The Parsons Happenings

Thursday, March 12, 2020

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Witzzle Pro Team

We are on an academic mountain top at Parsons! Our Math Witzzle Pro Team competed against other elementary schools in our cluster last Saturday and boy did they shine! The Witzzle Pro Team has met weekly since the beginning of the school year to prepare for this event and they represented The PRIDE so well. We want to congratulate our Parsons Elementary Math Witzzle Pro Team, along with their coaches Mrs. Melts and Mrs. Cummings. Way to Go!

Important Message from Mrs. Clark

Families of Parsons Elementary,

We've been washing our hands while we sing the ABCs because that is what you do at an elementary school-LOL!

While the Gwinnett County Public School System does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19, the district is aware of concerns in the community about the spread of this virus in our state and surrounding areas.

The district is closely monitoring this fluid situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Georgia Health Department, Gwinnett County Department of Health and the Georgia Department of Education.

Our priority is to ensure we are taking steps such as cleaning and disinfecting throughout the building to minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses. The following steps have been shared on the morning announcements with our students and staff to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing the ABCs) and/or use hand sanitizer often.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the cuff of your elbow.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Should the district make the decision to close schools, we need to be prepared for Digital Learning Days. We sent a survey home on Wednesday asking parents to share their access to technology at home. Digital Learning Days would require students to log on to the student portal daily to complete assignments posted by their teachers (No more than 3 to 4 hours). Just yesterday, our teachers were preparing for the potential of additional DL days and the use of ScreencastMatic where they could record themselves teaching and then post the video to eClass for students to view.

Our students have been using eClass in class and teachers post a weekly eClass homework assignment so that our students are familiar with the eClass tools. We feel confident that our staff and our students are ready for potential Digital Learning Days, if needed. I encourage you to talk to your kiddos about what the expectation at home would be if we were to have Digital Learning Days in the upcoming weeks.

We are a strong community and the interest of our students is of the utmost importance to us all. What lies ahead is unpredictable, but I hope you know that we take the safety and education of our students very seriously.

Please refer to the GCPS website for any further updates.

I hope you enjoy your three day weekend with your kiddos.

Proud to be Your Principal,

Mrs. Clark

Our Readers Rally Team Went Live on GCPS In5ive News. Clink on the link to see.

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5th Graders will be visiting Hull Middle School on Thursday, March 19th. We still can't believe they are just a few short months from being middle schoolers.

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We are focusing on Habit 5 for the month of March

As part of our character education, we are highlighting Habit 5. Habit 5 is all about being a good listener and thinking about others.
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Field Day is right around the corner. We can't wait for this special day and look forward to seeing our kiddos have a fun filled day!

Order Your Field Day T-Shirt By April 20th!

Author Sarah Weeks is Visiting Parsons

Author Sarah Weeks is coming to Parsons on Monday, March 23rd. If you are interested in buying one of her books or getting one of her books autographed please see the attached flyer.

District Board Member Visits Parsons

Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, our district board member, visited Parsons DLI Korean classrooms on Thursday. What an honor it was to share our Pride with her.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Please take the time to read the letter below from Gwinnett County Public Schools concerning the Coronavirus. Please also read the COVID-19 Flyer that contains information from the County Health Department on the virus.

Dual Language Immersion Program for 2020-2021

Do you have a rising Kindergarten student for the 2020-2021 school year, or do you have a friend who has a child entering kindergarten? If so, we are hosting a Dual Language Immersion Kindergarten Parent meeting to share information about our Korean DLI program. If you are interested or just want to learn more about your child participating in the DLI program for Kindergarten, you will need to attend one of the upcoming parent meetings. See the flyer below or visit our website for more information.
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Georgia Milestones for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades in April

Georgia Milestones begins April 7th and runs through April 28th. We know that our students will be well prepared for testing! Below you will find the flyers that include the dates that each grade will be testing.

You can find more information on GMAS, at the Georgia Departement of Education website. In addition, you can find more GMAS resources on this website too.

Promotion Criteria

The document below explains the 2019-2020 promotion requirements for each grade level. Please be aware of the requirements that are used for promotion.

Family Game Night

Enjoy playing games? Want to spend a fun evening with your family? Our 4th and 5th grade Student Council members are planning an exciting night for you! Student Council is hosting a Family Game Night on Wednesday, March 25th. Join us in the Cafeteria from 5:00-6:30pm for board games, a hula hoop competition, Family Feud, and more. You can even find out if you're smarter than a 5th grader! We can't wait to play with everyone!

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Chess Club ~ 3:30 pm

Tennis Club ~ 3:30 pm

Girls on the Run ~ 4:00 pm



Tapestry Art Exhibit at the ISC ~ PRHS artwork display March 17-23

St. Patrick's Day

Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm

Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm



Tapestry Art Exhibit at the ISC ~ PRHS artwork display March 17-23

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

Drama Kids ~ 3:30 pm

Tiger Jo's Takewon Do ~ 3:30 pm

Girls on the Run ~ 4:00 pm



Tapestry Art Exhibit at the ISC ~ PRHS artwork display March 17-23

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

5th graders visit Hull Middle School

Korean Language Club ~ 3:30 pm

Robotics Club ~ 3:45 pm



Tapestry Art Exhibit at the ISC ~ PRHS artwork display March 17-23

Student Council ~ 7:45 am

Box Top Ladies ~ 8:20 am

K Field Trip ~ Wildlife Wonders Zoo to You ~ 9:00 - 12:00 pm

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Student Checkout

Anyone checking out a child must present photo identification and be listed in our system as someone able to have access to the student. If you need to make changes to your list of approved emergency contacts, you may make changes on the Parent Portal or stop by the office to update this information. As a reminder, students may NOT be checked out after 3:00 PM.

For assistance in updating contact information on the parent portal, please visit

Class Placement Information: Parent Input

Forms due by April 17th.

Afternoon Transportation

All transportation changes must be made in writing.Whenever you need to make a change to your child's afternoon transportation plan, please complete an Afternoon Transportation Change Form, which can be found here or on our school's website, and send it in to your child's teacher. We will utilize this form to create the appropriate afternoon transportation pass. Please remember the GCPS Bus Rule: No passes will be issued for play dates, birthdays, weekend sleepovers, etc. For security reasons we DO NOT accept transportation changes through phone calls or emails.

Parsons Elementary School Vision and Mission

Vision: The vision of Parsons Elementary is to become a school of choice with a welcoming, safe and secure environment that provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to compete successfully in the 21st century and to be compassionate, conscientious, and productive leaders and citizens for our community, country, and world.

Mission: Parsons Elementary is a learning community that promotes individual academic excellence with a commitment to continuous improvement.

Motto: Achieving and believing


¨ All students can learn.

¨ Student learning is the primary focus of all decisions impacting the work of the school.

¨ Students learn in different ways and need to demonstrate their understanding of essential knowledge and skills as well as be actively engaged in solving problems and producing quality work.

¨ Our commitment to continuous improvement is imperative so our school can enable students to become confident, self-directed life-long learners.

¨ A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.

¨ Teachers, administrators, parents, and community share the responsibility for advancing the school’s mission.

Parsons Elementary Business Partners

We are so very thankful for our businesses in the area that have partnered with us this year. If you would like to get more information about how to become a Business Partner with Parsons, please contact Michelle Miller @
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