Star News

January 2023

Dear Simpson families,

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing winter break. We are very excited to begin the second half of the school year. As we look towards the future and the new year, I want to take a moment to thank you for the many ways you support our efforts in providing an outstanding education for your children. As we begin the second semester of school, as a gentle reminder I want to take this time to communicate student attendance.

Attendance is important to academic success. Please continue to make sure that students attend school every day, arrive on time, and remain at school for the entire day (unless they are sick or ill). Please make sure that they arrive on time to start the day off right and ready to learn. We want to make sure your child is ready for a great start in the new year!

If you have any questions regarding attendance, please feel free to contact one of our caring counselors, Ms. Sheri Terry. As always, I thank you in advance for your support, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. On behalf of the entire Simpson Elementary Staff, Happy 2023! I can not wait to begin this new year with you!

Proud to be your principal,

Dr. Taffeta Connery

January Calendar Dates

January 5-Students Return to School

January 6-Spelling Bee Finals

January 16-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-Student and Staff Holiday

January 19-PTA Spirit Night-Latin Fresh

January 19-Science Fair 5:00-7:00 pm

January 26-PTA Talent Show 6:00 pm

Our Simpson Annual School-Wide Spelling Bee will be held on January 6, 2023 at 9:00 am in our School Cafeteria. We will provide live streaming of the Spelling Bee from our school website. Looking forward to celebrating our winners on January 6th!
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Please save the date for this year's Science, Engineering, and Innovation Fair. The Simpson Science Fair will be held on January 19, 2023, from 5pm-7pm. There are 7 categories for this year's fair. The categories are as follows:

  1. Simple Machine Solution

  2. It’s Electric!

  3. A Clean Neighborhood Park

  4. Boom, Boom, Flash!

  5. Plant and Animal SuperPowers!

  6. Student Choice: Robotic Solutions

  7. Student Choice: Open

For a full list of the Driving Questions and further information, please visit our Simpson Science Fair Google Classroom (Class Code: hdmmcek). Trophies will be awarded to the top three winners of each category. The winners then will move onto regionals. Students may choose to work alone or in groups (up to 3 students). For more information, please reach out to Ms. Boalch, Ms. Arnold, or Ms. Johnson.

Greetings Superstar Parents,

We are so excited to welcome you back to school to join your child during lunch hours. I wanted to share some ice cream updates with you in the new year. Therefore, if you desire to purchase ice cream for your child, you are welcome to do so at any time.

However, we are currently experiencing children upset upon leaving the cafeteria during lunch because some parents purchased ice cream for their child and decided to purchase additional ice cream for select group of children in the same class. Therefore, you are welcome to purchase ice cream for your child, but please do not purchase additional ice cream for just a few children, unless it is for the entire class or for a class birthday. I thank you in advance for your support and please do not hesitate to contact the me if you have any questions.

Thank you kindly,

Dr. Connery, Principal

GCPS Students will have access to a meal (breakfast and lunch) throughout the year for each child. However, due to the expiration of USDA Covid-19 waivers, students will now be charged for meals based on their individual eligibility for 2022-2023 School Year.

Therefore, student meals will return to full price or if desire, please complete a free/reduced lunch application on-line via our school website.

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

School Lunch & Parental Visitation

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!

Follow a Recipe for Success: Join the Café Gwinnett Team!

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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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January Spirit Night - January 19th

All day Thursday, January 19th, visit Latin Fresh and mention Simpson for takeout or dine-in and a portion of the sales will go to the Simpson PTA!
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Simpson's Got Talent!

Don't miss your Simpson Superstars perform at the upcoming Simpson's Got Talent Show!

Mark your calendars!

Simpson's Got Talent Show

  • Date: January 26, 2023
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Simpson Elementary Cafeteria

SAVE THE DATE! Father/Daughter Dance


The Father/Daughter "Sweetheart" Dance

  • Date: February 9, 2023
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Paul Duke High School

More details regarding ticket sales coming soon!


A HUGE thank you to:

Bridget Langley for the amazing creative display for The Giving Tree and to Ms. Terry for all her hard work to make it a huge success!

Ms. Curry and The Simpson Singers for the wonderful winter performance at The Holiday Glow event at The Town Center.

Ms. Arnold and Ms. Karen Turner for all their time and hard work helping The Simpson RoboStars robotics team make it to the next level of competition!

Kelly Loder for creating and delivering the cute new Simpson winter spiritwear!

Michelle Reuter, Samantha Morgan, and all the parent volunteers who helped make the Staff Appreciation Holiday Feast the best ever!

ALL of the Class Coordinator Volunteers for organizing fantastic winter parties for every student to enjoy.


Yearbooks are on sale now! Be sure to order your yearbook now to guarantee your copy.

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