The Parsons Happenings

Friday, November 1, 2019

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

What a fun filled week we have had at Parsons! Our students and staff really showed their support of making healthy choices for Red Ribbon Week. Each day had a theme with a strong message that our students will carry with them. Yes, our primary focus is teaching & learning and this week we had a little fun with it as a school. Flash Foward Day, Bright Future Day, Twin Day, Positive Book Character Day and Follow Your Dreams with PJs were a blast! My personal favorite was seeing students, and staff, dressed up as their favorite book characters. It is the moments like these that I walk the halls of our school and take in the important role we have as a school community. We teach the whole child!

As most of you probably heard, the strong winds Thursday caused a power outage at our school. The back up generators quickly went into action but the lights were definitely a little dimmer. As the assistant principals and I walked the hallways checking in on classrooms, a cute little first grader asked me, "Did you turn off the school lights as a TRICK?". I couldn't help but laugh. Only in an elementary school does the power go out on Book Character Day which also happened to be Halloween. I am proud to say that even during the outage our staff and students continued with their day. What PRIDE!

Have a wonderful weekend with your kiddos making memories!

Proud to be your Principal,

Mrs. Clark

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.
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New! RBES Parent Survey in Parent Portal

Yes, this is the second parent survey this year. This survey is very important and we need you!

Great things are happening at Parsons. This survey gives us the opportunity to show our Parsons Pride and share our perception of all the wonderful things our school community is doing for our students. Our school success is evidence of the power collaboration among stakeholders...because we ALL work together, Parsons' students are 'Achieving and Believing'!

Each year, GCPS gives parents the opportunity to complete a survey about their child's school. This survey is available through the parent portal. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by November 22, 2019. The results are utilized as part of our school evaluation at the county level and we appreciate your input. If you do not have access to the parent portal, you can come to the school and complete the survey by picking up a paper copy in the front office. Thank you in advance for completing this important task. Please visit the parent portal to begin the survey.

Link to Parent Portal

Week at a Glance



Readers Rally ~ 7:30 am

Chess Club ~ 3:30 pm

Tennis Club ~ 3:30 pm



PERKS PTA meeting at PRHS 11:30 am (All parents welcomed-Show our Parsons' Pride)

Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm

Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm



4th Grade Field Trip ~ Environmental Heritage Center

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

Drama Club ~ 3:30 pm

Taekwon Do ~ 3:30 pm



3rd Grade In House Field Trip ~ Diamond Del Mining

Pre K Field Trip ~ Suwanee Library

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

Witzzle Pro ~ 7:40 am

Learning Through the Arts (2nd Grade) ~ All About Georgia

Learning Through the Arts (1st Grade) ~ Lewis & Clark

Korean Language ~ 3:30 pm

i9 Sports ~ 3:30 pm

Robotics ~ 3:30 pm



Falcons Friday ~ Wear Falcons colors to support our team!

Gwinnett County Public Library Puppet Show ~ Pre K, K and 1

Student Council ~ 7:45 am

Box Top Ladies ~ 8:20 am (Lobby)

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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

Car Rider Reminders

Car Rider Parents - We are seeing an uptick of late arrivals after the 8:50 am bell has rung. Please remember that once the 8:50 bell rings, our car rider staff come inside and you must take your students to the front office and check them in as tardy. Please do not let your students get out of the car if our staff members are already entering the building. This is a safety concern. We also ask that you do not let your student out unless one of our staff members have come to your car or motioned to get out of the car. It is a policy that they do not get out of the car until the car is past the yellow line point on the sidewalk.

Also- the car rider line starts at the far driveway of the school. Do not cut through the front parking lot and cut the line of the car riders. The front parking lot is for Pre K parents drop off and buses only. Thank you so much for your assistance with this.

Join the Girls Who Code club!

Girls in grades 3rd-5th have the opportunity to join this after school club. The club will meet on Tuesdays after school until 4:30 pm (November 12th-February 4th). Forms are due back by November 4th.
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2019 Reflections Winners

Help us congratulate the 2019 Reflections Winners! See list below. We will have a special ceremony on November 12th. Invitations will be sent to the winner's family.

Zoe Roopani, Emma Goldsmith, Archisha Morajikar, Archan Morajikar, Hannah Brewer, Kailyn Soh, Harold Goldsmith, Minju Suh, Jaylen Shah, Elizabeth Kim, Lauren Na, Irene Yu, Vivian Song, Youjune Kim, Navya Nerur, Yuna Hong, William Yoo and William Brewer

Red Ribbon Week Fun!

We had great participation in our Red Ribbon Week - Reach for the Stars not drugs! Here are a few pictures of some of our daily themes.
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Thanksgiving Luncheon

Parents- please plan to join us for our Thanksgiving Luncheon. Grades 1, 3 and 5 will be on November 13th. Grades K, 2 and 4 will be on November 14th. Our Pre K classes will be split over the two days. Reservations were required and had to be sent in by October 30th.

We are also attaching the Lunch time schedule so that you can plan ahead. The lunch times for your student's class will be different for these days. See flyer below for more information.

Thanksgiving Luncheon Performances: Calling all performers!

We are looking for students who would like to perform during the Thanksgiving Luncheon. Students will perform at the classes assigned Thanksgiving Lunch time. See the flyer below for more information.

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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