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Feb. 21 year-round schools make-up day rescheduled

There will be no Saturday School on this Saturday, Feb. 28.  It has been cancelled by Wake County Public Schools

To make-up the lost instructional time the early release days planned for March 6 and April 17 have been cancelled.  Each of these days will be extended to a full school day for the students who will be in session.  Additionally, students on Track 2 will attend a full school day on April 17 as a result of this decision.

El dia de recuperacion ha sido cancelado para el sabado 28 de febrero.

Estudiantes se recuperara un dia mediante la ampliacion de los dias de salida temprana previstos el 6 de marzo y el 17 de abril. Esos dos dias seran dias normales de clases, no saldran temprano. Los estudiantes de track 2 estan en la escuela por el dia completo el 17 de abril.


Running Club for students in grades K-2 is going to begin on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.  It will run for 6 weeks with 2 rain dates built in at the end.  The meeting time will be Tuesdays from 3:45-5:00.  (Please be there to pick up your child at 5:00.)  You can sign your child up on our school website or by clicking on the link below.  After signing your child up please print out the confirmation letter and send it to your child's classroom teacher. Please do so no later than Tuesday March 10, 2015.  Please look on the school website or read the penguin press for more information.  I look forward to working with all the children and getting to meet all of their parents.  If you are willing to volunteer please note that when you sign up your child.  If you have any questions contact me at  

Meeting Dates: March 17, 24, 31; April 7,14,21 Rain dates April 28 and May 5.   K-2 Running Club Sign Up:


The Laurel Park PTA will hold a general meeting for all parents on Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 PM.  This meeting will take place in the school Multipurpose Room.  Presentations from teachers for the 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades about some of the exciting things that students are learning will be shared.  The PTA also will provide updates about upcoming events and programs.

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: 

Reading Volunteers Needed

We are looking for people to serve as Reading Mentors for students on a weekly basis. The volunteers would help students at various grade levels throughout the school who may need assistance with reading.  If you are interested in learning more, please email Hshepherd1@nc.rr.comYou must be approved to volunteer through Wake County Schools.

Inclement Weather Notifications

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

Wake Up and Read Book Drive -- Extended to March 14

(Flyer) Please join Laurel Park Elementary in support of the 2015 "Wake Up and Read" Book Drive

The goal of this service project is to collect 100,000 books across the county.  Due to the recent snow days the last day of the Book Drive has been extended to March 14.  This activity is taking place at all WCPSS schools.  Donated books will be provided to students in need.  Last year enough books were donated to give every child in six high needs schools with 10 books.  Imagine what we can do by working together this year!

Currently, Laurel Park Elementary has collected over 6,000 books.  Let's make one last push to try and reach 7,500 as a school!  Any contributions you can share of gently used books for children from ages birth through 12 are greatly appreciated.  

Science Club Registration is Open!

New this year... slime, volcanoes, rockets and animals... an After School Science Club at Laurel Park lead by Science Fun For Everyone!  The club will be held in room # 1305 immediately after school.  No need to transport your child as they will go to the club immediately after school.  The club will be held every Wednesday, form 3:45 - 5:00 pm for 6 weeks, with new science themes each week.  The cost is $99 for the 6 week block and you can register or get more information online at

Creative Arts Night 2015

We will be holding our Annual Creative Arts Night for ALL TRACKS on May 15, 2015! This spring evening event showcases our visual art and music programs, accompanied by student musicians performing in the hallways. Come and enjoy the sounds of live music as you and your family stroll the hallways and enjoy our arts activities.

Date: May 15th, 2015

Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Mrs. McClelland is looking for individuals to lead art stations at Fine Arts Night in May. If you are an artist, designer, architect, or work in a fine arts related profession please consider sharing your wealth of knowledge with us! If you have an idea for a fun, interactive art station for children ages 3-12, I would love to hear your ideas. Please email  

VOLUNTEERS: If you have time and would like to volunteer in the art room or assist with Fine Arts Night preparation, I would really appreciate the help.

  • February: I will need parents to help make signs for Fine Arts Night and to help glue recently finished art to a background mat and add a nametag.  
  • Student Handprints: I will print student handprints this semester for all new students and children who missed their handprint in July.  When a parent is able to assist from 8:30-9:30 it makes the process a lot easier and I'm able to help more students each session.
  • March: I am tracked out with Track 1.
  • April: Volunteers will be needed to hang teacher signs and prepare the wall in the teacher's area for the show. We will need one parent for each homeroom to hang artwork in late April, early May.
  • May 1-May 15: setting up flat art and 3D art displays for each homeroom teacher, setting up interactive stations for the kids.

Mrs. Sonstroem is looking for student musicians to perform at these events again this year. All LPES students (grades K-5) are welcome to sign up for a 10-minute time slot to play an instrument they study privately (such as violin, cello, piano, guitar, flute, etc.). Please note that if your child plays piano, please sign up for theFront Foyer or Music Hallway station. A piano will be provided at those locations. Sign up here:

As always, thank you for your 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. (

Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Ms. Meredith Chappell for being selected as the 2014-2015 Laurel Park Teacher of the Year!  Ms. Chappell is an outstanding First Grade teacher on Track 3.  Additionally, Ms. Debra Vaughan has been chosen as the 2014-2015 Laurel Park Teacher Assistant of the Year!  Ms. Vaughan works with Kindergartners on Track 2.

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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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