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LPES MascotWelcome Kindergarten Families!


Dear Rising Kindergarten Families,

Welcome to Laurel Park Elementary School! We are excited about welcoming our new little penguins to LPES in just a few months. To better prepare you for the upcoming transition, please join us on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, for our annual Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night. We will begin at 6:00 PM in our gym with an informational program, followed by time available to answer frequently asked questions. This event is geared toward parents and childcare will not be provided. Our PTA and other school vendors will also be on hand. 


On Saturday, June 8th, our PTA will host a Kindergarten Playdate on our recess fields from 10:00 to 11:30 am. You do not have to sign up to attend this event. Simply meet us on the field and sign in at the welcome table!


We look forward to supporting your families as you transition to Kindergarten at Laurel Park!



Ms. Charelle Lovett, Principal


Kindergarten Teachers:

  • Track 1: Daniele Gannon, Kelly Greene
  • Track 3: Heather Millsaps, Kristen Roberts
  • Track 4: Melissa McGahey, Wendy Yothers


Kinder orientation, May 29 @ 6 PM


Need Health Plan Support?

Please contact our school nurse, Heide Cassimatis at School nurses in Wake County serve 2-3 schools. Ms. Cassimatis will usually be on campus at least three days week.


Welcome from Mrs. MacEntee, K-2 School Counselor

Hello Families! My name is Caren MacEntee, and I serve as the K-2 school counselor for Laurel Park. I am so excited to welcome our newest penguins to Laurel Park! The school counselor's role is to support all students' social-emotional growth. I provide short-term individual counseling, topic-based small groups and classroom guidance lessons, and consultations with parents & teachers. School counselors support students' transitions, especially at the beginning of the school year, ensuring they adjust well to their new school. Students will see me in the hallways welcoming our new kindergartners. When I am tracked out, our 3-5 grade counselor, Mrs. Truskowski will be available to meet with kindergartner students when needed. 



Highlighted Before and After School/ Track out Childcare Options

In addition to the Taylor YMCA, who serves students on campus at LPES, the following have confirmed that they will be providing before and after care for Laurel Park students for next school year.



Opting in/out of School Communications

I am not receiving messages. How do I sign up?

Parent/Guardian contact information is uploaded from the WCPSS student information system, PowerSchool, each morning. If you are not receiving messages, contact the school to verify and/or update your contact information.


According to the school, my contact information is correct, but I am not receiving messages.


  • If you are not receiving emails and your contact information is correct, you may have accidentally unsubscribed. Email to re-subscribe to messages.

Text Messages

  • You must opt-in to receive text messages. To opt-in, text YES to 67587.
  • You will not receive any text messages from WCPSS if you do not opt-in.

NOTE: The school district does not pay for your text message fees that may be charged for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.


What is a SchoolMessenger parent/guardian account?

 Your SchoolMessenger account is a free and easy way to stay connected with events at your student’s school and WCPSS.

  • Review recent voice, text and email messages sent by the district and your student’s school.
  • View your contact information.
  • Manage your contact preferences.

Visit to create an account. You must use the email address entered in PowerSchool for your student. View SchoolMessenger: Parent Account Setup for step-by-step instructions (English | Spanish).


How do I opt-out of WCPSS messages?

IMPORTANT: If you opt-out from WCPSS text messages or unsubscribe from WCPSS emails, you will no longer receive any messages from your student’s school or from the district.

  • Recommended: Use your SchoolMessenger account to customize your notification preferences and only receive the messages you want.
  • To opt-out of all text messages from SchoolMessenger, visit or text STOP to 67587.
  • To unsubscribe from all emails, click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.


Rising Kinder Playdate, June 8 @ 10 AM


Playdate at Marbles for Rising Kinders

Marbles Museum is hosting its annual kick-off to Kindergarten on Thursday, June 20 from 3-7 PM. Sign up to attend at HTTP://


Family Fun Night @ Salamanders Baseball

The LPES PTA is partnering with the Holly Springs Salamanders. Sunday, June 9th is Family Night. Tickets are $12 per ticket or  $22 for an all-you-can-eat ticket. It is also Princess and Pirates Night and Sunday Funday, where the kids can dress up and run the bases after the game. Purchase tickets at Two dollars of every ticket will go back to the LPES PTA!