JANUARY 4, 2016 - IN THIS ISSUE
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
KINDERGARTNERS AT DISCOVERY PLACE
Attention all Lab School parents of 3- and 4-year-old children!  We invite you to Discovery Place (uptown location) on  Saturday, January 21  from  10:00-11:00 am  to join us for our annual Kindergarten Lab School
Quest Scavenger Hunt. Kindergartners and their parents will meet on the first floor of Discovery Place right before the entrance to the KidScience room. We will pair Kindergarten students with a younger three- or four-year-old for our Quest interactive science learning game. Hope to see many of you there. It is sure to be a lot of fun! Questions? Contact Mrs. Byrum.


AFTER SCHOOL SIGN UP
First to clear up some scheduling confusion...1st semester is still in progress, and the majority of 1st semester after school classes are ongoing (exceptions - Soccer Shots, Girls on the Run, and CSA Art). 

We are currently enrolling after school students for the second semester, which begins on Tuesday, January 17.    

As a reminder, to register for 2nd semester, you must sign up for a family account on the Lab Parent Portal and then create a record for each child. Once complete, you may review the course offerings and register. Pay special attention to payment methods for each class, as they vary by vendor.

Finally, please be sure to settle all outstanding 1st semester payments prior to the start of 2nd semester. If you have questions, contact after school.


GRANTS COMMITTEE HELP NEEDED
Would you like to help with the fundraising efforts for the school? Are you detail oriented and looking for a way to get involved? Do you like to do research, write, and/or network? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, please consider joining our grants team. Email Susannah Lund with any questions or to join the group.
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
Happy New Year! We hope you had an enjoyable break and holiday season. As we begin 2017 and approach the beginning of the 2nd half of the year, we want to share with you some of the resolutions we have made for the new year:

1. Focus on Organization: January brings a new opportunity to get organized. And for our students, this means devoting a little more time in homeroom getting prepared for the day. All grades will start the day with a renewed focus on lab agendas (see below), goal setting, and /or morning procedures. We believe that spending this time getting ready for the day will translate to smoother operations throughout the day. And don't forget, being prepared also means that students are wearing appropriate uniforms (including only navy sweaters and jackets during the day) and have the supplies they need (binder, paper, and pencil).  Also, boots are not allowed in school; students wearing boots to school must change into appropriate footwear before school starts.  And parents, your New Year's resolution is to label ALL outerwear and water bottles, legibly.  

2. Lab Agenda Reboot: Over the break, we reformatted the agendas for students in grades 1-5. They now include am/pm homerooms, recess, and more personalized goal-setting. Parents should review the lab agendas with their children each night! And, a parent signature is required only if that section is highlighted. Note, there is a teacher/parent comment section on the back, as well. Please keep your eyes on this section for info coming home related to your child, and you may also use it to communicate directly with your child's teachers. Be sure to indicate who the comments are directed to in your notes.

3. Promptness: As you know, school starts at 8:15 am and ends at 3:45 pm. Up until now, we have had a fairly lenient late policy, but have recently noticed that our car-rider and walk-up students are arriving well after 8:15 am and hoping to "squeeze in". Given the importance of homeroom time (see #1), we are starting to more strictly enforce the cut offs in the interest of getting all children to their classrooms on time. Late arrivals are very disruptive to the other students AND students arriving late are missing important organizational and instructional time. While we know that things come up unexpectedly and circumstances are not always in your control, please recommit with us to arriving on time. The specific changes include: 
a) the walker doors will be closed at 8:15 am, and
b) cars may not join the car-rider line after 8:15 am.
 Anyone arriving after 8:15 am must park in the gravel lot and walk his/her child to the front office. DO NOT drop students on 9th street (or anywhere) and have them walk themselves in because late students MUST be signed in by a parent. In the afternoons, we keep the car-rider line open until there are no additional cars waiting. Typically, this means the line will close at 4:00 pm, however sometimes it moves more quickly than others. If you arrive after the car-rider line has closed, you must park in the gravel lot and walk up to the student entrance to pick up your child.

We look forward to sharing details of some additional second semester adjustments in the coming weeks and to having your support as we work to fulfill our new year's resolutions! Thank you again for being part of Charlotte Lab School.

Sincerely,

Mary Moss Brown
Head of School
CALENDAR-AT-A-GLANCE
Mon, Jan 9 Middle School Open House 6:30 PM
Wed, Jan 11 Lab Diversity Committee Meeting 6:00 PM
Wed, Jan 11 Girls 4/5 Choir Practice Lunchtime
Fri, Jan 13 End of Q2
Fri, Jan 13 Girls 4/5 Choir: National Anthem @ Charlotte Checkers 7:00 PM
Mon, Jan 16 MLK Day - Holiday
Tue, Jan 17 2nd Semester After School Begins
Fri, Jan 20 Q2 Progress Report Cards Home
Sun, Jan 22 Extreme Ice Skating Spirit Event 2:00 PM
Tues, Jan 24 Walk In Conference Night 4:15 PM
Thur, Jan 26 4th/5th Grade Girls Book Club 11:00 AM
Thur, Jan 26 Open House 6:30 PM
Fri, Jan 27 Half Day- Early Release at Noon/Teacher Work Day
Sat, Jan 28 Checkers Spirit Event 6:00 PM
NEWS WORTH REPEATING
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.
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  • 1st Grade - @8g9ccd
  • 2nd Grade - @48h447
  • 3rd Grade - @hea66
  • 4th Grade - @43gf3d
  • 5th Grade - @4dha6
  • After School - @labschoola
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301 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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