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Parent Information Sessions for Placement & Single Subject Acceleration

Parents are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions to learn more information and have questions answered regarding General ELA/Math progressions, Single Subject Acceleration (SSA), and Middle School Math Placement Guides.

Parent Sessions will beheld in the school's auditorium from 6PM - 7PM. (Flyer)

Session 1:  Wednesday, 2/17/16 (Reedy Creek Middle School)
Session 2:  Thursday, 2/18/16 (Martin Middle School)
Session 3:  Tuesday, 2/23/16 (W. Lake Middle School)
Session 4:  Wednesday, 2/24/16 (E. Millbrook Middle School)
Session 5:  Tuesday, 3/1/16 (N. Garner Middle School)
Session 6:  Tuesday, 3/8/16 (Carroll Middle School)
Session 7:  Wednesday, 3/9/16 (Wendell Middle School)

PTA: Hospitality Committee Teacher Luncheon- February 12:

Dear Parents,

Please join the PTA in thanking the wonderful teachers and admin staff at Laurel Park by helping us provide lunch to them on February 12th (early release day).

Please sign up and send in items between Monday February 8th and no later than 9am on February 12th.

There will be a table in the hallway for your lunch items to be placed on during this time. Please bring any items that need to be refrigerated the morning of the luncheon; there will be a cooler in the hallway to place those items in.

Thank you so much for helping us show appreciation to our wonderful teachers at Laurel Park!

Sign Up Link:

TGA Golf and Tennis Registration is Open!

Parents: Are you interested in registering your child for on-site after-school golf or tennis?

Learn more and/or register at: .

Make-up School Days/Saturday School Hours

Weather make-up days for students are as follows:

Make-up for 1/22/2016
Year-Round, Tracks 1, 2, & 3:  Saturday, April 2
Year-Round, Track 4: Track 4 is not in session this week, so no make-up day is required.

Saturday School Hours
8:45 AM Opening Bell
9:15 AM Tardy Bell
12:45 PM Dismissal Bell
*No Breakfast or Lunch is served on Saturdays.

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year begins on January 7.

We are excited about your child attending Laurel Park!  Follow these easy steps to register your child to start Kindergarten.

Enrollment packets can be downloaded from the Wake County Public Schools website, Packets are also available in the front office.

Registrations can be completed between 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM during each school day in the front office.

Below is the information that parents will need for registration:
1. Proof of residence (current water, gas, or electric bill that is no more than 60 days old, newly signed lease or settlement statement).
2. Certified copy of your child's birth certificate.  You can obtain an official birth certificate from the county or state health department where the child was born. Copies will not be accepted.
3. Immunization records
4. Any custody documents specific to your child
5. Photo ID of parent or guardian

By state law, children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before August 31 of that school year.  Children do not need to be present for registration.  In fact, it is preferable for parents to register without your children present, if at all possible. 

For additional information visit the WCPSS Kindergarten Registration website,

Copy Paper Needed!

Our Copy Crew has run out of paper to use when making copies for teachers.  Are you able to donate a ream of paper? If so, please drop your donation off in the large box near the entrance to our media center. Thank you! 

School Tours

We are gearing up to welcome prospective families for the 2016-17 school year into our building.

Self-Guided tours are available on Thursday afternoons between 4:15 and 4:45PM. Simply register in the front office upon arrival.

A Guided Tour will occur on the following date -- MondayFebruary 8 at 1:45 PM starting in the front lobby.

Donor's Choose Grants-

Literature, iPads, Boogie Boards, and Tablets: Thank you for supporting and spreading the word about our teachers' Donor's Choose grants! 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for your support of these projects! If you choose to donate toward a grant, please enter promo code SPARK, INSPIRE, DISNEYCREATIVITY, or JUMPSTART at checkout and your donation may be doubled! Thank you! 

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Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Parents of Penguin Bus Riders:

Please join us in celebrating your child's bus driver during the week of February 8th - 12th.

Our bus drivers work hard to keep students safe while transporting them to and from school each day. Please, take a moment to show your child's bus driver how much you appreciate her hard work and diligence.


Mrs. Curtis

*Track 3 families are encouraged to recognize their children’s bus drivers during the week of February 22.

Printable Note for Drivers: English - Spanish

Inclement Weather Notifications

Parents: For information about inclement weather decisions and to sign-up for email alerts visit:

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. ( 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. (

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.

Volunteer Registration for 2015-2016!

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.  The volunteer system is now open daily during school hours (8:45AM to 3:30PM) and is accessible through our media center or any WCPSS school. Volunteer clearance can take anywhere from 3 days to two weeks to be granted, so register well in advance of any activity to wish to support. 

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Comfortable Seating for Students

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

Donor's Choose @ LPES

Current Projects (mouseover for details)

Comfortable Seating for StudentsMrs. Sonstroem

My students need 15 stools for use in class while playing World Music tubano drums.-Mrs. Sonstroem

Description:My K-5 regular ed and special ed students very much enjoy playing our World Music drums. My ever-growing students become uncomfortable standing while bending over to play the drums. This is especially true with my 5th-grade students. I want my students to be comfortable being able to sit to play!

My students are very deserving, hard-working, music-loving kids who enjoy learning about the various instruments we have in class. They love to drum and learn about world cultures, sing songs and practice accompanying rhythms to go along. I teach approximately 1,000 Kindergarten through 5th-grade students, including AU1 and AU2 at a wonderful school. We have fun learning about music! I teach 150 students every day who would greatly benefit from being able to sit comfortably while playing our World Music drums.

These 15 stools will be placed by our set of 15 World Music Drumming tubanos. These tubano drums sit on the floor. The correct way to play these drums is by sitting in a chair or on a stool, like the ones we're hoping to receive. For several years now, my students have been standing to play these drums. They would be so grateful to be able to sit on these colorful, comfortable stools. Having the stools to sit on would enable my students to focus on the beautiful music they're creating rather than how uncomfortable their backs may be. We learn rhythms and drumming techniques from the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and America. It's such a fun way to learn music. Let's make the music feel as comfortable as it sounds!

Donations to this project would allow students (especially my older ones) to sit comfortably while playing our World Music drums. It will tremendously help my students to be seated in a better position for correct and comfortable posture. They will be happier and more inspired to play for longer periods of time during class. Help them grab a seat and step on up to the fun.

Amount Requested:$324.58 Funded:46%Number of Donors:4

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Comfortable Seating for Students

Past Projects

Projects Funded: 50
Total Donors: 506
Total Donated: $38,247.62
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