We kicked off our second academic year. It was so exciting to see all of our new and returning students fill the hallways this morning. I saw lots of smiles, a few tears (mostly from kindergarten parents), and an amazing group of staff and students ready to get started with the amazing year we have planned. We have so many exciting things planned this year--from field trips to enrichment to an emphasis on personalized learning in all subjects and better ways for you to know (and see!) exactly what your child is learning. Please stay tuned for more information about your child's curriculum, which will be sent home this Friday in your child's green folder.

I also want to take a moment to thank all of our parents for their patience with our dismissal process this afternoon. I understand that for some families it was confusing and it definitely took longer than we had hoped. We anticipate that it will continue to improve each day, and we are taking steps to streamline the process. We also want to ask for your assistance with the following things:

  • Don't forget, there is a difference between car-rider line and walker line; students line up in different parts of the school so please try to pick up in the correct location. Parents of car riders will line up on Brevard Street and Walkers (or parents who are parking and walking to the student entrance) should park at the 422 E. 9th Street lot.
  • Do not jump ahead in car rider line or attempt to bypass it. It is unsafe and unfair to those who are waiting and following the proper procedures.
  • All changes to your child's standard transportation method must be made through our online Daily Transportation Form before 2:00 pm each day. No phone calls, please.
  • Do not line up on Brevard St. street prior to 3:30 pm. We must load our buses first, and therefore any cars lined up before the buses will be asked to leave the lot and circle the block.
  • If you are in a rush, the walker line often moves faster than car-rider line.
  • If you have any other transportation questions, please read the Special Transportation Edition of our enewsletter.
  • Finally, I ask for your patience as we refine our processes and procedures, as well as your commitment to treating all of our staff with respect and as you would like to be treated. Our job is to keep your child safe at all times, and there are specific reasons for all of our transportation policies and procedures. 
Thank you for being part of the Lab family. Have a great night.


Dr. Mary Moss Brown
Head of School
Our semester-long after school programs begin next Tuesday, Sept 6. If you would like for your child to start after school next week, you must register by this Friday, September 2. You can  register online here. You will receive a confirmation email no later than Friday, September 2.  Please contact  if you have any questions.
Show your Lab spirit with Charlotte Lab School gear. Order polos, hoodies and fleeces for kids and adults!  New this year, you can order embroidered Lab wear online. Check out our custom online shop today; there are lots of great, colorful polos and navy outerwear. It's convenient, and a percentage of each order comes back to our school. Please note the online store closes on September 9 at midnight. Late orders cannot be accepted, however we will have another online ordering opportunity in January. Any questions, email Mandy French. Remember, our uniform guidelines state that outerwear worn in the building must be NAVY. Polos can be any solid color.  
Please consider donating your unwanted TVs to the school. We are looking for gently used, 40 inches or larger, and wired for HDMI and USB. Please email Mr. Carraway if you would like to make a donation or have any questions. Charlotte Lab School is a registered nonprofit organization and your gift is tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by law.
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
Don't forget your Permission forms for the 5th Grade Camp Thunderbird Overnight. 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.
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.  
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
Charlotte Lab School
301 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

General Info: 704-464-3830


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