This Week at Charlotte Lab School
Dear Families:

Thank you to everyone who came out for Curriculum Night last week! We were happy to see many of our returning and new families in attendance. Our teachers reviewed grade-level expectations, student learning objectives, and helpful resources for parents.

I was also excited to share updates related to our Lab's mission and vision:

  • Diverse by Design: Lab serves 46% Students of Color, employs 45% People of Color, and 31% of our students come from Economically Disadvantaged Households. We are on track to meet goal of 40% EDS by 2020, ensuring that our school reflects the demographics of our community.

  • The Community is Our Classroom: Lab partners with over 15 Charlotte-based organizations, and, on average, students at Lab participate in three outings each month.

  • Lifelong Wellness: On an annual survey of Mindsets, Essential Skills and Habits, Lab outperforms schools in our national cohort in all areas, including growth mindset, rigorous expectations, engagement, self-awareness, sense of belonging, and teacher-student relationships 

  • Success in College: Lab outperforms the State and District in reading on MAP and EOGs and met growth in EOG reading.

  • Success in a Global Workplace: 80% of 6th grade students and 95% of 7th grade students (who have been at Lab for at least two years) scored at or above the High School Level 1 equivalent for their language on the STAMP proficiency test.

In case you missed it, you can view the leadership presentation as well as all of the grade level presentation on the website. We look forward to seeing everyone at our next event, Assessment Night, on October 16!


Dr. Mary Moss
Executive Director
All School Events
  • Thurs, September 27, Lab Parent Book Club - 8:30-10:30am (details below)
  • Mon-Fri, October 1-5 - MAP Testing (Rescheduled due to Weather Days)
  • Thurs, October 4 - Lab Parent Book Club - 8:30-10:30am (details below)
  • Mon, October 8 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students
  • Mon, October 8 - Big Air Trampoline Event - 3:00-8:00pm (details below)
Lower School Events
  • Fri, October 5 - Cardboard Challenge - Student ONLY Event
Front Office Volunteers
 We need volunteers to assist in the front offices, especially at the middle school ! 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.

Missed Curriculum Night? View the Presentations on Our Website!
Curriculum night presentations are now available on our website. Learn about academic expectations, procedures, and content in each grade level presentation. Plus, check out the leadership presentation for key school updates. View the presentations here.
MAP Testing Schedule Update
Due to missing days from Hurricane Florence, we have decided to push MAP testing back by one week to October 1 - October 5. A letter with more information is coming home this week. Read the letter and view the schedule here.
Teacher Wishlists are Now Live!
Looking for a way to help your child's teacher? Our staff has carefully selected items that they need for their classrooms and added them to this wishlist. Many items cost less than $10 and purchasing is easy with direct links to order online. Even small donations make a big impact!

View the wishlist at

Also, several of our teachers have Donors Choose projects posted. View all Lower School projects here and all Middle School projects here.
Job Posting: Lunch and Recess Monitors
We have a new job posting on the website for lunch and recess monitors at the middle school. These positions will allow our teachers to have more planning time during the day. The hours are Monday-Thursday,10:30 am - 1:00 pm, and Friday,10:30 am - 1:30 pm. If interested, please submit an application online and Ms. Johnson will contact you.
Order Lunch Now for October 10 - October 19
Deadline to order is Tuesday, October 2 at 4:00 pm. For ordering information, payment options, and menus, visit the Lunch Tab of the Parent Section on the school website.
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 EXTENDED!
The back to school yearbook promotion of 4 FREE icons with purchase of a personalized yearbook ends September 30

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
Unsold GoPlaySave Coupon Books Due
Sixth graders should bring in any money raised and ALL unsold books ASAP. Thank you SO much for all your hard work and effort to make this fundraiser a success!!
Save the Date!
Join your friends for some high flying fun at Big Air Trampoline Park on October 8 (next teacher workday) from 3-8 p.m. Big Air will donate 50% of ticket sales to Charlotte Lab School. Additional details will come home in communication folders this Friday.
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:
Empathy Education Survey
Is there a need for Empathy Education here in Charlotte? UNCC’s Urban Institute would like to know. The Urban Institute is currently conducting a study on this subject matter and is looking for parent feedback. Please take a quick moment to share your opinion through this brief survey; responses will be anonymous and it takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions, contact the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute Diane Gavarkavich.
Our Wellness Team is excited to announce the return of our Health and Wellness Series! Bi-monthly, Brett Blumenthal, bestselling author, will provide insight into topics including: mindfulness, nutrition, healthy habits, and effective family communication.
Optimal Breakfasts for Optimal Learning
Breakfast is no doubt, the most important meal of your day. Studies show individuals who eat breakfast have more energy, better cognitive function and memory, and a lower BMI than individuals who skip it. Further, eating a well-balanced morning meal is instrumental in stabilizing blood sugar and combating fatigue. And school children especially benefit: it sets them up to be more focused and have greater concentration so they be successful at school. Read more.
Join the Parent Facebook Group! Secret Password: Lablions
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