The Parsons Happenings

Friday, January 31, 2020

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

Wow! What an amazing STEM Night! I loved seeing our students and their parents engaged in the STEM Night activities. Students were posed with a problem where they had to plan, create, and solve. Part of being a problem solver is realizing that your plan may need to be revised. When our students are engaged in problem solving learning they realize the process is just as important as the end result.

Shifting to a different topic...We are often reminded of our purpose and the opportunity we have to make an impact. After hearing of the recent tragedy involving basketball legend Kobe Bryant and 8 other passengers, I was reminded that our time on earth is short. Each of us has a purpose and those of us who are parents and educators our most important purpose is to INSPIRE our next generation. I tell my kiddos, who are now 17 and 20, that my purpose is to ensure they become productive citizens and give back. As educators, we do the same thing. We pour into each and every student who walks through the doors of Parsons ES "so that they can be great in whatever they want to do". We know that our students will be the next doctors, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs, inventors, parents, and leaders of our society.

Proud to be your Principal,

Mrs. Clark

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STEM Night

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Congratulations to our 2020 Science Fair Winners

Sensor Driven Garage Door Closer

Minju Suh - Sheppard winner - 1st overall

Russet vs. Yukon

Karin Kang - Davis winner - 2nd place overall

Kailyn Soh - Davis winner - 2nd place overall

Jayden Choi - Davis winner - 2nd place overall

The Effect of Different Liquids on Apple Oxidation

Brandon Shin - Lee winner - 3rd place overall

Why do Apples Turn Brown?

Nour Saeed - Rogers winner

Sophie Zaychik - Rogers winner

Which Type of Screw is Best for Outdoor Use?

Grant Nordman - Wiley winner

Carson Klinger - Wiley winner

William McClain - Wiley winner

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Internet Explorer No Longer Compatible with eCLASS

As of January 24th, students and teachers are no longer able to access eCLASS using Internet Explorer. Please use another internet browser like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge to access your child's assignments and homework. Thank you.

Seven Habits of Happy Kids

Did you know we've been learning about The 7 Habits of Happy Kids at Parsons? Each month we've been learning about a new Habit and how we can use it in our own lives. Check out what we've learned so far and how you can talk with your kids about each Habit!

Support the Kids Heart Challenge

The Kids Heart Challenge is coming to Parsons. The Kids Heart Challenge is a fun and exciting event where your student learns about their heart while helping others by raising money for the American Heart Association. See the flyer below for more information.

Digital Citizenship Highlight

Help your kids balance the media/technology in their lives. Check out the link below for 5 quick tips.

New Teacher Email Addresses

GCPS staff has migrated to new email addresses. All staff emails follow this pattern: or Please update your contact information for your teacher to the new email. The Parsons Elementary website has been updated to reflect your teacher's current email.

Parents can continue to email teachers at their "old" email addresses. This email should continue to work as well. However, we know that with anything new there can always be a few glitches. Please contact the office if you have any issues with emailing teachers or staff.

Support Autism Awareness

Purchase a Team Parsons Autism Awareness t-shirt today!

Is your business interested in being a Sponsor for the GCPS Book Mobile 5K?

Help us book it for the bus! Businesses can choose to sponsor the GCPS Bookmobile 5K. There are different levels of sponsorship. See the flyer below for details.

Week at a Glance



National School Counseling Week

Readers Rally ~ 7:30 am

Chess Club ~ 3:30 pm

Tennis Club ~ 3:30 pm

Girls on the Run 1st Meeting ~ 4:00-5:30 pm



Girls Who Code ~ 3:30 pm

Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm

Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm



Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

World Citizens ~ 7:45 am

Drama Kids ~ 3:30 pm

Tiger Jo's Taekwon Do ~ 3:30 pm

Girls on the Run ~ 4:00 pm



Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

Witzzle Pro ~ 7:40 am

Learning Through the Arts ~ Pilgrim Courage (3rd grade)

i9 Sports ~ 3:30 pm

Korean Language ~ 3:30 pm



Box Top Ladies ~ 8:20 am

PTA Board Meeting ~ 9:00 am

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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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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.

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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