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 try something new!

I also want to give a shout-out to our parents who helped make Lab's first DonorsChoose project a huge success. See below for more information. 


Mary Moss Brown
Head of School

Libros Espa├▒oles: Our First DonorsChoose Project Has Been Funded!

Thanks to the   support and generosity of many Lab families, Ms. Salas's DonorsChoose project was fully funded in less than 24 hours. Now, more than  $600 worth of books are on their way to her classroom. Once they arrive, our kindergarteners will have access to a library of leveled Spanish books that they'll be able to read daily during centers time.

Thank you to all those who shared Ms. Salas's project on social media and especially to the donors who made it possible: Amy Weinberg , Caele Gambs , Mandy French , Siddhi Shah, the  Efird Family , Sarah Brady, Monica King , Brittany from Charlotte, plus several anonymous donors!

First time hearing about DonorsChoose? It's a website where teachers post projects that will enhance learning in their classrooms. Then, donors go online, view posted projects, and donate any amount to the causes that they want to support. It's a great way to help teachers and all donations are tax deductible.

Interested in supporting our teachers through DonorsChoose? Lab teachers have some great ideas for innovative projects, so keep an eye out in the eNews and on Facebook for DonorsChoose updates. When a project is posted, we hope you will share it with your friends and family. It helps our teachers get the word out about the innovative work going on at Lab and fund projects quickly. In the meantime, the Charlotte Lab Teacher Wish List continues to be updated with smaller items that teachers need.

Thank you so much for supporting our teachers and students. We can achieve so much together!
More tips for healthy living from our guest writer.

Put the Whole in Your Grain

Whole grains are important to a healthy diet. They contain three edible parts: the bran, the germ and the endosperm. The bran is rich in fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants and many minerals including iron and zinc. The germ supplies healthy fats, vitamin E, B vitamins and antioxidants. And, the endosperm, the starchy center, contains very few nutrients, except carbohydrates and some protein.

When grains are refined (E.g., many breads, white rice), the bran and the germ are removed - dramatically reducing the grain's fiber, protein and many of its nutrients. As a result, refined grains become empty calorie foods that deliver very little nutritional value. Further, without the bran and germ to slow digestion, the starchy endosperm is quickly converted to glucose causing blood sugar levels to spike and drop rapidly - resulting in hunger and cravings for more sugar or refined grains.

From a health perspective, consuming whole grains instead of refined grains helps lower the risk of stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, asthma, inflammatory disease, and other diseases. And, whole grains help regulate blood sugar and blood pressure levels, reduce cholesterol, and facilitate weight maintenance.

Switching to whole grains from refined grains will prove to be a healthy change for you and your family. To do so, follow the links below:

We learned today that our caterer thought we had a half-day today (11/6/) instead of next month (12/6). Our plan is to always serve bag lunches on half-days, who bought school lunch today received a bag lunch instead of spaghetti. Sorry!
Keep you eyes open this week for an email from Mandy French Photography with a link to your child's student portrait pictures and directions on ordering. If you do not receive the link by Thursday, Nov 9, or if you would like to have your child's picture retaken, please email Mandy French. Note, all students will receive a free class picture!

We also want to give a big thank you to our parent volunteers who helped throughout the 8 days: Mandy May, Reka Juhasz, Siddhi Shah, Julie Bacon, Kristie Puckett, Keri Schatt, Anne Rogers, Abby Baker, Sue Hawes, and Liz. Benitez!  
We are excited to announce that Charlotte Lab Middle School has a spirit rock!!! A big thank you to Vulcan Materials, who donated the big granite rock to help us show our school spirit. 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!
Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, and at Charlotte Lab School, we have much to be thankful for! Please consider helping the Staff Appreciation Committee express our gratitude by baking a pie for our wonderful staff members to share with their families this Thanksgiving. We'll take care of boxing and delivering pies to staff. Sign up to bake a pie here.

Pies must be delivered to the school (lower or middle) by Tuesday, November 21 by 10:00 am. We will have drop off stations near the student entrances, as well as in the carpool line that morning.

Teachers, administration, bus drivers, and UNCC neighbors were offered a choice of chess, pecan, or pumpkin pie. Please bake the flavor listed with their name. If a flavor is not listed, then we have not received their preference. If a staff member is not listed, they opted not to receive a pie this year. Thank you for your help!
We have a winner! 3rd grade won the first Box Tops competition of the year thanks to a huge contribution of 350 box tops from Ms. Najenson's class. Congratulations! 3rd grade will be receiving a sweet treat in the coming week. A new competition is underway, and it is up for grabs! This is a great time of year to get box tops while you are preparing holiday meals. And don't forget to get them from relatives while you are out of town! Who will win this next competition? 
There are a lot of upcoming field trips! Remember, if you prepaid for field trips this year, 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 or send in cash or check. You can send in $25, $50, or $75. You will receive an accounting by trimester of your remaining balance.

Take a look at our upcoming trips through the end of the year:
Nov 8 Duke Explorium 5th Grade
Nov 14 RunningWorld 6th Grade
Nov 16 Schiele Museum Kindergarten
Nov 17 Historic Rural Hill 3rd Grade
Dec 1 The Nutcracker (Charlotte Youth Ballet)
1st and 3rd Grade
Dec 5 Schiele Museum 2nd Grade
Dec 16 Children's Theater - Best Christmas Pageant Ever 2nd Grade
This November, Charlotte Lab School is partnering with Minted on a special fundraiser. Shop using our promo code: FUNDRAISECHARLOTTE to earn 15% back to the school. Plus, you also receive 15% OFF your Minted order-all month long! Note: this offer cannot be combined with Black Friday or CyberMonday specials.
Please join the Lab Parents Book Club for a special evening discussion of Raising Cain by Dan Kindlon, PH.D.  
  • Book: Raising Cain, Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon, PH.D.
  • Date: Tuesday, Nov. 7
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Location: Earl's Grocery on Elizabeth Avenue
  • Pre-Work: Read the book or watch the PBS Home Video, Raising Cain, Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
  • RSVP: Let us know you are coming by emailing Michele Davis at We need a minimum of 4 confirmed attendee's to hold the discussion
We had a beautiful day for our Middle School Dedication on 10/29. Thanks to Renee Alsop and Leslie Mueller for planning this wonderful event to mark the start of the new Lab Middle School and bring the school community together to celebrate.  Thanks also to Kevin Mueller, Michael O'Sullivan, Maura O'Sullivan, Keri Schacht, Lauri Clinch, and Kristin Allen for their assistance.

The Middle School GoPlaySave Fundraiser, led by Kristy Ely (thank you Kristy!), was a huge success with a profit of $5,984!  Thanks to Lauri Clinch and all of the Middle School advisors for helping to make it happen.

You've probably seen the recent enews item about the new way we're celebrating staff birthdays this year--we're dedicating one day each month to celebrate staff that have a birthday within that month by bringing each person a little treat. A big thank you to Marty Pizzo for coordinating this effort!  If you haven't signed up yet, there are still a few spots left.
Fri, Nov 10
Veterans Day-Holiday
Tue, Nov 14 Nothing But Noodles Spirit Night 4:30 PM
Wed, Nov 15 MS Open House 6:30 PM
Thurs, Nov 16 Breakfast with Heads of School 8:30 AM
Tue, Nov 21
End of Trimester 1
Wed, Nov 22
Thanksgiving Break- No School
Thu, Nov 23
Thanksgiving Day- Holiday
Thu, Nov 23 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade 7:00 AM
Fri, Nov 24
Thanksgiving Break- No School
Mon, Nov 27
Teacher Workday-No School
Tue, Nov 28
Start of Trimester 2
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.

11/3-11/12 Disney's Lion King Jr. at Amour Street Theater, Davidson
11/4 EpicFest at Imaginon
11/10 International Science Day at the Carolina Raptor Center (free for Mecklenburg residents)
11/10 & 11/11 Feis Chlobhair: Clover Highland Games and Scots-Irish Festival
11/12 Sunday Fun Day at the Mint Museum: Around The World 1-4
11/18 National Farm City Week at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
11/24- 12/30 Carowinds Winterfest
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.

We have posted our November and December 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 have 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 Dominos or Papa Johns) will now be the last Friday that we are in school each month. 
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.

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!

If you would like to help the middles 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). 
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.

Lab is no longer accepting Coke product bottle tops at the school, and we are no longer collecting caps for the school art project; however, we would love for you to create a Coke account, enter the codes from drinks you consume, and donate them to the school. This will help us earn valuable supplies for our school. Email Zoe Balsamo at for more information. 

LOVE AND LOGIC┬« PARENTING WORKSHOP presented by Wendy Petricoff, Owner of Charlotte Parenting Solutions! 
  • Who: 3rd-6th grade Parents/Guardians Dates: Every Tuesday, 8:45 am-10:15 am for 3 weeks beginning October 31 (Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 13) 
  • Where: Lab Middle School Large Commons 
  • Cost: $115 per family, includes a workbook 
Register directly with Charlotte Parenting Solutions--select Charlotte Lab Private Course from the drop-down menu.
Lunch payments can be made at . 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. 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.

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
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