Star News

September 1, 2021

Dear Simpson Superstars,

The school year is off to a wonderful start! I am very excited to be starting my third year as the proud principal of Simpson Elementary School! The students, teachers, and support staff here work very hard to make every minute of the school day count! Parents--thank you for all you do to support our work. It is truly a team effort!

It was great to see so many of you during our Virtual Curriculum Night. I look forward to seeing you at our very first PTA Spirit Night “Picnic in the Park” at the Town Center on Thursday, September 23rd (5pm-7pm). Thank you to our PTA for sponsoring this event. We appreciate the support our wonderful PTA provides. It makes a difference! If you have not already done so, I would strongly encourage you to join our PTA. Have a great September, and as always, don’t hesitate to let me know if I can be of assistance.

Proud to be your principal,

Dr. Taffeta Connery

September Calendar Dates

September 1: IOWA Testing-Grade 2

September 2: IOWA Testing Grade 2

September 3: IOWA Testing Grade 2

September 6: Labor Day Holiday for Students and Staff

September 7: Last Day for Charleston Wrap Order

September 8: PTA General Meeting 7:00 pm via ZOOM

September 9: K-2 Virtual Author Visit

September 9: Bike Safety Class 4:30 pm-Grades 4 and 5

September 13: 3-5 Virtual Author Visit

September 14: Digital Learning Day

September 16: Reflections Submissions Due

September 21: CoGAT Testing-Grades 1,2 and 5

September 22: CoGAT Testing-Grades 1,2 and 5

September 23: CoGAT Testing-Grades 1,2 and 5

September 23: PTA Spirit Night-Picnic in the Park at Town Center

September 24: School Council

Administrative and Counseling Team

  • Principal-Dr.Taffeta Connery
  • Assistant Principal-Ms. Brandy Bosak, Grades 1, 3, & 5
  • Assistant Principal-Ms.Jeanette Johnson, Grades K, 2, 4
  • Assistant Principal-Ms. Stephanie Wells, Special Needs & Connections
  • Counselor-Ms. Sheri Terry, Grades K, 2, & 4
  • Counselor-Ms. Roshan Finch, Grades 1,3, & 5

School Arrival & Dismissal

Morning Bell Rings at 8:20 AM

Morning announcements and tardy bell rings at 8:50 AM

Dismissal Bell Rings at 3:20 PM

Important Safety Reminders

If you are checking out your child early from school, please do so by 3:00 PM. This leaves our bus lanes open for bus arrivals. Also, please remember that picture ID is required for all student check-outs. Thank you!

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Health and Wellness

As we plan for a successful start to the school year, I want to thank you all for continuing to adhere to CDC guidelines for health and wellness. We will continue to follow building safety measures to minimize risk and create a healthy learning environment for all. Please review the following procedures we have in place. In addition, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the main office.

• Masks REQUIRED in all public areas (hallways, media center, classrooms)

• Adhere to the one-way hallways when possible

• Health guidance posters will be displayed throughout the building

• Each common area and classroom will have a box of gloves, paper towels, and sanitizer

• Custodial schedules are in place to ensure the cleaning of high touch areas daily

• Refrain from sharing materials (i.e., pens, pencils, etc.)

• Frequent hand washing practices will be implemented daily

• Students are socially distanced during school lunch hours, when feasible

Visitation limits in the building-- Postponement of parental lunch visitation until further notice. Volunteers are welcome in classrooms, but on a limited basis. Please email your child’s teacher for details, if interested. All other school-related teacher-conferences or registrations will be by appointment only.

If you are feeling sick, please stay home. . If you or anyone in your home is sick and/or has tested positive for COVID-19, please email your child’s homeroom teacher or contact our school nurse, Ms. Amy Norris, immediately.

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I Scream You Scream

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Students will have the opportunity to purchase ice cream from a variety of selections during lunch. Ice cream is $1.00 and will be sold Monday through Friday for all grade levels. Class Parties for ice creams sales are also available. Please email your child’s homeroom teacher for details.

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Cafeteria Monitor

Are you interested in earning some money for just a few hours in a day? Simpson Elementary is looking for a kind, friendly, and supportive person to serve as a student cafeteria monitor. If you or someone you know is interested in serving in this role, please contact Traci Douglas for details. We would love to support our teachers with duty-free lunch and looking for an outstanding superstar.
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Georgia Platinum Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2019!

2010 Georgia School of Excellence!

2012 and 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!

Simpson Fall General PTA Meeting: Wed Sept 8th 7:00 pm via Zoom

Mark your calendars for our Fall General PTA Meeting. A Zoom link will be sent out prior to the meeting on Wed. Sept 8th @ 7pm. Everyone is welcome but only members are allowed to vote.

Yearbook Update!

Submit your first day of school photos!

The Yearbook Committee needs your help in making the yearbook a success. Right now, we are looking for first day of school photos. If you have photos of your Simpson Superstar that you want to be considered for the yearbook, please be sure to upload them into the Balfour system.There are two ways to upload your photos:

  1. Download the Balfour Image Share app on your mobile device (Android and/or iPhone) and use project number 225879 for Simpson Elementary.
  2. Upload your photos on the Balfour website at and use project number 225879. No password required. Please make sure to include your child's name and grade when uploading the images.

Yearbooks and 5th Grade Baby Ads will go on sale for the first time in OCTOBER. Please stay tuned for more details.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Yearbook Committee at Thank you.
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Charleston Wrap

It’s Charleston Wrap Time!

Please help support Simpson’s Fundraiser this year. Charleston Wrap has everything you need to get a jump start on your holiday shopping list! It is a great way to support the school since all proceeds go straight back to Simpson. Please register your child today and start selling to friends, family, and neighbors.

Go to to get started. Your child’s organization ID number is 11579. Start Shopping TODAY!

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PTA Reflections Contest

Simpson PTA would like to invite students of all grades and abilities to participate in Reflections this year!

The theme is "I Will Change the World By..."

Students can create original works in Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography & Visual Arts. It is important to relate the artists’ statement and piece to the theme. No limit on number of entries or categories.

Visit Rules and Entry Forms. Entries are due on September 16th and 17th.

Contact for questions.

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Upcoming Virtual Author Visits!

The PTA will be hosting Virtual Author Visits!

  • Alex Willan is our first virtual author and will visit K-2 on Thursday, September 9th. He will be featuring his new book "Dragons are the Worst".
  • Lev Grossman will be visiting with Grades 3-5 on Monday, September 13th. He will be featuring his new book "The Silver Arrow".

You can purchase by visiting and click the button "Autographed Books". Order forms are also attached.

Attention 4th and 5th Grade Parents of Current Bike Riders!

Stay tuned for further information on the Bike Safety Course. Time and date are being confirmed and flyers with permission slips will go home in folders soon with all the information. The course will be held at Simpson Elementary with a Gwinnett County police officer and is required for all biker riders.

Spirit Night!

Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 23rd for our next spirit night at Town Center! The restaurant will be announced but plan on coming out and hanging out on the lawn with other Simpson families.
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Sending out a big THANK YOU to the following individuals for volunteering their personal time:

  • Jordan Mallory- Coordinating training and getting all of our Classroom Coordinators up in running
  • Maggie Patterson and Becky Chapman- Coordinating all of the information for our class rosters
  • Sara Wiggins- heading up our Charleston Wrap school fundraiser
  • Heidi Blue- taking pictures of our fabulous Simpson Superstar Teachers
  • Kelly Loder and Dorion Clayton for coordinating Spirit Wear


With the Box Tops for Education app, you can turn your everyday receipts into cash for Simpson. Please go to the PTA website for detailed instructions.

To enter our drawings, send a screenshot of the earning or activity section in the app or website and email it to
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Heidi Blue Homes is one of our gold sponsors this school year.

Heidi Blue is a full-time, professional, certified, licensed and active Georgia REALTOR® She is a proud, honor graduate of Auburn University and after 20 years of Sales, Marketing and Negotiation experience in the Corporate realm, Heidi changed gears and Real Estate became her new home. Her attention to detail and energy are exceptional and she ensures every transaction is seamless from beginning to end.

By selecting Heidi Blue Homes, her clients receive the attention, service, and resources they deserve! Her proven track record shows that she can market and sell your home in the shortest amount of time, and for the most money. Heidi's past clients will tell you that they trust and respect her work ethic and that she truly LISTENS. She is extremely familiar and knowledgeable with Peachtree Corners and the Surrounding North Atlanta Areas, having lived, worked, and volunteered in the community for over 10 years now. She is very active in our PTA. From co-chairing our Staff Appreciation Committee to serving on our Yearbook Committee for the last four years, she is always willing to step in and volunteer whenever there is a need. She has two children at Simpson; Eli is a fourth-grader and Madeline is a first-grader.

Heidi would be honored to be your realtor! Call her today at 404.430.6697 for a free consultation appointment. EXPECT MORE with Heidi Blue Homes.