DECEMBER 18 - IN THIS ISSUE
LAB INNOVATION FUND
As you know, we kicked off our annual fundraising for the Lab Innovation Fund last month on #GivingTuesday.

I am happy to report that we have had a strong start during this "quiet phase" of our fundraising campaign. We received more than $25,000 on #GivingTuesday (including $5,000 in matching funds), and our fiscal year-to-date total is $50,000 in gifts and pledges. 

Beginning in January, we will officially launch the public phase of our Lab Innovation Fund. We depend on our family, friends, community, and private foundations to help fund many of the activities that make our school special and to provide an innovative learning environment. Why does Lab need this additional financial support? Lab receives less than $7,000 per student from the state and county; yet, we spend more than $9,000 per student. Gifts to this fund will are unrestricted and used to supplement our operating budget. This year, money raised will be directed toward technology, facility upgrades, staff development & retention, and more.

Although we will not formally kick off the public campaign until January, we know that some families would like to include Lab School in their year-end giving plans for this tax year and/or to take advantage of matching gifts in 2017. We welcome your support now or after the new year; all gifts made prior to June 30, 2018 will count towards our 2017/18 Lab Innovation Fund.  Regardless of the timing, you can make a gift in the following ways:
Every gift matters, and I hope that every family will show support by making an annual gift of any size to the Lab Innovation Fund. 

Please feel free to contact me or Susannah Lund if you have any questions. And, stay-tuned for more information about our annual fund drive after the new year.

Have a great week.

Sincerely,

Mary Moss Brown
NO UNIFORM DAY TOMORROW
Wear what you want -- holiday/festive, PJs, or your favorite sports team. 
PTSO GENERAL MEETING 1/23

Please save the date for our 2nd trimester PTSO General Meeting on Tuesday, Jan 23 at 6:30 pm at the Lower School.  More details to come after the holiday break!

HOW TO DISCUSS DIVERSITY WITH YOUR FAMILY - WORKSHOP
Join us for a 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 to cover these topics and open a dialogue that we can use inside and outside of our school, including:
  • Understanding best practices for home communities to support family diversity in school;
  • Engaging with and responding to difficult conversations about diverse families; and 
  • Identifying family-focused resources in the Charlotte community to support students.
 Details:
  • Who: Parents/Guardians at both LS and MS
  • Date: Wednesday, February 7, 6-7:00 pm
  • Where: Lower School, 301 E 9th Street


ATTENTION 5TH & 6TH GRADE PARENTS
Do you ever wonder if you will survive the Middle School years--twice? 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
Details:
  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
  • Where: Middle School, 600 Seigle Ave.

  • Light Refreshments will be served! Please
    RSVP by Jan. 12 to Andrea Miller .
    CHECKERS FAMILY FUN NIGHT
     
    Come enjoy a night out with the Charlotte Checkers and Lab families on January 20! Tickets are $16 and $5 from every ticket will go directly back to the school. Purchase tickets here , and you will receive an electronic ticket. We hope to see you there!
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    MAP TESTING UPDATE
    MAP testing for most students finished today. Any 2nd-5th grade student who was absent, or needs more time to complete the test, will do so after the break. Our 6th graders will have an opportunity to complete their tests before the break. All students will receive their MAP progress reports in January.  
    STUDENT PORTRAITS
    Once again, a huge thank you to Mandy French for taking our student portraits and class pictures. A few updates:
    • Every family received an email with a link to view digital proofs of you child's photos. The email was sent to the parent/guardian listed as the primary contact. If you did not receive this email, please contact Mandy French.
    • Mandy is providing a copy of the class picture to every student free of charge. Many of these photos went home in your child's green folder on Friday. The following classes have not yet received their class photos: King/Clark, Carter, Newswanger, Scott, and all of 6th grade. Those pictures will be coming after the break.
    • If you ordered prints through the school, they were sent home in your child's green folder on Friday, as well.
    FIELD TRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS
    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:
    Jan 9 Jazz, The American Experience
    3rd, 4th & 5th Grades
    Feb 6 Children's Theatre - And in This Corner, Cassius Clay 4th Grade
    Feb 7 Junior Achievement - JA Biztown 4th Grade
    Mar tbd Raptor Center 4th 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
    CALENDAR-AT-A-GLANCE
    Tue, Dec 19 Holiday Class Parties
    Wed, Dec 20 Teacher Workday-No School
    Thu, Dec 21 Teacher Workday-No School
    Dec 22 - Jan 1 School Holiday-No School
    Tue, Jan 2 Teacher Workday-No School
    Wed, Jan 3 Classes Resume
    EXPLORE CLT
    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
    12/20 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical! (Ovens Auditorium)
    12/20-12/23 Nutcracker: Charlotte Ballet (Belk Theater)
    12/20-12/28 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical (Children's Theatre of Charlotte)
    12/21 Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights Show (Phillips Place)
    12/21 The State Ballet Theatre of Russia Presents: Swan Lake (Ovens Auditorium)
    12/26-1/1 Kwanzaa Celebrations (Kwanzaa Charlotte)
    12/27-12/30 Hip Hop Nutcracker (Knight Theater)
    12/29 Belk Bowl FanFest at 10:00 am (Bank of America Stadium)
    12/30-12/31 Shen Yun (Belk Theater)
    Through 12/24 Charlotte Christmas Village at Romare Bearden Park
    Through 12/30 Celebration of Lights (Village Park)
    Through 12/30 Carowinds Winterfest
    Through 12/31 Speedway Christmas
    Through 12/31 Holidays at the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
    Through 1/7 Winter Wonderland Southpark
    Through 1/7 Holiday On Ice (NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza) 

    NEWS WORTH REPEATING

    The new after school semester starts in January. If you are registered for T.A.P.S., you do not need to re-enroll. If your child is not currently enrolled, you may sign up here.

     

    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:

    We will also be offering Girls on the Run, Let Me Run (boys)--more information will be coming soon.
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    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! 
     

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    Earlier in the year, we shared news of the new Oasis Rooms at the Lower and Middle Schools for students and staff to have a place to be mindful and practice being or becoming calm. These rooms have been a big success, and we're looking for a few more small donations including stress balls and other small tactile items. Please contact Tracey Rosenberg if you are interested in making a donation.

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    The Staff Appreciation committee held the 3rd annual 'Thanksgiving Pie' event with great success! Thank you to the many parents who volunteered to bake or buy a pie. With your support, we were able to gift over 65 pies to our wonderful staff, bus drivers, and partners at UNCC. A special thank you to Rachel Hidalgo for leading the efforts, and to Kris Goldbach, Merritt Tise, Jaime Rentch, Kristen Allen, and Rafael Hidalgo for spending the morning collecting and boxing the pies.

    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 .
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    We have posted our December and January Lunch menus. Please note the change to Pizza Friday. While the new pizza lunch has been a hit, it is also a little more work than we had hoped, so we are going to scale back to once a month. Our caterer will still be providing pizza on Fridays; however, 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. 
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    We are so grateful to everyone who has donated items from our wish list. Teachers are still updating the list with current needs. Check out the items we still hope to receive, and see if there is anything that you are able to donate.
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    It is that time of year again. Come and check out the lost and found items waiting to be claimed near the front office. Don't forget to label all outerwear and water bottles. Please also take a look at the clothes that you have and make sure you don't have another student's clothes by accident. A few parents have mentioned missing clothing that is labeled; those blue hoodies tend to all look the same! All unclaimed items will be donated on December 20.
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    If you would like to help the middle school chickens, sign up here and follow the links to the website where you can pay online and Mr Luft will pick up the supplies for our feathery ladies (since the site does not deliver). 
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    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.
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    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). 
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    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.
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    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. 
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    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

    info@charlottelabschool.org

    General Info: 704-464-3830

     

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