Panther Press for October 30, 2022

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Our Parklawn family had a great time at our Storybook Character Parade on Friday! Thank you to all the families who came to see us! Enjoy the long weekend and we will see everyone back to school on Tuesday, November 1!

All Saints Day/Dia de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Tuesday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 2, are “O” Days this year. While Día de los Muertos is largely celebrated in Mexico and Latin America, it also coincides with All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). These days are celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and some Protestants worldwide to honor those who have died and gone to heaven (All Saints Day) and those who may still be in purgatory (All Souls Day). The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

Picture Day is November 14!

Picture Day Flyers will be sent home in Tuesday folders. You may order online or use the paper order form.


FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards!

Each year FCPS recognizes and honors outstanding employees in a variety of positions with the employee awards program. Both staff and parents are welcome to nominate an employee who they believe meets the criteria and goes above and beyond the call of duty. 

Outstanding Teacher 

Outstanding New Teacher

Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Leader 

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Outstanding Operational Employee 

If you are interested in nominating a Parklawn employee for an award, please use the Google form link here: to review the criteria and share why you think they deserve the award. Please submit your nomination by Friday, November 18 at 5 pm. Submissions or questions can be emailed to the school awards liaison, Rachel Zamudio at 

Advanced Academics Screening Process Session

Parklawn will hold its second Advanced Academics Level IV Screening Process Session 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 meeting will discuss the process for screening students for level IV advanced academics placement. Our Advanced Academics Teacher, Ms. Nory Fink, will share important information and answer questions that you might have.


This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Creativity. Creativity means you come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.

Creative people can look at the world in original ways. They are open to new experiences, and have an imaginative and independent thought process. They generate lots of different ideas and can pursue them with energy and enthusiasm. Creativity is a process that takes courage. Anytime you share your original ideas with the world, you risk being criticized or even ostracized.

On a group level, creativity is vital. It helps us solve seemingly impossible problems, create something we never knew we wanted, or simply see the world in a new way. Technological examples include the printing press, refrigeration, electricity, automobiles, and the internet. Just think of what we’d be missing without Renaissance art, Enlightenment thinking, Harlem Renaissance jazz, or hip-hop emerging from the South Bronx in the 1970s and 80s. 

Upcoming Dates

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

Tuesday, November 8: Election Day; Holiday for staff and students

Friday, November 11: School Planning Day; No School for Students; Veteran’s Day

Monday, November 14: Fall Picture Day

Tuesday, November 15: November Family Coffee: “Parklawn Online”, 9-10 am in person!!

Thursday, November 17: PTA Meeting, 4:30-5:30

Monday, November 21: Community Conversation with Dr. Reid, Superintendent

Wednesday, November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break