Panther Press for October 16, 2022

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October Family Coffee is Tuesday!


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

FCPS Calendar Reminders


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

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

Arrival and Dismissal Safety

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

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

AAP Referral Process Sessions

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

As a follow up to our September 28 AAP Information Night, this evening will specifically discuss the process for screening students for advanced academics placement. Our Advanced Academics Teacher, Ms. Nory Fink, will share important information and answer questions that you might have. This will be a virtual meeting and we will share the zoom link in an eNotify the night before the meeting.

Parklawn Storybook Character Day is October 28!


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

Immunizations Reminder

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

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

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

Positivity Project for October 15-21: Forgiveness


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

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

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

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

Upcoming Dates

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

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

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

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

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