The Parsons Happenings

Friday, November 22, 2019

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

What a great week we've had at Parsons! Our students had a lot of fun supporting United Way and we brought in about $800 that goes back to our community. I think 'Duct Taping' the principal was a HUGE success along with "Guess Who the Baby Is". Teachers and staff brought in baby pictures and students had to GUESS who it is. So Much Fun! I love that our students know the importance of serving.

Parsons' Spelling Bee took place on Wednesday in our Media Center. We are so proud of the 10 classroom winners and the runners up. After an intense competition, Kailyn Soh, 5th Grader in Mrs. Davis' classroom, pulled out with the BIG W! Our entire school celebrated her. Be sure to check out the video. Made my heart happy to see the students so excited for their classmate. We have the BEST kiddos!

Chik-Fil-A Spirit Night was PACKED OUT! It was great seeing our students and parents fellow shipping with one another. I was reminded how grateful we are to have such wonderful families.

Enjoy the week celebrating with family and friends. We have so much to be thankful for!

Proud to be your Principal,

Mrs. Clark

Parsons host a "Principal for the Day"

Parsons welcomed Mrs. Kyung-Hwa Kim from Leadership Gwinnett on Thursday. Mrs. Kim is a Performance Analysis & Monitoring Manager for the Regional Commission for Transportation and we had the pleasure of allowing her to serve as Principal for the day. She greeted students, observed in classrooms, met with student council, and attended teacher professional development. It was such a wonderful opportunity to share with other leaders in Gwinnett the great things we are doing at Parsons Elementary and Gwinnett County Public Schools.

I received the following email from her this morning. Her comments bring me so much PRIDE!

Principal Clark,

I had a wonderful time yesterday learning about your hard work and teacher’s work.

Also, it was such a joy to be a witness of your beautiful happy children.

Your school is simply excellent!

Thanks for your guidance and I truly appreciate the opportunity.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



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This was our Principal for a Day, Ms. Kyung-Hwa Kim with Mrs. Laura Clark and the

Chick Fil A cow!

United Way Fundraiser: Duct Tape the Principal

Thank you for helping to raise money for United Way this week. The money raised will go a long way in helping families right here in Gwinnett County. Duck Tape the Principal was a big hit!
Duct Tape the Principal 2019

Week at a Glance

Thanksgiving Break ~ No School

Monday, November 25 - Friday, November 29



Penguin Patch Holiday Shopping

Readers Rally ~ 7:30 am

Chess Club ~ 3:30 pm

Tennis Club ~ 3:30 pm



Penguin Patch Holiday Shopping

Girls Who Code ~ 3:30 pm

Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm

Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm



Penguin Patch Holiday Shopping

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

World Citizens ~ 7:45 am

Drama Club ~ 3:30 pm

Taekwon Do ~ 3:30 pm



Penguin Patch Holiday Shopping

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

Witzzle Pro ~ 7:40 am

Chorus Dress Rehearsal ~ 2:30 pm (Cafeteria)

i9 Sports Club ~ 3:30 pm

Robotics Club ~ 3:30 pm

Chorus Performance ~ 6:00 pm



Falcons Friday ~ Wear Falcons colors to support our team!

Student Council ~ 7:45 am

Box Top Ladies ~ 8:20 am in lobby

PTA Board Meeting ~ 9:00 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

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Penguin Patch Holiday Shop

Shopping will begin when we return from Thanksgiving Break

Be sure to see the flyer below and also the information in student Friday Folders!

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School will be closed for Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 25th - Friday, November 29th

We hope you have a wonderful holiday break.

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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