Panther Press for November 27, 2022

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Calendar Survey: Make Your Voice Heard!

FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit our website.

Caregiver Wellness Presentation December 1st!

Please join Parklawn’s Wellness Team in person for an evening of learning. We will share what it means to be a Responsive Classroom school and our school wide approach to teaching and discipline.  We will also discuss logical consequences and how you can implement them at home. We look forward to seeing you there!

Snuggle Up and Read Night is December 7!

One of Parklawn’s favorite annual events is here! Join us for Snuggle Up and Read Night on Wednesday, December 7 from 6:30-8 pm!  Parents and students are invited to spend a fun evening reading with family and Parklawn friends while enjoying cookies and juice. Wear your pajamas, bring a cozy blanket or stuffed animal and snuggle up and read or listen to stories. We will have guests reading in English and other languages.  Discover ways to support your students as readers. Every student will receive a book to take home!

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Attendance Update

When should you keep your child home from school? Attendance is critical for student success, but if a child is ill, it may be best to keep them home. See our suggestions for when a sick child should stay home: https://bit.ly/3qoiahm

 

Positivity Project for November 26-December 2: Kindness

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Kindness. Kindness means you are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people.

Kindness is grounded in the belief of a common humanity in which others are worthy of care, attention, affection, and compassion. Kind people think about the needs and feelings of other people, and then act to help those people. Kind people are selfless. That is why a true act of kindness is distinct from helping another person in order to simply gain something for yourself. An individual with the strength of kindness helps others because it's’ the right thing to do, not because they expect any reciprocal treatment or gain in reputation.

In addition to empathy and sympathy, the character strength of kindness is indicative of an individual’s moral reasoning capacity and level of social responsibility. That means people who develop kindness possess a strong personal ethical responsibility to care for other people. And, their acts of kindness towards others lead to additional acts of kindness by those who have been helped.

To practice and encourage the character strength of kindness with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, November 29: Annandale Pyramid Community Conversation with Dr. Reid, Superintendent

Thursday, December 1: Family Presentation: Responsive Classroom! 6:30-7:30 pm

Wednesday, December 7: Snuggle Up and Read Night! 6:30-8 pm

December 15: Level IV Referrals due

December 19-January 2: Winter Break

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Panther Press for November 20, 2022

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Break is upon us! There is no school Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25. We are thankful for our wonderful Parklawn family every day of the year! Happy Thanksgiving!

Attendance Update

We are thankful for you! As we look forward to the Thanksgiving break from 11/23-11/25, we are grateful for everyone who has helped to establish a routine for coming to school every day and on time. Please note that we DO have school on Monday 11/21 and Tuesday 11/22 this week.

Daily routines are essential for reducing stress and creating a sense of security. As long as your child is healthy, please be sure they are at school. Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as connect to peers and their teachers.

We are thankful for our students and their families who do their best to show up to school every day even when it isn’t easy. May these days off be restful and healing. We look forward to seeing you again when school resumes on Monday 11/28.

Superintendent Community Conversations

Don’t forget -- Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Justice High School on November 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. or Annandale High School on Tuesday, November 29 from 6:30-7:30.  Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. If you plan to attend, please register today. [Note: Link for your event registration is on this webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/blog/superintendent-community-conversations] We hope to see you there!

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Caregiver Wellness Presentation December 1st!

Please join Parklawn’s Wellness Team in person for an evening of learning. We will share what it means to be a Responsive Classroom school and our school wide approach to teaching and discipline.  We will also discuss logical consequences and how you can implement them at home. We look forward to seeing you there!

Snuggle Up and Read Night is December 7!

One of Parklawn’s favorite annual events is here! Join us for Snuggle Up and Read Night on Wednesday, December 7 from 6:30-8 pm!  Parents and students are invited to spend a fun evening reading with family and Parklawn friends while enjoying cookies and juice. Wear your pajamas, bring a cozy blanket or stuffed animal and snuggle up and read or listen to stories. We will have guests reading in English and other languages.  Discover ways to support your students as readers. Every student will receive a book to take home!

Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 21: Justice Pyramid Community Conversation with Dr. Reid, Superintendent

Wednesday, November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 29: Annandale Pyramid Community Conversation with Dr. Reid, Superintendent

Thursday, December 1: Family Presentation: Responsive Classroom! 6:30-7:30 pm

Wednesday, December 7: Snuggle Up and Read Night! 6:30-8 pm

December 15: Level IV Referrals due

December 19-January 2: Winter Break

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Panther Press for November 13, 2022

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November is 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. 

November Family Coffee is Tuesday! “Parklawn Online”!

Our next monthly Family Coffee is Tuesday, November 15 from 9-10 am in person! We will explore together Schoology, ParentVue, and Parklawn connections on line! 

Parklawn’s Annual Turkey Trot!

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 20 minute fun run on our track.  Please remind your student to dress appropriately for the weather and to wear their running shoes on the 17th!

Parklawn Jersey Day is Friday!

Parklawn is having a spirit day on Friday, November 18! Students are welcome to wear their favorite team's jersey to school!

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Justice High School on Monday, November 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. or Annandale High School on Tuesday, November 28 from 6:30-7:30. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend. [Note: Link for your event registration is on this webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/blog/superintendent-community-conversations] [SPANISH - AMHARIC - ARABIC - CHINESE - KOREAN - URDU - VIETNAMESE]

FCPS 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. 

Outstanding Teacher 

Outstanding New Teacher

Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Leader 

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Outstanding Operational Employee 

If you are interested in nominating a Parklawn employee for an award, please use the Google form link here: https://forms.gle/rordNJcqrmYKzE3WA to review the criteria and share why you think they deserve the award. Please submit your nomination by Friday, November 18 at 5 pm. Submissions or questions can be emailed to the school awards liaison, Rachel Zamudio at [email protected] .

Positivity Project for November 12-25: Gratitude!

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Gratitude. Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

Gratitude is the quality of feelings and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness. A leading expert, Robert Emmons, calls gratitude a “relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”

Out of all 24 character strengths, gratitude is the single best predictor of individual well-being. It is correlated with increased energy, empathy, happiness and optimism. And, the great thing about gratitude is that it can be intentionally cultivated. Numerous studies have concluded that gratitude is like a muscle. The more you practice it, the stronger it gets -- and the more you’re able to reap its benefits.

To practice and encourage the character strength of gratitude with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

Message from the Parklawn PTA!

All are welcome to attend the next PTA general meeting on Thursday, November 17, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. We'll meet in person in the school library, or you can join virtually using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86562459384?pwd=YzUvY2huZkZHU25zdHkxRm4xbURiQT09

We'll provide an update on the staff mini-grant program and other activities in the works!

Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 14: Fall Picture Day

Tuesday, November 15: November Family Coffee: “Parklawn Online”, 9-10 am in person!!

Thursday, November 17: PTA Meeting, 4:30-5:30

Thursday, November 17: FLE Parent Preview Night (in person) 5:30-6:30 pm

Friday, November 18: Spirit Day!

Monday, November 21: Justice Pyramid Community Conversation with Dr. Reid, Superintendent

Wednesday, November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 29: Annandale Pyramid Community Conversation with Dr. Reid, Superintendent

December 15: Level IV Referrals due

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Panther Press for November 6, 2022

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Time to Fall Back!

This Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time ends. Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour!

Election Day is November 8!

Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Veterans' Day is November 11

As a reminder, Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. 

As part of our Veterans Day commemoration, Parklawn is participating in a  school-wide letter writing event through Operation Gratitude. This organization will distribute our letters to veterans and active members of the military. What a great connection to our P2 strengths of Bravery and Gratitude!

Fall Picture Day is November 14! November Family Coffee: "Parklawn Online"

Our next monthly Family Coffee is Tuesday, November 15 from 9-10 am in person! We will explore together Schoology, ParentVue, and Parklawn connections on line! 

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Justice High School on Monday, November 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. or Annandale High School on Tuesday, November 28 from 6:30-7:30. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend ath this link:  https://www.fcps.edu/blog/superintendent-community-conversations]

Positivity Project for November 5-11: Bravery!

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Bravery. Bravery means you act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary.

Bravery refers to voluntary (not coerced) action in the face of a dangerous circumstance. This strength involves judgement; the brave person must have an understanding of the risks and consequences involved in acting. According to Socrates and Plato, forethought separates acts of valor from acts of rashness. This means that bravery isn’t simply fearlessness, but instead the overcoming of fear.

Overcoming fears is critically important in individual development, as it allows the person to do more and become more. A person can be brave every single day. For example, some people with social anxiety are brave just by leaving their house and talking with people. On a physical level, bravery allows us to overcome fears, such as swimming or playing a sport. And, on a moral level, doing what we know to be right, despite the risks, gives us the sense that we are acting on behalf of a larger purpose.

To practice and encourage the character strength of bravery with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

FCPS Outstanding 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. 

Outstanding Teacher 

Outstanding New Teacher

Outstanding Principal Outstanding Leader 

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Outstanding Operational Employee 

If you are interested in nominating a Parklawn employee for an award, please use the Google form link here: https://forms.gle/rordNJcqrmYKzE3WA to review the criteria and share why you think they deserve the award. Please submit your nomination by Friday, November 18 at 5 pm. Submissions or questions can be emailed to the school awards liaison, Rachel Zamudio at [email protected] .

Message from the Parklawn PTA!

Thank you to all who joined the PTA as part of our membership drive last month! Here is a review of what we discussed at our PTA meeting on October 27. We reviewed the proposed budget and discussed specific activities we would like to plan for the coming year. We would like to plan a science night and a training for parents on keeping children safe online. We can use planning resources provided by the National PTA which include the supplies we need and directions for the activities. We would also like to support the school's gardens with a special activity for students, and are considering a student activity to support fitness, exercise, and movement. We are looking for 3 - 4 individuals to work on each event. If you are interested in learning more about these activities or are interested in helping to plan them, please email [email protected].

In the coming weeks, we would also appreciate additional volunteers to help with two activities. We are now offering our Teacher Mini-grants, which allow teachers and staff to request funds for special classroom supplies. The PTA is accepting applications through November 11, and we are looking for 3 - 4 volunteers to help review the applications and meet to make decisions. If you are interested in helping with the mini-grant application review please email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, November 8: Election Day; Holiday for staff and students

Friday, November 11: School Planning Day; No School for Students; Veteran’s Day

Monday, November 14: Fall Picture Day

Tuesday, November 15: November Family Coffee: “Parklawn Online”, 9-10 am in person!!

Thursday, November 17: PTA Meeting, 4:30-5:30

Monday, November 21: Justice Pyramid Community Conversation with Dr. Reid, Superintendent

Wednesday, November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 29: Annandale Pyramid Community Conversation with Dr. Reid, Superintendent

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Panther Press for October 30, 2022

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Our Parklawn family had a great time at our Storybook Character Parade on Friday! Thank you to all the families who came to see us! Enjoy the long weekend and we will see everyone back to school on Tuesday, November 1!

Día de los Muertos is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Tuesday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 2, are “O” Days this year. While Día de los Muertos is largely celebrated in Mexico and Latin America, it also coincides with All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). These days are celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and some Protestants worldwide to honor those who have died and gone to heaven (All Saints Day) and those who may still be in purgatory (All Souls Day). The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

Picture Day is November 14!

Picture Day Flyers will be sent home in Tuesday folders. You may order online or use the paper order form.

FCPS Outstanding 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. 

Outstanding Teacher 

Outstanding New Teacher

Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Leader 

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Outstanding Operational Employee 

If you are interested in nominating a Parklawn employee for an award, please use the Google form link here: https://forms.gle/rordNJcqrmYKzE3WA to review the criteria and share why you think they deserve the award. Please submit your nomination by Friday, November 18 at 5 pm. Submissions or questions can be emailed to the school awards liaison, Rachel Zamudio at [email protected] 

Advanced Academics Screening Process Session

Parklawn will hold its second Advanced Academics Level IV Screening Process Session in person on Wednesday, November 2 from 9-10 am at Parklawn. There will be Spanish and Dari interpretation during this meeting. As a follow up to our September 28 AAP Information Night, this meeting will discuss the process for screening students for level IV advanced academics placement. Our Advanced Academics Teacher, Ms. Nory Fink, will share important information and answer questions that you might have.

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Creativity. Creativity means you come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.

Creative people can look at the world in original ways. They are open to new experiences, and have an imaginative and independent thought process. They generate lots of different ideas and can pursue them with energy and enthusiasm. Creativity is a process that takes courage. Anytime you share your original ideas with the world, you risk being criticized or even ostracized.

On a group level, creativity is vital. It helps us solve seemingly impossible problems, create something we never knew we wanted, or simply see the world in a new way. Technological examples include the printing press, refrigeration, electricity, automobiles, and the internet. Just think of what we’d be missing without Renaissance art, Enlightenment thinking, Harlem Renaissance jazz, or hip-hop emerging from the South Bronx in the 1970s and 80s. 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 31: Teacher Work Day; No school for students

Tuesday, November 8: Election Day; Holiday for staff and students

Friday, November 11: School Planning Day; No School for Students; Veteran’s Day

Monday, November 14: Fall Picture Day

Tuesday, November 15: November Family Coffee: “Parklawn Online”, 9-10 am in person!!

Thursday, November 17: PTA Meeting, 4:30-5:30

Monday, November 21: Community Conversation with Dr. Reid, Superintendent

Wednesday, November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break

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Panther Press for October 23, 2022

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FCPS Calendar Reminders

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Monday, Oct. 24 is a holiday for teachers and students (only 12 month employees report).

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, Oct. 31, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

PTA Meeting This Thursday at 4:30!

Our October PTA meeting will be this Thursday from 4:30-5:30 pm. We will meet in person in the library and will offer a virtual option as well. We hope you join us at this new time to learn more about the PTA and how you can be a part of the fun!

Parklawn Storybook Character Day is October 28!

Friday, October 28 will be a special Parklawn spirit day! Storybook Character Day a favorite Parklawn event every October. We are excited to have the return of our parade!!! Weather permitting, our parade will begin at 9:30. If family members would like to join us, you may do so outside as we take our parade around the building. Staff and Students may dress up as their favorite storybook characters and share their favorite book. Thank you for remembering costumes must be from a storybook, and masks or toy weapons are not permitted.

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.


For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Positivity Project for October 22-28: Integrity

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Integrity. Integrity means you are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely.

Integrity is doing the right thing when nobody is watching. People with integrity practice what they preach and maintain a consistent pattern of behavior aligned with their values. They have the courage not to follow the crowd if it means going against their beliefs. Integrity is closely aligned with the terms of honesty and authenticity. People with integrity tell the truth and have alignment in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Integrity is vital to individual growth. It is correlated with a multitude of psychological well-being measures. Harmony in your feelings, thoughts, and actions makes you better able to personally grow and achieve goals. Authenticity and a lack of pretense make you more likable and trusted by others, meaning your relationships will benefit.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, October 24: Diwali; Holiday for students and staff

Wednesday, October 26: Advanced Academics Screening Information Session; virtual 6:30 pm

Thursday, October 27: PTA Meeting; 4:30-5:30 pm!

Friday, October 28: End of 1st Marking Period; 2 hour early release (1:25 dismissal)

Monday, October 31: Teacher Work Day; No school for students

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Panther Press for October 16, 2022

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October Family Coffee is Tuesday!

Join Ms. Forgy and the Parklawn family for our October Family Coffee! This month’s topic is about communication and preparing for parent/teacher conferences. We will meet in the library from 9-10 am. Hope to see you there!

FCPS Calendar Reminders

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Monday, Oct. 24 is a holiday for teachers and students (only 12 month employees report).

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, Oct. 31, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Arrival and Dismissal Safety

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

  • In the morning, students may only be dropped off near door 2. It is not safe to drop students close to door 1 as they have to cross our very busy bus loop and we do not have staff prepared to supervise them crossing there.
  • For drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon, pull all the way down at door 2 to the end of the sidewalk. Parklawn staff will help students out of or into the car.
  • Adults should stay in the car during drop off and pick up.
  • Make sure to have your number clearly displayed during 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.
  • Please do not walk through the parking lot at arrival or dismissal. Only the crosswalks and sidewalks should be used when walking students to the door.
AAP Referral Process Sessions

Parklawn will hold two Advanced Academics Screening Process Information Sessions. The first session will be a virtual presentation via zoom on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30-7:30 pm. The second session will be held in person on Wednesday, November 2 from 9-10 am at Parklawn. There will be Spanish and Dari interpretation during this meeting.

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 28!

Friday, October 28 will be a special Parklawn spirit day! Storybook Character Day a favorite Parklawn event every October. We are excited to have the return of our parade!!! Weather permitting, our parade will begin at 9:30. If family members would like to join us, you may do so outside as we take our parade around the building. Staff and Students may dress up as their favorite storybook characters and share their favorite book. Thank you for remembering costumes must be from a storybook, and masks or toy weapons are not permitted.

Immunizations Reminder

We encourage everyone to Be Wise, Immunize! Immunizations are required to attend public school and help keep children protected from various diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and recommended childhood immunizations due to disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up now and provide updated records to your child’s school.

Please check with your healthcare provider to make sure your child is up to date on required immunizations for the 2022-23 school year as soon as possible. If your child needs a vaccine to complete their records, make an appointment with your healthcare provider or call 703-246-7100 to make an appointment with the Fairfax County Health Department. Appointments are required. More information can be found on the  Fairfax County Health Department website.

Remember to request documentation of your child’s immunizations and bring that to your child’s school as soon as possible. Reach out to Parklawn’s main office at (703) 914-6900 if you have questions.

Positivity Project for October 15-21: Forgiveness

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Forgiveness.  Forgiveness means you forgive those who have done wrong and you accept that people make mistakes.

Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. Many who forgive have the ability to consider things from another’s perspective.

The ability to reconcile differences and move forward positively is a trait of any effective group. When people work together, conflict is inevitable. However, when people value each other’s contribution and believe in the group’s goal, they become more capable of moving past conflict toward genuinely positive behavior. A group member’s willingness to forgive imperfections of both other members and the group as a whole contribute to overall success.

To practice and encourage the character strength of forgiveness with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions. Have a wonderful week!

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, October 18: Family Coffee, 9-10 am

Tuesday, October 24: Diwali; Holiday for students and staff

Thursday, October 27: PTA Meeting; 4:30-5:30 pm!

Friday, October 28: End of 1st Marking Period; 2 hour early release (1:25 dismissal)

Monday, October 31: Teacher Work Day; No school for students

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Panther Press for October 9, 2022

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October 10 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, Oct. 10 is a student holiday and staff development day. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Wellness Wednesday Presentation October 12

Meet our Wellness Team! Join us to learn about our school counselors, school psychologist, and social worker and how they support students both in and out of the classroom. Families will also experience what a classroom guidance lesson looks like, as well as strategies to use at home when your student is experiencing big feelings. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, October 12 from 6:30-7:30. We will be in person in the Parklawn Library!

October Family Coffee is October 18!

Join Mrs. Forgy and the Parklawn family for our October Family Coffee! This month’s topic is about communication and preparing for parent/teacher conferences. We will meet in the library from 9-10 am. Hope to see you there!

Advanced Academics Screening Process Sessions

Parklawn will hold two Advanced Academics Screening Process Information Sessions. The first session will be a virtual presentation via zoom on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30-7:30 pm. The second session will be held in person on Wednesday, November 2 from 9-10 am at Parklawn. There will be Spanish and Dari interpretation during this in-person meeting.

As a follow up to our September 28 AAP Information Night, this session 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. The link for the virtual meeting on October 26 will be sent ahead in an ENotify.

Parklawn Storybook Character Day is October 28!

Friday, October 28 will be a special Parklawn spirit day! Storybook Character Day a favorite Parklawn event every October. We are excited to have the return of our parade!!! Weather permitting, our parade will begin at 9:30. If family members would like to join us, you may do so outside as we take our parade around the building. Staff and Students may dress up as their favorite storybook characters and share their favorite book. Thank you for remembering costumes must be from a storybook, and masks or toy weapons are not permitted.

FCPS Strategic Plan

Fairfax County Public Schools is launching the engagement phase that will help us develop our brand new Strategic Plan

During her Community Conversations listening tour in each high school pyramid, Superintendent Michelle Reid has heard from many of you about your hopes and aspirations for our students. That feedback will become part of our proactive strategic plan that will serve as our North Star—or guide—for the future.

Starting in October, we will be inviting the entire FCPS community to engage in building our shared future. This includes hearing from our parents and caregivers, students, and broader community, as well as surveying students in grades three and above. You will have an opportunity to have your voice heard in one of many sessions (both in-person and virtual) during November and December. We encourage you to join us in this journey by actively participating in the conversation.

For a more detailed overview, visit FCPS’ Strategic Planning webpage.

Positivity Project for October 8-14: Perspective

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Perspective. Perspective means you appreciate when people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.

Perspective is also referred to as wisdom and is distinct from intelligence. People with this strength are sought out for advice because they see the big picture and can make sense of the world’s complexity. This strength of perspective gives individuals the ability to see to the heart of difficult matters and achieve clarity. Most importantly, they are honest and behave in an ethically consistent manner. 

Perspective helps an individual make sense of the world. It provides clarity on what matters and what does not. Being able to see things from multiple angles helps individuals remain calm and learn from mistakes; they are typically highly self-aware. Reflecting on their own feelings, thoughts, and motives helps them understand and empathize with other people. These individuals are strong listeners and ask great questions. Individuals with the strength of perspective help their group get through difficult or uncertain circumstances because they’re poised and can identify opportunities for success.

To practice and encourage the character strength of perspective with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

Message from the PTA

Membership Drive Update: Thank you to everyone who joined the PTA during our Help Our Membership Grow drive! And congratulations to the 2nd grade for winning the membership drive contest! The PTA will be in touch with school administrators and the 2nd grade teachers to provide a prize to 2nd grade students. If you haven’t joined the PTA yet, it’s not too late! Return the paper form and payment to your student’s teacher or the front office, or join online– your membership dues help support many PTA activities throughout the year!

Seeking Volunteers to Install New Little Free Library: Parklawn Elementary received a generous donation from the Magnuson Family of a new Little Library and we are searching for 3 volunteers to help install it. If you are handy with tools and would like to help, please email the PTA at [email protected]. We will set a date to install the Little Library based on the schedules of the volunteers. (Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization. From their website: “Little Free Library book-sharing boxes are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day and are freely accessible to all, removing barriers to book access.”)

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 10: Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Staff Development Day and Student Holiday

Wednesday, October 12: Wellness Wednesday Family Presentation! 6:30-7:30 pm in person – 

Tuesday, October 18: Family Coffee: 9-10 am; Topic: Parent/Teacher Conferences and communication tips

Monday, October 24: Diwali; Holiday for students and staff

Friday, October 28:Storybook Character Day

Friday, October 28: End of QTR 1; 2 hour early release for students

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Calendar Reminder: No School Wednesday

Yom Kippur is the holiest day in Judaism. To mark this day, which begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 4, Tuesday is noted as a ½ religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar. Wednesday, October 5 is a holiday for teachers and students (only 12 month employees report).

May all in our Jewish community observing Yom Kippur have an easy and meaningful fast. According to Jewish tradition, Yom Kippur is when God decides each person’s fate, so Jews are encouraged to make amends and ask forgiveness for sins committed during the past year.

Parklawn Wellness Wednesday Presentation October 12

Meet our Wellness Team! Join us to learn about our school counselors, school psychologist, and social worker and how they support students both in and out of the classroom. Families will also experience what a classroom guidance lesson looks like, as well as strategies to use at home when your student is experiencing big feelings. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, October 12 from 6:30-7:30.

Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new FCC program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at AffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575. Visit our Free and Reduced-Price Meals website for more information on the criteria to be eligible and how to apply.

Share Feedback on In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding helps FCPS maintain safe school environments and address the impact of COVID-19 on students. We want to hear from you about our work to provide in-person instruction and continuity of services to all FCPS students and families. Visit our website to learn more about FCPS’ plan to use ESSER III funding to support students and share feedback via an online form. The online form will be available through October 10.

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, October 5: Yom Kippur; Holiday for students and staff

Monday, October 10: Staff Development Day

Tuesday, October 24: Diwali; Holiday for students and staff

Friday, October 28: End of 1st Marking Period; 2 hour early release (1:25 dismissal)

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September 26 is a Student Holiday!

Monday, Sept. 26, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. It is also Rosh Hashanah, the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year.

Shanah tovah to our Jewish community celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year! Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah is one of Judaism’s holiest days and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection that ends with Yom Kippur.

September Family Coffee: Title I Annual Meeting is Tuesday!

Our in-person Family Coffees are back! This is a time when parents and caregivers can join Mrs. Forgy, our family liaisons Afifa Bolte and Khalida Jawaid, and Parklawn staff for a monthly topic. Our September Coffee will be hold on Tuesday, September 27 from 9-10 am in the library. Our topic this month will be our annual Title I meeting. This is a great time to learn about the excellent resources, supports, and expectations in place at Parklawn as a Title I School. We hope to see you there!

Overview of AAP Services Information Session

Parklawn will hold our annual Advanced Academics Program Information Meeting on Wednesday September 28. This year’s meeting will be offered virtually at 6:30 pm and Spanish interpretation will be provided. 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 [email protected]. We will share the zoom link in the future.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

The FCPS updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

The 2022-2023 Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. We ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your child or teen so that he or she is well prepared for success when the school year begins. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contact numbers and other resources. This document is available in the following languages: Spanish, ArabicChineseKoreanUrdu, and Vietnamese.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. OR sign and return this form to Parklawn. Signatures are due by September 30.Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at (703) 914-6900, if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

Positivity Project for September 24-30: Other People Mindset of Being Present

This week our school community will be focusing on the Other People Mindset of Being Present and Giving Others My Attention. This means when I’m with other people, I’m present and give them my full attention.

This element of the Other People Mindset is so important today due to the increasing number of distractions vying for our time and attention. Phone calls, text messages, emails, social media notifications all have the dangerous capacity to pull us away from the present moment and, what’s most important -- our relationships with other people.

Just like plants need sunlight to grow, our relationships need attention. If we don’t give our attention to the people we’re building relationships with -- whether family members, close friends, or even distant colleagues -- we can’t build those relationships. It’s vitally important that we pick our heads up from our cell phones and truly listen to other people when they’re talking. A positive culture is built on positive relationships -- and we can’t build positive relationships without attention.

Message from the PTA

Help our PTA Membership Grow! We are entering the final week of our membership drive contest! Your membership dues help to support activities throughout the year, such as movie night, bingo night, and staff appreciation activities. Membership dues are $10 for an individual adult and $15 for a family (more than 1 adult) for the entire school year. We are watching our membership grow on the Membership Drive apple tree posters at school. When you submit your membership form, please include the grade(s) of your student(s) to earn a point for the grade and an apple on the tree. The grade that has the most points by September 30 will win a prize! Return paper membership forms with payment to your student's teacher or the main office, or visit our website to join online.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 26: Rosh Hashanah: Student Holiday, Teacher Work Day

Tuesday, September 27: Family Coffee: Title I Annual Meeting, 9-10 am

Wednesday, September 28: Virtual AAP Info Session; 6:30-7:30

Wednesday, October 5: Yom Kippur; Holiday for students and staff

Monday, October 10: Staff Development Day

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Parklawn PTA Meeting is Thursday Night! New link!

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Parklawn PTA is Thursday Night!

September PTA Meeting: Join us for our first Parklawn Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting of the school year! We are excited to welcome new Assistant Principal Amos Simms-Smith! He, Principal Rebecca Forgy, and Assistant Principals Alison Meadows and Jacqueline White will join us for a special “Meet Our Administrative Team” discussion. Get to know our school administrative leaders and ask them questions. The meeting will be Thursday, September 22, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. It will be held in person in the school library, or you can join virtually:

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Virtual Back to School Night is Tuesday!

Parklawn’s Virtual Back to School Night, is this Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 pm. We look forward to coming together virtually as a Parklawn Family to explore grade level curriculum, review learning expectations, school routines and procedures. The agenda will be:

6:30 - 6:40 Parklawn Community Welcome

6:40 - 7:10 Grade level presentations (round 1)

7:15 - 7:40 Grade level presentations (round 2)

7:15 - 8:00 Specialists Visits

Stay tuned as we send out zoom links through an eNotify email on Monday, September 19. You can join your children’s class to kick off the event at 6:30. We look forward to families joining us. We hope to “see” you there!

National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. At Parklawn, one of our displays will include books in our library that focus on these cultures. Our morning news show will share highlights throughout the month. Our FLES teachers, Ms. Robbins and Ms. Soria Aguilar, will also be sharing lessons in their classes highlighting this special month.

September Family Coffee: Title I Annual Meeting

Our in-person Family Coffees are back! This is a time when parents and caregivers can join Mrs. Forgy, our family liaisons Afifa Bolte and Khalida Jawaid, and Parklawn staff for a monthly topic. Our September Coffee will be hold on Tuesday, September 27 from 9-10 am in the library. Our topic this month will be our annual Title I meeting. This is a great time to learn about the excellent resources, supports, and expectations in place at Parklawn as a Title I School. We hope to see you there!

Overview of AAP Services Information Session

Parklawn will hold our annual Advanced Academics Program Information Meeting on Wednesday September 28. This year’s meeting will be offered virtually at 6:30 pm and Spanish interpretation will be provided. 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 [email protected]. We will share the zoom link in the future.

Positivity Project for September 17-23: Teamwork!

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Teamwork. Teamwork means you work well as a member of a group or team. You are loyal, reliable, and dedicated to helping your team achieve its goals. 

Teamwork is the ability and willingness to place overall group success as a higher priority than individual achievement. Those who demonstrate strengths in teamwork often work to help all group members find success. These individuals are willing to commit time and resources in order to further group goals and help toward the greater good.

For individuals, teamwork often means deferring or delaying individual accomplishments in order to ensure that the group maintains a high level of success. Their commitment to the larger group effort makes them good teammates. The positive feelings associated with being part of a larger whole -- can be highly beneficial and combat selfishness and egotism.

National Attendance Awareness Month!

Whether students miss school because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss.

Help your student succeed by encouraging them to miss as few days as possible. However, do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. So when should your child stay home? Visit our site for helpful ideas regarding absences and how to work with your child and your school.

f your child has a chronic illness, make sure to notify our front office so that assistance can be provided if needed. Keep an open line of communication with your school public health nurse, and call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell school staff why and for how long. Attend today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Message from the PTA

September PTA Meeting: Join us for our first Parklawn Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting of the school year! We are excited to welcome new Assistant Principal Amos Simms-Smith! He, Principal Rebecca Forgy, and Assistant Principals Alison Meadows and Jacqueline White will join us for a special “Meet Our Administrative Team” discussion. Get to know our school administrative leaders and ask them questions. The meeting will be Thursday, September 22, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. It will be held in person in the school library, or you can join virtually: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84034187719?pwd=YmtGREVSSHlUY1RIOUFzUEJkVXRrZz09.

Membership Drive: At the meeting, we’ll also share the activities we are planning throughout the year. These activities are possible with the support of your membership. Membership dues are $10 for an individual adult and $15 for a family (more than 1 adult) for the entire school year. We are watching our membership grow on the Membership Drive apple tree posters at school. When you submit your membership form (in paper or online), please include the grade(s) of your student(s) to earn a point for the grade and an apple on the tree. The grade that has the most points by September 30 will win a prize! Visit our website to join online.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 20: Virtual Back to School Night, 6:30-8:00 pm

Thursday, September 22: September PTA Meeting: 7-8 pm

Monday, September 26: Rosh Hashanah – Student Holiday (No school for students)

Tuesday, September 27: September Family Coffee; 9-10 am: Title I Annual Meeting

Wednesday, September 28: Virtual AAP Information Session; 6:30-7:30 pm

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Advanced Academics Programs (AAP) Elementary Continuum of Services

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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 efforts 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 recognizes unique student needs and focuses on matching services, not labeling students. Through the continuum, 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, Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs), and school administrators work together to provide the following levels of service at the elementary level:  

 

Access to Rigor, 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 Access to Rigor is for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process. 

 

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II) 

Some students are strong in a specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these area(s) by: 

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

Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.  

 

Part-Time Services, Grades 3-6 (Level III)  

Some students have advanced academic needs in multiple subject areas in addition to specific subject differentiation. They need part-time AAP services.  

  • Students work with other 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.

Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.  

 

Full-Time Services, 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, mathematics, science, and social studies, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content. 

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year. 

  

Screening for Advanced Academic Program Services 

Multiple data points 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. No pieces of the data are weighted in the holistic screening process.   

Eligibility decisions for subject-specific advanced differentiation and part-time services are made by a committee at the local school, and screening is ongoing throughout the school year. To refer for subject-specific advanced differentiation and part-time services, submit the AAP School-Based Referral Form to the AART at the local school. 

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

Screening for full-time services occurs during specific screening cycles:   

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

Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in Grades 2-7. Referrals submitted after the full-time services referral windows noted above will not be accepted.   

Referral forms for all advanced academic program services are found at https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893

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 consideration of the holistic screening process for advanced academic 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 of either the CogAT or the NNAT in grades 3-6. Requests must be made during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinators, Amos Sims-Smith [email protected] or Alison Meadows [email protected] , no later than September 15 to request the CogAT or October 15 for the NNAT. 

 

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

A parent information meeting will be held at Parklawn Elementary on September 28 at 6:30 pm. The AART will provide information about levels of service, explain the screening processes, and answer questions about advanced academic services. 

Young Scholars 

The FCPS Young Scholars model seeks to identify and affirm, from an early age, students with high academic potential from groups historically underrepresented in advanced academic programming. The goal of the model is to eliminate barriers for Young Scholars’ access to and success in advanced academic opportunities in elementary, middle, and high school. 

Twice-Exceptional (2e) 

Some gifted students with advanced learning needs may also have a learning disability. Twice-exceptional (or “2e”) students need strengths-based instruction while receiving advanced programming. The FCPS continuum of AAP services provides multiple entry points to meet student needs while also supporting their learning challenges. 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.” 

 

Advanced Academic Programs in Middle and High School 

Middle School AAP  

Advanced coursework at the middle school level is open enrollment. All students are encouraged to enroll in at least one Honors course each school year in an area of strength and/or interest.  

Students eligible for the full-time services have the option to attend the middle school center assigned to their address or enroll in Honors courses in the four core content areas at their base school. 

High School AAP 

Advanced coursework at the high school level is open enrollment. All students are encouraged to enroll in at least one Honors course beginning in Grade 9. Each high school in FCPS offers AP, IB or Dual Enrollment courses which begin in Grade 10 or 11, depending on the program and the school.

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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Today we remember and honor the victims, families, heroes, and survivors of 9/11, and the courage and determination of our nation's first responders. #NeverForget

Virtual Back to School Night is September 20!

After last year’s successful virtual Back to School Night, we will be holding this event again on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30  pm. We look forward to coming together virtually as a Parklawn Family to explore grade level curriculum, review learning expectations, school routines and procedures. The agenda will be:

6:30 - 6:40 Parklawn Community Welcome

6:40 - 7:10 Grade level presentations (round 1)

7:15 - 7:40 Grade level presentations (round 2)

7:15 - 8:00 Specialists Visits

Stay tuned as we send out zoom links through an eNotify email on Monday, September 19. You can join your children’s class to kick off the event at 6:30. We look forward to families joining us. We hope to “see” you there!

Student Rights and Responsibilities

The FCPS updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

The 2022-2023 Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. We ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your child or teen so that he or she is well prepared for success when the school year begins. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contact numbers and other resources. This document is available in the following languages: Spanish, ArabicChineseKoreanUrdu, and Vietnamese.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. OR sign and return this form to Parklawn. Signatures are due by September 30.Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at (703) 914-6900, if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

Attendance Awareness Month!

September is National Attendance Awareness Month!  Over two years into the pandemic, chronic absence has nearly tripled.  Students are considered chronically absent when they miss 10% or more of the school year or 18 days over an entire year.  Research shows that when students are chronically absent, they are less likely to read proficiently by third grade, achieve in middle school, and graduate from high school.  When students attend school regularly, they have an opportunity to achieve academically and thrive.  Regular attendance is vital for your child’s success! 

Positivity Project for September 12-16: Curiosity!

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Curiosity. Curiosity means you like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything.

Curiosity is a crucial component of one’s character. Our innate urge for discovery and exploration is a key element of our human desire for wisdom and knowledge. It’s what keeps us intrigued in the plotlines of movies and books. It’s what pushes us to try new activities or travel to different places. All individuals experience curiosity but differ in their willingness to experience it -- behaviorally, intellectually, and emotionally.

Individuals with the character strength of curiosity are more likely to ask questions and try new things. Curiosity, then, is a form of courage. Asking questions exposes the fact that we don’t know and trying a new activity means we might fail. But, it’s only through asking questions and exploring new opportunities that we learn and grow. 

To practice and encourage the character strength of curiosity with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

Message from the PTA

Help Our PTA Membership Grow! This is the theme of our membership drive. We’ll be tracking membership with our apple tree posters– each new member will earn an apple on the tree! Your membership helps to support our activities throughout the year, such as providing frozen treats from Scoops 2 U at last week’s family picnic. Membership dues are $10 for an individual adult and $15 for a family (more than 1 adult) for the entire school year. When you submit your membership form (in paper or online), please include the grade(s) of your student(s) to earn a point for that grade and get an apple on the tree.  The grade that earns the most points by September 30 will win a prize! Visit our website to join online.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 20: Virtual Back to School Night, 6:30-8:00 pm

Thursday, September 22: September PTA Meeting: 7-8 pm

Tuesday, September 27: Family Coffee, 9-10 am

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Parklawn Family Picnic is Friday!!!!

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Parklawn Family Picnic is Friday!

To celebrate the new year, join us for our Parklawn family picnic on Friday, September 9! Families can pack their own dinner and blanket and join us outside for a picnic! 

Treats! The PTA is having Scoops 2 U come to provide pre-packaged frozen treats for all who attend!

We hope to see you tomorrow between 5:30-7! 

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Labor Day

Friday, Sept, 2, and Monday, Sept. 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Parklawn Family Picnic is Friday!

To celebrate the new year, join us for our Parklawn family picnic on Friday, September 9! Families can pack their own dinner and blanket and join us outside for a picnic! The Parklawn PTA will be providing everyone with a special dessert treat! Weather permitting, we hope to see you there between 5:30-7! Our rain date will be Friday, September 16.

Positivity Project Intro Week: Other People Mindset!

This week our school community will be focusing on the Other People Mindset. This means anything that builds relationships is going to make you happy.

The mission of the Positivity Project is to empower America’s youth to build positive relationships by understanding, appreciating, and exemplifying the character strengths in us all. People who have strong positive relationships do five things consistently - these are the five practices of the Other People Mindset.

  1. Recognize the good in other people
  2. Recognize that everything you say or do affects other people
  3. Support others when they struggle
  4. Cheer people on when they succeed
  5. Remain present when giving people your attention. People who have a strong Other People Mindset are able to build and maintain strong, positive relationships with others.

While mental health is incredibly complex, we do know that positive relationships can help people become happier, healthier, and more resilient. And, the Positivity Project believes that educators have a huge opportunity and vital role to play in this endeavor. Our nation’s youth spends a large percentage of their time in school. By deliberately and consistently teaching students that relationships are important -- and that positive relationships are cultivated through character and the Other People Mindset -- educators can roll back these trends and create strong citizens and leaders for our communities and countries. 

Join our Team!

We are looking for a Public Health Attendant (PHA) to join our team!  A PHA assists special education teachers with the daily care of students with disabilities and assists with designated special education classes.  Qualifications include the ability to follow and repeat basic oral and written instructions; concern for the well-being of and desire to provide care to students with disabilities; ability to maintain effective relationships with fellow workers and special education pupils; and sufficient strength, dexterity, and mobility to lift, or assist with lifting students, to push and/or position wheelchairs.  For more information, please contact Jackie White, Assistant Principal, at 703-914-6900.

 

Message from the PTA

Dozens of families told us that you wanted the PTA to support a family picnic, and so the PTA is very happy to offer a special dessert treat to families that attend the upcoming Parklawn Family Picnic on September 9! The PTA can provide this treat, and offer other activities throughout the year, thanks to the support of our PTA members. Please consider joining the PTA during our membership drive this month. Membership dues are $10 for an individual adult and $15 for a family (more than 1 adult) for the entire school year. When you submit your membership form (in paper or online), please include the grade(s) of your student(s) to earn a point for that grade. The grade that earns the most points by September 30 will win a prize! Stop by the PTA table at the Parklawn Family Picnic to pick up a membership form, and visit our website to join online.

Upcoming Dates

September 2-5: Labor Day Weekend

Friday, September 9: Parklawn Family Picnic, 5:30-7

Tuesday, September 20: Virtual Back to School Night, 6:30-8:00 pm

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Panther Press for August 28, 2022

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First Week Fun at Parklawn!

The first week of school has been full of joy! There were big smiles, excitement, and an energy we all could feel throughout the community! Thank you to all of our Parklawn family members who partnered with us as we navigated new routines in a new school year.

Calendar Reminder! Labor Day Weekend Holiday

There is no school Friday, September 2 or Monday, September 5 for Labor Day weekend.

Arrival and Dismissal at Parklawn

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during the first week of school as transportation and school routines were being set in place. With our growing Parklawn family, we ask for your continued partnership in ensuring a safe and smooth arrival and dismissal time. Please check out the notes below:

 

Kiss and Ride

  • School doors open at 8:20 am. Please do not drop children off earlier than this time, as adult supervision is not available.
  • Please do not drop students off in the parking lot by door one. It is unsafe for students and adults to cross in front of the buses. It also interrupts the flow of our Kiss and Ride Line.
  • 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.

Bus Transportation

  • Please be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled time
  • PreK students and Kindergarten students must be met at the bus stop. PreK students must be met by someone at least 18 years of age. Kindergarteners must be met by someone at least in middle school. Students will be returned to Parklawn if someone is not present. All other grades will be  dismissed from the bus.
Parklawn Family Picnic

To celebrate the new year, join us for our Parklawn family picnic on Friday, September 9! 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!

Student Rights and Responsibilities

The 2022-2023 Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. We ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your child or teen so that he or she is well prepared for success when the school year begins. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contact numbers and other resources. This document is available in the following languages: Spanish, ArabicChineseKoreanUrdu, and Vietnamese.

Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet

Please log on to your SIS ParentVue account and sign to acknowledge the review of this document OR sign and return this form to Parklawn by September 30.  A paper copy will also be sent home in the August 30th Tuesday folder.

 

Please Note Key changes to the document for the 2022-23 school year include: 

  • Adding rights to protect citizenship and immigration status from unauthorized sharing.
  • Changes to FCPS’ Acceptable Use Policy Regulation for Technology.
  • A new section on cell phones.

The new section on cell phones prohibits cell phone use in classrooms. We recognize that this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning. Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.

Elementary Students  must keep phones silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day unless there is a medical need or emergency, or teachers have allowed the usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool. Cell phones may only be used on campus before and after school.

Message from the PTA

This week, the PTA is launching our Membership Drive! Your membership helps to support many PTA activities, such as family movie nights, our Wild About Reading contest, and teacher appreciation activities. Membership dues are $10 for an individual adult and $15 for a family (more than 1 adult) for the entire school year. When you submit your membership form (in paper or online), please include the grade(s) of your student(s) to earn a point for that grade. The grade that earns the most points by September 30 will win a prize! Stop by the PTA table at the Parklawn Family Picnic on September 9 to pick up a membership form, and visit our website to join online.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, August 29: First Day of School for PreK

September 2-5: Labor Day Weekend

Friday, September 9: Parklawn Family Picnic,

5:30-7

Tuesday, September 20: Virtual Back to School Night, 6:30-8:00 pm

Monday, September 26: STUDENT HOLIDAY (Teacher Work Day)

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Panther Press: This Week's Welcome Back to School Events!

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Parklawn Community Bus Tour is Thursday!

 Our staff is coming to a neighborhood near you! 

On Thursday, August 18th, our Parklawn staff will taking a bus tour through our community! We will stop to visit Parklawn families at four summer hot spots:

 

 

Parklawn Pool: 2:20  (Main entrance)          

Oakview Gardens 2:40 (By basketball court)

Skyline Apartments 3:00  (Behind the south tower)

 Arbor Park Apartments: 3:20 ( By the pool)

Our times are approximate, thanks for your patience!

Parklawn Family Reunion (Meet the Teacher Event) is Friday, August 19!

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students and families during our Family Reunion! Our Meet the Teacher/Open House event is being held on Friday, August 19. For parking purposes we suggest families come during the following times:

Last names A-L: 10:30-11:30

Last names M-Z: 11:30-12:30

This is a chance to meet teachers, see student classrooms, and take a tour of the school!

Message from the PTA

Stop by the PTA table at this week’s Family Reunion/Open House! You will be able to fill out a membership form, vote on activities that you would like to participate in this year, and speak to PTA members about what we do and how to get involved. Visit our PTA website more information about membership and the benefits of joining the PTA!

First Day of School is Monday, August 22!

Doors open for students at 8:20 am!

Dismissal is at 3:25!

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