Partee General News

Partee Elementary Parent Newsletter - August 2019


8/12 Book Fair begins (8/12 - 8/16)

8/15 Curriculum Night


Welcome back! We are off to a great start. The first week of school has been awesome. We have spent the week learning the routines in the classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, and car rider lanes. Thank you parents for making sure that your student(s) are at school, on time, everyday.

Next week is Curriculum Night! On Thursday, August 15th, 6:00-8:00, the teachers will be sharing important information that will help us all have an awesome school year. Please attend Curriculum Night to find out what your child will be learning, the assessments he/she will take, and how to communicate with your teacher. Knowing these expectations are critical to each student having a successful school year. See you next week!

The Book Fair will begin next week. It will be open on Thursday so that you can purchase great titles for your child before or after Curriculum Night. All of the proceeds from the Book Fair go back to the Media Center to provide additional resources for the students at Partee ES.

Looking forward to an AWESOME year!

Generals Salute,

Dr. McCain


Many parents ask, “When is my child sick enough to stay home from school?” This is not always an easy question to answer! A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. We suggest making a plan for childcare ahead of time so you will not be caught without a comforting place for your child to stay if he/she is ill.

There have been several students arrive at school or leave school early today with symptoms that include throwing up and nausea. The custodians have done some deep cleaning with a special disinfectant to be certain that everyone remains healthy. If your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her at home until they are better.

Our school policy states that you should not send your child to school if he/she has:

  • Fever in the past 24 hours - student must be fever free for 24 hours in order to return to school.
  • Vomiting in the past 24 hours - student must be vomit free for 24 hours in order to return to school.
  • Diarrhea in the past 24 hours - student must be diarrhea free for 24 hours in order to return to school.
  • Chills, sore throat
  • Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
  • Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night

If your child becomes ill at school, you will be called to pick him/her home from school. It is essential that your child’s teacher have a phone number where you can be contacted during the day and an emergency number in the event you cannot be reached. Please be sure that arrangements can be made to transport your child home from school and that childcare is available in case of illness. If your daytime or emergency phone number changes during the year, please notify your child’s teacher immediately.


Lunch visitors

  • You can begin eating lunch with your child on Monday, August 19.
  • Food from outside the cafeteria is not permitted.
  • Birthday's can only be celebrated during lunch. No balloons, stuffed animals, etc. please.

Transportation Changes

For the safety and security of all students, please try to keep afternoon transportation consistent. In the event that changes are needed, please do the following:

One-day change: Write a note and attach a copy of your driver's license. Requests can be delivered by the student, faxed to 678-344-4400, or emailed to Please call the school by 2:30 to verify that the request was received.

Temporary Change (minimum of 5 days): The parent or guardian must come in and complete a "change of transportation" form in the front office.

Lost and Found We already have a number of items in Lost and Found. To help us return lost items to their owner, please put your student's name and teacher name on the label of your child's clothing.


Please sign up for Class Dojo! Contact your child's teacher to get connected.


Partee Elementary invites YOU to take part in our Guest Reader program! Guest Readers are parents and community members that read to students in the classroom and encourage them to develop a love for reading. Guest Readers will take place quarterly, on select Wednesdays, throughout the year. Sign up now for our first session on Wednesday, September 4th by visiting Readings begin promptly at 9:00 AM.

Safety and Security

The Gwinnett County School System has always taken the safety of its students very seriously. This year there are a few additions to the already existing procedures schools have in place.

  • Prior to entering a school, visitors will be asked about the purpose of their visit.
  • All volunteers must first check in and then will be escorted to our Parent Center were volunteer opportunities are coordinated.
  • Each school will have a safety committee comprised of staff and community representation, to review, monitor and create safety policies.
  • All visitors are required to check in and wear a visitor’s badge. Visitors will be asked to return to the front office if a staff member does not see the visitor’s badge.
  • All visitors must show county identification or a driver’s license.
  • Schools will continue to conduct fire, tornado, and soft and hard lock-down drills.

As schools become more diligent with student safety, we ask that families talk about and practice safety measures at home.

Looking Ahead - September Events

9/2 Labor Day Student/Teacher Holiday

9/4 Guest Reader

9/5 Grandparent's Day

9/6 Progress Reports go home

9/9 CogAT Testing begins

9/12 Title I Parent Meeting

9/23 IOWA Tests begins

9/30 Picture Day