We have received many questions from families about how Lab will handle family/student requests to participate in the National School Walkout, currently planned for 10 am on March 14, to raise awareness about gun violence. Charlotte Lab Schoolsupports students' Constitutional rights to assemble peacefully and to express their beliefs freely; however, particularly given the age of our students, we also want to ensure that students participate safely and in an informed way and that the school's focus remains on learning. Therefore, any student who wishes to participate without consequence must complete Lab's National School Walk-Out Request & Permission Slip along with their parents.
Middle School Students: All middle school students who wish to participate without consequence must complete the form with their parents and provide their reasons for participating. They may participate in the walkout by reporting to the courtyard at 10 am on March 14. (In case of rain, students should report to the large commons.)
Lower School Parents: Lower school students must have their parents complete the form. They will be directed to report to the playground at 10 am. (In case of rain: students will report to the Multi-Purpose Room.)
When people ask What Makes Lab Different? The number one answer is THE STAFF. I think that you will agree that our team of educators and administrators is exceptional. I have never worked with a more caring, devoted, professional, and passionate group, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Lab community.
As we continue to grow, provide opportunities for staff development, and reinforce our teams, we are recruiting additional staff for a variety of roles, including teachers for all subject areas, technology/IT support, guidance counselor, outreach coordinator, and more. Word of mouth continues to be our number one way of connecting with great staff, so please help us spread the word about employment opportunities at Lab. We encourage all applicants to complete the online application here.
We also have some immediate needs for part-time positions, including front office receptionist (substitute), handyman, and TV/electronic repairs. Please let us know if you, or someone you know, is interested in one of these part-time positions by emailing Susannah Lund.
Thank you for your help spreading the word about Working @ Lab!
Mary Moss Brown
We are making great progress toward this year's $275,000 goal for the Lab Innovation Fund. So far, we have received $190,995 in gifts and pledges -- 69% of the way there!
In order to stay on track with our fundraising (and to make additional investments in technology, staff development, and facility upgrades in this fiscal year), we set a goal of reaching $200,000 by March 15; and that means, we need your help to raise $9,005 in the next 3 days.
Please consider making a gift or pledge of any amount before March 15 to help us reach this mid-point milestone.
WAYS TO GIVE
We have made great progress on this year's Lab Innovation Fund thanks to these amazing families, companies, and community members who have made a donation. But we need the support of our entire community in order to reach our ambitious goal ($275,000!) and raise the money for this year's annual operating budget.
In order to stay on track with our fundraising (and to be in a position to make additional investments in technology, professional development, soundproofing, and more in this school year) we have set a goal of raising $200,000 by March 15. As of today, we have $173,845 in gifts and pledges, leaving $26,155 to go in the next 9 days to hit that mid-point milestone. You can help us reach this goal!
If you have not already made a gift to this year's Lab Innovation Fund, please do so today! You can give online here. Or, download and return our gift form. If you would like to make a recurring monthly gift, or a gift of stock, please contact Susannah Lund. And, don't forget to reach out to grandparents and other family members and ask for their support, as well.
A gift of any amount is greatly appreciated. Please help us raise $200,000 by March 15 and continue to provide an amazing experience for our families.
Thank you for your support!
Mary Moss Brown
The NC Scholastic State Championship Chess Tournament was held here, in Charlotte, at the University Hilton on February 24 & 25. Over 700 students from around the state came to compete in this huge event, 26 of whom were Lab chess players. In the K-3 division, we had a team of 13 students, the K-5 division had 9 students, and the K-8 division had 4 students.
And the results are remarkable!
Individual recognition was awarded to Attila Montesano for 13th place in K-3, Jake Baugh for 6th place in K-5, and Christian Mayer for 9th place in K-8. In subcategories, Jake Baugh received 2nd place for players rated U1200 in the K-5 division and Liam Parsons received 2nd place for players rated U800 in the K-5 division.
Sportsmanship awards go to Lian Araiza and Tristan Gaddy.
Mental Toughness awards go to Alyssa Bryson and Logan Parsons. Congratulations Lab Chess Team!
Please complete your Intent to Return form here, or fill out the hard copy that was sent home in your child's green folder. If you are unsure whether your child will be returning to Lab, please indicate so on the form along with an approximate date that you will make your decision. We appreciate your honest feedback on this form, and all information will be kept confidential by the school. If anything changes after submitting your form, please contact the Admissions Office.
Help morning carpool run more quickly by volunteering. We need more parent volunteers to help. No need to sign up in advance; arrive before 8:00 am and you will be done by 8:15 am--an easy and important way to lend a hand!
It was great to have so much parent support to make sure that the Boys Glow Show was a success! We appreciate everyone's help and willingness to volunteer and donate snacks and drinks. A special thank you to: Stefanny Fulcher, Lindy Pritchard, Holly Wells, Kirk Young, Ladd Van Devender, Johanna Kalons, Abby Baker, Kelli Mehalic, Mitch Carraway, Kelly Bliss Smith, Jenny Greenspon, Jaime Rentch, Tracey Rosenberg, Corinne Connor, Sue Hawes, Michele Davis, Jason Krause, Jeff Viegas, AND last but not least, the leaders of our committee Akua Carraway and Kesha Dawson!
We are excited to see you at the Boys Glow Show this Friday, March 9 from 6:30:8:30 pm. (Note the new location this year: Heaton Hall, Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road.) As a reminder, this is a parent (or other special someone) and child event--not a drop-off event! Registration has been extended until March 8! Please use this registration form, and return it in your child's green folder by this Thursday.
We also need event helpers and supplies--please sign up hereand help make this dance a success! If you have any questions, please contact Kesha Dawson.
Don't worry! We haven't forgotten about the Girls Dance on March 23. More info and ways to help will be coming soon!
As a reminder, these dances are for K-5th students, and the Middle School dance will take place on Friday, May 4.
March is always a busy month for students, families, and teachers. Although spring break is right around the corner, we have observed that some members of our community seem a bit tired and in need of more energy and refueling. The Wellness Committee at Lab sees this as the perfect time to schedule some events that focus on our physical, social, and emotional health.
We hope that you will reiterate these important messages at home and support our efforts to make our lives a bit simpler and rejuvinating this month. Upcoming events include:
(Modified) Tech-Free Days: March 14-16
We realize that the current generation depends and thrives on technology and that our school's mission was developed around new and innovative ways to incorporate appropriate use of technology in our classrooms. Yet, research has shown that taking a "break" from technology and developing a great awareness around the potential downsides, can greatly benefit students in the future.
We realize that it is unrealistic for us to be completely tech free at Lab; and so, our plan is for every department to identify five commitments that they will make to reduce tech use during these three days. Families are encouraged to take a "break" from technology at home during these days, as well. Our goal is that we will all find new and creative ways to communicate and connect with our students during this time. You may want to get additional inspiration by reading these two articles about the impact that technology has had on today's society:
Vision Board Contest/Advisory: March 19-23
Each advisory will create a specific Wellness Vision Board by March 23. This board will encourage each advisory to think of creative ways to think about wellness as individuals and as a group. The following week, the Wellness Team will review all vision boards and decide who has won the wellness contest. There will be a wellness basket for the winning advisory in Lower School and Middle School.
Wellness Week: 3/19-3/23
During this week, we will have various local organizations and farms donating fresh food for our students to try during their lunch periods. We also will have speakers come in to talk to our students about different wellness themes. Each day, advisories will spend time focusing on a different theme that represents a different types of wellness. Our team, including author Brett Blumenthal, will work together to create daily wellness tips for our teachers to use during our morning meetings and advisory time.
Here are the themes for Wellness Week:
We hope that our entire Lab community will embrace and enjoy these various events and themes throughout the month.
Meegan and the Lab Wellness Team
Join us for our second annual Pi Night on Wednesday, March 14 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Lower School--note the change in location. Parents and students from all grades are invited to learn more about Lab's math program, participate in fun math activities, and enjoy a pizza dinner--all sponsored by Tresata, Lab's Lead Technology Partner. Last year's event was a great success, and we hope that you will come celebrate Pi Day (3.14 ... get it?) with us!
Please RSVP here no later than 3/12.