The Parsons Happenings

December 17, 2021

Message from your Proud Principal

CDC International Travel Guidelines

GCPS Updated Masks Guidance

E-Plex Winter Camp

Coding Club

Gwinnett Student Media Festival

Schoolwide Reading Program: Biblionasium

Warming Stations

Afternoon Transportation

Student Check Out

GCPS is hiring Bus Drivers

Parsons on Social Media

Calendar of Events

PTA Happenings

Business Partners

Happy Holidays!

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Message from your Proud Principal

Amid big, bright, colorful, shiny artificial trees, Charlie Brown chose the least attractive tree of them all. He chose a little, wooden tree with just a few branches. As a lover of all things Charlie Brown, each year when I see this scene, I contemplate over and over again why Charlie Brown chose the least attractive tree of them all. Now everyone knows that Shultz had a purpose when he wrote this into his script, but it has always been left up to translation. You may have not ever noticed but Linus, prior to this scene, never lets go of his blue security blanket. It was in this moment, Linus uses his blanket to wrap around the base of the tree and says, "Maybe it just needs a little love." In that moment, the tree "awakens", stands tall and firm. I take this as a reminder that no matter who we are, a "little love" can make the difference. As we go into our winter break, may we find ways to show a little love to others and to feel love. Sometimes it only takes a little gesture of kindness to make the difference. Happy Holidays!

With much love this holiday season,

Mrs. Clark

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Traveling this Holiday Season?

CDC International Travel Guidance

Parents, if you are planning to travel during the holiday season, please make sure you are aware of the CDC quarantine information guidelines below.
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As of Jan. 4, 2022, Gwinnett County Public Schools will implement updated mask guidance based on community transmission as determined by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH)—

Masks will be required in all GCPS facilities during periods of “Substantial” or “High” community transmission.

When community transmission has been maintained at the “Moderate” level for two consecutive weeks, GCPS will transition to strongly recommending masks in all of its facilities. (This means that if Gwinnett County has been in the “Moderate” range for the two weeks prior to the beginning of the 2nd semester, students and staff will return in January with masks strongly recommended.)

Masks will still be mandated on buses in compliance with federal mandates.

On Monday, January 3, GCPS will communicate via SchoolMessenger and post on the district website the status of community transmission and mask guidance for students and staff returning to school and work that week.

Masks continue to be an important mitigation strategy in the fight against COVID. In addition to strongly recommending the use of masks during sustained “Moderate” levels of community transmission, GCPS will maintain current layered mitigation strategies. Families can monitor conditions at their school and within the district by reviewing GCPS’ COVID dashboard, which is updated daily on school days. Information about the level of community transmission, along with a link to the DPH, will be added to the GCPS website to allow families to easily find this information.

GCPS will continue to follow the Georgia DPH guidance regarding isolation for confirmed and probable cases and quarantine for those identified as close contacts.


  • During periods when masks are not required, students identified as close contacts will be required to quarantine unless they have been fully vaccinated or have had COVID within the last 90 days. During quarantine, students will earn asynchronously, accessing assignments through eCLASS or through materials provided by their teachers.

  • Note that during times when masks are required, quarantine protocols will follow the practices currently in place (no quarantine if both students are wearing masks, etc.)


  • There is no change for quarantine guidance for staff members—staff who are within six feet of a positive case for at least 15 minutes (with or without a mask) must quarantine unless they are fully vaccinated or have had COVID within the last 90 days.

As more of our community members are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine—including our youngest students—and there has been ongoing improvement in COVID conditions, GCPS leaders saw an opportunity to implement a metric that takes into account community transmission rates in its masking guidance.

Superintendent Dr. Calvin J. Watts explains, “When the decision was made to implement the mask mandate in July, primary considerations were the high transmission rates in the community and the fact that our students were ineligible for the vaccine. Since then, much progress has been made in terms of decreasing transmission rates of COVID-19 in our community and vaccinations are now available for individuals ages 5 and older.

“While I believe our GCPS mask requirement has helped us and our community to mitigate the spread of COVID, conditions have changed and we are at a point where we can and should revisit mask guidance. Know that GCPS will continue to strongly encourage masks during times of ‘Moderate’ and even ‘Low’ transmission as part of our layered mitigation strategies, and move quickly to reinstate the requirement for masks should community spread rise to the ‘Substantial’ or ‘High’ range.

“Experience over the last 20 months has taught us how quickly things can change. This plan provides the flexibility for our schools to safely manage that change. Working together, we will navigate the COVID-19 situation through the spring, ensuring we address the needs of students and staff.”

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Coding Club

Fourth and Fifth grade students who are interested in joining the Coding Club should complete the following application. Only 20 students will be accepted. Parents should complete the top portion and the student should complete the bottom portion. The club will be held in the morning before school beginning in January. The application is due by January 4th.

Meeting Day: Thursdays

Time: 7:30 am - 8:20 am

Coding Club Application

Thank you to Publix

This November, Publix partnered with GCPS to provide $20 gift cards to families across Gwinnett! These gift cards were distributed to all GCPS schools to support their homeless and foster families, with additional gift cards being donated to Title I schools to distribute to families who could benefit. And then to continue their generosity, Publix AGAIN provided $20 gift cards to schools in December to support homeless and foster families, with additional gift cards donated to ALL schools for any other families who could benefit. We received a total of 31 gift cards that were distributed to 18 of our families!

Author Visit: David Biedrzycki

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Schoolwide Reading Program: Biblionasium

Just a reminder that our Schoolwide Reading Program is in full force. We began in September, and it will continue through the end of March. Each student must have 2,500 reading minutes entered by the end of March to qualify for the reading reward in May. Minutes must be entered into Biblionasium. There is a help video on Mrs. Britt's Media Center eCLASS page. We have a monthly competition among grade levels, and 4th grade won for the month of October for having the most minutes entered. They earned an extra book checkout for the month of November. What grade level will be the winner for November? We want all of our students at Parsons to enjoy reading for pleasure and develop a love for reading. Please encourage your student(s) to enter their minutes into Biblionasium each week. The parent letter from Curriculum Night is attached for further information. In addition, your student(s) can continue to participate in the reading programs offered at the Gwinnett County Public Library such as Grow Good Readers, Feed Your Brain, and the yearly Summer Reading Challenge using Beanstack.

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 in the front office no later than 12:00 PM the day of the change. 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.

Student Check Out

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

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Winter Break ~ 12/18/21 to 1/5/22

Thursday, January 6, 2022

  • Begin 2nd Semester (Day #90) ~ Students Return
  • Christmas Day (Armenian Orthodox) Epiphany (Christian)
  • 7:45 am ~ Witzzle Pro
  • 3:30 pm ~ i9 Sports

Friday, January 7, 2022

  • Christmas Day (Eastern Orthodox)
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Parsons Elementary PTA

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