The Parsons Happenings

March 11, 2022

Spring Your Clocks Forward

Changemaker School Fundraiser

5th Grade: Rising 6th Grader Information

Celebrating our Readers Rally Team

AKS At Home

Promotion Requirements

Picture Day

Gwinnett County Public Schools needs your input on two School Board policies

PRYAA Football

Book Mobile 5K

Mask Guidance

Lunchroom Visitors

Korean DLI class at GCPL

Author Visit

Birthday Celebration Policy

Classroom Placement Form for SY2022-2023

GMAS Spring Testing Dates

Clinic News

5th-8th Grade Summer Camp at Maxwell HS

Afternoon Transportation

Student Check Out

GCPS is hiring Bus Drivers

Calendar of Events

PTA Happenings

Parsons on Social Media

Business Partners

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Spring Your Clock Forward

Don't forget to spring your clocks forward this weekend. Yes, that means you lose an hour of sleep, but you get an hour of sunshine in the evening.

Be a Changemaker

3 DAYS AWAY!!!

Are you excited to be a part of our easiest fundraiser ever? You can make a BIG impact simply by donating your digital spare change.

TextPARSONS” to 404-994-3399 or click this link to learn more- https://app.hellodonor.com/schools/parsons-elementary-school/signup

Be on the lookout for more details coming in 3 short days!! Thanks for supporting our school!

Check out the flyer below....

Parsons Parent Kick Off Video
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5th Grade: Rising 6th Grade Information

Rising 6th Grade Website

Website has been updated and we will continue to update information.

https://sites.google.com/g.gcpsk12.org/hmsrising6thgrade/home


Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting

Date: April 14, 2022

Location: Hull Middle School Cafeteria

Time: 6:00pm

Email the 6th Grade Assistant Principal, Mr. Stillwell, if you have any questions! Corey.Stillwell@gcpsk12.org


JumpStart Summer Camp

Summer camp just for rising 6th grade students at Hull Middle School. This is an opportunity for students to become familiar with Hull before the first day of school!


Date: June 20-23 2022

Cost: $125

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Registration Opens: March 14, 2022

Registration Closes: May 27, 2022

Register will be on MyPaymentsPlus!

Schedule of Events:

-Tour of the school

-Meet teachers

-Practice Lockers

-Academic Enrichment

-Preview Connections

-Learn more about what Middle School is about!

Includes: T-shirt & Snack


STEM Program

This is an opportunity to sign students up to be in the STEM program. Deadline for parents to sign up for the STEM program is March 25th.

https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=-VzmfS4_Z06kaZZbDQhfuxiUPONIQnRHvCfVgUhB2qFUM0JDMlVTQTJBSkpRMDZEODNFTElHWEZDUi4u

Celebrating our Readers Rally Team

Our Readers Rally team is a quarter-final winner and competed in the Championship rounds at the Instructional Support Center. Our students welcomed them back from the competition and celebrated their great performance. Thank you to Coaches Cynthia Lewis and Sharon Britt for supporting our Readers Rally students.
Reader's Rally celebration 2022
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AKS at Home

The fourth round of live virtual AKS at Home K-5 sessions are scheduled for March 21, 2022 - March 29, 2022 to support learning in the 4th nine weeks of the year.

AKS at Home provides math and language arts resources to support families of children in grades K-5. Through live grade-specific Zoom sessions and helpful tip sheets, families of students in grades K-5 can learn ways to help their children practice key foundational skills they are learning in language arts and math.

Who: Parents of all elementary school students

What: Live Zoom sessions and Tip Sheets to support student mastery of AKS foundational skills in Language Arts and Math

Where: AKS at Home webpage

When: Unit 4 Zoom sessions will be offered from March 21, 2022 to March 29, 2022, in English, Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Please see the attached flyers and advertisements for grade level dates and times.

How: Register for Zoom sessions on the AKS at Home webpage

Spring Picture Day Coming Soon

Picture Day is on Thursday, March 24th. You can order before picture day. Individual and class pictures will be taken. Order at: https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/


Our picture day ID is: EVTHWJMS7

Gwinnett County Public Schools needs your input on two School Board policies.

To gather your feedback, the school district is using a tool called ThoughtExchange. All of our voices matter, so your participation is crucial and valued.

  1. Click here to provide your thoughts regarding the district’s discipline policy. (This exchange will close on Monday, March 14, at 11:59 p.m.)
  2. Click here to provide your thoughts regarding the policy that deals with public participation in Board meetings. (This exchange will close on Monday, March 14, at 11:59 p.m.)

When you select each link above, you'll be asked to respond to one open-ended question, consider and assign stars to some of the ideas shared by others (20 to 30 is ideal), and learn what's important to the group.

Your thoughts and stars are confidential. You can come back as often as you'd like to participate and, in fact, we ask that you do come back to star (or rate) some of the new ideas shared since you first participated. The ratings will help us understand the most important areas to focus on.

We welcome your comments, including constructive criticism. We also strive for as much transparency as possible; however, we recognize the need to ensure the conversation is safe and respectful. As such, GCPS makes use of ThoughtExchange's automated moderation that reviews items before public posting. More on the moderation criteria appears within the exchanges and on the GCPS ThoughtExchange webpage.

If you need technical help, please call ThoughtExchange at 1-800-361-9027 ext. 4 or email help@thoughtexchange.com.

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Book Mobile 5K

Sign up for the Book Mobile 5K and help support the GCPS Book Mobile that visits schools and provides summer checkout and free books to students in need.
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Mask Guidance


On Friday, February 25, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance and the prevention steps that should be taken based on the spread of COVID-19 in communities. Click here for the CDC guidance and the prevention steps. As part of the changes announced, the CDC is dropping its recommendation for universal school masking and instead will recommend masking only in communities at a high level of risk.

According to the CDC, Gwinnett County is currently in a “Low” level of community spread. At this level, individuals are encouraged to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and to get tested if they have symptoms.
In light of this updated guidance and Gwinnett County’s designation in the “Low” level of community spread, Gwinnett County Public Schools will transition from requiring masks to strongly recommending the use of masks in its facilities.

In the coming days, school district leaders will be reviewing and updating quarantine and isolation procedures to account for these changes.

Visitors to Our School


As most of you know, we have updated guidance on mitigation processes for GCPS. Please review the following very carefully.

  • Masks are no longer required but recommended.
  • Students are not required to wear masks on the school bus.
  • All classes began eating lunch in the cafeteria on March 1.
  • Beginning March 7th, volunteers and lunch visitors will once again be welcomed to school as prior to the pandemic. See below for further information.

Volunteers:

Parents who wish to volunteer should work with teachers to schedule times. The teacher will provide the office with times so that you are expected. Once again, volunteers must be scheduled by the teacher in advance.

Lunch Visitors:

We need your help on this one. It has been a while since parents have been invited to eat with students. We will not be able to handle a rush of parents in the cafeteria on Monday. There will not be space or food for everyone to come at once. So, for at least the first two weeks, we will have a schedule by the first letter of your child's last name. Please see below:

  • A - E March 7, March 14
  • F - J March 8, March 15
  • K - O March 9, March 16
  • P - T March 10, March 17
  • U - V March 11, March 18

Here are some reminders for lunch visitors:

  • You must show your ID at the front office and wear a visitor sticker for the duration of your visit.
  • Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your child's scheduled lunch period and wait for your child's class at the cafeteria door.
  • You must eat with your child at the separate parent tables or the blue picnic tables outside in the back of the cafeteria.
  • Please do not ask your child's friends to join you at the parent table.
  • Please do not video or take pictures of students in the cafeteria.
  • Please do not bring fast food or soda into the cafeteria.
  • When lunch is over, please do not follow your child to class or out onto the playground. Return to the lobby for check out.
  • Please do not try to have a parent conference with a teacher during lunch. Enjoy the time with your child.
  • Also, please do not bring snacks for students in the class. This includes birthday snacks. If you wish to purchase ice cream for the class on your child's birthday, money needs to be sent in the morning by 9:15 am.

Full Adult Lunch $3.75

Main Item only $3.00

All Sides .40

Adults purchasing lunch should bring exact change. Credit and Debit Cards are not accepted.

We look forward to once again seeing our parents in the building.

Author Visit

Wednesday, March 30th
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Birthday Celebration Policy

Parents,

Just a reminder of our birthday celebration policy. This can be found in our Student/Parent Handbook as well.


Birthday Celebrations

Because of allergies, students wishing to have a treat for their class should use the Ice Cream plan. This plan provides ice cream for every student in the class for $1 per student. Birthday parties are not allowed at school. Balloons, flowers, etc. cannot be delivered to children at school or taken home on the bus. Party invitations may not be distributed at school.


If you will ask the teacher how many students are in the classroom, you can send in money and let the teacher know which day that week you would like to purchase ice cream for the entire class in honor of your student's birthday. The students all get to choose which ice cream they would like and they receive it at lunch that day. Thank you for your understanding.

GMAS Spring Testing Dates

The Georgia Milestones EOG Elementary School Schedule is now available. Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades will take the GMAS beginning in April.
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5th-8th Grade Summer Camp at Maxwell HS

Maxwell High School of Technology will be hosting Middle School Summer Adventures for 5th-8th graders from May 31-June 3! Registration Opens on March 1st. For more information visit:
https://www.gcpsk12.org/domain/13549

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 https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/11430.
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Monday, March 14, 2022

  • Lent (Orthodox) 3/7-4/23
  • School Board Appreciation Week
  • Changemaker Kick Off
  • 3:30 pm ~ Girls on the Run


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

  • 3:30 pm ~ Korean After School Help


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

  • 12:15 pm ~ Orff Club (4th Grade)
  • 3:30 pm ~ Girls on the Run


Thursday, March 17, 2022

  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Chick Fil A Spirit Day/Night
  • 7:30 am ~ Coding Club
  • 7:45 am ~ Witzzle Pro
  • 11:50 am ~ Orff Club (5th Grade)


Friday, March 18, 2022

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PTA News

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Day is Thursday, March 17, 2022. This will be all day (dine-in or take out) at the Chick-Fil-A located at 2020 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30097. Mention Parsons Elementary while ordering, and a portion of the day's proceeds will benefit the Parsons PTA.

Parsons on Social Media

Follow Parsons Elementary on Facebook and Instagram!

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/parsons_elementary/

Search: parsons_elementary

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/ParsonsES/

Search: Parsons Elementary School

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