The Parsons Happenings

December 11, 2020

In this edition...

Administrative Message

Educational Equity Survey

2021-2022 GCPS Calendar and Calendar adjustments

Possible After School Daycare Program

Trivia Zoom Party with Ms. Vosough and Ms. Kennedy

Weekly Events

Rocking the Holidays Dress Up Challenge

COVID Guidelines

Parsons Spelling Bee

Empty Stocking Fund information

Media Center Updates

Business Partners

Message from Your Proud Principal

Parsons Families,

In his 1926 classic “Winnie the Pooh,” A. A. Milne wrote, “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” Our little pink friend was grateful for the abundance he had in his life; great friends, a warm place to sleep and a few tasty “haycorns” to eat.

As we get closer to the conclusion of 2020 and break for the winter holiday, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who help make Parsons Elementary an amazing place to be. We are a community with many gifts and talents we share daily with one another and most importantly, our students. From the classroom to our living room and all points in-between, our collective efforts to raise the whole child are filled with passion, commitment and a willingness to make decisions that may be hard in the present, but will have a positive and lasting influence in the future for all.

Parents, I am grateful to you for masterfully doing what I know firsthand is the hardest, most rewarding and joyous job of all. Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift. I am grateful to our wonderful, talented, creative, inquisitive, optimistic, resourceful and resilient students. Often they make us laugh, sometimes they make us cry, but always they make us think. Most of all, they make us better.

In the spirit of this holiday season, I want to extend my thanks to all of you for everything that you do for our school. As we enjoy the upcoming holidays, it is my wish that each of you receives and returns the seasonal bounty of blessings and good tidings that make these days truly special. It is also during this time that I am reminded of my own good fortune to serve as the proud principal of Parsons Elementary. Of course, I believe the faces of our children best express the true meaning of this holiday season. They radiate a sense of unbridled enthusiasm, untainted hope for our future, and utter joy for life and the opportunities that await them. To the parents and friends of the Parsons' community, please have a safe and joyous holiday season.

With Gratitude,

Mrs. Clark

Happy Hanukkah to the Parsons' families who will be celebrating the Festival of Lights this week. Enjoy the celebration!

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Educational Equity in GCPS...We want to hear from you!

Gwinnett County Public Schools encourages you to learn more about our work in this area. You are invited to take part in an online survey that will gather feedback on proposed changes to district procedures. The survey will end January 11, 2021. Please click the link below for more information.

District shares 2021-2022 calendar and Calendar adjustments for Spring 2021

The 2021-2022 calendar features an Aug. 4 start, staggered return of students, and digital learning days. The 2nd semester changes are students return a day later (Jan. 7) and all students will learn at home on digital learning days (Jan. 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.

Possible After School Daycare Opportunity

GASP! Georgia After School Program, Inc. may open at Parsons ES in January if we have enough interest. It is $55/week, open until 6:30 pm, and has stringent COVID guidelines. If you're interested, go to and click the request info link. We need 20 families to enroll in order to be able to offer this program.

It's a Trivia Zoom Party!

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Monday, 12/14/20

  • Rocking the Holiday Challenge: Jingle Bell Rock ~ Wear something that jingles
  • Hanukkah (Festival of Lights)

Tuesday, 12/15/20
  • Rocking the Holiday Challenge: Let it Snow, Let it Snow! ~ Wear something with a snowflake
  • Hanukkah (Festival of Lights)
  • Bill of Rights Day

Wednesday, 12/16/20

  • Rocking the Holiday Challenge: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year ~ Wear an ugly sweater
  • Hanukkah (Festival of Lights)

Thursday, 12/17/20

  • Rocking the Holiday Challenge: Deck the Halls ~ Deck yourself by wearing holiday jewelry and accessories
  • Hanukkah (Festival of Lights)
  • 1:00 pm ~ 2nd Grade Winter Parties
  • 2:25 pm ~ 1st Grade Winter Parties

Friday, 12/18/20

  • Rocking the Holiday Challenge: We will all be Home for the Holidays ~ Wear Your PJs
  • Hanukkah (Festival of Lights)
  • End of 1st Semester
  • Relay for Life PJ day ~ $1 donation
  • 9:00 am ~ Kindergarten Winter Parties
  • 1:00 pm ~ 5th Grade Winter Parties
  • 1:30 pm ~ 3rd and 4th Grade Winter Parties
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Winter Holiday Break ~ December 19th to January 6th

"Rocking the Holidays" Dress Up Challenge

There's nothing like festive music and dress up to get you in the holiday spirit. We want all our students (Roomies and Zoomies) to participate in our "Rocking the Holidays Dress Up Challenge" that began on December 3rd. We will have 12 days of spirit. Each day of dress up is on the school calendar and we will be reminding students on the morning announcements as well. Let the fun begin!
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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, this 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.

Empty Stocking Fund Registration

The Empty Stocking Fund provides gift assistance to eligible families for pickup at participating YMCA locations. See link below for registration and more information.
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Media Center Information

Please note the following Curbside Checkout schedule and changes:

  • December 15-17: Curbside Checkout Tuesday A-I, Wednesday J-R, & Thursday S-Z
  • January 5-7: No Curbside Checkout
  • Curbside Checkout will resume the week of January 11th. Happy Holidays!

New Library Book Return

We are excited to have a new Library Book Return outside in front of the school in the bus lane near the front doors. If you have a library book to return at night, on the weekend, or during a break, just drop it in the book return and we'll check it in! It's as easy as that! Our in-person students will return their books at school and digital students can still return books at curbside checkout. Our book return is an alternate way to return a library book back to Parsons especially when the school is closed! We also have quite a few books still out from last spring. Some of them might not even be showing up on your account. Check around your house for any Parsons ES library books you might have and just drop them in the book return when you get a chance. Thanks so much! We hope you enjoy our new Library Book Return!
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Parsons Business Partners 2020-2021

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