This is the first official enewsletter of the school year. For our new families, welcome to This Week at Charlotte Lab School, our weekly enewsletter that comes out Monday evenings (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday). By reading this email each week, you will be in the know on all that is happening at Lab--new initiatives, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, important deadlines, school-wide accomplishments and challenges, important policies & procedures, and more! Thank you in advance for taking the time to be an "informed" parent.

As I look ahead at the school year, I am so excited about the many exciting things planned --from field trips to enrichment to an increased emphasis on personalized learning in all subjects and better ways for you to know what your child is learning. I hope you will mark your calendars for Curriculum Night on Tuesday, Sept 19 where you will have the chance to spend a "day in the life at Lab," learn more about what your child is learning in each class, and meet other staff and parents. Last year's event was a great success, and we heard from many parents how much they appreciated the information that we shared. (Note: The event is for parents of all students (grades k-6) and it will take place at the lower school campus.) 

On a more procedural note, I want to thank all of our parents for their patience with our morning and afternoon transportation processes last week--specifically the bus and carpool line. It definitely took longer than we had hoped for some buses to arrive at their stops; and while the afternoon carpool line began to run more quickly at the end of the week, we continue to work to streamline all of our transportation procedures. Here are some things that you can do to help:
  • Display your blue transportation cards on your windshield as soon as you enter the carpool line;
  • Make sure the school and your child know how he/she is getting home. Delays occur when we have to call students from the walker or bus lines or after school to the carpool line. If you decide to change how you are picking up your child, please notify the school by 2 pm each day using this form
  • If you are picking up in the walker line at the lower school, please bring your student's blue transportation card with you; you may also share it by taking a picture and texting it to any other friend who may pick up your child;
  • At the lower school, drop off begins at 7:45 am. Please keep in mind that the front door is only open to teachers at this time so please drop off your child using the carpool lane or park and walk up to the Student Entrance;
  • Keep things moving by volunteering for morning carpool line. An extra set of hands or two will help move the line more quickly. The morning shifts run from 7:45-8:15 am at the lower school and 7:45-8:30 am at the middle school; no need to sign up in advance.
  • Plan ahead! If you are in a rush, the walker line often moves faster than carpool line.
  • Finally, I ask for your patience as we refine our processes and procedures, as well as your commitment to treating all of our staff with respect and as you would like to be treated. Our job is to keep your child safe at all times, and there are specific reasons for all of our transportation policies and procedures.
Enjoy this short week!


Mary Moss Brown
Head of School

This Friday, September 8 is Independence Day at the lower school, and this means that starting Friday, K-5 parents will not be able to walk their children into the building. We want our students to embrace their independence, so please start on any preparation you/your child needs to get them ready for this day. As a way to celebrate and recognize their independence, lower school students have a no uniform day Friday, and they are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

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
Thank you to all parents who have given us a chance to make it through the first week before joining your child for lunch! We realize that we did not communicate clearly about our expectations; therefore, beginning this week, parents are invited to have lunch with their child. If you are coming to celebrate your child's birthday, please be sure to let your child's advisory know (see above)!
A big thank you to everyone who is using to make payments toward student lunches. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
  • We are still rolling out the new system at school, and you will notice that the cost of lunches has not been deducted from your child's account, yet. We hope to get the onsite computers up and running this week, and you can expect the adjustment to your accounts all at once. Once the computers are set up, the cost of lunches will be deducted daily going forward. 
  • The system is set up to allow students to buy up to 5 lunches after their account balance reaches $0. This helps give parents a little extra flexibility as to when payments are made. Rest assured, no student will be turned away due to lack of funds.
  • Please do not send cash for lunch with your child. It is too easily lost and hard to track. You may send a check if that works better for your family.
  • Finally, it 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.
  • Uniform Reminder: No open-toed shoes, and only NAVY sweaters/sweatshirts/jackets for lower school students and NAVY or GRAY sweaters/sweatshirts/ jackets for middle school.
  • Educational Enhancement forms: If you're child is already missing school days, please don't forget to complete an Educational Enhancement form, which if there is an educational benefit to the absence, will make it excused. You can find the form on our website.
  • Cell phone policy reminder: Cell phones (and all personal electronics) should not be SEEN at school. If a cell phone is seen out, it will be taken by the teacher and given to the front office. A parent will be required to come pick it up. Please be reminded that Lab discourages students from bringing cell phones and other devices to school; there are no safe places to lock these items and the school cannot be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property.
  • Middle school field hockey team has been canceled due to low interest and insufficient number of players to start a team.
  • Middle school families: Don't forget permission slips, money, and waivers for trips this week.
  • Middle school students will receive their personalized schedules later this week and have the opportunity to make change requests. The first trimester academic schedule will begin next Monday.
The lower and middle schools are in need of healthy, nut-free snacks to have on hand for children who forget or do not have a snack. You may drop them off in the front offices or send them in with your child. Thank you to the wonderful parents who've already sent a few things in!
Who doesn't need a little extra help remembering important dates and deadlines?!? 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
    Join us on September 15 from 4:30-8 pm for a park play date and pizza dinner at Brixx. Brixx make a donation to our school for all pizza purchases!! Brixx is located at 225 E. 6th Street, Charlotte, NC. Check your child's green folder this Friday for more information. 

    Looking for a place to help out this year? We are looking for volunteers to assist our wonderful office managers in the front office at both the lower and middle schools throughout the day.  Email to be put on the interest list and you will receive more information. We will have training in September, so no experience is necessary! 

    Show your Lab spirit with Charlotte Lab School gear! Order polos, hoodies, jackets, and fleeces for kids and adults. Check out our custom online shop; there are lots of great, colorful polos and cool outerwear. It's convenient, and a percentage of each order comes back to our school. Please note the online store closes on September 16 at midnight. Late orders cannot be accepted; however, we will have another online ordering opportunity in January. Any questions, email Kristi Sweeny. Remember, our uniform guidelines state that outerwear worn in the lower school must be NAVY, and middle schoolers may wear GREY or NAVY. Polos can be any solid color.

    Please join the Lab Parents Book Club as we kick off the school year with a discussion of the book Disconnected by Thomas Kersting. 
    Book: Disconnected by Thomas Kersting
    Date: 3 consecutive Wednesdays on Sept. 6, 13 & 20 
    Time: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
    Location: Amelie's on North Davidson.  Grab a yummy treat or drink at the counter, then join us for the discussion.  We meet in the courtyard area through the back door of the restaurant.
    Pre-Work:  Read Part 1, chapters 1 - 4.
    Many of you have asked if there are specific supply needs and ways to support your child's classroom and teachers. This year, we have created a wish list by teacher/subject area and will keep it updated throughout the year. Feel free to reach out to teachers who have added items to this list for any clarification. In-kind tax receipts are available in the front office.
    Fri, Sep 15 Friday @ First Ward Park & Dining Night at Brixx's 4:30 PM
    Tue, Sep 19 Curriculum Night (K-6) @ LS 6:30 PM
    Thu, Sep 21 Teacher Workday-NO SCHOOL
    Fri, Sep 22 Teacher Workday-NO SCHOOL
    Tue, Sep 26-Fri, Sep 29 Book Fair
    Tue, Sep 26 PTSO General Meeting 6:00 PM
    Fri, Sep 29 Donuts for Dad (K-5) 7:45 AM
    Check out these Quick Links on our website.
    Charlotte Lab School
    301 E. 9th Street
    Charlotte, NC 28202

    General Info: 704-464-3830


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