Star News

April 2023

Dear Simpson Families,

Happy Spring! It was wonderful to see so many of you during our recent PTA Event, Picnic-in-the-Park last month and celebrating Exceptional Children’s Week. Parental involvement is so important! Thank you for your support and participation in your child’s education at Simpson Elementary! During the testing window of April 24th - May 12th, we look forward to our 3rd-5th grade students demonstrating all they have learned when they take the Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) State Assessment.

Our teachers have created many learning opportunities to help students succeed and we are confident that they will do well. To further support information regarding state testing, we will be hosting our annual 3rd-5th GMAS Parent Session on Tuesday, April 11th at 6 PM. As a gentle reminder, please make sure your child has a good night's rest, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives at school on time. We need your help and support to make these last few months be successful for all of our students! I thank you for all that you do to support our Simpson Superstars, and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance. Have a wonderful spring break during the week of April 3rd-7th!

Proud to be your principal,

Dr. Taffeta Connery

Calendar Dates

April 3-7: Spring Break/No School/Student-Teacher Holiday

April 11: All Pro Dad's

April 11: GMAS Parent Meeting at 6 PM

April 17-21: Earth Week

April 19: PTA Spirit Night-Taqueria Del Mar-11:00 am to 9:00 pm

April 20: Walk to School Day

April 20: PTA General Meeting/Kindergarten Performance

April 23: Simpson Singers perform at Braves Game

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We are excited to welcome our new Superstars to Simpson! New Student and Kindergarten Registration will open on Monday, April 10, 2023.

All new student registrations (K-5) will be processed through the Gwinnett County Online Registration system (OLR). After you complete the process outlined on our website, you will be contacted and scheduled for an appointment to finalize registration. NOTE: Current students do NOT need to be registered for the next school year.

Please share this information with families who have rising Kindergarteners or new incoming students for the 2023-24 school year. Please note, the county has not designated Simpson ES as a permissive transfer school. To attend Simpson ES, students must reside in our attendance zone.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please call the school office or email our registration team.

Ann Marie Burnett, Registrar,

Tiffany Ellner,

Jeanette Johnson, K Assistant Principal,

Dear Rising Kindergarten Parents,

We are so delighted to have our Rising K students attend our 3rd Rising K Academy this summer. Each day will be filled with great lessons and an opportunity for your students to learn about Simpson. Their schedule is filled with interactive lessons, focused on literacy, math, and social emotional wellness. In a later email, you will find information about arrival and dismissal, lunch, and teacher information if you choose to enroll your student.

In order to register for Rising K Academy, you must complete the online registration process and meet with our SDMC to complete your school registration to officially become a Simpson Superstar. If you would like to enroll your student in our Rising K academy, you can complete the interest form below. Bus Transportation can be provided if you complete your registration by May 4, 2023.

Use this form to express your interest for your student to attend Simpson's Rising K Academy. Rising K academy is on a first come first serve basis.

Important Information

  • Dates: Star Search will begin on June 12-June 30th. (6/19/23 is a district wide holiday to celebrate Juneteenth)
  • Time: The school hours are from 8:00-2:00.
  • Location: This year it will be hosted at Peachtree Elementary, due to Simpson school renovations.
  • Transportation: Bus Transportation can be provided if you register and enroll by May 4, 2023. You can also bring your child through the car rider line.


Our Simpson fifth graders have been invited to sing the “National Anthem” on Sunday, April 23rd Atlanta Braves’ game. This is a 1:30 P.M. game and we look forward to seeing you all there! To date, we have sold approximately 700 tickets! At this time the deadline has closed. However, we still would like to thank all of our school stakeholders for supporting this annual school-community event!

All of the proceeds benefit our Care Team and Music Program.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the main office.

Check out the Norcross Cluster Innovation Showcase at the Norcross Public Library on April 27! See the flyer below for details.

I’m here to deliver some GREAT news! We had another successful year with the Kids Heart Challenge! We raised a schoolwide record this year....$16,700! Congratulations to all of the Simpson Superstars who participated in the kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser! Simpson Elementary School is again a Gwinnett County/Kids Heart Challenge TOP 10 School for the 2022-2023 school year!! I also want to say thank you and congratulations again to Coach Kevin Halron for helping us lead this challenge. Finally, to all of our school stakeholders who made an incredible impact with the American Heart Association, we sincerely appreciate you! ❤ ~ Dr. Connery

Odyssey of the Mind has completed its Division One Finals at Georgia State. We proudly finished in 4th place in our division!

However, due to some unforeseen circumstances, the 3rd Place Winners will not be able to compete at Worlds, so we are able to take their place as an alternate team.

With that being said, we are excited to announce that our Division I Team will compete for the State of GA at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals on May 24-28 at Michigan State University. So please help me congratulate the following superstars on their outstanding achievements in the Odyssey of the Mind World Competition Finals:

Jeremy L.- 5th grade

Eli D.- 5th grade

Chloe C.- 4th grade

Aria M.- 4th grade

Reagan E.- 4th grade

Asher D.-3rd grade

Thanks for your support, and we look forward to continuing our learning and creativity at Worlds.


Rachel Dominioni

OM Coach- Division I

Greetings Superstar Parents,

We are so excited to welcome you back to school to join your child during lunch hours. I wanted to share some ice cream updates with you in the new year. Therefore, if you desire to purchase ice cream for your child, you are welcome to do so at any time.

However, we are currently experiencing children upset upon leaving the cafeteria during lunch because some parents purchased ice cream for their child and decided to purchase additional ice cream for select group of children in the same class. Therefore, you are welcome to purchase ice cream for your child, but please do not purchase additional ice cream for just a few children, unless it is for the entire class or for a class birthday. I thank you in advance for your support and please do not hesitate to contact the me if you have any questions.

Thank you kindly,

Dr. Connery, Principal

Lunch Reminders...

Meal prices for elementary students below:

Student breakfast -$1.50

Student lunch -$2.25

Adult Breakfast -$2.50

Adult Lunch -$3.75

*The adult bar is available to both adult guests and staff throughout the school year.

A gentle reminder that outside vendor food (per district policy) is not allowed for students. Please reinforce providing lunch from home or utilizing the school meal plan.

Administrative & 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

Counselors- Ms. Sheri Terry & Ms. Roshan Finch


Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:15 PM

All visitors must check in at the welcome desk and please be prepared to provide some form of identification upon request.

Students should arrive between 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM

Morning announcements and tardy bell rings at 8:50 AM

Dismissal bell rings at 3:20 PM

  • If you are checking out your child early from school, please do so on or before 2:45 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!

Car Rider Reminders

Simpson PBIS

Greetings Parents,

Beginning this school year in 2022, we will engage in Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) at Simpson Elementary to have a positive behavioral expectation schoolwide. PBIS is an approach schools use to promote school safety and good behavior. With PBIS, schools teach kids about behavior expectations, strategies, and with a primary focus on having a positive prevention, not consequences.

What is PBIS at our school?

A unified set of school wide expectations for behavior in our school. We are Simpson Superstars, so to ensure that students can easily comprehend our expectations, we have established a 5-star approach for appropriate behaviors posted throughout the school. Your child has been learning these expectations since the first few days of school.

What are the 5-Star Expectations at Simpson Elementary?

  1. Be Respectful
  2. Be Responsible
  3. Be Ready to Learn
  4. Be Safe
  5. Be Kind

As part of our PBIS process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students on the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:

  • Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.
  • Provide students with more praise than correction.
  • Talk to students with respect using positive voice tone.
  • Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.
  • Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.
  • Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit feedback.

The PBIS School store buying days are here! Please see below for grade level buying days which will occur during morning arrival: 8:20-8:55 AM.

PBIS Grade Level Incentive Days:

Monday - 4th Grade PBIS Incentive Day

Tuesday - 3rd & 5th Grade PBIS Incentive Day

Wednesday - 2nd Grade PBIS Incentive Day

Thursday - 1st Grade PBIS Incentive Day

Friday- PreK & Kindergarten PBIS Incentive Day

Notes from Nurse Norris

Our clinic is in need of pants and shorts! If you have any gently used clothes, please consider donating them to the clinic.

Thank you so much for all your support!

Need Afterschool Care?

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!

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April Spirit Night at Taqueria Del Mar

April Spirit Night at Taqueria Del Mar

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Time: 11 am - 9 pm

Location: 5075 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

(Inside the Ingles Shopping Center)

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Please join us as Simpson Elementary Celebrates Earth Week - April 17 - 22, 2023

Mark your calendars for activities all week long including Walk to School Day on Thursday, April 20, 2023!

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Georgia State Reflections Winners

Congratulations to the following Simpson Reflections finalists who placed at state! We are so proud of our artists.

Put on your creative thinking caps for next year.

The Reflections theme for school year 2023 - 2024 is "I Am Hopeful Because...."

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HUGE shoutout to:
  • Sara Shingler, Ms. Turner, Ms. Arnold, the media center committee and ALL the parent volunteers who helped make the spring Book Fair a huge success!

  • Jenny Rockett for making sure our teachers and staff are getting plenty of snacks during early release days!

  • Business Partner, Phillip Larscheid and the Stacey Wyatt Group, for a delicious Chicken Salad Chic lunch for the staff on one of the early release days!

  • Jamie Turner, Gina Misticawi and Ms. Wells for an EXCEPTIONAL Children's Week! And BIG THANK YOU to Simpson parent, Mr. Trapani for speaking to our Simpson Superstars!

  • Michelle Reuter, Samantha Morgan, and EVERYONE who donated gift cards to our amazingly LUCKY Simpson staff and bus drivers!

  • Ms. Curry, the parent and staff volunteers and the 5th Grade Simpson Singers for a stunning Broadway Revue performance!

  • Ms. Ellner for organizing and the awesome PTA volunteers (Serena Suggs, Kelly Loder, Stacie Olson, Jessica Campbell, Jessica McConnell, Mary Catherine Jennings, Maxine McClure, Ashley Richards, and Megan Young) for doing an amazing job assisting with spring PICTURE DAY!

  • Mallory Thornton for pulling off another awesome Picnic in the Park with Dr. Connery!

All Pro Dads: April 11

Date: April 11, 2023

Time: 7:15 am

Location: Simpson cafeteria

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Business Sponsor SHOUTOUTS

Please get to know our SILVER SPONSORS a little better!

Ducks Waterproofing:
Water damage can create a multitude of problems from mold, mildew, and in some cases major renovations. Having a reliable waterproofing solution will protect your home from flooding and having to repair the damage. Duck's Waterproofing has been in the industry for 10+ years and excels in providing our customers with only the best service. The owner is a certified waterproofing and foundation repair specialist. Ducks Waterproofing offers consultation services and exterior drainage solutions including grading, downspout extensions and foundation waterproofing. If they can't help, they will provide a recommendation.


The Mathnasium mission is to teach children math so they understand it, master it, and love it. Math can change their lives, and they can change the world. Check out their website to schedule a free assessment or for information about Camp Mathnasium 2023!

Taido Karate:

Taido is the modern style of karate, utilizing dynamic techniques and footwork for the purpose of self-defense. With a wide variety of classes for all ages, there is sure to be a class the whole family can benefit from. You can even try out a class for free! Check out their website for the complete list of classes and camps.

Fire and Stone:

Fire & Stone takes pride in making the best Neapolitan and New York style pizzas. Their dough is made fresh in-house every day. F&S uses only the finest cheese and toppings to make sure you have the best pizza. Go to their website to sign up for their rewards program.





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