It is great to be back at school after the unplanned break! Thank you for your patience with the snow days. And, don't forget to update your calendar; Tuesday, Feb 20 will now be a regular school day.

We have a busy, full week at school, and one of the highlights is the PTSO General Meeting tomorrow night at  6:30 pm  at the Lower School. In addition to a brief regular meeting, we are excited to have several board members joining us. After the business portion of the meeting, we will break into s maller group sessions for a chance for informal Q & A (similar to the Coffee Talk gathering we had in November).

If you would like to send a question or discussion topic ahead of the meeting, please email it to the PTSO. The PTSO Secretary will combine all of the questions and send them along, anonymously, to the Lab staff.

Parking is available at the Hal Marshall Annex--more details in last week's enews.
Hope to see you there!


Mary Moss Brown
We have one volunteer for Girls on the Run; and unfortunately no volunteers for the boys program (Let Me Run). If you enjoy running, please consider sharing your time and talents and volunteering to help with these after school programs. Programs are open to students in grades 3-5, and we hope to have one Lab staff person plus 2-3 parent volunteers for each group. The season runs from Feb-May, and our participation is contingent on our ability to recruit volunteers before this FRIDAY, Jan 26.  Please contact Susannah Lund if you are able to volunteer. 


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! 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.
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. 
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.
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:
Mon, Jan 22 Discovery Place Planetarium
1st Grade group 1
Tue, Jan 23 Discovery Place Planetarium
1st Grade group 2
Wed, Jan 24 Discovery Place Planetarium
1st Grade group 3
Thu, Jan 25 Junior Achievement - JA Biztown 4th Grade
Tue, Feb 6 Children's Theatre - And in This Corner, Cassius Clay 4th Grade
Mar tbd Raptor Center 4th Grade
Tue, Mar 13 Children's Theatre - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe 3rd Grade
Wed, Apr 11 Children's Theatre - Madagascar Musical Adventure 1st Grade
Apr 23 Scrap Art Music
4th, 5th & 6th Grades
Tue, Jan 23 PTSO General Meeting 6:30 PM
Wed, Jan 24 New Families Open House (K-5th) 6:30 PM
Mon, Jan 29 Mama Ricotta's Spirit Night 4:30 PM
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.

Date Event
1/26-27 The Imaginators (Children's Theatre)
ASC Connect with Culture Day (Free events throughout the Charlotte region: Go to www.artsandscience.org.)
1/26-2/4 Snow White (Armour Street Theatre)
1/26-2/17 Innovative Works (Charlotte Ballet at the Knight Theater)
1/27 ASC Connect With Culture Festival (Mint Museum Uptown)
1/27 Charlotte Symphony Lollipops: Stone Soup (Knight Theater)
1/27-28 Mr. Popper's Penguins (Children's Theatre)
1/27-28 Balloonacy (Children's Theatre)
1/31-2/4 The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice (Bojangles Coliseum)

Mark your calendars for a Dining Night Out at Mama Ricotta's on Monday, January 29. Mama Ricotta's will be hosting Charlotte Lab School from 4:00- 8:30 pm, and 10% of sales will be donated back to our school making this an easy and fun way to have dinner and raise money. Mama Ricotta's is located at 601 South Kings Drive in Charlotte. Come out, bring friends and the entire family to dine in or  carry-out and support our school.  Hope to see you there!

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!

MAP test score reports were delayed due to the snow day and will be sent home this week. 
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.
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.
  • Who: Parents/Guardians at both LS and MS
  • Date: Wednesday, February 7, 6-7:00 pm
  • Where: Lower School, 301 E 9th Street


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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