The Parsons Happenings

Friday, February 21, 2020

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

Introducing Granny Tolar

eNews 2-21-20
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Dual Language Immersion Program for 2020-2021

Do you have a rising Kindergarten student for the 2020-2021 school year? If you are interested or just want to learn more about your child participating in the DLI program for Kindergarten, you will need to attend one of the upcoming parent meetings. See the flyer below or visit our website for more information.

Read Across America Spirit Week: March 2nd-6th

To celebrate Read Across America Week, Parsons will have a spirit week during the week of March 2nd-6th. Each day is a different theme. See the attached document for each day's theme.

Student Council Presented the Acts of Kindness Schoolwide Challenge February 1-29

Random Acts of Kindness Update

It is amazing what our kiddos are capable of when presented with a challenge. The kindness has been contagious! Students were writing notes of appreciation, holding doors open for friends and staff, helping one another clean up...the list goes on and on. Witnessing these acts of kindness throughout our school has brought me many love bursts. When you see kids caring about one another and showing appreciation, you know we are doing something right as parents and as educators.

On Friday's morning announcements, Granny Tolar encouraged students to make new friends by sitting beside someone who they do not usually sit by and playing with a new/different friend on the playground. It's important that we can find value in all types of people and our kindness can be extended beyond our 'usual' group. Our goal is to have every student feel included at Parsons!

If you are visiting for lunch one day, be sure to get a picture of your child in the front of the

BE THE "I" IN KIND bulletin board that Mrs. Sheppard, our art teacher, created in the hallway right outside the cafeteria.

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McKinsey, from Ms. Monaco's class, was the "I" in Kind when she helped a friend in typing club who was having trouble.

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Zion, in Ms. Kuny's class, was the "I" in KIND when he helped his parents by playing with his three little brothers.What a great Big Brother!

Be sure to talk to your child about the Acts of Kindness Chart below. Ask them to share what acts they have done so far and which ones they want to do!

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Georgia Milestones for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades in April

Georgia Milestones begins April 7th and runs through April 28th. We know that our students will be well prepared for testing! Below you will find the flyers that include the dates that each grade will be testing.

You can find more information on GMAS, at the Georgia Departement of Education website. In addition, you can find more GMAS resources on this website too.

Promotion Criteria

The document below explains the 2019-2020 promotion requirements for each grade level. Please be aware of the requirements that are used for promotion.

Scholastic Book Fair & Author Visit

The last day to shop at the Scholastic Jungle Book Fair is February 25th. Please see the attached flyer for more information. But wait, it gets better. Author Sarah Weeks will also be visiting on Monday, March 23rd. See the flyer below about how your child can purchase one of her books and even get it autographed.

Six Flags Read to Succeed Program: Earn a Free Six Flags Ticket

See the flyer below for more information.

Seven Habits of Happy Kids

During the month of January, our students learned about Habit 3 -- Put First Things First! Check out this helpful Habit and how you can support your child to "work first, play later!"

Field Day 2020

Field Day shirts will be on sale soon on MyPaymentsPlus. See the attached flyer for Field Day dates and the t-shirt design for Field Day 2020.

Week at a Glance



Book Fair Purchasing Continues

Chess Club ~ 3:30 pm

Tennis Club ~ 3:30 pm

Girls on the Run ~ 4:00 pm



Book Fair Purchasing Continues

Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm

Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm



Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

World Citizens ~ 7:45 am

Learning Through the Arts Civil War (4th grade) ~ 9:15 am

Drama Kids ~ 3:30 pm

Tiger Jo's Takewon Do ~ 3:30 pm

Girls on the Run ~ 4:00 pm



Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

Witzzle Pro ~ 7:40 am

3rd Grade In House Field Trip (Water on Wheels)

Autism Puzzle Pieces ~$1 Donation

i9 Sports Club ~ 3:30 pm

Korean Language Club ~ 3:30 pm

Robotics Club ~ 3:45 pm



Crazy Hair/Hat Day ~ $1 Donation

Student Council ~ 7:45 am

Sweetheart Dance ~ Pre K-2nd grade - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Sweetheart Dance ~ 3rd grade-5th grade 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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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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Who Knew??

This is what the car rider lane looks like between 8:30-8:40 am. If you want the best curbside service available, come on down between 8:30 and 8:40 every morning and you will never be late to class. 8:40 to 8:50 am is our very busy time, so there is always a chance that you could be late and have to take your student to the office for late check in after 8:50.

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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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