The Parsons Happenings

November 12, 2021

Message from your Proud Principal

Welcome to our new Counselor

United Way Spirit Week

GCPS Hosts Vaccination Clinics

National School Psychology Awareness Week

Native American Heritage Month

Staff Goody Day

Afternoon Transportation

Student Check Out

Parsons students give back to the community

Masks are required

GCPS is hiring Bus Drivers

Parsons on Social Media

Calendar of Events

PTA Happenings

Business Partners

Message from your Proud Principal

Why are involved parents critical to student success?

As we continue to celebrate and honor Family Engagement Month, I wanted to share a little research that reinforces our belief that involved parents are critical to individual student success and school success. The following is research gathered by The Parent Institute:

  • School and home are connected. We cannot look at the school and the home in isolation from one another. We must see how they interconnect with each other and with the world at large.

  • The family provides the child’s primary educational environment. School-age children and teens spend 70% of their waking hours (including weekends and vacations) outside the school setting. This time represents a tremendous learning opportunity.
  • Involving parents in their children’s formal education improves student achievement. Statistics show that with as little as a one-third increase in parent participation, school achievement scores increase dramatically. It takes just a small increase in parent input to see measurable results in student output!
  • The benefits last a lifetime. They are not confined to early childhood or the elementary level. Involving parents continuously through middle and high school has a significant impact.
  • Children from low-income and minority families have the most to gain when schools involve parents, but all students benefit. Parents do not have to be college educated to help.
  • When parents are involved in their children’s education at home, their children do better in school. When parents are involved at school, their children’s achievement excels and the schools they attend become even stronger. High-scoring schools and districts have high levels of parent involvement.

The most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is not income or social status, but the extent to which that student’s family is able to:

    • Create a home environment that encourages learning
    • Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children’s achievement and future careers
    • Become involved in their children’s education at school and in the community

I know I have shared my story before, and a few of you may remember, but as I've grown older and have children of my own, I look back at the role my parents played. As the youngest of two, school (learning) did not come as easy for me as it did my sister. I was the one who needed additional support. I did not always 'get it' the first time. Luckily, I had teachers and a mom, who put in 'extra time'. It was this combined commitment that allowed me to achieve even when it did not come easy. My mom always said, "It's OK if it's tricky, that's when the brain really begins to work." Quitting was never an option and perseverance prevailed.

My parents made school and the school community a priority. They volunteered, attended conferences, attended PTA meetings...they made a difference! When I was in high school and they volunteered to be chaperones at the dances, I was not a happy teenager. As an adult, I now know why they did! They wanted to be involved! This involvement made a difference.

As parents, we are ultimately responsible for our children's future success. We have to ensure they grow up to be successful, educated citizens who add value to our society. Our 792 lion cubs deserve to have a team of adults who love them and add value to their success.

Thank you for all you do each and every day to ensure your student is successful. One day they will be the successful adult who holds an enormous amount of gratitude for the role you played in their school aged life.

One grateful adult,

Mrs. Clark

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We are excited to welcome our new part time Counselor, Kelley Maxwell!


My name is Kelley Maxwell and I am so excited and honored to be joining the amazing Parsons family! I will be meeting with students in small groups, conducting classroom lessons, and working as a team with teachers, parents, and staff to meet the needs of the PES community.

As the counselor, I will have the privilege of providing support to every student at Parsons Elementary, but will be primarily working with kindergarten and third grade students. I am thrilled to be here and look forward to a great school year getting to know all of our wonderful students!

United Way Spirit Week

Join us as we help raise money for the 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 themes. See the flyer below for each day's theme. 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 Hosts Vaccination Clinics

GCPS encourages our community to learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations and take advantage of opportunities to get vaccinated. In an ongoing partnership with the Gwinnett Health Department and other health partners, GCPS continues to host vaccination clinics at high schools around the county during November and December. No appointment is necessary. Participants will receive the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two shots. Those who are eligible for a booster shot and who completed their initial vaccine series (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) at least six months ago also may attend a vaccine clinic. This opportunity is available to anyone eligible for the vaccine, ages 12 and older. Students ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Interpreters will be on site. For more information on COVID vaccinations, go to the health department website.

The following schools will host vaccination clinics:

  • Parkview High School,
    Thurs., Nov. 4, 2021, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

  • Wed., Nov. 24, 2021, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

  • Norcross High School
    Fri., Nov. 5, 2021, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
    Mon., Nov. 29, 2021, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Meadowcreek High School
    Tues., Nov. 16, 2021, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
    December date TBD

  • Peachtree Ridge HS
    Mon., Nov. 15, 2021, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
    Mon., Dec. 6, 2021, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

  • Brookwood High School
    Thurs., Nov. 11, 2021, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
    Thurs., Dec. 2, 2021, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

  • South Gwinnett High School
    Mon., Nov. 29, 2021, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
    December date TBD

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National School Psychology Awareness Week

Parsons is so thankful for our school psychologist, Mrs. Poncinie, for all she does in support of our students, staff and school community.
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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, 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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Staff Goody Day from 3rd Grade Parents ROCKED!

Once again, our amazing parents of 3rd graders rocked the house with an ABUNDANCE of snacks! Our staff felt the love from our wonderful Parsons community. Thank you for how you are a constant encouragement to our teachers and staff. Also thank you to the wonderful PTA moms who come and support us by putting out the spread and cleaning up every month. We appreciate you guys so much!

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

Parsons students give back to the community

One of the things that makes me beam with PRIDE is to hear how our students give back to our community. On our DLD day, several of our students wanted to show appreciation to the Gwinnett Police Officers who volunteered their time to ensure our safety on our Walk to School Day by paying them a special visit. They treated the officers with a special dessert and thank you letters. Kudos to the parents for providing their kiddos the opportunity to show gratitude. This act of kindness will go a long way!
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Parsons on Social Media

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Monday, November 15, 2021

  • United Way Week ~ Mustache Monday ~ Get a mustache from school and wear it all day
  • 7:30 am ~ Readers Rally
  • 9:30 am ~ Learning through the Arts ~ Cherokee Life (2nd grade)
  • 1:00 pm ~ Books with Badges 1st Grade

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

  • United Way Week ~ Tag it Tuesday ~ Get a Parsons' paw print and tag it to whatever you want
  • Principal for a Day Visit ~ Mr. John Khan
  • International Day for Tolerance
  • 3:30 pm ~ Korean Language/Homework Help

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

  • United Way Week ~ Wacky Wednesday ~ Wear your wackiest outfit
  • 7:45 am ~ Art Club
  • 12:15 pm ~ 4th grade Orff Ensemble
  • 1:00 pm ~ Books with Badges 1st Grade

Thursday, November 18, 2021

  • United Way Week ~ Stuffed Animal Day ~ Bring your favorite stuffed animal
  • Chick Fil A Spirit Day ~ See info in PTA news
  • Thankful Thursday
  • 7:45 am ~ Witzzle Pro
  • 9:00 am ~ Learning through the Arts Ben Franklin/Patriotism 1st Grade
  • 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 19, 2021

  • United Way Week ~ Comfy Cozy Day ~ Wear your favorite sweats or warm pajamas
  • 1:00 pm ~ Books with Badges (Park)
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Scan your Box Tops and get money for our school. Check out this Video:

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Day is Thursday, November 18, 2021. This will be all day (dine-in or take out) at the Chick-Fil-A on 2020 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30097. Mention Parsons Elementary while ordering and a portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Parsons PTA.

Parsons Elementary PTA

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