This Week at Charlotte Lab School
Join Us for Assessment Night!
Dear Parents,

I’m writing this week to strongly encourage all families to attend our first Assessment Night, which will be held at the Lower School, next Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30pm. This is a new event this year offered in response to parents’ desire to learn more about how assessment works at Lab and to answer many of your questions about assessment, testing, and the school report card. 

Please join me and the Instructional Leadership team to learn about: 

  • The history of standardized testing, the rise of the “accountability movement,” and the future of assessment;
  • Lab’s philosophy and beliefs about assessment;
  • All the ways Lab assesses your child’s learning;
  • Different assessments you can expect your child to take this year, 
  • Ways to support your child at home, 
  • How to make sense of your child’s assessment results, and 
  • How to talk to your child about assessment results.

To make the sessions even more personalized, we will be walking you through the process of making sense of your child’s recent MAP test scores. Students in grades 3-7 will bring home their test results this Friday; please bring these with you to the event.

ALL lower school AND middle school families are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will provide details on parking and child care in Friday folders and next week's enewsletter.

We can’t wait to see you there and look forward to answering all of your questions about assessment at Lab and how we are working to ensure that every child continues to grow and is on the path to college readiness!


Dr. Mary Moss
Executive Director
All School Events
  • Oct. 9-12 - MAP Make-Up Testing - 8:30-11:30am
  • Oct. 11 - Lab Parent Book Club - 8:30-10:30am (details below)
  • Oct. 16 - Assessment Night - 6:30-8:30pm
  • Oct. 22 - Open House for Prospective Families - Volunteer
  • Oct. 23-26 - Book Fair Week - View Schedule - Volunteer
  • Oct. 25 - Lab Parent Party - 7:00-10:00pm - View Flyer
  • Oct. 26 - Breakfast with a Buddy - 7:45-8:30am (details below)
Lower School Events
  • Oct. 17 - Grades 4-5 Chinese Class Field Trip - 12:00pm
  • Oct. 29 - Lower School Student Portraits (details below)
Middle School Events
  • Oct. 11 - Middle School Parent Coffee - 8:30-9:30am (details below)
  • Oct. 11 - Chinese Class Field Trip - 11:50am
  • Oct. 30 - Middle School Student Portraits (details below)
Become a Lab Volunteer! Volunteering your time means a lot to us and helps Lab build a strong school community. Sign up to volunteer today!
  • Volunteer at Open House on October 22: Sign up to greet prospective families, help them navigate our space, and answer questions. Contact Kris Goldbach with questions. Learn more.

  • Volunteer at the Book Fair: Sign up.

  • Volunteer at Breakfast with a Buddy on October 26: Sign up.

  • Help Coach Girls' Basketball: Contact Alex Ritchie to sign up.

  • Support the Lab Chickens by signing up to purchase a bag of food or bedding.
Online Lunch Payment Now Available!
All families now have access to the K12 payment system and can make lunch payments online by credit card. Student ID numbers will be sent out via email so you can set up your account or add a student to your current account.

If your child needs a vegetarian, gluten free, or dairy free lunch, you must inform us in advance. Order lunch by Tuesday, October 16 at 4:00 pm for October 22 - November 2! For ordering information, payment options, and menus, visit the Lunch Tab of the Parent Section on the school website.
Basketball Sign-Ups for Grades 5-7
Basketball season is quickly approaching! Sign-ups begin the week of October 15. There will be one boys' and one girls' team per grade level (5, 6, and 7). Sign up early to secure your child's spot on a team! If interested in coaching the girls' team, contact Alex Ritchie. Keep an eye on the enews for updates.  Learn more.
Job Posting: Grants & Fundraising Manager
We are looking for a Grants and Fundraising Manager to join the External Affairs Team. If you love Lab and have experience with writing grants or RFPs, please consider applying.

Check out the job description and apply online on our website.
We have many exciting events planned for this school year! Our goal is to provide a variety of events to continue to grow our Lab school spirit and sense of community. View the PTSO calendar or pick up a copy in the front office.
Middle School Parents - You're Invited!
Interested in meeting other Lab Middle School parents? Join us for coffee, donuts, and an opportunity to mingle right after drop-off on Thursday, October 11. We will meet outside (weather permitting) in the quad next to carpool from 8:30-9:30 am.
Calling All Book Lovers!
The fall book fair will be held the week of October 22-26! We are combining the lower and middle school fairs at UNCC (Room 1104) this year. Learn more.

We will need lots of volunteers to make it a success. Please sign up if you are able to help. Thank you!
Breakfast with a Buddy
Join us Friday, October 26 from 7:45-8:30 am for Breakfast with a Buddy. Students may bring a special someone (Mom, Dad, Grandparent, etc.) to enjoy a sweet treat on the Lower School playground before school starts. This will also be the final day of the book fair at UNCC (Room 1104), so be sure to visit!

This event is for all families. Middle schoolers are welcome to attend the Breakfast with a Buddy and book fair at the Lower School campus, but they must be sure to arrive at the Middle School (parents must provide transportation) no later than 8:20 or they will be marked tardy.

If you are available to help with this event, please sign up. PARKING IS AVAILABLE IN THE GRAVEL LOT ONLY, following normal morning procedures. You may be ticketed or towed if you use one of the other lots.
Lab School Parent Party
Join other Lab parents for an evening out with a buffet dinner provided by Rocky Top BBQ and a special Innovation Ale brewed for just for us! View the flyer.

Date: Thursday, October 25
Time: 7:00-10:00 pm
Location: Catawba Brewing Company
Tickets: $12.50 per person. Buy tickets here.

This is a parents-only event. Tickets are non-refundable and must be purchased by October 19. We hope to see you there!
Save the Date for School Pictures
This year, student portraits and class pictures will be taken by St. John’s Photography. Grades K-5 are scheduled for Monday, October 29. Middle School is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30. A make-up session is scheduled for Friday, November 9. Uniforms are required for school photos! Additional details will be published soon.
Lab Spirit Night with the Hornets
Come and enjoy a night out with the Charlotte Hornets and Lab families on Saturday, November 17! The game starts at 7:00 pm and $5 per ticket will go directly back to the school. The first 40 Lab students to purchase tickets will receive an on-court half-time fan experience. View the flyer. Contact Lory Cobb if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
Online Student Directory Coming Soon
Keep your eyes open in the next few weeks for access to our online student directory. The My School Anywhere App will allow you to contact peers and classmates at your fingertips.
Last Lab Parents Book Club Meeting!
You can still join the Lab Parents Book Club! 

Date: Thursday, October 11
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 am
Location: Waterbean Coffee at 616 North Tryon Street
RSVP by sending an email to Michele Davis at Prior to the meeting, finish the book.
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