The Parsons Happenings

Friday, January 10, 2020

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope each of you had a restful and meaningful time with your family and friends during the winter break.

As educators we are thankful for all opportunities we have to impact young lives. Our students are the reason we’re here. As they returned to school on Monday, we were so excited to see their faces and begin the second half of our school year. As the second semester begins, the teachers, assistant principals, and I have one vision for our meet their fullest potential. We want ALL of them to become all that they can be. We want them to be successful through good, consistent attendance, perseverance, and working diligently. We want this because these traits will build good habits that will carry them profitably throughout their life. We expect a great deal from our Parsons students because they are so very capable of producing great results! Parsons PRIDE...Achieving and Believing!

Proud to be your Principal,

Mrs. Clark

Parsons Elementary will be recognized at the upcoming January 23rd GCPS Board Meeting

Eeekkk...I was so excited to receive an email from the Superintendent's Office stating that our school will be recognized at the upcoming Board Meeting for receiving the Governor's Office SSAS Award. This award recognizes schools who have shown Greatest Gains and/or Highest Performance in the state. I will be in attendance to accept the award on behalf of our entire school and I would love for any of you who can, to join me. The meeting will be on January 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm in the GCPS Board Room.

I am so excited and can't wait to celebrate this award with our Parsons' Community! Parsons PRIDE...Achieving and Believing!

Georgia Student Health Survey for Grades 3-5

Students in grades 3rd-5th will be administered the Georgia Student Health Survey during the last week of January. If you do NOT want your child to take the survey, you must return the form below by January 21st. A copy of this form can be found in your child's Friday Folder. Students WILL be given the survey unless you return the OPT-OUT Passive Parental Permission Form. No action on your part is needed unless you do not want your child to take the survey.

If you would like to see the survey questions, you may stop by the front office to obtain a copy or you may view them here.

New Teacher Email Addresses

GCPS staff has migrated to new email addresses. All staff emails follow this pattern: or Please update your contact information for your teacher to the new email. The Parsons Elementary website has been updated to reflect your teacher's current email.

Parents can continue to email teachers at their "old" email addresses. This email should continue to work as well. However, we know that with anything new there can always be a few glitches. Please contact the office if you have any issues with emailing teachers or staff.

Support Autism Awareness

Purchase a Team Parsons Autism Awareness t-shirt today!

Want to learn more about eCLASS?

Join us for an eCLASS parent meeting on January 16th from 5:30-6:30 pm. See the attached flyer for more details. Please RSVP by January 13th.

Girls on the Run Club

Girls in Grades 3rd-5th

Girls on the Run is open for registration. This program is designed to incorporate lessons and fitness to motivate and inspire girls to become empowered leaders who can change the world. You can register any time between January 6 and January 15 at We would love for you to participate and join the team.

Week at a Glance



Readers Rally ~ 7:30 am



Girls Who Code ~ 3:30 pm

Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm



World Citizens ~ 7:45 am

Drama Kids ~ 3:30 pm



No Parent Lunches due to The Greatest Showman Production

Chick Fil A Spirit Night

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

Witzzle Pro ~ 7:40 am

Robotics Club ~ 3:30 pm

Parent eClass Meeting ~ 5:30 pm (Cubs Lab)



No Parent Lunches due to The Greatest Showman Production

Staff Goody Day (2nd Grade Parents)

Student Council ~ 7:45 am

Box Top Ladies ~ 8:20 am in Lobby

Systemwide Holiday in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Monday, January 20, 2020

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20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

In celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc. will host our 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Moore Middle School. All students and their families are invited to attend the celebration. The theme will be “The time is always right to do what is right”. We are proud to announce Lauren Seroyer is our Parade Grand Marshal! Lauren is a graduate of Peachtree Ridge High School class of 2018.

The celebration includes a parade, health fair, performances by students, and vendors. The 2020 celebration will also highlight artwork by Gwinnett County students. We encourage students of all ages to submit their artwork. All submitted work must be created entirely by th student artist and received in the front office no later than Monday, January 13, 2020.

Artists, whose artwork is selected to represent their schools, will receive a certificate.

Art Specifications Based on “The time is always right to do what is right”

1. Submit only one piece of artwork per student in any two-dimensional medium (no three-dimensional).

2. All entries must be no smaller than 9” x 12” and no larger than 18” x 24”.

3. Artwork must be mounted.

4. All artwork must be GCPS student original work.

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Student Checkout

Anyone checking out a child must present photo identification and be listed in our system as someone able to have access to the student. If you need to make changes to your list of approved emergency contacts, you may make changes on the Parent Portal or stop by the office to update this information. As a reminder, students may NOT be checked out after 3:00 PM.

For assistance in updating contact information on the parent portal, please visit

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Systemwide Holiday ~ Student/Staff Holiday

Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Afternoon Transportation

All transportation changes must be made in writing.Whenever you need to make a change to your child's afternoon transportation plan, please complete an Afternoon Transportation Change Form, which can be found here or on our school's website, and send it in to your child's teacher. We will utilize this form to create the appropriate afternoon transportation pass. Please remember the GCPS Bus Rule: No passes will be issued for play dates, birthdays, weekend sleepovers, etc. For security reasons we DO NOT accept transportation changes through phone calls or emails.

Parsons Elementary School Vision and Mission

Vision: The vision of Parsons Elementary is to become a school of choice with a welcoming, safe and secure environment that provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to compete successfully in the 21st century and to be compassionate, conscientious, and productive leaders and citizens for our community, country, and world.

Mission: Parsons Elementary is a learning community that promotes individual academic excellence with a commitment to continuous improvement.

Motto: Achieving and believing


¨ All students can learn.

¨ Student learning is the primary focus of all decisions impacting the work of the school.

¨ Students learn in different ways and need to demonstrate their understanding of essential knowledge and skills as well as be actively engaged in solving problems and producing quality work.

¨ Our commitment to continuous improvement is imperative so our school can enable students to become confident, self-directed life-long learners.

¨ A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.

¨ Teachers, administrators, parents, and community share the responsibility for advancing the school’s mission.

Parsons Elementary Business Partners

We are so very thankful for our businesses in the area that have partnered with us this year. If you would like to get more information about how to become a Business Partner with Parsons, please contact Michelle Miller @
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