Panther Press for November 13, 2022

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November is Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. 

November Family Coffee is Tuesday! “Parklawn Online”!

Our next monthly Family Coffee is Tuesday, November 15 from 9-10 am in person! We will explore together Schoology, ParentVue, and Parklawn connections on line! 


Parklawn’s Annual Turkey Trot!


This year, our students will again be participating in the annual Parklawn Turkey Trot.  On November 17th, each grade level PreK-5th grade will have a 20 minute fun run on our track.  Please remind your student to dress appropriately for the weather and to wear their running shoes on the 17th!

Parklawn Jersey Day is Friday!

Parklawn is having a spirit day on Friday, November 18! Students are welcome to wear their favorite team's jersey to school!


Superintendent Community Conversations

Dr. Reid talks to community members

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Justice High School on Monday, November 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. or Annandale High School on Tuesday, November 28 from 6:30-7:30. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend. [Note: Link for your event registration is on this webpage:] [SPANISH - AMHARIC - ARABIC - CHINESE - KOREAN - URDU - VIETNAMESE]

FCPS 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 .

Positivity Project for November 12-25: Gratitude!


This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Gratitude. Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

Gratitude is the quality of feelings and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness. A leading expert, Robert Emmons, calls gratitude a “relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”

Out of all 24 character strengths, gratitude is the single best predictor of individual well-being. It is correlated with increased energy, empathy, happiness and optimism. And, the great thing about gratitude is that it can be intentionally cultivated. Numerous studies have concluded that gratitude is like a muscle. The more you practice it, the stronger it gets -- and the more you’re able to reap its benefits.

To practice and encourage the character strength of gratitude 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 Parklawn PTA!


All are welcome to attend the next PTA general meeting on Thursday, November 17, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. We'll meet in person in the school library, or you can join virtually using this link:

We'll provide an update on the staff mini-grant program and other activities in the works!

Upcoming Dates

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

Thursday, November 17: FLE Parent Preview Night (in person) 5:30-6:30 pm

Friday, November 18: Spirit Day!

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

Wednesday, November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 29: Annandale Pyramid Community Conversation with Dr. Reid, Superintendent

December 15: Level IV Referrals due