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Weekly Message 5/14/23

Hello Parkwood Families,

This is your principal Ms. Fearrington with your weekly message.  I first want to thank our AWESOME PTA for all of the wonderful raffle items and support given to all of our teachers last week for Teacher Appreciation Week.  Our teachers felt so loved and supported and we are thankful for all of the wonderful families that we get to serve every day!  I also hope everyone enjoyed their Mother’s Day weekend and was able to spend quality time with family and loved ones!  Here are a few reminders and important information as we head into this week.

Important Dates:

On Monday, May 29th, all DPS school will be closed in observance of Memorial Day Holiday.  No students will attend school on that day.  The last day of school for all DPS students is Friday, June 9th.  June 9th will be an early release day, so dismissal will begin at 12:15pm and all students need to be picked up by 12:45pm.  Please make sure to check with afterschool transportation if your student rides a van or bus to an afterschool program.

Back to School Form:

It is time to update your student’s information and get ready for the 2023-24 school year.  Now you can complete all of your back-to-school paperwork online quickly, easily, and securely.  This is a great way to update your contact information, fill out forms, and stay connected with your school.  The directions to fill out the Back to School form are linked here.  Please follow these directions carefully and if you need assistance please reach out to Ms. Joanne Brosh at or Ms. Jacqueline Boone at

iReady Testing:

iReady Testing has begun and I want to remind all parents to please make sure your student is present on testing days.  The remaining dates and grade levels are as follows:

  • Monday, May 15th – K-2/4th grade Math
  • Tuesday, May 16th – K-2/4th grade Math

EOG Testing:

EOG testing will begin on May 26th through June 9th.  It is very important that all students in 3rd, 4th & 5th grade are present and prepared to take their test.  Attendance is important everyday but during testing we are on a tight schedule with all of the events that occur at the end of the year.  If students are not present during their testing day, they may miss other celebratory events that are scheduled.  We are also asking for any volunteers to proctor for the EOG’s.  If are interested please makes sure are an approved DPS volunteer or complete the application here to get approved.  Please contact Ms. Kristin Jones at or Ms. Sabrina Miller at  The dates and grade levels testing are as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 31st – 3rd, 4th & 5th grade Reading
  • Thursday, June 1st – Make-ups for Reading
  • Friday, June 2nd – 3rd & 5th grade Math
  • Monday, June 5th – 4th grade Math
  • Tuesday, June 6th – 5th grade Science
  • Wednesday, June 7th – RtA Testing (3rd grade only)
  • June 8th & 9th – Make-up days

End of Year Events:

As the school year comes to an end, we know that all families are anxious to get dates for promotional ceremonies and field trips.  Some of the field trip and field day dates are subject to change based on availability and weather, however, all promotion ceremonies are set and will remain the same.  The dates are listed below:

  • Wednesday, May 24th: Kindergarten Information Session for Prospective Families at 4pm in the Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, May 30th – 1st grade Field Day (12:15-1:45)
  • Thursday, June 1st – 2nd grade Field Day (12:15-1:45)
  • Friday, June 2nd:
    • Pre-K Promotion Ceremony at 11am in the Gym
    • Pre-K Field Day at 12pm near Pre-K playground
    • 3rd grade Field Day (12:15-1:45)
  • Monday, June 5th:
    • Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony at 10am in the Gym
    • 4th grade Field Day (12:15-1:45)
  • Tuesday, June 6th:
    • 4th Grade Field Trip – (Date subject to change based on availability) – during school day
    • 5th grade Field Day (12:15-1:45)
  • Wednesday, June 7th:
    • 5th grade Promotion Ceremony at 9am in the Gym
    • Kindergarten Field Day (12:15-1:45)
  • Thursday, June 8th:
    • 3rd Grade Field Trip (Date subject to change based on availability) – during school day
    • 5th Grade Field Trip (Date subject to change based on availability) – during school day

Parent Portal:

On May 5th, Durham Public Schools will be sending out the Back-to-School form to all parents.  This form will be available in your parent portal.  Please make sure you have a created a parent portal account or have access to your account.  Important information will be obtained over the summer for transportation and without an account; there may be delays in bus transportation for your child.  If you need to create an account or need access to your account, please reach out to Ms. Brosh, our data manager at or Ms. Jacqueline Boone, our school secretary at

Kindergarten Registration:

Kindergarten Registration is underway and please make sure to register your child as soon as possible.  If you need additional information about Kindergarten registration, please click on the link provided here.  If you need assistance registering your child for Kindergarten, please out to Ms. Joanne Brosh, our data manager at or Ms. Jacqueline Boone, our school secretary at

Cellphones, Electronics and Toys:

I would like to remind all student and parents that our cellphone/electronic policy strictly prohibits phones being on and out during the school day.  Students may place their phones in their book bag to ensure the items remain safe and secure.  Any type of electronics, toys or tablets are not to be brought to school at any time.  Please make sure to check your child’s backpack before and after school to ensure they are not bringing any items that are not allowed on school property.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Fearrington and/or Ms. Carswell.

Attendance and Tardies:

I want to remind all parents that all students are to arrive by 7:45am when the instructional bell rings.  If your student arrives after that time, you will need to come into the front office to sign your student in.  You will no longer be able to drop your student at the front without coming into the school building to sign in.  We have encountered a significant number of students that are tardy and we thank you in advance for your support with this new process moving forward.

There are many ways to stay connected to our community.  Please follow Parkwood Elementary on our Facebook page and website.  Please join the Parkwood PTA!  If you have any questions please visit to get additional information about how to join our PTA. 

Please reach out to me if you have any questions or need assistance!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and as always Parkwood Panthers…Show PRIDE!


Kimberly Fearrington, Principal