Penguin Press News

Noticias de Penguin Press ~ 1/3/22

A Message from Principal Bame

Dear Laurel Park Families,

Happy New Year to all! Although this morning's weather was challenging, we enjoyed a productive school day and even were able to watch the snow falling. As you can imagine, our students were very excited to see snow! Please take time to review the content in our first newsletter of 2022.

WCPSS just announced that all schools will operate on a two hour delay schedule tomorrow. The adjusted schedule for tomorrow:

10:45 am - doors open for student arrival

11:15 am - late bell

3:45 pm - dismissal

(all students will have breakfast, lunch, recess, and specials)

Upcoming Dates:

  • January 13th - Lucky's Virtual Bedtime Stories
  • January 17th - No school MLK, Jr. Holiday
  • January 18th - February 4th - PTA No Fuss Fundraiser
  • January 25th - Last day for Canned Food Drive
  • January 27th - General PTA Meeting (Zoom Link will be posted later)
  • March 24th - Virtual STEAM Night
  • June 6th - Track 1 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony *
  • June 29th - Tracks 2, 3, & 4 5th Grade moving up Ceremony *

* Time and format will be shared once county leadership provides guidance

Estimadas familias de Laurel Park,

¡Feliz Año Nuevo para todos! Aunque el clima de esta mañana fue desafiante, disfrutamos de un día escolar productivo e incluso pudimos ver caer la nieve. Como puede imaginar, ¡nuestros estudiantes estaban muy emocionados de ver la nieve! Tómese el tiempo para revisar el contenido de nuestro primer boletín de 2022.

WCPSS acaba de anunciar que todas las escuelas operarán mañana con un horario de retraso de dos horas. El horario ajustado para mañana:

10:45 am - puertas abiertas para la llegada de los estudiantes

11:15 am - campana tardía

3:45 pm - despido

Fechas siguientes:

13 de enero - Cuentos virtuales para dormir de Lucky

17 de enero - No hay clases en MLK, Jr. Feriado

18 de enero - 4 de febrero - PTA No Fuss Fundraiser

25 de enero - Último día para la colecta de alimentos enlatados

27 de enero - Reunión general de la PTA (el enlace de Zoom se publicará más tarde)

24 de marzo - Noche de STEAM virtual

6 de junio - Pista 1 Ceremonia de ascenso de quinto grado *

29 de junio - Pistas 2, 3 y 4 Ceremonia de ascenso de 5to grado *

* La hora y el formato se compartirán una vez que el liderazgo del condado brinde orientación

Reminder - COVID 19 Parent Update Sent 1/2/22

Dear Laurel Park Families,

Happy New Year! As our Laurel Park Elementary family returns from a wonderful Holiday break with family and friends, it is important to review the updated COVID-19 protocols for a safe return to school. Please make sure that your child comes to school wearing a mask and consider sending a back up mask, just in case.

Please do not send your children to school and call us at 919-290-2333 for further guidance if:

  • Your child has ANY of the symptoms of illness listed below.

  • Your child OR a household member tests positive for Covid-19.

  • You have been advised by the health department to quarantine due to exposure.

All students and staff may not enter a WCPSS facility if:

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 5 days

  • Exposed to COVID-19 within the last 5 days and not fully vaccinated or boosted if eligible (proof will be required)

  • Instructed to quarantine by the Health Department

  • Experiencing any of the following symptoms of illness:

    • Fever or chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Fatigue

    • Muscle or body aches

    • Headache

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Sore throat

    • Congestion or runny nose

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Diarrhea

IMPORTANT: Please know that parents will be contacted if their child experiences any of the above symptoms while at school and must be picked up.

COVID-like symptoms require a negative PCR/Molecular test OR alternate diagnosis by a medical provider AND the student must have felt well and been fever-free for 24 hours without medication to return. Please refer to the following link for more information:

Free COVID-19 testing sites:

If your child or someone in your household is exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home and notify Ms. Lovett ( or 919-290-2333) as soon as possible for further guidance. You are welcome to contact Ms. Lovett if you have questions about any WCPSS COVID-protocols.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to keeping our campus safe and healthy.

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Does Your Child Have a Special Talent?

We invite your LPES Penguin Star Student to perform for STEAM Night! Because this year looks a little different, we're creating a website with all the musical performances. Click this link for more information. Thank you!

Get Ready for our STEAM Fair!

The STEAM fair will be March 24th and students can start turning in projects to be displayed in the media center from March 16 - 18. Here is a project guide that may be helpful. Just make your own copy. I have examples of science experiments for students to get ideas on my website. The STEAM fair will be in person for students during the week of March 21-25. There will be a virtual part on starting on the 24th of March on a website. If your child wants to participate, please fill out the form which is also found on the project guide. There can be science experiments, engineering builds, dancing, musical performances, poems, and stories! If you don't want to do a science experiment, but just want to submit a video of any type, fill out this form. Video submissions can happen any time!

Parents: Apply for Meal Benefits

A Message from WCPSS:

Please consider applying for meal benefits as soon as possible . By submitting a qualifying application, families will also support the district in qualifying for additional funds to support students and learning! Also, the NC Department of Health & Human Services is collecting student free and reduced lunch and attendance data from WCPSS to determine any additional Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT) that will be issued in the coming months! By not applying for these meal benefits, you will miss the potential opportunity to receive direct P-EBT funds for your family!

Yes, meals will still be free for all students through June 2022 but we still need you to complete a meal benefits application so our school can be eligible for this extra education funding next school year. Also, this ensures your student is covered for the first few weeks of school next year. Information about applying for Meal Benefits can be found at Help our school continue to receive this funding by completing an application online at Paper applications can be requested by calling 919-588-3535.

Padres, por favor consideren solicitar los beneficios de comidas tan pronto como sea posible. ¡Al entregar una solicitud que califique, las familias también ayudarán al distrito escolar a calificar para fondos adicionales con el fin de apoyar a los estudiantes y el aprendizaje! Además, el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Carolina del Norte está recopilando información sobre almuerzos gratuitos o a precio reducido y de la asistencia escolar de los estudiantes de WCPSS para determinar cualquier beneficio electrónico adicional (P-EBT) por motivos de la pandemia que se emitirán en los próximos meses. Si usted no solicita y no califica para los beneficios de comidas, ¡perderá la oportunidad de recibir fondos P-EBT directos para su familia!

Sí, las comidas seguirán siendo gratuitas para todos los estudiantes hasta junio de 2022, pero aún necesitamos que usted complete una solicitud de beneficios de comidas para que nuestra escuela pueda ser elegible para estos fondos adicionales para la educación del próximo año. Además, esto asegura que su estudiante cuente con estos beneficios durante las primeras semanas de clase del próximo año escolar. Usted puede encontrar información sobre cómo solicitar beneficios de comidas en Ayude a nuestra escuela a seguir recibiendo estos fondos completando una solicitud en línea en Las solicitudes en papel se pueden solicitar llamando al 919-588-3535.

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Frequently Asked Questions from LPES School Tour Visitors

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2022 Prospective Family Tour Sign-up

Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School Information

Please look at one of WCPSS's newest magnet schools. Located in the center of Wake County, Dillard Drive Magnet Middle's theme is focused on global studies and world languages. Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School is now offering French and Spanish—with the option of earning up to 2 high school language credits—and integrating global themes within all classes. Teachers at Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School create dynamic opportunities that connect students to current events, global topics, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Please reach out to Principal, Margaret Feldman, at or the school's magnet coordinator, Jessica Nelson, at

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December Student Council Updates

Laurel Park Food Drive

Laurel Park Student Council, in partnership with the Wake Relief Food Drive, will begin collecting non-perishable food items this week. We will be collecting through January 25th and look forward to great LPE community participation:

Canned items



Lunchmeat (Spam)



Green beans

Assorted vegetables

Soup or canned pasta

Assorted beans (black, kidney, garbanzo, etc.)

Fruit in juice

Pasta sauce (no glass please)

Additional Items of Need

Peanut Butter


Rice (no bags larger than 5 lbs. please)

Cereal (Cheerios, Corn Flakes, etc.)

Saltine Crackers

Mac & Cheese

Pasta (plain noodles, spaghetti, etc.)

Laundry detergent (pods preferred)


Toilet paper

Snacks for kids (anything individually wrapped that you would put in a lunchbox, the healthier the better)

PTA Updates and News

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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!