SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 - IN THIS ISSUE
CURRICULUM NIGHT - TOMORROW
We are looking forward to seeing you at our Curriculum Night tomorrow. First, a few logistics:
1) If you are looking for parking, please plan to park at First Ward Elementary School. Our neighbors are allowing us to park there for this event. Please enter the First Ward Elementary School's parking lot from Brevard Street. We will not have any parking passes available tomorrow night.

2) Please try to be on time (starts at 6:00 pm), use the visitor entrance, and head directly to your child's homeroom when you arrive. If you have more children than adults, you may choose to spend part of your time in one homeroom and part in the others.

3) Before you come, take some time to read through the First Quarter Curriculum Guides if you have not already done so. You can find them posted on our website or in your child's binder (grades 2-5).

What to Expect
Subject area teachers will rotate through each grade level and provide curriculum highlights and overviews. Each "block" will be 15 minutes, allowing us to cover all subjects and areas of interest, including ELA, Math, Quest, World Languages, Enrichment, Advisory & Administration. 

Our agenda is ambitious, and the time allotted to each subject is limited to 15 minutes; we expect to finish our presentations by 7:45pm. If you do not have a chance to get all of your questions answered, we will provide a follow-up survey for additional comments and questions. Stay tuned for more info.

If you are not able to attend Curriculum Night tomorrow night, we will post the presentations and follow-up information in next week's enewsletter, including login info for the SeeSaw platform that you may be starting to hear about from your child. Parents will have another chance to meet their child's teachers at our walk-in conference night on November 15.

We can't wait to see you tomorrow night! I anticipate a great turnout, and thank you in advance for your patience as welcome the 600+ parents that we expect into the school. Hopefully, our air conditioning will cooperate better than it did during our Meet the Teachers Open House.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mary Moss Brown
Head of School
BOOK FAIR NEXT WEEK!
Our Scholastic Book Fair starts next week, from  Sept 26-30 . Please be on the look out for a book flyer in your child's  Friday  folder. Your child will have a chance to pre-shop and bring home a wish list early in the week. If you would like your child to purchase books, please return the wish list, along with payment, in a plastic bag clearly marked with his/her name and homeroom.   

The book fair will be open daily from  7:45 am-3:45 pm  and parents should feel free to come in and shop during those times. Additionally, t he book fair will be open from  5-6:00 pm  on  Tuesday, September 27  prior to the PTSO meeting. And Dads will have a special chance to shop with their kids during our Donuts for Dads event on Sept 30 from 7:45-8:15 am. 

Keep in mind that all purchases help support the school.  For a wider selection of books, specifically Spanish and STEAM-related books, be sure to check out the online book fair at  http://www.scholastic.com/bf/charlottelabschool1 .

We still have a few spots open for volunteers. Please sign-up here if you are able to help.
THIS WEEK'S BLOG POST
Check out our special guest at last week's advisory assemblies on our Charlotte Lab Blog.
NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY
As a reminder, this Friday, Sept. 23 is a teacher work day--school is closed and there will be no after school program. Enjoy the long weekend!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are looking for a few volunteers to help us accomplish some fall projects for the school. If you have some free-time (our schedule is flexible) please sign up here or email Susannah Lund.
NEED A REMINDER?
This year, we will utilize Remind 101 as another means of communication. By subscribing to your child's grade level and the Whole School, 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
NEWS FROM THE PTSO 
PTSO GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The first PTSO General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 27 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The agenda will include the following:
  • School Update from Dr. Moss Brown,
  • Budget Review,
  • School Directory Presentation, 
  • Volunteer Opportunities,
  • Used Uniform Sale and Spirit Wear Sale, and
  • Book Fair from 5:00-6:00 pm!
If you need childcare, please RSVP to ptso@charlottelabschool.org and indicate the # of children you'll drop off. Space is limited so please RSVP by Wednesday, September 21. The cost for each child is $5 (cash only, please) and healthy, nut-free snacks will be served (if your child needs more, please send it). Look out for an update on parking in next week's newsletter.

ImaginOn Field Trip Coordinator
We still need a 4th grade Field Trip and ImaginOn Coordinator. Please use this link to volunteer!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sep-20 Curriculum Night 6:00 PM
Sep-23 Teacher Workday- NO CLASSES
Week of Sep-26 Book Fair 8:00 AM
Sep-30 Donuts with Dad (or special guest) 7:45 AM
Oct 5-7 MAP Testing
Oct-10 Columbus Day - HOLIDAY
Week of Oct 17 Student Portraits (M=5th, T=4th, W=3rd, TH=2nd, F=1st)
Oct-24 Student Protraits Con't (M=K)
Oct-28 End of Q1
Oct-31 Halloween - Teacher Work Day
NEWS WORTH REPEATING
Check out all of the ways that you can  Earn Money for Lab on our website , including Harris Teeter, Publix, Lands' End, Mabels Labels, and Amazon Smiles.

And, don't forget that each year, you must relink your VIC card in order to have shopping proceeds benefit the school. Our number is 3190. If you don't have time or energy to do this, feel free to  email Zoe Balsamo with your card number or phone number that you use at check out, and she will be happy to do it for you.
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Absence Procedures: On days that your child is sick or absent, please email his/her homeroom teacher and our Front Office Manager Stefanny Wilches 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. Don't forget that our funding depends on our attendance the first 20 days of school, so please make every effort to ensure your child is at school.
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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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Transportation Changes must be made by 2:00 pm, and this includes letting us know about early pickup. If you are picking up your child early, you must arrive in the front office by 3:30 pm. No exceptions, please. If you arrive after 3:30 pm, you will be redirected to the student entrance to pick up your child with regular dismissal. Make your Daily Transportation Changes here.
Charlotte Lab School
301 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

info@charlottelabschool.org

General Info: 704-464-3830

 

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