Simonton Parent Newsletter

Friday, September 3, 2021

Every Student, Every Day, Deserves to Learn, Lead, & Excel!

Message from Ms. Perkins

Our 2nd grade students did an amazing job completing the Iowa assessments. Thank you for supporting our students this week.

All schools will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day. We look forward to seeing everyone back here at Simonton ES on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Next Thursday, September 9, 2021 the Simonton ES PTA will be hosting a spirit night at Sparkles. We hope to see everyone there. Bring the family for an evening of fun.

Enjoy your extra day off and have a wonderful weekend!

Picture Day

Students will take fall pictures on Friday, September 17, 2021. Flyers will go home next week.

Order before Picture Day on with your Student's ID or Picture Day ID: EVT7JS93Q

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, September 6

  • Labor Day Holiday ~ No School

Thursday, September 9

  • PTA Spirit Night at Sparkles ~ 5:00- 9:00 pm

Tuesday ,September 14

  • Digital Learning Day #1 (Asynchronous)

Friday, September 17

  • Week 6 Interim Reports emailed home
  • Fall Picture Day
  • Hat Day

Tuesday, September 21- Thursday, September 23

  • CogAT Testing (1st, 2nd, & 5th Grades)

Digital Learning Day ~ September 14th

On Tuesday, September 14th, GCPS will host it's first asynchronous digital learning day. During the day, your child will be required to log-in to eCLASS, navigate to his/her teacher's page, locate the daily template, and work through the assignments listed. There will be no live Zooms/sessions.

To prepare for this day, teachers will hold a Mock Digital Learning Day in the computer labs next week. During this time, they will walk students through their pages, guide them through any needed steps, and have them complete an assignment that mirrors one that they will be doing at home. This practice will be extremely beneficial for all students!

Devices sent Home for Digital Learning Day

Throughout the year, we will have 6 Asynchronous Digital Learning Days. If your child(ren) will need a device for the digital learning days this year, please go to our website and complete the "Device Request" form that is located under the headline entitled: "Technology Access Survey". The responses from this form will be used to prepare and check-out needed devices.

**Please be aware that a form will be sent home that MUST be signed and returned in order for your child(ren) to bring a device home. Prices for lost/damaged devices are listed, so please read the form carefully. If you have already submitted this form due to our digital start this school year, that form is on record and you are good to go for DL days.

Children will devices are required to return them the following day! If they are not returned, a member of our tech team will call with a friendly reminder.

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National PTA's Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

The 2021–2022 Reflections theme is I Will Change the World By…

Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.


Please be sure to have your yellow tag visibly displayed by hanging it from the rear-view mirror. It is difficult to see car rider numbers when they are on the dashboard, hidden behind items on the rear-view mirror, or even low on window shields. Please note that if you do not have your yellow tag, you will have to go inside with a picture ID to pick up your car rider. This is to ensure the safety of your children. Thanks for your support as we continue to work towards a fast and safe dismissal of students in the afternoon.

Homework Help @ the Public Library

Bring your homework and get free help from volunteers! Open to grades K-12.

Students can drop in during program hours to work with homework help volunteers on specific assignments or to build skills over time. We offer reading, language arts, and writing tutor help from 5-6 and math tutor help from 5-7. Open to grades K-12.

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Gwinnett Basketball League (GBL)

Looking for 4-7th grade boys and girls interested in representing the Central Gwinnett Black Knights in the 2021-2022 Gwinnett Basketball League (GBL), a competitive basketball league played against teams with players from the same Gwinnett county school clusters. GBL serves as feeder system program to Gwinnett county middle and high schools. Must be enrolled in a Central Gwinnett cluster elementary or middle school to be eligible to participate. Season begins mid-November and ends in February playing 14 games and a minimum 3-game playoffs.

Tryout Dates/Times/Location:

Central Gwinnett Hight School Auxiliary Gym

Sunday, 9/5 ~ 2:00-3:30 pm

Sunday, 9/12 ~ 2:00-3:30 pm

Sunday, 9/19 ~ 2:00-3:30 pm

Head & assistant coaches needed.
Contact Info: Victor Temple (470) 546-6945

Every morning before sending your child to school, please review this checklist..

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Mystery Science Videos:

Digital Citizenship

Interested in reviews for what your kids are into (before they get into it)?

Trusted ratings created with families in mind.

Please check out the following site created for Parents:

Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

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A healthy media diet balances three things: what kids do, how much time they spend doing it, and whether their content choices are age-appropriate. Mixing media and tech time with other activities will help families find that happy medium. Use our Family Media Agreement and Device Contract to set realistic rules that make sense for your family so you and your kids can make the most out of media and tech time.

If you are interested in signing the Family Media Agreement, please click on the following link:

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Simonton Elementary ~ What We Stand For


Simonton is committed to dynamic high quality instruction resulting in a passion for learning, leading and excelling.

Core Belief

Every Student Every Day, Deserves to Learn, Lead, and Excel


  • We commit to giving our students a fresh start every day.

  • We commit to preparing quality and engaging lessons that will prepare our students to be successful in school.

  • We commit to teaching, modeling and holding our students accountable for appropriate school behavior.

  • We commit to providing our students with a structured and safe learning environment.

  • We commit to a great year of learning, leading, and excelling

Simonton Elementary School

Superintendent- Dr. Calvin J. Watts

Assistant Superintendent- Dr. Terry Watlington

Board Member- Mr. Steven B. Knudsen

Principal- Tamara G. Perkins

Assistant Principal- Tifferney Dodd

Assistant Principal- Daphne Miles

Assistant Principal- Emily Young