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Your Input is Needed!

Laurel Park is partnering with Project Tomorrow SpeakUp, an online survey for teachers, parents, students and community supporters to provide input around learning, and specifically the use of technology in our school. We want to hear from you so we can provide our students with the best instruction possible. Please take a few moments to complete the survey by visiting our homepage and clicking on the Project Tomorrow SpeakUp survey button. Students taking the survey will need a password, which is wake2014

Tricks and Treats for a Healthy Halloween:

If you're going to be treating trick-or-treaters this Halloween, stock your plastic pumpkin pail with something other than candy. Parents (and kids!) will appreciate having a healthier mix of candy and non-candy treats-- especially those with food allergies and other health restrictions. Dollar stores and other deep discounters sell some of these fun items for less, making them good alternatives for your budget, too. (And you won't be tempted by left-over candy after the fun is over!)

Fun Treats:

-Glow sticks

-Glow-in-the-dark super bouncy balls

-Glow-in-the-dark bracelets

-Goofy sunglasses

-Temporary tattoos

-Fake blood and vampire teeth

-Small containers of play dough (i.e., ghost putty)



-Sidewalk chalk


-Tiny deck of cards

-Halloween stickers


-Silly bands

Non-candy Treats:

-Individual packages of dried fruit snacks, raisins, animal crackers, goldfish crackers or trail mix

-Individually wrapped cereal or granola bars

-Snack size pre-packaged pretzels (some feature Halloween-themed shapes)



Book Fair Coming Soon!

Dates:  Monday, Nov 3 - Thursday, Nov 13.  Family Night Nov 13th


Volunteer Sign Up:


Book Fair Online:


Book Fair Family Night: Please join us for a fun family night at the Book Fair on Thursday, November 13th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. There will be drawings for books, free bookmarks (while supplies last) & dinner in our dining hall! Tribute Pizza will be on site with pizza and drinks. ($3- Slice & drink; $5 2 Slices & drink)

PTA: Trunk or Treat

Calling all trick-or-treaters! Get on your costumes and join us for.....


Laurel Park PTA's 5th Annual

Trunk-or-Treat Event!

Saturday, October 25th from 2-4

 (event will be cancelled in the event of rain)

·       Parents park in the parking lot with candy or a treat to share.

·       Children wear your costumes and visit the parking area for Halloween treats!

·       Car decorating contest! If you are up for some extra fun, decorate your car trunk! Although this is not required to hand out candy, there will be a prize for best decorations!

·       Games and activities


2:00 - Arrival, games and activities begin

3:00 - Games and activities end, parade begins

3:15 - Trunk or Treat   (for safety reasons, please wait to hand out candy until 3:15)

4:00 - Trunk or Treat ends, announcement of trunk winners


Bullying Prevention

For the month of October we will be raising awareness of bullying prevention in an effort to stand up and stomp out bullying!

We’ve provided a WCPSS Bullying Prevention Brochure and a PowerPoint for parents as sources of information on bullying awareness. These presentations define bullying, its effects, and steps we can take to stomp out bullying.

At Laurel Park we emphasize practicing kindness and respect for others. This message goes hand in hand with bullying prevention. We address bullying throughout the year in our guidance curriculum and want to bring special notice to bullying this month showcasing bullying awareness with a bulletin in the front lobby (check it out!), and by sharing resources with parents and teachers. Feel free to contact us by phone or email if you have any questions and a BIG thank you for your participation. 


Anne Ruoff & Caren MacEntee

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. 

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


Copy Crew Donations Needed

Parents: PLEASE consider joining the "Copy Crew" 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!

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.

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As Laurel Park Penguins we respect ourselves, respect others and respect school property. We take responsibility for our own behavior and we come to Laurel Park ready to learn.

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iPads for iNteractive Learners
21st Century Learning in Room 1405

Donations will be matched the first week each project is posted.
Donors use the code INSPIRE at checkout.

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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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Donor's Choose @ LPES

Current Projects (mouseover for details)

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:71%Number of Donors:19

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21st Century Learning in Room 1405Mrs. Zaccardo

My students need ipads and speakers to bring learning to life.-Mrs. Zaccardo

Description:"œEducation is evolving due to the impact of the Internet. We cannot teach our students in the same manner in which we were taught. Change is necessary to engage students not in the curriculum we are responsible for teaching, but in school. Period."Â" April Chamberlai

Teaching is where my heart lives each day, dreaming up enriching learning experiences for my students. My wish is for my classroom to be the kind of place where children rush through the door, anxiously anticipating the rich learning inside room 1405.

The addition of the ipads and speakers will be that catalyst for change and support the evolution of my teaching environment into one that connects children to the larger world of learning resources available today. They will provide an engaging way to learn new material and seek the answers to their many questions using 21st Century Learning Skills.

21st Century Learning Skills are a necessary path to teach my students how to access to the tools and resources that will enhancing their understanding and how to use what they have learned in real-world contexts beyond the classroom walls-and I can do that with the amazing technology offered today. The addition of ipads will move my teaching in that direction for this generation and future generations to come.

Amount Requested:$1106.00 Funded:61%Number of Donors:9

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iPads for iNteractive Learners
21st Century Learning in Room 1405

Past Projects

Projects Funded: 34
Total Donors: 283
Total Donated: $19,021.04
Thank You!:
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