Parsons ES Partyline

Friday, March 25, 2016

Teacher Appreciation

I know that the celebration was a little earlier than usual. Knowing how busy the schedule becomes in May, our PTA wanted to be sure to find a time to appreciate the work of our staff. We will still celebrate National Teacher Appreciation week in May, but this is a nice way to prepare for spring break.

Local Heros

*Thank you Gretchen Huff for coming to Berkmar HS last Saturday to support the Readers Rally Team.

*Cara Steed for going the extra mile to make the day special for a teacher:-)

Formative Instructional Practice

Please be sure to view module #4 ~ Analyzing Data and Providing Effective Feedback before next Thursday. Be prepared to actively participate in the discussion.


Go to the PD&E tool to access the course. AS-Formative Instructional Practices (FIP)-School_2 PLU (2015-2016)

Staffing Update

The following teachers will be working with a different grade level next year. We appreciate their flexibility in supporting our students.


Kindergarten ~ Olivia Pennington

3rd Grade ~ Rob Arrington

4th Grade ~ Melanie Lawson

5th Grade ~ Elise Sheppard

Summer Professional Learning

There are many great learning opportunities this summer. I would like for at least one representative from each grade level to attend each workshop. Please communicate with one another and let me know who be attending the professional learning session. You will need to go to the PD&E tool to register all of the course except Math Institute. Please let me know if you need assistance with this. Thank you so much!!


Summer Math Institute: Parsons will be hosting week #2 of Summer Math Institute for the Peachtree Ridge and Collins Hill clusters. Misty Piper will serve as our site coordinator. Week #2 will take place June 6 - June 10, 2016here at Parsons. We will be in need of Host classroom teachers, teacher participants and student participants. More information will be sent at a later date.


Digital Learning Conference: June 14, 2016 at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center. Information will be sent when registration opens.


Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference and Conference: Please mark your calendars for the second annual GCPS Teaching and Learning Conference! This year, the conference will take place at the ISC on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 from 8 AM - 4 PM at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center. Several departments will offer pre-conference sessions on Wednesday, June 15 at various locations throughout the district. More details will come in February.


What: Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference

When: June 15, 2016

Where: Various locations throughout the district. More to come in February.


What: Teaching and Learning Conference

When: June 16-17, 2016 8:00am - 4:00pm

Where: J. Alvin Wilbanks Support Center


Units of Study for Writing

Amanda Hartmann, Senior Advisor for

Teachers College Reading and Writing

Project will address the newest

expectations in writing instruction.

Kindergarten, first, and second grade

teachers, coaches, and administrators

should attend to: learn to teach opinion,

information, and narrative writing with

increasing complexity and sophistication;

explore the importance of weaving in

engaging mentor texts to foster a strong

reading/writing connection; discover new

practices that create opportunities for

your students to write across the

curriculum; and unpack writing

frameworks and state standards so you

can better guide students to meet and

exceed high expectations. Teachers will

choose one of three days to attend.


Dates in June and July

Georgia Milestones Assessment

Enclosed with this week's Partyline is the GMAS schedule. The assessment will be administered April 18 - 29, 2016. All staff will be needed each day during this time.

Specials will be cancelled in the morning to assist with proctoring. A modified schedule will be shared soon. This will also effect other classes (SPED, FOCUS, EIP, etc...). These teachers will be needed to assist with makeups. Thank you for your flexibility.

Robotics Team/Lego League

We have an excited group of Peachtree Ridge HS students who would like to assist us with starting a robotics team here at Parsons. The students will assist with the projects and training our students. We will need a teacher sponsor from our school supervise and chaperon a few competitions. You do not need to have any experience or expertise in this area. The club would begin next school year. Let me know if you would be interested. Thanks!

Lockdown Practice

We will hold a hard lock down practice next week. Please be sure to review your safety manuals.

Choice Cards

Please communicate with Terry Roche is you would like changes to your grade level choice cards or if they will remain the same.

Week at a Glance

March 28

Third Grade Vision and Hearing Screening

Chess Club

Tennis Club

Computer Club

March 29

7:30 arrival ~ Staff Meeting

PreK/Kindergarten In House Field Trip ~ Bradley's old room (9:00 am)

Guitar Club

Spanish Club

Girls on the Run

March 30

Grade Level Planning

Girls on the Run

March 31

Grade Level Professional Learning ~ FIP Module #4

April 1

No School ~ Student and Staff Holiday


April 4-8, 2016 ~ No School ~ Spring Break

Looking Ahead

April 11

1st Grade Fieldtrip ~ INK (9:30 am)

Chess Club

Tennis Club

Computer Club

April 12

7:30 am arrival ~ All staff GMAS Training

Guitar Club

Spanish Club

Girls on the Run

Basketball Clinic

Area Board Meeting ~ Duluth HS (Reception @ 6:30 pm/Program begins @ 7:00 pm)

April 13

Grade Level Professional Learning

Girls on the Run

April 14

Grade Level Planning

Rising 6th Grade meeting ~ Hull MS

April 15

Label Ladies (Box Tops)

PTA Board Meeting ~ 9:00 am

Building Level Team Meeting ~ 9:00 am (Office Conference Room)

School Tour ~ 10:00 am (New families)

Parsonspalooza ~ 5:30 - 8:00 pm