This Week at Charlotte Lab School
Dear Lab Families,

Wow! This year's Multicultural Night may have been our best yet. Our amazing Lab family came together to represent and celebrate over 40 unique cultures. It was incredible to see the time, care, and pride that went into each table and to experience the excitement and energy of the attendees as they explored cultures from around the world. This year, the performances, which included a Chinese dragon, African drums, and a karate demonstration, were a particular highlight.

I want to give a special thanks to Carey French and Astrid Salas for taking the lead in the event, the World Language team for all of their preparation and support, the PTSO for helping fund and coordinate the event, Two Guys'N a Kitchen for the delicious food, and our table hosts for sharing their cultures.

SIBLING PREFERENCE LOTTERY:
On another note, I want to remind everyone that the deadline to submit Sibling Preference Lottery Applications is Monday, January 28 at 11:59 pm. If more applications are received than we have seats available, a lottery will be held at 10:00 am on February 4 at the Lower School and results will be published on our website the next day. Please contact Caele Gambs at admissions@charlottelabschool.org with questions.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mary Moss
Executive Director
TOP STORIES
Understanding Middle School Standards Based Grading...With Pizza!
Do you know how to read your student’s progress report? Want to know the most efficient way to “check in” with your student on PowerSchool? Did you know that levels of mastery (1-4) do NOT correspond to letter grades?

Get the answers to these questions and more by joining us on January 31 in the Middle Large Commons from 6:30-8:30 pm. This informational session will include everything you’ve ever wanted to know about standards based grading and your role as a parent/guardian. Pizza will be served courtesy of the PTSO. RSVP here. Students are welcome! Questions? Contact ralsop@gmail.com or lesliemueller@icloud.com
High School Planning Forum
Please join staff, board and other parents for our first Lab High School Planning Forum. We will focus on our vision, goals, and milestones and look ahead to how we can work together to build the high school of our dreams. 

  • When: Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30 pm
  • Where: Lab Middle School, 600 Seigle Ave
  • Who: Lab parents who want to learn more about opportunities to be involved.
  • RSVP here.
Girls on the Run is SO MUCH FUN!
Time is running out to register for Girls on the Run! We need at least 6 more girls to register by February 3 to have a team.

Don't miss this great opportunity for your 3rd-5th grade girl to have fun, make friends, increase physical activity and learn important life skills. We'll end the season with a 5K celebration!

Practices begin the week of February 11 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:00 pm. Register online today!

NEWS AND UPDATES
Register for The Extra Mile
Join the Extra Mile! We are still taking sign-ups and if you only need after school care after 4:45 pm, the cost is just $10. 

We are also exploring three NEW POSSIBLE ADDITIONS to our programming. Complete an interest survey below:
Join the Lab Parent Book Club
Join the Lab Parent Book Club as we kick off the new year with a discussion on Voice Lessons by Wendy Mogel, PhD.

Discussion Dates: January 24 and February 7
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 am
NEW Location: Queen City Grounds at 644 N. Church Street - just 5 blocks from the lower school! Parking is available in the deck; bring in your ticket for validation. We will meet upstairs. 
Prior to the first meeting: Read chapters 4-6.

Please also consider joining us at the Joined in Education event on January 30 and 31. Dr. Mogel is the keynote speaker at Wednesday night's event! Tickets available here.
It's a Winter Whiteout!
It's time for the Lower School Dance! The event will take place on February 1 at Heaton Hall at Myers Park Baptist Church from 6:00 to 7:30 pm for K-2 and from 7:30 - 9:00 pm for 3-5.

Registration is $20 per family through Eventbrite or by sending in the form that went home in Friday Folders to the front office.

Volunteer opportunities and donation requests are available here. Questions? Contact Akua Carraway.
Lower School Late Pick-Up Now at Walker Door
With our change in after school providers, the front door is locked at 4:00 pm daily. If your child is in the late pool from dismissal, he or she will be at the walker door waiting for you.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Sign Up to Bring in Healthy Snacks
Thanks to your donations, the healthy snack program has been a huge success. Now, we need volunteers to help keep our healthy snack options stocked through 2019. Please sign up to donate and deliver healthy snacks to the middle or lower school.
Lab Needs You for Our Final Open Houses!
Only a few open houses remain before we close out the lottery for 2019-2020 school year. Can you help us welcome prospective families?
  • Thursday, February 7 (Lower and Middle School) 6:00-8:30pm. Sign up.
  • Saturday, February 9th (Lower and Middle) 10:00-11:30am. Sign up.
  • Tuesday, February 12th (Middle School for Lab families) 6:00-8:00pm. Sign up.
Questions? Contact Kris Goldbach.
Teacher Workday Mini-Camps
Looking for a fun, engaging activity for your child on the upcoming teacher workday? Sign up for a Children's Theatre of Charlotte Mini-Camp!
Help Fund a Water Bottle Filler for the Middle School
Lower School loves their water bottle filler! Now is your chance to help us get a water bottle filler for the Middle School as well. This project will ensure that our students have access to clean, sustainable water all day long so that they are hydrated, healthy, and ready to learn.  Donate today!
Yearbook Order Deadline Approaching
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!
Play in the Students vs. Staff Basketball Game
Middle school students will face off against their teachers on Saturday, February 23 at 10:00 am in the Students vs. Teachers Basketball Game. All students in grades 3-7 are eligible to participate. Sign up here. You don't want to miss this exciting event!
7th Grade Social Studies Silent Auction & Exhibition
Participate in our first Silent Auction featuring student-created work to raise money to help offset the cost of the 8th grade international trip next year. Preview the high-quality work that will be for auction as well as exhibits created to highlight Costa Rica and China, the international trip destinations, on Thursday, January 24 from 12:45-1:45 pm. The Silent Auction be live online from January 24-January 31. Email Shane Capps with specific questions about the event!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
All School Events
  • Jan. 24 - Lab Parents Book Club @ Queen City Grounds - 8:30-10:00am
  • Jan. 28 - Feb. 3 - Winter MAP Testing - Schedule TBA
  • Feb. 5 - High School Planning Forum @the Middle School - 5:30pm
  • Feb. 7 - Lab Parents Book Club @ Queen City Grounds - 8:30-10:00am
  • Feb. 12 - Lab Family Middle School Open House - 6:30-8:00pm
  • Feb. 23 - Students vs. Staff Basketball Game - 8:45-11:00am

Lower School Events
  • Feb. 1 - Winter Whiteout Dance - 6:00-9:00pm
  • Feb. 3 - Grade 3 Field Trip - Children's Theatre - Judy Moody - 9:45am

Middle School Events
  • Jan. 24 - 7th Grade Silent Auction Exhibit - 12:45-1:45pm
  • Jan. 31 - Understanding Standards Based Grading - 6:30-8:30pm
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