September 1, 2023
Every Student, Every Day Deserves to Learn, Lead, & Excel!
Message from Our Principal, Ms. Perkins:
Next Friday, September 8, 2023, the Simonton ES PTA will host a fall festival. Bring the whole family out for food, games, and fun. The festival will take place in the back playground from 5:00 - 8:00 am.
All schools will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2023, due to Labor Day. Our doors will open on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 for all students.
Have a wonderful weekend!
EES Student Wellness Screener
The screener will provide our school and district staff with valuable data about the academic, social, and emotional needs of students. The results will be used to identify students needing additional support in the areas of Academic Behaviors, Social Behaviors, and Emotional Behaviors. The 22-item screener should take students less than 10 minutes to complete.
The Wellness Screener will be available to Gwinnett County Public Schools students September 5 through September 15, 2023; students will complete the screener at school.
As part of our process, school district leaders want to make parents and caregivers aware of this screener, familiarize them with the questions students will be asked, and offer the opportunity for them to opt their child out of taking the screener.
Please click the links below for additional information...including how to view the screener questions, and how to opt out of the screener.
Upcoming Events at Simonton
Monday, September 4
- Labor Day ~ No School
Tuesday, Septemebr 5- Wednesday, September 13
- Student Wellness Screener (Grades 3-5)
Friday, September 8
- PTA Fall Festival ~ 5:00-8:00 pm
Monday, September 11
- Grandparents Day
Thursday, September 14
- Robotics Club ~ Pajama Day
Friday, September 15
- Digital Learning Day #1
Friday, September 22
- School Tours (New Families) ~ 10:00-11:00 am
From our Counselors...
Simonton ES Local School Council
We invite parents to join us for our Simonton ES Local School Council meeting. Local School Council meetings will be held four times during the school year. Meetings will take place in person at the local school.
The purpose of the Council is three-fold:
I. To help the local board of education develop and nurture participation.
II. To bring parents and the community together with teachers and school administrators to create a better understanding of and mutual respect for each other's concerns.
III. To share ideas for school improvement.
Remaining Meeting Dates: September 8, January 12, 2024, March 22, 2024 and May 3, 2024
Meeting Time: 9:00 am
Location: Simonton ES
Draft Agenda Items
Local School Council Orientation
Election of Officers
- Early Intervention Program
- Simonton ES Strategic Goals
- Simonton Celebrating 30 years
- Simonton ES Student Enrollment
- Simonton ES Safety Plan
- Simonton ES Discipline Report
If you are interested in attending the Simonton ES Local School Council meetings please click on the link below.
Currently, the Sparkling Juice is available in 2 flavors: Strawberry Kiwi & Fruit Punch. The baked chips are Sour Cream & Onion and BBQ. The Doritos are Cool Ranch & Nacho Cheese.
Information for Parents: New Resource for K-5 English Language Arts
Simonton ES Reflections Workshop
Are you looking for extra help with your child’s Reflections entry?
Come and join us for the work sessions!
Where: Simonton Parent Center
Time: 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Please RSVP by Friday (9/1/23) to Mrs. Saha by filling out the flyer below.
Simonton ES Handbook Highlights
Arrival/Dismissal of Students
Students are expected to be at school on time and not leave unless they have permission. Staff members are involved in planning, conferencing, and staff meetings prior to 7:45 am. Students may NOT be dropped off BEFORE this time. At 7:45 am students should be dropped off in the car-rider line on the right-hand side of the school, not in the front office. This is for their safety. There is no one on duty to supervise students prior to this time. If students arrive after 8:15 am parents are to park in a regular parking space and escort their child to the office for check-in. School dismissal is at 2:45 pm. Car riders must be picked up by 3:05 pm. After this time, car riders will be taken to the front office for parent contact. Excessive incidents of late car rider pick up will result in a parent conference with school administrators and further action that may include the School Resource Officer and/or Division of Family and Children Services.
At all times, the safety of all students is of utmost importance. Fire, tornado and emergency lock down drills are held at intervals throughout the school year. Emergency instructions are posted in each classroom. The children will practice walking quickly and quietly to designated areas. If a child is injured on the playground, we also have procedures that are followed, and 911 is called as needed. Please be sure a current phone number is available so that we can reach you in an emergency. During an emergency, it may be necessary to transport your child by bus to another location. During inclement weather, students will remain at school until the county gives permission for dismissal.
Our school priority is teaching and learning. Non-instructional items, electronic toys, games and other devices are not permitted at school. Please make sure that these items remain at home. Students that are found to be in possession of these items at school will have them removed and given to an administrator until parent pick up. Students may not exchange money, sell, buy, trade, give or purchase items from another student during the school day, on the school bus, or at the school bus stop.
Parent Mentors Present: “Understanding Your Child as a Learner”
Who: Parents/Guardians of students receiving Special Education services
What: Parent Mentors Present: “Understanding Your Child as a Learner”
When: Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 10:00am – 11:30am or 6:00 pm-7:30pm
Where: In-Person registration link for 10:00am session: https://forms.gle/DoefweLZDktYWt6N6
Zoom registration link for 6pm session: https://gcpsk12-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpdOuprDgrHNMTZLbCB8e3HkoUpx17j_Wi
Parent Mentors Present: “Parents Engaging in Education” – 4 Session Workshop
Who: Parents/Guardians of students receiving Special Education services
What: Parent Mentors Present: “Parents Engaging in Education” – 4 Session Workshop
When: 9/28/23, 10/12/23, 10/26/23, 11/9/23, 10:00am-11:30am or 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where: In-Person registration link for 10:00am session on 9/28/23: https://forms.gle/6WHZFpwRQLLN4QKK8
Zoom registration link for 6pm session on 9/28/23: https://gcpsk12-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pcOCtpjwvG9xUpC0ZaG2pt3XgobrU_PpQ
The application for free and reduced lunch is now available. There will be no waiver in place to offer free lunch for all students. Please complete the application if you feel this is a service your family will need. All students who have not been approved for free or reduced lunch service will be charged the full price each day.
Free and Reduced Lunch Application
Does your child have a medical concern that we need to be aware of? Stop in to see Mrs. Tammy Jones in the clinic.
Complete the clinic card if your child has any medical concerns that we need to be aware of. We also need to know any medication your child is taking and directions of what to do while we are caring for your child until you arrive.
We are excited to announce that our school district has adopted a new form of school-to-home communication called ParentSquare. This unified communications platform is designed to keep parents and guardians informed and encourage greater engagement and connection with your child’s school and Gwinnett County Public Schools.
ParentSquare provides a safe way for district administrators, school principals, teachers, staff, and parents to receive and send information, such as:
- Weather-related closings & delays
- School and class information
- Share pictures and files
- See calendar items
- Upcoming class activities
District & school information will now be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text via ParentSquare. For even more convenience, download the ParentSquare app (available for free for iOS and Android devices).
Simonton ES Spiritwear
We are excited to offer Simonton ES spiritwear to staff, students and families. An order form is attached and can be returned to Ms. Karen Serna. Order forms will also be available in the front office. All spirit wear shirts are $15.00 (S - XL) and $20.00 (XXL and XXXL).
We encourage all families to create a MPP account. No purchase is necessary to have a MPP account. You will be able to read and digitally sign documents and/or make necessary payments. It is a great way for you to manage and keep track of all of your student payments and forms in one place throughout the school year.
MyPaymentsPlus is linked directly to your school’s student information system (SIS), enabling us to show real-time balances and invoices, and eliminating the need to call or visit your school in search of information.
Whether you’re viewing what your 2nd grader ate for lunch, renting a locker for your middle schooler, or purchasing a parking permit for that new driver in your family, MyPaymentsPlus ensures you never miss a beat, from Pre-K to graduation day.
Simply create a free MyPaymentsPlus account to get started today.
Reading Buddies @ the Public Library
Reading Buddies is a FREE program that helps students (ages 5-11) practice their reading skills by reading out loud.
Our Reading Buddies program helps students:
- Learn and practice reading skills one-on-one with a librarian or a trained volunteer!
- Get on grade level and increase their reading abilities.
- Each child will have a reading log to write down their goals and track their progress.
We will be conducting this program at the Lawrenceville Library located at 1001 Lawrenceville Hwy on Thursdays from 4 pm to 6 pm continuing as of August 10th on a first come first serve basis when GCPS is in session.
SIMONTON ELEMENTARY- WHAT WE STAND FOR
Simonton is committed to dynamic high quality instruction resulting in a passion for learning, leading and excelling.
Every Student Every Day, Deserves to Learn, Lead, and Excel
We commit to giving our students a fresh start every day.
We commit to preparing quality and engaging lessons that will prepare our students to be successful in school.
We commit to teaching, modeling and holding our students accountable for appropriate school behavior.
We commit to providing our students with a structured and safe learning environment.
We commit to a great year of learning, leading, and excelling
Simonton Elementary School
Superintendent ~ Dr. Calvin J. Watts
Board Member ~ Mr. Steven B. Knudsen
Principal ~ Ms. Tamara G. Perkins
Assistant Principal ~ Mr. Nicholas Gilmore
Assistant Principal ~ Dr. Joe Sanfilippo
Assistant Principal ~ Mrs. Amy Steinberg
Location: 275 Simonton Road Southeast, Lawrenceville, GA, USA