It is a short week, and this enewsletter is proof that things are busy, busy, busy at school. Instead of reading a long message from me today, I encourage you to take a look at all of the events and activities happening at at Lab and commit to participating in something new. Whether it is helping with our Kindergarten Open House, supporting our school at our upcoming dining night out, taking part in one of our parenting seminars, helping with lunch,  attending your child's enrichment showcase, volunteering for the Movie & Holiday Market on Dec 10, or even tutoring or knitting, I hope you will find even more ways to connect with and support your school. We are so grateful for the parents who are active at Lab, and we hope all families will find a way to be part of our community.

Even with everything going on this month, we are already looking ahead to next year. If you have another child in your family that would like to attend Charlotte Lab School, complete the application below.

Please complete ONE application for any SIBLING of a student currently enrolled at Charlotte Lab School, or any child of a current Charlotte Lab School employee or Board member. The State of NC defines SIBLING as children who share at least 1 parent, children whose parents/legal guardians are legally married, or any children who reside in a family foster home.
As stated in our Enrollment & Admissions Policy, Charlotte Lab School desires to create school community where whole families learn together. Siblings of currently enrolled students will receive priority for admission if their applications are received by the designated deadline and CLS has seats available. If the number of siblings exceeds the number of available seats in a grade level, a separate sibling preference lottery will be held to determine which students are admitted.

All Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Wednesday December 21, 2016 to be eligible for the admissions preference.

We also have a KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE for prospective kindergarten parents coming up on Wednesday November 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm .  If you can help welcome prospective families and answer questions about your family's experience at Lab, please sign up here. If you have never helped out at an open house before, don't worry!  We will go over basic talking points together beforehand, it will be a lot of fun.  

Thank you for being part of our community.


Mary Moss Brown
Head of School
Leroy Fox Dining Night Out at 705 S. Sharon Amity Rd. from 4:00-11:00 pm. Leroy Fox will donate 10% of sales to the school. 

We have a half-day. Students will be dismissed (after eating lunch) at noon. If you are picking up your child early, you must pick up prior to 11:15 am. Note: Buses will arrive at their stops APPROXIMATELY 3 hours and 45 minutes ahead of their normal schedule. Please arrive at your bus stop early as we expect traffic will be lighter than normal.

Thursday is also the last day to submit artwork for the Yearbook Cover Contest.

Veterans Day School Holiday! No classes.

Walk in Conference Night from 4:00-6:00 pm. Parents are invited to meet with subject area teachers in 10 minute blocks. Sign ups will be posted in the school starting at 3:45 that day.
We are nearing the end of our first Enrichment trimester, and the students are ready to share what they have learned before they rotate to their next enrichment area. Parents are invited for a sharing session during regular class periods. Each session will be 20-30 minutes long. Note that Children's Theatre Showcases will be held at UNCC Center City (across the street) in room 602. Music Showcases will be held at Lab. As always, we have a limited number of parking passes, so please find a metered spot on the street if you can.

(By Homeroom)
Monday, Nov 14
  • Hartzell: 11:10 am
  • French: 12:15 pm
  • Doig: 1:50 pm
Tuesday, Nov 15
  • Castro: 11:10 am
  • Luft: 12:15 pm
  • Smith: 1:50 pm
(By Homeroom)
Monday, Nov 21
  • Hollands: 11:10 am
  • Berry: 12:15 pm
  • Byrum: 1:50 pm
 Tuesday, Nov 22
  • Carter: 11:10 am
  • Scott: 12:15 pm
  • Dreyer: 1:50 pm
Parents of students taking Art this trimester are invited to enjoy the wonderful displays of student art work throughout the school. And, don't forget that the Art by Me deadline for ordering is Monday, Nov 14. Order forms were sent home in your child's green folder.
Our LOVE AND LOGICĀ® PARENTING WORKSHOP starts next week. Come hear about tools to help make parenting a whole lot easier. You'll learn how to give time-outs, avoid ridiculous arguments, put together consequences that you can stick to, and b uild strong, healthy relationships with your children.
Dates: Four sessions: Nov 15, 29 & Dec 6, 13.
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Location: UNCC Center City (right across the street) Room 805.
Cost: $110.  You can sign up  here .

MINDFUL PARENTING WORKSHOP with Jennifer Hawthorne, PsyD. The workshop focuses on p ractical tools for being more in the moment, building compassion for yourself as a person and parent, replacing reactivity with choice, and finding more joy.
Date: December 8
Time: 8:15-9:45 am OR 5:00-6:30 pm
Location: Charlotte Lab School
Cost: $40 per person (sliding scale available)
Mark your calendars for our first Annual Charlotte Lab School Movie and Holiday Market. The event will take place on Saturday, December 10 from 3:00-5:00 pm at UNCC City Center (across the street from the Lab School)

The PTSO will be sponsoring a Movie Drop-off Event for kids beginning at 3:00 pm. And, for a little extra fun, the PTSO will also be setting up a marketplace for Lab families and friends to buy and sell products. Finally, we will wrap up the event with some caroling and hot chocolate.

We need your help to make this event a success. Here's how:
  1. VENDORS: Come and set up a table at our Holiday Market. We ask that all vendors to donate 10-25% of their purchases to the school and provide an item for the Silent Auction or Raffle. Please reserve your table now.
  2. VOLUNTEERS: We need volunteers to help arrange the event, run the event, and watch the children during the movie. If you are can help please let us know. There are plenty of opportunities for busy parents with a limited amount of time.
  3. SILENT AUCTION/RAFFLE ITEM: If you have items or know someone who does, please connect us with vendors who can donate  raffle or silent auction items.
  4. SPONSORS: If you want to sponsor the hot chocolate, candy canes, snacks, or other items we welcome your support. We will recognize all of our sponsors in our enewsletter and onsite signage.
Please email VP of Fundraising Kess Clark if you are able to help with any of the activities above or would like to be involved. More information will follow.
This year, tickets for the Hornets game will be held at Will Call under the Family's last name. Please bring an ID with you to claim your tickets. Leslie Mueller will be emailing the parents of the first 45 students that bought tickets with details about the pregame experience they are eligible to attend. Questions? Contact Leslie Mueller at
Congratulations to Mrs. Najensons class! They are the overall winners for collecting the most box tops and rewards. As a result they have a No Uniform Day tomorrow. The grade-level winners are  Kindergarten - Doig, 1st grade - Najenson , 2nd grade - Whitelaw, 3rd grade - Castro, 4th grade - French and 5th grade - Scott. Thank you to students and parents who helped us raise over $400 during this competition. The new competition starts now and will be for Box Tops ONLY this time.  The slate is wiped clean so anyone can win! 
Your expertise can be put to good use as chilly temperatures arrive in Charlotte and the holidays approach. As part of the upcoming PTSO coat/mitten/hat drive and the silent auction/raffle, we would like to donate hand knit or crocheted hats, scarves, or mittens, and we need your help. If you are interested in helping, please email Art Teacher Lisa Charde and we will find a time to gather. We have some knitting supplies to share so you don't need to buy anything to participate or we you can use your own yarn and needles. All volunteers should have a basic knowledge of knitting/crocheting; this is not a class, rather a coordinated effort to create handmade items from our community.
By now, we hope you have seen the proofs of your child's school portraits, which were sent to all parents via email last week. If you haven't found the email, please search for in your inbox. 

We know that not every picture turns out perfectly--even with an amazing photographer like Mandy and adorable children as the subjects. So, Mandy has graciously agreed to offer retakes on Monday, Nov 14 in the morning. Any parent who wishes to have their child's picture retaken must   complete this form Please enter your child's name in the comments field.
Classes ending soon:
  • Intramural Soccer - ended 11/4
  • Soccer Shots - last session 11/16
  • Thursday Art - last class 12/1
  • GOTR - last practice 12/3
  • First Semester of After School ends 1/13/17
Classes starting now:
  • Intramural Cross Country starts 11/7
Remember: No after school on half days (11/10), teacher work days (11/23) or holidays (11/11, 11/24, 11/25).
After school care ends at 5:45 each day.  You are considered late if you pick up after 5:45 pm.  This quarter, we will begin assessing monetary fine of $1 per minute you are late.  
2nd semester news:  The brochure is coming soon, opening registration in December and closing registration before winter break.
If you have not already applied for financial aid and want to be considered for financial aid, please follow the process outlined in the Parent Handbook.  If you do not go through the financial aid process, you will not be considered for financial assistance.  Financial aid awards will be determined and communicated at the beginning of the new year.

Please email for more information.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 Kindergarten Open House 6:30 PM
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 Leroy Fox Dining Night Out 4:00 PM
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 Half Day - Classes End at Noon
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 Veterans Day - HOLIDAY
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 Love & Logic Workship Begins 9:30 AM
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 Walk In Conference Night 4:00 PM

We are still looking for volunteer tutors. If you are interested, c ontact PTSO Tutoring Committee Chair Trish Moffatt at or (434)660-8860.
Gloves & Socks (and Coats) Drive will begin on   December 1 .
Toys & Company Fundraiser - 11/5-11/12
Shop at Toys & Co. (242 S. Sharon Amity Rd.) through Nov 12. Mention that you're shopping to support Charlotte Lab School at checkout, and the school will receive 20% of purchases!
Loving our Lunch Volunteers! If you can help any day from 10:45 am-12:45 pm, your child(ren) will eat free that dayIf your child eats lunch at school, we hope you will consider volunteering regularly for this job. Sign up here.

Join Yoga in the Park every Thursday at 8:15 am & 9:30 am in First Ward Park. (We are working with UNCC to have an indoor space when the weather doesn't cooperate.) For more info or to RSVP please email Sue Hawes at .

We still need fun photos of all our students for the yearbook! Please upload your photos from Lab School events to the app ReplayIt. You can download the app from the app store on your smart phone. We are also looking for volunteers for the Y earbook Committee--specifically 3rd and 4th grade. These people will be in charge of collecting information about their grades throughout the year. If you are interested please email Zoe Balsamo at .

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.
  • Whole School - @Fk2c2
  • Kindergarten - @2a34d
  • 1st Grade - @8g9ccd
  • 2nd Grade - @48h447
  • 3rd Grade - @hea66
  • 4th Grade - @43gf3d
  • 5th Grade - @4dha6


Charlotte Lab School
301 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

General Info: 704-464-3830


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