Penguin Press News

Noticias de Penguin Press ~ 1/17/22

A Message from Principal Bame

Dear Laurel Park Families,

The last few weeks have been challenging from a health and wellness perspective. I would like to take a moment to thank Ms. Lovett, our Covid Coordinator and one of our Assistant Principals, for providing amazing customer service during a period of time when the volume of reported cases has increased. Our front office team also deserves our sincerest appreciation because they directly support our family communication plan. Thank you to our staff and greater community for supporting our team when difficult COVID related phone calls must be made.

As a school, we are committed to keeping our students and staff safe. While it is no longer required or expected of schools to communicate, we have confirmed that multiple individuals associated with our school have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning from winter break. Families of students who are considered directly exposed to a COVID-positive person will receive a personal call from a Laurel Park front office member.

Many parents have already shared their child’s proof of vaccination when an exposure occurs, which we greatly appreciate and encourage. If you would like to submit a picture copy of your child’s vaccination card, please email the copy to with your child’s last name in the subject line.

As a reminder, please do not send your children to school and call us at 919-290-2333 for further guidance if:

  • Your child has ANY COVID-19 symptoms of illness.

  • Your child OR a household member tests positive for COVID-19.

  • You have been advised by the health department to quarantine due to exposure.

  • NOTE: to return to school after an illness, you MUST present a negative COVID test or doctor’s note stating an alternate diagnosis has been determined.

Please refer to the following link for more information:

Free COVID-19 testing sites:

If your child or someone in your household is exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home and notify Ms. Lovett ( or 919-290-2333 ext. 21283) as soon as possible for further guidance. You are welcome to contact Ms. Lovett if you have questions about any WCPSS COVID-protocols.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to keeping our campus safe and healthy.

Kind Regards,
The LPE Administrative Team

Upcoming Dates:

  • January 18th - February 4th - PTA No Fuss Fundraiser
  • January 25th - Last day for Canned Food Drive
  • January 27th - General PTA Meeting (Zoom Link will be posted later)
  • March 24th - Virtual STEAM Night
  • June 6th - Track 1 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony *
  • June 29th - Tracks 2, 3, & 4 5th Grade moving up Ceremony *

* Time and format will be shared once county leadership provides guidance

Estimadas familias de Laurel Park,

Las últimas semanas han sido desafiantes desde una perspectiva de salud y bienestar. Me gustaría tomarme un momento para agradecer a la Sra. Lovett, nuestra Coordinadora/Subdirectora de Covid, por brindar un excelente servicio al cliente durante un período de tiempo en el que ha aumentado el volumen de casos informados. Gracias a nuestro personal y a la comunidad en general por apoyar a nuestro equipo cuando se deben realizar llamadas telefónicas difíciles relacionadas con COVID.

Como escuela, estamos comprometidos a mantener seguros a nuestros estudiantes y personal. Si bien ya no se requiere ni se espera que las escuelas se comuniquen, hemos confirmado que varias personas asociadas con nuestra escuela han dado positivo por COVID-19 desde que regresaron de las vacaciones de invierno. Las familias de los estudiantes que se consideren directamente expuestos a una persona con COVID positivo recibirán una llamada personal de un miembro de la oficina principal de Laurel Park.

Muchos padres ya han compartido la prueba de vacunación de sus hijos cuando ocurre una exposición, lo cual apreciamos mucho y alentamos. Si desea enviar una copia con fotografía de la tarjeta de vacunación de su hijo, envíe la copia por correo electrónico a con el apellido de su hijo en la línea de asunto.

Como recordatorio, no envíe a sus hijos a la escuela y llámenos al 919-290-2333 para obtener más orientación si:

Su hijo tiene CUALQUIER síntoma de enfermedad de COVID-19.

Su hijo O un miembro del hogar da positivo por COVID-19.

El departamento de salud le ha aconsejado que se ponga en cuarentena debido a la exposición.

NOTA: para regresar a la escuela después de una enfermedad, DEBE presentar una prueba de COVID negativa o una nota del médico que indique que se ha determinado un diagnóstico alternativo.

Consulte el siguiente enlace para obtener más información:

Sitios de prueba gratuitos de COVID-19:

Si su hijo o alguien en su hogar está expuesto o se le diagnostica COVID-19, quédese en casa y notifique a la Sra. Lovett ( o 919-290-2333 ext. 21283) lo antes posible para obtener más orientación. Le invitamos a comunicarse con la Sra. Lovett si tiene preguntas sobre cualquier protocolo COVID de WCPSS.

Gracias por su continuo apoyo y dedicación para mantener nuestro campus seguro y saludable.

Saludos cordiales,

El equipo administrativo de LPE

Fechas siguientes:

18 de enero - 4 de febrero - PTA No Fuss Fundraiser

25 de enero - Último día para la colecta de alimentos enlatados

27 de enero - Reunión general de la PTA (el enlace de Zoom se publicará más tarde)

24 de marzo - Noche de STEAM virtual

6 de junio - Pista 1 Ceremonia de ascenso de quinto grado *

29 de junio - Pistas 2, 3 y 4 Ceremonia de ascenso de 5to grado *

* La hora y el formato se compartirán una vez que el liderazgo del condado brinde orientación

Vote for LPE in the 2022 MAGGY Awards Competition

You do not have to complete the entire survey to support LPE. Simply skip to the section about public schools and vote LPE as the best elementary school in Cary!

Social Learning Update - January 2022

Social Learning Update!

New Year and new topics to cover in Social Learning! In 4th and 5th grade, we have been talking about using good sportsmanship and will be going into more depth about what it means to be a good friend, not falling for stereotypes, stopping the rumor and gossip mill and celebrating our differences. In 2nd and 3rd grade, we have been talking about D.O.F and I.O.F (Destroyer or fun and inventor of fun) which helps us be good sports. We will be talking about some more unthinkables such as Mean Jean, Blurt out Bob and the Unwonderer. In Kindergarten and 1st grade, we are just starting to learn about Superflex and how we can all be flexible thinkers. Some of the unthinkables we will learn about will be Rockbrain, who makes us get stuck on what we want, and Glassman, who gets really upset over small problems. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me by email, Stay worm!

Wake Up and READ Book Drive

For a 4th year, Laurel Park Library will be a drop-off site for book donations for the WAKE Up and READ Book Drive. WAKE Up and READ believes that literacy is a right and all children need access to a high-quality home library.

From January 29 – February 28, WAKE UP and READ will collect new and gently-used books for children ages birth-12. These books are shared at schools, community centers and child care facilities across Wake County. Last year the Laurel Park community collected over 1,200 books to support WAKE Up and READ. Let’s do our best to reach a goal of at least 1,500 books! A collection box is at Laurel Park next to the front doors of the school.

Learn more about Wake Up and Read at

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Does Your Child Have a Special Talent?

We invite your LPES Penguin Star Student to perform for STEAM Night! Because this year looks a little different, we're creating a website with all the musical performances. Click this link for more information. Thank you!

Get Ready for our STEAM Fair!

The STEAM fair will be March 24th and students can start turning in projects to be displayed in the media center from March 16 - 18. Here is a project guide that may be helpful. Just make your own copy. I have examples of science experiments for students to get ideas on my website. The STEAM fair will be in person for students during the week of March 21-25. There will be a virtual part on starting on the 24th of March on a website. If your child wants to participate, please fill out the form which is also found on the project guide. There can be science experiments, engineering builds, dancing, musical performances, poems, and stories! If you don't want to do a science experiment, but just want to submit a video of any type, fill out this form. Video submissions can happen any time!

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2022 Prospective Family Tour Sign-up

January Student Council Updates

Last Week - Laurel Park Food Drive

Laurel Park Student Council, in partnership with the Wake Relief Food Drive, will begin collecting non-perishable food items this week. We will be collecting through January 25th and look forward to great LPE community participation:

Canned items



Lunchmeat (Spam)



Green beans

Assorted vegetables

Soup or canned pasta

Assorted beans (black, kidney, garbanzo, etc.)

Fruit in juice

Pasta sauce (no glass please)

Additional Items of Need

Peanut Butter


Rice (no bags larger than 5 lbs. please)

Cereal (Cheerios, Corn Flakes, etc.)

Saltine Crackers

Mac & Cheese

Pasta (plain noodles, spaghetti, etc.)

Laundry detergent (pods preferred)


Toilet paper

Snacks for kids (anything individually wrapped that you would put in a lunchbox, the healthier the better)

PTA Updates and News

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Give to the LPE PTA 2022 No Fuss Fundraiser

LPE Community, we need your help! Please click this button to learn more about the LPE No Fuss Fundraiser!

Positivity Project Resource for Families

P2 for Families is an easy and effective way for families to discuss the importance of character strengths and positive relationships. It is differentiated for grades Pre-K – 2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each character strength follows a 1-1-3 model: 1 quote, 1 video, and 3 questions to drive conversations around character at home.

Please choose your child’s grade level found at the link below:

Need to Update Your Contact Number? Want WCPSS Texts?

The district uses the SchoolMessenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls, email, and text messages. General school news is shared by email and text message. Phone calls are used for urgent school news.

Grocery Store Rewards Cards

Laurel Park Community Calendar

Please click on this link to view our daily calendar. Thank you!