This Week at Charlotte Lab School
REMINDER: NO SCHOOL MONDAY AND TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18-19!
Dear Lab Families,

Last week, Mr. Singh and I welcomed over 40 parents to the first Lab High School Planning Forum where we shared the inspiration and concept for the high school. Afterward, parents gathered in groups to spend time discussing the attributes of a Lab High School graduate and defining success for the Class of 2026.

How will a Lab graduate think, communicate and act? And, how will our vision for our graduates shape the high school that we create?

The answers to these questions will guide our next steps in the high school planning process, helping us to imagine a new model for high school that will prepare our students for success in college and career in the 21st century.

If you were unable to attend the forum, I encourage you to review the presentation online and sign up here if you are interested in getting involved. We truly value your input and support as we embark on this exciting next stage in Lab's development!

Sincerely,

Dr. Mary Moss
Executive Director
TOP STORIES
Support Lab's Innovation Fund
A big thank you to these donors who have already made a donation to the 2019 Lab Innovation Fund. Thanks to their support, we have raised $126,500 toward our $300,000 goal. 

If you haven’t had a chance to donate yet, please do so today! You can donate online or use the brochure that can home in your child’s green folder on Feb 8. The sooner we meet our goal, the more we can invest in this year. Questions? Contact Susannah Lund at slund@charlottelabschool.org or 704-464-3830.
NBA All-Star Weekend - Regular School Schedule; No After School on Friday
Lab will operate on a regular schedule throughout the week. Please be aware that beginning Thursday there will be heavy traffic and road blocks in Uptown. Allow extra time to get to and from school and please be patient as we do our best to deliver students to their bus stops as quickly and safely as possible. The Extra Mile After School Program is canceled on Friday based on recommendations from the city regarding Uptown after 4pm.
Yearbook - Last Call for Candid Photos and Orders!
Check your phones! We still need some fun photos for this year’s yearbook. Sporting events, field trips, Multicultural Night, class activities, etc. -- We need them all! Please upload all photos by Thursday, February 14 using one of the options below.
Please also help us order the correct number of yearbooks to be printed by placing your order no later than February 14. If you aren't sure if you've ordered, please review the current order list. Nothing is sweeter than preserving the memories of this school year for your student!
NEWS AND UPDATES
Sign Up for Spring Sports
It’s time to sign up for Spring Sports! Students in grades 5-7 are invited to join Track & Field or Soccer. Ms. Johnson will follow up with families who sign up with next steps and details about practice days/times

We are also looking for a Girls Soccer Coach and a Boys Soccer Coach this season! Please email Ms. Johnson ASAP if you are interested!

Soccer Sign-Up - DEADLINE February 13
Track & Field Sign-Up - DEADLINE February 28
WANTED: Front Office Volunteers
We need a few more volunteers to assist our wonderful office managers at the Lower School and Middle School from February through May. There are weekly and biweekly time slots available, or you may offer to fill in as a substitute as needed. Training will be provided; no experience is necessary. Sign up or email Dichelle Connell for more information.
Charlotte Checkers Spirit Night
Enjoy a night out with the Charlotte Checkers and Lab families on Friday, March 1, at the 7:00 pm game! Tickets are available online for $16 and will be emailed to you the day before the game. Contact Lory Cobb with questions. We hope to see you there!
Students vs. Staff Basketball Game
Don’t miss your chance to see teachers and students battle it out for bragging rights at our first annual Students vs. Staff Basketball Game! There will be lots of games and fun, plus enjoy the debut of our Lab Lions Step Team during the half-time entertainment! Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or in the front office.
  • Date: Saturday, February 23
  • Time: Doors Open at 10am; Game begins at 10:30am
  • Location: 2701 Freedom Dr, Charlotte, NC 28208
Winter Whiteout Dance a Success
A big thank you to Akua Carraway and the Lower School dance planning committee and volunteers! The combined event was a great success and a fun time for all. If you lost your photo booth pictures or need another copy, images from the photo booth are available for download here. Password is myers020119.
Congrats to the Fifth Grade Boys Basketball Team
Charlotte Lab School's 5th grade boys basketball team recently capped off an undefeated regular season. The Lions finished the season as the #1 overall team with a perfect 8-0 record, scoring the most points in the 24-team InterFaith Basketball League that includes schools from the greater Charlotte region. Playoffs began last week and after receiving a first round bye, the Lions won their first two playoff games in dramatic fashion, both come-from-behind wins that advanced them to the Final Four. The Lions lost a close game last Friday evening in the semi-finals, showing the same heart they demonstrated all season long and fighting until the end. The players and parents appreciated the support of more than a dozen Lab faculty and administrators who were joined by their families to support the Lions in their final game. Coach Patrick Hill has done an incredible job with this group of boys during their inaugural season of competitive basketball, emphasizing teamwork, sportsmanship, grit, hustle, and playing unselfishly. Every member of this year's team scored a basket, and they showed everyone what it means to be a true team with how hard they played every single week. For a team that has never played organized sports together (and does not even have a gym!), we could not be more proud of the 5th grade boys basketball team for a truly memorable season.
Music Lessons Starting March 5
Miss Jessica has various slots available for all grade levels for piano, voice, or combo (piano/voice) lessons to be taken during recess, PE, or enrichment blocks during the last trimester. Interested parents may email jessica@charlotteschoolofmusic.org
Green Folder Update
In an effort to streamline our Green Folder/Communication process, we will now send just one set of flyers home to each family, rather than send every flyer home with every child. Generally speaking, your youngest child will be the bearer of all things Green Folder. Of course, older children will still bring home grade and individual specific information, but school-wide notices will typically only go home with the youngest child in a family. Please remember to check your Green Folders (grades k-3) or binders (grades 4-7) to keep up to date on all things Lab!
Help Quest by Donating Materials, Tools and Technology
Please consider donating an item from the Teacher Wishlist to the Quest Department. Quest Department items can be found on the "School-Wide Wishlist" Tab.
Sick Child Policy Reminder
Please remember that our policy requires all children to be fever-free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school. By following this policy, you can help us reduce the spread of illness. Thank you!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
All School Events
  • Feb. 12 - Lab Family Middle School Open House - 6:30-8:00 - Volunteer
  • Feb. 18 - No School - President's Day
  • Feb. 19 - No School - Teacher Workday
  • Feb. 23 - Students vs. Staff Basketball Game - 8:45-11:00am - Tickets
  • Feb. 26 - PTSO Meeting & Music/Literacy Showcases - 6:30pm
  • Mar. 1 - Charlotte Checkers Spirit Night - 7:00pm - Tickets

Lower School Events
  • Feb. 21 - Grade 4 Field Trip - JA Biztown

Middle School Events
  • Feb. 20 - Grade 6 Movie Field Trip - 9:00am-12:15pm
WELLNESS CORNER
Lab School is thrilled to announce a new wellness partnership. Sarah Olin, PCC is a credentialed life + leadership coach and will contribute regularly to our newsletter to support parents with the ups + downs of parenting + life. Before moving to Charlotte in 2013, Sarah had a wellness company in NYC called Relax Already where she brought meditation + yoga into big companies all over Manhattan. As a coach, Sarah works with individuals and teams to create the relationships and experiences of life that they crave.
Wisdom from a Five-Year-Old
Summer, my daughter Mirabelle just turned five, and I think many of us would agree, five is a practically perfect age for a human. When I took her to the first day of Summer Camp, she walked in there like a little peacock. She might as well have said, “I got this.” She didn’t complain or cry. She didn’t hang on to me.  I thought, whoa, this kid is brave. Totally confident. And I drove away and cried.

It was such an unbelievable moment to see how she’s her own person. I was thinking about how wisdom is everywhere, if we are willing to see it.  Read the full article for more wisdom from my favorite former five-year-old.
LINKS & SIGN-UPS
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