September Newsletter

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Important Due Dates and Reminders

Picture Day: September 2

IOWA Testing for 2nd Graders: September 1 -3

Labor Day/Systemwide Holiday: September 6

Rosh Hashanah: September 6-8

Digital Learning Day #1: September 14

Title 1 Parent Meeting: September 14

Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15- October 15

Yom Kippur: September16

Academic Challenge and Progress Reports: September 17

Cognitive Abilities Testing (CogAT) for 1st, 2nd, and 5th Grades: September 21- September 23

Remembering September 11, 2001

Remembering September 11, 2001

Essential Question: What is a hero and how can people show gratitude to those who act heroically in their own communities?

We will commemorate September 11 with in class activities. Also on Friday, we encourage students to participate in the wearing of red, white, and blue on Friday, September 10.

On Friday, September 10 - Let's do the following.

  • Kindergarten, First Grade to wear RED tops and blue jeans/bottoms
  • 2nd Grade, Third Grade to wear WHITE tops with blue jeans/bottoms
  • 4th Grade, Fifth Grade to wear BLUE tops with blue jeans/bottoms

Meals on Digital Learning Days

As a reminder, GCPS will hold its first Digital Learning Day (DLD) on Sept. 14th. GCPS has a total of six DLDs in the 2021-22 calendar—Sept. 14, Oct. 20, Nov. 9, Jan. 25, March 2, and March 22.

Meals will be provided.

Title 1 Annual Meeting

Learn all about Norcross Elementary School’s Title 1 program.

Title 1 Annual Meeting

September 14, 2021

4:30 pm via zoom

Zoom link:

Hispanic Heritage Month - Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope

From September 15th through October 15th, Norcross Elementary School will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. During this month, we recognize contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their rich heritage and culture. We invite our families to join in on our celebration by working with your child/family to create a flag that represents one of the many Hispanic countries. These flags will be displayed around our school during our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. If you would like to participate, please send in your homemade flag no later than September 20th. The flags can be given to your child's teacher or to Mrs. Turner. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Desde el 15 de septiembre hasta el 15 de octubre, la Escuela Primaria Norcross celebrara el Mes de la Herencia Hispana. Durante este mes, reconocemos las contribuciones de los hispanos y latinoamericanos a los Estados Unidos y celebramos su rica herencia y cultura. Invitamos a nuestras familias a unirse a nuestra celebración trabajando con su hijo(a)/familia para crear una bandera que represente a uno de los muchos países hispanos. Estas banderas se exhibirán alrededor de nuestra escuela durante la celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana. Si desea participar, por favor envié su bandera casera al no tardar de 20 de septiembre. Las banderas se pueden entregar a la maestra(o) de su hijo(a) o a la Sra. Turner. ¡Por favor háganos saber si usted tiene alguna pregunta! Gracias.

Local School Council Meetings

Learn more about our school by attending the Local School Council Meetings.

What is the purpose of school councils?

  • To help the local board of education develop and nurture participation
  • To bring parents and the community together with teachers and school administrators to create a better understanding of and mutual respect for each other’s concerns
  • To share ideas for school improvement

The dates for the meeting are:

September 24, 2021

December 10, 2021

January 28, 2022

March 4, 2022

All meetings will start at 7:30 AM and should last about 45 minutes.

Join Zoom Meeting for all meetings


When children spend their time reading and writing, it benefits them academically. It may pay off later in life, too. Studies show that children who sharpen their literacy skills at home - even with activities that are just fun- are more successful in school than other kids. And they become adults with strong work ethics that serve them well in the workplace. Luckily, it's easy to encourage your child to spend more time reading and writing. Here are three ideas to try:

1. Make books a priority. Don't save books for bedtime - read them any time of day. Keep books where your child can get o them. Check new titles from the library. And set a good example: When yo u have some downtime, reach for a book instead of the remote. Your child will notice.

2. Start a family journal. Each weekend, have your child jot down something special about her week. It doesn't need to be long; a couple of sentences will do. After her entry, add your own, you'll have a written record of memories!

3. Play word games. Each round of Scrabble does more than entertain your child. It hones her reading and writing skills. Best of all, she won't suspect you're "teaching" her anything.

Source: N.L. Altston-Abel and V.W. Berninger, "Relationships Between Home Literacy Practices and School Achievement: Implications for Consultation and Home-School Collaboration

Free/Reduced Lunch Forms

Please complete the Free and Reduced Priced Meal Application using the button below. You may also request a paper application by contacting your child's teacher or the school.
Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Please complete the Free and Reduced Priced Meal Application using the button above

Parent Learning Opportunities at Norcross Elementary.

Please see the document below for a learning opporunity.

AKS at Home

AKS at Home is a Gwinnett County Public Schools’ family engagement initiative that empowers parents with tools to support the learning of their children at home. This initiative highlights foundational skills and activities taught in the areas of Math and Language Arts for grades K-5.


We invite all our families of students in K-5 grades to sign up for our AKS at Home virtual sessions.

See the information below.

GCPS Learning Hub

GCPS Learning Hub

Click on the button to access resources for a successful school year

Gwinnett School Board to host Area Board Meetings

This fall, the Gwinnett County Board of Education will go on the road, meeting once in each Board member’s district. At this year’s Area Board Meetings, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Gwinnett County Public Schools’ new superintendent, Dr. Calvin J. Watts, and members of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. During the meeting, Dr. Watts will share information about the new school year and his focus as he begins leading Georgia’s largest school district. In addition, meeting participants will learn more about the district’s work to engage the community and will be able to provide input through an online survey to share topics that are of interest to them.

Please note that interpreters will be available at all meetings to assist attendees who speak Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, or Chinese.

Stream Area Board Meetings

Unable to attend any of the scheduled Area Board meetings? Join us online! The meetings will be streamed live on GCPS TV and on the GCPS TV app. The mobile app is available for these devices: Apple, Android, Amazon Fire, and the Roku Channel. In addition, each meeting will be recorded and available to view on the website

The Area Board Meetings are organized to host students, families, and staff members from school communities located in each Board member’s electoral district. The physical location of the school determines which Area Board Meeting each school is designated to attend. However, citizens may attend any one of the five meetings. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the host school’s theater, with a Board Governance Team Meet and Greet beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Masks are required for all students, families, staff, and community members attending events in GCPS facilities. For the Area Board Meetings, seating will be limited to accommodate the need for physical distancing under COVID-19 mitigation strategies. However, citizens can watch the meetings live on GCPS TV.



The designated school hours for Norcross Elementary School are 8:50 A.M. to 3:20 P.M. For safety reasons, please abide by these hours. Students may begin arriving at 8:20 A.M. Students may NOT be dropped off prior to 8:20 A.M. because supervision is not available. Students arriving after 8:50 A.M. will be marked tardy. If your child is late, students will need to be checked in by a parent or guardian. Please walk them into the building.


Students, staff, and those who enter our school are required to wear masks. Also, students will be allowed to use the water fountains. Students are allowed to have water bottles.


We have important information to share regarding the password students will use to obtain initial access to the student portal and instructional resources at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.

On July 23, 2021, student passwords will be reset to reflect their birthdays.

To access the student portal, students will be required to type their numeric birthday in the password field using two digits for their birth month, two digits for their birthday, and four digits for their birth year. For example, if a student’s birth occurred on June 9, 2015, their reset password would be 06092015.

Students in Grades K-5 will retain their birthdate password for the first six weeks of school. After Labor Day, K-5 students will be provided a unique passphrase as their password. More information on how to access an elementary student’s unique passphrase will be provided during the first few weeks of school.

The privacy and security of the information belonging to our students, families, and employees is a strategic priority and we appreciate your support in the district’s efforts.

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