The Parsons Happenings

October 30, 2020

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Standard Time begins Sunday, November 1st!

Challenges of 2020

Well, 2020 continues to present challenges and Hurricane Zeta is just another one. I know many of you have been without power and internet which has made digital learning impossible. The school has had no power or internet as well. Please do not worry, teachers will be working with students to ensure that no one misses instruction from the past few days.

Our theme this year is STRONGER TOGETHER and because of this unity, we will get through ALL that comes our way! I hope all our Parsons' families are safe and endured minimal damage to your homes. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or needs. Have a great weekend!

Halloween Safety

Many parents are wondering if trick-or-treating will be safe this year during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its first guidance for the holidays, including Halloween, in a new posting on their website.

Door-to-door trick-or-treating has been discouraged this year due to the pandemic; however, many communities have released guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19 while still allowing children to participate in this annual event. Some neighborhoods are having drive-way trick or treating or trunk or treating which keeps the event outdoors and allows for social distancing. It has also been recommended that parents wipe down candies or allow them to sit for a few days.

Safety Tips:

  • Wear face masks to prevent the spread
  • Ensure social distancing from those not in your immediate family
  • Do not enter neighboring houses

Low risk Halloween activities:

  • Carving pumpkins and decorating your home
  • Outdoor scavenger hunts
  • Virtual costume contests
  • Hosting a movie night with household members
  • Drive way Trick or Treating with social distancing
  • Individually wrapped candies

The CDC suggests, "doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance," as a fun event for children.

In addition to people taking precautions due to the ongoing pandemic, we also need to remember the usual Halloween safety tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings by staying off your phone unless making a call, especially while supervising children.
  • Make your child’s costume distinguishable and safe by using glow bracelets/sticks, reflective tape, lights or other items.
  • Inspect all treats collected and discard anything that is not sealed.
  • Remind children to walk and don’t run on sidewalks or near the edge of the roadway.
  • Remind children to stay in front of residences giving out candy and NEVER enter a residence.
  • Have a plan in case you and your child get separated.
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Monday, 11/2/20

  • Detailed Progress Reports emailed to parents
  • Mock Election extended to today to students unable to get on and vote 10/30/20

Tuesday, 11/3/20
  • Student/Teacher Holiday
  • Election Day

Wednesday, 11/4/20

  • 10:00 am ~ State-wide Severe Weather Drill

Thursday, 11/5/20

  • Fall Picture Day (Gym) ~ Digital students see instructions below
  • Chick Fil A Spirit Night

Friday, 11/6/20

  • Box Top Collection Day
  • 9:00 am ~ PTA Zoom Meeting


Due to many of our teachers not having access to the internet, we will NOT be emailing detailed progress reports to parents on Friday, as scheduled. Teachers will email detailed reports Monday afternoon.

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Parsons Fall Picture Day is Thursday, November 5th!

Due to the pandemic, Lifetouch will not be sending home flyers this year. Instead, everything will be online. See the link below for instructions on purchasing picture packages.

Digital Student Picture Day Instructions

Picture Day is coming up Thursday, November 5th. We will have a camera set up for digital students to use in the gym between 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Parents will park in the car rider parking lot, walk your student to the gym door and wait by the gym for your student to return. There will be a staff member there to check students in and get them prepared. Parents and students must wear masks and stay socially distanced while waiting. The wait time should be minimal. Students need to bring a card with them to give to the photographer with the following information:

Teacher Name/Grade

Student Name

Student ID

Parent Preference for 2nd Semester Learning

As of October 28th, Gwinnett parents and guardians need to make a decision about how their children will learn during the second semester. Like this semester, families may select either in-person instruction at their child’s school or digital learning at home. As students and families are more familiar with these two options and what they entail, the decisions families make will be for the entire semester.

The Spring Instructional Preference Questionnaire will be available in your Parent Portal account October 28 through 11:59 p.m. on November 15.

Administration will use the survey data to determine a school wide plan for second semester. Until we have the parent preference results we will not be able to determine if any changes will be made. It is always our goal to make the least amount of changes possible and keep consistency for the students and teachers. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please refer to the information below titled, GCPS Parent Portal: 24/7 Access to Resources for your Student.

GCPS Parent Portal: 24/7 Access to Resources for Your Student

We know that families want easy access in one location to find important information about their student's education. Just as important, you want an easy way to stay in touch with the school. The Updated Parent Portal gives parents access to grades, assignments, and communication with teachers. The Parent Portal gives families a direct line to the classroom, with 24/7 real-time information and anytime, anywhere access, with in-portal translation in multiple languages. And that's just the beginning...If you currently do not have a Parent Portal account, click here to access the form to request one.

Parent Portal Registration Form

(Form in other languages: Bosanski / Srpski / Hrvatski 中文 한국어 Español Tiếng Việt)

Want to learn more about the Parent Portal and the direct line it provides parents to the classroom?

Parent Portal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
(Flyer in other languages coming soon: Bosanski / Srpski / Hrvatski 中文 한국어 Español Tiếng Việt)

Watch the video below or click here to read about the Parent Portal.

(Flyer in other languages: Bosanski / Srpski / Hrvatski 中文 한국어 Español Tiếng Việt)

USDA extends Free Lunches for ALL Gwinnett children through the end of the school year

Thanks to the USDA waiver extensions issued on October 9, Gwinnett County Public Schools is able to offer both breakfast and lunch on school days to all Gwinnett children, ages 18 and younger, at no charge through the end of the school year, including children who are not school-aged and children who are not GCPS students. (Note that GCPS does not provide meals on weekends or on scheduled student holidays.)

These meals are provided at no cost to the individual through the Federal School Nutrition Program. How are meals distributed?

  • Students Attending School In-Person
    Those attending school in-person receive meals free-of-charge during their school’s scheduled meal times.

  • Curbside Pick-up for Digital Learners
    Digital learners may pick up meals through the curbside pick-up programs at each school, Monday through Friday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Families should check with their local school for specific curbside pick-up times and the location of the pick-up program. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals.

  • Curbside Pick-up for Others 18 Years of Age or Younger:
    In addition, as part of the Seamless Summer Option, curbside pick-up meals will be available at no charge to anyone 18 years of age or younger, even to children who are not a GCPS student. Please check with your local school for curbside pick-up times and the location of the pick-up program. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals.

Parsons has been assigned a new Interim Assistant Superintendent

In the latest leadership appointments approved by the Gwinnett Board of Education, Dr. Pam Williams, our current Assistant Superintendent, will serve as the new Chief of Staff following the retirement of Berney Kirkland. We appreciate Dr. Williams and all the support she has provided Parsons ES over the last year and a half. She is an amazing leader and will continue to support the stakeholders of Gwinnett County Public Schools as the new Chief of Staff.

As Dr. Williams transitions to her new position, Parsons has been assigned an interim Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Clifton Alexander. Mr. Alexander currently serves the Collins Hill, Grayson, North Gwinnett, and Parkview elementary clusters and now the newest assignment of supporting the AWESOME Peachtree Ridge cluster elementary schools. Mr. Alexander has been a teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal in Gwinnett County prior to being named an Assistant Superintendent two years ago. He is an exemplary leader and educator and we look forward to him supporting Parsons as our Interim Assistant Superintendent.

The Strategic Direction 2020-2030

To prepare for the next decade, GCPS launched a community-wide campaign to invite input on updating its Strategic Priorities for 2010-2020. That update is called the Strategic Direction for 2020-2030. Like its predecessor, it will be a significant guide for the school system’s work, now and in the future.

Learn more about our Strategic Direction and the drivers that will help the school district build upon what is best about it today to ensure it becomes the best it can be tomorrow… a system of world-class schools.


The Georgia Council on Economic Education (GCEE) is hosting a fun night of games, prizes, and financial literacy for students ages 5-12 and their families on November 12 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Please read this attached flyer.

GCEE is awarding the following prizes:

- a $10 gift card from Kroger or Publix for each family attending the entire event and completing the survey

- a $20 gift card for one family chosen randomly per activity (five activities in all)

Online Safety & Privacy

This month, Gwinnett County Public Schools' "Think Before You Post" campaign is focusing on online safety and privacy. Let's face it... it's a crazy world out there, literally and virtually! From the time children are born, parents teach them how to be safe. "Don't talk to strangers an look both ways before crossing the street." However, sometimes, we don't share those same types of safety lessons when it comes to online activities. It is critical for kids to understand the importance of being safe and smart online, and how their activities online can have an impact on their lives. So check out the resources below that highlight how to help kids navigate the online world, while minimizing the risks.

Here are some resources for parents:

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AKS at Home provides online resources for families. AKS at Home provides math and language arts resources to support families, along with live and recorded sessions, tip sheets, and more.

Calendar Preference for SY2021-2022

It's time for the Parsons' community to determine our preference for the GCPS 2021-2022 school year. Please view the 3 calendar options below and complete the Google Survey to select your choice. Our school preference will be submitted to the district on November 12.

2020-2021 Gwinnett County Public Schools Promotion Criteria

Doing our part to stop the spread of Covid-19

Please use the COVID-19 Morning Checklist to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Please continue to follow the guidelines each morning when sending your in person student to school. We have seen a slight increase of cases in Gwinnett and we want to make sure we are ALL doing our part.

Each school in our district has a trained Health Response Team (HRT). If a suspected case of Covid-19 is reported at our school, this team follows set guidelines and procedures. Please be assured that you will be contacted by an HRT member if your child has been identified as 'close contact' to someone in our school who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The most important thing we can do is continue to wear our masks, practice social distancing, and wash hands regularly. We are #STRONGERTOGETHER when we all do our part.


On Nov. 3, citizens of Gwinnett County will vote to extend the 1 penny sales tax. Please review the links below for more information. Make your vote count!

Link to E-SPLOST referendum information found on GCPS web page

  1. 4 Things to Know
  2. E-SPLOST Information
  3. Joint Resolution Calling for E-SPLOST
  4. E-SPLOST Project List
  5. Q and A on E-SPLOST
  6. SPLOST V Audit
  7. Ballot Question
  8. Voter Information

Media Center Information

Unfortunately, there was no curbside pickup on Thursday due to the Digital Learning Day. We will hold your books to pick up next Wednesday, November 4th. Just a reminder that school will be closed on Tuesday due to Election Day. There will be no curbside pickup Tuesday, but you can pick up your books on Wednesday as well. Hope to see you next week for Curbside Checkout! Just make sure you place all books on hold no later than midnight this Sunday. You will receive an email on Monday morning if they are ready for the week.

Parsons School-Wide Reading Program

The Parsons School-Wide Reading Program is here. Watch this video to learn more about how to participate.

How to register for the Parsons Reading Challenge

Did you know you have to register for the Parsons Reading Challenge each year just like you register for the Summer Reading Program? You also need to change your homeroom teacher's name in the name field and your new grade level. You already have an account. Your username is your student number, and your PIN is your 4-digit birthday. You have until the end of March to complete the program. You need to enter at least 2500 minutes to earn the reward in the spring. There are monthly competitions along the way. You can earn a badge just by registering and another badge by editing your profile following the directions in the video. Let's get reading, Parsons! Click here to sign in. Beanstack

Beanstack How to Join the Challenge and Edit Profile.mp4

Congrats Parsons Cubs!

Thank you for your participation in our Stop Bully Behavior Challenges. We are so proud of our Parsons Cubs. We had many Parsons Cubs participate and would like to congratulate all of our winners. Below are the winners from our final challenge:

Winner Names to be announced next week.

All parents of winners have received an email to confirm their prize selection. If there are questions, please reach out to

Week 3 Unity Tree Winners!

Our Week 3 Unity Tree winners will be announced next week.

Our Week 3 Brain Pop winners will be announced next week.

Thanks for being a Parsons Cub against bully behavior.

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Visit NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.Gov for more information and resources.This month's recommended book from the Social Studies Children's Book List is We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell. The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah. Click here for a read aloud of the book on Youtube.

Diwali Festival of Lights

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.
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The next PTA meeting by Zoom is on November 6th at 9:00 am. Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 795 8921 9374 PASSCODE: lioncub

Box Top App

Download the Box Top App. Shop at Walmart, Costco & Kroger, and then scan the receipt. Scan old receipts too, up to 14 days old, and earn money for the school. Every dime helps. This is so much easier than clipping Box Tops!! Give it a try!
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Parsons Business Partners 2020-2021

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