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JDRF Walk - Some Date Changes
We want to make everyone aware of the changes that have been made to the JDRF dates for student participation.  The walk takes place during specials classes on the dates listed below.  Please contact Mr. Edwards at if you have questions. 

Track 3 - Wednesday, September 24  (was October 3)
Track 4 - Wednesday, September 24 (no change)
Tracks 1 and 2 - Tuesday, October 7  (was October 3)

Parent Volunteers
KITs are small student group projects facilitated by parents for higher level thinking.  Three KITs per grade level have been updated by the county and are ready for grades K-2... and we have added 3rd grade!  Parent Trainings on using these KITs will take place - September 26 at 8:15 or October 3rd at 8:15 in the Media Center.   

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. 

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.   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

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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.

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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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Teaching with TechnologyMrs. Downing

My students need 4 iPad cases and an Apple TV to accompany our awesome new mini iPads we received from DonorsChoose.-Mrs. Downing

Description:Remember the first time you used technology in a classroom? Technology can be a magical experience, especially for students who don't have access to technology at home. These days, educators are responsible for teaching more than the content in a textbook. Technology is the gateway to the future!

My students love technology! They're always eager to explore new concepts and ideas. Those concepts come to life when technology is involved. An Apple TV would greatly expand my class' creativity during science and reading lessons. Technology is also a great way to engage learners that might otherwise have a hard time staying focused in class. Visual learners benefit from seeing the content and interacting with it, rather than just hearing it from the teacher's mouth. The Apple TV will allow my students to connect with, and relate to, the content being taught in the classroom. My students will also have the unique opportunity to use their iPads to instruct the class when presenting assignments given to groups of students. My students are sponges - they soak up everything I say. The Apple TV will allow students to share the knowledge they soak up with those around them. This resource will also empower students because they will be learning 21st century skills first hand.

My students have already benefited from a Donor's Choose project, but we're already eager for more! The Apple TV and iPad cases would ramp up our ability to interact with the content being taught in reading and science. Reading ideas can seem abstract and dull, but the Apple TV, with the use of applications on the iPad, will enable visual learners to see and hear the new content simultaneously. The Apple TV will also allow the teacher to move around during whole group instruction, rather than staying up front. Movement by the teacher helps keep students engaged and focused on whole group lessons. Students will also be able to use their iPads during presentations, switching between applications to present findings from experiments or reading lessons. Additionally, students will be able to use the iPad cases to protect the new resources we recently received. The iPad cases will allow students to prop up the iPad in order to make typing and interface easier and more efficient.

Your generous donations to this project will allow my students to use their new iPads in innovative ways. Students will be able to work in small groups to create projects, which they will then be able to present using the Apple TV. The iPad cases will allow groups of students to sit around an iPad and all see the content at once. Without the cases, the field of view is limited to one or two students. The Apple TV and iPad connection will greatly enhance the learning environment in my classroom.

Amount Requested:$253.84 Funded:69%Number of Donors:4

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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: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:52%Number of Donors:8

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Teaching with Technology
iPads for iNteractive Learners
21st Century Learning in Room 1405

Past Projects

Projects Funded: 31
Total Donors: 253
Total Donated: $16,783.56
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