Penguin Press

-an electronic newsletter from LPES, December 15, 2016

STEAM Night Presenters Wanted!

We are gearing up for our 2017 STEAM Night! If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this great event by serving as a presenter or by helping our committee coordinate and plan, please contact Renee White at Thank you!

STEAM- Science - Technology - Engineering- Art- Math

Spirit Week: December 19-21

Monday, 12/19- Sports Day

Tuesday, 12/20- Crazy Sock Day

Wednesday, 12/21- Crazy Hair Day

Illustration by Sonya; Flyer by Emma; Spirit Week by our Laurel Park Student Council

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School Spirit Skate at Jellybeans!!

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5th Grade Readers Wanted!

The American Library Association youth media awards committees select the annual winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King awards among many others. Join Mrs. Z in a two-meeting book club to discuss and predict the winner of the Newbery award which will be announced on January 23. Learn More!

Tours for Prospective Families

Do you have a rising kindergartner or know someone who is interested in sending their children to Laurel Park next year? If so, please encourage them to sign up for a school tour! Thank you!

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Lufkin Road Middle School- Open House for Rising 6th Graders

Lufkin Road Middle School's Open House for rising 6th grade students will be held on Thursday, January 19th at 6:00pm. Please contact Ron Perrin at or 919-363-1078 f you have any questions or concerns.

Salem Middle Expo Night

Salem invites all families interested in Salem Middle to join us on 1/17/17 at 6:30. The Expo will be an informative session that highlights the awesome clubs, activities, and happenings at Salem Middle. We look forward to meeting you. Flyer

Support a Classroom Via Donor's Choose!

Currently, Mrs. Decker, Mrs. Sonstroem, & Ms. Millsaps have projects posted.
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Visit to share or contribute to our teachers' projects!


Thank you for supporting our Box Tops for Education program! We have done really good so far this school year. We should get a check in December for a little over $1,300. Some of that was from the end of last school year and then some from this school year. They send checks out in April and December. The submission deadlines for each check are Feb 28 & Oct 31 so be sure to get your box tops turned in by at least the first of Feb & first of Oct. They do have expiration dates and cannot be sent in if they have already expired. I normally collect them the first week of each month. If the box top does not have an expiration date on it then it is not an actual box top. So be sure you can see the expiration date and that it is not expired. Also you can trim them right around the pink dotted line. The less excess around the edges the lighter it will weigh and cost less to mail. That means more money for the school to keep in the end!

Monthly winners so far this year: July - Decker, August - Butler, and Sept/Oct - Murphy.

Don't forget that the class on each track that collects the most for the whole year gets a pizza party the last week of school.

Jenni Ross, Laurel Park PTA

Global Student Voice

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Visit to sign up or learn more.

Order a Yearbook!

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Visit to place your yearbook order.

Download the ReplayIt App and Contribute to our Yearbook!

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Visit to download the app.

Every Minute Counts!

Hello Laurel Park Families! I am your School Social Worker, Niti Wade. My role is to connect families to community resources and to monitor school-wide attendance. Daily attendance for the entire instructional day is critical to our students' success. Overall, our school has a high rate of daily attendance. Thank you for sending your child to school every day - ready to learn! However, we do have an issue that has recently come to light. Many students are being checked out early on a regular basis. This causes disruptions to our classrooms and can negatively impact instruction. Thank you for considering the frequency and urgency of early dismissals. Additionally, thank you for understanding that early dismissals should occur prior to 3:20PM. Thank you for helping us maintain a stellar learning environment for our students.

PTA Website

Have you checked out the new PTA website? There is a ton of great info out there! You can get there through the LPES website or by clicking below.

Important Dates:

12/22-1/2- Winter Break

1/14- Spirit Skate at Jelly Beans, 5:15-7PM

1/23- Cultural Arts Performances, during the school day, Sponsored by our PTA

1/27- Report Card Day, Track 4

2/10- Early Release Day, 1:15

2/17- Family Fun Night , 5:30-8PM