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Noticias de Penguin Press ~ 5/23/22

A Message from Principal Bame

Dear Laurel Park Families,

June is right around the corner, which means we have a very busy month ahead! Our track 1 students began End of Grade testing today, while all other tracks will have a few more weeks to prepare. Please pay special attention to school communications as we prepare for the new school year.

WCPSS is experiencing a substitute and teacher shortage this spring. Our administration is working, behind the scenes, to recruit highly qualified staff members for our upcoming school year. We plan to release our 2022-23 LPES Staff List as soon as it is finalized. If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, please visit:

Please make sure you are receiving school text messages and emails. We send updates for inclement weather procedures, reminders about special events, and more. To learn more about opting into school communications, please visit:

Kind regards,

Principal Raleigh Bame

Important Dates:

  • June 2nd - Last Day of Instruction for track 1
  • June 2nd - Track 1 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony
  • June 3rd/ 6th - Track 1 EOG retesting (invitation only)
  • June 2nd - Kindergarten Parent Orientation 5:30 - 7:00 pm (on campus)
  • June 4th - Kindergarten Playdate (PTA Sponsored)
  • June 27th - Last day of instruction for tracks 2, 3, and 4
  • June 27th - Tracks 2, 3, & 4 5th Grade moving up Ceremony
  • June 28th/ 29th - EOG retesting for Tracks 2, 3, 4 (invitation only)
  • June 30th - July 6th - Teacher Workdays
  • July 6th - Meet the Teacher/ Supply Drop Off (stay tuned for times)
  • July 7th - First day of school for tracks 1, 2, 3
  • July 29th - First day of school for track 4

Estimadas familias de Laurel Park,

¡Junio ​​está a la vuelta de la esquina, lo que significa que tenemos un mes muy ocupado por delante! Nuestros estudiantes de la pista 1 comenzaron hoy las pruebas de fin de grado, mientras que todas las demás pistas tendrán algunas semanas más para prepararse. Preste especial atención a las comunicaciones escolares mientras nos preparamos para el nuevo año escolar.

WCPSS está experimentando una escasez de sustitutos y maestros esta primavera. Nuestra administración está trabajando, detrás de escena, para reclutar miembros del personal altamente calificados para nuestro próximo año escolar. Planeamos publicar nuestra Lista de personal de LPES 2022-23 tan pronto como esté finalizada.

Asegúrese de recibir mensajes de texto y correos electrónicos de la escuela. Enviamos actualizaciones para procedimientos de inclemencias del tiempo, recordatorios sobre eventos especiales y más. Para obtener más información sobre cómo optar por las comunicaciones escolares, visite:

Saludos cordiales,

Director Raleigh Bame

Fechas importantes:

2 de junio - Último día de instrucción para la pista 1

2 de junio - Pista 1 Ceremonia de ascenso de 5.º grado

3/6 de junio: nueva prueba EOG de la pista 1

2 de junio - Orientación para padres de kínder 5:30 - 7:00 pm (en el campus)

4 de junio - Cita de juegos de jardín de infantes (patrocinado por la PTA)

27 de junio - Último día de instrucción para las pistas 2, 3 y 4

27 de junio - Pistas 2, 3 y 4 Ceremonia de ascenso de 5.º grado

28 y 29 de junio: nueva prueba de EOG para las pistas 2, 3 y 4

30 de junio - 6 de julio - Jornada laboral del profesorado

7 de julio - Primer día de clases para las pistas 1, 2, 3

29 de julio - Primer día de clases para la pista 4

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COVID Updates from Ms. Lovett

Greetings, LPES Family,

Student and staff illness is on the rise again, including positive COVID diagnoses. If your child presents with COVID symptoms throughout the day and cannot attend to the school work, your child may be sent home. For students to return to school after experiencing symptoms of illness, we need either an alternative diagnosis from a medical professional OR a negative rapid or PCR COVID test. If your child does not have either, then they must remain from school for at least five days.

Please contact Ms. Lovett ( if there is a positive COVID diagnosis in the home.

Weekly on-campus testing will occur until the end of the school year. Students can still register to participate in the weekly testing at the link below.

Testing day, time, and location:

Fridays in the Conference Room, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

How can students register?

Laurel Park Elementary COVID-19 Testing Registration

Opting In/Out of School Communications

I am not receiving messages. How do I sign up?

Parent/Guardian contact information is uploaded from the WCPSS student information system, PowerSchool, each morning. If you are not receiving messages, contact your student’s school to verify and/or update your contact information.

According to the school, my contact information is correct, but I am not receiving messages.


  • If you are not receiving emails and your contact information is correct, you may have accidentally unsubscribed. Email to re-subscribe to messages.

Text Messages

  • You must opt-in to receive text messages. To opt-in, text YES to 67587.
  • You will not receive any text messages from WCPSS if you do not opt-in.

NOTE: The school district does not pay for your text message fees that may be charged for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

What is a SchoolMessenger parent/guardian account?

Your SchoolMessenger account is a free and easy way to stay connected with events at your student’s school and WCPSS.

  • Review recent voice, text and email messages sent by the district and your student’s school.
  • View your contact information.
  • Manage your contact preferences.

Visit to create an account. You must use the email address entered in PowerSchool for your student. View SchoolMessenger: Parent Account Setup for step-by-step instructions (English | Spanish).

How do I opt-out of WCPSS messages?

IMPORTANT: If you opt-out from WCPSS text messages or unsubscribe from WCPSS emails, you will no longer receive any messages from your student’s school or from the district.

  • Recommended: Use your SchoolMessenger account to customize your notification preferences and only receive the messages you want.
  • To opt-out of all text messages from SchoolMessenger, visit or text STOP to 67587.
  • To unsubscribe from all emails, click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

Announcement from Mrs. Sonstroem

After opening LPES in 2008, I always thought I’d be at Laurel Park for my entire music education career. I’ve truly made a home here. Though, as you can appreciate, having children changes everything. I have accepted the music position at Apex Friendship Elementary starting in August. I will be finishing out the current school year through the end of June. As I reflect on my 14! years here, I have been honored and privileged to work with some of the sweetest students and the most amazing educators in the field. I love my Laurel Park family! This move, however, will allow my family to be on the same traditional calendar schedule, including my husband who teaches AP English at Green Level HS and my twins who start Kindergarten in another year. I wish all of our wonderful families the best and I am so grateful for your friendship and kindness over the years. I have memories that will warm my heart for a lifetime. I will miss everyone, but as I’ve told my students…I’m just down the road if you need me. And I’m sure we’ll see each other around. Keep in touch and I’ll be there to cheer you on!
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Mrs. LeSueur will start sending email announcements about overdue books to Track 1 families this week. Please check your junk mailbox in case notices are misdirected. All Track 1 student's books should be returned by May 25th.

Tracks 2, 3 & 4 will need to return books by June 22nd.

What is Happening in STEM Class?


You may have some questions about Chromebooks at the end of the year. You keep them and take them with you to the next grade. That includes 5th graders going to middle school. If you are leaving WCPSS, then you need to turn them in to the media center.

As always, if something is broken, please let Mrs. LeSueur or Ms. Trent know, so we can get it fixed. If you accidentally have an extra cord from an old Chromebook, please turn that in too.


Tiffany Trent

STEM Teacher/Tech Contact

Laurel Park Elementary School

Attention 5th Grade Families

5th Grade Families - If you want to add pictures of your child for the 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony, please fill out this form.
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PTA Updates and News

PTA Volunteers Needed!

PTA ~ Important Dates to Note

  • June 4th - Kindergarten Playdate (PTA Sponsored)
  • June 10th - Last day to order school supplies (extended)

Box Tops is now mostly digital, one has to download the Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then use the app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will identify Box Tops products on your receipt and automatically credit your school’s earnings online. Twice a year, our school will receive a check.

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

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