The Parsons Happenings

November 4, 2021

Message from your Proud Principal

No School, Friday, November 5th

Daylight Savings Time-Clocks Fall Back

United Way Spirit Week

GCPS Strategic Direction

National Native American Heritage Month

Picture Make Up Retake Day Info


Afternoon Transportation

Student Check Out

Masks are Required

GCPS is Hiring Bus Drivers

Parsons on Social Media

Calendar of Events

PTA Happenings

Business Partners

Message from your Proud Principal

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Parsons Families,

Each November, we celebrate Family Engagement Month. This is always an important time to recognize how essential families are to their children’s educational success. For two years in a row, however, I’ve felt that the “thank you” we owe to Parsons' parents and families is bigger than we could fully express.

The challenges facing parents, families, and children over the last year and a half have been enormous. While the pandemic has placed a strain on all of us, I know it has been difficult in unique ways for the parents and families of our little lion cubs.

You have always been your child’s first teacher, but this school year, you have adapted to quickly changing information, helped your children adjust to new safety protocols, and extended grace and patience to teachers and school staff as we’ve all navigated this new normal together. You’ve also continued the often unsung, but always important, work of keeping your child learning – from reading before bedtime and helping with homework to exploring the outdoors.

I believe wholeheartedly that when schools and families work in true partnership, not always agreeing, but in open conversation and in pursuit of a common goal, our kiddos will succeed .

Thank you, parents and families, for all you’ve done to support your children’s learning, and our school, this year. Your role is more important than it has ever been, and nothing we do as educators could be accomplished without you.

Attached is the Govenor's Proclamation for National Family Engagement Month.

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No School ~ Friday, November 5th

We are so proud of our World Series Champion Atlanta Braves! We hope you enjoy your day off from school on Friday, November 5th to celebrate their victory!
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It's almost time to fall back and switch the clocks again as daylight saving time ends November 7.

United Way Spirit Week

Join us as we help raise money for United Way and have a little fun along the way. Donate $5 to United Way on MyPaymentsPlus and you can participate in the Daily United Way Spirit Day theme for each day. See the flyer below for each day's theme. To participate, please make a five-dollar donation on MyPaymentsPlus. Your $5 pays for all 5 days. Mustaches and pawprints are included in your donation of $5. Thank you for supporting United Way!
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GCPS Strategic Direction for 2020-2030

The Strategic Direction keeps the school district focused on its core business— teaching and learning— and drives continuous improvement. It is one of the district’s foundational documents, linking the vision, mission, goals, and core beliefs to initiatives and priorities, division objectives, operational management plans, and local school plans for improvement. Click the link to learn more about our district's Strategic Direction.

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Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. First celebrated as American Indian Day in 1916, President Regan made a proclamation to extend the commemoration to a week. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush issued an official proclamation calling for a month long celebration, and every president since has made the same proclamation. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

Click HERE for a document with links to resources about Native American Heritage Month.

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Picture Make Up/Retake Day ~ Wednesday, November 10th

If you were absent or did not like your picture taken in September, we will have a picture make up day on Wednesday, November 10th. If you purchased a picture packet and didn't like it, you can bring the packet back in, give to the photographer and get a new picture taken.

This is an important picture as it will be the one placed in our yearbook.

You can quickly do an online order by going to: and use Picture Day ID EVTKFQK4T or you can also fill out the form that was sent home last week in Friday folders and send back with money and choice of package.

If you are a digital student and would like to come in to get your picture taken, you can come at 9:00 am on Wednesday, November 10th.


We hope you can join us for our annual PERKS Seminar on November 11, at Peachtree Ridge High School. This seminar allows us the opportunity to present all the perks offered to those students who are enrolled in one of the Peachtree Ridge Cluster Schools. If you are unable to attend in person but would like to join virtually, click the link to Virtual Option: Live Virtual Option Link

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 in the front office no later than 12:00 PM the day of the change. 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 Check Out

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 on Social Media

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Monday, November 8, 2021

  • National Children's Book Week
  • School Psychology Week
  • 7:30 am ~ Readers Rally

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

  • Digital Learning Day #3

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

  • Fall Picture Make Up/Retakes Day
  • 7:45 am ~ Art Club
  • 12:15 PM ~ 4th grade Orff Ensemble

Thursday, November 11, 2021

  • Thankful Thursday
  • Veterans Day
  • 7:45 am ~ Witzzle Pro
  • 10:15 am ~ PTA Meeting at PRHS before PERKS Meeting
  • 11:50 am ~ 5th Grade Orff Ensemble
  • 3:30 pm ~ Korean Language/Homework Help
  • 3:30 pm ~ i9 Sports
  • 4:00 pm ~ Robotics

Friday, November 12, 2021

  • Staff Goody Day (3rd Grade Parents send in treats for staff)
  • 9:00 am ~ PRHS Little Lions Leadership Team meet with 5th Grade
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Scan your BoxTops and get money for our school. Check out this Video:

Thank you to all the families who participated in the PTA Bullying Prevention PTA programs! Congratulations to Filipe & Amari who filled out the e-news form and won a cool blue Parsons bracelet.

PTA are so grateful to Richard Gordon and Nick Glass from the All Pro Dads group for putting the new picnic table together for all of our students at Parsons. Thank you!

Parsons Elementary PTA

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