The Parsons Happenings

Friday, January 17, 2020

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A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

The long weekend allows us an extra day to spend with our kiddos but it also allows us the opportunity to honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. In today’s world, I draw your attention to one of my favorite Dr. King quotes: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." Dr. King invites us to look to the light, to look to love, and share this with our children so that future generations love and respect one another.

In celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, GCPS once again is partnering with the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc. to host the 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 20 at Moore Middle School. All students and their families are invited to attend the celebration. The theme will be "The time is always right to do what is right". Lauren Seroyer is this year's Parade Grand Marshal! Lauren is a graduate of Peachtree Ridge High School class of 2018. Having Lauren serve as Grand Marshal definitely brings a lot of PRIDE to our ONERIDGE community. Hope you can come out and join in the celebration.

Have a wonderful 3 Day Weekend making memories with your kiddos.

Proud to be your Principal,

Mrs. Clark

Parsons Elementary will be recognized at the upcoming January 23rd GCPS Board Meeting

Eeekkk...I was so excited to receive an email from the Superintendent's Office stating that our school will be recognized at the upcoming Board Meeting for receiving the Governor's Office SSAS Award. This award recognizes schools who have shown Greatest Gains and/or Highest Performance in the state. I will be in attendance to accept the award on behalf of our entire school and I would love for any of you who can, to join me. The meeting will be on January 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm in the GCPS Board Room.

I am so excited and can't wait to celebrate this award with our Parsons' Community! Parsons PRIDE...Achieving and Believing!

Digital Citizenship Highlight

Do you ever wonder..."Should my child play that game, watch that show, or go to that movie?"

As parents, we sometimes need a little help. Try Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media provides entertainment and technology recommendations for families. Visit and search for a title. You will get summaries, reviews, age recommendations, and more.

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Georgia Student Health Survey for Grades 3-5

Students in grades 3rd-5th will be administered the Georgia Student Health Survey during the last week of January. If you do NOT want your child to take the survey, you must return the form below by January 21st. A copy of this form can be found in your child's Friday Folder. Students WILL be given the survey unless you return the OPT-OUT Passive Parental Permission Form. No action on your part is needed unless you do not want your child to take the survey.

If you would like to see the survey questions, you may stop by the front office to obtain a copy or you may view them here.

New Teacher Email Addresses

GCPS staff has migrated to new email addresses. All staff emails follow this pattern: or Please update your contact information for your teacher to the new email. The Parsons Elementary website has been updated to reflect your teacher's current email.

Parents can continue to email teachers at their "old" email addresses. This email should continue to work as well. However, we know that with anything new there can always be a few glitches. Please contact the office if you have any issues with emailing teachers or staff.

Support Autism Awareness

Purchase a Team Parsons Autism Awareness t-shirt today!

Is your business interested in being a Sponsor for the GCPS Book Mobile 5K?

Help us book it for the bus! Businesses can choose to sponsor the GCPS Bookmobile 5K. There are different levels of sponsorship. See the flyer below for details.

Week at a Glance



Systemwide Holiday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day



Girls Who Code ~ 3:30 pm

Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm



Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

World Citizens ~ 7:45 am

Drama Kids ~ 3:30 pm



Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

Witzzle Pro ~ 7:40 am

Learning Through the Arts Music InterACTION (Pre K and K)

i9 Sports ~ 3:30 pm

Korean Language ~ 3:30 pm

Robotics Club ~ 3:30 pm



Student Council ~ 7:45 am

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20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

In celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc. will host our 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Moore Middle School. All students and their families are invited to attend the celebration. The theme will be “The time is always right to do what is right”. We are proud to announce Lauren Seroyer is our Parade Grand Marshal! Lauren is a graduate of Peachtree Ridge High School class of 2018.

The celebration includes a parade, health fair, performances by students, and vendors. The 2020 celebration will also highlight artwork by Gwinnett County students.

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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

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Systemwide Holiday ~ Student/Staff Holiday

Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr Day

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STEM Night

Parsons Elementary School

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

6:00 - 8:00 PM

All Parsons families are invited to join us for STEM Night. Students and their families will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of STEM related activities. This year we are also starting a new tradition. During STEM Night, we are asking that all students sign up for a 15 minute time period to share the excellent STEM and PBL work they have done in their classrooms. White this is not required, it does provide students an excellent opportunity to practice their communication skills and share what they have learned with our school community. They are then free to spend the rest of STEM Night enjoying the STEM activities and seeing what other students are sharing. You can find a link for your child to sign up to share their STEM learning in your child's class newsletter. Please note that each grade level has its own sign up, so please don't sign up children in different grade levels using the same link. Thanks for supporting the awesome STEM learning happening at Parsons!

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 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


¨ 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 @
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