This Week at Charlotte Lab School
Dear Lab Families,

As we approach the end of the campaign and the school year, please   join these families and friends who have already made a gift to the 2018/19 Innovation Fund We have raised $203,650 so far, and we have $96,350 left to go!  I hope you will consider making a gift at last year's level, or increasing your support so that we can reach our funding targets for the school year. To stay on track, we need to raise an additional $50,000 before spring break, so  make your donation today !
 
Please consider a donation in one of the following ways:
  • 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.

I am sure that you are aware that Charlotte Lab School, like all NC public charter schools, receives a specified amount of public money for each enrolled child; however, we do not receive funds for land, buildings, and renovations. We rely on donations from our families, friends, and foundations to bridge the gap between our public funding and our vision for Lab.  
 
We hope that your family continues to feel confident in your decision to choose Charlotte Lab School and you will choose to make an investment in your child’s education!  Any amount makes a difference, and we want to show the larger community that 100% of Lab families are committed to supporting this school together. 

As a reminder, this week, students in grades 3-7 will take their practice EOGs in Reading and Math on Tuesday and Thursday. We ask that all families support their child(ren)'s success on these tests by:

  • Encouraging 100% effort;
  • Ensuring that your child is well-rested and has eaten a healthy breakfast;
  • Attending school on all testing days and arriving on time; and
  • Reassuring students that these assessments will not impact their "grades" or placement at Lab.

You can review the full spring testing letter here. Thank you and have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

Dr. Mary Moss
Executive Director
TOP STORIES
Invite Your Educator Friends to the Lab Educator Meetup
If you're an educator, come join us at Town Brewing this Wednesday for happy hour! RSVP here. Otherwise, please help us spread the word by taking a moment to share this link on your social media feeds to encourage your Charlotte-area educator friends to participate.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow community members and help answer this question: What should a graduate of the class of 2024 look like? We want to hear from Charlotte educators as we plan for our brand new Center City High School. Special thanks to the West family, co-owners at Town, for helping us make this event extra special!
College Shirt Dress Down Day
In the spirit of March Madness and the NCAA championship, we will have a schoolwide dress down day on Friday, April 5 where students can wear their favorite college shirt and/or school colors.
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! Tickets are $15 each, and $5 per ticket sold will go directly back to our school. Look for your ticket order form in the Friday communication folder/binder. Contact Lory Cobb if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
NEWS AND UPDATES
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.
Transportation Changes & Early Dismissals Form Update
We have updated the form for afternoon transportation changes. Please use this form for the spring. Keep in mind that you are not required to fill out a form for early dismissals. If you wish to give your child’s teacher a heads up, please email them directly instead of using the google form.
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.
5th Grade Parent Reminder - Camp Thunderbird Permission Slips Due
A reminder to all 5th grade parents that payment the Camp Thunderbird overnight trip is due by this Friday, April 5 along with BOTH permission slips. If you need a payment plan for the trip please contact Bita Clark. Additional permission slips are available at the front office. 
Crosswalk Safety
When you park across from the school, please use the crosswalks for your safety. The law stipulates that at intersections without traffic signals, pedestrians have the right of way if they are in marked crosswalks or in unmarked crosswalks formed by imaginary lines extending from the sidewalks across the streets.
Hollywood Blockbuster - THANK YOU!
A great time was had by our Middle Schoolers at the “Lab Goes Hollywood” dance last weekend! Thank you to all of the parents and staff who volunteered to make the dance a success: Renee Alsop, Leslie Mueller, Amber Martin, Kyle Polk, Pat Buff, Lara Fleming, Angela Nevill, Maura O’Sullivan, Tad Peterson, Kim Norton, Shara Dearmon, Kiya Green, Chandra Glover, Mr. Capps, Ms. Greer, Ms. McClain, Ms. Perry, Ms. Lawrence, Ms. Clinch, Ms. Johnson, Mr. Singh, and Ms. Kimble.
Join the Lab Parents Book Club
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 4 & 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:
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
All School Events
  • Apr. 2 - Grades 3-7 Practice Reading EOG
  • Apr. 4 - Grades 3-7 Practice Math EOG
  • Apr. 4 & 11 - Parent Book Club - 8:30-10:00am (details above)
  • Apr. 5 - College Sports Dress Down Day (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. 8 - K Field Trip - Lazy 5 Ranch - 9:00am-1:45pm
  • Apr. 9 - Grades 1-3 Chinese Field Trip - New Asia Market - 10:30am-1:30pm
  • Apr. 25-26 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Camp Thunderbird
WELLNESS CORNER
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Move Together
Regular physical activity is crucial to optimal health for both adults and children. It can lower risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Exercise reduces stress and decreases inflammation, and supports a strong immune system, healthy brain function, and the development and maintenance of strong bones and muscles. 

As a parent, you can have a huge influence on your children’s interest in being active. Children who are active with parents are six times more likely to be highly active than inactive as they get older. Read on for tips!
LINKS & SIGN-UPS
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