The Parsons Happenings

eNewsletter September 6, 2019

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

I guess the only things Fall related for us is football and hurricane season. These 90 degree temperatures definitely are not Fall like. The weather this time of year is so unpredictable and fortunately Hurricane Dorian took an eastern turn and did not impact our area. Some of you may remember Hurricane Irma in 2017 when our school was closed for 3 days due to wind damage and power outages. Some areas, like the Bahamas, were heavily impacted by Hurricane Dorian and our thoughts go out to the families and communities. As a school district, we are prepared for inclement weather situations and the use of potential Digital Learning Days.

Thank you to all who have participated in our PTA fundraiser. We are so close to making our goal of raising $30,000.00. Currently we have raised $26,957 which is just $3,000 shy of our goal!!. We have the rest of the weekend to meet our goal. Parents may still make donations on MyPaymentsPlus. I am amazed at the generosity of our community and the commitment to Parsons Elementary. As you know PTA is wanting to purchase 30 Chromebooks for our school.

Have a great weekend making special memories with your family.

Proud Principal,

Mrs. Clark

Week at a Glance


9/9/19 ~ CogAT Testing Grades 1,2,5

9/9/19 ~ Readers Rally ~ 7:30 am

9/9/19 ~ Chess Club ~ 3:30 pm

9/9/19 ~ Tennis Club ~ 3:30 pm


9/10/19 ~ CogAT Testing Grades 1,2,5

9/10/19 ~ Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm

9/10/19 ~ Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm


9/11/19 ~ CogAT Testing Grades 1,2,5

9/11/19 ~ Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

9/11/19 ~ Drama Kids ~ 3:30 pm

9/11/19 ~ Tiger Jo's Taekwon Do ~ 3:30 pm


9/12/19 ~ CogAT Testing Make Up Grades 1,2,5

9/12/19 ~ Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

9/12/19 ~ Korean Language Club ~ 3:30 pm

9/12/19 ~ i9 Sports Club ~ 3:30 pm


9/13/19 ~ CogAT Testing Make Up Grades 1,2,5

9/13/19 ~ Progress Reports Emailed

9/13/19 ~ Student Council 7:45 am

9/13/19 ~ Box Top Ladies in the Lobby @ 8:20 am

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Congratulations to Ms. Monaco for being named Parsons' Teacher of the Year!

Now Offering Yummy New Ice Cream Flavors Each Day for $1

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CogAT testing will take place from Monday, September 9 to Wednesday, September 11 for students in Grades 1, 2, and 5. It is so important for your student to get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast during testing time. Be sure to have your student here on time - when they are late checking in, sometimes they have to do make up testing on a different day.

Due to school wide schedule changes on CogAT testing dates, we ask that you do not attend lunch with your child. Thank you so much for your assistance with this.

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.

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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A message from your PTA Presidents

As of today we have raised $26,957 of our $30,000 goal. The last $3,000 would buy 12-14 more Chromebooks so please consider donating on My Payments Plus through Sunday. From now on 100% of donations will be applied toward Chromebooks! We will continue to pass out key chains until Monday while supplies last. The money from this weekend will still be applied to the prizes;

Kona Ice party, Party Bus, Parsons blanket, party packages and PIE A TEACHER OR PRINCIPAL IN THE FACE.

Thank you so much,

Katherine and Kris

Parsons Reading Program

The Parsons Reading Program will begin in September and continue until the end of March. Students need to read a minimum of 100 minutes per week. “Reading for 20 minutes per day exposes you to 1.8 million words a year.” We are fortunate to be able to use the same Beanstack program that is offered through the Gwinnett County Public Library to track our minutes at Parsons. This is the same format that is used for the summer reading program. You will only be logging minutes (100 minutes per week), and they must be submitted online through Beanstack during the program. If your student attended Parsons last year, they should already have an account. Please check before you create another account for your student. You will need to edit the patron and check the current grade level and add the homeroom teacher's name in the name field along with your student's name. Those students who read 2500 minutes this year will receive a certificate of accomplishment and will be invited to the Reading Celebration at the end of the school year. Please see the directions attached to this eNews. Happy Reading!
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Parsons Elementary School

Local School Council

Join us for our next Local School Council meeting. This is a great opportunity to learn about Gwinnett County Public Schools and Parsons ES. If you would be interested in attending please send an email to Michelle Miller at The dates are listed below.

Friday, September 20 @ 10:00 am (PES)

Friday, December 6 @ 10:00 am (PES)

Friday, February 21 @ 10:00 am (PES)

Friday, May 1 @ 10:00 am (PES)

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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