Monday, October 17, 2016

First Tournament of the Season

The Charlotte Lab School chess team kicked off its second year of competition with a smashing success this weekend at the CMSCA Team Tournament at Olympic High School.

Lab fielded a team of 38 students. Players were split into teams for the competition, where each individual played three games of chess. 

Lab teams won six out of seven possible first place trophies. The dominance of the Lab teams was such that the tournament staff ran out of trophies!

All our players displayed great sportsmanship and teamwork, and we could not be more proud. This is a stupendous start to the season for these young Lab players, and we look forward to great things from this team. 

Coaching team: Angie Kinghorn, Monica Montesano, Lisa Parsons, Cindy Smith, and John Teague.

Check out these great pictures from the day!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Meet Our New Bus Company--and Drivers!
Charlotte Lab School is very pleased to report that Eagle Bus Service is off to a great start this year providing a wonderful experience for our students who ride the bus. We've had great feedback from parents and students about the friendly, professional, and on-time performance of the buses. 

There are three new buses, bus routes, and fantastic new bus drivers.  So come join Miss Jasmine (Bus 1), Miss Pauletta (Bus 2- pictured below with Mr. Carraway), and Miss Regina (Bus 3).  

There is still room on the buses, and if you would like to try out the service, please contact Eagle Bus. Additional details, a complete list of stops and times, and contact info can be found on the Eagle Bus website.

Festival Latino Americano
We had a great time at the Festival Latino Americano last weekend. Fortunately, the event was rescheduled to Sunday, so we were able to enjoy a beautiful day and connect with prospective parents to let them know about Charlotte Lab School.  Special thanks to our volunteers, including Lab parents: Juliana Anglero & Akua Carraway and Lab Staff: Stefanny Wilches, Mitch Carraway, and Kendra Johnson. But the biggest thanks for the day goes to four of our amazing Lab students (pictured below) who handed out information and shared their enthusiasm for Lab.

Students (l to r): Rosie Anglero, Lian Araiza, and Angie Anglero. Not Pictured: MJ Carraway

Monday, October 3, 2016

Books, Books, Books
Browsing for Books at Donuts for Dads

Another Scholastic Book Fair has ended. And, it was the most successful one, yet! First, a big thanks to our amazing volunteers. Mandy French, Lauren Moore, Kelly Schwartz were key to the successful week-long event. They came every day to help our students select and buy their books, as well as to set up and break down the fair. They were supported by a fabulous group of parents including Monica Montesano, Rachel Efrid, Nola McClure, Mandy May, Anna Odle, Amelia Abbott, Marty Pizzo, Keri Schacht, Sharon Jackson, Carrie Nagle, Holly Wells, Karen Riley, Paige McCloskey, Siddhi Shah, Anne Rogers, Stacey Lanier, Sue Hawes, and Kia Green-Dixie.

Total book sales = $9,869.21, which means that the PTSO will receive $2,300 in proceeds that will go towards buying books for the school. If you still have some books on your wish list, don't worry, it's not too late to shop and support the school. You can access the online book fair through Oct 5.

This year, we launched a new program to help students who would not have otherwise had the chance to buy a book. Thanks to the generosity of many families, we collected $1,176 in donations and approximately 60 students in need were able to shop and bring home a book (or two). We are so thankful to the parents and students who made a donation to help our families. The unused money will go towards our next book fair. 

The Books for All program is a great new tradition for the school; we are excited to share some of the thank you notes we received.

"Thank you to the person that donated money for me to get a book. When I heard my name called, you should have seen my face. I was super excited. If you are curious about what book I got, it was Diary of a Wimpy Kid." 4th Grade Student

“I realized that I was going to the book fair to get a book!! I could not believe this was happening! It took me a while to decide because I wanted to pick books that I would be able to cherish and remember….I am so excited to read them and to remember that I got them because of you!” 5th Grade Student