Penguin Press News

February 17, 2020


Dear LPE Families,

Hopefully your families have enjoyed this sunny day off of school! Laurel Park staff members spent time in professional learning sessions and team planning today. We are looking forward to welcoming back our little Penguins tomorrow!

Mark your calendars:

    • February 17th - No School/ County Teacher Workday

    • February 28th - Track Change requests due/ Fun Run Official Kick-off

    • March 3rd - Primary Election Day

    • March 6th - Track 1 Fun Run

    • March 9th - No School/ County Teacher Workday

    • March 13th - Tracks 2,3,4 Fun Run

    • April 10th - Holiday (no school)

5th Grade Moving Up Ceremonies:

  • Track 1: June 3rd, 1:30-3:00 pm
  • Tracks 2 and 3: June 29th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
  • Track 4: June 29th, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Wish List Item:

Copy paper - always needed at the end of the year!

Thank you!

Kind Regards,

Raleigh G. Bame




Lucky's Library Updates - February

Laurel Park has permission from the county to install a Little Free Library at our school. We just need to build it! If anyone loves woodworking OR knows an Eagle Scout that might be able to tackle this, please contact Ms. LeSueur at We had originally envisioned one shaped like a train caboose (a nod to our location), but are willing to consider easier designs. Supplies will be paid for!

Wake Up and Read - Lucky's Library is still collecting books for the WUAD book drive. Our last delivery of books will be on Feb. 29th so if you have books to donate, feel free to send them in by Feb. 28th. Remember to include gently used children's books only (ages birth - 12).

AIG Updates - Winter 2020


It's that time of year again when we start to think about next school year's academics. Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) is an option to consider for students that have demonstrated a need for advanced curriculum/acceleration of one grade level above their current grade level. These would be students that have demonstrated Level 4 work throughout this school year and have demonstrated a need for advanced curriculum in multiple learning standards. SSA is offered both in English Language Arts and in Math, but you may only chose one subject to nominate your student. Attached are some links that will helpful to determine if your student would be a good candidate. If you are thinking about the SSA program, please consult your students' classroom teacher for their input. They know your child's academic needs best and would be best to tell you if your child would be a good candidate. If you should have any further questions, please feel free to email our AIG Teacher and SSA Coordinator, Amy Stone at

SSA Nomination Window is only OPEN for ONE week this year!

Track 1 - February 24th - 28th

Tracks 2, 3 & 4 - March 23rd - 27th

SSA Testing Window

Tracks 1 ,2 & 3 - April 13th - 23rd

Track 4 - April 28th - May 8th

Every student tested will be tested on English Language Arts or Math curriculum, of one grade level above their current grade level. Example if your child is currently in 2nd grade, they will be tested on the end of 3rd grade content. Students testing in Math will need to score an 80% or above to be placed into the SSA program for next school year. Students testing in English Language Arts will need to score an 85% or above to be invited to take the written exam where they will need to score a Level 3 to be placed into the SSA program for the next school year. Attached is more helpful information.

SSA Nomination Form

FAQ about SSA

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You can now order your 2019-2020 LPES Yearbooks online! To do so,


Click Order Pictures & Yearbook (RED BUTTON)

Enter Code YB108933

Confirm Laurel Park Elementary School

You will be prompted to enter your email address. Then you will be taken to the order screen.

Our Hardcover Yearbook is $35 with the option to personalize with your student’s name for an additional $8.

*** Order envelopes will be sent home in the next few weeks if you prefer to not use the online ordering system

Please Donate to our Art Classroom - Amazon Wish List

We are running through art supplies quickly. Please consider donating to our art program by choosing an item from Ms. Benner's Amazon Wish List. Thank you for supporting our specialists!

Thank you from Ms. Sonstroem

Mrs. Sonstroem sends a big thank you to the families who have donated from her classroom’s Amazon Wish List. These items include a ukulele!, frog guiro, 3 triangles, thunder tube, egg shakers, bells, castanets, and a few other housekeeping items. Students are having so much fun playing our new instruments. Much gratitude for our wonderfully supportive LPES families!

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Our FUN RUN is quickly approaching! We’re still looking for LOCAL BUSINESSES to sponsor our upcoming LPES FUN RUN! Your business can also donate Gift Certificates & items for our Family Fun Night.

Any donation is greatly appreciated! We have sponsorship available starting at $500 for your business name/logo to appear on our Fun Run t-shirts. This is a great way to advertise your business and support our school!

We're also looking for donations/prizes for our Fun Run PEP RALLY & for the RUN itself! Noisemakers, pompoms, balloons, etc.

Please contact Cecile Herman ( ) for all sponsor/donation questions & info!

Keep an eye out for our 'Day-Of' Volunteer Sign Up!

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Grocery Store Rewards Cards

Laurel Park Community Calendar

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