Panther Press for September 25, 2022

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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 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