Star News

December 1, 2020

A Message from Dr. Connery

Dear Simpson Families,

Happy December! I hope this newsletter finds your family well and that your Thanksgiving break was a wonderful one.

I continue to be so proud of our students and the hard work they do each day. I also continue to be in awe of the dedicated staff here at Simpson who work hard to provide challenging and engaging lessons for our students. I want to that this time to thank our amazing PTA for their arrangements of our school spirit nights. I enjoyed spending time connecting with our Simpson families last month out on the patio at Marlow's Tavern. It was so much fun seeing so many smiling faces! Whether you decided to dine in or take out, thank you all again for your support! As a gentle reminder, a portion of the proceeds come directly back to support our local school. Finally, if you have not done so already, do not forget to add a special book this year to your child's holiday stocking! The Simpson Elementary Virtual Book Fair is still open until this Friday, December 4th. Please visit our school website for details and do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.

Happy holidays to all and have a safe upcoming winter break!

Proud to be your principal,

Dr. Taffeta Connery

Month At-A-Glance

December Calendar Dates:

December 4th: Last Day for Virtual Book Fair

December 9th: Conversation with Connery, 7:30 pm-8:15 pm via Zoom

December 10th: Picture Make-up Day

December 17th: Classroom Winter Parties

December 21st-January 7th: Winter Holiday Student Break

Simpson Holiday Calendar!


Let's end this first semester with a holiday filled with fun! If you like to have your Superstar join us, please feel to view our Simpson Holiday Calendar for details.

Happy Holidays!

Conversation with Connery

Do you want to know more about how to get involved and connect with our school? Dr. Connery will be hosting a ZOOM event with local school-community leaders (PTA and School Council) to discuss school leadership roles, opportunities, and various ways to get engaged! A Zoom link will be posted on our school eClass page by December 7th. I look forward to you all joining us soon.

Topic: Conversation with Connery

When: Wednesday, December 9th

Time: 7:30 pm- 8:15 pm

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2020-2021 Support Staff of the Year!

Simpson Superstars please join me in congratulating our 2020-2021 Support Staff of the Year, our head custodian Ms. Anne Elliott! She and her team are doing a tremendous job keeping our building safe and clean! Congratulations again Ms. Elliott!

A Beautiful Bench

A huge thank you to the Heintz Family, Simpson Kilometer Kids, Atlanta Track Club, and the entire Simpson Community for gifting us with a limited released recycled bench made with over 500 plastic water bottles from the 50th Annual Atlanta Peachtree Road Race!
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Girl Scouts Making Spirits Bright

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta invites non-Girl Scout members and lapsed members to attend an end-of-year holiday social to connect and reconnect with Girl Scouts. This event is FREE for girls’ grades K-12. Pick out your favorite holiday PJs, grab some hot cocoa, and join us for an evening of fun at our holiday workshop on December 10th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. virtually. Girls will engage in fun interactive activities to get a glimpse at what girls experience through Girl Scouts. We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you and your family. To register, click HERE. Note: Currently, registered Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta members who bring a non-Girl Scout friend are invited to attend our Holiday Extravaganza.
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GCPS is looking for Substitutes!

Gwinnett County Public Schools is hiring individuals with two or more years of college to work as part of our substitute team! This involves going out to local schools and providing instruction through an in-person, digital, or hybrid format – you get to choose the assignments that you accept and determine your own schedule! Daily rates range from $98/day to $120/day.

Feel free to contact Kay LaGrone or Rosa Brinkman at the Welcome Desk for more information!

A Reminder from Nurse Norris

Hello Superstars and Happy Holidays! Please remember to follow these important guidelines so we can continue to have a safe, healthy and fun school year!

Please keep your child home if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms:

-Fever of 100.4 or above -headache -sore throat

-cough -loss of taste or smell -congestion or runny nose

-fatigue -nausea or vomiting -diarrhea

-shortness of breath -muscle or body aches

If a student has symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19 while at school, they will be sent to the isolation room and you will be notified to pick them up immediately. We will be evaluating suspected cases on a case by case basis according to the Department of Public Health guidelines for when they can return to school.


If your child has medication that must be taken at school (inhalers, epi-pens, etc), please call the clinic at 770-417-2405 to schedule an appointment for medication drop off. All medications MUST be brought in by a parent. Students are not allowed to bring medications to school. Forms that need to be completed for medication and health plans are on the Simpson website on the clinic site:

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!

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Yearbook Update!

The 2020-2021 Simpson Elementary School yearbooks and 5th grade baby ads will be available for purchase starting December 20, 2020.

You must purchase your yearbook and baby ad by January 30, 2021.

Yearbooks will be available for purchase through Balfour ( Please be sure to select Simpson Elementary School in Norcross, GA. The cost will be $35 per yearbook and $15 per baby ad.

Questions? Contact the Yearbook Committee (

Special Education Staff Breakfasts

This is the PTA's 4th year of providing monthly breakfasts for these teachers and support staff; however, this year looks very different due to COVID-19 precautions. This year, we can provide ONLY prepackaged food from grocery stores or restaurants (no homemade items), so instead of asking for food from you, we are asking for gift cards! We have 8 Breakfasts scheduled for this year, and whatever donations we receive, we will divide between the 8 dates as best as possible.

You can sign up here:

THANK YOU for your generosity!

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Each month the Simpson PTA holds a breakfast for the special education team. Thank you to our Family Support and Outreach committee, Mallory Even, Mary Javed, and Erica Marshall, for coordinating these breakfasts and to all of the Simpson families that donate funds to make these happen.
On November 13, the Simpson staff enjoyed a thankful and grateful breakfast courtesy of Jennifer Holley Realty, Honey Baked Ham, and Maple Street Biscuit Company.

Thank you to our Staff Appreciation duo, Heidi Finnell and Michelle Le Reuter, for organizing this amazing staff breakfast and a superstar "Thank You" to our sponsors.


With the Box Tops for Education app, you can turn your everyday receipts into cash for Simpson. Please go to the PTA website for detailed instructions.

To enter our drawings, send a screenshot of the earning or activity section in the app or website and email it to

Learn to Code

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, students at Paul Duke STEM High School are offering free lessons on coding to anyone from kindergarten to adults! Anyone can learn to code, and our students are ready to teach you! All sessions will be virtual using video conferencing software, so you can do this from your own home.

If you're interested, please click the link below to sign up for any times you're available. Someone will reach out to the email address you provide. Hope to see you there!

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