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Important Dates for the 2015-16 School Year:

We look forward to welcoming your child as a student for the 2015-2016 school year!

Please take note of the following important dates:

First Day of School for students in Grades 1-5 on Tracks 1, 2, & 3:  Tuesday, July 7

Grades 1 - 5 "Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Night" for Parents on Tracks 1, 2, & 3:  

Thursday, July 9, from 5 PM - 7 PM

First Day of School for students in Grades 1-5 on Track 4:  Monday, July 27

Grades 1 - 5 "Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Night" for Parents on Track 4:

Thursday, July 30, from 5 PM - 7 PM

Bus Routes & Bus Stop Safety

-Bus Routes are posted here: *We are down to SIX buses next year! This is a significant change. PLEASE verify your child's bus stop, and let us know if you have questions.


Bus Stop Safety: 

When the bus driver cuts on the red flashing lights and extends the stop arm, motorists will stop. In the new boarding process, students will wait until the crossing control arm fully deploys before leaving their bus stop to board the bus. The new rule: Students wait for the crossing control arm to fully deploy before leaving the sidewalk to board the bus. 

Support the Laurel Park Friendship/Social Committee for Staff:

Do you think your teacher works WAY TOO HARD?  Well, I have an answer... CANDY!!  Will you or your business help the Friendship Committee reward the efforts of our AMAZING LP teachers throughout this year by donating one of these items:

-Fun-size candy bars/M&M's/healthy snacks or Hershey Kisses

-Gift cards to local restaurants, Starbucks, Target or Wal-Mart, dollar store, etc.

-Think of all the school supplies a teacher can purchase with a gift card just $5.00 or how enthusiastic your teacher will be with a Starbucks coffee?

Send the items with a note attached for the Friendship Committee/Suzanne Zaccardo. A HUGE Thank you from the staff at Laurel Park Elementary!

Parent Copy Crew

Interested in volunteering but don't have much time?  Want to give your child's and other teachers more time to focus on teaching?  Enjoy working on measurable tasks and putting them on the completed list?

If YES, Join the Copy Crew at Laurel Park!

For less than an hour a week, you can offer an incredible service to a teacher by making copies!  Days needed: Tuesday and Thursday, No experience required, only two copiers to master.  Come and learn more on Tuesday, July 14th  at 9:30 am in the cafeteria.  Interested but can't make the meeting, contact Denise Magnani at

Single Subject Acceleration: Nomination and Testing Windows

The nomination window for Single Subject Acceleration for the 2015-2016 school year has closed.

Parent Information Session- Flyer (

Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) is the practice of assigning a student to a higher-grade level than is typical, given the student's age, for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities.  SSA is an accelerative practice that allows students to show mastery of the content of a course without having taken the course.  For example, a parent could nominate his/her child to skip a grade level of content in either Language Arts OR Mathematics.

Nomination and Testing Windows


Nomination Window

Testing Window

Track 1

 April 7 - 20

 April 28 - May 4

Track 2

 April 15 - 28

 May 6 - May 12

Track 3

 April 10 - May 18

 May 27 - June 2

Track 4

 May 5 - May 18

 May 27 - June 2

*Parents, please visit the SSA website for more information:

School Progress Report

WCPSS has developed a School Progress Report to provide parents with multiple layers of data regarding the academic performance of students and the learning climate at Laurel Park Elementary.  Please use the link below to access the information in this School Progress Report based on results from the 2013-2014 school year: 

Inclement Weather Notifications

Parents: For information about inclement weather decisions and to sign-up for email alerts visit:

Live Bus Updates from WCPSS

Here's how it works: When we know that a bus is running late, using a substitute driver or experiencing any incident that would result in a change in service, we'll report it here. We can only report information that we know. ( As a school, we make every effort to notify parents of late buses via our email notification system. If you are not already signed up for email updates, consider signing up for them here. (

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Birthday Wishes- All In Good Health:

We all love celebrating kids' birthdays - there's no doubt about that. But a school birthday celebration doesn't need to involve cupcakes or other unhealthy foods.


Many families have multiple birthday parties as they celebrate on their own on the actual birthday, with extended family and with their children's friends. Additionally, many students in any given class have birthdays in the same week and sometimes on the same day! That's a lot of cake, cupcakes and ice cream. Plus, many children have food allergies and other health conditions that can cause them to feel left out of such celebrations.

So perhaps the school birthday celebration, if there is to be one at all, should focus on the birthday girl or boy, rather than food. Here are a few fun ideas to celebrate birthdays in the classroom:


  1. Join the Celebration Book Club! This program allows families to donate a book to our school's library in celebration of their children's birthdays.
  2. Donate items to add to your child's classroom recess bag. Supplies for indoor or outdoor recess would be appreciated by your child's classmates.
  3. Contact your child's teacher to learn about other acceptable ways to celebrate in her classroom.

Volunteers for 2015-2016!

Reactivation for Continuing Volunteers for 2015-2016:

All volunteers approved for the 2014-2015 school year MUST reactivate as a volunteer no later than 4 PM on October 30,2015.  Volunteers may go to any WCPSS site and register.  After October 30, 2015, individuals previously approved may not volunteer without a new criminal record check. The volunteer system is open daily for reactivation from July 6, 2015, through October, 30, 2015.

New Volunteers for 2015-16:

Any new volunteer applicants for the 2015-2016 school year must register and have an approved criminal record check prior to engaging in volunteer work.  Applicants may register at any WCPSS site.  The volunteer system will be open daily for registration from July 6, 2015, through October 30, 2015.  From November 2, 2015 through April 29, 2016, the volunteer system will only be open on Mondays from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.  However, the system will be closed on the following Mondays: 12/21/2015, 12/28/2015, and 1/18/2016.  

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