The Parsons Happenings

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Administration showed a little LOVE to our Staff this morning by delivering doughnuts!

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A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

Parsons Elementary is in full swing with our Acts of Kindness Challenge for the month of February which we started February 1. We have challenged our students to daily acts of kindness and we are highlighting a few each morning on the announcements.This morning, Vaneeza K. in Mrs. Rogers' 5th grade class shared how she wrote a letter to Mr. Jack, our school custodian, letting him know how much she appreciates what he does for our school.


This is perfect timing since National Random Acts of Kindness Week is celebrated the week of February 16-22. As educators and parents we know Kindness is a superpower kids can choose every day to make themselves and others feel good. It is up to all of us to encourage and model kindness on a daily basis. We have so much PRIDE for our school and we all know the importance kindness plays in our school community.


"Be nice, and be a good friend." Chances are your kids hear that all the time—at home, at school, or during their after-school activities. Instead of making kindness just another rule, what if we showed kids that it's a superpower they can choose every day to make both themselves and others feel good? Research shows that being kind increases happiness and well-being, and that kindness can lead to increases in peer acceptance. Our goal is for everyone to feel accepted and included at Parsons.


I thought I would share something I found off the Parents.org website in celebration of National Random Acts Week... 7 ideas for acts of kindness you can do with your child to help them grow confident in their abilities to impact the world around them.


1. Share a kind note

Words matter. What does your child have to say? Ask what kindness means to them and help them choose someone to surprise with a kind note. A new classmate, a friend, or a teacher's aide are all great choices.Your child's note can be anything they want it to be, from a kind word on a piece of paper to a homemade card, letter, or text.


2. Demonstrate the power of encouragement

Grab some colorful sticky notes and pens. Ask your child to fill them with encouraging compliments like "You're awesome", "You can do this", or "You're a good friend." Tell them you're collecting them for someone special as a surprise.When your child isn't looking, add their name to the notes and hide them around the house for them to discover.


3. Pick up litter together

The next time you're taking a walk with your child, collect a few items of litter together. It's a great time to have a conversation about how each of us has the power to make the world around us more beautiful. You can do this act of kindness in so many places—from the playground to the parking lot. While there are no guarantees, your child might just take a little more interest in keeping their toys from "littering" their bedroom.


4. Find someone to thank

A kind word goes a long way. Wherever you go with your child, there is almost always someone you can thank for their help! Encourage your child to say thanks to a teacher, a grocery store cashier, or someone holding the door for them. You can even make a game out of finding people to thank together.


5. Add gratitude to your evening routine

Asking your child what they are grateful for can be an eye-opening (and profound) experience. Try asking your child before bedtime what made them happy that day.

Kindness.org co-founder and chief strategist Melissa Burmester shares, "I've started doing this with my two-year-old and its become one of my favorite times of the day. Yesterday she was grateful for sunshine, fig bars, and Grandma. The day before that it was puddles to jump in."


6. Play "I Spy Kindness"

Kindness is all around us if we start looking. Unexpected smiles. People helping strangers carry shopping bags. Someone who gives up their seat on the bus or train.

The more kind acts kids witness, the more ideas they'll have for kind acts of their own! The next time you're out running errands together, make a game out of spotting acts of kindness.


7. See something, do something

Kids pay attention and see more than we think. The next time your child asks a question about someone who is experiencing homelessness. Help your child give gently used clothing to a shelter for families, make a donation, or volunteer together.

Jaclyn Lindsey, CEO and co-founder of Kindness.org, reminds us that while children may have trouble understanding the complexity of these issues, by doing an act as a family you are empowering them to feel like they can help.


As a mom of two children, I know that it takes all the adults who care about kiddos to encourage and model acts of kindness. We want our kiddos to instinctively treat all people with kindness. So let's work together, Parsons' community, to support our kiddos in the act of kindness each and every day.

Be sure to take a look at our school challenge calendar below and ask your kiddo each day about it. You may even want to start an 'at home' kindness calendar.


Every act, no matter how small, makes a difference. Help your child engage their kindness superpowers today!



Proud to be your Principal,

Mrs. Clark


Thank you to the PTA Board and Mrs. Moorehead for adding this topic to your last meeting and supporting a kind culture at Parsons ES. #PARSONSPRIDE

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Student Council Presented the Acts of Kindness Schoolwide Challenge February 1-29

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Don't Forget...Early Release for Parent Teacher Conferences


Our students will dismiss at 12:50 PM on Wednesday, February 19th and Thursday, February 20th for Early Release Conferences. If you need to change your child's transportation, please refer to the procedure below.


Be on the lookout for a conference code from your child's classroom teacher. Teachers will be using PTCFast for you to choose a time to meet with your teacher.


The revised lunch schedule for our early release days is below, just in case you need to drop off a lunch.


Also, due to our lunch schedule changes, we cannot accommodate parent lunches during our early release days. Thank you for your understanding.

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Georgia Milestones for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades in April

Georgia Milestones begins April 7th and runs through April 28th. We know that our students will be well prepared for testing! Below you will find the flyers that include the dates that each grade will be testing.


You can find more information on GMAS, at the Georgia Departement of Education website. In addition, you can find more GMAS resources on this website too.

Promotion Criteria

The document below explains the 2019-2020 promotion requirements for each grade level. Please be aware of the requirements that are used for promotion.

Internet Explorer No Longer Compatible with eCLASS

As of January 24th, students and teachers are no longer able to access eCLASS using Internet Explorer. Please use another internet browser like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge to access your child's assignments and homework. Thank you.

Scholastic Book Fair & Author Visit

The Scholastic Jungle Book Fair is coming to the Media Center from February 18th-25th. Please see the attached flyer for more information. But wait, it gets better. Author Sarah Weeks will also be visiting on Monday, March 23rd. See the flyer below about how your child can purchase one of her books and even get it autographed.

Six Flags Read to Succeed Program: Earn a Free Six Flags Ticket

See the flyer below for more information.

Seven Habits of Happy Kids

During the month of January, our students learned about Habit 3 -- Put First Things First! Check out this helpful Habit and how you can support your child to "work first, play later!"

Lost & Found: Do you recognize any of these things?

Please stop by the Lost & Found outside of the cafeteria to check for any missing items that your child may have misplaced. We will also have these items in the front lobby to make it easy for you to check when you are here next week for Early Release conferences.


Items not claimed will be donated to a local charity on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Week at a Glance


Monday

2/17/20

Progress Reports Emailed (Conferences)

Student Holiday ~ Presidents Day


Tuesday

2/18/20

Book Fair Purchasing

Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm

Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm


Wednesday

2/19/20

Early Release ~ 12:50 pm

No Parent Lunches

Book Fair Purchasing

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

World Citizens ~ 7:45 am


Thursday

2/20/20

Early Release ~ 12:50 pm

No Parent Lunches

Book Fair Purchasing

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

Witzzle Pro ~ 7:40 am


Friday

2/21/20

Wear Blue for Autism ~ $1 donation

Book Fair Purchasing

Progress Reports emailed

All Pro Dads ~ 7:15 am

Student Council ~ 7:45 am

Local School Council Meeting ~ 10:00 am

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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 https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/11430.

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Local School Council Meeting

Friday, February 21, 2020

10:00 am

Wear Blue for Autism: Feb. 21st (Donate $1)

Sweetheart Dance Coming February 28th

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 https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/11429 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

Beliefs:

¨ 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 @ michelle.miller@gcpsk12.org.
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