As you know, last Friday we held workshops for all grade levels during which we  talked specifically about Safe and Unsafe Touches, Derogatory Language, and Gender Based Harassment, The topics explored in these mini-workshops included: touching (what's appropriate and inappropriate), secret-keeping (when it's important to tell), and self-advocacy (strategies/words for speaking up when something is uncomfortable). The discussions were adjusted for the different age groups. Our students had some great discussions and very thoughtful responses. Overall, they were very well behaved, engaged, and interested in the context of our talk.  

In case you want to follow up with your children and find out more specific details regarding our conversations, these are the topics that were discussed:
  1. Identify when secrets should and should not be told (e.g., good and bad secrets)
  2. Identify good, bad, and confusing touches
  3. Identify personal body safety rules and when to use them. (Say "No" in a strong voice; Get away to a safe place; Tell a grown-up you can trust.)
  4. Identify people they can go to for help.
  5. Understand warning/ "uh-oh" feelings
Advisors will continue to s upport students with any questions about the assembly. Additionally, w e have compiled a list of books and resources for parents who wish to continue  the conversations. Books are a great way for students to process and connect to the information and topics being presented.  

Recommended Books:
  • The Trouble with Secrets by Karen Johnson (talks about good secrets and bad secrets and when to tell/when not to tell)
  • Some Parts are Not for Sharing by Julie Federico (for younger kids and a general description of private parts and not sharing them)
  • My Body Belongs to Me by Jill Starishevsky (more general description of body safety without directly naming sexual abuse)
  • It's My Body by Lori Freeman (again good for addressing touch without reference to the specifics or the term "sexual abuse"/also talks about using intuition when something doesn't feel right)
  • The Right Touch by Sandy Cleven (does have an example of sexual abuse without using the term)
  • Do You Have a Secret by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos (for kids K-3rd grades)
Additionally, here are some helpful books covering our bodies and sex education
  • It's Not the Stork by Robie H Harris (this is about babies, bodies, families, and friends)
  • It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley (bodies, growing up, sexual health)
  • It's So Amazing by Robie H Harris and Michael Emberley (older kids-reproduction, eggs, sperm, birth, babies, and families)
Finally, please take a look at these websites for additional information on how to talk to your child about this topic 
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding these important topics.


Dr. Mary Moss Brown
Head of School
Please join Dr. Moss Brown on Tuesday, October 25 at 8:15 am in the Music Room for breakfast.  We're going to keep it simple and ask parents to bring in some breakfast treats to share and have an open, informal discussion time with Dr. Moss Brown. Please RSVP here and consider signing up to bring a breakfast item. We hope to see you there.
A strong and fully-functioning PTSO is critical to our school's success, and therefore we need your help to fill a key role on the executive board. If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining the PTSO, please send a message to Tracey Rosenberg .

The PTSO is looking for a new VP of the Nominating Committee due to an unexpected vacancy when a family moved out of state . This position is perfect for a volunteer who is interested in meeting lots of new Charlotte Lab families and serving on the PTSO Board. Primary responsibilities include recruitment and nomination of PTSO Board Members for the 2017-18 school year using a fair and open process that draws from the entire Charlotte Lab School parent community. You'll also help ensure that PTSO Committee and Subcommittee Chair positions are full at all times.
We are excited to be participating in a unique fundraiser for the school. At some point during the school year, you will have the opportunity to purchase professionally made products from your child's original artwork and at the same time earn money for Lab. During Art class, your child will create a piece of art under the direction of Mrs. Charde. The original artwork will be sent to Art By Me for production and a preview product -- Tear and Share Postcards -- will be sent to parents free of charge. You will also have the opportunity to purchase other products featuring the same artwork.

Below is a list of homerooms and the timing of each fundraiser:

Trimester One (9/29-11/22) Holiday Fundraiser.  Homerooms: Salas, Najenson, Whitelaw, Davino, Brown, Fields

Trimester Two (11/28-3/3) Valentines Day Fundraiser.  Byrum, Dryer, Hollands, Carter, Berry, Scott

Trimester Three (3/6-6/6) Mother's Day Fundraiser.  Doig, Smith, Hartzell, Castro, French, Luft

Ms. Charde also needs a volunteer on Wednesday or Thursday of this week to help finalize the artwork for submission, i.e. labeling each piece and double checking lists/artwork counts etc. Please email Mrs. Charde directly if you are detail-oriented, your child is taking art this trimester, and you can help for 2 hours this week. 
The Chess Team had their first tournament and it rocked! Read all about it (plus pictures!) in this week's Blog post.
Please help with a special project for 2nd Grade Quest.  Your mission? Build a portable wooden frame that we can use for our sound garden.  Your blueprint?  See this sketch by Ms. Whitelaw. 

Contact Quest Teacher Colby Snyder if you think you can help (or be part of the team).

Help in Other Ways?
Not ready to take on a construction project? You can still support the 2nd grade Sound Quest by donating or recycling these items:
  • gift cards to Lowes or Home Depot
  • springs and coils
  • heavy plastic or metal containers
  • plastic party horns
  • pvc piping
  • tubes (weather resistant)
  • metal spoons (various sizes)
  • rubber bands of all sizes
Send them to school in the coming week in a bag marked "Quest Project."
Take advantage of our early bird pricing and buy your yearbook now! If you purchase your yearbook before October 28, you can buy your yearbook at last year's price of $20 plus tax. With this early bird special, if you personalize the yearbook with your child's name ($5), you will also receive 4 icons for free (normally $3 each.) Buy now online.

Create an original work of art for our Yearbook Cover Contest. Suggested themes include Life @ Lab, your Lab Community, or our new mascot, the Lab Lions. Take your time, do your best, and return your artwork by Nov 10 to the Art Room in the "Yearbook Cover Contest" box. Additional info was sent home in your child's green folder last week. Several finalists will be chosen, and the winning artwork will be featured in this year's yearbook. 
We also need fun photos for the yearbook! Please upload your photos from Lab School events to the ReplayIt App. You can download the app from the app store on your smart phone. For questions, please contact Zoe Balsamo at zbalsamo@me.com .
Volunteers needed for the Yearbook Committee! We are looking for a parent and student volunteer for each grade level, and currently have openings in 3rd and 4th grade. These volunteers will be in charge of collecting information and photos about their grade throughout the year. If you are interested please email Zoe Balsamo at zbalsamo@me.com .
Scrapes and bumps are par for the course when you're in elementary school. To help treat these minor injuries, it would be great to have reusable ice packs. If you would like to donate "boo boo buddies" or small ice packs, please send them in for our nursing office.
Grades 1-5 will receive MAP testing results this Friday, October 21. Take a look in your child's green folder for the reports.
A confirmation email has gone out to all returning families. Please update your student(s) grade, teacher, contact info, and email address, and click submit. All new families to Charlotte Lab School will have their directory information added over the next couple of weeks. Once complete, new families will receive a confirmation link to approve directory information or make changes. The directory will not be available to use until all families have been given the opportunity to confirm their information. And, we will let you know when the directory is fully active and ready to use.The PTSO expects this information to be completed by October 31. If you have any questions about the directory, please reach out to Nola McClure at lmowatt@gmail.com.
Date: Sat. Oct 22
Time:  noon-9pm
Fall crafts for kids, face painting, Trick or Treat candy, music, and more. Stop by anytime between 12pm-9pm. If you mention you are with Charlotte Lab School, kids will get a discount on painting a pumpkin and canvas they can bring home ($11 for both). Studio Cellar is located in the South End at 1800 Camden Rd
Just about 25 tickets left! If you would like to attend the Nov 18 game, please return this form with payment to the front office. 
Week of Oct 17 Student Portraits (T=4th, W=2nd, TH=3rd, F=1st)
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 Student Portraits Con't (M=K)
Tues, Oct 25, 2016 Breakfast With Mary 8:00 AM
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 End of Q1 7:45 AM
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 Halloween - Teacher Work Day
First Week of November Parent/Teacher Conferences
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 CLS BOARD MEETING 5:45 PM
Fri, Nov 5-12, 2016 Toys & Co. Fundraiser
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 Election Day
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 Open House 6:30 PM
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 Leroy Fox Dining Night Out 4:00 PM
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 Classes until noon - Half Day Teacher Work Day 8:00 AM
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 Veterans Day - HOLIDAY
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 Walk In Conference Night 4:00 PM
Class and individual pictures are happening:
  • 4th Grade: Tuesday, 10/18
  • 2nd Grade: Wednesday, 10/19 ** note date change
  • 3rd Grade: Thursday, 10/20 ** note date change
  • 1st Grade: Friday, 10/21
  • Kindergarten: Monday, 10/24
A make-up day will be scheduled at a later date for students who miss their picture day. Ordering details will be emailed to parents approximately 3 weeks after the picture days.
Loving our Lunch Volunteers! If you can help any day from 10:45 am-12:45 pm, your child(ren) will eat free that dayIf your child eats lunch at school, we hope you will consider volunteering regularly for this job. Sign up here.
Sign up for text reminders using Remind 101. By subscribing to the Whole School AND your child's grade level, you will receive up-to-date text reminders of need-to-know information. Simply text the correct code to 810-10. Standard text rates do apply.
  • Whole School - @Fk2c2
  • Kindergarten - @2a34d
  • 1st Grade - @8g9ccd
  • 2nd Grade - @48h447
  • 3rd Grade - @hea66
  • 4th Grade - @43gf3d
  • 5th Grade - @4dha6


We are off to a great start with our Reward programs! Please don't forget to send in your Box Tops, My Coke Rewards and Labels for Education. Every penny counts for our school!
Charlotte Lab School
301 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202


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