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March 16th

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Message from Dr. Connery

Greetings Simpson Parents,

It is my hope that you have received the communication from the district office regarding digital learning days and events for the next week. At this time, GCPS will participate in digital learning next week, March 16th-20th. On Thursday, March 19th, Gwinnett County Public Schools will announce its plans for March 23rd-27th, following a thorough review of the COVID-19 situation at that time.

Your children have had much practice using eCLASS and should be able to log on and get started on their own. Teachers will continue to create meaningful lessons and learning throughout the week while keeping in mind the restrictions some families may have. Teachers, administrators, and staff will be monitoring digital learning and will do our best to support our families. Should you have difficulty, please email you child’s teacher first.

At this time, Class Picture Day has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later time. In addition, PTA Spirit Night at Marlow's Tavern has been canceled. All other activities connected to school have been canceled through March 20th. I will continue to keep you updated with school events and/or cancellations as new information becomes available.

As part of next week’s work schedule , GCPS School Nutrition staff and Transportation staff will coordinate to provide meals for students. GCPS will provide a lunch for anyone 18 or younger at 68 school sites in the district. Peachtree Elementary, Pinckneyville Middle, Norcross HS, and Paul Duke HS are some of these school sites. These lunches will be provided at no cost to students through the federal School Nutrition Program (during March 16th-20th). These sites will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for meal pick-up. In addition, GCPS school buses will make lunches available for pick up at bus stops near the 68 sites. Information about estimated delivery times at these bus stops will be shared on the GCPS website once they are finalized. These site schools for lunches will not be open to the public next week, except to give out packaged meals, but we will available at Simpson Elementary answering any questions you may have or support.

Finally, for any of our parents who utilize GASP for aftercare, they will be temporarily located at Pinckneyville Community Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Berkeley Lake, GA 30096 from 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. M-F, next week while GCPS schools are closed. Please contact their organization for details prior to arrival next week. Please visit the Gwinnett County Public Schools website for the most up to date information. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you need assistance.

Thank you for your patience during this time as we strive to keep all of our families safe and healthy.

Proud to be your principal,
Dr. Connery

Upcoming Star News

Star News will now be sent twice a month on Mondays. Be on the look out for Star News on the following dates:

Monday, April 6

Monday, April 20

Monday, May 4

Monday, May 18

Healthy Habits

Greetings Simpson Stakeholders,

Please see my message below again as a gentle reminder about Healthy Habits with students as we encounter the Coronavirus. For details, please refer to the linked flyers which were previously emailed in English and Spanish.

Coronavirus Letter

Coronavirus Flyer

Spanish versions:

Spanish Letter

Spanish Flyer

Exceptional Children's Week

March 2-6, Simpson celebrated Exceptional Children's Week. This is a time to spotlight the success of students, honor the dedicated professionals supporting them and educate the public regarding special education and related programs.This year for Exceptional Children's Week, our students enjoyed a special performance from Metro Music Therapy, owned by Simpson parent, Mallory Even. Thank you, Metro Music Therapy for a great time!

Simpson Staff Celebrates Dr. Seuss!

Simpson Staff celebrates Dr. Seuss!

Important Dates

March 16 - March 20th

Digital Learning Days - School closed, no after school activities.

March 17

St. Patrick’s Day

March 30 – April 3

Spring Break

Presidential Primary Postponed !!

We have just officially been notified by the Gwinnett County Elections Office that the March 24, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary has been postponed until May 19, 2020.

The Braves Performance - Canceled !!

Due to social distancing with the COVID - 19 Virus the Braves Performance previously planned for the April 24th Braves game has been canceled.

BEWellSHBP event - Canceled !!

The health and safety of our members and community is a top priority for the State Health Benefit Plan. As we focus on addressing member and community needs related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have made the decision to cancel all remaining biometric screening events. There is no action needed on your part. Members will receive a cancellation notice and be reminded that they have other options for completing their biometric screening.

School Musical Postponed !!

The Musical Performance planned for Monday March 23rd and Tuesday March 24th has been postponed until May. We will reschedule ~ Dates to be determined. Stay Tuned !

Graduation Yard Sign & Sticker

Graduation Yard Sign & Sticker

It is time to place your order now! Click here to view instructions and payment options.

Orders Due: Wed, April 15th

Order Pick Up: Fri, May 1st, 2:30-5:30pm

Sat, May 2nd, 9am-12:00pm

Please direct your questions to Julie Barnash or 404-334-4886.

Norcross Cluster and GCPS Events

Coming this summer to Paul Duke STEM H.S. - Kids 4 Coding

Kids 4 Coding!

We know parents in community want children to gain early exposure and multiple experiences to the skills they’ll need for future success. Regardless of the path today’s students choose to pursue – from medicine to music – programming/coding will be essential.

Atlanta-based Kids 4 Coding, 2017 Best of Gwinnett (Summer Camp) and Top 10 Most Innovative Young Tech Startup, Microsoft Azure will offer week-long camps at Paul Duke STEM High School July 6-24.

Full & half-day camps available for ages 7-16. For a limited time use promo code: CODE30 for early bird discounts.

For more information:

Kids 4 Coding Flyer

Follow us on Twitter

We are celebrating, recognizing, and keeping our school stakeholders informed! Follow us at Simpson Superstars via Twitter!

To sign up: Go to your app store on your smart phone and search: @SimpsonES_PTC

Follow us today!

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We are feeling lucky...Show the Love

Thank you to all that have donated to the PTA Show the Love campaign! So far we have raised $1,880 and we are extending the campaign in hopes to reach our goal of $5,000 by the end of March.

Click here for further details.


This year’s Mother Son Game Night has been canceled. Our executive PTA board has determined that it would not be prudent for us to hold the event as scheduled, and we, as a committee feel that a reschedule for May would be difficult during what, hopefully, will be a busy month of making up critical events. We look forward to planning a fun event for you and your sons next year! Wishing you quality time and extra game playing at home with your children in the coming days.

Stay healthy,
Suzanna Trice and Beth Goldstein, Mother Son Game Night Co-chairs

Calling All Volunteers for 2020-2021 PTA Committees

The PTA Nominating Committee was approved at the February

PTA meeting. They are currently working on filling PTA positions for

the 2020-2021 school year in the next month, as all board and committee head positions need to be approved at the last General PTA Meeting for this school year on Monday, April 27. Serving in one of these positions is a great way to have an impact on our school and its


If you would like to learn more about the different roles we need to be filled, please reach out to Samantha Morgan at



Our superstars shined at our annual Simpson Talent Show on February 28! Thank you Courtney Rogers, Ingrid Duva and Stephanie Wamsley for all your efforts coordinating this special event for our 4th and 5th grade students!


Thank you to the Family Support and Outreach Committee (Silvia Martin, Mary Javed, Erica Marshall and Melanie Pursell) that planned a wonderful week celebrating our special education students and teachers during Exceptional Children’s Week, March 2 - 6. And thank you to our business partner, Metro Music Therapy, for your interactive concert with our special education classes! We are so thankful for this sweet group of students and teachers, our PTA parents for making this all possible and our amazing community partners!


The Simpson staff enjoyed a wonderful week of lunches and treats as we went camping at Simpson National Forest for Staff Appreciation Week. A huge thank you to Heidi Laws Finnell and Michelle Reuter, our Staff Appreciation Week Co-Chairs, and the Staff Appreciation Week Committee for turning our school into a campground this week. Camp Simpson was unbelievable, but it wouldn’t have been without our awesome cabin-front! Thank you Chuck Armburst for building it and on a Sunday nonetheless! We also want to thank our many amazing sponsors for this year.

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Keep sending Box Tops and Scanning those Receipts!

Our Next Box Top Drawing is Friday, March 27th! Five lucky winners will get a free ice cream coupon!

  • Send 10 trimmed unexpired box tops per snack size Ziploc bag.

  • Include child’s name, teacher and grade on each bag.

  • Tell children to put the bags in the “Box Tops” box located in Simpson Square.

Remember to also use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will automatically find the products and instantly add Box Tops to our school’s earnings online.

Thank you for supporting our school programs.

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