Dear Parents,

A special thank you to everyone who supported our school on #GivingTuesday. We are so fortunate to have such a generous and supportive Lab community helping us accomplish our goals. So far, we raised at least $25,000 for our Lab Innovation Fund, and the day isn't over yet, and there is still more counting to do. Once again, thank you for helping us make a strong start on our annual fundraising campaign.

If you haven't yet had a chance to make a donation to the Lab Innovation Fund, it is not to late! This year, we hope to raise $275,000 by May 31, 2018, which will provide essential funding for many of the programs and activities that make our school special and allow us to create a truly innovative learning environment. We depend on our families, friends, and community for their support so that we can accomplish our ambitious goals. Why does Lab need this additional financial support? Lab receives less than $7,000 per student from the state and county, yet we spend more than $9,000 per student. 

You can find out more about the Lab Innovation Fund and Ways to Give on our website. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming eNewsletters. And, thanks again for making #GivingTuesday a huge success for Lab.


Mary Moss Brown
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More than 40 Lab parents, students, and staff were the lucky winners of a chance to walk in the Novant Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thanks to Erique Berry for organizing the event, and for everyone who got up early Thanksgiving morning to carry the Pig & Stars balloons.

Congratulations and a big thank you to Ali and Lucy Nevil! They were the winners of the Lab School Cheer Challenge, and their cheer was chanted through the streets of Charlotte. Thanks also to Lab parent Michele Davis for organizing the Cheer Challenge.

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!
Please help make our Gloves, Socks & Coats Drive a success! This year, 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 from December 4-8. 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.

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 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 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 (please note the date change). Shop local vendors and bid on auction & raffle items to finish your holiday shopping all while the kids enjoy watching Mr. Popper's Penguins. Auction items include: Amazon Echo, American Girl Doll, Signed Panthers Helmets & more! Interested in being a vendor?  Contact Kess Clark.

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. 
A few notes about our After School Program:
  • Soccer Shots ends this week. Final session is Wednesday, November 29. 
  • All other after school sessions run until the Holiday break. 
  • The new semester starts in January. If you are registered for TAPS, you do not need to re-enroll. For all other after school programs, please sign up directly with the after school provider, including:
We will also be offering Girls on the Run, Let Me Run (boys), and Soccer Shots (K-2)--more information will be coming soon.
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.
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:
Date Location Grades
Nov 30 Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 4th Grade
Dec 1 The Nutcracker (Charlotte Youth Ballet)
1st & 3rd Grades
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

Tue, Nov 28 Start of Trimester 2
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
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.

11/28-12/30 Celebration of Lights (Village Park)
11/28-1/7 Winter Wonderland Southpark
11/28-12/24 Charlotte Christmas Village at Romare Bearden Park
11/28-12/23 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical (Children's Theatre of Charlotte)
11/29-12/3 Santa's Bag (Children's Theatre of Charlotte)
11/30 Lights on the Square: Uptown Tree Lighting
11/30-12/3 Charlotte Symphony Pops: Magic of Christmas (Belk Theater)
12/1-12/30 Carowinds Winterfest
12/1 Jazz at the Bechtler: Jingle Bell Jazz (Bechtler Museum of Modern Art)
12/1-12/3 Nutcracker: Charlotte Youth Ballet
12/1-12/17 Mainstage Production Presents: It's A Wonderful Life
12/2 Family First: African Drumming Workshop (The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture)
12/2 A Golden Christmas (Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site)
12/2 Candlelight Christmas (Historic Latta Plantation)
12/3 Rosedale Musical Christmas (Historic Rosedale Plantation)
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 .
This November, Charlotte Lab School is partnering with Minted on a special fundraiser. Shop using our promo code: FUNDRAISECHARLOTTE to earn 15% back to the school. Plus, you also receive 15% OFF your Minted order-all month long! Note: this offer cannot be combined with Black Friday or CyberMonday specials.

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
    Charlotte Lab School
    301 E. 9th Street
    Charlotte, NC 28202

    General Info: 704-464-3830


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