Simonton ES Parent Newsletter

Friday, October 1, 2021

Every Student, Every Day, Deserves to Learn, Lead, & Excel!

Message from Ms. Perkins

Fall and the month of October have officially arrived. We are enjoying the cool mornings and warm afternoons. The students have enjoyed playing outside for recess in this weather.

Next week will be a short week of school. All Gwinnett County Public Schools will be closed for fall break on Thursday, October 7, 2021, Friday, October 8, 2021, and Monday, October 11, 2021. There will be no school for in-person or digital students. Classes will be back in session for both groups of students on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

Our entire school building is receiving a fresh coat of paint. Workers have finished the outside of the building and are moving indoors. Our walls will be bare until the work is completed. If your child has a health or respiratory concern that may be affected by the painting, please reach out to us here at the school.

Have a great weekend!

CQI in Kindergarten...

Upcoming Events:

October 6
  • Pajama Day ~ Sponsored by the SES Robotics Team

October 7 - 11

  • Fall Break ~ No School
October 12
  • Strong4Life Virtual Visit

October 12 - 15

  • PBIS Celebrations

October 15 - 22

  • Book Fair

November 4

  • Fall Picture Retake

Fall Break

No School October 7th, 8th, and 11th, 2021.

Lifetouch Fall Picture Day Retakes ~ RESCHEDULED!

Our retake Day was scheduled for Friday, October 15th. Lifetouch rescheduled this event for Thursday, November 4th. If your child(ren) are in need of having their pictures retaken, please mark this date change on your calendar.

Simonton Elementary School's PTA has a Facebook page!!!

Please click on the following link to see the Simonton ES PTA Facebook Page:

Simonton ES PTA Fundraiser Sale

The Simonton ES PTA fundraising campaign started on Monday and will end Monday, October 18, 2021. The purpose of this sale is to help raise funds for new educational supplies, learning equipment, and the various need of the students.


Sell 12 Items and win "The Game Truck Pizza Party!"

Check out your fundraiser packet for more details. Send questions to

Student Council Elections

What: Simonton's Student Council Elections

When: October 5th & 6th

Who: 4th, & 5th Grade (3rd Grade Vote)

The elections for officers (President, Vice President, Secretary) will be held on Tuesday, October 5th. This will be done via Google Forms. All 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade students will be allowed to vote. (More details to come as to voting procedures.)

Voting for class reps will be held on Wednesday, October 6th and will be done by paper ballot in individual 4th and 5th grade classrooms.


The annual review of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum is open and runs through Oct. 11. Parents, GCPS staff, students, and Gwinnett County residents may review proposed standards online, offering feedback on AKS that have been developed to align the curriculum with the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and/or Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). Feedback on this year’s AKS review may be submitted via an online AKS survey. Comments will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 11. Click here for a list of the courses with AKS under review

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

The application for free and reduced lunch is still available. If you received this service last year, and you feel you still qualify, you must complete an application again this year.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Frequently Asked Questions about free and reduced lunch

More Than Meals

It’s more than meals… Complete meal application by Oct. 21 for added benefits.

While breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge for all GCPS in-person and digital students this school year, it still pays to complete the Free and Reduced-price Meal Application.

Confirmed eligibility establishes a number of benefits for individual students such as free or discounted college-admissions tests, AP exams, and college applications; scholarship opportunities; and no- and low-cost access to technology and internet plans. In addition, the percentages of qualifying students at a school are used as a measure to secure additional federal funding (Title I) to support students and their education, promote family engagement, and provide additional technology and internet access. Title I funds pay for additional teachers, Parent Centers, additional learning opportunities for students, extra resources, added technology, and more.

National Elementary Honor Society

The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) chapter of Simonton Elementary School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to fourth and fifth students who meet the required standards in two areas of initial evaluation: scholarship (academic achievement) and responsibility. For students to be considered, they must have attended Simonton Elementary School for a minimum of one semester. General standards for selection are established by the national office of NEHS and have been revised to meet the needs of our school and fall within our strategic goals.

Students are selected to be members of NEHS by a faculty council, appointed by the principal, and supervised by an additional member of the faculty serving as the chapter adviser. The group awards the honor of membership to qualified students on behalf of the faculty of the school during each school year. Our NEHS chapter will conduct its selection procedures during the months of September and October.

For the scholarship criterion, a student must have had all A’s and/or B’s on the previous school year’s report cards. Those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a candidate information form that provides the faculty council with evidence of the candidate’s responsibility at home, at school, and in the community.

In addition, to evaluate a candidate’s level of responsibility, the faculty council uses two types of information: school administrative records and faculty input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s personal responsibility qualities. To determine membership, the faculty council carefully reviews these forms and the candidate information forms. A majority vote of the council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or nonselection according to a predetermined schedule established by the chapter.

Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all of the criteria that lead to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held monthly during the school year, and participation in other chapter service projects and activities.

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Fall and Winter Superfoods to Boost Immunity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are 9 million to 45 million cases of the flu each year. And with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to do what we can to stay healthy.

To fight the flu, healthcare experts suggest that everyone get an annual flu shot. In addition to following medical guidance, you can also stay healthy by eating certain immune-boosting, antioxidant-rich foods.

Antioxidants help your body fight free radicals, which cause damage to healthy cells. When healthy cells are damaged, they can lead to certain cancers, heart disease and the common cold. Eating foods rich in antioxidants can help build up the immune system.

Try adding these superfoods to your favorite meals. Most of these are in season for fall and winter, making them more affordable and easier to find.

Click on the link below to learn about these superfoods.

Simonton Elementary ~ What We Stand for


Simonton is committed to dynamic high quality instruction resulting in a passion for learning, leading and excelling.

Core Belief

Every Student Every Day, Deserves to Learn, Lead, and Excel


  • We commit to giving our students a fresh start every day.

  • We commit to preparing quality and engaging lessons that will prepare our students to be successful in school.

  • We commit to teaching, modeling and holding our students accountable for appropriate school behavior.

  • We commit to providing our students with a structured and safe learning environment.

  • We commit to a great year of learning, leading, and excelling

Simonton Elementary School

Superintendent- Dr. Calvin J. Watts

Assistant Superintendent- Dr. Terry Watlington

Board Member- Mr. Steven B. Knudsen

Principal- Tamara G. Perkins

Assistant Principal- Tifferney Dodd

Assistant Principal- Daphne Miles

Assistant Principal- Emily Young