The Parsons Happenings

eNewsletter September 20, 2019

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

eNews 9 20 19

Safety and Security Update from Principal Clark

Dear Parsons’ Parents and Community,

We were notified at approximately 9:45 AM that there was a threatening Snapchat message circulating among students at Peachtree Ridge High School. As the safety and security of our students and staff at Parsons Elementary and Peachtree Ridge High School were our priority, precautionary steps were taken with additional SROs and all outside activities being cancelled. The cluster SROs, along with Peachtree Ridge administrators reacted swiftly to the threat, and by 10:40 AM we were notified that the threat had been lifted. The student was identified and appropriate actions were taken.

As parents, I know this is an alarming incident and a sad reminder that we must always be prepared in the case of an emergency that impacts our school. As your principal, I am committed to keeping our school safe and following the procedures in our Local School Safety Plan. As always, thank you for your continued support of our school and school community.


Laura J. Clark


Week at a Glance


IOWA TESTING Grades 2 & 5

PTA Reflection Entries Due

9/23/19 ~ Readers Rally ~ 7:30 am

9/23/19 ~ Chess Club ~ 3:30 pm

9/23/19 ~ Tennis Club ~ 3:30 pm


IOWA TESTING Grades 2 & 5

9/24/19 ~ Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm

9/24/19 ~ Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm


IOWA TESTING Grades 2 & 5

9/25/19 ~ Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

9/25/19 ~ Drama Kids ~ 3:30 pm

9/25/19 ~ Tiger Jo's Taekwon Do ~ 3:30 pm


IOWA TESTING Grades 2 & 5

9/26/19 ~ Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

9/26/19 ~ Witzzle Pro ~ 7:40 am

9/26/19 ~ Korean Language Club ~ 3:30 pm

9/26/19 ~ i9 Sports Club ~ 3:30 pm

9:26/19 ~ Robotics Club ~ 3:30 pm


IOWA TESTING Grades 2 & 5

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IOWA Testing for Grade 2 and Grade 5

Students in grades 2 and 5 will be participating in the IOWA Assessment September 23-27. Please make sure your child is at school, on time, each of testing. Due to testing our lunch schedule will be changing so we will not be hosting parent lunches during this time. Thank you for your support and assisting us with a wonderful testing environment.

Reminder-No Ice Cream sales next week due to IOWA testing.

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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. We will not be hosting parent lunches on this day. 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.

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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