The Parsons Happenings

Friday, November 8, 2019

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

As the temperatures begin to drop we are reminded that another season will soon be approaching. November brings us a season of gratitude for the blessings in our lives. We will be celebrating as a school family this upcoming week as we come together for our Thanksgiving Luncheon. We have so much to be thankful for here at Parsons Elementary.

The State Department of Education has released this year's College and Career Readiness Performance Index report. CCRPI is the state's comprehensive school improvement, accountability, and communication platform that promotes college and career readiness for all Georgia public school students. We are excited to celebrate that Parsons' overall score increased this year from 88.9 to 90.6. Two BIG points of PRIDE for our school is our overall content mastery score of 98.4 and a 'Closing the Gap' score of 92.2 which was an increase of 18.8% from 2019. Be sure to check out these highlights below.

Be sure to make plans for Parsons' B-I-N-G-O night on Thursday. Bring the family for pizza, fellowship, and BINGO fun.

Have a great weekend making memories with your family.

Proud to be your Principal,

Mrs. Clark

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Thanksgiving Luncheon: Update

We are so excited for the overwhelming support for our Thanksgiving Luncheon! Please see the adjusted schedule below and video explanation. We are going to have a full house, so we've had to make some changes to the schedule and assigned locations for just a couple of classes.
Thanksgiving Luncheon Update
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New! RBES Parent Survey in Parent Portal

Yes, this is the second parent survey this year. This survey is very important and we need you!

Great things are happening at Parsons. This survey gives us the opportunity to show our Parsons Pride and share our perception of all the wonderful things our school community is doing for our students. Our school success is evidence of the power collaboration among stakeholders...because we ALL work together, Parsons' students are 'Achieving and Believing'!

Each year, GCPS gives parents the opportunity to complete a survey about their child's school. This survey is available through the parent portal. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by November 22, 2019. The results are utilized as part of our school evaluation at the county level and we appreciate your input. If you do not have access to the parent portal, you can come to the school and complete the survey by picking up a paper copy in the front office. Thank you in advance for completing this important task. Please visit the parent portal to begin the survey.

Link to Parent Portal

Week at a Glance


Veterans Day


Books with Badges 1st Grade

Readers Rally ~ 7:30 am

Chess Club ~ 3:30 pm

Tennis Club ~ 3:30 pm



Reflections Ceremony (By invitation only) ~ 8:20 am

Books with Badges 2nd grade

Girls Who Code ~ 3:30 pm

Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm

Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm



Thanksgiving Luncheon (Part Pre K, 1st, 3rd and 5th grades) ~ See lunch schedule below

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

World Citizens ~ 7:45 am

Drama Club ~ 3:30 pm

Taekwon Do ~ 3:30 pm



Thanksgiving Luncheon (Pre K, K, 2nd and 4th)

Korean Language ~ 3:30 pm

i9 Sports ~ 3:30 pm

Robotics ~ 3:30 pm

PTA Meeting ~ 6:00 pm

BINGO Night @ PRHS ~ 6:30 pm



Staff Goody Day (3rd Grade Parents)

Falcons Friday ~ Wear Falcons colors to support our team!

Student Council ~ 7:45 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

Car Rider Reminders

Car Rider Parents - We are seeing an uptick of late arrivals after the 8:50 am bell has rung. Please remember that once the 8:50 bell rings, our car rider staff come inside and you must take your students to the front office and check them in as tardy. Please do not let your students get out of the car if our staff members are already entering the building. This is a safety concern. We also ask that you do not let your student out unless one of our staff members have come to your car or motioned to get out of the car. It is a policy that they do not get out of the car until the car is past the yellow line point on the sidewalk.

Also- the car rider line starts at the far driveway of the school. Do not cut through the front parking lot and cut the line of the car riders. The front parking lot is for Pre K parents drop off and buses only. Thank you so much for your assistance with this.

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2019 Reflections Winners

Help us congratulate the 2019 Reflections Winners! See list below. We will have a special ceremony on November 12th. This celebration is by invitation only.

Zoe Roopani, Emma Goldsmith, Archisha Morajikar, Archan Morajikar, Hannah Brewer, Kailyn Soh, Harold Goldsmith, Minju Suh, Jaylen Shah, Elizabeth Kim, Lauren Na, Irene Yu, Vivian Song, Youjune Kim, Navya Nerur, Yuna Hong, William Yoo and William Brewer

We just found out that these students won the Area Reflections Competition and will be moving on to the State Competition - - - We are so PROUD!!

Elizabeth Kim - 1st place Visual Arts
Vivian Song - 2nd Place Visual Arts
Archisha Morajkar - 2nd place Music and Literature
Kailyn Soh - 2nd place - Literature

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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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