The Parsons Happenings

Friday, December 20, 2019

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

Growing up, I can remember rushing to the driveway to get the Sunday paper because I absolutely loved the comics. Calvin and Hobbes was one of my favorites. As I was cleaning out a drawer this week I ran across a laminated copy of the December 31, 1995 Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. At first I really did not know why I had this in my drawer but then I remembered...this was the very last Calvin and Hobbes art comic strip to be published and I remember thinking how important the message was. As you look toward the New Year, I hope you embrace the year of possibilities and do amazing things on your 'big white sheet of paper'.


Enjoy the holiday season with your family and I look forward to seeing all our students back on Monday, January 6th, 2020! I am truly blessed to serve this wonderful community!



Proud to be your Principal,

Mrs. Clark

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PTA Fundraiser Update: The Chromebooks have been delivered!

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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: first.last@gcpsk12.org or first.m.last@gcpsk12.org. 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.

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.

Need more information about Digital Learning Days?

Check out the flyer below for a general overview. Parents can also find out more information about using eClass tools at this website.

Week at a Glance


Monday

1/6/20

2nd Semester Begins

Readers Rally ~ 7:30 am

Books with Badges 1st Grade ~ 1:30 pm


Tuesday

1/7/20

Books with Badges 2nd Grade ~ 9:45 am

Girls Who Code ~ 3:30 pm


Wednesday

1/8/20

World Citizens ~ 7:45 am


Thursday

1/9/20

Witzzle Pro ~ 7:40 am


Friday

1/10/20

Student Council ~ 7:45 am

PTA Board Meeting ~ 9:00 am

Report Cards Go Home

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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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January PTA Board Meeting

Friday, January 10, 2020

9:00 am

Come and participate and be a part of what is going on at Parsons ES!

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 https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/11430.

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School Closed for Winter Break

Monday, December 23 - Friday, January 3rd


Students will return Monday, January 6, 2020!

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 https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/11429 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

Beliefs:

¨ 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 @ michelle_miller@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.
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