Partee General News

Partee Elementary Parent Newsletter - September 2022

September Events

9/14 - Grandparent's Day Breakfast @ 9:00

9/14 - PTA Meeting @ 6:00 pm (in-person and virtual)

9/15 - KONA Ice (flyer will come home)

9/16 - Digital Learning Day - Students learn at home

9/21 - Boys Scout Registration 6:30-7:45

9/28 - Picture Day - Pre-K, Kindergarten, 2nd gr., 3rd gr., Students in our small group classrooms

9/29 - Picture Day - 1st, 4th, and 5th grades

9/30 - School Council Meeting

Principal's Message

We have had a great kick off to the new school year. August went by very quickly and was filled with positive learning experiences for our students.


The district has scheduled 4 Digital Learning Days (DLD) this year. The first DLD is September 16th. Students will learn from home and our staff will be engaged in professional learning and planning lessons collaboratively with their team. Teachers will post asynchronous assignments on eClass for students to complete. Prior to the first DLD, teachers will show students how to access their assignments on eClass. Please let your child's teacher know if you have any questions.


As always thank you for your continued support.


""Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success" - Henry Ford


Generals Salute,

Mrs. Clowers

Inclement Weather

The Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) 2022-23 school calendar includes make‐up days to address school days missed due to inclement weather. In addition to these days, GCPS also has the option of making up days missed due to inclement weather using Digital Learning Days.


Should a decision be made to cancel school, students, parents, and staff will be notified via School Messenger of the closing and if the day is a Digital Learning Day. Please also check the local news stations for any school closing information.

Important Information

School phone number: 770-982-6920

School Hours: 8:20 AM-3:20 PM


Early check out: For the safety and security of our Generals, early check out will not be allowed after 2:30 PM. You must show ID and be listed as one who is approved to check the student out. Family members under the age of 18 are not allowed to check out students.


Please adhere to the procedures for car rider drop off and pick up times.

Drop off - 8:20 - 8:45 AM

Pick up - 3:20 - 3:40 PM


* Parking in the bus lane is not permitted, even at the end of the driveway.

Media Center

Thank you for supporting our Book Fair at Curriculum Night! Funds raised from the book fair go to support books and literacy activities in the Media Center. This month, beginning on September 15th, we will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Encourage your child to visit the Media Catalog to check out our collection of diverse books. Vamos leer juntos a Partee! Let's Read Together @ Partee!


DeAnna Espinoza

Media Specialist

(678) 344 4404

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Due to the expiration of USDA waivers, the School Nutrition Program will now transition to pre-pandemic operations. While meals are no longer available at no charge to all students, the district has made a few changes to assist our students and families as we transition away from the USDA waivers.


Breakfast Prices

  • Title I Schools (Partee) - All students receive breakfast at no charge


Lunch Prices

  • All students will be charged for lunch based on their current eligibility status (Free, Reduced, Full Pay)
  • Reduced - $.40 cents
  • Full Pay Elementary School Lunch - $2.25


Free and Reduced Lunch Application - Very Important- Complete the application below! Paper applications can be requested by contacting the school.

SY23 Online Free & Reduced Application - Due September 14th

PTA Meeting and Membership Drive

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Counselor's Corner

September is Attendance Awareness month


When your child is absent from school, please make sure that you send in a note explaining the absence, when your child returns to school. Please inform the teacher when your child is out of school.


Attention 5th grade parents, in the coming weeks your child will be introduced to Lifeline lessons given by our school counselor. Please be on the lookout for letters coming home with information about the lessons. These lessons are ONLY for our 5th grade students.


Looking Ahead- October 24th-31st Red Ribbon week. The activities will be posted on the school website for that week.


Ms. Kitchen

School Counselor

770-982-6920

kerronn.kitchen@gcpsk12.org

22-23 Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year

Congratulations to the 22-23 Partee ES Teacher Of The Year - Dr. Nicole Turner

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Congratulations to the 22-23 Partee ES Support Employee of the Year - Ms. Karen Carter

The Parent Center

Parents their lots of Volunteer Opportunities available to parents. Please contact me if you would like to volunteer or learning about the difference Resources we have available .


If you have concerns and need additional resources, please contact the Parent Liaison, Ms. Deborah Bridges.

Have You Signed Up for the Parent Portal?

It's easy! Log on to https://gwinnett.k12.ga.us/parents/PPS/login and create your account. With access you can: update student information, check your child's attendance record, see their grades; and opt into School Messenger. With School Messenger, you get text messages on school wide events and notification of when your child's bus has let the campus late.

2022-23 School Council

Please email Mrs. Clowers at jennifer.l.clowers@gcpsk12.org if you are interested in serving on School Council this year. We have a slot for 1 parent. We will hold elections for these positions this month.

The School Council will meet 4 times per year to share and discuss school related topics such as assessment results, programs offered, instructional expectations, and other topics that may be of interest to the members.

Vaccination Clinic

GCPS and CORE have partnered to host a vaccination clinic on Thursday, September 15 from 3PM to 8PM inside of the Shiloh High School Commons. This event is only for students and their families in the Shiloh Cluster only.


This week, families in our cluster will receive a message from the district with details on how to register for the vaccination. Because the event is designed only for students and families in the Shiloh cluster, pre-registration will be required. The private link for registration will be included in the message that goes out from the district office.

From the Clinic

Thank you for all the clinic donations thus far. It is greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate to the clinic, you can go to My Payment Plus and click Partee ES Clinic Supply Contribution. Thank you in advance.

Let’s have a healthy school year.

Many parents ask, “When is my child sick enough to stay home?” This is not always an easy question to answer! A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. We suggest planning for childcare ahead of time so you will not be caught without a comforting place for your child to stay if he/she is ill.

Our school policy states that you should not send your child to school if he/she has:

  • Fever – student must be fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to school without fever reducer medication.
  • Vomiting – student must be vomit free for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
  • Diarrhea – student must be diarrhea free for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
  • Chills, Sore throat
  • Strep throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.
  • Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night.

If your child becomes ill at school, you will be called to pick him/her up from school. It is essential that your child’s teacher has a phone number where you can be contacted during the day and an emergency number in the event you cannot be reached.

Please notify the school if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Also, contact your health care provider for guidance.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever >100.4 or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste of smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting


Ashley VanHolten

Clinic Worker

678-344-4406

Ladies of Legacy Mentoring Group

The mentoring partnership of Partee ES x Legacy Driven Foundation, Inc. (LDF) introduces year two of our Ladies of Legacy (LOL) Girls Mentoring Group for 4th-5th graders. The bi-weekly sessions begin this month and the directors are ready to pour greatness into our youth. Visit www.legacydriven.org and @ladiesoflegacydriven on Instagram for more information. Our Youth Girls Directors are Crystal Reynolds & Tonya Merl (4th grade Partee educators).

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Important Reminders

Lunch

  • Beginning September 12, parents can eat lunch with their student in the cafeteria. Please bring cash to pay for your meal. They are unable to take any type of cards.
  • Birthdays can only be celebrated during lunch. We now offer ice cream for $1 per student. You have this option as a way to celebrate your child's birthday and other students in the class. Ask your teacher how many student's are in the class. No balloons, stuffed animals, etc. please.


Transportation Changes

For the safety and security of all students, please try to keep afternoon transportation consistent. In the event that changes are needed, please do the following:


  • One-day change: Write a note and attach a copy of your driver's license. Requests can be delivered by the student, faxed to 678-344-4400, or emailed to Partee.Transportation@gcpsk12.org. Please call the school by 2:30 to verify that the request was received.
  • Temporary Change (minimum of 5 days): The parent or guardian must come in and complete a "change of transportation" form in the front office.

Looking Ahead -October Events

10/6 -10/10 - Fall Break - No School

10/11 - Students Return to School

10/13 - International Night (more information to come)

10/19 - Early Release Day & Parent Teacher Conferences - more information coming soon!

10/20 - Early Release Day & Parent Teacher Conferences more information coming soon!

10/24 - 10/31 - Red Ribbon Week

10/27 - Georgia Milestones Parent Meeting @ 6:00 pm (more information to come)