Panther Press for May 22, 2022

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Panther Press for May 22, 2022

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Parklawn Field Day is May 25!

Parklawn Field Day is back! This year we will feature new field day activities and will no longer have water games. Thank you for having students attend school in “PE clothes” and sneakers.  Two grade levels will participate in each two hour block. For your reference, the schedule is below.

Field Day Schedule:

9:00-10:45- 2nd Grade and 4th Grade

11:00- 12:45 3rd Grade and 5th Grade

1:15-3:00 1st Grade and Kindergarten

Summer Reading Celebration - Thursday, June 2nd

     Parklawn will have a Summer Reading Celebration for families on Thursday, June 2nd, from 6:30-7:30. Bring a beach towel and join us for free books, popsicles and reading on the front lawn of the school.

Summer Laptop Return  

All school laptops and MiFis that were distributed to students will be collected on the last day of school. This will allow for us to reimage and prepare them for use at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year. Those students who will be participating in summer programs at Parklawn will have use of them at school. If your child needs access to the laptop and/or MiFi for additional summer learning programs, please reach out to the classroom teacher or school office at (703) 914-6900.

Message from the Parklawn PTA

It was wonderful seeing everyone last week at our Family Bingo night! We hope to see everyone again at our final general meeting of the year:

Final PTA General Meeting: Positivity Project Presentation & Officer Elections– The next PTA meeting will take place on Thursday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m. We will welcome student representatives from the Positivity Project who will share about the program. We will also hold elections for the Vice President and Treasurer positions. Both of these officers will serve for two years (the 2022 - 2024 school years). Use this Zoom link to join the meeting.

Here is the meeting link typed out: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88362678448?pwd=SXdpVHg2Skl4MHhsUDVYRjhNRGFrZz09

Positivity Project for May 21- May 27: Revisiting Self-Control

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Self-Control. Self-control means you can control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.

Self-control is the act of managing behavior in a way that positively influences goal attainment and living up to standards. Possessing this strength protects people from destabilizing emotional extremes. Those with self-control can limit impulsive behavior. They are able to experience and navigate difficulty while remaining poised. Self-control does not mean a lack of thoughts, feelings, or impulses; it just means you have command over them.

A group’s ability to demonstrate self-control often appears in the form of “self-monitoring.” This means the individuals demonstrate honesty with one another about successful group practices. When things are unsuccessful, group members can adjust roles in the interest of overall group success. 

To practice and encourage the character strength of self-control 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

Wednesday, 5/25: Parklawn Field Day!

Thursday, 5/26: Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 pm

Monday, 5/30: Memorial Day Holiday

Thursday, 6/2: Summer Reading Celebration

Friday, June 3: Last Day of PreK

Thursday, June 9: Last Day of PAC

Thursday, June 9: Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony

Friday, June 10: Last Day of School! 1:25 Dismissal

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Panther Press for May 15, 2022

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Parklawn Field Day is May 25!

Parklawn Field Day is back! This year we will feature new field day activities and will no longer have water games. Thank you for having students attend school in “PE clothes” and sneakers.  Two grade levels will participate in each two hour block. For your reference, the schedule is below.

Field Day Schedule:

9:00-10:45- 2nd Grade and 4th Grade

11:00- 12:45 3rd Grade and 5th Grade

1:15-3:00 1st Grade and Kinder

Message from the Parklawn PTA

Bingo night is almost here! We hope you are able to join us for that event as well as our May PTA meeting.

Bingo Night– Bring a picnic dinner and join us outdoors on Friday, May 20, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for a night of games and prizes! In addition to Bingo, you can enter a raffle for prizes donated by our generous community partners! We will be raffling off tickets to a Washington Nationals baseball game and Washington Capitals hockey game, gift cards from Merrifield Garden Center and Boards LLC, and other items! Raffle tickets and Bingo cards will be available for purchase at the event.

Positivity Project Presentation & Officer Elections at PTA Meeting– The next PTA meeting will take place on Thursday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m. We will welcome student representatives from the Positivity Project who will share about the program. We will also hold elections for the Vice President and Treasurer positions. Both of these officers will serve for two years (the 2022 - 2024 school years).

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about these PTA activities!

Positivity Project for May 14- May 20: Perseverance

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Perseverance. Perseverance means you complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up.

The concept of perseverance can most often be found in one’s active pursuit of overcoming obstacles. Perseverance is a uniquely human characteristic that identifies an individual’s ability to spend long periods of time devoted to a single goal or set of goals. People demonstrating high levels of perseverance can handle significant, sometimes repeated, setbacks in pursuit of goals.

Those who persevere through setbacks often reap the benefits of the success gained by refusing to give up. Sometimes, this comes with the added benefit of increased knowledge and skill as a result of the work needed to achieve. A single group member’s ability or willingness to persevere can substantially impact those working with them and the team. Groups that show high levels of perseverance can achieve goals they may not have believed possible.

To practice and encourage the character strength of perseverance 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

Friday, 5/20: PTA Bingo Night – IN PERSON! 5:30-7:30

Wednesday, 5/25: Parklawn Field Day!

Thursday, 5/26: Virtual PTA Meeting

Monday, 5/30: Memorial Day Holiday

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

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Panther Press for May 8, 2022

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We wish all the moms and caregivers in our Parklawn family a very Happy Mother's Day!

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Reminder: Updated Isolation Procedures for Students Effective May 1

Since the start of the pandemic, Fairfax County Public Schools has regularly reviewed and adjusted our health and safety guidance in alignment with recommendations from local, state and national health experts.

As a result, FCPS will be changing current isolation procedures for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning May 1, 2022, your child may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, when your child has met the following criteria:

  • Student has completed at least five days of isolation; AND 
  • Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved
  • Student wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance

If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.

Children who are in isolation will continue to have access to our StreamIn/CheckIn during this time. 

The new procedure aligns with the timeline recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD). It also follows improving vaccination rates in the Fairfax Health District, as well as a continued community level of low in Fairfax County.

We continue to balance the need for students to have a high-quality in-person learning experience with student and staff safety. By adhering to our layered prevention strategies and increasing vaccination rates, we are all doing our part to keep schools safe.

In May people all over the United States celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Students deserve meaningful, sustained opportunities to learn about the diverse perspectives, experiences, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders year-round, and Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is one opportunity to honor these important stories.

Message from the Parklawn PTA

Mark your calendars for two big events that the PTA is organizing this month!

Bingo Night– We hope you can join us for this Parklawn tradition on Friday, May 20, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.! In addition to playing Bingo, you can enter a raffle for great prizes. Many prizes are generously donated by Parklawn teachers and staff, such as being librarian for a day, a private music lesson, and a lunch bunch with friends! Raffle tickets and Bingo cards will be available for purchase at the event.

PTA Meeting: Positivity Project Presentation– At the PTA meeting on May 26, we will welcome student representatives from the Positivity Project who will talk about this wonderful program that helps make Parklawn a more caring community!

PTA Meeting: Officer Elections– We will be holding elections for the Vice President and Treasurer positions at the PTA meeting on May 26. The Treasurer has responsibility for developing a budget for the PTA. They track donations, write checks, and organize an annual audit of the PTA’s financial records. The Treasurer also submits reports and dues payments to the Virginia State PTA and National PTA as required, and helps maintain our financial status as a nonprofit organization. The Treasurer will serve for two years (the 2022-2024 school years). 

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about these PTA activities! 

Positivity Project for May 7- May 13: Revisiting 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.

To practice and encourage the character strength of integrity 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

Thursday, 5/12: Artful Spring Sing

Friday, 5/20: PTA Bingo Night – IN PERSON! 5:30-7:30

Wednesday, 5/25: Parklawn Field Day!

Thursday, 5/26: Virtual PTA Meeting

Monday, 5/30: Memorial Day Holiday

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

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Panther Press for May 1, 2022

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It's Staff Appreciation Week!

Our teachers and staff at Parklawn share their hearts and go above and beyond every day for our students and families. This week is National Staff Appreciation Week! This is a great time to think of special ways to say thank you to our amazing Parklawn staff!

Virtual Parent Presentation May 4: Wellness Wednesday!

Come join our counselors, Ms. Fobert and Ms. Sharpton for a virtual presentation on healthy coping strategies. We will discuss coping strategies that we teach students at school and how you can implement them at home. We will also talk about why coping strategies are important and explore how children feel during crisis. The link will be sent prior to the meeting!

Parklawn's Artful Spring Sing is Back in Person! Message from the Parklawn PTA

The Parklawn PTA is excited for the many events taking place in May!

Staff Appreciation– The PTA thanks all Parklawn Elementary staff for their dedication to teaching and commitment to creating a caring school community, and for being role models for our students. We hope the treats shared from May 2 - May 6 show our great appreciation for all you do! The PTA was also happy to award several mini-grants to staff earlier this spring to purchase items such as books and magazine subscriptions, classroom supplies, a speaker to use in fitness activities, and supplies for Parklawn’s gardening beds. 

Bingo Night– This Parklawn tradition returns on Friday, May 20, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.! Come play Bingo, with prizes for winners. The PTA will also hold a raffle for gift baskets and special activities offered by teachers and staff. Families can bring a picnic dinner to this outdoor event. The PTA will offer pre-packaged snacks for purchase. The PTA is excited to welcome families to this fun event!

Officer Elections– In last week’s Panther Press, we shared that we will be holding elections for the Vice President and Treasurer positions at the PTA meeting on May 26. The Vice President helps to plan events for the school community during the year. The Vice President also works with the President and Treasurer to submit required documents and forms to the Virginia State PTA and National PTA. The Vice President will serve for two years (the 2022-2024 school years).

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about these PTA activities!

Positivity Project for April 30-May 6: Leadership

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Leadership. Leadership means you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best.

Leadership can be both formal and informal. It is concerned with getting others to do what needs to be done while maintaining group morale to ensure readiness to act in the future. This character strength’s focus is on the personal qualities of leaders rather than the practice of leadership. These qualities include the ability to understand others and inspire them toward a common goal, the capacity to mitigate conflict and mold consensus, and the desire to lead other people.

For individuals, leadership is a way to achieve what you know is important, as groups of people invariably achieve more than individuals. If you want to achieve your vision for the future, you need to inspire others to join you. As an individual’s ability to lead develops, so does that person’s confidence and sense of self-efficacy.

To practice and encourage the character strength of leadership 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  

May 2 - May 6: Staff Appreciation Week

Wednesday, 5/4: Virtual Family Presentation: Wellness Wednesday

Saturday, May 7: Parklawn Family Field Trip

Thursday, 5/12: Artful Spring Sing

Friday, 5/20: PTA Bingo Night – IN PERSON! 5:30-7:30

Thursday, 5/26: Virtual PTA Meeting

Monday, 5/30: Memorial Day Holiday

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

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Panther Press for April 24, 2022

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Parent Presentation May 4: Wellness Wednesday!

Come join our counselors, Ms. Fobert and Ms. Sharpton for a virtual presentation on healthy coping strategies. We will discuss coping strategies that we teach students at school and how you can implement them at home. We will also talk about why coping strategies are important and explore how children feel during crisis. The link will be sent prior to the meeting!

Class Placement 2022-2023: Parent Input Form

We are already working on our plans for the 2022-2023 school year!  Class placements are an essential component of learning and building community. If you have information that you would like us to consider as we determine placements, please share your input by answering a few questions completing the form at the following link: Class Placement 2022-2023 Parent Input Form . We know that a good teacher-student match and a productive mix of children are ingredients for success, and we carefully consider each child’s strengths and needs during this process. Please do not request specific teachers, as this does not take into account the many variables we must take into consideration. It is far more valuable to share particular academic or behavioral information.

Completion of this form is optional.  If you would like to provide input, you may use this online form by May 13, 2022. This is a hard deadline. Please know that input from forms turned in over the summer are difficult to honor since the grouping process has already started. Please fill out one form per child. Thank you! We know that a good teacher-student match and a productive mix of children are ingredients for success, and we carefully consider each child’s strengths and needs during this process. Please do not request specific teachers, as this does not take into account the many variables we must take into consideration. It is far more valuable to share particular academic or behavioral information.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is May 2-May 6

Our teachers and staff at Parklawn share their hearts and go above and beyond every day for our students and families. The week of May 2- May 6 is National Staff Appreciation Week! This is a great time to think of special ways to say thank you to our amazing Parklawn staff!

Positivity Project for April 23-May 1

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Purpose. Purpose means you have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

Purpose gives individuals the sense that they are put on this earth for a reason and that they are somehow connected with humanity or the universe. People who possess a sense of purpose believe that they were put on earth for a reason. That reason can have all kinds of variety. It could be to create a unique invention, bring joy through art or music, or raise their children to become good people. These people have a true calling.

Having a clear sense of purpose in life and believing that you’re connected to a larger meaning gives individuals strength. It allows them to persevere and find courage in trying circumstances or lead with kindness and love even when it’s not reciprocated. Those with a sense of purpose have more meaning in their life -- and are more fulfilled.

To practice and encourage the character strength of purpose 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

Mark your calendars—the next general meeting of the Parklawn PTA will be Thursday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m.! We’ll have two special discussions at this meeting. First, we’ll be joined by Positivity Project student ambassadors who will present on how this program helps make Parklawn a caring community. Second, we’ll hold elections for the Vice President and Treasurer positions. Those elected will serve for two years and help plan programs and events, and manage the budget and financial reporting for our PTA. Look for more details in the coming weeks, and email [email protected] if you have any questions about the positions or the upcoming elections.

Reminder: Spring SOL Schedule

Parklawn Elementary students in grades 3-5 will participate in the Virginia Standards of Learning tests (SOLs) this spring. Here is the testing schedule for our students. Please be mindful of these dates when scheduling appointments.

Tuesday, May 3 – 3rd Grade Reading

Wednesday, May 4 – 5th Grade Reading

Thursday, May 5 – 4th Grade Reading

Tuesday, May 10 – 3rd Grade Math

Wednesday, May 11 – 4th Grade Math

Thursday, May 12 – 5th Grade Science

Tuesday, May 17 – 5th Grade Math

Upcoming Dates

May 2 - May 6: Staff Appreciation Week

Wednesday, 5/4: Virtual Family Presentation: Wellness Wednesday

Thursday, 5/12: Artful Spring Sing

Thursday, 5/26: Virtual PTA Meeting

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

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Panther Press for April 17, 2022

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Spring Picture Day is Friday!

Spring Pictures are this Friday, April 22! There will be the opportunity for individual student pictures as well as class pictures. Order forms were sent home last week in Tuesday folders. If you did not receive your order form or have any questions, reach out to your child’s teacher or Ann Lewis in our front office at (703) 914-6900.

Parklawn Family Field Trip!! NEW DATE is May 7!

We are so excited to announce our 2021-2022 Parklawn Family Field Trip!

Where: National Museum of Natural History

10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW,  • Washington, D.C., 20560

Date:  Saturday, April 30, 2022   NOW MAY 7, 2022

Time:  Leave Parklawn Elementary at 9:30 A.M.

           Depart from Natural History Museum at 12:30 P.M.

**Transportation Provided by FCPS Bus

The National Museum of Natural History is one of the largest science learning venues in the world. The Education and Outreach Department is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to better understand the natural world and our place in it, by instilling a sense of wonder and responsibility through exhibitions, programs, and online resources.

*Students MUST be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times during the field trip*

*Space is Limited to 150 people.  RSVP soon!

If your family would like to join us on the bus, sign up by Thursday, April 21 using this link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4EAAAE2FA4F5C61-family

A permission slip will be sent home for the first 150 people on Tuesday, April 26  to complete and confirm attendance.

 For those who would prefer their own transportation, families are welcome to meet us right at the museum!

April Is Arab American Heritage Month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the remarkable history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. 

Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. There are approximately 3.7 million Arab Americans in the U.S.

April Is Month of the Military Child; Purple Up! Day Is April 20

April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. 

To show our support, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” on April 20 for military children

Why purple? Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green, Marine Corps red, and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and Space Force blue. 

Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families

Positivity Project for April 17-23: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. Appreciation of beauty and excellence means you notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. You don’t take things for granted.

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, a song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength). Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. All of these feelings (awe, admiration, and moral elevation) help us forget ourselves and find increased joy and meaning in the world. 

Appreciating excellence and beauty helps an individual experience positive emotions and connect to the world around them. It’s an outward facing strength, meaning the individual is focused on the world outside their head. And, not only is the individual outwardly focused, but often deeply absorbed in a sense of awe or admiration, freeing them to forget anxieties and troubles. And it is associated with other strengths, such as gratitude, curiosity, love of learning, and purpose.

To practice and encourage the character strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence 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

 

Friday, 4/22: Spring Picture Day

Saturday, May 7: Parklawn Family Field Trip

Thursday, May, 12: Parklawn Artful Spring Sing!

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

Attendance: [email protected] | Web | Twitter

Panther Press for April 10, 2022

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Spring SOL Schedule

Parklawn Elementary students in grades 3-5 will participate in the Virginia Standards of Learning tests (SOLs) this spring. Here is the testing schedule for our students. Please be mindful of these dates when scheduling appointments.

Tuesday, May 3 – 3rd Grade Reading

Wednesday, May 4 – 5th Grade Reading

Thursday, May 5 – 4th Grade Reading

Tuesday, May 10 – 3rd Grade Math

Wednesday, May 11 – 4th Grade Math

Thursday, May 12 – 5th Grade Science

Tuesday, May 17 – 5th Grade Math

Parklawn Family Field Trip!! NEW DATE is May 7!

We are so excited to announce our 2021-2022 Parklawn Family Field Trip!

Where: National Museum of Natural History

10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW,  • Washington, D.C., 20560

Date:  Saturday, April 30, 2022   NOW MAY 7, 2022

Time:  Leave Parklawn Elementary at 9:30 A.M.

           Depart from Natural History Museum at 12:30 P.M.

**Transportation Provided by FCPS Bus

The National Museum of Natural History is one of the largest science learning venues in the world. The Education and Outreach Department is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to better understand the natural world and our place in it, by instilling a sense of wonder and responsibility through exhibitions, programs, and online resources.

*Students MUST be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times during the field trip*

*Space is Limited to 150 people.  RSVP soon!

If your family would like to join us on the bus, sign up by Thursday, April 21 using this link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4EAAAE2FA4F5C61-family

A permission slip will be sent home for the first 150 people on Tuesday, April 26  to complete and confirm attendance.

 For those who would prefer their own transportation, families are welcome to meet us right at the museum!

Positivity Project for 4/9-4/16: Character Strength of Fairness

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Fairness. Fairness means you believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.

Fairness is the product of moral judgement -- the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Moral reasoning has been explored and analyzed in two main traditions: the justice reasoning approach and the care reasoning approach.

For individuals, cultivating the character strength of fairness is correlated with highly desirable developmental outcomes. It helps people to become trustworthy friends, responsible citizens, and generally moral people. 

To practice and encourage the character strength of fairness 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, April 12: In-School Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic

Thursday, April 21: Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 pm

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

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Panther Press for April 3, 2022

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Parklawn Family Field Trip!! NEW DATE is MAY 7!

We are so excited to announce our 2021-2022 Parklawn Family Field Trip!

Where: National Museum of Natural History

10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW,  • Washington, D.C., 20560

Date:  Saturday, April 30, 2022   NOW MAY 7, 2022

Time:  Leave Parklawn Elementary at 9:30 A.M.

           Depart from Natural History Museum at 12:30 P.M.

**Transportation Provided by FCPS Bus

The National Museum of Natural History is one of the largest science learning venues in the world. The Education and Outreach Department is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to better understand the natural world and our place in it, by instilling a sense of wonder and responsibility through exhibitions, programs, and online resources.

*Students MUST be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times during the field trip*

*Space is Limited to 150 people.  RSVP soon!

If your family would like to join us on the bus, sign up by Thursday, April 21 using this link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4EAAAE2FA4F5C61-family

A permission slip will be sent home for the first 150 people on Tuesday, April 26  to complete and confirm attendance.

 For those who would prefer their own transportation, families are welcome to meet us right at the museum!

This year, the first full day of Ramadan is April 3. Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims, who believe it was during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran, Islam's sacred text, to Mohammed, on a night known as "The Night of Power." During the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. It is meant to be a time of spiritual discipline—of deep contemplation of one's relationship with God, extra prayer, increased charity and generosity, and intense study of the Quran. Families may reach out to your child’s teacher so we may support their participation during the school day.

Ramadan Mubarak to those in our Parklawn community who celebrate!

FCPS Family Engagement Survey: Today is the last day!

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey was emailed to all parents and caregivers on Sunday, March 13. If you haven’t taken the survey, please participate today! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. Take the survey now by clicking on the QR code above. Visit FCPS’ website for more information.

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Calendar Reminder

As a reminder, students will be dismissed two hours early on Thursday, March 31, the last day of the third quarter. Friday, April 1, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. April 4-8 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

Please note: Due to scheduled facilities work over spring break, our office will be closed from April 4-8.

Parklawn Family Field Trip!!

We are so excited to announce our 2021-2022 Parklawn Family Field Trip!

Where: National Museum of Natural History

10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW,  • Washington, D.C., 20560

Date:  Saturday, April 30, 2022

Time:  Leave Parklawn Elementary at 9:30 A.M.

           Depart from Natural History Museum at 12:30 P.M.

**Transportation Provided by FCPS Bus

The National Museum of Natural History is one of the largest science learning venues in the world. The Education and Outreach Department is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to better understand the natural world and our place in it, by instilling a sense of wonder and responsibility through exhibitions, programs, and online resources.

*Students MUST be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times during the field trip*

*Space is Limited to 150 people.  RSVP soon!

If your family would like to join us on the bus, sign up by Thursday, April 14 using this link:

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4EAAAE2FA4F5C61-family

A permission slip will be sent home for the first 150 people on Tuesday, April 19  to complete and confirm attendance.

 For those who would prefer their own transportation, families are welcome to meet us right at the museum!

Laptop Update for K-2

With our spring weather upon us and Covid low community level, students in kindergarten-second grade will no longer take their laptops home on Fridays. Students in grades 3-5 will continue to bring their laptops home each day.

Parklawn Kindergarten Orientations Are This Week!

Parklawn’s Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, March 31 from 2:30 – 3:30 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! For those who would prefer a virtual option, we will hold a virtual Kindergarten Orientation on April 1st from 10-11 am. This will be through zoom and more information will be coming in the future!

FCPS Family Engagement Survey

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey was emailed to all parents and caregivers on Sunday, March 13. If you haven’t taken the survey, please participate today! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. Take the survey now by clicking on the QR code below. Visit FCPS’ website for more information.

Positivity Project: March 27-April 2

This week our school community will be focusing on the Other People Mindset of Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Others. It’s important to deliberately work to identify and appreciate others’ character strengths.

Identifying and appreciating the good in others is a core tenet of the Other People Mindset. This isn’t always what comes naturally. Often, it’s easier to blame others for our problems or find flaws in others to use as excuses for our own jealousy, bitterness, or resentment. The problem is that this negativity usually leads to problems -- for ourselves, for the other person, and for our relationships. 

Identifying and appreciating the good in other people helps you see the world through a more positive -- and less threatening -- lens. If you’re constantly seeing the negative traits of people, you’re going to think the world is comprised of bad people -- and you’re going to operate from a defensive posture. This isn’t to say that we should be naive or see the world, and its people, through “rose-colored glasses.” It’s just that we should strive to understand people’s intent. If you see the good in another, they are likely to see the good in you.  Have a wonderful week!

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, 3/31: End of 3rd Marking Period: 2 hour early release day: dismissal at 1:25 (PAC at 1:55)

Thursday, 3/31: Kindergarten Orientation (In Person!) 2:30-3:30

Friday, 4/1: Student Holiday; Teacher Work Day

Friday, 4/1: Virtual Kindergarten Orientation (Zoom); 10-11 am

April 4- April 8: Spring Break!

Tuesday, April 12: In-School Vaccination Clinic

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FCPS Family Engagement Survey

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey was emailed to all parents and caregivers on Sunday, March 13. If you haven’t taken the survey, please participate today! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. Take the survey now by clicking on the QR code above. Visit FCPS’ website for more information.

 

Parklawn Kindergarten Registration Time! Orientation is Coming!

Is your child turning 5 on or before September 30th? If so, we are excited to welcome your child to Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 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 Thursday, March 31 from 2:30 – 3:30 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! For those who would prefer a virtual option, we will hold a virtual Kindergarten Orientation on April 1st from 10-11 am. This will be through zoom and more information will be coming in the future!

 

Tutor.com is Here!

I am excited to share a new resource that will soon be available to all Parklawn students to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website. As always, please contact us if you have any questions. video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byN81NObfzI 

Positivity Project for March 20-26: Humor!

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Humor. Humor means you like to laugh and bring smiles to other people.

Humor is a sense of playfulness and lightness. It is a way of looking at and describing the world that brings laughter to people. A person with the strength of humor is skilled at seeing the funny side of things, bringing smiles and laughter to others, and identifying and communicating the absurdities in life. People with this strength don’t specifically need to be joke tellers, although many are.

Humor plays an important role in helping groups of people rise above difficult circumstances and boost morale. It removes us from our present difficulties by easing tension and making life more fun. This is why athletic teams often need a jokester to help them get through tough losses and early morning fitness sessions. On a larger societal level, humor often helps downtrodden groups to find cohesion and strength. This is why Simon Wiesenthal said, “Humor is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are oppressed smile at the situation that pains them.”

To practice and encourage the character strength of humor 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

Our Virtual March PTA meeting is this week at 7 pm. Along with PTA business, we will welcome our family liaisons, Afifa Bolte and Khalida Jawaid. They will share a little bit about themselves and the work they do to support our Parklawn community. There will be  a zoom link shared prior to the meeting. We hope you are able to join us!

Upcoming Dates

Monday, 3/21: In-School Vaccination Clinic – Rescheduled!

Thursday, 3/24: Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 pm: Come and learn about our Family Liaisons!

Thursday, 3/31: End of 3rd Marking Period: 2 hour early release day: dismissal at 1:25 (PAC at 1:55)

Thursday, 3/31: Kindergarten Orientation (In Person!) 2:30-3:30

Friday, 4/1: Student Holiday; Teacher Work Day

April 4- April 8: Spring Break!

Tuesday, April 12: In-School Vaccination Clinic

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The Book Fair Is This Week!

We’re so excited the book fair is returning to Parklawn Elementary! The book fair will be held March 14-18 in the library, with set-up taking place Friday, March 11. 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, March 14

Preview Day 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, March 15

Preview Day 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Shopping 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Wednesday, March 16

Shopping 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday, March 17

Shopping 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Night event 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday, March 18

Shopping 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, then clean up

The book fair will accept cash, check, credit cards and eWallet and no tax is charged on items. eWallet is a cashless payment option where money can be added to a virtual account for students to use. 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 3/24.

The book is always in need of volunteers. There are a variety of positions available, included set up and clean up. Sign up for a slot at https://bit.ly/pesvolunteer. 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 schoolers as needed. Remember all proceeds from the book fair support our school’s classroom libraries and the school libraries. Any questions about the book can be directed to Rachel Zamudio at [email protected]. Thank you for your support of our book fair!

FCPS Family Engagement Survey

Our Family Engagement Survey is coming to your email the afternoon of Sunday, March 13. Please participate—your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the survey, and it will be available in eight languages. For more information, please watch this short video from Superintendent Brabrand and visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage. Your voice matters!

Parklawn Kindergarten Registration Time! Orientation is Coming!

Is your child turning 5 on or before September 30th? If so, we are excited to welcome your child to Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 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 Thursday, March 31 from 2:30 – 4:00 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! For those who would prefer a virtual option, we will hold a virtual Kindergarten Orientation on April 1st from 10-11 am. This will be through zoom and more information will be coming in the future!

Provide Feedback on the Middle School Grade Level Arrangement

As a reminder, FCPS is engaging with parents and caregivers of students currently attending Glasgow, Holmes, and Poe Middle Schools, and elementary students who feed into those middle schools, to determine their stance on the middle schools’ grade level arrangement.

Glasgow, Holmes, and Poe currently house sixth grade students, which is a different set-up from other middle schools across all other neighboring school districts. In February 2021, the Fairfax County School Board approved two follow-on motions to evaluate the grade level arrangement of middle schools in the Mason District--Glasgow, Holmes, and Poe. Your voice is an important part of this evaluation! Please  consider attending one of the following meetings which will be hosted on the Zoom platform:

* Language interpretation will be available in Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, and Korean, pending availability. 

Parents and caregivers will also have an opportunity to take a survey about the middle school grade level arrangement later this month. Please visit the FCPS website for more information.

Albuterol Availability for K-12 Students

In accordance with the Code of Virginia 22.1-274.2 each school in FCPS will have stock albuterol inhalers and valved holding chambers available to be administered to K-12 students with no known history of asthma who are believed to be having a respiratory emergency.

Stock albuterol inhalers are not to be administered to the following:

  • Students below the age of four
  • Staff
  • Visitors

The stock albuterol inhalers will be administered by school board employees (to include local health department employees assigned to public schools) who have received training in the administration of albuterol inhalers.

Test to Stay Program

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has been working closely with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to implement a Test to Stay strategy in our local school divisions. Test to Stay is an extra layer of prevention combined with our current layered prevention strategies. Test to Stay (TTS) is a practice that allows unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated students identified as close contacts in a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak (by the Fairfax County Health Department), to remain in school. Test to Stay (TTS) requires the following”

  • Students take a rapid home COVID-19 test every morning for 5 days after the exposure. If the test is negative, students are allowed to stay in school.
  • Students must wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure Students must remain without symptoms for 10 days after the exposure.

Should an outbreak occur at Parklawn, we will reach out to families with the information to voluntarily enroll their child should they choose to do so.

Positivity Project for March 12-18: Love of Learning

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Love of Learning. Love of learning means you master new topics on your own or in school.

Those with a love of learning are intrinsically motivated and engaged in a topic regardless of achieving an external standard. They enjoy learning simply for the sake of learning. They don’t need a prize of a high grade as a reward. Their reward is the process of doing the work and improving.

Developing a love of learning is highly beneficial for an individual. It means that they are intrinsically motivated to deepen their existing skills and abilities, or learn something completely new. Since intrinsically motivated action is correlated with positive emotions, those who act on their love of learning may also have enhanced mental and physical health. Additionally, individuals who love learning have the desire and ability to overcome challenges, due to a sense of autonomy and control over their environment.

To practice and encourage the character strength of love of learning 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

The book fair is this week and in need of volunteers! The book fair will run from March 14-18 at the Parklawn Library. Volunteers will assist as students preview and shop for books. Shifts are only 1 hour during the school day. We are also looking for volunteers to help during the Tuesday and Thursday after-school hours, and on Friday afternoon from 1:00 - 5:00 to help with clean-up. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up at the following link: https://bit.ly/pesvolunteer

Upcoming Dates

Monday, 3/21: In-School Vaccination Clinic – New Date!

Thursday, 3/24: Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 pm: Come and learn about our Family Liaisons!

Thursday, 3/31: End of 3rd Marking Period: 2 hour early release day: dismissal at 1:25 (PAC at 1:55)

Thursday, 3/31: Kindergarten Orientation (In Person!) 2:30-3:30

Friday, 4/1: Student Holiday; Teacher Work Day

April 4- April 8: Spring Break!

Tuesday, April 12: In-School Vaccination Clinic - New date!

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The Book Fair is Back!

We’re so excited the book fair is returning to Parklawn Elementary! The book fair will be held March 14-18 in the library, with set-up taking place Friday, March 11. 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, March 14

Preview Day 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, March 15

Preview Day 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Shopping 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Wednesday, March 16

Shopping 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday, March 17

Shopping 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Night event 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday, March 18

Shopping 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, then clean up

 

The book fair will accept cash, check, credit cards and eWallet and no tax is charged on items. eWallet is a cashless payment option where money can be added to a virtual account for students to use. 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 3/24.

The book is always in need of volunteers. There are a variety of positions available, included set up and clean up. Sign up for a slot at https://bit.ly/pesvolunteer. 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 schoolers as needed.

Remember all proceeds from the book fair support our school’s classroom libraries and the school libraries. Any questions about the book can be directed to Rachel Zamudio at [email protected]. Thank you for your support of our book fair!

Positivity Project for March 5-11: Social Intelligence

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Social Intelligence. Social intelligence means you are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things.

Social intelligence refers to a person’s ability to understand and manage interpersonal relationships. It is distinct from a person’s IQ or “book smarts.” It includes an individual’s ability to understand, and act on, the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of other people. This type of intelligence can take place “in the moment” of face-to-face conversations but also appears during times of deliberate thinking. It involves emotional intelligence and self-awareness.

Social intelligence helps individuals build relationships -- and is important to numerous aspects of a person’s life. It allows an individual to form friendships and alliances. And it assists a person against being taken advantage of. People with social intelligence can “read” other people’s faces and know what motivates them. Social intelligence builds over time and as a person ages. In this sense, it is similar to the character strength of perspective.

To practice and encourage the character strength of social intelligence 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

The Parklawn PTA is excited to hold the Wild About Reading contest the week of March 7! Classes will earn points by completing games and other activities that celebrate books and literacy. The winning classroom will receive a special Book Fair prize pack! Parklawn PTA is able to fund student programs like this with the annual dues from our members-- if you would like to join the PTA and support programs for Parklawn students, families, and staff, please visit the Parklawn PTA website!

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, 3/8: In-School Vaccination Clinic

Thursday, 3/24: PTA Meeting, 7 pm

Tuesday, 3/29: In-School Vaccination Clinic

Thursday, 3/31: End of 3rd Marking Period: 2 hour early release day: dismissal at 1:25 (PAC at 1:55)

Friday, 4/1: Student Holiday; Teacher Work Day

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Mask Mandate Update

FCPS has shared this information  to all families Friday regarding masking. Please know that FCPS supports universal masking. On March 1, parents can elect to have their child to not wear a mask in school. We will still have masks and offer masks to children. All staff, visitors and volunteers are required to continue to mask at this time. Students in our federally funded PreK program are also required to wear masks at this time. All students will still be required to weak mask on buses.

Read Across America Day is Wednesday, March 2nd

Read Across America Day is almost here! Classroom teachers will receive a book in their mailbox that they can choose to read aloud to their class on March 2nd, and then add it to their classroom library to celebrate Read Across America.   All students will participate in a book giveaway in their classroom and get to select a book to keep of their very own.  All of this is possible thanks to donations from our partnership with Books are Food for Your Brain.  Every student will also receive a bookmark that they can personalize themselves.

In-School Vaccination Clinic Coming to Parklawn!

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is happy to partner with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to provide a 5-11 vaccination clinic at Parklawn Elementary on March 8 and March 29. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccination helps reduce the severity of illness and remains the best tool for ending the pandemic and is one of our layered prevention strategies.

The two vaccination clinics will be held in school during the school day and conducted within three weeks of each other to include the first and second doses. Vaccinations will be provided only to students enrolled at this school who have provided parental/legal guardian consent.

If you’d like to have your child vaccinated at this school clinic, (during the school day), please see the Tuesday folders for fill the parent/legal guardian consent and health history form and return to the main office March 3. 

Thank you for partnering with us to keep our schools open and safe places to learn.

Survey of Preschool Children

If you have a preschool-aged child who is eligible for kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year, please use this link https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it112.pdf to access the form. Return completed forms to the office no later than March 8, 2022.

If you know of any families in your neighborhood who also have rising kindergartners, please share this information or ask them to reach out to Lanh Nguyen at 703-914-6900.

Virginia Law, Section 22.1-254 requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2022 must enroll in kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year. If your child turns five on or before 09/30/2022 and you do not wish to enroll him/her in kindergarten, please let us know in writing.

The form can be submitted to Lanh Nguyen via email at [email protected] or by dropping it off at the main office.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us identify school-age children.

Parklawn Kindergarten Registration Time! Orientation is Coming!

Is your child turning 5 on or before September 30th? If so, we are excited to welcome your child to Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 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 Thursday, March 31 from 2:30 – 4:00 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! For those who would prefer a virtual option, we will hold a virtual Kindergarten Orientation on April 1st from 10-11 am. This will be through zoom and more information will be coming in the future!

Positivity Project for February 27-March 4: Enthusiasm!

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Enthusiasm.  Enthusiasm means you approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you.

Enthusiasm is the ability to bring life and excitement to different situations. It often leads to a higher level of involvement and engagement both for individuals and for groups. Those who demonstrate enthusiasm bring an energy and level of intensity to individual and group work. These people are often identified as early leaders and innovators as a result of their outward excitement about a task or project. Look for these people to recruit new group members and generate ideas.

For groups, enthusiasm can be directly tied to high levels of success, happiness, and achievement. Enthusiasm is contagious. One person’s enthusiasm can spark others to think, speak, and act with more energy and conviction. Groups that are enthusiastic about tasks are much more likely to spend longer periods of time in service to the group’s overall goals.

To practice and encourage the character strength of enthusiasm 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

Wednesday, 3/2: Read Across America Day!

Thursday, 3/3: 2 hour early release day: dismissal at 1:25 (PAC at 1:55)

Friday, 3/4: Student Holiday; Staff Development Day

Tuesday, 3/8: In-School Vaccination Clinic

Tuesday, 3/29: In-School Vaccination Clinic

Thursday, 3/31: End of 3rd Marking Period: 2 hour early release day: dismissal at 1:25 (PAC at 1:55)

Friday, 4/1: Student Holiday; Teacher Work Day

4116 Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Phone: 703.914.6900

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New Routine for K-2 Laptops

With the weather improving and Covid numbers decreasing a bit, we will be making  a change to our K-2 laptop plan. Students will be required to take their laptops home only on Fridays and return with them on Mondays. We may send home laptops on a day when inclement weather may be predicted. Students in grades 3-5 will continue to take their computers home each day. Students will need to have their computers at home if they are paused for in-person instruction. We will continue to monitor circumstances and make any changes as needed.

In-School Vaccination Clinic Coming to Parklawn!

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is happy to partner with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to provide a 5-11 vaccination clinic at Parklawn Elementary on March 8 and March 29. 

The two vaccination clinics will be held in school during the school day and conducted within three weeks of each other to include the first and second doses. Vaccinations will be provided only to students enrolled at this school who have provided parental/legal guardian consent.

If you’d like to have your child vaccinated at this school clinic, (during the school day), please see the Tuesday folders for the parent/legal guardian consent and health history form and return to the main office March 3. 

Thank you for partnering with us to keep our schools open and safe places to learn.

Survey of Preschool Children

If you have a preschool-aged child who is eligible for kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year, please use this link https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it112.pdf to access the form. Return completed forms to the office no later than March 8, 2022.

If you know of any families in your neighborhood who also have rising kindergartners, please share this information or ask them to reach out to Lanh Nguyen at 703-914-6900.

Virginia Law, Section 22.1-254 requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2022 must enroll in kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year. If your child turns five on or before 09/30/2022 and you do not wish to enroll him/her in kindergarten, please let us know in writing.

The form can be submitted to Lanh Nguyen via email at [email protected] or by dropping it off at the main office.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us identify school-age children.

Read Across America- Wednesday, March 2nd

Read Across America Day is almost here! Classroom teachers will receive a book in their mailbox that they can choose to read aloud to their class on March 2nd, and then add it to their classroom library to celebrate Read Across America.   All students will participate in a book giveaway in their classroom and get to select a book to keep of their very own.  All of this is possible thanks to donations from our partnership with Books are Food for Your Brain.  Every student will also receive a bookmark that they can personalize themselves.

Reading Team at PTA Meeting This Week!

Join us for our PTA Meeting, this Thursday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m.! Members of the schools Reading Team will join us to present on the upcoming Book Fair. They will also share other literacy activities, such as the school's book giveaways with community partners and things you can do at home in reading with your children!

Use this Zoom link to join the meeting! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88930706261?pwd=ZjhtQUM3OVlxR3E2WHc2SlcrVW04UT09

Upcoming Dates

Monday, 2/21: Presidents Day – School Holiday
Wednesday, 2/23: PTA Fundraiser : Sardi’s! 4-8 pm
Thursday, 2/24: Virtual PTA Meeting: 7 pm
Wednesday, 3/2: Read Across America Day!
Thursday, 3/3: 2 hour early release day: dismissal at 1:25 (PAC at 1:55)
Friday, 3/4: Student Holiday; Staff Development Day
Tuesday, 3/8: In-School Vaccination Clinic
Tuesday, 3/29: In-School Vaccination Clinic
Thursday, 3/31: End of 3rd Marking Period: 2 hour early release day: dismissal at 1:25 (PAC at 1:55)
Friday, 4/1: Student Holiday; Teacher Work Day

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Kiss and Ride Car Safety

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

  • 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.
Positivity Project for 2/13-2/19: Character Strength of Love

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Love. Love means you value close relationships with others and being close to people.

The character strength of love represents the way we think, feel, and behave towards the people with whom we have close relationships. When one person loves another person, that person: comforts and makes the other feel safe; sacrifices on the other’s behalf; supports the other during struggles; and places the others' needs ahead of their own. If you love a person, that person makes you feel safe and secure. You can be yourself with that person. You miss that person when they are not around.

On a group level, love is vital for the wellbeing of society. The world is endlessly interconnected. We are all dependent upon each other for survival and happiness. Love produces positive feelings, which help negate loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Without love, we cannot form strong relationships with our families, friends, or communities. A world without love is a dangerous world.

To practice and encourage the character strength of love 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

Parklawn staff-- this is the final week to submit applications for the Parklawn PTA mini-grant program! Mini-grants can be used to purchase special supplies that support student learning. Applications are due on February 18. Reach out to PTA Secretary Rachel Zamudio or email [email protected] if you have questions.

Parklawn families– once the mini-grant applications are in, the PTA will review them. We are looking for 1 or 2 volunteers to help review these short applications. Email [email protected] by February 15 if you are interested in helping!

Understanding ESSER III Funding’s Impact on Student Success

Last fall, FCPS received $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding. These funds have helped us safely reopen our schools and to keep them open. We have also been able to address the impacts of COVID-19 on students. If you are not familiar with ESSER III, here are a few things you should know about how it impacts student success.  ESSER III focus areas include:

  • Prevention and mitigation strategies to help keep schools open and safe for students and staff.
  • Academic intervention services, such as tutoring, after-school programs, and summer learning programs. 
  • Professional development to ensure our schools are welcoming and culturally responsive to all students and families.
  • Multilingual engagement to ensure information is accessible to all families.
  • Additional support for students’ social emotional needs.

There will be two opportunities for you to tell us how well FCPS is meeting ESSER III requirements around a safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of learning. Please stay tuned for details! Visit the ESSER III webpage for more information

Upcoming Dates

Monday, 2/14: Valentine’s Day AND the 100th Day of School!

Monday, 2/21: President’s Day Holiday

Thursday, 2/24: Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 pm

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Internet Safety Presentation is Tomorrow!

Our Wellness Team and School Based Technology Specialist invite you to join us for an Internet Safety Presentation on February 7th. We will discuss why internet safety is important, strategies for being safe online, and the impact it can have on school performance. We will also share helpful tips for how you as parents can support your student's online use at home. The English presentation will be at 6 pm and the Spanish presentation will be at 7 pm. The zoom link will be sent via eNotify prior to Monday night’s meeting. We hope you are able to join us!

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.  The Parklawn Morning News is sharing spotlights as we honor Famous Black Americans and their impact on our society today. FCPS provided a great depth of resources for classroom lessons and learning opportunities. Mrs. Zamudio, our wonderful librarian, is also highlighting and displaying books for students and staff to explore and learn more about these important contributions. Although Black History Month is celebrated across the country every February, we know these are important conversations to have throughout the year.

Wellness Wednesday: Olympic Spirit Day

The 2022 Winter Olympics are here! Parklawn Community, join us in a special spirit day! Wear that athletic gear and/or red, white, and blue on Wednesday!

Positivity Project 2/5-2/11: Character Strength of Humility

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Humility. Humility means you do not seek the spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselves.

Humble people have an accurate (not underestimated) sense of their abilities and achievements. They hold the capacity to acknowledge their mistakes and limitations, and are open to advice and new ideas. They do not show off their possessions or accomplishments.

Developing humility is associated with positive developmental outcomes in individuals. It allows a person to honestly reflect on their abilities and acknowledge how and where they can improve. Humility opens them up to new ideas, advice, and (consequently) abilities that pride, arrogance, or pretentiousness often block. Therefore, humility makes them desired members of a team. 

To practice and encourage the character strength of humility 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

Parklawn PTA is looking for volunteers to help with two activities. First, we are currently accepting applications for our educator mini-grant program. These grants allow our school’s educators to purchase special resources and supplies for their classes to support student learning. We are also looking for volunteers to help review the short mini-grant applications. Second, we are planning a classroom contest to celebrate reading! Classes will answer questions about books and characters, and the top scoring classroom will win a package of books and other reading supplies. We are looking for a volunteer to work with our PTA Secretary to create the questions for the contest. If you are interested in helping with either of these activities, please email [email protected] by February 15!

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, 2/2: Picture Retake Day

Monday, 2/7: Virtual Internet Safety Presentation;       6 pm-English and 7 pm-Spanish

Monday, 2/21: Presidents Day Holiday

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