This Week at Charlotte Lab School
Dear Lab Family,

It's hard to believe that December is here and that students and teachers are already busy working toward Trimester 2 goals. As a reminder, your child's Trimester 1 progress report was sent home on Friday in his/her communication folder. Please be sure to review your child's report and make a note of any questions you would like to discuss at your upcoming parent-teacher conference. If you haven't already scheduled a conference with your child's advisor, be on the lookout for an email to sign up.

I also have some sad news to share with our community; Seth Ellis, our founding Middle School Social Studies teacher, will be leaving Charlotte Lab School. Mr. Ellis will be relocating to Texas to care for a family member who is facing significant health challenges. Mr. Ellis has had an extraordinary impact on the middle school, and while he will be GREATLY missed, his influence on our school culture, students, and families will last. 

We are still working to hire a strong replacement for Mr. Ellis; in the meantime, we have hired a sub to cover his advisory and classes until the winter break. Mr. Kadeem Massiah, a former teacher, currently working as a therapist, has agreed to take over Mr. Ellis's teaching load.

We understand that Mr. Ellis’s departure is a tremendous loss for Lab but hope that you will join us in wishing him and his family a smooth transition and health and happiness in their future.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mary Moss
Executive Director
NEWS AND UPDATES
Staff Holiday Gift Collection
Our annual Lab staff holiday gift collection begins this week and will end on Wednesday, December 12. A letter and envelope were sent home in last week’s Friday communication folders. If you wish to contribute to your grade-level collection, please return the envelope or contribute online

Questions? Contact Candace Gilman .
Early Dismissals End at 3:00 PM
Please remember that early dismissals end promptly at 3:00 pm. If you need to pick up your child early, you must pick up prior to 3:00 pm.
Coffee for a Cause
Help support the 7th grade class as they fundraise for international trips! Get your local, fresh roasted Enderly Coffee Company coffee for hosting friends and family for the holidays or to give as gifts.  Purchase online.

Questions? Contact Kristin Allen.
Make a Donation to the Glove, Hat and Sock Drive
We are collecting new gloves, socks and hats in all sizes again this year. Collection bins are set up at the lower and middle schools from now through December 7. All donations will benefit students in New Bern, NC that have been impacted by the floodwaters of Hurricane Florence. View flyer.
Teacher Wishlist
If you are looking to treat your child's teacher to something special this holiday season, don't forget to check the Lab Staff Wishlist for ideas. The middle school in particular is hoping for a donation of a coffee maker to use at open houses, PTSO general meetings, students’ holiday parties for hot cocoa, and many other events!
Help 3rd Graders Raise Money for Victims of the Wildfires
The 3rd grade community decided that a penny project would be a great way to help the California community combat the devastation of the wildfires. We would love for 2nd through 5th grades to be a part of this authentic community service initiative. Please help us collect pennies to support the victims of the wildfires. K-1 just finished a penny drive but are welcome to bring in any extra pennies if they desire!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
All School Events
  • Dec. 10-14 - Conference Week
  • Dec. 12 - Half Day for Conferences
  • Dec. 20-Jan. 2 - Winter Break - No School
  • Jan. 7 - Dining Night at Mama Ricottas
  • Jan. 7 - Admissions Application Opens
  • Jan. 9 - K-5 Open House - 6:30 pm
  • Jan. 17 - Multicultural Night - 6:30 pm
  • Jan. 21 - MLK Holiday - No School
  • Jan. 22 - Teacher Workday- No School
  • Jan. 24 - Lab Family Middle School Open House - 6:30-8:00 pm
Lower School Events
  • Dec. 5 - Grades 4 & 5 Field Trip - Charlotte Children's Theatre - 11:30-12:45 pm
  • Dec. 19 - Holiday Classroom Parties
WELLNESS CORNER
The Parenting Series is brought to you by Wellness Intern, Molly Warner .
Three Simple Questions
The holidays are once again upon us and if you’re anything like me, you're already starting to feel like the “expectations police” when it comes to your kids’ hopes and dreams. If I’m not careful, guilt usually ensues, followed by resentment. The good news is, we can gain some objectivity and restore our sanity by asking ourselves a few simple questions:

So what?
Who cares?
What’s the worst that could happen?

LINKS & SIGN-UPS
Password: Lablions
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