Thanks to all of our fabulous parents who showed up and worked hard at our Set Up Our Space Night last Friday. We had at least 30 volunteers who worked through the afternoon to assemble furniture & stools, organize supplies, level books, clean furniture, and more!

Our visitors couldn't help but notice the beautiful new space that was built out this summer. These additional classrooms will be second grade homerooms and our world language classes! A big thank you to our friends at Trinity Partners who managed the construction and finished ahead of schedule. We also want to thank the Mehta family and Tresata for donating office furniture that will be used to outfit some of our new spaces, including our art room and teacher planning lounge.

Speaking of new construction, our playground is really taking shape. Thanks to the support of so many families and friends, we raised more than $130,000, and we were able to move forward with our full vision for the playground. As you know, it has been our goal to have the playground finished before the first day of school, however we have experienced a few delays including an unexpected drainage project and some additional paperwork with Mecklenburg county. The good news is that we are on track to finish Phase 1 of the project soon! (It could still be next week, but it will be a photo finish!) Thanks to our successful fundraising, we will also be able to fully implement Phase 2 (the stage and the hangout zone) and some added features (think big sail shades) in the coming month. Stay tuned for the big reveal.... We promise it will be worth the wait.


Dr. Mary Moss Brown
Head of School

It is so exciting to be growing this year as a school. We have lots of new students and a handful of new teachers. Our Exceptional Child (EC) department has grown, as well. Brittany Newswanger will be our 2nd to 5th grade EC Math teacher and Maria Pollara will be our 2nd to 5th grade EC English Language Arts teacher. With our EC teachers divided by content area, they are now able to truly focus on and become experts in their subject areas. I will continue to serve in my current capacity, as well as teaching ELA and Math for Kindergarten & 1st Grade. Shannon Fersner will expand her role as an EC Teacher Assistant and work with Kindergarten and First Grade.  Andrea Miller is coming back from a great year interning with us to become our Student Support Assistant,  with her primary focus on 2nd grade.  

While we are sad to say goodbye to Mrs. Bartlett who has chosen to leave Charlotte Lab and  pursue her passion  working with students with hearing impairments, we are excited by the energy and expertise our EC staff will bring this year.  

We will also continue to partner with Crossway Pediatric Therapy for our Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Therapy, and Physical Therapy services.  Introductory letters from our therapists will be coming soon, as well as student schedules.

We are looking forward to working with your kids, and I encourage you to reach out to me via email if you have any specific questions, comments, or concerns.

Thank you again!

Even though we had a great turnout for our annual Set Up Our Space Night, we  still have a few more tasks that did not get finished. If you have some free time this week, we need your help with the following jobs:
  • Assemble Ikea furniture
  • Secure Ikea cubbies to the wall (please bring tools!)
  • Office help - organizing! 
  • Lowes shopping trip

We welcome volunteers anytime this week between 8:30 am -6:00 pm. Please email Susannah Lund and let her know when you are coming.

Online registration is now open for our After School Programs. We added a Children's Theatre program on Thursday, as well as several new Wednesday options.

After School Programs begin Tuesday, September 6. Note all payments should be made by check or money order. (No credit card payments, please.) You will have a chance to meet our after school vendors, sign up, and make payments at our Meet Your Teacher Open House this Thursday.  Please contact  if you have any questions; this will ensure you receive accurate and up-to-date info.
Intramural Sports for 4th & 5th Graders
Don't forget to check out our new intramural sports! We will offer soccer and cross country this fall. If you are interested in volunteering to help coach/officiate, please contact Melissa Markle via email
Please drop by Charlotte Lab School on Thursday, August 25 from 3:00-6:00 pm to meet your teachers and advisor. A limited number of parking passes will be available for the 422 E. 9th Street lot (aka the gravel lot), so please try to find a spot on the street or ride the train if you can. 

Our Meet the Teachers Open House is also a great time to:
  • sign up for after school,
  • drop off your child's outstanding enrollment forms,
  • speak with the bus and after school providers, 
  • shop at our used uniform sale (donations accepted in the front office anytime until 8/24.)
  • order Lab gear and spirit wear,
  • drop off medication for your child, 
  • join the PTSO,
  • deliver your child's school supplies to their classroom, and
  • catch a glimpse of our new Lab School mascot!
We hope to see you there.
Brittany Newswanger and Colby Snyder have wrapped up their VISTA service with an amazing Maker Lab website that catalogs the projects from last year.
Please help us spread the word about making to teachers and families by sharing your thoughts on Lab's inaugural Maker Lab year. To do this, please go to the site  and click on the reflections tab, scroll down, and click add reflection. You may include your name or reflect anonymously.  
Children's Theatre has created mini camps exclusively for Charlotte Lab Students on our teacher work days that do not coincide with CMS.  The mini camps will be offered 9:00 am-4:00 pm at ImaginOn, with pick up and drop off at the Mezzanine Level check in desk

Here is a private link to register for Charlotte Lab families.  

The mini-camps cost $70 per day, and students can sign up for the series of all 4 mini-camps and get $20 off via the bundle option.  A button at the top of the page will take you to the bundle option or link directly here. These camps have a limited number of spaces and may sell out, so sign up quickly.
Please see the permission slip and suggested packing list for our first annual 5th Grade Camp Thunderbird Overnight Trip. The trip is  September 7-8 , and the permission slip and payment are due  September 2 .  If your child has a food allergy, please email Cat Malone .
Don't forget to order lunch for your child. Lunch will include an entree, vegetable, carb, dessert, and a drink for $4. You can order lunch here.
Password: CLS12345  (The password is case sensitive.) 

The deadline for ordering lunch is the Monday prior to the week you want lunch, for example the deadline for August 29 is today, Monday, August 22.  Heaven Sent Catering will be on site on August 25 for the Meet the Teachers event.  Please come sample the food and direct any questions to Sandra Lee, Owner.
Complimentary Lunch (Free Lunch)
If you have been notified that you qualify for complimentary lunch, you do not need to place an order. Your child will be automatically enrolled unless your family opts out of the program by emailing Shelli Merritt. If your child qualifies for complimentary lunch and requires a vegetarian and/or a gluten free option, please email Sandra Lee at

Don't forget to like Charlotte Lab School on Facebook. There is also a Charlotte Lab School Parents Page. This page is managed by parents and not visible on Facebook for security reasons, so if you want to join the group, please email the page administrator Nicole Bowen, and she will invite you to join.

If you are a graphic designer (professional or self-taught) and would be willing to volunteer your services for few fun projects, please contact Susannah Lund. Your time and skills will be greatly appreciated.
Next time you are grocery shopping, please consider picking up some healthy snack items for our students in need. New this year, all donated snacks must be dropped in the front office and must be nut free.

You can check out the grade level schedule here

Our kindergartners will have a staggered start the first week of school, which means that each child will attend only one day from Monday, August 29-Thursday, September 1. All kindergarten students will attend on Friday, September 2. Please see below for the specific the day that your child should attend.
  • Monday 8/29 - Student's last name begins with A-Ca
  • Tuesday 8/30 - Student's last name begins with Ce-H
  • Wednesday 8/31 - Student's last name begins with I-O
  • Thursday 9/1 - Student's last name begins with P-Z
  • Friday 9/2 - All kindergarten students attend.

There is still time to sign up for bus transportation. Everything you need to know can be found here.

Uniforms Policies: Don't forget to (re)familiarize yourself with the Lab School Uniform Policies. You can find the info here. Keep in mind that s andals and boots are not allowed. And, any sweater or jacket worn inside must be navy. Help us start the year off right by knowing the rules.

Help us make sure that we have all the information that we need about your child's health. If any of the following apply to your child, please be sure to complete the necessary forms BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. 
Note: The Medication Administration and all Action Plans must be renewed annually for returning families. If you have any questions, please email
8/25/16 Meet the Teachers Open House 3:00 PM
8/29/16 First Day of School! 8:15 AM
9/5/16 HOLIDAY Labor Day
9/7/16 5th Grade Overnight CAMP THUNDERBIRD
9/8/16 5th Grade Overnight CAMP THUNDERBIRD
9/14/16 BOG - Third Grade
9/15/16 BOG Make Up - Third Grade
9/20/16 Curriculum Night 6:00 PM

Charlotte Lab School
301 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

General Info: 704-464-3830


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