This Week at Charlotte Lab School
Dear Lab Family,

With the first trimester coming to a close, I know everyone is looking forward to an enjoyable and relaxing Thanksgiving Holiday. Amidst the holiday and widely recognized shopping days (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday), we hope you’ll also mark your calendars for the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Not only is it the beginning of the second trimester at school, it is also #GivingTuesday, which is a global movement to turn our attention away from the commercial side of the holidays and focus on how we can give back to our communities. This year, we hope you will join us in celebrating #GivingTuesday by helping us kick off our Lab Innovation Fund campaign at Charlotte Lab School.

The Lab Innovation Fund is our annual fundraising event, which helps raise money to supplement our operating budget each year. By launching our 2018/2019 Lab Innovation Fund on #GivingTuesday, we join a community that is dedicated to giving time, talent, and resources to support important causes throughout the world. Established in 2012 and celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is seen as the official beginning of the year-end giving season.

This year, we hope to raise $300,000 , which will provide essential funding for many of the programs and activities that make our school special and allow us to create a truly innovative learning environment. We depend on our families, friends, and community for their support so that we can accomplish our ambitious goals. Why does Lab need this additional financial support? Lab receives less than $7,000 per student from the state and county, yet we spend more than $9,000 per student. You can find out more about our Lab innovation Fund here .

There are even more reasons to participate in #GivingTuesday this year! Facebook and PayPal are teaming up to help nonprofits like ours raise money for our important work. Together, they will match up to $7 million in donations made to US nonprofits on Facebook on Tuesday, November 27, beginning at 8:00 am . (What does this mean? Donations to Lab will be matched up to $20,000 per donor and up to $250,000 per organization through this one-day program).

And here is how we need your help. Please show your support on #GivingTuesday by:

  • Setting up a fundraiser of your own on your Facebook page. It takes less than 2 minutes to do and is a great way to let your friends, family, and Facebook followers know about Lab school and invite them to support the school. Get started here and simply click Raise Money. I promise—it is easy to do!

  • Keeping your eyes open on Facebook for a friend or staff member who may already have a Lab Fundraiser and make a donation. We will post some options on the Lab Facebook page, too.

  • And, if you don’t use Facebook or social media—making a donation with a good old-fashioned check or credit card. You can find more information here; be sure to let us know if your company will match your gift.

By participating in #GivingTuesday —whether through Facebook or on your own—you will help us have a strong start to our 2017/2018 Lab Innovation Fund. Please feel free to contact me, or Susannah Lund , if you have any questions.

Thank you, as always, for your support.


Dr. Mary Moss
Executive Director
Bring in $1 for a Rice Krispie Treat to Support 5th Grade's Field Trip Fundraiser
WhenTuesday, November 20th (TOMORROW!) during 2nd-5th Grade Lunches

What: Every type of cereal treat you can imagine!

Cost: Only $1 per treat!

Why: To benefit 5th grade’s trip to Play60 and future field trip costs.
Thanksgiving Pie Event
Pies must be delivered to the school by Tuesday, November 20 (tomorrow) at 9:30 am. We will have a drop off station near the walker and carpool lines. You can also deliver your pie to the office. We'll take care of boxing and delivering pies to staff. 

The Staff Appreciation Committee thanks you for your help.

New Lab Spirit Wear
The online spirit wear site sale has been extended through Sunday, November 25. The sale will include 3 new items - a long sleeve navy logo shirt, trucker hat and a winter beanie hat - as well as a few sweatshirt and jacket options. Items will be delivered to the school and sent home before the holiday break.

Questions? Contact Paige Choate.
School Photos Make-Up & Ordering
Don’t forget! All Families must select their child's photo to appear in the yearbook no later than Friday, November 23 . Also, all orders placed by that date will receive 15% off the entire order ($25 minimum), and the school also earns 15% back as a fundraiser.
You can see digital proofs by logging into and following the directions below:
  • Click on ‘Schools’ then ‘Order Photos’
  • Click on your child’s school
  • Enter your school’s access code: CTLC
  • Enter your child’s first or last name

Please refer to the email sent by the school on Wednesday, Nov 7 for additional details about ordering and yearbook selection.

Questions? Contact Jaime Rentch.
Coffee for a Cause
Help support the 7th grade class as they fundraise for international trips! Get your local, fresh roasted Enderly Coffee Company coffee for hosting friends and family for the holidays or to give as gifts.  Purchase online.

Questions? Contact Kristin Allen.
Lab Chess Team Competes in the Charlotte Junior Open Tournament
Eighteen students on the Lab Chess Team competed in the 2018 Junior Open Chess Tournament on Saturday, November 10 at Olympic High School. Students began their first round of chess at 9:30 am and competed throughout the day, ending with awards at 4:30pm. We are so proud of all of our chess kids for displaying incredible sportsmanship, determination and team spirit! 

Individual Recognition as follows:

Coaches Awards:
  • Stella Simonsen (Sportsmanship)
  • Ava Leung (Mental Toughness)
For the Age 10 and Under Section:
  • Attila Montesano (5th place)
  • Chase Bellamy (6th place)
  • Everett Gilman (10th place)
For the Age 12 and Under Section:
  • Jake Baugh (1st place)
  • Liam Parsons (5th place)
  • For the age 16 and under section:
  • Christian Mayer (3rd place-tied)
  • Logan Parsons (3rd place-tied)
Save the Date for Lab Dining Night Out
Save the date for Lab's first Dining Night Out of the year at Kickstand on the evening of Thursday, November 29. Kickstand will donate a portion of the proceeds back to Lab. More details to follow.
Lab Family Middle School Open House
Save the Date! All 5th Grade parents are invited to attend a special MS Open House designed just for current Lab families interested in seeing what Lab Middle School is all about. Please join our MS teachers, leadership, and our wonderful Lab Student Ambassadors for a short presentation followed by a tour of the MS campus on Thursday January 24, 2019 6:30-8:00pm (please note the date change).

Questions? Contact Caele Gambs,
Make and Grow
Join Mr. Hartzell for Make and Grow on December 8 or sign up for Winter Camp. Visit for more details.
All School Events
  • Nov. 20 - Thanksgiving Pie Event - 7:45am - 12:00pm
  • Nov. 20 - End of Trimester 1
  • Nov. 21-26 - Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
  • Nov. 29 - Lab Spirit Night at Kickstand
  • Nov. 30 - Progress Reporting Day
  • Dec. 10-14 - Conference Week
  • Dec. 12 - Half Day for Conferences
Lower School Events
  • Nov. 20 - 5th Grade Rice Krispie Fundraiser - View Flier
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Gratitude Beyond Thanksgiving
At Thanksgiving, we are given an opportunity to reflect and remember all of the good for which we should be grateful. It helps us refocus on what’s most important and to take stock of the positives in our lives, such as friends, family, health, and whatever good fortune we have. And, it causes us to look beyond ourselves and see the greater good. Adopting a gratitude-based mindset throughout the year, can provide many long-term positive benefits to the wellbeing of children and adults.  Read more.
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