Star News

May 1, 2023

Greetings Simpson Families,

It is so hard to believe that the school year is almost over! It seems that time has just flown by so quickly. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to work with the students, staff, and families of Simpson Elementary. Our school is definitely a sweet place to work and play. A special thank you also goes to our 2022-2023 PTA Executive Board, Dana Zamuel (Co-President), Mary Catherine (Co-President), Lauren Forster (Treasurer), Katie Berrigan (Secretary), and to the entire board for always going the extra mile to support our kids. Thank you for your dedicated time, service, and commitment to our students. On behalf of the entire school, we thank you for all of your hard work!

To end, I hope that you all enjoy the last few weeks of school and just know that I am always just a phone call away if you are in need of anything throughout the summer.

Proud to be your principal,

Dr. Connery

Calendar Dates

May 9th- All Pro Dads at 7 AM

May 15th-19 Starburst (Field Day)

May 18th- PTA Spirit Night at Cue' BBQ

May 22nd-23rd End of Year Parties

May 24th - Fifth Grade Promotion & Last Day of School

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Please Save-the-Dates for our Simpson Starburst (field day) Schedule for May! Please see attachment for details and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Coach Halron.


We are making arrangements for our EOY Parties to be fun and engaging outside with music, inflatables, and icy pops!

Monday, May 22nd

2nd Grade (Beard, Burnett, Rose-Palmer, & Ford) 9:45 AM-10:45 AM

5th Grade 12-1 PM

PreK 1-2 PM

3rd Grade 2-3 PM

Tuesday, May 23rd

2nd Grade (Aronstein, Nash, Speer, Williams, & Van Sickler) 9:45-10:45 AM

1st Grade 10:50 - 11:50 AM

Kindergarten 1-2 PM

4th Grade 2-3 PM


Promotion from elementary school is a special event in every child’s life. We would like to make this event a memorable one for you and your child as he/she leaves Simpson and begins the transition to middle school. Our promotion ceremony will take place this year on the last day of school. Therefore, please see below for the 5th Grade Ceremony dates, times, and location below for details:

Where: Paul Duke STEM High School, located at 5850 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross, Georgia 30071

Time: Ceremony will be held from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM.

Rising K Academy Updates

Dear Rising Kindergarten Parents,

We are so delighted to have our Rising K students attend our 3rd Rising K Academy this summer. Each day will be filled with great lessons and an opportunity for your students to learn about Simpson. Their schedule is filled with interactive lessons, focused on literacy, math, and social emotional wellness. In a later email, you will find information about arrival and dismissal, lunch, and teacher information if you choose to enroll your student.

In order to register for Rising K Academy, you must complete the online registration process and meet with our SDMC to complete your school registration to officially become a Simpson Superstar. If you would like to enroll your student in our Rising K academy, you can complete the interest form below. Bus Transportation can be provided if you complete your registration by May 4, 2023.

Use this form to express your interest for your student to attend Simpson's Rising K Academy. Rising K academy is on a first come first serve basis.

Important Information

  • Dates: Star Search will begin on June 12-June 30th. (6/19/23 is a district wide holiday to celebrate Juneteenth)
  • Time: The school hours are from 8:00-2:00.
  • Location: This year it will be hosted at Peachtree Elementary, due to Simpson school renovations.
  • Transportation: Bus Transportation can be provided if you register and enroll by May 4, 2023. You can also bring your child through the car rider line.

Kindergarten Registration

Registration for the new school year opened on April 10, 2023.

All new student registrations (K-5) will be processed through the Gwinnett County Online Registration system (OLR). NOTE: Current students do not need to be registered for the next school year.

To determine which school serves your attendance zone, input your address HERE or call the Planning Department at 678-301-7085. Please note, the county has not designated Simpson ES as a permissive transfer school. To attend Simpson ES, students must reside in our attendance zone.

After you complete the process outlined on our website, you will be contacted and scheduled for an appointment to finalize registration. Please share this information with families who have rising Kindergarteners or new incoming students for the 2023-24 school year.

The Simpson ES Kindergarten Screening Day is on Thursday, May 4 is for registered students. Registration information is included below.

For more information, please visit Simpson’s registration page.


Simpson Superstar Parents,

Please note that we can only guarantee birthday party ice cream orders through Friday, May 12.

During the week of May 15, we will have daily ice cream sales only (no parties) and will continue daily sales until we are sold out.

Thank you!


Students cannot charge for food or lunch after April 30th. If your student does not have money already placed in their lunch account, they will be given an alternate meal (entrée and milk or juice). Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Faith Carr, Cafeteria Manager

Lunch Reminders...

Meal prices for elementary students below:

Student breakfast -$1.50

Student lunch -$2.25

Adult Breakfast -$2.50

Adult Lunch -$3.75

*The adult bar is available to both adult guests and staff throughout the school year.

A gentle reminder that outside vendor food (per district policy) is not allowed for students. Please reinforce providing lunch from home or utilizing the school meal plan.

Administrative & Counseling Team

Principal- Dr. Taffeta Connery

Assistant Principal- Ms. Brandy Bosak, Grades 1, 3, & 5

Assistant Principal- Ms. Jeanette Johnson, Grades K, 2, 4

Assistant Principal- Ms. Stephanie Wells, Special Needs & Connections

Counselors- Ms. Sheri Terry & Ms. Roshan Finch


Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:15 PM

All visitors must check in at the welcome desk and please be prepared to provide some form of identification upon request.

Students should arrive between 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM

Morning announcements and tardy bell rings at 8:50 AM

Dismissal bell rings at 3:20 PM

  • If you are checking out your child early from school, please do so on or before 2:45 PM. This leaves our bus lanes open for bus arrivals. Also, please remember that picture ID is required for all student check-outs. Thank you!

Car Rider Reminders

Simpson PBIS

Greetings Parents,

Beginning this school year in 2022, we will engage in Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) at Simpson Elementary to have a positive behavioral expectation schoolwide. PBIS is an approach schools use to promote school safety and good behavior. With PBIS, schools teach kids about behavior expectations, strategies, and with a primary focus on having a positive prevention, not consequences.

What is PBIS at our school?

A unified set of school wide expectations for behavior in our school. We are Simpson Superstars, so to ensure that students can easily comprehend our expectations, we have established a 5-star approach for appropriate behaviors posted throughout the school. Your child has been learning these expectations since the first few days of school.

What are the 5-Star Expectations at Simpson Elementary?

  1. Be Respectful
  2. Be Responsible
  3. Be Ready to Learn
  4. Be Safe
  5. Be Kind

As part of our PBIS process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students on the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:

  • Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.
  • Provide students with more praise than correction.
  • Talk to students with respect using positive voice tone.
  • Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.
  • Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.
  • Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit feedback.

The PBIS School store buying days are here! Please see below for grade level buying days which will occur during morning arrival: 8:20-8:55 AM.

PBIS Grade Level Incentive Days:

Monday - 4th Grade PBIS Incentive Day

Tuesday - 3rd & 5th Grade PBIS Incentive Day

Wednesday - 2nd Grade PBIS Incentive Day

Thursday - 1st Grade PBIS Incentive Day

Friday- PreK & Kindergarten PBIS Incentive Day

Notes from Nurse Norris

Our clinic is in need of pants and shorts! If you have any gently used clothes, please consider donating them to the clinic.

Thank you so much for all your support!

Need Afterschool Care?

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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CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Connery for winning the THE OUTSTANDING PRINCIPAL AWARD from the Area 2 PTA! We are so proud and lucky to have you as our Simpson Superstar!
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Starburst Volunteer Sign-Ups

K-1st Starburst Volunteer Sign-Up

2nd-5th Starburst Volunteer Sign-Up

Starburst is non-competitive event in which the students participate in over 40 centers & enjoy some extra time being active outside. Please remind your child to wear their Starburst shirt on this day.

Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be placed in small groups of 2-4 students. Parent volunteers will lead a group around to the centers. Peer leaders will be at each center to explain and demonstrate their activity. We also need a few volunteers to help with the student water coolers and popsicles. If you would like to volunteer for kindergarten or 1st grade starburst- Please click link :

2nd through 5th grade students are free to move about at their own pace choosing centers they would like to try. Parent volunteers for these grades will run and score the students scorecard. Parents will sign up for a center they want to work at when they arrive to the gym on the day they are volunteering. We also need a few volunteers to help with the student water coolers and popsicles. If you would like to volunteer for 2nd-5th grade starburst- click link:

Tuesday, May 16th
5th grade - 9:45 AM -11:30 AM
4th grade - 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Wednesday, May 17th
3rd grade - 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
2nd grade - 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Thursday, May 18th
1st grade - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
K- 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Friday, May 19th - rain make up day

Please send any questions to Misty Ratchford:

School Supply Packs - Order Deadline 6/19

Click to order school supply packs

Our school ID : SIM037

Pre-order your school supply kit for the 2023-2024 school year! Online ordering will close after Monday, June 19. All those who order by 6/19 will receive your student's kit at Meet Your Teacher Day in July.


Make sure your child has something on yearbook signing day!

Autograph books are available for $10 via Venmo @SimpsonPTA.

Deadline to order is May 12. Autograph books will be delivered to your child's classroom.

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MAY SPIRIT NIGHT at CUE BBQ : Thursday, May 18th, 5-9PM

Join us for the LAST Spirit Night of the school year at Cue BBQ on THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2023 from 5 - 9 pm. Please be sure to mention Simpson Elementary. See you there!

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All Pro Dads: May 9

Date: May 9, 2023

Time: 7:15 am

Location: Simpson cafeteria

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HUGE shoutout to:
  • Debbie Cicero and Sara Wiggins for an amazing Simpson Earth Week celebration and second Walk to School Day of the year!
  • Ms. Curry and the Kindergarten teachers and students for a wonderful singing performance!
  • Laura Pusateri for pulling together all the information for the school supply kits for all returning Simpson students next school year!
  • Lauren O'Connor and Stephanie Wamsley for the creation of the Simpson 2022-23 yearbook!
  • Jordan Mallory, Serena Suggs, Jillian Friedensohn, Laura Pusateri and Misty Ratchford for all their time and hard work as our PTA nominating committee this year!
  • Jessica Lee, Sara Wiggins and Kelly Loder for the organizing and distributing of the 5th Grade promotion signage! Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Simpson Superstars!
  • Phillip Larscheid and Tricia Wyatt from business partner The Stacey Wyatt Group and Collin Webb from Barrett Financial Group for the HUGE donation of dodgeballs, kickballs and soccer balls to Coach Halron!
  • Ms. Curry and the 5th Grade Simpson Singers for their awesome National Anthem performance at the Atlanta Braves game!

Business Sponsor SHOUTOUTS

Please get to know our BRONZE SPONSORS a little better!

Frost Salon:

Geoffrey and Jenn Frost opened Frost Salon in 2018.

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We are so proud of our team of unique individuals that carry out our vision in their own personal way."

Mibab Orthodontics:

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We strive to provide a setting where patients and their families can develop a bond with our team, knowing that their needs are of extreme importance to us. We treat every patient with dignity, respect and appreciation. Our purpose is not only to straighten teeth, but to improve lives through a lifetime of beautiful smiles."

Stacey Wyatt Real Estate Group:

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Our team is made up of highly trained, full-time, real estate professionals. We are known for our innovative and progressive marketing, cutting-edge negotiation techniques, and exceptional customer service. The Stacey Wyatt Real Estate Group is also known for their "Worry-Free Listing Program" with Flexible Commissions and their One Day Listing Agreement. Above all, we are committed to our mission which is to Care For Clients and Grow People."

Rockefeller: (Global Family Office-Jeter Reich Wealth Partners):

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