Penguin Press News

September 20, 2021

A Message from Principal Bame

Dear LPE Families,

We hope you are having a lovely start to the week. I want to pause and invite you to join me in thanking our teachers and staff for perservering during an already challenging school year. Not only are they working hard to maintain the health and safety of students, they continue to work longer hours under more stressful circumstances. However, despite the challenges, they remain committed to our children and each other. At Laurel Park, we are grateful for our teachers, staff, and the support of our parents, caregivers, and greater community!

Please take a moment to review several updates and notes below:

A few notes:

  • For those track 3 and 4 parents who were unable to attend our LEARN event on September 9th, please see this link for a full list of presentation materials.
  • Our Book Fair is coming soon! The event will be virtual and open to all families who wish to extend their library collection. We anticipate the Book Fair dates to be October 18th -29th, allowing all tracks to participate. Our fabulous PTA will share more details soon.
  • Virtual Academy families will be able to pick up 2nd quarter learning materials on October 22nd from 9:30 am - 11:00 am at Laurel Park Elementary campus. More information will be shared with VA families in the coming weeks.
  • Reminder that all early dismissals must occur before 3:15 pm.
  • Please review your child's carpool number with them to ensure they have it memorized.
  • Consider following us on Twitter @LaurelParkElem

Special Memo to Walkers/ Carpoolers: Please do not block the driveways within the Laurel Park neighborhood. We have received complaints and would appreciate everyone following the proper pick up protocols.

Interested in Receiving Text Message Updates?

  • To opt-in to receive text messages, simply text YES to the number 67587.

  • Although we do not receive notifications indicating when a bus will arrive to our campus, we will text families when later buses have arrived/ departed.

Kind Regards,

Principal Raleigh G. Bame

What is coming up?

  • October 1st - No School, Workday
  • October 7th - Lucky's Bedtime Stories Virtual Read-aloud
  • October 21st - Spirit Night (see below)
  • October 22nd - Virtual Academy Supply Pick-up
  • October 18th - Book Fair Opens
  • November 2nd - No School, Workday
  • November 11th - No School, Holiday
  • November 24th, 25th, 26th - No School, Holiday


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Board and Brush Creative Studio

1485 Kelly Road, Apex NC 27502

6pm - 9pm

Here is the link to register for the IN-STUDIO event:

Registration required before October 17, 2021

24 people max, 6 per table - capacity subject to change if CDC guidelines change

Here is the link to get a HOME KIT to paint at home.

Order and Pick up between October 17 - 23

To be purchased between October 17 - 23. They can be purchased with or without paint. Customers can use any paint they have at their homes for these projects.

Please type in Laurel Park Elementary in your order so it counts toward our event.

Student Council Celebrates our Hometown Heros!

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Our 2021-22 Fifth Grade Class Legacy Project is Complete!

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September Art Updates from Mrs. Benner!

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September Music Notes from Mrs. Sonstroem

Lots to celebrate in our music classes!

Check out this brand new Quaver Teacher's Voices article, "Music Builds a Bridge to Learning and Discovery," featuring Mrs. Sonstroem's classroom!

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, several classes in the upper grades are learning about composer Clarice Assad and connecting the music with their community, world, and cultural elements. Musical elements such as rhythm, meter, melody, and expressive qualities are also explored in this piece from Brazil. "Sin Fronteras" means "Without Borders" and this composition represents a musical journey from the tip of South America to the Northern Hemisphere, weaving in elements from cultures along the coasts.

Get ready for cooler weather with Baté, Baté, Chocolaté! Younger grades have been learning this fun song about hot chocolate. Yum! Look for more fall favorites to come!

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PTA/ Community Updates

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APSF Health and Wellness Webinars

Good afternoon,

The APSF is excited to announce that our Health & Wellness webinars are returning for the 2021-22 school. We will be partnering with WakeMed to bring relevant and helpful information to parents and caregivers.

Please share the following information with your school community (Spanish translation below):

The Apex Public School Foundation invites parents & caregivers to join a FREE webinar featuring child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Laura Politte of WakeMed.

Back to School: How to Help Your Child Manage Stress & Anxiety and Thrive this School Year

Tuesday, September 21


Transitioning back to school in a time of physical distancing and masks is hard. It can be stressful and anxiety provoking for students and parents alike. With schools opening up for in-person learning again, it is increasingly important for parents and guardians to be attuned to their child’s mental health and wellness. Parents and guardians can help children by planning the transition, making strong connections, and re-establishing routines. With the right support and access to local resources, children can adjust, make new friends, learn new things, and thrive socially and emotionally. Dr. Laura Politte will discuss the broad impact of COVID-19 on mental health, how to recognize the signs of anxiety, and share strategies parents can easily use to support their children’s mental health as they transition back to school.

Spanish translation will be provided.

Pre-registration required to receive zoom link.

Apex Public School Foundation invita a los padres a unirse a un seminario GRATUITO virtual con la psiquiatra de niños y adolescentes, la Dra. Laura Politte de WakeMed.

Regreso a la escuela: cómo ayudar a su hijo a manejar el estrés, la ansiedad y como su hijo puede tener mejor rendimiento académico durante este año escolar

Martes 21 de septiembre

7: 30-8:30pm

La transición de regreso a la escuela puede ser momentos difíciles con el distanciamiento físico y las máscaras que puede ser estresante y tanto provocar ansiedad tanto para los estudiantes como para los padres. Con las escuelas que se abren nuevamente para el aprendizaje en persona, es cada vez más importante que los padres y tutores estén en sintonía con la salud y el bienestar mental de sus hijos. Los padres y tutores pueden ayudar a los niños planificando la transición, estableciendo conexiones sólidas y restableciendo las rutinas. Con el apoyo adecuado y el acceso a los recursos locales, los niños pueden adaptarse, hacer nuevos amigos, aprender cosas nuevas y prosperar social y emocionalmente. La Dra. Laura Politte discutirá el amplio impacto de COVID-19 en la salud mental, cómo reconocer los signos de ansiedad y compartirá estrategias que los padres pueden usar fácilmente para apoyar la salud mental de sus hijos en la transición de regreso a la escuela.

Se proporcionará traducción al español.

Se requiere preinscripción para recibir el enlace de zoom.

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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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Laurel Park Community Calendar

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