PTA Update

Week of October 22-28th

Happening this week with the PTA

All events volunteer opportunities or sign-ups that are activity happening this week. For more information, please visit the PTA website, Facebook page or Twitter.

Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 28th 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT (no rain date)

Laurel Park Elementary School Grounds


Our Trunk or Treat event is so much fun, but we can not make it happen without your help! Many volunteers are still needed. Please help us to make this fun event a success.

What is a trunk or treat?
Trunk or Treat promotes a safe environment for neighborhood children and families to trick or treat. Kids can dress up in costume and trick or treat from trunk to trunk in the Laurel Park Elementary School parking lot. Parents, you provide the trunks and the treats for our trick or treaters by parking in the lot and handing out candy and treats from your car trunk!

What are the scheduled events?
2:00 – Arrival, games, and activities begin
3:30 – Games and activities end

3:30 - Parade begins
3:45 –Trunk or Treat (for safety reasons, please wait to hand out candy until 3:45)
4:30 – Trunk or Treat ends, announcement of best-decorated trunk

I would like to hand out treats to our trick or treaters!
Great, we need parents to park their cars and hand out treats to our Trick or Treaters. Candy, healthy alternatives or prizes are all welcomed. Be prepared to see at least 150 kids.

Can we decorate our trunks?
Yes! Decorated trunks make everything more fun! There will also be prizes for the best decorations! However, it is not mandatory.

What if we can not participate in handing out treats from our car?
No problem! Your child may still participate in trick or treating. However, we do ask that everyone who attends bring something to share. If you are not planning on handing out a treat, please donate a bag or two of candy or bring a healthy treat to share with those handing out treats! We will collect this upon check in to Trunk or Treat.

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project and how can I participate?
Every child should be able to experience the joy and tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween. But kids with food allergies are often left out of the fun since most candy is off limits. Consider bringing nonfood items for kids with allergies. If you do, we will give you a print out of a teal pumpkin to hang at your trunk so kids with allergies know that they may come to you for a safe treat!

If I decorate my trunk, may I arrive early to decorate?
Yes, you may arrive at 1:15 pm. However, please be aware that games and activities will NOT be open to visitors until 2:00 pm.

What should I expect during games and activities?

  • There will be fun games to play such as corn hole and bowling
  • Visit the Cary Fire Department and see their truck
  • Camp Musart will provide some instruments to play
  • TGA Golf will be there with a fun golf activity
  • Meet some sweet pups up for adoption with Love Mutts Rescue
  • Learn the Thriller dance with Premier Dance
  • Allen Taekwondo will put your strength to the test with some boards to break
  • Science is Fun will have some spooky Halloween items to see and touch

Science Fair-

Calling all LPES Scientists!

Laurel Park PTA will be hosting its annual Science Fair on Thursday, January 18, 2018! Register or find out more details regarding projects by clicking below.

School of Excellence Survey

Please see the link below to take our School of Excellence survey. School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between local PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. As a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and the PTA, in conjunction with the school administration, is a key partner for continuous school improvement.

Deadline is November 10th.

Save the date! Upcoming PTA events!

Mark your calendars, these events are coming within the month.

Cultural Arts Assembly-October 31st

Energy Time Trek (tracked our students welcome with parents)

Spirit Night at Chipotle- November 14th

Advocacy Corner

Advocacy is the cornerstone of what we do. The LPES PTA wants to keep you updated on the issues that matter. Whether we are talking about school assignments, classroom size or education budgets we are here to get you the information you need to stay informed and learn how to help. Please visit this section to keep informed on the latest issues!

PTA Meeting Recap

At our October PTA meeting, we talked about the current problems facing our schools with the proposed class size mandate. With a special session of our State Assembly to begin on 1/10/18, we shared ways we can smartly connect with our representatives over these next few months.

In addition to this, we went over notes from our quarterly WCPSS Board Advisory Council District 9 meeting with Bill Fletcher for Wake County School Board that occurred last month.

We also covered helpful background information into understanding the funding for public schools in our state from Public Schools First NC.

For details on these topics and on other important advocacy information, please visit our Advocacy page on our PTA website.

Join our Advocacy Group

We hope to grow an advocacy committee and grateful for parents already stepping up with involvement. Please contact Jen Ferrell, if you would like to lend a hand on this committee.

What have we been up to?

Book Fair Recap

Thanks so much to the following book fair volunteers and helpers for their generous hard work that helped make our book fair a success this year:

Anthea Fok

April Rowinski

Barbara Conroy

Beth Cubbage

Brenda Ash

Caroline D'Aurelio

Casey Lanier

Christine Yoon-Taylor

Ciji Richardson

Claire Phillips

Crystal Sachko

Dacy Ayres

Elana Murray

Elizabeth Kneller

Gabby Fekete

Jenna Guerra

Jennifer Polsinelli

Jessica Lin

Jill Snyder

Joe Nixon

Julie Ackerman

Julie Jaquillard

Katherine Brooks

Kathy D'Aurelio

Keenan Allion

Kelley Aziz

Kerri Mamo

Kimberly Richards

Maria Durango

Mary Masui

Michele Hilmey

Minjeong Kim

Missy Mulauski

Nikki Duncan

Patricia Aviles

Raleigh Bame

Rita Cubbage

Romina Mayhew

Rosemary Link

Samantha Boomgaarden

Sara Luna Cezar

Soumya Raghav

Stacey Barbee

Stephanie Mitchell

Surekha Ati

Teresa Sherer

Because of their help, our book fair was able to raise over $12,000 in Scholastic Dollars to pay for improvements to our Media Center. The above-mentioned volunteers and helpers were very needed and are sincerely appreciated.

All the best!

Leigh-Anne, Mary, & Molly (book fair co-chairs)