass hassle.

Summer Camps
Many of you are thinking about summer camps, so we wanted to let you know that Lab will not be hosting any camps this summer. With the opening of the middle school just 7 months away, we want to devote our attention this summer to fulfilling that commitment. 
All yearbook orders are due by Tuesday, February 14. The easiest way to order is through the Jostens secure website. Yearbooks are just $25 plus tax. Don't miss out!
We also need your help gathering candid photos for the yearbook. We want photos of:
  • 1st Day of School;
  • School Events;
  • Children's Theatre;
  • Teacher/Staff Candids;
  • Music & Art Class; and
  • After School.

Parents: please make sure your photos are uploaded through the ReplayIt app (preferred and saves a TON of time) or email them to yearbook@charlottelabschool.org.


We are finalizing our list of panelists for the Middle School Panel Discussion on Feb. 23, and we need your help. Please let us know if you, or a parent that you know, has children at Quail Hollow Middle School or NW Community School of the Arts. Contact Counselor Assistant Andrea Miller if you have a connection to either of these schools.
Let's make Friday morning a little easier by having a PJ Day at school. Kids are invited to wear their PJs to school; however please make sure that your child wears appropriate footwear (no slippers, please!) and is dressed for an active day. 
Mark your calendars for a Dining Night Out at Mama Ricotta's next Monday, February 6. Mama Ricotta's will be hosting  Charlotte Lab School from 4:30-10:00 pm, and 10% of sales will be donated back to our school making this an easy and fun way to have dinner and raise money. Mama Ricotta's is located at 601 South Kings Drive in Charlotte. Come out and support our school!
Save the date for our next PTSO General Meeting on Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 pm at the school. More details to come! 
It is not too late to join the discussion; feel free to attend one or both of the remaining sessions. W e have a few copies of the book available to borrow. You can sign one out at the front office or email Stefanny Wilches.

Wired Child Book Club Details:
  • Remaining sessions: 2 Mondays: Feb 6 & 13
  • Time: 8:30-9:30 am
  • Location: UNCC Room 806
  • Cost: $15 for series or $5 per session, please bring cash or check to the meeting.
  • RSVP: Let us know you will be attending by sending an email to Meegan Whelan
We also want to let parents know about an upcoming workshop hosted by Families Managing Media. The event takes place on Feb. 24 in Matthews, and more information can be found here.

Mon, Feb 6 Wired Child Parent Book Club (continues 2/13) 8:30 AM
Mon, Feb 6 Mama Ricotta's Dining Night Out 4:30 PM
Feb 7,8,9 COGAT testing- Second Grade
Mon, Feb 6 Wired Child Parent Book Club (last session) 8:30 AM
Wed, Feb 15 Middle School Open House - New and Returning Families 6:30 PM
Fri, Feb 17 President's Day - Holiday
Mon, Feb 20 President's Day - Holiday
Tue, Feb 21 Teacher Workday- NO CLASSES
Thur, Feb 23 4/5 Girls Book Club 10:55 AM
Thur, Feb 23 Middle School Panel Discussion 6:30 PM
Tue, Feb 28 PTSO General Meeting 6:00 PM
Fri, Mar 3, Last Day of Trimester 2 Enrichment & PE Classes
Would you like the car-rider line to move more quickly in the morning? We would, too! You can help speed up the line by volunteering with morning carpool. Please consider helping out and sign up to let us know you are coming.
Please consider helping with the lunch service by signing up here. We appreciate your help--whether you have time for one day or a regular commitment.
As mentioned above, save the date for our Middle School Panel Discussion on Thursday, Feb. 23. Additionally, if you would like to be part of our panel discussion, or if you have a middle school that you would like to see included, please email Counselor Assistant Andrea Miller.

All requests for transcripts and student records must be made in writing to Front Office Manager Stefanny Wilches. Please allow 2 weeks for processing. Requests for references should be made directly with the teacher or staff member.
Boo boo ice and peanut-free, healthy snacks are needed in the front office. If you are able to donate any of these items, please drop them off to Stefanny Wilches in the front office. You may also pick up a donation receipt at that time.
Continue to save your Box Tops this semester! Every box top counts towards money for our school!

Sign up for text reminders using  Remind 101 . By subscribing to the Whole School AND your child's grade level , you will receive up-to-date text reminders of need-to-know information. Simply text the correct code to 810-10. Standard text rates do apply.
  • Whole School - @Fk2c2
  • Kindergarten - @2a34d
  • 1st Grade - @8g9ccd
  • 2nd Grade - @48h447
  • 3rd Grade - @hea66
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  • 5th Grade - @4dha6
  • After School - @labschoola
Charlotte Lab School
301 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202


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