Star News

"Where Every Child Is A Star!"

Final Edition May 18, 2020

Georgia Platinum Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2019!

2010 Georgia School of Excellence!

2012 and 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!

Message from Dr. Connery

Greetings Simpson Families,

It is so hard to believe that the school year is almost over! It seems that time has just flown by so quickly. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to work with the students, staff, and families of Simpson Elementary. Our school is definitely a sweet place to work and play. A special thank you also goes to our 2019-20 PTA Executive Board, Mallory Even (Co-President), Brittany Adams (Co-President), Heather Reich (Treasurer), Katie Berrigan (Secretary) and to the entire board for always going the extra mile to support our kids. Thank you for your dedicated time, service, and commitment to our students. On behalf of the entire school, we thank you for all of your hard work!

In addition, I have some awesome plans in the works for an educational and exciting upcoming school year. Based upon our RBES (Results-Based Evaluation System) Staff Surveys (2019) stated, more student engagement was encouraged with leadership opportunities. Therefore, we will be forming a Fifth Grade Peer Leadership Program, Friday Lunch Bunch (with the principal) for students in grades K-4, and a highly anticipated Georgia Gwinnett College Tour to prepare our fifth grade students for College & Career Readiness. Therefore, these are just a few of my teaching and learning expectations that I am looking forward to rolling out next year.

To end, I hope that you all enjoy the last few weeks of school and just know that I am always just a phone call away, if you are in need of anything throughout the summer.

Proud to be your principal,

Dr. Connery


We want to congratulate the Senior Class of 2020! In this new normal, they have truly shown perseverance throughout this entire semester. We are so proud of their resilience!

Virtual Graduation Dates attached below show the schedule for virtual graduations on GCPS TV and live streaming on the GCPS website. Additionally, each school’s graduation will be available on-demand after the broadcast/live stream. July Graduation Dates attached below show the schedule for the July in-person graduations, if conditions allow.

GCPS Virtual and In-Person Graduation Dates

Star News

This is the last Star News for the 2019/2020 School Year. We will keep families updated if new information is released from the district.

Happy Summer, Superstars!

Simpson Retiree Parade

There are not enough words to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude for giving our Simpson Elementary Retirees an exciting send off! Ms. McCain, Ms. Cawthon, Ms. Donaldson, Ms. Sim, and Ms. Sutton were greeted with approximately 135 school stakeholders present! We even had former high school students, retired staff, and also Ms. Bron Gayna Schmit in attendance! What a wonderful time we had honoring these outstanding leaders who have dedicated their lives to serving children. When there are uncertain times, we rise to overcome unorthodox challenges! I want to thank all of our Simpson Staff, Parents, Students, and The Van Duyne Family for making this a memorable event to remember!

Simpson Superstars Salute Mrs. Smith!

This is My Country

Superstars Shine Everywhere!

Alison B. (Dingler 5th) took the PSAT in the spring. She scored in the top 10% on the PSAT 8/9 when compared to national test takers four grades above her current grade level. WOW!

Personal Item Pick Up Schedule

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Counselors Corner - Covid-19 Assistance Resources

If your family or you know of a family in need at this time please see the link below for resources available or reach out to us.

Family Resources for Covid-19

K-2: Sheri Terry (

3-5: Roshan Finch (

GCPS and Gwinnett County Summer Meal Program

Book Mobile Summer Tour!

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GASP! Information for the 2020/2021 School Year

GASP! is a safe, fun & affordable after school option. Held right here at Simpson (no day care van ride), GASP! provides a healthy snack, homework help and non-stop, organized, fun activities for our students M-F until 6:30 pm, and the cost is $55/week! To register, visit or call 770-318-7848.
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Hello Simpson Families!

This is definitely not how we imagined our school year to end, but we can all agree, the safety and health of our families and children always come first. Thank you for everyone’s patience and understanding as we adjusted to a digital platform to close out this year.

We received approval from the National PTA and held a virtual General Meeting on May 6. During the call, we voted and approved the February GM notes, the Executive Board for

2020 – 2021 and the motion to change the annual dues in our bylaws. In case you were unable to join the call, you can view the slides here.

The Executive Board has also been taking this time to gear up for the new school year. We can’t wait to share our new spirit wear designs, PTA website, and the programs we have in store for 2020 – 2021!

Our PTA thrives due to the amazing volunteers and generous donations of our Simpson families and community partners. Thank you to all our parents, businesses, and Simpson staff for your donations, time, and commitment to the Simpson PTA this year.

We look forward to when we can all be together again shining bright.
Have a wonderful summer!
Mallory Even and Brittany Adams
2019-2020 Simpson PTA Co-Presidents


The Balfour printing facility is back open and working as quickly as possible to get 2019-2020 yearbooks printed for schools all over the country!

Our expected delivery date is mid-July. Since the estimated arrival falls right before Meet Your Teacher Day, we will continue with our plan to have a pick up table for this year's current K - 4th graders who purchased them at MYTD.

5th-grade families, we will send you an email as soon as the yearbooks arrive and will schedule a yearbook pick up day.

Thank you to all our Simpson families for your support and patience as we navigate and readjust our processes during these times. We know everyone is excited to get their yearbook and we are all looking forward to their arrival later this summer!


To our Simpson teachers and staff, We want to thank you for all that you do, both in the classroom and on your own time, to ensure the success of our children. Thank you for your continued commitment to building strong family-school partnerships and to making every child’s potential a reality!

To our business partners and restaurant donors, Thank you for your continued support to Simpson, our kids, and our community. We recognize the importance of strong school ­ community connections and we appreciate all of our sponsors.

To our PTA chair members, school administrators, teachers, and parents, Thank you for volunteering your time, energy, and resources to provide support to our school and children. We have one of the strongest PTA’s in our district and it truly shows when you walk to the halls of Simpson. Together we shine!


SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR! Online orders only!

Deadline: June 2, 2020

  1. Go to to place your order and to see a list of supplies included in the kit per grade.
  2. Remember to order the kit for the grade your child will be in NEXT YEAR (for example, current 4th grade students will order a 5th grade kit).
  3. Our school account number is SIM037.
  4. Please leave the shipping address as:

Simpson Elementary School

4525 E. Jones Bridge Rd.

Norcross, GA 30092

*Teachers have requested the items in each grade level kit.

*Please support this PTA fundraiser to provide Kleenex and hand sanitizer for all classrooms.

Questions? Contact Melanie Willenborg via

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Keep Clipping Box Tops and Scanning those Receipts over the Summer!

Remember to use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will automatically find the products and instantly add Box Tops to our school’s earnings online.

Thank you for supporting our school programs.

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