Panther Press for February 18, 2024

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Presidents Day Holiday

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the complete school year calendar.

Presidents Day, officially recognized in the United States, is celebrated on the third Monday in February each year. It is a time to honor and remember the birthdays and achievements of the country's most distinguished leaders, and to reflect on the president's role in shaping the nation's history and development. 

Kindergarten Registration

Is your child turning 5 on or before September 30th? If so, we are excited to welcome your child to Kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year! Registration is already open, and you are welcome to contact Parklawn to begin the registration process. This is an important year for you and your child, and we are excited to support you in this process. For more kindergarten registration information, you can check out the Parklawn website or contact the Parklawn registrar, Ms. Lanh Nguyen, [email protected] Also, Save the date! We invite you to attend Parklawn’s Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, May 7 from 4:30-5:30 IN PERSON!! You will have the opportunity to meet our Parklawn team,  see  “A Day in the Life of Kindergarten”, tour the school, and participate in a Q & A to learn more about our Parklawn Family! 

🧸 Kindergarten Registration: 

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in.

Student Intention Form for 2024-25

We need your help in projecting our total enrollment for next school year. For families not returning to Parklawn Elementary School in the fall for school year 2024-25, please let the school  know your answers to the questions in the attached Student’s Intention for the Next School Year form by June 12, 2024. Please save the completed form, attach it to an email, and send it to Lanh Nguyen at [email protected] (you may omit the Student ID Number and Parent Signature). Hard copies of the form are also available in the main office. If you would like to give your answers via the phone, please call 703-914-6900.

Click here to access the form.

Parklawn’s Book Fair is Coming in February!

We’re so excited the book fair is coming soon to Parklawn Elementary! The book fair will be held February 26 - March 1 in the library, with set-up taking place Friday, February 23. Each class will visit the book fair twice throughout the week. Once on Monday or Tuesday to preview the selection and a second time Wednesday through Friday to purchase items. See below for the hours each day:

Monday, February 26, 2024 and February, 27, 2024 – Preview Days

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Shopping - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Shopping – 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Shopping – 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Friday, March 1, 2024

Shopping – 9:00 am - 12:30 pm**

**only assigned classes will be able to shop after 12:30 pm. 

Clean up - 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

 

The book is always in need of volunteers. There are a variety of positions available, including set up and clean up. Sign up for a slot at https://bit.ly/pesfair2024. Students in grade 5 or older are welcome during set up and clean up slots for assisting. Mrs. Zamudio can sign off on community service forms for middle or high schoolers as needed. New this year: ALL adult volunteers will get a free item of choice for their volunteering. Remember all proceeds from the book fair support our school’s classroom libraries and the school library. Any questions about the book can be directed to Rachel Zamudio at [email protected]. Thank you for your support of our book fair!

Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 19: Presidents Day: School Holiday

February 22: Wild About Reading Spirit Day! Students may be a word collector and wear clothing with words!

February 26 -March 1: Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, March 5: STUDENT HOLIDAY, School Planning Day

Thursday, March 7: STEAM Night, 6-7:30 pm

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Panther Press for February 11, 2024

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Presidents Day (Holiday)

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the complete school year calendar.

FCPS School Board Update

During the February 8, 2024 meeting, The School Board voted to approve the Proposed FCPS FY 2025-29 Capital Improvement Program, as amended. View all amendments on Boarddocs.

One of the amendments to the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)  was to add Parklawn Elementary School to the Priority Recommended Boundary Adjustments of the Proposed CIP with a Potential Scoping of Fall 2024/Spring 2025. This will allow FCPS staff to address our projected capacity and the number of outdoor buildings we have for learning. This is not an immediate process, with a possible study beginning in the next school year. No changes to our enrollment or building will be affected at this time. FCPS will share process information as they determine to move forward. Our focus at Parklawn remains on the education and care for each of our students every day.

Parklawn’s Book Fair is Coming!

We’re so excited the book fair is coming soon to Parklawn Elementary! The book fair will be held February 26 - March 1 in the library, with set-up taking place Friday, February 23. Each class will visit the book fair twice throughout the week. Once on Monday or Tuesday to preview the selection and a second time Wednesday through Friday to purchase items. See below for the hours each day:

Monday, February 26,  and February, 27 – Preview Days

Tuesday, February 27

Shopping - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wednesday, February 28         

Shopping – 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday, February 29

Shopping – 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Friday, March 1

Shopping – 9:00 am - 12:30 pm**

**only assigned classes will be able to shop after 12:30 pm. 

Clean up - 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The book fair will accept cash, check (payable to the school), credit cards and eWallet. eWallet is a cashless payment option where money can be added to a virtual account for students to use. Please note that tax WILL NOT be charged on items this year. More information about setting up an eWallet account and our fair is available at the book fair homepage: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/parklawnes

This link can also be used to shop the fair online until 3/7.

The book is always in need of volunteers. There are a variety of positions available, including set up and clean up. Sign up for a slot at https://bit.ly/pesfair2024. Students in grade 5 or older are welcome during set up and clean up slots for assisting. Mrs. Zamudio can sign off on community service forms for middle or high schoolers as needed. New this year: ALL adult volunteers will get a free item of choice for their volunteering. Remember all proceeds from the book fair support our school’s classroom libraries and the school library. Any questions about the book can be directed to Rachel Zamudio at [email protected]. Thank you for your support of our book fair!

🥁 Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

📚 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize. Attend an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.

Parklawn PTA Update

Please join us for our next PTA meeting, Thursday, February 15, at 4:30 p.m. We'll meet in person in the school library. During the meeting, we'll discuss PTA activities for the spring, including Bingo Night, Teacher Appreciation Week, our school supply kit fundraiser, and plans to support Parklawn Elementary's STEAM Night and International Family Night. We'll also hear updates from Principal Forgy. All are welcome!

We are also excited that our Wild About Reading Contest will begin on Friday, February 16, to celebrate reading. The contest also builds excitement around the upcoming Book Fair, which needs volunteers to help set up and take down displays, assist students with their wish lists during preview days, and process in-person sales. If you would like to help, sign up here:  https://bit.ly/pesfair2024.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, February 15: PTA Meeting 4:30 pm

Monday, February 19: Presidents Day: School Holiday

February 26 - March 1: Book Fair

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Panther Press for February 4, 2024

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February is Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month

Monthly Family Market is Thursday, February 8

Come visit Parklawn’s Family Market each month! We’re partnering with the Capital Area Food Bank to offer fresh produce and dry goods to members of the Parklawn community, free of charge. Doors open at 5 pm and groceries are available on a first-come first-serve basis. You are encouraged to bring bags/baskets to carry home groceries. We’ll see you there!

National School Counseling Week!

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career. School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

We are so lucky to have Ms. Fobert, Ms. Sharpton, and Mr. Kim as our amazing counselors at Parklawn! They do so much to support students, staff, and families every day!

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, February 7: Holmes Middle School Curriculum Night (in person), 5 pm (for rising 6th grade Holmes Students)

Thursday, February 8: Monthly Market, 5-7 pm

Thursday, February 15: PTA Meeting 4:30 pm

Monday, February 19: Presidents Day: School Holiday

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Panther Press for January 28, 2024

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Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This is the time of year when winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance. But it’s important to get your children to school every day possible. Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly and send them to school with hand sanitizer.

Visit our website for more attendance resources

Monthly Family Market is Thursday, February 8

Come visit Parklawn’s Family Market each month! We’re partnering with the @Capital Area Food Bank to offer fresh produce and dry goods to members of the Parklawn community, free of charge. Doors open at 5 pm and groceries are available on a first-come first-serve basis. You are encouraged to bring bags/baskets to carry home groceries. We’ll see you there!

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, February 7: Holmes Middle School Curriculum Night (in person), 5 pm (for rising 6th grade Holmes Students)

Thursday, February 8: Monthly Market, 5-7 pm

Thursday, February 15: PTA Meeting 4:30 pm

Monday, February 19: Presidents Day: School Holiday

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Panther Press for January 21, 2024

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Quarter End, Early Release, and Student Holiday

Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day. See the complete school year calendar.

January Family Coffee is Tuesday!

Join Mrs. Forgy, our math team, and members of our community for the next Parklawn Family Coffee on January 23rd from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the library. The Parklawn Math Team will present ideas on how to promote a love of mathematics. Come join the fun as we engage in math games together and learn games that you can play with your student.

Outstanding Employee Awards

Congratulations to the Parklawn Family Members who were nominated and  chosen to represent Parklawn for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards! All of our Parklawn family staff members are amazing!

Outstanding New Teacher

Kate Gibson (music teacher)

Nominees: Ly Dow (3rd grade) and Janine Lorenzo (2nd grade)

Outstanding Teacher

Emma Whitaker (2nd grade)

Nominees: Tahmena Rauf (kindergarten) Angela Schroeder (1st grade), Lysa Hughes (3rd grade), Fatima McFarland-Pittman (ESOL teacher)

Outstanding Professional Employee:

Kelsey Weingarten (Reading Resource Teacher)

Nominee: Afifa Bolte (Family Liaison)

Region 2 Outstanding Principal:

Rebecca Forgy

 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, January 23: Family Coffee: 9:15-10:15

Tuesday, January 23:Winter Chorus Concert: 6:30 pm

Wednesday, January 24: Glasgow Rising 6th Grade Middle School Transition Night; 6-8:30

Thursday, January 25: End of 2nd Marking Period; 2-hour early release (1:25 dismissal)

Friday, January 26: Teacher Work Day; Student Holiday

Wednesday, February 7: Holmes MS Curriculum Night

Thursday, February 8: Monthly Market, 5-7pm

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Panther Press for January 14, 2024

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. On this day, we honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dedication to equality and serving others.  Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete school year calendar.

Valentines By Kids!

In honor of Martin Luther King and his dedication to equity and service, Parklawn will participate in a schoolwide service project on Tuesday, January 16! We will participate in “Valentines By Kids”, and have students create valentines that will be given to children in hospitals in the DMV. The Parklawn family is excited to share joy and love with others!

January Family Coffee is January 23

Join Mrs. Forgy, our math team, and members of our community for the next Parklawn Family Coffee on January 23rd from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the library. The Parklawn Math Team will present ideas on how to promote a love of mathematics. Come join the fun as we engage in math games together and learn games that you can play with your student.

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC). Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.  and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse.

Message from the PTA

Please join us for our next PTA meeting, scheduled for Thursday, January 18, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the library! Rachel Zamudio, School Librarian, will speak to us about the upcoming book fair and the PTA's Wild About Reading contest. The PTA has supported the Wild About Reading contest for the past two years, and nearly all classrooms have participated. Winning classrooms receive funds that teachers can spend at the book fair to provide new resources for their classes. We'll be meeting in person in the school library-- we hope to see you there!

Upcoming Dates

January 15: MLK Day; No School

January 16: Valentines for Kids!

January 18: PTA Meeting, 4:30-5:30

January 19: Orthodox Epiphany

January 23: Leadership Team Meeting, 3-4:30

January 25: End of Second Quarter; early release dismissal at 1:25

January 26: Teacher Workday: Student Holiday

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Panther Press for January 7, 2024

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Monthly Family Market is Thursday!

Come visit Parklawn’s Family Market each month! We’re partnering with the @Capital Area Food Bank to offer fresh produce and dry goods to members of the Parklawn community, free of charge. Doors open at 5 pm and groceries are available on a first-come first-serve basis. You are encouraged to bring bags/baskets to carry home groceries. We’ll see you there!

🔢 Help FCPS Reach 1 Million Minutes of Math

FCPS Family Math Week starts on Monday, January 8! Participate in games and stories online. FCPS is working toward a total of 1 million minutes logged by families. The event is free, with activities from ST Math geared toward students in grades K-6 and their families.

January Family Coffee is January 23

Join Mrs. Forgy, our math team, and members of our community for the next Parklawn Family Coffee on January 23rd from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the library. The Parklawn Math Team will present ideas on how to promote a love of mathematics. Come join the fun as we engage in math games together and learn games that you can play with your student.

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs

In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse.

Volunteer with Give Together

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. The school division is excited to collaborate with Volunteer Fairfax for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Students and families can volunteer on Monday, January 15, at Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together event. It is designed to engage families with children (ages 5-12) in service learning.  Projects will include a food drive, assembling caring kits for community members who need support, making no-tie fleece blankets for veterans, environmental stewardship, and support for animal welfare. 

Students ages 13 to 18 are welcome to serve as teen event volunteers. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse.

Upcoming Dates

January 11: Monthly Family Market

January 15: MLK Day; No School

January 18: PTA Meeting, 4:30-5:30

January 25: End of Second Quarter; early release

January 26: Teacher Workday; Student Holiday

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Panther Press: Winter Break Edition!

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Merry Christmas!

🎄 A very Merry Christmas to those in our community who celebrate! Christmas is an annual holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the person who stands at the heart of the Christian tradition. It is celebrated in many unique ways across the U.S. and the world, most commonly by the joyous giving of gifts

⛄Student and Family Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit FCPS’ winter resources webpage for information on academic support, mental health support, and county resources related to food, clothing, housing, and other needs.

School’s Closed, Learning Can Continue!

FCPS encourages students to take advantage of fun learning opportunities during winter break and snow days. Consider these winter activities to blend education and play for your students during winter break or weather-related school closures.

😷 Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests

Residential households are eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 test kits. If an order has not been placed for your address since the program reopened on September 25, you may place two orders now.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is the SEL Screener.

Students in grades 3-12 took the SEL Screener during the month of October, providing information on their skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. 

The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create the learning, experiences, and environments students need to be successful.

The week of December 11th, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school. 

🔢 Virtual Math Week: Save the Date

Get ready for Virtual Math Week from Monday, January 8, through Friday, January 12. Save the date for a week filled with stories, games, and math activities, in English and Spanish, for families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. This is a free experience designed to make math fun for the whole family. Learn more about FCPS Math Week.

Upcoming Dates

December 25: Christmas

January 1: New Year's Day

January 2: Return to School!

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr, Day, HOLIDAY

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Panther Press for December 10, 2023

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Winter Break is Almost Here!

We look forward to an eventful week as we head into winter break! Winter break is December 18-January 1st. FCPS Design and Construction will be finishing some HVAC while the building is empty. Therefore, our school office will be closed during the break. We wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a wonderful winter break of family, friends and fun.We are excited to see you when we all return to school January 2, 2024!

🙋‍♂️ Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

We often notice more empty seats in our classrooms as winter break approaches. This year, let's work together to nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. 

A big thank you to:

  • 🌟 Students who show up every day and the parents/caregivers supporting them.
  • 👩‍🏫 Teachers who create a welcoming environment for learning.
  • 👨‍💼 Administrators who provide a safe and engaging place to grow.
  • 👏 Bus drivers, support staff, and volunteers who lend a helping hand to all our learners.

If you or your child need support, please reach out to our school social worker or family liaison. If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance. 

There will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024, for winter break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Kiss and Ride Reminder

There has been an increase in cars stopping in the parking lot to drop off children close to door one in the morning. This is not safe with buses and cars in motion. It also holds up the kiss and ride line from moving forward. If you are driving your child to school, it is expected that you drive through the kiss and ride lane for drop off at door 2. If you need to escort your child to the building, please park your car in a parking space and walk to door 2. Thank you for supporting a safe and smooth arrival at school for everyone.

Snuggle Up and Read Night is Tuesday!!!

Parklawn Elementary will host our annual Snuggle Up and Read Night on Tuesday, December 12th, 2023, from 6:00-7:30. Wear your pajamas and join us for a fun night of reading with your family and friends. Parents can learn tips to help their child with reading and writing.  All children will choose a free book to take home.

Tuesday will be a Pajama Day! Students and staff may wear their pajamas all day in honor of our evening event!

Monthly Family Market is Thursday!

Come visit Parklawn’s Family Market each month! We’re partnering with the @Capital Area Food Bank to offer fresh produce and dry goods to members of the Parklawn community, free of charge. Doors open at 5 pm and groceries are available on a first-come first-serve basis. You are encouraged to bring bags/baskets to carry home groceries. We’ll see you there!

🍲 Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, December 12: Snuggle Up and Read Night 6-7:30

Thursday, December 14: Monthly Market; 5-7 pm

December 18- January 1: Winter Break

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Chanukah is December 7-15

Happy Chanukah to all in our community who celebrate! Chanukah, an 8-day Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple’s menorah for 8 days. This year, Chanukah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7. That day will be a half-O day, and major events cannot be scheduled that evening. Learn more about Chanukah in National Geographic Kids. See the complete school year calendar.

Bodhi Day

Bodhi Day, Friday, December 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year, including Bodhi Day. Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum. Happy Bodhi Day to those in our community who celebrate!

Cold Weather Has Arrived!

With December now upon us, so is a colder school day! Except for extreme weather conditions, students will still be going outside for their 30-minute recess. Thank you for ensuring they remember to wear their coats, hats, and gloves to school!

Snuggle Up and Read Night is Tuesday, December 12!

Parklawn Elementary will host our annual Snuggle Up and Read Night on Tuesday, December 12th, 2023, from 6:00-7:30. Wear your pajamas and join us for a fun night of reading with your family and friends. Parents can learn tips to help their child with reading and writing.  All children will choose a free book to take home.

Tuesday will be a Pajama Day! Students and staff may wear their pajamas all day in honor of our evening event!

Monthly Family Market is Thursday, December 14!

Come visit Parklawn’s Family Market each month! We’re partnering with the @Capital Area Food Bank to offer fresh produce and dry goods to members of the Parklawn community, free of charge. Doors open at 5 pm and groceries are available on a first-come first-serve basis. You are encouraged to bring bags/baskets to carry home groceries. We’ll see you there!

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, December 12: Snuggle Up and Read Night 6-7:30

Thursday, December 14: Monthly Market; 5-7 pm

Friday, December 15: Level IV Parent Referrals Due

December 18- January 1: Winter Break

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Happy Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving approaching on Thursday,  Thanksgiving break is November 22-November 24. Our Parklawn family is one of the things we are all most thankful for! We hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

Lightspeed Classroom

Our school will be using a new classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. The new tool will provide teachers with a number of helpful features: 

  • Easily view student screens in real time from the teacher console to see which students may need guidance or support.
  • Focus student attention on a particular website on their device to minimize distractions.
  • Pause student access to the internet to focus on other classroom tasks.

We believe this classroom management tool will allow us to maximize class time to support your student’s learning while at school. Please let us know if you have any questions.  

November Family Coffee

Join Mrs. Forgy and our Parklawn family for our November coffee! We will meet in the library from 9:15-10:15 on Tuesday, November 28. This month, we will learn more about our new school-wide social-emotional learning curriculum! Second Step is a digital program Parklawn is using to teach students skills like self-management, relationship skills, and problem solving. Learn with us as we share about what Second Step looks like at Parklawn, and how these social-emotional skills contribute to our children’s success in school and how they might use these skills to become successful adults!

Picture Retake Day is November 29!

Picture Retakes will be taken from 9-11 am on Wednesday, November 29.

  • New students or students who were absent during the original picture day should come to the camera on Retake Day.
  • Students who would like a retake must bring their original portrait packet to the camera and return it to the photographer.
Attendance Matters!

As we prepare to take time off from school for the Thanksgiving break, we are grateful for everyone who has helped to restore a routine for showing up to school while supporting students and families. Daily routines are essential for reducing stress and creating a sense of security for students and adults. Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as connect to peers and their teachers. Please take steps to keep your child healthy and send them to school unless they are truly sick.   We look forward to seeing all of our Parklawn Panthers return on Monday, November 27th.

With Gratitude,

The Parklawn Attendance Team

Snuggle Up and Read Night

Parklawn Elementary will host our annual Snuggle Up and Read Night on Tuesday, December 12th, 2023, from 6:00-7:30. Wear your pajamas and join us for a fun night of reading with your family and friends. Parents can learn tips to help their child with reading and writing.  All children will choose a free book to take home.

Tuesday will be a Pajama Day! Students and staff may wear their pajamas all day in honor of our evening event!

Lost and Found

Our lost and found has become quite large at Parklawn! If you child is missing something (coat, glove, water bottle, etc.), please be sure to check out the Lost and Found that is in the cafeteria. These items will be kept until Tuesday, November 21, when remaining items will be donated.

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, 11/22 – Friday, 11/24: Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 28: November Family Coffee; 9:15-10:15

Wednesday, November 29: Fall Picture Retake Day; 9-11 am

Thursday, December 7: December Monthly Market, 5-7 pm

Tuesday, December 12: Snuggle Up and Read Night 6-7:30

December 18- January 1: Winter Break

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Panther Press for November 12, 2023

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Diwali is November 12

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.

Lost and Found

Our lost and found has become quite large at Parklawn! If you child is missing something (coat, glove, water bottle, etc.), please be sure to check out the Lost and Found that is in the cafeteria. These items will be kept until Tuesday, November 21, when remaining items will be donated.

National Family Engagement Month

This month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Strong family support is vital to student well-being and success. 

FCPS has many resources designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth.

Additionally, every school has a family liaison who will welcome and orient families, and help them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. We actually have two at Parklawn, Afifa Bolte and Khalida Jawaid! They can help connect families to resources in the community. Family liaisons might also assist a family in transitioning to a new school and encourage family-school partnerships to help ensure their student's success and healthy development.

If you have questions or would like more information, ask your school office to connect you with your family liaison or visit FCPS’ website for a list of region representatives.

Reminder:  Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to  <<fill in the name and email address of the AART or principal>> no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services 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 Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP 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 six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing [email protected],  the Advanced Academics Resource Teacher at Parklawn.

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

Is there a Parklawn staff member you believe is deserving of an FCPS Outstanding Staff Award? Is there someone that has gone above and beyond to better you or your child’s experience with school? Consider nominating a Parklawn staff member for an award! To nominate someone, please fill out the Google form with their name and how they meet the criteria by November 17. If you have any questions about the awards, nominations, or would like to submit a nomination in another language please contact the awards liaison Rachel Zamudio at [email protected].

Form to submit a nomination: https://forms.gle/8SR2TQCieRZywJRs9

November Family Coffee is 11/28!

Join Mrs. Forgy and our Parklawn family for our November coffee! We will meet in the library from 9:15-10:15 on Tuesday, November 28. This month, we will learn more about our new school-wide social-emotional learning curriculum! Second Step is a digital program Parklawn is using to teach students skills like self-management, relationship skills, and problem solving. Learn with us as we share about what Second Step looks like at Parklawn, and how these social-emotional skills contribute to our children’s success in school and how they might use these skills to become successful adults!

Message from the PTA

Please join us for our next PTA meeting, on Thursday, November 16, at 4:30 p.m. We'll have a guest speaker from the FCPS Family Resource Center who will present on the free resources they provide to families, including webinars, confidential consultations, and a lending library. This month's meeting will be virtual, so please use the following link to join:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89557005861?pwd=ZVNZZnRaekV6a0c3YXFkQVhXam82UT09.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, November 14: FLE Parent Preview Night, 5-6 pm

Thursday, November 16: Virtual PTA Meeting; 4:30 pm

Wednesday, 11/22 – Friday, 11/24: Thanksgiving Break

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Panther Press for November 5, 2023

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As a reminder, schools are closed for students on Monday, November 6, and Tuesday, November 7 . See the complete school year calendar.

Monthly Family Market: November 9!

Come visit Parklawn’s Family Market each month! We’re partnering with the @Capital Area Food Bank to offer fresh produce and dry goods to members of the Parklawn community, free of charge. Doors open at 5 pm and groceries are available on a first-come first-serve basis. You are encouraged to bring bags/baskets to carry home groceries. We’ll see you there!

Thanksgiving Luncheon

The annual Thanksgiving Luncheon is this week! Families are welcome to join their children for the luncheon on Friday, November 10.  The price for each meal is $4.75 per guest, which includes all non-Parklawn children and adults. We will accept cash only. You also may bring your own lunch or choose not to participate in the meal. All meals must be prepaid using the payment form being sent home. The payment and pre-payment form must be returned by Tuesday, November 7. If you did not send your form yet and would still like to do so, our school office is open both Monday and Tuesday. Your lunch tickets will be ready for you at the school on the day of the event. No payments will be accepted at the door.  Some classes will eat in the cafeteria, and some will eat in the gym. Please review the grade level meal schedules located on the back of this flyer.

Children will also be participating in the Turkey Trot that day!

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

Is there a Parklawn staff member you believe is deserving of an FCPS Outstanding Staff Award? Is there someone that has gone above and beyond to better you or your child’s experience with school? Consider nominating a Parklawn staff member for an award! To nominate someone, please fill out the Google form with their name and how they meet the criteria by November 17. If you have any questions about the awards, nominations, or would like to submit a nomination in another language please contact the awards liaison Rachel Zamudio at [email protected].

Form to submit a nomination: https://forms.gle/8SR2TQCieRZywJRs9

Message from the PTA

Thank you to all families who joined the PTA during our Membership Drive Contest! We will be celebrating both the pre-K and kindergarten students as our contest winners! Pre-K had the largest percentage of students whose families joined, and kindergarten had the highest number of students whose families joined. These students will get a special treat this month as a show of our appreciation. Also, please mark your calendars for the next PTA meeting, which will be held Thursday, November 16, at 4:30. This will be a virtual meeting. A meeting link and more details about the agenda will be shared next week. If you have any questions about the PTA, please email us at [email protected].

Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 6:School Planning Day: Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 7: Election Day; Student Holiday

Thursday, November 9: Monthly Market; 5-7 pm

Friday, November 10: Veterans Day Observance; Thanksgiving Luncheon, and Turkey Trot

Tuesday, November 14: FLE Parent Preview Night, 5-6 pm

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