The Parsons Happenings

Friday, December 6, 2019

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

It was great welcoming back our students after the break. We returned to a week of crazy temperatures...starting the week with strong winds and cold temps and ending the week with spring like weather. It just so happened that we had to do our monthly fire drill and due to the administration of district assessments beginning on Wednesday, our fire drill was on the coldest day (we made sure our kiddos had on the coats and accessories). As all 800+ staff and students stood outside going through the process of ensuring all students were accounted for in the blowing wind and brisk cold, I had to stop and think of the important role our fire drills play in the safety of our Parsons' PRIDE. Hopefulyl we will NEVER have to go through a true fire event, but I know our staff and kiddos know what to do. Even in the mundane monthly fire drill there was so much pride for how we performed during the drill.


Georgia weather is so unpredictable this time of year so we need to make sure we are prepared for any weather event. WSB-TV meteorologist, Glen Burns, is watching a possible system that may come through our area at the end of next week. Be sure to tune into WSB-TV for any school closings or delays. In the event we do get some ice or snow, our kiddos are ready for Digital Learning Days. All classes have participated in DLD practice days so the students know what to do if we have a school closing.


Penguin Patch was such a success! It was great to see students with their shopping list and filling their shopping bag with items for their loved ones. This was a great way to support our PTA, but more importantly, it allowed our students the opportunity to have the experience of blessing others and experiencing giving to others.


Have a great weekend making memories with your kiddos.



Proud to be your Principal,

Mrs. Clark

Need more information about Digital Learning Days?

Check out the flyer below for a general overview. Parents can also find out more information about using eClass tools at this website.

Thank You Parents!

The fundraiser was a huge success! PTA was able to purchase these additional Chromebooks thanks to the support from our parents.The 55 Chromebooks arrived this week. The devices will be ready for teachers and students soon.
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One of our own Parsons PRIDE students, Aiden Opore, is a 2019 top 5 National Finalist for Sports Illustrated KIDS!

When Aiden broke the national eight-and-under 200-meter record at the 2018 USATF National Junior Olympics, his coach at the Jackrabbit Track Club, Andre Al-Ghani, saw the race unfold from the stands across the field. “Aiden was happy and excited, but he’s not one who jumps up and down,” says Al-Ghani. “He doesn’t pump his chest out; he’s a very humble kid. I know he’s saying to himself, Job well done; I still want more.”

And Aiden did do more at the 2019 AAU Junior Olympics, winning the nine-year-old 200 meters and the long jump and taking second in the 100. (He had won the 100 at the USATF meet in ’18.) His goal is to make the Olympics and break Usain Bolt’s record in the 200, and to “become the fastest running back in the world.” This fall, he scored 12 touchdowns in eight games for the Peachtree Ridge 9-U Lions. His main focus before track season begins, though, is improving his speed out of the blocks, which he practices in a hallway at home. Says Al-Ghani, who thinks Aiden could also excel in the 400, “He’s one of the special ones.”


We are so proud of you, Aiden!

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The PRIDE of Parsons' Chorus

The PRIDE of Parsons' Chorus, led by Mrs. Kennedy, presented "The Magic of Music" at Thursday night's PTA meeting. I have to say the performance made me a little teary eyed. Each piece they sang shared a message of hope, kindness, and reaching dreams. One song was titled, "Tiny Little Miracles" and it shared the message of noticing the tiny miracles all around us. Sometimes we get so caught up in daily actions that we forget to stop and notice the 'tiny miracles' all around us. As the students were singing it made me think of how each one of our students is OUR 'tiny miracle' ! I know I speak for all our teachers and staff when I say that our students are a daily reminder of how blessed we are to serve each one of them and we thank you for allowing us to play a role in guiding them to meet their DREAMS.

Week at a Glance


Monday

12/9/19

Readers Rally ~ 7:30 am

Chess Club ~ 3:30 pm

Tennis Club ~ 3:30 pm


Tuesday

12/10/19

Learning Through the Arts 5th grade ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Girls Who Code ~ 3:30 pm

Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm

Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm


Wednesday

12/11/19

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

World Citizens ~ 7:45 am

Drama Club ~ 3:30 pm


Thursday

12/12/19

Chorus Practice ~ 7;30 am

Witzzle Pro ~ 7:40 am

i9 Sports Club ~ 3:30 pm

Robotics Club ~ 3:30 pm


Friday

12/13/19

Falcons Friday ~ Wear Falcons colors to support our team!

Holiday PJs Day (PTA) ~ $1

Student Council ~ 7:45 am

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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 https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/11430.

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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 https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/11429 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

Beliefs:

¨ 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 @ michelle_miller@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.
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