This Week at Charlotte Lab School
This is the first official enewsletter of the school year. For our new families, welcome to This Week at Charlotte Lab School , our weekly enewsletter that comes out Monday evenings (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday). By reading this email each week, you will be in the know on all that is happening at Lab--new initiatives, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, important deadlines, school-wide accomplishments and challenges, important policies and procedures, and more! Thank you in advance for taking the time to be an informed parent.

It’s been an incredible first day of school! Seeing the happy faces of our students and their enthusiasm for learning reminds me that Lab is a truly special place, and I couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming year. From field trips and community partnerships to student data tracking and better ways for you to know what your child is learning, year four is sure to be our best yet.

On a more procedural note, I want to thank all of our parents for their patience with our morning and afternoon transportation processes today. We will continue to work to streamline all of our transportation procedures, which you can review on our website . In the meantime, here are some things that you can do to help:

  • Display your transportation card on your windshield as soon as you enter the carpool line (Need a card? Download here.);
  • Make sure the school and your child know how he/she is getting home. Delays occur when we have to call students from the walker or bus lines or after school to the carpool line. If you decide to change how you are picking up your child, please notify the school by 2 pm each day using this form;
  • If you are picking up in the walker line at the lower school, please bring your student's transportation card with you (Need a card? Download here);
  • At the lower school, drop off begins at 7:45 am. Please keep in mind that the front door is only open to teachers at this time so please drop off your child using the carpool lane or park and walk up to the Student Entrance;
  • Keep things moving by volunteering for morning carpool line. An extra set of hands or two will help move the line more quickly. The morning shifts run from 7:45-8:15 am at the lower school and 7:45-8:20 am at the middle school; no need to sign up in advance.
  • Plan ahead! If you are in a rush, the walker line often moves faster than carpool line.
  • Finally, I ask for your patience as we refine our processes and procedures, as well as for your commitment to treating all of our staff with respect and as you would like to be treated. Our job is to keep your child safe at all times, and there are specific reasons for all of our transportation policies and procedures.


Mary Moss Brown
Executive Director

All School Events
  • Mon, September 3 - No School - Labor Day Holiday
  • Wed, September 19 - No School - Teacher Workday
Lower School Events
  • Kindergarten Staggered Start: Last Name A-C: Monday, August 27; Last Name D-K: Tuesday, August 28; Last Name L-R: Wednesday, August 29; Last Name S-Z: Thursday, August 30.
  • Fri, August 31 - First Day of School for All K Students
  • Fri, August 31 - Boo Hoo Breakfast - K Families Only- 7:45-8:30 am
  • Wed, September 12 - 3rd Grade BOG - Grade 3 ONLY
  • Tues, September 18 - Lower School Curriculum Night - 6:30-8:00pm
Middle School Events
  • Fri, August 31 - Surprise Challenge - 2:30-3:45pm (Parents invited; Details below.)
  • Sun, September 9 - Middle School Beautification Day - 9am
  • Sun, September 16 - Middle School Get Together
  • Thurs, September 20 - Middle School Curriculum Night - 6:30-8:30pm
Volunteer to Bring in Healthy Snacks
In an effort to move towards healthier snack options for our students, the front offices are looking for volunteers to provide and drop off snacks on Mondays and Wednesdays. If you have any questions, please contact  Denise Serrano   (Lower School) or  Lauri Clinch (Middle School).

Volunteer for Middle School Beautification Day
Come out to help perk up our outdoor campus for learning and play. The event will take place on Sunday, September 9, beginning at 9 am. There will be Duck donuts for those who arrive early. Sign up here !  
Lower School Parking Update
Temporary parking to drop off/pick up your learner during mornings/afternoons is still available in the gravel lot for 30 minutes or less. Please put your parking tag in the windshield of your car to signal that you are parking temporarily. For parking longer than 30 minutes, we kindly ask that all visitors and guests park at either 7th St. Station (parking validation up to 90-minutes available with purchase) or at the metered spots on Brevard St., which you can pay for via the Park It app. For more information visit our website .
Print Your Lower School Walker/Car Card
Families who were at Meet the Teacher night for the Lower School received two walker/carpool cards in their welcome packet. If you were unable to attend or need another copy, please use this link to print out at home. Please make sure your student’s last name is printed clearly on the tag, especially if you are picking up via carpool so as to expedite the pickup process.
Sign Up for Fall Sports (Grades 5-7)
Soccer : Download this form and email a completed copy to . Please wait for Alex Ritchie to confirm your spot. There is a 15 person limit per team.

Cross Country : Sign up on the Cross Country for Youth website.
Join Us for a Middle School Surprise
Shhhh! Middle school students will be participating in a surprise school-wide challenge on Friday. Please help us keep it a secret. Parents are invited to come from 2:30pm until dismissal at 3:45pm. The students will be having popsicles, music, and outdoor fun during this time. Parents can catch a glimpse into Lab MS and at the same time allow our teachers to catch a quick break. Please RSVP here .
Order Lab Polos, Hoodies and More!
Show your Lab spirit with Charlotte Lab School gear! Order fun colored polos, hoodies, jackets, and fleeces for kids and adults. Our school online sale will close on September 12 at midnight. Late orders will not be accepted. Please visit to order. All orders will be delivered to school early October.

**Charlotte Lab t-shirts (lime green and grey) are available for purchase throughout the year. Lab school logo t-shirts are also part of the uniform and can be worn to school.
Support Our Teachers' Classroom Projects
We're so excited that our teachers' projects for the garden storage shed, recess equipment, and books for Quest have been fully funded! The resources will arrive at school soon. Thank you!

Check out these projects that are SO close to being fully funded:

Support the careers of future surgeons, engineers, mathematicians, and scientists! 7th grade students need a portable document camera to use for math instruction.

World Peace Game : $270 to Go!
Can 4th - 7th graders save the world? Help students at Charlotte Lab find out! Check out this 3 Minute World Peace Game Overview . The World Peace Game is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war.

View all Lower School projects here and all Middle School projects here .
Charlotte Lab Scho ol | Lower School - 704-464-3830 | Middle School - 704-235-3060