The Parsons Happenings

September 18, 2020

A message from your Proud Principal

Each week as I am planning for what message to share with our Parsons' community, I ponder on what is most important at the time. I felt compelled to share something that was shared with me this week during a much needed time of reflection. The song link below changed everything for me in one moment so I want to share it with you, "Good Job" sung by Alicia Keys and the One Voice Children's Choir.

As parents "you are the engine that makes things go". You are juggling work, finances, caring for your children, and supporting their education during a national pandemic. Sometimes as parents we feel guilty for spending too much time at work or if we take time away from work to be with our children. In all of this...You need to know you are doing a "GOOD JOB" and that you matter in the eyes of your kiddos.

I hope you find the song as touching as I did and hope you know as the "mothers, fathers, and teachers" we are our kiddos' disguised heroes. Thank you for being "the engine that keeps things going". Thank you for being their HERO!



Alicia Keys - Good Job | Cover by One Voice Children's Choir | A Tribute to Covid-19 Heroes

CogAT Testing

Well, we welcomed back many of our digital 1st, 2nd and 5th grade students this week for the administration of the CogAT Assessment. It was so great to see so many new, masked faces of our students (even if it was for only one day). We are so proud of our kiddos for putting forth so much effort and persevering through each section. As I was walking one of our first grade kiddos to the front to meet his mom after testing, he looked up at me with tired looking legs and arms and said, "Man, we finished the whole book!" He was right; they finished the entire CogAT Assessment in one day. So proud of our PRIDE!
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What does Stronger Together mean to you?

"Stronger Together is when you work hard together. You help each other out. Like we had a new student this week in our class. We were all really nice to her. We helped her get on eClass. I helped her get on Zoom. We worked together to figure it out."

~McKinsey in Ms. Cisic's 3rd grade class

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"Stronger Together is like a puzzle. I can be a piece of the puzzle but unless each piece comes together, we are not complete."

~Mrs. Hollstein, Kindergarten Teacher

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Want to share your thoughts of what it means to be STRONGER TOGETHER to be shared in an upcoming eNews? Just share your thoughts in an email to me,

GCPS to provide meals free of charge to students and to children 18 and younger

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted additional waiver extensions that allow school districts to offer meals at no charge through December 31 through the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). This extension, paired with guidance received from the Georgia Department of Education, will allow Gwinnett County Public Schools to offer meals at no charge at school sites to all students. These meals are provided at no cost to the individual through the federal School Nutrition Program.

Students Attending School In-Person

Those attending school in-person will 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 11:15am and 12:30pm. Each day’s pick-up includes both breakfast and lunch. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals.

Parsons' curbside pick up is in the bus lane located in the front of the building.

(Click here for a list of the 132 schools offering curbside pick-up.)

Curbside Pick-up for Others 18 Years of Age or Younger:

As part of the Seamless Summer Option, curbside pick-up meals also 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.

Gwinnett County Public Schools encourages families who are eligible for the Free & Reduced Meal Program to complete the annual application to ensure meal benefits continue when this waiver expires. The application is available on the GCPS website or at

Please contact Nicole Nowell, Cafeteria Manager, at or

(678) 512-6010 with any questions.

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Monday, 9/21/20

  • International Day of Peace
  • Reflections Fine Arts Competition collection starts
  • PTA Fundraiser Ending Celebration - Parent Zoom Chat Party 1:00 pm

Tuesday, 9/22/20
  • First Day of Autumn

Thursday, 9/24/20
  • Reflections Fine Arts Competition collection deadline

Friday, 9/25/20

  • Staff Goody Day (4th and 5th grade parents send in packaged healthy snacks)
  • 10:00 am ~ Parsons Virtual School Council Meeting
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Hispanic Heritage Month

At Parsons, we take much pride in our diverse population. It is important for us to celebrate the many different cultures that make up our PRIDE. Each year, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America. Started in 1968 by Congress as Hispanic Heritage Week, it was expanded to a month in 1988. In celebration, we will be doing many activities that honor Hispanic Heritage.

Here are a few things you can do at home:

  • Kiddos love poetry. Why not read read Hispanic poetry. Try the poems of Francisco X. Alarcón, such as “My Mother’s Hands” from Angels Ride Bikes and “Keys to the Universe” in From the Bellybutton of the Moon. Both poems underscore the importance of learning from other cultures.
  • Love to eat food from other cultures? Eat Salvadorian street food with your family. Peel a green mango and cut into small slices. Drizzle slices with lime juice, roasted pumpkin seeds (or pepitas), and a pinch of salt. Enjoy!

You can also visit the website below for more great activities. Our goal is to have our kiddos exposed to the many different cultures that make up our Parsons PRIDE.

Ice Cream Sales begin for in person students on Monday, September 21st. All ice creams are $1

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Media Center Information

Are you ready for some books? If you didn't come for Media Center Curbside Checkout this week, you can come next week. You now access the Media Catalog through the icon on the eCLASS landing page. All you have to do is place your books on hold by midnight this Sunday and you can pick up your books during our curbside pickup times in the Car Rider Lane. See the flyer for more details including the days and times for your pickup. Hope to see you next week to get new books!

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

Do 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 all the way 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

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Please sign off on the following forms in MyPaymentsPlus

The orientation forms are...

  • The Parsons Parent/Student Handbook
  • The GCPS Parent/Student Handbook
  • Attendance Protocol
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Grade Level AKS

Please consider contributing for the following items in MyPaymentsPlus

The contributions are...

  • Agenda
  • Clinic Supply Contribution
  • Headphones
  • PTA Dues
  • Yearbook
  • Social Studies Weekly for 2nd and 4th Grades ONLY
  • Supply Contribution
  • Technology Supply Contribution
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Fundraiser Update

We still have until Sunday at midnight to make your donations for our fundraiser. You have all done so much to help out. Every dollar will count towards the programs that support our kids, our teachers and the school. Room parties, Teacher grants, Books for teachers, School improvement projects, Media center Book mobile, Author visits, Teacher and Staff lunch, Kindness Cub, Reflections and so much more.

We have just TWO more days to make a difference. DONATE NOW!! Thank you.


Katherine Johnson and Mabel Goldsmith

PTA Co-Presidents

Please send any questions to

2020 Reflections Competition: Let's Get Creative!

This year's theme for Reflections is "I Matter Because..." Visit the Parsons' PTA website for more information and the entry form.

We will begin collecting your 2020 Reflections on September 21st, and the final day to drop off submissions is Thursday, the 24th. You can drop off at the front office or in the media center curbside book drop off on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 11:30 to 1:00.

2020-2021 Reflections Call for Entries

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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Message from your Proud Principal, Laura Clark