Star News

January 8, 2021

A Message from Dr. Connery

Dear Simpson families,

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing winter break. We are very excited to begin the second half of the school year. As we look towards the future and the new year, I want to take a moment to thank you for the many ways you support our efforts in providing an outstanding education for your children. As we begin the second semester of school, as a gentle reminder I want to take this time to communicate student attendance.

If your child is attending school in-person or digital, attendance is important to academic success. Please continue to make sure that students attend school every day, arrive on time, and remain at school for the entire day (unless they are sick or ill). If you have a child who is digital, please make sure that they are on-time for their lessons and with their video camera on because this is how teachers take attendance. This process is needed to ensure that students are actively present and engaged. We want to make sure your child is ready for a great start in the new year! If you have any questions regarding attendance, please contact your child’s grade level counselor, Ms. Sheri Terry (K - 2) or Ms. Roshan Finch (3rd-5th). As always, I thank you in advance for your support, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. On behalf of the entire Simpson Elementary Staff, Happy 2021!

Proud to be your principal,

Dr. Connery

Month At-A-Glance

January Calendar Dates:

January 12: All Pro Dad Virtual Meeting

January 15: Science Fair Projects Due

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day-No School

January 26: GCPS Digital Learning Day

January 31: Last Day to Order Yearbooks

Save The Dates-Upcoming Digital Learning Days! (asynchronous learning only for teacher staff development day)

  • Tuesday, January 26th
  • Tuesday, March 2nd
  • Tuesday, March 16th
  • Tuesday, April 20th
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Have a Blast at GASP...Georgia After School Program!

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A Reminder from Nurse Norris

Welcome back Superstars and Happy New Year! Please remember to follow these important guidelines so we can continue to have a safe, healthy and fun school year!

Please keep your child home if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms:

-Fever of 100.4 or above -headache -sore throat

-cough -loss of taste or smell -congestion or runny nose

-fatigue -nausea or vomiting -diarrhea

-shortness of breath -muscle or body aches

If a student has symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19 while at school, they will be sent to the isolation room and you will be notified to pick them up immediately. We will be evaluating suspected cases on a case by case basis according to the Department of Public Health guidelines for when they can return to school.


If your child has medication that must be taken at school (inhalers, epi-pens, etc), please call the clinic at 770-417-2405 to schedule an appointment for medication drop off. All medications MUST be brought in by a parent. Students are not allowed to bring medications to school. Forms that need to be completed for medication and health plans are on the Simpson website on the clinic site:

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!

Yearbooks are ON SALE NOW!

The 2020-2021 Simpson Elementary School yearbooks and 5th-grade baby ads are available for purchase!


Yearbooks are available for purchase through Balfour ( Click on "Shop My School." Please be sure to select Simpson Elementary School in Norcross, GA. The cost will be $35 per yearbook and $15 per baby ad.

5th Grade Baby Ad Information:

  • These ads are completely optional

  • Cost is $15 per ad (($1 credit card processing fee)

  • DEADLINE is Sunday, January 31, 2021

  • After purchase, you will receive a "Your Yearbook Ad Space is Ready!" that provides detailed instructions on how to submit your photos and copy

Additional information about the photos and text in the baby ads:
  • Two (2) photos: one current and one infant/toddler - Maximum of 30 words of text

  • Please note, photos may be in color or black and white. Photos must be at least 300dpi and copyright photos CANNOT be used.

Questions? Contact the Yearbook Committee (

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All Pro Dad goes virtual!

Join us! All are invited!

Simpson’s next All Pro Dad group will meet Tuesday, January 12th at 7:15am via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to spend meaningful time with your children and connect with other families!

Families who have attended meetings in the past will receive an email with the zoom link for the meeting. New families who would like to join please email Mike Trice ( to be added to the email list.


With the Box Tops for Education app, you can turn your everyday receipts into cash for Simpson. Please go to the PTA website for detailed instructions.

To enter our drawings, send a screenshot of the earning or activity section in the app or website and email it to
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