The Parsons Happenings
January 15, 2021
In this edition...
Digital Learning Days
Meals on the Bus Info
Celebrate Dr. MLK Jr. Day
Report Card Information
Car Rider Safety Information
Morning Sing with Mrs. Kennedy
Kids Heart Challenge
2021-2022 GCPS Calendar and Calendar adjustments
Media Center Updates
Message from Your Proud Principal
The long weekend allows us an extra day to spend with our kiddos, but it also allows us the opportunity to honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. In today’s world, I draw your attention to one of my favorite Dr. King quotes, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." Dr. King invites us to look to the light, to look to love, and share this with our children so that future generations love and respect one another. Harold Washington, a state representative in 1981, stated, "We honor Martin Luther King only when we work to complete the justice struggle for which he gave his life.” It is up to us and the future generations to continue moving ahead in this justice struggle for equal treatment for all granted to us by the US Constitution.
This year to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County will hold a Drive-Thru Donation. Please consider participating on Saturday, January 16th from 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at Moore Middle School located at 1221 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.
This event will be a service project to help senior nursing facilities and homeless outreach organizations. Please note precautions will be implemented as per CDC Guidelines during this event. Please review the listing of requested items. NO CASH donations please. Thank you for your donations! http://bit.ly/UESMLKDrive-ThruDonations
Have a wonderful 3 day weekend making memories with your kiddos.
Proud to be your Principal,
ALL STUDENTS WILL BE DIGITAL LEARNERS (January 19th-22nd )
CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks announced on Wednesday that Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) will temporarily transition all in-person learners to digital instruction beginning Tuesday, January 19. (Monday, January 18, is a school holiday.) District leaders will monitor the COVID situation and its effects on staffing to determine its ability to resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 25.
Digital Learning Reminders:
In order for our students to have successful digital learning experiences, please ensure the following things:
- All students should log in to eCLASS each day by 8:50 am.
- It is an expectation that all students attend all classroom Zoom meetings.
- Please follow the daily schedule on your teacher's Digital Lesson Plan for each day. All students should also attend the digital special indicated on the schedule.
- Morning Announcements are posted on the eCLASS Landing Page each day by 8:30 am. Please ensure that students watch the announcements daily.
- Follow the Digital Lesson Plans for each day, complete all assignments, and submit the assignments on time for each lesson.
- Students should have their cameras turned on when possible. This is very helpful to the teacher and helps build a classroom community.
- Please be on time to all Zoom Meetings.
- Sometimes, especially for our younger students, parents or caregivers may need to assist with sticking to the schedule and submitting/uploading assignments.
Curbside Lunch pick up will be available from 11:15-12:30 at the front of the school and Library Curbside pick up is available to ALL students next week in the car rider lane (since all students will be digital). See the Media Center Information below for details.
Thank you in advance for helping your child be a successful online learner!
5 ways to teach your child about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
While the older children in your household are more likely to have a better grasp on the Civil Rights Movement and King’s efforts, start small with the little ones by explaining how everyone can help make a difference in the world through kindness and respect, just like Dr. King did. Here are five ways you can help even the youngest member of your family understand the importance of his life:
Read a book: Reading stories to your child can be a great way for them to learn about King’s life. Children’s books like “My Brother Martin” by Christine King Farris or "I Am Brave: A Little Book about Martin Luther King, Jr." by Brad Meltzer are geared toward young readers and can be thoughtful and educational explainers for little minds. For more Martin Luther King Jr. Day reading recommendations, check out the Scholastic MLK picture book roundup, the list of MLK books for early readers, or the MLK books for ages 10 and up.
Discuss hopes and dreams: Drawing inspiration from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, ask your children what their dreams are. What inspires them? Talk about ways that your family can make the world a better place, just like King did. You can also write them down and hang the paper on your fridge to serve as a source of inspiration throughout the year.
Volunteer: Children learn through example, so donating your time and demonstrating the importance of helping others will establish a lifetime of giving back for your kids. Go to NationalService.gov to locate an age-appropriate volunteer opportunity near you.
Art projects: Have your children trace their hands on construction paper and cut them out. Overlap each hand to form a circle and glue them down to a sheet of paper to show that no matter how different we look on the outside, we are all the same on the inside. This learning activity helps demonstrate unity and respect.
Look for local events: Check your local newspaper listings or local blogs for MLK Day events. Many towns and cities host parades to honor and celebrate King’s life. A family outing like that can be a fun and culturally enriching way to learn more about his life’s work.
Report Card Information
Keeping our Car Riders Safe
1. Car rider traffic may not enter the bus lanes or the lot in front of the school. Everyone must come in the car rider entrance and follow the traffic flow to the end of the process. You may not cut into the car rider line by coming through the front parking lot.
2. The car rider line is a "No Passing Zone". Even if the car in front of you is taking a long time, please be patient and do not pass the car in front of you or honk at them.
3. Make sure you pull up as far as you can to the furthest staff member at the end of the sidewalk. Do not stop and drop off your student before you are at the furthest part of the line.
4. No parents should exit their cars at any time. We will help the students that need help getting out of the car. The students should always exit the door closest to the sidewalk for their safety.
5. Drop off is between 8:20-8:50. If you get here after 8:50 am, you will need to go to the front of the school, park and walk your student in to check in late. Parking in the bus lanes in front of the school is against the law. We must keep these lanes free and clear for emergency personnel in case of an emergency.
Thank you for your support as we work to keep our students safe.
Morning Sing with Mrs. Kennedy
Join Mrs. Kennedy from 8:30-8:45 next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to start your day off with some singing! This is an optional music class, but everyone is welcome to join so we can sing, dance, and play together! The Zoom link will be shared each morning on Mrs. Kennedy's eClass page. Email Mrs. Kennedy with any questions:
Kids Heart Challenge
District shares 2021-2022 Calendar and Calendar Adjustments for Spring 2021
2nd semester calendar changes are 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 4 start, staggered return of students, and digital learning days throughout the year.
1/18/21 ~ Systemwide Holiday in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day
1/19 - 1/22 ~ All students will be Digital Learners
1/19/21 ~ Semester 1 Official Report Cards Mailed
1/20/21 ~ Semester 1 Official Report Cards Mailed
1/21/21 ~ Semester 1 Official Report Cards Mailed
1/22/21 ~ Semester 1 Official Report Cards Mailed
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.
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:
- 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.
- Parents will receive an email on Monday morning letting them know the books are ready to pick up.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Visit Ms. Britt's eCLASS page for more information about curbside checkout along with videos to learn how to place a book on hold.