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Bike to School Day & Bike Safety Workshop- May 16

Look out for details!!! 

*The Bike Safety Workshop is only for students in grades 3-5. It will run from 1PM-3PM.*

Teacher Appreciation Week 2015- May 4-8- Tracks 1,2&4; May 18-22- Track 3


Monday:Snacks for Teachers!  The PTA will be coming around each afternoonto provide teachers with a snack and a drink. We are looking for families to send in items to fill our cart.  Items requested may be found on our Sign UpGenius at Items may begincoming in during the week of April 27th. Please clearly mark them for PTA.  There will be a table set up on the left inthe lobby. 

Tuesday:Notes and Cards from the students (andparents) to their teachers thanking them for all their hard work anddedication.   Don't forget Teacher Assistants and Instructional Support Teachers your student may have (Resource,Counselor, AG etc)

Wednesday:  School Supplies are always needed by our teachers.  Ideas are baby wipes, hand sanitizer, Clorox Wipes, dry erase markers, printer paper etc. Please check your child's teacher's web page or newsletter for more ideas on their classroom wish list. 

Thursday:  Flowers just brighten everyone's day!  Please send in a flower to share with all of the special teachers in your child's life. 

Friday:  Fun Friday We hope you will create ways to dote on your teachers and make them feel as special as they are! Ex:  lotions, candles, spa treatments, sporting events, gift cards to restaurants…you choose.

Each grade is asked to adopt a specialist so they feel special and appreciated too!  Listed below is each grade level and their adopted specialist.  Also please keep in mind any other teacherthat may work with your child throughout the week.

Kindergarten- Health & PE; First Grade- Music; Second Grade- Art;Third Grade- Technology; Fourth Grade- Spanish; Fifth Grade- Media

If you have any questions or would like tovolunteer, please contact Sarah Van Vickle atsvanvickle@gmail.comor Kirsten Williams at

Vote for T-Shirt Designed by Laurel Park Student

Click the link below to cast your vote for a t-shirt designed by 5th grader Gianna A. that is one of 12 finalists from across the country in the annual TGA Afterschool Program contest!  She needs as many votes as possible registered on Facebook by May 3.  Votes are counted by the number of Likes and Comments that her t-shirt receives (both count as votes).!/TGATennis/photos/pb.104984342968647.-2207520000.1429710519./653608544772888/?type=1&theater

Scratch Day 2015... Coming Soon!!

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School Kits-- Pre-Packaged School Supplies

Looking for a convenient and easy way to get school supplies for next school year? You should have received information about school supply orders recently.  Parents are able to purchase these online this year and have the school supplies sent directly to the child's classroom prior to the start of school.  Information is also available on this flyer. Kits are available for all grades!  

 To order, please visit the website below and use the code for LPES. The order deadline is May 8!

LPES Account # 57457

 Questions can be directed to Jen Stuart at

End of Grade Test Dates for Students in Grades 3-5!

Track 1

Science (5th Grade): Thursday, May 14

Reading (Grade 3-5): Tuesday, May 19

Math (Grades 3-5): Wednesday, May 20

Tracks 2, 3, and 4

Reading (Grades 3-5): Wednesday, June 10

Math (Grades 3-5): Thursday, June 11

Science (5th Grade): Tuesday, June 16

Volunteers Needed to Prep for Creative Arts Night!

"Dear Families: Our art teacher, Mrs. McClelland, is preparing for the annual art show, Creative Arts Night.  She needs at least one parent or grandparent to volunteer to hang the artwork for our class in late April, early May.  If you would be willing to help with this event, please click on this link to sign up. Link is: Thank you very much!"

Sign Up Genius Link for Homeroom Help C.A.N. 2015

4th Grade Music Classes featured on UNC-TV

The North Carolina Now program featured students from Laurel Park Elementary as they prepared for and attended the North Carolina Symphony education concert! View the episode here: Fast forward to ~16:30 to see our Penguins in action! Also, view part II here:

Field Day

Field Day is coming soon! Click here to volunteer! 

May 15- Tracks 3 & 4

10:00- 12:00- Grades 3-5; 1:00- 3:00- Grades K-2

Make Up School Days
WCPSS has designated the following schedule for make up school days:

Track 1 and Track 3
Saturday, May 16 -- school will operate on a half-day schedule (12:45 pm dismissal)
Saturday, May 30 -- school will operate on a normal weekday schedule (3:45 pm dismissal)

Track 4
Saturday, May 16 -- school will operate on a half-day schedule (12:45 pm dismissal)
Saturday, May 30 -- school will operate on a normal weekday schedule (3:45 pm dismissal)

Single Subject Acceleration: Nomination and Testing Windows

Parent Information Session- Flyer (

Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) is the practice of assigning a student to a higher-grade level than is typical, given the student's age, for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities.  SSA is an accelerative practice that allows students to show mastery of the content of a course without having taken the course.  For example, a parent could nominate his/her child to skip a grade level of content in either Language Arts OR Mathematics.

What is the process for Single Subject Acceleration?

Parents can get a nomination form from their school or through the online site listed below.  Once nominated, you will be contacted by your school to talk further about the assessment process and the program's logistics.

Nomination and Testing Windows


Nomination Window

Testing Window

Track 1

 April 7 - 20

 April 28 - May 4

Track 2

 April 15 - 28

 May 6 - May 12

Track 3

 April 10 - May 18

 May 27 - June 2

Track 4

 May 5 - May 18

 May 27 - June 2

*Parents, please visit the below website for more information:

School Progress Report

WCPSS has developed a School Progress Report to provide parents with multiple layers of data regarding the academic performance of students and the learning climate at Laurel Park Elementary.  Please use the link below to access the information in this School Progress Report based on results from the 2013-2014 school year: 

Inclement Weather Notifications

Parents: For information about inclement weather decisions and to sign-up for email alerts visit:

Wake Up and Read Book Drive - Thank you!

Laurel Park students and families did an amazing job supporting the recent Wake Up and Read book drive!  Laurel Park collected over 10,000 books -- double our initial goal!  The compassion and willingness to support others will make a direct impact in the community.  Thank you so much for this work!

Creative Arts Night-- May 15 5:30-7:30PM

This spring evening eventshowcases our visual art and music programs, accompanied by student musiciansperforming in the hallways.

 *If you are an artist, designer,architect, or work in a fine arts related profession please consider sharingyour wealth of knowledge with us! If you have an idea for a fun, interactiveart station for children ages 3-12, please email Mrs. McClelland at to share your ideas.

 Volunteers are needed to hang teacher signs and prepare the wallin the teacher's area for the show. Signup to volunteer! (

 *All LPES students (gradesK-5) are welcome to sign up for a 10-minute time slot to play an instrumentthey study privately (such as violin, cello, piano, guitar, flute, etc.).Please note that if your child plays piano, please sign up for the Front Foyer or MusicHallway station. A piano will be providedat those locations. Sign up here:

As always, thank you foryour participation and support of our LPES Arts Programs!

Live Bus Updates from WCPSS

Here's how it works: When we know that a bus is running late, using a substitute driver or experiencing any incident that would result in a change in service, we'll report it here. We can only report information that we know. ( As a school, we make every effort to notify parents of late buses via our email notification system. If you are not already signed up for email updates, consider signing up for them here. (

Connect with us

-   Remind your neighbors and friends to sign up for the Penguin Press:

-     Follow us on Twitter @laurelparkelem

-     "Like" our PTA on Facebook: Laurel ParkElementary School PTA


Birthday Wishes- All In Good Health:

We all love celebrating kids' birthdays - there's no doubt about that. But a school birthday celebration doesn't need to involve cupcakes or other unhealthy foods.


Many families have multiple birthday parties as they celebrate on their own on the actual birthday, with extended family and with their children's friends. Additionally, many students in any given class have birthdays in the same week and sometimes on the same day! That's a lot of cake, cupcakes and ice cream. Plus, many children have food allergies and other health conditions that can cause them to feel left out of such celebrations.

So perhaps the school birthday celebration, if there is to be one at all, should focus on the birthday girl or boy, rather than food. Here are a few fun ideas to celebrate birthdays in the classroom:


  1. Join the Celebration Book Club! This program allows families to donate a book to our school's library in celebration of their children's birthdays.
  2. Donate items to add to your child's classroom recess bag. Supplies for indoor or outdoor recess would be appreciated by your child's classmates.
  3. Contact your child's teacher to learn about other acceptable ways to celebrate in her classroom.

2014-15 Volunteers!

New Volunteers for 2014-15:

Any new volunteer applicants for the 2014-2015 school year must register and have an approved criminal record check prior to engaging in volunteer work.  From November 3, 2014, through May 18, 2015, the volunteer system will only be open on Mondays from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. 

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iAssist Communication

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iAssist CommunicationMrs. Henson

My students need two iPads with protective cases to help them identify pictures and objects used in everyday life to express wants, needs, and identify vocabulary in isolation/in books.-Mrs. Henson

Description:We are a structured teaching classroom that focuses on engaging students in activities that will enhance their ability to appropriately communicate their wants, needs, and academic abilities.

Our classroom is comprised of students with autism who are full of energy and enjoy exploring technology. We have students who are non-verbal and need assistive technology in order to express themselves and to identify vocabulary taught during academic activities. We also have students who require picture supports to identify vocabulary terms and to answer questions about texts they read or texts that have been read to them. Our goal is to ensure that students learn and are able to effectively communicate their wants, needs, and ideas. We also want to ensure that they have access to tools that will allow them to share details about the academic subjects they learn in school.

Students will use iPads to: -express themselves during meal times, -express their wants and needs during structured and teaching activities, -identify vocabulary taught to them in isolation, -identify vocabulary taught to them in isolation and when given a choice of 2-6 responses, -answer questions during the reading of texts, -using pictures cues in isolation and when given a choice of 2-6 responses, and -identify academic vocabulary including letters, numbers, colors, and shapes in isolation and when given a choice of 2-6.

This donation of iPads will give all the students in our class a chance to improve their receptive and expressive communication during functional and academic activities. By increasing our students' ability to enhance their expressive and receptive language skills, we will also reduce their frustration levels and increase their time on task during academic activities.

Amount Requested:$628.00 Funded:19%Number of Donors:1

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iAssist Communication

Past Projects

Projects Funded: 44
Total Donors: 392
Total Donated: $25,735.27
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