Panther Press for September 18, 2022

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Virtual Back to School Night is Tuesday!

virtual BTSN

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

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

School Building

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 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:

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