Penguin Press News

January 30, 2023

A Message from Principal Bame

Dear Laurel Park Families,

Last Tuesday, we enjoyed an excellent turnout for our Science Fair Family Night. Our community came to support our young scientists in a way that exceeded our expectations. Next year, we will have to consider a larger space!

Let's keep up this amazing momentum by joining us for these upcoming events:

  • Book Fair, March 1st - 15th
  • STEAM Night, March 9th
  • Rising Kindergarten Parent Orientation, May 9th
  • PTA Family Fun Night (Date, TBA)

This is a great time to complete the WCPSS volunteer clearance process, if you have not done so already.

As a friendly reminder:

  • This is a great time to remind students to silence wearable technology and phones during the school day. All technology should be on airplane mode or turned off during school hours (9:15 am - 3:45 pm)
  • Please send your child (no matter what grade) to school with an extra set of clothes, in case they need it during the day.
  • We expect our students will deal with colds and viral infections throughout the winter months. Please review the WCPSS return to school policies.
  • Please make sure to send your child to school with a healthy snack every day. Teachers also welcome snack donations for those who may forget to bring snack.
  • All clothing and personal items should be labeled with your child's first and last names.

As always, we appreciate your partnership and support!

Mrs. Raleigh Bame, Principal

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Positivity Trait of the Week:

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LPES Teacher Spotlight (M. Hurley)

2023-24 Track Change Request:

STEAM Night is Coming - Help Needed!

Dear Parents,

STEAM Night is on March 9, 2023 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. STEAM Night is designed to celebrate and inspire students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Our goal is to provide an array of hands-on-activities and demonstrations for students and their families to explore, engage in, and learn from.

We’re looking for individuals/groups/businesses to provide activities to showcase STEAM related jobs during STEAM Night. These activities should be interactive and if possible, hands-on.

If you’re interested in coming out that night and sharing your knowledge and expertise, please let me know by email Please fill out this form to tell us more about how you would like to participate: Please let us know as soon as possible.


Laurel Park Elementary MTAC Committee

Please contact Tiffany Trent ( or Alison LeSueur ( if you have any questions.

Sick Child? WCPSS Return to School Guidelines:

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SIGN UP - February Staff Snack Cart

The PTA will have the next snack cart on Tuesday February 14.

We have a permanent link for the sign up genius

February Snack Cart

Thanks so much for all your donations to support our staff in January - they greatly appreciate it! Every month the PTA Hospitality Committee gathers donations to shower our teachers and support staff with some yummy snacks and drinks in gratitude for all they do for our kids. We are still working to restock our shelves - we put the most requested items on the list.

Our next snack cart is on Tuesday February 14th. Please send food and drink donations directly to the school or drop them off no later than Monday February 13th If you're interested in what is easily the BEST volunteer experience with the PTA, please reach out to Jenny Midgley

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The Book Fair is coming in March! We are so excited to be able to have an in person book fair again! Being in person also takes a bit of help, so please keep an eye out for volunteer signups and make sure that you have been cleared to volunteer by the front office.

2022-23 Year Round Calendar

Review your child's track in and out days here.

School Meal Information

Sign up for a My School Bucks account, check menus, and review meal pricing at this link.

2022-23 Laurel Park Bus Routes

Every year WCPSS adjusts bus routes. Please double check your child's assigned bus stops prior to the first day of school. Ensure your student knows how to get home.

2022-23 WCPSS Bus Ridership Information

Sign up for bus ridership, download the GPS finder for buses, and more.

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.

Grocery Store Rewards Cards

Laurel Park Community Calendar

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