This Week at Charlotte Lab School
Dear Lab Families,

As some of you may have already heard, over the weekend Kendra Johnson shared a letter with current Lab Middle School families to announce that she has decided not to return next year as Head of the Middle School, in order to stay at home with her two young children. We are so grateful for the contributions Ms. Johnson has made to our organization since its founding, and I am excited to be exploring ways for her to remain involved with Lab in less intensive ways as she spends more time with her little girls. 

As Ms. Johnson shared with current families, I will be resuming the role as Acting Head of Middle School, in addition to my other responsibilities as Executive Director. I will begin spending more time at the middle school immediately to ensure a smooth transition and will be relocating my office there again for the fall. We have a wonderfully talented faculty that I am confident will handle this change with ease and I am personally looking forward to the opportunity to work closely again with an age group that I love so dearly! 

In order to support me in this new dual role, we will be restructuring next year at the Middle School, including hiring a new Assistant Head of Middle School and adding a new Dean of Students position. Ricky Singh will be focused full time next year on assisting me with high school planning efforts thanks to our Department of Education Charter School Expansion grant. These positions will be posted this week and I hope to be able to make staffing decisions and announcements by early May, as we also finalize teacher offers. I want to assure you all that I am 100% committed to making Lab Middle School the unique and special place that I know it can be and to hiring the right staff to help me achieve that vision.

Thank you for continued support and trust in us to be part of your child(ren)’s educational journey. If you have questions, concerns, or feedback that you would like for me to consider as I begin planning for next year at Lab Middle School, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Dr. Mary Moss
Executive Director
Innovation Fund Update
What a great week we had for the Innovation Fund! Since last Monday, we have raised another $30,000 toward our goal. As a reminder, we set a target of hitting $250,000 by spring break, so we still have $18,068 to go by this Friday. If you haven’t had a chance to make your donation yet, there is still time. We hope that EVERY FAMILY will choose to make a gift to Lab and demonstrate that our community is 100% behind our mission. Special thanks to these families and friends who have shown their support .

Are you counted among the 40% of families who have made a donation? If not, it is not too late to:
  • Make a one-time or monthly donation on our website.
  • Print our gift form and return it to the school with your donation or pledge, Attn: Susannah Lund.
  • Become a Leadership Donor. We invite those families who are able to join our Collaborators Circle with a gift of $1,000 or more. Not only will you be part of a group of individuals who are leading the way financially to improve the lives of our students, you will also be invited to leadership donor programs and events throughout the year.
Spirit Week
Spring break is coming, so let’s celebrate with a week of Lab enthusiasm and spirit! We will have different school spirit themes for both the lower and middle school, so be sure to take a look at the flyers below (a hard copy also was sent home on Friday). At the middle school, grade levels will be judged for their participation, creativity, and enthusiasm, and we’ll declare a winning grade level on Friday! 
Play Ball! Join Us at a Knight's Game!
Come and enjoy a night out with the Charlotte Knights and Lab families on Friday, April 26! Ticket order forms were sent home in the Friday communication folder/binder or can be found here. Tickets are $15 each, and $5 per ticket sold will go directly back to our school. Please send in exact change or a check made out to ‘Charlotte Lab School PTSO’. We hope to see you there! Contact Lory Cobb with questions.
Reminders from the Front Office
Check Lost and Found before spring break! It's spring cleaning time, and our lost and found is overflowing with water bottles, hoodies, jackets and more. Please stop by THIS WEEK to claim your items. All unclaimed items will be donated over spring break. 

Allergy season has been particularly bad this year. Please keep in mind that the school not allowed to administer any allergy medication unless we have supporting documentation from a physician. If your child is struggling in this pollen-filled season, please make sure they take their allergy medicine at home.
Final Lab Parents Book Club Meeting
Meet other Lab parents and learn more about the radical reimagining of American education by joining the Lab Parents Book Club! Our final book club read of the year will be Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith. Check out Tony Wagner’s website, Transforming Education, and Ted Dintersmith’s website for more information.

  • Dates: Thursday, April 11
  • Time: 8:30 - 10:00 am Book club will meet immediately after drop-off. Get your child safely to school, then meet us at Queen City Grounds.
  • Location: Queen City Grounds at 644 N. Church St. - just 5 blocks from the lower school. Parking in the ramp is validated up to 90 minutes or street parking is available at the meters. 

Not able to attend all three discussions? No problem, join us whenever you are available. Prior to the next meeting:
Spring Break is Around the Corner - Sign Up for a Mini-Camp Today!
Have you tried a Children's Theater of Charlotte Mini-Camp yet? These awesome day-long camps offer students the opportunity to be creative, learn and have fun when school is out. There are six remaining mini-camps for this school year: 5 during the week of spring break and 1 Lab only mini-camp on the April 22 workday. Sign up here.
In-Kind Donation Needs
Spring cleaning and found an extra fridge? We need a commercial fridge, any size, that is NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) certified. Before we go shopping, we’re checking with our families one last time! Email Cat Malone if you have a lead!

The Middle School Water Bottle Filler is only $979 away from realization. If every middle school family gives $5, the project will be fully funded! Donate here.

Lab Middle also needs donations for the healthy snack program and chicken program! Sign up here to donate healthy snacks for students. Sign up here to donate food or bedding for the chickens.
All School Events
  • Apr. 11 - Parent Book Club - 8:30-10:00am (details above)
  • Apr. 15-19 - Spring Break! - No School
  • Apr. 22 - Teacher Workday - No School
  • Apr. 26 - Lab Family Knights Game (details above)
  • Apr. 29-May 3 - Grades 2-7 MAP Testing/Tech Free Week - see schedule

Lower School Events
  • Apr. 9 - Grades 1-3 Chinese Field Trip - New Asia Market - 10:30am-1:30pm
  • Apr. 25-26 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Camp Thunderbird
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