Dear Families,

Last week, I wrote to you from sunny California, and this week, Ms. Serrano  and I are in Chicago for school visits and a Next Generation Learning Challenge (NGLC) conference. 

Today, we visited  Intrinsic Schools, a 7-12th grade public charter school in its 4th year of operation, as well as the Academy for Global Leadership,  a K-8 IB school on the south side of Chicago. Tomorrow, we will join a group of other NGLC leaders and  visit Lovett School, a preK-8 district-managed school serving 420 in Chicago's Austin community, and Chicago International Charter School - West Belden, a K-8 charter school serving 500 students. Located in Chicago's Belmont Cragin neighborhood. We will have a busy few days of learning and sharing with other schools that are using innovative best practices before we return to school later this week. 

Meanwhile, I know that the days are equally busy back in Charlotte. This is a big week for our 3rd-5th Graders! EOGs start tomorrow, and I hope you will take a look at these helpful  tips and reminders and please volunteer if you can.

We are also looking ahead to next year, and in addition to hiring more teachers, we hope to hire the following non-instructional positions.
  • Director of Family Advocacy and Community Engagement (PT)
  • Grantwriter and Fundraising Assistant (PT) 

Finally, I wanted to let you know that Ms. Markle will be extending her leave of absence through the end of the school year. I expect that our students miss her almost as much as we do, and she has been so appreciative of the letters from students and parents that she has received. Please feel free to continue to send notes in her name to school, and we will be sure that to pass them along.

Thank you.


Mary Moss Brown
Head of School

We have an URGENT need for volunteers to help with EOGs tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. Please  sign up here if you can help.
We are seeking companies to sponsor our Year-End Carnival and Field Day, which takes place on June 6. Sponsorship opportunities start at $250 and we hope to raise $2,000 for this event. All sponsors will be recognized in our weekly enewsletter and on our event banner at the school. Please contact Susannah Lund or Committee Chair Sue Hawes if you are interested.

We are also looking for volunteers to help at stations throughout the day. Save the date, and look for the sign up genius in next week's enews.
Charlotte Lab School offers the EduKit program as a convenient option for busy families to order school supply kits for the 2017/2018 year. EduKits are custom made for our school and contain what students need to start the year off right. 

Order online at  by June 20 for the BEST pricing and FREE shipping. A confirmation will be emailed to you after your order has been placed. Your child's EduKit will be at Lab on the first day of school. A complete list of items included in each kit can be downloaded from Charlotte Lab's ordering page at . Extended online ordering is available through EduKit's Last Chance program from June 21 - August 6. Last Chance orders are subject to an additional fee and will be delivered to your home shortly before school begins. 

Any questions, please 
  contact Jaime Rentch.
Five members of the Charlotte Lab Chess team traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to compete in the Super Nationals US Chess Tournament on May 12-14. Team members included Liam Parsons, Logan Parsons, Andrew Merritt, William Merritt, and Christian Mayer (l to r). Out of the 42 teams competing in the K-6 U1000 division, the Charlotte Lab School team earned a trophy for 13th place. In addition, Logan Parsons received an individual trophy for tying for 25th place.
Reminder - No After School May 25 and the Last Week of School (June 5, 6 & 7)
As previously communicated, the school will not be open after school Thursday, May 25, and your child will go home per his or her standard dismissal method.

Fall Sessions of Girls On The Run or Let Me Run
To run either of these programs in the fall, we will need volunteer coaches!  Both programs provide great training. If you are interested in coaching, please email after school

And, Last But Not Least (and More About Out-of-School Care)
Children's Theatre is offering a mini camp called School Daze! on Friday May 26. Register here.
Description: Hop on the bus as you navigate crazy classrooms and document your day of hilarious school inspired situations. Using the books Curious George's First Day of School (Rey) for the younger students and Wayside School (Sachar) for the older students, the kids will tutor the teachers in how to have fun!
Our third Enrichment trimester is coming to a close, and the students are ready to share what they have learned. Parents are invited for a sharing session during regular class periods. Each session will be 20-30 minutes long. Note that Children's Theatre Showcases will be held at UNCC Center City (across the street) in room 901. Music Showcases will be held at Lab. As always, we have a limited number of parking passes, so please find a metered spot on the street if you can.
Tuesday, May 30
  • Carter: 11:10 am
  • Scott: 12:15 pm
  • Dreyer: 1:50 pm
Wednesday, May 31
  • Hollands: 11:10 am
  • Berry: 12:15 pm
  • Byrum: 1:50 pm
Thursday, June 1
  • Davino: 11:10 am
  • Fields: 12:15 pm
  • Najenson: 1:50 pm
Friday, June 2 ** Note new day/time due to scheduling conflict
  • Whitelaw: 11:10 am
  • Brown: 12:15 pm
Monday, June 5
  • Salas: 1:30 pm ** This event is combined with the Kindergarten Showcase.
Parents of students taking Art this trimester are invited to enjoy the wonderful displays of student art work throughout the school. 
One more week to send in your box tops!  Our current competition ends  May 31 . Let's end the school year with our largest box tops collection ever! 
We hope you will consider supporting, a local charity that donates video games to children's hospitals and treatment centers in North Carolina. To date, has provided 288 games and 36 systems across 8 different facilities . Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and schools, Heart Meter can increase their donations to hospitals. Charlotte Lab School is a "drop-off location" for the organization, and families who wish to donate video game systems and/or games may bring them to the front office. You can read more about the program on their website.
As a reminder, ALL tutoring programs ended last week. This includes both the volunteer- and teacher-driven programs.

If your family is interested in tutoring over the summer, the following staff members will be offering private tutoring opportunities. Scheduling and fees should be arranged directly with the individual staff member.

Teacher Grade Levels Subjects
Ms. Baldwin Rising 2nd Grade, Rising 3rd Grade, Rising 4th Grade, Rising 5th Grade Mathematics, Reading, Writing
Ms. Brown Rising 3rd Grade, Rising 4th Grade, Rising 5th Grade Mathematics, Reading
Mr. Carraway Rising Kindergarten, Rising 1st Grade, Rising 2nd Grade, Rising 3rd Grade Mathematics, Reading, Writing
Ms. Carter Rising 2nd Grade, Rising 3rd Grade, Rising 4th Grade Mathematics
Ms. Davino Rising 2nd Grade, Rising 3rd Grade, Rising 4th Grade Mathematics
Ms. Dreyer Rising Kindergarten, Rising 1st Grade, Rising 2nd Grade Mathematics, Reading, Writing
Ms. French Rising 1st Grade, Rising 2nd Grade, Rising 3rd Grade, Rising 4th Grade, Rising 5th Grade, Rising 6th Grade Spanish
Ms. Hollands Rising 2nd Grade, Rising 3rd Grade Mathematics, Reading, Writing
Mr. Morales Rising 3rd Grade, Rising 4th Grade, Rising 5th Grade, Rising 6th Grade Spanish
Mr. Quinn Rising Kindergarten, Rising 1st Grade, Rising 2nd Grade, Rising 3rd Grade, Rising 4th Grade, Rising 5th Grade, Rising 6th Grade Mathematics, Reading, Writing
Mr. Singh Rising Kindergarten, Rising 1st Grade, Rising 2nd Grade, Rising 3rd Grade, Rising 4th Grade, Rising 5th Grade, Rising 6th Grade Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Science, Computer Skills, Google 101, Executive Functioning Skills, Coding
Ms. Whitelaw Rising 2nd Grade, Rising 3rd Grade, Rising 4th Grade Reading, Writing

Also, Mr. Hartzell is running a Make and Grow Summer Camp @ UNCC Center City (Across the street from Lab School)
  • Dates: July 17-21, July 24-28, and July 31-August 4
  • Times:  9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Contact Mr. Hartzell for more information.
May 23, 24 & 26 EOGs
Fri, May 26 Teacher Workday- FACULTY RETREAT - NO CLASSES
Mon, May 29 Memorial Day - HOLIDAY
Fri, Jun 2 5th Grade Luncheon 12:15 pm
Fri, Jun 2 Report Cards Home
Mon, Jun 5 Kindergarten Showcase 1:30 PM
Tue, Jun 6 Year End Carnival & Field Day all day
Wed, Jun 7 Last Day of School

Blessings of a Skinned Knee Book Club Details:
  • Date: Thursday on May 25 & June 1
  • Time: 8:30 - 10 am
  • Location: Amelie's on North Davidson...just a few short blocks from the school, with free parking, yummy treats and lots of comfy places to sit!!
Prior to the Meeting:
  • Obtain a copy of Blessings of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel, PHD
  • Read chapters 1-5
  • RSVP: Let us know you will be attending by sending an email to Meegan Whelan
The Lab Mentor Families program is looking for volunteers to serve as mentors to our newest families. T o volunteer, please use this link to enter your information electronically OR you may fill out the flyer that was sent home in your child's green folder.  Questions? Contact Committee Chair Renee Alsop .
Spring Testing Schedule can be found here.
Sign up for text reminders using  Remind 101 . By subscribing to the Whole School AND your child's grade level , you will receive up-to-date text reminders of need-to-know information. Simply text the correct code to 810-10. Standard text rates do apply.
  • Whole School - @Fk2c2
  • Kindergarten - @2a34d
  • 1st Grade - @8g9ccd
  • 2nd Grade - @48h447
  • 3rd Grade - @hea66
  • 4th Grade - @43gf3d
  • 5th Grade - @4dha6
  • After School - @labschoola
Charlotte Lab School
301 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

General Info: 704-464-3830


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