FEBRUARY 22, 2016 - IN THIS ISSUE
POWER OF PARTNERSHIP
Dear Parents, 

I am pleased to share with you exciting news for Charlotte Lab School.  We are teaming up with Tresata, a local big-data firm, to increase the use of technology at Lab.  This is a natural partnership for many reasons including our shared, strong commitment to integrating technology into elementary education and helping students develop 21st century skills. You can read more about Tresata and the partnership in the Charlotte Business Journal, and we were also featured in today's Charlotte Agenda!
 
Working together, Tresta and Lab share an interest in developing a model for what it means to be a 'technologically adept school.' For us, this doesn't simply mean every child has a device, rather we focus on enhancing the learning experience with the right devices.  Through this partnership, Tresata becomes the lead technology sponsor for the school, making a big commitment to our Maker lab, Quest, and STEM initiatives, as well as adapting its analytics software to help solve for some of education's biggest challenges.
 
Tresata CEO Abhishek Mehta shared the motivation for the partnership.  "We have always been energized by the power education has to shape the future, our future, and in Charlotte Lab School, we found a partner who is equally energized by it. Your vision to personalize education for each student is a lovely extension of our promise to enrich life, and we are excited by how our powerful analytics platform can enable the same and empower kids to be successful individuals."
 
The support that Tresata will give to Lab over the next 5 years, including donation of equipment, talent, and event sponsorship, is valued at $50,000. It is public-private partnerships such as this one that are a key ingredient to improving public education for all, providing truly innovative learning, and preparing students for college and the global workplace.  This relationship will also augment the Maker/STEM curriculum by enhancing our intellectual knowledge base.
 
Please join us for a kick-off event to celebrate our partnership on March 14. Parents and students are invited to a PI Night event (get it? 3.14) for a one-of-a-kind Mime-matics presentation by Dr. Tim Chartier, professional mime and mathematician; math games; and a pizza dinner, all sposored by Tresata. Event details and RSVP information will be coming soon
 
Mr. Mehta's connection to Lab is both professional and personal. He explained, "My wife, Shweta, and I are also proud to be Lab parents. Our two daughters, grades 1 and 4, benefit from the school's unique educational approaches to  teaching, learning, and supporting whole child development. Charlotte Lab School is truly helping to prepare children for the real world."
 
Please join me in thanking Tresata and the Mehta family for their generous support of our school. And, stay tuned for more details about this exciting partnership.


Sincerely,

Mary Moss Brown
Head of School
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WELLNESS UPDATE FROM MRS. WHELAN
As a reminder, the following upcoming events are sponsored by the Wellness Committee at Lab. We hope parents will join us for these presentations. Please RSVP to me if you can attend.

The Whole Tulip Parent Presentation

When:  February 24, 9-10:00 am
Where: UNCC (Room 606)

Join Carolyn Hallett and Adri Warrick, sisters and co-founders of The Whole Tulip, as they discuss the one ingredient that could be holding you and your family back on your health goals: SUGAR.


Social Media Solutions

When:  March 6, 6-7:30 pm
Where: Charlotte Lab School

Speaker Melanie Hempe of Families Managing Media will speak on how to keep social media and smartphones from controlling your child. 



 



LAB INNOVATION FUND UPDATE
Please help us reach $100,000 (the half-way point) by the end of February by  making a donation today. We hope to raise $15,000 in the next 7 days to reach our target, and we need your help. Learn more about the Lab Innovation Fund  on our website, including  Ways to Give and answers to Frequently Asked Questions .
DIVERSITY COMMITTEE UPDATE
Thanks to all of our parents who have taken the time to complete our Diversity Survey. So far, 239 parents have responded, and we will continue to collect responses until Feb 28. If you haven't done so already, please complete the online survey or return the hard copy that was sent home in your child's green folder last Thursday.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PANEL DISCUSSION 
Please join our Middle School Panel Discussion on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Our goal for the evening is to allow our 5th grade parents an opportunity to understand a variety of middle school options, perspectives, and experiences that exist within Charlotte. We hope through this discussion, parents can make an informed decision during such an important transition. As of today, we expect to have representatives from the following middle schools.
  • AG Middle
  • Carmel Middle
  • Trinity Episcopal
  • Piedmont IB Middle
  • Ranson IB Middle 
  • NW School of the Arts
Please email Counselor Assistant Andrea Miller with any questions.
PTSO GENERAL MEETING - FEB 28
The third-quarter PTSO General Membership Meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 28 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Agenda details and parking information were in last week's enewsletter. If you need childcare, please RSVP to the PTSO mailbox  and indicate the # of children attending. Space is limited so please RSVP by Wednesday, February 22. 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). 
SPRING EVENTS - SAVE THE DATES
Thanks to the reply to our enewsletter request for volunteers to lead some of our spring events, the PTSO is happy to announce the Girls Spring Fling on the evening of Friday, March 24 and the Boys Glow Show on the evening of Friday, March 31. These events are designed for students to invite a special someone (mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, or another adult) to join them and spend a fun evening together. We'll have more details next week, but for now please save the date(s)!
 
We can always use more volunteers to help with these and other events, so please contact Committee Chair Sue Hawes to volunteer or with any questions.
ENRICHMENT SHOWCASES
We are nearing the end of our second Enrichment Trimester, and the students are ready to share what they have learned before they rotate to their next 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 901. 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.
 
CHILDREN'S THEATRE SHOWCASE TIMES  (By Homeroom)
Monday, Feb 27
  • Whitelaw: 11:10 am
  • Brown: 12:15 pm
  • Salas: 1:50 pm
Tuesday, Feb 28
  • Davino: 11:10 am
  • Fields: 12:15 pm
  • Najenson: 1:50 pm
MUSIC SHOWCASE TIMES  (By Homeroom)
Wednesday, Mar 1
  • Hartzell: 11:10 am
  • French: 12:15 pm
  • Doig: 1:50 pm
Thursday, Mar 2
  • Castro: 11:10 am
  • Luft: 12:15 pm
  • Smith: 1:50 pm
ART SHOWCASE
Parents of students taking Art this trimester are invited to enjoy the wonderful displays of student art work throughout the school. 

SCHOOL DIRECTORY REMINDER
Questions on how to make the most of the My School Anywhere (MSA) school directory? Download the MSA app! It's available from the Google Play store and the Apple App store -- just search "My School Anywhere" and get it free. Not sure if you have access or misplaced your login information? Email Nola McClure to request access or simply reset your password on the login screen.

CALENDAR-AT-A-GLANCE
Wed, Feb 15 Breakfast with The Board and Dr. Moss Brown 7:45 AM
Thur, Feb 23 Grades 4/5 Girls Book Club 10:55 AM
Thur, Feb 23 Middle School Panel Discussion 6:30 PM
Week of Feb 28 Enrichment Showcases Various
Tue, Feb 28 Grades 4/5 Boys Book Club 10:55 AM
Tue, Feb 28 PTSO General Meeting 6:00 PM
Fri, Mar 3 Last Day of Trimester 2 Enrichment & PE Classes
Fri, March 24 Girls Spring Fling 6:00 PM
Fri, March 31 Boys Glow Show 6:00 PM
NEWS WORTH REPEATING
The World Languages team is requesting photos of students and families that represent your culture. Please send in a photo (hard copy or digitally to cfrench@charlottelabschool.org) that includes your student and a product or practice that represents your culture. These do not necessarily need to be related to a particular heritage or nationality; we would love to know about your family or community's culture, too!  
  • PRODUCTS could include anything that a group uses or makes: favorite foods, money, monuments, heirlooms, games, jewelry, musical instrument, etc.
     
  • PRACTICES could include the things that you do normally with a group: traditions, celebrations, greetings, rite of passage, habits, manners, how you travel, something that you do every weekend, a mealtime or bedtime routine, etc.   
If you (as a parent) are interested in sharing more about a culture, please let us know here:   bit.ly/labtravels . Please feel free to contact any World Languages teacher if you have any questions!
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Lunch orders must be place at least 7 days in advance to allow the caterer enough time to purchase/prepare the appropriate amount of food. If you are purchasing lunch on specific days, you must let the caterer know which days your child intends to eat lunch at least 7 days in advance by emailing or adding a note to your order..

Also, we only have silverware (well, plasticware) available if your child has purchased school lunch. If your child brings his/her lunch, please send all utensils from home.
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Have you noticed that the car-rider line is moving more quickly? That is because of our fabulous morning volunteers. You can help keep the line moving by volunteering with morning carpool. Sign up to let us know you are coming
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We are in need of uniforms in larger sizes (7-12) including tops, pants, and navy sweaters/fleeces. If you have any to donate (new or gently used) please let us know. Drop off your donations at the front office.
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