Penguin Press News

February 8, 2021


Dear LPE Families,

Our LPE Staff family has been preparing for roughly 60% of our students to return to the building the week of February 15th. In this newsletter you will find several items that are very important for you to review, regardless of your child's platform. As a community, we are going continue to work together to support the educational and social emotional wellness of our children.

We are expecting cooler temperatures for the next month or so. If your child is returning to in-person learning, please make sure that they wear layers to school each day. Also, please make sure to send a well-fitting mask or two (always good to have a back-up mask packed).

Due to the ever changing circumstances of this year, we are delaying track change requests until March. More details will be forthcoming as we approach this time.

Your child's teacher will continue to send important information each week in their weekly newsletter. Schedules, important dates, and special notes are shared in teacher newsletters. We hope you will take time each week to read through this publication.

Please review the noted dates at the bottom of this welcome message. Thank you!

Kind Regards,
Mrs. Raleigh Bame, Principal

  • February 24th - Asynchronous/ Remote Learning Day
  • February 15th - All Pre-K - 3rd students on Plan A/B return to school, Cohort 2/B 4th and 5th grade students return to school. Cohort Calendar
  • March 16th - Plan B Spring Picture Day
  • March 17th - Asynchronous/ Remote Learning Day, Virtual Academy Spring Picture Day
  • March 29th -Asynchronous/ Remote Learning Day
  • March 30th - Asynchronous/ Remote Learning Day
  • March 31st - April 13th - Spring Track-out
  • April 14th - First day of 4th Quarter
  • May 5th - Asynchronous/ Remote Learning Day
  • May 26th - Asynchronous/ Remote Learning Day
  • May 31st - Holiday
  • June 21st - Last Day of School

Next PTA Spirit Night:


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

4pm - 8pm

Want to Check ISIP (Reading Assessment) Results?

Most Laurel Park Elementary students completed the ISIP reading assessment on February 3rd. That means most of you can now see your child’s scores through the Parent Portal using these directions. Please remember that the scores are not grades. It is also important for you to know that no decisions are ever made based on one piece of data or observation. Scores are crosschecked with all other information for the purpose of planning instruction. If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Important Note: Istation recently updated their app.

  • If you use a Wake county issued device, it may need to be restarted/rebooted to complete the update.

  • If you are not using a district issued device and do not have automatic updates enabled, you will need to go to the app store (e.g., Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Chrome Web Store) to download the latest version. If you are unsure how to do this, visit this information page to learn more

4th and 5th Grade AIG Spring Nominations

Dear 4th and 5th Grade Families,

We are now accepting Spring Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) student nominations for 4th and 5th grade students only. The purpose of the Wake County Public School System's AIG Program is to provide an appropriately challenging educational program for students who perform, or show potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. If your student demonstrates higher level academic or intellectual abilities, please contact your student's classroom teacher about whether an AIG nomination should be considered. We will be accepting 4th and 5th grade Spring AIG nominations through Friday, February 12, 2021.

All AIG candidates will be asked to take an AIG test, which this school year, 2020-2021, will be different, to the past due to COVID-19. AIG candidates will not take the Cognitive Abilities Test or IOWA test this school year. They will be given higher level, ELA and Math enrichment activities, created by WCPSS AIG teachers to demonstrate their need for AIG differentiation. The Laurel Park Elementary School Based Committee for Gifted Education (LPES SBCGE) will be evaluating AIG candidates based on both informal and formal indicators for AIG eligibility. Informal indicators will be the student's learning behaviors, student performance, student interest and student motivation. Formal indicators will be the AIG Test created by WCPSS AIG teachers, past Cognitive Abilities Tests, IOWA tests, End of Grade scores, report cards, ISIP data, classroom ELA and Math unit assessments, level 4 opportunities, and enrichment opportunities. AIG Testing will be conducted the week of February 22nd.

Thank you,

Amy Stone, MAED, NBCT
AIG Teacher

Laurel Park Elementary School

2450 Laura Duncan Road, Apex, NC 27523

Laurel Park's Gifted Education Website

Stone_LPES Twitter Page

Middle School Preparation (Attention 5th Grade)

Middle school virtual open house dates for rising 6th graders are beginning to be scheduled. Below are two we know of now; others will be shared as we hear from the schools.

Lufkin Road Middle School: Thursday, March 4th at 6 p.m. The Google Meet link is: LufkinOpenHouse. A video and slides will be posted on their website after February 23rd to be viewed at the convenience of parents and students. There will be a Q and A the night of the open house.

Apex Friendship Middle School: Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 6-7 pm. Google Meet links will be shared at a later time.

Ms. Benner's Art Class Update for February 2021

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We are busy creating our mini masterpieces in art class!

Please drop off your student’s artwork from Art class in

the ART box set up in front of the school starting 2/9.

Please drop it off anytime by 3/5 or send it in with your

student if they are Plan B.

​Thank you,

Laura Benner

Art teacher

Laurel Park Elementary School

Lucky's Library Updates - February 2021

All students can continue using the online hold system and either curb-side pickup or classroom delivery. For Virtual students, books are ready ONLY when the student and parents receive an email notification (check your junk mailbox in case the notifications get labeled as spam.) Please let Mrs. LeSueur know if the hold was a mistake so the book can go to the next student on the hold list.

Instructions for curb-side pickup is at the library website:

Grades 2-5 have been instructed on how to access electronic books and reading materials through PebbleGo, TumbleBooks, NCWiseOwl and Big Universe. Passcodes and instructions are posted on the library Google Classrooms. Please contact Mrs. LeSueur if you would like more information on accessing those resources. (

In-person visits to the library: Students circulate in small groups only, to help with social distancing. Students sanitize their hands before they go to the shelves. If they handle a book that they don’t want, students place that book in the return bin, where it is put in quarantine. (All returned books are quarantined for 4 days.) Only Mrs. LeSueur handles the check-out computer and scanner.

Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers have the option of helping their students select books from a mobile library cart on weeks that they do not have media class.

Alison LeSueur

Media Specialist, Laurel Park Elementary

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MTAC Portfolio


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Music Notes from Mrs. Sonstroem - February 2021

Please don't forget to attend Specialist Classes. P.E., Art, and Music are graded subjects and everyday counts towards observations and assessments of progress. Thanks so much for your support.

Check out this amazing song hub feature of the song "He Had a Dream." Scroll down to Meet the Composer!

Quarter 3 Music Curriculum

5th grade: Origins of the Banjo, Vocals and World Music

4th grade: Major/minor melodies and World Music, Origin of the Spoons, and Digital Portfolios

3rd grade: Treble Clef note reading, Melody and Recorders

2nd grade: Rhythm and Improvisation

1st grade: Rhythm and Ostinato

K: Rhythm- short and long sounds

Quaver SEL Song of the Month: Feel the Same Way ❤️

Don't forget to login to Quaver Music via WakeID Portal to see all featured lessons and activities for the year! Fun and creative opportunities await.

Jenni Sonstroem

Music Specialist, Laurel Park Elementary (Year-Round)

NBCT, Early & Middle Childhood Music

MM, East Carolina University

BM, University of North Carolina at Greensboro My Google Site

Student Performers for 2021 Virtual STEAM Night

We invite your LPES Penguin Star Student to perform for STEAM Night! Because this year looks a little different, we're going to create a video scrolling "talent showcase." Click here for more information!


Dear Laurel Park Families,

Happy new year and I hope this finds you all safe and healthy. As I sit here and reflect on the first half on the school year. I want to thank all the students and parents that have made great efforts to come to the online google meets and in person classes the first semester. I have really enjoyed working with the children during these classes. I hope that the children have enjoyed the activities and had fun working on the different skills. We meet each class for a week at a time. It is very important that your child make every effort to be present at each class and participate in the activities and skill assessments.

In the limited time we had together we covered locomotor skills and throwing and catching. We also did some type of warm-up activity at the start of each class. During this time we covered walking, galloping, skipping, jumping, hopping, sliding and running. We also worked on the basics of throwing and catching using objects like plastic bags, rolled up socks and small balls. The students were assessed during these activities or allowed to send in a video in grades 3-5 if they were unable to participate during class time.

We will be doing fitness activities and kicking skills during our next 2 units of study.

If your child did not have a PE grade on their report card. The reason for this is that during our class meetings there was not enough data collected or skills assessments completed to allow me to grade their progress. If you have any questions please contact me at

I look forward to seeing your children in the coming of weeks to continue our journey to stay healthy and make sure we are taking care of ourselves and those around us. Again, I want to thank you all for making education a priority during these difficult times.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything. The Laurel Park family is very important to me.

Stay safe and see you all soon,

Coach Mark Edwards

Physical Education Teacher

Laurel Park Elementary School

Apex, North Carolina


Social Learning Updates - February 2021

In Social Learning class, we are diving into what it means to show good sportsmanship. Using the Superflex (c) curriculum, the Destroyer of Fun and the Inventor of Fun help explain what helps us enjoy games and what ruins a game. Out of these lessons, we start to learn that respect is important to show not only to our teammates, but also to opponents, coaches, referees, friends, and family. Laurel Park's Positivity Project will be discussing integrity and humility for the next couple weeks which also ties in nicely with sportsmanship. At home, please make sure to support your kids as they learn to lose with grace, win with humility and play fair.

~ Mrs. Vitaglione

Social Learning Teacher

Image below (right - Inventor of Fun/ left - Destroyer of Fun)

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STEM Update from Ms. Trent - February 2021

STEAM Night will be on March 25 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. There is still time to submit videos of students doing science experiments or playing their musical instruments! If any parents want to show off their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) skills, please fill out this form. Parents can also have pre-recorded videos or have a live presentation on Google Meet. All STEAM night information will be on the STEAM Night Website. This is also where the Google Meet links and Videos will be available.

Tiffany Trent

STEM Teacher/Tech Contact

Laurel Park Elementary School

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Need Tech Help? Try the WCPSS Tech Help Page

Need More Tech Help? Fill out this form.

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!