Penguin Press News Summer Edition

July 6, 2020


Dear LPE Families,

Greetings from Laurel Park Elementary School! I imagine you have many questions about what to expect for the 2020-2021 school year. I can honestly share that I have many of the same questions. Last week the WCPSS Board of Education approved plans to support reopening schools once our state makes a final decision. While we wait on leadership to guide our next steps, please review the Return to Campus Plan as a family.

As soon as we have transition information to provide our families, we will share it with you as quickly as possible. We have a wonderful staff and faculty waiting to greet your children this school year, no matter the format. Until then, we wish you a nice summer break.

Thinking of you,

Mrs. Raleigh G. Bame



WCPSS Virtual Academy Information (2020-2021)

K-12 families will have the option to choose the WCPSS Virtual Academy if they are not ready or able to return to a school campus.

A Goodbye Message from Mrs. Baysden, lead Receptionist

Hello Laurel Park Families!! I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy! I have been missing all of you and think about all of you often when I am in the office at school. It seems lonely without all of you and your sweet students!

I have some news that I want to share with all of you. I have been offered a job outside the school system that I cannot pass up. It is an excellent opportunity that will allow me to provide more comfortably for my family, and that is obviously a huge priority for me. This decision did not come easily for me as leaving my Laurel Park home and family is extremely sad and difficult. I truly love our Laurel Park families and will miss the sweet faces of our students and all of you kind and generous parents! I feel incredibly fortunate to have been a part of this family for the past 2 and a half years!! I am not certain when my last day at Laurel Park will be, but it will definitely be before you all return for the next school year, so I will not get to say goodbye in person (maybe for the best since I feel very emotional about leaving). I hope to stay in touch and will miss you all more than I can tell you!

Please stay well and keep in touch!


Lori Baysden

Clerical Assistant

Laurel Park Elementary

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This convenient option ensures your student has all materials needed from grade level school supply lists without the hassle of shopping for each individual item. These kits are specific to LP & to each grade level. Use code: LAU074

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Updates from Lucky's Library

Summer Reading:

Check out the reading resources on the “Students” page at Access codes if needed are here:

North Carolina Children’s Book Award:

The results are in! With thousands of children voting from all over the state, this year’s NCCBA Picture Book winner is Can I Be Your Dog? By Troy Cumming. With 201 students voting, students at Laurel Park chose Potato Pants! by Laurie Keller as the winning book (49 votes) and Can I Be Your Dog? was a close second (41 votes).

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Have a Musical Summer!

Wishing our LPES students and families a wonderful summer break! Quaver Music activities can be accessed through June 30. Best wishes to our 5th grade graduates!!

Are you an aspiring songwriter? Consider entering the Quaver Music Songwriting Contest:


Mrs. Sonstroem

STEM Updates from Ms. Trent

Specialists will have summer activities for students to do on the specials website for all specialist areas.

Chromebooks and Hotspots: If you are staying in WCPSS, you can keep it for now. If you are leaving WCPSS, you need to return it as soon as you can.

Tiffany Trent

STEM Teacher

Laurel Park Elementary School

Tiffany's Tech Time Sign Up

Parents FAQ are here:

You can contact WCPSS Family Tech Support or

Fill out this form for Ms. Trent to help you.

Social Learning... ALL SUMMER LONG! Ideas for Families

It has been a long haul for everyone! I hope everyone is giving themselves some grace and learning to take breaks. The Specialist's website will have activities that kids can access all summer so please take advantage of some of the neat ideas. When we are home, day in and day out, it sometimes gets hard to "plan" activities. One neat idea is to have a "BOREDOM" jar. In that jar you can put slips of paper with new things to do, as well as the tried and true. When someone complains about being bored, they pick a paper out. There are other ways to do it as well- just pick one each day as a "surprise".

Some ideas that you can put on the papers include:

  • Going on a mindful walk
  • Trying to start a plant from seed
  • Make a scrapbook of favorite things
  • Make a calm down jar (DIY link)
  • Create a work of art with sidewalk chalk
  • Hide funny or inspiring notes around the house for people to find
  • Start a journal
  • Write and illustrate a book about a funny or interesting moment in your life
  • Learn to cook something new
  • Make homemade playdoh (Recipe link)
  • Create a scavenger hunt for someone
  • Link to more ideas!

Thank you,
Mrs. Vitaglione

Social Learning Teacher

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