Panther Press for November 28, 2021

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Panther Press for November 28, 2021 Masks On the School Bus

Face masks continue to be required while riding on the school bus.  Please ensure your child has a mask on before they ride the bus to school.  If you do not have a mask for your student and need one, please reach out to the main office at 703-914-6900. 

Building Relationships this School Year: Spanish Session November 30

Thank you to all of our Parklawn family members who joined us for our Family Learning Series, “Building Relationships this School Year”. Participants were able to see the great work of our counselors, Ms. Fobert and Ms. Sharpton, as they support students with successful strategies at school. Our counselors will host this session once again on Tuesday, November 30 from 7-8 pm. Spanish interpretation will be provided. A zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting.

Positivity Project for 11/28-12/4: Kindness

WHAT DOES KINDNESS MEAN?

You are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people.

Family Chat:

How does being kind help you better understand others?

Share a time when you were kind to someone or someone was kind to you. How did it make you feel?

What are some ways that you can encourage kindness in your community?

"Be Kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

                    ~ The Dalai Lama

Upcoming Dates

12/13: Pajama Day and Virtual Snuggle Up and Read Night!

12/15: AAP Level IV Referrals due

12/20-12/31: Winter Break

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Attendance: ParklawnES.Attendance@fcps.edu | Web | Twitter

Panther Press for November 21, 2021

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Panther Press for November 21, 2021 Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving quickly came upon us! Thanksgiving break is Wednesday, November 24 – Friday, November 26. We would like to wish our entire Parklawn family a Happy Thanksgiving! When we take time for reflection and celebration over this holiday break, you are all among our list of gratitude. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

No Covid-19 Screening Testing November 23

As of November 15, Longview International Technology Solutions (LTS) is providing voluntary COVID-19 screening testing for unvaccinated students (opted in by parents) at most school locations. Due to the shortened school week, COVID testing for students on November 22 and 23 will be cancelled.  We will continue with our optional screening testing on Tuesday, November 30.

Building Relationships this School Year: Spanish Session November 30

Thank you to all of our Parklawn family members who joined us for our Family Learning Series, “Building Relationships this School Year”. Participants were able to see the great work of our counselors, Ms. Fobert and Ms. Sharpton, as they support students with successful strategies at school. Our counselors will host this session once again on Tuesday, November 30 from 7-8 pm. Spanish interpretation will be provided. A zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting.

Pajama Day and Snuggle Up and Read Night is December 13!

We are excited for our Parklawn tradition of Pajama Day and a Virtual Snuggle Up and Read Night! Join us on Wednesday, December 8 from 6:30-7:30 pm! Wear your favorite pajamas and log on to visit with Parklawn family members and staff to enjoy some wonderful stories! In celebration of Snuggle Up and Read Night, children may wear their pajamas to school and will participate in a book give away - receiving a free book of their own! Stay tuned for more information to join in our reading event via zoom!

Reminder: Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to  Ms. Fink, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher,  no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they are submitted to the central selection committee by emailing Ms. Eleanor Fink, edfink@fcps.edu.  Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Parklawn Elementary.

Upcoming Dates

11/22: Picture Day

11/24-11/28: Thanksgiving Break

12/13: Pajama Day and Virtual Snuggle Up and Read Night!

12/15: AAP Level IV Referrals due

12/20-12/31: Winter Break

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

Attendance: ParklawnES.Attendance@fcps.edu | Web | Twitter

Panther Press for November 14, 2021

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Panther Press for November 14, 2021 Reminder! Join us tomorrow night! “Building Strong Relationships this School Year”

Many of our students have not been in school for quite some time. Our counselors, Jamie Fobert and Mo Sharpton,  would like to share how they are teaching and reinforcing relationship skills, conflict resolution skills and coping strategies. We hope you can join us via zoom on Monday, November 15 at 7 pm. Link will be sent prior to the meeting!

Turkey Trot is Back!

This year, our students will again be participating in the annual Parklawn Turkey Trot.  On November 17th, each grade level PreK-5th grade will have a 20minute fun run on our track.  Please remind your student to dress appropriately for the weather and to wear their running shoes on the 17th.    Please note, due to COVID safety protocols, we will not being having visitors join us for the turkey trot this year.

November 19: Mismatch Day!

Friday, November 19 is a Parklawn Spirit Day! Our SCA (Student Council Association) met and voted on the theme of Mismatch Day! Parklawn Panthers, show your spirit! Wear mismatched clothing to school!

Fall Picture Day is Almost Here!

Life Touch Pictures will be here Monday, November 22 for our rescheduled Fall Picture Day. Picture day flyers have been sent in Tuesday folders. For those who have not placed an order and would like to do so, you may send in the envelope or order on line. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student’s teacher or Ann Lewis in the main office.

FCPS Employee Awards

Each year FCPS recognizes and honors outstanding employees in a variety of positions with the employee awards program. Both staff and parents are welcome to nominate an employee who they believe meets the criteria and goes above and beyond the call of duty.

If you are interested in nominating a Parklawn employee for an award, please use the Google form link here: https://forms.gle/BY3Jm2PHzSMrQQNS8 to review the criteria and share why you think they deserve the award. Please submit your nomination by Friday, November 19 at 5 pm. Submissions or questions can be emailed to the school awards liaison, Rachel Zamudio at rhzamudio@fcps.edu

Award Categories

Outstanding Teacher 

Outstanding New Teacher

Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Leader 

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Outstanding Operational Employee

Positivity Project for November 14 – November 20: Gratitude

WHAT DOES GRATITUDE MEAN?

You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

Family Chat

Why is gratitude important?

How does gratitude impact our relationships?

What are five things that you are grateful for?

What are some things, people, or places that make you happy?

How does it make you feel when you recognize the things around you that make you happy?

What is one way that you can show gratitude every day?

 

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart not the mind.“ - LIONEL HAMPTON Message from the PTA

Join us for our November PTA meeting on Thursday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m. We’ll hear updates on activities being planned and hear from Principal Forgy. Click this link to join the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7200694134?pwd=WHg3VDhSSExISy9QckZMNEorNEVhQT09

Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 15: Family Learning Series: via zoom, 7 pm

Wednesday, November 17: Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 18: November PTA Meeting (virtual) 7 pm

Monday, November 22: Fall Picture Day

Wednesday, November 24 – Friday, November 26: Thanksgiving Holiday

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

Attendance: ParklawnES.Attendance@fcps.edu | Web | Twitter

Panther Press for November 7, 2021

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Panther Press for November 7 2021 Don’t Forget! Daylight Savings Time Ended!

Daylight Saving Time concludes at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, when the clock “falls back” one hour and in theory we get one extra hour of sleep. Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour? It will start to become darker a little earlier at the end of our day!

November 11: Veterans Day and Early Release for Students

Thursday, November 11 is Veterans Day. This is a holiday honoring men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. In celebrating this important day, Parklawn will have a Red/White/Blue spirit day! We invite all Panthers to wear red, white, and blue to school! We will have a special presentation on the morning news that day. We will also have a school-wide letter-writing event for children to write thank you letters for veterans.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the veterans in our Parklawn Family for your service!

Children Ages 5-11 Now Eligible to VaxUP

This week we reached a milestone in our collective effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Children ages 5-11 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Community clinics and local pediatricians will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 very soon. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities will be available on our website

We asked local pediatricians to talk with us about some of the questions families have about the vaccine. In this short video  we learn how the vaccine works and its safety.

Positivity Project for November 7 – November 13: Bravery

WHAT DOES BRAVERY MEAN?

You act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary.

Family Chat:

What is something that makes you feel scared or nervous?

Name a time when you, or someone you know, showed bravery. How did the person feel?

Trying something new can be scary, and that’s okay. What does your body feel like when you are not yet ready to try something new?

What does your body feel like when you are ready to try something new?

How do you, or someone you know, show everyday bravery?

How can bravery impact a group of people?

“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”

-EMMA DONOGHUE

Family Learning Series: “Building Strong Relationships this School Year”

Many of our students have not been in school for quite some time. Our counselors, Jamie Fobert and Mo Sharpton,  would like to share how they are teaching and reinforcing relationship skills, conflict resolution skills and coping strategies. We hope you can join us via zoom on Monday, November 15 at 7 pm. Link will be sent prior to the meeting!

FCPS Employee Awards

Each year FCPS recognizes and honors outstanding employees in a variety of positions with the employee awards program. Both staff and parents are welcome to nominate an employee who they believe meets the criteria and goes above and beyond the call of duty.

If you are interested in nominating a Parklawn employee for an award, please use the Google form link here: https://forms.gle/BY3Jm2PHzSMrQQNS8 to review the criteria and share why you think they deserve the award. Please submit your nomination by Friday, November 19 at 5 pm. Submissions or questions can be emailed to the school awards liaison, Rachel Zamudio at rhzamudio@fcps.edu .

Award Categories

Outstanding Teacher 

Outstanding New Teacher

Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Leader 

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Outstanding Operational Employee

Upcoming Dates

November 1 and 2: Teacher Work Days; NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Wednesday, November 3: First Day of Second Marking Period; Virtual FLE Preview Night

Thursday, November 11: Veteran’s Day; 2 Hour Early Dismissal

Monday, November 15: Family Learning Series: via zoom, 7 pm

Thursday, November 18: November PTA Meeting (virtual) 7 pm

Monday, November 22: Fall Picture Day

Wednesday, November 24 – Friday, November 26: Thanksgiving Holiday

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Glasgow Reading Invasion! Parklawn Panthers Invited!

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Glasgow Reading Invasion: November 6!

Join us for a community Reading Invasion at Glasgow Middle School (4101 Fairfax Pkwy. Alexandria, VA 22312) on November 6 from 1:00-3:00 PM. To celebrate our school community’s love of reading, we invite you to bring something to read and “invade” the Glasgow field. This isn’t a book club - just a time to come together, to enjoy the act of reading. We will be providing free book giveaways, a story time for our youngest readers, and Kona Ice (https://www.kona-ice.com/flavorwave/) will be available for purchase. So, bring a blanket, your family, and enjoy the weather during this communal reading experience.

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

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Panther Press for October 31, 2021

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Panther Press for October 31, 2021

Monday, November 1 and Tuesday, November 2 are student holidays. While teachers are participating in work days and students do not have school. We look forward to welcoming students back on Wednesday.

FCPS Employee Awards

Each year FCPS recognizes and honors outstanding employees in a variety of positions with the employee awards program. Both staff and parents are welcome to nominate an employee who they believe meets the criteria and goes above and beyond the call of duty.

If you are interested in nominating a Parklawn employee for an award, please use the Google form link here: https://forms.gle/BY3Jm2PHzSMrQQNS8 to review the criteria and share why you think they deserve the award. Please submit your nomination by Friday, November 19 at 5 pm. Submissions or questions can be emailed to the school awards liaison, Rachel Zamudio at rhzamudio@fcps.edu

Family Learning Series: “Building Strong Relationships this School Year”

Many of our students have not been in school for quite some time. Our counselors, Jamie Fobert and Mo Sharpton,  would like to share how they are teaching and reinforcing relationship skills, conflict resolution skills and coping strategies. We hope you can join us via zoom on Monday, November 15 at 7 pm. Link will be sent prior to the meeting!

FLE Preview Night

Students in grades K-5 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held virtually on November 3rd at 6:30 via Zoom.  All program materials and media for all grade levels are currently available for your review through Schoology.  A zoom link will be shared closer to the date.   

Positivity Project for October 31-November 6: Perspective

WHAT DOES PERSPECTIVE MEAN?

You appreciate when people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.

Family Chat:

If you could be an animal what would you be?

How would your perspective of the world be different if you were this animal?

Is it okay to have a different perspective on something than a friend?

How can a team or group of people benefit by using their different perspectives when solving a problem or working to accomplish a goal?

Is it equally important to understand someone else’s perspective as it is to understand your own perspective? Why or why not?

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.“

-HENRY DAVID THOREAU

Upcoming Dates

November 1 and 2: Teacher Work Days; NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Wednesday, November 3: First Day of Second Marking Period; Virtual FLE Preview Night

Thursday, November 11: Veteran’s Day; 2 Hour Early Dismissal

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

Attendance: ParklawnES.Attendance@fcps.edu | Web | Twitter

Panther Press for October 24, 2021

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Panther Press for October 24, 2021 Parklawn Storybook Character Day is October 29!

Storybook Character Day a favorite Parklawn event every October. Although we won’t have our parade this year, Friday, October 29 will be a special Parklawn spirit day! Staff and Students may dress up as their favorite storybook characters and share their favorite book. We will be sure to capture photos of classes to share on Twitter, Facebook, and other ways throughout the day. Thank you for remembering costumes must be from a storybook, and masks or toy weapons are not permitted.

FLE Preview Night

Students in grades K-5 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held virtually on November 3rd at 6:30 via Zoom.  All program materials and media for all grade levels are currently available for your review through Schoology.  A zoom link will be shared closer to the date.   

Positivity Project for October 24-October 30: Creativity

WHAT DOES CREATIVITY MEAN?

You come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.

Family Chat: Try these questions to discuss as a family at home!

How do you use creativity?

Why is it important to challenge yourself in new ways?

What can you do to help encourage creativity in others around you?

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -MAYA ANGELOU

Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 29: Storybook Character Day; end of first marking period; 2 HOUR EARLY Dismissal (1:25; PAC 1:55)

November 1 and 2: Teacher Work Days; NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Wednesday, November 3: First Day of Second Marking Period; Virtual FLE Preview Night

Thursday, November 11: Veteran’s Day; 2 Hour Early Dismissal

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

Attendance: ParklawnES.Attendance@fcps.edu | Web | Twitter

Panther Press for October 17, 2021

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Panther Press for October 17, 2021 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Exciting news…fresh fruits and vegetables are coming to Parklawn! Our school has been selected to participate in the Fresh Fruit Vegetable Program for this school year. The goal of this program is “to create a healthier school environment by providing nutritious food choices by expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and to make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health.” Beginning the week of October 18th, all students will be provided a fresh fruit or vegetable snack three days each week!

Thursday’s PTA Meeting: Election and Schoology!

Join us for our next PTA meeting on Thursday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m.—all are welcome to attend! There will be a presentation on Schoology, the online learning space that parents/guardians can access to view students’ classroom materials and assignments. We will also be holding elections for the position of PTA Secretary. Access the virtual meeting here: October 21 PTA Meeting . Be on the lookout for handouts in this week’s Tuesday folder!

Morning Arrival

If you are dropping your child off by car in the morning, please drive all the way down to the Kiss & Ride at Door 2. Children may not be dropped off at Door 1 or in the parking lot for safety reasons.  If it is after the 8:40 tardy bell, please park and bring children to the office for arrival.

Advanced Academics Screening Process Information Night

Our Advanced Academics Screening Process Information Night is Wednesday, October 20. We will hold an English session at 6:00 and a Spanish session at 7 pm. As a follow up to our September 28 AAP Information Night, this evening will specifically discuss the process for screening students for advanced academics placement. Our Advanced Academics Teacher, Ms. Nory Fink, will share important information and answer questions that you might have. This will be a virtual meeting and we will share the zoom link in an eNotify the night before the meeting.

Positivity Project for October 17-23: Forgiveness

WHAT DOES FORGIVENESS MEAN?

You forgive those who have done wrong. You accept that people make mistakes.

Family Chat:

Why is it important to understand that everyone makes mistakes, even you?

What words can you use to apologize to someone?

What role does forgiveness play in the success of a group, or team, trying to accomplish a goal?

When was a time that you showed forgiveness in your life?

“It takes a strong person to say sorry, and an even stronger person to forgive.“

-YOLANDA HADID

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, October 20: AAP Screening Process Information Session; 6 pm (English) and 7 pm (Spanish)

Thursday, October 21: Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 pm: Topic: Schoology Basics

Friday, October 29: Storybook Character Day; end of first marking period; 2 HOUR EARLY Dismissal (1:25; PAC 1:55)

November 1 and 2: Teacher Work Days; NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

Attendance: ParklawnES.Attendance@fcps.edu | Web | Twitter

Panther Press for October 10, 2021

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Panther Press for October 10, 2021 Picture Day Rescheduled!

Life Touch Pictures has rescheduled our fall picture day for Monday, November 22. We still have the picture orders already submitted, and will share more information as the date gets closer.

Advanced Academics Screening Process Information Night

Our Advanced Academics Screening Process Information Night is Wednesday, October 20. We will hold an English session at 6:00 and a Spanish session at 7 pm. As a follow up to our September 28 AAP Information Night, this evening will specifically discuss the process for screening students for advanced academics placement. Our Advanced Academics Teacher, Ms. Nory Fink, will share important information and answer questions that you might have. This will be a virtual meeting and we will share the zoom link in an eNotify the night before the meeting.

Parklawn Storybook Character Day is October 29!

Storybook Character Day a favorite Parklawn event every October. Although we won’t have our parade this year, Friday, October 29 will be a special Parklawn spirit day! Staff and Students may dress up as their favorite storybook characters and share their favorite book. We will be sure to capture photos of classes to share on Twitter, Facebook, and other ways throughout the day. Thank you for remembering costumes must be from a storybook, and masks or toy weapons are not permitted.

Positivity Project for October 10 – 16: Integrity

WHAT DOES INTEGRITY MEAN?

You are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely.

Great Questions for a family chat:

Why is integrity important? 

How does integrity, or a lack of integrity, impact friendships?

When have you seen an example of integrity in your life?

 

“Whoever is careless about the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.“  -ALBERT EINSTEIN

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 11:  School Planning Day, STUDENT HOLIDAY: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Wednesday, October 20: AAP Screening Process Information Session; 6 pm (English) and 7 pm (Spanish)

Thursday, October 21: Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 pm: Topic: Schoology Basics

Friday, October 29: Storybook Character Day; end of first marking period; 2 HOUR EARLY Dismissal (1:25; PAC 1:55)

November 1 and 2: Teacher Work Days; NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

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Panther Press for October 3, 2021

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Panther Press for October 3, 2021 School Calendar Update: October 11

Monday, October 11 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present.

There is no school for students on this day. Teachers will be participating in a school planning day and professional development.

Positivity Project for October 4-10: Other People Mindset: Being Present

When you model the Other People Mindset of Being Present, you give your full attention when you’re with people. Some great questions to think about in your family discussions are:

What does it mean to be present?

What does it look like and sound like to be present?

How does being present model the Other People Mindset?

What a great time for families to model putting aside devices and sharing time together!

“Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive. Fully Aware.”  - Thich Nhat Hanh                                                                                                

Messages from the PTA

Did you know that Parklawn is a National PTA School of Excellence? This prestigious designation recognizes the great support of parents and school staff in creating a nurturing community at Parklawn. It gives Parklawn Elementary the opportunity to participate in special programs supported by the National PTA. We welcome all parents and staff to join the Parklawn PTA, attend our monthly meetings, and get involved with PTA activities to continue to strengthen our Parklawn family! Check out our website to learn more about our PTA activities!

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 28: Virtual AAP Information Session; 6 pm (English) and 7 pm (Spanish)

Tuesday, October 5: Grades 1-5 interims sent home

Monday, October 11: STUDENT HOLIDAY: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Panther Press for September 26, 2021

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Panther Press for September 26, 2021 FCPS StreamIN/CheckIN

StreamIN/CheckIN is FCPS’ new approach for providing meaningful instructional support for students who are  paused, quarantined, or isolated due to COVID-19.

 

  • Students who are unable to attend school in-person due to COVID or possible exposure to COVID will be provided with instructional support by FCPS educators.
  • No later than Day 3 of a student’s COVID-related absence, schools will provide student supports that include:
  • Live-streaming or recordings of direct instruction for math and literacy
  • Asynchronous assignments.
  • Connection to a staff member for individualized support.
  • Please note: StreamIN is NOT concurrent or hybrid learning; remote student will have camera and mic off while following along with what is being presented in class
  • StreamIN/CheckIN operations and guidance will also take place in the special education setting. The Special Services team will be working with individual classrooms to help operationalize this in each situation.
  • To learn more about StreamIN/CheckIN, see the FCPS Website for the FAQs.
Daily Health Screening Questionnaire Reminders
  • Parents, caregivers or guardians, are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.
  • daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  • Parents/guardians please remember to complete the daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home.
  • All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19. 
  • Please note, per FCPS and health policies, Students who are sent home from school displaying Covid-Like Symptoms will be required to present one of the following:
    • Return to School Form – completed by the student’s healthcare provider
    • Copy of FCHD clearance letter (Sara Alert™ form) provided by the FCHD.
    • Note from healthcare provider

Thank you for your understanding and partnering with us to keep everyone healthy and safe!

National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 – October 15

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.

Positivity Project for September 26-October 3: Open-Mindedness

WHAT DOES OPEN-MINDEDNESS MEAN?

You like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions.

Each week, we will share questions you might use to discuss as a P2 family!

Why is it important to be open-minded?

What are some ways that you can have an open mind when playing with friends?

What is something new that you would like to try or experience?

“If you don’t go through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors.“ -MARK W. PERRETT Messages from the PTA

Thank you to everyone who attended our first Parklawn PTA meeting of the school year last week! If you were not able to attend, please check out our website to learn more about ways you can get involved with the PTA this year. And if you have not already become a PTA member for the school year, we encourage you to review the benefits of membership and join the PTA-- you can sign up on our website!

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 28: Virtual AAP Information Session; 6 pm (English) and 7 pm (Spanish)

Tuesday, October 5: Grades 1-5 interims sent home

Monday, October 11: STUDENT HOLIDAY: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Parklawn Elementary Recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence!

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Dear Parents,

Parklawn Elementary was recently named a 2020-2022 National PTA School of Excellence. National PTA’s School of Excellence program supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools that work to improve the educational experience and school environment for every child. As a National PTA School of Excellence, at Parklawn, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement. The School of Excellence program provided guidance to assist our school in engaging families in school decision-making, and help our school build inclusive policies related to education, health, safety or the arts.

Becoming a National PTA School of Excellence began with the joint commitment of PTA and our administrative team to work together to welcome all families, communicate effectively, support student success, speak up for every child, share power and collaborate with the community. Our school has successfully mastered these commitments and we applaud everyone for doing so.

The path to excellence is a journey, not a destination, and we encourage your continued participation toward our goals, as this distinction places our PTA in the running to become a Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award recipient, which recognizes success in integrating family-school partnerships. We are extremely proud of the work that we have done to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students.

Thank you for your commitment to our school community. Thank you for helping us reach this noteworthy milestone for our school and community.

 

Sincerely,

Rebecca Forgy, Principal   

Joselle Shea, PTA President

Rebecca Cervoni, PTA Vice President

Robin Troutman, PTA Treasurer

Rachel Zamudio, PTA Acting Secretary

 

 

 

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Panther Press for September 19. 2021

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Panther Press for September 19. 2021 Monday's Picture Day Postponed

Due to staffing challenges, Life Touch is cancelling the Parklawn Picture Day for Monday, September 20. It will be rescheduled soon. All collected picture money will be saved for the future date. 

Kiss and Ride Reminders

Every day we have almost 250 students dismiss as kiss & Ride and walkers. We are working hard to have students exit in a safe and timely fashion, and we thank families for partnering with us to do so. We ask your support in following the below reminders:

  1. Children should only exit out at the right side/curb side of the vehicle
  2. Adults please remain in your vehicles as staff members support students in joining you
  3. Once your car is loaded, please do pull forward to go around any cars in front of you. We have people using the cross walk, as well as cars ahead of you preparing to pull out of their spots and may not see you.

Thank you for your daily assistance in our safe dismissal procedures!

Overview of AAP Services Information Session

Parklawn will hold our annual Advanced Academics Program Information Meeting on Tuesday, September 28. This year’s meeting will be offered virtually and in two sessions: 6:00 in English and 7:00 pm for Spanish. Ms. Nory Fink, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, will provide information about the levels of service and examples of Advanced Academic curriculum and instruction in FCPS and Parklawn Elementary . The meeting is open to all K-5 parents. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Fink at (703) 914-6900 or by email at edfink@fcps.edu. We will share the zoom link in the future.

Positivity Project for September 19-September 25: Teamwork!

WHAT DOES TEAMWORK MEAN?

You work well as a member of a group or team. You are loyal, reliable, and dedicated to helping your team achieve its goals.

We encourage families to discuss how they show teamwork and have their children share times when they saw teamwork in action. You might ask questions such as:

What are some important parts of being a good teammate? Or How does it feel when someone doesn’t use good teamwork?

 

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.“    -HELEN KELLER

Message from the PTA

The Parklawn PTA will be holding its first meeting of the school year on Thursday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. Come to learn about activities planned for the year and ways that you could get involved. This will be a virtual only meeting! Please click on this Zoom link to participate: 

September PTA Meeting

Upcoming Dates

 

Thursday, September 23: Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 pm

Tuesday, September 28: Virtual AAP Parent Information Night; 6 pm (English) and 7 pm (Spanish)

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September AAP Newsletter

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ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (AAP) ELEMENTARY CONTINUUM OF SERVICES 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners. 

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services rather than labeling students. Students have:

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to continue growing in their learning.

Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of service at the elementary level: 

Tier 1 Access to AAP Curriculum and Strategies, Grades K-6 (Level I) 

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve. 

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Level I services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II) 

Some students are strong in one or more subject areas. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness
  • Classroom teachers provide additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Level II Services are re-evaluated each year.

 

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III) 

Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas. They need part-time AAP services. 

  • Students work with students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Level III services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV) 

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science). 

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, and social studies curriculum, and
  • Mathematics curriculum with depth and complexity that is at least one year above grade level.

Level IV services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Screening for Levels II-IV

Multiple criteria are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom.

Eligibility decisions for Level II and Level III services are made by a committee at the local school. Screening for Level II and Level III services is ongoing throughout the school year. To refer for Level II or III services, submit the AAP School-Based Referral Form to the AART and the local school.

Eligibility decisions for full-time Level IV services are made by the countywide central selection committee.

Screening for Level IV services occurs during specific screening cycles:  

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.
    • Fall referrals are due October 7, 2021.
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student 
    • The referral window is from the first day of school - December 15, 2021, .

Referral forms for Levels II-IV are found at https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.  

Ability Testing

FCPS uses ability testing as one part of the holistic screening process for Levels II-IV services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.  

  • All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT).
  • All students in Grade 2 take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). 
  • NNAT and/or CogAT may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score during the regularly scheduled testing windows.  

Parents or guardians may request a one-time retest in grades 3-6 during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinator Jackie White, JDWhite1@fcps.edu, no later than September 15 to request the CogAT or October 15 for the NNAT.

Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in Grades 2-7 as there will be no referrals for Level IV screening accepted past the deadline.

Elementary Parent Information Meeting

A virtual parent information meeting will be held via Zoom on September 28, 2021 at 6:00 PM (English) and 7:00 PM (Spanish). The AART will provide information about levels of service and examples at Parklawn Elementary, explain the screening processes, and answer questions about part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services.

Young Scholars

FCPS developed the Young Scholars Model to help identify students from historically underrepresented populations for AAP services. The model provides additional opportunity to nurture talent and build confidence so that students can meet their potential. 

Twice-Exceptional (2e)

Some gifted students also have learning disabilities. These twice-exceptional, or “2e” students need strengths-based instruction. Their learning challenges also must be supported. FCPS has created a 2e handbook to help schools and families understand how to identify and serve 2e students. You can find these resources by going to www.fcps.edu and searching “2e.”

Middle and High School AAP

Additional information about middle and high school services may be found on the Advanced Academic Programs web page. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

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Panther Press for September 12, 2021

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Panther Press for September 12, 2021 Back to School Night is Tuesday

We look forward to families joining us for our VIRTUAL  Parklawn Back to School Night on Tuesday at 6 pm. Look for links that will be sent through an eNotify email on Monday evening. We hope to “see” you there!

Fall Picture Day is Monday, September 20!

Our fall picture day is Monday, September 20! We will be sending home information in Tuesday folders for those interested in ordering student pictures. Be on the lookout!

Overview of AAP Services Information Session

Parklawn will hold our annual Advanced Academics Program Information Meeting on Tuesday, September 28. This year’s meeting will be offered virtually and in two sessions: 6:00 in English and 7:00 pm for Spanish. Ms. Nory Fink, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, will provide information about the levels of service and examples of Advanced Academic curriculum and instruction in FCPS and Parklawn Elementary . The meeting is open to all K-5 parents. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Fink at (703) 914-6900 or by email at edfink@fcps.edu. We will share the zoom link in the future.

Positivity Project for September 12-18: Curiosity

This week at Parklawn, we will  celebrate the character strength of Curiosity! If curiosity is a top strength, you like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to to learn more about anything and everything.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” -WALT DISNEY

Message from the Parklawn PTA

It was great to see so many families at the Parklawn Community Picnic, and the PTA was happy to bring the Kona Ice truck to provide free treats at that event! Parklawn PTA supports many events to bring our Parklawn community together, such as movie nights, Bingo night, and staff appreciation activities. Learn more about our plans for the year and how you can get involved at our first PTA meeting on September 23, at 7:00 p.m. In the meantime, visit our website to sign up as a PTA member and check out activities we did last year.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 14: Virtual Back to School Night, 6 pm

Thursday, September 16: Yom Kippur Observance

Monday, September 20: Fall Picture Day

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

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Panther Press for September 5, 2021

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Panther Press for September 1, 2021 Arrival and Dismissal Update

Thank you to all families for your patience and flexibility during arrival and dismissal. We are excited to say that our routines are getting stronger and our time has shortened for both bus and Kiss and ride times. Here are a few reminders for continued success and smooth transitions:

  1. If you are bringing your child to school, please follow the Kiss and Ride line of cars for a safe drop off.
  2. Our tardy bell rings at 8:40. If you arrive past this time, you need to park your car and walk your child into the office.
  3. Thank you for reviewing with your child their bus number or Kiss and Ride Number, as well as reminding them to listen for their number to be called.
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

This year K-12 students in FCPS will participate in a Social-Emotional Learning Screener. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2020). You can find more information about the screener and the importance of social-emotional learning here. This screener will be a useful tool for us here at Parklawn to learn how to best support our students and school community. A letter will be coming home in your Tuesday folder this week with more information. (If you choose to opt your child out of the SEL Screener, please return the included opt-out form no later than October 8th.)

Student Laptop Distribution

All students, PreK-5 have been assigned a laptop for the 2021-2022 school year. This is exciting for in-school learning, as well as for any learning from home needs should they arise. The FCPS  expectation is as follows:

  1. PreK: Leave laptops at home
  2. Grades K-2: Leave laptops at school
  3. Grades 3-5: Carry laptops home and to school each day

When laptops are home, please be sure they are charged for use the next day. If a circumstance arises where a student in grades K-2 needs a laptop at home for asynchronous or virtual learning, we will work with the family for pick up at the school.

Parklawn Family Picnic

To celebrate the new year, join us for our Parklawn family picnic on Friday, September 10! Families can pack their own dinner and blanket and join us outside for a picnic! Weather permitting, we hope to see you there between 5:30-7! The Parklawn PTA is bringing the Kona Ice truck to the Parklawn Community Picnic on September 10 to provide free dessert treats! To help us prepare, please complete Fill out form if your family plans to attend. Please respond by Wednesday, September 8.

Save the Date: Virtual Back to School Night is September 14

After last year’s successful virtual Back to School Night, we will be holding this event again on Tuesday, September 14 at 6 pm. We look forward to coming together virtually as a Parklawn Family to explore grade level curriculum, review learning expectations, school routines and procedures. Stay tuned for more information as we send out links ahead of our Back to School Night!

Fall Picture Day is Coming

Our fall picture day is Monday, September 20! We will be sending home information soon for families interested in ordering student pictures!

 

Kicking off the Year with the Positivity Project!

Parklawn Elementary continues to be a partner school with the Positivity Project Movement for the 2021-2022 school year. The mission of the Positivity Project is to empower our students to build positive relationships –by understanding, appreciating, and living out 24 character strengths in us all. We will explore the 24 character strengths throughout the year, as well as learn more about th Other People Mindset. Each week our Panther Press will highlight our P2 focus at school, so that you can also have conversations at home. The week of September 5-11 is the Other People Mindset Intro Week!  

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”  ~ Mother Theresa

Message from the PTA

Interested in learning more about the Parklawn PTA? Stop by the PTA table at the Community Picnic on September 10! The Parklawn PTA is excited to bring the Kona Ice truck to the picnic to provide free treats to Parklawn families. Help us prepare by completing this form if you plan to attend the picnic. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Dates

September 3-6: Labor Day Weekend

September 7: Rosh Hashanah Observance

Friday, September10: Parklawn Family Picnic, 5:30-7

Tuesday, September 14: Virtual Back to School Night, 6 pm

September 16: Yom Kippur Observance

Monday, September 20: Fall Picture Day

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

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Panther Press for August 29, 2021

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Panther Press for August 29, 2021 First Week Fun!

It was wonderful welcoming all of our Parklawn panthers back to School for the 2021-2022 school year! There were big smiles, excitement, and an energy we all could feel throughout the building! Thank you to all of our Parklawn family members who partnered with us as we navigated new routines in a new school year.

#WeAreFamily

There is no school Friday, September 3 or Monday, September 6 for Labor Day weekend.

Kiss and Ride Car Safety

Please help us keep all of our students, staff and families safe during arrival and dismissal by following these routines:

  • Make sure to have your number clearly displayed during pick up.
  • Adults should stay in the car during drop off and pick up.
  • Students should only enter or exit the car on the right side of the car closest to the curb.
  • Drivers should not go around the car in front of them unless directed by Parklawn staff.
  • Be mindful of driveways, entrances and exits off of Braddock Road and do not block these locations while waiting in line.
  • Follow directions of the Parklawn staff to make sure we are not blocking our buses.
Parklawn Family Picnic

To celebrate the new year, join us for our Parklawn family picnic on Friday, September 10! Families can pack their own dinner and blanket and join us outside for a picnic! Weather permitting, we hope to see you there between 5:30-7!

The Parklawn PTA is bringing the Kona Ice truck to the Parklawn Community Picnic on September 10 to provide free dessert treats! To help us prepare, please Fill out form if your family plans to attend. Please respond by Wednesday, September 8.

Save the Date: Virtual Back to School Night is September 14

After last year’s successful virtual Back to School Night, we will be holding this event again on Tuesday, September 14 at 6 pm. We look forward to coming together virtually as a Parklawn Family to explore grade level curriculum, review learning expectations, school routines and procedures. Stay tuned for more information as we send out links ahead of our Back to School Night!

Message from the Parklawn PTA

The Parklawn Parent Teacher Association (PTA) works to create a welcoming community for all our student, their families and caregivers, and school staff. We support educational and social activities, such as the school spelling bee, movie nights, and Bingo night. Visit our website to read about activities we supported last year, and learn about the benefits of joining the PTA. You can become a PTA member by completing the online form, or fill out a form at the PTA table at the upcoming Parklawn Community Picnic on September 10. Membership is $10/year for one parent or guardian, or $15/year for a family.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, August 30: First Day of School for PreK

September 3-6: Labor Day Weekend

Friday, September10: Parklawn Family Picnic,

5:30-7

Tuesday, September 14: Virtual Back to School Night, 6 pm

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

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Panther Press for August 22, 2021

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Panther Press for Sunday, August 22, 2021 Welcome Parklawn Panthers!

We had a great time during our Parklawn Family Reunion on Friday! Students and families were excited to meet their teachers, see friends, and tour the school. We can’t wait to see our students tomorrow morning on the first day of the 2021-2022 school year! Families, thank you for reviewing arrival and dismissal methods with your children. It is our goal to begin reinforcing routines and procedures beginning day one. To ensure safe routines aligned with health protocols, family members will not be able to walk students to class on Monday. Thank you for understanding!

Parklawn Virtual Family Coffee: August 27

Join Mrs. Forgy for our first family coffee of the 2021-2022 school year! This will be our Annual Title I Meeting, when we share what it means to be a Title I school.

The first coffee will be virtual, and you can access on zoom using a link that will be sent soon!

We hope to “see” you Friday, August 27 from 10-11 am. Join us to learn more about how our commitments and programs as a Title I School!

Calendar Reminder

There is no school Friday, September 3 or Monday, September 6 for Labor Day weekend.

Schoology!

We are excited for Schoology, FCPS' new learning management system. Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families.

✅ Are you ready for #SchoologyFCPS? Do you have your SIS Parent account? http://bit.ly/FCPSSIS

Parklawn Family Picnic

To celebrate the new year, join us for our Parklawn family picnic on Friday, September 10! Families can pack their own dinner and blanket and join us outside for a picnic! Weather permitting, we hope to see you there between 5:30-7!

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

Attendance: ParklawnES.Attendance@fcps.edu | Web | Twitter

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