This Week at Charlotte Lab School
Join the PTSO!
Today, I want to recognize the important work of the Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (PTSO) and encourage you to join. Our PTSO works alongside our staff to help build and nurture the Lab community, contributing to our students' academic and personal growth. By creating and promoting an educational partnership and providing an avenue of communication between home and school, the PTSO plays a key role in advancing the mission and vision of the school.

I want to thank this year's PTSO Board Members and Committee Chairs for their leadership as well as the 105 families who have already joined. Through your support, the PTSO has been able to provide 15 sponsorships for families or staff members and is 70% of the way to reaching their goal of $3,500 to put toward staff appreciation and classroom support.

It's never too late to join! We hope all families will get involved. You can:

  • Become a Member: Print a membership form or pick one up from the front office.

We hope that you take advantage of one of these ways to support the PTSO and the entire Lab community. Learn more about the PTSO and email PTSO President, Jaime Rentch, if you have any questions.


Dr. Mary Moss
Executive Director
All School Events
  • Oct. 1-5 - MAP Testing - View the schedule.
  • Oct. 4 - Lab Parent Book Club - 8:30-10:30am (details below)
  • Oct. 8 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students
  • Oct. 8 - Big Air Trampoline Event - 3:00-8:00pm (details below)
  • Oct. 11 - Lab Parent Book Club - 8:30-10:30am (details below)
  • Oct. 16 - Assessment Night - 6:30-8:30pm
Lower School Events
  • Oct. 5 - Jersey Day - Wear your favorite jersey to school!
  • Oct. 5 - Cardboard Challenge - Student ONLY Event
Middle School Events
  • Oct. 11 - Middle School Parent Coffee - 8:30-9:30am (details below)
Become a Lab Volunteer! Volunteering your time means a lot to us and helps Lab build a strong school community. Learn more about our current volunteer needs.

  • Collect and manage financial donations from families of your child's grade for the staff gift collection. Contact Anne Monsted to sign up. Learn more.

  • Help stuff communication folders on Fridays. Volunteers needed for Ms. Winnestaffer's 1st grade and grades 6 & 7. Contact Anne Monsted to sign up.

  • Support the Lab Chickens by signing up to purchase a bag of food or bedding.
Missed Curriculum Night? View the Presentations on Our Website!
Curriculum night presentations are now available on our website. Learn about academic expectations, procedures, and content in each grade level presentation. Plus, check out the leadership presentation for key school updates. View the presentations here.
MAP Testing This Week
MAP Testing began today and will continue through the end of the week. View the MAP Testing Letter and Schedule.
Teacher Wishlists are Now Live!
Looking for a way to help your child's teacher? Our staff has carefully selected items that they need for their classrooms and added them to this wishlist. Many items cost less than $10 and purchasing is easy with direct links to order online. Even small donations make a big impact!

View the wishlist at

Also, several of our teachers have Donors Choose projects posted. View all Lower School projects here and all Middle School projects here.
Job Posting: Lunch and Recess Monitors
We are looking to hire people who can assist with supervising students every day during lunch/recess at the lower school and recess at the middle school to give teachers a longer prep period. Training will be provided; no experience necessary. Contact Vikki-Rose Tunick (LS) or Kendra Johnson (MS) to interview and apply on our website here .
Dietary Restrictions? Let Us Know!
If your child needs a vegetarian, gluten free, or dairy free lunch, you must inform us in advance. The caterer only prepares enough for those who have designated an allergy or dietary restriction in their order. 

Order lunch by Tuesday, October 2 at 4:00 pm for October 10 - October 19! For ordering information, payment options, and menus, visit the Lunch Tab of the Parent Section on the school website.
We have many exciting events planned for this school year! Our goal is to provide a variety of events to continue to grow our Lab school spirit and sense of community. View the PTSO calendar or pick up a copy in the front office.
Calling All Jumpers!
Join your friends for some high flying fun at Big Air Trampoline Park on October 8 (next teacher workday) from 3:00-8:00 pm. 50% of ticket sales will be donated back to Lab. When paying, be sure to say you are with Charlotte Lab School. Check your child's Friday communication folder/binder for additional details.
Middle School Parents - You're Invited!
Interested in meeting other Lab Middle School parents? Join us for coffee, donuts, and an opportunity to mingle right after drop-off on Thursday, October 11. We will meet outside (weather permitting) in the quad next to carpool from 8:30-9:30 am.
Lab Spirit Night with the Hornets
Come and enjoy a night out with the Charlotte Hornets and Lab families on Saturday, November 17! The game starts at 7:00 pm and $5 per ticket will go directly back to the school. The first 40 Lab students to purchase tickets will receive an on-court half-time fan experience. Look for your flyer in the Friday communication folder/binder. Contact Lory Cobb if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
Save Your Box Tops!
Believe it or not, Lab school made close to $1000 from Box Tops last year!

It’s a simple way to earn free money for our school. Simply look for the box tops on packaged items, clip them out, and send them in with your child. We will begin collecting for this school year on Friday, October 5. At the end of each trimester, the homeroom that has collected the most will get a pizza party. 
Relink Your VIC Card
Please relink your card so our school can benefit from this program in 2018-2019. Just follow these simple steps:
  1. Visit
  3. Sign in using your email or click register.
  4. Use the school search to find and select 3190 - Charlotte Lab School
Join the Lab Parents Book Club
You can still join the Lab Parents Book Club! 

Remaining Dates: Thursday,Oct. 4 & Oct. 11
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 am
Location: Waterbean Coffee at 616 North Tryon Street - just 4 blocks from the lower school!
Prior to the meeting, read chapters 4, 5 and 6.

Not able to attend all discussions? No problem, join us whenever you are available.  RSVP by sending an email to Michele Davis at
Empathy Education Survey
Is there a need for Empathy Education here in Charlotte? UNCC’s Urban Institute would like to know. The Urban Institute is currently conducting a study on this subject matter and is looking for parent feedback. Please take a quick moment to share your opinion through this brief survey; responses will be anonymous and it takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Complete the survey by October 3.

If you have any questions, contact the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute Diane Gavarkavich.
The Wellness Team is excited to announce our Parenting Series by Molly Warner, Wellness Intern, which will appear every other week, alternating with the Health and Wellness Series.
Laying the Foundation
One of the great secrets to parenting is that raising children is actually a long workshop in re-parenting ourselves . When we start to name our wounds, our emotional triggers, and understand how we adapted survival skills to manage our discomfort in life, we can see that many, if not most of the old rules we used to live by no longer work for us when we have children. There are four simple ways to practice letting go of your old patterns of reacting to stress that can start to help you feel more calm and confident as a parent . Read more .
Join the Parent Facebook Group! Secret Password: Lablions
Charlotte Lab Scho ol | Lower School - 704-464-3830 | Middle School - 704-235-3060