Partee General News

Partee ES Parent Newsletter - January 2021

January Events

January 7 - Back to School

January 15 - Report Cards mailed from district office

January 18 – Martin L. King Day - Student/Staff Holiday

January 26 - Digital Learning Day for ALL students (in-person and digital)

January 29 – Awards Ceremony - in class only (no visitors)

Principal's Message

Happy New Year! I hope your break included lots of rest and fun with a small group of friends and family. We are looking forward to returning to school. Many of us are ready to resume a normal routine after staying up late and sleeping in for the past two weeks.


Before the break I announced that I will be transitioning to a new position, Assistant Superintendent. To help select the best principal to lead Partee ES, the district has provided the staff and community with a survey to assist with making this important decision. Please visit the Partee ES website to provide your input.


As we prepare to welcome the students back into the building and on-line for digital learning, here are a few reminders:

  • Make sure that your child is present during ALL segments of the day, including specials. Attendance and work completion are critical to being a successful scholar. (See counseling tips below)
  • Lunch break - 11:30 - 12:30
  • Visitors are limited to drop off and pick up only.
  • Masks are required for everyone.
  • If your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her home. (See clinic tips below)
  • Please review the video below with your child before they return to in-person learning. Click the publish.gwinnett.k12.ga.us link to view the information.


For parents who have selected in-person learning for the second semester, please review the information below to help you and your family with this transition. Also, please refer to the information that was mailed to you before the break:

  1. Medication – Students are not permitted to transport medication of any kind to school. If students take prescribed medication(s), parents will need to see Mrs. Hutto, the school’s clinic worker. Parents will need to complete the appropriate paperwork and drop off the medication (EpiPen, inhaler, etc.) on or before the students return to in-person instruction.

  2. Reminder - Staff will be available to assist students with getting to class. To assist with social distancing, parents will not be able to walk students into the building.

  3. Write your student's name and teacher's name on a sheet of paper. The student can carry this as they enter the building.

  4. Email or class dojo the mode of transportation for your student (bus #, car rider, day care van) to the teacher.

  5. Kindergarten - wear yellow (if possible)

  6. First grade - wear blue (if possible)


Thank you for helping us with a smooth transition into 2021.


Generals Salute,

Kelli McCain

Partee ES Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to Phalyn Dismukes for winning the school-wide competition.

She will represent Partee ES at the district spelling been later this month.

Our proud alternates are Thanmaya Sunil and Tinbite Teshome.

We are so proud of all three of these awesome scholars!!

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Bus Distribution of Meals - Second Semester (January - May)

Thanks to USDA waiver extensions that were issued in October, the GCPS School Nutrition program will continue providing breakfast and lunch on school days to all children, ages 18 and younger, at no charge. Parents can continue to pick-up meals by visiting Partee ES bus lane from 11:00 - 12:15 or via bus distribution.


With the addition of the Digital Learning Days to the 2nd semester calendar, the School Nutrition Department has adjusted the meal distribution plan for these days only.

  • January 6th – This is now a scheduled teacher planning/staff development day. Students will return to learning (in the classroom or online) on January 7th. However, meals will be provided via bus distribution on January 6th.
  • January 26th, March 2nd, March 16th, and April 20th – These dates have been designated as Digital Learning Days for ALL students. Meals will be provided on these days via bus distribution only.

Work Completion Deadlines/Late Assignments - Reminder

Attendance and work completion are important for your child's success. It is also important that students know to adhere to deadlines and complete their work in a timely manner. Please see the guidelines below regarding late assignments that will be in effect through the end of the school year. Your child's teacher will review this information during conferences.


Work Completion/Late Assignments

  • All assignments are due on or before the assigned due date.

  • The grace period for ALL late assignments is 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday following the assignment due date.

  • The grace period does not apply to tests, quizzes, and projects.

  • When late assignments are submitted, it is the responsibility of the student and/or parent to notify the teacher.

  • Late assignments will be reviewed and graded by the teacher as their schedule permits. Grades will be entered by the end of the grading period.


Grade Reporting

  • Teachers will communicate student progress regularly.

  • It is the responsibility of the parent and the student to review student progress regularly through the parent portal.

  • NTI (Not Turned In) – This means an assignment is due but has not been submitted. The student can still submit the assignment before the grace period ends. If the assignment is not completed, this code will calculate as a zero.

Tips from the Counselor

Parents here are some tips to help your child succeed during digital learning:


  • Reduce Distractions - Consider setting up a quiet, clutter-free workspace that is comfortable for your child.
  • Brain breaks for digital learning- When students are given breaks by their teachers, make sure they are away from their devices.
  • Time management tips - Having a consistent schedule for schoolwork will allow student's more easily transition in and out of school time.
  • Reach out to their teachers if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Parents please be reminded that this is the student's instructional time, and any individual issues should be discussed privately not during the whole group class time.
  • During instructional time, please refrain from participating in the lesson.


Attitudes formed during elementary school shape future attitudes towards learning, self, and society.


Counseling Services

* Classroom Guidance Lessons

* Individual Meeting

* Small Group Meeting

* Crisis Intervention

* Consultation with parents and teachers

* Coordination with outside agencies and therapist referrals for community services


Kerronn Kitchen

770-982-6920
kerronn.kitchen@gcpsk12.org

From the Clinic

Parents: Thank you for your contributions to the clinic through My Payments Plus. With approximately 700 students and 100 staff, we are always in need of supplies. Feel free to donate any of the following throughout the year: band-aids, alcohol swabs, cotton balls, baby wipes, ziploc bags-sandwich and quart sizes.

  • If your student has a medical condition that requires treatment at school, please contact the clinic at (678) 344-4406 to find out what paperwork you'll need to complete.
  • Per GCPS policy, medications need to be dropped off and picked up by an adult only.
  • Masks are required in the building.


Reasons To Keep Your Child Home from School

Please keep your child home if they have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Please notify the school immediately and contact your health care provider for guidance.


Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever >100.4 or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste of smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


"Too Sick For School" adapted from CHOA: Children/adults with the following symptoms should be kept home until the symptoms go way for a full 24 hours* (without the aid of medication.*Count the 24 hrs from the last vomit/diarrhea episode, or from the time the fever breaks):

  • Diarrhea (3 or more in a 24 hour period)
  • Vomiting (3 or more episodes in a 24 hour period)
  • Fever: Greater than 100.3 F if child has other symptoms, or Greater than 100.4 if child has no other symptoms


To prevent the spread of illnesses:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with inner elbow or with a tissue. Always wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Do not share personal items, such as drinking cups, utensils, clothes, combs and brushes because they may contain germs that can make you sick.

Looking Ahead - February 2020 Events

February 1 - Boosterthon Fundraiser Kick-off

February 9 - Boosterthon Dance Party

February 11 - Local School Council - virtual meeting (9:30-10:30)

February 12 – Student/Teacher Holiday or Inclement Weather Day 1

February 15 – President’s Day – Student Holiday

February 17 & 18 Early Release

  • Dismissal at 12:20 PM each day
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 25 – Shiloh Middle School Rising 6th Grade Parent Night

Have You Signed Up for the Parent Portal?

It's easy! Log on to https://gwinnett.k12.ga.us/parents/PPS/login and create your account. With access you can: update student information, check your child's attendance record, see their grades; and opt into School Messenger. With School Messenger, you get text messages on school wide events and notification of when your child's bus has let the campus late.