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October 4, 2021

A Message from Principal Bame

Dear LPE Families,

Congratulations on completing the first quarter of the 2021-22 school year. We are very proud of our students' progress and look forward to a productive second quarter of school. Please take a moment to review the notes and dates below. Have a wonderful week!

A few notes:

  • We are in need of disposable student masks. If you are interested in providing any donations, please consider this option or a similar style. Thank you!
  • In order for a student to access the elevator during the day because of an injury, we need an official doctor’s note.

  • Early dismissal requests must occur prior to 3:15 pm. After 3:15 pm we are preparing for afternoon dismissal.

  • Beginning Monday, September 27th, bus dismissal texts will only be sent if the bus arrives at campus 4:30 pm or later.

  • All students should plan for cooler weather now that we are entering the fall season. Please send students to school dressed in layers.

  • Send multiple well fitting masks with your student to school. We find that so many of our students need a backup throughout the day.

  • With cooler weather comes an increase in symptoms of illness. Please continue to adhere to the district’s return to school guidelines when your child has a symptom of illness (e.g. runny nose, congestion, vomiting, etc.).

    • The school is allowed to only accept PCR COVID test results and not the rapid test results.

  • Make-up work when students are absent from school:

    • Illness, vacation, etc.: Teachers will provide students with make-up work when they return to school. At minimum, students have two days to make-up work for every day missed.

    • Required Quarantine: Teachers will provide at least one math and one reading assignment/activity each day the student is required to quarantine.

Interested in Receiving Text Message Updates?

  • To opt-in to receive text messages, simply text YES to the number 67587.

  • Although we do not receive notifications indicating when a bus will arrive to our campus, we will text families when later buses have arrived/ departed.

Kind Regards,

Principal Raleigh G. Bame

What is coming up?

  • October 7th - Lucky's Bedtime Stories Virtual Read-aloud/ PTA Board Meeting
  • October 8th - Track 1, 2, 3 report cards sent via email
  • October 21st - Spirit Night (see below)
  • October 22nd - Virtual Academy Supply Pick-up
  • October 29th - Track 4 report cards sent via email
  • October 30th - PTA Trunk or Treat Event (more info to come)
  • November 2nd - No School, Workday
  • November 11th - No School, Holiday
  • November 24th, 25th, 26th - No School, Holiday
  • December 23rd - 31st - Winter Break

Could you please change the text in your newsletter to the following, I know you don't send the next newsletter out until next week.

Board & Brush Creative Studio is not your typical paint & sip shop. Our workshops teach you how to take a raw piece of lumber and turn it into a finished farmhouse project - step by step.

Register for the IN-STUDIO event, minimum 24 hours required:

For a HOME KIT to paint at home.

Order and Pick up between October 17 - 23

To be purchased between October 17 - 23. They can be purchased with or without paint. Customers can use any paint they have at their homes for these projects.

Please type in Laurel Park Elementary in your order so it counts toward our event.

Student Services Updates - Upcoming Middle School Open Houses

For 5th grade students - please see attached and information below on middle school:

Wake Young Men's Leadership Academies (WYMLA) is an Early College program.

CLICK HERE​ to view Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy information

CLICK HERE- to view (Spanish flyer) Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy information

In-person tours will take place at WYMLA this year! CLICK HERE to sign up for a time. This link is also on our website.

VIRTUAL Open House - Thursday, October 28th, 6-7 pm

CLICK HERE to sign up (Google Form)

More middle school registration details will be released as we receive them; most information comes out in the winter.

Caren MacEntee, Tracks 1 & 2 Counselor,

Ashley Truskowski, Tracks 3 & 4 Counselor,

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Parent Letter for 3rd & 4th Graders

In the Wake County Public School System, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is administered to all students in third grade and fourth grade. The CogAT measures general thinking and problem-solving skills and indicates how well the student uses these skills to solve verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal problems. The skills and abilities measured by the CogAT develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime, but individuals vary in the rates at which they develop the skills. Because these abilities are closely related to an individual’s success in school, test results may be used in planning effective instructional programs. In combination with other relevant information about a student, scores can be used to adapt instruction in ways that enhance the student’s success in learning. The CogAT is one assessment of many that will assist school personnel in instructional planning.

Laurel Park students testing dates are as follows:

3rd Grade Tracks 1, 2, and 3:

  • Tuesday, October 12th - Thursday, October 14th, 2021

4th Grade Tracks 1, 2, and 3:

  • Tuesday, October 12th - Thursday, October 14th, 2021

3rd & 4th Grade Track 4:

  • Tuesday, October 26th - Thursday, October 28th, 2021

The CogAT consists of three batteries, one given each day over a total of 3 days. Scores from these three batteries yield a partial composite and composite score: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal Battery.

  • Verbal Battery (VN): The three subtests on the Verbal Battery appraise verbal inductive and deductive reasoning skills, as well as flexibility, fluency, and adaptability in working with verbal materials and solving verbal problems. This cluster of verbal reasoning abilities plays an important role in developing skills in reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and virtually all verbal learning tasks.

  • Quantitative Battery (QN): The three subtests on the Quantitative Battery appraise deductive and inductive reasoning skills as well as flexibility and fluency in working with quantitative symbols and concepts. Successful performance on these subtests requires that students have a variety of strategies for working with quantitative materials. The reasoning skills appraised by this battery are significantly related to high-level problem solving not only in mathematics but also in other disciplines.

  • Nonverbal Battery (NV): The three subtests on the Nonverbal Battery present the most novel problems to students. The items on these subtests use only geometric shapes and figures and require no reading and no outside fund of knowledge. All these items appraise general inductive reasoning skills as well as flexibility and fluency in using and adapting cognitive strategies.

If you have any questions about the CogAT Test, please reach out to our Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Teacher, Ms. Amy Stone at Thank you!


Mr. Adam Barabasz

Assistant Principal, Laurel Park Elementary

Student Council Celebrates our First Responders!

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Art Updates from Mrs. Benner!

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STEM Updates from Ms. Trent

Typing in STEM

Most students (1-3) have been (or will soon be) introduced to Typing Club. Grades 4 and 5 have used it in the past. Kindergarten has access, but I will wait until later in the year to introduce it to the whole grade. It's a great online game that teaches students how to type using the homerow keys. Although in my opinion, putting your hands in the right place doesn't matter as much anymore because of iPads and cell phones, it is a super engaging and fun way to teach students where the letters are on the keyboard. is the website and it's also in the STEM Google Classroom. We do not spend a lot of time practicing typing in STEM class, but I thought they would enjoy doing it at home.

Alternatives to Youtube

In the terms and conditions on Youtube, people should be 13 to have an account. Most, if not all, social media sites require students to be 13 to sign in. There are other video websites that are much safer and much more appropriate. Commonsense media is an amazing site that has suggestions and training for kids and adults about being safe online. Commonsense Media Youtube Alternatives has a long list of appropriate websites for elementary students.

For guides on other social media, go to Parents' Ultimate Guides


Tiffany Trent

STEM Teacher/Tech Contact

Laurel Park Elementary School

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PTA/ Community Updates

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PTA Reflections Contest

ALL students are invited to participate in the PTA Reflections art competition! Students can create projects in the following categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts (2D and 3D). All entries are due online by October 8th. For more information, please check out the LPES Reflections page

If you have any questions or are unable to submit the project online, please email

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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!