Dear Families:

It is an exciting time of year! We have really enjoyed the fabulous family events planned by our PTSO these past couple weeks and weekends; special thanks to all who volunteered their time and talents. We are also pleased to have secured our middle school location and were able to open the space this morning for a sneak preview for our rising 6th graders and their families. And finally, we are relieved to have completed our admission lottery for the coming year and are proud to report that we received over 1,200 applications for our limited openings in grades k-6.

Thanks to parent-led efforts on our Diversity Committee, we also appreciate that so many of you made time to complete the recent survey to share your support or raise questions and concerns about our efforts to increase the socioeconomic diversity of our student body. As a direct result of your feedback, we have planned an important Town Hall Panel Discussion event this Wednesday, April 5 and hope that you will make the time and effort to attend. 

Here are a few highlights of the event:
  • Dr. Amy Hawn Nelson, Director of the Urban Institute at UNCC, will speak about Charlotte school history and the research that supports both racial and socioeconomic integration of schools; 
  • Jon Heffernan, Principal at Central Park School in Durham (the first charter school in NC to implement a "weighted" lottery), will speak about his school's process and lessons learned from their implementation of a lottery similar to Charlotte Lab's;
  • Janeen Bryant, former VP of Education at Levine Museum of the New South, will moderate the discussion; and
  • Two Charlotte Lab School parents who participated in CMS "busing" in the 80s will share their perspectives on what it was like to go to school and learn alongside those who were different from them.
Finally, I will be sharing more context around Charlotte Lab School's diversity efforts and amended lottery procedures and will offer responses to some of your frequently asked questions, including:
  • Why do diversity, equity and inclusion matter so much at Lab?
  • Can Lab afford this initiative? Will families with financial means be expected to make up the difference to pay for the cost of lunch, transportation, and field trips for those who can't afford it?
  • Is Lab ready? Are teachers trained and equipped to handle greater diversity? and
  • How can Lab manage all of these changes when there is still much to be worked out both operationally and academically?
In order to make this event more appealing to all families, we will be serving snacks and providing child care and FREE parking at the Hal Marshall Annex. To help us plan better, we ask that you RSVP to let us know that you will be attending.

Thanks, as always, for your continued support of the Lab vision.


Mary Moss Brown
Head of School


Don't forget! School is out from April 7 through Monday, April 17. And, there are no after school programs on Thursday, April 6.


Q4 curriculum guides are on our website and copies are in your child's binder/folders.


We are so pleased to report that our matching challenge was a huge success. Thanks to 41 new donors, we raised more than the $3,000 necessary to earn our $3,000 matching grant from a Lab parent. Not only does this mean $6,000+ for our Lab Innovation Fund, but it also means that we have added new Lab families, friends, and community members to our circle of support.

We have also made great progress toward our overall goal. As of April 1, the Lab Innovation Fund has received $147,178 toward our $200,000 goal. A big thank you to these donors who have supported the campaign so far.  

We still need your support to help us finish out the campaign by May 1. If you have not already made a donation, please join the community of donors who support our school by making a gift, today. We would also love to hear your story of why you give; your words may motivate other families to make a donation. Please take a moment to let us know by completing this quick survey.
It is that time of year again. Please be sure to come and check out the Lost and Found items waiting to be claimed. (We are sad to report that the rack holding the clothes collapsed under its own weight, so the Lost and Found is now a large cardboard box by the student entrance.)

We will be donating all unclaimed items on April 30.
The last two Friday nights at Lab have been hopping! And, we have our fabulous PTSO and parents to thank for organizing the dances for our kids and families to enjoy. We've heard great feedback on everything -- the music, decor, photos, selfie booths, and more!

Special thanks to everyone who helped make these events happen, and a big shout out to the following parents for organizing the events:
  • Spring FlingCorinne Connor, Mai-Lis Bahr and Jason Krause.
  • Glow ShowKelly Bliss Smith, Caroline Chase and Leslie Mueller.
  • PTSO Leadership: Tracey Rosenberg and Sue Hawes.
Lab is excited to officially announce the addition of coed field hockey as an extracurricular activity for the 2017-18 school year! Partnering with Ambush Field Hockey of Charlotte, we will be offering field hockey both as an intramural program for elementary students and an interscholastic sport for middle school students.  Ambush Field Hockey has some great spring and summer programs, which can help familiarize students (both male and female) with the game of field hockey. If you have questions, please contact Melissa Markle.

Beginner's Clinics and Games (Spring 2017)
For those fairly new to the game (1 year or less) or having never played, check out these beginner's clinics focusing on the basics of dribbling, passing, receiving, scoring, and defending. Participants will be split based on age. The first 4 sessions will be skill based, and the last three sessions will be scrimmages/games.  

Tuesdays at Matthews SportsPlex Field 3 ( 4:30-5:45 pm)
Who: Grades 3rd -11th
When:  Tuesdays, 4/4 thru 5/16.  Makeup 5/23
Cost:  $145

Wednesdays at Boyce Park ( 4:00-5:30 pm)
Who: Grades 3rd -11th
When:  4/5 thru 5/17.  Makeup 5/24
Cost:  $145

Thursdays at The Attic ( 4:00-5:00
Who: Grades 1st-2nd
When:  4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18.  Makeup 5/25
Cost:  $145

Registration at   www.charlotteambush.com (Club Offerings)

Beginner's Clinics and Games (Summer 2017)
Providence Day Youth Camp
Invite your friends, and join us for this field hockey camp for beginner to intermediate players. Ambush U16 Program Head Michelle "Meesh" Garrity will lead you in a week of fun-filled field hockey activities.  
Who : Rising 3rd-8th Graders
When:  July 17-219 am-12 pm
Where:  Providence Day School
Cost : $200
Registration: www.providenceday.org (Summer Programs)

Preseason Prep with Amy Gakenheimer and Dorcas Zeeso
Who: 6-8th graders AND beginner 9th graders.  
When:  August 7-10
Where:  tentatively Davie Park
Cost:  $140
Registration: www.charlotteambush.com (Club Offerings)

Charlotte Knights Game
Come enjoy an exciting night out with the Charlotte Knights baseball team and help support our school! Our chorus will be performing the National Anthem, and $4 of every ticket sold will go directly back to Charlotte Lab School. Forms went home in  Friday green folders. Questions? Contact Leslie Mueller.

Game Date:  Friday May 5 
Gates Open:  6:00 pm 
First Pitch:  7:05 pm
Price Per Ticket: $14

Deadline to purchase is  April 17, 2017
*Please make all checks payable to Charlotte Lab School.
Wed, Apr 5 Town Hall Meeting 6:30 PM
Thu, Apr 6 4th & 5th Grade Girls Book Club (Wings on Fire by Tui T. Sutherland) 10:55 AM
Fri, Apr 7 Teacher Workday- NO CLASSES
Mon, Apr 10-17 Spring Break - HOLIDAY
Mon, Apr 17 Teacher Workday- NO CLASSES 8:00 AM
Fri, Apr 21 First Ward Park Playdate 3:45 PM
Fri, Apr 21 Brixx Dining Night Out 4:30 PM
Apr 25-May 12 MAP Testing (see schedule)
Wed, Apr 26 Talent Show 6:30 PM
Wed, May 3 Middle School Parent Orientation Night - New & Returning Families 6:30 PM
Fri, May 5 Classes until noon - Half Day Teacher Work Day
Fri, May 5 Knights Spirit Event 7:05 PM
Fri, May 5 Girls 4/5 Choir Sing National Anthem at Knights 7:05 PM
Tue, May 9-12 Book Fair
Tue, May 9 PTSO General Meeting 6:30 PM
Fri, May 12 Muffins with Mom 7:45 AM
Mon, May 15 Multicultural Night 6:30 PM
Tues, May 16 Multicultural Night - Poster Session 7:45 AM
Tue, May 16 Chipotle - Midtown 4:30 AM
Fri, May 19 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 8:15 AM
May 23, 24 & 26 EOGs
Fri, May 26 Teacher Workday- FACULTY RETREAT - NO CLASSES
Mon, May 29 Memorial Day - HOLIDAY
Fri, Jun 2 Report Cards Home
June 6 Year End Carnival & Field Day all day
Wed, Jun 7 Last Day of School


Date Time Destination Program Classes
4/4 1:25 - 3:15 DP - Imax Mysteries of China Movie Grades K-3 Chinese Students
4/5 8:45 - 2:15 DP - Nature Museum Quest: Mountains to Sea 1st Grade
4/5 11:45 show CTC Bud Not Buddy 5th Grade
4/19 11:30 show CTC Go Dog Go Kindergarten
4/20 8:30 - 12:00 DP - Imax Mysteries of China Movie and Genghis Khan Exhibit Grades 4-5 Chinese Students
5/4 10:30 - 12:30 Harvey Gantt Museum Guided Tour Castro (3rd)

If you have a 2nd, 3rd, or 5th grader, please send in your field trip money as outlined in the March 2, 2017 letter.
Spring Testing Schedule can be found here.
All after school and tutoring activities will be cancelled on Thursday, April 6 and Thursday, May 25 due to offsite planning meetings. All students must be picked up at the regular dismissal time of 3:45 pm on these days. Please mark your calendars! 
Have you noticed that the car-rider line is moving more quickly? That is because of our fabulous morning volunteers. You can help keep the line moving by volunteering with morning carpool. Sign up to let us know you are coming
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Charlotte Lab School
301 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202


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