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Weekly Message 11/5/23

Hello Parkwood Families,

This is your principal, Ms. Fearrington, with your weekly message.  Here are some reminders and important information for next week.

Important Dates:

On Tuesday, November 7th, all DPS Traditional Schools will have a teacher workday.  There will be no school for students on that day.  Friday, November 10th, all DPS schools will be observing Veteran’s Day Holiday, so there will be no school for students on that day as well. 

Report Cards:

Report cards will be available through the parent portal on Thursday, November 9th.  Please make sure you have access or have created a parent portal account to receive your student’s report card.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

All teachers have started parent/teacher conferences that will continue through November 16th.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher to sign-up for a slot.

Growing Together Assignment Plan:

Next year will mark the beginning of our new boundaries for all elementary schools in DPS.  You should have received a letter in the mail with your student’s assigned school for next school year. This is part of the exciting changes coming with the 2024-25 Elementary Student Assignment Plan.  To learn more about the Assignment Plan and the world of possibilities it will bring home to you and your child, visit  This is a new dedicated site that will be your central location for information about the assignment plan.  The plan starts next year for elementary students only, but now is the time to learn more about what this will mean for you and your family.  Again, be sure to check your mailbox for a letter and visit for details on the 2024-25 Elementary Student Assignment Plan and to register for informational meetings.  We will also call all families in Pre-K through 2nd grade to confirm your assignment.  Please mark your calendars for Showcase of Schools at the Durham Convention Center on Saturday, November 18th from 10am to 2pm. 


It is important that all students arrive before 7:45am when the instructional bell rings.  We have had an increase in students being tardy and all parents are required to sign their student into the building if they arrive after 7:45am.  We need all students to be engaged and ready to learn at the start of the school day.  So, please make it a priority to be on time every day.

Early Pick-Up:

Moving forward we will be adhering to the early pick-up time.  At 1:30pm, early pick-up for all students ends.  If your student has an appointment, then please make sure to have them picked up by 1:30pm.  Please do not come and pick up your student at 1:30pm to avoid the carpool line.  Your student is missing valuable instruction time when you are picking up your student frequently before 1:30pm.  We teach until 2:05pm, so your students should remain in class unless they have an appointment or an emergency.

Parkwood Visitation Policy:

I want to thank everyone for supporting their students as they are getting acclimated to their new environment.  All parents with students in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will need to drop their students off at the “Hug Zone”.  If your student is a car rider, it is best that you kiss and hug your child inside of the car and let them out.  It is important to build independence and to ensure that they trust the adults in the building to get them to their designated locations and feel safe.  Pre-K and Kindergarten families can still walk their students to the “Hug Zone” and there will be staff to ensure they get to their locations.  The “Hug Zone” for kindergarten is at the Black Gate outside of their building.  Pre-K students may use the front foyer as their “Hug Zone” and Ms. Thaxton will ensure they get to their location.  It is important for you to read the Parkwood Visitation Policy to know and understand our rules and procedures around supporting your students in the building. 

COVID, FLU & Cold Season:

COVID, Flu and cold season is upon us, and it is very important to make sure you are reporting sickness to your child’s teacher.  Please make sure that you are reporting positive COVID cases and providing a picture or doctor’s note to your child’s teacher.  If your student will be out multiple days because they are recovering from the flu, cold, allergies etc.  Please notify your child’s teacher and provide a note to the front office.  Please follow the guidelines below to report if your student has COVID or COVID symptoms. 

  • If your student has active symptoms, especially a fever, your child should stay at home until they have been fever free for 24 hours without medication.
  • If your student has active symptoms with no fever, they should wear a mask to respectful to others.
  • You should have your student tested for COVID if they have symptoms. Please send a picture or copy of the doctor’s note to your child’s teacher to show proof of a positive test (A home test is sufficient).  Your students will need to quarantine for 5 days and may return on the 6th  For days 6-10, they will be required to wear a mask.

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

I look forward to seeing all our Panthers this week! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and as always Parkwood Panthers…Show PRIDE!


Kimberly Fearrington, Principal