As a reminder, your child's progress report was sent home today in his/her communication folder. Please be sure to review the report and discuss any questions or concerns at your upcoming advisory conference. If your child's report came home in an envelope, please return the envelope (not the progress report) via your child's green folder so that we can reuse it next trimester.

And, don't forget that this Wednesday is an early release day, and students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm from both schools.  Here is what you need to know:
  • All students will eat lunch in their homerooms beginning at approx. 11:30 am.
  • Carpool and walker door will begin at 12:30 pm.
  • Afternoon buses will arrive at stops approximately 3 hours earlier than normal; however at this time of day, traffic is often lighter, so please arrive at your stop 10 minutes ahead of the revised schedule.
  • If you need to pick up your child early, you must do so no later than 11:30 am.
  • T.A.P.S. will be providing on-site care for ANY student beginning at 12:30 pm until 6:00 pm. If your child normally attends the T.A.P.S. after school program on Wednesdays, there will not be an additional charge and no need to register. For new students/drop-in students, the fee is $25, and you must register by Monday, December 4 by calling 704-674-8331 or on the T.A.P.S. website
  • Don't forget to use the Daily Transportation Change Form for all transportation & after school changes--deadline for changes is 11:00 am.
  • The only other early release day of the year is March 14!!

Have a great week.


Mary Moss Brown
The Charlotte Lab School Holiday Market & Movie will take place on Saturday, December 9 from 1-3:00 pm at UNCC Uptown across from the Lower School. Shop local vendors and take your chance on some great raffle and silent auction items to finish your holiday shopping while the kids enjoy watching Mr. Popper's Penguins. Interested in being a vendor?  Contact Kess Clark.

Each family that attends will receive one complimentary raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets are $5 each, and the more you buy the more you save. Raffle drawings will occur throughout the event.

We need volunteers to help make this fun event happen!  There are many different opportunities available, some of them are only for 1 hour so that you can help while still having time to enjoy the market! Please  sign up here if you're able to help. 
Last trimester, our 5th grade students had the opportunity to visit UNCC's Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at their state-of-the-art facility on the main campus. Lab students toured the site and worked in the Labs. A big thank you to all of the UNCC faculty, staff, and students who made this trip possible. They put together a once in a lifetime experience for our students.

A special shout out to Valentina Cecchi -- the UNCC Professor who helped develop this trip and is working with us on future trips and visits for other grades.

Other Faculty & Staff who helped make the trip a success:
  • Asis Nasipuri - Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Valentina Cecchi - Associate Professor
  • Courtney Smith-Orr - Teaching Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator
  • Ed Stokes - Professor
  • Jim Conrad - Professor
  • Bienvenido Rodriguez-Medina - Lab Manager and Lecturer
  • Yamilka Baez-Rivera - Lab Manager and Lecturer, EPIC
  • Christina Kopitopoulou - Affiliates Program Manager, EPIC 
Thanks also to the following UNCC students who worked with us: Isaac Smith, Lee Luis, Emily Abbate, Cole DeHart, Tumi Lawanson, Mahi Rahman, Roozbeh Karandeh, Bhaskar Mitra, Lauren Johson, Benjamin Rhoades, Liviya Thomas, Samuel Kidane, Kaylee Graham & Matias Mendieta.

Staff holiday collections began Friday, December 1 and end on Tuesday, December 12. If you wish to contribute to your grade-level collection, please return the envelope that went home last Friday in your child's communication folder. You may also contribute onlineContact Jessica Moulton with any questions.

The Staff Appreciation committee held the 3rd annual 'Thanksgiving Pie' event with great success! Thank you to the many parents who volunteered to bake or buy a pie. With your support, we were able to gift over 65 pies to our wonderful staff, bus drivers, and partners at UNCC. A special thank you to Rachel Hidalgo for leading the efforts, and to Kris Goldbach, Merritt Tise, Jaime Rentch, Kristen Allen, and Rafael Hidalgo for spending the morning collecting and boxing the pies.

Our annual Gloves, Socks & Coats Drive is underway this week! The PTSO and Wellness Committee are partnering to collect new gloves and socks in all sizes, as well as new and gently used coats. Collection bins will be located in the Lower School Front Office and Student/Walker Entrance and in the Middle School Front Office through December 8. We are working with local organizations to distribute the donations to families in need .

The Staff Appreciation committee held the 3rd annual 'Thanksgiving Pie' event with great success! Thank you to the many parents who volunteered to bake or buy a pie. With your support, we were able to gift over 65 pies to our wonderful staff, bus drivers, and partners at UNCC. A special thank you to Rachel Hidalgo for leading the efforts, and to Kris Goldbach, Merritt Tise, Jaime Rentch, Kristen Allen, and Rafael Hidalgo for spending the morning collecting and boxing the pies.

Please make note of the following dates for our second round of MAP testing for grades 2-6. MAP tests will be given between 8:30-11:00 am each day. Please contact Meg Scott you have any questions. 

Thu, Dec 7 5th grade MAP Testing
Fri, Dec 8 5th grade MAP Testing
Mon, Dec 11 4th grade MAP Testing
Tue, Dec 12 4th grade MAP Testing
Wed, Dec 13 3rd grade MAP Testing
Thu, Dec 14 3rd & 6th grade MAP Testing
Fri, Dec 15 2nd & 6th grade MAP Testing
Mon, Dec 18 2nd grade MAP Testing

Earlier in the year, we shared news of the new Oasis Rooms at the Lower and Middle Schools for students and staff to have a place to be mindful and practice being or becoming calm. These rooms have been a big success, and we're looking for a few more small donations including stress balls and other small tactile items. Please contact Tracey Rosenberg if you are interested in making a doantion.

The Staff Appreciation committee held the 3rd annual 'Thanksgiving Pie' event with great success! Thank you to the many parents who volunteered to bake or buy a pie. With your support, we were able to gift over 65 pies to our wonderful staff, bus drivers, and partners at UNCC. A special thank you to Rachel Hidalgo for leading the efforts, and to Kris Goldbach, Merritt Tise, Jaime Rentch, Kristen Allen, and Rafael Hidalgo for spending the morning collecting and boxing the pies.


The new after school semester starts in January. If you are registered for T.A.P.S., you do not need to re-enroll. If your child is not currently enrolled, you may sign up here.


In addition to the T.A.P.S. program, we have a limited number of vendors providing after school classes at Lab. Please sign up directly with the after school provider:

We will also be offering Girls on the Run, Let Me Run (boys)--more information will be coming soon.
Mr. Hartzell is hosting a Make and Grow Winter Camp from Dec 26-29. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: We had so much fun at last summer's Make & Grow Camp that we just couldn't wait a whole year to host another program! So join us for our very first winter camp and let your student explore a variety of maker projects while also helping to maintain our winter crops. Camps run from 9 am-3 pm at Lab's Lower School campus. Of course, we will be spending plenty of time on our student favorites like Rube Goldberg machines and Makey Makeys, while many of our projects will connect each day to our expanding urban garden. Cost is $60/day or $200/week.

Sign up online or by emailing Mr. Hartzell.
There are a lot of upcoming field trips! Remember, if you prepaid for field trips, just circle "prepaid" on the permission slip. And even if you prepaid, we still need a signed permission slip for bus trips.   If you have not yet prepaid and wish to do so, you can pay online at or send in cash or check. You can send in $25, $50, or $75, and you will receive an accounting by trimester of your remaining balance.

Take a look at our upcoming trips:
Dec 5 Schiele Museum 2nd Grade
Dec 6 Children's Theater - Best Christmas Pageant Ever 2nd Grade
Jan 9 Jazz, The American Experience
3rd, 4th & 5th Grades
Feb 6 Children's Theatre - And in This Corner, Cassius Clay 4th Grade
Feb 7 Junior Achievement - JA Biztown 4th Grade
Mar tbd Raptor Center 4th Grade
Mar 13 Children's Theatre - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe 3rd Grade
Apr 11 Children's Theatre - Madagascar Musical Adventure 1st Grade
Apr 23 Scrap Art Music
4th, 5th & 6th Grades
Mon, Dec 4 Progress Reports go home
Mon, Dec 4
Community Support Project Kick Off (Glove, Sock, Hat)
Wed, Dec 6 Half Day of School - Advisory Conferences Begin 12:30 PM
Thu, Dec 7 Advisory Conference Week
Thu, Dec 7 Middle School Visit for 5th Grade Parents
Sat, Dec 9 Holiday Movie and Market 1:00 PM
Tues , Dec 12 Walk-in Conference Night - Lower School 4:00 PM
Tues , Dec 12 Walk-in Conference Night - Middle School 5:30 PM
Tue, Dec 19 Holiday Class Parties
Wed, Dec 20 Teacher Workday-No School
Thu, Dec 21 Teacher Workday-No School
Dec 22 - Jan 1 School Holiday-No School
Tue, Jan 2 Teacher Workday-No School
We have a new feature in our weekly enewsletter thanks to our Student Recruitment Committee. Each week you will find a list of family-friendly events happening in and around Charlotte and even more reasons to Explore CLT.

12/8-12/9 Clara's Trip: A Cirque and Dance Nutcracker Story (Booth Playhouse)
12/8-12/10 PJs in North Pole City (Discovery Place Science)
12/8-12/10 The Youth Theatre Company Presents: A Dickins Christmas Carol (Ballantyne Arts Center)
12/8-12/17 Mainstage Production Presents: It's A Wonderful Life
12/8-12/17 A Christmas Carol (Theatre Charlotte)
12/8-12/23 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical (Children's Theatre of Charlotte)
12/9 Tosco Music Holiday Party (McGlohon Theater)
12/9 Brain Candy Live! (Ovens Auditorium)
12/9 Happy Holidays Presented by JMSD (Halton Theater)
12/9-12/10 The Singing Christmas Tree for Kids (Knight Theater)
12/9-12/10 PlayPlay! Theatre Presents: Children of Eden (Jewish Community Center)
12/9-12/23 Nutcracker: Charlotte Ballet (Belk Theater)
Through 12/24 Charlotte Christmas Village at Romare Bearden Park
Through 12/30 Celebration of Lights (Village Park)
Through 12/30 Carowinds Winterfest
Through 12/31 Speedway Christmas
Through 12/31 Holidays at the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Through 1/7 Winter Wonderland Southpark
Through 1/7 Holiday On Ice (NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza) 

Come enjoy a night out with the Charlotte Checkers and Lab families on January 20! Tickets are $16 and $5 from every ticket will go directly back to the school. Purchase tickets here , and you will receive an electronic ticket. We hope to see you there!
Our World Languages staff is looking for volunteers to help with the following:
  • organize ELA office (LS)
  • catalog Spanish library books (LS)
  • cover bulletin board in Large Commons (MS)
  • mount TV for Large Commons (MS)
  • set up student supplies center for Large Commons (MS)
If you have a free hour or two to help, please email Carey French.
Please  complete ONE application for any SIBLING of a student currently enrolled at Charlotte Lab School, or any child of a current Charlotte Lab School employee or Board member.  All applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Wednesday December 13, 2017 to be eligible for the admissions preference.

Lab Middle School has  SPIRIT ! We are excited to announce that Charlotte Lab Middle School has a spirit rock! Families are invited to "rent" the Spirit Rock and paint it in honor of Lab related activities: birthdays, announcements, celebrations, recognizing an awesome staff member, or showing spirit for our sports teams. Reserve your date(s), pay for the rental, and find sign-up details here . Go Lions! 
Want your kids' candid picture in the yearbook? Have great photos from a school related activity? PLEASE upload it on the
ReplayIt app . Download the app once (you will need it as long as your child is registered at LAB School) and upload your photos as you take them. Please tag the children in the photos and their grades. And, don't worry! There is still time to order your yearbook here .

We have posted our November and December Lunch menus. Please note the change to Pizza Friday. While the new pizza lunch has been a hit, it is also a little more work than we had hoped, so we are going to scale back to once a month. Our caterer will still be providing pizza on Fridays; however, the Pizza Fundraiser (with pizza from Domino's or Papa John's) will now be the last Friday that we are in school each month. 
We are so grateful to everyone who has donated items from our wish list. Teachers are still updating the list with current needs. Check out the items we still hope to receive, and see if there is anything that you are able to donate.

It is that time of year again. Come and check out the lost and found items waiting to be claimed near the front office. Don't forget to label all outerwear and water bottles. Please also take a look at the clothes that you have and make sure you don't have another student's clothes by accident. A few parents have mentioned missing clothing that is labeled; those blue hoodies tend to all look the same! All unclaimed items will be donated on December 20.

If you would like to help the middle school chickens, sign up here and follow the links to the website where you can pay online and Mr Luft will pick up the supplies for our feathery ladies (since the site does not deliver). 
Lunch payments can be made at . I t is not necessary to order your lunch in advance; however, if your child requires a special meal (gluten free or vegetarian) please let Mrs. Malone know in advance.
If you are making a change to your child's afternoon dismissal, please make sure to complete the online transportation form NO LATER THAN 2:00 pm. After 2:00 pm, you must call the school and let Ms. Fulcher (LS) or Ms. Clinch (MS) know.  And don't forget, e arly dismissal ends at 3:00 pm. If you arrive after 3:00 pm, you will be asked to wait to pick up your child until regular dismissal at 3:30 (LS) or 3:45 (MS). 
Don't forget to like Charlotte Lab School on Facebook. There is also a Charlotte Lab School Parents Page. This page is managed by parents and not visible on Facebook for security reasons, so if you want to join the group, please email the page administrator Nicole Bowen, and she will invite you to join.

Please note that on days that your child is sick or absent, we ask that you email his/her homeroom teacher and our Front Office Managers  Stefanny Fulcher   (Lower School) or Lauri Clinch (Middle School) before 8:30 am. A note from parents (and a doctor's note, if applicable) is necessary and should be sent immediately and no longer than 3 days after the absence. 

Be sure to sign up for Remind 101 and receive last minute reminder texts from Lab. Just text the correct code (below) to 81010. Be sure to sign up for the Entire School messages, plus the relevant grade levels and after school if applicable. Standard text rates do apply. 

  • Entire School - @Fk2c2
  • Kindergarten - @bea6h
  • First Grade - @2a34d
  • 2nd Grade - @8g9ccd
  • 3rd Grade - @48h447
  • 4th Grade - @hea66
  • 5th Grade - @43gf3d
  • 6th Grade - @4dha6
  • After School - @labschoola
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    Parents are invited to celebrate their children's birthdays at school, and we ask that you follow these policies:
    • Parents may join their child for lunch and bring a small treat to share with advisory to celebrate their child's special day.
    • Birthday celebrations must be arranged IN ADVANCE with the child's advisor so that he/she knows when to expect you and can plan an alternative treat for those children who might not be able to enjoy what you bring.
    • All treats must be NUT-FREE
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