What an incredible year this has been! I am so proud of all that our Lab students and faculty have accomplished and so grateful to everyone who has helped make this third year so successful.
Our staff is the most dedicated, talented, and passionate group of people that I have ever had the opportunity to work with and I am thankful for each member of the team and all that he/she brings to our school. I also want to express gratitude to all members of the Lab community. We truly could not have accomplished all that we did without your belief in our vision, faculty, and community.
As we enter into summer break, I am looking forward to having time to reflect, plan, and improve for next school year and beyond. Charlotte Lab School is beginning a strategic planning process for the purpose of defining the decisions and actions that will shape and guide the future direction for the school and our growth over the next several years. The planning process will include targeted and prioritized action steps to move the school forward. One of the most important components to making this a successful effort is community input - before the plan is developed. This week, we will be launching a short survey to assist our Board of Directors in gathering the community's thoughts on the current education and culture at Lab. This information will be used by our Strategic Planning Committee as they work to develop a blueprint for progress, growth, and expansion for Charlotte Lab School. We hope that all families will take some time to participate in the survey and lend their voice to the future of Charlotte Lab School.
As you know, tomorrow we will hold our Year-End Celebrations: Carnival and Field Day at the Lower School and Lab Olympics at the Middle School. These events are a cherished time for students and staff to be active, have fun, and enjoy non-academic time together. Please remind your child that tomorrow and Wednesday are non-uniform days. Tomorrow, students should wear their advisory's field day colors.
Have a wonderful summer break and get rested and ready for year four! See you in the fall!
Mary Moss Brown
INNOVATION FUND: YOU DID IT!
It came down to the wire, and thanks to our amazingly supportive community, we did it! We reached our $275,000 goal. The final accounting is still underway, but there is so much to celebrate!
We also want to give a shout out to Ms. Fields' Homeroom class for having the highest participation rate of 87.5%. Her class will win a pizza party on the last day of school.
Our overall participation rate is a strong 60%, however, we are still hoping to hit last year's 70%. So if you haven't yet made a donation, please join the 222 Lab families (and 300 donors overall) who are supporting the school. Make a gift today.
MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR YEAR-END CELEBRATIONS
Year-End Celebrations take place tomorrow and we need your help to make the day a success! The advisories listed below still need volunteers to help with Carnival and Field Day at the Lower School. Please sign up for a time slot here. If you are only available for part of a shift, please email your child's advisor directly to coordinate.
K - Smith, Howard McGowan
1st - Clark, McDaniel
2nd - Pollara, Carraway
3rd - Najenson, Carter, Fields, Fersner, Hartzell, Assak
4th - Wycinsky, Baldwin, Robinson, Falls, Scott, Newswanger
5th - Brown, Fernandez, Sluder, Tunick
Two volunteers are still needed at the Middle School Lab Olympics for the 10:30am-12:30pm shift. Sign up here.
Also, there's still time for your company to sponsor our Year-End Carnival and Field Day at the Lower School and Lab Olympics at the Middle School. Sponsorship opportunities start at $250 and we hope to raise $2,500 for this event. All sponsors will be recognized in our weekly enewsletter and on Facebook. Please contact Susannah Lund if you are interested.
SUMMER READING LIST AND #LABSUMMERCHALLENGE
We are excited to share our Summer Reading List and #LabSummerChallenge. This Lab tradition aims to encourage students to continue to nurture their joy of learning, designing, exploring, and creating all summer long. Aside from reading the 1-2 required books, which will be used to support advisory activities early in the year, there are no grades or due dates for this challenge. We're excited for this chance to see what our kids can do and how they can inspire us and each other! Post photos and videos on FB/Instagram/Twitter with #LabSummerChallenge.
PTSO VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Our PTSO Board positions are all filled for next year! Thanks to Alisha Pitts, Assistant Treasurer, and Kara Gilliard, Audit Chair, for agreeing to serve!
PTSO has several Committee Chair openings for next school year, including:
SCHOOL SUPPLIES 2018/2019
Charlotte Lab School offers the EduKit program as a convenient option for busy families to order school supply kits for the 2018/2019 year. EduKits are custom made for our school and contain what teachers selected and students need to start the year off right.
Order online at www.edukitinc.com by June 20 for the BEST pricing and FREE shipping. Use the 'Search by School Name' feature to enter 'Charlotte Lab School'. 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 www.edukitinc.com. 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.
PICK UP MEDICINE FROM SCHOOL OFFICE
All unused student medication in the school office must be picked up by the last day of school, Wednesday, June 8. Medication must be picked up by a parent or legal guardian and CANNOT be sent home with your child. The school does not store medication in the office over the summer. Any unclaimed medication will be discarded.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stefanny Fulcher at the Lower School or Laurie Clinch at the Middle School.
YEARBOOKS HAVE ARRIVED!
Big thanks to Zoe Balsamo for all her hard work on the yearbook. The books are beautiful and will be treasured by students for years to come.
We have some additional yearbooks available for sale. If you would like to purchase one, please stop by the front office at either school and submit payment of $30 per book. Books are first come, first served and payment must be received to get a yearbook.
Congratulations to 2nd grade for winning the Boxtop Competition! Ms. Hollands' class turned in the most boxtops, putting 2nd grade ahead for the win. The grade level will get a special treat on Tuesday. Please save up your boxtops over the summer for next year!