Penguin Press News

October 5, 2020


Dear LPE Families,

Happy fall track out!

While our students and teachers are enjoying a well-deserved break, many of our eleven and twelve month staff members are busy working on plans to support our Plan B students returning to school at the end of this month. Please take a moment to review these important planning notes:

  • Laurel Park staff members and teachers will continue to put student wellness first, model appropriate safety behaviors during remote and face to face instruction, and communicate with parents weekly. We will also take care of our staff family and ensure that staff wellness is prioritized during this time of uncertainty.

  • Requests for fall Virtual Academy or fall Plan B changes will be denied. All of our instructional planning for this semester is based on what families decided in August.

  • The District will be allowing another period in October to make final determinations regarding plans for the Spring semester, which begins after the January track-out. You will be allowed to opt-in or out of whatever plan you selected previously.

  • Cohort assignments will be emailed this Wednesday, October 7th. As noted above, we are not able to make changes to cohorts. Please remember that K-3 cohorts will be short-term (three weeks).

  • 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. The first asynchronous Remote Learning Wednesday will be October 21st. Once our county finalizes updated calendars they will be shared.

  • Strategic adjustments to our daily remote learning schedule are being made to ensure alignment with our face to face daily learning schedule. With many of our staff members having to teach both online and face to face, changes could not be avoided. We appreciate your understanding during this challenging planning time.

Please note the following dates:

  • October 1st - October 16th - fall track out
  • October 19th - First day back from track out/ Penguin Press
  • October 21st - Remote Learning Wednesday (all recorded instruction)
  • October 23rd - Report cards emailed home
  • October 26th - Plan B, cohort A returns (B/C remote)
  • November 2nd - Plan B, cohort B returns (A/C remote)
  • November 3rd - Remote Learning 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 11th - Holiday (no school)
  • November 25th - 27th - Holiday (no school)
  • December 23rd - January 1st - Winter Holiday

As always, thank you for continuing to support our school during these challenging times!

Kind Regards,

Raleigh Bame, Principal

Adam Barabasz, Assistant Principal

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Happy Fall from Student Services

We hope your family has a restful and relaxing track-out! Our Student Support Staff will be working and available to support families over track-out. If you or your child(ren) have concerns or needs during this time, please feel free to reach out to us!

Caren MacEntee, Counselor,

Ashley Waddell, Counselor,

Dr. Amy Hawkins, School Psychologist,

Rick Mendzef, Social Worker,

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.

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View the 2020-21 LPES Instructional Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: Instructional blocks will be a mix of live and recorded sessions. Laurel Park teachers will communicate more details about the grade level schedule during the first two weeks of school (orientation).

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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!