MARCH 27, 2016 - IN THIS ISSUE
600 SEIGLE AVENUE
(Drum roll, please!) We are delighted to announce the location of the Charlotte Lab Middle School. Located just 0.9 miles from the current school, the building and grounds at 600 Seigle Ave will be our new home for grades 6-8. We have secured a 6-year lease on the property, and since it has been used as a school and church preschool in the past, we anticipate that the first phase of renovations will be relatively minor and completed in plenty of time for the fall!


The middle school building is 14,100 square feet (about half the size of our current building), and next year will house our 100 6th graders. We are excited to be growing the size of our grade levels in middle school to provide students with a more robust experience--more classmates to get to know and more extracurriculars available. Here are a few features that we are really excited about:
  • An outdoor learning commons, where students can work, eat lunch, and relax;
  • Plenty of space for school gardens, which will support students' learning in Quest classes;
  • A full kitchen, in which we hope to offer culinary classes;
  • A large lawn area in the back, where advisories will be able to enjoy a picnic lunch under a beautiful old tree; 
  • More traditional classrooms with "cinder-block" walls, which will offer a much quieter learning environment; and
  • A large multipurpose room that will enable us to still use our space creatively and flexibly.
All current 5th graders and their parents will have a chance for a sneak peak at the building on Monday, April 3 at 8:15 am. Please plan to bring your child to our new building at 8:15, stay for a short middle school overview and tour, and transport your child back to 301 E. 9th Street around 9:15 am. RSVP and complete the permission slip here Note, this event is only for families with current 5th grade students. All other parents will have a chance to visit the building this fall, once our lease begins.

Please also save the date for our Parent Middle School Orientation Night on May 3, when you will get to meet the middle school staff, hear more about the daily schedule, and get to know our new families and students. More information about this event will be coming soon.

I know that parents of our current 5th graders have many additional questions about the middle school experience at Lab, which I have tried to address in this attached letter .

I hope that you are as excited as we are about our new facility!

Sincerely,

Mary Moss Brown
Head of School

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REPORTS & GUIDES

All progress reports were sent home in your child's green folder last Friday or today. If you did not receive a copy, please contact your child's advisor.


Q4 curriculum guides will be sent home with your child this Friday.


LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT INTENT TO RETURN FORMS
Friday is the last day to return your family's Intent to Return form to indicate that your child(ren) will return to Lab in the fall. The form was sent home in green folders several weeks ago. Collecting this information will help us better manage our new student enrollment process. We appreciate your honest feedback on this form, and all information will be kept confidential by the school. If you are not sure whether your child will be returning, please mark "Maybe/Undecided" on your form, and you will have a chance to update that information later this year. 
4 DAYS LEFT TO EARN OUR MATCH
With only 4 more days left in March, we are asking for your help to raise the remaining $1,335 that we need to earn our $3,000 matching gift. If you are a family who hasn't given before, please consider making a donation of any size to help us reach our goal!

If you need even more inspiration, take a look at what one of our new families is saying about why they chose to support the Lab Innovation Fund.
 
"While attending a recent PTSO meeting, I was struck by how many people care deeply about the school and are working hard to make it great for our kids. We realize that CLS is a real jewel in the education system. We are donating to the Innovation Fund because we believe that if CLS is going to achieve the fullest extent of its vision, parents like us will need to contribute in many ways, including through the fund. We want to contribute in any way we can.  We are excited to help build the future of CLS." Lab Parent Steve

As a reminder, here's how all families can help us earn our match:
  • If you haven't given to Lab, please make a gift. A donation of any size makes a difference and shows that we have the support of our entire community. Make your gift today
  • Spread the word. Do you have friends, neighbors, colleagues, or relatives that would consider supporting the school? If so, send them an email (draft copy can be found here) or the postcard that was sent home in green folders.
Every dollar raised from donors in the above categories will be doubled. The matching gift challenge runs through this Friday so don't wait!  And, if you have already made a gift, please take a moment to share your reasons for supporting Lab in this form .
COMMUNITY TOWN HALL MEETING
Mark your calendar for a Charlotte Lab Community Town Hall Meeting on  April 5 at 6:30 pm. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and share your perspectives about our diversity efforts, along with a guest panel including:
  • Mr. John Heffernan, Executive Director of Central Park School for Children, located in Durham, NC. This was the first school in NC to implement a socioeconomic preference in a school lottery. He will share with us their experiences, both benefits and challenges, they faced as a school during their implementation process.
     
  • Mrs. Amy Hawn Nelson, Director of Social Research for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. She has extensive experience researching and writing about educational equity, particularly as coeditor of the book Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: School Desegregation and Resegregation in Charlotte.
  • We continue to reach out to additional guest panelists; stay tuned for more information.
We look forward to engaging with you on April 5. Child care is available for any family planning to attend. Please RSVP to Kendra Johnson !
FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE
Don't forget that Friday is a half day and students will be dismissed at noon. All student will eat lunch prior to dismissal. There is no tutoring or after school (with the exception of the Rugby Club.) Bus will arrive at their stops approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes ahead of their normal time.

Also, in celebration of March Madness, Lab will have a no uniform day on Friday. Students and teachers are encouraged to wear their favorite team colors or gear.
SPRING DANCES 
The Girls Spring Fling was a huge success. Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped plan, set up, and provide food and drinks. It ws wonderful to see the nearly 200 girls, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and special someones who came out an enjoyed the night.

The Boys Glow Show is coming up this Friday. Given the amazing anticipated turnout, we have additional needs for food, drinks, and volunteers. Please sign up to help if you can.  
*Items can be dropped off in carpool or brought to the school the morning of the dance. Due to limited storage at school, please do not drop off items prior to  March 31 . Thank you!
PTSO EVENTS
Charlotte Knights Game
Come enjoy an exciting night out with the Charlotte Knights baseball team and help support our school! Our chorus will be performing the National Anthem, and $4 of every ticket sold will go directly back to Charlotte Lab School. Forms went home in  Friday green folders. Questions? Contact Leslie Mueller.

Game Date:  Friday May 5 
Gates Open:  6:00 pm 
First Pitch:  7:05 pm
Price Per Ticket: $14

Deadline to purchase is  April 17, 2017
*Please make all checks payable to Charlotte Lab School.
CALENDAR-AT-A-GLANCE
Wed, Mar 29 4th & 5th Grade Boys Book Club (The Jacket by Andrew Clements) 10:55 AM
Fri, Mar 31 Classes until noon - Half Day Teacher Work Day noon
Fri, Mar 31 Boys Glow Show 6:30 PM
Mon, Apr 3 Building Preview Event for 5th Grade Students and Parents 8:15 AM
Wed, Apr 5 Town Hall Meeting 6:30 PM
Thu, Apr 6 4th & 5th Grade Girls Book Club (Wings on Fire by Tui T. Sutherland) 10:55 AM
Fri, Apr 7 Teacher Workday- NO CLASSES
Mon, Apr 10-17 Spring Break - HOLIDAY
Mon, Apr 17 Teacher Workday- NO CLASSES 8:00 AM
Fri, Apr 21 First Ward Park Playdate 3:45 PM
Fri, Apr 21 Brixx Dining Night Out 4:30 PM
Apr 25-May 12 MAP Testing (see schedule)
Wed, Apr 26 Talent Show 6:30 PM
Wed, May 3 Middle School Parent Orientation Night - New & Returning Families 6:30 PM
Fri, May 5 Classes until noon - Half Day Teacher Work Day
Fri, May 5 Knights Spirit Event 7:05 PM
Fri, May 5 Girls 4/5 Choir Sing National Anthem at Knights 7:05 PM
Tue, May 9-12 Book Fair
Tue, May 9 PTSO General Meeting 6:30 PM
Fri, May 12 Muffins with Mom 7:45 AM
Mon, May 15 Multicultural Night 6:30 PM
Tues, May 16 Multicultural Night - Poster Session 7:45 AM
Tue, May 16 Chipotle - Midtown 4:30 AM
Fri, May 19 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 8:15 AM
May 23, 24 & 26 EOGs
Fri, May 26 Teacher Workday- FACULTY RETREAT - NO CLASSES
Mon, May 29 Memorial Day - HOLIDAY
Fri, Jun 2 Report Cards Home
June 5 or 6 Year End Carnival & Field Day all day
Wed, Jun 7 Last Day of School
FIELD TRIP CALENDAR

Date
Time
Destination
Program
Classes
3/29
11:15 - 1:15
McColl Center of Art & Design
Scott Gardner: Photographer, Blessing Box founder, Intro to McColl
French (4th)
Luft (5th)
4/3
8:45 - 10:45
Levine Museum
Charlotte is an International City
4th grade
4/4
1:25 - 3:15
DP - Imax
Mysteries of China Movie
Grades K-3 Chinese Students
4/5
8:45 - 2:15
DP - Nature Museum
Quest: Mountains to Sea
1st Grade
4/5
11:45 show
CTC
Bud Not Buddy
5th Grade
4/19
11:30 show
CTC
Go Dog Go
Kindergarten
4/20
8:30 - 12:00
DP - Imax
Mysteries of China Movie and Genghis Khan Exhibit
Grades 4-5 Chinese Students
5/4
10:30 - 12:30
Harvey Gantt Museum
Guided Tour
Castro (3rd)

If you have a 2nd, 3rd, or 5th grader, please send in your field trip money as outlined in the March 2, 2017 letter.
NEWS WORTH REPEATING
Spring Testing Schedule can be found here.
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All after school and tutoring activities will be cancelled on Thursday, April 6 and Thursday, May 25 due to offsite planning meetings. All students must be picked up at the regular dismissal time of 3:45 pm on these days. Please mark your calendars! 
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Have you noticed that the car-rider line is moving more quickly? That is because of our fabulous morning volunteers. You can help keep the line moving by volunteering with morning carpool. Sign up to let us know you are coming
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301 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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