Generals eNews

April 2021

Principal's Corner

Greetings Generals,

We are well into the last quarter of the 2020 - 2021 school year. I appreciate your continued support of safety, teaching, and learning! I am so proud of our parents, students, and staff! I want to thank you for all that you have done to stay engaged with Annistown! Please continue to connect with your children's teachers as we move into the last few weeks of the school year. We appreciate your support in making sure your scholar works diligently to complete all assigned tasks by the due date.

Let's finish the year strong!!!

So proud to be a General!

Generals Salute!

Gwenda Nimmo - Smith

Annistown ES Celebrates College and Careers Week

Annistown ES Celebrates College and Careers
Annistown Staff SHOUT OUTS

Let the Annistown Staff Know you recognize their hard work, talent, and commitment! Take a minute to recognize the hard work your child's teacher and other staff members do. Click on the link and tell us the person's name and what makes them great.

2021-22 In Person Opt-Out Survey is available March 22-April 4, 2021 in the Parent Portal

The 2021-22 In-Person Learning Opt-Out Survey will allow parents to opt-out of in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. Below are the upcoming steps and processes related to this survey:

  • The 2021-22 In-Person Learning Opt-Out survey for parents opened March 22nd and will close on April 4th at 11:59 PM.
  • The survey should be completed by parents who are opting out of in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Parents decision is not final until 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 4.
  • Parents may access this survey via the Parent Portal to make a change at any time during the survey period.
  • The 2021-22 Instructional Preference field will be populated with the survey results daily while the survey is open. A final update will be done Monday, April 5.
Viewing 2021-22 Instructional Preference in ParentVUE
  • Parents may view the 2021-22 In-Person Instructional Preference for their student in ParentVUE Student Info tab.


As part of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ family engagement initiative, the school district seeks to empower parents with tools that allow them to help their children at home. Our AKS at Home project provides math and language arts resources to support families so that they truly are partners in their children’s learning. This support is available for families to access in the format that fits them and their schedule best. They can attend live virtual meetings, view recorded information at a time that best fits their schedule, or gain tips and suggestions on how to best help their students through tip sheets on a wide variety of topics.

AKS@Home Zoom session dates, previous recordings, and tip sheets for parents of students in Kindergarten through 5th grade are posted on the district’s AKS@Home webpage.


Gwinnett County Public Schools will administer the Georgia Milestones End of Grade Assessments to students in grades 3-5 to measure achievement in Reading, Language, Mathematics and Science (Grade 5 only). While the tests measure each individual student’s mastery of the curriculum during the school year, they also help teachers and schools better understand the impact COVID-19 has had on learning and identify what resources and supports our students will need in the coming school year. Testing will be administered over 3 - 5 consecutive days within a grade level testing window depending on your child's grade level. At Annistown, we will administer these assessments as follows:

  • 3rd Grade testing window: April 22nd - April 30th
  • 4th Grade testing window: May 3rd - 11th
  • 5th Grade testing window: May 12th - May 19th

Specific information regarding testing for digital learning students has been made available to those students/parents via email. For in-person students, this information was sent home with students.

If you have any questions/concerns regarding GMAS testing, please contact Diane Simmonds or David Baker at (770) 979-2950.

Kindergarten Registration begins Online April 6, 2021

Parents can start registering online starting April 6th. We will also offer in –person registration opportunities on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning April 27 – May 13. Use the link below for additional details.

Annistown Instructional Resources and Materials

Communication will be sent in May regarding the check in process for instructional materials/resources for students. As a reminder, students or their parents/guardians will be responsible for reimbursement to the school for damage to school property, including lost or damaged books or technology equipment. Examples of technology equipment are laptop/Chromebook computers, hotspots, peripherals such as mice and power supplies, audio-visual equipment such as computer monitors, web-camera, and audio headset. Replacement costs for technology equipment and/or books will be shared with parents upon check in of materials/resources.

If you have instructional materials/resources you would like to check in before May, please contact the front office at (770) 979-2950 to schedule a time to check in or return these materials/resources.