Star News

"Where Every Child Is A Star!"

September 27, 2019

Georgia Platinum Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2016!

2010 Georgia School of Excellence!

2012 and 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!

Friday, October 4 is a Busy Day at Simpson!

In addition to teaching and learning, we have several special activities taking place next Friday!

1. Respect Sparky Day (students can still wear spiritwear since this is a special spirit day) - Sparky the Superstar will make an appearance during morning arrival, and then join Ms. Schmit on "Good Day Simpson!" On the morning news, we will discuss the Simpson norm of "respect" and ways we can all show respect to one another. As a thank you for practicing respect, Sparky has selected a special treat for each class to enjoy sometime during the day - Rice Krispie treats (we will also have gluten free chocolate cookies as an alternative choice for students with allergies)! The allergens are milk and soy in the Rice Krispie Treat and soy in the GF Chocolate Chip Cookie. Please feel free to send in a special treat from home if your child can have neither option.

2. Grade 5 Immigration Day - As part of our fifth grade AKS, our fifth grade students will participate in a simulation of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island. This is an annual part of the fifth grade learning experience.

3. Simpson Chorus Sings at Norcross HS Football Game - Our Simpson chorus will sing the National Anthem prior to the NHS football game next Friday night! Chorus members need to arrive at 6:30 PM and will sing the National Anthem just before the game begins (approx. 7:20-7:28 PM). We will follow the timeline of the athletic department.

A student must be accompanied by an adult (not a NHS student). They may attend with another family, if all parties agree.

Admission - $7 for all over age 6. GCPS employees will be admitted free with their ID badge. Students who indicated they are participating in singing will be admitted free at the gate.

Simpson Cafeteria Makes 100 on Health Inspection!

Congratulations to our outstanding cafeteria staff who passed the difficult, and unannounced, Health Inspection with flying colors!!!!! Be sure and check the posted Health Inspection scores in your favorite restaurants - it takes hard work and meticulous attention to details to score 100!!!

American Heart Association Presents Mr. Halron and Simpson Students with an Award!

Congratulations to Coach Halron and our first - fifth graders last year for being one of the top 10 schools in Gwinnett County for raising money during the Kids Heart Challenge this past school year!

This is an awesome honor - there were 56 elementary schools that participated in the event. We were No. 2 - $14,491.20! This year in February-early March, we're going to reach for the stars and be No. 1!!!

Way to go Superstars!

Looking for Fun and Interesting Contests for Youth?

The Norcross Garden Club's website has a variety of contests open to students in all grades, including poetry, posters, sculpting, etc. If interested, click here....


Thanks to our generous community, we collected $1,355.00 for CURE! The money will go to research to find a cure for pediatric cancer. Way to go Superstars!

Superstar Appreciation!

We want to extend a BIG SUPERSTAR THANK YOU to:

Megan Bunce and Andrea Dillard, our wonderful Safe Routes to School chairs, for leading the charge with the always informative bike safety class for the 4th- and 5th-grade bike riders.

Sara Shingler and Sarah Olejnik for organizing and running a successful Charleston Wrap fundraiser! Thank you to our Superstar families for supporting the fundraiser through purchasing and selling items. Because of the success, the PTA is able to host a year full of amazing events that our students and parents love!

Aminta Wu and Gina Misticawi and their committee for all of their efforts with this year’s Reflections. It’s always fun to see the creativity of our Simpson Superstars.

PTA Reflections Contest

Thank you to everyone who submitted Reflections entries this year. We received over 200 entries! Winners will be announced in early October.

The search is on for the 2021-2022 Reflections theme! One theme idea will be selected and the student who submits the winning entry will receive a $100 prize from National PTA. The due date is November 1, 2019.

Click here for information...

Please Share This Important Information with Family and Friends!

We welcome all parents and visitors to our school for lunch, volunteering opportunities, and scheduled meetings. We require all visitors to check in/check out at the Welcome Desk and show a valid ID. Also, we do ask all visitors to stay for only the reason listed for the visit. We do this for two reasons:

1) Safety and Security - When parents/visitors extend their visit to take their child to the Media Center, visit a little longer by going to recess, or come to the classroom before or after the scheduled visit, we no longer have accurate records of the location of our visitors which takes us out of compliance for safety and security guidelines. The teacher must focus on the safety of students in case of an emergency.

2) Instruction - Instructional time is protected so maximum teaching and learning can take place. Unscheduled visitors in the classroom interrupt the teachers' lesson plans and breaks the confidentiality of all other students in the classroom.

It is imperative that we monitor all areas of the campus for the safety of all students. If a parent would like to schedule an observation in his/her child's classroom, he/she should contact the assistant principal for their child's grade level.

Thank you for your understanding of our visitor protocol. Please share this information with spouses, grandparents and others who come to visit.

Great News! Ice Cream Returns on Monday!

Just a reminder that ice cream sales will begin again on Monday!

Individual bars are $1.00 (dollar bills preferable).

Class parties are $25.00. We can only accept checks made out to Simpson Elementary. (If we receive cash, we will not be able to fill the order, so please help by sending in a check for $25.00)

Thank you!

Does Your Family Have Baskets, Boxes, Small Containers of Old Markers?

Simpson is now recycling markers through Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing program devised to re-purpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills!

The ColorCycle program has re-purposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013, and uses the most advanced plastic conversion technologies available today to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles.

Please help support our efforts by sending your children in with any used markers you may have around the house- even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. A drop-off bin is now located in Simpson Square.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can continue to keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!

Attention Parents of Gifted and High Achieving Students!

Looking for a New Mattress???? Support Norcross High School!

The NHS orchestra will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, September 28 at the high school - selling mattresses!.

The mattresses are brand new, name brand, and will be set up for people to try. Come check it out!


Join children and adults around the world as we celebrate the benefits of walking to school!

Walk to School Day is an event that promotes walking for several reasons:

physical activity;

teaching safe pedestrian skills to children;

awareness of how "walkable" a community is and where improvements can be made;

concern for the environment;

reducing traffic congestion, pollution, and speed near schools;

sharing time with parents and children.

**If your child must ride a bike or scooter to school on Walk to School Day, please remind them to be extremely mindful of all our walkers!

Mark your calendars and walk to school on National Walk to School Day - Wednesday, October 2nd.

An Annual Tradition Returns to Simpson! Support Relay for Life!

SMILE! It's time again to get gussied up with your favorite people and get a professional picture taken! Tanner Photography will be scheduling pictures on Oct. 3, 4, and 6. Weather permitting, they will be held outside.

We have a new system this year for scheduling your sitting and making your payment. Payments will be made on Look under Community donation, Sponsorship and Events. The sitting fee is $30. Once you have made payment, you will receive an email from Ms. Kenworthy, PreK teacher, with the Sign Up Genius information to select your time. All money raised will be donated to Relay For Life!

Good News Club Coming Soon! Grades 2-5

Beginning October 7- March 30!

Mondays after school

Car pick-up 5:00 PM

** Students who are in GASP! will be returned to GASP! at 5:00 PM.


Interactive Bible stories

Memory verse activities

Active games

Lively songs

Emphasized: Good character qualities; Respect for authority; Moral values; Biblical principles

Treasure Box of toy rewards and lots of fun!

Limited space REGISTER TODAY!

No charge but donations are welcome!

Questions…Contact Cathy Hicks Simpson GNC Coordinator

hm. 770 447 0540 or

Welcome New Silver Level Business Partner!

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We will post the monthly costs of breakfast and lunch in Star News in case parents want to make monthly payments.
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