Dear Simpson Parents,
Happy November! It was wonderful to see many of you last month during Early Release Parent-Teacher Conferences. This is always such a valuable time for you to talk with the teacher to see how your child is progressing both academically and socially. I am confident you found this time helpful to you. Early Release conferences are held twice a year. The next early release days will be held on March 6-7, 2024. We will again be scheduling conferences online. Also, the Parent Portal is a great way for you to stay informed about your child’s academic progress 24 hours a day/7 days a week. You can monitor student assignments and assessments if you have a child in grades 1st – 5th. Finally, many thanks to our amazing Simpson Elementary PTA for sponsoring our delicious grab-and-go Chic-fil-A Lunch during parent conferences, planning for our Back-to-the 90's Fall Festival, and our spectacular Arts in Education Author Visit with Todd Parr. Many thanks again for making our Simpson Staff feel so special and appreciated. Thank you to the entire Peachtree Corners Community for making us SHINE SO BRIGHT! Have a wonderful month and a happy Thanksgiving!
Proud to be your principal,
November Calendar Dates
November 1st-Native American Heritage Month
November 3rd-Digital Learning Day (DLD)
November 7th-Holiday Meal for Grades PreK, 2nd, 3rd (Special Needs Classes: Ms. Bowman, Ms. Desai, Ms. Speer, Ms. White, Ms. Beard, & Ms. Williams) * See Teacher Newsletters for lunchtime details.
November 8th-Picture Make-up Day
November 9th-Holiday Meal for Grades K, 1st, 4th, 5th, (Special Needs Classes: Ms. Taylor, Ms. Walters, Ms. Hargrove, Ms. Walker, & Ms. Moore) * See Teacher Newsletters for lunchtime details.
November 14th-All Pro Dads
November 15th-United Way "PJ" Fundraiser
November 16th-PTA Mother/Son Night- "Cowboys & Mom's" Night at PDHS from 6-8 PM
November 20th-24th Thanksgiving Break/Schools Closed
November 29th-Square 1 Orders Due
November 30th-PTA Spirit Night-Taqueria Del Mar
Special Holiday Meal
On November 7th & 9th, our fabulous cafeteria staff will be hosting a special Holiday Meal during lunch times for staff, students, and families. Parents are invited to join their child at their lunch time on their designated day.
Please see your child’s grade level day below. Please refrain from visiting lunch on the non-holiday meal day as other grade level classes will be eating in their classrooms to make space for parent visitors.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your grade level teacher.
Tuesday, November 7th
Pre-K- Students and parents will eat in their classrooms at their scheduled lunch time
Grade 2-cafeteria with parent visitors 11:20-11:50
Grade 3/Beard(2-3)/Williams(2-3)-cafeteria with parent visitors 12:05-12:35
Grades- Kindergarten,1/4/5- sack lunch in classrooms
Thursday, November 9th
Grade 4-cafeteria with parent visitors 10:45-11:15
Kindergarten/Taylor (K)-cafeteria with parent visitors 11:30-12:00
Grade 1/Walters (1)/Hargrove(K-1)-cafeteria with parent visitors 12:15-12:45
Grade 5-cafeteria with parent visitors 1:00-1:30
Walker (4-5)/Moore(4-5)- 1:00-1:30
Grades- Pre-K/Bowman/Desai/Speer/White/2nd/3rd/Beard(2-3)/Williams(2-3)- sack lunch in classrooms
Here are the procedures for our Holiday Meal:
Station 1 Parent Check in
Parent check-in will begin in Simpson Square. Please have your license ready to show our front office staff upon your arrival. Please arrive 15-30 minutes earlier than your students assigned lunch time.
Station 2 Lunch Check In
If you plan to purchase food from the cafeteria, please bring cash only; the cost is $4.00 (exact change will expedite the check-in process). Please do not bring bills larger than $5.00. After you purchase your lunch, you will receive a lunch ticket that indicates to the cafeteria staff that you have already paid.
Station 3 Cafeteria
Please enter the cafeteria, get your lunch (if you purchased one) and find your students assigned lunch table. Please go straight to your child assigned table and your student will meet you at the table.
Simpson Admin Team
SEL Family Newsletter-Gratitude!
SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND INNOVATION FAIR!
GOOD NEWS CLUB
Beginning on Mondays October 23- March 25,2024
Meeting after school with car pick-up at 5:00
Students who are in GASP will be escorted back at 5:00
Meeting in the Media/Library Room
No charge but donations are welcome
Register on line www.goodnewsclubgwinnett.org/student/registration (Limited Enrollment)
Club activities include; Snacks, Interactive Bible Stories, Memory Verses,, Active Games, Lively Songs. The Club emphasizes character qualities, respect for authority, moral values and Biblical principles. There is a Treasure Box of toy rewards, Surprises and lots of laughter and fun.
Leaders are specially trained Christians concerned for the spiritual well-being of your child. For Questions…Contact Cathy Hicks- Coordinator hm. 770 447 0540
Beginning this school year in 2023, we will engage in Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) at Simpson Elementary to have a positive behavioral expectation schoolwide. PBIS is an approach schools use to promote school safety and good behavior. With PBIS, schools teach kids about behavior expectations, strategies, and with a primary focus on having a positive prevention, not consequences.
What is PBIS at our school?
A unified set of school wide expectations for behavior in our school. We are Simpson Superstars, so to ensure that students can easily comprehend our expectations, we have established a 5-star approach for appropriate behaviors posted throughout the school. Your child has been learning these expectations since the first few of school.
What are the 5-Star Expectations at Simpson Elementary?
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
- Be Ready to Learn
- Be Safe
- Be Kind
As part of our PBIS process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students on the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:
Þ Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.
Þ Provide students with more praise than correction.
Þ Talk to students with respect using a positive voice tone.
Þ Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.
Þ Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.
Þ Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit feedback.
Please look forward to additional details as we unveil our STARBUCK incentives for recognition of positive student behavior. We are excited to begin having students spend their Starbucks in our new PBIS Store at our Grand Opening beginning September 11th.
Wednesday-2nd and 3rd grade
Friday-PreK and Kindergarten
Car Rider Updates!
I Scream You Scream...We All Scream for Ice Cream
School Lunch & Parental Visitation
GCPS students will have access to a meal (breakfast and lunch) throughout the year for each child. Student meal costs are listed below and an adult bar is available for both adult visitors and staff throughout the school year.
Meal prices for elementary students are below:
Student breakfast -$1.50
Student lunch -$2.25
Adult Breakfast -$2.50
Adult Lunch -$4.00
* Please see our new Al-a-carte options for student purchases below. This is a new feature sponsored by GCPS which is being offered, in addition to their regular meal.* As a disclaimer, assortments may change daily based on availability.
Come Learn With Us at Little Learners Academy!
PLAY2LEARN- HAVE YOU HEARD?
Simpson is excited to offer an opportunity for parents with children ages birth to five!
We are so blessed to have one of our veteran, retired, and former Simpson Kindergarten Teacher, Ms. Sharon Terry! Once again she will be our Play2Learn instructor during the 23-24 SY. Therefore, please help us spread the good news to all of your family and friends, who may have children in this age range to call the school for additional information.
Want to learn more about how to be your child's best teacher through PLAY? Simpson Elementary is now offering the GCPS from Birth-To-FIVE Program for you and your child!
- Learn how to find teachable moments in everyday life activities
- Learn how to engage your child in play
- Learn how to continue play activities at home and on the or anywhere
- Learn about your child's educational milestones
- Learn how to get your child ready for school
Simpson Safety Plans
GCPS will continue to follow strict guidelines as it relates to safety & security by visitors producing identification when inside the vestibule to check out students (as well as during visiting lunch hours).
In addition, we will continue to follow safety guidelines to minimize the risk of infection and/or spread of COVID-19. Therefore, if anyone in your household becomes sick and has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact our school nurse, Amy Norris, and/or your grade level administrator, immediately.
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:15 PM
All visitors must sign-in at the welcome desk and please be prepared to provide some form of identification upon request.
Staff Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM * Hours will vary depending on morning staff meetings (Tuesday/Thursday -7 :45 AM - 3:45 PM).
Student Hours: Monday - Friday 8:50 AM - 3:20 PM
Students should arrive between 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM.
Need Afterschool Care?
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!
PTA School of Excellence | Family Engagement Survey
The PTA's mission is to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
When you join the Parent Teacher Association at Simpson Elementary by giving your time, talent and resources, you join our collective efforts in promoting quality education, arts, and community involvement to build a healthy environment and safe neighborhood for all of our families. Because of the generous support from our parents, grandparents, teachers, staff and business partners we are able to offer many academic and social opportunities that may not otherwise be able to take place.
Did you know the Simpson PTA sponsors and coordinates over 30 programs each school year through the generous support of our Simpson families and business partners?
Every dollar raised goes directly to programs and events that benefit our Simpson Superstar students, staff, and facilities.
Mark Your Calendar
November 3 | Digital Learning Day
November 6 | Last Day to Purchase Mother/Son Tickets
November 9 | Special Education Staff Appreciation Breakfast - Sign up here to contribute
November 14 | All Pro Dads, 7:00 AM
November 15 | 5th Grade Year Book Ads Due
November 16 | Mother/Son Night, 6 -8 PM at Paul Duke STEM High School
November 17 | Staff Appreciation Lunch
November 29 | Square 1 Art Orders Due
November 30 | Spirit Night - Taqueria Del Mar, 4-9 PM
November | Giving Tree Donations Drive - Information Coming Soon!
Please visit the Volunteer page of the PTA website to stay current on open and upcoming PTA positions, and general volunteer opportunities which currently include :
Open and Upcoming PTA Positions
- Staff Appreciation Committee | Looking for 2 co-chairs to shadow the current committee for the remainder of this school year and take the lead next school year.
- Reflections Committee | Looking to add 2-3 committee members for next school year
General Volunteer Opportunities
- Contributing to Special Education Staff Breakfast
- Media Center Volunteers who will shelve books, laminate for the staff, help students check out and return books, and/or complete other small tasks with which Mrs. Dierkes might need assistance. Please note that Media Center volunteer shifts are now only one hour, and this opportunity is open to parents, guardians, and grandparents. If you are new to the Media Center and would like more detailed instructions, or just need a refresher, please e-mail Indira Hodge (indiraDST9@aol.com) and Karen Seto (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Calling all Cowboys and Mamas to Paul Duke High School's Gymnasium
Thursday, November 16th from 6-8 PM.
Cost for tickets is $10 per person, on sale from 10/23-11/6
NO day-of tickets will be offered
Water and pizza are included.
Purchase tickets here from 10/23-11/6
*Please purchase one (1) ticket for every person in your party*
5th grade yearbook ads
5th Grade Parents/Guardians! Want to recognize your future 5th grade Simpson Superstar Graduate? We have the perfect place to do that! The yearbook! The ads are a great way to recognize the milestone of finishing grade school.
Order by November 15th!
Yearbooks On Sale Now!
All Pro Dads
Thank you to all of our volunteers, it is because of the combined efforts of family and community members that our PTA is able to serve our school so robustly. All of our programs are truly made possible by YOU.
Special thanks to Gina Mistacawi and Aminta Wu for organizing a memorable Immigration Day for our 5th Graders, and to all of the parent volunteers who contributed supplies, and played a role.
And to the 45 parent, grandparent, and former student volunteers who worked shifts at the Fall Book Fair. Special thanks to the classroom volunteers who assisted the K-2 classes in navigating the Book Fair.
Jenny Rockett for providing snacks for our school staff on Early Release Days.
Mallory Thornton for coordinating lunch for our school staff on Early Release Days, and for organizing Spirit Night with Moe’s Original BBQ.
Samantha Morgan and Michelle Reuter for celebrating our incredible staff with a Halloween Dessert Bar, and for engaging 28 volunteers to contribute delicious goodies and assist with serving and clean up. We are so grateful for each of you.
Jessica Campbell for helping our PTA better support our Special Education Team and Support Staff.
Megan Skurski for scheduling our Arts in Education Author Visit and managing book orders.
Kelsey Dykes and Carly Ely-Kelso for planning, designing, organizing, and providing our school community with a unique, fun, and awesome Fall Festival. And to the volunteers who brought their vision to life from setting up, running activities, selling food, and overall ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all of our Simpson Elementary families.