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Early Release Dismissal -- September 4
Friday, September 4 is an Early Release Day for all WCPSS students.  Students will dismiss from Laurel Park Elementary at 1:15 PM.  Parents, please be ready to receive your child at the bus stop.  Bus drivers will not release K-2 students at afternoon bus stops unless there is a responsible adult waiting to receive the child. 

Support our teachers via Donor's Choose Grants!

Throughout the year, many of our teachers seek supplemental resources via Donor's Choose Grants! If you choose to donate toward a grant, please enter promo code SPARK, INSPIRE, or JUMPSTART at checkout and your donation may be doubled! Thank you! 

Book Donations Needed!

Gently used books needed! We are looking for donations of gently used books in order to build home libraries for many of our own students! A donation box has been placed just outside the main doors to our media center. Thank you! 

KITS- Training (Kids Into Thinking Skills!)

Calling all parents... 

Do you want to work with students in a small group while problem solving and using team work?  Please come to the KIT (Kids Into Thinking) training on September 30 at 8:15am in the media center with Mrs. Gannon.  It's a fun way to help your child's teacher and support learning in the classroom.  All volunteers welcome who have not been trained in the past.

Art Volunteers Needed!
If you are interested in helping out in the art room, contact Mrs. McClelland at dmcclelland@wcpss.net. 

August PTA Newsletter is Here!
View our August PTA Newsletter

Running Club Registration is live for students in Grades 3-5!
Join our Running Club for students in Grades 3-5 Today! http://laurelparkes.com/?a=running&tsk=start For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Mr. Edwards at mjedwards2@wcpss.net. 

Dates: September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; Rain Date: November 3

Chess Club is resuming-- Limited spots for new members

When:

The LPES Chess Club will resume August 27th 2015, and will meet each Thursday after school in the Media Center. The weekly meetings end promptly at 4:30.  

What: 

The LPES Chess Club is open to chess enthusiasts from beginner to advanced, and all grade levels. Students will have the opportunity to play games with their peers, learn tactics, practice utilizing technology and have access to a chess mentor.

Interested parents should click on the following link. http://goo.gl/forms/aWGxjCZwid

There is a $10 fee for the club. Please make all check out to “LPES PTA.”

If you have a question, please send it to LPESChess@gmail.com. Permission and confirmation (is required before students may stay after school for Chess Club.

Science Fair-- October 22nd

More information is located here: http://lpessciencefair.weebly.com/

Connect with us!
-Remind your neighbors and friends to sign up for the Penguin Press: http://www.laurelparkes.com/?a=subform

-Follow us on Twitter @laurelparkelem

-"Like” our PTA on Facebook: Laurel Park Elementary School PTA

Cooking Up Character Club

Cooking Up Character after-school club will begin in September 2015. There are 2 groups (Wednesday and Thursday) that meet once a month. Cooking Up Character is a character building and leadership community service project club. Children, in grades 2-5, learn a new skill and apply it to a monthly service project. There is a $30 registration fee per semester (August and January). The fees help pay for supplies and other community service resources that may require payment to complete our projects.

I am also looking for a co-leader(s) to help with monthly service project planning.

Please visit http://www.laurelparkes.com/?a=clubs , and www.cookingupcharacter.com for more information about the club. You may also contact Stephanie Mitchell, CUC Chapter Leader at smitchell@cookingupcharacter.com

COPY PAPER NEEDED:

ONGOING NEED: Thank you to those who donate regularly!  Copy paper donations needed throughout the year.  Teachers are capped on the number of copies they can make unless using donated paper.  Can you help by donating a ream of paper?  Please drop off in the box by the library labeled Copy Paper Donations after signing in.

Character Education Volunteers Needed:

Character Education volunteers visit their assigned classroom approximately once a month for 30 minutes (or every other month if the classroom has 2 volunteers).  Parent volunteers read a preselected story then ask a short list of prewritten questions for discussion.  Each volunteer personally schedules reading times with their classroom teacher allowing for increased flexibility.  Preparation for each lesson is quick and easy with volunteer benefits being exceptional! 

There are up to 2 volunteer openings per classroom with many classrooms having availability at this time. 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 kneff@nc.rr.com.  Classroom volunteer openings will be filled in the order in which parent emails are received. 

Bus Routes & Bus Stop Safety

-Bus Routes are posted here: http://webarchive.wcpss.net/school-directory/bus-routes/467.html. *We are down to SIX buses next year! This is a significant change. PLEASE verify your child's bus stop, and let us know if you have questions.

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Bus Stop Safety: 

When the bus driver cuts on the red flashing lights and extends the stop arm, motorists will stop. In the new boarding process, students will wait until the crossing control arm fully deploys before leaving their bus stop to board the bus. The new rule: Students wait for the crossing control arm to fully deploy before leaving the sidewalk to board the bus. 

Support the Laurel Park Friendship/Social Committee for Staff:

Do you think your teacher works WAY TOO HARD?  Well, I have an answer... CANDY!!  Will you or your business help the Friendship Committee reward the efforts of our AMAZING LP teachers throughout this year by donating one of these items:

-Fun-size candy bars/M&M's/healthy snacks or Hershey Kisses

-Gift cards to local restaurants, Starbucks, Target or Wal-Mart, dollar store, etc.

-Think of all the school supplies a teacher can purchase with a gift card just $5.00 or how enthusiastic your teacher will be with a Starbucks coffee?

Send the items with a note attached for the Friendship Committee/Suzanne Zaccardo. A HUGE Thank you from the staff at Laurel Park Elementary!

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:


http://www.wcpss.net/cms/lib/NC01911451/Centricity/Domain/76/Laurel%20Park%20ES.pdf 

Inclement Weather Notifications

Parents: For information about inclement weather decisions and to sign-up for email alerts visit: http://ow.ly/GX8Hi.

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. (http://www.wcpss.net/Page/1898) 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. (http://tinyurl.com/krjafcv)

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.

Volunteers for 2015-2016!

Reactivation for Continuing Volunteers for 2015-2016:

All volunteers approved for the 2014-2015 school year MUST reactivate as a volunteer no later than 4 PM on October 30,2015.  Volunteers may go to any WCPSS site and register.  After October 30, 2015, individuals previously approved may not volunteer without a new criminal record check. The volunteer system is open daily for reactivation from July 6, 2015, through October, 30, 2015.

New Volunteers for 2015-16:

Any new volunteer applicants for the 2015-2016 school year must register and have an approved criminal record check prior to engaging in volunteer work.  Applicants may register at any WCPSS site.  The volunteer system will be open daily for registration from July 6, 2015, through October 30, 2015.  From November 2, 2015 through April 29, 2016, the volunteer system will only be open on Mondays from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.  However, the system will be closed on the following Mondays: 12/21/2015, 12/28/2015, and 1/18/2016.  

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iLearnMs. Millsaps

My students need two iPads and iPad cases.-Ms. Millsaps

Description:We are off to a great start this year! Now we are ready to begin learning all of our kindergarten objectives.

My students are eager learners. For some of my students this is their first time in a school while others have had a preschool experience. I have noticed that they love using technology to help practice their skills. They also like using technology to show others what they have learned.

My students will use these iPads and cases throughout the entire day. They will be able to use them during math, reading and writing. They will be able to view digital text, record themselves completing activities, play educational games, use QR codes, and even augmented reality.

These iPads will allow my students to use numerous educational games and programs to help with their individualized learning goals. They will be able to master their learning goals while having fun.

Amount Requested:$871.07 Funded:37%Number of Donors:6

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Interactive LearningMrs. McGahey

My students need three Apple iPad minis, Fosmon Youth Series Kids Stylus Pens, and three Kensington Rugged Cases for our interactive lessons for reading and math.-Mrs. McGahey

Description:Everyone is familiar with the quote from Robert Fulghum, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten". As a kindergarten teacher I want my students to look back and truly see that together we built a firm foundation for their educational journey using the building blocks of tomorrow.

My 22 students attend a year-round school in North Carolina. Our public school population is made up of learners from diverse socioeconomic and academic backgrounds. There is a wide range of digital literacy among the students in my classroom. My students benefit from differentiated instruction that incorporates hands on interactive 21st century learning skills. My goal is to actively engage students in a variety of tasks that allow students to access digital resources, and promote student success through collaboration and authentic experiences.

Technology is used in our classroom for whole group and small group direct instruction. We also use it during math workstations, enrichment, remediation, and Daily 5 literacy stations. We currently have three desktop computers and two iPad minis for our class. We facilitate sharing among collaborative groups in order to provide access to technology tools for students daily. The addition of three iPad minis to our classroom will improve the efficiency of this small group learning. The students love the iPad minis we currently have and do a great job taking care of them. In addition, the more durable stylus pens will allow those students that are struggling with writing letters and numbers to practice those skills in a new fun way. Thank you for your support of our classroom and my students!

The donations for three iPad minis, stylus pens, and protective cases will greatly impact student learning in my classroom. It will allow additional learning opportunities that incorporate digital content to be integrated into our daily learning. It will increase student engagement, and allow students to demonstrate their learning in new creative and interactive ways.

Amount Requested:$1324.01 Funded:38%Number of Donors:5

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Bringing 21st Century Technology to the ClassroomMrs. Stone

My students need 4 mini iPads and cases to enhance their learning opportunities and projects that will take them out of the typical classroom and into a global community.-Mrs. Stone

Description:It's a new school year and we really could use some help bringing our classroom into the 21st Century with some new technology. We have 3 old IBM desktop computers and really would like to compete with our peers and have classroom iPads to enhance our learning.

We are second graders, who love coming to school to learn everyday. We use the old desktops we have while taking turns in the morning and afternoon, but not all of us get a turn everyday. It's very frustrating and hard for some of us to understand, why we all can't have a turn everyday. That is why we are asking for your help to add more technology to our classroom so that all of us can have access to many different learning websites and applications to help us learn and grow this school year.

By having 4 iPads and cases in the classroom, we can enhance our learning in all subjects throughout the entire day. We can use iPads individually, taking turns with partners or in small groups of 5. We can have more students use the new technology for morning work - exploring literacy, math and science websites, learning new information, taking mini assessments to check our understanding and having different applications track our progress so we can continue to grow at our pace. In Literacy, we can build our fluency and increase our classroom library with access to more books to read. There are many websites and applications we can visit to learn and practice the reading strategies we learn in class. In Math, the iPads will help us learn different strategies for basic addition and subtraction and use different manipulative to help us learn place value, graphing, reading charts, etc. In Science, we can learn how to conduct more experiments and have more access to information than what is currently in our classroom.

Having access to more technology in our classroom will benefit us greatly by allowing our minds to continue to grow and being exposed to more opportunities than what is available currently inside the classroom. We will be exposed to 21st Century technology that we already own at home, and will be able to compete with our counterparts globally.

Amount Requested:$1735.08 Funded:11%Number of Donors:4

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