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.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

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 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