Dear Families,

Thanks to everyone who attended tonight's first Multicultural Night! The event was a huge success thanks to our World Language Team, the many other faculty who worked on the planning and preparation, and most of all, the Lab parents and students who came and shared their stories and culture with our Lab community. We are excited to begin what we hope will be a long Charlotte Lab School tradition of honoring and celebrating the histories and backgrounds that make us unique and that will enrich the lives of our children. 

Kendra Johnson and I were incredibly disappointed to have missed this important event; we traveled today to San Francisco to participate in NewSchools Venture Fund's Annual Summit. For the next two days, we will have the opportunity to learn from and alongside innovative schools from around the country. NSVF has been an important early supporter of our school and recently reaffirmed their belief in our model with an additional $250k gift that will support our middle school launch and many of our innovative initiatives. We spent several hours today sharing mistakes and lesson learned in the early implementation process and look forward to two more days of thought-provoking speakers and discussion. We plan to bring our new ideas and experiences back to share with Lab faculty and students.

I look forward to being back at Lab on Friday!


Mary Moss Brown
Head of School

Wellness Week &
Summer Safety Tips

With Wellness Week upon us and the end of the school year fast approaching, we thought it would be a great time to help outline some simple ways we can keep our kids safe and out of harm's way this summer. We will also share mindfulness and wellness tips each day this week through our advisory program.

Be sure to ask your children about the new things they are learning this week in their classrooms and small groups. Here are some of the topics we are covering, plus some parent tips:

The Wellness Team

Please join us for breakfast as we say thank you to all of our fabulous Charlotte Lab School volunteers. We could not have accomplished all that we did this year without your help, support, and enthusiasm!!

Come to the music room on Friday, May 19 from 8:30-9:30 am so that we can thank you in person. And the best part is that you don't need to bring/donate/do anything!

Please sign up here to let us know you are coming. On Friday morning, you may park in the gravel lot (422 E. 9th Street) if you get a temporary pass from the office. Please do not park in the lot across from the main entrance (300 E. 9th Street) as these spots are reserved for staff and require a separate permit. 

Hope to see you Friday!

Lots of After School Updates and Reminders

After School Tutoring will end on  Thursday, May 18. If your child was previously in an after school program, he/she will again be in that program. Otherwise, he/she will return home per the standard dismissal method.

Soccer Shots
Soccer Shots ended May 12. If you signed up for Extended Semester, your child will go to regular after school until  Wednesday, May 31.  Otherwise, your child will return home per the standard dismissal method.

PlaySpanish ends this  Wednesday, May 17. You should have received an email from  letting you know that it is ending and giving you the option to purchase after school care  May 24 and May 31

Reminder - No After School May 25
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.

No After School the Last Week of School (June 5, 6 & 7)
Our After School Admin Shelley Banonis will be available to care for a limited number of kids the final week of school for $20 each day. If you are interested in signing up, please email after school.

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!
We had a great turnout at Muffins with Moms. We hope all the Lab Moms enjoyed themselves and had a nice Mothers Day. Thank you to our amazing volunteers Najuma Wilson and Lindy Pritchard, who made the beautiful flower pins!! And a special shout-out to Events Committee Chair Sue Hawes.
Join Charlotte Lab families for our last dining night out of the school year on Tuesday, May 16 at Chipotle - Midtown.

Time: 4:30-8:30 pm
Location: 239 S. Kings Drive Suite B, Charlotte

Important Reminder: Please make sure that you show the official flyer (sent home in your child's Friday folder) or tell the cashier at checkout before you pay that you are there for a fundraiser! If you don't tell our cashier that you are with Charlotte Lab School, we won't get credit for the sales.
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
Monday, June 5
  • Whitelaw: 11:10 am
  • Brown: 12:15 pm
  • Salas: 1:30 pm ** This event is combined with the Kindergarten Sowcase.
Parents of students taking Art this trimester are invited to enjoy the wonderful displays of student art work throughout the school. 
With the end of the school year quickly approaching, we are sadly not able to reschedule a full  talent  show for this year. Parents of all of the children who had signed up to participate received an email last week detailing the change.

If your child attends after school on Thursdays and would like to participate, the after school team will hold a  smaller version of the talent show on  Thursday, May 18  from  4:30-5:30 pm . As the earlier email stated, you must email after school by Monday, May 15 in order to participate. Please include your child's name and attach the music file for your child's act if he/she needs music. The first 20 acts to respond will be included in the  show.  

If your child doesn't participate in after school on Thursdays but is desperate to share their  talent, please email after school. They may be able to participate if there is space available. We will let you know!
As a reminder, ALL tutoring programs will stop on Thursday, May 18. 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.
Volunteers needed for EOG Exams
Tue, May 16 Chipotle - Midtown 4:30 AM
Fri, May 19 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 8:30 AM
Sat, May 20 New Families Park Playdate (at Lab Playground) 10:00 AM
May 23, 24 & 26 EOGs
Fri, May 26 Teacher Workday- FACULTY RETREAT - NO CLASSES
Mon, May 29 Memorial Day - HOLIDAY
Fri, Jun 2 Report Cards Home
Mon, Jun 5 Kindergarten Showcase 1:00 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 18, 25th & June 1st
  • Time: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
  • 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
Want to share your enthusiasm for Charlotte Lab School? The Lab Mentor Families program is kicking off with a call for volunteers to serve as mentors to our newest families. We need your help!  Our first event will be a play date at the school on Saturday, May 20 from 10-11:30 am at Charlotte Lab School

To volunteer, please use this link to enter your information electronically OR you may fill out the flyer that was sent home last Friday.

Questions? Contact Committee Chair Renee Alsop .
Spring Testing Schedule can be found here.
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  • 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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