Generals eNews

Parents' Edition

Principal's Message

Greetings Generals,

I hope you are all remaining safe during these times. We are now coming very close to the end of the first semester. We want to continue to emphasize the importance of students completing assignments and getting their work done in a timely manner. Additionally, while our digital students are at home, it is an expectation that students are online during the regular school day and engaged in live sessions during the scheduled times. We are still highly engaged in teaching and learning whether virtually or in-person.

Please check in on your children at home to make sure they are consistently attending live sessions daily and not neglecting assigned independent practice. We want to remind our families we are not in the same "grace" period of grades and work completion as we were during the spring. Students receive a Not Turned In (NTI) for any work not completed. This will make their grade appear lower until it is turned in. Please make sure that you check in with your child daily to ensure they complete their work.

An easy way to stay abreast of how your child is doing academically is to check the GCPS Parent Portal. The Parent Portal provides a variety of information about your child, their grades, and progress. Please continue to communicate with us about challenges you may be having with your child learning from home.

In closing, I want to thank you for your continued support. I also wish you good health and an amazing winter holiday season.

Generals Salute,

Gwenda Nimmo - Smith

Communication Reminders

Please frequently check our website: AES, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @annistownes, and read all emails from Annistown Elementary School to stay up to date on all current and upcoming events, important updates, and invaluable information. Please make sure that our front office has your most current and updated contact information on file.

AKS at Home

You are an important partner with your child’s teacher and school, whether your child is learning at home or at school. As part of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ family engagement initiative, the school district seeks to empower parents with tools that allow you to help your children at home. GCPS AKS at Home project provides math and language arts resources to support families so that you truly are partners in your children’s learning. This support is available for families to access in the format that fits you and your schedule best. You can attend live virtual meetings, view recorded information at a time that best fits your schedule, or gain tips and suggestions on how to best help your student(s) through tip sheets on a wide variety of topics.

Click on this link to view the Zoom session schedule and to access the AKS at Home website.

AKS at Annistown: Family Fun Friday Series

Check the Annistown website to register for the next AKS at Annistown. Parents can learn strategies to help their child at home in the area of Math. Virtual sessions are facilitated by our Instructional Coaches Mr. Fillinger and Dr. Mason.

Attendance Matters

School attendance plays an important role in student success, whether in person or digital.. In addition to correlating strongly with improved grades, it also helps students develop good habits—including responsibility and a good work ethic—that carry over in other aspects of life.

Digital learners who are not present during live instruction will be marked with the code “NPD“ which stands for “Not Present Digitally.” Students who are present during live instruction will continue to be marked present digitally with the “DL“ in their teacher’s gradebook. This process is more aligned to our normal attendance procedures and the expectations of in-person students. More importantly, it will help families to better support their students as they can clearly see that their student was online during class and interacting with their teacher and classmates, not just logging on to the computer at some point during the day. This information will help families as they partner with the school to maximize their child(ren)’s school experience.

If an in-person student is unable to attend school, they are free to join the scheduled live sessions for their class. However, the students will be marked absent.

If you have questions or concerns, regarding attendance, please feel free to contact the school for assistance.


Gwinnett County Public Schools is hiring individuals with two or more years of college to work as part of our substitute team! This involves going out to local schools and providing instruction through an in-person, digital, or hybrid format – you get to choose the assignments that you accept and determine your own schedule! Daily rates range from $98/day to $120/day. If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, you can find information about virtual job fairs and an online application (Posting #66797). Learn more at Email for assistance.

Yearbooks On Sale Now!

Purchase your yearbooks today! Beginning January 1, the cost will increase to $20.

Parents can visit www. or scan the QR code on the flyer to purchase.

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