Penguin Press News

October 19, 2020


Dear LPE Families,

The LPE Staff family has been preparing for 40% of our students to return to the building on October 26th. In this newsletter you will find several items that are very important for you to review, regardless of your child's platform. As a community, we are going to need to work together to support the transitions our children will experience in the coming months. On December 2nd, WCPSS will survey elementary parents about their intentions for the spring semester. At that time parents will be able to elect to stay in our Virtual Academy or return to school. No matter what, we need families to remain flexible, as teacher assignments are likely to change if our Virtual Academy and Plan B numbers increase or decrease significantly. We will keep you updated along the way. Thank you!

Kind Regards,
Mrs. Raleigh Bame, Principal

Mr. Adam Barabasz, Assistant Principal

PLAN B Families:

Review the Student Accountability Packet:

Plan B 2nd Quarter Schedule:

Guidance for Return

Virtual Academy (VA) Families:

Google Meet Recordings at LPE

If a parent requests a Google Meet be recorded because of an expected absence or extenuating circumstances, the parent needs to notify the teacher at least 24 hours in advance to record the direct instruction of a mini lesson. Classroom families who have an opt-out form on file will be notified.

  • Parent Opt-Out form attached at the bottom of this newsletter.

Schedule for 2nd Quarter

All Families:

  • If you were not able to come pick up materials on our Supply Pick Up Days, please contact 919.290.2333 and make an appointment to pick up your child's packet.
  • For the 2nd Quarter, WCPSS has added asynchronous learning Wednesdays for any weeks that do not already have a holiday or Remote Learning Day scheduled. Dates: October 21st, October 28th, November 3rd, November 18th, December 2nd, December 16th. Buses will NOT run on these days - students are at home.

Please note the following dates:

  • October 21st - Asynchronous Remote Learning Wednesday (all recorded instruction)
  • October 23rd - Report cards emailed home
  • October 26th - Plan B, cohort A returns (B/C remote)
  • October 28th - Asynchronous Remote Learning Wednesday (all recorded instruction)
  • November 2nd - Plan B, cohort B returns (A/C remote)
  • November 3rd - Asynchronous Remote Learning Day/ Election Day (all recorded instruction)
  • November 9th - Plan B, cohort C returns (A/B remote)
  • November 16th - All K-3 plan B students return, 4/5 return in cohorts (details to come)
  • November 18th - Asynchronous Remote Learning Wednesday (all recorded instruction)
  • November 11th - Holiday (no school)
  • November 23rd/ 24th - Synchronous Remote Learning Day - (LIVE Instruction on this day, students not at school, both VA and Plan B are remote)
  • November 25th - 27th - Holiday (no school)
  • December 2nd: Asynchronous Remote Learning Wednesday (all recorded instruction)
  • December 16th: Asynchronous Remote Learning Wednesday (all recorded instruction)
  • December 21st/ 22nd: Synchronous Remote Learning Day (LIVE Instruction on this day, students not at school, both VA and Plan B are remote)
  • December 23rd - January 1st - Winter Holiday

Preparing to Return - Plan B

Return to School Plan B

Health and Safety Measures - Plan B

Health and Safety Measures - PLAN B

School Management Procedures - Plan B

School Management Procedures - Plan B

Schedules and Calendars (VA/Plan B)

Schedules and Calendars Take 2

2nd Quarter Specials Supplies - Plan B

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A Message from the LPE Student Support Team

Welcome back, Plan B students!!

We are so excited to see our Plan B, Cohort 1 students beginning next week! For all three cohorts, we understand your child may be experiencing a wide range of feelings, especially this year with such an extended time away from in-person school. Over the next month, as these students return to instruction in the school building, a Care Team will be present at carpool & the bus loop to welcome them and provide emotional support, as needed. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have specific concerns about your child’s transition.

Caren MacEntee, Counselor,

Ashley Waddell, Counselor,

Dr. Amy Hawkins, School Psychologist,

Rick Mendzef, Social Worker,

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Reflections Art Contest

What is Reflections?
Reflections is an annual extracurricular art competition sponsored by PTA councils across the county. Students create art work around a theme and submit a piece (or pieces) for judging. A select number of projects from Laurel Park will be submitted to Wake County PTA Reflections for judging at the county level.

More information can be found on the Laurel Park PTA website
If you have any questions or need assistance with art supplies for the Reflections project, please contact Julie Jaquillard at All entries are DUE by OCTOBER 23, 2020.

Space Station Conservation Livestream Special

Laurel Park PTA is bringing all students the Space Station Conservation Livestream Special assembly! This is a 35-minute show that presents a virtual lesson in energy efficiency for grades K-6. Through an interactive web platform, a live host will introduce entertaining sketches featuring a variety of characters in professionally filmed scenes from our live theatrical productions – and guide students to participate in a discussion on resources and energy conservation. Students will also have access to a Q&A with the host.

Livestream Date: October 16, 2020
Stream Start Times:
8:15 AM (K-2) 9:15 AM (3-5)

More information with how to access the program will be sent out closer to October 16.
If you have any questions about this assembly, please contact Julie Jaquillard at

IBMA Virtual Bluegrass Assembly

IBMA Bluegrass (virtual) assembly for grades 3-5 presented by The United Arts Council

School: Laurel Park Elementary

Artist: Hank, Pattie & the Current

Date: Tuesday, October 20 at 9:35-9:55 am (5th grade), 11:00-11:20 am (4th grade), 2:55-3:15 pm (3rd grade)Format: three 20-minute conversations about bluegrass music

Grades: 3rd, 4th and 5th graders

Hank, Pattie and the Current

from Raleigh, NC

Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw are old friends and serve as the core of this progressive bluegrass band. They both love the old tunes and traditional sound, but trained as classical musicians and have since branched out in new directions. In this short set recorded in downtown Raleigh you'll hear echoes of JS Bach and Bill Monroe. We recorded this set under a new art installation that's in front of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

NOTES: Hank and Pattie are both music teachers and work as full-time musicians. Each instrument in this recording have very distinctive parts and there are lots of solos to show off the range of the musicians and their instruments.

Laurel Park is one of ten elementary schools in Wake County that will get a virtual visit from a bluegrass band participating in the 2020 World of Bluegrass, an annual event presented by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Our school will enjoy a performance by Hank, Pattie & the Current followed by a live virtual conversation with the musicians about the bluegrass tradition. This performance is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County in partnership with Wake County Public School System, Wake County, PineCone, the International Bluegrass Music Association, and the IBMA Foundation.

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:

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Curbside library book service is going great! Please keep an eye on your email where you will get notifications about books your student may have requested (also check your junk mailbox.) We have circulated 1,200 books since the end of August!

More information about curbside service is at

If parents would like to check out using their own library account, just email Mrs. LeSueur with your name, student's name and phone #. She will create a parent account for you.

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!