The second PTSO General Meeting will take place tomorrow, December 6 from 6-7:00 pm. The agenda includes general PTSO news, as well as a presentation focused on our philosophies and approach to standardized testing at Lab. Immediately following the PTSO meeting, we will transition into a  special presentation about our plans for middle school next year. This is a parent event for current Lab families, only. In addition to the formal presentations tomorrow night, you will also have a chance to ask questions, browse our spirit wear and used uniform sales, and connect with other Lab families. (BTW-We still need some help with the spirit wear sales. Please sign up here; no experience necessary.) I hope you can join us.

I have some good news about parking for this event!! We have made arrangements for our parents to park at the Hal Marshall Annex lot at  618 N College St after 5:00 pm on 12/6. This lot is located just a block from the school. The best way to get there is to travel across the train tracks on E. 9th street, take a right at the light onto College St., and enter the lot on your right. IMPORTANT NOTE: The county staff have agreed to let us use their lot AFTER HOURS ONLY! Please do not park in this lot during the day and be sure to park here only when you read in our enewsletter that we have been given permission.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of our Lab families who have donated gift cards for our Annual Holiday Helping Hands event. We are nearly halfway toward our goal of collecting 110 gift cards to help our families in need and provide food and goods, such as holiday meals, shoes, warm clothing, groceries, and gas money. If you would like to support the CLS community, please sign up to help here. You may send gift cards to the front office and request a donation receipt if you would like one. We will be collecting gift cards through Friday, Dec 16. Thank you in advance for your support.

I hope to see many of you tomorrow night.


Mary Moss Brown
Head of School
This is the last day to complete our Parent Feedback Survey. So far, 100 families have responded. We still hope to hear from a lot more! Compete the online survey here
Join us for the Charlotte Lab School Movie & Holiday Market on Saturday, December 10 from 3-5:00 pm at UNCC Center City (right across the street from school).

This FREE event is a great time to drop-off your kids for a special screening of Disney's Cool Runnings while you enjoy time visiting with other Lab School parents and shopping at our Holiday Market.  Simply register here to get your free movie tickets . Preregistration will help us ensure that we have enough volunteers to watch the children, but don't worry if you can't print your tickets in advance.  

Check out the flyer that we sent home in last Friday's green folders for more info on the great auction items and vendors.

We could also use some additional volunteers to help  watch the kids during the  movie. There will be 3 shifts of approximately 40 minutes each, so you will still  have time to shop and mingle with other parents. Sign up here.
A friendly reminder that your child's school portrait gallery will expire on December 15. And, if you would like to receive your prints before Christmas, your order must be placed no later than December 10. This order deadline is set by the lab and cannot be adjusted. However, if you would like an extension on your child's school portrait gallery and you do not need your photos for the holidays, please email Mandy French .  Don't forget, all photo galleries will be deleted after December 15, 2016. 
Mark your calendars for a delicious dining night out at Viva Chicken. On Tuesday, Dec 13, Viva Chicken on Elizabeth Ave. will be hosing Charlotte Lab School from 4-8:00 pm. A percentage of all sales will be donated back to our school making this an easy and fun way to have dinner and raise money. As always, thank you for coming out and supporting our school. Viva Chicken is located at 1617 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204.
Tue, Dec 6 PTSO General Meeting & Middle School Info Session (Current Families Only) 6:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Thu, Dec 8 Mindful Parenting Seminar 8:15 AM or 5:00 PM
Sat, Dec 10 Movie & Holiday Market 3:00 PM
Tues, Dec 13 Viva Chicken Dining Night 4:00 PM
Wed, Dec 21 Early Release - Half Day noon
It's cold outside...Share the Warmth! Gloves & Socks (and Coats) Drive is underway. Collection boxes are located at the visitor and student entrances.
MINDFUL PARENTING WORKSHOP   with Jennifer Hawthorne, PsyD. 
Date: December 8
Time: 8:15-9:45 am OR 5:00-6:30 pm
Location: Charlotte Lab School
Cost: $40 per person (sliding scale available)
We are still looking for volunteer tutors. If you are interested, c ontact PTSO Tutoring Committee Chair Trish Moffatt at or (434)660-8860.
Don't forget to fill out your 2017/18  Application for Admissions Preference for any SIBLING  of a student currently enrolled at Charlotte Lab School or any child of a current Charlotte Lab School employee or Board member. More information can be found in our   Enrollment & Admissions Policy All Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Wednesday December 21, 2016 to be eligible for the admissions preference.
Loving our Lunch Volunteers! If you can help any day from 10:45 am-12:45 pm, your child(ren) will eat free that dayIf your child eats lunch at school, we hope you will consider volunteering regularly for this job. Sign up here.

Join Yoga in the Park every Thursday at 8:15 am & 9:30 am in First Ward Park. (We are working with UNCC to have an indoor space when the weather doesn't cooperate.) For more info or to RSVP please email Sue Hawes at .

We still need fun photos of all our students for the yearbook! Please upload your photos from Lab School events to the app ReplayIt. You can download the app from the app store on your smart phone. We are also looking for volunteers for the Y earbook Committee--specifically 3rd and 4th grade. These people will be in charge of collecting information about their grades throughout the year. If you are interested please email Zoe Balsamo at .

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
  • 4th Grade - @43gf3d
  • 5th Grade - @4dha6
  • After School - @labschoola
Charlotte Lab School
301 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

General Info: 704-464-3830


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