Simonton Parent Newsletter

Friday, September 10, 2021

Every Student, Every Day, Deserves to Learn, Lead, & Excel!

Message from Ms. Perkins

It was an awesome night at Sparkles yesterday evening. We had many families come out for an evening of music, skating and fun. Thank you for your support of the Simonton ES PTA and our school.

Next Tuesday, September 14, 2021 GCPS will hold the first of six digital learning days. This is not a day off for students. They are expected to log in to their eCLASS course page to complete assignments and attendance will be taken. Teachers will not be online conducting lessons. There will be time that your child's teacher will be available to answer questions via Zoom. Check your teacher's eCLASS course page for the link and time. Students who are in need of a hot spot or a device will bring them home on Monday, September 13, 2021. All devices are to be returned on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Fall pictures will be taken on Friday, September 17, 2021. All in-person and digital students will take their yearbook pictures that day. Information about prices and picture packages will go home with students. It can also be found in this newsletter and on the school website.

Have a great weekend!

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday ,September 14

  • Digital Learning Day #1 (Asynchronous)

Thursday, September 16

  • Local School Council Meeting ~ 8:00-9:00 am
  • PTA Virtual General Meeting ~ 6:30-7:30 pm

Friday, September 17

  • Week 6 Interim Reports emailed home
  • Fall Picture Day
  • Hat Day

Monday, September 20

  • PTA Fall Fundraiser Kick-Off

Tuesday, September 21- Thursday, September 23

  • CogAT Testing (1st, 2nd, & 5th Grades)

Thursday, September 23

  • County Parent SpED Mentors Zoom Meeting ~ 5:30-6:30 pm

Digital Learning Day #1

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 will be a Digital Learning Day for all students. Students who requested and returned their parent acknowledgment form will be having a laptop checked out to them on Monday, September 13th. If your child brings a computer home to complete his/her assignments, it MUST be returned to school on Wednesday, September 15th.

Picture Day

Students will take fall pictures on Friday, September 17, 2021. Flyers will go home next week.

Order before Picture Day on with your Student's ID or Picture Day ID: EVT7JS93Q

Simonton ES PTA Spirit Night at Sparkles!

CogAT Testing

TESTING WINDOW: September 21 - September 23

About the CogAT Assessment:

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a multiple-choice assessment that measures the way students think. The CogAT helps our teachers determine the best ways to instruct students. The district also uses achievement scores on the CogAT as a part of the process for identification for the Gifted Education program.

In GCPS, students in grades 1, 2, 5, and 8 take this assessment, which consists of three sections— verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Each section takes approximately 30-45 minutes.

Please click on this link for an important letter about CogAT:

PBIS Classes of the Month:

Kindergarten ~ Pace

1st Grade ~ Monroe

2nd Grade ~ Wilson

3rd Grade ~ Taylor

4th Grade ~ Rojo

5th Grade ~ Vlaic

PBIS Students of the Week!

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September's Character Word:

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More Than Meals

It’s more than meals… Complete meal application by Oct. 21 for added benefits.

While breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge for all GCPS in-person and digital students this school year, it still pays to complete the Free and Reduced-price Meal Application. Confirmed eligibility establishes a number of benefits for individual students such as free or discounted college-admissions tests, AP exams, and college applications; scholarship opportunities; and no- and low-cost access to technology and internet plans. In addition, the percentages of qualifying students at a school are used as a measure to secure additional federal funding (Title I) to support students and their education, promote family engagement, and provide additional technology and internet access. Title I funds pay for additional teachers, Parent Centers, additional learning opportunities for students, extra resources, added technology, and more.

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Next Week's Lunch Menu

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Gwinnett Basketball League (GBL)

Looking for 4-7th grade boys and girls interested in representing the Central Gwinnett Black Knights in the 2021-2022 Gwinnett Basketball League (GBL), a competitive basketball league played against teams with players from the same Gwinnett county school clusters. GBL serves as feeder system program to Gwinnett county middle and high schools. Must be enrolled in a Central Gwinnett cluster elementary or middle school to be eligible to participate. Season begins mid-November and ends in February playing 14 games and a minimum 3-game playoffs.

Tryout Dates/Times/Location:

Central Gwinnett Hight School Auxiliary Gym

Sunday, 9/12 ~ 2:00-3:30 pm

Sunday, 9/19 ~ 2:00-3:30 pm

Head & assistant coaches needed.
Contact Info: Victor Temple (470) 546-6945

Simonton ES PTA

If you have not joined the PTA there is still time! We are in need of enthusiastic parents who are interested in becoming board members or committee members. You do not have to have experience. The area and district PTA counsel will support you and provide training. You were welcome to volunteer as much or as little as you like. Join our virtual meeting on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 6:30 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 945 6959 0209

Email for more information.


*2021-2022 Proposed PTA Calendar

*2021-2022 Proposed PTA budget

*Election of officers and board members for the 2021-2022 school year

How to join the PTA?

*Complete the attached form and bring it to Simonton ES.

*Make payment on MyPaymentsPlus

Upcoming Events:

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Mystery Science Videos:

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Simonton Elementary School ~ What We Stand For


Simonton is committed to dynamic high quality instruction resulting in a passion for learning, leading and excelling.

Core Belief

Every Student Every Day, Deserves to Learn, Lead, and Excel


  • We commit to giving our students a fresh start every day.

  • We commit to preparing quality and engaging lessons that will prepare our students to be successful in school.

  • We commit to teaching, modeling and holding our students accountable for appropriate school behavior.

  • We commit to providing our students with a structured and safe learning environment.

  • We commit to a great year of learning, leading, and excelling

Simonton Elementary School

Superintendent- Dr. Calvin J. Watts

Assistant Superintendent- Dr. Terry Watlington

Board Member- Mr. Steven B. Knudsen

Principal- Tamara G. Perkins

Assistant Principal- Tifferney Dodd

Assistant Principal- Daphne Miles

Assistant Principal- Emily Young