This Week at Charlotte Lab School
Dear Lab Families,

With the beginning of the new year, we are pleased to announce the official launch of the 2019 Lab Innovation Fund, our annual fundraising campaign. We began informally on #GivingTuesday in November, and I am happy to share that as of January 1, we have raised $87,000 toward our $300,000 goal!

As we continue our annual fundraising through the spring, we hope that you will make a financial commitment to the school at a level that is personally meaningful to you. A gift of any size will have a positive impact on our community and enable us to reach our ambitious goals. This year, we are raising money to support the TOP THREE things that make being part of Lab special.

  • Personalized & Authentic Learning Fund: Lab’s emphasis on personalized and real-world learning is one of the main reasons that families tell us they have chosen to attend and stay at Lab! Thanks to generous donations, we are able to provide innovative curriculum, hands-on learning, and the resources and tools necessary to make sure your child is learning at a level that is right for him/her. There is more we want to do to make our vision become a reality, and your support will help us realize our goals.

  • Talent Fund: We don’t want to brag, but our teachers are simply the best! We are able to recruit, train, and keep our amazing and most dedicated staff thanks to the donations that you make to Lab. Without your ongoing support, we will not be able to provide competitive salaries for our faculty or offer essential professional development opportunities that ensure our staff stays up-to-date with the latest training and tools necessary for 21st century learning.

  • Global Learning Fund: Creating a truly integrated school—one that reflects the diversity of Charlotte's population and prepares students for a global workplace—is not only our passion, it is what is best for all students and our future. Your donations support student and staff diversity efforts, the world language program, and cultural competency initiatives, all of which are necessary to be successful in college and career.

By supporting this year's Lab Innovation Fund, you can be sure that your gift of any amount will enhance the learning environment and be put to good use. A donation of any amount will make a difference for our school. The most important thing is that each family donate to show their support and commitment to the work that we are doing. You may make a donation in one of the following ways:



  • DONATE OTHER WAYS: Lab accepts gifts of securities and will work with you to set up legacy, memorial, or tribute gifts. Please contact Susannah Lund, Head of External Affairs, to discuss a giving program that works best for you.

  • MATCHING GIFTS: Don't forget to let us know if your company has a matching gift program. As a registered 501(c)3, we are eligible to receive matching funds and all donations are tax-deductible to the full​est extent provided by law.

New this year, 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 be invited to leadership donor programs and events throughout the year. Please consider joining the 100+ individuals who support the school at this level.

Your donations are essential to the success of our school. Our goal is to complete this year's campaign no later than May 1, so please make your gift today!

Sincerely,

Dr. Mary Moss
Executive Director
TOP STORIES
Join Us for Multicultural Night
Join us on Thursday, January 17 from 6:30 - 8:00pm at Charlotte Lab Lower School for our  3rd annual Multicultural Night! This is a whole school event and we encourage both lower and middle school families to attend and participate. There are two ways you can get involved:

  • Attend the Event: You and your family can take a self-guided tour through the stations prepared by Lab faculty, parents, and students. Please RSVP here.

  • Host a Table: To host a table featuring a culture, heritage, or travel experience, please sign up here or complete the form that was sent home in your child's green folder.
Change in After School Pick-Up Location
Please note the change in dismissal location for ALL after school programs including Taekwondo, Jiujitsu, Thinker’s Lab, and Chess! Pick-up will now be from the Student Entrance (not the main entrance).

If you would like to have your child attend the Extra Mile After School Program after his/her scheduled programming ends, please contact Ricky Singh. Starting at 5:30 pm, dismissal will be through the carpool line.
Last Call for Yearbook Photo Selection - Action Required by January 11
Please check this list to see if your student still needs a photo selected for the yearbook. If so, follow these instructions to select the picture. You do not need to place an order to do this. 

  1. Visit www.stjohnphotography.com.
  2. Go to ‘SCHOOLS’ and select ‘Order Photos.’
  3. Scroll down to ‘Charlotte Lab School’ and select it.
  4. Select ‘Individual, Class and Team Photos - 2018-2019.'
  5. Enter password ‘CTLC.'
  6. Go to the ‘Search’ icon on the right and select it.
  7. Enter student last name.
  8. Select the photo you wish to include.
  9. Select ‘Yearbook Choice’ from the options on the right side of the screen.
  10. Select ‘Select Photo’ and then ‘Confirm’ when prompted.

You do not need to order anything or go to the shopping cart. Once the photo is confirmed, you are finished.
NEWS AND UPDATES
Register for The Extra Mile After School Program
Sign up for The Extra Mile After School Program.
Register for Spring Chess Club
Young Master Chess is excited to continue the after school chess club this spring! The Chess Club will meet Tuesday afternoons from 3:45-5:00 pm beginning on January 29 and running through May 21. National Master Chris Mabe will return as the lead instructor. Please register online via the Young Master Chess website.

Tuition for the spring session is $200. Please make checks out to "Young Master Chess, LLC" and mail to Young Master Chess, 2500 Chesterfield Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205.
Confirm Your MySchoolAnywhere Information
The MySchoolAnywhere school directory is updated and available. If you have not done so already, please confirm your student and family information.

You should have received a personalized link via email from MySchoolAnywhere titled ‘Charlotte Lab School - School Directory Info’. Please be sure to check your junk/spam mail. A confirmation link and specific instructions are included in that email on how to confirm your family’s information.

Don’t forget to download the free MySchoolAnywhere App to have information at your fingertips! Questions? Contact Kelly Glasier.
Sign Up for Spring Thinker's Lab
Spring registration is now open for the Thinker's Lab Program. Class takes place from 3:45-5:00 pm on Wednesdays. The first class is on January 23.
Yum! Check Out the New Lunch Menu
Visit the school website to view the new January menu and place your lunch orders. If you have a balance, please pay it! 
Save the Date for the Lower School’s Winter Whiteout Dance
Students, grab your favorite adult dance partner, wear all white, and get ready to dance!

The Winter Whiteout Dance will take place on Friday, February 1 from 6:00-9:00 pm. Registration and volunteer opportunities will be available soon. Stay tuned for specific details!

To join the planning committee, please reach out to Akua Carraway.
2019-2020 Sibling Preference and Lottery Application
Does your family have a non-Lab sibling for whom you’d like to apply for Sibling Preference in the 2019-2020 lottery? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Complete the online Sibling, Employee, and Board Preference and Lottery Application
  • All applications are due by 11:59pm Monday January 28, 2019.
  • If we receive more applications than we have seats available, a lottery will be held.
  • If needed, the Sibling, Employee and Board Preference Lottery will be held Monday February 4, 2019.
  • Lottery results will be published on Lab's website February 5, 2019.

Questions? Contact Caele Gambs: admissions@charlottelabschool.org
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
All School Events
  • Jan. 9 - Admissions Application Opens
  • Jan. 9 - Lower and Middle School Open House - 6:30 pm
  • Jan. 17 - Multicultural Night - 6:30 pm
  • Jan. 21 - MLK Holiday - No School
  • Jan. 22 - Teacher Workday- No School
  • Jan. 24 - Lab Family Middle School Open House - 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Jan. 28 - Feb. 3 - Winter MAP Testing - Schedule TBA

Lower School Events
  • Jan. 15 - Grade 5 Middle School Visit (Boidy HR) - 8:45-11:00am
  • Jan. 17 - Grade 5 Middle School Visit (Baldwin HR) - 8:45-11:00am
  • Jan. 18 - Grade 5 Middle School Visit (Torres HR) - 8:45-11:00am
  • Feb. 1 - Winter Whiteout Dance - 6:00-9:00pm
  • Feb. 3 - Grade 3 Field Trip - Children's Theatre - Judy Moody - 9:45 am
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