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Are you looking for a way to get involved in your child's classroom, but are concerned about the time commitment?  If so, the Laurel Park Character Education program might be a perfect match for you!  Character Education volunteers visit their assigned classroom approximately once a month for 30 minutes (or every other month if the classroom has 2 readers)  where they read a preselected story and then ask a short list of prewritten questions for discussion.  Each volunteer personally schedules their time with the individual teachers allowing for increased flexibility.  The preparation is quick and easy, but the benefits are exceptional!
There are only 2 openings per class with many classes still having availability for at least one volunteer. Currently we are seeking volunteers for all grade levels and all tracks. If you are interested or have any additional questions, please contact the program coordinator, Kathleen Neff at  Class openings will be filled in the order in which emails are received.



Science Fun for Everyone!
New this year... slime, volcanoes, rockets and animals... an After School Science Club at Laurel Park led 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 Tuesday from 3:45 to 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

Register Now for TGA Afterschool Golf & Tennis!

Although our spring season just finished up a few weeks ago, our fall season gets underway next month! Be sure to register soon to reserve your child's spot. As a reminder for our year-round families, Fall I is ideal for Tracks 3 & 4 while Fall II is ideal for Tracks 1 &2. Click HERE to register today.

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LPES Parent Copy Crew Volunteers & Donations Needed

Parents: PLEASE consider joining or donating copy paper to Laurel Park.  

 Laurel Park's parent Copy Crew meets on Tuesdays and Thursday to make copies for teachersusing donated paper.

To join our Copy Crew, please contact Sunday Petrov at  or sign up here: Copy paper donations may be dropped off in the donation bin just outside of our mediacenter. Thank you!

2014-15 Bus Routes are Different; Please check them carefully!

New 2014-15 bus routes for WCPSS year-round schools are available online today at

Families should check the bus routes to find the stop on the list closest to their address. Each year, bus stops change based on the students who ride the route. Laurel Park is currently slated to have 9 buses next year. This is a change from prior years. PLEASE take a few moments to verify your child’s bus route and stop location for the 2014-15 school year.

Students should be ready and waiting for the bus at least 10 minutes before the bus is expected to arrive.

Despite the best planning and intentions of the staff at Apex Transportation, school buses may run late at times. Though we as a school CANNOT control late buses, we will try to keep you informed about late buses, if you sign up for our email list. To sign up for our 2014-15 bus email list, visit our school website:, and look for a link in the “Sign Up For” area just below the rotating slides.

If you have concerns about bus transportation, beyond disciplinary concerns, we encourage you to contact the transportation office at (919) 805-3030 or

We encourage parents to review bus safety and their family bus plan with their children to get the new school year off to a great start.

Thank you!

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!

Reactivation for Continuing Volunteers:

  • All continuing volunteers approved for the 2013-2014 school year MUST reactivate as a volunteer no later than 3:30PM on October 31, 2014. Volunteers may register in our school's media center between 8:45AM and 3:30PM anytime between July 7 and October 31.
  • After October 31, 2014, individuals previously approved may not volunteer without registering as a new volunteer.
  • From November 3, 2014, through May 18, 2015, the volunteer system will be open on Mondays only, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  However, during this time period, the volunteer system will be closed on the following Mondays:  December 22, 2014, December 29, 2014, and January 19, 2015.


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.  Applicants may register in our school's media center between 8:45AM and 3:30PM anytime between July 7 and October 31.

·         From November 3, 2014, through May 18, 2015, the volunteer system will be open on Mondays only, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  However, during this time period, the volunteer system will be closed on the following Mondays:  December 22, 2014, December 29, 2014, and January 19, 2015.

Community Support Needed

We are in the process of planning our 2014-15 Raleigh Penguin Family Nights!

If you or someone you know is interested in serving as an interpreter, sponsoring/co-sponsoring food, prizes, or activities, or otherwise supporting the success of these events, please reach out to Mrs. Curtis at 919-290-2333 or

The events are scheduled to be held on September 10th and March 25th at Carnage Middle School in Raleigh. Both events directly support students who attend Laurel Park.

Thank you for your support!

Railroad Crossing Improvements for Cary Parkway
The Town of Cary will close the intersection of SW Cary Parkway and Old Apex Road beginning the week of July 14 to complete improvements to the railroad crossing.  It is anticipated that this intersection will remain closed until the middle of August while repairs are done.  Please visit the Town of Cary website at to find more information about detour routes and updates concerning this project.  

Kindergarten Registration is in full swing!!! Register today!

If you have or know of a child who will start Kindergarten next year, now is the time to have them registered for school.  Kindergarten registration starts on January 13, 2014.  Kindergarteners must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2014.

If Laurel Park Elementary is the base school for your address you should enroll your child at Laurel Park and then you are finished. You can verify your base school by clicking on the Student Assignment Information Button on the Wake County Public Schools website

Required Documents for Kindergarten Registration

  • Your child's original birth certificate (mother copy/hospital copy not accepted)
  • Proof of address (a current gas, electric, or water bill, signed lease agreement or settlement statement)
  • Photo ID of the parent/guardian
  • Your child's immunization records

Good Hygiene

Support our efforts to keep all Laurel Park Elementary students healthy and safe.  Parents, please check your child's scalp often to make sure that your son or daughter does not have lice.  Children who have live lice should not be at school and should receive treatment to remove the lice and their eggs.  Additional information on how to identify and address head lice can be found at

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