Penguin Press News

May 11, 2020


Dear LPE Families,

Thank you for helping make our teachers feel so supported and special during this unusual time of remote learning. Many of the teachers shared examples of encouraging words and generosity of spirit during our PLT meetings this past week. We are truly blessed to serve such an amazing family community.

A few parents have reached out about picking up remaining medications from school.Two systematic medication pick up opportunities were offered to parents earlier in the pandemic. If your family needs to pick up medications, please reach out to our lead receptionist, Lori Baysden at Our entire front office team is trained in medication administration and two members will make themselves available to support your request. Otherwise, medication may remain at school and will be kept locked in our health room cabinets, along with accompanying paperwork.

Do you need to register a child for Kindergarten, but are having trouble accessing the online registration platform? Don't worry, we are here to help! Call or email Elana Murray, our Data Manager, at 919.290.2333, ext. 21289/

*** Kindergarten Track Assignments will be mailed on Friday, May 15th. Thank you!

In this edition of the Penguin Press, you will find the following updates:

  • A few special messages from Ms. Bame and 1st Grade
  • 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony Information
  • Social Emotional resources for students/ families
  • Update from Specialists, including a fun game created by Ms. LeSueur
  • PTA Organized School Supply Orders
  • Art to Remember - Final Update
  • Safety Patrol Applications (rising 4th and 5th)
  • Food Distribution Sites

Please remember it is always best to stay informed. Additional information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be located in the Wake County Public Health Divisions’ website.

Thinking of you,

Mrs. Raleigh G. Bame




May 11th Message from Mrs. Bame
LPES 1st Grade Message


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Our Student Support Team Cares - May 11th Update

In these uncertain times we wanted to make sure to reach out to families. Below you will find a link to resources that the district has put together. We have also included some tips for parents to consider.

Here are some general tips to keep in mind during these weeks at home with your children:

  • Share with children what you’re doing to keep them safe. Help children learn about and practice proactive strategies, such as frequent handwashing, to stay healthy. In addition to promoting healthy practices, this can help them feel a greater sense of control.

  • Come up with fun alternatives to show signs of affection while minimizing the spread of germs. For example, elbow bumps or footshakes.

Click here to access Social Emotional Recommendations and Resources compiled by the district: Link to district resources

Please reach out if you have questions or need support.

Caren MacEntee -

Ashley Waddell -

Amy Hawkins -

Click here to access Social Emotional Recommendations and Resources compiled by the district: Link to district resources

Please reach out if you have questions or need support.

Caren MacEntee -

Ashley Waddell -

Amy Hawkins -

For Parents: Are you feeling a little PARENT Trapped?

Parent Trapped by Common Sense is here.

Many of us at Common Sense are working parents at home with our families. As we talked about how we were all coping, we realized what we really wanted was a way to capture candid stories, recommendations, and tips for maintaining some semblance of "normal" in these very not-normal times.

So, we decided to launch a podcast, which we're calling Parent Trapped. Each episode will feature interviews with experts and tips on everything from making learning at home more fun to finding movies and shows the whole family can enjoy.

The first episode of Parent Trapped is live now.

Updates from the Specialist Team

Join our specialists on Google Meet for a Snack Chat every Monday at 3:00 pm. Get a preview of the week's activities and share your own "stay home" school news!

Google Meet code "lpchat"

Specialists activities for the week of May 11th:

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PTA Organized - School Supply Orders 2020-2021

2020-21 School Supply Packs
It’s that time of year again!


School Supply Packs online ordering is now available! This convenient option ensures your student has all materials needed from grade level school supply lists without the hassle of shopping for each individual item. These kits are specific to Laurel Park and to each grade level. Please order for your student’s rising grade (2020-21 school year)!

First Deadline is May 25, 2020

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Deadline Extended - Safety Patrol Application Process (Rising 4th and 5th Graders)

Dear rising 4th and 5th grade Students and Parents,

We are happy to announce that Laurel Park is accepting Safety Patrol applications for the 2020-2021 school year!

Below is a video introducing Safety Patrol for next year. Please note: I was able to open the video on my phone and PC without issue, but on a MAC I had to first download it and then open/play it.

Safety Patrols are our 4th and 5th graders who assist other Laurel Park Penguins during arrival and dismissal. Their duties include opening and closing car doors during morning carpool, taking students out to the cones for afternoon carpool, holding bus numbers as students get to the right bus, and putting the flag up and down each day.

If selected, your child will be assigned 1-2 positions each week for the semester. These assignments will not change from July-December. We have chosen to do the assignment per semester next year to accommodate families changing schedules (and because we know some students do different activities/sports in the fall versus the spring). Additionally, safety patrol officers get very excited at the beginning of the year and the excitement tends to lessen as the year moves on. On the application, we have asked you to provide all the days your child is available to serve as Safety Patrol and if selected, we will make 1-2 assignments per week for July-December based on the availability you submitted. We will ask for availability again in November/December in order to create a schedule for January-June.

Remember, this assignment will last the entire semester, and it is expected that your child be at their assigned post every week EXCEPT when they are tracked out or sick. Morning duty starts at 8:40 a.m. and afternoon duty will end at approximately 4:05 p.m.

If you are interested, please complete the google form application, which is linked below. It consists of 2 parts. Part 1 - Complete the information page of the application. This allows you to let me know your commitment and availability. Part 2 - Write an essay stating why you would be a good Safety Patrol candidate. YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR SAFETY PATROL UNLESS THIS ESSAY IS SUBMITTED!

Once you have submitted your application and essay, two things will happen. 1) I will be contacting your parent(s) to confirm that they know that you have applied and understand the commitment on your (and their) part if you are selected. And 2) I will be asking your current teacher to complete a Teacher Recommendation form. Teacher recommendations will help to determine who is selected for Safety Patrol.

Please complete this application no later than Friday, May 22nd.

We can’t wait to give our Penguins this exciting leadership opportunity! Safety Patrol members will be notified before the end of this school year through email.

Important points to remember:

  • Safety Patrol lasts for the entire year (assignments are by semester) and will begin the week of July 13th (tracks 1, 2, 3) and August 3rd (track 4).

  • Morning duty begins at 8:40. You cannot be dropped off earlier than 8:40.

  • Afternoon Duty will end by 4:05. You need to be picked up at 4:05

  • Not everyone that applies will be selected.

  • You must show Penguin Pride in all that you do.

I hope you are all safe and healthy and doing well! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at
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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.

Food Distribution Sites Open March 17

With the announcement of school closures from March 16 through at least March 27, we want to inform you of food access options throughout Wake County during these unprecedented times.

A number of schools and community centers will serve as food distribution sites for Wake County families beginning Tuesday, March 17.

  • Families may pick up food at the locations and times indicated below.
  • Food will be distributed by volunteers at curbside to minimize safety concerns.
  • The food will be placed in safe and sanitized food containers.
  • ID is not required to pick up food.

Currently, the following sites will be offering lunch and breakfast for pickup for students aged 18 and under - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, Monday through Friday, beginning March 17:

  • Poe Magnet Elementary School, 400 Peyton St., Raleigh
  • Rogers Lane Elementary School, 201 N. Rogers Lane, Raleigh
  • Creech Road Elementary School, 450 Creech Road, Garner
  • Wendell Middle School, 3409 NC Hwy. 97, Wendell
  • Zebulon Magnet Elementary School, 700 Proctor St., Zebulon
  • Millbrook Magnet Elementary School, 1520 E. Millbrook Dr., Raleigh
  • Briarcliff Elementary School, 1220 Pond St., Cary
  • Pine Acres Community Center, 402 McLean St., Fuquay-Varina
  • PAVE SE Raleigh Charter School, 3420 Idlewood Village Dr., Raleigh
  • Wake County Human Services Northern Regional Center, 350 Holding Ave., Wake Forest
  • Washington Terrace Apartments, 1951 Booker Dr., Raleigh
  • Raleigh Millbank Apartments, 1500 N. Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh
  • The Oaks Apartments, 3911 Water Oak Dr., Raleigh
  • New Hope Village Apartments, 4321 Grandiflora Lane, Raleigh
  • Casa De Luna Apartments, 3918 Bonneville Court, Raleigh
  • Juniper Level Baptist Church, 9104 Sauls Road, Raleigh

Confirmed Community Sites provided by Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church will have lunch for pickup available to any students aged 18 and under:

  • First United Methodist, 117 S. Academy St., Cary, Mon.-Fri., 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Chatham Forest Apartments, 880 Glendale Dr., Cary, Tues. and Thurs., 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p .m.
  • Apex First Baptist, 419 S. Salem St., Apex, Mon. and Wed., 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Arbors at Cary Apartments, 200 Wrenn Dr., Cary, Mon.- Thurs., 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Crosstimber Apartments 900 Golden Horseshoe Cir, Morrisville, NC 27560 - Mon.-Fri. 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Mobile Market Locations and Times is available to all community members:

  • Abundant Life Cathedral, 4400 Old Poole Road, Raleigh, Fourth Saturdays (beginning 3/28/20)., 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Bread for Life Mobile Market at Zebulon Boys & Girls Club, 1320 Shepard School Road, Zebulon, Third Saturdays (beginning 3/21/20) 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Community Helpers Service Center, 111 N. First Ave., Knightdale, Drive-thru, Thursdays (beginning 3/19/20), 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh, Second Saturdays (beginning 4/11/20), 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Praise Temple Mobile Market, 1329, U.S. Hwy 70, Fourth Saturdays (beginning 3/28/20), 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 S. Ave., Wake Forest, Third Tuesdays (beginning 3/17/20), 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.


We are grateful for the outreach from many of our parents and community members asking how they can help. We ask that you take any food donations to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle or Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

If you would like to volunteer to support our work with food access and food security, please fill out this form and we will contact you soon.

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