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Donor's Choose Grants-

Literature, iPads, Boogie Boards, and Tablets: Please help spread the word about our teacher's Donor's Choose grants! 

Currently, Mrs.DeckerMs.Millsaps, Mrs.Turlington, Mrs.DowningMs.Alford, Mrs. Zorek-Taylor, Ms. Pace, and Mrs. Nichols have projects posted! Their impact on learning in our classrooms is HUGE!!          

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, or JUMPSTART at checkout and your donation may be doubled! Thank you! 

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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.

Bus Routes & Bus Stop Safety

-Bus Routes are posted here: *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.


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!

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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.

Volunteers for 2015-2016!

Volunteers 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.  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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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.

Donor's Choose @ LPES

Current Projects (mouseover for details)

21st Century TechiesMrs. Zorek-Taylor

My students need 2 iPad Minis and 2 protection cases as well as 2 Headphones to help focus to enrich and explore all of our subject areas.-Mrs. Zorek-Taylor

Description:Brain Break dancing every morning before we yell "C'myen!" and meet at the carpet for our morning meeting is a great way to start our day. We are raring to go!

My 23 first-grade students are eager, hands-on learners. They come from differentiated backgrounds with all levels of education. Their parents are invested in their learning and active in the classroom. We have a lot of fun in our school environment and work very hard to exceed expectations! I have students that need some remediation. I have students that require enrichment. I have students that deserve to be able to explore their subjects with 21st century technology. We are a year-round school which means we move into a new room each time we track back in from track out. Each room has different technology and not all of it works well due to age and usage. Thus, we don't all get our turn to explore with technology during the day.

These iPad minis will allow us to have dedicated technology for our use only. We could each have a better opportunity to go to MobyMax and do Math and reading programs; Big Universe, Starfall, and Tumblebooks for Language Arts; Pebblego for Science and Social Studies; and BrainPop, Jr. for all subjects! Students who need remediation will have a private venue to practice in. My students in the Kids Into Thinking program will be able to use the minis to collaborate, research, and produce various presentations. All students would have more opportunities to enrich their studies. The headsets would help them stay on task and the attached microphones would allow them to use voice programs to hear themselves read, design a project, or dictate a story. We can master technology!

The expression on each child's face when they have the opportunity to use the PC or laptop in the room is priceless! They giggle with each other, assist each other, and really stay in the moment. These donations can only excite them even more and assist in their learning choices and promote independence. What better way to bring them into 21st Century learning?

Amount Requested:$896.73 Funded:59%Number of Donors:11

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iPad Engagement in a Second Grade ClassroomMrs. Decker

My students need two iPad minis and cases to integrate technology in reading and math.-Mrs. Decker

Description:"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. Seuss and myself have something in common. We both believe reading is an essential part to a learning child. In my classroom children are welcomed where they are and encouraged to grow.

I have the amazing opportunity to teach 23 second grade children. They all come to school with various abilities, experiences and cultural backgrounds. Some students have lived in other countries while others have English as a second language! They each bring diverse ideas and contribute to our class each day. Ipads in the classroom would help engage students in a variety of tasks and promote student success through the use of technology.

Our classroom currently has no iPad minis for student use. There are many apps that would greatly benefit student learning. My classroom usually begins with a whole group lesson in both reading and math. After the lesson students are typically in small group of three or four students. The addition of two iPad minis will enable student led stations to run more efficiently and consistently. Technology use in the classroom would provide enrichment, remediation and structural assistance in English. With the mobility of iPad minis, student use and engagement will be at a maximum.

This project will get my students using technology in a variety of ways. It will excite them to learn, discovery, innovate and grow as a 21st century learner. The addition of two iPad minis would integrate technology in small groups during literacy and math and would prepare all my students for their future.

Amount Requested:$925.07 Funded:48%Number of Donors:10

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Technology at Their FingertipsMrs. Turlington

My students need 2 iPad minis with cases to keep them protected.-Mrs. Turlington

Description:As a teacher, I am constantly learning, just like my students. I have attended workshops demonstrating exciting new methods of teaching different topics. As of lately, there have been some new developments and ideas that use technology in the classroom, but first we need the technology.

Our classroom has three desktop computers, and I have 19 kids and counting. This would be a tough squeeze even if the computers were brand new, but they aren't. My students are an energetic and lively bunch of 3rd graders with varying family backgrounds, interests, and understanding. Being a year-round school, we track in and out of classrooms. Classrooms are similar, but not identical.

Two iPads with cases would allow us to continue to use software like SMART Notebook in rooms that don't yet have a SMART Board. We have also recently acquired MobyMax, an enrichment program for all subjects, which students could practice on the iPads as well. Students will use these iPads for many subjects to research, work in small groups, and provide intervention to students who may need a small push and a little extra practice.

iPads are so user-friendly to the students, allowing them to directly touch and interact with information. They are also portable, unlike the desktops in our classroom; it will be easier to spread out on the floor or desks and work with their peers. Having this technology available to them will provide a new avenue to collaborate, share, and create in addition to traditional methods of pencil and paper.

Amount Requested:$697.47 Funded:50%Number of Donors:5

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iPad Minis for 1st GradeMrs. Chappell

My students need 2 iPad Minis and protective cases to supplement classroom technology.-Mrs. Chappell

Description:Technology is everywhere, and has become a part of nearly every aspect of everyday life. Shouldn't we then integrate more technology into our classrooms in order to facilitate a 21st Century learning environment?

Do you remember what it was like to learn something new for the first time? Do you recall how exciting it was to succeed at something you never dreamed possible? I am lucky enough to get to witness that excitement, eagerness, joy, and love of learning on a daily basis. I have a diverse group of 18 first grade students from various backgrounds, cultures, and socioeconomic groups. Many of the kids in my class do not have access to technology on a daily basis. What better way to acquire new knowledge, experiment, publish, research, and grow than with up-to-date, hands on technology?

My first graders will use these iPads on a daily basis as part of our literacy and math lessons. The iPads can be used both individually, or in a small group setting. This technology will aid in differentiating core instruction so that I can better meet the individual learning needs of all of my students. Plus, learning will be fun! The kids will enjoy researching new topics, making videos and voice threads, or practicing an emerging skill while using these iPads.

Donations to this projects will be greatly appreciated. By adding technology to my classroom, I will then be able to provide much needed tools and resources to accommodate my students' diverse learning needs. Whether used independently, or in a small collaborative group, iPad Minis will help prepare my students for a technology-dependent future.

Amount Requested:$808.02 Funded:35%Number of Donors:6

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Technology in SpanishMs. Pace

My students need 2 iPads and protective covers for Spanish class.-Ms. Pace

Description:At the beginning of every class I greet my students in Spanish, “¡Buenos días, clase!” And they reply, “¡Buenos días, Señorita Paz!” Keeping that enthusiasm going for the entire school year is my main goal.

I get to teach nearly 1,000 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. Our students here at LPES are such a pleasure to work with and I am very honored to be a part of introducing a second language to these kiddos at such a young age. Because they are starting early, they have a voracious appetite for learning and their sponge-like brains soak up Spanish in no time.

I would love to have iPads in my classroom so that students can work together on engaging activities that will offer them even more exposure to the target language. They will use different apps and tools such as QR Code readers, Google Translate, and a variety of games to offer additional practice in Spanish.

Students love having access to technology in their learning environment and it offers so many different resources to enrich their learning experience. My vision for the Spanish program at LPES is to see even more students engaged and excited about learning another language.

Amount Requested:$840.56 Funded:10%Number of Donors:3

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More iPads and Headphones for Mrs. Nichols' Class Please!Mrs. Nichols

My students need more iPads. My students need cases to protect the iPads. My students need headphones to go with their iPads.-Mrs. Nichols

Description:My classroom is a place where students learn to love reading. My goal for all of my students is to develop a love of reading that will last through adulthood. I try to make sure there is access to texts through both regular printed books, magazines, and newspapers as well as electronically.

My students are awesome! They are hardworking, cooperative and respectful. Our school is a newer school with a strong community relationship. Our parents are incredibly supportive and create fun events for our families in the evenings and on the weekends.

We will be using the iPads for Moby Max, reading ebooks and creating interactive projects. Moby Max is an awesome online resource that my district has purchased for my students to use that is customized to students' needs. We also study book series and often have a hard time finding enough hard copies of a book. With the iPads we will have better access to a variety of books. I have also requested an external DVD drive because our new computers do not have one. We occasionally show DVDs to the students and I would like a means of doing so.

We did a Donor's Choose Project last quarter and got three iPads with cases and they have made a huge difference. Students have more access to online resources throughout the day. Plus students who have been reluctant readers have shown more interest. With more iPads, more students will have an opportunity to use these online resources as well as develop a deeper love for reading.

Amount Requested:$1273.13 Funded:62%Number of Donors:9

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iPad Minis for Ms. Alford's ClassMs. Alford

My students need three Apple iPad minis and three LifeProof cases to use during interactive lessons.-Ms. Alford

Description:As W.B. Yeats said, "Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." As a teacher, I want my students to be excited about learning so they become life long learners.

My 22 third graders are students who love learning new things and exploring new ideas. Each one of my students is different, and they benefit from differentiated instruction through small groups, exploration, and hands on learning. My goal is that my students will be able to engage in a variety of experiences with digital resources and learn the skills necessary to be 21st century learners.

Technology is currently used in the classroom in delivering lessons and during Daily 5 stations. We currently have a SMART board that we can use during instruction and three desktop computers in our classroom, which make it difficult to have all students engaged in using technology daily. The addition of three mini iPads to my classroom technology resources would allow my students to engage in learning and creating with technology collaboratively in small groups and individually. I would like to give my students access to technology more frequently, and these mini iPads will greatly increase the frequency with which students are engaged in learning using technology. The cases will protect the iPads. Thank you for the support for my classroom and my students!

The donations of three mini iPads and 3 LifeProof cases will allow students to learn using technology more frequently. It will also allow students to engage in activities and create projects in new and innovative ways. The use of more and different technology will increase students' engagement and digital literacy.

Amount Requested:$1393.41 Funded:17%Number of Donors:4

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21st Century Techies
iPad Engagement in a Second Grade Classroom
Technology at Their Fingertips
iPad Minis for 1st Grade
Technology in Spanish
More iPads and Headphones for Mrs. Nichols' Class Please!
iPad Minis for Ms. Alford's Class

Past Projects

Projects Funded: 50
Total Donors: 497
Total Donated: $35,690.72
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