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Friday, January 15, 2016

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."

Local Heros

Theresa Chillemi finished her last day here at Parsons and will be moving to Level Creek ES. She is a charter staff member and was instrumental in getting the cafeteria up and running when Parsons ES opened its doors. We will miss Theresa's warm smile as she greets students each day and wish her the best.

FIP Module #3

Where we are: We have looked closely at the four types of learning targets and how this impacts our instructional practices and assessment of students. As a school, we will continue to revisit deconstructing learning targets and providing students the appropriate level of rigor as determined by the standard.

Our next steps: Please complete module #3 in preparation for our next FIP professional learning session on January 27, 2016.

STEM Night

We are preparing for our STEM Night (previously Math/Science Night) on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. This is a wonderful evening for our school community. Please let me or your grade level AP know if you will be able to provide assistance and/or host a learning station that evening. We will need to know who will be presenting, the activity, location and any supplies you may need. Thank you so much for your support!

Yearbook Proofs and Yearbook Sales

Don't forget to place your year book proof in the PTA Yearbook mailbox. Today is the deadline.

Also, Parsons ES yearbooks are still on sale! In previous years the PTA has SOLD OUT of pre-order yearbooks. Place your order now to guarantee you will receive your yearbook in May. Any extra or unexpected books received from the publisher in May will be sold to students and not to teachers/staff.

Summer Professional Learning

Summer Math Institute: Parsons will be hosting week #2 of Summer Math Institute for the Peachtree Ridge and Collins Hill clusters. Misty Piper will serve as our site coordinator. Week #2 will take place June 6 - June 10, 2016 here at Parsons. We will be in need of Host classroom teachers, teacher participants and student participants. More information will be sent at a later date.

Digital Learning Conference: June 14, 2016 at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center. Information will be sent when registration opens.

Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference and Conference: Please mark your calendars for the second annual GCPS Teaching and Learning Conference! This year, the conference will take place at the ISC on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 from 8 AM - 4 PM at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center. Several departments will offer pre-conference sessions on Wednesday, June 15 at various locations throughout the district. More details will come in February.

What: Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference

When: June 15, 2016

Where: Various locations throughout the district. More to come in February.

What: Teaching and Learning Conference

When: June 16-17, 2016 8:00am - 4:00pm

Where: J. Alvin Wilbanks Support Center

Report Card Timeline

Friday, January 15th - all grades, effort, comments should be entered by Midnight

Monday, January 18th - Student and Teacher Holiday - No School

Tuesday, January 19th - Homeroom teachers receive pdf to verify progress reports

Wednesday, January 20th - verification should be completed by 4 PM

Thursday, January 21st - begin printing report cards; last minute changes, make-ups, reprints

Friday, January 22nd - finish printing report cards and send home with students today

eCLASS and Cyber Days

It is very likely we will implement a Cyber Learning Day on the fourth(4th) day of inclement weather. Please work with Landa and your grade levels to have a plan in place should this occur. Attached is a link to Cyber Learning Day resources found in eCLASS.

Link to Cyber Learning Day 101 online.

Week at a Glance

January 18

No School ~ MLK Holiday

January 19

7:30 am arrival ~ Staff meeting


ACCESS Testing window opens

January 20

Grade Level Professional Learning ~ Fountas and Pinnell Assessment

Please complete report card verification by 4:00 pm

January 21

Learning Through the Arts ~ PreK/K (Cafeteria)

Great Depression Day ~ 5th Grade

Report card will be printed

January 22

Staff Goody Day ~ 2nd Grade parents

Midyear RBES are due (Attach updated profile sheets and sign off in the GTES tool)

Report cards go home ~ GMAS parent reports go home for students in grades 4 & 5

Looking Ahead

January 25

Chess Club

Computer Club

Readers Rally

January 26

7:30 am arrival ~ Learning Teams

Guitar Club

PTA Spirit Day ~ Chick-fil-A

January 27

Learning Through the Arts ~ 1st Grade

Grade Level Professional Learning

January 28

Grade Level Planning

January 29

Relay for Life ~ Warm and Cozy Pajama Day