This Week at Charlotte Lab School
Dear Families:

I want to thank everyone who volunteered to help prepare our campuses for the weather this past weekend, and I am happy to report that both campuses made it through in great condition. As we resume our regular schedule tomorrow, we will continue to send our thoughts and best wishes to all those who have been affected by the storm.

As a reminder, our Curriculum Nights will be held this week, and we can't wait to see you there!

Lower School Curriculum Night Highlights:
  • Tuesday, September 18, 6:30-8:00 pm
  • PTSO General Meeting - ALL families encouraged to attend, middle school, too!
  • Grade Level Presentations - Find out what your child will be learning this year.
  • Q & A Time with Teachers

Middle School Curriculum Night Highlights:
  • Thursday, September 20, 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Core Content Presentations - Find out what your child will be learning this year.
  • Meet & Greet with World Language, Counselor, PE & Enrichment Staff
  • Staff will be available to help parents set up Google Classroom and PowerSchool Parent Portal to track student progress.

View full details and schedule here. Please note, these events are for parents, and there is no child care for students or younger siblings. Spirit wear will be available for sale from 6-6:30pm before Curriculum Nights begin.

Also, remember that Wednesday, September 19 (previously a staff workday) will be a make-up day. All classes, buses and afterschool programming will take place on a regular schedule.


Dr. Mary Moss
Executive Director
All School Events
  • Tues, September 18 - PTSO General Meeting - 6:30pm at Lower School
  • Wed, September 19 - Make-Up Day - Regular Schedule
  • Mon-Fri, September 24-28 - MAP Testing
  • Thurs, September 27 & October 4 - Lab Parent Book Club - 8:30-10:30am (details below)
  • Mon, October 8 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students
Lower School Events
  • Tues, September 18 - Lower School Curriculum Night - 6:30-8:00pm
  • Fri, October 5 - Cardboard Challenge
Middle School Events
  • Thurs, September 20 - Middle School Curriculum Night - 6:30-8:00pm
Front Office Volunteers
 We need volunteers to assist in the lower school and middle school front offices! Training will be provided; no experience necessary.
Contact Dichelle Connell to volunteer. Learn more .
Class Party Volunteers
Help create and manage a sign-up genius for your child's classroom Holiday Party, Valentines Day Party, and/or End of Year Party. Contact Anne Monsted to volunteer. Learn more .
Staff Gift Collection Volunteers
Collect and manage financial donations from families of your child's grade for holiday and end of year gifts. Contact Anne Monsted to volunteer. Learn more .
More Ways to Help

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

  • Support the Lab Chickens by signing up to purchase a bag of food or bedding.

Important School Reminders
  • Lower School Drop-Off: During morning arrival, you have the option to park in the parking lot located at 422 E. 9th Street and walk your child in or drop off in the car-rider line. Please do not park on the side of 9th street and let your children out; it is a safety hazard for children and causes traffic along 9th street. 
  • TAPS Drop In Care: Please make sure you submit a Transportation Change form when using TAPS for drop in care. Once you reach the "Method of Transportation," select "Other" and notate that your child will be going to TAPS for Drop In Care. 
  • For Early Pick-Up, Arrive Before 3:00 pm. If you are picking your child up early, please arrive prior to 3:00 pm. This applies to both campuses.
  • No Toys at School, Please! Students should only bring school-related or school supply items to school. Unless there is a special assignment by a teacher or advisor to bring a personal item such as a toy, it should stay at home so it is not tempting to take out of a book bag or binder. This includes stuffed animals, squishy toys, slime/putty, Pokemon cards, etc.  
Order Lunch Now for September 24 - October 5
Deadline to order is Tuesday, September 18 at 4:00 pm. For ordering information, payment options, and menus, visit the Lunch Tab of the Parent Section on the school website.
Introducing Our New Wellness Intern
Charlotte Lab School is excited to announce that Molly Warner will join the team as intern to the Director of Wellness for the remainder of the school year. Molly is a Lab School parent as well as an experienced therapist who brings an array of skills to our community. Molly will help with future wellness initiatives, present guidance material in classrooms, and run a variety of counseling groups. We are thrilled to have her and are certain your children will enjoy her creative skills and joyful spirit. Learn more about Molly here.
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
Back to School Yearbook Promotion
The back to school yearbook promotion of 4 FREE icons with purchase of a personalized yearbook ends Friday, September 21

Don't forget to take advantage of this great offer! Icons are normally $4 each so it is a $16 savings. Check your student's communication folder for a flyer with more information. You can order 24/7 at
GoPlaySave Coupon Books - Last Chance!
Tuesday, September 18 (tomorrow!) is our LAST day to sell GoPlaySave Books. ALL 6th graders should bring in their money and any unsold books on Tuesday.

Don't miss this chance to order a GoPlaySave coupon book from a Middle School 6th grader and help them go on an international trip in 8th grade! 

For any questions please contact Marty Pizzo at
Middle School Mountain Bike Club is Back!
Do you love to ride bikes? Do you love to race? 

Perfect. Join the Charlotte Lab Mountain Bike Club. It's open to both boys and girls in the 6th and 7th grades. Find out basic details and tell us your interested in joining here. We will begin meeting in late October!

Email Cynthia Wood, Lab mom, with questions.
Ukulele Lessons
Liz Seegers is excited to offer individual ukulele lessons for the students at Lab! Liz has been in the early childhood music world teaching for Music Together of Charlotte and playing in her band The Jolly Lollies for over ten years. Her approach to teaching is playful and she loves to teach kids their favorite songs.

Lessons will be offered:
  • 1:45-2:15 (gr K/1 Social Centers/Recess)
  • 1:45-2:15 (gr K/1 Social Centers/Recess)
  • 3:30-4:30 (all grades)
  • 12:45-1:15pm (gr 4/5 Clubs)
  • 1:35-2:05pm (gr 2/3 Clubs)
  • 2:15-3:45 (gr K/1 Clubs)

Learn more and register for fall lessons (September 24-December 20).
Join the Lab Parents Book Club
Looking for a place to meet other Lab Parents? Interested in learning more about the power of mindset?  Join us for the Lab Parents Book Club! 
We will kick off the year by discussing Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 27, 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!

Not able to attend all three discussions? No problem, join us whenever you are available. 

Prior to the First Meeting:
Middle School Spirit Rock
Lab Middle has SPIRIT! Middle school families are invited to rent and paint the Spirit Rock in honor of Lab-related activities including birthdays, announcements, and celebrations. Check out the details below:

  • Cost: $20. Make checks out to Charlotte Lab School PTSO with "Spirit Rock" in the subject line. 
  • Reservations can be made via the Sign-Up Genius and will be confirmed once payment is made. Please sign up two weeks in advance to allow time for the PTSO to confirm payment.
  • TWO reservations are available each week. Rock painting will occur on Sundays and Wednesdays at 12:00 pm.
Teacher Workday Mini-Camps with Children's Theatre
Need childcare for the upcoming Teacher Workdays? Children's Theatre is offering a great opportunity for Lab students to participate in mini-camps on these days. Sign up here.
Join the Parent Facebook Group!
Great news! Joining the Lab Parent Facebook Group just got easier. Follow these simple steps:
  1. Access the group here.
  2. Click "Join Group."
  3. Enter the secret password: Lablions.
Support Our Teachers' Classroom Projects
Thank you again for all of your generous donations! Our teachers still have several big projects posted. View all Lower School projects here and all Middle School projects here . A donation of any amount makes helps our teachers get important supplies for student learning!
Charlotte Lab Scho ol | Lower School - 704-464-3830 | Middle School - 704-235-3060