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PTA Spirit Night
Spirit Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 4th from 6:00-8:30 PM at Cold Stone Creamery in Beaver Creek Commons.  Please join us for a fun evening and a great way to support Laurel Park!

AIG Parent Meeting
  Parents of Identified 4th and 5th grade AIG students will have a parent meeting on Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:00 PM in the Media Center.  Parents should receive an invitation from Mrs. Jenkins, AIG teacher.  Please contact Mrs. Jenkins at if you have questions. 

2015-2016 School Enrollment Proposal
  Details about the district's proposal for school enrollment next year are available online.  Parent feedback on the plan is being solicited at this time.  Visit to find out more information and make comments. 

Early Release
The first early release day for this year is September 5th. Students will be released at 1:15 so that teachers can participate in staff development.  Please be sure your child's teacher knows how they are to go home that afternoon if it is different from their normal transportation. 

Traditional Schools to Open and May Affect LP Bus Times
When traditional calendar schools open on August 25th, our buses may experience some delays.  School start times are staggered and buses run three routes.  Laurel Park is on the third tier which means we have the latest morning start time and dismissal time.  Buses will run two routes prior to running our routes.  Therefore, just as we took time at the beginning of the school year to ensure than our students were on the correct routes, traditional schools will need to do the same.  This could impact morning pick-up times but may especially impact our afternoon routes.  This process is usually ironed out in less than two weeks but we wanted to make you aware of this and ask for your patience and understanding. 

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!
. Currently we are seeking volunteers for the following classrooms: 2nd-Weiss, Williams; 3rd - McAllister,  Maye; 4th - Albers.   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 Wednesday 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

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

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. Jill Harrison at or 290-2338.

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!

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Going to the Fair? Help LPES at the same time.

Buy your advance gate tickets to the NC State Fair and earn money for Laurel Park Elementary School! We get $2.00 back for every adult advance ticket, and $1.00 back for every child advance ticket. You will need to enter our school code, which is 467. Let your neighbors, relatives and friends know about this great opportunity! Once the fair starts, the price goes up and no money comes back to us. Click the image below to purchase tickets(School Code-467).

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Keep Calm and Read On!Mrs. Alexander

My students need 30 book bins to store all the wonderful books they will be reading in our classroom!-Mrs. Alexander

Description:Remember the smell of a new book that had just been opened? Peeling back the first page and discovering a world full of adventure...

My students are an amazing group of individuals who LOVE to read! We have just finished up introducing the Read to Self piece of the Daily 5 Literacy centers and students are in need of book bins to store all the wonderful books they will be reading this school year!

Students will use the bins to store books that they read during literacy time. The bins will take the place of zip lock baggies because some books aren't fitting in the baggies and they are splitting apart. When students are able to organize and store books, they are able to spend more time reading and less time looking for their materials.

My students will be more organized and the bins will promote the love of reading in the classroom! I believe that by giving students the tools they need to be organized, I am helping to prepare them for life after 3rd Grade.

Amount Requested:$227.80 Funded:66%Number of Donors:2

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iPads for iNteractive LearnersMrs. Greene

My students need 2 iPads, 2 pairs of child size headphones, and 2 protective cases to go with them in order to preserve optimum life for learning!-Mrs. Greene

Description:Each day my students promise to come to school ready to learn! They are energetic 5 and 6 year olds who learn in many ways! Technology is one of the ways in which they are happily motivated.

My 22 Kindergarten students attend a year round school in North Carolina. We are a moderate poverty school. My students are like little sponges. They love all things interactive and love to have fun! They are amazed and inspired by technology. My students also are at a developmental stage where they need to be able to easily see how things work. The range of developmental levels of the students in my classroom is quite vast and I believe that an iPad learning station would allow me to reach so many levels in a multitude of ways!

Our classroom uses a learning centers whenever possible. We use Daily 5 for literacy instruction and I have math learning stations daily. Small groups are a great way to individualize instruction, help set positive role models emerging skills, and build confidence! Our classroom has one iPad for student use and the addition of two more would allow me to establish an iPad learning center for both literacy and math times, as well as skill building enrichment or intervention throughout the day. Kids can build phonemic awareness skills, manipulate sounds, practice letter identification, read stories, answer questions, and more during literacy times. In math stations, students can use a variety of iPad apps to build math skills such as building number sense, identify and build shapes, and build place value understanding through composing and decomposing numbers. Addition and subtraction practice to build fluency is yet another of the many possible ways we could use an iPad in our room!

Increasing the use of technology in our classroom with an iPad station will help spark the interest of my little learners! It opens up a range of possibilities for interactive instruction in all subject areas, as well as providing all children another opportunity to experience success by learning at their own pace!

Amount Requested:$1138.35 Funded:69%Number of Donors:18

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Projects Funded: 28
Total Donors: 232
Total Donated: $15,034.08
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