Penguin Press News

April 5, 2021


Dear LPE Families,

Happy spring track-out to all! We are busy working behind the scenes to ensure a smooth return to school for the fourth quarter of our 2020-21 school year. Please enjoy the rest of your short break!

A few updates/ reminders:

Virtual Academy 2021-22

School leaders are waiting on more information about family options for Virtual Academy during the 2021-22 school year. More to come...

Track Change Requests:

  • Disclaimer: At this time we are planning for a multi-track year round schedule for the 2021-22 school year. However, please be aware that track changes will be considered only after we understand the impact of our Virtual Academy enrollment.
  • All students who were in attendance during the 2019-2020 school year are still assigned to the track they were on prior to this school year. If your child is new to LPES this school year and you need to know your assigned track for 2021-22, please contact Mrs. Murray (Data Manager) at
  • If you would like to request a track change, please complete this form by April 23, 2021 and submit to the front office (by mail, by email to, via carpool drop off).

Bus Transportation:

  • With more students returning to in person learning, this is a great opportunity to consider using the bus for transportation to and from school. Our buses are underpopulated and much faster than carpool. It is not too late to sign up! APPLY HERE

Kind Regards,
Mrs. Raleigh Bame, Principal

  • March 31st - April 13th - Spring Track-out
  • April 13th - Virtual Academy Supply Pick up (see times below)
  • April 14th - First day of 4th Quarter
  • April 21st - Asynchronous/Remote Learning Day* (live morning meeting)
  • April 23rd: 3rd Quarter Report Cards issued
  • May 5th - Asynchronous/ Remote Learning Day* (live morning meeting)
  • May 19th - Asynchronous/Remote Learning Day* (live morning meeting)
  • May 26th - Asynchronous/ Remote Learning Day* (live morning meeting)
  • May 31st - Holiday
  • June 21st - Last Day of School

*Live morning meetings scheduled from 9:15 - 9:30 am, followed by asynchronous learning assignments
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State Testing Update for Virtual Students

State leaders have determined that we will administer End of Grade (EOG) testing to our 3-5 students this school year. While we are early in the process, we are tentatively planning to utilize WCPSS scheduled Asynchronous days in May to test our Virtual Academy (VA) students whose families wish to participate. All 3-5 grade VA students would take their reading EOG on Wednesday, May 19th. All 3-5 Grade students would participate in the math EOG on Wednesday, May 26th. Using Asynchronous days will help our school community manage classroom availability for testing and provide Virtual Academy students an opportunity to participate in the test while fewer students are in the building.

Fifth grade VA students are also required by the state to take the Science EOG. The date of that test administration has not been determined, but it will follow the reading and math exams. We do not anticipate having an asynchronous day in June for the exam, so it is likely that VA students would join in person students to take the science exam.

Virtual Academy families, please complete the survey provided to share your intentions about whether your child will participate in testing. WCPSS does plan to offer transportation to eligible bus riding students. Please use the survey to help us determine how many of our students require yellow bus transportation. If you have more than one child at Laurel Park, please complete the survey for each student.

Students on Plan A that are currently attending school daily, will also take the appropriate grade level EOGs at the end of May or early June. This will provide all LPES students regardless of learning platform an academically equitable opportunity to participate in the EOG. We will provide further updates when the testing schedule is complete. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Barabasz, Assistant Principal at or at 919-290-2333. Thank you for your continued support through this unprecedented school year.

The Penguin Pledge - Sharing Diverse Voices

Calling all students!

Do you read and speak a language other than English? If so, Mrs. Bame would like to invite you to be a guest Penguin Pledge Reader during morning announcements! We have already had a student recite the Penguin Pledge in Spanish and German. We welcome more students to participate! Please let your student's teacher know if interested.

The Penguin Pledge:

As a Laurel Park Penguin I will be:

Respectful of myself, others, and school property,

Engaged in all activiities,

Accountable for my options,

Determined to do my best all


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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.

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