The Parsons Happenings

August 21, 2020

WE ARE PARSONS STRONG AND READY!

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Phasing in to In Person Instruction

On August 4, GCPS announced a plan to begin in person instruction for students whose parents selected this learning environment for their child. The plan calls for bringing in a limited number of grade levels at first and then adding more grade levels on a staggered basis. Beginning Wednesday, August 26, students in Kindergarten, 1st grade, 6th grade, 9th grade and all self-contained Special Education classes will begin in person instruction. We will welcome back in person 2nd and 3rd grade students on Wednesday, September 2, and 4th and 5th grade on Wednesday, September 9. For details on the staggered return of all grade levels over the next few weeks please click here.


As a school community it is important that all parents are informed about the in person return plan no matter if you chose digital or in person for your child. Our goal was to make minimal changes to class lists and the schedule, while maintaining high levels of teaching and learning. We considered many different options and due to the ever changing Covid-19 information, we had to go with a plan that would be fluid no matter what situation we are faced with. The plan we will be implementing at Parsons is referred to as the 'Hybrid Model'. This model allows classrooms, or our entire school, to move from digital to in person or in person to digital based on safety/health needs with no change to your child's teacher or the schedule.


Students who will return in person will remain with their current classroom teacher. The teacher will continue to provide 'LIVE' lessons to digital students as he/she presents 'LIVE' to the in person students simultaneously. Classrooms will begin their day with morning announcements and their morning classroom meeting to continue establishing the learning community. Students in both platforms will continue to receive whole group 'LIVE' instruction in each content area and small group instruction. In order for this plan to work, we are going to ask that students in person bring their device from home so they can continue to access assignments on their teacher's eCLASS page.


Again, our goal was to make minimal changes for our students and to provide fluidity throughout these times due to Covid-19. Therefore, your child will remain with their current teacher and follow a similar learning schedule throughout the semester. Your child’s classroom teacher will communicate classroom specific information and the use of a personal device to be used during in person instruction.


Our school hours will be 8:50am to 3:20pm. Arrival is from 8:20am to 8:50am and dismissal is from 3:20pm to 3:50pm. If your child is a bus rider, please check the Transportation tab in the Parent Portal for bus stop times. If your child is returning in person and will be a car rider, please make sure you have your 2020-2021 car rider tag. If you do not, please stop by the office prior to your child's in person return date.


I know this is a lot of information and we have had many changes since July. With that being said, I cannot tell you how proud I am to serve as your principal. I am committed to supporting our students, teachers, staff, and community, no matter what learning platform we are in. We are excited to see our in person kiddos, as well as our digital students, returning and continuing to build our #PARSONSSTRONG community.

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Need School Supplies?

We know the last few months have been difficult financially for some families in our community. If you would like assistance with school supplies for your student, please contact our school counselor, Mona Vosough, at mona.vosough@gcpsk12.org.

Our students and teachers ROCKED digital learning this week!

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Virtual Curriculum Nights

Parsons will be hosting Virtual Curriculum Nights in the coming weeks.
  • Tuesday, August 25th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm for Grades 3, 4, & 5
  • Thursday, August 27th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm for Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2
*Please note the grade level days have changed to support the in person return plan for K & 1 students being back in the building.
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8/24/20 Reflections Fine Arts Competition Collection begins

8/25/20 Curriculum Night (Virtual) Grades 3, 4, 5 ~ 6:30pm

8/26/20 Phasing back to In Person Grades Pre K, K and 1st

8/26/20 PTA General Membership (Virtual) ~ 6:00pm (See PTA section below for link)

8/27/20 Curriculum Night (Virtual) Grades Pre K, K, 1, 2 ~ 6:30pm

8/28/20 Crazy Hair/Hat Day

8/28/20 PTA Fundraiser Kick-Off Day

Media Center Information

We are excited to announce that Parsons Elementary School is the Gwinnett County Public Library Elementary School Prize Winner. Parsons was selected for reading the most of all participating elementary schools in the GCPL Summer Reading Program! Way to go! We are so proud of our great readers! In recognition, the GCPS Book Mobile will visit Parsons and give away books to our students. More details will be coming once they are finalized.


Are you ready for some books? If you didn't come for Media Center Curbside Checkout this week, you can come next week. You now access the Media Catalog through the icon on the eCLASS landing page. All you have to do is place your books on hold by midnight this Sunday and you can pick up your books during our curbside pickup times in the Car Rider Lane. See the flyer for more details including the days and times for your pickup. Hope to see you next week to get new books!

Winner Winner!

We are excited to announce that Parsons Elementary School is the Gwinnett County Public Library Elementary School Prize Winner. Parsons was selected for reading the most of all participating elementary schools in the GCPL Summer Reading Program! Way to go! We are so proud of our great readers! In recognition, the GCPS Book Mobile will visit Parsons and give away books to our students. More details will be coming once they are finalized.

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Curbside pickup procedures SY20/21

Students and their parents or guardians may pick up breakfast and lunch meals at any school within their cluster. We will use ID cards with our scanners to charge student accounts. Meals are not free unless the student is participating in the Gwinnett County Public Schools Free and Reduced Priced Meal Plan. The application for free or reduced meals must be completed every school year. To access the application go to http://gwinnett.schoollunchstatus.com .


Students will not be able to charge meals at this time. Please use MyPaymentsPlus to add money to student accounts.


We will offer curbside pickup in front of the school from 11:15am to 1:15pm, Monday through Thursday. Thursday students will have the option to take breakfast and/or lunch meals for Friday. Breakfast and lunch will be offered at the same time.


We have a two-week rotating menu. We will offer two vegetables and one fruit with each entrée.


Menu for the Week of August 24:

Monday: Asian Chicken bites

Tuesday: Hotdogs

Wednesday: Chicken nuggets

Thursday: Cheeseburgers

Friday: PBJ


Menu for the Week of August 31:

Monday: Corn dogs

Tuesday: Chicken Dill bites

Wednesday: Chicken sandwich

Thursday: Pizza

Friday: PBJ


Please contact Nicole Nowell, Cafeteria Manager, at Nicole.Nowell@gcpsk12.org or

(678) 512-6010 with any questions.

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Please sign off on the following forms in MyPaymentsPlus

The orientation forms are...

  • The Parsons Parent/Student Handbook
  • The GCPS Parent/Student Handbook
  • Attendance Protocol
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Grade Level AKS

Please consider contributing for the following items in MyPaymentsPlus

The contributions are...


  • Agenda
  • Clinic Supply Contribution
  • Headphones
  • PTA Dues
  • Yearbook
  • Social Studies Weekly for 2nd and 4th Grades ONLY
  • Supply Contribution
  • Technology Supply Contribution

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Using a Chromebook for Digital Learning?

If you own your own personal Chromebook, you will want to make sure that you add your child's GCPS Google account. Follow these directions for success.


If you are using a borrowed GCPS Chromebook, follow these directions to add your personal WiFi to the GCPS Chromebook. Follow these directions to add the Zoom App to your Chromebook.

Newly Updated Parent Portal

The GCPS Parent Portal has a new look. Please click the link to view the video.

http://publish.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps/home/public/parents/content/parent-info-resources/parent-portal.

Newly Updated Student Portal

The GCPS Student Portal has a new look too! The Grades Tab has been replaced with the My StudentVue Tab. Check out the flyer below to see all the new features available for students.

Locating Your Teacher's eCLASS Course Page

See the flyer below for step-by-step directions on how to locate your teacher's eCLASS Course Page. The video below explains this process and also shows how to locate the Digital Learning assignments.
Student Portal and eCLASS Introduction

eCLASS Passwords

Is your child having eCLASS password problems?

  • Contact your teacher if you are unable to log into eCLASS. They will assist you with resetting your password. The password is often reset to your student number.
  • If you are a new student or if your password has been reset by your teacher, you may need to activate your eCLASS account. Follow these steps to activate your account. *Begin at step 1 of the document.

eCLASS Error

If you have changed the default language on your computer or on Google Chrome to a language other than English, you may receive an error when trying to log into eCLASS. The error states "IBM Security Access Manager." Our county tech department has advised parents to change the default language back to English until this error has been resolved.
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Thank You PTA!

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We now have an additional VMS system located in the back of the building so students no longer have to walk around to the side door VMS system to gain access to the building. Kudos to the Parsons Local School Council and PTA for collaborating on how to make our school more safe. Students, like Samuel (pictured above), love that the VMS is close to the playground and he doesn't have to walk so far. This was not an inexpensive addition and our local school PTA funded the installation. With that being said...be sure to join PTA and participate in the local school fundraising which supports so many things for our school. Parsons' PTA is the BEST!

PTA General Membership Meeting ~ Wednesday, 8/26/20 @ 6:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79589219374?pwd=NFZya05yM3V6Z2k0dU9rM2Z1VkthQT09

Meeting ID: 795 8921 9374
Passcode: lioncub

Parsons Business Partners 2020-2021

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Message from your Proud Principal, Laura Clark