Summer Updates from Charlotte Lab School
Dear Lab Families,

We hope that you are enjoying your summer and finding plenty of time to relax and spend time with your families. We have been busy closing out the 2018-2019 year and getting ready for 2019-2020 -- our fifth year!

Please take a look at the upcoming events, deadlines, and activities below. And, have a wonderful few weeks ahead! We will be in touch again in early August with a list of new faculty, teaching assignments, more school-wide updates, after school information, and details for back-to-school.


Dr. Mary Moss
Executive Director
August 1 is the last chance to order your EduKit!
All EduKit orders must be placed by August 1 and will be delivered to your home before school begins for a small fee. Your child's supply kit will include the exact teacher requested supplies. Visit the Edukit website and search for Charlotte Lab School (be sure to choose your child's grade level for next year) to order. Please consider donating a supply kit for a Lab friend in need. Select the kit you would like to donate and at checkout in the "Name" field, write "Scholarship Kit."

If you choose to purchase school supplies on your own, please bring them to the Meet the Teacher night in August (dates will be published over the summer). View the lists for grades Lower School (K-5) and Middle School (6-8).

If you need financial assistance for school supplies, please email as soon as possible.

Questions? Contact Jaime Rentch.
Bus and Lunch Updates
Thanks to all the returning families who filled out the Parent Survey, which included lunch and transportation information. 

Lunch Updates
We are pleased to be able to address some of the concerns regarding lunch. For the 2019-20 school year:
  • Price will be $4.25/lunch (down $0.25)
  • Pizza Friday only will be an option (must order by 10am Wednesday).
  • Weekly order is now an option (must order by 10am prior Wednesday).
  • We will be using a new system, so please do not make payments on K12.
More info and sign ups will be in the August newsletter.

Bus Update
We will be working with Eagle to review the routes based on the responses.
Financial Aid
Families that qualify for free or reduced lunch may also be eligible for financial assistance from Lab for transportation, field trips, after school, and other expenses. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, families should send an email to by July 19 to request specific assistance. Awards will be made by August 15.
PTSO Summer Playdate
Join new and returning families at our Lab Lower School a playdate on August 17 from 10:00-11:30 am at the Lower School. This event is weather permitting.
The Extra Mile After School Program - Info Coming Soon!
The Extra Mile is Lab's after school program led by Lab teachers and including opportunities for STEAM activities, sports, and outdoor play. Please be on the lookout for an email from Ricky Singh, Founder/Operator of The Extra Mile, with more details and information on how to sign up for the 2019-2020 school year!
Sign Up for After School Clubs
We are excited to offer a wide array of after school clubs again this year! Please remember that all after school programming is provided by vendors and parents need to register with and pay the associated vendor. Parents applying for financial aid should contact these vendors directly. Be sure to make note of the specific start and stop times of these programs. You are expected to pick your child up on time at the end of the class. If your child needs extended day coverage, you must also register and pay for the Extra Mile program. Review the offerings below and sign up soon to reserve your child's spot!

Soccer Shots
Grades: K-2
Day(s): Wednesdays
Times: 3:45-4:30 pm
Start Date: Wednesday, September 11th
Length: 12 weeks
No soccer: October 9th and November 27th
Last Day: Wednesday, December 11th
Cost: $186
Location: Lower School 

Chess Club (if your child is interested in the chess team, this club is for you)
Grades: 1-7
Day(s): Tuesdays
Times: 3:45-5:00 pm
Duration: September - early January
Location: Lower School 
Cost: $200
Young Master Chess Website (Registration Available Soon)

Kind Ninja Taekwondo/Brazilian Jui Jitsu
Grades: K-8
Taekwondo: M/W 3:45-4:45pm 
Jiu-Jitsu: T/TH 3:45-4:45 
Transfer to Extra Mile is available for additional fee for coverage until 6.
Duration: Aug 26 - January. 
Cost: Varies by class
Location: Lower School 

Children's Theatre
Grades: K-8
Day(s): All Days

Arts+ (formerly Community School of the Arts)
Grades: K-8
Day(s): All Days
Immunizations for 7th Graders
North Carolina requires vaccine records to be updated for students entering the 7th grade. Before your child entered Kindergarten, he or she most likely received all required immunizations except for the Tdap booster and Meningococcal conjugate. If your student has had a well check this year, they may have already received the needed vaccinations. The state requires us to have an updated copy of immunization records for students entering the 7th grade. You will have 30 calendar days from the first day of school to provide the required up-to-date immunization record for your child. Vaccination requirements for 7th-grade-age children can be found here.
Summer Reading List and #LABSUMMERCHALLENGE
We are excited to share our Summer Reading List and #LabSummerChallenge. This Lab tradition aims to encourage students to continue to nurture their joy of learning, designing, exploring, and creating all summer long.

Lower School List: Aside from reading the 1-2 required books, which will be used to support advisory activities early in the year, there are no grades or due dates for this challenge. We're excited for this chance to see what our kids can do and how they can inspire us and each other! Post photos and videos on FB/Instagram/Twitter with #LabSummerChallenge.

Middle School List: Required books will be used to launch advisory in the fall. Additionally, students will choose two or more books from a list of high-interest texts to keep them engaged and reading all summer. Students will keep a reading log so teachers can see their selections and progress and complete a written reflection of their thoughts about their chosen texts. This is due the first day of school.
Sign Up for Remind 101
Sign up to receive reminders and updates by texting the correct code 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 - @af2948
- 1st Grade - @48h8e6
- 2nd Grade - @bea6h
- 3rd Grade - @2a34d
- 4th Grade - @8g9ccd
- 5th Grade - @48h447
- 6th Grade - @hea66
- 7th Grade - @43gf3d
- 8th Grade - @4dha6
Two Great Ways to Support Lab Classrooms!
It may be summer vacation, but Lab teachers are already busy preparing for the upcoming school year. As they make plans for their classrooms, one of the biggest challenges teachers face is figuring out how to afford all the materials and resources they want and need for their students. Please consider making a donation in one of the following ways:

  • Purchase and donate items from the Charlotte Lab School Wishlist. This wishlist contains items that teachers need beyond their classroom budget and regular student supplies. Many items are under $10, but make a big difference to the learning environment!

  • Help fund teacher projects by making a donation on Ms. Winnestaffer, our amazing first grade ELA teacher, just posted her first project - mBots for a Maker Lab. By donating to this project, you can help give Lab students 6 new mBots for engaging coding technology projects in our Maker Space!

Teachers will continue to update the wishlist and post projects on DonorsChoose throughout the summer, so please continue to check back for more opportunities to give. You can view all Lower School projects here and all Middle School projects here. Thank you so much for your generosity and support!
Stayin' Cool with Summer Meals
Please make note of that Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools offers FREE breakfast and lunch to kids from ages 1-18 through their Summer Meals program. No registration, sign up, or documentation needed. View locations, schedules, and menus here.
  • July 31 - Middle School Meet and Greet - 9:00-10:30 am
  • Aug 1 - EduKit Last Chance Order Deadline
  • Aug 14 - Middle School Setting Up Our Space Night - 4:00-7:00pm
  • Aug 17 - K-5 Playdate at Lab Lower School - 10:00-11:30 am
  • Aug 21 - Lower School Meet the Teacher Night - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Aug 22 - Middle School Meet the Teacher Night - 6:00-8:00 pm
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