The Parsons Happenings

eNewsletter September 27, 2019

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

It's hard to believe we are entering our 9th week of school which means we are half way through the first semester. Teachers are posting grades weekly so be sure to log in to the parent portal for a recent update on your child's grades in each of the content areas. I know life is super busy but I want to encourage you to go through your child's Friday Folder and ask him/her questions about their work samples. Ask them what school work are they most proud of or is there one they would like to go back and work on a little more. These reflections allow celebrations and opportunities to set goals for their work.

Get your walking shoes out...Wednesday, October 2nd is Walk to School Day. I would love to see the entire front lawn of our school filled with parents and students who have walked to school (see flyer below for more information). Hope you can join us for a front lawn celebration!

I'm sure the cameras will be clicking on Friday when students who raised $500 or more get to throw a pie in the face of 'lucky' staff members. I'm just hoping that it's chocolate pie-YUM! I still can't believe our students raised over $30,000 for our school. What a great example of our Parsons' PRIDE. We have such an amazing community and I come to school each day with a heart for serving.

Have a great weekend making special memories with your family.

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Parsons' Elementary Lock Down Drill

Our school, in coordination with our cluster School Resource Officers, will be participating in our first annual school wide Lock Down Drill on Thursday, October 3 at 2:00 pm. A lock down drill is part of our local school's comprehensive safety plan and allows staff and students the opportunity to practice in case there was ever a potential threat within our school. The goal of practicing drills is to help our students feel safe at school and to know what to do should an emergency arise. During the lock down drill, students will practice staying quiet and unseen within classrooms. Nobody may leave their classroom during the lock down drill and entry to the school is not permitted. We encourage you to talk to your child about the lock down drill, and please let us know if you have any questions.

Week at a Glance


Parsons ES Hosts the PRHS Cluster Literacy Meeting - Sack Lunches for students and no ice cream sales.

9/30/19 ~ Readers Rally ~ 7:30 am

9/30/19 ~ Chess Club ~ 3:30 pm

9/30/19 ~ Tennis Club ~ 3:30 pm


10/1/19 ~ Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm

10/1/19 ~ Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm


Walk to School Day ~ See flyer below

10/2/19 ~ Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

10/2/19 ~ Drama Kids ~ 3:30 pm

10/2/19 ~ Tiger Jo's Taekwon Do ~ 3:30 pm


10/3/19 ~ Witzzle Pro ~ 7:40 am

10/3/19 ~ Korean Language Club ~ 3:30 pm

10/3/19 ~Cancelled** NO i9 Sports today**

10/3/19 ~ Robotics Club ~ 3:30 pm



National Diversity Day

Student Council ~ 7:45 am

Box Top Ladies ~ 8:20-8:50 in the Front Lobby

PTA Board Meeting ~ 9:00 am

Pie in the Face Fundraiser Event

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Parsons will host the cluster Literacy Vertical Meeting

Our school is proud to host the Peachtree Ridge Literacy Vertical Meeting on Monday, September 30. This is a time for teachers from all cluster schools to attend professional learning based on a cluster goal for literacy improvement. This is another example of how our Peachtree Ridge Community works together to ensure our students are achieving. To accommodate cluster teachers who will be attending we will use the cafeteria for our learning space. Students will have sack lunches on this day and will be eating in their classrooms so we will not be able to sell ice cream. We will not be hosting parent lunches on this day as well. Thank you for your understanding.


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No Idling Campaign

We are excited to announce that Parsons' Clean and Beautiful committee is launching a new campaign...No IDLING in the car rider line. We are asking car riders to 'turn off your engine' if you are waiting in the car rider line. This is a great way to protect our young lungs and our Parsons' community. Thanks for supporting us with this campaign.

MyPaymentsPlus Giveaway

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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.

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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Parsons Reading Program

The Parsons Reading Program will begin in September and continue until the end of March. Students need to read a minimum of 100 minutes per week. “Reading for 20 minutes per day exposes you to 1.8 million words a year.” We are fortunate to be able to use the same Beanstack program that is offered through the Gwinnett County Public Library to track our minutes at Parsons. This is the same format that is used for the summer reading program. You will only be logging minutes (100 minutes per week), and they must be submitted online through Beanstack during the program. If your student attended Parsons last year, they should already have an account. Please check before you create another account for your student. You will need to edit the patron and check the current grade level and add the homeroom teacher's name in the name field along with your student's name. Those students who read 2500 minutes this year will receive a certificate of accomplishment and will be invited to the Reading Celebration at the end of the school year. Please see the directions attached to this eNews. Happy Reading!
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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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