Star News

October 1, 2021

Greetings Simpson Parents, Happy Fall!


I am excited to serve my second year as the PROUD principal of Simpson Elementary! The students, teachers, and support staff work very hard to ensure every minute of the school day is meaningful for students! Parents, thank you for all you do to partner with us to support your children. A message that continues to ring true today, more than ever, is Great Schools Build Great Communities and in turn, Great Communities Build Great Schools! Thank you to the entire Peachtree Corners/Norcross Parent-Community for supporting our school with teacher incentives, snacks, and encouraging notes. We could not do this without you!


It was so great to see so many of you last month during our Virtual Curriculum Night! I had a chance to join several grade levels via ZOOM to hear parents ask curriculum questions and teachers providing supportive resources. Now, it is time for us to schedule Early Release Conferences. Please save the date for Wednesday, October 20th (DLD) and Thursday, October 21st. Conferences will be held in-person by appointment ONLY or via ZOOM. The Early Release Conference Sign-up link will be available via our school website on October 11th at 9 a.m. and closes Monday, October 18th at 3:00 p.m. We have received amazing entries for the Reflections competition this year. Thank you Simpson Superstars and good luck! We will have the results from the judges by the end of October. Superstars, I would also like to thank everyone who came out to help us celebrate our 1st PTA Picnic-on-the-Town Green, last Thursday, September 23rd! I enjoyed seeing celebrity teachers playing ball with their students, parents having a chance to fellowship with others, and students playing on the park equipment! Thanks again for supporting our PTA at our local restaurants to support our sweet school. That is why we are SIMPSON STRONG!


Finally, I want to congratulate Ms. Nicole Charloff, our Simpson Elementary School 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year! Ms. Charloff has been in the field of education for nine years and five of those years have been at Simpson Elementary. She currently serves as a Second-Grade Teacher, resides in Gwinnett County, and has a furbaby (Lana) at home. Thank you Ms. Charloff for all that you do to support high student achievement!


Proud to be your principal,

Dr. Taffeta Connery

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October Calendar Dates

October 1: Fall Individual Pictures

October 6: Walk to School Day

October 7-11: Student Fall Break

October 18-22: Great Days of Service

October 20: Digital Learning Day/Conferences

October 21: Early Release/Conferences

October 29: School Council

District Assessment Window: October 4th-15th

District Assessments are a part of Gwinnett County Public Schools' Balanced Assessment Program. They are a mixture of both formative and summative assessments administered at the classroom level to measure student learning of the Academic, Knowledge, and Skills (AKS). The Interim, Mid-Year, and Final assessments allow students to demonstrate what they know, understand, and are able to do.


Administration of the assessments occurs once every 9-weeks and requires a maximum of one class period to complete. The data from the assessments provide teachers, students, parents, and other stakeholders information regarding student learning.


Students are encouraged to review their assessment results and teacher feedback to help improve their learning. Teachers use the data, individually and collaboratively, to help make informed decisions during planning and refining of instructional activities. District leaders use the data to provide instructional support to improve student achievement.

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The Simpson Robostars, team #33281, needs your help. We would like for you to take a survey to help us find a solution to the waste created from the surge in package deliveries since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Thank you!


Packaging Survey

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Great Days of Service

Students and staff members can bring these needed items (canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, peanut butter, cereals, rice, pastas, soups, boxed mixes) to Simpson Square at arrival during the week of October 18-October 21. Donations will benefit individuals and families who are in need. Together we can make an impact in the lives of others in our community! ❤️

I Scream You Scream

We All Scream for Ice Cream


Students have the opportunity to purchase ice cream from a variety of selections during lunch. Ice cream is $1.00 and is sold Monday through Friday for all grade levels. Class Parties for ice creams sales are also available. Please email your child’s homeroom teacher for details.

Cafeteria Monitor

Are you interested in earning some money for just a few hours in a day? Simpson Elementary is looking for a kind, friendly, and supportive person to serve as a student cafeteria monitor. If you or someone you know is interested in serving in this role, please contact Traci Douglas for details. We would love to support our teachers with duty-free lunch and looking for an outstanding superstar.

Health and Wellness

I want to thank you all for continuing to adhere to CDC guidelines for health and wellness. We will continue to follow building safety measures to minimize risk and create a healthy learning environment for all. Please review the following procedures we have in place. In addition, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the main office.


• Masks REQUIRED in all public areas (hallways, media center, classrooms)

• Adhere to the one-way hallways when possible

• Health guidance posters will be displayed throughout the building

• Each common area and classroom will have a box of gloves, paper towels, and sanitizer

• Custodial schedules are in place to ensure the cleaning of high touch areas daily

• Refrain from sharing materials (i.e., pens, pencils, etc.)

• Frequent hand washing practices will be implemented daily

• Students are socially distanced during school lunch hours, when feasible


Visitation limits in the building-- Postponement of parental lunch visitation until further notice. Volunteers are welcome in classrooms, but on a limited basis. Please email your child’s teacher for details, if interested. All other school-related teacher-conferences or registrations will be by appointment only.


If you are feeling sick, please stay home. . If you or anyone in your home is sick and/or has tested positive for COVID-19, please email your child’s homeroom teacher or contact our school nurse, Ms. Amy Norris, immediately.

Come Join in the Fun at Norcross High School's 3rd Annual Home Run Derby and Family Fun Day!

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https://www.gcpsk12.org/SimpsonES

Georgia Platinum Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2019!

2010 Georgia School of Excellence!

2012 and 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!

YEARBOOKS ARE NOW ON SALE!

2021-2022 Simpson Elementary Yearbooks are for sale!


  • $35 per yearbook
  • Purchase online at balfour.com via credit card or send payment (check or money order) to school with your child. Please include your child's name on the check. Cash will not be accepted. Be sure to select Simpson Elementary School in Norcross, GA on balfour.com.
  • Questions can be directed to the yearbook committee at yearbook@simpsonespta.org


NO YEARBOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN MAY. Thank you!
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Time to Order Your 5th-Grade Baby Ad!

Here’s your chance to honor your 5th-grade graduate in a dedicated section of the 2021-2022 Simpson Yearbook!


  • $15 per ad (**There is a $1 credit card processing fee)
  • Only ONE ad per student
  • Submit the following information on the balfour.com website under yearbook packages:

  1. Two (2) photos: one current and one infant/toddler. Please note: photos may be in color or black and white. Photos must be at least 300 dpi and copyright photos CANNOT be used.
  2. Maximum of 30 words of text


  • Be sure to select Simpson Elementary School in Norcross, GA on balfour.com.


Questions? Please email yearbook@simpsonespta.org

DEADLINE: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2021


Note, these ads are completely optional

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5th Grade Ellis Island Immigration Simulation

Preparation has begun to transform the halls of Simpson Elementary on October 15th for an exciting 5th Grade tradition: The Ellis Island Immigration Simulation! This fun event coincides with the conclusion of a related project in Social Studies and is always a memorable experience for our Simpson superstars! Students will assume an immigrant identity from a country they have researched and pass through the various steps in the immigration process before ultimately being welcomed as new United States citizens! Students are encouraged to look the part for this fun reenactment in order to enhance the experience.


Please consider helping your 5th-grade dress up for the event on Friday 10/15! Suggested clothing includes:


  • Traditional clothing/costumes (e.g. Sari, Kimono, Hanbok, Agbada, etc.)
  • Pants with suspenders, caps
  • Long skirts/dresses
  • Shawls


The 5th Grade team is looking forward to this unique hands-on learning opportunity and appreciates your help in bringing our Simpson Ellis Island to life!
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Walk To School Day - 10/06

Mark your calendars for Walk to School Day on October 6th.


Join the PTA along with Mayor Mike and walk or ride your bike to school. Be on the look out for special goodies!

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Charleston Wrap Results Are In!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our Charleston Wrap fundraiser! We are very appreciative of the support of our caring supporters. We raised over $10k for the PTA to help support the school and our children for programs at Simpson!


A special thank you to Sara Wiggins, our Committee Chair, for a very successful fundraiser!


Sold Most Items:

Isla M- 2nd Grade (Burnett)

Daniel A- 5th Grade (Molina)


Highest sales by Grade:

K (Stewart)- Hudson L

1 (Webb)- Eleanor S

2 (Burnett) - Isla M

3 (Ivenskiy)- Baylor B

4 (Harris)- Matthew U

5 (Molina)- Daniel A


Most Participants by Grade:

K (Palmer) - 9 participants

1 (Cowman) - 8 participants

2 (Charloff/Hopper) - 6 participants

3 (Ivenskiy) - 9 participants

4 (Turner) - 7 participants

5 (Dingler) - 6 participants

1st Annual Picnic in the Park was a success!

Thank you to all the families that came out to enjoy our 1st Annual Picnic in the park at Town Center! The weather was beautiful and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves and the kids playing.
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Join the PTA Simpson Elementary Facebook Page

If you haven't done so please make sure to join the PTA Facebook page to stay up to date with events and volunteer opportunities at school.

More than $1,200 for Childhood Cancer

HUGE Thank You to our Simpson community for raising over $1,200 for childhood cancer! Proud to be part of an amazing group.
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Next Spirit Night: 10/21 at Clean Eatz

Mark your calendar, the next school Spirit Night will be on October 21 at Clean Eatz! Order between 4pm-7pm and 10% will go back to the school.
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A special Thanks to Debbie Cicero and Sara Wiggins for a successful bike safety course for our 4th and 5th graders!
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Thank you to Megan Skurski for arranging our amazing Virtual Author visits for our school. All grades thoroughly enjoyed meeting the authors virtually.

EARN CASH FOR OUR SCHOOL WITH BOX TOPS!

With the Box Tops for Education app, you can turn your everyday receipts into cash for Simpson. Please go to the PTA website for detailed instructions.


To enter our drawings, send a screenshot of the earning or activity section in the app or website and email it to boxtops@simpsonespta.org.
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SPOTLIGHT ON: LOZO KARATE



The Mission of Lozo Karate is to help individual development, growth, and improvement by teaching the art of Karate. Karate training is designed to develop both physical and mental strength of each student while improving emotional balance and individual capabilities in the process.


Lozo Karate studio moved to Peachtree Corners in October 2017. Lozo Karate was established in 1988 by the owner and Chief Instructor Goran Lozo, the world renowned national and international champion, and member of the national team on multiple continental and world championships. Mr. Lozo is the holder of a 7th Degree Black Belt and an International Karate Coach certification. Mr. Lozo is using his professional knowledge and experience in work with the school children, teens, and adults. In addition to teaching karate to the residents of Peachtree Corners, Norcross, Roswell, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, and Alpharetta, Lozo Karate is supporting local communities by providing free self-defense seminars for non-profit organizations.


Access to karate classes is unlimited, Monday through Saturday.


Lozo Karate is located on the intersection of Spalding Drive and Holcomb Bridge Road, right behind the Chevron Gas Station: 6395 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092.


Contact: 404-333-8808

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