The Parsons Happenings
February 5, 2021
In this edition...
New Assistant Superintendent Introduced
Dual Language Immersion Parent Information Zoom Meetings
2021-2022 GCPS Calendar and Calendar Adjustments
Music in Our Schools Month
Spring Book Fair Information
E-PLEX Afterschool Program
Media Center Updates
Picture Make Up Package Pick Up Info
PRYAA Youth Spring Baseball Registration
Message from Your Proud Principal
We've had a great first week of February celebrating the beginning of Black History Month, preparing for upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences, and keeping our focus on teaching & learning! One of my biggest highlights is to "Zoom In" on a few classes each day so that I can see wonderful work from our teachers and students. Each day I am in awe of how our teachers and students have adapted to this pandemic style of concurrent learning.
Part of our commitment to Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is for our school and district to receive feedback from our stakeholders...YOU, the parents. The district will be sending out communication via School Messenger on February 8th regarding how you can complete the survey digitally. I hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey so we can use the information to determine our local school goals for improvement. When we say we are STRONGER TOGETHER, it means we work together on areas of weakness that are going to help our students achieve and we celebrate our areas of strength so we can ensure we keep improving. After all, it is our students who benefit.
I hope everyone has a great 4 day week...that's right, no school on Friday, February 12th and Monday, February 15th.
Proud to be your Principal,
Introducing Dr. Kelli McCain as our new Assistant Superintendent
Dual Language Immersion Parent Meetings
RBES Parent Survey
District shares 2021-2022 Calendar and Calendar Adjustments for Spring 2021
Second semester calendar changes: all students will learn at home on digital learning days (January 26, March 2, March 16 and April 20). GCPS School Nutrition Program will provide lunches through curbside pick up on January 26, March 2, March 16, and April 20th from 11:15am to 12:30pm.
The new 2021-2022 calendar features an August 4th start, staggered return of students, and digital learning days throughout the year.
Music in Our Schools Month
During the month of March, schools across the nation celebrate "Music in Our Schools Month" (MIOSM) as an opportunity to bring awareness to school music programs. "The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children...MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages." - from the National Association for Music Education.
To celebrate at Parsons this year, I am encouraging students to complete the survey below so that I can learn more about their musical hobbies, instruments they play, songs they like to listen to, and what they love about music. I will be having some students help me graph the information so we can look at patterns in our students and share it with the school! Please encourage your students to fill out this survey. I will be collecting responses until February 15th. There are 11 questions; students can skip questions that may not apply to them. (For example, if they answer "no" to playing an instrument, they can skip the question that then asks what instrument they play). Please e-mail me with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Parsons Spring Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Parsons Tuesday, February 16 - Monday, March 1! We have many options for you to shop including Sidewalk Shopping in the Car Rider Lane on Wednesday, February 17th from 10AM - 6PM (except during Early Release dismissal) for all our parents, students, and digital learners. You can shop online from Scholastic and have the books delivered to your home; you can shop using the flyer or Google Form and have books ready to pick up at our regular Curbside Checkout or delivered to your child's classroom; and your child can shop in person if they are currently at school. We will be accepting a check made payable to Scholastic Book Fairs for the exact amount, a credit card on February 17th from a parent/guardian, and a Scholastic eWallet (you can load an amount with your credit card at home). Unfortunately, we will not be accepting cash at this Book Fair. Details and links are all in the Parent Letter. We hope you can get some great books at the Book Fair and Let's Raise Readers!
The following in-person classes will have the opportunity to shop at the Book Fair on the following days. Please either send in a check or load money using the Scholastic eWallet option if your child would like to purchase items from the Book Fair. Note: Any remaining funds on the Scholastic eWallet can be used at the Scholastic Online Store or at a future Scholastic Book Fair. You can also complete the Google Form for classroom delivery at any time during the fair. Remember you can come to our sidewalk shopping day from 10am-6pm (except during dismissal) on Wednesday, February 17th with your family.
- Melts, Lawson, Arrington, Simpson, Isom-Jones, Yoo --- Monday, February 22 & March 1
- Bradley, Pipe, Lee (1st), Davis, Perkerson, Kuny, Down, Vengurlekar, Russell --- Tuesday, February 16 & 23
- Na, Rogers, Cummings, Cline, Kim (2nd) --- Wednesday, February 24
- Wren, Sheppard, Vickers --- Thursday, February 18 & 25
- Cisic, Bonds, Bell --- Thursday, February 25
- Kim (KK), Gambrell, Lee (5th), Austin, Turk, Piper, Miller, Monaco, Park --- Friday, February 19 & 26
E-PLEX Afterschool Program
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
- A serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and socially interact
- An estimated 1 out of 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls are diagnosed with ASD
- More than 3.5 million Americans live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability
- ASD now affects 1 in 59 children
What can we do to help?
Autism Awareness at Parsons Elementary School
- Help bring awareness and support this great cause
- Watch out for various ways to raise funds
- Register online to donate or join our team @ Team Parsons https://www.autismspeaks.org/
- Be on the lookout for our annual t-shirt coming soon
- Join us for the annual Autism Walk. More information will come later.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
- DLI Virtual Parent Information Meeting ~ 6:00 pm (See info above)
Lunar New Year (Spring Festival)
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
Student Holiday (President's Day)
Lunar New Year, February 12, 2021
Parsons Elementary is made up of students from many diverse backgrounds. The Lunar New Year is celebrated by many Asian cultures around the world. Here is a highlight sent in by a parent to help you learn more about the Lunar New Year coming up on February 12th.
This year is the Year of the Ox. It is celebrated from February 11th to February 17th with February 11th being New Year's Eve. Families from near and far will come together and have dinner. The dinners are usually very elaborate. We wish our family members a "Happy New Year" and we receive red envelopes with money in them. This signifies a prosperous year. We celebrate for seven days and on the last day, we also have a feast for dinner. Happy Lunar New Year!
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, the 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.
No Curbside Pick Up
Media Center Information
All students can still get library books during digital days using curbside checkout. When ANY student is digital, curbside checkout is available. Curbside is not available for in-person students when they are actually in the school building. The Media Center staff always wears gloves and a mask when they handle books and also quarantine books based on GCPS guidelines. It is easy to check out books even if students are at home learning digitally. Here are some guidelines:
- Books must be placed on hold by midnight each Sunday night for pickup that week. They will go off hold if they are not picked up. All books are shelved each Friday and not held over to the following week. Students should only place books on hold if their parent/ neighbor/relative is able to pick up the books that particular week.
- Parents will receive an email on Monday morning letting them know the books are ready to pick up.
- Parents drive through the car rider lane on Wednesday or Thursday between 11:30 - 1:00 based on the first letter of their last name. A-M come on Wednesday & N-Z come on Thursday. Library books will be given through the window or placed in the trunk as requested. Parents will not exit their car.
- Students should place only one graphic novel and one book from a series on hold at a time so others can enjoy these books too.
Library books can be kept for 2 weeks before they need to be returned. When students are finished with a library book, they can return it either to curbside checkout or to the book return outside the front of the school. Books must be returned before new books are checked out. If students checked out books this week at school, those books need to be returned before getting new books.
- Students who are digital get to place one extra book on hold since they might not be able to get library books as often as in-person students. When students are learning from home, they are all considered digital learners for library curbside pickup.
- The Gwinnett County Public Library also offers curbside pickup with later hours and weekend pickup options. Students can login to the Public Library using their student number and 4-digit birthday as their pin just as they use for Beanstack to log reading minutes for the Parsons Schoolwide Reading Challenge.
- Visit Ms. Britt's eCLASS page for more information about curbside checkout along with videos to learn how to place a book on hold.
Picture Package Pick Up
Please contact Michelle Miller @ email@example.com with any questions.
Peachtree Ridge Youth Spring Baseball Registration
PTA wants to include you! This is your last chance to send in pictures for the yearbook. Please click here: https://forms.gle/TjNQN3q1PTPPzxEp6 to fill in a Google Form to upload pictures and answer a few short questions. Please fill in the form today.
The yearbooks are now on sale for $40 and are subject to limited availability. Yearbooks are on sale at www.mypaymentsplus.com. Beat the rush and guarantee your child receives a yearbook! Yearbooks will be delivered in May. Feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
ATTENTION DIGITAL STUDENTS: We need your portrait pictures for the Parsons Yearbook.
PTA wants to encourage parents to listen to this 20 minute podcast by award-winning author, Kwame Alexander about the importance of representation in kids’ literature.
Click this link for the podcast: https://www.pta.org/center-for-family-engagement/notes-from-the-backpack/talking-race-kidlit