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Volunteers Needed to Prep for Creative Arts Night!

"Dear Families: Our art teacher, Mrs. McClelland, is preparing for the annual art show, Creative Arts Night.  She needs at least one parent or grandparent to volunteer to hang the artwork for our class in late April, early May.  If you would be willing to help with this event, please click on this link to sign up. Link is: Thank you very much!"

Sign Up Genius Link for Homeroom Help C.A.N. 2015

Eat A Rainbow: Volunteers Needed!

Our popular "Eat A Rainbow" activity is quickly approaching! This activity will occur on March 31st for students on tracks 1, 2, & 3 and March 27th for students on track 4. Volunteers are needed to ensure the success of this event. Parents can participate by donating produce or volunteering their time to prep and/or serve the fresh fruits and veggies to students! Interested parents, should contact Meredith Chappell at or sign up to help on March 31 at or on March 27 at

4th Grade Music Classes to be featured on UNC-TV

The North Carolina Now program will be featuring students from Laurel Park Elementary as they prepare for and attend their North Carolina Symphony education concert! The episodes are scheduled to be on UNC-TV on March 25 and 27 (2 separate episodes) at 7:30PM. The first piece featuring our students will air on March 25 and the trip to the symphony will air March 27. 

Boosterthon Counting Volunteers Needed!

Parents: With Boosterthon completed for most tracks, donations are now being collected. 

The LPE PTA is looking for a few volunteers to assist with the collection, counting and entry of the donations. There are three different days to choose from. 

Visit to sign up to help out!

Thanks for your support!

Field Day

Field Day is coming soon! Click here to volunteer! 

Apr. 24- Tracks 1 & 2; May 15- Tracks 3 & 4

10:00- 12:00- Grades 3-5; 1:00- 3:00- Grades K-2

Make Up School Days
WCPSS has designated the following schedule for make up school days:

Track 1 and Track 3
Friday, March 6 -- extended to a full day
Friday, April 17 -- extended to a full day
Saturday, May 16 -- school will operate on a half-day schedule (12:45 pm dismissal)
Saturday, May 30 -- school will operate on a normal weekday schedule (3:45 pm dismissal)

Track 2:  Friday, April 17 -- extended to a full day

Track 4
Friday, March 6 -- extended to a full day
Saturday, May 16 -- school will operate on a half-day schedule (12:45 pm dismissal)
Saturday, May 30 -- school will operate on a normal weekday schedule (3:45 pm dismissal)

Single Subject Acceleration: Nomination and Testing Windows

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.

What is the process for Single Subject Acceleration?

Parents can get a nomination form from their school or through the online site listed below.  Once nominated, you will be contacted by your school to talk further about the assessment process and the program's logistics.

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 below website for more information:

Boosterthon 2015!


The Boosterthon Fun Run program involves all students in a fun, team building, fitness event while helping our school raise much-needed funds. The central focus of this year's character program is COMMUNITY. Throughout the program, our Boosterthon Team will take students on a fun-filled journey teaching them the importance of building community with this fun, music festival theme. 

Our entire school is raising support to go toward better technology and outdoor improvements at our school. 

Here's how you can help:

  • REGISTER YOUR STUDENT- To log in pledges, please register your child on using your class access code. Students receive a FREE GIFT just by having their parent or guardian register them on
  • GET PLEDGES by connecting your student with 10 sponsors. You can also use social media in the pledging process and pay online--all of this is on Be sure to capture and record the e-mail address of each sponsor, as they will have an easy opportunity to pay for your student's pledge by credit card online.
Track 1- Thursday, April 2 -- 9:30-10:30 AM

Remember, students will be running 30-35 laps, and your child would love to have lots of support for his/her team!

Thank you for supporting our school!


Running Club for students in grades K-2 is going to begin on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.  It will run for 6 weeks with 2 rain dates built in at the end.  The meeting time will be Tuesdays from 3:45-5:00.  (Please be there to pick up your child at 5:00.)  You can sign your child up on our school website or by clicking on the link below.  After signing your child up please print out the confirmation letter and send it to your child's classroom teacher. Please do so no later than Tuesday March 10, 2015.  Please look on the school website or read the penguin press for more information.  I look forward to working with all the children and getting to meet all of their parents.  If you are willing to volunteer please note that when you sign up your child.  If you have any questions contact me at  

Meeting Dates: March 17, 24, 31; April 7,14,21 Rain dates April 28 and May 5.   K-2 Running Club Sign Up:

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:

Wake Up and Read Book Drive - Thank you!

Laurel Park students and families did an amazing job supporting the recent Wake Up and Read book drive!  Laurel Park collected over 10,000 books -- double our initial goal!  The compassion and willingness to support others will make a direct impact in the community.  Thank you so much for this work!

Science Club Registration is Open!

New this year... slime, volcanoes, rockets and animals... an After School Science Club at Laurel Park lead by Science Fun For Everyone!  The club will be held in room # 1305 immediately after school.  No need to transport your child as they will go to the club immediately after school.  The club will be held every Wednesday, form 3:45 - 5:00 pm for 6 weeks, with new science themes each week.  The cost is $99 for the 6 week block and you can register or get more information online at

Creative Arts Night 2015

We will be holding our Annual Creative Arts Night for ALL TRACKS on May 15, 2015! This spring evening event showcases our visual art and music programs, accompanied by student musicians performing in the hallways. Come and enjoy the sounds of live music as you and your family stroll the hallways and enjoy our arts activities.

Date: May 15th, 2015

Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Mrs. McClelland is looking for individuals to lead art stations at Fine Arts Night in May. If you are an artist, designer, architect, or work in a fine arts related profession please consider sharing your wealth of knowledge with us! If you have an idea for a fun, interactive art station for children ages 3-12, I would love to hear your ideas. Please email  

VOLUNTEERS: If you have time and would like to volunteer in the art room or assist with Fine Arts Night preparation, I would really appreciate the help.

  • February: I will need parents to help make signs for Fine Arts Night and to help glue recently finished art to a background mat and add a nametag.  
  • Student Handprints: I will print student handprints this semester for all new students and children who missed their handprint in July.  When a parent is able to assist from 8:30-9:30 it makes the process a lot easier and I'm able to help more students each session.
  • March: I am tracked out with Track 1.
  • April: Volunteers will be needed to hang teacher signs and prepare the wall in the teacher's area for the show. We will need one parent for each homeroom to hang artwork in late April, early May.
  • May 1-May 15: setting up flat art and 3D art displays for each homeroom teacher, setting up interactive stations for the kids.

Mrs. Sonstroem is looking for student musicians to perform at these events again this year. All LPES students (grades K-5) are welcome to sign up for a 10-minute time slot to play an instrument they study privately (such as violin, cello, piano, guitar, flute, etc.). Please note that if your child plays piano, please sign up for theFront Foyer or Music Hallway station. A piano will be provided at those locations. Sign up here:

As always, thank you for your participation and support of our LPES Arts Programs!

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.

2014-15 Volunteers!

New Volunteers for 2014-15:

Any new volunteer applicants for the 2014-2015 school year must register and have an approved criminal record check prior to engaging in volunteer work.  From November 3, 2014, through May 18, 2015, the volunteer system will only be open on Mondays from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. 

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