Penguin Press News

August 15, 2022

A Message from Principal Bame

Dear Laurel Park Families,

Greetings! We are entering the season of traditional calendar schools planning for their return to campus. August 29th is the first day for traditional schools. Please be aware that year round schools generally experience transportation delays when all calendars are in need of bus transportation. If you have questions about your child's bus ridership experience, please contact WCPSS Transportation. We are also happy to serve as a support to our community, but we operate separately from the Transportation Department.

We also highly encourage that families set up lunch accounts for their children instead of sending cash on a daily basis. If you have not set up a lunch account, please consider doing so. The instructions can be found here.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please stop by between the hours of 10:00 am - 2:00 pm to complete the online process. We look forward to welcoming volunteers this school year!

As we head into the busy fall season, please consider taking a moment to thank your child's teacher. Our teachers and staff truly appreciate any kind message of appreciation or support from the community. Words are free, and they mean so much!

Kind regards,
Mrs. Raleigh Bame, Principal

Estimadas familias de Laurel Park,

¡Saludos! Estamos entrando en la temporada de las escuelas de calendario tradicional que planean su regreso al campus. El 29 de agosto es el primer día para las escuelas tradicionales. Tenga en cuenta que las escuelas durante todo el año generalmente experimentan retrasos en el transporte cuando todos los calendarios necesitan transporte en autobús. Si tiene preguntas sobre la experiencia de viaje en autobús de su hijo, comuníquese con Transporte de WCPSS. También nos complace servir como apoyo a nuestra comunidad, pero operamos por separado del Departamento de Transporte.

También recomendamos encarecidamente que las familias abran cuentas de almuerzo para sus hijos en lugar de enviar dinero en efectivo a diario. Si no ha configurado una cuenta de almuerzo, considere hacerlo. Las instrucciones se pueden encontrar aquí.

Si está interesado en convertirse en voluntario, visítenos entre las 10:00 a. m. y las 2:00 p. m. para completar el proceso en línea. ¡Esperamos dar la bienvenida a los voluntarios este año escolar!

A medida que nos acercamos a la ajetreada temporada de otoño, considere tomarse un momento para agradecer al maestro de su hijo. Nuestros maestros y personal realmente aprecian cualquier tipo de mensaje de agradecimiento o apoyo de la comunidad. ¡Las palabras son gratis y significan mucho!


Sra. Raleigh Bame, Directora

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Off to a Great Start in Speech and Language!

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!

My name is Morgan Taylor and I am the Speech-Language Pathologist assigned to Laurel Park Elementary for the 2022-2023 school year until Kristin DiSanto returns from her maternity leave. Your student’s IEP is in effect which include speech-language services. I have begun meeting with your child’s teacher to coordinate the best time to schedule speech/language services. Please know that I will consider your child’s specific needs and services with scheduling. I am looking forward to working with your child and welcome your support in modeling and reinforcing effective communication skills. Feel free to contact me with your comments, questions, or concerns at any time.


Morgan Taylor M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

919-290-2333 *21277

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AIG Fall 2022 Nominations

Dear LPES Families,

It's that time of year when we accept Academically and Intellectually Gifted nominations from classroom teachers and parents! This is a time that we ask you to really reflect and determine if higher-level differentiation is needed for your student in Mathematics and/or Language Arts. If you are unsure, please talk with your student's classroom teacher or last year's classroom teacher to determine if AIG Testing, may be needed to meet the needs of your student.

When a student is nominated, the AIG teachers will go to your student's current and last year classroom teacher to interview them about your student's performance in the classroom, ask for unit assessments, enrichment opportunities, and classroom samples. The classroom teachers will complete a teacher AIG Observational Checklist and a Gifted Rating Scale. The AIG teacher will also pull formal data such as your student's mClass data, CogAt and IOWA scores, EOG scores and Report Card grades.

All the above data is collected for each AIG candidate and presented to the Laurel Park Elementary's School Based Committee for Gifted Education. The committee will review the above data and makes the decision whether the AIG candidate should be tested for AIG consideration. If a student is being considered, they will be given the CogAt and IOWA tests on the below dates:

Fall ​AIG Nomination Window

Track 1 - Beginning of school year - August 17th

Tracks 2 - 4 - Beginning of school year - September 14th

Fall AIG Testing Window

Track 1 - August 22nd - September 2nd

Tracks 2 - 4 - September 19th - 30th

If you should have any questions about the AIG program or the process, please feel free to email me at

Thank you!

Amy Stone, MAED, NBCT
AIG Teacher

Laurel Park Elementary School

2450 Laura Duncan Road, Apex, NC 27523

Action Needed: Please Save the Handbook Link Below!

Staff Picture Directory 2022-23

View our 2022-23 picture directory to determine who will serve your child at school this year.

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Are You Interested in Volunteering?

Click here to complete this interest survey created by the LPE PTA.

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Hello Garden Club families,

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new gardeners and their families!
We are so excited to have you aboard.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, August 17th at 8:30am. Please meet us at the garden in the back of the school near the preschool playground. As always, parents are invited to stay and help or drop their child off - whatever works best for you.

This meeting should be a fun one since we are turning over some of our summer crops and planting for fall.

Hope to see you there!

Natalie and Kristy 🌱

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!