A big thank you to everyone who joined us for last week's PTSO meeting -- in person and on Facebook. I think that everyone who attended enjoyed the opportunity to hear from two members of our Board of Directors, as well as the informal time for Q & A with the Leadership Team and other parents. We always appreciate the opportunity to have open and direct conversations with you!
I also want to take a moment to share an article that I coauthored and was recently published by Green Schools National Network entitled  'Moving' for Well-Being as the Third Teacher in 21st Century Schools.
Dina Sorensen, Associate of VMDO Architects; Jeri Brittin, PhD; and I discuss the importance of integrating movement in K-12 education and share how Charlotte Lab School has taken steps to be a "school in motion." I hope you will take a moment to read the article and consider the importance of incorporating movement into our school.  And, don't forget to incorporate movement into your day, as well. 

Have a great week! 


Mary Moss Brown
When it comes to the flu and sickness, this year has been challenging!  The Wellness Committee is taking the proper steps to review our current protocols when children become ill or have the flu and to ensure that our community is healthy and well. We plan to have an assembly focusing on flu prevention and proper hand washing so that our students will have the necessary knowledge about steps they can take to prevent illness.  Dr. Nick Clavin is a parent, current board member, and a member of our Wellness Committee, and we are pleased to share his tips and recommendations  on flu prevention.

Dear Parents,
Have any of you felt like this flu season has been worse than recent years? If so, you are correct; our region has had a higher than normal prevalence of influenza cases this flu season. This increase has been significant enough that some of our local hospital systems have tightened their visitation policies. The good news is that with a better understanding of what the flu is and how it is transmitted, we can help decrease the likelihood of our children getting sick.

1. What are some of the symptoms of the flu?
  • Fever, headache, body aches, cough, sore throat, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
2. How does the flu virus spread?
  • From person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with the flu.
  • By touching things with the flu virus on them and then touching one's mouth, nose, or eyes.
3. What can you do to keep from getting the flu?
  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue away.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water (or an alcohol- based sanitizer if not available) for 20 seconds (sing "Happy Birthday" to yourself twice) after you cough, sneeze, eat, or use the restroom.
  • Disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces (doorknobs, desks, keyboards, phones...).
  • Stay in good general health (get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, and eat well).
4. What should you do if you are sick with flu-like symptoms?
  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without a fever-reducing medication).
  • Try to limit contact with others while sick
  • If you are concerned about the severity of your symptoms contact your healthcare provider.
All of this information, and more, can be found on the CDC website.


Nick Clavin, MD
All are welcome to attend our Lab school family engagement night focused on developing conversations with students around family diversity and supporting these ideals outside of the classroom. Assistant Director of School Outreach, Time Out Youth Center, Rebby Kern, will be joining us. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Jan 28 by emailing Andrea Miller.
  • Who: Parents/Guardians at both LS and MS
  • Date: Wednesday, February 7, 6-7:00 pm
  • Where: Lower School, 301 E 9th Street
We have several new after school programs starting this winter/spring. Special thanks to our awesome Volunteer Parent Coaches who are helping us offer Girls on the Run and Let Me Run. See programs and details below:

  • Registration is now open here. Girls on the Run provides scholarships to families in need, so please apply directly on their website
  • We need a minimum of 8 girls and maximum of 15 to run the program.
  • Head Coach: Ms. Ritchie. Parent Coaches: Megan Remsen and Heather Leavitt
  • Who: Students grades 3-5.
  • Cost: $170
  • Dates: Girls practice twice a week on Tuesdays AND Thursdays from 3:45-5:00 pm beginning on Feb 13. The program runs 10 weeks and ends with a 5k run on May 5. 
  • Registration will open on Feb 1, here.
  • We need a minimum of 7 boys and maximum of 14 to run the program.
  • Head Coach: Coach Moore. Parent Coaches: Caele Gambs and Barry Schwartz.
  • Who: Students grades 4-6.
  • Cost: tbd
  • Dates: Boys practice twice a week on Mondays AND Wednesdays from 3:45-5:00 pm beginning Feb 26. The program will run for 7 weeks and ends with the Let Me Run SpringFest 5k on May 19.
Take your student's interest in studio art to the next level! Art Exploration with Community School of the Arts offers children the opportunity to study elements of visual art while developing their creativity and building confidence in a fun and exciting group studio atmosphere.
  • When: Thursdays, 4-5:30 pm from February 22-May 3 (excluding March 29)
  • Who: Grades 2-6
  • Cost: $285, plus a $25 registration fee
  • Register Here(Note that there are two sections and the second listed is for Charlotte Lab)
Join us for a fun introduction to the strings with Community School of the Arts! Students will start by learning how to pluck the strings, form bowholds, and then play simple rhythms and songs with the bow. Students will need to obtain and bring their own instrument to class.
  • When: Thursdays, 4-5:30 pm from February 22-May 3 (excluding March 29)
  • Who: Grades 1-6
  • Cost: $327, plus a $25 registration fee
  • Register Here.
Thank you to Lory Cobb and Leslie Mueller for organizing the recent Lab Spirit Night at the Charlotte Checkers game. Lab families purchased 163 tickets, which provided a fundraising profit of $815! Thanks to all who purchased tickets and attended the game; it was a fun night!
Looking for something for your kids on the next school holiday: Monday, Feb 19? Children's Theatre has a mini camp that will be open to children grades k-5th. Go to www.ctccharlotte.org and look for Mini Camps.
The Middle School presentation that was cancelled due to the snow storm a few weeks ago has been rescheduled for Feb 28 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Middle School.  Please let us know if you can make it by emailing Andrea Miller by Feb 21.

Program Details
Do you ever wonder if you will survive the Middle School years--for a second time? Are you confused about what your Middle Schooler is really dealing with in 2017? Or, are you a 5th Grade parent ready to get a preview of what's ahead? If so, please join us for a discussion with Southeast Psych on   Current Trends with Middle School Kids.

Come hear about topics such as:
  • Normal Developmental Changes in Middle School
  • Current Mental Health Trends
  • Risk Factors / Behaviors
  • Parenting Tips
  • Wait Until 8th Campaign
  • Date: Wednesday, Feb 28 at 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Where: Middle School, 600 Seigle Ave.

    There are a lot of upcoming field trips! Remember, if you prepaid for field trips, just circle "prepaid" on the permission slip. And even if you prepaid, we still need a signed permission slip for bus trips.   If you have not yet prepaid and wish to do so, you can pay online at K12paymentcenter.com or send in cash or check. You can send in $25, $50, or $75, and you will receive an accounting by trimester of your remaining balance.

    Take a look at our upcoming trips:
    Feb 6 Children's Theatre - And in This Corner, Cassius Clay 4th Grade
    Feb 6 Chinese New Year Field Trip
    K, 1, 2, 3 Chinese
    Feb 7 Children's Theatre - And in This Corner, Cassius Clay 6th Grade
    Mar 13 Children's Theatre - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe 3rd Grade
    Apr 11 Children's Theatre - Madagascar Musical Adventure 1st Grade
    Apr 23 Scrap Art Music
    4th, 5th & 6th Grades
    April TBD Raptor Center 4th, 5th Grade

    Mon, Feb 5 New Families Open House (6th-7th) 6:30 PM
    Feb 7 - 9 2nd grade COGAT Testing
    Wed. Feb 7 Time Out Youth Parent Presentation 6:00 PM
    Mon, Feb 12 2nd grade COGAT Testing make-ups
    Feb 13 New Families Open House (K-5th) 6:30 PM
    Tue, Feb 13 2nd grade COGAT Testing make-ups
    Wed, Feb 14 2nd grade COGAT Testing make-ups
    Wed, Feb 14 Valentines Class Parties
    Fri, Feb 16 School Holiday-No School
    Mon, Feb 19 President's Day-Holiday
    Tue, Feb 20 School In Session! (Change due to snow days)

    We have a new feature in our weekly enewsletter thanks to our Student Recruitment Committee. Each week you will find a list of family-friendly events happening in and around Charlotte and even more reasons to Explore CLT.

    1/31-2/4 The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice (Bojangles Coliseum)
    2/1-17 Innovative Works (Charlotte Ballet at the Knight Theater)
    2/2-4 Snow White (Armour Street Theatre)
    2/10 Family Day at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
    2/10 Girls in STEM (Discovery Place Science)
    2/10 heART pARTy (Cornelius Arts Center)
    2/10 10th Annual Fairy House Festival (Latta Plantation Nature Preserve)
    2/10 NASCAR Hall of Fame: 2nd Saturday Program
    2/10-11 Dinosaur Time Trek: Dragon Edition (Cabarrus Arena and Events Center)
    2/11 Matters of the Heart (Schiele Museum)
    Through 2/16 Amazon Adventure (Discovery Place Science)
    Ms. Jessica is accepting new students for piano and voice! Lessons are typically taught once a week during your child's recess time. Email Ms. Jessica for more information and to register your child(ren). Combo piano/voice lessons are also available.
    Please join the Lab Parents Book Club in February as we discuss The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine, PH.D.
    • Book: The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine, PH.D.
    • Date: 4 Thursdays on Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
    • Location: Amelie's on North Davidson
    • Time: 8:30-10 am, or as soon as you can make it after drop off.
    • Read: Part 1, Chapters 1 - 3
    Grab a yummy treat or drink at the counter, then join us for the discussion. We will have a table at the back of the restaurant or in the courtyard.

    RSVP: Let us know you are coming by emailing Michele Davis at write2mdavis@yahoo.com. We need a minimum of 4 confirmed attendee's to hold the discussion. 
    Help morning carpool run more quickly by volunteering. We need more parent volunteers to help. No need to sign up in advance; arrive before 8:00 am and you will be done by 8:15 am--an easy and important way to lend a hand!

    We have a limited supply of Lab socks available for $15/pair. Socks will be sold at the upcoming PTSO meeting. If you  can't make it, please email Kristi Sweeny  to reserve your socks. They are available in size small (youth shoe size 12-5) and medium (women's shoe size 7-10/ men's shoe size 6-9). 

    Time to turn in those Box Tops you collected over the break! Let's see which class is in the lead! Updated results posted in 2 weeks, so get them in. Woohoo! 

    It's time to put the yearbook together. Last call for all photos and other images for the yearbook. Please upload your images to the ReplayIt app. (Remember, you will use this app as long as your child is at Lab School so go ahead and take the time to install the app. You may also upload them via your computer.) If you have anything you feel needs to be included in the yearbook feel free to email Zoe Balsamo

    Are you interested in volunteering? We have an immediate need for:
    * Co-Chairs for the Boys Dance (March 9) 
    * Co-Chairs for the Girls Dance (March 23) 
    * Co-Chairs for School Supplies

    We are also seeking new PTSO volunteers for the 2018-19 school year. Please contact VP of Nominating Anne Monsted  to get involved. 

    Unfortunately, it is cold and flu season, and we ask that you keep in mind the following school policies when assessing whether your child should come to school:
    • Students must be fever-free and no vomiting for 24 hours; and/or
    • For bacterial infections (pink eye, ringworm, strep), prescribed medication must be administered for 24-48 hours before returning OR provide a doctor's note stating the child is able to return to school.
    Contact the Front Office with any questions.

    The new after school semester has begun. In addition to the T.A.P.S. program, we have a limited number of vendors providing after school classes at Lab. Please sign up directly with the after school provider:


    Lab Middle School has  SPIRIT We are excited to announce that Charlotte Lab Middle School has a spirit rock! Families are invited to "rent" the Spirit Rock and paint it in honor of Lab related activities: birthdays, announcements, celebrations, recognizing an awesome staff member, or showing spirit for our sports teams. Reserve your date(s), pay for the rental, and find  sign-up details here .  Go Lions! 


    Want your kids' candid picture in the yearbook? Have great photos from a school related activity? PLEASE upload it on the
    ReplayIt app . Download the app once (you will need it as long as your child is registered at LAB School) and upload your photos as you take them. Please tag the children in the photos and their grades. And, don't worry! There is still time to order your yearbook here .

    We have posted this month's Lunch menus. The Pizza Fundraiser (with pizza from Domino's or Papa John's) will now be the last Friday that we are in school, each month. 
    Lunch payments can be made at  K12PaymentCenter.com . I t is not necessary to order your lunch in advance; however, if your child requires a special meal (gluten free or vegetarian) please let Mrs. Malone know in advance.
    If you are making a change to your child's afternoon dismissal, please make sure to complete the online transportation form NO LATER THAN 2:00 pm. After 2:00 pm, you must call the school and let Ms. Fulcher (LS) or Ms. Clinch (MS) know.  And don't forget, e arly dismissal ends at 3:00 pm. If you arrive after 3:00 pm, you will be asked to wait to pick up your child until regular dismissal at 3:30 (LS) or 3:45 (MS). 
    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.

    Please note that on days that your child is sick or absent, we ask that you email his/her homeroom teacher and our Front Office Managers  Stefanny Fulcher   (Lower School) or Lauri Clinch (Middle School) before 8:30 am. A note from parents (and a doctor's note, if applicable) is necessary and should be sent immediately and no longer than 3 days after the absence. 

    Be sure to sign up for Remind 101 and receive last minute reminder texts from Lab. Just text the correct code (below) to 81010. Be sure to sign up for the Entire School messages, plus the relevant grade levels and after school if applicable. Standard text rates do apply. 

  • Entire School - @Fk2c2
  • Kindergarten - @bea6h
  • First Grade - @2a34d
  • 2nd Grade - @8g9ccd
  • 3rd Grade - @48h447
  • 4th Grade - @hea66
  • 5th Grade - @43gf3d
  • 6th Grade - @4dha6
  • After School - @labschoola
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    Parents are invited to celebrate their children's birthdays at school, and we ask that you follow these policies:
    • Parents may join their child for lunch and bring a small treat to share with advisory to celebrate their child's special day.
    • Birthday celebrations must be arranged IN ADVANCE with the child's advisor so that he/she knows when to expect you and can plan an alternative treat for those children who might not be able to enjoy what you bring.
    • All treats must be NUT-FREE
    Charlotte Lab School
    301 E. 9th Street
    Charlotte, NC 28202


    General Info: 704-464-3830


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