The Parsons Happenings

January 21, 2022

Message from your Proud Principal

100th Day of School Celebration

District Approved SY22-23 Calendar

AKS At Home

Girls on the Run

Covid-19 Morning Checklist

Mask Guidance

GMAS Spring Testing Dates

Gwinnett Student Media Festival

Kids Heart Challenge

Clinic News

Schoolwide Reading Program: Biblionasium

Warming Stations

Afternoon Transportation

Student Check Out

GCPS is hiring Bus Drivers

Parsons on Social Media

Calendar of Events

PTA Happenings

Business Partners

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Message from your Proud Principal

Today we celebrated the 100th Day of School! Parsons students and staff dressed up as centenarians, a person who is 100 years old. They donned glasses, wigs, borrowed canes and walkers, wore curlers, and used suspenders to hold their pants up. We tried to play a little trick on the students by telling them their teachers had the day off and their teacher's grandma or grandpa was the substitute (they were too smart for that!). A few classrooms used an aging app, and the students saw what they would look like when they are 100 years old. They thought it was funny and scary at the same time. Students used creative objects to represent 100, they even looked ahead to the future and wrote about what they would be doing at the age of 100. In art, students prepared pizzas with 100 toppings. It was such a fun day! The best part of the 100-Day Celebration was that everyone was 100 days smarter!

Proud Principal,

Laura Clark

Calendar Approved for 2022-23 School Year

The Board of Education has Approved our 2022-23 Calendar

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As part of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ family engagement initiative, the school district seeks to empower parents with tools that allow them to help their children at home. Our AKS at Home project provides math and language arts resources to support families of children in grades K-5 so that they truly are partners in their children’s learning. This support is available for families to access in the format that suits them and their schedule best. They can attend live virtual meetings, view recorded information at a time that best fits their schedule, and gain tips and suggestions on how to best help their children through tip sheets on a wide variety of topics.

We invite our families to sign up for a virtual session to learn more about how they can support their children.

Tip Sheets and Recordings can be accessed by selecting the appropriate grade level. Recordings will be available at the end of each unit series.

Click the link for dates and times

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Girls on the Run

Parsons is excited to announce that we will once again be hosting a Girls on the Run Club.

Girls on the Run is so much more than running. Their tested curriculum blends physical activity with skill development that enables girls to adapt to whatever comes their way. Girls on the Run understands the important connection between physical activity and overall emotional health. Trained volunteers guide girls through research-based lessons which creatively integrate movement in a fun and motivating way. By signing your daughter up for Girls on the Run, you are giving her the opportunity to connect, grow and learn how to navigate difficult situations.

The spring season registration lottery is open through Tuesday, January 25:

Our team is meeting in-person this season. Our meeting days and times are: Monday and Wednesday, 4:00-5:30 beginning the week of February 14. Girls will be dismissed from their classroom at 3:40 for snack and then practice will begin at 4:00. The program is for girls in 3rd through 5th grades. Girls on the Run 5K will be held on May 7. The location is to be determined.

Girls on the Run uses an income-based sliding scale so that every girl who wants to participate can. The program registration fee is available on a sliding scale from $10 to $185.

For more information and to register, visit

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Mask Guidance…

When students returned to in-person instruction on Jan. 6, masks were required due to a HIGH level of community transmission. The district’s updated mask guidance is based on community transmission as determined by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). For the rest of the semester, families and staff will be notified via School Messenger each Monday afternoon about mask guidance for the rest of the week. Under the district’s current COVID-19 protocols, community transmission levels must be maintained at the MODERATE or LOW level for two consecutive weeks before district mask guidance transitions to “Strongly Recommended.” (Note that staff and students returning early from COVID-19 isolation would be required to wear a mask through Day 10, regardless of community transmission rates and the district’s current masking guidance.)

GMAS: Georgia Milestones Testing Dates

The Georgia Milestones EOG Elementary School Schedule is now available. Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades will take the GMAS beginning in April.
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Gwinnett Student Media Festival: Calling all entries!

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Kids Heart Challenge Coming Soon!

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Schoolwide Reading Program: Biblionasium

Just a reminder that our Schoolwide Reading Program is in full force. We began in September, and it will continue through the end of March. Each student must have 2,500 reading minutes entered by the end of March to qualify for the reading reward in May. Minutes must be entered into Biblionasium. There is a help video on Mrs. Britt's Media Center eCLASS page. We have a monthly competition among grade levels. We want all of our students at Parsons to enjoy reading for pleasure and develop a love for reading. Please encourage your student(s) to enter their minutes into Biblionasium each week. The parent letter from Curriculum Night is attached for further information. In addition, your student(s) can continue to participate in the reading programs offered at the Gwinnett County Public Library such as Grow Good Readers, Feed Your Brain, and the yearly Summer Reading Challenge using Beanstack.

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 in the front office no later than 12:00 PM the day of the change. 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.

Student Check Out

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

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Monday, January 24, 2022

  • Kids Heart Challenge Begins
  • 7:30 am ~ Readers Rally

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

  • Digital Learning Day

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

  • 7:45 am ~ Art Club

Thursday, January 27, 2022

  • 7:30 am ~ Coding Club
  • 7:45 am ~ Witzzle Pro
  • 3:30 pm ~ i9 Sports

Friday, January 28, 2022

  • PTA Order Your Yearbook Day

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Don't forget to order your yearbooks! The last day to order yearbooks at the discounted rate of $30 ends January 31. Beginning February 1, the price increases to $40.

All Pro Dads is seeking a male guardian to lead the amazing program beginning Fall 2022. From current All Pro Dads Team Captain Josh Holt:

I have had the honor of being the All Pro Dads Team Captain at Parsons ES for the past 6 years. Those Friday morning breakfasts/gatherings with my boys and many of your families have been the highlight of my time at Parsons. Being that my youngest son will be heading to middle school next year, I would love to “pass the torch” to an All Pro Dad (or two) to continue this great program at Parsons ES. Please feel free to reach out to me at 678-687-0195 or if you are interested and/or have any questions.

Parsons Elementary PTA

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