Penguin Press News

February 3, 2020


Dear LPE Families,

Wishing you all a wonderful start to the month of February! As we experience the ups and downs of winter weather, please make sure to send your child to school in layers. We anticipate fluctuations in our daily room temperatures in response to outdoor conditions.

Has your child lost a coat or lunch box? Our school staff has taken extra steps to make our "Lost and Found" section of the cafeteria organized for students and families. Please have your child check our "Lost and Found" for coats, water bottles, and lunch boxes.

Mark your calendars:

    • February 3rd - 7th - National School Counselor Week

    • February 8th - PTA Spirit Night at Jelly Beans (5:15-7:00 pm)

    • February 10th - 14th - Bus Driver Appreciation Week

    • February 13th - PTA General Membership Meeting (6:30 - 7:30 pm)

    • February 14th - Last Day for Book Drive

    • 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 (Time TBA by PTA)

    • March 9th - No School/ County Teacher Workday

    • March 13th - Tracks 2,3,4 Fun Run (Times TBA by PTA)

Wish List Item:

Copy paper

Hand soap for faculty restrooms (just a nice touch)

Thank you!

Kind Regards,

Raleigh G. Bame




Lucky's Library Updates - February

Lucky’s Library has been sharing the app “Novel Effect” with our penguin readers and they love it! The app is free on both Apple and Google devices. As you or your child reads, the app inserts fun sound effects that go along with the story. A few hundred books are available now, with more added weekly. What a great way to encourage reading! Check it out at

Wake County Schools provides access to over 15,000 eBooks for free through Big Universe. You can access the site on our school website under Students--Digital Resources, or at Students will need to know their username (ie: kjohnson) and lunch # to sign in. Username: WCPstudentusername; Password: studentlunch#; group user name is wcpss. Your teacher or Mrs. LeSueur can provide your student’s username if they do not know it. (

Student Council Food Drive Benefiting Wake Relief

Our LPES Student Council wants to make a difference in the lives of our community members this winter. Please drop off non-perishable items to one of the collection boxes found in our main entry way from now until February 21st. Thank you for supporting this great cause!
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It’s time for the Kids Heart Challenge!

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans, and up to 80% of it may be preventable through lifestyle changes? Kids Heart Challenge is a service-learning program that will teach your child the importance of heart-healthy habits, share inspirational stories of children who have been touched by heart disease and help raise lifesaving funds for the American Heart Association.

Here’s how it works:

· Your child has received his or her fundraising envelope. Start by setting up a personal fundraising page—easy directions are on the back of this letter.

· Ask family and friends if they’d like to donate. Not sure what to say? Your child can use the simple script on the collection envelope.

· Encourage your child to get ready to jump and have fun at his or her school event!

As part of Kids Heart Challenge, your child will choose a healthy challenge and share lifesaving tips. There is even a parent corner with tips on keeping your children healthy at home! Our school can earn money for PE equipment and your child earns fun prizes that encourage him or her to keep up the good work for heart health. And that’s something to jump up and down about!

Important information for our event:

Collection dates: Jan 6-Feb 21

Donations may be done online or with checks or cash

Only turn in collection envelopes to Mr Edwards

Any questions please contact Mr Edwards at


Mark Edwards

Physical Education Teacher




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!

Music Updates and Wishlist Items Needed

Our Quaver Music Song of the Month for January 2020 celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Listen here.

3rd graders will be beginning their recorder unit the first week in February. Information about purchasing your child's recorder is on the music website.

Mrs. Sonstroem's Wish List for Music:

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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!

Grocery Store Rewards Cards

Laurel Park Community Calendar

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