Penguin Press News

November 7, 2022

A Message from Principal Bame

Dear Laurel Park Families,

Tomorrow, November 8th, is Election Day and all schools are closed for the day. Teachers will be working either on campus or remotely to prepare for the remainder of the second quarter. Please make sure to adjust your calendars for the week:

  • Tuesday, November 8th - Election Day/ Teacher Workday/ No School
  • Thursday, November 10th - Early Release Day at 1:45 pm
  • Friday, November 11th - Veterans' Day/ No School

November is designated as National Native American Heritage Month. This observance commemorates the history, heritage, and culture of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. Laurel Park will take time during morning announcements, and throughout the month of November, to share the amazing contributions of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives.

This week is National School Psychology Week. As a school, we are committed to supporting the overall health and wellness of our staff and students. We appreciate the fine balance that exists between academic and social emotional growth. Please reach out to our Student Support Team if you ever feel that your child needs additional support.

Student Support Team:

Caren MacEntee, Counselor for tracks 1/2

Ashley Truskowski, Counselor for tracks 3/4

Dr. Amy Hawkins, School Psychologist

Chris Moore, School Social Worker

WCPSS Resources:

For a comprehensive list of resources, click HERE

As you read through the Penguin Press, please take a moment to review the PTA section located after our school updates.

As always, we appreciate your partnership and support!

Mrs. Raleigh Bame, Principal

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Coming Soon: Art to Remember!

An art fundraiser with Art to Remember!

It's a very special opportunity to order keepsake products customized with your child's art.

Right now, your child is creating an amazing piece of artwork at school and soon you’ll have the chance to turn that art into custom keepsake products. This is the perfect opportunity to order items for yourself, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or any other special person in your child’s life. It's a gift that will be treasured forever.

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Season for Joy Participation

If you are in need of assistance for holiday gifts for your child(ren) who attend Laurel Park, please complete the following form. Please complete the form for each child who attends Laurel Park. We will send out more detailed information in early December regarding gift pick up times.

Please contact Ashley Truskowski ( with any questions. Thank you!

Meet Ms. D'Angelone, 5th Grade Teacher

LPES Teacher Spotlight (M. D'Angelone)

Student Council Food Drive

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Positivity Project Trait this Week

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Attention Track 4 Families:

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PTA Sponsors Black Box Dance Theatre

LPES PTA is excited to welcome Black Box Dance Theatre to the school for classroom workshops the weeks of October 31 (tracks 1 and 2) and December 12 (tracks 3 and 4)! Two teaching artists will work with individual homerooms for 45-55 minute sessions. Each workshop allows for full student participation as they learn the history of modern dance and create dances based on grade level curriculum. Workshops for kindergarten, first, and second grade students will focus on weather. Third and fourth grade students will focus on the Earth, sun, and moon. Workshops for fifth graders will concentrate on the Revolutionary War. These programs are funded through a grant provided by United Arts Council and the LPES PTA. Thank you to families who have supported the PTA through fundraisings and donations.
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Reflections Contest

Does your child express his or her imagination through dance, playing music or writing poetry? Does your child enjoy creating through painting, drawing or taking photos? Through Reflections, an annual PTA art competition, students have a chance to "Show Their Voice" and showcase their talents. Submissions are due November 11, 2022.

Learn more and submit your artwork here:

Would you like to be a PTA volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering with LPE PTA, please contact us at
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.

Grocery Store Rewards Cards

Laurel Park Community Calendar

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