The Laboratory Charter School - of Communication and Languages

The Laboratory Charter School requests a child stay home if he or she:

  • Has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher.
    • Keep your child home until his or her fever—100.4 or higher—has been gone for 24 hours without medication.
  • Has been vomiting or has diarrhea.
    • Keep your child home 12-24 hours after the last vomiting or diarrhea episode.
  • Has symptoms that keep him or her from participating in school, such as:
    •  tired or lack of appetite.
    • Cough that he or she cannot control.
    • Moderate to severe headache, body aches, or earache.
    • Sore throat—a minor sore throat is ok for school, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat, even if there is no fever.

Reminder for inclement weather: 
our KYW school closing number is 114

Reminder: School begins at 8 am for 4th and 54th Street locations, 8:15 for 59th Street

Our school community is proud of the legacy of excellent student achievement at Laboratory Charter School.  Our students have benefited from a program that provides a challenging, multi-lingual, and culturally diverse school experience. Our educators are tasked with maintaining these high standards while also offering a relevant curriculum and cutting-edge instruction. In order to better measure student progress, an additional system (Habits of Work Standards) will be implemented this year. H.O.W., along with our numerical grading system presents a more accurate measurement of the achievement of the "whole child". 
Consistent and productive Habits of Work (H.O.W.) behaviors are necessary for students to become effective learners now and in the future. They are linked to the work habits that prepare students for success beyond school, whether in college and/or in the workplace. Research shows that work habits such as attendance and class participation are vitally important to success in school; however, averaging them with numerical grades can obscure academic progress and achievement. Therefore, academic progress needs to be monitored and reported separately from work habits students’ display in the classroom. 
As our students’ work habits are essential to academic success, Laboratory Charter will twice a year report to parents their student’s Habits of Work. Our goal is to work with students to help them have even greater academic achievement, now and in the future.
On Thursday, October 20, 2016 you will receive your student’s first Habits of Work report. Please review the report closely and explain the results to your student.  In November, you will receive a report card including grades for September and October. Monthly reports and conferences will then continue as is the tradition for Laboratory Charter School. The next Habits of Work report will be issued in April.

I am pleased to offer this additional report to specifically highlight our students’ work habits as a direct correlation and factor in measuring their academic achievement. Building and refining productive work habits will further catapult Laboratory Charter School students past their peers! 

Dear Laboratory Families,

I am so happy to offer Unlocking the Literacy Code to our school community. This program is designed to prepare and improve the reading readiness of 4 year old siblings who will soon attend Laboratory Charter School. Please read the important information below and take the first step towards building a new reader in your family!


Stacey Cruise, CEO 

Unlocking the Literacy Code
Unlocking the Learning Code (UTLC), a Philadelphia-based tutoring company, will be running a reading readiness program for 4-year-old children to prepare them to read upon entrance into kindergarten. The program, Unlocking the Literacy Code, is a research-based program which focuses on early literacy skills that have been proven to provide children with the foundational skills necessary for early reading. The program consists of a two parts: an early literacy instructional program for childrenand a caregiver workshop for parents. The instructional program is designed to be child-centered and to provide rich, hands-on, engaging opportunities for children to explore the 3 core skills of reading: phonemic awarenessphonics, and shared-reading.
1.      Phonemic awareness: During this stage of the program, children will practice listening to and manipulating sounds in spoken language. This skill assists them with hearing the sounds in words, which is one of the key skills for reading.
2.      Phonics:The phonics component of the program builds on the knowledge of sounds in spoken words, and teaches them to apply this sound knowledge to letters. This process enables them to begin the process of decoding unrecognizable words in reading.
3.      Shared-reading: Finally, during shared-reading, children will be exposed to the basic structures of stories. They will learn that stories have a beginningmiddle, and end. Shared-reading will also provide children with an opportunity to expand their language abilities, another skill essential for early reading.
Additionally, parents of children in the program will be required to participate in a 1 session Caregiver Workshop. This workshop will focus on the latest trends in early literacy development, and parents will be introduced to various techniques they can use in the home environment to help their child develop age-appropriate literacy skills.
Benefits of the Program
·         Each child will receive a reading assessment to identify strengths and weaknesses in literacy skills, and to detect any barriers which may interfere with the normal development of reading.
·         Through the process of shared reading and other activities, children will develop an ability to verbally explain, elaborate and make meaningful connections through the use of language.
·         Children will learn to match the names of letters with their sounds and practice manipulating both letters and sounds to decode unrecognizable words in print.
·         They will also be introduced to a basic story design, a powerful tool that helps them understand the flow and organization of written stories.
·         Parents will receive training in Dialogical Reading, a research-based method that increases verbal and intellectual engagement in children.
·         Parents will learn how to create more literacy enriching environments to enhance their child’s ability to develop age-appropriate literacy skills.
·         Parents will have an opportunity to discuss areas of concern with highly trained professionals in reading.
The instructional program will begin on October 1, 2016 and will start promptly at 9am and end at noon. The Caregiver Workshop will be for one session and take place on October 1st and will run from 9-12. Children participating in the program must be 4 years of age prior to starting the program. Moreover, children must undergo a prescreening prior to beginning the program to determine their eligibility.

The program will be run by Desmond Chisholm, a doctoral student at Widener University in Reading and Language Arts and a certified Reading Specialist, and Donavan West, who holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and serves as the Chief Operating Officer at a Non-profit organization in Philadelphia.

To sign-up for the program or for additional information please submit all inquiries to or you can reach us by phone at 267-500-3729




 Lab Charter is now a Friendship School and a Dream Flag School! All of Lab's 600+ students will create their own Dream Flags. Then our students will connect with their peers from different Spanish speaking and Francophone countries to share and exchange their dreams. Some classes will Skype and some will write letters to connect with these international classes. The Dream Flag Project will also connect Lab students across the three campuses and enhance our caring community of learners. Parent volunteers will be recruited to help with this important initiative! Look out for more updates on the Dream Flag Project at Lab Charter!
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