The Parsons Happenings

February 11, 2021

In this edition...

Administrative Message

Lunar New Year information

Presidents' Day

Parent-Teacher Conferences/Early Release Information

Dual Language Immersion Parent Information Zoom Meetings

Child Lures Prevention Information

Parent Survey

Attendance Reminders and Updates

2021-2022 GCPS Calendar and Calendar Adjustments

Music in Our Schools Month

Spring Book Fair Information

Weekly Events

COVID Guidelines

Media Center Updates

PRYAA Youth Spring Baseball Registration

PTA News

Business Partners

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Message from Your Proud Principal

The month of February is a busy month full of celebration. As we continue celebrating Black History Month, I can't wait to reveal the grade level winners of our Black History Door Contest. We have three judges coming to Parsons on Tuesday, February 16th, to determine the winners. The winning classrooms will receive a prize!

Don't forget we have Early Release this Wednesday and Thursday for parent-teacher conferences. Dismissal for in-person students will begin at 12:50pm. I love the fact that our district provides parents and teachers the time to conference and work together to ensure our students are successful. It is this partnership that makes the difference!

As we go into Valentine's Day weekend, I want you to know how much I love serving as principal in this wonderful community! Each and every day I get to come to school and work alongside the hardest working, most caring teachers and supportive parents. Our 757 students are the reason we do what we do each and every day. The work we do together fills my heart!

Have a great long weekend with your kiddos making wonderful memories.

Proud to be your Principal,

Mrs. Clark

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Happy Lunar New Year!

Many of our Parsons' families will be celebrating on Friday, February 12th. The Korean Lunar New Year is a time for renewal, family, fireworks and food. We hope this special day brings much celebration! Happy New Year!
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Mrs. Jennifer Kim and Mr. David Yi dressed up for the Korean Lunar New Year!

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Presidents' Day is on Monday, February 15, 2021

In celebration of Presidents' Day, students will not attend school on Monday. This is a great day to talk to your child about the reason we celebrate and why we honor our current president and the ones in the past. Most kiddos know a bit about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but wouldn't it be fun to research and learn about a President they may not know much about? Watch this video for fun facts!
President's Day Fun Facts
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It's that time of year again! Parent Conferences will be held the week of February 15th. We will release from school early on February 17th and 18th, beginning at 12:50 pm, so that teachers can meet virtually with parents. Parent Conferences will be held over Zoom this year. Please be on the lookout for an email from your child's teacher with the Zoom link. For help on using Sign Up Genius, please see the attached parent guide.

Dual Language Immersion Parent Meetings

Do you have a rising Kindergarten student who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2021? Are you interested in the Korean Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program at Parsons ES? Parsons Elementary School will be registering students for our Dual Language Immersion Program (DLI) available to students who will be in Kindergarten during the 2021-2022 school year. Parents are required to attend a Zoom Meeting. More information can be found in the flyer below and on the PES website.

Child Lures Prevention

During the month of March, all K-5 students will receive the annual personal safety lesson designed to prevent sexual abuse. Due to the importance of this topic, materials will be available for parent viewing. Please see below for more information regarding this research-based program. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our School Counselor, Ms. Vosough, at 678.512.6008 or

RBES Parent Survey

Due to the pandemic, GCPS is administering a contactless version of the RBES Parent Survey this year. There will be no paper or school computer option. Instead, School Messenger will deliver an email invitation to families to complete a survey for each school at which they have one or more enrolled students. The confidential survey will be available in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese. It can be accessed using the link and unique code provided in the School Messenger email. The RBES Parent Survey will be available from February 8 through February 26. Your participation helps us to continuously improve our school. Thank you in advance for making your voice heard!

Attendance Updates and Reminders

We will begin using a new attendance code in the 4th nine weeks for our Digital Learners who log on to eClass, but are not present throughout the day digitally. If you have a digital student, please read the letter attached. If you have any questions, please discuss with your child's teacher at your upcoming conference.

We've also had a few parents ask the following question about attendance, so we wanted to share with everyone just in case you had the same question...Why was my child, who is an in person student, marked absent from school even though they completed the work digitally on the day they stayed home? For students who are "in person" learners, their classroom teacher takes attendance based on if they are "in person" in the classroom. If the student is not present in the classroom, they will be marked as absent even if they complete the work from home digitally. Make up work is expected from all students when they miss a day.

We encourage all parents who have questions about their child's attendance to speak with the teacher at their upcoming conference.

District shares 2021-2022 Calendar and Calendar Adjustments for Spring 2021

Second semester calendar changes: all students will learn at home on digital learning days (January 26, March 2, March 16 and April 20). GCPS School Nutrition Program will provide lunches through curbside pick up on January 26, March 2, March 16, and April 20th from 11:15am to 12:30pm.

The new 2021-2022 calendar features an August 4th start, staggered return of students, and digital learning days throughout the year.

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Music in Our Schools Month

During the month of March, schools across the nation celebrate "Music in Our Schools Month" (MIOSM) as an opportunity to bring awareness to school music programs. "The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children...MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages." - from the National Association for Music Education.

To celebrate at Parsons this year, I am encouraging students to complete the survey below so that I can learn more about their musical hobbies, instruments they play, songs they like to listen to, and what they love about music. I will be having some students help me graph the information so we can look at patterns in our students and share it with the school! Please encourage your students to fill out this survey. I will be collecting responses until February 15th. There are 11 questions; students can skip questions that may not apply to them. (For example, if they answer "no" to playing an instrument, they can skip the question that then asks what instrument they play). Please e-mail me with any questions

Survey Link:

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Parsons Spring Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Parsons Tuesday, February 16 - Monday, March 1! We have many shopping options for you including:

  • Sidewalk Shopping in the Car Rider Lane on Wednesday, February 17th from 10AM - 6PM (except during Early Release dismissal) for all our parents, students, and digital learners.
  • You can shop online from Scholastic and have the books delivered to your home
  • You can shop using the flyer or Google Form and have books ready to pick up at our regular Curbside Checkout or delivered to your child's classroom
  • Your child can shop in person if they are currently at school.
We will be accepting a check made payable to Scholastic Book Fairs for the exact amount, a credit card on February 17th from a parent/guardian, or a Scholastic eWallet (you can load an amount with your credit card at home). Unfortunately, we will not be accepting cash at this Book Fair. Details and links are all in the Parent Letter. We hope you can get some great books at the Book Fair and Let's Raise Readers!

The following in-person classes will have the opportunity to shop at the Book Fair on the following days. Please either send in a check or load money using the Scholastic eWallet option if your child would like to purchase items from the Book Fair. Note: Any remaining funds on the Scholastic eWallet can be used at the Scholastic Online Store or at a future Scholastic Book Fair.

  • Melts, Lawson, Arrington, Simpson, Isom-Jones, Yoo --- February 22 & March 1
  • Bradley, Pipe, Lee (1st), Davis, Perkerson, Kuny, Down, Vengurlekar, Russell --- February 16 & 23
  • Na, Rogers, Cummings, Cline, Kim (2nd) --- February 24
  • Wren, Sheppard, Vickers --- February 18 & 25
  • Cisic, Bonds, Bell --- February 25
  • Kim (KK), Gambrell, Lee (5th), Austin, Turk, Piper, Miller, Monaco, Park --- February 19 & 26
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Monday, 2/15/21

  • Student Holiday ~ Presidents' Day

Tuesday, 2/16/21

  • Book Fair Purchasing
  • Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras)

Wednesday, 2/17/21

  • Book Fair Purchasing
  • Ash Wednesday (Lent begins)
  • National PTA Founders Day
  • 12:50 pm ~ Early Release
  • 10:00 am - 6:00 pm ~ Book Fair late day purchasing curbside (Car Rider Area)

Thursday, 2/18/21

  • Book Fair Purchasing
  • 12:50 pm ~ Early Release

Friday, 2/19/21

  • Book Fair Purchasing
  • Crazy Hair/Hat Day
  • Staff Goody Day Provided by our 2nd Grade Parents

Doing our part to stop the spread of Covid-19

Please use the COVID-19 Morning Checklist to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Please continue to follow the guidelines each morning when sending your in person student to school. We have seen a slight increase of cases in Gwinnett and we want to make sure we are ALL doing our part.

Each school in our district has a trained Health Response Team (HRT). If a suspected case of Covid-19 is reported at our school, the team follows set guidelines and procedures. Please be assured that you will be contacted by an HRT member if your child has been identified as 'close contact' to someone in our school who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The most important thing we can do is continue to wear our masks, practice social distancing, and wash hands regularly. We are #STRONGERTOGETHER when we all do our part.

No Curbside Pick Up

There will be no library curbside pickup February 17 & February 18 due to our early release schedule. Library curbside pickup will resume the following week.

Media Center Information

All students can still get library books during digital days using curbside checkout. When ANY student is digital, curbside checkout is available. Curbside is not available for in-person students when they are actually in the school building. The Media Center staff always wears gloves and a mask when they handle books and also quarantine books based on GCPS guidelines. It is easy to check out books even if students are at home learning digitally. Here are some guidelines:

  1. Books must be placed on hold by midnight each Sunday night for pickup that week. They will go off hold if they are not picked up. All books are shelved each Friday and not held over to the following week. Students should only place books on hold if their parent/ neighbor/relative is able to pick up the books that particular week.
  2. Parents will receive an email on Monday morning letting them know the books are ready to pick up.
  3. Parents drive through the car rider lane on Wednesday or Thursday between 11:30 - 1:00 based on the first letter of their last name. A-M come on Wednesday & N-Z come on Thursday. Library books will be given through the window or placed in the trunk as requested. Parents will not exit their car.
  4. Students should place only one graphic novel and one book from a series on hold at a time so others can enjoy these books too.
  5. Library books can be kept for 2 weeks before they need to be returned. When students are finished with a library book, they can return it either to curbside checkout or to the book return outside the front of the school. Books must be returned before new books are checked out. If students checked out books this week at school, those books need to be returned before getting new books.

  6. Students who are digital get to place one extra book on hold since they might not be able to get library books as often as in-person students. When students are learning from home, they are all considered digital learners for library curbside pickup.
  7. The Gwinnett County Public Library also offers curbside pickup with later hours and weekend pickup options. Students can login to the Public Library using their student number and 4-digit birthday as their pin just as they use for Beanstack to log reading minutes for the Parsons Schoolwide Reading Challenge.
  8. Visit Ms. Britt's eCLASS page for more information about curbside checkout along with videos to learn how to place a book on hold.

Peachtree Ridge Youth Spring Baseball Registration

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PTA News

ATTENTION DIGITAL STUDENTS: We need your portrait pictures for the Parsons Yearbook.

Please use your cell phone to snap a photo of your student in front of a neutral colored wall and e-mail it to with the student's name and the teacher's name. Please send in pictures by February 20th.

Get Involved in PTA

It is time to nominate the PTA board members for Parsons Elementary for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in being on the board or if you are interested in nominating someone for a position, please email Jenni Yoon by February 17th, 2021.

We are also looking for people who want to get more involved by volunteering for Clean & Beautiful, the Fifth Grade Finale and Virtual PTA Event Planning. Let us know if you are interested in getting more involved by emailing

PTA hosts Crazy Hat/Hair Day – next Friday, February 19th, all students can share their crazy hat/hair and have some fun during school.

Staff Goody Day - The parents of 2nd grade students are invited to do something nice for our school staff and teachers. Please send in individually wrapped snacks with your student or drop off individually packaged snacks in the car rider lane before school. Teachers love healthy options and sweet treats too.

Parsons Business Partners 2020-2021

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