The Parsons Happenings

eNewsletter August 9, 2019

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

What a wonderful first week of school! I have to say, even after 27 years, the first week of school still fills my heart with excitement. I loved seeing our students enter the building with their new school supplies, first day outfits, and SMILES on their faces. We have something special here at Parsons Elementary and I am so proud to be a part of this school community.

We welcomed 123 new kindergartners this school year to our Parsons Family! I am so proud of our 1st through 5th graders for modeling our ROAR behaviors throughout the building for our kindergartners to learn from.

I look forward to working with each of you throughout the year to continue the important work we do...ensuring our students are ready to be our next generation of leaders.

Moments to Celebrate

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8/15/19 New Parent Meeting in the Media Center ~ 9:15 am

8/16/19 Box top Ladies in the Lobby (Send in your Box Tops) ~ 8:20 am

8/16/19 Room Parent Meeting in the Cafeteria ~ 9:00 am

8/20/19 Gifted and Advanced Content Curriculum Night (Grades 3-5) ~ 5:30 pm

8/20/19 Curriculum Night (Grades 3-5) ~ 6:30 to 8:00 pm

8/22/19 Gifted Curriculum Night (2nd grade) ~ 5:30 pm

8/22/19 Korean DLI Parent Meeting for enrolled DLI Students or interested parents ~ 5:30 pm

8/22/19 PTA General Membership Meeting in the cafeteria ~ 6:00 pm

8/22/19 Curriculum Night (Grades K-2) ~ 6:30 to 8:00 pm

8/23/19 PTA Fundraiser Kick Off

8/23/19 All Pro Dads Breakfast ~ 7:15 am in the Cafeteria

School Messenger Update (Texting)

Due to some recent text regulation changes by the FCC, Gwinnett County Public Schools is no longer able to use text messaging services to distribute information to parents. This includes texts and "robo calls" from GCPS School Messenger as well as third party text reminders like Remind.

At this time, please ensure we have an email address on file that you regularly check. We will use S'More (weekly eNews), email, our school website, eClass, Class DoJo, weekly teacher newsletters, and our school marquis as ways to communicate.

Please know the district is working diligently to find a solution, and we hope to have some alternate avenues soon for quick communications like text messaging.

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After School Clubs

We have several opportunities for your students to participate in after school clubs sponsored by outside agencies. You will be receiving different registration forms for the clubs that will be available for you to register your child for in your Friday folders each week. If you are interested, you must register online or on their form with the companies that are offering the classes. The school does not take registration forms or money.

Here are a few of the clubs that will be offered this semester-- Chess Club, Drama Kids, Tiger Jo's, Young Rembrandts, i9 Sports, Korean Language and others may be joining later.

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, faxes or emails.

Student Checkout

As part of our school safety plan, 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

Dual Language Immersion Program

Parsons is the 9th school in Gwinnett County Public Schools to offer a (DLI) Dual Language Immersion Program and we are the only Korean DLI program in the district and the state. This brings us much PRIDE!

We began the program on the first day of school with 47 Kindergartners. Our team of two teachers, Mrs. Kim and Mrs. Gambrell — one being fluent in Korean— will work together teaching the Kindergarten AKS half the day in Korean and the other half of the day in English. Through this collaboration, students will develop proficiency in both English and Korean. By high school graduation, our participating Kindergarten students will have acquired solid bilingual skills. This is exciting because we know communication and collaboration in the global marketplace will become increasingly valuable skills for our students as they prepare for college, careers, and citizenship after graduation.

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Upcoming PTA events -

New Parent Meeting 8/15 @ 9:15 am

Next Thursday, August 15th the Parsons PTA will host a

“Welcome Breakfast” for parents and families new to Parsons. The

meeting will be held in the cafeteria and will begin at 9:15 am. During

this time we will answer some frequently asked questions about our school.

Box Tops- 8/16 @ 8:20 am

Last year Parsons raised about $2,000 through the Box Tops program! We can

do even better this year, but we need your support! Save those Box Tops

from home, neighbors, family and friends! Box Tops ladies will be at the front atrium of

the school next Friday, August 16 from 8:20-8:50 am. Please put the trimmed

labels in a small bag with the teacher's name & grade written on the bag.

Any student who turns in 5 or more labels will get a PRIZE!

Room Parent Meeting- 8/16 @ 9:00 am

PTA General Membership Meeting

Curious about PTA?

What is PTA?

What does PTA do?

Everyone is invited to our general

membership meeting! Come meet the

Board Members! We will be discussing our

budget for the year, how PTA is involved at

Parsons, and we will be there to answer any

questions you may have. Looking forward

to seeing you in the cafeteria on


August 22nd at 6:00 pm!

All Pro Dads Breakfast 8/23 @ 7:15 am

In the Parsons ES Cafeteria.

Families and kids team up for a quick, before school

breakfast and a 45 minute program focusing on

parenthood and family topics.

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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 @