Penguin Press News

January 16, 2023

A Message from Principal Bame

Dear Laurel Park Families,

Today is the National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Friday, we shared the following morning announcement with our staff and students:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on the third Monday of January each year. It’s a day to remember and honor the great Civil Rights leader. On this day, many Americans volunteer at shelters, schools, hospitals, and other community organizations to honor King’s legacy of service and commitment. We encourage all of our Laurel Park Penguins to consider giving back to the community in a positive way.

Examples could include helping your family with a project, serving through a community organization, or writing a thank you note.

However your family spent the day, we hope it was relaxing and joyful!

Please note several events coming up:

  • Science Fair, January 24th
  • Book Fair, March 1st - 15th
  • STEAM Night, March 9th
  • PTA Family Fun events and spirit nights, TBA
  • Field Trips, per grade level calendar

This is a great time to complete the WCPSS volunteer clearance process, if you have not done so already.

As a friendly reminder:

  • Please send your child (no matter what grade) to school with an extra set of clothes, in case they need it during the day.
  • We expect our students will deal with colds and viral infections throughout the winter months. Please review the WCPSS return to school policies.
  • Please make sure to send your child to school with a healthy snack every day. Teachers also welcome snack donations for those who may forget to bring snack.
  • All clothing and personal items should be labeled with your child's first and last names.

As always, we appreciate your partnership and support!

Mrs. Raleigh Bame, Principal

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2023-24 Track Change Request Form:

Current WCPSS Return to School Guidelines:

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LPES Teacher Spotlight (G. Weaver)

Positivity Trait of the Week:

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The Science and Engineering Fair is Coming Up!

  • Science and Engineering Fair Event for Families:
    • Tuesday, January 24th, 5:30-6:30pm

  • Bring Project to school:
    • Wednesday, January 18 or Thursday, January 19th

Repeat Announcements Worth Noting

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The Dancing Drums Are Coming!

LPES PTA is very excited to welcome Dancing Drum School Day interactive assemblies on January 17 and 19. These programs will give all students the opportunity to play 6 drums and percussion instruments! Each grade level of students take part in their own drumming workshop during their scheduled specials time. Students will experience the thrill of making music together with their classmates as they move through the 6 different instrument sections. Each drumming workshop will feature exciting rhythms, vocal chants, musical games and teamwork activities designed to keep students engaged, learning, and having a blast!

This is an amazing, interactive program the entire school will thoroughly enjoy! The “Drumming Up Character” program will enrich our school's character education through rhythm, song, and dance! This high energy, interactive program engages students through hip drum rhythms, character rap songs, and exciting dance routines about Fairness, Caring, Responsibility and Respect. To view a preview video of the Interactive Performance Assembly program visit:

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The Book Fair is coming in March! We are so excited to be able to have an in person book fair again! Being in person also takes a bit of help, so please keep an eye out for volunteer signups and make sure that you have been cleared to volunteer by the front office.

NC Zoo - Inclusive and Fun Family Environment

Did you know that you that our NC Zoo is a certified sensory inclusive place?

Stop by customer service and request a Sensory Bag. These bags include headphones, AAC cards, a detailed map of the park WITH PICTURES. A first-then board, a lap pad, fidgets and a map to calm zones/low noise sections.
2022-23 Year Round Calendar

Review your child's track in and out days here.

School Meal Information

Sign up for a My School Bucks account, check menus, and review meal pricing at this link.

2022-23 Laurel Park Bus Routes

Every year WCPSS adjusts bus routes. Please double check your child's assigned bus stops prior to the first day of school. Ensure your student knows how to get home.

2022-23 WCPSS Bus Ridership Information

Sign up for bus ridership, download the GPS finder for buses, and more.

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.

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Laurel Park Community Calendar

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